I have belonged to two unions in my life, the United States Steel Workers Union, and something called the Amalgamated Meatcutters and Butchers Union (or something like that). The first was a great union, the second not so much.
It was when I was with the second union here in Arkansas that I spent time as a union steward at Campbell Soup in Fayetteville, part of my job was as a buffer ebtween management and the workers in the department. It wasn’t actually in the contract, but for a time, I actually had folks in the department that I needed to be present whenever someone from management approached them.
It is through the eyes of someone who has worked both in both unionized plants, and in plants where there is no union that I have been watching the commercials against the Employee Free Choice Act. The campaign has never been long on logic, or reasoned argument, but as the months as passed, the tone has become increasingly frenzied.
Sometime back we had the union guys as New Jersey mobsters type of commercials, and now we have moved directly into the threatening stage.
Vote for the Employee Free Choice Act, and jobs will leave Arkansas!
Which means, I suppose, that if Arkansans dare to think for themselves, and not follow the dictates of corporations, and the editorial writers at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, they will yank our jobs away from us.
And that’s what it is all about, basically. Know your place, and vote accordingly. Don’t think for yourself, and don’t expect to ever stand up for yourself in the workplace. Because if you do, we’ll have no choice but to destroy your state economically.
Quote of the Day
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." ~ Ray Bradbury
The Time Travel Question - C.F. Roberts
In the ongoing effort to get away from pretentious Internet polls, readers were asked their feelings about time travel. Today, C.F. Roberts, a local writer, videographer and visual artist weighs in on the subject.
If you could look at yourself backwards in a mirror, would you? The implications of that seem almost curse-like. I wouldn't be interested in time travel in any way, shape or form, I don't think . . . I'm not a nostalgic person and I'm more interested in the present and the future.
The notion of changing history likewise feels like a Pandora's Box to me...too many factors that could be out of control and hurt people far into the future--- how's that? How's this? I'd take this week's winning lotto number back a few days and cash in on some of that goodness. That's how I'd "change history".
The best time travel flick is Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)--watch it and you'll believe the Japanese have no idea how to write a time travel plot line!- the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese and it doesn't make much sense, but it's ten tons of fun.
Second choice: Time After Time---- Malcolm MacDowell as H.G. Wells and David Warner as Jack the Ripper, trapped in the 70s . . . you do the math!!!!!