Happy Outraged Selfie Cat Day

What?! I am outraged!

Why, I never!

Well, I know not all my readers are American, and I can’t presume all my American readers celebrate Thanksgiving, but I think we can all be thankful for this cat. Oh cat, you act so outraged, but I’m guessing that at least one time in your life you walked on someone while they were asleep, and possibly sat on their head, so the grand karma wheel of life is even.

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Posted on November 28, 2013, in kitties, off topic, open thread. Bookmark the permalink. 134 Comments.

  1. Hey, you’d probably be outraged too if someone was holding you up while squeezing your nads.

    I’m thankful both of my cats don’t get offended easily. The only time I get dirty looks is when they go to the vet.

  2. Buttercup Q. Skullpants

    That was exactly my reaction to the photo, too!

    Happy Catsgiving to all. The twins and I just got back from my cousins’ house, leaving behind a broken bell and a large amount of throwup. I think our departure was one of the things she was most thankful for.

  3. Yay, LBT! Have a wonderful, schmoopy, and restorative weekend with the llamas.

    I am in a bit of a food coma. We usually have a gathering of 15 people, but this year we expanded to 30. I made the same amount of mashed potatoes I make every year for 15 people (because we weren’t told in advance about the expansion), but somehow there were enough for everyone. It was like a miracle. (Or maybe it was the extra salads, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, rice stuffing, and rainbow layered jello salad that were added in. Oh, and the TWO turkeys.)

  4. (I mean with hubby AND the llamas, of course.)

  5. The feeding of the thirty, starring cloudiah! Never mind yer loaves and fishes, this is serious food. :)

  6. @gillyrosebee; ever seem to notice the connection between guys who don’t want to get married on principle and being a self-interested, misogynist ass? He was never a genuine nice guy. He just is pissed that he couldn’t have his cake and eat it too.

    @Toddles Manboob; oooooohhhh, that’s not an Elizabeth Warren reference, is it? Admit it, that whole thing came down to a racist mess once it became clear that she didn’t use her small NA ancestry for affirmative action at work/school but to join a club for people who had NA ancestry. Cultural appropriation is using someone else’s culture for some benefit to you, right? :) It’s pretty clear that Elizabeth Warren didn’t do that.

    I had a great turkey day. It started out rough as FIL’s car battery died in the morning and hubby disappeared forever to go pick him up and bring home some breakfast. After he did I had to run out and get more butternut squash as the ones I just got had mysteriously rotted. >< So I was running late for roasting my butternut and therefore running late to lunch with my hubby, kids, and MIL. But after that we had a nice lunch with turkey, stuffing, turnip&carrot mash, sweet potato, butternut squash casserole, garlic green beans, pecan rolls, mashed potatoes, and homemade apple and pumpkin pie. My MIL talked about pet birds with my oldest daughter and hubby was happy to watch TV. Afterwards I left the kids with hubby and brought some of the food to my parents as they couldn't go out. I managed to visit them for several hours with no kids, which is nothing short of a miracle. :D It was really a very nice visit, which is so important because this is probably the last Thanksgiving my mother will be alive. :(

    Turkey day was always my favorite holiday. To me it's much more relaxed than Christmas or Easter, not to mention that the food is so much better. I know a lot of Native Americans don't like it, but I always look at it as the one moment in Wampanoag/English history that wasn't complete shit. :(

    Happy Outraged Cat Day, everybody. :)

  7. Kittehserf said:

    “Seranvali – not to mention that the whole idea of the First Fleet was hardly something to be proud of, either.”

    This is very true. We had seriously unpleasant beginnings and frankly, after the last election I’m not too hopeful in our future either.

  8. MEZ: I personally thought it was a reference to Jonny Depp as Tonto.

    Happy Black Friday/Tryptophan Recovery/Buy Nothing Day!

  9. Cat: “Heeeeey! Watch the genitaaaaalia, maaaaaaan!” Or maybe just “Put me dowwwwwwn!”

    Yup, I’m still laughing like a gooneybird.

  10. @leftwingfox, I forgot that Jonny Dep is 1/16 Cherokee as well. Seems like there’s been a lot of controversy over different people being 1/16 Cherokee in the last few years. Tonto looked like a pile of crap, although apparently being 1/16 Cherokee means you can’t be racist as hell?

  11. Happy Outraged Selfie Cat Day!
    (I know I’m late, but 1) There is no holiday here today and the closest thing we have to Thanksgiving is on the 20th of August. 2) I’m busy copying 400GB of stuff between removable hard-drives on a laptop with overheating problems… yep, it goes slooooooowly.)

  12. Um, for anyone in need of support during all the holiday stuff.

    http://www.yourholidaymom.com

    So many feelings!

  13. So, after we discovered that my brother’s family were pretty much all working (at different hours, no less) on T-Day and that my mom was staying home this year, the wife and I called up my best friend and his wife, and made arrangements to go out there for the annual Glutton-Fest.

    Best. Decision. Ever.

    Turkey, garlic-mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, real in-the-bird stuffing, a HUGE turkey that actually cooked faster than expected and was cooked to perfection, salad, side-bowls of pepperoncini and olives, broccoli (with no expectation that I’d eat any), both real cranberry sauce and the funky canned stuff that looks like red Jell-o, homemade Hawaiian sweet-bread that had a crust so sweet it tasted like a cookie, and homemade apple and pumpkin pies (the last item was our contribution).

    Then we went into the living room and their girls quizzed me on My Little Pony trivia; I got a B, I think.

  14. Hey, you’d probably be outraged too if someone was holding you up while squeezing your nads.

    Why do you assume its “nads’ being squeezed ? (wink)

    Love the cat! And yes I have cats (past and present).Lots to them and the scars to prove it. (physically and emotionally) And I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.

  15. This is very true. We had seriously unpleasant beginnings and frankly, after the last election I’m not too hopeful in our future either.

    Too right. I saw someone refer to George W. Abbott in the Age the other day, and that’s being kind. This scuzzbag’s a menace. I must admit I’m getting a certain schadenfreude watching the Liberals offend one country after another, fucking morons that they are, but it’s not going to do the rest of us any good in the long run. And reneging on Gonski … yeah, right, but it was Gillard who was the liar, Mr “Don’t believe anything I say unless it’s scripted”.

    Fingers crossed this is a one-term government and Abbott gets the boot he sorely deserves.

  16. Thanksgiving turned into Drunksgiving here. My best friend came up from Houston, we had much food, wine, dessert, and capped the evening off with a big ol’ fire in the chimnea/punk rock sing-a-long.

    Today I am feeling way too old for that nonsense.

  17. I fell asleep during Casino Royale. Blame it on the wine.

  18. There was a point during the festivities that I had to check my eyelids for holes, but it was a short nap.

  19. LOL!!! Hellkell

    I’m from Dallas .You sound like you’re from my area.

    We do Chimnea all summer(and when weather permits)!

    Yesterday just fire place.

  20. hellkell – lemme guess, you’re feeling about a decade or so older than yesterday?

    Sounds like most manboobzers had pretty good Thanksgivings. I’m glad. :)

  21. Happy TG, ‘mericans!

    LBT – yay on the room! And LOVE my story (Top of the Food Chain) – hope you guys checked it out :)

    So open thread, cats… hoping to get some advice. I help my neighbour take care of a feral cat colony in our neighbourhood. She’s the official caretaker; our city has a feral colony registry and some fairly good resources for feral cats.

    Anyway, I have the evening feeding shift… and we’ve attracted a family of raccoons. Looks to be a mum and 4 young, um, cubs? Pups? They aren’t fighting or anything, just stealing the cat’s food. Sometimes a raccoon and a puss will eat together; other times the raccoons get grabby and snatch the food dishes away.

    Anyone have any ideas on how to… I don’t know, deal with raccoons? (They are super cute but the pusses need food more than they do)

  22. I don’t know how to deal with raccoons (obvs) but that’s worrying, because they can kill cats, or kittens, at least.

  23. Only thing I can advise is make sure the kitties have rabies shots. Raccoon’s have a fairly high rate of rabies infestation today . Baby raccoon’s around here are called “kits” .

    Have the feral’s been captured given rabies shots and released back?

  24. Oh and Happy TGing!!!!

  25. Also Tracy??

    Call the local animal control and ask their advice.They are usually very informative.

    My main concern personally IME would be protecting the feral’s from rabies.

  26. lana: I’m in Austin. It was perfect chimnea weather last night. Thankfully none of us idiots set the backyard on fire.

    kittehs: yes, feeling ten years older, but pie for dinner helped!

    Maybe trap the racoons and relocate them or call animal control? We get ‘em sometimes. It’s amazing the way the little boogers can climb, we’ve had them fighting on the roof before.

  27. lana: I’m in Austin. It was perfect chimnea weather last night. Thankfully none of us idiots set the backyard on fire.

    HA! I love Austin ..Keep Austin weird …(sorry )

  28. Pie for dinner should help! We had chicken and leek pie for dinner last night, with boiled spuds and veggies. Yum!

  29. Also Hellkell,

    Dallas has had beautiful weather too the past 3 or 4 days .Crisp sunny around 65 70 for a hi.Blue skies white puffy clouds.

    I just open the windows .Haven’t done the chiminea in a few weeks.

    Cheers!

  30. Feed the raccoons a distance away with something the cats won’t like? Or just feed the cats before dusk?

    Raccoons are way better at getting into things than cats, but that includes garbage cans because they’re fine eating food scraps — if they cats are getting dry food I can’t imagine the raccoons would find that more interesting than your leftovers. Definitely do get the cats rabies shots though (and if they don’t have them, get your ass to the doctor ASAP if they ever scratch you!)

    Disclaimer — I like raccoons, well, I like everything. I’ve gotten into it with my father about how his dumbass dog should leave the skunk alone, not the skunk’s fault a barking dog freaks it out and it lets a bit of That Smell.

  31. @MEZ: I’d forgotten/barely remember the Warren thing. I’m 100 per cent serious that ’1/16 cherokee’ is, for whatever reason, the most common quantum/nation combination given by white people who claim native relation. I’m pretty sure Johnny Depp did it recently while defending his turn at redface in the Lone Ranger movie no one saw.

    Trust me on this, I am a very white person. I know of what I speak.

  32. I think he claimed 1/64th or something silly removed like that, I’ll check. But yeah “1/16th Cherokee” // “my great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee princess” seems the common one.

  33. Oh, it’s even better — he might have some Cherokee or Creek ancestry.

    His great-grandmother, but only maybe. Do people really know that little about their great-grandparents? Like, admittedly, all I can find on my father’s maternal grandparents is after they immigrated, and don’t get me started on sorting his paternal grandfather’s 3 wives // 4 marriages, but I know what nationality everyone is >.< (well, nearly, wive #3 didn't stick around long and no one seems to know much, but she' sn either my grandfather's biological mother nor the woman who raised him)

    Better than Pell claiming to be decended from Mayflower immigrants?

  34. Better than Pell claiming to be decended from Mayflower immigrants?

    No, but only because nobody listens to Pell. Zie doesn’t have much of an effect on anybody (except maybe his mom).

  35. My sister had me convinced for awhile that my (pure Swedish) grandmother was half Lakota. It was all from a very vivid dream my sister had. Brains are weird.

  36. Is that, like, considered really cool in the US? To have a bit of native American in you?

    I’m a completely white person. My sister did some family research years back, and it turns out that mum’s family and dad’s family merge to one family a few generations back. Shouldn’t be surprised, since we come from way out in the countryside, where there aren’t that many genes to go around…

  37. Yes, but only a *bit*. A little bit of exotic foreignness is sexy, but make sure it’s not enough to make you an actual *member* of a marginalized, discriminated-against group.

  38. Unimaginative: But of course! *sigh*

    Sort of how it’s cool, if you’re a girl, to have had sex with another girl at one point, but not to be an actual lesbian.

  39. Dvärghundspossen: Yup, just exactly like that.

  40. ZOMG! Apparently, Alberta is not only a hotbed of MRA activity, but of Sovereign Citizen litigation. How is it that I never notice stuff like this going on around me? Never mind, I know the answer to that…

    Anyway, the Popehat posted a fairly tedious video of a Free Man on the Land in court, being a jackass (and declaring victory and buggering off, if it’s the same video my roomie watched the other day — not going to waste my life going through that again), and one of the commenters posted this link:

    http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abqb/doc/2012/2012abqb571/2012abqb571.html

    Quoted from the document:

    In the absence of a better moniker, I have collectively labelled them as Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument litigants [“OPCA litigants”], to functionally define them collectively for what they literally are. These persons employ a collection of techniques and arguments promoted and sold by ‘gurus’ (as hereafter defined) to disrupt court operations and to attempt to frustrate the legal rights of governments, corporations, and individuals.

    [2] Over a decade of reported cases have proven that the individual concepts advanced by OPCA litigants are invalid. What remains is to categorize these schemes and concepts, identify global defects to simplify future response to variations of identified and invalid OPCA themes, and develop court procedures and sanctions for persons who adopt and advance these vexatious litigation strategies.

  41. From a review of these documents, it appears that Mr. Meads is purporting to split himself into two aspects. One gets his property and benefits, the other his debts and liabilities. The ‘Mr. Meads with liabilities’ has entirely indemnified the ‘Mr. Meads with property’. He also appears to instruct me and the Bank of Canada to use a secret bank account, with the same number as his social insurance number or birth certificate, to pay all his child and spousal support obligations, and provide him $100 billion in precious metals. Mr. Meads has also purported to create various contractual obligations for those who might interact with him, or who write or speak his name.

    BWAhahahaha!

  42. …the concepts discussed in these Reasons are frequently a commercial product, designed, promoted, and sold by a community of individuals, whom I refer to as “gurus”. Gurus claim that their techniques provide easy rewards – one does not have to pay tax, child and spousal support payments, or pay attention to traffic laws. There are allegedly secret but accessible bank accounts that contain nearly unlimited funds, if you know the trick to unlock their gates. You can transform a bill into a cheque with a stamp and some coloured writing. You are only subject to criminal sanction if you agree to be subject to criminal sanction. You can make yourself independent of any state obligation if you so desire, and unilaterally force and enforce demands on other persons, institutions, and the state. All this is a consequence of the fact gurus proclaim they know secret principles and law, hidden from the public, but binding on the state, courts, and individuals.

    [74] And all these “secrets” can be yours, for small payment to the guru.

    … When reduced to their conceptual core, most OPCA concepts are contemptibly stupid.

    I can see I’m going to burn away my Saturday on this nonsense.

  43. I’m 100 per cent serious that ’1/16 cherokee’ is, for whatever reason, the most common quantum/nation combination given by white people who claim native relation.

    Well, most nations require a documented minimum of 1/8 ancestry to be counted on tribal rolls, so 1/16 is usually the go-to for folks who want to claim the cache of affiliated status without needing an explanation for how they don’t get a share of all the cool free stuff* that you get for being a representative of one of the first nations.

    (*like permission to live on marginal and often poisoned land with third world infrastructure where the primary economic activity revolves around catering to the vices and toxic nostalgia of privileged (primarily white) people. Woot!)

  44. Unimaginative, I’ll admit to having a not altogether healthy fixation on the sovereign citizen movement, so I have seen this before, but thanks for the link, it always gives me a giggle!

  45. @Unimaginitive In the US, maybe in Canada too, these types are attaching liens to properties of their “oppressors”. The liens are extremely simple to attach, even erroneously. However, removing a lien is an expensive legal fight. I have heard of plans to make this harder to do.

  46. “@Unimaginitive In the US, maybe in Canada too, these types are attaching liens to properties of their “oppressors”. The liens are extremely simple to attach, even erroneously. However, removing a lien is an expensive legal fight. I have heard of plans to make this harder to do.”

    Wow, people can just do that? That’s scary. I had to google that:


    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=215838773


    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/us/citizens-without-a-country-wage-battle-with-liens.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

  47. Huh. Apparently, claiming aboriginal status means you’re exempt from national law.

    An interesting variation on the aboriginal immunity concept is advanced by Henry as “:Chief : Nanya-Shaabu: El: of the At-sik-hata Nation of Yamassee Moors.” Henry not only claims to be the head of an independent nation‑state and aboriginal community, but that his tribe owns Canada. He now demands rent…Similarly, “Moorish” affiliation, in this case membership in the “Moorish Divine and National Movement of North America”, did not provide inherent jurisdiction or a capacity to trump Canadian legislation, administrative tribunals, or the courts…

    Also, wearing costumes.

    Henry also has worn a literal ‘magic hat’! In the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Henry v. Starwood Hotels (1 September 2010) Edmonton 1003‑01152 (Alberta Q.B.) before Justice Shelley, Henry appeared wearing what is best described as ceremonial garb, with a robe and red fez, that he indicated had special significance. Subsequently, Henry has appeared in Chambers wearing what appeared to be a lawyer’s robes. It seems that Moorish Law advocates place special weight on court dress, particularly since Henry appealed Justice Shelley’s findings in part on the basis that he had garbed himself in a manner appropriate for the occasion, but she had not

  48. *checks* There’s no quantum for Cherokee tribal enrollment.

    And the exotic thing has to be the right sort of exotic. Like, I’m a quarter Italian and at least an eighth Lithuanian but those are white and thus boring. (MRAs “but we worked in mines!”…yeah, no, but some of my Italian relatives did and fuck them for thinking the wives sit at home eating bon bons)

  49. My family had a legend about how somebody had Indian blood. It didn’t turn out to be true, just family legend. My dad’s family was poor, and everyone had a lot of children, and they all moved around a lot. His mother was raised by relatives and not her parents. So I think what happened was that somebody had a kid with black hair, and then people joked about how the kid looks half-Indian, and then all of a sudden you’ve got a family legend. 1/16th is popular because those are great-grandparents, and very few people actually know many (or any) of their great-grandparents, so they can’t personally contradict the stories.

  50. Okay, with a great deal of skimming, and an interruption for a brief shower cuz I’m going out, I’ve finished the Reasons document. On the one hand, I feel kind of sorry for the people conned by the sovereign citizen scammers. They seem to have been caught up by the same dynamics that make people fall for the Nigerian Prince emails.

    On the other hand. As the Justice makes abundantly clear, the whole movement is about getting out of their obligations, including and especially their financial obligations to their children.

    If they would take the sheer amount of time and energy they put into this crap and apply it to something useful, they could have made a huge, positive difference in the world. You know? It’s frustrating.

    Instead of spending time, money, and paper placing liens on people for $100 MILLION dollars for using your name without your written permission, howzabout start a fucking business? Howzabout starting a class action suit against the Bank of America or one of the other banks that committed fraud and ruined the world’s economy?

    So I went from feeling gleefully superior, to feeling kind of melancholy. And now I have to go out and I really don’t want to. In-person people exhaust me, and I resent them already. :(

  51. Well I knew two of my great grandmothers .And I am part Indian . It also helps both my grandmothers lived to close to 100 and one of my aunts did extensive research for years and we have documents. On my maternal grandmothers side her grandmother was Indian.My great great grandmother. Our roots (one side) is Alabama for a couple hundred years.So ‘Im like 1/167 th Indian .It comes out in my affection for horses and fire and face paint LOL!! But then you throw in a LOT of English ,some Scottish and a wee tad of Irish and we are all mutts.

    Anyway so what are these guys doing? Attaching liens to revenge a wife that had the nerve to divorce them ?

  52. OOPS!!! Speaking of ..Alabama just lost!

    End of derail.

  53. @Kobun, I hope the cat’s nads aren’t being squished, if only because pets should be spayed/neutered. That goes double if the cat is male, because tomcat pee is one of the worst smells on Earth.

    @Argenti,

    Do people really know that little about their great-grandparents? Like, admittedly, all I can find on my father’s maternal grandparents is after they immigrated, and don’t get me started on sorting his paternal grandfather’s 3 wives // 4 marriages, but I know what nationality everyone is >.<

    If you have to research it, you can safely assume the average person hasn’t bothered. I don’t know any of my great-grandparents’ names or stories (barring the Irish line on my mother’s side. I don’t even know my paternal grandfather’s name, because he was an abusive drunk who died before I was born and no one was terribly upset about it. Not everyone is terribly interested in their family history.

    @gillyrosebee,

    Well, most nations require a documented minimum of 1/8 ancestry to be counted on tribal rolls, so 1/16 is usually the go-to for folks who want to claim the cache of affiliated status without needing an explanation for how they don’t get a share of all the cool free stuff* that you get for being a representative of one of the first nations.

    1/16 would also place one’s Native ancestor far enough back that it’s more acceptable for you to be fuzzy on the details of who this ancestor was and know next to nothing about the nation in question.

    Also, ironically, the Cherokee don’t even use blood quantum to determine membership, so if someone is telling you their exact percentage of Cherokee-ness, they’re already showing off how little they know about “their people”.

    Related: I read recently that back in the days of the “one drop rule,” people used to claim to be part Native American to explain away features that actually came from a black ancestor. It’d be interesting to see the “Cherokee princess” people’s reactions to that little factoid – being part black in America isn’t nearly as exotic and exciting.

    Also related:

  54. @Kobun, I hope the cat’s nads aren’t being squished, if only because pets should be spayed/neutered. That goes double if the cat is male, because tomcat pee is one of the worst smells on Earth.

    I disagree . Female cat piss and male cat piss all smell equally bad.

  55. @David Futrelle
    Thanks for the new blogroll “RESOURCES FOR MEN” . I think the manospher are not agree with these sites and the kind of them.

  56. I find tomcat pee worse than neutered male cat or female cat pee, but stale beer’s worse than either. :P

    I know a bit about my maternal grandfather’s line, because a very distant cousin did a family history back in the 80s. The most interesting part was that a guy I worked with was from a family on the same ship they came out on in the 1840s – in fact my great grandfather’s first wife was from that family. We’re not blood relations, because they had no kids, but it was funny to find that connection. Lots of Ozark jokes doing the rounds after that. :P

    I’ve never been that interested in finding out about my ancestors. No faces, no personal histories, nothing of the sort that appeals to me about history.

    There was an odd moment years back when I mentioned my father having been adopted, and an Aboriginal co-worker was all “He might have been Aboriginal!” Um, no, he was Scots English and was sent to an orphanage because his parents weren’t married (at least, his father was, but not to his mother). I wouldn’t have been excited if he had been of Aboriginal descent, because I feel no connection with that culture at all.

  57. Argenti Aertheri

    Kitteh — the thing with adopted Native Americans, and idk if it applies to Aboriginals, is that a lot of them were forced into orphanages — plenty of NA kids with parents where forcibly removed from perfectly healthy families. And for those kids, when they grew up, and their kids, reconnecting with their origins is a bit of a big deal. Almost a sort of “this is who we are and you failed to take that from us”.

    So I can see your coworker getting excited not because Aboriginal = exotic (cuz duh, few people consider themselves exotic) but rather excited at the prospect of reintroducing a descendant of a stolen child to her cultural heritage.

    And I can get why — I cannot find ANYTHING on that great-great-grandmother before her marriage certificate. She effectively didn’t exist. Because the boarding schools renamed the kids they stole, and, near as I could find, none of those records were ever digitalized (not surprising considering how hard it is for those kids, when grown up, to get any info on where they came from)

    Again, idk about there, but here the last of those boarding schools closed within your lifetime, so plenty of the kids-now-adults are still, currently, trying to pry the gov’n into releasing info on their birth parents (fuck, CPS is pretty much still stealing Native kids here)

    In short, “because I feel no connection with that culture at all.”, is the problem // why of the situation — at least here there’s a certain level of “but if that is your heritage, then you should have that connection because it’s wrong that it was stolen from you”

    FTR, I’m not trying to armchair psych your coworker, just having a general rant about how badly the US has fucked up Native relations and that we are STILL stealing Native children (You know how most kids who can’t stay with their parents for whatever reason will be placed with another relative if that’s feasible? Well CPS has a habit of deciding that there are neither fit relatives, nor any fit Native parents at all, despite being legally bound to attempt to place Native kids with Native families) — it’s six degrees of fucked up and gets my dander up.

  58. Argenti, you’re exactly right that the same thing happened here; it’s called the Stolen Generations and one of the few memorable things Kevin Rudd did in his first stint as PM, in 2007, was to make the public, official apology to all those people that he’d promised, and that John Howard had refused to do. It’s quite possible that my co-worker went through that herself (this was thirteen years ago, so I don’t remember too well).

    Thing is though, even if I was of Aboriginal descent, and had grown up knowing it, I still wouldn’t feel any connection with it. It’s not my culture. I don’t have much of what I’d call a culture – mainstream Australia always strikes me as shallow and it’s only mine because I happen to have been born here. The countries whose history means something to me are England and France (and only a few years in France’s case).

    Knowing and being appalled by what was done – and I would bet is still being done here – and the utter shit heaped on native peoples, doesn’t make a sense of connection with their cultures, and it wouldn’t even if I found that it was part of my family history.

    The one thing that would be amusing (in a sour way) is that my male parental unit’s a mealy-mouthed racist, and wouldn’t have been at all pleased about it. He’d have kept it very quiet.

  59. To add: I know my mother’s side is mixed German-Sorb on her father’s side, and Irish-English on her mother’s. I don’t feel any connection with those cultures, either, but of all of them, English is the one that means something to me, at least as far as history and landscape go.

  60. I tend to find that a lot of people claim the ’1/16 Native’ so they can (they think) get away with racism. It’s also used as a trump for settler’s guilt. Blech.

  61. Do ya’ll know how I can contact David ? I need to ask him something in private .

  62. His email is listed in the About box near the top right portion of the sidebar.

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