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  • Hmmm: Office of Special Counsel accuses VA Inspector General of targeting whistleblowers

    02/26/2016 5:15:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 26, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    The scandal at the Veterans Administration may go deeper than first thought. According to a scathing letter from the US Office of Special Counsel, which has authority to probe whistleblower abuse within the executive branch, the VA’s Office of Inspectors General ignored whistleblowers and their complaints, shrugging off evidence of fraud and manipulation of wait time statistics. According to OSC,the IG even attempted to “discredit the whistleblowers by focusing on the word ‘secret,'” rather than try to correct the problems their investigation uncovered: A top government watchdog on Thursday accused the central agency tasked with holding Veterans Affairs accountable of...
  • WATCH: Up-Close Launch Pad Cameras Capture Antares ORB-3 Explosion in Frightening Detail

    11/24/2014 7:17:26 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 23 replies
    AmericaSpace.com ^ | 23NOV2014 | Mike Killian
    For the NASA press corps, specifically the photojournalists responsible for capturing suicidal up-close images at liftoff, camera setups for the recent launch attempt of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket on the Orb-3 mission was as usual, but the outcome was anything but. Everyone knows that a rocket can explode, and although the odds are incredibly small we understand the risks when we set up our launch pad cameras to document the impressive launches of Americas missions to space. As the old saying goes; spaceflight is not routine, and the still and video imagery presented in this article tonight highlight...
  • First stage propulsion system is early focus of Antares investigation

    11/02/2014 10:01:18 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 35 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 31OCT2014 | Stephen Clark
    The first sign of failure during Tuesdays doomed launch of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket from Virginia came from the boosters first stage about 15 seconds after liftoff, according to engineers studying what triggered a fiery mishap that destroyed a commercial cargo craft heading to the International Space Station. The rockets 13-foot-diameter first stage, containing tanks with more than 50,000 gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants, is made in Ukraine and powered by Soviet-era engines built in the 1970s for Russias moon program. Evidence suggests the failure initiated in the first stage after which the vehicle lost its...
  • Elon Musk called the Antares rocket a 'joke' 2 years before it exploded

    10/29/2014 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | 28OCT2014 | Amanda Wills
    An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise except, perhaps, Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, trashed Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview: "One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the 60s. I dont mean their design is from the 60sI mean they start with engines that were literally made in...
  • NASA, we have a problem! Unmanned cargo rocket explodes

    10/29/2014 4:59:51 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 57 replies
    Mail online ^ | October 29, 2014 | Snejana Farborv and Mark Prigg
    A Nasa rocket due to be visible across the East Coast on its way to the International Space Station has blown up on the launchpad. The rocket exploded six seconds after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia. Engineers said there were no problems reported before the launch, and say they have 'no early indications' of what went wrong. 'A mishap has occurred. we have lost the vehicle,' controllers said seconds after blast off.
  • IRS worker suspended for pro-Obama activities

    07/10/2014 11:13:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Stephan Dinan
    An IRS employee was suspended for 100 days for using his job at the agencys help line to try to convince callers to vote for President Obama, a government watchdog agency announced Thursday. The employee, whose name wasnt mentioned in the announcement from the Office of Special Counsel, admitted to using his job for political purposes and agreed to the settlement that involved a 100-day suspension. OSCs complaint alleged that, when fielding taxpayers questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to re-elect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling...
  • Price of coming forward: 37 VA whistle-blowers claim retaliation

    06/06/2014 11:34:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 6, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Dozens of Veterans Affairs workers who have come forward with stories of mismanagement and patient abuse say they have faced retaliation within the scandal-scarred agency, according to federal investigators. In one case, a VA employee with a spotless record over two decades was suspended after reporting patients had been inappropriately restrained, according to one of 37 such complaints filed with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In another case, an employee claimed to have been demoted after disclosing alleged mishandling of patient care funds. The employee was temporarily reassigned and an investigation is still ongoing, OSC officials said. The...
  • US Special Counsel Investigating Widespread Reprisal Against VA Whistle-Blowers

    06/05/2014 12:15:05 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/05/2014 | Patrick Howley
    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is currently investigating allegations of whistleblower reprisal from 37 different Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees in 19 states, The Daily Caller has learned. OSC is investigating allegations that VA retaliated against whistleblowers on cases involving improper health-care scheduling. VA is currently under fire after it was revealed that a secret waiting list kept at a Phoenix, Arizona VA medical facility led to preventable veteran deaths. A VA employee in one of the cases alleged that he/she was slapped with a proposed seven-day suspension, a lowered performance evaluation and reassignment after reporting scheduling...
  • Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

    04/24/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer
    A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....
  • "Let's Unlose This war"

    10/12/2012 3:26:13 PM PDT · by TexasBarak · 11 replies
    Hatrack.com ^ | October 4, 2012 | Orson Scott Card
    The reason it is so depressing to read Alone, the middle volume of William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill, is not because the British government was so obtuse in failing to listen to Churchill's constant warnings about the rising menace of Adolf Hitler. Why should that be depressing? After all, when Hitler finally got the war he had wanted for so long, Churchill was elevated at last to be prime minister of Britain, and in that position he saved Britain and, by the way, the world. So this is the prelude to a tale of triumph. It is sad to...
  • Feds: Sebelius violated federal law by campaigning for Obama

    09/12/2012 7:07:06 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 12, 2012
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law when she campaigned this winter for President Obama, federal investigators announced Wednesday. Sebelius broke the law by making extemporaneous partisan remarks during a speech in February at a Human Rights Campaign Event in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). She made the comments in the city that would later host the Democratic National Convention. ... The agency said Sebelius comments violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits public officials from campaigning in an official capacity. The agency said the Department of Health and Human Services after the...
  • Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holders Immigration Office (Part 3)

    08/12/2011 12:10:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 12, 2011 | Richard Pollock
    All five new hires to the Justice Department's immigration office have far-left resumes which were only released following a PJM lawsuit. (This is the third in a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one and two.) Earlier this week, PJM commenced a series of articles highlighting the army of new attorneys hired for the Department of Justices Civil Rights Division by the Obama administration. PJM based its reporting on resumes that were finally turned over following a lengthy Freedom of Information Act battle with the Department.The intent of...
  • U.S. Lags on Key Milestones in Transition Plan for Iraq, Report Says

    06/02/2011 7:31:12 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jun 2, 2011 | Tony Capaccio
    The U.S. is failing to meet key milestones in advance of the Oct. 1 handover of responsibilities in Iraq from the U.S. military to the State Department, says a report being issued Thursday by the State Departments inspector general.
  • Orson Scott Card on Obama, a lying radical leftist who breaks promises, and his incompetent clowns

    09/25/2009 7:19:05 AM PDT · by Tolik · 49 replies · 3,306+ views
    Greensboro Rhino Times ^ | September 24, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    We didn't have political articles by Orson Scott Card for awhile, and here is one with promises of more. For those who don't know who he is: Orson Scott Card is one of the best living Sci-Fi writers. His Ender's series are enormously popular and translated to many languages. His websites attract attention of readers from all over the world.Since 9/11 he wrote many political essays. He is a conservative democrat of a Zell Miller type (there are still a few around) who is upset with hijacking of his party by the Left. He considers himself a moderate, which (some...
  • Are new 'Puritans' gaining? (OPEN)

    03/20/2009 7:55:01 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 21 replies · 503+ views
    Mormon Times | March 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Are new 'Puritans' gaining? By Orson Scott Card Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009 It was interesting to see how many American religions had lost ground in the past two decades, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. With all our missionary work, we Latter-day Saints merely managed to keep pace with population growth in America, remaining at a steady 1.4 percent of the population. In fact, Mormons were the only group to show no change at all, relative to the America as a whole. We're swimming as fast as we can -- just to stay...
  • Big Love: Big Deal (LDS Caucus)

    03/20/2009 6:13:24 AM PDT · by restornu · 18 replies · 434+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 13 March 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    In the aftermath of Proposition 8, its open season on Mormons, and the producers of HBOs series Big Love are in the best position to give the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a big slap. The series focuses on members of one of several splinter groups that have left the Mormon Church over the issue of polygamy. To understand what this means to Mormons, its worth indulging in a little history. When the Mormon prophet Wilford Woodruff declared in 1890 that it was Gods will that Latter-day Saints no longer take multiple wives, some Mormons clung...
  • Orson Scott Card: Big Love? Big Deal

    03/13/2009 11:25:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 1,466+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 13, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    March 13, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Big Love? Big DealYes, Mormons are targets, but let’s not get too excited about it. By Orson Scott Card In the aftermath of Proposition 8, it’s open season on Mormons, and the producers of HBO’s series Big Love are in the best position to give the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a big slap. The series focuses on members of one of several splinter groups that have left the Mormon Church over the issue of polygamy. To understand what this means to Mormons, it’s worth indulging in a little history....
  • Orson Scott Card: One Party Rule Forever! [Obama's coup d'etat - census to Rahm Emanuel]

    02/23/2009 7:42:48 AM PST · by Tolik · 58 replies · 3,643+ views
    rhinotimes.com ^ | February 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment if they get any treatment at all. So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as...
  • One Party Rule Forever!

    02/20/2009 1:33:57 PM PST · by lady lawyer · 28 replies · 1,262+ views
    Rhinoceros Times ^ | February 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment if they get any treatment at all. So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as...
  • Orson Scott Card: Obama and the Press

    01/30/2009 8:31:34 AM PST · by Tolik · 30 replies · 2,172+ views
    rhinotimes.com ^ | January 29, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    I don't know about you, but I thought it was a delicious moment when President Obama made his condescending handshaking visit to the press room and got testy when the reporters insisted on asking him questions. "If you keep asking questions I won't be able to do this any more," he says, sternly, like a father saying, "Do I have to turn this car around?" He was so arrogant that I laughed out loud. And also unbelievably dumb about the press. This guy, who got the gentlest treatment by the press in any political campaign ever (while they made grossly...