Monday, August 25, 2014

Thought for the day...

Moment of Truth

Amidst the wind, I soar.
Beyond the highest tree
or mountaintop, I rise.

From the depths of the ocean floor,
beyond the bluest sky, I rise,
to any occasion, that is my destiny.

There are no shackles
on my hands or feet,
and my knowledge of your past
should not frighten you.

Secrets are never buried or hidden;
our Great Mother Earth,
who conceals all, also reveals all.

Your moment of truth has arrived.
With truth comes justice,
redemption, pain and suffering.
In the end, peace and love is restored.
© 2013  Syneeda Penland

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Soon to be released...

Broken Silence, 
"A Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice"

After several years of coping with severe symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I have finally finished my memoir, Broken Silence, and it set to be published by the end of this year.  I must admit, since my discharge from the Navy in 2009, my life has been one big roller coaster, one tragic event after another.  In early 2010, I moved back to Georgia after my mom suffered a massive stroke, the following year my dad passed away from a heart attack, after surviving prostate cancer.  The following year, one of my young cousins passed away from complications of Type-2 diabetes and last year my older brother passed away from a massive heart-attack. 

One can only imagine, how can a person survive all that and is “still standing.”  All I can say is that I owe all the glory to our higher power.  Had it not been for our Divine Creator, I would not have been able to scribe my own story, which was one of the best therapy treatments thus far.

When I first embarked upon this journey, to write about my military experience, my grandmother gave me some sound advice, and I hope her wisdom is able to help others who are coping with PTSD, her words were, “If you don’t get that grief out of you once and for all, it will eat at you like a cancer.”  Those are powerful words to live by. 

There’s a long list of people I want to thank for their encouragement and support, even though I probably talked their head off.  I’m glad that chapter of my life is finally closed and I’m embarking on new horizons and will be championing different causes, primarily towards helping our youth to avoid unnecessary violence in the streets.  When Mother Grace survives you through the storm, it is to go back through the eye to guide other victims towards her healing light.  

Navy kicks out 34 for cheating at nuclear training site

Navy Times reports -- "At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy’s nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy’s 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers...."
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Food for thought:  During my department head tour, I sat on numerous SWO boards and witnessed fellow department heads "spoon feed" their division officers answers during their oral SWO board, and they would always give preferential treatment to white officers.  Whether its cheating on test, or committing fraud, these guys have no morals!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thought for the day...

Another Reality Check!!

SFPD Ruthlessly Shoots and Kills Unarmed 16yr old boy over $2 Bus Fare

For every young unarmed black man that is shoot in America by police officers, it is blood on the hands of Congress and our President!!!!

'Spike Lee To Anderson Cooper: 'I Think There's A War On The Black Man'

Vibe reports – “Film director Spike Lee spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the continuing unrest, racial tensions and violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Do the Right Thing director, who is known for not holding his tongue, bluntly told Cooper how he feels about the death of 18 year-year-old Mike Brown and what he thinks Brown’s death mean for black men in America.

“I think there’s a war on the black man,” Lee said.

“It’s not just killing us, Anderson.  It’s the educational system, the prison system, “Lee continued.  “People get blinded.  They think because we have Oprah, Lebron James and Jay Z that we’re doing okay, and no disrespect to them, because they’re my dear friends, but they are the exception.”

Spike Lee is just one of many prominent members of the black community to speak out on the unrest taking place in Missouri.  Russell Simmons, Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, Rev. Al. Sharpton, St. Louis native Nelly and a host of others have all offered up their condolences to Mike Brown’s family.”

Food for thought:  As a person of bi-racial heritage, but forced to grow up in a segregated South where white men brutality massacred my Native Indian ancestors and took their land, and enslaved, lynched and imprisoned my black ancestors; their evilness forces me to deny the ounce of white blood that still flows through my veins.  But because of that ounce of blood and my faith in God, I am not a prejudice or racist person. 

When are we going to finally accept the reality that we are all related-connected to the same "One" source of life?  No one person, race, ethnic background, religion, fraternity/sorority order, or country is better than another.  It’s the minds, attitude (and rituals) of people that continue to fuel the passion of hate and racism.   There are federal laws that protect our citizens from this sort of violence and its time for the federal authorities to step in and better manage the State’s failed law enforcement procedures.

The only way to change history is to stop repeating it!!

What is President Obama waiting for?!!!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Woman Fired for Being Too Sexy..."This hits too close to home!"

Judge’s Surprise Ruling On Veteran’s Exposure to Toxic Chemicals On U.S. Military Base Called “Turning Point”.

South Korean technicians conduct a ground-penetrating radar survey
during investigations into claims of toxic dumping at Camp Carroll,
a U.S. Army logistics base, in the town of Waegwan southeast of Seoul, in 2011.
Ibtimes reports, “For the past decade, U.S. Army veteran Steve House has been on a mission. Riding the highways of America from Oregon to Virginia on his Harley, he has visited dozens of fellow vets and medical and military experts to hear their stories and collect information to bolster his claim that he is entitled to disability payments after being exposed to toxic chemicals during his service in the late 1970s. 

House, 56, a burly, deep-voiced man with a long beard and ponytail who was stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea, suffers from diabetes, liver disease, glaucoma, neuropathy and other illnesses. He has been locked in a bitter, protracted battle with the Department of Veterans Affairs over his claim that his illnesses are linked to his work burying 250 barrels of Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant, in 1978 -- three years after the last Marines left Vietnam. 
House has doggedly pursued any information that might help get his claim approved and prove to VA that he’s not fabricating his exposure. His claim was repeatedly denied by the VA until last week, when a judge with VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) acknowledged that House’s suffering resulted from chemical exposure at Camp Carroll, though it stopped short of naming Agent Orange. 
“I was determined to show that I was telling the truth about why I’m so sick,” House said. “I gave up countless hours of my life, including years of my vacation time that I should have spent with my family, digging for facts. I have a very understanding wife. I had to do what I had to do.”
The VA portrayed the ruling as a single administrative finding that applies to this one man. But House and others who have long alleged a government cover-up regarding Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals say it is an acknowledgement of the malevolent consequences of veterans’ exposure to those chemicals, even if, at this stage, it is unclear how the ruling will affect cases that are specifically about Agent Orange. 
Rick Weidman, executive director of government affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), called the judge’s decision on House’s claim historic. “It’s a precedent, a real turning point that we haven’t had before,” Weidman said. “Despite the fact that VA is still not saying that Agent Orange was buried there, virtually no one to date has gotten recognition for exposure to toxic chemicals, Agent Orange or otherwise, outside of the war zone. VA finally admits they sprayed Agent Orange along the DMZ [in Korea], but as far as toxins harming veterans at any other location, they very rarely admit it.”

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thought for the day...

Love to LOVE, not Love to Hate

LOVE, is a four letter word with power force. 
It is strong enough to move mountains,
Compassionate enough to rebuild cities,
Caring enough to feed villages, heal the sick,
And rid the world of famine.

Yet, LOVE is often expressed opposite of its true meaning.
Take for instance, how can you hate someone enough that
You would LOVE for them to die?

How can you become so greedy and obsessed
With vanity, that you would LOVE for a fat person
To stay fat, knowing that the person is struggling with health issues?

How can you know that people in oppressed countries
Are being forced to live in poverty and chaos
Because of corrupt world leaders,
Yet you LOVE the fact that you’re not living there. 

LOVE, a four letter word with power force
That is strong enough to destroy cities,
kill millions, starve children- cause famine,
and destroy our planet. 

Love to LOVE, not Love to Hate.

© 2014 Syneeda Penland

Thought for the day...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Remembering a few of our children who succumb to gun violence.

Emmett Louis Till
 (July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955)

Trayvon Benjamin Martin
 (February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012) 

 Jordan Davis 
(February 16, 1995 - November 23, 2012)

Michael Brown
(1996 - August 9, 2014)

Spread your Angel Wings

Like the river Jordan,
I will shed a tear for you.
Like many of our young black men,
Why did you have to die too soon?

Your innocence will always be treasured;
Your legacy will live on forever,
And your radiant smile
Can never be measured.

For it stretches to the hearts and souls
Of every mother, father and son.
 As God sets a place for you in heaven,
Know that your work is never done!

Your spirit is now free to
Roam the open skies,
As far as the river Nile;
Spread your angel wings to
Watch over every young black child. 
  © 2013 Syneeda Penland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Meanwhile, the Military's Justice Improvement Act is at a stalemate?!!!


© 2014

Of all the places, LTC Joseph "Jay" Morse, was when he got tagged for sexual misconduct, it couldn't have been a worse or more embarrassing location.

The 21-year Army veteran was attending a conference on how to combat, you got it, sexual assault.

We don't know if Morse is telling the truth when he claims the hanky-panky with a female subordinate was "consensual," but he did pass a polygraph test. Yes, we know that is inadmissible in a court of law," but it's kind of telling that his accuser declined to be hooked up to the gizmo herself.


In the present atmosphere of "an accusation being as good as a conviction," Morse's career is toast. He has been formally reprimanded for "sexual misconduct" by MAJ GEN J. S. Buchannon, commander of the Military District of Washington, D.C. In others words, the 44 year-old JAG officer's career is definitely at an end.

Time to put in the retirement papers.

But here is the big question. Will he get to go out as a light colonel, or be reduced to major? The regulations read that one can only retire in the last grade "satisfactorily" served in.

Since the top brass know Morse has mightily embarrassed them, whether he forced the female to kiss him or not, if we were making a bet, it would be the 0-5 would retire on an 0-4 pension. However, it could go either way.

Courtesy of MCC.