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posted at 10:41 pm on May 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

House Republicans have no scheduled votes or hearings on ObamaCare, signaling a shift in the party’s strategy as the White House rides a wave of good news on the law.

Not a single House committee has announced plans to attack the healthcare law in the coming weeks, and only one panel of jurisdiction commented to The Hill despite repeated inquiries.

GOP campaign committees also declined to say whether they will launch any new efforts on the law.

The lack of action highlights the GOP’s struggle to adjust its message now that enrollment in the exchanges beat projections and the uninsured rate is going down.

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But 51 percent of New Hampshire adults oppose Obamacare while just 37 percent support it, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center reported last month in a WMUR-Granite State poll. Sixty-one percent of the state’s voters think medical costs will increase under the act.

“The perception is, ‘it will hurt my family and costs will go up’,” said Andrew Smith, director of the center. “In a political campaign, that is a big boulder to push uphill.”

Skeptics include people like Derek Gagnon, a 33-year-old auto mechanic who says he would not even consider voting for anyone who had backed the Affordable Care Act.

He has no health insurance, but he also says he has no intention of signing up for the private insurance offered through the government-run website, HealthCare.gov.

“I shouldn’t be forced to do something like that in a free country,” said Gagnon, referring to the law’s requirement, known as the “individual mandate,” that almost all legal U.S. residents buy health insurance or pay a fine.

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Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing about the hotly contested Affordable Care Act: When it comes to voter intensity, the GOP holds a clear upper hand.

But a trio of major liberal groups hopes to change that in coming months, with plans to spend tens of millions of dollars persuading residents in a dozen key states to vote for Democrats based on the issue. Whether they succeed could help determine not just control of the Senate but the fate of key gubernatorial races and the law’s viability.

The Service Employees International Union, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and MoveOn.org have each launched campaigns in recent weeks aimed at mobilizing support for the law and the officials who back it. By focusing on more popular parts of the law — including Medicaid expansion, free birth-control coverage and a bar on denying coverage for preexisting conditions — the groups hope to coax individuals who often skip voting in midterm elections to make it to the polls…

The organizations now plan to apply that same machinery to the midterms, with a particular focus in states that did not expand Medicaid but have competitive gubernatorial or Senate races, such as Louisiana and Florida. They are shifting thousands of workers and volunteers who had been focused on enrollment to become steeped in Medicaid expansion. And they plan to return to the people they enrolled in coverage and ask them to vote.

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Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.

Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.

The federal government is caught between writing still more exorbitant checks to give them a second chance at creating viable exchanges of their own or, for a lesser although not inexpensive sum, adding still more states to HealthCare.gov. The federal system is already serving 36 states, far more than originally anticipated…

Their totals are just a fraction of the $4.698 billion that the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation calculates the federal government has approved for states since 2011 to help them determine whether to create their own exchanges and to assist in doing so. Still, the amount of money that now appears wasted is prompting calls for far greater accountability.

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Despite Obamacare’s strong national enrollment numbers, several states are at risk for big premium hikes

Premiums will go up, on average, across the board—premiums go up every year. But a range of factors could drive higher-than-average increases in certain places. States that fell short of their overall enrollment goals, and where the people who did enroll are mostly older and sicker, are more at risk for large premium hikes. So are states that don’t have much competition among insurers.

“If you lose on all of those, then you’re really looking bad,” Pearson said…

Ohio and Arizona, both of which allowed plan extensions, are on Levitt’s list of states to watch for big premium hikes. He and Pearson mentioned Iowa, which allowed a two-year extension for canceled plans and was the second-worst state at enrolling its eligible population.

Health care analysts are also keeping an eye on premiums in Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, and South Dakota, where officials had to beg and plead just to get one carrier into the state’s private market.

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A majority of Americans want to keep the federal health care law as is, or make some changes to improve it, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Sunday also indicates public attitudes have been largely unaffected by news that 8 million people have enrolled in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Despite a victory lap by the White House following the release of that number, only 12% of Americans surveyed consider the law a success. Nearly half say it’s too soon to tell, and just under four in 10 consider it a failure.

According to the poll, 61% want Congress to leave the Affordable Care Act alone (12%) or make some changes to the law in an attempt to make it work better (49%).

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Via Pew.

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In Kentucky, a new Marist poll conducted for NBC News finds that 57 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of “Obamacare,” the shorthand commonly used to label the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That’s compared with only 33 percent who give it a thumbs up – hardly surprising in a state where the president’s approval rating hovers just above 30 percent.

By comparison, when Kentucky voters were asked to give their impression of “kynect,” the state exchange created as a result of the health care law, the picture was quite different.

A plurality – 29 percent – said they have a favorable impression of kynect, compared to 22 percent who said they view the system unfavorably. Twenty-seven percent said they hadn’t heard of kynect, and an additional 21 percent said they were unsure.

“Call it something else, and the negatives drop,” said Marist pollster Lee Miringoff.

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Via Pew.

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A law can do some good, of course, while not living up to the promises made about it. It cannot be denied that the law has made some people better off. The coverage expansion means that more Americans have the extra measure of financial security that comes from knowing that medical expenses will not drive them into poverty. That’s a real good, something the law’s critics have sometimes failed to acknowledge.

But Obamacare’s champions have greatly exaggerated what this good involves, and so what it should mean for our overall assessment of the law. During the battle to enact Obamacare, and subsequently, supporters have claimed that the expansion would save thousands of lives. A study of Oregon Medicaid recipients — the best such study we have — has instead found that coverage did not significantly improve any physical health outcomes. If the value of insurance is that it protects against financial calamity, then the approach of Obamacare is radically misconceived: We ought instead to have undertaken reforms to enable everyone to purchase catastrophic coverage. In other words, different policies could have achieved the good that Obamacare has done, at much lower cost. Or perhaps even more good, since the expansion has included fewer people than expected.

Obamacare’s near-death experience during the last months of 2013 has distorted the media’s treatment of the program, making it seem more successful than it is. From 2009 through mid 2013, the critics were not saying that the exchange websites would be a catastrophic failure. They were, by and large, taken by surprise as much as the administration was by their early dysfunction. Leaving aside those chaotic months, the picture of Obamacare today looks more like one the critics painted than the one supporters did: a lot of trouble for a small gain

For the law to be repealed in 2017 requires three things: Republicans have to remain committed to its repeal, they have to sweep the 2016 elections, and they then have to follow through on their pledges. That is not the way to bet. But it is still the right goal to work toward, given that the law is likely to have bad effects on American health care and governance and that its structure does not permit much constructive reform.

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In the first look at how insurers plan to adjust prices in the second year under the federal health-care law, filings from Virginia carriers show they are opting for premium increases in 2015 that will pinch consumers’ pocketbooks but fall short of some bigger rate predictions.


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As I said, I have had a long history of posting with this troll. He ain’t worth engaging for the most part. Tonight, he exercised me and I responded…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 3:44 AM

The Tremeloes – Silence is Golden live

non-nonpartisan on May 13, 2014 at 3:47 AM

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 3:44 AM

It got way out of line, beyond its usual nastiness, so your walloped it. To its credit, for once it took responsibility and apologized. Done.

I rarely engage it, myself, and it doesn’t seem to want any part of me…

novaculus on May 13, 2014 at 3:49 AM

As I said, I have had a long history of posting with this troll. He ain’t worth engaging for the most part. Tonight, he exercised me and I responded…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Not only did he apologize, but he retracted his lies against me…
Works for me.
Doubt I’ll engage him again until he slanders me one more time…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 3:50 AM

It got way out of line, beyond its usual nastiness, so your walloped it. To its credit, for once it took responsibility and apologized. Done.

I rarely engage it, myself, and it doesn’t seem to want any part of me…

novaculus on May 13, 2014 at 3:49 AM

Wallops are good. It’s like taking out the trash. There’s no point in getting aggravated about it, just do what needs to be done. It gets better results than to fight these slugs on their terms.

non-nonpartisan on May 13, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Probably my favorite version:

Goin’ Down

G’night all

novaculus on May 13, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Probably my favorite version:

Goin’ Down

That’s the best one for me, too.

G’night all

novaculus on May 13, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Goodnight. As for me? Warren Zevon – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

non-nonpartisan on May 13, 2014 at 4:25 AM

Whatever happened to, “don’t bring up this or that issue, since it will be a distraction from ObamaCare, where all of our focus should be”? And now we see Republicans going silent on ObamaCare? This better only be a temporary thing.

bluegill on May 13, 2014 at 4:36 AM

Good morning HA
:)

All hail dear leader….Obamacare is awesome!!
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cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnapped
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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Politico pushing Jeb big time….3 articles at the top of the page

.
.Nevermind what is actually going on in the country…. jeb jeb jeb

New squirrel?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 6:08 AM

New squirrel?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 6:08 AM

He’s nuts if he thinks he (or any establishment type) will get my vote.

davidk on May 13, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Gop is committing suicide if they don’t pass amnesty….they need Jeb
-halperin

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 11h

CBS’ David Martin reports US withholding some intelligence from Nigeria because of its military’s record of human rights violations.

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Goooooooooooooooood Morning
davidk
cminaz——-:)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:23 AM

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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Good morning everybody. Warm again and rain today. More primaries today I guess. It will be interesting to see who wins.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Morning Joe ‏@Morning_Joe 3m

Donald Sterling slams Magic Johnson in shocking interview #morningjoe
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Clippers owner Donald Sterling racist remarks
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calls comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Magic Johnson ‘malicious’ – @NBA
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Anderson Cooper
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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lashes out at Magic Johnson, citing his HIV, during an interview with Anderson Cooper – @latimes
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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Ditto DK

Morning Canopfor and COL

:)

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 6:31 AM

From MJ:

How Big a Wave?

The big question for 2014: Will we see a GOP ripple … or a tsunami?

By LARRY J. SABATO
May 12, 2014
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http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/2014-midterm-gop-wave-106598.html#.U3H0MXbDWgY

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:32 AM


OH BOY,….Brace for Imapct!!

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NY Post: Karl Rove speculated that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage, Clinton spokesman: Please assure Dr. Rove she’s 100% #morningjoe

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:33 AM

Results for #morningjoe

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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Good morning everybody. Warm again and rain today. More primaries today I guess. It will be interesting to see who wins.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:27 AM

COL: Good Morning:)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Morning Canopfor and COL

:)

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 6:31 AM

cmsinaz:—————-:0

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:36 AM

NY Post: Karl Rove speculated that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage, Clinton spokesman: Please assure Dr. Rove she’s 100% #morningjoe

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:33 AM

100 percent what I wonder.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:39 AM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:33 AM

100 percent what I wonder.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Col: You did predict last night that Poo was going to hit the fan,..from the Left!—–:)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Goooooooooooooooood Morning
davidk
cminaz——-:)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:23 AM

:]

davidk on May 13, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Col: You did predict last night that Poo was going to hit the fan,..from the Left!—–:)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:49 AM

That wasn’t hard to predict. Something like that always gets them huffing and puffing. At least it gives them to talk about. I’m sure what Rove said was calculated. I’m not sure what his purpose was other than planting doubt about Hillary.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

During the reign of the Obama Administration, a concentrated and deliberate effort has been made to change America from the land of Sgt. Alvin York to the land of RuPaul. – KJ

My take: The Obama Legacy: The Wussification of America

kingsjester on May 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Am I correct that we haven’t seen much of Obungle lately? Or have I just not noticed. Has he been told to keep a low profile to help liberals get elected.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:59 AM

During the reign of the Obama Administration, a concentrated and deliberate effort has been made to change America from the land of Sgt. Alvin York to the land of RuPaul. – KJ

My take: The Obama Legacy: The Wussification of America

kingsjester on May 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM
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Morning KJ,

I agree with your comments though I would hasten to add that the solution to RuPaul isn’t Rand Paul or any of the others squishy on some very fundamental issues- including the idea that you fight Christian persecution in Nigeria by having the First Yeti put on an angry face and hold up a hashtag.

What we need is somebody that is unambiguous in traditional American values on ALL the issues. I’m so sick of this crap from the surrender weasels that the GOP can’t be focused on the social issues if they want to win elections. To the contrary, I think the way you battle the left and their war on women crap is to make it clear what the GOP does and does not stand for instead of mealy-mouthed commentary about respecting women or something.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2014 at 7:03 AM

The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.

That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.~H.L. Mencken

davidk on May 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Primaries,..H/T to crankyoldlady:

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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:05 AM

My take: The Obama Legacy: The Wussification of America

kingsjester on May 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Yep.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 7:06 AM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 6:49 AM

That wasn’t hard to predict. Something like that always gets them huffing and puffing. At least it gives them to talk about. I’m sure what Rove said was calculated. I’m not sure what his purpose was other than planting doubt about Hillary.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:54 AM

crankyoldlady: Agreed:0

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:07 AM


http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/ukraine-protests-over-eu-agreement-delay/

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:12 AM

My take: The Obama Legacy: The Wussification of America

kingsjester on May 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Yep.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 7:06 AM

I’ll add a ditto as well. Good morning folks.

fresh air on May 13, 2014 at 7:13 AM

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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Am I correct that we haven’t seen much of Obungle lately? Or have I just not noticed. Has he been told to keep a low profile to help liberals get elected.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Better question, where the hell is John Kerry? It’s not exactly like the world is fully at peace or anything. He has already screwed up in the Middle East, ceded nuclear capability to Iran, and ignored Ukraine. Nevertheless, you’d think he would show his face time and again.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM

I’ll third KJs take

Another great one :)

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Playlist National Security

The Last Word 05/12/14
Richard Clarke: Benghazi cmte. a ‘stunt’

Former Bush official Richard Clarke called the Benghazi committee a political ploy to “smear” former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Richard Wolffe also joins.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/richard-clarke-benghazi-cmte-a-stunt-254406723755

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

cmsinaz on May 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Thank you, ma’am.

kingsjester on May 13, 2014 at 7:29 AM

Medal of Honour:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 12h

Tomorrow’s presentation at 3PM will be the 38th Medal of Honor bestowed by Pres Obama – and the 14th Medal of Honor ceremony on his watch.

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 12h

At risk to his own life, Sgt White came to the aid of fellow platoon members ambushed in Nuristan Province. http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/white/profile/index.html

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Tomorrow at the WH: Pres Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle J White, for courage under fire in Afghanistan in 2007.

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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President Obama to present Medal of Honor to Army veteran who saved lives in 2007 Afghanistan ambush. http://apne.ws/1nD1Dl1

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canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Former Bush official Richard Clarke called the Benghazi committee a political ploy to “smear” former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Richard Wolffe also joins.

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Richard Clarke is a political joke. Another example of a once-respected professional turning into a partisan hack. The one question I’d love to have him answer is why should the fat pig be immune from scrutiny over Benghazi? The tale she spun in the aftermath has proven to be a complete lie and we now know that she knew she was lying her ass off when she talked of Libyians fighting side-by-side with Americans to defend the consulate, that Christopher Stevens was NOT being rushed to the hospital in those photos that have since disappeared from public view, and (of course) none of this had to do with a YouTube video and everything to do with a looming election.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2014 at 7:43 AM

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Whew!!!! (BIG sigh of relief) I am so glad to get that cleared up.

Gotta’ run! See y’all later! Thank you!!!!

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

The Associated Press @AP · 23m

While lawmakers from both parties embrace pre-kindergarten, report finds number of children enrolled falls: http://apne.ws/QDkqxY

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pre-k-availability-varies-state

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:56 AM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Someone help me out here. What’s behind the drive for universal pre-kindergarten? And why no backlash?

De Blasio, the Communist mayor of New York City, is trumpeting this as a major achievement.

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Someone help me out here. What’s behind the drive for universal pre-kindergarten? And why no backlash?

De Blasio, the Communist mayor of New York City, is trumpeting this as a major achievement.

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The socialists want more control over more people. It’s never enough for them. As for NY, they get what they deserve.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 8:19 AM

John Kerry wanted to make a splash and do something to make himself look important and it didn’t work.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Universal pre-K is essentially free daycare for those who like and continue to vote for, politicians who lavish freebies on the masses… It’s billed as helping children succeed in school later on but the data does not bear that out.

The lack of backlash is because shut up you racist children-hating poo pile…
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fresh air on May 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I win!

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Yeah, but I’m betting you know every short cut around this place

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 8:48 PM

So, I hope I didn’t embarrass you too much. I just really wanted to make sure that things were okay.

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Not even sure what it is all about? I tend to enjoy my wine late in the eve, so maybe I missed something? You are my favorite newbie.

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 8:51 PM

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No problem then. Good! Want to go see the ear wax thread?

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I bet we were followed. OK, Who followed?

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

ROFL. It’s not like they couldn’t come later after we’re gone, ya’ know.

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Hmmm.I ain’t buying it. Back to the open thread! I’ll race ya!

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Lessons learned time…..

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

(facepalm) I totally freaked out! Heh! I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when hawkdriver opened that “freaking out” email I sent to him, too.

What was I thinking? Seriously! 13 years out of the dating loop leave me this whacked out???? Wasn’t even close to expecting this. Caught me totally off guard. Work in progress.

Very glad that the folks here are as good-hearted as they are.

So tired this evening. ‘Nite.

lineholder on June 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

(Walking around in the vast emptiness of a past thread…..)

I’ve started thinking of this as my own little personal corner of HA. Nuts, I know. (Turns on background music)Just feel like talking to myself for a bit…

(Sigh) Very discouraging days for Conservatives. Hearing more people expressing doubts about the Republican party with each day that goes by now. We can’t afford to not fight. It isn’t an option. But the fight, as it stands now…it’s just a double-edged sword, that one.

Grandbaby coming tomorrow, God willing! My daughter called tonight and they’ll be admitting her in the a.m. Heading that way in the wee hours of the morning!

Old walls coming down quickly now. Feels disorienting. I know the walls were necessary…I had to go through the process of learning how to be guarded. I never meant for it to go on for so long or go so deep for that matter. Explains a lot about why I have so few friends. Hoping to change that very soon.

Wonder if the folks at HA know the part they’ve played in it? Amazing, how God brings things about sometimes.

Well, my bags for the trip won’t pack themselves! Better go. Nite HA.

lineholder on June 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM

So, Baby Parker is here…..Fourth of July vacation is over…it’s time to get things going with Project Moving On!!! Very much so ready to begin a new phase in lineholder’s life. It’s about time!!! Nervous as the dickens but very excited!!!! Already finished with the work for this semester. Got about 12 weeks before the next semester starts. Gives me some time to pursue a few things. The things I’ll be pursuing will require a shift back to daytime hours, so QOTD is likely to fall by the wayside. Being genuinely honest, not sure what kinds of demands I’ll find on my time so may not be around much during the day hours either.

Really disappointed in some ways. I’d hope to build a few strong philia relationships with the people of QOTD, with both male and female alike, but I don’t see that happening now.

Ah, well, it’s been great in many other ways, and I’ll just be thankful for the blessings of it!

lineholder on July 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

“Fighting for the souls of the people of America” seems apt, literally, and even abstracted a little.

Axe on July 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Yeah. And my heart’s been burning over it of late. Just not sure how to go about it.

Dedicated to M.A.H.

lineholder on July 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

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