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47: Weekend Tidbits

Posted by ridor9th on January 27, 2008

Deaf Blogs & Vlogs:  Last night, I had a brief conversation with one Deaf Vlogger.  My disappointment with the large numbers of Deaf bloggers/vloggers are that they seemed to be divorced from the mainstreaming blogs.

Yes, we are Deaf.  But we are just a minority in this big, bad world ruled by whom?  Hearing people.  In order to make your blogs/vlogs successful, one must acknowledge the fact that they must live and function in a hearing world.  Even work with them in the long run.   It is OK for you to backstab and make fun of hearies, I do the same, but you just cannot cut them out as if they do not exist.

Look at me, when I lived in New York, I used to be part of NYC Bloggers.   When I lived in Philadelphia, I used to be part of Philly Bloggers.  These days, I’m part of Richmond VA Blogs.  Why?  Because I aspire to do the best in what I can do for myself and the readers.  How?  That is to study, learn and adapt from the others.  Yes, from hearing bloggers.  Many Deaf bloggers/vloggers are amateur at its best.  I’m sorry but I won’t learn or find it challenging from deaf bloggers in general.  Not even from McConnell or Paotie.

It is my opinion that many deaf blogs/vlogs seem to be stuck in some kind of mentality where they cannot move on to the next level.  I’m waiting for ’em to surpass.  So far, only 2 deaf blogs has surpassed my expectations.

About Richard Roehm:  It is confirmed that Roehm was the one who mailed me the disgusting mai via the United States Postal Office.  I received the letter with stains on it.  It was smelly.  The authorities said that it reeks of urine.  And recently, Roehm attempted to make a comment on this blog talking about the urine.  This will be passed on to the US Postal Inspectors.

Roehm, what kind of person animal are you?  You’re ugly, you’re obsessed, you’re pig and you’re sick.  Seek the therapist, please.  And no, you will *never* make a comment on my blog(s).

My Coke Rewards:  Some of you may bought a Coca-Cola and drank.  The red cap to secure the plastic bottle — if you buy Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite or Coca-Cola — you probably will have the plastic cap which has 12 or 16 letters/numbers.

Pass it to me via here or my email address:  Ridor9th@gmail.com

I’m doing an experiment to accelerate the points on My Coke Rewards just to test something.  So far, I have 26.   I’d appreciate this very much.  Thanks.

My Pick To Win Super Bowl?  New England Patriots.  Why?  Tom Brady is beauituful to watch.  And what’s even better — whenever he wins a game, he never talked about Jesus Christ, God or Allah whom helped him to win this, that and there.

I really abhorred people who tried to use religion in sports to justify their wins.  It is hysterical and … pathetic!

Tom Brady never did that, to my best knowledge.

Virginia Cavaliers:  I am a loyal fan of Virginia Cavaliers women’s basketball team but I still think Coach Ryan needs to retire sooner or later.  But the team is now 15-5, 4-1 in the ACC.  Not bad, eh?  But a loss to UNC by Maryland Women is mind-boggling, Karl!

Enough for today, friends.

Cheers,

R-

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48: Kudos to PepsiCo — Says A Lot About NAD!

Posted by ridor9th on January 26, 2008

To make this brief for y’all to follow up.  For the first time in eons, PepsiCo sought the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)’s help in developing the television commercial for Super Bowl Sunday based on the legendary joke within the Deaf Community.

The one that we knew where the couple went to a motel on a honeymoon.  The husband went out to get some supplies only to realize that he was not sure which the motel room was.  So he honked his car repeatedly — all rooms had the lights on except for one.  A-ha!  That one …

Here is the link to the television commercial slated to release on Super Bowl Sunday.  The commercial was simply priceless and fabulous.

This commercial simply showed the positive side of Deaf people.  This is the exact thing we needed to send in the media, television and films!   For years, Deaf people, much to the delight of McConnell and Fatterson and to my chagrin, has been portrayed as helpless and unfortunate victims of this, that and there.

But I want you to step back and look at the bigger picture — the position of NAD is becoming visible.  For years, the powers of NAD has been somewhat dormant and yes, weak.  True enough, the NAD was never on the same level with AgBAD, NAACP and AARP.  The politicians cannot afford to alienate the NAACP and AARP but they can dismiss the NAD.  And still do to an extent.

But in the last couple of years, the NAD has made such strides in addressing itself by pushing for visibility in the mainstreaming media.  Suddenly, I am beginning to see more and more corporations being aware of NAD’s position.  Now, the NAD was asked to work with PepsiCo for the commercial.

The NAD has changed a lot in the last 5 years and I expected the NAD to do more and emerge as the one of respected disability organizations in the country.  Nancy Bloch and Bobbie Beth Scoggins deserves the accolades and let’s not stop there.  Let’s do more.

If Bobbie Beth Scoggins decides to seek for 2nd-term as NAD President, I urge many to unite behind her — I am not sure if she plans to seek for 2nd-term in New Orleans this coming summer.   Unlike many before her, Bobbie made herself accessible to everyone else including my Mother.   That speaks volume about her character to reach out and work with — not for — Deaf people from all over the country.

Double Cheers to NAD and PepsiCo.  But I’m still a lover of Coca-Cola, so sue me.

Eric Malzkuhn Dead:  The Patriarch of Malzkuhns, Eric Malzkuhn, whom was well known for his love of theater arts, died recently.  He was one of few Deaf actors that gets to perform on Broadway in New York.  In fact, he worked and performed the famous actor Boris Karloff’s role on Broadway for one night.

Eric was a trailblazer in creating the opportunities for Deaf people related to theatre arts.  I do not need to list the accomplishments because it’d go on and on and on … to a point where the Model Secondary School for the Deaf named its auditorium after him, Theatre Malz.

His wife, Mary, was popular professor at Gallaudet for many years.  I did not enjoy her antics at times when we were in London.  Let’s leave this as is.  But one thing that kinda made me wince a little.  It is open secret that Eric first met Mary many decades ago when Eric was a high school teacher at Michigan School for the Deaf and … Mary was a high school student!

If this similar situation occurs today, he’d be in jail. However, Eric and Mary Malzkuhn are well-respected figures across the country.  Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing about their children.

Cheers,

R-

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49: Actor Heath Ledger Dead At 28

Posted by ridor9th on January 24, 2008

Don’t you love Matt Drudge and Perez Hilton?!

It was from Perez and Matt that I learned of my beau, Heath Ledger’s death. Nah, not my beau, but Hell, I can fantasize. Heath is one of several men that I’d love to own in my bedroom. However, it appears that his death is just another case of Anna Nicole Smith. His death is tragic. I personally liked his performances in several films including The Patriot, Monster’s Ball and needless to say, Brokeback Mountain!

I was blown away with Heath’s performance in Brokeback Mountain as a deeply closeted gay cowboy who eventually lost his love mainly because he did not acknowledge nor come out — if he came out, his lover would be still alive. Whatever! But Heath was fantastic. Initially, I was skeptical about him portraying a closeted gay character but by God, he did a great job!

Heath was daring, bold and gifted actor. Bold?

For many years, it was common knowledge in Hollywood industry that whenever you play the role of gay or lesbian character, it will finish your acting career. They even had many agents warning their clients not to take gay/lesbian characters because they knew it’d alienate these Xian fools, hence threatening their acting careers.

Many actors in Hollywood are gay but they refuse to assume the role of gay characters because they wanted to … be like Tom Cruise (That is to make $$, by the way! And the rumors about Tom Cruise being gay is legendary in Hollywood and I believe these rumors, by the way!) to an extent. Hence, who has the balls to portray gay and lesbian characters?

Guys like Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gale Harold, Hal Sparks and Eric McCormack took the roles and shattered the mentality of “sexual perversion”. Prior to these gentlemen taking gay-themed roles/films, many gay actors concealed their orientation and declined to play any character that might deem them as gay mainly because they knew that the society would sneer and the film industry would drop these actors so fast. That’s how it used to work in Hollywood.

Good example? Rock Hudson. Self-explanatory.

But today, it is cool to be gay to a point where more and more gay men are willing to assume the gay characters. It indicates one thing: The American society is changing to accept gays despite the criticism of people like JuneAnn Lefors, Fred Phelps and Tom Dobson.

Speaking of Fred Phelps, he announces that his group will picket at the funeral of Heath Ledger and celebrate the fact that Heath is rotting in Hell.

Disgusting. Sounds like McConnell and Fatterson, is it? I sincerely hope that someone will hold a huge festival to celebrate the death of Fred Phelps when time comes. After all, he’s very old. He could go anytime, really. If that is the case, I probably will have a couple of Martinis to mock his life and death. One good thing about this case, in a thousand years, people will remember Heath. But not Fred.

But I got the whole entry off the point. Time to get back on the issue — why am I talking about Heath Ledger and his relevance to Deaf actors?

Nothing irritated me the most when these ignorant hearies attacked Deaf people who protested, criticized or balked at the film industry for hiring hearing actors to act as Deaf characters. They would say, “Heath is straight! He portrayed as gay! So can hearing actors doing Deaf characters!”

That is comparing the apples with oranges, fools.

Remember last year when I wrote about NBC’s Bionic Woman? They had a brief trailer showing a hearing actress impersonating as deaf character and her ASL signs were hilarious, hysterical and impossible to understand. I mentioned this on RidorLIVE.com and after dealing with the mini-uproar regarding the hearing woman acting as Deaf character, NBC clandestinely scraped the deaf character off from its show. Good riddance.

This prompted hearie-wannabe Whale Fatterson to claim that by protesting things like that, Deaf people are shooting themselves in their feet — thus, we should allow Hollywood to impersonate Deaf characters. What? His comments aren’t the first nor the last — it is typical of hearies-sympathizers who would appease and try to pant like dogs waiting for scraps to fall off the plate so they can pick up whatever is left on the floor!

Do us a favor, Whale — eat a bag of Hershey’s Chocolate Bars tonight before you hit the sack.

Barb DiGiovanni — one of my few favorite vloggers out there (Many deaf vloggers tend to rant, rant and rant and that is not cool to me!) — had a scathing entry regarding the documentary film by Eli Steele along with her famous vlog which was taken off after Eli Steele threatens to sue her for copyright infringement. However, you can read her entry at this link. Basically, Eli Steele hired a hearing actor to impersonate as Deaf character in his film. Barb had to absorb such offensive and lame-assed comments by others blasting her of criticizing Eli Steele’s documentary film.

Even worse, one Deaf individual, Steve Baier had the audacity to scold Barb that she should get in touch with the director of the film before writing an entry. What? This is absurd. If you don’t like Star Wars, you don’t get in touch with George Lucas. Again, Baier was, is and will be always stupid.

The whole point is that the deaf-related films are rare in Hollywood, mainly because they do not make money. The painful truth is that the term, ‘Deaf’, to the society is not positive. Thanks to these hearies who has portrayed us in bad light for centuries, being Deaf will not get you million of dollars in Hollywood. African-Americans fought and broke through this in the past — today, sometimes being African-Americans can bring millions of dollars to their films. Just pop Denzel Washington or Will Smith in any film, people will go.

Why do you think Marlee Matlin has been telling everyone else in Hollywood industry that it is OK to be Deaf.  It is GOOD to be Deaf.  There is nothing wrong with being Deaf.  She was doing something for us, you know?  She is pushing for a positive outlook that may ultimately put any Deaf actor to assume the major leading role in any film someday.  By telliing people that it is good to be Deaf, she is cultivating the soil and soon, the plants shall prosper.

As of now, an opportunity to act as Deaf character in any deaf-related film, Deaf actors wanted an opportunity to grab their chances … they are likely to be dashed by the fact that the producers prefer to yowl with their own rather than to hire a deaf individual. That is legitimate issue that has nothing to do with comparing gays.

You see, gay actors in the past avoids gay characters. Deaf actors wanted Deaf characters. Hearing actors can pick up any roles that fell on Interstate 5 but Deaf actors? They had to dig deeper than ExxonMobil folks can do for oil!

That is major difference, folks. Hearies simply does not have a logic nor legitimate points in telling us that hearing actors can act as Deaf characters. They fail miserably in that area for decades.

These unmitigated fools like Fatterson, McConnell, Paotie and Baier can kiss my hairy ass when I continue to criticize anyone else that attempts to hire a hearing actor to portray as Deaf character, capisce? On second thought, I don’t want them to kiss my ass — they’re gross to look at — I prefer Heath or Colin Farrell — hell, give me Chris Pontius, too!

Cheers,

R-

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50: Hillary Clinton Campaigns At CSUN

Posted by ridor9th on January 23, 2008

Last week on Tuesday, California State University at Northridge was notified that Hillary Clinton would make a last-minute but brief stop at CSUN where she gave few words at Grand Salon, a small facility that houses the banquets, exhibitions, meetings et al.

According to my sources, no deaf individual was inside the facility but about 10 Deaf students at CSUN gets to meet and groped Hillary’s hands outside of the facility.

Plus, you can see a video where you can an interpreter standing on a chair (!) interpreting the whole drama that occurs inside/outside of Grand Salon at CSUN.  Check this video to see the whole thing.

It was obvious that the whole thing was last minute plan.   Jeez!

Meth?  Please do not delude yourself.  I already saw how it ripped my friends apart.  And I am very anti-Meth.  Just because I lost a lot of weight which prompted you others to assume that I was doing meth is quite offensive and at the same time, flattering.

Cheers,

R-

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But … Why?

Posted by ridor9th on January 21, 2008

People asked me why RidorLIVE.com has been down for the time being. So much things has happened in the last 50 days which I do not owe any explanation to the readers. There are things in life that I do not intend to share with the public.

I was alarmed to notice the trend among the readers, bloggers and vloggers starting to ask whether if I have a boyfriend, whether what do I like to eat, whether if I plan to do something later tonight or tomorrow or even whether if I will hit an individual for a night of debauchery! These little things made me wonder whether if I should cap my life private as much as I can.

And I did.

Suddenly, I get lots of peeved readers, friends, bloggers and vloggers for shunning them in an attempt to protect my privacy. Some acted as if they are my best friends and expected me to spill the personal issues.

Even worse, they started to get in touch with my siblings and my close friends for information about me, my life and so on.

Now, that is quite offensive, fellas. I already got a threat mail postmarked from Santa Ana, California — which I am quick enough to assume that it comes from Richard Roehm, the pea-brained fool who claims to be some kind of important figure in Orange County, California. Needless to say, I turned the mail to the United States Postal Inspectors.

Why this temporary blog? Because I am working on to get things together in time for the return of RidorLIVE.com — only better, bold and stronger than ever.

I’ll admit that I stopped reading DeafRead.com these days mainly because much of the yakkings were redundant, to say the least.

My blog(s) may serve as a source of information for Deaf people throughout the country, Canada and the world but do not try to disparage and disrespect my wishes in protecting my privacy.  Everyone reserves the right to hold their personal life private.  Do the same thing for me, readers.

And Elizabeth Gillespie, your attempts to contact my sister regarding what I do these days and at the same time, block me from emailing you directly says a lot about what kind of person you are.  What a bitter queen.

However, let’s get back to the point of the entry:  RidorLIVE is coming soon than you think, hence the countdown begins today … but why?  Because it is fun to keep the readers speculating over, over and over.

The new RidorLIVE.com shall have four writers which I will have no control in what they have to say.  And it will entertain you throughout the Deaf Blogosphere.  Which I really cannot say the same thing about DeafRead.com these days.  I admit I read PerezHilton.com first before I stumble upon DeafRead.com.  Sorry but that is the truth.  So there!

Cheers,

R-

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