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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves About the So-Called 'Tennessee Plan'

Don't give Guv Baby too much credit, he never intended to expand Medicare. Yeah, Ramsey did scoff that the issue was DOA a long time ago but that doesn't mean Haslam didn't already agree.

Posted by Mark Mays on 07/09/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

Totally derailing: It seems as if whenever Ms Locke comments on some liberal totem she begins her statement with "I used to work with (liberal organization) and I am a supporter of (liberal cause) BUT (conservative conservative) . . ."

Posted by Mark Mays on 07/09/2014 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Clemmons: 'Gary Odom Should Be Ashamed of Himself'

It was before my time, but I am told that Neville Chamberlain gave umbrellas a bad name among political figures. Perhaps Mr. Clemmons is displaying a sense of history.

Posted by notguilty on 07/09/2014 at 10:17 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Tim Howard, American Surveillance, and Nazis Against Smoking

yoyo, you are a sad little dude. And Pragmatist, you're not much better. You two deserve each other. Get a room or something.

Posted by anon on 07/09/2014 at 10:14 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: The NSA, Lebron James, and Seinfeld

Same thing went on in Atlanta, Sarge. And if a crime didn't get "reported," it just didn't happen.

Posted by Donna Locke on 07/09/2014 at 10:04 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Tim Howard, American Surveillance, and Nazis Against Smoking

Tennessee is facing severe ACA criticisms and deadlines. I guess the "Tennessee Plan" doesn't have enough unicorns and pixie dust.

In the meantime, Congressional Republicans also have nothing.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/09/1…

Posted by Pragmatist on 07/09/2014 at 9:42 PM
Posted by Pragmatist on 07/09/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

By the way, continuing what I wrote above, women of my acquaintance who have been on TennCare/Medicaid have had even fewer options for estrogen replacement and are steered toward a cheap, harmful option. But dream on, big-government worshipers and magic-well believers.

Meanwhile, actual medical and drug costs continue to skyrocket. Nothing is being done to contain this. The same people who pay for everything in this country will just get a bigger bill.

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Posted by Donna Locke on 07/09/2014 at 9:13 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Tim Howard, American Surveillance, and Nazis Against Smoking

Can't get enough of Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town? Me neither:

http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/07/city-of-…

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/09/2014 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

And here's one more thought: Maybe equality means that men and women share equally in contraceptive decisions. A woman is never really equal when she bears 100% of the responsibility and 100% of the consequences for a decision involving two people.

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Posted by scenic view on 07/09/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

Except all insurance plans place limits on what prescriptions will be covered and where they can be purchased. They also make all policy holders cover stuff they don't need.

Freedom means I am not coerced into paying for more than I need, and that I can buy meds wherever I want.

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Posted by scenic view on 07/09/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

Well, Donna, 1st given that Hobby Lobby receives tax incentives from the government, and in receipt of such incentives agrees to abide by the minimum health insurance standards which include these Rx's, it is reasonable to expect them to adhere to that agreement. 2nd given that it is the requirement of the ACA that they provide such coverage, it is reasonable for the employees to expect Hobby Lobby to adhere to the law of the land.
What the SCOTUS has gifted us with is a Pandora's box of frivolity and mayhem via the religious zealots who wish for far more than to worship as they wish, but to force you to worship or at least adhere to their religious dogma least they be philosophically offended. In granting Hobby Lobby their "religious freedom" per se, they violated the employees right to avoid that religious dogma as it pertains to there compensation via insurance coverage. The floodgates will open, and every fringe group will sue to avoid legal obligation in their business ventures.
One must also understand that there is no de jure right to conduct business, given that any business of consequence must be licensed from the government, hence it exists at the government's pleasure.
It is obvious that this SCOTUS, via the four activist judges, with their affinity for pro business, pro plutocracy, and probable anti individual sovereignty in regards to a woman's bodily functions, intend to re-write 200 years of judicial action in the hopefully short time they sit.
Were you aware that Hobby Lobby provided these 4 Rx's to their employees long BEFORE the implementation of the ACA? Yet it appears they had an epiphany, a vision from GOD to take advantage of the court and make a statement regardless of the social cost. I would think long and hard before you celebrate this wrong decision, fro the floodgates from LaLa land will surely open!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 07/09/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Brian Haas, National Treasure

"They don't think I'm beneath them"

Yes, we do.

This is fun!

Okay, that was the last one. I need to go home now.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 07/09/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Clemmons: 'Gary Odom Should Be Ashamed of Himself'

John Ray Clemmons makes several wrong assumptions in his letter:

1. StopAMP is a Tea Party-sponsored organization. I'm a liberal Democrat, and I've worked with StopAmp because I believe the Amp is a poorly planned, poorly designed project aimed more at garnering federal grant funding that improving Nashville's public transit system. I'm a strong supporter of public works projects--but I don't support the Amp because I think it's a foolish investment of public money.

2. The Amp is an effort to "improve our public transit system." Let's be clear: The Amp is an effort to grab federal grant dollars, and it was designed specifically for that purpose. If I thought it would truly improve our public transit system--which we indeed need to invest in--I'd support it. Since I believe the Amp will bollux traffic on a main thoroughfare that offers a naturally evolved mix of small businesses, restaurants and coffee shops, office buildings, residential areas and shopping zones, possibly detracting from existing development and certainly from the quality of life along the proposed route, I oppose it.

3. The "discussion about how best to facilitate Nashville's growth" is one we need to have, but it's being engineered by Metro planner Rick Bernhardt to include 3 truly depressing futures. Why don't we look for options to preserve and extend the quality of life we have and the unique way various areas of town are evolving rather than impose dense zoning and aggressive bus systems on the most desirable areas of town so no one wants to live in Nashville any more. Remember White Flight? Perhaps Development Blight Flight is next?

John Ray just lost my vote.

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Posted by Insolent Bystander on 07/09/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Brian Haas, National Treasure

Did The Tennessean run a correction to this story? Thought I saw one. I don't understand Betsy's gush/suck-up here. Has she attacked and insulted this person (Haas) in the past?

Sometimes editors write/rewrite leads, by the way.

Posted by Donna Locke on 07/09/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Brian Haas, National Treasure

@John: They don't think I'm beneath them, they just lack coherent responses to my comments and so, ignoring the message, they attack the messenger. It's all they have and, depending upon my mood, I'll either make fun of them or attack. The last instance they put their own little twist on a very precise comment I made and turned it sideways and expected to get away with it because they all agreed as one. Now they don't want to play because they were exposed as fluffy twits. To paraphrase Thomas Sowell, "Feeling is not thinking." They don't get that.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/09/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

I agree with this court decision for Hobby Lobby. I am also pro-choice and have worked with NARAL.

If you don't like your employer or your benefits, quit. You may be in for a rude awakening. I pay out of pocket for brand-name estrogen replacement that my employer-based insurance either does not cover or does not cover in full. I don't like this cost -- it is very expensive -- but the generics are not the same and my insurance company is not going to change its mind (since it's a person now), regardless of what women and their doctors explain on this issue.

I have a cousin who works for a large grocery chain and who needs the brand-name estrogen but is stuck with the generics because of insurance dictates and the fact that, with her income, she cannot afford the brand names. She quit her grocery job once and went to another large retail outfit. Same thing with the insurance. She went back to the grocery chain.

Yes, this is different from an employer decision based on religious beliefs, but in my case the employer is choosing our insurance option based on interests and considerations other than individual employee needs and preferences, so it's the same difference in the end.

I support the employer rights in this court decision.

I think estrogen replacement should be sold over the counter, by the way, and drug companies should be investigated and prohibited from paying or otherwise influencing other drug companies not to manufacture and sell the original company's patent-expired estrogen patches (or other products) that could cost so much less now without the brand-name exclusive. This is happening -- the pharmaceutical payoffs. Some excellent products disappear this way after their patents expire.

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Posted by Donna Locke on 07/09/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Freedom's Just Another Word For... Well, a Bunch of Stuff

@hoho teehee: Hoho teehee.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/09/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Brian Haas, National Treasure

"The difficulty with most posters here is they somehow think yoyo is beneath them, his opinion, words, but this is not the case."

I would submit that any poster who is willing to use phrases like "child of anal intercourse" is pretty much beneath everyone.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 07/09/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Clemmons: 'Gary Odom Should Be Ashamed of Himself'

It's not exactly a surprise to see Odom siding with the moneyed GOP interests and voting in favor of legislative meddling on local issues. He's been a champion of the overdogs for years, and the threat of legislative meddling means the local pols have to kiss his ring from time to time - he loves that.
Odious behavior (pardon the pun), sure. But surprising? Nope.

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Posted by intrepid on 07/09/2014 at 2:43 PM

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