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 don't get it. Is this character capitalist rat management or labor union vermin? Rats exploit both resources and their betters... they're amoral... they don't give a r's a** as to the source and means of the food they take.
Ya can't sing the song unless you know the words. Many years ago I was out in the street working and many of my (striking) union crew would drive by shouting: "Scab, scab, scab!" After a bit of this I waved them down. They stopped and I explained to them that a 'scab' is a no good worthless lout that is willing to cross a picket line and take (as a starvation wage) the job of work away from the skilled, noble and heroic union worker! ...that I, on the other hand, was incompetent management willing to fumble and piddle trying to do the complex and complicated work normally handled by organized laborers thus taking the bread out of the mouths of their wives and children and was subsequently, in union parlance, not a 'scab' but instead, a Rat!' They where silent for a few seconds, then said, "Thanks Jim", drove off and came back around a bit later shouting; "RAT, RAT, RAT!"
Funny story, Jim. Not that Iíd ever take sides between union labor :( :( :) and management :) :) :(, mind you, but I have to wonder why management hasnít come up with inflatables of its own- say, scary snakes for striking workers and busy beavers to rep non-union labor. Well, OK, maybe some other animals, but the ideaís there somewhere.
Yes, Biggie Rat, as we like to call him, makes appearances at any and all New York Metro construction projects where non-union labor is employed. Can't say the union goons are entirely without a sense of style, now can we?
Francis W. Porretto