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Rep. Loebsack Wants Answers From VA Over Iowa Vets Suicide After Being Turned Away

Rep. Dave Loebsack(D-IA)

Rep. Dave Loebsack(D-IA)

Democrat congressman Dave Loebsack has sent a letter to the Iowa City VA seeking answers as to why a Quad Cities veteran Brandon Ketchum, who was suffering from PTSD was turned away from the clinic. Ketchum committed suicide hours later earlier this month.

From WQAD:

“I want answers to my questions, the family wants answers”, said Rep. Loebsack in a phone interview with WQAD Wednesday,

The lawmaker sent a letter postmarked July 12th to Iowa City VA Hospital director Judith Johnson-Mekota, saying he is “disturbed to receive reports that the veteran had been turned away after he reached out to a psychiatrist”, and asked for clarification of the VA’s policies for processing requests to its mental health department.

Read Rep. Loebsack’s letter to the VA here

Congressman Loebsack told WQAD he is not asking for any formal investigation at this time, but is waiting  for a response from the VA in Iowa City.

“As a Marine parent, I take this very, very seriously. I think any member of Congress should, and if it’s going to take more resources to make sure this doesn’t happen again, we’ve got to do that. But, we’ve got to find out what happened in this specific case, first and foremost”, he said.

Donald Trump’s Nomination Is A Farce And A Sham

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Tuesday night the clown show that is the Trump Convention continued in its clownishness as #ResignPriebus and the RNC went into full Trump Protection Racket mode to ensure that Trump was coronated tonight with as little opposition as possible.

The most egregious example of the RNC and Priebus protecting Trump came when THEY awarded all 40 of Utah’s delegates to Donald Trump, a guy who got a whopping 14% of the vote in Utah back in March. All of Utah’s delegates are supposed to be for Ted Cruz, who won Utah’s primary in a landslide.

Next Priebus and company did the exact same thing with Washington DC’s 19 delegates. They were supposed to go 10 Rubio, 9 Kasich and the Districts delegate on the Rules Committee was assured that that was want would happen tonight. Instead of honoring the vote, the RNC pulled a fast one on the DC delegation and gave Trump all 19 delegates, delegates he did not earn.

If that protectionism of Trump wasn’t enough the RNC also monkey’d around with Alaska’s delegation and once again Priebus and crew awarded ALL 28 delegates to Trump, when he was only supposed to get 11, Ted Cruz was to get 12, and Marco Rubio 5.

Even the Iowa delegation got in on the act as the states GOP chairman and his team did what they promised they’d do in June and gave all 30 of Iowa’s delegates to Trump, despite the fact that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses and many of Iowa’s delegates were very openly #NeverTrump.

Ever Since Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race following the Indiana primary Donald Trump’s been virtually guaranteed getting the 1,237 delegates needed to be the GOP presidential nominee, barring any freeing of the delegates to vote their conscience; an effort Priebus and the RNC insured wouldn’t happen at both the rules committee last week and again Monday when they refused to allow a roll call vote on the rules.

Thus, Trump doesn’t need any protecting, especially not tonight.

But, protect Trump they did.

And in doing so everyone involved in the Trump Protection Racket has helped to make this 2016 GOP Convention and Trump’s nomination a farce and a sham.

Rest In Peace Republican Party. Just like the Phoenix, out of the ashes of this dumpster fire of a primary process something new, something conservative is going to rise.

Iowa Combat Vet Commits Suicide After Being Denied Treatment By VA

Fallen soldier KWQC is reporting that earlier this month Bettendorf, Iowa resident Brandon Ketchum, an Iraq and Afgahn war veteran committed suicide hours after being turned away from the Iowa City VA medical center.

Ketchum’s says he suffered from PTSD and substance abuse and made an emergency appointment with the Iowa City VA to get help for his mental health problems.

The VA won’t say why Ketchum was turned away, but did claim that there are no waiting lists at the facility and he should have easily been admitted to its psychiatric ward, but wasn’t.

Ketchum’s family says that had the VA treated Brandon he would still be alive today:

“We’re all devastated. We’re all devastated and asking, I guess, why? Why this had to happen,” said Kristine Nichols, Brandon’s girlfriend of several years.

She says she can’t come up with a reason why, after giving so much to his country, Brandon didn’t get the help he wanted.

“I’m angry that I know it took a lot for him to ask for help. I know it wasn’t easy for him.”

Nichols say Brandon drove from his home in the Quad Cities to Iowa City for an emergency appointment hoping to straighten out some mental health issues he’d been dealing with.

“He was honest with them and he asked for help and they turned him away,” added Nichols.

She says the doctor at the VA there knew his history and thinks if he had been admitted to the psychiatric ward it would have made a difference.

“He was told he just needed to start taking his medication.”

One of Brandon’s war buddies is setting up a PTSD treatment camp for veterans in Texas and it will be named in his honor

Iowa GOP Chair: Delegation To Go For Trump At Convention Despite Cruz Winning Iowa, And State Being Proportional

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

On Friday during a taping for Iowa Public Television Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann announced that he has apparently rewritten Iowa’s delegate rules and that the whole of Iowa’s delegation to the GOP convention in Cleveland will all vote for Donald Trump.

From the Quad Cities Times:

Kaufmann conceded that Iowa Republicans are in “various degrees” in their support for Trump. Some are thrilled, some are accepting, and “we have people who are in the process.”

The “never Trump” movement, however, is a “tiny, tiny little minority of people with large megaphones,” he said.

Suggestions that the Iowa delegation will cast some of its votes for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was the caucus winner, or some other candidate is “hypocritical … nonsensical, and it’s not going to happen,” he said. “Donald Trump is our nominee.”

This is news to Iowa delegates and alternates given that Iowa is a proportional delegation state, and Donald Trump did not win its February 1st caucus, that was won by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Kaufmann went on to say that the Iowa delegation would only be broken down by caucus results if the convention in Cleveland follows the rules at acknowledges that delegates are bound on the 1st ballot to Sen. Cruz, Gov. Kasich, and Sen. Rubio.

Mr. Kaufmann was also very dismissive of the #NeverTrump movement:

People who “feel the need to have that internal, heartfelt, passionate conversation in front of cameras and in front of journalists (are) bent on self-promotion and could care less about our first-in-the-nation status and the integrity of our process,” Kaufmann said Friday after taping Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program

Delegates to the GOP convention in Cleveland that Mr. Kaufmann is apparently forcing to vote for Trump regardless of the Iowa caucus and its rules include Cecil Stinemetz who wrote an op-ed recently that explained why he would never, ever give his support to Donald Trump and he wrote in part, “Delegates have a huge responsibility and we are the only ones that can stop a disaster that will happen to our party and our nation if Republicans nominate Donald Trump.”

Iowa’s delegation is supposed to be 8 for Ted Cruz, 7 each for Marco Rubio and Donald Trump and 1 for John Kasich, that is what should happen under the rules Mr. Kaufmann. Donald Trump doesn’t need protecting.  You don’t have the right to suffocate  the conscience of those who are #NeverTrump, And you certainly should not be allowed to make up the rules as you go.

Iowa GOP Convention Delegate: I Won’t Support Trump

never-trump-copyThis is an op-ed from Iowa Republican national convention delegate Cecil Stinemetz that ran in the QC Times Sunday explaining why he won’t be supporting Donald Trump at all during the July convention in Cleveland:

I am a delegate who will represent Iowa at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. And I will not be voting for or supporting Donald Trump.

This nation is at a tipping point and I believe we must look beyond uniting behind a person only because he has an “R” after his name. I have to decide whether I am more concerned about what people might say or do to me rather than what I need to do in order to help save our nation. Am I going to be more concerned about Iowa’s first in the nation status or saving the nation from a disastrous mistake in nominating Donald Trump?

Many of us have been saying for months that the media will turn on Trump once he gets the nomination, and they are doing so now, thinking he is the nominee.

He went on to conclude:

Delegates have a huge responsibility and we are the only ones that can stop a disaster that will happen to our party and our nation if Republicans nominate Donald Trump.

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt, and others like Amanda Carpenter and Erick Erickson have been saying in recent days that the delegates to the convention have to vote their conscience, revolt, reject, vote no confidence, some thing, anything to deny Donald Trump the Republican Party nomination.

Quick side point the Bill Kristol faction of #NeverTrump can go jump off a cliff. David French, Adam Kinzinger, seriously!?

I’m with them there needs to be a Coup d’etat at the convention.

Sanity must prevail.

And I’ll be honest Ted Cruz or a Scott Walker must prevail to save the Republican Party, Conservatism, Constitutionalism, and the nation from Trump and Hillary.

Protesters Threaten Civil Disobedience, Arrests, To Stop Construction Of Bakken Oil Pipeline

Bakken oil pipeline route

Bakken oil pipeline route

On Monday a group of protesters gathered at the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines to oppose construction of the Bakken oil pipeline.

Iowa regulators gave the green light to construction of the North Dakota to Illinois pipeline and the protesters are vowing civil disobedience, and promising to get themselves arrested, in order to stop the project.

The pipeline would take oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota across Iowa to existing oil infrastructure in Southern Illinois.

The leftist radicals opposed to the pipeline, hate fossil fuels, hate fracking, and are upset that the company building the pipeline has/is using eminent domain in some cases to get the right of way space necessary to build the pipeline.

The Quad Cities Times reports that a former Democrat state Rep. and former gubernatorial candidate wants to take the civil disobedience the protesters are promising(chaining themselves to construct equipment) and wants to get arrested blocking this step towards energy independence:

Former state Rep. Ed Fallon, a Des Moines Democrat with Bold Iowa who once ran for governor, said he would be willing to risk arrest to block the pipeline from going forward, and he expected others who were signing nonviolent civil disobedience pledges to take similar stands.

“I’ve never met so many people who have never even been to jail for a speeding ticket or anything else who are ready to stand in front of a bulldozer if it comes to that,” Fallon said. “It may not come to that, but if a thousand people say, ‘Yeah, we’re willing to go to jail if we have to to stop this, to protect our land, our water, our property rights,’ if 1,000 people do that, that sends a huge message to Dakota Access and to the political establishment of this state.”

Rockford, Dekalb, Iowa City Schools Recieve Bomb Threats Monday

Crime_scene_tape_generic_20120909085013_320_240Monday a rash of automated recorded bomb threats were phoned into dozens of schools across the country.

Rockford Lincoln Middle School, Dekalb’s Clinton-Rosette Middle School, and Tate High School in Iowa City, Iowa were all caught up in the swatting hoax.

Authorities and school officials reported the same bomb threats being made in Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, and elsewhere including two schools in Des Moines, Iowa and another in Marion, Iowa.

Officials evacuated students in Dekalb and all four Iowa schools, while school officials and the Rockford PD decided against doing so there.

The person or persons behind this nationwide hoax are being sought after by law enforcement and when they are found they are looking at doing a lot of time in prison based on the number of charges in the multitude of states, plus federal offenses, not to mention the terrorism charges.



Gov. Branstad: Obama Transgender Bathroom Edict Wrong, Gov’t Over-reach

Gov. Terry Branstad(R-IA)

Gov. Terry Branstad(R-IA)

Speaking at his weekly press conference Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said that President Obama’s edict to schools across the country Friday that they had to let “transgender” students and individuals do whatever they want was wrong and that it was government over-reach.

From the QC Times:

“I think it’s really a decision of local schools,” Branstad told reporters during his weekly news conference.

“Now, you have the federal government stepping in and saying if you don’t do it our way, we’re going to withhold your federal money. I think that’s wrong,” he said. “We want to treat everybody with respect and dignity, but we don’t think the federal government ought to be coming in and threatening to withhold education money to local school districts in Iowa.”

“I think there are bigger and more important issues that the president should be addressing such as protecting the security of Americans and more effectively addressing the threat to our very lives and well being,”

Planned Parenthood Closes Dubuque Abortion Clinic

Note on Dubuque Planned Parenthood clinic front door, photo via KWWL

Note on Dubuque Planned Parenthood clinic front door, photo via KWWL

Last Thursday Planned Parenthood abruptly announced the closure of their Dubuque, Iowa abortion clinic by sticking a “We’re Closed” sign and note on the front door KWWL TV reports.

The Dubuque clinic performed chemical/medical abortions as well as STD testing, and the like.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland cited financial reasons and the low number of clients the Dubuque clinic served as the reason for its sudden closure.

Seems the baby body part business hasn’t been so good for Planned Parenthood lately.

In a statement PP of the Heartland said that with the Dubuque clinics closure it will increase its hours of operation at its clinic in Cedar Rapids.

This move came about 24 hours before Democrats in the Iowa legislature killed a Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood in the state.


Iowa Democrats Defeat Defunding Of Planned Parenthood Effort

Hands-Up-Dont-CrushDemocrats in the Iowa legislature Friday defeated Republican efforts to defunded the states Planned Parenthood affiliate.  In the Iowa House a $1.8 billion human services bill was approved 51-41, with 7 pro-life Republicans voting against it, while the Senate approved the spending bill 26-19.  The so called compromise bill kept Planned Parenthood, Iowa and the nations largest abortion provided, fully funded so long as no state money went to an abortion, the bill also doubled a one time adoption tax credit.  Many Democrats were still opposed to the bill because they don’t want to do anything to Planned Parenthood.

Republican efforts in the Iowa legislature to defund Planned Parenthood were spurred on by the undercover videos by the Center For Medical Progress which should several Planned Parenthood officials openly discussing how to alter the methods of abortions so that they could get intact fetuses so that the most valuable organs and tissue for “medical research” were able to be harvested at a profit for Planned Parenthood, all of which is against federal law.

Democrats are of the belief that the videos have been discredited. Guess they don’t know the full(hours long) videos are available online, and they only make the Planned Parenthood officials look worse than the baby butchers already do.