All posts for the month March, 2012

National Women’s History needs more public attention

Published March 29, 2012 by themiracle247

As the month of March comes to an end so does National Women’s History Month. Women’s National History Month started in 1978 first as Women’s History Week in California. During this week, March 8th was chosen as the day to celebrate Women’s Day Internationally. Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Barbara Mikulski co-sponsored a Congressional resolution claiming National Women’s History Week in 1981. Then Congress decided to give Women an entire month in 1987. With that being said, a Representative from Wisconsin wants to push the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The act if put into play would revitalize domestic violence prevention and survivor support programs by providing grants. These programs allow for legal assistance to be made available for victims of violence, undocumented immigrants and same sex couples.

Rep. Gwen Moore pushed this act on the floor. When Rep. Moore pushed this bill, she gave her own personal experience as to why this bill is so important. She confessed that as a child, she was sexually assaulted repeatedly and raped as an adult.

The opponents of this bill were some Senate Republicans, which made Rep. Moore feel as though she were being talked about in the boy’s locker room again. From this speech she made another reference to being date raped. However, some of those in opposition of the bill said the “extras,” added on the bill make it not supportable. The “extras,” of this bill being the possibility for undocumented immigrants to obtain a temporary visa. That excludes conservatives from supporting the bill.

This bill grabbed my attention, because my god-sister was a rape survivor. I believe these crimes are sicken and as big a problem as human trafficking. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. That face average to about 213,000 victims per year. The same website stated only 54% of sexual assaults are reported, and 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail. It is a fact that one in every five women are either raped or a victim of domestic abuse. People make fun of Lifetime Network for Women but they are dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. Lifetime dedicates days, weekends and months to bring awareness to these facts. With these kinds of odds something has to be changed. Why is our judicial system set up for the guilty to be treated innocently? This article infuriates me. I think the new direction that social media has taken could be formed to get the facts out sexual assaults and what we “citizens,” can do to get politicians to make changes. I want to make a change and the first step is awareness.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Published March 15, 2012 by themiracle247

Should we have to wait an extended amount of time for political candidates to arrive? Well, in Lafayette, Louisiana audience members had no choice. Over a hundred people gathered for presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, for a rally and fundraiser. Spectators attended the event for a variety of reasons, the most noteworthy reason, was the chance to see the possible future President of the United States of America in person. All of these types of events are moments in history and personally I would love the opportunity to be a part of this.

On the other hand spectators waited more than two hours for president hopeful, Santorum to give his speech. Being a part of history comes at timely price. In the begin the crowd chanted “We Want Rick,” and at times breaking into symbolic songs such as “America the Beautiful.” The crowd wanted to showcase its enthusiasm for Santorum’s victory. However as time lagged on so did the audience. It was reported the crowd was more perturbed and lost its kind demeanor. This was heightened as members of Santorum’s staff assured audience members, Santorum would be out shortly. Members became restless and some left.

One member of the audience Erin Romero of New Iberia, stayed only because her husband wanted to stay. Romero felt it was rude not to send a staff member out to tell the audience why Santorum was late. Although she will not let her annoyance cloud her judgment of the president hopeful, it has left a sour spot with her.

Santorum has already won Alabama and Mississippi at Tuesday’s primaries. He stopped by Louisiana on a nation tour. The Louisiana voters hit the polls March 24th for the primaries.

I believe a good antidote would have been of course to have somebody go out and talk to the audience. However, I think an even better decision would be to make a game or something out of Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare. Social media has become an even bigger outlet than news. I think it would have been a great distraction to make a game out of Santorum being late. It could have been as simple as giveaways. For example, the first person to name Santorum’s political views on certain situations the better; taxes and budget deficits, jobs and economic growth, health care, global warming, foreign policy, social issues and immigration policy. The topic could have been mentioned on Twitter and the first person to retweet with a comment, would win a Santorum signed banner or pen. I feel like the smallest thing would have been better than nothing at all. Especially during the 2008 election when Obama used social media to his absolute advantage. I feel like president hopefuls should take a look at all the resources they have available and find a way to make it relevant to the platform at hand.

An Apple by any other name

Published March 1, 2012 by themiracle247

I spy with my little eye an apple. However, this is not just an ordinary apple, it is a special technological advanced apple, an iPad. The newest iPad is the third in the iPad family. There have been leaks of iPad 3 photos on the Internet as well as social media. I personally found out on via Disney’s Twitter. The only question now is what date will the new iPad be released. There was a great deal of speculation surrounding the iPhone 4S release in October of last year. Many commentators guessed the release would be a month earlier than what it actually was. However, with March 7th being the date for a special Apple event, it should be safe to say, apple will officially announce the iPad 3 then.

Apple does not do anything by the conventional book. The March 2nd announcement of the iPad 2, released nine days after, with an international release coming 23 days after that, according to the Financial Post. Spectators guess if Apple follows this timeline, a late March (around the 31st) release of the iPad 3 will happen. With the announcement and release so close, it is also likely Apple will lower the price of the iPad 2. A recent survey by a department of the Financial Post came up with 20% of non-iPad buyers would be more inclined to purchase the newly cheap iPad 2.

The iPad 3 is not the only Apple product to look out for. Surely, the newest iPad will bring about what to expect from the iPhone 5. Features being showcased on the iPad 3 will definitely leave room to expect great things for the iPhone 5. For example, if the iPad 3 has a bigger screen and faster processor, it is likely to assume so will the iPhone 5. This is the Apple product; I am personally looking out for. I would like to complete my Apple family. Apple has a gorgeous way of syncing all of there inventions to allow for seamless retrieval between products. Being able to type on my iPad 2 then without attaching cords, or wires those notes automatically pop up on my MacBook Pro, for easy editing and emailing.

On the other hand, if Apple surprises users with little changes to the iPhone, they will definitely disappoint. There are companies, which have taken advantage of Apple’s iPhone per year reputation, but launching smart phones with faster processors, big screens and allowing the same games as Apple. An example of major competition is the Samsung releasing the Galaxy Note, three weeks ago. A commercial during the Super Bowl, made the reference of people waiting in line for the iPhone 5, during a sign saying “It’s Coming,” to people leaving the line to get the new Samsung Galaxy Note, which is a tablet and phone in one.

The bottom line…Apple is going to have to bring it with the iPhone 5. For myself I think Apple is more than able to compete against these smart phones. Although, I am not one of those people whom want my tablet and phone connected for those people whom do the phone is out there. At the end of the day, I believe it comes down to are you an Android or an Apple or Autonomous.