February 15, 2013
Grammie wasn't able to write today. Here's an article from February 2012.
For many of us that have grown up in California, specifically in the SoCal or San Diego area (city and county both) Spanish is practically a second language. This part of America, the southwestern United States, was settled - or conquered, depending on how you look at it - long before the concept of the United States was even a twinkling in the eyes of our forefathers. A veritable plethora of cities, streets and various other places have Spanish names. I won't bore you with a list, you're smart enough to figure that one out yourselves.
Many Spanish words have slipped into every day English usage by people who sometimes don't realize that what they are saying is Spanish or of Spanish origin, giving many an almost de facto knowledge of the language. Spanish is the most studied foreign language in our public schools. I'm not counting the swear words, which seem to almost be the first words people learn in a foreign language. Many businesses here make a point of letting folks know "hablamos espanol." (Sorry, couldn't find the tilde for the 'n' in espanol.) Not being able to speak Spanish can, at times, be a distinct disadvantage especially in the job market. Being fluently bi-lingual is a virtual guarantee at landing a coveted job, all other things being equal.
Not so in the case of Alejandrina Cabrera of San Luis, Arizona. Ms. Cabrera has been battling for her right to run for mayor of the town of San Luis after having her name removed from the ballot due to her lack of proficiency in English. San Luis is a predominantly Spanish speaking town with an 98.7% Hispanic population, 87% of them speaking Spanish in their homes. Sounds like it shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong.
Despite having been born in the USA, Ms. Cabrera was, as a young child, taken back to Mexico to be raised there due to the lower cost of living. She did not return until she was in her teens. Ms. Cabrera can speak, read and write Spanish and speaks English well enough to get by, albeit with a heavy accent. But it seems as though she cannot speak, read, write and understand enough English to be able to meet the job requirements of mayor, which are legally mandated.
Even though she originally had her name removed from the ballot by the current mayor and her political opponent, this story is more than a local election dispute. It conceivably has broad implications in America, "a country that prides itself as a melting pot."
As an RGQ sidebar here, I dislike the term "melting pot." It implies a melting together of all ingredients that thereby lose their individual flavors. I prefer the term salad bowl, where each ingredient remains to be savored on its own. But that's just me.
Last month, January 27th, a Yuma County Superior Court judge ruled the woman's name should be taken off the ballot. Cabrera appealed the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court which upheld the lower courts ruling last Tuesday, February 7. It isn't clear exactly why the Judge ruled as she did but a written decision is due to follow.
"When he took my right to be on the ballot, he took away the right of the people who want to vote for me," Cabrera said. But did they really take away her rights and the rights of the voters of San Luis, Arizona? Why don't they give the citizens of San Luis a voice in this? Even though it is legally mandated otherwise, shouldn't the majority rule in this case? Or should we enforce an unwritten English-as-the-official-language rule?
As we have learned recently in America, what the people want and vote for are not necessarily what they get.
Despite what many think, we are NOT a majority-rules democracy, where the people vote directly for what they want. We are a republic, where we vote for representatives who then make the laws we are obliged to live by. Check it out.
Despite losing the popular vote, George W. Bush was elected president for a second term by the electoral college, not by the popular vote.
Despite the majority of Californians voting for legalization of marijuana for medical use the federal government has chosen to continue persecuting citizens for choosing and providing medicinal marijuana.
Despite the majority of Californians voting against equal marriage rights for gay people, a small majority, that vote also was nullified by a court ruling as being unconstitutional. That is, against the California constitution, or so I am given to understand, not the federal one, (as the ruling by a California court is not binding on federal matters.)
Okay, dear readers, it seems I've gone off on a tangent. I will try to stay on topic here. Is this about the rights of a single citizen to run for office? Is it about English as the official language? Do you think Ms. Cabrera is truly hindered from doing her job due to her lack of English language skills in this case and if so, how and why? Is it about the increasing disenfranchisement of the American voter, is it about both? You choose.
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Life is a sum of all your choices.
It is our choices that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~J.K. Rowling~ (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)
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Never confuse looking your best with doing your best. - Mardy Grothe
As I grow older , I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me. - H. Rider Haggard
A fourth-grade teacher was giving her pupils a lesson in logic. "Here is the situation," she said. "A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help. His wife hears the commotion, knows he can't swim, and runs down to the bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?"
A girl raised her hand and asked, "To pull out all his savings?"
Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character.
I'm not involved in the politics of religion, but I love what the message is.
You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life - so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself. all from Jane Seymour, English actress, born on this day in 1951
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I was shopping with my wife recently. We had to return some clothing she had purchased. The person who worked in the returns department asked for her I.D. when she returned it. The clothing was perfectly marked with their original tags noting it had been purchased from the store. I wondered why they would need her identification in order to refund her the purchase price since that is what they do with returned products. Had she been trying to get the refund fraudulently, I wondered if they realized that she would probably use fraudulent identification as well.
At an event I hosted recently for some friends who are moving from Ohio to South Carolina, we ordered various beverages with our meals. Some ordered beverages containing alcohol. Of the 50+ in attendance, the only one "carded" was the male of the couple being honored. Much to our amusement, he struggled to find something with his birth date on it since his wife drove to the event. But, I wondered again, if he were truly underaged and wanted to partake, wouldn't he have a fake I.D.? From what I understood when I was in school, way back when, a fake I.D. was easy to obtain. I would imagine they still are.
The news, and many commercials for assistive companies, tell us about identity theft. We are given a list of things to do, or not to do, to assure our identities are safe. We are to shred any waste that may contain any personal information about us. We are not supposed to include our government identification numbers on any form of identification except the one that the government needs. We are to check any receipts from a credit card purchase to make sure only the last few digits of the account number are openly viewable. We should check the various credit bureaus to make sure there aren't accounts listed that do not belong to us.
Some of the newer credit cards and "rewards" cards have RFID (radio frequency identification) chips in them. We do not even have to swipe them in a reader any more. All we have to do is get close enough to the receiver and it gets our information. This isn't unusual. Many companies have such devices that allow one entrance to their facilities. A credit card sized piece of plastic is placed near a receiver and the adjacent door is unlocked. In some cases, with the same action, one's presence is noted for payroll purposes. In a grander scheme, one's telephone can be taken off "night mode" where it had been answered by the machine, the computer can be signed into, the office light lit, all before you get from the entry door to your workstation.
Cell phones have similar technology. As long as they are turned on, they constantly send their I.D. to the network. If there are additional "apps" running on the newer models, they are also sending the user's information for that app. If they are also GPS (Global Positioning System) capable, they also broadcast the user's location. Modules in cars do the same thing. Those equipped with "OnStar" and other similar services can even be remotely controlled in case of theft, shutting them off which prohibits the thief from getting off with it.
There are hand-held scanners that can easily read these signals from RFID, cell phones and GPS units. They don't even have to be very near to receive these signals. An innocuous passer-by could have gathered your information from several feet away that you never noticed, or may not have even seen you.
Here's your quiz:
With all these forms of identification, how do we prevent the subversive theft of some or all of it?
Have you been the victim of identity theft?
Have you ever knowingly obtained any form of identification with incorrect or false information?
Identification - It's Really Me, Honest!
Cliff (the High-Tech Redneck who doesn't rate a fancy 'signature pic')Bob's Byways
I first met Shaman Chief Kitpou at a craft shop/community center where he was enjoying free lodgings on his way across Canada. This he had to do from time to time, because although he was Eastern Algonquin, he had moved near the west coast with the more sober faction from his tribe. Dealing with the Great White Father regularly took him to Ottawa on a shoestring. The too-true joke on many traditional reserves is that the Chief is the poorest person there, because everyone goes to him for help. He showed me their code of laws, and I really wish I'd kept a copy, because there were only three pages, but this was before Xerox.
The Algonquins were one of the six nations in the Iroquois Federation that was the first United States of America, a looser organization than the southern empires of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. It included what became eastern Canada and New England, extending as far as the Potomoc, where their notion that all men are created equal, and none should be King was the meme that broke America free from Europe. James Sidis looked set for a meteoric career in academia until he pointed out how much the U.S. Constitution was adapted from the Penobscot Indians who had accommodated the settlers in what became Washington, DC.
Most of us have heard the Algonquin version of the Golden Rule: Do not judge another until you have walked a mile in his moccasins, or as we might say, seen yourself thoroughly in his situation. One of the other old "laws" I do recall was the special instruction for the successful and lucky: "When you have become a mighty hunter, better than the others in your lodge, you must go into the forest, and visit the tallest, straightest pine tree in your territory. Like yourself, the tree must be the best of its kind. Then, you must greet that pine tree, and tell it all about yourself." Again, a flight of fancy might well suffice for all but the most literal minded. Most of the laws were like that, and none were like the legalese in our subsequent mountain of ineffective regulations. One time, when a Parks Department was having budget woes, I suggested giving some parks back to the Indians, who seemed to have been pretty good at keeping them pristine. Personally, I don't think their answer made as much sense.
Kitpou, who was a dead ringer for Chief Dan George in "Little Big Man" also told me about his own youth in that same wonderful old voice and accent. One of the things that wasn't in The Law, just something that everyone knew, was that it was very important for boys to rub the dust from the wings of butterflies onto their chests. If this was not done, they would not develop properly into strong men with good endurance. He and his friends used to spend hours chasing those butterflies. "But," he said with a glance to make sure I understood, "it sure worked." He came by one time on his way back from a canoe trip in the Arctic with some friends, which he had completed with a broken leg. Besides that, he was stoically enduring two teenage sons who would rather have been near the rodeo, and didn't care about free medicines a lot more powerful than the butterflies. I'm not sure I have ever met a finer man in secular life, and I have gotten around.
Here at the edge of the Boreal Forest, I get to hobnob with working trappers from time to time. One grizzled little Cree who looked like a good target for a mugging told me that he had recently been at a contest where he had packed 800 lbs of flour on his back from one bench to another. He was in training from carrying game out of the bush for his town. Local hunters and trappers are better at wildlife management than any dozen government departments, as long as the fur buyers are not too flush with cash and desire. Most of those cute little fur-bearing critters are able to quickly re-populate an area after a drought. With ranchers moving in, there are not enough wolves and other predators around to keep the Beavers from destroying the remaining forest anywhere near water. Selling a few pelts helps to pay for better ecology overall. I usually sympathize with Greenpeace, but when whole regions are in turmoil, with many endangered species, it seems foolish to favor one voracious predator, the Seal, just because their pups have such cute eyes.
Currently, the fate of much of Canada may be hanging by the thread of Treaty Law, which was not so clearly swept aside recently, and the Spirit of the old Chiefs may be stirring the Idle No More protests across the country and around the world. The new generation is finally seeing allies in the environmental movement, building new bridges to the settlers. It still amazes me that I can hear authentic live stone-age music just a short drive up the road from my house. I do know one old fellow who is really looking for an apprentice to learn about the medicine plants. If anyone has a friend who wants to study healing, it is a rare opportunity to save some ancient lore, which is also endangered.
The ad "What's in YOUR wallet?" inspired my thought, but in this case, it's what's in your briefcase or purse! A friend I've mailed actual letters to for some time finds it easier on her fingers to use e-mail and asked for my e-mail address. So I thought, I'll send her a business card! Sure, as soon as I find one.
My purse got reorganized when I got a cell phone recently. Yep! First one ever. I had been carrying my keys in the little pocket intended for a cell phone, so keys went into a front pocket I call my Office. That became too bulky with keys inside, so the Office got removed - except for a pen because there's a neat pen holder there - and any shopping trip list. Cards did not stay in the purse at all.
Okay, look in Briefcase. A bunch of club flyers, a book from the Cleveland Art Museum (?), a few pages of notes intended for our next club meeting. Gotta get that organized soon. Spring Meeting coming up in March, and as Corresponding Secretary I have quite a pile of things to report. A small pack of club business cards. We have them to hand out when we do events or workshops. No personal business cards.
Where to look next? Well, there's the drawer in my little desk. I shove stuff in there: Receipts for items purchased, the half of a bill you keep when you send the other half to the company with your check - lots of those, a few old cards nobody would toss out, well, I wouldn't. How many thank you cards have you ever received from, signed by, a six year old Great Grandchild? So far, I have two, both in almost legible print. One even has a picture she drew on it! Did you ever put a penny in a machine that flattens it? I have one of those, now imprinted with an insignia of a former railroad line on it. I've spent many hours riding those rails in Amtrak coaches. They used to be known as the Santa Fe Line, now the train is called the Southwest Chief. It stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I get off. I have family there. I have family near a few other rail lines, too. "The train they call the City of New Orleans" still runs from there to Chicago.
Wow! And there were TWO of my personal business cards! Reminder to H - I need more. I will refer to my house partner as H. He is a computer whiz, and taught me what little I know to use this contraption. I came from the world of the Typewriter, and consider this the best typewriter I've ever used, since it doesn't require white-out to correct errors, and re-writes are easier. Spell checking is another matter. While the number of words in this system is okay, sometimes it can act like a total idiot. So I look the word up in a dictionary. And then teach it a new word. Spel-Chek would never win a national spelling bee.Poet-Tree
Odds and Ends -
Female Definitions - from a female perspective.
Argument - A discussion that occurs when you're right, but he just hasn't realized it yet.
Airhead - What a woman intentionally becomes when pulled over by a policeman.
Blonde jokes - Jokes that are short so men can understand them.
Clothes dryer - An appliance designed to eat socks.
Diet Soda - A drink you buy at a convenience store to go with a half pound bag of peanut M&Ms.
Eternity - The last two minutes of a football game.
Exercise - To walk up and down a mall, occasionally resting to make a purchase.
Grocery List - What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.
... to be continued.
Thanks for your limericks - try this one.
Next Line - The girls in the crowd gave a yell...
Hints: Here's a great new rhyming/composition tool. http://www.writerhymes.com/
There's also a great rhyming dictionary at http://www.rhymezone.com/
Limerick rules. http://freespace.virgin.net/merrick.sheldon/limerickrules.htm
My girlfriend was down with the flu.....
So sick she didn't know what to do.....
So she laid in the bed.....
Covered up her head.....
And said, "Scooby, dooby, doo".
- SkeeterMy girlfriend was down with the flu
she spent all day in the loo
t'was an awful plight
she was there all night
and not a soul knew what to do.
- MO in Vancouver
My girlfriend was down with the flu.....
And told about the last time she flew.....
Into a wild rage.....
And got locked in a cage.....
Like the monkeys down at the zoo.
My girlfriend was down with the flu.....
I felt really bad, too.....
'Cause the cure 'bout which we were told.....
Just left her really quite cold.....
We found it too good to be true.
- SkeeterReader Comments
Shaving heads, shaving heads... (With Santa riding on them, Norelco Razors.)
And here's the USA one--
SEE THE USA IN YOUR CHEVROLET
Theme song from NBC's "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" (1957 - 1962)
Dinah Shore - 1957
See the USA in your Chevrolet
America is asking you to call
Drive your Chevrolet through the USA
America's the greatest land of all
On a highway, or a road along the levee
Performance is sweeter
Nothing can beat her
Life is completer in a Chevy
So make a date today to see the USA
And see it in your Chevrolet
(Travelin' east, Travelin' west)
(Wherever you go Chevy service is best)
(Southward or north, near place or far)
(There's a Chevrolet dealer for your Chevrolet car)
So make a date today to see the USA
And see it in your Chevrolet
- Ruth in WA
Well I like Folgers coffee and "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!" - Phyllis
"See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet" comes easily to mind, and "You'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent." One you'll not hear now was "Mabel! Black Label!" However, my favorite was a contest entry that didn't win, but did stick in the mind of one of the judges:
Carnation Milk is the best in the land.
Here I sit, with a can in my hand.
No tits to pull, no hay to pitch,
just punch a hole in the son of a bitch.
With thanks to David Ogilvie - Bob of the North
Here's a few I can recall.
You'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.
Brylcreme, a little dab will do ya.
I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, that is what I truly want to be-e-e
'Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, everyone would be in love with me.
N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestle's makes the very best, Choc'late!
Snap, Crackle, Pop, Rice Krispies.
Hamm's, from the land of sky blue waters.
Good Morning, Good Morning, the best to you each morning
K-E-Double L, O-Double Good, Kellogg's best to you.
Be Sociable! Have a Pepsi.
I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.
-Joe from California-
You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush you teeth with Pepsodent - dEE
[ This one seems to have stuck in the minds of many! - Cliff ]
I know lots of yo-yo's, two and four legged, Some are even related! Never had a fancy yo-yo, and tricks, yeah, that never happened either. I'm a klutz. Not a good thing for those who yo. I have been in a state of yo, occasionally. - Ruth in WA
We have a small ceramic plaque near our front door that says," I may grow older, but I'll never grow up". Yes, there's Yo-Yos here. Kaleidoscopes, too. (and kites). My partner is the Yo-Yo person. I own the collection of tubes and mirrors and scraps of glass that reflect designs. We know a Yo-Yo Master who also builds his own - there's one of his magnificent Yo-Yos among the 30 some that collect here. At our house, these goodies are part of our Christmas Stocking "Santa" thing. We even let kids play with some of them. - Nancy L in Ohio
I was severely yo-yo challenged. I guess I didn't possess the correct wrist action. It just didn't like to go back uphill for me. Same with hula-hoops. Had to have one, but it too wanted to stay down. It spent more time at my feet than on my waist. Now, a Slinky that's a different story. Loved it, but still can't figure out how it works. I've got one boxed up somewhere maybe I'll pull it out and... study it again. LDO in OH
I can't say that any of my friends or relatives have had addiction treatment, but enough of my clients are repeat participants to convince me that many, if not most addiction services don't do much good. - Lucille
My husband went to AA and he has been clean since 1980.So yes the program works but you do have to work the program. - dEE
I would love read your thoughts about RFID chip plants. I've heard rumors that the new healthcare law will require all US citizens to one day have this chips implanted. A human microchip implant is an integrated circuit device or RFIDtransponder encased in silicate glass and implanted in the body of a human being. Asubdermal implant typically contains a unique ID number that can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as personal identification, banking information, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information. Christians believe that this is biblical as the bible talks about one day having a mandatory mark to buy or sell. I think an article on this could open up a very interesting dialog to your readers. - Michelle
[ Several states have either written laws prohibiting mandatory human RFID implants, or are in the process of doing so. There has been several cases of cancer found in mice which was in the area of the implant. This has brought much additional concern as to the safety of the devices. Some are concerned solely about the information they might contain. Even the most liberal state, California, has already taken such action against their use. I'd guess other states would take similar action if they felt it could become mandatory. - Cliff ]
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