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An Addendum on Yesterday’s Crazy

As of this writing, the #BoycottTarget petition has gathered 975,444 signatures.

Quite the statement.

Really want to make your voice heard? Make sure to start shopping at their competitors. Start with “Mom and Pop” businesses. Support your local shops. If you need to go big,: Hobby Lobby. WalMart. Aldi. Academy Sports. Cabela’s. Toy’s “R” Us. Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Dick’s Sporting Goods. Publix. Trader Joe’s. All businesses that have a reputation for being “family friendly”.

We cannot count on the “powers that be” to advocate for our safety. We need to do it ourselves. Put pressure on places like Target* by shopping elsewhere. Don’t enroll in universities before checking their policies thoroughly. Do your research. It’s election season. You have to be ready to back yourself up practically every time you post an unfavorable opinion (read: not something the MSM or the liberal left would agree with) on Facebook.

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*Target started jumping the shark a few years ago, after there was a massive leftist outcry following a donation by the company to a politician who did not support gay marriage. They’ve been “atoning” for this mistake ever since, with massively public displays of affection for the LBGTABCQMXYZ crowd, eliminating gender-specific sections in their children’s clothing and toy departments, and demanding that guns not be carried on their premises, despite a very legal right to do so by those holding concealed carry permits. (Massachusetts has an open carry law, though most people don’t take advantage of it because of the Chicken Little effect it would cause; would they prefer that right be exercised?) Anyway, Target is not the only company pushing this dangerous gender-neutral nonsense. Starbucks and Barnes and Noble have also joined up to shoot themselves in the foot. As of midnight on Friday morning (when I’m updating this, because my stupid radiatiors sound like they’re possessed) the #BoycottTarget petition has reached 1,002,916 signatures.

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This Post Brought To You By an Unbelievable Level of Stupid, Courtesy of the Liberal Left

Otherwise entitled: Society has lost its collective mind and I just can’t right now.

  1. Seattle, WA: A man undresses in a women’s restroom, citing a new rule in the city that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender “identity”
  2. Prince William County, VA: A man dressed as a woman was arrested after police say he was caught peeping/filming into restroom stalls three times in the past year.
  3. Palmdale, CA: A 33 y/o Palmdale man who allegedly dressed as a woman while secretly videotaping females using a department store bathroom was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for the purposes of sexual gratification.
  4. Ontario, Canada: A biological man claiming to be transgender so as to gain access to women at two Toronto shelters was jailed “indefinitely” after being declared by a judge a “dangerous offender”. The man assaulted and raped multiple women, including a Deaf woman.
  5. Toronto, Canada: The University of Toronto recently changed its transgender restroom policy after multiple peeping incidents.
  6. Smyrna, TN: William David was arrested in Wisconsin but was extradited to TN to face felony charges relating to filming women inside Smyrna restrooms, including aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.
  7. Orange, CA: A 24 y/o man was arrested after a hidden cell phone was recording video inside a unisex, single-stall restroom at Chapman University.
  8. Pitman, NJ: A teacher, school bus driver, and high school student were among 16 people facing child pornography charges in New Jersey. Thomas Guzzi Jr., 36, of Pitman, is also charged with 3rd degree invasion of privacy for allegedly hiding a tablet computer in a bathroom stall to record video of others using the toilet.
  9. Logan County, OK: 43 y/o James Curt Rose sits behind bars for videotaping a 13y/o in the showers at a YMCA
  10. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa police arrest a man connected with the videotaping of a women who was showering in a residence hall.
  11. Quarryville, PA: 19y/o James Thomas Shoemaker was arrested and faces child porn charges for hiding in a woman’s restroom and taking pictures of young girls on his cell phone.
  12. Montgomery County, PA: A man was arrested at a Target Store after a female patron caught him attempting to spy on her while she was in the dressing room.
  13. Athens, GA: A man was seen on security cameras in a local Target sneaking into a women’s restroom and using his cell phone to take pictures of the ladies in there. He was detained by store security until police arrived.
  14. Brentwood, MO: 26y/o Matthew Foestrel is accused of holding a camera under a Target dressing room door while a female patron was trying on bathing suits. He was convicted of “knowingly and intentionally” filming an 11 y/o girl in a dressing room while partially nude. Foestrel was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
  15. Petersburg, FL: To demonstrate the absurdity of the Target policy, a man, dressed as a man, acting as a man, records a conversation between himself and the store manager in which the man asks if it’s okay that he uses the women’s room because he “feels uncomfortable” in the men’s room. The manager assures him that it is, and he will deal with any complaints from women already using the facilities. The man leaves, as he was only proving a point.
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There are more, of course, but I’m sick of looking at double screens to get the details. I think you begin to get the gist: the idea of allowing one to use whichever restroom or fitting room, or any other place people of a single sex usually gather while in a state of dishabille, they “feel” best suits their “identity” at the moment, is a truly terrible idea.

Now, allow me to clarify one thing. I am not talking about the roughly 700,000 people (out of 323,439,000) in the nation that are transgender. (Although it is biologically and scientifically impossible to turn a man into a woman, or vice versa, that is a post for a different day.) No, I’m taking about the 808,675 (and growing) registered sex offenders in this country and her territories. Now, that’s about 0.25% of the population. Transgenders make up even less than that, even less than the usually reported 0.30%- it’s more like 0.22%. Ergo:

Sex offender population > transgender population

So I’m sorry, but my safety and security as a woman, and the safety and security of other women and girls trumps your “comfort”. Sure, there are plenty of perverts and deviants who would assault women before policies like this, but now we’ve just opened Pandora’s Box and made it extremely easy for them to do so, because now no one will initially question their presence in what should be a ladies-only area. But think about it. I stop at one of these quietly gender-neutral friendly stores after work (because it sure won’t be a vocal one like Target. #BoycottTarget) to pick up a few things. I was in a rush to get out of the building and have to use the restroom. Like most store restrooms, this one is tucked in an out-of-the-way place, away from most of the other patrons. I’m carrying my purse and I’m wearing high heels- not conducive to running. Inside the ladies’ room in a man, dressed as woman, and he’s not there to pee and leave. I’m 5’1 and barely over 100lbs. What are the odds that your average male is not going to have a super difficult time overpowering me?

Ladies, before you get all gung-ho about equal-rights rah-rah-rah, think about how often you already have your guard up, walking alone on the street, in a bar, etc. How often are you made to feel uncomfortable by something uncouth a man does, or says. How frequently do we already go to the restroom in “packs”? It’s not because we need someone to help us wipe our butts. It’s protection for ourselves and each other. Why on God’s green earth would you support something to further endanger yourself?

 

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April 27, 2016 · 21:33

Just When I Thought I Was Done Being Surprised…

Generally speaking, there isn’t much that surprises me in the political arena. Catfights, he-said, she-said, insults, and downright sabotage is all sadly becoming pretty run-of-the-mill, but lately, I am bitterly disappointed in the lack of decorum coming once again from the left-wing, liberal, progressive, special snowflakes.

At first, I was surprised and frankly taken aback that we suddenly needed “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to protect college students from opposing viewpoints. Are you kidding me? I went to college to be challenged, to learn, to expand my horizons. Pretty much no one agreed with what I had to say, so I quickly learned to back myself up with hardcore facts and statistics (Shut it, Mark Twain.) The more facts I had to support my opinion, the stronger my argument. Someone wanted to challenge my pro-life stance? A graphic description of exactly how an abortion was performed changed more than a few minds. A disagreement over Common Core? I demonstrated “new math” and explained the lack of phonics used when teaching kids to read. (Really, it’s the equivalent of memorizing license plates.) I read everything I could get my hands on. Novels. Newspapers- local, national, and international. Blogs. Magazines. Biographies. I watched stuff on TV like “How It’s Made” and “Mythbusters” as well as “The X Files” and “The Walking Dead”. I learned a second language. I took classes in political science and eastern philosophy and culture and literature, both eastern and western. Only once did I come across any sort of “trigger” warning, and that was one I put in a paper I wrote about self-injury and suicide, and then only after the recent death of a student by suicide.

Now, we are expected to block those precious babies from conservatives, from pro-life groups, from Christians and Jews, from military recruiters, from anyone not kowtowing to the liberal beat. For example:

Lately, the most appalling disruptions have come in the form of organized protests of Republican political rallies, including the shutdown of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago, Illinois, which Trump decided to cancel out of concern for the safety of those attending the rally. Slightly ironic, really, given Chicago’s astronomically high rates of murder and gun violence (despite having the strictest gun control laws in the state). Now, I’m not denying anyone their right to protest. However, when it comes to interfering with another group’s right to gather, we have issues. Considering that the Trump protest had plans to essentially rush the stage, that’s a problem. Look at the riots in major cities stemming from so-called “police brutality” over the last few years. Ferguson. Baltimore. Not cities with conservative leadership. Cities left to rot for decades under liberal progressive policies. Policies that discourage growth, but encourage dependency upon the government.

It’s funny. Go into any national park and one will find literature about not feeding the wild creatures. Why? Rangers don’t want the animals to become dependent on people for sustenance and get lazy, refusing to hunt or forage for themselves. The government should take a page out of its own book.

The next several months are going be interesting. I have several opinions on several topics (because of course I do) but I shall save those for another evening.

Save the mudslinging for a raining day.

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I’m not a psychologist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn…

I would like to throw this next question out, because it is a seriously legitimate question. I am in my first full year of teaching, and my students are anywhere in the range of 11- to 14- years of age. I teach a variety of subjects, depending on the day, and I live and work in a very urban and very poor area. Despite the economic troubles, there is a strong sense of family and culture penetrating the city.

So here is the question: What is WITH kids today?

I didn’t think I was that old, but (and I didn’t think I’d be saying this for at least another twenty years) when I was that age, I didn’t know such foul language existed, and I was far from being a sheltered child. To paraphrase Lewis Black, the “f-bomb” isn’t so much a word as it is a comma. Sexual suggestions, slurs, and commentary one would expect to hear in “Fifty Shades of Gray”  can be heard just passing through the hallways. Students are aggressive toward each other, constantly threatening to throw punches. At best, none can stop talking for more than a minute or so, and their silliness leaves them falling out of their chairs and knocking their books onto the floor.

It’s amazing if any actual knowledge is absorbed.

We try. We go in there, battle-hardened warriors, day after day, never sure if anything we do is making any sense. Are we educating? Are we passing along the facts? Are we getting them to think? Are they interested in the material? Do they want to learn more? Are we giving them the tools to succeed outside the classroom? How can we tell if they’re not responding to us?

I don’t have an answer. I know if I behaved like that when I was in middle school, well, no one in my school would have ever behaved like that. Ever. How does an entire system get turned upside down over the course of a mere 15 years? When did the inmates start running the asylum?

I love my students, but a solution has to be found, or I may burn out of my career before it really even starts.

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Do not be deceived by appearances…

Recently, and by recently I mean today, there have been a lot of memes and notes on Facebook about the Planned Parenthood sky falling. By this, of course, liberals are in a tizzy because those mean old terrible Republicans are threatening (finally with gumption) to cut off government (read: public, read: my money and yours) funding to those child-killers.

In any normal, civilized world, this would be a good thing. Unfortunately, America has been turned on her head.

Instead, said liberals and worse, liberal feminists are screaming about losing the one* source of women’s healthcare and unrestricted access to abortion yadda yadda yadda. In reply,kindly let me point out a few things that the MSM and the pitiful excuses that pass for “newspapers” print.

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  1. the 3% Myth
    1. This myth consists of the belief that abortion is only 3% of PP’s services. It’s actually a strategic little marketing/bookkeeping ploy on the part of the finance office. Abortions being the most expensive procedure offered, the last thing that PP wants to do is cut off their Golden Egg. Instead, former PP workers have reported being told to counsel women toward abortion in almost every case. Dead babies = $, and we need to stay near that $300 million profit margin! So to even things out and make themselves look better, a single visit for a year’s worth of contraceptives might be listed as 12 separate visits, while the number of visits needed for an abortion will be lumped into one.
  2. Health Services
    1. Here is an experiment you can try at any time, and it will only take you about five minutes. Call up your local PP clinic and ask to schedule a mammography. Go on, I’ll wait.What? Couldn’t do it? You’re right. There are 700 PP-affiliated centers in the USA. Not one of them has its own mammography machine. Comparatively, the 9000 community health centers located throughout the country boast slightly more than 424k. At most, a woman might receive a manual exam at PP and a pap smear (the latter? Nearly 2 million to PP’s 378k.)

      Planned Parenthood. Providing all sorts of healthcare for women. As long as abortion, contraception, and willful nondisclosure of sex trafficking and child abuse are your ideas of healthcare.

 

America does not “need” Planned Parenthood. American girls do not need a woman like Margaret Sanger, eugenicist, to look up to an admire. Women do not need a place where they are valued only by what is between their legs.

“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
-Margaret Sanger, heroine of the  feminist liberals

*statistics courtesy of “Democrats for Life of America”

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President,

On July 19, 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of his peers of the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter relating to the death of Trayvon Martin, you said this:

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

Mr. President, with all due respect, the life Trayvon Martin led, like the life that Michael Brown led, are nothing like the super-privileged, star-studded, hyper-protected lives your daughters lead. Although you and your wife rightly keep your young girls from the public eye, it is no secret that the First Daughters attend a private school with a tuition to rival that of most universities, rub elbows with celebrities, and take luxurious vacations the likes of which the rest of us can only dream. No, Mr. President, if you had a son, that is the kind of life he would lead.

There are other parents out there, though. Parents who can point to the blood on the ground, Mr. President, look you in the eye, and say “This! This is my child, my son! Where is your outrage now, Mr. President? Where are your protests? Where is my son’s justice? Where is our peace?” These are the parents, the siblings, the husbands and the wives, the coworkers who, when you and your political hacks walk by will slowly but surely to a man, turn their backs on you.

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, freeing the slaves. Between 1860 and 1865, 596,670 soldiers were wounded, captured, went missing, or were killed to prove that all men have the right to be free, regardless of their skin color. Constitutional Amendments 13, 14, 15, 19, 24, and 26 all acted together to level the playing field when it came to citizenship and voting rights for all, regardless of race, skin color, or sex.  Jim Crow laws were abolished fully with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

No, Mr. President, right now, in this country, the biggest problem you have is not a couple of teenage thugs who, most unfortunately, ended up on the wrong side of the law. It is not an extremely obese man who got caught selling loose cigarettes, resisted arrest, and died of the complications thereof. Were their deaths necessary? Of course not. As has been said so often in the last few days, life is precious, no matter whose it is. Mr. President, you have been complicit in inciting riot across these fruited plains, together with your soon-to-be-former attorney general, Eric Holder, and professional race-baiting lap dog, Al Sharpton, even in your silence:

Obama added that he “institutionally” could not say whether he thinks the grand juries should have indicted the police officers, because his comments may compromise ongoing federal investigations. (Huffington Post, 12/08/14)

“It is clear that I think that acts of violence threaten to drown out those who have legitimate voices, legitimate demonstrators, and those acts of violence, cannot and will not be condoned,” (Eric Holder, 11/25/14)

“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” (Protesters at an Al Sharpton march, 12/13/14)

Well, Mr. Sharpton. You have gotten your wish. On Saturday, December 21, two members of the NYPD were assassinated while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn. Their murderer took the coward’s way out and committed suicide before he could be arrested. Yesterday, a Florida officer responding to a noise complaint was shot and run over. In less than 72 hours, Mr. President, seven children are left fatherless. Three families will have to deal with an empty chair at their Christmas table. Where are the marches for their families? The protests? Those two policemen in New York were both of minority races – will you send Mr. Sharpton to eulogize and professionally mourn their deaths? The deaths that he called for?

Every day, those who walk that thin blue line go in knowing they might not come home. It is a thought they merely push to the back of their heads, as they will do what needs to be done, no matter what. Each of them chose to walk that line for a different reason. For some, yes, it’s a way to get back at the people who treated them like crap growing up. For others, it’s a true desire to protect and serve. For others, it’s a legacy, that thin blue line a family crest. Whatever the reason, they will step in front of a bullet, literally, for a stranger.

Mr. President, so often you speak of “hope” and “change”. You, sir, are the leader of this country. The change needs to start with you and your administration. Take them to task. No more words, sir. No backhanded support while communities burn themselves down. No more blanket condolences while allowing Dr. King’s dreams to come apart at the seams. No more silently condoning a return to “separate, but equal”. Start by looking at your Secret Service. They are your first line of defense. The local police are ours. They are MY family. MY brothers. MY friends.

Don’t let your ego or your legacy kill any more of them.

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Not Cool, Southwest Air, Not Cool

Well, I can add Southwest to my list of “airlines I won’t fly”.

Folks, I’d like you to meet Daniel:

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Daniel is three years old and suffers from a very rare neuromuscular disease. Unfortunately, his condition is terminal. His family has compiled a small bucket list in order to cram as much happiness into Daniel’s regrettably short life as they can. In order to help, the ever-wonderful Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, who apparently rescues sad humans as well as sad dogs (Daniel’s family adopted a dog from BFDR some time ago) has organized a trip to Talladega next month along with local PD, fans, and random people everywhere. According to Jeanne at BFDR:

“One of the things we thought we had covered were airline tickets from Baltimore to Birmingham. People offered to donate miles to help get them there.  Then Southwest Airlines decided to suck.” 

Southwest’s lame-o excuse? They only donate tickets to Make-a-Wish families, and Daniel has already been granted his wish. If people want to donate their miles, they’ll be charged. (Keep in mind that these aren’t miles that will cost Southwest anything; these are miles that others have already accrued and people want to donate and be kind. Just like donating gently used clothes. These are gently used miles. Sorta.) Why who uses these free miles should even matter to Southwest is beyond me, but charging for what should be free is unacceptable.

More from BFDR:

So, we’ll buy their tickets. We need to fundraise $3500 to buy this family of four tickets to get to Talladega. This is likely the last trip this family will take as Daniel is fading. We wanted him to have the trip all little boys want where he gets to see an honest to God NASCAR race up close and in person. We will make sure he gets it, even if Southwest Airlines sucks epicly. Our fans have already made this a trip of a lifetime, and this is the last piece of the puzzle.

Please spread the word and donate if you can. Feel free to spread the word that Southwest wanted to charge for donating miles to help a dying boy. If you would like to donate, please do so here: http://bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. Make sure you email jean@bigfluffydogs.com after you donate and put the word “Daniel” in the subject line. I will post and let you know when we have what we need. Thanks for being the best fans in the world and helping a dying boy even when Southwest Airlines wants to profit from the well wishes of people.

 

So Delta had lost my business for their horrid customer service, and now Southwest has lost it for their complete and total Scrooge-itude. When a multi-million dollar company cannot stand the thought of its frequent fliers participating in charity, we have a major problem.

 

 

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Fighting Microaggression

…also known as, cry me a river, build me a bridge and get over it.

The following video is from Andrew Klavan on “The Revolting Truth” over at YouTube. Special thanks to The Matt Walsh Blog for posting the video to his site first. (Seriously. Go read Matt’s blog if you don’t already. He’s awesome.)

 

First world problems, y’all.

Of the major news networks, current headlines are generally tuned into the Scottish independence vote, but the more national ones:

CNN: “Where is this missing UVA student?”
NBC: “Bachelorette party mom feels ‘lucky’ to be home”
ABC: “Lawmakers propose overhaul to federal black lung program”
FOX: Fox News seems to be the only MSM to buck the trend by having its front page banner focused on ISIS rather than our kilted friends and makers of fine whisky. FOX’s home page reads “Congress OKs key plank of Obama’s ISIS strategy [Editor’s note: glad to hear his staff figured one out] in bipartisan vote.” and their US news page follows up with “Mystery man reportedly seen walking with missing UVA student night of disappearance”
BBC: Obviously, they’re a bit busy tonight (nearly dawn, now, and it looks like Scotland is staying. Sorry, Prince Tearlach. You’re still bonny, even if, by history, you were a sot and really quite a failure, the ’45 notwithstanding. Slainte mhath.) so most of their coverage is devoted to what the north is up to, but their US and Canada page is headlined: “Eight dead in Florida house shooting”.

Thankfully, NBC seems to be the only washout tonight, and really, what can you expect with MSNBC dragging at their heels? No wonder Rush calls that crew PMSNBC.

Sorry, that must have been a bit aggressive, there.

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A New Era of Revolution

Seeing my own country’s flag: the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner – the American flag- always fills me with a sort of quiet pride, knowing the history of our nation. Knowing, academically in many cases, the many men and women that fought the world over to keep that flag flying. The more famous photographs and paintings – the original Old Glory, waving o’er Ft. McHenry, black-and-flag draped coffin of Abraham Lincoln, the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, on the moon, at the rubble of the World Trade Center. Heck, even on the cover of Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” album.

Fighting for independence, one country breaking ties from another, is oft seen as an American venture. Far from it. Today, that notion of sovereignty is as important as it was in 1776.

Today, Scotland is voting on a referendum that will tie or sever its 307-year union with Great Britain.

2014 less 307 is 1707.

Those who have watched “Braveheart” know the the part William Wallace, the Highland laird who first led resistance to English rule in the 1300s after the original Royal Scottish line died out. After some success, he was captured, hanged, drawn, and quartered. In 1306, after Wallace’s death, the throne was taken by the eighth Robert the Bruce (Generally just known as “Robert the Bruce”). England met Bruce with no mercy and the two countries fought a series of battles which culminated in 1314 when the troops of Edward II were crushed.

In 1320, a letter, written in Latin and addressed to the Pope, was sent to declare Scotland’s independence as a sovereign state and confirm its right to defend itself when unjustly attacked.

…as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

Sound a bit familiar? The American Declaration of Independence wasn’t written, of course, until 1776. This, the Declaration of Arbroath, was written in 1325. In 1328, England renounced overlordship Scotland and confirmed Robert the Bruce as King.

Things were tentatively okay with Scotland’s southern neighbors until the death of James IV at the Battle of Flodden. His granddaughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, was sent to be reared in France with her mother’s family (Mary was twice-royal; her mother was Marie de Guise.) Problems arose when she became of age and returned to Scotland – a 15 year old Catholic girl suddenly had the Protestant Reformation on her hands. That very schism of religions, Catholic Mary in the north and Protestant Elizabeth I in the south had the British Islands in an uproar. Elizabeth, seeing her cousin Mary as her rival, had her imprisoned in the Tower and as plots swirled on both sides, Mary was executed in 1586.

Elizabeth died in 1607, and the crown went by default to Mary’s son, King James VI of Scotland, who was now also James I of England, thus uniting the two crowns after centuries of just-barely contained hostilities. A century later in 1707, Acts of Union formally joined Scotland to Great Britain. This came after a brief period of upheaval between the parliaments of Scotland and England. Following this, James II of Scotland was exiled, and the nations were linked. This did not stop periodic revolutions such as the one in 1715, an ill-gained attempted at regaining Scottish independence, nor the famed ’45, with James II son, Charles, (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”), which although saw initial strong success, ended in slaughter on Culloden Field. So angered were the English troops that for years they ravaged the Highlands, killing and imprisoning. Famine struck the land, and many chose to leave their homes for new lives in France or the colonies.

Despite atrocities against Scottish culture in the years that followed including the Diskilting Act of 1746 which made ownership of arms and the wearing of Highland dress illegal, the Scots have never given up on hopes of one day regaining national sovereignty. In 1934, the Scottish National Party (SNP) was formed and made an Independent Scotland its primary goal. 1997 saw a referendum that kept Scotland part of the United Kingdom, but gave it control over its own education, health care, and finally, a Parliament.

Seven years ago, the SNP won a brilliant upset against the incumbant Labour Party. This exchange in party power led to the vote we are seeing today.

It is this writer’s opinion that despite the official documentation, Scotland’s independence died with the Stuart cause on Drumossie moor that cold, raining, awful April morning in 1746. The spirit of Scotland never did.

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Alba gu bràth.

 

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When “Never Forget” becomes “We Don’t Want to Remember”

Ask any adult today, say anyone aged 20 or older, give or take a few years, and they will be able to tell you where they were on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Quite like how most of our parents will tell you where they were when they found out Kennedy was assassinated. We remember where we were, what we heard, what we saw on television. We heard the patriotic music and felt the swells of pride when we saw the Stars and Stripes waving in the wind. Younger children and teens felt slightly more grown up if Mom and Dad let them listen to Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” unedited, and we cried when we heard “God Bless the USA”. As a nation, we swore we would never forget the site of those burning towers, the shock of the Pentagon, or the burnt debris field in Pennsylvania.

For the last 13 years, wherever I have gone to school or worked, if I was there at 08:46, everyone dropped what they were doing for, if nothing else, a moment of silence for the victims of that terrible day. (The first plane hit Tower 1 at that time.) This morning, I said something about how I was surprised that the school was not having a second moment of silence at that time inremembrance in addition to the regular silent moment we have every day when school starts at 8:00. Another staff member told me, “What does it matter? These kids weren’t even born yet or were, at most, a year old. It ain’t our job to teach them.”

Granted, we have administrative positions, but I beg to differ. We adults in the building were certainly all alive, and living in the northeast corridor, our small city lost natives on the planes and in the towers. No one who signed the Declaration of Independence is alive today, but we all celebrate it each year. Ditto Memorial Day, established officially in the 1860s after Lincoln’s assassination. Ditto Veteran’s Day, and I’m pretty sure there are no surviving Veteran’s of WWI (The day is celebrated on the day the war ended) – we get a whole day off from school for that.

“What does it matter?”

It matters because we are still fighting against the evil that, within a matter of hours, killed 3,000 Americans in the most cowardly way. Make no mistake. These people are evil. And they will get their comeuppance one way or another. For the children who weren’t born yet, or are too young to remember, we need to remember for them, so that they too may honor the victim’s memories, and honor the soldiers who have died to keep us safe, and those who continue to serve, sacrificing everything to that people who thing “what does it matter” can sleep soundly tonight.

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But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. -A. Lincoln, November, 1863

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