Archive for February 3, 2010
I watched a few minutes of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. Gabriel Thompson was on, talking about his new book, Working in the Shadows.
Thompson talked about how he spent a year doing manual labor, like ripping raw chicken breasts apart in a plant that slaughtered something like 50,000 chickens a day. He talked about how he harvested veggies in California, bending and stooping and sweating for eight hours so he would know what it’s like to work “in the shadows.” The premise of Thompson’s book is that working in the shadows means you probably don’t have any sick leave, break time, overtime and often, no pay. You’re essentially an indentured servant.
Suddenly, Mike Barnicle butted in, trying to equate Thompson’s to with James O’Keefe’s, the wannabe boy “journalist” who thought an easy road to fame would be to spend an hour or two trying to bug Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s phones:
Barnicle: You know it’s great for people to get more information about what kinds of jobs are being done by largely an immigrant population but you mentioned, you know, journalism, and it’s important also to note—you didn’t deceive any of your employers did you—in going to work?
Thompson: I totally deceived every employer because at the outset—it was more of a mission of when I told them my work experiences, did I say I’d spent years as a community organizer or years writing about Mexican immigrants—no. Because none of them would have allowed me access.
Barnicle: Do you view yourself in a similar fashion as, you know, the guy who got grabbed trying to wiretap the phones of Senator—or whatever they were trying to do at Sen. Landrieu’s office?
Thompson: Well… he was trying to commit a felony, right?
Thompson: I don’t think I was trying to commit a felony.
Thompson: What I was trying to—what I wanted to experience and get access to is what it’s like to work in these jobs.
Thompson handled it beautifully but as for Barnicle? How about attaching to a rock somewhere out in Boston harbor for the next 5, 10 years.
Where would Sarah Palin be without Trig, the prop that keeps on giving?
In his PolitiFact debut, Brown says federal jobs pay twice as much as private sector jobs.
Buzzer please. FALSE.
The Mudflats, one of the very best blogs in Alaska and the go-to place for news about Sarah Palin and Alaskan politics, has an explosive post up today titled: Sarah Palin — Tax Cheat? Contents of Mysterious Envelope Revealed. (The site was very slow to load for me. I have a feeling it’s being overwhelmed.)
The gist of the post is that Todd and Sarah Palin own a roughly 20-acre tract of land in Petersville Hills, Alaska. “There are two large cabins on the property that are well built, and include thousands of dollars worth of improvements and amenities. The buildings are clearly nicer that many people’s homes. Also on the property is a large shop for snowmachines and four-wheelers.”
Copies of tax assessments are provided which show that the land is assessed at $30,000 but there is $0 assessed for buildings on the property: “The buildings have been on the property for years now, yet the Palins have done nothing to correct the assessment.”
Very interesting. Mark my word, Palin is going to self-implode, one way or another.
Wow. It’s unreal that this woman didn’t realize she had a six-inch knife stuck in the back of her neck. (Caution. Photos are graphic.)
Mugging victim Julia Popova calmly went home after being robbed on her way home from work – without realising she had a six inch knife stuck into her neck.
The 22-year-old office worker had grappled with her attacker when he snatched her handbag as she walked to her parents’ home in the Russian capital Moscow.
But she was so shocked by the ordeal she didn’t know that the thug had buried a kitchen knife in her neck just fractions of an inch from her spinal cord.
Her horrified parents rushed her to hospital where surgeons managed to remove the blade without damaging Julia’s spine.
“Shock had kicked in and her body prevented her from feeling any pain. She simply walked home without feeling the knife in her back,” said one medic.
The Raging Grannies of South Florida have their say over CBS’s decision to air the Focus on the Family’s anti-choice ad during Sunday’s Super Bowl. (I have no problem with CBS airing the ad per se, but I do have a problem with CBS refusing to air ads from the likes of MoveOn and PETA. They claim not to want to air “controversial” ads, but apparently, in their world, “controversial” means liberal/progressive.)