$20 Million Spent on Solar Panels at the Phoenix VA Facility: As Veterans Die, the VA Focuses on Being Green

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The administrators at the Veterans Administration have apparently been busy while old soldiers waited to see a doctor, after all. Serving those who served is not necessarily a priority, but saving the planet is Job 1. Solar panels and windmills can be more important than the touch of a healing hand.

The department early on set up an Office of Green Management Programs designed to “help VA facilities nationwide recognize opportunities to green VA, and to reward innovative ‘green’ practices and efforts by individual facilities and staff within the VA.” This sometimes means paying more attention to greening the department and saving the polar ice caps than to health care.

In the department’s words, it adopted a far more important mission to “become more energy efficient and sustainable, focusing primarily on renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, [carbon-dioxide] emissions reduction, and sustainable buildings.”

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At the Phoenix VA…

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The Pinkerton Case III, Another Backward Case: Reversed

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Matthew Pinkerton and Family credit: guns.com Matthew Pinkerton and Family
credit: guns.com

The charges against Matthew Pinkerton have been dropped. From the Maryland Gazette:

 A Glen Burnie man was acquitted Friday in the September shooting death of a man he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

Matthew Pinkerton, 35, was on trial for second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Kendall Green, 25, of Glen Burnie.

Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford II said there was not enough evidence to convict Pinkerton, and dismissed the charges.

To clarify matters, what appears to have happened–the article does not make this clear–is that the charges against Pinkerton were dismissed. Pinkerton was apparently not acquitted, in other words, found not guilty of the charges. There is a significant difference in the process of the similar outcomes. To be acquitted, one much normally endure a complete trial and a jury must render a “not guilty”…

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Online Dating: How Do Men Interpret “Independent Woman”? (Video)

James Michael Sama

At a recent event in Boston I was a member of a men’s panel, amid an audience of over 30 women. One of the questions that came up was regarding online dating profiles and how it comes across to the opposite gender.

One woman revealed the first words of her profile read “Independent woman” and asked how that may come across. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

It’s important to realize that depending on the type of person we would like to attract, how we choose to present ourselves has to be consistent with the message we are actually trying to get across – often times we may put something into the world that could be misinterpreted by our target audience.

How do you think this terminology would translate in the online dating realm? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!


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There’s gonna be a Rodney King, baby: EBT recipients in LA threaten riots after card outage

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Written by Allen West on June 19, 2014

It’s often said, if you give a man a fish, he will eat for one day but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin is a similar sentiment: “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

And we see this theory playing out right before our eyes, in a very negative way. Hat tip to a friend of mine, a New York Police Department detective…

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Man says apartment complex called his US flag a ‘threat to Muslim community’

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by Alice Barr / KHOU 11 News

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WEBSTER, Texas — A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight.
Stepping onto Duy Tran’s balcony in Webster, one thing is clear: “It means a lot to me,” he said.
He’s talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago. But then an apartment manager at the Lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.
“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” said Tran. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.”
We tried to ask a manager if that’s exactly what was said, but she just handed us a…

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Feds advertised for escort services for unaccompanied alien children in January

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Feds advertised for escort services for unaccompanied alien children in January.


If you think this sudden flood of illegal immigrant children is spontaneous, think again.

According to a “help wanted” Request For Information (RFI) posted on FedBizOpps.gov, the feds were looking for vendors to help escort unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in JANUARY of this year.

The specific vendor requirements state:

ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient, and incident free transport. The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a…

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Secure Hope


Psalm 42

The Lord wants us to be people with desires and expectations that are motivating and enriching. But in this fallen world, the disappointment of some unrealized hopes is inevitable. How can we determine where to place our hope—and the way to respond if it’s not fulfilled?

Hope is secure when it is aligned with God’s desires, which are revealed in the Bible. However, our expectations are often based on wishes, feelings, and personal preferences—we yearn for job promotions, good health, or quick solutions to problems. Such desires can be strong, but we have no sure promise from God that they’re part of His will for us.

Disappointment with God has the potential to occur whenever our expectations do not coincide with His plan. Even when hope is based on a scriptural promise, the Lord may not fulfill it in the manner or timing we want. Although God appears…

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