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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans Resistant to Obamacare on: December 05, 2013, 04:44:35 pm
The problem with so much of the ACA is that there's not going to be near enough going in to handle what's going out.

^^^^

Which is why the backbone of the legislation is going to fail, taking the whole system with it.  All the ACA is a bandaid on the real problems of insurance, and unfortunately, we can't pay for those bandaids forever.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans Resistant to Obamacare on: December 05, 2013, 04:39:25 pm

What's missing here is "why" should the ones who are now able to ride on their parents insurance until they are 26 sign up for individual insurance?   In a way, the very persons they need to sign up are the ones who they gave a waiver to.

Plenty of the "young invincibles" parents don't have insurance.

Hence the phrasing "... the ones who are now able to ...".  Those who aren't able to ride on their parents plans probably can't afford individual insurance on their own without government subsidies as it is, so they won't be the ones providing the needed funding the legislation is banking on.

3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans Resistant to Obamacare on: December 05, 2013, 04:28:07 pm

What's missing here is "why" should the ones who are now able to ride on their parents insurance until they are 26 sign up for individual insurance?   In a way, the very persons they need to sign up are the ones who they gave a waiver to.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Does Santa Claus give presents to non-Christians? on: December 05, 2013, 08:47:17 am
Since "Santa Claus" is a part of the secular holiday of Christmas, I see no reason why any kid is restricted from receiving presents.  Heck, some of my Jewish cousins celebrate the secular holiday of Christmas.  They even put up a tree and hang stockings.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP to all victims of the Battle of Black Friday on: December 03, 2013, 12:26:37 pm

Add this to my list of why I hate how Christmas has become more about "stuff" and less about real gifts: family, friends, life, etc.



Speaking of friends, welcome home, MODU!

Hey there, Grumps.  Hope you and the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Smiley
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Romance language on: December 03, 2013, 12:25:51 pm


Italian, but I would write in "Barry White".  hahaha
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP to all victims of the Battle of Black Friday on: December 03, 2013, 12:23:56 pm

Add this to my list of why I hate how Christmas has become more about "stuff" and less about real gifts: family, friends, life, etc.

8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many days a week on average do you eat red meat? on: July 12, 2013, 07:56:50 am

Probably around 4 or 5.  If it's not beef, then I'm eating chicken.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Prayer request on: July 12, 2013, 07:43:44 am

Thanks, everyone.

We had the memorial service for him last weekend, and it's amazing how one individual can touch the lives of so many. I counted more than 325 people in attendance.  Simply amazing!  He will be greatly missed.

From his obit:

"...he enlisted in the Army at 18, serving in Italy and Germany at end of WWII. His second tour was again in Germany in 1954 with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Division, Company D. He also did tours of duty in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was awarded several decorations including the Legion of Merit. "

"... serving as a Chaplain with the Prince William County Police Department [starting in 1983]. He helped develop the chaplain program with the County Police and still went out on calls until just a few months before his death."


10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Prayer request on: June 24, 2013, 09:58:53 am

Thanks again, everyone.  Reports are that he passed away about 3 hours after I left.  He was sleeping and breathing relatively well when I left.  Hopefully he passed just as peacefully.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Prayer request on: June 23, 2013, 10:00:30 pm
Thanks guys.  It means a lot. 

11pm ... time for me to go.  Got work in the morning. 
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Prayer request on: June 23, 2013, 08:32:20 pm

Hey all.

I'm currently at the hospital with one of my oldest and dearest friends.  He's currently in the hospice section of the hospital and he doesn't have many days left.  I ask, if you would, to give up a little prayer asking for my friend to be comfortable until the end.  He has some sort of fibrous lung issue, so it is very difficult for him to breathe, let alone talk.  At his age and health, there is little that the doctors can do beyond letting nature run its course.   

Thanks everyone.  It's greatly appreciated.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What languages do you speak? on: May 29, 2013, 09:15:51 am
Fluently:  English, Math (it's a language of its own)

Rusty:  Tagalog

Use to know:  Latin, Japanese, Chamaro, Hawaiian
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Attention Whoring: Employment options. on: May 29, 2013, 09:12:04 am

I would definitely go with the funeral home.  There's nothing wrong with working at 7-11, but you have a greater future potential with the funeral home experience. 
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Attention whoring on a medium level: joining the Navy on: May 29, 2013, 09:09:29 am

Awesome, Hockey!  Bravo Zulu!  Be sure to tell us where you get stationed. 
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michele Bachmann Not To Run For Reelection on: May 29, 2013, 08:57:44 am
She was fun having around for the entertainment value. 

She's an odd one, that's for sure.  Almost like if she were Ron Pauls long lost sister.  hahaha
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: yo on: May 28, 2013, 10:05:08 am

As they say, it's darkest before the dawn.  I'm glad to hear things are finally going your way, Fezzy.  I hope the trend maintains, and you have a great future waiting for you.  Take care of yourself, and don't forget to drop in at some point in the future to for another positive update!  Smiley
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Good News on: May 28, 2013, 10:01:29 am


Wonderful news, Clarence!  I am so happy to hear that.  Keep working towards getting healthier, and we'll be pulling for you the entire time.  Smiley
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How did you find this site? on: May 23, 2013, 12:38:45 pm

Google.  I was searching for data back around 2002, found the site and forum, lurked for two years before finally registering.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Obama-era forum members on: May 23, 2013, 12:37:33 pm
I have 500 already and I registered ~4 months ago. I'm slowly beginning to realize I have no life.

5 posts/day. You do have a life.

---- A 16 posts/day guy.

Indeed. 5 posts a day is akin to spending 15 min on emails.

I probably haven't posted more than 200 times over the past 4 years, and I'm still averaging 6.745 posts a day.  *laughs*  You have a life, my young friend.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Okla. Senator wants to dictate the terms of the relief for his state on: May 22, 2013, 08:42:17 am
He's not the governor or a state official though. He's explicitly a part of the decision making body that will allocate the money. I don't see what the issue is here, at least as far as his residency is concerned. Maybe his general philosophy is wrong, but it would seem more petty to me if he abandoned the principle as soon as he was the one who needed the money.

I'm inclined to agree.  He's looking for a budget off-set.  Nothing wrong with that.  If you find out that you need to replace your car (for example), and it was going to cost $100 more per month than your current auto loan, you might be inclined to look for ways to save $100/month in other areas before taking it out of your savings account.  It's a long-term, financially-practical approach.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Navy launches UAV from carrier for first time on: May 20, 2013, 04:20:10 pm

People will confuse this news with this:  video
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is the smartest Decepticon in your eye? on: May 20, 2013, 04:15:35 pm
But like... how is the chart interpreted?  What are all the red lines?

You were to wear red-filter glasses to see the "hidden" tech specs.  This was common back in the 80s.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Southeast Asian countries poll on: May 20, 2013, 08:52:37 am
The Philippines are next because a) I speak Tagalog (though I'm getting rusty), b) the Northern-half (especially Luzon) is very "Americanized", c) all the lovely lovely ladies, and d) my retirment money will allow me to live like a king out there.  Smiley

How does it happen that you speak Tagalog?  Were you 'in the service' there?

I grew up with, worked with, and have been friends with Filipino's all my life.  Many of them were aboard the various ships I've sailed on. 
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: One concept that never took off was Edison's interest in using cement to build t on: May 20, 2013, 08:45:27 am

Edison thought that cement was going to be used for many applications, not just for roads, dams, walls, and so on.  He did build some houses made out of cement, but at the time, they weren't popular.  His idea of using cement to build "every day" objects like furniture failed to gain any interest, in part because they were too heavy to move, and also because they would crack.

Hope that clears that line up for you.
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