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Calif. Catholic diocese publishes homily by priest calling for approval of homosexual marriage

Mark 10:6

But from the beginning of creation,
God made them male and female.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 6:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The Catholic Voice, which identifies itself as “the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland” in northern California, has seen fit to publish a heretical priest Dan Danielson’s homily calling for the approval of homosexual marriage.

Below is the homily, “What are we to make of the Supreme Court ruling and marriage?,” in its entirety, including the illustrative photo of two sodomites chosen by Catholic Voice‘s editor.

Catholic Voice: A publication of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland

October 5, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Letters from Readers

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 26 after the justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

What are we to make of the Supreme Court ruling and marriage?

By Rev. Dan Danielson

The Catholic Church has lost the battle to allow the marriage of same-sex couples throughout the United States.

The Supreme Count of the United States, on June 26, ruled against the Church and others who supported Proposition 8, the California initiative that said marriage was between a man and woman only.

What are we to make of this whole scene as Catholics? Though I’ve had some struggle with myself about doing so, I want to try to address that issue.

There are some basic things that have to be made clear up front.

A homosexual orientation is born, not made. No one simply chooses to be “gay.” Studies have shown over and over that this attraction and orientation toward people of the same sex is not the result of particular environments or family structures. A person discovers him or herself to be “gay.” They don’t decide to be thus oriented. In our culture, why would anyone ever choose to live such a difficult life?

Being someone with a homosexual orientation, whether male or female, does not make one bad. It is not sinful or wrong. It is not a mental aberration. It simply IS. And as quoted above, in God’s own image, He made all people, without exception.

Every human being is a son or daughter of someone, is a brother or sister of each of us. And as such they are worthy of the same great respect, love, understanding, care and dignity to which we are all entitled as children of God.

That means that all forms of discrimination, abuse, disrespect, prejudice, hatred, insulting remarks are to have no place among us. Often such behavior really reveals the latent insecurities about the abuser’s own sexual identity.

All human beings, including those who have a homosexual orientation, are welcome to be members of the Christian community. We desire them to be “at home” here, to know that they are loved and respected here, that they have nothing to fear here — from any of us.

The issue that requires us to deal with this further, is the sexual activity of people with a homosexual orientation.

Again there are some issues that need to be clarified here:

The issue of chastity is an issue every human being has to wrestle with. The task of integrating this powerful aspect of humanity into the rest of our lives is a struggle for most everyone. And who among us can say that they have always made the right decision and have nothing to look back on with some shame?

All people face the struggle of “becoming chaste” with the help of God. Random acts of sexual encounter, using another human being in that way, can never be condoned or approved of, whether that person is “gay” or “straight.” And such acts have always been seen by the Christian Church as wrong.

The Church believes that the marriage between one man and one woman is the best environment in which to raise children. It is the foundation of all societies in our modern world. That is why the Church has fought to maintain that definition of marriage.

But we all know of heterosexual marriages that are miserable places in which to raise a child and many of us know of homosexual couples who raise children with great love, attention and devotion. So while the Church’s teaching is certainly in general correct, it does not work out that way in many instances.

When all is said and done, no one is the judge of someone else’s conscience. And we cannot set ourselves up to judge the stable relationships of homosexual couples, whether those relationships are called domestic partnerships or marriage by our civil laws and our society.

Indeed, there are things in many of the long-term relationships that homosexual couples have that are truly admirable, as they would be in any long-term relationship — fidelity, self-sacrificing love, care in times of sickness and disability among them. These relationships are not to be simply condemned as sinful.

The Catholic Church is not going to be performing religious ceremonies or marriages for homosexual couples. That is clear. And the Church is not going to simply accept that any relationship other than a committed relationship between one man and one woman can properly be called marriage.

But neither are we going to go on a rampage of ignorance and hate. We are going to accept all our brothers and sisters, wherever they are in their journey toward the God who made them in His image and likeness. We are going to love them as God loves us all and accept them as God accepts us all — without judgment or superiority, conscious of our own faults, failings, blind spots and at times — accommodated consciences.

May the Lord who made us all in His image and likeness, lead us all safely home together — one family, one Lord, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all. To Him alone be glory and honor now and forever. Amen.

(This was Father Dan Danielson’s homily, slightly edited, at Mass on June 28. He is the former administrator of the Diocese of Oakland and retired pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. He currently lives at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont.)

~End of Catholic Voice article~

Not only does Danielson’s homily directly contradict the Catechism of the Catholic Church, by the logic of his twisted reasoning, we must also not “set ourselves up to judge” adulterers, polygamists, pedophiles, bestialists, rapists, murderers and (fill in the blank). After all, Danielson tells us that “no one is the judge of someone else’s conscience.”

What purpose, then, is the Catholic Church’s sacrament of Confession?

Since this heretical homily was published in the official newspaper of the Diocese of Oakland, we can only conclude that Danielson’s preaching has the approval of Bishop Michael Barber and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Shame on you, all.


California legalizes euthanasia

After two tries, Democrats Death Eaters who dominate the California legislature finally have their way:

Euthanasia by the clinical name of “physician-assisted suicide” is now legal, signed into law by Death Eater Gov. Jerry Brown.

assisted suicide

Steven Ertelt reports for LifeNews that on Oct. 5, 2015, California became the 4th state to legalize “assisted suicide,” following Oregon, Washington and Vermont — all “blue” states.

In his signing message, Brown said he signed the bill because he wouldn’t want to be in pain in his final days — regardless of the fact that pain relief is readily available without killing patients.

Carol Tobias of National Right to Life said this about the new law:

“The so-called ‘right-to-die’ movement promotes these laws as simply ‘another medical option’ at the end of life, but their real goal is euthanasia on demand for any reason. There are no real safeguards. It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. In Oregon, fewer than 6% of patients have been referred for psychiatric evaluation before obtaining life-ending drugs. Rather than treat clinically depressed patients, the Oregon system, and the system that would be established by the California bill, indicates that you instead help the patients kill themselves.

Ironically, the bill was passed during a special session of the California State Legislature, which was originally called to address cost savings for the state’s MediCal program. Indeed, there are many who would see doctor-prescribed suicide as a “cost-savings” measure. Writing about the bill’s passage in The New York Times, Ian Lovett quoted Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine:

…[Kheriaty] said that low-income and underinsured patients would inevitably feel pressure to end their own lives in some cases, when the cost of continued treatment would be astronomical compared with the cost of a few lethal pills.

The California bill is modeled after Oregon, which, in 1994, became the first state in the nation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Proponents argue that such laws are necessary to provide “compassionate aid in dying for terminally ill patients,” and point to safeguards similar to Oregon, but there are no real safeguards.

It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. In Oregon, fewer than 6% of patients have been referred for psychiatric evaluation before obtaining life-ending drugs. Rather than treat clinically depressed patients, the Oregon system, and the system that would be established by the California bill, indicates that you instead help the patients kill themselves.

The pro-life legal group Life Legal Foundation notes that the manner in which the law was passed invites a lawsuit to overturn the law. The bill, ABX2-15, was introduced during an extraordinary procedure by which the Governor can call the Legislature into session to enact legislation that cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled term. Governor Brown convened an extraordinary legislative session on June 19, 2015 to secure funding for Medi-Cal to provide for millions of new Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of physician-assisted suicide, which were not successful in passing legislation during the regular session, exploited the extraordinary Medi-Cal session to advance their agenda behind closed doors. Legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs is highly controversial and opposed by disability rights groups, hospitals, physicians’ groups, as well as by Life Legal Defense Foundation.

Life Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder said, “We expect our state legislators to uphold the State Constitution and not bend the law to further their own ends. Californians have a right to an open, deliberative, and transparent legislative process when it comes to law and policy changes that are literally a matter of life and death.”

While the California Constitution permits the Governor to issue proclamations to convene extraordinary legislative sessions, the Legislature is prohibited from enacting bills that are not the specific subject of the proclamation. In this case, Governor Brown’s proclamation expressly states that the purpose of the extraordinary session on Medi-Cal is to “stabilize the General Fund’s costs for Medi-Cal” and to “provide rate increases for providers of Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.” The Legislature was specifically tasked with enacting legislation to expand access to Medi-Cal services, increase oversight, and “reduce the cost of providing health care services.”

Brown himself has stated that the extraordinary session was not the proper vehicle for ABX2-15 and has recommended that the bill be taken up during the next session.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells that people need to know of the dangers associated with assisted suicide:

“Does legalizing assisted suicide show care and concern to someone who is living with psychological pain? Recently, Dr Will Johnston wrote about a young adult patient who became suicidal after watching a video about Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon to die by assisted suicide. He said, “A primary risk associated with depression is suicidal ideation. The data indicates that legalizing assisted suicide does not reduce suicide, rather it appears to have a suicide contagion effect.”

Other experts on assisted suicide and euthanasia say lawmakers are ignoring problems in other states that have passed it. Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, said this about ABX2-15:

“The bill is sold as giving people choice and control at the end of life. Yet the bill’s language is stacked against the patient and applies to people with years, even decades, to live.The bill applies to people with a ‘terminal disease,’ which is defined as having less than six months to live.  Most people thinks this means ‘dying.’ However, in Oregon, which uses a nearly-identical definition of terminal disease, an 18-year-old with insulin-dependent diabetes is ‘eligible’ for assisted suicide. Doctors are often wrong at predicting life expectancy. Sadly, this bill encourages people with years, even decades, to live to throw away their lives.

In my law practice, I started out working in guardianships, wills and probate, and saw abuse of all kinds, especially where there was money involved (where there’s a will, there are heirs). The California bill sets up the perfect crime: your heir can actively participate in signing you up for the lethal dose and once the lethal dose is in the home, there’s no oversight –not even a witness is required. If you resisted or struggled, who would know?

Hippocratic Oath

The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


Florida Senate candidate drank goat’s blood in satanic ritual

Formerly-Christian America is unraveling before our eyes.

A 32-year-old criminal defense lawyer in Florida who’s running for the U.S. Senate, once killed a goat and drank the animal’s blood to give thanks to the “god of the wilderness.”


Brendan Farrington reports for the AP (via Orlando Sentinel), Oct. 5, 2015, that two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn’t survive. When he safely returned home, he gave thanks by killing a goat and drinking its blood in a “pagan” ritual.

Note: Augustus Sol Invictus — a Latin phrase that means “majestic unconquered sun” — is a wholly concocted name. Invictus refuses to disclose his original given name.

Invictus said, “I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans. I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness. Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”

Adrian Wyllie, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida and the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, has resigned to call attention to Invictus’ candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Wyllie says Invictus wants to lead a civil war, is trying to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat.

Wyllie said that Invictus “is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He’s a self-proclaimed fascist. He’s promoting a second civil war. It’s absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party.”

In a phone interview last Friday (October 1, 2015), Invictus says Wyllie lies and is running a smear campaign against him, twisting his words. Invictus denies he’s a white supremacist, pointing out his four children are Hispanic — though he acknowledges that some white supremacists support his campaign. He also denies that he’s trying to start a civil war, but he says the government already is at war with its citizens and that it’s certain to escalate. Invictus says, “The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back? I don’t think I’m the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I’m the only person saying it, and I think that scares people.”

The worshipper of “the god of the wilderness” admits he’s been investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement, in part for a series of YouTube videos and other writings in which he discussed government, prophesied a great war, and said he would wander into the wilderness and return bearing revolution.

But he insists that he doesn’t advocate violence. “You do not initiate force,” he said. “If the government is waging war on citizens, we as citizens have the right to self-defense on government.”

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley

According to Sunday World, Invictus belonged to a sect called “Thelema,” which sacrifices animals and is heavily based on the philosophy of occultist satanist Aleister Crowley. Invictus said he was “expelled from the order for political reasons.”

Note: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) fancied himself to be a “ceremonial” or occultic magician. He concocted what he called the law of Thelema: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.”

Do-as-thou-will or self-indulgence is also the motto of the Church of Satan, the adherents of which regards themselves as their own gods.


Obama regime’s FBI-ATF issue safety alert to Philadelphia schools for today, Oct. 5

Four days after a lone gunman singled out Christians for slaughter on a college campus in Roseburg, Oregon, the FBI and the ATF issued an alert to all Philadelphia area colleges and universities to be on the alert for violence today, October 5, after a threat of violence was made in social media.

NBC Philadelphia reports that the FBI released the following statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5. 

No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials.

The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Officials have not revealed where they found the threat. However, several reports have mentioned a post on the popular imageboard website 4chan in which a user writes:

On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia. His cries will be heard, his victims will cower in fear, and the strength of the Union will decay a little more.

Below is the actual message posted on 4chan, calling on all “robots” to join the “Beta Rebellion”:

↓Click image below to enlarge↓

warning of violence against Philadelphia schools on 4chan

Bi-racial Oregon shooter Chris Harper-Mercer, who wrote he would be “welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil,” reportedly had also posted a warning of impending violence on the same 4chan website.

Another alert sent to Temple University students and faculty provided more details on the Philadelphia threat. A Temple University official wrote:

Temple University, along with other colleges and universities in our region, has learned from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that a threat of violence has been made online against ‘a university near Philadelphia. This posting states an action could take place at 1 p.m. central (2 p.m. eastern) Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

Temple University, Drexel University and Villanova University have all notified their students, faculty and staff of the alert. Their respective campus police  are coordinating with Philadelphia and nearby police.

Drexel University plans on increasing patrols on campus Monday. Drexel students are urged to call Drexel Public Safety at 215-895-2222 or 911 if they noticed any suspicious activity, person or package.

Villanova students are urged to be aware of your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety at 610-519-4444.

H/t James Tracy

The pace is quickening. Can you feel it?

I expect Obama and the Left to use this purported threat of violence against Philadelphia as one more piece of ammunition in their call for gun control.  (See DCG’s “Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation“)


U.S. repeatedly loses in Pentagon war games against Russia

Dr. Eowyn:

In addition to the Pentagon’s war games showing the U.S. losing to Russia, what is interesting about this post is a purported internal report by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Christian Americans being severely alienated from the U.S. government under Obama. Russia anticipates American Christians to act as a 5th column who may side with Russia in war.

The Russian report also cites a FOTM post on Christians being driven out of the U.S. military. Moscow is reading FOTM!

I fear this report will only be used by Obama to justify an intensification of his persecution of Christians. But we will stand firm on our beliefs and principles.


Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

On Sept. 29, 2015, an op/ed by reporter Benny Avni in the New York Post proclaimed Vladimir Putin’s Russia as “the world’s new sole superpower.” Avni wrote:

The baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up.

Putin’s deployment of forces in Syria and arming of Assad create facts on the ground. They have also propelled him to the top by taking initiative on today’s most consequential world fight….That’s how Putin seized leadership from America….

And it’s bad for America. Because sooner or later, after more bloodshed and under even worse conditions than now, our next president will be called upon to retake the leadership baton from Putin. And that could prove tricky.

Avni’s proclamation isn’t that far-fetched given the fact that the Pentagon’s own war games show that the U.S. would lose in a Baltic war against Russia.


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Sandy Hook: The girl who doesn’t exist and her parents’ $0 home

About 3 months ago, I did a post on a curious couple named Joseph and Lynn Wasik who were interviewed by the media in the days immediately after the alleged massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 of 20 children and 6 adults by alleged lone gunman Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, Connecticut.

Although the Wasiks were not victims — their daughter, Alexis, not being one of Lanza’s victims — they readily made themselves available to the media, including this interview with Fox News on Dec. 16, 2012.

What caught my attention was how, during the entire 12-minute interview, Joseph kept his left hand at his daughter’s throat, undeterred by Alexis’ repeated attempts to free herself from his suffocating hold.


Each time Alexis moved his hand away from her throat, Joseph not only moved his hand back, he clasped his left hand with his right hand to better control Alexis, while the mother, Lynn, reinforced her husband’s grip by putting her hand on her husband’s left arm, thereby increasing the weight of Joseph’s hand against the girl’s throat.


Something very wrong was going on.

This is a follow-up on that post.

To begin, Email Finder says Joseph Wasik, born in 1969, age 46, who lives at 80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook, CT 06482, has 5 relatives (Lisa J Bishop, Kristin Harlow Gingras, Lynn Marie Ingrassia, Michael J Ingrassia, Michael Andrew Ingrassia), none of whom is Alexis Wasik.

I then searched for “Lynn Wasik, Connecticut” on VerifyPast. It says she’s 44 years old; has lived at 80 Engleside Ter. since 2007; and has one relative: Joseph Wasik. No mention of Alexis.

Next, I conducted a search for “Alexis Wasik,” using three people search engines:

  1. I searched for the birth records of “Alexis Wasik” of Connecticut in VerifyPast. Result: No records.
  2. I searched for “Alexis Wasik” in The only result is an Alexia Wasik, who was born in Ohio.
  3. I searched for Alexis Wasik, female, born in Connecticut, whose parents are Joseph and Lynn Wasik in There were 25 results, none of which is Alexis Wasik. Most of the 25 are not even people whose last name is Wasik. When I modified the search to include the address “80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook,” there were 10 results, only 5 of which were relevant (the other 5 results were of people whose last names weren’t Wasik.) The 5 relevant results are:
    1. Morgan Alexis Wasik, born on Jan 9, 1998 in Clark, Nevada, which would make this Wasik 14 years old at the time of the Sandy Hook shooting, which means this is not the Alexis Wasik in the Fox News video because she was identified as a third-grader, which means she was about 9 years old.
    2. The other 4 results were of U.S. School Yearbooks and U.S. Phone and Address Directories of an “Alexis Wasik” whose residence is in Michigan.

When I searched for “Joseph Wasik, Connecticut” in VerifyPast, his addresses previous to the present one in Sandy Hook included POB 6076, Rutland, VT 05702; 222 Bradley Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708, and 650 Mix Ave., Hamden, CT 06514.

So I searched for “Alexis Wasik” in “Vermont” on VerifyPast, but was told, once again, “no records”. I then expanded the search for Alexis Wasik to nationwide on VerifyPast. There are 4 records of “Alexis Wasik,” all of whom are in Michigan; one of whom is 86 years old.

In other words, according to 4 people search engines, Alexis Wasik, the daughter of Joseph and Lynn Wasik, does not exist.

There are some who claim that genealogy websites like do not publish personal information, such as birth records, of minors.

That is not true. Not only is there no disclaimer on to that effect, I was able to find personal data, specifically the SSDI (Social Security Death Index), of Lanza’s alleged child victims on precisely those genealogy websites, even though those children were first-graders — about 3 years younger than Alexis Wasik. See “Dec. 14 was date of death for every Sandy Hook massacre victim, except Adam Lanza“.

The last search I conducted was for the Wasiks’ home in Vision Government Solutions’ data base. The result:

Owner(s): Lynn Ingrassia and Joseph Wasik
Sale price: $0
Sale date: 12/25/09

Here’s a screen shot I took of the search result, showing the date and time when I took the screen shot (click image below to enlarge):

Joseph Wasik home on Vision Government Solutions

In other words, the Wasiks acquired their home for $0, just like the homes of 17 Sandy Hook victims, and those of the three selectmen (who make up Newtown’s governing body) and of non-victims Gene Rosen and the Phelps (who had made themselves readily available for TV interviews about the massacre) — all of which also had a sale price of $0 and a sale date of 12/25/09. (See “The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes“)

For links to all the posts FOTM has published on Sandy Hook, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

Update (Oct. 5, 2015 – A):

FOTM reader Jan found a birth announcement in The (Danbury, CT) News-Times of May 27, 2004:


KELLEHER – A daughter, Shannon Theresa, to Thomas and Patricia Kelleher of Cornfield Ridge, Newtown, May 15, 2004. WASIK – A daughter, Alexis Marie, to Joseph and Lynn Wasik of 80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook, May 15, 2004. GREENWICH HOSPITAL ANASTACIO – A daughter, Abigail Olivia, to Stacey and Felipe Anastacio of Carmel, NY., May 2, 2004. FOSS – A daughter, Ava Belle, to Mr. and Mrs. Cody Foss of Sandy Hook, May 9, 2004.

Given this birth announcement, I wonder why the genealogy and people-search websites don’t have a listing for Alexis Wasik?

Of course, anyone can put a birth announcement in a newspaper, which was what Obama’s maternal grandparents did — an announcement of Barack Obama’s birth on August 4, 1961, published on page B-6 of the Honolulu Advertiser of August 13, 1961. I have personally seen the announcement on a microfilm in a major U.S. university library. But as we all know, the newspaper announcement of his birth is not a birth certificate certifying that Obama was born in Honolulu. What Obama proffered to be an image of his birth certificate has been determined by document forensics experts to be a fake.

UPDATE (Oct. 5, 2015 – B):

FOTM reader Crom found another page of New-Times birth announcements, listing three May 2004 births at Danbury Hospital, none of which is Alexis Wasik, whose birth was on May 15, 2004, according to the previous birth announcement (see above under “Update Oct. 5, 2015 – A). Below are the May 2004 births according to this page:


SCHULTZ – A son, Mason James, to Brian Schultz and Nina Setaro of Washington, May 7, 2004. COLE – A son, Javan James, to Tim and Melanie Cole of Summit Street, Danbury, May 17, 2004. HECK – A daughter, Madison Kathleen, to Michael and Jacqueline Heck of East Liberty Street, Danbury, May 21, 2004.

Alexis Wasik’s birth on May 15, 2004, should be between Mason James Schultz’s (on May 7, 2004) and Javan James Cole’s (on May 17, 2004). But it isn’t.

Why the discrepancy between the two sets of birth announcements?


Seattle VA office lost records; veterans told benefits ending

War on our military.


Seattle Times: Dozens of West Coast military veterans incorrectly received letters indicating they’d lose unemployment benefits after an overworked Department of Veterans Affairs office in Seattle lost track of records the veterans had submitted, according to a VA Inspector General report released this week.

The mail audit stemmed from a complaint that suggested about 1,000 pieces of unread mail from veterans were being stored indefinitely in a yellow bucket without a response from employees assigned to evaluate benefits claims. In some cases, the complaint alleged, veterans were told they’d lose unemployment benefits because they had not returned information to the office in a timely manner, even though they had met their deadlines. The unemployment benefits are given to veterans who can’t hold a job because of a service-connected disability.

Auditors who visited the Seattle office in April did not find a bucket loaded with unread letters, as had been alleged in the complaint. But they took a sampling of 132 employment questionnaires and determined that one-fifth of the veterans had been sent letters indicating a reduction or cancellation of benefits, even though they’d mailed forms that should have allowed them to continue receiving money.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Friday wrote a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald asking him to immediately implement reforms recommended in the report, such as increasing training and demanding a high-level corrective-action plan from a VA undersecretary to address broader problems with record management.

“I am shocked by the findings of this report and I hope you will agree this situation is entirely unacceptable. This is exactly the type of mismanagement and negligence that further complicates the benefits process for veterans, leading to unnecessary stress and unacceptably delaying benefits to which these veterans are entitled,” Murray wrote.

The VA Office of Inspector General publishes reports on issues at different VA hospitals almost daily. This week’s report focusing on unread employment questionnaires fits into a series of audits the IG launched last year centered on mismanagement of veteran records.

Others in the set included:

  • A Baltimore supervisor stockpiling 8,000 documents, including 1,500 records with sensitive personal information about veterans.
  • An Oakland, Calif., office that neglected to act on thousands of claims.
  • Employees at different offices who manipulated internal records to falsify reports on the processing of claims.

In Seattle, managers of the regional office that processes veterans benefit claims acknowledged it had fallen behind in processing unemployment records. It hired a dozen more employees in April to catch up on the backlog, the report said.


See also: