If a Married Lesbian Couple Saves 40 Teens from the Norway Massacre and No One Writes About it, Did it Really Happen?

August 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm (History) (, , , , )

If a Married Lesbian Couple Saves 40 Teens from the Norway Massacre and No One Writes About it, Did it Really Happen?.

Worth a read. Take the time.  Unsung heroes need not be ignored. Especially those who risk their lives.

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It’s Not About Americans…

November 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm (History, The Serious Stuff)

On Facebook, a favorite news source of mine to write for started a thread on TSA policies.  One woman had this to say:

I absolutely don’t care. If it means the possibility of saving lives and thwarting evil, do what NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP US SAFE!! Stupid, selfish Americans amaze me. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!!!!!!

Really now – an American policy, enacted to protect AMERICANS, isn’t about us?

 Who is it about then?

 I’m baffled, truly.

 Welcome to the new social experiement- the one where we get pushed to see just how much crap we’re willing to take, how many freedoms we are willing to lose, all in the name of a false sense of security.

 Here’s the thing. Searches are being done improperly and illegally, because the TSA staff is not properly trained. People are being humiliated; a woman forced to take out her breast prosthesis there in public, because the agent failed to offer her a private room as REQUIRED in their handbook.  A man is forced to be covered in his own urine, walk through the airport, onto the plane that way because a TSA agent refused to listen to him when he told them about his ostomy bag.  A child is made to undress partially in public because no less than three agents don’t know proper policy, which does NOT allow for the undressing of people, something misunderstood by more than one agent, as a woman not only had the agent conduct the search by putting hands under her skirt, but also insisted she remove her underwear – also in public.

 How does humiliating and scaring people make us safer? How does this foster our sense of security? 

 Another woman I saw in some other article commentary said to just “tell your kids it’s a game when the TSA agent is feeling around under their clothes or making them take them off.”  What?  Did you just tell me that instead of telling my children that their body belongs to them and that anyone making them uncomfortable should be reported to an adult, that I should now tell them that it’s ok for any stranger to touch them in clearly unappropriate manners?  The irony of this burns, as we are also hearing about legislation to help protect children from trafficking and slavery and sex crimes against them.  Are these people aware that a common method for pedophiles IS to tell the child that it is a “fun game to play”?

 The scanner is no better. It does NOT show any materials you may have hidden in a body cavity, it only shows what may have on your skin under your clothing.  Drug smugglers who swallow balloons full of drugs can wander through with impunity, and they thank you – you got rid of the drug sniffing dogs who cost relatively little compared to a $200K piece of machinery that strips you naked with your consent.  If tlhe dedicated bomber uses the built in storage units on the human body, no one will ever know, and the plane will get blown up regardless.

 We are in the midst of a social experiment.  Now is the time to tell our government that this kind of “security” does not make us more secure, it takes away our freedoms.  It adds to the list that will only grow bigger. First it was a passport to go in and out of Canada and Mexico.  Now it is exceedibly personal. I’m sorry, but only two people have permission to feel my breasts open palm to determine something about them – my husband and my doctor.

 People never thought it would come to this. It has. And people have failed to remember their history – a history that was still going on in my lifetime, my parents, my grandparents.  Next is the presentation of your papers in order to travel anywhere, including the next state over.  And the gods help you if you don’t have a very good reason for going to that state.  Wanting to see the world’s biggest ball of string or Carhenge is no longer going to be good enough.  Time to remember what happened in Europe, how a country was divided by a wall and a political policy.  How a world was divided by this political policy.  We’re becoming a country divided on this political policy!

 This country was founded on  Government for the people, by the people, to provide political, religious and social freedoms.  Guess what you’re telling your government by approving this policy? That you no longer like your freedoms.

 Please don’t think you speak for me or even the majority of the people when you tell your government this.  The people need to take their government back.

 Bottom line, this IS about the American people and how much they will allow and how much fear mongering they will buy into.  Welcome to the social experiment, my fellow guinea pigs.

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Ghostly stories of Colorado’s History

October 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm (History, odd news) (, , , , , , , )

I’v been a busy beaver this month; I wrote thirty articles in October – yay!

here’s a comprehensive list – with links – to the many articles I wrote this month on the ghosts and haunted palces of Colorado, trying to keep a history twist to it all. 

Here’s a reading list of haunted history stories about Colorado that you might enjoy:

 Halloween, Haunting and History: the ghost tales of Colorado

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/halloween-haunting-and-history-the-ghost-tales-of-colorado

 Haunted Colorado: Mr. Pierce goes a gambling

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-colorado-mr-pierce-goes-a-gambling

 Ghost Hunting Etiquette: how to properly treat historic sites

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/ghost-hunting-etiquette-how-to-properly-treat-historic-sites

 J.D. Hidgepath, the most amorous ghost of the rockies

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/ghost-hunting-etiquette-how-to-properly-treat-historic-sites

 The Ghostly Horsemen of Colorado – in two parts

Part One

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-ghostly-horsemen-of-colorado-part-one

 Part Two

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-ghostly-horsemen-of-colorado-part-two

 The demons of the Colorado Mountains

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-demons-of-the-colorado-mountains

 Haunted Colorado: The Dragon in the Gulch

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-colorado-the-dragon-the-gulch

 Haunted Homes and Mansions throughout Colorado – in four parts

Part One

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-homes-and-mansions-throughout-colorado

 Part Two

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-homes-and-mansions-throughout-colorado-part-two

 Part Three

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-homes-and-mansions-throughout-colorado-part-three

 Part Four

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/hauntred-homes-and-mansions-throughout-colorado-part-four

 The Ghosts of Sand Creek

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-ghosts-of-sand-creek

 Haunted Schools throughout Colorado – in three parts

Part One

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-schools-throughout-colorado-part-one

 Part Two

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-schools-throughout-colorado-part-two

 Part Three

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/haunted-schools-thoughout-colorado-part-three

 Odd Places for Ghosts: Unusual Haunted Locations in Colorado

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/odd-places-for-ghosts-unusual-haunted-locations-colorado

 Haunted Train Stations in Colorado

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/odd-places-for-ghosts-unusual-haunted-locations-colorado

 The Ghosts on the Colorado Trains

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-ghosts-on-the-colorado-trains

 Ghostly Trains and Haunted Rails: The Ghost Train of Marshall Pass

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/ghostly-trains-and-haunted-rails-the-ghost-train-of-marshall-pass

 Ghostly Trains and Haunted Rails: Along the Denver, South park and Pacific Line

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/ghostly-trains-and-haunted-rails-along-the-denver-south-park-and-pacific-line

 The Benevolent Ghosts of the Colorado Mines

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-benevolent-ghosts-of-the-colorado-mines

 The Tommyknockers of the Mamie R. Mine

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-benevolent-ghosts-of-the-colorado-mines

 The many Ghosts of Brownsville – in two parts

Part One

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-many-ghosts-of-brownsville-part-one

 Part Two

http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/the-many-ghosts-of-brownsville-part-two

 And in case you crave more reading on the ghosts and haunted places of Colorado before next year, here’s a book list:http://www.examiner.com/history-in-denver/books-on-the-ghostly-history-of-colorado

 Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Getting about the web today

August 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm (History)

My story on the flight out of Meyer’s Ranch today has been picked up locally –

http://285bound.com/breakingnews/

WOOT!

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Recipes of a Historic and Snarky Nature

June 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm (History, Random Recipes) (, , , )

So I mentioned a couple of buttery goodness recipes on Ravelry, and got called a bitch for not sharing them – LOL!

Ok, OK – here they are – Remember, these are FULL of buttery goodness, and hell on your cholesterol and any diets you may have been feigning following.

The first is a recipe for Scones, from the 1850s:

  • 2 beaten Eggs
  • 4cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 6 oz/12 tablespoons BUTTER
  • pinch of salt – yes, a real pinch, you can pinch, can’t ya?
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • Milk as needed
  • 1 cup some kind of fruit, fresh or dried (note, fresh raspberries will turn the whole mix pink – voice of experience)

Combine flour, baking powder and salt, rub in the butter (not like that you pervs, use a folk and it;s easier if the butter is already soft.  I hear you snickering – you are a bunch of pervs, aren’t you?)  Do this until it’s small crumb consistency.  Add sugar, fruit, mix well.  make a small well in your mix, pour the eggs in, mix it it all up, adding milk if it looks dry.  I usually end up adding anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk, depending on the fruit.  Doough should be a little sticky.

Now, depending on how motivated and how OCD you may be, you can roll out the dough, cut it in neat circles and bake it.  Or you can do like me – plop it on a baking tray by the large spoonful.

bake at 350 degrees, and they take 20-30 minutes.  This recie works sea level or high altitude, and works in a dutch oven in a campfire, but in a dutch oven, you actually need to turn them part way through the baking to get them cooked all the way through,  and keep a close eye on them, cause sometimes the fire cooks them a lot faster.

1860s Chocolate cake

  • 1 and 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cups BUTTER
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder – dutch treated cocoa powder gives it a richer, smoother taste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Cream together the butter, sugar, add the eggs and vanilla.  Sift in the flour, cocoa and salt.  It wll be like a brownie mix. If it seems too thick to you, add a small bit of water.  Spread it into a greased pan (makes enough for a 13×9 pan) and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Do the toothpick thing to check to make sure it was done.

Works sea level or high altitude without change.

Typically served  with powdered sugar on top, but I’m not a fan of that and like it just plain.  You can frost if for a real sugar overload.

And even if you don’t deserve it, one last butter loaded treat.  I’ve made these a variety of ways, and will likely make some today, after the zuchini bread.

Lemon Cookies – another 1860s recipe

Let me put this note right here – if you don’t like lemon, then don’t make them lemon, dammit! We’ve made them as peppermint, and vanilla as well.   The lemon is really actually rather mild.

  • 1/2 cup BUTTER
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Extract

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and lemon extract.  Add the dry ingredients, mix well.  And here is where you can get creative.  If you like cut out cookies, then roll them out and cu them out.  I have, however, found they are much moister if you take a teaspoon scoop, roll it in a ball, and lightly smoosh it on the baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees – depending how you do it – 5 to 13 minutes.  Keep an eye on them and figure out what works best for you.

Works sea level or high altitude without change.

Now if you’re feeling OCD or “organic” or whatever buzzword this month, you can use grated lemon zest for these cookies to the same effect.  I’ve also had these lightly frosted with a lemon frosting using real lemon juice and that was GOOOOOOOODDDD!

If you feel a need to be all health conscious (Ummm hello – all that butter?) you CAN use whole wheat flour or barley flour, but it WILL change the taste a bit.  But give it a try – after all, it’s sugar, kids will eat it anyway, or you can take them to the office and pawn them off on coworkers if you don’t like the taste.

There’s three recipes – don’t whine at me or I WILL inflict the bacon cookie recipe on you.

What am I saying – I know my audience – you guys LOVE bacon.  I’d better post that recipe too.

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