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(The New York Times)   A look at the thousands of mentally challenged men who were held in indentured servitude and squalor on farms throughout Texas starting in the 1960s and finally ending in 2009   (nytimes.com) divider line 63
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2014-03-09 07:13:28 PM  
10 votes:

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'.
2014-03-09 07:37:29 PM  
7 votes:
The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...
2014-03-09 06:33:56 PM  
7 votes:
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.
2014-03-09 07:35:28 PM  
6 votes:
Not sure I needed twenty minutes of tears but their story deserved to be read so I made myself finish it.
2014-03-09 06:08:10 PM  
6 votes:
Thank you for posting that, submitter.
2014-03-09 08:03:42 PM  
5 votes:

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.
2014-03-09 09:47:01 PM  
4 votes:
If they were working for slave wages and not covered by labor laws, then they were wards of the company and/or the state. The assets of all the entities involved should be used to care for the men who are still alive.
2014-03-09 11:07:14 PM  
3 votes:
"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 10:10:03 PM  
3 votes:
Mr. Berg has never returned to the ranch in Goldthwaite, where Kenneth Henry now clatters his walker down the darkened hall of the never-completed retirement home, wishing that he had done some things differently, but still very proud of how his company empowered the men.

Frankly, Mr Henry can go DIAF.
2014-03-09 10:00:36 PM  
3 votes:
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
2014-03-09 09:57:45 PM  
3 votes:

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
2014-03-09 09:48:13 PM  
3 votes:
A place to live and a job should be a good thing for many disabled.  Too bad they were treated like slaves and not give a proper home.  I didn't read the whole article, but I bet the people who exploited them never admitted their wrongdoing.  Hell, they probably convinced themselves they were doing "god's work" or some bullshiat excuse.
2014-03-09 08:15:39 PM  
3 votes:
This is astounding.

And if you're one of these people who believes that traditional journalism has been rendered irrelevant by social media and blogs, well, you need to read this.
2014-03-09 07:40:56 PM  
3 votes:

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.
2014-03-09 06:50:43 PM  
3 votes:
And they say slavery ended with the Civil War.
2014-03-09 06:25:54 PM  
3 votes:
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*

//Submitter
///took me a while to read the whole article
2014-03-10 07:20:32 AM  
2 votes:
I'm sympathizing with the Texans in this thread (and I'm from California!). 

You can't simply blame one state for all of this-- the thing is, this happens *everywhere*.  I'm not saying it's justified (I have friends of family that had to work in Chinese sweat shops at some point in their lives-- in yes, my state), but it's the nature of some human beings to take horrible advantage of their fellows.  It's a sad thing that we all need to be aware of and not let history repeat itself (I mean, for chrissakes look at what's happening at labor factories in China and India).  We can't go back in time to correct the abuse others have suffered, but we can work to change the future so this kind of disgust won't have to tarnish our lives again. 

Really sad article, but glad the boys got a content life in the end.  Thanks for the article, subby.
2014-03-09 10:54:46 PM  
2 votes:

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 10:43:06 PM  
2 votes:

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 10:06:17 PM  
2 votes:
Texas.
Beers\steers\n queers

The entire Bush family can go to hell.

Hell's waitin'

You assholes.

DRTFA
2014-03-09 09:56:19 PM  
2 votes:
And these guys had it easy compared to a Mexican caught on this side of the border and 'employed' rather than sent back.
2014-03-09 08:46:03 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-03-09 07:48:39 PM  
2 votes:
It's still common practice to pay mentally and physically disabled people cents on the hour.
2014-03-10 06:42:20 AM  
1 votes:
Glad to see this show up on Fark. Read it last night and was appalled. Not so much that it had happened - though that it went on so long was depressing as all hell. Rather that those in charge or in a position to fix things either convinced themselves of their charity* or turned a blind eye to the abuses. Not that I can get too high and mighty. In my history I've certainly worked with dishwashers who were paid less than minimum wage simply because they were handicapped, despite doing the work better than just about anyone you could hire for such a job in the Midwest.

* It really grinds my gears that Mr. Turkey Inseminator has convinced himself that he was doing these men a good turn by ripping them off for 30 years. He obviously believes that what he and the rancher did for them was an act of charity, despite paying them a pittance and allowing their living conditions to deteriorate so badly. And then, of course, failing in his promise and duty to provide them with a retirement; which was for their benefit, seeing as how he'd let them be treated while they were toiling for him and the dead guy.
2014-03-10 06:24:02 AM  
1 votes:

Guest: The mentally disabled.

The truth is that nobody,  other than their parents,  want them around.  They are an inconvenience, costly and a drain on society.   And the sad fact is even their parents do not want them around after a period of time.

Nobody is going to be their to take care of them when the parents die and they will end up in institutes and many of those people taking care of them will get fed up and become abusive.

If you are  pregnant and have been told that your child has an above average risk of being mentally disabled get an abortion.   The child will not know it has happened, but you can be sure they will if you have them.

If your child is mentally disabled due to an accident or illness then I wish you all the best, because I have seen the best destroyed by it.

As sad as it is to say these sort of abuses will always occur and will never stop because the mentally disabled are a burden and often even those who love them at the beginning learn to hate them as they destroy every part of their lives.

No I am not being dramatic.


i.imgur.com
2014-03-10 04:08:12 AM  
1 votes:

Duke_leto_Atredes: We bear this shame as a people and a country


It's more than shame IMO... it's an atrocity; crime against humanity almost.

How much cash did we 'lose' in Iraq?

How much did we spend on both wars, essentially to defend our world image and control oil interests?

Those in dire need of mental health care (and shiat, medical care while we're at it) could have lived very comfortably on that money. But instead, we pissed it away on controversial conflicts instead of caring for our own citizens, because 'they should just stop being poor/disabled/etc'.

/bitter at the world
//late night rambling
2014-03-10 01:34:04 AM  
1 votes:

Agent Smiths Laugh: 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.


You really shouldn't encourage it.
2014-03-10 01:24:59 AM  
1 votes:
Secede and then go fark yourselves, Texans.
2014-03-10 12:35:19 AM  
1 votes:

Marcintosh: Business want less regulations for the same reason thieves want fewer police - so they can get away with murder"


so goes with those who demand no voter identification.....MURDER
2014-03-10 12:32:44 AM  
1 votes:

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


But the men were from Texas, the company was from Texas, and apparently this all started in Texas and the men were moved up to Iowa. So, I think blame on Texas is justified. But blame on Iowa should be heaped as well.
2014-03-10 12:28:06 AM  
1 votes:
damn, what is it with the south and enslaving people?  Are you folks just evil down there or what?
2014-03-10 12:01:57 AM  
1 votes:

DarkoMilicic: obamadidcoke:
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.


1 billion of that was spent on the Bush family.


Isn't everyone living in Texas intellectually disabled?   I mean, would anyone with normal cognitive ability voluntarily choose to reside on Texas?
2014-03-09 11:53:18 PM  
1 votes:
Good thing they were safely in Iowa after the death penalty moratorium was lifted. The retards Texas doesn't elect to office we execute.
2014-03-09 11:37:19 PM  
1 votes:

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.

[thefightingwannstaches.files.wordpress.com image 600x150]


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 11:36:34 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:30:19 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:27:33 PM  
1 votes:
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 11:23:25 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:07:40 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:47:49 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:47:19 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:41:54 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:40:07 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:39:13 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:38:50 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:38:10 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:37:48 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:35:37 PM  
1 votes:
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  
1 votes:
Texans don't really care what Yankees think about anything.

www.tshirtwatch.com
2014-03-09 10:31:33 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:27:51 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:22:49 PM  
1 votes:
Sounds like a republican's wet dream
2014-03-09 10:21:29 PM  
1 votes:
Damn. Got nothing else, just damn.

/thanks subby
2014-03-09 10:12:58 PM  
1 votes:
The only goddamn things good about Texass are LBJ, Houston (MCC), and Austin.

I wonder what that ol' presidential asshole woulda thought of this.
2014-03-09 10:02:14 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-03-09 09:59:19 PM  
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: And they say slavery ended with the Civil War.


The State reserved the right to put people in involuntary servitude, though.
2014-03-09 09:55:09 PM  
1 votes:
This was front page center of the NYT today. This was years old, but in the light, in case anyone had forgotten. Six bucks for a Sunday paper? No wonder they're going under.
2014-03-09 09:47:54 PM  
1 votes:
Based on this, i suddenly believe fast food workers should all be paid $15/hour.
2014-03-09 08:49:50 PM  
1 votes:
Damn.

And I'm not normally a fan of gimmicky web pages, but the video pictures were a nice touch.
2014-03-09 08:36:43 PM  
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See this coming towards you? Run for your f*cking life.
graphics8.nytimes.com
2014-03-09 08:26:15 PM  
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Therion: You would think that electing them to Senate positions was proper recompense.


s3.amazonaws.com

Or the House.
2014-03-09 07:31:51 PM  
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There was a long article on this in the paper here this morning and it was one of the most appalling things I've ever read.
2014-03-09 06:21:30 PM  
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