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2014-03-09 10:20:40 PM  
How could people not see something wrong this the whole time?
 
2014-03-09 10:21:29 PM  
Damn. Got nothing else, just damn.

/thanks subby
 
2014-03-09 10:22:26 PM  
Exploitive as hell, but what now?

Try to tell those good Christian, Rand worshipping folks anything,  they have a temper tantrum and shut down the whole works.  Expect to see a big jump in the homeless and prison populations.   Because homeless or in the prison system is so much better than these labor camps.  Or so the bootstrappy thinking goes.

/and the privatized prison system is another problem,  but let's not get too conflated here.
 
2014-03-09 10:22:29 PM  
Ah hells, pardon me. Error in locations is all mine.
 
2014-03-09 10:22:49 PM  
Forgive me for being confused. I thought all mentally retarded people were born in Texas.
 
2014-03-09 10:22:49 PM  
Sounds like a republican's wet dream
 
2014-03-09 10:27:51 PM  

Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Iowa. They lived in Iowa.

Shut up. This is now a when-in-doubt-piss-on-Texas thread. Actually reading the article is no longer relevant.


The real victim in all of this is  Gulper Eel. I'll organize a candlelight vigil tonight.
 
2014-03-09 10:28:04 PM  
To me, the big problem is that the management allowed the living spaces to descend into total squalor. Otherwise...let's face it, these men would have no chance in open competition against "normal" people. Then they would have been social worker wards of the state from day one.
 
2014-03-09 10:30:15 PM  

feffer: voodoomedic: as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

They  were in Texas... Until the Texans shipped them to Iowa.  Jebus, read the article.


for the slow and the stupid among you, please read the article, then re-read the headline....sigh....

TLDR: mentally-challenged kids from Abilene got shipped to Iowa, where they worked for much less than minimum wage in a turkey processing plant from 1974-2009 ish
 
2014-03-09 10:30:34 PM  
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/section/atalissa

They got a boatload more in there.

Try not to Fark the server, eh?
 
2014-03-09 10:31:33 PM  

Lord Schtupp: Sounds like a republican's wet dream


Agreed. Modern, profitable slavery.
Now, I'd be crying a farking river IF wages for "normal" people had not been also stagnating for all this time. And for normal people, the condition of your house is your own problem.
 
2014-03-09 10:32:12 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: ksdanj: The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...

Iowa.  They lived in Iowa.  Went to church and everything - no one did DICK for them.

But yeah, the guy who owned the company and who did this to them lived in Texas.  Still does.  He's a fine Christian man with a walker who says he did good for them and they should have been grateful.


If the town liked the men so much, did no one including the preacher of the church ever go visit them to see the conditions they lived in?
 
2014-03-09 10:33:56 PM  
Texans don't really care what Yankees think about anything.

www.tshirtwatch.com
 
2014-03-09 10:33:59 PM  
Good story Subs.
 
2014-03-09 10:35:37 PM  
If the town liked the men so much, did no one including the preacher of the church ever go visit them to see the conditions they lived in?
 
2014-03-09 10:36:29 PM  

voodoomedic: feffer: voodoomedic: as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

They  were in Texas... Until the Texans shipped them to Iowa.  Jebus, read the article.

for the slow and the stupid among you, please read the article, then re-read the headline....sigh....

TLDR: mentally-challenged kids from Abilene got shipped to Iowa, where they worked for much less than minimum wage in a turkey processing plant from 1974-2009 ish


The slaveholders location isn't relevant in all of this?
 
2014-03-09 10:37:48 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*


FTFA: The 2007 time sheets for Mr. Wilkins tell the tale. No matter how many hours he worked - 163 hours in one period, 139.59 in another - his earnings were always shown to be exactly $1,041.09. And his take-home pay never exceeded $65.

They were all told that the money being taken out was building them a retirement home.  But, to the surprise of absolutely no one but the developmentally disabled, there was no home and no retirement.  He left it to the State to figure it all out when he decided to retire them involuntarily from their jobs.

All through the article, I was thinking, "Only a religious person could do the mental gymnastics required to think he did nothing wrong, and was in fact doing a good deed."

I looked Kenneth Henry up.  Turns out that, in addition to being the head of the turkey business, he's also a Director for Proctor Baptist Church.

Surprise, surprise.
 

As they say in Texas, some people are in dire need of killin'.



A good and proper atheist like "Uncle Joe" Stalin would have taken care of these guys like no religious person could. These guys would have been terminated and the average citizen would live as these mentally handicapped guys did. 

/But...but...the religious are the bad guys!
//Atheists are just misunderstood!
 
2014-03-09 10:37:50 PM  

TheWhoppah: Texans don't really care what Yankees think about anything.

[www.tshirtwatch.com image 400x506]


seconded...I just wish they would quit moving here
 
2014-03-09 10:38:10 PM  

August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans


Gotta say I like Ohio.  I have a brother that has mental disabilities.  North Carolina was content with shoving him in mental hospitals and group homes.  After seeing the latest shiatty excuse for a group home he was put in we moved him up with our dad in Ohio.  He's now living on his own in an apartment, living on disability payments.  Ohio gave him a shot at living a normal life, and North Carolina has a warrant on him (failure to appear, relax).  We were both born in Texas in the 80s.  I hate to imagine what would've happened if it was 10-20 years earlier.
 
2014-03-09 10:38:50 PM  

voodoomedic: August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans

as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there


Holy shiat you are a moron.
 
2014-03-09 10:39:13 PM  

Ishidan: To me, the big problem is that the management allowed the living spaces to descend into total squalor. Otherwise...let's face it, these men would have no chance in open competition against "normal" people. Then they would have been social worker wards of the state from day one.


... and the physical abuse.  And denying them medical care.  And stealing their money.  And abandoning them when they became inconvenient.  F*cking hell.
 
2014-03-09 10:40:07 PM  

meow said the dog: voodoomedic: August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans

as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

Holy shiat you are a moron.


Whoa I wasn't even aware you could english the speak?!?
 
2014-03-09 10:40:46 PM  

TheWhoppah: Texans don't really care what Yankees think about anything.

[www.tshirtwatch.com image 400x506]

 
2014-03-09 10:41:45 PM  

meow said the dog: voodoomedic: August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans

as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

Holy shiat you are a moron.


and to think, I once sponsored you...sniff....how the times have changed
 
2014-03-09 10:41:49 PM  

sonorangal: Benevolent Misanthrope: ksdanj: The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...

Iowa.  They lived in Iowa.  Went to church and everything - no one did DICK for them.

But yeah, the guy who owned the company and who did this to them lived in Texas.  Still does.  He's a fine Christian man with a walker who says he did good for them and they should have been grateful.

If the town liked the men so much, did no one including the preacher of the church ever go visit them to see the conditions they lived in?


I've found that small town churches visit you based on how much you put in the offering plate.  Not once did anyone from my granddad's old church come to visit him, minus his old army buddy.
 
2014-03-09 10:41:54 PM  

limboslam: shtychkn: Benevolent Misanthrope: brap: It's still common practice to pay mentally and physically disabled people cents on the hour.

The law says they can be paid a percentage of minimum, based on a test of actual job duties and how much they produce as compared to a "fully abled" worker.

I volunteered at a Goodwill center for a summer in college.  Biggest scam on earth.  Those people are treated like shiat, held to unbelievable performance standards to determine their percentage of minimum wage (can't attach price tags to clothing faster than a machine?  $2.30/hr for you!"), and the folks in charge steal everything of any value.  It was farking disgusting.

I think you mean beautiful beautiful Capitalism.

Imagine if the we're no federal laws and all workers could be profited from like that!

A libertarian dream

Well, let's hear it for Socialism or Communism then. Under those systems, these men would've been eliminated early on.


Do you know the difference between those two? Or are they the same to you?
 
2014-03-09 10:43:06 PM  

Kittypie070: The only goddamn things good about Texass are LBJ, Houston (MCC), and Austin.

I wonder what that ol' presidential asshole woulda thought of this.


LBJ was an asshole who made things worse in Vietnam war and the "War on Drugs".  What's so good about that?
 
2014-03-09 10:47:19 PM  

sonorangal: Benevolent Misanthrope: ksdanj: The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...

Iowa.  They lived in Iowa.  Went to church and everything - no one did DICK for them.

But yeah, the guy who owned the company and who did this to them lived in Texas.  Still does.  He's a fine Christian man with a walker who says he did good for them and they should have been grateful.

If the town liked the men so much, did no one including the preacher of the church ever go visit them to see the conditions they lived in?


Nope.  They had second thoughts when they saw the guys at church functions and services, but it wasn't their problem.

So much for "love thy neighbor".
 
2014-03-09 10:47:29 PM  

voodoomedic: meow said the dog: voodoomedic: August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans

as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

Holy shiat you are a moron.

and to think, I once sponsored you...sniff....how the times have changed


We can still do the sexing. I will just use the monosyllabic word of safety for you.
 
2014-03-09 10:47:49 PM  

PanicMan: Ishidan: To me, the big problem is that the management allowed the living spaces to descend into total squalor. Otherwise...let's face it, these men would have no chance in open competition against "normal" people. Then they would have been social worker wards of the state from day one.

... and the physical abuse.  And denying them medical care.  And stealing their money.  And abandoning them when they became inconvenient.  F*cking hell.


Yeah but the squalor is what got em caught and really makes the story.
The rest is just another day, just ask a "normal" person whose employer refuses to offer Health insurance (no matter what the niBONG in the White House says), or discontinued pension plans, or held mass layoffs for the rank and file and golden parachutes for the executives.
 
2014-03-09 10:48:13 PM  
Court records indicate those penalties remain unpaid. Robert Berry, the company's accountant, has said owners Kenneth Henry and Jane Ann Moreland don't have the resources to pay off any of the court judgments.

Robert Canino, a Texas-based attorney for the EEOC, said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice is "in the process of debt collection," but he's not sure how much progress has been made.

He said that although Henry's is no longer operating as a business, the owners are still accessible and the EEOC will continue to seek compensation for the company's workers.

"We don't yet know exactly where all the missing money is, but we do know where it is not," Canino said. "It is not in the bank accounts of the persons who earned it. The EEOC will use the resources it has available to seek and secure as much as possible of the remedy granted by the court."

The men who worked for Henry's collected $65 a month after the owners deducted from their pay the cost of living expenses at the bunkhouse. The amount they received never varied, regardless of how many hours the men worked. In addition, the company took some of the workers' disability checks to pay for the same living expenses the payroll deductions were supposed to be funding.

The EEOC has argued that the company consigned the men to a life of enslavement and "perpetual poverty and dependency."

In a deposition taken earlier this year in Waco, Texas, the 79-year-old Moreland was asked why, for years, the company had withdrawn identical amounts for room and board from each worker's paycheck and from each worker's disability payments.

"I don't remember," she testified.

"Even if you don't remember why ... you can't tell me any reason why that would happen?" Canino asked.

"No," Moreland said. "I just did what I was told to do."

"Well, who told you to keep the books like that?" Canino asked.

"I don't know," she said.



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OgreMagi 2014-03-09 10:43:06 PM


Kittypie070: The only goddamn things good about Texass are LBJ, Houston (MCC), and Austin.

I wonder what that ol' presidential asshole woulda thought of this.


LBJ was an asshole who made things worse in Vietnam war and the "War on Drugs". What's so good about that?


Dude, ya got me fair n square there. My apologies.
 
2014-03-09 10:50:15 PM  

Lsherm: Damn.

And I'm not normally a fan of gimmicky web pages, but the video pictures were a nice touch.


Weren't they? The article was well worth reading but those video pictures were fantastic.
 
2014-03-09 10:52:19 PM  

meow said the dog: voodoomedic: meow said the dog: voodoomedic: August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans

as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

Holy shiat you are a moron.

and to think, I once sponsored you...sniff....how the times have changed

We can still do the sexing. I will just use the monosyllabic word of safety for you.


ok, now I'm giggling....smooches, Meow
 
2014-03-09 10:54:46 PM  

sonorangal: If the town liked the men so much, did no one including the preacher of the church ever go visit them to see the conditions they lived in?


The POV actually examines this in depth, if you have the time to watch it.  That was one of the most interesting parts of the story to me, the people of the town dealing with their self-denial.  It was why I said what I came away with was the need to be a more vigilant neighbor.  It's easy to sit in front of a computer and call everyone shiateheads but the interviews with the townspeople and the mayor in particular, the guy who reported something being off about the whole thing when the facility was suddenly all locked doors and no entry, you can tell that he was really destroyed and pained by what he didn't do.
 
2014-03-09 10:55:04 PM  
Les affaires sont les affaires

Sounds better in french
 
2014-03-09 10:56:04 PM  
I know many see it as Texas bashing, but to be honest, I don't really think of a state that hasn't had a share in this behavior since day 1. Texas realized it was bad, and essentially shipped them off. But they made sure they got their "cut". Goddammitsomuch.

Bush(Jr), Perry, and that bunch are still un-american, etheiving criminals in my book, and after 2 strokes still feel that way.
It all seems to me to be a page from the Sara Palin school of management.
 
2014-03-09 11:00:13 PM  

Fano: Benevolent Misanthrope: zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*


FTFA: The 2007 time sheets for Mr. Wilkins tell the tale. No matter how many hours he worked - 163 hours in one period, 139.59 in another - his earnings were always shown to be exactly $1,041.09. And his take-home pay never exceeded $65.

They were all told that the money being taken out was building them a retirement home.  But, to the surprise of absolutely no one but the developmentally disabled, there was no home and no retirement.  He left it to the State to figure it all out when he decided to retire them involuntarily from their jobs.

All through the article, I was thinking, "Only a religious person could do the mental gymnastics required to think he did nothing wrong, and was in fact doing a good deed."

I looked Kenneth Henry up.  Turns out that, in addition to being the head of the turkey business, he's also a Director for Proctor Baptist Church.

Surprise, surprise.
 

As they say in Texas, some people are in dire need of killin'.

And you mean to say there was never no Mouse Circus for Mr. Jingles to go to? Tell me again about the rabbits, George.


+5 points for the reference.
 
2014-03-09 11:01:27 PM  
Yes Bush and Sara Palin BOTH condoned and supported this attrocity and forced Mitt Romney to hide it with drones.
 
2014-03-09 11:07:14 PM  
"They were paying their own way, they were holding down a job, and they weren't depending on the government," he says.

THEY WERE SLAVES YOU farkING shiatBAG
 
2014-03-09 11:07:40 PM  

ksdanj: The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...


As is California with thousands of undocumented farm workers with conditions worse than, even more evil.

/or you could blame only those responsible
 
2014-03-09 11:12:10 PM  

you are a puppet: "They were paying their own way, they were holding down a job, and they weren't depending on the government," he says.

THEY WERE SLAVES YOU farkING shiatBAG


The really shiatty part of it was, they were receiving SSDI payments. This dickbag kept them, along with all but $65 per month of their earnings.
 
2014-03-09 11:19:27 PM  

thisdaydreamer: zedster: *rage twitch*

I'll second that. Thank you for submitting this.


^ because I still  can't think of the words to react to this
 
2014-03-09 11:23:25 PM  

Huskadoodle: Yes Bush and Sara Palin BOTH condoned and supported this attrocity and forced Mitt Romney to hide it with drones.


Actually I'm thinkin' this would be a good arrangement for Sarah - teach her a trade, keep her out of trouble.
 
2014-03-09 11:27:33 PM  
This basically still going on in the farming areas. Just hire a truckload of migrant illegal workers, find them a 1 BR/1 Bath apartment in the shiattiest area you can find and stuff 15 people in it, pay them minimum or less under the table. There! Everyone is happy.
 
2014-03-09 11:30:19 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: ksdanj: The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...

As is California with thousands of undocumented farm workers with conditions worse than, even more evil.

/or you could blame only those responsible


Of course most people from Texas would say this is OK.. the market will solve it, we want the government out.
 
2014-03-09 11:36:34 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*


FTFA: The 2007 time sheets for Mr. Wilkins tell the tale. No matter how many hours he worked - 163 hours in one period, 139.59 in another - his earnings were always shown to be exactly $1,041.09. And his take-home pay never exceeded $65.

They were all told that the money being taken out was building them a retirement home.  But, to the surprise of absolutely no one but the developmentally disabled, there was no home and no retirement.  He left it to the State to figure it all out when he decided to retire them involuntarily from their jobs.

All through the article, I was thinking, "Only a religious person could do the mental gymnastics required to think he did nothing wrong, and was in fact doing a good deed."

I looked Kenneth Henry up.  Turns out that, in addition to being the head of the turkey business, he's also a Director for Proctor Baptist Church.

Surprise, surprise.
 

As they say in Texas, some people are in dire need of killin'.


Yeah Stalin, Mao, and Pol pot were quite the dyed in the wool creationists
 
2014-03-09 11:37:19 PM  

obamadidcoke: MisterTweak: I've got a family member who is mentally quite limited. the possibility of me passing away and him ending up in the custody of Texas is actually a very real concern. never hear the legislature managing to stop annoying abortion clinics long enough to discuss disabled adults.

probably because that would require actually doing something.

You really don't know much.

Texas spent 6.2 billion on disability services in 2012, more than any other state. 2 billion of that was spent on over 43,000 intellectually disabled individuals 3/4 of which are cared for in their local communities.

No the system is not perfect, but the state of Texas is making a strong effort to improve the lives of developmentally disabled individuals.

By the way, the reason these abuses happened in  IOWA was because the state of Texas shut downs this and similar programs in the early 1970s.

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They didn't shut them down, they helped them hide it elsewhere.

The Texas Legislature, citing the savings realized from moving the disabled men out of state, praised Johnson for his "humanitarian spirit."

Officials from both Henry's and Iowa Workforce Development have each said that their work on the case was hampered by the Texas attorney general, who seized 40 years worth of company records 14 months ago and then refused to provide copies to Iowa regulators or Henry's attorneys.
 
2014-03-09 11:42:47 PM  

meow said the dog: voodoomedic: meow said the dog: voodoomedic: August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans

as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there

Holy shiat you are a moron.

and to think, I once sponsored you...sniff....how the times have changed

We can still do the sexing. I will just use the monosyllabic word of safety for you.


And with this alone, Meow comes back off my ignore list because that was awesome.
 
2014-03-09 11:43:59 PM  
I read a lot here on Fark that makes me angry/disgusted/cynical/jaded, but rarely does an article literally ENRAGE me like this.
 
2014-03-09 11:45:16 PM  

duffblue: Benevolent Misanthrope: zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*


FTFA: The 2007 time sheets for Mr. Wilkins tell the tale. No matter how many hours he worked - 163 hours in one period, 139.59 in another - his earnings were always shown to be exactly $1,041.09. And his take-home pay never exceeded $65.

They were all told that the money being taken out was building them a retirement home.  But, to the surprise of absolutely no one but the developmentally disabled, there was no home and no retirement.  He left it to the State to figure it all out when he decided to retire them involuntarily from their jobs.

All through the article, I was thinking, "Only a religious person could do the mental gymnastics required to think he did nothing wrong, and was in fact doing a good deed."

I looked Kenneth Henry up.  Turns out that, in addition to being the head of the turkey business, he's also a Director for Proctor Baptist Church.

Surprise, surprise.
 

As they say in Texas, some people are in dire need of killin'.

Yeah Stalin, Mao, and Pol pot were quite the dyed in the wool creationists


Did any of them claim to be doing a favor to those they persecuted or killed?  Funny - I must have missed the part of history class where they talked about their devotion to a religion of peace and love, which they completely used to fark over the innocent.  Care to point me to that section?
 
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