New VA Scandals Call Into Question Agency’s Ability To Clean House


Via Fox News:

Nearly a year after a scandal rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs, revealing that the agency’s centers nationwide were manipulating records to hide dangerously long patient wait times, the bad news just keeps on coming — calling into question the agency’s promise to clean house.

Ignored claims, manipulated records, cost overruns and even one facility infested with insects and rodents are among the latest issues uncovered by a blistering VA Inspector General’s report.

The auditor’s probe found that more than 31,000 inquiries placed by veterans to the Philadelphia Regional VA office call center went ignored for more than 312 days, even though they were supposed to be answered in five.

Perhaps even worse, claim dates were manipulated to hide delays, $2.2 million in improper payments were made because of duplicate records, 22,000 pieces of returned mail went ignored and some 16,600 documents involving patient records and dating back to 2011 were never scanned into the system.

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Liz Warren To Take Center Stage At California Democratic Party Gathering…

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In the interim Hillary is still trying to connect with everyday Americans.

Via LA Times

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a populist who some liberals hope will seek the White House in 2016 — despite her many denials — will keynote the California Democratic Party convention in May, the party announced Thursday. Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will also address delegates.

“Sen. Warren and retired Rep. Frank embody Democrats’ fight for fairness in our economy and financial reforms that reward Americans’ hard work and hope for the future,” said state party Chairman John Burton. “As California Democrats, we’re proud to count so many elected leaders who are in the same tradition and are showing leadership through action.”

While Warren has spurned efforts by supporters to draft her for a presidential run, she appears to be tilting the 2016 presidential campaign. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who announced her White House run on Sunday, has adopted Warren’s populist tone during her early forays on the campaign trail.[…]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is among the other Democrats weighing a presidential bid and is expected to make a decision by late May. O’Malley addressed California Democrats in 2014.

State party gatherings, which draw thousands of delegates and supporters, typically are magnets for Democratic presidential candidates. In 2007, the last time there was a competitive contest for the Democratic nomination, Clinton, then-Sens. Barack Obama and Chris Dodd, former Sen. John Edwards and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson were among the speakers.

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Here Are The Paranoid Creepy Rules Hillary Set For The Everyday People To Meet With Her


Via The Right Scoop:

Now the rules have come out for being an “every day American” that got to meet Hillary on the campaign:

“I get there, and the first thing he said was, ‘I need you to sign this release.’ And I said, ‘Why? Who’s going to be here?’” Yowell explained. ”

The people who had coffee with Clinton had to sign the release forms because the event was filmed for a video the Clinton campaign released on Friday. However, everyone who spoke to Business Insider said they weren’t able to get take their own pictures of the meeting because Price asked to take their phones before the encounter.

“I was so excited,” Yowell said. “But then they took our cellphones and I was, like, ‘But I can’t call and tell anyone?’”

“We had to turn our cellphones in to them before we went in,” Nelson said. “We all handed them over.”

All the attendees who spoke with Business Insider said they didn’t mind being asked to turn over their cellphones before meeting with Clinton as it allowed for privacy.

“I think they didn’t want us saying, you know, emailing our friends while were there,” Nelson said. “That place would have been mobbed.”

Yowell pointed to the fact Clinton’s first stop on the campaign trail on Tuesday attracted a pack of reporters who chased after her van.

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Obama To Sell Gulf Cooperation Council Leaders On Iran Deal At Camp David…

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The skeet range is closed for repairs.

Via Reuters

President Barack Obama will meet with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries at the White House on May 13 and at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland the following day, the White House said on Friday.

The summit, to include leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will be an opportunity for Obama to discuss concerns about the deal reached with Iran on its nuclear program, as well as the military campaign in Yemen by the Gulf countries.

Thieves Steal Deadly Radioactive Material In Mexico, Five States On Alert

Via RT:

Authorities have issued emergency warnings to five Mexican states after it was reported that thieves had stolen potentially deadly radioactive material, the latest such heist to strike the Latin American country.

The interior ministry issued an alert in the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz that a container holding iridium-192 – a man-made radioactive element that can cause burns, acute radiation sickness and even death – was stolen on Monday from a truck in Cardenas, a town in southern Tabasco.

“This source is very dangerous to people if it is removed from its container,” the statement said.

The theft of the radioactive material was reported by the company Garantia Radiografica e Ingenieria on Monday.
The ministry added the material “could cause permanent injuries to the person who handles it or who has been in contact with it for a brief time (minutes or hours).”

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Union Complains Of Intimidation In Right To Work State, Postpones Election At Boeing SC Plant…

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The South doesn’t cotton to blue State Unions.

Via Reuters

The union trying to organize Boeing Co’s South Carolina plant withdrew its petition for an April 22 election, citing “a toxic environment and gross violations of workers’ lawful organizing rights.”

The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after organizers for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers conducted home visits with more than 1,700 Boeing workers, the union said in a statement on Friday.

The IAM said it withdrew its petition for the vote after two organizers “were threatened at gunpoint” during home visits that began last week. Other organizers reported “hostile and near-violent confrontations,” it said.

About 125 IAM representatives from around the country were conducting the home visits, the union said, adding that it had filed unfair labor practice charges in relation to the organizing drive.[…]

The National Labor Relations Board determined last month that about 3,000 production and maintenance workers were eligible to vote on whether the IAM should represent them.

Under NLRB rules, the union can repetition for a vote after six months if it withdraws the petition, but must wait 12 months if it holds an election and loses.

Boeing had waged a vigorous campaign against the union, supported by numerous local political leaders. The union had earlier signaled that it might postpone the vote.

An unfair labor practice filing provided to Reuters by the IAM accused Boeing of “deliberately encouraging and promoting harassment, assaults and threats of violence against union supporters” over the last six months. It sought an injunction from the NLRB to stop Boeing.

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Armada Of Iranian Ships Sailing Towards Yemen


We are building toward something very bad.

Via The Hill:

U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran’s support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war.

Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials.
Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis.

Iran sent a destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen last week but said it was part of a routine counter-piracy mission.

What’s unusual about the new deployment, which set out this week, is that the Iranians are not trying to conceal it, officials said. Instead, they appear to be trying to “communicate it” to the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf.

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Brian Williams Protégé Richard Engel Revises Story Of ‘One of His Captors Lying Dead…


He can get a job with Rolling Stone, it also doesn’t gather no facts.


NBC News has altered its original account of the kidnapping of chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and two others by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2012. Additionally, Engel now admits that, contrary to his prior claim, he had no proof of “one of his captors lying dead” when the news crew was rescued.

As reported by The New York Times, NBC changed its story on Wednesday:

NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Interviews by The Times with several dozen people – including many of those involved in the search for NBC’s team, rebel fighters and activists in Syria and current and former NBC News employees – suggested that Mr. Engel’s team was almost certainly taken by a Sunni criminal element affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the loose alliance of rebels opposed to Mr. Assad.

Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent for CNN and host of “Reliable Sources,” tweeted his concerns about The New York Times’ story and NBC’s original account.[…]

Saying he did not have a “definitive account of what happened that night,” Engel responded on Wednesday:

“Producer Aziz Akyavas [one of the two other abductees] climbed out of the van through the driver-side door. He says he saw and stepped over a body that lay by the front wheel. I climbed out of the passenger side door.

Under the circumstances, and especially since Aziz said that he had seen and stepped over a body, I didn’t doubt it and later reported it as fact.”

This story is significant in the respect that ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups are Sunni, whereas Assad is a member of the Alawites, a sect that identifies as Shiite.

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Muslim Youths Attack Child And Set Him On Fire In Pakistan Because He Is Christian

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Via Daily Mail:

Two young Muslims have put a 14-year-old Pakistani boy in hospital with burns to 55 percent of his body after they set him on fire because he is a Christian.

The teenager from Lahore in Punjab province Pakistan, who has been identified only as Nuaman, had just left a local shop when he was beaten and burnt with Kerosene.
The boy, who is now being treated at Mayo Hospital in Lahore, described how he was approached by the two Muslim youths as they left Friday prayers at their local mosque.

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The George Soros Secret Donor Retreat…


The meeting was more secure than the White House and the Mexican border.


Wealthy liberals from across the country discussed strategy and finances this Sunday during the Democracy Alliance’s biennial donor confab, where the number of supported groups grew by more than a dozen and funding targets grew by tens of millions of dollars above previous years.

The contrasts are stark at this week’s meeting of the nation’s foremost liberal donor club. Flashy sports cars ferry climate crusaders to a luxury hotel, a private security company shields prying eyes from speeches on political accountability, and billionaire Democratic donors denounce money in politics.

The Alliance is a hub of liberal and Democratic fundraising. It steers tens of millions of dollars each year to leading political and policy groups strategically vetted and endorsed by its staff of progressive operatives.[…]

Security was tight at San Francisco’s Four Seasons hotel, as the group hired its own security to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing the hotel’s conference area.

It set up disposal bins for “confidential” conference materials, where attendees could dispose of sensitive paperwork for “secure shredding.” The group brought along its own paper shredders.

Attendees dined on goat cheese and garlic polenta, sourdough French toast, Kobe beef, and chorizo-stuffed dates. They sipped fine Napa Valley wine. The minimum food and beverage charge for the event was $130,000 according to hotel documents.

Progressives’ main electoral problem, attendees were told, was an insufficiently populist message.

“Do you wonder why Elizabeth Warren memes dominate your Facebook feed? Come join us for a discussion of bold and winning strategies to alter the existing economic power structure,” one panel description asked of its considerably powerful audience.

Most conference-goers were wary of speaking with the press. One attendee who asked not to be identified said he had been instructed to inform Alliance staff of journalists asking questions about the week’s proceedings.[…]

The group acknowledges that their pledge of donor anonymity to groups that demand more political transparency is “ironic.” It has pledged to increase transparency in its operations, but has also assured DA “partners”—as its donors are known—that they will remain anonymous if they choose.

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Less Than A Week In, Marco Rubio Has $40 Million Committed For His Presidential Run

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Gives him a powerful start.

(Reuters) – Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money.

It’s as good as in the bank.

“Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors.

Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.”

At least seven other Rubio mega donors say their candidate has already received monetary commitments in excess of the $40 million he will likely need to battle through a presidential primary season that will feature a crowd of seasoned Republican candidates with strong financial backing.

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Oooh, Nasty Burn! Bill De Blasio Trolls Hillary Clinton

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De Blasio has come under fire, and threat, from the Hillary brigade for failing to endorse Hillary Clinton when she announced. They have been pretty fierce in their response back at him.

Meanwhile Hillary has been stepping in it big time lying about her grandparents being immigrants, being caught staging events and parking in a handicapped spot. Not to mention not being able to justify her foundation taking in millions in foreign donations and reconciling that with her vow to get ‘unaccountable money’ out of campaigns.

De Blasio appears to jab at Clinton and the grandparent controversy with the above tweet.

1%er Hillary Clinton Goes After Hedge Fund Managers…

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They can read the Wall Street Journal every morning and learn how to invest in cattle futures.


Hillary Clinton’s got a problem with hedge fund managers — or at least with the way they’re taxed.

The expected frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is avoiding policy specifics for now, but the taxation of hedge fund managers — an elite class of investors who will no doubt pour millions into Clinton’s second White House bid — has been an early exception.

“There’s something wrong when hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses or the truckers that I saw on I-80 as I was driving here,” Clinton told a small group of roundtable participants in Monticello, Iowa, this week.

Clinton is expected to outline a more expansive range of policy proposals in the coming months. But by hitting on Wall Street tax breaks within the first few days of hitting the campaign trail, Clinton is embracing a populist agenda. The former secretary of state is keenly aware that progressive activists — some of whom prefer liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren over Clinton — are watching her moves carefully.[…]

A campaign aide confirmed to CNN this week that her remarks about hedge fund managers in Iowa were aimed at closing the carried interest loophole and pointed out that this is not a new position for Clinton.

“Issues of tax fairness will be resonant and effective with voters,” said Geoff Garin, a prominent Democratic strategist who advised Clinton’s 2008 campaign. “All of this will be helpful in letting average voters know that Hillary will be on their side.”

This is the same strategy President Barack Obama aggressively deployed in 2012 to paint Mitt Romney and Republicans as out of touch with average Americans.

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Perhaps Hillary should start with her son-in-law, a hedge funder? Even Chelsea actually worked for a hedge fund.

So as with most things Hillary, it’s “do as I say, not as I do”…

Carly Fiorina Set To Run, Says She Will Take Away Hillary’s ‘I’m A Woman’ Argument

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Via Washington Examiner:

Republican Carly Fiorina took a step closer to running for president, revealing Thursday that she is near a decision while blasting Hillary Clinton’s policies as “crushing the middle class.”

“I am giving serious consideration to becoming a candidate for the presidency because I think our nation is at a pivotal point,” said the former Hewlett-Packard and one-time California Senate candidate. “I think our government has grown so large, so powerful, so costly, so complex, so corrupt in fact that we are crushing the potential for the nation,” she added.

Laying out her platform to reporters at a breakfast roundtable sponsored by theChristian Science Monitor, she slammed domestic and foreign policies under President Obama and Clinton, decrying a “web of dependence” that’s trapped the poor while making others poor by destroying small businesses with regulations.

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Obama “Frankly, Not Surprised” And Seemingly Not At All Bothered By Russia’s Sale Of Missile System To Iran

If this goes through that means that Israel may well not be able to take out the nuclear bomb building facilities. It has been a ‘red line’ for years because it virtually will guarantee Iran free pass to the bomb, and what comes next will not be pleasant.

Via WFB:

President Obama said that he was “not surprised” Russia sold an advanced missile system to Iran in the midst of his negotiations with the Ayatollah to prevent Iran’s nuclear facilities from making a bomb. He went even further to say that he expected the deal to happen a lot sooner than it did.

“I’m frankly surprised that it held this long given that they were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons,” President Obama said on Friday.

The sanguine comments from President Obama are surprising considering the negative effects his administration said it would cause.

“He’s sort of thanking Russia,” CNN’s Jim Sciutto said.

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Documentary TV Show Host Henry Louis Gates Covers Up Fact That Ben Affleck Had Slave-Owning Ancestor, At Affleck’s Insistence

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Ben Affleck, huge liberal, apparently didn’t want it out. What’s more surprising is that Henry Louis Gates, the host, participated in the cover-up. But then, it’s never about truth, it’s always about covering for other leftists.

Via NY Post:

Ben Affleck insisted on censoring the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves from PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” the Sony email hack has revealed.
In a hacked Sony email from July 22, 2014, now available on WikiLeaks, the show’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr., writes to Sony USA chief Michael Lynton asking for advice: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors–the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”

Lynton’s advice was to take Affleck’s family secret out of the show, as long as nobody would find out. The Sony chairman and CEO writes, “On the doc the big question is who knows that the material is in the doc and is being taken out. I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky.”

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IBM To Governor Jindal ‘Nice State You Got There, Hate To See Something Happen To It’ Over Religious Freedom Bill…


FYI, IBM, the legislation is not “discriminatory”, it protects business owners from nanny government.

Via Local 10

IBM has sent a letter to the governor of Louisiana warning that a pending religious freedom bill would create a hostile environment for the tech company’s employees.

“A bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company’s values,” IBM vice president James Driesse wrote in a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

“IBM will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law,” Driesse said.

The letter asks Jindal to work with the state legislature to “ensure this legislation is not discriminatory.” IBM has made significant investments in Louisiana, including a technology services delivery center in Baton Rouge.[…]

Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said it’s a matter of liberty.

“I think we can have religious liberty without having discrimination,” he said earlier this month on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I think it’s possible to have both.”

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Humor Website Apologizes For ‘Transphobic’ Cat Meme, Then Attacks Conservatives Who Defended Their Rights

The above pic ran on the left-leaning humor website, Boing Boing.

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Apparently people complained about it being ‘transphobic’, so Boing Boing pulled it, with the following apology:

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They then attacked the conservatives and other advocates for free speech who had come to their defense.
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Only going to show, there is no place safe from the PC police, not even a leftist humor site with cat memes…

HT: Right Scoop

School Blames ‘Poor Lighting’ For Crappy Michelle Obama School Lunch

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – That’s not really a fish filet with a whole wheat bun resting on top.

Nah, your eyes are playing tricks on you.

That’s what administrators at Virginia’s Portsmouth Public Schools want parents to believe after a mother took a photo of her child’s paltry school lunch and posted it on social media.

The mom says James Hurst Elementary served the lunch Tuesday.

After the photo began circulating around the community, Food Service Coordinator Jim Gehlhoff admitted the lunch “concerns us,” but added that it might not actually be as bad as it looks.

portsmouth-lunch“Poor lighting and food presentation make this lunch unappealing,” he said in a statement released to the media.

He says it’s in compliance with the federal lunch rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“The meal in this photo and other meals served by Portsmouth Public Schools meet nutritional and USDA requirements,” according to the food service coordinator.

An unscientific poll by WAVY found 92.3 percent of respondents (10,138 people) did not believe the lunch was “acceptable.”

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Here’s a sample of what the Obama girls get to eat for lunch at Sidwell Friends:
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Appeals Court Considers Obama Executive Amnesty

Via Breitbart:

On Friday, the shouts and chants from pro-amnesty advocates could reportedly be heard inside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom as a three-judge panel was hearing oral arguments on whether a federal judge’s injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty should be lifted.

According to the Associated Press, amnesty advocates who were protesting and demanding the implementation of Obama’s executive amnesty programs “shouted demands and could be heard inside the courtroom from the street.”

The pro-amnesty United We Dream group organized the protestors, bussing in many from outside of New Orleans.The Obama administration halted its new round of executive amnesty program after Federal Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued a temporary injunction in February after a majority of the states sued the Obama administration. The Obama administration then appealed the judge’s decision to the Fifth Circuit.

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