#GetCovered – Trinace’s Story

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  1. 4 Don
    January 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hi everyone!

  2. 5 GGail
    January 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm


  3. 6 GGail
    January 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Carol, congrats on first.

    Hi Don!

  4. January 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Great story. Hope Trinace has a happy ending.

  5. 9 Don
    January 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Does anyone know if the jobs numbers will come out tomorrow?

    • 10 Cindy
      January 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      They are going to come out tomorrow. They were discussing the information on the money channel, I think it was this morning.

      • 11 Don
        January 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        Thanks, but I just went to BLS and it says the numbers will come out on 10th. I would think that the “money channel” would know, but who knows. I hope they come out tomorrow.

  6. January 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Well folks, after four years in the Navy as a Corpsman, ’70-’74, two years on the job training as a Respiratory Therapist, a year in the oilfield, and thirty-five years at the same coal mine, and 42 years as a loving husband a father of two grown young men, hubby is hanging up his hard hat tonight. His Supervisor told him to drive out to work (60 miles). He usually takes a bus. He’s going to get “Caked” and sent home. 😀 Then in the morning he will meet his crew for breakfast at Perkins at 8am. We will be on a new journey together. Many who leave are given a gift after a collection has been taken and for the men it’s a special rifle made just for Coal Miners. Those gun manufacturers target everybody. It’s more of a collectors gun, but it’s the last thing he needs. Oh well. It’s where we chose to live our life. At least it will be in a very good gun safe. Then again it might not be a gun.

    I’ll either be here more or less. 😉 It remains to be seen. His first priority is to clean house in the way Mighty Pamela did. Get rid of all our accumulated stuff we no longer need. There is a lot of that!

    We’re thankful we will still be on his company’s health plan until Medicare unless WY sees the light and joins the good states with a competitive marketplace. We are so thankful we no longer have to worry about a lifetime limit. We used to worry about that. Thank you President Obama.
    Hubby has worked a rotating shift most if his life. It will probably take his body a month to adjust according to other retirees. I’m so thankful he is retiring in good health.

    • 14 GGail
      January 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Carol, congratulations to your husband on his service and on his retirement – especially in good health. The horizon is wide open for the two of you – Enjoy!

    • 16 Cindy
      January 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Carol, that is good news, without our health we have nothing. My cousin’s husband is in retirement after many long years as a driver (truck), but he was forced (company in bankruptcy) in to retirement and wanted to do 2 more years. He told all of us on Christmas day; first job is to clean out all of the clutter. The adjustment takes time, my dad retired after 42 years at the steel company; unfortunately, he didn’t exercise or do anything after retiring, and passed from a stroke a few years later. I really do believe that it is an adjustment both mentally and physically. Please savor the time that you all can now have together, health is everything, and we have nothing without it. Best Wishes for a life of enjoyment.

      • January 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        Thank you Cindy. Retiring while healthy was a big part of it. Fortunately our local, beautiful, state of the art Rec Center gives everyone over 62 a free pass. So that is on the agenda. Hubby has a lot of interests and I’m sure he’ll just enjoy everything more. We might have to have a bigger garden and raise chickens, but we’ll manage. 😉

      • 20 carolyn
        January 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        The best to you BOTH Carol. Retirement is QUITE an adjustment. My husband worked part time for about ten years after retirement, and the last two years has not. I did not work at all for about 8 months after retirement, then went back to some teaching part time.
        My husband said the hardest part of retirement was the loss of the social network, which is the main reason I’m teaching again part time.

        Now, I like my routine of teaching a few college hours, and having the time to attend aerobics class and antique and estate sale shop with one of my friends. My husband’s routine is his heart exercise class 3 or 4 days a week…..then lunches and breakfasts with various male friends. He actually worked(at least part time) until he was 80…….then after another heart attack, two stents, then a pacemaker, he takes live easy.

        We moved to a one level house from our large three level one and cleaned out quite a bit. Every spring we TALK about how much more we’re going to clean and get rid of it……but it’s a slow leisurely process.

        You’re right, it will take him time to adjust, but you will also have adjustments.

        • January 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

          Thanks for the great advice Carolyn. Yes, I’m going to have to get used to him being home a lot of the time. We were a post-it family when the kids were young because I’ve always worked days with access to a phone in case I had to take care of a sick child.
          He does not like most of the people he works around. They became very different people after President Obama became president and that has stressed him out a lot. Now we can walk away from people like that. We had so much fun with our call group in 2012.

          • 22 Cindy
            January 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm

            Carol, with friends like that, who needs enemies. How discouraging for your husband but President Obama’s election exposed the ugliness in a lot of people hearts. Now, your husband can relax and those clowns can keep on hating, feuding, and what ever they are doing. The irony, is that some of them will benefit from President Obama’s policies, but they will not tell anyone. Tell your husband to not look back because you guys are moving forward. Too much of life is waiting for you to remember the stupid-their lost and your gain.

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      January 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Congrats to your husband, CarolMaeWY, from a “coal miner’s granddaughter”!

      • January 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

        Thanks JO’B. It was a hard life for him. I worked at a desk job at the mine.

        • 26 carolyn
          January 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

          I think you will enjoy watching the care and stress fall away from his face and bearing….I certainly did with my husband. One of our favorite times is our morning. (I teach college classes so don’t have to hurry to work) We drink our coffee, peruse the paper, then do the crossword puzzle together. He usually starts it….he’s an earlier riser than I am….he also makes the coffee!…..so we leisurely get the day started, and it’s wonderful. I so remember the harried years when we and the children had to be up and off EARLY…..this time is a reward for all that.

          My son turns 45 today…..I can’t believe it. I was 29 when he was born, and I couldn’t even imagine myself being 45……where does the time go!!!! He is a sweetheart.

          Chips, I feel just awful about your walk experience. Glad Danny is resting. No one who reacted and did what this man did should have a pet.

    • 28 MightyPamela
      January 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      The very best to you both in your new life adventures!

    • January 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Congratualtions on your hubby’s retirement…glad you and he are health…and that you can enjoy it….what do you want to do in retirement

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      January 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Carol–you have wonderful, exciting years of your life ahead. My husband and I retired together and these have been the best years of our lives–literally. We formed a strong than ever bond in these years and allow ourselves lots of time to just play, have fun and enjoy life. We spent so many years working long hours at different jobs, that we really never had the time before to do what we wanted and when. Now we do and we are closer than ever. Enjoy every single minute!!!

    • 36 theo67
      January 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Congratulations on your husband’s retirement, Carol. How exciting to be embarking on this next great adventure together! 😊

    • 38 susanne
      January 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      carol, all the best to you and your husband on his retirement. how lucky you both are that he’s come through that life of hard work, ready for the next (most fun of all) chapter!

      • January 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        Thank you Suzanne. It’s hard to believe it’s here now. We’ve been counting the days, and then the closer it got we quit counting. Now, it’s tonight! Aloha!

    • 40 Judith Fardig
      January 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      CarolMae – enjoy every blessed minute of retirement! As others have said, it’s great to have time together and to do some rewarding volunteer work. OFA can always use your energy, and it’s also fun to help little kids learn to read or do something with your creative impulses. Congratulations to your hard-working husband and to you for reaching this milestone!

      • January 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

        Thank you Judith. Our town is beginning a Volunteer Rescue group. Hubby is thinking of renewing his EMT license and we would help with local emergencies or those further away. It could be anything from tornados or anything. I would be the paperwork/computer/coordinator type. We will do all the OFA things we can from WY. But first things first is to clean up our mess. We’ve lived in this house since 1977 and we have a lot of stuff we don’t need. I got a new computer system for Christmas that I’m afraid to open. Yet I’m anxious to learn it. Oh and We will be spending Sundays cheering for the Denver Broncos. We’re hoping all the way to the Super-Bowl. But we’ve had our hearts broken before and we’re ready for that too!

    • 42 sjterrid
      January 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Carol, Congratulations on your husband’s retirement, and thank him for his service in the Navy.

  7. January 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    You won’t believe the day me and Danny have had. Took him for a walk in a nearby park, he saw a man coming towards him with another puppy, jumped his leash (I was stupid, should have been ready for his leap), began playing with the puppy, man goes crazy, starts screaming abuse at me, kicks Danny in the side, I scream at him, he tries to kick Danny again, threatens to “smash his teeth in”, then starts threatening me, jabbing his finger in my face, absolutely hysterical with aggression and menace. By now I want to kill him, so instead of walking away, which would have been the sensible thing, I stick my face in his and tell him if he lays a finger on me or my dog I will have him behind bars.

    I have never experienced anything like it. The two puppies were playing.

    Rang police when I got home. They told me to call them if I meet him in the park again and they’ll send someone straight away. That was good, but why do the authorities never take animal cruelty seriously? If he’d kicked me, they’d be hunting him down now, but because he ‘only’ kicked a dog, they don’t act. If he’s capable of kicking a puppy, he’s capable of anything.

    Danny’s fine, sleeping like a baby, but I feel like crying after he experienced that aggression and violence.

    Oh boy, this world is jammed with ****ed up thugs.

    • January 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      WTH?????? What an OBSCENE encounter. Chips, I’m so sorry you had to deal with such a violent idiot.

      I’m super glad you and Danny are OK, but seriously, please think twice before you get in someone’s face who is that violent. I’m being protective, I know, but you really just never know what can happen. SO many, many crazy thugs out there.

    • 46 GGail
      January 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Awwww, poor Danny and poor Chips. I know that was a traumatic experience for you! Get you some Cheesy Puffs and calm down. It’s over and Danny is not injured and YOU are not in jail for murder.

    • January 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Oh Chips, so sorry you and Danny had to experience that. That’s terrible. Hope he doesn’t have anger issues with his own puppy. People do terrible things to their own pets too.

    • 48 Ladyhawke
      January 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      {{{{{{{Oh Chips}}}}}}} I am so sorry to hear about this ugly incident you and Danny experienced today. What disgusting behavior from that man. He was out of control and vicious. I am glad Danny is doing fine and I hope you will be feeling better soon. Love ya, LH

    • 50 Nena20409
      January 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      So sorry for what Danny and you went through. If it were in my neck of the woods, that beast of a man will be in deep trouble. Kicking a puppy for what exactly? That he was bigger and larger? As Danny gets all grown this beast will never have had the nerve. So sorry.

      This beast of a man is no man. Just a bully beast of a maniac looking to bully and cause trouble.

      {{{{Hugs to Danny and to Danny’s Mom}}}}

    • 51 Cindy
      January 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Wow Chipsticks, glad to hear that you and Danny are both doing well. Please don’t have a conversation with crazy people like that. The fact that he kicked your baby, tells me that he would have hurt you. This is crazy, like road rage. I use to give lip service and exercise my “middle finger” but we started having really bad incidents here in Florida from road rage. A couple was followed home and they killed the husband, and told the wife; now you will think twice about cutting people off.

      The man probably has no love in his heart, maybe lost his job and or marriage, who knows. People like that have some self hatred within, and he’s probably abusing the poor dog that he has. Glad to know you are safe, truly understand why you stood your ground, but life is more precious. Always have some form of protection with you; daughter gave me a can of “police magnum” spray for the eyes. I keep it with me when I go out to walk. You just never know what you can encounter, he definitely needed to be sprayed. Poor Danny, so glad to know that you guys are both safe and well.

    • 52 sherijr
      January 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      What a stupid effer that man was! You did right to call the police Chips. period. I am disgusted by anyone who abuses any critter- and at the very least you have it on record. I’m so mad on your behalf, and on Danny’s.. incidents like these can be traumatic to a young pup like Danny.. and to we humans. I ‘m just so sorry that either of you had to be emotionally harmed by this person. ((((((((((Chips Danny))))))))))

    • January 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      You restrained yourself admirably. I’m pretty sure I would’ve smashed his face in. And then *I* would’ve wound up in jail. Hang in there, Chips, we love you and your rambunctious puppy.

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      January 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      So sorry to hear that dreadful tale, Chips. Just be glad something worse didn’t happen. Hope there’s some justice for that loser soon, and that he never does that again during any other chance encounter.

      • 55 Cindy
        January 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        Karma will find him and kick his rear into another zone, and then he will be reminded of what he did to sweet Danny.

    • 56 Nena20409
      January 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Pepper spray can spread at this beast of a maniac and next time, he would never kick a puppy again or mouth off as he did. Please carry your cell phone with you. Should you ever run into him again, please snap his photo so that the authorities would have a photograph of him.

      The beast needs to be locked up for his behavior.

      • January 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        Thank you so much Nena. The stupid thing is I had my phone with me and could have snapped a photo, but he was gone before I even thought of it. Will be ready next time.

    • January 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      You’re a bunch of severely lovely people, I’ve turned The Obama Diary in to The Danny Meets Nutter Diary today, and you’re forgiving! I met a bunch of lovely people on our walk today, most of them wanting to kidnap Danny and take him home, so I’m trying hard to focus on their kindness rather than that scumbag’s hate-fllled-freakery. I just regret not punching him, seriously, even though that would have been less than bright. He won’t keep me and Danny out of the park, if I meet him and he starts again I’ll call the police straight away.

      Love ya all, thank you.

      • January 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

        Even if you just see him, take out your cell phone and snap his photo. He might not approach if he knows you have his pic.

      • 60 dotster3
        January 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        Sorry chips that you two had to run into this out of control, violent person. I don’t understand his brutal treatment of Danny——unless Danny had a death grip on his dog, which I’m sure he did not. And you were there—-obviously Danny’s owner—–it wasn’t like Danny was some loose, vicious dog. It was a way over the top reaction by that jerk. And you’re right—–anyone who can treat an animal that way can do all kinds of abuse—–to people also—–a common trait of criminals is a history of cruelty to animals. Just glad nothing more happened to you—–with your protective mama reaction——I would have done the same——and that Danny seems to be okay. And hang onto that leash with all your might—–doggies, especially puppies, get real excited to go meet and greet other dogs—–and Danny seems to be the friendly ‘wanna play?’ kind of guy.

        • January 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

          That’s the thing Dotster, if Danny was a fully grown aggressive dog who attacked this guy’s puppy I would understand him freaking out, but his puppy was jumping around with excitement when Danny went to play with him – and that’s all he did: play. No aggression, just giddiness, and his puppy loved it. But it wasn’t about that for him, he was just looking for a fight, and was so filled with violent nastiness he lost the plot. He was perfectly entitled to be angry with me for losing my grip on Danny, but to kick him and threaten me? Oh, I hope he comes to a bad end.

      • 62 Judith Fardig
        January 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        Time for a stiff drink and some extra TLC for Danny. We’re all relieved the nutter didn’t have a gun/ Yikes!!

      • 63 Dakota
        January 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        How awful Chips! What miserable creep! I agree w/ Nena, pepper spray and a cell phone will shut this a-hole down.

    • 64 utaustinliberal
      January 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      It’s unfortunate that you and Danny experienced such violent behavior from another human being while out on a pleasant walk. I’m glad you both are safe and okay and the incident didn’t end tragically.

      If you’re concerned about something like that happening again, please make sure you have your cellphone with you or a key chain of pepper spray. We want you and Danny safe at all times.

      Glad to have you here with us Chiparoo and I’m glad that the incident didn’t tragically affect Danny.

    • 65 MightyPamela
      January 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Holy crap! {{{{{DannyO!}}}}} {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}} This is not what we expect when we take our dog for a walk – hideous behavior towards you both, inexcuseable. Chipsticks, you did very well, indeed, IMO, not to take the guy out on the spot! Calling the police was correct, and following their instructions to call them when you see this mofo again is also correct. They need to get a number on this dude, he is dangerous. There is no answer to Why people feel animals do not suffer as much as humans, or any other life form, when aggressively abused. I suspect it is lack of spiritual awareness and inability to define that other lives are as important as our own. I have no doubt our beloved young DannyO’ will certainly remember mofo when and if you see him again; and I suspect for all his endearing puppyhood, he will have learned the lesson of caution – and he may be less willing to advance too rapidly. You have undoubtedly learned a sad and unfortunate lesson as well: to be very quick to rein in that leash unless it is another dog and owner you both know! I also fear Danny will get over it sooner than you will, and for that you have a candle burning in my home, and my tears mingle with yours. As a species, humans are sadly lacking in Light and Compassion, for the most part. But that lack in in process of CHANGE. Many of us are more than ready! Love to you and to our boy!

    • 66 WilTal
      January 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Chips, I am so thankful that both you and Danny are back home safe and sound. Sorry that both of you had to experience such vile behavior from this non-human being. To kick another owner’s dog, when you’re a dog owner too is simply crazy.

      Again, glad that you’re back home safe.

    • 67 debz
      January 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      How awful! I’m glad you and Danny got home safely. It is probably a good thing that you stood up to him, you most likely scared him because bullies don’t expect anyone to stand up to them. I hate to think how he treats his own dog.

    • 68 jackiegrumbacher
      January 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Chips, what a horrible thing for you to have experienced. That man is not right in the head and needs serious correction. It was brave of you to confront him–I know how it feels to want to protect something you love–but please think twice about doing that again. So very glad Danny is okay.

    • 69 susanne
      January 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      ‘if he’s capable of kicking a puppy, he’s capable of anything.’
      chips, awful as it was, i’m just glad it didn’t get any worse. the guy sounds deranged and dangerous–if you see him again, stay clear dear!

    • 70 57andfemale
      January 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      I’d be a complete wreck, although there are people who do not understand how dogs ‘play’. That being said, kicking your dog is the response of someone deranged. There is a Special Place in Hell for this bastard.

      Word to the wise: keep Danny on a short enough leash at all times, for his and your safety. Not to mention your sanity.

    • 71 JER
      January 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Chips, I am so sorry to hear about this terrible experience. So glad that you and Danny are all right. Some people are just not right.

    • 72 hopefruit2
      January 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Chips, so sorry to hear of this unfortunate experience. This guy is a horrible menace to society and though not the wisest thing, you did what any caring person would’ve done. Don’t beat yourself up – it was a natural reaction to this menace. Glad that Danny is okay otherwise, hope you don’t have any more of these kinds of encounters! Unless this guy is mentally ill (in which case he should be institutionalized or medicated), he has got it coming…don’t worry. Karma has his name & number.

    • 73 Vicki
      January 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Oh my god I just read these details. How horrible for you and Danny. You say Danny is ok so that is something to be glad for but kicking your puppy? Awful.

    • 74 africa
      January 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Wow. So, so sorry, Chips. I am glad to hear Danny is doing fine. What a JERK!!

  8. 75 Linda
    January 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has granted a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.

    The decision Thursday means Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.

    Garcia had challenged a 1996 federal law that bars people living in the country illegally from receiving professional licenses from government agencies or with the use of public funds, unless state lawmakers vote otherwise.

    Shortly after the court heard arguments in the case, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state law that authorized the granting of the license. The new law went into effect Jan. 1.

    Garcia arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago to pick almonds with his father and worked at a grocery store and in the fields while attending school.


    Countdown to outrage….3…2…1

  9. 78 Nena20409
    January 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm


    Chicago TV station WLS reported that Alane Church received a delayed gift from a relative Wednesday, only to find an extra package inside that was already opened. That second package included a photo book of the first family’s pictures with a gift tag attached that read “Barack, Michelle + the girls.”

    Church described the gift Thursday on NBC’s “Today” as “very special,” declining to discuss the photo book’s private contents further. Church said the package was meant for “Mama Kaye,” Sasha and Malia’s godmother, and she was returning the gift to its rightful owner.

    How on earth was this mistake possible? The story makes me wonder if this is an actual event.

    • 79 dotster3
      January 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, it was an actual event. And it is lucky that she was the one who mistakenly received it. She was real protective of Mama Kaye’s gift. She refused to show any of the book’s photos saying they were private for Mama Kaye. No one knows how everything got so scrambled. It came with xmas gifts from a relative in N.Y., delivered late—–on New Years Day. The gifts had been repackaged into a different toilet paper box, she thinks by the p.o., original box must have been destroyed somehow—-a truck accident?—-because all the gifts had their wrapping paper ripped up/off. And there was this gift from the Obamas to Mama Kaye in the bottom of the box. The mistaken recipient seemed to be a really nice lady and was going to make sure Mama Kaye got this precious gift.

  10. 80 MadameSoph
    January 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I am so glad you and Danny are o.k. I have two kitties that I have raised since they were 1 day old (found them abandoned without their mom) and if anyone even looked at them with bad intent the warrior in me would come out in full. I also get frustrated with how the police and courts do not treat animal assault in the same way they do violence against a human. I’m glad to hear that Danny is sleeping soundly. I’m sure this incident was more upsetting to you than him. I would feel exactly as you do. Do some deep breathing and know that kindness is far more prevalent than ugliness ugliness is just louder.

  11. 81 Vicki
    January 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    For those of us watching Bill de Blasio and his new administration the first test will come with the snowstorm expected tommorow.

    We had a Xmas blizzard with Bloomberg during which the City largely fell apart. Bloomberg was in Bermuda and not one of his deputies or department heads was in NY. Nobody was in charge.
    Babies were delivered in apartment house lobbies in Brooklyn and one newborn perished. Elderly people in the Bronx had strokes and died as their families called frantically for ambulances that couldn’t navigate the unplowed streets. The A train to the Rockaways stalled on the tracks without heat or electric for a very long day.

    Meanwhile, if you lived in Richistan (AKA Tribeca) like me, your streets were plowed hourly. Snowstorm? What snowstorm?

    Mayor Bloomberg returned from Bermuda eventually and assured tourists that New York City was fine and as an example said in triumph, “The theaters are open.”

    That is what we’ve faced for 12 years. Now a new day has dawned.
    I am wishing Mayor de Blasio a well managed weather emergency with no avoidable fatalities and a spirit of shared resources and inclusive concerns.

    • January 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      DeBlasio will be working with the same folks that were there under Bloomberg….he has not had a chance to change things on that level…

    • 83 Melanie
      January 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Ah yes Vicki, I remember that disaster very well as I was stuck on my block for 3 days. I literally couldn’t get outta my house for a day as snow was piled high blocking my doorway. They have a new feature on nyc.gov called PlowNYC that’s supposed to let us track where the plows are. Can’t wait to see how accurate it is and praying our new Mayor is ready.

    • 84 theo67
      January 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      If Chris Christie was re-elected after vacationing in Disneyworld while his state was going through a major storm, then De Blasio, who is far more responsible, will be just fine.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        January 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        There are double standards for Republicans and Democrats. De Blasio will be under FAR more scrutiny by the national and elite local media than Bloomie or Christie ever were. I think de Blasio will do an absolutely stellar job of governing the city of NYC – but like PBO, his bar will be set much, much higher and goalposts will keep moving… The good news is that unlike PBO who has to govern an entire country, and to a certain extent, the international community, de Blasio’s job is just NYC, so he can work to please his constituents and not have to dilute his agenda to please the relatively tiny minority and their benefactors on far-right.

        • 86 Vicki
          January 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

          My views mirror yours theo and hopefruit.
          Prettyfoot. You’re right that many of the same people are in place but with a new mayor friendly to Labor I expect the actions of those folks to be better.
          For starters, Bill de B will be here on weekends. Bloomberg left the city Friday noon to Sunday night more often than is generally known.

  12. January 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Chips, So sorry you and Danny had to experience that evil man. Glad you made that call to the police……that “heads up” was a good idea.
    (((HUGS))) to both of you. 🙂

    Carol, Congrats to you and your husband. Yes, retirement is a big adjustment for both of you and in different ways. My husband retired in 2006 (when May Department Stores and Macy’s “merged”). We were in the midst of a remodel “from hell” so that took all his time for a number of months. Even after the contractor left, things were such a mess and there was still lots that he did himself. That took us to the summer of ’07 when I broke my arm (VERY, VERY, VERY badly) so he became my caregiver. In October, our grandson was diagnosed with cancer so with my arm still really bad, we also became immersed in that world. In Jan. of 2008, I was able to change my doctor and my arm began recovering much quicker but I still had a way to go. Our grandson died in April. Even though we were pro-active by going to grief support group and doing other things, my husband struggled majorly until that fall when he, literally by accident, went on a short hike. That did it and his life began to change that week. Some of my friends say that from the outside, it sometimes appears to be an addiction……sometimes I think the same thing. But, this is his passion and it keeps him happy and very healthy and he is doing things that he would NEVER have done a few years ago—-taking on the role as AT chaplain in 2014, representing the UMC conference we are in (and our local church). He will have to give presentations before and after and will do fine with that. Before hiking, he would NOT do anything like that. Since we are so different politically, his being gone a lot is better for our relationship and allows me to do some things politically that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do, if he were here all the time. So this works for us. 🙂

    • January 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Oh, I’m sorry your retirement experience didn’t start out on a happy note, but glad it is now going great. Fortunately Hubby and I are much the same politically. We’re also much the same spiritually. We think well be okay. There is always the unexpected you can’t plan for though.

    • 93 Cindy
      January 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry to hear that you lost your grandson in the midst of all that you all were doing and going through. So glad to hear that you are happy in retirement and that you both are doing well. Life is very short but sweet, you have to take time to smell the coffee and see the sunset rise and set. Your story is beautiful.

      • January 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        TY, Cindy. Loss of a 4-year old grandson is something that we will never “get over.” We have both worked at reconciling his death and finding positive things to focus on. …..always remember what an impact his life had on so many people in four short years. Our daughter and her family have also done that though she and our son-in-law are currently back in counseling, in part because of how differently each grieves. They adopted our bi-racial granddaughter who is the light and joy of all our lives. The person that is still hurting a lot and still dealing with it is our 12-year old grandson. More than one professional has told them that he will never get over it…..that it will forever affect him. So sad!

        • 95 Cindy
          January 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

          So sorry to hear this. Grieving, I believe, is different for all of us. It takes time, and even years. I pray that your 12 year old grandson will find his peace and joy in remembering the good times. I do believe in the power of prayer, and sometimes that is all we have. I will lift up your family in prayer. My best time in prayer, is when I am praying for others and believing that God will hear and answer. May you and your family be blessed indeed, and that you will feel the warmth of God’s comfort.

        • 98 jackiegrumbacher
          January 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

          Tn, I’m so dreadfully sorry about the loss of your grandson–nothing can “replace” him in your heart and family. But your daughter and SIL adopting a granddaughter was a wonderful step. She has found a loving home and brought joy to your family. It is true that the death of his brother will affect your 12 grandson forever, but that doesn’t mean it will cripple him. With good counseling and unremitting love, it may make him a more compassionate and loving human being who appreciates life in a deep and special way. Your family sounds like a strong one filled with love. That love has carried you through a terrible trauma and it will sustain all of you in the years ahead.

          • January 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

            Thank you for those sweet and encouraging and affirming words, jackie. I believe you are right about the loss of his brother making Mason a more compassionate and loving young man. Speaking for myself, that experience made me much more aware of other’s pain and suffering and made me even less judgmental……..not judging if I haven’t walked in the other person’s shoes, so to speak. It also made me feel even stronger about the need for all to have access to healthcare. They are a Navy family so that was never a concern for us, but it could easily have been. It affected all our lives in many, many ways and I prefer to think in all ways positive. Would I much rather have Walker a healthy, happy 9 year old? Yes!!! But, we have to move on with our lives and use our lives and his life to help others in any way we can. And, overall, that is exactly what all of us have done.

  13. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  14. 101 Ladyhawke
    January 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm


    Waxman challenges GOP on cancellations

    By Steve Benen


    To that end, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Dems on the House Energy and Commerce Committee published a report (pdf) this week intended to bring the debate into sharper focus. As George Zornick reported, Waxman found that even if we use the Republicans’ figure as a dubious baseline, the specific outcomes leave the GOP argument in tatters.
    Also note, Waxman subjected these claims to a credible, rigorous process and published his findings online, inviting public scrutiny. Republicans throw around the “5 million cancellations” figure quite casually, but haven’t bothered to back it up.

    In this sense, Waxman’s report may well serve as a challenge to GOP lawmakers to do precisely what he did: move past the rhetoric and dig deeper into the policy. Are Republicans up to the task? Can they bolster the talking points with real data? I rather doubt it, but I hope they prove me wrong.



    • 102 Nena20409
      January 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Waxman was always a Smart Dem. He singlehandedly gave GW Bush a pain in his mushy brain.

      • 103 Ladyhawke
        January 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        The man is a pit bull. He took serious oversight to a while new level. He was relentless. I used to love to watch his hearings. He does not play. Let’s see what the Republicans do now that he has challenged their BS. They got nothin and they know it. The problem is that the feckless media will continue to give the GOP cover for this nonsense. But that’s where the TOD twitter brigade comes in. The media needs to be shamed into reporting the facts about the ACA and not just going with any swill from the GOP.

  15. 104 Nena20409
    January 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Ariel Sharon is having Kidney problems? He has been in coma since 2006. I honestly was not sure that he was still alive. He has been in coma since 2006? Holy smokes what his family must have gone through. Perhaps, the kindest thing now is for the family to let him go. He must be in his 80s now. He was 76, at least in 2006.

  16. 106 FormelyFRED
    January 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    hi TOD family

    Wanted to wish each and everyone of you a Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family and I to you all 😀

    mom and I are doing very well and just taking it easy.We got pounded by the snow and it is freezing cold here in Chicago.Please stay warm and be careful when heading out

    Chips thanks again for this site and those who kept it going when Danny was keeping you busy 😀

    HZ Happy New Year to you 😀

    I’ll see you guy very soon

    until next time,
    Fred 😉

    • 107 GGail
      January 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Fred! it’s so good to hear from you. Happy to know that you & your mom are doing very well !


    • 108 57andfemale
      January 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Hi, Fred!!!!!

      My stupid 74 year old husband was shoveling snow off the roof today here in Chicago. He’s sleeping now (and no, I only contemplated hitting him on the head with a frying pan – I didn’t actually do it).

      He may want a cup of tea when he wakes up. Methinks I should slip in some muscle relaxers to keep his ass inside instead of shoveling.

      What a winter, huh, Fred?

    • 110 hopefruit2
      January 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Good to see you Fred, and Happy New Year! 🙂

  17. 111 Claire
    January 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Happy 2014 TODers!! Finally getting back to normal after a wonderful holiday season and trying to get caught up with life again.

  18. 112 JER
    January 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is hitting the golf course with President Barack Obama in Hawaii. … http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24349786/obama-new-zealand-pm-hit-golf-course-in-hawaii

  19. 113 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    So now that the ACA is no longer a fertile punching bag for the media and their GOP friends, I see the MSM is feverishly trying to make “clemency for Snowden” an issue to be MAD at PBO about for 2014. They will not succeed.

    • 114 susanne
      January 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      actually, i made the mistake of glancing at ‘the hill’ website this morning, and it was all about the gop shutting down aca, and how terrible people feel now that they’re forced to have health insurance. disgusting. but yes, also too, they are harping on snowdowner.

      if they’re signaling how they plan to win back the senate, it underscores the reality we’ve known for a very long time: they have no good ideas to offer.

  20. 115 hopefruit2
    January 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  21. 117 dotster3
    January 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

  22. 119 Linda
    January 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    The ratings for 2013 are in, and it was a rough year for cable news networks.

    Like clockwork, Fox News led the pack with an average of 1.097 million total viewers in primetime, according to Nielsen numbers reported by TV Newser. It was the network’s 12th straight year in first place. MSNBC and CNN duked it out for second place: MSNBC topped CNN in primetime (640,000 total viewers vs. 568,000 total viewers), while CNN beat MSNBC in total day (413,000 total viewers vs. 394,000 total viewers).

    CNN hit a 20-year low from 8-11pm in weekday primetime, as TV Newser reported. Network president Jeff Zucker tinkered with the line-up slightly, adding “AC 360” at 10 p.m. and experimenting with the 11 p.m. timeslot. Zucker has promised more changes in primetime in the coming year as he seeks programming with more “attitude.”

    MSNBC also got its share of rough ratings news in 2013.

    Meanwhile, all the cable news networks had lower ratings compared to 2012, an election year. It was Fox News, however, that saw the sharpest decline in viewers ages 25-54: the network lost 19 percent of its audience in the demo during total day, and a whopping 30 percent in primetime. Despite its continued dominance, falling viewership in the coveted 25-54 demo was a sore spot for the network last year.

    In January, for example, Fox News had its worst prime time ratings in the demo since August 2001, and its lowest total day ratings since June 2008. Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity saw record lows in the demo, and Bill O’Reilly suffered huge losses in the demo as well.


    Translation : They all suck !

  23. 120 Nena20409
    January 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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