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Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
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

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!

Randall Lard's picture
Joined: Jul 30 2012
Superbowel Moment

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

Denver still should've played her though.

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
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 ~

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
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.

Randall Lard's picture
Joined: Jul 30 2012
some with gun, some gutty, some with stick for shitty shotty

Denver should've played Bradley Manning instead.

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
Super Spectacle a Laugher

From the first play of the game when the center snapped the ball past Denver's Peyton Manning into the end-zone for a safety you knew it was going to be one of those super blow-outs.

The militarization of security plus squadrons of helicopters doing a flyover after the national anthem seemed hyped for the world's most violent game. Fans were delayed for hours getting to their seats due to elaborate searches.

wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
don't forget...

...the NFL is tax exempt. I actually learned that on CSPAN this morning, and that the MLB is not!

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
Start goose-stepping, Private Lettuce!

No Bolivian marching powder for you!

The oligarchy has no use for the middle-class in the automated age.

slo lettuce's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2012
prison planet...

"The Super Bowl will provide a venue to acclimate the American people to the presence of the military." (

The government will provide F-16's, at a cost of millions of $, to enforce a no fly zone over New Jersey's MetLife stadium, with a $100K fly over of Blackhawk helicopters.


I guess with so many educated people still not being able to find a decent job, you never know when an unemployed white, middle-aged engineer whose Lithium prescription ran out two weeks ago will decide to fly a suicide mission with his Cessna on 3rd and down.

It could happen.

Millions of $ for the Super Bowl. But cut unemployment bennies to those most desperately in need.

It's not hard to see where priorities lie in the Land of the Absurd.


Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
Saw his shadow

Even though it was cloudy in Western Pa.. Even Puxatawney Phil is corrupt! Anyway, we're expecting 6-12 inches of snow Wed-Thu in interior NE. Wish it would snow in the Sierra - no snowpack means no water for the Central Valley means higher veggie prices. All of Cali on water conservation.

Counting the days till our winter Alabama Getaway (just below in Fla.).


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