Happy Casimir Pulaski Day

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Some of you can thank this guy for the day off.

Who is Casimir Pulaski?

Enjoy the unofficial Pulaski song — "Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens.

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For shame!

Sufjan Stevens is all fine and good, but, dark as it may be, Chicago LEGENDS Big Black recorded Kasimir S. Pulaski Day years before Sufjan's ditty.

There should be a State Holiday for Mexican-American social justice icon, Cesar Chavez. He valiantly and nonviolently fought on behalf of overworked and underpaid farm-workers and migrants. Cesar Chavez was known as the Gandhi of the Fields because he was an environmentalist and an ethical vegetarian who cared deeply about human rights and the humane treatment of animals. His birthday is March 31.

Pulaski Day is another way to say "Reward for being being hooked up" and a waste of money for the rest of us. There are 4 city/county government holidays from mid-Jan to early March. Companies that are responsible for making money do not have take these sympolic holidays. If the county and the city are so short on cash, why not dump these holidays! Any employees that work on the holidays (think: streets and san, cops, firemen, transporation, airport, etc) get paid over-time. It's time to start thinking of the normal citizens, who do not get 12 paid holidays and 19+ days of vacation. You got money issues, you pull back on the benefits!

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