NObama Blogs Locked down by Google

Not only does Google help Red China police the internet, they also shut it down here in the US. Nine NObama blogs have been shut down for being spam blogs, with automatically generated content site. Except they are not.

Blogger, owned by Google, is policing the internet to support their own political agenda.

Read more about it at America Daughter.

Books to find, buy, read

No Phule like an Old Phule by Robert Lynn Apirin…. Didn’t know it was out there. (Maybe I should try the Myth books again, since he won’t be writing anything else.– Unless he was a scientologist and I didn’t know.)

Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann

Into the Fire Suzanne Brockmann

These are books by two good authors that I haven’t read.

Points of interest on the internet highway: genetics, prejudice, and my job.

Since I am traveling today, that seemed to be a good metaphor.

An ancient Dane with Arab DNA was found in an ancient Scandinavian grave. Apparently 2000 years ago the country was more genetically diverse.

“At all the sites we have investigated in Demark we have found rare [genetic] types and types that are not common or present in Europe today,” she said.

“When we go back in time we find much higher diversity,” the Melchior added. “It was quite surprising that the lowest diversity was found among Danes of the present day.”

One possible explanation put forward by the team is that certain groups were more vulnerable than others to medieval outbreaks of bubonic plague, most notably the Black Death, which alone wiped out around a third of the European population between 1347 and 1351.

Such a theory has been proposed by another recent study, which recorded a similar loss of genetic diversity in English people.

American Daughter has a post on allowable bigotry. Christians, white males, and the United States can be attacked in any and every form without fear of rebuke, reprisal, or retribution. Muslims, women, and blacks cannot even be negatively discussed without rebuke, reprisal, or retribution. What is happening to our First Amendment for those of us who are not black, not Muslim, not women?

I know that there is prejudice in the US. But the most prolific prejudice is now prejudice for a person based on their ethnicity or gender. As the mother of two white sons, I am concerned. Will they have trouble getting into college (yes) or finding a job (yes) because of the quotas, affirmative action, and diversity policies? Those are in place, advertised, and discussed all over the place.

Of course, my husband’s first job became his because he was a Christian. And now he has a job he was hired to do solely because he is a Mac programmer in Houston, even though there hasn’t been a lot of work to do at the company. So it isn’t always ethnicity and gender.

Want to get in shape? Ab Boot Camp will help you whip your body into shape while it whips you. But after a few weeks you’ll be working it easily. Which is amazing.

Political Calculations talks about how English is a general education requirement and how it does not require a major to take many classes outside its courses.

For example, if an Engineering major is required to take two English classes, but an English major is not required to take any Engineering classes, we can verify that the engineering student is being effectively required to subsidize the operation of the university’s English department. The more one-way the mandated class requirements are for outside-of-major courses, the less valuable the particular field is, otherwise campus administrators would not need to effectively subsidize it so heavily to support its continued operation.

This misses the point that we WANT our college graduates, whoever they are, to be able to read and write well in English. As a college, you cannot just presume that a high school graduate can do that. Believe me, they cannot all do that. Yes, maybe reading in literature isn’t necessary, but it is reading that is the issue. And I know there are college students who do not know how to capitalize a sentence or that a period should end it. Is this padding? not it is not. It is a general education requirement to make sure that the students aren’t just able to build bridges, but that they can read the directions and write the proposal to get the thing built.

A prayer concern.

Christians are still persecuted in Iraq. It is a terrible thing. We as Christians need to pray for our brothers and sisters there. RedState quotes, “Muslim militants are crucifying children to terrorize their Christian parents into fleeing Iraq, a parliamentary committee studying the persecution of religious minorities heard yesterday.”

Twelve children have been kidnapped and killed to torment their parents since the war began.

Heavenly Father, you know what it is to watch your child die, even when you know he will live again. You know the pain the child feels as he is killed. You know the grief of the people left behind. Father God, please protect your children in Iraq. Send angel armies to guard them and turn back the enemy. Show your might in Iraq and comfort your people and give them peace. Watch over them; guard them; guide them. Let them know your presence. In the name of your son who was also killed, Jesus, Amen.

There is still hope for the United States.

Thank you, God.

I wasn’t sure. Not when I heard the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to disallow execution for child rape, based on a case where the man was already a convicted child rapist and raped his eight year old stepdaughter so badly that the surgeon said it was the worst damage he’d ever seen from an assault. If they will disallow it then, it is amazing that there is any capital punishment in our country.

I understand why they voted that way. They think capital punishment is risky, problematic, and murder. I disagree with them on that too, but at least they have some point.

On the other, not so much.

And I have prayed more for my country today than I have in a while. Which is sad. God, forgive us. Bless this nation.

Then I but in a position to act. And did.

Today, Gov. Jindal signed the “Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill,” authorizing the castration of convicted sex offenders. They get a choice: physical or chemical. Oh, and they don’t just get castrated and leave – they still have to serve out their sentence.

I am a little concerned that it is a possibility for a first offense. I know the gravity of the offense, but sometimes the court is wrong. In the last few years a man in Conroe was released from 15 years of prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.

But if you’re convicted twice, yeah. I’m all for that. I’m not sure that it’s not a little too cruel to make them choose the type, but yeah.

Castration. It takes care of most of the issue (hopefully all of the issue) and prevents recidivism.

Sometimes a wrong can be made right. Jindal fixed the Supreme Court’s stupidity.

Classes I’d like to take from UofH

Anthropology classes:

6340: Anthropology and Literature
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Applying cultural critiques to works of classic literature by reading them as ethnographic texts.

6301: Language and Cultural Cognition
Cr. 3. (3-0). Graduate standing in Anthropology. Examination of language as a key to the world view of people; theoretical and methodological issues will also be discussed.

6372: Mayan Archaeology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in anthropology. Evolution of prehistoric Mayan culture and the archaeological methods used to obtain and interpret the data.

6373: Aztec Archaeology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in anthropology. The antecedents and the evolution of the Aztecs and the archaeological methods used to obtain and interpret the data.

6376: Texas Archaeology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in anthropology. Survey of the aboriginal archaeology of Texas, ranging from European Contact to the earliest known groups.


6384: Oral History
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Oral history as a research tool: selecting subjects, interviewing, transcribing, editing, and interpreting interviews; legal and ethical aspects of oral history.

6385: The Uses of Psychology by Historians
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Study and evaluation of theories of dynamic psychology available to the historian and criticism of applications of psychology to history.

6388: The Material Evidence of History
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. The selection, organization, preservation, and interpretation of buildings, tools, objects of fine and decorative art, handcrafts, clothing, toys, and other physical objects that together with written records constitute the evidence of history.

And either some European or American history classes. I’m thinking maybe the law/policy Am. And the readings. But I think the European would be less stressful.


6316: American Folklore
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in English or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Introduction to the theories and methods of folklore collection and study, with particular emphasis on American traditions.

6317: Myth and Folktale
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in English or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Ancient and contemporary myths and folktales considered as oral artistry and cultural statements.

7324: Writers on Literature
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in English or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Analysis of selected works from the creative viewpoint with a practicing writer in the represented genre. Course may not count toward required literature hours in any degree program. May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours when topics vary.

7362: Preseminar: Middle English Literature
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in English or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Study of literary works selected to illustrate major trends and ideas of the period.

7351: Professional and Industrial Report Writing
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: approval of director of graduate studies. Applications of technical writing to standard reports, including feasibility studies, annual reports, and systems documents.

8316: Folklore Theory and Fieldwork
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: graduate standing in English or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Case studies and guided research in the theory, collection, and analysis of folklore.

8332: Early English Drama
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENGL 7362 or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Origins of English drama and its early development.

8344: Sixteenth Century Nondramatic Literature
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENGL 7363 or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Detailed study of British prose and poetry of the period.

8346: Seventeenth Century Nondramatic Literature
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENGL 7363 or approval of chair of graduate studies in English. Detailed study of British prose and poetry of the period, excluding the poetry of Milton.

Things I learned from my friend’s treasure trove of magazines

“Stripping London’s busy High Street Kensington shopping area of some of its signage, lights, and pedestrian barriers reduced traffic-related casualties by 43 percent” (“Urban Unplanning” Discover 14). I don’t know what year. Apparently people get complacent when they feel that they are following the speed limit, helmet laws, etc and are not as careful.

Same issue. Eyes may be the window to the soul. The low frequency of squiggly lines radiating out from the pupil means that they are tender-minded and warm. More means they are impulsive. (17)

Lavender causes hormone havoc. Boys who used lavender scented body products began developing breasts as young boys (prepubescent). Stopping made it go away after a few months. (“Lavender’s Hormone Havoc” Scientific American April 2007 page 30) I could use this for Dielli. She could know how to stop that, fix it. That would be good.

Happiness is 10% circumstances, 50% genetics, and 40% intentional activity. Being kind (in different ways), being grateful (once a week not once a day), and optimism are seen as part of the 40%. (Scientific American April 2007 page 38)… So I should write a gratitude post on Mondays. And I should be kind. That may be more difficult.

Odysseus came home

in 1178 BC, not that long after Dielli lived. Useful information for me. For the rest of you says:

Using clues from star and sun positions mentioned by the ancient Greek poet Homer, scholars think they have determined the date when King Odysseus returned from the Trojan War and slaughtered a group of suitors who had been pressing his wife to marry one of them.

It was on April 16, 1178 B.C. that the great warrior struck with arrows, swords and spears, killing those who sought to replace him, a pair of researchers say in Monday’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Marcelo O. Magnasco of Rockefeller University in New York and Constantino Baikouzis of the Astronomical Observatory in La Plata, Argentina, acknowledge they had to make some assumptions to determine the date Odysseus returned to his kingdom of Ithaca.

But interpreting clues in Homer’s “Odyssey” as references to the positions of stars and a total eclipse of the sun allowed them to determine when a particular set of conditions would have occurred.

How did they determine that?

Homer reports that on the day of the slaughter the sun is blotted from the sky, possibly a reference to an eclipse. In addition, he mentions more than once that it is the time of a new moon, which is necessary for a total eclipse, the researchers say.

Other clues include:

Six days before the slaughter, Venus is visible and high in the sky.

Twenty-nine days before, two constellations — the Pleiades and Bootes — are simultaneously visible at sunset.

And 33 days before, Mercury is high at dawn and near the western end of its trajectory. This is the researchers’ interpretation, anyway. Homer wrote that Hermes, the Greek name for Mercury, traveled far west to deliver a message.

So astronomers were well aware of what was happening at that time. Did Homer know that is what happened? Folks used to think Troy was mythical. Then an archaeologist found it. Maybe Homer did know what he was talking about.

Olive oil with herbs, 2600 years old? tells of find:

Olive oil infused with fragrant herbs has been identified in an ancient Greek ceramic transport jar known as an amphora, along with another container of what could be the world’s oldest retsina-type wine, according to a recent Journal of Archaeological Science paper.

It is the first time DNA has been extracted from shipwrecked artifacts — the two large jars were recovered from a 2,400-year-old wrecked vessel off the Greek island of Chios. If the second jar indeed contained a retsina-like wine, which is preserved and flavored with a tree resin known as mastic, then the find would push back the known origins of mastic cultivation by 200 years.

relevant to Dielli

A Campaign Video

that is positive and uplifting.

I think there is an emphasis on the rural rather than the urban that isn’t really that accurate for America today, but even those of us who have never lived on farms have a connection to them. My grandparents farmed and my dad worked the farm growing up. But I still think there should have been more urban stuff. It’s a great video though.

Roman gaming dice

Scribal Terror, one of my new favorite reads, has a wonderful picture of a Roman die. It’s not a cube like ours, which might have made it easier to catch on the knuckles.

If I ever again teach Games and Races, this is going to school.

Good reads on the net, Subject: Obama

Update: Obama knows his resume needs padding talks about the bill that Obama said he passed, the only federal bill in his commercial, to extend health care to the wounded. Obama did not vote for that bill. (Neither did McCain, it passed by a large majority. But McCain didn’t say he passed it.)

Discriminations has a pattern description concerning Obama. The post is asking for the name of this pattern. It begins:

Barack Obama
opposes school vouchers for poor families but sends his own children to a private school;
supports “campaign finance reform” but opts out of public financing since he can raise more money privately under the old, presumably corrupt system;

Real Clear Politics has an article on Obama’s “new politics.” You know, the one he is promising.

You know how most politicians say one thing and do another? Well, Barack is different. He gave Hillary Clinton quite a dressing down during the primaries in the Rust Belt for having once supported NAFTA, a treaty Barack called “devastating.” Obama said he’d use the threat of withdrawal from the treaty as a “hammer” to wring concessions out of Canada and Mexico. And sure, his top economics aide told a Canadian consulate official on the QT that Obama’s anti-NAFTA rhetoric was “more about political posturing than a clear articulation of policy plans.”

But that only shows how hard it is for Obama to find aides who are as farseeing and honest as he is. Well, yes, the candidate did acknowledge to Fortune magazine last week that he now views NAFTA more favorably and wouldn’t seek to renegotiate its terms. And yes, he did say, “Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified.” But, oh, the way he employs the passive voice! It’s not that he pandered to or misled the voters. No, the rhetoric got overheated. Who else, I ask you, can so smoothly deploy the passive voice?

George Will’s Washington Post article talks about the narrative of black victimology and crime. He discusses it particularly in regards to what Obama has said and what is accurate.

Last July, Obama said that “more young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities.” Actually, there are more than twice as many black men ages 18 to 24 in college as there are in jail. Last September he said, “We have a system that locks away too many young, first-time, nonviolent offenders for the better part of their lives.” But Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, writing in the institute’s City Journal, notes that from 1999 to 2004, violent offenders accounted for all of the increase in the prison population.
Mac Donald cites studies of charging and sentencing that demonstrate that the reason more blacks are disproportionately in prison, and for longer terms, is not racism but racial differences in patterns of criminal offenses: “In 2005 the black homicide rate was over seven times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined. . . . From 1976 to 2005, blacks committed over 52 percent of all murders.” Do police excessively arrest blacks? “The race of criminals reported by crime victims matches arrest data.”

American Thinker comments on Obama’s comment on how we can’t drive SUVs: “We have what we have here because we don’t empower the government to make decisions for us or allow the government to interfere too strenuously in the free market.” It’s an interesting juxtaposition between what Obama thinks and what conservatives think.

Real Clear Politics discusses changing opinions and not changing them, based on facts. This particular discussion looks at the Iraq war only. But it offers some thoughtful commentary.

If George W. Bush was wrong about the surge from summer 2003 to January 2007, Barack Obama has been wrong about it from January 2007 to today. John McCain seems to have been right on it all along. When asked why he changed his position on an issue, John Maynard Keynes said: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” What say you, Sen. Obama?

The Wall Street Journal says, “Barack Obama has been on a class-warfare tirade since he locked up the nomination.” It also says, “In various tax proposals Mr. Obama has set the definition of rich at levels of $100,000, $200,000 and $250,000 in annual income.”

Betsy’s Page asks about the sin of hypocrisy and Obama. “If Obama hadn’t portrayed himself as the pure protector of the people, this [about his vetter] wouldn’t be much of a story. And it probably won’t echo much longer during the campaign unless something else about Jim Johnson or Eric Holder comes out. People aren’t going to vote or not vote for someone based on whom he picked to help him find a vice president. The only people who will really care about this story are those who wouldn’t vote for Obama in the first place. ”

There’s a lot out there about Obama. None of it is going to convince me not to vote for Obama. But it might convince others.

Having fun

I have had a good time in North Carolina. I got to spend time with Bev. That was wonderful. I got to see her kiddos again and see how they had grown and changed. Mei has grown up so much, but she is still like she was at her 3rd birthday– sweet and open to others. I didn’t spend as much time with the boys, but it was good to see them.

We tried to go to Grannie’s Panties, an antique shop, but it was closed. We did go to two across the street from there though. I got an egg plate, very unusual and American Press Cut. It had the egg part in the center and then the edges were four rectangular relish trays. So it was in the shape of an unfolded box…. (I saw a blue carnival glass one yesterday, but I wasn’t sure if she already had a blue one. I know she has carnival glass. Have to ask about that.)

I was a little depressed when I was at Bev’s, so she got to see all the negative thoughts I can have. (Sorry, sweetie.) But it was great to visit with her.

The drive to Charlotte was short. I always think of it as three hours from Durham, but it was two hours and fifteen minutes. Not long at all.

It’s been good to visit with Paula and her family. Paula, Nikki, and I went to a tourist area and went to an antique mall and a furniture store.

Paula is going to Texas this week; she has a plane ticket for Thursday. We were thinking about driving in together, but she has to work all day Wednesday. Earlier she had thought she could leave by noon.

So… I could wait till Thursday to leave. We could get up early and drive a long way, maybe fourteen hours with stops for food. Then we could get in to Dallas in the early afternoon. But I wouldn’t get home till Friday late or even Saturday. R said that I could do that.

Not driving by myself. Get two days to chat with Paula. Get to see Jess and the baby.

Longer drive. Don’t get home for more days. Have to figure out how to secure the bags in the bed of the truck and cover them in case of rain.

So really the biggest deals are I can drive by myself and get home quicker or I can drive with someone else and take longer.

Nikki’s Banana Bread

Chris said it is the best he’s ever tasted. And one loaf disappeared at lunch.

2 c Bisquik
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c butter
2 eggs
3/4 c brown sugar
2 overly ripe bananas

Mix all dry EXCEPT brown sugar. Melt the butter and mix with the brown sugar. Beat the eggs, put them in with the butter/brown sugar mixture and blend that together. Then add the dry ingedrients and the bananas.

Grease the pan. Cook at 350 for 40 minutes or until brown on the outside and cooked on the inside.

This is a very moist interior cake/bread, with a delicious brown crust. Great recipe.

Obama is black.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

And he thinks that’s why Republicans and moderates won’t vote for him.

Nope. That’s not it. I won’t vote for him because he makes Clinton look like a moderate. I won’t vote for him because he’s a liberal.

Nothing to do with his blackness. Everything to do with his core beliefs.

He said he doesn’t want to play the race card, but then he does.

4000 year old Egyptian rope

“Each cord is about 30 meters (98 feet) long and is very thick. No doubt these ropes were made for strong, heavy duties, Veldmeijer said. “Basically, they were hauling truss components. They ran above the deck, secured at the bow and at the stern, to produce structural cohesion for the ship…”


from via Mirabilis

Interesting possibility for Dielli.