Other Atrocities

My great-grandmother on my father’s father’s side was a Cherokee Indian. I wondered when her family was forced into Oklahoma. It was in 1838-1839 on the Trail of Tears. Her parents and grandparents would have walked from Georgia to Oklahoma.

An Orphan

Today I learned that my great-great grandmother, Katherine Schroeder Easton, who my mother knew, died when she was greater than 100. She was the sole survivor of her village after a war in Germany. She was about seven at the time of the war. So, I think, having looked into it, that she was orphaned in the Seven Week’s War in 1866. The Prussians and their allies fought the Austrians and their allies over the area of what is now Germany and Austria.

The Election

I voted. That’s the best I can say for the election.

My hubby kindly reminded me that a Democratic congress and a Republican president should equal an inefficient government. That’s always a good thing.

And Lieberman won! Yeah.

However, the White House has already said they’re going to press forward with their alien pardon and make all the illegals in our country legal. You know, we did that before and now we have more illegal aliens. That’s Republican Bush offering this “compromise.”

Dang.

I wonder what it means for our troops.

Christmas List kinda’ redux

Christine Fell’s Women in Anglo-Saxon England which is $41. The other book of hers, which I would like to read, is $87 and I’m not sure it is worth it. Of course, it could be an expansion of the original and might, in fact, be perfect. But since I don’t know…

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. I read this in Europe and still use information from it to this day. I used some in this semester’s Marvelous Creatures class. And some of the other teachers asked for information from the book.

And finally The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. I read about the book a long time ago researching for classes and it sounds fascinating. Yep. I definitely want this one. Only $15.

Beccy Cole’s “Poster Girl” on the Wrong side of the World CD.

Note: The first two books have been on my Christmas list for three years. The third for two. The CD is new.

Going out to dinner

I’m going out to a fancy dinner tonight at Chez Nous. I am looking forward to it.

Even if I’m not sure what I should wear. (Sleeveless is what I was planning on, but it is cooling down. My red cape is a bit flamboyant. But maybe that would work.)

Euthanasia for babies

A leading British medical college is calling for discussion of euthanasia for disabled newborns.

“If life-shortening and deliberate interventions to kill infants were available, they might have an impact on obstetric decision-making, even preventing some late abortions, as some parents would be more confident about continuing a pregnancy and taking a risk on outcome.”

From death before birth to death after birth… It is a very short step.

Found at All Things Conservative, one of my regular reads.

That’s disgusting.

Warning: Do not read if you are eating or if you have a weak stomach. It’s only what goes on with teenage boys in the house, but still. Gross.

My eldest came down, saying he’d taken a shower and washed his hair. His hair was greasy. So I took him into the bathroom and washed his hair myself.

While we were in there, I was almost overcome by the smell of his underarms.

So I told his brother to bring clean underwear and I made him take a shower in my bathroom.

The funk is AWFUL. I may not be able to go in there for hours. It stinks, badly.

And the “clean” underwear that he supposedly had on… Let’s just say I’ve seen this look before in his diapers.

So I can’t trust him to take a shower, wash his hair, or change his underwear.

That’s disgusting.

What’s even worse is I can trust him to make decent grades in college! Yeah. He’s not going away till he takes showers on his own. Well, when he’s 18, I guess he could go in the Army or Marines. If they don’t kill him, he’ll learn to take showers.

Long writing

is not necessarily good writing. When I want to point that out, I will use this post to do so: “The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.” – Pascal

Visions and Miracles

Visions and miracles don’t fit with science. And sometimes they don’t fit with religion either.

As with the overwhelming majority of modern reports of visions and miracles, official Catholic sources are politely silent on whether Katie’s visions are considered “true” experiences of the supernatural. Many people over the centuries have reported such experiences, and modern society doesn’t really have a conceptual framework into which such things easily fit.

from Paternosters, a cool blog on rosaries.

Laptop on Cruise?

My folks are taking us on a cruise for Christmas. But this article makes me wonder if we should let the boys bring their computers. One, at least, has been seized and not returned to a traveler who was not arrested when she brought it back into the US.

Kerry

I’m furious with Kerry over his quote about studying hard or ending up in Iraq.

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

It’s rude. It’s wrong. Those who have gone to Iraq, who are in Iraq, and who will continue to go to Iraq are volunteers. Many of them are volunteers who knew beforehand that they would be going somewhere in the Middle East. Many of them are volunteers who signed back up while overseas. They’re not uneducated boobs who couldn’t stay in school.

Don’t knock our service men and women.

But I do know that one of my students got a full-ride scholarship to college, partied, lost his scholarship, and went into the Army. Sure enough, he’s just back from Iraq.

But it wasn’t because he wasn’t smart. Just that he didn’t study and stay in school.

Lots of folks did, though. Including my friends’ kids. Who are in the service. And whose parents are probably up in arms over Kerry’s stupidity.

Michelle Malkin wrote:

9.9 percent of the enlisted force have at least a high school education; 73.3 percent have some semester hours toward a college degree; 16.2 percent have an associate’s degree or equivalent semester hours; 4.7 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 0.7 percent have a master’s degree and .01 percent have a professional or doctorate degree.”

That comes from http://www.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?storyID=123027385 (about a third of the way down).

Mosquito Infestation

There are more mosquitos than I’ve ever seen in one place here now.

There are bands of them, like gnats, on the greenbelts.

When I open the door of the car, one or more flies in.

I have bites all over.

I hate mosquitos.