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Greetings from Jet Blue Park

We drove down from Boston to see a Red Sox spring training game. Talk about rolling out the red carpet for ordinary people! A shuttle took us a couple hundred feet from the parking lot to the entrance. Hundreds of seniors (meaning, old people like us) in blue shirts are greeting and welcoming people like they're old friends.

The skies are blue, it's 83 degrees but our seats are in the shade, a funky band is playing, and I bought a new straw hat with a big B on the band.

Damage done! ⚾️⚾️⚾️

Huh. Our dog's eye pressure is high.

She's only four years old. Her comprehensive exam was today. One eye is ok. The ok range is up to 25, and hers is 31 in the other eye. He's sending home a prescription.

The drug name he told me on the phone is one I take -- for glaucoma. It will be interesting to see how dosages and costs compare.

Well, she takes after her mom. 😕

Our terrier-mix Luna is watching the Westminster Dog Show, thinking

"I don't need no stinkin' pedigree! My mom and pop love me just the way I am."

Very true.

Just saw "They Shall Never Grow Old."

This is an amazing documentary using ONLY 100-year-old film footage from World War I including front-line footage narrated by servicemen who were actually there.

Sounds impossible, but director Peter Jackson explains how they restored the film, corrected speed and quality, and colorized all the war scenes and even synced the voiceovers with the silent film. The narrators recorded their stories in the 1970's.

One hundred years! The people look, talk, and act like they're in a war movie made today, but the death and horror shown are real.

1.5 million people in Boston for the Pats parade today.

A couple more than Dumbass's inauguration crowd. ** snicker **

We filed taxes exactly a week ago, and refund was in our bank this morning.

That's the fastest I can remember. They must be working 24/7 ahead of a threatened second shut-down.

Adam Levine is hot.

My FB gift to evangelical wall-mongers quoting scripture today.


Obama quote misused on FB by the Rethugs

A RWNJ posted in my newsfeed part of a 2005 speech where he said we can't allow people to pour into the US undetected, undocumented, unchecked. I found the rest of the speech and posted it:

Obama said that his aim was to bring the debate toward the sensible center” through “pragmatic, comprehensive reform.”

He did, in fact, deride those “who enter the country illegally,” saying they are “showing disregard for those who are following the law.”

But Obama then pivoted to make two other points.

“Having said that, securing the borders alone does not solve immigration management,” he said. “We’re going to have to better manage legal immigration in order to end illegal immigration. . . . Right now we’ve got millions of illegal immigrants who live and work here without knowing their identity or background. That’s part of the reason we need a guest worker program to replace the flood of illegals with a regulated stream of legals who enter the United States after checks and with access to labor rights.”

Obama then turned to “a third principle,” which he said “is most important.”

“If we hope to bring the 11 million existing undocumented workers out of the shadows into the open, we have to give them a reason,” Obama said. “I am sympathetic, and I understand people’s frustrations with respect to those who have come here illegally, but we have to understand that they are now here, they are paying taxes, they are raising families, many of their children are U.S. citizens who were born here and are going to school here, and if we are going to get some handle on that population, then we’ve got to give them some incentive in order to come out into the open.”

“This means that we’re going to have to grant them some sort of interim legal status to work with the opportunity to eventually earn citizenship,” Obama said.

In a 2006 speech on the Senate floor, Obama sounded even less like Trump, asserting that “while security might start at our borders, it doesn’t end there.”

He continued: “In fact, I will not support any bill that does not provide this earned path to citizenship for the undocumented population — not just for humanitarian reasons; not just because these people, having broken the law, did so for the best of motives, to try and provide a better life for their children and their grandchildren; but also because this is the only practical way we can get a handle on the population that is within our borders right now."

(This is from The Washington Post but I can't do a link)

Manu Chao - Desaparecido

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