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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Two aspects of immigration reform that get shoved under the carpet -

1. Wages: People are frightened that if all the undocumented people become citizens, they will go out, get jobs, and depress wages, especially at the low end. The fact is, undocumented people are already working, and precisely because they are undocumented, they are lowering wages. Given the protection of citizenship, they would be able to organize to demand better treatment.

2. Disenfranchisement: We hear a lot about Republican fears of Latinos supporting Democrats. What we don't hear about is this: the United States economy depends on the young workers arriving as immigrants. Our failure to recognize this and provide a means for authorized entrance to the US means that we have developed a large underclass denied the right to vote.

November 22, 1963

Buffalo: the hidden disaster - Up here in the Great Lakes,

we love to kid about stocking up and then just relaxing when there is a snow event. That's fine for some salaried people. The problem is, a lot of people had to use personal time and/or vacation time this week while the roads were closed. What's worse, a lot of people who get paid by the hour will have no paycheck at all next Friday.

Shovel out South Buffalo!

Gather at Old 1st Old First Ward Community Center 9am Saturday 11/22. Bring your snow shovel and help free your fellow Buffalonians! If you cannot shovel, please join us and bring goodies to fuel the shovel mob.


Ah, c'mon! The Buffalo area was hit with record breaking snowfall,

and is prepping for record flooding as all that snow melts over the week-end. I just checked the weather report - it calls for icy rain on Saturday. Ice is the worst - it brings down tree branches and takes down power lines.

My daughter has changed her estimate of what might happen in Buffalo this week-end -

back of the envelope calculations were for a 500 year flood event; now some are talking of a possible 1000 year flood event.

(Without going into detail - she is an upper level employee of a government department very concerned about this.)

I called my father-in-law to warn him to expect his basement to flood - his comment ?

"Well, they talk about global warming, but it's pretty cold here."

One thing about living in the Snow Belt that you rarely hear about -

everyone watches out for each other. I went into the ditch once, called Triple A and had ten different cars stop by over the next half hour to make sure I was alright.

I got stuck on a hill last winter, and had to park in the lot of a pizzeria. When I went in to explain why my car was in their lot, a complete stranger gave me a ride home.

I can't tell you how many times in 35 years of driving someone has given me a push.

People carry jumper cables so they can help each other out.

I've had neighbors plow my drive when they knew my husband was out of town.

There's a reason Buffalo is the City of Good Neighbors.

Meanwhile, in Upstate New York,

the search for Buffalo continues......


to be fair - the snow is actually falling in a band just south of the city.

I wish Obama could win, but he can't - HRC has overwhelming support

and America isn't ready to elect a black man President.

Just a reminder.

Here's one of the better pain scales I've seen:

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