Living and laughing with a disability - cerebral palsy; ordinary life, extraordinary circumstances.
Monday, September 29, 2008
"We are urging the government to accept this bill that will defend the rights of handicapped people," said Ith Sam Heang.
"We believe that handicapped people should be recognised socially, publicly and by the global community."
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
- "Security" (Defense, Homeland, etc.): $553.9 billion
- "Global War on Terror" supplement: $145.2 billion
- Health & Human Services: $69.3 billion
- Education: $56.0 billion
- Veterans: $39.4 billion
- NASA: $17.3 billion
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Yes, it can lean right...I lean right, and left, and all over.
I don't always agree with slants of views on this site. I am very much for tolerance, I also believe that Jesus' concern for the poor was multidimensional - poor of money, poor of spirit, poor of hope.
Right or left or "I dunno", praying for what is going on in out country and our world is an important duty we have.
The Presidential Prayer Team newsletter hits my email inbox every Thursday morning. I urge you to check it out.
And pray with your heart, mind and spirit...not necessarily theirs.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Disability News | PatriciaEBauer.com » News Archive » Guest commentary: Disability community should beware of Palin
When a young governor line-item vetoes six appropriations for community disability services or for accessibility modifications to public accommodations, that governor gives us reason to be skeptical about promises and prospective performance. When the appropriations totaled $749,000 in a state that has a huge budget surplus, and when the governor apparently knew at the time that her nephew has autism, that governor gives us special reason to doubt her commitment to people with special needs.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I was sad to read she had passed. I feel bad that it has been eight years since I have seen her. I always felt close to her when I had opportunity to visit her.
Strangely, I feel closer to her right now.
I love you, Aunt Sandi.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Palin's worst moment came when Gibson asked if she agreed with the "Bush Doctrine." She clearly didn't know what the doctrine was, and after he let her blah,blah blah some platitudes, he told her and the audience what the Bush doctrine was (essentially American has the right to pre-emptive strikes against another country if it feels threatened).
A real professor probably would have failed her right there.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Lesson learned is to keep all 3 browsers working (IE7, Firefox 3, and Google Chrome) working so that when one stops working, I will have another to use to Google for a fix.
Anyone know why Firefox takes so long to come up?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
College football Saturday. I love watching the Oregon teams. I prefer the Oregon State Beavers, since I am an alumn.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.
"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."
McCain chose Palin to overcome the magic of the Obama effect. Little vetting - McCain did not care. He desperately wanted to capture Obama like magic. Palin, unlike McCain, is easy on the eyes and ears. Hillary prepared us for women candidates with complications in there lives. We are use to Republicans pointing out these complications. It does not sound right coming from the Dems.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
"Obstetric care and caesarean deliveries have increased six-fold over the last 50 years, but the incidence of cerebral palsy cases has remained the same. Most of the cases are associated with problems during pregnancy and possible genetic susceptibility. Currently there is no cure or way to prevent cerebral palsy," he says.
'"Some companies", affirms Zhao Chunluan, "argue they do not want to hire those with disabilities on the grounds that there are still a lot of healthy people, or even university students, waiting for jobs". "Enterprises are required by law to hire the disabled, otherwise they have to face fines and other kinds of punishments". "But some firms", the activist denounces, "prefer to pay the fines rather than hire disabled people". She emphasizes, however, that "such people are only a minor proportion" of Chinese society, which does not have "prejudices of any kind" toward the disabled.'
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
It had to do with their website and how accessible it is to the blind.
As a web designer hobbyist, it causes me to pause. The main point is that when you put a picture on the internet, you need to include a description of that picture. Also, they need to make their website more accessible for people who use only the keyboard and not the mouse.
I use Joomla to create websites. These sites are easy to make accessible. Lately, I have been migrating over to Google Sites -- easy to use, very Troyproof --but with little provision for accessibility. Disappointing...
The download is not available just yet. There is a comic book explaining it.
I don't care for Internet Explorer. I like Firefox, but lately I have had to fiddle with settings to get various video formats to play.
I love Google!
Monday, September 01, 2008
For Jodie, vacation was not going to be complete without a trip to the casino. My attitude was why don't we just send them a check...why do we have to go there? I like the slots...too much. When I win, I keep playing and playing.
I thought about waiting until our anniversary next week and taking a vacation day to go, but neither of us think we will be able to take time off soon. So I relented. We took the two hour drive to Spirit Mountain.
Jodie and I take our scooters and out small bundle of twenties and we scoot from slot machine to slot machine in hopes of hitting our jackpot.
I was playing it cool. I kept cashing out and taking the tickets to different machines. I heard Jodie shouting to me. She came over and showed me her winning jackpot of $120+. Way cool!
Just a little bit later, I had a winning spin where I was asked to open clam shells on the touch screen. After touching about six or seven of them, my winnings were tallied. Over $130! I cashed out and took the ticket over to Jodie.
We went home about $100 richer.
We stopped at Applebee's on the way home for dinner.
A nice end of vacation fling and pre anniversary celebration.
E liked the rides - bumper cars, tilta whirl (3 times), and the scrambler (twice). E also likes the game booths -- even though the chances to win seem to go down every year.
We all enjoy the vendor booths. Waterless cookware. Easy chairs that vibrate. Carved wood models. Leather goods (E bought a new wallet). Screen doors that disappear. This year there seemed to be a lot of hot tub dealers.
I like seeing all the animals. We scootered through all the barns. This is the only time of the year that I really see the rural Oregon way of life -- not just the cows and horses, the pigs and the goats (some as small as dogs), but also the farm kids and moms and dads, doing the work to keeps their stock up at the fair and realizing the hard work they do to contribute to our food supply.
I enjoyed a sausage on a stick, E went for a sub sandwich and Jodie had Thai noodles. I thought about the chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick.
The sights and people watching are the best parts of the fair. Moms and dads, kids in tow. Teens racing around, babies in strollers, and tired young kids not sure what to make of all this.
For us, family time is what the fair is all about.