The only flag I fly is the Jolly Roger!
Here on the beginning of this Labor Day Weekend, I know there will be a lot of flag-waving. Monday morning there will be parades downtown - filled with military color guards, veterans units, and flag-waving Union members, followed by barbecues and political speeches - each one trying to sound more patriotic than the next.
You probably won't find me there.
But there was a story in the news this week that makes me pause and say how grateful I am to live in this great country.
The news comes out of North Korea. There have been unconfirmed reports that leader of that country, Kim Jong Un, has executed his ex-girlfriend and 11 others with her. Their crime: they allegedly made a sex tape.
They say that breaking up is hard to do, but seriously...!
Hyon Song Woi, a singer with the apparently famous (at least in North Korea) Unhasu Orchestra, was arrested on August 17th along with other members of the orchestra for filming and selling a pornographic video of themselves.
According to the report, three days later, the group was lined up and executed by a firing squad - no, a machine gun!
As if that is not enough to make your stomach churn, the families of the alleged criminals were forced to watch the executions...
... and then THEY were sent off to prison camps!
Have I mentioned how much I love America?!?
In memory of Hyon Song Woi...