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Arrests of illegal crossers along the Southwest border dropped more than two-thirds from 2000 to 2010…

Border fence

The desert sand east of San Luis, Ariz., is imprinted with Border Patrol tracks in this 2007 photo. New stadium lighting, triple fencing, more border agents and the recession are credited with a plunge in the numbers of illegal crossings in the Southwest since 2000. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Last night a commentor lamented the call by this Dog and the President for Immigration reform….

The post was long and criticized ANY let up in illegal immigration enforcement….

That same posted should read this linked piece…

The Illegal immigration problem is fading….

While there will always be illegals….

There really isn’t any reason to keep hiring more Border Patrol people….

Nor is there any reason to build anymore fences or walls….

It seems that a lousy economy has slowed the influx of people better than any wall, border patrol person , or other Government law enforcement tool….

Enough with this more enforcement bullshit…

We need reform of the laws to address the problems in the current system that penalized people who serve this country and can’t get citizenship….

We need a system to not ship out young children that only know America as their country….

And a way to address needs of this country for people who can help it grow and prosper….

Wild foot chases and dust-swirling car pursuits may be the adrenaline-pumping stuff of recruitment efforts, but agents on the U.S.-Mexico border these days have to deal with a more mundane occupational reality: the boredom of guarding a frontier where illegal crossings have dipped to record low levels.

Porous corridors along the 2,000-mile border do remain, mostly in the Tucson area, requiring constant vigilance. But beefed-up enforcement and the job-killing effects of the great recession have combined to reduce the flood of immigrants in many former hot spots to a trickle.

Apprehensions along the Southwest border overall dropped more than two-thirds from 2000 to 2010, from 1.6 million to 448,000, and almost every region has lonely posts where agents sit for hours staring at the barrier, watching the “fence rust” as some put it.

“When the traffic stops … of course it’s going to be difficult for the agents to stay interested,” said Supervisory Agent Ken Quillin, from the agency’s Yuma, Ariz., sector. “I understand guys have a tough time staying awake…. they didn’t join the border patrol to sit on an X,” Quillin added, using the slang term for line watch duty……
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Note….

We now need to seperate the fact of this issue from the hyped fiction….

From Politicaldog 101…

April 21, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Fiction, Government, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

First Look: The New Spider-Girl Is Less Sexed-Up, More Kick-Ass……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Jezebel……

“Not every fight can get resolved by punching someone in the face…but Spider-Girl’s gonna punch somebody anyway, just to make sure.” A new Spider-Girl hits stores next week. Here, advance images and a Marvel writer on writing multidimensional female charactersMore »

Read more: http://jezebel.com/#ixzz14lKg18EZ

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Whitman wants to take a lie detector test?

Whitman Offers to Take Polygraph Test

Never a good sign: California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R) said she is prepared to take a polygraph test to prove that she was “really stunned” to learn just last year that her housekeeper was an undocumented worker, CNN reports.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Fiction, Media, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

A Pledge of lies….

If even half this is true???…..

From Jed Lewison @Dailykos……

How bankrupt is the GOP idea machine? So bankrupt that even though they are challenging the governing party during worst economy since the Great Depression, the only way they think they can win is by telling a bunch of lies. FactCheck.org:

FactChecking ‘The Pledge’: Republicans’ “Pledge to America” falls short on some of its facts.

As FactCheck.org reports:

  1. Even though in 2010 private sector employment has grown by 763,000 jobs and public sector employment has shrunk, Republicans falsely claim the exact opposite, saying private sector payrolls have shrunk while public sector employment has grown.Even though jobless claims are down eight percent from the trough of the recession and continue to drop, Republicans falsely say they continue to soar.
  2. Even though their claim is completely without factual basis, Republicans falsely claim that the IRS is hiring an army of 16,500 IRS agents to investigate Americans…..

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September 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

President Obama quote on the Oil Spill…….

From Politcalwire…..
“Even though I’m president of the United States, my power is not limitless. So I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw.”

— President Obama, quoted by the Washington Post, on the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

( Ain’t that the truth!….The Dog)

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Search for New fashion model’s in Brazil….and the rise of a darker population….

They are searching all over Brazil for the next super-model…..

And the serach gets harder and harder…

While most of us would in vision the Brazillian female as the cocoa colored female with….’German and Italian ancestry, perhaps with some Russian or other Slavic blood thrown in.’…..

The fact is ………those traits are vanishing in the country….

The people of Brazil are getting darker……

Darker-skinned women have become more prominent in Brazilian society, challenging the notions of Brazilian beauty and success that Ms. Bündchen has come to represent here and abroad.

Taís Araújo just finished a run as the first black female lead in the coveted 8 p.m. soap opera slot. Marina Silva, a former government minister born in the Amazon, is running for president. And over the past decade, the income of black Brazilians rose by about 40 percent, more than double the rate of whites, as Brazil’s booming economy helped trim the inequality gap and create a more powerful black consumer class, said Marcelo Neri, an economist in Rio de Janeiro.

Even prosecutors have waded into the debate over what Brazilian society looks like — and how it should be represented. São Paulo Fashion Week, the nation’s most important fashion event, has been forced by local prosecutors to ensure that at least 10 percent of its models are of African or indigenous descent.

Despite those shifts, more than half of Brazil’s models continue to be found here among the tiny farms of Rio Grande do Sul, a state that has only one-twentieth of the nation’s population and was colonized predominantly by Germans and Italians.

Indeed, scouts say that more than 70 percent of the country’s models come from three southern states that hardly reflect the multiethnic melting pot that is Brazil, where more than half the population is nonwhite.

On the pages of its magazines, Brazil’s beauty spectrum is clearer. Nonwhite women, including celebrities of varying body types, are interspersed with white models. But on the runways, the proving ground for models hoping to go abroad, the diversity drops off precipitously. Prosecutors investigating discrimination complaints against São Paulo Fashion Weekfound that only 28 of the event’s 1,128 models were black in early 2008.

The pattern creates a disconnect between what many Brazilians consider beautiful and the beauty they export overseas. While darker-skinned actresses like Juliana Paes and Camila Pitanga are considered among Brazil’s sexiest, it is Ms. Bündchen and her fellow southerners who win fame abroad.

“I was always perplexed that Brazil was never able to export a Naomi Campbell, and it is definitely not because of a lack of pretty women,” said Erika Palomino, a fashion consultant in São Paulo. “It is embarrassing.”

Some scouts have begun tepid forays to less-white parts of Brazil. One Brazilian designer, Walter Rodrigues, recently opened Rio Fashion Week with 25 models, all of them black.

But here in the south scouts still spend most of their time hunting for the next Gisele, and offer few apologies for what they say sells.

More….

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

The Search for New fashion model's in Brazil….and the rise of a darker population….

They are searching all over Brazil for the next super-model…..

And the serach gets harder and harder…

While most of us would in vision the Brazillian female as the cocoa colored female with….’German and Italian ancestry, perhaps with some Russian or other Slavic blood thrown in.’…..

The fact is ………those traits are vanishing in the country….

The people of Brazil are getting darker……

Darker-skinned women have become more prominent in Brazilian society, challenging the notions of Brazilian beauty and success that Ms. Bündchen has come to represent here and abroad.

Taís Araújo just finished a run as the first black female lead in the coveted 8 p.m. soap opera slot. Marina Silva, a former government minister born in the Amazon, is running for president. And over the past decade, the income of black Brazilians rose by about 40 percent, more than double the rate of whites, as Brazil’s booming economy helped trim the inequality gap and create a more powerful black consumer class, said Marcelo Neri, an economist in Rio de Janeiro.

Even prosecutors have waded into the debate over what Brazilian society looks like — and how it should be represented. São Paulo Fashion Week, the nation’s most important fashion event, has been forced by local prosecutors to ensure that at least 10 percent of its models are of African or indigenous descent.

Despite those shifts, more than half of Brazil’s models continue to be found here among the tiny farms of Rio Grande do Sul, a state that has only one-twentieth of the nation’s population and was colonized predominantly by Germans and Italians.

Indeed, scouts say that more than 70 percent of the country’s models come from three southern states that hardly reflect the multiethnic melting pot that is Brazil, where more than half the population is nonwhite.

On the pages of its magazines, Brazil’s beauty spectrum is clearer. Nonwhite women, including celebrities of varying body types, are interspersed with white models. But on the runways, the proving ground for models hoping to go abroad, the diversity drops off precipitously. Prosecutors investigating discrimination complaints against São Paulo Fashion Weekfound that only 28 of the event’s 1,128 models were black in early 2008.

The pattern creates a disconnect between what many Brazilians consider beautiful and the beauty they export overseas. While darker-skinned actresses like Juliana Paes and Camila Pitanga are considered among Brazil’s sexiest, it is Ms. Bündchen and her fellow southerners who win fame abroad.

“I was always perplexed that Brazil was never able to export a Naomi Campbell, and it is definitely not because of a lack of pretty women,” said Erika Palomino, a fashion consultant in São Paulo. “It is embarrassing.”

Some scouts have begun tepid forays to less-white parts of Brazil. One Brazilian designer, Walter Rodrigues, recently opened Rio Fashion Week with 25 models, all of them black.

But here in the south scouts still spend most of their time hunting for the next Gisele, and offer few apologies for what they say sells.

More….

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

DSD on The Baseball Perfect Game Call……Ooops!

Jim Joyce's blown call Wednesday night costs Armando Galarraga (r.) a perfect game, and Bud Selig (b.) fails to use the power of his office to reverse the botched call at first base.

[ Jim Joyce’s blown call Wednesday night costs Armando Galarraga (r.) a perfect game, and Bud Selig (b.) fails to use the power of his office to reverse the botched call at first base. ]

No word here yet on the No. 2 Topic of everyday discussion and debate after the oil spill: Armando Galarraga’s thwarted perfect game?

Both The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal agree that what should have been the game’s last call should be overturned.

See, e.g.,

Baseball Won’t Overturn Umpire’s Blown Call (AP via Wall St J; 13 pictures, 11 comments)

Bud, Make It Perfect
The commissioner of baseball has a tin ear.
Wall St J editorial page (88 comments)

Peggy Noonan: Nobody’s Perfect, but They Were Good As often with her columns, a great beginning with a rather soggy ending (89 comments)

Galarraga brings lineup to a tearful Joyce by Jason Beck/MLB.com

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Things get nasty in South Carolina Governors race…..2nd Affair alleged for Nikki Haley….

Well…..

It seems that Larry Merchant (A lobbiest, who up until today worked for LT. Gov. Andre Bauer’s campaign ) alleges he had a one stand with Haley….( he left Bauer’s campaign )

But admits he can’t offer ANY evidence to prove it…..

WTF?

Is this for real…Or another way the ‘Good Ole Boys’ are trying to stop Haley’s rise in the polls?

Haley…Whose parents are from India…Was born in South Caroline, and is a married mother of two and Tea Partier, She has been endorsed by Sarah Palin…..And  has surged in the polls* and seems good to take the GOP  nomination….

She just had another affair rumor shot down RedState….A Conservative Blog site that does’ t like SE too much and is ran by Erik Erickson who also works on John Kings new daily CNN program…..

Unless things get too stupid ……

And they already are…..

Lobbyist Larry Marchant admitted he had no proof to back up his allegation of a one-night stand with state Rep. Nikki Haley in 2008 and her campaign vehemently denied the allegation. The claim became the latest political drama for a state that was roiled when Gov. Mark Sanford made a tearful confession last summer to sneaking out of the country to rendezvous with an Argentine woman.

Earlier in the day, Marchant resigned from the campaign of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is competing with Haley for the GOP nomination in the June 8 primary.

“It never happened. Absolutely not,” Haley said emphatically about Marchant’s claim during a debate with Bauer and the two other Republican candidates in Charleston. “This is just disgusting politics. Two or three months ago I was Nikki who? and nobody was saying anything and a couple weeks ago we started going double digits up in the polls and now we have had everything thrown at us.”

Haley’s campaign manager had the same message.

“As Nikki Haley rises in the polls, the good old boys in Columbia see their taxpayer-funded fraternity party coming crumbling down, and they will say or do anything to hold onto their power,” Tim Pearson said earlier. “This is South Carolina politics at its worst.”

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* In Daniel’s latest Polling post she leads the GOP field by at least 10%…..That includes Lt Gov Bauer…..

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 20 Comments

Who do want to replace Megan Fox in the Transformers 3?

Now that Director Michael Bay has revealed that she won’t be back…..check this New York Daily News collage out and run thru their choices and pick yours……

Megan Fox from Transformers Wallpapers

Now that Fox is no longer the flavor of the week, who should replace her as Shia LeBeouf’s love interest? The News takes a look at the list of actresses up for the coveted role, according to TheWrap.com

Check this link out…..if you go Here…………. there are 9 different choices that superimposed on the picture above….Make your Choice!

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Movies, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments