Not surprising in the least.
Via Hot Air:
No surprise to Hot Air readers, of course, but this allegation will come as a bombshell in a House hearing today on the VA scandal. This whistleblower claim will just be one of the issues that the Veteran Affairs committee will probe in the wait-list fraud that permeated the VA. Another will be the fact that the number of veteran deaths connected to those secret wait lists has skyrocketed from 40 to 293:
Our source, who works at VA headquarters and who spoke exclusively to CBS News, said officials inside the agency asked for a revision of the first draft. That’s standard practice, but in this case the source said it amounted to pressure on Inspector General Richard Griffin to add a line to water down the report.
“The organization was worried that the report was going to damn the organization,” the whistle-blower said. “And therefore it was important for them to introduce language that softened that blow.” …
But that conclusion, that no deaths were caused by delays, seemed to conflict with the rest of the report. For example: “28 instances of clinically significant delays” were found, including delays linked to six deaths. And findings indicated either “treatment” or “an appointment for this patient might have changed the outcome.”
When exactly did Kerry become an expert on Islam?
JOHN KERRY: Finally, you can not overstate this, we must repudiate the gross distortion of Islam that ISIS is spreading. Put an end to the sermons by extremists that brainwash young men to join these movements to commit mass- atrocities in the name of god.
I’m sure ISIS jihadists are shaking in their man-dresses.
(Al Arabiya) – President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to eradicate fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria through a careful counter-terrorism strategy but reiterated that U.S. troops would not be deployed as part of the campaign against the militants.
“We will find you eventually,” Obama, addressing ISIS, said at a military base in Tampa, Florida.
The American president said more than 40 countries have offered to help the U.S. led coalition against ISIS, which gained swathes of Iraqi territory in a lightening offensive in June and control provinces in neighboring Syria.
Obama said France and Britain were already flying with the United States over Iraq, adding that Australia and Canada would send military advisors to the country.
I’m sure the gangs in Chicago will welcome them with open arms…
Via Chicago Tribune:
Chicago will join New York and Los Angeles in a corporate-funded push to try to get more legal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
The Cities for Citizenship initiative is getting a $1.1 million contribution from Citigroup to help pay for the three cities to expand their naturalization programs. The effort also calls for additional counseling, legal assistance and financial help for immigrants in the urban centers.
The program will be coordinated by two nonprofits — The Center for Popular Democracy and the National Partnership for New Americans — with the aim of encouraging cities across the country to invest in their citizenship drives, according to a news release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and the other participants.
The mayors said naturalization would provide the new citizens with access to better jobs, academic scholarships and other benefits, while providing economic boosts to the cities in which they live, according to the release.
The anti-gun madness never ends.
A uniformed Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper was asked to leave a Waffle House restaurant in Grapevine this week because he was armed. The trooper was wearing a Texas DPS helicopter pilot “field uniform” that consists of a DPS polo shirt, tan slacks and his badge and gun were on his belt. Trooper was asked to leave and not to return because he was wearing a gun.
Breitbart Texas spoke with Trooper Evans via Facebook Messenger. He said he could not comment directly to the media about the matter. From postings on his Facebook page, Breitbart Texas learned the trooper was on his way to work and was standing at the cash register when the manager of the Waffle House began yelling at him from the doorway of the kitchen telling him that he had to leave and he was not welcome back to the restaurant. Despite Evan’s explanation that he was a law enforcement officer with the DPS and he was in uniform, the manager persisted in his rant.
“So I just got asked to leave the Waffle House in Grapevine!” Evans said on Facebook. “Apparently my Department Approved DPS Aircraft Uniform is not welcome there. I was asked to leave by the management and was also instructed not to return.”
“They said it was because I was wearing a gun,” he explained. “I was in uniform, TX DPS Polo Shirt and Tan pants, with my badge visibly displayed on my belt. I explained to the manager that I am a state trooper and he said I still wasn’t allowed to have a gun in the restaurant.
A cunning military tactician, he is not.
Washington (CNN) — “As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” President Barack Obama told troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. U.S. forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in Iraq against ISIS, Obama said. Rather, the U.S. forces will support Iraqi forces on the ground as the Iraqis fight ISIS, he said.
“After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures,” he said. “And that’s the only solution that will succeed over the long term.”
“When we do things alone and the countries — the people of those countries — aren’t doing it for themselves, as soon as we leave, we start getting the same problems,” Obama said.
Just stick Al Gore on a pedestal, he’s so stiff I hardly anyone would notice he wasn’t a statue.
Via The Hill:
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) on Wednesday suggested Republicans should build a “do nothing” monument on the National Mall dedicated to climate change.
“I would challenge my colleagues on the other side that, if they want to do nothing, let’s go ahead and build a do nothing climate wall and put it somewhere out on the Washington Mall,” Swalwell said.
“And we can put all the names of the people who thought we should do nothing, and in a hundred years, we can let our children and grandchildren go to that wall and see who wanted to do nothing and who wanted to do something,” he added.
Swalwell’s comments came during a hearing where Democrats and Republicans squared off on the administration’s controversial climate rule, which seeks to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants.
All I have to say… Joe, please run for president!
Did she really think kids would suddenly start eating loving vegetables?
CLEVELAND – An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation reveals millions of dollars worth of fresh fruits and vegetables are being thrown in the trash in school lunch rooms in Ohio and across the country.
The National School Nutrition Association blames new federal nutrition standards requiring students to take more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as increasing the amount of whole grains.
It’s operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and spends nearly $12 billion dollars a year and insists more students are eating fresh fruits and vegetables and the program is aimed at making students healthier.
The USDA points to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health to support its claim, but the same study also shows that 60 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fresh fruit are being thrown away.
And a recent study released by the National School Nutrition Association found 81.2 percent of schools surveyed indicated an increase in the amount of food being thrown away by students since the new nutrition standards went into effect two years ago.
The association also points to a study performed by researches at Cornell University and Brigham Young University that suggests some $4 million a day is being wasted.
At the same time, schools are being required to serve even more at increased costs to schools.
Of course, he would have said this before he was murdered by jihadists attacking our consulate.
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Less than 5 percent of applications processed for the unbeatable price of one billion dollars. What’s a billion dollars to this administration anyways?
If stonewalling were an Olympic event, Holder would hands down win the gold every time…
Back in July after a long FOIA lawsuit from government watchdog Judicial Watch, a federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to produce a detailed list or Vaughn Index of documents being withheld from Congress and the American people under President Obama’s executive privilege claim. A month later in August, a federal judge ordered DOJ to turn over a privilege log of withheld documents to the House Oversight Committee. Both orders were to be completed by October 1.
Now, Attorney General Eric Holder is asking a federal judge to delay (again) an order requiring him to turn over thousands of Fast and Furious documents, not just a detailed list.
Universities receiving money for this garbage is just icing on the cake to them.
Via Washington Free Beacon:
Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem.
Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the groups.
Funding for anti-Israel programs at U.S. universities has fostered a culture of fear among the Jewish state’s supporters on campus and fueled a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents at many schools, the groups warned.
What could possibly go wrong?
Via Washington Times:
The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.
With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.
The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.
Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.
HT: Conservative Byte
Which begs the obvious question: How is allowing an illegal immigrant invasion force to storm America protecting us?
SEAN HANNITY: Last word. You can pass a bill, secure the border first, would you support that?
REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ (D-IL): No. Because it would be folly. It would be derelict in my duty to protect America.
HANNITY: In the mean time, every day you don’t pass that bill — you’re demanding amnesty.
GUTIERREZ: I would be derelict to my duty.
GUTIERREZ: It sounds great. It sounds good.
HANNITY: It doesn’t sound great.
GUTIERREZ: It sounds good, but it isn’t an effective —
HANNITY: If you don’t do it, it’s a dereliction of duty, sir.
GUTIERREZ: Sean —
HANNITY: It’s a dereliction of duty.