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  • Trifexis Deaths

    02/02/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 18 replies
    WSB-TV Atlanta ^ | 11/27/13 | Jim Strickland
    ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has discovered the number of dog deaths pet owners blame on the popular pet medication Trifexis outnumbers the cases involving the Chinese jerky treats. Elanco, the company that makes Trifexis, refused repeated requests from Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland to turn over its data. Strickland filed a Freedom of Information request with the Food and Drug Administration and got the agency's data instead. It showed that since Trifexis hit the market, every 36 hours, a pet owner reported that Trifexis killed their dog. Trifexis is the most popular flea and heartworm pill of...
  • Odd question on online job application

    11/27/2013 2:29:36 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 85 replies
    Me
    I filled out an online application for a clerk/cashier position at a national retail pharmacy yesterday morning. I've been bugged about a question on that application/assessment ever since. "If hired, will you participate in the employers health care plan?" I answered "no" but have to wonder why that question was even asked. Has obmacare now forced employers to "weed out" prospective employees by whether or not they are going to need health insurance?
  • The Fortress

    In a far away land that is surprisingly nearer than you thought, there is a fortress disguised as a palace, a barricade as a courtyard. It was built by a very brave and radical people who would have rather died than suffer under the cruel heel of tyranny any longer. And thousands did sacrifice their lives -- men, women, and children -- to build this haven of safety and freedom.
  • Prayer Request for the Holbrook Family of Bertram, Texas

    07/30/2010 7:57:39 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 32 replies
    Myself
    The war has taken another local - and friend of our family. Jason Holbrook was a West Point graduate serving in Southern Afghanistan with the ARMY. His unit was attacked yesterday and he lost his life in service for our great nation. Good Lord please hold this family in Your Healing Hand.
  • The "New" Pledge of Allegiance as told by high school senior (VANITY)

    05/26/2010 4:11:06 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 11 replies · 494+ views
    Son
    My seventeen year old high school senior came home from school yesterday and handed me a piece of paper. He said he was sitting in Government class yesterday thinking about things, and this is the direction he sees the country headed. This is what he wrote: I pledge allegiance To the flag Of Barack Husssein Obama And to the dictatorship For which it stands One nation Under martial law Totalitarianism With wealth and money for all
  • IRS worker's widow sues pilot's wife

    02/24/2010 4:44:36 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 64 replies · 1,607+ views
    statesman.com ^ | 2/24/10 | Tony Plohetski
    The widow of an Internal Revenue Service employee killed when Andrew Joseph Stack III flew his plane into an office building has sued Stack's wife, saying she should have warned others about her husband. According to the seven-page lawsuit filed in state District Court in Travis County, Sheryl Mann Stack had a duty to "avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others," including 68-year-old Vernon Hunter, who was killed Thursday. "Stack was threatened enough by Joseph Stack that she took her daughter and stayed at a hotel the night before the plane crash," the suit said. Sheryl Stack has declined...
  • (Vanity) - Medicare Question

    01/17/2010 2:51:03 PM PST · by Grumpybutt · 23 replies · 1,003+ views
    1/17/10 | Me
    My m.i.l. received her SS statement in December for the 2010 year - and just got around to telling us about it. Her Medicare deduction went from $96.40/mo to $190.50/mo. with co-pays that increased to $40 as well (not sure what they were before) without any cost of living increase. Just wondering if any other Freeper's have loved ones in this same predicament or if my m.i.l. is on the wrong plan or something. Seems outrageous to double the cost on our senior citizens - she's 81 yrs. old.
  • Patients paying for more face time with doctors

    01/13/2010 1:52:07 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 11 replies · 379+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/12/10 | TOM MURPHY
    Over the counter cold-and-flu remedy: $5.99. Trip to the doctor's office: $20. Extra time to bend your doctor's ear: $1,500 a year and up. Primary care physicians are increasingly offering exclusivity to those willing to pay for it. These practices, known as concierge, boutique or retainer practices, typically charge annual fees that range from $1,500 to $10,000 or more. The fee allows the businesses to prosper with a far smaller roll of patients than has become the norm under the traditional system. Patients like the extra attention and lack of crowded waiting rooms. Doctors say they need alternatives to a...
  • Those over at the OFA blog are whining (Vanity)

    01/07/2010 11:46:51 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 3 replies · 442+ views
    1/7/10 | Me
    I received ANOTHER OFA email today and after noting the statement at the bottom of the email: Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee -- 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. I started thinking again "What are they doing with all the donations they get?" So, I went to the OFA website and started poking around and came across the blog. OMG, it's absolutely idol worship complete with posts containing phrases such as O-family and O-mail. (puke) What struck me funny...
  • Under Obama, STD super strains all the rage

    01/06/2010 1:38:39 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 3 replies · 716+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/6/10 | Jill Stanek
    Recalling the Rev. Jeremiah Wright once famously accused the "government … [of] inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color," it is ironic that his protégé, Barack Obama, along with other carriers of the deadly diseases of political correctness and liberal ideology, would actually be the ones guilty of spreading not only HIV but other plagues. Three significant events of the past two weeks may at first appear unrelated but aren't: * Dec. 27, 2009: While researching the worldwide epidemic of drug-resistant diseases, the Associated Press uncovers and reports what has been "dreaded and expected...
  • A Pleasant Surprise at the Airport (Vanity)

    01/04/2010 10:18:16 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 21 replies · 1,708+ views
    Me
    With all the bad news going on right now about the airports, I thought I'd share our experience from yesterday. Son #3 came home for Christmas and had to fly back to Ft. Campbell yesterday. While I was waiting for him to get his boarding pass, an gentleman with an airport tag on approached me and asked if the backpack sitting next to me was mine or had someone left it. I explained, it was my son's and he was getting his boarding pass. A few minutes later, that same gentleman came back and told me that if he is...
  • T'was The Day Before Christmas, In the U.S. Congress

    12/25/2009 1:22:12 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 1 replies · 332+ views
    'Twas the day before Christmas, in the United States Congress.
  • Telmarketers at it again

    12/09/2009 11:02:28 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 41 replies · 1,642+ views
    Me
    Just got a call (here at work) from a telemarketer with a private number concerning "our local and long distance telephone provider" - I hung up as I always do. The woman called back 3 minutes later and said the following: "Now your getting your services changed bitch!" and hung up.
  • Prayer Request for son (Vanity)

    11/18/2009 8:41:17 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 17 replies · 483+ views
    11/18/09 | Grumpybutt
    My Dear Praying Freepers, I'd like to ask if you all would put my youngest on your prayer lists. He is taking the ASVAB tomorrow as part of his journey to join the Air Force. His name is Josiah and when he does well on this test, and loses 50lbs, he will join his 3 brothers as being part of our great military. (proud mom moment) So, to start off, here's my prayer: Dear Lord, I come to You in praise, thankfulness, and wonder of how great You are. In You, all things are possible, and I know that because...
  • Fort Hood captain: Hasan wanted patients to face war crimes charges (UnFreakin Believable)

    11/17/2009 7:34:13 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 45 replies · 1,561+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 17, 2009 | BROOKS EGERTON
    Fort Hood massacre suspect Nidal Malik Hasan sought to have some of his patients prosecuted for war crimes based on statements they made during psychiatric sessions with him, a captain who served on the base said Monday. Other psychiatrists complained to superiors that Hasan's actions violated doctor-patient confidentiality, Capt. Shannon Meehan told The Dallas Morning News. One day after the Nov. 5 attack that killed 13 and wounded 29, a Fort Hood official said she had never received complaints about Hasan's job performance. Col. Kimberly Kesling, deputy commander of clinical services at the base's Darnall Army Medical Center, also said...
  • At Fort Hood, a graduation ceremony held under seige -

    11/09/2009 1:44:43 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 3 replies · 377+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Monday, November 09, 2009 | Denise Gamino
    Graduation ceremony goes forward while gunfire rages outside. The college graduation ceremony Thursday in a Fort Hood auditorium next to the site of the mass shooting was less about pomp and more about circumstance. At the back of the stage, a table held 134 diplomas for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. At the front of the stage, a man lay bleeding as military graduates in black gowns and mortarboards kneeled to give first aid. A floodlit American flag stretched across the entire rear wall of the stage, a huge patriotic backdrop to an emergency drama that was never supposed to...
  • Official Resigns Over Afghan War (Marine Officer fed up...my words)

    10/27/2009 1:50:00 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 20 replies · 1,326+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/27/09 | Karen DeYoung
    A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed. But last month, in a move that has sent ripples all the way to the White House, Hoh, 36, became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe simply fueled the insurgency. "I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the...
  • Medicare Fraud: A $60 Billion Crime (60 Minutes Story)

    10/26/2009 3:31:26 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 27 replies · 1,235+ views
    60 Minutes ^ | 10/25/09 | 60 Minutes
    (CBS) Of all the problems facing the United States right now, none are more important than health care. President Obama says rising costs are driving huge federal budget deficits that imperil our future, and that there is enough waste and fraud in the system to pay for health care reform if it was eliminated. At the center of both issues is Medicare, the government insurance program that provides health care to 46 million elderly and disabled Americans. But it also provides a rich and steady income stream for criminals who are constantly finding new ways to steal a sizable chunk...
  • Senate OKs Gitmo transfers to U.S.

    10/21/2009 1:50:51 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 10 replies · 526+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/21/09 | Stephen Dinan
    After dropping some popular immigration-enforcement measures, Congress on Tuesday passed the 2010 homeland security spending bill that gives President Obama the authority to transfer terrorism-suspect detainees to the United States for trial, though only after he submits a plan to Congress. The Senate voted 79-19 to pass the $44.1 billion bill, following the House's approval last week. Mr. Obama is expected to sign it. "It has been eight years, eight long years since the attacks of 9/11. There are some people in this country who have become complacent about the threat of another attack. Don't count me as one of...
  • Democrats' hidden gas tax

    10/21/2009 1:42:59 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 27 replies · 2,383+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/21/09 | Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchisen & Sen. Christopher S. Bond
    There's something the Democratic lawmakers who are pushing cap-and-trade legislation don't want the public to know. The controversial climate-change legislation winding its way through Congress will impose a massive new national gas tax on the American people. We discovered this by analyzing what the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill would do to gas prices and what Americans spend on gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. We found that cap-and-trade legislation will levy a $3.6 trillion gas-tax increase that will impact every American and important segments of our economy. Americans travel more than 200 million vehicle miles each month, and annually we spend nearly...
  • Sec. 2215 pages 39 and 40: Possible rationed care for high risk pool individuals???

    10/20/2009 11:57:19 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 9 replies · 427+ views
    ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—There is appropriated to 16 the Secretary, out of any moneys in the Treasury 17 not otherwise appropriated, $5,000,000,000 to pay 18 claims against (and administrative costs of) the high 19 risk pool in excess of the premiums collected from el 20 igible individuals enrolled in the high risk pool. Such 21 funds shall be available without fiscal year limita 22 tion. 23 ‘‘(2) INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.—If the Secretary24 estimates for any fiscal year that the aggregate25 amounts available for payment of expenses of the page 40 O:\FRA\FRA09275.xml [file 1 of 7] S.L.C. 1 high risk pool will be...
  • Healthcare Bill: Section 2236 page 91

    10/20/2009 4:34:21 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 6 replies · 825+ views
    17 ‘‘SEC. 2236. FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY SECRETARY, 18 STATES, AND EXCHANGES. 19 ‘‘(a) AGREEMENTS TO PERFORM FUNCTIONS.—The 20 Secretary shall enter into an agreement with each State 21 (in this section referred to as the ‘agreement’) setting 22 forth which of the functions described in this section with 23 respect to an exchange shall be performed by the Sec24 retary, the State, or the exchange.............
  • Does the Vaccine Matter?

    10/18/2009 2:21:43 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 19 replies · 876+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2009 | Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer
    Vaccination is central to the government’s plan for preventing deaths from swine flu. The CDC has recommended that some 159 million adults and children receive either a swine flu shot or a dose of MedImmune’s nasal vaccine this year. Shots are offered in doctors’ offices, hospitals, airports, pharmacies, schools, polling places, shopping malls, and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. In August, New York state required all health-care workers to get both seasonal and swine flu shots. To further protect the populace, the federal government has spent upwards of $3billion stockpiling millions of doses of antiviral drugs like Tamiflu—which are being used...
  • Health Care Speechwriter for Edwards, Obama & Clinton Without Insurance Now

    10/09/2009 12:53:30 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 4 replies · 542+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/8/09 | Wendy Button
    What makes this a double blow is that my experience contradicts so much of what I wrote for political leaders over the last decade. That's a terrible feeling, too. I typed line after line that said everything Massachusetts did would make health insurance more affordable. If I had a dollar for every time I typed, "universal coverage will lower premiums," I could pay for my own health care at Massachusetts's rates. .................................... Right now, the truth is if I could buy my health plan from D.C., then I would. If I could buy into a public option, co-op, or trigger...
  • Dan Kelly's Korner: 4-year-old clings to deploying daddy in formation

    10/09/2009 12:24:47 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 9 replies · 881+ views
    readingeagle.com ^ | 10/5/09 | By Dan Kelly
    Abby Bennethum of Laureldale is pregnant with her third child. She says she got pregnant back in June or July just before her husband, U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum, deployed to Iraq with the 733rd Transportation Company, based in Reading. "I've heard of deployment babies, but I never thought I'd be having one," Abby said. If Abby's daughter Paige, who turned 4 last week, is any indication, Abby is going to have her hands full. Abby was wrestling with her second daughter, Lena, 10 months, when I spoke to her. Staff Sgt. Bennethum got a four-day pass just...
  • Increase in Telemarketers and Robo-calls in Business?

    09/24/2009 5:45:51 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 51 replies · 1,215+ views
    Me
    I have noticed over the past month a very big increase in telemarketing and robo-calls here at the office where I work. Some of the telemarketers have called back, (one 5 times after my "thanks but no thanks" response followed by hanging up), to tell me I was rude and she was just trying to get our information for a company database (which she claimed she didn't know the name of). So, I was just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this increase, and also was there some "loophole" concerning robo-calls to business? The "walk - in" solicitors have increased...
  • An Echo in the Bone

    09/21/2009 9:00:24 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 5 replies · 354+ views
    me | 09/21/09 | Grumpybutt
    For all you "Jamie & Claire" addicted FReepers anxiously awaiting the new book: I ordered "Echo" from Walmart online last week. The UPS guy just delivered it!!!! For some reason, I thought it didn't come out til tomorrow??? Oh well, I'm thrilled to have gotten mine early.
  • Democrats Target Bank Overdraft Charges

    09/21/2009 3:10:51 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 40 replies · 1,389+ views
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Monday, September 21, 2009 | Binyamin Appelbaum and Nancy Trejos
    A backlash is brewing on Capitol Hill against banks that charge large fees for overdrafts without asking or telling customers, the latest sign that the financial crisis is shifting the balance of power from banks toward borrowers. Banks struggling to survive have become increasingly reliant on the fees, which could total $38.5 billion this year. But congressional Democrats, who pushed through new restrictions on credit cards this spring, now are promising a crackdown on overdraft fees, using words like "criminal" and "rip-off" to describe the practice of letting people overspend and then charging them fees without warning. Most overdrafts are...
  • Cigarettes, cable and personal responsibility (Excellent Article about health insurance)

    09/19/2009 1:43:47 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 4 replies · 733+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | September 19, 2009 | Peter Rosenberger
    "Go ahead caller," the radio host announced. "My wife got breast cancer and died because the insurance company wouldn't give her the medicine she needed," ........................... I understand his fear and the feelings of helplessness driving his rage. This week, my wife, Gracie, underwent her 73rd operation since having a devastating car accident as a teenager in 1983. Not only did the accident eventually claim her legs, but she lives with a staggering amount of pain from the massive trauma to her body. For more than two decades we've fought insurance company policies, worked with three dozen specialists, spent uncounted...
  • Obama ties immigration to health care battle

    09/18/2009 1:22:56 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 27 replies · 1,322+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/18/09 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. "Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan,...
  • Thank you Joe Wilson!!! [The shout heard around the world - "YOU LIE!"]

    09/10/2009 5:18:00 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 79 replies · 2,396+ views
    Grumpybutt
    Thank you Joe Wilson for making sure Obama heard EXACTLY what I was yelling at my tv!
  • So, this is how they're going to pay for "health reform" (email from Organizing for America)

    09/02/2009 12:58:43 PM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 13 replies · 574+ views
    Me
    Opponents of health insurance reform have power. Some reap huge profits from the status quo. Others take large campaign contributions from those who profit. So they'll do anything to keep the current system in place. When fact-based arguments don't work, they attack President Obama with outlandish lies about a government takeover and euthanizing the elderly. And once that doesn't work, they'll go even further. We don't know what they'll do next. What we do know is that we'll have to be prepared for anything -- ready to set the record straight, ready to make sure the media and Congress see...
  • Advice needed from fellow FReeper Military parents/service members/veterans

    09/01/2009 4:12:50 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 21 replies · 554+ views
    Me
    Since we're new to the "military life", I have no idea what to do about a certain situation with one of our sons. Long story short, our Airman currently serving in Iraq married a fellow service woman (against our warnings and wishes of course) shortly before he deployed. We do not know the girl personally, and have only spoken with her via telephone a few times. Well things didn't last long and now they are "separated" beyond just his deployment. Typical case of 20 year olds "he said/did, she said/did" - and he's kicking himself in the butt for not...
  • We need ideas to counter "Health Care Reform"

    08/19/2009 4:41:32 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 32 replies · 525+ views
    Me
    I was just thinking this morning that we need to put forth our own ideas about the "Health Care Reform". Now, none of us want the government involved, that's a given, but on the other hand, we all are being hit with ever increasing insurance costs. So I was wondering what some of your ideas are? Mine so far are: Allow consumers the ability to purchase catastrophic plans if they so choose. (I read somewhere where that option is more and more taken away) I know we don't have that option through my husband's employer, though we'd jump to it...
  • City may require contractors to prove they have nondiscrimination policy

    08/06/2009 8:07:25 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 26 replies · 842+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 8/4/09 | Sarah Coppola
    Some City of Austin contracts would be awarded only to companies that have nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity, under a resolution set to be considered at Thursday's City Council meeting. The resolution also asks City Manager Marc Ott to review the city's economic development loan programs and incentives and recommend ways "to encourage domestic partner benefits and non-discrimination policies including sexual orientation and gender identity." The city would probably ask companies that apply for city loans or tax breaks whether they offer benefits to same-sex partners but would not penalize a company's application if it did...
  • They must really be scrambling

    07/21/2009 12:17:25 PM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 15 replies · 1,289+ views
    Just got this in my inbox: Last week, Republican Senator Jim DeMint made it pretty clear why the opponents of health care reform are fighting so hard. As he told a special interest attack group, "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him." Here's how the President responded: Think about that. This isn't about me. This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses and breaking America's economy. And we can't afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes...
  • In Retooled Health-Care System, Who Will Say No?

    07/08/2009 1:51:04 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 4 replies · 378+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2009 | Alec MacGillis
    The question came from a Colorado neurologist. "Mr. President," he said at a recent forum, "what can you do to convince the American public that there actually are limits to what we can pay for with our American health-care system? And if there are going to be limits, who . . . is going to enforce the rules for a system like that?" President Obama called it the "right question" -- then failed to answer it. This was not surprising: The query is emerging as the ultimate challenge in reining in health-care costs that now consume $2.5 trillion per year,...
  • Hospitals Reach Deal With Administration

    07/07/2009 1:50:07 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 12 replies · 452+ views
    The nation's hospitals agreed last night to contribute $155 billion over 10 years toward the cost of insuring the 47 million Americans without health coverage, according to two industry sources. The agreement that three hospital associations reached with White House officials and leaders of the Senate Finance Committee is the latest in a series of side deals that aim to reduce the cost of revamping the nation's health-care system and to neutralize influential industries that have historically opposed such reforms. With President Obama out of the country, a formal announcement is expected tomorrow from Vice President Biden. "Getting health-care reform...
  • Senate Democrats Address Immigration (Schumer pushing biometrics)

    Senate Democrats outlined plans yesterday to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, including a requirement that all U.S. workers verify their identity through fingerprints or an eye scan.
  • Prayer request for my brother

    06/17/2009 4:27:58 PM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 58 replies · 920+ views
    I'm sending out a prayer request for my 29 year old brother - David. He was feeling ill last night so he went home to mother. His pulse was in the low 40's all night and his blood pressure was high. She took him to the local doctor this morning and they did an ekg which was abnormal. The doc says it's something to do with one of the chambers of his heart. He has an appt at the Heart Hospital of Austin tomorrow morning. He's been at mother's all day resting and sleeping. We're hoping that whatever it is...
  • Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

    Vice President Joe Biden, well-known for his verbal gaffes, may have finally outdone himself, divulging potentially classified information meant to save the life of a sitting vice president.
  • Back from Ft. Benning

    04/26/2009 2:57:01 PM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 14 replies · 457+ views
    I'm back from our trip to Ft. Benning. I am SO GLAD I was able to go. The ceremony was awesome! And the area was so beautiful. The flight to Birmingham was tolerable (Second time ever to fly for me and I've never been so far from home) - the drive to Georgia was great and I was in awe of all of the beautiful trees. We didn't get to spend a lot of time with JR because he had to report to Airborne after the ceremony and was tied up until about 8pm, then had to report back at...
  • We're off to Georgia (vanity - proud mom_

    04/22/2009 1:21:58 PM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 13 replies · 372+ views
    We leave for Georgia tomorrow to Ft. Benning for son #3's Basic Training graduation. Then he's off to Airborne school. Son #1 will graduate from ARMY Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood on May 7th. Not sure where he goes after that. Son #2 is adjusting well in Iraq and gets to call home often - he's a Load Master in the Air Force stationed at Sather AB. Son #4 is happy as a camper, because at almost 17, he gets to stay home and hang out with his oh so cool uncle for 4 days while we're gone. (I'm...
  • Awesome photo

    04/19/2009 5:19:25 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 27 replies · 2,587+ views
    This photo was taken 3/25/09 after storms blew through our area. My mother took it from her front yard.
  • Census and satellites? vanity

    04/16/2009 5:20:33 PM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 56 replies · 1,512+ views
    me
    Can anyone tell me anything about why the Census bureau would use satellite tracking? About ten minutes ago, a man was walking up in to our driveway. My husband went outside and stood on the front porch watching the man. The man stopped in the driveway, then went to the next house and the next (end of street) and stopped by to tell my husband what he was doing - "updating information for the census satellites". I just thought that was odd - or maybe I'm just stupid - but it kinda freaks me out to know that when the...
  • Tmobile's loyalty program (vanity)

    03/10/2009 9:00:57 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 7 replies · 845+ views
    me
    For all you Freepers who use Tmobile - call customer care and ask about the "loyalty unlimited plan". Kim Kommando was talking about it on the radio this past weekend. If you've been a customer for at least 2 years, you may qualify. Two of my family members just signed up for it today - $49.99 per month for unlimited talk nationwide.
  • Public funds to pay for private debt Houston aims to clear balances so some can buy homes

    02/24/2009 6:28:09 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 14 replies · 1,245+ views
    Houston taxpayers could start footing the bill to help first-time homebuyers pay off debts and improve their credit scores, under a proposal before City Council this week. The “Credit Score Enhancement Program” will give up to $3,000 in grants to individuals who are trying to qualify for mortgages through the city’s homebuyers assistance program. City officials say some applicants fall short of eligibility by only 10 or 20 points on their credit scores, and paying off some debt balances can quickly improve their numbers. The proposal has aroused critics who say the city should not use public funds to help...
  • BOA Question (vanity)

    02/11/2009 8:44:10 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 6 replies · 296+ views
    We (my office) received a "notice" from Bank of America concerning a lawsuit brought against them that they settled concerning giving false customer balances (online and at atm's - nearly all the big banks do that now) and allowing debit charges to go through even when the funds are not available and then charging customers over draft fees. The settlement says $35,000 and was filed in (I think it said) 2003. Didn't they get a "bail out"? Wonder how much of their getting "bailed out" has to do with this lawsuit. Furthermore, how much of their being "bailed out" results...
  • Life in the 1500's (email I received - relevant as we all may be living this way soon)

    02/10/2009 12:42:17 PM PST · by Grumpybutt · 50 replies · 2,511+ views
    ** LIFE IN THE 1500'S ** The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water....
  • Access to Knowledge Movement (vanity)

    01/28/2009 12:42:32 PM PST · by Grumpybutt · 2 replies · 266+ views
    I saw a commercial on the tv last night featuring the guy who started Wikipedia. He was talking about access to knowledge being a fundamental right and every person should have a computer with the internet or something along those lines. According to Wikipedia, "access to knowledge should be linked to fundamental principles of justice, freedom, and economic development". I thought public libraries gave people access to knowledge??? Funny how the "green" crowd keeps pushing computers/laptops/internet "for the children", then howl at the impact to the environment over a google search.