The eyes are good today and no longer subject to the drops used in the eye exam, so I am good for another year! It has rained most of the day, and it is particularly hard right now . . . I can hear it on the roof. I sure hope Santa has swim trunks because he is likely to need them! My post may be very brief tomorrow as I have Christmas dinner with friends and I am incharge of the roast yams in honey.
Puzzle — Today’s took me 3:02 (average 5:25). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Huffington Post — When government officials came to collect children from Jean Marie River for residential school, residents of the remote village in the Northwest Territories said they'd keep their kids at home, thanks very much.
In what may have been unique among Canadian First Nations, they decided to build their own school. And now, as Canadians grapple with the legacy of residential schools, Jean Marie River is trying to commemorate the fact it doesn't have to. …
Shingle Point Residential School & Home For Boys, Mackenzie District, N.W.T. in 1930
The Alert Bay Mission School in British Columbia in 1885
The school only taught the first six grades, but that was enough to ground kids before they went to Fort Simpson.
"It gave us a good, solid base as compared to people that went to residential schools that didn't have a nurturing mother, that didn't have a model of how to become a caring mother," Gladys Norwegian said.
"I think it helped me to become comfortable with who I am. I didn't really need to explain to anybody what being an aboriginal person means. I was comfortable in my skin."
For the people of Jean Marie River, saying no to the residential school system made for a stronger community, confident and proud. I will make no apologies for strongly disliking former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative harlots. Only with a new government lead by Justin Trudeau has there been a commitment to Canadian Aboriginal peoples, a commitment to work in partnership and respect. Here is Trudeau's commitment, a renewal of the relationship between the government and Aboriginal peoples.
Politico — But there is a far bigger problem with Cruz: Donald Trump is not the most self-absorbed Republican running for president—Cruz is. Whether you like Trump or not (and I don’t), at least Trump makes no effort to hide his narcissism. In that sense, Trump is oddly genuine.
Cruz, on the other hand, takes great pains to be whatever he thinks you want him to be. And the troubling thing is he’s really good at it.
I sure am glad that this Republican is all yours! And if this conservative's view is not completely convincing of Cruz's narcissism, have a look at a Cruz campaign rally that turned into a prayer revival.
Global News — An Idaho lunch lady has been fired after she gave a hungry student a free meal.
Dalene Bowden, a former server at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, Idaho, was terminated from her position on Dec. 15 for “theft” when she gave a 12-year-old student free lunch because the young girl couldn’t afford the meal.
“I handed her the food and said ‘here we’ll take care of it in a minute,’” told Bowden to KPVI News.
How Republican of the school district and the supervisor.
Politico — As Iran prepares to announce it has dismantled its nuclear program and thus should have its sanctions lifted on what will be known as “Implementation Day,” probably in January, sniping is growing on all sides. Opponents of the nuclear deal in Congress are urging President Barack Obama not to go easy on Iran for its recent ballistic missile tests and other non-nuclear activities just to try to save the agreement. Iranian officials, meanwhile, are pointing to recent changes in U.S. visa laws as a potential violation of the deal, saying the new rules will damage Iran's economy by penalizing legitimate business travelers and innocent Iranian dual nationals.
If Implementation Day comes and goes without a problem, it will bolster Obama's theory that diplomacy is worth trying even with a longstanding U.S. nemesis. If it is delayed significantly or scuttled completely, it will damage a major piece of the president's foreign policy legacy. …
As part of the nuclear deal, the U.S. committed to refrain from policies that are “specifically intended to directly and adversely affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran.” But Iranian officials view the new visa laws as damaging to their economy because they could scare off investors. Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif has called the new restrictions "absurd." Some European officials also have warned that the changes could violate the nuclear deal. …
But Iranian leaders haven't been mollified. Some suggested Monday that lobbying by Israel — a staunch foe of Iran and the nuclear deal — prompted the new visa rules. Many Iranians aren't buying that their country isn't being singled out, asking why Congress targeted Iran but not Saudi Arabia or Pakistan in a law ostensibly aimed at stopping terrorism.
It would seem that the Republican dominated Congress is just itching to go to war with Iran. Personally, I think Iran has a point about the US targetting Iran. The halls of power are too often filled with political intrigue to which we are never made privy.
My Universe —
“I like to refer to it as aging gracefully, but whatever.”
"Did you just fart?"
“You’re getting sleepy. Very sleepy….”