#SemperFi – #GIBill

Statement by VA Secretary David J. Shulkin –  Passage of the Forever GI Bill

Congress has spoken with a strong voice in support of our Veterans this afternoon.  The Forever GI Bill expands the success our Veterans have had with the GI Bill providing opportunities that otherwise would not be possible.

In particular, it restores benefits to Veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents, and Purple Heart recipients.  This nation is stronger when our Veterans are studying and working next to their civilian counterparts.  Passage of this bill is a win for Veterans and their families.

What an amazing concept to extend the GI Bill especially to Purple Heart recipients – How old were the last 20 purple heart recipients? I can tell because the link doesn’t work – Worlds Largest Online Veterans Database

 

 

 

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#Goodnight Glen Campbell

Country music icon Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81, Fox News has learned. The legend behind hits including “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”

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#Debit Card – #Credit Card Fees – Additional #Income

Enter the local market on Round Hill Road in Greenwich, CT to purchase one of their amazing $7.00 tuna sandwiches and the clerk states, “You have to purchase at least $10 or pay an additional .50 cents”.

According to the Federal Reserve, the average interchange fee per transaction for all debit card issuers in 2009 was 43 cents. Data collected from the fourth quarter of 2011 indicated that the average interchange fee received by non-exempt issuers declines 45% from the 2009 level to 24 cents. – Source Google Search

In order to process credit cards and debit cards, a merchant must negotiate a “merchant discount fee” either with his or her financial institution or, for Discover and American Express, with the credit card company directly. The negotiated fee is then subtracted from each customer transaction with a credit or debit card. The “interchange transaction fee,” which is paid to the credit or debit card issuer, makes up the largest percentage of the merchant discount fee and is the focus of this report.

In 2011, the Federal Reserve adopted Regulation II, which limits the amount of interchange fees that debit card issuers can charge for transactions. The rule limits the interchange fee to a maximum of 21 cents plus .05% of the transaction value. The rule exempts financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets. To date, there are no such laws or regulations limiting the interchange transaction fees an issuer may charge for credit card purchases. Since credit card interchange fees vary significantly from one card to another and from one merchant to another, some merchants may pay higher fees for credit card transactions while others pay higher fees for debit card transactions. Source – OLR Research Report

I wonder if Round Hill Road Store claims the balance of fees charged as income?

Round Hill Road Store, Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT

 

 

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I’ll be back soon

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#HUD Miami Dade #Homeless


​Per OIG – We reviewed the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s Continuum of Care Program because our office had not audited this entity. In addition, this assignment was in accordance with our annual audit plan and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2014-2018 strategic objective to end homelessness. Our objective was to determine whether the Trust ensured that Program funds were used for eligible activities and sufficiently supported.

The Trust did not always properly administer the Program by not (1) supporting costs for one project, (2) reporting Program income for another project, and (3) supporting a participant eligibility for a third project. This condition occurred because the Trust believed it had adequate documentation and did not properly oversee its subrecipients. As a result, it could not support Program costs of $98,433.

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When Do We Judge The Effectiveness Of Our New First Lady | DR. DIANA DON’T PLAY

https://drdianadontplay.com/2017/05/30/when-do-we-judge-the-effectiveness-of-our-new-first-lady/

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HUD PIH’s Required Conversion Program Was Not Adequately Implemented

OIG
We audited the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) required conversion program activities to determine whether HUD ensured that public housing agencies (PHA) properly evaluated their distressed units and converted them to tenant-based rental assistance programs. We selected this program for review based on an approved internal audit suggestion in our annual audit plan. Our audit objective was to determine whether HUD adequately implemented its required conversion program to ensure that its PHAs complied with the procedures for the required conversion of distressed public housing developments to tenant-based rental assistance programs.

HUD did not adequately implement its required conversion program. Specifically, HUD did not properly identify potential projects requiring conversion and did not follow up to ensure that PHAs took action by conducting proper analyses to determine if listed projects should be converted to tenant-based rental assistance. HUD also did not apply available remedies when PHAs did not properly identify projects or implement required conversions. We attributed this deficiency to lack of oversight and miscommunication among the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), Office of Field Operations; the Special Application Center; regional PIH field offices; and the PHAs. As a result, HUD did not require PHAs to identify and convert distressed projects, and up to $75 million in operating subsidies and capital funds could continue to be spent on projects that have not been determined to be physically viable or less expensive than tenant-based rental assistance.

We recommend that HUD develop and implement policies and procedures to identify potentially distressed projects and monitor and enforce the required conversion program. Additionally, we recommend that HUD determine whether nine PHAs provided appropriate documentation to support whether potentially distressed projects should be converted to tenant-based rental assistance and if conversion is required that it is accomplished timely, thereby ensuring that up to $75 million is used effectively for projects that are cost effective and have long term viability and ensuring that tenants receive other rental assistance.

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#Hernandez’s 2013 Murder Conviction – Vacated

Judge agrees to erase ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s conviction in 2013 murder because he died before the appeal was heard.

The former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself in his prison cell last month while serving a life sentence in the killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Patrick Bomberg said Hernandez “should not be able to accomplish in death what he could not accomplish in life.”

Hernandez’s appellate attorney told the judge that the state’s highest court has applied the legal doctrine “without exception,” even in cases of suicide.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge Susan Garsh said she expects to issue a decision late Tuesday morning.

Source: ESPN.com

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#Arkansas #Midazolam

Folk take drugs for one reason or another i.e. medical or recreational. Physicians prescribe drugs for medical reasons and/or  for addicts who must get their fix and they want it  “legally”.  What happens when a Pharmacy does not have the prescribed drug or the Drug Dealer runs out of his/her “product” – very simply the consumer drives or walks to another pharmacy and the same thing for the addict on the street, not a situation in the world that will stop an addict from copping cocaine, heroin or any other pharmaceutical should the #monkey call.

Midazolam may cause severe breathing problems (eg, respiratory depression, respiratory arrest), especially when used for sedation in noncritical care settings. Respiratory depression and respiratory arrest could result in brain damage or death if not treated properly. Midazolam should only be used under appropriate close medical supervision.

Midazolam is used for – Reducing anxiety or producing drowsiness or anesthesia before certain medical procedures or surgery. It may also be given continuously to maintain sedation or anesthesia in certain patients. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Midazolam is a #benzodiazepine. It works in the central nervous system (brain) to cause sleepiness, muscle relaxation, and short-term memory loss, and to reduce anxiety.

In a story by Alan Blinder in the New York Times – The chemist Armin Walser who helped invent the sedative coupled with the fact that in Arkansas, a prisoner has not been put to death since November 2005 what is all  the hoopla about now?

Midazolam is planned as the first of three drugs in the state’s lethal injections. The drug is intended to render a prisoner unconscious and keep him from experiencing pain later in the execution, when other drugs are administered to stop the breathing and heart. Why not obtain a comparable drug that provides the same effect at a LOWER COST!? Walgreens midazolam 1 bottle (118ml) 2mg/ml syrup $ 90.38.

Supreme Court – In a 5-to-4 vote, the court ruled that using midazolam does not violate the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” In executions, the drug has been used to induce unconsciousness before other drugs are administered to stop an inmate’s breathing and stop the heart.

Midazolam Gone Wrong – Dennis McGuire, convicted of the rape and murder of a pregnant woman in 1989, was executed  in Ohio using a combination of two drugs that had never before been used in an execution. Attorneys for McGuire and medical experts argued that the use of the drugs represented an unconstitutional, “cruel and unusual” execution, because of the possibility that McGuire would be conscious and in pain as he died.  “Ohio is taking drugs that are normally used for things like a colonoscopy, and they’re giving massive overdoses to kill people,”

Arkansas has executed Ledell Lee, the state’s first inmate to be put to death since 2005, for a 1993 murder. Lee was one of eight death row inmates Arkansas had planned to execute by April 30, the day before the state’s supply of the lethal injection drug midazolam expires.

Lastly some argue that Jesus confirmed capital punishment and even His death on the cross confirms the belief that death for death is acceptable and appropriate.  I on the other hand have this to say… Jesus did NOT die on the cross and He was hung for a crime that He had NOT committed and it was most assuredly cruel and unusual punishment.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/21/arkansas-prepares-to-carry-out-first-execution-since-2005.html

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#GoodNight #CubaGooding, Sr

Cuba Gooding, Sr., known to a generation as the lead singer of The Main Ingredient, and to the following generation as the father of an Oscar-winning actor, has died at age 72.

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