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  • CAUGHT ON CAM: Cop confronts disabled veteran for not looking 'handicap'

    08/11/2015 4:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    WPEC-TV ^ | August 10, 2015
    [WARNING: The video below contains profanity. Viewer discretion advised.](VIDEO-AT-LINK) RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) — A Riviera Beach police officer was videotaped confronting a disabled veteran for not looking "handicap" for parking in a disabled parking space. U.S. Army combat veteran Isiah James, who has served nearly 10 years for our country, was absolutely shocked when a trip to a popular Riviera Beach drug store turned confrontational with the law. James says he was issued a disabled person parking permit, and it was properly displayed in his vehicle the entire time. During his deployment, James took fire and was hit with...
  • Have Men Given Up on Work?

    08/05/2015 8:27:18 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 49 replies ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dixie Gillaspie
    There is an economic crisis that isn’t much talked about, but which is responsible for a downward spiral that none of us want to see continue. Men are opting out of the workplace. That’s right. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, in the 1950’s about three percent of men between 25 and 54, which is still considered “prime” working age, were unemployed and not seeking employment. In the late 1960’s that had climbed to about five percent. In 2013 it was reported at 12 percent. And the last report placed it at 16 percent. These aren’t just men...
  • A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner

    07/25/2015 4:54:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/25/2015 | By Jonnelle Marte
    The annual check-up for Social Security is in, and one program looks more dire than the rest. If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday. The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits, according to the report, which is updated annually. The health of the Social Security program didn’t change by much, and...
  • Dems Talk About Expanding Social Security As It Careens Toward Insolvency

    07/23/2015 4:27:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/22/2015 | John Merline
    The Social Security Administration's latest annual report says what it has been saying for several years now — its disability insurance program will become insolvent in 2016.
  • Social Security Disability checks face 19 percent cut in 2016 unless solution found

    07/23/2015 2:55:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Charleston Post and Courier / The Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2015 | David Slade 
    Goose Creek resident Kelly Schuler said he was earning a six-figure income in corporate sales when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after his symptoms became apparent and he lost his job, Social Security Disability Insurance payments became his financial lifeline. Now he finds himself among the 11 million Americans who could see their monthly checks slashed by 19 percent next year, unless federal lawmakers address a looming shortfall in the Social Security fund that pays disability benefits. The main Social Security fund that pays retiree and survivor benefits is not expected to run short for another two decades,...
  • [Daily Mail] Wisconsin town bans kangaroos from restaurants after woman took baby one called Jimmy t

    06/18/2015 9:04:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-17-15 | Kieran Corcoran
    Kangaroos have been banned from all restaurants in a Wisconsin town after a woman took a baby specimen to McDonald's with her wrapped in a blanket. Beaver Dam in Wisconsin enacted a law changing the rules about what kinds of pet can accompany humans in food establishments, barring the marsupials. Customers at the McDonald's were shocked in February when farmer Diana Moyer brought a baby kangaroos - named Jimmy - into the hamburger chain with her.
  • On The Brink Of Bankruptcy, Federal Disability Program Wastes Billions

    06/09/2015 2:46:15 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/08/2015 | John Merline
    A government audit finds that the Social Security Disability Insurance program paid out $16.8 billion in disability benefits over the past decade to about four million people who either were working, made too much money, were in prison, were dead, weren't eligible or were no longer physically or mentally disabled.
  • Study: Social Security overpaid disability benefits by $17B

    06/05/2015 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2015 3:09 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    A government watchdog says Social Security overpaid disability beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion over the past decade. Many payments went to people who earned too much money to qualify for benefits, or to people who weren’t disabled anymore. Some payments went to people who had died or to prison inmates. …
  • Petition: ‘Walk Only’ Signs in Pedestrian Areas Are Insensitive to Disabled People

    05/16/2015 12:22:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | May 16, 2015
    Petition: ‘Walk Only’ Signs in Pedestrian Areas Are Insensitive to Disabled People by KATHERINE TIMPF May 15, 2015 Arizona State University was trying to protect students from getting hit by cars. Students at Arizona State University are petitioning to have the school change the “Walk Only” signs on the school’s pedestrian paths because they “marginalize disabled bodies that cannot walk.” “This petition is in effort to make a more blanket title for these zones that encompasses the diversity of all bodies who occupy the community that is ASU,” states the petition, written by Alec Melger. (Just to clarify: Although these...
  • Mother arrested after 'leaving quadriplegic son in the woods for five days'

    04/12/2015 10:47:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 11, 2015 | Gardner By Josh Gardner and Mia De Graaf For
    Mother arrested after 'leaving quadriplegic son in the woods for five days' while she visited her boyfriend Nyia Parler, 41, allegedly left her 21-year-old son in woods on Monday and traveled to Maryland where she was taken into custody early Sunday Her son was found under rain-soaked pile of leaves on Friday night and police say he would have died if passers-by hadn't spotted him He was lying on the ground 10 feet from his wheelchair and a Bible A Philadelphia mother accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in the woods before skipping town to see her boyfriend has been...
  • Puerto Ricans who can’t speak English qualify as disabled for Social Security

    04/10/2015 10:47:23 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10 at 6:00 AM | Josh Hicks
    Hundreds of Puerto Rico’s residents qualified for federal disability benefits in recent years because they lacked fluency in English, according to government auditors. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in the U.S. territory. Under Social Security regulations, individuals are considered less employable in the United States if they can’t speak English, regardless of their work experience or level of education.
  • How Do We Get Those Able to Work Off of Disability?

    04/09/2015 4:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by ROMINA BOCCIA
    With the Social Security disability-insurance (SSDI) program heading toward insolvency before the end of next year, lawmakers are looking for reforms to help individuals with disabilities but the capacity to work to return to work. Why it is so hard to get them to do so? Olga Khazan explores the question in a new piece in The Atlantic. Even those awarded benefits for a temporary condition tend to stay on Social Security for the rest of their lives. It’s a tough but urgent question. The disability program has seen tremendous growth in both costs and the number of beneficiaries in...
  • Feds approved disability pay for Puerto Rican citizens … because they don’t speak English

    04/08/2015 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 8,2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory. According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well. “We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the English-language grid rules for...
  • Puerto Ricans Getting Disability Checks Because They Don't Speak English

    04/08/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2015 | John Merline
    Is not knowing how to speak English a disability? According to the Social Security administration, it can be.
  • Germany to expand disability rights

    03/28/2015 1:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 27 Mar 2015 15:58 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A representative of the German Labor Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government’s plan for improved rights for disabled people. Parliamentary state secretary to the Labor Ministry, Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, went before the committee to explain the government’s plan to put Germany in line with UN standards. […] The government is developing 200 measures aimed at bettering the lives of some 7.5 million Germans living with disabilities. …
  • Unemployment Lower, Not Working At Record High

    03/07/2015 7:02:02 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    WIBW ^ | 3-6-15 | CNNMoney/WIBW
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney/WIBW) -- There is good news, but there are still serious concerns because only 123,000 of those jobs were full time. Analysis will be found at the bottom of the story and in attached government reports. Officials claim that the U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February, which crushed expectations. That beat the estimate from CNNMoney's survey of economists, who predicted 235,000 job gains.
  • Social Security debate reignites

    02/14/2015 3:57:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Social Security is surging to the forefront of the political debate ahead of the race for the White House in 2016. The entitlement program has been thrust into the spotlight by a fight over the Social Security disability fund, which is expected to run dry by the end of next year. The looming shortfall is stirring a burst of activism on the left, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a likely 2016 candidate, and liberal hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warning of an assault on the program from Republicans in Congress. "We’ve known for years that Social Security Disability Insurance is...
  • Why have we become so scared of disability?

    01/15/2015 4:15:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    CMF Blog UK ^ | January 9, 2015 | Dr. Karen Forrest
    Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). Disabled_Child-192x128When I went to see the midwife at 36 weeks of pregnancy, I did not expect to find myself leaving in the back of an ambulance. My BP [blood pressure] was 200/115 and there were 4 pluses of protein in my urine. My non-medical husband was bewildered and we both wondered what would happen next. A few hours later, my BP was 160/100, but an ultrasound had shown that our baby was very small – about the size you’d expect at 28 weeks. There were no structural...
  • Little recourse seen for Democrats on Social Security rule change.

    01/13/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Din Maker · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 13, 2015 | David Lawder
    Democrats appear to have little recourse against a House of Representatives rule change that could prompt a steep cut to Social Security disability benefits next year, congressional aides said on Monday. The new legislative rule, pushed through with little notice last week, would prohibit a routine transfer to the Social Security Disability Trust Fund, which is expected to be depleted by late 2016. Without an injection from the main Social Security retirement fund, the disability program would have to cut benefits by some 20 percent, only paying out what it can collect from payroll taxes. Congress approved the last such...
  • Many Landlords Won't Take Section 8

    01/10/2015 1:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 164 replies
    WROC-TV ^ | December 8, 2014 | Rachel Barnhart
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rochester, NY (WROC) - LaTanya Daughtry needs a new place to live. The single mother of two boys is on disability and gets a Section 8 housing voucher. But many online classifieds ads say "No Section 8." "It just makes me feel people look at me differently because I'm on Section 8," Daughtry said. "A lot of ads say no Section 8 right off the bat." Section 8 is a federal housing program run through the Rochester Housing Authority. Recipients pay a portion of the rent and Section 8 pays the rest. Section 8 vouchers are in short supply. In...
  • Will There Be a 2016 Lame-Duck Disability Bailout?

    01/07/2015 9:46:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 7, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    If you thought the lame-duck Congress that met in December -- in which House Speaker John Boehner cut a deal with President Barack Obama to fund almost all of Obama's programs through the rest of the current fiscal year -- was a bad deal for America, wait until the next lame-duck Congress convenes after the 2016 election. That could be the "bipartisan" moment for a bailout of the federal disability program -- and perhaps Social Security with it. The very dry, very long Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of Social Security, released in July, included two crucial predictions....
  • FIREFLY Wheel Chair attachment - Disability Good News Alert!

    12/29/2014 9:25:02 PM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Coolest Inventions ^ | current | Website
    "The Firefly is an electric bike you attach to a manual wheelchair."
  • Is the EU right to consider obesity a disability?

    12/18/2014 2:36:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:22PM GMT 18 Dec 2014 | Rohan Banerjee
    Hefty Danish child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, who was fired from his job earlier this year because he was too immobile to tie a kid’s shoelaces, has successfully won his appeal to the European Court of Justice to consider obesity a disability. As a result, new legislation will be drawn for the purposes of equality in the workplace, stating that employers within the EU must treat any overweight members of staff in the same way that they would those with other disabilities—for example, priority parking or adapted facilities. Is this ridiculous, or does the EU have a point? “To disable” means to...
  • GOP: Personal stories behind new legislation to help the disabled

    12/06/2014 10:00:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12-5-14 | Andrew Malcolm
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Today I’d like to tell you the story of a little boy who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome just three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications: endless doctors’ appointments, heart defects, even early Alzheimer’s. Seven years later, as the mom of that little boy, Cole, nothing has given me greater joy than watching the impact he has had on the world — and dreaming of the difference he will make when he grows up. This week, the House spoke for Cole and...
  • Labor Force Participation Remains at 36-Year Low

    12/05/2014 3:37:12 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 5, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The labor force participation rate remained at a 36-year low of 62.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The participation rate, which is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job during the month or actively seeking one, was 62.8 percent in November which matches the percentage since March 1978. In November, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 248,844,000. Of those, 156,397,000 participated in the labor force...
  • Disability Rolls Balloon

    12/05/2014 8:42:42 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 4, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a veteran academic finds something notable in a Republican president’s administration, it’s generally the expansion of a federal government program. At the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), on Tuesday, Michael Wiseman, an economist at George Washington University (GWU), called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled, the “big achievement of the Nixon years.” The program dates from 1974. Currently, millions of adults and children are on the program, and millions more are likely to be. “Since 1996, the real value of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, as the Clinton Administration and the Republican Congress renamed welfare) has been declining,”...
  • Pro-choice researcher admits that aborting imperfect children creates disability rights conflicts

    11/30/2014 12:37:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Nov 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the reader can be assured that she writes with no pro-life bias. In her book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America, she interviewed women and couples who were waiting for the results of an amniocentesis to discover whether their babies would have down syndrome...
  • CEOs representing over 200 major American companies threatening to pull their support of Obamacare

    11/29/2014 12:35:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    * Many CEOs are angry with the Obama administration thanks to three new cases challenging parts of his 'wellness program' * In order to participate in the 'wellness program' and receive a low health care rate under Obamacare, employees must take a physical * Now it is being argued in three cases that forcing someone to take a physical for work violates the Americans with Disabilities Act * The CEOs now have a number of ways they can undermine Obama because of this developmentLeading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain 'workplace wellness' programs, are threatening to...
  • Petition Asks Disney To Include Kids With Down Syndrome In Animated Films

    11/26/2014 2:06:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | November 26, 2014 11:22 AM
    BURBANK ( — Activists are calling on Disney executives to represent children with Down syndrome and other disabilities in its animated films. More than 75,000 people have signed a San Francisco family’s petition asking Disney to help fight stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities by representing them in their films. Keston Ott-Dahl hand-delivered a copy of the the Care2 petition to Disney headquarters in Burbank Wednesday, along with her partner Andrea, their 6-year-old daughter Jules, and their 15-month-old daughter Delaney, who has Down syndrome. The petition calls upon to the studio to add characters more like Delaney to future...
  • Study: Lawyers Rake In Billions From Federal Disability Program

    11/21/2014 4:25:02 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/21/2014 | John Merline
    Lawyers have raked in more than $7.5 billion in fees from the federal Disability Insurance program since 2009, according to a Manhattan Institute report issued Friday. And that money has come directly out of the pockets of workers through the Social Security payroll tax.
  • Waiting on a Social Security disability appeal? Get in line. A very long line.

    10/19/2014 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/19/14
    In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington’s backlog of backlogs — a queue of waiting Americans larger than the populations of six different states. It is bigger even than the infamous backups at Veterans Affairs, where 526,000 people are waiting in line, and the patent office, where 606,000 applications are pending. All of these people are waiting on a single office at the Social Security Administration. Social Security is best-known for sending benefits to seniors. But it also pays out disability benefits to people who can’t work...
  • A good explanation of the 'real' unemployment rate

    10/13/2014 1:25:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    Everyone who isn't an Obamabot (Paul Krugman) or above the age of 5 knows that the current "official" unemployment rate of 5.9% is bogus. The real number that counts is the labor participation rate which has been shrinking for more than 5 years.Why is the labor force participation rate important? Ken Braun of MLive has very clear explanation: The U.S. “civilian noninstitutional population” - the total count of civilian adults - grew by 217,000 in September, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Those new entrants represent immigrants, young people coming of age, military personnel...
  • Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime [Barf Alert]

    10/06/2014 9:36:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/5/2014 | MARGO KAPLAN
    THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not. By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental...
  • New York Times: Protect Pedophiles as Disabled Americans

    10/06/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 47 replies ^ | 10-6-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hey remember when crazy right wingers predicted that gay marriage would lead to legalizing polygamy? Well that happened. Also they predicted that the next step would be to seek the same civil rights protections for pedophiles. And that’s happening in no less a forum than the New York Times which couldn’t find any terrorists to slot into its op-ed page and went with pedophilia instead.How can you possibly make child rape sympathetic? Liberals always find a way. Think back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into...
  • Work's for Squares

    09/01/2014 7:50:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Barron's ^ | August 30, 2014 | Gene Epstein
    The job market has made a comeback over the past year, but the American labor force hasn't, and the prospects don't look good. Work seems to be on the wane in the U.S., with worrisome consequences for economic growth. While the unemployment rate slipped to 6.1% in June -- its lowest level in six years -- the percentage of adult American workers who are actually in the workforce is at its lowest level in 36 years, with no rebound in sight. ... WHEN IT COMES TO the millions of people receiving Social Security disability income, however, it is fairly certain...
  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • Obesity could qualify as disability, says EU court

    07/17/2014 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.07.14 @ 13:15 | Honor Mahony
    Obesity may be considered a disability if it affects how a person does their job and so could fall under EU rules banning discrimination in the workplace, the EU’s top court said Thursday (17 July) in an opinion set to be closely studied by employers. "Morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ if it is of such a degree as to hinder full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees,” said advocate general Niilo Jaaskinen. The case arrived at the European Court of Justice after Karsten Kaltoft, a child-minder Denmark, claimed he unfairly lost...
  • 11 Million On Disability: Why Are Rolls Rising So Fast?

    06/17/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2014 | John Merline
    The total number of Americans now on the Social Security Disability Insurance program topped 11 million in May, a record high and an increase of 18% since January 2009, according to new data from the Social Security administration, furthering a trend that will have severe economic and budget consequences. More than 5.2 million workers have enrolled in the program since President Obama took office, and enrollment is climbing faster under Obama than at any time in the program's history. An average 81,000 workers joined the Social Security Disability Program each month during Obama's years. Under President Bush, by contrast, monthly...
  • Social Security components going bankrupt in 2016!

    05/24/2014 9:54:22 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 84 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | May 21, 2014 | Brianna Ehley
    For years, the Social Security Administration has warned lawmakers that unless they do something soon, the entitlement program for disabled workers will run out of cash by 2016. Still, as the program’s funds dry up and its insolvency hovers less than two years away, Congress remains quiet on the issue.
  • Oakland probes disability pay of ex-cop who's now FBI agent

    05/23/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 05/23/2014 | Henry K. Lee and Will Kane
    Oakland officials are investigating why a former police officer is collecting $52,488 a year in medical disability benefits from the city even though he has been working as an FBI agent in Boston. The unusual case of FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, 41, came to the attention of Oakland officials after the agent was identified last week as the federal officer who shot and killed a key figure last year in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The disability benefit that McFarlane is collecting under the California Public Employees' Retirement System is awarded when a worker is unable to perform the...
  • Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?

    05/18/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2014 | Jordain Carney & Stacy Kaper
    The failures of the Veterans Affairs Department are a moral abomination: They leave soldiers wounded at war to wait in long lines for the payments they need to fund their care. And VA failures are under new scrutiny amid reports of a string of preventable deaths among veterans and a growing political controversy around them—and many in Congress are pointing a finger in the White House's direction.
  • Using Your Money to Create a Tower of Babel

    05/06/2014 10:28:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | 05/06/2014 | Dave Blount
    The most efficient way to destroy a society is to fragment it and turn the pieces against each other. Language plays a big part in getting America out of the way so that a liberal utopia can be constructed in its place. Here is one way our rulers are using our money to encourage foreign colonists not to learn English: The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits. Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of...
  • Classy: Maine Progressive Group Says Wheelchair-Bound Republican Hasn't "Stood Up" to Governor

    05/06/2014 1:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 5, 2014 | Christine Rouselle
    The Maine People's Alliance, a progressive group, has come under fire for a leaflet aimed at Maine State Rep. Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon Falls). The leaflet resembles a prescription form, and "diagnosed" Crafts as having "no heart" and "no spine" as he "failed to stand up to Gov. LePage." Crafts is confined to a wheelchair following a spinal injury sustained in a motorcycle accident 26 years ago. Democrats in the state were quick to condemn the language in the leaflet and to distance themselves from the Maine People's Alliance. “We’ve only been out of the session two days. And it’s not...
  • Disability Policy Reportedly Fast-Tracks Applicants Who Can’t Speak English

    05/03/2014 8:39:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 03 2014 12:00PM
    No English? No problem! A little known Social Security policy considers a person’s ability to learn English when determining disability eligibility. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sent a letter to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin last week to express concerns about a disability policy that may fast-track Americans who can’t speak English. The policy allows people to qualify for benefits more quickly if “they are incapable of communicating in English.” […] Disability applications have gone up 230 percent in the last decade, according to a report. …
  • Convict Jackson Jr. gets $8.7k a month disability for “mood disorder.” I should be so crazy.

    05/03/2014 7:49:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Allen B. West Blog ^ | 5-2-14 | Allen B. West
    Whenever you hear our dear politicians in Washington DC say there’s nothing more to cut or that they’re just like us, let me give you a friendly reminder. As Breitbart reported after his jail sentencing, convicted ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) receives $8,700 per month in government disability pay, as well as a partial federal pension of $45,000. That generous $8,700 in disability comes thanks to Jackson’s sudden development of a “mood disorder” as the federal government began looking to indict him. Jackson, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, had no history of mental illness during his prior...
  • Harrington Discusses Story on Non-English Speakers Getting Fast-Tracked (VIDEO)

    05/03/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 3 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Full Title: Harrington Discusses Story on Non-English Speakers Getting Fast-Tracked for Disability Approval Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington appeared on Fox and Friends Saturday to discuss her story on non-English speakers being fast-tracked for federal disability approval. Harrington reported: Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin on Thursday, raising concerns regarding revelations that individuals who cannot speak English are fast-tracked for disability approval. “I write to express my concerns about the expanding number of individuals now...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 32 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • What the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Conceals

    04/07/2014 4:14:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rick Santorum
    The mainstream media are in full cry for the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Watch out. When the United Nations starts talking about rights, the truth about what it’s really up to is often carefully concealed. There are always plenty of people in Washington happy to go along with these charades, but the supporters of the CRPD are taking willful blindness to new heights. Last December, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he was unable to support CRPD because it threatens U.S....
  • Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know

    03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | LAUREN WEBER
    Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled? U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., T among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target...
  • Loving the Least of These: How Do We Treat the Disabled Among Us?

    03/15/2014 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Eric Metaxas
    Recent revelations about the abuse of disabled workers has me thinking: Do we fear God? I’ll explain. Last May, an Iowa jury awarded $240 million—later reduced to $6 million—to 32 mentally-disabled men who, over the course of three decades, were systematically cheated, exploited and abused by their employer. disabled2It’s a sad reminder of how vulnerable those with disabilities are and why any church worthy of the name should be at the forefront in protecting them. The story is, as the New York Times put it, “Dickensian” in its details. Over three decades, hundreds of intellectually-disabled men were shipped from Texas...