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  1. Yes. this. Even though it made me sick to my stomach to find a slave-owning ancestor, and I felt a real pride that another risked everything to help escaped slaves, I can't take either credit or fault. I just choose to follow the ancestors who chose justice.
  2. I had to go back like seven generations (six?) to find a slaveowner, but I didn't have any immigrants after 1840 on my father's side. So, it wasn't a surprise. Something I dreaded finding and was like a sucker punch to the gut to find out, but not a surprise. Happily, my direct ancestor from that slave owner left the Carolinas and moved to Pennsylvania where he owned no slaves. This was still in the 18th C. so it could have been possible. The best thing I discovered was documentary evidence that my 3-times g-grandfather's farm outside Cincinnati was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A small measure on the other side of the scale.
  3. I remember Christian Siriano being one of the first people to step up and have his seamstresses start making masks. I was so proud of him.
  4. I think it's somthing like: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
  5. Right when they say n% of Republicans believe blah blah blah, if the number represented by "Republican" has dropped, then that percentage is less meaningful than earlier.
  6. I heard it was being returned to wherever they borrowed it from. Trump probably doesn't think Biden should have it in his White House, because "Lincoln was a Republican." I'd love Joe to p.o. Trump by borrowing it back. 😉
  7. I was going to give you a laughing face, but I wanted to make sure you knew it was specifically for the bolded and not the entire comment.
  8. That's from the Alice's Restaurant cookbook! I made that like 50 years ago, and they were always a big hit. And soooooooo simple. I have trouble remembering the baby's middle name, so yesterday I came up with Freedom Dillweed, which she'll be called in my head forever. So happy this morning! I've been throwing random bucks (that I can barely afford) to the Reverend all during the run-up to yesterday's election, so I feel partly infinitesimally responsible. Didn't appreciate Her Twatness's lemon face and stupid comments.
  9. Nah. They exploited her because she was a meal ticket for them. They didn't abuse her physically she was just worked to death. And she wasn't that short -- she was 5'6" and taller than Bette Davis.
  10. Dickie Moore wrote a book on child actors, too. It wasn't great, but it was very interesting. I would also recommend both Mary Astor's autobiographies. She wasn't known as a "child star," but she started very early and was definitely exploited by her parents.
  11. I found it interesting, too. I haven't paid a lot of attention to the issue, but I had the inkling that the multiple personalities diagnosis was considered vaguely out of the mainstream, if not completely wacko. It was hard to get a read on what the documentary thought of Lewis. On the other hand, it triggered a memory for my sister. She remembered being in a Bank of America in Marina del Rey (CA) when this guy behind her started complimenting her. He liked her long, straight, parted-in-the-middle hair. My sis is the first to admit she's not a raving beauty, so she was suspicious of him. She's suspicious of everybody (ha) but he really pinged her creep meter. She ignored him, didn't make eye contact and left as soon as she could. Turns out Bundy was in California that summer (1973). But this was before his "pattern" was really developed in 1974. She had a flashback to the encounter while watching this show, and she said physically the guy was very similar to Bundy. As she says, though, it was so long ago she can't be sure, and it was probably just an everyday garden variety creep. She had a co-worker who had claimed to have escaped from Richard Ramirez, so I was teasing her that she was like her "crazy" former co-worker.
  12. Thanks, Blixie! I forgot he met his dad in NY.
  13. Some states are one-party-approvers on taping other people, so if you want to tape someone you can do it clandestinely. Others are two-party, and it's illegal to tape without both parties' approval. You'd get charged with a crime if you went ahead and taped in a two-party state without permission. By that logic, Connecticut must be a one-party approval state, right? And I was impressed by the law students, too! If I ever need legal representation, I'm choosing a Yale lawyer, not a Harvard one. 🤪 Of course, they probably went with Yale 'cause they're in Connecticut. Yeah, and this goes to Barb's parenting. As much as Jeffrey besmirched her, I think she did a good job with her kids. As for the crime, I agree with pretty much everyone (the husband did it). I was thinking afterwards that they showed those notes from Jeffrey to Barb where he kept saying he loved her. Nah. I think being a narcissist he didn't want her to leave him. He wanted to leave her. On his terms. He couldn't take it. Also, I had completely forgotten about the ski mask guy on the day before the murder. That even more points to the husband to me. He didn't do it himself, so he hired some dufus. The guy got scared off because Barb had someone with her on the day he planned to do it. If it was one of the gifting tables people, for me, it would have been something they'd have done in a fit of anger/hot emotion. I can't seeing them getting scared off and coming back. The people from the gifting tables who would have been most upset with Barb were her AA associates. I don't see them as having the wherewithal or the gumption to commit murder.
  14. Oh, I highly doubt there was any mixing. I'm sure it was all Fortier sperm. That's the kind of narcissist he was.
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