[guest post by Dana] Even as veterans died waiting for appointment times at the VA in Phoenix, millions of dollars that could have saved lives was instead being poured into Green Energy at the facility. [E]each and every year, from 2009 to 2011, the Phoenix VA Health Care System put in solar panels. The solar panels at the Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix cost $20 million . Disgustingly, this was an official mandate: In 2009, Obama had signed a Green Energy executive order . Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced that “in order to continue providing Veterans with the best health care and benefit services, VA must adapt to climate change.” South Texas also had Green Energy as their priority: At some South Texas facilities vets had to wait 85 days for a primary care appointment and 55 days for a mental health appointment with “a worst-in-the-nation, 145-day average wait for new patients seeking specialist care.” … Meanwhile the South Texas Veterans Health Care System installed a 1.7 MW solar PV system. The Amarillo VA Health Care System had the third longest wait times for mental health appointments in the country. Its Thomas E. Creek office complained of a lack of resources. Meanwhile $10 million was spent on solar panels for a facility that sees 25,000 patients a year. Hawaii (with the longest wait list) spent between $1 and $2 million dollars on Green Energy projects as veterans died because of obscene wait times. While there was no time to see veterans at these facilities, there was always time to make sure the mandate of Green Energy was met. But it wasn’t just the VA hospitals that were recipients of the Green Energy treatment and dollars. The Massachusetts National Cemetery got a 50 kW wind turbine so the dead veterans would have all the sustainable energy they needed. A VA press release about the cemetery turbine boasted that “under the leadership of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki… VA is transitioning into a 21st century organization that better serves America’s Veterans.” Shinseki arrived in person at the dedication ceremony to flip the switch on the cemetery wind turbine. Resting in their graves were men who had died because of his policies. “Nationally, VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy to promote our Nation’s energy independence, save taxpayer dollars, and improve care for our Veterans and their families, ” he said. Disgraceful. It is reprehensible that the VA’s priority was to invest huge sums of money into renewable energy rather than renewing the energy of dying veterans to ensure that they might live another day. In Shinseki’s words : We are investing in clean energy and renewable energy projects at our national cemeteries to reduce our environmental footprint. The transition toward these renewable energy sources helps VA continue to be a leading example of going green in the federal government. This was their priority: reduce our environmental footprint by reducing the living footprint of veterans by their deaths. Necessary sacrifices. –Dana

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On May 18, 2014, in Barack Obama, by SchriverSwingle196

[guest post by Dana] From the White House press release (yesterday): Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love. This year, the United States celebrates the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In doing so, we reflect on lessons learned from our own civil rights struggles and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the human rights of all people are universally protected. At a time when, tragically, we are seeing increased efforts to criminalize or oppress LGBT persons, we call on partners everywhere to join us in defending the equal rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters, and in ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. UPDATE: I have added a list of Ten Signs of Transphobia in our culture: Denial that the problem exists in the first place. Inability to distinguish between categories such as queer, gay, lesbian, and trans. Lack of meaningful discussion in educational and workplace settings. Anxiety over not being able to tell if a person is male or female. Crude jokes directed towards trans people or with trans-related content. Refusal to accept trans people as one’s own teacher, doctor, politician, dentist, etc. Thinking that being trans is OK but also dismissing the idea of ever dating a transperson. Reducing trans to being merely and solely a psychiatric category. Trivialization and media spectacles centred on trans-ness as an object of ‘fascination.’ Refusing the fundamental claims of transpeople as being genuinely mis-sexed. I posted this list because I am (but really am not) surprised such a list existed. There are always those lists… And, at the risk of sounding like a old curmudgeon, it’s all become so damn complicated. I try to keep it simple: treat those around me with the same respect and courtesy that I would like in turn. If that isn’t enough, too bad. If that makes me bigoted, or insensitive, or whatever the new booga-booga flavor of the month Word is, so be it. Life is just too short to be mincing around on egg shells. Oh crap, did I offend someone? –Dana

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Kerry calls for a boycott of the ADL. Via JPost The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) presented former President George W. Bush with its highest honor, the America’s Democratic Legacy Award, according to a press release on Friday. The ADL cited the former president’s inspirational leadership in promoting democratic values worldwide when faced with the terrorist attacks […]

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There are two problems with this. Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office. Several Al Karama officials have faced terrorism allegations. Al Karama’s founder and current president Abdul Rahman Naimi | Read More »

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Alan Grayson (D, FL), Barbara Lee (D, CA), & Jan Schakowsky (D, IL) tried to consult with terrorist-led group on drone strikes.

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Colorado’s loss is Wyoming and Texas’ gain. ERIE, Colo. (Fox 31) — The Colorado-based firearms accessories manufacturer that threatened to leave the state if more-restrictive gun legislation was passed is finally making good on its threat more than nine months after the new gun laws went into effect. In a press release issued on Thursday, […]

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