Man’s Best Friend

Hopefully you remembered to Spring forward…..`the most worthless governmental program….daylight savings time.

Sunday and I am sitting in the garden with my best friend Jazzy, she and I became friends just after Hurricane Katrina and since she had nowhere to go she came home with me and we have been thick as thieves ever since.

I have always been a dog person…..cats are cool but to me nothing beats a dog…..so when I read some news about mistreatment of dogs I usually go ballistic…..so I read some disturbing news and the mistreatment is from the US military……

A report finds that the Army failed to do right by some of the more than 200 bomb-sniffing dogs that served with US soldiers in Afghanistan, detecting roadside bombs and saving lives, the AP reports. The Defense Department’s inspector general has determined that, after the program ended in 2014, some soldiers struggled or were unable to adopt the dogs they had handled. This included two dogs among 13 that were given to a private company to be used as service dogs for veterans but then abandoned at a Virginia kennel. The report says Congress amended the law in 2015 to give handlers top priority in adopting their dogs. The inspector general also faults the military for not properly screening those adopting the dogs, including law enforcement agencies and private individuals.

More on this situation…….

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-defense-dogs/canine-war-heroes-mistreated-by-u-s-army-pentagon-report-idUKKCN1GE30O

Despicable treatment of a soldier that saved lives and served honorably….if they do this then how badly are they treating the two legged veterans?

This story made me sick!

As long as we are focused on the VA here….

To say things are strained at the VA would be a massive understatement. That’s the thrust of a report from the Washington Post, which interviewed 16 Trump administration officials and others. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has lost trust in his senior staff and may be facing a mutiny. He’s attempted to fire at least six members of his senior management, and some officials are pushing the White House to remove him. It’s gotten so bad Shulkin has posted an armed guard outside his office, banned staffers he thinks are against him from his executive suite, stopped meeting with political appointees of President Trump, and hasn’t spoken to his public-affairs chief in weeks. “Things have come to a grinding halt,” a senior manager says. “It’s killing the agency. Nobody trusts each other.”

There are a number of issues at play outside of personality differences. For one, Shulkin is the only Obama administration official to get a post in Trump’s Cabinet. There’s also the report stating that taxpayers were misled into paying for Shulkin’s wife to join him on a 10-day European vacation. But most recently Shulkin has upset some in the White House by pushing for a compromise on the Trump-supported plan to allow veterans to choose private doctors that will still be paid for by the VA. There’s fear among veterans groups and unions that the plan will lead to downsizing at the agency. However, some see Shulkin’s unwillingness to buy in fully with that plan as reluctance to “drain the swamp.” Read the full story here for why the national director of veterans affairs for the country’s biggest veterans group says what’s happening is “salacious conspiracy and … treason.”

There seems to be NO department that is not involved in some sort of drama….a dining set at HUD, a $100,000 door for Zinke, and now the VA……and you thought the Teapot Dome was a drama…..the Trump White House beat them all hands down.

I am gonna try and enjoy the rest of my Sunday and let Jazzy know how important she is to me…..thank you for your visits…..chuq

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11 thoughts on “Man’s Best Friend

  1. Being a dog-lover too, I am saddened to hear about the poor treatment of the dogs who served the soldiers. But I am cynical enough to expect nothing less these days. Profit rules.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Yeah! I get it! Trump -Trump – Trump – I hate to bust your bubble but that idiot at the steering wheel of the VA is a holdover from the very “One” who make the left legs of Liberals tingle — He is not a Trump implant! He is an Obama Ooze!

      1. You may have started out talking about animals but then you could not resist adding in — “and you thought the Teapot Dome was a drama…..the Trump White House beat them all hands down…. so maybe you forget what you were writing about somewhere along the way …It may have started out with animals but it definitely ended up with Trump!

      2. Ended up with the VA….his choices have sucked even an Obama-ite…..this from the prez that would protect the vet……that was my baf for adding something besides the dogs….that is on me and I apologize to the animals only

      3. The Prez has nothing to do with protecting the Vets. Congress are the ones who make the appropriations. The Prez just signs what ever the Congress puts on his desk.

      4. You are right but that was not the promise he made on the campaign…..you really think that the prez is a puppet? Don’t tell others……

      5. It does not matter who the President is and it has never mattered who the president is, the inescapable and universally-known fact is that what is said on the campaign trail is no guarantee of what happens when the president takes the office and is faced with the realities of the job. Trump is not the first president to have made “Campaign” promises and he will not be the last. He is just the most convenient target of his Liberal haters at the moment who will spare no expense of time or effort to blacken his name.

      6. He is the president……he won the election…..no he is not the first…..haters are haters…..people are doing nothing that all sides do…..

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