Thursday, March 08, 2007
From the fine folks at Yahoo news:
Cubans sneak ashore during US security drill
By Jane Sutton Thu Mar 8, 4:57 PM ET
MIAMI (Reuters) - While hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agents intercepted imaginary Cuban migrants during a massive training exercise in south Florida, two boatloads of actual Cubans sneaked ashore on Miami Beach on Thursday.Boaters dropped off 21 Cuban migrants at a popular nudist beach and left 19 others on another beach a few hours later, the Border Patrol said. Both vessels escaped.
"It's our belief that they were the result of organized smuggling," Border Patrol spokesman Steve McDonald said.
The Cubans arrived on day two of a training exercise to test "Operation Vigilant Sentry," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's plan to halt a possible mass migration from the Caribbean. About 325 agents from 85 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies took part in the exercise, which ended on Thursday.
"We're not embarrassed at all," McDonald said. "It's not uncommon for them (Cubans) to have landings."
No! Ya think?
Note - I'm not trying to make light of the treacherous ocean journey or the tenuous political situation between the US and Cuba or the personal lives of the folks who undertook to risk life and limb to make this trip (although, landing on a nude beach is pretty funny).
I'm absolutely poking fun at the Border Patrol. and I'm not sorry.
Row, row, row your boat,
Back from where you came,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
The government's insane.
Actually quite pleased with this. I want refugees to make it into this country. I come from immigrants and refugees -as do a huge percentage of us- so I'm happy when the gov't fails to preserve its current shittiness wrt Homeland Security, immigration, and amnesty. Welcome!
Yeah, I brew. Nothing real fancy though, and a big reason I do it is it's cheaper than buying store beer (and better, of course). I'll show you mine if you show me yours! What kind of brew do you like?