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Retired corporate paralegal.

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For those of you concerned about the discrepancy of surname spellings

I've been doing genealogy research for over 40 years. The one thing that made things easier for me was the understanding that spelling means nothing. With the low literacy level of some demographics, some didn't even know how to spell their own names or agree with other family members on how to spell their names. Spelling of a name can be different even within the same family.

Also, public records were written by officials, not the family member. So, depending on the national origin or educational level of the officials, they wrote down names as they heard them, i.e., phonetically. There was no standardization of spelling. Imagine an Irish official at Ellis Island writing down the name of a Greek immigrant. Or a German census official writing down an English name. A friend of mine found numerous spellings for her surname, Deal. She found Deale, Dhiel, Dhiele, Diel, Deall.

So, while doing your research, pay more attention to how a name SOUNDS, rather than what it looks like on paper.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 02:38 AM (1 replies)

As a paralegal, I had a notary license for many years.

The firm paid the annual license fee, the bond fees and the annual insurance premiums required for licensing. Since I only used it for in-house purposes, I never kept the journal and photocopies of proofs of identification necessary for a public license. Do you need it for your job or are you going to go into business providing notary services. If providing services directly to the public, check your state's laws on what is necessary to do so. If you don't have a bond and insurance, you could be personally liable for any mistakes in notarizations.

Some things to watch for: only notarize signatures that are signed in front of you and only with identification of the person signing (drivers license, passport). I once had a guy ask me to notarize his wife's signature -- he had her sign it at home and brought it to me. I told him that she would have to come to my office, with identification, and a blank document and sign it in my presence. Once a guy asked me to notarize an application for a visa (don't remember which country). He had the proper identification and was going to sign it in my presence. However, I read the notarization paragraph which said that I was attesting to his good character. While we worked at the same company, he was two floors away from me and I really didn't know him well enough to put my ass on the line for him like that. I declined to notarize. Watch the language of the notarization paragraph -- you are only certifying the identification of the person signing, not the accuracy or veracity of the contents of the document.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 01:45 AM (0 replies)

WW II ended 69 years ago.

Just exactly how many former Nazis are collecting Social Security that the entire Congress of the United States needed to take the time, effort and assets involved to introduce, discuss and pass this law and then take up the President's time to sign it. And they did this instead of dealing with issues that affect millions of people, the environment, the economy or other important works. Unless the bill provides for repayment by former Nazis, time and effort would have been better spent on something more useful. Doing nothing while appearing to be doing something. That pretty much sums up this Congress.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 02:38 AM (1 replies)

It depends, I guess.

If Teapartiers want him, all laws, rules, customs, and history will be fried, tied, lied, and broken to achieve their goal. If not, he won't get past first base. Expect to see some astounding hypocrisy from the right!

For those of us who are interested in upholding laws, we need to see that all conditions were met whereby a child born of an American parent while abroad were met. Cruz's father was a Cuban citizen at the time of Teddie's birth and it was Teddie's mother who was the US citizen living in Canada. Citizenship was never a valid issue for President Obama as he was born in Hawaii and had citizenship by virtue of birth in an American state.

Here's the website that contains the requirements for securing US citizenship if born abroad: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/events-and-records/birth.html It's a State Department website so I think we can count on the accuracy of the statement of requirements. I am particularly interested in this: "Parents of a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen or citizens should apply for a CRBA and/or a U.S. passport for the child as soon as possible. Failure to promptly document a child who meets the statutory requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth may cause problems for the parents and the child when attempting to establish the childís U.S. citizenship and eligibility for the rights and benefits of U.S. citizenship..."

Oh, and about that renunciation -- It isn't just a matter of SAYING he renounces his Canadian citizenship, there are DOCUMENTS required to affect the renunciation which need to be filed with and approved by the Canadian government. At the very least, we need to see the long-form documents, don't ya think?

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 12:49 AM (0 replies)

A friend of mine

had fibroids for many years with heavy bleeding and cramping as a result. I first met her when she was a Temp at the office I worked at. We became friends, she told me about her fibroids and said that she had no insurance and couldn't do anything about them but take acupuncture for the pain. She subsequently was given a full-time permanent job complete with health insurance. I talked with her again about having a hysterectomy now that she had insurance. She didn't want to because of the down-time and this was a new job and she couldn't take the time off. She also had issues with "western medicine" and preferred other treatments. She was there a couple of years and then moved on. Later, when the bleeding and pain became debilitating, she finally went to a doctor only to learn that she had Stage 4 uterine cancer. The fibroids had been masking the cancerous tumors. She died five months later.

So, when I had some problems and learned that it was fibroids, I INSISTED that I have a complete hysterectomy, just on the chance that fibroids might be masking cancerous tumors, like my friend. I had the hysterectomy and was fortunate enough not to have cancer. Now my daughter has fibroids. She knows about my friend's cancer and death. She has been pushing her doctor to do a hysterectomy but the doctor is one of those "let's wait and see" types. I told her that she should just go to the surgeon I went to and do it before something goes wrong. Taking the uterus out as whole as possible will contain any tumors that might exist. This slice n'dice method spreads cancer if it is present so there's no sense in taking chances.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Nov 26, 2014, 02:10 AM (0 replies)

No, it's not only democratic voters

however, it's known that the higher the voter turn-out, the more likely the Democrats will win. So, in order to keep the turn-out as low as possible, the repubs are willing to sacrifice their own. And, I suspect, a bit of repub snobbery - if you cant afford to register or get to the polling place, they don't want your vote anyway. And as far as "cant possibly be so may people", the exercise of democracy requires that voting be accessible to all citizens.

Yes, there would be pro-bono attorneys, but the bottom line is the same. Every document necessary for voter registration costs money, some more than others. When the choice is $50 worth of groceries for the kids or $50 for a certified birth certificate, it is more likely that the groceries will be top priority. That's why the 24th amendment to the constitution banned the poll tax, and any document that requires a fee for purpose of registration is de facto a poll tax.

Not everyone has a SS#. The requirement for a SS# changed over time and it was not required for children to obtain one (for tax identification purposes on parent's returns) until 1986. And the real killer was the Real ID Act of 2005 which "Establishes State driverís license and identification security standards which requires States to confirm with Social Security a SSN for issuance of a drivers license or identity card". (P.L. 109-13) Prior to 2005, a drivers license or identity card was sufficient ID for any purpose, including voter registration.

These voter ID laws contain other voter-suppression tricks besides specific ID documentation. For example, by reducing Sunday early voting, it hampers inner-city people who have, for years, gone to their local church on Sunday and the church taking them by bus to their polling place. This was particularly important for people who work all week and not able to take time off for voting, for those without cars for transportation to the polling place and for the elderly and/or handicapped people who have mobility difficulties.

Another trick used is the relocation of the polling place without adequate notification. When it is difficult enough to get to a local polling station, the problems are prohibitive in locating and getting to a new station. I saw a news item on MSNBC a couple of months back where they interviewed a woman (it was Detroit, if I recall correctly) who said that her polling place was previously just a couple of blocks from her home, but since its been relocated it takes two bus transfers just to get to the new place. The time involved and the bus cost is a sure deterrent to voting.

Some of the voter suppression laws have required re-registration, even when people have been voting for decades. This is the most hard-hit demographic as they are the least likely to have any of the documentation required.

Fortunately (for me anyway), I live in Washington State. We have on-line registration; when my granddaughter turned 18 I helped her register to vote on-line. We have mail-in ballots. Those of use who have been registered to vote since dirt was young have not been required to re-register or provide any additional ID documents.

In my opinion, the answer to the voter suppression laws is to expand registration availability, require fee-less documentation and vote by mail, with no postage required. Naw -- that would be too simple.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Oct 14, 2014, 03:12 AM (0 replies)

While you may be right about gains in the States

I think that more pressing is keeping the Senate out of the hands of the Republicans. If they control both the House and the Senate, I believe we would see more and more effort by Repubs to cancel/repeal/re-write any national gains that have been made since Obama took office. It will be a two-year battle between the President's veto and a Senate over-ride of the veto. For example, Ted Kruz has said a priority would be to repeal every word of Obamacare. Impeachment is a foregone conclusion if they have both houses, regardless of the fact that there are no impeachable charges, just their general wish to change the outcome of the last two elections.

So, no, there is no consolation in winning governorships.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 01:19 AM (0 replies)

Rachel Maddow made it all clear to me tonight

when she went over the list of military equipment used in last night's bombing raids by our so-called "allies" in the area. With the exception of the French jet, all of the planes used by the five "allies" were either new or used US military. I saw in an instant that the real reason behind this new war is to create new and larger markets for US war producers. As I've said many times before, boys and girls, it's ALWAYS about the money. You can never go wrong if you remember that.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Sep 24, 2014, 02:34 AM (17 replies)


I was opposed to the draft during the Vietnam War and remain opposed to involuntary servitude, regardless of how well wrapped in the flag it comes. While I sympathize with the dead and injured from Iraq/Afghanistan, at least they volunteered and made an actual decision to put their lives on the line for multi-national corporate interests.

Likewise, I'm opposed to a war tax. Not that the lack of funding for a war ever deterred TPTB from entering into war, as an individual, I don't want to pay even more in taxes to support the warmongering that seems continual.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 09:07 PM (0 replies)

Police brutality spans ages and races.

My mother lived in Chicago as a young woman in the early 1940's. I recall her telling me that a neighbor of hers, a Chicago policeman, used to laugh and tell her how funny it was that so many people they arrested fell down the stairs at the station, breaking bones. No one race, age or gender was targeted -- just people who could not defend themselves against the police.

So many reports like this, both current and in the past, indicate to me that the police force attracts the type of person who wants the cover of job and badge to commit the acts of brutality that would land them in jail otherwise. It is due to the prevalence of cell phones, and other video recording devices, that the extent of their actions comes to light. And as long as the police are in charge of investigating accusations of police brutality, nothing will change. What's needed is a civilian review board who are completely independent of the police. Not a prosecutor who comes from a family of cops, one of whom was killed on the job, like the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case.

The citizens of Ferguson are understanding that they have the power to change things by the power of their vote. There is a voter registration effort going on. I wish them luck.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 09:30 PM (0 replies)
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