Would You Turn Down 3.6 Million For A Higher Cause?

July 31, 2009

 

Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman

July 31, 2009-  My Opinion: I remember growing up I wanted to be a superhero. I wanted to fight crime and have people say thank youfor helping me out. Turns out that wasn’t my calling… yet. But I have to admire a guy like Pat Tillman. In my eyes if you haven’t already heard his story then prepare to be in awe of a real American hero… forget Gi Joe.

The Story Is: Pat Tillman was a Football player for the Arizona Cardinals from 1998-2001. And a pretty decent one at that. At one point in his NFL career, Tillman turned down a five-year, $9 million contract offer from the St. Louis Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals. In May 2002, eight months after the September 11, 2001, attacks and after completing the fifteen remaining games of the 2001 season which followed the attacks (at a salary of $512,000 per year), Tillman turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army. Tillman passed up a multi-million dollar contract to become an Army Ranger battling Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. 

Tillman was subsequently redeployed to Afghanistan. On April 22, 2004, he was killed in a friendly fire incident while on patrol. The specific details of his death and its aftermath are currently being investigated by the US Congress.

The Army initially claimed that Tillman and his unit were attacked in an apparent ambush on a road outside of the village of Sperah about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Khost, near the Pakistan border. An Afghan militia soldier was killed, and two other Rangers were injured as well.

The Army Special Operations Command initially claimed that there was an exchange with hostile forces. After a lengthy investigation conducted by Brigadier General Jones, the U.S. Department of Defense concluded that both the Afghan militia soldier’s and Pat Tillman’s deaths were due to friendly fire aggravated by the intensity of the firefight.

A more thorough investigation concluded that no hostile forces were involved in the firefight and that two allied groups fired on each other in confusion after a nearby explosive device was detonated.

It has been reported that Tillman’s unit burned his body armor and uniform in an apparent attempt to hide the fact that he was killed by friendly fire. Several soldiers were subsequently punished for their actions by being removed from the United States Army Rangers.

A report described in The Washington Post on May 4, 2005, (prepared upon the request of Tillman’s family) by Brig. Gen. Gary M. Jones revealed that in the days immediately following Tillman’s death, U.S. Army investigators were aware that Tillman was killed by friendly fire, shot three times to the head. Its been reported that senior Army commanders, including Gen. John Abizaid, knew of this fact within days of the shooting but nevertheless approved the awarding of the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and a posthumous promotion.

On July 26, 2007, the Press received official documents stating that the investigating doctors performing the autopsy suspected that Tillman was murdered.

 

Tillman in the Army

Tillman in the Army

Now, almost a year and a half later, the right’s version of Tillman’s killing has been shattered. The San Francisco Chronicle got its hands on 2000 pages of testimony on Tillman’s death and interviewed his family and soldiers who served with him. The Chronicle’s report not only strengthens the evidence that the Pentagon deliberately covered up Tillman’s death from friendly-fire to better exploit him as a PR tool.

 

The question now is, what did Donald Rumsfeld know about Tillman’s death and when did he know it? If Army Ranger commanders and the Army Secretary knew Tillman was killed in a fratricide, Rumsfeld must have known too. The fact that when Tillman first joined the Army, Rumsfeld personally commended him with a signed letter seems especially relevant now. If Rumsfeld knew the nature of Tillman’s killing in April, 2004, he undoubtedly directed the cover-up. And if Rumsfeld directed the cover-up, Karl Rove was aware of it, if not actively involved in exploiting it.

In addition, The September 25, 2005, edition of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper reported that Tillman held views which were critical of the Iraq war. According to Tillman’s mother, a friend of Tillman had arranged a meeting with author Noam Chomsky, a prominent critic of American foreign and military policy, to take place after his return from Afghanistan. Chomsky has confirmed this

Supposedly John McCain has taken up the Tillman family’s case in the Senate. If he’s serious, he will convene hearings on the cover-up and compel Rumsfeld to testify. Until then, the Pentagon is conducting its own probe of Tillman’s death, thus ensuring a newer, more sophisticated cover-up than ever before.

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D.C. Mayor doesn’t like D.C.?

July 31, 2009

The Facts and My Opinion:

 

Mayor Fenty

Mayor Fenty

July 31, 2009- I liked and supported Mayor Fenty when he first ran for office. He seemed really intelligent (compaired to Marion Berry). If nothing else I supported him because he is mixed with both Black and White like me. But I have been reading about how Mayor Fenty (DC) might…could… should…and might not enroll his twin sons, Matthew and Andrew, 8, in DCPS (Public School… The horror) starting this fall. But where will they enroll? West Elementary is technically the neighborhood school for the boys, who live in Crestwood, but people say that the campus is “in turmoil,” and reports this morning that Michelle Fenty has toured five other NW elementary schools: Janney, Murch, Key, Eaton and Lafayette. It’s time Fenty followed the example of his DCPS chancellor, Michelle Rhee, and sent his children to the public schools under his watch. Turmoil or not, surely the presence of the Mayor’s sons would draw some much-needed attention to improving the school, and by enrolling his sons elsewhere, Fenty is sending a sign, intentional or not, that what’s good enough for some D.C. kids – his neighbors, in fact – won’t cut it for his own.

 

In addition to this, there is also that question of Mayor Fenty’s son Andrew playing baseball outside the District? He plays on a Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) travel team. Newspapers recently reported the reason being that the BCC team offered “better fields, facilities and equipment.” Media also said that the Fentys “have passed over D.C. baseball for more competitive suburban teams.” Wrong again.

There are several strong D.C. baseball programs, including Northwest Washington Little League, DC Dynasty Baseball and even Capitol City Little League, among others.

Many D.C. fields have been refurbished. Taft in Northeast, with well-kept grass and lights for night games. Fort Stanton, Fort Lincoln, Friendship and Guy Mason. All in the city, all at good fields. It seems alittle odd the the Mayor would have to drive to Olney or Germantown for his sons to play competitive baseball. Maybe the Fentys will also consider looking in their own back yard before signing up in the suburbs again. 

Just my opinion:

 

Washington Natinals

Washington Natinals

Too bad Mayor Fenty isn’t in a position of power to fix the things …. wait? He’s the DC mayor… what a shame. Why are DC public schools treated like such a step child by the politico’s in the city? I remember it was a big deal that Chelsey Clinton went to Sidwell (Private school). Now the Obama girls are in a Charter school as well. Why not (again) fix the problem? I love analogies so heres one… Its like if I drew you a picture and then sold it to you, and you gave it back to me and then I threw it in the trash. Todays lesson is… well Public School add character. Maybe the Fenty boys will learn how to fight in public school and become world class boxers? Look on the bright side. The main reason most of these children don’t succeed is because they have a lack of support at home. I seriously doubt the Fenty boys have that issue. I would like to see some school spirt here. Also its not like all DC baseball teams are as bad as the NATS yuk.

 


Kicking the Homeless Out of Town. NYC “Aids” Homeless with a One way ticket… Home???

July 30, 2009

Bloomberg

Bloomberg

July 29 2009- I found out today that the Bloomberg (Mayor) administration in NYC has paid for more than 550 families to leave the city since 2007, as a way of keeping them out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family.

The city, which spends $500,000 a year on the program, employs a local travel agency, to book one-way tickets for domestic trips. Department of Homeless Services employees do all the planning for international travel.

They are flown to Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20).

They are not executives on business trips or couples on honeymoons. Rather, all are families who have ended up homeless, and all the plane tickets are courtesy of the city of New York (one-way).

There were no limits on where a family can be sent, and families can reject the offer and stay in city shelters. So far, families have been sent to 24 states and 5 continents, most often to Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

City officials said that none of the families that have been relocated have returned to city shelters.

My Opinion:

NYC and Bloomberg are simply into cosmetics and quick fixes for their city homeless stats. Passing the problem of

Will work 4 Ticket (By: R.Clarke)

Will work 4 Ticket (By: R.Clarke)

homelessness to another city. We’re taking people from a shelter bed in NY to another shelter bed else where possibly. It reminds me of when my mom told me to clean my room and all I did was put every thing in the closet… nothing got cleaned. Sounds to me like Bloomberg should book him self a one way ticket to another city (not mine) and see if he can use his billions to buy a politcal office seat elsewhere… maybe alaska I heard they had an idiot stepdown.

Speaking of Alaska… If I were homeless in NYC I would ask Mr. Bloomberg to fly me to Alaska. They pay people to live there unlike the rude treatment that New Yorkers who dont happen to have a roof get. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081018163149AAizvoU

Prop 8 Battleground – Silver Spring MD???

July 27, 2009

American Apparel (After the first vandal Jul 23)

American Apparel (After the first vandal Jul 23)

July 22, 2009. Silver Spring, Maryland, just on the outskirts of DC, Its a neat place full of young people, diverse ethnic groups and a safe, family feel. But today it is the Battleground for Prop 8. The glass window of an American Apparel clothing store was shattered in what appears to be a hate-motivated crime.

The clothing company released this statement:

“Yesterday an American Apparel store in Silver Spring, Maryland had a window broken by someone upset over the company’s support for gay marriage. Our Georgetown location and others in the areas have received similar threats. We just wanted to use this forum here to announce that not only are they not going to prevent us from speaking out on an issue that is important to this company and our employees but we’ll continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across DC-Metro area. We’ll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights and will help support any protest or rally for the cause.We don’t find this kind of thing funny and we definitely don’t find it intimidating.”

My Opinion:

I am for gay rights. I believe life is short so enjoy every minute. Maybe gays getting married will decrease the percentages of people getting divorce these days. Last time I read it was up to 70% getting divorced. So the people that claim to take this union between a man a woman very serious have likely taken there vows more then once… till death do us part (again). So before you judge others maybe a mirror might help?

I have a problem with companies making profit off of a cause. My mom has a bottle of water with Obama’s mug on it. It’s pretty funny… every time I look at it I have to wonder “is this legal”? I mean maybe I shoulda cashed in? Living in the dc area I could have sold I dunno… Obama brand deodorant? You know the prez stay freshhhh. Ok seriously tho,

Prop 8 Tee (Legalize Gay)

Prop 8 Tee (Legalize Gay)

Just as a side note, I also read that the owner of American Apparel is a reallllllly weird guy. I read an article in the LA times that was about him sexual harassing his employees and walking around the office in tighey whiteys…

http://server.finklawfirm.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=57

I do like the simple and sexy (plain helvetica font style) American Apparel ads. But who can afford 40$ for a plain neon green tee shirt??? Thats gonna shrink until you wonder what happen to it?

There is a valuable lesson or lessons to be learned here boys and girls and that is… people in glass stores shouldn’t back down to people in glass houses who throw bricks errr I mean stones… well you get what im tryna say right???? Kudos to AA for not backing down… maybe I will waste 40$…

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Broken Window (Jul 27)