“I would like to know just exactly how having to cover various birth control methods is affecting these freaks of nature. Assuming that health insurance matters are handled by the Human Resources office of Hobby Lobby (as well as all the other companies), none of the executives would have any idea what the insurance plan covers or doesn't cover or if any employees are availing themselves of these products. Even if the Supreme Court rules against them, I still fail to see what horrific consequences this could possibly have. Will the wonderful christian owned Hobby Lobby have to go out of business? Will the owners suffer tremendous hardship, loss of sleep, ulcers and other assorted health problems? I believe that women all over the country need access to birth control, but the country could manage just fine without any Hobby Lobby stores.”
“I was absolutely amazed when reading this article. Aside from the plethora of fascinating topics addressed, I am mostly impressed by the "cocktail" Dr. Soon-Shiong has perfected to treat lung cancer. Not only would this innovation be an unimaginable large step up from the long and harrowing weeks (often months) of excruciating radiation and chemo, it sounds as if it would be less expensive. I've had cancer 3 times now and the treatment for the first bout cost $486,000.00 - that's when my insurance co. more than tripled my monthly premium and I became uninsured.”
Jasmine Adamson on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:13:17
“Does not exist. But it should! That's the point - we are transitioning to evidence-based medicine, and those are the kind of treatments we should be using. We didn't have the science before - we had to guess. Now, we have so much data, and we have the ability to put it together, we can make a better guess.”
“Hilarious! What a way to make an otherwise boring flight interesting. It sounds to me as if Elan was playing this little game to pass the time and since there's usually at least one "Diane" on every flight, it was successful. I wish I could muster up the gall to do something like this the next time I have to fly since I am terrified of flying and could use the distraction.”
“Thank you for the clarification. I should have known that and I feel rather stupid right now.”
gwheezie on Nov 26, 2013 at 01:00:56
“No problem, but I can't imagine how concerned Deeds was to be told they couldn't find a bed, I've dealt with frantic family members who are terrified of learning there is no bed or finding out the person they as a last resort had taken to the hospital by the police was released.”
“I feel immensely sorry for this guy and I find the statement "there were enough beds in hospitals 2 hours away" a little insulting. Would anyone else in his shoes have contacted every hospital in the state? Mr. Deeds had to cope with a mentally challenged son for many years and it sounds as if he truly loved his son. This tragedy made me immensely grateful for my healthy kid because I'm not 100% sure that I could have handled what he had to cope with. Hopefully, he will succeed in pushing through much needed mental health advancements so his son did not die in vain.”
gwheezie on Nov 26, 2013 at 00:40:46
“It was up to the community services board that evaluated him at the hospital in Bath to find the bed, not Mr Deeds, you cannot as a relative just force another relative into a psych facility unless it's a minor child or you have some kind of power of attorney, it's a legal issue, the community services board has the authority to seek an involuntary bed and get a temporary detention order.”
“Well, Patriot Henry, I agree with you up to a point. After my second bout with cancer, my insurance co. informed me very kindly that my premiums were now $764 a month. Because of my circumstances, I had to switch to working from home, now earning between 20 - 28K per year depending on the number of assignments, so paying such a staggering premium was not in the cards. And as luck would have it, by the winter of 2011, I noticed the telltale signs - the cancer was back for a third time. I went on line and applied to every insurance co. I could find - no dice, preexisting condition. I applied for Medicaid in January of 2012 - denied. I reapplied in March - denied. I applied again in May and received a letter asking me to appear at the financial aid office of a local hospital where a kind woman told me that urgent applications would be approved now that the ACA exchanges would be implemented soon. She arranged for a doctor's appointment and after my diagnosis was confirmed - stage 4 cancer - my application was approved. I spent 6 horrific months in various hospitals and even though I'm done with treatment, it will be months before I know if I beat it again, but I am extremely grateful to the ACA.”
Patriot Henry on Nov 26, 2013 at 14:21:00
“Some people were saved from Saddam by our invasion of Iraq. Was the war worth it?
You put your own life ahead of the lives of 310 million other people. You are willing to put us all in grave danger so that you can get a little extension on life.
As the destruction of the health care system is accelerated by this program it shall become increasingly clear that it is the worst program ever domestically speaking.
I hope the cancer stays away, may you live long enough to see what the ACA really is.”
“Several of my husbands were in the habit of renting porn tapes on weekends, but that was many, many moons ago. I freely admit that I watched with the same amount of interest they did - I actually enjoyed the tapes and found them to be a turn-on. And I never lied about how I felt when the subject came up. But now that I'm blissfully living by myself, I don't feel the need for watching porn, not on line or elsewhere, yet I would encourage prude women in a relationship or married to at least try it.”
Jock4uni on Dec 4, 2013 at 01:03:23
I hope your candid reply would encourage hesitant women to give it an unbiased try!
futroll on Nov 24, 2013 at 18:56:47
“good on you for the honesty, but calling women that don't watch porn prudes is a bit outdated. I find the popular, mainstream porn to be repulsive. yet, I like sex, experimenting with different things sexually, and am usually pestering my husband for it far more than he does me.”
“I used to smoke and even though I've quit completely some time ago, I miss it terribly. But even as a non-smoker, this ban borders on the ludicrous - they dictate what you can or can't do in your own home? If I still smoked and lived in San Rafael and owned a condo, I'd continue to smoke in my very own, paid for home until the Gestapo got wind of it and hauled me off to the dungeon.”
PeaceG on Nov 24, 2013 at 05:34:27
“Yes they do. Some states dictate what sort of sex you can have in your own home. Others dictate that pregnant women are obliged to have metal objects shoved up them. If you are going to complain, complain about one of these offences and not the 'right' of smokers to pollute the air in others' homes.”
“You either possess a borderline IQ of below 60 or you are delusional. We bill ourselves as a super power, the greatest country in the world, but we let millions of our citizens suffer and die because they can't afford health insurance? Right this minute, I'd go on my knees to thank our President for the ACA because without it, I would not be able to write this, I'd be on a slab being dissected by students - I donated my body to science. Thanks to the ACA, I was finally able to get the treatment I desperately needed and so far, the doctors are cautiously optimistic. Sorry to burst your conservative Tea Party bubble, but the ACA is going to save many more lives besides mine.”
Patriot Henry on Nov 25, 2013 at 14:13:45
“"We bill ourselves as a super power, the greatest country in the world, but we let millions of our citizens suffer and die because they can't afford health insurance? "
That super power comes from 1) military might - the ability to murder millions or billions at once if the President or Congress so desires) and 2) debt which can not be paid off. So basically our global power comes from our being a broke ass bully.
Millions don't die for lack of health insurance.
"Thanks to the ACA, I was finally able to get the treatment I desperately needed and so far, the doctors are cautiously optimistic. "
Have fun when care is unavailable for you because of the unintended consequences of the ACA.”
1barbara1 on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:06:12
“az, what a great, compassionate reply even though it is commenting to the choir. I'm just hoping that the major kinks will be ironed out long enough before mid-terms so that Dem's won't be running from the ACA. I want to kick those wooses in the butt who are so frightened about losing their jobs that they start criticizing this Democratic success which makes people doubt it even more. Stand up and support it ... talk about the positives which are plenty rather than letting the R's control the dialog.
I'm so happy to hear your good news and hope for continued good health. Keep us updated ... HP fans (I'm one) are like family and care about one another!!!”
steve esperess on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:35:35
“Now how is it that your life was saved by obama care when it doesn't take effect until next year? Just how stupid do you think we are that we would buy into that claim?”
Dryl 95 on Nov 23, 2013 at 00:04:23
“"I'd be on a slab being dissected by students - I donated my body to science. "
Well now Obama Care is anti science.....thanks Obama.....”
“I never thought I'd get to say this, but that chick is even sicker than Manson. In some cases, the death penalty really is the way to go and good old Charlie was a prime candidate.”
AllowMeToObserve on Nov 23, 2013 at 01:38:23
“That woman is not sicker than Manson. To be sicker than Charlie would be quite a remarkable accomplishment. I have letters from him written to me when I was researching a documentary on his life (which never was produced) and you cannot imagine how his brain starts going when he puts pen to paper. It's fascinating and remarkably disturbing all at once.”
“This is just too sweet! If I didn't live well over 1,000 miles from PA and didn't have a bunch of dogs and cats in my rescue group hoping to get adopted, I'd take these two little darlings in a heartbeat. We've rescued quite a few Lab/Pit Bull mixes over the years and they have all been wonderful. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these sweet brothers get a home for Christmas.”
“This article would have been nicer if Costco had announced that the bible was labeled fiction because that's precisely what it is, but they weaseled out and blamed it on a warehouse error. The bible belongs on the shelf that houses the Brothers Grimm's and Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, both of which are a much more enjoyable read and don't warp the reader's mind like the bible.”
“Just what do they mean by "styling and grooming?" Does that refer to braiding your pubic hair, dividing it into corn rows or blow dry it after a shower? Then I must admit that the only thing I've ever subjected my nether regions to is to shower and towel dry.”
j obrien on Nov 19, 2013 at 20:10:41
“I am the same. I have heard recently the fashion is to make it bald like a little girl. Ewww.”
“Knowing what we know about the 5 judges who voted to leave this provision in effect, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. A state like Texas is in dire need of favorable abortion laws, but hopefully this ridiculous provision will eventually be overturned. I like to believe that old toads such as Scalia will leave the Court during the next 2 or 3 years so that a decent human being can replace him.”
PBMac on Nov 19, 2013 at 20:09:08
“God let us hope so.Scalia is a disgrace to the Court. He talks about cases that might come before the Court. He is out of line when he does this.”
okieggma on Nov 19, 2013 at 19:46:46
“I am kinda hoping they start dying off....old senile fools.”
“These pictures could have been taken on any US beach I have ever been to. I always have a hard time believing that morbidly obese people have the gall to wear bathing suits and subject others to a rather nauseating image. If I were that big (although that would NEVER happen) most of these beachgoers might think about using their own private yard.”
Angel with Wings on Nov 20, 2013 at 15:23:57
“So, you have great sympathy for animals - but you think that people who are overweight should stay home, and not enjoy the ocean, so that they don't make YOU uncomfortable?
I don't think it takes 'gall' to go to the beach in a bathing suit regardless of one's size. Maybe you would be too ashamed to go in public, so please feel free to avoid the beach, and the rest of your life if you ever become obese.
Don't expect the rest of the world to do that. The beach doesn't belong to only healthy people, or only skinny people. How would you feel if I said that people shouldn't go to the beach after having chemotherapy because their bald heads make me uncomfortable?
stormydown on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:41:39
“Newsflash, people don't dress based on whether or not you think they're too fat to wear something, and they certainly don't need to hide their bodies away in shame. Get over it.”
“Thank you for explaining it so eloquently, but while only a faction of Americans understand this concept, most still like to portray socialism as the devil's work. Actually, we could do with more socialistic programs.”
“As founder and president of an all-breed rescue group, I have posted comments similar to yours in the past - some were posted, some didn't make it through. I have come to the conclusion that the moderators don't actually read the comments, but rather use the eeny meeny miny mo system and simply nix every 10th comment. And thank you for saving lives!”
Pema on Nov 16, 2013 at 10:44:18
“hi zoe. all my soc media i have different monikers. may i ask what rescue group? i donate and cross post. wonder if i might know of your group.”
“That is rather comical and had me chuckling. I was, however, appalled to the max at these children's ability to spell. I went to school in Europe and none of these grammatical masterpieces would have sailed beyond the teacher's waste basket.”
reininop on Sep 8, 2013 at 21:03:20
“Well if you're German I understand. I don't think there is a German word shorter than 10 letters or 6 syllables.”
Virginia Caminer on Sep 8, 2013 at 20:30:44
“I thought the kids did a great job. Some are so young, they could barely hold a pencil. If the European teachers were that cold and have no sense of humor or are unable to give an a for effort, then they should not be teaching young people. And Averagezoe should go back to Europe if she feels that way about kids' spelling.”
jcarey99 on Sep 8, 2013 at 19:14:42
“To the max huh?”
voegelid on Sep 8, 2013 at 19:02:27
“I wouldn't be too hard on the spelling just yet. Did you see the age on top of each pic?”
“Oh, yes my dearest Tea Party, my blood is definitely boiling and I am funneling it into the largest cauldron I could buy. When the cauldron is full, I will leave it up to your so discerning judgment whether I should ship it USPS, FedEx or UPS. But tell me honestly why you would call such a perfectly normal stance by our President disgusting and appalling? Especially since you are getting a brand-new caldron already filled with a descendant's blood that can use to drown any heretic, that should make you do the dance of joy!”