Friday, May 12, 2017

Mr. President: Drain the VA Swamp

Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | Wayne Allyn Root 


Mr. President, we sent you to D.C. to drain the swamp. Firing FBI Director James Corey was a good start. I don't know a single conservative who trusted him. Now it's time to drain the VA swamp.
Because hero vets dying in battle is a tragedy. But allowing our heroes to die on American soil at the hands of the Veterans Administration because of neglect, indifference, incompetence, or pure criminal negligence is a national disgrace.
This story isn’t about a generic vet. This is the story of Sgt. Eric Thomsen, United States Air Force. Eric lost his battle. He committed suicide only weeks ago. He was loved by his family - including my wonderful friends, his sisters Erika Lipton and Capt. Roxie Merritt, US Navy (Ret.). Eric was a loving father of Heather, Robert, and Joseph, and grandfather at the time of his death.
Eric was a typical courageous American hero. He was 100% prepared to give his life for his country on a faraway battlefield. What he never expected was to lose his life here at home, because of the indifference of his own government.
Eric was a typical American kid. His story could be your son, your brother, your husband, your father. Eric grew up with a dream of joining the Air Force, just like his father. His moral code was always about sacrifice, duty and honor. Eric married his high school sweetheart when she became pregnant. He was 19 years old in 1974 when he left college and enlisted in the Air Force to provide for his new son. While in the Air Force, Eric put himself through college and became an air traffic controller. He retired as a Master Sergeant.
Because of his loss of hearing, he was forced to give up his career as an Air Traffic Controller once in the private sector. He was hired by Sprint to oversee the government’s communications. Then the problems began.
Eric suffered from depression. He was put on so many medications by the VA hospital, including amphetamines and various tranquilizers, to the point of being addicted to the prescriptions, which worsened his depression. Eventually the VA performed Electro Shock Therapy on him as an outpatient. ECT should always be performed on an inpatient basis because of the potential dangerous side effects.
Because of a bad combination of so many drugs prescribed by the VA and the unsupervised effects of ECT, Eric’s depression became crushing. His personality changed to the point his friends and family no longer recognized him.
Unable to work, Eric was forced to retire. He applied to the VA for a disabled designation. Eric had to agree to have a VA Fiduciary assigned to take over his finances - even though he was quite capable of handling this himself. That was the VA’s rule for psychiatric disability.
This was the beginning of the end for Eric. The nightmare for this American hero spiraled out of control as Eric claimed to witness his assigned VA Fiduciary destroy his finances. Eric complained repeatedly to his VA caseworkers. They did nothing. It was just his word against the VA Fiduciary.
NOTE: Eric’s family- including his sister Roxie (a retired U.S. Navy Captain) witnessed the entire situation and backs up his story.
Eric pleaded for help from a U.S. Senator, who proclaimed to be an advocate for veterans. Eric wrote and called the U.S. Senator’s office many times. The assistants who answered the phones at the Senator’s office admitted they were overwhelmed with calls from vets in crisis. He was told to wait. But for Eric waiting wasn't an option - he was unraveling by the day. No one from the Senator’s office ever called back.
The worst part for Eric was that nobody at the VA would believe him about the assigned VA Fiduciary stealing from him. By this time, with his lifelong savings taken, Eric lost his home - because payments were never made by the VA Fiduciary.
Finally, Eric got an Arizona state representative to listen to him and help him. The VA Fiduciary was not fired, but rather "reassigned."
At this point, Eric had enough of the Arizona VA, and moved away. Eric was extremely dependent on his many VA drug prescriptions and could not function without them. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a VA hospital near him, so he often drove long distances to pick up his prescriptions. He always had to be there exactly on the last day, because of VA scheduling, and never had any medicine as a cushion to allow any flexibility.
As his depression continued to worsen, he got very frustrated and often couldn’t even get out of bed, let alone travel so far to pick up meds. VA rules didn’t allow him to use civilian doctors or hospitals. If he missed his appointment, he was out of luck (and out of meds). He spiraled from disaster to disaster.
In the last few months of his life, Eric was consumed with bitterness and depression over his treatment by the VA. He finally couldn’t take it anymore. Sgt. Eric Thomsen committed suicide.
The pain, shame, depression and desperation was finally over.
Sadly, nothing has changed. Eric’s story happens every day at the VA. Since his tragic suicide, many of Eric’s military vet buddies have called his family to offer condolences. All of them recite similar experiences. All of them express extreme frustration at the VA’s lack of caring, and huge bureaucratic red tape. They all feel like they are up against “a brick wall” when it comes to getting any attention to their plights. Many of them admit to having constant thoughts of suicide.
Twenty-two vets a day commit suicide in the United States. Each of them - like Eric- gave their lives for their country. Just not the way they expected.
This veteran crisis doesn't attract headlines. Because the reality is…
The mainstream media doesn’t care. They don't personally know any vets. To journalists, those 22 suicides a day are just another statistic. They didn’t know Sgt. Eric Thomsen. Now you do. Rest in peace, Eric.
In honor of Sgt. Eric Thomsen, please drain the VA swamp, President Trump

Will Rogers' Wisdom

geezer email list | 5/12/2017 | self 

Never Squat With Your Spurs ON
Most will make you smile. A little wisdom is thrown in.
Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot Wiley Post,
was one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages this country has ever known.
Some of his sayings:
1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n than puttin' it back.
12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Senator Stolen Valor

US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2017 | Ray Starmann 

Last night, on CNN, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D., CT) told Anderson Cooper that President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, “may well produce impeachment proceedings.”
Blumenthal continued: “It may well produce another United States vs. Nixon on a subpoena that went to United States Supreme Court.”
Senator Blumenthal is simply parroting more Democratic talking points that are full of sound and fury and which signify nothing.
There was no Saturday Night Massacre II. There were no violations of the law on the President’s part. There were no dictatorial machinations.
There was nothing except an adherence to proper procedures that were followed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, appointed during the Obama administration, recommended to the President that Comey be terminated because of his blatant violations of his constitutional duties, his outright politicization of the FBI and because the men and women of the FBI had lost confidence in their director and believed he was nothing more than a corrupt, political hack.
Besides the fact that Blumenthal is just another liberal shill, his own ethical standards are anything but stainless. He has a closet stocked with enough skeletons to fill the haunted mansion at Disneyland.
In fact, the man is a complete scoundrel and a traitor to the veterans who fought, died and were wounded in the Vietnam War.
When speaking of who needs to be removed from public office, Blumenthal only needs to look in a mirror…
But, that would take a 2/3 Republican majority vote in the Senate and that isn’t happening soon.
For 30 years, Senator Blumenthal had been living a lie; a virtual Homeric tale with him as the hero serving with the Marine Corps in Vietnam until he was outed by the New York Times in 2010, during his Senatorial campaign.
The lies told by Blumenthal regarding his ‘Vietnam service’ are endless.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
In 2003, he addressed a rally in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where about 100 military families gathered to express support for American troops overseas. “When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “Let us do better by this generation of men and women.”
In at least eight newspaper articles published in Connecticut from 2003 to 2009, he is described as having served in Vietnam.
The New Haven Register on July 20, 2006, described him as “a veteran of the Vietnam War,” and on April 6, 2007, said that the attorney general had “served in the Marines in Vietnam.” On May 26, 2009, The Connecticut Post, a Bridgeport newspaper that is the state’s third-largest daily, described Mr. Blumenthal as “a Vietnam veteran.” The Shelton Weekly reported on May 23, 2008, that Mr. Blumenthal “was met with applause when he spoke about his experience as a Marine sergeant in Vietnam.”
And the idea that he served in Vietnam had become such an accepted part of his public biography that when a national outlet, Slate magazine, produced a profile of Mr. Blumenthal in 2000, it said he had “enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.”
In an interview, Jean Risley, the chairwoman of the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial Inc., recalled listening to an emotional Mr. Blumenthal offering remarks at the dedication of the memorial. She remembered him describing the indignities that he and other veterans faced when they returned from Vietnam.
“It was a sad moment,” she recalled. “He said, ‘When we came back, we were spat on; we couldn’t wear our uniforms.’ It looked like he was sad to me when he said it.”
Ms. Risley later telephoned the reporter to say she had checked into Mr. Blumenthal’s military background and learned that he had not, in fact, served in Vietnam.
In actuality, Blumenthal was given five, count ‘em five deferments to attend college from 1965 to 1970. The only place he ‘returned’ from was a sorority house. The only ‘coming home’ he did was when his mother picked him up at the t

Companies in California Admit They are Paying People to Protest Donald Trump

IWB ^ | Mark Angelides 

It was expected that protests to Donald Trump’s Presidency would last for a while, but we have past 100 days and they show no signs of abating. Many have wondered how it is that people can afford to be out protesting every day, and how the permanent protestors are actually supporting themselves.
Soon after Trump’s election, a job ad appeared on Craigslist offering $15 per hour plus gas money for “activists” to protest in different locations around the country courtesy of moveon.org (a Soros funded movement). Many attributed this to a Bernie Sanders group. But the media were quick to dismiss this as a hoax.
The next suspect was Organizing for Action, a group that works for securing Obama’s legacy (Obamacare etc…), who paid for Barack’s website, barackobama.com, is run by former Obama staffer, Eric Holder, and boasts more than 250 offices around the country with more than 30,000 workers (foot soldiers). This group (suspiciously?) receives almost no media attention.
(Excerpt) Read more at investmentwatchblog.com ...

Minimum-Wage Hikes: A Feel-Good Lie That Destroys Jobs And Minority Kids' Futures

Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/11/2017 | Staff 

Minimum Wage: Once again, another city self-righteously imposes a minimum-wage hike on private employers. And once again, it finds out it's a business- and job-killer — and only boosts pay for a handful of people. This time it's the Big Apple, New York, that's discovering the ugly truth. But don't feel left out: Your town may be next.
In "Minimum-Wage Boost Squeezes New York City Restaurants," the Wall Street Journal notes that restaurants "are being pinched" by the increase in the minimum from $9 an hour to $11 an hour at the start of this year. Sure, that doesn't sound like much, but it's in fact a 22% increase on restaurants' most basic employee costs.
And guess what? $11 an hour becomes $13 an hour at the end of this year, another 18% rise.
"In the five months since the $11 hourly wage took effect," the Journal said, "several well-known restaurants have closed or announced plans to do so." And more closures are on the way.
It's true that, as minimum-wage proponents claim, New York is unlikely to suffer horribly from recent minimum-wage hikes. With the boom on Wall Street in recent years, the restaurant industry right now is mostly doing fine.
Moreover, wages in New York are already high, so the actual impact will be limited in terms of the number of employees affected. Prized workers at many restaurants often make much more than the minimum calls for.
(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com ...

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Liberal Stages

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Russian Ties!

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Rehearsal in progress!

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Same thing?

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So SAD!

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WTF, over?

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IF...

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Same Old Shit!

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OUTRAGEOUS!

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Delusional

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NANCY!

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