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DNA Testing

When you do a DNA test and submit your results, you might be able to find people you’re related to. People you didn’t know about before.

Click Through for Quite a Story

The graphical essay linked above outlines some of the history of racism at the foundation of our country. Genealogy efforts are orders of magnitude more difficult in the US if you’re not a descendant of white European folk. This is adequately explained by those white Europeans’ need to erase the humanity of African slaves and North American indigenous residents.

Popularized DNA testing is a pretty fraught undertaking, even if your ethnicity is well-represented in their datasets. You can find, in the last ten or fifteen years of advice columns, dozens of letters about heretofore unrevealed infidelities and small-town couples that just learned they are (oopsies!) incestuous. All brought to our attention thanks to 23&Me or similar.

There’s even a rather mild instance of this in my own family. My brother did a test and was notified that he had a cousin on our father’s side, living just a few miles from him. Which made no sense at first, because he’s the only member of our family who lives in Florida.

Daily News, July 16, 1942 (click to embiggen)

Sure enough: it turned out that our zaydie was, as we would say back in the day, “a bit of a hound dawg”. The reason he and our bubbie split back when my dad was quite young was, Zaydie had not quite fulfilled the requirement of divorcing his first wife before he married his second (who was our bubbie). From there he went on to further his colorful career as a Lothario, finishing up with swindling an ingenue out of $7,300 in money and jewels (over $146,200 in 2021 dollars). This earned him the privilege of becoming a guest of the State of New York for quite a few months at their well-known accommodation: Sing-Sing.

This heretofore unknown cousin my brother found turned out to be offspring from my zaydie’s first marriage. Their conversations led us to learn of dozens more of our relatives scattered all over the East Coast and Midwest.

I guess I am thankful that the revelations that came to me and my family from my brother’s recreational genetic testing were not more traumatic. This is something to consider before you buy your whole family spit kits for a Christmas gift.

This IS Who We Are

Rob Rogers

They say the first step in solving the problem is recognizing that you have a problem. It sounds way easier than it is. It has taken the vast majority of this country five years. But maybe we’re there now.

I found this article encouraging. It’s about the real “deep state” (as opposed to the Pumpkin fantasy).

You attacked America. Maybe you think it was justified — as a response to a stolen election, or a cabal of child-trafficking pedophiles, or whatever — but it was still a violent attack on the United States. No matter how you describe it, that’s how the real Deep State is going to treat it.

The impact of that will make everything else feel like a LARP.

Nicholas Grossman

Rock Bottom

So I was an ass and wrote this two days ago

I never imagined how bad it would actually be.

For four years, every time the Pumpkin hit another new low, I would think, This must be it. It cannot go lower. The country has to bounce off this floor now. This time. At last. Every time, I have been wrong.

I now think, there is no bottom. In case of a bottom, some red-hatted MAGAt will grab a shovel and get to work.

Proud

Pumpkin’s version of the Brown Shirts, the Proud Boys, are harassing and assaulting people in Washington DC.

Sure hope that guy is not a cop. Oh, wait…

There were stabbings at a rally convened to support Pumpkin’s quest to overturn an election, and videos are circulating showing people in right-wing tee shirts harassing passers-by for any or no reason. Pumpkin encourages this violence.

My “favorite” t-shirt from this lovely group of “humans” is this one:

In case you’re wondering, that stands for “Six million wasn’t enough.” I hope my Pumpkin-fan brother reads this.

Hoaxes

So many hoaxes!

Click for all the hoaxes!

Pumpkin voters are happy to disconnect from reality for their master. They will do whatever he tells them, because he enables their racism. At some level they know the racism is bad, but it feels so right. Pumpkin enables their racism. He tells them over and over, in word and deed, it’s alright to be racist. It’s what Real Americans™ do.

Now, at some level they know they should be ashamed of this racism, but it’s addicting. It’s a sense of superiority and self-worth that is otherwise unavailable to them. But because they know it’s shameful, they lie about it. Especially to pollsters. This is why Hilary was leading in the polls going into Election Day in 2016, and at least partly why Biden is leading now.

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