November is Coming but If You’re Thinking of Voting Republican You’re in Trouble if Your Old, Sick Disabled, Unemployed or an Immigrant

There is an old baptist saying that draws in the revelations verse “I am the alpha and the Omega.” In the bible, it talks about God seeing the beginning of time and the end of days all at once as if they were seven days of the week. An old evangelist called Tony Campolo used to start his sermons yelling”it’s friday but sunday is a coming.”

Tony meant by this that Friday was the world now, and Sunday was the rapture. Well I am a devout Buddhist, but I am nothing if not a life long student of theology.  Not because I believe, but because only through knowing the teachings of those gone before whether fable or not can I ever hope to identify someone trying to sell me or my world the emperors new clothes.

Well the first time I saw Romney a verse from the new testament snuck into my mind, it says “beware in the last days many will come in my name and I say I know them not”  and with every member of the Republican party claiming God as their running mate this hit home. Romney can’t make up his mind from minute to minute on anything except he wants to take apart the world as we know it. He wants to gut what we haveand sell it off piece by piece to private corporations and leave us with nothing.

This man is so out of touch and he is a Judas. He is half Mexican and yet he hates the hispanic. In so many ways he and his cronies can’t come up with ways to wipe out their rights quick enough.  The elderly, according to him, can live without medicare and medicaid, and the young, well according to him, their parents have $20,000 lying around to hand out to them because he says student loans are handouts they don’t deserve. One court case after another,  Republicans all applauded by rommney are gutting womens rights so much that Rowe V Wade  would need to leave the country to have any chance today. The disabled are losing ground so quick, even if we could walk we wouldn’t have a leg to stand on under a republican white house. And if you are any of the above and Hispanic you’re screwed.

Rommney says they should leave because they came here illegally and took food and jobs from the natives ? So  if rommney was here when the  founding fathers arrived  he would have had the people who landed on plymouth rock arretsed and sent back, and john smith would have been arrested for harboring pocahuntus!

 California was taken from the mexicans, louisianna was french territory and we stole every piece of land we currently stand on from the native americans. He says he is a devout mormon, yet his super pac takes money from  a las vegas billionaire Hypocrit? what would his mexican ancestors say about his turning is back on his own heritage.

 I try to stay out of politics. I really do but I love my adopted country with a passion and be damned if I am going to let it be outsourced by a heartless denier of his own self  who cares so little that he will blatantly lie on camera about what he said on camera on tuesday then lie again about that statement the next day. I am not naive all politicians lie, even Obama  but we australians have a severe  allergy to gutless wonders who won’t serve their country who  wont do the hard yards and then when someone else does they try and take the credit. And if my friends you look that up in the dictionary rommney has his photo next to it all.

He invented a version of health care so similar to obama care it could be a clone, yet when the black guy does it it’s communism? He touts his business experence, but all he ever did was deconstruct working companies and create staistics. We have had enough of republicans creating statistics, Bush was the expert he took a surplus and created debt, he took us from the top of every scholastic excellence list and when he left albania and mongolia are higher on the list of math achievent in the world than we are.  The worst statistic he ever created was the disabled, he took our brightest and youngest and most promising  and he sent them to a country that never attacked us  and gave money to a country that did.   Ten years later he turned almost 5,000 of Americas brightes into a death toll and over 100,000 disabled. Now the Republicans have a boutique industry successfully maiming and killing our future, they want  us to keep the shop doors open because somewhere in a corner of this great country there is a graduating class they havent put in a uniform or ultimately a body bag yet.

 So vote for who ever you want this november, but before you do remember back to your first day in college when the dean told you look left and look right four years from now one of you wont be here? Well do the same next time your in a  group of american youth because if you vote in rommney and the Republican party one of the young bright stars of this country probaly wont be alive. I dont care if you dont vote for Obama but for godsake look at the history of the Republicans it’s the best predictor of the future if they get in!

Proudly announcing the launch of

 After a lot of hard work and many miles of training, the roll for the cure is now less than one year away. Thanks to the benevolent generosity of Stephen spaeth of Brooklyn boulders and Know trace productions this week the video to promote the roll for the cure was launched on the internet and is getting a great response.

These days a video is great but the only way to get the message of the roll for the cure out is a website, so please be patient it is still under construction.  As of lunchtime today we won the domain name and as of midnight Monday in just over 48 hours the website will be fully up and operational.

You will be able to keep up with my training, read all about the great lady  Rita Vayner who inspired  the roll and of course donate, so please as they say in the movies don’t touch that dial. The roll for the cure is about to leap into cyberspace, with the same force that I intend to roll across the country so let’s take the journey together.

Adaptive Climbing Gives the Disabled Back their Spirit, their Drive, and their Self Worth. Now we Need you to Give so it Can Continue!

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I have become addicted to adaptive rock climbing with the amazing group NYC Adaptive Climbing founded and ran by the extraordinary Kareemah Batts.

I have written in over a dozen stories about the amazing joy I get from climbing and the remarkable people I get to climb with, but like all good things it costs money.

Every Thursday we take over an entire wall of the 22,000 feet of climbing space for 3 hours and that costs $750. When we visit another club to climb like what is coming up this month it costs $250. We as a group rely on the charity of strangers for volunteers to belay. Belaying is the act of another trained person who controls the other end of the rope you’re attached to. We need to buy our own equipment and we need your help to do that.

Climbing in queen’s excursion in July will cost $250

Extra climbing rigs for first timers to use cost $50-100 each we need 6

Climbing shoes cost $80-125 a pair we need at least 6 pairs

And we have an outside climbing excursion coming up later in the year to an upstate location. I’m not sure what the cost will be but I suspect a couple of thousand. Do you own a wheelchair company? An outward bound expedition company or are just someone with money and want to help the community? With help everyone from returned wounded warriors to cancer survivors and amputees to the amazing people like Nadia who climbs like a warrior even with severe Cerebral Palsy, we turn no one away. We’ll wear your t-shirts, we’ll work out some way to let the world knows you care but first you have to care will you? Please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the group to make your donations count.

Supreme Court Upholds President Obama’s Health Care Reform

 Reposted from a story by Nancy-Ann DeParle June 28, 2012  01:23 PM EDT
Today, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses. The Court has issued a clear and final ruling on this law.

For a comprehensive overview of the Affordable Care Act, visit and

Let’s take a look at what today’s ruling means for the middle class:

A major impact of the Court’s decision is the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions and millions of middle class families who will have the security of affordable health coverage. 

We should also remember that under today’s ruling, having health insurance is and will continue to be a choice. If you can’t afford insurance or you’re a small business that wants to provide affordable insurance to your employees, you’ll get tax credits that make coverage affordable. But if you can afford insurance and you choose not to purchase it, the taxpayers will no longer subsidize your care for free.

Given today’s ruling, it’s now time to focus on implementing this law in a smart and non-bureaucratic way that works for the middle class. 

As we’ve said, the Court has issued a clear and final ruling on this law. The last thing Congress should do is refight old political battles and start over on health care by repealing basic protections that provide security for the middle class. The President refuses to go back to the way things were.

Right now, Congress needs to work together to focus on the economy and creating jobs. Right now in congress, what’s at stake is how–at this make or break moment for the middle class–we break through Washington gridlock to move our country forward. Right now in Congress, what’s at stake is our chance to seize this moment to build an economy not from the top-down, but one based on a strong and secure middle class.  We need to create secure middle class jobs and an economy built to last where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, everybody gets a fair shot, pays their fair share, and plays by the same set of rules.

Right now, Congress should act on the President’s concrete plans to create an economy built to last by reducing the deficit in a balanced way and investing in education, clean energy, innovation, and infrastructure. It’s time for folks in Washington to work together on behalf of the American people.

Please check back periodically for additional information on today’s decision. 

Read the President’s full remarks here

President Barack Obama delivers remarks after the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (June 28, 2012)President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” in the East Room of the White House, June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

New York State Supreme Court Decides Against The Americans with Disabilities Act in the NYC Taxi Case

Yesterday the Supreme Court of New York ruled in the case against the NY Taxi and Limousine Commission for failing to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements of public access to cabs.

The court decided against the disabled by stating that the law requires that  the commission hire the disabled but in their belief the law doesn’t require then to carry the disabled or build vehicles to accommodate us. The judges wrote in their decision that the law puts the onus on employment not on accommodation for the customer.

In the law legal precedent is everything. Precedent means if you sue someone  the difference between winning and losing is whether someone else before you sued for the same reason. Did they win? Because if the bones and legal points of the two cases are the same the judge uses the previous case to decide yours.

Why are you giving us a legal lesson? Because this case has the potential to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act to its core. The precedent has been set. The Supreme Court of NY has said the law means you have to hire the disabled but you don’t have to provide service, so diners can claim they have a disabled dishwasher but no guide dogs allowed. Theatres can say the cleaner is blind and therefore they are compliant but no damn wheelchairs are allowed. Employers everywhere can say we hire a wheelchair using receptionist, but our department store doesn’t have to provide any concessions anywhere for the customer. Once the precedent is set in the highest court in the land we may as well dial back the calendar to the day before the Americans with Disabilities Act was ever declared law. I know I have an old sign and a jar of pencils somewhere. I better dust them off and find a corner because if this decision is allowed to stand no part of society will be forced to be compliant anymore because this ruling will tell them that we can’t beat them in court. We need to get organized, get angry and get this abomination to our rights changed. The ADA needs an overhaul by a legal scholar. There are just too many loopholes.

Of course Bloomberg applauded the decision. He has made no secret of his hate for the ADA and of his opinion that we the disabled should be seen and not heard. Well I will be seen and will be heard and heard damn loud. Hope you will too.

NY’s Lincoln Center settles disability lawsuit

Reposted from a story by the Associated Press

NEW YORK — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has settled a federal lawsuit that had accused it of failing to provide adequate access for the disabled at its Avery Fisher Hall.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and was simultaneously settled.

It alleged the 1962 concert hall was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act due to a lack of wheelchair space. It also asserted some restrooms don’t comply with regulations.

Lincoln Center has agreed to make changes, including adding wheelchair seating and accessible parking and renovating restrooms.

A Lincoln Center spokeswoman says the facility is pleased the situation has been resolved and the hall will be more accessible to patrons.

The lawsuit was filed following a complaint from a patron who uses a wheelchair.

Next Stop in the Saga of Trying to Get Accessible NYC Taxi’s (More Access Denied)

Appeals court overturns NYC accessible taxi ruling


Published June 28, 2012

| Associated Press


NEW YORK –  A federal appeals court struck down a ruling Thursday that would have required New York City to give taxi licenses only to vehicles that are wheelchair accessible — disappointing disability advocates upset that fewer than 2 percent of city cabs can accommodate wheelchairs.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require the city to demand that cabbies serve the disabled. Instead, the court ruled, in this case the ADA only bars the city Taxi & Limousine Commission from discriminating against disabled people seeking a license to drive a cab.

The law “prohibits the TLC from refusing to grant licenses to persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to own or operate a taxi,” the justices wrote. “It does not assist persons who are consumers of the licensees’ product.”

The decision was a blow to disability advocates, who had heralded the lower court ruling that declared access to such services “a basic civil right.”

“We’re disappointed. But this is Round One of what is likely to be a lengthy battle on many fronts,” said Sid Wolinsky, director of litigation for Disability Rights Advocates, which represented some of the plaintiffs.

Wolinsky argued his group could still ultimately win the lawsuit through other arguments that weren’t addressed in the appeals court ruling. But the city’s disabled residents will suffer in the interim, he said.

“What’s going to happen now is probably going to take many, many months and even years to decide,” he said. “While that happens the New York City taxi fleet is 98.2 percent inaccessible, and that’s not going to change any time in the near future.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg applauded the decision.

“This ruling is consistent with common sense and the practical needs of both the taxi industry and the disabled, and we will continue our efforts to assist disabled riders,” he said in a statement.

The ruling’s outcome has no direct bearing on the city’s ongoing fight to sell 2,000 taxi medallions — auctions that the city is relying upon to balance its budget that takes effect July 1. All 2,000 medallions would be exclusively for wheelchair-accessible cabs, but the sales are on hold pending the outcome of a separate court challenge.