I left work two hours early today, at 3:00 and normally don’t get to hear the BBC news on NPR.
So, when I started my car, preparing to drive home, the BBC news was reporting on a story that I would never believe was true, but it is.
Because I hadn’t heard the beginning of the story, I missed the worst part – that these atrocities occurred not way back in a war of the past, like during the Vietnam years. I was sure that was probably the case – I thought our nation was better able to handle the logistics of war and the caring for the dead.
I was wrong. I just read tonight that in 2004 until 2008 the United States Air-force had been systematically been dumping the remains of soldiers in a landfill.
Are you ready to cry or vomit like me? I’m sorry if you hadn’t heard this news and you’re learning it here for the first time. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? This is the United States of America! We are better than that, right?
In 2003 that mad scientist that drunken horrible president, and sick, sick, sick, liar sent American men and women into a war that was not a war, it was a one-sided attack on people who never, never, never attacked us! After all, this country set Saddam Hussein up – gave him all the support in the world. Why? Can you spell O. I. L? Oil and money. Money and Oil. Guns and gun making. That’s what it was about. The fat cat non-military consultants were making millions – millions. Our soldiers, giving their lives and their limbs, their sanity and their minds, were dying every day only to be thrown away like trash.
Remember how the nation felt when the adorable little Caylee Anthony was thrown into a swampy grave in the woods? This is the same situation times hundreds of dead American soldiers.
It makes me want to throw something when I think about this.
People mean nothing?
George W. Bush – the worst criminal the American Presidency has ever known – should, along with the criminal VP Dick Sick Cheney, be tried for war crimes against the United States of America.
History will look back at what these two maniacs did to this country and, with any luck, future generations will learn from it. Well, we can hope that happens before the right-wing evangelical, racist extremists completely destroy this country.
From a mother’s perspective:
Gari-Lynn Smith, the widow of an Army bomb-disposal expert killed in Iraq, began asking the military in 2007 what happened to some of his remains that were identified after his funeral the previous year.
After four years of letters and phone calls she received a letter from the mortuary in April informing her that her husband’s partial remains had been disposed of in the King George County landfill, reports the Post.
“I hope this information brings some comfort to you during your time of loss,” read the letter.
Ms Smith told the Post that what the mortuary had done was “disgusting”.
Since the landfill dumping ended three years ago, such cremated partial remains are now buried at sea.
After the Post reported the practice in early November, federal investigators released a report lambasting “gross mismanagement” at the air base mortuary.
It emerged that a dead soldier’s ankle had been lost and a damaged arm bone was sawed off a dead Marine before burial so he could fit in his uniform and coffin.
The commander at the morgue, a colonel and two civilian officials were disciplined. READ the full BBC story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16081240
Here is the story from the Washington Post, the paper who broke this story: Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged
I am so tired tonight I am seeing double. I will give this a more in-depth exploration tomorrow.
I read too many depressing news reports tonight. I’m feeling mad and frustrated.
In the New York Times I read that Uganda is going to reopen a bill that will allow the government to impose the death penalty against gay men and women (Lesbians).
I discussed this topic last year with horror, but then I was under the impression that Uganda had softened on this issue. Not true – not in the least.
The excruciating part of this story? American influence fanned the flames. Rick Warren – the evangelical pastor of the huge Saddle Back Church, reportedly helped draft the original bill (see Washington Post reference article.) Warren was assisted by Reverend Lou Engle, another popular evangelist who has no business proselytizing hate in the name of religion in this country, let alone to the poor people of Uganda.
If that wasn’t depressing enough, I read about the extreme poverty in our suburbs. The suburbs, I thought? People are going hungry there, too? Yes, it’s true.
The chart below, from the NY Times, explains the extreme rise of poverty in American suburbs. Places once thought of as the best place to raise children, are looking toward to local “soup lines” or “Food Pantries” to help feed their families. The great challenge with the newly poor in the suburbs is the availability of the kinds of services that cities have to aid the poor and the hungry.
One issue is due to suburb dwellers having a longer commute to reach help – (problematic when your car is repossessed and bus service is not available).
To access the NY Times article, click: Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs
And, then I read how the media is making such a big hullabaloo over outing the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial.
I ask you, what good will that do other than allow the haters to practice their hate anew?
Yes, the jurors were not real jurors in the sense they failed to consider all the evidence before them, but it’s over now. I’ve let it go.
Disturbing and showering the jurors on the Casey Anthony trial with hate does no one any good – it’s not going to change anything.
Sometimes I think it’s best to not read the news and stick with pleasurable reading. But then I tell my self, that’s not good either – it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the world. The trick is to take it in stride….easier said than done.
Aaannnnd, now we have a hurricane (which may turn into a tropical storm, we hope) looming. It’s got South Florida in its “cone of uncertainty.” The hurricane is a she and she’s a category 3 now. Her name is Rina.
Lastly, if you want to nominate someone for the title of “Central Floridian of the Year”, the Orlando Sentinel is taking nominations on its website. The link to nominate someone is: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-sg-central-floridian-of-the-year,0,206265.storygallery
I can think of a few folks worthy of this honor!
That’s all the news for tonight!
I’m in the middle of reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” … It is excellent, provides much food for thought…..
So, pleasant dreams and have a great tomorrow!
The Washington Post is reporting that Jeff Ashton is in the process of writing a book about the Casey Anthony case. According to the Post, the book, aptly titled “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” is due out in November.
This is one book I will read.
I’ve included the Washington Post Story at the bottom of the page.
The Dr. Phil show is already marketing its interview with the Anthony’s. The show is billed like its got something salacious to say: Casey Anthony’s Parents Spill Death Secret on My Show!” Can we believe Dr. Phil will get the Anthony’s to say what they did not say in court? Anyone’s guess. I don’t guess there will be much truth told.
The Dr. Phil video promo wants to persuade viewers that the Anthony’s are going to spill some major beans about who they believe killed Caylee.
Dr. Phil obviously thinks people are going to buy into this silly promotional nonsense. It’s annoying. When shows or networks try to hype something this way, I think it’s because the show will have little substance at all.
Other innuendos on the video promo have Dr. Phil advising Cindy Anthony that the country “…wants to shake you awake.” Dr. Phil also says, “You know the truth, don’t you?”
With regards to the drowning story, Dr. Phil asks, “Do you buy it was an accidental drowning?”
The Anthony’s don’t talk in the promo piece. Heck, they wouldn’t want to give anything away! Franky, I sincerely doubt there will be very much truth told, nor anything shocking, but I will record the show. So, if you don’t want to watch it, no worries, I’ll tell you everything! I have included a link to the story with a video, but not the video itself, at the bottom of this page.
It’s really only about money now. Maybe it always was.
One last bit of news…. The next hurricane will be named “Jose.”
That’s all we need!
The Washington Post article about the upcoming Jeff Ashton book, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, is here
The story about the Dr. Phil Show is located here, on TMZ.