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DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’ve been close friends with someone for over 18 years. He and his wife even had their children refer to me as “uncle.”

Several years ago, they moved to a large city far away. We stayed in touch as best we could. They would stop by when visiting his parents, who still lived in our town.

I retired three years ago and moved back to the town I grew up in. I tried to stay in touch with my friend, but he’s grown increasingly distant.

I recently texted him and told him that my last brother had passed, and it was a sad time for me. His response was, “That’s really tough, bro.” He showed almost no empathy.

I’ve not heard from him or his wife since that day, which was many months ago.

Would it be rude to ask if I’ve done or said something that deeply offended them to the point that they decided to end our friendship?

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GENTLE READER: Not at all. Etiquette thrives in subtly criticizing someone else’s behavior by graciously blaming it on oneself.

Of course, if your friend responds that nothing is wrong, you may be forced to call him out on his callousness. But even that can be done tactfully: “Oh. I was just hoping to catch up and perhaps talk more about my brother. And of course, I want to hear about you.”

The second statement may determine, Miss Manners is afraid, whether or not its previous absence was the cause of the distance between you.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband works from home. One of his colleagues who works in the office sometimes texts him that there is a product or mail for him there, and kindly offers to drop it by our home. My husband accepts and is very appreciative.

The drop-off generally occurs on a weekend, early in the day, when I am either in bed or lounging about the house in robe and slippers.

Because we moved during the pandemic, our house is “new” to Colleague, so this morning my husband elected to give him a tour. The tour did not include the bedroom where I sat in pajamas responding to email.

I like Colleague a lot but am accustomed to meeting him only when “ready to greet the world.” I felt it rude not to make an appearance, so I robed myself and popped out to say hello, nothing more.

The men went on chatting for half an hour or so about our new home, the work to be done, etc., and I scampered away.

I do not want to be either rude or inattentive in these situations. What do you suggest?

GENTLE READER: Since it was based on showing off a new home, this problem presumably will not be recurring. But Miss Manners assures you that the impromptu and work-based visit did not require your presence, and that your behavior was sufficiently cordial.

If Colleague is planning on being privy to any future remodeling, however, perhaps your husband can give you some advance warning — so that you do not again get caught in your pajamas.

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Liz Cheney Memes: GIFs Jokes Fly on Twitter After Loss

Getty/Twitter Liz Cheney memes flew

Liz Cheney memes, GIFs and jokes flew on Twitter after the Wyoming representative’s primary election loss.

Cheney, a Republican who led the charge against President Donald Trump, including during the January 6 hearings and supporting his impeachment, faced the wrath of meme-creating Trump supporters after the defeat.

She has her defenders as well. Meghan McCain wrote on Twitter, “Liz Cheney has guts, is an original and goes against the grain and MAGA kool aid drinking group think that’s a cancer in GOP leadership. She should be commended no matter what happens today. If all you can be today is someone that bends the knee to MAGA – this party is a waste.”

Others turned her into a Rhino: “Republican in Name Only”:

Great meme of Liz Cheney!

— JDnVB (@45JDnVB) August 16, 2022

But that did not stop the meme writers:

Here’s what you need to know:

A Television Host Collected Liz Cheney Memes in a Lengthy Twitter Thread

???? INTERNET: Hilarious Liz Cheney Meme Thread Time.

Go hard. No mercy. Drop 'em

— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 17, 2022

The most comprehensive collection of Liz Cheney memes can be found on a Twitter thread created by Benny Johnson, a host on the conservative Newsmax site.

That Twitter thread meme collection can be found above. Be forewarned that some of them are off-color. Memes showed Cheney in a drive-through window, with Donald Trump, and in other settings.

@TheLeoTerrell y'all, lets flood Liz Cheney's account with this meme tonight!!

— Flasongbird – ULTRAMAGA ???? (@MelissaStuck6) August 16, 2022

“INTERNET: Hilarious Liz Cheney Meme Thread Time,” he wrote. “Go hard. No mercy. Drop ’em.”

Donald Trump Jr. was among those who got into the Liz Cheney meme game.

Liz Cheney really compared herself to Lincoln… LMFAO. That CNN & MSDNC fluffing really got to her carpetbagger/warmonger head.

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 17, 2022

“Liz Cheney really compared herself to Lincoln… LMFAO. That CNN & MSDNC fluffing really got to her carpetbagger/warmonger head,” he tweeted.
He also shared a GIF of former President Donald Trump dancing.

Bye bye @Liz_Cheney. On the bright side at least you won’t have to pretend to be from Wyoming anymore.

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 17, 2022

Cheney Criticized Donald Trump After Her Loss

“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done the same again," Rep. Liz Cheney says to supporters. "But it would have required that I go along with Pres. Trump’s lie about the 2020 election."

"That was a path I could and would not take."

— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 17, 2022

In a speech after her defeat, Cheney doubled down.

“Today, our federal law enforcement is being threatened, a federal judge is being threatened. Fresh threats of violence are rising everywhere,” she said, according to CNN.
“And despite knowing all of this, Donald Trump recently released the names of the FBI agents involved in the search. That was purposeful and malicious. No patriotic American should excuse these threats or be intimidated by them,” Cheney said. “Our great nation, must not be ruled by a mob provoked over social media.”

She added, “Our duty as citizens of this republic is not only to defend the freedom that has been handed down to us. We also have an obligation to learn from the actions of those who came before. To know the stories of greats and perseverance.”

Some people created counter memes:

Absolutely. That's why the below meme.

— Julio Antonio ???????? ???????? (@Juliolcubano) August 12, 2022

Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. She was defeated in the primary by Harriet Hageman. “One of the things, I think, we need to do is make the federal government largely irrelevant to our everyday lives,” Hageman said, according to CNN. Trump backed Hageman in the race.

For his part, Trump wrote on Truth Social that Cheney “should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others. Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion.”

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