September 9th, 2008


Spam Specialness

My main email account has been flooded with email bounce and security warning messages all week, from some spammer spoofing my address. This happens every month or so and is pretty much par for the course. But today in erasing some from my inbox, I noticed this address, cracked me up: Picture THAT in your head!
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Writer's Block: Life With ADHD

This month is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month. Talk about your experiences with ADHD, or those of someone close to you.

Any young kid today who behaved like I did as a kid (before ADHD "existed") would be diagnosed with ADHD and probably put on meds and/or put in therapy or a "special" group.

However, that's not to say I *had* ADHD, because I don't think I did. My attention span was probably abnormally long and the only thing that was really hyperactive was my mouth. And my brain. I was very disruptive and had a lot of issues as far as controlling myself and because of that, I did get treatment (counseling) and a lot of special attention (special seating, lots of missed recess, extra p-t conferences, etc.) but not for ADHD.

Fortunately most of my problems mellowed out when I finished elementary school; not sure if that was biology (I stopped growing) or as a result of a decision I made to curb myself in time for middle school.

I remain very interested in child psychology, esp. when you're talking kids in school with behavior problems. I think a lot of the time adults and, duh, other kids, really don't understand what's at work. Often there's this sort of blame piled on the kid, like they're acting up deliberately -- they're bad, they're manipulative, they're seeking attention. However, I know in my own case, I acted and just had no CLUE why it was a problem. I never acted out deliberately, it just sort of... happened.

There is also the stigma of people basically thinking you're "bad" and as a result, building up a huge balance of shame that takes years to work out. In high school I came across a quote about shame that really struck me: "Guilt is feeling ashamed of what you've done; shame is feeling ashamed of what you are." I was ashamed of myself for a long time w/o even knowing it.

Anyway, my 2 cents. Oh, and icon is the non-ADHD but uber-wired Wendy at age 7.

In Defense of Palin

Received this from today and wanted to pass on. As otterdance posted earlier today, it's easy to believe the worst of those you, well, want to believe the worst of. And while I certainly am NOT into the McCain-Palin ticket, in the interest of fairness...

Sliming Palin
September 8, 2008

False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.

We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

  • Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

  • She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term.

  • She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

  • Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

  • Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."

We'll be looking into other charges in an e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.

Note: This is a summary only. The full article with analysis, images and citations may be viewed on our Web site:


From versailles_rose... what seems to be a political meme...

1. Do you have the guts to answer this and post it?
And why not?

2. Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No. Because I like my teeth and have paid thousands for them.

3. Abortion: for or against?
Like most people, not "for" it (except in words of Anti-A people, who use "pro-abortion"), but I think it's vital it remain a freely available option. The alternative is not palatable.

4. Would our country fall with a woman president?
I believe Dubya has mostly taken care of that.

5. Do you support the death penalty?

6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Nothing against it. Should be somewhat regulated, like alcohol, but it's just NOT a scary "gateway" drug.

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