We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I always wondered whatever happened to organ grinders. I'd never seen one in the US, except on cartoons or in old movies. I saw quite a few when I lived in London in 1983 (I have a picture of a particularly colorful one). I had no idea LaGuardia outlawed them, or his reasons for doing so. With the swipe of a pen, he outlawed a form of employment (beats the hell out of other forms of begging, if you ask me). But you can be assured, it was in the "best interest of the people" (and the monkeys!). I'm certain this is precisely how Mayor Bill feels about horse carriages. His views are the only ones that matter because nobody else really cares about those poor horses, right? It's in our best interest, of course. Below is a picture of one of the last legal organ grinders in NYC.
There was an organ grinder in downtown Oakland Ca. when I was a kid. In the early 1960's.
One day an over zealous policeman took him in. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed. Apologies were made and he was escorted back to the corner where he continued to play the organ, monkey at his side.
Wow, those were the days. It seemed a happier time then, even in Oakland.
There were organ grinders in the city I grew up in North of Boston in the 40's and 50's. I don't remember seeing any in the 60's. They were all Italian but I don't know if all organ grinders that came to the U.S. were from Italy.
He would never have the chance to get to the point where he could buy insurance. The animal rights "trust" and its eager handmaidens in the government bureaucracy would not permit him to own the monkey (slavery) let alone put said simian to work on the streets.
Ralph Kinney Bennett