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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Sunday June 6, 2004. Some recent reading: Mormon America, Richard N. Ostling and Joan K. Ostling.

A History of the Amish, Steven M. Nolt.
"It has defiled all forms of medical treatment...." From the "I'm dying, help me give my money to charity" variant of the Nigerian Letter.
Writing: Daily exercise -- Something I'm not sure I should count because 1) it's been stewing in my head for a few days and 2) it's definitely becoming a story.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- Tweaked it a bit.

"They Might Be Windmills" -- It's been accreting around the line "His father had been my mother, and his mother had been my father."

I now have the beginning, the problem two major characters must deal with, and the ending. I'm still missing the major characters the plot, and a few other minor details.
Thanks to The Horny Goat on soc.history.what-if:
Native group blasts Stephen Harper over gaffe
CTV.ca News Staff
Updated: Fri. Feb. 27 2004 8:46 AM ET

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Harper was forced to apologize after a congratulatory letter bearing his signature was sent to an Ontario native organization. Unfortunately for Harper, his letter referred not to a native celebration, but to one in the Indian subcontinent.

"On the occasion of India's national day, I salute the Indian community for long-standing contributions to the economic and cultural vitality of our wonderful country," reads the letter, leaked to the media.

The mix-up prompted a sharp response from the president of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Rick Lobzun.

"This is 2004, Mr. Harper, not 1492 - the last time a man got lost looking for India," he wrote in a letter dated Wednesday.

"Look what has happened to the aboriginal population ... since then."
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