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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 46,611

About Me

Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

I just escaped a HUGE eye care ripoff. ( UPDATE: glasses came and are perfect)

The time has come that I need eyeglasses to see the computer clearly enough.
Been getting by without them, and have using orange colored sunglasses to block the blue light from the puter and the e-book at night, which has been having a very positive effect on the quality of my sleep and stopping watery itchy eyes.
Screen words are still a bit blurry tho.

So,time to get the prescription glasses, and the eye doc firmly declared since they were for the computer, I HAD to have the special blue light coating.
ok...quick vision check, then I am marched over to the nice young thang sitting at the glasses fitting table.
But, I have played this game before, so I asked her for the bill for just the exam and that I would have to wait to get enough money for the glasses and could I please have a copy of the prescription for my files.
Exam only bill came to $33.00.

The special coated lenses came to 400.00!
Without even counting the frames.

Can I just have the eyeglasses with out the bluelight coating?
NO, she said.
( That is bs and I know it)

Now this is the ONLY eye doc in town, and they are part of a chain which is the only one in any of the nearby towns.

Got home, immediately called the Canadian eyewear company that I had bought my last prescription from in November,
( single lens prescription, frames, free magnetic sunglasses, hard clamshell case, and 100% guarantee for a year) for $49.00, no tax.
I could have bought more expensive frames, but the ones I got are of excellent quality also.

Had to bargain a bit because of the special blue light preventive coating, at first they asked 200.00, then 150.00
but I know a secret.
I know that making lenses for glasses is done in just a few places in the country, and that it costs under $12.00 or so to make them, and the rest is profit. ( Hat Tip to Consumerist.com)
and I know that there is negotiation room with online eyewear places. ( Mr. Dixie has used them for years)

Bottom line......frames, glasses, coating, $83.00, no tax, will be here within 10 days of last Wed.

So the shooting at the WH Visitor center "co-incided" with a real shooting.....interesting.

An active shooter drill took place at the U.S. Capitol on Monday morning, and an email sent early in the morning about the drill initially caused confusion among staffers after reports of shots in the visitor center later in the afternoon. The drill and this reported shooting are separate events. -

Gee...how often have we heard that before...planned drills taking place and then similar incidents at same time.

Bad news folks....

Secret Service: No guns in GOP convention

The statement comes in response to a petition that calls for allowing open carry of guns inside Quicken Loans Arena, the host venue.

The petition has amassed more than 43,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

This is a double heart breaker. The petition only got 43,000 signatures.

Ask Hillary Clinton to Debate Bernie in New York

One of the next big battlegrounds in the Democratic nomination is New York State's primary on April 19. Our campaign has repeatedly asked Hillary Clinton to debate in New York before the primary, but they haven't agreed to it. We're not sure why.

Add your name to say that you want to have a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in New York State.


Did Green Tree force you to buy insurance from them? You may be eligible for the lawsuit.

. Dishman Law Offices Urges Victims of Predatory Force-placed Insurance Practices to Come Forward Now, As Deadlines Approach

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Green Tree Servicing, LLC and Green Tree Insurance Agency (“Green Tree”) have agreed to pay persons who were charged for “force-placed” or “lender-placed” insurance policies for residential properties from January 1, 2008 through December 8, 2015. Class Counsel represents that settlement proceeds available to class members who were charged for force-placed or lender-placed insurance policies are valued at $46 million, and that more than 300,000 of these predatory policies were force-placed on borrowers during this period. See Circeo-Loudon v. Green Tree, et al., 1:14-cv-21384 (SD Fla.).

Additionally, it is alleged Green Tree deceived homeowners, many of whom were in financial distress, and the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau levied a $15 million civil penalty, $48 million in money available to victims and ordered various practices to stop.

Dishman Law, a consumer protection law firm for over 30 years, is urging consumers across the country to come forward now if they have been the victim of these predatory forced-placed insurance practices. Tens of thousands of consumers may have their lost their homes and/or had their credit ruined due to the questionable manner in which the force-placed insurance market was allowed to operate. While settlements have been reached with Green Tree, and money is available to consumers, many consumers are generally not coming forward. It is vital that they act now and contact Attorney David Dishman today to ensure that their force-placed insurance claim is not time-barred.

The opportunity for property owners to obtain this compensation is short-lived. As such, Dishman Law is urgently asking anyone who believes they may have been victimized by the force-placed insurance market to contact the firm immediately. If Green Tree held a mortgage on your home and/or serviced your loan and force-placed wind, flood or hazard insurance on your property, it is of the utmost importance that you contact Dishman Law today, at 617-523-5252 or email us at david@ddishmanlaw.com. We will assist you in recovering the funds to which you are entitled.

My retirement mantra

Can you tell who this is?

Is a live person
well known to millions.without the facial hair

Meet Donald Trump's Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz

*Former Blackwater Executive

*radical Christian supremacist with an "insane worldview"

* former Pentagon inspector general under Shrub,was forced out of his job amid accusations that he protected high-level officials
who were suspected of wrongdoing

Jeremy Scahill tells about him in this transcript from Democracy Now.


Civilian Deaths in Yemen Won’t Stop a Billion-Dollar US Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has signed off on the sale of $1.29 billion worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, including tens of thousands of bombs that will restock a Saudi arms stockpile depleted by the country's air campaign in Yemen, which has been linked to civilian deaths.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Washington's support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, where the UN says coalition airstrikes have killed more than 1,000 civilians. Monday's announced deal, which still requires rubber stamping from Congress, indicates those concerns have had little effect on weapons sales.

In justifying the sale, the State Department's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said approval would "replenish" the stockpiles of the Saudi air force and allow it to "meet current and future threats from potential adversaries during combat operations." The weapons, said the DSCA, would also help to "safeguard the world's largest oil reserves."

The billion dollar deal includes 22,000 smart and general purpose bombs, including models that have been deployed in Yemen. The package includes 8,000 unguided MK-82 "dumb bombs," 1,000 GBU-10 Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs, and more than 5,000 kits that can turn common munitions into ones equipped to use GPS guidance for precision strikes.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the US has sold more than $90 billion in armaments and weapons systems to Saudi Arabia since 2010.

Meet the Republican Mega-Donors Spending Millions to Take Down Donald Trump

A small group of extremely rich Republicans have given millions of dollars in recent weeks to various super PACs with the sole purpose of stopping Trump, according to the most recent campaign finance filings that were released last week.

The individuals that have spent the most money trying to stop Trump are members of the incredibly wealthy Ricketts family from Nebraska. Since the beginning of this year, Marlene Ricketts, who is married to TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, and their son Todd, have given $5 million to Our Principles PAC, the largest group that is solely dedicated to thwarting Trump.

The Ricketts family, who also own the Chicago Cubs baseball team, have been longtime Republican donors. During the 2008 election, they were behind the effort to link Barack Obama to controversial comments made by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Another of the Ricketts' sons, Pete Ricketts, is the Republican governor of Nebraska.

Warren Stephens, a billionaire Republican investment banker from Arkansas, and Paul Singer, a billionaire philanthropist and hedge fund manager from New York.

Singer is averse to the spotlight but has quietly become one of the biggest donors in the Republican political world. His politics span the ideological spectrum — he is a vocal supporter of gay and lesbian rights, a donor to Senator Marco Rubio's now-ended campaign, a close ally of Mitt Romney and has been described as a "passionate defender of the 1 percent" by Forbes magazine.

More at link.
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