down and dirty

Remember the dark pre-Trump days when the Obamunists were destroying
coal industry jobs, and the snide comment was to “Learn to code”?

And remember when all those so-called journalists were laid-off for incompetence this year?

Well, “learn to code” was resurrected for that in a deliciously ironic return-of-serve,
and the Usual Suspects™ain’t too all-fired happy about that.

Folks evidently got banned from Twitter for sayin’ it to ex-journos.

So, now that the coal industry is resurgent…

Story-1 (meme history)
Story-2 (Twitter)
Joke inspiration (Iowahawk: learn to coif)
Image source

See: Mike Rowe OldFert comment (Although I was mainly goin’ for the cheap pun/meme snidery, this elevates the post’s tone considerably)


  1. MikeAZ
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 7:14 am |

    Ain’t no sin in dirty work.

    You college-bound children, looking to spend yourselves into student loan debtors prison might want to consider this: every trade union runs schools to teach newcomers how to do their jobs. You get trained by professionals, you learn the job right, and you get paid while learning! No student loans, no lifelong, crushing debt.

    You learn an honorable trade, you collect an honest paycheck, and, more than likely, you’ll earn more than the weenies who sit through boring classes, then grad school, then go through all the crap about trying to land a “decent” job. And you still have to pay back the loans!

    One more thing: look around and see who has all the “toys” big boys and girls like to play with. That big ol’ 4X4 truck, the ATV’s, that smokin’ bass boat. Is it the person who wears “business casual” to work, or the folks who wear denim and flannel and steel-toed work boots.

  2. OldFert
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 11:23 am |

    ^MikeAZ Trouble is there are many places where that training isn’t available, most of the South, from what I’ve seen. No unions, no union training.

    Part of the problem of skilled trades would be eased if public schools would have shop classes again. Some school districts offer training, but not all offer what used to be the standard of training for local job needs.

    Also check out

    which offers the “Work Ethic Scholarship Program for people willing to learn a trade that’s in demand.