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  1. You don't have to use your real name on Facebook. Who's gonna know? I use a fake name, a throwaway email alias, a VPN to hide my location, and an ad blocker so that I see absolutely no bells, whistles, or shiny objects.
  2. I will miss most of you. When I was a kid, I remember asking my wise mother why everybody didn't think the same way. She suggested that if everyone thought the same way, there would be no progress. Years later, I read "Johnathan Livingston Seagull", and then realized what she meant. Years after that I read philosophy exclusively for over a year. Some advocated the position that the world progresses by synthesizing opposing viewpoints into a new paradigm. So I developed a toleration of others' viewpoints...most times, but not always. I still remember my first post here. I was applauding Robert Mugabe for confiscating White farms from settlers' descendants and re-appropriating it back to Zimbabwe and its people. This was before Mugabe became corrupt. Most of the "White-ish" posters here excoriated me. But I stood my ground. I only posted on Locals and Open Mike for a while after that though. I still remember Jeb and SCV, who would start annual Civil War threads like clockwork. And ybnormal, who complained about Baltimore City almost as much as Guido, but I liked that poster. And there was a poster who absolutely fascinated me with his vocabulary. He wasn't posing. Nearly all of his words were seven letters or longer! And I enjoyed Kandace's comments, which bought a much-needed Afrocentric perspective to the Conversation. We all don't think alike. The year I decided I would attend Spotfest and meet some of you, I suffered a catastrophic stroke - a brain hemorrhage in 2006. By the grace of God, I remained mentally functional, in spite of some of my posts to the contrary. Many of you were more than generous - with both thoughts and money, and I will never forget your collective goodwill. In fact I did my share of crying upon experiencing those Good Vibrations, and I am certain that they aided my recovery. There is no doubt in my mind that we are a "family". And just like family there are arguments and insults over the course of 20 years. I derived more from this message board than just discussing and debating issues. Sunspot has also had therapeutic value in keeping my mind "sharp" since 2006. I have maintained a level of consciousness and articulation that is, in part, due to the mental mechanics of posting here. When I first started posting here in 2001, not only was I typing in all caps, but I was pecking slowly at the keyboard. Eventually, from regular posting here - and also with help from Mavis Beacon (in the dark; my idea) - I progressed to a peak of 35 wpm typing by touch. That resulted in me getting an easier work assignment that involved occasional to frequent typing. Never wouldda happened if it hadn't been for Sunspot. Bon Voyage`!
  3. Well then what was up with the "reactionary" reply to me?
  4. J. Edgar Hoover stands out in my mind...
  5. You may be right. I haven't handled it for years. My fading photographic memory could be mistaking the DVD for a book. I don't have a lot of DVD's...maybe around 6 or 7.
  6. When will Republicans & Tramp stop stonewalling against a comprehensive immigration plan for Congress to consider? And Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was just smiling, grinning, and bouncing up and down as he quoted scripture in a sorry attempt at justifying this mess.
  7. I did some online checking, and school lunch menus seem to have improved somewhat with more real food items included now.
  8. I used to watch Eyewitness News in the morning before work, and I sadly noted the differences in the Baltimore City School Lunch Menu and those of predominantly White county schools. The City schools more often than not had tater tots, fries, pizza, and other ready-made heat & serve items while select county schools would have baked potatoes or some other starch, a vegetable or tossed salad, and a meat item, and maybe fruit and milk. There were exceptions, but the disparity in menu selection was readily apparent. This was in the 90's. I don't know about now.
  9. Thanks! I didn't know that.
  10. Both of them are flawed. My point was that White sociologists like Myrdal & Moynihan have no "first-hand" knowledge of Black people, and that their conclusions were just as flawed or irrelevant as many of the studies hst2 brings up. Another book - "The Death of White Sociology: Essays On Race And Culture" by Joyce A. Ladner, Ph.D. (a fellow of the Brookings Institution, a nationally recognized sociologist, and former President of Howard University) is a group of essays centering on the limits and deformities of "white" social science, and the possibilities of making the disciplines more meaningful and practical to the Black condition. Some of the essays examine the faults in Myrdal's & Moynihan's perceptions of Black families & communities based upon first-hand accounts. "The Death of White Sociology" offers brilliant descriptions of Black identity with excellent essays from writers like Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, who take aim at the "social science fiction" of Euro-American sociological analysis, as well as political scientist Ron Walters's "Toward a Definition of Black Social Science" and E. Franklin Frazier's unsentimental critique, "The Failure of the Negro Intellectual." The writers' essays examine and refute Eurocentric distortions of what and who Black people are.