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Condolences Bloviatrix.

 

I had the same situation as Foodie, our first Holiday since my Father passed in August. It was nice to be surrounded by family and friends.

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Via the Washington Post.

 

Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged

 

By Craig Whitlock and Mary Pat Flaherty, Published: December 7

 

The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show.

 

The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now.

 

The Air Force had maintained that it could not estimate how many troops might have had their remains sent to a landfill. The practice was revealed last month by The Washington Post, which was able to document a single case of a soldier whose partial remains were sent to the King George County landfill in Virginia. The new data, for the first time, show the scope of what has become an embarrassing episode for vaunted Dover Air Base, the main port of entry for America’s war dead.

 

The landfill disposals were never formally authorized under military policies or regulations. They also were not disclosed to senior Pentagon officials who conducted a high-level review of cremation policies at the Dover mortuary in 2008, records show.

 

Air Force and Pentagon officials said last month that determining how many remains went to the landfill would require searching through the records of more than 6,300 troops whose remains have passed through the mortuary since 2001.

 

“It would require a massive effort and time to recall records and research individually,” Jo Ann Rooney, the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary for personnel, wrote in a Nov. 22 letter to Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-N.J.).

 

Holt, who has pressed the Pentagon for answers on behalf of a constituent whose husband was killed in Iraq, accused the Air Force and Defense Department of hiding the truth.

 

“What the hell?” Holt said in a phone interview. “We spent millions, tens of millions, to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they’re concerned about a ‘massive’ effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?” He added: “They just don’t want to ask questions or look very hard.”

 

Senior Air Force leaders said there was no intent to deceive. “Absolutely not,” said Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for personnel.

This week, after The Post pressed for information contained in the Dover mortuary’s electronic database, the Air Force produced a tally based on those records. It showed that 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008.

 

An additional group of 1,762 unidentified remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of in the same manner, the Air Force said. Those fragments could not undergo DNA testing because they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the landfill exceeded 2,700.

 

A separate federal investigation of the mortuary last month, prompted by whistleblower complaints, uncovered “gross mismanagement” and documented how body parts recovered from bomb blasts stacked up in the morgue’s coolers for months or years before they were identified and disposed of.

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The Wall Street Journal notes the feds are about to settle litigation against the senior officers of Washington Mutual for pennies on the dollar owed.

 

Three former executives of Washington Mutual Inc. have agreed to settle a civil lawsuit stemming from the biggest-ever U.S. bank failure for less than 10% of the $900 million that was sought by federal regulators, according to people familiar with the situation.

 

The deal would mark the latest setback for the government in a high-profile, financial-crisis-related case. The lion's share of the payout, which is expected to total less than $75 million, would come from insurers and the bank's estate—not from the pockets of the former executives.

 

Though only a fraction of the amount sought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the payout would be among the largest since the financial crisis and would end the most prominent attempt by the agency to bring cases against bank executives for alleged wrongdoing.

 

The FDIC, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle in March, accused former Chief Executive Kerry Killinger, ex-President Stephen Rotella, and David Schneider, the bank's former home-loans president, of taking gambles that sparked the thrift's collapse in 2008. The agency also accused the three, along with the wives of Messrs. Killinger and Rotella, of seeking to shield cash and their houses from legal claims. The three former executives received a total of $95 million in compensation between 2005 and 2008, the FDIC said in its lawsuit.

 

The feds haven't been much more successful in wringing money out of billionaire Angelo Mozilo, either.

 

A criminal investigation involving Washington Mutual was closed by the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle earlier this year, with no charges being brought. Other probes into criminal charges at other companies that helped fuel the subprime mortgage boom, such as IndyMac Bancorp and New Century Financial Corp., have stalled and could result in no charges being filed, said people familiar with the situation.

 

One of the few successful criminal prosecutions ended in June, when a federal judge sentenced the former chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. to 30 years in prison for running a multibillion-dollar fraud that led to the collapse of the Ocala, Fla., company and regional Colonial BancGroup Inc. of Montgomery, Ala.

 

Regulators have had more success with civil enforcement actions related to the financial crisis, partly because officials pursuing civil proceedings don't have to prove intentional wrongdoing.

 

Angelo Mozilo, former chief executive of subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp., paid $67.5 million last year to settle civil fraud charges filed by the SEC. Mr. Mozilo didn't admit or deny wrongdoing. Countrywide was purchased by Bank of America Corp. in July 2008.

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A little salt in the wound - WAMU's headquarters was bought by Russell Investment two years ago for a bargain basement price (close to empty building). Building is now close to full and for sale at 4 or 5 times the last purchase price. That's some $400 million no longer in the WAMU portfolio for reimbursement.

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talk about a bad day...

 

a big loss to her family and in the advertising world.

Gack. Sad & scary.

 

Based on the comments and the article, she clearly touched a lot of people.

 

R I P

 

One of the comments concerns elevator inspections and maintenance. That's a huge issue for older buildings, where some improvements might have been made, but the levelers may be worn, or some of the electric circuitry may be old.

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Have not been well since the new year began. Barely eating and vomiting almost daily, much fatigue. Hard time focusing my eyes. Getting a specialist consult a week from Monday. Taking lots of drugs for pain. Hope to pull out of this, but just want to say thanks for keeping me company and entertained, if not. It's getting awfully real. I hope I am wrong, and embarrassed by this post. I'll take the embarrassment any day.

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Have not been well since the new year began. Barely eating and vomiting almost daily, much fatigue. Hard time focusing my eyes. Getting a specialist consult a week from Monday. Taking lots of drugs for pain. Hope to pull out of this, but just want to say thanks for keeping me company and entertained, if not. It's getting awfully real. I hope I am wrong, and embarrassed by this post. I'll take the embarrassment any day.

I hope you're wrong, too, but deeply saddened if you're not. I'm at a far remove and don't even 'know' you, but wish there was something I could do for you, if only sit and listen for a spell. I'm sending you all the compassionate energy I can muster.

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I do hope your fears are not realized, and that you are thoroughly embarrassed after your consult! No, I hope you are thoroughly relieved after your consult, as being wrong in this case would be nothing to be embarrassed about.

 

I'm sending positive thoughts your way, and Kitty is sending healing purrs.

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Have not been well since the new year began. Barely eating and vomiting almost daily, much fatigue. Hard time focusing my eyes. Getting a specialist consult a week from Monday. Taking lots of drugs for pain. Hope to pull out of this, but just want to say thanks for keeping me company and entertained, if not. It's getting awfully real. I hope I am wrong, and embarrassed by this post. I'll take the embarrassment any day.

I too really hope you are embarrassed by this post after your consult. I really hope this is just a really bad kickass flu or something else rather benign. Sending you so much love and healing energy.

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Please--never feel embarrassed around us. We are here for you as much as we can be, even if 3000 miles away. Of course I also hope that it's just temporary. In any case, I'll try harder to be amusing to you!

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