6/30/09 Iraq Sovereignty Day


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Well worth a stamp

Dear Friends,

I would imagine most have heard/read/watched  U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer show her contempt/disrespect of Brigadier General Michael Walsh-with his addressing her as:  “ma’am”.  …….  yet another day/incident of the disconnect-disrespect-clueless-vindictive-spiteful-contempt….treatment/slight of politicians directed toward military…

As a mom of a service man..with another son just about to enlist…and as an American citizen who understands that as a representative democracy–this Senator is supposed to be an extension/representative of me/us as American citizens…  I can just “eat it”/do nothing/shake my head in disgust at the chronic/entrenched mistreatment/disrespect of our servicemen/women — or— I can spend a minute— inform and remind the Senator– that I (as a US citizen)  find her behavior unprofessional and unbecoming a representative of the citizentry of America.

Black Five has an article on their blog-from a retired army officer-that explains the protocol of titles… (link at the bottom of my rant =)
Their article includes information from a Gold Star dad (Gold star–is given when a son/daughter dies in the line of duty..) who has an address to the Senator to connect her back with “We the People”…..

Eleanor Roosevelt said:  “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”

I’m sending mine-as I conclude this letter to you. Thank you.

Proud Navy Mom/grateful American Citizen

Here is her address/contact:

United State Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-3553
(202) 224-0454 fax

Some links:


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“deeply sadened” 2 days later– America where is your voice?? America where is your heart???

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”

Above is the entire quote from President Barrack Obama–2 days after the murder/assasination of 23-year-old Pvt. William Long on American soil in front of a Recruiter Station.

It took our president 2 days-to come up with that?

Where is the condemnation???of such a pre-meditated act of violence/murder to a member of the armed forces–a person who has taken an oath-as our president to protect and defend against  all enemies both foreign and domestic.




Where is the public outrage??? from fellow Americans at the murder of one of our sons on American soil?  Targeted because he wore the uniform of service.  Recruiter stations have been targeted before–remember???

Please consider sending out a condolence card to Pvt. William Long’s parents. Pvt William Long 23, was gun downed/murdered/assassinated while wearing his uniform outside a Little Rock, AR recruiting station.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,524833,00.htmlI found out via Michelle Malkin’s site–the funeral home–so send this on to all you know–to get condolences cards out to his mom/dad:Griffin Leggett – Conway Funeral Home
1751 Dave Ward Drive
Conway, AR 72034
Phone: (501) 327-5000


By clicking the link above–you can send on-line condolences to Pvt. William Long’s parents/family.

The Patriot Guard site/link has the address to the church if you’d rather send the cards there.

Patriot Guard is on duty: http://patriotguard.org/Forums/tabid/61/postid/1166858/view/topic/Default.aspx



Man Claims Terror Ties in Little Rock Shooting

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee man accused of killing a soldier outside a Little Rock, Ark., military recruiting station last year has asked a judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming for the first time that he is affiliated with a Yemen-based affiliate of Al Qaeda.

In a letter to the judge presiding over his case, the accused killer, Abdulhakim Muhammad, calls himself a soldier in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and calls the shooting “a Jihadi Attack” in retribution for the killing of Muslims by American troops.

“I wasn’t insane or post traumatic nor was I forced to do this Act,” Mr. Muhammad said in a two-page, hand-printed note in pencil. The attack, which he said did not go as planned, was “justified according to Islamic Laws and the Islamic Religion. Jihad — to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims.”

It remains unclear whether Mr. Muhammad really has ties to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which President Obama has said is behind the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an American plane by a Nigerian man.

But if evidence emerges that his claim is true, it will give the June 1, 2009, shooting in Little Rock new significance at a time when Yemen is being more closely scrutinized as a source of terrorist plots against the United States.

Mr. Muhammad, 24, a Muslim convert from Memphis, spent about 16 months in Yemen starting in the fall of 2007, ostensibly teaching English and learning Arabic. During that time, he married a woman from south Yemen. But he was also imprisoned for several months because he overstayed his visa and was holding a fraudulent Somali passport, the Yemen government said.

Under pressure from the United States government, Yemen deported Mr. Muhammad in late January 2009. But just four months after his return, Mr. Muhammad used a semiautomatic rifle to gun down two soldiers — Pvt. William A. Long and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula — while they were standing outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock, killing Private Long and wounding Private Ezeagwula.

After the shooting, Mr. Muhammad pleaded not guilty, but also took responsibility for the shootings in interviews with The Associated Press. But he did not acknowledge being part of an extremist group and some terrorism experts came to view him as a self-radicalized, lone actor.

In his letter to Herb Wright Jr., a Pulaski County circuit judge, Mr. Muhammad calls himself a member of “Abu Basir’s Army,” an apparent reference to Naser Abdel-Karim al-Wahishi, the Yemen group’s leader, who also goes by the name Abu Basir.

Mr. Muhammad’s father, Melvin Bledsoe, a Memphis businessman, said that while he believes his son may have been radicalized in Yemen, he doubts whether he has serious ties to the Qaeda affiliate.

He suggested that Mr. Muhammad might be trying to link himself to Al Qaeda because he believes it will lead to his execution and make him a martyr. Mr. Bledsoe added that he considers his son “unable to process” reality, describing him as “brainwashed.”

“I think a lot of this is make-believe,” Mr. Bledsoe said in an interview.

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment about Mr. Muhammad, citing an order against public statements in the case by Judge Wright.

Mr. Muhammad’s lawyer, Claiborne Ferguson, said his client had not discussed changing his plea to guilty before he wrote the letter, which is dated Jan. 12. He said the prosecutor would have to agree before the judge would consider the request.

Mr. Muhammad is charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder and 10 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty on the capital murder charge.

John M. DiPippa, dean of the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, said a judge could only accept a guilty plea in a capital case if he determines that the defendant is mentally competent and not under duress. Mr. Muhammad is in the process of being evaluated by a psychologist, his father said.

Mr. DiPippa said the prosecutor would also have to waive the death penalty, something he may be unwilling to do. Mr. DiPippa added that “the only way it would make sense” for a defendant to plead guilty in a capital case “is to avoid the death penalty.”

In an interview, the prosecutor, Larry Jegley, said it was highly unlikely that he would waive the death penalty, adding, “We’re on” for a trial.

Even before the Christmas Day bombing attempt, Yemen had come under closer scrutiny by American officials, because the soldier charged in the Fort Hood shootings, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, exchanged e-mail messages with a radical cleric in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki.

This week, a report by the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asserted that as many as 36 American Muslims who were prisoners have moved to Yemen in recent months, ostensibly to study Arabic, and that several of them may have linked up with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Steve Barnes contributed reporting from Little Rock, Ark.

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Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient – prisoner of war survivor

The below is from a man who knows, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Bud Day.


(C.L. thanks for sending this on—Colonel Bud Day endured 5 1/2 YEARS of horrific brutal torture.)

Admiral James Stockale survived 7 years as a prisoner of war–think about that—

four years in solitary confinement,

two years confined to leg irons……

“Unity above Self” — a motto/creed that sustained these men and inspired those around them…

http://www.usna.edu/Ethics/stockdalelbio.htm )

“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”



.     The prelude to the “response” below, from Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient – prisoner of war survivor – reads “I didn’t expect to be reminded of my treatment some 36 years ago on this holiday weekend but our politicians find it worthy to ignore what some have tried to recount to them, who have actually been there.”
I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967…a sq commander.

After I returned in 1973…  I published 2 books that dealt a lot with “real torture” in Hanoi.  Our president is branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.

As for me…put thru a mock execution because I would not respond…pistol whipped on the head…same event…  Couple of days later…hung by my feet all day. I escaped and got recaptured a couple of weeks later…  I got shot and recaptured.  Shot was OK…what happened after was not.

They marched me to Vinh…  put me in the rope trick, trick…almost pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot, unbroken hand a pulp.

Next day hung me by the arms…rebroke my right wrist…wiped out the nerves in my arms that control the hands…rolled my fingers up into a ball.  Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger.  So I started answering with some incredible lies.

Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.

Hanoi…on my knees…rope trick again.  Beaten by a big fool.

Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.

Much kneeling–hands up at Zoo.

Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.

Several more kneeling events.  I could see my knee bone thru kneeling holes.

There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo.  I was the Senior Officer of a large building because of escape…they started a mass torture of all commanders.

I think it was July 7, 1969…they started beating me with a car fan belt.  In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes…then stopped counting because I never thought I would live thru it.

They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent part in the escape.  This went on for at least 3 days.  On my knees…fan belting…  cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke.  Opened up both knee holes again.  My fanny looked like hamburger…I could not lie on my back.

They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape…and that my 2 room-mates knew about it.

The next day I denied the lie.

They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12rh…to 14 October 1969.  I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.

Now, the point of this is that our president has declared to the world that we (U.S.) are a bunch of torturers…  Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they catch us….because that is what the U.S.  does.

Our president is a know nothing who thinks that pouring a little water on some one’s face, or hanging a pair of woman’s pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness http://www.pbs.org/weta/americanvalor/stories/thorsness.html who was also in my sq in jail…. as was John McCain … and we agree that McCain does not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture… or that “water boarding” is torture.

Point out the stupidity of the claims that water boarding …which has no after effect… is torture.  If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC … hurrah for the guy who poured the water.



Below:  a link to an excellent/detailed article about Colonel Bud Day–more graphic torture then what is mentioned above…

The article mentions/documents too, how in 1990 he fought again for all the Veterans and servicemen/women when the government denied health care for Veterans and stated that those who served did so at their own risk….  John McCain is in the article-and documents how he was instrumental in getting TRICARE going with Col. Bud Day.

(I posted/shared this-not aiming to tarnish or detract anything from John McCain or any other Veteran–who can really/rightly judge anyone unless they’ve really have walked in their shoes?– Colonel Bud Day being a P.O.W. has the moral authority to raise/answer questions about the what/how/meaning of torture-as do any of the other surviving P.O.W. who survived the years of brutality and torture.

For one who survived-the repeated life threatening marathons of tortures and the memories of  their brothers who did not—from their perspective—trying to equate water boarding of only three terrorist to a regime of years of disabling/disfiguring/life threating torture of many  gives clarity and insight to an issue that has been used politically to divide our country rather than unite it in strength…..  Colonel Bud Day MOH, once again deserves our respect/thanks in his dedicated service to our country.




“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson