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« on: August 08, 2019, 10:04:19 PM »
WASHINGTON — A veteran died by suicide Sunday at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in North Carolina, adding to a string of similar deaths at VA hospitals across the country.
The veteran, who has not been identified publicly, died just before 9 a.m. in the visitor parking lot of the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., according to a statement from the hospital. The Asheville Police Department is investigating.
“We are saddened by this loss and extend our deepest condolences to the veteran’s family, friends and caregivers,” the hospital’s statement read.
Multiple veterans have died by suicide at VA facilities this year, including three suicides in five days in April — two in Georgia and one in Texas. The rash of suicides caught the attention of Congress. Hours before House lawmakers held a hearing in late April about the tragedies, another veteran died by suicide on a VA campus in Cleveland.
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:14:48 PM »
...DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR!!!!
Folks, I'm done!!!!
« on: June 27, 2019, 06:50:19 PM »
« on: May 05, 2019, 10:49:25 PM »
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:46:23 AM »
Fear mongering to rile up his base to distract from his disastrous summit in Helsinki - his earlier disatrous tweets & corrections on intelligence reports Lets not be distracted by the shiny object: Carter Page, FISA report, Paul Manafort Trial. THAT'S THE NEWS! This con man will get our troops killed
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:13:34 PM »
A new North Carolina measure claims to expand access to voting but is likely to have the opposite effect
Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision overturning parts of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina has been in the vanguard of legislative voter suppression. First, Republicans in the state passed a huge law containing five different provisions aimed at discouraging voting, from limiting early voting hours to excluding certain forms of identification used disproportionately by black voters. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the measure in 2016 because it “target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
Since then, the state GOP has succeeded in pursuing further rollbacks of early voting and in purging thousands of voters from the rolls. Republican legislators have also managed to get a constitutional amendment put on the ballot this November that would require voters to show ID at the polls. If it passes, the measure would likely “block the Democrat-controlled state Supreme Court from striking down any voter ID requirement,” the former counsel for the North Carolina Legislature told HuffPost.
Given that impersonation fraud is essentially nonexistent, that proposed constitutional amendment is clearly an attempt to suppress turnout among likely Democrats by making voting harder. Although the North Carolina GOP has never been very good at hiding the intent behind its voting proposals, a pernicious new law just passed by the legislature suggests that might be changing. The statute, which passed over the Democratic governor’s veto, claims to expand access to voting but is likely to have the opposite effect. “It looks like another attempt to surgically target African Americans,” said Courtney Patterson, chairman of the Board of Elections for Lenoir County. The new measure, which will take effect for the upcoming midterm elections, requires every early voting site in the state to stay open 12 hours a day each weekday (in addition to any weekend hours). By mandating such a large number of hours, the new rule will make it prohibitively expensive for some counties to operate early voting locations. Because the law was passed very late in the legislative session, after many counties set their election budgets, many smaller counties will likely be required to close early voting locations so they don’t overspend.
“This bill came out of nowhere. County officials weren’t told about it,” said Tomas Lopez, the executive director of the civil rights group Democracy North Carolina. “It’s making it much more expensive to actually conduct an early voting program that reaches as many voters as possible.”
Not that I have to, but I will remember this ploy when certain posters try to ask why blacks support the Democratic Party. The Democrats are not the ones trying to surpress black votes!!!!
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:49:09 PM »
How can a flag humping, Mr. Patriot President Not even know the words to "God Bless America
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:55:36 PM »
This is how far from normal this presidency is. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/05/24/trump-store-financial-disclosure-president-trump/640506002/
For more than a week, nobody at the Trump Organization wanted to talk about the mysterious new corporation from which President Trump earned more than $100,000 last year.
The new venture, T Retail LLC, came to light on Trump’s 92-page financial disclosure statement released last week, which describes it as an “online retail business.”
The store sells everything from T-shirts and hats to dog leashes and gold bar-shaped coin banks branded with the “Trump” name. A can of Trump deodorant sells for $14, while a Trump bath robe costs $125.
But I'm sure there's worse. There will always be worse.
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:11:29 PM »
Oh my - tRump will be able to negotiate tRump Tower - Peyongang!!!
« on: April 07, 2018, 12:01:38 PM »
Rush Limbaugh, other conservatives attack NC school over white privilege handout
BY T. KEUNG HUI
Updated April 06, 2018 06:39 PMRALEIGH
Conservatives around the country are attacking the Wake County school system, a Raleigh elementary school and the school's PTA over a handout about white privilege that was sent home with students.
There's been national attention since a minority parent at Hunter Elementary School complained this week that her 8-year-old son brought home a handout on understanding the concept of white privilege — the idea that white people get certain benefits due to their skin color.
School officials say the handout from Hunter's PTA was only intended for parents. But conservatives, including radio show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Todd Starnes, are accusing local school leaders of trying to politically indoctrinate students.
"The white privilege propaganda being distributed at Hunter Magnet Elementary School is disgusting," Starnes wrote Wednesday on his website. "To shame children and their parents based on the color of their skin is simply unthinkable in this day and age."
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:00:15 PM »
Opioid abuse among VetsReuters
Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran’s Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.
Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental overdoses of the highly addictive painkillers, a rate that reflects high levels of chronic pain among vets, particularly those who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to federal data.
U.S. government and healthcare officials have been struggling to stem the epidemic of overdoses, which killed more than 64,000 Americans in the 12 months ending last January alone, a 21 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 65,000 Americans died in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. ...
One effort to address the issue has stalled in Congress - the proposed Veterans Overmedication Prevention Act, sponsored by Senator John McCain. That measure is aimed at researching ways to help Veterans Administration doctors rely less on opioids in treating chronic pain.
“The Veterans Administration needs to understand whether overmedication of drugs, such as opioid pain-killers, is a contributing factor in suicide-related deaths,” McCain, one of the nation’s most visible veterans, said in an e-mail on Thursday. He noted that 20 veterans take their lives each day, a suicide rate 21 percent higher than for other U.S. adults.
« on: January 15, 2018, 10:28:24 PM »
BREAKING: Haiti just had an emergency high court session resulting in an agreement to unseal & release documents relating to Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier's indictments for money laundering through Trump Tower. Looks like Trump will regret insulting Haiti!
KARMA's a B*tch!
« on: January 15, 2018, 09:50:09 PM »
Pastor Blasts Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Comments In Front Of Mike PencePastor Maurice Watson asserted that whoever said such “dehumanizing” remarks “ought to be held accountable.”
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly got an earful at church on Sunday, when a pastor blasted President Donald Trump’s reported disparagement of Haiti and African countries.
Pence and his wife, Karen, were guests at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, a historically black church in Largo, Maryland. The church’s pastor, Maurice Watson, told his congregation that he felt “led by God” to speak out against the president’s comments, which he called “dehumanizing” and “ugly.”
Trump reportedly told lawmakers last Thursday that he preferred immigrants from places like Norway instead of “shithole countries” like Haiti and nations in Africa ― remarks the president has subsequently denied.
Watson noted that many of his congregants come from Haiti and Africa.
“I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Watson said as the audience stood and clapped, according to a video posted to the church’s Facebook page.
“And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable.”
Local station WUSA-TV reported that Pence was red-faced during the sermon.
The vice president’s office disputed that description to The Associated Press on Monday.