Category Archives: V.A. hospitals

Navy vet’s death blamed on contaminated VA medical scopes

Wonder if anyone at this VA facility received a bonus for their “talent“?
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The following will come as no surprise given the scandals accumulated by the VA under the Obama administration. See examples of the mishandling of our veterans’ health care here, here, here and here.
The mistreatment of our veterans is also occurring in Seattle. In early October I reported on how 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.
In May of this year, the Seattle VA hospital stranded a veteran outside the emergency room. Donald Siefken drove up to the Seattle VA with a broken foot and all he asked for was a little help getting inside. Instead, a hospital employee who answered Siefken’s cellphone call told him to call 911 himself, then hung up on him, Siefken said.

Chief Petty Officer William Piersawl/Photo Courtesy Samantha Armenta

Chief Petty Officer William Piersawl/Photo Courtesy Samantha Armenta


Now comes news of how the VA Puget Sound Health Care System may have contributed to the death of veteran William Piersawl. This may have been attributed to the a deadly infection he obtained with ties to dirty medical scopes and to scope-washing machines ordered recalled last week by U.S. regulators because of increased risk to patients.
That’s according to an amended lawsuit awaiting approval Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Washington, which raises new questions about ongoing problems with so-called “superbug” outbreaks in Seattle and across the nation.
William Piersawl, 60, was a 25-year Navy veteran and died in February 2013 of Gram-negative pneumonia, an infection resistant to most available antibiotics. Secondary causes included sepsis and lung cancer, his death certificate showed. His widow, Carolyn Piersawl filed a complaint earlier this year claiming that the VA Puget Sound Health Care System contributed to his death by failing to properly sterilize bronchoscopes, medical devices used to examine the lungs.
During his treatment from 2009 to 2012, Piersawl received at least two exams with bronchoscopes that had not been disinfected according to manufacturers’ instructions, leaving them “dirty after supposed sterilization,” potentially contaminated with bacteria that could have led to the infection that caused his death, according to the complaint. His widow said, “He didn’t deserve this”. The couple were married for 34 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
There was a whistleblower at the Puget Sound VA who reported on the filthy procedures being practiced at the VA facility. Barbara Deymonaz, 63, a registered nurse who worked as a nurse educator in the sterile processing unit at the Puget Sound VA from 2012 to 2013, said she complained multiple times to federal officials about lapses in procedure that put patients at risk. “Every rock you turned over, it was just a mess,” she said.
Of course, VA officials have denied all allegations in the Piersawl lawsuit. VA spokesman Ndidi Mojay said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation. A 2013 investigation by the VA Office of the Inspector General didn’t find any problems that left instruments unsterile or placed patients at risk.
But Piersawl’s case underscores concerns about deadly infections potentially transmitted by improperly cleaned medical scopes. Last year, an outbreak of multidrug-resistant infections tied to contaminated duodenoscopes — devices used to examine the gut — was linked to 39 patients at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. Eighteen patients affected by the outbreak died, although the role the infections played isn’t clear. The outbreak prompted the hospital to overhaul the way it cleans and tests the devices, resulting in no further infections, a hospital spokesman said.
In August, VA officials released results of an investigation that found that superbug infections may have occurred at VA sites across the nation, although the risk was very low. The analysis of 40,000 patient records concluded “any transmission appears highly unlikely.” But problems with duodenoscopes at hospitals across the nation prompted the FDA to issue new guidelines for cleaning the devices — and new warnings about potential problems with other types of scopes as well.
Between January 2010 and June 2015, the agency received 109 reports concerning infections or device contamination related to the bronchoscopes. No deaths were reported. The agency emphasized that proper “reprocessing” or cleaning of such devices is crucial.
It’s not clear what specific bacteria caused Piersawl’s Gram-negative pneumonia, which was listed as his primary cause of death. No culture results were reported in his records and the scopes used to treat him weren’t cultured, either. The lawsuit is set for trial next summer, said Jessica Holman Duthie, a Tacoma lawyer who filed the complaint.
Read the whole story at the Seattle Times here.
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VA reportedly paid $142M in bonuses last year

Warning: The following will dramatically increase your blood pressure.
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Fox News: The Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly paid out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014 despite a string of scandals inside the agency. USA Today reported that the bonuses ranged as high as $12,705, and most were over $500.
The bonuses continued even after former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned last year amid the scandal over falsified wait-times, suspended certain bonuses. But that move only restricted bonuses for senior execs in the embattled Veterans Health Administration. 
The VA continued to pay bonuses to other workers in other departments, including those facing their own controversies. 
According to USA Today, the VA gave bonuses — from $4,000 to $8,000 — to executives overseeing the construction of an overdue and over-budget Denver facility.
Managers at a Wisconsin office also got bonuses between $1,000 and $4,000 despite findings the office was over-prescribing opiates. And some employees in the VHA have continued to receive bonuses.
A total of 156,000 workers reportedly got them for performance in 2014. 
Speaking Wednesday morning with Fox News, VA Secretary Robert McDonald did not address the bonuses but touted improvements at the agency since the wait-time scandal was exposed last year. He said wait-times are down to five days for specialty care; four days for primary care; and three days for mental health care. Further, he said, the disability claims backlog is down 88 percent. “We have work to do,” McDonald acknowledged.
According to USA Today, a VA spokesman defended the bonuses as important for attracting talent. “VA will continue to review tools and options in order to ensure the department is able to attract and retain the best talent to serve our nation’s veterans, while operating as a good steward of taxpayer funds,” spokesman James Hutton told the newspaper.
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Most U.S. troops, vets would steer kids away from service

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Washington Examiner: Less than half of those polled in an annual survey of troops, veterans and military families would encourage their children to join the military, according to a report released Thursday.
The Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey polled almost 6,300 people earlier this year to find the biggest issues facing military families. Between increasing uncertainty about benefits, expensive moves and difficulty finding employment for spouses and vets, only 45 percent of respondents said they would recommend military service to their own child.
“Military families are increasingly doubting if they’d like to wish this same life on their children,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a national security analyst at the Brookings Institution. “It’s an awareness of how hard it can be.” A higher number — 57 percent — would recommend military service to a young person close to them who is not their own child.

Brad Carson, appointed by Obama

Brad Carson, appointed by Obama


Brad Carson, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said this statistic is especially troubling given that more than 80 percent of those who join today have a family member who served. “One of the most concerning things is this is a family business we’re in, increasingly so,” he said, noting that the poll results will make a difficult recruiting environment even worse.
Military spouses, current service members and veterans all listed military benefits and retirement reform as the top two most concerning issues, according the report. More than 40 percent said “uncertainty in military life” was the top obstacle to their families feeling financially stable.
There was also a lack of trust between those polled and the government, as nearly half said they do not feel confident they will get the benefits they were promised upon their retirement.
Carson promised to communicate better with troops and families to keep them up-to-date and make sure they understand why and how their benefits will change under new laws. “We have made some significant changes to retirement. These are not changes always understood by even the most financially literate people,” Carson acknowledged.
The military is transitioning to a 401k-like retirement system, which will enable the majority of troops who do not serve 20 years to leave service with some retirement benefits. The new system will enable those who join in 2018 or later to pay into a retirement account with government matching. Those who are already retired or currently serving will be grandfathered into the old system, something Carson acknowledges all troops and their families may not understand.
The high number of moves and the expense of moving that military families experience also plays a role in dissatisfaction with military life. Nearly three-quarters of families said they incurred “unexpected expenses” as a result of the military lifestyle, and 60 percent have moved three or more times within the continental U.S., the report found.
A high operational tempo also places strains on relationships with spouses and children, the report said. Sixty percent of service members spent more than a year deployed since Sept. 11. Half said families said their children experienced “moderate or greater worry” as a result of a parent’s deployment, and 21 percent experienced “relationship” challenges in just the past year because of worry about future deployments.
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In addition to these struggles, the majority of troops and families who were polled don’t feel as if the country appreciates what they go through. Ninety percent of respondents feel the general public doesn’t really understand the sacrifices made by service members and their families, the report found.
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VA official: McDonald silent after warning of billions misspent

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Stars and Stripes: The head of procurement at the Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that Secretary Bob McDonald never contacted him after a warning in March that the agency is misspending billions of dollars each year.
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Jan Frye

Jan Frye, deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics, detailed to House lawmakers how he blew the whistle on the agency’s questionable credit card purchases and how VA officials testifying along with him planned in advance to hide the wrongdoing.

The VA was hit with its newest scandal just before the hearing Thursday when a March letter written by Frye to McDonald was made public. It unveiled that at least $5 billion and as much as $10 billion each year in employee credit card purchases were made without contracts and in violate of federal procurement rules.

“I have not had any response from the secretary’s office,” Frye testified to a Veterans Affairs subcommittee. He said an assistant to McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson confirmed both had received the letter.

Frye also told members of a House Armed Services subcommittee that VA leadership, including its chief financial officer and its chief procurement officer for the department’s health care system, were testifying Thursday in hopes of obscuring the purchase practices.

“We hope you won’t ask us any questions that will force us to tell you about the important pieces we’ve premeditatedly left out,” he testified. “If you happen to ask us about what we’ve failed to tell you, we hope we can answer your questions in such a way as to quickly extinguish potential follow-on questions. In short, obfuscation is our game.”

About 23,000 VA employees have credit cards designed to streamline smaller purchases, but the cards were also used to buy health care and medical devices such as prosthetics without required contracts, which opens the agency up to overpayments, defective products and fraud, according to Frye.

Frye said he wrote to McDonald in March after years of pressing the agency to clean up purchases. The secretary was confirmed by Congress last summer to revive the VA from its biggest scandal — the manipulation of patient wait times at veterans hospitals across the country — and has often spoke publicly about the value of whistleblowers.

Edward Murray, acting VA assistant secretary for management and the interim CFO, testified to the House subcommittee that he had never seen Frye’s letter to McDonald before Thursday. “I just found out about this letter this morning,” he testified. Some of Frye’s claims had recently been discussed by a working group within the VA, Murray said.

He agreed that the VA needs to do more and said that McDonald is also working to change the culture in the agency, which is one of the federal government’s largest bureaucracies. “I believe I am working with him, and me and my staff are working our very utmost to make the staff more accountable and transparent,” Murray said.

He said the agency has made “tremendous strides” in fixing its long-troubled purchase card program, including a list of improvements after a scathing audit by the VA inspector general last year that found 15,600 potentially unauthorized card purchases worth $85.6 million.

The testimony raised the ire of some lawmakers. “I guess I’m dumbfounded,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. “You’re here to speak for the VA … and you’ve never seen the allegations” in Frye’s letter.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., chairman of the House subcommittee, said the VA attempted to block Frye from testifying in “yet another attempt to avoid responding in a fully open and candid manner” but relented at the last moment.

Coffman said the agency wanted to only send Murray, who has been in his position for about two months and does not have a full grasp of the long-term purchase card problems.

The VA purchase card program has been troubled by a lack of oversight since the 1990s, according to various audits, but the claims by Frye would be a massive increase in misuse over the past five years, a period when agency purchases more than doubled.

“I hope VA is embarrassed and ashamed about the way they treat people who try to bring problems forward,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the full Veterans Affairs Committee. “I am tired of hearing the same thing over and over and over again. Nothing is changing regardless of what leadership is telling this committee.”

Embarrassed and ashamed?

Embarrassed and ashamed?

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VA claims living veteran is dead, sends burial check, cuts benefits

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Fox News: A North Carolina veteran very much alive is fighting for his life following a clerical error that resulted in his family getting a document from the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense stating he had died.
The notices, along with the government’s condolences, came with two checks to help pay for burial costs for Robert Pressley — but because the system now says Pressley is deceased, his benefits reportedly have been terminated.
Pressley, who supports a small family and is unable to work due to combat-related injuries, cannot afford to lose his benefits, he told WECT-TV.
To prove that I am alive is just insane and it scares me to death,” he said. “That at a touch of a button or because of someone’s clerical error my whole life can be taken away from me and it is.”
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Pressley also claims duplicate letters were sent to his ex-wife, even though he told the VA multiple times he was divorced and has since remarried. “I mean, what do I do?” Pressley asked, according WECT-TV. “I am not getting any answers, I am not getting any help. I am scared.”
Complicating matters is the practice of the Social Security Administration, which does not verify the death reports it receives from multiple sources, including state vital records agencies and seven federal agencies. The VA, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation are among the agencies that report deaths to the SSA.
According to a March GAO report, errors forced the SSA to delete nearly 8,200 deaths from its death data between February 2012 and January 2013. Though it’s difficult to determine exactly how many incorrect death notices have been sent via the VA, Pressley’s case does not seem to be unique.
In January, disabled Army veteran James Fales received a similar letter. In it, the VA extended its “deepest sympathy” to his wife Dorothea Fales.
James Fales, who, like Pressley, opened the letter himself, told KFSM –TV, “When you’re pronounced dead, and you are the one opening the letter, it isn’t really a bad thing.”
Fales, a retired sergeant, receives treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and an ankle injury at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Arkansas.  His condolence letter was dated Jan. 8, 2015, but Fales said he got a call from the VA hospital seven days later asking for a follow-up doctor’s appointment.
In Fales’ case, the VA in Arkansas apologized for the error and issued a public statement to veterans that the agency was working on fixing the mistake.
The VA told FoxNews.com it is trying to determine what happened in Pressley’s case and correct the error. “(The VA) is committed to providing all eligible veterans, service members and survivors with their earned care and benefits,” Randy Noller, a spokesman for the VA, told FoxNews.com. “VA also takes seriously its obligation to properly safeguard any personal information within our possession. Without a privacy waiver from the veteran, we are very restricted by privacy laws and policies in what we can provide at this time.”
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Add one more name to the dead pool…

Add the name, Peter Schweizer, to the death watch list

Andrew Breitbart, Joan Rivers, Loretta Fuddy, Michael Hastings, Ron Johnson, Vince Foster…

President Lucifer and the Clintons have some things in common. People who become inconvenient to them have a tendency to die.
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The author of a book hammering Hillary Clinton says he now has full-time security

by COLIN CAMPBELL
The author of a controversial new book about Bill and Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that he has arranged full-time security for himself.
Asked during a Bloomberg interview if he received any death threats over his controversial book, “Clinton Cash,” Peter Schweizer would only say he has “security.”
“I’ll just say we have security. And that security is not something that just came because we decided to have security. And we’ll just leave it at that,” he said.
Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/clinton-cash-peter-schweizer-security-2015-4#ixzz3Yo5hqbko


Clintons’ Dead Pool

https://www.freewebs.com/jeffhead/liberty/liberty/bdycount.txt
Click the link above to check out the incredibly long list of suspicious deaths connected to the Clintons. I’ve removed the list out of mercy to the readers, but if you have time to spare, this will shock you.


Obama’s ‘Dead Pool’

https://www.nachumlist.com/deadpool.htm
Click the link above to check out the incredibly long list of suspicious deaths connected to Obama. I’ve removed the list out of mercy to the readers, but if you have time to spare, this will shock you.


Conclusion: Peter Schweizer needs to pray Psalm 91 daily.

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VA Official Paid $288K In ‘Relocation Payments’ To Move 140 Miles

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DailyCaller: The director of the Philadelphia VA regional benefits office was paid $288,000 in “relocation payments” to move the 140 miles from Washington, D.C. to her new home last year.
Diana Rubens was tapped last June to take over the Philadelphia regional benefits office, which is one of many VA hospitals and benefits offices currently being investigated over benefits claims.
Rubens, who previously served as the D.C.-based deputy undersecretary for field operations, where she oversaw 57 regional offices, was brought in to help fix the embattled Philadelphia facility.
A breakdown of Rubens’ “relocation payments” was not immediately available, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, but a VA spokesman said that there was nothing inappropriate with the spending.
Federal regulations allow for the reimbursement of relocation expenses including the “costs of house-hunting, moving, terminating leases, and a per-diem rate for meals and temporary housing for an employee and his or her family,” the spokesman said.
But that hefty repayment is nearly 160 percent of what Rubens earned in base pay all of last year, raising questions over what exactly that money could have gone towards. Rubens was paid more than $181,000 in 2014, according to the website FedSmith.com, which maintains a database of federal employee compensation.
“The government shouldn’t be in the business of doling out hundreds of thousands in cash to extremely well-compensated executives just to move less than three hours down the road,” Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, told the Inquirer.
“For VA to pay such an outrageous amount in relocation expenses at a time when the department is continually telling Congress and taxpayers it needs more money raises questions about VA’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, transparency and true reform.”
Rubens has been mentioned before in articles criticizing other money she’s been paid by the VA. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, in 2011, she received a bonus of more than $23,000 even though patient backlogs — one area Rubens was in charge of managing — increased by 300,000.
The Washington Examiner reported last year that Rubens received more than $97,000 in bonuses between 2007 and 2011 even though the average time to process veterans’ claims doubled to 325 days on her watch. The ratio of backlogged cases nearly doubled as well, from 37 percent in 2009 to 71 percent in 2013.
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$1+ trillion Congress spending bill keeps Obamacare & funds Obama's invasion of illegals

Late Tuesday, just one month one week after voters handed the Republican Party majority control of both the House and the Senate, Congressional leaders unveiled a massive $1.01 trillion spending bill to keep most of the federal government funded through September 2015.
Instead of defunding or repealing Obamacare, the bill maintains the status quo on Obamacare. It also enables Obama’s amnesty by funding the consequences of Obama’s “border surge.” 
Below are some of the highlights of the spending bill as summarized by Ed O’Keefe for The Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2014. I’ve categorized the bill’s items into two groups:

  • What’s wrong about the bill
  • What’s right about the bill

What’s wrong about the spending bill

1. enable obama’s reckless invasion of illegals

Although the bill funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that oversees most immigration policy only until February, the bill also provides new money for immigration programs at other federal agencies, including:

  • $948 million for the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) unaccompanied children program — an $80 million increase — to provide health and education services to illegal young aliens.
  • $14 million to help school districts absorb new illegal immigrant students.
  • $260 million to the State Department to assist Central American countries from which the illegal immigrant children are coming.

2. keep, instead of defund, Obamacare

The spending bill adopts a passive-aggressive approach to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare:

  • The bill still funds Obamacare.
  • But no new money will be provided for Obamacare, specifically, no new Obamacare-related funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the two agencies most responsible for implementing the law.
  • The budget of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, aka the “death panel,” will be reduced by $10 million.

3. enable big money Campaign donation

The bill would greatly expand the amount of money — 10 times the current amount — that wealthy political donors could inject into the national parties, thereby drastically undercutting the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul. To illustrate, a donor who gave the maximum $32,400 this year to the Democratic National Committee or Republican National Committee would be able to donate another $291,600 on top of that to the party’s additional arms — a total of $324,000, ten times the current limit. Read more on this here.

What’s right about the bill

1. Abortion

  • The bill once again bans using federal funding to perform most abortions.
  • Blocks the use of local and federal funding for abortions in the District of Columbia.
  • Blocks the use of federal dollars for abortions for federal prisoners.
  • Directs the HHS secretary to ensure that consumers shopping for health-care coverage on the federal exchange can tell whether a plan covers abortion services.

2. IRS

  • The IRS’s budget will be reduced by $345.6 million.
  • The IRS is banned from targeting organizations seeking tax-exempt status based on their ideological beliefs and political partisanship.

3. EPA

  • The agency’s budget will again be reduced — by $60 million to $8.1 billion. (The EPA’s budget has been slashed by $2.2 billion, or 21%, since fiscal 2010.)
  • The reduction in budget means the EPA will have to reduce its staffing to the lowest levels since 1989.

4. Federal employee pay, perks, and pension

Note: The average federal employee makes $35,774 more than the average American, but it’s average Americans who pay the taxes that pay the bloated salaries of government employees.

  • The bill allows a 1% pay raise for federal government workers which was ordered by Obama to take effect in January.
  • Pay freeze for the vice president (Joe Biden) and senior political appointees.
  • Spending for certain conferences, official travel and some employee awards will be banned or limited.
  • Government officials in the Executive Branch, lawmakers and heads of legislative agencies will have to pay or raise the funds for their official portraits.
  • For the first time, the benefits of current retirees could be severely cut, part of an effort to save some of America’s most distressed pension plans. Read more on this here. See also “Thousands of federal retirees get 6-figure pensions.”

5. Military pay

  • Military service members will receive a 1% pay increase next year.
  • But there’s a pay freeze for generals and flag officers.
  • The bill also ends a 5% discount on tobacco and tobacco-related products sold at military exchanges.

6. Veterans

After a year of embarrassing scandals at VA hospitals (see “Veterans die while waiting for MONTHS to see a doctor at VA hospitals” and “Phoenix VA hospital changed records to make patients who’d died waiting for treatment appear alive”), Congress is making good on promises to provide more money and oversight.

  • The spending bill provides a total of $159.1 billion in discretionary and mandatory spending for military veterans, including an added $209 million to address new costs related to the bipartisan veterans’ reform bill passed last summer calling for adding medical staff and expanding dozens of facilities.
  • To specifically addressing the “wait list” scandal, the Department of Veteran Affairs’ inspector general is getting a $5 million budget increase to continue investigating lapses in patient care.

7. Common Core

8. School lunch program

The spending bill takes a hit at Michelle Obama’s school lunch nutritional changes by:

  • Allowing more flexibility to school districts to implement new whole grain nutrition standards “if the school can demonstrate a hardship” when buying whole grain products.
  • Relaxing new sodium standards until they are “supported by additional scientific studies.”

See “Student’s Photo of Skimpy Michelle O School Lunch Sparks Outrage” and “Milwaukee school board president asks who elected Michelle Obama to dictate school lunches“.

9. Food safety

The spending bill increases funding for the Food and Drug Administration by $37 million, to a total of $2.589 billion, including:

  • $27 million in new funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act
  • $1.016 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection Service — an increase of $5 million from last year.

See also “USDA approves import of chicken processed in China despite safety concerns.”

10. Light bulbs

The bill prohibits new standards that would ban the use of incandescent bulbs. In other words, we can continue to buy and use those light bulbs, instead of the more expensive LEDs that environmentalists want to impose on us.
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Empty promise: Michelle Obama's campaign to end veteran homelessness

The thought of so many veterans, who risked their lives for our country, being homeless, just breaks my heart. And at Christmas….
Shame on the Obamas and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for their empty and broken promise.
Be careful with your charity donations to veterans groups, as you should with any and every charity group (source):
“But as a group, veterans charities are prone to abuse, profiteering and outright fraud, say philanthropy watchdogs. Almost half of the 39 veterans charities rated by the American Institute of Philanthropy in its April/May 2011 report received F grades, largely because they devoted only a small ratio of their expenses to charitable programs, in part due to excessive fundraising expenses…. Fisher House Foundation, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the National Military Family Association, have been praised for assisting thousands of veterans.”
Before you donate, check with websites like Charity Navigator for an evaluation of charity organizations. Click here.

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What the polls say: Will Republicans gain a majority in Senate?

So much hinges on the election tomorrow, November 4.

  • If the Democrats keep their majority in the Senate, and the Republicans keep their majority in the House, we’ll have two more years of President Ebola doing what he wants, ignoring Congress by issuing executive orders (or not even that), and two more years in which a Democrat-controlled Senate would approve Obama’s Supreme Court nomination(s).
  • If the Democrats keep the Senate and win a majority in the House, then all hell breaks lose. We’ll go back to the first four years of the POS’s presidency, in which the Republicans can’t even mount a feeble effort against his agenda. Remember Obamacare? This time around, we’ll get gun control, amnesty for illegals, death panels, and whatever else in the evil POS’s Pandora box.
  • Only if the GOP keeps a majority in the House and wins a majority in the Senate is there any hope (no guarantees) for derailing the POS and his road to Hell.

So, what are the polls saying?
To begin, no poll expects the Republicans to lose the House. On the contrary, the expectation is that Repubs will gain even more seats in the House.
On the probability that Republicans would gain a majority in the Senate:

Click here for Senate races in Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Iowa.
Here’s a quote, from Washington Post:

Prominent Democratic strategists are growing increasingly nervous that the national political environment is not only bad for their side but is moving in the wrong direction in the final days before the election, a trend that could not only cost them control of the Senate but also visit double-digit House losses on the party. “The environment has settled and it’s bad,” said one senior Democratic party operative closely monitoring the party’s prospects this fall. The source added that Democratic candidates’ numbers among independents and seniors — two critically important voting blocs — have begun to erode; “they are just not as friendly to us as they once were,” the source explained. In conversations Wednesday with more than a dozen Democratic strategists deeply involved in this campaign — a few who were willing to speak on the record, a majority who were not — there was a widespread pessimism about the party’s chances Nov. 4.

Everything depends on turnout.

Democrats have soured on their toxic infatuation with the POS. Their lack of enthusiasm will depress their turnout, which is why desperate Demonrats are resorting to the worst kind of fear-mongering and race-baiting.
In Alabama, fliers distributed in largely black communities warn voters to cast ballots or else they’ll lose their food stamps, Section 8 housing, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, and even “land may be given to extremist groups to honor klansmen.” Here’s a copy of the flier, obtained by The Washington Times:
Alabama 2014 Dem flyer
Using the Ferguson shooting of Mike Brown, Democratic campaign materials aimed at getting out the black vote are featuring references to lynchings, Jim Crow-era signs, racial unrest, and the Ku Klux Klan. Here are two images (source):
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If you think the race-baiting and fear-mongering are too absurd to be believable, think again.
Just this morning, I was in a Twitter war with a FOTM reader @JusPauperum1 who insisted, but could produce no source citation or evidence, that the GOP’s “economic policies explicitly deny care for the poor, the sick, and the unemployed,” and the GOP wants to “eliminate SNAP [food stamps], unions, unemployment benefits, and healthcare”.
@JusPauperum1 even claimed that the GOP bailed out Wall Street banks, when it was Barack Obama who did the bailout. @JusPauperum1’s ignorance and brain-washedness is nothing less than stunning.
So, fellow patriots, do you really want another two years of Ebola-gate, open borders-gate, IRS-gate, VA hospital-gate, Benghazi-gate, Fast ‘n Furious-gate, NSA surveillance-gate, ISIS-gate, and a disastrous and adrift foreign policy?

VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And if you see voter fraud at your polling place, here’s a free phone app for your mobile phone to report voter fraud. Click here!
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