Chronicling the VA – May We Remember the “Pobrecito!”

I-CareA Spanish-speaking Mexican colleague taught me this term, “pobrecito,” meaning “poor little one.”  As I chronicle the VA ineptitudes, failures, criminal behaviors, and abusive actions, I am always conscious of the pobrecito, the poor little one, the poor victim who got harmed.  Too often, the victims never receive any compensation, acknowledgment, or retribution, nothing for having become a victim of the VA.  Too often, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG) investigates long after the abuse has occurred, and the victims are not covered in the scope of the investigation, or worse, the victim was killed, and the family is left to mourn, and nobody can help.

Angry Grizzly BearWhy chronicle the VA abuses; because the needs to be held accountable, speak the language, and have tougher skin and broader shoulders than the VA’s normal victims.  The VA is slowly learning they can harm me, but they cannot shut me up!  I will not stop fighting the VA for humane treatment, honorable service, and dedicated systems.  The VA is sick because apathy and inertia were allowed to replace common sense and decency, leadership was replaced with cost accounting and bureaucratic red tape, and human kindness was eradicated and replaced with drones and robots.  I know how to make the VA better; I do not have all the answers, but I know how to launch the revolution and begin cleaning the VA, and I will not stop calling upon those responsible for fixing the mess they created!

Starting this week’s VA-OIG headlines of crimes and inspections, we find a couple in South Florida who used the system to bilk more than $20 Million in purchase order scams.

Earron Starks was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay over $2.4 million in restitution. Carlicha Starks was sentenced to three years of supervised release, including one year of home confinement, and ordered to pay $501,000 in restitution. They paid kickbacks to VA employees as part of a large-scale bribery scheme, which enabled the Starks couple and other corrupt vendors to receive over $20 million in purchase orders from VA medical centers in West Palm Beach and Miami. Fourteen additional defendants were charged for their roles in this scheme.”VA 3

Who’s the pobrecito in this case; the taxpayers, the veterans, and the United States.  Federal Employees had to not only know the crimes occurring but be complicit in the crimes.  Will they lose their retirement benefits, have to repay their wages, and face criminal charges and jail time for their culpability?  Fourteen additional defendants, how many were supervisors in the know and on the payroll who were promoted during this scheme whose supervisors failed to do their jobs and scrutinize the work of their underlings?  The shadiest part of this entire scheme is encapsulated in the following sentence:

All VA Employees were either terminated or resigned.”

Name me one private-sector employer who could get away with a massive scheme and enjoy similar benefits!Survived the VA

We find another VA employee embroiled in theft of equipment which sold the stolen goods in Ohio.

Kevin Rumph, Jr., of Fairburn, Georgia, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.9 million in medical products while employed at a VA community-based outpatient clinic in Atlanta. Between 2013 and 2021, Rumph made hundreds of unauthorized purchases of equipment used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. He then stole and sold the equipment to a vendor in Ohio. Sentencing is scheduled for November 17, 2021.”

I have worked in purchasing in both the US Military and in the private sector.  If I went to my bosses with “hundreds of purchase orders for supplies,” they would naturally be curious.  Repetition of hundreds of similar requests would raise red flags and demand audits of my records and proof of need.  Why did this not occur at the VA?VA 3

In the US Navy, I was in charge of ordering stock and saw requests for certain o-rings spike, as I knew the Chief Engineer would spot this and ask why, I asked why, went to the equipment records, dug up the maintenance reports, and asked questions of the mechanics and technicians.  In doing so, we discovered an unreported problem with machinery.  This is called due diligence; why was it not being practiced by the supervisor of Mr. Rumph?  You cannot tell me a seven-year trend line is something that was an anomaly and easily missed in budget reporting year-over-year!

Exclamation MarkLet’s admit a truth for certain; COVID has been a farrago of gargantuan size from day 1.  In acknowledging this, no blame is being proportioned to the front-line workers in any way, shape, or form.  But, the administrators, policymakers, politicians, and government bureaucrats have certainly proved they could unscrew the inscrutable!  Worse, the bureaucrats proved that their idiocy was highly contagious, infecting more people than COVID, spreading faster than COVID, and killing more people than COVID.  Our proof of this concept arrives from Houston and the Michael DeBakey VAMC.

The VA Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection regarding allegations of incompletely screening for COVID-19 and treatment of a patient with serious mental illness who presented for same-day care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (facility).”

Findings:

      • The VA-OIG substantiated that facility staff did not complete the patient’s COVID-19 temperature screening.
      • The VA-OIG substantiated that facility staff failed to manage the patient with COVID-19 symptoms medically.
      • Sent the patient to the drive-through testing area without medical evaluation, did not isolate the patient, complete a care plan, or follow the policy for transporting patients suspected to have COVID-19.
      • The vulnerable patient disappeared while in the facility’s care, was found off-site four days later experiencing a medical emergency, taken back to the facility, and died the following day [emphasis mine]!
      • The VA-OIG determined that the Mental Health Intensive Case Management team failed to address documentation discrepancies related to the patient’s surrogate and educate the family on COVID-19 visitor policy and screening processes.
      • The VA-OIG identified the facility’s noncompliance with the missing patient policy.
      • Facility leaders’ failure to report an adverse event and ensure a timely review of the patient’s episode of care.
      • The VA-OIG identified facility leaders did not timely or accurately disclose to the patient’s family the medical mismanagement that led to the patient’s adverse clinical outcome, e.g., death!
      • The VA-OIG concluded the failure to screen, isolate, and evaluate the patient resulted in potential COVID-19 exposure to staff, patients, and the public when the patient moved through facility grounds.VA 3

What was not covered in the scope of the VA-OIG investigation was whether the staff had proper training on the written policies or if training had been suspended due to the “pandemic health emergency.”  Failure of training has been a running and recurring theme for the VA before the pandemic, and the failures of training have led to thousands of “adverse clinical outcomes” at the VA, up to and even including death.  Yet, as evidenced in this example, small decisions lead to catastrophic events.  The infected patient was mentally unstable and missing for four days; how many people interacted with the patient as a superspreader event?  Who is at blame at this VAMC for this event, the leaders!  They failed their people, failed this patient, and failed this family!

Detective 4Before continuing, we must pause and take a moment to send heartfelt congratulations to two VA Health Care Systems (VAHCS) who passed their comprehensive healthcare inspections (CHIp), if not with flying colors with significant improvement, and are deserving of the highest praise.  Would the leaders of the Fort Harrison VAHCS in Montana and the Western Colorado VAHCS in Grand Junction please stand and take a bow.  Your improvements, conduct, and capacity to achieve reflect that success is possible with good leadership.  Keep up the good work; find ways to improve daily, and may continual success be ever yours!

Finally, we come to a regular topic, the failure of the VA as a whole entity to manage to pass a simple audit on financial matters and the continuing debacle where hiring is concerned during the pandemic.  Let me refresh your memories on the hiring debacle; first, the VA-OIG found that VISN leaders “were generally pleased with the “flexibility” provided during the pandemic for speedier hiring.”  What did the American people get for reduced hiring practices at the VA?  More criminal employees, more employees with shady pasts, more employees with sticky fingers, and more employees who could not find employment in public schools, now working for the federal government.VA 3

How did that relaxing of hiring practices work out for the American people and the veterans receiving care; not very well!  But, let’s all relax; the VISN leaders are “generally pleased.”  Frankly, I would be shocked if anything ruffled the VISN leaders’ feathers long enough for them to care; they are mostly at the top of their career ladders and failing a presidential appointment to Washington, know they are set for life.  So, why rock the boat?!?!

As for financial audits, the VISN leaders know that money continuously is appropriated to carry them and their poor decisions forward.  Just ask the Denver VAMC where the construction cost overruns are still costing the taxpayers, and no one was ever held liable for that boondoggle or any other crime and scheme for that matter.

Question 3Why?  Why are victims left to rot, the assaulters and victimizers promoted, and the VA as an organization left in the hands of disreputable, dishonest, unethical, and immoral people?  Why is the VA a culture of corruption, greed, envy, sloth, and disinterest when the US military is the exact opposite?  America is not what is found in the halls of the VA, why has the VA been allowed to become something anathema to the American people?

Knowledge Check!Great Britain, you find similar in your halls of government.  Your people are amazing; your government workers are just as despicable and deleterious as the American VA, IRS, and DMV.  Australia, great people, absurdly detestable government workers.  France, interesting people, but the government employee seems to have been drug from the bottom of the scum sucked from the Seine.  I have met incredible people in Italy, Greece, Germany, South Korea, etc., but the story rings true everywhere; the government does not represent you.  Pobrecito; what has happened?

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NO MORE BS: LIC – What You Are Witnessing!

Andragogy - LEARNAs a topic I write extensively about, some may ask, “Why does he continue writing about this topic?”  The answer can be found in Portland, Oregon, most any night, where the rioters and looters are screaming, breaking the law, and getting away with this anarchy because it is politically acceptable to someone’s personal desires.

Minneapolis-St. Paul experienced LIC, and then the politicians defunded the police.  Seattle, Washington, regularly, not as often as Portland but regularly, experiences LIC.  People get injured, public and private property is damaged and destroyed, and always those committing the crimes skate personal responsibility, and the police keep getting defunded.  Ferguson, Missouri, experienced LIC and are significantly worse for the experience!  Atlanta, Georgia, has been bruised and hurt; people died.  The restaurant burned, all over politically acceptable “rage” masquerading LIC; has anyone followed the money and discovered who benefitted from Atlanta burning?  I know nobody cares enough about Ferguson to follow the money.  What about Portland, who is investigating where the money originates paying for all the LIC?Apathy

What is LIC?

Ziggy on GovernmentLow-Intensity Conflict (LIC) is the official name for what happens when individuals or governments hire intermediaries to conduct violent operations from a position of security.  LIC is a misnomer; those who have become victims of the barbarous cruelty of those practicing LIC find nothing “Low” about the experience.  The conflict is intense, the actions brutal, and the practitioners remain cunning adversaries using and employing willing dupes to hide the true depths of moral decay inherent in the societal destructions and depravations the practitioners are enacting.  Many confuse LIC in describing the actions of unbridled violence committed by ideologues under the banner of terrorism.  The US Military Joint Chiefs of Staff define LIC as:

A limited political-military struggle to achieve political, social, economic, or psychological objectives. It is often protracted and ranges from diplomatic, economic, and psychological pressures through terrorism and insurgency. Low-intensity conflict is generally confined to a geographic area and is often characterized by constraints on the weaponry, tactics, and levels of violence (Tinder 1990)” [emphasis mine].

Detective 4Some will proclaim loudly, primarily due to affiliation with, or money donated from, deep-pocketed entities, that LIC is only limited to those more commonly perceived as terrorists, i.e., car bombers, hijackers, etc.; however, paid rioters, looters, and those termed by the media as “violent protesters,” are practicing LIC.  The media keeps trying to lie and claim, “peaceful protests were overcome by looters, rioters, etc.”  This lie keeps being swallowed until the truth breaks out and the “peaceful protest” was anything but before it was “overcome” by violent actors.  Want to know one of the biggest growth markets in America, paid agitators!  People who do not care about a cause but are paid to scream, holler, march, act like idiots, and destroy America.  One of the most open secrets about the daily disasters being witnessed in the news is those being paid to protest, throw rocks, and destroy property.  Follow the money, and those paying for LIC become known and should be held accountable for the mess they paid to see.

Where is LIC most obvious?

Sure, the protests are apparent places where LIC is most probable.  However, we are missing some crucial aspects of LIC if we presume the riots are the only place LIC is being practiced.  Never forget, the purpose of LIC is to accomplish “A limited political-military struggle to achieve political, social, economic, or psychological objectives.”  Note, the tools used to achieve the goal, “… diplomatic, economic, and psychological pressures through terrorism and insurgency.”  Hence, the K-12 classroom is the number one location where LIC is regularly practiced in America and many democratically elected countries worldwide.

Social Justice Warrior 3Consider the lie of climate change.  Psychological and social controls are exerted through “Climate Change Science Pogroms.”  What is the aim; achieve mass hysteria about the climate while defying and denying logic and science, preaching social changes that empower the government while stealing liberty and freedom.  K-12 education in America has been intentionally dumbed down since the 1860s to stop people from learning to read, write, and logically think through mathematics as a control mechanism of the general population.

How much time do your children spend on climate change programming as an aim of LIC; more than 5 hours a day on average.  The subject arises in Math, Science, History, Reading, English, Social Studies, and the list goes on and on.  Then you have TV programming, from Sesame Street to the nightly news; climate change programming never ends.  Always Climate Change Science aims to program the public into giving up their liberty, freedoms, and lifestyles for the ambiguous “Climate Health.” At the same time, the government steals your money, liberty, and freedom, and a select few make billions in climate alarmism to buy a new luxury yacht or private jet.  Follow the money, and you find the same names, the same “influencers,” and you never see them sacrificing for the climate!The Duty of Americans

Where else do you regularly see LIC practiced in the political undermining of conservatives by the left-wing militias.  Consider Speaker Pelosi’s actions for a moment as she “deals” with the opposing party in the US House of Representatives, and you will see LIC in action.  Better yet, review Speaker Pelosi’s efforts during the Trump Presidency and LIC actions were clearly noticeable.  Want a better example; look to Speaker Harry Reid’s tenure in the US Senate as Majority Leader, and you see LIC being practiced against the US House of Representatives as a means of controlling legislation.  Speaker Boehner (R) was not a strong pick and was a horrible speaker of the US House of Representatives, but his job was made immeasurably worse by Speaker Reid in the Senate!Patriotism

Never forget, Speaker Paul Ryan (R) was more useless than Speaker John Boehner (R), but again, the minority leader was Pelosi and Speaker Reid in the Senate.  Because none of these Republican Speakers recognized LIC was being used against them, they failed miserably!  Thus, teaching everyone the first lesson of LIC; if you do not acknowledge your enemies are practicing guerilla warfare, you will lose!  The second lesson taught where LIC is concerned, you cannot fight by the enemies’ rules.  Anyone else remember Vietnam; America was taught this lesson in spades!  To combat LIC, one must use a no-holds-barred, knuckle-busting, dirt-throwing, fight-to-the-death manner of combat, or your enemy will win!  You write your own rules and attack!  Forcing your opponent to give ground because they want to use their rules, and you are not willing to relinquish the moral high ground or fight by someone else’s rules.  When President Clinton promised that politics would change under his administration, the opposition should have believed him and changed their approach.  But, they refused, and America has been the worse ever since!

LookLIC is dangerous; not recognizing where and when LIC is being practiced is more dangerous still.  Ask yourself, why did the US President quadruple the number of immigrants pouring through the southern border?  The president is using LIC to breed paid agitators against the rightful citizens of America and illegally increase his voting bloc.  Why was President Trump denied his rights by Facebook; LIC.  By denying a private citizen his First Amendment rights to social media, Facebook can show a “strong and courageous” stand against conservative speech!  The rules have changed, if you do not understand LIC, you will lose, and America will continue to be lost.

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NO MORE BS: A Black Day in American History – The Rise of the Fraudulent President!

Theres moreIn a few short hours, America will inaugurate the fraudulent president.  A president is coming to office where the “Rule of Law” was blatantly plasticized, contorted, and flagrantly forgotten.  I am not a conspiracy theorist; I am an American Patriot.  I have deep concerns and reservations about how Biden/Harris won the presidency, and I have deep and valid concerns about down-ballot winners and losers.  Worse, I have deep and abiding concerns about America’s future elections.

When Bush/Cheney ran into problems in the 2000 Presidential Election, the process of law was followed.  The Florida State Supreme Court made a decision, the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision, recounts were halted, and a vigorous and transparent investigation was conducted.  The legal issues were settled quickly, and the results of the election could be trusted.  Why was this legal precedent thrown aside in 2020?  Fast forward 20-years and when the head of the Federal Election Commission claimed there were concerns about fraud, why didn’t the supreme courts in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, North and South Carolina, Nevada, specifically, but all the state supreme courts generally, immediately move to suspend counting, conduct a thorough, transparent, and speedy investigation into the fraud accusations?

What irritates me most in this convoluted farce of an election, the liberal leftists have never claimed that fraud did not occur.  The liberal leftists have just taunted Americans to prove how they conducted fraud.  Add in the corporate media running interference, the COVID health excuse, and the interminable lack of interest, and the 2020 Elections will go down in American History as the pinnacle of perpetuated shams.

Duty 2The last role of an elected head of the executive branch is to oversee the fair, honest, and transparent election process.  Yet, President Trump was thwarted at every hand in his duties to ensure a fair and transparent election occurred in November 2020.  Thus, when Biden/Harris is referred to as the fraudulent presidency, it is because they have assumed office and never denied or tried to help ensure an honest, fair, and transparent election in November 2020.  Is the problem apparent?  The supposed “winners” of the election never once offered to help protect their election win from claims of fraud; to me, this is the first and largest red flag!

Georgia’s election officials getting caught red-handed committing fraud is the second red-flag.  That Dominion Voting holds 40% of the voting machines used in all the states with the most fraud is another indicator that there are problems.  Legitimate, valid, and pressing concerns needing to be investigated to protect election integrity.  If Dominion were honest, they would be grateful and graciously looking forward to clearing their name of the fraud accusations.  Add in the ties to China, the influence peddling, the complicit media, and the American People are right to be very concerned about the incoming administration!

Detective 2What about the numbers that do not add up in Pennsylvania?  The stop/start vote counting that suddenly overturned election results in multiple states that is statistically impossible, what about the time gaps in reporting the numbers? So many questions abound.  An honorable person would not assume the presidency under these circumstances.  Because under a cloud of fraud, every action will appear to be a slight and insult to the last officeholder and an insult to every American.

State Legislators and Senators, where were you in upholding your state’s laws, honor, and reputation when the fraud was accused in the November 2020 elections?  I saw hours of committee hearings, but you have two jobs, write laws that make sense to improve the society in your state and scrutinize the state, county, and city governments to protect your state’s honor and integrity.  Where have you been since the debacle in November 2020 began with the primaries?

RememberFair, honest, and transparent elections are the job of local city, county, and state governments, and they have failed to perform their most sacred job.  Even if your state was not included in the primary “battleground states,” can you affirm that only legal votes were counted?  That only legal votes were counted once.  That legal votes can be tied directly to a single person, holding a government ID, and the legal ability to vote?  On the subject of scrutinization, how are you, the state legislators, proving the voting machines’ results did not reduce one person’s vote to a percentage based upon the candidate’s political affiliation or candidate vote cast?

Of truth for certain, when even a single dead person votes in an election, the entire results of that election need to be scrutinized, measured, and weighed against protecting your state’s integrity and promoting trust in election results.  You, the executive branch in state and local governments, have failed to do your job, and you are solely responsible for the insanity that has ensued in America since November 2020.  Not claiming you alone are responsible, for there is plenty of illegal, immoral, and unethical actions to go around.  Still, the state and local governments are the first line of defense in election protection and integrity and deserve the most scrutinization!

ScalesSupreme Court of the United States, I repeat my question: Why was legal precedent set aside in November 2020 that has been in place for most of American History?  When accusations of fraud arose, and questions with evidence began to be forthcoming indicating fraudulent voting occurred, why did the Supreme Court not immediately halt the election counting, walk over to the Department of Justice, assign an investigator, and look into irregularities’ claimed?  The Supreme Court should have been the most vocal and avid defended of honest, fair, and transparent elections; but, you were nowhere to be seen.  Even after receiving evidence and hearing the charges, you refused to act.  You refused to return the election results to the state legislatures and demand coherent action.  Why were the Dominion Voting Machines, along with all other voting automation machines, not placed under Federal Warrant, sealed, and then had a full audit performed in the code, the software, and the hardware as a means to protect election integrity?  You are the court of last resort, and when you fail to act, you leave the American People hanging, and election fraud continues!  Why are you refusing to do your job?

How many times have Voter ID laws come before the Supreme Court since the 1970s?  The answer is a hodgepodge of federal and state supreme court decisions that span legal logic.  For example, Pennsylvania had what was considered a strict Voter ID law that was refused by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court back in 2012.  That particular legal fight was full of judicial activism, failures of the legislature, and soured many people’s trust in government.  Fast forward to 2020, and now, Pennsylvania is in the middle of a major fraud accusation and has no one to blame but themselves.

GeorgiaGeorgia has what is considered a strict Voter ID law.  Thus, it should be possible to trace every single vote to a legal citizen to prove they voted.  Would the state legislature of Georgia please explain why you remained silent, refused to help, and allowed your state’s honor and integrity to be trashed through fraudulent election practices?

ArizonaArizona has what is considered a strict Voter ID law.  Thus, it should be possible to trace every single vote to a legal citizen to prove they voted.  Would the state legislature of Arizona please explain why you remained silent, refused to help, and allowed your state’s honor and integrity to be trashed through fraudulent election practices?  Why were the governors of Georgia and Arizona and the rest of the state executive staff in such a hurry to certify votes when questions of fraud remained hanging over their heads?

Michigan has lax and just about useless voter ID laws.  I doubt Michigan could stop fraudulent ballots with a bulldozer and a front-end loader. Yet, the legislature refuses to act to protect election integrity, transparency, and accountability.  Fulfilling the terms of the definition of insanity as Einstein provided, “Repeating the same actions expecting different results.”  Shameful!

Do you, the various states’ citizens, enjoy being labeled as incompetent because your state cannot hold an election without fraud, e.g., Illinois, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Maine, New York, etc.?  Check out this map.  Then, start contacting your local governing officials.  Until a rhubarb is raised on the local level to improve voting laws, voting transparency, and voting operations and practices, America will continue to obtain the same results in elections, fraud, malfeasance, misfeasance, criminal actions, and untrustworthy politicians to lead America!

DutyAn absolute sham has been thrust upon American Citizens by the political left.  The political left does not deny they committed fraud.  The political left has been giddy as little school-girls about this entire election game they played.  A black day has begun in America, and the sun will not shine again upon America until we clean house, reduce government, and fix the broken election system.

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