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  • We will not waste our limited resources on FR in support for a liberal progressive LIAR

    04/13/2012 3:30:11 PM PDT · 559 of 2,352
    dawn53 to Jim Robinson

    I’d like to delete my account...just can’t figure out how.

    I’ve enjoyed FR for many years, thank you Jim. I’m no Romney supporter, voted for Newt in the primary. But whomever is our candidate I will vote for him/her.

    I just can’t abide the vitriol I’ve just read and imagine it will keep up from now till November and beyond...so I’m outta here.

    Would an admin kindly delete my account.

    Thank you.

  • Disabled access rule may close some hotel pools

    03/15/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT · 33 of 39
    dawn53 to cva66snipe

    Do I think the ADA should meddle in the affairs of private business? Heck no, I’m not for gov’t meddling. But I look at the ADA the same way I look at the codes department in my city. Should the codes department be able to tell me how and what to do to my house? Heck no, but it’s the law and they do.

    We put on an addition to our home...and in order to get the permits, the codes department said the entire house had to come up to Miami Dade hurricane standards (we live in Florida.) That involved replacing every door and window in our home (not just the addition) and probably costs us an extra 20K than we would have spent to just put on the addition. Did we comply, of course, because it’s the law, and whether I believe the gov’t should be able to tell me how or what to do to my property, I have to obey the law.

    I feel the same way about the hotels and the ADA requirements. Unfortunately, the ADA is law (passed and signed by GWB in 1990.) And just like with codes in municipalities, the requirements of the ADA are ever evolving, and their “tentacles” are invading more of the lives of individuals and businesses. If the ADA says they need to do it, they have to bite the bullet and do it just like we had to bite the bullet and pay much more than we had anticipated for our construction (as I pointed out in my post, the cost is minimal for the hotels after all the requirements were explained.)

    Is it right to have the gov’t involved with one’s private property or private business...not in my book, but it is what it is.

  • Disabled access rule may close some hotel pools

    03/14/2012 5:34:49 PM PDT · 21 of 39
    dawn53 to grundle
    Well, my perspective might be a little different because of my MS...albeit because of my MS I can't stand the heat, so you probably wouldn't catch me outside at the pool. But if you read the whole article, the hotel industry is being a little dramatic about shutting down pools. The last paragraph clarifies the situation and it's not that dire (a portable lift costs a few thousand dollars) and they don't have to have one installed, just available...and/or have a plan for getting one.

    Some of the ADA rules may seem "over the top" to some people with the accommodations for handicapped folks (and I'll admit, like any gov't bureaucracy they tend to get bogged down in minutia.) But it's usually "over the top" for those folks who have won the health lottery, so to speak, and still have their mobility. Lose your ability to get around without a wheelchair, and then talk to me about the inconvenience of curb cut construction...I guarantee you you'll be for them, not against them.

    Hill says hotels can comply by doing what they can afford to do, even if it's installing a portable lift that's stored when not in use. If a hotel lacks the money to buy one, she says, it can create a plan that shows when it expects to get one.

  • Santorum To Puerto Rico: Speak English If You Want To Become A State

    03/14/2012 1:52:45 PM PDT · 5 of 75
    dawn53 to SeekAndFind

    Although American citizens, those living on Puerto Rico can’t vote in the Presidential election, they have no Congressional representation, nor Electoral College vote.

    He’s there fishing for delegates to the RNC convention...they have 23 of those.

  • Vitamin D Deficiency and Fibromyalgia: Lessening the Pain and Depression

    03/12/2012 8:31:47 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    dawn53 to steve86

    There’s some book making the rounds called A More Excellent Way. The guy tries to link particular sins to particular diseases. Unbelievable. If sin in one’s life resulted in illness, the whole world would be sick.

    I just figure they’ve never read the book of Job.

    Blessings to your wife, I, too, have a chronic illness (MS), and they’re hard enough to deal with aside from “well meaning” folk trying to tell you if you’d only think right, eat right, exercise right, repent right, take this supplement, try that meditation technique...you wouldn’t have the illness.

    That being said, I do take vitamin D in fairly large doses because I do tend to test low. Has it helped the course of my disease, or made me feel any better or altered the progression? Not that I’m aware of, but maybe I would be worse off if I didn’t.

  • Iran rattles sabers: ’11,000 missiles ready to launch’ at Israel, US targets

    03/11/2012 6:29:06 PM PDT · 49 of 76
    dawn53 to Sub-Driver

    If I was Israel I’d publicly make it known that we were going to adopt the Cold War philosophy of MAD. However the Iranians are so irrational and “President Tom” (Glenn Beck’s name for Imanutjob) is so bent on bringing in the apocalypse, that might just egg him on.

  • An Eyewitness Speaks Out About Andrew Breitbart’s Death Scene.

    03/08/2012 2:02:39 PM PST · 33 of 143
    dawn53 to Windflier

    I posted this in another thread last week, but I’ll post it again. Brietbart at CPAC during an interview. The man is sweating profusely...I’ve had friends who had heart attacks and the only preceeding signs in the days before was profuse sweating. Just sayin’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXcJo2iR2Y

    And my husband had a guy from work drop and die from a heart attack. It was seemingly instantaneous. He was walking, then he was flat on his face and dead.

  • Tornadoes' Paths not Random, John Piper Says [Meteorology Caucus]

    03/07/2012 10:39:01 AM PST · 15 of 191
    dawn53 to marshmallow

    It seems this paragraph clarifies his meaning:

    “We are not God’s counselors, nor can we fathom all his judgments,” he said. “That was the lesson of Job. Let us beware, therefore, of reading the hand of providence with too much certainty or specificity. God is always doing a thousand things when he does anything. And we see but a fraction.”

    I always think of that verse in Matthew 5 when it comes to natural disasters striking some and sparing others:

    But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

  • Ann Romney: “We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy."

    03/06/2012 3:38:57 AM PST · 29 of 50
    dawn53 to timlot

    Interesting, all the comments.

    I immediately identified with what Ann Romney was saying. I can’t pretend to “know” exactly what she meant, but I think I know what she meant.

    The woman has MS (she also had breast cancer.) I have MS. We are not Romney wealthy, but we are “comfortable”...but the amount of money we have in the bank does nothing for my sense of well-being.

    She has a disease that is so unpredictable she never knows how she will feel when she wakes up the next day. Never knows when her body will give out on her. It is a progressive disease, and progressive diseases, progress.

    I’ve heard her talk about campaigning and how sometimes she has to return to the bus, too fatigued to even talk. She puts on a good “face” (lots of MS patients do)...but I’ve also heard her say that sometimes she has to say to her husband “Go storm the castle” because she can’t go due to her illness.

    I saw a Cavuto clip where he discussed Ann Romney, he said he watches her, and he can see the MS peeking through...why because he knows the disease.

    What was the old saying, “If you have your heatlh, you’ve got just about everything.”

    I cut the woman some slack...I don’t think she was belittling their wealth, I just think she was trying to express the reality of life...wealth ultimately is not what matters.

  • Michael Savage: Was Breitbart Assassinated?

    03/02/2012 3:50:40 AM PST · 103 of 240
    dawn53 to ReformationFan

    I was looking at some Brietbart youtube videos yesterday, and came across this one. He’s talking to somebody about Libertarians, and Brietbart is sweating profusely on his forehead/face.

    From experience with people I’ve known who had heart attacks, a lot of them had profuse sweating with their heart problems.

    Here’s the vid...see for yourself:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXcJo2iR2Y

  • In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)

    03/01/2012 8:03:08 AM PST · 471 of 815
    dawn53 to Lucky9teen

    Orson Bean was his FIL...I guess the same Orson Bean of To Tell the Truth and Dr. Quinn fame. I didn’t know that.

  • The End of Ownership: Why Aren't Young People Buying More Houses?

    03/01/2012 6:59:42 AM PST · 25 of 63
    dawn53 to Haiku Guy

    My son and his wife (23/21) are agressively looking for a house to buy. Pre-qualified for some outrageous sum (both have good jobs), have a down payment, but they’re smart enough to be looking for a good deal.

    He’s resisted buying until now because the market has continued to plunge, but it looks like things have taken a little upswing lately. One house they’re extremely interested in has been vacant for 4 years (owner/with no survivors or estate died), but BOA won’t move to sell it. Some homes the banks are they’re evidently holding back.

    His opinion is that even for a normal sized apartment, his rent will be higher than his mortgage including taxes/ins. and an apartment just doesn’t afford the quality of life as a home. Rents have not gone down much around here.

    We’re in Florida so there are “steals” on the market...his problem seems to be the ones he’s interested in go on the market in the AM and are off the market by the evening when he gets off work and has time to meet the realtor. Investor buying is still pretty heavy in our area.

  • The ultimate question: Are cats better than dogs?

    02/24/2012 4:01:50 AM PST · 79 of 157
    dawn53 to LukeL
    I have never known a cat to jump up on you and cover you in kisses because you have been gone for a couple of hours

    We've been dog folks our whole lives (Weims...and you've got to really like dogs to have velcro dogs like Weims, LOL)...but my opinion on cats is changing.

    Our son and daughter-in-law adopted two Maine Coon cat kittens. They are so dog like it's amazing. When you come to the door, they run to the door, just like a dog. Get up in your lap and lick your face, like a dog would. They even play fetch. Throw the toy, they'll retrieve it. I've seen videos on youtube where folks have taught their MCC to shake hands. They are very verbal, just like our dogs. So if I ever were to get a cat (which won't happen with our Weimies around...I think they'd think it was a big squirrel)..I'd consider that breed.

  • Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January

    02/19/2012 7:34:54 PM PST · 8 of 29
    dawn53 to Behind Liberal Lines

    Every man is responsible for his own deeds and no one can make you file for disability if you don’t want it. But there is a group of lawyers (you’ve probably seen their commercials) who are driving some of this filing for disability. They, of course, make a tidy sum if they win you disability. Plus I believe social workers encourage it, just haven’t figured out why.

    I have MS...I guess technically I’d be classified as diabled. I need an implanted Baclofen pump that drips medicine directly onto my spine in order to have mobility in my legs and control spasticity, and the last time I was in the hospital for surgery on the pump the social worker came to my room and basically urged me to file for disability.

    I explained to her that I had a job, and I didn’t need disability (I do have to work from home, but I work a full week...well more than a full week, I’m a bit of a workaholic, LOL.) She was rather persistent in her insistence that I’d qualify for diability...and I was rather insistent in wondering how that could be since I was able to work.

    I just haven’t figured out her angle yet. I know why the lawyers push for filing for disability, they get paid if they win it for you. But why a social worker...it just didn’t make sense.

  • Pastor's daughter dies from injuries suffered in accidental church shooting

    02/18/2012 5:25:40 PM PST · 35 of 48
    dawn53 to Dogbert41

    My kids are friends with this girl and her boyfriend. This was such a profound tragedy on so many levels.

    The young man who asked to look at the gun usually doesn’t attend church there, he was there to help that day.

    The man who showed him the gun is a professional security guard (yes he should have known better and checked the chamber once removing the magazine...but it was a mistake, and we all make mistakes...a mistake that had tragic results.)

    The kid wasn’t looking to buy a gun, just going to be in the market for one when he came of age. So there was no “guy selling” going on in the church as some media outlets have reported.

    They went into a closet to view the gun. The gun went off and fired through a wall and into the next room. Not that anyone being hit would not have been a tragedy, but that bullet travelled through a wall and into a room full of people at just the right trajectory to hit the young woman (the girlfriend of the guy asking to view the gun) in the back of the head and travel straight through her head doing irreparable damage to her brain. The bullet could have hit so many places but it went straight through her head...the chance of that happening just overwhelms me.

    The man who owned the gun is a long time friend of the pastor’s family. The church family had to witness the whole incident (including, of course, the boyfriend, the parents, and many young children.)

    She seemed to rally mid week, giving all concerned some hope, but then started failing the last couple of days.

    I appreciate your comment because if you look back up through the thread, there’s not a lot of empathy to be seen.
    The ripple effect of this event will last the entire lives of those involved...truly a tragedy.

  • Parishioners pray for pastor's daughter accidentally shot inside Florida church

    02/13/2012 1:11:41 PM PST · 2 of 11
    dawn53 to dawn53

    The story has made national news and people are responding with prayer support from around the globe. Many are writing on the church’s FB page:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Grace-Connection-Church/131909623872

  • Parishioners pray for pastor's daughter accidentally shot inside Florida church

    02/13/2012 1:10:01 PM PST · 1 of 11
    dawn53
    I searched and couldn't find that this was posted. I'm posting this for prayer for this young lady. She is friends with my kids...and her father is a local pastor. I'm not posting it to hear how the man mishandled the gun and should have cleared the chamber...it happened, it is a tragic accident, and she is an innocent victim. So please pray for her...she is clinging to life by a thread.
  • Foreclosure Settlement With Major Banks Close To Completion

    02/09/2012 10:09:51 AM PST · 23 of 40
    dawn53 to kiryandil

    That explanation makes sense...we’re in Florida and a lot of folks are underwater...BIGTIME!

    We bought a foreclosure a couple years ago, it had sold for $236K in 2006, we paid a little over a third of that. Anyone who bought a house in Florida from about 2005-2008 is probably underwater (even if they did it right, 20 percent down, etc.)

  • Foreclosure Settlement With Major Banks Close To Completion

    02/09/2012 9:13:52 AM PST · 19 of 40
    dawn53 to wita

    This past week we came face to face with a bank’s incompetence. Our son heard of a home that was supposedly in foreclosure. A sign said the home was in foreclosure and gave a phone number to call with BOA.

    He contacted his realtor, and the realtor said he didn’t see how BOA could even be trying to “sell” the home as it is still in the homeowner’s name (she passed away 4 years ago...no family, no estate, and the house has been sitting vacant ever since.) They evidently contacted BOA but noone has any info.

    My son and his wife really want to buy the house but it seems they’ve hit a dead end...I wonder if BOA even has title to the house. So it sits empty, BOA is paying for yard upkeep we learned from the neighbors and they changed the locks, but here is a prospective buyer wanting to purchase it, and no means to do so and noone they’ve been able to contact at BOA seems to be able to tell them how to proceed.

    Strange goings on.

  • TV Show - "The River" did anybody watch it?

    02/08/2012 12:25:24 PM PST · 3 of 53
    dawn53 to Scythian

    I’ve been watching it off and on today (on my iPad...ABC has a great app.)

    It’s creepy, and camera work like Blair Witch, plus the “reality show” feel to the story line is interesting.

    But I think it could get old quick if it doesn’t develop some sort of character developement beyond what we know to this point.

  • Romney Finding Support Where Women Hold Sway

    02/07/2012 11:52:24 AM PST · 15 of 27
    dawn53 to throwback

    On a purely emotional (not political) level I can understand the women’s perspective.

    Romney stood by a wife with MS and through her battle with breast cancer. Gingrich divorced his first wife (who had breast cancer) and his second wife (who had MS.)

    Romney’s wife, is his only wife, bore him 5 sons and they present a very positive family image. Gingrich’s wife was his mistress, before she was his wife. Women’s view of the First Lady matter, probably more than men’s. (well maybe not the case, look at all the negative remarks about Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton coming from men on FR)...all that to say, a mistress, turned wife, as First Lady turns off some women voters.

    As I said, none of this has to do with their politics...but
    if a woman is inclined to look at things aside from political stand (and there are many who do), Romney is the antithesis or Gingrich.

  • Florida still losing ground in wages despite uptick in jobs

    02/05/2012 7:58:22 PM PST · 9 of 10
    dawn53 to driftdiver

    My kid has his master’s in an IT field...and his wages after he graduated (he had been interning with the company for a year before graduation) were disgraceful. His cousins with engineering degrees from reputable schools (GaTech) also were paid very low wages.

    The interesting part, once they found other jobs, their present companies offered to “double” their salary to keep them...but they moved on. So companies know they can offer low wages because people are desperate for jobs.

    I’ve checked job boards of some of the local municipalities and it’s the first time I can remember that municipal employees are making better pay than private employees.

  • A nasty, dirty, rotten, vile cheat lost tonight

    02/05/2012 7:26:39 PM PST · 15 of 133
    dawn53 to Krankor

    A blast from the past:

    Ryan Parker wrote this song the season of the “scandal.”
    Shady Brady and Bill Bellicheat :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EU1O-hGxgg

    And on that note Ryan Parker’s song about the last Pats/Giants matchup.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wn-MIuAfmE

  • Florida still losing ground in wages despite uptick in jobs

    02/05/2012 6:57:11 PM PST · 1 of 10
    dawn53
    I know the jobs data from the government is being manipulated supposedly to Obama's advantage. However, I still believe that people know things aren't right, no matter what the data says. For instance, the woman who asked Obama the question about her husband who was a semi-conductor engineer. He brushed off her question as anecdotal. But the average Joe knows from his experience or that of his friend, or neighbor, that the job situation is still abysmal. Even this liberal rag is admitting it.
  • Invest 90 in the Gulf of Mexico

    02/05/2012 6:46:25 PM PST · 33 of 55
    dawn53 to NautiNurse

    Hey NN,

    Well, we could use some rain. Hope it makes it up our way...the water hazards on our course are drying up :)

  • which movies have most inspired you?

    02/05/2012 1:13:42 PM PST · 82 of 151
    dawn53 to mreerm

    Inspired, that’s interesting, never thought of that before, not in any particular order, just ones I think fit the category:

    Chariots of Fire
    Fiddler on the Roof
    The Hiding Place
    The Miracle Worker
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    Lillies of the Field
    Bridge Over the River Kwai
    The Black Stallion
    Papillon
    Life is Beautiful
    The Green Mile

  • Dave Says Insurance, Insurance

    02/01/2012 4:50:09 AM PST · 7 of 7
    dawn53 to Altariel

    Another good policy to have is an umbrella policy for liability...picks up at 300,000 and covers you to 2 million. Relatively inexpensive.

    But I have this to say about the Long Tern Nursing Care coverage. He says buy it by the time you’re 60. Well in our immediate family, that idea hasn’t worked out. We’re in our 50’s and between my sis and BIL and hubby and myself, 4 out of 4 would’nt qualify.

    They are very strict about pre-existing conditions and between us we have MS, protate cancer, breast cancer, and hip replacement/arthritis (before the age of 60)...so we all fall outside those insurable. It’s not that we’d need it by 60, it’s just that we wouldn’t have qualified unless we picked it up in or mid 40’s.

  • Suggs On Sideline As Kick Goes Wide Left "Oh My God!"

    01/22/2012 4:02:41 PM PST · 41 of 74
    dawn53 to Paleo Conservative

    Ditto... Ray Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger lost during the playoffs...that’s all the satisfaction I need.

  • Minding Your Mitochondria

    01/21/2012 11:00:42 AM PST · 20 of 39
    dawn53 to La Lydia

    I have MS. I’ve read and listened online to Dr. Wahl’s info...here’s a link that summarizes alot of the info:

    http://www.terrywahls.com/about-Terry-Wahls

    (Dr. Wahl is also famous for having the son who’s video went viral after he testified to Iowa legislators about being raised by two moms.)

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/zach-wahls-son-lesbians-speech-anti-gay-legislators/story?id=12832200

    She not only used diet but neuroelectrical stimulation.

    Since it worked for Dr. Wahl...good for her. But you’ll notice there are lots of things for sale on her site...book, dvd’s, CD’s...and notice they’re pretty pricey.

    I’ve also followed those who have follow Dr. Wahl’s protocol, because if you have the disease, you’re pretty much willing to try anything. Their results aren’t so spectacular. Not saying it doesn’t work for some, just doesn’t work for all. And it’s never wrong to improve your diet.

    I did find it interesting that the vitamins and supplements she recommends I was already taking just due to reading I had done in the past.

    Call me cynical, but I hold to the Princess Bride philosophy: Life is pain highness, and any body that’s trying to tell you otherwise, is probably selling something.

    That being said, if you read and listen long enough, she notes that because it worked for her, she is not saying it’ll work for others.

  • Newt Ally Calls Ex-Wife Unstable, Unhinged

    01/20/2012 4:50:29 AM PST · 15 of 40
    dawn53 to Ann Archy
    She looked DRUNK......I DOUBT her story.

    The woman is ill...she has MS.

    That being said, what I find strange about her situation is that she was carrying on an affair with Newt while he was still married to his first wife. There is no moral high ground in her life.

    That being said, Newt's moral failings have bothered me, and still do. Will I vote for him for President, of course. But I think the same moral failings that led to his numerous affairs, and dropping one wife in favor of the next, and then repeating that behavior a second time, is the same character flaw that will make him "abandon" easily a campaign position, or pledge.

  • Tebow Gets Help from Above?

    01/13/2012 1:04:29 PM PST · 23 of 28
    dawn53 to FewsOrange

    And I don’t think Tebow would disagree with you...everything that happens in a believer’s life happens for a reason. So the good is good, the bad is disapointing, but I’ve heard Tebow say it’s not about winning and losing.

    He’s not the one stirring up the “God is on our side” talk...it’s the pundits. And I’m convinced the religion controversy is a smokescreen they throw up as to why Tebow is controversial, when in my mind, he’s controversial because they keep saying he can’t and he does.

    I think TT, as far as good games and bad games, would echo the words of Scripture, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

  • Tebow, a ‘horrible' quarterback ;He keeps paying for that pro-life ad

    01/10/2012 2:00:01 PM PST · 83 of 138
    dawn53 to nickcarraway

    Another thing nobody seems to mention is because of the lock out...there was no practice in the off season. So Tebow, especially since he was 4th string, is sort of learning on the job, so to speak. And he’s getting better. Just think how he’ll do once he’s actually has time in training camp this summer. I think he’ll continue to improve.

  • Source: Tim Tebow earns $250K bonus (+video)

    01/10/2012 3:32:12 AM PST · 23 of 32
    dawn53 to Lancey Howard

    I heard that joke when I was in college, I’m 40 years past college, and it still makes me chuckle!

    As to Tebow, it doesn’t get any better than him throwing 316 (3:16) yards, LOL...let the haters deal with that.

    And where the money will go, I think his foundation is buiding a children’s hospital in the Phillipines.

    According to this article, he blew through his 2.5 mil signing bonus...guess where it went? :)

    http://newsessentials.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/tebow-gave-away-his-entire-2-5-million-signing-bonus/

  • God Is Great, Tebow Is Good

    01/09/2012 3:25:10 AM PST · 17 of 37
    dawn53 to dr_lew

    “Well now, what about Brady and Belichek? These must qualify as Satan’s palace guard”....That reminds me of that Ryan Parker song about the Patriots and the Giants Super Bowl Game. But Parker named the Patriots the Legion of Doom...fun parody song (even though it’s dated now.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wn-MIuAfmE

  • Barnes & Noble in Trouble

    01/07/2012 11:08:23 AM PST · 129 of 156
    dawn53 to 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

    They probably wish I didn’t have prime :) I literally did ALL my Christmas shopping using Prime (and I have a lot of people on my list...probably around 30.) So they lost money on the shipping just for the Christmas shopping.

    But I use them almost every week, sometimes a few times a week. I have MS, and getting to the store is sometimes a hassle, so I use them instead of making a trip to Walgreens, the health food store for vitamins, the pet store for pet supplies, the book store, or the office supply store, etc. They have become my “replacement” store...if only they sold groceries, I’d be in heaven.

    Plus the streaming video is fun...I’ve found some old TV series from the 80’s and have enjoyed watching them. I think the $79 is a bargain.

  • Barnes & Noble in Trouble

    01/07/2012 7:18:08 AM PST · 40 of 156
    dawn53 to 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

    That’s a great idea.

    I don’t think the e-books are what’s putting them out of business. We have a Kindle Fire and an iPad (w/iBooks) and we only buy “real” books, not e-books. We like the fact that we can read a book and then pass it on to someone else. Plus a large part of the population doesn’t even have access to an e-book device so I can’t see where that’s destroying their business.

    So then where is the problem. IMO, Amazon is the problem.
    I order all our books from Amazon (and with Amazon Prime...I now order almost all my “everything” off the site.) The prices are cheaper than in the store, w/Prime the shipping is free for 2 day delivery, and 3.99 if you need it next day.

    I think Amazon is what’s gotten the chain bookstores in trouble.

  • Unpaid taxes: IRS report says $450 billion owed

    01/06/2012 7:09:54 PM PST · 26 of 57
    dawn53 to Sub-Driver

    My kid, married last December, then filled out his taxes last year using Turbo Tax. Evidently they forgot to add in a $1400 savings bond his wife had cashed that year. Neither one of them made huge salaries, he was just out of college, she was finishing college half that year.

    So a week or two ago he gets a bill from the IRS for $700 saying he underreported income, and these are the penalties/late fees and taxes accrued. There are big time non-payers and they go after a 22 year old and his 20 year old wife for 50% of what they underreported. He went to the IRS office and they can’t even figure out why it was so high. So at least they’re helping him refile, hoping the problem will be remedied. At least he had the sense to contest it.

    Congresscritters and politicians owe thousands with no consequences, and they’re presenting a kid who made an honest mistake with a deadline (just 3 weeks after he received the notice) or the possibility of more penalties, etc.

    Sad.

  • W.H. proposes modest federal pay increase

    01/06/2012 10:11:41 AM PST · 4 of 20
    dawn53 to grobdriver

    My husband works for a municipality. Everybody (except police and fire unions) took across the board pay cuts a couple years ago (3% I think), and now they’ve been under a pay freeze since then. Why isn’t it acceptible? It’s what the rest of the country’s dealing with.

  • Proof that dogs really DO know what you're thinking - and they can understand as much as toddlers

    01/06/2012 5:00:56 AM PST · 40 of 86
    dawn53 to Smokin' Joe
    What one had, the other two had to have too. They are a lot like little kids in that aspect

    We have Weims, and our older dog has had Cushings these last couple of years. She's lived longer than we expected (because of meds) but she is often very hungry, especially in the middle of the night, even though we try to give her some food before bed. So when she wakes one of us up in the middle of the night, we know it's hunger (you can hear her stomach gurgling...it doesn't happen every night, but a couple nights a week.) Of course the minute the "big guy" hears her getting something, he's up and wanting somethng too. We give her plenty (because her weight is down)...we give him a "bite" and then they're both satisfied and back to bed. God forbid that you would give one dog something w/out giving it to the other.

    And what we laugh most about is the jockeying for the "prime" spot on the bed while we're watching TV...the nearer they can sit/sleep to my husband the better. If one sees the other is in the "spot"...they'll go get a toy and try to entice the "spot taker" off the bed. Often it works, and when the "spot taker" jumps off to play tug of war with the toy, the "enticer" drops the toy and jumps into the spot. It works both ways, both dogs know the trick, but neither can seem to resist falling for it :)

  • Proof that dogs really DO know what you're thinking - and they can understand as much as toddlers

    01/06/2012 3:31:17 AM PST · 28 of 86
    dawn53 to expat1000

    Dogs are smart, and their vocabulary (understanding of it, LOL) is huge. And with multiple dogs, we’ve found they portray many human traits that you’d see among siblings.

    On of ours recently had surgery, and had to be taken out on a leash every time he went out, to prevent him from doing too much running. Usually we just let them into the yard (it’s fenced.) So one day, after taking the male out on a leash everytime he had to go out, the female let us know she wanted to go out. I walked to the door and opened it, but she wouldn’t go out. I coaxed a little, still nothing. Then she walks over and noses the leash on the chair, and kept doing so. I put the leash on her and immediately she (guess I should say we) went out. I guess she thought the male was getting some special treatment by having the leash on :)

  • Doctors going broke

    01/05/2012 11:11:45 PM PST · 29 of 123
    dawn53 to Dysart

    My GP, who’s in his early 50’s, told me he has one more year and then he’s “Outta here!”

    His private practice group has had to join a larger group just to keep their heads above water and comply with all the electronic data requirements.

    I think because compensation per visit is so poor they’re piling in more and more patients on their schedules. I can’t get in to see my GP for 6 weeks...if an emergency comes up, I have to see the Nurse Practitioner.

  • Reagan Tells Soviet Jokes (Video)

    12/31/2011 9:30:16 PM PST · 4 of 10
    dawn53 to Razzz42

    Thanks for the link...I’m forwarding it to some friends.

    My favorite Gorbachev joke (don’t know who told it)...in reagrds to dealing with Gorbachev: Never trust a man with the map of South Vietnam on his forehead :)

  • 5 Fascinating Facts About ‘X Factor’ Winner Melanie Amaro (Rejected by local Fox station)

    12/27/2011 8:02:41 AM PST · 10 of 19
    dawn53 to Jukeman

    I don’t watch the show, but I catch clips occasionally on youtube. Isn’t Melanie the one Simon cut from his group, and then asked her to rejoin the competition?

  • New Drugs Raise Hope for Patients With M.S.

    12/27/2011 4:58:16 AM PST · 4 of 9
    dawn53 to neverdem

    Thanks for the article.

    They’re sugar coating the situation just a bit (I have MS.)

    First off most MS patients start out with the interferons or Copaxone. Why, well partly cost. Insurance companies are willing to pay the $3500 per month for the CRAB (Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex, Betaseron) injectible drugs, but not willing to fork over the 7-15K per month for the Tysabri single infusion (that’s the cost of the drug plus the infusion center) unless someone has “failed” on the other older drugs.

    Patients on Tysabri are now being cautioned to only stay on it for 24 months due to the risk of PML (the lethal brain infection.) More people seem to be showing up with it the longer they’re on it. Tysabri also seems to create a rebound effect once you go off. No new lesions while on, and then once off, they seem to pile on. All patients on Tysabri are being tested for JCVirus so they know they’re risk of PML before going on the drug, but truth is 80% of people have the JC Virus latent in their systems. So it’s not the ultimate solution.

    Gilenya is still new, not sure about side effects yet...but it’s really hard to get your insurance company to pay for it. It’s a pill, which is nice...but it costs $4000 per month from what I’ve read. I haven’t figured out why the resistence because my Betaseron lists on the receipt as $3200, but I don’t think that’s what the insurance pays...I think they pay in the area of $1700. Anyhoo, for some reason people are having a hard time with insurance.

    The new drugs I don’t know much about. My neuro is conservative and doesn’t prescribe new treatments the first year they’re out.

    Ampyra is a symptomatic med to the tune of $1000 per month. It’s supposed to improve your walking speed. Many people have found it helps them with fatigue issues as well.

    I have a Baclofen pump...don’t even ask what it costs :)... which in my opinion, is a near miracle for spastic legs. So they have made advances in symptomatic meds, and that’s good. But the cost is prohibitive unless you have insurance.

    In Relapsing Remitting form of MS, it’s so hard to say how effective a treatment is, just because of the nature of the disease. There are those who have never taken any disease modifying treatment and have a mild course. So it’s a crap shoot, all around.

  • Merry Christmas from Google

    12/24/2011 6:15:16 AM PST · 8 of 35
    dawn53 to Vaquero

    I always enjoy checking out this website...they change their logo to correspond to every holiday (and they’re not afraid to capture the true meaning of the day in their logo.) Christmas is depicted as Christmas should be.
    http://www.centralvacuumstores.com/

  • No Church This Sunday—It's Christmas

    12/24/2011 5:39:43 AM PST · 12 of 55
    dawn53 to Cronos

    Well our church cancelled Christmas Day services (and there are 3 services on Sunday.) Instead, on Saturday night they’re going to try to accommodate everyone for a single service...how will they do that on Christmas Eve, some big production outside. The logistics of doing such a thing (remote parking, erecting a stage, seating for thousands, boggles the mind.)

    I just don’t know why they didn’t go ahead w/the Saturday night service as we usually have inside (it might have been packed, but we have overflow areas.) And then have just one service on Sunday if they expect fewer people.

    So that leaves members of our family looking for a church to attend on Sunday. My dad’s church is also closing, so that’s out. Quite frustrating.

    My take...it’s not the problem of fewer people on Sunday, it’s that the pastors want to spend Christmas at home. Most weeks the rest of the congregation works a five or six day work week, then show up every Sunday to volunteer as Sunday School teachers, or parking attendants, etc. Our pastors consider Sunday to be one of their “work” days, so they take every Monday off. Color me cynical, but that’s how I see it.

  • The EPA's Mercury Madness

    12/23/2011 6:28:59 AM PST · 30 of 40
    dawn53 to hal ogen

    Amalgam (silver) fillings are 50 percent mercury. If you have silver fillings, you have had mercury in your mouth...and no government agency seems too alarmed. Although many dentists have transitioned to only composite fillings once the mercury issue started being discussed.

  • Best Buy Cancels Christmas (and Hanukkah) Orders, Causes Consumer and Analyst Backlash

    12/23/2011 6:18:26 AM PST · 20 of 73
    dawn53 to Libloather

    Amazon Prime has been amazing! I bought one item in a store this year...everything else online (most of it through Amazon.)

  • Two Lawyers Strike Gold In U.S. Disability System

    12/23/2011 2:38:25 AM PST · 14 of 49
    dawn53 to detective

    Yep, you’re right. The system makes no sense.

    I have MS (I haven’t filed for disability, although I’ve had drs/social worker at the hospital recommend it.) I have a job, and I’m good at it. They accommodate me (I work from home)...so I have no need or desire at present.

    However, I know people in the MS community who were turned down, and had to hire a lawyer. Then there are others, with less tangible disability, and they were accepted with no problem.

    I didn’t read the article, but people are willing to use a lawyer because they’re just too “sick” to deal with the process, which can be long and arduous, and is almost impossible for a lay person to maneuver. Once you’re approved, there is a windfall of income, seeing you’re paid back disability benefits (i.e. from the time you applied) so the payout to the lawyers can be justified in their mind.
    It takes 2 years from being deemed “disabled” for Medicare benefits to kick in...and that is another frustration for those that are truly disabled, have been laid off from work, and can’t get insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

    It’s a bad system!

  • The Beginning of the End of the 9-to-5 Workday?

    12/21/2011 6:54:22 PM PST · 24 of 47
    dawn53 to Darren McCarty

    I telecommute, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity (I have MS and couldn’t make it into the workplace everyday.)

    That being said, there are advantage for my employer. I’m available morning, noon, and night, if a problem arises...plus weekends. Not really a problem for me because I’m home most of the time. And there is flexibility, I can take breaks when needed, and make it to doctor appts. etc. So it works for me and for my employer.

    I know I’m much more productive from home than I’d be in the office. No distractions, so I get more done in a shorter period of time.

    Last time I was hospitalized I worked while recuperating, from the hospital. I think that qualified me as the most “loyal” employee...I didn’t really do it out of loyalty, but out of boredom during the hospital stay, :)