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Mark Jacobs, Iowa GOP Senate Candidate: The Way To Talk To Women Is On An 'Emotional Level'

Mark Jacobs, Iowa GOP Senate Candidate: The Way To Talk To Women Is On An 'Emotional Level'

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 16:19:14 in Politics

“And Frank Luntz is their progeny.

Men are equally 'swayed' by emotion, just sometimes different emotions attached to different subjects.

Thanks for the reading suggestion. I'll check it out.”
Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 20:14:25 in Politics

“Yes, here is what you correctly quoted:

"Writing in your dog's name might make you feel good, but it doesn't help. In fact, it might let the guy (or gal) you want in the chair the least to be sitting in that chair. Your dog is certainly not going to become governor."

I did indeed write it, I stand by it, I do not see what about it you find insulting.

I still wish you would explain why you find it insulting but you have apparently decided not to post to me anymore.

OK. I respect your decision.”
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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 13:36:59 in Media

“While I agree with you in overall principal, if us in the USA are going to get the majority of our news from TV, and as long as we insist that if we are going to watch TV for more than 30 seconds before turning the channel to something else, news is going to have to be entertaining.

Dispassionate facts are not entertaining. And often the truth is not entertaining. The truth is often uncomfortable, and nobody wants to watch something that's going to make them uncomfortable.

Opinion is entertaining. Talking points are easily digestible and repeatable and make watchers/listeners feel they have 'learned' something because they can repeat back things like 'patient-centered reform", or “Common-sense solutions” without having any idea what it actually means (the people spouting that on the TV shows wouldn’t be able to intelligently answer the question “What are your specific ideas for reforms or solutions?” And the travesty is they are not even asked that 95% of the time).

I still recommend the now-older 1983-84 book "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Dr. Neil Postman. The decline of real news coverage and real honest debate of the issues on TV shows is not new. It has been generations in the making.”
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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 13:10:38 in Media

“Actually, 'trickle-down' does work, to an extent, but only if people take what they have and spend it. The rich have largely been taking their money and putting it in offshore accounts, not 'spending' it. What investments they make are as likely international, not US investments. And then they avoid having to pay tax (or as much tax) on their gains.

The middle class and poor cannot leverage money the same way. Unemployment benefits are not put into a savings account and saved up to by stocks or even put in a CD. They are spent. Cutting off UB means where a woman might have paid her local hair salon for a wash n' cut, she'll just do it herself. Where once the guy was paying for a lawn service, he'll cut the grass himself. Where they used to eat out and support local restaurants, now the couple or family will eat in. Those businesses lose customers. It has a direct and negative impact on the local economy.

Since there is no evidence that extending the benefits causes the person to stay unemployed longer, why hurt these businesses? It will only make things worse, not better.

Lack of customers will cause the hair salon, the lawn service, the restaurant, to lay off an employee or two. And what will those former employees do then? File for Unemployment Benefits!

Stop that cycle now. Extend benefits for now, roll it back slowly and incrementally as the unemployment rate drops.”
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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 12:50:47 in Media

“"Do they want to put us in Labor Camps to fight for our food, water and even life like the movie "Hunger Games"?"

Um, yeah they kinda do. I've thought this for years, like, at least 20 years.

Why do you think we've seen no movement from the government leaders to get access to health care not be tied to full-time employment with a large-enough business/corporation?

Because the big businesses don't want it.

You'd think businesses would want out of the 'business' of being their employees' insurance broker, as it were, but they seem just fine with it. Why? Because it's a bargaining chip to get and keep employees. The last thing they want is their employees to quit and go start their own business, and offering free or lower cost health insurance for them and their family than what they could get if they were "Going Rogue" is one way to 'keep them employees in line'.

It's a control thing. Large corporations would love it if everyone was forced to work for large corporations. Since they can't 'force' us, they coerce us, and lobby the government to write laws in such a way as to discourage us from trying to make a good living outside of a corporate salary with benefits.”
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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 11:09:16 in Media

“Good morning all.

James Carville wearing a colorful suit this morning on This Week. His wife of course is there too. It is at least somewhat entertaining.

Weather in SoFla is really nice this morning. Hope everyone can stay safe and warm where it's not so nice.”

Tim Moore on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:17:18

“Good morning! Rather cold here in Illinois but at least no snow.”
Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 10:32:47 in Politics

“Every FL governor has to balance the budget - Scoot doesn't get kudos for just doing his job. Governor Sink would have balanced the budget too.

Likewise, the idea of a 'surplus' is a misnomer. FL has no state income tax, a large percentage of state funds come from documentary stamp taxes (revenue collected from real estate transactions) and Scott was just simply in the governor's seat when the real estate market was coming back. Again, Governor Sink would have seen the same 'surplus' had she been elected in 2010.

As for jobs, here's the latest article showing that Scott can hardly take the credit for most of FL's job gains:

http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2013/rick-scotts-jobs-record/part-1/

Please read it.”
Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 16:29:38 in Politics

“I never said or even implied you had written anything offensive in your original post.

Also, I do not think I said anything 'insulting' in my reply.

If you were insulted by it, I am sorry, but I also do not understand why you found it 'insulting'.

I am actually very interested in understanding why you found it insulting, but I can only find that out it you reply and explain to me why it was insulting to you.

You've got an opportunity here to help me understand something I apparently don't understand. Are you going to take it?”

TheHighForester on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:47:06

“The fact that I reposted what you said (in quotation marks) above should have been sufficient to inform you of the insulting passage.

This is my final communication to MarvinM.”
Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 13:36:43 in Politics

“I agree Alex Sink would have made a good governor.

I also know that some people are trying to give Gov. Scott the credit for getting port improvements up in Jacksonville and at the Port of Miami.

It's wonderful stuff and will help the economy, but there is no reason to think any sitting governor of Florida would not have done the same (Because it involves international trade, federal money is in play). In 2010, had 70,000 more votes gone to Sink instead of Scott, the port expansion/improvements would still have happened.”
Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Bill Nelson Hits Rick Scott Administration Over Absentee Ballot Directive

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 13:30:10 in Politics

“I'm sorry, but people who say that are just going to have to suck it up and make the hard decision come ballot time. Nelson is not, and won't be, running for governor of Florida. He said so on local TV three weeks ago. I saw it. (This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney, who is also a long-time writer for the Miami Herald).

It is likely our choices will come down to Rick Scott v. Nan Rich, or Rick Scott v. Charlie Crist.

Writing in your dog's name might make you feel good, but it doesn't help. In fact, it might let the guy (or gal) you want in the chair the least to be sitting in that chair. Your dog is certainly not going to become governor.

So basically, you have to vote for one of the three. No candidate is going to be perfect. We've got to get over the idea that if they do one or two things differently from what we would like, that we simply can't vote for them, ever.

That being said, I think Rick Scott's 'cons' far, far outweigh any 'pros' someone might wish to put in front of me as consideration for why I should vote for Scott.”

TheHighForester on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:04:18

“"Writing in your dog's name might make you feel good, but it doesn't help. In fact, it might let the guy (or gal) you want in the chair the least to be sitting in that chair. Your dog is certainly not going to become governor."

Since I did not write anything offensive, above, I do not accept your decision to respond in an insulting manner. Any discussion we might have had will end on that note, MarvinM.”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 21:17:20 in Politics

“If it is, so what? What are you implying? Are you trying to say my source is not accurate? What, it fact, is your actual point?

Hint: If you think the source I cited is not accurate, it would have been more direct and better for communication for you to have said "I don't think your source is accurate because ... " and explained the 'because' part.

So, please, if you think the source is not accurate, just come out and say so, and provide the reason why you think it's not accurate.”
Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare

Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 15:35:54 in Politics

“McConnell: "The only 'fix' is full repeal followed by step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that drive down costs and that Americans actually want."

Yet ask him, or anyone who uses that phrase, for an example of a 'patient-centered reform' and you either get crickets, or whiplash from watching them do a 180 away from the subject.”

paverguy1 on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:10:04

“Patient centered reforms is some Frank Luntz gobbledygook. I believe it actually is a privatized system. Yeah that would be good for????????”

gungavin on Dec 5, 2013 at 15:48:47

“That choice of words, patient-centered, is so far removed from any any legislation the GOP has ever considered that it's an insult to the intelligence of even, a blade of grass. ( no offense; grass ! )”

Wallysmom on Dec 5, 2013 at 15:46:19

“Can any Republican explain what 'patient centered reforms' actually means? and other than tort reform how they plan to drive down costs? Their minions may buy this gobbledygook but intelligent individuals know it means nothing.”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 23:40:52 in Politics

“Actually, some of those 29,000 could well be members of Harry Reid's personal staff, because:

“Reid and his personal staff will buy insurance through the exchange.”

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/politics/reid-obamacare-staff/index.html
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 23:36:42 in Politics

“Holy expletive! That's pretty low.

I guess that's what you get when 12-year-old mentality meets desperation. (My apologies to 12-year-olds who know how to problem-solve in more productive ways than this).”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 23:33:38 in Politics

“I’d hardly call it “avoiding it like the Plague”:

“And all four House and Senate leaders are required to relinquish their federal employee insurance plans next year and are choosing to enroll in the exchanges.”

So, Harry Reid, as one of the four House and Senate leaders, will be enrolling in the exchanges, per the article you cited!

“Reid and his personal staff will buy insurance through the exchange.”

So, per the article you cited, Reid’s personal staff is also not “avoiding it like the Plague”.

“But it's also true that the law lets lawmakers decide if their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans, an option Reid has exercised.”

Committee and leadership staffers .... hmm .. that’s it? How many of them? And this article does not tell us why. Y’know, there could be a very good reason.

In any case, this article does not support what you claim. The Congresspersons who passed it are not avoiding it at all.”

gomezrules on Dec 4, 2013 at 23:59:18

“Your defense of the indefensible is noted. If you spin any more we can call you "Top"!”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 23:14:55 in Politics

“Yeah, when has any government, like the Romans, ever done anything for us?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9foi342LXQE

(Courtesy of Monty Python)”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:45:24 in Politics

“Rick Scott and AG Pam Bondi tried to do that here in FL, and the counties that are actually interested in helping not only their citizens but helping keep the hospitals from being inundated with uninsureds told them to Go Fly a Kite.

And, as far as tactics to keep Ocare from succeeding, get a load of this:

Recently two new website cropped up in Alaska discouraging people from trying/using Ocare, both run by a group out of Naples FL called the Foundation for Government Accountability.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131112/whos-behind-websites-aiming-confound-alaska-enrollment-healthcaregov

When you go to FGA’s website, one of their headline articles is:

Uncover ObamaCare Initiative Launches Interactive Map Tracking Exchange Enrollment vs. Projections
BY CHRIS CINQUEMANI OCTOBER 24, 2013 ·
95 Million Exchange Accounts Needed to Meet Enrollment Expectations

NAPLES, FLORIDA – The ObamaCare exchanges are on track for monumental failure if current enrollment trends continue; a fact Americans can see for themselves using a new map and charting feature ... “

So ... the group that is actively trying to keep people from enrolling is complaining about the low enrollments. Go figure.”

modrnknght on Dec 5, 2013 at 01:40:52

“They are the same ones who complained about the website not working, while doing all they could to repeal the ACA.”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:34:25 in Politics

“Kenz, your experience is exactly the same as mine.

I think one good thing that has come out of this is that more people have been forced to become aware of what health insurance really costs, how it works and, if it is being paid or partially paid for by an employer, who much it is really worth.

You would not believe the number of people posting on these threads when the exchanges first opened who were saying stuff like "And when they find out the company won't even pay until they hit the $5000 deductible? Who can afford that?" as though Obamacare invented lower monthly/higher deductible insurance plans.

I was paying $245/month for a junky plan with that $5000 deductible back in 2004 when I dumped it as 'too expensive'. I can now get a comparable Bronze Plan (comparable deductible, better coverage) for about $200.

You betcha, it is a blessing for many. I just wish people would stop trying to scare others from even looking at the website to see what they might be able to get. It doesn't cost anything to look, and you don't have to enter any private information, or set up an account to look.

https://www.healthcare.gov/how-much-will-marketplace-insurance-cost/

Kenz300 on Dec 4, 2013 at 22:39:52

“Many people do not really understand insurance and how it works. That is why the insurance companies were able to get away with selling so many junk policies that really did not cover you. People would not find out how bad the policy was until they got sick and needed good coverage.

Insurance companies know that most people do not bother checking prices or shopping around when renewing insurance....... they just want to enroll you in their higher cost plan and hope you are not smart enough to catch them........

What a scam........

Go to the HealthCare.Gov website and apply for insurance thru them. It will be a better policy and you will pay less than going to the insurance company directly.”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:05:01 in Politics

“Yeah, that $30 more a month on my family's $1000/month health care plan (if I had one) is really gonna put me in the poor house.

Remember, $30 more a month is apparently inconsequential. Remember, that's about what was just cut from food stamp allowances, and everybody said it was no big deal, that those families should have no problem eating on $36 less a month if they just budget and clip coupons...”

The domain on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:08:19

“Says the man who knows nothing about anyone. Gee, it's 30 a month. 30 that doesn't get to go to food or bills or keep the lights on.

You've obviously never worked a day in your life, or had to keep a budget.”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:48:35 in Politics

“It's not true. Funny, I thought that rumor died two months ago but here it is, back again when there's positive news about Ocare.

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/05/congress-and-an-exemption-from-obamacare/

kkleve on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:59:50

“Isn't factcheck.org one of George Soro's organizations?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/politics/reid-obamacare-staff/index.html

ppleqlsht on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:51:41

“Ok thanks. I hear things here and there, but don't believe it until I can confirm it..”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:35:13 in Politics

“Right, because everyone who enrolls through the website doesn't do any followup if they don't hear back from the insurance company, within a week, two tops.

Follow-up is just standard procedure when you buy anything online. I ordered a gig bag on Monday from a mail-order company and if I hadn't hear from them via e-mail confirming my order, I'd have contacted them within 48 hours to check and see if my order really went through. If I don't get my product within a week I call and check on its status.

Stop with the horror stories. There probably will be a few things that go slightly awry but give the consumer some credit for being proactive and treating this the same as any other purchase - not so much buyer beware as trust but verify, verify, verify.”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 18:55:05 in Politics

“And it's so transparent.

"If not enough young healthy people sign up ..."
"They're all enrolling in Medicaid"
"They need millions and they got only 29,000?"

Red flags these people are either 'nickel posters' or are copying talking points from them.”

Dustee on Dec 5, 2013 at 00:00:42

“Yep that's right. More people signed up for ObamaCare in the first two days of December then they did in 'ALL' of October.

What's your plan offer?”
Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Obamacare Signups Surge As 29,000 Enroll For Health Insurance On Sunday And Monday

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 16:22:01 in Politics

“It sure is. You can tell by the repeated (nearly verbatim) talking points.

It makes me very angry. Very angry indeed :)”
Chick-Fil-A Removing Artificial Dye, High Fructose Corn Syrup

Chick-Fil-A Removing Artificial Dye, High Fructose Corn Syrup

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 04:06:11 in Healthy Living

“From the above:

"The changes come after blogger Vani Hari wrote a post in 2011 titled "Chick-fil-A or Chemical Fil-A?" on her site, FoodBabe.com. It noted that the chain's sandwich had nearly 100 ingredients, including peanut oil with TBHQ, a chemical made from butane."

I'm a big fan of peanut oil. But I'm still not going to Chik-fil-a.

I am, however, going to check the label of my peanut oil ...”

GoodWillHumping on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:10:56

“Thank you. Guess I missed that. It does seem unlikely we will be reading of the health benefits of butane in our foods...lol. I'll use their toilets, but I won't spend a plug nickle in there either.”
Black College Instructor Claims She Was Punished For Discussing Racism

Black College Instructor Claims She Was Punished For Discussing Racism

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 03:56:08 in College

“This is from the link in the article above:

"English faculty Shannon Gibney received a letter of reprimand last weekend after a debate about structural racism in her Intro to Mass Communications class "

It's a perfectly appropriate subject to discuss in a Mass Communications class.”
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