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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Last night the final three couples were revealed for next week's BIG FINALE!

Is Donnie Osmond heading back to Utah with his dancing shoes over his shoulder? Should Joanna Krupa slip back into a bathing suit and forget the tassels and chiffon? Did the fans decide Mya was going to get a ton of votes, so they did not vote? And the underdog of all - Kelly Osborne...has America fallen for the tattooed, girl they once loved to hate?

Well, head on over and see what TRAVIS of "Trav's Thoughts" has to say about it all.

The Mirror ball goes home with one of those four next week...

So, did you wake up in the middle of the night to see the Leonid Meteor Shower? I did not even consider it as the skies have been covered with clouds the last two days...

No shooting stars for me....

OK, someone needs to teach President Obama to bow more properly when greeting a dignitary from Japan...but for goodness gracious sake - to now suggest he was groveling and gave the keys to the USA to Emperor Akihito is total partisan crap

From the Huffington Post and other sources:
Single-mother Alexis Hutchinson refused to deploy to Afghanistan on Nov. 5, she said, because she didn't have anyone to take care of her infant son. Now she's confined to the Georgia base where she is stationed, facing criminal prosecution by the Army.

Hutchinson's civilian lawyer told the Huffington Post that Hutchinson, 21, initially planned for her 10-month-old son to stay with his grandmother in California, but that the plan went awry when the grandmother realized that she didn't have the resources to take care of him. Military police arrested Hutchinson on Nov. 6, when she returned to the base after skipping her deployment.

On Thursday, Hutchinson's lawyer, Rai Sue Sussman, said she was told by an officer that the Army planned to ship her client to Afghanistan on Sunday for a special court-martial and that she could spend a year in jail there. But Sunday came and went, and Hutchinson remains at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield outside of Savannah, Ga.

OK this really an issue? I get that when you join the Army you are pretty much giving your free will away for the time you are enlisted.

Now, I am not saying you are a robomatron, but pretty damn close. And Hutchinson is certainly breaking rules here.

But do we not need to have some semblance of intelligence here? If this woman does not have anyone to care for her child, can the Army be serious about sending her to Afghanistan?

And now that she did not deploy, does she need to be shipped to Afghanistan to be court martialed and thrown in the brig for a year?

If this is truly the case, and she does not have anyone to care for her son, and the Army feels it has to make a point her, give her a release from the service. An honorable discharge and let her go back to the private sector.

Or ---gee...let's put on our thinking caps here...give her an assignment here in the US where she can be with her son and finish her enlistment.

16 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. There was a meteor shower? And here I am without any soap.

  3. ...I find the whole concept of sending mothers to a war zone to be completely rediculous...

  4. Mimi Lenox Says:
  5. I did not see the infamous bow. I'm a tad busy these days...I'm so behind on the world. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  6. LAC Says:
  7. I didn't know about the star shower either? Drats. But it was cloudy here anyway, too.

    That's sad about the lady and the army and the baby. On one hand its not like she didn't have plenty of notice that she was getting deployed. On the other, there should be something set up for making arrangements, like an assistance program or temp. foster care with other army families. Something to work with her. She probably could have gone another route that wouldn't have broken so many rules.

  8. Travis Cody Says:
  9. From what I read, she had made arrangements to have her mother keep her son. But her mother became overwhelmed with a number of other people she had to care for, and very late in the game decided she couldn't keep the boy. I'm not sure of the details after that, but it seems to me that the result should have been a delayed deployment until the soldier could make other arrangements.

    I think this young woman understands and appreciate both of her her service and to her son. I'm going to trust that cooler heads in the army will do the right thing for all concerned, especially for the little boy.

    What I'm hoping we don't have is a media running amok with incomplete facts and twisted speculation, and out of control condemnation of either the army or the young woman or her mother, or any of the parties involved.

    As to know we're thrilled with the result!

  10. Jay Says:
  11. I'll be interested to see what all the "a woman's first obligation is to her family" conservatives have to say about this. Wait. No I won't.

    I have no idea how that situation should be resolved. I suspect that all the options sound bad to the mother. But, oh well. Sometimes that's what happens in life.

  12. I think you can join the military and then realize it's not for you. They no no easy out and for a voluntary army it seems wrong to me. They are taking poor folks who are desperate and flashing college at them. I think most do fine. Let the few go home...

  13. I don't watch that dancing show, but what an interesting combination of finalists - Donnie Osmond, Joanna Krupa and Kelly Osbourne, huh?

    My vote's with Joanna Krupa.

  14. DRILLERAA: Not THAT kind of shower!

    PHFRANKIE: If they want to go they should be allowed to go..fathers go...

    MIMI: Take care of your world...we will watch this one for ya

    SHUTTERBUG: her mm was going to take her son, but she also cares for other family members and realized she would not be able to do so..this is a tough situation all around

    TRAVIS: Yes, i actually thought I had mentioned the mom is tough...there has to be a solution other than court-martialing this woman and locking her up

    JAY: LOL..thaey will find another way to change their minds on this

    BUD: I am not even saying she should be out...give her a desk job in any case

    SOUTHERN: Donnie, Kelly and Mya ...Joanna was eliminated last night

  15. Ugh. What a rotten situation for that soldier. Makes me wonder, though, as Trav said, how much do we NOT know? I know how I feel about it just given the basic facts, but is there more here that I don't know? I hate to be judgmental (even though I do it so well!), but as a long-time observer of military families (duh!), I can't help but wonder why did she get in this situation in the first place?

  16. BeckEye Says:
  17. Our government's priorities are so seriously out of whack.

  18. SONGBIRD: Hopefully they will make sense of all of this

    BECKEYE: Well, in this case the Army's might be

  19. Jeff B Says:
  20. Didn't catch the meteor shower here either. It's raining here. Go figure.

    On the soldier, I'm watching the national news as I type and they just aired her story. So much for the media not getting involved.

  21. What? Joanna Krupa was eliminated?!?!?!?

    I knew there was a reason I didn't watch that show.

  22. Poor Southern ;)

    I think that we live in a world where common sense is the victim of the soundbite. More's the pity.

  23. Dana Says:
  24. I'm finally getting around to commenting on a few blogs. Interesting that you mention Alexis Hutchinson - I have a post in the hopper about her.

    Unlike many of your commenters, I feel she needs to be held accountable. There are very SPECIFIC requirement for being a single parent in the military - requirements she was well aware of. She was even given 2-30 day extensions to address her issues and chose to ignore them.

    I'm just a wee bit baffled by this idea that people should just be let out of their military commitment if they change their mind. Makes me wonder about the general level of commitment of people to much of anything these days.


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