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Worker’s Song


’nuff said ’bout labor day… Enjoy!
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workers and bosses

by problembear

some rules for bosses and workers to remember on labor day:


  • if you browbeat rather than encourage workers you suck.
  • if you judge employees with a double standard you suck.
  • if you don’t practice what you preach you suck.
  • if you employ hostility to get employees to leave you suck
  • if you lie to your employees you really suck.
  • if you can’t treat people with decency and respect you suck.
  • if you don’t show up for work on time you suck.
  • if you ignore customers to talk to friends you suck.
  • if you gossip about others to cause trouble you suck.
  • if you shirk your duties and let others pick up the slack you suck.
  • if you can’t be grateful for having a job these days you suck.
  • if you can’t treat people with decency and respect you suck.

by lizard

from wikipedia:

Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[2]. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

From contentious beginnings, to not wearing white for ladies after the first Monday in September. If we don’t remember, meaning can be leeched from anything.

by lizard

(photo by Peter Essick)

The state department is ready to greenlight the pipeline. Daryl Hannah can make headlines getting arrested, but the powerlines are beyond the grasp of even her celebrity status.

The protest in Missoula was a nice piece of street theatre. It generated some small talk in the fancy boutique my wife dragged me into for the free caricature drawings. I tried to hear what they were saying, but my kid was too loud and wiggly. There appeared to be some mild concern about what was being done to forests by the tar sands project, and some mild derision of the protesters, peppered with a few polite chuckles of agreement.


Ochenski’s column this week features a brazen subtitle: How Democrats Lost the 2012 Election. Not a spoiler, it ends like this:

While telling Americans he would change the way business is done in the White House, Obama has continued the oil-baron, big-corporate policies of the last President Bush. If it’s goodbye to labor and goodbye to greens, come the 2012 elections, it’ll be goodbye to Obama.

Read the whole article. It’s got Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, pulling resources from Obama’s reelection efforts, and Hillary’s sycophant, Paul Elliot, whoring for the pipeline.


That’s a lot of political baggage to unpack for a LWPS lead-in. Whew. Now, for the poetry this week I pulled two books from my stacks. The first is a field guide to nature poems, written by John Felstiner, called Can Poetry Save the Earth?. The second is an anthology edited by Sam Hamill, Poets Against The War, a collection of poems Sam would have presented to Laura Bush, had she not canceled her little poetry symposium as her husband prepared to preemptively strike Iraq.

First up, this from the preface of Felstiner’s field guide: Continue Reading »

Poetry & 9/11

by lizard

America was attacked on a Tuesday. I remember exiting my house and seeing my hippie neighbor walk down the sidewalk. “America is under attack” he said. I followed him to his place to see what the hell he was talking about.

Inside everyone huddled around the television. The bowl made its rounds. One tower collapsed, then another. It was surreal.

Poet Claudia Rankine from her book length poem, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely:

Three days after the attack on the World Trade Center it rains. It rains through the night with a determination that peters off by morning. That same afternoon I go downtown to the site. The rain, I thought, would clear the air of smoke. It is still smoking because the debris is still burning. A rank smell is in the air. The rescue workers are there moving pieces of wreckage by hand. In the overcast, dim light they shadow the dead, are themselves deadened.

Their movements are so slow my eyes can rest in them. Something swallows the noise of the trucks. I see but do not hear them. The language of description competes with the dead in the air. My eyes burn and tear. Stacked up along the highway are the wooden stretchers that were never needed. Ink runs on the posters of the missing taped to the sides of buildings. The photographed faces are faded. In some places the rain cleared away the ash and the powdered concrete, in other places it matted the ash and concrete to window ledges, to car exteriors, to any and all available surfaces. Continue Reading »

by jhwygirl

Let me clarify that I mean Missoulians and Bozemanites are slacking, but not for lack of signature gatherers. People – you need to stop and sign these petitions (the eminent domain one too) when you see them!

Just about every b’birder here took the legislature to task on SB423 this past session – as did Montanafesto – the bill otherwise known as the Medical Marijuana reform Repeal bill.

The bill authored, incidentally, by Sen. Jeff Essmann who recently announced he will be entertaining a run for Governor…which had been written here back in early June.

Montanafesto carried on the cause, and has been working on signature gathering for a repeal of SB423 – Initiative Referendum 124.

On of the most obnoxious things about the so-called Marijuana Reform bill of the last legislative session was that it repealed a 2004 Citizen’s Initiative which assured medical marijuana for patients here in Montana.

Let’s be clear about how obnoxious this unconstitutional SB423 is – a judge has already placed an injunction halting implementation of most of it.

Collecting signatures for IR124 has been a bit harder than expected – though the training required for all signature gatherers has paid off with a high percentage of valid signatures. Intimidation and arrests of caregivers has cut down access for patients, which in turn has reduced the number of signatures gathered.

Who’s leading the pack on signatures? Yellowstone County. A bit shocking considering Missoula is supposedly filled with a bunch of pot-smoking hippy activists who will organize for anything.

Signature gathering ends September 30th.

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association is the lead group pursuing the lawsuit which has resulted in the injunction which has all but halted implementation of SB423….and they are in need of funding to continue to fight the appeal the State has made of that decision.

Shame on Bullock and Governor Schweitzer for wasting taxpayer money pursuing such an unconstitutional bill that has ignored a recent and overwhelmingly approved Citizen’s Initiative .

So if you can help out with a donation, hit this link or put a check in the mail to their address here.

You can also use that last link to contact MTCIA for information on where signatur gatherers will be across the state. I’m kinda hoping they might add to the comments here – Labor Day Weekend, I’m sure there’s lots of events where petition gatherers will be active.

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