Hundreds Of Thousands American Veterans Still Waiting For Health Benefits

September 30, 2012

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Mike Rioux can’t go to the grocery store without making a list, even for a single item.

He can’t drive without gripping the steering wheel so hard his knuckles turn white. And he can’t stand any longer than 30 minutes because of severe back pain.

This is Rioux’s life after Afghanistan, where firefights and a roadside bomb blast left him with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

His ears still ring from the explosions. He suffers from vertigo, headaches, insomnia and nightmares. He has terrible anxiety, evident in an interview with CNN — Rioux could hardly sit still, and his memory loss and inability to concentrate meant questions had to be repeated at times.
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‘We’re Seeing the Ugly Fruits of Obama’s Foreign Policy Unravel on Our TV Screens”

September 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Paul Ryan slammed Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy this week on FOX News Sunday.
The Republican VP nominee told Chris Wallace the “ugly fruits” of a foreign policy of weakness is unraveling before our eyes on our TV screens.

“The Obama foreign policy is unraveling literally before our eyes on our TV screens. And so what Mitt Romney is going to do is lay out a very different vision for foreign policy. One that is a policy of strength where I would articulate or claim the president’s policy is one of weakness. We’re seeing the ugly fruits of the Obama foreign policy unravel around the world on our TV screens.“

It looks like Obama’s policy of leading from behind wasn’t such a good idea, huh?

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Landmark Sacramento California Ford’s Hamburgers Closing – Sued By Douchebag Local Lawyer Scott Johnson, Who Makes His Living By Filing ADA Cases, Often On His Own Behalf

September 30, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – So long sizzle; Ford’s Real Hamburgers is finished.

The recession has been hard on the Land Park landmark.

“We scrimped and saved and cut down the staff. I’m down to 6 employees. But…” said owner Hank Vereschzagin.

But then came the lawsuit. The allegation is that Ford’s is out of compliance with the ADA – the American’s with Disabilities Act.

And in truth, Ford’s is out of compliance. Go rolling up to the Ford’s bathroom in a wheelchair, and you won’t get in. There’s not enough room.

“I’ve been coming here 21 years,” said jerry Silvia. Silvia is paralyzed from the chest down, but that did stop him from making Ford’s a favorite.

1/3 pounder with fries is his regular order.

Ford’s owners say the lawsuit they are facing for their ADA problems was brought by Scott Johnson, a local attorney who makes a living by bringing these types of cases – often on his own behalf.

He didn’t respond by news time to our request to talk with him about this story, but he did speak to FOX40 in February when he was suing a diner in Pollock Pines.

“Being a quadriplegic,” Johnson said of himself during that interview, “there’s nothing I can do about that. But these businesses that have structural barriers to access, that’s frustrating.”

Jerry Silvia said he doesn’t feel like Johnson is working on his behalf.

“No. He’s strictly crusading on his own behalf,” Silvia said.

Still, today, on this battle ground of burgers, it seems good eats and the greater good can’t coexist on the same plate. Ford’s owners say there just isn’t enough money to fix the building that was built more than 60 years ago.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do next,” said Vereschzagin. “I just know I can’t keep this open.”

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Stockton California Man Fined $1,050 For $1.50 Fare – Had Bus Pass That Expired 10 Or 20 Minutes Earlier – Bought New Pass, But Accidently Tossed It And Kept Old One

September 30, 2012

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA — A Stockton man was fined 700-times the amount of his bus fare for not having a valid ticket.

Aug. 6, Delta College student Richard Sentz says he bought a new bus pass, but accidentally threw it away when cleaning out his pockets and kept an expired one.

“The police department hopped on the bus and asked for tickets,” Sentz told FOX40. “My ticket was expired by 10, 20 minutes or so. It was not valid.”

Two weeks later, Sentz got a letter from the San Joaquin County Court. He was fined $1,050 for not having a $1.50 bus ticket. That’s a 700 percent markup.

“It’s a very, very high fine and the irony is (the San Joaquin Regional Transit District) receives none of that back,” said Paul Rapp, with the transit district.

The base fine for fare evasion is $250; double that for the state penalty. Tack on another $175 in county penalties and so on and so forth until it hits $1,050.

“This is ridiculous,” said Sentz. “I just couldn’t believe there was a $1,050 ticket for that. I mean, a speeding ticket doesn’t even cost that much.”

The way fees are handled is about to change, though. Assembly Member Cathleen Galgiani has pushed through AB 492, which hands over control of fare evasion fees and the money that comes from them back to the San Joaquin Regional Transit District and not the state.

AB 492 will take effect in January.

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Sacramento Calfirnia School Guard Returning To Work 2 Weeks After Beating 13 Year Old Disabled Girl – School District Acts Like Nothing Happened – His Victim Doesn’t Want To Go To School And Worries About Other Student’s Safety

September 30, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – The Twin Rivers Unified School District is putting a security Guard back at school on Monday — two weeks after he allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old girl in the classroom.

“Makes me not wanna go to school knowing that he’s gonna be there,” the alleged victim, Alexus Harris said. “It was shocking that they would let him back onto the school campus with other students.”

Alexus said the school district didn’t protect her from the guard, who allegedly pushed her against a desk and slammed her against the wall after she threatened to go to the principal when the guard took away her cell phone.

Cell phones aren’t allowed in the classroom.

It’s unclear what disciplinary action, if any, the school district took against the guard. The assistant superintendent didn’t return phone calls.

Principal Danny Williams said his students are priority.

“Our students will be safe and I’ll be vigilant, making sure that everyone treats our students with respect and care,” Williams said.

Alexus’ mother, Colleen Lee, said the district’s decision is unacceptable, especially because they know her daughter suffers from Cerebal Palsy. Alexus has suffered seizures and has had a stroke.

“They’re allowing him to go back and possibly do this to another child,” she said with tears. “They’re acting as though nothing has happened.”

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Obama’s Very Disgraced US Attorney General Must Go Over Fast And Furious Operation That Supplied Criminals And Drug Cartels With Weapons – Ryan Is 131st House GOP Member To Demand Holder’s Resignation

September 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan agrees with presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s call for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, or for President Barack Obama to fire him, over Operation Fast and Furious, a Ryan spokesman told The Daily Caller.

“The congressman agrees with the governor,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck told TheDC on Sunday, referring to Mitt Romney’s call for Holder’s resignation or termination over the gunwalking scandal last December.

“Either Mr. Holder himself should resign, or the president should ask for his resignation or remove him,” Romney said in December 2011. “It’s unacceptable for him to continue in that position now given the fact that he has misled Congress and entirely botched the investigation of the Fast and Furious program.”

Ryan’s call for Holder’s ouster over Fast and Furious comes a day after he told a sportsmen’s group that gun owners should be worried about Obama trying to infringe on their Second Amendment rights if he is re-elected. Speaking about Fast and Furious specifically, Ryan said at the Saturday event that such an operation “would never occur under a Romney-Ryan administration,” according to CBS News,

Ryan now becomes the 131st House GOP member to demand Holder’s resignation over the scandal.

Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, overseen by Holder’s Department of Justice. It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who purchased guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.

Fast and Furious guns were used to kill U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 14, 2010, in Peck Canyon, Ariz.

Others whose murders have been connected to Fast and Furious weapons include Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata and Mexican citizen Mario Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s sister, Patricia Gonzalez, was the state prosecutor for the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The Spanish-language television network Univision has discovered information suggesting that more people were murdered with Fast and Furious weapons, including those it decsribed as “16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.” Mexican government officials have estimated that at least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons.

The Spanish-language television network has pressed the Obama administration on Fast and Furious, most recently with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos grilling Obama in an interview over the scandal and asking him why he hasn’t “fired” Holder. During the interview, Obama made at least one false statement relating to Fast and Furious and many others of questionable veracity.

Congressional investigators from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Judiciary Committee have been probing Fast and Furious since early 2011. The investigation has been marked by what appears to be a massive Obama administration cover up. On Feb. 4, 2011, the DOJ sent congressional investigators a false letter flatly denying guns were ever allowed to walk. Justice later withdrew that letter.

Holder has failed to comply with a subpoena congressional House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa served to him in October 2011. Of the more than 100,000 documents in his possession relating to Operation Fast and Furious, Holder has turned over less than 8,000 documents to Congress.

The attorney general’s failure to comply with the subpoena prompted the House of Representatives to vote him in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in a bipartisan vote.

As the congressional investigation has progressed, the Department of Justice’s internal Office of Inspector General has conducted its own investigation. Despite claims from Holder that a recently released report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz “exonerates” or “clears” him from responsibility for Fast and Furious, Horowitz testified before Congress that his report does not clear Holder.

Horowitz told the House oversight committee that his team found that almost everyone inside Holder’s inner circle knew about the nefarious aspects of Fast and Furious and that Holder should have known about it, even if his investigation found no evidence that he did.

“We found, as we outlined in the report, we struggle to understand how an operation of this size, of this importance, that impacted another country like it did, could not have been briefed up to the attorney general of the United States,” Horowitz said. “It should have been, in our view. It was that kind of a case.”

Top Obama DOJ officials who have not been held accountable for their roles in Fast and Furious, according to Congress and the inspector general, include Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who runs DOJ’s criminal division, and Holder Chief of Staff Gary Grindler. Grindler was promoted from deputy attorney general to his current position about two weeks after Terry was murdered. Grindler was informed of the murder’s connection to Fast and Furious the night Terry was shot to death.

Though the Obama administration provided more information about Fast and Furious to Horowitz for his investigation than to Congress, the White House obstructed his investigation as well.

Former White House National Security Council staffer Kevin O’Reilly — who was intimately involved in Fast and Furious planning with Phoenix ATF officials, according to emails obtained throughout the congressional investigation — has since been reassigned by the Department of State to a detail in Iraq. Obama administration officials have refused to make O’Reilly available to congressional investigators, or to Horowitz’s internal DOJ investigation.

In their report, Horowitz’s team also wrote that “[t]he White House did not produce to us any internal White House communications.”

Horowitz said the Department of Homeland Security also impeded his investigation, citing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent “who was assigned to Operation Fast and Furious on a full time basis [but] declined our request for a voluntary interview.”

That ICE agent, he added, requested immunity from prosecution and declined to be interviewed unless it was granted.

“There was an agent from the Department of Homeland Security that was assigned to the operation,” Horowitz said during a congressional hearing on Sept. 20.

“As part of our effort to be thorough and interview all people who might have relevant information, we reached out. He, again, is outside the Department of Justice, so he declined our voluntary request to be interviewed by us.

“We sought through the Department of Homeland Security to speak to him, and we understood that, absent being compelled — and given immunity — that he would not speak voluntarily. That request was declined, is my understanding.”

Horowitz and congressional investigators plan to continue their respective investigations.

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As Obama Administration Attempts To Sweep Scandal Under The Rug, Univision To Release Report On Disgraced US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department’s Fast And Furious Operation That Armed Criminals And Mexican Drug Cartels – Said To Contain The “Holy Grail” That Congressional Investigators Have Sought

September 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama administration clearly hoped that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General report on Operation Fast and Furious would be the last word on the scandal. which has been tied to hundreds of deaths in Mexico and the murders of two American law-enforcement officials. However, a new report from Univision to be broadcast tomorrow, previewed here by ABC News, may put the issue back on the front pages. One source called Univision’s findings the “holy grail” that Congressional investigators have been seeking:

Often lost amid the rancor in Washington are the stories of dozens of people killed by guns that flowed south as part of the undercover operation, and later slipped out of view from U.S. officials. Univision’s Investigative Unit (Univision Investiga) has identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.

The guns didn’t stop in Mexico, either:

Additional guns, previously unreported by congressional investigators, found their way into the hands of drug traffickers across Latin America in countries such as, Honduras and Colombia, as well as the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision’s findings “the holy grail” that Congress had been searching for.

The Daily Caller also reports on Univision’s findings and the impact they may have on the scandal:

“The consequences of the controversial ‘Fast and Furious’ undercover operation put in place by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2009 have been deadlier than what has been made public to date,” the network said. “The exclusive, in-depth investigation by Univision News’ award-winning Investigative Unit — Univision Investiga — has found that the guns that crossed the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious caused dozens of deaths inside Mexico.”

Among other groups of Fast and Furious victim stories Univision says it will tell in the special to air Sunday evening at 7 p.m., is one about how “16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010″ were gunned down with weapons the Obama administration gave to drug cartel criminals through Fast and Furious.

“Univision News’ Investigative Unit was also able to identify additional guns that escaped the control of ATF agents and were used in different types of crimes throughout Mexico,” the network added. “Furthermore, some of these guns — none of which were reported by congressional investigators — were put in the hands of drug traffickers in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision’s findings ‘the holy grail’ that Congress had been searching for.”

Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News reminds us that the Obama administration is still hiding Kevin O’Reilly, a key figure in Operation Fast and Furious:

O’Reilly, then a White House National Security staffer, had phone and email exchanges about Fast and Furious from July 2010 to Feb. 2011 with the lead ATF official on the case: ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell. Just days after Newell testified to Congress on July 26, 2011 that he’d shared information with O’Reilly, whom he described as a long time friend, O’Reilly was transferred to Iraq and not available for questioning. Thereafter, he declined interviews with congressional investigators and the IG.

In a letter sent to O’Reilly’s attorney Thursday, Issa and Grassley state that O’Reilly’s “sudden transfer” to Iraq took him out of pocket in their investigation, and placed him in a position that had already been given to somebody else, raising “serious questions about O’Reilly’s assignment in Baghdad (and) the motivation for his transfer there.” …

“Given that O’Reilly was the link connecting the White House to the scandal, and that the President subsequently asserted executive privilege over the documents pertaining to Fast and Furious, it is imperative that the American people get to the bottom of O’Reilly’s involvement with Fast and Furious,” says the letter to O’Reilly’s attorney.

It goes on to say that if O’Reilly does not agree to an interview within 30 days, congressional Republicans will have no choice but to “use compulsory process” or subpoena power to require his testimony.

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