Thursday, May 18, 2006

Border walls, boredom, and a homeless guy with a lawnmower

Even though our government is spending tons of our hard earned dough, they've decided to take advantage of the extra receipts coming in from the strong economy to build a fence between the United States and Mexico. I don't know anyone who wants to build a fence so this must be one of those jobs that "Americans aren't willing to do." So we'll have to hire illegal immigrants to build the wall.

Our only instructions will be: When you're done building the wall, please be on the other side of it. Thank you.

I think boredom is a modern invention. I may write about how I'm beginning to win the battle against boredom in a future blog.

I came across a new homeless guy approach. The fellow I ran into had a cardboard sign that read, "I need food. Please let me mow your lawn." Resting beside the homeless man was a push lawn mower. He was getting money from lots of people in cars. I don't know if he really was going to mow anyone's lawn but that is a creative prop at least. Good on him.

3 comments:

Robert the Grump said...

I went through ROTC back in the '70s when the Army was in a post-Vietnam shambles. I opted not to go into the regular military, while a couple of friends of mine opted to serve.

One of said friends retired a couple of years ago as Lt. Colonel and worked at the Pentagon for many years. He personally knows and admires Dick "buckshot" Cheney.

Despite this horrifying fact, we are still friends and frequently argue politics. Lately, we argue about illegal immigration. He believes in the great wall of Mexico, I do not.

During our last debate I pointed out that Hadrian built a wall to keep the Scots out and it failed. China built a wall to keep the Mongols out, and it failed. The USSR built the Berlin Wall to keep people in, and it failed.

He responded that Israel built a wall and it's working.

I had to resist the urge to slap him. Israel built a wall to keep out lunatics with sticks of dynamite taped to their bodies. We are building a wall to keep out a bunch of dishwashers and fruit pickers.

So I guess the Republicans equate low wage jobs and Mexicans with Al Qaeda. And then they tell us they aren't trying to rule by fear.

I give up. I'm voting for Ross "can I finish?" Perot.

Esther said...

I agree that boredom is a modern invention. I've only been bored once in my life and I cannot remember why. I just remember that it was a dreadful feeling. Since my brain never stops, however, that once is the only taste of boredom I've had. Keep fighting the good fight.

I'm not sure what I think about the whole border fence. The fence will only work if we bother to post people down there too. It seems like a lot of money to spend right now.

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