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  • 02:00

    Hard Starboard Radio: Back, But Writing

    in Politics Conservative

    Since returning from my weekend sojourn twenty-three hours ago, I've been deluged under an explosive backlog of blog-fodder at politicalpistachio.com as well as being conscripted out of the blue to be Intern Missius's used car salesman.  So while I dig out and get caught up (only to be buried by the next wave of these "interesting times"), it's in to the Wayback Machine y'all go for a two year backwards temporal jaunt through the miracle of digital audio.

    Don't worry, the quantum entanglement is only one-way, although rewriting all the history since November 2006 doesn't sound like such a bad idea.

  • 01:01


    in Current Events


    We've all heard about the backlog of rape kits at crime facilities and police labs all across the country, and all the information locked in those kits that could be used to prosecute rapists and prevent them from raping again. The good news is that some states are actually tackling that backlog and making headway in those DNA tests - AND finding a lot of criminals. The bad news – huge backlogs still exist; it takes money to process this evidence; and some states are actually charging victims for processing and investigating via rape kits.

    Erika Teschke, Founder of RapeKitWA.org, started out as your everyday citizen until she read about the nationwide issue with untested rape kits.  Since then she has talked with leaders at all levels of the rape kit chain of custody in Wa State and with national organizations such as the Joyful Heart’s End The Backlog in order to help bring victim centered rape kit reform to her home state.  RapeKitWA. org began as an educational tool and has morphed into a community based grassroots lobbying effort that helped to both educate the public about rape kits and steer legislation through the WA State Legislature.

    Join us as we talk with Erika to find out what's going on with rape kits around the country with rape kits and the victims they represent.

    Call-in with your comments to (646) 378-0430.

    And if you miss the live program, you can go to the website and listen to all our archived programs whenever you like at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/3women3ways

  • 01:28

    MCM Radio: The Senior Bowl on a Silver Platter

    in Sports

    The first major event of draft season is under way this week as scores of prospects, coaches, scouts and executive descend on Mobile, Alabama. The Senior Bowl is a unique chance for NFL teams to put draft-eligible players who are on the bubble through the paces in both practice and a simulated game environment. It's an even more unique chance for the Titans, as Wisenhunt and co. are coaching the North squad all week.

    On tonight's MCM Radio we'll discuss the latest notes streaming out of the practices, plus the past two weeks' backlog of news and notes related to the Titans and the Super Bowl match-up.

    Join us live at 8:00 CST for all that and more!

  • 00:59

    600,000 Veterans Wait to See the Doctor

    in Politics Conservative

    More than 600,000 veterans — 10% of all the Veterans Affairs patients — continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, according to data obtained by USA TODAY.


    The VA has made some progress in dealing with the backlog of cases that forced former secretary Eric Shinseki to retire early this year. Some facilities still have extremely long wait times for basic care, including 64 that have average wait times over 60 days for new patients seeking primary care. They include major facilities, such as hospitals in Baltimore; Jacksonville, Fla.; Temple, Texas, and Atlanta. All have at least 30,000 pending appointments.


    Kevin McKechnie is the Executive Director of the Health Savings Account (HSA) Council and the American Bankers Associations’ Office of Insurance Advocacy. He represents the HSA Council and ABA before Congre

  • 01:36

    The Chauncey Karls Report

    in Politics

    Hosts Jesse and Cody discuss recent efforts by the City of Modesto to draw business to their downtown, including a SuperKarts USA event; Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Brown's looming punishment for testing postive for drug use and the disparity between how the NFL punishes off-field behavior by both type and race; the backlog of untested rapekits, numbering over 8,000 in Memphis and other U.S. cities, only now being tested; and the Federal Governments means and guidlines for detecting suspicious activity relate to terrorism, it's terror watchlist, CIA spying on Congress,and the unbelievable erosion of our rights as enumerated within the Bill of Rights.

  • 01:07

    Paul Sullivan - From VetLawyers.com

    in Military

    Paul Sullivan Managing Director, Public Relations & Veteran Outreach Bergmann & Moore, LLC

    Veterans Affairs claim delay and error crisis, aka “the infamous backlog 

    Prevalence of PTSD among Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans.

    HR 4261 To improve the research of Gulf War Illness, the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, and for other purposes.

    HR 4031 To amend title 38, to provide for the removal of Senior Executive Service employees of Veterans Affairs for performance, and for other purposes.

    Paul Sullivan

    A Gulf War veteran with more than 20 years of experience assisting fellow veterans obtain VA healthcare and disability benefits, with an emphasis on Gulf War illness and PTSD.

    Government relations experience includes crafting legislation and regulations, testifying before Congress, and meeting with executive branch officials within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Major legislation includes "The Persian Gulf Veterans Act of 1998," and the "Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act" of 2008. 

  • 01:01


    in Current Events

    There are two things most people know about rape kits:  There’s a huge backlog of kits that have never been tested, and “Law and Order” always gets their rape kits tested immediately.  That’s a start, but there is a whole lot more about the kits, the law, the Violence Against Women Act, and who pays for them.  Do you know whether it is only police or the individual who can request the test?  Does a victim have to prosecute if the police get a rape kit tested?  How about the privacy issue?  The Department of Justice recently released an evaluative report answering these questions and more.  Katy Waldman has investigated and reported on the latest DOJ information and she will be here to share that information with us on Saturday.  Katy writes about women's issues, culture, books, and science for Slate magazine, where she is an assistant editor. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Washington Post, Narrative, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC. 

    Join us Saturday at 11 to learn more about this significant topic. Call-in with your comments to (646) 378-0430.

    And if you miss the live program, you can go to the website and listen to all our archived programs whenever you are able. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/3women3ways

  • 01:57


    in Lifestyle

    The much-discussed backlog of disability claims at the VA— about half a million claims have been pending for more than four months— is primarily an administrative and political issue, not a medical one. The problem is one of processing benefits claims, and the resources that we choose to dedicate to processing claims. Doctors and other medical professionals who work for the VA are not the source of this problem. (To be fair, we've also heard from people who've worked processing VA benefits claims, who allege that vets often try to rip off the government for benefits. Everyone has a point of view.)

    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

    Army Specialist Kayla Reyes, 21, returned home from Afghanistan after a nearly year-long deployment and began looking for employment opportunities. She is still enlisted in the National Guard. Reyes told TheBlaze on Friday that she interviewed for a sales associate position at Macy’s in February. What she was reportedly told by the hiring manager disturbed her, making her feel like her military service was somehow now a burden in civilian life.

  • 00:45

    A Brownie Moment at the VA

    in Politics

    “So, you know, if you ask me, you know, how do I think Ric Shinseki has performed overall?” I would say that on homelessness, on the 9/11 GI Bill, on working with us to reduce the backlog across the board, he has put his heart and soul into this thing and he has taken it very seriously.But I have said to Ric, and I said it to him today, I want to see, you know, what the results of these reports are, and there is going to be accountability.”

    President Obama on the problems at the  Department of Veterans Affairs and his defence of General  Eric Shinseki .
    General  Eric Shinseki is no Brownie(Michael Brown) G. W. Bush’ made an ill-timed praise of his Federal Emergency Management Agency director, Michael Brown, during the slow response to Hurricane Katrina: “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”Politico

  • 01:29

    CLOSED 'TIL FURTHER NOTICE...America's Horse Trails

    in Entertainment

    Host GARY HOLT welcomes KENN LEE to this week's Campfire Cafe'.  We'll talk about the western lifestyle and the music that tell's the story.

    Back Country Horsemen of Americas RANDY RASMUSSEN joins us to continue the conversation regarding the challenges in the use of America's trails in the face of shrinking budgets and the maintenance backlog.

    Call in with your comments and questions this Thursday at Noon CST...213-943-3396.

    Heard live WorldWide Online and On Demand 24/7

    If you Climb in the Saddle...Get Ready for the Ride on EQUESTRIAN LEGACY RADIO!

  • 01:03

    Paul Sullivan: Bergmann & Moore VetLawyers.com

    in Social Networking

    The President and the Veterans Affairs Secretary issued $164 billion Veterans Affairs budget.

    Related Information: Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $164 Billion VA Budget - Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) into a 21st century organization, the President has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2014, that will support VA’s goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among Veterans. The budget includes $68.4 billion in discretionary spending, largely for healthcare, and $95.6 billion for mandatory programs – mostly disability compensation and pensions for Veterans.

    New Hope For Gulf War Veterans Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield 23 Years later.

    Veterans Affairs under orders from Congress came up with a plan on how to do deal with the record nearly 300,000 appeal that are choking Veterans Affairs.