Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Was President Obama's SOTU more of the same?!

President Obama's State of the Union Address - Remarks as prepared for delivery...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. King!!! "A special tribute to a life lived and a legacy celebrated. May your Spirit always be with us, in good times and in bad!"

Image courtesy of Artist Hosea Strong, 2008

The Road Ahead
© 2014  Syneeda Penland TM

I will keep my eyes on the prize,
as songs of freedom
ring through the heavenly skies;
hopes of better days gone by.
A new generation we will seed and multiply.

It was my hopes and dreams
that Freedom will one day bring
New beginnings days of old gone by.
As I illuminate your Spirits
from the heavenly sky.

Don’t be afraid to dream,
to see the road ahead;
to walk this path of freedom
is nothing to dread.

Let go of the shackles
and hold your head high;
look beyond the masses
and raise your head to the sky.

Dare you to dream,
to think on your own;
allow your mind to soar to new heights,
no longer will it roam.

For I had a dream
that one day we will unite,
and allow our eyes to see beyond the flesh…
Yet the spirit takes flight.

When the soul is hollow
it’s just an empty shell;
joining misery in its company
to a live a life in hell.
But from the highest mountain top,
my Spirit  will always dwell.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

'Fat' Leonard to plead guilty in U.S. Navy bribery case

UT San Diego reports – The Singapore-based contractor at the center of a far-reaching U.S. Navy bribery scandal is set to plead guilty Thursday.  “Fat” Leonard Francis is scheduled to change his plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan Adler at 2:45 P.M., according to federal court docket and calendar. 

Francis has been held without bail since his September 2013 arrest on a single charge of conspiracy to commit bribery.

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See related story for more details on senior Navy Officers connected to the bribery case:

(US Navy Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, left, and Vice Adm. Ted Branch)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I love to share my beautiful poetry. A gift treasured is a gift shared!!!

I am Water

For I am Fire to your burning Soul,
I am the Air to your last breath.
I Am the Earth of your Mother’s womb,
I lie awake in our Father’s tomb.

I can move mountains with my tides,
Each time the swells of my oceans rise.
I provide nourishment throughout the seas,
Even the trees in the driest deserts
Spread their roots to me.

I help to balance the entire globe,
Starting from the deepest depths of my abode;
Anchoring myself to Mother Earth’s core,
Helping her to cool herself once more.

Forever rocking her soul to sleep,
Healing her wounds, which runs too deep.
Soothing her aching heart from pain,
Relieving her agony yet once again.

The mist of her pain rises above,
I carry them to the surface to spread seeds of love.
Connecting to the breeze of the misty Air,
Her teardrops falls everywhere.

Her Air,
Her Fire,
Her Water,
Her Earth,
Welcomes us all to our rebirth!

© All Rights Reserved 2015 Syneeda Penland  TM

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Army Iraq Veteran, Now a West Point Professor, Seeks to Rein In Disability Pay

New York Times reports -- Nearly 200 sick and wounded soldiers in a gym at Fort Carson last month listened silently as Lt. Col. Daniel Gade offered a surprising warning: The disability checks designed to help troops like them after they leave the service might actually be harmful.

As he paced back and forth in front of the soldiers, some of them leaning on crutches, Colonel Gade said that too many veterans become financially dependent on those monthly checks, choose not to find jobs and lose the sense of identity and self-worth that can come from work.

“People who stay home because they are getting paid enough to get by on disability are worse off,” he said. “They are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. They are more likely to live alone. You’ve seen these guys. And the system is driving you to become one of them, if you are not careful.”

It was a message that many veterans find offensive and misguided.  But Colonel Gade is not your typical messenger. He is a combat veteran who lost a leg while serving as a tank company commander in Iraq in 2005.

Today he is a professor of public policy at the United States Military Academy at West Point, but he spends much of his spare time publishing essays and traveling the country pushing the idea that the Department of Veterans Affairs should move away from paying veterans for their wounds and instead create incentives for them to find work or create businesses.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thought for the day...

                Self – Reflection
       Staring back at me
            at times with a twinkle in my eye.
            Able to reveal what I’m thinking,
            whether it’s the truth or a lie.

            Able to detect the joy
            or sadness that I feel.
            Looking beyond a painted illusion,
            exposing what is real.

            A lonely spirit whose soul is lost
            becomes vulnerable to human needs.
            Man’s desire to feed upon the flesh
            by destroying faith and planting seeds.

            You can’t hide from what you see before you;
            a painted illusion, an art of perfection.
            The eyes are a pathway to your soul
            and so is the mirror of  ‘Self -Reflection.'
     ©  2012  All Rights Reserved  Syneeda Penland

Monday, January 5, 2015

Wake-Up shares interesting insight into the meaning of the Cancer/Capricorn Full Moon…

“Nobody said our journey back home would be an easy one; the journey of the soul as it returns back to its origins, back to the space that embraces it total unconditional love, the place that allows for the dissolving all definitions and offers love, compassion and acceptance so that we can live from a space of total acceptance and inner peace.

The path of the awakened soul can be a daunting task at first, with moments of clarity followed by utter confusion and lack of personal direction.

Much of our journey so far has been figuring out what our soul’s purpose is. As I mentioned, this next shift is the acceptance of being awake and what it means to walk the Earth being the change. The moment where you embrace your individuality and uniqueness as your own. The awakened soul has realized its higher dimensional consciousness and now it is time to start integrating that awareness and journey in grounded and practical ways, in order for the change from within to be seen without.

The personal judgments and persecutions and the harshness of the outer world has taught us to feel afraid and to close off; to not be open about our beliefs and ideas regarding the actual nature of our personal inner reality. This Full Moon sends us a message of encouragement, to not allow our own ideas, beliefs and dreams to be shunted off as unimportant or too radical to manifest. The next step is learning to remain open to the world and to feel secure in those moments of vulnerability.

The outdated structures of our society perpetuated fear – a fear that has been internalized by many of us. Know that your voice needs to be heard and know that even when you share your truth and nobody seems to accept it, it is still something the world needs. Be present and soft with others who are reacting from fear and confusion. Their own illusions of security are being threatened by anything that is new. This cycle is natural – nobody wants to feel insecure and open when we have been shown so much pain, rejection and sorrow in the world. Our role is to be an example, to encourage others by being the change in the world, by living a life that is centered in the heart. It is no longer enough to just be open within a closed group where heart-centered living is supported but to step out in the open where the real change and healing needs to happen.

The Capricorn and Cancer vibrations in the natural zodiac in its purest essence reflect nurturing (Cancer) and protection (Capricorn). The role of the mother and father provide these role in our early human lives. They provide the platform of safety and security which, once we get older and begin our own journey as adults, become the examples we use to find them within ourselves. This is the journey of Cancer/Capricorn — to find that father/mother archetype in our lives.

In the past, our own authority and nurturing has been placed in outsiders, in the form of governments and priests and other external sources that offer guidance. Most of us, without even thinking about it, seek guidance or direction from sources that are essentially outside of ourselves. But the ultimate truth is that the soul – our spirit – comes fully equipped with all it needs to know about its journey on earth. Being awake and aware to what we sense and intuitively feel at all times becomes our navigation system for being at the right place at the right time for the exact synchronicity to happen which brings the insights or awareness or answers we seek.

So again, the repeating theme for this current Full Moon is to TRUST your intuition, to feel secure in knowing your place in your body, and even when the situation stirs the need to emotionally close off and protect yourself, remind yourself of the heart-centered compassion and understanding needed for humanity to break through these old barriers that keep us from seeing our true universal identity.

Humanity all comes from the same source. Unity is the key.

The past 9 months have been intense. We have been soul-searching, questioning, letting go, healing, accepting, removing definitions and connecting to our soul´s purpose. This next shift is about HOW to manifest all of that into the world; how we are to integrate our new inner selves into a world that still may look more or less the same on the outside. The answer to this is to allow our inner self to step out of its protective shell; to stop hiding behind the safety of false truths and sharing our true reality only with ourselves and those we feel safe around.

If we are to see the change in the world around us, we must BE it for all to see.
It is time to birth our new identity into the world!

Full Moon Mantra
I have searched within and found myself. I had to rummage through the layers of untruths to get to the core of my being. I have confronted the fear and pain that I carried within me. I now see the world with new eyes. I see the pain and fear around me and I wish to heal it… to heal and change the world. I know that I have a special destiny to fulfil and I am ready!

I am ready to step out into the open… to step out of my shell… to be open and vulnerable in this seemingly harsh world. I do not need to hide any more. I have nothing to fear. I am SAFE!”

I am loved… I am love…



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Friday, January 2, 2015

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, named in US lawsuit over underage sex allegations

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein 

The Guardian reports, “A woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew.

The accusation against the Duke of York is contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week in connection with a long-running lawsuit brought by women who say they were exploited by Jeffrey Epstein, a multi-millionaire convicted of soliciting sex with an underage girl after a plea deal.

The woman, who filed the motion anonymously, alleges that between 1999 and 2002 she was repeatedly sexually abused by Epstein who, she also alleges, loaned her out to rich and influential men around the world.

The document – a motion to expand an ongoing lawsuit relating to prosecutors’ handling of Epstein’s case with two new plaintiffs – alleges that the woman “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein…”

Food for thought:  When it comes to abuse and exploitation of women, be it sexual assault, rape, sex slave, discrimination or any and all forms of degradation of women, “The Chickens are definitely coming to roost!!”  And the young female entertainers who are now calling themselves “Feminists” are major contributors towards the abuse and degradation!!