Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense 4-16-12
April 16, 2012
Hector, a Colombian, married an American lady from Reno and became a citizen. One evening on the way home from a party they were pulled over. “Just a routine check, sir,” the officer explained, “For Driving Under the Influence.” Hector walked the line, no problem. For the next test, as Hector understood it, was to ‘… take a blow’ on the back of the officer’s hand.
“How hard?” asked Hector, puzzled. “As hard as you can,” directed the law. Hector told me he took a deep breath, reared back and hit the officer’s outstretched hand so hard his handcuffs jingled!
An old timer came to help us pregnancy test last fall. He stood on the catwalk and helped push ’em in. I asked him if he didn’t get tired of doin’ this. He said, “Son, when workin’ cows becomes a chore, I guess I’ll know I’m done. When I look at the new cuts of tender lean meat, BetterBeefSales.org and weaning calves bringing $2.50 a pound, I’m thinkin’ how ’bout a $3 Check Off!”
Unemployment in the state of Colorado is 8.3 percent. Last year the state paid many millions in unemployment checks. A Colorado produce grower reported that increased scrutiny on illegal aliens and red tape by the immigration department has depleted his supply of Mexican-born laborers. Last year he had to leave 10 percent of his vegetable crop unharvested, costing him $150,000. Asked about American workers he explained, “… only 10 percent are credible candidates and they seldom last through the season.” So much for the idea that we Americans are a proud, self-supporting, hard-working people.
A gentleman at a traffic stop in N.M. was approached by a homeless man. The driver tried to wave the panhandler away but he shook his head and pointed to the front bumper. The driver rolled his window down and heard the homeless man say, “No! I have something for you. Your license about supporting cancer relief … I had lung cancer. I’m alive because of them!” Then he pulled out a wrinkled dollar bill and gave it to the driver. Hope, where it wasn’t expected.
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