By Michael Thompson, Specialk to VNS
Once again, the financial numbers from the hospital industry show that it is doing very well overall. Close to 80% of the hospitals in our state are profitable. The number of hospitals running operating deficits have decreased each of the last three years.
Our study last month showed that the hospitals had made, industrywide, a year over year profit (November 2013 to November 2014) of 10.7%. Immediately the VHHA came out and said, according to WINA radio in Charlottesville, that our study was "flawed." that the hospitals "still face financial pressures," and that one third to one half of the hospitals were operating in the red.
However, the official hospital numbers on the Virginia Health Information (VHI) website don't reflect those statements. A 10.7% profit margin doesn't show an industry in financial crisis.
by Catherine Crabill - VNS special columnist
In another epic fail of this administration, it was announced that women will now be given combat duty as well as included in the draft, should one be reinstituted.
Offering reassurances that women will have to pass the same stringent physical fitness tests as do the men, it was not mentioned that those ‘standards’ have been lowered to accommodate women. Click [Read More] below for rest of the story (This is funny)
Battle of Great Bridge Commemoration
By Tom Holmes
Re-Enactors fire salute @ Saturday's Commemoration of Great Bridge Battle
It was a time when the Britain’s American colonies took a defiant stand against what was considered an overbearing government in London.
It also was a time of uncertainty. The concept of an independent nation had not been conceived, yet shots had been exchanged in New England between colonists and British troops.
Here in Virginia, colonial governor John Murray, Lord Dunmore, actively led an effort to assert British dominance over the colony and to deter any further defiance of the Crown. He knew that control of the Chesapeake, southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina would deny General Washington the men and supplies badly needed to support further military operations in New England. [Click Read More below for rest of the story]
by Larry Henry - VNS Columnist
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Ever wonder shy God and Christianity are so distasteful to progressives?
God: Following the teachings of Jesus Christ has been a mainstay for most Americans ever since 1776. Judaism is another part of our wonderful culture. Islam is not! But Barack Hussein Obama has been shoving Shira law and Islam down our throat for seven miserable years.
Liberals worship the golden calf of government.
by Catherine Crabill - Special to VNS
It is not unusual for me to wake nearly every night at around 3:00 a.m. It is not unusual for me to lay awake for hours pondering all that is happening in the world from an ongoing study of the geopolitical in light of the spiritual.
What was unusual, the night before Thanksgiving, was what I can only describe as a download of the urgency and immediacy of the terror that lay in store for us.
I saw all of these pieces come together, the smuggling of tens, if not, hundreds of thousands of islamic terrorists into our country, the billions of rounds of hollow point bullets and firearms given to EVERY branch of our government. [Click 'Read More' below for rest of the story
by Sue Long - VNS Columnist
For decades those who would expand government have been chipping away at our Constitution in each of the three branches of government. The legislature by way of laws, presidents by way of executive orders and the Supreme Court by way of their rulings.
Our Constitution is our rulebook. It defines what the federal government is allowed to do and more importantly, what it cannot do. Our public servants (the people we vote into office and those that are appointed) take an oath to uphold the Constitution when they take on their job. [Click Read More Below for rest of the story]
By Larry Henry - VNS Columnist
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The Manchurian Candidate was a 1962 Cold War movie featuring Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Lawrence Harvey, and Angela Lansbury. A squad of Army soldiers were captured in Korea and taken to Manchuria for brainwashing. That accomplished, they were released back into the American lines. Back in the States their mission was to install a communist sympathizer in the oval office.
In 2008 we elected a real Manchurian Candidate. In 2012 we reelected that same community organizer to our oval office. Why? The answer is found in Rules for Radicals. Barack Obama was trained in the Saul Alinsky method for overthrowing a government, picked by George Soros for political office, and embraced by the ill-informed and people who hate America.
by John P. Kuchta Jr.
But, they're still not at home plate, far from it.
When will our city leaders accept that there is a new set of the "The Facts of Life?"
Unlike the Israelis who all perform mandatory military service, only 1% of our general population is exposed to military service.
What does that mean in today's reality of ISIS targeting our military personnel and their dependents here at home? It means that you can't put M-16's in the hands of school teachers and expect them to deal with an active shooter threatening their class.
Our politicians must extract their craniums from their posteriors and recognize that we MUST PLACE COMBAT EXPERIENCED, HEAVILY ARMEDGUARDS IN OUR SCHOOLS. [Click 'Read More' below for rest of the column]