Monday, January 30, 2017

My latest poetry piece... "Dearest America," will be a featured poem in next poetry book.... Soon to be released...






Dearest America
© 2017  Sy’needa Penland

At the height of America’s
political and social storm,
we must stray from social norms,
to not be blinded by lies and mockery.

Blessed be unto thee
who speaks of
Truths and Liberty,
for her heart and soul,
I give my soul to thee…

Land of the Free,
Home of the Brave,
for all Americans lives
ought to be saved!

In her turbulent times,
let us strive to achieve
Peace, Love and Unity!

Yet murdered in the street,
bodies lie silent,
Spirits meek;
Now free to roam
throughout our homes.

Our spaces filled
with no faces;
Anguished voices,
Spirits cry out!

Wretched souls
abandoned;
Endless streets,
guiding our children
from their mothers.

Fathers, Uncles,
Brothers, lost.
Not to war or famine
but to another man’s cause.
As he feeds the desires
of his beast within.
Sins… Countless sins!!

Bodies lie dead;
Raped, maimed;
Murdered in the street.
The ultimate price
for man’s original sin!

Mere Sacrifices of War,
in the Roman Catholic’s name,
who puts itself before the
Most High, God!

Children of the Gods,
demonic you are not!
As bodies decay and rot,
your tortured souls 
bleed unto thee…

Kingdoms lost;
Ancient tombs unearthed;
Upon their re-birth,
Spirits claim the souls of thee.

Justice’s price you must pay,
on the eve of his day,
who shall redeem
the lies of thee.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My latest poetry piece... Inspired by Women across our Nation. As We Stand in Solidarity as One! Sometimes all we need to do is break away from the Sins of Mankind, reconnect our Spirits to a Higher Divine Source, to manifest healing throughout Mother Earth!!



Rebirth, Your Souls Anew
© 2017  Sy’needa Penland

Come forth in my Air,
For my Spirit is everywhere.
Fulfill your desires
With my Fire,
As my Earth
Rebirth, your souls anew.
My Waters shall
cleanse away all sins,
As I protect
all you say and do. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mark Passio Shamanism & The Process Of Initiation

Tragic death of Katelyn Nichole Davis - Full stream (16/39) - Argument with ma'm - 29th ...On the 46 minute mark of this video, they argue about Katelyn being violated. As much as I did not want to share this video, I think it's important that child molestation-suicide cases are taken seriously!!

Fox News reports, "Trump Pentagon likely to abandon social experiments for core mission under Mattis, say experts..."





Fox News reports, “The Pentagon could be poised for a rapid about-face under the Trump administration, with the Obama administration’s push for social reform surrendering to what could be an old-school emphasis on combat readiness and the spirit of the United States military, experts told FoxNews.com.
Under President Obama, the military sought to integrate transgender persons into the ranks, allow women into special operations forces and purge the nomenclature of gender-specific words, adopting what some critics say was a “politically correct” liberal agenda. That’s a contrast to the traditional U.S. military approach.
In addition, some Navy ships have been named for civil rights activists.  And while the Obama administration has taken an inclusive approach on some issues, it has also worked to minimize expressions of Christianity in the ranks. For example, several officers have been disciplined for displaying Bibles or gospel verses in their quarters.
Veterans and military experts told FoxNews.com that, while some of Obama’s civil rights advancements may be locked in, neither Trump nor his choice for secretary of defense, Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, are likely to make social experimentation a priority.
“Here in [the Pentagon], we don’t say merry Christmas, and I think we have been misguided when it comes to our history and who we are as a nation, and political correctness is indicative of that,” Department of Defense contractor and retired Army Col. Robert Maginnis told FoxNews.com.
“It has struck this building in a big way and we need to get away from that. Our focus is defending this country, and we should not spend so much time on social engineering.”
Mattis, who on Thursday goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of his confirmation process, will likely “bring the warrior ethos back to the Pentagon,” Maginnis said.
That mentality was “drained by the Obama administration,” he said. “You need to be known as a good soldier or Marine and not by your sexuality, your gender or your particular faith. We need everyone to pull in the same direction and not espouse a particular personal agenda that doesn’t fit into the nation’s best long-term interest.”
Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, a Fox News contributor, said the strong emphasis on social reform in the last eight years sometimes came at the expense of the military’s core objective.
“Social engineering was a distractor from what the main mission of the United States military was about,” Keane said. “We were involved in conflict and war, and these reforms achieved a level of prominence that subordinated the issue of war itself.”
A spokesperson for the outgoing Obama Department of Defense said Pentagon Secretary Ash Carter has “made it clear” that he will let the incoming administration make their own policy decisions, despite disagreements.
“The principle, put simply by Secretary Carter, is that if a service member wants to serve and is qualified to serve, and meets requirements to serve in that position, they should do so, and that is the principle that underlines all of this,” the spokesperson told FoxNews.com. “But it is entirely up to the next Administration and we are focused on ensuring they have all of the support that we can provide to ensure they enjoy a smooth, seamless transition.”
Under a Mattis-led Department of Defense, Maginnis expects the issue of women in combat to be re-visited. One year ago Secretary of Defense Ash Carter opened direct land combat jobs in the infantry and special operations to women.
Last year, Mattis said women should not be in combat because, if they were, the nation’s enemies wouldn’t fear “America’s awesome determination to defend herself.” He said physical standards for combat jobs would become more lax, and women would not have privacy for their “bodily functions.”
In a book on civilian-military relations, co-edited with Kori Schake, Mattis warned of the danger of civilian leaders with a “progressive agenda.” His book also warns that “an uninformed public is permitting political leaders to impose an accretion of social conventions that are diminishing the combat power of our military.”
That’s an opinion Maginnis agrees with.
“Political appointees have a lot of political persuasion,” Maginnis said. “They are essentially political animals kowtowing to their political masters who have an agenda.”
“I think the seriousness Mattis will bring to this building will be translated through every policy we begin to execute,” Maginnis said. “I think he will put a stamp on the organization that will be positive – no more political correctness, just a focus on being warriors.”
In addition to facing the normal confirmation process, Mattis needs a waiver from the legal requirement to have been out of uniform for seven years before accepting a political appointment.
President-elect Trump also appointed Florida Panthers owner and billionaire Vincent Viola as secretary of the Army. Viola, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., achieved the rank of major in the U.S. Army Reserves, but has spent much of his career as one of the nation’s foremost leaders in electronic trading. That career background contrasts to that of current Army Secretary Eric Fanning, most of whose work has been in the public sector and is the first openly gay head of any branch of the U.S. military.”

Full article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/11/trump-pentagon-likely-to-abandon-social-experiments-for-core-mission-under-mattis-say-experts.html

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My first poem for this year, Inspired by Mother Earth of Course!!


"DoD Issues New guidance for Veterans Seeking Discharge Upgrades, Military Record Corrections."



Military Times reports, “The Defense Department announced Friday a renewed effort to ensure veterans know how to request a review of their service records. 

“The department encourages all veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice to request relief from their service’s Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB),” the announcement reads. 

Over the years, the Defense Department has released guidance related to discharges stemming from PTSD and the now-repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. 

The DoD also stated in its announcement that consideration resulting from separations involving sexual assault are under consideration. 

“With today's announcement, the department is reaffirming its intention to review and potentially upgrade the discharge status of all individuals that are eligible and that apply,” the notice reads. 

To ensure a successful application for upgrade or correction of military records, the DoD recommends that the applicant state up front the reason the service member’s discharge or record was unjust or erroneous. This includes connecting it to a service-related incident, providing support of their claim, and, if at all possible, providing the appropriate records. 

Veterans who believe their post-service conduct and contributions to society support an upgrade or correction should provide any appropriate letters or other documentation of support to the Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB), as these entities are authorized to grant relief on the basis of clemency.  

Military discharges stemming from PTSD have been a contentious issue for the military. 

In March 2016, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., introduced the Fairness for Veterans Act. The goal of the act is to ensure that veterans with less-than-honorable discharges, or so-called “bad paper” discharges are still able to receive care and treatment, as these individuals are often no longer eligible as a result of their discharge category. 

The Army has separated nearly 22,000 combat veterans with less-than-honorable discharges since 2009, a discharge rating that is usually the result of misconduct that can be attributed to PTSD. 

“As a result of these bad paper discharges,  thousands of combat veterans struggling with PTSD have been denied benefits and health care when they’re most vulnerable and most in need of our support,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y. 

For details on how to submit your records for review, visit the DoD announcement here.”

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/dod-issues-new-guidance-for-veterans-seeking-discharge-upgrades-military-record-corrections

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ex-Navy Sailor Who Refused to Honor the National Anthem Speaks Out During Recent Interview


International Business Times reports, “What Happened To Janaye Ervin: Navy Punished, Threatened And More, Ex-Sailor Says In Exclusive Interview”

Former Navy intelligence specialist Janaye Ervin still refuses to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“To be honest, I never really thought about the flag my entire life,” she told International Business Times. “I had no reason to: It’s just a flag,” she said, “and the national anthem — I don’t think I’ll be saluting it or standing for it ever again.”

Ervin was the sailor who, on reserve duty in September, refused to stand for the national anthem during “morning colors” at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. She shared her protest on Facebook – a post that has since been deleted – saying she couldn’t stand for the anthem, given the treatment of African-Americans around the country. The Navy responded by threatening her with jail time, she said in the post, and the removal of her security clearance.

For the first time since the protest, Ervin gave her account of the incident and the subsequent fallout. In exclusive interviews with IBT this week, she also explained what inspired the protest.

"Petty Officer Janaye Ervin has fulfilled her obligation of enlistment and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy," a Navy Reserve Forces spokesperson said in response to an IBT request for comment.

A Navy brat whose grandfather, father and brother also served, Ervin never expected to be at odds with the brass. But her September protest made headlines across the country, apparently even drawing attention from Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback whose anthem protest drew both followers and harsh critics.

Ervin accuses the Navy of threatening her career, removing her from her regular post as an intelligence specialist, revoking her security clearance and assigning her to wash and wax cars as a punishment.

She was fired from her job at Leidos, a government contractor, after someone from the Navy called her employer to say her clearance was suspended, she said. Ervin told IBT the company’s human resources department told her they didn’t have work for her without a security clearance….

When you join the US Armed Forces, you "Give Up Your Constitutional Rights," is what Petty Officer Ervin was told by a Navy Chief Petty Officer, who initially threatened to punish her when she refused to honor the National Anthem.”

Full Article: http://www.ibtimes.com/what-happened-janaye-ervin-navy-punished-threatened-more-ex-sailor-says-exclusive-2464570
  
Wow...

This is exactly what happened to me when I challenged the unlawful actions of my former Navy superiors. I was told by my former boss told me that “He doesn’t give a damn about my Constitutional Rights,” his remarks were made in the presence of the command’s Judge Advocate General, (then) LCDR Mei Ling Marshall, who helped spearhead my later courts-martial trial on specious grounds of adultery.   


In the later chapters of my memoir, Broken Silence, a Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice, I provide exclusive details surrounding the events that led to my abrupt departure from the Navy, as well as threats to revoke my my security clearance.

When I last served on active duty as a former budget officer, for almost a year, I was forced to work in an extremely hostile working environment and each time I challenged the criminal actions of my superiors who were unlawfully engaging in defense contracting fraud and other corrupted activity surrounding misappropriation of Congressional mandated war funds, I was retaliated against in the worse way, subsequently landing me in prison, thus causing me to suffer egregious Human Rights violations because I continued to challenge their unlawful actions and ongoing retaliation.

In April of last year, a senior federal judge made her final ruling on my Civil Action lawsuit against Navy Secretary, Raymond Mabus, citing Whistleblower Retaliation.  The Navy’s only excuse for violating my Civil Rights was that they (senior members of the JAG community) “misinterpreted” the Military Whistleblower Protection Act.  Really?!  Go figure!!

Because this young lady decided to stand her ground, for standing up to a Navy Chief, she was severely punished.  Although I don’t condone any disrespect towards our country’s traditions, especially if it is mandated by federal law which requires members of the Armed Forces to comply, I don’t condone lying to service members either!!   

During my Civil Action case, I learned that the District Court of Columbia does have jurisdiction over the military, to ensure the Constitutional Rights of service members are protected.  This key information is kept from our service members who are being abused by their superiors on a daily basis.  If more service members would file a petition with our federal courts system each time their Constitutional Rights are violated, it would force their superiors to honor their oaths of office.  

She is absolutely correct!!  There are thousands that are serving on active duty, collecting a paycheck, while turning a blind eye to injustice!!