‘Walk a Day in my Shoes’


Valerie Jarrett: Today POTUS called Pauline Beck to tell her the home care rule has been finalized—in 07’ he took a walk in her shoes


Reuters: Obama to extend wage law to cover two million home care aides

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it will extend the protection of U.S. minimum wage and overtime law to almost 2 million home health workers who assist the elderly and disabled.

Home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants will be brought under the coverage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, effective in January 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor said in a statement.

“Today we are taking an important step toward guaranteeing that these professionals receive the wage protections they deserve while protecting the right of individuals to live at home,” said Thomas Perez, who was sworn in on September 4 as President Barack Obama’s new labor secretary.

More here

125 Responses to “‘Walk a Day in my Shoes’”

  1. September 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Good afternoon everyone. Hope all is well

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Promises kept.

    • 4 COS
      September 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Good afternoon everyone. What a nice video. PBO is the real deal. I was just reading about the President of Brazil. She is really being rude and will need help from the US before we need help from her. All of these folks are acting like they are not doing the same thing. All countries spy on each other.

  3. September 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    POTUS is such a sincere, sweet, down-to-earth and compassionate soul. He respects everyone.

  4. 6 Linda
    September 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Tuesday, despite a Pentagon directive to do so.

    Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving benefits of marriage to gay couples.

    “Because of that prohibition, Gov. Fallin’s general counsel has advised the National Guard not to process requests for benefits of same-sex couples,” Weintz said. “Gay couples that have been legally married in other states will be advised they can apply for those benefits on federal facilities, such as Tinker Air Force Base, rather than state run facilities.”

    Fallin ordered the policy change on Sept. 5, Weintz said.


  5. 7 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Okay, for ALL NYCers (past, present and future), as well as friends and family of the good people of NYC 🙂

    and there is more…just click on the NBCNewYork’s Twitter TL 🙂

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      September 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      And I laugh. (Great news!)

    • 9 Vicki
      September 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      The GOP and Lhota will put up a fight because they have to but it will be futile.
      In the GOP primary Lhota Lost Staten Island which is the largest republican stronghold in NYC. His opponent Catsimaidis killed him there.
      To get how huge that loss is try to imagine a Democratic candidate losing California and New York.

      That’s strike 1. Strike 2 is when Lhota recently was transportation head he increased tolls and fares on all public transportation. Middle class won’t forgive or forget.
      Lhota talks about tax cuts for the rich. Strike 3.
      He is toast.

      • 10 hopefruit2
        September 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        Indeed Vicki. And fight as they may, apart from the fact that he’s a poor candidate, the numbers just aren’t there for Lohta. Anthony Weiner, the loser in a 5-way Dem race got more votes than Lohta in his 3-way GOP primary.

      • 12 No Child Left Behind
        September 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        I hope you are right. But I still can’t believe that such a blue city as New York got itself 2 terms Guliani and 3 terms Bloomberg. I will not celebrate prematurely. I want to see NYC get back its senses and elect De Blasio, then I’ll throw a party.

    • September 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Wow, HF, that is some lead. De Blasio will make a fine mayor. Makes you want to move to NYC.

  6. 15 vcprezofan2
    September 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Mr. President, I can’t even pause long enough to do/undo the buckle on my own shoe without Chips dashing by me, I sure don’t want to try walking in your shoes! You are doing extremely well, sir. Keep it up!

    • 16 hopefruit2
      September 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      VC, I tried leaning on the door and saving you a spot but Mariele zoomed by, and left me in the dust….

      • 17 vcprezofan2
        September 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        Hopefruit, a word of advice on strategy: when you are at the door, you cannot ‘try’ to lean on it – you simply do it! I’ll be counting on you next time, if you get here before I do.

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      September 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      You wear buckled shoes? (Sorry – couldn’t resist, honey.)

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        September 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        Ssshh! Most won’t notice that fact. 😛 😛

      • 25 Vicki
        September 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        jacquelineob, I chimed in on Layla’s remark about your poem and tears. Chiming in seems inadequate now so I’ll try again.
        Your poem did me in. I dried my tears and felt better when I reminded myself exactly which family is in residence at 1600 now.

        • 26 jacquelineoboomer
          September 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

          Thank you so very much, Vicki. You guys made me get tears in my eyes!

          (The Obama family, that’s which family!)

          • 27 nathkatun7
            September 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

            JOB, your poem was so very beautiful, especially in the way it highlighted TRUTH and simple humanity behind that beautiful House. I was already in love with your sense of humor and your fearlessness, which comes through in all your commentaries. Now I know that you have a hidden, deeper, creative and sensitive,side, which shined through your poem. I am glad you allowed UT to share it with us.

            • 28 jacquelineoboomer
              September 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm

              Well, that made my night, nath. Of course, the night is young! (Even though I’m not so young!)

              Thanks a bunch.

              • 29 nathkatun7
                September 18, 2013 at 4:00 am

                Well, JOB, age is all relative. Compared to me you are still a spring chicken. Besides, based on your commentaries and the tweets you share with us, you are still young at heart. Any way, it’s you that we need to thank for that beautiful poem, and especially your sensitive homage to the easily forgotten people who create all these beautiful spaces, monuments and landmarks that we all revere and take for granted. I always look forward to reading your feisty and fearless (at times devilishly humorous) tweets and comments that always express so well everything I feel and believe. It was such a treat to see your poetic side. After reading your poem I will no longer take for granted the beauty of our beautiful monuments without reflecting on the humanity of the people who worked so hard to create them.

                Once again, I thank you for your beautiful poem that enabled our imagination to soar. Looking forward to see more of your poetic side.

                • 30 jacquelineoboomer
                  September 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

                  Reading this early morning, since I “underslept” (what’s up with that, world?) again! Thank you very, very much for taking the time to write it. Really appreciate it, so much.

  7. 31 dotster3
    September 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    More gun fun—Chgo news just reporting that someone was shot in the head today at a suburban gun shop shooting range. That seems to happen fairly regularly—–non-shockingly—–wherever there are a bunch of guns, people get shot. A 3 yr. old was fatally shot Sunday in Michigan City, In., near Chgo, when his mother’s boyfriend was playing a “game” and put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, said he didn’t know it was loaded—–uh huh—–it’s almost always the “mother’s boyfriend” when something bad happens to babies and kids, I’ve noticed—over and over and over.

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      September 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Loaded or not, why would anyone think a gun to the head was an appropriate ‘game’ to play with a 3yr old? Why would he or the mother think showing a gun to a 3yr old was acceptable? Dotster, sometimes these stories are so stupid I wonder if they are actually true, or are fabrications of the Chuckie Todd/MSM variety.

  8. September 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I have absolutely NO IDEA what they are selling in this commercial, but it will be the more heartwarming and if you do not tear up a little you have got to be a souless heathen. The add is a Taiwanese ad, but still may be one of the best ads I’ve seen in years!

    TrueMove H “to provide the best communication” TrueMove H:

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      September 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      They weren’t selling anything per se. It was an ad about giving and for me it showed subtitles. Very touching, yes, though I’m not sure I like you calling me a soulless heathen. 😀

    • 39 Dudette
      September 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Boy do I love Google Translate! I put the Title and the About text from below the video on YouTube and poof!

      TrueMove H “to provide the best communication” TrueMove H: Giving.

      TrueMove H always believed that ” communication is the best ” , we communicate through television commercials . The story in this film . Reflect the concept of TrueMove H brand that believes … giving without hope of return was the beginning of the real .

      The plot was inspired . Stories from social media . Tells a story of hope for the return . Miraculously , however, get some consideration .

      Because it is . Communication is the best . Even without saying a word. But the most powerful communication .
      TrueMove H believes in the power of giving without expecting a return. And is committed to developing new communications technologies for the Thailand to create opportunities and improve the quality of life Thailand . Every communication. Connected to each other endlessly .

      TrueMove H live independent lives .

  9. September 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    From Spandan’s post on TPV about the same subject:

    My favorite quote from my favorite fictional president, Andrew Sheppard of American President, is this: “Being president is entirely about character.” These are the acts that show the president’s character. Character isn’t about following the polls or hogging the limelight or hob-nobbing with the elite. Character of a president is about what he does when nobody is looking, on issues no one is sending out e-newsletters (with big donate buttons) about, for ordinary people who need help. Character is about doing the right thing by those who have no voice, those who are bone-tired from working hard and never ask for a handout, those who do not have the money to donate to a political campaign or the time to sign a petition. Character is about being the president for the least of us.

  10. 43 dotster3
    September 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Rhode Island police warned the Navy last month that yesterday’s shooter was hearing voices…..


  11. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    September 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  12. 45 dotster3
    September 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Wanna see a baby rhino? I know you do. Look at this cute little guy trotting around right behind his mama at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chgo.

  13. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    September 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    No, what’s worse is being part Irish and having two ravens tapping on the outside of your office window on your 50th birthday! I kept yellin’, “Nevermore!” (Seemed an appropriate time to share that with y’all.)

  14. 50 dotster3
    September 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Daughter of Sandy Hook principal was not impressed by Kelly Ayotte tweeting the usual sadness and her “thoughts and prayers” in reaction to yesterday’s shooting.

  15. 52 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I LOOOOOOVE this law.

  16. 53 africa
    September 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    President Obama is the best.

  17. 59 lisalovesobama
    September 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I am so monumentally glad ACA is known to one and all as ‘ObamaCare!” 😆 Beautiful! 🙂 talk about legacy.

    • 60 nathkatun7
      September 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Yes indeed, Lisa! The idiot Republicans will forever regret coining this term as a negative, which the President and his supporters smartly turned into a positive. Basically, in terms of major historical Domestic Social Programs that impact generations, here is the record: Social Security (FDR) Medicare (LBJ). Obama Care (BHO) is about to join Social Security and Medicare in terms of historical impact. For people like me who are history buffs, this is big!

  18. September 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    President Obama is the real deal, not a “I feel your pain” exaggeration, he truly has empathy and WANTS to understand a perspective he has no life knowledge of.

    I think that’s why it pains O-bots so much to see this good person, the man with the highest character EVER to be POTUS being trashed by the media and everyone else.

    Anyone who doesn’t want his or her child to grow up to be like Barack Obama (in character) needs to have their head examined.

    “Paid sick leave” — how many politicians or journalists would know the importance of this?

    The richest people in America have more money than they could ever spend (literally):

    And yet, as Milt Shook said last week, a $100 a week makes a real difference to a low-wage worker (who will spend or investment the money), while a zillionaire wouldn’t notice if another $200 grand showed up in his/her bank account. (Think R-money saying that he earned about $350K in speaking fees one year (not very much money) — I think most people would disagree.

    And here’s that 24% (in this case, 23%) of the population that believes our President is a Kenyan-born Muslim socialist. GOP wake up! A quarter of the electorate should NOT be setting policy for the majority (remember, our system is based on majority rules with minority rights).

    • September 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Oops, typo in the tweet attribution; should be @aliashere. 😳

    • 65 nathkatun7
      September 18, 2013 at 12:17 am

      “The 400 wealthiest Americans are worth $2.02 trillion, roughly equivalent to GDP of Russia. ”

      Yet these same wealthy people, who are reaping immense wealth as result of President Obama saving the economy from total financial collapse, are still going around calling him a socialist. Sometimes I wonder how these wealthy people sleep at night after telling so many lies to their gullible, information challenged, followers?

  19. September 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Note to all the blog tyrants (and civilians): I have a comedy post ready to go for later tonight.

  20. 67 Esi
    September 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I have looked at the video several times and I can’t help thinking, this man (PBO) just inspires me to be a better person every day. He challenges me to be smarter (intelligent) and not act small. He teaches me patience, compassion and to be true to self; to live each day fully and focused. By his example, I have come to understand that while the immediate might seem crazy, I do have a say in the composition of the story of my life, so instead of reacting, I pause and take the long view. My life is infinitely better because he showed up to show me the different faces of courage, of humanity, intelligence and because he lives his complex life simply and with grace he dares me to be all I am capable of being.
    I can’t help substituting how do I thank thee? Let me count the ways…. In Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet for “How do I love thee”
    He is a great person showing us the greatness in all of us.

    just musing

    • 69 nathkatun7
      September 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Thank you Esi for expressing so well, in your musings, everything I feel about President Obama. For an oldie like me, who has lived under many Presidents, President Obama is by far the best President in my life. He combines many admirable qualities I long for in a leader: He is caring and compassionate, he is gracious and considerate, he is passionate about life, especially sports music and family, and he knows how to relax and enjoy himself among friends and family, but most importantly he is calm, deliberate, thoughtful, yet firm and resolute, when it comes to dealing with big and difficult issues. I don’t care what any of the lazy media pundits say, but the way President Obama has led this country, after he took over when the country was on the verge of total economic collapse– while still fighting two wars on foreign soil– has been absolutely masterful. Though he was confronted with dire circumstances, both Domestically and internationally, he faced them calmly, resolutely and courageously. And he did so while facing a cowardly opposition from Republicans, the media and the loud, self righteous,though politically impotent, so called progressives. All of us who have always had this President’s back must resolve to write down our stories because the people who hate President Obama are already trying to write revisionist history about his presidency. It’s stories like yours that must serve as counter to all the lies being peddled by the haters. I am absolutely convinced that future historians who will be able to get hold of TOD, POU and TPV archives will be able to write an accurate and glowing history of the Presidency Of Barack Obama.

  21. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    September 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    If you saw the wreath-laying ceremony in Washington, D.C., by Secretary of Defense Hagel and other leaders, in honor of those killed at the Navy Yard, you no doubt saw the “The Lone Sailor” statue. For those not aware of it, here’s a description of the inspiration and design of the memorial. (Similar statues are located at sites around the country, including shipyards.)

    “He is the classic American sailor. That statue looks like bronze, but there is plenty of salt, paint, sweat, fuel oil and courage stirred in.”


    • 71 Dudette
      September 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you JOB and thanks again for your wonderful poem!

      This got me missing Yardam again! Hope you’re out there lurker, Sailor.

    • 75 Dudette
      September 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I like this last bit: “You would want this guy at your battle station when it’s not a drill,” former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Billy C. Sanders says of The Lone Sailor©. “He is the classic American sailor. That statue looks like bronze, but there is plenty of salt, paint, sweat, fuel oil and courage stirred in.”

      • 76 jacquelineoboomer
        September 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        I would never have the bravery of one of our service members! Never. (Unless I had to throw myself in front of somebody attacking my son, grandchildren, or great grandson!)

  22. 77 dotster3
    September 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Can’t believe there’s a possibility of this s__t again. Just unbelievable. Repub spoiled brat babies—–causing so much unnecessary turmoil.

  23. 78 Vicki
    September 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I am so not buying Dilma Roussef canceling her state visit because of NSA spying. There must be something big we don’t know yet.
    What do you all think?

    • 79 No Child Left Behind
      September 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Vicki, I shared your skepticism. When I read that, I was perplexed. Who canceled on the leader of the free world, the international popular President Obama? There must be something Brazil wanted and is not getting. Besides, unless Dilma Roussef is naïve she cannot truly think that other “big” countries aren’t spying on Brazil. It’s like Hollande who feigned a big surprise when he learned that he was been spied on. There must be something else; eventually we will find out. We always do.

      • 80 carolyn
        September 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        I would say a stupid move on her part…..she’s one who has always gotten herself as close to PBO as possible for the pictures…..I think she’s in political danger…….this won’t help, though. I do not think the president of Brazil has ever been invited for a State visit and dinner before…….she’ll rue the day.

        • 81 anniebella
          September 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

          Well I am not going to say to much, maybe she has a good reason, maybe she don’t. All I say to the president of Brazil, no will miss her.

        • September 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm


          Good to run into you here.

          Wanted to tell you that I agree 100% with your assessment yesterday that MSM doesn’t understand “win-win” negotiating strategies.

          My bet is that the background of most of the DC echo-chamber is either finance or political science; poli-sci, which thinks of the world as a zero-sum game (either you’re a winner or you’re a loser).

          I think the events since August 31st, when our President said he would strike Syria but that Americans deserved a voice in this grave matter have displayed the true colors of the MSM.

          1) They ignore the fact that Americans overwhelmingly support the President on Syria.

          2) MSM thrives on beating the war drums:

  24. September 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    • 84 nathkatun7
      September 18, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Thanks Bob for your profound tweet! At 67 I just don’t recall any period in my life when the opposition was so determined to destroy the country simply because they hated the President and because they couldn’t get their way on everything. The only power, in my humble opinion, that can now effectively challenge these insane Republicans is WE THE PEOPLE. I think your tweet should go to every member of Congress and to all the so called mainstream media (MSM).

  25. 85 FayPax
    September 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    The idiots are planning to fund every agency in the government and defund ObamaCare. They want to be able to say it is the President who makes the choice to shutdown the government. Do I have that right?

    • 86 Vicki
      September 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Good luck with that plan, GOP. Obamacare is funded by a separate revenue stream not the discretionary spending at issue.
      But do not trust my opinion on this. I very well may have it wrong.
      Any econimists here?

      • September 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        This helps to explain a lot:

        A government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare


        For one, Health and Human Services would be able to rely on “sources of funding other than annual discretionary appropriations to support implementation activities, including multiple-year and non-year discretionary funds still available for obligation as well as mandatory funds.”
        A quick refresher on mandatory funds: These are billions in federal dollars that were appropriated by the Affordable Care Act and can’t be touched without repealing Obamacare itself.
        The tax subsidies to purchase health insurance, for example, are considered mandatory funds. “Therefore, the funds for such credits would continue to be available via permanent appropriation during a government shutdown,” CRS concludes. While the IRS hasn’t gamed out the exact situation, the researchers believe “it may be likely that at least some of the eligibility and processing functions associated with payment of this credit might continue during a government shutdown.”



        • September 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

          So I guess the whole point of the RWNJ drama is to shut down the government in order to get PBO to agree to ending Obamacare altogether. But even then, it would have to be overturned in Congress. So I really don’t get this idiotic scheme and I hope they lose big time in 2014.

        • 90 FayPax
          September 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

          Thanks Vick and Meta. I didn’t think they could defund ObamaCare, but there is always so much crap going on, I sometimes get confused. Anyway…I need to pray, because I just hate them.

          • September 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

            Facts become IRRELEVANT when you have a massively funded misinformation machine supported by the koch’s and all their slime-bag ilk. Most Americans, and I’m talking about all kinds of decent people that are educated or not, don’t know what the FUCK TO BELIEVE when they are bombarded by such a relentless and pernicious campaign of shameless LYING. WE CAN’T GIVE UP!!!! But the noise is deafening.

  26. 92 Vicki
    September 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    By the way i caught the excerpt with PBO on Telemundo. My spanish is weak but even so it was clear that Diaz-Balart asked tough follow-up ??
    First on the immigration bill and then on the continuing deportations.
    POTUS looked especially fine in a snazzy black tie and striped dress shirt, and he seemed happy and relaxed.
    The entire interview airs on Sunday at noon on Telemundo and hopefully someone here at TOD will be interested in watching and translating for us.

  27. 93 jziglar
    September 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    So let me get this straight… POU posted an article that Ezra just wrote describing Janet Yellen’s early years as an economist on President Clinton’s economic council and guess what ? She supported the repeal of Glass Stegall, NAFTA, and chained CPI.

    Ezra says that it’s not a big deal because a lot of mainstream economists during the 90’s supported the repeal of Glass Stegall and NAFTA. I thought the emos and PL were upset with Summers because he supported deregulation and even though he later said financial deregulation was wrong, they said we can’t trust him to run the Fed. Now Yellen held the same positions as Summers but no outrage ???

    • 94 nathkatun7
      September 18, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Jziglar, the leftist Obama haters are as hypocritical and unethical as the GOP Obama haters. I realized this when the GLAAD honored Bill Clinton, and not President Obama, despite the fact that it was Clinton who initiated DADT in the military and signed DOMA into law. If President Obama selects Janet Yellen as Chair of FRB I will of course support him. But I would certainly be gleeful should he decide to say FU to the emoprogs and pick some one else. I personally think Tim Giethner did a wonderful job as as Treasury Secretary and would do an even better job as Chair of Federal Reserve.

    • September 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      I so loathe Ezra Klein.

      The repeal of Glass-Steagall was the absolute worst thing that happened to the economy in the last 30 years. (People forget that banks were highly regulated until 1978 — all banks paid exactly the same interest rate on savings accounts — deregulation on the deposit taking side started in 1978.)

      I would support anyone who Elizabeth Warren believes is qualified for the job. I hope she’s got the President’s ear.

      These “feminist” emoprogs support Yellin because she doesn’t have a Y chromesome, which makes as much sense as supported a Fed Chair because of his/her ethnic background.

      And Ezra’s disrespectful *suggestion* that our President would make *any* decision out of “spite”…. “Spite” is not in the Obama playbook, as our President has consistently demonstrated for the past 5 years.

      I hope that Ezra and his wife have derailed their fast-track careers. Neither of them have earned or deserve their lofty media jobs.

      • 97 jziglar
        September 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        I just can’t stand the hypocrisy. Chained CPI is not a big deal and NAFTA should have included greater standards and rights for workers which would have made the trade deal better. But repealing Glass Stegall was a mistake.

      • 98 carolyn
        September 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        I’m with you on Ezra! I place him in the British category of “twit”……or something stronger.

    • 99 nathkatun7
      September 18, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Jziglar, this Ezra Klein’s quote from Dean Baker is clear evidence of the unethical and hypocritical behavior of those who have been demonizing President Obama and Larry Summers:

      “The question is whether you are prepared to beat up on the banks, yes or no. If no, then everything else doesn’t matter. With Summers you’re picking someone you know is not. I don’t know that Yellen is prepared to, either. But there’s reason for hope that Yellen would be stronger on regulating finance.”

  28. 100 dotster3
    September 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    My sister in the area alerted me to this big series on Obamacare in the Ft. Myers News Press (Fl) covering all aspects—-questions, misconceptions, clarifications etc. etc.


  29. 102 Dudette
    September 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  30. September 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  31. September 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    The 911 call that led to Jonathan Ferrell’s death

    It was about 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning …Sarah McCartney heard a banging at her front door… alone with her 1-year-old son, rushed to the door thinking that something might have happened to her husband. But the man standing there wasn’t her husband, but a young black man…McCartney quickly shut the door and called 911 to report an attempted robbery.

    “I need help. There’s a guy breaking into my front door, he’s trying to kick it down,” McCartney is heard pleading through tears on a recording of the 911 call released by WCNC.com, an NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday. She told the dispatcher that her husband works nights and that he has guns at home but that she couldn’t find any…
    “Oh my God,” McCartney says over and over. “He’s in the front yard yelling.”

    “I need help,” she said, crying.
    When McCartney saw the police outside of her home, she’s heard on the 911 tape saying, “Oh, please let them get him.”
    They did.

    The officer fired 12 shots, 10 hit Ferrell

  32. September 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I know @KennettDems sent a controvesial tweet last week (can’t remember now what it was about), but this is succinct:

  33. September 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  34. September 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I got livid seeing one of the Emoprog commenters on Dkos insult home healthcare workers

    My highly educated Sis does this job. So fuck You (0+ / 0-)

    You sit on your high horse and call what my sister does “unskilled and often useless help”? My sister came here as a LEGAL immigrant and already an accomplished journalist in her native country. She had to retrain as a healthcare worker upon arriving here in order to get a job. Her story is not unique. A vast number of people in home healthcare are literally overeducated for those jkobs

    Apart from the low wages, her agency just in the last 2 years stripped them of all the measly benefits they had leaving them with no paid vacation, and no overtime pay.

    If she was not living with me she’d be destitute wallowing in abject poverty. This Obama admin provision is a lifeline.

    To get your keyboard orgasm from insulting people who work so hard, in a high stress job for so little remuneration is the height of callousness.

    You disgust me!!! Pfffttt!

    “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them.” — Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:56:19 PM EDT

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  35. 125 LDS
    September 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I am so glad you let them have it.
    When it is their turn to get old or a relative of theirs who may need this type of care, then and only then will you see a difference.
    Even then, some of them are so ungrateful , pathetic and rude because of their health failing.
    I am so grateful for all the help that I received from home healthcare when my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. Six long years I had to work full time and care for our two sons. I do not know how I would have made it without their assistance. It taught us humility and respect for the hard work and long hours they had to endure for minimum pay.

    I appreciate all they do and God bless them and POB for being the first President to “walk a day in their shoes.”
    I truly respect our President for taking the time to care.
    Thank your sister for me. You are a beautiful sister to be there for her.

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