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11: Here We Go Again!

Posted by ridor9th on August 29, 2008

Thousands of Deaf people tuned in last Tuesday night to watch the premiere of fourth season on Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency mainly because they wanted to root for Martin ‘Marty’ Ritchie. Not only that, there were encores of that show repeatedly all night long on Oxygen Channel and twice the next day.

Naturally, many of us were concerned about the legitimacy and fairness when it comes to reality shows which often squared the residents against each other — look at Amazing Race, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model and so on … competition can be so brutal, especially in the field of reality shows.

Needless to say, I hoped that Marty had the qualified one to interpret for him throughout the series on Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. The guy who was interpreting for Marty is not qualified. He is not even certified to interpret! The only credential that he knew American Sign Language is because his mother is Deaf. That’s it.

That so-called interpreter’s name is Jerry Ferris — the same guy who competed on the third season of The Bachelorette — in that show, Jerry was one of two finalists vying for a girls’ hand in marriage. Jerry was the one who acted as the policeman that interpreted for the dectectives on CSI: NY along with Deaf actor, Russell Harvard not a long time ago! Jerry Ferris did make a brief appearance on The Real World: Back to New York.

It is evident that the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency hired Jerry not based on his qualifications but on his looks. A certain friend of mine from Los Angeles muttered to me last night, “Jerry Ferris tends to brownnose Hollywood industry, using his looks to get his god-damned 15 minutes of fame! Did you notice that Martin seems to be bit lost at times? It is obvious that Jerry is trying to get himself on the show, using Martin to advance his career!”

I nodded. I also told my friend that I noticed one scene where Janice asked if it is OK to use the term ‘Deaf’ without offending Martin at all? Before Martin could respond anything, Jerry spoke for him. He did not allow Martin to respond to Janice’s question — Jerry did it for him. It was such an awkward moment that prompted Janice to wrap Martin in her arms. You can see the odd reactions to the whole thing.

That critical moment when I saw it — it raised a red flag for me. I did wonder whether if this so-called interpreter was qualified nor certified to interpret based on the fact that Jerry spoke before Martin could address Janice’s question.

And I was right.

Jerry Ferris is CODA — the Child of Deaf Adult — this is classic example of what is wrong with CODAs out there, they think that by living with their Deaf mothers and/or fathers, they knew everything about Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. Not even true at all. I know what I’m talking about because I have five siblings, and 2 of ’em are CODAs — not only that, I also observed hundreds of CODAs in the past. The pattern is there.

The truth is that they lived the experiences but they generally do not know the rules, history or customs of our language and community beyond their parents and/or siblings! That is major difference.

Obviously, Janice wants to scuffle all hot and good looking people on her series — they took Jerry despite the fact that he was not good at interpreting. It is possible that the series hired Jerry because his so-called ability to interpret is much cheaper than the qualified interpreters would charge.

Martin deserves the best. Martin deserves the qualified interpreter to ensure that he survives the competition throughout the fourth season. With Jerry Ferris speaking and answering things for Martin, I cannot help but be worried about Martin’s chances on the series!

The CODAs has the tendency to take over the conversations and run the whole thing for Deaf people. Not all CODAs do that, but many do. Very few CODAs had to re-learn and re-train themselves in order to be certified/qualified interpreter — many were too proud to admit that they simply are not good at interpreting.  This is not a unique problem, it may be a common trait among many CODAs.  This has happened one too many times but by no means, not all CODAs do that but simply, too many CODAs.  You dig what I mean?

I am willing to bet that Jerry will not step aside in the best interests of Martin Ritchie. Jerry probably will dispatch his friends against me via emails as soon as I post this entry up.

Like it or not, Jerry is not qualified nor a good signer at all. Just look at the way he signs, that is the important thing, right?

Discuss.

Cheers,

R-

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Interlude: Don’t Forget To Watch Marty Tonite!

Posted by ridor9th on August 26, 2008

Tonight on Oxygen Channel at 10 PM EST.

When you’re done watching, come back and discuss.

Update: The premiere of Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency’s fourth season got off to a huge mess. All “preexisting models” who were featured in the previous season were not included. Martin Ritchie made the cut and is one of 15 models who will live in this luxury house along with Janice Dickinson.

No question, the reality show will be so chaotic in the long run with Dickinson shouting at everyone else in particular except for Ritchie.

There had been very, very, very brief cameos of Marty throughout the show. I’m kinda disappointed. But Marty seems to be very happy with what he is doing. I’m so thrilled for him. You cannot help but root for Marty.

Cheers,

R-

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12: Many Things To Talk About

Posted by ridor9th on August 24, 2008

PPhotobucketThe Wilkinsons: IN the last week of June, my Great Aunt Mary Wilkinson died at the age of 85 in Clinton, Tennessee. Then 15 days later, my Great Uncle Arthur Wilkinson also passed away at the age of 89. Both are Deaf.

Mary was the sister of my Drandma, Virginia Pool Duncan. I cracked a joke with my cousin Mary that her grandmother is probably chatting with Drandma and Great Grandmother Fannie Norris and backstabbing whoever comes in their minds. Of course, Mary agreed.

The picture on your right contains Mary Wilkinson (left) and Virginia Pool Duncan, my Drandma.

Where Is Leah Katz-Hernandez?! Leah was one of the most hard-working activist during the Gallaudet 2006 Protests. I had the pleasure of getting to know her during the Unity for Gallaudet Protests at Gallaudet University.

I was delighted to learn that she is one of 8 Gallaudet students who will partake in Denver for Democratic National Convention (DNC) 2008. For further information on the progress of 8 Gallaudet students’ efforts to volunteer their time, energy and activism during the DNC in the last 7 days and in the next 7 days, you can check and bookmark this link. I did!

Paotie Is Arrogant: Did you notice something? The first four paragraphs of each entry always comes off with …

Denver – Good afternoon, everybody! [Paotie then will insert some lame-assed subject as if one would enjoy his comments]

I am not kidding you!

HaHa!

I’m just messin’ with all ya’ll. Can ya dig it, ya’know what I’m sayin’?

Anyway … blah, blah!

What a prick. I am not fond of Paotie — the looks of the blog strikes me off as pedophile for some reasons — he already mentioned that he likes to do the martial arts (it is nice word for brutal and bloody fights) and yet, his blog is more of child-like persona with a child’s words. His efforts to team up with losers like Mike McConnell and Barry Sewell to divide and conquer the Deaf Communities is equally repugnant.

PhotobucketAbout DBC/Deafhood: It was Mike McConnell who ultimately attempted to keep the status quo by bashing Deafhood/DBC leaders from day one. You see, Ella Mae Lentz, David Eberwein, Barb DiGiovanni and John Egbert made a lot of leaps and efforts to reach and educate people of social injustices upon Deaf individuals and communities. These days, the same people are trying to break the colonisation that has been inflicting upon us all from day one.

Mike McConnell and others knew that by pushing the issues in the face of ones who wronged us and demand them to stop, it will shake the status quo not only in Deaf Community but in hearing communities, especially with medical professionals! That is where Mike McConnell felt threatened by that. He teamed up with the losers like Barry Sewell and Joshua Dawson to continue attacking Deafhood/DBC leaders repeatedly in order to create discord and doubts among ourselves so that they can keep the status quo at bay.

Meanwhile, the ones that got away with everything else? Hearing people. They just sat down and patted on their backs for creating a group to do all the works within our own community to divide and conquer.

We must endure, we must drive and we must win. What Deaf Bilingual Coalition has been doing from day one is important. We must finish what we started. It is time for us to control our destiny.

Deafhood is a personal journey that each of us process of our own identity. One can align DBC with Deafhood. It is no big deal, really.

I salute John Egbert, David Eberwein, Ella Mae Lentz, Barb DiGiovanni and many, many DBC supporters for their efforts to make a statement for our communities. For decades, the AgBELL has dominated the medical professionals with the status quo that basically prevented Deaf people like you and me from putting our professional views of what it means to be Deaf individual. With DBC rolling, the eyes and ears are starting to open up and it surely will shake the status quo. It is matter of time before the medical professionals shall dump the AgBELL’s views in favor of the truth — because we ARE the ones that held the truth from day one.

Of course, it pissed Mike McConnell off.

Audiology & Speech Program: In Knoxville, Tennessee, ignorant pricks are celebrating that the Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology was saved from being eliminated at the University of Tennessee.

The Department should have been eliminated in the first place. This department is one of many programs that inflicted the horrors upon Deaf children across the globe. These departments are the ones that often spread the misinformation about Deaf Education, especially with American Sign Language in order to borgize and oralize Deaf children for their own benefits. They never cared about Deaf children, only for themselves.

SCSDB Scandal: My source in Spartanburg, South Carolina has indicated that President Pam Shaw has asked the Board to accept her resignation after working only 7 months in office at South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Why? Not because there is SLED investigation. Because Pam Shaw wants to institute the massive changes in Deaf Department which has not fared well in educating Deaf children. Very few Deaf students went on to college. Apparently, Pam Shaw’s efforts to change the system was met with fierce resistance by teachers at SCSDB.

By failing to have the support of teachers at SCSDB, what’s the point of staying at SCSDB all along? This is the reason that prompts Pam Shaw to resign as the President of SCSDB.

Shame on SCSDB!

Cheers,

R-

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13: About Martin Ritchie

Posted by ridor9th on August 20, 2008

Oh lord.

Word gets around that Martin Ritchie is going to star on Oxygen Channel’s Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Martin Ritchie is Deaf. At first, I did not recognize him … I realized, “Oh, my gosh.”

I knew Martin when he was a toddler. He was quite hyperactive kid but relatively nice boy. He used to live in Virginia back then and my folks and his folks socialized at a local deaf club. Nice kid, really.

Few information about Martin …

Martin is gay. Just like me.

Has Deaf sister, Elsie who is at Gallaudet.

Martin has hairy chest but he shaved it! He shaved it — I preferred the hairy chest dudes. Smooth is so effeminate. C’mon, Marty — don’t do that! I never understood why men wanted to shave their chests … it is simply unattractive. If I want a smooth woman, I’ll go for Erin Whitney!

I wish him the best with the competition on that show — Janice Dickinson can be a total bitch but she meant very well. I am sure he’ll succeed in the long run. Marty deserved the best. He went through some tribulations and I really wanted him to emerge victorious in this manner.

Oh, yeah, it is an open secret that Martin also featured as “Pauly” on a certain gay porn website. I saw him in nude. Not bad — Nice size. Not that it is wrong to do porn. I think Martin won my respect and admiration for posing himself in nude! I mean, how brave is that? Especially coming from Deaf family?!

I heard that the main reason why he did this was to get offthe streets, one fella defended Martin by saying that Martin was homeless for several years and that I should not mention the fact that he did do a gay porn website. In fact, someone IMmed and emailed me last night to pressure me to take the entry off.

I’m distressed that Marty Ritchie was homeless for the time being. I kinda wish that he contacted me or my folks — they’d take him in for the time being. My folks probably loved Elsie and Marty more than me and my siblings! 😉

After considering their request, I’ve decided to modify the entry to assure Martin that it is OK to pose nude. Everyone else literally does that these days. And no, I’m not taking this down.

Update: I recalled seeing a picture of Marty and Elsie on Mom’s refrigerator many years ago. I went back to search for it — voila! Here is the picture of Marty when he was 10. He certainly grew up a lot. By posing this picture, I think it is a proof that my folks adored Marty and Elsie…

I saw Marty’s interview on the website and he mentioned that his favorite celebrity is Ricky … Oh, yeah, that’s me. I’m his favorite celebrity! 😉 That was a joke, fools.

Ha! Probably that Ricky Martin, though. But still, Ricky Martin?! I prefer Colin Farrell, Marty! Nevertheless, the interview was fun. After seeing him being interviewed, I already marked August 26, 2008 at 10 PM on Oxygen Channel to check Marty Ritchie in action.

Cheers,

R-
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One Last Thing About Sports

Posted by ridor9th on August 18, 2008

This is the last entry related to the no-countdown-but-only-sports in the last (more than!) 72 hours.

Ever heard of Elena Delle Donne?

Probably not.

Elena was consensus high school All-American and the 2007-08 High School Naismith Player of the Year whom signed with the University of Connecticut Huskies last year.

By signing with Connecticut, this was the last straw that broke the back of Pat Summitt, the Head Coach of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Pat lost Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne, both was considered to be the best high school basketball player in the country, to Geno Auriemma of Connecticut Huskies.

This recruiting battle was so bitter to a point where Pat Summitt terminated the series with Connecticut Huskies and it was alleged that it was her who contacted the NCAAs to investigate the recruiting violations at Connecticut Huskies.

Blah, blah, blah.

However, at 6’5 feet tall, Elena Delle Donne was expected to join the heavily favored Connecticut Huskies on their way to win the national championship this year. The team returns virtually everyone else including Maya Moore, Rene Montgomery, Kalana Greene and Tina Charles.

Elena Delle Donne attended the summer school at the University of Connecticut and abruptly left the school after only two days. The rumors surfaced around the communities amongst the fans of women’s basketball that Maya Moore chided Elena Delle Donne for her lackadaisical efforts to practice, work out and play basketball during the off-season.

It was reported recently that Elena Delle Donne has decided not to attend Connecticut as a student. And from there, the press indicated that she’s not interested in playing the sport any longer.

Some said that it is because she got pregnant. Some said it is because she was burn out by the vicious recruiting battles between Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma. One has to speculate, though. The UConn community said that Elena left because she is simply homesick.

But the latest information has basically surprised me the most. It is well known that Elena Delle Donne is very tight with her family, especially with her sister, Lizzie.

Lizzie is Deaf, blind and has cerebal palsy!

Interesting, is it?

Cheers,

R-

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Boycott Jamaica!

Posted by ridor9th on August 18, 2008

It appears that Jamaica has dominated the men’s and women’s track in Beijing. It is my duty not to acknowledge, congratulate nor applaud Jamaicans’ efforts in winning the medals. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt broke the world record in 100-meter while three female sprinters swept the 100-meter.

Why?

Because Jamaica fostered the aura of homophobia. It is a country where people bashed and murdered gay people as its leaders ignored the cries of ordinary gay people in Jamaica.

Why?

Because they were taught to hate gays and lesbians.

I sneered at Jamaica, Jamaicans and at the tourists who supported Jamaica by visiting the island, supplying money to the same people that oppressed who I am.

So fuck you, Jamaicans.

Cheers,

R-

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8 for 8

Posted by ridor9th on August 17, 2008

Not bad, MIchael Boucher — er, I mean, Michael Phelps!

Stop groping your left breast, honey.

Cheers,

R-

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While I’m On The Subject Of Sports

Posted by ridor9th on August 16, 2008

In Lincoln, Nebraska, the Athletic Department at the University of Nebraska has dismissed two wrestlers from its varsity team. Paul Donahoe and Kenny Jordan stripped naked and masturbated for a gay porn website.

No, no, they are not gay. They are just straight men posing in nude to entertain gay men on the websites. Apparently, some students at Nebraska came across the website and identified these wrestlers and made a scandal out of Nebraska’s Athletic Department.

I checked Paul Donahoe and Kenny Jordan’s nude pics. They are quite hot. Paul and Kenny can contact me anytime if they wanted to.

Oh, the University of Virginia’s wrestling program is on the rise — Paul & Kenny, come over and you can shack with me. 😉

Cheers,

R-

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Medal Count

Posted by ridor9th on August 16, 2008

So far, the US is leading the medal chart with 54 with China’s 47. But it is misleading. China led with 27 gold medals while US has 16. Take Phelps’ 7 gold medals away, US would have only 9 gold medals.

It was said that China’s goal was to get on the same level of caliber play that the United States has been for years and from there, to dominate the level. It looks like China is accomplishing this task.

Cheers,

R-

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I Want To Propose!

Posted by ridor9th on August 16, 2008

Anyone has Alexander Artemev’s phone number?

Cheers,

R-

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