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International Women’s Day

By Boohunney
There are so many great women that are part Jawja. Think about it.  Martha BerryJuliette Gordon Low Coretta Scott King, Rosalynn Carter,  Alice Walker.  

I could go on, but, these women, the members of our State Senate are my heroes today. The Senate voted, 33 to 18, to prohibit state employees from using their state health benefits to pay for abortions. The Senate also decided, by a vote of 38 to 15, that employees of private religious institutions have no right to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives. Eight Democrat women walked out of the chamber after these bills were passed.

ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) has so much “ready to photocopy” legislation for the state legislators.

Keep an eye to the State Legislators.

 

 

 

Life in the food chain…….

By Boohunney
I have relatives who live in Dalton, GA, the carpet capital of the world. As every manufacturing town, Dalton has a very high unemployment problem.

Down here in the sunny South in my Red State of Jawja, we have many immigrants from south of the border. As a consequence, there have been many small stores (Tiendas) that have opened. To make ends meet, lots of gringo folks have started shopping the “Tiendas.”

One would think that there is a watchful eye out there on the food supply.

NOPE.

My sister-in-law, Carla, found a frog in her salad mix!

Well, my first thought was, “y’all aren’t having cole slaw tonight?”

But, my second thought was “frogs are a sign of a healthy ecosystem.”

Maybe that lettuce was grown in a less sterile, less chemical environment, without a BIG watchful eye.

 

 

“Once you start promoting people for that kind of behavior, you’ve sent the message.”

By Boohunney

While I read this article, I nearly started crying. Some of these stories were so familiar with me and others that I know.

I lost my job about a year ago. After the bad news, I was of course shaken, but not at all surprised. I was worried about finances and healthcare. I was worried because, let’s face it, I am a little long in the tooth.

The Director of the 12 person department seemed professional enough when I first started my position. He was loud, though, had a caustic since of humor and I began noticing within a few days some inappropriate behavior. On my third day he walked up to one of my coworkers (a female) said loudly, “So. You decided to come in today without fixing your hair. HAHAHAHAHA.” I was stunned and embarrassed. My new coworker could not really make eye contact, but, managed a giggle. She had worked for this man for years. I don’t think that the Director noticed that no one else was laughing and even acting as if nothing had just happened.

His job description seemed to be 8th grade playground bully. That’s how he behaved. The pleasure he derived from his horrible behavior was apparent. I don’t think this man knew I could hear every ranting, loud conversation clearly, word for word through the walls of our adjacent offices, even when the door was shut. How he criticized people was appalling. Meetings were torture sessions. No wonder 9 people left a 12 person department in 3 years.

My Team Leader was just the same with her behavior. It started the moment we began working together on training for my position. It was a constant series of bad information and incomplete information. My attempts to fill in the blanks by asking questions turned into a nightmare. Her condescending way was something I could ignore, but, it was very tiring. It seemed her job description was complaining how hard she worked, keeping the mound of hair piled up on top her head, humiliating everyone she could and long walks in the warehouse with the Director.
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Grace and Grit

My hero from Possum Trot, AL, Lilly Ledbetter, has published a book “Grace and Grit” chronicling her experience with her fight for equal pay at Goodyear Rubber and taking that fight to the Supreme Court.

She’s going on tour to discuss her book and her life.

I am going to pick up a copy today. I think it will be a good read for Women’s History Month.

Sports or Politics?

Long ride from Spruill County to Savannah. I’m kinda tired.

I have to get caught up tomorrow.

Sometimes I think they should just combine the Political and Sports pages.

Newt’s attorney sums it up. 

You’d think that they were talking SEC football. But, right of the dial politics here is just like that.

 

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