Labor Day–2021

First before I start my rant let me wish everyone a very happy holiday known as Labor Day

Labor Day blessings and greetings

The ‘unofficial’ end of Summer.

Now my rant about Labor in this country.

Next I want to say to all the Repub in power…STOP using jobs as a crutch to pass crap that benefits no one but the wealthy…..stop using the workers as a slogan and a tagline for your next election.

My state of Mississippi is a right to work state….a cutsey title for a policy that does nothing to benefit the worker….but what is a right to work state (hint it is not what the title implies)…..

To help fill in any gaps in what the reader may have on the subject…..https://lobotero.com/2008/08/27/employment-at-will-vs-right-to-work/  and https://lobotero.com/2012/01/13/right-to-work-redux/

Learn stuff!

The Repubs in every state and at the federal level as well have done a marvelous job in the depression of the worker.  They have worked to lessen the influence of labor by selling a crappy myth of how bad labor is and does nothing for the worker….they defunded OHSA the group that use to protect the worker from injury or exploitation…all in all the GOP is NOT worker friendly…regardless what they say just watch what they do.

As an example I will point to my state of Mississippi and my personal story…..

I worked for the state as a worker in the state housing authority…well after 9 years of employment Katrina hit and hit us hard….about 30% of our units were made unusable…..we went to work trying to save as many as possible to make units available to people…..Katrina hit on 30 August 2005 and as I was working I fell on 26 December 2005 and broke my let in three places…..this injury kept me in surgeries and doctors until May of 2006.

On15 May 2005 I was told that I needed another surgery I immediately inform my employer….my surgery was scheduled for 10 June and on 06 June I got a termination letter because they said I was not back to work in 100 days.

There was NOTHING I could do but grin and bear….a right to work state…..

About a year before Katrina myself and two other employees tried to unionize….that is a story for another post……we worked for months to get the word out and we finally had interest generated as an IWW organizer we had a union that would support our efforts….but before we could launch our attempt we were sold out by one of the organizers….and word came down that anyone trying to join a union would be terminated immediately…interest waned and the attempt failed.

Labor in my state and this country needs to wake up and see the depressing effect that Repubs have on wages and opportunities….until then they will remain the lowest paid portion of our society.

Sorry to be a downer here but eyes need opening to the opportunities that are possible with a strong labor movement.

While you are enjoying your day off with family and food as Summer draws to an end…..think about what is possible and work for a better country.

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Enjoy your day.

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–14Jul21

Today the French celebrate their equivalent to out Independence Day….Bastille Day…..

What does France celebrate on the 14th of July? The day marks the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. This was one of the first events of the French Revolution.

The Bastille was a fortress in Paris used as a prison. It was also a symbol of oppression. Many French citizens suffered injustices there under the rule of Louis XVI. When people stormed the Bastille on July 14, they took ammunition and gunpowder. They also released a few prisoners. 

the storming of the Bastille was also symbolic. It represented the uprising of a new French nation. It encouraged those who wanted to end the absolute power of the king.

One year later, on July 14, 1790, the French held the Fête de la Fédération. This was a huge feast that celebrated the uprising that had taken place the year before. The storming of the Bastille was seen as the start of the French Revolution. Since then, the French people had set up a new government by the people. They were ready to celebrate!

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For all my French visitors…..have a fun and safe celebration…..be well….

Happy Bastille Day With Fireworks

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Closing Thought–07Jul21

The good new over the long 4th weekend is that the country is opening up from a year long lock down…..good news indeed for businesses that have been suffering setbacks for months.

The bad news is that the incidents of gun violence is getting worse as this year moves on…..over the weekend there were 200 fatal shootings.

The easing of the pandemic has been accompanied by a general spike in gun violence, with some mayors worried about what the summer will bring, notes NPR. The long Fourth of July weekend may have just provided an unwanted taste. The Gun Violence Archive counts 540 shootings over a 72-hour period starting Friday, with 189 deaths and more than 500 injuries. Examples:

  • Chicago: The Chicago Tribune reports that at least 104 people were shot over the holiday weekend in the city, including two officers who suffered non-life-threatening injuries while dispersing a crowd. It was the city’s worst Fourth of July total since 2017.
  • New York, elsewhere: CNN reports 21 shootings with 26 victims in New York City from Friday to Sunday. Overall this year, gun violence is up 40% in the city over the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims logged. Elsewhere, eight people were injured in a shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, and four children were shot in Norfolk, Virginia, one of whom has potentially life-threatening injuries.

How truly sad!

It is pathetic that people die every day and yet there is no problem with the guns according to the views of idiots.

Maybe we should take a page from Hollywood and have a ‘Purge” day and let the mental midgets kill until they cannot kill anymore.

Of course I am being sarcastic……when will this type of stuff be recognized for what it is….out of control and dangerous to one and all?

Turn The Page!

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“lego ergo scribo”

 

Happy Independence Day

Today this country celebrates the Declaration Of Independence a document that set this country on a path to gain their independence from the yoke of Great Britain……

And you guys know me….I cannot let this go by without a short history lesson of the day…..

1712–12 slaves are executed in New York for killing 9 whites in an uprising.

1817–construction stared on the Erie Canal to link Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

1826–two Founding Fathers Die—-Jefferson and Adams.

1831–5th president James Monroe dies.

1863–Vicksburg surrenders to the forces of the Union.

1881–Billy the Kid is killed in New Mexico territory.

1894–After ceasing power Judge Standford Dole declares Hawaii a republic.

1910–Race riots break out all over the United States after African American Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.

Fourth of July: Meaning, History, and Traditions | Reader's Digest

Today this country is facing a threat from the Far Right…..maybe now would be a good time to think about the day and the dreams of those men that founded this nation and ask if we are living up to their hopes and wishes for the nation.

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Today we celebrate the events of 1776…..and we today will be celebrating with family and friends….please celebrate responsibly.

Keep in mind while you contemplate the day that Commonsense brought about the DoI which in turn brought about the revolution which lead to our independence…..so if you want to thank anyone for the day then begin with a forgotten founder, Thomas Paine, he made this day possible.

To all my readers, followers and commenters….thank you.

Be Well…..Be Safe….

Peace Out!

“lego ergo scribo”

Enjoy Juneteenth!

Closing Thought–18Jun21

Today is Juneteenth…..Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

The US Senate has passed the bill that would make this a Federal holiday…..

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the House, which would send it to President Biden for his signature, the AP reports. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn’t reach the last enslaved Black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. That was also about two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

“Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is a major step forward to recognize the wrongs of the past,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “But we must continue to work to ensure equal justice and fulfill the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution.” The Senate passed the bill under a unanimous consent agreement that expedites the process for considering legislation. It takes just one senator’s objection to block such agreements. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson had objected in the previous Congress to a bill to celebrate Juneteenth as a federal holiday because of the cost, but he said Tuesday that “it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter.” The bill was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Edward Markey and had 60 co-sponsors.

Biden will sign and it will become the 12th Federal holiday.

It is now official!

Enjoy your long weekend….

Be Well……Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

New Years Day–2021

Another year and another chance for the world to learn humility and stop killing each other…..but will they?

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This will be my only post today for the family gets together on New Years Day for a meal of corned beef, cabbage and black eye peas and probably some cornbread….of course with distancing…..

It is good that I have  huge piece of land that we can be together without being too close….

I would like to wish all my regulars and all those that visit occasionally a very Happy New Year and I hope that 2021 will be a good year for us all.

But the great news we will survive (is that Donna Summer singing in the back of brain?)

Have a great day….Be Well….Be Safe…..

I shall return soon (a promise or a warning you decide)

Peace Be With You

“lego ergo scribo”

Christmas–2020

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Today is my only post for once again I will be spending time with my family…..My job is to cook the ham and the mac and cheese…..all else will be for my daughter and son-in-law.

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It has been a helluva year…..I just hope that my readers can have a great safe day with family and friends….enjoy the food, fun and family.

Try not eat eat too much!

Be Well and Be Safe……

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good day.

Peace out my friends.

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In closing I leave you with my favorite Christmas song…..

Peace out my friends.

Closing Thought–24Dec20

The big day is coming…..

Tomorrow is a big day….you decide in what way…….and there has been a food warning issued for those that participate in a holiday tradition….the delicious sounding ‘cannibal sandwich’.

“Cannibal sandwiches” are a holiday tradition in Wisconsin, and if the name alarms you, the state’s health authorities say you’re on the right track. The sandwiches involve raw ground beef, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Saturday issued its “annual reminder” that eating raw meat is never a good idea. Indulging in the sandwiches, also sometimes called “Tiger Meat,” “poses a threat for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, it doesn’t matter where you buy your beef!)” the department warns. A Milwaukee historian has previously explained to Fox 6 that German, Polish, and other ethnic communities in that area have been indulging in the sandwiches at festive gatherings since the 19th century.

USA Today reports eight outbreaks in the state have been linked to eating raw ground beef since 1986, and the USDA said in 2018 that hundreds in the Midwest get sick each year after eating the sandwiches. Versions are also made with raw venison, lamb, or bacon, and are sometimes topped with raw egg yolk. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that same year took a look at the, er, delicacy, in which “freshly ground raw beef and raw onions” is sandwiched between slices of rye bread. “We want 100% lean beef, super fresh, no injections, no chemicals in it,” said the owner of one restaurant that brings someone in to grind the beef as sandwiches are ordered. “We let people season their own. Usually they’ll get the onion and the salt and pepper and a nice beer.” The USDA suggests people use the same spices and onion and simply cook the beef: “You may be surprised to find that it tastes better.”

Sorry but it sounds like something I would avoid even without the warning issued.

Please enjoy your day tomorrow

May you enjoy all the joys of the season.

Merry Christmas my friends.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

‘War On Christmas’ Returns

One final thought on this Eve of the Big Day…..some things are constant…..war, taxes and the war on Christmas BS…..(not to worry there is a Closing Thought to come)……

For the most part the last 4 years we have been spared the bullshit about some fictional war on Christmas and those people that have a problem with Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings…….but now we have a president-elect and it is not the orange idiot and the rhetoric about Christmas will return…..

AS we get closer to the day the morons have started already….this time it is Rep. Gym Jordan, the Trump sycophant with the MAGA knee pads…..Remember Gym…..He is the coach that looked the other way while wrestlers were being abused……

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Twitter Friday with a post that many critics mockingly suggested could be a parody.

Fauci has warned that Americans should “avoid travel and avoid congregate settings” over the holidays in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which is raging across the country and has killed more than 275,000 Americans.

Jordan’s response: “What will he cancel next? Saying Merry Christmas?”

And so it begins…..

Actually the supposed ‘War on Christmas’ was started many years ago…..almost 400 years ago Christmas was banned in the UK…..

Back in 1647, Christmas was banned in the kingdoms of England (which at the time included Wales), Scotland and Ireland and it didn’t work out very well. Following a total ban on everything festive, from decorations to gatherings, rebellions broke out across the country. While some activity took the form of hanging holly in defiance, other action was far more radical and went on to have historical consequences.

https://theconversation.com/when-christmas-was-cancelled-a-lesson-from-history-149310

See nothing new…history is always an indicator of the future and the present.

Thanksgiving–2020

Today is when families get together and enjoy some time away from the tribulations of dealing with the pandemic which is still raging across this country regardless of the crap you see and hear….

This will most likely be the only post I do for the day…..I will be cooking the turkey and mac and cheese and my daughter will be doing the rest and we will meet at the house and enjoy some quality time…

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Please enjoy your day and your time with family and friends…..please be safe and be well…..

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We Americans give thanks for our ‘blessings’……me? 

I am thankful for my family and that we finally have someone that can claim and mean the statement…”I am really smart person”….

Onto the nightmare of a Black Friday……I will be inside and safe…..there is not enough savings to get me to attempt a shopping spree….

Be Well….Be Safe…..

Enjoy family, fun and food….I will return tomorrow

“lego ergo scribo”