Daily Archives: March 23, 2009

The Public Square 3/23/09

Where people can cuss and discuss what they wish. Everything is “on topic.”

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Subprime mortgages & Illegal Immigrants

It was the perfect story:  our country is suffering economically and someone has to be responsible for it.  Oh yeah, our misery is due to the Community Reinvestment Act (of 1977) whereby Dimmocrats tried to help out poor people get loans they couldn’t afford.  [You haven’t heard that one, I am betting…].

The only problem was, that while the above story was good, everyone knows that liberal democrats are bent on bankrupting this great nation, it was not quite perfect.  Conservative talk-radio host, Roger Hedgecock (love that name), helped make the story perfect.  The subprime mortgage mess was due to the fact that 5 million illegal immigrants held bad mortgages in the United States. Hedgecock’s source was none other than the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Of course the only problem with this perfect, well nearly perfect story, is that it is not true.

This story went viral on conservative news outlets and was repeated by Matt Drudge, Michelle Malkin (who termed the problem “the massive illegal alien racket”), and Rush Limbaugh.

This wild assertion does not even pass the “nonsense test”.  In order to get a mortgage loan one has to have 1) a credit history and 2) pay taxes in the U.S. of A. –  things that illegal immigrants don’t usually have or do.

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Tragic News

LONDON, England (CNN) — The family history of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath took another tragic turn Monday when it was revealed that their son had committed suicide after battling depression.

Nicholas Hughes, whose mother gassed herself in 1963 at her London home while her two children slept in the next room, hanged himself at his home in Alaska, his sister Frieda told The Times newspaper.

Hughes, 47, was unmarried with no children of his own and had until recently been a marine biologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Times said that shortly before his death he had left his academic job to set up a pottery at home.

Frieda Hughes, a poet, author and artist, said in a statement to the newspaper: “It is with profound sorrow that I must announce the death of my brother, Nicholas Hughes, who died by his own hand on Monday March 16, 2009 at his home in Alaska.

“He had been battling depression for some time.”

She added: “His lifelong fascination with fish and fishing was a strong and shared bond with our father (many of whose poems were about the natural world).

“He was a loving brother, a loyal friend to those who knew him and, despite the vagaries that life threw at him, he maintained an almost childlike innocence and enthusiasm for the next project or plan.”

Hughes was only a baby when his mother killed herself, and his father tried to shield his children from the intense public interest in the family. Some feminist groups blamed the death on Ted Hughes, who had left Plath for Assia Wevill, the wife of another poet.

Six years later, Wevill gassed herself and their daughter Shura in an apparent copycat suicide. Ted Hughes died in 1998, the year he published Birthday Letters, a series of poems about his life with Plath and her death.

Hughes appears in both of his parents’ poetry. In “Nick and the Candlestick,” published in Plath’s posthumous collection “Ariel,” she wrote: “You are the one. Solid the spaces lean on, envious. You are the baby in the barn.”

Later his father wrote of how, after Plath’s death, their son’s eyes “became wet jewels, the hardest substance of the purest pain. As I fed him in his high white chair.”

Frieda Hughes has written about her parents and her own battles with depression but a family friend dismissed the idea that Nicolas’s death fitted into a family trend.

“Nick wasn’t just the baby son of Plath and Hughes and it would be wrong to think of him as some kind of inevitably tragic figure,” said the unnamed friend.

“He was a man who reached his mid-forties, an adventurous marine biologist with a distinguished academic career behind him and a host of friends and achievements in his own right. That is the man who is mourned by those who knew him.”

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SPLC & Me

I’ve recently read the Southern Poverty Law Center publication Intelligence Report, and it may come as a surprise to many of you (or, maybe not) the economic crisis in this country has spurred an increased activity in hate groups and of hate crimes.

I am planning on some posts from this information.  Hope you all can let us know what you think.

It is a privilege having you around, BTW.  Thank you ever some much MsInks (you know who you are)…

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