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  • Wesley J. Smith: UK Court to Rule Whether Baby Better Off Dead Than Disabled

    11/08/2009 12:32:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 570+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 11/5/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    Most contested cases of removing babies or profoundly disabled adults from needed life support have involved those with serious brain injuries or cognitive impairments. But once the idea that dead is better than disabled takes hold, it will soon spread to those with physical disabilities.Now, in the UK, parents are fighting over withdrawing life support from a seriously disabled one-year-old child who is cognitively normal. From the story: The mother of a chronically ill baby has defended her court battle with the child’s father to have his life support machine turned off. The boy, known only as RB, has...
  • The Task of the Catholic Medical Professional

    10/19/2009 10:31:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | October 19, 2009 | Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    A number of my friends have children with disabilities. Their problems range from cerebral palsy to Turner's syndrome to Trisomy 18, which is extremely serious. But I want to focus on one fairly common genetic disability to make my point. I'm referring to Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome.   You may already know that Down is not a disease. It's a genetic disorder with a variety of symptoms. Therapy can ease the burden of those symptoms, but Down syndrome is permanent. There's no cure. People with Down syndrome have mild to moderate developmental delays. They have low to middling...

    07/25/2009 2:51:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 524+ views ^ | July 24, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 24, 2009 ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2009 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Today we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the enactment of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law on July 26, 1990, this landmark legislation established a clear mandate against discrimination on the basis of disability so that people with disabilities would have an equal opportunity to...
  • Palin Accepting Indep Grp Home Living Foundation's Award 30th Anniversary Gala on June 7th

    05/30/2009 7:38:41 AM PDT · by euram · 3 replies · 394+ views
    PRNewsWire ^ | 05-30-09 | PRNews
    MANORVILLE, N.Y., May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, named "Honoree of the Year '09" by the Independent Group Home Living Foundation (IGHL;, will be coming to the dinner and accepting the award at the IGHL 30th anniversary gala on Sunday, June 7th. This is the Alaska Governor's first appearance on Long Island. Independent Group Home Living (IGHL; is a Manorville, New York-based not-for-profit organization providing programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities in New York State. Palin is devoted to families who have children with special needs. The award will be presented at the...
  • AMATO: Shameful story of ingratitude. Shortchanging those who incurred disabilities in service.

    05/20/2009 4:12:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies · 1,690+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Rick Amato
    A tremendously important story has gone virtually untold by the media, ignored by our political leaders and unknown to the American public. Despite the extraordinarily high price they have paid, America's severely wounded veterans are enduring humiliating financial hardships of epic proportions. Home evictions, utility shutoffs, car repossessions and foreclosures are commonplace. Spouses have to give up their jobs to become caregivers, cutting family incomes by up to 50 percent or more. Most disabled vets receive much less in compensation and benefits than they did while on active duty, reducing incomes even further. Many are too dysfunctional to hold a...
  • 91 protesters arrested at White House (disabled/wheelchairs)

    04/27/2009 3:32:09 PM PDT · by nobama08 · 17 replies · 693+ views ^ | April 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Park Police say they have arrested 91 protesters in front of the White House, including some in wheelchairs who chained themselves to a fence. The protesters are calling on the president to support legislation that would give people with disabilities in need of long-term care alternatives to nursing homes. Sgt. David Schlosser says a large group gathered on a sidewalk outside the White House on Monday without a protest permit required for groups of more than 25 demonstrators. He says some protesters are in wheelchairs and have chained themselves to a fence. Police may use a...

    03/21/2009 9:41:53 PM PDT · by jodiluvshoes · 49 replies · 2,341+ views ^ | 03.22.09 | Kevin McCullough
    hen 84% of the American people, according to the AOL Hot Seat weekend poll, think a joke you cracked on late night television was either tone-deaf/insensitive or worse yet flat-out offensive then you might think you have problems. (Heh who are we kidding? You do! You do!) Just because Britain's largest daily newspaper has a top ten gaffe reel assembled and online before your presidency is barely 60 days old, you might believe that you're the laughingstock of serious members of the world community of leaders. (Again, likely, you're right.) And when you take the time to address an Islamic...
  • Even Dumber Than Letting AIG Give Bonuses

    03/18/2009 3:31:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 667+ views ^ | March 17, 2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    Just when everything was going so swimmingly — poll figures, AIG, Democratic unity and all — President Obama enrages veterans: The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. “It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends...
  • Couple Sues Quebec Hospital for Not Dehydrating Disabled Infant Daughter to Death

    03/17/2009 2:09:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 1,401+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/17/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    MONTREAL, March 17, 2009 ( - A Quebec couple have launched a $3.5-million lawsuit against Montreal Children's Hospital for allegedly putting their infant daughter back on artificial food and hydration without their approval.Marie-Eve Laurendeau gave birth to Phebe Mantha at LaSalle Hospital in November 2007. After a difficult delivery Phebe was transferred to Montreal Children's Hospital in serious condition and put on life support.According to the lawsuit Laurendeau and Phebe's father, Stephane Mantha, were told by doctors that their daughter had little chance for survival and advised them to take her off respiratory support and hydration, to which they...
  • Logistics Agency Leads in Recruiting Students With Disabilities

    02/05/2009 3:19:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 222+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., Feb. 5, 2009 – The Defense Logistics Agency hired 91 college students with disabilities under the federal government’s Workforce Recruitment Program in 2008, more than any other federal agency. The jointly sponsored Defense and Labor department program matches students with disabilities with internships at government agencies or private-sector companies. Since it started in 1995, about 4,500 students have participated, and more than 350 of them have been interns at DLA, officials said. The Army hired the most WRP interns from 2004 to 2007, Famia Magana, director of DLA’s Equal Employment Office, said. With 86 hires in...
  • Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Is Independent Group Home Living Foundation s Honoree of the Year 09

    01/27/2009 3:04:32 PM PST · by euram · 4 replies · 444+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 01-27-09 | Yahoo press release
    MANORVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been named "Honoree of the Year '09" by the Independent Group Home Living Foundation (IGHL;, a Manorville, New York-based not-for-profit organization providing programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities in New York State.
  • British Hospital Apologizes for Allowing Disabled Patient to Die, No Accountability

    01/13/2009 2:01:13 PM PST · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 599+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/13/09 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England ( -- A British hospital that allowed a Down syndrome patient to starve to death over a 26 day period has apologized but will not be held accountable. That's upsetting to one bioethicist who says he can't believe the hospital hasn't made any progress in investigating the case in four years. As reported, Martin Ryan died in a hospital in Kingston-upon-Thames and the medical center conducted an internal investigation following his death. Ryan, who could not swallow after a stroke, was allowed to lie in a bed and starve to death without receiving any medical care. Now,...
  • Sarah Palin's Record as Alaska Gov Showed Support for Special Needs Kids

    10/27/2008 2:59:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 255+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/27/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Sarah Palin gave a major policy address last week on how she will be an advocate for special needs children should she become the nation's next vice-president. But, does her record as the governor of Alaska demonstrate that support or is it merely an election ploy to gain votes? The answer appears to be a resounding yes -- as the Palin administration put more money behind education and support services for disabled children and their families. During her speech Palin said, "as governor, I've succeeded in securing additional funding and assistance for students with special needs....
  • Palin Delivers Rousing Clarion Call for Dignity of Children with Disabilities

    10/25/2008 9:37:23 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 623+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/24/08 | Tim Waggoner
    CORAOPOLIS, PA, October 24, 2008 ( - Since being nominated as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin has made support for families of children with special needs a priority of her campaign. Today she offered her first policy speech on the issue in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.With many families with special needs children attending the talk in the airport hotel ballroom, Palin set the tone of her speech by telling her audience not to worry about the crying and jostling, saying, "That's the sound of life."In her remarks, Governor Palin advocated school choice opportunities for children with special needs, fully funding the...
  • Obama Belittles McCain's Dancing Abilities

    10/22/2008 6:03:07 AM PDT · by Pagan Power · 42 replies · 1,299+ views
    Pagan Power ^ | October 22, 2008 | Pagan Power
    I honestly don't think that Obama has a decent bone in his body. His callousness and lack of respect astound me. They are only matched by his conceit. All in all this guy is rotten to the core. As a human being it is difficult for me to reconcile that this smiling gasbag of narcissism is among my own species. During a last stop visit to the Ellen Degeneres show Ellen played a clip of The One dancing on her show from his last appearance. As the crowd was laughing at him and Ellen was poking fun too, he let...
  • U.K. Mother Murders Daughter Because "Embarrassed" by Disability

    09/12/2008 4:59:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 160+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/12/08 | Tim Waggoner
    CHESTER, Wales, September 12, 2008 ( - This week, a UK court heard the case of a mother who allegedly deliberately drowned her disabled child in a bath because she was ashamed and embarrassed by her daughter's cerebral palsy. According to the Telegraph, prosecutor Michael Chambers explained to the court how Joanne Hill's husband had refused to give four-year old Naomi up for adoption, despite Joanne's inability to accept the fact that her daughter had cerebral palsy. He recounted the evening of the murder, November 26, 2007: "When the bath was full she told Naomi she was having a bath, but...
  • Half of Americans Would Choose Death over Disability: Survey

    07/15/2008 4:18:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 52+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/15/08 | Hilary White
    July 15, 2008 ( - More than half of people in the US would rather be dead than disabled says a new survey. A US website for disabled people ran the survey which asked, "Which would you choose: Living with a severe disability that forever alters your ability to live an independent life, or death?" 52 per cent of the respondents chose death.The survey, run by the online community and website Disaboom, found that differences in attitude toward disability were based on age, income, geographic location, and level of education. 63 percent of younger Americans chose death over disability,...
  • Disabled Woman's National Television Show Will Focus on Terri Schiavo

    06/12/2008 5:29:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 389+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/12/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Americans will have an opportunity to review the life and death of Terri Schiavo tonight and next week as the television program a disabled woman produces will focus on how Terri was subjected to a painful euthanasia death. Joni Eareckson Tada, whose ministry produces "Joni and Friends," is behind the show. Like Schiavo, Tada is a disabled woman herself -- having become paralyzed at a younger age in a diving accident. Tada has put together two 30 minutes programs airing tonight and July 19 that will explore the debate surrounding Terri and be broadcast globally via...
  • Don't give up on the disabled

    05/04/2008 1:29:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 339+ views
    The Evening Sun ^ | 4/30/08 | Peggy Selby
    On April 7 an article appeared on the Opinion page, "Terri Schiavo's lifesaving legacy" by Nat Hentoff. When Terri's story first appeared in the paper and on the news, I considered responding to the decisions that were made regarding her care and her future. I feel that God gave us life and only he has the right to take it away and we are charged with caring for one another until that time. In 1984 I was told to put my son in a nursing home because "he will never get better." Had we followed that advice we may have...
  • Disposing of the Disabled

    03/30/2008 12:20:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 620+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 3/30/08 | Ken Connor
    Most parents receive the news that they are "expecting" with joy and excitement. For some, however, the good news turns sour when they learn that their unborn or newly born child has Down syndrome or is afflicted with some other disability like cystic fibrosis. What parents are told about their child's future and how they are told it often influences whether that child is born at all. That's why Senators Sam Brownback and Ted Kennedy have co-sponsored the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act". The act (S. 1810) mandates that health care providers provide the mother of an unborn...
  • Professor urges to review cultural images of disability

    03/15/2008 11:49:08 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 417+ views
    Daily Utah Chronicle ^ | 3/14/08 | Jonathan Ng
    Images used in society reflect the way a culture views disability, said Rosemarie Garland-Thompson, a professor of women's studies and English at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Garland-Thompson presented a lecture Tuesday that encouraged community members and professionals who attended to view images of disability in a different way. She is a visiting speaker for the first annual Disability Studies Forum. "Images of people with disabilities are out in the world. I read images for the stories that are in them," Garland-Thompson said to the audience in the Health Sciences Education Building. Garland-Thompson analyzed how people take these received stories,...
  • Pro-Abortion Group Won't Oppose Bill Reducing Abortions on Disabled Babies

    03/11/2008 4:09:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 520+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/11/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A leading pro-abortion group has said it will not oppose a bill that will help reduce the number of abortions on babies who are potentially afflicted with Down Syndrome. The measure has already received approval from a Senate committee and is headed to the full chamber for a debate and vote. Last month, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the Pre-natally and Post-natally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act on a unanimous vote.The bill is designed to help reduce the number of abortions of babies with Down syndrome and other conditions.Sen Sam Brownback,...
  • Unintended Consequences - The Case of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

    01/20/2008 3:14:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,189+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 20, 2008 | STEPHEN J. DUBNER and STEVEN D. LEVITT
    Freakonomics One year from today, a new president moves into the White House. This president will be eager to carry out any number of plans — including, surely, plans to help the segments of society that most need help. Extending a helping hand, after all, is one of the great privileges and responsibilities of the presidency. But before charging ahead with such plans, the new president might do well to first ask him- or herself the following question: What do a deaf woman in Los Angeles, a first-century Jewish sandal maker and a red-cockaded woodpecker have in common? A few...
  • Court Rules Against Target in Web Site Accessibility Lawsuits

    12/06/2007 11:25:26 AM PST · by PetroniusMaximus · 35 replies · 85+ views
    Citizens With Disabilities ^ | October 3, 2007 | Evan Schuman
    A judge rules that the retailer needs to stand trial for having a Web site that is insufficiently accessible. When a federal court judge issued rulings Oct. 2 that the $60 billion retailer Target needed to stand trial on charges that its Web site is not sufficiently accessible to visually-impaired shoppers, it sent a strong signal to much of the e-commerce space.
  • Disabled Teenager Celebrates 16th Birthday After Mom Refused Abortion

    11/26/2007 4:03:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 83+ views
    Life News ^ | 11/26/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Bristol, TN ( -- Donna Joy Vance celebrated her sixteenth birthday recently but the occasion was "sweet" for a reason that doesn't normally worry most teenagers. When Donna's mother Lori was pregnant with her, Lori's physicians found Donna had a rare disability and advised her to have an abortion. Lori refused.The Vance family shared their story with News Channel 11 and said a fatal disorder that doctors detect before birth may not turn out as bad as they may think."We're celebrating Donna Joy's 16th birthday,” Lori Vance told the CBS television station. “It's a special day because it's a...
  • Lecture series discusses history of disabilities in relation to genocide

    11/03/2007 1:13:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 100+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | 10/31/07 | Larry Dechant
    The ongoing Medical Ethics and Holocaust lecture series hosted a teleconference discussion in the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences building Tuesday to discuss the history of genocide and people with disabilities. The lecture was broadcast live on the Internet from the Holocaust Museum of Houston and included panelists from the University of Houston, the Baylor College of Medicine and Independent Living Research Utilization, a disabilities research and consultation firm . Bill Monroe, an English professor and dean at the University of Houston, discussed the idea of perfection through literature, citing examples from a 1960s comic book. "Eugenics, euthanasia and extermination...
  • Disabilities Fight Grows as Taxes Pay for Tuition

    10/27/2007 6:45:51 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 16 replies · 112+ views
    New York Times ^ | 27 October 2007 | By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO and JENNIFER MEDINA
    ...Cases like these have increasingly become a flash point in special education, pitting parents against school systems that say they cannot afford to pay to privately educate disabled children whose parents unilaterally reject their proposed placements. Expectations that the Supreme Court would settle whether such parents must try public schools first evaporated after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy recused himself without explanation in two cases from New York State. Without Justice Kennedy, the court split 4 to 4 in a New York City case on whether Tom Freston, the former chief executive of Viacom, should have put his learning-disabled son in...
  • New Institute Will Study How Abortion, Euthanasia Target Disabled People

    10/03/2007 4:23:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 280+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/3/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Virginia Beach, VA ( -- Regent University, the Christian college in Virginia, has launched a new institute that will study how abortion and euthanasia are targeting the disabled community. The new organization will examine how the practices have created a multitude of human rights abuses ranging from sex-selection abortions to discrimination. Billing itself as a "multicultural response to medical and cultural trends impacting people with disabilities, the Institute for the Study of Disability and Bioethics will examine these sensitive topics.Mark P. Mostert, who will oversee the new center, calls the targeting of the disabled a global “silent war.""Medical and other...
  • Largest Ever International Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Symposium - Toronto Nov. 30 (Pro-Life)

    08/28/2007 3:59:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 372+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/07 | LifeSiteNews
    TORONTO, August 28, 2007 ( - Nearly every leader and significant speaker on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide will be attending the International Symposium on Euthanasia "Current Issues and Future Directions" to be held Friday, Nov 30th, Saturday, Dec 1, 2007 at the Four Points Sheraton - Toronto Airport Hotel. Organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - Canada and co-sponsored by: Co-Sponsored by: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - Canada, NOT DEAD YET - USA, Compassionate Healthcare Network - Canada, Physicians for Compassionate Care - USA, Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare - Vermont, Care NOT Killing Alliance - UK, No...
  • Chicago Woman Born With Tiny Arms Denied McDonald's Service For Using Feet

    07/02/2007 10:33:36 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 140 replies · 4,564+ views
    FOX ^ | 07/02/07 | Unknown
    A woman has filed a lawsuit against a McDonald's franchise, claiming that employees in two suburban Chicago restaurants refused to serve her because a birth defect forces her to use her feet as hands. Dawn Larson was born with Holt-Oram Syndrome, which left her with diminutive hands just six inches from her shoulder, according to a report Monday in the Chicago Sun-Times. "I drank my baby bottle with my feet," she told the paper. "Nobody ever taught me how to do it, I just did it. I can ride a regular 10-speed bike. I can swim. It has not been...
  • Two Wounded Vets Transcend Their Disabilities (Tissues)

    02/08/2007 8:30:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 604+ views
    STERLING, Va., Feb. 8, 2007 – Marissa Strock and Jake Kessler sat in adjacent wheelchairs while prosthetic specialists attached carbon-fiber feet to their titanium legs. Army Staff Sgt. Jake Kessler ties a figure-8 knot into his harness rope as he prepares to climb a 50-foot rock with the heels of his prosthetic feet Feb. 2 at Sport Rock Indoor Climbing Center in Sterling, Va. Photo by William D. Moss  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Strock, a 21-year-old Army private first class, and Kessler, a 36-year-old Army staff sergeant, are double-leg-amputee Iraq war veterans who forged a friendship at...
  • Common Sense-Impaired

    10/19/2006 5:11:36 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 49 replies · 866+ views
    WSJ ^ | October 19, 2006 | WSJ
    The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act reflected a generous national impulse to provide the most opportunity... But the law has also sometimes led to overzealous interpretations ...that can defy common sense -- and endanger the broader public. A case in point is last week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that United Parcel Service has violated federal law by banning drivers who are deaf. While acknowledging that federal law requires drivers of trucks heavier than 10,000 pounds to be able to hear, a three-judge panel of the ...court ruled that UPS was obliged to prove that allowing the...
  • 'Unclean' guide dog banned by Muslim cab driver

    10/08/2006 9:49:15 PM PDT · by World_Events · 56 replies · 1,937+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/6/06 | Daily Mail
    A Muslim minicab driver refused to take a blind passenger because her guide dog was "unclean". Abdul Rasheed Majekodumni told Jane Vernon she could not get into his car with the dog because of his religion. Islamic tradition warns Muslims against contact with dogs because they are seen as impure. The case emerged as Jack Straw was embroiled in a controversy over Muslim women wearing veils and the row continued after a Muslim police officer was excused guard duty at the Israeli embassy. Today Mrs Vernon, 39, from Hammersmith, said: "This experience was very upsetting. "I was tired and cold...
  • One-eyed baby in Chennai, India: update (link to "graphic" photos)

    08/15/2006 8:44:42 PM PDT · by Scarchin · 110 replies · 3,675+ views
    Boing Boing ^ | Aug, 10, 2006 | Scott Carney
    snip - The child was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder, known as cyclopia. She was born with a single eye in the center of her forehead, no nose and her brain fused into a single hemisphere. With such severe deformities, it was a miracle that the girl survived even a few minutes after delivery. Yet now, 11 days later, she has lived significantly longer than other cyclopean cases.-Snip
  • The Evil, Authoritarian, Crypto-Fascist Puppet Master

    08/15/2006 7:25:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 692+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 15, 2006 - 10:06 Those mean-spirited Republicans. They're all about the politics of hate. And now this! Can you imagine, calling a political opponent an "evil, authoritarian, crypto-fascist puppet master"? Wait a sec. That wasn't a Republican. It's a Huff Poster describing Dick Cheney. Oh, and for good measure he calls President Bush "a smiling, dry alcoholic with sadistic tendencies." The author in question is one Larry Beinhart, who, as per his web page, is a member in good standing of the liberal establishment: Fulbright Fellow, novelist and screenplay writer, written for Newsday, LA Times, International...
  • Judge: Security 'Pat-Downs" Of Buc Fans Unconstitutional

    07/28/2006 7:24:33 PM PDT · by Cagey · 134 replies · 1,949+ views
    WKMG-TV ^ | 7-28-2006
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Security "pat-downs" of fans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games are unconstitutional and unreasonable, a federal judge ruled Friday, throwing into question the practice at NFL games nationwide. U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore issued an order siding with a Bucs season-ticket holder who had sued to stop the fan searches that began last season after the NFL implemented enhanced security measures. High school civics teacher Gordon Johnson sued the Tampa Sports Authority, which operates the stadium, to stop officials from conducting the "suspicionless" searches. A state judge agreed with Johnston that the searches are likely unconstitutional and...
  • Kristen Cox 'just plain does it'

    07/17/2006 12:47:28 PM PDT · by sitetest · 22 replies · 1,372+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 15, 2006 | By Stephen Kiehl
    SALT LAKE CITY // With the game tied after one period of overtime, Kristen Cox was given the ball. She was in junior high school, playing on a youth league soccer team despite an advancing vision loss that limited her sight to just a few feet. During games, she relied on her teammates to get in place. "The ball's on your right, Kris!" they'd shout to her. "It's two feet away!" But now, she was out there by herself, with one shot on a goal she couldn't see to win the game. Cox lined up, ran toward the ball and...
  • Gov. Ehrlich Chooses Running Mate

    06/28/2006 2:42:21 PM PDT · by sitetest · 163 replies · 1,488+ views
    WTOP on-line ^ | June 28, 2006 | no byline
    WASHINGTON -- Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich has chosen a running mate, WTOP Political Analyst Mark Plotkin has learned. Ehrlich will choose Kristen Cox, the current Secretary of the Department of Disabilities, as his lieutenant governor. Cox, who is almost completely blind, will be named by the governor in Annapolis on Thursday. Cox, 36, served in the Bush administration in the Department of Education in 2001. She lives in Towson with her husband and two sons. Incumbent Lt. Governor Michael Steele is currently running for U.S. Senate. Ehrlich and Cox will face Democrats Martin O'Malley and Anthony Brown in the November...
  • Lawsuits anger businesses

    04/05/2006 6:46:01 AM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 927+ views
    San Diego UNION ^ | April 5, 2006 | Anne Krueger
    The lawsuits the shop owners have received by mail or hand delivery in the past two weeks contain virtually identical claims that their businesses are not hospitable to disabled people. In a letter accompanying the lawsuits, Pinnock offers each owner the option of settling by correcting the problems and paying him $10,500. The owners are outraged, and some say they'll fight back. “He's picked the wrong person to mess with,” said Mike McKany, owner of Alpine Liquor. McKany and others are banding together to figure out how to deal with the lawsuits. The Alpine Chamber of Commerce is holding a...
  • Down Syndrome and the Pressure to Abort

    03/09/2006 5:38:33 PM PST · by NYer · 164 replies · 2,436+ views
    Zenit News Agenc ^ | March 9, 2006 | Elizabeth Schlitz
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, MARCH 9, 2006 ( Many prospective parents are waiting for years to adopt children with Down syndrome, according to a recent article in the Associated Press. So why is there an extended wait for kids with special needs, who are usually more difficult to place with families? The reason might be: the growing acceptance of aborting babies with Down syndrome. Elizabeth Schiltz, law professor at the University of St. Thomas and contributor to "The Cost of 'Choice': Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion" (Encounter Books), shared with ZENIT how aborting children with Down syndrome has not only become...
  • Activist Groups for Disabled Protest California Assisted-Suicide Bill

    02/13/2006 4:46:28 PM PST · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 222+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/13/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    SACRAMENTO, California, February 13, 2006 ( – Activists for the rights of the disabled are joining up with religious and conservative lobby groups to protest a proposed assisted-suicide bill in California.Assembly Bill 651 would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients. "There are the folks who see it as a right-to-life issue, and there are the folks who see it as a right-to-death issue," Teresa Favuzzi, director of the California Federation of Independent Living Centers, which opposes the bill, told the Sacramento Bee. "And for the disability community, it's about the right to live, to be...
  • The $65,000 Question and the answer my autistic grandson gives. (Charles Colson)

    10/26/2005 12:25:26 PM PDT · by Zechariah_8_13 · 4 replies · 535+ views
    My wife, Patty, and I had a disturbing reminder of why the truth matters when we visited our autistic grandson's special-needs school one afternoon... ... As I was standing in the classroom, alone for a moment, an unwelcome thought came to mind. A question really. Why do we as a society take such trouble with these kids? Why does the school system spend as much as $65,000 per year to tend kids like Max? Max is never going to graduate and go to college and get a productive job. Likely, he will always be dependent on his family and the...
  • The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have [The WashPost printed THIS?]

    10/18/2005 2:44:04 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 40 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 18, 2005 | Patricia E. Bauer
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- If it's unacceptable for William Bennett to link abortion even conversationally with a whole class of people (and, of course, it is), why then do we as a society view abortion as justified and unremarkable in the case of another class of people: children with disabilities? --snip-- This view is probably particularly pronounced here in blue-state California, but I keep finding it everywhere, from academia on down. At a dinner party not long ago, I was seated next to the director of an Ivy League ethics program. In answer to another guest's question, he said he...
  • Pro-Life Participant Openly Rebuked by Chair at Disabilities Conference

    08/27/2005 6:28:48 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 4 replies · 190+ views ^ | Aug 26, 2005 | C-FAM
    At a recent UN conference held to negotiate a treaty on the rights of the disabled, the concerns of a pro-life NGO leader were openly criticized by the conference chairman, a highly unusual move given the extreme collegiality that typically prevails at such meetings. The exchange took place during an August 8 meeting of the Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. Patrick Buckley, a representative of the London-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, voiced concern over...
  • T-Ball Coach Took 'Hit' On Challenged Player

    07/15/2005 5:31:01 PM PDT · by kiki04 · 19 replies · 838+ views
    Cops: T-Ball Coach Took 'Hit' On Challenged Player POSTED: 2:16 pm EDT July 15, 2005 UPDATED: 6:40 pm EDT July 15, 2005 NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A T-ball coach seeking to keep a player with a mental disability off the field allegedly asked another player to hurt the boy, state police said Friday. The alleged incident happened June 27 at R.W. Clark Little League Field in North Union Township, Fayette County, police said. During pre-game warmups, Mark Reed Downs Jr. offered one of his players $25 to hit the 8-year-old boy in the head with a baseball, according to...
  • The New Eugenics (One of America's cures for disability is death.)

    07/13/2005 9:59:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,257+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 7/13/2005 | George Neumayr
    EACH YEAR IN AMERICA fewer and fewer disabled infants are born. The reason is eugenic abortion. Doctors and their patients use prenatal technology to screen unborn children for disabilities, then they use that information to abort a high percentage of them. Without much scrutiny or debate, a eugenics designed to weed out the disabled has become commonplace. Not wishing to publicize a practice most doctors prefer to keep secret, the medical community releases only sketchy information on the frequency of eugenic abortion against the disabled. But to the extent that the numbers are known, they indicate that the vast majority...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 6.15.05

    06/15/2005 2:46:39 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 181 replies · 2,921+ views, ^ | Wednesday June 15, 2005 | GretchenM
    President Bush and Russian President Putin discussed reform of the U.N. Security Council in a phone call initiated by Putin. The conversation came amid intrigue over a push by Japan, German, India and Brazil to become permanent members of the Security Council. [Will John Bolton be the USA's final ambassador to the UN?] The president continued urging Congress to pass an energy bill, while speaking about energy efficiency at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. A Senate committee voted to back President Bush's pick to head the Food and Drug Administration, acting FDA commissioner Lester Crawford,...
  • Zogby Poll: Americans Not in Favor of Starving Terri Schiavo

    04/04/2005 12:24:14 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 43 replies · 2,183+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 04-04-05 | John Zogby
    Zogby Poll: Americans Not in Favor of Starving Terri Schiavo Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients. The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri's case, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is...
  • Scientology, The Clearwater Bar Association and Judge Greer

    03/12/2005 11:02:46 PM PST · by Dixielander · 300 replies · 11,175+ views ^ | 7/24/04 edited 2/4/05 | Unknown
    Scientology, The Clearwater Bar Association, and Judge Greer Judge George W. Greer presides over Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit Court. He is known internationally for the Terri Schindler Schiavo guardianship case. Pat Anderson, former attorney for the Schindlers, characterized Judge Greer's unprecedented rulings as "The Rule of Terri's Case." The Clearwater Bar Association is delighted with Judge Greer's performance in this particular case. They presented the John U. Bird award to the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit judge on May 15, 2004. This prestigious award, which is the Clearwater bar's highest honor for a judge, was granted to Judge Greer for the way he...
  • ACLU Puts Politics Ahead of Principle

    03/25/2005 1:18:00 AM PST · by rgorman · 2 replies · 143+ views
    Simply Sanity ^ | March 25, 2005 | Rebecca Gorman
    One might expect the "American Civil Liberties Union," of all organizations, to stand up for the personhood of the disabled. One might expect them to say that a disabled person still is a human being and still deserves to live to the fullest he or she can. I would expect the ACLU to stand up for the personhood of a man or woman with Downs Syndrome or Celibral Palsy. Terri Schliavo's disability is no more severe, as a close follower of the case will know. But the ACLU is playing partisan games....