Arise ye prisoners

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15 Responses to “Arise ye prisoners”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    In most other civilized countries today is a holiday, but when the guy nominated for Secretary of Labor (thank gawd he dropped out!) is a king of “Do you want fries with that?” labor, what can we expect?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      This worker had to arise from his slumbers to make breakfast for Herself and Mister Boo, then get cranking on a review for the tyrants at Adventure Cyclist. No savior from on high delivers; no faith have we in prince or peer.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        Speaking of The Boomeister, how’s he doing? Haven’t heard or seen much about him recently. Hope all’s well with The Entire Menagerie too! 🙂

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Comrade Boo is well. He is sustained by the faith of the masses. Also, by about six homecooked meals per diem (he is struggling to overcome this bourgeois affliction).

  2. Libby Says:

    Just a another day, making the doughnuts in the US. Military parades, maypoles, flowers and concerts, elsewhere. Labor Day must do.

  3. Chris Coursey Says:




  4. debby511 Says:

    Happy May Day, Comrades! I am unable to join the the May Day Strike that has been called for – El Jefe would fire me – but I am engaging in a work slowdown. Working remotely, for an an employer in which the company culture is to not answer emails or phone calls, my slowdown is not hard to accomplish! Sent today’s email, now I wait for the reply. I’ll probably be waiting all day.

    Power to the People!

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Chapter 53 of the Tao te Ching, a new English version by Stephen Mitchell.

    ” When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible while the poor have nowhere to turn – all of this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.”

    Pretty much sums it up, simply. I like simple. And now we have a speculator in chief.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Pat: I must confess I had to look up Tao te Ching and Laozi, the reputed author. Seems like about the 6th century BC is an accepted timeframe for him (and Confucius).

      So………the more things change, the more they stay the same. Or, put another way: Even those who read and understand history are doomed to repeat it. ?????

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I was introduced to the Tao in 1973 while dabbling in the martial arts (Tae Kwon Do.) About 15 years ago, I found Stephen Mitchell’s translation while browsing in a book store. It is my favorite although I have read others. There are only 81 short, one page or less, chapters, and they all ring true just like the one above. And I confess I had to look up the Haymarket Affair. It sounded familiar, but I couldn’t remember the details.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    I wonder how many Murrcans know that May Day became a Labor celebration day in response to the Haymarket Affair, right at home in Chicago. Back in 1886.

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