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  1. I've been curious about vanity plates here. Maybe you know the answer to this. When you sell a car with a personalized plate, does the plate go with the car (as is normal) or does the plate stay with you? Or maybe the personalized plate just goes "dead"?
  2. A friend of mine has an extremely large property in the far north central part of Costa Rica, not far from the Nica border. It's a very old titled land-grant that is even shown on most maps. It has teak, hardwoods and some protected species of tree in quantities rarely seen nowadays. He's been advertising it for sale on a few web sites for a some years but, due to it's size and the resulting price (multi-millions), it hasn't generated much interest and he's in zero hurry to sell. But about 18 months ago, a prospect appeared and began negotiations while my friend was in the States. Back and
  3. It really doesn't matter what you do or don't do. Remember that all governments are constituted by flawed human beings. There is no rule, no law, no Constitution, no right, no citizenship that cannot be rescinded/revised or new laws/rules created that remove or reverse any now existing law - anywhere in the world. Any such law or rule created by man can be reversed. There are no inalienable rights, save those laws of physics. In the name of religion, race or political ideology, individuals and whole populations have been murdered, persecuted, expelled and imprisoned even where they ha
  4. Interesting that you bring up seismic activity on the Nicaraguan route. That issue has been raised before but not for any sound engineering motivations. In the book Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer he writes: "In 1898 the chief of the French Canal Syndicate (a group that already owned large swathes of land across Panama), Philippe Bunau Varilla, hired William Nelson Cromwell to lobby the U.S. Congress for the Panama Canal. In 1902, taking advantage of a year with increased volcanic activity in the Caribbean Sea, Cromwell planted a story in the New York Sun reporting that the Momotombo volcano had
  5. New York (CNN) -- Two workers at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport post office were exposed to phosphoric acid Sunday from a package that originated from China, a law enforcement official said. The package was identified after workers smelled an odor emanating from it, the official said. A hazardous response team from the FBI responded to the airport "out of an abundance of caution," said Peter Donald, a spokesman for the FBI in New York. The product was identified as organophosphate and secured by Port Authority police. The package was contained to the post office, and airport operations
  6. And I expect they will consider the intent of the following: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Definition of the word "welfare" as originally applied: "Welfare welfare n. 1. health, happiness, or prosperity; well-being. [<ME wel faren, to fare well] Source: AHD Welfare in today's co
  7. Hi DanaJ I am sure that MortSahl does not have administrator privileges on the Forum and it requires an administrator to do such a thing. My best guess is that this was seen as a better place for this discussion than the "colone vs. dollar" it was originally in and one of the admins moved it.
  8. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. The items as listed above are NOT correct. Social Security and DHHS are not a part of the discretionary budget group. Defense/security is discretionary and accounts for 22.22% ($680B) of the TOTAL budget, not 20.1% of only 38%. Defense is also expected to require an additional supplemental spending bill, possibly in the range of $40–50 billion, later this Spring. SS and DHHS belong to the group of "mand
  9. Hi there Happy; Paul (Epicatt) is right but maybe a litle soft here - but hey, we love the place and hate to point out the warts but warts there are. Even in normal times there were a multitude of projects in Costa Rica that would never be finished by the original developers. Now, as a result of the recession, it is much worse; a few projects are on their third and fourth resurrections and re-marketing and are about to go bust AGAIN. BEWARE! The legal system here does NOT protect the buyer anywhere close to the extent you are familiar with in the States. There is NO re
  10. There must be some strange transformation of Fox programming when viewed from Costa Rica, as TG clearly is a model of critical thinking and discernment. Come on TG - are you Trolling? The above statement has NEVER applied to Fox as known and loved in the States. Consider: Would a true neo-con tolerate anything that offers ideological balance and moderation?
  11. Status? What's a status? I have no status now - I'm not sure I ever did.

  12. WOW - that IS different. I see better edit tools right off the bat..
  13. No, he is not perfect but he is OK by me. I'll bet his successor will not be as fine a statesman.
  14. Laura, I must disagree although I do not know the origination of the charge against this man nor the evidence presented at his trial. I have been unable to find it. If someone has it, it would be very instructive to know. The man himself never spends any time protesting his innocence of the actual charges or even explaining them. In fact just the opposite (see further down). That silence makes him much less than sympathetic. Why he came to Costa Rica and under what guise is not the root, although that is unexplained as well. I do think that there is a little chanc
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