UPDATE: Veterans Affairs Scandal

August 26, 2014: USA Today reported that the joint DOJ-FBI-Veterans Affairs task force has issued a report on its investigation of 93 VA health care sites across the country.

Investigators found thousands of instances of deliberate VA fraud that directly impinged on care for veterans. Not mistakes. Fraud … including falsifying records to hide delays in care and deliberate attempts to obstruct investigators.

August 26, 2014? Can we just say … it’s about damn time and what the hell took so long?!?!?!

It’s not like there weren’t people EAGER to step forward! When the news media finally broke the story, the Inspector General’s office was flooded with allegations by whistle-blowers at VA hospitals and clinics across the country! And the very people who were most responsible for finding and fixing problems like this were AWARE that there were problems as far back as 2007.

Okay. Before you buy into Obama’s usual “Booosh did it!”, let’s look at HOW MUCH responsibility Barack Obama has SHIRKED on this issue.

Bush’s second term covered the 109th (2005-2006) and 110th (2007-2008) sessions of Congress. During both sessions, Senator Barack OBAMA was a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, a group that is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for monitoring the quality of care our veterans are or are not getting at VA facilities.

However, it would be a mistake to say he “served” on the committee, since even the liberal blog Daily Kos noted that Senator Barack Obama MISSED MORE THAN HALF of the meetings!

Sadly … or perhaps I should say typically … his lack of attention to his own responsibility to monitor veteran health care did not stop him from blaming the Bush Administration for “deplorable conditions at some VA hospitals.”

Are we clear on this? Senator Barack Obama KNEW in NOVEMBER 2007 that some of the VA hospitals had serious problems AND he was PART of the oversight committee charged with INVESTIGATING and FINDING LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS to said problems.

Before I continue, I need to recap another bit of historical truth about Bush’s second term, which is that while Republicans held the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives during the 109th Congress, Democrats held the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives during the 110th Congress.

Our federal government cannot pass a single law unless the Senate and the House vote it through and the President signs it. That means whichever party holds the majority of TWO (or three) of these three entities HAS MAJORITY CONTROL OVER POLICY and legislation.

In other words, it would be entirely fair to blame Republicans for VA problems PRIOR to January 2007, since they had held the majority in DC continuously from January 1995 to December 2006.

But DEMOCRATS took over in January 2007 and among those Democrats was one Senator Barack Obama on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee who claimed to be well aware of problems in VA hospitals.

So what exactly did Senator Obama DO to try and address the problems he claimed he saw so clearly in November of 2007?

Not much.

In the November 2007 Obama campaign press release in which Senator Obama blamed President Bush for “deplorable conditions at some VA hospitals,” it says:

“As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Obama has successfully reached out to Republicans and Democrats to pass laws to improve care for troops recovering from injuries, combat homelessness among veterans, and make the disability benefits process more equitable.”

I was curious how true that statement might be and actually looked up every piece of legislation sponsored by Senator Barack Obama on behalf of veterans. As it turns out, Senator Obama did what he’s so often done – i.e., he mangled the truth to make himself look good.

As you look at these lists, pay particular attention to the facts behind his claim to have “successfully reached out to Republicans to pass laws.”

  1. Obama’s “outreach” to Republicans was limited to just three centrists.
  2. None of his seven bills ever even made it out of committee, a step that is still very far removed from a bill becoming a law.

Veterans' Bills by Obama - 109th

Surprisingly, none of the Republicans Obama got to co-sponsor included the pro-military, but very centrist Senator John McCain.

One has to wonder … if the bills were actually any good, wouldn’t McCain have signed on, particularly to S.713 (2007) which was referred to the Armed Services Committee where Senator McCain was a ranking member? And if that particular bill had had any merit whatsoever, how did it manage to DIE in a Democrat-majority committee without even one day of hearings when it had had 32 Democrat sponsors?

Veterans' Bills by Obama - 110th

Also in that November 2007 campaign press release, Obama said, “America’s veterans deserve a President who will fight for them not just when it’s easy or convenient, but every hour of every day for the next four years.”

I totally agree. So let’s take a look at how well Barack Obama kept his alleged resolve after he became the President of the United States and the Commander in Chief of the American Armed forces in January 2009.

One: President Obama’s election gave the Democrat majority a trifecta for the two years of the 111th Congress (2009-2010).

In fact, the Democrats had large majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, so essentially during those two years, Democrats could virtually write and pass any law they wanted.

Two: President Obama’s own nominee, Eric Shinseki, took over control of the Veterans Administration in January 2009.

If ever there was a prime time to FIX those “deplorable conditions”, 2009-2010 was it. 

Three: In January 2011, Republicans won back the House of Representatives, but Democrats still controlled the Senate and the White House.

Democrats have had majority control over policy and legislation continuously since January 2007.

When the VA scandal broke in May 2014, DEMOCRATS had held the MAJORITY for more than SEVEN years, with OBAMA in the White House and his hand picked leader running the VA for more than FOUR years.

So let’s just put to rest any lingering “Booosh did it” and “Obama cares” baloney, mkay?

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Warning: Graphic video of ISIS violence in Iraq

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The link below has an embedded video that was linked to my Facebook by Canon Andrew. I believe the title in English is “The Islam State in Iraq.” It reminds me of scenes from World War II movies about Nazi atrocities. I found the photo above at a different site, but it seems to be a scene from the video.

http://gloria.tv/?media=642419%C2%A0%C2%A0&language=MnVpcnQGQh7

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Humility is a virtue

Humility - Mother Teresa

Signs of a lack of humility:

  • Making excuses when rebuked.
  • Refusing to carry out menial tasks.
  • Seeking or wanting to be singled out.
  • Always wanting to get your own way.
  • Despising the point of view of others.
  • Being ashamed of not having certain possessions.
  • Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation.
  • Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you.
  • Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan.
  • Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say.
  • Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you.
  • Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so.
  • Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners.
  • Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you.
  • Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own.
  • Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige.
  • Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you.

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Didja know that NOBODY cared about veterans before BARACK OBAMA?!

2014_08 23 Obama speaks to veteran convention

This was Obama’s first appearance in front of the group since the VA scandal broke in May 2014. The crowd came to life to honor fellow veterans, not Obama’s speech fell flat before the audience of thousands of military veterans who learned early on in their careers what the stench of political BS smells like. Some applause lines met with awkward silence while others earned only three seconds of feeble clapping from what a legionnaire reported was from “a small group of Obama’s admirers [who] sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.”

Weak Applause – Obama American Legion, Reno, NV – August 23, 2014

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TIDBITS FOR TODAY-FWIW

No editorializing today.Did too much of it yesterday.
Chrissy commented yesterday about Barky making an ass of himself in fromt of the American Legion.
Here’s the deal:
American Legion Gives Obama TEPID CLAPPING That Lasts ONLY A FEW SECONDS
This was his first appearance in front of the group since the VA scandal broke earlier this year. Obama blamed George W. Bush for the VA Scandal back in May
A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ‘a small group of Obama’s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.’

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/08/american-legion-gives-obama-tepid-clapping-that-lasts-only-a-few-seconds-video/

I guess he won’t be counting on the veteran vote in the next election……oh,wait.

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UPDATE: Israel vs. Hamas

Defense Shields - Israel vs Hamas

Israel’s anti-missile system is AMAZING!

15 Qassam Rockets intercepted At Once By The Iron Dome – Published Aug 26, 2014

The latest in a series of Israel-Hamas cease-fires began on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 7 pm local time.

More than half a dozen negotiated short-term cease-fires have been violated by Hamas & co., who the Israeli military says have fired 4,450 rockets at Israeli communities during the past 50 days.

Seventy of those rockets were launched in the countdown to the cease-fire. One early evening mortar attack killed two Israelis and injured four others. Yeah … nothing says “we want peace” like getting in some last minute killing, right?

As I post this, the cease-fire has held for twelve whole hours.  My guess is that if it lasts more than a day or two, it’s because Hamas has run out of explosives to chuck at Israel and wants to play “let’s pretend we are willing to make peace” until they can re-arm.

It’s what they’ve done every OTHER time.

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Obama doubles down on religious discrimination

2014_08 22 Obama ups fines on HHS mandate

August 22, 2014: The Obama administration issued a revised version of the HHS mandate. Under the guise of “filling out forms”, the new rules require people of faith to violate their religious beliefs or face fines of as much as $36,500 per year, per employee.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, explained the new rules like this:

“Let’s use a simple example. The government comes up with a plan to arbitrarily imprison children between 2 and 4 years old, and imposes on businesses the obligation to inform them of such children among the families of their employees.

“Any employer with a conscience is going to say, ‘I want nothing to do with this. If you’re going to imprison these children, you’re going to have to find them yourself. I won’t be sending you any information.’

“We want a full exemption from this mandate, so that we have nothing to do with this scheme. … Our religion requires no less.”

Just a thought from CtH …

Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends reported hearing a young man say there’s no reason to give a crap if a cop gets shot. “That’s what they signed up for.”  I’m guessing he votes Democrat, so it just crossed my mind today that the same could be said of women who accept jobs with Christian non-profits and family-owned companies.  There’s no reason to give a crap if they have to pay for their immoral practices out of their own pockets.  “That’s what they signed up for.”

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TODAY’S NEWS AS I SEE IT

The Emmy Awards were presented last night. I couldn’t care less. A bunch of overpaid actors with inflated egos all congratulating each other on their tres tres coolness. I haven’t watched network television in years,save Chicago Bears games. Cable offers more interesting things to me and I don’t have to deal with the subtle political messages so many of them covertly slip into their story lines.

The VMA Awards were Sunday,which was another celebration of drugged out “musicians” and the garbage that passes for music these days. Of course,some of the dark-complected purveyors of unintelligible chanting they pass off as music paid homage to the latest cause celebre,which is lionizing a filthy criminal who met his end in Ferguson, Missouri.

The race hucksters,with full support of the leftist media and the democrat party(redundant), are wallowing in racial demagoguery
and ignoring facts in lieu of an excuse to commit more assaults,more robberies and blame it all on the police who are tasked with trying to control these animals. There have been a number of cases where I felt the police may have overreacted,but I can understand that as often as they are shot at, spit on, and assaulted by criminal suspects and their relatives, why they are inclined to take extraordinary measures to protect their own lives. The media would surely never give a slain officer the coverage they give a thug who tried to beat a policeman to death.

Brown’s funeral yesterday,as expected,turned into something akin to a racial pep rally reminiscent of the Paul Wellstone memorial. The New Black Panthers were replaced by Screwy Louie Farrakhan and his Nation of Antisemites brigade. There will be enormous pressure on the District Attorney and the grand jury to indict Officer Wilson,regardless of what the evidence shows. I can foresee the media,ever helpful,tracing the DA to his home so picketers can visit him. Nothing short of conviction and public execution will assuage the mob,if only (very)momentarily.

THESE SHIRTS WERE SOLD OUTSIDE THE FUNERAL SERVICE

One arrest in possibly racial West Point beating, others expected

This is Ralph Weems,an Iraq War veteran. He and a friend who is an Air Force veteran of Afghanistan went to a Waffle house for breakfast Saturday morning. Before they went in,they were politely told that it was “not a safe place for white people” since many knee-grows were itching to revenge their ‘brutha’ who got his ass ventilated in Ferguson.

Meet Courtez McMillan. He and three other friends (they always run in packs unless they’re assaulting women or elderly) exercised their free speech rights by beating Mr. Weems so badly he suffered bleeding on his brain. The authorities suspect this may have been a hate crime.

Have you no sympathy for a poor,underpriveleged black youth who has been denied all the good things white folk are entitled to? Can we not understand that oppressed minorities are entitled to their fair share of what white folk have? Sometimes they just have to take it themselves,that’s all.

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/08/25/one-arrest-possibly-racial-west-point-beating-others-expected/14590405/

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