Asperger’s Syndrome, The Second Amendment, and The Value of Life.

I went on The Dana Show during the second hour of the radio show, which is now broadcast on TheBlazeTv, to talk about Asperger’s Syndrome.  Once again, Asperger’s has been thrust into the national limelight under the worst circumstances.  I’m not even going to link to any of the myriad of news articles all screaming “The killer had Asperger’s! OMG! He wasn’t taking his medication!” As I explained to Dana, it’s all a load of bull-puckey.

I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is NOT a mental illness, it is a neurological difference.  There is no medication for Asperger’s Syndrome.  Let me repeat that.  There is NO medication for Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is often co-morbid with other issues that would be medicated, but Asperger’s Syndrome has no cure.

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Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of high-functioning autism.  Technically, after the latest updates to the DSM-5, Asperger’s is no longer an official diagnoses, but I digress. Typically, what separates an Aspie from a higher-function autistic person is their language skills.  Aspies can talk, quite well. Aspies tend to be very literal, and have to learn sarcasm.  They don’t generally look people in the eyes, often because the amount of emotion and input in the eyes is overwhelming.  Aspies also don’t pick up on social cues, things like body language and facial expressions, which makes them generally outcasts or targets for bullies.  Some Aspies pace, or flap their hands, or clap, scream, or whatever when overly emotional or over stimulated.  For me personally, I close my eyes to talk to shut out other stimuli so I can concentrate on what I’m saying.  I also tend to use headphones and music to block out the world when I’m overwhelmed or need to shut out distractions so I can stay on task.

I also struggle with depression. Depression is just one of several issues that can coincide with Asperger’s Syndrome.  I am well aware that Depression lies. In my case, I’m medicated.  My “Happy Pills” help me to keep my emotions level.  I’m blessed to have an amazing support system.  My husband picks up the slack around the house when I’m struggling to keep myself together. He’s always there to talk me through the worst of it.  A few weeks ago, I hit a rough patch where I just had too many feels.  He let me rant, rave, and cry.  My mom is amazing, and has talked me through some tough spots, and reminds me that I need to take care of the one that needs me most at the moments, and sometimes, that’s me.  My family has always been ready to pitch in and lend a hand when I need them, just as I do for them when they need help.

When I see people declaring that we need restrict the rights of the “mentally ill”, I get concerned. Ya’ll are talking about me. As I told Dana, I believe the real conversation needs to be the value of life. America no longer values life. As long as we continue to treat life as disposable, these types of tragic events will continue. 

 

The Death of a Legacy

Andrew would not approve.

By Jim Jamitis aka Anthropocon

By Jim Jamitis aka Anthropocon

When Andrew Breitbart died unexpectedly March 1, 2012, conservatives around the world mourned the loss of a fearless general in the political war against the progressive liberal agenda. They also wondered what would become of his fledgling news organization that so many had become dependent on.  With talent like Dana Loesch, Larry O’Connor, and many others, it seemed that Andrew’s legacy would hopefully be in good hands.  Sadly, that has not proven to be true.

After Andrew’s death, the board took over, headed by Larry Solov and Steve Bannon.  I remember it was not long after that when FoxNews stories started appearing at the bottom of the revamped website.  For a website created by a guy “committed to the destruction of the old media guard,” it seemed oddly out of place.

The first real hint that all was not well came in December 2012, when radio host and then-BigJournalism editor Dana Loesch sued Breitbart Inc to be allowed out of a contract she said didn’t even exist anymore.  According to the suit, her contract had lasped, and the higher-ups had failed to renew it.  But Bannon and Solov were refusing to let her go to work with others, telling everyone that she was still under a contract they claimed had auto-renewed by default. Meanwhile, they were refusing to publish her work, leaving her in a state of limbo.  The suit was finally settled by the board agreeing to allow Dana to leave the organization.  She has since found a home and a successful tv program over at Glenn Beck’s BlazeTv.

Dana was not the only one who had trouble leaving the organization.  Both Lee Stranahan and Larry O’Connor had trouble getting out, with both of them seeing articles squashed for a time period before they were finally allowed to leave. Lee wound up in a public twitter fight with Breitbart.com’s Brandon Darby over his departure.  Larry has found a home at DC’s WMAL, & is now editing and writing for IJ Review.

Personally, the final straw came in August 2013.  My cousin, an elementary school principal & strong Christian conservative, was being slandered/libeled all over the main stream press.  A parent at the school took a new policy way out of context, and ran to the local press instead of the school board. “School Principal Forces Kids to Bow Before Him!” all the headlines screamed.  Soon, the story was viral.  My cousin was ordered by the school board to keep his mouth shut, and no one was paying attention to the other parents or people like me who were trying to defend him and explain the situation.  Drudge picked up the story, and Breitbart.com’s John Nolte published it as a re-hashed hit piece on my cousin. When I called him out repeatedly, on their site, on twitter, and even on my own site, I was met with silence.  When I contacted everyone affiliated with the site, I was again met with silence.  I was stunned and disappointed. How could those responsible for Andrew’s legacy do such a half-assed job and completely swallow the same media narrative that Andrew had fought to dismantle?

The story at Buzzfeed earlier this month did not surprise me.  According to Buzzfeed, several of the editors and reporters at Breitbart.com had been given the impression that Donald Trump had bought and paid for the higher-ups.  Anti-Trump stories were being killed and primarily favorable Trump stories were being allowed through.  After Erickson uninvited the Donald , all stories on the RedState Gathering were to be screened by Bannon and Solov before publishing. This is not the first time Breitbart.com writers have been given directives on what to or not to cover. Bannon denied it all, but the site continues to cover Trump in glowing terms, despite his implosion.  John Nolte (yes, the same John Nolte) was on twitter sub-tweeting and sparring with Ben Howe over the situation.

At the end of the day, it seems that Breitbart.com is no longer worthy to bear the name of one of the fiercest media critics in my lifetime.

Andrew would not approve.

 

Truth isn't mean. It's truth.

 

#ApologizeForWhat

Karl Rove = Liar!

Blame anyone but me! *pout pout*

Blame anyone but me! *pout pout*

Karl Rove, the GOP Operative who has joined together with several rich GOP donors & declared war on the Tea Party, is busted lying about his involvement in Reagan’s campaign. He was actually actively working against Ronald Reagan in 1980.

This comes on the heels of his gaffe – repeatedly calling Sarah Steelman “Deb Steelman”, and his spouting off about the MO Senate race with little inside knowledge of said race. Read Dana Loesch’s blog for some inside insight to the MO race – essentially, the party in MO had crowned it’s favorite, and when the people did NOT agree, the GOP took it’s money and went home, refusing to help Akin at all, despite the fact that he was heavily favored to win prior to opening his mouth and inserting his foot all the way to his kneecap – something that could have been avoided if the GOP had helped him prep for some of the stupidity headed his way.

Personally, I think Rove is a pathetic little man who is upset that he can’t control the Tea Party. He’s mad that his man lost, again, and instead of looking to see what he did wrong, he’s going to pin the blame on the media’s favorite goat, the Tea Party.

Dana Loesch responds to HuffPo blogger’s “bad Christian” charges

This one is a must read.

Walker is representing the taxpaying laborers. Putting oneself above the others is antithetical to the lessons taught to us in Scripture and underscores Bass’s erroneous logic and attempt to, by way of maliciousness or deliberate obtuseness, bastardize the scope and message of faith.

Read the whole thing at Big Journalism.