170 John The Painter
John was from
He painted walls and ceilings, not landscapes and portraits. He did this as a member of the “Plant Department” at
Since those days, “high” has acquired a new meaning. But Hofstra of the early 1960s was a relatively drug-free space because the drug revolution hadn’t yet taken place.
One thing they did well was to get the place painted regularly. And much of that fell to this Scottish guy, John. He spoke like “Scotty” in “Star Trek” real thick and hard for American ears to understand some of the time. Too bad. He had at least one thing to say that the rest of us should have listened to.
“Take the profit out of war, and there’s no more war.”
John was an advocate of a single, national industrial union and worker ownership of the factories that made the implements of war, from supertankers to nuts and bolts. This didn’t fly in his native land, so he figured he’d come here. That doesn’t seem sensible now. But he figured he had a better chance here. Teach you to listen to a guy who plays a bagpipe.
Bechtel the construction giant has pulled out of
Another start: members of the Democratic Party recently won a majority representation in the Congress. That means they control stuff like… oh, say, appropriations.
And that means they can “cut and run,” as the right wing whackos call it. Cut the funding, and run THIS country, is more like it.
Cut the money. No more war.
Of course, no more Iraqi oil, either, once the mullahs get their hands on the moolah. But we always have our good friends in
Fill ‘er up, Borat.
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