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  • StillRelaxin

    No problem judge. The citizens of Maine will utilize their voting “rights” again in 2014 to once and for all resolve this problem created by Mr. LePage.

    • Anonymous

      LePage IS the problem and will be done in 1 thankfully.

    • That’s okay — we understand. Everybody has to have a dream.
      lol

      • StillRelaxin

        Yep, and as Disney and the last election has shown, when it comes to Maine voters our Demorcatic dreams have and really will continue to come true. Now all we need is to have Mr. LePage keep opening his mouth and telling us what ALEC…I mean HE thinks about any subject that effects the average Maine citizen/voter.

        • Anonymous

          you mean Nightmares.

        • You’re going to need a steady supply of antacids, once the gubernatorial vetoes start happening.

          TTFN.

        • Anonymous

          As Maine becomes more and more democrat, Maine also becomes poorer. You figure out why.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, we got richer in the last 2 years?More jobs created? Hmmmmmmm missed that I guess.

          • Anonymous

            As poor as Republican led Mississippi?

          • Anonymous

            I fear you’re still in the 60’s. Take at hard look at the economies of much of the South, and you’ll see growth and vibrancy. My favorite bumper sticker in Savannah reads like a two-line score card: “YANKEES ONE. REBELS ZERO… HALF TIME SCORE”
            They fully intend to whoop the north, economically.
            Where are all the new car manufacturing going on these days? The South.
            Were’d Roxanne Quimby move Bert’s Bees? The South.
            Were’s Steven King now a resident? The South.
            You really need to get out of The Woods a bit more these days.

          • Anonymous

            Got link to back up your ridiculous claim

            Take off your tea colored glasses and educate yourself.

            Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation, in fact all of the southern red states are poor.

            http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/mississippi-highest-poverty-rate-nation-140443447.html

          • I fear you’re still in the 60’s…the 1860’s that is.

          • FELT

            Maine lost 0.4% in GDP according to the most recent Bureau of Economic Analysis rankings; We rank 6th from the bottom; and 5th from the bottom in real state growth……and it’s going to get worse once reductions in Navy ship building hit Kittery and BIW.

          • Anonymous

            Got a reputable link to back up your claim or is this another Republican conspiracy theory?

    • Anonymous

      LePage better hope that the courts allow him to continue to hide the mural. If it is placed anywhere for public display (as LePage previously stated it would be), it will become the most viewed piece of artwork in Maine. And it won’t put him in a positive light. People don’t like it when elected leaders act like dictators.

      • If the appeals had ceased, the mural would already be displayed in one of Maine’s Labor buildings. The Governor made his intentions known months ago, in that regard.

        The mural will not be displayed in the tiny, isolated lobby where it was previously housed, but it will be on display in a Maine Labor building.

        • Anonymous

          Did he make that statement when he was claiming the mural was removed because (a) it sent a negative message to business; or (b) he disapproved of the way the mural was funded?

          • FELT

            Both and a few more, like how it distorted the predominant role of non-unionized workers in the Maine economy. Given the decline in union membership one wonders whether the mural would be best located in the obits. .

      • Anonymous

        And Obama isn’t

  • Anonymous

    Removing that ugly piece of communist trash was a step in the right direction. Chalk another one up for the Gov.

    • Anonymous

      You obviously are not from Maine and never had family who worked in the mills.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, where are those mills now?

        • Anonymous

          Gone plain and simple. The mural honors those of us who worked in horrible conditions. History will repeat itself is we do not remember.

          • Anonymous

            So true. But you are talking to those who want to forget that part or are too ignorant or uninformed to know or understand history.

          • Anonymous

            Any place on the mural showing the Hostess workers picketing to close their factory?

          • Anonymous

            Now that’s funny…

          • Alec Cunningham

            Clever.  Maybe it’d be better to highlight the inept way the company was run by the people on top: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20121125,0,966735.column . “That overlooks the years of union givebacks and management bad faith. Example: Just before declaring bankruptcy for the second time in eight years Jan. 11, Hostess trebled the compensation of then-Chief Executive Brian Driscoll and raised other executives’ pay up to twofold.At the same time, the company was demanding lower wages from workers and stiffing employee pension funds of $8 million a month in payment obligations.”  And “Hostess first entered bankruptcy in 2004, when it was known as Interstate Bakeries. During its five years in Chapter 11, the firm obtained concessions from its unions worth $110 million a year. The unions accepted layoffs that brought the workforce down to about 19,000 from more than 30,000. There were cuts in wages, pension and health benefits. The Teamsters committed to negotiations over changes in antiquated work rules. The givebacks helped reduce Hostess’ labor costs to the point where they were roughly equal  to or even lower than some of its major competitors’.”

        • Alec Cunningham

          In China.

          But that’s not the point.  You seem to be implying that we should forget our history.

          • No. Ceasing the making stuff up would be nice, however.

          • Anonymous

            Why don’t you try it!

          • Guest

            You are one of the more serious offenders here who makes up rah rah stuff.

          • Anonymous

            Why do you keep signing off with TTFN when you keep coming back with more inanity?

      • The same mills that the unions shut down?…those mills?

      • Anonymous

        Au Contraire. I worked in the mill and saw first hand the slackers who worked there. People with shoes painted yellow as a joke when they actually fell asleep on the job. I could see then that there was no future in the mill.

        • Anonymous

          And WHEN was this? That is NOT what this is about. It is honoring our ancestors on how the created a safe and fair work enviroment. Why is that so hard to understand?

          • Anonymous

            That was in 1976. I hear it has only gotten worse since then.

    • Alec Cunningham

      Yes-“ugly” piece of trash. Perhaps Mr. LePage should have Wal-Mart make a wonderfully beautiful mural that shows the rich history of oppression of the worker? Would that be better?

      • Anonymous

        Would they do it for less than $60,000?

      • Anonymous

        Still a free country Joe. Nobody is forcing anybody to work at Walmart, and not every Walmart employee feels they are being oppressed.

  • ptkitty

    What a waste of time! I guess the five malcontents who filed this frivolous lawsuit should shut up and go away in shame. You lost again!

    The “missing” mural has always been stored in a closet down the hall from where it was previously displayed. Now you all can stop looking for it.

    Where’s the “Open for Business” sign that was stolen?

    • Anonymous

      Where are the jobs?

    • Alec Cunningham

      I’m sure the number of “malcontents” is closer to the 61% than it is to 5.

      You might recall that our governor played his hide and seek game those first few weeks and refused to tell anyone where it is. And, in fact, the article states that he is STILL playing this little game of his-“The LePage administration has declined to divulge its whereabouts.” Why do you say that it’s in a closet in that very same building?

      Why won’t he tell the people of Maine where their mural is? Its acts like this that allow us to call him a bully.

      • Anonymous

        That overpriced, paint by number monstrosity is an affront to the taxpayers who were forced to purchase it. Storage in a closet is too good for it.

  • Anonymous

    Well, Lepage thumbs his nose to the very people who made their way in Maine with real jobs. He thumbs his nose at our families who worked in mills etc. The repubs will pay in the voting booth:they will lose.

    • Anonymous

      no, you will lose. YOu watch unemployment increase and welfare increase under the dens. They do not have a good track record in this state.

      • Anonymous

        Once again: what does the mural stand for? Why is welfare increasing? WHERE ARE THE DANG JOBS LEPAGE PROMISED?

      • Guest

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    • FELT

      I wonder why these families are LePage’s biggest supporters and pack local meetings to hear him and give him standing applause? ….you get out of Cape E. much?

  • Superuser23

    Ok well I am off to take some of LePages property then, and if nobody likes it then let me know at the ballot box. What this judge doesn’t get is that the majority didn’t give him the seat.

    • The majority didn’t give Baldacci the seat second time around, either.

      ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…………………………..

      • Superuser23

        and Baldacci is old news now….wake me up when you got something better to share

        • No problem, here you go –> Gov. LePage is polishing up his set of veto pens.
          :)

          • Anonymous

            His VETOS will be Overridden !

          • Guest

            He can use the pens all he wants. He also will face one over ride after another. —>

          • Superuser23

            He will polish them for nothing…again a fine example of how much time he wastes

  • Anonymous

    Basically what i read her can be summed up in a sentence. “You voted for him now deal with him!”

    • Alec Cunningham

      Unfortunately, we all bear the burden that that small minority has given us.

      • Anonymous

        Baldacci got the same percent of the vote when he was elected. I bet you were okay with that right?

        • Alec Cunningham

          That’s not the issue here, now, is it?

          • Anonymous

            Just replying to your nonsensical comment.

  • Anonymous

    Further appeal–they should save their money and buy the mural from the state and install it in the AFL-CIO headquarters in Augusta.

    • Anonymous

      That actually sounds like a win for both sides. Will they pay $60,000 for it?

  • Anonymous

    The End

    • Probably not. If the mural agitators stop the appeals, they lose their street cred and the donations.

  • Anonymous

    Ha, ha, take that unions!!!!

  • Alec Cunningham

    Boy, that LePage sure showed them! Stupid mural, showing the history of labor in this state, the history of people who also pulled themselves up by the bootstraps as a whole-of COURSE he should hide it! Who do those workers think they are, anyway, demanding that the labor mural be put back into the department of labor!?!??! It should be replaced with a mural of the history of business and corporations!!! Maybe they can get one from the department of economic and community development.

    • Anonymous

      You mean like the poor, down trodden commissioner of labor who had herself painted into the mural? People like that. The government drones who were so poorly treated by the evil government?

      • Anonymous

        Ya.
        The same ones whose lavish pension program (awarded to them for their dem votes) is one of the reasons for the financial mess that was handed to our Governor.

      • Anonymous

        You don’t care that the mural contans Franics Perkins, the first female Dept. of Labor Secretary. Or Rosie the Riveter, who represents the hard industrial work women did during WWII. Do you?

        You Republicans keep trying to put women down.

        • FELT

          Rosie the Riveter never lived in Maine…..see Rosie the Riveter trust in Oakland, Calif. or the fact that ‘ROSIE’ was a fictional character promoted by the government to encourage women to join the war effort:

          “The government decided to launch a propaganda campaign to sell the importance of the war effort and to lure women into working.

          “They promoted the fictional character of “Rosie the Riveter” as the ideal woman worker: loyal, efficient, patriotic, and pretty (Yellin 43).

          A song, “Rosie the Riveter”, became very popular in 1942. Norman Rockwell’s image on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943 was the first widely publicized pictorial representation of the new “Rosie the Riveter”.

          This led to many other “Rosie” images and women to represent that image. For example, the media found Rose Hicker of Eastern Aircraft Company in Tarrytown, New York and pictured her with her partner as they drove in a record number of rivets into the wing of a Grumman “Avenger” Bomber on June 8, 1943.

          Rose was an instant media success (Dabakis 183). In many other locations and situations around the country, “Rosies” were found and used in the propaganda effort. A few months after Rockwell’s image, the most famous image of Rosie appeared in the government-commissioned poster “We Can Do It” (Yellin 44).”

          Do the growing number of women who have left the Democrat’s party and become Republicans worry you?

          • Anonymous

            You entirely miss the point: women did work hard in industrial jobs during WWII–and did a great job.

            You Republicans had better stop trying to deny women’s strength and ability. I say that for your own good in the polls.

          • FELT

            You’re in denial, esp. given the growing contribution women are making to the Republican party. “And white women, who leaned Democratic by a 49% to 42% margin in 2008, now tilt slightly toward the GOP by a 47% to 44% margin. ”

            Your bias isn’t matched by the facts; and you choose to ignore the fact that ‘Rosie’ was a fictional character invented by the Government and used in a major propaganda campaign.

          • Anonymous

            You know, keep talking. Keep saying how Rosie the Riveter isn’t real, while ignoring that women worked hard at industrial jobs, as good as any man, during WWII.

            The more you talk, the worse Republicans look. I think that’s the problem with the Party. You just don’t get it.

          • Anonymous

            sprucedweller, You assume that everyone who disagrees with you is a Republican? I have been reading your posts for some time now, and I can tell you, your are wrong. You are doing what you liberals accuse conservatives of doing …………stereotyping. This BND article is about a federal judge siding with LePage on the mural removal. It was a group of anti-LePage people who appealed this case to the federal court. It is obvious by your posted opinions that you supported this group. You and your group lost. It would behoove you to grow up. As much as I dislike it, Obama is my President……and LePage is your Governor.

            i

    • Anonymous

      Or, perhaps, Joe — from the Department of All the Newly-Created Jobs? I think his daughter and another relative are employed there.

  • BigPaw

    “Government Speech”… even you right wingers should be worried about that term. The Ministry of Truth has spoken.

    • Alec Cunningham

      I was wondering about that, too. That makes it possible for the government to do anything and be protected. That’s not good for any citizen.

      • Where was all this worry and fretting when Baldacci and King Angus were running Maine into the ground?

        • Anonymous

          You should instead of worrying about the past concern yourself with 2014 I can reassure you it will be worse than 2012 for the right.

          • Anonymous

            Nope. 7 democratic senators are up for re-election in states Romney won except for one swing state. The republican senators up for re-election are in solid red states (pro business for you commies).

          • Anonymous

            And brown shirts and jack boots for you fascists.

          • lol

            The liberals do behave badly when they get trounced.

          • Anonymous

            Not at all … call me a commie I’ll return the favor.
            You’re a hoot Naran you win a battle but lose the war and you think you’ve won? That’s truly worth an LOL.

            I’m going to punch your down arrow now.

          • Ooooooo — how utterly devastating.

            #letusknowwhenyougetaclue

            ps – wait until Gov. LePage starts using his veto pen. The Maine D’s do not have the numbers for an override in either House or Senate.

            TTFN

          • Anonymous

            Glad you like humor,

            Evolution is a slow process …. watching the party of the twisted right become extinct one knows that you won’t even leave any trace in the fossil record. A true flash in the pan.

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm. let us look at the “successes” of your Marxist/Progressives over history. Let’s see, the Soviet Union’s not on the list of “successes”, nor North Korea… no, not Communist China. Gosh, please list for us the “successful” Lefty countries.

          • Anonymous

            Hummm – How about Holland, don’t dis China too much or you’ll have no where to sent our jobs you profit from as you offshore your taxes.

          • Anonymous

            It’s not capitalism that’s the issue it’s UBER Capitalism that’s the problem. As long as we have politicians who say they support small business and continue to bring in big box stores to drain the local economy of monies that would return to the community and instead provide low paying jobs we’re hosed. I’ve watched more folks go out of business over the years due to the big boxes coupled with all the ultra American business owners who for the sake of increased profits pack up what few jobs remain and offshore them is the BS world of business that many object too. As long as this is the model of business – (the WalMart solution) more and more people will be standing up against it. Call that anything you like, I call it taking advantage of generations who built these company’s only to have them dissolve life times of pensions of the very people that made them successful. That’s “YOUR” Great American business solution and many think it stinks

          • Anonymous

            Please let us all in on the facts behind your statement that, “As long as we have politicians who say they support small business and continue to bring in big box stores to drain the local economy “.
            In America, we enjoy Planning Baords, Zoning Boards, Zoning Appeals Boards, District Courts… many layers to “prevent” development the locals don’t want.
            Let’s try another “examle” shall we?

          • Anonymous

            Let’s not Captain America, it changes nothing, the system is part of the problem, the model is flawed, admit it. The boxes do more harm than good, but that’s capitalism ..right? .

            “many layers to “prevent” development the locals don’t want” Who you kiddin’?.

            Here’s a laugh for ya Captain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

          • Anonymous

            .

            I agree that he will be active in his veto pen because he doesn’t have the slightest idea onhow to compromise. The mural just shows his complete distain for the working man.
            The vast majorityof his time in office has been to put forth his tea party social agenda and really doesn’t care to create jobs . While he favor the rich, one must remember ,it is the labor of their workers who allow them to profit. He is very much to blame for the loss of both houses in Maine and it will only get worse in 2014.He doesn’t get it now , but will suffer the consequences( as will his party) in another 2 years.

          • Anonymous

            If LePage uses his veto pen there are enough Democratic votes to override his veto and maybe a few Republican that haven’t drank LePage tea.

            Wouldn’t you agree dearie?

          • Anonymous

            Your snarky remarks bespeak not getting over your losses.

          • Anonymous

            Actually it’s the left in this country who are the fascists and brown shirts. They pretend they are for the little people but in reality they use them to advance their own elitism.

            I’m not concerned, it fact it’s quite entertaining to watch, I will stand back and watch the left self destruct. The left can’t get along with each other, as I have witnessed. They are the ones who have constant disputes with co workers and neighbors. They are clueless on how to be self sufficient and how to stand up for themselves. They are the ones who are sue happy, call the police on every little issue and have protection orders because someone looked at them cross eyed.

            All you crying over the mural, I have a question for you, did you even know it existed? Where are all these jobs now and how well did the unions do keeping them around?

          • Anonymous

            You’ve missed your calling, comedy is obviously the trade you should pursue. The clowns on the right have no problem labeling anyone who they disagree with commies, all I did is respond to one of your brother knuckle draggers. You’ve missed the mark with the mural, I shed no tears for it, I just know the likes of you will appear out of the ether when the word “mural” is mentioned, creating a circus like event.

          • Anonymous

            Not true. I prefer to call you folks Marxist/Progressvies, not Commie’s. That term is so 60’s…

          • Guest

            I prefer Socialist. Socialism is where it’s at.

          • Anonymous

            and I prefer to call you folks Plutocrats/Corporatists even though fascist is still very much in fashion.

          • Anonymous

            Did you know that Milton Friedman, Chicago School father of the free market ideology, worked with Augusto Pinochet in Chile, a vicious dictator, to try and bring about ‘free’ economics in that country, even as death squads tortured and killed anyone who protested the cutting of social services?

            http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/mar/03/chile-earthquake

          • Anonymous

            When independent, undecided thinkers read a post like yours, they see anger, whining, pettiness and hyberbole. It’s not a winning combination at the polls. I suggestion arguments and references.

            Here, for example, is Newt Gingrich calling Fox News biased:

            http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/04/12/gingrich_unloads_on_fox_news_in_private_meeting___113818.html

          • Anonymous

            Ya, typical delusional and fanatical right wing attacks. That is all you have. I doubt you could define the term “communist” with any real accuracy. And then you go around chucking out such false and hyperbolic nonsense. But then again, when all you do is listen to the idiocy vomited out by Pills Limbaugh and the Fake Noise Network we can understand what makes you tick. If only you could understand it is your kind of nonsense that caused your sad and pathetic TeaGoofy Party to get CRUSHED in this last election and why LeBUFFOON won’t be elected dog catcher let alone governor in 2014.

          • Anonymous

            People like her are still in denial. They would repeat the same mistakes. Let them.

        • Anonymous

          They did it nicely and smiled a lot.

        • Anonymous

          Weren’t you living in Cambridge then?

      • Anonymous

        you mean like Obama is sneaking that gun control treaty through the UN.

      • kcjonez

        Ditto here. Elect me Governor and I will put a big sign on the Blaine House lawn that says “Zappa is God!”
        Government speech dontcha know?
        And maybe I’ll plant cannabis in the gardens.
        Paint peace symbols on all the war memorials.
        Don’t get me started.

  • Anonymous

    Unions have destroyed industry in Maine!

    • Alec Cunningham

      Yes.  The unions are the ones that demanded better returns to investors by moving their workplaces offshore and giving their jobs to others who will do more work for less than a living wage.  Good call!

      • Anonymous

        The unions not once tried to tie contracts to company investments in their plants. Up dating mills would have keep the mill competitive. You are you own worst enemies.. The anti union comments haven’t distroyed unions, you did it to yourselves. you are not all gone yet, you still have time to force up grades durning contract talks.. But lets face it, you really don’t care much about the future or where the younger people will work, you just care about now and your toys.

    • Anonymous

      What is it you don’t understand about Union contracts? Those are NEGOTIATED agreements between labor and management. If management hadn’t liked the terms of the agreements all they had to do was to say, “NO”. Mangement believed they could operate the mills and still make money with the terms of the agreement. Management was wrong and now you want to blame the Union.

      • Anonymous

        If unions are the answer explain one thing.Why in the recent case of Hostess the union did not offer to pickup the tab for it’s members pay cuts and insurance?If unions are so wonderful then let them control and cover the costs of it’s members retirements and benefits.Could it be that the union boss fatcats do not want to play nice.It is managements fault for union strangle hold on business riiiight.

        • Anonymous

          Does this need an answer? It’s because the Union only has a finite amount of money. All the money the Unions have comes from dues of its members and for the Unions to begin to pick up the tab for pay cuts and insurance would force the workers at the successful plants to subsidize the mismanagement at the unsuccessful ones.
          And to clarify this, Unions do not have a stranglehold on business. In fact the opposite is true. Business now has a stranglehold on unions.
          Until the 60-day cooling off period was eliminated during the Regan administration the balance of power was equal. If Union and Management couldn’t come to an agreement and the Union went on strike, Management had to wait 60 days before hiring replacement workers. During that time management was allowed to operate the plant with only management personnell or shut down. This was “equal” because both unions and management were suffering losses during that 60 days – an incentive for both sides to solve their issues and get things back to normal.
          Once that was 60-day provision was abolished Management was allowed to hire replacements (a/k/a “Scabs”) immediately and operate the plant with them. For the Union, this made “striking” synonomous with “quitting”.
          You can think this is right or you can think that this is wrong – and I have a feeling you and I aren’t going to agree on that – but please don’t perpetuate any myth that Unions somehow have any kind of a stranglehold on companies because it’s just not true.

        • Anonymous

          Hostess was the victim of bad management that gave themselves obscene raise at the expense of the economic health of the company.

  • Good!…now ship it to North Korea where it belongs!

    • Alec Cunningham

      Why not?  Most of our jobs have been exported to Asia anyway-but not because of the unions.

  • Anonymous

    We should petition Gov. LePage to install a pro business mural. The design would picture a circle of fat cats smoking Cuban cigars standing above their impoverished under paid workers who lack insurance and are holding umbrellas above their heads shielding them from the fat cats who insult the workers with their “personal reign.”

    • Anonymous

      Do you have a clue about John Baldacci? He went to Cuba and hung out with Castro. Did you not see the photos? Oh yeah, he took the teamster trade union guy with him who is now in prison. Also, he took Mr. Richardson with him who represented the unions. There is a photo and some of them have cigars. The Right to Work states are doing much better than the union states. Try to get out of the single state mentality. Yes, Baldacci was a fan of Castro’s.

      • Anonymous

        While you focus on the past the present is going to sneak up on you and take a massive bite out of your keister.

        • The past is the mural being removed from the MDOL lobby.

          Let it go, right?

          • Anonymous

            The mural is no sweat, I just know it brings you guys from the twisted right out from under your rocks and you’re so much fun to play with.

      • Anonymous

        In right to work states the average wage is $2.50 lower than in those that aren’t.We lost jobs in the last trwo years because we aren’t a ‘right to work ” state? Perhaps the r’s should have concentrated more on job creation than their social agenda and we might have fewer people on welfare.

    • Superuser23

      Don’t forget to add in some Chinese people to represent his recent trip there too

    • Anonymous

      Even the slimiest attempts to re-write history could not cut and paste a union boss on the Mayflower. Why, imagine life without unions, government, places of employment, courts of law, police protection, fire control, hospitals, grocery stores, farms, lumber yards, houses and barns.
      Sorry, but somebody built this country long before your Revisionist Founding Date of 1900. Fat cats? Hardly.

      • Anonymous

        Hardly Fat Cats? ….. you’re completely blind, the butcher, baker and the candle stick maker have been long ago replaced by Wally World like behemoths paying their employees $7 an hour, slave labor and zero insurance. Three cheers for the Big Box world glad you’re so enamored with. It’s obvious the tops of many heads have been removed and someone has empty their bowels into what used to be the brains of thinking people, I give you the big box solution … you deserve it.

        • Anonymous

          Against my better instincts and intelligence I will reply just this once to your noxious reply… For you to gloss over the self governed work ethic that spawned this country from the 1600’s is disrespectful of all their labor. Their lives are our country’s history and there’s nothing you can do to change that fact.
          If you had read my post accurately you would have understood that I spoke of the earliest years of settlement to your “founding” date of 1900. Of course, you chose to not address my point but I knew you wouldn’t anyway.
          Maybe someone else will play with you.

          • Anonymous

            Against my better instincts and intelligence I will try to explain that the mural was about protecting all those who where part of that self governing work ethic that spawned this country. That same work ethic later followed the children of the workers who spawned this country into the factories, fields, mines and construction projects at the advent of the industrial revolution. It was depicting events that protected laborers from unfair labor practices so they to could experience the American Dream and have a reasonable predictable life with decent pay and work hours. It was depicting events that made those hard working people’s lives better by protecting them from being abused by their employers. The topic of the mural after all is about organized labor, period. (not the earliest years of settlement) Now today those protections that all those generations of hard working people who suffered and die to make your live and my live better is all for not, thanks to the crazy anti union crowd, that’s right the the Wall Mart bunch and we’re right back to square one.

  • Anonymous

    So much crap about a lousy mural!!

    • Anonymous

      It is all they have on LePage so they have to keep bringing it up.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is definitely a one term governor.

  • “We call upon the governor to keep his word and to now display the mural in an appropriate state building, such as the Maine State Museum, where people can learn about the men and women who have labored to build our great state,” Young said.”

    *************

    The Maine State Museum declined to house the mural two years ago. The Museum said they don’t deal with contemporary works of art, ie., the mural.

    The National Dept. of Labor requires the mural to be place in a Maine DOL building.

    Have these guys read their own material?

    • Anonymous

      That is a union mural, . Not about who built this state.. and as for the national dept of labor, Send them on a hike because they do not have any jurisdiction here in the Republic of Maine..

      • Yes, the Federal DOL does have jurisdiction. They supplied some of the money that was used to purchase the mural.

        I don’t think we should be spending public money on artworks, but in this instance, the national DOL does indeed have jurisdiction.

        • Anonymous

          Lets just give it to them then.. Waving money in order to gain compliance sick and I would hope illegal

    • Anonymous

      I use to vist as maine goes, they moderate pretty heavy there, I’m thinking the only opinion they like there is their own. Go Fish!

    • Anonymous

      Funny how every time a mural story is posted you appear like a hired gun with 30 rounds in the clip? …… It makes me wonder if you didn’t have a personal hand in the deed?

      • Anonymous

        She wrote the anonymous fax and sent it to the governor.

    • Guest

      Did you write the anonymous fax? :)

      • Anonymous

        There’s nothing anonymous about Naran. She would have worn a placard walking everywhere that she did this amazing feat. There was no fax. It is another one of LePage’s lies.

  • Anonymous

    The Union propaganda machine had this done claiming it was historic. Should have drawn in the factories closed down by union demands along side of the equiptment being loaded onto ships.. you would like to force people to comply and that scares me.

  • Anonymous

    Gosh dems, where will you take this now, to the Supreme Court? It doesn’t feel good to be wrong, does it. Now, go apologize to LePage for being so ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    LeBUFFOON the TeaGoofball corporate toadie won’t be elected dog catcher come 2014, and the mural will be returned.

    • Anonymous

      Put it in a curtained booth with a roll of paper towels.

      • Alec Cunningham

        That’s really quite ridiculous and vicious.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe when the Mural comes back we can get a thirty thousand dollar Smiley Face to hang beside it.

  • Anonymous

    How much more money is going to be wasted on this stupid mural before the liberals admit defeat? The money would be better spent on the poor and elderly.

  • Anonymous

    Now can we BURN IT?

  • Time to get over it and make sure he gets defeated in two years. We know what a slime ball he has turned out to be and an embarrassment for the State.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s an interesting fact: The top 5 best-run states in America are led by Republicans. Give Governor LePage time and we could be among them.

    http://247wallst.com/2012/11/27/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50/

    • Guest

      LMAO!

    • Anonymous

      New Jersey, led by that Republican hero Chris Christie certainly isn’t!

  • Government’s power to express should never abridge the rights or will of the citizens. That the censorship displays a wanton disregard of the struggles of the people against the exploits of the unearned business profit motive simply adds insult to injury. This is a tragic time in American history

    • Anonymous

      Business profits are unearned?

  • Patrick Dunham

    It will be put back up in 2 years when LeDo*ch3 is run out by the voters.

  • Anonymous

    GOOD …………………….. Now put this “Organized Labor” mural where it should have been in the first place ……… Maine State Museum!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t believe it is of Museum Quality. But you already know that.

  • Anonymous

    According to the plaitniff’s lawyer, removing something that is yours to control is now violating “Free Speech”. The nex governor has the authority to hang it in the Hall of Flags should he choose.
    Gosh, buy another one and hand it just about anyplace you desire.
    Now that’s Free Speech.

  • Guest

    The mural will be returned as soon as LePage is turned out to pasture.
    Such a foolish man, best of all he’s one giant lame duck swimming alone in his little vernal pond.

  • FELT

    Common sense prevails.

    The mural was a government contract where the content was never fully defined by a broadly representative group of people; so, once again, we have a biased ‘research’ study that glorified organized labor and largely ignored the working people who made up the Maine economy.

    Deceptive? you bet it was, probably fraudulent and a misuse of govt. funds—the Court never addressed the issue of whether the monies appropriated by Congress to assist the unemployed could be redeployed to hire an artist who had a wealthy clientele. Free Speech was a very weak hook to hang this protest on; and like the Occupy Maine law suits, it simply wouldn’t hold up in court.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go Gov. What you say you replace it witht the latest Obama crucified painting. That would make the marxists happy.Better yet, put up a real cross and watch them commit hari kari. Even better, tell the libbers you are going to give everyone welfare and free homes and Obama will pay for it from his stash. They will love you.

  • Guest

    LePage has managed to make this a very popular work of art.
    If nothing else people will be clamoring to view it when it resurfaces.

  • Anonymous

    How did we lose sight of the fact it was an anonymous fax that started this? It isn’t even being reported anymore. Now it is straightforward that Mr. LePage thought the mural was one sided. Is it possible that all this started out as a lie?

  • Anonymous

    No worries.

    In two years, the mural will be back, and all that will be left from LePage will be a persistent stench. In time, hopefully that will fade.

  • Nagon Roan-Gelding

    This is what great leadership looks like!
    I can’t imagine the financial fix we’d be in if the Governor hadn’t taken this bold step and removed the mural that was stifling economic development in our state.
    Coupled with his “Open for Business” sign, there hasn’t been a more decisive blow for capitalism in modern history.

  • Briney

    Elliot Cutler, or, whomever is eyeing the governor’s chair – take note. As a condition for our vote, we will want a promise to return this mural to its rightful home. The governor to be must also exercise his federally – approved “Government Speech” and rip down that “We’re Open For Business” sign as you enter Maine.

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