Three young people in Ft Wayne, Indiana were found on February 24 in an abandoned house, murdered execution style. The sister of one of the victims wrote about her brother and cousin, who were buried on February 27.
I’ve previously blogged about the dangers of romanticizing the United States Civil War by ignoring the question about whether the cause of the combatants was just and emphasizing their heroism.
Read how one bigot testified at a South Carolina Senate hearing urging adoption of legislation restricting resettlement of Syrian refugees in South Carolina:
I find it curious that Syrian men of fighting age have abandoned their country in a time of crisis; American men did no such things during our bloody Civil War.
I’ve previously blogged about the Islamophobic online comments in the Augusta Chronicle. The same online commentator, Trump2016, copied and pasted from the soon-to-be published Protocols of the Elders of Makka the 20-point, 20-year plan Muslims have to take over the United States. Since the plan was first revealed in 2003 by worldnetdaily.com, we Muslims must get our act together. We only have 7 years left!
Note: tineye.com recognized this image in 2008, but I haven’t been able to find its original artist for proper attribution.
Rev. B. Scott Hicks of Lebanon, OH’s Oregonia United Methodist Church (for identification purposes only) posted an overview of the refugee resettlement process into the United States.
— Nationwide (@Nationwide) January 30, 2015
Just to start off, all of us can learn from this campaign. I’m not sure if the Super Bowl advertisement was great marketing, but the tips on the web site are informative and you should implement them. Thank you, Nationwide. Continue reading
From Farmers brace for workforce shortage under Obama’s executive action on immigration in the Augusta Chronicle of December 28, 2014:
Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California – the nation’s leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts – fear an even greater labor shortage under President Obama’s executive action to block about 5 million people from deportation.
Thousands of the state’s farmworkers, who make up a significant portion of those who will benefit, might choose to leave the uncertainty of their seasonal jobs for steady work building homes, cooking in restaurants and cleaning hotel rooms.
This article illustrates the hypocrisy of US immigration policy. Whole industries depend on cheap labor, and we deprive those laborers of a legal status so their employers can exploit them.
Let’s just be honest. If we want cheap fruit & vegetables, $0.50 chicken pieces, clean office buildings, manicured landscaping and construction workers on demand, then we have to have immigrants willing to do these tasks. Now the only question is whether we want them to have enough rights to be able to approach the police when landlords, employers and criminals exploit them.
If you believe in free markets for products, shouldn’t you believe in free markets for labor?
On September 27 in Evans, the Democratic Party and Republic Party nominees for the November 2014 General Election to the position of Representative to the United States Congress of Georgia’s 12th District, John Barrow and Rick Allen, respectively, answered questions posed by moderator Steve Crawford of the Columbia County News Times. They discussed defense spending, government surveillance, resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other issues. Continue reading
July 23, 2016 – Nick Kristof’s column in the New York Times of July 16 “We’re Helping to Deport Kids to Die”
Update: Sign petition urging President Obama to stop detaining children.
I like horror movies, but some, for no reason which I can discern, give me the heebie-jeebies. Stephen King‘s 1984 movie Children of the Corn was one of those. So I guess I can understand why my hometown newspaper’s editorial page was freaking out about the children of brown people from Mexico, Central and South America trying to reunite with their parents now living and working in the United States. Many of those parents used to actually grow corn, until NAFTA made it possible for US agrobusiness to dump its subsidized corn into their markets and make subsistence agriculture impossible. Continue reading
This is a letter of mine which my local daily newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle, published in January 2013.