The Guarantee, Super Bowl Three, the unproven Joe Namath and underdog Jets against Johnny Unitas and the big favorites.
Fast forward to 2010: A new guarantee, a conference championship, the unproven Mark Sanchez and the underdog Jets face Peyton Manning and the Colts.
Charlie Weis, Urban Meyer, Mark Mangino, Bobby Bowden, Mike Leach, Jim Leavitt, Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Brian Kelly…All have left their teams; fired, resigned, retirement, stepping aside, or moving on. But what links all the coaches changes together? Controversy.
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What kind of person thinks they can get away with selling a Senate seat right under the nose of law enforcement? A fool. What kind of person, who if innocent against all odds, abuses the trust of the people by keeping his elected position? A fool. What kind of person goes on TV to make claims about his own morality when it is in question? A fool.
Blagojevich needs to back track a lot of steps to make any kind of step forward. Actions truly speak louder than words.
The term handicap has become a thorn in the side of the English language. It is one of the words most associated with the argument of political correctness. So what is a handicap?
I read on CNN’s Young People Who Rock about a young fellow, Sean Forbes, who performs music videos with American Sign Language for the Deaf Community. He is an inspiration to the Deaf Community and he brings to them a piece of the world most people never expected they could have. Below the passage there are a number of comments flaming the mention of deafness as a disability [handicap]. In my mind a handicap is something that significantly alters the way a person experiences society. The Deaf Community is indeed a culture. ASL is the third most used language in the United States. But it is impossible to say that when outside of the Deaf Community communicating can be a struggle. I have taken a course in ASL, but having not actually sought out situations to use it, I have only used it once in the four years since I first started. People who have speaking difficulties are often considered to have disabilities or handicaps, but it merely a communication barrier. Perhaps that is why deafness is not considered a handicap because it is a communication barrier similar to the growing English-Spanish barrier. But then speaking difficulties should not be disabilities.
It is impossible to toss around the word handicap or disability without making someone angry. It is almost as if the terms themselves make people lesser than others. They are social categorizations similar to race. Ultimately, I must agree that deafness is not a handicap, but such a term can only be defined in the eye of the beholder. If I went to Russia could not someone say I am handicapped?
People of the United States and likely elsewhere across the world put shame upon the People’s Republic of China when it was discovered the young girl who appeared to be singing for the opening ceremony had only been lip syncing. The girl who was actually singing had been deemed not beautiful enough to represent the country. One became a heroine, the other became a “role model” for proper Chinese conduct. A similar shame should be relinquished to the United States. Students in China may sometimes blindly praise Mao Zedong (River Town by Peter Hessler), but in the U.S. students are taught to blindly believe in the goodness of past presidents. George Washington went from “chopping down a cherry tree” to perfect leader. There are other examples of false perceptions in the U.S. as well. Martin Luther King Jr. is appraised qualities of sainthood by the education system. Indeed his feats were great, but he also struggled at times too. In fact, the NAACP felt so strongly about perceptions that it determined who the heroine of the Civil Rights movement would be. Before Rosa Parks took a stand (or more literally, a seat) against racism, another woman took a similar action. The NAACP considered a legal challenge, but one problem arose: the woman was unmarried and pregnant (Soul of a Citizen by Paul Rogat Loeb).
Pull down the curtains on a bad play
And bring down hope from the sky.
Open the curtains to the scene of a great play,
Scripted by the playwright of a dream.
Let the lines flow from your heart
And act on impulse
To reach the state of Wu Wei,
Allowing life to flow.
By B.X.C. MegaSonic