Monthly Archives: November 2008

Thanksgiving Goes PC

This is one of the saddest things I’ve seen in awhile. (well, not really.  There have been a LOT of sad things lately)  There is a dispute at a California school on whether or not kids should dress as Pilgrims and Indians!  Are you kidding me?  Apparently not.  Here.  You can read about it your own self in an L.A. Times article.

From the article:

Raheja, whose mother is a Seneca, wrote the letter upon hearing of a four-decade district tradition, where kindergartners at Condit and Mountain View elementary schools take annual turns dressing up and visiting the other school for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the Mountain View children would have dressed as Native Americans and walked to Condit, whose students would have dressed as Pilgrims.

Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside who specializes in Native American literature, said she met with teachers and administrators in hopes that the district could hold a public forum to discuss alternatives that celebrate thankfulness without “dehumanizing” her daughter’s ancestry.

Dehumanizing?  I was taught that it was native Americans that saved the Pilgrims from starving to death!  Native Americans are the HEROES of the story!

It’s another sign of the times.  History is being rewritten and offenses are easier and easier to come by.  You can’t swing a dead cat without offending someone.  Great.  I probably just did it myself.

Meanwhile, what are the kids learning from the parents?  Some of them anyway.

Early November Blizzard

Sturgis after Nov. ‘08 Blizzard

Good thing there is Global Warming.  Just think how bad it could have been if it had been colder!

A record November blizzard buried the Dakota’s with anywhere from several inches to several feet of snow!  Accompanied by winds 35-50+ mph, the drifts were 3-12 feet in many areas!  The Weather Channel has more on the record snowfall.  Many locations had the most snow ever for a storm in November.  Keep in mind, this was November 6th!  Not late November, but less than a week into November.

Hmmmm.  Could the Earth be cooling?  Someone tell President-Elect Obama and the UN.  No need for carbon offset programs and high taxes on CO2 emissions.  No.   We need to ENCOURAGE CO2 emissions to warm this place up.  It’s getting cold out there!