My genetic origins, according to Ancestry.com DNA

Source: DNA Origins

Just for fun, and potential interest! My genetic origins, as analyzed by Ancestry.Com DNA. The upshot? I am indeed, as I have always known, a “Northwestern European mongrel”!

More Norwegian than I had thought, but that’s not really surprising, since the Norse invaded, traded, settled, and generally intermingled with folks in most if not all of my other regions…

Ancestry.com DNA – Updated Estimate:

England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 57% (Decreased by 22%)

Ireland and Scotland 20% (Increased by 17%)

Germanic Europe (new) 10%

Norway 8%, Sweden 2% (Refined from: Scandinavia 6%)

Finland 2%

Baltic States 1%

Migrations

Mid-Atlantic States Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

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Pennsylvania Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

• Susquehanna River Valley Settlers

Pennsylvania, Ohio & Indiana Settlers

From your regions: England, Wales & Northwestern Europe; Ireland and Scotland; Germanic Europe

One thing that’s abundantly clear: I am European, through and through. Ave Europa!

Ford calls it quits on Kavanaugh: Wants no prosecution, no investigation, no impeachment

Democrats want to keep going after Kavanaugh, once again disregarding her wishes.

Source: Ford calls it quits on Kavanaugh: Wants no prosecution, no investigation, no impeachment

So, what ever happened to Christine Blasey Ford, after the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (albeit on a narrowly party-line vote)? She appears to have dropped off the radar screen, and Legal Insurrection explains why:

“To her credit, she appears to be done with the entire thing and expresses no interest in making the destruction of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh her life’s work. Indeed, Ford’s lawyers have publicly stated that she does not wish to see Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh impeached nor does she want further investigation into her claims.”

If she were still advancing her allegations and pushing for his impeachment, you can bet she’d be all over the front pages! Since she’s not, she’s persona non grata. But it appears she has made her desires crystal-clear, through her lawyers: “She came forward, and she was heard. And now, she’s done.”

It remains to be seen whether the Democratic Party will honour those wishes. As the Legal Insurrection post also notes, “after all, everyone has to believe and support the ‘survivor’… until they say or do something rational, like give up on a lost battle.”

Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review

The saga of Elizabeth Warren demonstrates once again that the ugly new identity politics dominating the Left drives its own acolytes to radical dishonesty

Source: Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review

Senator Elizabeth Warren – a woman I used to admire for her stance against corporate greed, before I realized just how radical she actually was, and who is currently attempting to position herself for a 2020 presidential campaign run – has long been pilloried in the conservative media (such of it as exists) and blogosphere as “Fauxahontas,” for her repeated portrayal of herself has having Cherokee blood: based, reportedly, on family oral history.

Now, I am an admirer of family oral histories as much as anyone, and more than some! But I am also aware of their limitations. Such accounts can be misremembered, misreported, change over time (remember the children’s game, “Telephone”…?), be “embellished” for a variety of reasons, or simply be in error. Now she has released a DNA test that may have done her more harm than good. As reported in the linked National Review article above,

“Irked at President Trump’s irreverence regarding her purported bloodline, Warren released the results of a DNA study done by Professor Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University. Those results showed that a Native American ancestor may have [emphasis added] existed in Warren’s family tree ‘in the range of 6–10 generations ago.’ This would make Warren somewhere between 1/64th Native American and 1/1024th Native American.”

Backlash has been predictable, and much of it has come from Native American sources. If the National Review is a conservative publication, the New York Times is not; a Times article published yesterday notes that “her announcement of the results angered many Native Americans, including the Cherokee Nation, the largest of the country’s three federally recognized Cherokee tribes,” and continues,

“DNA testing cannot show that Ms. Warren is Cherokee or any other tribe, the secretary of state of the Cherokee Nation, Chuck Hoskin Jr., said in a statement. Tribes set their own citizenship requirements, not to mention that DNA tests don’t distinguish among the numerous indigenous groups of North and South America. The test Ms. Warren took did not identify Cherokee ancestry specifically; it found that she most likely had at least one Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago.”

The statement referred to above follows:

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.” [emphasis added]

There are dissenting voices, of course; but that sentiment seems to be pretty general. Continue reading “Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review”