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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
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Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Suspected tobacco dealers busted in death of 440,000 Americans.....


Unfortunately, that's one head line we'll never see outside a PSA.

Before giving Woody Allen a pass for dating an "older" teen/ young adult, read this:

" The Chicago study also found that of the 2,200 priests, just one was a pedophile. Now, many people are confused about the distinction between a pedophile and a person guilty of sex with a minor. The difference is very significant. The phrase "pedophile priests" conjures up images of the worst violation of innocence, callous molesters like Father Porter who assault children 7 years old. "Pedophilia" is a psychiatric term meaning sexual interest in children below the age of puberty.

But the vast majority of clergy misconduct cases are nothing like this. The vast majority of instances involve priests who have been sexually active with a person below the age of sexual consent, often 16 or 17 years old, or even older. An act of this sort is wrong on multiple counts: It is probably criminal, and by common consent it is immoral and sinful; yet it does not have the utterly ruthless, exploitative character of child molestation. In almost all cases too, with the older teen-agers, there is an element of consent.

Also, the definition of "childhood" varies enormously between different societies. If an act of this sort occurred in most European countries, it would probably be legal, since the age of consent for boys is usually around 15. To take a specific example, when newspapers review recent cases of "pedophile priests," they commonly cite a case that occurred in California's Orange County, when a priest was charged with having consensual sex with a 17-year-old boy. Whatever the moral quality of such an act, most of us would not apply the term "child abuse" or "pedophilia." For this reason alone, we need to be cautious when we read about scores of priests being "accused of child abuse."


Roberts: Bill is good but you cannot link homosexuality to a pedophilia crisis in the Catholic Church.

Bill Donohue: It’s not a pedophilia… most of the victims were post pubescent…

Roberts: You know…

Donohue: You’ve got to get your facts straight. I’m sorry. If I’m the only one that’s going to deal with facts tonight so be it. The vast majority of the victims are post pubescent. That’s not pedophilia buddy. That’s homosexuality.


Insurance company follies:

I live in NYS, so I have no-fault insurance which means my car insurance is paying my medical bills resulting from my car accident. There is a deductible, which then goes against my deductible for heath insurance. I expect to be fully healed well before all the bills settle!

I think insurance companies aren't really selling insurance (investing premiums and paying claims from the proceeds) so much as they are selling price negotiation. The auto insurance company refused to pay all of the bill for the ER because the hospital billed more than the agreed price. I read down the list, stuff like $10 billed when the agreed fee is $1.87, $52 for $13. The real shocker was this: the hospital billed $4759 for a code that is contracted as $111!

Concussion, anyone?

I was T-boned the 20th of December. I recall everything up to the point at which I pulled out into the intersection. For the life of me, i don't know why I did that- I'm a very cautious driver and usually won't pull out from that intersection if a car is in sight. . So- anyways - I ended up with a concussion and some muscle damage.

The muscle damage is mostly healed, but I am aware more and more of odd results from the concussion.

On two separate visits, the doctor asked me to subtract 7 from 100 and keep going. Easy, right? Except that I got it wrong. I can do it on my own, but not under the pressure of someone asking me to do it.

In conversation and writing, I have trouble recalling certain words and even the names of objects. It's not really obvious to most, just to my family.

If I tilt my head to look up at a cupboard, stand up quickly or roll over in bed, I get the same sensation you got when you spun around as a little kid. Not bad, but enough to keep me off step ladders and to be sure to have a hand on the stair rail.

I've been getting headaches; again, not too bad but then I used to get migraines so my tolerance may be higher than normal.

I wake up every two hours all night, but that is getting better.

The oddest thing I've seen is what happens to my typing. When typing a short, common word like "the", I may substitute another word like "and", or "up" for "of".

So - take care of your brain, it's the only one you got!

Changing times: When John Belusi died, Bob Woodward was widely

condemned for describing his drug use. IIRC, Woodward stated that Belusi was using both heroin and cocaine. At the time, one drug was acceptable, the other was not - don't ask me which was which.

I think the reaction to Philip Hoffman's death shows a better widespread understanding of the nature of serious drug addictions.

I'm old enough to recall going to see Woody Allen's Manhatten

at the movie theater. Back then, you usually only had a general idea of what the film was about going. I recall a lovely opening tribute to NYC followed by an increasingly creepy film about a middle aged man dating a 17 year old. I think that was the last Allen movie i ever saw.

Add this to the list of reasons we need single payer -

After an auto accident, the costs after deductible were paid by my no-fault auto insurance. The auto deductible will get applied against my health insurance deductible as well, if we ever figure out what the no-fault deductible is! I have no idea if all the bills are in six weeks after, but i suspect not because I've only seen one or two partials.

I went for a follow-up to my GP, but there may be problems because the appointment was written as a regular check-up. He changed the chart to focus on the accident, but the clerk told me the auto insurance company may go by the appointment book and refuse payment!
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