Friday, May 31, 2013

Thought for the day...


You are My Rock
© 2009

You are my rock,
My spiritual inspiration;
To my life, you bring joy and celebration,
You are my rock!

It’s hard to find a friend,
Someone who is loving and kind;
It’s hard to find a friend
Who’s there for you all the time.

It’s hard to find a friend
Who’ll accept you for who you are,
It’s hard to find a friend
To call on and will be there.

Your friendship means the world to me,
When times are bad you’re by my side.
You’ll give me a shoulder to lean on,
A listening ear you’ll provide.

When I’m confused
You’ll give advice to me,
You’re a mentor and a friend;
You’ll never pass judgment,
You’re by my side til’ the end.

I can tell you my secrets,
I can never tell you a lie,
You’ll always keep me honest;
In you I can always confide.

I can count on you
Forever til’ the end,
There’s no better blessing
Than to have you as a friend,
You are my rock!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Congress to Redskins: Team name reminiscent of n-word



WASHINGTON (AP)  reports — Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.

The representatives said Tuesday they’ve sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises.

The letter to Snyder says that “Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos.”

Among the group sending the letters are the leaders of the Congressional Native American Caucus: Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn.

The nickname is the subject of a long-running legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.

Snyder has vowed that he will never change the name.

Food For thought:  You got to be kidding me. Why are people becoming so "sensitive" to years of ongoing racial bigotry against different ethnic cultures.  We are All Human Beings!!  As an American citizen of bi-racial descendant, including Native American Indian, I don't understand why MEN are still using racial slurs to define themselves.  To protest a football team like the "Washington Redskins" is taking racial prejudices a bit too far.  I'm sure the majority of African Americans who are die-hard fans of the Redskins are also of Native American Indian heritage. 

Thought of the day...


The butterfly is one of God's most amazing creations, and so are humans.  When you are going through something that you can't quite understand, remember the story of the butterfly.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a silent killer!


For over a year, I have provided advocacy support to Lt Steve Crowston and deeply applaud him for his courage and bravery, in fighting against civil and human rights violations in the Navy.   Unbeknownst to the aggressor, your words and negative personnel actions towards innocent victims carries pain.  Pain that victims will be forced to live with for the rest of their lives. 

Yet, those who lack moral discipline, or self-dignity, would rather band together and hide behind their military rank and status in a concerted effort to violate another person’s civil and human rights.   By do so, you are denying veterans what they value most, the right to serve our country!

As a result of becoming a whistleblower, Steve now suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder; like me and many other survivors of military workplace abuse.  Meanwhile, Steve is still serving on active duty and his civil and human rights are still being violated by senior Navy officials for “standing his moral ground” as a military whistleblower.

Read more about Steve's case: 

Please pray for him and other veterans who are learning to cope with PTSD and military workplace abuse.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Sex Scandal at the Highest Level

U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon will retire this summer, following conflicting reports regarding allegations of an improper relationship.

Just when I thought the military sex scandals couldn't get any worse, I recently received an email with an attached link to several articles discussing an "improper relationship" involving West Point Superintendent, Lt. General David Huntoon.  

Last month the Pentagon released a standard statement, "The matter is still under investigation".  But according to a recent article posted on the website, militarycorruption.com, it appears that the married senior officer was alleged to have been involved in an improper relationship with his civilian secretary.  

In the military, improper relationship is another way of saying, "adulterous affair”.

Wow, this brings back memories to when I served as a young enlisted sailor in the early 90's, there were dozens of allegations that were swept under the rug regarding senior military officers having improper relationships with their civilian staff members.   

And if you’re wondering where these "Good ole' Boys" learned all their bad habits?   From "The Top"!   Once again, "different spanks" for different ranks, race and gender!

Read full articles here:


Food for thought:  In celebration of Memorial Day, remember to light a candle and say a special prayer for the heroic military veterans who fought and died for our country, with bravery, dignity and honor!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dedicated to the Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma


Pain
©2009 Syneeda Penland

Pain is what I felt
when I was belittled to nothing less,
causing grief and anxiety;
feelings of hopelessness.

When I was forced to submit to:
verbal, physical, unremitting sexual abuse,
being used and dispose of is inhumane.
There’s no excuse!

Escaping from this demon,
on the run to try and hide,
seeking to escape the insecurities
of what I feel inside.

Left emotionally and physically scarred
from the pain,
years of living in hell, purgatory!
LORD, please help me,
release me from these chains!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dedicated to the memory of a Fallen Soldier, "Gone but Not Forgotten"


She’s My Hero
© 2007

Sitting here numb, in search of the right words to say,
I get down on my knees in prayer,
Asking the LORD,
“Why have you taken my best-friend away?”

Softly he whispers,
“My child, it’s because I needed her this day.”

She blessed so many lives with her caring ways,
She charmed so many hearts with her glowing smile,
She warmed so many souls with her humble spirit,
She was simply adored for her alluring style.


Now is time for her
To be amongst the heavenly angels,
Where she will continue to watch over
The countless lives she’s touched.

The loneliness and emptiness in your heart
Is a constant reminder
That she is missed very much!

Remember my child,
“Always be kind and gentle to everyone you meet,
Show compassion, love and respect for others,
Even someone you casually meet in the street.”

By believing in yourself,
Others will always believe in you.
By respecting yourself,
Others will always respect you.
.
Live your life unselfishly
And remain true to who you really are.
Just like your best-friend Gloria,
One day you too will become
A bright, Shining Star!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: "Beyonce is Not a Role Model", written by Rakhi Kumar


Dear Michelle Obama,

I'm addressing this to you because I admire you. Because you're smart and a mum to two young girls. And you're the First Lady of the USA. And because you were recently quoted as saying that Beyonce is a great 'role model' to your two daughters, and because you recently tweeted, after the Superbowl, that you were 'so proud' of her. I'm writing because everything you do is admired and emulated by so many; but when you endorse a recording artist like Beyonce, I see the most misogynistic aspects of the music industry (that prefers girls to be no more complex than dolls) interpret your comments as a seal of approval for the thoughtless cultural currency that they flood the youth market with.

I'm writing because I think it's time to stop suggesting to very young girls that ultimate feminine success - in the music industry or anywhere else - comes with the need, or the expectation for them to undress.

When Beyonce kicked off her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour two nights ago, wearing her sheer bodysuit with nipples showing, to me she performed the final degradation of her talent; a retrogressive transformation that has taken someone stellar and otherworldly, and made them into something dreadfully familiar and sad.

Variations of Beyonce's body suit can be found in brothels, strip clubs, and red light districts across the world - where sex is for sale and it happens to be dispensed through a woman's body. That she is a human being with feelings and dreams, perhaps a sister, a mother, a leader, a teacher, a student - ALWAYS - a daughter - all of this can be forgotten. In those surroundings a suit like Beyonce's would look far from glamorous. Maybe just downright heartbreaking as a woman somewhere becomes an object, available for the gratification of a desire - at a price dictated by her 'managers'.

Next time you're presented with a shortlist of people in popular culture who you should spend time with or commend, think about how many young girls want to be just like Beyonce: Beyonce who sings 'Bow Down Bitch' and wears sheer bodysuits and high heels, singing about making money and being independent.

Remember that in the USA, the average age of a girl when she is trafficked for sex for the first time is 13.

Remember that she's often brought into the 'life' by drug dealers who promise her a celebrity lifestyle, clothes like the ones Beyonce wears, and situations where she can live like Queen Bey: looking hot, being desired by alpha males, wielding power over others with her body and sexuality.

Understand that in an obscene act of manipulation by the young men who will pimp them, for a very short amount of time - maybe only for a half an hour in one of their early encounters - young girls who are trafficked do actually get to taste the experience that they have identified as ultimate feminine success: they get given hot pants or body suits like the one Beyonce's dancing in, they dance for men who find them alluring, and for a very short time, these very young girls are convinced that they've made it - only to be assaulted, abused, and sometimes murdered in the years ahead, by the men who they thought wanted them.

Beyonce, performing in sheer body suits, nipples displayed, mouth open, high heels and sheer tights, shaking her butt on stage, can no longer be held by world leaders as an icon of female success.

Because for as long as she is, we are feeding a demonic myth that women must make themselvessexually available to enjoy ultimate success. And it is demonic because the impact this myth has on those most vulnerable young girls who fall pray to, is unimaginably horrible.

It can take years of a young girl's life away from her when she tries to escape a life of abuse at home by believing promises of money and glamor, sexual allure and power - a life just like the most successful women in the world; only to be sold for sex, beaten, and made addicted to drugs. It can take a chance of an educated, secure future away from her; and sometimes, if she can't find an exit - it can take her very life away from her.

Beyonce is a singer and a songwriter. She doesn't need to wear see through clothes or body suits to sing. We know that because we've seen her singing accapella in a hospital in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and - and she sounded like a celestial being from a different dimension.

She doesn't have to do this. She's choosing to. And she's not the first or only one woman to do it. And like the many women who have played this game the way they have, her reasons may be economic, artistic, personal or even misunderstood. But whatever her reasons, her influence cannot be underestimated or misunderstood.

It's time that young girls were sent a different message. A more refined, intelligent message. A message that engaged them at the level of their intellect and potential because implicit in our message to them should be the acknowledgement that they are naturally brilliant and that we believe that they are capable of everything - without ever having to undress to achieve their success.

The work here is to re etch the self image and self worth of young girls who think that sexualizing themselves is necessary to be powerful or successful.

So please, let it be known that Beyonce is not a role model. 

She may have a lot of money, and she may have enormous influence. 

But she can no longer be called a role model.

(Unless you think it would be really cool for Sasha or Malia to follow her example and sing songs for people on a stage whilst wearing sheer gold glitter bodysuits detailing the contours of their body, under the management of their daddy and/or their husband).

Instead, call out those who deliberately allow their sexual identity to eclipse the genius of their spirit and sacredness of their soul. Tell young girls that they are more than that. Engage with artists who sing, dance, write, design, perform - but whose presentation centers on showcasing the brilliance of their brain, not their body.

If I had daughters I'd tell them to pass on the Beyonce show because when you're wearing a sheer see through body suit with nipples on display, no matter how much gold thread in it - I don't see any light coming out of it. I just see a glowing ball of soullessness.

I'd say to my girls: all that's gold doesn't glitter. Let's find something genuinely luminous…and take them to a Lorna Simpson exhibition, or a C.C White concert, or hand them a Zadie Smith book.


Army general facing sex charges back in court for hearing


FoxNews.com reported last week – “A U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges is due back in court for a hearing on pre-trial motions.

A court martial for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is set to begin June 25 on charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery.

A military judge on Tuesday ordered two U.S. Army generals to testify about whether they were pressured by top Pentagon officials to charge Sinclair with the alleged sexual assault of a female captain.

Military judge Col. James Pohl granted a pre-trial motion filed by Sinclair's defense team compelling testimony by Gen. Dan Allyn and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Colt.



Food for thought:  This week marks the 5 year anniversary of my general courts-martial conviction for adultery.  Unlike General Sinclair, I was charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, which imposes a maximum 16 year prison sentence.  Yet I’m baffled as to why this particular married officer is not being charged with committing the same offense?   Oh yeah, I forget… “Rank, Race and Gender has its’ privilege in the U.S. military.”

So far, I remain the only “unmarried” military officer to be sentenced to prison for adultery, conduct unbecoming an officer and a few other minor offenses.  Meanwhile, my case should have already set a legal precedence to pursue charges against every military service member who’s ever been alleged or have plead guilty to having an adulterous relationship with someone other than their spouse.  Legal precedence established under military case law:  U.S. vs. Penland, May 2008.”

If Sinclair gets off and Petraeus and his mistress, Paula Broadwell continues to remain unscathed for their blatant omission to an adulterous affair, their scandal will only amplify the obvious fraud and injustices within our military justice system!

Veterans Denied Help from Senior Ranking Congressional Officials!!

Congressman John Lewis

Just when I thought I had suffered enough rejection when I tirelessly reached out to several senior ranking members of our so-called "elite" Congress; regarding my military fraud, whistleblower and reprisal claim several years ago, this morning I attempted to reach out to Congressman John Lewis' Washington D.C. office on behalf of several active duty military officers I provide advocacy support to; their civil rights and equal employment opportunity rights are being violated.

Needless to say, I got the same "run around" that I received from the office of: Senator Feinstein, Boxer, Isakson, Levin, McCaskill and Grassley. You would think that Our hard earned tax dollars are being put to good use, like taking our veterans complaints seriously; considering Our tax dollars are footing the bill for their salaries.

So what do we get in return: An obviously young staff intern, who seems more like a "switch board" operator.  Tasked to remind us of "Congressional" protocol.  WoW!   And you wonder why the military rape and sexual assault cases have gotten so out of control!


Meanwhile, it would most likely take a "March on Washington" just to get the undivided attention of our paid, "Representatives"!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Army general suspended over adultery allegations

Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts has been suspended over allegations of assault and adultery.

WASHINGTON -- The Army announced Tuesday that it has suspended the top general at Fort Jackson in South Carolina over allegations of assault and adultery, the latest in a string of sex scandals to rock the military.

It was not clear whom Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts struck or with whom he was involved. Fort Jackson conducts basic training for 60% of the Army's incoming women recruits.
This is not a case of sexual assault or harassment among soldiers, according to Army spokesman George Wright.

According to his Army biography, Roberts is a 29-year veteran. Before assuming command in April 2012, he served in Iraq as head of a unit training Iraqi soldiers. Adultery is a crime under military law.

While the investigation is ongoing, Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, Commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., will serve as the interim commander until the investigation is complete and the issue resolved.

Adultery is punishable under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Army documents show, if three legal criteria are met. An Army member must have had sexual intercourse with someone and either the soldier or sexual partner had to be married to another person at the time. Finally, under the circumstances the conduct had to be determined to be counter to good order and discipline in the military or to bring discredit to the armed forces.

Earlier this month, an Air Force officer in charge of sexual-abuse prevention, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested near the Pentagon, accused of drunkenly groping a woman. His trial is slated for July. Two weeks ago, the Pentagon announced that incidents of sexual assault had jumped 35% from 2010 to 2012, hitting 26,000.

A soldier responsible for sexual assault prevention at Fort Hood in Texas, Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, is under investigation for sexual assault and running a prostitution ring, while Lt. Col. Darin Haas, who led Fort Campbell's sexual harassment prevention office, was removed from his job last week after threatening his ex-wife.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the sexual abuse crisis in the military threatens its ability to conduct its mission. He has ordered re-screening of sexual abuse prevention trainers and recruiters and directed an inspection of military facilities for degrading and offensive material.

President Obama said the problem of sexual harassment and assault poses a threat to national security.

Food for thought:  Wow, is all I have to say....   At least for now ;)

More evidence of unlawful Sexual Conduct in the U.S. Military



Militaryorruption.com recently reported:

“Beachmaster XO fired for sending “flirtatious” email to female sailors, CMDR Allen Maestas from San Diego – Based Naval Beach Group 1 has been relieved – the 28-year Navy vet “Mustang” officer taken to mast for his transgressions – Career Over!”

The Editor in Chief wrote – “He's a "Mustang" officer with nearly three decades of military service behind him. But, thanks to a bad decision to send females in his unit "flirtatious" e-mails, this OCS grad and former electrician's mate could soon be out of the Navy.

CMDR Allen Maestas, who enlisted in 1985 and was executive officer of San Diego-based Naval Beach Group 1, has been relieved of duty. His Navy career is all-but-over.
Holder of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and five Navy commendation medals, the Utah native was taken to mast for transgressions that, in another time, might not have been enough to make him walk the plank.

But with the epidemic of sexual assault cases, and the military's poor response to a very real problem of late, a few people are going to pay heavily for what might have been, in past years, a relatively minor matter.

After all, Maestas is not accused of touching a female or having any forbidden contact other than stupidly sending off inappropriate e-mail, which he should have known might come back and bite him on the ass.

It did.
 HIS CAREER IS ALL BUT OVER

The surface warfare officer with six-plus rows of ribbons on his chest, can start putting in his retirement papers - at least he won't lose that - because his future in the Navy looks pretty grim.

While he's contemplating civilian life, Maestas can look down in our related stories box and read about another officer - albeit much more senior in rank - who also got in trouble for "inappropriate" words in e-mails to at least one female, although this one was an officer "groupie" and status-seeker, extraordinaire

Marine Gen. John Allen lost assignment to a top-NATO post and was forced to retire. Maestas is likely to meet the same fate.

DOUBLE-STANDARD FOR BAM "PET" PETRAEUS

If only his name had been David Petraeus, and his "crime" had been having an adulterous affair with a foxy female light colonel, who, incidentally, has yet to be disciplined to violating the UCMJ.

Petraeus, a bit player in BAM's Benghazi cover-up, hasn't been charged with committing adultery in violation of regulations. As for West Point grad and super-achiever female, Paula Broadwell, no one's talking about that pesky AR that states an officer must serve "satisfactorily" in grade to hold that rank.

The leggy beauty was still a major at the time she was the general's mistress. Both were on active duty. 

Rank does have its privileges.”

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hero cop, who sat next to the first lady, charged with rape


Officer Richard DeCoatsworth stands beside Michelle Obama during a presidential speech in 2009.

(CNN) -- A former "top cop," who had the honor of sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama during a televised presidential speech four years ago, is facing rape allegations.
Richard DeCoatsworth left a party with two women on Thursday, according to authorities.

The women called authorities and said once they arrived at a second, undisclosed location, the retired officer pulled a gun on them, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement.

He allegedly forced them "to engage in the use of narcotics and to engage in sexual acts," the statement said. He was charged with rape on Saturday.

DeCoatsworth became a hero in 2007, after an assailant shot him in the face with a shotgun, according to a White House statement preceding President Barack Obama's 2009 speech to Congress.

Then a rookie on the Philadelphia police force, DeCoatsworth had followed a group of men in a car, whose activities he found suspicious. They parked and three men got out of the vehicle.

As he followed them on foot, a fourth man emerged from the car and fired a blast from a shotgun at DeCoatsworth's face. He briefly lost his eyesight.

"But when his vision returned, he was still standing. Bleeding from the face, DeCoatsworth chased the perpetrator on foot for nearly two blocks. The officer returned fire and put out flash information on the subject during the pursuit, before he finally collapsed," the White House statement said.

More officers arrived, and the assailant was captured.

The Philadelphia Police Department rewarded DeCoatsworth for his valor, promoting him to an elite highway patrol unit. He received the "Top Cops" award in 2008 from the National Association of Police Organizations.

In February 2009, dressed in a ceremonial uniform, he took a seat of honor next to Michelle Obama for the president's address before a Joint Session of Congress.

But two years later, the officer's meteoric career took a dive, when he was accused of using excessive force, shooting a motorcyclist in the leg, CNN affiliate KYW, reported.
He retired in 2011.

Last year, the City of Philadelphia granted him a disability pension, according to a city government protocol. But a neighbor also took him to court, claiming DeCoatsworth had threatened him.
Along with rape, the former hero faces accusations of "sex assault, terrorist threats and other related charges," according to police.

KYW reported his bail at $60 million.

Food for thought:  What happened to the motto, “Protect and Serve”?!  It appears that the only thing our law enforcement and military rapists are protecting and serving are their own selfish egos!! 

But then again, it takes a heartless man without a soul to rape, sexually assault and bully innocent women and men.   Where’s the passion for Peace and Love in the world?!

Celebrating the legacy of Malcom X, "Happy Birthday"... Gone but not forgotten!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Armed Forces Day - We Support and Salute our Troops and their Families


Wisdom comes from experience, understanding is when you come to realize why God survived you through your trials and tribulations. Despite the many obstacles I faced during my 20 journey of serving in our military, there was never a day that I chose to submit to unlawful sexual harassment, assault or rape. 

For those of you who are following the endless news stories of our veterans being raped, sexually assaulted and abused by our senior military officials, Congress or President Obama has yet to provide our veterans the same equal protection that our veterans are willing to provide for our American citizens.


I believe in Dr. King's message, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." 


Reach out to a fellow veteran and "thank" them for their service. I also encourage you to contact your local Congressional representatives in support of better rights and protection for our veterans who are still serving on active duty, defending our country. 


Help us fight against military rape, sexual assault and unlawful workplace abuse against our young men and women. Thank you for your service!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Army sergeant assigned to sex-abuse prevention being investigated for pimping, sexual assault.



NBC news recently reported -- "Just a week after an Air Force lieutenant colonel working in its sexual-assault prevention office was arrested and accused of sexual battery, a second U.S. service member assigned to a military sexual assault program is being investigated for various forms of sexual misconduct, officials revealed Tuesday.

A U.S. Army sergeant first class, assigned to III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, is now under investigation for pandering — a prostitution solicitation charge — abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates, the Pentagon said.

A Defense Department source told NBC News the publicly unidentified soldier allegedly forced at least one subordinate soldier into prostitution and sexually assaulted two others.

This soldier was assigned as an equal opportunity advisor and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program coordinator with one of the III Corps' subordinate battalions when the allegations came to light.

He has been suspended from his duties pending an investigation.

Since the soldier has not been charged and the Army has not released his identity. Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are conducting an investigation.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was informed about the allegations against the Fort Hood soldier on Tuesday, said George Little, Pentagon spokesman."....