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What and who exactly are President Obama's homeland security officials afraid of these days? If you are a member of an active conservative group that opposes abortion, favors strict immigration enforcement, lobbies to protect Second Amendment rights, protests big government, advocates federalism or represents veterans who believe in any of the ...

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“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#16807 May 16, 2009
NativeOregonian419 wrote:
<quoted text>No, I haven't, thank you for the link :)
I was just browsing around that link and they've pulled alot of the articles but there are still some there.

And some old newspaper articles that referred to the knights as Sons of Temperance back in the 1700's
But I hope you fin some things of interest and fun reads.
Belinda S

Pittsburgh, PA

#16808 May 16, 2009
Enochs fire wrote:
<quoted text>
I do love the song.
Im a bit gumby when it comes to Patriotism and Yes,I take off my hat and put my hand over my heart for the National anthem.
Happy Ammed Forces day.
I salute you.
Happy Armed Forces Day.

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16809 May 16, 2009
Belinda S wrote:
<quoted text>Happy Armed Forces Day.
Hello Belinda.
Did you ever wake up feeling like someone used you as a punching bag?LOL....
Thats me today.

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#16810 May 16, 2009
Karma is a_______ wrote:
<quoted text>
and corporations urged workers to vote republican. so?
I think both corporations and unions and all organizations should not be allowed to contribute to campaigns or promote any candidate, especially tax exempt churchs and all religious groups. They are not "citizens" & can't vote
that is unrealistic, but a good thought..it would free up the politician to actually work for his/her constituents rather than big corporations.
Where would they get their campaign money?

Tax exempt churches are non-profits as are the Hell's Angles an many other organizations. And they contain citizens that can vote, and these citizens just happen to meet at functions held by these organizations. They get together and talk just like we do here.

But each person should make their own personal decision based on their own opinion of the candidate and not influence by any organization of any kind.
Wendy

Medina, OH

#16811 May 16, 2009
Well since they put our Veterans on the list along with any small town person that believes in the bible or right to bear arms, whose left?

We are losing our American Auto Workers, we are losing factory jobs, our banks, etc...

What's left?

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16812 May 16, 2009
As citizens, we join with legislators in The Patrick Henry Coalition. The Founding Fathers specified that we, the people, have certain "unalienable rights" including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We believe that all Americans ought to be able to make their own decisions and take personal responsibility for them. Join us is in supporting legislators who will enact legislation that will reclaim state and individual rights.
Thepatrickhenrycaucus.org

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#16813 May 16, 2009
new yawk wrote:
Hi Folks ...
Hope everyone is very well.
I am catching up on the posts ...
While watching Baseball.
And doing laundry, and preparing a roast.
We went to The Farmer's Market this morning.
The weather was sunny, the ride was lovely and the vegetables were fresh.
Ah, a woman's work is never done.:)
Good thing we can multi-task !
i am waiting for the sun to come out an waiting on some topsoil to arrive, hopeing the rain will stop long enough for me to get the job done..lol

It sounds like you have had a wonderful day so far, can I come for supper? lol I'm only having pork chops and mashed potatoes. MMm but I will add some garlic, and cheese to those potatoes, makes them good.

I get my veggies from the Mennonites, they have fresh eggs too. yumm

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16814 May 16, 2009
katn wrote:
<quoted text>
that is unrealistic, but a good thought..it would free up the politician to actually work for his/her constituents rather than big corporations.
Where would they get their campaign money?
Tax exempt churches are non-profits as are the Hell's Angles an many other organizations. And they contain citizens that can vote, and these citizens just happen to meet at functions held by these organizations. They get together and talk just like we do here.
But each person should make their own personal decision based on their own opinion of the candidate and not influence by any organization of any kind.
My Brother in Las Vegas said they set up the polling places at the casino's.
The casino's are Union and the Union bosses were there.
As the voters walked in,they would ask,"Democrat or Republican?" The voter would answer and the polling person would yell it out,"Democrat-"Repub lican.
Now your boss knew how you Voted.
No pressure there since the Union endorsed the Democrat......

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16815 May 16, 2009
Wendy wrote:
Well since they put our Veterans on the list along with any small town person that believes in the bible or right to bear arms, whose left?
We are losing our American Auto Workers, we are losing factory jobs, our banks, etc...
What's left?
Whats left are Millions and millions of Americans who must make demands upon the government and we must restore the natural fear which American government should feel toward a Free America.

“like Simpleton's, they follow”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#16816 May 16, 2009
A Bridgeville woman is seeking congressional help in an effort to reverse a UPMC policy against accepting the health insurance plan for the region's 7,808 active-duty military personnel, their families and retirees.

Jean Rohal, 40, said it's shameful that University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals and medical centers turn away active-duty service members from all branches, including the National Guard and reservists, especially in a time of war and economic distress.

She said she's been told the UPMC has not joined the military health plan known as Tricare because of low reimbursement rates. That means patients who use UPMC hospitals could face higher out-of-pocket expenses for medical care.

"I'm lucky that my husband is currently at home, but what about the people with spouses deployed?" Mrs. Rohal said. "They have spouses overseas, and now they have to deal with this."

She said that UPMC is the region's largest health-care provider, so its refusal to join the Tricare network puts undue financial burden on military families.

Mrs. Rohal and her husband, an Army staff sergeant whose name she asked not be published, received a Jan. 15 letter from Tricare assigning the Rohals a new physician. The change was necessary because their current physician is affiliated with UPMC.

She also would have to find a gynecologist unaffiliated with UPMC. "I guess they don't think our soldiers and military families deserve the best in health care," she said.

Only three of UPMC's 15 hospitals -- Mercy, Horizon in Mercer County, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh -- are members of the Tricare network. Because most UPMC hospitals remain outside the network, UPMC doctors typically don't accept Tricare patients, as Mrs. Rohal found out recently with her UPMC doctor.

Mrs. Rohal said lack of answers from UPMC prompted her to take her complaint public. She contacted U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, on Tuesday with plans to contact U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and other officials, to pressure UPMC to accept the military insurance plan.

******
Part 1 of 4, in honor of Armed Forces Day, and in Honor of our Soldiers/Vets, and how they are really being treated by corporations.

“like Simpleton's, they follow”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#16817 May 16, 2009
Mr. Murphy said he was appalled to learn that UPMC accepts elderly patients on Medicare, whose reimbursement rates are similar to Tricare's, but not active-duty military, their families and retirees.
"We should be finding ways to support and comfort military families and soldiers, not send them a cold letter that says,'Sorry,' " Mr. Murphy said. "This situation is not satisfactory or acceptable."
He said he's scheduling a meeting with UPMC officials to get answers.
Mrs. Rohal said she received a voice-mail message Tuesday from a UPMC official who said it was unlikely UPMC would accept Tricare due to its reimbursement rate.
But Frank Raczkiewicz, UPMC spokesman, said the health system now is considering joining the network.
"As demand grows for this, we're addressing the issue," Mr. Raczkiewicz said. "We are going to get into discussions with Tricare so we can expand the coverage system-wide."
The surprise news delighted Mrs. Rohal: "I think it's great if they get it to happen soon."
Molly Tuttle, spokeswoman for Health Net Federal Services, which administers the Department of Defense's Tricare insurance program in the North region, also said it was "excellent news."
Ms. Tuttle said Health Net officials unsuccessfully contacted UPMC twice a year for the past five years to persuade it to join the network. While soldiers and their families can get treatment at any UPMC facility, there they would be assessed higher out-of-pocket expenses.
There's no government mandate requiring hospitals or medical facilities to accept Tricare, she said.
"They are a business," Ms. Tuttle said. "They can choose what health-care insurance companies they accept. Unfortunately, it's not Tricare. They are in the driver's seat as to whether they accept Tricare patients."
The West Penn Allegheny Health System, the region's other health-care provider -- including West Penn and Allegheny General hospitals and the West Penn Forbes Regional campus in Monroeville -- accepts Tricare.
"West Penn Allegheny understands the burden placed upon those who serve and those who have served this great country during time of crises," spokesman Dan Laurent said. "We are in the midst of two ongoing wars as well as the severest recession since the Great Depression. We will continue to accept Tricare patients as we have in the past."
Health Net's network includes 125,630 hospitals, medical centers and physician groups, with ongoing negotiations to expand it for the convenience of military families.
Health Net's coverage area extends from Maine to North Carolina and as far west as St. Louis. It and two other Department of Defense Tricare contractors, Humana Military in the South and TriWest out West, supplement the military health care system so military personnel, families and retirees can use civilian medical services.
"We're working hard to continually provide more choices for active-duty members and their families in all areas, and in the last five years we've doubled the size of our network," Ms. Tuttle said. "We'd love to have UPMC as a network provider."
Correction/Clarification:(Publ ished 2/12/2009) All University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals accept military personnel, their families and retirees who have the military health insurance plan, Tricare. But patients who use UPMC hospitals not in the Tricare network potentially face higher out-of-pocket expenses for medical care. Three of UPMC's 15 hospitals -- Mercy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Horizon in Mercer County -- are in the Tricare network. This story was unclear about what UPMC's policy is.
David Templeton can be reached at
First published on February 12, 2009 at 12:00 am
*****
part two

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#16818 May 16, 2009
Enochs fire wrote:
<quoted text>
I do love the song.
Im a bit gumby when it comes to Patriotism and Yes,I take off my hat and put my hand over my heart for the National anthem.
Happy Ammed Forces day.
I salute you.
My father in law was in the air force. He passed away recently. On the trip from the funeral home to the cemetery many cars stopped in respect. But there was one young man that got out of his car in the middle of the street, stood at attention and saluted the whole procession as it passed him by.

Some of our young people do know the meaning of respect.

“like Simpleton's, they follow”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#16819 May 16, 2009
Reservist claims UPMC eliminated his job due to military duty
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A staff sergeant in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard filed a federal lawsuit against UPMC Health Benefits Inc., alleging that his employer terminated him because he needed time off for an injury he received while serving on active duty.

Thomas Smith, of Bethel Park, filed the complaint today alleging violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act.

Mr. Smith, who began working for UPMC as an analyst in 2000, said in the lawsuit that he was called to active duty on multiple occasions during his employment, and that when that happened, "UPMC supervisors and the human resource officials with whom he worked resisted his obligation."

Mr. Smith was injured on active duty in June 2007 and required two surgeries to repair his rotator cuff. He alleges in the lawsuit that UPMC did not believe his time off was covered by USERRA because he wasn't injured overseas. He returned to full-time work in September 2008, but was told on Oct. 22 that his position was being eliminated because of budget cuts, the lawsuit said.

"Smith was the only analyst in his department selected for this alleged reduction in force," it continued.

There were other less-senior analysts in the department who were not terminated, Mr. Smith claims.

He is seeking to be reinstated to his position, as well as collect both compensatory and punitive damages.

A spokesman for UPMC said Mr. Smith's military service had nothing to do with the elimination of his job. He did note the medical center has instituted a number of initiatives for members of the military, including actively seeking veterans for employment and joining up with an Army Reserve program that links reservists up with potential employers.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Paula Reed Ward can be reached at
First published on April 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16820 May 16, 2009
katn wrote:
<quoted text>
My father in law was in the air force. He passed away recently. On the trip from the funeral home to the cemetery many cars stopped in respect. But there was one young man that got out of his car in the middle of the street, stood at attention and saluted the whole procession as it passed him by.
Some of our young people do know the meaning of respect.
That brought a tear to this old Army dogs eyes.
And yes,there are many young people who love this country and know what sacrifice our Armed services make.

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#16821 May 16, 2009
Enochs fire wrote:
<quoted text>
My Brother in Las Vegas said they set up the polling places at the casino's.
The casino's are Union and the Union bosses were there.
As the voters walked in,they would ask,"Democrat or Republican?" The voter would answer and the polling person would yell it out,"Democrat-"Repub lican.
Now your boss knew how you Voted.
No pressure there since the Union endorsed the Democrat......
Dayam
Did anyone lose their job or was anyone harassed?

“like Simpleton's, they follow”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#16822 May 16, 2009
UPMC CEO Romoff's salary hits $4.45 million
Saturday, May 16, 2009
By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jeffrey Romoff, president and CEO of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, made $4,448,181 in salary for the 2007-08 fiscal year, an increase of more than 12 percent from his salary from the previous year -- which was nearly a 20 percent raise from the year before that.

In addition, Mr. Romoff received more than $72,000 in benefits, according to a tax filing yesterday by the nonprofit health system to the Internal Revenue Service. The complete filing is on UPMC's Web site, www.upmc.com , under the "About UPMC" and "Financials" links.

By comparison, an IRS survey of executive compensation released earlier this year found that top officials at hospitals with more than $500 million in revenue averaged $1.09 million in compensation.

According to the tax document, UPMC made more than $190 million in 2007-08.

Mr. Romoff's compensation package would rank about 25th among CEO's of Pittsburgh-based public companies. Last year, top officials at 50 local employers with large work forces made an average of $11.5 million including benefits.

Because the filing is through June 30, 2008, it does not reflect the financial hit that UPMC and other hospitals have taken since the economy took a serious downturn, resulting in a layoff of about 500 of UPMC's 50,000 employees.

Earlier this year, Mr. Romoff took a 25 percent reduction in compensation as the region's largest health system looked for ways to cut costs, and other senior executives also took pay cuts.

Among the biggest salaries of 2007-08 was the $2.39 million paid to former senior vice president and legal counsel George Huber.

Others paid in excess of $1 million included Dr. Amin Kassam, chief of the Department of Neurosurgery,$1.46 million; Executive Vice President Elizabeth Concordia,$1.45 million; Robert Cindrich, senior vice president and chief legal counsel,$1.17 million; Daniel Drawbaugh, UPMC's chief information officer,$1.07 million; and Diane Holder, president of UPMC Health Plan,$1 million.

Beginning next year, the IRS will require more detailed information about executive compensation, including a declaration of how many people earn more than $100,000 and whether top executives traveled first-class.

Steve Twedt can be reached at [email protected]
First published on May 16, 2009 at 12:00 am

*****
The TRUTH! God Bless Our Soldiers.

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16823 May 16, 2009
cntrybmpkn wrote:
UPMC CEO Romoff's salary hits $4.45 million
Saturday, May 16, 2009
By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jeffrey Romoff, president and CEO of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, made $4,448,181 in salary for the 2007-08 fiscal year, an increase of more than 12 percent from his salary from the previous year -- which was nearly a 20 percent raise from the year before that.
In addition, Mr. Romoff received more than $72,000 in benefits, according to a tax filing yesterday by the nonprofit health system to the Internal Revenue Service. The complete filing is on UPMC's Web site, www.upmc.com , under the "About UPMC" and "Financials" links.
By comparison, an IRS survey of executive compensation released earlier this year found that top officials at hospitals with more than $500 million in revenue averaged $1.09 million in compensation.
According to the tax document, UPMC made more than $190 million in 2007-08.
Mr. Romoff's compensation package would rank about 25th among CEO's of Pittsburgh-based public companies. Last year, top officials at 50 local employers with large work forces made an average of $11.5 million including benefits.
Because the filing is through June 30, 2008, it does not reflect the financial hit that UPMC and other hospitals have taken since the economy took a serious downturn, resulting in a layoff of about 500 of UPMC's 50,000 employees.
Earlier this year, Mr. Romoff took a 25 percent reduction in compensation as the region's largest health system looked for ways to cut costs, and other senior executives also took pay cuts.
Among the biggest salaries of 2007-08 was the $2.39 million paid to former senior vice president and legal counsel George Huber.
Others paid in excess of $1 million included Dr. Amin Kassam, chief of the Department of Neurosurgery,$1.46 million; Executive Vice President Elizabeth Concordia,$1.45 million; Robert Cindrich, senior vice president and chief legal counsel,$1.17 million; Daniel Drawbaugh, UPMC's chief information officer,$1.07 million; and Diane Holder, president of UPMC Health Plan,$1 million.
Beginning next year, the IRS will require more detailed information about executive compensation, including a declaration of how many people earn more than $100,000 and whether top executives traveled first-class.
Steve Twedt can be reached at [email protected]
First published on May 16, 2009 at 12:00 am
*****
The TRUTH! God Bless Our Soldiers.
WOW! Bureaucracy Breeds Hypacracy.

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16824 May 16, 2009
katn wrote:
<quoted text>
Dayam
Did anyone lose their job or was anyone harassed?
Hard to say since the economy took a dump and many were let go.
We may never know but this is not a good practice to have your Union boss standing there to here which party you support if any party.
Proud Republican

Jamestown, TN

#16825 May 16, 2009
What a wonderful opportunity for a person to really consider third party candidates in the future.

Enochs fire

“Undocumented border patrol”

Since: Feb 09

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

#16826 May 16, 2009
TYPO= Hypocrisy.
LOL.......

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