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Re: “Garland County ex-aide charged with tens of thousands of personal expenses on county credit card, including dog tuxedo

I'll make a prediction. She'll go to some prison-lite for a few months, then probation to repay the money over the rest of her life at a few hundred bucks a month.
Prediction 2.0: Well, she'll repay some, but everybody says she's really trying ... and after all, she didn't write a hot check for $27.

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Posted by Doigotta on 10/26/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Vote suppression efforts continue in U.S.

Oh, crap! It's going to get worse, Stu? Exactly who is to be held responsible for this nonsense?
I'm going to give Norma a call and see what, where and how to start sticking pins representing tender portions of someone's anatomy to have the greatest effect possible. I'll start with our esteemed and notoriously absent Secretary of State just on principle. But never fear -- I'll soon get down to the county level.
BTW, in the event of an apocalyptic failure of something or other, are the dinosaur voting machines of yesteryear stashed somewhere? If junked, wouldn't you just love to have to count paper ballots by hand? (In lieu of pins, what a lovely thought. But we'll be watching you.)

Posted by Doigotta on 10/26/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “No, Obamacare hasn't produced huge increases in everyone's health insurance

Let me take you on a trip to the past. While my husband was working, my insurance went up and up and up, every year. The last year I bought insurance through his employment, it was more than $800 a month, the cost of a family policy.
There was no other sensible choice for me, not so much because of my health (generally pretty good), but because I was a woman. I investigated alternative private plans at one point, but consistently ran into a roadblock -- gynecological care not covered. (Excuse me, but would men's testicular cancer, for example, have been covered? Of course. But my, er, plumbing was different and I was at "that" age -- late forties, early fifties.)
My husband and I decided to continue the expensive policy offered by his workplace. Fortunately we were able to afford it.
Do people really want to go back to the point where insurance companies essentially run the health care business for their bottom line?
As far as I'm concerned, something similar to Medicare for all makes more sense than anything we have now. Not that I think we're going to see it soon. If anything, we, perhaps including current Medicare recipients, are going to have to fight for continuation of our health care plans if certain Republicans have their way.

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Posted by Doigotta on 10/26/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Vote suppression efforts continue in U.S.

Faster processing perhaps (in some cases), Stu, but voting on the machines we have in Jefferson County (and elsewhere?) is the time killer. In over nearly 50 years of voting and observing my fellow voters -- almost every election -- I have been one of the fastest in terms of my time spent in the voting booth.
While I haven't timed it, I would say that my time in the booth has doubled, if not tripled or quadrupled. Casting a vote for one candidate/issue, confirming it (at least a three step process plus machine time), continuing voting and confirming your choices, then confirming your completion of the process is a time killer to say the least. Result? Lengthy waits in line after the sign-in process, an hour or more at times when in the past such waits could easily be described as a few minutes.
Then consider, in addition to the machine times, a polling place which now handles twice the number of precincts. You do see the problem, don't you? DON'T YOU?

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Posted by Doigotta on 10/26/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Federal investigation uncovers foster parent's abuse of at least five children

Am I wrong in assuming that Garretson, an over the road truck driver, would have to be partnered with another person, presumably his wife, to qualify as a foster parent?

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Posted by Doigotta on 10/25/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Here's the open line and the daily news roundup

RadCen, I remember Max's hurried trip to New York to take care of his daughter's cat, and his daughter, of course. I think the cat jumped on his stomach while he was asleep, if I'm not making that up of whole cloth.
Since his daughter seems to work out of the country, I wonder who has the cat now. Not that it's any of my business, but I'm nosy. And I recently adopted an orphaned whirling dervish of a kitten. It's been wild around here lately, but things are calming down. Some.

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Posted by Doigotta on 10/25/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Belaboring the obvious: Football and cancer

While we're on health related issues, take a look at Bully Bart and tell me we don't also need a substantial emphasis on, er, healthy living.
Yes, this is a nasty nudge from someone who could use a little emphasis herself.

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Posted by Doigotta on 10/25/2016 at 10:37 AM

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