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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Just wondering.......what the heck is going on with Obama and Russia?? I'm not totally comfortable with Trump but he sure has work waiting on him!!
December 29 at 16:21 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Gram: I think he is doubling down on a lie, i.e., that the Russians hacked or unduly influenced our election and helped Trump, or whatever. He has not produced any proof. We all know that Trump ran a better campaign, and Hillary was a disastrous candidate. No matter. Obama had to do this to back his claim that the Russians did it (somehow )!

I'm hoping both sides realize that he's outta here in three weeks, and to just stay calm.
December 29 at 16:52 EST .

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   GO3  ABC News just spilled the beans. The charge is the Russians hacked DNC emails and successfully phished/spoofed several dem operatives. This is hacking the DNC, not hacking the election, which one can't do with paper ballots or standalone machines. IOW, because the DNC was careless and it was revealed how crooked they are, then this was "hacking" the election. Calvinesq is correct. The only way to make this ridiculous claim believable is to double down and show how serious he is. The guy is not only petty, but dumb as a box of rocks.
December 29 at 18:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  Ironic isn't it - this administration spies on it's citizens but complains when others do so. All nations "observe" each other - know your friends and enemies.
December 29 at 19:57 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  I am safer with Trump and adults even though they have dealings with Russia than Obama and the Muslim horde he has put in his cabinet.
January 8 at 13:26 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  I am considering the following books for the new year: Dark Town by T. Mullen, The One Man by A. Gross, The Tumbling Turner Sisters by J. Fay, and The Three-Year Swim Club by J. Checkoway.
December 26 at 12:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've read Dark Town, Gram, and it's a good one. I'll look up the others.
December 29 at 16:27 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AT THE CONNECTION FROM GRAM!
December 22 at 16:23 EST .

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   3XALADY  And a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, Gram. It's kind of different with DH's death but I tell myself I am not the only widow and millions have gone before me and made it. And a Merry Christmas to all others who enter here. We have many reasons to be merry. Just think of the alternative.
December 23 at 15:21 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  I'm working on The Whistler. Boy, the detail, however I think scanning in places may mess things up. Anyone else think it was lots of detail?
December 18 at 18:08 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Nostalgia  The other night PBS had something on and up popped Guy Lombardo. Now, that is Nostalgia!
December 15 at 07:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, your post triggered a long ago memory. When I was in high school, a friend invited two couples and his own girlfriend to have dinner at his house celebrating his birthday. His mom made a delicious pot roast with all the trimmings and afterward (it was a spring evening ), we kids played croquet on the front lawn by the light of the porch lamp. The front door was open, his parents were watching Lawrence Welk and Myron Floren was playing away on his accordion. A thunderstorm came up and our host's dad helped the boys put all the cars in the barn to protect from hail. The next day, my boyfriend's father was very interested in why there was manure on his vehicle's tires. A long time ago, but a sweet memory.
January 3 at 17:10 EST .

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   Gram77  It's nice to know I somehow helped this memory pop up. Funny how many things we have lurking somewhere waiting to be remembered.
January 9 at 17:05 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Before the holidays are over, we need a Christmas dog and a Christmas cat. Please : )
December 12 at 10:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  so many images to choose from, each a winner, maybe someone will add others. ; )
December 12 at 14:29 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  Found Dr. Knox on line for $3.50. Go it today.
December 9 at 17:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  I hope you like it, Gram. I was impressed enough to buy a previous book of Peter Spiegelman's, "Black Maps". I've just begun it.
December 10 at 08:09 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Well, well, Florida, at least in my neck of the woods is quite chilly. A strong north wind has caused me to hunt for a sweater! No complaints though, it seems appropriate this time of the year.
December 9 at 11:54 EST .

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   Safetydude  I must respectfully dis-agree with "...it seems appropriate at this time of year".
Any temperature below 75 is not appropriate in SW Florida, at any time of the year.
Even if it's in time for Christmas.
December 9 at 18:14 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Don't mean to be a pest, but there are lots of super bright folks here. I just went on line for an explanation of why I had no increase in my Social Security. Found a site where I could ask and get an answer. In order to get my answer I had to enter a credit card number. Is this common? Oh, I should also include this bit of info. I called Social Security yesterday and hung in there for 50 minutes to get some one to speak to. Their explanation was that I would get no increase because my Medicare increase cancelled the raise. Sorry I'm such a bother but I am confused. Why do they make things so complicated or is it just me?
December 8 at 06:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  I hope you didn't enter your credit card number, Gram. That site would be a sort of scam where you are charged for getting answers you can get for free. The SS explanation makes sense. My SS check is adjusted every year based on my previous year's income. The "contribution" rises or falls depending on whether I made more or less money the year before.
December 8 at 07:19 EST .

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   Gram77  Nope. they didn't get my card number. If nothing else I never give out any numbers for anything! And thank God I have never fallen for goofy phone calls wanting information. I haven't worked in years so income adjustment shouldn't be the problem. Thanks a bunch for responding. Great people around here!
December 8 at 07:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  You may not have employment income, but if you have other income, such as investments, etc., those count and are taken from your tax returns. I haven't worked in years, either.
December 8 at 08:19 EST .

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   Tulsa  I read up on this. The Cola is based on the previous year...total medicare costs and the Cola increase. Since there was no Cola increase last year, this year is meager.

And bc there was a Cola this year, Medicare can and did increase the cost of Part B (I think ) by an amt. equal to the Cola.
December 8 at 10:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  The Medicare deduction from our SS checks is one thing. I get an explanation for an increase or decrease of the cost of my Medicare premium each year and it is based on my income for the previous year. Cola is different.
December 8 at 10:50 EST .

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   Tulsa  Storm..I'm confused which is nothing new. I'm discussing SS 'award checks', which is what the gov. calls them. Daddy was incredulous Fed Taxes are deducted from SS checks. Part B is deducted monthly (that is for Drs. ) there is no deduction for Part A and Part D (prescription premiums ) are deduction also, 'if' you check that box when selecting Part D each year. The award amt. is determined based on total salary and payment on retirement day.

And yes Cola (cost of living allowance ) is determined each year based on all medicare spending or savings the previous year. There are several factors ...too many to list here and complicated as are all gov. programs.

And yes Daddy continued to work after he reached retirement age and I'm certain his salary made a diff. in his SS checks, but we never discussed how that works.

So I know about half as much as you do! lol ...mebbe not that much.
December 8 at 21:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  Tulsa, I don't fully understand how SS works, either. So, we're in the same boat. However, my understanding is that SS assigns my medicare premium (as an example ) on January 1, 2017, based on my income in 2015, which would be the last income tax return on record as of that date. Then on January 1, 2018, that premium will be adjusted up or down based on my income tax return for 2016 (which will then be on record ). So, if I had a good income year, I'll pay a high premium for a year but it will drop (or rise ) when SS gets new tax return information. So, if there is a COLA, that small rise might be offset by a rise in my Medicare premium that same year.
December 9 at 05:09 EST .

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   Tulsa  Ah Ha! I see the problem. We're discussing the SS statement while still employed and accruing annual income plus investment income And SS statements issued annually to enrolled SS recipients. Iows, apples and oranges.

I'm going to go now, since I can't help. Best wishes to all.
December 9 at 10:05 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Among the envelopes in yesterday's mail was the yearly one from Social Security telling me what the increase will be for the new year. My increase is a whopping zero for 2017.
December 7 at 08:05 EST .

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