Monday, July 7, 2014

Homeless Man Begs For Help, Thousands Ignore Him

July 7, 2014 - "On the Fourth of July," he said, "I had more donations from non-Americans than from Americans. Poor Mexicans in pickup trucks are more likely to give me a buck than a guy in a new Porsche."

That's what a 59-year old homeless man in Houston, TX said last Monday. Thousands of Americans, many with crosses hanging from their rear view mirrors, pretended they couldn't even see the man. Some gave him dirty looks. The worst: Wealthy people in ultra-expensive cars like BMWs, Mercedes, Porsches, Range Rovers, Cadillacs and Jaguars. Read all about it at The Homeless Patriot........

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Updated: Moncton Gunman Surrenders After Killing Three Mounties

Suspected Moncton NB gunman Justin Bourque
Justin Bourque works his evil
June 5, 2014 -- Parts of Moncton, New Brunswick were locked down following the shooting deaths on Wednesday night of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two other officers, reports the CBC.  

Police were searching for gunman Justin Bourque, 24, armed and dangerous. Police tweeted a photo of him wearing military camouflage and carrying guns (left).

UPDATE: Bourque surrendered to police at early on the morning of Friday, just after midnight. The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Bourque gave himself up in the front yard of Moncton resident Michelle Thibodeau. 

"He was in my backyard. I saw him arrested in front of my eyes. He is alive," Thibodeau tweeted. "The swat team arrived at my house and unloaded and started screaming in my backyard for him to surrender and he did. I watched it happen," according the the Daily Mail. "They had him sprawled on my front lawn for some time and then loaded him into the swat vehicle. They are now checking my yard for firearms."

While Bourque was still at large, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police asked residents to stay inside and lock their doors, turn on porch lights to assist police, and to not broadcast police operations over social media such as Twitter or Facebook. Moncton has a population of just over 60,000.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pelosi Blames Bush For VA Scandal, But Obama Knew In 2008

May 24, 2014 - It was sadly predictable: Some Democrats are blaming former President George W. Bush for the scandal currently rocking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Nancy Pelosi, Obama's Propaganda Minister
Propaganda Minister Nancy Pelosi
"At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list," CNN reported on April 30. "The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources."

Most notable among the blame-Bush Dems is Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).  The Washington Examiner notes that Pelosi did not actually blame Bush by naming him, "but she alluded to him early and often in the press briefing."

"Maybe when we go into war, we should be thinking about its consequences and its ramifications," Pelosi said while discussing the scandal. "You would think that would be a given, but maybe it wasn't. And so, we go in a war in Afghanistan, leave Afghanistan for Iraq with unfinished business in Afghanistan. Ten years later, we have all of these additional veterans. In the past five years, two million more veterans needing benefits from the VA. That's a huge, huge increase."

Pelosi's statement is bizarre for a number of reasons. Yes, there are obviously "additional veterans" in the system because of Afghanistan and Iraq. However, it's not as though they all hit the system at once. Pelosi said herself that it took ten years (referring to the March, 2003 invasion of Iraq).

But veterans were being added to the system well before then. Has Pelosi forgotten the first time we invaded Iraq, during the First Persian Gulf War in 1991? Veterans of that war need to be counted among today's men and women in need of services from the VA, too. Does Pelosi believe that the VA and Congress were incapable of anticipating an increased need for VA services for 23 years? Indeed, the VA has a long history of problems.

Pelosi's attempt to shunt the blame onto Bush is especially wicked in light of a report that says the Obama administration was advised in 2008 that the Veteran Affairs Department was creating bogus wait times for veterans’ medical treatment. In other words, whether or not Bush knew anything about the VA's problems (which he probably did, just like presidents before him), the fact remains that Obama and his upper echelon also knew years ago and did nothing about it.

President Barack Obama’s transition team was even informed in one VA audit that the delays were 10 times worse than the department would actually admit to at the time.

 German Lopez gives us an excellent explanation of the growing VA scandal at Vox.com:
It's important to emphasize that everything at the Phoenix facility is, for now, a series of allegations. It's not confirmed that 40 veterans died as a result of shoddy practices. The investigations will find out whether that's really what happened. With that caveat out of the way, here's what we know so far: CNN reported that a secret wait list may have contributed to the deaths of 40 veterans and delays for as many as 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans.
The Washington Times reported on May 21 that documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request "show the problem extended back to at least the middle of the Bush administration but remained unresolved when Mr. Obama won election in 2008, and the VA was unable to say this week whether it ever took any steps to correct the problems." The documents indicate that the Veterans Affairs inspector general told Obama's transition team about major problems with wait times and scheduling as far back as 2005. "One of those audits," the Washington Times said, "showed an instance in which the department reported 2,900 veterans waited more than a month for medical appointments. The actual figure was closer to 28,000 veterans, according to the auditors."

When Obama's people were told about this problem nearly six years ago, was George Bush supposed to return to the White House to correct the problem? The problem, passed on to Obama in 2008, was ignored by Obama until 2014. Had the Phoenix VA facility scandal not broken, Obama would still be ignoring it. Obama is paying attention finally to the VA problems, and pretending to care about, only because of the heated media coverage and resulting public outcry.

The scandal is much bigger than the Phoenix facility, of course. It's nationwide, and for reasons that have more to do with Congress than with President George W. Bush. Additional reasons include a demand for care that's higher than the number of doctors at the VA; confusing scheduling policies; minimal federal oversight of local VA medical facilities that has, as Lopez writes, "allowed some hospitals and clinics to get away with shoddy, sometimes nefarious scheduling practices that left sick veterans waiting for necessary health care — and sometimes dying as a result, and funding problems." None of those factors — none of them — can be blamed on Pres. Bush. They are caused by the fog of bureaucracy and apathy in both houses of Congress more than by any single president.

Nobody should be surprised by the recent revelations of mismanagement and dishonesty within the VA. It is, after all, a government operation. The VA's reputation has been less than sterling for decades. I remember my father complaining about the VA over 50 years ago. A World War II veteran, he would curse the large VA hospital in Madison, Wisconsin whenever we'd drive past it. He knew — and millions of other Americans knew — that the VA was not providing the best medical care possible and that veterans were regularly jacked around while trying to get needed care. Americans have known about this problem for years, including Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Is Illinois the Worst State in America?

May 1, 2014 - The Land of Lincoln is stinkin' in the minds of a lot of Illinois residents these days. Massive budget problems, high taxes, cold winters, over-regulation are among the reasons that half -- HALF -- of Illinois residents wish they could live in some other state.

"These findings are from a 50-state Gallup poll," says Gallup on their website, "conducted June-December 2013, which includes at least 600 representative interviews with residents aged 18 and older in each state. Gallup measured residents' interest in moving out of state by asking, "Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"

Eager to Leave: The Chicago Tribune notes that Gallup "points out that Illinois has ranked at the bottom of recent polls gauging residents satisfaction with state taxes, state government and 'overall perceptions of how their state compares to others as a place to live'." About 19 percent of the polled Illinoisans "said they plan to move in the next 12 months, a rate that trailed only Nevada," said the Tribune.

The Facebook page "Illinois Sucks- Let's Move Out of State!" presents stories about the sad state of Illinois, along with brutally frank comments by those suffering there. "Enough of Illinois, and Chicago in particular," asks the page's authors. "Why do you continue to live there? The weather stinks, it's ugly, it's flat, the cost of living is high, the taxes are ungodly. The state government is broke, and so are the schools. The politicians and civic leaders are corrupt; the traffic is terrible. Major tax hikes are on the horizon to pay for the coming state pension bill. Not to mention the awful winters. In fact, I can't think of one good reason to live there. Stop complaining about much Illinois sucks- do something about it and vote with your feet!"

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ticks Pose Health Threat To Pets And Humans

April 22, 2014 - You can't spell "ticks" without "ick." Disgusting critters, ticks not only suck blood from your dog (and you, given the chance), they also spread dangerous diseases to both animals and humans, including Lyme disease. With warmer weather spreading across the nation, tick season is coming into full season. Removing ticks from your pet can be difficult, but Jennifer Kvamme, DVM has some helpful tips.

Identify ticks at tickinfo.com
"It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months," writes Dr. Kvamme at Philly.com. "Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get up close and personal in order to assure success. Because left too long or not removed entirely, these buggers can cause some serious diseases. So, what can you do to keep your dog tick-free this season?" Dr. Kvamme looks at spot-on treatments, oral medications, shampoos, tick dips and tick collars. Read the full article at Philly.com.

Cats Too: Ticks love your feline friends, as well. Ticks can jump from one animal to another. As noted by The Humane Society, "Don't limit tick checks to your canine family members. Dogs can't directly transmit tick-borne illnesses to people, but ticks can move from host to host. A tick may enter your home on your dog's back and move on to another pet or human, or a tick could hitch a ride on you and then move on to one of your pets. A good tick prevention strategy includes checking all family members for these parasites, especially after outdoor activities in wooded, leafy, or grassy areas."

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High Court Says States Can End Racial Preferences

Univ of Michigan protest affirmative action in front
of the US Supreme Court,  June 2003. - Reuters
April 22, 2014 - Nearly 150 years have passed since the Civil War ended slavery in the United States. But institutionalized racial inequality -- supported by so-called "liberals" and "progressives" -- has persisted, propped up by the same Federal Government that has become to adept at violating states' rights.

Finally, the Supreme Court today "voted 6-2 that states may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution," reports The Wall Street Journal, "upholding a Michigan law that grew out of the state's long-running debate over affirmative action policies at public universities."

What does this mean? Quite simply, that public schools and other instutitions in Michigan can no longer discriminate against certain ethnic and racial groups. That is, after all, what "affirmative action" really is: Reverse discrimination, the favoring of some groups over others. Call it what you will, it is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has now officially said so.

The People Spoke
A 2006 ballot initiative in Michigan saw voters choose to end to racial preferences at state schools. "But it also left intact legal precedents that protect minorities from being targeted for unfair treatment through the political process," says WSJ.
"Our state constitution requires equal treatment in college admissions, because it is fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on the color of their skin," Republican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. "A majority of Michigan voters embraced the ideal of equal treatment in 2006, and today their decision was affirmed."
"This case is not about how the debate (over racial preferences) should be resolved," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in announcing the ruling. But to stop Michigan voters from making their own decision on affirmative action would be "an unprecedented restriction on a fundamental right held by all in common."

Supporters of affirmative action said the ruling sets Michigan back. "It will result in the tyranny of the majority," said ACLU of Michigan attorney Mark Fancher. "There are occasions where the minority doesn’t have a prayer in the democratic process. In those cases, the minority deserves protection."

What folks like the ACLU don't say, however, is that they prefer that the majority has no prayer in the democratic process and a tyranny of the minority should reign. That is the antithesis of democracy.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Ald. Joe Moore's Dead-Beat Sugar Daddy Arrested (Updated)

Cedomir "Chad" Zuric Mug Shot
Cedomir Zuric's mugshot
UPDATE: This six-year old story recently took a sudden dramatic turn in March, 2014.  Fugitive Cedomir Zuric, 52, was arrested for over $500,000 in past due child support payments. He was wanted since 2008. While Zuric was busy shirking his child support debts, he was doling out huge money to Chicago's 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore. In return, Moore supported a controversial zoning change that Zuric wanted very much.

"A tip led Cook County deputies to a North Side man who owes more than half-a-million dollars in overdue child support," reported Lincoln Square Patch on March 26. "The sheriff's department warrant unit arrested Cedomir Zuric, 52, on Friday after learning he was staying at a residence in the 4300 block of North Clarendon Avenue. Zuric owes $555,876 in past due child support payments for three children. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2008. Zuric's last known address was in the 5700 block of North Lincoln Avenue. Zuric posted a $23,462.24 cash bond and was released from jail." Zuric was due in court on April 3.
Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward Chicago
Joe Moore, Alderhog

Earlier Post, July 30, 2008 - 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore took big money from dead-beat dad Cedomir Zuric. We therefore DEMAND Moore Return Campaign Contributions from Dead-Beat Dad

We the citizens of Rogers Park DEMAND that Alderman Joe Moore IMMEDIATELY turn over ALL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS from dead-beat dad Cedomir Zuric (a.k.a. Chad Zuric) to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services toward partial retirement of Zuric's $400,000 child support arrears. (Search for "Zuric Cedomir" at Cook County Recorder of Deeds website.)

Moore abused his office by accepting $14,500 from a dead-beat dad posing as a real estate developer in exchange for Moore's support for a lucrative zoning change and the demolition of the former Adelphi Theater, all the while knowing full well the beneficiary owed $400,000 in child support payments.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Obscure Group Says It Destroyed Flight #MH370, Interpol Blames Malaysia Air for Loose Security

Flight Path of Malaysia Air MH370
Click image to enlarge it. Source: ChinaDaily.com
March 10, 2014 - A mysterious, previously unheard of group called the "Chinese Martyr Brigade" is claiming responsibility for the destruction of Malaysia Air flight MH370, missing since Saturday.

Investigators now say it's possible that the plane disintegrated in mid-air and are using the term "suspects" to describe at least two of the missing plane's passengers, who used stolen Austrian and Italian passports.

The flight vanished on Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday) when it suddenly lost contact with ground control while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on Saturday (see map of Flight MH370's path). The last known location of the airplane was over the South China Sea, between Malaysia and Vietnam. When it disappeared, it was flying at 35,000 feet with good weather.