Friday, June 28, 2013

Lawyer for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair argues for fair trial reports -- “The president, members of Congress and high-ranking defense officials have ensured that Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair can't get a fair court-martial in his sexual assault case, one of his lawyers argued to a military judge Wednesday.

The ongoing "white-hot" political climate surrounding sexual misconduct in the military will put intense pressure on Sinclair's jury to find him guilty, defense lawyer Richard Scheff said during a pre-trial hearing at Fort Bragg. The jury will consist entirely of generals whose jobs and career advancement are in the hands of the president and others who have been vocal on the subject, Scheff said.

Sinclair's court-martial is scheduled for July 16. He is accused of forcing an Army captain, with whom he admits an adulterous affair, to twice perform oral sex on him. He also faces additional accusations of misconduct involving other women, and several other charges.
A conviction could end Sinclair's career with a prison sentence...

Food for thought:  Several years ago when I was facing a 16 year prison sentence for “Conduct Unbecoming an Officer” on specious allegations of committing adultery and other related charges.  At the time, my commanding officer and the military JAGs didn’t have a problem with selectively prosecuting a “single” person for adultery.  Yet I knew I was a targeted whistle blower.   Now that the tides are shifting, senior officers are looking for any excuse to avoid punishment of their mistreatment and sexual abuse towards women in the military.   Even at the expense of trying to blame the President, are you kidding me?!

The Navy-Marine Corps Criminal Court of Appeal and Board of Corrections of Naval Records chose not to overturn my conviction and my case has yet to set a legal precedent.

Once again, different spanks for different ranks and gender!

Thought for the day...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Study links PTSD and heart disease

Navy Times reports – “Post-traumatic stress disorder appears to be linked to heart disease, according to a study published Wednesday by Emory University scientists.

Tracking the health of 562 male twins who served in Vietnam, researchers found that those with PTSD were more than twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who didn’t have the disorder.

The study didn’t explain why, but it did indicate that those with PTSD had overall poorer physical health even when researchers accounted for different lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and physical activity.

“This study provides further evidence that PTSD may affect physical health,” said Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

“This has illuminated the whole idea of stress and heart disease. While this notion has been popularly accepted — that stress is related to heart disease — it’s been hard to study. We now think those with PTSD may be at increased risk for long-term vascular events,” said Dr. Viola Vaccarino, chairwoman of the epidemiology department at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.

The researchers followed for 13 years the heart health of 340 identical and 222 fraternal twins who deployed to Vietnam. Heart disease was found in nearly 23 percent of those who had PTSD but in only 9 percent of those who did not have the condition.”

Food for thought:  As a female veteran who suffers from PTSD, I think this study should be approached from a different angle. Pharmaceutical medication is not always the best cure.   

When we train our young men, to mentally prepare them for war, we are desensitizing them from their natural feelings or emotions.  They will pretty much become numb.

After the adrenaline rush from being in a combat situation wears off, the mind becomes naturally reconnected to other senses in the body, which will emotionally trigger a response from the heart.

When a person is forced to relive a traumatic experience, repeatedly without spiritual relief, they are putting themselves at risk for a heart attack or st

For every step we take forward for racial equality, we are forced to take 5 steps backwards for each decade we come to celebrate the Civil Rights movement.

The following is a statement made by a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), in her response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights: 

"I tried to register to vote three times when I was in college. Each time I failed to pass the "literacy" test. Only after the passage of the Voting Rights Act was I registered, and thank God Almighty, my parents voted as well. They were not activists but ordinary folks who wanted the same rights as the white people. Today, I feel the scabs coming off the old wounds and they are bleeding again. I knew people who were asked how many bubbles are in a bar of soap, or how many grains of sand are in a quart jar as part of their literacy test. 

I remember that the names of those who attempted to register were run in the local newspapers so that, by law, any registered (read white) voter could challenge their moral fitness to become voters. The real reason was to publicize who they were so their employers and Ku Klux Klan neighbors could take actions against them for having the nerve to think they should have the rights reserved for whites. 

So much of our focus is on what the law did to help to emancipate generations of African Americans. However, the deep scars are still there in the form of emotional trauma (some friends of mine suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome), loss of family to death, broken dreams, ruined lives, and consigned once again to second and third class citizenship. 

This is why I mourn today because the conditions for so many have not changed that much. Moreover, the gains we won continue to erode as we see in the dismantling of the most important piece of legislation on racial equality of my lifetime."

Food for thought:  We are living in 2013 and why are our justices, and their supported politicians still trying to oppressed the rights of our American citizens?!  For every dollar each of our citizens are forced to pay in taxes, we should have a fair and equal education and justice system!  Our country is moving backwards, not forward!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Soldier Still Lives in Fear Months After Rape At Fort Hood

KWTX.COM recently reported (June 19, 2013) reports--U.S. Army 1st Lt. Cheri Bright isn’t afraid to leave her home, but she’s terrified to go on-post at Fort Hood.

She calls it a fear that she never thought she would experience.

“We’re soldiers, we keep America safe, and that’s our job,” Bright said.

“You wouldn’t think anything bad would happen to anyone while they were on-post.”

The 33-year-old mother of three arrived in Killeen in September 2012 after serving in South Korea, she chose to live on-post and looked forward to the safety Fort Hood had to offer.

“I chose to live in a house there because it’s supposed to be safe,” Bright said.

But Bright’s expectations of living at Fort Hood quickly became a nightmare in December of last year, when someone broke into her home while she was there alone.

“I heard a noise, looked outside my room, and saw a man coming up my stairs in the same PT uniform I put on every morning,” Bright said.

Bright says she was then thrown to the floor and raped.

“I remember telling him I had children, to ‘please stop,’” Bright said.

“While I was crawling up my stairs, I just thought about my kids, and that I have to get to the phone."

By the time Bright called police, her attacker had fled. Military investigators then combed through the crime scene.

Bright says they collected a footprint, DNA, discovered what the attacker was driving, and currently have a suspect in mind.

However, nearly six months after the assault, no arrests have been made.

Bright moved off-post and now lives in fear, wondering if her attacker is still on-post every time she reports to Fort Hood.

“Just the thought of being around other soldiers not knowing who my attacker is causes frustration,” Bright said.

“I’ll have nightmares and see that PT uniform from the night everything happened.”
Officials at Fort Hood say Bright’s case is still being investigated, but with the evidence Bright says they have, she wonders why more isn’t being done.

“I want to be able to sleep at night, I want to be able to go to Fort Hood and not be scared to death,” Bright said.

“I just want to live my life outside of fear.”

Food for thought:  Unless this cancer is contained and cured by the military this growing epidemic will soon spread beyond the gates of our local military installations into the safe havens of our communities.  Let's pray that our local law enforcement will eventually catch these military predators (rapist) and bring them to justice.  As taxpaying citizens we entrust the military to keep our country and our citizens safe.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nation’s Focus Should be on Broken Whistleblower System And Unchecked Growth of our National Security State

Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight

"What is unfolding with Edward Snowden is not surprising—our current policies actually encourage leaks, given there is no meaningful legal system for whistleblowing in the intelligence community. There are too few legal channels for disclosing secret wrongdoing, and those that exist do not provide authentic protections from retaliation.

There are very weak protections for intelligence whistleblowers and none at all for intelligence contractors. National security whistleblowers also have good reason to doubt that the authorities will take action on their disclosures, given the inaction by knowledgeable authorities in the administration, Congress and the Courts.

Where Mr. Snowden chooses asylum is a sideshow to critical matters facing our nation. What we should be focusing on are the important issues he has exposed—a broken system for whistleblowers and how secrecy is undermining our constitutional democracy. 

It is high time that we address the need for more oversight of the government’s national security claims. We could start with the public disclosure of secret laws—the legal justifications, decisions, and enforcement of law that are kept secret. How can we know if the government has struck the right balance between our security and our rights if its legal interpretations are cloaked in secrecy?

Mr. Snowden’s disclosures of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance are certainly whistleblowing, but releasing classified information is also against the law. As was the case with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, sometimes it is so important to make the information public that it is necessary to break the law. This is not a new concept.

 The Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, provide: “No person may be punished on national security grounds for disclosure of information if…the public interest in knowing the information outweighs the harm from disclosure.” Whenever a whistleblower illegally discloses classified information, the public interest must be weighed against the harm to our national security.

But in any case, it’s clear that the government is handling leaks and whistleblowers atrociously. A recent McClatchy Newspapers story reports that, in keeping with POGO’s early warnings about the government’s knee-jerk response to WikiLeaks, the sweeping “Insider Threat Program” continues to chill free speech and threaten rights while quite obviously failing to prevent leaks.

In January 2011, we and our allies sent a letter to the administration about our concerns that agencies were being asked, among other things, to measure their employees’ “relative happiness” and “despondence and grumpiness as a means to gauge waning trustworthiness.” Government officials tried to assure us that it was not their intention to direct agencies to conduct this and other kinds of surveillance of employees. Yet, the McClatchy article points out that those familiar with the program are now concerned with its absurdly broad application and the ease with which the Insider Threat Program can be used to target whistleblowers.

As we’ve been saying for years, the way to stop leaks is to give whistleblowers strong protections and to curb over-classification. Instead, no matter who occupies the White House, we have a national security state on steroids engaging in far too much secrecy, making it harder for us to keep our legitimate secrets, conducting massive surveillance, and punishing rather than protecting whistleblowers.

In the end, are we safer? What rights are we willing to give up in the name of national security? Mr. Snowden has re-ignited that critical public discussion and it is one that “we the people” must be given ample opportunity to debate. Nothing less than the legitimacy of our constitutional democracy is at stake."

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

Thought for the day, excerpts from my new poetry book….

“Black Pearls of Wisdom”
Syneeda Penland © 2013

--  To be played the fool is to be played by a fool, only the fool will win in the end; child’s play is his mastery and the ultimate win is his defeat.   

--   When one’s heart is broken, he will seek to mend it anyway he can; be careful when you allow your heart to be broken, you may not like the bond you’ve created in the end.

--  Misery is the root of loneliness; live, love and be happy. You don’t want to become the companion of misery.  

--  When a child ventures on a quest to seek truth, be weary of your guidance, for a child’s mind is closer to his soul.  

--  Don’t be afraid to challenge the arrogance of man, once you’ve successfully challenged his ego is when you’ve found a new friend.

--  Culture is a seed rooted from the land; it can always be uprooted and introduced to new soil.

--  With each word and syllables that are spoken, the vibrations of our thoughts will become instrumental melodies played to the universe.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

How Dare You Call Us MST Media Whores

I came across this blog post and had to share it, you can read all the comments here:

One weary soldier wrote:  "How dare you! How dare you call us "Media Whore"!!!  Who the hell do you think you are?  What gives you the right to put that label on us?  Haven't we been abused enough by our assailants?  Haven't we been attacked enough by other Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties?  I know I was.  

I made a career out of the Army. I am proud to say that I am a card carrying Retiree. During my career I was called every filthy name in the book.  I was told early in my career that I had no business in the Army; that I belonged "at home, barefoot and pregnant".  I was told that by NCO's and Officers in my chain of command.  I was called "bitch, dyke, whore".  I was accused of "husband hunting" during that first tour overseas though I dated the same Soldier almost the entire time I was there (RIP SFC Anthony John Scheehl).  

My virginity was TAKEN from me by my Platoon Sergeant.  I was barely 18 years old.  He took me to my Squad Leaders apartment, got me drunk and took me.  I remember the stink of his breath on me.  It smelled like vomit though I don't remember the act itself.  I remember after sitting in a boiling hot tub feeling very dirty.  He stuck his head in the bathroom to ask if I was okay.  I was an E2 and he was an E7.  It happened just that once.  I think.  It's the only time I recall.  So far.  I've just started to have flashbacks about him.  If there were other incidents I'm sure there will be other flashbacks to follow.

I write about things that happened to me.  I write about things that are helpful, in my opinion, to Veterans.  I publish links to my blog everywhere I can think of.  I ask my friends to post links to my blog.  If that makes me a "Media Whore" than so be it.  I've been called worse names by worse people.  But here is the thing.  Have the fucking guts to say it to my face.  And then tell me what you are doing to further the FIGHT!  Are you jealous of me?  Are you jealous of the others who are out there fighting this MST CAUSE?  What the fuck is your problem?

WHO THE HELL WANTS TO BE FAMOUS or INFAMOUS FOR BEING RAPED????  Do you realize how much COURAGE it takes to stand in front of the cameras and speak out about this?  Can you do it?  I can't.  I know I can't.  That's why I write about it.  I have so much respect for my brothers and sisters who get out there in front of the public.  I would name them personally but this blog would never end if I were to list them all.  They know who they are and they have my respect and my love and loyalty.

So, yeah, if writing about Military Sexual Trauma makes me a MEDIA WHORE than I guess that's what I am.  At least I'm speaking out.  I'm telling my story.  I try to help other victims become survivors and I am proud of that.  I don't attack other advocates.  I work with them and support them and I will mentor anyone who asks me to.  I teach others how to file claims the Susan Avila-Smith and Jim Strickland way.  I listen.  I lend a shoulder.  I do what is necessary.  And yes, I am often very triggered by the things that I do.  Most of us are.  Does that stop us?  FUCK NO.

People in glass houses, my friends.....

Until the next time....."

Food for thought:
My grandmother once said, "Coping with grief or trauma will eat at you like a cancer if you don't speak out about it".  

As a survived victim of military workplace abuse, sexual harassment trauma, civil and human rights violations, I also use my blog to "vent" my frustrations about the horrific trauma I experienced in the military.  As part of my self-help therapy treatment, I use my blog, my website and my story as a means to advocate for other active duty veterans (military officers) who are currently experiencing discrimination while serving on active duty in the military.  When I was on active duty, I didn’t have anyone to turn to help guide and mentor me out of my horrific situation, which is why I offer free advocacy support.

As survived victims of military workplace abuse continue to move forward towards healing ourselves, we must keep in mind, "With every negative problem we bring forth about our military work experiences, we must also offer a positive solution to help the next generation of veterans."  Thanks to the thousands of voices of other veterans who have suffered, survived and shared their story of MST it is now left up to Congress, President Obama or the Supreme Court to offer us a fair and reasonable solution regarding the corrupt military justice system.  

Thanks to the media, veterans have been able to make it perfectly clear that the first layer of the military chain of command has failed to uphold our constitutional rights.  And the top layer of the chain of command insists on covering up their failed actions of upholding our constitutional rights.  Those who are paid by our taxpayers to fight and defend the security of our country, are also paid to “protect and defend” our other assets, our young men and women!  The same manner that we train and teach our young service members to care for our ships, tanks and weapons, we should teach them to show just as much care and concern for their fellow “human beings.”

Due to the blatant "conflict of interest” and senior military officials not recusing themselves from the investigation process, thousands of rapist and predators are allowed to go free and are being discharged from the military, this cancer is now spreading to the public sector.  These same unprosecuted predators are being rehired by private organizations and are likely to attack again.  This is dangerous!

Instead of upholding the laws that are afforded to us in the private sector, military officials are allowed to abuse their authority and are using the "military justice system" as a weapon to punish victims for speaking out about military sex crimes.  Furthermore, all the evidence we provide as proof of our officials committing unlawful acts is collected and later used against us.  As if we haven't already suffered enough.  

I strongly encourage veterans and other advocates to review the 1965 Equal Employment Opportunity Act and use this as your tool (weapon) to leverage a new bill to go before Congress.  It is because of this law which gives the Secretary of Defense his power to allow "race and sex related issues” to be dealt with internally within the "ironclad" ranks of our military.  Meanwhile, the Secretary of Labor has established the EEOC to deal with discrimination issues within the public workforce and their investigation system works!  

I don't understand why the military's justice system is so corrupt?!  Frankly I think the laws are backwards and outdated!  The way I see it, each of our "civil rights and human rights"  have been violated and collectively all the victims of MST can now challenge this law to petition the Supreme Court to amend the 1964 CRA for protection of our human rights.  The only problem with going this route is finding a brave and experienced lawyer who’s not afraid to go up against the military in such a way.  If only Thurgood Marshall was alive! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 exposes GREED in Black Church

In their recent blog, reports -- "Bishop Ira V. Hilliard of the New Light Church in Houston, Texas, is being criticized for recently telling his followers that if they give money to pay for his broken helicopter, God will bless them with a new vehicle. In fact, he promised that God would give a brand new car in “52 days or 52 weeks” to anyone who donated exactly $52 to fix his helicopter.

"Do you need better transportation?" he asked in a letter to the congregation. "Do you have a dream vehicle or luxury automobile you long to purchase? We have an urgent transportation need that the Lord said can be an opportunity for you to see His favor and His wisdom released to help you. Scripture teaches when you give to a Kingdom need God will raise up someone to use their power, their ability and their influence to help you."

Aviation experts estimate that the value of the church’s helicopter is at $1 million. The church also owns a Hawker jet valued at $2 million, and an aviation hangar valued at $3 million."

Food for thought:  Religion is steadily becoming one of the next widely exposed axis of evil, or has it always been?!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Learn how to manage STRESS in the workplace or at home...

I could have used this helpful advice a few years ago.  Instead, I ignored all the warning signs.  As a result I was diagnosed with an incurable blood disorder, called or “essential thrombocythemia” or essential thrombocytosis.  You are probably wondering what is essential thrombocythemia, which is precisely what I asked my hematologist in January 2009 when she read off the results of my bone marrow biopsy.
Primary thrombocythemia is when the bone marrow is making too many platelets without a known cause. Platelets are essential for blood clotting.

When we think of undergoing a stress test, we typically associate it with a cardiac stress test.  This is when you either pedal a stationary bicycle or walk on a treadmill for a number of minutes to measure your heart rate, how your body responds to the increased activity. 

But how does your body respond to such things as losing your job, missing a deadline or other pressures at work, constant exposure to a hostile work or home environment, not having enough money to pay your mortgage or feed your children, disobedient children.  These are only a few examples of potential stressful conditions. defines stress as Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you.
When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life – giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.  The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather be watching TV.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life. 

This is what happened to me.  Beyond a certain point, I would say, two years of constant stress while experiencing military workplace abuse, my body’s stress response went into overdrive which caused my bone marrow to produce blood platelets at an enormous rate. 

The first signs of the condition became apparent after I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer in March 2007.  Months after I’d discontinued therapy treatment for the stomach ulcer I was still experiencing pain in my upper abdomen.  My gastroenterologist ordered a complete blood count (CBC) to rule out any possibilities of other severe stomach diseases.  Within a year, my platelet count had risen nearly 4 times beyond the normal range.  The normal platelet count value is anywhere between 150,000 - 400,000 platelets per microliter (mcL), unfortunately mine had elevated to 1.2 million. 

WOW, is exactly what I said.  I was a walking time bomb.  I was told I’d avoided not having a stroke or heart attack because of my age and fit physical condition.  I considered myself lucky.  I was so busy fighting my case with the Navy in hopes to remain on active duty when I should’ve been paying more attention to the warning signs of stress.   

I have to take low dosage aspirin and low dosage chemo-therapy medication (1000 mg pills per day) for the rest of my life as an aggressive approach to lower my blood platelets which are currently at 900,000 microliter (well above the normal-healthy range).  Every 3 months I have to have my blood drawn and my CBC monitored and I also have to avoid exposing myself to potential stressful conditions.   

STRESS, if gone untreated is a silent killer.  Don’t be like me, pay attention to the warning signs.

Food for thought:

You can Google to learn more about how to manage stress. 

Here are a few helpful hints:

Learn to manage stress: Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems.

Learn how to relax: Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response.  When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity

Learn quick stress relief: Everybody has the power to reduce the impact of stress as it’s happening in that moment. With practice, you can learn to spot stressors and stay in control when the pressure builds.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dedicated to the memory of my Father...

Dear Father

You once called me your ‘little Rose’,
I was the sunshine of your eye;
Your teachings taught me
How to remain centered, grounded;
Throughout my life I’ve remained humble,
Always will until I die.

You were a man of strength and courage,
I obeyed the wisdom of your every word;
Whenever faced with adversity, your teachings
Taught me how to never get discouraged.

Your light shines down from heaven
To always be the beacon in my life;
Long after your spirit transcended to heaven,
Well into the afterlife.

Dear Father, thank you for your care,
Your love and affection, most of all,
Thank you for your words of wisdom
Which have always protected me
From pain, sorrow and affliction.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Medgar Evers’ Murder: 50 Years Later

ABC News reports-- "It has been 50 years since the shocking slaying of Medgar Evers. The civil rights activist and NAACP field secretary fought for equality on many levels, from organizing voter drives and protests against discrimination, to calling for legal investigations into school segregation and the lynching of Emmett Till.
Evers was returning from a meeting when he was gunned down by a white supremacist in the driveway of his Mississippi home. His death, coming just hours after a speech on civil rights by President John F. Kennedy, sparked a national outpouring of mourning and outrage."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations

CBS News reports-- "CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.
The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department's security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide.
CBS News' John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General's memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut "engaged in sexual assaults" on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security detail "engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries" -- a problem the report says was "endemic." 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Major General Michael T. Harrison Suspended By Army For Allegedly Mishandling Sexual Assault Case

The HuffingtonPost recently reported -- A two-star general who commands U.S. Army forces in Japan has been suspended from his duties for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault, the Army said Friday.

Amid increased political pressure to crack down on sexual abuse in the military services, the Air Force said Friday it is expanding the office responsible for sexual assault prevention and placed a female two-star general in charge....

Read full article here:

Food for thought:  Let's pray that the Air Force's female two-star general is more sympathetic to this growing epidemic than her male colleagues. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Happy Birthday "Nikki Giovanni", may your powerful words continue to educate and uplift us!

Remembering James Byrd Jr.

On Sunday, June 7, 1998 James Byrd Jr., father of three, accepted a ride from three men in the small town of Jasper, Texas. The men, aged 23 to 31 years old, agreed to take Byrd home but instead traveled to a remote road out of town where they beat him and tied his ankles to the back of the truck. They drove for more than three miles before James died, then dumped his body outside an African-American church. While investigating, police found 81 separate locations with remains of Byrd along the road.

All three men were convicted of the murder and two were sentenced to death.

The brutality of the murder cannot be understated and Byrd’s story received international coverage, reminding us that there are still people who believe that African-Americans do not deserve dignity or respect. 

''The kind of racial problems we had here were the kinds of things where you wouldn't get the promotion or the right jobs,'' Mary Verrett, Byrd’s sister, said. ''In all the time I grew up, there was never any outright bigotry, and none of us were afraid to walk the street. In fact, you could say we were pretty happy.''

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thought for the day...

Food for thought:  With all the conflict between men and women nowadays, sometimes it doesn't hurt to go back to the basics!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Senator Chambliss blames military rapes on ‘the hormone level created by nature’

The reports -- "Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Tuesday suggested that the “hormone level created by nature” was to blame for rapes in the military and that all pregnant servicewomen should be investigated to make sure their condition was the result of consensual sex.  At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assaults within the military, Chambliss opined that the Pentagon’s decision to allow women is combat roles was only going to make the problem worse.

The Georgia Republican recalled that “several years ago when we had the first females go on an aircraft carrier, when they returned to port, a significant percentage of those females were pregnant.”

“Was any investigation made by the Navy following that incident to determine whether or not all those pregnancies occurred as a result of consensual acts?”  he asked Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert.

The admiral replied he did not have details of the incident immediately available, but he pledged to follow up.

Chambliss noted that Democratic proposals to modify the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and take sexual assault reporting outside of the victim’s chain of command might not work because young servicemen were being driven by their “nature.”  “The young folks coming in to each of your services anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23,” he pointed out.  “Gee-whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.  So, we got to be very careful on our side.”

Food for thought:  Why does it not surprise me that Admiral Greenert wasn’t prepared to answer the Senator’s question?!

Senator Chambliss was on point to identify that “the hormone levels” may have played a significant role in the military sexual assault and rape cases.  In my view, the Senate also needs to consider the combination of that, along with the intense physical and mental training that is inflicted upon our young men and women immediately upon entering the military.  It’s a recipe for disaster.

To overlook this issue is no different than ignoring the fact that each time a co-ed ship leaves for an extended deployment, the likelihood of females getting pregnant will increase by 50%.  What do you expect in a cohabited working environment?! 

You can also consider “the increased hormone levels” in those females who have become so aggressive that they are willing to fight and die on the front line.  What is that all about?!

Whether you want to blame it on the hormones that is naturally produced in our bodies or injected into our foods, nature or the gruesome military training and working environments; the military’s justice system is long overdue for a complete overhauled.

With years of ongoing war, our young men and women have been pushed far beyond the norm.  If their hormones levels are already spiked before they enlist in the service, the military is simply offering them a much larger playground to exert their sexual energies.   

I was young once and I enlisted in the military at 18, trust me, I know what these young veterans are experiencing.  Unfortunately, the older members of the military’s top brass have let their internal problems escalate out of control!