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What Will You Pay For Obamacare? Depends On Where You Live (MAP)

What Will You Pay For Obamacare? Depends On Where You Live (MAP)

Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 22:15:02 in Business

“But we do - we pay taxes that would curl your toenails. Additionally, our waitlists are ridiculous. My elderly mother just waited 8 months to see an orthopedic surgeon, who has recommended hip replacement surgery, and now she sits on a 1-2 year waitlist for that surgery. In the interim, her quality of life is significantly affected by pain. Healthcare in Canada is neither free, nor particularly good (unless you're critically ill or injured, and live near a larger city). I believe in socialized medicine, but Canada is not sporting the best approach; it is incredibly wasteful and inefficient, and easily abused by those disinclined to contribute to the pot, but happy to make frequent use of it.”
Starbucks Baristas Don't Know What's Actually In A Pumpkin Spice Latte, Petition Says

Starbucks Baristas Don't Know What's Actually In A Pumpkin Spice Latte, Petition Says

Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 17:59:35 in Business

“If you have exceptional dietary needs, don't rely on the minimum wage coffee shop worker to know every single ingredient of every single drink. Your need is special, you do the work, ask for the ingredient list. The info is clearly out there because the angry vegans found it.”
Starbucks Baristas Don't Know What's Actually In A Pumpkin Spice Latte, Petition Says

Starbucks Baristas Don't Know What's Actually In A Pumpkin Spice Latte, Petition Says

Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 14:59:28 in Business

“Clearly a problem for first world vegan pumpkin soy latte lovers. I'm a vegetarian (not a vegan) and I gotta say, this is a little ridiculous. If you don't want the milk ingredients, forego the pumpkin spice latte. Simple. And frankly, your dietary choices are yours, educate yourself about what's in the foods you choose to consume, don't rely on the busy coffee person working for a pittance.”

twokidsandacat on Sep 13, 2013 at 15:38:48

“So many people missing the POINT. Really sad. Truly. How would you like it if your waiter somewhere said there's no cow or pig in your meal, and yet, there WAS?! And you wouldn't even have a bad reaction, would you? People allergic to milk need to be informed, and when the Starbucks employees don't even KNOW that there is dairy, they could get sick.”

jk1865 on Sep 13, 2013 at 15:22:21

“Reading comprehension, practice it.

The people responsible for answering the question "is there dairy in this?" don't reliably know the answer. So it's tough to make a choice when you're being given bad info, isn't it?

It's like me telling you that you should have skipped the salad special of the day if the waiter incorrectly told you it didn't have bacon on it.”

slimpickens12 on Sep 13, 2013 at 15:14:36

“I am not a vegan or vegetarian, and don't like most of em. but at least you know how things work. rock on. spread the word.”
'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Stars Discuss Lesbian Sex Scenes, Say Filming Was 'Horrible'

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Stars Discuss Lesbian Sex Scenes, Say Filming Was 'Horrible'

Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 22:34:32 in Entertainment

“Here's the thing about a contract to act in a movie: It's a signed piece of paper about acting. It's not prison. In weighing acting work and future acting work against what they perceived to be abuse, they made a choice to go to work every day. I've made choices to stay on in horrible jobs - it sucked, but having the freedom to choose means accepting the consequences of your decision.”
Syrian Mother Hugs Dead Children After Alleged Gas Attack (VIDEO)

Syrian Mother Hugs Dead Children After Alleged Gas Attack (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 22:21:44 in World

“Possibly the only thing more heartbreaking than witnessing a mother hugging her dead baby, is the fact that this video clip was preceded by a commercial full of fat, healthy babies, in a bid to sell us diapers. Using a video of a dead child and grieving parent to sell us something. The world has gone mad.”
Mark Ruffalo On Abortion: 'I Don't Want To Turn Back The Hands Of Time'

Mark Ruffalo On Abortion: 'I Don't Want To Turn Back The Hands Of Time'

Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 21:32:33 in Entertainment

“And the most dangerous threat to the woman who chose adoption, are the judgmental right-wingnuts who still attack her, call her irresponsible, ask her what kind of woman gives her child away,and vilify her for making an informed, independent decision for her own life and that of her child. My daughter's birthmom no longer discloses her adoption choice because people insist that women who choose abortion or adoption have somehow avoided responsibility. Which, let's be honest, is all about wanting women to be punished for having sex (you made that bed, how dare you not lie in it?)”

morefreestuff on Aug 19, 2013 at 21:42:15

“Nobody on the right vilifies women who give babies up, what are you talking about?”
Why Do Parents Still Urge Children To 'Clean Your Plate'?

Why Do Parents Still Urge Children To 'Clean Your Plate'?

Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 14:31:59 in Parents

“I grew up having to clean my plate.With our daughter, the rule is that you have to try something (one bite of new foods) before you say you don't like it (obviously we don't serve her things we know she's tried several times and just doesn't like). When your tummy's full, you're all done. And if you don't like the dinner, your alternative is PB toast and a piece of fruit...every time. So there's little incentive to ditch dinner for something "better", unless she genuinely thinks PB toast is better. That, and we talk a lot about what's in our food; "those beans are full of protein"; "that rice gives your body energy"; "kale is full of good vitamins". Growing up, I didn't learn about food, I simply had to eat it, which taught me to eat when I wasn't hungry and not be selective about what my body needed and didn't need. Trying to make sure the next generation is better informed and has a healthy relationship with food.”
'My Daughter Is Not A Princess': An Essay From The 'Listen To Your Mother' Reading Series

'My Daughter Is Not A Princess': An Essay From The 'Listen To Your Mother' Reading Series

Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 21:24:53 in Parents

“Wow, breed/ashamed/absurd/garbage/embarrassing. Lovely comment. This essay is by a queer mom raising a daughter in a still somewhat homophobic world. Of course as a parent and a lesbian, she worries about people's assumptions regarding gender expression and homosexuality. She's experienced homophobia.

BTW, I'm guessing by your comment that you're not a lesbian. That would be the better term for you, not a queer person, to use. When straight people use the term "queer", especially in conjunction with the term "breed", some of us queers might find it a tad offensive.”

samnorris on Apr 24, 2013 at 21:36:20

“I'm faving your comment & fanning you for your wonderful effort to educate @westersund. I don't know if you made a dent as she/he seems pretty entrenched/entitled to her/his misguided belief system - but thanks a bunch for your effort.”
Nearly 100 Percent Of American Women In Jobs That Typically Pay Men More: Analysis

Nearly 100 Percent Of American Women In Jobs That Typically Pay Men More: Analysis

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 17:54:36 in Business

“Hey, well since everyone is either in radiology or law, there is no problem at all.”
Nearly 100 Percent Of American Women In Jobs That Typically Pay Men More: Analysis

Nearly 100 Percent Of American Women In Jobs That Typically Pay Men More: Analysis

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 17:51:08 in Business

“Oh, so what you're saying is that 97% of women deserve to be paid less. 'Kay, well at least you've declared yourself.”

LawAbider2 on Apr 9, 2013 at 18:17:34

“I have observed all of the women coming in late, leaving early and taking more time off - yes. ”

PJarorbi on Apr 9, 2013 at 18:03:44

“Yeah, if you work less, you deserve less money.”
'Momma Love' By Photographer Ali Smith Depicts The Highs And Lows Of Motherhood Through 40 Women's Lives (PHOTOS)

'Momma Love' By Photographer Ali Smith Depicts The Highs And Lows Of Motherhood Through 40 Women's Lives (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 16:14:30 in Parents

“So? Prove that children need a mother; cite the literature. I myself, am one (so is my wife), but loving parents are exactly what children need. This photog did a series about mothers...which does nothing to disprove that children flourish with loving parents, male or female. But since you're a proud conservative, go ahead and produce your children within your heterosexual union, my parents did...so did my wife's parents. And we turned out just fine.”
Yes, We Do Need A New Word For 'Stay-At-Home Moms'

Yes, We Do Need A New Word For 'Stay-At-Home Moms'

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 23:18:09 in Parents

“I see what you're saying. Her article does illustrate that the term "stay at home mom", and all the talk around it, makes you invisible as a primary caregiving dad. Bad enough we don't have a term specifically for dads who are primary caregivers, but then almost all conversations assume we're talking about moms as primary caregivers. I'm all for a universal gender-free term. I like primary caregiver; I often use "at home parent" (we're a lesbian couple, so people get confused by which mom does what...silly in and of itself)...I can't stand the "stay" part - like I'm not allowed to leave except to get groceries or attend playschool.”

Chris Routly on Mar 28, 2013 at 00:52:29

“Exactly! We dad-bloggers often get accused of seeming to not understand that dads ARE in fact still a minority among the "stay-at-home" set, but the truth is all most of us really want is to be treated like equally competent parents who are welcome at any conversation about parenting, as more than an asterisk or a curiosity. That goes well beyond only the "stay-at-home" dads, just like conversations about motherhood are not just for "stay-at-home" moms. I can't speak for you, but I would guess you get plenty of the "asterisk" treatment too.

Anyhow, there's definitely a time and a place for parenting discussions aimed mostly (or even solely) at moms. But I think that it's time we make a conscious effort, when possible, to stop treating "mom" as an inclusive enough synonym for "parent" -- just like more and more people make a conscious effort to use "partner" rather than assuming a "husband"/"wife" situation.”
Yes, We Do Need A New Word For 'Stay-At-Home Moms'

Yes, We Do Need A New Word For 'Stay-At-Home Moms'

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 22:06:39 in Parents

“She wrote " a replacement term has to meet two criteria. First, that it apply to men as well as women".”

Chris Routly on Mar 27, 2013 at 22:57:08

“You know, you're right, she DID say that, and that's great. I KNOW Lisa is keenly aware about involved dads in the 21st century -- whether "at-home" or not -- so while it would be nice if dads were more than a footnote in this sort of thing she doesn't need me educating her.

So, I should have been clearer: I'm reacting to the fact that the piece this post was a response to, and 99% of the content in both, makes it apparent too many still see "what do we call people who do this job" is a "mom issue." It's not. It's a "parenting issue."”
This Is Personal to Me

This Is Personal to Me

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 20:41:52 in Politics

“I'm no victim. I simply wish those who oppose equal rights for gay people to say so "I am against allowing gay people the same rights as straight people. They are less than".”
This Is Personal to Me

This Is Personal to Me

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 20:39:31 in Politics

“Absolutely. Gay people and straight people can immigrate via other routes...but only straight people can immigrate via the marriage route. I'm part of a bi-national couple, and my American partner couldn't sponsor me (because she couldn't marry me). Her brother sponsored his new Korean wife when he married her. So you see, while both she and I could immigrate based on employer sponsorship, our access to all routes of immigration are not equal. Instead of talking about the "myriad of other proper channels", why not just say "I don't want gays to marry and sponsor their partners. They should not be afforded equal treatment". Simple and honest.”

overcat on Mar 25, 2013 at 08:58:55

“A fine reason not to say that is that it's not my position.”
Before The Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage, An American Change Of Heart

Before The Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage, An American Change Of Heart

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 08:51:25 in Gay Voices

“No-one's interfering with your right to believe. And equal marriage rights are not held in higher regard that your right to practice your religion...no-one will force you to marry someone of the same sex. So practice your straight marriage, and hold your belief, and while you do that, gays will marry. Everyone wins - democracy and equality at its best.”
This Is Personal to Me

This Is Personal to Me

Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 14:55:34 in Politics

“Did his "proper channels" involve marrying an American and being sponsored? If so, then, at least for the LGBT community, we don't have the same access to those "proper channels".”

overcat on Mar 24, 2013 at 16:31:39

“You do realize that people apply for and are accepted for residency/citizenship by a myriad of other "proper channels", right? The already married applicant can't go the "marry an American and get sponsored" route either.”

HeadHammerhead on Mar 22, 2013 at 10:52:19

“No... He applied for all his citizenship BEFORE they were engaged. Just because you are gay, doesn't make you a victim when it comes to citizenship. Quit playing the victim, and you won't be one..”
Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud Leader At CPAC: 'I'm Embarrassed To Be A Republican Right Now'

Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud Leader At CPAC: 'I'm Embarrassed To Be A Republican Right Now'

Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 09:33:02 in Gay Voices

“As a lesbian, I'm embarrassed that there are gay republicans. I can't think of another minority group with members who join their oppressors (no Black folk in the KKK; no Jewish folk siding with the neo-Nazis). They don't want you, they hate you and they'd ideally, like to see you eradicated. But hey, so sorry you're "embarrassed" by being on their team.”
LGBT Immigrants In The United States Amount To Almost 900,000

LGBT Immigrants In The United States Amount To Almost 900,000

Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 12:50:35 in Latino Voices

“Do me a favour, pick a country and do some research about you and your male partner (not your wife...that one's easy) immigrating. Get back to me with a country that allows it, and then wants whatever skills both you and hubby have on offer. I'm an immigrant to my current country, and I was fortunate to be able to sponsor my American same-sex partner (now wife) to join me here. But, even though both of us have graduate degrees in our fields (healthcare and education respectively), had we both applied separately to come here from two different countries, our education, experience and skills would not have gotten us both accepted separately. And just to be clear, love doesn't change immigration policy - no country will say "oh, I didn't realize you loved your wife that much, here, here's your paperwork, welcome to your new home".”
LGBT Immigrants In The United States Amount To Almost 900,000

LGBT Immigrants In The United States Amount To Almost 900,000

Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 10:01:10 in Latino Voices

“If neither country respects the relationship, following isn't an option you donkey. And you know, you're clearly not gay, so how the fark would you know if gay love is the same or not?”

Contact1972 on Mar 12, 2013 at 18:07:31

“Thank you.”

rampingrighty on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:43:17

“All I am saying I love my wife enough that we would be together. Either here or there. Many countries will accept you. If not the USA or Mexico go somewhere else.”
'My Baby, Not My Child': Callie Mitchell Documents Giving Her Son Up For Adoption (PHOTOS)

'My Baby, Not My Child': Callie Mitchell Documents Giving Her Son Up For Adoption (PHOTOS)

Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 16:06:16 in Parents

“I had to comment. There are so many commenters who are hellbent on pointing out this woman's flaws, and overlook the wrenching decision she made to do the best thing she knew how for her child. Perhaps a moment to reflect on whether you yourself are completely without mistakes or flaws, before judging and condemning. Yes she made some mistakes (please, by all means, show me someone in their 20's who hasn't!), and then she did something incredibly hard, for someone else. My daughter's birth mom no longer discloses to others that she had a daughter and made an adoption plan. People judge her, condemn her and call her names. She knew her own life, knew her options, and made the best decision she could. The same could not be said for many, many other very young mums of multiple kids living in our shared neighbourhood. But no-one is calling them selfish or heartless (not even when they're out at all hours, with babies in strollers, beers in hand).”

Zilo on Mar 1, 2013 at 17:44:07

“Yeah, you're right. People are just...evil.”
'My Baby, Not My Child': Callie Mitchell Documents Giving Her Son Up For Adoption (PHOTOS)

'My Baby, Not My Child': Callie Mitchell Documents Giving Her Son Up For Adoption (PHOTOS)

Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 15:48:26 in Parents

“It's so good to hear that your adoption was a positive thing for you. Our daughter has an open relationship with both of her birthparents, and sees them regularly. I don't think there's any confusion, and she understands that her birthparents were not able to care for a child, so they made the best decision they could. She understands that she has two moms, and a birthmom and a birthdad. What you grow up with is normal to you, and this way she will always have her birthfamily in her life to answer her questions. An added bonus: She has double the adults who adore her.”

shawnepink on Mar 1, 2013 at 16:28:08

“Your daughter sounds like she won the jackpot all the way around!”
'My Baby, Not My Child': Callie Mitchell Documents Giving Her Son Up For Adoption (PHOTOS)

'My Baby, Not My Child': Callie Mitchell Documents Giving Her Son Up For Adoption (PHOTOS)

Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 15:44:28 in Parents

“You clearly have lived a truly blessed life with no blind corners or unexpected challenges. Walk a mile in her shoes.”
Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples [UPDATE]

Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples [UPDATE]

Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 18:39:02 in Politics

“If indeed this is an opportunity to abuse the system, then presumably there are all kinds of opposite sex couples marrying to abuse the same system, right?”

Volantiad on Feb 11, 2013 at 18:58:46

“Astute observation, Frnd74. While I was active duty my command deployed to Iraq and those of us who were off rotation were augmented to another command in garrison. The command we were augmented to absolutely sucked (they had the 'the beatings will continue until morale improves' attitude, especially in respect to our barracks lives). So, I noticed that LOTS of people suddenly fell in love, got married and moved off base using their married couple housing allowance. So, yes, the system can be (and has been) abused by heterosexually identified people/couples. Suggesting that defrauding the gov is the first order of business of newly recognized LGB (Trans folks still don't have much of a place in our armed forces... yet) servicemembers is just silly.”
Wyoming Legislative Committee Rejects Gay Marriage, Passes Domestic Partnerships

Wyoming Legislative Committee Rejects Gay Marriage, Passes Domestic Partnerships

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 21:23:09 in Politics

“So....you want to ban fat marriage as well?”
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