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  • North Kansas City school takes away blind child’s cane, replaces it with pool noodle

    12/17/2014 7:09:56 PM PST · 28 of 41
    mfreddy to CharlesWayneCT

    I’m not sure why the cane was provided by the school, he had one of his own at his previous school. He hurt no one.

    I wouldn’t be surprised in this day of getting suspended for pop tart guns, that the school provided an “acceptable” cane.

  • North Kansas City school takes away blind child’s cane, replaces it with pool noodle

    12/17/2014 6:52:08 PM PST · 26 of 41
    mfreddy to UCANSEE2

    I know this child, he was a classmate of my son at his previous school, the Childrens Center for the Visually Impaired. He is completely blind, and the only way he can navigate is with his cane. For those of us that have gone through the transition from CCVI to the area school districts, I can tell all that this district is among the worst in the KC area for providing appropriate services for their disabled students.

    The punishment was inappropriate, and a violation of the ADA. The school must provide APPROPRIATE transporation for these children, and after I initiated a lawsuit against them I would demand they provide a bus that transports handicapped children.

    As a cost saving measure this school district has tried to mainstream Dakota and while he is a smart, sweet boy who greeted my wheelchair bound son every day when he arrived at class, it’s difficult for him to operate in an environment with “normal” children and unreasonable to expect him to be able to function completely like them.

    There is a lot of misinformation out there about this story, and the district is in full retreat mode because they know the driver acted poorly and the district failed to provide him the complete adequate educational experience every child is entitled to.

    It’s a shame Dakota and his family have had to endure this.

  • White House Security Dogs Hurricane and Jordan Hailed Heroes after they took down Intruder ....

    10/24/2014 11:19:45 AM PDT · 18 of 26
    mfreddy to Brooklyn Attitude

    Not by those of us in the K9 training field. If I ran that program the first dog would be out. If a perp tried that with my personal dog he’d have some serious foot/leg wounds. The second dog held on through a body slam, which is what I would expect and desire.

  • Kansas was supposed to be the GOP’s tax-cut paradise. Now it can barely pay its bills.

    07/08/2014 11:49:20 AM PDT · 19 of 44
    mfreddy to SeekAndFind

    One thing that needs to be pointed out is the huge amount of capital gains were realized in 2012 before the law changed and the tax went up. They knew it would result in lower revenue in subsequent years.

  • 'I Did My Best,' Says Student Who Flubbed 'Wheel of Fortune' [messed up 3 different puzzles]

    04/14/2014 2:02:38 PM PDT · 23 of 80
    mfreddy to DocJhn

    I was directing my post to the person that said he got screwed. He didn’t, and he screwed up 3 times to the tune of 72k.

  • Free day at Kansas City Zoo ends in violence

    03/19/2014 1:41:21 PM PDT · 7 of 110
    mfreddy to Second Amendment First

    More “teens”. If you go to KSHB41’s website you can see the cellphone video of this. Pure blackout.

    Many are waiting for the KC councilman to run to the mic and call this racism like he did over the country club plaza incidents recently.

    The police do not arrest you for checkers. They arrest you when you are starting a riot with your pants around your knees.

    When will we be able to have an honest discussion about race in this country?

  • Mall at Short Hills victim defending wife from carjackers when shot: source

    12/17/2013 11:33:35 AM PST · 46 of 49
    mfreddy to Roccus

    I think your skin needs a little thickening. There is much worse said here on a daily basis, and I didn’t interpret his comment as “denigrating the wife of a murder victim”.

    Your attitude resembles a feminine hygeine product......

  • USPS Chief Lays Out Plan for the Agency’s Survival

    11/28/2012 7:18:45 PM PST · 37 of 45
    mfreddy to muawiyah

    Fine, skip cluster boxes. I’d still take the efficiency of curbside. I fail to see the “hardship” in having to walk 40 feet to the end of the driveway.

    I’m also in favor of eliminating unneeded rural post offices. My wife comes from a town of 218 people, less than 5 miles outside the city limits of Kansas City, MO. It has it’s own postmaster..... There is a major post office less than 10 miles in each direction.

  • USPS Chief Lays Out Plan for the Agency’s Survival

    11/28/2012 6:51:55 PM PST · 32 of 45
    mfreddy to editor-surveyor

    True. My point is that even with end of driveway boxes and mail delivery vehicles, the efficiency rate would be multiplied by what, 10 or 20 times over walking carriers?

    I’m surprised they gave up horses.

  • USPS Chief Lays Out Plan for the Agency’s Survival

    11/28/2012 6:45:29 PM PST · 26 of 45
    mfreddy to editor-surveyor

    every day I walk to the end of my driveway and get my mail. Not been raped once.

    Some of my neighbors pull their car up to theirs and can retrieve their mail without even getting out.

    If we can’t walk to the end of our driveway to get our mail, we have a much larger problem.....

  • USPS Chief Lays Out Plan for the Agency’s Survival

    11/28/2012 6:32:12 PM PST · 20 of 45
    mfreddy to Hojczyk

    Can we please at least stop the foot delivery of mail? How about individual or group streetside mailboxes?

    Every time I see a mailman walking down the street sliding mail into slots and house boxes I think if only someone had a brain, they could break even....


    10/23/2012 12:26:36 PM PDT · 72 of 85
    mfreddy to New Perspective

    Thanks. Nice tagline. My goal is to keep mine off the obamacare roles as well. He’s severe enough that they would probably tell us he’s not worth putting any more money into.....


    10/23/2012 11:45:37 AM PDT · 57 of 85

    Comment directed at SarahPalin2012, not you. Not an “inbred clodhopper”, just the parent of a handicapped son. Apparently if I’m offended, I’m gay as well. Used to post a lot on here, years ago, and starting to remember why I stopped.

    Intelligent discourse seems to have largely disappeared.

  • Tea party group’s message on Elkhart billboard draws fire

    08/10/2012 11:54:31 AM PDT · 27 of 51
    mfreddy to happilymarriedmom

    What is the problem with this? It clearly says voters, and what voters do is vote.

    We (conservatives) have been called tea baggers, racists, bigots, homophobes et al, and the left is offended by this?

    Kiss my ass.

    PS: Republicans criticizing this for the sake of appearances need to pull their heads out and clarify that the policies of this president are putting the future of our nation in jeopardy and that is the meaning of this message.

    So freaking tired of the left being offended every time the breeze blows.....

  • US overtakes China in total, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals after US Soccer Team win

    08/09/2012 7:49:31 PM PDT · 70 of 76
    mfreddy to Doogle

    Great game anyway. Still glad I taped it!

  • US overtakes China in total, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals after US Soccer Team win

    08/09/2012 2:07:29 PM PDT · 14 of 76
    mfreddy to NowApproachingMidnight

    Spoiler alert would have been nice!!!!!!!!


    All that DVR’ed it to watch this evening. Somebody always has to pee in the punchbowl.

  • Second Amendment at risk in second term (Obama has a plan...)

    08/03/2012 12:54:20 PM PDT · 2 of 16
    mfreddy to pabianice

    So let me get this straight: The same guys trying to abolish my 2nd amendment right are saying that any measure to protect my 15th amendment right to vote makes me a racist?

    I’m so confused....

  • Suspected gang members attack Army war veteran in bar restroom

    05/10/2012 11:42:17 AM PDT · 14 of 17
    mfreddy to Ratman83

    That is progress.....

    I’m starting to tire of the only perps with photos available being white and/or skinheads.

  • Suspected gang members attack Army war veteran in bar restroom

    05/10/2012 11:05:45 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    mfreddy to Ratman83

    Yes, I know. I think Mile hi had it right. They are white hispanics. Meanwhile, mug shots are not available for the beatings in Detroit, Chicago, Philly, St Louis, multiple locations in FL, etc.

    Get the drift?

  • Suspected gang members attack Army war veteran in bar restroom

    05/10/2012 10:48:35 AM PDT · 4 of 17
    mfreddy to AmonAmarth

    Why is it that the only time pictures are included, the perps are white? The rest of the time they are referred to as “teens”.

  • Cut Ten Commandments down to 6? (Appointed by 0bama)

    05/08/2012 9:09:06 PM PDT · 29 of 53
    mfreddy to Verginius Rufus

    Understoood. We follow all the commandments, no breakdown, or interpretation. Luther’s catechism makes no distinctions.

    Maybe that is our break with the Catholic Church. Maybe it is also our break with the Wisconsin synod, I am Missouri synod.

    The Church has many divisions, and ultimately dilutions. Kinda like our modern society, justifying actions with diluted morality.

  • Cut Ten Commandments down to 6? (Appointed by 0bama)

    05/08/2012 9:04:27 PM PDT · 28 of 53
    mfreddy to Verginius Rufus

    Understoood. We follow all the commandments, no breakdown, or interpretation. Luther’s catechism makes no distinctions.

    Maybe that is our break with the Catholic Church. Maybe it is also our break with the Wisconsin synod, I am Missouri synod.

    The Church has many divisions, and ultimately dilutions. Kinda like our modern society, justifying actions with diluted morality.

  • Cut Ten Commandments down to 6? (Appointed by 0bama)

    05/08/2012 8:36:21 PM PDT · 24 of 53
    mfreddy to Verginius Rufus

    You are obviously not a Lutheran. Either that or you don’t have a clue.

  • Recording captures Texas cop shooting and killing man's dog after showing up at the wrong house

    04/18/2012 9:34:00 PM PDT · 19 of 72
    mfreddy to MasterGunner01

    that’s ridiculous. No one is advocating violence or revenge on LEOs. They put their lives on the line every day, and just like rednecks or people with “hoodies” one should not be classified by category. That is the definition of discrimination.

    This was wrong, and the officer should lose his job. Game over. Don’t generalize and classify cops due to the actions of one officer. Policies should be changed and the victim should be compensated for his loss. Tragic but hardly systemic.

    LEOs are a good breed. They do a job most of us can’t do, and get paid less for it. Don’t convict the institution, just the perp.

  • Recording captures Texas cop shooting and killing man's dog after showing up at the wrong house

    04/18/2012 9:12:08 PM PDT · 13 of 72
    mfreddy to Arthurio
    There's a reason why he was there. A mistake. The LEO made a mistake and it cost the dog his life. Why did he draw on the man (as admitted in the recording) in the first place? I train dogs with a K9 officer and understand the circumstances they have to deal with but this is inexcusable. The worst part is the lies from the LEO on tape. I hope this guy sues the department and the officer finds a new job where his poor judgment will not result in the loss of more life.
  • GOP Candidates to Trump Debate: You’re Fired

    12/06/2011 9:27:01 PM PST · 26 of 116
    mfreddy to Steelfish

    I think many are missing the point. Trump realizes Obama has diminished his ability to increase his wealth. The prior debates have had maybe 1 million people watching, which is a grand total of .3% (or so) of our population. That would get any network pilot cancelled immediately. The question is, can we tolerate a debate moderated by a guy that cares as much about his hair as the candidates.

    The way I look at it is Trump will hopefully deliver viewers that would not otherwise watch. The format will be suspect and all about Donald, but certainly not a CNN/MSNBC hostile environment.

    Put Newt in a real environment, and like past debates, he will likely be the only one who will directly answer questions without discounting them while promoting his platform.

    The Donald is in it for himself. He wants the $$, and will support the candidate that can create the economic environment most likely to make that happen.

    Did Romney bail because the Donald jsut met with Newt?

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/05/2007 7:02:24 AM PST · 218 of 219
    mfreddy to georgiagirl_pam

    Thank you. We are strengthened by all the prayers and support we receive on a daily basis. He's a great boy. We continue to hope we'll have progress.

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 1:24:53 PM PST · 200 of 219
    mfreddy to theanonymouslurker
    No but you should factor my lack of knowledge in the area of law in your evaluation. Don't get stuck on the issue of convenience. This is about quality of life. This will be an interesting case to follow regarding the civil liberty angle. I would not hesitate to argue that this harms the child in no way and furthermore, enhances the quality of life and the family's ability to care for their child.

    My son will be 3 in February. My wife is already having back problems and has had to retire to take care of him. From the shallow look I've had at this, I'd say my son is quite a bit more severe (20-30 seizures an hour) with CP being one of minor diagnosis. I don't think this is a road we'd go down but I fully understand the situation these people are in. My son is at constant risk of aspiration, and my wife and I have slept at different times in different beds for the last year and a half in case he needs us. At some point we will need the assistance of a nurse and hopefully will have the resources to do it.

    One of the things that is not emphasized enough is that these people are doing anything they can to keep their child where they belong--at home. The easy way out would be an institution where they are not only a burden to the state, but their quality of life sucks. These kids are reactive to their environment and the parents are doing what they can to make it as comfortable as possible.

    It all depends on your perspective I guess. I don't see this as a slippery slope, but rather entirely done for the welfare of the family including the child. If I did not have a handicapped son, I might see it different. The slippery slope as I see it is embryonic stem cells. You'd think I'd be for it because of the potential benefits that could be realized in time to affect my son but I'm not. I won't get into all the hyperbole but just say I'm a Christian and it's against my beliefs. I live in MO and we just went through all that.

    Thanks for the kind words and God's blessing. My son's name is Aaron.
  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 12:15:34 PM PST · 173 of 219
    mfreddy to theanonymouslurker

    The relevance of your expertise in this field is that without either medical knowledge or personal experience, you don't have anything other than an opinion. I have personal experience as the father of a severely handicapped child who can't hold his head up or roll over. THAT makes my opinion worth reading to most but probably not you.

    It's kind of like me going on a mid 20th century history thread and arguing my points. I would probably look foolish......

    I give no credence to Jimmah. You and I agree on that.

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 11:33:08 AM PST · 141 of 219
    mfreddy to VRWCmember

    I do not have specific knowledge of THIS case. I do have knowledge in this area. Long term feeding issues are not with feeding tubes in the mouth. I know--my son has one that goes into his intestine. It could be a G (stomach) or a GJ (intestine). It depends on whether or not the brain can tell the stomach to empty or not. If not it is placed in the intestine where the nutrition is absorbed.

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 11:26:23 AM PST · 135 of 219
    mfreddy to theanonymouslurker

    You're clearly entitled to your opinion. The problem is that without knowledge of the situation, it may not be relevant. The fact that the article fails to mention any of my points supports my statement. These factors are implied and widely known among families with severely disabled children. Convenience could very well be the author's word which does not accurately portray the situation.

    I'm not arguing the "convenience" angle, I'm dismissing it. I don't think people have the right to make these arbitrary decisions so give us all a break.

    Once again, do you have any expertise other than being a "history major"?

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 9:22:35 AM PST · 106 of 219
    mfreddy to theanonymouslurker

    No, it's not. Appropriate expertise would be in the field of medicine, or being a parent or close relative of a child with severe disabilities. You continue to prove your ignorance by citing immoral acts in history which are not relevant here.

    No, I wouldn't support the amputation of limbs. It is the continued hope of parents in this situation that they will be able to continue therapy and somehow increase mobility somewhat. Even though she cannot use her limbs in a conventional fashion she can be stimulated by touch, and can be comforted by someone holding her hand. This is another part of her disability which results in an increased dependence on the senses she has, even at a limited rate.

    You've significantly lowered the level of this thread by continuing to argue a point for the sake of argument.

    Once again, God gives special children to special people. I'm glad you're not one of them.

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 8:58:40 AM PST · 103 of 219
    mfreddy to theanonymouslurker

    The major point you are missing is that it is not for the "convenience sake only". The ability of the parents to care for this child will be enhanced by her smaller stature. You also fail to realize the mind of this child and the environment she sees. Her happiness is simple--close physical contact, being held, kissed, all of these things will continue to be possible.

    The ethics board, far from perfect I'm sure, found this reasonable because in their judgement would result in a higher quality of life.

    As far as you "calling it as you see it", what expertise do you have in this area?

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 8:24:43 AM PST · 101 of 219
    mfreddy to Hildy


    You're correct on the compassion issue. There are a lot of what people consider "moral grey areas" where they feel free to judge without having a clue as to what they are speaking of. Opinions are like as##$les.....

    By the way, I would imagine the feeding tube is a permanent one, in the stomach or intestine instead of the mouth.

  • Parents defend decision to keep disabled girl small

    01/04/2007 7:54:16 AM PST · 99 of 219
    mfreddy to mollynme

    People say that God gives special children to special people. It's a good thing he did not give one to lurker or NMH. Having an elderly relative that requires care later in life is a totally different situation than a child that requires a lifetime of 24 hour care.

    Neither has walked in these peoples shoes and it sounds like it's a good thing they haven't.

  • John Kerry Responding to Republican Distortions, Pathetic Tony Snow Diversions and Distractions

    10/31/2006 12:39:27 PM PST · 390 of 494
    mfreddy to goldstategop

    Only an idiot would say something that offends a group of people and then tell them whether or not they have the right to be offended!!

    John Kerry is the gift that keeps giving!!

  • Need software recommendation

    06/09/2006 10:54:10 AM PDT · 2 of 5
    mfreddy to pabianice

    Try e-fax. I use it to send and receive faxes when I travel and it's very convenient

  • Letters to St. Paul - Pastor's e-mails from Iraq brought war, and gospel, closer to home.

    01/17/2006 8:46:57 PM PST · 4 of 15
    mfreddy to WestTexasWend

    I know this man. He was a vacancy pastor at my church in a Kansas City suburb a few years back. My parents also went to Israel with a group that he led.

    My dad told me I'd know when I met him from the cowboy boots (and the collar of course).

    I'm sure he's been an immense inspiration to the troops with his positive message and warm demeanor.

    I pray the lord brings the shepherd back to his flock safely.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 9:43:16 PM PDT · 148 of 259
    mfreddy to FreeReign

    You are correct. I did not feel a two paragraph description of my situation the appropriate way to post a message. My intent was so highlight the question I can't answer myself. For you to assume that a parent that is dealing with what we're dealing with is out solely for a payday shows how shallow you are. I have not and will not post the intimate details of our son's multiple disabilities for consumption on a public forum. As I stated before, it's personal.

    Our reality evolves every day. Should relavant facts indicate to us that this is the road we should travel, a prudent person would go into the situation with as much information as possible.

    For you to assume that I'm sitting here plotting my payday shows your character. Pretty sad.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 9:34:26 PM PDT · 141 of 259
    mfreddy to Tribune7

    Those are my considerations exactly.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 9:30:37 PM PDT · 137 of 259
    mfreddy to salbam

    I don't consider the entire context of my situation suitable for a public forum--it's personal. At the time we spoke with the attorney we knew of no other way to consult non involved medical professionals without going to substantial expense. I resent your assumption of my intentions.

    You're correct, I haven't mentioned the word negligence until this post. You obviously have some exposure in this area. You sound like you've had a bad experience. If it's pure cynicism, then you're a sad person.

    I try to approach people I've never met by giving them the benefit of the doubt. You should try that.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 9:21:28 PM PDT · 128 of 259
    mfreddy to js1138

    Thanks but I don't need your consideration. I've received thoughtful advice and many kind words of support.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 9:19:35 PM PDT · 126 of 259
    mfreddy to salbam
    I will consider the options you've mentioned. It's been very difficult being a person that's very aware of the situation some trial attorneys have put us all in. Our legal system impacts us in every aspect of our lives. A kid slips and hits his head on my sidewalk when I'm not home and I get sued? Come on! I feel the same way about many of our politicians.

    Now we find ourselves in a situation where we go from joy to agony in 12 hours.

    I understand the angle you're coming from and under a different context I'd probably agree.

    I would like, but don't expect, the benefit of the doubt regarding my intentions. I came into this situation with no knowledge in this area, and my world's been turned upside down.

    I am looking for answers, not a second house in Florida.
  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 9:05:11 PM PDT · 118 of 259
    mfreddy to Petronski

    Don't worry about me taking Salbam and Balrog's advice. I don't have anything to prove to them. I will consider the thoughtful advice and kind words of the contributing members of this thread and flush the rest like they deserve.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 8:52:59 PM PDT · 108 of 259
    mfreddy to salbam
    Who would you suggest I speak with that won't charge me a large fee that my insurance company won't pay?

    Should I accept the cynical reality that there is not one honest attorney that will look at our situation, evaluate it fairly, and say it was a random unpredictable event that couldn't have been prevented?
  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 8:48:35 PM PDT · 103 of 259
    mfreddy to conservativebabe

    It is not what I had hoped for but is, to an extent, what I expected. I have pretty thick skin. I knew I'd have to wade through the crap but would receive thoughtful advice and words of encouragement from the wonderful people who have made Free Republic what it is.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 8:44:49 PM PDT · 100 of 259
    mfreddy to salbam

    Thanks for your kind wishes.

    It is very difficult for someone of limited means to consult with the necessary medical experts ON THE RECORD. We have been advised off the record to dig into this further by an involved medical professional. The attorney we've contacted is conducting this research and consulting with professionals as we speak. I don't know of any other way to do it.

    I understand the tone of your post and before I was put in this situation I would have read this thread with interest just to read the replies. I've also been opposed to the John Edwards of the world and fully realize the situation they have put the medical industry as a whole into. That being said, we have this avenue of recourse for people who have suffered due to negligence, etc. It's a shame we are in this state--it diminishes the honest intent of people in extreme circumstances.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 8:31:39 PM PDT · 93 of 259
    mfreddy to Blue Jays

    My son is alive and doing as well as possible. He is a great joy in our lives and has, among other things, confirmed the great strength of our marriage, faith, and family.

    To all,

    It is our intent to determine what happened first, not to sue. It's been almost 18 months since my son was born, so this is not a rush to court. We don't have the financial resources to retain the necessary answers by merely consulting experts. We have already assumed many costs not covered by our insurance and will certainly max out the lifetime caps. We have gone from two incomes to one, fall above the poverty line, and have no aid available to us. We are both small business owners and pay our own insurance. We face real issues down the road.

    Would anyone in our situation merely accept what has happened without any further thought, or would you also feel the responsibility to your family, child, and self to at least dig into it a bit?

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 8:17:42 PM PDT · 86 of 259
    mfreddy to Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle,

    If you walk through a field, you're bound to step on a turd. I just walked through the field. I stepped on several.

    Thanks for your words of advice. My goal tonite was to develop the context in which to approach this subject. We may find that our situation was not the result of anything other than God's will. If that is the case, we will be satisfied with the answer and live our lives with our son to the fullest. To be a parent is among the greatest gifts the creator has bestowed upon us. We value every day with our son but live with an intense reality that has changed our lives forever. Everything happens for a reason and I do have questions after I leave this earth.

    Everything is revealed in time. We are trying to answer the questions we can.

  • Attorney advice needed

    07/26/2005 7:33:44 PM PDT · 56 of 259
    mfreddy to varon

    Since you're "wandering"

    My wife of ten years and I didn't want a condom, we wanted a child.

    "dropping" a baby in a field, and having a child in a hospital equipped (and well compensated) to birth children are two different situations.

    Sorry you're so disappointed.