I read an article about how the FAFSA forms will be easier to fill out. The part that caught my attention was how the Dept of Education and the IRS will form a partnership so families can automatically download their tax data int online FAFSA forms. It always bugs me that related organizations don’t share information. I’ve seen first hand how different departments within the same company will require the customer to fill out additional paperwork, when the actually information being requested is actually on hand, but just in a different department. The efficiency of sharing data is not only more customer friendly, but a cost and time saving efficiency.
I also think the medical community would benefit from sharing information. When my mother was sick and we had to visit one doctor one day and another doctor the next day, she would have to go through the same x-rays and blood tests. I know a person’s health can change from one day to the next and that the numbers could look different from day to day, but depending on what they are looking for, it could also be a time and cost saving efficiency.
Filling out forms at the doctors office can be a pain, especially when you have to list your name and address on about five different forms. One time I saw a lady simply apply address labels in those sections. I thought it was a good idea, but I wonder if the clerk accepted them. Sometimes they can be picky requiring that is all must be hand filled or something.
I saw Sandra Day O’Connor on Letterman the other night. She jovially mention something about the highest court of the land being a basketball court that is a floor above the Supreme Court chamber. I had no idea there was an actually basketball court above the Supreme Court, and that actually sounds a bit silly, but I researched it and it’s true.
But before you play on days when the court is in session, you need permission. Check out this sign outside the basketball court.
I can just imagine court being in session over some kind of very emotional and tense case, and Chief Justice Robert’s kids are shooting hoops above and the justices and lawyers can’t concentrate because of the bouncing balls.
In that interview, O’Connor also stated that before they enter each court session, all the justices shake hands before entering the chamber. Interesting.
She also mentioned that even though she’s retired, she still has to work in a lower level court or something.
One thing I’ll always remember about Ed McMahon is his socks, they were always thin, looked like pantyhose, and looked so tight that they were cutting off circulation. See for yourself.
There was a health fair at work yesterday. Someone from my high school was actually there as a chiropractor. We had nothing to say other than the typical small talk. I didn’t even recognize the guy until I read his name tag.
At the health fair a dental office was giving away four free teeth whitening visits if I scheduled an appointment. Since I really didn’t care for my dentist, I decided to give this lady a try.
I hear female dentist can maneuver around better because their hands are more slender.
It seems the GOP is having a hard time rebuilding its image as of late, with Senator Ensign’s affair and South Carolina’s governor taking a hike with no one knowing his whereabouts but then was really cheating on his wife in another country. Oh, and that racist email.
Regarding that governor, you would think he could cover his tracks better, and of all times to skip the country and cheat on your wife and kids . . . on Fathers Day weekend.
And I’m sure Fox News decided to spin the story with a bunch of empathy of human frailty and make it completely different than the Clinton, Spitzer, and Edwards affair.
George Stephanopoulos had an interesting analysis of the event. He stated that Gov Sanford’s press conference appeared to full of raw emotion, that you usually see the person in this situation have his wife by his side and looking almost defiant, but not so in this case.
Families are at stake here, pray for all parties involved, including the governor.
But the governor should resign, not for the affair, but as head of his state, he was missing for about five days and didn’t delegate any authority in case something were to happen.
I tried to visit his webpage last night just to see what it might say due to the current events, but the server was too busy. Give it a try yourself: www.scgovernor.com
If you are interested, here are some emails between Gov Sanford and the his mistress.
The race to be the next Texas governor is going to be interesting with Tom Schieffer entering the race along with Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Tom is the brother of Bob, the host of Face the Nation on CBS. I wonder how Bob feels about it, and wonder if there is any concern about his brother being a Democrat and Bob’s coverage, that it can be seen as liberal biased. And yes, I’ll go ahead and say it for some of you even if I don’t agree with you, Bob has been part of the liberal media years.
But Tom Schieffer did serve as a diplomat in George W. Bush’s administration.
The one thing that has really gotten my attention about the protests in Iran is that a lot of the signs held by protesters are in English.
Those protests are going to die down quickly unless that losing candidate appears in public. I know he fears for his life, but these protesters are fighting for a cause bigger than he is.
I like the idea of ABC showing a special edition of Primetime with Obama in a town hall setting, but I can understand why the Republicans feel it’s an infomercial. I think if Bush did something similar during primetime television, I wouldn’t have had a problem with it. I like the idea, maybe it’s just the perception, that the President is accessible to public questions. If anything, it puts the issue out there for public debate, and if anyone after watching the program is really against the idea, then they can certain contact their congressional representative or the president about their concerns. I wish stuff like this would happen more often with all the networks and different representatives of government, getting big issues on the table and actually discussing them – democracy at its best.
I never liked the idea of naming the championship of baseball the World Series. It’s a tag that doesn’t fit for MLB or college, but oddly enough, it works for the youth league.
Re: The World Series, an urban myth is that the World Series is named because the turn of the century newspaper, The New York World, sponsored a Baseball championship but that's not true. The term had been around long before, they truly thought that Baseball was going to take over the world. There's a book about turn of the century stars barnstorming around the world speading the game.
The World Series is definitely a misnomer but it's a great name for a championship series. As good as Super Bowl or even Stanley Cup finals (that means more in Canada as just about every Canadian dreams of it). I wonder why the NBA doesn't have a name for their championship.
I'm looking forward to teeth whitening updates. I've been pondering this as well.
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