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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