The Dark Side

– Bumper sticker of the week: Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Cheney, and Bush: Weapons of mass distraction.

– Quotes of the week: "We have been told for years to bow down before ‘the market.’ We have placed our faith in the laws of supply and demand. What has been forgotten, or ignored, is that the market rewards only efficiency. Every other human value gets in its way.

"Left to its own devices, the free market always seeks a work force that is hungry, desperate, and cheap – a work force that is anything but free."

Reefer Madness, Eric Schlosser

– A conversation with the Dark Side:

• Eve would have been better off with the snake.

• Hell is no further down the road than Henry Hill.

• Which is worse: prostitution, marijuana or a Fortune 500 company CEO?

• Christ wouldn’t recognize what’s being pawned off as Christianity.

• What demented soul thought it would be a good idea to put the Railroad Daze carnival out at Sandburg?

• Dying is not near as hard as living.

• Destroying the world in order to save it has always been a popular theme among white, Christian males.

• There’s no necessity that the human race should survive. Time could care less.

• NAFTA should have included a provision for sending our government overseas.

• Which came first: management screwing labor or labor screwing management?

– How does a society come to punish a person more harshly for selling marijuana than for killing someone with a gun?

– Mind games: It’s hard to get over thinking that my way, or in your case, your way, is not necessarily "the way." In our minds, each of us harbors what we think is the right way of doing things. Anything. Everything. We tend to believe we possess "the truth." We fuss and fight and name call in an attempt to get our way. When all else fails, we pout. Getting over this is no easy matter, and is one of life’s biggest challenges. As difficult as it may be to believe, there are generally many roads that lead to the same place. Leaders have to learn this hard lesson in particular, or risk facing ridicule and humiliation.

– Cry me a river: Maytag threatens to move out of Amana and Herrin if people boycott their products. Sounds like a convenient excuse to move more of their production out of the country. I say BOYCOTT MAYTAG and anyone selling Maytag products. We can’t let these companies hide behind capitalism and the free market place much longer, or we’ll all be looking for work.

– The most basic labor right – the right to organize a union – does not exist in many workplaces across the country. Look no further than McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

– Bush is so brazen he doesn’t even have the common sense to hide the Halliburton contract to rebuild the oil fields in Iraq. With the price already having doubled, Will Durst calls him the Liberace of patronage.

– A Peever prediction: Railroad Daze is done. Too many big-shots, not enough brains.