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Albuquerque, NM

"Hispanic or Latino"

My Ancestors immigrated from England through Ellis Island in New York in 1834 and 1836. My maternal ancestors settled in Western New York State and my Paternal Ancestors were farmers in far Northern New York State along the Saint Lawrence River. My Father's Mother was of French-Canadian Stock....(The Tories in the revolution). Great great uncles from both my Fathers and mother's side fought for the Union in the Civil War one of them at Gettysburg in the New York 10th Artillery at the center of the Union lines facing Pickett's Charge.The other was a Cavalry Officer. One of my Mother's older brothers served in France during WWI. My Father's youngest brother was in the Army in the Pacific during WWII. So I would say that I am mostly British with a touch of French-Canuck.  (Oct 8, 2012 | post #8)

Albuquerque, NM

"Hispanic or Latino"

In New Mexico many times I hear those of Mexican heritage refer to themselves and others of that heritage as Hispanic or Spanish. I have been here awhile and am used to this; but recently had guests from “Back East” who asked why they did this. I simply said that it was the way it has always been. However, when I started to think about it I began to wonder about it myself, so I looked into the definitions. I found that “Spanish” is not officially an ethnicity, it is a language. I also found that the term “Hispanic” refers to the persons from Spain, Portugal or Iberian nations who speak Spanish. The persons from the Caribbean, South America, and Central America who were colonized by Spain are “Latins”. In Albuquerque, I hear “Hispanic” all the time and almost never hear “Latino”. Only rarely does someone refer to themselves as “Mexican” As a student of New Mexican and New Mexico Territory History, I am well aware of the Spanish heritage of this area back to Onate and Santa Fe. It seems to me that while indeed, the Conquistadores were Spanish, the people who came up the Rio Grande with them as Soldiers and workers were from Mexico. The actual number of Spaniards was fairly small and so I must assume that the vast percentage of the descendents would have been Mexican or mixed Mexican and Indian blood. Will someone please explain to me then why folks use “Hispanic” instead of ”Latin” or Mexican? Surely the Mexicans are as proud of their heritage as I am of my own.  (Oct 8, 2012 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Mitt Romney's 47% Remarks

What the hell does my Southern leaning have to do with any of this? Is it my comments that upset you or my username? I don't recall trying to insult anyone here why do you have to resort to personal attacks?  (Sep 24, 2012 | post #317)

Albuquerque, NM

Mitt Romney's 47% Remarks

You mean the way Clinton fought in Vietnam? I had a Major Navigator fly on my crew during Vietnam. I also had a friend who was another Morman Major who had his own crew, and flew in formations with me. Who told you Mormons do not serve their country? Joe Biden's son is no different from any other son who serves. Having a son serve doesn't qualify the father for anything. And, come to think of it in which military branch did your president serve?  (Sep 24, 2012 | post #316)

Albuquerque, NM

Mitt Romney's 47% Remarks

Today, and it looks like for the next term, I do not have one Sad....  (Sep 24, 2012 | post #310)

Albuquerque, NM

Mitt Romney's 47% Remarks

For Silk.......Why not just take it for the truth it is...... Show me what part of his statement is untrue, please.....  (Sep 23, 2012 | post #290)

Albuquerque, NM

Mitt Romney's 47% Remarks

He is your president , not mine. Respect is earned, not bestowed. I neither respect nor honor him or his America hating wife. I believe his birth certificate is a fake, as is his SSN. Be of good cheer though, I too believe he will win. God help America.  (Sep 19, 2012 | post #26)

Albuquerque, NM

Mitt Romney's 47% Remarks

With Mommy and Daddy paying for your private schools, college, post-graduate degree, buying you your first home and first new cars, and loaning you a lot of bucks to start your own business, how do you figure you "built it alone"? I guess this means that you would rather have these expenses paid for for by the Muslim interests that put the current POTUS in office. Come on guys at least Romney is an actual American citizen..... Nobody really knows for sure about Barry.  (Sep 18, 2012 | post #6)

Albuquerque, NM

Romney-Ryan - Albuquerque, NM

Supposedly God created man in his own image. But God is a spirit, not a person. What does that tell you.  (Sep 17, 2012 | post #20)

Albuquerque, NM

Lessons of Lybia

A lybia is a labia on a trangendered female  (Sep 17, 2012 | post #42)