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Sunday, March 9, 2014
2007 – 2014
EPITAPH FOR A PROUD AND NOBLE LADY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As the fate of immigrants in America continues to ebb and flow, I offer this chapter of a novel in progress. The setting is an American senator defending himself against charges of not being American enough. Think just a little of “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.”
Yes, I will respond to my esteemed colleague, since I understand this issue has been raised in committee.
He is right. I was not born in this country. He is also correct in noting that my parents were not citizens of the nation in which I was born.
And as I am sure this esteemed body is aware, if that data is fed into a demographic computer, it could be used to support the contention that the immigrant population is not a stable one. And the conclusions of that could be used to profile for ethnicity, religion, political party, etc.
Despite his being as powerful as I am small, I still do not think that is going to work for the senator. And I’ll tell you why.
First of all, I may not have been born here but I am not stupid. America is a land of little guys like me and mine.
As I look around this room of American senators, I see lots of people who weren’t born here or who were just a couple of generations back. We continue to be a melting pot, anti immigration legislation notwithstanding.
I don’t define people by traditional lines but I do respect those other cultures who respect mine.
In my case, to paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli, while my esteemed colleague’s ancestors were eating lichen and mushrooms in some primeval forest, mine were having lox and bagels with the priests in the Temples of Solomon. And on Dad’s side, my folks have been fishing since before Moses sailed down a river in Egypt in a wee reed boat.
I am the sum of two people, and all those who came before them. They were good people and I am too.
Now, the senator can make a career out of hate. He can get downright creative about it and he probably will.
But it’s not going to change the most important thing. He can call me anything he wants. He can start another Holocaust. And if the members of this august body allow him, he might possibly get away with it.
It certainly would not be unprecedented and America is no more invulnerable to that than any other nation has been, despite our conceits to the contrary.
I’m an American now and still from where I was born. I’m also a member of the world community and that voice, too, will be heard.
In the end, if he persists, all the senator’s going to do is hurt a lot of people, including his own family. He will most certainly lose his constituency because people in his state do not put up with this. That’s what his hate’s going to buy him.
And what is that most important thing my esteemed colleague and all his hate cannot change? He cannot change who I am. Even I could not do that and I will admit there are times when I have wished I could.
I don’t begrudge the senator his feelings. Where I’m from, you don’t kick a man when he’s down. And you don’t judge a man’s soul because that’s not up to you, it’s up to God. I suspect God probably does a lot better job of it than any of us, then, eh?
If this august body does not want me here, it better tell me real tell me real soon. If it does, then please protect me from esteemed colleagues like this one.
Thank you, Gentlemen. I now call for the vote
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
IN OTHER NEWS
Apparently viruses can survive 30,000 years in the permafrost. A giant one was discovered in Siberia recently. Scientists say that if this one could live under those conditions, a host of others ~ including those harmful to prehistoric humans and to us, their descendants ~ could, as well. For more, please go here.
We hope this works. EU’s 28 Leaders To Decide On Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Conflict
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
This is absolutely outrageous. Former Mountie, minor hockey coach charged with sexually assaulting 8 boys in 3 provinces
Our prayers are with all those onboard. Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people, including 2 Canadians
Felina: Samuel, would you mind joining Arnold and I in the den? I am sorely vexed.
Sam: Gimme just a sec, Sweetheart. I’m polishing off the last of the sacrificial salmon.
Felina: Arnold says he would not mind so much if you brought him some too.
Sam: Not a problem. And what our television set doesn’t eat, you’ll finish, just to be tidy and stuff.
Felina: Quite so. You know me so well, mate of my three lifetimes.
Sam: Oookay. Fixing a bagel with lox for a 30 year old television set named Arnie.
Felina: Arnold, Dear.
Sam: Yeah, him too. And sauntering down the cave to the entertainment center and sitting down next to the most beautiful cougar in all of creation.
Felina: Our respective mothers excepted, of course.
Sam: Maggie Mountainlion and Felina Concolouris Elizabeth Regina, respectively.
Felina: You are so handsome when you roll those names off your golden tongue. It almost makes me forget I mated the most rapacious rogue in all of Christendom and the Cat World.
Sam: I’m that good?
Felina: You are a force with which to be reckoned, my handsome rapscallion.
Sam: Cool. Be nice if I understood both halves of what you just said but I can live with the fifty percent I did get. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Abbott and Hardy of Digression. And the Laurel and Costello of the smooth segue.
Sam: We have GOT to stop hiring relatives to check our scripts, Felina.
Felina: In a more perfect world, my love, we could afford more than nepotism. But at least there is an organic necessity for it sometimes. This that Arnold and I are watching, makes no sense to me. What in the world is “immigration reform”?
Sam: It’s the herd mentality in action, Sweetheart. The big herd in America is afraid of the other herds who want to come here and graze.
Felina: When there is more than enough grass for everyone if everyone filled only their own stomach, that behaviour is utter nonsense.
Sam: And then there’s the genetic guilt theory.
Felina: Which suggests?
Sam: These present herds weren’t the first here. They came upon herds that had been here for thousands of years, living mostly in harmony, and certainly as one with the land.
Felina: And in school, we learned that the new herds essentially destroyed the older ones, took their land, robbed the soil of its very soul and then moved westward, for new pastures to pillage and burn, figuratively speaking.
Sam: That’s pretty much what happened, Lass. Literally and figuratively.
Felina: Somebody should give them a big spanking. And they just better get over themselves because it does not look like these new herds will stop coming. Perhaps it is time to strike for a better peace than has been made in the past.
Sam: Before all the grass is gone.
Felina: Yes, Samuel, before all the grass is gone.
Sam: Then on that note, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
These are the US Senators in my Congressional delegation and I am very, very proud of both of them. The power team of Cantwell and Murray
I think it is so cool when a large corporation does something like this. Comcast Indefinitely Extends Low-Cost Broadband for Poor Families
This is one of the reasons I’m such a fan of hers. Cantwell wants old tanker cars out fast
As long as this flickers anywhere on the planet, from Bogalusa to Bangkok to Biafra, this will happen. Rise in Bigotry Fuels Massacre inside Myanmar.
This cannot possibly bode well for a new generation. Young Using E-Cigarettes Smoke Too, Study Finds
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
I’m kind of surprised this wasn’t tried sooner. Drought-plagued California tries to drink the ocean (hold the salt)
This should be interesting to follow. Iron Maiden singer will fly around the world in a giant hybrid airship
I found this absolutely fascinating and I hope our readers in the UK take it in. Rethinking the Vikings: New exhibit seeks to flesh out the raiders who redrew the map of the ancient world
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about immigration to the United States?
Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Here’s good news for millions around the world. Rare Gene Found to Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes
There is an old principle in nature which certainly seems to apply in this case. No matter how high you fly, you still have to land. Study links teen energy drink use to depression, addiction
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
BEST OF THE NET
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney. Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.
BACK COUNTRY GALLERY: BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.
BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union. How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.
CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years. They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam. Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.
GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.
NEW DICTIONARY: We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try. We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar. M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia. When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear. That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence. It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves. Yep, check it out here.
NO CAMELS – WEEKLY ISRAELI INNOVATION NEWS is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post. I totally geek out when I read these folks.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me. The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.
THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound. They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment. Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.
SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement. They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet. They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy. They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative. Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.
WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror. Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often. Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.
Well, that mammoth tusk uncovered during construction excavation downtown recently is getting its day in the sun. Check it out here.
As anyone who has lived on this side of the mountains knows, the Skagit River floods out several times a year, regardless of how wet the rest of the state has been. The Washington Department of Transportation(WSDOT) has come up with a unique way to mitigate this recurrent “natural” disaster. Yep, for more, please go here.
KOMO 4 NEWS (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 NEWS (NBC)
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
These big hams have obviously seen a certain Coca Cola commercial. Polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba pose for Google’s Street View
Here are words definitely to live by. Please don’t knit a sweater for a penguin
If you take your wildlife as seriously as we do here, this site will absolutely make your day. It has links to “critter cams” all over the world. Our thanks to Wildlife Travel magazine, to whose newsletter we just subscribed.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
A FINAL WORD
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty