When her pet chicken ate her valuable diamond earring, a
woman in England decided to wait eight years for the chicken to die to
get her jewelry back rather than possibly killing the pet poultry by
removing it surgically. WORLD +1
Just start Googling sinkholes and you can
bring up any number of images of the beasts in action. And while they
may be more common in regions with soluble rock terrain, heavy rains,
etc., sinkholes can happen anywhere. Anywhere!
Annually, those of us who care about such
things beyond the gates of Black History Month either ask ourselves
quietly or discuss the question with our intimates: Has “The Dream” been
fulfilled and how much farther, Brother Martin, ‘til we reach the
promised land here on Earth?
FRIDAY AUG. 23: Fascism is a scary word that most people
think was invented in Germany to try to exterminate a race of people and
make everyone left drive shitty cars. In turn, it is not the most
interesting subject to conservative Americans.
SATURDAY AUG. 17: The Akron Beacon Journal
today reported that a state representative named John Becker, who is
apparently from suburban Cincinnati (how many [expletive] state reps are
there, for real?), proposed an expansion of Ohio’s death penalty law to
cover some sex-related crimes.
In the herd there are so
many students who come to college who’ve absolutely no business there;
they’re no more prepared for the intellectual rigor, the dicey social
matrix and the expectation of talent in their respective disciplines
than an average junior high school student, and no one’s had that
come-to-Jesus conversation with them until maybe well into their third
MONDAY AUG. 12: Add cursive writing to the list of things
from your precious moments of youth that were wasted on learning things
which were totally irrelevant and not worth knowing how to do now that
you are old and stationary.
A popular North Korea comedienne was yanked off stage at
her performance and shipped to a coal mine with a sentence of
“indefinite hard labor” after she told a joke that somehow satirized
society in North Korea. WORLD -2
When that summer was over we got our black asses on the bus. We expected the worst. We rode the bus stiff-backed, ready for all-out race war. We weren’t comforted by our white bus driver’s choice of WEBN on the radio.
A pair of recent online attempts to
encapsulate Cincinnati went viral, at least locally, and the responses
to them inadvertently shined a light on a few overlooked traits of
Cincinnatians — thin skin and chips on shoulders. (As a native, I
wholeheartedly admit to also having these traits engraved into my DNA.)