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What I Learned From Walt Disney

Never underestimate the power of The Muppets.

Excellent customer service really makes the cost, time and heat exhaustion you suffer worth it. Disney employees are supercalifragilistic to park visitors.

Epcot rocks. Cannot wait for Food & Wine Festival in September.

The Magic Kingdom is overrated. Except for Splash Mountain. That ride is the best. Especially if you Fast Pass it.

Except for The Muppets, forget Hollywood. Toy Story Land is neat architect-wise, but Andy needs some shade and stuff to do pronto. Very disappointed. Slinky and the aliens don’t cut it.

Most importantly, try to rip your visitors off as much as possible with exorbiant prices for food and souvenirs. Sandwiches and Wal-Mart, anyone?

It rains, sometimes pours. Every. Single. Day. At precisely 3:00 PM. With lightning and th

Bring good walking shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of it.

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Six down, six to go

Today marks a milestone in my child’s life.  She has now completed half of her educational years.

Today my baby graduates from the sixth grade and grammar school.  It’s been a long, tedious and at times heart-wrenching journey for not only my daughter, but us, her parents.  Especially this year.  We started out the school year doing virtual school at home.  Although it may be good for some, it was not for us.  Fortunately we chose to go back to the brick and mortar school before we got too far in.  It was the right decision.

My thanks go out to the principal, teachers and staff at EBES.  Without you we would never had made it through these past seven years.  This school is the gem of our regional school district.  Although my daughter will encounter many other schools in the rest of her educational tenure, EBES will always remain as the best.

Thanks for all you go through to help educate our children.

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Protesting America

In the wake of SHITHOLE’S recent remarks about Canada, their trade policies and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in general, Canadians have taken to boycotting all things American, from shopping at Walmart to travelling to the States for vacation.

Speaking from an American’s point of view, I don’t blame them at all.  Although more difficult for me, since I live in America, I’ve decided to protest America in my own way.  Not only for the reasons stated above, but also for what is happening to the immigrant families that reach our border and then are torn apart.  Until America is restored to the country I once knew, I’m done advertising it.

By “advertising” I’m mainly talking about the Americana T-shirts I own.  And I own a lot of them.  Every year I purchase a new “Made In USA” T-shirt.  I have about twenty of these shirts.  Some have embroidered fireworks on them, one says “America The Beautiful” on it.  I really love these shirts and I practically live in them all summer.  I’ve always been proud to wear them.  Not this summer.  And not any time after that either until things change for the better of humankind in America.

Unlike Canadians, I’m not going to be able to give up everything American.  When shopping locally, that’s all we have.  Choices are limited.  Luckily when I shop at America’s SuperStore Walmart I can purchase plenty of things made in China and  Korea!  Unfortunately, they do not sell Canadian chocolate.  Which is way better than any American chocolate I’ve ever had.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still love America.  But promoting it right now would be like FDR promoting America after signing Executive Order 9066.  Considering the lives of human beings in both instances, it’s just wrong.  No matter what country you’re from.

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Want your voice heard concerning what is happening at the American border?

Write to Phebe Novakovic. She’s CEO of General Dynamics, which has a lucrative contract w/ Office of Refugee Resettlement, the dept. enforcing Trump’s policy of detaining children away from their parents. Her email address, from a public source, is pnovakovic@generaldynamics.com.

 

Feel helpless but want to help?  These organizations could use it.

Support Kids at the Border

Chip in to eight critical groups working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE:

We Belong Together – women for common sense immigration policies

https://www.webelongtogether.org/

United We Dream – the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country

https://unitedwedream.org/

Womens Refugee Commission – advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution

https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/

ACLU – fighting attacks through the legal system

http://www.aclu.org

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.

https://supportkind.org/

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country

https://asap.urbanjustice.org/

Human Rights First – helping refugees obtain asylum in the U.S.

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

La Union del Pueblo Entero – founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, a community union that works in the Rio Grande Valley from the grassroots up

https://lupenet.org/

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Next Victim

Before you get all gushy over the fact that two narcissistic assholes got together for the first time at a hotel in Singapore, try to remember the reality of the situation:

  1. One asshole has been under investigation since the infancy of his “presidency”.
  2. The other is a dictator who, if investigated, would have the investigators killed.

Other than being narcissistic assholes, SHITHOLE and Kim really have so much in common.  Both have appearances that are little to be desired.  Both are inhumane.  Both could care less about the citizens of their countries.  Both were looking forward to all the attention they would get with their meeting.

Aside from their similarities, there are differences between the two assholes.  One lives in a country where he is supposed to work for the people who (allegedly) hired him.  Unfortunately, he’s doing a shitty job and will be fired.  The other one lives in a country where he dictates to the people what they can/cannot do and that is the way of the law.  One’s main interest is in buddying up to asshole dictators with a Diet Coke and Big Mac in tow and seeing where the next hotel or condo can be built.  The other one’s main interest is pretending to like the first asshole and launching nuclear missiles.  One is trying to keep himself from being executed by the Russians who are blackmailing him.  The other is trying to find the next person to blackmail and execute.

He may have just found that victim in Singapore on Tuesday.