Woman Sentenced For Stealing VA Money Intended For Homeless Vets

Birdie Anderson

She went to the block of government cheese three times. Government writes a check with no follow up.

Via Stars and Stripes

Birdie Anderson, 56, of Nashville, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to serve two years in prison for making false statements to the Department of Veterans Affairs and stealing public money, according to David Rivera, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Anderson pleaded guilty in April 2013 to stealing the money obtained in three VA grants, totaling more than $364,000 during 2006 and 2007, which was intended to assist indigent and homeless veterans.

“This is a truly egregious violation,” said Rivera. “There is no group as worthy of government assistance as those who have served their country in the military, and have since fallen on hard times. This defendant’s greed and deception deprived that group of assistance they needed, and as a result they will not receive the benefit of the money she stole and squandered. Hopefully others like defendant who may be tempted to take advantage of government programs that are intended to help others will take heed of this case.”

According to testimony at the hearing, in April 2007 Anderson obtained the first VA grant of $80,000 to buy a dwelling. The grant agreement specified she would not be required to repay the grant on condition she would maintain the property as a residence for homeless veterans for a period of seven years.

She represented the property was worth $124,000 and she had the rest of the money on hand in cash for the purchase. In truth she did not have the balance of the purchase price in cash, but instead took out a mortgage loan of $75,000 to buy the property.

She then used only about $55,000 of the $80,000 cash grant provided by VA to close on the property, and simply kept the rest. She made only one payment on the mortgage and defaulted on the loan. Though the property was used to house veterans for a period of time, it has been repossessed and is no longer available to veterans as a home.

In December 2007, Anderson received a second grant of $25,000, which she said she would combine with matching funds to buy a $40,000 specialty van for use in transporting veterans to medical appointments and job interviews. Anderson submitted a sales contract and a vehicle identification number for the van she represented she was going to buy in support of her grant application. She received and kept the cash VA deposited into her bank account, but simply never bought the van.

In March 2009, Anderson applied for and got a third VA grant of more than $250,000 for the purchase of a large apartment building worth $398,000. Anderson again said she would maintain this building as a residential dwelling for homeless veterans, and the city of Nashville had agreed to provide the matching funds for the purchase.

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Vulnerable Dem Sen. Mary Landrieu Bizarrely Claims Her Support For Obamacare Will Help Her Win Re-Election, Calls It A “Solid Law”…

Going down with the ship.

Via WaPo:

Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare.

But in an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, offered a spirited defense of the law — while acknowledging it has some problems — and even insisted he’d be at a “disadvantage” over the issue.

This week a state legislative committee in Louisiana is expected to consider a measure that would put a constitutional amendment before the voters this fall that, if approved, would direct the state to accept $16 billion in Medicaid money to cover 242,000 people. Even if the ballot measure is not green-lighted by the legislature, Landrieu said she will continue to press the issue — and hit Rep. Cassidy over it.

“That would be a real setback for the people of Louisiana, many of whom are working 30, 40, 50 hours a week but find themselves caught in the Jindal gap because the state refuses to expand health care options to the working poor at little to no expense,” Landrieu told me, referring to Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition to the expansion. [...]

“It’s a solid law that needs improvement,” Landrieu said. “My opponent offers nothing but repeal, repeal, and repeal. And even with all the law’s setbacks, we’re seeing benefits for thousands of people in Louisiana.”

Oregon Panel Recommends Scrapping Train Wreck $304 Million Obamacare Exchange, Switching To Healthcare.gov

Oregon

Will the taxpayers get their money back? Yeah, no.

PORTLAND (AP) — An advisory board has recommended dumping Cover Oregon as a one-stop portal for health insurance enrollment and joining the federal health exchange. A final decision is expected Friday at 10 a.m.

The committee was tasked Thursday with deciding whether it would be more cost effective to ditch the glitch-filled portal and replace it with the federal website, or try to fix the existing system with the help of a new contractor.

The recommendation to drop Cover Oregon came nearly seven months after the exchange was supposed to go live so that residents could use it to compare and buy health insurance plans.

Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Banning Men From Owning Gold-Plated Cell Phones…

Errr…

Via Emirates 24/7:

A well-known Saudi Islamic scholar has issued a fatwa (religious edict) prohibiting men from using a gold-plated mobile phone.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Fowzan, a jurisprudence professor and member of the Saudi human rights commission, said women can use such handsets.

“As for men, they are prohibited from using gold or gold-plated mobile handsets…such handsets are allowed for women but not men,” he said on his Twitter page in response to a query from a reader.

Saudi newspapers said Fowzan’s fatwa came as thousands of men in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states started to opt for gold-plated mobile phones.

Frustrated Mom Vents On Bizarre Common Core Math Question…

Via EAG News:

Some parents have had quite enough of the crazy, convoluted and sometimes error-filled Common Core math worksheets.

Deanne Knight is one of them, and she let her feelings be known.

Her daughter’s worksheet, which came from the New York Department of Education’s EngageNY lesson plan website and was emblazoned with “NY’s Common Core Mathematics Curriculum,” asks students to review a fictitious student’s work and circle the correct mathematical procedure.

The second portion of the lesson has students “fix the student work that was incorrect by making new drawings in the space below.” What follows is a series of long lines and circles – apparently adding up to the desired answer: 25.

Students are then supposed to write “a suggestion for improvement.”

At that point, Knight couldn’t help it. She wrote in large letters on her daughter’s worksheet: “Go back to basic math! – mom’s opinion!”

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WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart: Global Warming Skepticism Will Lead To “End of The Republican Party”…

In reality global warming barely registers on the list of issues voters are most concerned with.

Via Newsbusters:

On the Wednesday, April 23, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart asserted that Republican doubts about global warming would be “one more thing that is going to hasten the demise, the end of the Republican Party” as he reacted to a clip of several North Carolina Republican Senate candidates expressing doubts when asked if “climate change” is a “fact.”

And, as she appeared as a guest, allegedly right-leaning MSNBC host Abby Huntsman predicted that Republicans would be “out of business” if they lose the elections of 2016. [...]

The Washigton Post columnist, who already predicted an end to the Republican Party just last week, concluded:

And if the Republican Party wants to keep nominating people who are questioning the science and then in some instances electing people who keep questioning the science, then that’s going to be one more thing that is going to hasten the demise, the end of the Republican Party.

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BREAKING: Russian Democracy-Mobiles Being Unloaded At Port In Venezuela

Taken in Puerto Cabelleo these photographs are of what looks like a lot to me like a  Russian BTR-60 being unloaded onto the docks and being transported into the Venezuelan state of Carabobo.

Russia is Venezuela’s largest supplier of weapons and armored vehicles but this is the first instance I’m aware of where a BTR is seen.

Connecticut Dems Advance Bill Mandating Schools Teach Pro-Union Propaganda…

Union

Even worse, they defeated an amendment requiring students study the U.S. Constitution.

Via EAG News:

Legislation that would require Connecticut education officials to create a special K-12 curriculum about the virtues of organized labor and capitalism took a big step toward becoming reality on Wednesday.

CTPost.com reports the state’s Senate – which is controlled by labor-union friendly Democrats – passed the bill 25-10, after lawmakers engaged in a rollicking 90-minute debate. (It’s worth noting that an amendment requiring the study of the U.S. Constitution was defeated 26-9 during that process.)

The bill now heads to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

If the bill passes both chambers and is signed into law by Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy, “it would order state education officials to develop a (pro-labor and pro-capitalism) curriculum, but would not require its inclusion in local school programs,” CTPost.com reports.

Make no mistake – this is mostly a pro-labor bill. The only reason pro-capitalism lessons are included in the proposed curriculum is because Big Labor’s previous attempts to slip their agenda into Connecticut classrooms have failed. This time, the unionists shrewdly decided to include free market teachings as a sweetener for on-the-fence lawmakers – and that strategy appears to be working.

During Wednesday’s floor debate, Democrats argued that the special pro-labor lessons are necessary so students don’t leave school thinking child labor laws, work safety requirements and the 40-hour work week just fell out the sky. Instead, they want students to know those landmarks of modern life were created by organized labor.

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Report: Second Wave of Health Care Cancellations On The Way Thanks To Obamacare…

But… but… but… the debate is over!

Via Vox:

The Obama administration is quietly trying to stamp out some of the skimpiest health plans, a decision that industry officials say could trigger yet another wave of cancellation notices.

The administration is targeting a type of coverage called fixed benefit or indemnity insurance, which give patients a fixed sum of money whenever they visit the doctor or land in a hospital.

These plans are less expensive than regular medical insurance because they are less robust. And new federal regulations would make it illegal for insurers to sell these plans as stand-alone insurance coverage. Instead, the Obama administration only wants to allow people to buy fixed-benefit plans as supplemental insurance to a more comprehensive medica

It’s worth being clear that even now a fixed-benefit plan doesn’t satisfy the individual mandate. The new rule would mainly affect people who had chosen to pay the individual mandate, or who were exempt from the mandate, and who bought a fixed-benefit plan as a stopgap. The Obama administration is saying that they can’t do that unless they also buy a more comprehensive plan.

This change has been lauded by consumer advocates, who say the whole point of health reform is ensuring Americans into better health insurance plans. But its been criticized by insurers and some regulators for eliminating a source of coverage for those who can’t afford a true medical plan.

Fact Checkers Find Obama Lies 60% of The Time…

Sixty percent seems low to me.

Via Free Beacon:

Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.) created an outcry in September 2009 when he blurted out “You lie!” at President Barack Obama while he discussed health care reform before Congress.

Wilson may have been off base on the particular claim on which he challenged Obama, but it turns out he was ahead of the curve. A host of statements by Obama since his first campaign for president up through this past month have been proven to be false or completely contradictory to earlier statements.

The public has caught up to Wilson, as well. Sixty-one percent of voters said in a Fox News poll that they believe Obama lies “most” or “some” of the time on important issues. On everything ranging from Obamacare to Syria to Fast & Furious to Benghazi, the fact-checkers have agreed.

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Mooch Forced To Cancel Graduation Speech After Close To 2K Sign Petition Protesting Her Appearance…

Update to this story.

Via The Hill:

First Lady Michelle Obama is scrapping her plans to deliver a graduation speech for high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., after hundreds signed a petition in protest.

More than 1,750 people had signed a petition protesting the first lady’s appearance at the graduation ceremony, angered that security concerns would limit the number of friends and family who could attend.

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, students would have only be allotted six tickets apiece had the first lady maintained her original plans.

Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will be at the school the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a “Senior Recognition Day.”

The first lady’s address is meant to commemorate the anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation ruling.

“The remarks will celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of high school seniors in Topeka, home of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year,” the White House said in a statement.

Report: Obama Will Reject Keystone Pipeline After Midterm Elections…

Keystone

Even though support for the pipeline is at an all-time high.

Via Washington Examiner:

After five years of delays, reviews and excuses, President Obama has apparently “all but decided to deny the permit for the [Keystone XL] pipeline,” according to Rolling Stone author Jeff Goodell.

Goodell claimed that Obama’s decision really is about politics, despite claims from the administration and Democrats that was not the case.

“Although no final decision has been made, two high-level sources in the Obama administration told me recently that the president has all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline – a dramatic move that would light up Democratic voters and donors while further provoking the wrath of Big Oil,” Goodell said.

Goodell said Obama’s motivation behind the pipeline decision came from two factors: The obvious first being what Goodell described as the “politics of climate change,” which is just code for money. Billionaire Tom Steyer is mentioned in the very next sentence.

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Dem-Run Chicago: Subway Restaurant Goes Behind Bullet-Proof Glass…

Sign of the times.

CHICAGO (CBS) — While out on an unrelated assignment, CBS 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini decided to stop by a South Side Subway sandwich shop for a meal.

Savini was struck by the fact that the counter of the store at 116th Street and South Halsted was encased in bullet-proof glass.

Such a sight would be common at crime magnets like gas stations or currency exchanges, but a Subway?

The store was clean and looked just like any other well-run Subway restaurant, except for the bullet-proof protection for the employees and lack of a bathroom for customers.

In fact, a few patrons asked for hand sanitizer because they couldn’t wash their hands.

Savini took a few photos and sent out a tweet, saying the scene was a sad depiction of gun violence in Chicago.

Groan: Mooch Compares Campaigning For President To Being In The Military…

Good grief, think before you speak.

Via Washington Examiner:

First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to help veterans find jobs to Fort Campbell, Ky.., Wednesday where she said that most Americans don’t know much about the military.

Following comments from Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife and Obama’s teammate in helping veterans, she noted that unlike Biden, she had little familiarity with the military prior to campaigning for the White House in 2008. [...]

“I first was exposed to the military community on the campaign trail. I remember that we would do these gatherings with moms, women — mostly working women — because I wanted to hear through — for my husband what were some of the challenges of working women out there. And everywhere we went, I heard the voice of a woman that I hadn’t heard before, and it was your voice. And I was just awed and blown away by what I heard through those voices, the challenges you all face,” she said.

But, she added, life on the campaign trail felt like military life. “Dealing with everything that I was dealing with — a spouse traveling, a job, kids — we didn’t deal with multiple moves, but I learned about the challenges that happen when you move from base to base to base; the way your kids have to adjust on a dime. And doing it knowing that the person you love is in harm’s way. And those stories moved me in a way that I didn’t expect.”

Breaking: VICE Reporter, American Simon Ostrovsky Freed… Update: Journalist Was Beaten While Held

Thankfully, he is safe and in good condition.

But at least 9 others are being held, according to the pro-Russian group, including other journalists. Several are still “missing/held”, according to the Kyiv Post.

Yesterday, it was not looking positive, as it looked like Ostrovsky was being , who was seized on Monday, was being used for trade bait or held as a hostage:

Yesterday, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the gunman who has proclaimed himself mayor of Slovyansk, confirmed that his armed group was holding 10 hostages, including an American journalist, and demanding the release of Russian agents and fighters detained by Ukrainian forces trying to reassert Kiev’s authority in the turbulent east.

“These Ukrainian guys and this American are not really journalists but provocateurs, and they will stay here until we exchange them for our comrades put in prison by the illegal government in Kiev,” Ponomaryov said in a telephone interview. “I am warning that if we are attacked none of [the hostages] survives.”

Ponomaryov expressed willingness to exchange Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News who was abducted Monday by the Russian gunmen, for Pavel Gubarev, the jailed leader of the separatist forces in the neighboring Donetsk region. Ostrovsky holds both U.S. and Israeli passports.

Gubarev was another pro-Russian “self-proclaimed” “people’s governor” of the city of Donetsk. He was arrested for his alleged part in taking over a building in Donetsk. He is a member of the Progressive Socialist party, and was a member of the neo-nazi Russian National Unity organization.

Pavel

Update:

Ostrovsky was beaten and blindfolded after he was kidnapped:

For Sixth Year In A Row, Obama Breaks Promise To Acknowledge Armenian Genocide…

Wouldn’t want to piss off his Muslim “allies.”

(CNN)For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally.

“It’s a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government’s gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation’s archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.

“We remain profoundly disappointed that he has, once again, retreated from his own promises and fallen short of the principled stand taken by previous presidents,” Hamparian said.

The President’s statement today alludes to what he actually thinks, without stating it forthrightly.

“I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed,” Obama said in a statement that avoided use of the “g” word.

Chicago Public School System Pushing Obamacare And Food Stamps Using Robocalls…

Safe to say the Chicago Public School system has much bigger issues to worry about than getting people hooked on welfare.

Via Daily Caller:

Chicago Public School parents received robocalls last week encouraging them to sign their children up for food stamps and free or low-cost health insurance.

“Currently there are 68,000 children in the Chicago Public Schools that are not enrolled in free or low-cost health insurance and SNAP also knows as food stamps,” the recording, obtained by The Daily Caller, says. “Your child may be one of them. To find out more about your eligibility call the Children and Family Benefits Unit at 773-553-KIDS.”

“Or visit your child’s school and ask the clerk for a Children and Family Benefits Unit flier,” the message added.

The Chicago Public School website explains the Children and Family Benefits Unit (CFBU) “works to ensure that CPS families receive those benefits to which they are entitled.”

Sergio Obregon, a CFBU spokesman, told TheDC that the unit primarily works to enroll CPS students in Medicaid and SNAP. He confirmed that the robocalls to parents last week came from CFBU

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Obama Admin Doesn’t Object To Iran Getting Seat On U.N. Women’s Rights Body…

Same country that occasionally stones women to death for adultery.

Via CNS News:

The Obama administration on Wednesday criticized Iran’s election to the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – but neither the U.S. nor any other delegation objected when given the opportunity to do so, thus allowing Iran to get the seat “by acclamation.”

Iran will now serve on the CSW, a body dealing with gender equality and the advancement of women, for another four-year term, having already been a member since 2011.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power took to Twitter to express her views: “Yet again Iran unopposed & was ‘elected’ to Commission on Status of Women. Given record on women’s & human rights, this is an outrage.”

But Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during the George W. Bush administration and is a close observer of the world body, was unimpressed with her reaction.

“Ambassador Power can tweet her outrage after the fact all she wants,” he said. “She should have been in the room for the vote and demanded a secret ballot rather than allow an automatic acclamation by her silence.”

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Queen of The Nanny State Says Her Favorite Food Is Pizza And French Fries…

Mooch

It’s almost like she doesn’t practice what she preaches.

Via CNS News:

First lady Michelle Obama told children at the White House Thursday for the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day that her favorite healthy food was pizza and her favorite junk food was French fries.

“So I’m gonna give you my favorite healthy thing to eat, which actually is my favorite thing to eat – pizza. Yes, but usually when I have pizza – alright don’t get mad at me – I do veggie pizzas,” she said. “It’s really good, and they make great pizza here at the White House. So that’s a way that I get the favorite food that I love but also do it in a healthy way so I can eat it whenever I want to, right?”

Mrs. Obama has made fighting childhood obesity her signature issue as first lady through her “Let’s Move” campaign.

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San Fran Hippies Trash Golden Gate Park, Leave 5 Tons of Trash Behind After Weed Festival…

Must be a lib thing, Obama’s supporters left behind a similar mess after his inauguration.

Via Fox Nation:

The mellow, “peace now,” countercultural, environmentally conscious “420” celebration deposited 10,000 pounds of garbage on what is known as Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, leaving volunteers and park workers to clean up the mess.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s website SF Gate, this year’s celebration drew a massive amount of revelers estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000. The pot smokers’ untidiness will cost the city more than $10,000 in cleanup costs.

The immense load of empty bags of chips, candy wrappers, and snack containers left behind was evidence that it was indeed the remnants of weed smokers with a case of the munchies on steroids.

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