“hey - back off the spoonula. I have several because I use them so much, I want to make sure I have a clean one any time I need one. They ROCK!
But you do have to be willing to spend a few bucks on a good one. A cheap one (think $5/set of 3) is just a crime - worse than a cheap spatula.”
“One of the biggest legal issues is medical decision making / visitation. If you are a hetero couple, medical staff hardly even bother to ask your status. When my SO had a heart attack, I took him to the hospital. The hospital staff let me sign papers and answer never even batted an eye. I don't think I actually said husband. I know I never wrote it on any documents.
A gay couple probably wouldn't have been extended the same 'courtesy' here in Tx.”
“The Birchstone guy is pretty cute. the other 2 face ones are a little creepy. I have 2 egg separators in the drawer at home. They came as a "bonus" with some other gadget (a pie carrier, I think) that I actually did need. I've never used them, and even tried giving them away. No takers yet.
The egg shell method has worked for 25 years, and I never have to look rifle through the drawer looking for the shells...”
“A child of the marriage (as in both your examples) is NOT equal to a third spouse. But, if we must compare my apples to your oranges: my insurance charges a vastly different premium to cover me + 1spouse than to cover me + 1child. Family courts are full of suits brought by adults who disagree over the care of a minor child, and the court uses "best interest of the child" as a guide. Currently, 'Terri Schiavo' type cases are uncommon, because the non-spouse has to prove that they have a standing to bring the suit. Having 2 (or more) spouses with equal standing would change the landscape of marital law.”
“I can cover my (1) spouse on my employer sponsored health insurance and he can cover me; if we had had children together, he would have been the presumed other parent; if I am ill, he is my next of kin, and can make decisions on my behalf; if I die, he gets anything not specifically willed by me; if we divorce, property is divided 50/50 (in theory) and we both have parental rights.
All these things are dependent on 2 spouses, with no need for seniority or order of succession. Having a third person would change the nature of the basic marriage contract in all these areas.”
TheMostSmartestManAlive on Mar 26, 2013 at 14:16:33
“(1) Insurance is for two people only eh? So additional people, like children are never covered under employer health insurance? Wait a minute they are! (2) If your child is sick, who decides on their medical care in a two person marriage? Do no decisions get made because two people have the right to decide?”
“THAT would change the nature of the contract; marriage confers several very specific privileges that presume mutual exclusivity. The genders of the partners is really immaterial to those privileges. Adding a third person, regardless of the genders, changes the 'mutually exclusive' nature and automatic survivorship of the contract.”
TheMostSmartestManAlive on Mar 26, 2013 at 13:35:22
“Can we clone this woman and bring them to the TX state legislature? Goodness knows we could use some level-headed, forthright leadership here. Because it is possible to encourage fiscal & personal responsibility WITHOUT using draconian rules and shaming to punish citizens already facing tough situations. This applies to more than just abortion, though - job loss & debt and healthcare could use a dose of this brand of good leadership.”
Peedro on Mar 22, 2013 at 14:02:42
“You cannot have her - I want her in South Carolina!!”
“just out of curiosity - does the high school in this district teach / offer a comparative religion class? My school did and we were exposed to all those religions and more. And taught that all those religions were equally valid. Funny. I don't remember anyone turning their back on the 'family religion' or feeling proselytized. I do remember the basic premise being that "all religions have something to teach us, even if it's just an appreciation of our own belief system."”
“I wish we had had yoga when I was in school. It sounds like there is a small group of parents objecting to the very NOTION of the class, not necessarily the exercises being done. Fine. Let those parents opt their kids out of this particular "class". Find a few stationary bikes, treadmills, and a Zumba video for the opt-out students to choose from on the yoga days. The kids get the exercise they need, and the parents can rest easy in the knowledge that they insulated little Johnny & Suzy from the 'damned furrners'.”
“Maybe it's just me.... I have always handed off the phone to a passenger, if there was one. If not, the message just had to wait until a stop light. yeah. yeah. I know. some folks get all bent out of shape if they have to wait an extra 10 seconds at the light. 10sec at the light vs. 30min to get around the wreck a block away. The message certainly isn't worth a life, but it COULD be worth 10 seconds.”
“My mother happens to be Pro-Choice. Although I wasn't planned, I was wanted and so the CHOICE to have me was easy.
FF several years... my mother gets sick and the meds interfere with her birth control. X-rays and more meds almost guarantee birth defects. Fortunately, she's STILL pro-choice and can make a truly informed decision about whether to continue that pregnancy.
And, no, it's none of your business what she decided.”
“SO... this married, monogamous woman (me), who happens to have a medical condition that ranges from annoying to debilitating, should be refused coverage of the most effective treatment, because YOU confuse your morality with good public policy.
No. Try again.”
jschmitt23 on Feb 1, 2013 at 15:18:53
“You're welcome to use birth control products all you want, but you should have to pay for them yourself. Nobody's going to pay for my condoms, if I want to use them.”
“plenty of insurance plans cover them. Not Medicare D plans, but plenty of commercial / employer sponsored plans do. With these drugs it is always a cost vs. quality of life issue, never a 'personal responsibility'. funny, huh?”
Asal Cliste on Dec 28, 2012 at 14:21:58
“Admittedly, I haven't had American employer sponsored insurance for 3+ years, but when I did, no plans I knew of covered these.”
“Being 'personally responsible' isn't the same as 'not covered by insurance'. If I have severe allergies, I should be personally responsible for avoiding peanuts / bees / shellfish. My insurance; for which I pay a premium with each paycheck; still covers my emergency Epi-Pen. I pay my co-pay at the pharmacy. I AM being personally responsible. Emergency contraception isn't that different.”
“Actually, if you went to a fashion site, you would find similar comments from well-endowed women about finding a good bra that fits and isn't butt-ugly. Victoria's Secret has very little beyond a 38D. There's no public health issue involved with not wearing a bra, but poor-fitting bras can have long-term issues (back pain, neck / shoulder issues, etc) for the extra buxom lady. Yes, I would be one of those 'lucky' ladies.”
“For most patients, OCP (Oral Contraceptive Pills), as a class, are "really safe". But, no, one size DOESN'T fit all. There are at least a dozen brands / strengths that would be considered common, plus several that are 'special' formulations or strengths.
As a pharmacy technician, I shudder to think of most of my patients (especially a teenager) wandering the OTC section, deciding between OCP's like they choose between toothpastes.
There are other options - behind the counter, for example - that would be far more appropriate if the real goal is simply to take the insurance coverage issue out of the equation.”
“that is most likely a REALLY bad marriage proposal. sort of like 'getting hitched' It might have been slang for plain old sex, but not likely. A double harness tied two animals to each other as well as to the work they were pulling.”
“As a consumer who spends far less than the average $1200 / yr at Wally-World, I would love to believe this. If WM actually raised their min wage to $12, I might actually shop there more often for routine daily purchases, instead of 'emergencies only' and a VERY few items that I really like & can only find at WM (cat treats & Bird's Eye veggies in the big bag. weird, I know.).
The part that makes me really doubt that WM would ever go for this: the last line "portions of the raise could be absorbed through ... lower profit margins" I don't see that happening at WM”
OldTulsan on Oct 16, 2012 at 15:21:48
“I can only find All Free detergent, recommended by my dermatologist, at Wal-mart. :-(”
“yes. and that damned PBS only provides a return via my child's lifetime education & development as a good citizen. and my lifetime of enrichment via Nova the news shows. and some fine entertainment that doesn't have to pander to corporate sponsors via NPR.
All for less than half of the lowest paid petro-chem CEO on the list.
ROI can be calculated in more ways than just dollars & cents.
The joint chief on Oct 10, 2012 at 11:26:34
“Your childs lifetime education, come on?, your kid doesn't even watch it. Lets talk education, how about the teachers union holding kids hostage for more money, lets discuss that!”