Jul 28, 2017

Oregon Soul Mates

file under.........

going on a vacation with your dog and cat and having fun just being together

Jul 15, 2017

Roger Waters One-On-One with Smerconish on Donald Trump. #RogerWaters #P...

Just wanted to tell everyone about my recent trip to Palestine.......

Chloe Louise Just suggesting everyone might want to think two times about Israel and Palestine. I have been following the situation over there for several years and I finally went there to try and better understand some of the problems. right now many Palestinians are suffering a lack of water and a shortage of electricity due to the rules and regulations of the settlements. The people there were so lovely and hospitable and touring the holy sites was amazing. I feel so lucky I got to see the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. We stayed at wonderful and fancy resorts and the food was delicious. The name of our group was Bike Palestine. I would recommend it to anyone. Check out J street for more information on the political front. They will have a special talk this week on the electricity. Palestine is beautiful and the people are very nice. I hope we can find an answer for the unrest soon that will suit both sides. I do believe Roger is interested in human rights.

Jul 13, 2017

The Marine Band at Twilight in The Park Concerts: Amazing

Desert Cactus Garden, Balboa Park
Desert Cactus Garden, Balboa Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just wanted to let everyone in San Diego know about the free concerts in Balboa Park.

During the summer they take place at the Organ Pavilion every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30.

Everyone is welcome and there are bands and groups for everyone but one band that participates every year is the Marine Band and this year they were particularly amazing--it was an honor to see them.

They played everything from Stars and Strips to their own version of rock--then jumped to Tchaikovsky and America the Beautiful.

The crowd was on their feet with applause and standing ovations.

They were so patriotic..........

After the show the band invited folks up to tell them about their military experiences and what they thought of the performance.

It was so engaging.

It is a lovely evening activity for a walk in the park, and there is plenty of space for kids, dogs, dancing and picnics.

This is a good and lucky thing about San Diego--and free.

Jul 10, 2017

Finding Charles Damron

Looking for Charles Damron.................

This individual was in the Navy in San Diego in 1951.

He wore glasses and had dark hair and a pleasant smile--he seems friendly in the pictures.

In 1951 he was also in Sasebo, Japan--pictured there with other mates in uniform.

He may have had a family in Maryland or in a nearby area.

The name may be Charles E. Damron.

Still trying to find this guy.

Tiny beautiful printing--all caps.

Morley Field Dog Park, San Diego, California--Balboa Park:

Red Tail Hawks--Morley Field, San Diego

Jul 1, 2017

Andy Cohen Talks Unselfish Love and Lessons Learned from his New Baby Boy


I ?? My Pet: Andy Cohen Thanks Rescue Dog Wacha for Saving Him from a 'Self-Centered' Life

 Andy Cohen,People Fri, Jun 30 7:27 AM PDT 

Understanding Republican Cruelty: Paul Krugman from the NYT on @theronniere

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is having a hard time selling his health insurance plan.CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times
The basics of Republican health legislation, which haven’t changed much in different iterations of Trumpcare, are easy to describe: Take health insurance away from tens of millions, make it much worse and far more expensive for millions more, and use the money thus saved to cut taxes on the wealthy.
Donald Trump may not get this — reporting by The Times and others, combined with his own tweets, suggests that he has no idea what’s in his party’s legislation. But everyone in Congress understands what it’s all about.
The puzzle — and it is a puzzle, even for those who have long since concluded that something is terribly wrong with the modern G.O.P. — is why the party is pushing this harsh, morally indefensible agenda.
Think about it. Losing health coverage is a nightmare, especially if you’re older, have health problems and/or lack the financial resources to cope if illness strikes. And since Americans with those characteristics are precisely the people this legislation effectively targets, tens of millions would soon find themselves living this nightmare.
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Meanwhile, taxes that fall mainly on a tiny, wealthy minority would be reduced or eliminated. These cuts would be big in dollar terms, but because the rich are already so rich, the savings would make very little difference to their lives.
More than 40 percent of the Senate bill’s tax cuts would go to people with annual incomes over $1 million — but even these lucky few would see their after-tax income rise only by a barely noticeable 2 percent.
So it’s vast suffering — including, according to the best estimates, around 200,000 preventable deaths — imposed on many of our fellow citizens in order to give a handful of wealthy people what amounts to some extra pocket change. And the public hates the idea: Polling shows overwhelming popular opposition, even though many voters don’t realize just how cruel the bill really is. For example, only a minority of voters are aware of the plan to make savage cuts to Medicaid.
In fact, my guess is that the bill has low approval even among those who would get a significant tax cut. Warren Buffett has denounced the Senate bill as the “Relief for the Rich Act,” and he’s surely not the only billionaire who feels that way.
Which brings me back to my question: Why would anyone want to do this?
I won’t pretend to have a full answer, but I think there are two big drivers — actually, two big lies — behind Republican cruelty on health care and beyond.
First, the evils of the G.O.P. plan are the flip side of the virtues of Obamacare. Because Republicans spent almost the entire Obama administration railing against the imaginary horrors of the Affordable Care Act — death panels! — repealing Obamacare was bound to be their first priority.
Once the prospect of repeal became real, however, Republicans had to face the fact that Obamacare, far from being the failure they portrayed, has done what it was supposed to do: It used higher taxes on the rich to pay for a vast expansion of health coverage. Correspondingly, trying to reverse the A.C.A. means taking away health care from people who desperately need it in order to cut taxes on the rich.
So one way to understand this ugly health plan is that Republicans, through their political opportunism and dishonesty, boxed themselves into a position that makes them seem cruel and immoral — because they are.
Yet that’s surely not the whole story, because Obamacare isn’t the only social insurance program that does great good yet faces incessant right-wing attack. Food stamps, unemployment insurance, disability benefits all get the same treatment. Why?
As with Obamacare, this story began with a politically convenient lie — the pretense, going all the way back to Ronald Reagan, that social safety net programs just reward lazy people who don’t want to work. And we all know which people in particular were supposed to be on the take.
Now, this was never true, and in an era of rising inequality and declining traditional industries, some of the biggest beneficiaries of these safety net programs are members of the Trump-supporting white working class. But the modern G.O.P. basically consists of career apparatchiks who live in an intellectual bubble, and those Reagan-era stereotypes still dominate their picture of struggling Americans.
Or to put it another way, Republicans start from a sort of baseline of cruelty toward the less fortunate, of hostility toward anything that protects families against catastrophe.
In this sense there’s nothing new about their health plan. What it does — punish the poor and working class, cut taxes on the rich — is what every major G.O.P. policy proposal does. The only difference is that this time it’s all out in the open.
So what will happen to this monstrous bill? I have no idea. Whether it passes or not, however, remember this moment. For this is what modern Republicans do; this is who they are.