Sunday, January 21, 2007

American Idle

I don't watch American Idol so I am probably not the best equipped to comment, not that I will let that stop me. I have seen it occasionally, and I have read the comments that our media are saying are objectionable. I don't think they are any worse than they used to be, I just think that what people are realizing that what they used to think was funny, just isn't. Used to be people laughed at the acerbic comments, because they were usually justified to some extent, due to the horribleness of the acts that were shown. The criticism may be justified but not the personal nature of the attacks, and people realize that putting others down for the amusement of the viewing audience isn't really entertainment.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Here fishy fishy fishy

I am playing this game Fish Tycoon today. It is fun. I usually don't like computer games, but this is kind of cool in a Gregor Mendel kind of way.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"I made a terrible, terrible mistake," he said. "I was ill. I didn't understand. . . . I was a special education student myself. I know what it is like to feel that way."

So this is what Mr Chinn says in response to his really really bad remarks.
How was he ill? Is stupidity and bad taste an illness?

He didn't understand, really? He says he was a special ed student himself, I seriously doubt, if he was, that he didn't "understand".

He knows what it is like to feel that way? Really? Then he is without excuse. He is either a liar, or he means what he says and is therefore a hypocrite. In either case he isn't ill.

He is right, he made a terrible mistake.

multnomah county ESD board

So Mr Chinn makes this comment about a physically disable student who they were going to place in a class with mentally disabled students, whom he describes as "slabs, low, slow and belows", you all know what I mean........

I am sad to hear this kind of crap coming from the board of a ESD, knowing the struggle I went through to get the help my daughter needed after 7 years in school. Listening to her teachers tell me she had a bad attitude, that she was probably not receiving the support she needed at home, that we were not giving her the discipline she needed. I was also told, even after she was diagnosed with ADD that she would not be able to get special services, don't even bother trying, they don't do that for kids like her, she needed to have a real disability. I think 7 years of failing in school indicates a real disability. But these are comments from teachers, and counselors, those people most closely invovled in the care of kids, and involved in the identification of kids with special needs. I had to stop working and fight full time to get her services she needed. She is not low, slow or below, she has trouble taking in information and paying attention. She has trouble processing what she hears and reads. She has trouble managing her behavior, she is impulsive and easily frustrated. She is many things but she is not stupid. You know what she says when she is frustrated and upset? I am so stupid! Thanks to people like Mr Chinn, that is the message she gets.

I am sad but not surprised. There is so much misinformation out there even within the educational establishments. You would think they would know better but I don't count on it.

It isn't just education, it is in all walks of life. People generally know that it just isn't ok to make fun of people with disabilities, people of a different race, people who are just different in any way, but that doesn't stop them, especially if they feel they are in a safe place to do so (although in the middle of a public ESD board metting hardle seems a safe place). Is it publically ok for stupid people, old and young, to make fun of others? I was in a tai chi class several years back, trying to get healthier. Some old broad who was obviously poorly brought up, says to me after class "I thought all you young people cared about being in shape (I am and was overweight)" smirking as she said it. Well, what the hell was I doing there in the first place if not trying to get in shape? How does it help people who are not perfect but trying to do something about it to belittle them?

Some people just feel it is their right and their job to point out the flaws in everyone around them. Why? I don't know. Wh does anyone think it's ok to sit back and speculate on what is the "matter" with those around them, veiwing every flaw, fault and ragged edge as under a microscope. How dare anyone come out of their cave less than perfect? How dare those stinky people ride the bus, and sit next to me, how dare those obnoxious, uneducated bufoons walk up to me in the grocery store or Dr office and try to make small talk when it is obviously a second language. How dare we all be so HUMAN, what maroons! How dare those stupid kids try to get an education when they so obviously aren't going to benefit from it. Why not just put them to work in the menial trade industries now and save our resources for the ones that really matter?

My daughter got an assignment sent home to be redone because her teacher didn't believe she really did it, said she took it off the internet. Why? Because she used paragraphs. She told me, Mom, I know how to use paragraphs, I just don't bother to. I know, that is one of her problems, she knows better. But her teacher is instilling in her the idea that she is incapable of producing good work.

Look beyond the present reality folks, become a prophet, see what lies hidden beneath the exterior. REVEAL CODES! This is what God does to us all the time. We only look at the outside, look within, look to the spirit. I know, you can't see it, but you can sense it! Speak not to what you see but to what is possible! Stop speaking to the problem, we all know what that is, speak to the solution. Get beyond yourself and others, see it from God's point of view.

reprint of oregonian article

Official urged to resign over special-ed remarks
Multnomah ESD - Ron Chinn apologizes for his description of students
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The Oregonian
The Multnomah Education Service District's superintendent, department directors and one board member called for board member Ron Chinn's resignation Tuesday night in response to his comments about special education students.

"We have heard some strong comments from the public, parents and staff," Superintendent Ed Schmitt said. "I would ask you to think hard about a noble course of action and what you should do next for the good of the agency -- step down and walk away."

The board approved, 5-0, a resolution censuring Chinn for referring to special education students as "slabs -- slow, low and belows" during a December meeting. Board member Geri Washington was absent, and Chinn abstained.

Before the resolution was approved, Chinn apologized for his comments.

"I made a terrible, terrible mistake," he said. "I was ill. I didn't understand. . . . I was a special education student myself. I know what it is like to feel that way."

The district received more than 30 e-mails, letters and phone calls Tuesday, many asking Chinn to resign. Chinn said Tuesday night he would consider it.

He also issued an apology in an interview earlier Tuesday.

"I know it now to be an error," he said in the interview. "In no way did I intend to be that way. . . . I'm very sorry. It will never happen again."

Chinn has been on the service district board since 1997 and said he has always been committed to improving the experience of special needs students.

"My first and foremost efforts have been to ensure that the children of Multnomah County get the education they need no matter their circumstances," he said. "The important work that we do there has been derailed over a mistake I made. I am very regretful."

Chinn, who represents Southwest/Southeast Portland, said he has not decided whether he will run for re-election in May.

Kimberly Melton: 503-294-5938,

©2007 The Oregonian

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It's snowing!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

new job

OK, it's 25 degrees outside. It is cold. So cold.....
I quit my job yesterday. I hate doing that but this was a really wretched job. I was disappointed, I tried very hard, but it just felt like I was never going to get the work done. I am a INFJ (see meyers-briggs)and as such need to get things done. I hate to have loose ends and this place was like a macrame house unravelling. I tried to get as much done as I could so that there was not a bunch of work left unfinished. But it was never going to get all done. SO many people feeling so demoralized there. Typical nursing home.
They cut and cut and cut trying to wring every penny out of those places until the people who work there are dried up and have given all they can, then they bring in a new crop of victims people who will do the job.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Goodbye Doug, we will miss you but are glad that you are in God's hands. Thank you for being a kind, gentle soul, and for guiding your family and friends with a calm presence. You were and are a good, Christian man. God bless you!

Monday, January 01, 2007

new year

Do you know you're his favorite? If you don't, you should, you are. I think we can come up with many reasons we are unlovable, but he only needs one reason to love us; I think, most often, that reason is because it pleases him to do so. There are some things he made just becasue they are lovely, not because they do something wonderful or accomplish great things. Just because it pleased him to do so. Do you know you are his favorite? You should.