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this is really putting myself out there, gives away any anonymity I might have had in here.  and put me at risk for very real legal repercussions.  

FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY

IF A DISASTER IS DECLARED REGISTER EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INSURED, OR IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE NO CLAIM,,  REGISTER.. IF  YOU DO NOT FEMA WILL IGNORE YOU, AND NO ONE CAN HELP YOU

IF A DISASTER IS DECLARED REGISTER EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INSURED, OR IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE NO CLAIM,,  REGISTER.. IF  YOU DO NOT FEMA WILL IGNORE YOU, AND NO ONE CAN HELP YOU

In 2008, I was  the Operations Director for the NFIP () program of FEMA. Ever since then I have watched in Horror hurricane after hurricane and dreaded each and every  news story, knowing that FEMA and the NFIP are such a mess that the people, the VERY REAL HUMAN BEINGS, that have been devastated by a natural disaster, now have to deal with what I considered to be the absolute worst and poorly managed agency I had worked with in my  career as a defense contractor in DC.  (I Have worked with over 20 agencies in my career, including the IRS.)

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Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:08 AM PST

what an election season

by one pissed off democrat

hey,

Hi! long time since I have had the time to write in here..  

What a busy election season.  

I did not work any of the national, senatorial, or congressional elections this time.  instead I worked local elections.  what a trip they are.  Very personal, very intimate, and I do believe what real politics is all about...

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Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM PDT

why?

by one pissed off democrat

I have never had a harder week.  It would have been bad enough losing my younger brother in law to anything, disease, violence, accident, but to a possible suicide?  I can't grasp this, NO refuse to grasp this, refuse to believe it.

Not Pat self confident at an early age, smart, handsome, talented in both the physical sports and music.  Tall, thin, blonde hair, green eyes, women fell for him.  

Able to do the impossible, make his living playing music and singing. Most of us give up music for 'real careers" when we are very young.

http://cphpost.dk/...

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I was doing a job search for my daughter, and I kept seeing this:

Reference Code: 12008175 Location: Wilmington, DE, USA Education Level: Bachelor's Degree Required Description Summary: Duties are complex and confidential requiring the highest level

Seriously?   All of us women who got our degrees, against all odds, being told that we would have gotten the job... BUT we were....... Too Cute  Too young, Going to have children and leave the job for family, all that training wasted.. basically we were TOO FEMALE!!  

We were forced to take Secretarial jobs and fought our way up out of the typing pool and through glass ceiling after glass ceiling.  I remember being told how I was making some family suffer for taking a "man' job, it was why they were paying me less.  After all I had a husband who was also working... right!

Only to NOW see that they have relegated us BACK to Secretarial and re-engineered all of those glass ceilings?  

Education is NO LONGER A VIABLE PATH TO UPPER MANAGEMENT AND BETTER PAY FOR WOMEN??? WTF

*Update;  for those who do not remember, discrimination was a regular practice in the working world.  I was told at 20 I was too cute, and some man was going to marry me and that was why I was not hired.  My first real job was on the line at gm, where my foreman groped me, my committee man did nothing about it, the men whistled, and humiliated me daily, it was not yet against the law.  My first Education related job paid me 13,500 a year. I got the extra 500 over the married women because Ii was divorced.  Then my career position, i was physically threatened 5 times with violence.  Paid about 60% of my male counterparts.  If you as a 20 or 30 something current working woman have never experienced this.   your welcome ***

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President Obanas reply,  

January 20, 2012

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing.  I have heard from many Americans about issues affecting older Americans.  Today's economic climate further intensifies the unique challenges faced by seniors, and I appreciate your perspective.

My Administration continues to support older Americans encountering unfair treatment, financial hardship, or difficulty obtaining health care.  The historic Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare by providing free preventive care and improving care coordination.  It gradually closes the "donut hole gap" in prescription drug coverage, and provides individuals who fall into this gap a $250 rebate.  This law also helps prevent and eliminate elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Additionally, the Affordable Care Act implements unprecedented measures to fight waste and fraud, and to improve the quality and outcomes of care for Medicare beneficiaries.  It ends unwarranted subsidies to private insurance companies, and takes important steps to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, improve patient safety, modernize payment systems, and streamline record-keeping.  It also realigns incentives to reward medical providers for the value, not the volume, of their care.  For resources and information on how to prevent, report, and stop Medicare fraud, visit:  www.StopMedicareFraud.gov.  To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, please visit:  www.HealthCare.gov.  

By protecting Social Security from risky privatization plans, we are preserving its solvency and maintaining it as a reliable income source for seniors.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included an additional payment to supplement Social Security benefits for seniors struggling to make ends meet, and I have called on Congress to extend this relief again.  Together, we will ensure all our citizens, not just a privileged few, can retire with dignity and security.

Finally, as we work to keep America's promises to senior citizens, we are helping ensure older Americans can continue to enrich communities across our Nation through service and community involvement.  By expanding the Senior Corps and implementing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, we are creating more opportunities for seniors to share their knowledge and experience with younger generations.

Thank you again for being in touch.  To find assistance for senior citizens and their families, visit www.Eldercare.gov or call 1-800-677-1116.  For help with Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE.  Additional information and resources are available at:  www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

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I went to lunch yesterday, McD's dollar menu, with three friends.  It is all we can do anymore, I am retired disabled and 2 of the three have lost their jobs.  But we are long time friends, so where does not matter.  

Accross from us were 3 tables of senior citizens, all they can do for a lunch out too I guess.  But their conversation was clear and (becuase of hearing problems) loud enough for us to hear.

They were dealing drugs, no shit, pain medication.  Why?  

They were hungry.  

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We know who our candidate is, we know the challenges facing us and the re-election.  Lets be deadly honest this time.  No more pulling punches no more Mr nice guy.

As Green Day Says, "I dont want to be an American Idiot."

 We can no longer just stand on our values or even right from wrong, that does not register with the Idiots who are still voting Republican.  

We need to tell them just exactly WHAT their party has done to us in the last 30 years

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We opened the call at 8:30 am, my new client was a New York Healthcare System.  We were planning the infrastructure update.  

About 15 minutes into the call we heard the explosion.  One of the guys shouted  "A plane hit the towers"

I split my monitor screen and got the New york news on my screen, as well as my work. And watched as the second plane hit.  I was horrified, people were jumping out of the towers,  one of the guys on  new york team was shouting "Those are bodies falling, Oh My God". This was sickening,  so I stood up and turned toward the windows in my office.   People in the office were still quiet, I will guess we were in shock, but as I looked toward DC, I got a glint of sunlight off the the third plane as it  careened toward the pentagon, then the explosion and plume of smoke.  That was when I yelled..

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Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 10:01 AM PDT

September Blues

by one pissed off democrat

It is September.

Memory Month for me

Memories of trying to help during, and after Katrina, being blocked by FEMA, watching in horror as the people in the Super dome were dying and hungry, dirty, and thirsty.  And wondering why, when we had all the food and water needed right outside of town.

Memories of catching that glint off the tail of the plane as it careened  onto t he Pentagon, wondering where my 2 cousins who worked there were at the time of impact.

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If you are still contributing to your 401K, you can not bitch about the machine in DC.  If you Still hold a large mortgage, or are looking for, for a house that is really too big for you, you can not bitch about DC.  If you have credit cards in excess of one weeks pay in debt, you can not bitch about DC. Srill buying at  Walmart, KMart, Target and Sears, you can not bitch about DC.

You want this to change, then change it yourself.  

CEO's respond to profit loss,, and only profit loss.  

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Now that I have been on both sides of this fence I wonder.  

Who loses more a year, the defense contracts or Medicare/Medicaid.  

After all those nice men on TV want me to think they are on my side, right?

So I looked up the 2008 Stats,

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My husband is a union Electrician, but the Union refuses to re hire him. They asked if he was going to take disability.

The issue is He is not disabled, I am.  

The actual quote was "so if you come back are you going out on disability right away?"

He has very rarely even taken a sick day, he takes his vacations, but tended not to use his sick time because he was never sick.  

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