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Posts by VORTAC

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  • Child in crisis- depression - need aadvice

    03/03/2018 7:28:13 AM PST · 75 of 205
    VORTAC to newnhdad
    need advice. I have an adolescent with sever behavioral issues. Suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, bursts of emotion, anger and very drastic mood swings. Like you see in the movies about crazy people, but from a 12 year old. we have tried all sorts of therapy but nothing seems to move the needle. The last evaluation mentioned posbile hospitalization and medications. Does anyone have experience with this?

    Has this behavior been occurring over several years and worsening, or is it relatively recent? I ask because I know of a young boy (11 years old) who exhibits many of the same behaviors and endured therapy, a slew of medications, and a stint in a hospital, all to no avail. New medications would seem to work for the first two weeks and then the child would revert, sometimes for the worse. He is now only recently (last four months or so) doing better after:
    • Coming off ALL medications
    • Ceasing all therapy in an office
    • Began at-home therapy (took trying a couple of therapist before finding one with whom he related)
    • Successful placement in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at his public school
    • Limiting TV/Video/Electronics to 30 minute blocks and that only on weekends
    • Getting him more physically active by supporting and fostering his interest in a particular activity - this changed frequently (every few months or so) from Basketball to Parkour to Tae Kwan Do
    • Parents learning how to better react to his outbursts (subjective, but hard learned lessons over time)
    • Discovering very recently that his issues are likely due to him being on the Autism Spectrum, albeit at a very high functioning level - he is also highly sensitive to touch (e.g. tags on clothes, 'ill fitting' pants, beach sand); this took years to figure out
    • Fantastic core group of friends and their parents who have been incredibly supporting and enduring
    Please hang in there, it will get better.

    11/18/2012 7:19:37 PM PST · 29 of 103
    VORTAC to RBK Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud

    Well, if the contents of that site are accurate, it's yet another reason to consider an alternative party to the GOP.

  • I will be a Poll Watcher, Will You?

    11/01/2012 2:02:25 PM PDT · 21 of 28
    VORTAC to marktwain

    I will be working as an Election Officer in Northern VA.

  • Where are all of the yard signs?

    09/26/2012 10:25:04 AM PDT · 71 of 121
    VORTAC to xsmommy
    What area are you?

    Annandale area, just a tad outside the beltway in a middle to upper middle class neighborhood. The voting precinct has one of the highest turnouts in VA (and I know this first hand, being an Election Officer) and very liberal.

  • Where are all of the yard signs?

    09/26/2012 9:28:01 AM PDT · 23 of 121
    VORTAC to xsmommy; Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

    I am also located in NoVA, but have noticed just the opposite. This morning I observed an approximately 5 to 1 Obama advantage in yard signs while driving through my neighborhood.

  • 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed (How's that "Hope and Change" thing working out?)

    04/23/2012 5:58:04 PM PDT · 40 of 41
    VORTAC to bert
    ... An interviewer will be blown out of her shoes when the lessons set out and learned are recounted in extreme detail.

    A great reply and food for thought (no pun intended) in analyzing the world around me in general.

  • Edward Feser: Pointof Contact

    01/16/2012 9:40:33 AM PST · 5 of 8
    VORTAC to Mad Dawg


  • Forget the ADP Numbers — Big Corporations Still Slashing Workers

    01/05/2012 9:57:34 AM PST · 10 of 11
    VORTAC to Nachum
    Wild. Here I am eating lunch, reading the excerpt at the top of this post, and listening to Rush. He starts reading ... I am reading ... he starts reading exactly what I'm reading at exactly the same time. Word for word.

    Howdy, Rush.
  • Charlotte has NYers in its web

    09/05/2011 9:30:51 AM PDT · 22 of 33
    VORTAC to ConservativeStatement
    “Democrats are for the little people.”

    They sure are - Democrats are for the little people staying little.
  • Obamacare Taking on Water--The case for repeal grows stronger.

    05/28/2010 12:23:46 PM PDT · 16 of 31
    VORTAC to jazusamo

    Bump and bookmark.

  • Tanker Bidding To Be Reopened--Gates Halts Northrop Award

    07/09/2008 9:08:34 PM PDT · 8 of 38
    VORTAC to GAB-1955
    Why? The Northrop-EADS KC-30 costs less per unit and is more flexible than the Boeing model. In a fair competition, Northrop would win.

    Just this morning here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, I heard a Northrop Grumman ad on the radio touting just that type of statistic. The 30 second spot made absolutely no mention of Boeing, preferring instead to use terms such as, "our competitor's offering ...".
  • UK: Thirty-foot "trebouchet" fires chicken poop at potential thieves

    03/06/2008 11:03:09 AM PST · 54 of 78
    VORTAC to kiriath_jearim
    "Of course we're going to fling poo at him!"

    Chimpanzee Mason to Phil upon escaping from the Central Park Zoo and planning to attend a Tom Wolfe lecture - Madagascar the movie
  • UK: Thirty-foot "trebouchet" fires chicken poop at potential thieves

    03/06/2008 11:03:09 AM PST · 53 of 78
    VORTAC to kiriath_jearim
    "Of course we're going to fling poo at him."
    Chimpanzee Mason to Phil upon escaping from the zoo (Madagascar the movie)
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey of Freeper Reading Habits

    09/27/2007 12:00:24 PM PDT · 301 of 337
    VORTAC to MplsSteve
    Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

    Master Mariner: Darken Ship by Nicholas Monsarrat

    Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) for JavaScript Developers by Mike Chambers, Daniel Dura, Kevin Hoyt

    Latest releases of:

    • Business Week
    • Communications of the ACM
    • interactions (ACM SIGCHI)
    • AOPA Pilot
  • New Material for Aircraft Wings Could Lead to Reduced Fuel Consumption

    09/26/2007 8:51:42 AM PDT · 7 of 31
    VORTAC to Red Badger

    I wonder if Airbus will try to use this on a planned A350xwb to try and gain a competitive advantage.

  • Snow hits political discourse on last day (or rather Defeated immigration bill will become law..)

    09/16/2007 8:43:05 PM PDT · 69 of 88
    VORTAC to oldbill
    Tony Snow personally may be a nice guy, and he has a big following here at Free Republic. And we all pray for his recovery from cancer.

    But he is typical of that inside-the-Beltway, detached-from-real-America crowd that runs the government, the media, and big corporations. For the most part they live in gated communities and their daily interactions are with fellow elitists, not real people. They may claim they are one of us because of some relatively insignificant contact like their kid plays on the Little League team or they fill up their tank at the local gas station. But overwhelmingly their world is the company of fellow elites.

    For Tony illegal immigration is not about something that starts out with breaking a law, and that continues with overcrowded homes, off-the-books and avoid-the-tax-rolls employment, depletion of social and emegency services, increased crime, and lower quality of life. No, for Tony and the amnesty and open borders/cheap labor set it is some viewgraphs about the global economy and lowered costs of production and increased business profits and record stock market advances.

    Nothing summed it up better than Tony’s comment on his old radio call-in show when he berated a caller with a terse comment “Would you rather pay $50,000 for your remodeling job or $30,000?”

    No further thought about the citizen-tradesmen who were put out of a job by cheap illegal labor, the taxes not paid, the benefits not covered, the industry wage scales lowered, the taxpayer-funded social services expended, the neighborhoods devalued - no, not a mention of those things.

    Perhaps someday, when Tony and his ilk’s policies make Spanish the predominant language, he will find his speaking and writing jobs replaced by a glib Antonio Nieve who will work a lot cheaper than him.

    Tony quit a $160,000 a year job “to make more money for his family.” Too bad those $40,000 a year carpenters and painters and drywallers no longer have any job to go back to, let alone a more lucrative job spouting and writing words. Their families have lost favor with the American elites who now prefer the wonderful “family values” of the illegals.

    What a (formerly) great country.

    Great comment.

  • Why so many Americans today are 'mentally ill'

    08/14/2007 8:58:09 PM PDT · 146 of 165
    VORTAC to SkyPilot

    Fascinating. This article prompted a quite lengthy introspection.

  • Hillary Clinton's Memoirs to Hit Stores

    04/28/2003 11:11:36 AM PDT · 101 of 148
    VORTAC to shadeaud
    Only a small handful of books have a 1-million-copy first printing, and I cannot think of another nonfiction book in recent history that has had that large a first printing. Didn't Rush's second book have an initial printing of two million copies?