Women in Future Drafts: Imagine That!

Females may be included in the Selective Service and qualify for a potential draft should one be ordered by the president, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The U.S. military’s civilian leader lamented that he didn’t know who ran the Selective Service, but whoever does will “have to exercise some judgment based on what we just did,” Panetta said at a Pentagon press conference on January 24,2013. On last Thursday, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lifted the official ban on women serving in combat roles, removing gender barriers from jobs in the military. However, this new position can place women in the draft.

Congress established the U.S. Selective Service as an independent federal agency in 1940, one year ahead of the start of World War II. Presidents had drafted men in previous wars, but this was the first time it was established in peace time. In America’s history, the military has never drafted a woman or ordered her to register for the Selective Service. That could change as the service leaders determine how to institute the new policy of allowing women to serve in combat arms specialties. In doing so, it may force Congress or the president to include women or scrap the Selective Service.

My question to my followers “What are your thoughts of women being on the frontline in a military campaign?”



Response to Brown

The comment that struck me was “She has been around people who have died before, this time she knew that the blood was on her hands.”
Please tell us all how former president Bush felt as he watched thousands of caskets return from an Iraqi war that he manufactured? He probably had the same bewildered look he had after being told that America was under attack on 911. An attack whose warnings he received but ignored.
Does anyone in America think that the Republicans are being honest brokers in this matter? Where was their outrage on really major events like 9/11/2001 (Who walked the plank for that?) and others? This is a serious matter and deserves an investigation (which it has had) but to make it a political witch hunt is reprehensible.


One thing that angers me about the American ideal of a strong women. She is suppose to be strong enough to bare children but still can not appear to be stronger than a man. However when she works in a  male field, she must check those emotions at the door. If she does not she is seen as ill prepared or as  the  wrong person for the job. I am tried of seeing this occur. This is not the first time, for Mrs. Hilary Clinton, but she has come under attack again for her female sensibilities. Mrs. Clinton became emotional as she took on Republican critics of how her department handled the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of killed the U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans. Clinton passionately say’s ” I take responsibility”. Please stop being so hard on this woman, she is…

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Each year we celebrate various holidays that represent different significant events. As an African American female, sometimes I feel over looked in my quest for universal freedom. However, I do think it’s important to recognize ALL ethnicities, genders etc. At the same time, I can relate to the comment of “Now you get it.” Are we so over sensitive to this salad bowl on issues Have we, as American, found minute reasons to recognize the various groups? However, history cannot be wiped off the earth with a swipe, making everything just OK because some people want it to be. Resentments on all sides that have built up and are continuing to be acted upon cannot be wiped clean. Black/white relations have a long, long way to go. Yes, things are so what better but far from “fixed.” Unfortunately, there are the ranters like Al Sharpton who keep the limelight and who keep a minority of black people very loudly up in arms. Unfortunately, the vocal ones on the other side latch on to THIS group to judge black people overall just like white people are judged by THEIR vocal minority, (Hannity, Limbaugh). The loud ones on any side, be it this issue or another, are the ones that are noticed. Some people tend to only think of the ranters and judge most black people are not like the ranters. There are also ranters of ALL ethnicities, which sometimes get lost in the shuffle as well.


Good for everybody

The gains in society made by blacks, women and gays in baby boomers’ lifetimes are extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented – is the description of this article. I was looking forward to reading a positive article but I think they played the old “Bait and Switch” on the readers.

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Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision Anniversary. Are we really Celebrating?

Today marks the anniversary of the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion, Roe v. Wade. Here’s some history of the court’s decision:

Decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women’s health. Arguing that these state interests became stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the trimester of pregnancy.

Norma Leah McCorvey, better known by the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe"

Norma Leah McCorvey, better known by the legal pseudonym “Jane Roe”

Henry Wade, as Dallas County District Attorney

Henry Wade, as Dallas County District Attorney

In 2011, 92 abortion restrictions were passed in 24 states and in 2012, 19 states enacted 43 provisions restricting access to abortion services. So as we “celebrate” (and I use the term hesitantly) the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, does anyone know where one can obtain an abortion in a timely fashion without mortgaging their house?

In a perfect world there would be no need for abortions, women would not be sexually assaulted, and children would have no need to fear their own family members. But that isn’t the world we live in. We must protect those who are vulnerable and we must put an end to all types of violence. So forty years later, the struggle to preserve access to abortion is even more daunting than the fight to legalize it was.

Love to hear your thoughts on this controversial issue.

Response to Gooden

Hagel does appear to be more than qualified for the position. What I like is that he has real world experience in combat. Therefore, he’s strong advocate for Americans in uniform. I would think that he would deliberate and weigh options before going to war. No waste of resources and lives!


Chuck Hagel was recently announced by President Obama as the nominee to replace Leon Pannetta as Defense Secretary. I was intrigued by the debate that has ensued over the nomination. Chuck Hagel was not only a long time senator from Nebraska, a state which has a strong relationship with the Defense Deapartment, he is a Republican nominated by a Democratic president. According to the Today Show and NPR, he is also the first enlisted Vietnam War veteran to possibly serve as Secretary of the Defense. He seems remarkably qualified to me. But some on both the Democratic side and the Republican side have expressed their reservations. Hagel has apparently been outspoken on his opposition of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan which makes the Republicans skittish. So what! He was nominated by a Democrat President who shares his views. Didn’t they expect the president to nominate a secretary of defense that agrees with…

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Response to Mrs. Brown’s post

I read Mrs. Brown’s post regarding Rizana Nafeek, the 24 year old, Sri Lankan maid who was executed by the Saudi Arabia government after being accused of the killing of her employers’ infant 7 years ago. From what I’ve read about this case, its tragedy all around. To start the entire episode of Nafeek is sad. To start, Ms. Nafeek was sent to Saudi Arabia on false documents by employment agents to work as a domestic assistant, though she was under age. She was sentenced to death in 2005, despite having no access to a lawyer, after her employer’s four-month-old daughter was found dead in unexplained circumstances. Additionally, Nafeek spoke no Arabic, was reported to have initially “confessed” to the murder during interrogation, but has since retracted her statement, arguing it was made under duress following a physical assault. She said the baby died after choking while drinking from a bottle. Furthermore, only three countries execute individuals for crimes committed when minors: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iran. Sixty-nine executions were carried out in Saudi Arabia last year, the third-highest number of executions worldwide. Millions of migrants from Sri Lanka and other south Asian countries work in menial jobs in Saudi Arabia where they can earn much higher salaries than in similar jobs at home, though there are many reported cases of abuse. Such a travesty for both families. 

Guns and Mental Illnesses, who has rights?

Is this an infringement of our Second Amendment rights or is this a just action of our American leadership. Since there is no magic wand that police and psychiatrists could use to catch and treat the next unstable mass shooter before the next massacre. Of course there isn’t. However, we are getting more information of the, dare I say culprits, who commit these horrific mass slaughter. William Spengler in Webster, Adam Lanza in Newtown, James Holmes in Aurora, Jared Loughner in Tucson, from what we’ve been told, all displayed clear signs of imbalance, at least by their deeds. Policymakers and the public must guard against remedies that unfairly target the mentally ill, circumscribe their civil liberties, aggravate the stigma that could prevent them from getting help and deny the resources to keep them — and everyone else — safe.

New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have introduced a “Fix Gun Checks” bill extending scrutiny to virtually all gun purchasers and barring those ordered to receive treatment for mental illness. It deserves to become law.


New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, seen here Jan. 4 on Capitol Hill, have proposed legislation further restricting access to firearms by people with mental illness

Here’s a definition of mental illness: A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological pattern or anomaly, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development of a person’s culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context. The recognition and understanding of mental health conditions have changed over time and across cultures and there are still variations in definition, assessment and classification, although standard guideline criteria are widely used. In many cases, there appears to be a continuum between mental health and mental illness, making diagnosis complex.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.