I feel like I've suffered a severe case of whiplash this morning. The first CNN news alert that popped up on my iPad informed me the individual mandate of the healthcare law had been struck down by the Supreme Court. Imagine my surprise when a few minutes later a correction was issued stating the the court had upheld all of the health care law. Now that is a case of whiplash if I ever saw it! These are the events that make the workings of government so fascinating to me. Notice I said the workings of government, not politics. I've read quite a bit about the Supremes and find the history of the court to be an interesting read. The court is made up of nine justices. The four liberal justices are Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. The five conservative justices are Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy, and Chief Justice Roberts. For the law to pass a conservative justice had to vote with the liberals. If it passed I expected Justice Kennedy would be the swing vote. Since Justice O'Conner's retirement he has been tagged with the swing voter title. I was major surprised to learn Chief Justice Roberts cast the deciding vote. Regardless of your opinion of the decision life will go on, this country is not doomed, nor going to hell in a handbasket. As soon as this decision moves out of the media cycle we will return to life as it was before the decision. We've had many important decisions by the Supreme Court, some we liked, some we didn't, but we continue to be a great country and I'm thankful to be a part of it.
No matter where you live or even the classes of coverage you`re required to buy, there`re a number of steps you can take in order to ensure you will be being given the most lucrative deal. The most important thing to do is take a good look at all available options and to pick the one that`s best for you. Make calls to as many agents as possible. Yes, I know that is a boring and protracted affair, besides which it gobbles up large chunks of time. And fine, I know that you may be made to reply to the same inquiries over and over again. On the other hand, look at it from this angle, would you jump at the first home you see and sign on the dotted line straight off? Given below are a number of car insurence shopping tips:
1. Retain a decent driver`s history
2. Make inquiries pertaining to available insurance discounts and what you would be eligible for!
3. Opt for the maximum deductible that matches your requirements
4. For cars which have low cash value, think about getting rid of collision car coverage
5. Retain the documents from previous internet autos insurance providers
6. Ensure that you are a listed driver on an internet automobile insurance policy agreement
7. Make sure you are a listed driver in case you utilize a company automobile most of the time
8. Ask if an accident-waiver enhancement is provided - this optional form of insurance cover is offered by a number of insurance firms and safeguards against potential increases in online car insur premiums on account of `at fault` losses or damages
9. Ensure that you`re not purchasing coverage that you`re not in need of, such as rental motor vehicle insurance coverage in case you own multiple automobiles
10. Maintain your automobile
Doing a moderate amount of research will help you avoid spending more than what`s necessary. Even so, ROI (return on investment) is the overarching concern. Can the autos insurance agent not only satisfy but also surpass your expectations? Does the company/agent provide you with satisfaction of the aspects you prioritize and can they be relied on to serve your best interests? It is crucial to find out all you can about the establishment that`s actually the one that will settling your claims. Is their customer service on par with (or better than) that of other insurers? What is their profile, in terms of spread and business volume? What are their objectives, vision, and business motto? Years ago, these corporate features were rather tough to search for, but the computer and Internet has altered this scenario. Go to their web portals or web sites and view them first hand.
Sometimes the first step in taking control is surrendering. Under Faith Malone’s deceptively soft exterior lies a woman who knows exactly what she wants. A strong man who’ll take without asking, because she’s willing to give him everything... Dallas cop Gray Montgomery is on a mission: find the guy who killed his partner, and bring him to justice. So far, he’s found a link between the killer and Faith, and if Gray has to get close to her to catch the killer, so be it. Faith is sweet and feminine, everything Gray wants and desires in a woman, but he suspects she’s playing games. No way she would allow a man to call the shots in their relationship. Or would she? Faith sees in Gray the strong, dominant man she needs, but he seems determined to keep her at a distance. So she takes matters into her own hands to prove to him it’s no game she’s playing. She’s willing to surrender to the right man. Gray would like to be that man. But catching his partner’s killer has to be his first priority. Until Faith is threatened and Gray realizes he will do anything to protect her, even at the cost of his own life.
My Review: Well, there is a reason why people pick up these types of books, with sexy covers and a promising story. It is all about a certain three letter word... I would assume. OR you could be a romance junkie. That is a possibility, right? Anyway, this book drove me insane... and not in a good way. You know when people run their mouth? And then they don't back their ish up. When it comes down to it the characters in this book were all talk and no action... literally. It went on and on. Faith says she wants it all rough and a tumblin'. Yawn. I never really grew to like the characters. Never really cared if they did i tied up or down, or whatever. All it ever was was Gray going on and on about sweet and innocent Faith looked. Oh, she couldn't possibly want to really do it with him... like that, oh no! Wah, wah, wah. Bunch of whining. I never finished this. The flaky, wavering characters got on my nerves. Nothing really happened in the 200 pages I did manage to read. I would hesitantly recommend this book to people who enjoy the author's books or who are hardcore romance/erotic fans.
When you think about retirement, you suddenly realize that your mind is full of questions and fears. It’s not easy to see that you are not young anymore and above this, we must admit that money, or better said, the lack of them can cause us a lot of nuisances. We should ask ourselves some questions before getting retired such as:
1. Do I still need to save money during my active life? Unfortunately, yes. We should start saving money in the first years of our marriage when we are still a young couple without children, because yes, we must admit that children, besides joy, mean a lot of expenses with: food, clothes, education, entertainment and many, many other things.
2. How much money do children need? Speaking about children, there is a big question: when do I have to say "no" when my child asks me for money? Well, it’s just a matter of priorities. What do I want to say with this? It is simple. We all want to save money. And we can save money by delimiting what is necessary indeer for our child by what it’s just a whim. This doesn’t mean that our child or our future teenager is not allowed to go to any party. No. We must teach our children the value of money and especially that money can be obtained only by working very hard or study as it should be normal.
3. Do I need to save money during retirement? Yes. Being retired doesn’t mean you cannot save some money. Of course, many people believe that the end of their active life means also the beginning of a new life, a life without financial problems, a life in which you can afford all the things you’ve thought about when you were young. But the life offers us many surprises, many of them not quite nice. So, we have to try to save some money even if this means to have a shorter holiday, to eat cheaper food or to buy clothes when they are on sale.
Of course, we must not imagine the retirement as the worst period in our life, because it is not. We just have to realize that never is too early to start saving money. I’m sure that all of you have a mobile phone but did you ever ask yourself if you really need all the options that the mobile company offers you? Do you really need Internet connection on your phone? No? Then, why pay extra money for something that you never use? Like marriage, retirement is unpredictable and constantly evolving. The old days of sitting in a rocking chair until your number comes up are gone. Savings can be found in regular places like groceries.
Also, retirees shouldn’t refuse savings just because they feel like turning up their nose at "senior discounts". Instead, use the savings to offset a gym membership, haircut or activities with grandkids. Finally, that extra savings can be a major benefit when something unexpected happens. Many of the soon-to-be retired fear this period mostly due to the decline in property values, pensions, and personal savings. We have to make our life easier so we have to think about how we can manage the most popular fears such as:
1. Health related fears - Although it seems expensive, when you get old, you must think about a private health insurance which can cover many of the expensive treatments or surgeries. Yes, you didn’t even thought about it when you were young but getting old may also mean expensive pills or more expensive food when your illness forces you to keep a healthy diet. Remember when I told you to buy cheap food when you were young? That’s the reason why. You may have to buy more expensive food later.
2. Home related fears - If you don’t have an affordable place to live, consider moving. Be creative. Many villages of the country have very cheap, affordable housing. If you want to stay near family, consider moving to a smaller, less expensive place. At the end, being old also means that you need a smaller place? Why living in a big house when all the children are gone?
As I said at the beginning of this article, we must think about retirement even when we are young. Because if we do so we can take advantage of some beautiful, stress-free, retirement years. Yes, we all need our children support from time to time, but this doesn’t mean that we have to be a penalty or a burden for them. Help yourself to be a joy for your children, even when you are old. Author Bio: Ana Miller, bridging finance specialist and marketing manager for Vision Finance in London. Enthusiastic about travel, personal development and hot air balloons.
Robbie was the only one in Take That. Two years or so ago they had a rather poignant documentary about the band deciding to reunite and tour and wondering, the other four that is, whether Robbie was on for it. Of course he wasn't, but they were hoping against hope, half believing that he'd join them in their reunion hotel. So the film moves from their encampment to Robbie at home, everybody being seriously emotional. Robbie said he'd only ever wanted their difficult-seeming manager to love him. He went on to say that Gary Barlow, who he'd been unflattering about for years was talented and deserving. But the hard reality was that Robbie Williams never budged from Notting Hill. He was the only member to have made the Great World, and he wasn't going back. The others had nice enough places. Barlow had a big provincial spread somewhere Northern. There was something Grade II listed-looking in the Lake District and a West Country beach house. They had all done tolerably well but it sounded as if they weren't set up for life. But Robbie had a huge EMI contract worth £80m they said, one of those 10-ton new Rolls-Royces and a place with the cosmocrats in W11.
Robbie Williams always played it both ways, being authentic with Oasis and mainstream pop elsewhere, being interesting, "vulnerable", fat and thin in interviews, but completely triumphalist on stage. Swaggery and pimp-rolling but at the same time completely Olde Englishy camp, he worked on many levels, had lots of sub-texts and reference points for cultural studies types - RW's a favourite thesis subject and kept more people interested than his output might warrant. Somehow he'd Hoovered up London in the late 1990s becoming a metropolitan, getting to scale, learning what you had to do. Which meant being anthemic, an international stadium act, but being able to flex it with moments of 1940s pastiche, with videos that looked more like Frankie Goes To Hollywood than, say, Radiohead. Even the dull middle-class audience that loves dull middle-class acts like Coldplay could never completely dismiss him, could never deny the CD in the rack or singing along to "Angels". Now and it's difficult to imagine what it's like for Robbie 2006, though I suspect it feels like coasting he's in a T-Mobile commercial. It's an ad that looks as if it's made to run wherever he's got a High Recognition factor, most of Europe probably. You can read the latest news or simply more about celebrities here, enjoy!
One of Oak Groves' most beloved octogenarians was found dead on his kitchen floor. Oliver Edward Odell, a long time sufferer of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), was cleaning his oven when he was overtaken by the lemony odor of oven cleaner. Oliver, born right here in Oak Grove, Ohio October 1, 1929, was the only child of Oscar and Odette (Oppenheimer) Odell. He married Olivia Orin on February 14, 1948. She preceded him in death. There were no offspring. Mr. Odell was a lifetime member of the Grand Order of the Ogling Owls and served four five-year terms as president. He also loved reading, walking and obsessive house cleaning. Calling hours was Tuesday evening at the Orlando Mortuary. Burial service was at Out of the Way Cemetery in Oak Grove, Ohio.
Since I “came out” to myself as having a mental illness, societal stigmas be damned, I realized that I would have to take responsibility for, among other things of course, monitoring my state of mind and then taking appropriate action when necessary. I believe that I am currently experiencing an “alert status: red” day, in which I could potentially say or do things that would have destructive results for me. For instance, I am having recurring ideations and impulses to post statements on this blog that could literally get me hauled off with a bag over my head. And that’s just not okay. If it should arise that I am ever prosecuted for intemperate comments - and mind you, I can guarantee that they will never devolve into intemperate acts - then you should perhaps mention on my behalf that I am not at all times possessing my full faculties. So, I’m going to practice some self-care regimen items - I’m going to get up and drink some water and take a 3 minute walk. See you later :)