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Jun 10, 2014

 

1. AUDIT SHEDS LIGHT ON BACKLOG AT VA HOSPITALS

Over 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first medical appointments, and some 64,000 have apparently fallen through the cracks.

2. WHY TALIBAN SAYS IT ATTACKED PAKISTAN AIRPORT

The extremist group says the assault that killed 29 — including all 10 insurgents — was in revenge for the killing of the militant group's leader in a U.S. drone strike.

3. OBAMA EXPANDS PROGRAM CAPPING STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS

The presidential memorandum will allow 5 million more borrowers to pay no more than 10 percent of their income monthly.

4. LAS VEGAS RAMPAGE ATTACKERS HAD ANTI-GOVERNMENT VIEWS

Jerad and Amanda Miller, who killed two police, a bystander and then themselves, held ideology shared by "militia and white supremacists," authorities said.

5. WHAT MIGHT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO WRECK THAT INJURED TRACY MORGAN

A trucker accused of triggering the New Jersey Turnpike crash that also killed another comedian hadn't slept for more than 24 hours, authorities said.

6. CHRISTIE BUILDS COALITION FOR POSSIBLE 2016 BID

The New Jersey governor is traveling around the country, looking to reclaim his place as a promising Republican presidential prospect following the George Washington Bridge scandal.

7. SCIENTISTS SEEK WAYS TO BLOCK ALZHEIMER'S

A major study is underway to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains harbor silent signs that they're at risk.

8. FRED GOLDMAN SAYS HE HAS MOVED ON WITH LIFE

20 years after the death of his son and Nicole Simpson, and O.J. Simpson's acquittal in the killings, Goldman says, "you find a way somehow or other to adjust to the pain, to the anger, to the loss."

9. AUTOMAKERS SWITCH TO LIGHTER MATERIALS

To save on gas mileage, Ford, GM and others are experimenting with carbon fiber roofs, plastic windshields and aluminum foam bumpers.

10. A TALE OF TWO WORLD CUPS

Brazil's fervent love of soccer collides with public anger over charges of wasteful spending, corruption, traffic jams, strikes and a litany of other complaints.

Comments

Straightjacket

5. It was the Bee.

Vladtheimp

SCANDAL CENTRAL UPDATE

(A) (#1) VA says more than 57,000 patients are waiting for first visit (another made up Washington Scandal) Welcome to Obamacare http://www.washingtonpost.com/bl...

(B) IRS Sent Confidential Information On Nonprofit Groups To FBI Days Before 2010 Midterm Elections http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/0...

(C) ER use skyrocketing with Obamacare

"”We’ve given people an ATM card in a town with no ATMs.” http://hotair.com/archives/2014/...

(D) Obama’s Amnesty Plan Is Harming Latino Kids, Says Adviser

The wave of illegals now flooding into the U.S will keep growing — and keep causing harm to Central American children — until the president starts leading a response, according to a White House immigration adviser.
“There’s a lack of leadership here… [but eventually] the president will become involved because he can’t avoid it,” said Rev. Richard Ryscavage, who serves on the White House immigration advisory panel.

“To be frank, they tried to hide this problem for a while” to minimize opposition to the Senate bill, he said. “They didn’t do did anything in public about it, they didn’t want to tell anyone about it… [and] they’re now in stage where they’re feeling ‘We have to figure out a strategy.’” http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/0...

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, in December that blasted authorities
“(The government) has simply chosen not to enforce the United States’ border security laws,” the judge wrote. http://houston.cbslocal.com/2014...

(E) Trading 1 Deserter for the Taliban Dream Team

Three years ago, Obama went to court to keep a Taliban leader at Gitmo. Now he's out. http://www.weeklystandard.com/bl...

(F) Bonus - Big Government Bureaucratic Overreach No. XXX MILLION

Game Changer: FDA Rules No Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging http://cheeseunderground.blogspo...

Harry Kovaire

What is up with this Mollon spam filter?

Lanivan

It detected spam?

Tri-cities realist

And the Obama sycophants wonder why we want smaller govt. And to be fair, Bush and the majority of elected Republicans are no better than the Democrats.

Lanivan

Wow. I am witnessing a defining moment here. Balance and perspective. The ability to see and understand the big picture. Awesome.

Tri-cities realist

Well not really a change for me. I call it as I see it. You don't see me defending Republicans ad nauseam when I disagree with them. I can't say the same for you and Obama. But perhaps you will catch on, and stop defending Obama's every move, even when he is wrong.

Lanivan

Am I defending Obama, or fighting against the scorched earth, irresponsible, and destructive non-governance of Congressional Republicans who irrationally and with a stunning lack of concern for average Americans, hammer on Obama's every breath, just because, even when he speaks their language?

Harry Kovaire

"Am I defending Obama?"

Yeah, ya kinda are.

You unabashedly defend the most heinous and criminal activities of the Obama administration and the Democrat Party to ridiculous and illogical ends. You tie yourself up in knots over it. Besides the sketchy facts and poor journalism, it has become one of my greatest sources of amusement on this site. Keep up the good work!

Lanivan

Preach it, Brother! I am nonplussed by the nonsense you pass off as sage pearls of wisdom, but to each his own. It is an honor that you actually read me, and if my posts occasionally elicit in you some manner of brain activity - say, a smile - then my efforts will not have been in vain.

If I may offer a word of advice: Stick with the poetry. You're way better at that than honest debate, but then you would deny yourself the pleasurable gratification of writing condescending and inaccurate posts such as the one from 10:50 a.m. today.

Lanivan

(A) Let's keep things in perspective. The VA encompasses 150 VA hospitals, 820 outpatient clinics, treat 6 million vet a year, with 9 million enrolled as patients, and averages 85 million appointments a year.

(B) Were they really non-profit - or just pretending?

(C) Hasn't this always been the preferred method of health care for the poor by Republicans?

(E) Big Whoop. Bush released about 540 detainees from Gitmo between 2007-2009, one of whom was suspected of being involved in Benghazi - with nothing in return. The Israelis traded 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for 1 Israeli POW. Reagan traded missiles with Iran for US hostages.

And George Bush scored about a 20% recidivism rate with his release of detainees; Obama scored zero with 48 Gitmo releases.

Vladtheimp

How weak your responses to evidence of Obama's lawlessness, lying, and incompetence have become:

Obama promised on numerous occasions to fix the VA which he campaigned on against Bush. VA Bureaucrats got bonuses for lying about delays in treatment and establishing secret lists of the delays, and you attempt to justify 57,000 veterans not receiving treatment based on the size of the government VA health care system?

Now you justify the IRS sending confidential tax information to the Department of Justice as part of a political effort to re-elect Obama? Shameless!

Are you intentionally forgetting Obamacare lie Number 20 that passing it would decrease the use of Emergency Room visits and thus save money? Or did it just slip your mind?

The GITMO prisoners released by Bush, to the great applause of the Left, were released pursuant to Detainee Assessment Briefs, (JTF-GTMO’s recommendations about whether the prisoners in question should continue to be held, or should be released (transferred to their home governments, or to other governments)), threat assessments, and decisions of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals(CSRT). They did not include the worst of the worst, like the ones Obama freed, who were assessed to be serious threats and they were not swapped for Americans, especially a deserter. Talk about perspective! Maybe you should stop parroting your little left wing pajama boy/girl blogs until you think about their reflective defenses of Obama.

And you must be so proud that your President/hero is such a stand-up guy that he put on his big boy pants and had his Congressional briefers blame the Secretary of Defense for the disgusting prisoner swap that he orchestrated, culminating in that Rose Garden spectacle.

Lanivan

Weak, or waning interest? Some days I feel like a nut, some days I don't.

Obama did plenty for the Vets - lots more than Bush, who ignored a major report in 2005 (too busy fighting wars), and a lot more would have been accomplished had Republicans not blocked 8 separate major proposals. I prepared a quite strong, if I do say so myself, rebuttal a week or so ago, providing facts, figures, charts, and lists. Perhaps you missed it.

As for the VA issues (and the Bergdahl one, as well) bottom line: Let's make a deal. Don't go to war, a real long one, and two at the same time to add insult to injury, spend $6-7 Trillion, and create a massive need for VA services when you know the VA has systemic problems that need to be addressed. And then pass the cesspool onto your successor, who you know will be a Dem, because no one would elect a Repub after the Bush travesty.

We're just a few months into Obamacare/Medicaid Expansion. You worry so - it'll all work out. One of the most startling things to come out of this is the recognition that there are many people in this country who have never had insurance, and are not familiar with the terminology, don't understand the concepts of things like co-pays, deductibles, caps, etc, and until they learn the ropes, will need advisement.

Gitmo: Here is a good article you might find interesting. Of course, it's from SLATE - you know, one of those websites where the journalists have pajama parties, pillow fights, and play twister all day.....http://www.slate.com/articles/ne...

What do you know about Bergdahl? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/0...

I love this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/1...

Under withering criticism from veterans and Congress, President Obama on Wednesday abandoned a proposal that would have required veterans to use their private health insurance to pay for the treatment of combat-related injuries. David K. Rehbein, national commander of the American Legion, said the president had indicated at a meeting on Monday that he “intended to move forward” with the proposal, which could have saved the government more than $500 million a year.

“Pushing combat injuries onto personal insurance plans could make service to our nation a pre-existing condition,” which could be used to justify the denial of private coverage, said Representative Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri.

Mr. Obama has repeatedly called health insurance for all Americans one of his priorities.

Veterans groups thanked the president on Wednesday.

Jay Agg, a spokesman for Amvets, said: “We are very pleased the administration dropped this proposal. It flew in the face of the government’s covenant to care for all service-connected needs of our veterans.”

And finally, in response to your "big boy pants" rant, this is what I think of that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

 

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