Flashback — 1993

From The New York Times in 1993:

Muslim fundamentalism is fast becoming the chief threat to global peace and security as well as a cause of national and local disturbance through terrorism. It is akin to the menace posed by Nazism and fascism in the 1930s and then by communism in the ’50s.”

Most in the West haven’’t taken heed of the numerous, repeated warnings. Will the barbarity in Paris change this? Sadly, I doubt it.


My Sister Souljah Moment

Sister Souljah, Raptivist
Sister Souljah, Raptivist

I know next to nothing about Sister Souljah. She’s some kind of singer. Check. (She’s a “political activist” and author, apparently.)¹ Bill Clinton or Tipper Gore or someone mentioned her in a comment about music and the coarsening of American culture. Check.

That’s all I remember. I wasn’t particularly interested in what Slick Willy or any other Democrat had to say about the culture of decay — what they helped hasten and promote through their nannyist feel-goodism.

Sadly, the Kultursmog has largely prevailed.

But now Sister Souljah is back in the news. And she ain’t got nothin’ good to say about Hillary. In fact, her comments are so spot on that I’m going to quote some of what she said.

“She reminds me too much of the slave plantation white wife of the white ‘Master.’ She talks down to people, is condescending and pandering.”

Unfortunately that’s where the Sister and I end our like-mindedness. She, like so many others, is stuck in the past. Her thinking is so yesterday.


1. She and others may consider herself a musician, but I’m leaving my edits as is, because she’s described as a rapper. Rap ain’t music. But, as I insult, I digress.

Five Years Past

The city of Bütow in 1936, where my  great grandparents were married in 1887.
The city of Bütow in 1936, where my great grandparents were married in 1887.

A brief post I wrote five years ago about a serial killer in Poland attracted an amazing amount of attention this Halloween. I’m not sure why, but my blog hasn’t had that much traffic in a very long time. The only reason I wrote about the man is because he hails from the town where my great grandparents were married in 1887.


A Snapshot of Warren Hay’s Farm in 1860


Warren Hay, my great-great-great grandfather, was born into a family of farmers. He had a farm in Hanover Township, Ashland County, Ohio. On August 20th, 1860 the federal government conducted an agriculture survey of the area.

Warren had 44 acres of land, 34 that had been “improved,” and ten that hadn’t. The cash value of the farm was $1200, and he had equipment worth $300.

He had five horses, three milch cows, three cattle, forty-two sheep, ten pigs, with the total value of the livestock amounting to $450. He had one hundred bushels of Indian corn, fifty bushels of oats, and sixty lbs. of wool.

Sadly, Warren died four years later, in 1864 at the age of 42.



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