On The 125th Anniversary Of The Overthrow Of The Kingdom of Hawai’i By The United States

Everyone’s talking about Hawai’i this week because, um, some guy selected the wrong option in a drop down menu and activated the state’s early warning system, sending the insane text above to the unwitting populace. Eventually the state government figured out what they’d done and–38 minutes later– remembered to text everyone back that the “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT” text was sent in error. Much lulz ensued. And this got me thinking: is this the most fucked up thing the US government has ever done to the Hawaiian islands? I would argue it is not!

This Wednesday, January 17, 2018, is the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i by the United States of America. So to mark the occasion, here is a quick rundown of the parallel histories of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the United States, from their foundings in the late 1700s to their decades of prosperous diplomatic coexistence and economic collaboration to the American-supported coup against the Kingdom that deposed the rightful ruler of the islands, Queen Liliʻuokalani. Let’s go!

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“The Wiz Man” Will Never Fit You Like “The Wiz Kid” Did

May 22, 2017; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay addresses the media at press conference during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

So the LA Rams made playoffs. Fit and sexy and 11-5 after their long-time-coming breakup with the “greatest bad coach of all time” Jeff Fisher, the Rams handed the keys to first time head coach Sean McVay almost a year ago and haven’t looked back, ending the 2017 regular season with the NFL’s scariest offense. Although there were a number of news items about McVey beating Lane Kiffin’s record to become the new “youngest head coach” in NFL history, every time I see the guy I feel the need to point it out again. Maybe it’s that blonde beard and Ed Grimley haircut. I don’t know.

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