Batter up….

A few important things for this morning:

 

A friend observes: “I give my 2 year old a nutritious food he hasn’t had before and he smells it, squishes it in his hand and then rubs it in his hair. But when he finds a rusty nail on the ground, he without hesitation tries to eat it. How did our species survive this long?”

  • It’s the Real Opening Day, and my adopted home-town team projects to be slightly better than mediocre — Wahoo!

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  1. 1
    Cervantes says:

    A friend observes: “I give my 2 year old a nutritious food he hasn’t had before and he smells it, squishes it in his hand and then rubs it in his hair. But when he finds a rusty nail on the ground, he without hesitation tries to eat it. How did our species survive this long?”

    How our species survived this long is explained, in part, by the difference between the two bolded items.

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    Ash Can says:

    Happy Opening Day, everyone!

  3. 3
    big ole hound says:

    Crap, baseball for 8 months made even worse by “instant” replay. Four hours of dull games with idiots taking up airwaves.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Ash Can: Cards over Reds, 33 – 0.

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    dmsilev says:

    HealthCare.gov has a lot of visitors right now!
    We need you to wait here, so we can make sure there’s room for you to have a good experience on our site.

    Seems that the Intertubes are full this morning. We should all pity the hamsters powering the servers today.

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    JPL says:

    The Atlanta Braves have several pitchers who are happy that they have healthcare.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Rays vs Jays at 4:10 — I’m going to have to cram eight hours of work into seven to be ready. Price on the mound!

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    Fuzzy says:

    @dmsilev: My upload has started to crawl so my ISP gets an up-grade call this AM.

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    Belafon says:

    @dmsilev: Yeah, netflix might need to go down for a day in the interest of the country.

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    prufrock says:

    @Betty Cracker: I’m taking off work early so my mom and her husband can go to the game. I’ll be watching it (and my kids) at home.

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    WereBear says:

    I think my nearly-18-year old cat has reached his point of no return. Abruptly he started losing muscle mass, picking on the other cats, restless at night, and now he’s snatched a quarter size patch of fur off the Maine Coon mix he raised from a kitten.

    He’s never, ever been aggressive. Now, if he’s becoming dangerous to others, it’s a sign he’s really not himself.

    We’ve been treating his dementia for three years now… if good food and supplements aren’t working like they used to we aren’t going to experiment with drugs (very tricky in a cat this old) or put him through a lot of tests. He has zero tolerance for medical procedures.

    We’ll call the vet and do a blood test… but it doesn’t look good and I’m just heartbroken.

    Still, he’s had a very good run against steep odds.

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    JPL says:

    @WereBear: That is so sad.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @WereBear: Oh WereBear, I’m so sorry. That’s really sad.

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    WereBear says:

    @JPL: @SiubhanDuinne: Thanks, yes, it’s so upsetting that it has come to this aggression issue of all things. I just can’t let it go and have him hurt someone worse next time. He wouldn’t want that either!

    The brain is a very important organ. If it fails, it’s as bad as a heart or kidney going. It just has different symptoms.

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    rikyrah says:

    every story about Obamacare should include mention of the FIVE MILLION AMERICANS that are being denied healthcare BECAUSE OF GOP GOVERNORS.

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    WereBear says:

    @rikyrah: Democrats should certainly use that in their ads.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Richard,
    I’ve been on the phone with them and they say the extension is going to be automatic to 4/15, I’m having trouble being IDed, Probably because of my previous career in the CIA running guns to the Contras. /s

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @rikyrah: I was driving down a major highway in my area this weekend and saw a group of people waving signs about how GOP obstructionism was costing Floridians life-saving healthcare. I’m not sure what outfit was sponsoring the action, but I honked my horn and gave ’em the thumbs-up!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @WereBear:

    Oh no! Poor James. It does sound a little like human dementia, though, where people don’t remember their loved ones.

    Eighteen is a really good run for a cat, though. You guys should definitely be proud you got him this far.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    On the ACA front, here in California they have volunteers from the SEIU calling people and getting them to sign up. They got a bunch of their members certified as navigators so they can sign people up on the spot. It’s a great crossover opportunity because the SEIU covers a lot of nurses and other healthcare workers who aren’t represented by the California Nurses Association.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @WereBear: That’s sad. Good long life, though.

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    satby says:

    @WereBear: So sorry WereBear. It’s never easy facing the end of a beloved life. He had a good, long life indeed!

  23. 23
    Cervantes says:

    Richard, the LA Times last night addressed a question you and I discussed briefly last week. They have a number (a minimum, actually):

    At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started, surveys and reports show.

    Article by Noam Levey, based in part on unpublished Rand data. See what you make of it.

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    piratedan says:

    @WereBear: it’s a terrible feeling knowing that time is running out for a beloved pet, am doing it now and there’s an eclectic mix of sadness, melancholia and gratitude for the time that you’ve had….

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    Richard Mayhew says:

    @Cervantes: And that number will increase throughout the year as Michigan Medicaid expansion starts tomorrow, and Medicaid has permament open enrollment. So it it is truly 9.5 million by 4/1, an even 10 million by 12/31 is the absolute lowest bound.

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    WereBear says:

    Ack, my “thank you” reply is in mod because of the links. Want to say I appreciate the sympathy.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: YAY BASEBALL!!!1!

    Angels and Mariners, King Felix vs. Jered Weaver, tonight. Should be an interesting game. (Go Angels!)

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    opiejeanne says:

    @WereBear: I’m so sorry, WereBear to hear about this. Our pets are so much a part of our families that it’s very hard to lose them.

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    cckids says:

    @WereBear: I’m sorry to hear that. Your love & respect for your cats comes through so clearly in your writing. Take some solace in knowing how wonderful you’ve made his life.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @WereBear: Sorry to hear about your cat. {hugs} for you and scritches for your cat.

    I’ve just come back from a doctor’s appointment at the hospital. It is wild — a lot of people there to get insurance; I mean a LOT of people.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @WereBear: Oh, WereBear, I’m so sorry. Wish there was something I could do. Big hugs for all of you.

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    Lokahi says:

    @WereBear: Just saw the bad news about Mr. James Bond, and I am so sorry. He has been such a great cat. All best hopes for the right and perfect outcome for him and you.

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    seaboogie says:

    @Betty Cracker: You seem to have a lot of horn-honking and digit thrusting opportunities down there in FLA on both sides of the equation. That’s some crazy FL democracy at work there.

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