June 15th, 2007


Finally Justice After 43 Years


"A 71-year-old man alleged to have been a member of the Ku Klux Klan has been found guilty of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 deaths of two black teenagers that sparked a summer of violence later depicted in the film Mississippi Burning.

James Ford Seale had pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Dee, both aged 19 at the time of their disappearance on May 2 1964. Their bodies were later found in the Mississippi river.

Seale's conviction was achieved on the words of a confessed Klansman, Charles Edwards, who was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for turning on his old friend.

Defence lawyers that the case was flimsy because it relied on the evidence of one man, an 'admitted liar'. 'This case all comes down to the word of one man, an admitted liar, a man out to save his own skin. A case based on his word is no case at all,' the lead defence lawyer, Kathy Nester, said.

Seale has always denied membership of the KKK.

Before the trial started, a former FBI agent gave evidence that he had confronted Seale and accused him of the murder a few months after the deaths. 'Yes, but I'm not going to admit it. You are going to have to prove it,' Edward Putz said Seale had replied."

Profits from Brown Bagging It

Since Juannie and I started South Beach on April 13th, I have been bringing my lunch to work almost every day. Brown bagging has always been a challenge for me. One issue is that I am not organized enough in the morning to pack a lunch. Another issue is that I have a severe phobia about reheating things in a community microwave. My phobia has been exacerbated by the awful smells that regularly emanate from the kitchen on my floor as people heat up some extremely stenchy stuff at lunch time. (Cooked fish never smells good to me but it's especially wretched while being warmed in the microwave. And someone on my floor eats fish a lot. Bleh!)

I knew, though, that if our dieting efforts were going to be successful I would have to get more organized and find things to eat that would not often require microwaving. Juannie has been a very big help. On days that he does not go to work early, he usually puts lunch together for me and he has found some decent South Beach brand meals that do not need to be heated up.

On the days I do have to heat my lunch, I do it very early before the stinky food people have a chance to foul the microwaves. I've learned that if it's a meal I really like such as chicken stir fry or Venezualan beef, then I am more apt to suck it up. But I will admit that I have brought a couple of lunches home because people wreaked havoc in the kitchen very early and the smell freaked me out. I opted for salad bar on those days.

Another result of this new habit is that some days I wind up eating by myself because everyone is going out for lunch. On these days I've gotten into the routine of reading a bunch of blogs about saving and investing so I can find ways to make the most of this money that we're not spending on eating out.

Since I started reading these blogs, I've taken a hard look at our assets versus liabilities (which was not as scary as I thought it would be) and put in place a plan to pay off our credit card debt in a little less than two years. I am currently working on organizing all of our financial data such as account numbers, log-ins and passwords to all of our accounts, balance info, etc. in a binder so we can find info quickly plus I'm setting up a new budget for us using a spreadsheet I found at one of the sites.

So after two months of bringing my lunch, I have lost twenty-three pounds, saved a lot of money and I am learning a lot about personal finance. All of this makes me very happy.

Check out the links to some of the websites I've found behind the cut...

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