I am back and that is what it is.

19 Sept 2016.

So I am coming back to writing. There is so much I want to cover: The elections. sex trafficking and sexual violence, foreign policy, “terrorism, veterans issues,  society and matters of war and peace.   I have had so many issues living in my head and I have to talk about them. Plus, a lot of people want me to get back to writing.

See a lot of ignorance as well that I have to call out. We have the least qualified presidential candidate to ever run for president tying in the polls with arguably the most qualified candidate to have ever run.  Sex trafficking and violence hasn’t gone anywhere and  Black Lives Matter is talking about serious issues that need to be discussed. You all know how much I love talk about war and peace as well as foreign policy  and there is so much to cover there. I also need to talk about the great American freak out that is called terrorism:   Be afraid of the boogie man boys and girls.

So yeah, I am back here. I hope to write here at least once a day though would like to write more than that. I am also getting back to my other blogs My Journey into Film and Schroyboy so I have a lot of writing ahead. I want writing to be apart of my everyday life. I want to be known for my writings and the only way to do that is to write and write well. I know a lot of people want me to start again and I know this is what I am suppose to be doing.

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Congress needs to put veterans first

Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hear testimony on the Commission on Care’s final report on reforming the Veterans Health Administration. The Veterans Service Organizations and the Department of Veterans Affairs were not invited to participate in today’s discussion. That’s too bad — the VA and the VSOs could have provided compelling details to back up the commission’s call for congressional action.

From my perspective, the report is overall a validation of the course the VA has been on since I took the helm over two years ago. The president and I agree with 15 of the report’s 18 recommendations, and the VA has already accomplished or has been working on 12 of these through our ongoing MyVA transformation. That includes the report’s main recommendation: building a high-performing integrated health system combining VA care and VA-purchased community care. We are already moving in that direction, and our efforts are already improving veterans’ access to healthcare.

Last year, veterans completed nearly 4 million more appointments than the previous year. In March, they set a record for appointments completed at the VA: 5.3 million, 730,000 more than March 2014. That same month, the VA issued 268,000 authorizations for care in the community — twice as many as March 2014. In July, 96 percent of appointments were completed within 30 days of veterans’ preferred dates, 85 percent were completed within seven days and 22 percent were completed the same day.

The average wait time is around five days for primary care, six days for specialty care and two days for mental healthcare. Ninety percent of veterans we’ve surveyed are “satisfied or completely satisfied” with the timeliness of their care. Just 3 percent say they are dissatisfied. That’s still too many, and we won’t be satisfied until no veteran is dissatisfied.

I doubt there will be much mention of these achievements at today’s hearing. I also doubt there will be much discussion of the commission’s finding that VA care compares favorably in clinical quality to care in the private sector. The Independent Assessment came to the same conclusion, but some people have more to gain by ignoring the facts than by a full and open examination of them.

The commission did not recommend privatizing VA healthcare. Neither has any VSO. Privatization would be a boon for private-sector healthcare companies, including those represented on the commission, but as seven leading VSOs told the commission in April, it “could threaten the financial and clinical viability of some VA medical programs and facilities,” which would “fall particularly hard on the millions of veterans who rely on VA for all or most of their care.”

I strongly disagree with the commission’s recommendation of an independent VA board of directors. The Constitution won’t allow it, and, to me, as a business executive, the idea doesn’t make any sense. It would only make matters worse by complicating the bureaucracy at the top and spreading the responsibility for veterans’ healthcare so that no one knows who’s ultimately responsible.

The fact is, we already have a board of directors: Congress. If Congress worked the way it should, nobody would be talking about adding another layer of bureaucracy.

Veterans need Congress to do its job as a board.

Last week, I sent the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs committees a detailed letter outlining urgent actions needed just to maintain current levels of care. These include approving the president’s 2017 budget request to keep up with rising costs and medical innovation; extending authorities to maintain services like transportation to VA facilities in rural areas and vocational rehabilitation; fixing provider agreements to keep long-term care facilities from turning veterans out to avoid the hassle of current requirements; and ending the arbitrary rule that won’t let the VA’s dedicated, conscientious medical professionals care for veterans for more than 80 hours in any federal pay period.

Only Congress can fix these problems, just as only Congress can modernize our antiquated claims appeals process. We have submitted to Congress a modernization plan developed with the help of VSOs and other veterans advocates. We have also submitted a plan to consolidate our many community care programs to make community care easier for veterans, providers and the VA.

We need Congress to act on these proposals.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has at least approved a budget nearly equal to the president’s request, and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee has unanimously approved the Veterans First Act. The act isn’t all veterans need. It doesn’t address appeals. But it’s a start.

The act is aptly named. It’s time to put politics, ideology and special interests aside. It’s time to put veterans first.

McDonald is the secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Free tuition and how Sanders fails at communicating this.

Free tuition is one of the best things we can do for this country. It just makes economic sense and it pays for itself.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is really bad at communicating ideas. This being one of them. Tuition free college pays for itself because the people that go to college get jobs and pay taxes thus paying back their tuition.

Also, it isn’t about redistribution. It is about fair distribution. The reason you are not making a good money is because money funnels to the top. This is what trickle down economics look like. You work hard for little so that the top become wealthier. This is why the Republicans have not had any new ideas on economics since Reagan.

Also, about taxes and why I am for the wealthy paying their fair share; which they do not now: Those of benefit the most from society should pay the most. It is that simple. They benefit from the military, infrastructure, our courts, labor, security and I could go on.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Is has been terrible at communicating that. He just runs around saying he is going to tax the rich. Which taxing them just because they have money without cause would be pretty unfair. But they benefit the most from America so they should pay the most.

Put up or shut up, either go fight ISIS or be quiet.

So I saw on the Facebook a post from a guy that I had served with a MEME that said Official ISIS Hunting License, and thought to myself “ok, go then.” He served with me in the 82nd Airborne Division and has a Ranger Tab.  I have many friends who I served with that are constantly posting anti-ISIS post, and my attitude is simple: Put up or shut up. Get your ass over there, link up the Kurds and fight. And I am being serious when I say that.

Seriously, these guys are really good fighters. Some with 2 combat tours under their belt, including a combat jump. The Kurds would benefit greatly with the caliber of fighters these guys are The Kurds need the help, knowledge and leadership that these guys posses.

And this goes to all ex-paratroopers, rangers, and special operators. Get in shape go over and fight ISIS. You are the best trained soldiers in the world and the Kurds need your help. And I say the Kurds because they are pro United States and they have their shit together.

And as far as I go, I am cripple, I broke my back on a jump in 94, yet I stated to get back into combat shape. If I feel I can do the do, I will go as well.

The Feature film I am developing.

For those who know me and follow my film blog My Journey into Film, I have been working on a film since 2011 on sexual violence. It has evolved from rape to forced rape for profit know as the sex trade/trafficking.  While having a conversation with my friend and Tampa filmmaker Marcus Kempton, I came up with the plot and story for the new film.  My film also covers combat veterans returning for the wars and the issues they face, like PTSD and the horrors they bring back with them. These subjects are very important to me, for I am a veteran and have many friends who suffer from PTSD and other issues. The sex trade issue because I find it to be one of the most detestable things I think of. I have an unhealthy, no kidding, hatred towards pimps and sex traffickers. I also almost went to prison while working on this project because I tried to do the right thing but went about it the wrong way.

The reason behind me sacrificing so much time and emotion is to save kids, women and vets. I believe I can actually make and impact on these issues by creating awareness and start an honest conversation about these serious topics. This is why the marketing and distribution of this film is imperative. That is the reason why I write about this so much, and this is where you can help. Spread the word about this project and repost these blog post on your social media platforms and send these posts to your friends.

Now my interest in the sex trade was sparked in 2004 when I heard  an interview done on NPR’s radio program “Fresh Air” about a expose  that the writer Peter Landsman called the “Girls Next Store” for the New York Times Magazine.    Of all the interviews I have ever heard on Fresh Air, this one has stuck with me. I also have been following the of Brook Bello who is an actress and founder of More to Life. 

I feel really passionate ending the sex trafficking in America, but it is going to take the citizens to demand the our government does all it can do to end it.  Now that being said, there is a lot being done, but we have a ways to go and we must keep pressure up and hold politicians accountable. I live  in a state, Florida, where state government has and is doing a lot, but there is more work to be done.

Why combat veteran issues? Well for one thing, I am a retired United States Paratrooper who served in the 82nd Airborne Division.  I was Airborne Infantry which means I was one of the most elite soldiers in the world, my job was to jump in to a country and lead men into combat. So, when it comes to those who did the fighting and killing I feel I have to tell their story. The war is not over for them, and they live with it everyday  for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, and it is a issue we need to address. My film deals with the psychological issues that face our veterans.

I want POTUS to get gangster on ISIS.

We know our president to be reserved and in command when speaking. He truly has a talent for it, regardless of how the racist right has portrayed him: thug, gangster, that nigger. That being said, with what has been going on with ISIS and the beheading of our two citizens, it would be great if our President come to the podium and went the fuck off gangster style.

“I want to say to ISIS……… Dat’s yo motherfucking ass you punk ass bitches.  Motherfucker, we are going to kill all yo  ass seven ways to motherfucking Sunday!  Oh and dat motherfucking little bitch  dat did the beheading, Dat’s your ass motherfucker! We are going to kill yo motherfucking ass. And if I don’t get yor ass while being president, the next motherfucking president will.”

And then resume being his cool calm and collected self. This would do a few things: One scare the shit ISIS. They would be like”oh we fucked up and not in a good way.” The second would be, a lot of Americans would be on board for the annihilation of ISIS, and thirdly, it would scare the shit out of all those white racist know as Fox viewers. People like my uncle, for instance, would see that and shit himself. No lie. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly would freak the fuck out saying “our greatest fear has come to pass.”, Ann Coulter would go into hiding, Rush Limbaugh would get back on drugs, if he’s not already their now and I would get a great kick out of it.

But it’s not going to happen, but one dream.

What to do in Ukraine

Ok so, Russian has sent paratroopers into Ukraine. Very smart move. When you to invade a country, kick ass and take names you send paratroopers. So here is what I propose, we send our paratrooper to go against their paratroopers.   82nd Airborne and the 173rd versus Russian paratroopers. Whoever wins get to keep the territory. And as a a bonus to Russia, we will let you use your Special Forces have 2 for everyone of our paratroopers. So what do you think?

And what do we do with the airborne that don’t go to Ukraine? You send them to Iraq to destroy ISIS.

Hamas has vowed to destroy Israel. So?

Hamas has vowed to destroy Israel. You hear it all the time from Israeli representatives and pro-Israeli pundits say it all the time.  So my question is, so?  Seriously how is that going to happen? War game that out for me. Hamas has an army, if you want to call it that, of 9 to 15,000 soldiers. It has no armor or air force; while the IDF, Israeli Defense Force, has an army of around 750,000l, tanks, armor personal carries and an Air Force. Hams has missiles that fire and land wherever they land; while Israel has artillery and nuclear weapons, and, thanks to the United States, one of the most technological advanced military’s in the world. Israel spends 57 Billion dollars a year or 6.9% of GDP on defense a year. So my question is how is Hamas going to defeat and destroy the Nation of Israel. War game that out for me. Explain, in detail, how that is going to happen. How does a 3rd rate army of 9 to 15,o00 with no armor or air force defeat Israel?

It is like a 2 year saying to you “I’m going to kick you ass” and then you freaking out about it and tell all your friends about how a 2 year old who is threatening kick your ass, and how you are afraid. Then you go ask your Uncle to buy you guns to protect yourself from the 2 year old.  Really? Israel has the ability to liquidate human being the entire Gaza Strip. They have one the the worlds most strongest military in the world.  So once again, explain to me how Hamas is going to destroy Israel.