The Veteran's Administration contrary to what many are saying is preforming an outstanding job based on the number of staff and funding they receive. Yes it does take quite awhile to get forms processed with the VA and get an answer to your problem. However at present the waiting time is at a minimum of six months for disability claims and at least six weeks to get an general appointment. However if you are persistent, jump through all the hoops and fill out the paperwork you will get an answer and see a doctor. Yes it will be a long line in the pharmacy but take a number and read a book. The wait may be long and take time but it's no worse than some emergency rooms. If and when you get an appointment make sure you keep the appointment since it costs money when you don't call and cancel in advance. Lastly don't badmouth the clerks out front in the lobby since they did not create your problem and are just doing their job. In other words be willing to wait your turn.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Persian Gulf wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a toll on our active duty military and has drummed up memories and mental problems by Vietnam Veterans. Many Vietnam Veterans came back after the war and appeared to have no social problems and were living a fairly normal life. But some ticking time bomb has made many of them start living through the events that went on during the war and is effecting them both physically and mentally. Many have turned to the VA for help and others have not did so. They are suffering from events that went on during the war which is giving them second thoughts about guilt during the war of what they saw. Even those aboard ships are having events like PTSD that were not even on land, from guilt about what happened while they were there. So the VA today is not only dealing with current soldiers in Afghanistan it is helping Vietnam Veterans with their relived mental and physical events.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
If H.R. 475 is received by the Senate from the house of Representatives and is worded the same a new Flu Tax of $.75 will be added to the tax code of the IRS. These funds would be placed in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. The fund has paid out over 2.5 billion dollars in the past 25 years. It would raise 100 million dollars a year for the fund. The fund was started to pay out claims to those injured by the vaccine. The house version died in committee but the Senate version passed on the day it was introduced. The Center for Disease Control states that 135 million doses of the vaccine will be used this year according to the Weekly Standard. There is no money set aside for this Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund it is invested in US Treasury Securities or a portion of our 16.5 trillion national debt.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
During the 4/20 marijuana counterculture holiday in Denver, Colorado Saturday scattered gunfire broke out and two people, a man and a woman suffered minor wounds. Media reported that a third person was grazed. Denver police are looking for two suspects and video of the shooting. There was no motive for the gunfire according to police. The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. at the downtown Civic Center Park. Some 80,000 people attended after Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use. Police were on scene to just observe the celebration but not arrest anyone. From the video provided on the news the park was crowded and almost everyone was having an interesting day of music and festivities.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
This is a morning that it is hard to come upon a story that is worth Blogging. Boston, West, Texas, China earthquake, North Korea there is so much happening in the world it just doesn't feel like fun this morning. Most cities across the United States including mine are preparing for extra precautions. But how do you not go about your everyday lives and not think that something bad could happen. It's almost impossible to go anywhere and not be in a crowd. There must be a reason for all these nut-bags and natural events that are happening around the world and here in the United States. Perhaps the Almighty is telling us to get out act together. For those who do or not believe it will never be the same again and we can't change yesterday.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Terrebonne Parish Town Council in Louisiana passed an anti-sagging law to keep men's pants up and not showing their underwear. Pants would not be allowed below the waste or exposing their underwear. The first offense would cost fifty dollars, one hundred dollars for a second offense and one hundred dollars and sixteen hours of public service for a third offense. The parish voted 8-1 to pass the ordinance. Before the vote NAACP president Jerome Boykin argued in favor of the sagging ban. The NAACP youth director was also in favor of the ban. "This is not a black issue, this is not a white issue, this is a people issue." The ACLU sent the council a letter stating the ordinance is unconstitutional.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Levi Clayton "a 96 year old" church deacon living in Buffalo, New York was beaten during a home invasion last year. He suffered a broken jaw and other injuries on the night of 24 November, 2012. Mr Clayton spent several weeks in a hospital while recovering. Three thugs forced their way into his home according to a surveillance camera attached to his home. One 18 year old is the only one charged with home invasion at this time. There are so many home invasions that occur across this country that Mr. Clayton becomes just another face in the crowd. At one point Mr. Clayton threw a lamp at the invaders to keep them at bay. Mr. Levi Clayton was a retired auto worker and a World War veteran. Mr. Clayton passes away this past Wednesday. May you rest in peace Mr. Clayton.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Fifteen percent of the American people are on Food-Stamps and this increased by 1.8% in January 2013 compared with a year earlier. The total number of those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] this year has reached 47.3 million which accounts for nearly "one in seven Americans." Mississippi with 22% is the state with with the highest number of citizens relying on Food-Stamps. Twelve states saw the use of Food-Stamps decrease including Oregon, Maine, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Idaho, North Dakota, Utah and North Carolina. The nations capital Washington, DC was slightly higher than Mississippi with 23%. Wyoming had the lowest number of citizens on Food-Stamps in the country standing at 7%. One out of five citizens in Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia are now listed on Food-Stamps.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Elizabeth Niehi a Hooksett, New Hampshire
woman called 911 and requested aid at her home. When the Fire Department arrived she wanted information on ordering chinese food. A couple of weeks after she called 911 the police got a warrant and she was arrested for "misuse of emergency-911" service and released on $5000 bail. She will have to appear in court in April to answer the charges. Next time Elizabeth wants chinese food she should call the real information service it would be cheaper.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Birmingham, Alabama Republican Dale Peterson was arrested Wednesday at a Sam's Club for what they called stealing a handful of cashews [twenty cents worth]. He was taken to jail. Apparently this is the second time in five months Mr. Peterson has been arrested for shoplifting. He feels that his "political enemies" are behind this latest shoplifting charge. He told The Daily Caller, "I can tell you right now on a stack of Bibles, Dale Peterson is not a thief." Security at the Sam's Club watched Mr. Peterson open a jar of cashews and eat a handful. Then approximately one and a half hours later he placed the jar back on the shelf when he decided not to buy the cashews. For a man who is the underdog and fights against "thugs and criminals," it seems Mr. Peterson got caught with his hand in the so called cookie jar.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The city of Colorado Springs City Councils new policy of stopping solicitation in the downtown core of the city is to state you must be twenty feet back from any business or establishment. This violates the First Amendment rights of citizens since most of the sidewalks stand-back twenty feet or less from the streets. This would require citizens to stand in the street in the core of the city to do any form of solicitation and violate the law. This is the city getting around the ACLU threat to sue over their last attempt to circumvent the First Amendment for the businessmen of Colorado Springs. There are still locations where citizens could do solicitation but it would be in Acacia Park or other locations and away from the center of the city.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
With all the growth in North Fountain it was enviable that there would be panhandling signs showing up on sidewalks near Safeway's, Carl's Juniors and other businesses still on the rise. There are other locations where cardboard signs have been seen also in Fountain. To those panhandlers let it be know that solicitation from sidewalk to car is illegal. It is called aggressive panhandling and not legal under county ordinance. Or city ordinance in Colorado Springs. Yet it still continues by the panhandlers and those driving an automobile putting both in danger. If you follow the guidelines set down in the Colorado Springs ordinance you should be safe and within the First Amendment. Which would ask the question are we starting to have more homeless people outside Gate Twenty and in Fountain?
The city of Colorado Springs wisely withdrew their new ordinance that would have restricted the homeless from solicitation in the main city corridors to protect the greedy downtown businessmen and beautify the city, during the tourist season. Smart move you saved yourself a couple million you can't afford. The city council is wrong in one respect in that you only have to be panhandling six feet from any of the listed locations in the city ordinance. Recent comments by the council in the media have stated that it must be twenty feet and that is only for ATM machines or their location. To the mayor and city council, lets cut out the lying to help the businessmen. Twenty feet would put you out in the street in most locations. So, "Soliciting does not include passively standing or setting with a sign or other indication that one is seeking donations, without addressing any solicitation to any specific person, other than in response to an inquiry by that person.[9.2.111C] Solicit within six feet [6'] of the entrance to a building[9.2.111C.5]." The ordinances do not say it, but if push comes to shove the sidewalks belong to the people of Colorado Springs. The homeless are people mayor.
One thing that anyone who decides to give money to a panhandler is that a number of those posing as panhandlers in Colorado Springs just live outside the city. They come into the city, change into their rags and pretend to be homeless. They make a considerable amount from the citizens and then in the evening retreat to their $200,000 homes outside of the city. They are nothing more than bottom feeders of the elitists of Colorado Springs.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The article by Robert Huber of the Philadelphia Magazine, "Being White in Philadelphia," sure started a fire storm in an already headed up city. Philadelphia has gone through some sad situations and it continues daily. Mayor Nutter it appears lost his mind with such statements against the article as, "pathetic, uninformed essay; to cowardly to provide real names." Huber was also accused, "of ignoring positive anecdotes, to feed his own misguided perception. That African Americans are lazy, shiftless, irresponsible, and largely criminal." Huber responded:" The goal of my piece is to point out the problems in race relations in Philadelphia, and to push for a better dialogue." The remarks of Robert Huber seem to be reaching for a solution if there is one while Mayor Nutter has been drinking to much of his own press. The article seems to have served it's purpose and got people talking. At least the Mayor and some BLOGs.
The article to me seemed a little long in reading but appeared to be believable. From reading the "comments sections," on several blogs including black ones on the Internet the article appears to be on the mark in saying people in Philadelphia are afraid to address the issue of race between each other. They talk about race between each other but not the other races that live around them or down the street. Some of the Philadelphia BLOGs seem to have restricted their comment section as of late to those that are approved before posting by the author. In at least one BLOG that has dropped the filthy name calling comments and way beyond reality by 80%. Now that those individuals are gone the rest of us can start to at least read a conversation on the BLOGs that came from civilized individuals. But that still leaves the other 80% out there in the streets, some black some white, "Being White in Philadelphia."
Perhaps Mayor Nutter should spend more time stopping the daily murders in Philadelphia and less time reacting to what he doesn't quite understand.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tracy Gugal-Okroy just figured if the neighbors felt it was okay she could raise some chickens and supplement her diet. She only has 22 chickens and they lay organic eggs. Plus they provide garden compost, eat mosquitoes, other bugs and make little noise. But the Virginia Beach city's zoning board of appeals says she can't raise chickens in her back yard. It appears that nobody in Virginia Beach can raise chickens even if some do. So the zoning board told her to get rid of the chickens or raise the stakes and pay a $1000 fine. They didn't care if it supplemented her diet or the neighbors approved it was against the city code [people in black coats and black glasses]. So Tracy has been fighting the city with little success and has been told she can move outside the city if she wants to keep the chickens. She may want to check to see if its okay to plant a tomato in the city. That may be against the law to.
"Eurozone finance ministers demanded on Sunday that Cyprus pay 7-10% of their [citizens] bank deposits in exchange for a," bailout. The people in Cyprus had guaranteed bank accounts that were protected from just about everything. But it appears they aren't protected from government seizure. This could end up being a seizure all over Europe and a run on banks by those who have their savings there. In many cases something could be done about this but not in this case. You will note that they waited until a weekend to pull this EURO grab because the banks were not open. Look for this same type of tactic in other countries. The USA is not safe and they could seize from the charts listed 26% of all funds in all private bank accounts in the country. If you believe government when they say it will never happen, then you have a short time to part with your dollars.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Well I just wrote a BLOG yesterday about, "Detroit- 143 Square Miles of Bombed Out Bankruptcy," referring to Detroit, Michigan and Kevyn Orr who was taking over recovery of the city. Well according to the latest news on the Internet Mr. Orr has four tax liens against his home in Maryland. That would likely be more than anyone left in Detroit. When I first read this story it fascinated me that anyone in their right or left minds would try and solve the problem of Detroit. Nobody wants the job. But up steps the governor and hands the rusty keys and a paycheck to Detroit to Mr. Orr. God save those 700,000 people who are looking to someone to solve their problem. The only thing that is going to happen in Detroit now is more soup lines with less chicken in a bowl. Go pay your taxes Mr. Orr like the rest of us who are already in hock, knee high to a duck. This is just about the saddest article I have read. The Governor of Michigan is not someone you want to go to the track with and bet on a horse. Just as Mr Orr is not someone you want walking around Detroit with a shovel over his shoulder singing , "But for money, here go I."