Pentagon announces 34 soldiers suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries from Iranian rocket attack

What are the odds that some of these people are actually dead?

The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month.

Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s attack had not killed or injured any U.S. service members.

Last week the U.S. military said 11 U.S. troops had been treated for concussion symptoms after the attack on the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq and this week said additional troops had been moved out of Iraq for potential injuries.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to play down the injuries, saying he “heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things.”

Pentagon officials have said there had been no effort to minimize or delay information on concussive injuries, but its handling of the injuries following Tehran’s attack has renewed questions over the U.S. military’s policy regarding how it deals with suspected brain injuries.

Imagine if Obama . . .

How many presents did they receive?

Anyone attend the Hanover County Republican Party meeting on Jan 23?  If so, how many presents did they receive?

January 23, 2020
Regular Membership Meeting
Hanover Republican Committee

January 23, 2020 at the Hanover County Administration Building Board Room, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069

Call Business meeting to Order at 7:00 PM

Part of the Agenda as follows.

Program:
Budget for 2020
Elect Vice-Chair of Precinct Organization
Elect Chair to fill out the remainder of Nick Collette’s term

It is important as a Member of the Hanover GOP and / or Future Member to attend this meeting. Your presents is important to the future of the Hanover GOP.

Why does Trump stand . . .

. . . like he has a stick up his ass?

Trump wears shoes with 2 inches of lift — the shoes force him to lean forward when he stands.  He wears those shoes to make himself taller.  He wears slightly oversize suits to make himself look bigger than he really is and to hide his bulging stomach.  In fact, he’s a tub of lard.

Would you vote for this person?

https://i2.wp.com/thebullelephant.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MHS-Portraits-10-Apr-2019-001-1.jpg

This is Michael Schoelwer, Chairman of the Lancaster (Virginia) County Republican Party.  He is a candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV).  His platform includes the claim the he has managed complex, high-performing organizations.

Hmmm.  The website of the Lancaster County Republican Party has not been updated since 2018 and they have no Facebook or Twitter pages.  High-performing??  Sure thing.

GI Joke

On Monday, Jan 20, 2020, , a bunch of so-called “well regulated” militias descended on Virginia to protest the state legislatures’ eminent enactment of long overdue sensible gun control measures. I don’t believe that choosing MLK day was a coincidence, or that there were not strong white supremacist overtones to the whole thing.  Social media was rife with commentary about the fact that only white men could get away with marching down the street with high-powered weapons and tactical gear without being molested by law enforcement.  Racism, sexism and antisemitism were on bold display.  But putting that aside for a moment, the substantive point they were trying to make (whatever that was), got lost in the optics of the day.

I have no doubt that the protesters wanted to show how manly and tough they were.  They wanted to show that they should be feared and respected.  They stood in solidarity against tyranny or something and 2nd Amendment whatever, and don’t tread on me and such and stuff…. blah, blah, blah.  In the end, no one cared what they had to say.  Because they weren’t there to SAY anything. They were there to show something.  And unfortunately for them, what they showed the world and America, is that their movement is pathetic.

Today we saw a loose gaggle of dime-store warriors without a war (and it’s not like there aren’t two raging ones as we speak), dressed to the nines in tactical gear, with no combatants in sight, primed for a battle with nothing to shoot at.  It was a walking talking premature ejaculation, where the deed was done just by putting on the “manly” gear because there was nothing else to do.  The optics were horrible.  Paunchy, scruffy, unattractive, out-of-shape men, wearing cammo and scarves (just in case a sandstorm kicked up in the middle of the Virginia winter), flack jackets and boots so that they could… stand around and look tough.

In the end, the overkill backfired.  They revealed themselves to be worthy of ridicule, obviously trying to compensate for very small… hands.  They didn’t think it through, because that many guys walking down the street with huge guns was tactically inane. What was the point of that?  What were the options?  Use the guns.  BAD!  They’d get hauled off to jail.  Don’t use the guns.  BAD!  They looked like kids in cos-play primping for show and tell.  Threaten to use the guns in the future if they don’t get what they want.  BAD!  Now they’re terrorists.  Hug the guns closely to themselves and use them like a blanky.  BAD! They look like pathetic wanna-be soldiers.  This whole event was a mistake.  The minute they brought guns to a conversation, they were no longer interested in “conversation.” At that point, they were just vaguely threatening people, and wandering aimlessly around with big guns and no one to point or shoot them at.  That didn’t make their intended audience inclined to listen to what they had to say.  It made their audience pity, mock and ridicule them.

They did not come off as G.I. Joes.  They came off as G.I.  Jokes.

GunFestPic.jpg

In Virginia’s First Congressional District: Rep. Rob Wittman setting himself up to run for VA Governor in 2021

Rep. Rob Wittman, R-1st Cong District, is endorsing former state delegate Richard Anderson for chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Virginia Republicans will elect a state party chairman for a four-year term in
May 2020 at the Republican Quadrennial State Convention on May 1 and 2
in Lynchburg.

So far, current RPV Chairman Jack Wilson is vying for reelection against Anderson and Michael Schoelwer, chairman of the Lancaster County GOP Committee. Lancaster is a county of about 11,000 people on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Schoelwer announced his candidacy Wednesday, Jan. 15.

https://www.princewilliamti…

THE FIX IS IN. Here’s the deal:

  •  Wittman will be re-elected to Congress in Nov 2020
  •  Wittman will resign from Congress in Feb-Mar 2021 and announce his run for governor
  •  Virginia Republicans will nominate  Wittman at a convention as their gubernatorial candidate (election in Nov 2021).
  • Special election in VA-01 to replace Wittman — Margaret Ransone (HOD 99) will be the Republican candidate.

Virginia Senate passes pro-women legislation; anti-choice clowns in mourning.

Richmond, Virginia—Reproductive freedom advocates and activists celebrated today’s reproductive health and rights victory as members of the Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee voted to pass the Reproductive Health Protection Act, SB733, introduced by Senator McClellan. This comes after yesterday’s win where members of the House Courts of Justice Committee voted to pass the companion bill, HB980. 

This bill would roll back the medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access put in place by anti-choice politicians that have no basis in medicine or patient health and safety. This includes overturning the forced, medically unnecessary ultrasound requirement, the 24-hour mandatory delay, which often stretches for far longer, and the state-based mandated biased counseling. It also includes rolling back the Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, that unfairly single out abortion providers and the restriction that blocks qualified Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC) from providing abortion early in pregnancy, despite their rigorous post-graduate training and extensive clinical experience. 

For over two decades, anti-choice legislators in Virginia have held control of the state House and Senate and have passed a series of laws that intentionally make it difficult for people across the Commonwealth to access abortion and other reproductive health services. 

“When we voted in November, we cast our ballots for legislators who would protect and expand access to abortion and the full range of reproductive health services. We’re thrilled to see that legislators are keeping their campaign promises and voting to support the Reproductive Health Protection Act,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia, said. “Passing this bill is the first step towards a Virginia where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in our communities and the ability to choose whether, how and when to start a family. We will continue to watch to ensure that this bill is passed by the full House and Senate so that everyone in our community can access the health care they need when they need it, including abortion.”

“We are one step closer to reproductive health care being back in the hands of a patient and their physician,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, President and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance.  We eagerly await the end of unnecessary waiting periods, invasive ultrasounds, and arbitrary laws that make abortion care inaccessible in the Commonwealth. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States and today our legislators agreed.”

Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia said, “For too long, the Virginia General Assembly has put up roadblocks for women seeking abortion care. We stand united with the new majority of legislators who support reproductive rights. Today’s commitment from Virginia legislators are not just to the many Virginians who need and deserve access to abortion care, but for the many advanced practice clinicians who are providing that care across the Commonwealth. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia look forward to a Commonwealth of Virginia where once a person has decided to seek abortion care, they are able to do so without delay and under the care of a clinician they know and trust. Legislative champions have fought for years to remove these unnecessary restrictions this step forward today and we are grateful for their continued leadership.” 

“Virginia women have waited long enough and the overwhelming majority of voters in Virginia—72%—trust a woman to make her own reproductive healthcare decisions. Virginia voters made that clear in November, when they made history by electing the first pro-choice majority General Assembly.” Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said. “Virginians fully expect their legislators to take urgent action this session and put their health and safety first by passing the Reproductive Health Protection Act. This bill will finally give patients and medical providers the ability to make healthcare decisions based on best medical practices and science—and ensure a woman has the ability to make personal decisions that are best for her, her family, her future, and her health without interference from politicians. 

“Eighty eight percent of registered Latino/a voters in Virginia agree that a woman should be able to make her own personal, private decisions about abortion care without political interference,” Sarah Flores Shannon, Field Coordinator of the Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in Virginia, said. “TRAP, along with other medically unnecessary regulations, are outdated attacks on safe and routine reproductive healthcare. We know that such restrictions disproportionately harm communities of color and low income patients. We look forward to putting healthcare decisions back in the hands of patients and their healthcare providers.” 

Background: 

The Reproductive Health Protection Act removes political interference between a patient and her doctor and gets rid of the medically unnecessary restrictions for a patient seeking access to safe and legal abortion including:

    • Requiring patients to undergo a forced, medically unnecessary ultrasound.
    • The 24-hour mandatory delay, which often stretches for far longer.
    • Mandated biased counseling.
    • The requirement that abortion care is performed solely by physicians and blocks qualified Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC) from doing so, despite their rigorous post-graduate training and extensive clinical experience.
    • The medically unnecessary targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP) that regulate the number of parking spaces and the width of hallways for abortion clinics.