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Strike in Frisco evokes nostalgia

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Take Uncle Rushbo and Sean Hannity (please, take them!).   Earlier this year they indulged in diatribes railing against unions.   Were we surprised to hear Mike Malloy mention that those two fellows were members in good standing in the very same union to which Malloy pays his membership dues?   Do wild bears . . . .   Conservatives and hypocrisy go together like . . . what?   Conservatives and hypocrisy go together like bikers and free concerts at the Alta Mont raceway!

We haven't listened to Uncle Rushbo lately but we are curious to know if he is explaining how extending work hours and reducing wages can provide a logical basis for starting an economic recovery.   How the heck can people be out in the malls spending America into recovery if they have to put in extended hours at their desks to earn less pay?   Oh!   Yeah!   Run credit cards up to the limit!   What conservative doesn't approve of that solution for a way to handle a tight budget crisis?  

Are the Republican members of Congress going to use the classical "sit down strike" strategy from now until a Republican is elected President?   Isn't that like holding the recovery hostage and using that as a basis for a "You'll get a recovery, when you elect a Republican President" type (implied) ransom demand?

If the Republicans use the union tactics of a sit down strike to bust unions, shield the rich from taxes, and regain the White House, would that   be an example of irony or hypocrisy?  

Speaking of San Francisco how did William R. Hearst's efforts to break the union strike at the L. A. Herald Examiner work out?

In an effort to track down an appropriate closing quote from either Eric Hoffer or Harry Brudges (gotta help the conservative trolls earn their pay by providing them with deliberately misspelled names), we stumbled across the fact that Woodrow Wilson (wasn't he a Republican?) told congress:   "The seed of revolution is repression."

Now the disk jockey will play Woodrow Guthrie's "Sticking to the Union," Roy Orbison's "Workin' for the Man," and the "Cool Hand Luke" soundtrack album.   We have to go make plans to attend the San Francisco Public Library's 47th Big Book Sale September 22 -- 25 at Fort Mason.   Have a "never heard Herb Caen's name mentioned once" type week.

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 
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