Category Archives: Opinion

Short feature or commentary based on the news on my beat

Thanksgiving 2009 reflection – What are you thankful for?

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. Time to crowd around a table and eat turkey until your pants scream for you to stop.

This time last year, I was packing for a road trip from Baltimore, MD to Camp Lejeune, NC to visit my Marine. He was unable to drive home to Baltimore for Thanksgiving because his truck had been involved in a accident week prior and was awaiting repair.

This will be my Marine’s first Thanksgiving home with family in five years because he was either on deployment or on base at Lejeune, so this Thanksgiving is special to me because it is the first of many I’ll be spending with my extended family and my Marine.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for:

  • My brother and my father for sticking beside me through my entire life
  • My Marine’s parents for raising the man I love
  • My friends for being the best friends I know
  • My freedom to maintain and write on this blog without government censorship
  • Every member of the Armed Forces because it’s those men and women who assure we will maintain our freedoms in this country

What are you thankful for?

Terrorism in Modern Warfare 2 – Too Much, Too Far, Too Soon?

Still from the controversial airport terrorism level of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Still from the terrorist scene in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The newly released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is on the receiving end of controversy due to their level depicting terrorism in an airport.

In the beginning of the game, the user is warned of a “disturbing, graphic” level, but that’s only after you’ve opened the packaging and began playing the game. If you’re offended, you can’t return the game due to store policies, so you’re stuck with a game you find appalling.

My boyfriend purchased the game and when I saw the terrorism level, where innocent airport patrons are gunned down like sitting ducks, I was shocked and cannot believe the creators chose to include that story line, especially due to this country’s sensitivity to terrorism in our airports after 9/11.

On the topic of veterans, I feel the aforementioned level of the game is a smack in the face to everyone who was/is a victim of terrorism, and every member of the Armed Forces who fought and fight to ensure this country doesn’t experience terrorism in our country. I do not have a problem with the game as a hole because it’s a fairly realistic representation of a combat environment, but the graphic depiction of terrorism is, in my opinion, in bad taste.

Is it too soon to include this storyline in entertainment?

Should there be more obvious outside packaging warning gamers of the storyline’s content?

Who has played the game?

What does everyone think of the game so far?

Veterans Day 2009 – Thanking a Veteran

As had been said many times before, freedom isn’t free. Men and women around the world fight everyday for the freedoms we enjoy in America.

November 11 is the one day they’re recognized on a national level.

Please do your part today to recognize Veterans Day, even if it’s a moment of silence on your lunch break reflecting on what life would be like had the armed forces not protected this country from so many enemy forces throughout history.

MilitaryAvenue.com posted a list of 101 Ways to Thank a Veteran:

1. Send a message of support on the “Thank the Troops Message Form” at OurMilitary.mil

6. Send an ‘E-Card’ through the American Legion to the Veterans in your life that use email.

8. Military-member at the same restaurant as you? Send them a drink or pay for their dessert.

9. Is there a disabled veteran in your neighborhood? Help with the raking of his leaves or shoveling her driveway.

79. Take the time to read 101 Ways to Say Thank you to a Military Spouse. Thanking the Spouse is a Thank You to the Veteran.

Some of the 101 things posted are as simple as sending an e-mail, or making a phone call to someone you know who has a loved one in combat.

What have you done to recognize Veterans Day this year?

OperationPTSD: Where Are They Now?

Like many things, OperationPTSD.org was over before it could really flourish. Earlier in the week, OperationPTSD.org closed down the site with a final post by Mac stating irreconcilable differences between him and @OpPTSD_Jason as the cause for the split.

So where are they now?

@OpPTSD_Jason is working on a new PTSD project: OperationPTSD.com, a multi user interface that allows users to register and contribute to the content posted on the site. There is a chat/discussion forum and I think that is an amazing idea because it allows those afflicted to talk to those who support. The site is in it’s beginning stages right now and is scheduled to go completely live on Veterans Day, according to Jason’s Twitter.

@OpPTSD_Mac is now @FreeMountaineer and has taken on a new project: ghosts. Mac and his wife are currently working on hillbillyhauntings.com. From what I’ve been told by Mac, I may be doing some guest blogging, which is exciting for me to branch out into another topic and audience. If you have experience with ghosts, or know someone who has, please follow Mac on Twitter @FreeMountaineer and send him a message.

I will be making my account on OperationPTSD.com later this week so look for me on the site blogging about the same topics I cover on this blog.

Have you created your account on OperationPTSD.com yet? Why or why not?

How do you all feel about OperationPTSD.org’s split?

Winner of Chevy Salutes Everyday Heroes – Bubba Beason

Congratulations to Master Sergeant Bubba Beason of the United States Air Force!

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Master Sergeant Bubba Beason (Photo from: youreverydayhero.com)

Beason is Chevy’s Everyday Hero for 2009!

Beason will be attending the CMA Awards on November 11th (Veterans Day), 2009 and the awards will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov.11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

During the broadcast, there will be a tribute to the USO from Chevy.

I think going to the CMA Awards and meeting Dale Jr. is a pretty awesome prize. I would love to be in the same room as half of the artists attending the CMA Awards.

Who did everyone vote for? What’s everyone feel about who won?

Miller Lite Supports Operation Homefront

Two of my favorite things came together: Miller Lite and supporting the troops.

Banner ad from Operation Homefronts website linking to Miller Lites website

Banner ad from Operation Homefront's website linking to Miller Lite's website

Miller Lite donated $200,000 to Operation Homefront, according to Reuters, in early October as the beginning of a Veterans Day promotion in partnership with Kurt Busch and the #2 Miller Lite NASCAR stock car.

Operation Homefront, according to their website, “provides emergency and morale assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home.” They are a non-profit organization that functions through the efforts of over 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide.

Miller Lite is urging people to donate $5 to Operation Homefront through sending a text message to 90999 with the word TROOPS.

It’s an easy way to donate money to a very good cause.

I donated, will you?

What does everyone think of Miller Lite supporting the troops?

Veterans don’t get the respect and media coverage they deserve

What’s more important to this society…Jon & Kate Plus 8 or a news story about a man arrested for impersonating a war veteran?

The answer makes me sick to my stomach.

A recent Re-Tweet by @OperationPTSD brought me to the point where I needed to write this post:

RT @OpGratitude: Via @usmcwife8999: How about we forget Balloon Boy and focus on those who never ask for thanks but deserve it! #honorvets

I reminded me of a screen capture I have stored on my flash drive for the very day I wanted to write this post. When I JonKateOverVeteranswas writing my post about the impostor veteran exposed in Colorado, an article on CNN stuck out to me when I saw their list of Most Viewed articles.

More people reading CNN.com cared more about Jon & Kate’s made-for-tv dramatic lives, than someone impersonating a veteran in an attempt for financial gain, someone making a mockery of everything veterans served and serve for for this country.

The thought of it bothers me to no end.

I do partake in celebrity gossip once in awhile, but I prefer to indulge myself in quality journalism because it has substance and is what should matter to this society.

The harsh reality is…if it has substance, people don’t want to read it. If it’s about some celebrity crying about how their husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or nanny cheated on them…everyone is interested.

What will make quality more important than what’s sensational?

I want to hear your opinion.