Saturday, April 24, 2010

perplexing

Background photo:
Ellis Island - 1907 by George Bain


Ellis Island here

Every day is like moving backwards through
time, or a walk through the twilight zone,
here in the usa, be it work or like
the following, perplexing story out of Arizona:


here


16 comments:

tony said...

I Heard about This On BBC World Service Radio This Morning (driving to the airport)PLUS the firing squad story.Strange Times: backwards\in slow motion.

Tom said...

this was bound to happen sooner or later...especially with states fighting for every penny, and losing millions in health care, education, etc to an untaxable base...not sure what the answer is, maybe there isn't one.

Just an observation, that the last time i visited Arizona-via automobile, some 20 years ago-every gas station and roadside stop seemed to be manned exclusively by Mexican or American Indian people--it is a very different world from a midwestern point of view.

Coffee Messiah said...

tony: Seems like fast motion here.

tom: According to all reports, all the police have to do in that state is "assume" by your looks, dress or whatever that you "may" be illegal in order to pull you over and show papers. Uh, a scary state of mind, anywhere in the World ; ( No matter where you are or where you come from. It's just not right.

ElementaryPenguin said...

Thank you for your contribution to the "Never Get Out of the Boat"boat blog. I am currently enjoying Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks.

tut-tut said...

star pins are not far behind; does anyone have an attic to spare?

grrl + dog said...

yup,

while we were busy partying like it was 1999,

the pendulum was swinging waaay right.

Coffee Messiah said...

ep: Thanks for the acknowledgment, and glad you're enjoying it.

t & t: If the right gets their way, we may have to start putting an A on our forehead or something, so the police know we're legal ; (

grrl: Yikes, and I thought it was just here in the states ; (

Skybridge Studios said...

... that *is* perplexing. :(

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice find BTW, hadn't seen/heard about the envelope!

layers said...

as someone who has 'brown' skin because of my Japanese heritage- and who has in-law family down there- my husband's family- I have decided I can't go down there as long as that law is in effect-- too scared I will be arrested and I refuse to carry around papers proving I am an American born citizen-- what a mess- and yes very backwards we continue to go.

Sam Juliano said...

Well, I visited Ellis Island last summer with my wife and the kids, on the same day we took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, While I live in northern New Jersey just about 20 to 25 minutes drive from the Jersey City shore closest to Liberty Island, and have been there numerous times over the years on class trips, it is an inexhaustible place to spend time at for all sorts of reasons, though I know the essence of this post isn't to really revel in the nostalgia and remembrances of the past.

Still, it's one of America's great landmarks. And I love that bluesy piece!

maggie's garden said...

Perplexing indeed. And scary. Wonder what can be done though? I seem to to feel scared to even try to voice my thoughts on this and other issues publicly. It evokes so many differing opinions, and some can get pretty heated. We really are heading backward. Sad...

Coffee Messiah said...

layers: I can only imagine how anyone must feel. Certainly this law will not stand, nor will it spread. Too many people and civil liberties trampled on. Sadly, the very people many go after, are being used in big business for their labor force. Of course, no one minds about that. Ugh!

sam: Have you seen Brother From Another Planet by John Sayles? I imagine if the walls could talk, he expressed it that way in his film. Thanks as always for stopping by!

maggie: Sad is the least of it, how progressive are we, when we tell the world to welcome us, and turn anyone different than us away? I'm just not understanding it, at all.

Merle Sneed said...

Being from Arizona is no fun these days.

Keith Simerson said...

I bet that the Native Americans of yesteryear wish that they would have implemented the same kind of security practices on the Pale Faces.

Coffee Messiah said...

merle: I know you don't think like that, and yes, it can't be helping anything in the state as word continues to spread.

ks: I've pondered that also.