Forget the Maine

Our guest columnist is Judy Taylor.

In the summer of 2007, I responded to a Call to Artists sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. The call was to create an artwork depicting the “History of Labor in the State of Maine”. After a reviewing process, I was selected to do the commission. Along the way, I met some wonderful and dedicated people. I also got an excellent education in Maine History.

The 11-panel mural was painted on 4 x 8 sheets of specially prepared MDO board. The panels were applied to adjoining walls in the Dept. of Labor reception area. In total, the mural measures 36 feet in length, and is nearly 8 feet tall.

Excellent work, Ms. Taylor. Too bad Maine’s governor wants to tear it down because it’s “not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals”.

Gov. LePage Orders Removal Of Labor Mural [WMTV, via Political Wire]

The Maine Department of Labor Mural [Judy Taylor Studio]


Almost makes me miss when Asscroft covered up Justice’s boobies because he was titillated by them.

For a bunch of people who scream in terror every time Communism is mentioned, the teabaggers certainly have adopted the Politburo’s playbook pretty thoroughly…

For additional irony, maybe they can get a fellow ‘bagger to paint a mural in Soviet-propaganda style (or whatever the correct term for what’s being parodied here) depicting the heroic struggles of John Galt.

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”- Warren Buffet

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One:

Apropos: States cutting unemployment benefits to avoid tax hikes

Because after all, expecting a business sector that’s already returned to record profits to pay taxes is unreasonable; better to fuck over the people who are still suffering, amirite?

@al2o3cr: These are our values, apparently. Let the poor die, the sick suffer, and exalt those who inherited or cheated their way to great wealth.

Even if we were founded on Christian principles, which were weren’t, we certainly don’t espouse Christian values in our society- to say nothing of common decency.

@al2o3cr: Jesus Fucking Christ. That’s all I can say. I am so tired. They really aren’t going to be happy until 99% of the country are slaves to “bizness,” huh? (I was going to say “indentured servants” but I realized that we’re already in that stage).


and they change the Dept of Labor to the Dept of Serfs.

@Capt Howdy: Bingo!

It’s not like this hasn’t been going on for three decades. Only now they’re not even trying to hide it.

@nojo: @Capt Howdy: When I was in college in the mid-70s, my econ professor laughed at the idea of communism being a threat to the US. She said we were far more likely to turn to fascism than to socialism, and predicted we’d end up with what she called “corporate feudalism.” Which we have.

@Mistress Cynica: The Pilgrims were communists. I love that. You have no idea how much it shocks Americans (not you).

This Maine mural is like the Diego Rivera that was ripped from the walls to punish FDR.

@Benedick AEA, AFTRA, SAG, DG.: I thought Rockefeller had it ripped off the wall. Rivera gave his commission to the Mexican Communist Party.

Even as we kvetch, the phrase “whiny workers” is being tested in a Koch Bros. sponsored focus group as a possible GOP meme. The ingratitude shown by people to their employers/unemployers is getting really annoying.

Poor wittle biz-nesses, every since they were designated to be people, now they have feelings and their feelings hurt. Dey haz a sad. /world’s smallest violin playing for companies’ feelings…

The Robert Reich piece said that the Governor wants to even rename some of the conference rooms in the Labor Department building. I am impressed that apparently things are so fucking hunky-dory in Maine that the Governor has the time to micromanage enough as to what conference rooms are named. Next I’m sure he’ll do like every other teabagger fuckwad and take his election as a mandate to go after the lady-bits and the gheyz.

@SanFranLefty: As someone clever said about the conference rooms, perhaps he’s selling naming rights.

No doubt he’s currently planning a “Fuck Whiny Workers Barbecue” for Friday’s 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

I hope this guy works Labor Day. Shouldn’t take a day off as we wouldn’t want him to look like a hypocrite celebrating the day of (un)labor won by union workers or anything.

Not to be Captain Buzzkill or anything, but related:

Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert and teabagger buddies introduce bill to strip food stamps from families of strikers

Just when I think these fucks can’t possibly get any more despicable, they pull shit like this. What’s next, a bill where you have to let Newt shit in your mouth before you can get unemployment?

@Mistress Cynica: Aww, shucks.

@al2o3cr: It’s really too bad we don’t have some kind of social media through which a national strike day could be organized like they had in Egypt and Iran.

@al2o3cr: What did I say earlier about being so fucking tired? Now I’m more tired.

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