I do not want to cover transplants, or viagara, or smoking cessation classes, or diabetes drugs, or cancer treatment for someone with lung cancer, etc....BUT I do each and every time I pay my policy bill. So, in a sense we all and have since forever paid for each other's healthcare needs without say as to what a person can or cannot get. The system should be fair and equal access to all...everyone not this picking and choosing crap.posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 - 21:58
Legislatures should never be in the details of the medical communities. When they are their personal, religious and basic ignorance gets in the way. To try and legislate complex medical research, or treatments is insane. There are far better trained groups that should research and decide courses of treatment SEPARATE from the legislature and churches.posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 07:48
Personally I do not like paying for other peoples smoking cessation therapies, or other peoples transplants, or other peoples cancer treatments due to their unhealthy habits of drinking or smoking or other peoples penile implants or other peoples diabetic medications, etc BUT I do each and every time I pay my medical premiums. So, this argument of religious freedom is hogwash and a bunch of BS. What I take advantage of in my personal medical insurance is NONE OF ANYONES business but my own, not my employers, not my church, sometimes not my family. So, this idea that others should dictate my coverage is crap crap crap. Fairness across the board is what is needed not complicated rules that others dictate to me.
Common policies that all should have access too should be standard - those that need to take advantage of parts of their polices should be able to without recriminations. PERIOD.posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:18
The GOP will continue to slide in support until they start respecting women and the choices they make. Bashing a woman candidate because she went back to school to become a lawyer and not a full time mother or taking back a cheating husband or railing on a mother for the challenges their teenager brings or state anything related to looks or calling a woman names like bimbo, b&@ch or catty is wrong on many levels. Would you diss a male candidate on any of these issues --- nope. Respecting women as equal to men is key.posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 - 08:30
Interesting article and facts below --basically shows that Benghazi was tragic but was not unprecedented and little if any outrage under Bush. My take is that these posts are risky and in harms way all the time-- those that decide to be at these posts know this and decide to go anyways, this goes to our military as well. Stop the politicizing of this and move on.
13 BENGHAZI'S UNDER BUSH- not including the.numerous attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad------(60 killed, 0 outraged Republicans)
January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.
June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.
October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.
February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.
May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.
July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.
December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.
March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)
September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.
January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.
March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.
July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.
September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 20:44
And the "tea party" is not the ultra right far extreme conservative that comprise the GOP right now. Seems like you have your head stuck in the sand if you can not see that your beloved tea party and their principles are archaic, sexist, chauvinistic, belittling to the poor and disenfranchised, hate anyone different than themselves...etc.
Hmmm seems like Carl can't remember the Bush/Cheney administration of "my way or the highway". Also, take a look at any state legislature, like RED state Georgia, and show us anytime they "negotiated" with Democrats. Yep hardly ever so this whining of not being heard is laughable.posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 07:54
Interesting when similar arguments are used for something someone does not agree with that they become so so defensive and start trying to justify their way out. So let's leave the "biblical" reasoning out of all these issues and debate them factually and fairly......including pot use or homosexuality or family planning or any number of things.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 08:10
Ditto, on your comment. Seems that the "government" you are talking about is the state legislature that is nearly all GOP in nature, interesting how hiding and non transparent and backdoorish the gvt can be....local GOP government. Makes me laugh.
The quite political snipe about Obamas vacation shows all too often the politics of this so called writer. Every president is allowed vacations and retreats as they are never really "off the job". So your beloved Bushie holds the record as he spent over 30% of his time on "vacations" so really get off those tired lines.
Every government group should put forward ideas to better address the poorer of our community. It should not just be the presidents job to do this. So, towery's railing on Obamas focus is laughable as in his former job he could have been more effective and less whiny if he was not beholden to the likes of the banks, Wall Street, Koch bros, Halliburton, etc. So, in reality it is many people who could better strategize and put forward programs that are directed better to improving homelessness and the economically disadvantaged. Instead they just keep whining about Obama.posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:51
I do not have any solutions to this vexing issue, I can only relate it to why I am an anonymous poster. I am considered a "g.d. Yankee liberal feminazi god hating moron who needs to go back to having babies and making cookies". For the record I am a Christian thru and thru who makes a mean pot of homemade pasta, sauce & meatballs...not so much a good baker.
But I was and am still taken aback by the in-your-face Bible Belt community/ Christians and feverish mentality to support causes like guns or reproductive health or the private lives of 2 adults. To try and state any difference of opinion is futile and risky and nerve wracking hence the non public way of debating or talking about issues.
Really having opinions is fine, it is when people go to the extremes and scream or yell to "be right" or "be heard" or defend their positions to extremes that is out of hand.posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 10:02
@D.Dublis: Well said.posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:55
Interesting that there is no mention of why CEOs and executives of companies can justify making tens of millions of dollars for something other people do in their companies. Those "other " people are the hard workers that deserve more than scraps for working their arses off.
Mind you I am all for people getting ahead and making money, (lots of it, wish I could) but there is some measure of fairness to the workers that needs to be better thought thru.
Seems like just political speak when opposing these CC standards. The irony is that the idiots in Georgia legislature want to keep you & our kids poorly educated and hate any comparisons. Those comparisons are stark and reflect the backwards thinking of most states opposed to challenging standards and pushing kids and teachers and administrators more. All because they want some control over something or hate Obama.....well politics and politics alone are once again is showing how stupid Georgia is.posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 - 08:48
@jtsim: the issue is that Christian prayer is elevated to "higher"status by being said or on the agenda. Any kind of prayer/ saying offers nothing to the business at hand. The agenda is to do business not pit a group above the other. E.J. aAbove stated it much better than I in that it just is not needed. If it is then go to church before the meeting or pray on your own.posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 08:25
@Save our Republic:
I was responding to my sims comment about respecting Mr. Cathy....ummm No. I also stated that I "hated" Cathy's hate filled message not hated him. His hate filled spouting is unChristian. That is my statement so don't be getting in a tiz over your thinking I said something...so untrue.
It is about time sometime stood up or stated the obvious....shut up. The loudmouths and hate filled spouting is awful and leads to the numerous problems we see manifesting today with killings, beatings, hate filled news, terribly ignorant comments, etc......just stop.posted @ Friday, November 8, 2013 - 08:37
@jtsim: no one has to respect him for his hate filled "chiristianity". It is NOT Christlike to hate on anyone and insulting to other people when anyone spouts like he does. I do not hate him but I do hate his way of seeming to be Christian.....the way to deal with these folks is to just boycott or not go there.posted @ Friday, November 8, 2013 - 08:09
Do you people really think that this is new? Or something not done by EVERY company or government? Get your head out of the sand. AT&T, Google, ms, Hughes, Verizon, IBM, your company, etc....everyone one of them stores massive amounts of data, personal and non personal. So, realize that your privacy has been long gone for decades, so get over it.posted @ Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 10:10
Nicely said. Seems like many people need reminding of all the community advocates and programs available. And keeping kids engaged is hard but necessary because if they are left alone or bored they tend to gravitate to activities that are not great for them or fall into crowds that are unhealthy. Educating the kids is huge but the outside hours are huge as well.posted @ Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 09:30
I have to say that I am selfish to a great degree and I bet it is a trait more people have than are willing to admit. I grew up in a more middle class environment with many perks and hidden or not exposed to the more harsh realities that many people face that brought them to be disadvantaged. And I have done the same with my kids --- helping them get ahead and be successful is my focus and I am "embarrassed" that I do not help or do more for the ones that are out side of my selfish focus. The sphere do my focus is my life and my kids lives......that to its very essence is selfish and my faults. I admire those that are such vocal and ardent workers and voices for those that are outside their sphere.posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 09:29
So, what you are saying is that the ACA will be implemented, not for lack of the republican led crusade to throw it out. and it will be improved, fixed, tweaked and revised just like every other major program to be implemented in this country for the past 200+ years. Seems like this us vs them and the all or nothing is crap and we are sick of the tantrums and hatred. Now, I have no issue with republicans trying to rewrite history by now taking the strategy to fix and improve the program, go for it.posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 09:14
One death...hmmm...let's further regulate and restrict hospitals for the exact same reasoning. since hospitals have far far far more deaths of which some are due to negligence, and other hidden issues.....how about these extreme groups focus on tithings that would really help rather than obstruct and hinder.posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 08:49
Mona, so patient with GOP inaction for 19 years, so impatient with ObamaCare after 22 days. What a visionary columnist, what a grasp of the big picture.
Love love love this comeback to the criticisms. While the rollout has been crappy and crazy it will smooth out over the next year and the sign up issues will be minimized and fixed. It will be a factor then of competitiveness.
No matter which way you slice this, healthcare was MAJORLY changed under the Obama administration. In the coming years any changes to it will be looked at as tweaks and improvements and changes to the OBama health initiative....it will never be attributed to the GOP....they wasted this effort because they were too busy hating on Obama and throwing toddler style tantrums.posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 07:09
@Curls: assessing the various ideas of sides to any political issue will inevitably bring about an opinion of right or wrong. So, assessing who to support or not turns into a blaming situation to "debate" the issues and defend your opinions. So, telling people not to blame anyone or any issue or any tactic is naive at best.
Interesting how many republicans are trying to defend Cruz and company's actions here. He and many GOPers showed nothing short of tantrums my kid threw as a toddler. A good representative will bring forth ideas, negotiate a compromise for all their constituents and move on. Their hatred for Obama is what is hurting this country, and I will most certainly place the blame on the TeaPartiers that are a faction of the GOP.posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 07:11
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more