The festivities never cease.
Today is the National Day of Forgiveness. So now I am sloughing through countless emails from co-workers asking for blanket amnesties.
NATIONAL DAY OF FORGIVENESS IN BURKINA FASO
On March 30, President Blaise Compaoré, whose 13-year rule in Burkina Faso has been marred by charges of massive human rights abuses, delivered an extraordinary apology for all crimes committed by his government before 30,000 people who filled a stadium in the capital of Ouagadougou.
Compaoré's act of public contrition was part of Burkina Faso's "National Day of Forgiveness." A government-appointed council of elders called on the president to soothe public unrest prompted by the December 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo. Zongo was the editor of L'independant, a weekly paper in Ouagadougou.
The council of elders cited over 170 crimes allegedly committed by the Compaoré regime, which has so far enjoyed complete impunity in the poor, land-locked West African nation. The council asked Compaoré to "assume all responsibility on behalf of the state" and ask the people of Burkina Faso for forgiveness.
"At this solemn moment, in my position as president of Burkina Faso, I ask for forgiveness and express deep regret for torture, crimes, injustices, bullying and other wrongs," Compaoré told his countrymen during a speech rerun at regular intervals by the state media over the weekend. The president also announced the creation of a "compensation fund" for families of victims of political violence. He also pledged to make March 30 an annual "day of remembrance, human rights and promotion of democracy."
The public contrition was heavily criticized, however. Opponents called it a government bid to evade its responsibilities under the law. They organized a counter rally, dubbed the "National Day of Mourning," which was attended by several hundred people. Hundreds more congregated to pray at Zongo's grave.
But I'm also looking forward to tomorrow. Maybe the days should be reversed?
Slap Your Co-Worker Day is Coming!
Friday is the official Slap Your Irritating Co-workers Holiday :Do you have a co-worker who talks nonstop about nothing, working your last nerve with tedious and boring details that you don't give a damn about? Do you have a co-worker who ALWAYS screws up stuff creating MORE work for you? Do you have a co-worker who kisses so much booty, you can look in their mouth and see what your boss had for lunch? Do you have a co-worker who is SOOO obnoxious,when he/she enters a room, everyone else clears it? Well, on behalf of Ike Turner, I am so very very glad to officially announce tomorrow as SLAP YOUR IRRITATING CO-WORKER DAY!
There are the rules you must follow:
* You can only slap one person per hour - no more.
* You can slap the same person again if they irritate you again in the same day.
* You are allowed to hold someone down as other co-workers take their turns
Slapping the irritant:
* No weapons are allowed...other than going upside somebody's head with a stapler or a hole-puncher.
* CURSING IS MANDATORY! After you have slapped the recipient, your"assault" must be followed with something like "cause I'm sick of your stupid-a$$ always messing up stuff!"
* If questioned by a supervisor or police,
( if the supervisor is the irritant ) ,you are allowed to LIE, LIE, LIE! Now, study the rules, break out your list of folks that you want to slap the living day lights out of and get to slapping.....and have a GREAT DAY!