Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Hot: Vogue India at the Beach


"Vogue India celebrates the skin tone the world covets."


Webutante said...

Beautiful women and you correctly point out it is a skin tone we all covet!

gcotharn said...

I know. Entire tanning industry dedicated to that skin tone.

Anonymous said...

They would get stopped in Arizona.

gcotharn said...

I've concerns about AZ's law. However, I hope me, you, and anyone who has concerns about the law are ALSO careful to recognize that AZ is being absolutely battered and smashed about by our nation's failure to enforce immigration laws which are on the books, and by our nation's unnecessarily difficult and extended processes for immigrating and for becoming a legal citizen. Our national failure, our using immigration as a political issue (as opposed to finding solutions to the problems), is knifing AZ in the back. For gosh sakes, Phoenix is suffering from a spate of kidnappings. Kidnappings! My town of Ft. Worth has seen brothels where women are enslaved and forced to service men who are illegal immigrants. Solutions must be found. The nation is damaging Arizona, with Texas, N.Mex, and CA not far behind, followed closely by the rest of the western states, then the midwest, and eventually the larger nation. This is not so much an opportunity to condemn AZ as it is an opportunity to recognize AZ as the canary in the coal mine.

gcotharn said...

Having checked into AZ's law a bit more, and having read this Byron York article about it, I can now say that I support AZ's law. Police cannot stop citizens merely on suspicion of being illegal aliens, but can only stop citizens under conditions of "lawful contact", i.e. if citizens are suspected of a regular crime or violation. Under a "lawful contact" circumstance, it makes sense for police to then verify immigration status. In that circumstance, it makes no sense for police to fail to verify immigration status. York writes:

The heart of the law is this provision: "For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…"
Critics have focused on the term "reasonable suspicion" to suggest that the law would give police the power to pick anyone out of a crowd for any reason and force them to prove they are in the U.S. legally. Some foresee mass civil rights violations targeting Hispanics.
What fewer people have noticed is the phrase "lawful contact," which defines what must be going on before police even think about checking immigration status.