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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Environmentalists Are Such Goofy Creatures

Remember this op/ed in the Roanoke Times from several months ago having to do with that proposed oil pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries in the U.S.?
The proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline would connect the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, with the refineries of southern Texas, thereby being a bullet line from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. It would carry dirty tar sands oil from Canada's Boreal forest to Texas, all the while fueling global warming, threatening drinking water for millions of Americans and driving more destruction of songbird and wildlife habitat.

Not only would this pipeline destroy Canada's boreal forest and wetlands, decimate songbird populations, massively increase global warming pollution and threaten America's drinking water supplies, it would also seriously undermine the U.S. commitment to a clean energy economy.
Gosh. Do we really want an oil pipeline running through the country?

I say, NO WAY.

Uh.

Wait.

You say there is a pipeline in place already?

Uh, what?

You say there are hundreds of pipelines running through the U.S. today?

By golly, there are:


Good grief.

So what's this idiot environmentalist whining about?

Hat tip to John Mauldin.

Too Funny

North Koreans.  Crying hysterically.




In response, the rest of the world:




Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry over someone you've never met, never talked to, and know little about, and the world wonders if there's some kind of hallucinogen in those leaves and tree bark you eat for dinner.

The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel

"In today’s world, it is playing the race card." Again.

You're calling me a racist?  Pardon me while I yawn.

Tough Talk, But ...

... does anyone believe Obama will actually pull the trigger?

Panetta: Iran will not be allowed nukes

Let it be remembered, George W. Bush made the same declaration several years ago.

Yet, with each passing day, the Islamists in Iran get closer and closer ...

* Maybe Panetta has more sanctions in mind.

'Servants of the People'

Ever wonder how people of modest means can go to Washington, work for the taxpayers, and become fabulously wealthy?

Ask Nancy Pelosi.

Fiddling While Rome Burns

Obama's doing battle over a 60-day extension of a miniscule payroll tax cut.

A 60-day cut.

Meanwhile, unemployment is beyond tragic.

Federal debt is beyond redemption.

The government is spending 40% each day more than it is taking in.

The energy crisis worsens by the hour.

And Obama is spending all his time - as he prepares to go on an extended vacation - screwing around with a brief extension of a microscopic tax cut.

My God.

Former NY City Police Commissioner: 10,000 Gun Laws Aren't Enough

And if Obama got the 10,001st passed by Congress, you can bet this robotic stuck-on-stupid liberal would tell you that isn't enough either.

Bill Bratton talking to CBS News about the rise of law enforcement deaths this year:

"You're always going to have - no matter how good we are at controlling crime spikes - and what you're seeing right now is an unfortunate aberration, in the sense that this year, it is up, and assaults on police, particularly those involving guns - the insanity of the lack of gun control laws in this country."

Insanity?

Insanity is believing that this country has a lack of gun control laws.  We are awash in gun laws.  They just serve no purpose when bad guys with bad intentions do bad things.

Case in point: How many laws - including gun laws - did that asshole who shot Officer Derieck Crouse on the Virginia Tech campus on December 8 defy?  Another law would have prevented what?

* I apologize for the fact that this guy can't put a constructive sentence together. He wasn't appointed police chief because of his grammatical skills. He was the good liberal, which is all that mattered.

Taxocrats, Stuck On Stupid

What, watching Maryland implode because of its tax burden (and accounting gimmicks) isn't enough to scare Virginia legislators?

Apparently not, if you're a Democrat.

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Henrico): Bring on the fiscal crisis!

I thank God every day that morons like him are no longer in charge.

Medicaid Fraud Is Rampant

And right in our back yard.

From the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:
Former office manager for personal care agency pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud
Agnes Vint admits to making false statements in relation to healthcare matters

Roanoke, VA (December 20, 2011) -- A former office manager at Health Care Virginia (HCVA) pled guilty to defrauding Medicaid yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

Agnes Underwood Vint, 75, of Selma, Va., along with others, were indicted by a Federal grand jury in March on a number of healthcare fraud related charges. This afternoon, Vint pled guilty to one count of making false statements in writing relating to healthcare matters.

"This case sends a strong message that providers who falsify official documents in a federal health care benefit program such as Medicaid or Medicare will be vigorously prosecuted," United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. "This is the type of fraud that wastes our precious health care dollars. Ms. Vint has been appropriately brought to justice for her criminal activity."

"Vint was part of a scheme that not only defrauded Medicaid patients and taxpayers, but it also potentially put infirmed patients in extreme danger. She even falsified documents to state that patients were getting required nursing visits when they were not. I am just grateful that our investigators were able to stop such a cold and heartless act," said Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

HCVA, based in Covington, Va. was incorporated in 2007 for the purpose of providing personal care services and respite services to Medicaid recipients in the Western District of Virginia. HCVA entered into a Home and Community Based Personal Care Services Participation Agreement with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to become a Medicaid Provider in 2007. DMAS requires that all Personal Care Aides receive a minimum of 40 hours of training prior to employment, which must be taught and supervised by a registered nurse. DMAS also requires that all patients receive periodic nursing visits to verify patient safety and the continuing need for services.

Today in District Court, Vint admitted that while serving as the office manager at HCVA, between March 2008 and March 2010, she issued false training certificates in order to cover-up the lack of training received by Personal Care Aides assigned to Medicaid patients. She also admitted falsifying Nursing Assessments to cover up the fact that the HCVA nurse, co-defendant Sandra Pope, the owner and sole RN employed by HCVA, failed to make the required visits.

Under the direction and control of Pope, HCVA did not provide the required training of Personal Care Aides. Instead, Pope and HCVA issued false training certificates and assigned those Personal Care Aides to care for Medicaid patients in their homes.

As a result, from October 2007 through June 2010, HCVA billed and was paid over $980,061.21 in Medicaid funds for non-certified, untrained Personal Care Aides placed with Medicaid patients.

The other defendants charged with being part of the scheme, Sandra Pope McElwain, Melissa Cary and Health Care Virginia Inc. (HCVA) have each already pled guilty to similar charges. HCVA has been sentenced to three years probation, a fine of $10,000 and ordered to pay $323,420 in restitution.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, and other members of the Western Virginia Health Care Fraud Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie L. M. Waering and Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Vaso Doubles are prosecuting the case for the United States.
So much money. So little oversight.

World War II Encapsulated

Had it only been fought on Facebook:

News Feed History of the World: WWII.

Cute.

* You might have to click on the column to the left to expand it.