Do you ever let your guard down around someone you don’t know that well, like at work, and make a joke or a silly aside that you think is funny, and all your friends would find hilarious, but then that person is like
And then you’re just like
Like whoever told you “just be yourself!” Have they ever known me? That is the worst advice ever.
A fact I don’t often talk about is that I was in an a capella group in college. My senior year we performed at a new student luau, and in between one of the songs I made a dumb joke about how they could all tell their friends they got lei’d on their first day at college. The vice president of the school was there, and he was not a man noted for his sense of humor. He turned to a friend of mine, who was sitting at the table with him, and through clenched teeth said: “He thinks he’s funny, doesn’t he?”
That was 14 years ago, and I still shudder when I think about it. I did not learn a lesson from it, though.
Jeremiah Heaton creates “Kingdom of Northern Sudan” by staking claim to 800-square mile swath of desert.
This man claimed some land in Africa because his daughter wanted to be a princess.
They want this to be a feel good, charming little story about a father’s need to make his daughter’s wish come true, but so much of it just sits wrong with me, not the least of it being, way to raise an entitled child. And then when we are done discussing that we can discuss a white guy colonizing land in Africa.
Maybe I’m just too cynical. But I hate everything about this story.
I don’t care that the land was unclaimed, and I don’t care that he “did it for love.” It’s so astonishingly ridiculous for this guy to decide he’s going to claim a plot of land in Africa and make it a country.
Heaton says his claim over Bir Tawil is legitimate. He argues that planting the flag — which his children designed — is exactly how several other countries, including what became the United States, were historically claimed. The key difference, Heaton said, is that those historical cases of imperialism were acts of war while his was an act of love.
Love or otherwise, claiming something that doesn’t belong to you with a flag is pretty much the definition of imperialism.
According to online court records, Hogan filed a petition for relief from domestic abuse involving Gaffney on June 30. A hearing on the matter was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
GOD DAMN IT!! AGAIN! This woman was murdered and dumped like trash on a road far from home; her children were kidnapped (though (thank God) found safe shortly after the Amber Alert was issued), all while she was two days away from having her say in court.
There have been eight homicides in my small city this year so far; at least four have been due to domestic violence. (While the linked article says three, I remember three different cases of homicide due to domestic violence, one involving multiple victims.) Domestic violence is not a joke, and it is not something we as a society we can live with. Domestic violence kills.