Washington’s Birthday (2014)

Posted on February 17, 2014 7:00 am

George WashingtonYou know what today is, right?

If you said “Presidents Day,” you need to be beat with a stick. Several sticks. With knots in them so they hurt really bad.

Today is Washington’s Birthday.

Now, I know, George Washington’s birthday is actually February 22nd. That’s not until Saturday. But, there is a federal holiday called Washington’s Birthday, and it’s to honor George Washington. And the name of that holiday is … Washington’s Birthday.

So, why does everybody call it Presidents Day? Well, not everybody does. Witness me. And, I hope, you. But there are a lot of folks running around loose that call it Presidents Day. You know what we call dumbasses like that? Dumbasses.

This day is set aside to honor the first President of the United States, George Washington. He was instrumental in the founding of this nation, and if anyone deserves a holiday, it’s him.

Washington’s Birthday was the fifth national holiday established, after New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. It was one of the holidays picked for a Monday observance in 1971 when they started screwing around with federal holidays, and making some fall on a Monday. Along with Washington’s Birthday, the holidays Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day were also moved to Mondays. The first four holidays and Veterans Day kept their regular days.

If you want one of “those people” that are always correcting others for things … you know, like I’m doing right now … and you want a link to throw at people, use this link to United States Code 5 U.S.C. 6103.

Why am I like this about Washington’s Birthday? That’s the wrong question. The right question is: why aren’t you?

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14 Responses to “Washington’s Birthday (2014)”

  1. tankdemon says:

    Thank you for this, saves me from having to type up a post on my own. Now I can just direct the few people who seem to accidently glance over my sight over here.

  2. Iowa Jim says:

    Well said, Basil. George Washington was a great President and a great man. His decision not to run for a third term, which he almost certainly would have won, is a far greater accomplishment than the vast majority of Presidents could boast, and it is hardly ever even mentioned.

  3. DonP says:

    It is called President’s day because Lincoln’s birthday falls a few days later. When I was in school in upstate NY before the monday law, we both birthdays were state holidays. A facet of the law was to eliminate a paid holiday. Picture that happening today.

  4. DamnCat says:

    I thought it was call Mattress Sale Day.

  5. CCO says:

    Also it’s National Engineers Week because George Washington, having been a surveyor (a part of civil engineering), is considered among the nation’s first engineers.

  6. Jimmy says:

    You’d think that in the State of Washington, we would have maintained his actual birthday as an actual holiday. But no.

  7. jw says:

    @3 DonP

    yep, that is how i remember it. we had Lincoln’s and Washington’s BDs. then they got consolidated and, so as to not hurt the feelings of all the other dead white guys, it became President’s Day.

    because there is no difference between zachary taylor, jimmy carter, or obama and Washington or Lincoln.

  8. Janeane Garofalo says:

    MORE STUPID COMING FROM YOU WINGNUTS!!!GEEZE YOU GUYS ACT LIKE YOURE ALL KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT HISTORY AND STUFF AND GO AND TALK ABOUT WASHINGTON BEING AN ENGINEER???REALLY???MEMO TO CLUELESS WINGNUTS!!!THEY DIDNT HAVE TRAINS WHEN WASHINGTON WAS PRESIDENT!!!!!SO HOW COULD HE BE AN ENGINEER????LIKE DUH!!!!GEORGE WASHINGTON INVENTED THE PEANUT AND HAD ONE OF HIS SLAVES NAMED CARVER MAKE PEANUT BUTTER!!!OH BUT THE WINGNUTS DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT SLAVEOWNING OPPRESSOR WARMONGERING GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON DO THEY???NAHHH!!!!!UNPAID FORCED LABOR!!!!!UGH!!!THINGS WOULDVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF THE SLAVES HAD BEEN IN A UNION!!!

  9. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    The slaves are in a union, it’s called the SEIU. Vote democrat communist, OR ELSE! If that’s not slavery, I don’t know what is.

  10. zzyzx says:

    Janeane picked a bad day to quit sniffing glue.

  11. DamnCat says:

    JG – Brilliant! You belong in Congress alongside women of similar intelligence – like Sheila Jackson Lee. Or possibly teaching American History are UC Santa Cruz or Oberlin.

  12. jw says:

    @8 JG,

    missed the meds again, didn’t you? you really need to invest in a watch.

  13. michael grosh says:

    Lincoln was eliminated to make room for Martin Luther King

  14. Janeane Garofalo says:

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!YOU WINGNUTS ARE SO DUMBBBBBBBB!!!!!!!!!!FIRST YOU SAY THAT WASHINGTON WAS AN ENGINEER WHEN THERE WERENT ANY TRAINS NOW YOU SAY THAT LINCOLN WAS ASSASSINATED BY JOHN EARL RAY OSWALT TO MAKE WAY FOR MLK???THATS JUST STUPIDDD!!!THOSE PEOPLE COULDN’T TIME TRAVEL!!!!JEEZE DID YOU PEOPLE CUT HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY CLASS TO GO OUT AND GET DRUNK AND SHOOT OFF YOUR BIG DUMB GUNS AND DATE YOUR COUSINS????SO STUPID!!!WASHINGTON WAS AN ILLUMINATI NOT LINCOLN!!!!SKULL AND BONES IS AN OFFSHOOT OF ILLUMINATI SO BUSHITLER WAS ILLUMINATI!!!!!WHY ARENT YOU CURIOUS ABOUT THAT HUH????

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