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Is This What You Want? Author Of Viral Poverty Piece Takes Out Teeth To Prove Her Story

Is This What You Want? Author Of Viral Poverty Piece Takes Out Teeth To Prove Her Story

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 16:28:49 in Politics

“So true. Just a week or two ago I read about another young father ho had no insurance, was told by his dentist to buy an antibiotic and a pain killer but because of his poverty the young man only filled the prescription for the painkiller. He died. Had he asked a family member for help, he would have survived, but often you will see that the poor are too proud to ask for help because each day presents other seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Been there during the 80's recession and needed a $1000 loan afterward o take are of my teeth. People who believe the poor bring t on themselves through moral failings are simply not thinking it through or looking around.”

Husaria on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:27:58

“And....are just plain mean and have no empathy for their fellow humans”
Family Denies Writing Anti-Gay Message On Receipt For Waitress Dayna Morales, Claims It's A Hoax

Family Denies Writing Anti-Gay Message On Receipt For Waitress Dayna Morales, Claims It's A Hoax

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 05:54:12 in Gay Voices

“I agree with you and was also thinking that the .55 looked similar in both. They have the same rounded bottom and the top of the first 5 angles up just enough. I hadn't seen the B you described but my reaction to the .55 was that they are by the same person.”
Supreme Court To Take Up Controversial Birth Control Cases

Supreme Court To Take Up Controversial Birth Control Cases

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 12:55:08 in Politics

“Considering today's climate, the major forces anti-women's health care and autonomy, I am pessimistic about this case. Once they manage to remove intrauterine devices from the Act they will do the same for the pill. All apolitical women will have to wake up and vote a straight Democratic ticket here on out!”

saunee300 on Nov 26, 2013 at 13:38:29

“amen to that!”
Cartoon Claims Obamacare Means Men Will Get STDs From Women Who Can Now Afford Birth Control

Cartoon Claims Obamacare Means Men Will Get STDs From Women Who Can Now Afford Birth Control

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 12:37:42 in Politics

“And these same men think some young chick will enjoy their company after popping ED tabs? Meanwhile older women are thankful to be free of the codgers who won't use condoms.”
Cartoon Claims Obamacare Means Men Will Get STDs From Women Who Can Now Afford Birth Control

Cartoon Claims Obamacare Means Men Will Get STDs From Women Who Can Now Afford Birth Control

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 12:30:50 in Politics

“So true! It is unimaginable that in 2013 American women still struggle for their reproductive rights while Am. Men get a free ride on the responsibilities of sexuality. Young women must quickly realize it is now up to them to continue the fight for their physical autonomy and I am afraid they are not aware of how much effort it's going to take!”

Izzy66 on Nov 27, 2013 at 01:35:47

“We've got to shake their images of Kim Kardashian and celeb fairy tale lives  into Margaret Sanger-thrown-in-jail-for-advocating-contraception in the early 20th century. Where tenement slums held 9-15  people, many children starved and died young. When women were dying from having been 'worn out' by having so many children.Family planning is in the best interest of the Family, the Community and Society as a whole.The ONLY likely reason to deny it is to control 1/2 the population - NOT for the love of children.”
No Brazilian Waxes Necessary: Survey Finds 51 Percent Don't Groom That Hair At All

No Brazilian Waxes Necessary: Survey Finds 51 Percent Don't Groom That Hair At All

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 12:37:11 in Style

“Unacceptable? How about I say Yuck to all uncut men?”

hollyhobby on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:52:57

“I definitely agree with you on that. The article was about women not grooming themselves, so that is what I spoke to, but yes, men have just as much responsibility as women maintaining their genital area.”
No Brazilian Waxes Necessary: Survey Finds 51 Percent Don't Groom That Hair At All

No Brazilian Waxes Necessary: Survey Finds 51 Percent Don't Groom That Hair At All

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 12:21:55 in Style

“Those criticising people's preferences are not Feminists. Young women today, as a whole, are not Feminists. I look forward to a resurgence of the movement when women show true concern and unite to make changes for the welfare of all women!”
Bob Woodward: White House Blames Me For Obama Criticism (VIDEO)

Bob Woodward: White House Blames Me For Obama Criticism (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 12:10:29 in Media

“He fawned all over The War President.”
Bob Woodward: White House Blames Me For Obama Criticism (VIDEO)

Bob Woodward: White House Blames Me For Obama Criticism (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 12:08:45 in Media

“He peaked during Watergate.”
Gun Ownership And Racist Attitudes Are Linked, Study Finds

Gun Ownership And Racist Attitudes Are Linked, Study Finds

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 09:28:49 in Politics

“The article explains the methodology. You didn't like the outcome so you denounce science? Racism has surfaced and been exacerbated by Obama's election right along with gun ownership. These are facts we have recorded for over 4yrs. now but you dismiss that along with science because it does not fit your alternative reality.”

devildog09 on Nov 6, 2013 at 13:32:41

“It's not a question of methodology, althoug the absence of a causal relationship is evident.  It's more a statistical issue.  The numbers are increasing proportionately...which does not mean one is a dependant variable of the other”
Gun Ownership And Racist Attitudes Are Linked, Study Finds

Gun Ownership And Racist Attitudes Are Linked, Study Finds

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 09:18:50 in Politics

“You comment reveals an elevated level of fear. When walking down the street at night being alert is one thing, but being "worried" is fearfulness. I find that Americans are generally so insecure that racism is an underlying coping mechanism for personal fears. Blaming the Other for fear is easier to deal with than developing psychological security.”

HateBothParties on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:12:40

“You nailed it. Outstanding”

fireball101586 on Nov 6, 2013 at 09:26:17

“Any woman walking by herself at night and is not a little worried about a man walking right behind her, is not prepared for what could happen. But then again I never put myself in that situation. Be a worried and alert about what is going on around me, will keep me safe. Doesn't mean I am going to turn around and confront the person, just means I will be alert to as to what he is doing. And as I said, I wouldn't care what color the mans skin is. I am not scared of someone based on the color of their skin!”
Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 20:26:39 in Parents

“F&F! 1st Fan! You are right - empathy appears to be inborn and this is a tremendous example of that.”
Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 20:21:55 in Parents

“F&F 1st Fan!! Totally agree with you!”
Dick Cheney: Military Action In Iran Likely

Dick Cheney: Military Action In Iran Likely

Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 00:23:10 in Politics

“I question the producers who think this man has anything worthy to say. Haven't they learned yet? People should turn it off and write their objections to the network.”
Kim Kardashian Busts Out Of Her White Lace Birthday Dress In Vegas

Kim Kardashian Busts Out Of Her White Lace Birthday Dress In Vegas

Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 10:22:49 in Celebrity

“True, she is disproportionate. And that possibly makes her image more authentically archetypal in that the earliest forms of art were stone goddesses with enormous breasts and buttocks, the essence of fertility. I believe she strikes a primal chord with people.”

Mercgal on Oct 28, 2013 at 08:08:08

“Maybe you are right. I just cant get past the sex tape.....the guy peeing on her was just horrid”
Kim Kardashian Busts Out Of Her White Lace Birthday Dress In Vegas

Kim Kardashian Busts Out Of Her White Lace Birthday Dress In Vegas

Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 09:01:43 in Celebrity

“I am more fascinated by the comments than I am the article. The crush to outdo one another's insults is fueled by a passionate reaction to this woman who everyone loves to "hate". I say that in quotes because I believe the most hostility comes from those who really deep down, love and respect this woman who singlehandedly changed the American beauty type from perky blonde to dark steamy earth goddess. Yes, her body is an archetype depicted in art throughout time. Her business savvy and accomplishments are such that one thinks she actually does nothing while socking away a fortune bigger than one of the top rappers in the culture. Seriously. Happy Birthday Kim.”

nytomi on Oct 27, 2013 at 12:56:44

“Nobody but yourself.

Kim is fat. Kate Upton and Heidi Klum are beautiful.”

Mercgal on Oct 27, 2013 at 09:45:32

“Actually Gia was the model in the early 80s that changed it all from blonde to dark hair and some (reasonable) curves. Kim is truly completely out of proportion. Her rear is massive, and she has very short little legs......but what you said is right! She is socking away a fortune! Good for her.”
John Boehner: 'We Just Didn't Win'

John Boehner: 'We Just Didn't Win'

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 07:02:26 in Politics

“I continue to question Boehner's reputation as a "moderate". I work in his district and it seems that his constituents are disproportionately pro-Tea Party. With the TP as a minority in the GOP, why is it that Boehner consistently promotes their positions over the positions of the non-TP republicans? Having observed Boehner since he entered Congress I don't feel he has ever behaved as a moderate. Though he co-sponsored No Child Left Behind, Boehner's position encouraged the development of charter schools (many religious) which in Ohio legally siphon tax money away from public schools. He has always been known as an anti-taxation, reduction of social services conservative and he has fought abortion rights since he entered Congress, long before the War On Women became popular. So it puzzles me why he is considered moderate and even another target of the Tea Party. I think he has instead very carefully masked his true allegiance. Indeed, Boehner immediately called WLW local talk radio yesterday afternoon, to explain how they "fought the good fight" to "decrease the size of government" and "repeal Obamacare" and that he will continue to do so. Tell me where this is a moderate's comments? Tell me how he is being manipulated and used? I continue to believe that John Boehner has created a false sympathy with the media and the public. He doesn't mind that they sympathize with him for his "impossible" position, as it suits his purposes perfectly.”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 14, 2013 at 20:07:16 in Politics

“I feel terribly for anyone who has been unemployed but the subject was about government workers and I was responding about those workers who have been unfairly maligned by the rightwing as if they are an enemy.  I reject any ideology that makes them the enemy.  While I feel awful for the long term unemployed they must make personal adjustments which I would think would force them to find other type of work.  Awful I know but I've been there done that a few times too.  My reason for posting was to let people know that shutting the gov't, hurting the 800,000 employees, as well as communities and populations dependent on those jobs, etc., etc., and the enemy is not the government.”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 08:08:08 in Politics

“Thanks for your detailed information. I will pass this on to an IRS employee who is not vested in Social Security and who went for 2 or 3 years without a wage increase.”

ivotedabsentee on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:03:20

“Let me add a little to the within-grade increases.

See this web page for the WGI time tables:

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/within-grade-increases/

Let's take a typical new Federal employee, hired in as a GS-9, step 1, in November 2009. There was no COLA increase in Federal salaries for 2010, but this employee should have received a WGI in November, 2010, to GS-9, step 2. No Federal COLA increase for 2011, but this employee should have received another WGI in November 2011, to make the pay at GS-9, step 3.

Again, no first of the year Federal salary COLA in early 2012, but in November, 2012, this employee should have received the third WGI, to GS-9, step 4.

Perhaps your IRS contact is not a GS employee, but in some other pay system. Might be interesting to know exactly what pay system it is.”

ivotedabsentee on Oct 13, 2013 at 09:53:34

“For grins, you might want to find out what your friend's service computation date is, and if he has any prior military time.

Most folks who are age 30 and older are probably vested in Social Security by now, unless, for one reason or another, they did not have enough earnings in some years prior to 2013.

Unless your friend is in some unique pay system with the IRS or possibly a step 7 or higher in the GS pay system, your friend should have received at least one within-grade increase.

I don't suppose your friend has had not-so-good evaluations and was not recommended for a WGI?

Now, perhaps we need to determine if a WGI is considered a wage increase. If not, then yes, most Federal employees have not received a wage increase.

Personally, if any WGI or any adjustment has resulted in an increase in the hourly pay and which generally results in an increase in net pay, I'd call it a wage increase.”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 17:54:00 in Politics

“Just this past year they received the first increase in at least 3 yrs along with the frozen COLAs of the Social Security recipients. Bush never cut their pay or budgets. Obama has made many concessions over the last 4 yrs and the federal workers as well as all federal recipients have felt the pain. To suggest otherwise is to ignore the circumstances of the government worker (local or otherwise) and to make them into an enemy of regular working folks is ridiculous! Their wages are not exceptional and their benefits are limited to their structure, i.e. they are not vested in Social Security. Resentment toward government workers is churned out by rightwing media and is completely negative energy against our society.”

ivotedabsentee on Oct 13, 2013 at 04:39:20

“"Resentment toward government workers is churned out by rightwing media and is completely negative energy against our society. "

To this, I will totally agree.


"Their wages are not exceptional and their benefits are limited to their structure, i.e. they are not vested in Social Security."

At the Federal level, every new employee first hired after 1984 or rehired after 1984 has Social Security as part of the Federal retirement plan under FERS. Employees who were hired before that date had the opportunity to stay old retirement systems or convert to the new retirement systems, based on the FERS model.

Yes, it is true that an old retirement system Federal employee who never paid FICA is not vested in Social Security. There are numerous old retirement system Federal employees who are indeed vested in Social Security because of either previous Social Security covered employment, or part time employment in addition to their non-Social Security Federal employment.

It is also a fact that those Social Security vetted employees will normally have their Social Security benefits adjusted downward because of the effects of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).


And yes, I realize there aren't many old retirement system Federal employees still working for the Feds, as the last hiring of folks under the old retirement systems would have been 1983, 30 years ago.”

ivotedabsentee on Oct 13, 2013 at 04:24:22

“I cannot address pay increases for other than Federal employees, as there are too many jurisdictions involved to have any meaningful discussions.

On the Federal side, Some Federal employees, those at the top step of their pay grade, may not have received any pay increases in the last three years, because they are pay capped at the top.

Also note that some Federal employees may have reached the dollar pay cap, and cannot get any increases in salary unless there are increases in the several levels of the Executive Schedule.

GS employees at step 7 or higher, the within-grade increases are every 156 weeks, and yes, those at those steps could very well have not received any WGIs.

Any GS employee who was step 6 or below, prior to January 1, 2010, should have received at least one WGI between then and now and most probably received at least two WGIs.

Those Federal employees in other pay systems may have different experiences, possibly no step increases in the last three years, or very possibly even three.

Yes, it is correct there were no Social Security COLA increases in January, 2010 and January, 2011, but there were later
increases:

January 2012 -- 3.6%
January 2013 -- 1.7%”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 02:51:21 in Politics

“Oh please, most of these $30k/workers are not squandering their salaries on iPhones. You are unaware of what it is to raise a family on a low income. The budget must cover rent, food, utilities, transportation, gas, insurance, medical costs, school expenses, and the myriad needs of growing children. Add to that the unexpected repair bills and other typical problems of cars and homes. Most people in this pay scale have a problem with paying for cable and cell phones and each has to do what is practical or necessary for them to be able to work and function in this country. Your comments about people living paycheck to paycheck are callous. Try living on that budget for a month and see how well you do.”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 02:22:50 in Politics

“Wow, it is horrid to read such anti-Americanism from rightwing freakazoids like yourself who find enjoyment in fellow Americans' suffering.”

clarkecoln on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:41:06

“Maybe you mis-read the part of my comment that says, "I feel bad for them, but not as bad as I feel for those who've struggled the past 5 years." -----> It's awful to want to work but not be able to find it, and 5 years of such struggle is crushing. I'm sympathetic to those govt employees who have been shutout for the past two weeks and missed their first paycheck. It's tough and scary too, but those folks also know that the shutdown will eventually end and they HAVE jobs on the other side of it. And they know they will most likely get back pay too for their time away. The govt workers will be stressed to fill the temporary gap, that's understood. I have greater worry for those who have not had that type of security the past 5 years.”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 02:18:45 in Politics

“When was the last time you supported a family on a salary of $30k? How much are you able to save when you can barely pay for gas? Your comment is overflowing with hate: "people don't have enough resources?" Stop sneering. Yes, it was the republican party that charged two wars to credit, deregulated Wall Street and brought on the Great Recession, squandered a deficit on tax cuts to the rich and we could go on and on but it is a moot point since your memory can contain only 2 weeks worth of information. I hope you never take another trip to "socialist" Europe because people of your dim intellect are not appreciated there.”
Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 02:04:54 in Politics

“get over yourself”
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