Planet California, Popular Blog, Uses Thanksgiving Holiday to Challenge Antiwar Americans; Issues Open Call for Soldiers' Stories

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"Sentiment from One Who's Been There" is the first in a series of articles dedicated to American servicemen and women this Thanksgiving.

Planet California, written and published by Andrea Layman Hall, makes it clear this Thanksgiving holiday she can no longer ignore the destructive voices of current antiwar protestors.

In that spirit, she has dedicated her blog,, to those who valiantly fight in her name and, at the same time, urges other quiet Americans to speak out.

"I see many efforts by average Americans to assist the military materially, especially during the holidays. I'm hoping my words can only help as half as much as those fantastic holiday boxes of goodies Americans send to our guys."

Planet California, a blog started two years ago has achieved success in local newspaper markets as well as political sites nationwide. Convinced of a media cabal of a few elitist newspapers and media outlets, Ms. Hall asks that her words be taken with equal importance those same outlets have given to antiwar zealots and Al Jazeera.

"Besides upclose stories, look for expositional essays on the subject of Iraq and the war on terror," she adds. "Many Americans, I'm afraid, simply don't understand the terrible consequences of disunity at home or the history of this conflict. I hope I can spur some curiosity at the least."

Ms. Hall, a screenwriter ("Shock Tx" and "Disowned and Dismembered") and art dealer/collector from Southern California ("NOT Los Angeles or Hollywood") plans to utilize the personal stories of "those who have been there" and asks soldiers to allow her to pass those sentiments on to regular Americans.

Contending that many military folks bring home their own personal silence that only their comrades-in-arms understand, Ms. Hall hopes she can solicit meaningful information, even though it may be painful for the combatant/writer.

"I'm asking those who have been placed in harm's way to help engage the American people by telling us more, not for our own entertainment, but to personalize this urge Americans to think about something other than themselves and what seems popular."

"Sentiment From One Who's Been There" talks about a Vietnam veteran, who after having served three tours there, came home to violence and hatred toward him. "I didn't want anyone to know where I was; I had to hide," he told Ms. Hall.

"What this gentleman experienced upon arriving home was uncivil behavior," states Ms. Hall. "One has to look pretty closely into the heart and character of someone who would spit on another person for any reason; but to jeer and spit on a soldier who's just come home? Absolutely unacceptable..and how tragic.

It has been many years ago, but this gentlemen still feels it. It affected his entire being to this day."


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