Witch’s Will For A Sunday Morning
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
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Whistleblowers Tell Congress about Culture of Retaliation at the VA
From administrative leave to harassment and humiliation.
WASHINGTON – Four whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs told a congressional panel about the forms of retaliation suffered after their attempts to report wrongdoing in the agency.
Their testimony came as a federal investigative agency said it was examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the VA against employees who filed whistleblower complaints.
“Based on the scope and breadth of the complaints OSC has received, it is clear that the workplace culture in many VA facilities is hostile to whistleblowers and actively discourages them from coming forward with what is often critical information,” Lerner told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Rather than using information provided by whistleblowers as an early warning system, the VA often “ignores or minimizes problems,” allowing “serious issues to fester and grow,” she said.
The OSC has received “scores of complaints” from VA employees who claim they have faced retaliation for reporting improper patient scheduling, understaffing of medical facilities, and other hazards to patient health and safety.
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, who was appointed to lead the agency in May after the resignation of former VA chief Eric Shinseki, has assured the OSC that he is committed to resolving legitimate whistleblower claims quickly, Lerner said.
Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, told the committee he was placed on involuntary leave after reporting wasteful spending on a direct-mail marketing campaign, backlogs of benefit enrollment applications, and the possible purging of veteran health records.
Davis said his complaint to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors was leaked to his manager, and he was subsequently subjected to “harassment.” He also said as a result of his whistleblowing his employment records had been changed.
Katherine Mitchell, medical director at the Iraq and Afghanistan post-deployment center in Phoenix, said she has reported medical care problems for years. Mitchell said that in 2013 she submitted a confidential report to the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) about problems – 10 days later, she was placed on administrative leave.
“I was subsequently investigated for misconduct because I provided limited amounts of patient information through the confidential OIG channel in order to support my allegations of the suicide trends and the facility’s inappropriate response to them,” Mitchell said.
She said nurses refused to provide care to her patients following her complaints about short staffing at the facility.
“It is a bitter irony that our VA cannot guarantee high-quality healthcare in the middle of cosmopolitan Phoenix” to veterans who survived wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korea, Mitchell said.
“Nurses refused to provide care to her patients following her complaints ?” What kind of low life creatures works as “nurses” in that facility? Fire everyone of those “things” posing as angels of mercy?
Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace
I remember once when — we were sitting shiva for my paternal grandmother, I think– I mentioned to my grandfather how smart I thought my youngest cousin, David, was. He replied, “All my grandchildren are smart, but the longer they go to school the dumber they get.” I thought of this when Drudge reported “42% of Millennials say they’re socialists, 16% know what a socialist is.” I guess the other 26% think it means they twitter.
On the other hand, though the news of the world seems grim, there are small rays of intelligence starting to beam through the dopiness.
While America’s inconsistent and incomprehensible Middle East policies could lead someone intelligent to think we were deliberately stirring the various Moslem sects to murder each other and leave the rest of us alone, there are signs, as Daniel Pipes observes that the world is waking up to the Palestinian game and Israel is getting fairer treatment than usual. Probably this relates as much to Hamas’ idiotic timing, but perhaps there’s more to it:
The current Hamas assault on Israel has lured the predictable coven of Palestinian nationalists, Islamists, Leftists, and antisemites from the woodwork to bash the Jewish state. But, more surprisingly, Israel is getting support, or at least restraint and fairness, from unexpected sources:
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: “Today we face the risk of an all out escalation in Israel and Gaza with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing.”
The Lebanese Internal Security Forces detained two persons for having fired rockets into Israel.
Egyptian security forces seized 20 rockets on their to being smuggled into Gaza.
Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, attended a Ha’aretz “peace conference” in Israel the day the current fighting began and has infuriated Hamas by his willingness to continue to work with the Government of Israel.
Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh demanded that Israel “stop its escalation immediately,” but balanced this with calls for “the restoration of complete calm and avoidance of targeting civilians” and “the return to direct negotiations.”
The media, too, is displaying an unwonted fairness to Israel.
The BBC published an article, “Are #GazaUnderAttack images accurate?” about pictures claiming to show the effects of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and found that “Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBC trending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked former PLO legal advisor Diana Buttu about a tape of Hamas spokesmen encouraging civilians in Gaza to protect homes of Hamas’ leaders with their bodies. When Buttu retorted by calling this a racist accusation, Tapper replied, “It’s not racist, we have video… That’s not racist, it’s a fact.”
He adds, per Rasmussen, among likely U.S. voters, by margins of almost 3 -1 Palestinians are blamed more for the hostilities than the Israelis.
America is asking Israel to negotiate with a terrorist state
Even before the shooting stops between Israel and Palestinian terrorists, the one guarantee is that Israel will get most of the blame. Already the demands from the United Nations that Israel show “restraint” are as predictable as Palestinian rockets.
The tiny Jewish state is under fierce attack, with millions of its citizens spending long hours in bomb shelters. Yet any response beyond a mere tit-for-tat is labeled disproportionate, putting Israel in the impossible position of being damned if it does and doomed if it doesn’t.
Of course, it must strike back hard, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears resolved that the Hamas that started this war will not be the same Hamas when it is over. How and when we get there remains unknown, but one thing we do know is how we got where we are.
I found the following paragraph particularly delicious:
The demand that Israel negotiate with Hamas is especially rich coming from Obama. He refuses even to negotiate with Republicans, whom he seems to regard as terrorists because they don’t agree with him. Israel, unfortunately, has to deal with the real thing.
Sad But True
AP’s Taylor Swallows Administration’s Absurd 2014 Full-Year Growth Estimate
At the Associated Press on Friday afternoon, Andrew Taylor, who it should be noted covers Congress and is not routinely on the economics or business beat, relayed an Obama administration prediction that economic growth in 2014 will come in at 2.6 percent.
Taylor noted that this estimate, lowered from 3.3 percent, came about because of “the unexpected 2.9 percent drop in gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year when unusually severe weather dinged the economy.” Besides failing to note that the contraction was an annualized drop (the actual contraction was about 0.7 percent), he didn’t tell readers how absurdly strong growth will have to be during the rest of the year to hit that 2.6 percent target; it works out to an annualized 4.5 percent during each of this year’s remaining unreported quarters. Perhaps the AP reporter isn’t economically astute enough to recognize how unlikely that is — or worse, he recognized it and let it pass unchallenged.
Bill Whittle: Where Do You Live Mark Zuckerberg?
Mark Halperin: How Does Obama’s Confrontational Tone Solve The Border Crisis?
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John Hickenlooper: The man who hates negative ads
Colorado governor faces ‘difficult’ reelection challenge
McMorris Rodgers tests GOP response to ‘war on women’ charge
Only the little whiny lib women believe the “War On Women” is being waged by the Republicans. Any smart women knows it is just the opposite. The stronger a woman is, the better she can stand on her own two feet the less she needs the government interferring in her life. Only those two lazy and weak-minded to do for themselves believe that the government is the answer. Oh and those who think that “empowerment” for women means free birth control so they can be little sex toys for the boys.
Why Gaza Doesn’t Have Bomb Shelters