LZ CORK–SWEET HOME ALABAMA

LZ Cork 10/68

Who would have thunk it? I began LZ Cork 10/05/14- The Americal Saga from Dong Ha- as a quest for Butch Long’s long lost Purple Heart. But not just lost. Never awarded would be the proper way of saying it. If every Vet at VFW bars across the fruited plain who said they were screwed out of their PH were lined up, it would reach from here to Portland (Maine). Butch claiming he’d been shortsheeted didn’t sound like that. His daughter Carol, born while he was in-country and now in her forties, was pretty blunt. Don’t try to do this if you’re all hat and no cowboy, buddy. My daddy can’t take another “try”. I’ve been called asshole more frequently than cowboy but I do know how to ride horses and I currently own three. 

Kona or simply BooBoo in Cupcakespeak

Here’s what started all this waaaaay back in the late evening of January 18th, 1969

and the Army’s recollection of it…

lockett da 1594 lz corkhilighted

We got the medals and a Congressman to pin him on St. Valentine’s Day 2015. And that’s when this thing began to intrigue  me so much I decided to get accredited to be his VA Sherpa. And then along came Bob Lockett. And David Balzarini. And Dennis Johnstonbough. And Jim Smith’s friend Lyle. And on and on. About the only ones we haven’t heard from yet are Lt. Barry Kellenbenz’ folks. These are my kind of folks. It’s an honor to even be in the same room with them. You look up hero in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of the Vietnam Wall. Never have such deserving Veterans of any war been so abhorred by their fellow citizens when they returned.

Setting up LZ Cork Firebase 9/1969

The latest chapter of LZ Cork is all about Bob Lockett this time. We met in Mansfield Texas ( his home town) when Cupcake and I drove down to the Spring NOVA in San Antonio in 2017. I never dreamed I’d be representing him now.  This is the best Pro Bono client you could hope for. I figured I was going to be  fighting this for years but the local Fort Fumble yokels caved in.  I’ll have to file a NOD and remodel it a bit because those silly gooses employed the VA’s version of an SMC computer program. It’s like a crooked roulette wheel. You never see 38 CFR §3.350(f)3) or (f)(4) come up… or even considered and rejected. It’s like a black hole of SMC and no ratings can escape it. And VA IT decided they could build a calculator for this simple task.

Butch, Gypsy Rose Lee and Bob- 1/17/1969(the day before)

Here’s the latest cheat sheet on Bob. The explanation letter in VBMS is dated January 22nd. Only at the VA can you get away with postdating stuff.

bob loss of use redacted

Bob’s actually entitled to SMC P (L 1/2 + K). If I win  his right hand to Parkinson’s on appeal, VA will bump him a full rating to M 1/2 +K. As I’ve told you folks, this Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) has more turns than a roller coaster. You need a Rand McNally VAtlas and a knowledgeable guide to find your way through it. So Bob and me are like a natural fit just like Butch. I gotta tell you. I almost feel like I’m cheating when I play VA poker. Really. It’s like fishing with Dupont Spinners. You almost can’t lose. VA has too many strictures on its VSRs and RVSRs. You need three signatures to go to the bathroom.

The icing on the cake is waiting in the wings. I’m told I have no access to VACOLS but they’re just funning me. I see Judge Cherry Crawford’s staff attorney Donna McBride is doing the post-decision review on Butch Long’s appeal. If he’d lost, there would be no review. I can’t quite “see” it yet but will shortly. Having VBMS is like being able to get the Big Brown Envelope (or BBE as they say over at Hadit.com) every day- even weekends.

Life is good. And now, with VBMS, it’s like being the fox in the henhouse. I’ve watched a client go through a December 17th, a December 26th, a January 3rd and a January 11th, 2019 decision/correction/decision complete/decision correction and now a double repromulgation with RVSR oversight. I finally got writer’s cramp from beginning one NOD after another only to have to push ‘pause’ to await the next iteration. Finally, I called up Coach Ruth Ann in Houston and said what in Sam Houston is going on down there? I see she self-assigned it to herself  on January 14th and is sitting on it like a banty hen. In fact, she was working on it today when I checked in to see what was behind Door #3 for Sgt. Lockett. It was a daisy. If you’re born right-handed and you lose the use of your right hand, does that make you automatically left-handed? If you have a twenty year protected rating, doesn’t that mean you can’t be reduced? Well, apparently with the new National Work Queue, all these things and more are very possible. The inmates have taken over the asylum. I sort of set Ruth Ann up. I asked her ahead of time if you were born right handed, did that mean you died right handed? She bit and said yeah.

lou of dominant hand redact

“The VA exam notated“? You VA litigators will be wanting to add that verb to the VA ‘s revised version of Merriam Webster’s finest hour. I think you’ll find it somewhere after ‘annotated’ and just before ‘noted’. And the answer is ‘no’. I am not going to divulge the NWQ RO 323 GS-13 that wrote it. I wonder if you have to go to a special VA school to learn how to do this? Of course, the burning unanswered question that is poised on many a lip is “Okay. I get that left-hand-being-dominant-now-thing but did they do a brain resection and transfer the left lobe over and put it in on the right side?  Otherwise, this dog won’t hunt. Not for a minute-no sirree, Bob.

Congratulations, Bob. I wish you didn’t have to become more and more ill in order to obtain greater compensation but I am absolutely honored to be able to make it so, sir. Y’all come back now. Hear?

And that’s all Airman Last Class Graham has to say about that.

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BVA- HCV WIN–DR. BENNET CECIL STRIKES AGAIN

I’ve talked with and used Dr. Cecil for many years now. He has been of immeasurable help in getting my Veterans service connected for Hep. C. Here, again, he proves his worth and comes through-not once, but twice- in ensuring this Veteran received benefits for his disease. I feel proud to be in the vanguard of VA advocates fighting for this disease. Although I didn’t get my hepatitis from a jetgun, I fight for everyone who did. I’ll be in Oakland in late March for a Travel Board hearing to help another one of our Vets (Steve) in this battle.

What’s incredible is that Steve even admitted to sniffing the White Lady in 1988. VA glommed onto that like white on rice and used it to deny with. But… Steve is Stage 4 and has ascites and varices. This indicated he’d had the Hep for about  45 years-which happened to coincide with his greatest risk factors in service.

Throughout our battles for service connection for Hepatitis C, we’ve had one incredible, undaunted touchstone for information-HCVets and Patricia Lupole. It was she who introduced me to Dr. Cecil.

Here’s the link. Dr. B.C. is Dr. Cecil. He’s very well known in Hepatitis c circles.

https://www.va.gov/vetapp18/files6/18114471.txt

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HADIT RADIO SHOW THURSDAY JAN. 17TH–MORE ON BLUE WATER/THAILAND AO

I got the Bat signal in the sky the other day. Jerrell and John started hounding me for the sequel to our last show on December 19th. This subject has been reintroduced from strictly the Blue Water angle in the new Congress which is rather disconcerting. I reckon all of you remember the introduction of SMC T (R2) for TBI and the VA Caregiver Program to post 9/11/2001 Vets. It seems incongruous to have some Vets “more equal” than other Vets like George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Nevertheless, this is what VA is devolving into. A Blue Water Squid 35 miles offshore who never so much as smelled AO gets the presumptive but the Thailand Vet who was actually standing in it gets nothing.

The post 9/11 Vets

I represent Thailand Vets who are equally as sick as the Blue Water Boys so why the dichotomy? Tune in and find out.

Thursday 1900 Hrs on the (L)east coast and 1600 on the Left. Adjust for Middle America and fire for effect.

The call in number is still

347-237-4819 (push #1 to talk)

And for today’s entertainment,

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VIETNAM VETS–THE PROSTATE EXAM

I always appreciate when you fellow Veterans take the time to keep us up to speed on pertinent medical ailments relating to exposure to herbicides. Here, I was blessed with a recent experience of one and how he was able to adapt to the awkward, changed circumstances. That he was able to remain calm and civil and refrain from any misogynistic comments in these circumstances speaks volumes about his upbringing.

My friend requests anonymity which I understand.

I went to my regular VA doctor for my 70 year physical and was sent to the Urologist as a precaution. He seemed to be cognizant of our plight vis-a-vis AO.

When I reported to Urology, I gotta tell you I was real uncomfortable. Turns out Dr. Urologist is a very pretty female doctor. I didn’t want to turn into a bird dog and “go on point” so to speak.  The booth bitch asked me if I had a problem with that. I was polite and figured all the other guys had gone through this so I said roger that. No sweat.

I got into the backless gown and reported to Room 4.  And in she comes, Alex.

“I’m going to check your prostate today because you’re an in-country Vet. We’re seeing a lot with prostate problems in your cohort. This new procedure is a little different from what you are probably used to. It helps us better visualize the gland.  I want you to lie on your right side, bend your knees, then while I check your prostate, take a deep breath and say, ’99’.

I sucked it up and took the deep breath. When I felt the “check” begin, I slowly exhaled 99. Or tried to. It came out a bit garbled through the groan.

The doc then asked me to roll over on my left side and do the exact same thing. I did. I was really holding together there up to about that point.

I thought we were done and started to slide off the table when she pulled me up short. “Very good. Now then, I want you to lie on your back with your knees raised slightly. I need to check your prostate with this hand, and with the other hand I’m going to hold up  your penis to keep it out of the way.” Is that okay with you?”

I dumbly nodded yes and rolled over. By this time I was totally tongue-tied. Speech escaped me at that point.  In fact, it looked  like there was no way I was going to avoid the inevitable. Resigned to the worst, I assumed the position.

She did exactly what she said she was going to do and then said “Okay. Give me a biiiig deep breath and say 99, sir.” It was already too late. I just barely got the deep breath accomplished….

“One…

two…

three…”

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MILESTONES–WAYNE ‘DAN’ MOSER–SWIFTBOATER

I got the call the other day that we lost another Vietnam Vet to Agent Orange. Fortunately (I guess), Dan was Brownwater Navy on the rivers and the estuaries leading down into the South China Sea. He was given Nehmer Class status without any grief from the outset for his prostate cancer. If the cancer had stopped there, he’d be alive and I wouldn’t be writing this. But it didn’t, he’s passed and I am writing this. The good news is that we got his R1 in what some would call record time for VA.

I’d like to thank the Coach over there in Fort Harrison, Montana, Jean Ketchel, for everything she did to make this possible. If we had this level of excellence at all VAROs, we’d be in mighty high cotton. I won’t say all she did but it’s enough for Sainthood in my VA book. I deal with some downright ornery folks at the VA.  Which always makes me ask them to look me in the eye and recite their little mantra ICARE- Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.

Dan told me those boats would do 50 flat out and more if the engines were perfectly in sync. Imagine doing that on nine foot swells a mile out going up the coast to the DMZ. His back took a real pounding and crumped  by 1994. Then the PTSD in 96 and the prostate in 2017. When the bone cancer spread to the lower extremities, that was all she wrote. VA pretty much insisted he’d be needing to cut them off before they’d call it “loss of use”.  Well, shoot. I figured that going in. It’s the same dog and pony show every time requiring a Veterans Law Judge to say it. No self-respecting DRO wants that on his or her resume. R1 is $7,585.10 a month and in VAland, that ain’t chump change. They feel you are stealing it from them personally. Well, everyone but Jean.

Dan, wife with 67 Dodge Coronet

I find it relatively impossible to believe that the VA et al insist there are 850,000 true,        RVN,  “red clay between our toes” Vietnam Veterans when I have personally buried three in the last ten years. Dan will make #4. I don’t know about the rest of you but either I’m incredibly unlucky to know a lot of relatives and friends who attended the SEA Olympic Games or my odds of randomly running into dying Vietnam Vets are incredibly inexplicable.

Imagine this. Cupcake has a website for her real estate business here in Washington-Priority One Realty. She’s good at it and has a mess of agents. Dan and his wife came to her to do some house buying and someone mentioned Veterans. Well, that was before I was accredited. When we next heard from them, they were thinking of moving back here from Montana to be close to the kids on account of his cancer. He didn’t make it back.

We invited them over here to our hacienda for a Travel Board hearing before a Veterans Law Judge (VLJ) because they don’t do Travel Boards in Fort Harrison. Silly, huh? What? no good golf courses? French-themed restaurants? Bummer. The VLJ granted in 8 days which speaks volumes for how to read the regulations.

Nevertheless, the number of true Vietnam Veterans is static, kids. It’s been stuck at 850 K for about 12 years. By rights, it should be down to about to 800- 810,000 unless all those 55-year-old VFW bar warriors are counted in. What the hey. Let’s add in the Blue Water guys who never actually touched land and really replenish that number. How about we include all the Thailand/Laos Vets and a greater number from Korea, Anderson Island and Okinawa who actually did wear Eau d’ Orange? Shoo doggies. If we threw in all them folks, why, we’d never get a wall built down south. So I guess that answers that question, gentlemen.

Dan is representative of a dying breed literally. All of us in the fabled Nehmer class are. We have the worst luck with all manner of cancers, and organs that just go kaplooey for no reason. I’m a classic example. Stage 3 kidneys and already berthing stones. Stage 4 liver- albeit compensated both medically and financially, intestines that one day just collapsed (Crohn’s) when I was 45.  The list goes on and on. I hold up my hands every morning waiting for the pill roll.

Dan told me of getting hit by 7.62 shrapnel during a firefight up the Perfume River one night. His skipper pulled it out the next morning with a pair of needle nose pliers. Then they returned to Da Nang for a resupply. No surgery. No sick call. No Purple Heart. All in a day’s work.

Rest in Peace, Dan. I’ve got your six. I’ll be filing the DIC as soon as I get the death certificate from your wife. No charge. This one’s on me.

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Jingle bells

My old Marine and I have spent a lot of time in medical waiting rooms this past month, reading magazines.  I took the December American Legion Magazine home with me from the free pile at the VA.  Here are a few cute jokes to share from the last page, Parting Shots.

It’s beginning to cost a lot like Christmas.

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, in lieu of gifts, I’ve decided to give everyone my opinion.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT before Christmas, and all through the house, everyone was on their phones.

THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, is a great opportunity to catch up with people you haven’t seen in 20 minutes.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Kiedove (guest author)

Update: Active service military in Iraq were visited by the President and First Lady today.  Regardless of how we may feel about how things are going, the Twitter video of the event is moving; the genuine pleasure on the faces of the men and women serving is precious. Watch it and feel proud to be American (again) and renewed in our efforts to support veterans and support world peace. Visits from our elected officials to war zones are so important at holidays and all year. 

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BRIAN KOLFAGE–SAUCE FOR THE GANDER?

As most of you know, I am not one to detract from other Veterans outfits-or Veterans themselves, for that matter- unless they become rude, crude, socially unattractive (or boorish) and embarrass the collective Veteran community. I have always been consoled by the belief that we are a close-knit cohort of 3% of the population and disturbed we face an inordinately uphill battle for our benefits. I have been variously castigated for any number of perceived slights to my fellow Veterans, and indeed charities or VSOs, when I call attention to their excesses.

You will find many links to other websites in this article. The reason is simple. I am not allowed to mention (or even discuss) many of the subjects therein.

https://asknod.org/2015/06/09/retraction-and-apology-to-wounded-warriors-project/

As I am not allowed to disparage certain groups under threat of revocation of my ” legal agreement” (above), I will list a few news organizations below who documented my, and others’ bad behaviour. Following that, I will illuminate the reason for this blog. Every picture tells a story, don’t it?

https://www.theblaze.com/contributions/debunked-wounded-warrior-project-myth-that-its-paying-executives-instead-of-helping-veterans-is-false

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2013/11/27/wounded-warrior-project-sues-indiana-veterans-group-over-allegations/

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/military/article26253748.html

A trickle of lawsuits turned into a positive deluge of the same. All of a sudden, their legal beagles were suing anyone who even appeared to be cutting into their pie. As most of you who are Veterans know, this simply is not done. Bad form and all. While we all may disagree on our charity du jour, we should respect their purported desire to better the plight of Veterans. My site, asknod.org, has been engaged in that endeavour for almost ten years now. Obviously, the perfect charity would be one that returns every dime collected to those it hopes to better. Apparently, that is not attainable anywhere but here. And while I am not a true 501(c)(3), or any other version, for that matter, some contribute to my causes. I merely forward the funds on to legitimate charities in their entirety. No dealer prep and destination fees with fuel surcharges here, folks.

I was rudely reminded of what was permitted and what was verboten in 2015 when I had my chain jerked for my sarcastic wit regarding one charity. I deserved it. Humor and sarcasm have their boundaries and I broached them. I have learned my lesson and no longer harass anyone in that regard as the objects of my ire were eventually replaced by more responsible fiscal stewards of the charity’s funds (and I signed an agreement to refrain from same). Hey, I didn’t call CBS. A Veteran employee of the Broadmoor Resort who might have happened to have Hepatitis C and reads my blog might have, however.

2016 dawned with a renewed push to sue even their very own ex-employees that barked at the charity…

https://military.id.me/community-news/wounded-warrior-project-sues-two-disabled-vets/

As we know from the same news sources, what goes round comes around. The truth finally came out on CBS. Face it. You can’t go around pissing money away on things without someone taking notice. What’s sad, to me, is this gentleman didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to even write me back and apologize for the errors in his article. I would have, had the shoe been on the other foot.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/11/470081279/wounded-warrior-project-fires-top-2-executives-after-reports-of-overspending

https://asknod.org/2016/03/11/wwp-revenge-is-a-dish-best-left-unserved/

The reason for this article is simple. At the time I was disparaging a certain charity, I was attacked by the severely wounded Veteran and fellow Air Force alumni. He wrote from the perspective of one intimately well-versed in the financial aspects of the charity I insulted. Be that as it may, the crux of my current ire is simple. I was accused of writing articles for Veterans Today– a marginal, right wing website who believes in underwater UFO airports, chemtrails, the Illuminati and the Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. For that, I sincerely apologize. In retrospect, I should have read some of the articles which were being published on their website. Had I performed that due diligence, I would never have published my articles there. When I discovered Veterans Today had about as much to do with Veterans as fishing has to do with sewing, I erased everything and ceased my relationship. In short, I saw the error of my ways and amended who I shared my blogs with. For the last three years, I have been circumspect to assure I don’t pull that stunt again.

About Senior Airman Kolfage

The Veteran who attacked me in 2015 was Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, a well-known Veteran in the community. The tenor of his attack and his analysis appear to reflect he had a great deal of help writing the article. The reason I say this is we- all of us- take the AFQT test to determine what we will become when we enlist. The folks who score the lowest become cooks. The next higher tier of low scoring aspirants become Military Security Policemen- military cops. Yes. In spite of several articles stating S.A. Kolfage was SF ( an abbreviation for Special Forces), in reality, Kolfage was a security policeman. I don’t mean to denigrate his intelligence or patriotic verve for serving America. There certainly is nothing wrong with being a cop in any of the branches of the military. Somebody has to do it. I merely wish to put it in perspective from an intelligence standpoint. Could be the NBC writers meant Security Forces and not Special Forces. Could be I’m also plumb disinformed and wet all over. I merely convey the content of the articles I read.

VETERANS TODAY

Nevertheless, the body of the article discussed in great length my “association” with Veterans Today (VT). Gordon Duff, the chief cook and bottlewasher at VT is a former Marine who claims he was a Vietnam combat Veteran. His MOS reveals he, too, was somewhat less than he purports- it would appear he flew a desk. How he managed to snag a CAR in ten days in Vietnam is beyond me. Well, that’s what his  DD 214 and other military records state. Google him. The site This Ain’t Hell (but you can see it from here) has done some amazing footwork excavating his misadventures over the years.

I really had no beef with Mr. Kolfage and even sent him an email asking him to discuss my charity findings. I was concerned that he might not have the back story. I received nothing in reply. Check this out… The below are quotes from Mr. Kolfage’s ruminations about my “attacking” a certain charity:

The first is a blog called Veterans Today, and a simple search revealed they are riddled with crazy conspiracy theorist articles and anti-Semitic content. The Southern Poverty Law Center stated Veterans Today is “a website that purports to be a ‘military veterans and foreign affairs journal’ but is really a locus of the far right, is now squarely in neo-Nazi territory.” [emphasis mine]

No argument from me there, Brian.

“After reviewing all the documents, audits and endorsements from outside agencies. I can say without a doubt the Wounded Warrior Project is not a “legal scam” and is not “cooking the books” as Graham claimed on Veterans Today.”

I’d merely question whether he has a CPA degree.

Not only has [sic] my family and I participated in many of their programs, witnessed thousands of other veterans participate with their families in the programs, but the Wounded Warrior Project has easily spent around $40,000 on my family over the past few years. That’s a first-hand account of direct support to a wounded warrior. Now multiple [sic] that by tens of thousands.

I guess I don’t need to point out that it is conceivable to buy allegiance to any cause. Which is not to imply Senior Airman Kolfage was the least bit influenced by  some charity’s $40,000 “donation” to him or letting Lt. Dan buy him some most excellent digs down in Florida.  Perish the thought. I read he paid Facebook over $300,000 in folding money for ads up until Monsieur Zuckerburg 86’d him. Let that sink in. You have $300 K in disposable income for FacePlace® advertisements and folks are buying you a house? I’m going to have to put a “donations” widget on asknod. I am soooo missing out on this gig.

Several days ago, I noticed a major uptick in hits on an article I wrote in 2014 regarding VA’s treatment of my fellow airman Brian. This was a year prior to his diatribe about eeeeevil me.

https://asknod.org/2014/11/03/va-office-of-debt-management-busts-another-cheating-vet/

Imagine my surprise as to why I might get 750 hits on that antique article in less than 5 hours. Seems there are a lot of folks suddenly interested in this gentleman. Apparently, he  set up a GoFundMe™ page to collect funding for a border wall down south. I speak of the endeavour President Trump is causing the Democrats so much heartburn over. Hey, I’m all in for a wall. It works like a champ for the Israelis trying to keep the bomb-throwing sand ranchers out of their country. Seems it did an excellent job of keeping the East Germans out of West Berlin, too. China’s endeavour in the 17th century? Not so much-but then they lacked 30,000 volts of electricity and AK 47s. With drugs, Al Quaida and God only knows what else trying to get in to the US, I don’t have a problem with it (sans the electricity and guns). If they build it, maybe the bad guys won’t try to come here. Nothing else seems to have worked so what the hey?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/trump-persuaded-mexico-shelter-asylum-seekers/578911/?utm_medium=offsite&utm_source=yahoo&utm_campaign=yahoo-non-hosted&yptr=yahoo

Kolfage Konspiracies

I was honestly ready to let bygones be bygones and pick up the check book to cut ol’ Brian some money for this. But then, another paragraph caught my eye…

https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-man-behind-border-wall-gofundme-ran-fake-news-websites

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/21/brian-kolfage-creator-mexican-border-wall-fundrais/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/gofundme-wall-border-veteran-brian-kolfage-fake-news-business-sites-trump-a8694821.html

Ruh-oh, Rorge. Brian’s a chemtrail sniffer? Maybe he’s just been smoking some powerful Mantanuska Thunderf**k . Of course, this is pure conjecture and not an accusation that he smokes pot. Perish that thought, too.

Interestingly, a web page called “The Independent” had this to say:

The sites [Kolfage’s] relied on using outrage and click-bait headlines—often false, racist and provocative—to increase viewership and shares. Some of the headlines include “Obnoxious Black People Lose Their Minds When Victoria Secret Models Say This 1 Word On Live Video” and “Trump Just Released Embarrassing Vids Of Obama’s Muslim Friends That He Never Wanted Seen.”

Say it ain’t so, Bro.The irony is absolutely delicious. Here’s some horribly disabled Veteran (like myself), apparently aspiring to be an author, writing articles for his numerous far-right websites discussing how Hillary had a terminal illness during her Presidential run and a bunch of other blogs with similar dire tales of Kolfage Konspiracies™ about Lord knows what. And he had the balls to go after me for mistakenly publishing an article in a far right rag (which was later inadvertently verified by a major news media outfit). I submit that is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black.

Hey. I have no problems with disabled Veterans who write articles about Veterans. I encourage it and freely offer an editorship here any time someone desires to pull up a soapbox. That’s what I do as a sideline in addition to legally representing them before the Veterans Administration and the Court of Veterans Appeals in their claims for compensation. I just have a few qualms when some also admit to inhaling chemtrails. I have the utmost respect for my President but I do take him with a grain of salt. Remember, I respect the Office of the Presidency but certainly do not agree with all the present occupant espouses. I doubt anyone can be “all in” with some of his ideas but that’s the beauty of America. We get to think and say what we feel- well, unless we’re in Berkeley, California, it involves former members of the Confederacy or anyone who ever owned slaves. Boy howdy is that ever going to bite Presidents Jefferson and Washington on the ass some day. Can you imagine the hue and cry when the “Recently Enlightened”demand the Jefferson Memorial be removed and Mount Vernon razed to the ground?

In this business, what you write in the past can come back to haunt you many years later. We  discover that every day.  So, if you can ferret out old articles from Right Wing News, Fight4FreeSpeech (which accepts “donations” ), VeteranAF and Freedom Daily, you may find our Mr. Kolfage is not all he’s cracked up to be. Again, this is puuuuuure conjecture because I understand ownership of these sites is vague. But then, that’s what the gentleman implied when he dropped the hammer on me. I forthrightly admit mea culpas were in order in my case, though (re a certain charity). I had my  well-deserved “Come to Jesus” moment in 2015. Que sera sera.

P.S. With all due respect for that certain charity I am precluded from discussing above, I am ecstatically happy to see it appears they have reformed their earlier financial peccadilloes and are now somewhat more transparent. But then I would not know about that because I do not follow their day-to-day work for Veterans and am not a Certified Public Accountant.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

A warm Merry Christmas to you all. Bury your prejudices and abstain from addressing recriminations from far right nut jobs. Fund the wall personally if you see fit. Just be sure there isn’t a siphon hose attached to that GoFundMe Build the Wall site. I’m certainly not implying there is but sometimes history repeats itself.

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