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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Why no more Roger Stone? I like him. I don't always believe him, but to ban him?

Okay, he bashed the establishment, does that mean Lucianne is establishment, I never thought so before.
March 10 at 21:30 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I saw that. I don't know what the deal is. I don't like him. It could have something to do with Stone not having even a nodding acquaintance with the truth ---like most ranting, raving, wild-eyed Liberals. I can't see banning him, though.
March 10 at 21:40 EST .

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   Sugarplum17  I've seen Roger Stone on I don't think he is a liberal. I know he worked for Trump and has authored several books - one on Clintons and one on Bush family. I daresay he's not a fan of either of the dynasties. I don't think he's been sued for libel. He definitely is a fan of his old boss.
March 11 at 05:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  Remember there may have been some communication not visible on the main forum. Our hostess is not required to explain.
March 11 at 06:14 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Okay, SC, since you're an insider and privy to information the rest of us are not aware of, tell us why the Staff --or our Hostess, has allowed the acrimony and open warfare to continue? People have been banned over the years for faaaaaaaaar less than what is going on there now.

Why can't posters be allowed to like or dislike whichever candidate they chose without being called names? And what happened to the No Chatting rule? What happened to the No Attacking Other Posters rule?

When I post an opinion, and the next poster tells me that I'm an ignorant cretin for that opinion, it's hard not to respond.

I've not seen every response to every article in the last few months, but I've seen a lot, and only one time that I can remember has a staff member told a poster not to attack other posters. I don't get it.

Maybe they figure if they banned everyone who is breaking the rules right now, there would be three posters left, because almost everyone is into the food fight.
March 11 at 07:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Passions are extreme during this primary in particular - we might dub it The Season without Reason. While I agree with you, I like to think: This too shall pass. I've not committed to anyone yet, still weighing all - it's a long time between now & November & I suspect it will be a bumpy ride, lit up by flaring tempers. Smile, the wrong animals are getting their Spring distemper shots : )
March 11 at 08:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  FCG, you're making an unwarranted assumption. I make no claim to being "an insider". I simply mentioned that what we see published on the forum might not be the entire story. You should write to the staff if you are seeking specifics.
March 11 at 08:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Oh, sorry. I misread your post. I thought it sounded like you have information we don't have.

I really don't care a whit about Stone being banned.

I am curious as to why the open warfare is allowed to go on, but I don't think I'll be asking the staff. I don't want to draw the ire of the wrong person and get banned.

When November comes and goes, and we are getting ready for January and a new face in the White House, Lucianne will still be standing, and depending on the person getting ready to assume the office, I will be interested to see what happens to the mortal enemies that have been made during this idiotic campaign season.

There has been a lot of ugliness directed at those who don't like Trump, and a lot of ugliness going to other way, too; things have been said, names have been called, and I'm guessing that some of it isn't going to be forgotten any time soon.
March 11 at 08:48 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I'm listening to "Duplicity" by Newt. I'm not sure about it (I do listen at work, so don't concentrate ). The President is a woman who took political power after her husband, a Senator died (ala Theresa Heinz Kerry ), and her opponent in the race is a billionaire who became Governor from Florida. I don't know where Newt gets his ideas, but this one suddenly became current.

It is also about the CIA, Intelligence, Terrorism, a bunch of stuff. I am not ready to turn it off, but, it does become difficult.
March 10 at 21:28 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  My sister in Chicago came down this weekend. Yesterday she went to the Garden show with our older sister. Today, she and I went to Reston Town Center (the first planned community in America ), We went to my office, to deliver a footstool, and a signed picture of Ron Santo. Then we went looking for a Banana Republic (we went the wrong direction ). We got Bubble Tea, went to the Apple Store (we spent two hours, they were not able to connect to Verizon, so we walked out without phones ). Then, we met my 28 yr-old nephew for dinner. What a nice young man he turned out to be.
February 28 at 21:17 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Pitchers and Catchers report this weekend
February 19 at 23:48 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Something I learned the other day. I'm 63, when I rollover my old 401(k ) to my new company, I can withdraw money with no penalty (except taxes ). I'm thinking of withdrawing enough to pay off my debt, and the car debt that is only partially mine. Then I will roll the rest over into the new company's 401(k ), put a little into it, and put more into a Roth 401(k ).

I get a free consultation with a financial advisor from T.Rowe Price from my old company. I will clarify with her. But, the guy I spoke to briefly the other night said it is a good idea to wipe out all debt and move forward with retirement savings.

Any thoughts?
January 31 at 00:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Scroll down to the tax chart from this site:
I think it will be helpful.
February 2 at 14:10 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thanks Mei Dei. I do get a free consult from my old company, about how to do this. I would just feel better having no debt, and get taxed on that relatively low amount of money, than continue on with a couple of the debts.

What I'm really worried about, is I haven't accumulated as much in my retirement plans as I should have!
February 3 at 22:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  I decided to roll-over to a retirement IRA, and also invest n my new company's Roth 401(k ). I'll have some ax able, some non-taxable, and diversity. Hope it works.
February 8 at 21:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  This was taken about 1500 hours. Dulles Airport (just down the road ) recorded 24 inches of snow, and we are expecting another 8 to 12 inches. I can work from home, so, not too upset for a while.
   January 23 at 16:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh, that's out my front door. It's just a drift, but, look at the cars, mine on the right is half buried!
January 23 at 16:21 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Stay safe and warm. I know you will.
January 23 at 18:38 EST .

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   Fireball27  Just raining here in our part of Oregon. Snow up in the mountains though. About 48 degrees. Good luck to all of you out east!
January 23 at 19:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  Started snowing Friday, Today (Wednesday ), finally paid someone to plow the cars out. A very kind neighbor shoveled out the door, so we could at least go out of the house.
January 27 at 23:47 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Okay, while it is still fresh in what is left of my mind. I started my new job today.

Enormous amounts of paperwork. One insurance plan (for a single ) is $250/month, I didn't look at the middle one, the third one is $120/month, and has an HSA. The highest deductible (the middle plan ) is $1300, the out of pocket is $3,000. At CACI I had a $4-5,000 deductible, and out of pocket of over $6k. I'm going to roll my other HSA into the new one.

The original news was wrong, there are only 8 paid holidays, two personal days, and 20 paid time off days.

I have an office about the size of my old boss. It has a door, and a smoked glass strip of a window (I close the door, no one can see in ). Two laptops, 3 monitors. One laptop is connected to the internet, the other (by order of the government ) is not connected to the internet. It has it's own network, but that is surrounded by "free air". I log on to both machines in the morning. Then, when I want to switch to the other, I just press a button, don't have to log off until I go home. The middle monitor is connected to both computers, but, the left works on the no internet machine, the right on the internet machine.

They are going to get me both Illustrator and Visio. Maybe Solidworks (a CAD program ).

My office is right by the kitchen. The Nespresso, Keurig (coffee and tea ), juice, water, and soda are free, as is the plastic ware. They have all different kinds of hot sauce, tabasco, honey, sugar, fake sugar, whatever. I didn't find the plates and napkins, but that's okay, I've gotten used to supplying my own.

I got my parking pass today, the lot about 1 block from work doesn't open to the public until 10:30, so, I use the pass to go in, and there is a ton of parking.

There is a Mexican, a Big Bowl, a couple of American places, a burger joint restaurants all within the block. And more. It is in the Center with Clyde's (a great area restaurant ), Morton's, McCormick and Schmick (seafood ), Starbucks, Sushi, Japanese, Italian, and more restaurants, all within walking distance. On one side of my building is a Teavana, and on the other is a Wine Bar! A movie theater is about two blocks away, the ice-skating rink is next to Clyde's.

My building has elevators (so do the parking garages ).

SHOCK ALERT!!! Everyone I talked to today gets in between 0800 and 0900. My boss, Christine, lives near me and says it is really easy to get in before 0800. She drops her daughter at school and gets in between 0730 and 0800. I'm going to try and do that 0800 start time!

And, because it is supposed to maybe possibly snow a huge amount on Friday, I have a laptop to bring
January 19 at 20:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm loving this job. It will make a good retirement scenario.
January 30 at 00:19 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  My 85.5 year old mother went to the doctor yesterday. The Doctor had to let her know of a new government protocol. Because she takes Vicodin for severe arthritis (she is eligible for, but refuses to go onto Oxycodin ), she must submit to frequent urine tests to prove she is actually taking the vicodin, and not selling it on the black market!
January 16 at 18:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wait, it gets better - something new from the pharmacy, a special quarterly report showing whether you've been renewing each of your prescriptions on time via a bar graph - with lapses noted. I don't know if it's sent to the feds also. I wish I could get more than 30 days on two of my prescriptions, especially after the winter we had last year - but have been turned down.
January 19 at 23:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mom can get Vicodin for 90 days, but my sister usually goes to pick it up, and has to sign away her first born son! But, yes, since mom has Kaiser, the Dr. and the pharmacy both track that she uses it. They won't mail it, has to be picked up. Sometimes the prescription renews part way through her visit to my sister in Tulsa! It's horrible trying to get that one to her.
January 20 at 22:24 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  My company does "on boarding" and "off boarding". Someone in my office calls it "out boarding", so I call it "motor boating". That will happen 15 Dec, in the morning. I will then be done. I've deleted all references to them off my home computer. They will delete all reference to me Friday morning.

I will start Tuesday, 19 January, due to Monday being MLK's birthday holiday. I've never had it off before! Kind of strange to have all Federal holidays off (never in all my years of work ). I will do a test run Monday, cause I got lost on the way to the interview.

I will let you all know the end of next week. I need a day or two to start to think about settling in.
January 14 at 23:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Best of luck with this new job. You've got this.
January 15 at 05:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  it's done. I'm officially unemployed til Tuesday.
January 15 at 20:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good luck. You mentioned building your department from the bottom up, have you asked any of those you worked with, & presumably also out of work, to join you?
January 16 at 08:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  There are 9 engineers also out of work. One seems to be enjoying unemployment at the time, two say they don't fit the needs, but one of them is brilliant and will be an asset to any company, he has asked me to float his resume. One other applied, but seemed to mess up by asking for too much money (he makes a lot now, he's also heard from another company, piece of cake work, but less money. Nothing he can't live on ). The other 5 were encouraging each other to apply, so, I hope they do. They wouldn't be in my "department" as I'm the only writer at this point in time, but, we would be working together. I hope some of them go for it and get jobs.
January 16 at 18:31 EST .

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   Balogreene  It is strange how many companies think they don't need writers (my ex-company included ). They seem to think the engineers can produce all documents and graphics because "everyone knows Word and PowerPoint". This produces poor manuals for the service people to work from, but, a Writer/Illustrator is an added expense when they are trying to make money on the contract.

The Government has gone to lowest price-technically acceptable as the bottom line for all contracts. They look at the lowest priced proposal, ask their contracts people (not the technical people needing the work ) if that is acceptable. If it is, that company gets the job. If it works out they are not technically acceptable, or cannot do the Manuals, drawings, etc. needed, the Government has to put out a new contract for the new needs.

It really is not cost effective, but, it is what Congress has mandated.
January 16 at 18:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  Balo, my son-in-law's sister does work that sounds very similar to what you do. It's a rewarding occupation and more in-demand than some would think. She now does a lot of consulting work, too.
January 17 at 09:56 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  A couple of posts down, someone says something about a horrible year. It kind of was, I had a triple bypass, my sister had and abdominal Aneurysm replaced.

We lost the contract I've been working on for 10 years. I had a couple of more jobs available but the Project Managers think anyone can do Word or Powerpoint, and engineers write every bit as good as "writers".

I looked for someone who would appreciate me. They did, they realized it was much better to pay a writer/illustrator than engineers. They offered me a $30,000/year raise, more holidays, more vacation, and appreciation! Plus they are closer to home!

A good story for the New Year!
January 2 at 23:13 EST .

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   Linder  Congrats! Happy for you.
January 3 at 10:54 EST .

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   Fireball27  Great news Balo, showed them a thing or two! I wonder how many others will try to do the same. Some companies just don't get it. They can't seem to believe the people who actually do the work might know what needs to be done.
January 3 at 15:00 EST .

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