~A Veteran~

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of "Up to and including my life". That is honor, and there are far too many people in this country who no longer understand it. - Author Unknown

Friday, June 27, 2008

Constitutional Void at California OC for Military

Cops and Criminals in Orange County, California. (..but I repeat myself…)

If you exercise your constitutional rights in Orange County Civil Courts, specifically the Lamoreaux Justice Center; and your female-and military; the likelihood of liberty, honor, due processes and dignity are drastically reduced to zero.

Female soldiers with children who find themselves having to enter the enclave of the Lamoreaux Justice Civil Courts Center to file and submit forms for their child custody cases, or attend pre-trials and hearings, or any assortment of business one would normally conduct in a typical Civil Court House; are suspiciously being cornered, threatened, detained, arrested for trespassing(?), beaten, molested, put in isolation, and arrested without warrants that are later produced and changed to “fit” the “need.” Then the cycle repeats as many times as the courts, judges, referee’s and officer’s of the court find folly in doing so.
However, it doesn’t stop with the Lamoreaux Justice Center. The OC Jail-Santa Ana shares in the brutality. OC officers there enjoy beating female military soldiers as well; “wishing they had done more,” according to an audio recording of one such incident. Did I mention that they have a lovely show called “Jail” that air’s locally for Orange County, California; on Channel 13 at 9 pm PST. The makers/producers of COPS filmed a few episodes out of the IRC.

As the cases drag out and the female soldiers continue to exercise their constitutional rights the enormity of the battle grows so much that, a soldier is often left feeling isolated. It is no longer a simplistic case of a singular issue IE: regaining custody, a hearing for a child’s offense, or shared custody within a divorce, etc. It becomes the SOLDIER against the SYSTEMS.

The irony is most military personnel live paycheck to paycheck, and affording a private attorney costs thousands. JAG is not available in civil cases such as these; they have defining boundaries for representation. The Civil Courts at Lamoreaux not only expect, but demand that if you do not have a private attorney right there with you, then by default you will “contract” with their system and be represented by their hand-picked crop of public defenders. In this system though, it also means you have just signed over all of your rights, and you will follow to the letter everything handed to you.

You have been assimilated. CPS gets a share in the profits, the county gets a share in the profits, and your public defender makes sure the outcome is slanted to benefit the Court and County, and less for the defendant. (Who signs his paycheck??-- THE COUNTY)

This is not a conspiracy theory. I wish it was I truly do.

Recall Sheriff Corona who was recently indicted. Of all the elected positions in the county-- one would expect that the highest law office in the county, and those that serve in it would be as close to squeaky clean as possible, and/or at the very least demonstrate the highest level of moral and personal character, plus a respect for the laws that they are sworn to enforce. MUCH LIKE THE MILITARY. Not only has this office been rocked by criminal activity, but Corona is gone, and it appears it has NOT made a difference in their MORAL character, their respect for the people they serve, or the laws that they are SWORN to enforce.
Four months ago, I honestly thought it was a sequence of events that perhaps did not align properly and there was going to be some perfectly decent explanation for all of it. That was until today, when yet another female soldier made contact.

Two known female soldiers are being abused by the Courts and system of OC. How many more does it take before someone pays attention?

Does another Chamberlain death accident have to occur? You know the one: Theo Lacy jail guards relying on inmates to enforce order while they watched TV, slept, played card, and video games, read girlie magazines, and engaged in cell phone text chats and conversations.

The ordered suspensions include the three jailers, jail guard Kevin Taylor, Deputy Jason Chapluk, and Special Officer Phillip Le all on duty when John Derek Chamberlain was tortured, sodomized and beaten to death by fellow inmates. The beating took place within a short distance of the guards and by design just out of the view of the jail camera monitoring system.

RICO anyone?

How about Joshua Dominic Wilson, 20, a defensive back for semi-pro football team the Southern California Smash. He was beaten because of an outstanding traffic ticket, and because he couldn’t hold his arms up high enough to appease an officer. He was handcuffed, outnumbered and unable to see because of the pepper spray, he was punched and kicked so severely they fractured his nose in three places, ripped his lip, busted his eye socket and ribs, pounded his jaw, cut his leg and bruised his shoulder.
Next, they hog-tied him, twisting his legs behind his back. The motion/hold aggravated an old knee injury, and he pleaded, “Please stop! Please stop!” But the deputies only pushed harder. Finally they threw him in a cell, made him wash up for his “interview” and threatened him and told him they were going to press charges against him for assaulting them. (?)

So many more…..

Thursday, June 26, 2008

To Be An American

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Son's of War-To Be or Not To Be

With all of the hype lately surrounding commercials by the Democratic BHO alignment it brings up this statement:
"You know, John McCain wants to continue a war in Iraq perhaps as long as 100 years."--Sen. Barack Obama, Lancaster,PA, Town Hall meeting, March 31, 2008.

The charge that John McCain wants to wage a "100-year war" in Iraq has become a recurring theme of the Obama campaign.

McCain has never talked about wanting a 100-year war in Iraq. He has talked about a prolonged U.S. military presence in Iraq, similar to the stationing of U.S. troops in Germany after World War II or in Korea after the Korean war. Which by the way, we are STILL there, service members of our Military serve honorably overseas continually for strategic purposes to date in Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, etc.

What McCain actually said in Derry, N.H., back in January 08', after cutting off a questioner who talked about the Bush administration's willingness to keep troops in Iraq for 50 years, was this : McCain said "Make it a hundred." He then stated that U.S. troops had been in Germany for 60 years and in Korea for 50 years, and continued, "That's fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed."

However The BHO campaign has twisted the words, and used them as ammunition sparking ad's on cable news networks, and You Tube to generate mother's to the poll's to vote for BHO and alas, SAVE THE CHILDREN---for the "Change Campaign."

I am a mother of four (4) children. Count them, 1,2,3,4. One daughter, three son's. My family comes from a long lineage of Military. ( Family Tree of War Monger! HOOAH!) My mother actually spent the greater portion of my childhood tracing our ancestry back through Europe and beyond and found a root source before she lost the written traces and had to rely on orated versions from local town people. Still, she followed the trails as far as should could.

When my daughter turned 19 years old, she decided to join the Army Reserves. It was a surprise to me, because I had never expected it from her. Quite the defiant child really, and knowing her personality I could not see her taking "orders" from highers. Regardless though, she did.
Unknown to her and the rest of us, her childhood accident with her knees would ultimately be her downfall, and she was medically discharged. She completed her basic training, graduated, and went further into her Military Occupational Specialty training when the medical staff found her knee problems.
To this day, she regrets those darn knees, and still plans on getting a specialized surgery to correct them and try it again--yes, the Army Reserves.

Do I want her to join? This is my ONLY daughter. The ONLY female child I have. Let's examine this shall we?

First of all, it is not up to me. It is not my choice. So whether I want her to or not, isn't of any relevance. Am I proud that she makes this decision not just once but twice? YES. To both questions. Am I scared for her? No. I am not scared because I know my daughter. I know that she will do her BEST, because she fails at NOTHING when she wants something bad enough. She wants to serve her country, and she WILL. Period.

This brings me to my son's. My oldest son is now 19 years old. Last year he came home and announced out of the clear blue he had been to the recruiter's office. Did I fall to the floor in agony and despair? No I did not. Some of you may say, "But this is your oldest son, your first born son!"

You would be correct. However again, my son made a decision to go see a recruiter to gather information about becoming a soldier. He talked to several recruiters from several branches of the military, and found out what the requirements were and started making his plans for the future.

This year he is still completing some of those requirements, and still figuring out his future and how things will fit for his path to the future. Joining the military is not something a person should take lightly. I have explained this to him since he was a small child. Not just military service, but LIFE in all capacities. My son is at the stage in life where some of mom's pearls of wisdom are starting to be applied. (thank you Lord!)

Will I be sad or disappointed if my son ultimately decides to join the military? No. Will I be proud of him? Yes. I would be proud of my son if he was a plumber, a Scientist, a Technician for NASA, a CEO of a Corporation, or a Soldier.

The issue the ad's FAIL to address is quite simple. We as MOTHER'S do NOT make decisions for our children. We do not CHOOSE their career's for them. We have NO SAY in who they become. We TEACH. We NURTURE. We give them the TOOLS for life and set them FREE to BECOME. We CHAMPION them in whatever they do. Because WE...are MOM'S.

The commercials say "You can't 'have' my son." Sorry, but it isn't a matter of "giving" away a child. He/she is not property dear mother, he/she is a FREE American, with choices.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

C. Berkeley Rolls Out Red Carpet for Veterans??

All I have to say is, watch out for wolves in sheep's clothing......
I see that the Ilk peace-love-code pinko's dolls of Berkeley see the "cha-ching" $$$ signs of the new Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Senator Webb has pushed so hard to get through the stickiness of legislation, and they understand that veterans will now get extra for books, labs, certifications, paper, pencils, pens, rulers, and the big one, HOUSING. Berkeley will open their arms WIDE like the spider to the fly...
Remember the movie "Hocus Pocus" with Bette Midler, where the one witch would sing to the children and they were hypnotized and just followed the sound???
I see Berkeley having a "special" pricing book for veterans, for all of their needs, while other students get the standard rates.

Perhaps I am wrong, but something does not set right, when a local town and college spends 90% of their energy condemning our Military (US Marines) and others, and then all of the sudden not just opens their college and town to them, but makes sure it hits headline news.

C. BERKELEY ROLLS OUT RED CARPET FOR VETERANS -- "You're going to see some pretty happy veterans walking around campus. It's going to make life a whole lot better for everyone."

By Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations

BERKELEY – With a new GI bill set to double college benefits for post-9/11 veterans, the University of California, Berkeley, is taking up the charge to make the state's higher education system more welcoming to those returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A new campus program offers veterans customized outreach and orientation programs, guidance with financial aid and a new class that addresses their concerns.

After months of wrangling on Capitol Hill, bipartisan accord has been reached on a sweeping war funding bill which will, among other provisions, guarantee veterans four years' paid tuition for the most expensive in-state public university, a monthly stipend based on housing costs for the area and education benefits for up to 15 years after active duty. The Senate is expected to approve it any day now and President Bush to sign it."You're going to see some pretty happy veterans walking around campus," said Michael Cooper, who processes veterans' benefits in UC Berkeley's Office of the Registrar and who served in the Air Force during the Gulf War.

"It's going to make life a whole lot better for everyone."The University of California is gearing up for an influx of returning troops seeking admission to its campuses. At UC Berkeley this year, 151 students have identified themselves as veterans and are majoring in everything from engineering and languages to philosophy and peace and conflict studies."The number of veterans at UC Berkeley increased this year, and we're likely to see that number grow," said Ron Williams, campus coordinator of Re-entry Student and Veterans Programs and Services.

Williams is a key member of a new cross-campus team that is serving veterans as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Troops to College" program. The initiative was launched via a memorandum of agreement signed last year by Schwarzenegger, then-UC President Robert Dynes, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed and California Community Colleges Chancellor Mark Drummond.

"Veterans bring leadership, maturity and life skills that make for highly successful students,'' said UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, who wrote to Congress earlier this year urging support for legislation to expand educational benefits for returning veterans. "We honor their service by helping them to build a better future for themselves as well as for our nation."

"Helping veterans adjust to life at UC Berkeley are specialists from admissions, financial aid, counseling and psychological services, the Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent Center, the Disabled Students Program, the Career Center and the Cal Veterans Student Group. Perks include priority enrollment, workshops and a class specifically tailored for veterans to be taught this fall."

"It seems like UC Berkeley is really ahead in welcoming veterans. It's awesome," said Stuart Martin, 23, a veteran of the Marine Corps who is majoring in Near Eastern studies and rhetoric at UC Berkeley following a tour of duty in Iraq last year.While the campus is well known for its Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, UC Berkeley has educated untold numbers of veterans.

Its student body swelled after World War II as thousands of returning troops enrolled with the help of the original 1944 GI bill, which paid for full tuition, books and room and board.Over the years, however, GI benefits have not kept pace with the soaring cost of education, and they cover less than half the cost of an undergraduate degree at a public research university such as UC Berkeley, said Kathleen Moazed, the campus's director of federal relations.

Williams noted that fewer than half of the campus's self-identified veterans claim GI benefits. Some have been opting to use less-restrictive financial aid grants for their undergraduate education while saving GI benefits for graduate school.But this is poised to change with the new GI bill, which is based on legislation authored by U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), a Vietnam War veteran. Initially, the Webb bill was challenged by the Pentagon and Republican presidential candidate John McCain for being too generous and thus threatening to encourage servicemen and women to leave the military after just one enlistment.

But political and public support for it has been so overwhelming that veterans' groups anticipate seeing GI benefits increase as soon as January 2009. Williams says the new GI bill and the Troops to College effort not only repay veterans for their service, but are also an investment in their communities."When a nontraditional student such as a veteran comes to UC Berkeley, it's not just the individual who benefits, but also his or her family and community who then see education as an opportunity to advance and impact the world around them," Williams said.Of course, at UC Berkeley, just as on other college campuses, Iraq and Afghanistan conflict veterans face the stigma of serving in an unpopular war, and so part of Williams' job is to dispel on campus some of the myths about veterans, he said."Regrettably, some people operate on stereotypes about those who serve in the military that if they enlist, they must be conservative, that they support the war, that they're violent, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder," Williams said. "

But every one's different. Some come from a longstanding tradition of serving the country. For others, the military offers a way to advance by getting technical training. Others are using their experience in the military to affect policy changes because of what they learned."The latter describes Marine veteran Martin, a Sacramento native who has been writing to his representatives in Congress since leaving the military last fall. The armed forces opened doors for him, he said, but also led him to question a lot of the military's tactics, particularly in recruiting and retention.

Martin joined the Marines when he was 17 because he said he wanted to see something of the "real world" and was not ready for college. "I felt I needed to grow up," said Martin, whose father and grandfather were in the military. He vividly recalls the recruiter assuring him that college would be paid for once he completed his five-year enlistment.With his sharp academic skills, he was able to enroll at Monterey's Defense Language Institute, where he learned Farsi, the most widely spoken Persian language. As a Persian translator, he was deployed early last year to Iraq, where he spent time in port cities where Farsi was spoken. He never felt his life was in danger, but he said the job was stressful and that he was anxious to return to California.While he enjoys studying Persian language and culture at UC Berkeley, money is tight, and he's counting the days for the new GI bill to go into effect.

Though he's eligible for the full $1,800 monthly GI benefit, it's not enough to cover his undergraduate expenses. But the situation isn't dire enough to drive him to reenlist."If money was my main motivation, I would have stayed on in Iraq and worked for a contractor, but that wasn't my plan. I wanted to go to UC Berkeley, get a good education and not go into debt," he said. "Hopefully with this new GI bill, that won't be necessary."