The family trees of American politicians
- There are those with very long blue blood pedigrees
, and there are those with very short and unknown pedigrees
. There are also some surprises, like a certain Democratic senator
and possible '08 Veep pick being somewhat closely related to the current Veep
, or that certain ex-mayors
have family trees that were apparently a bit inbred back in the old country. Other fun tidbits: Newt Gingrich
's father was illegitimate, John Kerry
is related to the rabbi who created the Golem of Prague, Pat Buchanan
is related to both FDR and Marilyn Manson, Wesley Clark's father was a Kohan
, Martin Luther King
was born Michael Louis King, and Gary Hart
was born Gary Hartpence, which was in turn derived from an ancestor named James Eberhart Pence. (more non-politicians here
posted by Asparagirl
on Oct 3, 2005 -
Old Grandma Hardcore.
"This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her..." A 22-year-old man blogs about his grandmother's video game obsession.
posted by greasy_skillet
on Aug 10, 2005 -
Life and Death:
an extraordinary post from Chris Clarke about his connection to serial killer Stephen Peter Morin. His family chimes in meaningfully in the comments. Morin's execution
is often pointed to as proof of the cruelty of lethal injection.
posted by Cassford
on Apr 4, 2005 -
The Beecher Family.
'Families that have been influential in American life and culture are often recognizable by their signature names. The Beecher family is an example of one such family whose deep religious convictions and social conscience spanned the nineteenth century and made them prominent historical figures whose impact on religion, education, abolition, reform movements, literature and public life were exceptional. Biographer Milton Rugoff claims that in "two generations the Beechers emerged, along with many other Americans, from a God-centered, theology-ridden world concerned with the fate of man's eternal soul into a man-centered society occupied mainly with life on earth." ... '
posted by plep
on Jun 25, 2004 -
Then, in one of his unexplained flashes of clarity, he told Debbie: "I don't want to have Alzheimer's."
On Saturday, John will be 57. Although he is in the end stage of early-onset Alzheimer's
, he still enjoys simple pleasures: walking outdoors, eating ice cream, listening to music. His wife, children and church friends — some of whom have relatives with dementia — will gather at the nursing home for a birthday party. They will honor the man John once was, and the spirit that survives. And some will no doubt wonder if they are bearing witness to their own futures
Alzheimer's is a disease that can create nurses and chambermaids out of loved ones
. Jim Broomall doesn't blame his mother. It's not her fault. She can't help it. No one with Alzheimer's can and caregivers must remember that, he says. "If you don't, you'll go crazy".
Or maybe even die: home care for Alzheimer's patients is a major health risk for the caregiver spouse
. That's the choice for the families of the Alzheimer's patients (4.5 million of whom are Americans).
posted by matteo
on Apr 26, 2004 -
writes in his book Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think
that the book began with a conversation about a single question that might be used to tell liberals from conservatives. His friend offered the question: "If your baby cries at night, do you pick him up?"
Is there a basic belief that underlies all conservative and liberal positions? Lakoff's answer, that our politics are connected to how we view family, is summarized in this interview.
Is he right? What about you, what makes you a conservative or a liberal?
posted by yoz420
on Mar 29, 2004 -
Dad Kills Known Sex Offender
Dad's in-law is caught in a possible compromising situation with 2 year old daughter, and having a history of sex abuse, dad immediately beats the registered sex offender up, and kicks him out. Takes girl to hospital, no penetration. Later on, he decides to gun the man down in the street with 9 bullets. Vigilante justice? Karma? Two wrongs don't make a right?
posted by Keyser Soze
on Feb 2, 2004 -
Have you considered adopting?
There are thousands of American children in the foster care system who are without permanent families. The White House has decided to do something
about it, including releasing a public service announcement
(requires RealPlayer) starring Bruce Willis to help promote a new website, AdoptUSKids.org
, which allows prospective parents to browse through detailed profiles of available foster children. Hopefully these measures will increase public awareness about the facts regarding adoption and help more children find good homes.
posted by insomnyuk
on Jul 31, 2002 -
Special Operations Soldiers return from Afghanistan and kill wives.
With all the talk about going to war with Iraq, is it time to take a serious look at what the effects of modern combat have on the soldiers who we send to fight? In the past six weeks four soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg (all recently returned from Afghanistan) killed their wives by shootings (2), strangulation (1) or stabbing (50 times) and burning the body (note - not a special opps soldier for this one). Are these killings just the tip of the iceberg for a future trend, and what can the US military do to make sure that the training they give to soldiers not turn them into domestic terrorists upon their return?
posted by DragonBoy
on Jul 31, 2002 -
Red Cross attacks exile of Palestinians
Mr Fisk (in occupied Lebanon) notes that the Red Cross believes it cruel to separate known terrorists from their families. Neglects to note that all international law opposes the targeting of civilians no matter what the reason or rationalization used.
Perhaps a lawsuit for "cruel and unusual" punishment might allow the terrorists to have family reunions and be compensated for emotional damages and deprivation of marital privileges.
posted by Postroad
on May 24, 2002 -
NYT: Cousin Marriage A'OK, Says Study
A new article in the Journal of Genetic Counseling
reviewing recent studies on incidence of birth defects among children of cousins finds that the increaed risk is so slight as to not warrant discouraging cousin marriage. Discouraging marriage and conception between first cousins is common in the US although in many societies, the first (cross) cousin is the preferred spouse. (1
posted by rschram
on Apr 3, 2002 -
Let him stay. Spend just one hour with the Loftons to understand why Florida's ban on gay adoption is wrong.
This couple has taken in several HIV positive kids, but now that 14-year-old Bert, whom they have raised since infancy, tests HIV negative, the state of Florida considers him "adoptable" and is trying to find him a "suitable" (read heterosexual
) adoptive family. Interested parties can send a letter
to Florida officials in protest.
posted by whatnot
on Mar 14, 2002 -
Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
It seems to be for President Bush. He's refused to campaign for Republican governor candidates in Virginia and New Jersey facing the voters next week, even though they are both behind in the polls and could use the help. But the Washington Post
says Bush is likely to do a fundraiser for brother Jeb who is not up for re-election until 2002. Bush cancelled
another fundraiser just last week. (Via Political Wire
posted by flip
on Nov 1, 2001 -
A couple from the UK
have a beloved son who has leukemia, and who may need a marrow transplant to save his life. They are using in-vitro fertilization to select a fertilized egg which will be genetically similar enough to their son so that the resulting baby could be a marrow donor. Is it ethical to design a baby as a transplant donor, even to save the life of another child?
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Man Woman and the Sea Jailcell
The son of Ernest Hemmingway, Dr. Gregory Hemingway, died on Monday from natural causes in his private jailcell at the Miami-Dade Women's Detention Center. No, not a typo there: Gregory, who occassionally also went as "Gloria", had been arrested on relatively minor charges ... emerging naked from a state park in the Florida Keys.
posted by bclark
on Oct 5, 2001 -
The estate of a divorced father is freed from paying a failing son's tuition.
Basically, the ruling establishes (at least in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) that children have obligations to parents. OK, if you want your parents to pay for your college education, you should at least try to graduate. But what are the other consequences of this ruling? What's the point at which a child's bad behavior releases a parent from their obligations as a parent? If your divorced dad is the Great Santini
, can he cut off your child support if you hit him back?
posted by dchase
on Apr 20, 2001 -
Bill Gates' dad in NY Times Mag Q&A
on bequests, estates, philanthropy and work ethic. (He's involved in administering his son's charity activities.) NY Times link, so free registration or your own personal backdoor required.
posted by jhiggy
on Mar 21, 2001 -