From January, 2008 until September 30, 2013 there was no one, that’s right, no one in place as Inspector General. In other words, Hillary didn’t have to worry someone would come up with some real damning information. The OIG of the State Department ran on autopilot, mostly inspecting embassies and other facilities. So we have Linick appointed and within 6 months we find there has been billions wasted.
 April 5, 2014 at 10:23am
Don’t you think it was interesting their was NO State Department Inspector General in place during all of Hillary’s tenure? In fact, there has no one running the department from January 2008, when Obama took office until September, 30, 2013. That is 6 months into Lurch being SOS. That was a sure way to keep dirt from being aired. That lapse in why no IG was appointed should be investigated, especially in the light his first investigation reveals billions of dollars of waste.
April 4, 2014 at 10:38am
About 30 years ago, as the general manager of a car dealership in Salt Lake City we did this same thing with the Sheriff’s office. However, it was promoted on TV and through the newspaper before the campaign started. We gave out $25 per stop and it cost us about $1500. It was great publicity for the Sheriff’s Department as they had some recent bad publicity and it even resulted in a few car sales from Sheriff Department employees over several months.
February 1, 2014 at 4:46pm
To any of our military, after serving overseas, I would welcome them home. However, no one, but a fellow Vietnam vet knows how heart felt the meaning is of those two words when we exchange them between ourselves. We also know that all those who were killed there, did not die there. And, all those who came home, ever left there.
For some of us it has controlled our lives for more than a half century. The bitterness on how we were treated will be taken with us to our graves. For me, I am proud of my service and I love my country. I would still fight for her today.
February 1, 2014 at 4:20pm
Allow me to let you all in on a dirty little secret the Veterans Administration has.
For brevity, I won’t go into details of the actual incident. I was at a VA hospital and had a very unsettling confrontation with an employee that is part of EMS. Now you may think that has to do with medical care, it doesn’t. EMS is the Environmental Management System, in other words, these are the janitors and people who change light bulbs.
I made a complaint through the Director’s office of this VA Hospital. A couple of days later I was telling one of my doctors about what happened and she said,”You know they hire ex-felons including child molesters? In fact, we are fearful for out safety.” This threw me for a loop. However, in talking with the person investigating the incident he confirmed there are a lot of ex-felons. He said, “In fact we have three who have been convicted of murder.” This led me to check out the guy I had a run-in with. I was able to make a positive identification that he served two terms in a state correctional institution. The last was for armed robbery and he got out after 15 years on a 12 to 25 year sentence.
These people are veterans and per their department manager, “We are forced to hire them.” No wonder we are screwed. Even the worker bees are criminals.
fortunately so far in Missouri, all navigators must pass the same exam that insurance agents take to be able to sell insurance in Missouri, including background check. I maybe wrong, but I believe In most states you cannot sell insurance, if you have a felony,? How is HHS getting around this.?
February 1, 2014 at 4:05pm
What is missing here is how many children are shot by illegal guns. I would suspect by the number of black children being hospitalized or killed, by multiples of white children, there definitely appears to be a distinct possibility a number of them were harmed by illegal guns. People who posses an illegal firearm are not careful how they carry, store a firearm or, for that matter, have any proper training in safety procedures.
January 29, 2014 at 12:43pm
You are exactly correct. Not only is only 58% of the money returned to helping the vet, the employees live high on the hog. They parade around vets (who are actually employees) for sympathy. (This from a guy I know who worked for them). They make their employees sign non-disclosure agreements. The other thing is they only help post 9/11 vets – regardless of Adkins’ singing from the jungles of Vietnam to the hills of Afghanistan. Fisher House is a great charity – they are the guys that stepped in during the government shutdown to pay for families to reunite with their fallen heroes.
If this guy wants to support something, how about the MIA/POWs We still have over 7900 MIA from Korea and 1600 from Vietnam. In the past two months 3 heroes from the Korean Conflict have been identified and are finally coming home.
Non vets, and vets alike doubted the value of a PSD (Psychological Service Dog). I hope a few of those who made negative, stupid, ignorant or hateful comments see this article. Those of you who made those comments need to apologize.
I was told in 2009, I would have to wait 2 years for a service dog. Instead, I adopted a dog, as I knew I couldn’t wait. The funny thing is that he has learned many of the things a PSD can do. He reminds me to take meds, nuzzles me when I am having an anxiety attack, wakes me when I have nightmares, and comes between me and people coming up behind me. No, I don’t pass his off as a service dog, he isn’t certified.
Fortunately there are a few organizations that have answered the challenge. However, the VA is against the use of service dogs and will not prescribe one. Their reasoning is that a vet may become too dependent on him and interfere with the vet becoming “better.” – whatever that means.
To my brothers and sisters, keep up the good fight.
January 10, 2014 at 1:30pm
PSD’s or Psychological Service Dogs are as real as a service dog who helps a blind person.. They help a vet with PTSD cope with many issues he may have. For example, the dogs are trained to come between the owner and a stranger. They also can calm a veteran having an anxiety attack. I could go on, but you should get the idea. The dogs are specially trained and certified. Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiots out there who want to bring their pet into a restaurant.
It takes up to two years and thousands of dollars to train one of these dogs. They are not pets. There is a difference between a comfort animal and a service dog.
This vet could have sued the restaurant for discrimination and filed a formal complaint under the ADA. The owner of a business can ask if the animal is a service dog and if they are with the person with a disability. That is all!
They are animals. Leave them out of restaurants. It is not up to the public to placate your every ailment, quirk, or need. If you need a dog, eat at your mother's house.
January 9, 2014 at 7:56pm
The AF Colonel does not have Vietnam Campaign or Service medals on his chest.
January 9, 2014 at 7:53pm
Read the story and then read the caption under the picture of the vet in the hat. The second picture is of another veteran (not the one featured in the story) He is not displaying Vietnam Campaign or Vietnam Service Medals. The only medal is the National Defense Medal which can be seen. He has pinned to his hat airborne and a CIB pins, which if he earned it, he is more than welcome to display.
January 9, 2014 at 5:25pm
This man served his country for 30 years. He was away from home and family during those years. He is most likely at the lowest point in his life. He said he has even applied for a job as a janitor. Now think of yourself, your pride and living in your car. How many of you want to trade places with him? I am sure if he had access to all that 40K a year this wouldn’t be a story. As others have said, an ex and debts can leave you with nothing.
I made a lot of money in my civilian life. However, I once came within $100 of being homeless. Unless you walked a mile in his shoes, you shouldn’t say anything. Just be thankful it isn’t you.
January 9, 2014 at 5:11pm
If you listen to the story, of the four rounds he fired, two hit parked vehicles and one a tree. The story states he saw his wife exiting from the store. That would mean if he fired at the suspects while they were exiting the store, he would have hit the building or a person. If you look at the positioning of his truck, the only way he could have hit parked cars is if he was firing at the suspects as they were fleeing. He is not in a parking spot but in the lane heading towards the store. The video also states “..his wife, runs to catch up while she is being shot at.” So they have video evidence of the position of his vehicle, eyewitnesses as to when he fired, as well as the location of the spent rounds. Those are the total circumstances.
Bottom line, you can’t shoot when the threat is no longer present. That now becomes, at the least, illegal discharge and could even be felonious assault.
January 9, 2014 at 11:28am
A picture truly is worth a 1000 words. I can’t stop laughing.
January 9, 2014 at 11:26am
1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
2. Never have your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to fire
3. Never point a firearm at anything unless you are willing to destroy it
4. Always know what is up and down range of your target.
She fails on the first two for sure. It is not an accidental discharge, it is a NEGLIGENT discharge. She was negligent..period.
It's an eye isn't it? They're basically the same thing.
January 9, 2014 at 11:13am
If he knew he shot him, why didn’t he try to render assistance? If you are hunting, at the very least you should have a trauma kit with you. The shooter needs to step forward and takeresponsibility. When you own a firearm, you have to accept the consequences of ownership – both moral and legal.
Exactly!!!. Tis point seems to be cruising above many heads here today...
January 9, 2014 at 11:05am
I carry concealed and this guy should be arrested. The fourth rule of gun safety is to know what is up and down range of your target. The next thing is that it appears the women and men were fleeing. Therefore, the threat is no longer present. You can’t shoot at fleeing suspects. If you are going to have a gun, you better know the moral and legal consequences of using it. He very well could have killed an innocent bystander. Not all “legal” gun owner have the training and mental capacity to be armed.
I fully believe you have a right to protect life and your personal property. I am saddened there are so many here who have made so many inane comments. You probably don’t own a gun and if you do, I wouldn’t feel comfortable around you. Most likely you have never shot anyone either.
what appears is after the fact of his firing not while he is firing.
I don't think he should be arrested, but at the very least, he should have his CCP revoked. A CCP does NOT make you an "undercover" cop. You can only draw your weapon if you believe your life or that of a loved one is in jeopardy. The point that he saw his wife coming out the door was a flimsy afterthought to cover himself. What if he had shot and killed his own wife? Those four rounds had to go somewhere.
Were you there? The "totality of the circumstances" come into play, and if you weren't there, there is no way you could know and accurately form a legal opinion as to whether or not the Marine should be arrested. Was he a lousy shot? Yes. Did he show poor judgement? Maybe, maybe not. Should his CCP be revoked? Questionable. You would expect CCP bearers to intervene if they reasonable perceived someone's life was in danger.
If you listen to the story, of the four rounds he fired, two hit parked vehicles and one a tree. The story states he saw his wife exiting from the store. That would mean if he fired at the suspects while they were exiting the store, he would have hit the building or a person. If you look at the positioning of his truck, the only way he could have hit parked cars is if he was firing at the suspects as they were fleeing. He is not in a parking spot but in the lane heading towards the store. The video also states "..his wife, runs to catch up while she is being shot at." So they have video evidence of the position of his vehicle, eyewitnesses as to when he fired, as well as the location of the spent rounds. Those are the total circumstances.
Bottom line, you can't shoot when the threat is no longer present. That now becomes, at the least, illegal discharge and could even be felonious assault.
pavnvet is correct. If they are fleeing, they are no longer an immediate threat. His four "warning shots" were more of a danger to bystanders than to the criminals. If I'm not mistaken, even the police are now and have been for a couple of decades, forbidden to shoot a fleeing suspect, unless they are an immediate threat to the officer or persons in the vicinity.
January 8, 2014 at 12:54pm
Yep, they sure put on a show..We called them Puff the Magic Dragon.
Especially impressive at night with every 5th round a tracer.
January 8, 2014 at 12:45pm
This is not anything new at all. In Vietnam in 67 and 68 I had plenty of opportunity to benefit from the firepower of Puff the Magic Dragon. Awesome, and I can say, I wouldn’t be typing this now, if they weren’t around.