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May 30, 2014

 

1. VA WOES TIED TO BONUS SYSTEM
 
Congressional critics say the system encouraged staff to fudge stats on wait times as a way to meet performance targets.
 
2. UKRAINE'S ARMED FORCES DEALT FRESH BLOW
 
At least 12 soldiers are killed when rebels down a helicopter. The deaths underscore the challenge the military faces in fighting a guerrilla-style insurgency.
 
3. HOW MISSOURI MIGHT LIFT VEIL ON EXECUTION DRUGS
 
The attorney general recommends that the state set up a lab and make its own lethal injection drugs, rather than buy them from compounding pharmacies in secret.
 
4. FDA ISSUES NEW RULES TARGETING SKIN CANCER
 
Tanning beds and sun lamps will now carry warning labels that they shouldn't be used by anyone under 18.
 
5. WHO'S NOT SOLD ON EL-SISSI
 
Many older Egyptians embrace him. But younger people want change — and they're skeptical that another military man in power will bring it.
 
6. STARTLING TWIST IN CASE OF WOMAN STONED TO DEATH
 
Police say the woman's husband — initially pitied after the so-called "honor killing" by members of her family — was arrested four years ago for slaying his first wife.
 
7. WHAT LOSS OF HABITAT MEANS FOR PLANTS, ANIMALS
 
A study concludes that species are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans spread themselves across the plant.
 
8. MAN ACCOSTS BRAD PITT ON HOLLYWOOD RED CARPET
 
It's the latest such stunt by Vatalii Sediuk, who has lost his job with the Ukrainian TV station that gave him a platform to cross the line with celebrities.
 
9. REWRITING HISTORY OF RICHARD III
 
Scientists studying the monarch's bones say that while he had a severe case of scoliosis, he was far from the limping "hunchbacked toad" depicted in Shakespeare's play.
 
10. TENTATIVE DEAL IN PLACE TO SELL CLIPPERS
 
A source tells AP that Shelly Sterling has a binding agreement to sell the NBA team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, but co-owner husband has to sign off on it.

Comments

Straightjacket

1. When men and women join the armed forces to defend the nation and put their lives on the line the nation must reciprocate and defend their health needs. It's just unfathonable to comprehend one offers their life and the nation cannot try to keep it in a state of health.

3. I'm sure that will even save some money.

6. America doesn't look so bad for women after all.

7. Proof again showing humans are the most destructive animal on Earth.

Vladtheimp

1. While Vets Wait, VA Employees Do Union Work

http://www.nationalreview.com/ar...

But. at least one House Democrat thinks things are just fine (Lanny with a dark wig hat?)

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/...

11. Obama's Immigration Plan We All Suspected - Go Greyhound

(Punish Arizona some more) http://www.azcentral.com/story/l...

12. Governor Mike Bloomberg gets it mostly right after growing a pair

http://youtu.be/Zhfn2zgFFJ8

Lanivan

1. Just the same old Republican strategy - "Just Say NO to Obama".

Republican Scandal Politics:

a.) Create a scandal out of something that has been going on for decades. Cry, weep, tear at clothing, froth at mouth, all while blaming Obama entirely to pull the wool over eyes of the populace. DIVIDE.

b.) Play up the theatrics to divert from the fact that Republicans have blocked and filibustered continuously and consistently from providing solutions - no matter what the issue. Jobs, the Economy, Funding, staffing, Foreign Affairs, Veterans Affairs, - no matter, just block and filibuster. Do not work in a bipartisan manner to problem-solve. Just Block & Filibuster. Add Lots of Tears and Bluster for good measure! DIVERT.

c.) When you plan to invade a country, do it on the cheap. Pay for it on the US credit card. Then cut taxes across the board at the same time to increase the Federal Debt to pay for the invasion. Then send troops to war without the proper protection for combat, increasing the death/maiming of troops who will need VA services. CONFUSE.

d.) Keep the war going as long as possible, with as many re-deployments as possible, so the millions of returning vets don't stress the neglected VA system under your watch. Let the next president deal with the fall-out. And most of all, forbid the media from showing caskets of the fallen or showing the wounded in battle, returning to their country.

With all the hue and cry about Obama personally putting vets on waiting lists, I have yet to read about any common sense reasons WHY the waiting lists exist in the first place. Not enough facilities to keep up with demand? Not enough medical staff to keep up with demand? Too many aspects to the VA to keep managed well, i.e., issues dealing with physical, mental, homelessness, claims, education, under-staffing, and so on?

If so, why would Republicans, just in February 2014, block the opening of 27 new medical facilities for veterans, that would have increased the medical staff, and dealt with all these issues with the Veterans Bill that they blocked at the last minute by sabotaging the bill?

Bill's Blocked By Republican's Since President Obama Took Office.

7 Bills have been blocked by Republicans since 2009:

The rejected Bills are named:

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875.

H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act

H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization

H.R. 1172 -- Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans

H.R. 1293 -- Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009

H.R. 1803 -- Veterans Business Center Act

H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act

DETAILS OF BILLS REJECTED BY REPUBLICANS: http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

Scandal Politics, not governing for the people. DIVERT * DIVIDE * CONFUSE. THIS is the real scandal.

Lanivan

Ok Vlad. Crickets. Relying too much on your alter ego to actually respond?

Tri-cities realist

Holy lack of patience batman! Lanny, I think you should break into the Malbec early today, it will help you relax.

Lanivan

Your concern for my well-being is very sweet. Meanwhile, I'm worried about you guys.....Cynical? Why It Might Be Bad For Your Brain

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland found an association between cynical distrust -- which researchers described in the study as “the belief that others are mainly motivated by selfish concerns” -- and an increased risk of developing dementia.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

And not word one about the Republican consistent blocking of VA legislation for the past 5 years. Guess Teacher TCR is playing hookie today...along with Vlad.

Vladtheimp

Nope, just not playing your silly Kos Kids games; this is the same ration of dreck you pull out every time you perceive little lord Obama is in difficulty, having nothing to do with the many promises Obama made to fix the VA after campaigning on it.

You might note that my comment was a factual story of how much the federal government is paying VA workers to do exclusively union business, which has been going on since Kennedy; I blamed nothing on Obama, was surprised at the numbers of non-workers involved and the sums of money, and thought it might be interesting to others, even you. Instead I got the full blown Kos old stories that are irrelevant to government health care as practiced at the VA.

Want to comment further on the state of the VA in Florida like your alter ego in the clip? Want to comment on Obama flaunting the Immigration Laws, like bussing illegals caught from one State to another? If you research Kos, Media Matters, or other left wing websites you might just find some other irrelevant matters to add to your reply.

I truly hope this doesn't reflect the education you received in college, but it might explain the 97% support for Obama from one un-named group.

Enjoy your weekend.

Lanivan

In other words, you revert to the old playbook when challenged and you have no further place to go. Shiny objects, naked insults about people's education, scrapping and clawing at some remotely related topics.

Corruption in the VA is hardly surprising. It has been given short-shrift of oversight over the years, especially during the Bush years, and especially by Congress. And I pick my battles - my comment did not attempt to address your immigration expose', but to highlight the despicable blocking and filibustering of legislation ear-marked for returning vets, some if not most deployed over and over again, by the cowardly and irresponsible Republicans who started the war to begin with.

I suppose you will now use my learning institution against me as well. Please don't. You look so small when you do.

Don't get bit by too many mosquitoes...except by the ones I have set on remote control!

Harry Kovaire

I all fairness, in POTUS's Shinseki overboard speech he accepted "responsibility for whatever happens."

Then blamed Bush in the very next sentence.

"In terms of responsibility, as I’ve said before, this is my administration; I always take responsibility for whatever happens, and this is an area that I have a particular concern with. This predates my presidency."

Barry Soetoro

13. Uh-oh, Lani:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-n...

I respectfully recommend you round up Barry and the Gang and let us into your wine collar to verify (by sampling) that your stockpile of Malbec is the real deal.

Lanivan

Ah, Barry - we have a little problem here. You see, that wine cellar you speak of? There isn't one. And that stockpile? It's dwindling, rapidly.

But it's a thoughtful idea, one based on concern for a fellow poster that is both commendable and frivolous, a most favored combination in my book.

Harry Kovaire

The rapidity with which you deplete your supply explains your recent comments.

A classic example of cause and effect.

Harry Kovaire

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Lanivan

No, Harry - It explains a recent birthday party with lots of friends who like to toast and find lots of reasons to do so.

I never drink alone, and I never drink while posting. Or driving. You?

When the cowardly Dems and the pathological Repubs put the heat on, Obama has no choice. It was just a matter of time that Shinseki, a highly awarded and decorated general who was right-on in his comments about the Iraq War - that is was a war conducted on the cheap, based on faulty information, and was unwinnable - would become the whipping boy by the perpetrators of said war. It is shameful, disgraceful, and a crock of bovine excrement.

Could you make another pretty line or flip comment so your fellow Repubs can all laugh and cheer while another good man goes down? Great reason for a beer summit!! Yay!!

Barry Soetoro

I never drink and post alone.

Lanivan

I'm going nowhere with this one. I'll let you rack up the charges.

Harry Kovaire

Tails of your wine parties are legendary.

Lanivan

I see. Another flip comment at the expense of someone else.

Oh no! Were you there - perhaps posing as the sauv-aay, dashing and debonair newcomer to the neighborhood, bearing a gift of fine wine?

 

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