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  • Fairfax County middle school teacher arrested at the border on child sex charges

    10/12/2019 4:13:07 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    WJLA ^ | October 11, 2019 | Associated Press and WJLA
    A middle school teacher from northern Virginia has been arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border after being charged with having sexual relations with a minor. Fairfax County Police say 31-year-old Matthew Snell of Clinton, Maryland, was arrested Friday in Texas at the El Paso airport after trying to leave the country. Snell is listed as a learning-disabilities teacher at Thoreau Middle School in Vienna. Police say parents contacted the school Thursday after finding inappropriate text messages from Snell to their teenage child. Police say Snell became aware of the investigation and fled. Snell faces charges including taking indecent liberties with a...
  • New leadership named for troubled central Alabama VA system

    09/20/2019 5:09:48 PM PDT · by RobertoinAL · 10 replies
    WSFA News ^ | September 29, 2019 | WSFA Staff
    Does anyone wonder why the VA is so $krewed up? I mean, Amir Farooqi - to be named Acting Director of Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Services (CAVHCS). Thanks Uncle Sam! We called it "The Green Weenie"!

    09/18/2019 3:59:11 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 91 replies
    The Silver Star Families of America ^ | 9-18-19 | Steve Newton
    Today the Silver Star Families of America has come out against, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie decision to ban all smoking at V.A. facilities.
  • Exposure to jet fuel, not just noise, contributes to hearing problems

    09/12/2019 11:35:57 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 33 replies
    VA ^ | March 20, 2014 | VA
    It's a fact aircrews know well. Service members who work in and around aircraft are more likely to suffer hearing deficits. But new VA research on the effects of jet propulsion fuel-8, commonly known as JP-8, suggests the problem may be more complex than previously thought. Dr. O'neil Guthrie, a research scientist and clinical audiologist with the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System in California, says it's not just the noise that is harmful. It can also be the fuel itself. "JP-8 is one part of a larger class of hydrocarbon chemicals," says Guthrie. "What we're seeing is that even at...
  • Gun Rights Debate Fuels Historic Donations In Virginia Elections

    09/08/2019 7:18:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    WAMU ^ | 6 September, 2019 | Daniella Cheslow
    The National Rifle Association gave a historic contribution to Virginia’s statewide elections this week, donating just over $200,000 to House of Delegates Majority Leader Todd Gilbert.The donation is far less than the $2.5 million given by gun control advocates. But both sums show how the issue could be decisive in the November elections for the General Assembly. Become a sponsor? “They may outspend the NRA, but they will never outwork us,” said NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen.The NRA is “fully engaged,” in the election “to protect the self defense rights of every law-abiding Virginian,” she said, adding that “big-city financiers” have...
  • Trump Admin Allows Veterans’ Hospitals to Have Bibles, Christmas Trees Again

    08/27/2019 6:15:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/27/19 | Fred Lucas
    August 27, 2019 (Daily Signal) — As a kid, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie recalls, he visited a VA hospital at Christmastime. "One of my fondest memories growing up, we used to sing Christmas carols at the VA hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina," Wilkie told The Daily Signal, sitting in a 10th-floor office at VA headquarters on Vermont Avenue Northwest, overlooking the White House. "Something as simple and as decent as that was being stopped," he said. "With the support of the president, we just said enough is enough." Wilkie grew up at Fort Bragg, the son of an Army...
  • Filing against VA Medical Center in Clarksburg claims patient was the victim of homicide [WV]

    08/23/2019 2:36:01 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 20 replies
    WBOY-TV ^ | August 23, 2019 | WBy Staff
    CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A lawyer representing the estate of a U.S. Army veteran who died from low blood sugar while at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg has filed a notice of claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, alleging that the veteran died as a result of homicide. The claim also alleges that nine to 10 other patients died at the VA under similar circumstances. Tony O’Dell, an attorney with Tiano O’Dell in Charleston, filed the claim this week on behalf of Melanie Proctor, who is the daughter of Ret. Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott and...
  • VA wrongfully denied $53M in vets’ medical claims in 6-month period

    08/18/2019 10:43:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 8/14/2019 | Courtney Kube, Adiel Kaplan, Mosheh Gains and Carol Eggers
    When former Coast Guardsman Amanda Wolfe went to the emergency room because her appendix was about to burst in September 2016, she figured her insurance would cover the cost. She had two kinds of insurance — a private plan she paid for and her Veterans Affairs benefits. The emergency appendectomy went well and Wolfe made a speedy recovery. Her private insurance covered most of the more than $20,000 bill for her hospital stay. But six months later, the VA denied her claim for the roughly $2,500 that remained, putting her in an unexpected financial bind. She has been appealing ever...
  • WARNING: How the VA “red-flags” patriots

    08/08/2019 11:38:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 22 replies ^ | 08/07/2019 | Michelle Malkin
    Gun-grabbing crisis vultures just can’t let the latest mass shootings go to waste. “Red flag” laws are now all the rage in the Beltway as the magic pill to prevent homicidal maniacs from wreaking havoc on the nation. Even President Donald Trump has endorsed the idea of preemptively confiscating people’s firearms if they are deemed a “threat.” But if you want to know how this American version of China’s social credit system would work in practice, let me remind you of how Veterans Affairs recklessly red-flags “disruptive” citizens without due process, transparency or accountability in the name of “safety.” Government...
  • The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

    07/16/2019 1:49:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 11, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid. In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.” The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not...
  • Veterans Affairs is changing for the better

    07/15/2019 10:08:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2019 | Robert Wilkie
    President Abraham Lincoln once said, “I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.” Like any large organization, the Department of Veterans Affairs has seen its share of problems. But under President Trump’s leadership, the VA is living up to Lincoln’s ideals by finding ways to fix those problems from past administrations. When we realized our claim-appeals process was complex and inefficient, we worked with veterans service organizations, Congress, and the president to draft and pass a new law designed to fix it and put veterans first. We launched a 24/7 White House VA...
  • ‘Boring’ no more? Virginia has already begun embracing casino-style gaming.

    07/09/2019 1:15:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 7, 2019 | Gregory S. Schneider
    Music blared as more than a thousand people formed a long, giddy line along the front of a once-abandoned Kmart. Two racehorses paced the parking lot. A man in fox-hunting garb blew a bugle call. Cheers went up, dignitaries urged the crowd to “have some fun!” and the new Rosie’s Gaming Emporium threw open its doors. “Virginia is boring,” Annie Randolph, 64, a retired health-care worker shouted as she jockeyed to get inside. She had arrived more than two hours early — thrilled, she said, to finally have fun gambling without traveling to Maryland or Las Vegas. “Keeps me from...
  • VA to allow religious symbols at facilities

    07/03/2019 12:45:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/03/19 | Tal Axelrod
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Wednesday that it was revising its policies to allow religious literature, symbols and displays to be exist in public areas at its facilities. The agency said it is seeking to protect veterans’ religious liberty and clarify its policies, which the agency said have been interpreted “inconsistently” at different facilities. The VA's updated policies will allow for religious content in publicly accessible displays at its facilities and permit patients and guests to obtain requested religious literature, symbols and sacred texts during their treatment at the facilities and at chapel visits. “We want to make...
  • Irrational Hoplophobia from NBC12 in Virginia

    06/22/2019 1:24:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 June, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    Fraction of Suicides with Firearms – Orange; Per Capita Firearms in the US – Blue When people want to believe something, they tend to fit the data to their pre-conceived ideas. This is known in scientific circles as confirmation bias. Others may call it rationalization. It is on full display in an article written by Katie O'Conner in the Virgina Mercury. The article is piece promoting more restrictive gun laws in Virginia, in advance of the special session called by Democrat Governor Ralph Northam.  The article is premised on false assumptions and the irrational attribution of volition to inanimate...
  • 62-year-old victim keeps suspected shooter afloat until police arrive

    06/19/2019 1:43:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 17 June, 2019 | Jesica Nolte
    A person helped keep the man suspected of firing several shots afloat after he fell in the water Sunday morning near the Hampton Yacht Club, according to a news release from Hampton police. Dispatch received a call a little after 4 a.m. Sunday reporting shots fired in the 100 block of Linden Avenue. Officers determined that two men had been arguing inside a home when a single shot was fired. No one was injured and police said the man suspected of firing the gun fled the home. Police found the man in the water at the Hampton Yacht Club, about...
  • Virginia Beach Shooter: Law Abiding, Handguns, Former Member of the N.G, Black

    06/05/2019 2:53:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 June, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    The mass murder in Virginia Beach took place in Virginia Beach Municipal Building 2. Notice the elevated entrance, which prevents drive in car bomb attacks. The mass murder in Virginia Beach took place inside a secured location. The people inside were forbidden from possessing defensive firearms. It was a gun free zone. The shooter, who worked at that location, had an electronic pass which gave him easy access to the gun free zone.Coverage of this event was different than previous mass murders in the United States.  I mentioned, in an email, that something was different about this event. It...
  • Virginia agrees to let Arlington rename Jefferson Davis Highway

    05/15/2019 12:48:32 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2019 | Patricia Sullivan
    Almost 100 years after Confederate sympathizers named a major Virginia road after the president of their lost cause, Arlington County won approval from a state transportation board to rename Jefferson Davis Highway. The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted unanimously Wednesday morning to allow Arlington to change the name of the road — commonly known as Route 1 — to Richmond Highway by Oct. 1, after lobbying by the county, legislators, business and residential groups, and Gov. Ralph Northam (D). “What we just heard, through the unanimous vote and the words of the governor, is it’s past time,” said Christian Dorsey (D),...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: All The Single-Payer VA Needs Is More Money To Succeed

    04/25/2019 12:19:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/25/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    “If it’s not broke,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told an audience about the Veterans Administration, “don’t fix it.” Ocasio-Cortez insists that the VA isn’t broken at all, and that chronic and widespread reports of problems and breakdowns are nothing more than a Republican plot to “shop out care to for-profit healthcare corps.”In the very next sentence of her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez then acknowledges the massive wait-time issues at the VA and insists that all the single-payer system needs is more cash (via Twitchy): The GOP participates in a lobbyist-friendly campaign to trash the VA, so we tear it up & shop...
  • AOC returns to Twitter, immediately calls out Trump

    04/24/2019 9:05:28 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2019 | 11:43pm | Chris Perez
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hopped back on Twitter Wednesday night — after a few “unplugged” days visiting her “abuela” in Puerto Rico — and immediately called out the president. Her return came just hours after President Trump posted a tweet saying he agrees with the freshman congresswomen on her claims that the Department of Veterans Affairs “isn’t broken” because, according to him, his administration fixed it. “Just got back from a few (mostly) unplugged days visiting my abuela in PR, and I see the President is tweeting about me,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Just another day at the office!” The New York lawmaker...
  • Wow: Ocasio-Cortez says we don’t need to reform the SCANDAL-ridden VA; ‘If it ain’t broke…’

    04/22/2019 12:41:23 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 39 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 4/22/19 | Jon Dougherty
    We are continually amazed at how tone-deaf freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is when it comes to the issues of the day and wonder a) if she has anyone on her staff who is versed in them; and b) if not, why not? Because she really needs someone who is; she would avoid a great many faux pas if she did. Take her latest comments on the scandal-ridden Veterans Administration; she claims it “ain’t broke” so we ought not to be fixin’ it. At a town hall event in New York last week, she actually argued that the system provides...