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Author: TriSec    Date: 04/03/2018 09:13:33

Good Morning.

Just a brief entry today - I'm off to Jury Duty this morning, and I am unfortunately expecting to find a very low or even flat tyre on my vessel this morning, so I've got work to do.


As it turns out, the Thrombosed Hemorrhoid can't even fire someone properly, or at least not without tweeting sour grapes about it. David Shulkin had his problems, but don't you all remember when we were kids and our parents all told us not to pick scabs because it would make it worse?


WASHINGTON — The White House is hitting back at former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin for claiming that he was fired from his job and that he was only informed about it shortly before President Donald Trump tweeted about his replacement.

The Trump administration says he left his job willingly amid a bruising ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency. The semantics of whether Shulkin resigned or was fired could be relevant to Trump's ability to name an acting VA secretary to temporarily fill his place.

On Sunday, chagrined by Shulkin's public statements blaming his ouster on unfair "political forces" in the Trump administration, the White House circulated a "talking points" memo to some veterans groups in a bid to discredit him. The three-page memo, obtained by The Associated Press, points out seven "lies" that it said Shulkin had spread. They include statements in which he minimizes a VA watchdog report in February that concluded he violated ethics rules by accepting free Wimbledon tennis tickets. The VA inspector general has previously found Shulkin made misleading statements about the trip to investigators and the news media.

In television interviews earlier Sunday, Shulkin said he had not submitted a resignation letter, or planned to, and was only told of Trump's decision to replace him with White House doctor Ronny Jackson shortly before the Twitter announcement last Wednesday. He said he had spoken to Trump by phone earlier that day about VA improvements, with no mention of his job status, and was scheduled to meet with the president the next morning.

"I came to run the Department of Veterans Affairs because I'm committed to veterans," Shulkin said. "And I would not resign because I'm committed to making sure this job was seen through to the very end."

Last week, Trump named Defense Department official Robert Wilkie to the acting position, bypassing Shulkin's deputy secretary, Tom Bowman. Bowman has come under criticism for being too moderate to push Trump's agenda.


And of course, the entire sorry affair has raised new fears of privatization.


WASHINGTON — President Trump’s dismissal of David J. Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs — and the nomination of a Navy doctor with no known policy views to take his place — has brought renewed focus to an increasingly contentious debate over whether to give veterans the option of using the benefits they earned through military service to see private doctors rather than going to government hospitals and clinics.

The issue, which has pitted almost every major veterans group against Concerned Veterans for America, an advocacy group funded by the billionaire conservative brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch, and its allies, has been at the center of months of intrigue at the sprawling Department of Veterans Affairs, which is charged with caring for the United States’ 20 million veterans.

But Mr. Shulkin’s departure and the abrupt elevation of Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the White House physician, to the department’s top job on Wednesday have raised new fears among Democrats and groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. They worry that the Trump administration will push for a major change in veterans’ health care that they have bitterly opposed.

The groups say the end result would be disastrous, effectively bleeding to death a network of 1,700 hospitals and clinics that has taken decades to build.


So that will do for today; off to do my civic duty.




 

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Comment by Scoopster on 04/03/2018 12:47:27
Mornin' all!

God bless my 96-yo aunt. She can't walk very well anymore, but she's just as big of a sarcastic ass as anyone I know.

Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 13:22:04
Morning!

Comment by livingonli on 04/03/2018 13:34:28
Good morning. Worked late last night watching Sabres lose to Toronto and now back in for the radio shows.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/03/2018 13:42:46
Morning

Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 13:58:08


Comment by wickedpam on 04/03/2018 14:12:13
oh btw - heard that Roll was invite only.

Comment by livingonli on 04/03/2018 14:17:15
Happy Birthday, BobR!

Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 14:30:37
Quote by wickedpam:
oh btw - heard that Roll was invite only.

Figures.

What scumbuckets.

Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 14:41:18
Comment by wickedpam on 04/03/2018 14:43:00
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
oh btw - heard that Roll was invite only.

Figures.

What scumbuckets.


It is pretty scummy - to be fair I'm not sure if any invites were issued to local schools but honestly that crowd looks mighty white.

Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 15:14:17
Quote by livingonli:
Happy Birthday, BobR!

Thanks, Livin!

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/03/2018 15:39:45
Happy Birthday, BobR!!!!



Comment by livingonli on 04/03/2018 15:47:16
Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 16:21:55
Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 16:26:39

30 days says to me he turned over the goods to Mueller and that should send a message to others to start talking.

Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 16:33:17

That was a CLASSIC closer look!

Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 16:33:40
Quote by Raine:

30 days says to me he turned over the goods to Mueller and that should send a message to others to start talking.



Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 16:34:04
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Happy Birthday, BobR!!!!


Thanks!

Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 18:26:46
Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 18:44:23
Dolt seems to have gone further off the rails than usual today.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/03/2018 18:46:36
Annnnddd


Happy Anniversary Bob & Raine!



Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 18:47:24




Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 19:14:32




Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 19:23:11
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Not legal - at least not the Army. The National Guard can do it, but it's not like he came up with this idea - it's been done in the past.


Comment by BobR on 04/03/2018 19:23:36
Quote by wickedpam:
Annnnddd


Happy Anniversary Bob & Raine!


Thanks!

Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 19:37:53
A tale of two easter suits.
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Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 19:38:36
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam:
Annnnddd


Happy Anniversary Bob & Raine!


Thanks!


10 years!


Comment by Raine on 04/03/2018 20:27:45
Looks like an active shooting at YouTube headquarters. (per MSNBC)

Comment by TriSec on 04/03/2018 20:29:35
Hi all.

Back home after a lengthy and boring day at the Middlesex Superior Court.

I must say, I dodged a bullet. The case we were seating for was a sex crime - an older gentleman accused of raping his own 14-year-old granddaughter.

Sensitive enough that all the jurors were interviewed one on one with the judge and lawyers, in turn taking all day to process.

When pressed for any personal relevance, I did note my old friend and the child porn accusation - and I was instantly dismissed.

I'm not entirely certain of my impartiality, nor my ability to not pre-judge in these cases.




Comment by TriSec on 04/03/2018 20:36:00
So at least back home, I can head out to the hangar and get the air wing warmed up for the celebration later.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3076/2855517943_3336e61690.jpg


And this too...

https://planningforever.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/wedding-cake-fall.jpg


Comment by Mondobubba on 04/03/2018 22:42:40
Quote by Raine:
A tale of two easter suits.
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Jesus. Doesn;'t this fucker understand tailoring?