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Joseph Loder (CrazedHatter)
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The vorpal blade went snickersnack...
The vorpal blade went snickersnack...

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You know it is a bad sign when Cracked is putting out a piece like this...
John Cheese normally tries to give some sort of insight into a problem or offer up some semblance of a solution, but right now he’s at a loss. Maybe you can help HIM with this one.

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Unfortunately, my little buddy didn't pull through. Cancer is a hell of a thing. :-/
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My poor li'l sick rattie does seem to really enjoy the syringe feeding, so at least I know his appetite is good.
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The only appropriate response.

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Nothing more to add here, good job Donnie.
Today, I am mad as hell.

Donald has issued a decree from his throne on high that freezes all federal hiring. This includes Veterans Affairs. This includes all training positions through VA hospitals. My partner of ten years, whom I call Master Girlfriend (because she has an MS) just interviewed at ten VA hospitals for clinical psychology internships, an internship she needs to complete for her PhD. Let me be clear, this is not training for becoming a licensed therapist, this is an actual degree requirement. No internship, no graduation. No graduation, no practicing psychology.

VA hospitals train half of all the medical professionals and psychologists in the US, both through internships and post-doctoral training. Half. Veterans already face a shortage of providers. This year, Donald has decided that they get less care, and they will have less care available to them in years to come. Donald has no more respect for veterans than he does for anyone else who isn't a perfect reflection of himself. If you are a veteran and reading this, remember that he wants you to disappear. The doctors, nurses, physicians' assistants, psychiatrists, psychologists, and so many others who this affects go into these hospitals and provide service for a nominal stipend, most of them under $30,000 annually.

Master Girlfriend has cleared every hurdle you can imagine to get to this point. She is Latinx, first in her family to go to college, first to complete any degree at all, let alone a PhD, and went back after a five year break between her BS and graduate school. She has been getting her research published for the past 4 years. She spent over a year working with veterans in clinical settings. She has done this happily, despite all of the prejudice thrown her way in the academic environment. She was interviewed by eleven sites for her internship, when seven is a high number for most applicants. Even after all of these obstacles, she wants nothing more than to work in the VA system to help veterans who cannot get care anywhere else. Yes, despite what American society has thrown at her, she still wants to serve. I am more proud of her than I can possibly say, and you should be proud of her too. She is what is right in this country.

Despite this election. Despite being told that as a woman, she is a second class citizen. Despite being told that because of her last name, she is a second class citizen. Despite the $.58 she will make on the dollar as a Latinx woman. Despite all that, she still wants to serve. Donald is a draft dodger throwing veterans under the bus, throwing her under the bus, and now throwing the entire US medical system under the bus. He doesn't care if we have access to medical care. Let me say this one more time; He doesn't care about veterans.

Please do me a favor and pick up your phones, call your reps, write a letter, and share this sentiment around. 

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I do so enjoy Cracked...

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