Citing a YouTube video in which she is seen smoking crack cocaine, US immigration authorities declined to admit British rock star Amy Winehaus to the US for the Grammies, for which she has four nominations. Winehaus' lawyer said she should be able to leave rehab any day now.
Which is of no interest except that it recalled to mind the British government's refusal to admit rapper, hoodlum, and suspected murderer, Snoop Dogg to the United Kingdom in 2006. The immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, made the decision after Snoop Dogg's troubles with the law elsewhere. “He doesn’t seem the sort of bloke we want in this country,’’ he said.