By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
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The chairman of the key House subcommittee that controls the Homeland Security Department's budget asked Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday to justify why the department has made major ammunition purchases in recent months, saying it's time to put rumors to rest.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: My father has applied for VA benefits and is currently waiting for a response. It's been a few months now, and he's starting to worry. If there's any way you could check on the status of the application or find out if there's a processing problem of any kind, we would both be most grateful.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I have a question for you: Why is it that the VA does not negotiate with pharmaceutical companies on a nationwide basis as opposed to regional negotiations? I am unable to get some meds for my service-connected disability because the VA won't come into the 21st century or negotiate on the national level. I am fortunate that my disability compensation currently covers the expense of buying the needed meds. It just seems wrong that I should have to pay for a service-connected disability to some degree.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: Will you please publicize the injustice to military surviving spouses? Although 100 percent disabled, my husband was able to receive both his military retirement pay and his VA disability, thanks to Sen. Harry Reid's bill, S. 170. When he passed away, those concurrent receipt benefits were not passed on to me. Why?
Nothing grates quite like a lecture from a "locavore," a scold who mixes food and politics by refusing to buy any product that has traveled more than 100 miles from stable to table, and lecturing those who don't do likewise. While the "buy local" philosophy often makes for pitiful politics, the locavore crowd is right about one thing: Food that has traveled for thousands of miles and grown out of season generally isn't tasty. So if you believe in letting your palate guide your spending, there is something to be said for urban farming.
The debut of Edgar Rice Burroughs' pulp hero in the Blu-ray format allows viewers an interactive way to appreciate his recent live-action, science-fantasy adventure.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: In April of 2011 I was re-evaluated by mental health at the VA hospital for an increase in my PTSD claim. As of today I have not had any word concerning my claim. Who can I contact about this?
Former "ER" star Noah Wyle and about 100 members of the group ADAPT were arrested Monday during a Capitol Hill protest to urge Congress not to cut Medicaid.
"John Carter" is directed by Andrew Stanton, the Pixar wiz behind lovingly crafted animated wonders "WALL-E" and "Finding Nemo." Like those movies, "John Carter" offers plenty of computer-generated spectacle. But what "Carter" lacks is heart.
Dear Sgt Shaft: I was a reservist ( E-7) activated after 9/11 for almost four years to support my units flyers. ... While activated, I was referred to a renal doctor in Alabama and after a battery of tests was told that I had stage 1 renal failure that was later identified as stage 2.
Dear Sgt Shaft: I just wanted to drop you a quick hello. Hope all is going well. I am finally on my three weeks off of school. The semester went well. I received A's in all my classes. Not to mention, I made the Dean's List with a 3.94 GPA! Once again thanks again for all your help in getting my GI Bill squared away.
Dear Sgt Shaft: Can you explain to me why my father's dog tag has two holes in it — top and bottom — instead of what "we" usually see, which are Army dog tags with a hole at the top to be worn around the neck with a chain?
John Carter _ Edgar Rice Burroughs' other famous pulp creation _ is having his stories told anew thanks to an agreement between Marvel Entertainment and the author's estate that will return the Earth-born adventurer's Martian adventures to comic books.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I served on the USS Everett F. Larsen, DD 830 from 1966-68. We did pull into port and unload supplies, and we did tons of shore activities in 'Nam. I was wondering if the ship might be on the Agent Orange List. Thanks for all your work on behalf of veterans.
On May 14, Republicans demonstrated why, in 2006, they became the minority party.
"You're talking about both sides of the aisle, and every member of Congress is getting these questions," Mr. Carter said.
Republican Rep. John Carter said when he was home in Texas over the last two weeks the ammunition buy was the biggest question he got from constituents, and he said other members of Congress have had the same experience.