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  • VA Facility Where Vet Got Prosecuted for Posting U.S. Flags Duped out of Millions by Bribed Official

    01/18/2018 9:52:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 18, 2018
    An official at the same Los Angeles Veterans Administration facility where an Army vet got prosecuted for posting American Flags took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a vendor that defrauded the VA out of millions. While the feds went on a witch hunt against the 75-year-old vet for affixing Old Glory at a site honoring those who served their country, the VA director was committing the real crime. This month the corrupt VA official, Ralph Tillman, agreed to plead guilty to two felony offenses for taking over a quarter of a million dollars in bribes from a...
  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • Virginia parents murdered after warning daughter about teen boyfriend’s neo-Nazi affiliations

    12/27/2017 8:42:22 AM PST · by bgill · 48 replies
    nbc4i.com ^ | Dec. 26, 2017 | AP
    Police in Fairfax County, a Washington suburb, announced Saturday they filed charges against the teen. His name wasn’t released because of his age. Scott Fricker, 48, and his wife Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, were shot Friday in their home in the community of Reston. Police say the teen knew the victims, who confronted him when he entered their home. Police say the teen then shot the couple and himself. The Washington Post reported Saturday the suspect had been dating the couple’s daughter, but that the family had recently persuaded her to break up with him because he espoused neo-Nazi philosophies.
  • *Faster VA Claims Decisions* .....?

    12/16/2017 9:33:54 PM PST · by 1_Inch_Group · 9 replies
    my email | Today | Me
    Since you last filed a VA disability claim, VA has improved the claim process by launching the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) Program. When you file a DRC, you can get a decision on your claim in 30 days or less by working with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO). Your VSO will help you gather and submit all relevant and required evidence so your claim is ready for VA to make a decision when you submit it. You can now file a DRC for the following claim types: Direct Service Connection Claims Presumptive Service Connection Claims Secondary Service Connection Claims...
  • Position Paper of the Silver Star Families of America on Opioid Use

    12/03/2017 9:35:21 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 11 replies
    The Silver Star Families of America, the SSFOA, is well aware of the dangers of opioids in all their various forms and, for the most part, agrees with the new federal and state guidelines that are tightening up the distribution of the drugs as long as it does not adversely affect the veteran population. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm
  • Don't blame the Donald for those losses; blame the candidates

    11/27/2017 6:24:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 11.12.17 | Paul Mulshine
    It was a bad week for establishment Republicans from New Jersey running for governor. And I'm not talking about just Kim Guadagno. Ed Gillespie managed to lose a big race as well. Both were New Jerseyans: Gillespie by birth, Guadagno by marriage. Let us dispense first with Guadagno, who was born in Iowa and came here after completing law school. From the beginning of this campaign it was obvious that her chances of getting elected governor rested with Chris Christie. -snip- Or in other words, it is run the same way the national party is run: by people like Ed...
  • VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

    11/22/2017 8:59:27 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-22-2017
    Veterans returned to the U.S. after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam a half century ago, but hundreds of them may be dying from a silent bullet — a slow-killing parasite living in the men decades after the war, a new study revealed. Liver flukes, parasites that infect a human when raw or undercooked fish is eaten, are being investigated as the cause of a rare bile duct cancer among veterans who served in the Vietnam War. It could take years for symptoms to show up, but when they do, the host is left with tremendous pain and given just...
  • WWII veteran calls for help and dies as nurses laugh, video shows

    11/18/2017 3:33:42 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WXIA-TV [GA] ^ | 18 Novemer 2017 | WXIA-TV
    A hidden video from 2014 showed nurses laughing as a World War II veteran repeatedly called for help and died while in their care. The family of James Dempsey, 89, of Woodstock, Ga., hid a camera in the late veteran’s room in the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center which captured the night he died. The video showed the decorated WWII veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he could not breathe. It also showed the nurses failing to take life-saving measures and laughing as they tried to start an oxygen machine.
  • CAIR Exit Poll: 85 Percent of Virginia Muslim Voters Supported Northam

    11/08/2017 10:32:32 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 37 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | November 8, 2017
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), in partnership with the Virginia Council of Muslim Organizations (VCMO), today released the results of an exit poll indicating that Muslim voters in Virginia strongly supported now governor-elect Ralph Northam in Tuesday's election. The poll, conducted by an independent interactive voice response survey provider on behalf of CAIR and VCMO, indicated that 76 percent of registered Virginia Muslim voters turned out to the polls in the off-year election. CAIR said the more than 300 Muslim voters surveyed indicated the following preferences: Ralph Northam (D) 85% Ed Gillespie (R) 13% Cliff Hyra (L) 2%...
  • VA rejects push to alter ‘sexist’ motto: ‘Lincoln’s words are Lincoln’s words’

    11/02/2017 10:14:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Veterans group claims motto ‘symbolizes the agency’s resistance to gender equity’The VA is defending its motto this week against charges that it “symbolizes​ ​the agency’s​ ​resistance​ ​to​ ​gender​ ​equity.” A portion of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865 has been deemed “sexist” as a VA motto by the nonprofit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The group wrote a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin this week demanding a change, which it says would “better support women.” The motto in question, in place since 1959, reads: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for...
  • New VA Poll Suggest Stunning Turn For Gillespie

    10/26/2017 8:02:09 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/26/17 | ED MORRISSEY
    Has the ground shifted in the biggest election of this off-year with less than two weeks to go? Until this month, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie consistently trailed in polls for the Virginia gubernatorial election to Democrat Ralph Northam. Gillespie scored a one-point edge in a mid-month Monmouth poll, but now shows a commanding eight-point lead in a Hampton University survey:
  • Michael Bloomberg just made Virginia's governor race a referendum on gun control

    10/24/2017 5:09:09 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 23, 2017, 12:28 PM | by Philip Wegmann |
    Michael Bloomberg is hoping to ride to the rescue of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam two weeks ahead of the Virginia governor's race. Everytown for Gun Safety, one the foremost gun control groups in America that is bankrolled by the former New York City mayor, will drop another $400,000 in the election after an earlier $1 million commitment, the Washington Post reports. That makes the race very much a referendum on gun control. October Week 2 | Campfire Watch Full Screen While the Bloomberg cash could rile up the Democratic base and bring Northam victory, it could just as easily backfire...
  • The Push

    10/25/2017 12:03:16 AM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 7 replies
    My brains | Today | Me, Dammit
    The final push. Claim at the VA was denied, BUT..... I did get what I wanted. They formally noted that my previously undiagnosed illness that I applied for was now known as XXXXXdisease. I have a specialist at the VA that had noted in my record that XXXXXdisease "as likely as not" started while in service. VA returned no evidence, but changed undiagnosed illness to XXXXdisease. Am I reading something into this? It seems like they agree...but need me to add more. So I've got witness statements. Family, friends, and potential love interests. All of which have been pushed away...
  • Dulles Toll Road Fee Projected to Increase to $4.75 in 2019, $6 in 2023

    10/22/2017 11:15:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Reston Now ^ | October 18, 2017 | Dave Emke
    Users of the Dulles Toll Road can expect to pay more in 2019, according to a 2018 draft budget presented to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board today.No increase from the $3.50 toll ($2.50 at the plaza and $1 at the ramp) is planned in 2018; however, it is expected to jump to $4.75 the following year. Numbers presented by the Board’s Finance Committee show that is only the beginning of the hikes.In 2023, the toll is projected to go up to $6. Additional jumps of $1.25 or more are projected every five years for the following two decades, resulting...
  • Vanity - Obama campaigns in Virginia, 10/19/2018 for Candidate Northam

    10/16/2017 6:02:53 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 17 replies
    "Failed"`Ex-POTUS, Barack Hussein Obama will campaign in support of Democrat, Progressive, Extreme Left-Wing, Governor, candidate, Northham on 10/19/2017 along with present VA Governor, Terry (The Charlottesville Murder/Riot Organizer) McAuliffe. It will be most interesting and informative to see if Obama can muster up the 20,000-30,000 attendees that POTUS, Trump receives at his rallies, with a snap of his fingers. Or...will Obama mimic Hillary Clinton with 100-200 attendees? Shucks...I'm looking for Obama to attract 100,000 folks or more, mostly ill-informed, African-Americans who have been royally screwed by Obama during his eight year, failed presidency. Can't figure that one out....but...it is as...
  • A nurse’s aide plays video games while a veteran dies at Bedford VA hospital

    10/17/2017 7:05:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 17 Oct 2017 | Andrea Estes
    Bill Nutter was very sick. Not only had he just lost his second leg to diabetes, but he also suffered from a condition that could cause his heart to stop beating without warning.... At first, Waible insisted she had made the required checks on Nutter, even initialing paperwork that purported to document her visits. But she eventually confessed when an OIG investigator told her the hospital’s cameras showed she never left her computer for her entire shift, according to someone with direct knowledge. None of these facts were shared with the Nutters, family members said.
  • Obama coming to Richmond, Oct. 19 to pimp for Northam (Barf Alert)

    10/11/2017 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 19 replies
    dim email
    RSVP now, Friend President Obama is coming to Virginia because he knows the importance of electing Democrats like Ralph this year—leaders who are ready to fight for equality, opportunity, and progress for ALL Americans. The President will be in town next week, and we’d love for you to join us! Can you make it? WHEN: Evening of Thursday, October 19, 2017 WHERE: Richmond, Virginia I'LL BE THERE The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and space is limited, so make sure to RSVP early! As President Obama always says, there’s nothing more important than...
  • VA Secretary “re-fires” person he fired in April

    09/22/2017 4:19:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jazz Shaw
    More than a month ago we talked about the problems that VA Secretary David Shulkin was having in attempting to fire delinquent D.C. medical center Director Brian Hawkins. The soon-to-be ex-employee was in charge of a center where unsanitary conditions were placing the lives of veterans under his care at risk. On top of that, sensitive VA documents had been sent to his private email server (wait… am I the only person on the planet without a private server?) along with various other irregularities. After being placed in an administrative position during an investigation, Shulkin moved to implement new policies...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes

    09/21/2017 8:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Robert McCartney, Faiz Siddiqui and Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America. The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government. Because of private-sector involvement, Hogan said, the plan would...
  • VA uses Trump-signed law to fire DC medical director – twice

    09/20/2017 3:10:23 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Alex Pappas
    The former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington has been fired – again. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday that former director Brian Hawkins had been dismissed “for his failure to provide effective leadership to the D.C. Medical Center.” Officials said he was ousted under the VA Accountability Act, which President Trump signed into law in June. Hawkins was initially ousted in July. But the VA was forced to rehire him in August after the federal Merit Systems Protection Board ordered a stay of the firing. Hawkins has argued he was wrongly terminated. The department’s inspector general...