Meade, who's getting ready to go out for some dog park volunteer work, says okay, but only if I link to this comment on yesterday's "Obama’s insulting salary stunt" post:
garage mahal said...IN THE COMMENTS: Phil 3:14 said:
He won't even feel his sacrifice. And if he does, he can ease his tiny pains with another deluxe vacation and a few more concerts at the White House performed by whichever pop stars his daughters are enthusing over this month.
Just like you didn't have to feel any real sacrifice from Act 10.
I doubt you ever rub elbows with the peons at the bottom of the food chain who did feel it.
OK Professor, help me understand, who are the "peons" in this analogy?Okay, I'll accept it as my job to pick up the metaphorical poop. I didn't call people "peons," and I didn't mix a metaphor of "peons" and "food chain." I don't even know why Meade imposed that condition on my use of his poop quote.
Or is this another of you word plays (i.e. pee)?
And think plants are at the bottom of the food chain.
A "peon" — according to the (unlinkable) OED — is "An attendant, an orderly; a footman or messenger having subordinate authority over other staff. Also: a junior member of staff in an office."
1973 P. G. Wodehouse Bachelors Anonymous i. 8 ‘She treated me like one of those things they have in Mexico, not tamales, something that sounds like spoon.’ ‘Peon?’ ‘That's right.’"Peon" actually used to be pronounced pyoon. The pronunciation "pee on," however, is better for punning.
Anyway, "peon" seems to be an unusually apt word to refer to public sector employees, who are the people affected by Act 10, the GOP's approach to budget balancing here in Wisconsin. We — I include myself — were required to make contributions to our pensions and health insurance. (Before the 2010 elections, we lost money via the Democratic plan, which imposed furloughs.)
Given the "pee on" pun, perhaps garage meant to evoke pity for the public workers and outrage at me and Meade for declining to condemn Act 10.
A "food chain" is "A series of organisms, each of which is dependent on the next for food, esp. by direct consumption or predation." Where are the public sector employees in the metaphorical consumption and predation? Maybe taxpayers think they are at the bottom of the food chain? The public servants paid by tax money should hardly want to be seen as the predators at the top. But that makes more sense than perceiving the taxpayers as the predators.
"Rub elbows" — the OED tells us — means "to come into contact." Examples:
1916 L. N. Parker Disraeli ii. 56 You would pass him in the street without the faintest idea you had rubbed elbows with one of the world's greatest powers!But you damn well could rub elbows with one of the world's greatest blog commenters at Poopstock '13.
1956 ‘B. Holiday’ & W. Dufty Lady sings Blues i. 16 A whorehouse was about the only place where black and white folks could meet in any natural way. They damn well couldn't rub elbows in the churches.