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STRANGER THAN FICTION - SECRETS & TRANSPARENCY - PART 10 - TAKE UP SERIES
By: Theresa J. Thurmond MorrisTruth is stranger than fiction.
A WOMAN's TAKE ON THE MILITARY & HUMAN RIGHTS
I have secrets and some I will share
and some I will not.
I listen to the 44th President of the United States, President Barack
Obama. I heard him say in Cairo, Egypt via television and my DSL
Internet On Line via my computer to tell the truth to the world who
was watching and listening and all those who were not that will learn
about his speech through history and in schools.
I am an observer and a participant in life on earth. I have had my
life in school, in the military, and in the business world. I have
been on many stages, on television many times, radio, and even in a
movie. I have been no one and I have been someone in others eyes. I
experienced life and am very proud to be an American.
One thing that I am not proud of are the lies we tell each other, our
children, our families, our community, our society, our culture, and
now the entire world based on our government and the elected officials
who are in elected and appointed official positions that represent “WE
THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” who are in office.
Those who are in office have a responsibility to up hold the justice,
democracy, and this republic for all citizens of these United States.
Not just some because it feels right or because of popular constituent
votes or polls taken.
Doing what is right and telling the truth was what this country was
founded upon. Not Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Who came up with that saying
and demoralizing way of being in the Military? They must have been a
Communist. President Obama we need your assistance sir.
Many arguments can be supported on both sides of the gender issues
that we are facing in our future. But, we need you to be the strong
Commander in Chief that we know you can be and honor this very
important part of what you have spoken in your days prior to your
election sir. I do not know this 1st Lt. Dan Choi who graduated as an
Officer and chose to serve the greater good and to be a part of
something greater than himself.
The military is very important to me on at home with Homeland Security
because so many people are already trained to be responders as needed
in an emergency. We can work together and use words we all know. In
America, because we can all relate to how we want to protect America,
our freedom, our democracy, for our family, country, flag, and all
beings on this planet. I like military in this world because we can
all work together to help others in cataclysms, when extremists try to
cause harm to themselves and others.
I know what it feels like to take the oath to defend this country
against both foreign and domestic enemies. I do know the respect for
my self and my country when I was finally allowed to wear my U. S.
Navy uniform. And, I do know what it feels like to be discriminated
against for wearing that uniform and to be looked down upon by others.
I am a woman who was born in the great southern state of Louisiana the
day after Christmas, 1951. I was the child that was supposed to be a
boy to please my father, and his father, and all the great proud men
who have been in our military and I was born a woman with the last
name of Thurmond. I was resented because I was a girl and I lived with
that until I could be brave enough to accept that there was nothing in
this world I could do to change my gender and to hold my head up high.
I also had three brothers with the name of Thurmond and Nathaniel who
wore the U.S. Marine Corps Uniform and taught at Paris Island, North
Carolina was treated harshly by African Americans because his last
name was Thurmond. He is now deceased but I know some of his deepest
issues with the fact that he grew up and went to school with black
boys and some of them were his best friends but since he is not hear
to tell his story I will leave it wit the fact that he was proud of
that uniform and his country just as I am today.
Our brother, David Thurmond is now deceased due to the Aids Virus. My
brother David was a twin to my sister Wendy Thurmond Finley. David
wanted to serve in the military and we had conversations about it.
Since his oldest sister and brother had served as well as his father,
it was natural for him to want too. But, because he grew up with a
male body being the twin to a female, he was different. I knew when he
was born that he was different and I was only ten years old. He had it
tough in school and being around people.
It was no fault of his, he had a normal body with all working parts,
all ten fingers, and toes, and male anatomy at its finest. But, he was
different because his female spirit did not match his male body. We
lived in a normal neighborhood and he was never around people who were
gay. He did not adopt a coming out until he was a singer and won a
spot on the Oprah Winfrey Show. My brother had to be brave enough to
accept that he would not be able to change his gender no matter what
God had created. He was a Latter Day Saint and believed in Jesus and
God as a Christian. The Church thought God made mistakes by putting
the wrong spirit in the wrong body and that my brother would not go to
Heaven but Hell and could be excommunicated and would no longer be
part of our family and would no longer be sealed to us after we were
sealed in the Temple in Washington , D.C. My brother died being
truthful to his family, and my mother worked for years in Houston with
the Aids Foundation and many dying men. My mother has been the mother
to many young men while they lived in her home and many came to her
home to die. My family has observed more pain and death than there is
room to write in this one article.
It is time that this world get right with the truth that there are
many spiritual good beings that believe in family, God, and country
and somewhere along the way, this country got it into rules, laws,
policies, procedures and into the government personnel to right and
accept such a thing in our laws that some of our children that grow up
whether they become men or women should not be outward in appearance
or action with who they really are. They are told to don’t tell if
someone ask if they are gay, lesbian, transgender. The “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” issue in the military is ridiculous. Somewhere along the
way someone decided that we may know by looking at a person, or
listening to them talk, that they may be gay, lesbian or transgender
that we should simply allow them to enlist and serve their country.
If, those who are in paid professions as recruiters who wear the
military uniforms and allowed these people into the military to serve
our country, then they apparently decided that they were fit to pass
the physical. This is proof enough that if they passed the physical
that they have what it takes to serve our country. We know that they
have to have proof of citizenship and that should be all they need. It
should not be in their contract or even mentioned to these beings that
they should not ask and don’t tell if anyone ask about whether they
are gay, lesbian, transgender. This is the same thing as saying if
someone ask if you are a woman, black, Chinese, Mexican instead of
African American, Asian, or Latino. It is all wrong. Gender issues and
sexual preferences are not necessarily the same issue.
I am a woman who served as a Private Investigator, Legal Investigator,
Military personnel, GS government civilian employee, and I drove a
commercial 18 wheeler Big Rig, and 53’ trailer coast to coast in
America. These are the jobs that were usually considered a man’s job.
I learned to cope with men’s flirting and remarks and trying to make
me feel guilty for doing these jobs. I may have been a woman but I was
asked if I was a man, and yet had the totally feminine body. I was
considered attractive so learned to handle myself when sexual remarks
were made. This is a part of our culture in America. The learning to
cope with other beings and their prejudices.
This 1st Lt. Dan Choi looks Asian to me but I heard he was a
translator and was needed by our military. Just because he has chosen
to tell when asked if he is gay should not be a reason to put him out
of the military. I see no different than putting me in the military as
a woman with me serving with many gay men in the medical field. I made
it 8 years with knowing many military gay and lesbian both who served
as professionals and did their jobs. This is based on experience. They
were not treated any different in the medical field in the Navy. The
Army should not treat they personnel any different because their
troops are declaring the truth. I saw this 1st Lt. Dan Choi of the
U.S. Army Reserve on television and he represents many people who feel
the same way as I do but do not have a chance to speak out on
I thought maybe he had been accused of espionage or something dealing
with being thrown out of the army for not doing his job. So America is
about throwing qualified personnel out of the army based on the Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell issue? WE should take issue if someone tells a lie or
commits perjury. If he lost his legs due to combat I would still say
give him some prosthetics and give him a desk job but let the man keep
his job. It is not a fault that someone can rectify with all the
people I have seen in the military. Most of them did not want to be
the way they are. It was not a choice. It was not with my brothers who
died and it is not with me. I wanted to be a boy but was born a girl.
My husband former 1st Sergeant Thomas R. Morris, U.S. Army served
1980-1993. Things were different then. He felt then that the gay men
would get beat up, ridiculed, or killed by his own troops. He was Army
and I was Navy. I worked with Army in field training exercises, I
worked with the Marines and I never saw any of the men in uniform
mistreat our feminine acting hospital corpsman, medics, or officers.
This is something that is old and ridiculous.
Troops are smarter and better trained than we were in the 80’s. I saw
women being put on ships just to meet a man and get pregnant that was
more of an issue than gay men in the Navy. The men were complaining
about women in the military is that still an issue too?
In the news on the Internet the civil unrest on some major American
Issues may become global issues. Which way will President Obama go
with the issues of our times. These are the times that will try men’s
souls, and women’s too. I was not a hippy, and a bra burned in the
60’s because I was living with the Viet Nam War barefoot and pregnant
while my husband worked for NASA to stay out of the draft. I wanted to
go to war and could not because I was a woman with children. I know
from experience. I am 57 years old now.
I have had experiences out of body, near death experiences, and extra
terrestrial contact experiences and that is the truth so help me God.
I speak out now because it is the truth.
On Gay Issues, Obama Says "Don't Ask" The president, who favors civil
unions but not marriage for gay couples, promised to repeal the "don't
ask" policy as well as the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), another
Clinton-era policy, which requires that the federal government not
recognize "a relationship between persons of the same sex as a
President Promised To Repeal Policy On Gays In The Military But Has
Not Acted; Gay Groups Growing Increasingly Impatient "The Court is
signaling the other two branches of government that any change to this
policy is going to have to come from them, the executive and
legislative branches," CBS News chief legal analyst Andrew Cohen, who
adds that the decision is not an endorsement of the policy. "The
Court isn't endorsing the policy - it's simply choosing as it usually
does to stay out of military policies. Historically the Justices have
been willing to give great deference to the White House in military
affairs," Cohen writes.
On the CBS News June 2, 2009 | by Brian Montopoli
Perhaps the highest-profile recent discharge has been that of Lt. Dan
Choi, a linguist fluent in Arabic who publicly announced his
homosexuality in March. In April of last year, the president
explicitly addressed the discharge of officers like Choi in an
interview with The Advocate magazine.
"We're spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or
lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like
Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need," he said. Roughly
12,500 service members have been discharged under the "don't ask"
policy since it was implemented, among them 800 "mission critical"
CBA Political Hot sheet on the Internet: As long as the promise of
equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected," he
said. "If we can work together to advance the principles upon which
our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride
Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American
people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of
sexual orientation or gender identity."
But four-and-a-half months into his presidency, Mr. Obama has not
acted on his campaign promises on gay issues. Pressed on the lack of
action on "don't ask," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs indicated
that the administration is working with the military to end the policy
in a responsible way. He also said that doing so requires a
"legislative vehicle." (Legislation has been introduced in the House,
but not the Senate, to change the law.)
As I stated in my last article on American Chronicle, The United
States government needs to be revamped and this includes policies, and
procedures not just the laws and statutes. I love my country and I am
proud to be an American Woman! I am also a proud American woman
advocate for all human rights for the entire world. I am a voting
constituent here me. President Obama ran on “CHANGE” well, “President
Obama as Commander in Chief, Sir, with all due respect, now is the
time for all good men and women be they straight, gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgender to come to the aid of their country to assist
in creating a better world for the greater good and the entire global
Truth is stranger than fiction.
TJ MORRIS ACIR/Morris Publishing
American Culture International Relations
656 Carolyn Lane, Beaver Dam, KY USA 42320
TAKE UP By: TJ THURMOND MORRIS
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Theresa J. Morris professionally known as TJ Morris tm which is her name and trademark uses the ACIR sm as her service mark as an interested party in International and Goal Community Social Cultural Growth with emphasis on Social Entrepreneurial ventures.
TJ can maintains various websites as an Author/Entepreneur. TJ speaks of the days last century that are behind her as a fine exotic old wine. One of her favorite analogies on earth has been that older women are like fine wine and they become better with age.http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517889YH85L._SL75_.jpg
TJ has many skills dealing with global and cultural issues and one of her skills has always been with traveling and sharing the admiration and respect with other human beings around the world no matter what cultural traditions and beliefs may separate the mind. Theresa learned at an early age to be an Ambassador of Goodwill from her seniors in Louisiana where she was born.
Tj's paternal side of the family the Thurmonds were from the South and her Great Grandfather was Richard "Dick" Jackson Thurmond who owned the Ripley Railroad with Faulkner in Ripley, Mississippi.
Tj's family own her mother's side saw strong women including her Great Aunt becoming the first woman superintendant of schools in New York City which was always a large part of her family becoming educators in schools at various levels from New York through Missouri and into Monroe, Louisiana for Northeast State and LSU.
TJ has a love for all countries, her homeland the United States of America and all her states that include certain areas where her four daughters choose to call home for professional employment reasons.
Angela Dawn Parrish graduated high school, and TJ took her directly to college and did not allow her to go on spring break to Florida upon her graduation. Angela was a model perfect six and stood 5'11, a true blonde hazel eyes. Angelar went to Tj's office in Los Angeles where she was discovered and played a model in a movie.
Lauren Michelle Parrish was asked to attend college in Honolulu, Hawaii at Uniersity of Hawaii where TJ's corporate office was located but chose to stay in Winter Park, Orlando Florida area where she now is in banking.
Stephanie Esther Parrish, modeled in Atlanta, Georgia for her mother's High Fashion Bathing Suit line and Managed the Atlanta Apparel Mart for three years having a family of three sons still living in Buckhead. Stephanie has since had the last granddaughter for TJ named Kali Mariah Smith and has the beginnings of a talented Mariah Carey who she was named after but will more likely follow in Beyonce Knowles's foot steps. She will most likely be a model like her mother and 3 Aunts all were.
Ginger Theresa Fay Parrish was a model who snared a large modeling agency in New York and was on her way to Europe when she met a surfer and chose to attend the Greatful Dead Tour instead at Mom's expense. Ginger attended a private high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gi-Gi as she was called during her modeling days now resides with he two sons outside of Phoenix, Arizona and is a spiritual minister following her life's path.
TJ hopes to create a new beginning for her four daughters, and her grandchildren, Steven, Ann-Marie, Hayley Michelle all Ryan's living new Aunt Stephanie in Florida.
Stephanie has Brandon Lee named after Tj's passion with martial arts, the famous Bruce Lee. Stephanie was honoring her mother's belief system in many of the eastern phiosophies for boys. There is Keith, and Kevin and the three boys live in Atlanta.
Gi-GI has Dustin and Jayden Skipper in Arizona, while Jacob and Jordan Thomas live in Lubbock, Texas attending school.
Lauren M. Parrish has Gabriel who was born in Houston, Texas and also studies martial arts. All the grandsons are sport minded and in martial arts which TJ believes offer mental discipline for the body-mind-spirit. The girls were all given a spiritual life and are business working Mothers.
TJ wants to begin building a firm foundation for the future of not just her 9 grandsons, and 3 granddaughters but for all children of the world.
TJ has never been motivated by money and greed which can work against an entrepreneur on this planet. TJ has since learned to concentrate on her passions, and purpose, and the results are reward enough. It will be up to the family legacy of strong maternal women who will build a new empire for this 2012 bunch of teenagers.
TJ had a hard time interesting her four daughters in her line of work in international marketing and manufacturing. Stephanie was the only daughter who worked directly for her mother full time in the family business. Lauren worked for her mother part-time in Waukegan, Illinois doing Title Searches in the legal areas of her mother's line of work while waiting on her orders to Hawaii. Lauren took an interest in mortgage banking and has fulfilled her goal with a bank in Florida.
The TJ Morris tm ACIR sm may be left to TJ Morris Friends and this is why TJ is being quite exclusive about who will be allowed in her inner circle. Tj's background in Business and Public Security with government hands own training in personnel and information security has taught her the best way to create a good outlook on how the future of her designs in manufacturing and distribution internationally will work.
TJ has had some colleagues and partners in life she has thought she could trust but their heart was good until the larger business venture started coming their way as TJ's designs and marketing skills began taking off in the third year. This was the crucial time for her business to grow. TJ says she seemed to have greed cropping up from all her business partners in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. She realized that when it comes to taking a corporation where it needs to go in order to move forward that the bridge to prosperity is a long and hard road to follow.
TJ says this time she will forge her path knowing there will be rocks in the road but she will leave a trail for others.
TJ favors the many people from India whom she met while doing psychic fairs in Honolulu. One gentleman took videos of Theresa back to India and TJ made friends with many and learned of their beliefs and culture first hand.
TJ also met Buddhist Monks while in Honolulu, and when she went to Japan. She hopes to blend her many ways of dealing globally so that all may prosper from the future global marketing strategies. TJ is managing her business though many friends are offering as volunteers through her chosen charity line of work called Ace Folklife.
TJ said she tried to interest some people in Kentucky where she filed in Ace Folklife for art, culture, education, and her book publishing which is one of her passions is sharing in Ascension Educational Awareness. She worked as a volunteer Event Planner in Kentucky from 2001 with the Bill Monroe Foundation and has her charter hanging on her wall. This has since been changed to the Monroe Foundationa dn Jerusalem Ridge Festival which she worked 5 consecutive years when Bluegrass Festivals began a festival at the Ohio County Fairgrounds 2004-2007 for three years and TJ caught the folklife education of Kentucky from the Western Kentucky University Anthroplogy Department and the Ohio County Tourism in bluegrass. Tj has recently decided to put the festivals to rest because of the lack of interest to the outdoors crowd when the gasoline prices went up as did the global warming temperatures.
TJ saw the change in people due to economic hard times and had some hard times between 2006 when she first filed her business with the Internal Revenue Service which is required to dun a business in America. TJ had two years into a local business with her husband and his father when they both became ill and and Grandfather Morris 108 Years old was laid to rest. The Morris Family was saddened and in mourning. The world seemed to be mourning all of 2008.
TJ is allowing her time with her husband while editing his books which he has completed four and she has four that are to be edited and completed for publication but will miss the deadlines for the big book shows internationally. One may be a goal for each. Tom Morris is TJ's soul mate and writes military mysteries. TJ is more into space and science with some paranormal experiences that have become of interest to her readers awaiting her book called TAKEN UP. American Book Publishers as been waiting for the Alien Contact Experiences book. TJ has the files but due to her product line and husband's health has not had time to only write. TJ has been cranking out articles for UFO Digest in Canada for Dirk Vander Ploeg on a weekly basis of about 2000 words a week, as well as, American Chronicle, American News Magazine, and Anew News.
TJ has not had much time to share with her social network friends on line so has been at least keeping in contact on Facebook and Twitter since no time to answer personal emails to her readers. They have grown with her over the last two years and know that she cut back on the emails to write books.
TJ has not shared her talent in goods and services marketing and manufacturing, nor her talents as an Investigator working for rich attorneys in Houston such as the famous Percy Foreman, Benton Musslewhite, and Newton Schwartz with an occasional case with John O'Quinn, and other well known law firms. TJ has always been told by a New York Agent that if she ever wanted to write her book "Houston Undercover" copyrighted name that her private eye and Legal Investigator stories would be better sellers in New York than the niche paranormal genre but, TJ has obligations first.
TJ has signed a contract for all the merchandising rights for future sells under her name with a rather large media corporation in the U.K. which was at the end of 2007.
TJ will not discuss this with her friends or Webmasters, not even her spouse or attorney. This leaves the reality show in the future after her book signing tours.
TJ explained that her product line is in the making and will not launch until after 2010 when she has her first book released and can nurture her husband through his marketing campaign. Tom is also an artist and his collections was appraised by an art dealer of $285,000 for the 250 on 8x10 pen and ink one of a kinds. Tom sold several copies that went out around the world through sales at a local Beaver Dam Cafe with visitors during the Bluegrass Festivals season and visitors from U.K. and Australia. It was hard for TJ to grasp that people from around the world come to Kentucky for other than the Kentucky Derby Race. The Western Kentucky Bluegrass Region has several counties teaming up.
TJ moved to the green trees and blue hills of Beaver Dam, Ohio County, Kentucky by choice. TJ lives in Mitch McConnell land where people are very proud of their independent heritage and aim to keep their gun rights along with their human rights.
TJ says she may appear old on the inside but she has a corvette V8 Chassis just like the Corvettes of Bowling Green, Kentucky USA where the home of Fruit of the Look is also. TJ is big on cotton and natural green cotton from her old Eco-Fashion Days. TJ wears only natural materials and we can expect to see her new designer line for the general woman populace that want strong double seams in their clothing styles.
TJ is also an animal lover and has always had a dog as a companion. TJ says as always a portion of the sales of all her products will support animal rights. TJ also supports human rights around the world. Health and prosperity are her goals now and she is laying out a new business and marketing plan for her daughter Stephanie who will assist TJ in the Eco-Friendly new designer market promoting models.
TJ likes America's Next Top Model and wants to support the plus size. TJ explains that was her next project in Chicago which is the closest fashion convention. TJ says she has Atlanta in mind again as well. Dallas can stand alone although she says she always enjoyed the shows there. Nashville is closest and only 100 miles from Beaver Dam. TJ is going to watch the marketing trends through 2009 while doing one more year with her websites before turning them over to a Webmaster she can trust. Fro now, she has three people in mind. Two men and One woman. The Jewelry shows in Atlanta are the ones she has been with besides in Honolulu. TJ was considering working with a market in Owensboro and Evansville, Indiana and is looking into the marketing traditions in the area.
Tj says that the world has changed so much since 1990 and that 2010 will be twenty years since she signed her showroom contracts in LA and Atlanta. TJ says if all goes well 2011-2020 will be the rise of the Phoenix for her new "KEEPER OF THE FLAME".