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Brazilian Waxes Cop (Almost)

Earlier today, a Salem, Massachusetts police officer was working a traffic detail in Peabody, MA when he was run down by a car. The driver, who, astonishingly, didn't flee the scene. She was arrested, and faces charges of driving without a license and reckless driving.

But here's the fun part. The young lady in question is 17, has no license, and has only been in the country 10 days. She crossed into Texas from Mexico on the 4th of August (correction: April -- thanks, Kurt and several others), and made it all the way to the east coast of Massachusetts to run down a cop.

And need I add the young lady in question couldn't be troubled to enter the country legally?

Yet another poor migrant, just doing the kind of jobs Americans don't want to do. After all, there's been a severe labor shortage of people willing to run down police officers. Lizzie Grubman, Halle Barry, and Rodney King can only do so much, and Zsa Zsa Gabor just isn't as spry as she used to be.

J.


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Comments (25)

So police departments in Ma... (Below threshold)
BorgQueen:

So police departments in Massachusetts are allowed to notify INS about illegal aliens? Whoa.

Do you mean April, not augu... (Below threshold)
Kurt:

Do you mean April, not august? 10 days ago it was still april.

I'm wondering if Lopes refe... (Below threshold)
-S-:

I'm wondering if Lopes referred to the officer she'd run down as "my friend."

Very offensive habit by many from Brazil and Central America..."dadadadada, my friend..."

Perhaps illegal immigrants are admitting that they do, in fact, have a very different understanding of what the word, "friend" means.

It gets worse. Fox 25 News... (Below threshold)

It gets worse. Fox 25 News is reporting tonight that she and her father were detained at the border by immigration authorities...and released.

I'm sure Officer Shea's family really appreciates that display of mercy and compassion.

And, now I'm too pissed off to type anymore. I'm going to bed.

So police departments in... (Below threshold)

So police departments in Massachusetts are allowed to notify INS about illegal aliens? Whoa.

I'd imagine that even in those cities where they aren't, running down a cop would be widely regarded on the force as worthy of making an exception.

Might get in trouble with the politicians, but Kos 'em.

More than four hours, and n... (Below threshold)

More than four hours, and nobody's yet made a crack about Jay's use of "Brazillian" and "wax" in the same headline?

You guys are slackin'.

Jeff, I'm even more ashamed... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Jeff, I'm even more ashamed of the readers than you are. Especially when you look at the post below this one, where Nick Lewis accused Kevin of being an "A-List Blogger" who "regularly exploits" readers "inner reptile" with lurid headlines. Criminy, I give the guy a crystal-clear example, and he just blows me off for Kevin's piece about 10,000 criminals being rounded up.

Hell, maybe I shoulda followed my first impulse and put the "(Almost)" into the body of the piece, and not at the end of the title.

A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste...

J.

We Minnesotans would have b... (Below threshold)
Wright:

We Minnesotans would have been happy to send out Randy Moss to any municipality that needed someone to run down a police officer. Unfortunately, Oakland has already snapped him up.

-S-Is it hard typi... (Below threshold)
Trollee:

-S-

Is it hard typing with the white sheet on?

Trollee-I am sure ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Trollee-

I am sure S will simly ignore your inane jibe, but I'd like to ask you if that tin foil hat you wear gets hot in the sun?

Actually, I've noticed peop... (Below threshold)
dodgeman:

Actually, I've noticed people from Arabic countries (at least the younger ones) use the "my friend" refrain also. Not sure if it's because English is their second language, or whether it's a reflection of something in their culture. Nothing racist about it, just an observation. I didn't find it annoying, but then I'm just easy going like that. I do find the "uhhhh" and "you know" uttered every other word by our American teens to be incredibly annoying, on the other hand.

trollee has no such hat.</p... (Below threshold)
Trollee:

trollee has no such hat.

"So police departments in M... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"So police departments in Massachusetts are allowed to notify INS about illegal aliens? Whoa.

I'd imagine that even in those cities where they aren't, running down a cop would be widely regarded on the force as worthy of making an exception."

Probably true. But it makes me angry that the government will turn a blind eye to illegals, until 'one of their own' is affected. What about us 'regular' citizens? Don't we also deserve to live in a society where the rules are enforced ALL the time?

At least it was an accident... (Below threshold)
Rob Read:

At least it was an accident. When you completely lose control over migration this happens...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/04/14/nbour14.xml

An illegal immigrant trained by al-Qa'eda to be one of its top poisoners was jailed for 17 years yesterday for leading a plot to terrorise Britain with ricin and cyanide.

As he was sentenced at the Old Bailey, it was disclosed that Kamel Bourgass, an Islamic extremist from Algeria, had been convicted last year of murdering Special Branch officer Stephen Oake.

Kamel Bourgass
Kamel Bourgass

The conviction of Bourgass, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Dc Oake during an anti-terrorist operation in Manchester two years ago - reignited controversy over the shambolic asylum system.

Bourgass entered Britain as an asylum seeker in January 2000, claiming falsely to be fleeing persecution.

When his application failed in August 2001, he became an "illegal absconder". But he was never identified or detained, despite a conviction for shoplifting in 2002 which led to a night in cells.

John Wayne Gacy uses the pr... (Below threshold)
-S-:

John Wayne Gacy uses the prison library terminal to write from beyond the grave, signing "Trollee" whenever he possibly can.

dodgerman: I've ever heard... (Below threshold)
-S-:

dodgerman: I've ever heard the "my friend" used by whomever in any genuine relationship. It's always used for and about and to total stranger, combined with varioius other presumptuous actions that routinely ensue...so, thus, using "my friend" is truly a nasty sentiment. I guess they think it makes whatever alright as long as it's accompanied by "my friend."

That's what I object to: the unnatural assumption of relationship, to deflect other observations, much like someone hugging you while stealing your wallet. I've seen and heard that "my friend" expression used so many times under similar circumstances and worse...and that's my only familiarty with it, so, based upon my experience, that's why it's offensive (quite so).

"Get out of my way, my friend." Ahh, the sound of lack of consideration, the ring of aggression.

Typo: should have written,... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Typo: should have written, "I've never heard the 'my friend' expression used by whomever in any genuine relationship..."

Welcome back, my friend, to... (Below threshold)

Welcome back, my friend, to the show that never ends...

Well, if most of America ge... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Well, if most of America gets what it feels is right for our country, it will.

Say hello to my little frie... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Say hello to my little friend.

Jay Tea:Migrant la... (Below threshold)
areaman:

Jay Tea:

Migrant laborers come to the United States because they get hired by Americans. It's pretty simple. We have immigration laws, and people break them because they are rewarded with jobs that are provided mostly by American companies. Obviously the risk is outweighed by the benefit, on both sides. The companies enjoy not having to pay insurance, and cheaper wages.

I get tired of people criminalizing south of the border migrants however. Their countries' economies are pretty grim in many cases, and they are just trying to make a living. Again, they come over here because they get paid by Americans who want to benefit from their cheaper labor. We HIRE them, so I think we are partially at fault, or some of us are.

Americans, who are so full of compassion for fellow humans at times, really lose that compassion quickly when it comes to people that live right next door. Why is that? Those people work their asses off, and we benefit from what they do.

This case is an example of the problem we have with all these laborers sneaking across the border to get jobs. The problem really needs to be addressed.

areaman, I'm not criminali... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

areaman, I'm not criminalizing "south of the border migrants." When they break our country's laws and cross that border illegally, they're criminalizing themselves.

Yes, I agree they come from a crappy place, and want to live in a less crappy place. But why is that MY responsibility? Why don't they try fixing up their own country, instead of coming thousands of miles to run over OUR cops?

We are full of compassion for people who live right next door. That compassion takes a huge hit, though, when they stop being next door and come into our house, uninvited, and start helping themselves to OUR stuff.

Every nation has not only a RIGHT to set its own immigration laws, but a DUTY, and the right and duty to enforce said laws. The United States has, I believe, the most generous immigration laws in the world. If those laws aren't generous enough for you, areaman, then tell me what you'd like them to be. Just stop pissing all over the existing ones just because you don't like them.

Let's have it out, openly, with you putting forth your dream immigration laws and getting them approved. I'm sick and tired of you and others of your side whining about "unfair" laws without having the testicular fortitude to suggest repealing them or amending them.

J.

areaman: blaming "American... (Below threshold)
-S-:

areaman: blaming "Americans" for the illegal behavior by those who commit illegal behavior isn't going to further the popularity of illegal immigration.

Same attempts are made by -- aha -- some in Mexico and Latin and South America and China and Afghanistan about their production of heroine and marijuana as industrial crops, which they then ILLEGALLY take into the United States, while avoiding personal responsibility for their actions by claiming us bad Americans use drugs so they just bring them drugs and similar.

Personal responsibility is something that you and others like you need to learn about and then exercise. As long as you continue to avoid accepting responsibility for your own actions, you'll continue to squander the resources and patience and goodness of others.

That also explains to me why the problems exist in the countries from whence illegal immigrants exit...why not stay and take personal responsibility for your own country? Country's bad? Why? Could it be that no one accepts personal responsibility where they are for their own conditions? Stay and change them.

But, trying to demean Americans for the crimes that others commit (illegal immigration is a crime, people who engage in it are committing crimes) just attempts to bring the bad conditions from where you come with you, to here.

Jay Tea:Yes, I ... (Below threshold)
areaman:

Jay Tea:

Yes, I agree they come from a crappy place, and want to live in a less crappy place. But why is that MY responsibility?

Its not your responsibility. It's just the way things are.

Why don't they try fixing up their own country, instead of coming thousands of miles to run over OUR cops?

Right. Thats all they do is come over here and run over cops. Mexican and other "Latino" laborers, illegal and legal, are ingrained in California's economy, for example. Like it or not thats the way it is. American businesses hire them, plain and simple.

Why dont they fix their own country? I dont know Jay Tea. All I know is that they come up here where there are jobs, and they work to support their families. In places like Mexico people make around $12 a day, so it doesnt surprise me that so many people come over here to make the same amount per hour. Simple economics. If people are hungry or desperate they will travel to find ways to survive...thats an old old story.

That compassion takes a huge hit, though, when they stop being next door and come into our house, uninvited, and start helping themselves to OUR stuff.

I disagree. If they are getting hired by Americans, then they are basically being encouraged. Its not like Americans dont benefit from that source of labor...we do. I dont know man, how many laborers from Mexico or Guatemala have you known personally? None of the people that I have talked to just come over here and sponge of Americans.

Most of the people that I know work hard, save money, and funnel it back to their families. And its not like they force Americans to hire them...they get hired pretty easily. So, one of my main points is considering the fact that Americans play a part, since we profit from their labor, and the products they produce, or services they provide (i.e. produce, restaurant work, yard work, construction, etc).

Every nation has not only a RIGHT to set its own immigration laws, but a DUTY, and the right and duty to enforce said laws.

Ok.

If those laws aren't generous enough for you, areaman, then tell me what you'd like them to be. Just stop pissing all over the existing ones just because you don't like them.

It's not a matter of whether I like them or not. It's that they're not working...people on both sides are getting around them, and that reality needs to be addressed. What good are the laws if this many people are getting across? What good are they if American businesses keep hiring these illegal workers?

I'm not trying to "piss" all over our immigration laws, I'm just telling you what I see. People will take great risks in order to survive and make a living. On this side of the fence, businesses hire cheap workers for pretty much the same reason, to make $$$. As long as there are jobs here to be filled, and as long as the economies of all those south of the border countries are crappy, people will be trying to get over here. Some will always make it, one way or another.

I'm sick and tired of you and others of your side whining about "unfair" laws without having the testicular fortitude to suggest repealing them or amending them.

My side eh? Ok. I'm not talking about whether they are fair or not. I find it ironic that Americans like to talk about migrants like they are criminals, but they turn a blind eye to all the American businesses that hire them illegally. There are two sides that are breaking the laws, and to me that means that something needs to be adjusted. If both parties arent paying attention to the laws, then something needs to be changed.

When I wrote:

The problem really needs to be addressed.

...I was talking about the laws, and the whole system, and the fact that something needs to be done about it, so save your little slams about my "fortitude" Jay.

First of all, before changes are made, I guess Americans have to decide if they want to do without that labor source. If we take away the incentive I have a feeling that the influx would subside. But, I have a feeling that a lot of businesses dont want to lose the cheaper labor. There are alot of growers and restaurants and landscapers and construction companies that would be in trouble.

So Jay Tea, I understand the fact that you dont like it when illegals are here. Its dangerous when they dont obey laws, etc. Not good. But my first move is looking at WHY they're here, and addressing that part of the problem, instead of getting all angry about the results of those causes. Address the causes, not the results. Thats what I think.



S:areaman: blam... (Below threshold)
areaman:

S:

areaman: blaming "Americans" for the illegal behavior by those who commit illegal behavior isn't going to further the popularity of illegal immigration.

I'm not trying to further the popularity of it. If Americans partake of the labor source they are breaking the laws as well. We hire them, and encourage the whole cycle. We're PART of the problem, not all of it. "We" being anyone who hires illegal workers, or enjoys buying the products or services they provide.

Your drug example is good. My point is if there is a market, or a demand, then someone will fill it as long as the payoff exceeds the risks. Drugs, labor, whatever. People come here because there is a demand for their labor. They leave a place where they can make 10 dollars a day for a place that they can make 80-100 dollars in a day. And they are willing to risk breaking our immigration laws to do it.

On this side of the fence...well American businesses like paying the lower wages, often with no insurance, and often without having to obey our labor laws (overtime, breaks, conditions, etc). Its cheaper. Its not a good thing in my opinion, but thats whats happening. But you have to realize that alot of people on this side of the fence are benefitting and profiting by not following the rules.

Personal responsibility is something that you and others like you need to learn about and then exercise.

Where did that come from?

As long as you continue to avoid accepting responsibility for your own actions, you'll continue to squander the resources and patience and goodness of others.

What are you talking about? How do you have any idea what I'm doing? Whats with the weird accusations?

That also explains to me why the problems exist in the countries from whence illegal immigrants exit...why not stay and take personal responsibility for your own country? Country's bad? Why? Could it be that no one accepts personal responsibility where they are for their own conditions? Stay and change them.

Weak logic coming from someone who is a citizen of the USA, which was started when people did basically the same thing. Why didnt those early Americans just stay in Germany, France, and England and fix their countries?

I'm a US citizen, but I'm not going to go getting all high and mighty about whats MINE, etc. My ancestors left Germany in the 1700s because of social and economic hardship, and they sought a better life elsewhere, like many people before and after have.

People have migrated to subsist for thousands of years. Political borders are nice, but they dont always deter people from crossing them. They are, after all, relatively new inventions.

S, I'm not trying to demean Americans...that would be stupid because I am an American. When I hear or see people get all infuriated about migrant workers, and talking about how terrible they are, I have to say something. First of all, we have a history that should be empathetic to people who work hard in pursuit of a better life. Second, we Americans hire these people and benefit from their labors. So it's not just a case of all those people coming here and leaching off the USA...they work, they get hired, and alot of us take part in the cycle.




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