December 1, 2015

America – From Blunderbusses to Blunders

When Grandpa Had A Blunderbuss

One of the great misconceptions I embraced for many years was that the generations before mine were less educated and therefore should be considered ignorant of our ‘modern society’.  How utterly pompous and idiotic was that line of thinking?

Along Came The Sixties

Of course I was wrong. Yes, granted our country has made plenty of mistakes in the past 235 years, but up until the 1960’s we kept to our ideals, exhibited some sort of civility towards each other and had pride in our country. Now, I believe, we’re in a state of decay and will continue to be that way as our country, and the world, adjust to shifting populations, more demand and supply, and leaders of dubious intent and intelligence.

Prior generations worked for the greater good with pride in their skills and a hope for a better tomorrow.  They believed that hard work and dedication would bring them prosperity and happiness because of course they could depend on the Constitution.

Everyone knows the 60’s brought a radical change in society with the sorrow and disillusionment of the Vietnam war (we prided ourselves on ‘never having lost a war’), and we heard our schoolmates, cousins and friend’s names whispered in sadness as death after death was reported.  The idealism of the early part of the decade turned into anger and then revolt. We lost ourselves in drugs and self-indulgence that continues to this day.

The Present Is No Present

In many ways, it seems we are in that mode again.  In the 60’s we were against “the man” and what it stood for (oppression of the masses while hypocrites wore dresses in secret, and politicians or the military kept us busy being afraid of the red menace).  Here we are again, but this time our social reach is worldwide more than ever before.  We can see first-hand what is going on in other countries at a moment’s desire.

The middle east is undergoing profound change in leadership.  It’s unstable and could topple like a stack of stones hit by an Angry Bird.  Europe’s economy is fragile.  So fragile that many countries are looking for a bailout.  And, do you know where they’re looking? China! Borrowing money from China will happen and again the balance of power will shift.

Which brings me to the current state of blunders affairs.  Next year our country will again elect a President.  I have never seen a more unlikely bunch of contenders in all the 40 years I’ve been voting.  I’ve seen more astute wisdom from high school students than from these buffoons.  What are they trying to say? What are they for?  They scare me, they really do.

Will Obama Get Re-Elected?

That is not to say I’m not disillusioned with our current man in office.

I had high hopes for Mr. Obama. I thought that he would bring an educated mind along with his sophisticated demeanor, take charge and whip our sorry government into shape. Again, I was wrong.  In my opinion, he’s too nice. We needed that man who made promises and had us believing again that our country could go back to being civilized.  We’d spend more time making better, cleaner cars; we’d be able to fix our infrastructure that so badly needs it, and we could extricate ourselves from the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones and quit sacrificing our soldiers to a trumped up war.

Where will we go from here? The people of this country are emotionally, physically and spiritually tired. Tired of the lies and being treated like blank checks by the blood sucking tyrants in corporate America.  Occupy Wall Street and other occupiers is a symptom.  As long as the people are unhappy it will continue.  Maybe protests will die down when we get into the depths of the cold dark winter.  But you can be sure it’ll be back in spring. In force. “You say you want a revolution?”… I think America’s citizens are gonna give you one!

2011 Memorial Day – Veterans

Yates and Allied Families


Wilkerson and Allied Families

On every Memorial Day I remember all of my family members who have passed on. Not all of the people in this collage have passed, but many of them have.  I feel it’s important to thank our veterans whenever we can, and so I post this picture and thank our family members for their service.

If you are a member of either family and have served in the military, please come by and leave a comment with your branch of service and era in which you served.


Let Me Explain About My #Genealogy Daily Contributors

This week Lucie Consentino – Lucie’s Legacy blog, took the time to privately message me with a comment about The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily that I created.  Recently, I said “It’s not a popularity contest like the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs, but a way to put us all on an even playing field. That’s not sour grapes by me, I just think there are MORE than 40 top blogs.”

But, from what Lucie could see in the content, it appeared to her to be exactly what I said it wasn’t.  I’m so happy she asked and commented because it gave me an opportunity to set her mind at ease regarding the way content is added.

Let me just explain how the GG Daily works and how it was created.  I think it was  Thomas MacEntee who created The #genealogy Daily.  No matter who created it, it’s content is a little more broad than mine because it only uses the hashtag (#) genealogy, and hence it’s name.  I chose to go another route because the term #genealogy is sometimes used by other niches that have nothing to do with family history research.

The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily was created from a special Twitter list I created soon after joining the network.  For the most part, it is comprised of self proclaimed genealogists, or people who have an interest in genealogy in some way.  I have also included some of my #history friends too, as the two subjects go hand in hand and I thought it would bring a bit more diversity to the Daily. My genealogists list is ever expanding, so if you would like to be included, all you have to do is let me know.

One thing I will say is that I have to be careful in what I post to Twitter because even if I don’t use #genealogy in the post it sometimes picks up off-topic things I say and adds it to the Genealogists Daily.  For instance, I do sponsored tweets now and then and those might get in the magazine.

I wanted to set the record straight about the Daily, and to assure you I am not just including the “popular” genealogists.  I am not without flaws, but I’m not trying to be underhanded either.  My blog has sponsors and paid links; sometimes I write sp0nsored posts but they always have a disclosure included.

It’s because I truly love genealogy and history that I write this blog.  I try to be friendly and helpful every day in some way.  The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily is for everyone. It just happened to be created by me. I hope you enjoy it.

100 Years Ago Today WA Women Won The Right To Vote

Washington State Historical Society Photo – Local news: How Washington women won the right to vote.

I’ve always exercised my right to vote since I was old enough to do so, but I so admire the women who stood up and fought to get their equal say at the ballot box here in our state.  Washington (caucasian) women were fully ten years ahead of the rest of the nation, and I suspect that at least my Moline and Nordgren grandmothers were fully on-board when the right was granted.