Archive for May 2006

I AM NOT AN IMMIGRANT

May 25, 2006

It would seem that certain ‘people of indefinite nationality’ would like to assert that the United States, or large portions thereof, belong to a certain ethnic group, and the Caucasians should leave, or at least shut up.  We are just immigrants, they say, and stole the land for the true owners, the ‘native americans.’ 

Yes, my great-great-blah blah grandparents came to this country as immigrants, but their children were NATIVE American Citizens. Not native American as in teepees and buffalo hunts, but in terms of citizenship in the United States of America.

If you want to start the game of saying that makes ME an immigrant, we can do that too.

It all just depends on how far back you wish to go…

My family started showing up in the 1600s.

Most hispanics have European blood from Spain starting back in the 1500s: that makes them immigrants to the entire new world just as I am.

According to the Smithsonian, the ‘Native Americans’ (Incans, Aztecs, Apache, you name ’em) invaded the new world via land bridge around 7,000 years ago, and were not the first to do so. They were Asian Steppe people (for the most part) following the game; those already here (Clovis people, with European skull characteristics) were either destroyed, enslaved, or died out.

The Clovis people arrived as much as 12,000 years ago, and could still be considered immigrants, since man ‘evolved’ in Africa and NOBODY originated in the new world!

Since 99.999% of the hispanic and indian inhabitiant of the new world have ancestors showing up as recently as 7,000 years ago, they are also immigrants.

Heck, the Arabs and the Jew are STILL arguing over land disputes from 5,000 years ago: who is an immigrant there?

Back on point: What does it matter if your family arrived in America 400, 600, or 7,000 years ago? We are not talking about ancient history, but about civilized nation states, who sign treaties, make war, conquer, or cede land to each other.

Mexico gave up her rights north of the border when she scrapped the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, telling the INVITED gringo Mexican citizens in Texas that they were no longer citizens and had none of the rights promised them when they moved there. That action led directly to the loss of Mexico’s northern provinces, and is binding to this day.

And the ‘norteamericanos’ (aka ‘gringos’) will fight to keep it that way.

How old is Grandma?

May 5, 2006

I got this and decided to check it out: 

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Stay with this — the answer is at the end.  It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandma replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
television
penicillin
polio shots
frozen foods
Xerox
contact lenses
Frisbees and
the pill
There was no:radar
credit cards
laser beams or
ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

pantyhose
air conditioners
dishwashers
clothes dryers

and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, . . and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”


We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.



We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.


We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.


We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.
And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.If you saw anything with ‘Made in
Japan’ on it, it was junk.
The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam.Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually b uy things for 5 and 10 cents.Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . . .but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.In my day: “grass” was mowed,
“coke” was a cold drink,
“pot” was something your mother cooked in and
“rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
“Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
“chip” meant a piece of wood,
“hardware” was found in a hardware store and
“software” wasn’t even a word.


And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us “old and co nfused” and say there is a generation gap… and how old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old lady in mind…you are in for a shock!
This Woman would be only 58 years old!

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So she was born in 1948?  I think the email is out of date…by at least 15 years!  This is a good example of something being passed around so long that it goes out of date.  This email most likely started around 1990. 

Radar was patented in 1935.  It was sufficiently advanced to win the Battle of Britain, likely saving the world from a much stronger Third Reich.

The antibacterial effect of penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1929, though it was not in general use until WWII. 

FM Radio was invented by Ham radio operators in the early 1930s, and was commercially in use before WWII. 

Yogurt was around in Eastern Europe before the birth of Christ, and was introduced into the US in 1942 by Dannon. 

All of this points to two facts: 

 ·           This lady had to be born between 1935 and 1939 for these claims to be true, meaning she is really around 70;

·           I was really bored with the work I am still doing this late on a Friday night to take out the 10 minutes to look this stuff up!