Border Patrol lets some illegals go-Over and over again
Friday, May, 2, 2008
EL PASO, Texas -- Josefa Gonzalez Loya has sneaked across the Mexican border at least 128 times in the past eight years. And each time, the Border Patrol has been nice enough to give her a lift home. Gonzalez and a group of other women and children _ all Indians from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca _ have no interest in staying in the United States. All they want to do is panhandle outside El Paso businesses, using the children as lures. At the end of a productive day, they wait for the Border Patrol to come pick them up and drive them back to the border.Little dramas like this play out day after day, accounting for thousands of arrests but hardly any prosecutions in the past several years. The Oaxacan immigrants fall under a loophole that gives border agents discretion to keep some adults and children together and out of jail. (read more)
Choosing pets over babies
By Michael Hoffman
SHUKAN ECONOMIST (May 6)
Two startling facts seem to justify Shukan Economist's description of Japan's pet market as "twisted." One is the market's sheer volume — an astonishing ¥1 trillion a year. The second is that there are more dogs and cats in this country (an estimated 23 million as of 2007) than there are children under 15.
If that suggests a human and highly urban society incongruously overrun with domestic animals, there's more in the same vein. Proliferating pet hotels, cafes, health clubs, gourmet food, clothing, jewelry and, last but hardly least, funerals invite doubts as to whether pets are rising or humans falling on the evolutionary scale. (read more)
A lis of stupid laws from:
- It's legal for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work, as long as the car or van has drawn curtains to stop strangers from peeking in New Mexico.
- In Canada, It is illegal for a teen to walk down main street for Fort Qu'Appelle with their shoes untied. (read more)