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Lady Justice Weeps

Updated on November 5, 2017
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Tevya Prepares Breakfast

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Sunday, November 5, 2017. Our dear friend, Wasp Tevya, is at the stove this morning, preparing Caramel Apple French Toast. Tevya has asked me to invite all the Poppers to breakfast. He is serving up a sweet delight to soften the bitter news that US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is walking free. The door will be open awaiting your arrival. Grab an Irish coffee on your way in.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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They Died For Him

Thank you so much for joining POP and me this Sunday morning. I am still trying to process the news that US Army Bowe Bergdahl was granted his freedom from punishment for deserting his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. He willingly walked off the base into the arms of the Taliban. His fellow soldiers were seriously injured looking for him. Others died, but despite the overwhelming evidence Judge Army Col. Jeffrey Nance decided he had been punished enough. It appears that the American people feel otherwise, along with the military and the families and soldiers who have suffered because of his actions. Lady Justice weeps for all those who gave so much for so little.

Waiting for Justice

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Justice Denied

Bergdahl originally faced life in prison, but prosecutors asked for a sentence of 14 years behind bars. His lawyers asked for a dishonorable discharge. Despite his confession, the military judge decided there would be no prison time. His punishment is a dishonorable discharge and a fine of $1000 a month for the next ten months. What about the back pay he accumulated during his visit with the Taliban? Doe he get to keep it? Will those who suffered on his behalf be made to suffer even more? It certainly looks like that is the case. His lawyers were so emboldened by the non-sentence that they are going to pursue having the dishonorable discharge dropped in favor of an honorable one. Lady Justice is weeping along with those who suffered because of his cowardice.

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Injustice Front and Center

Justice has taken a back seat for quite awhile, and it isn't just in Bergdahl's case. Hillary and Bill Clinton have spit in the face of the law, and escaped punishment. We now have mounting evidence that the true Russian collusion involved the Clintons and not President Trump. Despite this, Robert Mueller is pursuing a case that doesn't even involve the White House. He has been doggedly trying to tie the Trump administration to Russia, but he has consistently come up empty. Instead he calls for the arrest of Manafort on charges preceding any association with the president or his people. Is this justice? Does this even make any sense? In the midst of this circus, along comes compelling evidence about the Clintons and our uranium supply. Russia reaped huge rewards when Hillary was Secretary of State. Russia benefited at the expense of the American people and Bill got richer. I didn't hear a thing from Mueller and his team about this. Is this justice? No, it isn't and Lady Justice is weeping for all of us who are at the mercy of a select few who decide the fate of millions.

Tick, Tock

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It's Now or Never

The clock is ticking. We are almost finished with one year of the Trump presidency. Despite the lowest unemployment in seventeen years, a booming market, optimism among ordinary citizens, renewed respect around the world and a host of other accomplishments, the old guard is standing firm to the notion that America belongs to them. They resent this outsider who dares to make America great again. Judges rule against his common sense approaches to keeping us safe. Judges rule against the necessity of punishing men like Bergdahl and critics criticize every single thing this president does. Men like John McCain are behaving badly, and punishing America because of outdated ideas of who this country really belongs to. It was offensive to hear Sen. McCain jab at the Trump administration in front of the Naval Academy. He ripped into the idea of nationalism and isolationism. This president is by no means an isolationist. As I write this he is on a historic sweep through Asia. He is, however, an America first leader, and that is exactly what this nation needs and wants. We need to pull together and move forward, but those in Congress who oppose everything this president does are hurting all of us. We need to pull together, but those in a position to dispense justice are hurting all of us, when they refuse to serve the lady. May justice prevail.


Tevya's Song

Dear God, you made so many difficult people

Why?

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      18 months ago

      Pop

      So true!

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      18 months ago

      Dear brad,

      Well, thats a relief. It's good to hear that something worked out, even though it never should have happened.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      18 months ago

      Thanks

      Yikes, I am now onto to Gluten Free Donuts and Breads, how sad to be healthy! :)

      2014

      After 214 days in a Mexican prison, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi returned home to Florida Saturday, having been freed Friday night after a strong diplomatic push appeared to help convince a judge to release the former Marine on humanitarian grounds.

      After reviewing the ruling, Tahmooressi family spokesman Jonathan Franks said the judge acted on a recommendation from the PGR, the Mexican Attorney General's Office. In that motion, the prosecutor "essentially withdrew the charges," Franks said. Moments later, the trial judge issued an acquittal in Andrew's case, calling for an "immediate and absolute release."

      Franks said the private plane carrying Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, his mother and supporters -- including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson -- landed at a South Florida airport about 6 a.m. Tahmooressi was freed Friday night and reunited with his mother, Jill, and then boarded the flight to Florida in San Diego.

      His release comes after a lengthy, closed trial and a Congressional hearing in September highly critical of Obama Administration efforts to secure his release and Mexico’s refusal to let him go. Tahmooressi said he made an innocent mistake the evening he crossed into Tijuana with three weapons in his truck on March 31.

      While his defense rested its case several weeks ago, Tahmooressi’s release came only after a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ). Speaking by phone on his way to board a plane with Tahmooressi, Richardson said the trio, along with talk show host Montel Williams, met with Mexico’s Attorney General and Ambassador to the US, advocating for his liberation.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      18 months ago

      Dear brad,

      I remember this case quite well, but I had no idea it was still going on. What a travesty!

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      18 months ago

      Pop

      It was interesting that President Obama traded the Taliban five of their captive leaders for Bergdahl, yet, there was no interest by president Obama or any US politician in freeing a US Marine from Mexico. Is this the way, we treat our soldiers?

      On his 101st day in captivity in Mexico, Andrew Tahmooressi arrived at a Tijuana courthouse, where his new lawyer vowed to get justice for the Marine held since March after mistakenly crossing into Mexico with guns.

      The evidentiary hearing, at which Tahmooressi is expected to finally tell his story to a judge, has been delayed by both Mexico's unpredictable legal system and Tahmooressi's trouble settling on a lawyer. Tahmooressi did not speak as he was brought in under heavy guard, but his lawyer, Fernando Benetiz, said the 26-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan won't be reading from a script. And Benetiz said he will press the prosecution witnesses to get the truth.

      "I hope they tell the truth, because if not, I'm gonna make them tell the truth and it's not gonna be pretty," Benetiz said, prior to the hearing, set for 11:30 a.m. local time

      Beneitiz urged caution, but Tahmooressi's mother said the family hopes federal Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo will free him.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      18 months ago

      Dear brad,

      I understand what you are saying about the larger picture of war, however Berdahl is a separate issue. I trust the observations of the soldiers in his unit, and of those who sacrificed to find the deserter. The judge got it wrong in my view, just as wrong as Obama did when he invited the family to the WH and exchanged murderers for this deserter. See you at the Inn, Brad.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      18 months ago

      Jack, thanks for your comment.

      You made some good points here. My point was that he was judged by the Military court system which made a determination on his punishment. Hopefully based on their investigation of the facts and circumstances in the case according to the military code of justice.

      Consider, the numerous stories about Senator John McCain and his tour in the Vietnam War. The stories run the gamut from American Hero to traitor in assisting the Viet Cong while being held as a prisoner of war. The point is that we don't really know the truth, we only have stories and conclusions.

      Shouldn't the military court be the ones to determine what is justice in the current case?

      Thanks again.

    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Brad, you are correct in your observations. However, there is something else that is also in play. These two tracks do not have to be aligned. The politics of war and foreign policy is one track and you nailed it.

      The other track is our military and how it stays a well oiled machine to keep peace at times and fight when called for. In order to have a standing arm force, we need the code of honor and absolute obedience of the ranking members.

      The military is not a democracy. It works well from top down. If people gets out of line, he needs to be punished. That is the only way to run an army. It is not perfect and can be abused at times but the underlying principal is a soldier must follow orders. They can't pick and choose which order to follow or which foreign policy is just. This guy never belong in the army in the first place. We have a voluntary army. If he volunteered, he must abide by the rules or he should be discharged long before his deployment. His writings to home is the most troubling. It seems he is a disillutioned youth and has no business carrying the banner of the US military.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      18 months ago

      Pop

      You are probably not going to be happy with my comment today. As for US Army Bowe Bergdahl, I have an alternate view. As for the rest of the content in the article, I totally agree. The fact that the Russia investigation continues on Trump, and no investigation exists on Hillary and the democrats that is a more tragic failure of justice than Bergdahl. His actions were limited to a few, while Hillary and the democrats actions adversely affected and continue to affect the US and the people.

      The US Army Bowe Bergdahl incident is deeper than his singular action. The root cause of his action should be reflected back to the last one hundred years of almost continuous wars involving the US. We have really lost all of these wars, and the wars in this century are no different.

      Justice should also be judged on the US politicians who have failed the US Veterans that have fought and died for us. They have treated them like a commodity rather than patriots that have protected the country.

      However the resolve of the US Army Bowe Bergdahl case, it does little to put the spotlight on the instigators of these wars and their real motives. You are certainly entitled to your opinion and viewpoint, I am merely looking at the larger and more pervasive issue here. That issue is justice for all.

      We don't have justice even in our justice department. When the FBI and the Department of Justice went political on the crimes of Hillary Clinton and the democratic party isn't that the bigger issue for the American Justice system.

      As for US Army Bowe Bergdahl, the Military Court judged their own, and did they come to their conclusion about his action by looking at the real life facts on Afghanistan that has been going on for over the last twelve years. Aren't they closer to the facts of this case than we are as civilians?

      The government and the politicians have always failed us and the country. The current state of war around the world involving the US is verification of that failure.

      We have taken a single 911 attack in 2001 and have blamed Afghanistan for the alleged deeds of Osama Bin Laden. We attacked and invaded Afghanistan and today we are no further in ending this war. Instead of bringing Afghanistan to a conclusion and taking over ten years to actually find OBL, we immediately extended Afghanistan by attacking and invading Iraq. Today we have unrest and war in the surrounding countries, and their seems to be no end in sight.

      Iran and North Korea are also major threats to the US.

      The point is that we the people have done little to nothing to stop this vicious engagement in almost continuous wars that have resolved nothing, and aid in continuing existing wars and starting new ones.

      When was the last time we saw Justice in the US?

      My opinion, feel free to delete it.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      18 months ago

      Good Morning Lori,

      Freeze the breakfast for a later date when justice lives. I was beyond shocked when I heard Bergdahl was set free. I can only imagine the pain the soldiers and their families are feeling. As far as crooked Hillary is concerned, the only thing that would satisfy me is to see her pay for her crimes. She can take Bill with her. See you at the Inn.

    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 

      18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I'm sorry, dear, I can't eat Tevya's delicious breakfast, this news has heinously ruined my appetite. I was under the impression that military court is much more just and harsher on the guilty. I don't know where I got that notion but apparently I'm wrong.

      How terrible a blow it must be to the families of those who were hurt or killed because of this man's actions. Why we're surprised at non-justice anymore I don't know. It has become the norm. There are many weeping besides lady justice today.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      18 months ago

      Good Morning bill,

      Thus far everything Trump has asserted turned out to be true. As for the Clintons, well they have never said a word worth believing.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      18 months ago

      Good Morning Jack,

      All of is back pay should go to the families who suffered because of him, along with any possible gain from book deals. This judge put America last.

    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I totally agree. We have too many judges who don't understand the law or the Constitution. We have politicians thst are bought and pay for by lobbyists. We have globalist who puts America last.

      The Bergdahl case is especially troubling. I want, at minimum, the suspension of his back pay of $300000. I also want any future earnings from book deals or movies... a portion to go to those veteran's family that lost lives searching for him.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You would have to do some fancy talking to convince me Trump isn't shady, but there is no doubt the Clintons deserve some serious punishment for the shit they've pulled off over the years.

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