Friday, May 19, 2017

Justice Coming to a Bridge too Far

Justice News:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at DEA360 Heroin and Opioid Response Summit

Charleston, WV ~ Thursday, May 11, 2017

Good morning, everyone.  I want to thank my friend and former colleague, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, for the introduction, and for welcoming me to West Virginia.

I’m grateful to our U.S. Attorneys here, Carol Casto and Betsy Jividen, for their hospitality and their leadership.  I also want to thank DEA Assistant Administrator Lou Milione and Special Agent in Charge Karl Colder for being here today.

Finally, my thanks to all the law enforcement leaders, healthcare providers, educators and concerned citizens who are here for this important summit.

We’re here to discuss a deadly serious topic, the unprecedented wave of opioid and prescription drug abuse in America.

This crisis is hurting our whole country.  It has hit this state especially hard, with West Virginia having the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country.  

People in Washington, D.C., use the word "crisis" to describe all kinds of problems.  But this epidemic of opioid and prescription drug abuse is a true crisis.  It is ravaging our communities, bringing crime and violence to our streets, and destroying the lives of too many Americans.

To combat this wave of drug abuse, we have to recognize how huge this problem is.  And we must use all three tools that are essential to fighting drug abuse:  law enforcement, treatment and prevention.

That’s what I want to talk about with you today.

Let’s start by looking at the scope of the problem.  In 2015, more than 52,000 Americans died from a drug overdose.  That means our country is losing the equivalent of a major league baseball stadium full of people every year to overdoses.  That is simply unacceptable. 

Nearly two-thirds of those deaths were from opioids — that includes heroin as well as prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine.  

Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose.  And each year, more Americans are dying from drug overdoses than from car crashes.  

What’s terrifying is that these numbers may well understate the current problem, due to the recent rise of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is vastly more potent than heroin.  Drug traffickers are now mixing fentanyl with other drugs, resulting in a truly deadly concoction.

In just one year, largely as a result of fentanyl, overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose an astonishing 73 percent.  Let me repeat that, 73 percent more overdose deaths.

But this plague not only brings death, but a whole parade of horribles. The number of American babies born with a drug withdrawal symptom has quadrupled over the past 15 years.  Here in West Virginia, the situation is so bad that in some hospitals, one out of every 10 babies is born dependent on opioids. 

These totally innocent infants scream inconsolably and suffer from tremors, vomiting and seizures.  Even when the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses successfully shepherd these babies through withdrawal, they remain at risk for developmental and health problems throughout the rest of their lives.  We have to do better, and we will.

This wave of opioid and heroin abuse also represents a crisis for law enforcement.

We know drugs and crime go hand-in-hand.  

Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business.  If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t, and don’t, file a lawsuit in court.  You collect it by the barrel of a gun.

The opioid and heroin epidemic is a contributor to the recent surge of violent crime in America.

Transnational drug cartels are working with street gangs to traffic heroin that is both cheaper and stronger than ever.  As the market for this heroin expands, these gangs fight for territory and new customers — and innocent people get caught in the crossfire.

Drug abusers miss work, and when they do work, they don’t work well.  According to one estimate, American employers are losing $10 billion dollars a year from absenteeism and lost productivity due to opioid abuse.

Any way you look at it, this drug abuse epidemic is a multi-faced and massive crisis.

It demands an all-hands-on-deck response — from government, law enforcement, health care providers, teachers, community leaders and parents.  All of us must do our part to fight the scourge of drugs.

As I mentioned before, we have three essential tools in this fight: enforcement, treatment and prevention.  At the Department of Justice, our principal concern is law enforcement.  Strong enforcement is crucial to effective drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Many people say, "We can’t arrest our way out of this problem."  But no one denies we need good prevention and treatment programs.  What we must recognize is that strong law enforcement efforts are also essential.

Criminal enforcement is crucial to stopping the violent transnational cartels that smuggle drugs across our borders, and the thugs and gangs who bring this poison into our communities.

So what are we doing on the enforcement side of the equation?

First, under President Trump’s leadership, our nation is finally getting serious about securing our borders.  The Department of Justice is doing its part.  I have directed our federal prosecutors to make criminal immigration enforcement a priority, and to appoint a Border Security Coordinator in each of their offices.  We are going after the transnational cartels and gangs like Sinaloa and MS-13 that enrich themselves by smuggling their poison and members across our porous southern border.

Second, our federal enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, are doing all they can to address the heroin and opioid crisis.

The DEA has developed what they call their 360 Strategy, and deployed it to six pilot cities, including here in Charleston.  One part of the 360 Strategy is coordinated law enforcement actions against drug cartels and traffickers.   

DEA’s field divisions work closely with task force partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement to identify, target and prosecute the biggest drug traffickers.

We are also targeting links between the cartels and drug trafficking networks across our country, including violent street gangs.

Another part of DEA’s 360 Strategy is diversion control.  A lot of drug abuse happens because legitimate controlled substances are diverted from their lawful purposes.

So DEA is working with drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies and practitioners to prevent the non-medical abuse of prescription drugs.

We are also targeting and prosecuting dishonest medical providers who violate their oaths by running "pill mills" or otherwise diverting prescription drugs from legitimate uses.  The DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squads, including one here in Charleston, do outstanding work on this front.

For example, last month Assistant U.S. Attorneys from this District tried a case against a doctor in Beckley on a 22-count indictment.  Just two days into the trial, the doctor pleaded guilty to illegally distributing oxycodone.

Dr. Michael Kostenko
He admitted that on just one day, he was paid over $20,000 dollars in cash to write 370 oxycodone prescriptions totaling over 22,000 pills — even though he didn’t see a single patient that day.  He now faces up to 20 years in prison.

The goal of all our enforcement efforts is to take back our neighborhoods from drug traffickers and criminals, and give these communities breathing room.   

That allows us to deploy the other tools we have to fight drug abuse: treatment and prevention.

Much good work is being done on this front.  Last year when I was in the Senate, I supported the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. This bill enhanced prevention and treatment programs, and expanded the availability to first responders of the drug naloxone, which can reverse the effects of drug overdoses and save lives.

Many of you here today give generously of your time and talents to support drug treatment efforts.  You are providing help and hope to people caught in the destructive trap of addiction, and our whole nation is grateful to you.

Still, while treatment programs are crucial, they address the drug abuse crisis on the back end — after people have gotten addicted, and communities and lives are devastated.  That is why prevention is critical.

The best thing we can do is to keep people from ever abusing drugs in the first place.

Our nation must once again send a clear message: illegal drug use is dangerous and deadly.  We know for a fact it destroys lives — just look around you. 

Education does work.  We won’t end this epidemic in a week, or a month, or a year.  This will be a huge undertaking, both here in West Virginia and across our great country.  We must use all the tools we have: criminal enforcement, treatment and prevention programs.

And if we work together, we can and will win this fight against drug abuse. 

Thank you all for being part of this fight, and for everything you do to make this state and our nation a better place.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Department of Justice

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eric Conn - Mr. Social Security


A Social Security disability lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court Friday, March 24, 2017, for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain $550 million in federal disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for thousands of claimants. Eric Christopher Conn, 56, of Pikeville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves of the Eastern District of Kentucky to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities.  Sentencing is set for July 14, 2017.

According to the plea, from October 2004 to April 6, 2016, Conn participated in a scheme with former SSA administrative law judge David B. Daugherty and multiple doctors that involved the submission of thousands of falsified medical documents to the SSA.  As a result of the scheme, Conn and his co-conspirators obligated the SSA to pay more than $550 million in lifetime benefits to claimants for these fraudulent submissions.

According to the plea, Conn is an attorney whose firm in Floyd County, Kentucky, focused for more than 20 years primarily on representing individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits throughout Kentucky and elsewhere. According to documents filed in connection with the guilty plea, Conn admitted that from December 2004 through April 2011, he paid Daugherty approximately $10,000 a month to award disability benefits to claimants for whom Conn submitted falsified medical documents.

As part of his plea, Conn admitted that he submitted the falsified medical documents, and Daugherty authored decisions granting disability benefits, in well over 1,700 claimants’ cases.  Conn admitted that he paid medical professionals to sign medical forms that he fabricated before evaluations of claimants took place. According to the plea, Conn routinely prepared and medical professionals, such as clinical psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins, signed evaluation reports indicating that claimants had limitations considered disabling by the SSA, irrespective of the claimants’ actual physical or mental conditions. Conn admitted that he received more than $5.7 million in representative fees from the SSA based upon these fraudulent claims.
SSA Judge David B. Daugherty
David B. Daugherty was found sitting unconscious in his car in a Barboursville church parking lot about 3:20 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013.  Barboursville Police Chief Mike Coffey said on Friday.  Coffey said a church worker found Daugherty and called the police.  When officers arrived at the lot, investigators found a garden hose duct-taped to the exhaust pipe of the car and leading into the passenger compartment through a rear side window.  The garden hose was pinched on one end and melted on the other end by the exhaust pipe.

Conn was indicted last year, along with Daugherty and Adkins.  They were charged with conspiracy, fraud, false statements, money laundering and other related offenses in connection with the scheme.

Press Release from The DOJ

This clip is from April 8, 2016, of the indictment which led to Conn's guilty plea.

WKYT

       



Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division;
Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General’s (SSA-OIG) Philadelphia Field Division;
Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess of the FBI’s Louisville, Kentucky, Field Division;
Special Agent in Charge Tracey D. MontaƱo of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) Nashville, Tennessee, Field Office;
Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Atlanta Regional Office made the announcement.

Great work Team, hope to see more of this fraud, treason and corruption locked up from stem to stern, that's bleeding this country and deteriorating the legitimacy of our moral morale.

Thank You

Monday, March 27, 2017

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca - Guilty


Assistant U.S. Attorney Lizabeth Rhodes said, "that corruption in the nation’s largest jail system started from the top and went all the way down.” After two full days of jury deliberations, a unanimous verdict was handed down against Lee Baca on March 15, 2017, finding him guilty on all counts of assisting in the obstruction of a 2011 FBI investigation into LA County jail guards brutally beating inmates, taking bribes and lying to federal agents about it.

Baca said he was "humbled and filled with remorse" for his mistakes as sheriff, saying that law enforcement was his life's work. "I know that I failed. I did not lead," Baca said.

From Rddit: MaxExcelsior 3 years ago "The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (LASD) is a quality organization with mostly dedicated and professional cops and non-sworn employees in it.  It is, unfortunately, plagued by massive internal political struggles, cronyism, and problems brought about by having a chief executive who has no choice but to play politics if he wants to get elected and keep his job.  This produces the worst kind of police executive--one who is a political animal first, a campaign fund-raiser second, a celebrity third, and somewhere farther down the list he is a cop." "The ego and celebrity of the current LA Sheriff, Lee Baca, is literally worn on his sleeve, or more accurately his collar.  Most police chief executives wear one to four stars as their rank insignia. (there is no industry standard for this) Baca is the only one I've ever seen who wears five." (end Reddit)

I guess General Lee rode his own horse to the top!  Kindly remove the stars from memory Lee and replace them with a single snowflake.  What's always sad and a disgrace is obstruction of justice tarnishes the uniform, of men living inside it going against the grain and then it rains.  Frickin karma man, tough shit!  This type of lawlessness burns the public's faith in government institutions but we've approached a breaking point, next!

Wochit News

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Oroville Dam Spillway Disaster

Oroville Dam Spillway, when I was young.
Ronald Reagan, governor of California at the time set the stage for the dedication of the Oroville Dam, which was completed in 1968, construction began in 1961 and was ahead of scheduled by a year!  An outstanding achievement constructing an Embankment type dam making her the tallest dam in the U.S.



Today the news is flooded with reports of the failure of the spillway and the emergency overflow which had never been used since she was constructed.  Let's look at something for many are pointing a finger of who to blame for this disaster.  In retrospect to creation, the Earth was created in 6 days, on the 7th day the creator rested.  On the 8th day, he got complainants.  On the 9th day, he created maintenance!  I created this theory for I've been involved in field service and preventive maintenance is a must.  But like anything the customer holds off because of budget restraints.

Oroville Dam Spillway running with damage.
From Wikipedia: Spillway Cracking and Investigation

In 2006, a senior civil engineer sent a memo to his managers stating, "“The emergency spillway meets FERC’s engineering guidelines for an emergency spillway,” and that “The guidelines specify that during a rare flood event, it is acceptable for the emergency spillway to sustain significant damage." The spillway cracked in 2013. A Senior Civil Engineer with the Department of Water Resources was interviewed by the Sacramento Bee and explained, “It’s common for spillways to develop a void because of the drainage systems under them” and “There were some patches needed and so we made repairs and everything checked out.” In July 2015, the state Division of Safety of Dams inspected the dam visually "from some distance." (end Wikipedia)

Resent photo taking today 2/13/17 showing erosion damage.
The construction of anything man builds will at some point fail and with the material used at the time for the spillway were steel rebar and concrete, which we use in our roads, bridges, building and dams.  Concrete will have a structural strength for 50 to 100 years but the main threat is the corrosion of steel rebar which expands and cracks the concrete.  The use of embedded materials in concrete is a real science and today for future construction for our deteriorating infrastructure we'll be better off using composites.  Plus from the looks of this collapse in the spillway, you can be sure water erosion was getting under this slab until a sinkhole was formed and the weight of the concrete having no support failed.  Water is a hell of a force!

Oroville Dam 2014 drought.
So if you want to blame someone for this failure it would be budget restraints that hold all of us back and all the outcomes from not digging deep into a budget ends up costing much more, unfortunately.  For there is always a time where maintenance can be performed, like the photo above.

Oroville Dam or do you say Damn!

Oroville Dam emergency overflow!
The Oroville Dam is not out of the woods yet, I understand the water has stopped flowing over the emergency overflow, good news.  But more weather coming this week and snow will be melting from the Coast Ranges, Klamath mountains and Cascade Rang. There is not much time for solid repairs, fill that failed spillway with boulders that can withstand the full force of water at CFS (cubic feet a second) coming down that spillway and piled just high enough that will launch the water over onto the remaining slab to lessen the damage to the leading edge... Mud-jack Hydraulic Cement forward and back under the damaged slab, you can also do this procedure if you have leakage with the emergency overflow, drill and fill!  Yeah, I know it cost more the application is used for underwater where water is flowing under consent pressure and Oroville Dam needs to avoid the ultimate fail! $$  

GOD'S Speed!
                 

Damage Update

Major erosion on underline of emergency overflow.
The crew is going to be working frantically on the emergency overflow section because of severe erosion!  This section of the dam needed to be paved like the spillway down to the riverbed.  The underline structure of the Emergency Overflow is at risk!  The volume of water flow on the main spillway was increased or all hell was going to break lose!  At this point, many are going to be without a job!  Major neglect, this site was never completed, now you're between a rock and a hard place.  Way?  Skimmed the budget and slacked off maintenance on the main spillway!

 

Main Spillway after Heavy Rains


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Self-indulgence

Don't worry, we checked the rad count, it's low.  Suzy anyone?

From my work, it always leads to this, money and save the economy (data) that represents it and if there is a danger that can upset this money machine, keep it quiet!  If we do not understand 'The Balance' in which life holds on this planet, we're done!

This photo is a prime example of our harvesting efforts until it will be no more. Not only that but the radiation in our environment has doubled.  Background radiation was 5 to 20 CPM (counts per minute) today levels around the world have doubled ranging from 30 to 50 CPM.  Negative ions must be introduced in our diets in order to survive for all living things, even plants. Clays, (adsorb radiation reducing half-life of an isotope) Magnesium (wicks away radiation from a plant) and Backing Soda which will help reduce acidic levels left behind caused by radiation for Backing Soda has a pH level of 8.3

That meat on the table is Tuna, they migrate from Cal to Japan and back again, the one-way trip is 8816 miles.  Fukushima is a worldwide disaster, this Tuna on the table is not healthy for consumption but we are still proud of the catch.  We certainly don't want to disrupt our economy at any cost, Suzy anyone?  Frickin disgusting.  What's troubling is what we've become on many levels and creating tools for the fix I get some blowback.  Does that bother me?  No sir, because it tells me I'm on the right track and they can kindly Frick Off because the Sardines are gone, next species?

This Pic above should be archived for a museum piece, not just representing the Tuna but our arrogance of self-indulgence.  The Holy Gail for the humans was never needed to be found, the ancient natives always knew of this by simply giving respect to the planet and all life shared here.  The Holy Grail is understanding all matter, 'The Balance'.  Too many of us have left this behind which is causing the darkness on the planet.

Time now for The Spin Doctor

whopfrog2

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Escape from Damnation?



The Sistine Chapel's ceiling with various painted element parts from larger scheme within the Chapel, including the large fresco (mural painting ) 'The Last Judgment' on the sanctuary wall at the alter.  This includes works by Michelangelo and several leading painters of the late 15th century who are Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino.

A large set of tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.  Central to the ceiling decoration is nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equaled only by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations.  The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses from human figures.  Representing an experience the universe will learn, what it is to coexist with evil.  Should I?  Shouldn't I?

'The Last Judgment' as seen at the alter:

The outer and inner portions represents a Dragons face

One needs a road map of these tapestries which explains a story between Heaven and Hell.
Character titles in image

Just in this one scene we see Bartholomew, holding Michelangelo's own image (he painted his face in the image) and a strong dislike of the world of the flesh. Separating the soul, question in balance as being held between two points, Heaven and Hell.

Middle Ground:

So let's say one deviated from this old story and you know your butt is in the balance as you come near the end of human life, for you were convinced to sell your soul, who's the Jagoff now?  Your place on living Earth has been your Kingdom nourished by the planet and humanities tit, but time nears an end, must evade eternal damnation.  Maybe by placings ones flesh into a state of animation, a deep sleep until better technology comes online for human parts. Some elites have had 5 heart replacements, parts wear out and so does the brain.

Where would you ship your ass off to?  The most isolated area on Earth is Antarctica.

Could Stay Dormant here for a while:


The rotation in the Southern Ocean current drives around Antarctica where she drives most waters away, keeping her pristine.

The Air even acts like a shield:

Images by earthnullschool

wind currents @ 700 hPa = 9,882 ft. - 3.012 metres
Between the ocean currents and airflow Antarctica has isolated a true desert.  So with all the money in the world, your cards need to be played on an ideal spot for storage and where maintenance can be provided to secure a resurrection as long as your heart and brain don't stop, keeping one away from the eternal Abyss.  A lesson learned by entering life through the skin, for all humans, what is it to coexist with evil?  Ours is to reason, Earth is that host; GOD'S Speed, Try Not to Suck!     

Antarctica is having some large interest lately, could some be interested in escaping damnation?  Like from the phrase 'what's in your wallet' but in this case, 'where will you go'?

The Sistine Chaple

or

Descending The Cold Steps:



Deep Purple tells a tale, many questions received by fans from all over the world who are speculating about the meaning of the title “inFinite” and "Long Goodbye".

'Time For Bedlam'

Peculiar timing on this song just released, an exploration in cheating death of the damned.

earMUSIC
        

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Donald Trump Moments | ThugLife Edition


I've written on many occasions that America needs a Crew Chief, not some bought and/or sold manikin with special interest of self.  This presidential election made history with a theme explaining 'Try Not to Suck'! The Donald is no cupcake and special interest groups are hitting a brick wall and scrambling to pick up the pieces of an election in which the ruling elites' tried to destroy. What happened was a bridge too far that didn't include humanity and the world had enough. Throughout Donald's campaign, there was always reference to how policy leading America was a disaster.  Well, in this clip we see how one needs to go about business and how to destroy the disaster.  America did not need another cupcake to run the country, so with that introducing America's 45th President, The Donald.

Truth PoliticsTV

 

Now for Something I Hope you Really Like 

Seems that Fox News is siding with humanity (The Truth) where other MSM is going to be left on a wagon trail heading south. Fox claim today in a heightened environment of politics: Your #1 News Aggregator For Top Speeches And News Clips! With a hint of satire. (been paying attention to the public Fox)

Fox News

 

From Uncle Donald
Merry Christmas