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March 28th, 2014
thesmithian

'…my band that I travel with, a bunch of vigilant gangsters, philosophers, poets, businessmen on some days, and brothers and sisters, nerds, geeks, and jokers on another, or sometimes all at the same time. It happens and it is the highest of most companies. They are my teachers, my guides, my love, and a part of my soul. They help complete the music and they shine a whole lot of light all the time. Now that’s some serious electricity and some serious company…'

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January 21st, 2014
thesmithian

'…can you imagine the media's reaction if, as U.S. Senator, Barack Obama had angrily wagged his finger in the face of Illinois voters during town hall meetings, or if he had flown in a $12 million, state-owned helicopter to attend one of his daughter's baseball games? Chris Christie did those things and the D.C. press never flinched as journalists built him up as an “authentic” leader.'

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January 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
Brown skin that’s often perceived as ‘otherness’ in parts of America is not seen that way in much of the world. After traveling to more than 25 countries (and 48 of the states), I call being brown in a region of brown-skinned people ‘masking.’ I experienced it in southern India, where many people were similar shades of brown as me or darker. I was not mistaken for being a local, but I could circulate less conspicuously than fair-skinned visitors.
December 20th, 2013
thesmithian

A Caribbean hotelier has called for strengthening the hotel sector’s ties to local food producers. Such local linkages generate several benefits, Barbadian hotelier Ralph Taylor said. “First, tourists want to savor the local delicacies. In fact, one of the most common complaints is the dearth of local dishes.” Taylor…said that the other reason was economic. “…you will have to pay a lot more to have your food imported from abroad. Besides, tourists do not want their dinners to come on the same flight as they did…[local food] also means we can employ more local recipes and hire more local people to cook the local delicacies. Make no mistake—genuine and attractive local food is one of the major attractions for all tourists…”

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December 19th, 2013
thesmithian

When published in Spanish…Martínez’s book bore a title that translates as “The Migrants Who Don’t Matter.” Changing that to “The Beast” may subtly shift the emphasis to the train and away from its reluctant passengers, but Martínez never wavers in his focus on the Salvadorans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans who travel “without anyone but robbers and kidnappers even glancing in their direction.”

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October 3rd, 2013
thesmithian
Due to the government shut-down, President Obama’s travel to Indonesia and Brunei has been cancelled…The President made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government.
the White House, in a written statement
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