re: What’s something expensive that not everyone has, but you think everyone that can afford it should have?
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{ posted: 6 hours ago // views: 0 // words: 5 }

Political office.

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re: The good, the bad, and the ugly: which ancestors are you most proud of, and which are you most ashamed of?
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I think pride and shame are difficult things to gauge. My great-great grandfather got the electric chair for murder in Georgia in 1933. I'm not ashamed of him. Or proud of him. I'm fascinated by him as a part of history of his time and place, and am grateful to be the product of so many different lives and experiences that played a part in the life I enjoy today.

I'm also big into Revolutionary War history, and am really pleased to descend from men who fought to make this nation, but I'm also pleased to descend from some Loyalists who thought that their King was appointed by God, and they had no right to spurn his authority.

Not just to be a contrarian, but honestly, if I had to name ancestors I was proud of, it would probably be the dozens of Confederate veterans, one of whom left his pregnant wife at 18 years old, and never got to meet his daughter (my great-great-great grandmother) because he was killed at Gettysburg. I'm pointedly proud of them, because they made the same sacrifice as my Revolutionary/WWI/WWII ancestors, but they're increasingly denigrated. They did what was asked of them in the time and place that they lived.

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re: The good, the bad, and the ugly: which ancestors are you most proud of, and which are you most ashamed of?
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{ posted: 7 hours ago // views: 3 // words: 123 }

How do you know that your great-great-great uncle was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest "because he founded the KKK"? He was one of the most prominent officers of the War, and is regarded by both sides as one of the most brilliant cavalry minds this country has ever produced. Plenty of people were named for him because he was a regional hero.

Also, I completely get your horror at the concept of slavery, but do you really think that's a good metric for determining "the really really bad" ancestors?

If you were a direct descendant of George Washington (obviously no one is, he had no kids) would you list him as one of the ancestors you were "most ashamed of"?

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re: Wait for it…
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{ posted: 9 hours ago // views: 3 // words: 25 }

On a sub full of 8:00 minute YouTube videos, I love how 15 seconds of non-stop action is titled "Wait for it…"

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re: Multilinguals, what’s your “they didn’t realise I could understand their language” story?
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{ posted: Monday, 18 February, 2019 at 12:35pm // views: 11 // words: 30 }

>My grandparents from my mothers side opened and lead a factory of our family company in Brazil, that's why everyone was there

Whatever you say, Fritz.

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re: TIL that the famous ukulele medley “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole was originally recorded in a completely unplanned session at 3:00 in the morning, and done in just one take.
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{ posted: Sunday, 17 February, 2019 at 4:45pm // views: 7 // words: 22 }

Shocking. I figured they did dozens of takes then picked the one in which he got the words wrong.

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re: Was the Bible man-made? I am having a hard time believing because so many people say there are inconsistencies in the Bible. How do I know Christianity is the right religion?
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{ posted: Friday, 15 February, 2019 at 1:53pm // views: 4 // words: 107 }

If your 6-year-old son said "Hey Dad, read this story I wrote!" and handed you a piece of paper that said:

My little sun Jim went to the store to buy a banananana and the man said "Hi John!"

What would your reaction be?

Probably something like "That's great! But you misspelled 'sun' and 'banana' and you say his name is Jim at first, but then it's John. You need to fix that."

Now imagine you saw that exact same piece of writing in a literary journal, penned by someone widely regarded as the greatest living poet. Would you laugh at the obvious errors?

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re: What were the most “visually intense” battles of WW2?
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{ posted: Friday, 15 February, 2019 at 9:42am // views: 11 // words: 30 }

I can't wait to see the black guy in the 101st Airborne Division square off against a crack SS battalion of Jewish soldiers in the film's climax!

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re: What is one small thing that changed your life for the better?
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{ posted: Friday, 15 February, 2019 at 8:24am // views: 8 // words: 15 }

My son was only 8lbs when he was born. That's pretty small.

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re: A small-town post gets blown out of proportion
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{ posted: Friday, 15 February, 2019 at 8:20am // views: 7 // words: 44 }

I like how you posted a r/whoosh link before anyone responded. The better sub might have been r/iamveryedgy. There's nothing in the tone of the original post that would suggest to anyone that you were trying to be absurd.

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re: Who and Where are my 4th Great Grandmother’s Children?
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{ posted: Friday, 15 February, 2019 at 8:14am // views: 10 // words: 18 }

Not sure about "who", but as far as "where", they're probably in a cemetery somewhere.

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Shredding Antistress Balls
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{ posted: Thursday, 14 February, 2019 at 2:46pm // views: 12 // words: 4 }

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Twitter #1095729733185216512
twitter
{ posted: Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 at 12:01pm // views: 17 // words: 37 }

Trying to avoid the coverage of the El Chapo trial. I lived the hustle every day of Algebra II and I don't want to go back.

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News from the El Chapo trial is old hat for those of us who lived the hustle every day during Algebra II.
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{ posted: Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 at 11:58am // views: 11 // words: 4 }

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re: Les Miserables, But Where Everyone In the Cast Except Jean Valjean Is Suspended From the Ceiling By a Chain Connected to a Leather Gimp Mask
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{ posted: Monday, 11 February, 2019 at 8:35pm // views: 22 // words: 6 }

Well, you know.

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Les Miserables, But Where Everyone In the Cast Except Jean Valjean Is Suspended From the Ceiling By a Chain Connected to a Leather Gimp Mask
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{ posted: Monday, 11 February, 2019 at 3:52pm // views: 15 // words: 4 }

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re: Traditionally, regions fight for their freedom/a new government. Has there ever been a region/country that fought to become/remain a part of a country that did not want them?
reddit (comment)
{ posted: Monday, 11 February, 2019 at 2:00pm // views: 10 // words: 50 }

You could take that a step further and point to the many Loyalist colonists who fought to remain a part of Great Britain right up to the end of the War, especially in South Carolina, where a number of Royalists eventually migrated to England or other colonies.

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re: [Check In] General Discussion and Self-Promotion
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{ posted: Monday, 11 February, 2019 at 12:48pm // views: 21 // words: 39 }

Sold a story to McSweeney's and it went up today! "LES MISERABLES, BUT WHERE EVERYONE IN THE CAST EXCEPT JEAN VALJEAN IS SUSPENDED FROM THE CEILING BY A CHAIN CONNECTED TO A LEATHER GIMP MASK"

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Twitter #1094992417890152448
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{ posted: Monday, 11 February, 2019 at 11:11am // views: 18 // words: 47 }

Couldn't be prouder to be making my debut. Please check out this important and timely contribution to the western canon.

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Instagram #Btv2mmohjh_
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{ posted: Monday, 11 February, 2019 at 11:10am // views: 15 // words: 30 }

Couldn’t be prouder to be making my debut at @mcswys. Check out this important and timely contribution to the western canon via link in my bio.

[Photo src: P_G_McCullough @ instagram]

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