Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things

Bush E-Mail Mystery Deepens: White House Won’t Name Tech Contractor

The White House will not identify a private company which appears to be involved in the disappearance of millions of White House e-mails.

[ ]…According to the White House, at least five million e-mails were not properly archived and may be lost forever, in apparent violation of the Presidential Records Act. The post-Watergate law states that communications relating to official activity in the offices of the president and vice president are owned by the American public and cannot be destroyed. (emphasis mine)

Unka Karl left the administration yesterday, as did Tony Snow. Tony might have been out of the loop, but call me cynical I bet Karl knows the name of that firm and that said company is run by a Republican with political connections to the Whitehouse and the RNC.

Looks like the Democrats are giving any campaign contributions from Norman Hsu back or to charity. The Republicans bloggers are outraged at all this money going to Democrats from a guy that apparently isn’t as squeaky clean as the realtionship between George Bush and Ken Lay (Enron) or Elli Lilly and George …. well you get the drift. Tom Delay and Republicans gave dirty money and politics a whole new meaning and wow now there’s a dirty Dem that turns up now and then. Republicans, as Arianna Huffington said are the pigs at the trough, Dems have a lot of catching up to do to match their level of corruption.

This is seriously bizarre, but nothing Conservatives do shock me at this point, Friday foil from Florida (remix)

Florida police are saying that Jason Robert Drake,* a man with North Carolina ties, left shot two republican political consultants, Ralph Gonzalez and David Abrami, and then himself last week. What they’re not saying is why. After first calling it a lover’s triangle, they’re now saying:

Drake was found carrying a firearm and backpack full of ammunition. Deputies said in a short statement witnesses had mentioned “a number of potential motives.”

Corrente has a nice synopsis of the gruesome story, but if you follow the links for more keep the kids away from the computer.

American Unions’ Long March for Labor Day

Today [Monday, September 3] is Labor Day in the United States, a national holiday established more than a century ago to honor the American worker. Americans typically spend the day away from work, enjoying picnics in the park or visiting the beach or swimming pools on what for many is the last holiday of the summer vacation season.

It’s easy to forget that U.S. workers had to literally fight for their rights to a decent wage and improved working conditions and many risked their lives trying to organize.

This wood engraving shows a riot by Baltimore and Ohio railway workers who went on strike in 1877 when the Company cut their wages

In 1894, for instance, 34 railway union members were killed when President Grover Cleveland ordered federal troops to break up a railroad strike outside Chicago, Illinois. Cleveland, who was up for re-election that year, needed to appease angry workers nationwide, so he signed into law a national holiday called Labor Day in honor of the worker.

Nice reproduction of a wood engraving that shows a protest by Baltimore and Ohio railway workers.

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. ~Adam Smith