Vandals attacked homes with hate graffiti of Obama backers

Five acts of vandalism have scared some of these residents that showed their support for Barack Obama.  Signs torn down, hate graffiti, vehicles spray painted, and trees – this happened late Saturday night in south Torrance.

Vandals attacked homes that displayed support for President-elect Obama, spray-painting cars, walls, trees and campaign signs with swastikas and racial slurs. One Hollywood Riviera resident awakened to find a large Nazi symbol on a tree, the N-word across her garage door and the phrase “Go back to Africa” scrawled across a front wall.

“They had painted a big swastika on my car and spray-painted out my bumper sticker,” she said Monday. “It was pretty shocking. Immediately my heart began racing.” One couple who live near Calle Mayor found the words “Hitler” and “Nazi” painted in black on their Volkswagen.

The Torrance police Sgt. Bernard Anderson is trying to decide if this is aimed at the individuals or a political issue.  Basically, he has to determine if these attacks should be labeled as hate crimes, then they could possibly be felonies.  Which is what I’m hoping the Sgt. decides.

Each of the targeted residences displayed Obama campaign signs in their front yards or bumper stickers on their cars. All of the victims were white.

“God forbid these people come back again,” said a Southwood resident who found four Swastikas and a symbol for “Heil Hitler” on her car. “I was shocked and appalled and just frightened that this would happen in this day and age.”

In fact, the ADL believes that these attacks should be taken seriously.  The Anti-Defamation League issued a Press Release yesterday.  They are reporting some alarming facts and monitoring White Supremacists very closely.
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10,000 Miles

This is an absolutely gorgeous song by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It makes me think of the soldiers who are separated from their families, thousands of miles away, and their families who wait and worry in their absence as they serve this country. This is for them.

We need to support the troops by bringing them home, to provide the care they need after they get home, and end the insanity brought on by George Bush and Dick Cheney. It is my fervent hope and prayer that President Barack Obama will be the man to make it happen.

He Proudly Served His Nation

Today is Veteran’s Day.  It’s a day of honoring those that served our nation, during peace and during war.

How well does our government treat its veterans?   During the Vietnam War, many veterans were exposed to Agent Orange… a known cancer causing agent.

The LA Times has a story of a veteran that survived the “Russian Roulette” of Vietnam, return home intact both physically and mentally only to die years later from a cancer that was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange.

He was also a member of the class of veterans that sued Dow Chemical Co., the manufacturer of Agent Orange. That lawsuit was settled when Dow agreed to pay millions of dollars into a fund to compensate those veterans who developed cancer from their exposure to Agent Orange. Although the settlement appeared reasonable at the time, the amount proved to be inadequate; the fund was exhausted by the time my friend became ill. A second and third lawsuit was dismissed by the judge who had presided over the first action. However, the findings made by the judge in his decision reveal a lot. Continue reading

Veteran’s Day Tribute

My Veteran’s Day Tribute to my Father, my husband, his brother Carl, & his brother Marc.  All four serviced in the U.S. Navy.  My husband served on the USS Kitty Hawk. The Kitty Hawk deployment was then extended two-and-a-half months to support contingency operations in the North Arabian Sea during the Iran hostage crisis. For their actions in the region, Kitty Hawk and CVW-15 were awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal. USS Kitty Hawk is planning to be decommissioned on the morning of Jan. 31, 2009, in Bremerton, Wash.

My father went over to Japan six years after we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Dad was stationed out of the San Diego Naval Base.  Marc served in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service for 6 years.  Carl was stationed out of Norfolk Naval Station. (Pretty sure it was on the carrier USS Enterprise)