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The Curious Dramas of Bowe Bergdahl

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Last Monday retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer, citing unnamed military sources, told Bill O’Reilly that the Army was planning to charge Bergdahl with desertion. He claimed that his sources confirmed Bergdahl’s attorney was given a charge sheet. It didn’t take Obama’s spin doctors long to have the Pentagon lying and denying that any charges were filed or any charge sheet presented to Bergdahl’s attorney Eugene Fidell. At the time of writing Mr. Fidell declined to speak to the press. In a surprise move NBC cited an anonymous senior defense official who said that Bergdahl will be charged with desertion very soon.

Panic

The White House doesn’t want Bergdahl to be charged but rather listed as a Prisoner of War to justify their idiotic trade of five Taliban terrorists for an alleged deserter. A court-martial would be very bad optics for the infallible public housing mullah of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his JV Staff.

Semantics

But then, this White House considers the Taliban a group of armed insurgents, not a terrorist organization. So the idea of negotiating with the Taliban for Bergdahl is not a concession to a terrorist organization. Maybe this White House can sell that to the people of Afghanistan. According to White House spokesman Eric Schultz, when Jordan makes a deal with the Islamic State it is giving in to terrorism. The little fact the spokesman left out is that Bergdahl was held by the Haqqani, a declared terror group. In an interview with FoxNews.com, California Congressman Duncan Hunter summed up the Bergdahl fiasco: “Is the Taliban not responsible for American deaths? Frankly, it’s more nonsense from an administration that seems to have lost its sense of reality.”

Command Influence

The curious case of Bowe Bergdahl being charged with desertion has many wondering if the White House is trying to quash any negative publicity regarding the prisoner swap. As soon as Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby stated that the General Courts Martial Convening Authority, General Mark Milley, wasn’t under any political pressure, it was obvious that investigating General Milley was indeed under pressure. After all, a U.S. Army spokesman stated to the media that “Gen. Milley will determine appropriate action – which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial.” Considering the investigation has been completed and according to Lt. Col. Shaffer, Bergdahl’s lawyers have been presented with a list of charges, it’s a safe bet that Barack the 1st has brought massive pressure to bear on the general; no doubt consisting of the mild recommendation that he—the general– take the fall by ending the proceedings now.

But should the general do the right thing, when will Bergdahl be publically charged? And when will Obama pardon the undeclared prisoner of war?

 Sources:

  1. 1.      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/28/semantics-white-house-draws-rebuke-for-saying-isis-trade-bergdahl-swap/?intcmp=latestnews
  2. 2.      http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/crime/2015/01/27/bergdahl-army-update-false-reports/22396367/

 

Just 3 minutes and counting; Doomsday scientists always jubilant about the coming apocalypse

 

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

This week the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists declared that mankind is just three minutes away from the apocalypse. We know this group of dedicated, global alarmists as the folks who set and reset the “Doomsday Clock.”  The clock itself was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists and first appeared in 1947, its hand a full 7 minutes from midnight, that being Zero hour which represents the end of the planet earth.

Not since the 1980’s and President Reagan’s war on the evil empire has the clock been so close to midnight. The clock has become a symbol of the hopelessly depressed left, indicating the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and various new technologies from Apple, Microsoft and Google.

The group’s executive director, Kennette Benedict, declared that climate change and nuclear weapons are “undeniable threats to humanity’s continued existence.” But then, so are pestilence and idiotic polices being spewed and enforced by idiots. The scientists may want to add Obamacare, assisted suicide, ISIS, and anything made in China to their list. (1)

Note to scientists; if you think man can destroy this planet you are insane.

Man may well manage to remove himself, but the planet will remain until God decides it should go. The earth has survived more catastrophes than a global collection of faculty lounge minds can ponder.  Setting their clock closer to midnight is the practice of arrogant fools who believe they know God’s plans or could in some way influence the outcome. History is replete with examples of doomsday cults and this one, run by educated elites, hopes to scare up public contributions and Government Grants.

Now it will be difficult to say something nice about a group of busybodies that has been decidedly wrong for 68 years. The Chicago Cubs have a better chance of winning the World Series than does the “Doomsday Clock” of reaching its proverbial midnight.

Dear scientists, have a little more faith in the planet and its current custodians and things may be alright.  

Sources:

  1.        http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150122/us-sci–doomsday_clock-9fd3a1bfba.html
  2.        http://thebulletin.org/three-minutes-and-counting7938

 

 

A Deeply Unpopular Commander In Chief

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

The Military Times posted a long article in which its poll of active duty military came to the startling conclusion that Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, is highly unpopular among the rank and file of the nation’s defenders! Using the military for social experiments, purging the ranks of competent, patriotic leaders and implementing a massive reduction in force are not likely to endear Obama to the troops.  The Military Times won’t admit it but Obama does not care about the people who work for him and this is especially true for members of the military.  In spite of varying opinions of President Bush, he deeply cared about the troops. Obama on the other hand, by his own actions, cares only about Islamic terrorists, his global partners in crime.

Our troops have lost respect not only for the Commander-in-Chief, but for lawmakers in general, reflecting a growing trend among their millennial peers. The phony nature of Obama’s ostensibly caring façade has long since been discovered. People have lost faith in government and see it as the problem, not the solution. Service members are reflecting the mood of the American public and its frustration with the daily soap opera being fed them by Administration acolytes in the “mainstream” media. How could it be otherwise when soldiers are feeling the pain of pay reductions, being forced out of the service and watching as peers are court marshaled for doing their job? And how many have been wounded or killed as a result of repeated deployments under questionable rules of engagement. 

Obama’s social engineering is being compared to President Truman’s 1948 order that desegregated the American military that was originally segregated by another Democrat, Woodrow Wilson after World War I. However, Obama’s heavy-handed, leftist agenda has undermined deep-seated traditions and compromised good order and discipline. When laws and regulations don’t matter the military will no longer function as a cohesive unit. In time Obama’s meddling will fail to be historically significant.  Obama’s true legacy will be seen in the erosion of the career military force. Who would want to serve in a force that glorifies deviance and immediately identifies any male troop with sexual assault. Thanks to Barack Hussein, ours has become a military focused on political correctness rather than combat readiness.

Obama is trying to mold the American Armed Forces into America’s Community Organizers.

Source:

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2014/12/21/americas-military-a-conservative-militarys-cultural-evolution/18959975/?fullsite=true

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Don’t let wounded troops be abused by corrupt officers or the criminal in the White House

 

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Barack Obama is expected to sign the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by both chambers of Congress. An amendment to the bill, written by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Co, will order the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether  the military improperly issued other than honorable discharges (OTHD) for the purpose of forcing wounded or mentally traumatized troops out of the military. Other than honorable discharges are usually offered to troops who have committed non-serious crimes, outlined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) as an alternative to facing a Court Martial or prison time. By accepting an OTHD the accused forfeits all right to service benefits once discharged. The military has been accused of using OTHDs to intimidate wounded or troubled soldiers from the ranks.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the discharges to determine if the service member was unfairly removed from the military as a result of war-induced mental illness, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or other factors. It will have to be a balancing act to determine if the OTHD was a result of individual misconduct or a method of removing wounded troops from the unit roster. Commanders who used this tactic to remove legitimately wounded troops from their unit need to answer for their actions.  If the military runs true to form there will be a massive paper trail, unlike the recent practice of the VA, IRS and the GAO themselves.

Downsizing

The Gazette pointed out that downsizing of the military as ordered by the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was the principle incentive for commanders to reduce their ranks quickly. After all a lean, healthy, combat-ready unit is good for their performance reviews. Such practices aren’t new. The military used medical retirements and reduction in forces to downsize its ranks, if the commanders allowed the time for medical discharges of RIF the troop will still be eligible for VA benefits. The Pulitzer Prize Winning Gazette should have noted that the order to downsize the military starts with the public housing resident of the White House. Blaming an overwhelmed, medical discharge process is an easy fix–identify the empire building GSs in the system and fire them.  Hire retired General Hayden, he is known for persuading old managers to retire and getting rid of old management structures.

The Gazette articles identified the possible abuses of shoving troops out using OTHD, but they and the GAO must realized that some troops actually earned their discharge. Smoking weed and going AWOL are sure ways to earn an OTHD, wounded combat vet or not. But if troops earned a Medical retirement by all means make sure they receive it.

Sources:

http://cdn.csgazette.biz/soldiers/day1.html

http://gazette.com/militarys-use-of-other-than-honorable-discharges-to-get-heavy-scrutiny/article/1543126

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Will anyone be held responsible for the VA’s criminal negligence?

 

 By Jim Emerson, staff writer

 According to Medical data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington Free Beacon, the Veterans Administration admitted that more than 500 military veterans died as a result of errors made at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals across the country between fiscal years 2010 and 2014. During this time the VA admitted there were 1,452 “institutional disclosures of adverse events” that resulted in the deaths of 526 patients. (1)

 The VA identifies “adverse events” as cases in which improper care results in the serious injury or death of a patient.  They are defined as “…untoward incidents, diagnostic or therapeutic misadventures, iatrogenic injuries, or other occurrences of harm or potential harm directly associated with care or services provided”. Although 1,452 is not a large number when compared with all of the patients treated at VA medical facilities each year, there is still no excuse for more than 500 deaths to be caused by “accidents” or “untoward incidents.”  The VA claims that the disclosure reveals the full picture of medical mistakes effecting Veterans enrolled to receive VA medical care nationwide. And certainly no one connected with the VA would tell a falsehood.

The report contained routine mistakes made by civilian hospitals in which reports of the fatal delays of cancer diagnoses and follow-up treatments triggered the investigation that lead to the VA waiting list scandal.

 In late 2013, whistleblowers in Phoenix, Arizona began coming forward with allegations that the local VA hospital was cooking the books to hide long wait times patients faced for necessary medical treatment. At least 40 patients died waiting for their “non-appointment.” This is no longer a mistake but a criminal act.  And the waiting list scandal was not isolated at the Phoenix VA facility. It occurred at VA hospitals and clinics across the nation. 

 Another VA Blunder

 The VA failed to hold the former director of the Phoenix VA Clinic, Sharon Helman, accountable for her role in the waiting list scandal. After being fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs both for the waiting list scandal and for illegally accepting thousands of dollars worth of gifts, she appealed her firing to the Merit Systems Protection Board. A personnel appeals judge rejected the VA’s allegation that Helman should have been dismissed for the scandal that killed 40 patients but upheld the claim that she should be fired for taking gifts! Taking a lesson from the Obama Administration, Helman’s lawyer claimed her client should have been charged “with mismanagement or not knowing what her employees were doing.”  Like Barack, she must have learned about it all in the media.  (2)

Incredibly, more than 20 percent of VA employees fired for taking part in the waiting list scandal have had their dismissals overturned or mitigated in the appeals process. Another classic example of federal employees not being held accountable for conspiracy and incompetence. Of course, VA Secretary Robert McDonald promised to hold employees accountable and fire them. In the firing process the employee is notified within five-days of their firing so they can lawyer up and appeal. The appeals judge then has 21 days to decide if the firing was legal or if the worker should be permitted to retire in lieu of being fired.

These people need to see the inside of a prison cell; all of them. Our veterans deserve better treatment. Incompetence and criminal negligence shouldn’t be part of anyone’s retirement plan.

 Sources:

 1.        http://freebeacon.com/issues/more-than-500-vets-died-at-va-hospitals-due-to-mistakes-since-2010/

  1. 2.       http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/31/va-botches-wait-list-case-against-phoenix-clinic-d/