Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Congratulations on Being An Idiot

I noticed another "fantastic" comment in Sunday's edition of the Benton County Daily Record.This appalling piece of shite caught my eye:

Thumbs down to the growing Hispanic community for not educating themselves about the weather in our area. I would not move to Mexico without first asking how much rain we are going to get.

Maybe — and it is a big maybe — if so many of the Hispanic people in the area weren’t here illegally, they would not be afraid to go to the library and use the resources that are available to everybody for education purposes.

Do not blame the people who have lived here our entire lives for the ignorance of those who are new to the area.

Uh.... Wow.

Can you freaking believe that? "Hey, everyone, welcome to Northwest Arkansas, home of lots of white people, a militia, and an unknown number of full-blown racists."

Part of what this assclown is referring to is a Daily Record story that appeared earlier in the week after the tornadoes last weekend. We have storm sirens in Bentonville and Rogers that go off when severe weather is approaching. But the only problem is that you have to have some idea what the crazy noise is for to be able to do anything about it:
When Patricia Garcia heard a siren Sunday, she didn’t know it was forecasting severe weather.

After she heard a second siren and a weird noise, she woke her daughter, Myra Rentio. "We didn’t know it was coming," Rentio said. She and her daughter were on her bed when the roof collapsed, and Rentio said nails from the roof were driven into the bed as though hammered into place. "We can’t even believe it how we’re alive," said Rentio, who covered herself and her child with a blanket.

So apparently it's now the non-english speakers fault for not knowing exactly what to do when a weird noise starts wailing late at night. They should have properly educated themselves at the library about the f2/f3 tornadoes that tend to blow through the area say, once every 60 years or so.

I'm pretty sure none of the hispanic people are blaming the "people who have lived here all of their lives" for the fact that they might not have known what to do.

I just think that maybe they would like to have seen a warning go across the spanish-language cable channel in their native language. This genius letter-writer is taking for granted the fact that he's probably known what the sirens mean since he was a small boy, especially if he's lived his whole life in the midwest.

But why wasn’t an alert given on satellite television? That’s what Cesar Aguilar, director of Rogers Community Support Center, wants to know. "In my case, Sunday, I didn’t know that a tornado was coming because I was watching Spanish TV. The only reason I learned that we had a tornado was because a friend warned me," Aguilar said.

A warning WAS supposed to run across EVERY channel on Cox's broadcasting system. For some reason, the emergency signal that usually goes out over Cox's cable channels didn't get triggered. So there was no warning in Spanish on either of the two or three spanish-language channels. (Or in English on the rest of the channels for any good-ole white people who happened to be watching cable rather than one of the networks.)

Homeboy has to remember this: When you're talking about education, everyone, at some point, started out at zero. Even the enlightened bozo who wrote the letter. He's forgetting the fact that someone, at some point, explained to him about the danger of tornadoes, the meaning of the sirens, and what do when one strikes. He wasn't born with that knowledge. And I'm pretty sure he didn't learn it by being "legal" and going to the library to educate himself. (Because hispanics who don't go to the library are ILLEGAL!!!!)

One more letter appeared in today's Daily Record:
In a March 17 Daily Record story, some of the Spanish-speaking people of the area complained that they were not notified of the impending severe weather. Mr. Cesar Aguilar comments that the weather news should have been given in Spanish on the Spanish-speaking stations and in English on the English speaking stations. He admits he was listening to Spanish-speaking TV, and there was not a warning for the incoming weather.

Well, Mr. Aguilar, this is the United States of America, and the chosen language in the U.S. A. is English. Learn it, speak it, use it and listen to it. If you don’t like that arrangement, don’t let the door hit you on your way out. Yes, Mr. Aguilar — and other Spanish-speaking people who did not get the word — I feel for you, but I’m just not able to reach you. Sorry, but you’ll have to get your sympathy from someone other than me.

Sam Sneed - Bella Vista

You'd think that the hispanic community was asking for everyone to put up bilingual street signs, publish all newspapers in spanish, teach our kindergartenders Spanish instead of English, and put up Bienvenidos A Bentonville! signs all over town. Good grief! We're talking about basic emergency information that could help save lives!!!

I think that's all our hispanic neighbors are asking for. Run a warning on the cable channels. Provide a little education through one of the three Spanish newspapers in the area, do tornado drills at schools, and make sure that EVERYONE knows what to do in the event of severe weather. Maybe these dumbasses would have been happier if some hispanic family had been crushed under some rubble because they didn't know to take shelter.

I mean, they would have deserved it, right?

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