• firedupfirepup commented on the diary post There’s a Reason Capitalists Like Obama Are Mourning Mandela by Ohio Barbarian.

    2013-12-07 17:50:24View | Delete

    True that, Wendy. Great post OB. It has been clear to me for some time that Obummer’s role model was Mandela, and that he (Obummer) thinks he is a “great man” because he has operated much the way Mandela did. Had he adopted King or even the Kennedy’s as his model, seems like he would [...]

  • Re-post from different thread (a thread which for some reason does not show on my mobile device)

    I loathe the Rethug methods (I agree with Bernstein on Morning Joe today that the precedent being set by what the T-Party is doing could destroy the country).
    But I need to ask, maybe the Republican’s are right? Has anyone seen the actual prices for these plans? My state’s exchange is not functioning, but from what I am reading on other forums and from the MSM (CBS, Forbes,) the plans premiums may be low but the deductibles are HUGE ($5,000.00 and more for a plan that has decent benefits), and then you still pay 60% for prescriptions in many states even after the deductible is met. Because of the difficulty in getting on the exchanges the MSM has not been able to get clear information on this (also because it varies so much state to state and by age, etc..)
    When ACA was being voted on I phoned and wrote Congressperson’s in my state (MD) screaming for the public option to provide competition, but oh, no, couldn’t have THAT.
    I am a small business owner, have paid for my own insurance for 20 years, will not qualify for subsidy. I currently pay about $700.00 per month premium (individual policy)with a $2,500.00 deductible; after that, except for doctor co-pays and set limit (not %) drug co-pays, the plan covers the rest. The ObamaCare plans appear to cost much more and deliver less. I was hoping that ACA might reduce my cost somewhat, but would have been OK with the status quo, even though the expense is not minimal in relationship to my income. (As for keeping what I have, I am concerned I will be forced onto the exchange eventually), have not found credible information either way.) If these ACA plan deductibles are consistent across the middle tier of plans, Obama touting the low premiums is COMPLETELY misleading. Many families will not be able to afford to pay the premiums to get essentially no insurance (because of the high deductibles). Once these exchanges are running and people see these prices, the Republicans will turn into heroes overnight. (The fines are not small as advertised either – $95 OR 1% of income (going up to 2.5% eventually), whichever is GREATER. Who makes $9,500.00 a year?) If what I am seeing where I can find it is correct, this is just devastating for the middle class. Heck, I would vote Republican to get this repealed if it is as bad as it looks. (And whose fault is it I can’t know for sure in my state? MD was the TEST STATE for the technical runs of the exchanges, and they still don’t have it working!) And even if MD is reasonable, others will suffer even if I don’t. I’m beginning to think a years delay in the mandate might save the Democrats (not that they deserve saving), so they can get some time to repeal or reform it. No public option meant high cost, period. Big surprise. But even I am shocked at some of what I am reading about the real costs of these plan

  • firedupfirepup commented on the blog post More Evidence Shutdown is Hurting GOP

    2013-10-02 10:49:18View | Delete

    I loathe the Rethug methods (I agree with Bernstein on Morning Joe today that the precedent being set by what the T-Party is doing could destroy the country).
    But I need to ask, maybe the Republican’s are right? Has anyone seen the actual prices for these plans? My state’s exchange is not functioning, but from what I am reading on other forums and from the MSM (CBS, Forbes,) the plans premiums may be low but the deductibles are HUGE ($5,000.00 and more for a plan that has decent benefits), and then you still pay 60% for prescriptions in many states even after the deductible is met. Because of the difficulty in getting on the exchanges the MSM has not been able to get clear information on this (also because it varies so much state to state and by age, etc..)
    When ACA was being voted on I phoned and wrote Congressperson’s in my state (MD) screaming for the public option to provide competition, but oh, no, couldn’t have THAT.
    I am a small business owner, have paid for my own insurance for 20 years, will not qualify for subsidy. I currently pay about $700.00 per month premium (individual policy)with a $2,500.00 deductible; after that, except for doctor co-pays and set limit (not %) drug co-pays, the plan covers the rest. The ObamaCare plans appear to cost much more and deliver less. I was hoping that ACA might reduce my cost somewhat, but would have been OK with the status quo, even though the expense is not minimal in relationship to my income. (As for keeping what I have, I am concerned I will be forced onto the exchange eventually), have not found credible information either way.) If these ACA plan deductibles are consistent across the middle tier of plans, Obama touting the low premiums is COMPLETELY misleading. Many families will not be able to afford to pay the premiums to get essentially no insurance (because of the high deductibles). Once these exchanges are running and people see these prices, the Republicans will turn into heroes overnight. (The fines are not small as advertised either – $95 OR 1% of income (going up to 2.5% eventually), whichever is GREATER. Who makes $9,500.00 a year?) If what I am seeing where I can find it is correct, this is just devastating for the middle class. Heck, I would vote Republican to get this repealed if it is as bad as it looks. (And whose fault is it I can’t know for sure in my state? MD was the TEST STATE for the technical runs of the exchanges, and they still don’t have it working!) And even if MD is reasonable, others will suffer even if I don’t. I’m beginning to think a years delay in the mandate might save the Democrats (not that they deserve saving), so they can get some time to repeal or reform it. No public option meant high cost, period. Big surprise. But even I am shocked at some of what I am reading about the real costs of these plans.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Cop Shows by Elliott.

    2013-08-17 10:49:51View | Delete

    Do you mean the “Zen” series on Masterpiece? Fabulous.

    Ditto the new Sherlock of course.

    Foyle’s War
    A
    Law and Order UK – much better than the U.S. version.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the blog post DuckDuckGo Sees Traffic Soar in Wake of NSA Scandal

    2013-07-15 14:31:47View | Delete

    I’ve had the same experience. If anything it seems worse than google. Anyone recommend an alternative?

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Online Hostility or The Rise of the Techno-Dani by cmaukonen.

    2013-07-12 16:43:57View | Delete

    (And thank you for clarifying that online petitions WERE indeed equated to hostility in the article.)

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Online Hostility or The Rise of the Techno-Dani by cmaukonen.

    2013-07-12 16:40:40View | Delete

    I agree. Your response was not hostile at all in my view. The notion that online petitions equate to hostility IS bs. They are, in fact, an example of a civilized (as in “civility”) response.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Progressive Economist Predicts Obamacare will Implode 2015-2016 by metamars.

    2013-07-12 16:26:10View | Delete

    Exactly.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post I’m close to suicide by ThatGuy.

    2013-07-12 16:16:22View | Delete

    Reason 1 not to do it It means the bad guys win Reason 2 somebody who cares about you will feel terrible the rest of their life Reason 3 life has a way of turning around just when you least expect it I do understand. Discovering over the last 13 years (for me it started [...]

  • firedupfirepup commented on the blog post Average Americans Still Have Not Recovered From Crash

    2013-05-31 15:55:51View | Delete

    Not sure where you are but around DC there are many rentals which accept dogs and cats. (I am sub-letting a room out myself in a lovely complex which permits them). I am so sorry to hear about your troubles, it just makes me sick what has happened to you. But unless you have reptiles or horses, you should be able to find a place. I have also rented (and rented out) single family homes with dogs (and to dog owners). Most require a deposit for possible damage, but usually those are pretty modest. Many places take cats, too. (Although many have a limit of two animals Do you have a menagerie?) Even so, some folks are anxious for renters and might stretch their initial rules.

  • Unspeakably sad. Unspeakably depressing. Unspeakably frightening.

    Any chance the title could be changed to reflect the true horrific reality (“Reactions to the Suicide of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz”)?

    Thank you, Kevin.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post New Era for Progressives and Obama by Norman Solomon.

    2013-01-04 14:00:19View | Delete

    She scores (again)…

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post New Era for Progressives and Obama by Norman Solomon.

    2013-01-04 13:53:22View | Delete

    Indeed.

  • Agree, except O’Donnell seems decent on pushing back on benefit cuts, and Chris Hayes on UP Sat + Sun mornings (MSNBC) is must-see TV (DVR’d for later viewing).

  • Yes, yes, and yes.

  • Perfect.

  • This is a topic in which I am deeply interested, so thank you so much for the post. I wouldn’t mind seeing this feud hashed out since I am not familiar with it and it might help me understand why whistleblowers fare so poorly (apart from the obvious). If the organizations designed to assist them might have sabatours in their ranks that is important to know. Heaven knows that would be SOP for TPTB.

    Maybe one or the other could post outside Kevin’s work?

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Europe’s permanent austerity crisis will soon be America’s by fairleft.

    2012-12-31 15:44:16View | Delete

    Excellent point about the contrast between integrity of war effort WWII and now. Of course, easier to police (public behind and aware of policing effort) when our actual existence was at stake.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Europe’s permanent austerity crisis will soon be America’s by fairleft.

    2012-12-31 15:38:21View | Delete

    ROTFL. Exactly the way I respond to the loathsome O.

    Also agree with the rest.

  • firedupfirepup commented on the diary post Europe’s permanent austerity crisis will soon be America’s by fairleft.

    2012-12-31 15:34:05View | Delete

    I’d go with possibility #2.

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