Jan 30, 2007

Now *that's* role playing!

My buddy Tim sent me this link and I just had to share it with everyone. Couple role plays as Bush and the country...

He he he...

Jan 26, 2007

Hockey Chicks Rule!

My friend GETkristiLOVE, the greatest of the 18's, has a hockeywear business also. To get more ideas for her, and because I am trapped on the never ending conference call from hell, here are some of my favorites at cafepress:

Jan 25, 2007

I have power in my pelvis!

From Devil Ducky, an educational language video, teaching the complex grammar of human body language.

Yes, in just a few easy lessons you too can learn to speak body just like humans do.

Thanks Jeff!

Jan 18, 2007

SMU says No to GW's "Learnin Shed"

Methodists: No Bush library at SMU
By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- A group of Methodist ministers from across the nation launched an online petition drive Thursday urging Southern Methodist University to stop trying to land George W. Bush's presidential library.

The petition, on a newly created Web site, http://www.protectsmu.org , says that "as United Methodists, we believe that the linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate."

Jan 16, 2007

The Golden Globes

While I wait for Vikki's breakdown of what went on at the Golden Globes last night, I'll let you know my favorite parts:

Hugh Laurie's acceptance speech was great. I love his brand of humor, starting off with "I am speechless, no, really I am literally without a speech." Following that line up with thanking the shows wonderful crew, he realized that sounded a bit cliche. Then he said "Logically, all the crews can't be good, somebody, somewhere is working with a crew of drunken thieves, but not me. They smell of newly mown grass."

America Ferrera was a bit of a breath of fresh air, not only for the role she plays, but for her seemingly honest humility at receiving the award. Nice speech also where she mentioned she hears every day from girls inspired by her character, Betty Suarez, saying it "truly brings a new face to television.

Jan 11, 2007

Of Pillow Angels, Ashley, and where do you draw the line

There was a story run in the LA Times recently, where a family out of Seattle whose 9-year-old daughter stopped developing cognitively at age 3 months. The family, worried she would grow too big for them to take care of her at home, and include her as much as they want to, decided to effectively stop her growth. She had a hysterectomy and high-dose estrogen treatments and is expected to get no bigger than about 4-and-a-half feet and 75 pounds. Here is a link to a story that ran in the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-na-stunt3jan03,1,3070121.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

This has also been talked about on CBS news:

One of my friends on the listserver I belong to called our-kids was interviewed. Check it out, she makes some good points, and represents "us".

The parents made a website to explain their "side" of the story:

Lots of troubling stuff here, including the use of the term Pillow Angel. The whole treatment seems to be for the convenience of the parents, ignoring the risk to Ashley of inability to fight off infections, more rapid progression of weakness severe premenstrual SIB or seizure exacerbation, and many more things that were brought up by people I know who are ethical medical professionals who's opinions I trust.

Also, Lifting techniques and equipment exist, though not suitable for every situation, and it was not mentioned whether this was looked into AT ALL in this case. Medicaid Waivers may pay for modifications as well as lift equipment.

There are a few things that I have a lot of trouble with here:

They covered their own faces and other childrens faces, but not hers? Why do the others need privacy, but she doesn't?

There is a quote in there, "Furthermore, given Ashley's mental age a nine and a half year old body is more appropriate and more dignified than a fully grown female body."

WTF?? Who besides Ashley can decide what is dignified for her? The parents who want her to be able to hang out on her "pillow"?

Also in the blog there is a reference describing someone with severe disabilities who has followed a normal course of growth and development as "grotesque".

Who gets to decide which person gets to wear the "grotesque" label?

They say that it's not about being able to care for her at home, it's only about her comfort and they would care for her at home regardless. But several of their justifications (removing her breasts so that she would be less likely to be sexualized by caregivers, having a hysterectomy to prevent pregnancy from abuse) are related to out-of-home care situations.

As parents of special needs kids, we all try to not judge each other or how we choose to raise our kids. Some people choose to withdraw, not to go out in public and stay alone. Others might fight like dogs to come up with the latest miracle "fix" for their kid. And then there are some who decide that they need to become politically involved and battle that way.

Generally, we help each other as much as we can, or stay out of the other persons way and let them go through their own processing of what they are dealt.

But when it involves such a high profile news story as this, and then you start having what people might term as "educated professionals" spouting off that this is a good idea and should become a normal course of action, well you have to fight back.

We fight battles every day in my sons school for him to be accepted and included into the general population, and usually are met with the same tired excuse; "That's not the way we do things around here". They always want to segregate him into the challenge room, to which we respond, "That's fine when you show me the segregated Safeway he will be grocery shopping at or the special needs gas station he will fill his car at".

Perhaps my friend Dan Wilkins over at http://www.thenthdegree.com/
can state it far better than me:

"If there is such a thing as Us and Them, it is not between black and white, old and young, disabled and non, male and female, gay and straight, catholic, protestant, buddhist, etc., etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

It is between those who get it and those who do not."

Thanks for listening to me rant...

ZunePhone Ad: Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPhone

But what about the shrinkage factor?

As a result of loosing a bet, Austrian skier Rainer Schoenfelder paid off by skiing down the famed Lauberhorn naked.

Whole story is here

Jan 7, 2007

Why I love her...

What makes two people stay together for 24 years? Is it that they like the same things, or that there is some deep bond? Maybe it's just that they are simply best friends.

This is my Christmas card from my wonderful wife Kathy.

I think that it's because we both share the same sense of humor, don't you???

I love you.

Jan 6, 2007

It's got a catchy tune, and you can dance to it. I'll give it a 9...

Just received this from a friend and had to share it right away. A word of warning - those easily offended by the words Jesus and Penis in the same sentence, don't bother...

Jan 4, 2007

The reason to watch Greys Anatomy

SAG award nominations are out and my favorite character, Bailey from Greys Anatomy is up!

Chandra Wilson is exceptional in her role, and shows a range that most of the other characters on TV can never come close to.

When she went before the M&M board to discuss why one of her Interns screwed up so bad, you just cringed at how they treated her. She makes you care about her character, which is pretty rare...