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  •  I can't believe the aide in Brown's office (26+ / 0-)

    recommended church. Did he recommend that you talk to the Senator's aide on military and veteran's issues? That would have been more appropriate.

    If you have never met that person, you can call the office and ask for their name and for an appointment. They would be the one to see.

    Sheesh. I hate aides that don't know how to do their jobs correctly.

    •  My first question back would have been, (9+ / 0-)

      "Okay, so what church do you attend? Can you introduce me to your minister?"

      This may be speaking ill of the dead, but Teddy K. was really irresponsible in not stepping aside and identifying  someone else to carry on. However, Massachusetts voters may have learned from this debacle.

      •  My father-in-law (9+ / 0-)

        passed from brain cancer, as did Kennedy.  

        The last 2 years of my father-in-law's life were ill-advised: I truly wish that one of his 4 children had had the courage to say,"Dad, we can help you now.  Mom's Altzheimers is getting worse, the ranch is too big for one person to manage  and Mom. Let us help you."  And then helped him to the doctors for a diagnosis, and all the rest. Instead, some extremely poor financial, logistical, and real estate decisions were made.

        What I am saying is that in my experience cancer scrambles the brain, so that long range planning capability is gone.

        Hamdan v. Rumsfeld = the Constitution travels with the flag

        by sailmaker on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 06:17:50 PM PDT

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        •  Don't forget the drugs used (3+ / 0-)
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          to treat cancer.

          A couple of years ago a friend was put in a psych ward because of the bad effects the drugs had on her.  She was so ashamed.  But that's what they do to you.  

          But you are right, too many people wait too long to make tough decisions.  Thereby loosing choices and control.   And it is damn tough to be the in-law in the situation.  

    •  That guy said nothing helpful whatsoever (24+ / 0-)

      He did not refer me to any other experts on the staff, or actually hand me anything, nor did he do much of anything aside from anxiously await me leaving their office.  So I do not care to go back there, ever.  The whole office was just full of little WASP assholes.  

      It was a completely different story when I went to my Congressman's office.  The guy there was warm, friendly, and super helpful.  He actually started making phone calls to people while I was there, sitting in the room with him.  He gave me specifics of things I could do and then actually gave me hard copies of things that had names and phone numbers.  He actually listened to me and we had a conversation.  

      So yeah, any vets out there in Mike Capuano's district, go talk to his office if you need help.  Scott Brown may still be in the service, but he sure as hell doesn't act like one of us, or else he would not allow his staff to be such rude, inept little assholes.  

    •  I was struck by this, too. (2+ / 0-)
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      What do you think he meant? To forget your real world issues since they are unsolvable, and start looking out for your soul? Or maybe ask your church for charity? Church, indeed.

      While I am appalled at Senator Scott Brown's constituent services - or, rather, lack of them, ESPECIALLY to a Veteran! - perhaps this attitude will help him get un-elected. After all, he works for YOU, not vice verse. If he's forgotten it, or even if he never knew it, this would be a good time to remind him of it by voting for Elizabeth Warren.

      picking off right-wingnuts at the ballot box, one vote at a time

      by JohnMac on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:10:34 AM PDT

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      •  It's ignorance, pure and simple (0+ / 0-)

        and deliberate at that. "Oh, there's places you can go if you need help" meaning other places that you can go that don't require me getting off my ass and actually caring about your fate. "Oh, the church will take care of that person (so I don't have to, because hey, there are little old ladies and do-gooders there with open wallets all the time)."

        How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

        by athenap on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:18:45 AM PDT

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        •  You hit the nail on the head (2+ / 0-)
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          It's all part of that belief system that says churches do social work, and governments shouldn't do anything to help people.*

          *Unless of course you are talking about wealthy people - those "geniuses" that the Ayn Randers love so much.  Then it's ok to be subsidizing stadiums for wealthy sports team owners, or bailing out banks, or giving highly profitable industries and corporations huge tax breaks, or  otherwise assisting those who really don't need help but demand it anyway.  

      •  I suspect he believes that all churches (2+ / 0-)
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        must have unlimited funding to distribute to the poor and hungry.  And staff to find them all and make sure it goes where it would most alleviate the pain and hunger.  That's AFTER we pay for the health care, I guess.

        In reality many church members are in the same situation as the diarist, and any funds available are given by those in the pews.   If THEY are working, they generally have children, siblings, or parents who are without work and need support.  

        What a smarmy idiot the aide appears to be!  Possibly never actually completed a thought to probable conclusion in his life.

        "Because inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened." -Terry Pratchett

        by revsue on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:38:57 AM PDT

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