Politics and Pirates… That’s What Filibuster Means? Really?

On the day that I heard that the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie sequel had been hacked, hit with malware and held for ransom, I ran across this historical tidbit. Filibuster was the word used for West Indie pirates (Buccaneers) during the 1600’s. It means free booty. It’s a Dutch word… vrijbuiter. Vrij means free and buit means booty. The Spanish adapted it and call it filibustero. In American politics it refers to when one of the primary political parties (Democratic or Republican) gets together and tries to stop legislation by talking for hours.

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Tyranny… What’s a Despot?

If the leader of your country acts more like a plantation master, you may very well be living under a despot. Despot comes from the Greek word despotes and it means “master of the house.” It is usually meant to define a man (or it could be a woman) who rules harshly and whose governing is based on tyranny. A good democracy should be run by the will of the people. Not subject to the will of an oppressive leader, who imposes his or her desire for power, disadvantaging the multitudes who contribute to the nation’s collective wealth.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

Ivanka Trump and the Politics of Being a “Real” Jew


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How important is it, to know the right people? Or better yet, to be related to the right people? In Ivanka Trump’s case, when it comes to being recognized as “Jewish” in Israel, it can cut right through the red tape.secretgenealogyiifrontcover

For decades, I’ve understood how painful it is for those seeking acceptance by the Israeli orthodox rabbinate. An American friend of mine, tells his story of attending boarding school in Israel. “Everyone was so welcoming,” he said. His father was Jewish and born in Israel. But when it came time for his bar mitzvah, he was told no, that he could not have it in the synagogue that his grandfather helped build, because his American mother wasn’t Jewish. He was offered the opportunity to live and study with an orthodox family for a year, to meet the conversion requirements. My friend declined. It was during the 1960’s and he was more interested in listening to the Beatles and the cultural revolution that was unfolding, than to put in the time and work required to be a “real” Jew. His grandmother was furious with the rabbi. My friend felt excluded by the people who had been so warm and welcoming. He was hurt. So was his younger brother, who fifty years later had a bar mitzvah in a reformed synagogue. After all these years, he was finally accepted. To a large crowd in the synagogue, he spoke of his rejection in Israel. “It was very, very painful.”Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

Now enter the drama unfolding around Ivanka Trump. She fell in love with Jared Kushner, from a New York orthodox Jewish family.  She went through the rigorous steps required to convert. Probably a year attending classes. Memorizing and learning Hebrew law, prayers, etc. She must have loved Jared very much and welcomed the orthodox lifestyle. From what I’ve read, they take joy in celebrating Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, which begins on Friday evening and ends on Saturday evening. The custom of taking twenty-four hours every week, to refrain from work or business, is rejuvenating. The ancients knew this, that’s how it began. Clear the head. Rest the body. It’s good for you.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

But now, the New York rabbi who converted Ivanka, is in the spotlight because he is a bit too liberal for the orthodox rabbinate in Jerusalem, and they have declined to accept some of his former conversions. But because Ivanka is the president’s daughter, they are changing their tune. Bringing to mind, the old saying, “it is not what you know but who you know, that matters.” And even more importantly, who your father is. But beware, there is another old saying, “never argue religion or politics.” This situation involves both.BLOG Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy V

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Donald Trump and Celibate Monks? I Don’t Think So…

SecretGenealogyFrontCoverDuring the election, I heard a caller to a San Francisco radio station say that Donald Trump was a member of the Knights of Malta. That sounded fascinating. Whether it was true or not, I was curious about the group, so I did a little research and wrote a blog. https://suellenoceanchats.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/someone-said-donald-trump-belongs-to-the-knights-of-malta-whats-that/

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Shortly afterward, a reader commented:

“The Knights of Malta are a ceremonial Roman Catholic order. This is where I get suspicious since Trump is not Catholic. They are mostly rich old men. Where it does get interesting is that they have observer status at the UN.”

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIThat was the last that I heard about the rather cryptic group. Until today. The Daily Beast has a rather detailed story about the Pope and his defense of the Knights of Malta, who (against Catholic doctrine) were distributing condoms to sex workers in Myanmar, in an effort to stop the spread of AIDS. An interesting story. You can find it here:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/25/heads-roll-at-the-vatican-over-missionary-condom-scandal.html

Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IVHaving heard the rumor that Donald Trump was a member of the Knights of Malta, I was surprised to learn that these Catholic knights are celibate monks. Whoa. Back off a little. Celibate monks? The rumor (emphasis on rumor) that Donald Trump is a member, could only be true if the knights have a service group that allows married men. But an organization of celibate monks? I can assure you, Donald Trump is not in their inner circle. But then again… these are strange times.

BLOG Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VSuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

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Can We Trust the Politicians? What Would Churchill Say?

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I grew up during the Vietnam War. My mother wrung her hands as she watched the news. I knew horrible things were going on but I never worried about it. It was an adult problem. I trusted the adults to figure it out. And they did, eventually. That war was an atrocity that ruined millions of lives. Young American men were forced to go to war and then disrespected when they got home. How does a generation heal from that? Not easily. Perhaps never.

Every day, I wait for that naive, childish faith to kick in. Sometimes, I can feel it close, but I can’t grab it. I look for hope by reading dozens of political articles. Whether written in anger or not, all of them are informative. But no matter how many I read, I just can’t seem to let go and trust. But I believe that I should. The only thing that gives me hope, is something that Winston Churchill said during WWII.

“You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else.”

The power lays within every American. How we think and feel as Americans, pushes this country. Because most of us are vocal, compassionate, fair and respect our laws. If you doubt that, take a drive and watch how every single driver stops at the stoplight. Let’s hope that the politicians that we voted for are true Americans. And like Churchill said, we can count on them to “do the right thing.” Because I, for one, would like to relax a little and regain some of that child-like trust. And don’t forget… our taxes that we worked hard for, are paying for them to do the right thing. For us. The American people.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:

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The Election Changed Me… I Am an Out of Control, Crazy Non-Partisan

SecretGenealogyFrontCoverI’ve always watched the evening news, listened to San Francisco talk radio, listened to NPR, watched NPR, listened to strange radio talk shows while I fall asleep at night, so, well, I guess I am not media challenged. But I got worse during the election and even worse afterwards. I am downright obsessed. What is my sub-conscious seeking? I’ve heard of people’s obsessions with twitter and the like, but now I’ve fallen. Hard. I delight in goggling one thing after another, pertaining to anybody connected to the elections, the recount and the scandals coming from Washington D.C. and Manhattan, two places that are really low on my vacation list. It must send dopamine and/or serotonin into my blood stream. When I hit on something juicy, I get this rush. I take a deep breath, put the phone down, drawing satisfaction, knowing that after I get some work done, I can curl up with my phone and relish something new. It’s crazy and out of control. I am just another helpless American watching this all unfold. (And refold and crumple and get smashed on.) But there is good news. My understanding of how the media works has grown. (Columnists copy the other guy so often, it’s like they use a clone stamp.)  Eventually, things will settle down. They will have to, because sooner or later, we all gotta get back to work.New Cover Black Lilac

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Neo-Nazi Protest in Brussels… What Would Einstein Say?

Chimney FireThe neo-Nazi-type protest in Brussels has set my mind ablaze. There they were, in what looked like brand new, black, hooded sweatshirts. From what I saw, they looked clean and well-fed, obviously from privileged families or from their own prosperity.New Hot Snow Cover

I like to hear what others have to say and what they must be feeling; their fears. These self-proclaimed hooligans looked old enough to have children of their own and I imagine that they feared for them and did not put their faith in peaceniks and flowers hoovering about the scene of the Brussels attack. Obviously, they lacked faith in their government for failing to prevent the attack. Everyone is in a high state of alarm. And for good reason. Add to it, that the terrorists were seeking a dirty bomb and you have full scale panic. In the backdrop of my thinking, are the words of the political pundit, David Brooks. He spoke on PBS on Friday night, about living in Brussels and how different the Muslim neighborhoods are. (They sound like ghettos.) So I also think about how they must feel. Not knowing all the politics of the area, I wonder what society could have done to prevent the hatred that brews in the minds of young people who want to blow those of a different ethnic group to smithereens and make life miserable for the rest of their fellow Muslims who are left to endure the hatred that comes in the aftermath. We cannot though, let history repeat itself. The revival of Nazi-type thinking will not solve things, nor will flowers. But as Albert Einstein told his daughter, love is the strongest force there is.