Wednesday, December 5, 2012

War on Christmas "Embeds" Imus Guest, Father Jonathan Morris

"We're Not Happy, Till You're Not Happy"

Embed: To assign (A journalist) to travel with a military unit during an armed conflict or in this case embedded with Imus for the Christmas season.

Imus guest this morning, Father Jonathan Morris. I don't think the suits at Fox News understood Neil Cavuto's request for Imus in the Morning, that would be an old priest AND a young priest.

Father Jonathan Morris, explains what it means to our country's social fabric if Jesus Christ is removed from Christmas.  

Father Jonathan Morris is not the only Catholic clergy that has appeared on Imus in the Morning.  Cardinal Egan used to be a frequent guest on Imus In The Morning. The Cardinal is sorely missed.  Now bow your heads you heathens. 

Fox Business News, Christmas Tree vs Holiday Tree. Father Jonathan Morris discusses whether there is currently a “War on Christmas”.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Politically Correct Speech Police, Merry Christmas vs Generic Holiday Greeting

I received this ornament as a gift back in 2008 - An official White House ornament. According to the White House it's Christmas, and apparently it's also a Christmas Tree. That's the official position of the United States government aka the state.

When did free religious expression become intolerance? When did the hyper sensitivity to non Christian's sensitivities over ride Christian's freedoms of religious expression on the observance of their holy season? What is so offensive about the greeting Merry Christmas, that the secular progressives (the minority in this country) want to dictate to the majority Christians in this country, the use of their traditional greeting? Who exactly is being offended by the use of the greeting "Merry Christmas"? Muslims? Jews? Hindus? Buddhist?  I have been wished  a Merry Christmas by many people of many different religious persuasions. Not one was offended by my observance of Christmas, in fact they enjoyed the festivities of the season.  I haven't found one Jewish person who has stated that they hate Jesus Christ, and what he stood for. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, and that his mother Mary is an especially holy figure in Islam.

So who is it who is really offended by the greeting Merry Christmas?  I believe it's the secularist that want Americans to worship the state instead of a Spiritual deity. I have no problem rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's but I don't owe the state - the state of my immortal soul. The state is not in the delivering salvation business, in any of it's shape shifting incarnations.

Father Jonathan Morris is going to be Imus's guest tomorrow on Imus In The Morning, 5 December 2012,  Fox Business News, perhaps he will explain how the 1st amendment also apply's to Christians living in the United States. 

You load sixteen tons/trillion, and what do you get
Another day older, and deeper in debt
St Peter don't you call me, "cause I can't go"
I owe my soul to the company store.......
I would love to get a 2012 White House Ornament for Christmas this year. If anyone knows how I can go about obtaining one, please email me at:

Hat Tip Beth, thanks so much for the link to the White House Ornament collection. The 2012 Ornament celebrates the Taft White House.  If you are interested in purchasing a White House Ornament Go HERE. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

BCS Championship Game 7 January 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide VS Notre Dame's Fighting Irish

Are You Ready For Some Football? Deep Fried Sports- Offers Some Alabama Crimson Tide Wallpaper. 

For the Twelve Days of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the national the meantime here are the Alabama Crimsonettes leaping. 

Listen to Imus and Warner Wolf, discussing the upcoming BCS match up HERE. 

Notre Dame is ranked 1# (12-0) and Alabama is ranked 2# (11-1) 

ESPN Brian Kelly and Nick Saban on preparing for the BCS title game.

Twelve Days Of Christmas, Irish Style, Frank Kelly

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

World War Z - Brad Pitt Observes Zombie Protocol

Reviewers have noted that Brooks uses World War Z as a platform to criticize government ineptitude, corporate corruption and human shortsightedness.

Brooks also shows his particular dislike of government bureaucracy. One character in the novel tries to justify lying about the zombie outbreak to avoid widespread panic, while at the same time failing to develop a solution for fear of arousing public ire.

Brad Pitt, plays United Nations employee Gerry Lane, as he searches the globe for information to stop a Zombie pandemic. 


Except for a number of isolated safe zones (such as Omaha, Nebraska and Tallahassee, Florida), almost all of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains was overwhelmed by zombies during the war. The United States government fled to Honolulu, Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States became home to most of the nation's remaining human population, serving as a launching pad for the national reclamation effort. The United States also had a higher percentage of isolated pockets of survivors than any other country, probably due to the independent nature of American culture and the high rate of gun ownership.
WWZ Release Date 21 June 2013

Friday, November 9, 2012

TGIF "Winning" Democrats Celebrate Gridlock

The results are in from the November 6th election except for Florida. Why is no one surprised Florida is still in play.

The results from Tuesday night's election tally means, we are in for at least two more years of gridlock. Voters voted for status quo. The democrats hold the presidency, and the senate,  the republicans hold the house, so no change. It's going to be like ground hog day up in here for the foreseeable future.

Barack Obama had nearly 10 million fewer votes Tuesday night than in 2008. Mitt Romney only won 57 million votes, 3 million less votes than John McCain received in 2008. John McCain didn't receive 1 million votes from registered republicans in 2008. That means 4 million registered republicans didn't turn out to vote by Tuesday night's  polls closing. Mitt Romney did lead with double digits among Independent voters.

There has been the customary gloating by the winners. They are really gloating about not losing. The democrats are winning in the Charlie Sheen sense of winning, in the last 48 hours 45 companies have signaled they are laying off workers. I thought the whole point of both campaigns was to get Americans back working?  Boeing a defense contractor is laying off 30% of management positions. Huh, I wonder how many of those folks have mortgages that are going to end up in foreclosure, how is that going to help the weak housing market......Winning. Boeing isn't alone in the last 48 hours, 45 companies have joined them.  The market has been selling off for the third straight day in a row since the results of the election was announced. Winning!  We have the sequester that will be coming into effect the 1st of January. the spending cuts agreed upon as part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will begin to go into effect. According to Barron’s, over 1,000 government programs – including the defense budget and Medicare are in line for “deep, automatic cuts.” The federal debt ceiling will have to be raised again to borrow more money to pay for the federal deficit spending, which amounts to borrowing 1 trillion dollars a year, by the end of this year. Winning!   Let's throw a party the democrats didn't lose,  Happy Days Are Here Again!/

There are autopsies being performed on Mitt Romney's campaign. If I had to point to one over all failing. It was the campaign's marketing it suxed.  Not that President Obama's campaign marketing was much better, SEE 10,000 million less voters - voted for Obama.  If I had to sum up what was wrong with both campaign's marketing it would be one word "Dorky".  All a political campaign really amounts to is a sales pitch. That means branding is everything.

The Romney campaign did not effectively avail themselves of multiple media outlets. For example, Bill O'Reilly of FNC, and Don Imus of WABC & FBN, invited the Governor to appear multiple times. If I was trying to get my message out, I might go on a highly rated cable news program with the most viewers and the highest ratings. Imus's flagship radio network is blasting out of NYC every morning for 4 hours every morning 5 days a week. Romney didn't saturate the media with his brand - a return to American prosperity.

When the multiple media pundits, and talking heads bloviate on what caused Romney's loss, it's been reported it was because Hispanics, turned out in large numbers for the democrats. Hispanics who bought the democrats sales pitch, that they would pass Amnesty in the next four years. Mi amigo, you should have got your bribe before you gave the President your vote. President Obama stated during the campaign that this is his last election, that means he doesn't need you to vote for him again. Mi tonto amigo, the President's executive order giving young illegal aliens a year grace period ends in 2013, that means the federal government now knows where to find them. The executive order never covered their parents. Of course the American politicians of both parties will continue to string you along to get your legal Hispanic counterparts votes. If they gave you what you want, they wouldn't have anything left to bribe you with.  It's called pandering.

Lunatic Fringe,

I know your out there
You're in hiding
And you hold your meetings
We can hear you coming 
We know what you're after
We're wise to you this time
We won't let you kill the laughter

Lunatic Fringe
In the twilights last gleaming
This is open season
We know you got to blame someone
For your own confusion
But we're on guard this time
For your final solution....

Lunatic Fringe
We know you're out there
But in these new dark ages 
There will still be light......

An eye for an eye
Well before you go under
Can you feel the resistance
Can you feel the thunder.

Friday, October 26, 2012

TGIF Media Creepfest "Must Be The Season Of The Witch"

The feminine mystique, through out history there have been many feminine archetypes.   There are 4 major archetypes  The Maiden, The Mother, The Queen, and perhaps one of the most well known is The Crone or better known as the "Witch".

Marketing 101, sex sells. Creepy and Dorky not so much.  Who is in charge of creating ads for the Obama campaign? Time Warner parent company of CNN and HBO?  They need to be fired. The point is to appeal to the voter not remind them of your awkward high school years.  These ads were designed to appeal to young women voters? I believe you have to be at least 18 years old to vote......just sayin, this kind of crap would get you beat up in high school.....which screams volumes about the ad makers, and their target demographic. How big is the creepy dorky voter demographic?

The common wisdom is that the women's vote is going to decide the November 6th election.

The democrats appear to think that the way to appeal to women voters is to fixate on their lady parts. We have been encouraged to vote like our lady parts depended on it, and now we are being encouraged to vote with our hymen.  Meme: If you are a virgin, surely your first time should be with a married man, over 50 years of age, and father of two.  Lena Dunham - Fifty Shades Of Dorky.

CNN and HBO are owned by Time Warner. This morning CNN's Soledad O' Brien, media bunny extraordinaire was going on about how she thought the Dunham ad: Suggesting that a young woman vote with her hymen was cute. Girl Power/

CNN scrubbed a segment on women, and how hormone's effect their voting choices. Why?  I want to know why I am using my brain instead of my uterus to think with/  I had no idea that how I vote is dependent on ovulation and hormonal activity. This is the year of our Lord 2012, and there are still neanderthals, pimping the meme that women are being held hostage by their hormonal activity. These are the same people that criticize the republicans for having an antiquated view towards women's reproductive rights.

Marketing to the woman voter requires selling them on a sophisticated reality. I look at Dunham, and see a brown bird, she's not sexy, she looks androgynous. If the point is to sell - voting for Obama will make you feel sexy, use a freaking sexy woman. This isn't brain surgery. Ask yourself, who would women want to emulate and identify with? Dunham, selling dorky 20 something's sophomoric view of feminine sexuality or a confident, sexually self aware "Classy" attractive woman? I mean come on, what the hell is up with not even shaving your pits before a video shoot?

 Maybe they tried using the media's version of a sexy woman, and it failed.

All that these failed ads are signaling to me is that the democrat party, is clueless when it comes to women, and what motivates their choices. If it doesn't involve animal husbandry, and their social engineering agenda, democrats are at a loss of how to approach the average American women voter. Social media has amplified the distorted view of femininity by those stuck in a prepubescent age, that think their sexual organ makes them unique, like a special snowflake. 


I don't know if CNN is employing witches to influence the presidential race. I do know that Candy is dandy, but sex won't rot your teeth. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mitt Romney Up To Bat, Liberal Media Pitches "Switch Up"

The Middle East is currently in melt down mode, but that's not going to stop the liberal media from changing the narrative in the news cycle. The media just introduced a recording of Mitt Romney talking about percentages, and voters.  It reminded me of baseball batting averages "Percentages". The truth is the liberal media is going to be pitching the Obama campaign softballs right up to the November election. It looks like the current trend of failed foreign U.S. policy (leading from behind) is impacting the Obama campaign.  Predictably the liberal media decided it would introduce a distraction to take the "Heat" off of the current U.S. administration. This pitch is called the switch up. The Romney campaign needs to keep their eye on the ball.

As for writing off a percentage of voters, the Obama campaign already has.  Why is it news that the Romney campaign would also? It's a love triangle folks, if the democrats can't have those voters, they are going to make damn sure the republicans can't have them either. An apt analogy of the 2012 presidential campaign season thus far, would be the baseball movie Bull Durham. Susan Sarandon's character Annie Savoy, would be "We the People". Mitt Romney needs to decide if he's pitching or catching.  

Neither campaign knows how to relate to the middle class. Mitt Romney seems to think, people "folks" are apathetic, and resigned to their current economic circumstances, and won't vote for an improvement. President Obama seems to think, lowering the American people's expectations for their economic future is a winning strategy - depress the middle class so they won't turn out to vote. Neither of these candidates come from the middle class.  The American people as a homogeneous entity, and that includes the new comers, ASPIRE to raise themselves up, to better themselves in the land of milk and honey. The American people "middle class" don't have an identity crisis, they know who they are this country was built on their service and sacrifice - we are invested in our future. They certainly know they deserve better from the political class. FYI for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, surviving is not thriving. Middle class Americans ASPIRE to do more than eek out an existence on government entitlements.  The middle class is neither apathetic or depressed. They are livid, when the people we vote into office aka public servants, take the best cuts, and WE THE PEOPLE get the leavings, there is going to be a change up in the dug out, you can make book on it.

World was on fire, no one could save me but you
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do........nobody loves no one. 

Batter Up!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Democrat 2012 Convention, 4 September 2012 "Tragedy Tomorrow A Comedy Tonight"

I don't know what kind of eye candy the DNC has in store for this evenings covention festivities. I do know that pillars of styrofoam are old and busted - the new hotness is sandcastles. The democrats plan on getting as much juice out of the Obama brand while it last. Speaking of branding, Clint Eastwood recently tried his hand at marketing, apparently using Obama to promote office furniture. It looks like it's working. New hotness "Eastwooding".  

Political props aside, I am sure the democrats are planning on putting on a hell of a show.  For instance opening their convention with Jumah prayers for 2 hours. Nothing says stalwarts of women's rights like the religion of peace/  The democrat's meme is that they are the political party that supports women, while republicans wish to subjugate women.  I know the jokes write themselves. 

Siraj was "unindicted co-conspirator" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was quoted as saying that he hopes all Americans eventually become Muslim and also referred to the FBI and CIA the "real terrorists".
Siraj Wahhaj defended the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman, the former leader of the Egyptian terrorist organization, Gama'a al-Islamiyya by testifying on his behalf at his trial.

To show just how supportive they - the democrats are of women aka humans. The democrats have a line up of women speakers to show the diversity of the democrat party, the first woman of color of Harvard Law a white professor named Elizabeth Warren is speaking tomorrow September 5th, if the American Indian delegation doesn't head her off  at the pass. I don't know if  heap big tells whoppers, will be speaking before or after Bill Clinton speaks. I understand how the democrat party operates, I think Gore Vidal said it best. 

There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party ... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently ... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties, Gore Vidal.

Democrats are the party of appeasement, and pandering it's how they win elections -they promise people shit, paid for with other people's money (SEE American tax payer).  Democrats claim they are protecting the poor, oppressed, minorities, women, they support religious freedom, well as long as it's not Christianity. Their words don't match their deeds. Their speeches don't match their actions. They don't walk their talk.  For instance the U.S. is getting ready to cut 1 billion dollars in debt for Egypt, in hopes of pandering to the Muslim Brotherhood. Religious freedom? Christians in large numbers are fleeing Egypt. 

Front loading financial disaster seems to be a forte of the progressive left. If anyone is living in the past it's the people who think copying FDR's "1930s model" is relevant to the situation we find ourselves in today.  Someone tell the president at least the republicans are as advanced as black and white television of the 1950s, and not stuck in the fireside chat era of FDR and radio. 

Tonight we aren't going to hear about how our fiscal policy has set us on the road to financial ruin, we aren't going to be warned not to follow European trends. That's not how Fabians operate. If you asked a Fabian, if everyone else jumped off a cliff would you? They would answer of course, that's how you play follow the leader SNARK. 

Meanwhile the sad reality of the socialist democracies that belong to the European Union have become dire. Europe must see a failed Ireland as bad for everyone.  Fears rising, Spainards pull out their cash and get out of Spain.  Economic suicides rise as Euro debt crisis intensifies. 

Our current policies have us trending toward European style democratic socialism, we haven't started feeling "ALL" the effects yet, that comes later.  The current progressive left fiscal policy back loads the misery, but we can witness where that journey will take us by observing the results of those that have come to the end of the road in Europe. Tonight we are going to be told to stay the course everything's going to get better, front loading lowered expectations. 

Greek tragedies right now a comedy tonight. 

Nothing with gods, nothing with fate;
Weighty affairs will just have to wait!

Old situations,
New complications,
Nothing portentous or polite;
Tragedy tomorrow,
Comedy tonight!

Friday, August 24, 2012

TGIF Circus Life "Sweet Painted Ladies" The Political Sideshow Opportunist Edition

After watching countless hours of campaign coverage that ignores our national debt, high unemployment, deflated personal income, and media gotcha moments about events that don't effect the average American's lives in any foreseeable manner. I have come to the conclusion that the main theme of this campaign cycle is "political opportunism".  While Rome burns the political class, and their "political props" have turned the campaign for high office, and the future of the U.S.A., into some kind of absurd political sideshow.

If there is a republican war on women, there is another war being waged by the democrats - a war on people's intelligence. Case in point, the current sideshow currently underway.  The democrats haste to make hay out of a statement made by what would be described as one of the poorest politicians of our day - but the day is young. Some people may want to be in political life, but that doesn't make them a competent politician. Todd Akin made indefensible claims about rape, women's biology and abortion, in response his party dropped him like a lead balloon, and withdrew funding for his campaign. The democrats desperate for something to smear the republicans with trot out their political props.  For some reason the democrats believe the way to win elections is to turn political campaigns into side show attractions. It's not that they are intentionally trying to insult people's intelligence. They think the average American is stupid. There is no other explanation unless of course our political class is made up of the special needs demographic. 

The current list of absurd claims being made. Mitt Romney didn't pay any taxes....uh huh the IRS isn't aware Mitt Romney is running for president of the United States, and they have no idea if he's paid his taxes or any interest in checking, because that's how the IRS works? 

Mitt Romney caused the death of man's wife years after he left the company where he was the CEO. Uh huh sure that's how cancer works?

Mitt Romney is a felon, because if you make a statement, it makes your statement a fact, that's how the truth works?

It reminds me of an old saying when I was growing up when someone would tell such a huge whopper or proposed something so outlandish your jaw would drop open. "What do I look like? Do I look like I have stupid written across my forehead?" 

It would be better still if we had some kind of stamp we could stamp across these political opportunist foreheads. I think "Political Whore" gives a whole new meaning to the term - tramp stamp. 

Is it any wonder why we get candidates like Todd Akin, and not politicians of a high caliber, the political class hasn't exactly set the bar very high,  this is how the war on women works? 

The republican convention has a list of speakers.  None of which are one of the most popular conservative woman of our day. 

The democrats on the other hand have a list of women who are going to speak at their convention. A list of women who have turned themselves into political sideshows "First woman of color at Harvard Law" turns out the first woman of  color at Harvard Law was a white woman so that's how diversity works? A Georgetown student who thinks contraception is a right, because contraception cost money so that's how rights work? Caroline Kennedy, well sure that's a no brainer we know how the Kennedy's treat women/  Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, because nothing says you support women like having the champion of making sure women don't make it past the womb -to speak, so that's how democrat support of women works?  Planned Parenthood is all for sex selective abortions. 

Susan B Anthony, Women's Rights

Republicans are dismissive of strong women, and Democrats are insulting, and condescending. Susan wouldn't stand for the kind of treatment, American women are receiving from the political class of today. Susan B Anthony, didn't march so women could sell themselves as political sideshows, so the political class could sucker the rubes into their political tents. 

Sweet Painted Lady, 

I'm back on dry land once again 
Opportunity awaits me like a rat in the drain
We're all hunting honey with money to burn
Just a short time to show you the tricks that we've learned.......

Monday, August 6, 2012

President Obama's Immigrant Bunch Ancestor "Free" or "Indentured Ringleader"

In the years the English were transporting colonist into the Virginia Colony, 20 December 1606,  and prior to the date 1637, the estimated birth of John Bunch I. The above graphic shows the route they - the English Captain's took to deliver their passengers to the Virginia Colony.

This is the route that would have brought Eliza Bunch, aboard the Alice to Virginia in 1635. This is the same route that would have been used to transport Hugh Gwyn's three servants,  (One) called Victor a Dutchman, the other a Scotchman called James Gregory, the third a negro called John Punch, three servants that were indentured to Hugh Gwyn. The terms of Indenture, would include Hugh Gwyn, paying for passage, food, clothing, and shelter - in return for labor for a set period of time usually five years.

There is only one record pertaining to John Punch. From this record a narrative has been constructed, and an identity crafted, based solely on reference to his race - Negro. What can we tell from this one recorded document of John Punch? That he was a servant of Hugh Gwyn - an indentured servant, because Hugh Gwyn took him to court to receive redress (Recompense) for John Punch's act of running away from his employer. If John Punch was just a free servant of Hugh Gwyn, he could have simply quit Hugh Gwyn's employ. If John Punch had been a slave, there would have been no need to penalize him by ordering  that he serve a lifetime of servitude to Hugh Gwyn, he already would have been serving a lifetime of servitude.

Where did John Punch come from? We know that the English were transporting people into Virginia Colony from England. There were colonist paying for their own passage, indentured servants, and convicts. Virginia was a penal colony. We know that John Punch, was subjected to English law. The impression the reader is left with, the narrative created for John Punch is that, because of his race identified as negro, he came straight from Africa, and was sentenced more severely, because of his race.  There is nothing in the record or document that identifies John Punch's origins.  Slavery of indigenous Africans, didn't just exist in Colonial America, the practice also existed elsewhere, and one of these places was England. The presence of Africans in Elizabethan England.  The Elizabethan Era  (1558-1603) In fact Queen Elizabeth, ordered that they start being deported from 1596- 1601.

Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, Peter Fryer has argued that the queen's discriminatory project "failed completely" "in so far as [it] was a serious attempt to deport all black people from England." (13) To be sure, Elizabeth's efforts extended only across the short period between 1596 and 1601 and did little to diminish the size of that population. Blacks remained in England throughout the Renaissance and by the middle of the eighteenth century comprised somewhere between one and three percent of the London populace. (14) Yet to evaluate the queen's policies in the ambitious terms of a full-scale deportation is misleading, even with qualification ("in so far as") of the sort Fryer offers, since, as Fryer also acknowledges, Elizabeth never attempted to deport "all black people from England," only parts of that population.

If I was curious about the origins of John Punch, I might start by looking in London baptisms, and parish records for dates preceding the colonial Virginia record date of  July 1640. What's been overlooked in the report is that Virginia was an English penal colony, the people involved were English subjects, who would be subjected to English law. An accurate description of the final disposition of John Punch, would be, the first documented slave in the English penal colony of Virginia.  There is no evidence that John Punch, is the progenitor of the Bunch family of early colonial Virginia. The first record identifying (A) John Bunch I purchased 450 acres of land in 1662, neither his race nor his ethnicity is mentioned in the document.

Let's examine the only existing record of John Punch in Colonial Virginia. I found a copy of the transcribed record in The free Negro in Virginia 1619- 1865, by John Henderson Russell.  pages 29-30.

Where the text becomes pertinent: 9 July* (exact date added) 1640 the general court (53) rendered in a single case a judgement which is very instructive as to the earliest development of slavery. "Three Servants" of Hugh Gwyn, to wit a Dutchman called Victor, a Scotchman named James Gregory, and John Punch, a negro, having run away from their master, were overtaken in Maryland and brought back to Virginia to stand trail for their misbehavior. The verdict of the court was "that the said three servants shall receive a punishment by whipping and to have thirty stripes apiece."  Thus far there was no discrimination in the penalty, but the court went on to order that the Dutchman and the Scotchman should "first serve out their times with their master according to their Indentures and one whole year apiece after the time their service has recompense of his loss sustained by their absence," and that then they should serve the colony for three years. But "the third being a Negro....shall serve his master or his assigns for the time of his natural life. " (54)
While there is no mention of an indenture or a contract with the Negro, it must be remember not all white servants had formal contracts. If John Punch was not merely a servant with a future right to freedom, his punishment was much less severe than that of his white accomplices. If he was such a servant, his penalty was greater than the penalties inflicted on the white men. The most reasonable explanation seems to be that the Dutchman and the Scotchman, being white, were given only four additional years to their term of indenture, while "the third being a negro" was reduced from his former condition of servitude for a limited time to a condition of slavery for life.(55) END

This reasonable explanation would stand if we didn't have another similar case in the same period of time to compare the two similar events, and penalties ordered by the same court. What other explanation could there be for singling out one person from the other participants for a greater penalty if it wasn't based solely on their race?

The Virginia Magazine of history and biography The Virginia Historical Society page 236 -237.

 (two weeks later) 22nd July 1640, Whereas complaint has been made to this board by Capt. Wm. Pierce Esqr., that six of his servants and a negro of Mr Reginald's has plotted to run away unto the Dutch plantation from their said masters, and did assay to put the same Execution upon last Saturday night, being the 8th day of July 1640, as appeared to the board by the Examinations of Andrew Noxe, Rich'd Hill, Rich'd Cookeson, and John Williams, and likewise by  the confession of Christopher Miller, Peter Milcocke, and Emanuel the aforesaid Negro, who had, at the aforesaid time, taken the skiff of the aforesaid Capt. Wm. Pierce, their master, and corn, and powder and shots and guns to accomplish their said purposes, which said persons sailed down in the said skiff to the Elizabeth river, where they were taken and brought back again, the court taking the same into consideration as a dangerous precedent for the future time (if left unpunished) did order that Christopher Miller a dutchman (a prime agent in the business), should receive punishment of whipping and to have 30 stripes and so be burnt in the cheek with the letter R and to work with a shackle on his legg for one whole year and longer if said  master shall see cause, and after his full time of service has Expired with his said master to serve the colony for seven whole years, and the said Peter Milcocke, to receive thirty stripes, and to be Burnt in the cheek with the letter R and after his term of service is Expired with said master to serve the colony for three years, and said Rich'd Cookeson, after his full time has expired with his master, to serve the colony for two years and a half, Rich'd Hill, to remain on his good behavior until the next offence, and Andrew Noxe, to receive to receive thirty stripes, and the said John Williams, a dutchman and a chirurgeon after his full time has Expired with his master, to serve the colony for seven years, and Emanuel the Negro to receive thirty stripes and be burnt in the cheek with the letter R and to work in shackles for one year or more as master shall see cause, and all those condemned to serve the colony after their time are Expired with their masters, then their said masters are required hereby to present to this board their said servants condemned to the colony.

The reasonable explanation is that the prime agent aka ringleader is penalized more severely than the rest of the participants. Above Christopher Miller styled the dutchman is referred to as (a prime agent in the business) he received the most severe penalty, he was white. The reasonable explanation would be that John Punch received the most severe penalty of the three, because he was (a prime agent in the business).

The purpose of examining genealogical records is not to emote meaning into the records, and documents. Emoting leads to people reading opinion into records. The purpose of examining genealogical records is to glean from the record any information that would lead to the next step backward's in the specific person's ancestry, in this case John Punch.

Without having a dog in the fight, I can look at the records dispassionately for their intended purpose, identifying John Punch, and his origins. Examining the court record, I noted that the other two men were identified by their nationalities Victor the dutchman, and James Gregory the scotchman. What is the point of the court identifying them as such ? Is it to make the point they are other than English in origin? John Punch is only referred to as Negro, but no mention of origins, because he was already an English subject? From the second court record it's stated the six, and one Negro's purpose was to runaway to a Dutch plantation. Two of the men are identified by nationality Christopher Miller a dutchman, and John Williams a dutchman and chirurgeon. The other's nationality are not identified by the court - because their origins are English, and they are already known to be English subjects? If they had managed to reach the Dutch plantation, would they have been out of the reach of English law?

From examining the court record, I can determine that, John Punch was free, and became Indentured to Hugh Gwyn. How did John Punch, become indentured to Hugh Gwyn? Did Hugh Gwyn pay for John Punch's passage into the Virginia colony or was John Punch a convict sent to the Virginia colony to serve his sentence on a tobacco plantation? If John Punch was a convict shipped from England to Virginia, the next place to look for records for John Punch is in England.

Addressing the beginning of slavery in America, I read that the Portuguese made a point of christening the people they imported into the Americas, for the express purpose of servitude -indenture. The cultural mores' of the time being, that no Christian could be held in bondage for the entirety of their life time. The Europeans first mission was to convert pagans to Christianity. When examining records, it's important not to project our current cultural mores' onto  people who lived in the 17th century with the cultural mores' we live by today. That's what creates road blocks in genealogical research IMO. 

I did note that's report on John Punch, does include muster rolls, and Emanuel is mentioned in the rolls.

page 40 I found an Emannuell in 1639 Richard Kemp - James City, this isn't the only mention of him in the muster rolls. 

page 41 *Emanualla 1642 William Ireland - Robert Wallis, York

page 43 Emanuel is mentioned again in 1648 Daniel Pierce selling to Francis Yardley lower Northfolk. The 6 in the above court record were referred to as servants of Capt Wm Pierce, this Daniel Pierce,  was probably a relation to Capt Wm Pierce, (speculation). has created an ancestry for President Barack Obama based on John PUNCH who is found in only one record. Punch stepped out of a court room in 1640 and into oblivion.  John Punch was not a slave, he was a servant, his transportation paid for by Hugh Gwyn. 

Just because John Punch, wasn't the progenitor of the Bunch family in America, doesn't mean the Bunch family didn't have African slave ancestry. 

This post was a collaborative effort of myself -  Keyboard Jockey, and Joanne Pezzullo.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Was President Barack Obama's Bunch Ancestor A Stow Away?

Graphic: Chickahominy River upstream from James Towne on this 1667 map by John Ferrar
Source: Library of Congress, John Ferrar map of 1667 -
Philip Freeman transferred 450 acres to John Bunch I in 1662. The red line above indicates the location of the Chickahominy river.

470. Phillip Freeman. May 2, 1661. 1000 acres. Upon the No Side of Chickahominy main swamp, Beg'g at a corner beech (by the swamp) of Thos Meredith's land.

‎519. Philip Freeman. Mar. 10, 1673/4. 650 acres. Upon the Main swamp of Chickahominy river, above Westham path, and adjoining to the Land of Thomas Meredith. recently published:  President Obama descends from the first African enslaved for life in America. 

I must admit, I appreciate the symmetry. To wit, the first bi racial President of the United States, who's father was born in Kenya, and white mother was born in Kansas, descended from the first documented slave in America. The same documented slave who is conjectured to have begotten at least one child by a mysterious white indentured woman. I mean what are the odds of this occurring? Go ahead take your time, think about....think about the long odds :)  There are 3 conjectures that jump right out at the reader. 1. That the YDNA test results proves that John Punch was the father of John Bunch, styled John Bunch I born before 1637. 2. That later generations of John Bunch I's descendants were referred to as mulatto proves their father was of mixed ethnicity.  3. That the nearest person in colonial Virginia with a similar surname during the period of John Bunch I's birth prior to 1637, was a John Punch.

Let's start with the YDNA, the halo type E1b1a8a, Sub Saharan African, YDNA cannot determine a person's ancestor's race or ethnicity.  There is no way for us to determine when E1b1a8a, entered the Bunch family ancestry.  It could have happened centuries earlier, and in Europe or it could have happened later in Colonial Virginia. There is no way to be able to determine when from  YDNA test results.

The report of the  DNA is significant, because it's conjecture through preponderance of evidence that states, the DNA matches. The DNA matches descendant's of males who have proven themselves back through records, and documents to John Bunch I, *through preponderance of evidence. No one to date has proven themselves through records or documents to the man identified as John Punch, the first documented slave in America (there is only conjecture). In an event like this, the only other way to obtain John Punch's DNA, would be to locate his resting place, get permission to dig him up, and test his DNA. I think that would be extremely disrespectful, and in poor taste.  I would be among those that would insist his remains be shown respect, and left to rest in peace. Human decency trumps human curiosity. I don't need to know anything badly enough to dig someone up.  I would just as soon agree that John Punch was John Bunch I's father if that were the only option. 

The later generations of John Bunch I descendant's were sometimes referred to as mulattoes, but John Bunch I was not referred to as a negro or mulatto in any records.

*Page 20 of the report, John Bunch I, who patented land near Richard Barnhouse, New Kent County, Virginia, in 1662/3, is an ideal (and the only available) candidate to be their father. However, John Bunch I is not specifically stated to be “Negro” or mulatto in the patent.

My question for knowing they can't fix the time period that E1b1a8a entered the Bunch family line, or have a sample of John Punch's DNA, how do they know that John Bunch I was mixed, when he was never referred to as a negro or of mixed origin? Isn't it more likely that John Bunch I married a mixed woman in Virginia, and produced mixed offspring, that were later referred to as mulatto? There is evidence that this halo type was present in Europe - E1b1a8a.

Lastly states, after ignoring the above, and dismissing alternate possibilities, through process of elimination, that John Bunch I had to be a mixed child of an African man, and a white indentured woman. They looked around to find the most closely spelled  surname to the surname Bunch. They found John Punch, in the same geographical area during the same time period. Virginia wasn't over populated in 1635/7 many people lived in vicinity of each other for survival, there was safety in numbers, especially after the Isle of Wight massacre. (The houses of Captain Basse's plantation were building when a great calamity happened to the infant colony. At midday on Good Friday, March 22, 1622, there were twelve hundred and forty inhabitants in the Colony* of Virginia. Of these three hundred and forty-seven were killed by the Indians in the eighty settlements on the north and south side of the James river, of which fifty- three were residents of this county.) 993* survived. 

I believe that scoured the early Virginia Colonial records, and looked for bastard bonds, head rights received for transporting people into the colony, and head rights collected upon release of indenture. The standard was 50 acres for someone who was transported into the Virginia colony after their indenture was served, and a 100 acres for a Virginia born indenture after their indenture was served. deduces that this means that John Bunch I was born to a white mother in Virginia in turn a free man. They can find no bastard bonds for a Bunch. They also don't find any headrights collected for a John Bunch or a John Bunch collecting head rights for an indenture. 

So where else could John Bunch have come from who else was living in Colonial Virginia prior to 1637?  The estimated birth of John Bunch I was prior to 1637. Was there a Bunch living in Colonial Virginia during this time period?

Passengers on Ship Alice from London England to Virginia 1635  

Theis under-written are to be transported to Virginea, imbarqued in the Alice, Richard Orchard Mr. the men have taken and oath of Allegeance & Suprem."

*Bunch Eliza  20

Eliza Bunch was transported by the crown into Colonial Virginia aboard the Alice in 1635 she was 20 years of age.  

Still if Eliza Bunch, had intermixed with a man in Virginia, and produced a bastard child in Virginia, there should be a bastard bond.

On my mother's maternal side of the family, there is this funny old family story (Shaw Family Oral History), that's been passed down through our family. Ambrose E McFarland, married Laura Alice Shaw. The Shaws had a tale about how their grandfather was a stowaway on a ship on the way to America.  After closer research, I found that it wasn't their father Joseph Newton Shaw's father Gabriel E Shaw, that was the stowaway, but his father George Shaw. The Irish have a fine sense of humor, when I was researching the Shaw family ancestry in multiple census, I found two of George Shaw's sons, who stated their father was, born at sea* you know a stowaway. 

If Eliza Bunch was transported into Virginia, and was carrying a child at the time, no one in the Virginia colony was going to be accused of being the father of her bastard child * no bastard bonds, and no one in Virginia would be made to pay for that child. There would be no bastard bonds.  For all we know she was married, and widowed before she embarked for America aboard the Alice in 1635. There would be no headrights paid to anyone, because the crown paid for Eliza Bunch's transportation into the Virginia colony.

Was President Barack H Obama's Bunch ancestor a stowaway? 

Of course this is all conjecture, exactly the same kind of conjectures, makes connecting the Bunch family to John Punch. It is interesting that Paul Bunch son of John Bunch I, named a daughter Elizabeth who married Russell, and mentions another Elizabeth Bunch in his documents's conjecture: This Elizabeth Bunch could have been a daughter in law. Page 9 of the report bottom paragraph: Paul Bunch also gave one shilling to an Elizabeth Bunch, but did not state a relationship. This Elizabeth Bunch might have represented the heir of one of Paul Bunch’s children or been his daughter-in-law. P

If John Punch was the father of John Bunch I born prior to 1637. It means that John Punch ran away to Maryland in 1640, leaving the mother of his child, and his child behind on Gwyn's property? If John Punch had a family wouldn't the magistrate have taken that into account before sentencing him to a lifetime of indenture? John Punch would have had a family to support. Mitigating circumstances? Finally if John Bunch were the son of a black slave, and indentured white woman, where did he get the money to purchase 450 acres of land in 1662? 

It's easier to figure out who the wife of John Bunch I, could have been, he was living in the middle of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe's territory. If John Bunch I did marry an Indian or mixed Indian woman, it would explain mixed children. Paul Bunch, and his descendants, John Bunch III, and his descendants, weren't ever referred to as negro only as mulatto. 

There is documentation of the English marrying American Indians as early as 1612.

The First African Slaves in America - arrived in what would become the United States in 1526. 

In the End it doesn't even matter.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

William Fairfax Sr - SAR Dedication, 9 June 2012 Bacon Race Cemetery


William Fairfax Sr (1720-1793). William Fairfax was born in Charles County, Maryland to John Fairfax Jr. and Mary Scott. William Fairfax had four sisters, Elizabeth, Catherine, Anne, and Mary. William Fairfax's mother Mary (Scott) Fairfax, was the daughter of Edward Scott, and Martha Tilden. William Fairfax married twice, first to Benedicta Blancett, daughter of Rodham Blancett Sr. Secondly Elizabeth Buckner, daughter of Peyton Buckner of Virginia. William Fairfax had issue, Jonathan Fairfax married (Sarah Wright) remained in Maryland lived at Goose Bay (Rev War Veteran). Benedicta Fairfax never married, Hezekiah Fairfax married twice (Anne Mills & Margaret Calvert) Ann Fairfax married (William Warder) Catherine Fairfax married (William Garner - Rev War Veteran) Sarah Fairfax married (Henry Davis) by William Fairfax Sr's second wife Elizabeth Buckner he had issue, Col John Fairfax (War of 1812 title) married twice (Mary Byrne & Nancy Lloyd Franklin) William Fairfax II married twice (Nancy "Anne" King & Lettice Adams), Elizabeth Fairfax married (Richard Pell), Adah Fairfax married (Burwell Calvert) son of William and Hannah Calvert. William Calvert was one of the men ordered to take William Fairfax Sr's estate inventory. The Fairfax family of Maryland is an old landed gentry family of Catholic faith. The Calverts, the proprietors of the Maryland plantinate, set up Maryland as a haven a refuge for practicing English Catholics.

"Marking the Grace of William Fairfax"
Three different societies were present for the Sons of the American Revolution dedication for William Fairfax Sr.

Virginia Society of SAR, Col William Grayson Chapter of SAR, and  The Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of Virginia SAR
Above photo, Bugler - SSG Judy Havrilla , U.S. Army Band, played taps, a member of Pershing's Own. Tim Headley a member of Col William Grayson's SAR Chapter, who organized the entire dedication for our Patriot ancestor William Fairfax Sr. Those descendants attending representing the children of William Fairfax Sr.

John Ward, descendant of William Fairfax Sr's son Hezekiah Fairfax, daughter Nancy Fairfax married Joseph Crouch.

Don Wilson, descendant of William Fairfax Sr daughter Elizabeth Fairfax who married Richard Pell

A West descendant of Henrietta (Fairfax) West, eldest daughter of Hezekiah Fairfax and Anne Mills. Hezekiah Fairfax son of William Fairfax Sr.

Ken Craft, descendant of William Fairfax Sr through his son Hezekiah Fairfax's son John Hezekiah Fairfax and Mary Mills Davis.

Tim Headley, and Headley Family, descendant of William Fairfax Sr's son Hezekiah Fairfax through his daughter Catherine Fairfax who married Warren Davis.

I am so thankful to my Fairfax cousins who attended our Grandpa Fairfax's long overdue dedication for his Patriot service to our Country. I descend through William Fairfax Sr's son Hezekiah Fairfax's eldest son William "Billy" Fairfax, who married Eleanor.  Those who didn't attend, were there with you all in spirit. Including Darlene Thompson, descendant of William Fairfax Sr., through his son William Fairfax II, son Uriah J Fairfax.

I have put together a slide show from photos sent to me by our cousin Tim Headley, taken by Wade M Headley, and Renate Vanegas.

William Fairfax Sr - Sons Of The American Revolution Dedication, Bacon Race Cemetery, 9 June 2012.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Melungeon YDNA Study Findings & Vardy Collins Ironic "Viking Blood"

       All Hail Thor - God Of Thunder!

Baty Collins Family, Grandson of Vardy Collins, and Margaret "Peggy" Gibson, through their son Alfred Collins.

Saponi Family of Joseph Collins, Mellisa and Jessie. Joseph Collins/Aaron Collins/Stephen Collins (B 1800 Grainger Co.,TN)/Aaron Collins/David Collins (YDNA halo type R1a1a) and Thompsy Posting.

I asked my Collins cousin, who descends from David Collins if I could use one of his family photos to make my point about YDNA not being able to determine a person's ethnicity or race. David Collins and Vardy Collins YDNA match. David Collins family is documented to be of Saponi Indian ancestry. The halo type (R1a1a) is the fabled "Viking Blood".  Take a good look at these two men, in these two photos, do any of these mixed Saponi Indians, look like they are blonde and blue eyed Scandinavians?  Still JOGG Journal of Genetic Genealogy who advertise themselves as genetic anthropologist, would have us all believe that Melungeon YDNA study showed no Indian component, and that finding Eb "Sub Saharan African" halo type meant, they could tell the ethnicity of the people who were called by the slur Melungeon. They claim their origins were from African men and white European women.  I have just demonstrated how YDNA cannot determine a person's race or ethnicity or their ancestor's race or ethnicity. The article about the findings of the Melungeon YDNA  project has been circulating through the internet it's even reached the Daily Mail.

The above Baty Collins had an Uncle named Simon Collins, who married Frankie Bunch so the Melungeon YDNA study got that part right. The Melungeon YDNA Study "It was such a closely related group that it is conjectured that everyone that descends from everyone, and therefore from all the founders." The use of the word conjecture is intentional.

But why wasn't David Collin's YDNA test results included in the Melungeon YDNA project when his descendant's DNA matched Vardy Collins? Because David Collins wasn't living on Newmans Ridge, Tennessee? When Vardy Collins and Shepherd "Buck" Gibson, were living in Hancock Co.,TN., David Collins, and his family were living in Grainger Co.,TN., I included a 1799 petition of Grainger Co.,TN., in a previous post, where I noted that President Obama's Bunch ancestor Charles Bunch signed the petition. In fact it's alphabetized so he's listed right below John and Richard Bull. John Turnbull/Bull married David Collins daughter Eleanor Collins in Grainger Co.,TN. As I noted above, one of Vardy's son Simon Collins married Frankie Bunch.  The Bunch are part of the Melungeon YDNA Study. 

The Melungeon YDNA study explains how these folks migrated to Newmans Ridge, Hancock Co TN., from North Carolina, and before that back to Louisa Co.,Virginia. If the argument for not including David Collins YDNA is because Vardy Collins, and David Collins were not sharing the same geographic location although their YDNA proves they both go back to the same Collins of Louisa Co.,Virginia. There are records that show they were indeed residing in the same geographic area of North Carolina.

Brenda (Collins) Dillion "One More Mountain To Cross"

DB,p 42-20 DEC 1791 George Reves was granted by N.C. 600 acres on New River adj. conditional line made between said Reeves and David Collins. On the 28th of Jan 1797 George Reeves of Grayson County sold this land, same description mentioning the same David Collins.

DB D, p 329 4 April 1798 Thomas Collins bought for 15 pds, 70 acres of land on the S side New River

DB D, p 750 13 Dec 1796 N.C. granted Vardy Collins 100 acres S side of S fork New River

DB D p 412 27 Dec 1797 - N.C. granted David Collins 50 acres adj Wm Hill.

This is a map graphic of Eastern Tennessee Counties, Grainger County TN., border's Hancock County TN.

Vardy Collins is probably the best known Melungeon figure outside of Micajah Bunch. Why are matches to Vardy Collin's YDNA being excluded that show the Indian component to the Collins?

Perhaps these genetic anthropologist JOGG are historically deficient of recent Virginia American Indian history? They are not the first to claim that these people who were called by the slur Melungeon, were not made up of Indian ancestry. There was an infamous white supremacist and eugenicist enthusiast Walter Ashby Plecker, the first registrar of Virginia bureau of vital statistics starting in 1912, he forced Indians to classify themselves as black (Richmond Times Dispatch). The tribes he said had become a mongrel mixture. This is why when anyone Googles Walter Plecker the search results come back with the title "The Black and White World of Walter Ashby Plecker". The thing is Walter Plecker, wasn't a weekend white supremacist, I mean the man was committed to the purity of the white race. He wasn't the type that would be satisfied poking holes in pillowcases, and wearing them on his head/ Walter Plecker decided to apply the Racial Integrity act of 1924, and a mandatory sterilization  law that would be invoked 8,300 over 55 years with a vengeance.  Walter Plecker decided that there were only two classification to race, in Virginia - White and Colored. The only Virginia Indians that were exempt from Walter Plecker's classification system, were the descendants of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. There were prominent Virginians, that were proud to trace their ancestry back to Pocahontas.  The rest of Virginia Indians were simply wiped out by Walter Plecker's new race classification system. Walter Plecker was such an eugenics enthusiast he even advised the Nazis on their eugenics program, they had a common interest in the purity of the white race - the so called Aryan master race. I can't imagine what Walter Plecker or Adolph Hitler, and the Nazis would have done with DNA test results? Especially if they decided they could determine people's Race and Ethnicity with test results like JOGG. I guess that Huffington Post headline: Melungeon DNA Reveals Upset's "A Whole Lot Of People" is true in a sense.  It upset people to see racist history repeating itself.

I was reading about this (R1a1a) halo type, I don't know how jazzed President Obama is as a Bunch descendant through his maternal  grandmother Madelyn Lee (Payne) Dunham,  to find out about our Viking Blood, but the Gibson and Collins kin are pretty psyched. I mean we aren't going to become Viking fans or anything like that, we're hillbillies, we're not crazy.

Walter Plecker, and the Nazis were hell bent on the purity of the white race- the master race. Perhaps some people reading this right now are thinking, well Walter Plecker's jurisdiction was Virginia, and Vardy Collins had died by this time, and anyway he moved to Tennessee. It's important for people to understand just how dedicated Walter Plecker was to his eugenics agenda. He sent letters out to all 50 states encouraging them to use his system. Walter Plecker even had a list of family's names he claimed were miscegenated,  and he wrote to the Tennessee registrar on this very issue. Vardy's descendants were still living in Blackwater, Newmans Ridge, Hancock County TN. and the Collins name was on Plecker's list. And this is where Vardy Collins YDNA (R1a1a) "Viking Blood" becomes ironic......

Halo group Rla1a the fabled (R1a1a) when found is said to indicate "Viking Origin"  Viking DNA among British descent is found among the border reivers. I have stated in previous post the Turnbulls were a well known revier family surname. David Collins daughter Eleanor Collins married John Turnbull in Grainger Co.,TN.  John Bull's brother Richard Bull's great grandson Richard Thomas Bull, married Mary Lambert, my Great Grandfather's maternal Aunt. I kept reading about this halo type, and came to this entry.'

China has revived interest in the long forgotten Indo-Iranian tribe, the Tocharians, their possible role in the economy
of the Silk Road, and their relationship with the people of Europe. Haplogroup R1a is also, implicitly, the "Aryan"
haplogroup, and perhaps the less said about that, the better.

If Walter Plecker had never seen any of the Collins, but only had their YDNA test results to determine their race and ethnicity, Plecker would have summarized that they belonged to the so called Aryan master race, he was so obsessed with.  I call that ironic, considering how Walter Ashby Plecker was hounding these people, and insisting they weren't White or Indian.  This is why Melungeon researcher's are upset with JOGG claims, that they can determine race and ethnicity of people's ancestors from a YDNA test.

It's my sincere hope that people don't just accept this Melungeon YDNA study on it's face value, but question the findings and claims.

I am not sure I am going to blog anymore on this topic. I have covered my issues with the findings of the Melungeon YDNA study findings. My direct family line is Gibson. I have a Gibson cousin who matched Shepherd "Buck" Gibson's descendants YDNA. The Mason, Gibson, Collins family oral history, has always been that the Gibson's were of Irish descent. The halo type R1b1a origins British Isles "Irish".

DNA consultants home of DNA finger print test, latest article:
Melungeons: Seeing Red, Seeing Black, addresses the Gibsons in the Melungeon YDNA test.
Excerpt; Melungeon Gibson's derive their origins from the Chavis family, one of the oldest Portuguese Jewish names in America. So there's that.

In Dreams Of My Father, p. 13 Mr Obama says that "a distant ancestor" of hers "had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee". No evidence has been found to support this claim***.

I found this recent CBS video discussing the Virginia Indian Tribes, struggle to get their tribal recognition back. The B.I.A. requires civil records for application for recognition, and Walter Ashby Plecker changed many of these people's racial designation so it's a huge mess. Senator James Webb (D) Virginia, has tried to right the wrongs of Walter Ashby Plecker, and so has George Allen (R) who is running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia.  At the end of this video is a plea to President Obama to help them. Given that the President's own Bunch ancestors were affected by  Walter Plecker's eugenics agenda, it would be some slap in the face to Plecker's legacy if he did undue all the damage inflicted by Walter Ashby Plecker.

The CBS segment on Walter Ashby Plecker keeps getting removed. HERE is a video about Walter Plecker and his eugenics agenda.