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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Is Glenn Beck hard at work in DC today?

Glenn Beck, Mike Lee to ‘clean up’ D.C. memorials


I noticed he didn't volunteer to clean up the public rest rooms!

How many people are paying attention to the shut-down and/or debt limit fight?

I haven't heard anyone bring it up in conversation, but then people may be attempting to avoid talking about politics. Has anyone mentioned the situation to you?

About the South Dakota ranchers who lost cattle in last week's blizzard -

just because something has always been done a certain way, is that an excuse to continue?

If a dairyman in New York failed to provide proper shelter for his animals, he'd end up in jail. So why are cattle in the West not provided with any shelter when blizzards occur with some frequency?

I have no problem whatsoever with some kind of government aid/loans to assist ranchers in constructing shelters.

"White House faces an insurrection over metaphors"

he president will not pay ransom for ... " Carney began.

"You see it as a ransom, but it's a metaphor that doesn't serve our purposes ... " NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro shouted back with broad support from other confused reporters.

"You guys are just too literal then, right? Carney said.

"We just want to accurately report," Shapiro began before Carney interjected. "We're trying to be accurate in our description of what's going on."


Why are the Koch Brothers backing away from the Tea Party?

With more money than God, how would the association hurt them? It's not as if they can be voted out of office. Are they setting up a pre-emptive defense for a RICO investigation?

Um, I seem to have misunderstood part of the ACA - can someone straighten me out?

I took a look at my employer's crappy health plan for 2014 ( Sign-ups taking place now)

Here's the thing: The brochure flat out states that there is a limit on coverage and doctor's visits ($200 a year, which can add up quickly!)

I thought that the ACA made such limits illegal.

I should add - I'm not worried about getting health insurance, I've always been covered by my husband's plan because my plan is so crappy. I'm just wondering what's gong on with this company.

I think employers will be sending out info on their health insurance plans soon

so employees can sign up for next year.

How many people do you think will be complaining because they can't use the Health Exchanges?

In case you thought those photos of meth addicts are fakes -

Our county sheriff is asking for an additional $40,000 for jail inmate medical expenses from the legislature -

He budgeted for 2 or 3 tooth extractions a month, but now is seeing 100 a month! This in a jail built for 159 inmates.

Last spring I think it was, my employer made some major changes to its operating programs -

things like tracking orders for our products , internal inventories, production schedules, purchase orders etc. It was a disaster. At one point the local plant had about 3 months production sitting on site because there was no way to get it entered into inventory so it could be sold and shipped.

This was a major corporation employing a major software supplier.

Just a little context to the problems anyone is having with the various Obamacare sites.

Voter suppression - we need to get the word out -

It's fairly easy to register here in New York. I've had my driver's license for years, and I have one daughter who has a state issued ID (in lieu of a driver's license). I haven't heard anyone complaining about getting a license, so I assume it's still a fairly straight forward process. Voting here and registering to vote are also relatively easy.

That's the problem.

Some New Yorkers I know assumed that it isn't unreasonable to ask for ID at the ballot box; everyone they know has ID and you have to supply ID every time you write a check. (FWIW - I don't think these people realize that lots of people don't have a checking account!) They had no idea of all the hoops some people have to jump through in other states in order to vote.
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