Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Merit Systems Protection Board Reinstates Another Criminal VA Executive

by JASmius

What is it about all these (allegedly) female VA execs that they all look like either trannies or strap-on lesbos?  I guess that's yet another manifestation of "fundamental transformation".  It's a pity they left out the Dramamine.

I suppose Linda Weiss, once and future director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in upstate New York, isn't quite as bad as the recently reinstated corruptresses Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, who fired two subordinates in order to steal their jobs at no reduction in pay, along with half a million dollars in relocation fees, which is now apparently legal if you're a Democrat.  All "Miss" Weiss did was hire, keep, and protect on her staff petty thieves, indolent and incompetent goldbricks and violent drug addicts that endangered every patient in her VA facility:

In the last year, two male nurses at Stratton were accused in separate incidents of stealing and using powerful drugs intended for patients. One of them was charged with federal crimes, and the second nurse, who was found incoherent with a used syringe nearby, was let go from his job but not charged criminally even though it was the second incident involving his illicit drug use. Another nurse remained on duty despite complaints from co-workers that he was sleeping on duty, including in the bed of a patient who had died the night before. Also, a former nurse alleges that patients in a geriatric unit with “treatable” conditions were instead being given morphine, hastening their deaths. A hospital spokesperson denied the allegation. [emphases added]

I think we have the entire VAgate scandal microcosmed in that one paragraph.

Stunningly, our old friend Sloane Gibson actually and apparently gave a damn about this rampant criminality and - no foolin' - terminated Director Weiss for tolerating it.

For that heinous crime of committing the unpardonable sin of attempting to dismiss a criminally incompetent unionized government employee, "Miss" Weiss turned to our old friends at the MSPB, who reliably came to "her" rescue:

The Merit Systems Protection Board on Friday overturned the [commissariat]’s decision in January to fire Linda Weiss, former director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in upstate New York. VA Deputy [Commissar] Sloan Gibson, who has defended his recent personnel decisions related to senior executives, said Friday that he would not return Weiss to her job in Albany, or any other position where she would be responsible for patient safety. Weiss was put on administrative leave in November before being fired last month. She appealed her removal to MSPB in January.

Gibson said he removed Weiss from her job because she did not do enough to ensure the safety of vets seeking care at the Albany medical center, despite complaints from patients.

Sorry, Sloane, old chap, but what makes you think you're going to be given any such choice in the matter?  Indeed, full reinstatement to her directorship at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center is the least "Miss" Weiss can expect.  It would not surprise me in the slightest if Mr. Gibson got the boot and "Miss" Weiss installed in his place as Veterans Affairs Commissar Bob McDonald's deputy for his colossal effrontery and presumptuousness in purporting to have the authority to impose accountability on any of his subordinates for their criminal actions.

And if/when that takes place, something tells me the Merit Systems Protection Board won't be returning his calls.

UPDATE: See what I mean?:

For J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the stakes could not be higher this year, however.

“God help us all,” Cox told reporters on Monday of the possibility of a Republican winning the White House to succeed President Obama. “This country will be in a serious, serious situation.”...

“There is not a Republican candidate that’s running that hasn’t said they would annihilate federal employee unions and virtually every union in the country,” Cox said.

Calm down, J.  Breathe into a paper bag for the next few days.  Geez, how little faith you have in your despotic False Messiah.  He'll decree himself another term and everything will be okay for you and your parasite class.  Sheesh.

This is the hysterical mafia mentality at work here, folks.  And it's everywhere, including on Capitol Hill:

Representative Mark Takano, D-CA41, promised to join the American Federation of Government Employees in opening “a can of whoop ass” on Capitol Hill to ward off any perceived "injustice" against the federal workforce. Representative Elijah Cummings, D-MA7, joined Takano at the labor group’s annual legislative conference, giving a passionate plea for federal employees to keep their spirits high.

“I have come here to encourage you not to give up,” Cummings said in a largely off-the-cuff address. “You are some of the most important people in the world.”

Sorry, give me a minute, my eyes have rolled completely to the back of my head....

AFGE National President J. David Cox renounced Barack Obama’s proposed 1.6% pay raise for 2017, calling instead for a 5.3% increase.

Isn't that blasphemy, J.?

“I’m a happy, jolly man,” Cox said as to why he is hoping for the largest civilian pay raise in more than three decades. “We may not get 5.3 [%], I’ll be perfectly honest,” he said, “but we’ll be fighting like hell for more than 1.6 [%].”

You want to talk about the New Aristocracy?  There it is.  Nobody in the vast wasteland known as the private sector even gets raises anymore.  Hell, most of us don't even have jobs anymore.  I'd be happy to have my phone calls from prospective employers returned.  A job interview would be reason to shout for rapturous joy.  An actual job would break me down in sobs.  To be in it long enough to get any sort of raise crosses into the metaphysical.

If I could, I would punch J. David Cox and Congressmen Takano and Cummings right in the mouth.  I'm eventually going to be homeless, anyway, after all.  That would at least assure me of continued food and shelter, assuming I could develop an appreciation for orange jumpsuits and never dropped my soap.

Sounds like an audition for a gig at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, doesn't it?

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