Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Iraq: Projected to Cost America More than $2 trillion — The Country is Once Again in Crisis

Neither war, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, have yet to be paid for nor, DeJa-Vu, the long term results from! As those who rubber stamped the war costs obstruct the budgets of the peoples responsibility the VA, DeJa-Vu all over again, and the flag waving 'Poser Patriots' like it that way!! Still no Accountability sought!!

FRONTLINE presents Losing Iraq — a 90-minute special report that The Baltimore Sun calls "stunning," adding that "no one on TV has done better investigative and long-form journalism on Iraq than FRONTLINE. Period."

Iraq: How Did We Get Here?
July 29, 2014 - Eleven years after the U.S. invasion, Iraq remains steeped in violence, with militant extremists gaining ground, civil war hanging in the balance and no clear resolution to the chaos.

What went wrong? How did we get here? From “shock and awe” to the rise of ISIS, we’ve traced the pivotal political moments of the Iraq war and its aftermath in the timeline below. read more w/timeline reports>>>

Frontline: Losing Iraq

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Friday, July 25, 2014

"Thank You for Your Service": 'POSER PATRIOT' Businesses & GOP

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide
With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

July 25, 2014 - Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer.

Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled into life at Fort Carson in Colorado in 2010.

That's when he saw an ad for USA Discounters, guaranteeing loan approval for service members. In military newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, the Virginia-based company's ads shout, "NO CREDIT? NEED CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!" The store was only a few miles from Fort Carson.

"We ended up getting a computer, a TV, a ring, and a washer and dryer," Aguirre said. "The only thing I really wanted was a washer and dryer."

Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters' easy lending has a flip side. Should customers fall behind, the company transforms into an efficient collection operation. And this part of its business takes place not where customers bought their appliances, but in two local courthouses just a short drive from the company's Virginia Beach headquarters. read more>>>

And Conservatives long time want is to 'privatize' all of the Veterans' Administration for Corporate profits off the peoples treasury while they control the budgets!!

Rep Miller: There Is NO Negotiations As To The Peoples Responsibilities, Through Their Representatives!!

House GOP poised to kill veterans-aid bill
07/25/14 - These days, it’s awfully difficult for major legislation on high-profile issues to generate broad, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The parties are usually too far apart to build consensus and strike deals.

But in mid-June, the Senate nevertheless came together to support a bipartisan veterans-aid package, written by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). There was some token opposition from the far-right, but they were easily outnumbered – the bill passed with a whopping 93 votes.

At the time, success seemed like a foregone conclusion. The VA scandal was literally front-page news and the demands for action were ubiquitous. When the Senate bill advanced on a 93-3 vote, many assumed the legislation would be on President Obama’s desk within a week.

That was six weeks ago. House Republicans now appear ready to kill the bill altogether. read more>>>

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for, nor the results from!!

For more read this previous post.


VA 'scandals', DeJa-Vu, 'that's like oh soooo last week'

The conservatives got their 'Mission Accomplished', clearing the target on Gen Shinseki held since speaking Military truth and getting fired by then CiC bush, their problems thus solved, so move on to other 'scandals' they caused or are making up to see if it sticks to the wall so their followers can parrot it far and wide and ignore the reality!

The Conservative all the time line about money, funding, shows the disconnect, and who they really work for, and total lack of concern as to their congressional charges as a rep of those served and those served like it that way!! But does, finally, explain, in not just recent history, why it was so easy for them to Rubber Stamp All Costs of Wars, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, and with No-Bid Private Corporation War Contractors Contracts including the very rapid build of their private merc army at huge expense and then morphed into another intelligence gathering agency and like in the wars no accountability nor oversite, just like the rest of the now private government contractors!

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days
07/24/2014 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relations. The White House, the senator told Larry King, routinely underestimates Republican opposition, often spinning its wheels in a fruitless effort to craft a legislative compromise.

On Thursday, Sanders told reporters he may have been similarly victimized by that opposition.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced that after weeks of trying, negotiations between him and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs had ground to a halt.

The disagreement wasn’t only substantive -- though major details still needed to be hammered out. Rather, Sanders accused his Republican counterparts of not being honest brokers. He chastised them for valuing political theater over actual negotiation, and insisted they were demanding votes only on their proposals.

Miller’s "idea of negotiation is: ‘We have a proposal. Take it or leave it,’” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “Any sixth-grader in a school of the United States understands, this is not negotiation.” read more>>>

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

They have no problem Not being 'skeptical' about any and all costs of wars as they rubber stamped all the wants and all borrowed and off the books till executive administrations changed. Wars that quickly added to the needs of the decades long under funded peoples responsibility, especially as to wars, the VA. Country ignores and denies the issues from, since Korea and many issues from previous World conflicts.

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

To Miller and the conservative mentality wars are righteous to Over Fund, Wealth to be made off the investments in, but Caring about those sent after most certainly isn't!! Until they get what they've sought, to Privatize for Corporate Profit off the peoples treasury and thus as a still, but stripped down, Government Agency they can then build bigger budgets for growing bottom line profits and returns on investment and bringing in all the problems of the private sector already flush with cash but not taking care of those problems till others notice they exist, that happens already and the government agencies get blamed not the private contractors!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Keep grossly under funded, decades and wars from, causing problems which compound into more and it's easier to convince those served that privatizing is better, it certainly will not be cheaper, if profit is made from privatization. Care and the People's, yet to Sacrifice as they ignore and deny, Responsibility doesn't come into their equation, so Bring On More War!!

And Who Says Politics Doesn't Play From Within the Agencies to the Branches
Especially to the Legislative to keep the costs, or create costly 'scandals', way down in the VA

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations:

October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

"Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

And the just above is just recent history, not all that has been for decades and wars from!!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013


Thursday, July 24, 2014

VA Reform Bill Talks Stall {UpDated}

Remember All that flag waving magnetic bumper sticker 'Poser Patriotism' only a few weeks back, well when it comes to Veterans' DeJa-Vu all over again, and again, and................:

Gen Shinseki, with a target on him since speaking Military truth and bush fired him, with help from the Executive branches Cabinet and personal, had finally started doing what the Congress and the people they represent had refused to do, addressing the long ignored and denied issues from the previous decades and wars from while working to address this generations Veterans issues, not done under the previous, especially recent, VA administrations and bush Executive branch!! The conservatives got their 'Mission Accomplished' their problems thus solved, so move on to other 'scandals' they caused or are making up to see if it sticks to the wall so their followers can parrot it far and wide and ignore the reality!

Here's hoping that continues, and that the Country served decides to uphold it's responsibility and sacrifice themselves as they demand the Military personal and their Families do!!

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall
Jul 23, 2014 - The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for.

"It really would be a disgrace if we adjourn (for the month of August) without a bill," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. "The good news is I think that we can bring forth a bill which deals with contracted-out care for veterans ... and I think we can also strengthen the VA."

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said last week the VA needs at least $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care aides, lease new facilities and upgrade its computer system. read more>>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Exactly

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said last week the VA needs at least $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care aides, lease new facilities and upgrade its computer system.

what Gen Shinseki was finally trying to do, with the continued grossly under funded VA budgets of decades and wars from, as he also added the long ignored and denied issues of previous decades and wars from, while congress, conservatives, were totally obstructing, not only him but all of the government, the responsibility of fully funding thus building what always should have been the peoples responsibility to those very few that serve them as they wave their flags of, poser, patriotism!!

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Chief, attack mutt, House Veterans' Obstructionist Rep Miller:

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller blew off a compromise plan from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders

Talks on veterans bill in full meltdown
07/24/14 - Negotiations between the House and Senate over legislation reforming the Veterans Affairs Department appeared to be melting down on Thursday.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) accused his House counterpart of not being serious about negotiations after Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) called for a meeting of House and Senate conferees.

Miller’s announcement of the meeting appeared to represent a rejection of the latest offer from Sanders, which he unveiled on Thursday and proposed to House members on Monday.

With Congress set to be in Washington for only one more week, it increasingly looks like there will be no legislation approved to help fix the VA after a major controversy erupted earlier this year when it was learned thousands of veterans were waiting months to get treatment. read more>>>

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Memorial Honoring Injured Veterans Under Way in DC

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Jul 23, 2014 - Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.

When she woke up from a coma, the West Point graduate found out her right arm was gone and her career as a military officer was over at age 24. It's the kind of sacrifice millions of U.S. soldiers have made dating back to the American Revolution. Veterans groups say there as many as 4 million living today with the scars of war.

Now Halfaker will be among those pictured in a new memorial rising near the National Mall within view of the U.S. Capitol. The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial will be the first memorial in Washington dedicated to veterans who come home with life-changing injuries. It's a project 16 years in the making and is set to be dedicated Oct. 5.

Glass walls will carry inscriptions and photographs telling veterans' stories from different eras. Bronze silhouette sculptures will represent their service. A ceremonial flame will burn on the water's surface in a star-shaped fountain representing the five branches of military service, surrounded by a grove of trees. The idea was inspired by the camaraderie of soldiers' campfires and the flame as a symbol of renewal, designer Michael Vergason said. read more>>>

American Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial Progress - June 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

July 12 2014 - House balks at cost of vet health bill

July 14 2014 - Lawmakers Seek Lower Price For Bill On Vets’ Care

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War.

July 12, 2013 - Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

Congress, they who control the Countries purse, have not only contributed to the problems, present included, that have plagued the VA, then compound in creating other problems, as the conservatives seek to privatize for corporate profit off the Countries purse and then help the bottom line with bigger budgets,they've known full well about and did nothing after even holding hearings back in 2008, neither have the Country, Poser Patriots All!!

Gen Shinseki, with a target on him since speaking Military truth and bush fired him, with help from the Executive branches Cabinet and personal, had finally started doing what the Congress and the people they represent had refused to do, addressing the long ignored and denied issues from the previous decades and wars from while working to address this generations Veterans issues, not done under the previous, especially recent, VA administrations and bush Executive branch!! Here's hoping that continues, and that the Country served decides to uphold it's responsibility and sacrifice themselves as they demand the Military personal and their families do!!

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

Oct. 31, 2008 - Military Veterans' Benefit Claims Records Wrongly Headed for VA Shredders

October 31, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reflections: Ukraine, Palestine/Israel and More


Reflections on the deaths that haunted us this week

July 18, 2014 - There are 41 wars being fought around the world right now. But this week, one of those wars reached into the sky and grabbed 298 people who could have been any of us. Scott Pelly reports.

The children start very early with the indoctrination by the examples of the, responsible, adults and from many area's. Those closest to them to those they watch or hear speaking.

The lessons taught, told to be and act towards others, 'do unto others as you would want done unto you', being punished when not treating others the way intelligent beings should or told they should, while also growing up in the complete opposite examples of at the same time!


Moyers & Company: 'The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights'

Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights
July 18, 2014 - Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success. Two major rulings by the Supreme Court this last session limited health insurance coverage for contraception and gave protesters increased rights to demonstrate outside abortion clinics. Several states — especially in the South — in the name, legislators say, of women’s health, have passed regulations that creatively use technicalities to force clinics to close. read more w/transcript>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers & Company


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 11 July 2014

Full Show: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?
July 11, 2014 - The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women’s health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

On the other hand, nearly two-thirds of the court’s decisions this term were unanimous — the first time that’s happened in more than 60 years. But there’s more to that seeming unanimity than meets the eye: in some instances, conservative justices went along but expressed their wish that the court had gone even further to the right, and many believe that some of the decisions might simply be a preliminary step toward a more significant breaking of legal precedent in years to come. read more w/transcript>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers & Company


Congress Scrambling to Lower Cost of Bill to Fix Veterans' Health Care

Ahhh yes, it's just so easy to, Peoples Representatives, Rubber Stamp, wealth enhancing through investments, War Costs that are all borrowed, no offsets mentioned, on our credit with interest payments and in these recent two kept off the Countries books till Executive Administrations changed!! Then use same, Political Poser Patriotic Theater, for the decades of 'scandals' created by ignoring the Veterans of who served in and the issues from and doing patch work on which create more 'scandals' to use, including making sure the agency stays years behind the technology advances causing extremely costly problems that are then obstructed in fixing!

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

DeJa-Vu: Lawmakers Seek Savings On Veterans' Care Bill
July 11, 2014 - Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

At the same time, deficit hawks fear that letting veterans turn more to providers outside the VA for health care could cost far more if Congress, under pressure from powerful veterans groups, decides to renew that program rather than let it expire in two years.

Lawmakers in both parties agree on the need to reform the Veterans Affairs Department's health care network — the largest in the country — following reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments at VA hospitals or clinics. The resulting election-year firestorm forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in May. A half-dozen other VA officials have resigned or retired since then. read more>>>

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Meanwhile, DeJa- Vu all over again, the Veterans Bill sits in the House going no where!! They got the Gen. "Mission Accomplished" , their, problem solved!!!

Poser Patriots, the 99% Served, especially conservative ideology, like it that way, been so for decades and wars from continuing the stand for them flag waving patriotic free wars, Afghanistan and Iraq still not paid for, and ignoring the results from. Decades of under funding, while ignoring many issues, the peoples responsibility the VA. Still grossly under funded, two tax cuts with these wars, in just recent history as Shinseki, with help from the entire Executive Branch, sought to bring it into the 21st century and as the people served promised from beginning, budget still mostly borrowed!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

And Who Says Politics Doesn't Play From Within the Agencies to the Branches
Especially to the Legislative to keep the costs, or create costly 'scandals', way down in the VA

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations:

October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

"Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort


The War On Military Records

12/10/2013 - The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vietnam POW Takes 'Poser Patriot' America To Task Over Bergdahl

A Vietnam War POW takes America to task over its treatment of a Taliban POW
July 3, 2014 - Recently released prisoner of war U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a man I can identify with. On April 20, 1965, I was flying a night combat mission in an A4C Skyhawk over what was then called North Vietnam. My own bombs malfunctioned upon release during a run on enemy trucks. They exploded just below my airplane, blowing the wings and tail section off. Instantly I was in a whirling cockpit hurtling toward Earth, over enemy territory, but managed to eject and parachute to the ground. I spent the next four days on the run through the jungle before being captured. I then spent the next 2,855 days as a captive POW in North Vietnam.

During those years I – and other POWs – endured terrible conditions and periodic torture sessions for political propaganda, public display and false confessions. We each resisted to our individual utmost but ultimately our captors extracted written confessions (ones that we made as improbable and silly as possible) from everyone.

I’ve been asked if I was a POW with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The answer is no – John McCain was a POW with me. You see, he got there two and a half years after I was captured. read more>>>


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Three Delusional, Long, Wars

Especially Iraq, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11!! Giving rapid rise and spread, across that region and beyond, to the National Security of long lasting blowback from those extremely failed policies, In Our Names, to many Countries, especially ours, for profit and continued fear to keep the masses in political line!! And lessons from all not learned and never will be!!

Afghanistan and Iraq wars still not paid for! Same ignoring of issues from Korea forward makes it easier for the country to not demand they fully fund their agency and responsibility the VA, while the conservative ideology seeks to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury especially if All borrowed as most of that budget is, with high interest payments!

Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq: three delusional wars
7/5/2014 - The U.S. is faced with a potentially catastrophic collapse of the post-invasion state it tried to set up in Iraq. Incredibly, the mainstream media are now broadcasting comments and advice on Iraq from Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and other architects of the 2003 invasion.

The fact that their opinions have an audience adds an air of domestic insanity to a dangerous foreign crisis. In 2002-03 these people were misleading us about mushroom clouds and weapons of mass destruction, and constantly hinting (falsely) that Saddam was responsible for 9/11.

Why haven't they been shamed into embarrassed silence? After all, as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll tells us, 71% of Americans now say that the war in Iraq "wasn't worth it." Think of what this implies. read more>>>


Saturday, July 05, 2014

Immigrants That Serve The Country Now "our fellow Americans"

On one side of the Country real Patriotism ceremony takes place, on the other the Poser Patriots show and speak their continued hypocrisy!!

President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July
4th of July 2014 - The President celebrated as service members and their families were able for the first time to be called "our fellow Americans" on this Fourth of July,

Meanwhile, across the country and at the same time, the Poser, descendants of immigrants, Patriots:

6 Arrested as Protesters, Supporters Wait for Arrival of Undocumented Immigrants
4 July 2014 - "At one point in time, at least one of the females jumped on the back of the officer," said Murrieta Police Cpt. Dennis Vrooman.
Them a protestin you can bet that most, if any at all, have ever served the country, Poser Patriots, nor ever visited a recruiter and tried, especially after 9/11, just ask the cruz, 43 when he was hired for congress, and the rubio, just turned 43!! They most certainly haven't paid for these recent long wars and occupations nor their responsibility the Veterans Administration, the long term results from our wars especially and more then just caring for in health needs, while ignoring so many issues of!

I certainly know that those like these protestors, right to life and all and screamin at kids on buses, don't pay attention to whether those killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, over this past decade plus, were yet citizens. A number of those killed and maimed weren't, yet!!

There are many, I served with a number in the Vietnam era and with In Country Vietnam in my last year of my four, in our Veterans community. Having joined but not citizens of this Country yet, a few I served with joined and served Honorably but never sought citizenship, going back to their countries after.


And These Recent Wars Have Yet To Be Paid For

Two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy who increased that wealth with their investment in using those tax cuts, came with both! After quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades
July 5, 2014 - The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

The two wars are likely to be the most expensive in the history of the United States.

According to a 2013 study by Linda Bilmes of the Harvard Kennedy School, the U.S. will spend $4 trillion to $6 trillion on these wars, including military operations and veterans’ health care.

“The single largest accrued liability of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the cost of providing medical care and disability benefits to war veterans,” the study reports. “Historically, the bill for these costs has come due many decades later.” read more>>>

As to all the press about the Bonuses given within the Veterans Administration. Most of the Dedicated personal within deserve them. They are separate of the care side of the decades long under funded budget. For keeping the long grossly under funded agency, the people served Responsibility, from collapsing while not bringing their own politics and greed into a job where it should never enter!!!

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

CBO: Potential Costs of Veterans' Health Care


Bill 'Moyers and Company': 2 July 2014

Full Show: Grass Roots Grow Against Greed
July 2, 2014 - This Fourth of July weekend, as we celebrate our independence and democracy, we pay tribute to the champions of grassroots action fighting against the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government.

One of their most articulate spokesmen is writer and commentator Jim Hightower who travels the country preaching the gospel of populism. A former congressional aide and two-term agriculture commissioner of his native Texas, he is the author of several books and edits a newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

Hightower tells Bill, “There is a growing rebellion and an increasing awareness among different groups fighting different battles that they are connected… People are beginning to get together and see their common interest.” read more w/transcript>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers & Company


Sunday, June 29, 2014

To Those 99% Served, 'Build the Veterans Administration Promised!!'

Gen. Shinseki, with a target on him after speaking Military Truth and the bushco firing him and political ideology/greed within the agency helping those in power targeting him, with help from this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, like the Department of Labor - Veterans, The Department of Housing and Urban Development - Veterans and the Department of Justice - Veterans Courts and Related to name but only a few Veterans issues with Executive Branches Cabinet help, was finally addressing decades long ignored issues with some even denied they exist. Long Ignored by those served, other VA Secretaries and Executive Administrations, especially Conservative, and Especially Congresses who Represent the People Served, or are supposed to, and control the Nations purse strings, not for corporations. Across the VA and all issues of the us Veterans and especially from our Wars and long Occupations of others, not just Care Issues!
Already started but an agency can do only so much and at the pace the people served allow with what the agency is budgeted, still grossly under funded with two more long wars and the budget mostly borrowed with interest payments to cause problems thus feeding the conservative want to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury, and country served willing to pay for:

"He would update the VA software program for scheduling called VISTA, a program first used in 1985.

Nabors also calls for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and build more physical space that will be needed for veterans in the future."

What the VA Needs is Those Served Actually Sacrifice, Not Poser Patriotism from Congress and those, 99%, People Served!!

Build the Veterans Administration Promised from the beginning with Real Patriotism not the decades of, cheap, empty rhetoric and Unfunded Congressional Legislation, putting their names too for that patriotic feel and praise, just like the unfunded flag waving patriotic wars with two tax cuts and no offsets mentioned, still unpaid for, used only to attack the VA personal for not rapidly addressing what was passed, Poser Patriotism!!

"We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Investigation finds "corrosive culture" at VA

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

June 27, 2014 - The results of the White House investigation of VA health care were released late Friday evening, and they paint a bleak picture.

The review says VA leadership is not prepared to deliver effective day-to-day management and is marked by an inherent lack of responsiveness.

The president ordered the investigation after reports that some VA managers lied about how long veterans waited for health care, hiding the fact that many couldn't get appointments for months.

President Obama sent his deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors to be his eyes and ears at the VA, and his report combines scathing criticism with ideas on moving the VA forward. read more>>>

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Just the recent history, people, 99%, served representatives, that continues following the previous decades and wars from:

February 27 2014 - Senate rejects far-reaching Veterans Affairs bill

To which directly after the vote they get this reply as to their Poser Patriotism honesty:

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Then only a few months later they vote once again, after forced changes on same bill, and pass it, but:

June 13 2014 - VFW attacks the three Republicans who voted against Senate VA bill

To which follows the usual rhetoric from the obvious group of law makers, decades in doing same, as they seek to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury. As still a government agency they would then have the ability to legislate added fee's and more along with finally raising the budgets for. Only two ways for them to boost those corporate bottom lines, continue placing the budgets on the credit cards or raise the countries taxes, except their wealthy friends, higher. The long conservative ideology, already in play, in the peoples corporate government.

Jun 22, 2014 - GOP: "It costs too much to fund the VA"

June 24, 2014 - Conservatives, the People Represented, Blasting Costs of Veterans Care - Again

And this is only a small part of what happens as problems develop from the ever present Congressional obstruction and then are compounded:

VA doctors only see ten patients a day, don't have the facilties or staff to handle more
June 25, 2014 - One of the reasons the case load for VA doctors is so low is that patients in VA medical facilities are older and their complex medical conditions require longer appointments, Lynch said. And some facilities don't have the proper number of exam rooms or staff to handle more patients.

VA Testimony Highlights Outdated Facilities
06.24.2014 - In testimony before Congress, Veterans Affairs leaders said that VA facilities are often outdated and ill equipped to handle modern trends in outpatient treatment.

The Other Side, Reality, of the so called VA 'scandal'
Surge in patients outpaces fayetteville's VA health care's building boom

June 29, 2014 - The Fayetteville VA Medical Center has been playing catchup for years.

And what did the Shinseki Veterans Administration, Finally, and with the help of this entire Executive Administration, start addressing, while addressing the issues of the present Veterans of two long wars some issues already being ignored, that was ignored by those served and the representatives they hire as law makers:

Those using us Veterans as political pawns should really really follow the issues before commenting, especially so called journalist, like by actually visiting the Veterans Administration site. Even the archived information of years past, on issues, and the Veterans of and Wars from, especially. Plenty of issues covered, and fought for help by Veterans, even some denied existed with those denying making good livings from and used for the politics the country wanted so they need not fund. It seems the easier it gets to actually research issues the less research goes into reporting or spinning same, all for political purposes oh and that oh so patriotism so many think they have so much of just by speaking the words or using the cheap symbols of, usually produced by cheap labor oversea's!

Just some of what this present VA was addressing, long ignored, Finally: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

This article just below addresses 'Gulf War Syndrome': Jun 25, 2014 - Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Or how about Burn Pits Exposures, an issue already being ignored by those served and those hired to represent along with many others from these recent war theaters.

Or how about Radiation Exposures, covering decades of the previous service and wars from to the present war theaters and R&D over the many years.

Then of course we go back further, then the Desert Storm ignored issues, to the Vietnam conflict and Agent Orange Exposures which now covers the use of on Military bases around the world and transport of affecting Military personal, still being added to as Veterans fight for what the Country promised but refuses Sacrifice in fulfilling those promises, not even based In Country Vietnam. Even being addressed by this Administration in Vietnam in cleaning up the known area's where used or stored, not enough and compensation to the Vietnamese especially from the chemical companies still being fought for.

You can find much more at the VA Health Care - Public Health site with plenty of links to delve further into what has been finally happening.

Many issues have been lightly touched over the years, some even moving forward at a sloths pace, some even with legislation usually with no added funding for but used to attack VA personal at hearings because enough wasn't done. With Congress throwing a few million here and there for studies on, knowing full well they'll get the results they want, they and the country served want! But the present VA, under Shinseki and now hopefully continuing after Conservatives got what they wanted, him gone, wasn't having anything to do with that, even in getting obstructed in the much needed funding for, and they had an Executive Branch fully behind them!

Blood Boils Again and Again as I watch the media and the American public served, having almost totally ignored the deaths of tens of thousands of Veterans from the previous decades and war issues of, fixate, Poser Patriotism, on recent deaths and the Politics of!!

They targeted Gen Shinseki after he spoke Military truth and the bush co fired him, with cheers from those war supporters, giving the VA virtually no help, they finally accomplished what they sought, getting rid of him and disgracing what he was accomplishing, along with the continued attacks on the greater majority of true caring VA workers, and they were obstructing at every move.

Never doing when they had control even in conservative executive administrations and especially with full control as they launched two more long wars and occupations!! The media helping them all the way!!