Monday, June 23, 2008

The Anti-McCain Ad..telling those to think like they think

Okay, I am sure you have seen the new controversial ad by and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. It started last week and has alot of airplay on all the major networks. Basically it is a mother with her 7 month old baby pleading John McCain not to send her child to Iraq, commenting on his past statement that our country could be in Iraq for 100 years. After watching the ad, I am sure that there are a few women reacting (not thinking mind you) to actual thought of sending babies to Iraq. This ad begs alot of questions to me and I would like to share them.
1) - Since when has our government sent 7 month olds into the military? I believe the youngest age is 18 now a days.
2) - Even when this kid turns 18, wouldn't John McCain be out of office? The max a president could serve consecutively is 8 years. Wouldn't there be another president making other decisions of war at that point?
3) - Last time I checked, our government has 737 bases across the globe(google it - you will find it somewhere). Is Iraq the only place where the military is deploying now a days? How about Japan, Germany or Spain? I am sure when this kid turns 18, there would be another "hot spot" in the world, and Osama bin Laden would have been in the past. Wouldn't Iraq just be another place for a military base at that point?
4) - When this kid turns 18, is it the kid or the mom who decides on whether to serve in the military? If my daughters are called to serve our country, I am not going to stop them. It is a respectable duty. Besides, isn't it the business of the military to fight wars? That is what they do! Even though you don't like the thought of having your own children die before you, dying for your country is something else. If Princess Di - someone vocal on peace issues - were alive today, wouldn't you think she would be proud of her sons for serving their country?

I hope that when you pull the lever in November, regardless of who you are voting for, that you do not think off of the cuff, and resort to voting on reaction. I wish that all American voters actually think about all the issues at stake, not just Iraq, when making a decision. This ad definately serves it purpose in educating the uneducated public, thinking that this election year is only centered on one issue. I think we as a thinking public think of ourselves more than that!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Go Red For Women : Community of Stories - More

Go Red For Women : Community of Stories - More

Has been a while, and there is a lot that still needs to be done

Well, I had been on a hiatus for the past few months. Alot has happened in my life since the last blog, which I really don't have time to go into much detail about, but it has made me more centered than ever in what to do. I have been focused on bettering my world in every way I can.

One of the things that I am doing, especially in the next few days, on June 7, is that I will be joining the thousands of others in on the National Mall to walk/run in Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure. I have been asking close friends, co-workers and relatives to contribute to my efforts in this cause. I had a grandmother who died from the disease. She decided to treat it after the disease had progressed, rather than once she detected it several years before. She was never proactive in seeking treatment early, or in preventing it. I think if she did, she would have lived to see me graduate from college and see me get married. I know much technology has changed since 14 years ago, but there is no excuse that any woman could get early detection.

Every woman needs to be proactive when it comes to health issues. Not only is breast cancer a threat to 1 in 8 women, but there is heart disease, in 1 in 2 women. I have joined as a contributor to Go Red for Women campaign, bringing the idea that heart attacks and any heart ailments don't happen to just men, they happen to women as well. My blog on the Go Red site tells about my journey in finding out about my heart ailments when I was pregnant with my first child.

I want my daughters to look at their mother and see how proactive they need to be to be healthy. It takes changing minds to convinence people to know that something is wrong if you have abnormal side affects. Please take the time to learn about these two diseases for your mothers, sisters, friends, and daughters. The life that you may save maybe your own.