Saturday, December 22, 2007
It's "The Grapes of Wrath" all over again?
I was taking a few minutes to check out the news and I came across a Yahoo News headline that read,
Being from California I was interested, so I clicked further and read the article titled "Tent city in suburbs is cost of home crisis," by Dana Ford.
After reading the eye-catching headline and then seeing the actual title of the article, I assumed I was going to read an story about how the high foreclosure rates are forcing people in the streets. Let me sum up what I found instead.
According to the author:
1) A tent city sprung up in Ontario California in July with 20 people. (Sad)
2) That tent city now houses 200 people, including children. (Horrible)
3) The 'unraveling' is a 21st Century version of "The Grapes of Wrath" (We're doomed)
Stop! Did she just write "Grapes of Wrath?" Are we in a Depression????!!!!! Holy crap, I never knew my nation had plummeted into another Great Depression while I was out here in Baghdad. I keep hearing that our economy is on the verge of hell, but never have I seen it compared to Steinbech's "The Grapes of Wrath."
According to Ms. Dana Ford we're in "Great Depression II!" and people are living in tent cities all because of this Mortgage Crisis deal.
Now let's continue reading. I'll keep summing it up again for you. Where were we again? Ahh, the magical number four.
4) "As more families... head to foreclosure here and across the nation, the social costs of collapse are adding up in the form of higher rates of homelessness, crime and even disease."
Holy Mother of God! First we're in the "Great Depression II!," and because of this collapse we're seeing higher homeless rates, crime, and even disease? Why, we must be in the "Dark Ages II!"
Before you run for the hills or build a mote around your house, let me keep summing this article. Where were we again? Ahh, the always dependable number five.
5) "While no current residents claim to be victims of foreclosure, all agree that tent city is a symptom of the wider economic downturn. And it's just a matter of time before foreclosed families end up at tent city, local housing experts say."
5) "While no current residents claim to be victims of foreclosure,.....
What choo talk'n 'bout Willis?
5) "While no current residents claim to be victims of foreclosure,.....
First I was brought into the story because of the yahoo headline,
And then I'm pummeled into morbid depression because I find out our nation is in the grips of not just a "Great Depression II!", but a disease-infested "Dark Ages II!" Yet, just when I'm about to jump off of the closest bridge here in Baghdad, I find that none of the tent city residents claim to be victims of the Mortgage Crisis.
Hold on a second. We've got to blame someone for this "mess". Who do we always blame?
6) "Earlier this month, U.S. President George W. Bush rolled out a plan to slow foreclosures by freezing the interest rates on some loans. But for many in these parts, the intervention is too little and too late."
Ahh, that's right. Let's blame the Devil in D.C. He's caused everything from Global Warming to forcing the Peace-loving leader of Iran to send weapons to Iraq to murder soldiers and innocent civilians, so we might as well throw in blame for "The Dark Ages II!"
One last mention of the article before I go to the bathroom and gouge my eyeballs out with the nail clippers on my Swiss Army Knife. Articles such as these always need to address the Savior of All Great Catastrophes, Ailments, and Stubbed Toes. Where were we again? How could I forget... number siete.
7) "We feel helpless," said Sawa. "Obviously, it's a local problem because it's in our backyard, but the solution is not local."
The solution is not local you say? You must be referring to the Almighty himself, Uncle Sam! Why, Uncle Sam can fix anything! He's the solution to every one's problems. He's the Mr. Fix-It of "All Great Catastrophes, Ailments, and Stubbed Toes" Let's turn to Uncle Sam (after we impeach the Great Satan of course) and ask for forgiveness of our 'Mortgage Trespasses.' If Uncle Sam is willing, he'll snap his finger and force Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Fast Food, Big Auto, and Mr. VP Cheney-McHaliburton to pay off every American's mortgage. After all, what good are those evil rich corporations? They've done nothing for us, and anything they can do Uncle Sam can do better.
Right? Isnt' that what we're always told?
Okay, I'm done. I fold. I'm not even sure where I'm taking this rant anymore. All I know is this so-called journalism, propaganda from the Reformed Marxist Church of Berkley, this made up Bull#@!@ (the stuff Al Gore powers his private jet with) is getting on my nerves.
I'm so tired of agenda infested news. Yes, it's sad that folks are homeless in Ontario California, but people have been homeless in Ontario as far back as I can remember. They're making it sound like this is some new phenomenon caused by George W. Bush and Big (Place Corporation Logo Here). It's getting old.
If someone needs help in this country there are places to get help. Period. If you are living in a tent in Ontario with your kids, you need to retrace your footsteps on how you got into that mess, figure out what went wrong, seek help from the City, County, or even the Governator (He has programs there to help terminate poverty), and get a roof over your kids heads ASAP.
People can fall on hard times, but there is NO excuse for keeping your kids in that mess. This is the United States of America, where our poor live like the upper-middle class throughout most of the world. Poor people around the world would give anything to be a poor person in the United States.
These types of articles are getting more prevalent because the 2008 election is less than a year away. The organizations who wipe their crap up with political agendas and smear their agendas across the news are forcing you to smell their agendas 24/7. After a while you can't seem to get that agenda smell out of your head, and it keeps making you more and more ill until you just lose it and vote for whatever party promises to remove that smell. In the end you feel like you've been played as the nation begins smelling more and more like those agendas you thought were gone.
Remember the 1992 election? The Dems were running on a platform of fear. They went around convincing the nation that we were in 'The worst economy since Herbert Hoover.'
Can you smell the agenda now?
posted by El Capitan at 3:11 PM
Preach it, Tony! Agenda seems to be all - facts don't matter.9:54 AM
Have you been there? For whatever reason a person becomes homeless they're still people. People in need. I am convinced that they are there because they are cognitively unable to succeed or navigate in our society or it's because of a series of unfortunate situations that puts them there. Their reason for landing at tent city isn't what makes me want to help them. I go because I see people who need assistance. I am thankful that the city of Ontario has allowed them this area of land to exist without having to sleep under bridges or on sidewalks. I can go there and offer blankets, tents, gloves, socks...whatever I can think of to keep them from suffering.10:53 AM
This headline is misleading. If the Clintons get the nomination from their fellow socialists, we will see a lot more of this.
To the Anonymous bed-wetter: Did Tony insinuate anywhere in this post that these individuals are not “people...in need”? No, he did not. A genuine, caring person would be helping the tent families of Ontario find the skills and means to get out of their situation. I suspect you bring them “blankets, tents, gloves, socks” to make yourself feel better. So, screw you!
They're infiltrating everywhere, Tony. The PC police, the liberal media, the socialist wackos.
Good answer, by the way.
Another CHICKEN SHIT comment by someone who doesn’t have the balls (or cunt hairs) enough to use their blog name or even their blog handle. It is also pissy ass bed wetters like anonymous that are always blaming Bush for everything. The fact is these people are in this situation because of choices they made. Living beyond their means, trying to “keep up with the Joneses” or just plain stupidity has caused them to be living in a tent. Yes! They are people. Stupid People! Maybe this will wake some of them up, and they will start making more responsible decisions. But I bet you a dollar they will cry and plead for “The Government” to GIVE them money to start over. Kind of like “The Government” gave the money to the people in New Orleans who promptly went out and bought big screen televisions and new cars and other shit instead of rebuilding or repairing their homes. I just wonder what you, Major T, are going to do when “The Government” repossesses your tent. Maybe you can find a cute Marine – if there is such a thing – to bunk with.12:30 AM
Good analysis. And also, why isn't there a picture of this tent city? All they show is a tattered American flag. And when I search images for a photo, I can't find one. Something is wrong here.3:14 PM
Having done some research into living conditions I have made the decision to move to the US! Apart from the medical care (which having just watched the film Sicko I am slightly concerned about) I have decided that there are more positives then negatives and am therefore very excited about the prospect of moving.
However I am concerned with purchasing a house, are mortgages over there the same as there are here? Do I need a large deposit and having spoke to a few people online I am concerned I wont be able to find a company to give me mortgage broker bonds and if I cant can I buy a house? Also I am familiar with the term surety bond so is a mortgage bond just a guarantee I will pay on time or is it more?