A network of our own :)

July 30, 2005 at 4:17 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

Heh, Chuckle. Cheer. YAY.

Our own television network is in the development stage. (if this is a UK only production perhaps PBS or BBC America will be kind enough to think of carrying it in the US? Please?

Hey, can I pen a soap-opera for the network?

Or better yet a reality tv series?

I know *just* the appalling supporting character…

On second thought I’ll stick to blogging.

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Impolite, but closer to the truth

July 30, 2005 at 12:52 PM (Uncategorized) ()

This has been analyzed before, but I just felt the need to work it out here in plain language,

There’s a movement in this country, mainly driven by religious institutions that is known by the popular moniker Pro-Life…

I think a true Pro-life movement would celebrate birth, and understand that all stages of life need to be protected. Healthy food and Education for all, access for all, shelter for the hurt and abused, medical care so that all could thrive for as long as possible, and comfort for the senior. That’s pro-living. Living in the sense of experiencing, not existence alone.

Given their protests, Operation Rescues and maneuverings they seem to be to be the Duty to Give Birth Movement. They should call themselves that. I’ll call them that. The Duty to Give Birth Movement. TDTGBM.

In other words, “You must be born, but afterwards, we will not be coerced into spending money on you . (That of course goes to everyone not at the highest levels of TDTGBM.

If we’re talking about disability, they would say. “Since you probably won’t be a taxpayer for your entire working age life, we do not feel that making the social and employment playing field level for you should be a priority.. We will pray and commiserate on cue, but our wallets are our own, because we are not responsible for your disability. God only gave you existence and freedom of choice, the rest is up to you. Except of course for nursing homes. We’ll pay the extra $$ to lock you in those, instead of paying less to let you live at home.

Perhaps they’ll try the rational: [universal health care] “is not in the Constitution.”
For some of us, life wouldn’t continue, liberty would be forever impossible, and the pursuit of happiness could not be maintained without heath care. It’s in the Declaration of Independence (corrected from “Bill of Rights”) period. The founding father’s did not write Existence, vegetating alone in an institution, or waiting for that next pain pill. They wrote Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The illogic here just boggles the mind.

Worse yet, steely eyed Hollywood heroes with more money than God whine about access and redoing buildings.

The other side feels better to me. I’m part of it. (Perhaps I’ll call them the Option to Give Birth or Not movement since pro choice feels like they like buffet lunches), does tend to support us once we’re here. We have taken on some of their language. Struggle. Civil Rights. Autonomy. They work alongside us and claim kinship. It truly helps. But often it’s still the able deciding “what to do” about us. And some of the political people of the left have bought into the nursing home argument mentioned above. And one governor who wears the Democratic label can never be seen as a friend to the disabled (TennCareSitIn Day 41).

The comfort level of both sides needs to move up. They need to ‘get used’ to the disabled out and about, as they’ve begun to do since the Rehab Act and the ADA. Because once they become comfortable, we integrate far enough for a general realization that investing in employment and universal design is just as necessary as roads, policing, and armies. Just another function of society.

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A website that might be of use

July 29, 2005 at 4:29 PM (Uncategorized)

to help discern Robert’s views on the ADA, although I believe the website was primarily placed to determine the nominee’s views on abortion. You can go here, and input your question to the nominee for the US Supreme Court.

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Personal Space

July 29, 2005 at 2:40 PM (Tenant chronicles) ()

A report from Cook County IL, shows that obviously some landlords haven’t heard of the ADA yet. That little law passed in 1990? The one that Bush 41 signed? No? You missed that ?

Well, don’t worry. It’s quite legal to deny housing based on credit score. Landlords do *that* all the time. So, if someone communicating via TTY, or in a wheelchair has a lousy FICO score like mine, well then, you’re off the hook. Rental history really doesn’t matter if you’ve hit a rough patch and not paid your MasterCard.

But there are employed and/or fiscally responsible gimps out there. You can’t just decide…

“The experience of one wheelchair-bound tester is highlighted in the report’s introduction. She arrived at her appointed time and was met by a woman who said, “No wheelchairs here. You can’t come in!””

I know. Making spaces accessible costs money, and if you’ve never seen a person with a wheelchair in your building why should you have to spend the time and money making a place accessible?

Life’s rough sometimes.

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Too Little Too Late?

July 29, 2005 at 2:14 PM (TennCare)

The TennCare vigil is hitting day 40, and a Tennessee judge gave a partial ruling that might keep the 97,000 most medically needy from losing their prescription drugs.

But lawyers for the state are saying half a ruling may not be enough. They say that 93 million dollars is needed and that 46 million dollars won’t save the sickest from losing their prescriptions.

I haven’t heard of a Colorado vigil, so I’m just going to hold my own personal candlelit time on Sunday. If there *is* a vigil in my homestate I’d appreciate anybody involved dropping me a line through the email link to my site.

If anyone more mobile than myself over at Colorado ADAPT or Cross Disability Coalition is holding a vigil or thinking of holding one in support of the TennCare folk in Tennesee about to lose their benefits, let me know.

But one thing that peeves me. The Tennesee press has hold of this, and the disability community does too.

The national media are non existent. (I see. The sick and dying and eventually dead in Tenessee would only be worth reporting about if they were in California or New York (But from what I hear New York has its own Medicaid Problem that it doesn’t want discussed.)

When the first patient actually dies from lack of care caused by these Tenn Care cuts I’d bet all the money I could that there *will* be a crocodile tears, national media story.

Too little, too late.

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