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18: 2008 Decision, Stevens & MTV

Posted by ridor9th on July 30, 2008

2008 Decision: For the next few months, we will have to endure the bombardments of political ads everywhere else (Internet, TV, newspapers, magazines …) supporting and disparaging John McCain and Obama Barack to win our votes to get them in White House.

I just wanted to remind y’all that John McCain was on Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees whom he rarely attended a meeting. When the Protests of 2006 erupted in Washington, John McCain derided the protesters and resigned in support of Dr. Jane K. Fernandes.

For that, John McCain will never have my vote.

Ain’t This Amazing?! In less than 50 years, the United States managed to go from suppressing African-Americans’ civil rights to the day we might have an African-American President of the US?!

Progress. You gotta love it!

Good Riddance, Ted Stevens! Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was instrumental figure in establishing the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) when he pushed to pass the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 in Congress in order to get the fundings.

US Deaf Sports Federation is affiliated with the USOC. The USOC prohibits the USDSF from getting corporate sponsorships without the consent of the USOC. For example, Coca-Cola is already on the USOC’s approved list, therefore the USDSF cannot ask Coca-Cola’s rival, Pepsi-Cola to sponsor.

To make things worse, the USOC declined to fund the US Deaf Athletes to compete in Winter and Summer Deaflympics. I was told by an official with US Deaf Sports Federation who went to Washington to ask Sen. Stevens to do something by persuading the USOC to help out with the USDSF.

Sen. Stevens refused to help out and in the process, he made several shocking and degrading comments directed at US Deaf Sports Federation which stunned several USDSF officials in Washington.

Today, the Anchorage Daily News has reported that the federal grand jury in Washington has indicted Sen. Stevens on seven counts of corruption charges.

Payback is bitch, Stevens!

MTV: True Life’s “I Am Deaf”: *Yawn*. Did you get to see the episode of MTV’s True Life: “I am Deaf”? I just saw it recently. Nothing is new with it. Why did not MTV focus on the positive side of being Deaf? They chose a couple of individuals who are generally isolated from the values of Deaf Communities at large.

“Amanda” went to Towson University. “Chris” went to Mountain Lakes High in New Jersey. Mountain Lakes has a reputation of having an outstanding mainstreaming program in New Jersey. But the episode focused on their frustrations, struggles and their desire to fit in the hearies’ society.

Ever notice that the TV programs tend to portray us in negative light? Don’t bother to criticize my intelligence — I studied the History of Deaf Community and Mass Media under Dr. Schuchmann!

It irked me to no end when the shows chose not to feature the students at, say, Maryland School for the Deaf, Gallaudet University, NTID/RIT or California School for the Deaf – Fremont?

No, MTV preferred to feature the negative views of Deaf individuals. That is quite tiresome, don’t you think?

Perez Hilton Mentions ‘Sign Language’: Interesting, is it?  Anyone from Australia mind talking about this link?

Pop Quiz About Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet: Yes, we all knew that this man can hear sounds and bark with his voice. But do we consider him “Deaf”?

As for me, I consider him to be a true “Deaf” person mainly because of what he did for us. I think, to endow a hearing person of “Deaf” status is highest complimentary of all ages.

So … do you think he is “Deaf” to us all? Discuss.



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9 Responses to “18: 2008 Decision, Stevens & MTV”


    The typical Deaf needs to be properly portrayed. It’s harder to find typical ones in the Deaf establishment. We need a honest portrayal of what constitutes as a typical Deaf person. As for teens I have seen enough at Deaf schools like California-Fremont, California-Riverside, Indiana, Maryland and Model. These schools tend to puck their finest and portray them as among their “typical” students. This is serious B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T
    Same. NAD and their state associations selecting known faces and putting them on promotional materials.
    Same. Mainstreaming programs needs to stop especially with cued speech users. I know the brightest of cued speech users are often referred to as “typical” and this is a very misleading tactic. Ditto for others!

  2. cnkatz said

    I answered that question with my Q3 post, Can Hearing People Be “D”eaf? in one of my websites.

    I hope this URL will become clickable, if not, click on nom de plume name above and go to Q3 post.

    Thomas married and shared the same bed with a deaf woman and he is not considered something “d” –

    Thank you.


    Thanks for the reminder on that asshole Stevens. He’s a disgrace to the U.S. and especially Alaska, along with Hawaii, which U.S. didn’t deserve!

    Correction. USDSF. Is USADSF.

    USADSF has their share of sour grapes and that’s why they don’t get much help. There have been many prominent ones with clean records who still denied USADSF because USADSF couldn’t walk on merit alone! They can’t keep their members. Bread and butter sports with by far largest memberships: basketball, flag football and softball left USADSF. Just look at their list of affiliates and see who leads. So pathetic. Flag football and softball aren’t Deaflympic sports so their departures are anything but justified. A report from 2007 prepared by USADSF President Fleischer indicates only 200-something members left in what was a non-Deaflympic year. This should be counted as typical. Fair-minded people, many formerly of USADSF and AAAD are the one exposing people with USADSF-and/or any of its organizations-who’s not fair-minded.



  4. Are Democrats Good? said

    Anus-kissing, licking, sucking and deaf-loving Democrats bows to Stevens!,0,562414.story

    Ted Stevens a major player in Alaska and the Senate

    Some observers think the reputation of the longest-serving Republican senator may weather this scandal.

    By Janet Hook and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

    July 30, 2008

    WASHINGTON — In a state with more tundra than turnpikes, Alaska’s Ted Stevens is a political force. The former chairman and now ranking Republican on the influential U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Stevens is known as a master of pork barrel politics, with a record of channeling billions of federal dollars to his home state.

    He has brought home so much federal funding, in fact, that the cash has been given a special name: Stevens money.

    “It’s hard to put your finger on anything in Alaska that he hasn’t had his finger on,” said Democratic state Rep. Mike Doogan.

    The high political profile that Stevens, 84, has established could help him ride out, at least initially, the uproar triggered by his indictment Tuesday on charges that he failed to report gifts worth a quarter-million dollars.

    The first threat to his hold on power will come next month, when he faces a challenge in his state’s Aug. 26 Republican primary. If he survives that, Stevens will face a tough Democratic rival in November.

    His reputation has taken other hits during his four decades of representing Alaska in the Senate. In recent years, Stevens was harshly criticized for securing $223 million in federal funding for a project known as the “bridge to nowhere,” which became a national symbol of wasteful congressional spending.

    Yet he has remained a towering presence in Alaska. State lawmakers in 1999 dubbed Stevens “Alaskan of the Century,” and his name — which adorns an airport and a hospital, among other things — is hard to miss.

    Even Alaska’s Democrats pay tribute. Ethan Berkowitz, who is running in the Democratic primary for Alaska’s sole House seat, called Stevens “an iconic figure for the state. Years from now when they look at his legacy, I would say the measure of the man is going to be far more than the indictment and what unfolds from it.

    “He’s touched every part of the state imaginable, from statutes recognizing tribes to getting capital, and I think it’s a testament to his abilities. So this indictment is a shock,” Berkowitz said. “Even for his political opponents, it’s a shock.”

    Part of that Democratic goodwill may reflect the old-style bipartisanship Stevens has practiced, a style that predates the bitter party-line politics of today’s Senate. For example, Stevens and a senior Democrat from Hawaii, Daniel K. Inouye, routinely endorse and campaign for each other.

    A member of the Senate since 1968, Stevens has served there longer than any other Republican. Even since his party was relegated to minority status after the 2006 elections, he has been a powerful force as the senior GOP member of the money-dispensing appropriations committee.

    Yet Stevens is far from a go-along-to-get-along senator: He is a hardball politician with a long memory about those who cross him. When faced with a tough fight on the Senate floor, he wears an “Incredible Hulk” necktie. He is both feared and loved in an institution that has been likened to a men’s club.

    Now standing accused of personally benefiting from companies that had business before him as a power broker in Congress, Stevens faces voters who — like voters elsewhere — are sour on what they regard as the entrenched ways of Washington.

    “This is the kind of highhandedness that comes from long tenure in office,” said Ross K. Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University.

    With the indictment, political analysts are wondering whether Stevens will step aside and give his party a chance to nominate a less controversial Republican for the Senate seat.

    “Any politician with any amount of humility and common sense would resign or quickly announce he wasn’t seeking reelection,” said Stuart Rothenberg, author of a nonpartisan political newsletter. “It’s hard to see him winning after this.”

    Still, given Stevens’ history of political determination and defiance, few observers are willing to predict that he will bow out.

    Hook reported from Washington and Murphy from Seattle.


  5. Dennis said

    Thomas Gallaudet is an example of an individual who recognized that the potential for success exists in all people, whether they be hearing or deaf. He did much to level the playing field. I agree that he is “Deaf.”

  6. ridor9th said

    ADG: Your point is?


  7. Henry said

    Let’s go vote for Barack Obama!


  8. Sen. Stevens have nothing in comparison to the former Grand Dragon of the KKK, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, whose almost every roadway, bridge, hospital, conference site, building, school, even a statue, etc. in West Virginia is named after him. The man is the legendary king of pork spending in Congress: Citizens Against Government Wastes on Robert Byrd, King of Pork.

  9. ridor9th said

    Underhill, I can understand that you pointed this particular Senator Robert Byrd (D-WVa) related to the subject of pork-barrel within the US Congress. But I beg this question: What prompts you to mention Sen. Byrd on my entry that basically covered Sen. Stevens’ attitude towards Deaf people and/or organization?

    I am aware of Byrd’s infamous actions but he has, to my best of knowledge, nothing to do with the USOC Board. Sen. Stevens is the person — the ultimate one — that has a tremendous influence on USOC, internally and externally. When the USDSF and ICSD representative met Sen. Stevens to talk about the fundings, Sen. Stevens appeared to be very arrogant, offensive and dismissive. Yes, the ones who attended the meeting told me in person and they were appalled at Stevens’ sarcasm and cynical comments.

    And Underhill, you had to throw Sen. Byrd in this arena that has nothing to do with what I was trying to convey! Why? I’m curious.


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