Monday, December 07, 2009

What my grandmother took to the (Pearl Harbor) evacuation center

"I brought up blankets, towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, aspirin, a bottle of rum and the .38"

-- What my grandmother Louise Porter Frissell took to the evacuation assembly point at Tripler Army Hospital, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, on December 8th 1941. The wife of a Quartermaster Corps Captain (he was on the Mainland on December 7th), she and other Army dependents were ordered to Tripler in case a Japanese invasion required a quick departure.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Is There Anything Amazon Isn't Selling?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Quality Public Schools?

If they are close in quality, I would lean toward public schools.

I'm not a fan of government curricula. Too much sex, drugs, rock &roll, and stories about victims of color.

Prefer a bit of the Trivium and the Quadrivium, actual history, and good Lit.

Want my kids to be able to read, write, compute, imply, infer, and all that hard stuff.

While I could celebrate the reduced competition that my children will face from the voluntarily mentally retarded graduates of such institutions, I'm not that cruel. Besides the enhanced criminal tendencies of relativisticly educated Government School students mean that I have to spend more on weaponry than I would otherwise.

Socialist production of education like socialist production of steel tends towards high cost and low quality.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Milestones in American History

Today, above all days, we remember a great pioneer in the history of American race relations. The first mixed-race candidate elected to national office.

I'm sure that you, together with all Americans, will be celebrating his birthday on January 25th.

Even though he wasn't born in the United States, he achieved great success in local politics and in the US Senate before winning a Presidential election.

Representing a political party famous for its commitment to racial justice, Charles Curtis -- Republican Majority Leader of the US Senate -- was elected Vice President of the United States in 1928. Sunday will be his 149th birthday. He was born in the Kansas Territory in 1860 and his mother taught him French and Kaw as he grew up.

Charles Curtis' mother was 3/4 Native American (Kaw, Osage, and Pottawatomie) and 1/4 French. He was a registered member of the Kaw tribe.

Here he is:

Charles Curtis 1860-1936