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The VA Scandal Just Got Worse

by Onan Coca
I’m not sure it’s possible that a scandal where the government allows our heroes to die without ever receiving care, then covers up those deaths as if they never happened… can get any worse. But if it can, it just did.

The New York Times is reporting that corruption, backlog and heartlessness at the VA go back much longer than the government first let on.

Staff members at dozens of Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country have objected for years to falsified patient appointment schedules and other improper practices, only to be rebuffed, disciplined or even fired after speaking up, according to interviews with current and former staff members and internal documents.

The growing V.A. scandal over long patient wait times and fake scheduling books is emboldening hundreds of employees to go to federal watchdogs, unions, lawmakers and outside whistle-blower groups to report continuing problems, officials for those various groups said.

In interviews with The New York Times, a half-dozen current and former staff members — four doctors, a nurse and an office manager in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Alaska — said they faced retaliation for reporting systemic problems. Their accounts, some corroborated by internal documents, portray a culture of silence and intimidation within the department and echo experiences detailed by other V.A. personnel in court filings, government investigations and congressional testimony, much of it largely unnoticed until now.

VA comic2The department has a history of retaliating against whistle-blowers, which Sloan D. Gibson, the acting V.A. secretary, acknowledged this month at a news conference in San Antonio. “I understand that we’ve got a cultural issue there, and we’re going to deal with that cultural issue,” said Mr. Gibson, who replaced Eric K. Shinseki after Mr. Shinseki resigned over the scandal last month. Punishing whistle-blowers is “absolutely unacceptable,” Mr. Gibson said.

The federal Office of Special Counsel, which investigates whistle-blower complaints, is examining 37 claims of retaliation by V.A. employees in 19 states, and recently persuaded the V.A. to drop the disciplining of three staff members who had spoken out.

The Times article also says that thus far, the pogrom against whistleblowers goes back at least 7 years!

This is simply more proof of how the government works. Whether it’s the IRS, the NSA, the Justice Department, the EPA, the BLM, or the VA, government agencies are heavy-handed and often without oversight. The government is just too BIG. There is no way to monitor all of the horrible mismanagement and malfeasance that happens among these agencies – which is a prime example of why socialism/communism is always full of corruption and waste. It is inefficient, and when dealing with people, simple and unmeant inefficiency very quickly becomes destructive evil.

So, the VA has known about these problems for years and done nothing to solve them. In fact, instead of dealing with the issues, they’ve instead persecuted the people trying to fix things, and just swept the mess under the rug.

Sounds just like our government.

The folks at Reason have put together a brilliant music video that succinctly explains the entire VA scandal and throws in a little Bowe Bergdahl just for fun.

When we heard the wait times on our list
were so long that patients died
We said “This is government-run healthcare”
“So we’re gonna do what’s right”

We’re gonna grab a piece of paper
and we’ll make a second list
We’ll just say that wait times aren’t that long
and that no deadlines were missed
and when people die we’ll cross them off
and pretend they don’t exist
cuz there ain’t no doubt we can’t be fired
God bless the government

Our government sucks. Let’s get to work on getting a new one.

Read more at http://eaglerising.com/6812/possible-va-scandal-just-got-worse/#2A14iFOOXCW06iTD.99

Obamaland: Where Cowboys are Villains and Race-Baiters, Gay Radicals and Marxists are Heroes

by Doug Giles
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Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid.

Being the peacemaking Christian that I am, herewith are ten ways Cliven Bundy could get the Feds off his backside and actually ingratiate himself to the big government droogies of the Left.

1. Bundy should fire his ranch foreman and hire Jay Carney who could effectively lie his butt off about Cliven’s cows. “Eating grass? His cows aren’t eating grass. What are you talking about? These are the most transparent, grass adverse, cows ever.”

2. Bundy should rename his ranch “Benghazi” , then the Feds would never show up. Ever.

3. Staying with the Benghazi motif, Bundy could also blame his cows’ raid upon the BLM’s grass flats the result of an anti-Muslim YouTube video. Case closed.

4. Bundy should start boldly smoking and selling grass versus having his cows eat the grass.

5. Bundy should become, for the remainder of his life, a vile race-baiter. If he sold nothing but hate towards whites and conservatives, he could owe the IRS two million in back-taxes and they’d include him during White House fundraisers and MSNBC would give him his own talk show. Problem solved.

6. Staying in the racist vein, Bundy could join the New Black Panthers Party, change his name to Shabrique Shazamm and intimidate all the white devils when they show up to vote during the upcoming midterms. Can you say, “Instant protection by the DOJ?”

7. Bundy should get gold-capped teeth, trade his cowboy hat in for a hoodie, walk around holding his crotch and say “mother-%&#$@” every other word. He’d be hailed as a victim and a poet. A victim poet, I tell you.

8. Bundy should build a mosque on Ground Zero. If he did that he’d own half of Nevada.

9. Bundy should start hanging out with Latin dictators and expand his enterprise from cattle ranching to a gun running operation for drug cartels south of the border. Do it, Cliven. Like, muy pronto.

10. Finally, and especially, Bundy should claim that he was the inspiration for Brokeback Mountain. If CB played the gay card they’d throw him a party at the White House and the BLM goons, wearing Daisy Dukes, would serve him and his posse a desert tortoise consommé.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2014/04/obamaland-cowboys-villains-race-baiters-gay-radicals-marxists-heroes/#USXiBDiuwSqGoHRo.99

Obama’s Private Army Storm Troopers Surround Nevada Ranch In Waco Style Showdown

CNN – A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal rangers over illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. “tyranny.”
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What began as a legal fight between longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has escalated as Bundy kept his cattle on the federal land, and the government has responded by beginning roundups of the livestock.
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Krissy Thornton, right, and Burgundy Hall are among those protesting the U.S. government’s roundup of a rancher’s cattle near Bunkerville, Nevada, on Wednesday, April 9. A 20-year dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and federal rangers erupted into an Old West-style showdown this week. The government says Bundy’s livestock has been illegally grazing on U.S. lands for 20 years. Bundy says his family’s cattle has grazed on the land since the 1800s.

A confrontation teetered on violence Wednesday when Bundy family members and dozens of supporters angrily confronted a group of rangers holding Tasers and barking dogs on leashes near Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Federal officials say a police dog was kicked and officers were assaulted. Bundy family members say they were thrown to the ground or jolted with a Taser. source – CNN

Massive Obama Travel Bill Remains Secret

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So many secrets with Obama.
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There always have been a few voices raising concerns over wildly lavish travel expenses for the Barack Obama, and sometimes his family, while they are not in residence in the people’s house in Washington; the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch, for example, has watched the dollars fly out since 2009.

And WND reported only months ago on estimates that the family’s African vacation tab was no less than $60 million, and possibly as high as $100 million. For what mostly was a vacation.

There have been reports that the Obamas spent more than $7 million for JUST travel for JUST three trips in late 2012 and early 2013, including more than $4 million to go to a Hawaiian vacation at Christmas, more than $2.1 million for a trip to California and back for Barack Obama to “dine with high-dollar fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the ‘Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno” and nearly another $1.2 million for an “Obama family August vacation” to Martha’s Vineyard.”

Just this week there’s a report that Michelle Obama, her girls and her mom have been staying in a suite costing $8,350 per night in China, where a “well-placed hotel staffer” told the MailOnline that the staff is “fed up.”

“We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,” the member of the concierge staff told the newspaper. “The first lady is gracious, and the girls are lovely.” But he said Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, has been “barking at the staff.”

But exact totals for the Obamas’ travel expenses are impossible to obtain because the government, and others, simply decline to release the figures. The White House, for example, notes that security costs for the first family are not going to be released. The Secret Service says it’s figures are secret.

And officials with the Democratic National Committee, who are familiar with the costs because they are supposed to reimburse the government for the campaign use of government airplanes, also have declined to respond to WND requests for information.

Calls for more information

But more and more voices are joining the chorus that is calling for more information, or less spending, or both.

The vacation by Michelle Obama, her mother and her daughters to China, going on right now, has sparked the latest round of questions.

At the White House Dossier, reporter Keith Koffler noted the trip, which is going off without reporters in attendance, and with a dearth of official events for the Obamas.

“First Lady Michelle Obama plans to pack in an exciting week of sightseeing during what is definitely NOT a vacation excursion with her daughters, who are on spring break, and her mother, who likes to go on Michelle’s trips,” he wrote.

“The White House refuses to say how much it will cost you, according to the New York Times. Well, I can reveal it here:

“A lot!!”

He cites the expense of a couple of jets – “one of Michelle and one for her stuff” – which actually cost a couple thousand dollars – per minute of flight time.

In fact, it was revealed last month that Air Force One, which ferries President Obama to and from vacations and fundraisers, costs nearly $230,000 an hour to fly, although some smaller jets used occasionally for his family alone might be less expensive.

The China trip, where sightseeing is the main event most days, “is not a vacation. Please repeat to yourself. This is not a vacation,” Koffler wrote. “I’ll give you a moment.”

One commenter, identified anonymously as gracepmc, noted on the Dossier site, “Swinish excess. Undeserved entitlement. And an embarrassment to the nation. She fools no one. If this is a role model for African American women and families then we have arrived at a sad place.”

It was Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who during the heat of the 2012 campaign had filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office over the Obamas’ travel spending.

That followed the president’s multiple fundraiser trips on Air Force One, and his use of a telephone on the jet for fundraising calls.

17 states in 79 days

The National Journal’s George E. Condon Jr. reported at the time, however, “If Priebus hoped to stall the Democratic campaign, there is no sign of Obama tempering his use of Air Force One since Priebus ran to the GAO on April 25. In the 79 days since that complaint, the president has flown to 17 states. In only one of those states – Missouri, where the president gave a high school commencement address in Joplin on May 21 – was there no political flavor to the visit. In the others, fundraisers and openly partisan events dominated the schedule. And the itinerary closely matches the 2012 political map. He has gone to New York four times and three times each to closely contested Ohio and contribution-rich California and Illinois. He also has gone twice each to the politically pivotal states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada.”

The voices at MSNBC even warned Michelle Obama should “brace … for the latest round of nit-picking” when she stayed over from another family vacation in Hawaii for a 50th birthday celebration last winter.

“The Washington Times juxtaposed their coverage of Obama’s extra vacation relaxing on the beach – a present from her husband – with the polar vortex gripping much of the nation in sub-zero temperatures,” the report said. “The message seemed clear: this lady’s living it up while you’re bundling up.”

To the critics of the expense of having an extra jet trip to return her to Washington separately from her family, MSNBC said, “Watchdog.org crunched the numbers to determine that the first lady’s airfare could cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. While that’s a hefty pricetag for a flight from Hawaii, it’s barely a rounding error in terms of the full federal budget.”

It was In The Capital that reported on concerns about the Obamas’ 2013 Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

“A plethora of Republican lawmakers have already take (sic) a break from their August recess to criticize Obama for a taking (sic) an expensive on-week (sic) vacation while millions of Americans are struggling financially. The president pays for food and souvenirs himself, while it’s the taxpayers that eat the cost of Air Force One and the travel expenses of the Secret Service.”

Judicial Watch reported just the Air Force One costs for the trip were nearly $1.2 million. The Secret Service costs were, well, secret. Nobody asked what souvenirs Obama bought for himself.

A few dollar figures:

The dollar figures that are available have been compiled by Judicial Watch, including $98,135.79 for Obama’s President’s Day 2013 golf trip, $81,523.64 for Michelle Obama’s President’s Day 2013 ski trip, $1,092,844.01 for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip, $115,500.87 for Malia Obama’s spring break in Mexico, $83,182.99 for Michelle Obama’s President’s Day 2012 ski trip, $467,585 for Michelle Obama’s trip to Spain, $467,175 for the Obamas’ Copenhagen Olympic bid, and $11,648.17 for the Obama’s to go to New York City for a date night.

Among the details of the expenses that are known, according to JW:

The 2012-2013 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers – for travel alone – nearly $4.1 million. Those expenses for Obama’s trip to be on the Leno show, $2.1 million, and the Martha’s Vineyard trip, $1.1 million.

“The Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton has said. “These staggering costs show why these documents were covered up and we had to sue in federal court to get them. Another transparency fail for the Obama gang.”

The Journal reports that the fees for political trips by Air Force One used to be based on the equivalent of first-class airfare, but starting in 2010, a new Federal Election Commission rule calls for reimbursement of what it would cost to charter a Boeing 737 – on a formula based on the number of travelers.

But the report notes, “The exact numbers are impossible to get.”

However, Judicial Watch has detailed the known costs, such as a trip to Spain, which was $434,000 for travel alone.

A court action was filed to determine whether there was “any indication of official business conducted by Mrs. Obama while she was in the country.”

The lavish travel hasn’t always been only by the Obamas. WND reported numerous times on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s commuting in an Air Force jet to her California home.

At one point it was documented that she cost taxpayers $101,000 for in-flight food and alcohol over a period in 2008 and 2009. At one point she instructed the Air Force to provide chocolate-covered strawberries for a snack, since it was her birthday.

Dark chocolate preferred

“Dark chocolate preferred” was the order.Obama-money2

And The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom has highlighted the $10 million in public money Michelle Obama has spent on her “vacations.”

That report said the family vacation in Hawaii over Christmas 2011 cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Among some of the categories that made up the estimated more than $4.1 million for the family vacation were: $3.2 million in flight time to carry the Obamas back and forth, a Marine contingent for security at $258,000, $21,600 for each of seven houses rented for 18 days for security officers to be housed, another hotel bill for $72,000, overtime for local police of $250,000 and others.

Sasha and Malia Obama even have been listed as “Senior Staff” when they travel at taxpayer expense. That happened on the family’s African safari.

In a WND assessment of Obama’s travel spending on a few months back, it was uncovered that the Obamas scheduled nearly 4,000 “room-nights” for their stop in Johannesburg and another $2 million for car rentals there.

The report noted when information has been available, the administration has provided information on an inconsistent basis.

In some cases, federal entities such as the State Department, which arranges the logistics of executive branch travel, have thwarted efforts to discover more about the government’s accommodations, transportation and related expenses.

Indeed, WND has been waiting more than a year and a half for the State Department to reveal details of a mysterious stay at the super-luxurious Hotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt, Germany.

Although State on Nov. 17, 2011, had uploaded to the FedBizOpps database a contract awarded to the hotel for $52,000, it released no details explaining the contract. State acknowledged receiving the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request, but otherwise has remained silent on the matter.

It remains unclear who may have stayed at the luxury hotel, as the award date is not necessarily indicative of when the government actually used the facility.

Vice President Joseph Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, and Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, traveled to Frankfurt just months prior to the notice. However, there is no record of where they stayed as they cheered for Team USA during the Women’s World Cup Final.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/massive-obama-travel-bill-remains-secret/#40y630hhuGa45GCs.99

An Omnipotent President and Impotent Congress

By JB Williams:Chavez-Obama-300x219
The United States system of self-governance is supposed to be a Constitutional Representative Republic of, by and for the people of the United States, ruled by popular majority with inalienable protections of State and individual Rights…
For the first time in U.S. history, the Federal Government now operates like a third world banana republic run by a tin-horn dictator bound by no set of laws, morals or ethics.
The Obama presidency remains opposed by the vast majority of Americans, on pretty much every issue under the sun. Yet the omnipotent White House resident continues to dictate anti-American policy from his ivory tower with complete immunity. How?
Congress Subverted
The entire world, including congress, knows that Barack Hussein Obama is not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States, and that he is constitutionally prohibited from holding the office of President under Article II, an office he has occupied for five years now.
Everyone in congress knows that Obama seized office on a forged birth certification and fraudulent DNC documents.
Because congress has allowed Article II to be ignored since 2008, congress now finds itself in the completely impotent position of not being able to uphold or defend any Article of the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
Because House Republicans fear a public backlash to holding the unconstitutional Obama regime fully accountable for their anti-American fraudulent actions, they sit silent, forced to go along with every executive office infringement of both State and individual Rights, completely subverted by the Oval Office pen as if congress no longer exists at all. Every member of congress should be fired today!
The House of Representatives holds the purse strings in America. No funds can be raised or spent for any federal use without the direct written consent of the House. Yet the Obama regime has functioned for five years without a single House authorized annual budget, driving the nation to $18 trillion in debt with no congressional oversight or authority.
The Obama regime has created more laws via abuse of executive powers than congress has passed by legitimate process in the same time frame. The constitution gives the federal government no authority over health care whatsoever, yet the Obama regime is controlling and destroying health care today, without a single Republican supporter in congress.
The US Senate is a mere rubber stamp extension of the White House. If there was a single decent Republican in the Senate today, they would have dragged Harry Reid out in the street and punched his lights out years ago.
The Supreme Court is corrupted beyond Repair
Two members of the US Supreme Court were placed on the bench by an illegal invader of the Oval Office and they have no business sitting on that court. Senate Republicans allowed Senate Democrats to railroad them into confirming both and now the court is engaged in subverting Constitutional Law in favor of Marxist “social justice.”
Every member of the US Supreme Court knows that the entire Obama regime is nothing more than a laundry list of usurpations, fraud and anti-American policies. But not one member of the high court has the stones to stand up for the Constitution and the American people and call the Obama regime what it really is, a theft of America.
The People are Clueless
The people keep clamoring about the worst administration in US history, asking why the Marxist-in-Chief is allowed to destroy the greatest country ever known to mankind and the answer is right under their noses the whole time…
They can do whatever the people will allow them to get away with!
Because no one is holding anyone accountable for the misdeeds, abuses of power and direct affronts to the constitutionally protected Rights of the people and the States, they can do whatever they want and they are…
Comprehensive Immigration Reform was passed in 1986, covering all of the remedies being proposed by both Democrats and Republicans again today. The federal government gave a one-time amnesty to over a million illegal aliens in exchange for comprehensive immigration reform back in 1986. But the federal government never enforced the new immigration laws since 1986.
Today, both Democrats and Republicans work to provide amnesty with full citizenship and voting rights to more than 20 million illegal aliens who have invaded our country since the passage of comprehensive immigration reform back in 86’.
The idea that amnesty is being proposed again for benefit of the economy is proven to be a lie by the mere fact that over 90 million legal American citizens are currently unemployed. The notion that our federal government will enforce “new” immigration laws is proven to be a lie by the mere fact that the 1986 Immigration Reform Act has never been enforced since the last one-time amnesty for illegal aliens.
However, if Americans allow the federal government to do whatever they want, they will legalize illegal immigration again, this time for more than 20 million illegal aliens while 90 million Americans are without a job.
No Accountability Anywhere
The Omnipotent Obama is free to do anything he wants, so long as congress, the Supreme Court, fifty State governments and 300 million Americans continue to allow him to do it.
Eric Holder has NO constitutional authority to spend American tax dollars on providing marital benefits to homosexual federal employees, but he just did it.
The Omnipotent Obama has no authority to stop Arizona from enforcing existing immigration laws within the state of Arizona, or to stop New York State from balancing its state budget, but Obama has illegally used federal court appointees to do both.
Although the Obama regime thinks itself an omnipotent third world ruler, it is not.
Whether or not it is even an elected administration is clouded by accusations of massive election fraud and proven identity fraud on the part of Barack Hussein Obama, carried out and covered up by the Democratic Party since 2008.
But whether elected by fraud or not, the Constitution and Bill of Rights exist to protect the States and the People from a tyrannical tin-horn dictator like Barack Obama.
If congress and the Supreme Court are not going to do anything about it, then the People must. Do you know what people do when they don’t know what to do? – Nothing that matters!
The omnipotent Obama can do whatever the People will allow him to get away with, as long as they allow him to get away with it.
Contrary to popular rhetoric, what’s wrong with the current “patriot resistance” isn’t that “we have no leader…” — It’s that everyone thinks themselves a leader, and therefore, we have no followers, hence, no unity in force. The smartest leaders know when to follow…
Only when the People unite and act to hold public servants accountable, will Obama and Co. be stopped.
How much more do the people have to lose before they wise up?
© Copyright by JB Williams, 2013. All rights reserved.

Obama Blames Conservative Media, Limbaugh and Fox News For Failures…Again

Earlier this week in the New Yorker, President Obama suggested his approval ratings are down because America is full of racists (the same racists who elected him, twice). Now, bonus excerpts from the same article by David Remnick show President Obama blaming his failures on Fox News while accusing the network, conservative media and Rush Limbaugh of turning him into a “caricature.”

The president also complained that conservative media had created a “caricature” of him divorced from “reality” that made rallying voters from those areas particularly difficult.

“The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we’ve put in place worked better than people might think,” Obama said.

Barack Obama is a practical person interested in solving problems? Is that why he told Congress last week that he’s “got a pen” and executive power he isn’t afraid to use it if they don’t do what he wants? A reminder:

With his newly announced overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance activities, President Obama has once again hit a nerve with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

The president, as he often does when facing a nettlesome problem, used his executive powers to implement changes.

Obama signaled at a recent Cabinet meeting, though, that more executive actions are likely ahead.

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone — and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward,” Obama said. He suggested he could use his phone to try and bring people together.

New poll numbers released this week by Quinnipiac show the majority of the country views Obama as untrustworthy and dishonest. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and conservative media didn’t lie to millions of Americans by telling them they could keep their health insurance plans under Obamacare. In fact, all of these media outlets warned of the opposite years before the Obamacare exchanges were launched on October 1, 2013. Over to you, Neil Cavuto:

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