A Long Way Home Book Review

An amazing story. A true story of Saroo, a young boy aged about 5 from a village in central India who gets lost.  Saroo accompanied his older brother riding the train. He dozed off at the train station, when he awoke he did not see his brother.

Thinking his brother was on a train that was waiting at the station he made a split-second decision, he lept on the train just as the doors were closing and it pulled out of the station. Saroo traveled 1,000 miles across India to Calcutta. He could not speak the language, did not know the name of his village, he tried to find his way back, he begged in the streets until he was rescued by an orphange and adopted by an Australian family.

Saroo grew up in Australia and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management enjoying success in his adoptive country. He was determined to rediscover his past. He kept images of the village he grew up in in his head and would pour over Google Earth until he managed to recognise landmarks.  The  reunion made headlines in 2012 and now Saroo is telling his full story in  A Long Way Home.

A Long Way Home: A Memoir available at Amazon

Senator Tom Coburn Report Details VA Problems

US-DeptOfVeteransAffairs-SealSenator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a scathing 119-page report documenting the Department of Veterans Affairs  misconduct throughout the last decade.  The Veterans Affairs secret waiting list scandal is “just the tip of the iceberg,” Senator Tom Coburn said, “this report shows the problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined.”  Coburn said money is not the issue, noting that Congress has increased VA funding “rapidly in recent years” and that the agency had more than $34 billion in unspent funds in fiscal 2013.

Politico summarizes the key findings:

  • Delinquent doctors and nurses and lagging medical treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs may have caused the deaths of more than 1,000 veterans and cost the U.S. $845 million in medical malpractice suits, Sen. Tom Coburn charged in a report released on Tuesday.  The deaths, which occurred over a 10-year period, resulted from VA officials prescribing unneeded and unmonitored painkillers to veterans, delayed treatment that caused cancer to go undetected and veterans waiting at times for months for procedures, the report found.
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Congressional Gold Medal: Shimon Peres

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Shimon Peres

This week the Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded to Shimon Peres, Israeli statesman and the ninth and current President of the State of Israel. President Peres will be the first sitting President of Israel to receive this prestigious award.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States and is awarded to individuals, organizations,  or events that have made a tremendous contribution to the history and culture of the United States.

Peres and Reagan shared jokes, Nixon sent him books, and Kennedy grilled him on Israel’s nuclear plans. On the eve of siuch an honor, Israel’s ninth president reminisced about 50 years of meetings with 10 American presidents.

Throughout the decades, Peres’ meetings with American presidents have played a major role in Israel’s ability to form deep friendships with other nations. Nixon sent him all the books he had written, Bush senior hosted him at his summer home in Maine, and he and Reagan had regular joke-telling contests.

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Supreme Court: Cell Phone Privacy

smart-phone-cartoon-with-thumb-upThe Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that police cannot search through people’s cell phones without a search warrant.  A major decision in favor of digital privacy rights.

“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought,” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote for the unanimous court.

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Trey Gowdy Grills IRS Commissonor John Koskinen

Representative Trey Gowdy
Representative Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, was on fire questioning Koskinen.    A Republican that knows how to questions a witness.

 

 

 

It has been slightly over a year and still no one has been had held responsible for any of the abuses by the IRS.
This is unacceptable!

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USA Aid To Sudan

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Sudan

Each year since 1999, the secretary of state has designated Sudan a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom. Consequently, the country was ineligible for aid under Section 116 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.  State Department-Sudan

How Much USA Aid to Sudan?

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USA Aid Disbursements To Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated: Re-Arrested In Sudan

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Updated:  Meriam Ibrahim has taken refuge at the U.S. Embassy after being released from police custody for a second time.  NBCNews

Updated: This is outrageous!

Meriam Ibrahim “has been released from her latest detention but has been charged with new crimes, MailOnline can reveal. Meriam Ibrahim has been accused of falsifying travel documents as she tried to leave the African country hours after the death penalty was dropped against her.

It is understood that the authorities told her she should have used the Muslim name she had when she was born, not the Christian name she uses after choosing to worship that faith.”  DailyMail

When Meriam was released yesterday why was the family at a safe house instead of the U.S. Embassy?  The U.S. government should have coordinated with the government of Sudan to get this family out of that country!

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Sudansese Court Orders Release Of Sudanese Mother Sentenced For Marrying A Christian

4329074615_5c69563794_q_sudanA court in Sudan Monday ordered the release of  27-year-old Mariam Yahya Ibrahim sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, the state news agency said.

The case of Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, triggered an international outcry. She gave birth to a baby daughter while in prison.

‘The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling,’ Sudan’s SUNA news agency said.  The couple’s 20-month-old son was also held in prison with Ms Ibrahim and her newborn daughter.

Online:  Sudanese mother sentenced to death for ‘converting to Christianity’ freed after international outcry

Brigitte Gabriel Answers ‘Peaceful Muslims’ Question

The Heritage Foundation panel was on the 2012 Benghazi attack.   Brigitte Gabriel fairly and correctly answered Saba Ahmed’s statements that were off topic.

Saba Ahmed:  “We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam,” she told them.  “We have 8 million-plus Muslim Americans in this country and I don’t see them represented here.”

It has been reported by some that the Ms. Gabriel’s reply was an attack. Watch for yourself.

IRS Scandal Special Prosecutor?

The Chicago Tribune editorializes on IRS scandal:

On a matter this serious, the administration can’t adequately investigate itself. Given the amount of smoke now rising from the IRS, many Americans won’t be much interested in what one arm of the administration concludes about other arms, including the IRS, the Treasury Department of which it’s part, and possibly the White House.

That’s why we’ve urged Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor — a phrase that, like “customer support” or “designated hitter,” provokes Pavlovian suspicions. We’ve been skeptical of some special prosecutors and their tendency toward mission creep. But we’ve also seen situations where only a special prosecutor has the independence and credibility to resolve a case that drips with politics, as when then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago investigated (and convicted of perjury and other offenses) I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who had been Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff.

Why Holder won’t act is a mystery he’s inviting Americans to resolve, uncharitably, in their own minds.

This 13-month refusal to name a special prosecutor has become its own curiosity.

Online:  More smoke at the IRS — and not only from the hard drives

IRS Emails?

Lois Lerner
Lois Lerner

By law the IRS is required to backup its communications.  From 2005 to 2010 the IRS signed a contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company based in San Jose, California.  The company’s slogans are “Email Archiving Done Right” and “Point-Click Recovery.” Sonasoft was providing “automatic data processing” services for the IRS throughout 2009 to 2011, the period in which Lerner sent her missing emails.

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Sonosoft’s 2009 tweet bragging about being the backup servers for the IRS.

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