Tuesday, June 07, 2005

This is our lives on holiday

Jefferson County District Judge Sheldon Watkins decided that if everyday Alabamians didn't get to take off work Monday to observe Jefferson Davis' birthday -- and they most assuredly didn't -- then he wouldn't either. Good for him.

It should go without saying, of course, that the leader of a bunch of people who seceded to try to maintain slavery doesn't deserve a state holiday in the first place. (Yes, the Civil War was about slavery. If you don't believe it, go read some secessionist documents from that era.) If state employees must take off the first Monday in June, let's rename the thing in honor of D-Day.


Anonymous Joel said...

Aren't you at least a little disturbed that a 20-year-old Alabamian didn't know who Jeff Davis was? I mean, Jesus, even if the guy was a traitor (and he definitely was), we should still be teaching kids in this state who he was.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Carla Jean said...


Y'know, I heard a lot of places in the Black Belt were closed for the holiday, though.

12:18 PM  
Blogger John Hubbard said...

Instead of giving cost of living raises, the Alabama legislature gave more holidays. Turns out, letting everyone have the day off costs more than COLAs because of overtime pay that must be given to mandatory positions.

Davis' birthday does seem like an odd day to take off though.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

Hmm. Wonder if he took off on Confederate Memorial Day?

9:07 AM  

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