Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

So far, this article (Arlen Grossman: Obama's Special Olympics remark not hurtful) has been the 'vibe' I get when people explain why what Obama said during his Tonight Show appearance 'wasn't so bad.' I ws so insensed after reading it that I had t say something then and there!

After I posted, I thought that maybe I was baited for a comment (Limbaugh style.) After a bit of retrospect, I'm sure it was the autor's real feelings on the matter.




This was my response to the article. I thought it bore repeating:

"1. Developmentally disabled people were not offended by the joke. Hardly any of them would understand why they should be offended."

Wow! I heard that animals don't feel pain - guess it's okay to torture 'em!

"2. Let's consider who said it and what his intent was. "

The President of the United States of America should have known better than that; more so than anyone else.

"3. The truth is: Most Special Olympic athletes are not good at bowling."

What's your handicap?

Last thing: more often than not, when comments like yours are brandied about, 'honest and realistic' becomes code for 'insensitive, callous [and/or] bigoted.' I won't say that you are (I don't know you, so how can I?), but I will say that I completely disagree with your conclusion here.

I understand the context of what he meant. But that doesn't make it any less hurtful. And as president, it makes him look small-minded and cruel.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obama and the Special Olympics gaffe

I was deeply disppointed by this. Having read some of his campaign fodder on ASD, I was hoping to see more of an inclusionary attitude come from Washington this time around.

I found this video on YouTube of Obama, preaching the good word and wanting to get the message out on a united populace:



When president Obama made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:


It was as quick as it was insensitive. And it passed through with very little acknowledgement from the press or the public.

So I decided to take a bit of stock in myself, did some research, and took the R-Word Pledge.

I hope the president decides to do the same.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

BBC NEWS | Americas | Obama renews US sanctions on Iran

BBC NEWS Americas Obama renews US sanctions on Iran

Just met the new boss,
Same as the old boss . . .

How does that decision coincide with the fact that Iran doesn't have any weapons-grade uranium?

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A bit of nonsense

I'm not thrilled with the world today.
I wish I could bake some cookies and hide in a dark rom under an electric blanket.

Sometimes you feel like nothing you do is going the right way.
But you always cheer up a little when you realize that the feeling is only temporary.

I feel a little better already!

Now - where are those cookies?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning."

Bill Gates

BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'cell assault' video released

BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'cell assault' video released



This more than made me sick; this really broke my heart.

Having read some people defend the actions of the officer, I can only say this;
what will you say when it's your turn?