June 4, 2006

 

MSNBC/Reuters: Thousands mourn Tiananmen 17th anniversary — Hong Kong demonstrators mark crushing of 1989 student protests in China

Today is a meaningful day to me, first and foremost because it is the 17th anniversay of the Tianenmen Square Massacre. The tragic point in history happened when I was in junior high and its memory has shaped my way of seeing the world ever since. It is hard to believe how much time has passed and even harder to believe that the survivors of the brave student protesters are in their late 30’s now. I do hope and pray that someday their dreams would be fulfilled and that China would cast off the chains of oppression.

Unfortunately things look pretty dark right now. The tyrants that govern the country have discovered the “genius” of capitalism as a means of pacifying the middle class so that folks are too busy with the rat race to realize they have no freedom, so it sure looks to me the real hope for China will come from the peasant class.

Anyway besides the anniversary, today is also my last day of my twenties as I turn 30 tomorrow. So much has happened in the last 10 years that it really is hard to understand it all, but it definitely feels like a milestone.

It’s ok to say “You can go straight to hell,” but only if you live in Michigan

 

CNN.com: Party in Hell planned for 6-6-06

HELL, Michigan (AP) — They’re planning a hot time in Hell on Tuesday.

The day bears the date of 6-6-06, or abbreviated as 666 — a number that carries hellish significance.

And there’s not a snowball’s chance in Hell that the day will go unnoticed in the unincorporated hamlet 60 miles west of Detroit. . .

Welcome to Hell, Michigan

Wikipedia: Hell, Michigan

In 1841, as one story goes, Reeves was sitting one day with a group of friends in the general store when someone asked him, “What are you going to name your town?” He hastily replied, “I don’t care, call it Hell, if you want to.” Despite efforts to claim Reevesville or Reeves Mill as official names, “Hell” stuck. Reeves is said to have regretted his levity the rest of his life.

Another story claims that German immigrants were arriving in a curtained stagecoach one sunny summer afternoon, and one said to the other, “So schön hell.”. Roughly translated as, “So nicely bright” or “So lovely light”. Hell was overheard and used as the town’s first name.