We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The story of Mike Grey is one more example of Life Imitating Satire.
This dude publically admitted speaking English - on his pick-up truck. If this guy loses his job, he'll be the busiest landscaper in Denver. Hey, Denver. We speak English too! (Not too good, though.) The Political Correctness Police have already made a joke of themselves (See Paxety link this morning - "Baa baa rainbow sheep"). "Rainbow"? There's no black in a rainbow. No brown, either. Purple, orange, red, yellow? Huh?
And what is wrong with a black sheep? Or a blackbird? Should we kill them all? And the English-speaking persons as well? Black, brown, mutant-white - all are excellent skin colors, and we have no choice about them. What's wrong with acknowledging them? What matters is what is under the skin: what is in the brain and heart and soul.
On Maggie's Farm we call that "the difficult stuff" - morals, self-discipline, and character.
By the way, do you remember the basic high school physics of the rainbow?
P.S.: Where can I find an English-speaking landscaper around here? It would work much better...
1. His pickup might be the only vehicle he has.
2. What's wrong with promoting his business? It's not taking anything away from his county job.
3. What's wrong with promoting the fact that he speaks English? Businesses that offer Spanish-speaking employees promote that all the time.
Can't afford even non-English speaking landscaping service, but don't dismiss this as just sour grapes if I stress why I wouldn't even if I were:
1)They're mostly illegal. Show me your green card, and I will hire you. Hey, where'd everybody go? You can't rant here about border fences if you then hire illegals to do your yard. Why do you think they came? Supply and demand.
2) Unless you are a total dud and landscape with pachysandra and lawn and a few dull foundation plantings, you want landscapers who know and love the local vegetation. Who will not uproot all your perennials, weed whack your tree peonies and roses, etc. or get rid of beloved local wildflowers.
I could see hiring landscapers if you stupidly douse your lawn with chemicals and don't want to be exposed applying them yourself. Not very moral of you, and not very loving towards your beloved Fido who will be rolling in that chemlawn minutes later, but your choice. Here again, do you feel confident that someone who doesn't understand English will read all the cautions on the back of the Roundup and insecticide and mix up all those potions as intended? I mean, even if you go organic, if you spread that chicken poop too liberally, it will burn your grass...