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Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Reprint

From Here

From: "David LaBonte"

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print"
it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange  County Register:

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear
down the Statue of Liberty   because the people now in question aren't
being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Islandand other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some
would even get   down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.
They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it
meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one Red, White and Blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.
I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Rosemary LaBonte

Saturday, February 6, 2016

3 to 4

While I was shoveling the stalls, the Boss took her horse for a short trail ride in the mud.  He hadn't been out of the stall for a few days and was full of energy.  Also the granddaughters friend has been riding him.  The girls run them fast and hard, so he's gotten used to hauling butt.  So much so, that the Boss ended up walking back to the barn.  She's now come off 3 times.  One more and she'll be tied with me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The weather is warm but gloomy and wet.

The horse has a little infection in her wound, that we're treating.  We won't know for a couple of months if the hip will heal without leaving her permanently lame.

Today our little Sheba Inu had her third eye surgery.

In 3 weeks the Boss will have her 10th surgical procedure.  This time a total knee replacement.

It was a bummer at work today.

I forgot to re-up my shooting club membership last month, as if I had time do any shooting anyway.

I'm sure there are thousands if not millions of people that are having worse issues, but right now I don't know of any.

As Usual

I know it's just the first of many, but once again it appears my choice will never be nominated.  I haven't voted for a president since Reagan.  I've always voted against the other guy.  I suspect I'll be doing the same come fall.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


I'm glad Trump is running, if only because of the topics he's brought to light.  He even had a chance to get my vote, but not now.  His thin skin and huge ego has pissed it away.

Health Issues

Went with the Boss to see the Doc today.  Scheduled knee replacement surgery for the last of February.  Her knee is bone on bone, so combined with a very bad back she's been approaching invalid status.

Guessing June before she can ride a horse again.  The Doc said 'go for it'.

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The mare was looking better today.  The wound is draining a lot. She's moving around more and eating a little better.  She has started acting more like herself.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Animal Care Can Get Expensive

This coming week I'll be going with the Boss to see a surgeon about a knee replacement for the Boss.  The terrible knee is adversely effecting her terrible back.

Next week our little dog, the money pit, is having her third eye surgery.

And today it got worse.  My 6 year old Tennessee Walker mare got herself hurt.  She was being turned out when all went to hell.  I'm told she trotted toward the barn door, and the sun hit her face.  For some reason, instead of turning left into the pasture, she went straight ahead towards the fence.  She got close to the fence, startled, and tried to jump from close proximity.  Apparently she partly impaled her chest on a fence post, then flipped over onto her back.  The vet put 2 layers of stitches into her chest and x-rayed the hip that was injured.  We were barely able to get her into her stall because the back leg was almost unusable.  The vet called back with the news that the x-rays were negative for fracture, but that it's still possible that she has a hairline or torn muscle.  For a while I thought we were going to have to put her down.  The vet advised that she not be put out for the rest of the winter, and we'll see how the hip responds.  A lot of stall rest time is in her future.  If the hip gets better, we'll just do some minor walking in about a month, just me and her.  No freedom for her and no riding for me.  Emergency calls with x-rays and stitches on a weekend is costly.

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Update 1/24/16
Found out she was stitched 3 layers deep, and the x-rays did not cover the hip.  The field equipment won't go deep enough for the hip.  The hip does not appear to be displaced, but it's possible there's a fracture or a tear.

Spent some time with her this afternoon.  Took some effort but I got her to eat some grain from my hand and then some hey. She's obviously in pain despite the pain meds.  Every time she put any weight on the leg she immediately took weight off and her leg quivered.

She spent all afternoon standing in one spot on 3 legs.

It'll be several weeks before we'll know if she'll recover, or have to be put down.

Update 1/26/16
Last night she ate a little, but not much.
Saw her put weight on the bad hip, for less than a minute at a time, but at least the quivering is gone.
Her wound is seeping clear liquid, which was expected.  Clean and no infection.
They have field x-ray equipment that can penetrate the hip but it takes at least 2 to operate.  Don't know how expensive, but considering having it done.  If there's a displaced hip fracture it would be better to put her down now instead of after weeks of misery.  I don't know if it can see things like torn ligaments.