Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day: Have 'we' Americans 'lost' that loving feeling?!?!?

Memorial Day is the day that we honor those that have paid the ultimate price or they came back, lived more of life and are now passed.  I would say that it is just this last generation, the one before or the last one before me (though I was born a few months before the baby boom generation 'officially' ended) but no, sadly all generations in our great Untied States of America have lost that loving feeling for those that fought for all of us to have the freedoms we all enjoy to this day.  If you are one of those then, shame on you, now go to the flipp'in corner and think about it, you disgust me!


 FREEDOM!


passport photo going to Guam-the 7th grade
I tried to write this article last night, only for the internet to gobble it up and then I had to start all over again.  After more than a few times I gave up.

At four in the morning I decided to get some sleep and try again today.  I am sitting here, it is now 2:16 Tuesday morning and I have lost this article 3 times today but, I will not stop until I have had my say, I am not one to accept defeat.

I don't want to lecture to folks, I just want them to remember the men and women that have gone into the face of danger and 'do' what needed to be done for the well being of all United States citizens and many more folks from around the world.

Freedom; to see it bestowed on one that has never known it before and you witness those (daily) that accomplished this mission, it is life changing, I know.

While we were living in Guam and Saigon fell, I saw just this very thing, I shared part of my story while writing an article for our troops, to help them get their vote on, back in 2012...

""At the age of eleven years old, my world and my mindset on life changed after one moment in time.  When a a South Vietnamese woman thanked me for saving her and her family.  I did say 'after' that one moment, why me?  It had taken a bit for it all to sink in, I went home and contemplated it for awhile. 

Why me, why did she thank me, kept running through my head.  I then got it, it was because she was thanking my country and those that did the work to give her the chance of having freedom for the first time in her life.  I was so proud of those that wore uniforms that day, those I never really paid attention to coming and going for years, I then got it.  I also have so much admiration for those that stood by them (the wives of those living on Base, including Mama) during these hard times in our lives and it has not changed to this day."

When people say that those that fought in Nam fought for nothing, it just sits in my stomach like a lead balloon and also... I feel sorry for them, since they were 'not' told the 'whole' truth on what did happen during these times in our country's history. 

From me:  You will 'always' be appreciated and never forgotten, remember this!

Character!


Oh the character of this man has lived with me throughout my life, he always went above and beyond the call of duty.  My grandpa Shaw served as a Navy cook and my stomach wants to thank the U.S. Navy for that one very gift (among
Grandpa & (my) Auntie Evelyn
many more) that helped him to become a fantastic cook and share his talents with (some of LOL) his children.

I only had the opportunity to get to know my grandpa when we arrived back to the Untied States after Dad (and us) were stationed (64-69) in Japan.  This was a few years before we were to move to Guam.

Though it was just a short time, it was a time in my life that I will always cherish, as long as I am here on earth.  The love that I felt from this man is more than I am able to explain.

Though I just love the mere fact that as a child I was able to see what 'most' are not able to see here in America, I did hate one thing about all of it, I missed growing up with Mama's family.

This is the price that we must pay and when all is said and done, I am glad I had this opportunity to see firsthand, how these great men and women did a job and did it with all they had.

Also let us not forget, Grandpa did know how to cook and some of his children did pay attention and I am so happy Mama was one of them that did just that, so I still had a small piece of him.  Thank you Grandpa for your service and for being there so you were able to give a young girl something great to hold onto, I love you.

Not just In-laws...

Just one cool dude

My ex father-in-law Luther (Lucky) Kennedy served in the Army and fought in the Atlantic during WWII and he 'also' was a Army cook, now how lucky can one girl be.  Ever since Luther gave me his secret on how to make the best turkey you will ever stuff in your pie hole, I have yet to alter this recipe, period!

I will never forget the time Luther was in the hospital after suffering a stroke (he did recover), I just gave him his greatest joy in life a little over a year before, I gave him the title of 'Grandfather' for the first time.  He asked for only me to come in the room for a moment, it surprised all of those in the waiting area, including me.

I walked in, sat down and Luther said to me...

"Denise, I want to thank you for giving me the greatest gift a person could, I appreciate it.".  The rest that was said, well, will stay with us two.  Well okay, I will tell you one thing, he didn't think I was that bad of a gal and that was just fine with me.  Thank you Luther for all you did for 'our' country and thank you for giving me those very kind words, love you.

My kind of Guy


Where do I start with my Father-in-law Gene Ogletree, a man that fought during the second battle for Guam (August 1944) and helped win that battle.

Yes my Father-in-law fought on the beaches of Guam and he sure tested me on the mere fact that I even lived there.  He was bamboozled (told by a man he fought during Nam but the guy did not) by a boyfriend of my sister-in-law's one time and he wanted to make sure that I was whom I stated I was.

Though I knew Gene's WWII experience was in the Pacific, I also know that if a man/woman wants to speak of their time in the fight, they will let you know.  If not, then keep your pie hole shut.  Around seven years after his son and I had been living together, he was ready to talk to me about it...

It was Christmas time, Gene was in his chair (in the den) and I was sitting on the carpet wrapping presents for the kids and he asked me "Denise, did you live on base or off base in Guam?".  I was taken aback for a moment, then I told him, on base.  I was then drilled with every question about that island that is, until he was pleased with all of my answers and that was when Gene relaxed.

Gene started talking about the battle he fought to take Guam from the Japanese and it was as if all of a sudden it was just him and I in the world.  I can not tell you 'exactly' what he did say but, I was there with him, as he went on about how they had run up on the beach.  I knew of these beaches, I have stepped on them, I might had at one time, stepped right where he stepped so long ago.

Gene then started talking about the caves and I knew of these caves on the side of the cliffs, as I too walked/crawled through them.   My friends and I also found many WWII relics during our adventures around the island.  I was lost in time with this great man and my pride for him kept going up and up with each word he shared.

Gene and I will always share that moment and I feel that by me being where I was at back in the 70's, in its own way, helped a United States Marine lay it all to rest what happened to him back in the 40's.  Gene you have always given me your kindness, your wonderful sense of humor and a great appetite that had 'never' forgotten to thank the cook and do it with much vigor.

I miss you so much Gene, as does your son, we weep from the thought that we lost you but, we are so happy that you were in our lives to make both of us better people.  At times I can still hear Gene yell at (his wife) Clara "Clara, if you die first, I'm going to live with Danny boy and Denise!", still cracks me up!

The Apple Does 'not' Fall far from the Tree



I was not able to meet my brother-in-law, as he passed away, way before I was in the picture.  Randy was on leave, he and his friend went to a wedding of one of their friends, driving home, a truck went over the line and hit them head on.

Randy and his parents were in the hospital waiting room when all of a sudden Randy felt tired, as they had been waiting for awhile as his friend (that was in the car with him) was having surgery to repair his body.  Randy went over and laid his head down on some chairs and never woke up.

They later found out the whole time Randy was waiting for his friend to make it out of the operating room, Randy was bleeding internally.  I wish I had the opportunity to know this man, as I have heard a lot of good things about him but, it is just not to be so.

Knowing the love that my husband's mother had for her Randy, I have to say I was surprised when Clara one day said to me, right out of the blue "I know my Randy and you would have been great friends.".

Though it has been well over 40 years since his passing, (my husband) his brother has never stopped missing him, nor has he ever stopped having that gleam of pride in his eyes when he talks about Randy, speaks volumes!

My Uncle Sonny

My uncle Sonny just recently passed away and though we have lived so many miles apart over these years, I have had the opportunity to get to know him here and there throughout my life.  Here is my Uncles obituary...

Glenn S. Shaw Jr. 80, a Franklin native and former longtime resident, died peacefully Sunday March 23, 2014 at the Serenity Hill Nursing Home in Wrentham, following a long illness. 
Born in Franklin March 5, 1934 a son of the late Glenn S. Shaw, Sr., and Edna (Lanagan) Shaw he was raised and educated in Franklin and is a 1953 graduate of Franklin High School. He was a retired self employed painting contractor and handyman. 
He served two tours of duty with the United States Air Force. Serving during to Korean War, he attained the rank of Airman First Class. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal upon his discharge in 1959. 
Glenn loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed boating, fishing, scuba diving, camping and was an avid Boston & New England team sports fan. 
He is survived by his son, Brian G. Shaw and his wife Beth of Milford, a stepson Harvey Eno of Milford, a brother, Richard E. Shaw and his wife Terry of Bellingham, 2 sisters; Edna Rinaldi and her husband James of Plainville, Evelyn Breton of Plainville, 3 grandchildren; Lauren, Ryan & Payton and many nieces & nephews. 
He was also the brother of the late Esther Gallup. 




My uncle not only gives me pride for his service to his country, he also gives me great pride for the mere fact that when life gave him a huge lemon, he didn't stop and quit, he kept fighting and made some wonderful lemonade while doing so.

At times when I want to just cry from the pain I am enduring throughout the day, I stop and think of my uncle and I carry on.  My uncle's life was not defined by the wheelchair he had to use, it is defined by the can do, must carry on attitude that he lived with until his last breath.

The very thing that those that serve do and do it daily, it does not leave you, no it doesn't, you were born with it and I for one am very grateful that you were born with what a lot of us were not.

I miss you so much, the thought of not sending you a Christmas package this year brings tears to my eyes.  I know it was just a little something but my dear uncle, it came straight from the heart.  You served your country and your loved ones well, we are all grateful for having you for the time we did.

I am sure you and Mama are giving Nana and Grandpa a hard time goofing about but, you go on, you run until you can not run anymore, I miss you, yet I weep in the knowing that you once again are able to leap as high as you legs will allow you to go.  I love you Uncle Sonny.

Fire'em UP!


It's MORE than just Grilling!


So the next time you decide to fire up your grill, why not stop and think about those that are not here anymore, yet leave a legacy that few are able to live up to.  Why just think of them on Memorial Day, be grateful that they came when duty called and they did it with honor and bravery, think of them often.

Why not go to one of our troops that did make it back but, their brothers and sisters in arms didn't and help them heal, listen if they need a ear, do not wait to honor those that serve, when they are six feet under.

When we do not make sure those abroad get the opportunity to vote than we are (in a way) leaving them behind, help all you can, so their voices are heard...



Help Them!

I am just getting back to being able to write once again, so please take the time to read one of my first articles on my political blog.  There is more to this story and I plan on adding to it, oh yes I do...

Benghazi

Now, after you have read all of this and you are still not grateful, then get back in the damn corner and think about it.... GEESH!

All photographs are the property of Denise O.  Do not use unless you get 'my' written permission. All written material is owned by Denise O, it will not be 'used' (sharing my article is acceptable and appreciated) without 'my' written permission.  Just keeping it real folks.:)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

'Our' American Military: 'We' are Leaving them behind

When we sit back and 'not' take action for those that serve our country in the Armed Forces than we are just as guilty of leaving our men/women behind...  

As if those that fight for us to'keep' that one very 'important' right we have, the right to vote, did the same and left one of theirs behind.  

The only difference is, those that protect this basic right for us civilians, 'would' die so as 'not' to leave even 'one' of theirs behind.


Those that wear these boots, deserve better.

We 'must' do 'our' Part

I had been writing about my dog/best friend Bugg, recipes of all sorts, mine and my brother's illnesses and our life growing up with an alcoholic dad.  The last thing most (at the site I 'was' writing on) thought that would come out of me was anything political.

Yes maybe in a comment geared towards a fellow writer on a article they had written but, me, this nice southern lady and from Alabama of all places, could not go and do something that would take some kind of intelligence to get it done.  I proved those at this site wrong, when I actually exposed Barry & Co. as the liars they are with only facts, not MSM (not even Fox News folks:) but, by using government documents and this administration's own pie holes.

I had an election to try and win for our country and my fellow citizens, I had so much material to expose (didn't even get a iota out) and so little time.  I honestly thought I was doing my job and then one morning while watching Varney & Co. on Fox Business Net Work.  One of his guest Eric Eversole's (Exec. of Military Voter Protection Project) comments on how hard it was for those in the Armed Forces and their spouses overseas were able to vote and how few ballots even counted once received in the U.S., it just smacked me in the face.

I mean, how could I even live with myself if I was going to be able to go out my door, down the street and vote while those that keep that right for me and others across this world, might not be able too vote.  I halted the political bashing of this inept administration to put out a important (to me, should be to you also) article so maybe it might hit just one person not knowing how to get ballot, to be able to get a ballot.  I don't know if my article helped one person but, at least I did try.

This was the problem...

I didn't publish this article until October 6, 2012.  Just imagine if I and others like me (that write on line) had also posted a road map for those that serve in many capacities for the Untied States of America overseas months before, we might have actually of made a difference, or not.  At least we could say we did something about it, right?

I was born in a group that picked me and I have always been so grateful that it did, Air Force brat.  I was born in the United States, only to be landing in Okinawa by the time I was 6 months old, back in 1964.  I have met a lot of good people throughout my life that have, are or will serve our country in the Armed Forces.

I have the up most respect for their courage to do what I would not be able to do myself, I admit it.  I am so grateful for all that these men and women have, do and will do for our country.

GENE


One man that touched my heart very deeply was my father-in-law Gene (USMC tyvm) and as you can see, he holds the tallest platform in my home and rightly so.  Gene served through WWII, pacific arena, with me having lived in Guam (72-77) that made it so we had a connection that most in the family did not.  As I was doing my research for my latest 'attack' this administration article and as I sat in my living room I looked up, so as to ask Gene what do I do to save this country you loved.

Then I noticed the only photograph I have of my father-in-law in uniform, the photograph and frame has seen some wear, as the picture was melded to the glass.  I have no idea how to fix it and I feel so ashamed that I am allowing one of my hero's to be displayed like this.  Then I looked at his eyes and remembering what Eric Eversole had to say that morning and this is what I thought...

As ashamed as I was over this photograph, it did not match the shame I felt that I was 'not' doing all I could to help 'his' brothers and sisters in arms.  I started to put my article together that night, I could feel Gene looking down from heaven, my way and giving me an 'atta' girl, with each word I typed.

They Too 'serve' Kind of

I will not forget about the families of our Armed Forces either, they too serve to a point.  Mama toted kids around this country and overseas as Dad served twenty one years in the United States Air Force, she too deserved this basic right of ours, as does many others.

I saw Mama and other wives do courageous things, admirable things and still be there to tuck us kids in at night, all for their country.

These military spouses gave during times of war and no pay was sent their way.  The times we lived overseas were from 1964-1968 (Okinawa) and during the years of 1971-1977 (Guam) were not always fun in the sun.

I feel those that support (husband/wives/kids) those that fight for us, should be given the right to cast their vote for those that will have a say in our government, it be local or federal.

I know being a young girl living in Guam when 'The Fall of Saigon' happened in 1975, it affected us kids and adults, as this little island we all made home was over crowded, in a instance it seems.  I saw as 'every' man, women and at times child did all we could to help others to gain their  freedom, even though some passed away, a lot did make it to feel freedom for the first time..

At the age of eleven years old, my world and my mindset on life changed after one moment in time.  When a a South Vietnamese woman thanked me for saving her and her family.  I did say 'after' that one moment, why me?  It had taken a bit for it all to sink in, I went home and contemplated it for awhile. 

Why me, why did she thank me, kept running through my head.  I then got it, it was because she was thanking my country and those that did the work to give her the chance of having freedom for the first time in her life.  I was so proud of those that wore uniforms that day, those I never really paid attention to coming and going for years, I then got it.  I also have so much admiration for those that stood by them (the wives of those living on Base, including Mama) during these hard times in our lives and it has not changed to this day.

We are 'not' on the front lines 'by no means' but at times, we do see more than most.  Do the families deserve the right to vote, they do tag along, I feel they have earned it, do you? 

They Can 'not' do it All


Those of us that live/lived around any military installation will know it takes more than just our troops to keep things rolling.  Our troops are trained to fight and crabgrass is not their enemy.  So we do need those that will take these jobs, so our troops will be able to do their job.

These men and women do many jobs and those that serve know just how valuable they are, do you?

We also have embassies around the world and they too must be staffed with non-military citizens, I feel they also do their part for their country and deserve to be able to cast their ballots on election day.

These people that help keep the American government around the world functioning also deserve the right to be able to vote.

Pelosi at 'her' best, Sadly


Pin the tail on Pelosi
Of course after listening to what Eric Eversole had to say on Varney & Co., I had to do my research on what was behind this MOVE Act 'finally' passed by 'both' houses and signed into law by the President in 2009.

Did I start right at that bill, of course not, I always like to know where something starts, to understand the process and reasoning of why it was done in the first place.  We needed to revamp our system, in a nutshell but, it would take jumping a few hurdles, to get the job done.

The Military Voting Protection act (S.3073.IS 2008) was introduced on the senate floor and passed, unanimously May 22, 2008.  

Then the bill was passed to those on Speaker Pelosi's watch and this is the path it had taken in '2008'...


5/22/2008: Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S4805)

5/22/2008: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

10/1/2008: Senate Committee on Rules and Administration discharged by Unanimous Consent.






10/1/2008: Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S10394-10396)

10/1/2008: S.AMDT.5690 Amendment SA 5690 proposed by Senator Durbin for Senator Cornyn. (consideration: CR S10394-10396 text: CR S10394-10396) In the nature of a substitute.

10/1/2008: S.AMDT.5690 Amendment SA 5690 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

10/1/2008: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

10/2/2008: Message on Senate action sent to the House.

10/2/2008 12:11pm: Received in the House.

10/2/2008: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration. 


Source:  thomas.loc.gov


Why was she not asked about this in 2008: Madame Speaker (Pelosi), why was this bill held up in committee and 'never' brought to the floor for a vote in the house of Representatives?

It did 'finally' Pass in 2009 (now the MOVE act), a coincidence, beats me but, I would not put it past this women to make sure she lessened the republicans voting in 2008, I am just saying

1 in Congress Cares

Jul 28 2010
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing serious concerns about recent reports on the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) reluctance to enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), which requires states to send military voters their unmarked absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day.  In the letter, Cornyn states:
The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Holder:

As a co-author of the recently enacted Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (“MOVE Act”), I write to express serious concerns about recent reports on the position and intentions of the Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding specific provisions of this new law. 
The MOVE Act was intended to end the historical disenfranchisement of our military service members.  Now, as this important law is implemented, these brave citizens need your help and your commitment to protecting their enjoyment of the same civil rights they fight to safeguard for their fellow Americans. 
The MOVE Act requires states to mail unmarked absentee ballots to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before an election.  This 45-day standard was statutorily mandated based on extensive Congressional evidence that any shorter period of time significantly burdens military and overseas voting rights.  The bill allows states to apply for a waiver from the 45-day requirement, but only if at least one of three specific situations arises that renders the state “unable” to comply with that timeframe.  The waiver language is very narrow and very clear, just as it was intended to be. 
Unfortunately, according to the minutes of the 2010 Winter meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (“NASS”), the Deputy Chief of the Voting Section told state election officials that the legislative language regarding waivers is not completely clear, that the provisions of the law are “fairly general,” that it is “somewhat of an open question as to what type of information” a state must submit to be granted a waiver, that it is unclear whether waivers, once granted, are valid only for one election or permanently, and that litigation to enforce the provisions of the MOVE Act against the states “is always the last resort.”  If these are the positions of the DoJ, then they fly in the face of the clear statutory language, undermine the provisions in question, and jeopardize the voting rights of our men and women in uniform.
The MOVE Act’s text is clear.  A secretary of state may be granted a waiver under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1973ff-1(g) only if the state is “unable” to comply with the law—meaning that the state must literally not be able to comply.  If they are able, states must comply with the MOVE Act. 
The provisions of the law are specific.  There are only three types of “undue hardship” that are an adequate excuse for a state to seek a waiver: (i) The State's primary election date prohibits the State from complying; (ii) The State has suffered a delay in generating ballots due to a legal contest; or (iii) The State Constitution prohibits the State from complying.  If none of these situations exists, then the state may not apply for a waiver, and the federal government may not grant one. 
There is no question as to what type of information is required in a waiver application.  The precise information required is plainly mandated in 42 U.S.C.S. § 1973ff-1(g)(1)(A-D).  It is equally clear that a waiver may be sought only “with respect to an election for federal office”; meaning that a separate waiver must be sought with respect to each election, and that a blanket or permanent waiver is not contemplated by the statutory text. 
The statute does not create any discretion for the Executive Branch to decide whether or not to enforce its legal requirements.  To be in compliance, a state must either mail out the unmarked ballots 45 days before an election or else meet the specific and limited requirements for a waiver.  If a state is not in compliance with the statute, there is little room for “dialogue” or negotiation, and the Voting Section should take immediate steps to enforce the law and safeguard military and overseas voting rights, including pursuing litigation whenever necessary. 
The comments by the DoJ official, as reported in the NASS minutes, appear to ignore Congress’s clear legislative language and could facilitate the disenfranchisement of our men and women in uniform.  In order to clarify the law and protect the rights of the men and women who protect all of our rights, I request that you:
  • Immediately issue guidance to state elections officials, clarifying that: (a) states must comply with the 45-day deadline for mailing ballots, unless they are granted a waiver due to an inability to comply because of one of the statute’s specific “undue hardships”; (b) to be eligible for a waiver, states must submit a waiver application in strict compliance with the statutory requirements; and (c) that states must seek a waiver with respect to each election for federal office.
  • Direct the Voting Section that, if any state is not in compliance with the MOVE Act, the Voting Section shall promptly act to bring that state into compliance, including pursuing litigation whenever necessary.
  • Instruct the Voting Section that a state’s “comprehensive plan” to protect voting rights, which is a prerequisite for a state to receive a waiver, should provide military and overseas voters with at least 45 days of roundtrip transit time for the ballot to be received and returned by the voter,  so as to provide “sufficient time to vote.”
  • Provide me with a state-by-state breakdown regarding compliance with the 45-day requirement for the 2010 general election, including which states are expected to be in full compliance, which states have submitted waiver applications, which states are expected to submit waiver applications, and which states are expected to be in violation of the MOVE Act. 
For far too long in this country, we have failed to adequately protect the right of our troops and their families to participate in our democratic process.  The MOVE Act was supposed to end this sad history.  The right to participate in democratic elections is fundamental to the American experience.  Our men and women in uniform have stepped forward to defend that right, often at great personal cost to them and their loved ones, and they deserve the U.S. Government’s very best efforts to promote and protect their voting rights.  I look forward to your response committing to enforce the provisions of the MOVE Act and protect those civil rights.
Sincerely,
JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator 
CC:
Secretary of Defense
Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

Apparently We 'still' have Problems

Apparently those in the White House and Congress (exception of Cornyn) feel that they have done their usual job, of putting it on paper and yet, not doing the work to make sure all is well with a law 'they' passed and the 'President' signed.

Since Ms. Wertz was informing those at the NASS meeting how they can get a waiver for their state, then maybe 'We the People' should get it done, as my son always says "Do the work son!".  Get in touch with your state's Secretary of State and make sure they have done all they can do to implement this law.

If you are able, ask if they need volunteers to get the job done. If we Americans have not yet learned by now that we too must pull some of the weight at times to get things done, then this is not the America I love.

 If you can't volunteer I understand, at least let your voice be heard loud and clear to your state's Secretary of State, Senators, Representative, Obama, Eric Holder, you know those that work for us, that you will not stand for this.

No Waiver for us!  

Demand that your state 'is' in compliance with the M.O.V.E ACT.

2028

Was this once 'your' child
Will we still be saying to each other "We need to do something about this.", when my grandson will be old enough to serve our country if he chooses to and/or is asked to, do we just sit back or do we take a stand, this is 'yours' to answer, are you up to the task?  I know I am.

Secretary of State for Alabama:  Beth Chapman

I have just started this blog so I only have one article to link this one to and I find it quite interesting, our government at work...

Operation 'Syria Down':  Libya 'is' the 'Biden Plan' ?

My non-Political Blog

The boots that I showcased at the top of this article belong to a man named Alan Dulin, SPC, U.S. Army.  These boots have endured two tours, Operation Iraq freedom and Operation New Dawn. 



Mrs. Dulin welcoming her husband back from his second tour and we are so relieved he made it back to his beautiful wife.  Alan was back home for the 2012 election so he had no trouble voting but, a lot of his brothers and sisters were not given the chance.  

Are we just going to sit back and allow this to happen once again, the answer (once again), belongs to all of us American citizens.

For more information on how to vote if you are in the military go to:  www.heroesvote.org

Eric Eversole's website is well worth your time: mvpproject.org 

All photographs are the property of Denise O.  Do not use unless you get 'my' written permission. All written material is owned by Denise O, it will not be 'used' (sharing my article is different and acceptable) without 'my' written permission.  Just keeping it real folks.:)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Operation 'Syria Down': Libya 'is' the 'Biden Plan' ?

I tried to warn people about Biden back in 2008 & 20012 yet, most just said about the information I gave them "Well, that's just Joe.".  That's just Joe my butt, this is a dangerous man and we need to recognize this before it is too late.  So here I go again in 2013, warning you to take heed: The inmates are running the Asylum.


The World is Asking... 

Yes the world is asking Mr. President, what 'is' the foreign policy of the American government for those countries (and people) in the Middle East & Northern Africa?  This administration that touts how they ended the war in Iraq and yet, it is just 'not' so, also states that all is well in the Middle East and Northern Africa all because of 'their' work.  I see just the opposite and yet, the main stream media keeps touting the Barry line of "All is well with the world".

Why did we go into Libya and take Muammar Gaddafi out of power in the first place, how has it helped us Americans?  Was it so Barry could show he is 'the' man and America is strong with 'his' leadership?  Was it because Muammar Gaddafi posed a threat to 'us' Americans?  Yes, I also have question about the night Americans cried out for help in Benghazi Libya and yet, no one was there to answer the 'red' phone as Americans were being murdered.  So many questions swirl around the country of Libya, that has ceased to be answered by this administration.   

On September 11, 2012 Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods lives were cut short by an Al Qaeda affiliate group 'imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman brigades' in Benghazi Libya and Barry & Co. were no where to be found for those in need.

Were Barry & Co. in the situation room assessing the situation, was he going on (another) campaign fundraiser, no one seems to know.  It is a shame when 'our' (We the People) employees will not answer to us when asked, because I promise you, a lot of us are asking.

I will give you information on what went wrong in Libya, before, during and after these needless deaths another time.  There is so much more we do know and yet so many more questions unanswered from this inept (to say the least) administration and their lack of concern for those crying out for help in Benghazi Libya during the September 11, 2012 'terrorist' attack.  It is taking time to sort out truth from fiction is all.


 Why Gaddafi?  

I mean, I am not saying by no means Muammar Gaddafi was a good'ol chap and all but, he was getting older, his was not what he used to be. After our troops went into Iraq and had done a miraculous job of taking that country over and getting Saddam Hussein & his henchmen, Gaddafi caved to the United States and to the world.  As Gaddafi denounced his weapons of mass destruction and nuclear programs.  As we know, Gaddafi still had some weapons and mustard gas.

Gaddafi helped keep the terrorist at bay, to a point, I admit. He thumbed his noses at the radical Muslim extremist as he placed women out in front for the world to see, in his military and as his personal guards.  Tight uniforms, gorgeous and full make up, yet soldier all the way.

What I am saying is, during the Arab spring that started in December of 2010, did we not see other dictators also taking aim at their citizens and killing them.  Most of these dictators are/were not even as close to being one of our allies as Gaddafi was in that region at this time, so why Gaddafi?


This Made Me go Hmmm

On October 20, 2011 Barry (Obama) stood in the Rose Garden at the whitehouse and informed us that Muammar Gaddafi was dead.  As I read this part of Barry's speech, I had one of those, ah-ha moments.

Barry: "Our skilled diplomats have helped to lead an unprecedented global response, our brave pilots have flown in Libya's skies, our Sailors have provided support off Libya's shores, and our leadership at NATO has helped guide our coalition," he said "Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground , we achieved our objectives, and NATO mission will soon come to an end."

"This effort shows the strength of American leadership," the president said.

"We've taken al-Qaida leaders, and we've put them on the path to defeat," he said. "we're winding down the war in Iraq, and have begun a transition in Afghanistan. And now, [working with friends and allies in Libya], we've demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21 st century."

Source: An Article written by, Jim Garamone, for the American Forces Press Service.  This article was posted on the official website of the Department of Defense.

Barry tells us that al Qaeda is on the run and yet with my own eyes, I see this is just not true.  I also feel by taking out Gaddafi, we have just opened Pandora's box.  With the Muslim Brotherhood taking charge in Egypt also in the mix, well yes we (with the help of some allies?) have that box 'wide' open.

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.

September 11, 2012...  

Protest had broken out all over the Middle East & Northen Africa.  Members of al Qaeda were scaling the walls in Cairo Egypt and were even able to place a al Qaeda flag on our embassy, taking ours down.

I saw it with my own eyes and yet, we were being told by this administration that all this hatred thrown at the USA is was caused by a YouTube video that put down the Islamic faith.

I saw something different, it was the terrorist making all this noise, as they 'always' do.  I thought, what has this inept administration done now.

While I was watching the chaos go down around the Middle East & Northern Africa on television, I knew right then and there that it was al Qaeda and not about this stupid video.  I find that most folks of the Middle East & Northern Africa are good people and are just working the grind, to provide for their families everyday, just like we do.

They were no more aware of this video than we were.  They also just want to practice their own religion and allow you to practice yours.  Also, the majority of people are 'smart enough' to know what one says about your beliefs means nothing, it is what is in your heart & good deeds that matters.

Just like when the hubby prays to 'his' lawn mower God, it does not take away from my beliefs, it does not sway me towards his beliefs, nor does it make me want to go out and attack a single person.  Just because Dan mocked my beliefs of it being only one 'true' God, I can respect the fact that this might be 'his' belief.  Dan just wants his lawn mower to run, once again.  It means nothing to me, just as that YouTube video meant nothing to the majority of those that follow the Islamist faith, just the radicals!

We must not forget that President-elect Barack Hussein Obama's appointed chief of staff Rahm Emanuel uttered these words during an interview while appearing on 'The wall street journal':  "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.  And what I mean by that is, an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.".  Was the Arab spring the crisis that could present this administration opportunity to do what they could not otherwise do?

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.

1+1= 2

Now folks, I am not a crazy loon but, when you see things adding up, you must heed the warning that not 'all' things can be a coincidence, now can it.  Let us back up a bit...

In 2002, we were still having a problem with Saddam Hussein:  Through the U.N. Security Counsel (led by the United States) posed sanction after sanction on Saddam Hussein and yet, it did nothing to stop Saddam Hussein and his cronies from doing what they wanted to do.  Russia and France were playing kissy face with Saddam, through the (failed) oil for food program and I am sure China was working it also.  The Clinton administration were touting that Saddam still had WMD's and needed to go.

Good'ol Joe even stated on many of occasions (SFRC meetings & Hearings) that Saddam was a threat to our country and needed to go.  Joe goes as far as squashing the idea that the George W. Bush administration 'did' get it 'wrong' about Saddam's arsenal.  Biden has helped Barry & Co. spread this 'lie' about President Bush of, 'Bush lied to go to war' and yet, he said just the opposite back in 2007.  This man is a liar, I will not sugar coat it, he is a downright liar, dammit!  Did Joe say Cheney was right, well yes he did.

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.

Biden told us "I mean what I say."

Meet The Press Transcript for April 29, 2007:  Meet the candidate:  Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del

Mr. Russert: I want to go back to 2002, because it's important as to what people were saying then and what the American people are hearing. Here's Joe Biden about Saddam Hussein: "He's a long term threat and a short tern threat to our national security."

"We have no choice but to eliminate the threat. This is a guy who is an extreme danger to the world." "He must be dislodged from his weapons or dislodged from power." You were emphatic about that.

Sen. Biden: That's right, and I was correct about that. He must be, in fact- and remember the weapons we were talking about. I also said on your show that's part of what I said, but not all of what I meant. What I also said on your show at the time was that I did not think he had weaponized his material, but he did have.

When, when the inspectors left after Saddam kicked them out, there was a cataloguing at the United Nations saying he had X tones of, X amount of, and they listed various materials he had. The big issue, remember, on the show we talked about, was whether he had weaponized them. Remember you asked me about those flights that were taking place in Southern Iraq, where -were they spraying anthrax?

And, you know, what would happen? And, you know, so on and so forth. And I pointed out to you that they had not developed that capacity at all. But he did have stockpiles everywhere.

Mr. Russert: Where are they?

Mr. Biden: Well, the point is, it turned out they didn't, but everyone in the world thought he had them. The weapons inspectors said he had them. He catalogued- they catalogued them. This was not some, some Cheney, you know, pipe dream. This was, in fact, catalogued. They looked at them and catalogued. What he did with them, who knows? The real mystery is, if he, if he didn't have any of them left, why didn't he say so? Well, a lot of people say if he had said that, he would've, you know, emboldened Iran and so on and so fourth.

SOURCE: NBC NEWS

Can't balance this 'one' Joe


Joe, even Tee can not balance on this stick

Clearly good'ol Joe should have known that we had a problem with Saddam, I mean he had been a long time member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was the ranking chair at the time he went on Meet the Press in 2007.  So yes, we had problems with Saddam and his cronies.

Did we have to rely on the 'Biden Plan' when getting Saddam and his henchmen, no!  Our troops went in and had taken this vile man out and many of his ilk.  While also giving freedom to millions of Iraqi's that have never been given the chance to even feel it in their hearts.

Moving Along...



Notice Continuing the National Emergency with Respect to Syria.

NOTICE
- - - - - - -
CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT
TO THE ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA
On May 11, 2004, pursuant to his authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C.
1701-1706, and the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Public Law 108-175, the President issued Executive Order 13338, in which he declared a national emergency with respect to the actions of the Government of Syria. To deal with this national emergency, Executive Order 13338 authorized the blocking of property of certain persons and prohibited the exportation or re-exportation of certain goods to Syria. On April 25, 2006, and February 13, 2008, the President issued Executive Order 13399 and Executive Order 13460, respectively, to take additional steps with respect to this national emergency.
The President took these actions to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions of the Government of Syria in supporting
terrorism, maintaining its then existing occupation of Lebanon, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining U.S. and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.
While the Syrian government has made some progress in suppressing networks of foreign fighters bound for Iraq, its actions and policies, including continuing support for terrorist organizations and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. As a result, the national emergency declared on May 11, 2004, and the measures adopted on that date, on April 25, 2006, in Executive Order 13399, and on February 13, 2008, in Executive Order 13460, to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond May 11, 2010. Therefore, in
accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared with respect to certain actions of the Government of Syria. The United States will consider changes in the policies and actions of the Government of Syria in determining whether to continue or terminate this national emergency in the future and would welcome progress by the Government of Syria on these matters.
This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.
BARACK OBAMA
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 3, 2010.



2010: Saddam Hussein is gone but, we have another dictator on the rise, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.  Assad has no problem killing his own people and has shown no progress of slowing down either and we know he has WMD.  Does this sound familiar (Saddam) to you, it does me.  Also Bashar al-Assad, loves to help support those terrorist.

United States:  Country reports on terrorism 2010 

Chapter 3:  SYRIA
Overview: Designated in 1979 as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, Syria in 2010 continued its political support to a variety of terrorist groups affecting the stability of the region and beyond. Syria provided political and weapons support to Hizballah in Lebanon and allowed Iran to resupply the terrorist organization with weapons. The external leadership of Hamas, the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), among others, were based in Damascus and operated within Syria's borders. Statements supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizballah consistently permeated government speeches and press statements.
President Bashar al-Asad continued to express public support for Palestinian terrorist groups as elements of the resistance against Israel. Damascus historically has allowed exiled individuals safe haven in Syria and Hamas Politburo head Khalid Meshaal and his deputies continued to reside in Syria, while the Syrian government provided Meshaal security escorts for his motorcades. Though the Syrian government claimed periodically that it used its influence to restrain the rhetoric and activities of Palestinian groups, Meshaal freely traveled around Damascus and the Syrian government allowed Meshaal's use of the Syrian Ministry of Information as the venue for press conferences. Open source reports indicated that Hamas used Syrian soil as training grounds for its militant fighters.
Added to the terrorist operatives calling Damascus home, in 2010, Iraqi Baathists continued to congregate in the Syrian capital and some of them call for violence against the Iraqi government, Iraqi civilian targets, and American and coalition forces within Iraq. Al-Rai Television, a television station owned by Iraqi Baathist Mishaan al-Jaburi and broadcast from a suburban Damascus location, transmitted violent messages in support of terrorism in Iraq throughout the year.

Source: www.state.gov

It is so clear that al Assad and his cronies not only kill their own but, also help support terrorist groups.  As I have stated before, Gaddafi was not the best guy out there either but, he was not doing all the bad little things al-Assad was up to his knickers in, that would have hurt this administration, terrorism.  So I ask again, Why Gaddafi?

The United States through the U.N. council were not able to place the sanctions on al-Assad that they wanted to because of opposition in the United Nations.  They knew Syria was helping many terrorist groups and also through al Assad, Ahmadinejad was being able to also help (more so) terrorist groups.  Partners in crime those two are.

A hard pill to swallow when you, the President of the United States is telling the world, that we have the upper hand and al Qaeda is on the run.

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.


Gin-eral Joe

2011: With Barry & Co. taking credit for 'ending' the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home (one day) from Afghanistan, Barry could not take a chance of things going wrong, an election was approaching.  Barry could not go in and just take al Assad out, now could he.

If he did this, then Barry would be a Mini-Bush (his mind set, not mine) in the eyes of his voters.  Yes he had a big election coming up, he could not be one of the millions of Americans out of work, he needed to keep his base, so as to keep his job.

Barry needed to stop one of the top sponsors of terrorism, Syria &/or Iran, so as his 'lie' that al Qaeda was on the run, might not be squashed.  Although most of us already knew this to be the lie it was.  So what is an administration to do, maybe it was the 'Biden Plan'.

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.

BidenPlan...

S.Hrg.106-655--The formulation of effective nonproliferation Policy, March 21, 23, 28, 30 , 2000

IRAN AND IRAQ: THE FUTURE OF NONPROLIFERATION POLICY---Tuesday, March 28, 2000

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 3:09 p.m., in Room SD-419, Dirksen Senate Office Building, The Hon. Richard Lugar presiding. Present Senators Lugar and Biden.

The whole meeting is worth reading and I suggest you do, though there was one part of this transcript that just blew my mind as I sat in my computer chair reading it over and over, to see if what I saw the first time, was actually true, sadly it was...

Senator Biden: Mr. Chairman, would you permit me two minutes?

Senator Lugar: Sure

Senator Biden: One of the perverse impacts that I believe occured or has burst into the fore as a consequence of our actions in Kososvo has been, as I travel the world and visit "third world countries," who are allies, or even deal with our allies, is that it seemed to establish the idea that the phrase I hear in other countries is, if Yugoslavia, if Milosevic, had chemical weapons or biological weapons or nuclear weapons, you would have never done that, that the only way we have to deal with you is to have possession of those weapons.Secondly, we were told by previous witnesses, well respected witnesses, in the first or second of these hearings that they believed-- two said they believe that the reason why Saddam believes we did not go to Baghdad was because they possessed chemical weapons, and we were fearful of them and that is why we stopped.

That was an assertion. Am I correct? That was an assertion made by one very well-respected witness before us. I did not realize that was part of it. And I did not think that was it, but let us assume that  it is. If either of those propositions are true, that is, that our overwhelming conventional force has made it clear to other nations that--and they believed we would not use such force for whatever reason, if they possessed a weapon of mass destruction...

maybe what we should do is take out a country with weapons of mass destruction, maybe what we should do is take out a country with weapons of mass destruction. I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not. I think it might raise a question if in fact--and there is a distinction, Doctor. The ability to hide intermediate range missiles is not so clear to all. So maybe what we should do is just wait around until they possess those missiles, and then go in and unilaterally take them out at that time to demonstrate that that is not a way in which to have to deal with us. A bizarre proposition. Can you respond?

SOURCE: www.gpo.gov

Go Gin-eral Joe, Go


March 19, 2011:  The ME & NA are burning, the Arab spring is getting out of control so on March 19, 2011 the Americans (with allies) launched 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya.

Mr. President, was the 'Biden Plan' actually 'Operation Odyssey Dawn', did we scare President Bashar al Assad enough, so he will now bend to his knees, stop sponsoring terrorist and be a good boy?

We all saw Muammar Gaddafi give up 'most' of his arsenal and stop his nuclear programs in 2003, after Saddam fell.  Maybe then good'ol Joe thought, hey it does work, so let's go with the 'Biden Plan', with Joe's mind, it is possible.

I mean, if we go by Joe's plan, Gaddafi fits the criteria, he has (when alive) chemicals and long range missiles.  Also al Assad has both in his arsenal.  This administration had yet to kill Osama aka Binny, so they must stop this terrorist noise some how.  Binny was not killed until May, 2011.

Do I know that this administration used the 'Biden Plan' for a fact, nope, I can not prove if this administration used the 'Biden Plan' or not but, put it all together and I tell you, 1+1 does =2.

We can make fun of those idiotic Joe (Biden) gaffes that so many people in the media (and the public) find funny but, not one thing here makes me laugh, not one damn thing.

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.

Ohhhhhhh, Barryyyyyyyy...






So Mr. President, this employer of yours wants these questions answered on the 'Biden Plan'...

Did you vet your vice presidential running mate before placing him on the ticket?

Where you informed by any person/persons about the 'Biden Plan'?

Was the 'Biden Plan" ever discussed with you and any person/persons inside your administration, or any of our allies?

Were you showing the 'strength' of American power to one Country's leader, by taking out another country's leader?

Were Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods lives cut short because, you 'never' had any intention in helping the people of Libya be able to gain & 'keep' their freedom in the first place?

Were the citizens of Libya used and in turn, our military used when you launched 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' on March 19, 2011?

If this is so, may God have mercy on your soul.

The most transparent administration in history, my ass!

Correction...


We hold the Power
I have never been to journalism school, nor have I had any former education of any kind to show that yes, I am a writer.  I do have a few things going for me though, I am curious, I love my country and I am heavily invested in whom does sit in 'our' oval office and those he/she brings with them.

I do not claim to be a expert in foreign policy as good'ol Joe does but, I have done my research.  The 'Biden Plan' came across my face around ten years ago while doing research for a book I have been working on about Iraq.

When I first put the 'Biden Plan' out in 2008, I was not writing articles, it was just sent by email to certain people and groups.  The second time around in November, 2012 I decided to inform the American people About whom they might be putting in office once again in an article I had published.

The 2012 November article stated that Barry & Co. were trying to teach 'Ahmadinejad' a lesson but, after many hours of additional research, I find President Bashar al'Assad of Syria to be the target.  I doubt Barry has the balls to take on Iran but, he thought he could take al Assad down and at least hurt Iran in the process.

I also feel that the 'sanctions set fourth against Ahmadinejad was what geared me towards him but this time, unlike Saddam Hussein, it was the 'lack' of sanctions that this administration could not get placed on Syria, that was the driving force in the 'Biden Plan'.

I believe we should tell the truth when it comes to writing about such serious matters and all of the truth should be exposed and when you make a mistake, you do not bury it on page 12, you eat your crow and place it out there for all to see.  I could have gone on and pretended this was my first draft of the 'Biden Plan' but you will find, that is just not who I am, period!

I am sorry to all that have read my November piece on this matter.  I am here to tell the truth, period. I would also like to say though, not one thing in this article or in my 2012 article 'is' a lie, my facts prove that.

I was just going to transfer that story over to my blog and I was almost done with it when I heard one comment while watching Lou Dobbs last night that finally put it altogether for me.  I don't even remember the comment my brain was on overload and all I could repeat out loud was "Oh my gosh, it is Assad!".  My mouth dropped just as low, as it did years back when I first ran into the 'Biden Plan'.

Maybe this just might be why Secretary of State Kerry is now to going to Syria for talks, now that al Assad knows that we mean business.

I am not being facetious. You think I am being facetious. I am not.

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