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  1. I am writing from Panama where I am currently visiting, at the moment in Panama City. This is my third visit. A trip from Panama City down the Pacific Coast to see the beaches is easy to make as is a trip to the Atlantic side which is only 50 miles away and can easily be reached in about an hour on the recently completed highway that goes from the Pacific to Atlantic sides of the country. In addition to Panama City, a trip to David, a city to the north is worth a visit, mainly because it is a jumping off point to Boquete and other places in Chiriqui Province that are much smaller, are in the
  2. Texas Couple Accused of Shooting Man, 2 Kids By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 8, 2009 Filed at 4:53 p.m. ET HOUSTON (AP) -- A couple is accused of opening fire and wounding four people -- including a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl -- who they mistakenly thought were trespassing on their property. The victims, who were off-roading near a residential area about 40 miles northeast of Houston, were struck with shotgun bullets late Thursday after stopping their vehicles near the Trinity River so the children could go to the bathroom, said Liberty County Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor. http://w
  3. I currently live in California and having been to both cities, I'm not surprised to see Stockton, CA and Modesto, CA on the list of the 10 most miserable cities.
  4. My biggest savings will come from having purchased all new energy conserving appliances, which saves me 10.00 per month in electric bills. I also installed a new furnace which has a 92% efficiency rating instead of the 50% efficiency rating on my old furnace. I'm hoping that this will result in a lower gas bill. As far as cutting back in other areas, this is difficult as I was already more frugal that is probably warranted.
  5. Until 2003, even though my taxes were complicated, I did the old fashioned way, with paper and pencil, because I was too frugal to pay to have them done. Beginning in 2004, I started using Turbo Tax which has made the process so much easier because not only don't I have to worry about calculations, but the previous years' taxes are automatically uploaded.
  6. I prefer airports that can easily be reached using public transportation. For this reason, the airports I like in the US include Boston' Logan, New York's Kennedy, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland, and DC National. I like others because they are easy to navigate. Oakland and Hobby are two that I like. In the Caribbean, I like Tocumen the airport in Panama as well as the airport in St.Maarten/St. Martin because both are small and easy to navigate.
  7. If you think the word influence is inappropriately used in the article, I'm sure the reporter would be glad to hear from you. While I don't want to get into a semantic argument with someone whose handle is "editor" the word influence applies to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously. So as much as people make choices with their brains, they are often subtly influenced by other factors, at least that's what cognitive psychologists, anthropologists and sociologists argue. Of course, it's possible that you are correct and they are wrong. But I believe that is a debatab
  8. Someone I met when I was visiting Houston mentioned this site.
  9. For anyone interested in a more complex analysis of the voting patterns on Proposition 8 within the city of San Francisco, today's issue ( 14 November 2008) of the San Francisco Chronicle published an article worth reading. Other information--interactive features, photos-- is available for within the article. For all the talk of San Francisco values, a Chronicle analysis of how the city voted on the state's same-sex marriage ban shows a city geographically divided on the issue - and voting trends that turn San Francisco's typical political spectrum on its head. One in 4 San Franciscans vo
  10. I'm Black, so is my spouse, and although originally from the East Coast, spouse from New York City, me from Boston, we have lived in California since 1991 and we and vote in California. Both of us voted in the November election for Obama-Biden and "no" on Proposition 8, which places us in the 30% of Blacks who didn't vote "yes" on Proposition 8. We didn't vote on the down low and in fact all of our Black friends and colleagues know we voted "no" on Proposition 8. In fact, we've argue with some of our more conservative religious acqaintances about about the issue. Neither my spouse or I are
  11. Exactly! The idea was known by the term "one drop rule", which in the United States historically holds that a person with any trace of African ancestry was considered Black and subject to being held as slaves and later subject to the "Jim Crow" laws. This was a tactic in the South that strengthened and codified segregation and the disenfranchisement of Blacks. During slavery and afterward Plessy vs Ferguson the Supreme Court Decision that legalized separate but equal, state legislatures adopted this rule to segregate Blacks. Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Florids, Kentucky,
  12. Lazarus and the Yoruba deity, Babalu Aye, Lazarus' syncretic version in Santeria
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