If Facebook is good for one thing that would be the dissemination of fake news, such as the viral fake news story about the Pope endorsing Trump in 2016, which was written by teenagers in Macedonia before being lapped up by millions of Trump supporters in the U.S. as the gospel truth.
Where you don’t expect to see it is in the local paper but sure enough last week the Sea Coast Echo ran, “Report: Illegal immigration costs taxpayers $116 billion annually; Californians, Texans, Floridians pay the most” which was a collaborative effort between a anti immigration organization founded by a white supremacist that has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center called the Federation for American Immigration Reform and a right wing propaganda outlet now known as Center Square aka the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.
The links in the above paragraph took me all of 10 seconds to find using google. The next one took me 3 seconds:
4 myths about how immigrants affect the U.S. economy ~ PBS Newshour
Myth #1: Immigrants take more from the U.S. government than they contribute
Fact: Immigrants contribute more in tax revenue than they take in government benefits
A 2017 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found immigration “has an overall positive impact on the long-run economic growth in the U.S.”
I figure the reason the Nation’s dysfunctional immigration system has not been reformed despite two attempts over the past 12 years is because there is so much misinformation out there that people accept as the gospel truth, including the whopper that the immigrants that come here are mooches and freeloaders when such is not the case.
The Echo does a fine job reporting on local issues. Maybe they should stick to that and leave the national topics alone.
What a great Shakespeare Quote that a cuz-in-law timely mentioned because it makes a great post title and dovetails nicely with this recent post which spoke about evangelical preachers more interested in building net worth than leading people to salvation.
Through time here in South Mississippi I’ve had a chance to meet many people including a few Baptist ministers that are truly gifted individuals. One I know from social media is Dr. Russell Moore from Biloxi, a gentleman that is very well known within the Southern Baptist Convention. What’s important about Dr. Moore in my estimation is that he belongs to a subset that truly strives to live their faith as much as preach it. It’s a trait that I personally hold a great amount of respect for when I see it. Dr. Moore posted this to twitter a few days ago:
The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this.
One of the replies he received was breath taking and absolutely revealing:
Worth noting here is that Falwell is a legacy Tee Vee preacher that also happens to have mucho man love for Donald Trump. For Falwell politic$ ha$ become hi$ religion that much is clear. Further down the scale but almost as harmful is denial and that too was exhibited: Continue reading ““Hell is empty, and all the devils are here!””
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.”
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?”
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.
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.