Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Yes Virginia, The Congressman Who Represents Your 6th District Is An Ignorant, Dangerous Asshole

The Commonwealth of Virginia has produced a veritable Who's Who of American statesmen, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.  

Representative Robert Goodlatte, is a Republican Congressman who represents Virginia's 6th District - and has done so since 1993.  He is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  In spite of the fact that, as of November 9th, two hundred and forty-three members of the House and sixty-three members of the Senate, have signed on as co-sponsors of the Zadroga Act, in order to ensure that it remains available to provide needed coverage for those men and women stricken by a variety of cancers and other life-threatening illnesses, Congressman Goodlatte has opted to put forward his own version of the Act.  

Under Congressman Goodlatte's version of the Act, the Zadroga Act would be extended for only five years - not permanently - and it would be funded at levels that could slash benefits by up to sixty percent.  Astounding?  Yes.  Galling?  You bet.  Sanctimonious fraud Goodlatte posted this statement to his web site on September 11, 2015:

GOODLATTE REMEMBERS LIVES LOST IN 9/11 ATTACKS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement today in remembrance of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:

“The morning of September 11, 2001, started like any other. But in just a few short hours, our world had forever changed. 

The events of that day reverberated throughout every corner of the nation. Now, even as time has passed, as Americans we still feel a sense of loss and pain when we remember that day. We will not forget those who were taken from us far too soon. As we reflect on this day, I am also reminded of the response of the American people in the face of tragedy. The service of the law enforcement community and first responders, the willingness of strangers on the street to rush to help others, and the outpouring of support from across the country are all testaments to the resiliency of the American spirit and our determination to prevail. It is only fitting that many commemorate this day through volunteering and service to others.

“As we have become all too aware, the terrorist threat continues to evolve. We must remain vigilant in the face of renewed threats to our nation and also ensure that policies are in place to help keep our communities safe. I am thankful for the men and women who have served to protect these freedoms, and continue to keep our Armed Forces in my prayers. Much has changed in the past 14 years, but America will continue to remain a beacon of freedom throughout the globe.”

Just for shits and giggles, I highlighted the portion of the statement in which this asshole blows smoke up the asses of the first responders who "rushed to help others".  It must be nice to inhabit this prick's world, in which a hollow platitude is equated to actual assistance.  A man so impressed by the selflessness of first responders who rushed to help others that he cannot help but invent ways to screw out of the medical assistance they shall need those individuals whose selflessness has amounted to a death sentence.  

Heroes such as Marci Simms of the NYPD.   

On November 5, 2015, retired NYPD Lieutenant Marci Simms died.  Approximately eighteen months ago, Lt. Simms was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which cancer she developed after she spent more than four months, in late 2001, toiling at Ground Zero.  Marci Simms was fifty-one years young. 

Lt. Simms, born in Brooklyn as the youngest of six children, joined the NYPD in August, 1998 after graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She worked, first, as Police Officer in the 83rd Precinct.  Her final assignment was as a Lieutenant at the 107th Precinct in Flushing, Queens, where she was stationed beginning in May, 2013.  

Marci Simms is survived by her husband, Keith, her brothers and sisters in blue, and the people of a City who she tirelessly served and protected, even to the detriment of her own health - and ultimately - her own life.


NYPD Lieutenant Marci Simms
End of Watch:  November 5, 2015


The Commonwealth of Virginia has produced a veritable Who's Who of American statesmen and leaders.  Congressman Goodlatte is not one of them.  Not today.  Not tomorrow.  Not ever.  

-AK 

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