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You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Monday May 4, 1914
Las Animas County, Colorado - Affidavits from Survivors of the Ludlow Massacre

Lieutenant Karl E Linderfelt, Butcher of Ludlow
Lieutenant Karl E Linderfelt,
Butcher of Ludlow
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Over the next few days Hellraisers Journal will present affidavits from those who were in the Ludlow Tent Colony as the militiamen/Rockefeller gunthugs ended their attack upon the colony by burning down the tents, the homes of 1200 men, women and children.

Mrs. Ed Tonner describes how Mrs. Costa begged for her life and the lives of the women and children (including three of her own) as the gunthugs, led by Linderfelt, prepared to set fire to tent #58:

AFFIDAVIT.

State of Colorado.
           Las Animas County, ss:
     Mrs. Ed Tonner, of lawful age, being first sworn, upon oath deposes and says: That her name is Mrs. Ed Tonner. When Mr. Linderfelt came into camp with his auto load of ammunition, I heard Mrs. Costa crying, and she began praying Santa Maria and begging him not to kill her and her little children, and he replied to her, "There is no use in you crying and carrying on, as we have orders to do this, and we are going to do it; no mercy on any of you."
                                                                                             Mrs. Ed Tonner.
     Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th day of April, A. D. 1914.
     [SEAL.]                                                             Leon Griswold, Notary Public.
     My commission expires September 10, 1917.

[emphasis added]

Linderfelt, Hamrock, etc
The last three in line perpetrated the Ludlow Massacre:
Lt K E Linderfelt, Lt G S Lawrence, Major Hamrock
Mrs. Pedregone describes how she watched the "guards and militia" set fire to her tent:
AFFIDAVIT.

State of Colorado,
     Las Animas County, ss:
     Mrs. Alcarita Pedregon, being first duly sworn, on oath deposes and says: That her name is Mrs. Alcarita Pedregon. I got up late in the morning, and I seen the guards and militia on horseback, and they got off the horses and fell down on the ground to get away from the fire, and then I went into the hole with the children. There were 11 children and 4 women in the hole, and we stayed in that cellar from 9 in the morning until 6 the next morning. I seen a militiamen come over there and look inside the tent and strike a match and set fire to the tent. I stayed in the tent until it was all burned up. There were 11 children and 2 women suffocated with the smoke where I was. I lost 2 children in this cave when the tent was burned. I don't know where my husband was at this time. I looked up out of the hole and saw the soldier set fire to the tent with a match. I lost everything I had in his fire.
                                                                 Mrs. Alcarita (her x mark) Pedregon.
     Subscribed and sworn to before me this 1st day of May, A. D. 1914.
     [SEAL]                                                           Leon V. Griswold, Notary Public.
     My commission expires September 10. 1917.

Lt Linderfelt and his Cavalrymen
Lt Linderfelt and His Cavalrymen
Mr. William Snyder describes how that gunthug-infested militia unit set fire to his tent while his family was still inside, how they mocked him and threatened him as he held his dead son in his arms, how Linderfelt raged at his wife as she begged for the life of her husband: "Please don't shoot him; they have killed one of my children already," when Linderfelt says, "It is a damned pity that all of you damned red-necked bitches were not killed." Mr. William Snyder describes how his family was terrorized by the Colorado National Guard which was under the command of Governor Ammons, Democrat of Colorado:
AFFIDAVIT.

State of Colorado, Las Animas County, ss:
     William Snyder, of lawful age, being first sworn, on oath deposes and says: That his name is William Snyder. On Monday morning, April 20, at 8 o'clock in the morning, or about, after the gunmen had lined on the Colorado South eastern tracks, they sent a detail of four to the Ludlow tent colony, presumably to arrest one man without a warrant. We refused to give up the man without the due warrant of law; that the said detail said that they would get their man if they had to search the camp; that we were to produce that man by afternoon or they would search. They went over to old Company K camp and reported, and from there they fired three signal shots, dynamite, I guess, they were using — and all guards began to pull out of the canyons, that comprises the two canyons, and also between 20 and 30 cavalry on horses left the Company K camp and crossed the C. & S. track, main line, by the depot and took position south of the C. S. E. tracks. Our men realizing that trouble was in the air, in order to avoid a massacre and the shooting of men and children, went to the C. & S. E. tracks on the north and took up a position against them to keep them away from the women and children; that the gunmen, to start trouble, undoubtedly fired the first shot, and from that time on the battle raged, they using their machine gun, three machine guns being in action; that at about 4.30 our men, running out of ammunition, had to retreat, and from that on the Baldwin-Felts took our position and the colony, and they shot up the colony with the machine gun and rifles and started to burning the tents, not stopping to look if there were any women, children, or anybody else around. Owing to us turning our arms into the militia several times they took advantage of our unarmed situation and tried to carry out the threats that they had made — that they would clean Ludlow out, and did.
     I myself, not being armed, stayed on the tent-colony grounds to protect my family to the best of my ability, and that about 4.30 p. m., when the thugs or militia had right flanked our colony and shot through my tent and killed our boy, showing clearly that they did not stop to see whether there were any women or children on the colony ground or not. Just previous to the time the boy was shot he got out of the hole or cave, where my children were, to get his sister a drink of water, and as the firing had slackened the children had left the hole, being out of the hole from five to eight minutes, and stepped into the bedroom of my tent. The boy Frank was sitting in the chair with his sister on the floor between his knees, and he was in the act of stooping to kiss or caress his sister when the bullet struck him above the temple on the right side and blew his brains out. I was standing near the front door of my tent and I heard the impact of the bullet striking the boy's head and the crack of the bullet as it exploded inside of his head. The boy was killed by an explosive bullet. I went to the boy to render what assistance I could, and while falling I caught him in my arms and in the act of letting him down to the floor two more bullets passed over me in the tent. Then I went to the hole where my family and children were, and seeing the boy in his death struggles went to him again; was in the act of washing his face when another bullet went over me. The firing became so heavy that I went to my family and stayed in the cave with them until they burned the tents. They fired this tent of mine by standing by the southeast corner with a piece of paper on fire in their hands, and as the tent was blazing they came in the tent. This I observed by looking out of the hole where we were located. As the tent was in flames they opened the door and came in, and then my wife pleaded to save her children, telling them they had already killed one, and for God's sake to save the others. Whereupon this officer assisted Mrs. Snyder from the hole and the other children.
     By this time there was five or six of the militia or thugs in the tent and wanted to kill me; and I asked them to let me get my dead boy to the depot, and to which this officer consented, after cursing me, putting a gun to my head and threatened to kill me, and on leaving the tent with the corpse I laid him down outside of the door and put on my coat and I requested some one to help me carry this boy to the depot, when I was told that I was big enough to carry him myself, and which I did over my shoulder and my 3-year-old daughter in my arms, when George Tittsworth, sr., who, to the best of my knowledge, set fire to the tent, throwed a gun on me and said, " You God damn dirty son of a bitch, I ought to kill you right here; you have fired as many shots as any body," and he touched my head, or nearly so, with his revolver and said, " I will kill you." My wife pleaded in behalf of her dead boy to let us get him to Trinidad, and this officer escorted us to the depot, but on passing Snodgrass's store at Ludlow Linderfelt throwed his flash light in my face and wanted to know what "God damned red neck S. B. they had here," when Mrs. Snyder says to Linderfelt, "Please don't shoot him; they have killed one of my children already," when Linderfelt says, " It is a damned pity that all of you damned red-necked bitches were not killed." But we kept on till we got to the depot, and there the floors were covered with the thugs and provisions that had been robbed from Snodgress's store, and they were joshing and making remarks over their day's work. While lying there listening to these remarks I heard one in particular say that he knew he killed one at the bridge and would have to go down at daylight and try and get another one. I heard several say they had killed one, two, or three, and they thought that they had a pretty fair day's work, but also thought themselves that the regulars would be in the next night.
     I was called into the baggage room to be consulted by some officer in regard to the leaders and Louis Tikas in particular. They asked the question if Louis Tikas was not the cause of the troubles and a leader of the Greeks, and I answered, " No; he was the interpreter." They asked me if I saw a gun on Tikas, and I told them " No." They said, " Well, we killed him to-day and found a gun on him." Then they asked where the gunmen got their arms and ammunition; I said, " I do not know." I did not have any myself, so I was then asked what I was coming to Trinidad for. I told them as I had no place else to go at present I had to go to Trinidad to get relief and a place for the family to stay and to bury my boy. I was then advised I had better get out of this country altogether.
     At the time the machine guns were turned on the tent colony the strikers were taking to the hills on account of their ammunition being used up. Before the signals were fired Louie, having been notified that the south of the C. & S. E. tracks were swarmed with the militia with machine guns in position, pointing toward the colony, he went personally himself to see, and while coming back to notify the colony of the conditions the men had found out for themselves and started back to direct the fire away from the women and babes. All my earthly effects and cash were destroyed.
     Further affiant saith not.
                                                                                            William Snyder.
     Subscribed and sworn to before me this 1st day of May, A. D. 1914.
     [seal.]                                                            Louis Griswold, Notary Public.
     My commission expires September 10, 1917.

[emphasis added]

SOURCE
Congressional edition, Volume 6937
United States. Congress
U.S. G.P.O., 1916
"Final Report and Testimony
Presented to Congress by the
Commission on Industrial Relations
Created by the Act of
August 23, 1912"
http://books.google.com/...
Search preview with either page numbers or names:
 7377-Snyder
 7383-Tonner &/ Costa
 7386-Pedregon

Note:
The family name is spelled "Pedregone" on the Ludlow Monument:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/...

Ludlow Monument Victims
WE NEVER FORGET

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Photos:
Karl E Linderfelt, Butcher of Ludlow
http://www.csindy.com/...
Lt K E Linderfelt, Maj Hamrock, etc
http://en.wikipedia.org/...
Linderfelt and His Cavalrymen
http://margolis.faculty.asu.edu/...

See Also:
HJ: Democratic Colorado Governor Ammons Allows Militia to Continue Reign of Terror
http://www.dailykos.com/...

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Carry It On-Joan Baez

They will tell their lying stories
Send their dogs to bite our bodies
They will throw us into prison
But, Carry It On
Carry It On
Carry It On
Carry It On

          -Gil Turner

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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sun May 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by WE NEVER FORGET, Shamrock American Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, History for Kossacks, and Sexism and Patriarchy.

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  •  You might want to change one word (3+ / 0-)
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    in the headline to b * * * * * s .
    It might be one of those words that get things blocked on some systems .
    But I am not sure about that .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Sun May 04, 2014 at 11:07:18 AM PDT

    •  bitch is an actual word in the English language (7+ / 0-)

      the Massacre of working people, men, women and children, the youngest 3 months old, the Calumet Massacre where 62 children died, none of that has ever brot you into a Hellraisers diary nor a WE NEVER FORGET diary, but suddenly a "bad" word brings you here?

      You have never come here before and then you come only to lodge a complaint?

      Sheeeesh!

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 12:28:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  and three rec's on the comment (7+ / 0-)

        all by people who have never expressed even the slightest concern or sorrow for the strikers who were massacred.

        That is sad, but not really surprising, considering the source.

        God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

        by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 12:30:50 PM PDT

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      •  I didn't say it wasn't a word in the Eng lang . (0+ / 0-)
        but suddenly a "bad" word brings you here?
        "Suddenly" ?
        You have never come here before and then you come only to lodge a complaint?
        I didn't make a "complaint" . I mentioned something you might have overlooked , this thing might result in fewer people seeing / reading / getting knowledge from your diary . If you want to act like I have done something wrong by my mentioning that , no big deal to me .

        http://www.dkosopedia.com/...

        Diary titles

        When choosing a title, please avoid the following:

            Profanity in titles is disallowed. The use of asterisks is acceptable. Profanity in the title of a diary will be changed by an admin to contain asterisks (e.g., "Fuck" => "F**k"). Profanity in the text of diaries, and in comments, is OK; just keep the curse words out of the diary titles.

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Sun May 04, 2014 at 02:51:02 PM PDT

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        •  Are you aware that you are in a (6+ / 0-)

          diary that is about the death of our

          Labor Martyrs?

          Please try to conduct yourself accordingly.

          God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

          by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 03:08:51 PM PDT

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          •  I'm not talking with or about (0+ / 0-)

            "Labor Martyrs" .
            I'm talking about something that might get your diary blocked from view on some peoples computers or networks .
            You were given a polite heads up , nicely , pleasantly , mildly
            and you reacted very poorly . Not my problem .  

            "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

            by indycam on Sun May 04, 2014 at 03:17:02 PM PDT

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            •  I'd suggest you GTFO out of a years' long diary (3+ / 0-)
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              JayRaye, Galtisalie, CenPhx

              series that you've never pariticipated in, tipped, recced.

              Nobody gives a shit.  Got it?

              If you can't see this diary while you're working, then go to hell home and use your own computer to read it... if you're interested, which I don't think you really are... because you've never participated in this diary series.

              I'm talking about something that might get your diary blocked from view on some peoples computers or networks .

              Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

              by gooderservice on Sun May 04, 2014 at 04:13:31 PM PDT

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              •  Caveat: (4+ / 0-)
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                Nobody gives a shit what you think of a title -- didn't mean to imply that nobody gives a shit about this diary series.

                Sorry, JayRaye.  

                Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

                by gooderservice on Sun May 04, 2014 at 04:19:39 PM PDT

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          •  Do you have anything, anything at all (7+ / 0-)

            to say about the Labor Martyrs?

            If not then please to away.

            The Men, Women and Children Who Lost Their Lives in Freedom's Cause

            Honor Roll

            God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

            by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 03:21:51 PM PDT

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        •  Oh and thanks a lot you just brot the F word into (3+ / 0-)
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          a diary on a subject that is sacred to working people.

          God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

          by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 03:24:24 PM PDT

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    •  NO. Read the diary at home. Got it? (4+ / 0-)
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      And please stop starting shit in a diary series that you've participating in before.

      I understand that you "think" you're being helpful, but you're not.  You're doing meta.  Meta is not tolerated in this diary series.  

      Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

      by gooderservice on Sun May 04, 2014 at 04:15:54 PM PDT

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  •  Another good job! (9+ / 0-)

    I keep saying that...but it's true.

    For some reason, as I was reading this, I kept thinking of the Kent State massacre.  The Ludlow massacre was of course much, much worse.

    I was standing near the front door of my tent and I heard the impact of the bullet striking the boy's head and the crack of the bullet as it exploded inside of his head. The boy was killed by an explosive bullet. I went to the boy to render what assistance I could, and while falling I caught him in my arms and in the act of letting him down to the floor two more bullets passed over me in the tent. Then I went to the hole where my family and children were, and seeing the boy in his death struggles went to him again; was in the act of washing his face when another bullet went over me.
    Heartbreaking.

    Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

    by rbird on Sun May 04, 2014 at 12:07:21 PM PDT

    •  It's so heartbreaking that I even regret having to (5+ / 0-)

      put it out there, rbird. But we owe it our Labor Heroes to remember what they went thru.

      Thank you for your support of Hellraisers.

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 12:33:39 PM PDT

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    •  Linderfelt's comment to Mrs Snyder reminds me (6+ / 0-)

      of the quote from the Kent State Massacre:

      We should have killed more of them.
      Don't even know if that was really said, but it has always stuck in my head. Along with the photo of one of the students screaming over the body of another. Two of us went to classes wearing black arm bands and got berated by our instuctor for it. She thot she could force us to remove them, but she was wrong.

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:19:26 PM PDT

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  •  Great diary once again, JayRaye. (9+ / 0-)

    Thank you.

    Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

    by gooderservice on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:28:09 PM PDT

  •  Thanks and my usual rec Jay. (6+ / 0-)

    Considering the "bitch" comment above, It's interesting how the expletive red-necked has morphed into redneck: badge of honor. Language lives!

    "the northern lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see. Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee". - Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon

    by Joe Jackson on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:38:47 PM PDT

  •  Ohhhh, a help desk comment bitching (3+ / 0-)
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    about your title from someone who's never participated in your years' long diaries.

    Not funny.

    Take a look.

    http://helpdesk.dailykos.com/...

    And if admins wants to "change history" based on whether someone can read DKos at work, that will be disgusting, sad, and really stupid.  

    Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

    by gooderservice on Sun May 04, 2014 at 04:48:54 PM PDT

    •  This is simply amazing to me (4+ / 0-)
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      someone willing to spend all of this time on a word in the title which is not even among Carlin's seven words and which is used daily by vets and breeders all over the English speaking world, and is even said on regular TV, why I hear it frequently on "All Creatures Great and Small."

      Yet this person has never, not once, found a minute to express any sorrow or remembrance for those massacred at Ludlow or Calumet, a total of 84 children all together, not including the baby that Cedi Costa had carried almost to term and was born after her death and buried in the coffin with her.

      No he couldn't find even 1 minute to honor their sacrifice.

      He's outraged about the word in the title but expresses no outrage at the brutality of the mine guards who committed mass murder of working people.

      Go figure.

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 05:37:32 PM PDT

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      •  I did "figure it out." (2+ / 0-)
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        With a pencil and a pen I figured it out.  And I threw up in mouth a little bit.

        Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

        by gooderservice on Sun May 04, 2014 at 06:18:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  My Company Email Censored An Email To My Boss (0+ / 0-)

    As near as I can tell the offending word was "snatch" as in "they might try to snatch this deal from us."

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun May 04, 2014 at 07:48:43 PM PDT

    •  Oh great more meta (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Galtisalie, gooderservice

      Thanks a lot for nothing, indycam.

      Do you by any chance have anything to say about the terror that the strikers and their families went thru at Ludlow?

      This series exist to honor our Labor Martyrs, if you aren't here to do that, then you don't belong here.

      I have written Hellraisers everyday for more than 365 days straight documenting the brutality that working people have been subjected to whenever they attempted to organize.

      I have not seen you here before nor heard one single word spoken by you to honor Our Labor Martyrs, but now here you come with your stupid idiotic meta.

      do you by any chance have anything to say about the story above, did you even bother to read it

      do you not have any feelings whatsoever for Mrs Snyder who was pleading for the life of her husband as he stood there before Linderfelt with his dead son in one arm and his little girl in the other?????

      sheeesh what a bunch of heartless assholes

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:00:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I've Been Reading These (2+ / 0-)
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        My father was in the United Rubber Workers for 40 years and has enjoyed a secure retirement with good medical care.

        I wish the Homestead Steel Strike would be made into a movie like "Gangs Of New York," but there's no way that would be allowed to happen.

        Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

        by bernardpliers on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:25:05 PM PDT

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        •  Then you should have more respect for (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          gooderservice

          our martyred dead then to bring your meta crap into this diary.

          God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

          by JayRaye on Mon May 05, 2014 at 04:26:17 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I'm Not Indycam nt (0+ / 0-)

            Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

            by bernardpliers on Mon May 05, 2014 at 05:32:55 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  No, but you added to his BS meta (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              gooderservice

              in a diary that honors the sacrifice of our
              Labor Martyrs.

              Guess you think it's clever to to talk about the double meanings of "snatch" in a diary meant to honor our martyred dead.

              Are you aware that these martyrs still have grandchildren and great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews living, some of whom might read this diary?

              God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

              by JayRaye on Mon May 05, 2014 at 08:19:57 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  Hey (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the diary.  Recced and tipped

    Hey! glad to see you. Hope you are doing well.

    by deedogg on Sun May 04, 2014 at 07:50:35 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary. (4+ / 0-)

    Only wish that it read as from a different era,from an age barely understood...but Linderfelts just don't seem to be going away.
    Thanks again,JayRaye for this series.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sun May 04, 2014 at 09:26:08 PM PDT

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