Archive | June 2013

Navy SEALs’ Parents Sue Biden, Panetta Over Sons’ Deaths


Vice President Joe Biden and ex-U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were sued by the parents of Navy SEALs, who accused the officials of exposing their sons to retaliation by publicizing their unit’s role in the raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden.

The men were killed in an Aug. 6, 2011, attack on their helicopter, three months after the bin Laden raid, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Washington. The parents, seeking more than $200 million in damages, accused Biden and Panetta of revealing the team’s involvement for political purposes before the 2012 presidential election.

Navy SEALs enter a simulated home while practicing close-quarters combat at U.S. Training Center Moyock, North Carolina. Photographer: Eddie Harrison/US Navy via Getty Images

Billy Vaughn, the father of Navy SEAL Team 6 member Aaron Vaughn, speaks at the National Press Club about the Aug. 6, 2011 attack on the Navy SEALs’ helicopter in Afghanistan. Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

“The hard reality is that Biden and Panetta are alive ‘feasting’ on their ‘political notoriety,” power and wealth, while the brave heroes who gave their lives for our nation’s security are dead, thanks to them!” Larry Klayman, an attorney for the family, said in a statement on the filing.

Thirty U.S. special forces, seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were among those killed when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in the eastern province of Afghanistan. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said at the time that none of those killed were from the SEAL team involved in the bin Laden raid.

The suit also names Iran, Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who allegedly tipped the Taliban off about the helicopter coordinates on the day of the attack.

SEALs’ Parents

The plaintiffs are Billy and Karen Vaughn, the parents of Aaron Vaughn; Charles and Mary Ann Strange, the parents of Michael Strange; Doug and Shaune Hamburger, the parents of Patrick Hamburger; and Sidh Douangdara, the father of John Douangdara.

A call to Biden’s press office seeking comment on the complaint wasn’t immediately returned. Panetta couldn’t immediately be reached for comment through his Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

The case is Vaughn v. Biden, 1:13-cv-00974, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington)



Ghost of Amelia Earhart:   Are there any secrets, anywhere, anymore,  T—Abby  ?   They just won’t leave me alone.

T—Abby Cat:   The only secret in most circles is “O’s” birth and education records.  Maybe Edward Snowden has those on the unreleased–illegal–treasonous–NSA tapes.

Ghost of Ella Fitzgerald:  Do I get a royalty on the NSA UNCONSTUTIONAL TAPES,  like I did with the Nixon Tapes ?

TAC:  No Ella, everything is on CD’s.

Mary Jo Kopechne:  Did T. Kennedy ever find his own murky demise ?

TAC:  He did, a brain tumor or something equally disturbing. 

The Editor:  TAC, why do you reference T. Kennedy so often ?

Murky Cat:  I only reference him when the News Media tries to tell us what to think, what we should strive for. 

The Editor:  Could you explain that a bit ?

MC:  I will certainly try.  Paula Dean used a N word some years ago.  She is worth about 10 million dollars, so this isn’t about her starving.  

Everyone is on her case about forgiveness,  I haven’t heard one word about Ted Kennedy, Jessie Jackson’s love child, or Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley

The Editor:   What point are you trying to make ?

Apostle Cat:  Your values should not be determined by a news cast.

I guess forgiveness is like beauty—–in the eyes of the beholder.

AC:   Where did the love for Paula go ?



The Editor:   Does Cumberland keep track of traffic on public streets, Lois ?

Neighborhood Watch Cat:   For sure, just like this.

The Editor:  What about PRIVACY ?

NWC:  There is no expectation of privacy on a public street.

The Editor:  What about women wearing a niquab ?

Turban Cat:  It is illegal to cover your face – from the forehead to below the chin – on Cumberland, while in public.  What anyone does behind closed tent flaps is their own business.

The Editor:   How can minority citizens wear their ancestral clothes ?

TC:  They just have to keep their face visible, like me when I travel to Muslim countries.



American Medical Association:  We found evidence that Autism is caused by things in the environment.

The Editor:   They are really making progress, Lois.

M D Cat:  The victims were always on their minds.  Autism isn’t caused by any living thing, that means it is from the environment.   Any fool can check what has changed since the 1960’s.   Maybe it is the number of vaccinations with mercury in them that babies take.  Maybe it is air pollution.  Maybe it is pesticides/herbicides sprayed on food.  Maybe it is hormones given to animals.  Maybe it is toxins is plastic containers.  Maybe it is legal/illegal drugs that pregnant women take.   Maybe it is a little of each.

The Editor:  They will work it out, M D Cat.

HMO Cat:  Sure, when a million families have been destroyed.   Don’t forget chlorine and  fluoride  in the water.  Don’t forget a little radiation here and there.

I guess it is their misfortune.



Chris Christie Obese N.J. Governor:  Should I worry about the 2016 presidential race ?

Prescient Cat:    Worry about losing 200 pounds and these imports from Asia.

The American Middle Class:  May we take a vacation this year ?

PC:    You may, but don’t get sick or in an accident.  Here are some beaches to visit, if you missed a paycheck go to the polluted or bacteria infected beaches.

TAMC:  May we visit Cumberland’s beaches ?

PC:  If your papers are in order, Amigo does enforce the laws.

PC:  If you hurry you can make Founders Day.



The Editor:  Do you know much about privacy, Lois ?

Eye of the Tiger Cat:   For sure,  since the ancient times, people have been spying on people.  Information is knowledge and knowledge is power.  Good examples are Peeping Toms, and Eavesdroppers.  

The Editor:  Does new technology make it easier, EOTTC ?

Cloistered Cat:  It sure does.  Here is a brief history of EVERYONE, AND THE GOVERNMENT’S ability to violate your right of privacy.

The Editor:  That is pitiful, CC.

Misanthropist Cat:   It certainly is, now robots are next in line.

It would be stalking if you had a GOOD SHYSTER LAWYER to represent you.     Maybe the Attorney General.



The Editor:  Lois, a loyal reader wants to know how to stay positive in these troubled times ? 

Grasshopper Cat:   This is what I do.   Usually you need to develop your mind, like this.

Norman Vincent Peale Cat:  Then, think positive.

Dale Carnegie Cat:  It helps to have friends.

The Editor:  What if our readers are too poor for books and things ?

Simple Cat:  Get rid of your loser associates who can’t handle moderation.  Your time here is just temporary.  Just like the illegal immigrants.                                                 DOUBLE CLICK FOR FULL PAGE