I Washed My Face In the Morning Dew

When I was a young boy, growing into a teenager and then young adult, my late brother, Kenny, used to let me listen to his album collection. Later, when he went off to start his own life, he gave me that collection. They were the 33-1/3 RPM record albums. They were also called the LP or Long Playing albums. Among those vinyl albums were what are classics today. All of them were storytelling songs. Ballads, legends, love songs and a lot of truck-driving songs and songs about traveling. There was every trucker driver song and singing storyteller of the day. Too, among the high stack of classics were such greats of the times as the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and many, many others.

Story telling music was a central part of my entertainment as well as aspiration. They stimulated my desires to be a writer, a storyteller and they inspired me to become a humanitarian.

We were poor. When I was 16 I started working at a a retail store. I purchased an 8-track player for a car I didn’t yet have and collected 8-track tapes. I had a large, growing collection to go along with my brother’s LP collection.

My late dad hooked up the 8-track player he setup for me in the backroom. Using alligator clamps he wired the player to a 12-volt car battery for juice. I learned to improvise early. Daddy was a master improviser. He didn’t live long enough to see me graduate at the age of 17. That’s always been a hollow spot in my heart. There was nothing I wanted more.

A lot of those songs were about people down on their luck. Traveling songs made up a lot of them. Love songs told about broken hearts. It was all part of the process that shaped my lifelong desire to be a storyteller, a writer. Too, it gave me the aspiration to be a humanitarian.

All of the songs in those days were written by great song writers of the time. They were sung by singing storytellers. One of the best among them was one of the newer guys that came along, Tom T. Hall. Like Bobby Bare and others, many of his songs were about traveling and people down on their luck. They told stories about people in great destitution. That was more than 50 years ago, about when a politician named Lyndon B. Johnson introduced into Congress what was called the Johnson Amendment. It was the beginning of the IRS 501(c)(3) and the War on Poverty. 50 years later, there are over one-million nonprofits and just as much destitution as there was in those days.

Tom T. Hall wrote and sang the song that stood out in that pile of albums and 8 track tapes with a voice all of its own. It was probably my favorite song, then, and now. He was a master at telling his stories so that you wouldn’t soon forget them. They called Tom T. Hall the Storyteller.

Operation Underground Railroad (OUR)

A Broken World…

Operation Underground Railroad(OUR) will go anywhere in the world to rescue the victims of evil.

The Alpha Team of world-class experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts go into harm’s way to put an end to child slavery. “O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.” —ourrescue.org/about

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THE FACE OF EVIL
Rescuing Children from Human Traffickers

“There are more people in slavery today that ever before in the history of the world.” –Tim Ballard, Founder & CEO of Operation Underground Railroad

“45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today.” –The Global Slavery Index

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America Must Support Kurdish Independence

America must support Kurdish independence. The number one nation on the planet that stands for freedom and independence is the United States of America. America failed the Kurdish people during the Obama injustice. They were largely ignored by the Bush administration.

US says it understands ‘legitimate aspirations’ of people in Iraqi Kurdistan.
State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert

I supported the Iraq war, not because of the CIA reports to George Bush concerning the chemicals of mass destructions or what experts call Weapons of Mass Destruction, (WMD), but because of the actual use of WMD against Kurdish people on 16 March 1988, known as the Halabja Chemical Attack or Halabja Massacre.

That is what the American people were told, that the Iraqis used poisonous gas to kill the Kurds, their own people. Or so they were called. That gave reason for a war and the overthrow of a brutal dictator named Saddam Hussein and his ruthless Ba’ath Party.
The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party.

But that account has been disputed. Or at least questions raised of its authentic value.

He was Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, and a professor at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000, Stephen C. Pelletiere writes a different opinion. This article by Stephen C. Pelletiere appeared in the New York Times on 31 January 2003 and was reprinted several times since in other publications.
A War Crime Or An Act of War?
Who really gassed the Kurds?

A different view. Iran must have been using Iraqi helicopters to drop the Iranian bombs.
Halabja_chemical_attack
Iraqi blame Iran, Iran blames Iraq and we’re all confused.

“Iraqi MiG and Mirage aircraft began dropping chemical bombs on Halabja’s residential areas, far from the besieged Iraqi army base on the outskirts of the town.”

“…According to regional Kurdish rebel commanders, Iraqi aircraft, coordinated by helicopters, conducted up to 14 bombings in sorties of seven to eight planes each. Eyewitnesses told of clouds of white, black and then yellow smoke billowing upward and rising as a column about 150 feet (50 m) in the air.”

“…was and still remains the largest chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.”

Stephen C. Pelletiere has written a lot of articles and books about Iraq, the Kurds and the Middle East. In one book he entitled he calls the Kurds “an unstable element in the Gulf.” Probably if you kick a beehive once too many times you’d call the bees unstable, too. I’m not taking sides with Stephen C. Pelletiere or anyone else that made a living in government paid for by the taxpayers and then sold tons of books and articles afterwards for his own profit. All I know is the one truth most of us can agree upon, especially since we are fresh into a political civil war that may well escalate to actual one: we can trust no one and we can believe no one. Period.

Bush got us into a mess. Obama made the mess much deeper. Trump is meeting all kinds of asinine resistance and NOBODY is trying to solve the problems that has escalated since Bush invaded Iraq and Obama failed to stop Daesh in June of 2014. Obama could have and should have stopped Daesh in Mosul, Iraq when they first showed their face to the world. He failed. He was afraid, just like James Comey was afraid of the man the American people elected. We don’t need leaders who are afraid, we need leaders who will let the experts who know their jobs, do their jobs and bring victory, not shame to our door. Millions of people, mostly innocent men, women and children have been slaughtered and have had every human right denied them because of ignorant politicians.

It is time that course changes. It is unlikely it will happen, though. The Kurds stood pretty much alone in their brave fight against Daesh. They fought with primitive weapons, with almost no help from the Americans. We could have given them powerful weapons and America’s finest soldiers and SEALs to guide them. We failed to. We had no leadership. The Kurds suffered tremendously. Still they fight on. They have been victimized for generations. Yet, they never lose the fight or the will for their well deserved freedom and independence.

The United States State Department may be correct to focus on defeating Daesh, before putting Kurdish independence on the table. But that same state department shouldn’t lose sight that if it weren’t for the Kurds, including large numbers of female warriors, like Rehana who killed over 100 Daesh fighters before being captured and beheaded and savagely disrespected, we’d still be at the beginning, not the end, of eliminating Daesh. Period. Let’s make sure the Kurdish independence is put on the table and a Kurdistan becomes a reality for the Kurdish people.

Nadia Murad is back home. At least for the moment. Visiting. There are a lot of dark memories mixed with remembrance of childhood joy. Joy that ended on 2 August 2014. Her tiny village of Kocho was attacked by Daesh and the Yezidi men were separated from the women. The men were killed. The women sold as sex slaves and human trafficked for Daesh fighters. Nadia escaped and found her way to safety. She has been a strong spokeswoman for Yezidi’s concerns ever since. The long road for this young, brave lady has been a trying one indeed. She will likely continue being a leader for the Kurdish people. Let it be in a land of the free, home of the brave and fully independence somewhere where the Kurdish people can live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world, especially their Arab natives.
Nadia Murad Goes Home to Kocho