5/30/16

Get Over it Already!

Trump and Elizabeth Warren are at it again. Yes, the whole "Fauxcahontas" brouhaha. Here's my two cents:

See this? Way back in the early 1700s, one of my ancestors (Charles Spurlock) married a Powhatan Indian girl. They had a son named John Whitloe, who had a son named John Jr, who had a son named Matthew, about whom the less said, the better. (He's one of those colorful characters genealogists warn you about.) Matthew's son, William Napoleon Bonaparte Spurlock, was my great-great-great-great-grandfather. Which means that (if my math is correct) I'm 1/512 Powhatan Indian. Woot.

That said, I'm not a "Native American", although one of my ancestors was here to meet the boat. I'm not an "Irish-American", although Johnathan Spurlock was shipped over in the late 1600s to be sold as an indentured servant and the O'Neills fled the potato famine. I'm not "Prussian-American" (the Ditmers), "Franco-American" (De Beauvoir, which morphed into Bieber, then further morphed to Beaver...although having ancestors who guarded Jeanne of Arc is cool), "Anglo-American" (the Prides; I don't think the Brits would rush to claim my family, especially after that whole Cromwell thing.), "Swedish-American" (the Piersons), or even "German-Swiss-Russian-American" (although, if I could have inherited Leonhard Euler's brains, I wouldn't complain.)

All of which means, is that I'm an American. Not a " -American." An American. So is Elizabeth Warren. So is Donald Trump. Americans. Get over it already.



5/21/16

If You Need a Good Laugh...

...Read Fred Reed's latest.

Just to whet your appetite:
It was an epochal moment for the military and perhaps for all of society. Screwing up her courage, Air Force First Lieutenant Kara-Ann McBee walked into her commander’s office on the D-Ring of the Pentagon and announced that she was a giant squid.

Kara was slender and tomboyish, with an upturned nose, freckles, and an attractive brush-cut hairdo. She could have been Tom Sawyer’s sister. She did not appear to be a giant squid.

“But I am, sir,” she said, rigidly at attention and clearly nervous. “I’ve known it since I was a little girl. I…sir, I am a squid trapped in a woman’s body. I’m trans-phylum, sir.”
It gets curiouser and curiouser from there.

Ten Commandments in Ebonics

Shamelessly lifted from Barnhardt's site:

The Ten Commandments in Ebonics

I Be God. Don’ be dissin’ Me. Don’ be makin’ hood ornaments outta Me or nothin’ in Mah crib.
Don’ be callin’ Me fo’ no reason – Homey don’ play dat.
Y’all betta be in church on Sundee.
Don’ dis ya mama … an if ya know who ya daddy is, don’ dis him neither.
Don’ ice a nizzle.
Stick to ya own boo.
Don’ be liftin’ no goods.
Don’ be frontin’ like you all dat an’ no snitchin’ on ya homies.
Don’ be eyein’ ya homie’s crib, ride, or nuffin’.

5/13/16

Just a Bathroom Question for Men

Regarding the latest hubbub:

If a (biological) man is using the urinal in the "Men's" restroom and a younger-than-18 year old biological-female-identifying-as-a-male walks in, are the laws regarding a (biological) male exposing himself to a (biological) female minor null and void, or are you at risk of being arrested for indecent exposure?

Ripped from The Headlines

Ann Barnhardt has just put up her presentation on Diabolical Narcissism. It's almost 3 hours long, so I'm guessing the number of people who actually watch the whole thing will be few and far between. That being said, one thing she repeatedly references in her presentation is the "45 Stated Goals of Communism".

I'd never heard of this, so I looked it up. (And yes, it checks out with Snopes. Original source: https://cdn.cnsnews.com/attachments/communist_goals.pdf)

Just for fun, here's part of the text available at the link. Numbers 3, 16-20, 24-30, 40, and 42 are especially interesting:

Communist Goals (1963)
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963
Current Communist Goals
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.
At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen:
[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]
CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

And that, dear Americans, is how we got where we are.

3/5/16

Eligibility...Not that it makes any difference

It was pointed out to me that if Ted Cruz is eligible for the Presidency (Cuban father, American mother, born in Canada), then Sir Winston Churchill should have also been eligible to be President (British father, American mother, born in Britain.)

Churchill was granted an Honorary US citizenship by an Act of Congress later in his life (1963), which would imply that he wasn't considered a "natural born citizen".

Funny, that.