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Mistakes Are Being Made On VA Claims


Are you a veteran? Have you been denied benefits or is your disability rating too low for your actual symptoms? The Inspector General for the Department of Veteran Affairs issued a report last spring showing its San Diego office had a 53 percent error rate and the Los Angeles office made mistakes on a whopping 71 percent of its claims.

I must admit at first blush I was surprised to hear about the new legislation being pushed through New York City’s city council. The legislation, if approved, would allow illegal aliens the right to vote in 2017 for mayor, controller, pubic advocate, borough president, and city council. New York City has approximately 500,000 undocumented residents that would be able to vote under this proposed legislation.

Speaking via Skype from Russia, Edward Snowden told an audience in New Hampshire he is willing to be extradited to the United States if the feds would guarantee a fair trial where he can make a public interest defense of why this was done and allow a jury to decide. Snowden could face 30 years in prison for leaking government secrets.

A new proposed law drafted by Berkeley law students and co-authored by a pair of San Francisco Bay Area legislators would automatically provide voter registration for students at the state’s public colleges and universities when they sign up for classes online.

Located at 6045 York Boulevard in Los Angeles is the LAPD Police Museum. Among all those police vehicles is a 1925 Harley Davidson vintage motorcycle. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $9. Children under 12 are free.

A good friend, Shirley Apelbaum, a member of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States culver city Post 617, told me the post office is coming out soon with a postage stamp to honor the Japanese American 442nd as being the most decorated unit of World War 2.

With Boeing’s help our Navy will soon have a 50-ton drone submarine that can go six months without refueling. The Echo Voyager can carry as much as 20 tons of sensors or other gear and operates at depths reaching 11, 000 feet. The Voyager runs on batteries which are recharged using diesel fuel every three days during a four- to eight-hour resurfacing. With a full 1,000-gallon diesel tank, the robot can travel a total of 6,500 nautical miles – enough to swim around Australia – vs. 200 miles tops for a typical drone craft.

A new Las Vegas law will fine or jail people who feed the homeless, as noted in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Arlington National Cemetery, which inters 7,000 military veterans, spouses and dignitaries each year, unveiled preliminary plans two months ago to create room for more than 25,000 new graves by rerouting part of a nearby road and swapping land with local and state governments, per the Washington Post.

Can you believe a friend of the man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina last year pleaded guilty recently of lying to federal authorities? The plea by Joey Meek, 21, a pal of Dylann Roof, marked the first conviction in the mass killing that stunned the nation. Meek signed a deal with prosecutors under which he agreed to plead guilty to lying to authorities and failure to report a crime. He could face up to eight years in prison when he’s sentenced, although prosecutors say they will argue he deserves less time if he was helpful in their ongoing case against Roof.

The New York city council wants to slash maximum sentences for littering and urinating in public as part of a plan to go easy on quality-of-life violations, while trying to keep offenders out of criminal court altogether. Their newly proposed penalties for common quality-of-life offenses:

Offense Current max penalty Proposed max criminal penalty Proposed max civil penalty

Public urination $250 and ten days $250 or one day $75 fine

Littering $250 and ten days $250 and ten days $75

Drinking in public $25 and five days $25 or one day $25

Spitting $25 and ten days $250 or one day $75

A suburban Dallas school district grabbed national attention in 2012 when it opened an eye-popping $60 million high school football stadium. Not to be outdone, school officials near Houston next year plan to unveil a $62 million stadium development plan, and a district north of Dallas is considering spending more than $50 million on its own football arena. Where do they get all that money?

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