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By Pam Burke 

View from the North 40: This isn't really about Easter


March 30, 2018

It's just another week in weird news.

First, some people really know how to celebrate the holidays, and some people are just a train wreck.

We all know folks who go all out for the Easter holiday with colored eggs and an 8-foot blow-up Easter bunny, or multiple church services or a to-die-for-and-get-resurrected lamb dinner.

But we don’t all know Ladonna Hughett, 54, from Ohio who really got into the Easter spirit this year, or should I say the Easter spirits.

Hughett showed up drunk to the Richland Carousel Park in Mansfield, Ohio, and gave the Easter bunny cause to sign up for the #MeToo movement.

Several news agencies are airing the video clip of Hughett in action, but it is unclear if she is trying to sit on the Easter bunny’s lap or if she is attempting to give the Easter bunny a lap dance. Either way, she’s doing it wrong.

She is supposed to sit still and keep her hands to herself, her feet on the floor and her tray in the upright and locked position, for the first option, or she’s supposed to bust out her best freaky-deeky moves and dance the holy spirit right out of the occasion, but absolutely without touching anyone.

Those are pretty simple rules.

Hughett, instead, sat on the Easter bunny’s lap, posed lewdly, groped the bunny-costume wearer right where it counts and spouted lewd statements, all in front of families who were recording the scene for evidence. They called the cops.

Mansfield police charged Hughett with public drunkenness, but they made no mention of the assault.

Metro.com reported that Hughett had written on her Facebook page, before the incident, that she “can be a handfull but most of the time I am just a idiot.” Sing it, sister.

In other Midwest news, Iowan Josh Harms has won the right to continue to bear words against his town of Sibley, Iowa.

Sibley became home to the Iowa Drying and Processing plant in 2013, and in 2015 Sibley started a website complaining that his hometown smelled like “rancid dog food” because the plant makes a high-protein animal food supplement from pig blood.

Sibley city officials were not amused.

They also threatened to sue Harms, but Thursday, Judge Leonard Strand approved a permanent injunction agreed to by the city and Harms.

Essentially, Harms won the right to continue practicing his First Amendment right to free speech, and the city won the right to pay Harms $6,500 in damages and $20,000 in legal fees, as well as give Harms a written apology and provide First Amendment training for city staff.

The Thursday Associated Press article says that Harms is hoping to improve his hometown, population 2,300, by pointing out the city’s problems, but I hope Harms, 28, learns that it’s hard to better yourself under a barrage of criticism.

Sure, Harms’ website and his new URL, sibleystinks.com, are funny, but hurtful, too. He needs to point out some of the positive things, as well, things that the town can build on — like their strong, citywide support of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Associated Press also said Thursday that a nudist camp in Foster, Rhode Island, is looking for a summer life guard.

If anyone is interested the applicants must have “excellent communication skills” and the ability to “work as part of a team,” swimsuit is actually optional.

I myself will not be applying for this job — because I possess neither of those skills, but more importantly, I do not wear swimsuits or go naked in public as my personal contribution in the battle to help keep America beautiful.

I do suggest that the nudist colony not hire the likes of Ladonna Hughett because that just seems like a lawsuit in the making. And the gods and a solid workout routine help them if Josh Harms should ever take up residence in their town.


VisitRhodeIsland.com says that the nudist campground is “family-oriented.” Am I the only one disturbed by this thought at http://www.facebook.com/viewfromthenorth40/.


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