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!
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 www.therollforthecure.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kellie Park of West Haven is seen in one video kicking a baby gate on top of the girl, while in another video Park tells her daughter to “Eat stuff off the floor” while the girl is sitting on the floor, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. In another video, Park asks her daughter if she’s hungry, then “pours/throws” food on her while the girl is in a high chair, the affidavit says.
Police also say Park sent 50 to 55 text messages on June 9 to her ex-boyfriend, the girl’s father. Some of those messages said “I’ll … break her face,” ”I’ll beat her … face in” and “I love abusing this kid,” the affidavit says.
Authorities arrested Park on June 20 after the girl’s father called police. She’s charged with cruelty to persons, risk of injury to a child, third-degree assault and threatening.
Park is being held on $50,000 bail and her next appearance in Milford Superior Court is set for July 11.
Park’s public defender, Kenneth Bunker, declined to comment on the allegations.
“It’s a brand new case,” he said. “There is still a lot to be learned.”
The girl’s maternal grandmother is temporarily caring for her and seeking custody of Park’s 2-year-old daughter, the affidavit says.
Park’s mother told police her daughter has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, obsessive deviant disorder and a mood disorder, and is confrontational and violent, the affidavit says.
One of America’s most wanted paedophiles has been spared extradition from Britain by the High Court on human rights grounds.
Sullivan, who has a previous conviction for assaulting two girls in Ireland and was on an Interpol most-wanted list, is now the 10th person in recent years to see their extradition to the US blocked by either the courts or Home Secretary in this country. Photo: LONDON MEDIA
By Martin Beckford, Home Affairs Editor
3:18PM BST 28 Jun 2012
Shawn Sullivan faced spending the rest of his life behind bars under a controversial sex offenders’ programme in the US, but two senior judges said this would amount to a “flagrant denial” of his rights.
As a result the 43 year-old – who married a Ministry of Justice official while in jail on remand – will not be put on trial for abusing three young girls almost 20 years ago, and can live freely in London.
Sullivan, who has a previous conviction for assaulting two girls in Ireland and was on an Interpol most-wanted list, is now the 10th person in recent years to see their extradition to the US blocked by either the courts or Home Secretary in this country.
Despite this, campaigners insist the treaty is “lop-sided” in favour of America, and attempts are still being made to block the extradition of alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon and Richard O’Dwyer, accused of running a website that linked to pirated films.
A spokesman for the US Embassy said: “We strongly disagree with the decision of the court that he should not be extradited to face trial in the U.S.
“Civil commitment is not a penal or criminal sanction; it is rather a means by which the State can protect the community from dangerous behaviour that the committed individual is unable to control.”
Sullivan, originally from Fort Benning, Georgia, was accused of raping a 14 year-old girl and sexually molesting two 11 year-olds in Minnesota between 1993 and 1994.
He fled the US as charges were filed against him and moved to Ireland, where in 1997 he was given a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting two 12 year-old girls.
Sullivan came to London on an Irish passport, using the Gaelic spelling of his name, and was arrested in Barnes, south-west London, in June 2010, where he was living with MoJ policy manager Sarah Smith. The couple married in Wandsworth Prison when he was held on remand, before he was released on bail with an electronic tag.
Initially a judge agreed to his extradition and the Home Office dismissed his appeal.
But Sullivan took his case to the High Court earlier this year, with his lawyers claiming that if he were convicted in the US, he faced being put under a “civil commitment” order at the end of his jail term that effectively meant he would be deemed “sexually dangerous” and never released.
The court was told that no one had ever been released from the treatment programme in Minnesota since it was set up in 1988.
Initially the US authorities suggested Sullivan would not be put under civil commitment but later said it was too early to tell.
In a judgment published last week, the High Court judges said there was a real risk he would be put on the programme, and that it would breach his right not to suffer loss of liberty without due process as protected by the European Court of Human Rights.
“It is clear to me that were an order of civil commitment to be made, it would be a flagrant denial of this appellant’s rights under Art. 5.1,” Lord Justice Moses said.
He and Mr Justice Eady gave the US government a final chance to offer assurances as to Sullivan’s treatment but it declined to do so.
In a note released on Thursday, Lord Justice Moses announced that “the United States will not provide an assurance” and so the appeal under the 2003 Extradition Act was allowed.
“The appellant will be discharged from the proceedings,” the judge said
Mia’s thoughts- Since when do we give human rights to that which by definition is not human?
People say running, being on the run takes energy. It’s exhausting but I have found after a lifetime on the run that it’s the stopping that can kill the soul or build it up, depends on why you stop. Don’t worry, when I say a lifetime on the run, you won’t see me on any Most Wanted Show because for most of my 30-something years I wasn’t most wanted by anyone unless, of course, it was to fill their needs.
I was born to a bush family and called a boy yet knew I was a girl. I was called a Christian yet screwed by Christianity. I was called retarded but secretly gifted. I was told I would end up nowhere yet I’ve been everywhere. I was told “be a man” when I just wanted to be me. I’ve had fame. I’ve had the lows and the highs. The only thing I have never had is a complete understanding of who the hell I am.
I am always surrounded by people and from the outside you might think I’m popular, but someone once said it’s always loneliest in a crowd and not until today did I ever get what the hell they were talking about. I’m sitting here, in a room staring at a dozen or so people in different states of consciousness, wondering which of those I am falling through. It’s weird thoughts like this that filter your reality when the closest you get to anything real is poured through the mist of a gram of the purest speed one can put up their nose.
If you had told me 3 years ago I would be putting pure speed up my nose every twelve hours I would have knocked you out. However, if you had also told me that everything I valued in life would leave in one moving van while I was out making businessmen laugh I would have wondered what drug you were on. It’s remarkable the rollercoaster ride. First you mourn for the false life with the wife and
Kids. Then you say fuck it and finally come out loud and proud. Your determined to live your true life, healthy, spiritual and enlightened life lived strong. You will live how you want till that first party, that first line — where does the line go? How long is the wait? It all depends on the money and the need you have. If you have the money the line disappears taking your troubles, cares and all natural feeling with it. It’s a spin of the wheel; if you’re lucky you come out the other side a winner with nothing but a buzz and some cool memories. Me? I never
Even won a chook raffle in my life. The wheel spun, it stopped on an all-expenses paid trip to junkie land and I have been a citizen ever since.