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I hope that Macron and Trudeau both speak only French around Trump,

but drop in the word "Mueller" into their conversation frequently.

Veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months due to ongoing IT issues at VA

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/veterans-haven-t-receive-gi-bill-benefits-months-due-ongoing-n934696

Veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months due to ongoing IT issues at VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering from a series of information technology glitches that has caused GI Bill benefit payments covering education and housing to be delayed or ... never be delivered.

<snip>

There are many veterans ... across the country who are still waiting for VA to catch up with a backlog created after President Donald Trump signed the Forever GI Bill in 2017. The landmark piece of legislation greatly expanded benefits for veterans and their families, but it did not upgrade the VA's technical capabilities to account for those changes.

While it is unclear how many GI Bill recipients were affected by the delays, as of Nov. 8, more than 82,000 were still waiting for their housing payments with only weeks remaining in the school semester, according to the VA. Hundreds of thousands are believed to have been affected.

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And advocates are similarly concerned as it remains unclear if the VA will be able to catch up before January, or if it will be inundated with new requests next year and fall even further behind.

At the end of August, Veterans Benefits Administration had nearly 239,000 pending claims — 100,000 more than at the same point in 2017. As school began, thousands of students faced dire circumstances and some faced eviction, getting kicked out of school or taking on loan or credit card debt.


This makes me want to personally grab GOPers and smack the shit out of them. Evidently, "Thank you for your service" ranks right up the with "Our thoughts and prayers go out". These are our VETERANS that we are talking about. The GI Bill PROMISES certain benefits to veterans and because Congress didn't bother to allocate any money to update the programs that send out the checks when they changed the law, thousand of vets who decided to go to college on the GI Bill are facing ending up as homeless, losing their possessions, and being kicked out of college because their checks aren't arriving, with no idea when the checks will start again.

Maybe we need a 'computer glitch' to 'forget' to send Congresscritters their checks.

(Pardon any misspellings or strange construction in my above comments. I am so angry that I am almost shaking. And I'm not even a veteran!)

LOL. French Army Trolls Snowflake drumpf and It's Hilarious.

https://bit.ly/2DAdm25

It looks like my computer doesn't want to pull the article, but its well worth a click to see the French Army's response to tRump.

As a Senate candidate, Whitaker said he could not support 'secular' judicial nominees and that court

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-a-senate-candidate-whitaker-said-he-could-not-support-secular-judicial-nominees-and-that-courts-should-be-inferior-branch/2018/11/09/608e23a4-e45c-11e8-8f5f-a55347f48762_story.html?fbclid=IwAR3kLfV2C4Qq63qfH7bOcOt3Mw2ITcTdJGeKV6YDRnVceCUaPT9z5Ns7Lpk&utm_term=.0d084742d32d

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker has said that judges should have a “biblical view,” that he could not support nominees who are “secular” and declared that federal courts should be the “inferior branch” of government.

Whitaker’s comments, made during an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2014, have drawn new scrutiny since President Trump named him Wednesday to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In an April 25, 2014, debate, moderator Erick Erickson asked the candidates about their faith. Whitaker said that, if elected, he would want judges who “have a biblical view of justice, which I think is very important …”

Erickson interjected: “Levitical or New Testament?”

“I’m a New Testament,” Whitaker answered, according to an account at the time in the Des Moines Register. “And what I know is as long as they have that world view, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular world view, where this is all we have here on Earth, then I’m going to be very concerned about that judge.”


We are so screwed.

Cats vs Dogs (Humor)

A Doberman, a German Shepherd, and a Cat have died.

All three are faced with God, who wants to know what they believe in.

The German Shepherd says: "I believe in discipline, training, and loyalty to my master."

"Good" says God, come and sit on my right side.

"Doberman, what do you believe in?" asks God.

The Doberman answers: "I believe in love, care and protection of my master."

"Aha", says God. You may come and sit at my left side.

Then he looks at the cat and asks: "And what do you believe in?"

The cat then answers: "I believe you are sitting in my seat."
Posted by Stonepounder | Fri Nov 9, 2018, 01:30 AM (4 replies)

Sandy and Richard Riccardi respond to Anne Coulter:

Anne Coulter tweeted: "Kansas is dead to me!"

Sandy and Richard responded: "Come on Anne. You've hated Kansas since it dropped a house on your sister."
Posted by Stonepounder | Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:00 AM (1 replies)

Here's a question for the Constitutional scholars here on DU?

Does the Senate actually have any legal ability to 'investigate' the House? Don't Houses of Congress have responsibility for their own members and members of Congress have immunity during the time the Congress is in session?

And since when does the Orange Shitgibbon have the right to tell one House of Congress to 'investigate' the other?
Posted by Stonepounder | Thu Nov 8, 2018, 01:32 AM (3 replies)

Report: Houston Poll Worker Spews Blackface Insult at Voter

Source: Daily Beast

A white election official made racist remarks to an African-American voter at a polling place Tuesday, The Houston Chronicle reports. Rolanda Anthony said she tried to vote at Iglesia Bautista Libre in north Houston when a poll worker said there was an issue with her address, and she would need to fill out a form before she could vote. Assistant election judge Juanita Barnes reportedly ran over to Anthony and said it was “illegal” for her to try to change her address on election day. The pair then began to argue. “If I were to wear my blackface makeup, maybe you would understand what I’m telling you,” Barnes said, according to Anthony. Anthony wrote on Facebook that she then tried to walk away from Barnes. “After her atrocious statement I walked away, she was relentless she followed me throughout the voting location and got in my face not one but two times finally I had enough and said I’m calling the police,” she wrote. “She had the audacity to say I’m white they’ll arrest you and charge you with a crime not me, haven’t you seen the news.”

Presiding election judge Edith Randle reportedly separated Barnes and Anthony. The Chronicle also reports a poll worker named Pristina Stucky quit in protest over Barnes’ comments. Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Thomas Gilliland told local news station KRTK a “poll worker and a voter were involved in an altercation that was verbal at first, then some sort of physical altercation occurred.” The sheriff’s office also told the station that a “citation for assault by contact” was issued to Barnes for “bumping into a female voter during an argument.”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-houston-poll-worker-hurls-blackface-insult-at-voter



Note: This story is also covered in depth by the Houston Chronicle, but behind a paywall, so I went with Daily Beast.

Seen on Facebook:

Picture a grinning tRump standing in front of an American Flag. The caption reads:

[top] I'm going to serve two terms.

[Bottom] One in Federal prison and one in New York State prison.



Seems about right to me.
(Sorry, I've never figured how to get Facebook pics to show up here)
Posted by Stonepounder | Tue Nov 6, 2018, 12:57 AM (6 replies)

Help with Facebook

My wife spends a lot of time on Facebook (not politically, although she is political). She uses her tablet for all of her Facebook time. Recently Facebook and/or Android did something and now she can only get 'Facebook Mobile' which she hates.

Does anyone know how to jigger a tablet to go to regular Facebook instead of Facebook Mobile?
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