Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wow, Look Whose Stock is About to Go Up!!! May the mystic artist, "Known as PRINCE" always be with us in Spirit, Mind and Body. He was the Revolution!!

September 4, 2015  USA TODAY  reported — Prince has some advice for up-and-coming artists that music industry bigwigs probably don’t want disseminated: “Stop signing contracts. You don’t belong to people; that’s over with,” he says during USA TODAY’s three-hour visit to the 57-year-old's iconic Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis.

Of course, his disdain for the traditional artist-label relationship is well-documented and decades-long, but his passion for the more David-and-Goliath aspects of the topic is as fiery as ever.

How fiery?

Well, here’s what says about voiding his membership with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers otherwise known as ASCAP -- and otherwise known as the body that pays royalties to musicians whenever their music is played: “To actually tell ASCAP, ‘Why am I a member of this? I don’t have to stay there, do I?’ When you examine what they are, why should any of us be a part of it? … We’re not against anything -- it’s what we’re for.”

It’s exactly that kind of thinking that led him to another rule-breaking musician -- Jay Z -- whose mission to disrupt the paid streaming service model by investing in Tidal sounded like music to Prince’s ears.

Prince, whose unflinching, don't-mess-with-my-money attitude belies his elfin appearance, says he chatted with other digital music companies before selecting Tidal as the exclusive home for his new album HitNRun, available to subscribers on Monday. The album will live solely on Tidal, and before you ask, no, none of Prince's extensive catalog is available on any other streaming sites.  So, why Jay Z? Because he gets it, Prince says.

“Jay Z didn’t want to get the same wages (as everyone else),” he says. “God’s not broke, why should we be? I’m not mad at anybody for being successful. A lot of us grew up broke and we’re not trying to go back to it. And, we don’t wish that for anybody else.”

Despite its A-list backing, Tidal has been slow to get off the ground, but you won’t find Prince in the chorus of critical voices, which includes musicians Mumford & Sons and Lily Allen, who have slammed its $9.99 to 19.99 monthly fee as too expensive and unfair to fans.
“I’m not going to criticize Jay Z. I didn’t spend my money,” Prince says. “Can you see me in the newspaper saying something negative about Tidal?”

Besides, in addition to its artist-owned DNA, Tidal’s high-definition sound quality was a plus for Prince, a consummate musician who wants listeners to really hear his music. “We take the time to make music. It’s actual people playing. You can hear all the humanity in it. … This is a top-of-the-line, sonically exquisite piece of work. You hear all of the effort.”

There’s something else Prince wants listeners, fans, fellow artists and black America to hear: his message about pride in ownership.

“(Fans) care about black-owned, don’t they? Go over (to other services) if you want. Any sort of ownership we have is really important,” he says about Tidal and its competition. “When you own your own community, you pay for your police department. Police were created to protect property of white folks. They were originally slave catchers. … When you get your own studio, now what are (labels) going to provide for you?”

Prince does own his own studio, in fact, and when it comes to the music he creates within its walls, a smirking Prince has the perfectly Prince-ian retort to this reporter’s (somewhat impatient) request to hear HitNRun in its entirety.

“Did you bring money?”

Monday, April 11, 2016


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This could be as big as the John Walker spy case. Readers may recall that then-warrant officer Walker did tremendous damage to our security when he sold key defense information to the Soviet Union, until he was caught in 1985.

The Navy isn't saying, as of press time, just how much damage this lieutenant commander has (allegedly) done. But it could be critical. has been told the accused officer was assigned to a unit based at Hampton Roads dealing with airborne anti-submarine warfare.

Taiwanese-born Edward Lin is being held in pre-trial confinement at the Naval Brig in Chesapeake, Va. He has been charged with two counts of espionage, adultery and patronizing prostitutes. We can't be sure the sex charge means the Chinese provided the hookers, but that is very likely.

Shades of the recent bribery scandal in the Pacific Fleet. Be sure to go to the related stories box at the bottom of this item to read about a Navy captain sent to prison for leaking ship movement intelligence to a crooked Singapore-based Navy contractor. That four-striper, Daniel Dusek, was also "seduced" by Oriental prostitutes.

Lin was nabbed when he was caught lying about his whereabouts (while on leave) to NCIS investigators.

Sources tell us Lin was a flight officer aboard SIGINT (SIGnals INTelligence) Lockheed Martin E-P3E aircraft. "The secrets he may have revealed, could critically compromise the security of our nation," a concerned Navy commander and MCC confidential informant said.

Because of national security, some of Lin's upcoming court-martial proceedings might have to be held behind closed doors. One beneficiary of the shocking news is Donald J. Trump. The billionaire businessman has been warning about China's treachery in the field of trade relations. Now he can point to espionage, as well.

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Food for thought:  I agree with,, this could very well be the biggest Espionage case since John Walker.  As a former cryptologist, I know his case far too well.  It was referenced throughout my initial training.  During his prison interview he stated that "K-Mart has better security on a tube of toothpaste than the Navy with safe guarding its secrets."

Fraud and bribery is so rampant throughout our military, all it takes are prostitutes, nice gifts and a few thousands dollars to entice Naval officers to sell our secrets!!  

Junior officers are not the only ones committing fraud.  My Qui Tam fraud and Civil Action case(s) is linked to the former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen and the former CNO, Admiral Jonathan Greenert.

Unfortunately for Taiwanese born, Edward Lin, he chose to get in bed with China, which is a NO!!  NO!!   He should've played with the big dogs, they protect their own!! 

Navy officer charged with espionage in military court at Norfolk Naval Station

The Virginian-Pilot reports -- A Navy officer assigned to a patrol and reconnaissance group has been charged in military court with two counts of espionage, punishable by the death penalty under certain conditions.
The lieutenant commander is being held at the brig in Chesapeake and appeared at the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing at Norfolk Naval Station on Friday, according to the Navy. The officer’s identity has not been released, and charge sheets detailing his alleged crimes were heavily redacted.
The charge sheets say the officer communicated secret information “relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government.” The documents do not specify what information was provided, when it was provided or which nation it was provided to.
The officer belongs to a unit that provides airborne anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations from planes such as the P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion and unmanned MQ-4C Triton. The command is headquartered at Hampton Roads Naval Support Activity in Norfolk, although it’s not clear whether he was stationed there.
The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force is organized into three air wings at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The officer also is charged with three counts of attempted espionage, three counts of making false official statements, five counts of communicating defense information, prostitution-patronizing, adultery and multiple violations of a lawful general order and failure to obey a lawful order. 
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Navy Sexual Assault Office Director, Jill Loftus, Violated Travel Policy

Jill Loftus, center, director of the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention
and Response Office, with Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Lahiff, Chief Legalman James Goza,
 and Lt. Kevin Loughman during her visit to Navy Region Center Singapore. (U.S. Navy)

The Virginian-Pilot reports, "The director of the Navy's sexual assault and prevention office was wrongfully reimbursed more than $7,000 for travel after repeatedly violating government policies, according to a Department of Defense Inspector General report released Monday.
The report says Jill Vines Loftus booked more-expensive flights to Italy, Guam and Spain through an airline on which she earns personal frequent-flier miles when less-expensive flights were available through a government contract. The report also says she stayed in a more-expensive hotel in Bahrain than the contracted local lodging rate, parked in a more-expensive covered parking garage at Dulles International Airport near Washington than was authorized, and failed to submit receipts for about $2,700 in reimbursements she requested.
Loftus travels the world visiting sailors and Marines to review matters concerning sexual assault, prevention and response. She is the first person to hold the job, created by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in 2009.
She serves as Mabus' principal point of accountability for all sexual-assault policy matters and as the primary resource for expert sexual-assault prevention and response assessment, program support and oversight, according to a Navy biography. Loftus suggested to investigators that a complaint was filed against her in retaliation for the work she does.
Loftus told investigators their initial findings were "inflammatory, insulting, condescending and disingenuous," the report says.
"Am I being targeted due to the sensitive nature of my mission? Have I angered someone because ... I am trying to hold accountable sexual predators in an organization that is predominately male?" Loftus asked.
Government investigators reviewed a sample of 11 of 26 trips taken by Loftus between Feb. 28, 2013, and Nov. 22, 2014. As a result of those findings, the report recommends auditing all official travel Loftus and her staff have taken to determine whether the government is owed money for reimbursements that were improperly granted.
The Navy has not said whether those recommendations were followed. The Defense Department report was dated June 16 and posted online Monday.
Other violations investigators found include renting a more-expensive car in Hawaii than offered by the Defense Travel System and charging the government for excessive fuel expenses and rewards-point transfer fees to her personal account during other trips. Loftus also requested and received reimbursement for business-class rail accommodations from Washington to Trenton, N.J., without authorization, according to the report.
The report says investigators carefully considered Loftus' comments and provided "the broadest consideration with respect to several points she presented in her response."
"We stand by our conclusion that Ms. Loftus failed to conduct (temporary duty) travel in accordance with DoD and other Government standards," the report says.

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Food for thought:  What a lot of traveling for something who has barely made a scratch towards improving the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention program.  Success in my book is "Prosecution of military sexual predators to the fullest extent of the law, including command officials for failing to provide a workplace FREE of "Sexual Harassment, Assault, Rape and Murder, which are all clear violations of our servicemembers Civil and Human Rights!!"  

Jill Loftus should be FIRED!!!  And the duties of the Navy's (the military as a whole) "Sexual Assault Prevention office" should be turned over to the Secretary of Labor's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  This way our servicemembers can finally receive protection under the very Constitution they are risking their lives to protect.  

To ensure this, President Obama needs to hold the Pentagon's top brass accountable once and for all!! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Airforce Airman Shot His Commander at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, resulting in a Murder - Suicide

AP reports - An airman shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide Friday at a U.S. Air Force base in San Antonio, a senior U.S. official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Two handguns were found near the bodies of the men, which were inside a building that's used for classrooms and offices, according to Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, who oversees Joint Base San Antonio.
He stressed that the shooting was not an act of terrorism, and declined to identify the two, saying their families must be notified first. The Air Force's Office of Special Investigations is leading the investigation, and the FBI is assisting.
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My thoughts:  My condolences to the family and friends of both victims in this tragic incident, may they R. I. P. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Was Marine Recruit Raheel Saddiqui's Death a Hate Crime?

Recruit Raheel Saddiqui

Military Times reports,
"Lawmakers presses Marine Corps 
to determine if hazing led to recruit's death"

A Michigan lawmaker has asked the Marine Corps’ top general if hazing was a factor in a recruit's death at the service’s East Coast training depot.
Rep. Debbie Dingell has been in close contact with the family of Raheel Siddiqui, 20, since he died March 18 while assigned to the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, according to her office. Dingell represents Taylor, Michigan, where Siddiqui lived before going to boot camp.
"It is our shared responsibility to ensure there is a prompt and unbiased inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death," Dingell wrote in an April 4 letter to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. No foul play is suspected in the death of Siddiqui, who fell nearly 40 feet in a barracks stairwell, said Ed Buice, a spokesman for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
But Dingell has asked Neller if Siddiqui was bullied while at Parris Island.
“Some are concerned that hazing may have been involved in the death of Private Siddiqui,” Dingell said in her letter. ”Has the Marine Corps received any indication that any hazing occurred in this instance? Does the Marine Corps have any policies in place to prevent and deter hazing from happening at basic training?”
Dingell also asked if the commander of the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, who was fired March 31, had any interactions with Siddiqui.
Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon
Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon was relieved of command after being investigated for allegations of misconduct. Col. Paul Cucinotta, commanding officer of the Recruit Training Regiment, decided to fire Kissoon on March 17, the day before Siddiqui died.
“Why was Lt. Col. Kissoon relieved of his duties?” Dingell wrote in her letter to Neller. “Was there any indication of his not being sensitive enough to the needs of recruits?”
A spokesman for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island said the Marine Corps Inspector General’s office's investigation into Kissoon was not related to Siddiqui.
The command inspector general at Parris Island received the investigation Feb. 23 and Siddiqui arrived at Parris Island on March 7, said Capt. Gregory Carroll, who said further information about the allegations against Kissoon would need to be requested through the Freedom of Information Act.
In her letter to Neller, Dingell asked what the time line is for NCIS to complete its investigation into Siddiqui’s death. She also asked if the Marine Corps will share all relevant records of Siddiqui’s death with his congressman and family at the appropriate time.
"Answers to these questions will give the family comfort during these difficult times and will help Congress conduct oversight of this incident," she wrote.
Neller has received Dingell's letter, said Neller's spokesman Lt. Col. Eric Dent.
"We don't discuss the details of correspondence between the Commandant and members of Congress, but the letter was received and we will make sure that the Member's questions are addressed in a timely manner," Dent said in an email to Marine Corps Times.

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Food for thought:  As a former Naval officer who also served 7 years prior enlisted, I witnessed some of the worst forms of discrimination while serving as a “double minority.”  Even as an officer, I was sexually discriminated against and during my final tour of duty, I feared for my life during the events surrounding my courts martial conviction.  I detailed my experience in my memoir Broken Silence, a Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice.

What I know for sure having served in our military for nearly 20 years, is that prejudice and racism doesn’t disguise itself in the US Armed forces. There’s no need to camouflage how you feel, especially if you are amongst your “like kind.” 

Recently, American anti-racism activist, Tim Wise said it best, when he explained the “class system” in this country.  He’s right about how certain classes of citizens will use their badge (or in this particular case, their military rank) to carry out their hatred toward people of certain ethnic and religious backgrounds, and of course gender.  Meanwhile, senior military officials have allowed thousands of veterans to go free after raping women along with their fellow male soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines.  

Given our heightened political times, this is an extremely sensitive matter and should not be treated with kids gloves.  For example, allowing a highly decorated Lt. Colonel, Joshua Kisson, to take the fall.  This will only exacerbate a much larger problem.

If the late Raheel Siddiqui was also Muslim American it worries me even more.  It is no secret how certain Presidential hopefuls feel about Muslims in this country and to speak in front of a majority Veteran audience, spewing hateful rhetoric towards other Americans because of their religious and ethnic background, merely plants a seed to pass on hate to the next generation and the military provides fertile recruiting ground to root your seeds and destroy the progress of our country at its very soul; our Armed Forces.

In my view, this matter needs to be investigated by the Justice Department and should be considered a Human Rights issue which needs to be addressed in our military once and for all!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Race and the Air Force: The truth about how minorities get promoted

Air Force Times reports -- As a young African-American officer, Larry Spencer regularly sought out career advice from black senior officers. All too often, the message he received was unsettling.

“Every one of them told me the same thing: ‘I don’t like telling you this, and it’s not right,’ but they felt like they had to work harder than their peers to get to the same point,” Spencer, the former vice chief of staff, said in a Feb. 16 interview. “I just accepted that. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I did. I do feel like I really had to work harder sometimes.”

The advice, unpleasant as it may have been, served him well. Spencer ultimately earned promotion to four-star general and appointment as the service’s second in command, where he served three years until retiring last year.

But despite his considerable success, Spencer remains concerned about the lack of diversity at the top of the force, and roadblocks minority airmen may encounter.

What the numbers reveal

Six years of statistics on promotions and selection rates analyzed by Air Force Times indicate that if you’re a minority, your odds of being tapped for promotion — especially to the most senior officer and enlisted ranks — are not as good as they are for white airmen.

And experts believe that these disparities contribute to a gradual — but noticeable — whitening of the Air Force as airmen progress higher up the ranks. As one looks at the top senior non-commissioned officer and general officer ranks, it becomes harder and harder to find faces of color.

In a Feb. 18 interview, Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly, director of military force management policy, said the Air Force saw similar patterns as Air Force Times when it analyzed promotion trends.

“It’s not necessarily a straight conclusion to say, this is a promotion board issue, because there’s a bigger context to it,” Kelly said. “It’s about development, it’s about recruiting, it’s about retention, it’s about jobs and opportunities people get. And for us as a whole, looking at, how do we maximize the talent that’s available to us in the United States and make sure we have the best talent in the Air Force.”

The data provided by the Air Force include promotion percentages by rank and race but does not break that down into promotions by branches or specialty codes. Nevertheless, the data make it clear that white airmen in all grades consistently have enjoyed higher selection rates than airmen who are of Asian descent, black, or multi-racial.

Much of that, experts believe, owes to a longstanding practice of minorities being overrepresented in administrative and support assignments as opposed to combat and technical specialties that often provide greater promotion rates. Minorities for generations have joined the military at a time when they had limited career options, or to gain basic job skills that would make them more employable in a civilian society that otherwise made it difficult for them to join the workforce.

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Food for thought:  This trend is not unique to the Air Force, I witnessed and experienced the same discrimination tactics in the Navy.  In my memoir, Broken Silence a Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice, I refer to it as the "Disqualifying Test," which are the many tactics that are used to "weed out" minority officers, mostly men. 

During the 13 years I served as a minority Naval officer, I worked with some of the most incompetent white male officers who felt a sense of entitlement when it came to promotion and job opportunities.  If they were not "kissing up" to our superiors they were eager to bend the rules which is what led me to blow the whistle and report my former supervisors criminal activity to the Department of Justice in 2009.  Although my Qui Tam complaint never came to fruition (which is probably buried under paperwork to protect a few Admirals' careers and reputation), I'm glad I'm no longer in the military. 

Since gaining my personal Freedom I've come to realize Not everyone is cut out for our military and if you are a person of moral integrity and compassion, I encourage you to chose a different profession!!   It's not worth it!!  There are other ways to be of service to humanity besides losing your soul to the Armed Forces!!