VA internal audit: Wait-list fraud found at 64% of VA facilities

posted at 11:31 am on May 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

A new VA internal audit found wait-list fraud at almost two-thirds of all VA facilities, and that 13% of schedulers had been trained to commit fraud as part of their work. This new audit, which is separate from the Inspector General probe of the Phoenix facility, provided the final straw that forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to offer his resignation yesterday:

Appointments’ wait times were manipulated at more than 60 percent of the Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities investigated as part of a new internal audit.

The White House-ordered audit found that schedulers faced pressure to manipulate the system and concluded there was a “systemic lack of integrity within some Veterans Health Administration facilities.”

The audit, issued as VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, found that 64 percent of the 216 VA facilities reviewed had at least one instance where a veterans’ desired appointment date had been changed. The review found 13 percent of schedulers had received specific instructions to misrepresent wait times. …

The review also found that 7 percent to 8 percent of scheduling staff said they used alternatives to the VA’s electronic wait list, a practice that occurred in 62 percent of the facilities examined.

This President spent the last several years shrugging off scandals and massive incompetence — Benghazi, the ObamaCare rollout at HHS, Operation Fast & Furious at the Department of Justice, and James Clapper committing perjury in the Senate, just to name a few that resulted in zero firings at any level. This time, though, Obama had no choice, even though he had inexplicably issued two statements of confidence in Shinseki in the previous two weeks. Apparently no one at the White House had bothered to keep up with their own promises to clean up the VA from the 2008 campaign, and got blindsided by the massive corruption that Shinseki allowed to fester:

In other high-profile situations — involving Internal Revenue Service employees targeting Tea Party groups, Secret Service agents partying in foreign countries and the State Department response to the Benghazi consulate attacks in 2012 — Obama also resisted calls from political rivals and media pundits to remove top figures.

In some cases, Obama did not believe the agencies involved had made major transgressions, calling the lapses isolated and trumped up by his political rivals.

Even with Shinseki, Obama went to great lengths to defend the retired general, who had been injured after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam, calling him “ a good man . . .an outstanding soldier. . .a champion of our veterans.” And the president emphasized repeatedly that the problems at veterans hospitals preceded Obama’s tenure and that the specific recent examples of wrongdoing “did not surface to the level where Ric was aware or it or we were able to see it.”

But Shinseki was more exposed when influential Democrats began joining Republicans in calling for his ouster, something that did not happen to Sebelius. In her case, the White House and Democrats feared a nasty confirmation fight for a replacement at a time when Republicans were trying to exploit the health-care Web site problems for political gain heading into the midterm election cycle this fall.

By the time Sebelius had departed, the enrollment figures showed that the White House had surpassed its initial goals, blunting GOP criticism.

In Shinseki’s case, the problems inside the VA are far more in­trac­table and will take a lot longer to fix. The latest blow to the general came Friday morning, when Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Veterans Affairs official who lost both of her legs while serving in combat in Iraq, urged Shinseki to resign.

“Our first priority should be the veterans, and at this point, whether Secretary Shinseki will stay or go is too much of a distraction,” Duckworth said. “I think he has to go. He certainly loves veterans, but it’s time for new leadership.”

Don’t bet on that being the final factor. The audit showing corruption at 64% of VA facilities on an initial and internal audit would have made Shinseki politically radioactive in any context. Shinseki had more than five years to take control of the VA, and the sheer scale of this systemic failure points directly to his incompetence at running the organization. It also points to Obama’s detachment from his own administration again, even on initiatives that Obama himself insists are high priorities for himself.

Next, Congress should insist on conducting its own audit of the VA, probably through GAO. Even with the scale of corruption at the VA registering this high on an internal audit, it’s an easy bet that it’ll be higher in an independent probe of all facilities.


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Just another example of all that ‘managerial experience’ The Chosen One brought to the office.

GarandFan on May 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Until people start getting perp walked in orange jumpsuits they aren’t taking this seriously.

Brave MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY THESE BUREAUCRATS!

Go to JAIL, GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL.

Do NOT pass go, Do NOT collect your government pension.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Wait-list fraud found at 64% of VA facilities

This is simply MORE proof that these were not mistakes, or the result of poor management or oversight – this was a carefully crafted and implemented “cost-saving” plan, straight from the obama White House, directly authorized by obama.

Pork-Chop on May 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

64%? Why that isn’t even a smidgen!!! /

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

64%? Why that isn’t even a smidgen!!! /

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

99.9999999999% wouldn’t even be a smidgen in JugEars Math.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I just did a little research on the VA budget over the last couple of years. I won’t post it all here since I just put it up at NewsBusters.

But one item I found really interesting was the amount of money dumped into the VA from the “Recovery Act” that was over and above the “Federal Budget” with the express purpose of improving ‘services for America’s veterans.’ In 2010, for example, $738.6M of Recovery Act money -the largest allocation of the $1.8B ARA grant- was allocated toward green energy projects.

BKeyser on May 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The Demorats will be able to run on Obamacare this fall. Obama has so many scandals blow up since last October our people are overwhelmed with new scandals.

Herb on May 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM

If you like your government job, you can keep your government job. BHO

BobK on May 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

“Even with Shinseki, Obama went to great lengths to defend the retired general, who had been injured after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam…”

“…Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Veterans Affairs official who lost both of her legs while serving in combat in Iraq, urged Shinseki to resign.”

And my pair of legs beats your land mine, general. Read ‘em and weep!

jbspry on May 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

As the pit boss in Ocean’s Eleven asks Terry Benedict, “Where did all that money go?”, we should be asking the same question. Obviously, it didn’t go to the people that needed it. That’s what big government does. Usurps their share and feeds the crumbs to the peasants. How much is big government taking money out of the poor’s pockets? Out of their mouths?

djaymick on May 31, 2014 at 12:10 PM

At least none of them were in Fla.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 12:13 PM

But NONE of them are in Florida because a very intelligent black congresswoman did her own study.

Did anybody else find it odd that the very intelligent black congresswoman mentioned cemeteries in her litany of competence in the Florida VA?

jukin3 on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Pic of the Day: When Does An EnviroNazi Progressive Love An SUV? When She Can Turn It Into This…

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Didn’t know minivans were considered SUVs.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

On the one hand, I respect the general for his military service. He must have had some managerial experience as a 4 star general unlike pretty much everyone else in obama’s admin. I don’t doubt his sincerity in wishing the best for the vets since he was combat wounded. So I don’t understand why he seems so hapless with a corruption scandal this huge. If he was a division co and one of his brigade commanders couldn’t answer as to why his unit was messing up so badly he would have replaced that individual in a nano second (assuming he was a competent military commander). Does anyone have any insight as to what the inside baseball assessment was on the generals military experience? Was he a political general? Was his leadership respected in the ranks? I only ask to get some insight into the current apparent gross incompetence. We all hate Obama and whoever he selects in his cabinet, but I am truly confused about Shinseki. Maybe he had the wrong skill set for this job, or maybe no one can fix it.

warmairfan on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Until people start getting perp walked in orange jumpsuits they aren’t taking this seriously.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Which is why Eric Holder will always be with us.

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

But NONE of them are in Florida because a very intelligent black congresswoman did her own study.

Did anybody else find it odd that the very intelligent black congresswoman mentioned cemeteries in her litany of competence in the Florida VA?

jukin3 on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Veteran’s love themselves some cemeteries.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

general sh1tseki knew what was going on, and he ignored it for whatever reason. and his higher level admins got rich because of it.
wonder what the quid pro quo was for him….

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

By the time Sebelius had departed, the enrollment figures showed that the White House had surpassed its initial goals, blunting GOP criticism.

Hmmm… wouldn’t HHS have the same computer system as the VA?

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Didn’t know minivans were considered SUVs.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It didn’t appear to be a minivan to me. Of course, I’m sure that a minivan gets much better gas mileage than a Jeep Cherokee so it’s all good or something.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

A good opposition party would be able to take advantage of this.

The Dems fought for slavery, passed Jim Crow Laws, stood in school house doors against Civil Rights, spit on veterans in the Vietnam war, and now are directly responsible for killing dozens of vets.

The GOP leadership must go. We need fighters.

faraway on May 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

CGI has been given a no bid contract to upgrade the VA computers and computer systems.

We are in the best AND smartest of hands.

jukin3 on May 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM

This is simply MORE proof that these were not mistakes, or the result of poor management or oversight – this was a carefully crafted and implemented “cost-saving” plan, straight from the obama White House, directly authorized by obama.

Pork-Chop on May 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Next up? The Obamacare sign up numbers touted by HHS. Cook the books, get a bonus, go golfing.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Meanwhile, in ObamaWorld, Global Warming is killing people

No, Obama. YOU are killing people with drones and with YOUR mismanagement, malfeasance, criminal neglect and fraud @ the VA.

/Tool

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

warmairfan on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I think Obama has made some kind of deal with every Secretary and Czar in his administration. It’s not incompetence, it’s intentional, all by design. We’re just beginning to see the framework of the structure being built that will be in place when our current system collapses.

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Next, Congress should insist on conducting its own audit of the VA, probably through GAO.

Oh, yeah, Baybee, this is exactly what needs to be done!!!

If you can bring a “buzz” up to the ears of the general public on that point, enough that it puts some pressure on Congress to grow a spine and do what’s right on this one rather than what’s politically expedient, then you will have accomplished a great deal in that one feat, Mr. Morrissey!

lineholder on May 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I can’t tell the model of that van .. Any help ?
Would like to compare engines/mileage, etc.

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Until people start getting perp walked in orange jumpsuits they aren’t taking this seriously.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Which is why Eric Holder will always be with us.

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

States can indict these staffers for murder or manslaughter too you know.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Unfortunately there is a fungus going around which is severely weakening the health of our nation. Commonly known as the Affirmative Action Toadstool (scientific name Colinitis Powellinium), it creates mediocrity in all who are affected by it. Symptoms include lethargy, reluctance or inability to take responsibility, and a dull, fish-eyed stare. It is strongly suspected that former VA head honcho Eric Shinseki was inflicted with this ailment.

MaiDee on May 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

See : http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez/702921

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

From the last thread….

Jazz, how dare you malign a veteran like that?

Shinseki served our country heroically, did you?

nonpartisan on May 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Electrongod on May 31, 2014 at 12:35 PM

jukin3 on May 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM

A breathtaking amount of money has been spent on VistA already. I can’t believe they’ve let it lapse on updates.

CGI is a worthless hack of a company that can’t deliver. But hey, they’re buddies with the Obama admin so that’s what matters most here, right? /

lineholder on May 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I can’t tell the model of that van .. Any help ?
Would like to compare engines/mileage, etc.

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I don’t know and it isn’t really the point. The ridiculous number of bumper stickers is and, obviously, the bigger the vehicle, the more space for issue advocacy signs. Personally, I’d be embarrassed to be seen in any type of vehicle covered with that many bumper stickers regardless of their message. As I proud Capitalist Pig, I wouldn’t be caught dead in car covered with ‘Greed is Good’ signs.

I still feel the need to send her a Che sticker as that appears to be the only thing missing.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Any of the 60+% in Florida?

Oldnuke on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I still feel the need to send her a Che sticker as that appears to be the only thing missing.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

you can borrow mine.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

you can borrow mine.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

You can send it to her. I would never possess the image of a man, who said the following:

‘We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.’

‘The N3gro is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organised and intelligent.’

‘Mexicans are a band of illiterate Indians.’

‘Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use (black) Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn.’

He also railed against ‘long hairs,’ ‘lazy youths,’ and homosexuals.

When Castro entered Havana on 8 January 1959, he immediately abolished Habeas Corpus and appointed Che to be his main executioner, who said:

‘To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the paredon (the execution wall).’

The Left’s saint was an Anglophilic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, civil rights-denying pr!ck, who cried like a baby and soiled his pants when the gun was finally pointed in his direction; yet, they proudly wear their Che shirts on every college campus.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, but the engine size, fuel consumption factor will matter to my libbie FB friends, if I share your link !
I can hear it already. LOL.
Yeah, Che would be perfect.

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

See : http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez/702921

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Awesome… and true~!

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Any of the 60+% in Florida?

Oldnuke on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Yes. I think so..

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

i take it resistwemuch has never read any eduardo galeano.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I still feel the need to send her a Che sticker as that appears to be the only thing missing.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I have a Jane Fonda pic I can send you. You’ll need to package it up for shipment using gloves though. It’s pasted in the bottom of my toilet right now and I ain’t gonna wash if off. :-)

Oldnuke on May 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Please keep in mind that waitlists weren’t the only problem. Lie in small things, lie in big things. Isn’t that what Johnny Cochran said?

learnsome on May 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

provided the final straw that forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to offer his resignation

This? This was the “final straw”. That’s like saying the final straw for Hitler was opening that Auschwitz prison camp. Had he just stuck with Treblinka and the others he opened in ’41 and ’42……

MistyLane on May 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

i take it resistwemuch has never read any eduardo galeano.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I take it that you haven’t read any Eduardo Galeano lately…

Author Changes His Mind on ’70s Manifesto: Eduardo Galeano Disavows His Book ‘The Open Veins’

For more than 40 years, Eduardo Galeano’s “The Open Veins of Latin America” has been the canonical anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist and anti-American text in that region. Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s populist president, even put a copy of the book, which he had called “a monument in our Latin American history,” in President Obama’s hands the first time they met. But now Mr. Galeano, a 73-year-old Uruguayan writer, has disavowed the book, saying that he was not qualified to tackle the subject and that it was badly written. Predictably, his remarks have set off a vigorous regional debate, with the right doing some “we told you so” gloating, and the left clinging to a dogged defensiveness.

“ ‘Open Veins’ tried to be a book of political economy, but I didn’t yet have the necessary training or preparation,” Mr. Galeano said last month while answering questions at a book fair in Brazil, where he was being honored on the 43rd anniversary of the book’s publication. He added: “I wouldn’t be capable of reading this book again; I’d keel over. For me, this prose of the traditional left is extremely leaden, and my physique can’t tolerate it.”

Ouch.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

warmairfan on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

People change. Look at McCain. My God, witness how an honorable, brave, hero melted into a corrupt (Keating 5), incompetent, bloated gas bag who each and every day for decades now has undermined the very principles of what he fought so hard for and suffered so much. Shinseki is in the same boat.

These men we see today are not those of yesterday. They sold their very souls to the evils of statism. Ironic, isn’t it?

MistyLane on May 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I have a Jane Fonda pic I can send you. You’ll need to package it up for shipment using gloves though. It’s pasted in the bottom of my toilet right now and I ain’t gonna wash if off. :-)

Oldnuke on May 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Hahaha! My husband and I had an Obama Logo glued to ours .. LOL!

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Ouch.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Burn.

Well done!

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

And these people think they can run healthcare…yeah right…

sorrowen on May 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

States can indict these staffers for murder or manslaughter too you know.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Well, yes they can. But they won’t. And something tells me the staffers didn’t create these waiting lists all by themselves.
See: “Rogue Ohio IRS agents”

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I’m beginning to think this wasn’t just a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati.

munseym on May 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Well, yes they can. But they won’t. And something tells me the staffers didn’t create these waiting lists all by themselves.
See: “Rogue Ohio IRS agents”

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I’m beginning to think this wasn’t just a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati.

munseym on May 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

This phenomenon can be summed up in 4 simple words:

Chicago on The Potomac

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

No one was held accountable. This was a coordinated criminal conspiracy for money by “civil servants” who orchestrated the death of the citizens they were to assist.

pat on May 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Ouch.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

A+

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM

No one was held accountable. This was a coordinated criminal conspiracy for money by “civil servants” who orchestrated the death of the citizens they were to assist.

pat on May 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM

These “civil servants” are unionized.

That’s why none of them can be fired even for the most egregious behavior.

Abolish Public Sector Unions – They don’t need protection from the people who fund their salaries, i.e., Tax Payers.

/Thinking about going exempt on my withholding – the performance of my employees is lacking, therefore I will withhold their salaries.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Well, yes they can. But they won’t. And something tells me the staffers didn’t create these waiting lists all by themselves.
See: “Rogue Ohio IRS agents”

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

It’s time for protests in State Capitols DEMANDING state governments open criminal investigations into the VA hospitals within their borders.

Of course this wasn’t rogue. It was POLICY.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Ouch.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Never assume RWM hasn’t read something. She has probably read everything.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I love the one “Back off, I’m saving fuel”.

Barred on May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Mr. Galeano, a 73-year-old Uruguayan writer, has disavowed the book

funny things start to happen to peoples minds around that age. give it a few years and galeano might think hes the pope or napolean.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Buwahahahahahaha !!

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Congress to authorize more funding in 3…2…1…

socalcon on May 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

funny things start to happen to peoples minds around that age. give it a few years and galeano might think hes the pope or napolean.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

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Stop it, yer killin’ me!

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I think ALL of my ribs are broken!

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Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I love the one “Back off, I’m saving fuel”.

Barred on May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I haven’t heard Glenn Beck in years but wasn’t he the one who used to drive a big honking SUV through Manhattan and laugh at the people who glared at him. I’m thinking of making a bumper sticker that says “I’m a carbon based life form. Deal with it”, but it would be wasted here.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Wait-list fraud found at 64% of VA facilities

This is simply MORE proof that these were not mistakes, or the result of poor management or oversight – this was a carefully crafted and implemented “cost-saving” plan, straight from the obama White House, directly authorized by obama.

Pork-Chop on May 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

So we shouldn’t expect to here something along the lines of the IRS ‘lilt’ :

“line IRS employees in Cincinnati” were responsible for the Internal Revenue Service scandal

socalcon on May 31, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Koch Sucker likes Che ( a mass murderer)? Big surprise.

CW on May 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Mr. Galeano, a 73-year-old Uruguayan writer, has disavowed the bookI think you might have that confused with the “I am very young and incredibly
funny things start to happen to peoples minds around that age. give it a few years and galeano might think hes the pope or napolean.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

So cute.

You’re relying on the “he’s so old” defense.

I think you might have that confused with the “I am very young and incredibly stupid” defense, but yeah.

You be skooled, lil boy.

Dolce Far Niente on May 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

64%? But wait this was just about Phoenix …right Libfree???

CW on May 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Hillary’s old and you know the Kock Suckers pulling for her.

CW on May 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Sudanese woman facing ‘barbaric’ death sentence for marrying a Christian will be FREED after U-turn from authorities

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Thats only because they got note from the super-mullahs that told them to let her go. The note also instructed them, next time, to just take her out back and do it. No press, no tweets, no bad news. After all, we are the religion of peace and all that.

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Ouch.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Wow, lots of denial in the Leftists’ comments at the NYT link:

when one group (the right) may succeed in making another group (the left) wrong, that is no reason to conclude that the first group (the right) is actually right in the sense of being correct or accurate.

in fact, making other people wrong is never a constructive or collaborative approach. it’s a dead end.

it does not appear that any of the facts discussed in mr. galeano’s controversial novel are in question as being incorrect.

(The problem with this idiot is that “the right” didn’t do this, Galeano did this. F-)

The last sentence of that comment, by the way, is echoed by many, many others throughout. To wit:

From the scarcity of his comments, it may be as much his condemning his prose as his ideology.

It seems worth noting that what Galeano objects to is the prose. He does not arrtack the subject matter or the ideals.

It would seem that Galeano regrets the stylistic excesses of youth.

So much has changed in the world since this book was written. In the interim, the author has aged, as has the rest of his generation, and mine. So this reappraisal does not surprise me in the least. I haven’t read the book yet, but my guess is the fundamentals are still valid, even if the prose is a bit top heavy.

His comments about Open Veins reflect his rejection of the style in which it was written, not the content.

It is not clear what he is disavowing, the literary form or the ideas.

What I saw was him disavowing the language of the book, rather then it’s thesis. I would need more to understand this better.

As Les Nessman once said about another group of Turkeys:

“It was almost as if they were…organized!!!”

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 1:59 PM

VA internal audit: Wait-list fraud found at 64% of VA facilities

And they are not done checking at the other 36% of facilities.

bw222 on May 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The review found 13 percent of schedulers had received specific instructions to misrepresent wait times. …

This is where the criminal investigation should start. Fraud, depraved indifference, conspiracy to commit fraud, etc…

All federal felonies, btw. And if any state AG feels it necessary, manslaughter charges can be made locally.

People need to be punished for this. Resigning is not a punishment. Its a relief for them.

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

But, as long as we are providing first class medical care for GITMO detainees and illegal aliens, everything is fine./sarc.

bw222 on May 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

How many scandals and deaths is it gonna take before Americans wake up and realize the Federal Govt is an out-of-control behemoth without accountability, and that constantly expanding it or throwing more money at it makes things worse?

This VA thing is a symptom of the problem NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT!

Pelosi Schmelosi on May 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Pelosi look at the buffoon named thisisyourbrainonkock that thing is so stupid it thinks Obastard is some kind of leader a lot of Americans are just as stupid as they don’t believe their eyes just dimoturd propaganda.

bbinfl on May 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Mr. Galeano, a 73-year-old Uruguayan writer, has disavowed the bookI think you might have that confused with the “I am very young and incredibly

funny things start to happen to peoples minds around that age. give it a few years and galeano might think hes the pope or napolean.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

You really should change your moniker to:

ThisIsYourBrainOn74-Year-OldHarryReid

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, but the engine size, fuel consumption factor will matter to my libbie FB friends, if I share your link !
I can hear it already. LOL.
Yeah, Che would be perfect.

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

It is a Crisisler (as I call it) minivan. Most likely a V-6 engine getting ~23mpg.

8 weight on May 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

It rose to the level of dear leader campaigning on it in ’08, you know just before the lsm attacked SP for calling Ocare death panels. What has Shinseki been doing for the last 5 years after being named secretary to fix the ‘mess’, going around handing out bonus checks.

Kissmygrits on May 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

funny things start to happen to peoples minds around that age. give it a few years and galeano might think hes the pope or napolean.

ThisIsWhat’sLeftOfYourBrainOnSoros on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

According to RWM’s link from the NYT (the story appeared a week ago today), Galeano is 73. That’s the same age the lady you are going to vote for in 2016 for pResident will be when she completes her first term in the Oral Orifice.

Why are you going to vote for an Addled Old White Woman for pResident? Especially one who will be losing her mind during her first years in office?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It’s time for protests in State Capitols DEMANDING state governments open criminal investigations into the VA hospitals within their borders.

Of course this wasn’t rogue. It was POLICY.

ConstantineXI on May 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Indeed, way past time to demand more and better from the states.
And the POLICY originated in DC, perhaps even the WH.
Back to Eric Holder….he’s no stranger to suing states that are simply trying to implement state laws (AZ with illegals, TX with energy, several regarding voting rights, etc.)But when the Obama agenda is threatened of being either discovered or challenged; if and when those states start indicting “staffers” in their VA hospitals, and those “staffers” start singing…
My point was that Eric Holder will see to it that no perps in this entire administration will ever wear an orange jumpsuit.
Obama will see to it that Holder never wears one either.

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 1:59 PM

those commentors at the nyt do raise good points.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

hjillary is in excellent health and shows no signs of any problems. i dont think we have to worry on that front.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

those commentors at the nyt do raise good points.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

No, they raise what they want to see. Galeano, specifically, stated:

he did not have the “necessary education” in economics and politics at the time he composed it.

In other words, he was ignorant when he wrote it and was condemning far more than his ‘prose.’

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Wonder what made the difference “this time”.

Recon5 on May 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

hjillary is in excellent blah blah talking points wishful thinking more talking points.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I love your new Islamist spelling of Hjillary (reminds me hijab, which would be a good look for her). An affectionate little pillow name from Huma, perhaps?

How DO you know these things? That daily Factivist email must be really detailed.

Dolce Far Niente on May 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I still feel the need to send her a Che sticker as that appears to be the only thing missing.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

you can borrow mine.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The Left’s saint was an Anglophilic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, civil rights-denying pr!ck, who cried like a baby and soiled his pants when the gun was finally pointed in his direction; yet, they proudly wear their Che shirts on every college campus.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Odd coincidence, I’ve been wondering lately if Koch is former poster ernesto back from hammerland.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

i take it resistwemuch has never read any eduardo galeano.

ThisIsMyMouthOnKoch

Because that would make your hero Che not a “Anglophilic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, civil rights-denying pr!ck” after all or something, lol.

xblade on May 31, 2014 at 3:11 PM

8 weight on May 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Thanks.
‘Crisisler’ was my first impression, too.
Figured a model might tell me V6 or 8, etc is all.
I’ll go with it.

pambi on May 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

On the one hand, I respect the general for his military service. He must have had some managerial experience as a 4 star general unlike pretty much everyone else in obama’s admin. I don’t doubt his sincerity in wishing the best for the vets since he was combat wounded. So I don’t understand why he seems so hapless with a corruption scandal this huge. If he was a division co and one of his brigade commanders couldn’t answer as to why his unit was messing up so badly he would have replaced that individual in a nano second (assuming he was a competent military commander). Does anyone have any insight as to what the inside baseball assessment was on the generals military experience? Was he a political general? Was his leadership respected in the ranks? I only ask to get some insight into the current apparent gross incompetence. We all hate Obama and whoever he selects in his cabinet, but I am truly confused about Shinseki. Maybe he had the wrong skill set for this job, or maybe no one can fix it.

warmairfan on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Eh.

If Shinseki were to any great degree competent or politically unreliable, Obama wouldn’t have hired him. Obama brags about the fact that he surrounds himself with people who are all worse at their jobs than he would be.

Second, even if Shinseki were competent, you’re talking about a massive Federal bureaucracy filled with people like Obama — lazy, incompetent, entitled, and completely amoral.

Perhaps Shinseki had good intentions and convinced himself that he was changing things from within. But clearly that was a delusion.

northdallasthirty on May 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Were they all given black berets while they waited?

formwiz on May 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

warmairfan on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Eh.

If Shinseki were to any great degree competent or politically unreliable, Obama wouldn’t have hired him. Obama brags about the fact that he surrounds himself with people who are all worse at their jobs than he would be.

Second, even if Shinseki were competent, you’re talking about a massive Federal bureaucracy filled with people like Obama — lazy, incompetent, entitled, and completely amoral.

Perhaps Shinseki had good intentions and convinced himself that he was changing things from within. But clearly that was a delusion.

northdallasthirty on May 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Shinseki was hired because:

1. He’s Asian.

2. He’s from Hawai’i (Kaua’i to be exact.)

2a. His mentor was the recently-deceased Democrat Senator Dan Inouye, who became a US Senator less than 2 years after O’bama was born. In 2000, Inouye pleaded with the sitting Democrat Vice President to totally ignore legally cast ballots in the Electoral College, and instead make himself President. Gore refused.

3. He’s a Democrat.

4. As a General, he criticized his previous Commander in Chief, during wartime to boot.

In other words, he was eminently qualified for a free trip to O’bama-Land.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I’ve been wondering lately if Koch is former poster ernesto back from hammerland.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

ernesto got banned? I somehow missed that. What sent him around the bend?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Bonuses given for fraudulent wait lists…

Is anyone trying to get all that “bonus” money back?

Fallon on May 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 1:59 PM

those commentors at the nyt do raise good points.

ThisIsWhat’sLeftOfYourBrainOnSoros on May 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Yes, they do-they prove that Orwell was right about GroupThink. And they also illustrate perfectly why the Democrat Party lost the college graduate vote in 2012.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

hjillary is in excellent health and shows no signs of any problems. i dont think we have to worry on that front.

ThisIsWhat’sLeftOfYourBrainOnSoros on May 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Galeano is healthy too. Thanks again for the laughs!

F+

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This should be the 200th comment… new page.. soooo.

BISHOP.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2014 at 6:19 PM

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