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Dear fellow Kossacks,

Short diary. Wondering if someone can help me with the following:

Anyone familiar with California insurance law?

My mother was recently switched to a plan called Medicare 65+, managed under Blueshield of California. She has primary Medicare, then the Blueshield under my father's policy and also has her own PPO insurance.

She recently received a letter that her Januvia would no longer be covered under Blueshield.

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Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 01:42 PM PST

I used to be fat

by gladkov

It was with great sympathy that I read the diary of Greenmother entitled "I am fat". I would like to offer a different perspective.

I suffered from obesity for around 20 years. It started in grad school. It ballooned when I was in a very stressful secondary Masters program. It got totally uncontrollable when I had my own stressful business, a partner whose father was essentially let to die over an inheritance, parents 25000 miles away literally dying because they would not go to assisted living, then a diagnosis of diabetes. I was 70 pounds overweight and something had to give. Join me below the corsett-like squigly for more...

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Brief diary!
As a follow-up to my diary yesterday,
I am very pleased to report homophobe Louie Giglio has been removed/removed himself from the inauguration proceedings!


Dallas Voice

So sometimes our voices are heard. Let's just hope the next person is better vetted.
Here's a start: no one who is racist, homophobic, misogynistic, hostile to the elderly, Muslims, Hispanics, disabled or any other group.

This is good news!


I am surprised that no one has mentioned this here in a diary I've been able to find. Some will say I am beating a dead horse, but I don't care. Follow me below for details of Obama's invitation to yet another homophobe to speak at the Inauguration.

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So today I read a piece by a self-proclaimed gay ally re the entire Chik-Fil-A matter. He seemed sincere so I thought I would respond to him here and in the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times.

His brief letter should be read in its entirety but I addressed a couple of his points. Just me below the squiggly.

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Dear Kossaks,
I know many have written diaries in the past seeking advice. So I thought I would try it too. The situation with my parents is getting more and more desperate. They are not that old, 68 and 70, but their situation is becoming more and more precarious. Join me after the bump, maybe some can share their experiences or have some advice.

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Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 11:39 PM PST

The world has lost another angel

by gladkov

It's been a hard year for me. My parents have been ill, I've gone back and forth to California several times. My partner has had some personal issues. But I think the hardest part came 2 days ago when an angel I knew passed. I won't give the link to the story to respect her privacy, you can google it if you like. But I feel it is a story that should be told.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 07:40 PM PST

I don't apologize, Mr. President

by gladkov

This will not be a popular diary. I will be called a hater, one of the far-right left, I will be given the usual lines "Obama has done more than the LGBT community than anyone else" and "He's the most progressive ever", "He didn't have the votes" etc. I DO thank Obama for his efforts in this process and hope Rachel Maddow is right that he can get some cred with the base. HOWEVER, I see the president's handling of DADT as symptomatic of the rest of his presidency - do what causes the least waves, compromise without any debate, give in etc.

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[Warning: this diary contains spoilers on the miniseries Torchwood: Children of the Earth]

So I know we are in the middle of some very important issues, the crucial health care debate, the faux-Obama/Gates controversy, Afghanistan etc. But it is Friday so I thought I would share my thoughts on the series Torchwood, why it is relevant to the advancement of LGBT rights and why it has struck such a chord with me personally. Two of my previous diaries on gay-themed movies, Brokeback Mountain and Milk were well received by the community and I greatly appreciated the feedback:

Join me below for a discussion of how Torchwood is crossing over the boundaries of the science fiction genre, redefining the perceived concepts of gender and sexuality and is creating new understanding for same sex relationships by breaking stereotypes.

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So yesterday, I was reading stuff at Huff Post and they had an article about Jonathan Krohn, described as an author of the book Define Conservatism and 13-year-old political prodigy, who spoke at CPAC. I listened to his 2-minute speech in which he mainly laid out a few platitudes about what conservative and who was very well received by the audience. Normally, I would just laugh this off but for some reason, the whole thing really struck a chord with me, not that I think he's right, in fact,I think its the same generalities and tired buzzwords coming from a 13 year-old but it made me think about how many holes were in even his 2-minute outline of this philosophy. It got me thinking about how we need to

Define Conservative Hypocrisy.

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[Before anyone decries yet another Gillibrand diary, I say, Move along little doggie..plenty of other fine diaries to read if you are not interested in this subject, let those interested discuss]

Disclosure: I have no horse in this race. I live in Connecticut and would welcome an even trade of Gillibrand, Cuomo, the Professor or Mary Ann in exchange for Lieberman. I like Caroline Kennedy a lot, had misgivings about her as a senator and the way it was approached, dislike Blue Dogs, have heard good and bad things about Gillibrand, think Patterson handled this badly.. Ok, think that covers it all.. away with me no Nether-The-Fold-Land

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I was very disappointed to hear Howard Dean was stepping down but he served his term, went on to new things. I respect him for that. I am a bit non-plussed about the choice of Tim Kaine, however, as DNC Chair.

As the governor of Virginia, I think he's fine. Virginia is still a pretty conservative state. But like Ed Rendell, somebody who I might embrace as a governor in a state with particular issues is not someone I would necessarily want to see as head of the DNC.

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