THIS ISThis is a new, steaming pile of reactionary shit. So fresh, in fact, that the venerable Internet hoax-busting site Snopes.com hasn't yet determined authenticity.
A MUST READ . . . . WAKE UP
This is a subject close to my heart. Do you know that we have
adult students at the school where I teach who are not US
citizens and who get the PELL grant, which is a federal grant
(no pay back required) plus other federal grants to go to
One student from the Dominican Republic told me that she didn't
want me to find a job for her after she finished my program,
because she was getting housing from our housing department and
she was getting PELL grant which paid for her total tuition and
books, plus money left over.
She was looking into WAIT which gives students a CREDIT CARD for
gas to come to school, and into CARIBE which is a special
program for immigrants and it pays for child care and all sorts
of needs while they go to school or training. The one student I
just mentioned told me she was not going to be a US citizen
because she plans to return to the Dominican Republic someday
and that she "loves HER country."
I asked her if she felt guilty taking what the US is giving her
and then not even bothering to become a citizen and she told me
that it doesn't bother her, because that is what the money is
I asked the CARIBE administration about their program and if you
ARE a US citizen, you don't qualify for their program. And all
the while, I am working a full day, my son-in-law works more
than 60 hours a week, and everyone in my family works and pays
for our education.
Something is wrong here. Right?
I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National
Anthem in Spanish - enough is enough.
Nowhere did they sing it in Italian, Polish, Irish (Celtic),
German or any other language because of immigration. It was
written by Francis Scott Key and should be sung word for word
the way it was written The news broadcasts even gave the
translation -- not even close. Sorry if this offends anyone but
this is MY COUNTRY
- IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP -- please pass this along.
I am not against immigration -- just come through like everyone
else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job;
pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all
other immigrants have in the past.
PART OF THE PROBLEM Think about this: If you don't want to
forward this for fear of offending someone -- YOU'RE PART OF THE
It is Time for America to Speak up If you agree -- pass this
along, if you don't agree
-- delete it!
Well old ET smells bullshit.
The first indicator of right wing bullshit is the lack of authorship. That's standard operating procedure. Of course, as this turd travels through cyberspace it'll wind up in the inbox of some real professor and he or she will forward it on, without comment, thereby becoming the de facto author. Then he or she will issue a retraction, that will not have the traction of the original or be read by nearly as many idiots. The damage done, the professor's standing in academia is diminished. Chalk one up for the forces of anti-intellectualism.
So anyway in this e-mail there is no author, no locale, no Web site address. There is, however, the Pell Grant program. This higher educational grant program is real. If you want all the ins and outs of obtaining a Pell Grant ask your high school counselor or college grant administrator. But what about the other two federal grants programs mentioned, WAIT and CARIB?
Since Snopes.com did not have any pertinent info I Googled "wait"+"program and found Wildlife and Industry Together, W.A.I.T., Program, an environmental initiative somewhere in South Carolina that has something to do with sewage and waste water treatment, and It's Great to WAIT, Sexual Abstinence Until Marriage. On the first page of my Google search the closest I came to was a stale news headline:Sale of student loan portfolio must wait: Program expected to yield. Well that did satisfy "wait" and "program" and it does mention "student loans." But not as a federal program handing out low interest credit cards to students for gasoline purchases so they can drive back and forth to college.
Then I Googled "carib"+"immigrants"+"child"+"care" and found nothing pertinent.
So then I clicked onto the Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid Web page at http://www.usa.gov/. Nothing there. So I tried USA.gov's search for WAIT program and found nothing about federally issued low interest credit cards so college students can buy gasoline.
So, O.K., I've struck out on "WAIT" so what about the "CARIB" program? Again nada, nothing, zip, zilch. See for yourself http://usasearch.gov/search?input-form=simple-firstgov&v%3Aproject=firstgov-only&query=CARIB+immigrants+program and http://usasearch.gov/search?input-form=simple-firstgov&v%3Aproject=firstgov-only&query=CARIB+child+care+program&x=35&y=13. If anybody can find such a giveaway program for immigrants they're a better man than I. And when you do let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the "I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National
Anthem in Spanish...". Well, I'm sorry but a Spanish language version of "The Star Spangled Banner" has been around since 1919. So whoever you are who wrote this bullshit, fuck off.
And note to whomever author's these hoax e-mails, I think you are a coward, a very slimy sort of coward. I can tell you have professional writing experience and know something of psychology because you know which buttons to push to get a reaction in the reptilian and infantile portions of the brain of homo Americanus. You know flags, puppy dogs, eagles and hatred of foreigners, "Liberals," and, most laughably, Hillary Clinton.
As for those of you who forward this bullshit because you believe every word let me talk to you like a Dutch uncle: You're really, really very stupid and deserve to be hoodwinked, conned, bamboozled and swindled out of everything you have! You're a mark, a sucker, a rube and a pigeon. You're gullible, stuffable, childish and (did I say stupid?) stupid!