Police are raiding the Deaf clubs across the Deep South, especially here in the Heart of the Dixie, confiscating evidences of widespread gambling activities among the Deaf, after receiving an anonymous tip from a disgruntled Deaf member who lost last month jackpot, the biggest ever. Deaf officials were taken into custody, assets seized, and their non-profits status revoked. Additional charges are expected, such as selling alcohol on the premise without a license, building code violations, etc. A spokesman for the Governor's Task Force on Gambling stated "gambling in any form is illegal and the Deaf thought they can get away with it, they were wrong.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.
This is a common occurrences, Deaf children are dying in their sleep from smoke inhalation, an tragic event that is preventable. Here's one incident to prove a point; in California there was a case where a home burned down to the grounds, killing all of its Deaf occupants. Newspaper investigators discovered that the Deaf parents repeatably been asking their local fire station for a free strobe smoke detectors that would've saved their lives. The Deaf, as taxpayers, have written to their to their aldermen complaining that they were being discriminated, because the city fails to make reasonable accommodation to provide a smoke detector that is specifically designed for Deaf households.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 14:20
An elderly Deaf man, diagnosed with dementia, just received his 180th ticket for parking in the handicapped stall, apparently forgetting, once again, to hang his HC placard, is now facing eviction for nonpayment of rent, using up his pension paying fines that is still racking up. Here in Florida, it's a $250 fine for each offense, meaning he still owes at least $50,000, including late fees, to the city, but his checks always been returned, because, nothing new, forgetting to buy stamps. He's so stubborn, despite the urging of his friends, refusing to give up driving so it'll be a matter of time before he get lost on the roads.He even forgets to renew his auto insurance policy, auto registration, etc. It will be a matter of time before an amber alert is set, stranded somewhere, forgetting to refill his gas tank. He doesn't contest the tickets as the courts won't provide him with an interpreter.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 14:11
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 13:52
In our society, we Deaf need an ID card to obtain a driver's license, a passport to travel, apply for a job, rent an apartment, go to college, to vote, collect SSI or welfare, food stamps and Medicare, etc. Imagine the Deaf being homeless, having no access to all these services, a new non-profit organization, IDignity assist their clients in getting their birth certificate, social security card, and all the necessary documentation to obtain their Florida ID card, the first step toward independence.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 13:37
World's famous Deaf magician, Magic Morgan, recently opens his very own "Little Magic Theatre" in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, drawing tourists from all around the world, performing to sold out crowds. Lake Geneva is a destination in itself, plenty of sightseeing, shopping, and food in the area.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 13:35