Deaf Politics Today: ICE

There are perhaps thousands of undocumented Deaf immigrants in this country living in fear of being deported. 
This new ASL video explains your rights if ICE visits your home. 


Deaf Mugshots

I noticed some of our Deaf vloggers are ex-cons with long rap sheets, busted for drugs, frustrated in finding a decent job, and blaming audism.

Deaf - ish

Let's tackle a tough new subject, Deaf - ish, a new popular culture word I want to introduce to our vocabulary.  In our popular culture, Black - ish is a new  ABC television sitcom involving an African -American family dealing with the same sociopolitical issues that we Deaf are struggling with. Let's get into some details here, -ish is a suffix that identified the language and country we come from, such as being from England, speaking English. Same with being from Spain, speaking Spanish. Those Deafish MSSD are our bitter football rivals. The second definition is an adjective describing what it looks he looks like which can be used this way in a sentence: That guy is a foolish spending all his life savings on gambling. In our case we can use the word Deafish this way: That Deafish interpreter's Deaf parents are on the cruise with us. The third definition is a little more difficult used this way: The meeting will start at sixish (around six o'clock), Food will be served at eight, "Deafish time" Deafish to me is a Deaf thing!

Wisconsin: AB250

Isn't is great if your state legislator is fluent in ASL introducing a bill on the floor that improves on the interpreters' issue.   

Deaf Politics Today: Gun Control

Yes, guns don't kill people. Words has killed more people than guns, I've seen them everywhere, it started with an argument, on the playgrounds, in the bars, on the streets, on our jobs and even in our homes. Bullying is the cause of school shootings, drunkenness is the cause of  bar bawl, gangs defending their turfs are the cause of violence on our streets, confrontations with your boss, and your husbands being unfaithful. Our police got a handful, and we don't need the President's tweets are making things worst, encouraging white trash to load up, and blasting us away. The President wants legislation to prevent those with mental illness from purchasing a gun. Hold it right there, aren't the mentally ill the ones that hearing voices in their head or the President's rhetoric. The NRA misuses the Constitution to defend their rights to bear arms, and I'm calling Thomas Jefferson from beyond the graves to spend a few moments with us to clarify their intentions when they wrote it, "we the colonists were at war with England, we got a ragtag militia, a few Deaf minutemen here and there, keeping their arms at home when off duty, protecting ourselves from Indians on our movement westward, and it comes in handy with horse thieves. We uses our pistols to settle a score in a  duel. We uses it mostly to hunt and protect our property. Thanks for taking me to your gun shows, those AK-47, wish we had them at Concord and Lexington, you don't need them in your household,  they are so dangerous that someone with a grudge can kills hundreds of innocence people in a minute. We minutemen takes several minutes to load up our muskets with gunpowder and a lead ball. I took Thomas Jefferson, to see the Hamilton play. Ben Franklin joins us, discussing gun controls during intermission, his wisdom is that he agrees with that ads he happenstance to see on a billboard on Broadway,  'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," also applies to assault rifles and high capacity ammo being stored in the military where it belongs. He acknowledge criminal have guns, so does the Indians have axes, so what, you got a police force that "serves and protects" us all, keeping us all safe. 
If you need a registration to own a car, the same applies in gun ownership. If you need a permit to drive that car, the same  applies with guns, If you need to pass a driver's test, the same  applies with guns. If you need to take driver's education classes, then you should also take gun safety classes. If you need insurance on your car, then gun liability should be part of your home insurance policy. Prevent thefts, lock up your car and do the same with your guns. There are four category of gun ownership: collectibles, sports, hunting and home protection that information be be checked on your permit. You can be arrested if you try to get away with hunting when your permit limits you to home ownership. Driver's license has restrictions, so does gun permits. Anyone declined a permit after a background check can appeal requesting an interview with the local sheriff with a background in psychology. Background checks includes both fingerprint and DNA sampling that becomes part of a national database. I want to thank Thomas Jefferson for being able to socialize with us Deaf and leaving before the grim reaper notice his absence.  I don't know where Ben is, he was last seen flying a kite, we are expecting a thunderstorm tonight.


Deaf Politics Today: Memo

There are several conflicting news articles and television broadcasts about Trump visiting a Shell chemical plant now under construction on the Ohio River outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Deaf thinks that workers are forced to attend the event or wouldn't be paid. That isn't so, according to Deaf Anthology research into the matter.
The topic of Trump speech is energy, I think it appears to be more of a campaign rally than an official White House visit. Once again, speaking off the cuff, ignoring the teleprompter. That meant, unfortunately, that our taxes, not the campaign are paying the expenses of gassing up the Air Force One, cases of hand sanitizers, tuning up the Presidential limousine and Secret Service protection, etc. The town, Main Street boarded up, are left behind unreimbursed  for services rendered.
Attendance is not mandatory, which meant that you are not required to attend the event. If it's your day off, then don't worry about it, you can read all about it the next morning papers or on the evening news, or even here in this new Deaf Anthology Deaf Political Today blogs.
Shell held training days several times a year for its workers, with several speakers, mostly about safety in the workplace, often boring lectures, until the President with his unpredictable character came to town along with vendors of MAGA red caps to sell. There is excitement in the air, everyone well-behaved, as you don't want to be fired protesting while on the clock. If you work a full shift, you'll get overtime pay, but if you decided not to to stay when President is there, you can take personal time off, being excused so it will not count against you. Shell hires several contractors, so one of them may have issue that controversial memo without management knowledge. If the blue collar workers think the whole thing unfair, he can file a grievance with his union steward, and they will investigate the matter which I think is discrimination due to political affiliation, and the issue resolved without going to arbitration, having a letter of mutual letter of understanding agreed upon and attached to the contract, so what's the big deal. 


Deaf Grassroots

I bought this "Deaf Power" t-shirt at a Deafnation Expo and worn it at our Deaf Grassroots rally, warning our politicians not to forsaken us.


I didn't expect much when I went to the Priceline website to purchase a ticket to California, but Virgin America accepts my offer, saving quite a bit. I can avoid the baggage fees purchasing what I need when I arrive. Timing is critical, so I will be at the DeafNation Expo while visiting my family in San Francisco . On Priceline, I also booked a hotel, unknowingly that it was an official hotel of DeafNation paying less than their rates. I rather get around on Bart, not having to deal with traffic, we we Deafies pays half fares. The national parks were shutdown due budget impasses in Congress, but the Walt Disney museum was open. My Deaf stepson took me to Napa valley to enjoy wine tasting then return to have dinner at the Mozzeria, Deaf owned Italian restaurant. 


This symbol, a fish, identified Christian gatherings during the Roman Empire.


"I thought you were dead!" That's exactly what my friend told me when I met him at the Deafway II. I know that he's not being insensitive to my feelings, he meant we haven't seen each others since our days at Gallaudet. When he, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer, I think back of that comment. I admit I felt a sense of relief when another died of a massive heart attack, meaning he taking his grudge against me to the grave with him. One vlogger has an enemy list, recently found out one has pancreatic cancer, made an "insensitive" comment, no need to add any more labels to it, one is enough, really can't wait to scratch off his name. One's lifespan can be shorten by such "insensitive" comment, but really no need to be in an anger mood if we already know his character, so you should expect that. Just be thankful it's not an eulogy. We all got skeletons in our closets, so why fear being exposed of the fact. Gossips among the Deaf is just that. I can't scream to stop the world from spinning. Often when an individual post his "insensitive" remarks, probably also has a "death wish" himself. I ain't got much faith but to pray that he'll be in remission, so he'll be on his nerves a bit longer. I question our purpose of being on this world, the only way to escape the reality of death is live the fantasy life of being immortal. I meant no disrespect but this vlogger is damn good, knowing his stuff, it's the controversially that attracts me, earning my respect while most of us may be impatient. Deafies loves drama, but I accept all bloggers just being themselves, not trying to be judgmental, as long we can freely agree/disagree whatever being discussed at the moment. The only thing negative, a weakness, about me is that I tend to use sarcasm, perhaps I'm guilty of being insensitive myself. Criticism is not my bag, it's just my personal opinion on this subject. 


Republican Senator Ted Cruz from the redneck state of Texas fails to get himself into the Guinness World Book of Records trying to break the filibuster  record set by racist Strom Thurmond who opposes the Civil Rights Act. The Republicans are wasting their time to repeal Obamacare as least 42 times when there are other matters of importance that needs our attention. I strongly believe in universal health care, the rights of all Americans to affordable health insurance. Obamacare is just exactly that, that Obama cares about our American people. The Republicans may regret passing the bill in the first place, so rather than complaining, come up with some suggestions to improve the Affordable Care Act  as we already got the best health facilities in the world, so why not a pool best health insurance, with wide range of policies  available with premiums that are affordable to all Americans. It's not socialism, that argument is irrelevant  because we already got such entitlement programs as Social Security, Medicare, etc.  Congress is creating the red lines themselves, not agreeing to anything, causing the gridlock in Washington. It will be a political genocide if the Republicans succeed in wiping out the middle class. I'm surprise to find that Senator Cruz is illiterate, not understanding the message of Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" which is that we should not reject anything we haven't tried. Our first obligations is to pay our bills, so do the right thing, increase our debt ceilings, it's not worth to lead our country to bankruptcy. The only way to control our national debts is to get rid of all the lobbyists, abolish PACs, eliminate earmarks, and grant the President use line-item veto power. If we can't get our act together, then perhaps it's time to amend the Constitution to allow dissolution of Congress. 



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!

Credit Card Dispute

I suspected my doctor trying to pass the costs of an ASL interpreter with out my knowledge. My health insurance, BC/BS, requires only a $30 co-payment which I paid at the office, given a receipt. I noticed a $150 charge on my credit card statement, and immediately call the credit card company via VP to dispute the charge. They assume it's a billing error, I think not. I faxed them a copy of the receipt to them and during investigation resolved the case in my favor.

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On my first day at the Expo site, there are kiosks where you can get your photo taken with of its mascots, and e-mail them to your family and friends. I selected this one as you know, when your kids are back in schools, the lines tends to be shorter here. One important thing I want to point out is that the official mascots were designed by Disney.

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The very first thing you'll notice after entering the Expo site is a bunch of statues known as the "Food People," which reflects the theme of the world's fair in Milan, Italy
On my first day at the Expo site, there are kiosks where you can get your photo taken with of its mascots, and e-mail them to your family and friends. I selected this one as you know, when your kids are back in schools, the lines tends to be shorter here. One important thing I want to point out is that the official mascots were designed by Disney.


I'm looking forward to the fall premiere of "Scared Straight" with its NFL cast, our youths needs good role models, unfortunately some of our heroes are behind bars, struggling like us all, proving that we are human beings. (fictional)


Perseid Meteors

I enjoyed can watch the Perseid  meteors zipping through the night skies.


We Deaf bloggers are to be vigilant, protecting our fort against an audism invasion of our vulnerable social media sites, alerting our creators, and counteract with blocking defenses and retaliate using the latest technological deleting weapons at our disposal. Our Deaf Culture are to be preserved at all costs.  


Deaf Darwinism

Deaf Darwinism is a threat to our existence on social media nowadays, the Internet been taking in Deaf refugees after the collapses of Deaf schools, Deaf churches and Deaf clubs. It's our hope that our Deaf cavalry of vloggers and bloggers will kept us together as survivors while protecting our Deaf Culture from audism and the persecution now happening within our dwindling community, surviving dramas after dramas that causes a brain drain when Deaf are boarding up, closing their accounts and leaving town. Our Deaf cyber-graveyards are full of screen-names we once adored. In the beginning there were great rapport among us, learning and sharing a wealth of information, lots of respects from each others, discussion on a even playing field where we all benefited from the exchange of information. Our creator, a Deaf liberal political commentator, gradually over time, allows his cronies to take over, losing his reputation, becoming more biased, abandoning site neutrality, politicized the cyberspace,  allowing the invasion of despicable to dominate with their propaganda trying to convert us into their point of views. The exile Deaf are in search of a safe site to practice their freedom of speech without fear of persecution, being ridiculed, and banishment. Deaf Darwinism is not a theory, it's happening here in front of your own computer screen, and that's one thing they can't block nor hide from reality.
Deaf Anthology, in conclusion, is in support of a strong Deaf social media site where each of us can express our viewpoints with due respect for each other, where we embraced diversity  acceptance of who we are without conditions, as we all got one thing in common, our language,ASL, and Deaf Culture.
At this moment, we are stuck in the Deaf Swamp, awaiting the return of our vloggers and bloggers, upgrade our standards, and the realization that our creator needs to step in and reverse the downward trend into oblivion. 


This story is based on an actual dream I had last night, it's been modified to fit this blog. 
  My late Deaf brother, Buster, loves spy stories, he borrowed a book, "Deaf Mole in the CIA," from a blind neighbor who lives in the same Manhattan flats, then an ASL student interpreter volunteer to translate the novel to life to obtain class credits.


In the old days, we had biological computers where our brains memory had plenty of space to store vast of information, its battery lasts as long as your heart and the tools are in your hands.



Batteries ought be so affordable that parents will change their minds on having their Deaf children undergo a cochlear-implanted procedure once they discovered that  they aren't covered under their insurance policy. That makes sense, as insurance covered our hearing aids, not batteries. 

What Will They Do?

Several waiters are complaining that the program last night doesn't point out that Deaf people often don't leave tips and shouldn't expect to be served, falsely accusing us of discrimination.  



I remember that when American  (AA) announces a new non-stop route between Chicago and Nagoya, Japan and offer an introductory fare of $440 round-trip. I took a couple of weeks off to attend a world's fair there. I was the last person to board but the economy coach seats were full, so they put me in first class. I felt like a VIP during flight, given a Wall Street Journal to read, enjoying delicious steaks and seafood with the best tasting wines, and watching closed-captioned movies seating comfortably with plenty of legroom.



Astronomers all agreed that Pluto is not a planet, it's very oblivious.

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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 loyal brothers. Kappa Gamma is a moniker for Kendall Green, according to the Grand Rajah, upholding its traditions of providing generations of Deaf leaders. Our sources tells us that they applied for a block grant and hopes to start remodeling soon. 
This Deaf guy is waiting backstage, awaiting an opportunity of a lifetime to be in the spotlight, having been practicing at local comedy clubs, bringing in his dummy, actually a live interpreter, to showcase his skills as a ventriloquist. An alarm went off, the Deaf ventriloquist, wondering why he's sweating, assuming that he's nervous being on stage, been wondering why his dummy disappeared in thin air, not realizing the theater on fire.
I met child actress Lauren Chapin, known for her role as Kathy Anderson on "Father Knows Best" 

I envied Monica, a Deaf woman roaming the countryside in a VW biodiesel camper, meeting people, experiencing life as it meant to be.
America is a nation of immigrants. Thousands of Vietnamese fled after the fall of Saigon, with some resettling here. Their stories are being retold at a new exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center, which coincides with Ken Burn's PBS documentary.    


Deaf children will soon be a hot commodity. A Californian couple was arrested trying to sell their Deaf newborn on Craigslist. 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. I am sure that there are Deaf parents out there that will accept a trade to have a Deaf child in their household. 



I just can't figure it out, why are cable companies charging us a fortune offering Internet service at slow Mb/s when you can surf the Internet free using the much faster WiFi at a local Starbucks. It doesn't make sense.