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  • Greta Van Susteren Backs Democrat Into a Corner, Forces Him to Admit Big Lie.....

    04/12/2014 8:55:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/10/2014 | Jason Howerton
    Democrat Mike Dickinson recently promised to wage “war” on the NRA, Tea Party and Fox News. On Thursday, he was confronted by Greta Van Susteren in a tense exchange that ended with an embarrassing admission. “Why do you hate me?” Van Susteren asked, immediately getting to business. Dickinson, who apparently is not actually running for Congress, said he has a problem with her network as a whole. “Well, but no, what about me? I’m Fox News, I’m ‘trash,’ apparently, so what’s wrong with me?” the TV host responded. Dickinson conceded that he didn’t have a problem with Van Susteren personally,...
  • Bikini with your coffee? In Clovis, a move to get barista beauties to cover up (video)

    04/08/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 85 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | April 4, 2014 | Marc Benjamin
    "It isn't the coffee that's too hot, but the nearly bare baristas of Bottom's Up, a Clovis drive-through coffee shop that has trouble brewing with some neighbors who oppose the business."
  • Stockman, Miller bill restores veteran gun rights

    03/31/2014 6:00:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | 23 March, 2014 | Danielle Thompson
    A 1998 agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FBI was one of the first jabs at veterans’ Second Amendment rights. The agreement was made to send the names of veterans into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, triggering a virtual lifetime ban from owning firearms of those who are labeled as “mentally incompetent,” meaning they need or desire the assistance of a fiduciary to help them manage, often complicated, financial affairs. This agreement forced law-abiding veterans into the NICS database without due process.There are legislators attempting to end the practice of forwarding names of military veterans...
  • VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays

    03/28/2014 12:56:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/28/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers. Earlier this month, the VA denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, who had been investigating the deaths. CNN reported in January that 19 veterans died as a result of delayed gastrointestinal cancer screenings, while another 63 were seriously injured. CNN obtained internal documents from the VA listing the number of “institutional disclosures...
  • Veterans Administration Abandons Vets Suffering From Depleted Uranium Contamination

    03/24/2014 8:27:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    After young and healthy Marine Matt Parker fought for his country in the Middle East, he mysteriously came down with tumors. Now, he finds himself without adequate help from the country he fought for. I’ve known Matt since he was a small child; our families grew up together in church, and in high school I taught his sister violin lessons. Matt is a straight shooter; a bright, honest guy raised with solid values by outstanding Christian parents. Matt enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1994 at age 19. He told KOMO News 4 in Seattle, “ I wanted to be...
  • VA sends $4,000 bill to triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient after he spoke out against Obama

    02/28/2014 7:28:03 AM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    Poor Richard's News ^ | November 6, 2013
    If you want to see where government-run healthcare gets you, look no further than what the VA is doing to Airman Brian Kolfage after he spoke out against Obama. Our veterans who sustained injuries in combat deserve the best treatment we can give them, but the VA just sent Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage a bill for $4,000. Here’s the letter he just received from the VA: Kolfage is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and wants to know why his records were pulled in the first place. He’s written about the whole story on his Facebook page (emphasis...
  • Virginia: Republican Delegate Rob Bloxom wins special election for HOD seat

    02/25/2014 8:33:02 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 10 replies
    From an email
    Statement from RPV Chairman Pat Mullins: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Delegate-elect Rob Bloxom's Win RPV Chairman Pat Mullins gave the following statement: "Let me be among the first to congratulate Delegate-elect Rob Bloxom on his overwhelming win tonight in House District 100. Rob is going to make a great addition to Speaker Howell's growing caucus, and I look forward to working with him to advance our shared conservative values in the General Assembly." "But tonight's win is about so much more than just who holds this House of Delegates...
  • VA Obamacare/Medicaid expansion is the BIG battle this year

    02/23/2014 9:57:57 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From an email
    From Victoria Cobb at Family Foundation: On Thursday, the House of Delegates and state Senate passed their respective budgets. As anticipated, one of the most glaring differences between the two budgets is their approaches on the expansion of ObamaCare in Virginia. The Senate included expanding ObamaCare in its budget despite agreement last year between the two chambers that the issue would be kept separate from the budget so it wouldn't become a stumbling block to passing a budget. Three Senate Republicans, John Watkins, Walter Stosch, and Emmett Hanger joined 20 Democrats in passing the budget. Last year, the General Assembly...
  • Obama administration knew that veterans’ personal info was at risk, security programs violated fed

    02/23/2014 8:43:41 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/22/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) knew that a breach of veterans’ personal information was “practically unavoidable” months before it happened in January, according to an internal VA risk assessment that also said the department’s security programs are “non-compliant” with three federal laws. House Veterans Affairs chairman Rep. Jeff Miller recently wrote a letter demanding VA secretary Eric Shinseki take steps to address software glitches like the kind that plagued the department’s eBenefits portal, which in January exposed the “medical and financial information” of more than 5,000 veterans to anyone able to log on to the portal. This...
  • Is Contraception the Hill We Want to Die On?

    02/16/2014 2:09:51 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | february 14, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    Using artificial contraception to avoid pregnancy is a mortal sin, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.While only the Catholic Church maintains this teaching on contraception, it would be a better world if everyone did.Paul VI was a prophet when he told the world that great societal evils would follow upon the widespread use of contraception: a loosening of morals, an objectification of women, family breakdown and all the rest of the pathologies that have visited us like furies.Many of us also hold that contraception also leads inevitably to abortion. After all, according to national statistics, 94 percent...
  • US Army opens new Asymmetric Warfare Training Center ($96 Million fake city) [Video]

    02/14/2014 6:19:55 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 16 replies
    Video at link. "Must-watch" (no transcript...only a minute & a half).
  • Judge rules Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

    02/13/2014 8:14:49 PM PST · by cutofyourjib · 106 replies
    WTVR6 ^ | February 13, 2014 | Alix Bryan
    NORFOLK, Va. (WTVR) – A federal judge declared late Thursday night that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, confirmed Michael Kelly, Director of Communications for Attorney General Mark Herring. The update was first made on Herring’s Facebook page and his Twitter account. MT “@AGMarkHerring: *ALERT* Federal judge declares state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Issues stay pending appeal.”— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) February 14, 2014 “Equality in Virginia took a big step forward tonight as a federal district judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional,” Herring wrote. “The judge issued a stay with her injunction pending appeal, meaning...
  • Pro-abortion lobby day in VA, Thurs., Feb 13 (BARF ALERT)

    02/05/2014 9:51:31 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From a PP email
    Ready to take a stand this legislative session? Join the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition on Thursday, February 13th for our 2014 Women’s Health Day of Action! On Thursday Feb. 13th, hundreds of pro-women's health activists from across Virginia will take action to continue the fight for reproductive rights in the Commonwealth – and remind our lawmakers that we are pro-women's health champions and that we are proud! Will you be there to stand with us? RSVP Day of Action Our Coalition is working harder than ever to advance our most proactive legislative agenda yet - from restoring family-planning funding for low-income...
  • Roanoke City Police investigate Orange Avenue shooting

    02/02/2014 7:23:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    wsls.com ^ | 30 January, 2014 | Erin Brookshier
    Roanoke City Police are still investigating a shooting that happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. It happened at the Paradise Deli Mart near the corner of Orange Avenue and 18th Street. Police tell WSLS the shooting happened after an attempted robbery. The store clerk told police that he saw the man pull a weapon, but was able to shoot him in self defense. No word right now where the man was shot, but he was able to run about fifty yards away where police apprehended him in a nearby alley.
  • VA:Lobby Day sees Pro and Anti second Amendment Groups at the Capitol

    01/24/2014 4:33:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have read through a number of accounts of Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol at Richmond on 20 January.  I was drawn to study the event because of an account on wvtf public radio.   The account on wvtf said that competing crowds of people were lobbying in favor of second amendment rights and those who wish to restrict those rights, occurred on Tuesday.  I think the reporter simply got the day wrong, because all of the other coverage that I could find indicated the events occurred on Monday, 20 January, 2014. The orientation of the reporter for...
  • The ugly, sordid, damning details in the Bob McDonnell indictment

    01/22/2014 4:48:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 22, 2014 | Byron York
    If the prosecutors' case in United States v. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G. McDonnell is correct, the corrupt acts of the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife had their beginning even before Bob McDonnell took the oath of office. Virginia's new First Couple allegedly hoped to start cashing in before they officially became the First Couple. News reports give readers the basic outline of the prosecution, but one has to read the indictment itself -- it's just 43 pages -- to grasp the full extent of the McDonnells' alleged corruption. The gist of the case is that the...
  • VA:Man pulls shotgun out on would-be car jackers

    01/21/2014 7:29:27 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    wtvr.com ^ | 11 January, 2014 | Rashard Rose, Sandra Jones and Emily Satchell
    HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR) – A Henrico man fired his shotgun into the air Friday, defending himself from would-be carjackers, according to police. Police say the man met the two suspects when he went to the Staples Mill Townhomes complex along the 4100 block of Townhouse Road to look at a car he was interested in buying. Callan Hisle is a resident in the area, and he is surprised by the violence occurring in what is normally a quiet area. “That’s outrageous to be happening in Henrico,” Hisle said. ”This is a pretty…I mean there’s a lot of kids around...
  • VA:Virginia Lawmakers Pass Concealed Weapons and Gun Muffler Reform, Resist Police Pressure

    01/20/2014 9:52:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Use of Silencers is encouraged in Europe Photo Courtesy Gun World Virginia lawmakers chose to reform the state's gun laws in spite of pressure by police agencies to keep restrictive measures in place.   HB878  reforms an antique law that gives local police a veto over obtaining federal permits for gun mufflers, short barreled rifles and shotguns, automatic firearms and destructive devices.  Because of a controversial vote in 1986, the existing privately owned stock of automatic firearms was frozen, creating an artificial shortage that resulted in skyrocketing prices for legal automatic firearms.  The cheapest automatic firearms available to collectors are...
  • Kerr: Time to pass the dream act

    01/10/2014 9:27:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Stafford County Sun ^ | January 10, 2014 | DAVID S. KERR For the Stafford County Sun
    It’s called the Dream Act. At 700 pages it’s arguably too wordy and too complicated, but it’s the first major bill to address the issue of nearly 11 million individuals who are here in the United States without proper documentation. And, before anybody says it, yes, I know, that means they’re illegal. The Senate passed the bill in 2013, with strong bi-partisan support, but it faces heavy going in the House of Representatives. It may never come to the floor. The Tea Party faction in the House, which is strongly anti-immigrant, is adamantly opposed to it. But even if the...
  • Homosexual lobby day in Richmond, Jan 28 (BARF ALERT)

    01/09/2014 10:05:35 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    As the General Assembly convenes this week for the 2014 session, we are reminded that one of the most powerful ways to create change is for legislators to hear directly from their constituents. Your legislators need to hear from you! Join Equality Virginia in Richmond on January 28 for the 2014 Day of Action. The day will be action-packed, and a lot of fun! (we promise). Spend some time speaking with your legislators about issues affecting the LGBT community, attend workshops, and visit with like-minded Virginians. The day will end with the 2014 Legislative Reception. Here are just a few...
  • VA To Look At Closing Hot Springs Facility

    01/08/2014 10:46:17 PM PST · by DakotaGator · 4 replies
    KNBN NewsCenter1 ^ | 01/08/2014 | Kirsten Swanson
    The Department of Veteran Affairs announced Tuesday night that the VA Black Hills Health Care System will initiate an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to look at proposed reconfiguration of services at the Hot Springs VA Facility. Secretary Eric Shinseki met with South Dakota representatives Tuesday to announce that the VA would move forward with plans that could potentially close the Hot Springs VA.
  • The Lobotomy Files:Forgotten Soldiers(Part 1)

    01/04/2014 7:12:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-3-14 | Jenn Ackerman,Tim Gruber,MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him. “They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” says Mr. Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot. “To hell with them.” The orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned Mr. Tritz to the floor, he recalls. He fought so hard that eventually they gave up. But the orderlies came for him again on Wednesday, July 1, 1953, a few weeks before his...
  • Deportations of parents can cast the lives of U.S.-citizen kids into turmoil

    12/29/2013 5:38:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 70 replies
    Washington Post. ^ | December 29,2013 | Michael Alison Chandler
    Twelve-year-old Jason Penate spent the holidays hanging close by his father. They picked out a Christmas tree and decorated the front window of their Gainesville, Va., home with candy canes, and Jason tried very hard not to think about whether his father would still be here in the new year. Jorge Penate, a Guatemalan national who came to the United States illegally in 1997, has a hearing scheduled Monday that will determine whether he can stay in the country. A drunken driving arrest two years ago launched deportation proceedings and cast his family’s future into uncertainty.Jason wrote a letter to...
  • Todd Starnes: American Legion outraged over VA Christmas censorship

    12/27/2013 8:15:41 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    fox news ^ | december 27, 2013 | todd starnes
    The national commander of the American Legion is demanding answers from the Veterans Administration after hospitals in three states placed restrictions on Christian volunteers, including a group of schoolchildren who were told they could only perform Christmas carols from a government-approved list. "Every Christmas, every religious holiday, Christians are more and more often targeted for censorship and restriction at VA facilities," American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said. "Veterans in these hospitals fought to protect such freedoms." In Iowa City, American Legion members were told they could not hand out presents to veterans if the wrapping paper said Merry Christmas....
  • Effectively confronting the speech and religion Nazis

    12/27/2013 7:15:40 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    renewamerica.us ^ | 12-27-13 | Chris Adamo
    Real America is understandably abuzz over the Phil Robertson Controversy. Robertson, the patriarch of the Arts and Entertainment Network series "Duck Dynasty," has been accused of every possible crime against humanity ever since word of his interview with GQ magazine, containing his blunt assessment of homosexuality as sin, became known to the public. According to the homosexual advocacy, along with their parakeets among the media elite, Robertson was expressing "hate and intolerance" (their standard characterization of any disagreement with their lifestyle choices). Furthermore, in a clear expression of their real regard for "tolerance," they insist that he and his kind...
  • VA Refuses Christmas Cards from 51 School Kids Intended for Disabled Veterans

    12/27/2013 12:00:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    A group of 51 school children in Texas spent the week before Christmas making Christmas cards for veterans. According to the VA, the kids made a mistake by saying "Merry Christmas". Fox News reports VA hospital refuses to accept 'Merry Christmas' cards. Boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., spent most of last Friday making homemade Christmas cards for bedridden veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas. Fourth-grader Gracie Brown was especially proud of her card, hoping it would “make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas...
  • Hospital Bans Christmas Carolers From Singing Religious Songs

    12/26/2013 6:43:59 AM PST · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    Atlanta CBS ^ | 26 Dec 2013
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – An Augusta hospital has adopted a new policy banning Christmas carolers from singing religious songs in public patient areas. The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center announced the new policy Monday according to the Athens-Banner Herald. “Military service veterans, male and female, represent people of all faiths,” hospital spokesman Brian Rothwell said in a statement according to Athens-Banner Herald. “It is out of respect for every faith that The Veterans Administration gives clear guidance on what ‘spiritual care’ is to be given and who is to give it.” A group of high school students from Augusta’s...
  • Students, parents upset that Christmas cards won't go to local veterans due to policy

    12/24/2013 4:03:40 AM PST · by navysealdad · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 23, 2013
    They thought it was a kind holiday gesture, but dozens of Prosper students didn't get to deliver the Christmas cards they made for local veterans because of a VA policy against specific religious cards and phrasing. The cards are still in North Texas, and the writers are disappointed their thank you's won't be seen by the people they were intended for. "I'm hoping that it might make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with and I'd like them to know they've not been forgotten and somebody wanted to...
  • VA:Hampton: 76-year-old homeowner shoots suspected burglar hiding in closet

    12/23/2013 8:19:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    dailypress.com ^ | 10 December, 2013 | Andrea Castillo
    After police left, the resident found someone in a closet in a barber shop attached to the home. Out of fear for his safety, the resident shot the man once in the arm, police said. The intruder ran away from the home, and officers, hearing the shot, ran to the backyard and took the man into custody.
  • Immigration Protesters Chain Together Outside ICE Office in Fairfax

    12/16/2013 12:32:16 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    CBS DC ^ | CBSDC/AP
    FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC/AP) – Nine people were arrested during a protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in northern Virginia on Monday morning, authorities say. The nine were among a group of about 60 protesters who formed a human chain Monday outside the ICE building in Fairfax County. County police told the group they had a right to protest but would be arrested if they blocked the road. Carolina Velez with the Richmond-based Wayside Center for Popular Education tells The Associated Press that the protesters lay across the roadway to protest an increase in deportations to nearly 400,000 annually...
  • FRom The Wall Street Journal:The 2,000 War Veterans Lobotomized By Their Own Doctors

    12/12/2013 1:28:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | December 12, 2013 | Rich McCormick
    In 1945, thousands of soldiers returned to the United States from combat on the Pacific and European fronts of World War II with severe mental trauma. Unable to treat their terrible injuries and illnesses, US Veterans Affairs hospitals lobotomized some 2,000 of them. Wall Street Journal:The Lobotomy Files Part One is telling the story of these soldiers and the misjudged medical process they went through as part of a special project called The Lobotomy Files, the first of which focuses on Roman Tritz. Tritz, a 90-year-old veteran who flew a B-17 Flying Fortress across Nazi Germany, began to hear voices...
  • It's Just Like Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. For Realsies.

    12/09/2013 9:27:28 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | December 9, 2013
    A nice Christmas season story. A woman was jogging in Virginia a few days ago when all of a sudden a deer flew towards her out of the sky and ran her over. You have to wonder if just for a moment that lady was like, "Wow. It's all true. Santa's reindeer are totally real and I must be on the really naughty list." Now, the unfortunate truth is that some dude hit the deer on the parkway and the deer flew off the dude's bumper onto the lady. But just for one second you'd have to think that girl...
  • Virginia colleges take average out-of-state over perfect residents

    12/03/2013 6:23:53 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON, November 30, 2013 — It occurs every fall, like clockwork. As a new round of anxious high school seniors apply to Virginia schools with exceptional GPA’s, abundant extracurricular activities and many honors to their name, and shockingly receive a letter of rejection, a new group of parents ask, “Who exactly is getting into Virginia public schools?” For many years now, Virginia lawmakers have debated the issue of public schools in the commonwealth accepting students with lower qualifications from students coming from other states who will pay up to three times the tuition as a Virginia resident. Some legislators have...
  • Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces

    11/25/2013 8:06:36 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 41 replies
    WashPost ^ | 11/25/2013 | Laura Vozzella
    The state Board of Elections on Monday certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner of the Nov. 5 election for Virginia attorney general. Herring, a state senator from Loudoun County, beat state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R), by 165 votes out of more than 2 million votes cast.
  • Horror At The VA- Our Veterans Deserve Better (Graphic Video)

    11/16/2013 12:52:07 PM PST · by TribalPrincess2U · 17 replies
    conservativeinfidel.com ^ | Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Thomas Jefferson
    In the video below Air Force veteran Robin Temple tells her story of pain, suffering and massive malpractice at the hands of the Veteran’s Administration hospitals and doctors.
  • Veterans Affairs forced chaplains from program for quoting Scripture....

    11/12/2013 12:46:52 PM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands, they were subjected to ridicule and harassment that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki; the group’s suit alleges two of its chaplains were openly ridiculed by the leader of the San...
  • WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT IS A FRAUD

    11/11/2013 8:53:48 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 80 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/11/13 | Dean Graham US Army Ret, Iraq Vet
    The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) pays millions of dollars for commercials showing injured service members. Many were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (Why?). I have talked to many Veterans who were promised many things from WWP and did not receive anything in return for the use of their likeness in commercials and print ads. The commercials do not mention anything WWP does to help the injured service members. Listen closely to the commercials as they parade an injured veteran around like an injured animal. They pay famous actors and musicians to pull on the nation’s heart strings. Fox News takes...
  • Military Chaplains Sue After Being Ordered Not to Quote Bible, Pray in Jesus’ Name

    11/10/2013 8:50:16 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 35 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | November 10, 2013 | Heather Clark
    SAN DIEGO – Two California chaplains have filed suit against the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), alleging that they had been forced out of a training and placement program because of their Christian faith. Chaplains Major Steven Furtko and Lieutenant Corporal Dan Klender state that they were repeatedly harassed and threatened while enrolled in the San Diego Clinical Pastoral Education Center program last fall and winter. The men claim that their instructor/supervisor, Nancy Dietsch hassled them throughout their time at the center over their Biblical beliefs. Furtko and Klender outline that they were informed during the...
  • VA:McAuliffe’s Narrow Victory Comes in Spite of Bloomberg’s “help”

    11/09/2013 4:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    NSSF ^ | 8 November, 2013 | Larry Keane
    Victory has a thousand fathers, as the saying goes, while defeat is always an orphan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making sure everyone knows he has a claim for paternity when it comes to the narrow victory won by Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.Bloomberg hit the cable-news airwaves  the day after the Virginia election to argue McAuliffe’s narrow victory was proof the state’s voters were swayed by the $1.2 million he spent on TV advertisements  pushing gun control measures during the last days of the race.There’s just one problem. In the two weeks after Bloomberg got...
  • Cuccinelli advisor blames Bobby Jindal, RGA for defeat: ‘They just blew it’

    11/07/2013 9:04:59 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 89 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:08 AM 11/06/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    “Bobby Jindal and his political team totally blew it,” harrumphed one advisor for Ken Cuccinelli the morning after a closer-than-expected loss. Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost last night’s gubernatorial election to Terry McAuliffe, was badly outspent in the days and weeks leading up to the election. The New York Times‘ Jonathan Martin described Cuccinelli’s plight as having been “close to abandoned at the end.” He was. As Politico’s James Hohmann reported, ”The Republican National Committee spent about $3 million on Virginia this year, compared to $9 million in the 2009.” And as the Roanoke Times noted, in 2009, the Chamber of...
  • VA sends $4,000 bill to double-amputee Purple Heart recipient after he spoke out against Obama

    11/06/2013 8:34:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    If you want to see where government-run healthcare gets you, look no further than what the VA is doing to Airman Brian Kolfage after he spoke out against Obama. Our veterans who sustained injuries in combat deserve the best treatment we can give them, but the VA just sent Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage a bill for $4,000. Here’s the letter he just received from the VA:
  • Terry McAuliffe establishes Democrats as party of the elites

    11/06/2013 4:54:14 AM PST · by don-o · 89 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    McLEAN, Va. -- Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia's governor race, outraising Cuccinelli nearly two-to-one and dominating in the richest part of the state. What’s going on here? First, upper-middle class, white suburbs have marched steadily toward the Democrats for several decades. Montgomery County, Md., and Arlington, Va., switched sides. So did the wealthy New York suburbs in Westchester County, N.Y., and Fairfield County, Conn. Philadelphia’s “collar counties," once Republican bastions, are now Democratic bellwethers. Why are the white-collar suburbs moving to the Dems? “I think it’s the social issues,” Bill DuBose tells me at Greenberry's coffee...
  • Over $550k Bonuses Given To Veteran Affairs Managers Despite Preventable Deaths, Disease Outbreaks

    11/04/2013 3:41:13 PM PST · by CapitolCityProject · 3 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | 11/4/2013 | Joe Schoffstall
    The Department of Veterans Affairs dished out hundreds of thousands in cash bonuses to managers who oversaw projects that led to veterans’ deaths, disease outbreaks, a backlog in disability benefits compensation claims, and construction delays. In fact, 13 such instances show bonuses totaling over $550,000.
  • A Hard Road for Cuccinelli The prospects for the gubernatorial candidate are dim, but not nil.

    11/01/2013 9:35:05 AM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 29 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 1, 2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    Things could look brighter for Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general and Republican gubernatorial nominee. You don’t have to be Nate Silver to figure out that the last few months’ polls have largely been bad news for him, ranging from not-optimal (not trailing as badly as he had been!) to apocalyptic. But Virginia Republicans are holding out hope, and conversations with a range of the Commonwealth’s political insiders show a broad consensus about the AG’s prospects: His chances of victory, while bleak, aren’t nonexistent. Here’s a potential path, as laid out by onlookers: First, insiders who spoke with National Review Online...
  • Voter guides available for Virginia elections

    11/01/2013 7:25:35 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies
    You can download a copy of the Family Foundation Voter guide at this location: http://vavotes.net/guide/ The Faith and Freedom Coalition version can be viewed here: http://virginiavoterguide.com/
  • Pleading the Fifth: Official Won't Answer Questions About Making Parody Videos While Injured Vets...

    10/31/2013 1:46:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Full title: Pleading the Fifth: Official Won't Answer Questions About Making Parody Videos While Injured Vets Wait for Benefits Veterans coming back from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with severe injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder have been left behind by their government as they desperately wait for a response about disability benefits from the Department of Veteran's affairs. Many veterans returning from war have been waiting for over a year. Currently, the VA system has a backlog of approximately 500,000 cases and they're being cleared extremely slowly, causing further long term pain to veterans and their families. Under relentless pressure...
  • Department of Veteran Affairs Spent Millions on Florida Conferences

    10/30/2013 7:32:13 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Daniel Wiser
    The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on marketing materials and promotional items for a pair of conferences that cost taxpayers at least $6.1 million. Included was $50,000 on a parody video of the Oscar-winning movie Patton and a request to have the Washington Redskins cheerleaders appear at a kick-off event.
  • Twice convicted illegal alien sentenced for fatal DUI crash in Va

    10/30/2013 2:53:10 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    examiner.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Friday, Mecklenburg County Circuit Judge Leslie M. Osborn sentenced Santos Gabriel-Tomas, 30, to 10 years behind bars for killing 61-year-old Maxey Ann Lynch, earlier this year. In August, Gabriel-Tomas pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI manslaughter, DUI second offense and driving without an operator’s license. Gabriel-Tomas speaks only Spanish and required the use of an interpreter throughout his court proceedings. In the early morning hours of April 7, Gabriel-Tomas crashed into a 1999 Ford Escort driven by Lynch, who was a newspaper carrier for The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Guatemalan national was driving in the wrong direction on U.S. 58 and...
  • Poll: Virginia governor race a nailbiter

    10/30/2013 7:47:21 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 67 replies
    With less than a week until Election Day, Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe holds a slim lead over Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in a tightening race, according to a new poll on Wednesday. McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli among likely voters 45 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The edge is within the poll’s margin of error. The poll also found that if Sarvis were not in the race, likely voters would split for McAuliffe 47 percent to 45 percent, which Quinnipiac describes as “too close to call.” Last...
  • Virginia governor hopefuls struggle to appeal to bases

    10/26/2013 11:40:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | October 26, 2013 | Salena Zito
    WINCHESTER, Va. — Nothing's more elusive in the Old Dominion than a voter who wholeheartedly supports a candidate for governor. Take Bob Courtney, for example. Standing under a post office awning here as a misty rain fell, Courtney said he would “hold my nose and vote” — adding, after a long pause, that he'd pick the Republican as “the lesser of two evils.” With the election nine days away, that Republican — Ken Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general — trails Democratic fundraiser extraordinaire Terry McAuliffe by nearly 18 points in one recent poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis is a distant third....