Archive for April, 2008

Short Attention Span Theater

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

So Senators Murray and Akaka are holding a press conference today to “Talk about the state of mental health care at the VA and renew their calls for strong leadership and improved care.”

We still haven’t heard anything from Akaka about why he circumvented the normal process and scheduled the confirmation vote on the Peake nomination “expeditiously”, despite assurances by the committee that there would be 48 hours advance notice.

We also haven’t heard why Akaka is only calling for the resignation of Ira Katz and not any other criminally culpable VA bureaucrat.

Murray stated during Peake’s confirmation hearing: “While we shouldn’t dwell on the mistakes of the past, we must learn from them and I expect General Peake to
learn from his predecessors’ failures.  If he fails to change the direction of this agency, he will have to answer for it.”

On the nomination of Kussman, Akaka stated: “I urge you, Dr. Kussman: if you are confirmed, to first and foremost serve as an advocate for veterans. I am quite cognizant of the constraints placed upon you by the White House and OMB. I promise you my full
cooperation and assistance, but I tell you now, that I will not be satisfied unless you work to uphold the promises made to all our troops.”

Because Akaka has a warm and fuzzy relationship with Kussman he is satisfied with Kussman’s status as “advocate” despite the email in which Kussman accepts that it is OK for 120 Veterans per week committing suicide because there are 24 million Veterans.

Because neither Murray nor Akaka are doing anything besides political posturing, Peake, Kussman, Katz, Chasen, Zeiss, Cross, Van Diepen,  O’Grady, and a whole host of other VA bureaucrats who committed felonies by covering up information that could save countless Veterans lives, are getting another free pass.

When will these criminals be brought to justice?  If their fate lies with Murray and Akaka, the answer is never.

Never in this time, that is.  Their actions committed in the dark will be brought into the light, sooner or later, and they will have to answer.

Peake To World: “Erroneous”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Despite the unassailable smoking gun evidence of the  emails, Peake stated:

“The notion we’re not trying to get the truth out there is erroneous”

 

Fascinating. Peake also thought that the complaints he was getting about Walter Reed were “erroneous” when he was the Army Surgeon General. The hypermyopia of Peake, Kussman, Katz, and others is doing nothing to stop the Veterans suicide epidemic. The May 6th hearing is listed as “The Truth about Veterans Suicides”. It seems that if Congress wanted to get at the truth, the last person on Earth to testify at that hearing would be Peake. Congress could hold hearings every day, all day, and have an inexhaustible supply of witnesses in the group of War Veterans that have attempted suicide and the parents of War Veterans who succeeded. When will we say “enough”? When 220 War Veterans a week are committing suicide? 440? 880? When? Until Peake and his ilk are held accountable there will be no progress, it will only get worse.

 

 


More Anti Veteran Stuff From The VA

Friday, April 25th, 2008

It’s pretty thoroughly reported that there is an epidemic of suicides amongst Veterans. One way the VA deals with Veterans who are severely mentally ill and symptomatic is to kick them out of the VA health care system and deny or terminate any financial benefits that they are entitled to by law.

The reason the VA does this is driven by the image police. The absolute last thing that the VA wants to deal with is the ramifications that would result from a VA employee being killed by a Veteran.

That would look to the public like there are crazed killer Veterans on the loose and everyone is in danger.

To avoid this, the VA has a policy of severe overreaction. If you are a mentally ill Veteran and have an “outburst” or are determined to be “uncooperative” you are immediately removed by police and permanently banned from receiving treatment at VA facilities.

A perfect example is the case of Sonny Anthony Iovino, a 55-year-old, mentally ill Vietnam veteran who froze to death under the Benton St. Bridge.

From that Wall Street Journal article: “Local police officers had tried to get Iovino the care he needed just 48 hours before his death. But he was refused a bed at the local homeless shelter and then turned away from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here because he was “uncooperative.”

Another example is my own personal story of being the victim of VA “care”.  Anyone who wants to hear it can contact me.

The VA should be, without exception, a place where a Veteran can get life-saving treatment.  The actual risk to persons posed by mentally ill Veterans, or mentally ill anybody for that matter, is extremely low and easily mitigated. There are obvious exceptions; However, the number of Veterans killed by VA “professionals” is countless.

The VA’s policies toward Veterans are simply abhorrent.  That’s why when I hear these bureaucrats and clueless politicians claim that Veterans are getting “World Class Care” I say BULLSHIT.

 

Star Jones Is Getting Divorced

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I’m shocked.

Another Letter To Akaka

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

23 April, 2008

Senator Akaka:

In the spirit of Ho’ohanohano Na Koa.

On behalf of the millions of voiceless Veterans of the United States Military Services who are not members of the VFW, DAV, AMVETS, PVA, or American Legion, it is time for you to resign from the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Senator Akaka, you were entrusted to do right by America’s Veterans. All of us. You have failed that trust.

Perhaps the most heinous of your violations is hypocrisy. You are a hypocrite Senator, and we have had it up to here with hypocritical politicians.
Senator Akaka, you speak out of both sides of your mouth, and by so doing have set back the cause of Veterans.
In the May 2007 hearing on the nomination of Michael Kussman to be Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs you stated:
“I urge you, Dr. Kussman: if you are confirmed, to first and foremost serve as an advocate for veterans. I am quite cognizant of the constraints placed upon you by the White House and OMB. I promise you my full cooperation and assistance, but I tell you now, that I will not be satisfied unless you work to uphold the promises made to all our troops.”

You seem to be perfectly satisfied with Kussman’s performance. Despite the fact that Kussman believes that a suicide rate of 120 Veterans per week is acceptable. Kussman states:
“Folks,
In the Clips this morning. our friend Chris Adams in the McLatchy (sic) Papers alleges that 18 veterans kill themselves every day and this is confirmed by the VA’s own statistics. Is that true? Sounds awful but if one is considering 24 million veterans.”

Despite that mind set, Senator, it appears that you have decided that Ira Katz should resign, and Kussman is off the hook.
Senator Akaka, do you share Kussman’s beliefs that 120 Veterans committing suicide every week is acceptable?
Do you find Kussman’s obvious disdain for Chris Adams palatable?

Senator Akaka, you will probably get no criticism from other quarters. You have acted quickly to call for Katz’sresignation. That will suffice for most.
The tell of your sincerity will be in the response, or lack of response.
You will have to answer for what is done in the dark. It will be brought to the light.
Senator Akaka, the honorable thing to do, in the spirit of Ho’ohanohano Na Koa, would be to demand that the VA “leaders” who have lied to Congress under oath are prosecuted for that felony. Anything short of that will be seen by the VA as a weakness in Congress and will be taken as an explicit endorsement of their actions.

They will then remain secure in the culture that has been created and will continue to amass power and wealth on the backs of the voiceless.

Will You Believe Me Now?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

You may have heard about the lawsuit.  Evidence presented includes emails from Ira Katz.  He is the main mental health bureaucrat at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In this email Katz tells Everett (Call me Ev) Chasen to keep quiet about internal numbers on Veterans suicides.

In this email Katz acknowledges what is being widely reported that there are 120 Veterans per week committing suicide.  In that same email, the Under Secretary for Health at the VA, Michael Kussman, states that 120 Veterans per week committing suicide “Sounds awful but if one is considering 24 million veterans.”

So the Under Secretary for Health at the VA, who is an Army Veteran, believes that 120 Veterans committing suicide per week is OK because there are “24 million”.

Since these emails became public, politicians were quick to jump on the bandwagon and feign righteous indignation.

Message to politicians:  Too Little, Too Late.

These same politicians who are now feigning righteous indignation are the same politicians who have heaped praise on these VA bureaucrats for “Doing the right thing for Veterans”.

We have been telling these politicians for a long time that their praise is misguided.  we have been telling them that there is a culture in the VA bureaucracy of Obfuscate, Deny, Manipulate, Lie, Spin, and apply the full weight of the VA propaganda machine to make sure that the VA “message” is one that disparages critics and buries bad press.

These emails are the absolute best evidence to completely obliterate the rosy facade the VA propaganda machine has built to mislead the public.

Our heartfelt thanks go to CBS News, Armen Keteyian, Pia Malbran, and the rest of the crew that worked so hard on the exhaustive investigation into the epidemic of Veterans suicides.

Our heartfelt thanks also go to all of the good people involved in the lawsuit.  Godspeed.

Please join us in telling Congress that we expect that these VA bureaucrats who have lied to Congress, under oath, will be prosecuted for that felony.

Maybe if one or two dozen of the most heinous of these people are given a perp walk, the rest of the VA bureaucrats will take notice and straighten up their act.

 

 

 

 

Suicides Shut VA Psychiatric Ward

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

More reporting on the Veterans Suicide Epidemic that the VA adamantly denies exists.

More Blame The Veteran Shenanigans At The VA

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

“Dallas VA closes psychiatric wing after 4th patient kills himself.”

Said Dr. Orsak. “No one was ignoring this, and everyone was working hard on the fixes. And then you have a tragedy and you realize there’s more you can do, and some patients have such a will to end their lives, it’s hard to protect them.”

 The Orsak quote is in this article.

She is just another VA employee who would rather blame Veterans for the chronic and massive failures of the VA than take responsibility for those failures.

When will the VA do what they said they would do, and what the law tells them they must do, to end the epidemic of suicides among Veterans?

 

O. I forgot. There is no suicide epidemic among Veterans.

We wonder how Catherine Orsak can look at herself in a mirror after disparaging Veterans so heinously.  

 

Cereal Economics

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Some of you will remember several members of congress undertaking a public campaign for lower cereal prices in 1995.

Today, cereal was on the grocery list.  When I looked over the grocery bill it hit me like a brick that my cheap, Malt O Meal, cereal wasn’t cheap anymore.

Lucky I had a receipt from one year ago that had my cereal on it.  In May of 07 this cereal was USD $3.78.  Today it is 5.69.

That’s a 35% increase.

The World Food Program reports about a 40% increase in food prices from last year.

American food banks are straining under the pressure of increased demand for their services.

When will we start seeing food riots, like those going on in Haiti, here in the USofA?

You don’t think that can happen?  Fine.  Go ahead and lay down on the railroad tracks of history.

Veterans Charity Fires Commander

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

From ABC NEWS

Veterans Charity Fires Commander Who Blew Whistle on Wasteful Spending

“They were incensed that I would tell the world how their donated money was being wasted,” said Henry Cook, national commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).

This kind of fraud is not exclusive to this charity. There is massive waste, fraud, and abuse going on at several organizations. Most notably the organizations that have a Congressional Charter.

It seems that they somehow think that because they have a Congressional Charter they are above reproach. Because they think they are above reproach, corruption has metastasized through the “leadership” of the worst offenders.

More details can be found here





Hate Speech is Hate Speech is Hate Speech

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

From http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4443788

An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.

I’m Offended

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSc44H3vTdY

“Employees May Be Criminally Prosecuted for Fraud.”

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The article about VA employees spending 2.6 billion dollars on stuff like luxury hotel stays in Las Vegas.

Do you think that any VA employees will be criminally prosecuted for fraud?