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• The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Disabled Castro Valley woman victimized twice:

If Sabrina Masangcay could speak for herself, she might express horror about the repeated mishandling of her money by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The agency designated a dishonest uncle to receive her VA benefit checks despite a red flag, his bankruptcy filing back in 1997. For years under the noses of VA bureaucrats in Oakland, Ruben Yumang Masangcay deceived family members and stole Sabrina’s money, records show.

When the agency realized it, after six years of theft, the uncle was prosecuted and jailed, although that also took years. A judge ordered him to pay the money back starting in 2005, at a rate of $500 a month, and to curb his gambling habit.

…The VA scrambled for months trying to visit the uncle for the first time, according to a VA investigator’s report. Sabrina finally started receiving her VA checks.

But then the restitution money got “lost.”

Article Image: Fraud and theft of disabled veterans (Map showing where fraud has occurred and how much was stolen)

As a veteran who receives my healthcare treatment from the VA in the state of California, I can only hope I don’t end up being unable to take care of myself.

American Family Association‘s Bryan Fischer’s Tweeting in response to Huffington Post article “Transgender Man Proposes To Partner At White House LGBT Pride Reception”:

Thumbnail link: The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer's tweet made in response to Huffington Post article 'Transgender Man Proposes To Partner At White House LGBT Pride Reception'

Woman who thinks she’s a man proposes to a woman who thinks she’s a woman at a White House reception. http://huff.to/LY5k0L

Emoticon: Angry rant - cussingWell, there’s a reason the AFA is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bryan Fischer was specifically highlighted for his bigotry by the SLPC and is listed in the GLAAD CAP list.

Los Angeles TimesTransgender kids get help navigating a difficult path:

Amber, a soft-spoken, feminine 12-year-old who loves Hello Kitty and fashion design, lives with a secret. It is a secret most sixth-graders can’t fathom, one she hides behind pink skirts and makeup. It is a secret that led to all her baby pictures being tucked away as though her childhood had never happened.

Amber was born a boy.

When she was 10, she stopped going by her given name, Aaron, and began dressing as a girl. Last year, she started taking medication to keep her from going through puberty.

“I can be who I am,” Amber said. “I can be a girl.”

Yes. Yes she can be. And if we in trans community are doing our jobs right, we’ll be paving the way to create a world where she’s accepted as who she is.

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: The Yeshiva World‘s Lawsuit Claims Hebrew National Hot Dogs Are Not Kosher:

A lawsuit filed in May alleges that Hebrew National, the famous manufacturer of hot dogs and other products throughout the United States, is not living up to its self-proclaimed standard of kosher “as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish Law.”

Hebrew National products are certified kosher by Triangle K, and a firm called AER provides the kosher slaughtering services at facilities in the Midwest, according to a class action complaint filed last month in the Dakota County district court of Minnesota.

The lawsuit filed against ConAgra Foods, doing business as Hebrew National, a Delaware corporation, alleges that employees of AER complained to their bosses that they witnessed procedures at slaughterhouses that “rendered the meat being processed not kosher.”

As always, “The weenie tempts you!” — but your kosher wiener might be evil.

So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?

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