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Forgot to mention this...

But this deserves its own post. Some of you know my sister has autism. We're talking old-school, rocking, inability to speak, will need a caregiver her whole life autism. (She's made HUGE improvements. Nonetheless. Constant supervision.) Side note: I hate the phrase "rocking like an autistic child." Hate. If that's a part of your every day vernacular, you might want to rethink that. [/sidetrack]

In regards to Michael Savage, a true moron with a complete lack of intelligence, I have this to say: You, sir, are an idiot.

If you want to combat stupidity like this (and have one of the best experiences of your LIFE while doing so), may I suggest finding a local Special Olympics and volunteering your time? I can guarantee that you will come back from that happier than you've felt in a long time, and with a new respect for the hardship that parents of a child with a mental disability (and physical, I don't mean to count that out, either) face every day. And then see that all that hard work makes some truly amazing human beings in the end. (And I'm not talking about the athletes. *G*)

You won't regret it, I promise. And may I say that my sister happens to be a three-time NATIONAL champion soccer goalie and freestyle swimmer? Because we're pretty damn proud of her gold medals. And now I'm tearing up, but in the best way possible. <3 (Sunday was the FORTIETH anniversary for the Special Olympics. Pretty awesome.)



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Jul. 22nd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)

Congrats to your multi-talented sister! Soccer AND swimming! GO HER!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Sh is an AMAZING athlete. She totally kicks my butt in the water, no lie. :D

Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
You know, I didn't even know who Michael Savage was until this morning, which I guess was part of the plan. Eh, he's still an idiot.

You rock. Really.

Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Isn't he awful? He likes to target all sorts of hot button issues, and always takes the asshole side. He doesn't deserve any more print, imo.

Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
You make me so happy, with your pride in your sis and your deep love of your family. Your whole family rocks. \o/
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
She's AMAZING. As is my s-mom who helped her reach her potential. (And continues.) <3 <3

I LOVE YOU. You are strong, compassionate, and outspoken. All of which = ILU.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Five minutes ago I had no clue who Michael Savage is, now I'm having urges to do rather violent things to him.

But your sister is amazing. ♥
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
He is a bug on the windshield of life. *ptooey!*

She really, really is. :D
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Idiot is FAR too kind.

As a Special Education professional the words I chose for Savage were far more uhm. ADVANCED.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
I really think people like him are FAR more "mentally challenged" than the people they denigrate. He's an uneducated idiot, in the old school sense of the word. Feh.

You, however, are the polar opposite. <3
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Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Same as in Beans journal. He is an idiot who knows nothing. End. *is in Xena-mood*
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Exactly. He's a complete moron.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can guarantee that you will come back from that happier than you've felt in a long time, and with a new respect for the hardship that parents of a child with a mental disability (and physical, I don't mean to count that out, either) face every day.

*nods* I've often wished that people would open their eyes and their heart enough to know that.

Side note: I hate the word "retard". Hate. It.

Your sister sounds amazing, a wonderful inspiration to others. Sadly, my sister couldn't participate in the Special Olympics but we attended them when we could.

Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
"Retard" is a foreign word to me in the context that people use it, truthfully. For me I think of it as defining a boorish frat boy. :D Or you know, to slow down in music. I'm practically immune to it in the hateful sense, but I recognize (and respect) that others don't share that.

My sis is pretty frickin' amazing, and a lot of it is due to my step mom never giving up. Not once. That woman is my absolute hero.

I'm sorry she didn't get to participate! But going was an amazing experience for her, I'd bet my life on it. Those were her peers being cheered on! Being carried on shoulders! I want to hug that sis of yours and make her a medal all of her own. <3
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Geezalou, what an asshat. I hate that Savage's bad behavior pays off: he wants attention, he says something inflammatory, he gets it. I'm giving him the stink eye one more time and turning away.

I got all misty reading about your sister and her achievements. Big props to her and to your family for helping her get what she needs to thrive.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Isn't he a dumbass? I'm not linking to him, furthering that shit, nothing. I'm just promoting the good stuff. *sticks it to him*

My sis is pretty amazing. i don't talk about her often online, because she's special, but not in the sense that school systems want to define her. :D She's... pretty amazing. *hugs*
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I can think of no better comment than this: his real name is Michael Weiner. "Michael", of course, from the ancient Babylonian "Mikrailes" meaning "He who tries to compensate for his very very very tiny."

And GO your sister.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)

Oh my GOD, you win everything that is. I give you every medal, trophy, banner, gift certificate, etc. that there is.

WELL DONE. *starts a slow clap for you!!*
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Suddenly I'm very happy that I have no idea who Michael Savage is and I don't really care to look him up!

And your sis sounds AWESOME!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Don't bother - you'll just get upset and that's all he wants. He's an idiot.

She is!!! <3 <3 <3
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Jul. 22nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I have never even heard that hated phrase. I guess my friends and family aren't the jerks I sometimes think they are. Michael Savage has only come to my attention through this stupidity.

Go your sister. Her accomplishments are phenomenal.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
That phrase... it made the rounds a while back on LJ, like, "You rock like a rocking thing" which morphed into "you rock like an autistic child." *flicks* Yeah. That needed to not happen.

I am so proud of what my sister can do for herself, and how hard my family worked to make sure she wasn't incapable of some of the basics. Very proud. (And thank you, very much.)
Jul. 22nd, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I just had to google Michael Savage (the bar exam has me pretty isolated from news that doesn't hit me in the face), and, um...WTF? That man needs a good, swift kick in the ass.

But hooray for your sister! Those are, indeed, impressive accomplishments for anyone, but especially for someone with those sorts of challenges. *hugs*
Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
A kick to the ass sounds like a good rebuttal. :D

And I will completely agree with you on my sister's awesomeness. HEE!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for this! Frankly, I think that this solution makes a lot more sense than the emails I keep getting telling me what I should be doing to combat Savage.

I spent several years volunteering for the Special Olympics when I was in Jr High and HS, and it was hands down one of the most incredible experiences I ever had. I learned more from the participants than they could possibly have learned from me. And I think that it also directly affected how I handled becoming the parent of a child with autism years later.

Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of seeing ugly things and turning them into positives. There isn't anything you can say to this person to make him see reason, so save your breath and do something to drown him out, is my thinking. :)

Working with the SPecial Olympics is one of the great moments in my life - I'm so happy you had that experience, too! (And that it laid the foundation for you being an awesome mom in your own right!)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Your sister sounds pretty darn *awesome* :)

Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
You know what? I completely agree. *G*

Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I don't know who that guy is, but I'm sure he's a dickhead.

I volunteer every year. One of my friends brother is 'special'. When Morgan was little I used to take her in her school's cheerleader outfit, with pom poms & she'd yell & cheer for everybody. She's got too much going on now, but one of the first things she said about moving to the larger city where she's going to college is, "I can volunteer for the Special Olympics!" Plus one of the jobs offered on campus is some type of program for special needs kids & between my brother the paranoid schizophrenic, & her 'babysitting' my friend's brother, she's qualified. Except of course we don't call it the horrible BS word to him, that'd freak him out. He thinks she's just coming over to hang out & make brownies & go swimming & play guitar hero.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Okay, see, before I just thought you were interesting and cool. Now I KNOW you are. That's awesome, and I kind of want to bake a cake filled with GOLD for your kid. What an awesome person you've raised!
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