Category Archives: politics

we are a racist country… the end


Senator Obama is scheduled to deliver this morning what some are calling the most important speech of his political career to date. Perhaps he should take some tips from Tracy Morgan.

“it’s a little complicated but basically it’s this…”

YouTube took down the video of comedian Tracy Morgan responding to Tina Fey’s quasi endorsement of Sen. Clinton so you’ll have to go the SNL link to watch it.

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Super Tuesday and DMB


Some of you who have read my blog before have seen that I’ve referenced Dave Matthews Band a few times.

I’ve been a fan of his band’s music since his “Under the Table and Dreaming” album came out in 1994. Dave’s lyrics are at times simplistic, spiritual, common, unusual, erotic, political or silly. He’s surrounded himself with amazing musicians, specifically bass phenom and prodigy Stephan Lessard and drummer extraordinaire Carter Beuford; which, in doing so, allows the music to be extremely complex.

He has helped with issues regarding the environment, his opinions of religion are similar to that of UUs, and he’s just flat out cool.

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the circle is tightening


My office got this a few days ago from the Department of Labor because they want to conduct an audit on one of our clients. It’s a list of documents they want to see when they come by and talk with us.

Sucks to be the client. They’re gonna lose some employees. Hell, what am I talkin about… we’re gonna lose some employees.

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So there is a new House bill that was introduced on Nov 6th which many believe will easily pass through both houses and is the middle road to Immigration Reform. It uses something called the principle of Attrition Through Enforcement and will give all levels of government the authority to enforce laws already on the books.

My dad had it happen to him already when he went on Monday to renew his driver’s license. They asked for his social security card to make sure it matched his other info. It didn’t match.  The next day he went to the Social Security office to tell them they needed to fix a typographical error that’s prohibiting him from getting his license renewed (not really a typo as much a translation error… George / Jorge). They told him they need to see some form of ID. Catch 22 and now he’s wondering what the hell he’s supposed to do. He even called my aunt down in Brownsville and asked her to check it out and that office is doing the same thing. The circle is tightening.

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This is kinda interesting. In reading the whole document it seems as though the conclusion of doing nothing about illegal immigrants costs us a nominal fee… if I read this right, about 200 bucks per household. But if they were all sent back to where they came from it could impact some regions and industries severely. According to the author of this document it is extremely difficult to tell. I pulled this excerpt for your reading enjoyment.

Sending all illegal immigrants home would reduce the U.S. labor force by 5 percent and the low-skilled U.S. labor force (workers with less than a high school education) by 10 percent or more. In 2005, illegal immigrants accounted for 24 percent of workers employed in farming, 17 percent in cleaning, 14 percent in construction, and 12 percent in food preparation. Losing this labor would likely increase prices for many types of non-traded goods and services, increase wages for low-skilled resident labor, decrease incomes of employers that hire these workers, and increase the incomes of taxpayers that pay for the public services these individuals use. The net impact of these changes would be small, although in some regions and industries the dislocation caused by the labor outflow would be considerable.
If, instead, illegal immigrants were allowed to remain in the country and obtain legal residence visas, the economic impact would depend on the rights granted to these individuals.

Well, either way… the squeeze on illegals is starting and what some are saying is in the name of security… to keep the “invasion” at bay. Some people are gonna get caught in the crossfire. It’s my personal opinion that the smokescreen is security but in reality they just want to send all those wetbacks across the big river because we tan better than them. My dad might need to start learning how to swim.

the above quote is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

a really cool reproduction of this correct version of the statement can be purchased here.

where do we turn for guidance


Have y’all ever watched the show 30 Days by Morgan Spurlock. Very interesting… he’s the guy who made that movie Supersize Me.

This weekend I got consumed by watching a few episodes.

I don’t know if there was a mini-marathon going on leading up to this season’s premier but i caught three episodes… three that I had actually seen before. But for some reason they really impacted me this go ’round… particularly the minimum wage episode.

I haven’t thought about the minimum wage since i was in high school working at an auto parts store. But this episode grabbed me, spoke to me and I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit now.

In watching this episode, Spurlock shows rather effectively the difficulties of living on minimum wage and how families live on the edge every day. So many questions and issues spider-web out from this issue of living off of $5.15 per hour: homelessness, health care, psychology, child rearing, stress, spirituality, poverty, hunger, marriage, divorce, economics and the list could go on.

I recently began reading a blog called CRAP on Sundays because, like Will, I don’t really like to hear about politics from the pulpit and some of his posts resonate with me. But when I watch something like that episode of 30 Days, I struggle with the idea of absolutely no politically issues being mentioned from the pulpit. I voiced that sentiment recently in one of my posts, which was inspired by Will when he announced he was leaving the UU fold.

It can be argued that this (the minimum wage issue and its byproducts) is a moral issue. It is most certainly a political issue. Like most right brained people, I view the world primarily through my emotions. I see this issue and what stems from it and think, “that is wrong. We live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world and we have fellow citizens who live on the edge every day… and it’s wrong.”

But I have my logical side, too. I am no economist but I suspect goods and services will have to be increased for businesses to offset the raise which was signed into law in May of 2007. And so my logical, colder side says, “why is it my place to pay for someone else’s lot in life.” “This is a land of opportunity… some people have just squandered it.”

Sure, some people have made poor choices. Some people have screwed up. But many were born at the wrong place at the wrong time… way behind the starting line when the gun went off. A myriad of reasons can be thought up has to how or why someone has come to their lot in life… you know nature vs nurture, etc. They may have been dealt bad cards or just dicked up the good cards they were dealt.

But how will history judge us, those who had a chance to make things right, if we don’t. What will our children’s children think of us, if we didn’t act to make something wrong… right. (the emotive guy coming out again) And where do we hear about that which is right? Where do we turn for guidance regarding making things right for ourselves and the world around us?

I go to church on Sundays.

Then again… maybe I’ll just watch the new season of 30 Days. The first episode is about immigration.

[Deist makes a note to himself. “remind the Rev to preach about min wage… just don’t make it too political.”]