Monthly Archives: July 2009

MoveOn.commies Urge David Wu to "Save" ObamaCare. Sounds Like YOU Should Give the Good Congressman a Call of Your Own.

Dear MoveOn member,

The heart of President Obama’s health-care reform plan—the public health insurance option—is under attack. And your representative, David Wu, has a chance to join the fight to save it.

Earlier this week, a small group of conservative Blue Dog Democrats forced a compromise that would badly weaken the public option.

Then yesterday, 57 representatives released a letter saying the deal is unacceptable—that “they simply cannot vote” for a bill that doesn’t include a strong public health insurance option.1

But as of last night, Rep. Wu hadn’t signed the letter.

Can you call him right away and urge him to sign the Progressive Caucus letter demanding a strong public health insurance option?

Here’s where to call:

Representative David Wu
Phone: 202-225-0855

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Home of the Free Because of the Brave. The US Gives Soldiers a Tangible "Thank You" Starting August 1.

POST 9/11 GI BILL TAKES EFFECT AUGUST Veterans will receive better opportunities for higher education under the new Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act that takes effect on August 1. This is of great importance to all veterans, but in particular to the Oregonians of National Guard or Reserve Units called to active duty in the war against terrorism. The new GI Bill has enhanced, more equitable benefits for them. It also includes, for the first time, the rights of veterans to transfer educational benefits to family members.

Passage and implementation of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, the most sweeping revision of the GI Bill in generations, was adopted with bi-partisan support, after long efforts by veterans of The American Legion, and other veterans services organizations. Veterans, although regularly receiving rhetorical recognition for their service, often find the rhetoric belied by the reality of legislators’ deeds. While so many entitlement programs have been established with mandatory funding for some segments of the population, funding for the Veterans Administration remains discretionary, not mandatory. And, while once almost all male members of House and Senate were veterans, now only 101 of the 435 members of Congress are veterans. Similarly, President Obama is the only president in the modern era not to have served in the military other than former President Bill Clinton. Thus, great efforts must be made annually to remind the House and Senate, and the nation, that it is the veteran who has preserved the freedom of the nation and the promises made to veterans must be fulfilled. Passage of the new GI Bill is an example of the extraordinary effort made by veterans to achieve justice.“Passing this historic new GI Bill into law could not have happened without the dedicated efforts of The American Legion, “ acknowledged Rep. Chet Edwards, a sponsor of the bill.

The Legion’s role in the formulation of the new GI Bill has deep historical roots. Members of The American Legion drafted the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, popularly known as the GI Bill, in 1944. It was written in longhand on hotel stationery by American Legion Past National Commander Harry Colmery. The GI20 Bill is widely considered the greatest domestic legislation ever passed by Congress. The GI Bill created the largest scholarship program in history and also made home ownership a possibility for a new generation of Americans, transforming the American economy and creating the middle class.

Veterans, including those serving now, and their families, can get detailed information on all the provisions of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is available from The American Legion explains veterans educational benefits in great detail at on its website at www.Legion.org, generally, and particularly at: www.mygibill.org

Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney and activist in veterans affairs

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VA ‘Jacks Land Deeded to Vets to Make Play Ground for Rich & Famous in LA

Rees Lloyd reports in on this quest by Veterans to get back land worth HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in chi chi Brentwood for a phony “park:”
Please take a moment to review this brief but extremely important video by documentary film maker Jeani DeCarlo on the fight of veterans against VA bureaucrats’ misfeasance in order to save the land of the veterans for the veterans at the National Veterans Home at the VA in West L.A., at Sepulveda, and across the country. This issue has national impact, as the VA is in control of veterans lands all across the country. In my opinion, the VA is protecting the land of the veterans much in the way the BIA has protected the lands of Indians.


Go here for background.
The American Legion Dept. of California adopted a Resolution at its 2008 State Convention which I authored and which rescinded any endorsement, express of implied, of the VA’s land transfers, and established a policy of the Dept. of California not to endorse any VA land use that is not for the “sole purpose” of providing care to veterans suffering from physical, mental, or emotional injury resulting from military service — which is the sole purpose specified by a patriotic family which donated some 500 acres to the federal government for the benefit of veterans in 1888.
The American Legion Dept. of California adopted at the 2009 State Convention in June a second resolution calling on the VA, the Congress, and the Executive Branch to take all necessary actions necessary to cease and desist VA’s give-away transfers of veterans lands, and to rescind all existing
socalled Enhanced Use Agreements to thirdparties through giveaway leases for as long as 75 years, for no rental fee, or a nominal $1, or, ;if anything is to be paid, far below market value.
The California Department will sponsor that 2009 Resolution at the National American Legion Convention in Louisville, KY, at the end of August. If it can overcome anticipated Machiavellian attempts by bureaucrats to bottle up the Resolution in committee to prevent a floor vote, I am certain the Resolution will be overwhelmingly adopted by delegates representing the more than 2.5-million members of The American Legion.
Indeed, the VA has performed its stewardship and fiduciary duties to protect the lands of the veterans with about the same level of care and competence as it has performed colonoscopies on the veterans, hundreds if not thousands of whom have been infected by the VA by its failure of elemental standards of hygiene.
Thus, this is an issue which should concern every American veteran, and every American, each of whom should stand with veterans against the misfeasance of the VA and against the third-parties who are exploiting the lands of the veterans for their own purposes
[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney and veterans rights activist, who blogs on the Victoria Taft Blog.]
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Big Brother At The Door


George Orwell wrote a book in 1949 title “1984” in which ‘Big Brother,’ government took control of every aspect of our lives. Scoffed at for years as a “fictional novel,” the gradual move of American Society towards such an Orwellian government seems closer than ever.

Brian Baird (D.Wa.), formerly a Clinical Psychologist, has introduced a bill, H.R.3247 – “To establish a social and behavioral sciences research program at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.”

The bill has passed out of committee along a party line vote with no Republicans voting for it, although a couple were said to have initially supported it.

In May 2009 Baird was an advocate of, “Changing Consumer Behavior is Crucial to Reducing Energy Use.”

Do we really need government studying us for modification of our behaviors, be it energy consumption or anything else that would fall under the “for other purposes” in the title?

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) pointed out the obvious danger in this bill with, “At some point controlling people’s behavior and social engineering becomes a threat to people’s freedom.”

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MoveOn.commies Urge David Wu to "Save" ObamaCare. Sounds Like YOU Should Give the Good Congressman a Call of Your Own.

Dear MoveOn member,

The heart of President Obama’s health-care reform plan—the public health insurance option—is under attack. And your representative, David Wu, has a chance to join the fight to save it.

Earlier this week, a small group of conservative Blue Dog Democrats forced a compromise that would badly weaken the public option.

Then yesterday, 57 representatives released a letter saying the deal is unacceptable—that “they simply cannot vote” for a bill that doesn’t include a strong public health insurance option.1

But as of last night, Rep. Wu hadn’t signed the letter.

Can you call him right away and urge him to sign the Progressive Caucus letter demanding a strong public health insurance option?

Here’s where to call:

Representative David Wu
Phone: 202-225-0855

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Home of the Free Because of the Brave. The US Gives Soldiers a Tangible "Thank You" Starting August 1.

POST 9/11 GI BILL TAKES EFFECT AUGUST Veterans will receive better opportunities for higher education under the new Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act that takes effect on August 1. This is of great importance to all veterans, but in particular to the Oregonians of National Guard or Reserve Units called to active duty in the war against terrorism. The new GI Bill has enhanced, more equitable benefits for them. It also includes, for the first time, the rights of veterans to transfer educational benefits to family members.

Passage and implementation of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, the most sweeping revision of the GI Bill in generations, was adopted with bi-partisan support, after long efforts by veterans of The American Legion, and other veterans services organizations. Veterans, although regularly receiving rhetorical recognition for their service, often find the rhetoric belied by the reality of legislators’ deeds. While so many entitlement programs have been established with mandatory funding for some segments of the population, funding for the Veterans Administration remains discretionary, not mandatory. And, while once almost all male members of House and Senate were veterans, now only 101 of the 435 members of Congress are veterans. Similarly, President Obama is the only president in the modern era not to have served in the military other than former President Bill Clinton. Thus, great efforts must be made annually to remind the House and Senate, and the nation, that it is the veteran who has preserved the freedom of the nation and the promises made to veterans must be fulfilled. Passage of the new GI Bill is an example of the extraordinary effort made by veterans to achieve justice.“Passing this historic new GI Bill into law could not have happened without the dedicated efforts of The American Legion, “ acknowledged Rep. Chet Edwards, a sponsor of the bill.

The Legion’s role in the formulation of the new GI Bill has deep historical roots. Members of The American Legion drafted the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, popularly known as the GI Bill, in 1944. It was written in longhand on hotel stationery by American Legion Past National Commander Harry Colmery. The GI20 Bill is widely considered the greatest domestic legislation ever passed by Congress. The GI Bill created the largest scholarship program in history and also made home ownership a possibility for a new generation of Americans, transforming the American economy and creating the middle class.

Veterans, including those serving now, and their families, can get detailed information on all the provisions of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is available from The American Legion explains veterans educational benefits in great detail at on its website at www.Legion.org, generally, and particularly at: www.mygibill.org

Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney and activist in veterans affairs

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com