Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Where is the Love?

(Pat and Kevin Tillman coutesy of Truthdig.com)

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm getting older y'all people get colder
Most of us only care about money makin
Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what the see in the cinema
Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love, we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feeling under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feeling down
It's no wonder why sometimes I'm feeling under
I gotta keep my faith alive, until love is found

Do you recognize these lyrics? They are, of course, from the Black Eyed Peas' song, “Where is the Love?” This is the first song in my ‘Exercise playlist’ on my iPod. As I was cleaning my house this morning, this portion of the lyrics filtered into my stream of consciousness: “Whatever happened to the values of humanity?” These lyrics are very poignant today.

Did you get a chance to hear Kevin Tillman and Jessica Lynch testify on the Hill this morning about the out and out lies surrounding Pat Tillman and Ms. Lynch’s heroic moments in battle? Did you know that Pat Tillman screamed and waved his hands frantically to let his fellow soldiers know he was an American before he was gunned down? Did you know fellow soldiers were instructed to lie about that day’s events? They were told to lie to Pat Tillman’s family. This family had the basic right as Americans to know how their son died in battle.

(Jessica Lynch and Lori Piestewa courtesy of Google Images)

And Jessica Lynch, although heroic in her own right, was not the Rambo little girl from West Virginia she had been painted to be. Did you know that it was in fact Jessica’s best friend Lori Piestewa and others that were the true heroes that day? But Tillman and Lynch make great poster children for the military. The administration has trumped up these stories of heroism in battle to cover up and cloud over the public’s view of the military’s horrific treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison as well as other events which were negatively affecting the public opinion about the war. To make his point, Kevin Tillman listed countless other friendly fire deaths which had been wrongly documented by the military as well. When will the lies end? When will this administration stop using our soldiers as pawns?

Bush talks about how the Iraq War Funding bill is a slap in the face to the soldiers fighting this war. Yet this administration forced its soldiers to deceive the Tillman family as well as the world to bolster public opinion of this war. Listening to Mr. Tillman today, I felt that embarrassment I’ve been feeling a lot lately. I am embarrassed that this administration represents the American people to the rest of the world. I am tired of their lies. I am tired of their manipulations. I am tired of their ineptitude. I am tired of their arrogance. I am tired. So tired of hearing about the incompetence, lies and cover-ups.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney today. Here is the irony in this news. I said to my husband just this morning that we should impeach Bush for his arrogance and stupidity. But we should impeach Dick Cheney because he is the Grand Puppet Master. He is the brains behind this whole crooked administration. Thank goodness I’m not the only one who thinks so!

Thanks for listening to my rant today. I really needed to get that off my chest.

A couple of admin notes:
1. Don’t forget to vote for the AC360 fan site for a Webby Award! We Anderfans can pull this one out!

2. Anderson blogged this afternoon. He talks about his 60 Minutes piece which will be featured on AC360 this evening.

3. Anderson was on the Newsroom this afternoon talking to Don Lemon about this “No Snitching” policy. Here are some screencaps.

I hope everyone has a pleasant evening! I’ll see you back here tomorrow! ~Sheryn


Anonymous said...

I had seen an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last year, I believe it was the season finale where they did the home of the parents and children of Lori Piestewa. it was such a sad story. I was like crying while I watched it. Jessica Lynch was on it and was helping out

Anderson looked so nice this afternoon at 3:21. I wonder if he will wear the Green & Blue tie tonight or switch it up just to surpise us.

Great post Sheryn!!!!

Anonymous said...


Thank you for such a well written, thoughtful post. I couldn't agree with you more. The damage that this administration has done to our country will take years to fix. Unfortunately, for a family like the Tillmans, the damage is permanent.

Carrie M.

Unknown said...

Sheryn I loved your post. The current administration is great at diversionary tactics. When things aren't going their way they simple change the situation or facts to suit their needs. I have never seen an administration that is so determined to play games and think that no one will find out. My cousin's son just got done with basic training and will be deployed somewhere soon. His mom is very sure he won't be sent to a battle front because things are going so great, but I have this feeling he will be Iraq or Afghanistan before Memorial Day. Where ever he is deployed I pray that he and all our military will be safe.

Anyone know if this new spending bill Bush wants will include new body army for our troops or will we be paying for more body bags instead? Brief rant over.

Taffiny said...

It seems you have to join, to vote for the webby awards. Is there a loop hole?

Leaving a comment on the 360 blog, was weird. It looks just like this page, but you have to hit other, and fill stuff in, under name. (wonder why they changed it?). It freaked me out a bit, to have that site, recognize me, as this me (you know a site not on blogger).
I admit I didn't leave a valid comment, I was just so distracted by Anderson's typo, prase for phrase. It is nice though, to know he does typos too, okay I admit, I don't usually make typing mistakes, I just can't spell worth a darn.

Anonymous said...

@ Tiffany - I didn't even catch the typo till you mentioned it, that is funny

copperfish said...

Those were very good lyrics of the BEP, very appropriate in our present times.

The investigations revealed that the bullets that killed Pat Tillman were the ones that came from his fellow soldiers. And the soldiers were told to lie about this because of the stain and the slap that it will bring to the army. Soldiers' objective is to defend his country at all costs but does it also include in their code of ethics to protect one another if something went wrong and it was their mistake.

Anonymous said...

The Tillman's family home is very close to my own parents house in San Jose, CA. Everytime I drive past there I can't help it but to get tears in my eyes.

swmpratt said...

Friendly fire deaths have occurred in each war we have fought including the Civil War (remember Stonewall Jackson - his own men shot him accidentally). Its always been covered up. Making others heroes instead of rewarding the real heroes is a common tradition too unfortunately. Example would be the Navajo Windtalkers from WW2. Its just been in recent years that they have been recognized for the great service they did for our country in that war.

I'm not defending these practices - just pointing out that they are not new. I would rather know the truth too and not someone's made up propaganda meant to enhance American morale and support for an unpopular war. Maybe one day politicians and the military will start to tell us the truth about these things.

Regardless, IMHO each and every soldier that goes over and serves his country is a hero even if all they do is cook!

Sheryn said...

@Megan, I had heard that the Extreme Makeover program was very touching. I'm sad I missed it. This issue really upset me yesterday. Thanks for your comment and your compliment!

@Carrie, Thank you! Our foreign image has been mortally damaged by this administration. I only hope that we stop the bleeding in 18 months.

@Grace, I totally agree. I've never seen an administration more determined to be underhanded and misleading to it's people. This is one group of leaders that certainly does not respect it's people and that is more than evident in their actions.

@Tiffany, registering and voting for the Webby Awards is really simple. They don't ask you anything personal which is nice. I hope everyone votes!

@Megan and Tiffany, we can attest to how hard it is to catch your own typos when you are trying to write a post. I can't tell you how many times I go back and catch mistakes. Ugh, I hate that! LOL! I only wish ATA had a blog editor!

@Copperfish, I'm glad you liked the lyrics. Its refreshing to see a group that has some sense of morals especially since we've all been discussing rap and freedom of speech.

As to your question about soldiers code of ethics, our soldiers are trained to fight in battles, protect and defend our Constitution and take their orders from the Commander in Chief. If that CIC tells them to lie for the sake of their country, their code of ethics leads them to complete that task even though it may not be one they agree with. It is not the best defense of the soldiers who helped cover the events surrounding Pat Tillman's death but it at least helps you to understand their thought process.

@Annie Kate, I know and agree that this practice has been used throughout time. But don't you think in the year 2007, that this practice would not be accepted by this nation? Now that information flows from the battlefield to your home in less than 10 minutes (I exaggerate) we as a people should demand more from our leaders. We should be demanding respect for our soldiers and their families.

Thanks for your comments everyone!

Sheryn said...

@Annie Kate, I forgot to mention that I totally agree with your whole comment! I didn't want you to think I was ranting at you. Just the administration!