2013-08-31

It's About Time


This is one of my favorite programs during my childhood. "It's About Time" ran only one season on CBS, it's about a couple of astronauts that went back in time to the stone age, and in an attempt to boost their sagging ratings, reurning with these cave dwellers.

Freedomland


When I was a kid, my sister took me to Freedomland, a theme park in the Bronx, it was so big that I practically got lost.Disney felt betrayed when someone he trusted left to built a Disneyland copycat in New York City, an unsuccessful venture that went bankrupt, now the site of high-rise apartments.
I think the Great Chicago Fire is the highlight of Freedomland.

2013-08-28

Wildfires

The wildfires out west are threatening our national parks, firefighters are at it days and nights, but nature is not a force to be reckon with, drought is the major causes, it only take a lightning to ignite it. I was just wondering if it's possible to laid out an automated sprinkler system in our national forest, is it feasible, prevention may be the key.

Jerry Lewis


A rare footage of the film, "The Day the Clown Cried," recently surfaced in the Netherlands, it's a Jerry Lewis film that he directed  but it was never released. The film is based on a true story of Helmut Doork, an German clown who was forced to perform for the Jewish children in the concentration camp, leading them to the gas chambers. This World War II film is one of the hundreds, if not thousands, hidden away in the vaults, never seen by the public.

2013-08-25

MLK

Where were you on the day that Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, people in the media are sharing their testimonies of their experiences during the "March to Washington," a half century ago this week. We are are aware of his contribution to the American civil rights movement, but still yet not heard from any single Deaf individual who was there at that historic event. Any Gallaudet students participants, any Deaf blacks from the South involved, was there an interpreter available on site. What was the attitudes then of Deaf Americans in those days, were they ignorant to the facts that the world is changing before their eyes.  

2013-08-24

Red Line

The President is stuck, his reputation is at stake now that the red line been crossed in the sand, got two options; to take actions, perhaps a strike to teach Syria a lesson, or ignore the genocide that can't escape our conscience after watching the nightly news. Our gunboat diplomacy days are over, we got enough problems of our own, so let the UN do its job of investigating the recent incident, pass resolutions condemning the the regime, and still unable to intervene due to the veto power of  Russia. Let our defense contractors earn a tidy profit of supplying arms to the rebels who may one day turn against us. The freedom fighters of today are the terrorists of tomorrow. It's time that America shed its image as an imperialistic empire.

Kappa Gamma Row

The city council approves a request to change a portion of West Virginia Avenue to Kappa Gamma Row, allowing Gallaudet to expand its campus to include vintage townhouses that the fraternity quietly  been purchasing over the years using bequests from estates of its fiercely loyal brothers. Kappa Gamma is a moniker for Kendall Green, according to the Grand Rajah, upholding its traditions of providing generations of Deaf leaders.

2013-08-22

Sales Tax

In several states, often during a weekend, parents have an opportunity to save on sales tax when they purchase school supplies. That's a major reason why states are shutting down Deaf schools after losing millions in potential revenues.

Orientation

At Gallaudet, during orientation, new incoming Freshmen are advised not to start partying when they hit the books, but until after all their overprotective moms leave campus.

2013-08-21

Underground Railroad

Click to get cool Animations for your MySpace profileLunch Period (Illinois School for the Deaf)
Ed: "Hey, Walter, what you doing this weekend?"
Walter: "I am going hunting with my uncle."
Ed: "You always do many things with your Uncle, seem like you never at home."
Walter: "My mother couldn't communicate with me, my younger brothers and sister doesn't like to interpret for me, my Uncle is the only Deaf in my family, he is my role model."
Ed: "What happened to your father?"
Walter: "My father was shot down over Yugoslavia, they never found his body, I never met my father, it was a one night stand."
Linda: "Have you decided on the topic of your book report?"
Walter: "It's black history month, so my topic will be about Major Merryl David, first black woman to fly the U-2 spy plane during the cold war. Found out she is a Trekkie like me."
Linda: "Sorry, I misunderstood, thought you're writing about Bono and the U2 band, he'll be a good topic anyway, as he's a humanitarian and have donated money to good causes, including us Deaf." (light flashes)
Walter: "I gotten go to PE now, hope you guys sign up for the track team."
Chicago Cabrini Green
Wayne: "Mom, you got a package in the mail."
Mary: "I wasn't expecting anything."
Wendy: "It's from AgBAD." (curious, Mary watches a video that came with the package)
Mary: "Wayne, Wendy, I have good news, I am getting Walter a CI, he will be hearing like us, he can go to school with you this fall, so we'll be a family again."
Wayne: "You know Walter will never accept that, his friends are at ISD, and ASL is his native language, he'll never be socially accepted by his peers at our school, and they won't let him play contact sports, as he'll be a liability risk due to having CI, so forget about it."
Wendy: "Wayne is right, Walter have no residential hearing, so he'll never learn to speak, just like you, you never learn sign language, that's why he spend all his time with our Deaf uncle."
Mary: "Don't talk to me that way, I am going to call Comer Children Hospital and schedule an appointment." (dialing)
Chicago Union Station
Walter: "Uncle Rudy, thank you for picking me up, I'm looking forward to hunting this weekend."
Rudy: "Got ourselves a cabin, let's stop at Gold Coast Dogs, and have a snack, so how was your week at school?"
Walter: "Our wrestling team doing well, maybe one of us will win the state championship this year, just signed up for the track team."
Rudy: "I have been selling Hershey bars at my workplace, hoping to raise enough money so you can go to Japan with your classmates."
Walter: "I'm looking forward to it, just need another thousand, have many penpals at the Miyagi School for the Deaf in Sendai, Japan."
Rudy: "Your mother mentioned that your father was once stationed in Japan, but I am suspicious of everything she told us, since I never met him, so we assume that he's dead."
Wisconsin Northwoods
Walter: "I'm glad I completed my Hunter's Safety Certificate to be able to go with you, regardless I enjoyed all the fishing outings we had, I think it's great to sleep in a log cabin, instead of pitching a tent, the fireplace will protect us from the harsh winter elements, hope to score my first whitetail trophy."
Rudy: "You will, there are plenty of them in the northwoods, when I pick up your backpack and sleeping bag, your mom seem exciting and can't wait to tell you the good news."
Walter: "I wonder what's she is up to now?"
Rudy: "Get your fishing gears. We're going fishing now, we'll have a fish fry tonight!"
Walter: "Love 'em Muskies" (both took an ATV downriver)
Chicago Cabrini Green
Mary: "Hello!" (phone conversation, children listen in)
Dr. Rake: "This is Dr. Rake at the Comer Children Hospital, your Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance approved your request for a CI, I've scheduled a procedure for this Wednesday, we usually CI newborns but my concern is how does Walter feel about it, we have social workers and psychiatrists on our staff that can interview your child, and determines if it's in his best interests."
Mary: "My son, Walter, always wanted to communicate with me and looking forward to being normal." (hangs up the phone after conversation)
Wendy: "Why did you lied to the doctor, you haven't even spoken with Walter yet."
Wisconsin Northwoods
Rudy: "I am proud of you, you bag your first whitetail, a nine point trophy, not bad on your first time hunting, let's go back to the cabin before it get dark."
Walter: "We'll have a great campfire tonight, I love your Deaf folklore's."
Rudy: "We'll have Chicago style Chili tonight!" (Walter collects the firewood, Rudy prepares the chili with his famous secret ingredients)
Walter: "Are you coming to our wrestling match next week?"
Rudy: "I'll be there."
Walter: "I only wish my Mom would be there, too." (bonfire, full moon)
Rudy: "Let's have an initiation ceremony to induct you to a Deaf tribal hunting clan, using their ancient ritual practices. The elements are ten-fold, one being Deaf, having its first game trophy, a bonfire during a full moon, shall we start?"
Rudy: "Remember when you were awoken this morning by the bears, you noticed that they were hungry searching for food, using their sense of smell, that was the first object you saw, from now on, you will be known as Sniffin' Bear.
Walter: "Just like the Indians, they got their names from the first sight at birth, what about you?"
Rudy: "I'm Smokey 'cause I snore like a bear, I am giving you this armband as a symbol of being the best hunter, you can lose it only if any other Deaf bag a bigger whitetail trophy with more than nine points."
Walter: "You ought to start a youth Deaf group, more adventurous than our boy scout troop."
Rudy: "Why not, if we have enough Deaf youth interested, and a sponsor, get them away from the rat race of the urban jungle, here's a special gift, a Bowie knife, that Deaf Smith once used during the Alamo siege."
Walter: "Thanks, Rudy, it's a great tradition to pass on."
Rudy: "Here is the chalice (a cup Chicago chili), it symbolized the blood of the whitetail you sacrificed to our Deaf gods, washes away the sins, and strengthened you, the only thing left to do is for you to do a traditional Deaf tribal dance around the bonfire, and then finally, a tribal mask of Sniffin' Bear will be given to you to remember this occasion."
Walter: "Thanks, Rudy, I will never forget our bonding."
Cabrini Green
Mary: "Did you have a great time this weekend camping with your Uncle?"
Walter: "Yes, Mom, I bag my first whitetail, from now on you can call me Sniffin' Bear, my new nickname."
Rudy: "I gotten go now, thanks for the coffee, see you at the wrestling match."
Mary: "You have an appointment with Dr. Rake this Wednesday, so you'll not be returning to school, I already notified ISD that you'll be absent."
Walter: "Mom, no, I got a wrestling match this week, who's Dr. Rake, he's not my doctor, we always scheduled an annual physicals during the summer."
Mary: "This doctor can change your life..." (Walter angered shut himself out in his bedroom, nailed the tribal mask to the wall)
Comer Children Hospital
Dr. Rake: "Hello Walter, I am Dr. Rake, Ricky here is the hospital staff interpreter, do you know why you are here?"
Walter: "No, my mom didn't say anything about it except whatever it is will change my life."
Dr. Rake: "That's right, you are here for a CI procedure, you will stay overnight, in the morning, we'll take you to the..."
Walter: "I don't want a CI, period. ASL is my birthright,..."
Dr. Drake: "Unfortunately, you're only 12 years old, a minor, your Mom have a right to make those kinds of decisions, no matter what you think."
Walter: "Why, Mom, why did you betrayed me..."
Wayne: "Walter, here's some items, a survival kit, you'll need, I stole the credit cards from Mom, I advised you to escape during the night."
Chicago Summerdale District Station
CNN: "This is a late-breaking report from Chicago's Comer Children Hospital, a 12 years old Deaf child has escaped overnight to avoid a CI procedure scheduled for this morning, an nationwide amber alert is in effect, Chicago police are investigating the incident, we'll have a news conference shortly at Summerdale..."
Illinois State Wrestling Tournament
Sheriff: "We have a warrant for your arrest, would you please come down to the station for questioning."
Rudy: "I have a right to a lawyer and an interpreter."
Sheriff: "Kidnapping a child is a felony, we want to know where Walter is?"
Rudy: "I came all the way to Jacksonville for this, and I have no idea what's the hell you talking about."
Sheriff: "Your sister claims you have kidnapped Walter from the Comer Children's Hospital overnight when he was scheduled to have a CI procedure in the morning, hold (answering phone), you have an alibi, we just got videos that your nephew used the subways alone, and also withdrawn money from an ATM, enough to be on the road months, if not days."
McHenry County, Illinois
Rudy: "What are you doing hiding in my apartment the police were looking all over for you, there is an Amber Alert in effect."
Walter: "Rudy, I don't want a CI."
Rudy: "Here's what I will do I will call a Deaf lawyer to represent you, a priest will come pick you up so you can hide in a Church sanctuary, in the meantime, I will contact my friends to set up an underground railroad of safe houses." (priest pick up Walter and takes him to an undisclosed location)
Old Greenfield, Connecticut
John: "Welcome to our household Walter, this is my wife, Joan, my boys..."
Jason and Jeffrey: "Isn't it cool seeing your picture on milk cartons, you are famous."
Joan: "CNN have just reported that the FBI raided a church in the Cincinnati area, and came up short, but arrested several illegal aliens, and started deportation proceedings against them."
Walter: "My lawyer have just put in a motion for emancipation of a minor, then my uncle may get temporary custody, until the issues are resolved."
Jason and Jeffrey: "Come play with us, we are building a time machine out of legos."
Joan: "CNN is on, Walter's mother being interviewed."
John: "Boys!"
CNN Chicago Affiliate
Mary: "Walter, wherever you are, please come home, we missed you, we love you (siblings in background signing, DON'T), ..."
CNN: "Why you would want to force your child to undergo a CI procedure against his will?"
Mary: "It is my right as a parent make those decisions, I wanted Walter to be normal like us, the Deaf are lepers in our modern society."
CNN: "We now go to McHenry County where Rudy, Walter's uncle lives, Ricky will voice interpret."
Rudy: "We just had a wonderful time last weekend in the Wisconsin northwoods, he just bag his first whitetail, I know he's in good hands within our Deaf community protecting him, using a network of safe houses, our own underground railroad, during the civil war, we free our slaves by providing safe passage from the south, nowadays we must free our Deaf children from the bondage of CI. Walter loves his mother but was rejected at birth, deprived of his birthright, ASL."
CNN: "Here's an update from the courtroom, the federal judge rejected the motion that Walter be emancipated, AgBAD announces a reward of $100,000, ACLU became involved in the case on the mother's side, advocating parental rights, it looks like the odds are against Walter."
Old Greenfield, Connecticut
Walter: "I can't believe my own mother called me a leper." (tears down his cheek)
Joan: "Please answer the door." (doorlight flashes)
John: "Rudy, What a surprise, we didn't..."
Walter: "Uncle Rudy!" (hugs)
Rudy: "Walter, may I introduce you to Steven, this Deaf gentleman, who have the same common interests as you do."
Steven: "Walter, It's nice to see you, I am a friend of your uncle, I met your mother 12 years ago at the Chicago Deaf Club, we had a one night stand, I heard about you in the news, I was unaware that your mother became pregnant, and I had to take a paternity test, I am your father, the court gave me custody of you, the mother declares unfit, finally it's all over."
Walter: "Dad, (crying) I thought you were dead, shot down over Yugoslavia, I love you Dad, thanks for saving me." (hugs)
The mother  appeals the decision, trying to regain custody, the courts are tied up with other cases, so  time is in Walter favor, so once he bacame of legal age (18), he's free to be Deaf forever.

The Mark

NSA Agent: "Gentlemen, it has come to our attention that a Deaf child born two years ago is a threat to our national security, one with the mark, a cochlear implant serial #666 devices." (Department of Justice officials entered the room after briefings at the White House)
FBI: "The President has ordered us to seek that child, have the device removed, or if necessary, eliminate him."
Ginger: "You got to be serious, is the President going to murder every child under the age of two, like King Herod, we shouldn't have elected a fundamentalist in the first place."
FBI Agent: "We have evidences, it's in Revelation 13:18, remember the President have taken the oath on the same Bible, to defend the Constitution of the United States of America."
CNN: "There have been a huge explosive at a plant in New Orleans, sources indicated that they manufacture cochlear implant devices there, OSHA team is on its way." (Meanwhile, FBI agents are raiding children's hospitals across the country, confiscating files of those who had CI implants, airports have been notified to detain all CI Children and their family.)
Ginger: (Gallaudet University campus) "Did you read the New York Times this morning about increase in SIDs...."
Jim: "No, why?"
Ginger: "98% of SIDs are those with CI"
Matt: "...and just last week the Wall Street Journal describes an ongoing SEC investigation on possible conspiracy among drug and CI manufacturers and institutional investors"
Ginger: "Nothing makes sense in our world nowadays."
Jim: "Just heard on CNN that the President is going to address the nation tonight"
Matt: "He's returning from a summit in Canada."
Jim: "Is the government somewhat involved?"
Ginger: "I can't comment on that."
Daniel: (Phoenix) "What's the matter?"
Denise: "Our friends, their child, each one of them, victims of SIDs, all with CIs, and our is only one still alive."
Daniel: "That's unusual, we had a census taker recently asked if we have a CI child, but they only do that once every ten years."
Joan: (Old Greenfield, Connecticut) "You have our tickets for the upcoming Caribbean Deaf cruise?"
Jason and Jeffrey: "When we are going?"
John: "I haven't seen our travel agent yet, she's on vacation as usual."
Joan: "John, are you coming to church with us?"
John: "No, let me finish my script, got a deadline to meet, and boys don't you dare put lottery tickets in the offering plate again."
Jason and Jeffrey: "Sorry about last week, hope the deacon OK, ILY."Pastor: "Faith is not believing what God can but knowing God will..."
Jeffrey: "I hope this sermon not longer than the Oscar telecast" (after church, they pick up a Gatorade with a free coupon)
Ginger: (Gallaudet University campus) "I better go now as I have an appointment with my mentor at NSA." (seven F-18 fighter planes takes off on an undisclosed mission. Two are its way to Tehran. Some to protect the fleet, and another to attempt to shoot down an Iranian drone)
Jim: "Matt and I going to Pentagon City to eat at the California Kitchen, we're taking the Metro."
Ginger: (NSA, Ft. Meade, MD)"Why do you want me to go through all these files looking for a CI child whose names matches the numeral 666, what has that got to do with national security."
Mentor: "Revelation 13:18, the one with the mark shall rule the world, he will be the threat to our national security.
Ginger: "I thought that was a reference to Roman Emperor Nero, you can't be serious, we don't even have one Deaf legislature, let alone a Deaf rule the world."
Mentor: "Since 9/11 we take all matters seriously."
Ginger: "As long as our civil liberties are protected, not abused by the executive branch."
Mentor: "Keep your opinions to yourself, do your job, study hard at Gallaudet, take it one day at a time, your life would be normal."
CNN: "Live from Tehran, there has been a huge explosion at a warehouse northeast of here, there are unconfirmed reports of casualties, mostly Iranian Deaf state employees, the President will address the nation tonight." (Jim received an order to return to the CIA, father send him a text message about an attack in Tehran, he'll contact the American Embassy in Amman for updates)
CNN: "Scientists now investigating whether an unknown virus have caused SIDs among CIs, in Alexandria, Virginia, CI Deaf child, a victim of SID, was buried todayl. The CI device was removed during a break-in during the night, the incident wasn't reported. It appears that the device was to be turned over to FDA for further studies, on the request of CDC, but it was stolen. In Tehran administrators at the downtown Tehran hospital reported that six Deaf Iranian was found dead after undergoing CI procedures, Deaf patients files stolen, authorities are investigating the deaths and trying to determined who may have access to those files.
Jim: (a Deaf Iranian/American hired by the CIA, completes his mission, details classified, and escapes across the border into Turkey) "They are closing the border, meet me up in Basra." (in Dubai, police are investigating the deaths of ten Iranian CI Deaf in their hotel rooms, after applying for student visas from the American Embassy. Their friends indicated they met an American Deaf at the annual Deaf camel racing, police releases a Deaf suspect, also a CIA operative, unable to question him, due to the fact he has diplomatic immunity)
Ginger: (NSA, Ft Meade, Md) "We've narrowed it down to three families that have a CI child whose names matches the numeral #666, one is in Washington, DC but that child already died from SID, the other two, lives in Phoenix and Houston.
Mentor: "I want those files at the CIA."
Jim: "I was watching Jordanian news, they have an sign language interpreter on a screen, I just saw footage of the attack, I can't comment on anything, for security reasons, but you will soon get a postcard from me, I took time out today to visit Petra, meet some Israeli (Mossad) Deaf there, this webcam on my laptop is very convenient to have and also our connection is encrypted, secured, I regret their deaths but our national security at stake, tell everyone I am here as a tourist, not to worry, as interns are not given mission assignments."(Jim unable to keep straight face, eye to eye contact, exchanges ILY, erased hard drive, then go downstairs to have a few beers with his Jordanian Deaf friends, staffers at the Embassy)
Ginger: "Be safe, see you at the Abbey soon"( Agents are keeping tracks of two Russian cargo planes, both on the runway in Cairo, Egypt, with smuggled CI devices bound for Pakistan, on large screens in the situation room at the CIA, also keeping in touch with the Pentagon, which now have AWACS patrolling the Mediterranean Sea with the 7th Fleet)
Samuel: "Just received a letter from our doctor that the files on our child has been confiscated at Houston Children's Hospital"
Susan: "That's where our Daniel had his CI, we shouldn't"t gone through it, I knew something going to happen, we should have listen to those Deaf advocates and not decline Daniel birthright to ASL"
CNN: "Iranian foreign minister declines that the warehouse stores nuclear components, over the wires, we've learned that the WFD has issued a statement condemning the attack which resulted in deaths of Deaf Iranian state employees, the death toll now stands at 88, the President will address the nation tonight at 9/8 PM central, this is CNN Tehran, now back to our desk in Atlanta. " (Jim arrives in Washington, DC, takes the Metro to meet Ginger in the Abbey at Gallaudet, Matt are discussing the Washington Post editorial that further UN sanctions against Iran may provoke war)
CNN: "This is CNN from the Oval Office, our sources tells us that the warehouse attacked this morning was a major distributor of CI devices in the Middle East, the President will address the nation shortly."
President: "My fellow Americans, we have evidences that terrorists are planning several suicide attacks in the USA using these CI devices (holding up a CI device) which can store a significant amount of explosive to cause widespread casualties when detonate, the terrorists have a stockpile of them at a warehouse northeast of Tehran, our F-16s, took off from the USS Lincoln this morning and uses laser guided bombs to destroy the thousands of CI devices, we have evidences that the terrorists have been recruiting the Deaf to have these devices implanted for a suicide mission here in USA, the terrorist are trying to take advantages of a lax in our nation's airport screenings, as those with pacemakers and cochlear implants are exempted from going through airport X-ray detection system, but are now checked more closely individually. We regret the deaths of several Deaf Iranian state employees, but it has been reported that some of them have volunteer to be suicide bombers and have recently applied for a Visa from the American Embassy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The President will do everything to protect Americans here and abroad, the Attorney General here have a statement to make."
Attorney General: "Today the FBI arrested several Deaf Arab immigrants in Detroit, they are suspected of planning a suicide attacks in the USA, they were arrested at Detroit airport before they were to take a flight to Tehran where they were scheduled to have an explosive CI devices implanted, which was imported from the Czech Republic. In addition, the SEC have dropped its investigations of possible conflict of interests of several Institutional investors in CI manufactures and drug companies, since the stock values collapsed after reports of SIDS among CI children." (A Houston newspaper reported the deaths of a family with a Deaf CI child after their minivan went out of control and purge into the river below the bridge, police suspected a homicide because a brake line was sliced, and leaking fluid was found on the roadway)
Ginger: "Did you watch the President speech?" (Gallaudet students are discussing about CI and its potential uses by terrorist)
Jim: "Yes, among my arrival at Dulles, I think I can solve the final section of the encypted codes on the Kryptos sculpture at Langley, it'll be a challenge."
Ginger: "Great!"
Matt: "...and the numeral 666?"
Ginger: "Some people believes it is a mark of the devil who someday will rule the world as prophesied in Revelation 13:18" (TV in Abbey, a live report on CNN of an explosion of a Russian cargo plane on the runway in Cairo. F-18s from the USS Ronald Reagan were unable to shoot down the other cargo plane before it entered Pakistan airspace. However the Delta Force completed the mission by destroying all remaining stocks of CI Serial #666 devices smuggled in a convoy on its way to Al Queda terrorists on the Afghanistan border region. The Kremlin declined to comment on the incident in Cairo, they only acknowledge that the cargo plane was sold to an Iranian business tycoon)
Ginger: "It's unthinkable that a Deaf CI child would grow up to rule the world." (Jim at the CIA stamped the files "Classified" and is satisfied the mission completed)
CNN: "The FDA have ordered that the hospitals suspends CI procedures on children permanently."
Mentor: (NSA, Fort Meade, Md) "The last family with the CI Deaf child was reported missing from the Deaf Cruise in the Caribbean, and presumed to have drowned at sea. The case is now closed."(Deaf family with a CI child, was tipped off by Deaf friends of a government conspiracy against them, decided to go into hiding, not returning to the cruise ship, they will stay in Jamaica, living through the hurricane, and then emigrate to Canada)
Joan: (Old Greenfield, Connecticut) "Tomorrow we have an IEP meeting with MSSD."
John: "We'll just rubber-stamped them as usual."
Joan: "Jim will return to the internship at the CIA soon, I hope he's not involved with the recent Iranian crisis."
John: "We'll never know, anyway, we have a stake in our son future, it was the right choice to send him to MSSD, to have that experiences unavailable anywhere else."
Jeffrey: "Charlie's family had to move, the power lines on the property is causing static interferences on his C.I."
Jason: "Just wait until there's a sunspot."

Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy is just a modern day version of exorcism, parents should love their children regardless of their sexual orientation, they will rather be playing outside rather than in sessions with a psychiatrist, therefore I support laws banning minors from being subjected to these nonsense.

NCAA

Does having drill sergeants as your referees, wear stripes on your uniforms, throwing hand grenades disqualifies you from playing college football after your tour of duty? I think not, NCAA should be more flexible on this issue, so let the Marines play, we need a few good men on the team!

2013-08-17

GOP

The Republican National Committee plans to excludes both CNN and NBC from its presidential debates and convention if they went ahead with their "Hillary" documentary and mini-series projects. That's censorship, an attempt to control the media, leading us to totalitarianism.


Butler

I just can't imagine being a black butler in the White House during the civil rights era, with a son being an activist, another  in Vietnam, serving drinks while history unfolds before your eyes, living through both JFK and MLK assassinations, and being neutral on issues that affects you personally.

2013-08-16

Deaf Beggar

Las Vegas police arrested a homeless man after receiving several complaints of impersonated a "deaf" beggar, actually he's a laid off VRS interpreter, struggling with alcoholism. During questioning, he admitted that his gypsies parents overstayed their visas and left him behind, after being deported back to Romania. ICE agents took him to the detention center, awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge to consider his asylum request, but will nevertheless be denied due to his lengthy rap sheet.

World Expo 2014

The 2014 World Expo will be held in Quigdao, China, it's a class B horticultural exposition, not recognized by  the Paris based International Bureau of Exposition (BIE), the sanctioning body. However, it's still worth a side trip for those planning a vacation into China. The Chinese knows how to put up a show, as they did previously with the Olympics in Beijing and a world's fair recently in Shanghai.

2013-08-15

Mngani


Matjeka, an elephant at a zoo in Tampa has just given birth, so I went online and voted, Mngani, in Swahili meaning "friend," as the new baby's name, isn't he cute!

Steve Jobs

I'm looking forward to seeing this film tonight on the life of Steve Jobs who drop out of college, gain experiences working at Atari, developing the "Breakout" game, and later left to start Apple, a computer that revolutionized our lives, making gadgets that are consumer-friendly.

Paralympics

Victoria Arlen, a teen paralyzed swimmer that set a world record is disqualified from participation in the upcoming Montreal Paralympics because she has hope of being able to walk again someday with treatment in the future.  It doesn't make any sense to me, of their rules that one must be permanently disabled. It's like a Deaf athlete being disqualified to participate in the Deaflympics if he is planning on having a cochlear-implant procedure in the future. Enjoy our life at the moment, forget the past and not worry about the future, accept us as who we are today!

Hyperloop

Gallaudet receives a grant from the government to develop the hyperloop system on campus so transport its students between various facilities such as the dormitories and the classroom. This will allow researchers to do a feasibility study and engineers to experiment its potential as mode of transportation in the future, where one day we can travel between Washington and Los Angeles in just a few minutes.

Coca-Cola

Truckloads of Coca-Cola were stolen from a warehouse here in the Orlando area and what were they thinking; I assume that they were planning on selling them on the black market in New York City, if they passed a law banning beverages over 16 ounces.

Emperor


We'll probably never know what's the Emperor role in the decision to bomb Pearl Harbor leading us to declare war on Japan, but we do know that he ask his people to laid down their arms, against objections within the military. The Americans seek revenge, but General MacArthur wisely let the Emperor remains on the throne, allowing its people to rise from the ruins.

2013-08-14

Embassy

The State Department has ordered the closing of our emabassies and consulates across the Middle East, after it was discovered that terrorists are renting a DVD, "Olympus Has Fallen," from Redbox, and are attempting to recruit Hollywood screenwriters.

2013-08-10

"Home Run"

 
 
"Home Run (CC)," a Christian film now being shown across the country at local churches, it deals with alcoholism, how it affects our lives, and in this case a struggling ball player trying to make it to the majors, being an absent father, having anger issues, and growing up in an abusive environment. It takes guts to admit you got a problem, that you are powerless, and to let God be your solution.
 
 

Deaf Witch

Rebecca Nurse, a Deaf woman was one of several accused of witchcraft and then executed at the infamous Salem trial of 1692. The villagers testified on her behalf, and was acquitted, but the verdict was overturned after a confession from another defendant that she's one of us.
"I go nobody but God!"
           -Rebecca Nurse

Technology

In Silicon Valley, they are developing a new closed-captioning system using an advanced voice recognition software technology within a computer chip implanted on contact lenses giving us instant access to any entertainment venues such as movie theatres, Broadway plays, professional sports, allowing us to participate in any public events, reducing our dependency on interpreters. The device is now being test-marketing in Southern California, so far the responses has been positive.

2013-08-09

Deafhoodie

Deafhoodie, gives us a sense of our identity, protecting us from the elements. Deafhoodie comes in various styles and fit any budget. We Deaf entrepreneurs establish our foothold in the fashion capital of the world, Paris, exporting our products, using Deaf designers. We hire only Deaf models to be in our catalogues. We uses Deaf seamstress in our factories here and abroad, including the garment district in Manhattan, paying them living wages  with benefits.

New York World's Fair

The 1964/65 New York World's Fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau of International Exposition (BIE), based in Paris, because Moscow won the bid to host a world's fair in 1967, to celebrate their 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The communists couldn't get their act together, so the Soviet Union drop out, due to financial or political problems. BIE was in the process of giving recognition to New York City, but the Canadians protest, given that they came in second in the original voting, claiming to their rights to host a world's fair in Montreal, in observation of their centennial. The rules of BIE at the time was that a Class A Universal Exposition are limited to once every decade. Expo 67, with the theme: "Man and his World," was sanctioned by BIE instead of New York.

VRS

A major video relay service (VRS) provider have decided recently at its board meeting to outsource all interpreters jobs overseas in India, effective in January, to increase their profit margin,  training them at low wages, without benefits. They are closing down all relay centers and giving out pink slips.  "Our videophones are manufactured in India, so it fit with our decision to move our headquarter there, it's an opportunity to expand our operations in a global economy," according to the CEO.  Its stocks soared on Wall Street upon the announcement.

Hard Luck

Parents should encourage their Deaf children to read, so I recommend the "Dairy of the Wimpy Kid" series, with a new book, "Hard Luck," coming out this fall. Greg best friend, Rowley, abandoned him (apparently having a girlfriend), so what he's going to do with his life, letting a billiard ball making all the decisions. The publisher is promoting the new book with its "Hard Luck Truck Tour" stopping at bookstores across the country, maybe your opportunity to meet the author, Jeff Kinney, but first check its schedule in their website.

Arizona

It's the Deaf  worst nightmares, being misunderstood, being a victim of racial profiling, rounded up and handcuffed, send to a detention camp, awaiting overnight deportation south of the border. It's happening to some of us deaf oralists in Arizona, when struggling with our speech in public, often mistaken as a foreign accent, causing border patrols to suspect that they are illegal aliens. They are American citizens, it's their problem if they not carrying any form of identification, such as a driver's license. Border patrols handcuffed them the minute they put their hands behind their head, ignoring their gestures that they are deaf, "tell it to the immigration judge!"

2013-08-07

Switch

The newborn didn't cry after being spanked, so the doctor knew he's deaf so went ahead to scheduled a cochlear-implant procedure in the morning. Surgeons were unaware that they implanted the wrong one, because a Deaf nurse made a switch, saving the Deaf infant from the scalpel. The Deaf mother, who never gave consent to the procedure, praised the Deaf nurse of being brave, risking her job to stand up for what's right. The DA agreed to grant the Deaf nurse immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony in a corruption case against hospital administrators for accepting bribes from manufactures, of violating federal laws of providing information of various options to parents. 

BP

I just caught my two Deaf boys, age 8 and 6, pouring 10W5 oil into the tub after building an oil rig out of Legos while bathing. They were reenacting the BP oil spill, thank goodness they didn't create an underwater explosion. I had to scrub them down and put their pajamas on, send them off to bed early.

El Bolo


"El Bolo," a film from Spain with English subtitles is a story about the friendship of two boys, both from different backgrounds, one being in an abusive environment. Communication and love is all we need to get through life!

2013-08-06

Craiglist

Deaf children will soon be a hot commodity. A New Yorker was arrested trying to sell his newborn on Craiglist. I offer a solution that the hospital maternity ward set up an exchange program where those who wanted a son can trade their newborn girls to those who wanted a daughter.

Silent Alarm

Yesterday, four Deaf men attempted to rob a  bank in downtown Boston. They busted in with guns drawn, and one Deaf went up to a teller with a note "ME ROB", " The teller asked the Deaf man "Robert, I need your full name." The Deaf frustrated hand her another note, "NO, ME ROB BANK." The teller checked the computer and apologized for the delay and told him "I'm sorry but we do not have a Robert Bank, so hold on let me call and request a sign language interpreter for you, it'll be only a few minutes, can you read my lips?"
The second Deaf bank robber asked "What's the holdup?"
The Deaf told him, "The teller is getting us an interpreter."
The Deaf bank robbers was losing patient waiting for the interpreter to arrive. (unknown to them, was that the teller has pressed a silent alarm, the police on its way, siren in the background)
Rickey: "I am Ricky the interpreter, Robert Bank, I understand that you want to open an account with us."
The Deaf Bank robber: "The teller misunderstood us, my name is not Robert Bank, we are here to rob the Bank." (Teller complied gave them a few thousand dollars in loots)
Police arrived on the scene and arrested all the Deaf bank robbers. (Interpreter left to go on another assignment, the get-away car was towed away, the Deaf spend the night in jail, awaiting to see the judge the next day)
Judge: "You have been charge with armed robbery of a bank, a felony, since you can't afford a lawyer the court will appoint you a public defender."
Ricky: "Hello, I am your interpreter, I remember you guys, we met yesterday at the bank, they thought you wanted to open an account, but you made a sizable withdrawal."
Public Defender: "My clients pleaded not guilty."
Judge: "State your case."
Public Defender: "When the police arrested them, they forgot to request an interpreter to read their Miranda rights, they didn't know that they have the rights to remain silent."
Judge: "Ricky, were you there yesterday?"
Ricky: "Yes, your honor, the bank called me to come to the bank to interpret for them while the robbery was in progress, then I left to go on another assignment, and the police was on the scene, handcuffed these guys, and didn't bother to ask me to sign their Miranda rights."
Judge: "I can't believe it, the police was on the scene and the interpreter was there, and there is no excuses whatsoever their rights were violated, case is dismissed."

Alex Rodriguez

Alex let down our kids, who look up to him, struggling to survive in the ghettos. Alex should clean up his act, admit it, go into rehab, and that's the least we can expect. You must accept the consequences of your actions, you'll strike out if you fail another random drug test, otherwise you'll clean out your locker and be forgotten.

1620


The first Deaf settlers in America, came here on the Mayflower, seeking a new life in America, a land of opportunities where discrimination are nonexistence, at least at the time. The Indians were set out to annilate the Pilgrams, but notice one Deaf among them using gestures, who were able to facililate communication, saving our scalps. It was this Deaf individual that chiseled "1620" into a rock at  Plymouth, the rest is history.

2013-08-05

Bento, Deaf Werewolf

Click to get cool Animations for your MySpace profileDuring a full moon, the Deaf werewolves are out there, among us, so no need to fear, and a warning to the audists, beware!  A Deaf werewolf is often the seventh son in a Deaf family, and that Deaf son will be known as "Bento," based on Portuguese folklore. Very often, in some cultures, the seventh child was abandoned at birth. In order to prevent abandonment, a law was passed in Argentina, that the seventh child becomes the godson of its leader, sort of being a ward of the state. the President. The Deaf werewolves, will let their presence be known to us. When we sleep tonight, we can feel the tap on our shoulder, as if Bento is watching over us, given us assurances that we will be safe; there also been unconfirmed police reports of burglars being chased. Bento is our hero!

2013-08-04

Union


We Deaf ought to stick together on the job, join the union, protect our rights!

Lasagne

25 Gallaudet students know how to party, they went to New York over the weekend to eat at the Del Posto's to order the nine course, $500 Collezione (each chipping in $20), which includes the 100 layers lasagne, personally served by the chef himself, yes, wine included. Garfield wasn't invited either. They prepared for the feast by fasting a week before arrival. They left a hefty tip!

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John: "Joan, answer the VP please"
Joan: "That was the Principal, they want us to come pick up our son, Jason, suspended for fighting in the school cafeteria."
John: "What has Jason done this time?"
John: "Boys will be boys, couldn't your teachers handled the situation themselves?"
Principal: "This situation is different, Jason knocked out a boy with CI* and we had to call in the police."
John: "A TKO (technical knock-out), Great! I taught him everything, I'm proud of him."
Police Officer: "I don't think so, I'm giving him a citation for disorderly-conduct."
John: "Wait a minute, that's unfair, children fight all the time during the school year, but why singled out my son, Jason,  just because a CI* child is involved."
Joey (brother): "Jason, what happened at school?"
Jason: "You know Charlie, the CI* kid, got ahead of me in the cafeteria line so punch him.
John: "I'm not paying that $125 citation, so we're going to the DA (District Attorney) next month to contest it." (The victim's parent didn't show up, so the DA dropped the charges)
CI* (cochlear-implants)

Mosaicultures Montreal


If you are planning traveling in Canada, I think you should schedule a day at the Mosaicultural Montreal, an international horticultural exposition, where several countries are participating.

Washington Nationals

I'll support tax-incentives to build a new stadium
here in Osceola for the Washington Nationals.

2013-08-03

Deaf Children Seen, Unheard!

Alice, an oral Deaf teenager, a mainstream student at local public high school, been having adjustment problems, abusing drugs to escape from reality. Her parents are at an IEP, with her teachers, counselors, and the school district administrator. They discussed her frequent absences, behavioral problems, etc. She is very intelligent but not living up to her potential. The school psychologist recommends that Alice be transferred to CSDF. "They provide all the services that meet her needs and the social environment making new friends.
"That's enough," the parents angrily stormed out, "my child will never be institutionalized."
When they arrive home, Alice was nowhere to be seen, worried, the parents call 911. Police arrives and found the lifeless body of Alice floating in the backyard pool. "It's all my fault...," the mother cries, feeling guilty of causing her death. It's obviously a suicide, as the parents never accepts her deafness, and it will haunt them the rest of their lives.

Anthony Weiner

If Anthology Weiner loses the NYC mayoral race,
 he  still has a future as a Weinermobile driver.       

Sochi

I won't support an American boycott of the upcoming
Winter Olympics Russia, so keep politics out of sports.

2013-08-02

GM

It's a role reversal, Americans been driving Japanese cars and Japanese been driving American cars. GM is now the best-selling cars in Japan, outselling Toyota, perhaps it's time that their government should bail them out.

Gold

The Bulgarian heat has taken its toll, but Deaf USA team managed to beat the heavily-favored Russian, against all odds, winning the gold medal in a game of hopscotch, a sport that requires a lot of practice and patience.

2013-08-01

Ephphatha

Jesus met a Deaf beggar, and heal him, "Ephphatha!" The man became hearing, but still mute.
 "Lord, why am I not completely healed?" Jesus explains to him that he only wants an interpreter
 to accompany him to spread the "Good News" to the Deaf.                                                           
 
 

Stone Deaf in the Stone Age

Anthropologist discovered an ancient cave in France, a clan of stone-age Deaf dwellers where the females kept watch over their children, while the males hunt. They all communicate using gestures for generations until one day during a thunderstorm, a lightning hit a tree, frightening the clan, causing one to scream "fire!", which got the attention of everyone surrounding him. They are used to the sounds of the wild, but "fire" is the first using the human voice but it's problematic causing divisions among rival clans, engaging in tribal warfare. coming from one of their own. That "fire" is the origin of "oralism, gestures which evolves into sign language began to disintegrate. Fire is a milestone in our human race, it given us warmth, not peace. One day, a child was born but he wasn't responsive, so we assume he was rebellious. The child loves cave painting; they didn't spank their kids in those days. The child seems normal, playing tag, swimming in the river, stalking mammoths, except one thing: he hasn't spoken a word yet. An aged healer checked him out and noticed that the child was using gestures, then realized the child was Deaf afterall, and very intelligent. Lucky to be born with an "invisible handicapped" because any abnormal child born are sacrificed to the gods. The Deaf child is now of age to be inducted into the tribe as a hunter after undergoing a circumcision ritual. The Clan Council decided to re-established their ancient languages of signs as the official mode of communication. The Deaf child is now one of us, it takes a clan to raise him.
The Deaf child grew up to be its greatest hunter, and as a matter of fact, he is credited as being the inventor of the wheel. The Stone Age disappeared with the coming of the Ice Age. Sign Language has been with us since the Dawn of Man as we conquer the stars.

Prince Albert

ACLU, representing a Deaf teenager, filed lawsuit in federal court against a VRS provider for violating his constitutional "freedom of speech" rights. The incident occurred when the Deaf uses the VRS to call a cigar shop, asking if they have "Prince Albert in the Can," and when the response was affirmative, he told him to "Let him out." The interpreter wasn't amused and gave him a stern lecture, notified him of his suspension because of their policy against "prank calls." Deaf (name withheld to protect his identity) became upset, feeling that's unfair since his hearing brother and friends does the same thing and get away with it.  The cigar shop owner just laugh it off when questioned by the media, "I am used to getting such calls every now and then." The VRS refused to comment on the case, pending litigation.