Monthly Archives: September 2010

>Just For Giggles

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>Are You Freakin’ Kiddin’ Me? I Love Rosie Perez!

>Rosie Perez for Fight Back New York.
Straight talk about gay marriage. And a personal message for Ruben Diaz.

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>Tube Talk

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I’m a Glee-k through and through. i like the characters, the stories, the music, the talent, the gay sensibilities, Matthew Morrison’s dimples.
But this weeks Britney episode was a mess. There was no story, save for a little nitrous-induced dream sequences of Britney tunes. And the idea that Mr. Shue didn’t want the glee club doing Britney songs seemed to make no sense. Plus, and this is just me, the Britney songs really aren’t that good.
And now I hear that Gwyneth Paltrow will be doing a few episodes.
Hey Glee writers? Get back to the show i loved. With good songs, good dances, good stories, good characters, and Matthew Morrison’s dimples.

More enjoyable than Glee this week, and on at the same time so I’ll thank the goddess for the DVR, was Inside The Actor’s Studio with Betty White.
What a wonderful life she’s had; what a fantastic career. She was the first woman on TV; she was the first woman on TV to executive produce her own show, back in the 1940s. And what wonderful stories she told of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.
I got a little misty when she was asked what, if she believed in God, what would she want to hear when she got to Heaven, and she said, “Hello Betty. Allen’s waiting.”
Love.Her.

Top Chef: Just Desserts is Top Chef: Just Crazy. The Seth Show continues because he doesn’t even do the challenges. this week he was supposed to make a wedding cake and he made an engagement cupcake because he doesn’t “do” wedding cakes. then he was supposed to make something to sell at a school bake sale, and he made a Financier Cake. Yeah, all those years my Mom baked cookies and cupcakes when she should have been doing a  Financier Cake.
And don’t get me started on Morgan, or as I like to call him, Insufferable Dick. And then there’s Heather H who called out one of the other pastry chef’s wedding cakes as too “home-y.” It was more than slightly reminiscent of Gretchen on PR calling someones outfit a design school project.
Still, line of the night goers to Zac for saying to Gail, when he learned of the ninety minute wedding cake challenge, “Have you been snorting butter cream?”
Loved it.

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>….And Again….Only With a Slightly Happy Ending

>Tyler Wilson is eleven-years-old, and the latest victim of school bullying. Only this story has a semi-happy ending because Tyler Wilson isn’t dead by his own hand. This time the bullies didn’t break his spirit, they broke his arm.

Kristy Wilson, Tyler’s mom, is furious that her son’s school didn’t do more to stop at least two boys who have been tormenting her son, and beat him up so badly that he may have to have surgery to fix the broken bone.

As for Tyler Wilson, well, broken arm and all, he has vowed that he will not stop cheering, because he wants to use that talent to get into college, telling a local news channel, “I’m going to keep going.”

This all started because, over the summer, Tyler Wilson joined a youth football cheerleading squad because of his love for gymnastics and tumbling, He also thought it might help him get into college.

Kristy Wilson was slightly concerned, talking to him about the idea that he might get picked on for cheering, but she didn’t think it would turn violent.  “The first thing I wanted to make sure of, when he said he was going to join cheerleading, that he understood the possibility was there that he would get teased and made fun of and he was ok dealing with it,” Kristy Wilson said. Tyler joined the squad anyway, and the teasing and taunts started on his first day back to school.

At first, Tyler was just as was verbally combative with the bullies as they’d been with him, but his mother told him to tell the boys that their taunts didn’t bother him, and to just keep on walking. But then Tyler came home with a broken arm and Kristy Wilson found out just how vicious the boys had been towards her son.

According to Kristy Wilson, and the police report she filed, Tyler was on his way home when two of these bullies approached him and punched him. Tyler tried to ignore them and keep on walking, but the boys followed, punching and shoving him along the way. These little skirmishes began to escalate until one of the boys picked Tyler up and slammed him on the ground, breaking his arm. 

Kristy Wilson called the police, and then went to the Glenwood Middle School to speak with school officials about the incident, and was shocked at what she learned. She was told, by the principal, that before the boys attacked Tyler on his way home, there had been two separate, previous occasions where the boys had started to fight with Tyler.

Kristy Wilson is furious that the school knew of at least two times that her son had been tormented, bullied and attacked, but that they never called her. She says that, had she known, she would have removed Tyler from the school.

She is also angry at the parents of the two boys, because of what she sees as a lack of response from them over what their two boys did to Tyler. “In my opinion I’m responsible for my child, and have a moral responsibility for my child,” Wilson said, adding that If Tyler had broken a boy’s arm she would reach out to the parents, offer to help with medical costs or anything else needed.

And you wonder where bullies come from; perhaps it arises from the indifference of their own parents in their own home, so their feel the need to lash out at anyone who is perceived by them to be different. Perhaps that parental indifference leads these bullies to believe that they can get away with anything. Only they can’t. 

Lt. Charles Wilson, of the Findlay Police Department told ABC News that both boys involved in the fight have been charged in youth court: “One has been charged with felonious assault, the other with simple assault. One is a felony and one is a misdemeanor. It breaks down to the injuries. The broken arm is a felony.”  

The second boy was involved only as far as “kicking and hitting” Tyler.

Kicking.And.Hitting. he names of the two bullies are being withheld because they are minors. 

And as for the school, well it’s the same old song and dance. They say that action will be taken, that action has been taken, but that they can’t comment on it.

How about commenting on the fact that the principal knew of at least two different occasions when Tyler Wilson was attacked, yet he didn’t bother to pick up a phone and call Kristy Wilson?

Assistant Superintendent Craig Kupferberg said: “Glenwood Middle School has taken steps to help resolve the situation between the boys. Any kind of bullying — physical, cyber, we’re constantly trying to help students work through these situations or prevent these situations.”

The school just gives up, citing programs and policies that are ineffectual at best because no one bothers to follow them.

Tyler Wilson, though, will not give up. Even with his arm in a sling, he is still cheering.
“In the last game of season my son is cheering against his team. Tyler plans on showing up, and the cheer parents volunteered to act as a security detail,” Kristy Wilson said. “The only thing that Tyler has said, he is sad because people can’t accept him for who he is.”

According to Wilson male cheerleaders from high school and colleges across the country have reached out to Tyler to lend their support, and tell him not to give up something he loves. 

Nor should he. 

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>Architecture Wednesday

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Everyone seems to think “bigger is better” is best and, well, maybe so, in some ways, I guess, but not necessarily in houses.
Case if point: A new modernist box, perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Architect Bill Yudchitz used simple lines and building materials such as Baltic birch plywood to create what is being called an EDGE home; EDGE stands for Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment.
Yudchitz. modular design has 320 square feet of well-crafted space on the first floor, plus two 80-square-foot balconies for sleeping.
Yudchitz says the EDGE would sell well in Europe, where many people live in small quarters, but he’s not convinced many Americans would embrace it. He’s also not convinced they’ll pay more for a green home.
And the EDGE is seriously green. It has triple-pane windows, super-insulated walls and roof, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting and a heat recovery ventilator. Its huge, louvered doors are designed to help insulate the home, and its sleek wood furniture converts from a sofa to a table to a bed.
Yeah, in America, that might not fly, but it sure is cool.

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>….And Again……

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Just two days ago, while writing the story of the hate messages left on Billy Luca’s Memorial page–Lucas was a young man who killed himself after years of being bullied in school–I mentioned a young man in California, who was on life support after hanging himself rather than face one more day of taunts and jabs and shoves and name-calling.

When I posted that story [HERE] that young man didn’t have a name, but now he does.

It’s Seth Walsh. And we know that’s his name because he died today, after nine days on life support. Another notch in the belt of the bullies who run rampant through our schools. And another blackmark against teachers and school administrators who do nothing about bullying, who do nothing to help these kids.

Out in Tehachapi, California, where Seth Walsh lived and died, police investigators are interviewing some of the young people who taunted Seth the day he hanged himself, though the police say that the actions of these bullies do not constitute a crime. Even though their actions caused a young boy to take his life.


Jeff Kermode, Tehachapi Police Chief, said, “Several of the kids that we talked to broke down into tears. They had never expected an outcome such as this.”  

These morons never suspected that continuous, endless, unchecked bullying and taunting and abuse would cause someone to find a way out by taking their own life?

Kermode also said the students had told investigators they wish they had put a stop to the bullying and not participated in it.

Too late for second thoughts and second chances. Seth Walsh is dead. And he’s dead because of the vicious taunts by a bunch of bullies.

While Seth Walsh’s friends say he had been bullied for years because he was gay, all the school would offer was the news that they have an anti-bullying policy in place.

Yes, just like we have speed limits, but you have to enforce them. Just saying you’re a No Bully school doesn’t make it so. Schoolmates said staff at Jacobsen Middle School in Tehachapi offered Seth no protection or guidance. 

Let it be. Let him die.

Not only to these moronic bullies need to be punished for their actions, but so does the school. You can’t just spout that you have a policy and then let it go unchecked. You can’t keep saying that this is what kids do.

This isn’t what kids should do. They should be learning and playing and growing. Not spending nine days on life support and then dying because you couldn’t take one more day.

This has to stop.
 
 
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