Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

Michelle Obama: Imposing her personal pathology on the nation

“Mrs. Obama uses her private feelings as evidence of a certain public reality: Because she feels discriminated against, she is in fact being discriminated against. … Just as the elevation of public reason over private feeling always threatens to bury the individual, so the elevation of private experience above disputation threatens to impose upon the community the pathologies of an individual, or group.” – Ian Tuttle

Microaggressions by Terrell

I am reminded of a discussion I had once with an aggrieved teen-ager who announced to me that everybody at school hated her. (For the record, this girl was not one of my daughters.)

I asked her for the specific reason she had come to this conclusion. It turned out that one person had said something mean to her in school that day.

Now, I don’t know if this one person had actually been mean to her. I’ve had many occasions to talk through hurt feelings I’ve experienced or caused, only to find that nothing bad was intended at all.

But even if the other person had been mean on purpose, it did not follow that “everybody at school” felt the same way.

Nor does it follow that Michelle Obama’s personal pathology is proof that we live in AmeriKKKa.  You gotta wonder if she’s NOTICED that she’s the wife of the President?!  Sheesh.



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Happy birthday, Sir Nicholas

It’s the 106th birthday of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. 

After the war was over, Winton told no one about his humanitarian exploits for many years, and might never have done so had his wife not discovered an old scrapbook of his in their attic in 1988. It contained lists of the children he had saved, along with their parents’ names and the names and addresses of the British families that had taken them in. By sending letters to these addresses, eighty of “Winton’s children” were found in Britain. 

The world found out about Winton’s work during an episode of the BBC television program That’s Life, when Winton was invited to be a member of the audience. The program’s host showed Winton’s scrapbook and explained to the audience what he had done; she then asked whether any members of the audience owed their lives to Winton, and, if so, to stand. More than two dozen people surrounding Winton rose to their feet and applauded.

Memorial to Sir Nicholas Winton at Prague main railway station, installed in 2009.

In 2002 Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his work on the Czech Kindertransport, and in 2014 he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion, by Czech President Miloš Zeman.


Filed under History, World War II

My take on the vaccine issue

Some vaccines have been life-savers, while others have done untold damage, so I can’t get on either the all-vax or the no-vax bandwagon. However, I will gladly wave a sign and blow a horn against any attempts to FORCE people to vaccinate themselves or their kids.

I just can’t be totally anti-vaccine, because I read about the polio epidemic.  I remember the all-community line-up for the first “pink stuff in a paper cup” polio vaccine.  I had a classmate who was a polio survivor with a weak leg; he had to walk around and around his yard every day to exercise it. And I’ve read about survivors; some have lived in iron lungs for so long, they can’t get parts to fix them any more.

However, one of my kids was (I believe) vaccine-injured in the 80s, so I’m not totally pro-vaccine either. Her doctor refused to even consider that her sudden problems were related to her 2-month check-up vaccination, but I talked to other parents whose kids had suffered similar, but much more severe problems after getting a faulty batch of pertussis vaccine.

I switched to a more cautious doctor who said we shouldn’t even consider the new vaccines that were just coming out, because they were too new to have a track record and were for treatable diseases that were neither common nor deadly. Plus, my kids had already demonstrated immune problems, so we needed to be extra cautious even with the well-tested vaccines that were for common and/or deadly diseases. We went with the DT, not the DPT, plus the MMR administered on a careful schedule, because my kids were allergic to eggs.  (The MMR vaccine viruses were grown in eggs.)

Now I’m a grandmother and, given that I thought there were too many vaccines in the 80s, I just about choked when I saw the truly ABSURD number of vaccines they’re slapping into babies and toddlers NOW!

What. The. Hell.

My daughter is a very cautious mom who knew all about our vaccine history. Her son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum last year. Was he born that way? Did one or more of the vaccines she permitted damage him? I don’t think there’s any way to know. But how about we err on the side of caution and make sure the diseases we vaccinate for are BAD enough to warrant the risk AND that the specific vaccines themselves are made with every attention given to safety.

I’m currently reading a fascinating book about the 1918 flu that killed somewhere between 20 million and 100 million people world-wide in a matter of weeks. This flu was so deadly that people could literally be healthy at breakfast and dead by dinner. The author talks about flu and speculates about why history has been largely silent about the 1918 epidemic until very recently.  She discusses efforts that have been made to figure out where the 1918 flu came from, why it was so uniquely lethal and what is being done about the possibility that it could recur.  She also recounts the swine and bird flu scares and explains why effective flu vaccines are so difficult to manufacture.  It’s a very readable book.

Graphic: Flu by Kolata

I also just read a very interesting article about the measles vaccine, which appears to greatly diminish childhood deaths not just from measles, but also from other infectious diseases.


The article above linked to another that talks about the approximately 1 in 1,000 cases of measles that cause brain swelling, which can result in behavioral changes, convulsions, and/or death.  Children who survive measles in the brain can be left deaf, blind, and/or retarded. The risk of brain damage exists even after a mild case of measles, because the virus may cause chronic inflammation in the brain that only manifests symptoms years later.


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Filed under Health & Nutrition

Sally, meet Lexicon.

On Sunday, two rival biker gangs got into a shooting match outside of a restaurant in Waco, Texas, leaving nine dead and several wounded.

Left-wing apologist Sally Kohn got on Twitter to express her outrage at how everyone was using the term “biker gangs”, not “thugs” or “terrorists.”

2015_05 Sally Kohn on biker gang

Sally, it is not about race or hatred. It’s about VOCABULARY!

  • GANG: An organized group of criminals.
  • THUG: A violent person, especially a criminal.
  • TERRORIST: A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.

An individual THUG may or may not be a member of a GANG.

Membership in a GANG does not automatically make someone a THUG.

THUGS and GANGS generally pursue criminal activity for thrill and/or personal gain, not politics.

Organized groups of TERRORISTS are generally referred to as CELLS or ORGANIZATIONS.

A BIKER GANG is an organized group of criminals whose activities involve motorcycles.

A BIKER CLUB is an organized group of non-criminals whose activities involve motorcycles.



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Sackcloth and ashes is what they SHOULD be wearing!

Wearing sackcloth and sprinkling ashes on one’s head is a biblical sign of repentance and mourning.

2015_05 US debt passes 18 Trillion

The average member’s annual salary is $174,000.



Filed under National Debt, U.S. Congress


Probably not in my lifetime, but some of these liberals will actually suffer some real punishment for the decades of atrocities they’ve committed in the name of diversity, fairness, social justice, and just plain greed. It just gets so depressing to see the crap they pull over and over with no fear whatsoever of consequences. The more blatant the lies and theft they commit the richer they become. I had given some thought to making this a 100% Hillary post because there’s so much in the “news” anymore but even I couldn’t stand that much. Maybe I’ll do it one day.










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