Jan 26, 2009

Tucked completely within the City of Hooterville, lies the one square-mile City of South Hooterville. It bills itself as the Pueblo within a City. South Hooterville has a population that is just under 6000, overwhelmingly Hispanic. According to the 2000 census, 80% of South Hootervillians speak Spanish at home. It is a very traditional Southwestern city. The government of South Hooterville operates pretty much on the same system as Chicago, with its office of Mayor being handed down from generation to generation. The current Mayor is the daughter of the former mayor. The usual suspects occupy the various City posts, periodically switching from one to another. South Hooterville is where you want to go if you want good, authentic Mexican food in the Sonoran style. South 4th Avenue, the culinary capital of South Hooterville, boasts a mile of Mexican restaurants, one next to the other. Beside Mexican food there isn't much going on in South Hooterville in the way of commerce. South Hooterville is in the news today for the case of one of their high police commanders, who has admitted stealing almost $600,000 from the city coffers. That is shameful in several ways. Not only did this skunk violate the public trust, he stole money that South Hooterville desperately needed. South Hootervillians tend to be poorer and need more public help than average. It is a testament to the small town nature of South Hooterville that it took four years for someone to wise up to his shenanigans. It seems to me that these days embezzlers are invariably gambling addicts and this fellow was no exception. Hooterville is home to four Indian Casinos. Additionally, the State of Arizona runs a lottery. News reports of compulsive gamblers stealing to feed their habit are regular. Government-sanctioned gambling is nothing more than a way to tax the poor, even when the poor never set foot in a casino. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

10 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

What a sad story. Sadder is to realize that most embezzlers don't even need the money.

Barbara said...

It's usually the case that the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, some of them making out like bandits.

Megan said...

CabrĂ³n!

Annie Ha said...

I want some good Mexican food. I love Mexican food. When I come visit, I will definitely visit the Pueblo.

Avid Reader said...

How does Sonoran Style Mexican compare to other styles?

Merle Sneed said...

Mexican food is regional, and is based on the foods that are plentiful in the region.

Sonoran food is heavy on beans, corn and flour tortillas, cheeses and beef. Baja Mexican cooking relies more on fish. Food of Southern Mexico is sweeter and milder.

edward said...

i like fish.

bella rum said...

"Government-sanctioned gambling is nothing more than a way to tax the poor, even when the poor never set foot in a casino."

You sure do know how to put a fine point on it, Merle Sneed.

Julia said...

I can't tell you how many times I've stood in line at the gas station behind someone spending what appeared to be their last time on lottery tickets.

So it's an actual city within a city. They have their own government and everything? I've never heard of that arrangement before.

Kurt said...

You can't win if you don't play.