Yeah, yeah, I ignored Labor Day...again. I think it's idiotic to "celebrate labor" by havin' everyone (other than essential services and retail workers!) take the day off (especially managers and above; funny, that). Oh, it could be worse -- I guess it's better to go have a picnic than a live-fire, audience-participation restaging of the Haymarket riot.
James Hoffa of the Teamsters disagrees. Nope; if there's a metaphorical fuse, he'll happily supply a match -- and an arm to throw the explosive package, too. Or as he put it "...they gotta war...let's take these sons-of-bitches out!"
What foe was he talking about? Multiple-choice:
A) The bosses and owners, traditional boogeyman for labor leaders.
B) Al-Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist groups
C) The TEA Parties and some Congressional Republicans
...Yeah, that one's a gimme, an easy "C." Reportedly, the President -- you know, of the United States -- was at that event and, as they say, "Silence is consent."* Which is what he said about inciting partisan violence: de nada.
Makes me feel soooooooo comfy. Or, how about that, exactly the reverse. Hoffa, you fatheaded bombthrower, is your flag not bloody enough?
(Upcoming Bookend Holiday Rant: "By the same amount of time after Pearl Harbor, we'd helped reduce Berlin to rubble, burnt Dresden to a crisp, nuked two cities in Japan, held two full sets of war-crimes trials and had brought most of the troops home and were well underway rebuilding the victim and losing countries; the war was won, over and receding in the rearview mirror," or, "A Hair Shirt and Two Holes In The Ground." I blame a hyperdramatic, crybaby media, plus a compliant audience of vid-addicted drones who won't tell 'em when to STHU.)
* Ever wonder who that 'they' might be?
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