Friday, September 3, 2010

loose ends

A car I once owned and loved
'68 Plymouth Fury convertible

1. I have decided to mourn the loss of Pontiacs, Plymouths, and Oldsmobiles. I'll be saying a prayer. My prayers are always so influential.

2. (sarcasm warning) It occurs to me that now the state is planning to enact (if the polls are to be believed) a "right-to-work" law, we really should also be able to end this foolish Labor Day weekend, that causes so many deaths on the highways. I've also noticed that when Labor Day comes, school seems to come right after it. Maybe we can do away with that also.

3. F. Scott Fitzgerald is supposed to have said that, "The rich are different from the rest of us; they have more money." (Or, something to that effect.) I have also concluded that the rich are unpatriotic, unprincipled, unethical, and unappreciative. (Is that a stereotype? ) I'm thinking in particular about the news that they are sitting on their money these days instead of investing in the economy of the nation that kissed their ass and saved their rotten capitalist system. What could possibly be their motive? Hm-m.

4. Personally, I am disturbed even more these days by the rampant commercialism of college sports. I am thinking about the "new" Michigan Stadium and the new soccer complex. It just grinds on my sense of appropriateness. There is a sentimental connection between alums and teams, it's true, and I'm always happy when my school's teams do well, but if we cannot stand back and realize what has happened to the "athletics" of the college experience, then we are pretty cold people.


Irene said...

"Right to work" law? What's next - the "right to work a 16 hour day" law, followed by the "right to work under dangerous conditions" law? I agree - do away with school and bring in the "right of children to work in the mines" law.

Dashmann said...

Yup ---- maybe !!

Bud and I talked against these right - to - work laws 50 years ago in high school debates on labor unions.

The Pittsburg steelworkers who fought the Pinkertons early in the century, and Flint 1937 sit-downers are rolling over in their graves.

If you have a pension, it is because of the unions.

In 10 to 20 years, the middle class will have to start all over--

I may be the best union spokesman who never belonged to a union.
I was a salary, non- union worker at General Motors who understood that anything we got was because of the UAW. GM never gave me anything out of the goodness of its heart.