Thursday, March 31, 2005
UPDATE: No word yet but here's something to think about from The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Margaret's publicity shots from the 1910s through the 1930s featured her with slicked-back hair, dark-rimmed glasses, and dark suit. She also sent autographed versions of the same photo to friends and chose to identify herself as "Mike." ... The article also stressed her mixture of gender identities: "Professionally mannish are the silk shirtwaist, soft collar and bow tie that Dr. Chung wears." .... In addition to gambling, Chung was also fond of drinking and swearing.
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, "Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: A Thematic Biography of Doctor Margaret Chung (1889-1959)," dissertation, Stanford University, 1998
Not So Original:
Photographs of her from the 1910s through the 1930s showed a woman with slicked-back hair, dark-rimmed glasses, and dark suits that one reporter characterized as "professionally mannish." In addition, "Mike," as she sometimes identified herself to friends, took easily to masculine-defined activities such as gambling, drinking, and swearing.
Benson Tong, "Margaret Chung and the Dilemma of Bicultural Identity," The Human Tradition in the American West, SR Books, 2002
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
The city man who is fighting for his life against a possible new super-strain of HIV is responding to treatment but remains seriously ill, city health officials said yesterday.
The 46-year-old gay man was diagnosed this year with an aggressive type of HIV that progressed rapidly into full-blown AIDS and has proved resistant to three of the four types of drugs used to treat the disease.
The man is believed to have been infected during crystal meth-induced sex orgies. The city Health Department has been able to contact most of his sexual partners, many of whom already were HIV-positive.
But the agency has been unable to reach many of his other partners because they were anonymous, officials said. Doctors have said the patient may have had unprotected sex with more than 100 men.
Will New York City be ground zero for this Super-HIV to take place? Time will tell probably sooner rather than later. And for the meantime, people had better watch out on who they kiss or have sex. We just don't know how transmissable this Super-HIV is. Don't blame Congress, the President, the lack of funds and what not if you decide to take on risky behaviors, hetero or homosexual.
From Res Ipsa Loquitur :
I received this flyer from the Minutemen, and I wanted to address the serious nature of its contents. We know the authors to be under the direction, control and supervision of Professor Armando Navarro, of UC Riverside tenure, who conducted secret meetings with his organizers to call for a plan of attack, which resulted in this defamatory document
Of course, unless you want to tell me that the people who put out the flyer are the Conservative Republicans. Might want to ask the professor on this.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Here are some thoughts by another person regarding this incident.
And Who's Who on the list of "Historians on the Hot Seat."
Monday, March 28, 2005
I thought it was ironic that in that show, everyone accepted Maxwell Q. Klinger's sexuality and he did his job. He was a drag queen ...always dressed as woman all the time but nobody cared
You see, nobody cared because everybody knew he was constantly trying to get a “Section-8” to get out of the Korean War. Everybody knew that Klinger was trying to get a "Section -8" (except for a few clueless ones who now says "Oh, yeah, I knew that." That's called "back-peddling" after making the above statement).
And now you know why so many of them ignored many of Klinger’s comical attempts to get a “Section-8.” This was a 70s show and it wasn’t about addressing sexuality issues of the same sex. It was all about comedy, and the tragedy of a war. Common sense ought to tell you that it was about the looniness of Klinger's attempts in order to get discharge papers from the MASH unit a trip back home.
The commanders largely tolerated his antics because they were entertaining and Klinger was otherwise a conscientious and reliable orderly who made a point of never letting his schemes interfere with his work.
Eventually, Klinger gave up wearing women's clothing, a change demanded by Farr because he felt his children would be ashamed of him for appearing in women's clothing week after week on national television. He took over Radar O'Reilly's job of company clerk with reasonable seriousness, eventually getting promoted to Sergeant.
At the end of the series, Klinger had fallen in love and married a native Korean woman, Soon Lee, and decided to stay in Korea to search for her relatives, although he returned to the United States in the short-lived spin-off to the series called "After M*A*S*H.
Corp. Klinger would do just about anything, including dressing up in women’s clothings. All for laughs…and not about questioning sexuality for those who are clueless in these things. The show had an anti-war message and the hellish reality of the M*A*S*H units encouraged Corp. Klinger's behavior out of sheer desperate need for something to laugh at.
Listen and learn here.
Let’s list the stunts that he pulled over the years on MASH in order toconvince everyone that he was crazy and get that Section-8 he always wanted (courtesy of MASH faqs :
Deaf people need to catch up on the Closed Captioning of MASH to understand why Corp. Maxwell Klinger was dressing in women’s garbs. It’s called a “Section-8.” If you can prove that you’re crazy, you get an official discharge to go home. That’s what made MASH so enjoyable and funny to watch. You never know what Klinger would do next to get that coveted “Section-8.”
- Wearing women's clothings.
- Eating a jeep, part by part.
- Soaring away on a hang-glider, looking like "a big red bird with fuzzy pink feet".
- Loving the army, and then flipping back to being Queen of the Nile.
- Carrying Radar's Teddy Bear.
- Dressing as a nun.
- Escaping in an inflatable rubber raft.
- Various combinations of family members pregnant/dying appeal letters.
- Riding Sophie through the camp (a la Lady Godiva) after he thought he had reenlisted.
- Trying to fatten up in order to exceed the Army's weight limit.
- Threatening to torch himself (with water) but ended up with "Who put gasoline in my 'gasoline'?!"
- Doing guard duty naked while a General was on site.
- During a heat wave he dressed in a rubber reducing suit and fur coat.
- Pole sitting in freezing weather (and broke a world record in the process)
- Dressing up as an old Korean peasant woman.
- Running outside Post-Op in his underwear, trying to get pneumonia. - Trying to convince the doctors that he had some mysterious malady.
- Trying to get into West Point.
- Trying to join the Navy.
- Becoming "Zoltan, king of the gypsies". - Fainting spells.
- Hearing loss. He actually lost his hearing in this episode. But when his hearing came back, the first thing he heard was that it would have been his ticket home.
- Pretending he was back in Toledo as a civilian.
- Bravery (volunteering for dangerous mission in "Rainbow Bridge").
- Passing himself off as being pregnant.
- Taking care of an imaginary camel.
- Hardship discharge because of his many "children" (he got the pictures from Potter and others).
- Sending love letters to Generals, usually accompanied by a revealing photo of himself.
- Dressing up as Moses.
- Practicing voodoo on Potter with a voodoo doll and dead chicken.
- Confessing to be a serial killer who strangled female motorcycle cops. - Attempting to bribe Potter into giving him a Section-8.
- Attempting to forge his own discharge papers.
- Displaying himself as the Statue of Liberty for General MacArthur.
- Disguising himself as a bush (a plant).
- Stowing away in a mail bag.
But, of course, Liberals MUST have their say by labeling these Minuteman volunteers as "vigilantes", or considered them as "armed threats." Funny how the desire to report to U.S. Border Patrols on illegals attempting to cross borders constitute as an "armed threat."
Presidente Fox of Mexico is crying "Foul" over this project. He also condemned any citizen group that would dare to "defy" his political goal of open borders, ignoring U.S. Immigration laws, 8 USC 1324, 1325 and 1326. Too bad, Mr. Fox. If they want in, do it legally. Meanwhile, better work on your economy for a change.
And yet the ACLU has special observers for the event with watchers watching over the watchers. Here's a letter written March 25, 2005 to the FBI about the ACLU from one of the coordinator of the Minuteman Project, James Gilchrist:
I am one of the coordinators of the Minuteman Project, a grassroots organization of Americans who will assemble under the First Amendment in Cochise County, Arizona from April 1 through 30 to conduct a political protest and rally in support of the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. We will also spend much of that 30 day period observing, and reporting to the appropriate law enforcement agency, any suspected illegal activity where crossing over the U.S. international border into the United States is part of that illegal activity.
I am writing to complain that the ACLU has consistently attempted to interfere with the rights of the volunteers of the Minuteman Project to peaceably assemble in Arizona. Also, the ACLU has repeatedly used libelous and slanderous rhetoric to thwart the ability of U.S. citizens to assemble under the First Amendment, effectively dissuading some U.S. citizens from exercising their civil rights.
With the express purpose of depriving U.S. citizens of the rights to assemble and speak under the First Amendment, I feel that the ACLU has maliciously engaged in consanguinity (aka "McCarthyism") by its pejorative references to volunteers for the Minuteman Project as "vigilantes" and as persons who are "taking the law into their own hands."
The ACLU's witch-hunt mentality has seriously eroded the ability of me, and several thousand other prospective participants, to freely assemble in Arizona under the first Amendment of the Constitution of The United States of America.
Through malicious harassment and intimidation, against U.S. citizens seeking to exercise their rights to freely assemble, including threats of arrest and law suits (for alleged acts that no one had committed, or intended to commit) the ACLU has effectively and illegally suppressed the civil rights of fellow citizens.
I am requesting that all legal remedies and protections available to preserve the civil rights under The Constitution of the United States of America to myself and those participating, or anticipating participation in, the Minuteman Project political rally and assembly, be provided.
Idiots they are...the ACLU. Not everybody is happy, especially a gang of over 20,000 in the United States.
However, all law-abiding citizens are welcome to monitor the border. This is, after all, a new form of a Neighborhood Watch program spanning the 11 miles along the Arizona border and Mexico to help their fellow Border Security patrols just as you would as a watchful and concerned neighbor in a Neighborhood Watch program to help your local police and help keep the neighborhood safe. This Minuteman Project is an amazing concept years after 911.
I hope this catches on and it'll stretch the whole border someday. It's about time that these people perform this unsual but necessary form of protest. This shouldn't be controversal at all when it comes to simply helping in lending a hand in watching the borders.
Freedom and security comes with a price. Even as simply as watching a border. America has a duty to watch and protect its borders. This includes YOU!
UPDATE: Read Michelle Malkin's new blog "The Immigration Blog". Also, about President Bush' remark on "vigilante" last Wednesday with Pres. Vicente Fox of Mexico was never an indication that he was directly opposed to the Minuteman Project. Just the "vigilante" part where people take the law into their own hands creating havoc and destruction. The Minuteman Project made explicitly clear that this project is a form of protest and that it will do "non-interference" duties, peaceful observations and reporting to the U.S. Border Patrol. The are not an ad hoc lynch mob group. Splinter groups that have no affiliation with the Minuteman Project, such as white-extremist groups are far more likely to take the law into their own hands, brandishing guns and the likes. That's the difference. Until President Bush clarifies his "vigilante" remark, it remains to be seen that President Bush NEVER explicitly stated that he was opposed to the Minuteman Project. All he said that he was opposed to "vigilante" actions. Not about the right to gather, and simply report suspicious illegal activities along our Nation's borders. This is simply an expanded form of your Neighborhood Watch in action. Where the outcry for this sort of "vigilantism"? Right.
So, put a sock in it until we get the full story from President Bush regarding, directly, about the Minuteman Project away from El Presidente Vincente Fox, and on U.S. soils.
UPDATE 2: Read La Shawn Barber's interview of a Minuteman volunteer. Great stuff. Also, look up Gringo Unleashed about how KIDR 740 AM, a Spanish-language talk radio station in Phoenix which simulcasts Radio Fórmula, a Mexican network, who actually skewed the reports (all info are available for them on the internet to verify facts about the project) about the agenda of the Minuteman Project. Even so far saying that they are planning to kill "hunt down" groups of undocumented immigrants (i.e. "illegals"). If you want the "bane of America" it's people like these. Intellectual dishonesty is a terrible thing to watch.
UPDATE 3: A good read on an article titled "The Mexican Insurgency."
UPDATE 4: Bravo! Read here. Though no exact clarification from President Bush on the "vigilante" remark. And if you're not concerned that approximately 1300 illegal aliens enter the U.S. everyday, then I certainly question your true concern for the United States of America's security. What we need is an additional 5000 border patrols, not 500.
The 370-mile Arizona border is considered the most vulnerable stretch of the 2,000-mile southern border. Of the 1.1 million illegal immigrants apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol last year, 51 percent crossed into the country at the Arizona border. The Homeland Security Department will assign more than 500 additional patrol agents to the porous Arizona border, saying they will help keep potential terrorists and illegal immigrants from entering the country. That's roughly 1.7 patrol agents per mile along the Arizona border. Sort of like throwing a net to catch some water. Of course, that would probably mean 200 to 300 patrol agents at one time. They need breaks and have lives, too.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Many of you who've been here for a while will remember *********. I got a great e-mail from ******** the other day, among other things, ***** called me a "stupid p****" and said that I wanted ***** "to stalk" me and then closed by letting me know that I'm a "f***** pr***" -- some issues there, I think.Issues, indeed. A typical but lame excuse to shirk accountability by blaming other people for his/her stalking habits of said individual. I wonder who made him/her send that email to that guy? Did somebody take a gun to his/her head and forced him/her to write an email to said person? Did the guy have a mind control device commanding fingers to the keyboard to type out such a hateful email? What? What? Blame the guy for his/her stalking problem is as laughable as anybody can get. Absolutely lame. Trust me.
Just like the Foxnews channel blocking device, you don't need a device to help you not watch the news show...just skip it. Just skip the website that bugs you. Quite simple really. Just skip any news, shows, channels or websites that bothers you a great deal and ignore it. But if you insist on reading such a website or watch a news that grates you, better have a spine to do so and learn not to respond in such a hasty manner by assigning blame to other people saying you were forced to watch a show, write an email or caused you stalk that person. Laughable. Really, all you have to do is not to respond in such a lame way. Learn to be accountable of your own actions. And stop playing the victim game.
Oh, woe is me.
Oh what genius this guy is!! People are buying this device because they have no will power not to even look at Fox News? Pathetic I'd say. They need a little dohicky to do the job for them.
Kimery's motives go deeper than preventing people from watching the channel,which he acknowledges can be done without the Blocker. But he likens his device to burning a draft card, a tangible example of disagreement.Wot? A draft card? There's no indoctrination here. Or forced complience, either. You either believe or enjoy watching Foxnews or not as a source of valid news. But there's a simple way of doing this where you don't have to watch Foxnews and that's via your own remote control channel device. And if you want to do this the least technical way, it's called "skipping a channel" or "ignoring Foxnews channel." Quite easy. I can guarantee you that. Or if you can't do that use your remote control device to program a channel to block Foxnews or any shows that you deem as not to your taste.
And he's taking this message to the network's advertisers. After buying the $8.95 device online, would-be blockers are shown a letter that they can send to advertisers via the Fox Blocker site. "The point is not to block the channel or block free speech but to raise awareness," said Kimery, who works in the high-tech industry.Raise awareness? About what? Foxnews gets as much as double the viewerships as CNN. Foxnews gets on average about 1.5 million viewers versus 800,000 with CNN. Yeah, that device will really raise awareness. It's called "stupidity" when they can't figure it out to simply skip Foxnews channel. Not exactly a mind-control news here.
As for me, I have ever rarely watched any of the CBS news. I don't think I have come to think of it. I dont' care for that station. Simply because the CBS news station is full of idiots. Seriously. Dan Rather took that cake and showed what an idiot looks like to the world as "proof in the pudding" using the "Fake but accurate" blather.
So, if you truly feel helpless and that Foxnews has taken control of your mind, better blow your precious $9 bucks to get the device for your own peace of mind, and protection. Think "Trojan." Or better yet, "abstinence." This device is for stupid people only. Otherwise, exercise your free will and right to ignore Foxnews channel by pressing the remote control button one additional time to skip the channel. Really, it's VERY easy. I promise you that.
KOFI ANNAN, the United Nations secretary-general, is said to be struggling with depression and considering his future (i.e. quitting) Colleagues have reported concerns about Annan ahead of an official report this week that will examine his son Kojo’s connection to the controversial Iraqi oil for food scheme.
Depending on the findings of the report, by a team led by the former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, Annan may have to choose between the secretary-generalship and loyalty to his son.
American congressional critics of the UN are already pressing him to resign over the mismanagement of the oil for food programme, and even his supporters have been dismayed by the scandals on his watch, including the sexual abuse of children by UN peacekeepers in Congo. One close observer at the UN said Annan’s moods were like a “sine curve” and that he appeared near the bottom of the trough.
Good. I hope Kofi does quit. The U.N. needs a complete overhaul. Crimes of scandal are being done left and right, and with impunity in the name of the U.N. blanket.
Well, Kofi, be a man for a change. QUIT!
From the complete report of Dr. William Hammesfahr, a world-reknowned neurologist, dated September 12, 2002:
The patient can clearly swallow, and is able to swallow approximately 2 liters of water per day (the daily amount of saliva generated). Water is one of the most difficult things for people to swallow. It is unlikely that she currently needs the feeding tube.From the Dr.'s report:
The patient is not in coma.
She is alert and responsive to her environment. She responds to specific people best.
She tries to please others by doing activities for which she gets verbal praise.
She responds negatively to poor tone of voice.
She responds to music.
She differentiates sounds from voices.
She differentiates specific people's voices from others.
She differentiates music from stray sound.
She attempts to verbalize.
She has voluntary control over multiple extremities
She can swallow.
She is partially blind
She is probably aphasic and has a degree of receptive aphasia.
She can feel pain.
And compare a world reknowned neurologist's report in the above to an irresponsible AP report comparing Schiavo (a human being) and Kismet (a robot):
To understand the emotional reaction to the tapes of Terri Schiavo, one need only spend a few minutes with Kismet.
People who spend time with the robot at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab walk away feeling like they've made a new friend. Kismet is nothing but a mechanical head made out of metal and plastic, but it has been cleverly programmed by scientists to mimic human social interactions.
Sit down across from Kismet and it gives you a pleasant smile. Step too close and it jumps back with a startled expression on its face. Introduce yourself and it waits patiently for you to finish talking, then replies with a few syllables of speech that sounds like a higher-pitched version of the language spoken by the teachers in 'Charlie Brown' cartoons.
Kismet is no more conscious than a dishwasher or a microwave oven. But its vaguely human behavior has a powerful effect on brains that are predisposed to attach meaning to gesture, facial expression and vocal tone.
"This ... system that we have is so automatic and so powerful, sometimes it ends up being triggered by things that aren't people and don't have minds at all," said Martha J. Farah, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. "It's very hard to suppress the impression that there's somebody there."
People in persistent vegetative states are no more aware than Kismet, but they retain a handful of primitive reflexes that are naturally misinterpreted as conscious behavior.
What this AP reporter (a complete idiot) is saying is that Terri is not in a PVS . But according to several doctors' report who saw Terri do not describe her as in a PVS. In the spring of 2000, three physicians, including Dr. Jay Carpenter, who is a former Chief of Medicine at Morton Plant Hospital, filed affidavits after observing Ms. Schiavo. All three physicians stated that it is visually apparent that Ms Schiavo is able to swallow and, in fact, does swallow her own saliva.
Yep, Terri is definitely in a PVS. Not.
When America decides to poll innocent people's lives and go at any length possible to dehumanize an innocent but helpless human being, then America is no longer a nation that cares for the innocent.
Congratulations America, you just murdered an innocent human being.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Nipple fetish? Koko the gorilla has a nipple fetish? And women handlers must lollygag around Koko naked? I think that paints a wrong picture by saying "fetish" here. According to Malinda Zeilinger, a retired Gorilla Foundation employee, said that it's only natural for a gorilla to be curious about human breasts.
I would think so. Wouldn't you if Koko has a 1000 plus sign language vocabulary, paints pictures and cuddles up with kittens? I'm sure Koko is rightly curious about the human anatomy as well. Why wouldn't she be with her intelligence and being around humans nearly all of her 33 years? Didn't Ms. Patterson warn the handlers about Koko's curiousity for human breasts when they were hired?
Zeilinger, who recently retired as the foundation's evening monitor, said the plaintiffs "weren't good employees" and overreacted to Koko's childlike curiosity.
"Sometimes, I'd come to work with glitter on (my blouse), and she'd want to see what's under that," Zeilinger said. "If a little child comes up and looks under your skirt, you don't find that disgusting.
"It's not like anything gets filmed. It's not like there's a lot of men around," she added. "Most mature adults would just think, 'ho-hum.'"
Koko, who has displayed a maternal instinct with pet kittens, might also wonder if women are nursing under certain types of shirts, Zeilinger said.
And now they want to sue for a cool $1.5 million dollars?
Ok. Whatever. But the two handlers also included in the suit that they were also fired because they reported to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health when they saw unsafe conditions seeing rodents (rats or mice?) in the food preparation area and gorilla urine stored in the refrigerator where workers kept their lunches.
Gak! Urine in the fridge where lunches are kept?
Of course, the inspectors visited the site and found code violations, and the next day, the two handlers were fired. Coincidence? Or bad blood? Forcing employees to show their ampleness to a female gorilla? Allow the gorilla to observe but don't interfere in the process? Remember, the gorilla is butt ugly. And nothing is sexual. It's a self-discovery process for her. It has always been that.
Zeilinger, who recently retired as the foundation's evening monitor, said the plaintiffs "weren't good employees" and overreacted to Koko's childlike curiosity.
"Sometimes, I'd come to work with glitter on (my blouse), and she'd want to see what's under that," Zeilinger said. "If a little child comes up and looks under your skirt, you don't find that disgusting.
"It's not like anything gets filmed. It's not like there's a lot of men around," she added. "Most mature adults would just think, 'ho-hum.'"
I wonder how she would react to a male's lower anatomy? *Poke* *Poke* *Yank* *Yank*
Now, remember, Koko is 33 years old. And the gorilla is a female...not male if you haven't been reading carefully. Just because she's 33 year old doesn't mean she thinks like a human being of the same age. Her mind is more of a human child. Always curious and wanting to learn about the world around her with no shamefulness. There's no oogling involved on Koko's part. However, some people think that for a gorilla to learn sign language as a mean to communicate or act like a human being is a bad thing.
A 30-year Woodside resident, Hodges has avoided donating time or money to the preserve, although she actively supports dozens of environmental nonprofit groups, including the African Wildlife Foundation. "I don't approve of making animals behave like humans," she said. "I kind of feel sorry for Koko."
Welcome to the Planet of the Apes where ASL reigns. Yeah, right. Only in your dreams. Maybe in Laurent, SD where Nederveld Associates, Inc., a West Michigan-based land planning, civil engineering and surveying firm, will now serve as lead designer for Laurent, S.D. This is to be a new town intended for individuals who communicate using sign language. Go move over there. Oh, and bring your cell phone and yak all you want. I will. Come between me and my phone you won't.
Translated from Latin, it means "Always Faithful." “Semper Fi” is not a religion. So, please get that one straight in yer head for a change. It’s an act of loyalty to the Marine Corps (pronounced "Marine kohr"). The motto describes the Marines commitment to each other, the organization, and our country, the United States of America.
Marines continuously try to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior to:
*Obey the law
*Lead by example
*Respect yourself and others
*Maintain a high standard of integrity
*Support and defend the constitution
*Uphold special trust and confidence
*Place faith and honor above all else
*Honor fellow Marines, the Corps, Country, and Family.
The qualities of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; and to fulfill their obligations.
When there are high standards in professional work, people are expected to uphold those standards. Because human beings are not infallible, some Marines do sometime fall short of their goal. Yet, they must be held accountable for their own actions, and not assign blame to other people for their failings. Anybody who believes that human beings are infallible are certainly quite delusional. However, it takes teamwork and support to make this work. Just as in professional or college basketball. Without high standards of good work ethics, stickler to details, camaraderie, good planning, loyalty, friendship, and support for each other makes the whole basketball team a very powerful team. A successful team. The Marine Corps goes even further than. They have an image to hold up to. But as a whole, they continue to be the few, the proud, the U.S. Marines.
The U.S. Marines are a part of the U.S. Armed Forces who helped America with her freedom. It was the U.S. Forces who helped to ensure that the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of speech and expression prevail. Sacrifices were made in the U.S. Armed Forces in all the wars by paying the ultimate price that enabled idiots in the United States to speak nonsense because it was they who protected America and Freedom. Disrespect the Marines in my physical presence, and I’ll exercise my freedom of expression in the most colorful way.
God Bless America. The U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis!
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Meanwhile, while you're daydreaming, check out ANWR oil drilling debate on the Alaska National Wildllife Refuge. It won't be until 2014 when oil production begins. Plenty of time to get the hydrogen, fuel cell or hybrid cars developed. But yet people were screaming thinking that the Alaskan oil pipeline would destroy or ruin the ecology across the Alaskan landscape and affect migrating caribous and the population? It affected them alright. They prefer to sit near the heated pipeline during harsh winter months while warm oil courses through the pipes allowing exposed grasses beneath the pipeline as well as a source of warmth. And wouldn't you know it, the caribou population has gone upby 400% ever since the oil pipeline was installed in the early 1970s.
The purple-middle-fingered lady was lunging at a line of patriots chanting "USA USA" along the sidewalk. Thanks to Darleen's Place blogsite. Check out her site for more photos and proof of how these people would rather have Saddam back in power (even Hitler?). More Prozac for this group.
Need I remind you about the Purple People Eater?
“Keep it simple” is the key to the White House, failed Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean told members of his party from around the world last night.
One major reason his party lost the 2004 race to the “brain-dead” Republicans is that it has a “tendency to explain every issue in half an hour of detail,” Dean told the semi-annual meeting of Democrats Abroad, which brought about 150 members from Canada and 30 other countries to the Toronto for two days.
They're still whinning about losing the election? How come they didn't beat the "brain dead" Republicans in the first place? If the Republicans are "brain dead" certainly means that Democrats are worse off than "brain dead," they're non-existent. This is what the left's going to align themselves as screamin, whinnin', un-original, non-existent Saddam Hussein supporters.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Now, I need to get ready for my physical test next month for the annual recertification. I'm game. Stay tuned.
But they also say the new virus is exceptional. Normally, drug-resistant strains are less virulent -- they gain their resistance at the cost of their ability to replicate. In this case, though, the agent -- but in laboratory conditions -- replicated as easily as non-resistant types.
"This case serves a reminder that HIV remains a frighteningly versatile foe, one that can mutate to escape immune attack or to acquire drug resistance with surprising speed," The Lancet said in an editorial.
Markowitz's team stress it remains unclear how widespread 3-DCR virus is, how easily it can be transmitted, and whether some people may be genetically more vulnerable to it others.
Is this what they want? Have their cake thinking there would not be any consequences? It's time they take their heads out of the sand and realize that multiple sex partners or unprotected sex is never 100% guaranteed risk-free. In this day and age, it's courting disaster.
Now, the next question is, will Bug Chasers go after the big one? Paranoia reigns.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
For awhile, this was an attempt to build an unique village specifically for deaf and hard of hearing people but for various reasons it failed. According to Lancelotta everything was lined up in the fall of 1998. The Wyndholme project had $7.15 million in financing promised in October of 1998 from a Colorado lender, Cornerstone Private Capital. Soon after the promise an embezzlement scandal rocked the firm and all new lending dried up. Lancelotta was forced to file for bankruptcy and later on sold the property for 4.6 million dollars at an auction. The attempt to build a small but specialized deaf community like Wyndholme Village requires huge financial commitment and planning, and desire from the deaf/Deaf community to invest in such an idea is hard. The timing of Wyndholme Village was right but not before the lending institution bailed out. A hard lesson learned. (Note the expired website http://www.wyndholmevillage.com but can be found in www.archive.org).
And now we have this next dream coming from a different person. A Deaf man wanting to build an entire Deaf community of signers out in South Dakota near interstate Highway 90 between the cities of Sioux Falls and Mitchell. Marvin Miller's idea is provoking this new pioneer-type of land rush "homesteading" fever among Deaf people (and hearing signers) with more than 90 families or individuals from 17 states along with a few people from England and Australia who have already signed on to be part of this new town in South Dakota. The name of the new town is to be called Laurent after the French educator who founded the first school for the deaf in the United States.
This would be a true modern day pioneering effort and spirit in more than 100 years. Will it fail? Only time, perserverance, ingenuity and will power will answer this. After all this is America where anything you set your mind to it, you can succeed. America is truly the land of opportunity and freedom.
Check out the latest news from Laurent, South Dakota. And, oh, please do visit Marvin Miller's blogsite. Lots of pictures and blogs with archive going back to November 2003.
BTW, I'm still going to use and talk on my cell phone whenever I visit Laurent, SD.
What I found out was that this is a relatively new and dangerous recreational activity where people who purposely look for people with positive HIV so they can become infected with HIV.
These people are called “Bug Chasers.” And they see having HIV is a “Badge of Honor.” But, in reality more like a “Badge of Stupidity” because they want to fit in with an already infected crowd. Some call it an “erotic” adventure according to one Rolling Stone interview in 2003. Hardly I'd call it an "erotic" adventure. I and others call this a deranged and dangerous practice with no moral boundaries or concerns. What pity.
However, many psychologists theorize that participation in bug parties is actually an anxiety disorder where the non-infected individuals fear getting HIV so greatly that they would rather contract it and free themselves of the anxiety of living in fear. These parties are also seen as a sort of club for those living with HIV. Infecting a HIV negative and willing participant initiates them into their world. However, that would be a world of pain and suffering instead that many are not even prepared or even understand the extreme consequences.
And yet they expect the government to pay for their medical expenses because they purposely want to get HIV? How blatantly stupid is that?
Aside from wanting HIV there are those who are called “Gift Givers.” A gift giver is an HIV positive gay man who deliberately transmits the virus, often times to bug chasers, or those willing to contract it. Isn’t it grand to be a “victim”? Be in a society of “victimhood” so they can belong to a family of victimhoods? They certainly won't get my pity. More like they need straight-jackets for those who purposely want to injure or kill themselves in the process, however long or short it may take, by means of purposely acquiring dangerous pathogens. Pink rooms for them. Or why they would want to spread HIV purposely to those who do not want it in the first place? People, heterosexual or homosexual, who commit crimes of that nature ought to be shot. But on one end we find all kinds of strange reasons why people want to mutilate themselves (or others) to no end by infecting others on purpose with the HIV virus.
There are even hearing people who want to poke out their ear drums, so to speak, so they can become deaf and be a part of the Deaf world. Pretty desperate people they are. At least these deaf wannabes are not killing themselves or passing on these death viruses to other people on purpose.
“These are disability wannabes - people who think becoming disabled will give them a sense of family, while they deny the medical and social problems of disability. The bug-chasers have the same illusion. They wreak havoc on their families, on the health care industry and on research for a cure. Education and treatment are the only weapons to dispel these dangerous fantasies.” - Barbara McKee, Albuquerque Tribune.She forgot to mention some serious counseling or psychological help, too.
What’s next? Super HIV Bug Chasers where they die a few months later as a result? I think we have those diseases already where you can die in a few days, it’s called the Ebola Virus. At least there's a 20% outright survival rate for the Ebola virus compared to HIV positive that becomes a full blown AIDS which is nearly always fatal at some point in time. The immune system becomes weakened over time and have trouble fighting infection and other pathogens creating diseases. Although with advanced medicine and knowledge have extended the life of a person with HIV/AIDS even to 10 or 20 years. However, idiocy is not an excuse.
A little common sense here. You cannot die from not having sex, but you can certainly die as a result if you’re not careful. So, don't pass around cooters next time.
UPDATE: A rock band group called Erasure whose singer Andy Bell recently announced his HIV-positive status late last year. In a recent interview Bell stated that he will begin a campaign to educate young people about HIV and AIDS. While noble yet he says in another more recent interview by Jonty Skruff where Bell replied about his HIV positive condition that reveals more about his nature with HIV:
From the re-birthing experience I understood that I’d always wanted to belong in groups; I wanted be a gay man, I wanted to be a drug addict and I wanted to be HIV positive.
And this is from a person who want to educate young people about HIV and AIDS? What better spokesperson to encourage the spread of AIDS by explaining that in order to "belong" to a group of people you must have the HIV positive virus? Funny how the band group's name is called "Erasure." The name is prophetic in its own right.
This is a sign of things to come, HIV-positive wannabes.
UPDATE 2: From Demure Thoughts, this blogger share my same feelings.
Most telling exchange of the interviews "The Gift" came when the most vocal of the men in the support group was bitching about the ridiculous number of AIDS/HIV support organizations and charities. In the San Francisco area alone there are something like 75 some-odd agencies addressing the disease. He started talking about the Pride Parade and how it was basically the HIV/AIDS parade now with all the floats and groups being some how affiliated with the disease. He says, “What in the hell did we have in our parades before HIV?”
Check out the comments. They're pretty telling, too, about how repulsive these acts are.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
The 50-year(?) old petite 5 ft tall court deputy (unconfirmed about size and age) was sucker-punched to the face breaking numerous facial bones and going down flat on her back. She lose the gun to the prisoner and he later pulled the trigger in a few minutes of rampage inside the court building. Michelle Malkin and La Shawn Barber have their inputs and comments from readers on this police handling gone awry.
Now, with my being 8 years into the martial arts business so far, size does matter. Psychologically, and in many ways physically. For those who are bigger, did you ever ask yourself saying "I bet I can take him, he's smaller than me." ? Ok, if so, did you ever ask yourself this about a much bigger person who is about 4, 6, 12 or ever 16 inches taller and maybe an additonal 40 - 150 pounds heavier, more muscled with this thought "I bet I can take him." ? If you're the regular 5 foot 8 inch American Joe, that's like you saying you think you can take on a guy who is exactly 7 ft tall - the same difference of 16 inches in the Nichols case. Now, do the same thing but with the opposite sex, a woman and you're a man thinking this. Size does matter, it gives you that psychological edge. You don't see 5 ft tall petite female bouncers "manning" the doors at dance clubs, do you? Although that could change because of a different reverse-psychological hold on aggressive male patrons. Women do have their places in security and enforcement, however. Look for pros and cons in both situations but you need to take height as an advantage to help even the psychological odds.
AN Argentine nightclub is trying a cunning psychological ploy to prevent bloody fistfights among its patrons — hiring women bouncers.
“It’s based on the premise that says you don’t hit a woman,” said Daniel Monin Juregui, head of the security agency that protects the club on the outskirts of La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires province. Six women with martial arts training will guard the doors at the club. When a woman steps in to break up a scuffle, “a man, in general, doesn’t react aggressively,” Juregui said. “And there is a fear that if a woman beats him up he will never recover from his friends’ ridicule”.
But a bouncer story is an entirely different story (these are not six 5ft tall petite women bouncers btw) from a lone (female) court deputy escorting a violent male offender. Now had the petite court deputy been more aggressive in protecting herself while escorting Brian Nichols she might have had a chance since Brian would realize she's more aware of her surroundings and environmental conditions. I believe a larger male police escort (should be at least two police escorts) would have had a better psychological hold over Brian given him reasons to have second thoughts about his attempt on fleeing (on a rape charge, no less). But clearly there were problems in the chain of custody event.
The chain of events led a number of legal analysts and former judges or court officials to question how efficient the security was at the Fulton County Courthouse. Why was it that an accused violent rapist was being escorted by only one deputy? How could the suspect get the gun away from the deputy?
"Clearly something broke down in the system," said Howard Safir, a former New York City police commissioner. "One thing you never see in a federal courthouse is an exposed weapon."
Although the question should be asked, why was an accused violent rapist escorted by only one petite small female court deputy? Further investigation of this chain of custody protocols will need to be looked at. Now, I don't want to be political correct. It's bad form in my opinion. Common sense need to be the over-arching factor here on addressing certain issues. You can have women in police enforcements since they are an important addition to the police force. But to have one lone, petite, female court deputy handling a much larger violent offender and former football player who is nearly twice the female court deputy's weight and several inches taller. You tell me that there is nothing wrong in that picture.
Friday, March 11, 2005
"The article . . . is, in the opinion of our legal counsel, plagiarism," Dalhousie (University of Nova Scotia) spokesman Charles Crosby said in summarizing the report's findings.
Churchill did not return calls to his home or office Thursday seeking comment. Dalhousie began an investigation after professor Fay G. Cohen complained that Churchill used her research and writing in an essay without her permission and without giving her credit.
Althougthe investigation substantiated her allegations, Cohen didn't pursue the matter because she felt threatened by Churchill, Crosby said.
Crosby said Cohen told Dalhousie officials in 1997 that Churchill had called her in the middle of the night and said, "I'll get you for this!"
And Churchill makes threats, too. Not surprising since he did attack a Fox reporter in front of a camera when the reporter asked him about the copyright infringement on the "Winter Attack" painting.
Colorado University officials should just simply fire him. Keep the $10,000,000 to themselves and put the money into their legal defense coffer fund should Churchill decide to sue. Give him money and he'll have more reasons to sue> Give him money and that's a victory for every loudmouth Liberalista professors in the United States.
Fire the lout.
UPDATE: I guess, it was me. I had to republish everything in my blog for the comment field to work. Try again folks. Last I checked, it worked fine now.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
This is breaking news, at least for me, in the December 2004 article by the History News Network on the “Investigation by the Chronicle of Higher Education: (part) 2 - Historians Accused of Plagiarism” where there seems to be a plagariasm brouhaha (or will be soon) on the campus of Gallaudet University. If you can't get to the link go here to the Google cache section.
Are you listening Buff and Blue? Or Buck Naked Bison? You got your work cut out for you right there on your idyllic green campus.
The authors, Bartlett and Smallwood, highlighted four cases that they came across in their investigation of “plagiarists you’ve never heard of.” Benson Tong is one of them discussed. What was surprising was that Gallaudet University never heard of Benson Tong's charge of plagiarism, the accused one levied by the Historical Association’s findings, until after they hired him. This is one big plagiarism brouhaha surprise we have here on the very campus of Gallaudet University according to the authors, Barlett and Smallwood. Could get quite interesting.
Now, who is Benson Tong? Well, to begin he was an assistant professor of history at Wichita State University. In his written anthology on Margaret Chung, the first U.S.-born female Chinese doctor, who was also the subject of Ms. Wu's 1998 dissertation, seemed to have copied nearly verbatim Ms. Wu’s dissertation of the same subject.
It all started when Judy Tzu-Chun Wu came across a newly published anthology on the American West in 2002. Ms. Wu, who was an assistant professor of history at Ohio State University at the time, had a great deal of interest in Margaret Chung. Ms. Wu wrote and taught about the American West while on campus. Her revelation about this other author, Mr. Tong, was soon to be discovered when she looked through his book to see how the this author felt about Margaret Chung. Ms. Wu was surprised to see such similarity to her own 1998 dissertation. So similar that according to Ms. Wu in one of the chapter (Tong, ch. 11: Margaret Chung and the Dilemma of Bicultural Identity) it was nothing more than a condensed version of Ms. Wu dissertation almost by pure verbatim.
Sounds like a plagiarist who got caught by the very author herself, Ms. Wu. But read the rest of the full article:
Ms. Wu went through Mr. Tong's chapter word by word. She highlighted in yellow those portions of the text that were borrowed directly or altered slightly. She highlighted in green those sections that were paraphrased versions of her arguments and research. When she was finished, only one paragraph of the 15-page essay had escaped the highlighter.According to the article it goes pretty much hush, hush regarding plagiarisms committed by scholars. That's why the authors of the article are writing about this "hush hush" business on scholarly plagiarism. But words did get around, eventully, to the right, uh, ears of one of Gallaudet University's chairman.
But the most damning evidence could be found in the footnotes. If Mr. Tong's list of sources was to be believed, he had gone to the same archives, reviewed the same unpublished manuscripts, oral histories, and newspaper articles as Ms. Wu and then chosen to quote identical passages from that material. "Almost all of the citations in Tong's essay exactly replicate the sources and page numbers that appear in my footnotes," Ms. Wu wrote in a complaint to the American Historical Association.
Despite the compelling evidence, some of her colleagues told her to forget the matter. Pursuing it could damage another scholar's career and would no doubt be a long, exhausting process.
Ms. Wu ignored their advice. She submitted a 21-page complaint to the association and wrote a letter to Scholarly Resources Inc., the publisher of Mr. Tong's book. Mr. Tong offered a rebuttal to Ms. Wu's charges, and Ms. Wu countered with a response of her own, again laying out the evidence against him. She describes the experience as "emotionally draining."
The process was difficult and tiresome, just as some of her colleagues had predicted. In the end, the historical association ruled in her favor, finding that Mr. Tong "appears to have borrowed most of his research and overall analytical framework from Ms. Wu's work without sufficiently indicating the extent of his indebtedness." The group concluded that Mr. Tong had indeed committed plagiarism. Not long after, the association stopped investigating plagiarism cases, saying it was not a good use of its resources.
As was the association's custom, it sent a letter to Ms. Wu and Mr. Tong informing them of its decision about Ms. Wu's complaint. There was no press release, no notice on the association's Web site. Today, more than a year afterward, the association won't even confirm that it conducted an investigation.
As a result, Ms. Wu felt it was her responsibility to publicize the findings. She had the chairman of her department fax the association's letter to the chairman of the history department at Wichita State.
That was particularly bad timing for Mr. Tong, who was coming up for tenure. He was turned down. After sticking around Wichita State for another year, he was hired by Gallaudet University (in August 2004).
When contacted recently at the university (Gallaudet), Mr. Tong asks the caller to hold on while he closes his office door. He contends that he "didn't make any mistakes" in the essay and says he refuted Ms. Wu's allegations. When asked if he was guilty of plagiarism, he responds, "No, I don't think so at all."
However, he declined to discuss any details, saying the matter had already been put to rest. When asked whether his new employer (Gallaudet University) was aware of the historical association's finding, he said: "I guess they know about it. The word does get around."
Apparently word had not gotten around to the chairman of the government and history department at Gallaudet, Russell Olson
Upon being told that a newly hired member of his department had been found guilty of plagiarism, Mr. Olson groans. When asked if this came as a surprise, Mr. Olson answers, "Total." He went on to say he would "do something" but declined to be more specific.
He would do something? Is this going to be another “Ward Churchill” thing where Gallaudet University officials will pay Benson Tong some moolah so he can leave and not fear a lawsuit? We’ll see.
Except for acknowledging the receipt of her first letter, the publisher of Mr. Tong's book never responded to Ms. Wu's letters and e-mail messages. This year Scholarly Resources was acquired by Rowman & Littlefield. Kelly Rogers, the director of permissions at the publisher, was unaware of the plagiarism charge. "I would be the person who would know," she says.Ok. Here’s the old adage, you reap what you sow. Take full responsibility of your actions. When you plagiarize, you are stealing another person’s work. When you copy a famous painting and sell as your own painting, that’s stealing someone elses recognized but hard work. Not very smart, even coming from scholars which makes them very dumb professors.
As for Ms. Wu, she feels somewhat vindicated by the historical association's ruling. Still, she remains frustrated that Mr. Tong's book has never been retracted. "It's still out there," she says.
Her dissertation is scheduled to be published next year by the University of California Press. Ms. Wu worries that Mr. Tong might even be asked to review her book. After all, he's written on the same subject.
However, Benson Tong left a pithy quote about research and writing seen in the Wichita State University’s newsletter (Vol 3, #1 Spring 2002):
“Students learn not only methods of research and writing that they can apply to other endeavors, but they also sharpen their social skills. They learn to meet deadlines, compromise with each other and appreciate the importance of tolerance of diverse opinions. And of course, they also expand their appreciation of the past.”
And yet he earned a spot in the annals of famous plagiarists? Is this fair? And he's famous, too? Well, maybe after this goes out he will be.
By the way, can Benson Tong sign? Go find him on campus and report back to me. Ask him about Ms. Wu with your flying fingers of yours. Or maybe contact him via Gallaudet University's email. And for Pete's sake, does anybody have a picture of him on campus? Is Benson Tong still there three months after the story broke out? Is Gallaudet University doing anything at all??
Of course, there is no way to gauge the actual truthfulness of these online surveys along with comments that borders on slanderous, even criminally charging towards some professors thus eliciting hateful responses:
We also get some pretty hateful emails telling us how inappropriate the site is, how they are going to shut us down, etc.
Sounds like liberals bent on extolling the "virtues" on freedom of expression.
Anyway, the responses are sometime funny. A few writes of one professor who remind them of grandpa. While some of the more "famous" professors get accolades such as "Skip" Williams. He's a go-getter and burn the crutches right off the ground. He's like a guy doing Mach 2 on those sidewalks on the campus of Gallaudet University. Well, at least he did in his younger days when I was a student there, uh, 15 years ago.
The best rating at 4.8 out 5.0 with enough students responding (8) to make it acceptably "valid" is, so far, Professor Bernard Brown. And the worst one comes in at 1.6 out 5.0 is Professor "Grandpa" Beasely with 9 respondents. Poor guy. I never had him, though. But I've seen him in the hallways wondering who the heck he is. And that was 15 years ago. Even then he looked like "Grandpa."
Look around the website and get the skinny on which professors at Gallaudet University get ranked favorably or unfavorably. There are a few vicious comments...oooh and ouch! But, hey, that's reality and the world ain't a cakewalk. There are such things as really, really bad professors.
Regardless, the website is worth looking into every 6 months when more come online to register and do the ranking survey. So, sign up!
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)-- March 10, 2005 -- Half Day Session Focuses on Services and Products Available to Individuals with Hearing, Mobile and Visual Disabilities CTIA-The Wireless Association(TM) announces Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael Copps will present the opening keynote address at a half day Wireless Disabilities Workshop CTIA is hosting on March 14 at CTIA WIRELESS 2005. The largest wireless expo in the world.
Representatives from the disability community will join leaders from the wireless industry and the federal government to focus on the technical and policy issues involved with continuing to make wireless services accessible to individuals with hearing, mobile and visual disabilities.
"Wireless phones started as a luxury toy for the wealthy businessperson. Yet, in 21 short years, this industry has advanced the technology and lowered its price so that all consumers - regardless of where they live, the language they speak, or what disabilities they may face - can enjoy the convenience and safety provided by wireless technology," said Steve Largent, President & CEO of CTIA.
"CTIA and its member companies remain committed to providing accessible wireless services for all consumers and look forward to this opportunity to meet again with the Disabilities Community and discuss how together we can continue to provide innovative new services for those with hearing, mobile and visual disabilities."
There will be three panel sessions: "Gadgets and Gizmos: What's Here and What's Coming", "The Consumer Perspective: What Consumers Expect and Need to Know" and "Standards and Testing: Status".
The panels feature speakers from consumer groups, research institutes, the federal government and the wireless industry, including representatives from the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, the Food and Drug Administration, American Council of the Blind, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, Cingular Wireless, Georgia Tech Wireless RERC, Motorola, National Association of the Deaf, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Nextel, Nokia, Research In Motion, Self Help for the Hard of Hearing, Sony Ericsson, Sprint and UT Starcomm.
Erin Casler, the National Association of the Deaf Miss Deaf America 2004-2006, will close the Workshop with a keynote address. The event, held Monday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., will be wheel chair accessible. Interpreters and guides will be provided.
The Wireless Accessibility Workshop will be held only at CTIA WIRELESS 2005, the world's largest wireless trade show, featuring nearly one mile in exhibit space. This year, the show will take place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 14-16.
Register now to network with industry leaders, regulators, technologists and reporters at the one place that draws the best of wireless - CTIA WIRELESS 2005. For more information about CTIA WIRELESS 2005, including registration, travel and housing, and session details, please visit our Web site http://www.ctia.org. CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.
But so far, the local college student is winning with his countersuit. If MS offers an apology, Zamos, the college student, will be willing to drop the countersuit. MS refused to apologize.
Zamos said his countersuit, which includes allegations that Microsoft committed fraud and violated the Consumer Sales Practice Act, is more about principle. And his legal battle with Microsoft reflects the passion with which he is defending his case.
He said he spent hours in law libraries constructing his defense, learning the ropes of law to file more than a dozen motions himself. "I knew absolutely nothing when I started this,'' said Zamos, who plans to use his chemistry degree to work as a pharmaceutical researcher.
The court docket is voluminous, so much so that Judge John R. Adams has ordered both sides to stop filing motions until the March 25 case management meeting. Zamos said after talks with Microsoft's Cleveland attorneys that he believes at least one California attorney failed to research the company's claims and overstated its case in the initial suit. But without an apology, he said, he's not going anywhere but a courtroom, where he plans to act as his own lawyer and argue before a jury.
"Once they found out their mistake, they should have said they're sorry. And we could have been done with this a month ago,'' he said.
"They say I'm hassling them with my motions, but they sued me. I didn't sue them.
"I'm not asking for much, but apparently they think so. I mean, hey, apologize and pay off Kinko's'' for copies, he said.
Looks like Microsoft can't find a way to make used products illegal.
C'mon Microsoft, don't be such a weenie. Lick your wounds and apologize. Else, bloggosphere's going to take this like the wind in a wildfire!
Oh, yeah, this dude at one time was arrested after sneaking across a lawn with a can of spray paint in Ohio, heading toward the notoriously large Bush/Cheney sign in the yard of Summit CountyRepublican Chairman Alex Arshinkoff. Zamos was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing and criminal mischief.
Here's a video-tape. Not him, though, I suppose, but maybe his friends? But it did occur in Summit County.
He got his dues. Now, it's time for Microsoft to get some serious dues. I'm rootin for the little guy.
Interesting bias going on here. Colorado University led a blind eye over "Prof" Churchill's comment when he described the World Trade Center victims as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolph Eichmann, who carried out Hitler's plan to exterminate Europe's Jews during World War II. But instead Colorado University's officials came down on Professor Mitchell for having a class assignment to read "In His Steps" all because of one (if at best a few) student complained. Yet C.U. officials hardly ever listened to Sophomore Matt Coppo's complaint of Churchill who lost his father, Joseph Coppo Jr., in the World Trade Center attacks, and was angered over the invitation to Churchill.
"Knowing that I'm paying for a person to disrespect my father, it doesn't go over too well in my mind," Coppo said.
And Phil Mitchell knows all too well of what and why C.U. officials are trying to do.
"They know what they're doing," Phil Mitchell said of University of Colorado officials. "They're freezing out conservative ideas; they're freezing out conservative professors."Indeed. So much for academic freedom.
UPDATE: More important points here from another blogger, and he's not a fan of evangelical Christianity.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Welcome to the cyborg community.
You will be assimilated!
Sunday, March 06, 2005
One thing though, be careful on who to blame when it comes to these deaf/hh athletes. Blaming parents, hearing coaches, deaf schools, the government and whatnot for not achieving to the athletic standards of hearing athletes. Pure bunkum.
I have participated in sports all of my life among my hearing teammates. As a kid I had two soccer championships SEAA ELKs, two little league baseball championships, wrestling trophies in which in one final wrestling event I took 2nd place in my weight category, took tumbling, basketball and swimming. All these took place OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. Go figure. And all of my coaches were hearing, too. Ooooh, double go figure. But even while in Middle school I continued to play soccer and basketball. And in high school took track for short while before I began my odysey in weightlifting and finally powerlifting competing in powerlifting events where I often did well sometimes taking 1st or 2nd place in the bench press, squat and deadlift (which wasn't my favorite). All events were "hearing events" but they never discriminated anyone who had a hearing loss and allowed them to participate. Not one iota time. Go figure. This is what coaches want, go-getters. I have never remembered a time when I was put on the side line. Not once. I was part of the team and participated in every game. I even made the baseball team at Gallaudet University during a try out and I was to be placed either as 2nd base or short-stop because of my excellent ball fielding and batting. But I just wanted to see if I could make the team since I was more interested in using my time to study than to play sports that could take up my time and away from my continuing powerlifting exercises at Gallaudet. And now I'm into Aikido, a Japanese martial art and I'm in my 8th year. I'm a no nonsense, no excuse, go-getter.
Using an excuse, any excuses, on why these deaf/hh athletes couldn't be better than their hearing counterparts is nothing but laughable if they can do the same thing they can. If you have an athletic talent, you WILL be discovered whether a hearing or deaf coach spots your talent in the first place.
Terence Parkin had a hearing swimming coach who spotted his talent at age 13. And yet it was him who set out to teach everyone on his swim team the alphabet in sign language, starting with his hearing coach, so that they could communicate with him. Now everyone in swimming circles had a level of understanding with him. Parkin is a go-getter. Coaches like go-getters, whether they're deaf or not. Shows that you have the cojones, the will, the desire and the talent to be even a better athlete. Even if you don't become a professional athlete. Now, Terence Parkin has a swimming academy where he can be a deaf role model as a deaf coach for deaf/hh youngsters to look up to who go to his swimming academy. Truly a gold standard there.
It doesn't have to be the Olympics but the aspiration on getting into professional sports such as baseball. Curtis Pride became the fifth deaf player to reach the major leagues. At the age of six, Curtis Pride played one T-ball game and then said, "I'm going to be a baseball player." Twelve years later, he signed a contract to play for the major league New York Mets. In the intervening years, he was: (1) an outstanding high school athlete excelling in baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, swimming, track, and gymnastics; (2) named as one of the top 15 youth soccer players in the world (the only American) and a member of the U.S. National All-Star Soccer Team which traveled to China to compete for the 1985 Junior World Cup; (3) a "Parade Magazine" high school basketball All-American and a four-year starter as point guard on the College of William and Mary basketball team. On every one of those squads, Curtis was the only hearing-impaired athlete. Curtis Pride is a no nonsense, no excuse, go-getter.
Or maybe the first deaf professional cyclist, Reece-Emerson van Beek, of Australia? Notice his objectives: To win more major races; To compete overseas before the Deaflympic Games;
To win the Deaflympic Games in 35km Road Time Trial; 100km Road Race, 50km point Road Race; To become the first deaf professional athlete to join the European Professional cycling team in Division 1, 2 or 3. Reece-Emerson is a go-getter.
Or maybe a deaf semi-professional football player? Phillip Morris is both a defensive end and offensive guard on the Austin Gamebreakers, a semi-professional football team in Austin, Texas, part of the North American Football League. He’s a valued player, helping his team win the division championships this past year. Morris is also the only deaf player on the team. The story of how he got there is a story of struggle, harassment, acceptance and passion. "Life does not come in a silver spoon, we have to fight our way to the top," said Morris recently, but Morris not only fought but also played his way to success. He perceived the advantages in his deafness and made it work for him. Phillip Morris is a go-getter.
There is no end to this. None of these now professional athletes used excuses as their crutch for not making it. Excuses are for losers. You do your best and that what really counts whether you make the semi-professional sports, professional sports, the Olympics or just become a gosh darn excellent deaf/hh coach to help aspire young deaf/hh athletes.
This is what you must do by doing the best you can and not make excuses when it comes to sports. Again, excuses are for losers. You try and overcome any obstacles in your way in order to continue and improve your athletic skill. Parental support is important, too. But the inspiration and desire must come from within you to succeed. Please, no more excuses of why deaf and hard of hearing supposedly cannot be among the best of the best athletes in the world.
Are you a go-getter or do you want to make excuses?
Just as I thought.