“I know New Year's Day is January 1st, but new Year's Eve is still a day marked on the calendar, and that's on the 31st of December so it's still right on the bubble too.
The only reason that Christmas is marked as the national holiday is because it was made so back when the majority of the people in this country were of the Christian religion (Jews didn't even make the cut, apparently). However, with the changing religious fabric of this country, other religious and secular holidays are coming to the fore and deserve recognition as well. If we're truly going to be all about embodying the spirit of "E. Pluribus Unum" and treating others equally, then they deserve to be at least mentioned, if not treated with a modicum of respect as well.”
miahurley on Dec 3, 2013 at 19:52:38
“New Year's Eve is not a national holiday and we don't say Happy New Year's Holiday, do we? No, we say Happy New Year's Eve.”
“I already saw December decorations at stores in August this year. Don't give them any more ideas.
Speaking of gun-jumping, in our town's grocery store, you start seeing Valentine's Day stuff appear on the shelves ON December 26th. I kid you not. It's insanity.”
Ratso45 on Dec 3, 2013 at 19:34:03
“That it is.......so is opening on Thanksgiving Day......I spent a number of years in retailing and the idea that your customers will come when you are open is true, otherwwise your just spreading your traffic out over two days and paying more for help to boot.
By the way.....Happy St. Patrick's Day!”
“As a Wiccan who celebrates Yule as well as the secular Christmas traditions (after all, why should I deny my kids the joy of Santa Claus or the family get-together and feast?), I'm with you 100%! I'm tired of the AFA being a bunch of whinypanbecause they have to show respect to all other religions and holidays. News flash, you guys-December isn't just about YOUR religion or holiday-there are others too!
Like the bumper sticker I saw this summer says: "Focus on your own darn (switch to the right expletive here) family!" (I WANT one of those bumper stickers, FYI!)”
“That doesn't make them any less important or equal. Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, and others all deserve equal billing and recognition.
There's also the little matter of how many people celebrate Christmas as a strictly secular holiday and not a religious one.
Lastly, unless someone is wearing jewelry with the symbol of their religion on it or is dressed in a manner specific to their religion, it's impossible to tell what religion or holidays a person follows just by looking at them. Therefore, "Happy Holidays"
is the best greeting to follow. Not only is it all-encompassing, it shows respect to everyone's religion or holiday observances.
So Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!”
miahurley on Dec 3, 2013 at 19:03:22
“People are certainly free to celebrate anything they wish in wonderfully free country and I am certianly happy for them and wish them well, but there is only one nationally designated holiday in December and that is Christmas not "holiday". New Year's is in January and we don't say "holiday" for that either. We say "Happy New Year".”
“Unfortunately, I didn't get to sleep in on Black Friday due to a "medic assist" call for our firehouse at 3 in the morning (not to mention having school-age kids whose internal clocks can't shift from "school day" to "weekend" mode on a dime), so so much for that one.
I spent the morning putting up the Yule/Christmas lights and decorations (Black Friday tradition at our house), and the afternoon helping with the Black Friday Bingo fundraiser at the firehouse with the rest of the guys. Not only is it a major fundraiser for the firehouse, but we all have a blast working it!
I didn't do any shopping that day, and I never will. Black Friday is one day where you will not even find me in the same ZIP CODE as the malls!”
“I have been boycotting Domino's ever since I found out about the founder's heavy anti-choice donations, and even though he has since sold the business to someone else, they still can't be trusted because of their right-wing track record.
Thanks for the Charity Navigator info, and in return check out an article from Forbes where they rate fast-food and restaurant chains based on their political donations using a "fork" system. Any name that donates Republican gets a red fork, any name donating Democrat gets a blue one, and any business that goes both ways gets a purple fork. It doesn't cover all of them, but the major names are mentioned. I found it VERY helpful!”
Nov 28, 2013 at 13:44:26
“Then you get me. I'm a stay-at-home mom, partly for financial reasons (let's face it-day care costs like the moon, and they don't have anything for older kids who are still too young to be unsupervised) and partly because my line of work (I used to be in security as well) doesn't have hours that are conducive to day care anyway (weekends and evenings/overnights are the norm). My current job (and yes, being a SAHM IS a real job!) uses skills from all sorts of jobs-accountant (paying the bills and monitoring the budget counts), chauffeur, police officer, nurse, doctor, maid, cook (we make many of our foods as well as meals from scratch), farmer (we grow our own vegetables and many of our fruits), home organizer, coach, teacher (I homeschooled our kids in preschool and still do so to "supplement" the public school education they get now), and many other "hats." I also have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and have talents and skills as an artist and writer (which seem to be not much use in this computer art and dime-a-dozen bloggers age).
Yet if I went back to work outside the home, the best I could hope for would be one of those jobs as a "burger-flipper!" There's just no demand for the many skills I have. You tell me that that's not completely twisted, as well as society's attitude towards us! Twisted, heck-it's tied into a Gordian knot!”
markruck on Nov 28, 2013 at 20:26:13
“First, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Second, my wife did the same thing after our first was born. The trade-off was I worked a fair amount of overtime so she could be home with the kids. But I was lucky in that I worked in a 24/7 place with a dozen extremely flexible co-workers and management who would look the other way. So we had more deals than Monty Hall. So, I rarely missed a ballgame or show or whatever. I'll never second-guess that decision. I know, firsthand, that SAHM is more demanding than almost any job out there.
I have absolutely no argument with you final paragraph. Since you've been out of the workforce for a while, yes, you'd likely have to start at the bottom, even with all your experience. The good part is that you should advance quickly, assuming you have management who could collectively round up half a brain among them. Put it this way: If you worked for me, you wouldn't be starting at the bottom. And you wouldn't be flipping burgers and earning minimum wage for ten years like that other story that came across here a week or so ago.”
Nov 28, 2013 at 13:33:05
“How about my husband, then? He's back to working as a security guard after being laid off as a plumber's apprentice back in June (contract expired), and he only makes $8.55 per hour now. He's a SECURITY GUARD, which means he's responsible for monitoring the incoming and outgoing freight trucks at the distribution center where he works, literally walking the perimeter several times a shift (and we're talking a HUGE place-the perimeter measures an actual mile), keeping an eye on the cameras and alarm systems, and many other duties, and he has over 25 years' experience in the field at everything from a factory with a union lockout to a truck stop to a courthouse to everything in between. Yet he only makes about a dollar more than a "burger-flipper." Worse, he's just finished his schooling in HVAC and has his apprentice license. Unfortunately, everybody who puts out ads only wants those HVAC people with technician-level training or their Journeyman license, which means that they won't even give my husband the time of day. How is he supposed to get his foot in the door when they keep slamming it on his toes?”
markruck on Nov 28, 2013 at 20:54:02
“Didn't see this before my most recent response--sorry.
I don't have an answer for you--not a good one, at least.
I don't understand why a company would pay someone next to nothing to people to monitor millions of dollars of property and inventory. Then again, I never understood why multi-billion dollar airlines had virtually no security (improved to maybe five-cent security since the TSA came along). Heck, a former friend of mine was a morning drive DJ at one of the bigger FMs in Wilmington, NC. $10/hr. $30/shift. And that's the guy who'll get you to keep the radio tuned there or not. The thought process by most management is asinine.
How does that apply to your husband? Well, I'd like to think that he has the knowledge to tell the people he worked/works for where the holes are in their security, starting with the wages. :-) Maybe he can sell his knowledge instead of working for them for chickenfeed. Honestly, at a buck over minimum, he has nothing to lose.”
Nov 28, 2013 at 10:50:48
“YOU try rising up to a better job when you're working your tail off at not just one, but TWO minimum-wage jobs trying to make ends meet the way so many are forced to these days. That leaves very little time to attend school to get a degree or training in a different field, plus it's financially impossible when you've already got every penny spoken for due to rent/mortgage, food, utilities, and gas/cab or bus fare. The whole system these days is designed so that it is virtually impossible to move up to the middle class. Forget "trickle-down" economics-these days, it's more like "CLENCHED FIST" economics! Besides, the corporate bigwigs can definitely afford to stick a crowbar in their wallets and pay these employees a decent wage-they're just too GREEDY! We've HAD minimum-wage increases in the past, and they did NOT cause the economic chaos you are predicting-quite the opposite, in fact.
And don't even get me started on the people who have gotten skills in the trades, but can't even get a job as an apprentice because the employers only want those with experience? How in the heck can you get experience when you can't even get your friggin' foot in the door in the first place? You tell me there's a solution for all that!”
markruck on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:17:24
“Silly me, as I think that a job which requires minimal skills and minimal intelligence deserves minimum wage. And, anyone who's over-qualified and unfortunately forced to work in such a job for a period of time will eventually advance.
And, yes, I fully understand your last paragraph as my son is going through that. Graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering and, with the cutbacks in defense, was left out in the cold. Now he's working at the local pharmacy. And a cousin had a job at a major defense contractor who even paid for his MBA. And, after his project/position concluded, they had no place for him. Now, he's doing consulting work. So, I get it. But, $12 or $15 for a burger flipper? I don't get it.”
Nov 27, 2013 at 21:12:43
“Well, not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a region where there are jobs that pay well, and there are many people who have the misfortune to be trained in job areas where there is little demand for their skills. Once upon a time, a person could quit their job and easily find another one in no time, but those days are sadly gone. Too many people are lucky to find the job they have, and many more are still looking. In the meantime, the rent still has to be paid, and you still have to eat. What about all the people who are in fact OVER-QUALIFIED according to potential employers? They're rejected because they have TOO many skills, which is another oxymoron right there. And age discrimination is still rampant, because many employers would rather pay LESS for someone younger that they have to train than an older person with good work habits that they might not get as many years out of or have to pay more.
Let me give you an example of the employment ads in our local paper, which covers parts of four states and six counties: Today's ads (9) were for construction, auto mechanic (2), four nurse positions, and a town administrator. Pretty slim pickings, and who knows how many people will apply for those positions, only to be eliminated. And that's just in the newspaper!
Money talks and BS walks, and today's employment system is a prime example.”
“Me either. However, we DO get proselytizing Christians banging on our door two or three times per year. It's not as bad as it was in the DC-Metro area where I grew up, but there are times I do seriously think about posting a "No Proselytizing/No Evangelizing" sign by our front door.
Fortunately, they shut up and go away when we tell them we're quite happy being Wiccans, but I wish we didn't have to go through that trouble. No means no, and that's that. It does NOT mean try coming to our door again next year!”
Nov 27, 2013 at 18:39:09
“A living wage is one that covers ALL the necessities of life, such as food, rent, utilities, gas or bus/cab fare to get to work, and health insurance. And I got a news flash for you-it's NOT teenagers getting these minimum-wage jobs so much anymore as it is ADULTS who lost their good-paying jobs when the recession hit and the jobs were either cut or outsourced in droves. We're talking highly-skilled adults who literally cannot find other jobs in their fields or location simply because those jobs DO NOT EXIST anymore and therefore have to settle for what they can get because the bills still have to be paid No Matter What.
Contrary to popular belief, raising the minimum wage to a living wage is NOT going to cause a negative impact in prices-in fact, research has shown that the cost of say, a Big Mac, would only go up by 68 CENTS at most! Furthermore, raising the minimum wage to a living wage means that not only would the poor or working class NOT have to worry so much about sacrificing one necessity to pay for another (and having to rely less on public aid too-think about THAT!), but they could have more in the way of DISPOSABLE INCOME to splurge on the odd luxury, which benefits not only themselves, but society and the economy as well. Think about it and tell me which option you'd prefer-today's economic model or a more closely-matched one!”
markruck on Nov 27, 2013 at 20:32:11
“I understand where you're coming from and I also understand that our economy has become a more service-oriented one, which means more lower paying jobs.
BUT (big but), while I also understand that some (many) people have fallen on hard times, there's no reason why anyone with half an ounce of intelligence can't move up the ranks at places like McDonald's and WalMart in short order. After all, those are quick turnover places. Maybe you'll remember, but there was a story here within the last week or so about someone who's been earning minimum at McD's for the past ten years and trying to raise a family. Sorry, but if you haven't advanced past "ding, fries are done" in that time, you don't deserve any more than minimum.
And, it's not the 68 cent rise in the cost of a Big Mac. It's that the whole rise in income has to trickle on down the line. Let's say you have some decent skills--certainly more than a burger flipper--and you're making $15/hr. Well, what happens when Mr./Ms. Burger Flipper is now making $12? Either your job just got devalued or your boss had better find another three bucks an hour for you. And so it goes for the $20, 25 & 30/hr. workers as well.
Throwing money at people with minimal skills doing jobs that require minimal skills isn't the answer. The ones with the skills will eventually find their way, even if they've fallen on hard times.”
Nov 27, 2013 at 14:27:13
“Or McDonald's or any place else where they refuse to pay a living wage (and no, minimum wage does NOT count!). It's a VERY sad commentary on our economic state when the cost of living has outpaced this country's idea of a "living wage" by such a wide margin. Actually, it's downright sickening.
One can argue that stay-at-home moms could be considered slaves too because they bust their butts from morning until night and don't get ANY pay for what they do and the sacrifices they've made unless you count the pocket change found in the laundry or between the sofa cushions!”
Janna99 on Nov 27, 2013 at 18:35:47
“Oh please. I had a job at McDonald's when I was 15. It taught me to show up on time, follow orders, and attention to detail while getting a little cash in my pocket. When I was 16, I moved on to working in a supermarket. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Each job teaches you skills for the next. But the point is that there has to be a next, McDonald's is not meant to be a career and nearly-skill-less jobs will never pay you enough to support a family, buy a house, or move up in life. That includes burger-flipper, Walmart greeter, stockboy, paperboy, and a million other jobs that don't require any real skill but don't pay any real money either. We've all HAD those jobs.”
markruck on Nov 27, 2013 at 14:49:50
“Whoa, whoa, whoa... What's a "living wage?" And, why should a job such as flipping burgers at McDonald's be anything more than pocket change for a high school kids and not a job that someone does for ten years?
And, if burger flipping becomes a career and people get paid this "living wage," how does that affect others down the line? Does that $15/hr job now become $20 and the $20/hr one $25? And you know those costs will be passed along. When does it end?”
“I DID read the article, and there is NOWHERE in there that states an employer has the "right" to impose their religious beliefs on their employees in any way, shape, or form, especially where insurance coverage is concerned. You can follow whatever beliefs you want, but your rights to those beliefs end where another person's right to full health coverage access and bodily autonomy start!
Emergency contraception and IUDs are both forms of pregnancy PREVENTION. That's a scientific fact, along with the fact that pregnancy doesn't start until IMPLANTATION, not fertilization. Against contraception? The answer is simple-just don't use it yourself. However, you have NO right to tell someone else what they can or cannot use, or dictate what an insurance provider can or cannot cover.
That's what this argument is about-imposing your religious beliefs on your employees. Sorry, but Hobby Lobby's bigwigs don't have that right. They are not a church-they are a business, and their employees deserve to have the full range of coverage they deserve.”
“That makes TWO of us! I already had them on my boycott list because of their political donation record and the slave wages they pay their employees. Now I've got another excellent argument against setting foot in there again-they're SPYING on us in a way that makes the CIA and the NSA look like a bunch of schoolkids!
I don't shop online either, but that's simply because I prefer "paper" instead of "plastic," meaning I'm strictly cash only in my purchasing methods. Credit cards just get you in over your head financially, debit cards are a favorite of ID thieves, and checks bounce when you don't want them to, like when you're paying for something important like rent or utilities. The only way cash steers you wrong is if some scuzzball slips you funny money!”
“Funny how recognizing the fact that December has other holidays in it besides Christmas that deserve equal recognition is seen as a "war." December isn't just about Christmas-there's also Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, and even the odd year when there's also a Muslim or Hindu holiday depending on their lunar calendar, to name a few examples. Furthermore, saying "Happy Holidays" is a wonderful acknowledgement of such religious diversity-after all, for the most part one cannot identify which religion a person is just by looking at them, and it would be rude to assume. When you add in the fact that many people celebrate multiple holidays depending on family traditionks and differing religious beliefs (especially in the interfaith families), "Happy Holidays" becomes even more appropriate!
Not everybody is Christian. Not everybody celebrates Christmas as a religious holiday. If recognizing and respecting that fact means we're "declaring war" on Christmas, then I say Blessed Yule and bring it on!”
“Denying insurance coverage IS denying care, especially when the alternative is sacrificing other necessities such as rent, food, or utilities to pay for necessary medication! And yes, hormonal contraception IS necessary for many women-not just for pregnancy prevention, which means more money to spend on what mouths already need feeding and care, but also to control chronic medical conditions which would otherwise ruin the woman's health, future fertility, and education or job opportunities.
And yes, I've heard of HIPAA. However, it doesn't mean squat when the woman can't get access to the full range of care because her insurance doesn't cover it due to the boss's religion-based idiosyncrasies. The bosses of Hobby Lobby have their knickers in a twist simply because they don't like the idea of being required to provide the full range of health insurance that their employees deserve, and it's high time they got over it.”
ObiRich on Nov 26, 2013 at 20:01:55
“By your first paragraph, you obviously didn't read the article. So let me help you out...
"Hobby Lobby's attorneys argue that the provision forces it to pay for four methods of contraception to which the owners morally object: the Plan B morning-after pill, an emergency contraceptive called Ella, and two different kinds of intrauterine devices (IUDs)"
Nowhere does it talk about not covering "The Pill." Nowhere does it say that Hobby Lobby management is going to question doctors about a woman employee's reason for making an office visit. Before you reply, please go back and read the whole story so you can at least post intelligently.”
“This is one of the reasons why Hobby Lobby is on my boycott list. I don't care what religion a person is, but they have no right to decide what health care a person does or does not have access too, especially a woman's contraception issues. Furthermore, it's nobody's business but the woman's whether or not she uses contraception-it's DEFINITELY not her boss's business!
I hope Hobby Lobby loses. If you're doing business in the public domain, your insurance is required to cover everything, including medications and procedures that you find objectionably. I know there hasn't been a flap about ED drugs like Viagra being covered with no questions asked, yet women were required to jump through some pretty insane hoops to get contraception covered by insurance-if they were able to get coverage at all! Shoe, meet the other foot. You two play nice now!”
Seattlelite on Nov 26, 2013 at 19:25:27
“Just spread the word. I certainly plan to.”
ObiRich on Nov 26, 2013 at 19:15:34
“Where do you get that they are denying access to care to anyone? Or that the "boss" is going to know if she does or does not use contraception? Ever heard of HIPPA and doctor/patient confidentiality? The woman can still go to the doctor (covered visit) and walk out with a prescription for whatever drugs the doctor gives her. The only issue is who pays for the drugs. But no one is denying that care to a woman.”