Friday, April 21, 2017

No reparations for me

Well, shoot. I miss out on all the good stuff offered or protested.

Well, not all. Four years in the Army and 12 years in the Texas Army National Guard did give me access to pretty much free medical care. And there was the GI Bill for college.

But on other stuff, not so much. I can’t claim Indian/Native American ancestry, so any share in federal monies going to the various Nations in Oklahoma is out of the question. No Osage oil money, no Choctaw food bank goodies, no Cherokee tears shed for whatever (allegedly) was done to long dead ancestors by equally long dead white persons. I guess I could move to Massachusetts and claim (pick a tribe) ancestry and run for the U.S. Senate. But I am a bit more honest than the (fake Indian) Democratic Party junior senator from the state that gave us John Adams and Paul Revere.

My wife of almost 45 years gave to me access to DNA testing. The overall result is: I am 100% European extraction. Further breakdown:

33% Ireland (includes Scotland)
30% West Europe (a big swath of land)
25% Great Britain (England and/or Wales)
6% Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and/or Denmark)
3% Iberian Peninsula (Spanish and/or Portuguese)
2% Italy/Greece
1% Eastern Europe (Polish, Slovakian, Czech, Austrian, Russian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serb, Ukrainian, Belarus, Moldavan, Lithuanian, Latvian, Bosnian, Herzegovinian, Croatian – Take your pick, but don’t tell any of the others, because they don’t get along. You do not want to tell a Croat he is Serb. Or vice versa; not vice any versa. Not mentioned: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia or Estonia.)

The generic Western Europe part probably covers places where Vikings landed and took gold and stuff and left (shall we say) buns in the ovens. They were known for that.

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