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SrWoodchuck   Posted Today, 10:16 PM

Husband of Maryland Democrat and her campaign manager.....steals Republican signs & goes straight to jail....no passing GO....  



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SrWoodchuck   Posted Today, 09:30 PM



VA forgets veteran's suicide, sends grieving sister his new benefits card: 'like losing him again'



Since April 12th, Margarita Reyes has had good days and bad days. Tuesday was a good day, until she went and got the mail.


It was an envelope from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and in it was a brand new Veterans Health Identification Card with a photo of her brother Marine Corporal Elias Reyes, Jr. renewing his health benefits until October 12th, 2024.


The problem is Elias committed suicide six months ago after suffering from a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. Margarita Reyes says the Veterans Administration failed to help her 27-year-old brother by not delivering the kind of quality healthcare he deserved.


"I got his ID in the mail and it just brought everything back," Reyes said crying. "It just was really upsetting."


The department recently started issuing new ID cards to all its service members, and Reyes isn’t the only glitch in that system. In another incident last week in Kansas, a veteran who died a year and a half ago received an identification card as if he were still alive.


”I would hate to say that it surprises me,” VA Public Affairs Officer for Eastern Kansas, Jim Gleisberg, told Kansas First News. “It’s a shame that large organizations have different areas and they don’t communicate well with each other but yes, I’m afraid that does happen.”


In a statement to Fox News Latino, the VA office said they sincerely apologized for the mistake.


"We express our heartfelt condolences and apologize for any distress she felt upon receiving the card," said VA spokesman Phil Walls.


The apparent gaffe by the department of Veteran’s Affairs comes in the wake of the VA scandal earlier this year over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and evidence VA hospitals falsified data to cover it up. As many as 40 veteran patients died while waiting for medical care at a Phoenix VA hospital, and the incident prompted a congressional investigation and the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki as well as four other senior executives.


Reyes began receiving services from the VA after serving three combat deployments between 2004 and 2008. He joined the Marines right out of high school and by the age of 22 he had served twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan, his last active duty tour before coming home.


Margarita said the VA has known about her brother's death from the start. Just 27 days after her brother died, the federal government sent a bill to the family asking that they return his disability check.


"Please be advised that (Elias) is not entitled to benefits for the month in which death occurred," the letter read.


"His death certificate hadn't been issued yet and they were asking for money back," said Margarita. The family eventually paid back in full, writing a check for $400.93.


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Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi freed from Mexican jail, immediately returns to US

WestVirginiaRebel   Posted Today, 08:40 PM

Fox News:

U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed more than 200 days in Mexico, was freed by a  judge Friday and immediately returned to the U.S., his family said.


Tahmooressi, 26, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, had been held since March 31, when he said he mistakenly crossed into Mexico with three legally-purchased and registered guns in his truck.


A court-appointed psychiatrist confirmed that Tahmooressi has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Family spokesman Jonathan Franks said the judge released him without making a determination on the charge against him. He had been held initially at a prison outside Tijuana, then was moved to a prison outside Tecate.


His family released a statement Friday night saying, "It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican jail. He is back on American soil and will shortly resume treatment for both his pre-existing combat related PTSD and the residual effects of months of incarceration – which has taken a toll on him far worse than his two tours in Afghanistan."


The Florida man said he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His long detention brought calls for his freedom from U.S. politicians, veterans groups and social media campaigns.


In Mexico, possession of weapons restricted for use by the Army is a federal crime, and the country has been tightening up its border checks to stop the flow of US weapons that have been used by drug cartels.


Tahmooressi reportedly had three weapons, all registered in the U.S., including a .45 caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and an AR-15 rifle.


Tahmooressi’s lawyers have maintained the weapons in the truck were there because he had recently moved from Florida to San Diego, and had all of his possessions, including the legally-purchased weapons, in his vehicle when he was stopped at the border.


Members of Congress were quick to react to the news of the release.


Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, immediately issued a statement saying, “I am elated that Sgt. Tahmooressi has been ordered released from jail in Mexico. This is great, but overdue, news. I am pleased that both Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam and the judge on the case recognize that Sgt. Tahmooressi did not intend to violate Mexican law, and that his combat-related PTSD should be treated by specialists in the United States.”



Home at last.

Leak week: Obama team shows signs of strain as anonymous officials take gripes to media

Valin   Posted Today, 06:18 PM


John Kerry is like the astronaut Sandra Bullock plays in the movie “Gravity,” and that he’s “somersaulting through space, un-tethered from the White House.”



Does Post Office need climate plan?

SrWoodchuck   Posted Today, 06:04 PM

"Neither climate fraud or a lame budget snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

- Herodotus, 503 B.C.

(Inscribed on the General Post Office facility on 33rd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City.) (Source: USPS)



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SrWoodchuck   Posted Today, 05:55 PM

Ooooooh! Scawy Bumpersticker....





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Leak week: Obama team shows signs of strain as anonymous officials take gripes to media

WestVirginiaRebel   Posted Today, 05:18 PM

Fox News:

WASHINGTON –  The White House ship is springing some leaks.


Trouble-making personnel inside the Obama administration have taken to the press at a steady clip in recent days to badmouth senior officials, as well as a key American ally. And as President Obama enters his seventh year in office, the whispers and potshots are running the risk of undermining the once-cohesive image of the "no drama Obama" team.


Whether it's a few leaky apples or the sign of a larger morale problem is unclear. But several stories with sharp-edged quotes attributed to unnamed administration officials have culminated in an embarrassing week for the White House -- complete with plenty of backpedaling and clarifications to assert a polished narrative that all is well.


But the tarnish may be showing.


Frustrated officials have started to air their grievances on everything from the current relationship between the U.S. and Israel to the military response in Syria.


The latest batch of stories started on Monday, when The Atlantic magazine quoted an anonymous official describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit.” The comment follows weeks of heated exchanges between Netanyahu’s government and Washington over disputed settlement-building.


“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” the official was quoted as saying.


The article caused a furor, as Republicans demanded accountability for the anonymous insult to America's ally. White House and State Department officials insisted the remark does not reflect the administration's views, and White House officials reportedly were calling lawmakers to hammer home that point.


Not everyone was buying the administration's contrite tone. Fox News contributor Judith Miller suggested that comment was "authorized," to "send a message to Israel."


But other comments clearly were not green-lighted by the White House. In the latest episode, ticked-off military officials told The Daily Beast they were frustrated by the tight constraints the White House is placing on them in the war against the Islamic State in Syria.


Disgruntled officers and civilian Pentagon leaders reportedly claimed that National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is calling much of the shots on U.S. operations in Syria, is “obsessed with the tiniest of details” and referred to the process as “manic.”


The White House reportedly has instructed the military to keep the war contained within policy limits which include restrictions on which rebels can be trained to fight and what their roles will be in the field. The sources said Rice’s micro-managing of basic operational details is tying their hands and holding up progress.


Earlier, on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also was a critic of the White House strategy in Syria. Hagel recently wrote a memo to Rice warning that the current strategy was too unfocused and didn’t clearly address U.S. intentions and how it relates to Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, the Times reported.


Hagel did not back off his comments on Thursday, saying, “We owe the president and we owe the National Security Council our best thinking on this. And it has to be honest and it has to be direct.”


The perception of a harmonious Cabinet was further dented following another claim in the Times article that officials routinely joked Secretary of State John Kerry is like the astronaut Sandra Bullock plays in the movie “Gravity,” and that he’s “somersaulting through space, un-tethered from the White House.”


The article seemed to suggest that Obama’s once tight-knit circle of confidants has come apart in recent months as more and more staff members resign or retire. Personnel shakeups have led some to question the effectiveness of the president’s crisis-management teams. 



Team Obama's leaky boat.

Lawyers versus doctors in costly Prop. 46 campaign wars

WestVirginiaRebel   Posted Today, 05:14 PM

LA Times:

A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians.


Proposition 46 would raise the cap on pain-and-suffering awards in malpractice lawsuits and require that hospitals randomly test their doctors for drug and alcohol use. Backers say the measure would rein in negligent doctors; opponents charge that it's a money grab by the lawyers who helped put it on the ballot.


Supporters have raised only a fraction of the money that opponents have collected for their side of the battle. But the "yes" side is hoping that the attention-grabbing issue of drug testing can help surmount the cash disadvantage.


"We're ringing the alarm bell for the public that there are quacks that like their Jack and smack, and they hurt people," said Jamie Court, president of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.


Opponents have built their campaign primarily around the proposal's potential costs — and potential benefits for the other side.


Proposition 46's "greatest weak spot is its price tag," said Jason Kinney, spokesman for the "no" campaign. "Under Prop 46, trial lawyers stand to make a lot of money and everyone else is going to be stuck footing the bill."



Ambulance chasers want their cut.

Does Post Office need climate plan?

Cyber_Liberty   Posted Today, 05:14 PM


The Postal Service is worried about “increased flooding, rising sea levels and more intense weather events” that could “disrupt its ability to provide mail service and increase costs for maintaining infrastructure.”


Does Post Office need climate plan?

Geee   Posted Today, 04:31 PM

The Hill:

The Obama administration released thousands of pages on Friday documenting federal agencies’ vulnerabilities to climate change and what those agencies plan to do about it.


In all, 38 agencies released climate change adaptation reports and sustainability plans to address climate threats and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the federal government.


The Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Postal Service and others charted threats climate change may have on their operations, and crafted plans to mitigate it.

“These agency climate plans underscore the Administration’s commitment to leading by example throughout the Federal Government so we can leave behind a planet that is not polluted and damaged and protect our ability to provide the vital services American communities depend on,” Mike Boots, head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said on Friday.

The federal government has 360,000 buildings and 650,000 vehicles — a significant chunk of which are likely covered under the 38 agencies that took part in the planning.

No two agencies' risks in dealing with climate change are alike, according to the documents.

The Postal Service is worried about “increased flooding, rising sea levels and more intense weather events” that could “disrupt its ability to provide mail service and increase costs for maintaining infrastructure.”Scissors-32x32.png