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  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • VA Secretary Robert McDonald Apologizes for Misstating He Served in Special Forces

    02/24/2015 7:04:09 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/23/2015 | PAUL H.B. SHIN and CHRIS GOOD
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized today for mistakenly saying in a videotaped exchange with a homeless man that he had served in the special forces, though his service was entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division. "Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service," a White House officials told ABC News. "We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he's doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation's veterans."
  • Tipton blasts proposal to raid vets’ program ( Colorado )

    02/24/2015 6:58:24 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    resident Barack Obama’s proposed budget would allow him to raid a program he approved that was aimed at improving medical treatment for veterans living in rural areas, said a letter signed by, among others, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. The Veterans Choice program, which had funding of $10 billion when it was approved and signed last year, was intended to reduce waiting times for veterans who had been on waiting lists for more than 30 days or who lived more than 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs clinic. The proposed budget — which was roundly criticized by Republicans in the...
  • Report: VA Secretary Lied About Serving in Special Forces

    02/23/2015 6:04:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    weekly standard ^ | february 23, 2015 | daniel halper
    The Veterans Affairs secretary lied about serving in the special forces, a report in the Huffington Post alleges. "Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s," the report reads. U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force and Navy SEALs --...
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin Lawyers Up After Three Deaths Are Linked To A VA Report She Sat On For Months

    02/23/2015 4:03:32 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 43 replies
    TownHall ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Matt Vespa
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, may have landed herself in some trouble after it was reported her office did little to address the rather high rate of opiate prescriptions coming out of the Veterans Affairs center in Tomah, Wisconsin. As a result, Baldwin's office fired a top aide, offered her a severance package, and a confidentiality agreement. The aide, Marquette Baylor, rejected the deal and is filing a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Baldwin. At the same time, Baldwin's office had the Tomah VA report since last summer. To make matters worse, three...
  • VA: How to provoke a Shooting

    02/17/2015 8:29:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to YouTube Video of Rite-Aid Confrontation The Rite-Aid shooting saga has just resulted in another mistrial for Bernell Benn.  In the video, Benn is the large black man on the cell phone.   Colorado is the white man in white shorts and dark short sleeved shirt.  From the recent article at wavy.com: Benn has claimed he acted in self-defense during the altercation with Ramon Colorado in which investigators say both men had guns and began shooting at each other. During a jailhouse interview with WAVY.com after his August 16 arrest, Benn said Colorado jumped ahead of him in line...
  • Documents Cast Doubt on Claim that 60 VA Employees Have Been Fired for Manipulating Wait Times

    02/15/2015 5:36:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/15/15
    Documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon cast doubt on claims made Sunday by the secretary for veterans affairs that 60 people who manipulated wait time data have been fired by the agency over the last half-year. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said on Sunday that the agency is improving and working toward holding officials accountable, firing 900 employees in the past six months. “We’re making fundamental changes in the department. In terms of leadership, we’ve held accountable about 900 employees who are no longer with us, that were with us before,” McDonald said on NBC’s Meet the...
  • Obama Betrayal: Effort To Snatch $10 Billion From Veterans

    02/15/2015 11:27:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Tea Party.Org ^ | 2/15/15 | staff/Newsmax
    (Newsmax) - President Obama and the Veterans Administration bureaucracy are already sabotaging the VA reform law passed in August. The ink is barely dry on the 8.6 million “Choice Cards” that supposedly allow vets to see a doctor outside the delay-plagued system. Obama’s budget tries to snatch the $10 billion allocated for the Choice program and allow it to be spent however VA top administrators want. It’s a sickening betrayal. Even worse, VA secretary Robert McDonald is telling federal lawmakers that this underhanded move will better serve “VA system priorities.” That’s the problem. He’s more interested in protecting “the system”...
  • Obama Betrayal: Effort To Snatch $10 Billion From Veterans

    02/15/2015 11:17:51 AM PST · by blueyon · 6 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | 2/15/15 | Newsmax???
    President Obama and the Veterans Administration bureaucracy are already sabotaging the VA reform law passed in August. The ink is barely dry on the 8.6 million “Choice Cards” that supposedly allow vets to see a doctor outside the delay-plagued system. Obama’s budget tries to snatch the $10 billion allocated for the Choice program and allow it to be spent however VA top administrators want. It’s a sickening betrayal. Even worse, VA secretary Robert McDonald is telling federal lawmakers that this underhanded move will better serve “VA system priorities.” That’s the problem. He’s more interested in protecting “the system” than vets....
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill

    02/12/2015 7:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 9:05 AM EST
    President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. […] The measure is named for a Marine who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. …
  • Obama VA secretary insults war-vet congressman: ‘What have you done?’ Vets group outraged

    02/12/2015 7:13:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | February 12, 2015 | Nicole Haas
    Tensions ran high when Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was grilled about mismanagement within the VA system during a House hearing Wednesday – a major veterans group is demanding an apology.Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a 22-year Marine Corps veteran, who saw combat in Iraq in the 1990s then returned to the country on active service in 2006, was questioning McDonald about Denver’s failed VA hospital construction project and accusing him of glossing over problems within the system when things got testy.After citing cost overrun and scheduling problems with a VA hospital construction in Denver, Coffman said it was a symbol...
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife. “The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • Police: VA employee falsified records in local veteran’s death

    01/28/2015 3:06:56 AM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 6 replies
    WHIO Dayton ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 | Lot Tan
    Middletown police say they expect to charge a Dayton VA employee next week with patient negligence, falsifying records and possibly theft in office because “he’s getting paid to do a job he’s clearly not doing.” Lt. Scott Reeve, of the Middletown Division of Police, said detectives have been investigating the home health care worker for the past 10 months and are close to proving he falsified reports about a Middletown veteran who died last year. Officers found Calvin Coleman, Jr.’s body on March 28 at a residence in the 2200 block of Carolina Street, but investigators believe he died four...
  • VA Senate Committee Kills Gun Control Initiatives…Again

    01/27/2015 6:19:26 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D-VA) gun control package has righteously gone down in flames (again) when a Virginia State Senate committee decided to vote them down. One of them sought to institute the one-a-month handgun law, which former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) repealed in 2012. Up until that point, it was state law since 1993 (via WaPo):
  • FUBAR on steroids

    01/21/2015 6:05:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 21, 2015 | Heath Druzin
    During a Per-RICO hearing on VA construction Cabal, “This is a FUBAR on steroids if I’ve ever seen one. …I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone when I listen to this,” Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) In the latest "construction mismanagement" cost the department hundreds of millions of dollars, delayed major projects by years (a gift that keeps on giving). could end up costing more than $1 billion -- more than the lavish U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Speaking in front of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the department is overhauling the way they...
  • Opiates handed out like candy to 'doped-up' veterans at Wisconsin VA

    01/12/2015 10:41:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-12-15 | Aaron Glantz
    Doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Tomah hand out so many narcotic painkillers that some veterans have taken to calling the place "Candy Land." They call the hospital's chief of staff, psychiatrist David Houlihan, the "Candy Man." Current and former hospital staff members describe patients who show up to appointments stoned on painkillers and muscle relaxants, doze off and drool during therapy sessions, and burn themselves with cigarettes. They told The Center for Investigative Reporting that Houlihan himself "doped up" or "zombified" their patients and that workers who raised questions have been punished. Data obtained...
  • VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns Owned

    01/07/2015 8:01:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns Owned Posted on January 6, 2015 by Ammoland By AWR Hawkins Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- A number of veterans say they’ve received a letter from the Veterans Administration (VA) offering them “free gun locks” if they fill out a form which asks for their address and the number of guns for which they need locks. The VA is offering up to four locks per veteran. The Washington Times acquired a copy of the letter and quoted it as saying the VA “[hopes] to reach all...
  • VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns

    01/07/2015 1:38:47 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 40 replies
    AMMOLAND ^ | Jan 06,15 | AMMOLAND
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- A number of veterans say they’ve received a letter from the Veterans Administration (VA) offering them “free gun locks” if they fill out a form which asks for their address and the number of guns for which they need locks.
  • Bradley Stone cleared by Veterans Affairs doctor one week before murders, suicide

    12/17/2014 12:24:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist cleared former Marine Bradley Stone of suicidal or homicidal tendencies just a week before he went on a killing spree, slaying six others and then taking his own life. Stone, who had been in a child custody battle with his ex-wife, killed members of her family Monday. His body was found near his home in Pennsylvania on Tuesday with self-inflicted stab wounds and cuts. He had a 100 percent disability rating at the VA for post-traumatic stress disorder and had seen his psychiatrist just one week prior to the incident, a VA spokesman told The Washington...
  • VA: Alexandria Police Misinform Businesses about Open Carry

    12/10/2014 9:12:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The above flyer was being handed out to local businesses in Alexandria Virginia  recently.   A VCDL member observed it and was able to take a picture of the flyer, with the cooperation of the local business owner.  From an VCDL email: The flyer particularly endangers 18 to 20 year olds as it incorrectly tells a store owner that if they see someone under 21-years-old with a handgun on their hip, that is illegal! That is NOT true and having the police show up on a bogus “man with a gun” call endangers everyone unnecessarily. The flyer also makes these...
  • Consumers to Blame for Obamacare's Failures [satire]

    12/06/2014 8:39:31 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius attempted to defend the Affordable Care Act health insurance scheme she helped establish by blaming consumers for its shortcomings. "A lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about," Sebelius said. "It's a complicated product that few are competent to purchase. In hindsight, our biggest mistake was probably trying to incorporate a modicum of individual choice into the system." "If we had just set up a single-payer government-run health insurance regime a lot of the complaints that riled the general public could have been avoided," she continued. "All of the...
  • Oversight Needed on New VA Law

    12/05/2014 10:29:54 AM PST · by April29 · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/5/2014 | David Vitter and Charles Boustany
    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/226014-oversight-needed-on-new-va-law “The average person would expect better customer service and professionalism from the local Department of Motor Vehicles. Whether it’s incompetence or indifference, why should we tolerate such behavior in VISN 16 when we’re dealing with veterans’ life-saving medical care?” “By tolerating inappropriate denials, his organization needlessly forces thousands of Louisiana veterans into a lengthy appeals process that can last more than two years.”
  • Bill would lift ban on VA doctors advising patients on medical marijuana

    11/22/2014 8:49:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    A new bill aims to make it easier for veterans to talk to their doctors about medical marijuana. The Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced Thursday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., would lift a ban Veterans Affairs doctors face that prevents them from giving opinions or recommendations on medical marijuana to veterans living in states where its use is permitted. "Post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside," Blumenauer said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post. “Sometimes even more so because of...
  • House Dems reject vet for top VA committee spot, pick rarely-seen Corrine Brown

    11/22/2014 11:02:17 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Democrats scrambled Wednesday to tamp down anger among veterans groups who objected to the party’s choice of Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida as ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Compounding the anger was the Democratic leadership’s treatment of the sole veteran among the panel’s Democrats, who was briefly ousted from the committee on a technicality and thus made ineligible to seek to become ranking member. As a result, Rep. Brown was the only Democrat seeking to serve as party leader on the committee that has been a watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department’s wait-time scandal and the implementation...
  • Bureaucracy Clouds Justice on Veterans Day

    11/11/2014 8:48:45 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/11/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    The red tape nightmare of firing those responsible for putting our nation’s heroes on death lists In a long-overdue effort, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced yesterday that the scandal-plagued agency would undergo the “largest reorganization of the Department of Veterans Affairs since its establishment,” as he told CNN. McDonald took charge of the VA three months ago following the resignation of his predecessor, Eric Shinseki. Shinseki’s tenure at the VA lasted over five years, longer than any previous Secretary, and under his watch an enormous backlog of claims reached a peak of 900,000 in March 2013. Even as...
  • HOSPITAL HORROR: VA patients treated with bogus medical equipment, supplies Johnson & Johnson

    11/09/2014 11:28:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/6/14 | Jim McElhatton
    Unauthorized and potentially counterfeit, dangerous surgical devices and medical supplies have flowed unchecked into the Department of Veterans Affairs supply chain and into VA operating rooms, according to internal agency correspondence from a major supplier who blamed new procurement rules. The bogus supplies gained a foothold when the department started using reverse auctions to fulfill some contracts, according to both department officials and a 2012 memo from Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest medical device business. In the memo, the company told the VA it was getting surgical supplies bought from unauthorized distributors through the so-called “gray market,” and said...
  • Philadelphia Abduction Suspect Delvin Barnes on Suicide Watch

    11/08/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by bgill · 15 replies
    Delvin Barnes, the man suspected of abducting a woman in Philadelphia and a teenager in Virginia, was put on a suicide watch in a Virginia jail today. Barnes' arrest Thursday ended a five day manhunt following the violent abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither off a Philadelphia street Sunday night. At his only court hearing, Barnes agreed to be taken to Virginia where there was a warrant for his arrest accusing him of the Oct. 1 kidnapping a 16-year-old girl, raping her and trying to kill her. The girl escaped.
  • Ed Gillespie concedes Virginia Senate race

    11/07/2014 12:57:41 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2014 | Eric Bradner
    -- Republican Ed Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Gillespie said at a Friday afternoon news conference that he had called Warner "congratulating him on his re-election" in a race that turned out to be one of the midterm election's biggest surprises. Polls had shown Warner, a popular former governor who'd been endorsed by his Republican predecessor, ex-Sen. John Warner, with a hefty lead. But Gillespie led Warner for much of the night as returns trickled in Tuesday -- and ultimately ended up trailing by less than one percentage point. Get ready: 2016...
  • Bob Beckel admits Democrats cheat in Fairfax County Virginia

    11/05/2014 6:23:02 PM PST · by boycott · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | Jim Nichols
    Bob Beckel admits Democrats cheat! He said live on Fox News last night "they always held back votes in Fairfax County, Virginia"
  • VA Senate - Official Recount/Challenge Thread

    11/05/2014 7:48:28 AM PST · by mrs9x · 48 replies
    me | 11/5/2014 | me
    This is the official Virginia Senate (Warner v. Gillespie) recount/challenge thread. Please post all information on this race here to keep everyone up to date. There have been a number of threads spread around, and it would be helpful to have one thread.
  • Warner takes razor thin lead over Gillespie

    11/04/2014 8:43:05 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    NBC 12 ^ | 04 NOVEMBER 2014 | NBC 12
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With more than 98 percent of precincts reporting, Mark Warner now leads Ed Gillespie in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. Gillespie, the Republican challenger led Warner, the incumbent Democrat, for most of the evening. As some of the last votes are being counted, Warner now leads by around 2,500 votes with more than two million counted, so far. Libertarian Robert Sarvis holds 2.7 percent of the vote. At last count, 98.59 percent of precincts were reporting and Warner led by 0.11 percent.
  • NBC Projects Mark Warner as Apparent Winner in Virginia Senate Race

    11/04/2014 10:14:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 04, 2014
    NBC Projects Mark Warner as Apparent Winner in Virginia Senate Race NBC News projects that incumbent Sen. Mark Warner is the apparent winner in the Virginia Senate race. Warner, the incumbent Democrat and former governor of Virginia, remains popular statewide, but he faced a challenge from Republican Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and lobbyist.
  • Gillespie Closing the Gap (with Warner in Virginia - to within 4 points)

    10/31/2014 5:00:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 31, 2014 | William Kristal
    Two new polls show Republican Ed Gillespie closing in on Democratic incumbent Mark Warner in the Virginia Senate race. Christopher Newport University, which had Warner up 12 points earlier in the month in its survey, now has Warner's lead down to 7. More provocatively, The Daily Caller reports on a new poll from Vox Populi that has Gillespie down only 4 points.
  • Michelle Obama Inspires Federal Office to Ban Halloween Candy…From Kids’ Halloween Parade

    10/30/2014 7:47:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | october 29, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs office announced Wednesday that it would hold a Halloween parade on Friday for children of VA employees, but warned employees not to hand out any candy or sweets to the kids. Instead, the VA said the day care center in the office has “joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program,” which means the kids should be given things other than candy. “Please help us teach our children to make healthy food choices!!” the VA said in an email to employees. “If you would like to hand out treats during the parade, please give healthy snacks...
  • VA Open Carrier SWATted

    10/29/2014 7:11:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Author with Bike and Gun Moms Demand Action (MDA) disarmenters have threatened to make false 911 calls to police,and encouraged others to do so.   In at least one case, perhaps more, an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in 911 calls.  Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call.   Fortunately, he was not harmed. Here is his account, from Robert Dickens, as related to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, recounted at opencarry.org:  (PVC stands for  Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia...
  • Would you Provide Security to a Disarmenter who Mocked You?

    10/27/2014 5:22:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carry at an Arizona Gas Station A poster at opencarry.org, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, South Carolina.    From opencarry.org: I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump. About the...
  • Inspector General Denies Hiding 2008 Report on Phoenix VA Wait Times

    10/27/2014 5:04:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    free beacon ^ | 10/27/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General on Monday denied hiding a 2008 report that identified improper manipulations of patient wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital where up to 40 veterans died while awaiting care. In a statement released Monday, acting Veterans Affairs Inspector General Richard Griffin said that “suggestions from the media and some members of Congress that the OIG kept secret inappropriate scheduling practices are belied by nearly a decade of reporting.” “We encourage serious readers to consider the persistent alarms the OIG has raised on patient wait times and scheduling practices—alarms acknowledged on numerous occasions by...
  • Law sparked by K Street Project scandal may ensnare Warner

    10/27/2014 7:58:34 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 13 replies
    A seven-year-old law created after congressional Republicans pressured lobbying firms to hire their former staffers could be invoked against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. Earlier this year, when then-Virginia state senator Phillip Puckett was considering resigning so his daughter could become a state judge without a conflict of interest, Warner intervened in an effort to convince him to stay. In an hour-long conversation, Warner described other job opportunities he could help the state senator's daughter get instead of the state judgeship, Puckett’s son told investigators....
  • VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

    10/26/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by cutty · 10 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency told Congress. David Cord, deputy director of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System since June 2012, will become director of the Erie VA Medical Center within 60 days, the VA informed Congress. The VA disclosed the Legionnaires' outbreak that killed at least six and sickened at least 16 others on Nov. 16, 2012 — two days after Cord told a VA spokesman not to alert the public about it, according to an internal email from the spokesman...
  • VA removes Alabama medical director at center of scandal

    10/24/2014 11:12:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 24, 2014 | Heath Druzin
    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs finally removed an Alabama director of Alabama Veterans Healthcare. James Talton, had been on paid ($118.23/Hr) leave since August. Participating in or being oblivious to systematic falsifying of records, creative and recreational crank cocaine and prostitution therapies and covering thousands of unread patient X-rays "routinely lost" until recently. Multiple administrators on all levels, knew and turned a blind eye or actively tried to cover it up. Jim was removed after an investigation by the Office of Accountability Review investigation substantiated allegations of “neglect of duty,” according to a VA statement.
  • Whistleblower: VA Superiors Tried to 'Shut Me Up' After Fox News Interview

    10/23/2014 6:17:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    fox news insider ^ | 10/23/14 | fox
    A VA whistleblower who spoke out in an interview with Neil Cavuto says he's faced harassment and retaliation for going public with his allegations about the lack of medical care for veterans.
  • Breaking: Ebola Scare at the Pentagon

    10/17/2014 8:06:49 AM PDT · by petro45acp · 151 replies
    Vox News, Google News via ARLNow.com ^ | October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am
    Medics responded to the Pentagon this morning for a report of a woman on a tour bus who was sick and vomiting. When they learned that she had recently arrived from Africa, the hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance of caution,” Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman Chris Layman told ARLnow.com. A large portion of the Pentagon south parking lot has been cordoned off with crime tape, and police are telling those who don’t work at the Pentagon to avoid the immediate surrounding area. The woman has been transported via ambulance to Virginia Hospital Center. The county’s medical...
  • Mark Warner Appears to Have Committed a Crime to Advance Obamacare

    10/13/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
  • Angered American Legion is doing the job for veterans the Obama Administration won’t do

    10/08/2014 10:30:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/8/14 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Watchdog.org, a self-described “collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity” is fuming mad over the state of the Veterans Administration hospital at Shreveport Louisiana. Watchdog is reporting that the facility experiences shortages of clean linens and toiletries at the same time its administrators are spending our tax money on non-essential items. The American Legion’s National Commander said his organization will provide $5,000 worth of supplies to the VA for use in the Shreveport facility. He said, “If more is needed, more will be provided. While the American Legion family is more than happy to provide this assistance,...
  • Hawaii Dem Skipped VA Hearing to Surf the Waves

    10/06/2014 4:02:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | october 6, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A House Democrat from Hawaii didn’t attend a hearing on veterans’ access to healthcare back in August because she was being profiled for an article and video profile about surfing by Yahoo News. According to the Honolulu Civil Beat, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) originally told the paper that she missed the August 19 hearing because she was “delayed in another meeting.” But the paper later realized the hearing and her surfing interview were on the same day. When asked again, her office acknowledged that Gabbard was hoping to attend both the surf profile and the hearing, but said the Yahoo crew...
  • Same-sex marriages begin in Virginia

    10/06/2014 12:50:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jenna Portnoy, John Woodrow Cox and Justin Jouvenal
    RICHMOND — The Supreme Court on Monday effectively allowed same-sex marriage to go forward in Virginia, deciding not to take up a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriages. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mandate to remove the last barrier to same-sex marriage in Virginia. The first same-sex marriages were performed in Charlottesville and Richmond shortly after 1 p.m. At the same time, the commonwealth recognized marriages already performed in states as legal. ---snip--- Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), co-author of the state’s marriage ban, decried the move...
  • Obama: Born-Again Idiot

    10/02/2014 7:07:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 10-2-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The quintessential question of Watergate was “what did the President know and when did he know it?” Obamagate, the vast scandal that encompasses an entire presidency, offers a preemptive answer. Obama didn’t know anything and he never knew it. At least not until, like smuggling weapons to druglords, bugging journalists, IRSing his political enemies and killing vets, his right hand found out about what his left hand was doing from the morning paper. After skipping 58% of his daily intelligence briefings in Term 1 and 59% of them in Term 2, he went on 60 Minutes and blamed intelligence agencies...
  • Louisiana VA hospital lacks pajamas and sheets, but spends millions on new furniture, TVs and solar

    10/01/2014 4:51:30 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 1, 2014 | Tori Richards
    Veterans at the Shreveport, La., Veterans Affairs hospital have been going without toothbrushes, toothpaste, pajamas, sheets and blankets while department officials spend money on new Canadian-made furniture, televisions to run public service announcements and solar panels, a Watchdog investigation has revealed. Sources inside the hospital told Watchdog.org that patients also have had to contend with substandard care, as many nurses spend less time on work than on cell phones, iPods or accessing personal data on hospital computers.
  • Top VA Official Conspired With Her Married Boyfriend To Thwart Investigations

    09/30/2014 3:45:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-30-14 | Tristyn Bloom
    A recent investigation has uncovered a shocking tale of corruption and adultery at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Susan Taylor, a longtime federal employee and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the Veterans Health Administration since 2010, not only used her position to award government contracts to a former business partner, and worked with said company to hide the thousands and thousands of dollars it was making off the government, but conspired with her married boyfriend — who also had close personal ties to the company — to thwart investigations into her misconduct. The salacious story began in 1994, when Taylor...
  • VA whistleblowers win settlements in retaliation cases

    09/29/2014 7:04:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Post, ^ | 9/29/14 | Josh Hicks & David A. Fahrenthold
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing at the Phoenix VA hospital, where details of a nationwide record-keeping scandal emerged this year. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a small federal agency that investigates whistleblower complaints, announced the settlements on Monday. At least two of the agreements involve promotions, signaling that the agency wants to reward employees who report bad practices. Each of the employees said they were retaliated against for their efforts to report problems. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said in a statement on