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Congrats Allison on first!
Thanks, Chips for the extremely informative post. Why can’t the MSM highlight the benefits of ACA instead of projecting doom and gloom?
Allison, because the MSM fears they won’t have a job if they don’t project the doom and gloom. They want controversy and mayhem because it sells their bee ess better.
NOTE: made this comment on Rise and Shine thread about NBC’s Lisa Myers “investigative” piece on employers cutting back on hours because they claim they can’t afford to pay health insurance:
“I knew when that report was about to come on that it was going to be a hit piece. I saw a similar story on another news outlet several months ago, but can’t remember where. But of course, she didn’t mention a provision in the law that will help small business owners: the SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) Exchange: https://www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses/ ; htttp://101.communitycatalyst.org/aca_provisions/exchanges.
Lemme try that last link again: https://101.communitycatalyst.org/aca_provisions/exchanges.
Thanks, President Obama for ACA.
Hi again! working from home, enjoying TOD!
(((((((((((( Relax and enjoy your day, Layla))))))))))))) Thinking and always ()ing. Love you special beautiful one.HZ
Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
I really enjoyed your birthday yesterday Chipsticks….hope you did too :-)
I received in the mail yesterday my OBAMACARE: SIGNED.SEALED.DELIVERING… bumper sticker
It was wonderful, GGail – still recovering!!
NEWS FLASH! Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months + $750,00 in restitution.
Flippin’ heck, what has he done to his life?? Morning Shipmate.
Wife Sandi sentenced to 12 months prison time—-tax evasion. Her lawyers had asked for probation. Bad decisions by parents, sad for their kids. ages 9 and 13. It’s all sad.
It’s a complete nightmare Dotster, those poor kids.
Dotster, I hope the children have extended family members who can help them. Maybe wife Sandi can get released early. It’s just too much suffering to put on the kids.
The one good thing is that they will be allowed to serve their sentences consecutively, Jesse going first. So there will always be a parent home with their children.
Say it Loud…..Yep. Thank You ;) Madam :!:
What’s happening in Egypt is horrific.
Morsi was a bad leader. However, what is going on now is Bloody…..No one wins but more sympathy for those being killed. Those who sat home, protesting and didn’t go out to vote….allowing Morsi to win should see now the end result of apathy.
Nearly 90M people and their population and their nation are left in the dust…..as the whole world watches?
God help me, I’m in a Facebook fight with my gay nephew who thinks Social Security is being forced on him and he wants his money back. He gives me whiplash from his progressive social views about homosexuality (but not abortion rights) and his libertarian/RWNJ crap on everything else.
Ugh, what a jumbled up set of views he has 57, your patience knows no end arguing with him!
I shared a link about raising the SS cap and that set him off. he actually made it easy, because he talked about SS as an investment program and that was easy to shut down. And I have my own experience, with the death of my dad when I was barely 19 and my mother two years later – survivor benefits are what my mother lived on those last few years and allowed me to finish college. I also brought up his aunt, who lost her entire pension from Lucent due to deregulation, and how she relied on Social Security as she fought cancer the last few years of her life. But God, he makes me insane. He’s a good kid – but it scares me that this nexus is alive and well.
I don’t understand why anyone would oppose raising the cap on social security contributions (when was the current cap established, and what was $110K worth at that time)?
On what planet does it make sense that people making less less than $110K are pretty much supporting Social Security, while someone making millions is paying almost the same as a minimum wage worker?
Raising the cap makes a whole lot of sense, especially in response to those who wail about SS funds running dry. Hello? There is an easy solution.
Why does your nephew object to raising the SS contribution cap?
Does he not realize that it’s possible to work for a company your entire life, and then the company goes bankrupt leaving you with no pension or 401K? Does he think those workers should live in the streets when they reach retirement age because of the capitalist American system?
If he does, he’s both naive and heartless, and probably incapable of empathy unless that person is clearly like him in age and sexual orientation.
This is the b.s. that is fueling younger people – that SS won’t be there for them and therefore why should they contribute?
His own aunt, my husband’s sister, worked her entire life for Ma Bell that became Lucent in MA. Worked for them for 30 years. They went belly up, had gambled the pension funds and 401 (k)’s and she was left at retirement with nothing. She had brain and lung cancer and if it hadn’t been for Social Security her life would have been even more of a hell than it was.
His diatribe was that the system was screwed up, and if he had use of his own money he’d provide for his own retirement and wouldn’t ask anything from the taxpayer. Seriously?! You’re going to count on unregulated Wall St. to take care of your investments when your aunt was ruined because of it?
I explained to him that it was a safety net, it was insurance NOT an investment portfolio. I explained how many seniors it lifted from poverty and that every effing penny of that is paid in SS goes right back into the economy for food, housing and health care. No one is robbing anyone of anything.
There is no excuse to say the system is broken if we are paying a smaller percentage in caps now than we did 30 years ago. At the very least, keep the same effing percentage. And I, for one, think it should be a lot higher anyway.
Just like there’s no reason for saying we’re in debt when the wealthy and corporations are paying a fraction of what they used to pay in taxes.
Although my nephew has had long term relationships, I don’t think he wants he has any interest in raising children so yes – it’s all about him. Remember, this is the generation that doesn’t look up from their smartphones when they’re driving or crossing a street. They are losing any sense of personal interaction and it’s terrifying.
he is naive. He is a little heartless, although he’s the only one of his siblings who helps his disabled father. Whose existence is dependent on Social Security and Medicare since he has been unable to work for decades.
can you figure that one out, because I surely can’t.
Wow, had no idea about AT&T and Lucent.
This is what Americans DON”T hear about corporate mergers and acquisitions. They think it’s all about what the Dow closed at today.
It is hard to believe that he would hold these views when that corporate bankruptcy scenario I mentioned hit so close to home for him.
Libertarians conveniently ignore what pooling community/country resources can do. Their idea of public space is retail shopping and parking lots.
They fail to see the beauty of public parks, libraries, town squares and transportation.
Probably the best way to get through to him is the transportation/infrastructure angle. Virtually all the roads in America’s greatest National Parks were built in the 1930s by the CCC — 80 years ago. The huge soaring public spaces that the grand railroad stations of the 1920-30s, with their gorgeous Art Deco designs have mostly been abandoned. But those were grand public spaces. Most of our bridges are that old as well.
Does he expect public infrastructure to remain at status quo, i.e., 80-90 years old now, and not getting any younger?
my sister-in-law had the absolute worst timing. There had been one of those bubble crashes and she lost everything. It was one of the first that made it clear that pensions were not safe, that the small print of 401(k)’s held peril and were sold to unwitting people by snake oil salesmen.
To be frank, I don’t know if he knew what his aunt went through in any detail. he was pretty young then when she ‘retired’ (although she didn’t die until 2008. About 8 months before his mother died, also of cancer). He certainly should have known that she relied on Social Security and Medicare.
I remember being pushed to get into the stock market at that time – the late 1990′s. I didn’t want to. I didn’t understand it and I didn’t want to take the time to understand it. The selling point, and this is true of 401 (k)’s: mutual funds will balance out the risk and return. The implication was that your money was safe, although the fine print said you were taking all kinds of risk. But everyone fell for it, regulations were shed and the entire country went to the casino, thinking they were going to get 20% return forever. When that collapsed, it was the housing market, where people bought cars and vacation on home equity loans.
This country has gone batshit crazy. Even after crashes and bubbles and global meltdown, Wall St. continues to sell us a bill of goods and we don’t do anything. So 15 years ago is ancient history, and here’s a young man who is making a very good living and he understands nothing about history, even recent history.
He will listen to me, eventually. He has a lot of respect for me and if I can get through to anyone, it’s him. But he is indicative of the heavy lift we have to turn things around in this country.
I do research for a living, and I am currently doing research that requires me to look at how manufacturing became so important in America. From Day One, this country set out for the government to help the economy, invest in infrastructure. This wasn’t some really ‘new deal’ in the 1930′s – these ideas go back to Alexander Hamilton. Who envisioned the modern corporation -n as long as its profits co-existed along side their duty to the commons.
So there, Republican no-nothings!
MT @thinkprogress: ALEC put false signatures on letter to Durbin re: SYG, according to @ProgressNow thkpr.gs/17NkYTB @ProgressFlorida— Progress Now (@ProgressNow) August 14, 2013
It’s all a joke to them…the fact that they used some sort of expletive as a signature is proof that they really shouldn’t be taken seriously, and we should impeach all their bought and paid for congresscritters.
And, yet, “ACORN” was bad for the country. SMDH.
Yay for ObamaCare and millions of Americans.
RT @BlackInformant: Prince Joins Twitter And Tweets Fans ow.ly/nVp2p— (@allanbrauer) August 14, 2013
Prince Rogers Nelson :?: I am shocked :!:
Here’s a really good article pushing back on people who say President Obama is exactly like George Bush. You have to read to the end, but it’s worth it.
People who say PBO is exactly like GWB are IDIOTS who should be ignored. Most likely they want attention for saying provocative/stupid shit.
Well, good to know.
Another benefit of Obamacare.
#ThanksObamacare MT @Kenwardjr Obamacare black lung benefits 'best thing that's happened for coal miners" in years bit.ly/13D2oja— Thanks Obamacare (@ThanksObamacare) August 06, 2013
My grandfather (born in 1885) (how the hell old am I?) went into the coal mines at age 11, I’ve mentioned here before, and – although he didn’t officially contract black lung disease – he died early from lung and other problems when I was 10 years old. His work in the coal mines obviously preceded unions and any kind of labor standards, especially for children! (I have his miners’ union contract from his later mining years, which is one of my treasures in life.) He was so wonderful to me, I still think of him regularly. So, thank you, Mr. President, on behalf of my grandfather and all of the other coal miners still alive and working!
Another quick thought. Someone I worked with for the Navy once had to visit a training center in West Virginia in coal country … there were designated parking spaces in front of the building … one of the reserved parking signs was for the head of the center, one was for the union president, but another one simply read: “Black Lung.” We both teared up when he was telling me about it, years ago.
More benefits, more benefits
Starting in 2014, #Obamacare will ban insurance companies from charging women more than men for the same coverage.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 14, 2013
In my mind, I answered that news with “Ha Ha” like a teenage girl!
I’ll calm myself down now, ’cause I’m no teenage girl. Obviously.
UT has some funny tweets going out today – :lol:
I hope she posts some of them here
GASP! You caught me! You caught me! Hahahahahaha.
Yup & they are Funny too!
LIVE NOW: US State Department Briefing – Sec. Kerry: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
GA Chips, TOD….
Several articles and pictures chronicling the life and times of “The Butler” up until his death, which hits theaters Friday………
A Butler Well Served by This Election wp.me/p2YZ8A-em Articles about his life and to see @barackobama elected youtu.be/9uBXH_DLxsU— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) August 14, 2013
Aww that’s wonderful Lovelyplains. I am very excited to see this movie this weekend. It made me go in search of articles about the real life butler Mr. Eugene Allen and I found this article from 2009 right after he attended PBO’s Inauguration. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/20/AR2009012004301.html?sid=ST2009012004413. Small world because in doing more research I found that his home was only a few blocks from the house that I grew up in in NW DC.
Thanks Donna! Happy belated B-day as well….. If you click on the link I provided, I have that same article as well as a few more… up and until his funeral in 2010. I think it’s wonderful he was able to attend the inauguration of President Obama….can’t imagine what was going through his head! Also there are some wonderful photographs over the years….A small world indeed. How cool is that to find out he lived so close in proximity!
Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story here with our family, donna dem, and lovelyplains. I had read one about his beautiful soul. I am so excited for you, donna dem that you have this wonderful history to place into your space after finding out this great news. Beautiful. HZ
Thanks for the B’Day wishes. It was great although I’ve seemed to have caught a nasty summer cold. Too much partying :(
You’ve got great stuff on your blog. I’ll have to check it out more often ;)
That story brought tears to my eyes. So sorry that Helene didn’t get to vote for President Obama or see his inauguration. Looking forward to the film.
The woman who wrote “Orange is the new Black” tells her unorthodox, true story, and her thoughts on the current criminal justice system.
@OITNB On The Criminal Justice System video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/527495… 4 Women A 2nd Sentence nyti.ms/169wCdo via @Piper http://t.co/UUKgpUVQKE— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) August 14, 2013
Okay, just catching up after a nice nap.
Ms. Dudette, no you did not go there on the last thread with”COME AND GO WITH ME”!
You went there?
Girl, where do you come from? Who ARE your parents?
I am going to fit so well into that new white swim suit when I go on vacation to Costa Rico at the end of this month.
Of course the GOP supports minorities, like the 3% of scientists that deny climate change or the 2% of scientists that deny evolution.— john miller (@deaconmill) August 14, 2013
CDC data proves it – American children are less safe than other 1st world children because of guns. #MomsDemandActionn— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) August 12, 2013
57 and female, Don’t tell that to those guns worshiping folks.
The NYTimes website is no longer down, but this made me laugh.
BREAKING: @nytimes Receives Pulitzer For Coverage Of 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable' Story— The Onion (@TheOnion) August 14, 2013
This is absolutely stunning:
“Tuesday morning, abortion opponents went before the Wichita City Council seeking to shut down the South Wind Women’s Center, a clinic that provides abortions. Among their complaints: The clinic draws gun violence.”
I’m effing disgusted with them all:
235 killed, 2,001 injured in Egypt violence, health ministry reports – @AJELive bit.ly/15FoL3x— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) August 14, 2013
This country has gone effing insane:
Colorado’s Pro-Life Candidates Want To Ban All Abortions Under ‘Personhood’ While Loosening Gun Laws thkpr.gs/17NRbtN— TheRittenbergReport (@TheRReport) August 14, 2013
Here’s something for your nephew — is there a smidgen of Italian in his side of the family ;) ?
Happy 78th birthday, #SocialSecurity! Urge your elected officials to continue protecting it! http://t.co/V1DcaoSAZk— Ital-Amer Democrats (@ItalAmerDems) August 14, 2013
A good friend of mine on FB just messaged me, ” who is this ……. and how long ago did he sustain that head injury?”
All Egyptians must work to prevent further violence. A peaceful, inclusive process is the route to peace & stability. Force not the answer.— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) August 14, 2013
BREAKING: Pfc. Bradley Manning takes stand during sentencing hearing, apologizes for hurting US, others. -SS— The Associated Press (@AP) August 14, 2013
I’m with you, Allison.
Someone close to me worked in intelligence when she was in the military. She’s a good, clear-headed liberal. And when this all broke with Manning, she wanted to string him up right then and there. I do not ask her details and she would never share them with me, but it was clear she understood exactly what damage he had caused to decades of careful work by patriotic Americans.
what infuriates me when Snowden-wald and Sirota and their ilk spew their accusations – they know damned well the government cannot divulge exactly how much damage has been done, or many actual plots have been thwarted. They know they are free to throw around their lying outrage and the government – if it is serious about providing for our security – must stay silent.
Gee, that’s how Republicans act. Concerned about our freedoms and privacy, my ass.
Navy Capt. David Moulton, a psychiatrist who spent 21 hours interviewing Manning at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after his arrest, testified as a defense witness that Manning’s gender identity disorder combined with narcissistic personality traits, post-adolescent idealism and his lack of friends in Iraq caused him to reasonably conclude he could change the world by leaking classified information.
He was a cross dresser and even sent pictures of himself in a blonde wig to his superiors.
Because the Bush war machine needed cannon fodder. The standards were lowered to fuel his unnecessary wars. This is a story that has not been examined enough.
Mental health standards, IQ standards were demolished. Gang members, who had been barred from serving, were now accepted and this is what has contributed to the militarization on our city streets with guns. This is where they found their supply chains, came back with military weapons that are meant to blow up buildings. And they are now in use in our cities.
I think there is something wrong with Snowden as well. He actually believes that PBO is going to disappear him or send a drone into the streets of Hong Kong to take him out. He has narcissistic disorder as well, fueled by the attention hounds who know they are fueling mental illness.
These people should not be hired by defense contractors or allowed in the military. It’s despicable.
Yes—–all kinds of problems resulted from the lowered standards in order to get bodies into Iraq. Standards lowered to the point where there were no standards, allowing early release in prisons etc., ended up with a huge contingent of the wrong element—–which led to many of the despicable acts that have been in the news. Recent news reports that standards have again been elevated, no huge numbers needed now, can again be more discriminating in recruitment—-which will lead to a healthier environment throughout the military. But we all will be paying the price of the lowered standards for a long time.
I’d forgotten about the early prison release. It was a despicable time.
And frankly, I’ve heard enough from the emoprogs about drones. The whole point is that we should not need cannon fodder who Republicans refuse to take care of when they come home. I want a smarter, targeted, 21st century military.
You are absolutely right – the wreckage left by Bush/Cheney and we’ve barely been able to make a dent to fix everything they destroyed. I don’t know what it takes to wake up Americans to the horrors they unleashed that are still plaguing us now.
@PrettyFootWoman Nation Wide Call To Action Day After MOW50: After We March! WE STAND!! youtube.com/watch?v=Qxhiss… … Join us! Spread the word.— Reggie (@Obamas_Wing_Man) August 14, 2013
anyone from Philly know where this is happening
The GOP's main strategy is to depress turnout. Their main message is fear and anger. Do the math. It works for them, not for us.— Milt Shook (@MiltShook) August 14, 2013
We can’t afford for it to work this time. If those people had gotten out and voted in 2010, we wouldn’t be dealing with those extreme crazy ass radicals in the Senate and House.
I meant to say we can’t afford for it not to work this time. If those people would have have gotten out to vote in 2012 ( and they know who they are) we wouldn’t be suffering from those extreme crazy ass racists radicals Republicans.
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