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Name: Doug
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Hometown: Tn
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Member since: Fri May 18, 2018, 04:38 PM
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well,oh crap

I sing and play music to relax and to my make my 31 yo lil hcp girl happy. Seems a CD I made (unprofessionally) for my daughter, has made rounds in our region of the country. A Pastor from a church just asked me to sing a couple songs during service. Ive sang live before. but never for a church, and yes, I view them as the "other side" I will do it,,so Tess can watch me sing live again, she loves it. But I am kinda freaking out because they want choir involved and Im afraid they will not hear the music as I do. Practice sessions start tomorrow, to give the choir, " a getaway from Christmas Cantana" I feel Im being used in a way,,but will do it loud and proud for my beliefs. But I am freaking out a bit. Thanks for listening

Koz

apologies and an explanation

I made a post last Sunday, the 6th. I re-read the post and still agree with most I said,but I worded it brutally. And used some extra punctuation, I agree. I apologize to anyone I made angry.
Now I will explain and hopefully help someone in the process. I have been fighting major depression for over 2 years. I see my psyche each week, unless we are vacation, or she is. AS I sit now, obviously, Sunday was the beginning of my biggest meltdown ever. On Monday, I fell off the "no booze wagon", HARD. I was still able to recognize I wasn't right and called 911. They came and I went with them without issue.
I am now home from my first in-patient visit to a mental health facility. I have never been arrested, and after this stay, I never will be!
As a person who has worked in medical field most my life, and a number of years with challenged folks, such as my daughter. I was absolutely appalled. Not at the conditions of facility, but at the treatment of patients. At what was presented to me as a patient. Choices that I was trying to be led to by so called "drs." Med Changes, trying to get my to sign voluntarily into 28 day in patient programs that had nothing to do with my illness. I could write pages of examples that I noted while there. I was immediately aware that I had to take charge of me while there. I stood up against the med changes, my psyche team and I have spent 2 years trying to zero in on dosages, mode of intake, as I have had gastric bypass, to get me closer to better than I have been in a long time. Someone who had met me 10 minutes ago,wanted to change meds and throw that all away. They continued to move the "goal posts" of "when you can go home" each day. It was the basic topic of discussion at every meal. ( which,btw, I asked for meals to my physical condition and was denied. So I lost another 7 pounds while there. 7 I don't have to lose)
My point is simple, this facility had a one size fits all plan, because they, as I saw, deal with most people, who tend to be homeless, or truly disabled mentally, as they knew and compared other facilities in my area. On each day, each patient saw a true professional for less than 10 minutes. The rest of time was empty. Yes, they had what was labeled as "Group Therapy" which each day was something s playing poker,(ie; math skills) painting with water colors(artistic expression), or watching movies ( diversity education). I know these terms because the one group I learned to trust, after a few carefully chosen inquiries, was the RN's. They became the truth to me and they hated what they had to do too.

In the spirit of me trying to be short speaking, 2 final thoughts;
First, I am appalled at for profit medical even more now!
Secondly, and more important in my mind, those of you who read,responded, and thought about my original post. You witnessed a mental health breakdown. Mine. I only ask if you know someone and see changes, just help! please do not ignore.

I make no excuses for myself, and I thank all DU for a place to talk about anything.

Koz

ok,,I have held my tongue long enough

I am an old guy,, for truth sake, I have managed people for over 30 years and have been on DU for 2 years. Here is what I am seeing with my people experience.

Way,way too many repliers here,who answer without reading the full post. OMG I read them , so many great,,exp Dems, who are posting, and have replies that have nothing to do with the OP! Seems now ,,we read headline,we respond and go to bed feeling good about us.
Koz is bringing a new fight,, I have contacted Du,, I am tired of hearing people respond to me,who obviously did not read my original post. I am finished reading these kind of replies, we are members of DEMORATICUNDERGROUND, time to prove what you believe. I was not a member last election, but I read this site as a guest. So damn many posts about Bernie,, and then Bernie was screwed and Primaries were rigged,, and a lot of you all that were here,, voted for Jill,or not at all. Hey you all,,don't bitch now.

This is DemocraticUnderground, we disagree,,sometimes we fight. But bottom line,,in the end,, WE read,we learn,we know, and By God we support!!! Doesn't matter,,there is no Jill , Ralph, or anyone else,, I speak out of turn, but I will say, I kind of know a lot of old timers here, and I will say,,it is about the WHOLE GOOD. Wanna read snips and respond? Time to look in mirror , my DU friend,,Im old, served my country voluntary , and with this post I till do the same by volunteer.
I am too old to serve my country physically again,, I am reading responses from people young enough to serve, but post very uninformed replies.. I beg of you all!!!!

Nov 2020 is coming soon,, As much as I don't like,,USA is in a 2 party system. Make up your mind,, no 3rd party, no "not voting" ,, Just believe an old guy with his heart. And what did those thoughts get us in 2016? I start my online battle now for America.


Koz Out

I used to post links

from RawStory on here, until started seeing they just post click bait with no confirmation, only unnamed sources,and half visible links if you watch and go through the "video thing". Now I know and have learned, Im still kind of noob,,, when I post my thoughts to other websites,,copied and pasted from here,,ummm,, they seem to carry a lot more weight.this site rocks,,because of the posters, who can calmly talk back and forth. I no longer post RS links,,I am 58 yo and still acceptable to my open mind. I learn every day.

Koz

When I was young,,a long time ago.

We did not have computers,internet, etc. One of my first memories of my life, is "why is my Mom crying on my birthday?" my bday 11/23/60 I was turning 3 years old. President Kennedy was killed yesterday. I grew up through Vietnam,WaterGate,9/11 and other "moments" in our history.
Point of my post is simple to all younger members of DU,, Please do not have to make a post like this 50 years later, we are witnessing history, pay attn. Learn,, read articles,,not just snips, because in 50 years,, you could be making this post Im making, but you have the tools to KNOW.

Koz

letter I got from "R" Phil Roe today

I am posting his blast email, along with my reply,Im old school,I still try to respect the office as I was taught,and no, I didnt vote for him or say in my response that I did. So all grammar police ,please. his letter long,,mine much shorter after his.

Opioid Crisis: Good News, but a Long Way to Go
Communities across the country are fighting an epidemic against opioid abuse, and Northeast Tennessee is at the epicenter of this crisis. Chances are you know someone Ė a friend, relative, or coworker Ė who has been affected. The opioid epidemic did not happen overnight but was decades in the making. There is no doubt itís a crisis. More Americans die every year from opioid overdoses than Americans who died during the entirety of the Vietnam War, and itís more common to die in Tennessee from an opioid overdose than from a car wreck. Ending this crisis will be neither easy nor quick.

There is, however, progress being made nationally. For the first time in nearly 30 years, drug overdose deaths decreased last year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths dropped nationally from 70,237 in 2017 to 68,557 in 2018. After years of steadily increasing overdose deaths, it appears that efforts to reverse this crisis are starting to have an impact, but in Tennessee, we still experienced a record number of 1,856 opioid deaths last year. This needs to continue to be a priority at the federal, state and local level, and I will continue to make it one. I am grateful for President Trumpís leadership as well, who has declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.

The decrease in the number of deaths is due in part to increased recognition on the seriousness of this issue. Over the last few years, Iíve been proud to support important reforms that expand resources to fight this epidemic. Last Congress, I was proud to vote for the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, and before that I voted for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act. Together, these bills increase access to medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse, expand the use of telehealth services, incentivize the use of non-opioid prescription alternatives, target the influx of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, enhance physician awareness of improving prescribing practices, and improve disposal of unused prescription opioids which often become a source that fuels addiction. After providing over $10 billion the past two years to fund these programs, the good news is that East Tennessee is beginning to see this funding. East Tennessee State University, Ballad, Cherokee Health Systems, Rural Health Services Consortium and several statewide agencies that do work in our area, have all received direct funding to address the crisis in our region.

In May, Rep. Tim Burchett (TN.-02) and I held a joint roundtable in Jefferson County to hear from local experts on how to combat this crisis across our region. One takeaway we heard is that prevention is key. Once addicted, it is difficult to stay clean and not fall back into old habits. We need to engage with our schools, medical community, law enforcement and public health officials with a multi-pronged strategy. There is no community that is unaffected.

One overlooked demographic in this epidemic is the elderly. Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee, on which I serve, passed the Dignity in Aging Act to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA authorizes funding for organizations and agencies that provide services to the elderly. I was pleased to co-author a bipartisan amendment with Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) to allow agencies who receive these funds to use funding to help address opioid addiction for older Americans. We must provide these services to prevent and treat drug abuse among the elderly.

In addition to our efforts to better help providers and treatment facilities help people, we must also help our local law enforcement get these illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl off the streets. Opioid addicts are being targeted by drug dealers importing these drugs, resulting in even more deaths. Currently, one of the obstacles the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has in stopping the illicit flow of opioid-like drugs into the U.S. is waiting for new substances to be developed then classify them as Schedule I. I introduced the Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act with Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) to automatically classify synthetic opioids as Schedule I based on their chemical structure and function. This legislation will help give the DEA the flexibility and tools needed to get these deadly drugs off the streets.

We need a multi-pronged approach, but I am hopeful that all of these actions will move us one step closer to ending this epidemic once and for all.

My door is always open to East Tennesseans and I encourage constituents to continue reaching out to my office to share their views on this important issue with me. Feel free to contact my office if I can be of assistance to you or your family.

Rep. Roe,
With all due respect,Sir. If this is the email you need to send out this week, I would totally disagree. I have served my country also, through military. I have had numerous Presidents I liked,disliked, for different reasons. But,here is my point, It is our country, and I am seeing right now, National Security Issues, But let's put a semi-positive message about the opioid crisis? I mean no disrespect Sir, I would hope people I vote for would be more open and honest than this, after this week.

Sincerely

this may be too busy time to say this.

My mind is reeling right now trying to keep up,as we all are ,I'm sure.

I just want to type this down as it has been in corner of my brain since yesterday.

We all know Trump is a con man,grifter,idiot,,adjectives for infinity. But I just have a little creepy in my brain,that says, what if he got played? Please hear me out,,I'll be brief as I believe most who read are keeping up to date.

Certain Rethugs have a plan. We get Idiot in office and pull his chains, I am not doubting Putin's hand in this at any point. The R's all go "yes Sir" for a while, They let Idiot make his mistakes and the more he realizes he is in over his head, the more the comfort and "advise" him. Now, who is making decisions for our nation? The advisers. Perhaps they see his crap crumbling with poor speeches,poor health, etc,etc and they say, "it's time" . Toss idiot under bus ,,bring in next puppet,, we have 14 months to election. I've hated Idiot in Cheif since day 1. And also don't believe he is smart enough to pull all this complicated shit off.

Im not a tin foil hat person. I'm just wondering why things are happening so fast. As an old guy,when I feel rushed, I immediately tell myself,,"slow down"

Just food for thought,, hammer at me as you need to. we are all on same team here.
Koz

Did anyone catch this?

Was driving to lunch with Mrs today while our dc resident was introducing his latest "acting" chief,, Robert Obrien, as Mr O spoke I found it interesting that Obrien said he was looking forward to great national security and foreign decisions for the next year and a half. I just found it interesting that a true crony would have said next 5 and half years? Anyway, Im taking it as a positive and think even they know the truth of what is ahead in 2020.


Koz

not a dirty joke,,but it can be a dusty one,

So why are old men like old computers???











In both, one thing is true, just because the memory chips work,doesn't mean the hard drive is gonna spin!

ok DU,,you have ALL the answers.

a member highlighted an article about a ND farmer today.. I read so many people ,make so many responses ,, and not 1 from North Dakota? hmm I grew up there.. spent 20 + years helping Grandpa on his farm. ND people are slow to change, I agree. But the second yu see/read an article from a ND farmer,,,,time to listen. I talk to neighbors,friends, weekly. I knew long ago the tide was changing against Trump. He has screwed our farmers over.
However I will not read or listen about how "these" farmers will always vote R,, if you didn't grow up in ND,,don't post like you know ND farmers. I thought Dems,,respected,, I'm reading less and less on DU,,just more folks who just wanna yell ,and all should listen. Isn't that the Republican way?


Old Dem guy Koz out
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