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  • What the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Conceals

    04/07/2014 4:14:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rick Santorum
    The mainstream media are in full cry for the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Watch out. When the United Nations starts talking about rights, the truth about what it’s really up to is often carefully concealed. There are always plenty of people in Washington happy to go along with these charades, but the supporters of the CRPD are taking willful blindness to new heights. Last December, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he was unable to support CRPD because it threatens U.S....
  • Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know

    03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | LAUREN WEBER
    Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled? U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., T among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target...
  • Loving the Least of These: How Do We Treat the Disabled Among Us?

    03/15/2014 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Eric Metaxas
    Recent revelations about the abuse of disabled workers has me thinking: Do we fear God? I’ll explain. Last May, an Iowa jury awarded $240 million—later reduced to $6 million—to 32 mentally-disabled men who, over the course of three decades, were systematically cheated, exploited and abused by their employer. disabled2It’s a sad reminder of how vulnerable those with disabilities are and why any church worthy of the name should be at the forefront in protecting them. The story is, as the New York Times put it, “Dickensian” in its details. Over three decades, hundreds of intellectually-disabled men were shipped from Texas...
  • VA sends $4,000 bill to triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient after he spoke out against Obama

    02/28/2014 7:28:03 AM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    Poor Richard's News ^ | November 6, 2013
    If you want to see where government-run healthcare gets you, look no further than what the VA is doing to Airman Brian Kolfage after he spoke out against Obama. Our veterans who sustained injuries in combat deserve the best treatment we can give them, but the VA just sent Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage a bill for $4,000. Here’s the letter he just received from the VA: Kolfage is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and wants to know why his records were pulled in the first place. He’s written about the whole story on his Facebook page (emphasis...
  • Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests

    02/24/2014 11:30:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller. Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests. “The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater...
  • Former Priest Gets Paid Disability for His Pedophilia

    02/24/2014 1:45:17 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 02/23/2014 | Michael Allen
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reportedly pays the salary, health insurance premiums and living expenses for Reverend Gil Gustafson who was convicted for child sex abuse back in 1983. According to the Star Tribune, in addition to all these payments by the church, Rev. Gustafson is also paid disability by the state. The church says that in July 2006 Rev. Gustafson was declared “disabled” based on his pedophilia. He collects disability checks on top of his salary from the church as a "consultant." After Rev. Gustafson admitted he molested Brian Herrity for five years, he was fined...
  • Regardless of exercise, too much sedentary time is linked to major disability after 60

    02/22/2014 6:33:22 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 28 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | February 19, 2014 | Sciencedaily.com
    If you're 60 and older, every additional hour a day you spend sitting is linked to doubling the risk of being disabled -- regardless of how much moderate exercise you get, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study. The study is the first to show sedentary behavior is its own risk factor for disability, separate from lack of moderate vigorous physical activity. In fact, sedentary behavior is almost as strong a risk factor for disability as lack of moderate exercise. If there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day,...
  • ‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat

    01/25/2014 11:42:54 AM PST · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A “blind” Wisconsin man’s $175,000 Social Security disability fraud scheme ended when federal agents caught him driving a speedboat, according to the inspector general. Lawrence Popp, 58, was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday for defrauding the Social Security Administration... Popp, a wealthy businessman, continued to work and go on lavish vacations in the Cayman Islands while collecting disability benefits for five years. A record 10,988,269 people received federal disability benefits in December 2013, according to the SSA. A 2012 report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) found that more than 25 percent of benefits are awarded with...
  • New York City’s Disability Grifters: One of the biggest disability-benefits frauds ever.

    01/08/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchor
    More than a hundred people were indicted today for fraudulently obtaining Social Security disability benefits, constituting one of the biggest such fraud busts of all time. At a news conference in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, federal and local officials described a 26-year-old scheme through which 102 people — including 72 New York City Police retirees and eight retired New York firefighters — allegedly collected Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fraudulently. A number of the 102 indicted have already been arrested. Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said at the news conference that about half of the participants fraudulently claimed they...
  • New York Cops, Firefighters in Massive 9/11 Fraud, Indictment Says

    01/07/2014 3:18:23 PM PST · by No One Special · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 7, 2014 | Aaron Katersky
    More than 100 retired New York City cops, firefighters and correction officers were charged today with falsely claiming to be suffering from depression and anxiety as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks, New York prosecutors said today. The alleged scam won awards up to $500,000 for the uniformed personnel and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, according to the indictment. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the suspects "cynically manufactured claims of mental illness as a result of Sept 11th... dishonoring the first responders." Police Commissioner William Bratton said, "The retired members of the NYP indicted in this case have...
  • Former NYC workers charged in disability scam

    01/07/2014 11:59:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 7, 2014 2:39 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    Scores of retired New York City police officers, firefighters and prison guards were charged Tuesday with faking psychiatric problems to get federal disability benefits—with some falsely claiming their conditions arose after the Sept. 11 attacks, prosecutors said. Four ringleaders coached the former workers on how to falsely describe symptoms of depression and other mental health problems that allowed them to get payouts high as $500,000, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The ringleaders made tens of thousands in dollars in secret kickbacks, Vance said. Among the retirees arrested were 72 city police officers, eight firefighters, five corrections officers...
  • ‘Celebrity Big Brother’: Boxer Evander Holyfield Compares Gays to Handicaps, Boy George Reacts

    01/06/2014 10:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/06/2014 | By Arijita Bhowmik
    Contestant of British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" ex-heavyweight boxing champ, Evander Holyfield caused an outrage with degrading anti-gay comments and has now been warned by the show makers. Holyfield in conversation with Luisa Zissman said that being gay was not normal, and that they could be treated by a doctor just like the physically disabled. "The Bible lets you know, that's wrong, that's right. If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do, you go to the doctor and get it fixed back right... All I'm trying to tell you, you know how...
  • Pedophile Made a Fortune Filing Disability Lawsuits in California

    01/06/2014 8:39:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is how even the most well-intentioned laws go through three stages.1. The ideal – This is what the law is supposed to do2. The bureaucratic – The bureaucrats get hold of it and make into an incomprehensible morass of regulations that everyone is in violation of.3. The lawyerly – The lawyers find every loophole in the law and begin cashing inIn California, most laws skip right to Stage 2 which is how things like this happen. In 2012, Jon Carpenter filed 257 lawsuits in L.A. County — more lawsuits than there were court days — under the Americans...
  • Another Obama Record… 10.9 Million Americans Are Now on Disability

    01/02/2014 8:09:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The number of Americans on disability now exceeds the number of people in New York City. More than 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office. 10,988,269 are now receiving federal disability benefits. CNS News reported: The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record...
  • Nearly 11 million Americans on disability at the end of 2013

    01/01/2014 10:49:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2014 | Rick Moran
    For the 202nd straight month, the number of Americans receiving disability benefits rose. The end of 2013 saw another record set - 10,988,269 Americans now on disabilty, up 6,000 from the end of November. CNS News: The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year.Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average monthly benefit of...
  • 10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits

    12/31/2013 11:06:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 31, 2013 - 10:57 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year. Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a...
  • Alison Davis, Activist with Spina Bifida, Former Atheist: "No Less Human"

    12/10/2013 2:26:00 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | December 3, 2013 | Francis Phillips
    Alison Davis was born with spina bifida. She later developed conditions including osteoporosis, arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Coping with these permanently disabling and painful conditions dominated but did not define her life. Indeed, they led her to champion the rights of the vulnerable, the disabled and the unborn, first as an atheist and then as a Catholic. Her early adult life was marked by a determination to live as normal a life as possible, despite having to use a wheelchair. She studied sociology at university, where she stopped believing in God. Writing about this period of her...
  • Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details

    12/02/2013 7:25:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Star ^ | 11/28/2013 | By: Valerie Hauch
    Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000. But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry. “I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others. The Weston woman...
  • Military Update: Veterans could see benefits cut in effort to reduce federal deficit

    11/18/2013 11:00:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 18, 2013 | Tom Philpott
    Military members, retirees and veterans have a few more reasons to be wary of politicians who say their top priority is to cut federal spending. The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released a report of more than 100 options for reducing budget deficits. It’s a timely product as House and Senate conferees strive to negotiate by mid-December a new debt-cutting deal to replace automatic budget cuts of sequestration. More than a few of the CBO options are fresh ideas to roll back compensation for categories of veterans or to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees, on suggestions that the government...
  • Cruz Explains Why Americans with Disabilities Will Not Benefit from U.N. Disabilities Treaty

    11/07/2013 12:27:25 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | November 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Steven Groves
    The United States is the world leader regarding the rights of people with disabilities. But a United Nations treaty seeks to use Americans’ concern for the disabled to undermine U.S. sovereignty.It’s time for proponents of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to come clean about this treaty. They claim, falsely, that it would help Americans with disabilities who are traveling abroad. But as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at The Heritage Foundation recently: "Ratification is not going to materially change the degree of compliance by foreign nations, but it is going to open avenues to undermine...
  • Experts: N. Texas Not Prepared To Help Influx Of Military Vets

    11/06/2013 5:14:01 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 4 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | November 5, 2013 6:54 PM | Pool Report
    NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Shortly after U.S. Army Scout Steve Blackman retired from the military three years ago, he says he slipped into depression. “I was falling into a very dark place. I didn’t know if I was going to make it out.....[snip]”
  • To Each According to His Disability

    11/05/2013 3:34:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2013 | Mike Adams
    I'm probably too young to have so many pet peeves. The list seems to get longer every year. So, naturally, the longer I teach, the longer my list of class rules seems to get. In addition to rules of class conduct, I also have to develop rules concerning over-disclosure of information in emails and office visits. Such over-disclosure is always geared towards one goal for the student: transforming personal deficiencies into legitimate disabilities in an effort to attenuate workload expectations. Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by these excuses, I take time out in class to reiterate the rules concerning over-disclosure. Note...
  • Intergenerational Transmission of Welfare Dependency

    11/02/2013 5:57:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    NBER Digest ^ | November 2013 | Matt Nesvisky
    When parents are awarded DI, the likelihood that one of their adult children will participate in DI rises by 12 percentage points over the next decade.The extent to which welfare dependency is perpetuated from one generation to the next is a question of great social importance for which there is only limited empirical evidence. In Family Welfare Cultures (NBER Working Paper No. 19237), Gordon Dahl, Andreas Kostol, and Magne Mogstad analyze this question using data from the Norwegian disability insurance (DI) system. They study the outcomes of appeals by claimants who were initially denied DI benefits. Judges are randomly assigned...
  • Discrimination lawsuit against Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee allowed to proceed

    10/24/2013 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/24/13
    A discrimination lawsuit filed against liberal Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) has been allowed to proceed, granted by a federal judge, despite Lee’s attempts to halt the proceedings according to the Washington Times on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed by former legislative director Mona Floyd and said in court papers that Mrs. Jackson Lee, a 10-term congressional representative from Houston had refused to accommodate her debilitating eye condition called monocular vision. Floyd’s lawsuit complaint was based on Lee saying to her, “I don’t care anything about your disability.” The Washington Times reported that Lee’s legal team wanted to have the...
  • Story To Share About Obamacare and Disability

    10/18/2013 12:19:26 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 37 replies
    Myself | 10/18/2013
    I wanted to share a quick story about something that happened in our household today and 3 days ago with a friend of mine as well of 23 years. My wife is on permanent disability for the remainder of her life due to a number of health reasons from on and off cancer battles to other sustained health issues that prevent her from working. My friend Cory injured himself on the job a few years ago breaking his back, right knee, and shoulder. Both have been getting around $1,000.00 a month in disability. My wife puts that money towards the...
  • Longing to be a Victim

    10/16/2013 4:23:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Stossel
    These days, being seen as a victim can be useful. You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you. This turns some people into whiners with little sense of responsibility. Joe Biden's niece was arrested recently for throwing a punch at a cop. The New York Post says she's addicted to alcohol and pills, but rather than take responsibility for her actions, she blamed them on the "pressure she faces" because her uncle is vice president. Give me a break. America was founded by people...
  • Social Security judge accused of disability scheme

    10/07/2013 4:22:09 PM PDT · by John W · 22 replies
    AP via The Journal Gazette ^ | October 7, 2013 | Stephen Olemacher
    WASHINGTON – A retired Social Security judge in West Virginia collaborated with a lawyer to improperly award disability benefits to hundreds of applicants, according to a report released Monday by congressional investigators. The report accuses retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty of scheming with lawyer Eric C. Conn to approve more than 1,800 cases from 2006 to 2010. "By 2011, Mr. Conn and Judge Daugherty had collaborated on a scheme that enabled the judge to approve, in assembly-line fashion, hundreds of clients for disability benefits using manufactured medical evidence," said the report by the staff of the Senate Homeland...
  • 60 Minutes uncovers how the federal disability system is being GAMED

    10/07/2013 12:52:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | October 6th, 2013 | CBS
    A good report from 60 minutes on how the federal disability system is being gamed at mega taxpayer expense: Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money.
  • 60 Minutes: Disability, USA "alarming state of the federal disability program"

    10/04/2013 7:00:54 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 31 replies
    cBS News ^ | 6 Oct 2013 | James Jacoby and Michael Karzis
    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 2013 Disability, USA - Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money. James Jacoby and Michael Karzis are the producers. Watch a preview
  • Disney World's Message to the Disabled: Wait in Line

    09/23/2013 5:29:33 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 37 replies
    Yahoo! Shine ^ | Beth Greenfield
    Fans of Walt Disney World were fuming last spring following reports of people gaming a system that allowed disabled park guests to advance to the front of lines. Now it seems the entitled few have ruined it for everyone. Disney Parks has just announced a change in policy: People with disabilities will no longer be ushered to the front of lines. It “certainly has been problematic, and we wanted to curb some of the abuse of this system,” Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Orange County Register. Further, a statement by Disney, provided to Yahoo Shine through a spokesperson,...
  • States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud; So How Much Fraud Is There?

    09/15/2013 8:05:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | September 11, 2013 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    In response to Just How Distorted is the U.S. Unemployment Rate Number?, reader Bjorn asked "care to take a guess on the percentage of fraud among the population receiving disability compensation?" Fraud Incentive My Reply Follows: I suspect fraud is in the neighborhood of 25-50% (and higher would not surprise me one bit). The reason is that States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud. This all goes back to 1996 when president Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it". He did indeed do just that, and fraud is the result. Why? The federal government...
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund Nears Insolvency

    08/30/2013 5:45:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Mercatus Center ^ | 08/30/2013 | VERONIQUE DE RUGY
    This week’s charts show total receipts, expenditures, and assets left in the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund. Data from the 2013 Trustees Report show that the disability fund is currently predicted to be three years from insolvency. Under more pessimistic assumptions, the insolvency date is pushed up to 2015. The fact that the DI trust fund is not currently depleted shouldn’t mislead us into thinking we have until 2016 to deal with the shortfalls.Spending on Social Security has more than doubled in the past decade, and DI now accounts for almost 20 percent of Social Security’s budget, up...
  • Despite backlogs, VA disability claims processors get bonuses

    08/26/2013 1:46:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2013 | Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich
    While veterans waited longer than ever in recent years for their wartime disability compensation, the Department of Veterans Affairs gave its workers millions of dollars in bonuses for “excellent” performances that effectively encouraged them to avoid claims that needed extra work to document veterans’ injuries, a News21 investigation has found. In 2011, a year in which the claims backlog ballooned by 155 percent, more than two-thirds of claims processors shared $5.5 million in bonuses, according to salary data from the Office of Personnel Management. The more complex claims were often set aside by workers so they could keep their jobs,...
  • Family in shock after hate letter targets teen with autism

    08/19/2013 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CityNews ^ | staff
    A family is in shock and a community has united after an anonymous hate letter was written about a young boy living with severe autism. Karla Begley told CityNews her son Max, 13, stays with his grandmother in the morning during the summer time. It was at that home in Newcastle where letter was delivered on Friday. “I was shaking when I was reading it,” Brenda Millson, Max’s grandmother, told CityNews. “It’s awful words. You don’t know why somebody would ever do such a thing.” The typed, one-page letter refers to the young boy as a “nuisance” and a “wild...
  • Hamstrung Recovery: 70% Part-time Jobs Since January 2009, Food Stamps Up 57%

    08/18/2013 9:25:00 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/18/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    We know that the employment situation in the US is terrible with 70% of jobs created since January 2009 being low-paying, part-time jobs. And median household income keeps declining. 20130816_mainstreetmisery After reading James Hamilton’s horrifying paper on the size of off-balance sheet liabilities for America, I thought I would put together the following table to you could see the household share of government debt, entitlements and The Federal Reserve Balance Sheet. householdshare There are 115,310,000 households in America. Government spending in the U.S. as of Q2 2013 was a little over $5.8 trillion. That equates to $50,328.68 per household. The...
  • Disability surge continues as 76K workers are added to rolls in July

    08/18/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 08/17/2013 | Eric Boehm
    By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.orgNew numbers from the Social Security Administration show more than 76,000 workers were added to the disability insurance program in July.Since the beginning of 2013, more than 530,000 workers have been added to the Social Security disability program’s rolls. More than 8.9 million Americans are receiving disability benefits through Social Security, with an average benefit of $1,129 per month. DISABILITY EPIDEMIC: More than 10 million Americans are getting disability payments through Social Security, but the well is running dry. Adding benefits paid to spouses and children of disabled workers to the mix, the number of...
  • Jackson Jr.’s Last-Minute “Mood Disorder” Qualifies for Disability ($8,700 month)

    08/15/2013 12:06:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 15, 2013
    Although disgraced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suddenly developed a “mood disorder” as the feds were about to indict him, he qualifies for generous government disability payments because it’s considered a debilitating mental illness. Of interesting note is that Jackson Jr., sentenced this week to 2 ˝ years in prison for corruption, never showed any symptoms of a “mood disorder” during his 17 years as a federal lawmaker. The mental illness surfaced abruptly last summer as the congressman, a member of Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, was about to get criminally charged. The feds had been breathing...
  • Neighbors Want Family's Handicap Ramp Removed

    08/12/2013 8:58:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    KKTV.com ^ | August 8, 2013 | Zak Sos
    A handicap ramp in front of a Fountain family's house is in the middle of a neighborhood squabble. Vincent and Heidi Giesegh say their neighbors are threatening legal action if they don't remove the ramp. They say the next door couple is worried that the ramp will hurt the value of their home. The Giesegh's say they need it for their 16 year old daughter Kirsten who has Cerebral Palsy. "As she goes into her spastic modes, we could just tumble down the stairs and both of us could get massively hurt," said Heidi Giesegh. The Giesegh's neighborhood doesn't have...
  • Video Shows Pembroke Pines Cop Punching Mentally Ill Girl

    08/10/2013 3:51:59 AM PDT · by kelly4c · 35 replies
    PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – The security video shows a 14 year-old mental patient being escorted down a hallway when a Pembroke Pines police officer reaches in and grabs the girl. The girl whirls and swats at the officer, and he proceeds to punch her in the face. The officer’s blow to the mentally disturbed teen snapped her head back, and appeared to be delivered with full force. Other officers join in, wrestling the girl to the ground and spraying her with Mace.
  • Record 8.9 Million Workers Now on Disability Benefits

    07/30/2013 12:27:38 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/30/2013 | John Merline
    More than 76,000 workers went on the federal government's disability program in July, according to the latest data from the Social Security administration, bringing the total number of new enrollees this year to 534,038. Although that is down somewhat from the same month last year, enrollment in the Social Security Disability Insurance program remains sharply higher than it has been historically. Since 2009, an average of about 1 million workers have gone on SSDI annually — a 31% increase from the average enrollment over the previous 10 years. As a result, a record 8.9 million workers are now collecting disability...
  • EXography: Many disability recipients admit they could work

    07/30/2013 8:46:58 AM PDT · by magellan · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JULY 30, 2013 | LUKE ROSIAK
    Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job, that those closest to them tell them they should be working, and that working to get off the disability rolls is not among their goals. More baffling, most have never received significant medical treatment and not seen a doctor about their condition in the last year, even though medical problems are the official reason they don't work. Those who acknowledge they're on disability because they can't find a job say they make little effort to find one, according to...
  • 'Lone Ranger': Cleft-Lip Charities Upset Over William Fichtner's Villain

    07/23/2013 8:00:12 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    Organizations condemn the movie for using the facial feature to make a character appear more evil. Disney's The Lone Ranger is facing a fresh round of controversy over one of its characters, but this time Johnny Depp's portrayal of a Native American isn't the subject of the outrage. Instead, charities are upset that William Fichtner's Butch Cavendish features a cleft lip, a prosthetic that may have been added in part to make him appear more sinister. According to the character synopsis, Cavendish's "terribly scarred face is a perfect reflection of the bottomless pit that passes for his soul."
  • I live like a disabled person even though I'm physically healthy and now want a surgeon to cut my

    07/17/2013 9:22:58 AM PDT · by Irenic · 74 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 17 July 2013 | Ulla Kloster
    I live like a disabled person even though I'm physically healthy... and now want a surgeon to cut my spinal cord: Rare condition has made woman, 58, disown her legs * Chloe knew at 4 she was different and wanted to live as a disabled person * She wanted to wear leg braces like her aunt, hurt in an accident * Aged 9, she caused an accident to stop her own legs from working * Now she enjoys the excitement of downhill skiing - because she might fall * She spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but is...
  • Unearthed footage shows President Roosevelt being pushed in wheelchair

    07/11/2013 3:06:39 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    AP ^ | July 10 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS — A professor at an Indiana college says he has found film footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt being pushed in his wheelchair, depicting a secret that was hidden from the public until after his death. Ray Begovich, a journalism professor at Franklin College south of Indianapolis, said Tuesday he found the eight-second clip while conducting unrelated research in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The National Archives and the FDR Presidential Museum and Library couldn’t say for certain if other such footage exists but both said it is at least rare.
  • It Might Be Harder To Fire People For Being Fat Now

    07/09/2013 2:53:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | July 9, 2013 | Erin Fuchs
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently had gastric bypass surgery to help him lose weight.The American Medical Association’s decision to call obesity a “disease” instead of a medical condition could make it harder to discriminate against fat employees, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. Now that obesity is a disease, people with body mass indexes of more than 30 are almost certainly covered under The Americans with Disabilities Act, attorney Jon Hyman told the Law Blog. That 1990 law says employers have to provide disabled workers with “reasonable accommodations” to help them do their jobs. It also makes it...
  • A double standard cannot exist in disability claims

    06/16/2013 8:52:40 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 4 replies
    Financial Post ^ | June 11, 2013 | Howard Levitt
    Has “crackhead” become the disparagement de jour? Should addiction be treated any different than other disabilities? William Halliday was a recovering addict and his employer, Geoffrey Van Toen, would not let him live that down. Halliday had a second job as a sales agent for Van Toen Innovations, an automobile broker, checking with car dealerships to get the best deal for Van Toen’s clients. He had been in 14 residential addiction recovery programs in 23 years, having relapsed and been hospitalized many times. He had experienced homelessness, joblessness and been estranged from family and friends. When he began working for...
  • Federal disability program running out of money

    06/03/2013 2:03:17 PM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    MSN Money ^ | June 3, 2013 | Donna_Freedman
    On May 31, the Associated Press reported that Medicare looks a little better and Social Security doesn't look any worse. The Medicare inpatient care fund should last until 2026, two years longer than previously estimated, and Social Security will be solvent until 2033, as predicted last year. Depending on the media outlet this information was reported as positive ("It's not as bad as we thought") or gloomy ("Only two decades left to come up with solutions"). What wasn't reported so much as glossed over was the fact that the Social Security Disability Insurance program's trust fund will be exhausted by...
  • Record 10,978,040 Now On Disability; "Disability" Would Be 8th Most Populous State

    05/29/2013 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29,2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,978,040 in May, up from 10,962,532 million in April, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
  • States with the Most Americans on Disability

    05/20/2013 3:27:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 05/20/2013
    The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more-than doubled over the past two decades, from 5.2 million to 11.7 million by the end of 2011. The number of residents receiving disability insurance from the Social Security Administration (SSA) varies from state to state. In West Virginia, close to one in every 10 people aged 18 to 64 was receiving SSDI benefits from the federal government, more than three times the rate in states like Utah and Alaska.Click here to see the states with the most Americans on disabilityThe proportion of eligible workers applying for disability benefits also...
  • New Evidence IRS Laundering Money From Veterans Disability Checks

    05/19/2013 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 45 replies
    http://www.mrconservative.com ^ | May 18, 2013 | Kristin Tate
    You know what the IRS is really great at? Breaking its own laws. In addition to targeting conservative groups, the corrupt government agency has also been singling out disabled veterans. They do this by using banks to launder and then stealing the veterans’ disability checks. Shameful. The Veterans Disability Act of 2010 exempts VA disability from withholding of any sort. But the IRS has been stealing disabled veterans’ money anyways. Kevin Lake is a 60% disabled veteran of the Iraq War. A few months ago, he noticed that his VA disability check had not been deposited, and that his bank...