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Obamacare: Man Who Murdered Navy Seal Released Against Family's Wishes From VA Hospital
His other court-appointed attorney, J. Warren St. John, said Routh was released from the Dallas Veterans Affairs hospital against his family's wishes just two days before the shootings.

In September, Routh had been transported to a psychiatric hospital after he threatened to kill himself and his family, and he later told officers that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, Lancaster police records show.
Erie how Obama and Satan seem to really hate the Navy SEALS.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/08/2013 10:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another mental patient goes wrong and pushes someone in front of a subway train, shoots them at a range, or gets all stabby in a restaurant.

It is time to crack the whip on mental patients.

Here was a guy, already in the nut house for being a nutbag. His family said, "Keep him in there. He is a nut bag." And some moron let him out? Then he wigs out and kills people.

The moron who set the nutbag free should at least expect some sort of discipline. I mean, does he get a letter in his work record saying, "Oh, bad call, dude."

For goodness sake, can't we at least publish the record that says, "Magistrate Joe released nutbag Jimmy on Tuesday." Then when Jimmy flips his wig on Saturday morning, we would know who to shun at dinner parties next month.
Posted by: rammer || 02/08/2013 20:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Emergency hospitalization is intended only for evaluation and stabilization. The case -- and the patient -- are then released into the wild after being advised to make an appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist and therapist upon return home. Psychiatric wards cost about $8,000/week in my part of the world, and there are considerably more people in need than beds, so they're rotated through as quickly as possible.

Unless we as a society are willing to budget considerably more than we do today for psychiatric treatment, particularly hospital treatment, this will continue.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/08/2013 21:37 Comments || Top||

#3  tw, sorry, not good enough.

Normal procedures are fine for normal cases, but when the family turns up and says no, then it is not normal.

When I had to go pick up a relative at the jail, I was pissed, but I didn't say to the man, please keep this nutbag in the jail. It is just not normal to put up a fight about letting your own stay in the lockup.

Dead people cost a lot of money in lost wages at least. Keeping a few nutbags in the ward for a few more weeks is a small price to pay.

The Solyndra losses alone would cover about 250,000 patient weeks. I am good with that.
Posted by: rammer || 02/08/2013 22:06 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm hearing that this guy was a fobbit, so the source of his neuroses probably predates his years in the service. My guess is that Chris Kyle was a victim of relaxed recruitment standards during the campaign in Iraq, which mostly coincided with the major economic boom from the housing bubble.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/08/2013 22:15 Comments || Top||

Restored Payroll Tax Pinches Those Who Earn the Least
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/08/2013 12:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Women and minorities hardest hit.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/08/2013 12:26 Comments || Top||

#2  So, they don't care if SS collapses years earlier due to no funds? Thought so.
Posted by: tipover || 02/08/2013 16:24 Comments || Top||

#3  SS will be bailed out by forcing IRA and 401(k) assets to be 'reinvested' in government bonds backed by future SS reciepts.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/08/2013 18:19 Comments || Top||

#4  I have to think that if Champ takes away the 401k and IRA funds that people believe to be 'theirs' that we'll have the revolution some have been suggesting is just around the corner...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/08/2013 18:23 Comments || Top||

#5  He'll undoubtedly figure out some way to exempt the unions, Steve. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 02/08/2013 19:12 Comments || Top||

#6  I talked with a handful of people who are considering borrowing from their 401k and paying off their home and just pay themselves interest into their 401k
Posted by: Airandee || 02/08/2013 19:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Dumped my 401k into an IRA. Will dump any growth, less taxes :-( into a ROTH once a year. No guarantees, but it was suggested by an financial advisor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 19:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Secretary Kerry Calls UN Secretary-General Ban
[STATE.GOV] Well, of course he would. That's his name.
Posted by: Fred || 02/08/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Secretary Kerry Calls UN Secretary-General Ban .... a brainless, political hack ?
Posted by: Your Name Here || 02/08/2013 11:57 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
No regrets advising against Bin Laden raid, says Brennan
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama's nominee to be the new CIA chief has said he does not regret advising against a strike targeting Osama bin Laden in 1998, a few months before the bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

Irish American John Brennan said that the attack could have killed other people as well as Bin Laden, and that the chances of success were minimal.

He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee the information supporting the attack was "not well grounded".

He said he was among numerous intelligence officials who urged against such an attack. Mr Brennan was the CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia at the time of the embassy bombings. Three years later, on September 11 2001, Bin Laden launched the deadliest terrorist attacks in US history.

Speaking at his confirmation hearing yesterday, Mr Brennan pledged to bring openness to the CIA and repair a "trust deficit" with congressional politicians.

He acknowledged that critics have accused the White House of failing to be as forthcoming with Congress and the public on national security issues as Barack Obama promised to be as President.
Posted by: tipper || 02/08/2013 01:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Irish American John Brennan said that the attack could have killed other people as well as Bin Laden

We all know my drone programme only terminates the designated target. I'm no second class Irish bomber; not killing innocent people has always been my greatest concern.

and that the chances of success were minimal.

But, but, but General Petreaus visited PAK a week before the operation, it was all wired. Didn't you see the movie? Oh wait, that part wasn't in the movie(s) ?

He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee the information supporting the attack was "not well grounded".

That POTUS, such a risk taker, such bravado! Who me? Well, I'm the risk avoidance, cautious type. Why do you ask?

Mr Brennan pledged to bring openness to the CIA and repair a "trust deficit" with congressional politicians.

Trust me. I'm here for YOU!
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 1:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Brennan was for EITs and extraordinary rendition before he was against them. He prefers the term "extremists" rather than "jihadists." He is fluent in Arabic. That must be why he understands those fine nuances of language. Speaks like an auctioneer. IMO, never trust anyone who speaks too fast. Geraldo Rivera fawns over him and sings his praises (IMO, that is a strike against Brennan). For a lawyer, Rivera sure seems selective in which rights he likes and which he would be O.K. scrapping in the Bill of Rights.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 8:47 Comments || Top||

Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?
In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.

Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents' required quarterly weapons qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.

But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano's agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.

According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That's sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.

To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

The perceived need for so much ammunition in federal custody is especially strange given Obama's double-barreled emphasis in his inaugural address on the approaching end in Afghanistan "of a decade of war." And he also noted, "We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

The lack of a credible official explanation for such awesome ammunition acquisitions is feeding all sorts of conspiracy theories, mainly centered on federal anticipation of some kind of domestic insurrection. Napolitano has at times alluded to threats from the extreme right-wing.

Other conspiracists harken back to an Obama Colorado campaign speech in July, 2008. That day he deviated from his prepared text to say:

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Writing at American Thinker, Lee Cary noted at the time that the speech context seemed to involve expanded opportunities for community service. But as still happens when Obama goes off-teleprompter, his non-fortuitous word choice on the fly such as "national security force" prompted numerous writers to speculate since about some kind of national Obama para-military force.

And as great as Obama's unlikely, newly-revealed passion for skeet-shooting might be, that involves shotguns, not handguns over-heated from blasting off millions of rounds.

Additionally, Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, is widely expected to seek the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination. But you wouldn't think she'd need that much ammo for such a bid.

The lack of good answers makes one paranoid. Lord knows I'm paranoid enough of this government and this really doesn't make me more at ease. Especially with the push to disarm us.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/08/2013 11:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why does anyone "load up" on anything? Because they fear, or have knowledge of a future shortage.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Donald Sensing has a slightly different view.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/08/2013 12:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Or because you are planning to use a lot of it - like chip dip and beer at an upcoming party.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/08/2013 12:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Has an Executive Order been issued for all federal employees to take up Skeet Shooting ?
Posted by: Your Name Here || 02/08/2013 12:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, here's at least one of the FedBizOpps requests for quotes. I wonder what the contracting officer might have to say, rhetorical question of course.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 12:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Solicitation Number:
Notice Type:
Contract Award Date:
January 2, 2013
Contract Award Number:
Contract Award Dollar Amount:
Contract Line Item Number:
Contractor Awardee:
EVIAN GROUP, INC. [DUNS: 078701804],105 South Eastern Ave,Las Vegas NV 89123
Added: Dec 17, 2012 4:04 pm Modified: Jan 02, 2013 2:43 pmTrack Changes
No Description Provided
Additional Info:
www.fedbid.com (b-442047, n-97369)
Contracting Office Address:
2000 Bainbridge Ave., Charleston, SC 29405
Point of Contact(s):
Name: Cynthia Doster, Title: Contracting Officer, Phone: 8435668565, Fax: 8435668561, Email: cynthia.doster@dhs.gov;

Been researching this of the past few days. If you enter the above address of Evian Group you will see nothing but a couple of seedy hotels, service station and money wire location that habla espaniol.

The Evian Group also won $150,000.00 federal government awards on January 4, 2013 for replacement camera housings for an ungodly amount of small cameras and concrete barriers. Award activity ceased on that date.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/08/2013 12:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Evian Group is charging half of what the closest bidder bid, 21 cents per hollow point, which is unrealistic.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/08/2013 12:24 Comments || Top||

#8  No infor found on a "Grace Hodge and Larayne Whitehead", the two registered officers of Evian Group in Nevada. Hard to find the web site for the Clark County Appraisal District to determnine the owner of the address which is supposed to be public record.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/08/2013 12:30 Comments || Top||

#9  What's "Evian" spelled backwards?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/08/2013 12:35 Comments || Top||

#10  Looking at the obvious reasons and Sensing's "looting the treasury" option, I have to say, "Why can't it be both?"

Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/08/2013 12:38 Comments || Top||

#11  The '105 South Eastern Ave,Las Vegas NV 89123' appears to be an accommodation address.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 12:40 Comments || Top||

#12  Aside from the interesting procurement arrangements being explored here, is there any reputable estimate of recent DHS ammo procurement? When I take the time to look at the solicitations, I see training quantities in the hundreds of thousands to low millions, not low billions. But what's a factor of 1000? What difference does it make?

Anyone got a link? I checked Snopes and came empty.
Posted by: KBK || 02/08/2013 12:51 Comments || Top||

#13  Came up empty.
Posted by: KBK || 02/08/2013 12:52 Comments || Top||

#14  Rob:

What is "Strohs" spelled backwards.
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 02/08/2013 13:08 Comments || Top||

#15  I wonder if dedicated guards are willing to give their lives to defend such a tempting and obvious target against a determined armed assault.

Just saying...
Posted by: badanov || 02/08/2013 13:21 Comments || Top||

#16  Blueprint of the closure of a democracy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 13:43 Comments || Top||

#17  My guess is the administration was hoping to buy up all the ammo so the yokals can't get any. Typically they don't understand supply and demand.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/08/2013 14:40 Comments || Top||

#18  Well, there are a lot of Federal agencies that have armed police: Armed agencies. Gang that couldn't shoot straight? Maybe they practice a lot? Somehow, I don't think it's the gang who couldn't shoot straight. Some of these agency police are the best at what they do. Just scanning the wiki list, it may not be too accurate.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 15:17 Comments || Top||

#19  I hadn't realized that each of the major components of the IGs have armed units, for suitable law enforcement. The social security administration has an armed unit because the IGs can arrest people for SS fraud; and if you're going to have officers who can arrest people, said officers need to be armed and trained. Apparently lots of IG units have police powers.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/08/2013 15:20 Comments || Top||

#20  Evian Group, Inc. Nevada incorporation data. Not much here. Mystery company?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 16:05 Comments || Top||

#21  From johnQC's link
All the same address, no other contact info.

Officers Include Inactive Officers
Treasurer - ROMAN THARP
Status: Active Email:
Secretary - SCOTT ROGAN
Status: Active Email:
Status: Active Email:
Director - GRACE HODGE
Status: Active Email:
Address 1: 105 SOUTH EASTERN AVE Address 2:
City: LAS VEGAS State: NV
Zip Code: 89123 Country: USA
Posted by: tipover || 02/08/2013 16:43 Comments || Top||

#22  Is this one of these shell companies that grow like mushrooms? Kept in the dark and covered with sh!t?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 17:00 Comments || Top||

#23  Good work tipover. I'd bet those names lead nowhere.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 17:27 Comments || Top||

#24  http://www.manta.com/c/mt12wm4/global-synergy-group-inc

Global Synergy Group, Inc in Matthews, NC is a private company categorized under Small Arms Ammunition. Our records show it was established in and incorporated in North Carolina.

13663 Providence Road # 370
Matthews, NC 28104-9373

(704) 254-9886

Larayne Whitehead
Chief Executive Officer
Posted by: Nero || 02/08/2013 17:31 Comments || Top||

#25  Appears they also like handcuffs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 17:46 Comments || Top||

#26  Appears Evian group was formed only 5 days prior to the solicitation. A very aggressive crew of business developers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 17:57 Comments || Top||

#27  http://www.businessminority.com/matthews/nc/

Probable "minority owned" shell company.
Posted by: Nero || 02/08/2013 17:59 Comments || Top||

#28  Payback for election support?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 18:12 Comments || Top||

#29  http://www.corporationwiki.com/North-Carolina/Charlotte/techelon-consulting-inc/65600043.aspx

Techelon Consulting, Inc. has a location in Charlotte, NC. Active officers include Larayne Whitehead. The company's line of business includes Book Printing.


Another minority-owned shell.
Posted by: Nero || 02/08/2013 18:21 Comments || Top||

#30  So how does this work? A contract gets awarded to a newly sprouted company that doesn't appear to manufacture or sell anything. Is this like one of those "green" companies that goes belly-up half-way through next year? I suppose a person could call the contract administrator and make inquiries but then again it might not be such a good idea.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 18:23 Comments || Top||

#31  Always wondered where all the ammo that kept showing up in Fallout 3 came from.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/08/2013 18:29 Comments || Top||

#32  Hodge or Hodges???


Oh wait ....
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/08/2013 18:32 Comments || Top||

#33  #30 So how does this work? A contract gets awarded to a newly sprouted company that doesn't appear to manufacture or sell anything. Is this like one of those "green" companies that goes belly-up half-way through next year? I suppose a person could call the contract administrator and make inquiries but then again it might not be such a good idea.

Typically a "minority owned" vendor that is a shell business puts in a bid for portion of a program that is the minority/disadvantaged set-aside part of a program. That shell just passes the order through to the real vendor, after raking off a percentage for their 'trouble'. Yet another way to pay off your supporters.
Posted by: Nero || 02/08/2013 18:33 Comments || Top||

#34  I do believe the procurement that oversees this contract lives in North Carolina from checking a few days ago. Will check again.

www.zabasearch.com is great at checking that stuff.
Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/08/2013 19:41 Comments || Top||

#35  No doubt there are shenanigans going on in the awarding of contracts, but the U.S. Government needs a bunch of ammo. Every year every member of the armed services, and many law enforcement folks need to qualify on their weapons. Before 2001 only grunts, marines, and special people really had to do annual qualification. Afterwards, everybody does.

You can see the results of the change in this article from 2004.


Here the Army manufacturing plant is maxing out at 1.5 billion rounds a year. And they need more.

We only shot something like 60 million rounds in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005. It is important to realize that real serious wartime needs are less than 5% of routine training requirements.

A couple billion bullets sounds like a lot, but that is really about what we shoot every year. It's a big country with a big government. Hyperventilate about that instead of the bullets.

Posted by: rammer || 02/08/2013 20:38 Comments || Top||

#36  Yep, they really need all that ammo. Dja see where the LAPD open fired on two unarmed women and only managed to wing one?

What do you call an LA police officer who empties his weapon and only hits his target twice?


That's no good when the zombies come...
Posted by: badanov || 02/08/2013 21:22 Comments || Top||

#37  badanov, that's just the way California rolls.

I was talking about the Feds, 2 billion rounds for the Feds, alone.

California, they buy weed, condoms and transgender sensitivity for their officers to train with, not bullets.
Posted by: rammer || 02/08/2013 22:11 Comments || Top||

#38  "That's sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times"

Good. I don't want to be crawling down the sidewalk wounded. If they're gonna shoot me - they better man up and do it right.
Posted by: Raider || 02/08/2013 23:23 Comments || Top||

Obama crony wins contract to give phones to jobless
[WASHINGTONTIMES] A cellphone company whose top executive has close ties to President Obama lobbied for and won a piece of a major new government push to provide Internet service to low-income job-seekers, even though critics say the company's smartphones are poorly suited to the task of helping those in the program find work.

The program's supporters tout it as a way for the unemployed to learn technical skills, to prepare resumes and to search for jobs, but one of the 14 pilot contracts that the FCC awarded went to Miami-based TracFone Wireless Inc.

TracFone CEO F.J. Pollak has been a frequent White House visitor and his wife Abigail has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both Mr. Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

And although TracFone had originally lobbied for the program, critics say its contract would not provide recipients with skills-boosting computers and services, but would supply high-end Android phones, ready to play games and browse Facebook but doing little in the way of getting a job.
Posted by: Fred || 02/08/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will they have built-in reminders to go and vote Democrat?
Posted by: Bulldog || 02/08/2013 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  They're not actually phones, they're hand-held voting machines.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 2:17 Comments || Top||

#3  http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/01/72400
1996: The Israeli secret service finds that a cell phone can be used for things other than chatting with friends. It also makes a pretty nifty little bomb for disposing of an enemy, which is what happens to Yahya Ayyash on Jan. 5, 1996 when he tries talking on a booby-trapped phone apparently provided by Israel's Shabak.
Ayyash might have appreciated the irony: He was the chief bomb-maker for Hamas, and was linked to the killings of more than 70 Israelis, many of them civilians.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/08/2013 8:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Wow - now high-end android phones are a right?

I take it this includes free unlimited data service as well. I work my ass off and I don't even have that.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/08/2013 8:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Saves a lot of valuable time CF. Enables one to call ahead to the Kroger or Publics meat section and order those favorite steak cuts. Think of the job search time wasted, waiting on special cuts....fumbling with real cash at the check-out, then the long slug to the handicapped parking slot.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/08/2013 8:25 Comments || Top||

#6  So, like guns in Fast and Furious(tm), we can trace these back from cellphones taken in gang/drug busts? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/08/2013 8:39 Comments || Top||

#7  #4 Wow - now high-end android phones are a right?

It's in the revision and re-write of the Declaration of Independence.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/08/2013 8:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Rights are restrictions on the power of the state.

A transfer of wealth can never be a right.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/08/2013 8:57 Comments || Top||

#9  ..yes, its something that's earned, like sticking a gun in someone's gut and demanding their wallet, or voting for politicians who'll do it for you.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/08/2013 11:40 Comments || Top||

#10  Find out who the carriers are. Boycott time...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/08/2013 16:08 Comments || Top||

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