In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…
First the headline…
…and now the story:
LOS ANGELES — Federal immigration officials Thursday announced creation of a telephone hotline to ensure that detainees held by local police are informed of their rights [I thought that was what the courts, and lawyers, and hearings, and trials were for?]
About two years ago I wrote a post about what “poor” really means in America and what amenities many of those below the poverty line have. I don’t want to delve back into that because you can read the original post at this link. I was somewhat perplexed by the fact that the poverty line in the United States seems rather static in that we always have a certain percentage of folks below the line and I believe that there is political incentives to always have the poor. The poor seem to be a handy voting block for whoever will promise them the most entitlements. I generally stopped there in my deep thoughts, but there is more.
“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shade of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meager, hopping, though loud and troublsome, insects of the hour.