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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

L.A. Times - Tough Work, If You Can Find It

My comments are going to be in italic...

Tough work, if you can get it

At a Home Depot in Cypress Park, day laborers hope to find work, even though jobs are rare and pay is low.
The pay is lower and the jobs are fewer, but the pool of laborers looking for work at sanctioned locations grows larger.
Hector Tobar

April 28, 2009
So there I was in the hardware store parking lot, with 150 other guys.

They were all prospective day laborers, and I was not, though I was unintentionally wearing a loose approximation of a jornalero's uniform -- faded baseball cap, khaki pants, the mestizo skin my mother and father bequeathed to me.

Over the course of two hours we talked in Spanish about soccer, religion, politics and, above all, the economy. Only rarely was our conversation interrupted by someone offering a job.

"Let's go and see," Jose Hernandez said when a car stopped at the other end of the parking lot. In an instant, it was surrounded by a dozen men. Two got a job -- 148 or more were left to wait.

The laborers who gather near the Home Depot in Cypress Park do yardwork and construction, mostly. In recent years, $10 has been the preferred hourly wage. These days many will work for less. (Poetic justice, those who came here illegally to work for lowering wages, are being pinched by those continue to come here illegally and work for lower wages. I'm sure the older illegals are bitchin' about the new illegals)

"There are people here who will take $9 or $8 for an hour, or $50 for a whole day's work," Hernandez, a 45-year-old Honduran, told me. The growing number of workers slowly pushes down the wages.

It surprised me, honestly, to find such a big crowd at the hiring site. With the official unemployment rate in Los Angeles County at 11% and thousands of legal residents out of work, I figured the market for informal immigrant labor might have collapsed.

Not so, insisted the guy who ran the taco truck in the parking lot.

"Of course they're still getting work. Would they be out there all day standing in the sun if they weren't?"

The presence of so many men looking for work on the street is one of those things that make people say L.A. is becoming like Latin America.

I've lived in Mexico City and think in a way they're right -- though not for the obvious reasons. It's not the Spanish spoken here, or even the growing gap between our rich and poor.

It's our tolerance of such stark inequality. (What?!, you won't believe how many stories, I've heard from white folk and black folk that latinos are hiring only latinos)

Like the Mexican elite, we native Angelenos have come to accept and enjoy the little perks that come with living among legions of poor people with few enforceable rights. (Racial jab)

"I'll take two guys, for two days," said a woman who arrived at the Cypress Park site with a U-Haul truck. "I can pay $10 an hour. For two hours each day. And you have to be able to speak English." (How dare her, request they speak English, where does she think she is...The United States?!)

The woman said she was moving. "It's not a hard move," she said, but it was too much to do by herself and not enough for a moving company.

At a day-laborer site, you can order up muscle the same way you might order a cord of wood -- no appointment necessary, instant delivery, flexible price. (Excuse me, is that what is offered?)

Back in Latin America, they think of the United States as a country governed by "the rule of law." That's true, except when applied to immigrant labor. (True, we're not doing enough on illegal immigration)

We hire nannies and gardeners to work in our home, and most of us feel free to ignore the trouble of 1099 forms and Social Security taxes -- even while carefully obeying admonitions to recycle our trash or clear our brush. (That tells you what we think of you illegals in the first place, but there are options said illegals can I dunno...Get Out!)

But day-labor sites are the most naked, rawest form of laissez faire capitalism.

American workers have fought for and won overtime and the right to an eight-hour workday. But for a day laborer, not even a glass of water is necessarily a given, according to the guys at the Cypress Park site, who say they are routinely ripped off. (Again poetic justice, illegals routinely rip off hospital emergency rooms and take public aid not meant for you and lets not talk about identity theft!)

I asked Mario Lopez, an assistant manager for the organization that runs six city-sanctioned day-labor hiring sites, including the one at Cypress Park, what my responsibilities would be if I hired a jornalero.

The only rule is that you treat workers fairly, he said, but "there's nothing written."

Day-labor sites across Southern California began to attract large and conspicuous numbers of immigrants a quarter of a century ago.

Back in the 1980s, the Times wrote dozens of stories. Neighbors (still) complained about trash at the sites and the behavior of some workers. Immigrant-rights activists expressed hope that one day the workers would be able to "come out of the shadows" and join the regular workforce.

A generation later, immigrant day labor is an accepted and permanent feature of the urban landscape. Local governments fund and regulate their existence. By so doing, they've given legal standing to a socially acceptable system of inequity.(Please take notice, no one has ever voted for day laborer sites)

Pedro, (an illegal alien) a native of the Mexican state of Michoacan, has been going to a Los Angeles city-sanctioned day-labor site at Cypress Park off and on for six years.

"It's not enough to live on, it's less than what it used to be, but it's still there," he said of the work to be found there. These days, he'll get a job that lasts a day or two -- and then two weeks will go by with nothing.

Declining earnings have driven some of the regulars to homelessness, he said. (Why?! don't they have a shack back where they came from?)

"A lot of people eat at the missions or sleep on el cerro," the hillside, he said, referring to a nearby rocky outcrop in Elysian Park.

If we believe immigrants without documents have a right to be here, we should be working to grant them legal status so they become fully protected workers. (Last checked according to polls, no one but politicians think that, Americans both democrat and republicans don't believe illegals have the right to be here)

If we believe they don't, we should be enforcing the labor and tax laws so that no one works in the shadows. (We try to enforce the laws, but we have weak politicians that can't stomach the vision of seeing people escorted out of this country like the Israelites leaving Egypt, with the exception, we won't be following them in the desert!)

Our society does neither. Meanwhile, our addiction to cheap labor continues unabated.

"True, this is not my country," Pedro told me. "But I don't think that gives people the right to treat me like a criminal."

And now, it seems, this informal, unprotected labor pool is growing. At the Cypress Park site, immigrants with long histories in the U.S. suddenly find themselves looking for work alongside people without documents. (The writer is trying to make a distinction that is not true, every person at these Home Depots are illegals, no one has legal documentation)

Hernandez, the Honduran immigrant, is a legal resident with a stepson in the U.S. Army. He was laid off from a factory job making eyeglasses and has been going to the hiring site since December "because it's better than sitting around home all day doing nothing."

He's trying to keep a positive outlook.

"You're too stressed, catracho," he told another worker, using a slang word for Honduran.

He and others tell stories to pass the time. Like the time a tire came flying off a truck on the freeway overpass that looms over the hiring site.

The tire bounced into the lot and crushed a Mercedes-Benz parked there. A fleet of Los Angeles Police Department squad cars descended on Home Depot, and one took off after the truck driver.

Because in California, one thing is certain: The rules of the road are sacred.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Yahoo! Sports - One Giant Leap for Tyler

I think this kid is doing the right thing by skipping his senior year and choosing to play overseas to develop his basketball skills. And also get paid! to do something he loves to do. I think it's great and other kids with NBA flash should do the same thing.

I'm pulling for this kid and support his family giving the NCAA the big...

Screw You..

Larry Elder: Tea Parties: Calling All Racists

Please Larry don't hurt 'em!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rev. Wayne Perryman: Torture, Mr. President?

The chronicles of history reveal that in areas controlled by Democrats, Democrats used every form of torture to keep blacks in their place. Lynching, whippings, murder, intimidation, assassinations and mutilations were commonplace in jurisdictions where Democrats were in control.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fanz23 - Similarities

Is it me or does obama resemble the Green Goblin from Spiderman

Michelle Malkin - Here Comes the Internet Sales Tax Grab

So what happened to only taxing folks who make $250K, it looks like the Gov't Official, one democrat and one turncoat are at work to get more of your money..

WSJ - Jobless Rate Climbs in 46 States (Under obama)

Meanwhile the L.A. Times is writing a love article saying how good this guy is doing..

WSJ - When Doctors Opt Out

We already know what government-run health care looks like.

Fanz23 - Hulk Hogan [If] OJ Did It...I Understand.

Former WWF/WCW/WWE Wrestling great Hulk Hogan was recently quoted by saying he understands OJ Simpson for [allegedly] killing his wife and her friend Ron Goldman after describing his feelings about his own ex-wife seeing/sleeping with a way young man.

Hogan: “I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like O.J., cutting everybody’s throat. You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can’t go to anymore, you’re driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife . . . I totally understand O.J. I get it.”

And with that comment, which is inaccurate, because Hogan, like a good majority of people, yours truly included, believes that Simpson killed two people, but unlike the good majority, yours truly has to accept the verdict of the jury and can't label Simpson a murderer. A kidnapper and robber? yeah.

But why is Hogan in big doo doo by expressing himself like any other red blooded male or female who can't stand the fact that someone after you is doing your ex. Last checked, "Crime of Passion" is still excusable for breaking somebody off IF! you don't go OJ, ahem! allegedly! on them.

And why is this such a big thing, I see that the Brown and Goldman families are up in arms over the comment, but yet when Chris Rock in his HBO comedy stand up titled "Bring the Pain," Rock said this: "I'm not saying he [Simpson] should have killed her, but I understand." Not a word.

He understands all of what Hogan said and so do a good majority of men and women who either catch their spouses or girl/boyfriends messing around. Black or White.

I don't advocate killing anyone unless your life is threatened, but I understand.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fanz23 - I'm Blaming Him (Sports)

Now that Owens is now a former Cowboy and officially out of the NFC. Who will bear the brunt of all the blame if the Cowboys do come in last as someone posted that so called experts are saying. Remember these are the same so called experts that are wrong when college now potential draftees are picked in the draft. So what makes them "experts" on where a team finishes.

But again, if the sunlight shines on a dog's arse and these jackasses are right.

I'm blaming Jerry Jones.

Yep, you read right. The freaking owner who some are saying is acting more and more like Al Davis, only without the sweatsuit.

It was Jones who said in the beginning that Owens was staying and assured us, fans of the Cowboys that the team needed a little tweaking in the coaching staff. What we got was a big tweak in Owen's release and a big hole in regard to his production on the field.

Who is going to feel that void?

Williams? maybe.

But Williams can' t feel that void if the guy responsible in getting him towards that production is not playing smart football and in turn having fans of this great team wondering if a straight up, head up trade for Cutler for Romo should have happened.

So now that will be two items in which I'll blame Jones if this team does not have the season it's schedule suggest they should have.

A successful one in which a trip to the Supa' Bowl and win is in order.

Anything less.

Blame Jerry Jones.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

RF23 - Hey Mexico! Your Crimes, Your Problem!

RF23 - Hey Mexico! Your Crimes, Your Problem!

This morning on a local San Diego news station, an issue in regard to Mexico's drug cartel problems in which hundreds if not a thousand or so people have been victim to the country's drug war was discussed. One of the two man panelist basically said the U.S. is not doing enough to assist Mexico with their problem in regard to drug cartels and yes, the country's own governmental corruption.

How is that our problem?

Yes, in our country, we have drug heads that are demanding illegal drugs and making these cartels dirty rich, but it ain't our problem, if Maria and Jose are killed in Mexico by Mexicans refusing to be continued poor and eventually illegal aliens.

And that's [illegal aliens] a problem that is an United States problem, in which we could help Mexico with. By reinserting said illegals back to their corrupt and drug enriched country, arse first!

Look, the war on drugs is failing like the Board of Education and the gov't official that occupies the white house. I think drugs should be legalized and taxed like alcohol, better yet, like cigarettes. Quite frankly, it's no one business what an indivual chooses to put in his or her body, as long as they know, they're ass will die from years or months of abuse. I think if [drugs] legalized it will eliminate these cartels and curb the violence involved in it. The only thing, we'll have to worry about is Al Sharpton complaining that the federal gov't should have done this in the 90's when gangs and drugs were killing young black men at a high rate.

And we all know, what will quiet him down...

Cha ching!

Larry Elder: Rediscovering The 10th Amendment - Too Little, Too Late

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fanz23 - Props to TEA Party Party

All across America, thousands upon thousands of AMERICAN citizens protested against higher taxes imposed upon them by our elected officials. They didn't care if they were democrats or Republicans. All they cared about is the huge gov't spending and higher taxes to pay for that spending.

I"m with it. As a matter of fact, I have one more acronym.

G.E.A. (Governed Enough Already)

Now I know a good majority of you are offended that Americans, like me are in support of the folks who were protesting.

So what.

Unlike other protests of the past, this one is just. It's not asking for illegals to be given amnesty, it's not asking for a just offensive against terrorism to be halted, it's not asking to go against God in regard to homosexuality.

They are simply asking, better yet, repeating a famous quote from the end of victicrat Spike Lee's [Malcom]"X" movie.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fanz23 - Should Maersk Pay The U.S. Back?

Over the week, a few pirates err!! African Robin Hoods hijacked a tanker boat filled with food and supplies heading to ironically the same place the hijackers are from, Somalia.

Anyway the whatchamacallit, Obama gave the order to kill 3 African black men, allegedly involved in the hijacking. According to an Newsweek article these modern day Robin Hoods take ships for ransom, obtain the ransom payment and give it to their own villages, because their own gov't, like whatchamacallit's, father origin of country (Kenya) is running a close third to Louisiana and it's closest competitor, New Orleans. (who would have thought that a state and it's own city would be having a race to the finish to see who's more corrupt).

But that's not the question here, in this economic times and we're hurting to find jobs to keep our hybrids running. Should a huge company with money to burn pay the U.S. back for the rescue mission. I mean if the outcry was/is that Iraq should pay us back, why not Maersk and if not. Should we take over the company and terminate it's CEO?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Fanz 23 - Detroit and New Orleans; Different Cities, Similar Stories

Detroit and New Orleans; Different Cities, Similar Stories

Last weekend during the NCAA final four tournament, I kept hearing a new theme for the Michigan State Spartans as they upset and just plain beat down the number one seeded Connecticut.

"Oh how this will spark the City of Detroit, after all they're going through"

"The City of Detroit and it's people need this win"


Since when did Detroit become New Orleans? It took a minute or two to realize that no natural disaster has hit Detroit, like the storms that hit New Orleans...

So why does Detroit and it's people need two basketball games to feel good about themselves?

And then it hit me.

Both of those cities are similar.

Both, over the years (30 or more) have elected democrats to their city councils and mayor's chair. Both have incompetent or corrupt politicians. Both, like other cities have areas of high crime and gov't dependance. And unlike New Orleans and the strong storms from Katrina, Detroit is suffering from the storm of greedy and unyielding unions, and the inability to make cars that can compete with foreign automaker which means huge layoffs from automakers like Ford and GM.

So although both cities stories are different..The outcome is still the same..