On July 4th we celebrate our nation’s birthday, the freedoms we enjoy, and the American way of life! While I hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day, please remember: Freedom isn’t Free!]]>
OK, so the title is a little misleading. Most of you who know me know I continually bitch about Fraud & Waste in Government. However, in this particular case, I would like to show you some photos of your tax dollars doing precisely what they were meant to do. They take a minute to load, so please be patient.
Your Tax Dollars At Work]]>
This weekend we salute the brave men and women who served and protected our country. May we always remember their strength, courage, and sacrifice. Wishing you and your family well on this important Memorial Day holiday.]]>
Well, now they’ve gone and done it. They’ve gone and whacked Osama bin Laden.
First, my hat is off the Seal Team 6. Take a bow, gentlemen.
Kudos also to all those involved in the intelligence gathering over time to make sure we got this one right. Can you imagine the political quagmire if we’d gone in there and whacked the wrong folks? My God… for a moment there I was almost wishing that were actually the case… if for no other reason than to see the egg on the Obama Admin’s face if that were to have really happened. But, it didn’t, and life goes on.
So, where does bin Laden’s demise leave us now? Some ideas, in no particular order:
That’s all I have time for today. God Bless You, and God Bless America!
I just learned of this from a friend:
According to Bloomberg,
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to inform 6 million soldiers and their families of an agreement enabling Prudential Financial Inc. to withhold lump-sum payments of life insurance benefits for survivors of fallen service members, according to records made public through a Freedom of Information request.
The amendment to Prudential’s contract is the first document to show how VA officials sanctioned a payment practice that has spurred investigations by lawmakers and regulators. Since 1999, Prudential has used so-called retained-asset accounts, which allow the company to withhold lump-sum payments due to survivors and earn investment income on the money for itself.
The Sept. 1, 2009, amendment to Prudential’s contract with the VA ratified another unpublicized deal that had been struck between the insurer and the government 10 years earlier — one that was never put into writing, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue. This verbal agreement in 1999 provoked concern among top insurance officials of the agency, the documents released in the FOIA request show.
For a decade, until the contract was formally changed, Prudential wasn’t fulfilling its obligations to survivors of fallen service members, says Brendan Bridgeland, an insurance lawyer who runs the non-profit Center for Insurance Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
What is unclear is whether or not the issue has been rectified. Knowing the Feds, it might not have. With that in mind, I advise all active duty and retired military having life insurance through the VA that is underwritten by Prudential to check with their VA advisors on the status of their life insurance payout in the event the unthinkable were to occur.]]>
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Will we be seeing more of this in the future? Perhaps AZ is getting it right, and it’s time to take a stand.
You will probably not see these heart-stopping photos on the front page of the NY Times, nor on the lead story of the major news networks. Protestors at Montebello High School took the American flag off the school’s flag pole and hung it upside down while putting up the Mexican flag over it. See pictures below.
I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of this! What in the Hell are these kids being taught in school and at home, and where were the school administrators and security when this occurred? This is disgraceful!]]>
A friend just sent me this. It’s definitely worth a look… lest we forget.
Next time you see a member of our armed services, don’t forget to thank them.]]>