U.S.-born workers have little interest at laboring in the dirt and the cold at the crack of dawn.
As 18 Guatemalans in hoodies and rubber boots toiled in such conditions recently in Oregon's Willamette Valley, their boss expressed admiration for their willingness to do the back-breaking work he said native-born Americans won't do.
"Homeless people are camped in the fir forest over there," the farmer said, pointing to a stand of trees. "And they're not looking for work." (AP)
While Dickhead Donald didn't "win" Oregon per se, he did garner a very large number of votes from that state. These are the people who could have thought through the potential impact of an "immigrant-free" policy on the agricultural industry in their state. But why think? I mean if it SOUNDS good it must be good right? And if thinking might open the door a crack to humanizing the source of all our problems, well, that just won't stand.
Until your business fails because you just don't have the labor. Or until you realize that the whole notion of kicking out immigrants as a solution to the unemployed is bogus.
a 2013 study by an economist at the Center for Global Development looked at farms in North Carolina and found that immigrant manual laborers had "almost zero" effect on the job prospects of native-born U.S. workers.
"It appears that almost all U.S. workers prefer almost any labor-market outcome - including long periods of unemployment - to carrying out manual harvest and planting labor," Michael Clemens wrote. (AP)
Yes that's right. Americans would much rather live under bridges or on a subway grate than actually do hard, manual labor. Maybe it's because we don't beat them enough? Take away their social services? Or charities that feed them on Thanksgiving and Xmas? Maybe we need to start imprisoning the homeless again, like we used to back in days of yore. Where going to the "poor house" was literally a thing. I mean if there ARE jobs to be hand and we eliminate people who are willing to do them then perhaps the answer is to FORCE unemployed Americans to work at gunpoint.
Sounds pretty stupid right? That is what happens when you start breaking down the whole anti-immigrant thing. But most tRump voters don't want to do that.
President Donald Trump's hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation's agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labor it needs to plant, grow and pick the crops that feed the country. (AP)
Yep what will happen then? Without workers who's going to farm? And without productive farms what will happen to the cost of produce? I guess if you believe in tRump you also believe god will provide. Well god doesn't provide for idiots who don't think...
Especially when that practice might benefit the poor and disenfranchised! The very NERVE that people WITHOUT money can actually find a lawyer to represent their interests! WTF right? The law is for the RICH. Exclusively!
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state's higher education system.
African-American attorney Julius Chambers, who endured firebomb attacks in the 1960s and 1970s as he fought segregation, founded the UNC Center for Civil Rights in 2001, serving as its first director. Now conservatives on the state Board of Governors, which sets policy for the 16-campus system, want to strip the center of its ability to file lawsuits, removing its biggest weapon.[..]
Those developments followed a conservative political takeover of North Carolina, launched in 2010 when Republicans took their first state House and Senate majorities since the late 1800s.
Board member Steve Long said the center must refocus on its education mission, and "one of the things you say no to is public interest law firms." He added, "free enterprise, civil rights, protection of children's rights - whatever the cause it doesn't matter. Are you going to stay on mission as an educational institution or not?"
Ya think Steve Long sleeps well at night? I mean what person with a reasonable conscience say "fuck children's rights"? A good conservative can, apparently. Funny how the moment conservatives get into power they go after institutions which play a noble and necessary cause. That's because it irks them. In their mind the law exists to JUSTIFY their views, and that justification is firmly grounded on affordability. By eliminating an agency that they can't control one that, mind you, isn't PAID for by the school but by outside grants and donations, fucking-shitbag-rightwing-assholes will ensure that those without money never get a chance to be heard.
All in the name of "preserving a mission of education."
Because really, what better way to learn than by hands-on? No. Not if it means success for someone who couldn't pay for it otherwise.
Fuck you Steve Long. Fuck you.
It was printed on a sign at a rally. The rally was in defense of having a conservative hate-speecher present. It said "Hate speech is free speech." It took a while, but eventually I've come around to that position myself.
You're chuckling right now I'm willing to bet. However there's a corollary there, if one CHOOSES to use hate speech, then one must be prepared for the incivility that results. Put more succinctly: if I'm going to use words that will trigger an unthinking anger, then I must be prepared for my opponent not just to do the same, but to do worse. And that RIGHT there means that I'm the one responsible for the degeneration of communication. This is precisely where I choose to spit on the relationship and stomp it to death. This is also precisely why I cannot claim, at any point in the future, the moral high ground NOR feign outrage when my opponents stop listening and do the same.
After a decade of listening to conservatives malign, threaten and abuse non-conservatives, it's simply astounding that they are now crying about how horrible it is when they're on the receiving end.
Dickhead Donald went out of his way to hate on women, non-whites, and anything that does not align with making money (environment, health, education, international cooperation, the list goes on.) Now suddenly all the tRumpanzees who embraced the hate, who screamed at non-whites, who assaulted Hillary are upset and outraged that this frenzy of anger has continued unabated. Somehow it was all just going to go away. Right? Please?
Oh no. The effectiveness of "please" died when you decided that someone who can degrade, defile, and disrespect with venomous vitriol another human is worthy of representing our nation. tRump ran under a banner of hate, so why so surprised when it becomes the standard?
So to all those out there "surprised" that the loving liberal is now the hating liberal. To those who thought that the effective use of hate as a motivational tool, as a tool to intimidate and annoy opponents belonged to the right, well, maybe now you're going to realize the damage that YOU did in embracing it.
The use of hate does not belong exclusively to the right, rather, as the sign pointed out, it IS a right. And it belongs to everyone. And THAT is the conservative legacy.
We're a happy family, we're a happy family, we're a happy family... me,
momGUNS and daddy... (the Ramones)
Because what better way to celebrate the close, familial bond than to shoot the fuck out of someone in your family. Right?
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son. [..]
According to the records, Lathrop's wife, Juanita, told police her son went to sit on the front porch about 9:30 a.m. when Thomas Lathrop said, "Don't you see me sitting here."
Fort replied he sat there every morning before work. Lathrop then got up and fired a single round at Fort's legs.
While Fort was running away, Lathrop fired two more shots, shattering Fort's pelvis. That bullet lodged in Fort's stomach, causing life-threatening injuries.
Guns! The best way to never have to say you're sorry for losing your temper...
For every tRump voter making under several million a year I have this to offer... Happy yet?
April 21 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump took aim at more Obama-era federal regulations on Friday, signing three orders to re-examine government restrictions and safeguards that were put in place after the financial crisis.[..] Trump's contention for scrapping the oversight is that it stifles corporate growth and, by extension, weakens the economy.
You should be because you got what you voted for: someone who couldn't give a FUCK about you. Every action Dickhead Donald is taking is ensuring that the rich can more easily, more seamlessly, and more legally take everything you have.
Yes, Donald's face was printed on that tube of lube you happily slathered on. I hope you don't get a cramp from holding that position though. There's a few more years to go...
And what's more, women aren't PAID to be fucking scumbags either.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A defense lawyer is being criticized for telling a Tennessee jury that women are "especially good" at lying "because they're the weaker sex."[..]
Farese told the newspaper that his job "is not to care if anybody gets offended" and "smart people will see it for what it is."
Yes, "women" are good at lying. They're born to it. They're not trained, or use it as part of their chosen profession.
Steve you're a total fucktard. I hope the "lying" women in your life help you understand where you went wrong, or, preferably, disown your misogynistic ass.
Go on, pat yourselves on the back, you helped deport yet another EVIL immigrant. Maybe even TWO!
Maribel Trujillo, a mother of four American children from Fairfield, Ohio, who has never committed any crime in the 15 years she has lived in the US, has been deported to Mexico in the latest sign that the Trump administration is indiscriminately targeting undocumented immigrants. (The Guardian)
April 19 (UPI) -- In a reversal of its prior stance, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday the first-known "Dreamer" deported under President Donald Trump's administration did indeed have valid protective immigration status.
Wow a mom of four American kids who never harmed a soul and a student. Yeah! Boohyah! Boy we just made America SO MUCH FUCKING SAFER.
Go on trumper, give yourself a gold fucking star. You did great.
Yep, another dick-brained excuse from yet another dick-brained GOP trog. Introducing *drum roll* Florida Fucktard Frank Artiles.
A Florida state senator has apologised to his African-American colleagues after insulting them and using a racial slur during a bar-room chat with them.
Miami Republican Frank Artiles spoke on the floor of the Florida Senate on Wednesday, saying "no one deserves to be spoken to like that".[..]
During Monday night's discussion, Mr Artiles reportedly sought to justify his use of the n-word, insisting he intended a slang pronunciation that he thought was not offensive. (BBC)
Because there's a RIGHT way to call someone a nigger? No, actually there's not. But there is a great way to lose all cred and get your ass removed from any serious discussion. Here's hoping Frankie loses his job for revealing what he really thinks about women and African-Americans.
And also hon, it's NOT ok to call a fellow senator a "bitch" to her face. Just in case that part was unclear...
Yeah, like fuck I'm not.
Presenter Bill O'Reilly has been dropped from Fox News over sexual harassment claims, the company says. "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations... Bill O'Reilly will not be returning," the network said in a one-sentence statement. (BBC)
Notice how the category says "Ha ha ha ha Fuck You"? Well yes, that's right bitch. LATER FUCKTARD. Much, much later.
A lot of big biz and rich-rich fuckers lined up to shower Dickhead Donald on his way to making himself very rich. Now they're hoping for the "big payback."
Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump's inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts - to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations.
That leaves a bit of a mystery: What the $107 million was spent for and how much was left over - the excess, if any, to go to charity. It also raises a new round of questions about the influence of money in politics, this time for a president who promised to "drain the swamp" of Washington. (AP)
Ah the poor ignorant slobs who actually BELIEVED that Dickhead Donald was going to work for them. That's so rich... like HE is (not you.) Nope, dumb fuckers gave him their vote in exchange for a promise of a goose in every pot and the freedom to hate thy neighbor.
Well... at least they got that second part. Free.
And the LAST thing a newly crowned DICKtater wants to hear is that not everyone wants him, not everyone loves him and that everyone KNOWS he cheated.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Erdogan rejects OSCE vote monitors' findings, tells group to 'know your place'
The vote monitors have proof that anti-Erdogan voters were prevented from voting, that unstamped votes in his favor were quietly accepted and that the ultra-slim margin that he won with is a total fraud.
That said, the disease continues to spread. People happily throwing away their rights and freedoms for the "myth" of a quieter, richer, more homogeneous life.
You poor, stupid, ignorant idiots. Now you can have a DICKtater for the next 10 fucking years...
Persecution, mutilation, murder and terror of those who are "different" from the mainstream is as old as mankind. Of course, we're not carrying spears and clubs any more, nor do we trade with sea shells and glass beads as currency. But while we've grown out of some of our less-than-useful attributes, fucktards the world over are lamenting one side effect of civilization: not being able to persecute, mutilate, murder and terrorize randomly and with impunity.
MOSCOW (AP) -- The leader of Chechnya has lashed out at international organizations that have strongly criticized the Russian region for reportedly persecuting and killing gays.[..]
Kadyrov says international organizations are conducting a "massive information attack ... using the most unworthy methods, reality is distorted, attempts are being made to blacken our society, lifestyle, traditions and customs."
Yes there it is once again, "our culture" is the justification for oppressing and destroying the lives of those deemed "different". Because in the past they were able to torture and kill gays it's something not just socially acceptable but demanded by their culture, and taking that ability away, or making them feel badly about it, means that the tables have turned and now the oppressors are being oppressed.
I often believe that this is precisely what defines someone as a "sane human" vs. someone not sufficiently evolved to be allowed an equal vote in governance. Do you believe that your religion, culture or history allows you to hurt another person? Yes? Sorry, no vote for you. Kthxbai.
Hey Dickhead Donald!! Get this: people can spend their OWN money when they want to. Yes, there actually IS money in America that YOU don't own.
CHICAGO (AP) -- President Donald Trump says "someone should look into who paid" for the rallies around the country Saturday that urged him to release his tax returns.
Trump tweeted Sunday: "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"
Ok, first yeah, I'm not falling for the red-herring lie about winning the electoral college shit. You BARELY won fucktard. Also you LOST the popular vote. TRUMP IS AN UNPOPULAR LOSER PRESIDENT. There we go, brushed aside. Onward.
Who paid for? Let's see, how about ALL THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED AGAINST YOU? Plus maybe all the people you've pissed off since? You're not a fucking King, moron. You're a publicly elected official, acting like a king, of course, or more correctly, like a little boy. An ignorant, uneducated, fibbing little tyrant.
And America, as defined by the majority of people living in it. Hates you.
Because he's killing in the name of "god". That pretty much makes him no different than anyone else killing in the name of god.
Governor Hutchinson says he is confident that the drugs will work as expected, and that he is satisfied the prison staff can handle the executions, six of which are happening over only three days.[..]
"I have a responsibility to the voters, I have a responsibility to my oath of office, but I also have responsibility to a higher power, God and eternity, and I understand that," he said.
"I feel comfortable in my understanding of my responsibilities both in terms of faith and scripture and in terms of as governor." (BBC)
Yes he's "comfortable" killing people. Because he's "comfortable" that god is totally behind this and the bible says so.
About the only thing I'm "comfortable" with is living many, many states away from a religious zealot who justifies killing by the application of myths rather than rule of law.
You're pretty fucked up there Asa, and I'm pretty comfortable that other people feel the same way too...
...In the US for the right to control their own destiny.
US President Donald Trump has signed a new measure aimed at rolling back federal funding for the US women's health group Planned Parenthood.
The legislation removes an Obama-era rule that prohibited states from withholding funding for family planning services that provide abortions.(BBC)
Yes moderate, DDT has become moderate where it suits him, BUT NOT WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN'S RIGHTS.
It's 2017 and women still have to die to exercise the right to determine what happens in their own bodies.
Question 1: And why, exactly, didn't this ten minutes of listening come sooner? Like say, before the election?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues. And for all his usual bluster, he's startlingly candid about the reason: He's just now really learning about some of them.
"After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy," the president said after a discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping that included his hopes that China's pressure could steer North Korea away from its nuclear efforts.
That's just one of several recent comments offering insight into what looks like a moderate makeover for an immoderate president. As he
Question 2: Will the herds of screaming, frothing, shit-flinging Trumpanzees follow their Great White Leader's example and think for 10 minutes themselves?
Well, probably no, since thinking absolutely NOT a desired characteristic of a mindless-woman-hating-bible-thumping-greedbag. So I guess that brings us to Question 3: if DDT has changed his opinion, will his mindless, drooling, knuckle dragging hordes follow him?
It's interesting that DDT has suddenly had the epiphany that "being president is hard and means thinking about stuff, stuff that isn't necessarily about him." What's less interesting is the evil fuckwads he put into positions of power BEFORE his epiphany happened. Maybe he's fire more of them? But what will he replace them with? I don't know if I WANT to know the answer to that...
I'm having a hard time figuring out how they'll top themselves, but sure as shit, the tRumpsterfucks do it again and again. You'd think I'd learn by now.
SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the "regulatory assault" on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business.
How exactly does that work? More coal = cleaner environment how? Not sure? I know I sure the fuck ain't, but this administration doesn't value truth, logic or science so maybe in their world magic can happen and suddenly coal won't clog the air and fuck the future of mankind. Also aliens. And the apocalypse. tRump is also the Holy Trinity, all by himself.
President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold key Obamacare subsidies for health insurers in order to force Democrats to negotiate a new deal.
Insurers say if the reimbursements to help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for the poor are cut, it could send Obamacare into a death spiral.
But Mr Trump said the move might force Democrats to the negotiating table.
His comments come three weeks after Republicans failed to secure a bill to overhaul the US healthcare system.
"I don't want people to get hurt," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Wednesday. (BBC)
Like that? If the government renegs on it's part of the deal, meaning to actually PAY for reimbursements THEN people will die and suddenly the people who care about their dying and suffering constituents (meaning the Dems in this case) will come begging Herr Dickhead to negotiate with them. Really. Also aliens. And the apocalypse. tRump is also the Holy Trinity, all by himself.
Wonder how those tRump voters on the ACA feel about this? Of course if they're dead they won't be feeling much at all. Pretty awesome huh? A president who actually doesn't mind killing a few citizens just to save his pride. Cool. Voters wanted different, and boy are they getting a double handful.