Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GLOBE Magazine Reports: Hillary Clinton Confesses, "I'm a Lesbian"


After 40 years in a sham marriage, Hillary Clinton has confessed, “I am a lesbian.” Her shocking admission is contained in a series of secret e-mails the presidential candidate desperately tried to erase from her personal computer server. But the messages are about to be recovered and made public, GLOBE has learned. So Hillary is turning to her pal, Ellen DeGeneres, for help. If her poll numbers sink lower, advisors will push her to discuss “her sexuality in a special sit-down interview with Ellen." Get the full GLOBE exclusive in the latest issue, on newsstands today!

Article:  http://www.globemagazine.com/content/gay-hillary-clinton-comes-out-closet

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Ongoing Fight for Justice!!


http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2015/09/27/disgraced-navy-officer-says-her-career-ruined-after-red-flagging-alleged-fraud/72611514/


On newsstands this week, a narrative of my ongoing fight for justice along with excerpts of my memoir, Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice.  To learn more about my story visit my website, Syneedapenland.com and order a copy of my memoir on Amazon.com.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rep. Steve Russell questions Army over selection of female Rangers

U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, front, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right, with other female West Point alumni after an Army Ranger school graduation ceremony, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga. More than 75 women West Point graduates gathered for the ceremony. John Bazemore AP

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article36234522.html#storylink=cpy

FORT BENNING, GA. - An Oklahoma congressman and combat veteran has demanded that the Secretary of the Army produce paperwork documenting the performance of the women who recently graduated Ranger School.

Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., a retired Army lieutenant colonel with deep roots in the infantry and Fort Benning, sent the letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Sept. 15, and the Ledger-Enquirer obtained it late Tuesday from Russell’s office.

Among the documents he requested are patrol grade sheets, spot reports, phase evaluation reports and sick call reports “with Ranger Instructors’ comments for each and every phase to include every recycled phase and class.”

He also requested peer evaluations and “a complete breakdown of each female candidate’s recycle history and dates for each phase.”

The request from Russell comes nearly four weeks after Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver became the first women to graduate from the Army’s most demanding combat training school, which was established in 1951.

A third female soldier is currently in the final phase in Florida and could graduate next month.

Russell, an infantry battalion commander, was chief of tactics at U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning in 2005 and retired a year later. He is Ranger qualified.

Full article:  http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article36234522.html

Food for thought:  When is sexual discrimination against women in America going to end, most importantly within the ranks of our military?!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Peace on Earth, my latest poetry piece.


Peace on Earth
©  2015 All Rights Reserved   Sy’needa Penland

Does my righteousness offend you?
Some may say I act to proud.
Say my voice speaks of temperament,
Say I boast and sing to loud.

Say I speak of untold truths,
Whose tales are buried deep;
From the surface of Mother Earth
Buried souls do speak.

Their injustices never righted,
Their shallow graves go unmarked,
Anguished souls left to wander
Aimlessly in the dark.

Lost souls are not forgotten,
Their bodies decayed and rotten.
Surfaced from the depths of the earth,
Their truths long forgotten.

Receded by her waves,
Resurrected from their graves,
Brought forth to cleanse us of hate;
What the living soul forever craves.

Go to sleep dear child
As I put your soul to rest.
Cleanse and heal your children of hate,
Nourish them to do their very best.

Go to sleep dear child,
The fight is already won;
Bring forth new beginnings
Under the healing light of the Sun.

Go to sleep dear child
As I prepare you for rebirth;
May the Heavenly Universe
Always bless and protect the soul
Our beloved Mother Earth.

Friday, September 18, 2015

National POW/MIA Recognition Day in honor of Shoshana Johnson


Shoshana Nyree Johnson (born January 18, 1973) is a Panamanian-born former United States soldier, and the first African-American female prisoner of war in the military history of the United States. Johnson was a Specialist of the U.S. Army 507th Maintenance Company5/52 ADA BN, 11th ADA Brigade. During the Battle of Nasiriyah, she suffered bullet wounds to both of her ankles and was captured by Iraqi forces. She was held prisoner in Iraq for 22 days along with five other members of her unit. She was freed in a rescue mission conducted by United States Marine Corps units on April 13, 2003.

Life and career

Johnson, a second-generation U.S. Army veteran, is a native of Panama, and moved to the United States with her family when she was a child. She is the eldest child of retired Army Sergeant First Class Claude Johnson and wife Eunice. In 1991, Johnson was in the JROTC program at Andress High School, although she did not plan a career in the military. She joined the U.S. Army in September 1998 after dropping out of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
In February 2003, while serving her second military assignment at Fort BlissTexas, Johnson received orders to deploy to Iraq as a Quartermaster Corps Food Service Specialist (MOS 92G) with the 507th Maintenance Company, 5/52 ADA BN, 11th ADA Brigade. Shoshana enlisted with the duty of preparing meals. She says that she had no intention of going into combat. Her company's duty was to supply mechanics to repair the Patriot missile trucks housed at the post.
On March 23, 2003, one month after her arrival to serve as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Johnson was in a convoy that was ambushed and taken captive in the city of Nasiriyah. Iraqi troops ambushed her supply convoy when it took a wrong turn. There had been bitter fighting around Nasiriyah, a vital crossing point of the River Euphrates. Johnson was among a dozen soldiers in the convoy who were captured. She received a bullet wound to her ankles.

Native American child sent home by Utah school for wearing traditional Mohawk hairstyle


A Native American child was sent home from school for wearing a traditional Mohawk hairstyle because the school said it was against dress code, WFAA reports.

The Utah second grader is of Seneca and Paiute heritage and chose the hairstyle because it is commonly worn by Seneca Nation members. But this week his mother received a call from Arrowhead Elementary officials in St. George, Utah, saying she needed to come pick the boy up. He was only allowed to return after a Seneca tribal representative sent the school a letter confirming the haircut is traditional.

“It is common for Seneca boys to wear a Mohawk because after years of discrimination and oppression, they are proud to share who they are,” wrote William Canella, a Seneca Nation Tribal Councilor, in a letter obtained by WFAA. “It’s disappointing that your school does not view diversity in a positive manner, and it is our hope that (the boy) does not suffer any discrimination by the school administration or faculty as a result of his hair cut.”

The boy’s father, Gary Sanden, told WFAA that he has two sons at the school, and the older one has chosen a non-Native hairstyle, prompting school officials to ask why they didn’t cut the younger child’s hair the same way. The parents offered to bring in a tribal card, but the school demanded a letter from a tribe official.

“We try to reflect the values and norms of the community,” District official Rex Wilkey told WFAA. “Some things are a little more clear cut, and some things are a little more controversial. You try to manage it the best you can. Kids come in dressed all kinds of ways and it can be an issue for the school.”

Wilkey said he thought the issue was overblown since the boy was allowed back in class once school officials received verification that the hairstyle was attached to his cultural identity.

Sanden said he understands the school’s dilemma with the dress code, but also wondered why he and his wife had to take so many steps to get his child’s traditional hairstyle approved.

It’s not the first time a Native American student was punished for expressing their culture.

In 2012, Miranda Washinawatok was forced to sit out a school basketball game as punishment for speaking her native Menominee language in class at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin. The school later apologized for disciplining her.

Historically, the U.S. government attempted to eradicate Native American cultures by forcibly removing Native children from their homes and putting them in boarding schools, where they were forced to assimilate into white American culture. Many Native languages are going extinct because the children were banned from speaking them or any expression of their Native culture. Efforts are afoot to revive the languages.

Article: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/native-american-child-sent-home-by-utah-school-for-wearing-traditional-mohawk-hairstyle/

Food for thought:   Hate continues to Perpetuate Hate!!!!!  How can this still be happening in America in 2015?!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CO fired amid investigation of relationship

Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, standing at right, was relieved of command of Navy Operational Support Center, Nashville, Tenn. The Navy is investigating allegations of a possible unduly familiar relationship between Tannahill and Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/NAC) Grady Nations, seated at right, was uncovered during Nations' court-martial. Nations' girlfriend, Jennifer Pearcy, seated at left, and Sidney Durham, standing at center, testified on behalf of Nations. ()

Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Nashville, Tenn., was relieved of command Sept. 14 by Capt. George Whitbred, commander of Navy Region Midwest Reserve Component Command, because of a loss of confidence in her ability to command.

"The relief occurred in the course of an on-going investigation into allegations of a possible unduly familiar relationship between Tannahill and a sailor formerly under her command at the NOSC," said Cmdr. Tom Cotton, spokesman for the Navy Reserve Forces Command. "Tannahill has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Midwest Reserve Component Command in Great Lakes, Ill."

Full article:  http://archive.navytimes.com/article/20120916/NEWS/209160315/CO-fired-amid-investigation-relationship

Food for thought:  It was recently brought to my attention that Sheryl Tannahill is still serving on active duty.  WOW, this further proves my point that rank and race played a huge role in my case, besides being a whistleblower.  Meanwhile, the Department of Justice would rather represent the Secretary of the Navy in my Civil Action suit against the Navy; rather than pursue an investigation into the misconduct of senior Pentagon officials for their involvement in defense contract bid rigging, revolving door practices and other Anti-trust violations.  These particular facts are outlined in the later chapter of my memoir, "Broken Silence, A Military's Fight for Justice."

An Adulterous Affair to Remember...

Navy Times reports:  An executive officer was left hospitalized by an angry husband and, to add salt to the wounds, fired Aug. 24 for flouting a military protective order issued by his skipper.

Cmdr. Vinny Wood, the XO of Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, was removed from his post by Capt. Gunter Braun, the TRF’s commanding officer, the TRF announced Aug. 31.

Wood is being investigated for an alleged affair with a married civilian employee; he has been reassigned to Submarine Group 10 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

The events that led to Wood’s firing started when the skipper learned that his XO was involved in an unduly familiar relationship. Braun “thought it prudent, based on existing information,” to issue a Military Protective Order on Aug. 21, said Mark Turney, TRF spokesman. The order specified that Wood was to have no contact with the protected individual.

But Wood was with the married woman in the early morning hours of Aug. 23, according to a police report obtained by Navy Times. Her husband soon arrived; he referenced the protective order and taunts from both sides quickly turned physical. The fight left Wood in the hospital for at least 24 hours.

The fisticuffs left him with “a large contusion to his left eye, several knots on his head, an abrasion to the bridge of his nose, a small cut under his nose, and abrasions to both knees,” according to the report. A beer bottle also was thrown through the rear window of Wood’s car.

The sheriff’s deputy reported that he made contact with Braun from the hospital. The skipper confirmed that Wood had been issued a military protective order, adding that  “the military would take appropriate measures in reference to the violation,” according to the report.

The command said it would be inappropriate to discuss specifics of the case while the investigation remains open, but said a primary goal is to determine the nature of the relationship. Wood did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

While military protection orders are typically issued to protect a victim of domestic abuse or child abuse and to control the behavior of the alleged abuser, commanders also use such orders to prevent unduly familiar relationships deemed prejudicial to good order and discipline. In the case of a field grade officer, this includes any inappropriate relationship or fraternization with an enlisted sailor, subordinate or married individual, among others. A military protection order remains in effect until terminated by the commander. Violation can result in disciplinary action to include nonjudicial punishment or court-martial.



Food for thought:  As the only “single” Navy officer to have been convicted, fined and jailed for adultery, I will be standing by to see if the Navy will use my conviction as a precedent to court-martial this commander.  Given that the Department of Justice is representing the Secretary of the Navy in my Civil Action lawsuit to uphold my conviction as the Pentagon continues to deny me my retirement pension.  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fox News Reports: Navy Exonerates Chaplain Accused of Being Anti-Gay


A Navy chaplain accused of failing to show “tolerance and respect” toward gay sailors has been cleared of all wrongdoing and will not be removed from the military.
“I am relieved the Navy sided with me,” Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder told me.
Modder, a highly decorated veteran who once ministered to an elite Navy SEAL unit, had been given a “detachment for cause” letter in February.
He was removed from his job after his commander accused him of being intolerant and unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.
“On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds,” wrote Capt. Jon R. Fahs, the chaplain’s commanding officer, in a memorandum obtained by Fox News.
Navy Personnel Command rejected the commander’s recommendation to fire Modder, Military Times reported.
“There is no documentation of poor performance in his personnel record,” one unnamed officer told the newspaper.
Instead, the chaplain, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, was cleared of all wrongdoing and will be allowed to retire — marking the end of nearly 20 years of military service.
Full article:  http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/09/04/navy-exonerates-chaplain-accused-being-anti-gay.html
Food for thought:  When are Navy officials going to be held accountable for violating the Civil Rights of its minority personnel?!