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The South Shall Rise Again!

Most state workers had the day off because it was a Georgia government holiday, Confederate Memorial Day.

The official date isn't until Thursday, April 26, but the state observes it on a Monday to provide employees with a three day weekend.

Confederate Memorial Day was first declared an official Georgia holiday in 1874 and has been observed ever since.

Six other southern states also celebrate it: Florida and Alabama (April 23), Mississippi (April 30), North and South Carolina (May 10) and Texas (January 19).

The holiday was set aside to remember those who died fighting for the Confederacy, many of whom are buried in several local cemeteries.

(Texas takes the case for insensitivity, celebrating this holiday 4 days after MLK Day)

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Immigration Reform is NOT a football

For the Republicans to punt.

Whether their constituency wants "colored" people in the great American ascendency or not -- they ARE! Just like the Jews, Italians, Irish, Swedes and every other color of people who ever passed through Ellis Island.

We all want our orange juice for $3 a half gallon and other similar citrus and farm products like milk (yes, milk!) at around the same rate. It is only by discriminating against illegal aliens that we get those prices. Think the price of food is high right now??

Here in Vermont we've got Mexicans down on the farm who can't get driver's licenses who risk their semi-legal status just to go to the store to send money or go see a prostitute after being on that snow-bound farm for three months.

More than that, the children of these workers become naturalized citizens and they enter the "ascendency' and go to school and compete for spaces among the professional classes with white people. They work twice as hard and they totally deserve those jobs and they add immeasurable joy to the broken arms, hands and bodies of those parents who dreamed that their child might some day make it, the son or daughter of an agricultural immigrant.

The Republicans just show themselves for the selfish, prejudiced people they really are. The elitist scum who have forgotten their own recent generational history.

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@Unkle Sam

Admittedly, this is not a typical company, but the one my spouse works for gives part-time employees health insurance after a qualifying period of working 1000 hours in a one year period. They give 2 weeks of vacation (@22 hours per week or more) after working at least 2400 hours in two years. Oh yeah, they get 4 hours paid on the obligatory 6 holidays, though they might have to work the actual holiday

There are a small percentage (less than 10%) of companies that do the right thing and treating their part-time employees with the dignity and respect they deserve. My spouse works full time and gets family health insurance for $225 a month with reasonable co-pays.

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confederate memorial day?

never heard of that one or all the others that you have mentioned in your post, what part of the south celebrate these days, I lived in the south 39 years, never heard of any of these holidays, especially paid holidays. Believe it or not, a lot of people in this country never get any paid holidays, any part time employee does not get paid holidays, or paid vacations, or even pay that you can live on. It's only gonna get worse for these people. Now that there will be a flood of new workers out there since their unemployment has been cut, there will be a lot more part time workers out there getting no pay and no benefits, including paid holidays. Amerika, what a country.

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Pope Francis, Roman Catholic church crtiticized

For not moving quickly enough to turn in all known pedophiles within the ranks of priests and Bishops and Arch-Bishops and Cardinals. Bergoglio has no doubt shown many positive actions, many of them seemingly genuine. I, for one, was greatly moved by reports in the media that he went out into Rome and ministered among the poor during the nights.

But, when reports of such heel-dragging come to light it has to make one wonder if a genuinely motivated, simple priest was promoted too far through the ranks and his very humble actions are being cynically manipulated by a corrupt hierarchy of entrenched Cardinals to re-brand the church and keep the faithful throwing into the collection plate, especially among the Hispanics of South America to Mexico.

Bergoglio will have to show a forceful hand among that cabal of Cardinals who presume to plot the strategy of the Roman Catholic Church.

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American Proles suffer Paucity of Holidays

It is little known that Europeans celebrate about 30 paid holidays per year. American proles are entitled to be paid 8 hours (if they work full time) for a total of six, count'em, 6 holidays. They are:
Jan 1
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas

On the other hand, there is a class of people composed of Federal and State Municipal employees, Bankers/Lawyers/Insurance professionals (& elements of other professions), Teachers and students who also celebrate:

Martin Luther King Day
Washington's/Lincoln's B'day; President's Day; Mattress Day
Columbus day
Veteran's Day
Day After Thanksgiving

If you live in the South, this class might also get:
Lee-Jackson Day
Confederate Heroes Day
Robert E. Lee Day
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Confederate Memorial Day

The point is, is addition to an unfair minimum wage, the proles in this country have only six days in a year where they get a paid holiday. In a supposedly classless society the middle to upper-middle class manage to grab another 5. The whack-jobs in the South get another 5.

In none of these cases do the number of paid holidays reach that of the other modern industrialized countries. Why must American workers suffer this indignity? Is it really so much to ask for 30 paid days off a year in addition to 2-6 weeks of paid vacation along with 7 personal days, 7 sick days and 6 months of paid maternity/paternity leave?

Is that socialism or just a normal, decent way to treat those who create wealth? I hate to say what I consider those who feel this to be socialism.

By the way, Happy Mattress Day!

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Superbowel Moment

Thank you Gr8fulTed.
I really should've remembered the change to Chelsea. How terribly remiss.

Denver still should've played her though.

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Japan, American Markets near 10% Correction

Just as Janet Yellen is sworn in as Federal Reserve Chairperson.... Yellen has sworn to follow Bernanke's policies and was VP to Bernanke since 2010. After pumping money into the economy for FIVE years by buying 85 Billion in Treasuries a month after 4 monster stimuluses since 2008 one wonders how corporations could POSSIBLY be losing money.

It was laughable hearing Yellen say her role as Fed Chair was to help all of the American people. No, not all; far from all. She works for the 2%. It has been well-proven now that a rising tide will not lift all boats. Except for those boats along both coasts that will be lashed by global-warmth driven storms.

American banking has returned to it's speculative ways after insisting on being bailed out and gutting new regulatory laws. Instead of doing things like building and re-building infrastructure and other investment in new start-ups and pouring some of it's king-ass pile of foliage into venture they are again resorting to derivatives and other ways of making money from thin air that is connected to no real, tangible goods.

One wonders about the road ahead. A correction is merely a correction and I look forward to a good old bull rally till May, minus any major crises. But a house of cards ievitably falls.

~ Sell in May; Go away ~

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Stifling defense

Seattle won the game with incredibly tough defense. Keeping Denver's offense off the field was a work of art, although time of possession reveals Seattle with 31:53 and Denver with 28:07. Sure seemed like Peyton Manning was on the bench for much of the first half while Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin were running all over the field.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver's wide receiver, set a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions, so there was the one Bronco highlight.

BTW, Chelsea Manning is in the military prison in lovely Leavenworth KS, just north of KC on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. Leavenworth also has a federal penitentiary and 2 or 3 state corrections facilities. Eagles quarterback Micheal Vick was a guest of the federal pen a few years back.

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