The problems with race based public policy: Sweet home Alabama not.

The post Katrina world was a fascinating one to watch in respects as the myriad of personality types that make up our mostly socially cooperative communities manifested themselves in spades in the weeks after the disaster struck.  One of the emergency programs that was a true double-edged sword was disaster unemployment, meant to help those whose jobs had literally been blown and washed away.  My shop is not a large one but the glimpse of what it did to the workforces of my clients that did not get blown away spoke volumes about modern-day work ethic in the southern US and my anecdotal experience surprised me at the number of folks with jobs took the opportunity to apply for disaster unemployment and take it to the house.  For example my own personal Doc  lost a couple of LPNs and clerical help to disaster unemployment.  A small speciality contractor well out of the flood zone that will remain nameless lost their entire field workforce save a couple of superintendents to the same cause and this despite the fact all received advances on pay and some days off to get their houses in order.

I mention all this because when good the ol’ american redneck gringos were taking the opportunity to sit their asses and ride the unexpected government largesse the area was being flooded with hispanic workers eager to bust their asses for a reasonable wage. And that was a good thing too because fast food chains were paying upwards of $15/hour and longevity bonuses to attract crack head quality employees back in those days and were still having a hard time attracting and retaining enough workers.  Imagine what it was like at a typical construction company where the work is hard and performed outdoors. Simply put it was next to impossible to find any hired help let alone decent variety, that is except for migrant Hispanics, mainly Mexicans, who showed up everyday, put in an honest days work and was more than happy to work weekends.

So now we have massive tornadoes rip towns in neighboring Alabama to pieces in the spring of this year. Towns like Tuscaloosa were devastated and thanks to Alabama’s new immigration law will have a much harder time rebuilding. For you ideological freaks that just can’t stand Hispanics you gotta understand these are not the rantings of a liberal do-gooder in this post but rather the musings of a guy from the real world of small business. And it is not just me as this Bloomberg story on the topic straight from tornado ravaged Tuscaloosa indicates: Continue reading “The problems with race based public policy: Sweet home Alabama not.”

Welcome to the party George. Did you make sure Phil Bryant got a copy of your letter?

For some time now, devious undercurrents of hate and anger have been festering in our country.

In recent months, as rhetoric grew red-hot over healthcare reform and immigration, the wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had been the target of numerous death threats. Her local office in Tucson had been vandalized and the corner across the street had become a central location for protests. Most recently, a Sarah Palin graphic depicted her district in the crosshairs of a gun.

Politicians in Arizona used the immigration debate to spread falsehoods about mass killings in the desert near the border, sparking hysteria in the streets, portraying a state under siege by immigrants.

The discourse quickly turned venomous. The dangerous rumors were being perpetuated on Internet blogs and by the noisy back-and-forth bickering on cable news networks that covered the congressional campaigns.

As we see now, this practice of feeding on fear and spreading hate is dangerously irresponsible and potentially deadly, and yet, in today’s America it seems there is no escaping it.

To the extent politicians, generally in the GOP these days,  fan the flames of hate to further their own personal goals, it seems to me the political class has brought this upon themselves. While I applaud Mayor Schloegel for penning this letter, I’d also be remiss if I did not remind him Continue reading “Welcome to the party George. Did you make sure Phil Bryant got a copy of your letter?”

Back in Black – Glenn Beck's Nazi Tourette's: Thank God for Arizona Part Deux.

H/T Jarvis DeBerry on twitter.  I’d say it amazes me that people actually watch that charlatan but I know better than to be amazed…..

Glenn Beck needs to find an attic and hide there for the next three years without making a sound.

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Glass jaws? My personal favorite was from Gene Taylor’s Moss Point town hall meeting in August 2009. One of the attendees had a poster of Pelosi dressed up as a Brownshirt.


‘Nuff said