Archive for August 6, 2010

Remember Illegal Immigrant Elian Gonzalez?

Remember when Janet Reno deported  that illegal immigrant, Elian Gonzalez and the righties went nuts?

They claimed Bill Clinton sent  a poor helpless boy into the belly of the communist beast.

How times have changed: Border Patrol Agent Shoots 15-Year-Old Boy at Bridge.

Fast forward 15 years and Republicans, wingers and Tea Partiers say:  GET THOSE BROWN PEOPLE OUTTA HERE!

August 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM 1 comment

This is “News” on Fox

Just sayin’:

So I go to Fox and what’s on?  Billo.

What a sleazy way to gin-up ratings.

August 6, 2010 at 7:31 PM 2 comments

What Kind of Country Are We When We Slash Education and Rapid Transit Funds?

Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On.

We are our own worst enemy.  Osama bin Laden might as well sit back and relax.  We’re destroying ourselves.

August 6, 2010 at 4:43 PM Leave a comment

Crazy Day at the Food Bank

Just got back from my volunteer stint at the food bank.

Crazy day.

When I arrived this morning the shelves were all but bare.  Apparently there had been an onslaught of clients going through the bank yesterday afternoon — keeping the volunteers busy– making it impossible for them to spend time stocking.  So though people were arriving and going through intake, we kept them in the reception area for about 20 minutes while five or six of us rushed around stocking beans, chili, tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, rice, tomato sauce and pasta.

Then we had to walk eight families through as quickly as possible as more people were arriving all the time.  Unfortunately we only have five grocery carts, the facility is fairly small, and invariably there are one or two people who stop to read every word on every label, holding up the whole process as the procession winds through the narrow aisles.

When there was a lull, we went back to stocking.

Wonderful people there though — both the paid employees and the folks who come through.

Now I get to sit down.  Amazing how physically tiring it is lifting 25 lb. cases of canned food for five hours.

August 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM Leave a comment

About Those Unemployment Numbers

From Calculated Risk:

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 131,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Federal government employment fell, as 143,000 temporary workers hired for the decennial census completed their work. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000.

From Dave Weigel:

August 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM Leave a comment

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