Her daughter's disability is no excuse for everyone else's discomfort.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- A woman says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a theater during a "Beauty and the Beast" performance because the girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she's happy.[..] "They did not ask me to leave. They told me I had to leave." [..]
Theater marketing director P.J. Prokop denied that.
He said the girl was distracting other theater-goers and the group was offered different seats. Audience members "were turning around; they were looking; they were also kind of gesturing," Prokop said.
"It is the theater's responsibility to try and ensure that everyone can hear and have a good time," he said.
Whether or not the other patrons were "obviously discomfited" is not the issue - what is the issue is Samantha's lack of preparation beforehand. If she knew her daughter couldn't sit quietly through the performance she had the following options: look for seats where her daughter would be the least distracting to others, call the theater ahead of time and ask for advice, try and prep her daughter at home by watching some movies and getting her used to being quiet in smaller stages before attending a large performance.
But no, like so many parents who feel "empowered" by their child's disability they use it as an opportunity to grab some attention, mostly for themselves because really it's society that needs to change.
Torres plans to take up the theater on an offer to conduct sensitivity training for ushers.
She is also working with the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council to develop a guide on how entertainment venues can prepare for people with disabilities.
"I think it's going to have a happy ending for a lot of people," she said.
Really you think so? You think all those theater goers are going to thank you for forcing them to endure a little kid who can't keep quiet or keep still during a performance they paid to see? Ushers need to be educated by someone who threatens their job or the theater with a lawsuit because a disabled child can't have a private performance? Get over yourself Samantha. Next time don't fucking take your kid if she can't manage socially acceptable behavior. The rest of us paid to see the show, not your kid.
Since when have conservative men EVER cared about someone else's pain?
The House Judiciary Committee approved the proposed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in a party-line 20-12 vote last week. The bill bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization unless the woman's life is in danger. (UPI)
Really? Pain? Wtf do you assholes know about pain. What about the pain women have felt for millenia in childbirth? What about women who die from pregnancy complications? It's quaint how the sudden concern for "pain" is now a national issue. Imagine if that were extended to all living creatures. Think that would go over well in Texas if calves were protected because turning them into veal would cause them "pain".
Not to mention that there's no scientific basis for the determination that a fetus feels pain. But that's just a trivial, science-y fact. It has no relevance when it comes to emotional posturing.
The conservative war on women continues unabated. I really hope Hillary runs and wins the next presidential election. It's time a real woman was in charge.
He saw something he wanted so he kept it.
"I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said, as quoted by the Post. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Putin. At the time, Kraft had said he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.
But the Post story quoted Kraft as saying at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala that he had an "emotional tie to the ring" and wanted it back, but the White House intervened and said it would be in the interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift. (WCBV)
Putin deals with all things the same way from women, to material objects, to the Presidency. What he wants, he simply takes because Putin sees himself as no ordinary man constrained by ordinary rules, gosh no, he's Putin.
It's sad that our government strong-armed Kraft into giving up his ring. No one in their right mind, other than a despot, would instantly glom onto another man's trophy but there's no point in being repetitive. The thief committed daylight robbery, the thief (or his supporters) should ante up. The Ruski should pay for the ring or return it. After all, a Superbowl ring in the Kremlin is like pearls to swine, what does the Russian bureaucracy know about teamwork and competition? Their idea of winning means killing the opposition... literally.
They're wasting time and taxpayer money once again. It's the same old shit over and over, like watching a bulimic binge and puke. Every time they're down it's the same strategy, Republicans think it raises their stature to start waving fetus corpses on a stick as a way to garner support. ENOUGH ALREADY. America is tired of the same rhetoric. Women are tired of being targets of a political joust. CUT THE SHIT YOU FUCKTARDS. Don't you have any real work to do? Like say, fixing the economy? Keeping the banks in line? Solving international problems with China? Israel? Iran? North Korea?
WHY THE FUCK CAN'T YOU PEOPLE DO THE JOB YOU'RE BEING PAID TO DO? WOMEN ARE NOT CRIMINALS!
Check your fucking statistics, people are more concerned about their job than if some girl they don't know got knocked up and wants to end her pregnancy. It's none of your goddamned business, politicians don't know shit about medicine and should keep their fucking noses out, expect to ensure people can get the treatment they need. GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T DICTATE MEDICAL POLICY.
Fuck you Republicans. Fuck you Pro Life douchebags. If you don't like abortion THEN DON'T FUCKING HAVE ONE.
When it comes to screaming at enlisted I tend to think Marines first then Army, Navy comes in distinct third.
The U.S. Navy has updated its text messaging etiquette to use mixed-case rather than all capital letters.
Officially, the move is to make the messages easier to read and save money. Communications within the Navy have been all caps since the 19th century.
"If an ancillary benefit is that sailors reading message traffic no longer feel they're being screamed at, that's a good thing too," a Navy official said.(UPI)
I understand the history behind the caps, back before the advent of mobile communications there was teletype, which was inherently single case. Keeping it to all caps meant eliminating a level of discretion of those tasked with decoding and delivering the message. It also inferred a sense of imperative. The fact that this standard of rigor carried over into texting, however, is somewhat amusing. It shows a level of obedience that most can't fathom.
ASCII has supported upper and lowercase for 50 years. At least now we know how long it takes at least one armed service to catch up to changes in technology.
The title of her article seems clear: Fathers should act like fathers, not Mr. Moms but the message is as clear as mud. She seems to imply that men need to revert to the macho 1950's tough-love, belt-whuppin era of days gone by. Nurturing, coddling, enfolding is for sissies. What men really need is to give their brat a good smack on the ass and to yell "buck up ya fuckin' pussy" because, according to her, that's how men *really* want to be.
"Father knows best" is long gone. But in an era of shifting gender roles, the maternalization of child care doesn't make sense either. For Father's Day, let's celebrate the complementary role that both parents play, with separate but equally fine styles.
Sounds like the conservative mantra in another, happy Father's Day! format. It's the Catholic church's doctrine against same sex marriage: Men Must Be Masculine, Women Must Be Feminine. No if's, and's or but's thank you.
But what? What do the statistics say? What about those Nordic countries where men are on par with women in terms of child rearing? Are they going to hell in a handbasket? Are they all sissified poofters? Is all this making men feel marginalized? Yes! At least according to Elaine.
Sometimes dads themselves feel inadequate about their child care abilities. Feeling this way can lead them to try to do things the way mom does them. Trying to imitate someone else can be very inhibiting.
Well Elaine either the men you're talking to are the weakest sauce in the XY spectrum, or you're just a moron. Maybe both. Having a dick and chest hair doesn't make a man incapable of learning how to change a diaper without the use of duct tape and a staple gun. Having boobs doesn't mean you're the one with the desire to bake cupcakes for kindergarten birthday parties. But what it does mean is that you're incapable of seeing beyond stereotypes and people who break out of those roles frighten you. By the fact you are ignoring the overall success of the modern family and the rise of women in the workforce it seems you want to brush aside reality for a conservative, fairy-tale. Sorry no. Women are not going back behind the apron, waiting at the door with slippers, pipe and a tumbler of Jack.
So here's my suggestion to you, if you can't do better than "Mothers sometimes think fathers are too "tough," while fathers may see mothers as too "soft."" then you really need to evaluate your urge to share your opinion. It did little other than point out the equally obvious fact that you're a moron.
The receipt was stapled to the form. I know this because I was the one that stapled it. Furthermore I remember this clearly because I had trouble folding the two bits of paper neatly into thirds when trying to stuff the envelope. Still somehow when the two pieces of stapled paper reached EyeMed's processing facility the receipt vanished.
Of course it took weeks to be informed of this by mail. When the EyeMed envelope arrived I thought "check!" but instead it was a single form with some numbers that needed to be decoded. Essentially they said "ha ha no, denied."
I understand completely that I have no choice but to trust EyeMed, since I choose to buy my contacts out of their network but it's clear that for every form they reject by "losing" the receipt it's money they save. Some people will forget they submitted their claims. Others won't be bothered to retrieve another copy of their receipt. I am not one of those.
So I called. "I submitted the receipt it was STAPLED to the form you have." They denied ever seeing the receipt. So I got a fax number from the service representative and faxed it. They promised to call me back once it was received. Half a day later no call. So I called and got another representative. And faxed the receipt. They too promised to call. 3 hours later no call. So I called again, this time the woman waited on the phone until the fax was received at her end (a third, different fax number) and yes, she had it, crooked, but it was there.
So is this the end of my trials? We'll see. But know this EyeMed I WILL NEVER CAVE and use your "in service providers" just because you choose to annoy me with your bullshit and subterfuge. I'll see who I want to and you can't bully me into giving that up.
What's next after this? Dating while pooping?
NEW YORK (AP) -- They aren't looking for sex and they're not in need of baby daddies. It's those two things that landed the single ladies of "Pregnant & Dating" on reality TV to begin with.[..]
While some of the on-air dates know about the pregnancies, most of the men have at least one awkward deer-in-the-camera-lights moment when the subject comes up. And then there's the subject of sex, which the show's moms-to-be are happy to mull on air. It's also the subject that generated a gross-out factor among some on social media.
Ok that's gross. Reality TV is pretty disgusting to begin with, encouraging those hungry for fame to demonstrate the worst human qualities just so they'll stand out. But this is just plain tasteless.
I'm not a prude. I think sex and pregnancy, separate or together, is fine. But adding the voyeuristic element of dating to the equation merely panders to the "pregnancy-sex" fetish. Warhol even dabbled in the concept as part of his art-film Trash, but it was meant to shock, along with live scenes of shooting up and nodding off. Turning it into "mainstream" under the coy premise that "these are ordinary women looking for love" isn't art, not any more than Hustler is art. I also take umbrage with the "surprise" factor, putting men on the air simply to record their shock of being setup. Why not go all the way and set the pregnant women up with transgender guys? There you go, a little omgwtf moment for both parties.
Let's face it, even today being obviously pregnant (with some unknown person's child) and looking for an engagement ring isn't a typical chain of events. Which, I suppose is why this morbid show was conceived. It has all the charm of a freakshow, which is what these ladies are setting themselves up to be seen as.
So what's next? A scatological sequel? Dating while pooping? They can film two people chatting and having dinner while sitting on the toilet. Sounds about as appealing...
Save your ravings about "how it does things that other systems don't" or "how great it is once you learn its COMMAND LINE INTERFACE." Really? REALLY? CLIs are so 1980s folks. They are NOT an improvement.
"But if you have to there's Tortoise Git" yeah, great, sure. That's dandy once you've created your super-secret-code-ring key (because really everyone is just dying to get into your repo and rape your code base, I mean the Chinese are just slavering to get that little Android app you started a year ago and never finished.) BULLSHIT.
Here's what a revision system really needs to do: allow a user to check in and check out code. That's it. Not 'clone', not 'branch', not 'fuckmyselfsidewayswithaspoon'. Check in. Check out. Maybe, MAYBE roll-back or diff. Check in. Check out.
But not Git. Because Git was designed by someone who HATES developers and wants to lick the salty balls of maintainers who, hiding deep in their little burrows, harbor an infernal resentment against those whose code they're forced to maintain. HATE. That's what Git is about HATE.
Well I hate Git and it hates me. I guess we're even. Except that *I* get to choose what CM we're going to use. And from now on it won't be Git.
The "lover of liberty" and self-declared whistle-blower extraordinaire spilled the NSA's beans and then ran. Because he was afraid that he wouldn't get a fair trial in the US. So he went to China...
HONG KONG (AP) -- The American intelligence contractor who disclosed U.S. government surveillance programs fled to Hong Kong because he believed he wouldn't get a fair trial in his home country, the journalist who broke the story said Monday.[..]
Glenn Greenwald of the British-based Guardian newspaper said Edward Snowden chose the semiautonomous Chinese region because it was the least bad option open to him.
It's hard not to point out the stupidity here. I mean China has the very best possible record when it comes to liberty and human-rights, doesn't it? And Hong Kong may have been a hub of economic development, but that's faded since the UK traded it back to China. Also perhaps he failed to notice that China and the US have been making nice-nice with each other as of late. Think Xi would hesitate to hand Snowden back to the US in a heartbeat? Only if he couldn't find enough red ribbon to wrap him with.
I'd really like to know... from whose line are they from?
HOUSTON (AP) -- Officials say a Houston woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death with a stiletto high heel told police she was trying to protect herself.
I'm doubting they were some "off the rack" pair of pumps. I'm rather willing to bet they were a "high-end", couture, perhaps even Jimmy Choo. Even better if they were Christian Louboutin, at least the blood wouldn't show. All I can say is you get what you pay for...
Really he's not a good fit in any way shape or form for Massachusetts. Why, oh fucking why do the Patriots think that he's a good choice for their team?
Tim Tebow may still have a future in the NFL after all.
The New England Patriots seem to think so and plan to sign him on Tuesday if he passes a physical.
I hope he fails the physical for his little "bent-knee" seizures. Who needs a quarterback who can't stay on his feet?
It's another Private Manning, the story of a less than capable male trying to leave their mark on a nation and its history. Manning, like our latest anti-hero Edward Snowden, was a less than successful officer, a little cog in a big wheel. Both, however, demonstrated that the little cogs can go rogue and throw the entire machine into disarray. Why? Both committed singularly un-American acts in the name of America. The basic trust they were given and swore to uphold (both were in the armed services) were tossed aside in favor of what? It's a hard question to answer.
(CNN) -- A 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor leaked details of a top-secret American program that collects vast streams of phone and Internet data, American and British newspapers revealed Sunday.[..]
Snowden is a former technical assistant for the CIA and has been working at the National Security Agency, the U.S. electronic intelligence service, for the past four years, the newspaper reported. He said he walked away from a six-figure job in Hawaii for the computer consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and has holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong in preparation for the expected fallout from his disclosures.
Interesting bit there: he says he walked away from a six-figure job. Still let's look at his resume.
The Guardian reported that Snowden grew up in North Carolina and Maryland. He joined the Army in 2003 but was discharged after breaking both his legs in a training accident. He never completed a high-school diploma but learned computer skills at a community college in Maryland.
He started his career as a security guard for an NSA facility at the University of Maryland, then went to work for the CIA in Internet security. In 2009, he got the first of several jobs with private contractors that worked with the NSA.
In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Booz Allen said Snowden had worked for the company for less than three months.
BAH isn't staffed by morons. I would find it odd, not to mention downright bizarre that they would offer six figures to someone without any degree and whose last position was "IT Staff" after being a security guard. Most odd indeed. But what's not odd is that this bit of copy-cat follows so closely on the slow-fizzle of Private Manning's trial. With Bradly and his patron deity Assange making few waves the time was ripe for another actor to steal the limelight. Enter a maladroit whose cleanup-duties give him unprecedented access to national secrets.
Really, when it comes down to it, what is a promise worth when compared to seeing your name and face splashed across every news service in the world? Depends on your morals I guess. Gleefully taunting from Hong Kong, Snowden thinks he's safe. We'll see how well that works for him.
On the other side of the table, however, the NSA isn't purely going after the traitor, they're attempting to justify their actions. And only making matters worse.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The supersecret agency with the power and legal authority to gather electronic communications worldwide to hunt U.S. adversaries says it has the technical know-how to ensure it's not illegally spying on Americans.
But mistakes do happen in data-sifting conducted mostly by machines, not humans. Sometimes, former intelligence officials say, that means intelligence agencies destroy material they should not have seen, passed to them by the Fort Meade, Md.-based National Security Agency.
The eavesdropping, code-breaking agency is fighting back after last week's revelations in the media of two surveillance programs that have raised privacy concerns.
Anyone reading that quote will have the same reaction as I did: "Wait what?" So... basically if they know who the bad guys are why are they eavesdropping on everyone? And how does something that was seen become unseen or forgotten? Ok, look boys you're just not helping yourself any. It's like a kid caught with their hand in the cookie jar saying "well I thought it was empty." It is now, isn't it?
Manning and Snowden see themselves as hero's of the unsuspecting, unwitting, and naive American (possibly global) public. What they fail to realize is the ultimate disservice they have done to everyone else who they left behind: their friends, family and coworkers. Anyone associated with them will be ostracized by their communities, those left to tend to the mess they left behind will have every orifice reamed, explored, and exposed to ensure that *their* principles aren't also suspect.
So to these "heros" I offer this polite gesture of my upraised middle finger. Fuck you very much. You didn't liberate anyone, instead you ensured that no one will ever be free again.
What's funny is that the guy who "violated school guidelines" by quoting the Bible gets kudos and walks scott-free and the girl who quietly wears a feather on her cap is docked a grand.
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- An American Indian student says she's being fined $1,000 for wearing a feather on her mortarboard when she graduated from high school in south Alabama in late May.
Chelsey Ramer tells WPMI-TV (HTTP://BIT.LY/14IZ0WA ) that she feels like she's being discriminated against by her alma mater, Escambia Academy in Atmore.
The 17-year-old is part of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and she says she wore a feather at graduation last month to honor her heritage.
The school now is making Ramer pay a $1,000 fine to get her diploma and official transcript. She's accused of violating school policy.
Maybe if she'd written "GOD" on the feather she could have claimed it was a religious exemption and gotten away with it. Seems more like retards in Alabama just acting like retards in Alabama. Fuck, they probably can't read anyway.
Holding her diploma and transcript hostage for wearing a feather? Fucktards. Yes you Cuntcambia Academy. Fucktards the lot of you.
And what's really amazing is that most were stupid more than once...
Orlando Shaw guessed he had fathered 18 children with 17 women, but he really has 22 children with 14 women, making him the "most expensive deadbeat dad" in Tennessee history.
Shaw appeared in court in Nashville when Child Support Services sued on behalf of the mothers for tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid child support over the years.
"I was young and ambitious and I love women," Shaw, 33, told WTVF-TV. He said that when he was young he wanted 50 kids, but he's ready to get "fixed" now.
Shaw said he's proud of all his children, who range in age from infancy to 18, and is happy his large family will carry the Shaw name "for years and years to come." (UPI)
At 1.5 kids per woman this guy has struck genetic gold. Singlehandedly he has managed to push his genes onto the face of humanity, ensuring that whatever traits he carries (doesn't seem like brilliant ones, but clearly successful ones nonetheless) will be around for generations.
Imagine, if you will, each of his offspring following in their father's footsteps. It wouldn't take too many decades (presuming they all start reproducing at the earliest possible age) for the local residents to start resembling each other. What to know what the best part of the joke is? That everyone ELSE gets to foot the bill, since clearly 14 single mothers are probably not fully supporting themselves.
He's not a looker. He's not famous for any capabilities other than his dick. But through hard work (seducing women) he's basically "won" as much as any human can. Money isn't everything, but 22 babies sure amounts to a lot. Sucks to be us.
Have an old XBox? Better keep it, because it's going to be worth money.
The company has now said in a statement that games can be traded in, but only at "participating retailers".
Games can be freely passed on to friends, Microsoft added, but only once.(BBC)
By putting restrictions on how owners can manage their old games Microsoft was virtually guaranteed that no one will get rid of their old XBox. Further they're doing the same thing over again, removing incentive for people to switch to their latest product.
I have to wonder what's up in Redmond. Have they been secretly infiltrated by the Chinese? Are they taking bets on who can play Nero best? Has someone spiked their Koolaid? Hard to say but apparently they're just on the downhill and preparing to see how far they can slide.
In Roy's world there is Roy and there is God. Everyone else is just a footnote.
(CNN) - Leading up to Saturday’s ceremony, Roy Costner IV prayed on what he was going to do. Liberty High School’s 2013 valedictorian would soon find himself in front of a microphone. He’d have a pulpit from which he could address his small community tucked away in South Carolina’s mountainous corner.[..]
“I wanted to stand up for God,” he explained Wednesday. “This is what God wanted me to do.”
So Costner, in cap and gown, stood behind the podium and ripped up his original speech. Before he gave shout-outs to coaches, cheerleaders and friends, there was something else he wanted to say.
“One thing I am certain of is we’re all a sum of our experiences, both good and bad,” he told his fellow graduates, a class of about 150. “All in all, those experiences, the people who mentored us, that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today. I’m so thankful that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age. And I think most of you will understand when I say, ‘Our father, who art in heaven
Roy decided that his adoration of God needed to be shared by everyone else. Instead of respecting the state, the school and his peers he decided to use his position as valedictorian to preach his views.
I'm sorry, when did valedictorian at a school graduation get confused with a Priest in a church? And here I thought Roy was supposed to be smart.
America does not reject Christianity, but if Roy wanted to proselytize then other religions deserve equal time. That wasn't the case. In essence Roy showed what is *wrong* with his mindset, and the fact that he was graduating and could get away without repercussion was probably a big part of his decision.
You're an arrogant fuckwad Roy. You're entitled to your beliefs, but not to jam them down the throats of others. You weren't the only one graduating that day, and it wasn't all about you. Remember that as you suck up the limelight. Is that the humility God really expects or is it just a way to make yourself famous?