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  1. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    Really, you are impressed with fewer people busting through a wall than going around it. Since you did not cite your sources, let's do a fact check. It seems claims of 90-95% decline in border crossing where there is a wall is unsubstantiated--https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/border-traffic-drop-barriers/ Using https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/border-traffic-drop-barriers/ it says, "The overall trend along the southern border has broadly been one of declining apprehensions, regardless of fencing or barriers in various sectors. The only section that saw a net increase in border apprehensions over the 2000-2017 time period was the Rio Grande Valley, which was also the only sector “where physical barriers have been expanded” that the RNC conveniently omitted from their “fact”. In total, border apprehensions across all sectors dropped 81% from 2000-2017:"
  2. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    Not quite sure of your logic. For wall proponents, the idea is the wall is to provide a physical barrier that will help deter illegal border crossings. So, if you do not build a wall along the entire border; there will be areas of no physical barriers to illegal entry. However, you seem to have forgotten that people with a purpose can be very resourceful and bridging and/or circumventing a physical barrier is rather simple; especially when you consider the US has 95 thousand miles of shoreline in addition to vast airspace which could be used to illegally enter. You also seem to have forgotten that, based on US Customs and Border Patrol sources, illegal entries have decreased dramatically in the last 18 years; mostly as a result of better management of the problem, "That’s a 76 percent decline in the number of apprehensions between the peak in 2000 and 2018." https://www.factcheck.org/2018/06/illegal-immigration-statistics/ In fact, we have fewer illegal entries than we had in the early 70's. I posit continued better management and better use of technology is the best method to curtail illegal immigration.
  3. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    No, I believe it was fingers on keyboard; so you typed it, you did not write it. Saying. "Trump is not advocating a border wall along the entire border," really does not convince me the wall is warranted. So, what stops them from coming in where there is no wall?
  4. " I want to be an english (sic) teacher in thailand (sic) and was wondering what kind of visa do I come to thailand (sic) with (sic)? " I would just come and get a job; it seems you are perfectly qualified.
  5. smotherb

    Donald Trump serves McDonald’s feast after White House chefs walk out

    So, Obama shut down the government because he couldn't get his way and ordered fast foods when the White House chefs were gone? I must have missed that, can you enlighten me?
  6. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    What? May I remind you that you did say that--see below. And, you are again wrong when you suggest no one has said that. When you only listen to people who think the way you do; you will not likely find any fault in your reasoning. Try listening to opposing views and think about them. On 1/15/2019 at 4:41 PM, Ahab said: "Then maybe we should tear down the existing walls near San Diego and El Paso after all they are not effective and a waste of money . . ."
  7. smotherb

    New start Chris

    Are you all involved with poor Thais? Has no one found a Thai woman whose family does not expect you to support them?
  8. smotherb

    To what extent can a prenup protect me?

    Yes, and there are many more like you. These posters who label all Thai women as gold diggers and negotiable ladies of chance encounter must have low acceptance criteria or are just plain foolish.
  9. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    Said you in that post--and says I now. Why leave such an eyesore which does little good--oh, yes, that's right, we have already done so with many of our politicians.
  10. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    Sorry, but the survey is " SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No? " I say no and I provide my rationale. Quite frankly, I really do not care about Trump's promises or whether he loses the support of his base. In fact, I doubt his base will abandon him; after all Trump criticizes our military leaders, insults our military heroes, denigrates our intelligence agencies, and acts the buffoon in front of all the world and he is still loved by them. More specifically, if you think you are making some break-through stating politicians go about, " . . . promising stuff that gets votes instead of doing what is right . . .," well, bless your heart.
  11. smotherb

    SURVEY: Build the Wall -- Yes or No?

    Dear Sheik of the Burning Sands, the numbers of border crossings have reduced dramatically--" Illegal border crossings have been declining for nearly two decades. In 2017, border-crossing apprehensions were at their lowest point since 1971. " https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/11/us/politics/trump-border-crisis-reality.html In large part due to better management of the problem. Walls have always been breached; it only takes the will to do so. Note the numbers of prison breaks, the numbers of secured houses/neighborhoods burgled, the numbers of breaks in the border walls in the past. The wall would cost between $20B and $70B depending upon whether you listen to the lies of the contards or the libtards. How much more would it cost each year to maintain and monitor the wall, maybe $250M more. For that kind of money, we can implement and staff some really good technology. As you should know, we can identify when anyone approaches any part of our boarder and can affect means to stop them. I would suggest M134-equipped drones monitoring our border and blasting anyone attempting to cross it in other than a border-patrol monitored areas. Yeah, I know too wild-west for most. In more practical terms, over 1250 miles of the proposed wall is on the Rio Grande river. What Texas riverfront land owner would like a wall blocking his riverfront? More simply put; the wall is just a poor idea.
  12. Really? That seems a naive approach when the criteria for a professional and for a proper job are so subjective.
  13. I think you may mean that the women you gravitate toward are not that different
  14. Why, he is properly qualified, he is English.