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. 

 

Where is the Justice?

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I have written often of the tale of my own personal experience on that fateful day, September 11, 2001.  Today on twitter, President GW Bush’s aide Ari Fleischer shared his remembrances of that day. Circa Storified it all, to make it easier to read through.  Do it.  Read through it, and remember why we must never forget.

And while you are remember the almost 3,000 Americans who died in 2001, pause to remember the 4 Americans who died in an attack on our embassy in Lybia just last year, on September 11, 2012.  Remember Ambassador Chris Stevens, Diplomat Sean Smith, and the two former Navy Seals who ignored orders to stand down and charged in to rescue the folks at the embassy, Tyrone Woods & Glen Doherty.  Take a minute to ask yourself, why don’t we have answers yet? Why is a videographer STILL in jail, when it has been proven that his video did NOT contribute to this?  Why has the administration stonewalled Congress’s attempts to get to the bottom of this?  And just who gave the order to muzzle the survivors?

Never forget that we are still America.  One Nation, Under God.  Indivisible.  And that we are a nation that strives for Justice for All.

I have the best kids in the world!

I just have to brag on my kids, and maybe encourage some of you.  Just a brief reminder, I’ve got 3, all on the spectrum. My 12 yr old has Asperger’s Syndrome, Dsygraphia, & ADHD. My 10 yr old has High Functioning Autism, and some sort of processing delay – it take her longer to catch on to things than the others.  My 8 yr walks the line between Aspeger’s & HFA, and also has Sensory Processing disorder, & ADHD.  I myself am an Aspie with Dysgraphia & maybe some ADD.

Some of you know, I am HEAVILY involved in my city’s politics. I was brought into the local tea party in October to be their social media person.  I’ve since been named Vice-Chair. Our city is nearing the end of the yearly budget battle.  I’ve been actively fighting a tax increase & a water fee raise, by writing articles for the local paper & organizing our little group as best I can.  This past week has been the final push to do anything about these increases.

In the past week, I met with the city’s budget director & spent about 3 hours going over the budget with her & my Tea Party chairman on Monday.  On Tuesday, I spent several hours at a TP meeting, grilling the Asst. Superintendent of the school system on his budget, & putting out the results of our meeting with the Budget Director.  Then last night, from 6 to midnight, I was out at the city’s public hearing, and talking to people about the budget.

All that to say this:  I could NOT have done any of this a year ago. This week, for the first time since we started homeschooling 7 years ago — all three of my kids have done their schoolwork everyday this week, without being prompted, without having me sit over them, constantly reminding them what was next.  They didn’t give their father a hard time about anything on the days he was subbing for me. Just woke up, did their school work, and went on about their day.

Then last night, there was a 2 hour window between when I had to leave for the council meeting, and when my DH would get home from work.  Not only was I able to leave the kids at home, and trust they would feed the dog & not kill each other — My 12 year old cooked dinner for the other two – Kraft Mac & Cheese, Scrambled Eggs, Hot Dogs, & Toast. *S*  I’m so proud of him! And so proud of my littlest guy, who for years has struggled with separation anxiety that was near crippling, but was able to kiss me good bye last night, and has not freaked out about any of this.  Also, I’m proud of my Diva, for holding her ‘tude in check & not fighting with her brothers over stuff while I was gone.

Last year, none of this would have been possible.  We still have our issues. But I’m so proud of my kids.

My Kids

Happiness is warm banana bread

thePinkDiva wanted cinamon rolls this morning.  I don’t have any in the house.  I did have a box of banana bread mix though.  She was ok with that so we mixed it up this morning.

Oh, my word!  I have forgotten how good Banana Bread is!  Seriously, Bread is my weakness, well… one of them… We ate the whole loaf today.  And by we, I mean thePinkDiva had a slice, BigBoy had a slice, and I devoured the rest.  Nom, nom nom, banana bread good!

So banana bread is my number one for tonight.

Obama’s teleprompter is number two. Seriously, this blog & twitter account has had me laughing my rear end off all day.

Number three is sunshine.  Finally!  Today we had a day of sunshine for the first time in a week! And, well, yes, the rain started again tonight…. but the kids were able to get out back and play in the yard mudhole.  Much fun was had by all.

Laundry.  Because even though it is the bane of my exsistence most days, it measn we have clothes on our back, and a washer and dryer to make the job easier.  So, yea…  number four.

And just to throw you all a curve ball, number five is Carpet Fresh.  But not for the fresh lilac-y smell it leaves in the carpet for months.  Rather Carpet Fresh makes the list for it’s unique ant-killing capabilites.  True, the smell gives me a headache, but if you’ve got ants in your carpet (and no, I have no clue how they got in this time.  The bait seems to have been a dried flower petal stuck behind the DVD cabinet.), spread a layer of Carpet Fresh down.  Give a few hours, then vaccuum the carpet.  Ants all gone!  And, it works much better then those stupid traps.  Carpet Fresh, FTW!

So that’s my five.  How about you? Tell me five things that made you happy today.

Waiting for a leader

**Cross-posted from my all-new political blog, Conserva-Kat. Please check it out.***

Right now, the Republican party is in trouble.  There are so many little netroots organizations starting up, which is great, but there is no central leadership.

The problem is, the RINOs in charge either don’t understand social media, or want to “control” it.  It’s not going to happen sirs. The current Republican leadership is much like the Record Industry, back when it was trying to fight the first incarnation of Napster.  People got used to the idea of free music, and instead of embracing the internet right away, the RIAA tried to stop everything.  It didn’t work, in fact had the opposite effect of driving more and more people to piracy.  Eventually the Music Industry had to revamp their business model to include internet sales.

Right now we have several netroots movements springing up. There’s TCOT, aka Top Conservatives on Twitter, and Rebuildtheparty, Dontgo, and more.  All of this is great, but every movement has their own degrees of slant based on who is at the top of the movement.  To me, it’s beginning to feel like there are way too many chefs, each with their own recipe, working out of the same pot. It could turn into something wonderful, fresh, and exciting!  Or, it could turn into something awfully awful.

I’m waiting to see who the new Chairman of the Republican party will be, and how that person reacts to the netroots that are already taking off.  I think if the new leadership calls the leaders of each movement together and says, “Thanks for giving us a head start! Now let’s see if we can get everyone on the same page.”  If the new leadership listens to the people involved in all this, participates in the already existing movements, and builds off of what has already been done, things may go well.  If the new leadership says basically screw you all, this is the “official” way to do this, and tries to start it’s own programs, well, it’s not going to end well.

When will they ever get the message?

Two key issues remain: Whether to block the auto companies from suing states over their greenhouse gas emission standards and how the bill can ensure taxpayers can get repaid for loans to Chrysler, a privately held company, in the event of a bankruptcy.

Congressional Democrats want to add language that they can reach up to Chrysler’s holding company, Cerberus Capital Management, if that happens, but the White House is “pushing back” according to one Democratic aide.

The talks did resolve two sticking points, however.

One dealt with a provision that any expenditure of more than $25 million by the three automakers would have to have to get prior government approval. That limit has been raised to $100 million to satisfy some Republicans who considered the requirement too burdensome.

Auto bailout bill not yet a done deal – Dec. 9, 2008.

Did you catch that?  Republicans thought the spending limit was “too budensome” for the automakers.

Ugh.

This is why.  This kind of crap is why I am becoming more and more convinced everyday that the only way to send a message to the idiots who run the Republican party is to disenroll.

Life goes on.

I’ve made it no secret how I felt about Mr. Obama.  But he won. As upsetting as this is, to borrow from Jon at Stuff Christians Like, God is still in control.

I’ve been studing Psalm 46, because of the election.  Reality, both Psalm 46 & 47 are very comforting this moning.  God is our refuge, our present help in troubled times.  Verse 2 of Psalm 46, “We will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;”  Verses 5 – 7 say that God will help, He is with us, even when the nations totter.  46:10 is the one that everyone will recognize – “Be still and know that I am God.”   My NASB translates this popular verse as “Cease striving and know that I am God.”  The study notes say that this “Cease striving” points to quit battleing, stop the warlike activities and acknowledge God’s supremacy. Psalm 47 tells us to sing praises to our God, and reminds us in verse 8, “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.”

So life goes on.  At this point, all we can do is pray.  Pray that God’s will be done.  Pray that the damage will be minimal.  Pray that the American people wake up.  Pray for God’s peace that no matter what comes, He is in control.

Meanwhile, I made a little blog giftie for my conservative friends. Feel free to snag the button for your own blogs, just please, no hot linking. right click, save as, and upload to your own servers.

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It's put up or shut up time.

I’ve been having a very polite political debate (for a change) on a local homeschool board (well that explains it! *S*).

The question was, what exactly was Obama’s stance on homeschooling?  The truth? No one knows for sure.  There was something mentioned in a book of his, but that’s it.  So we are left with looking at his stance on education in general.  So, here’s a quote from Obama’s own website:

“Unlike other early childhood education plans, the Obama-Biden plan places
key emphasis at early care and education for infants, which is essential for
children to be ready to enter kindergarten.” <-source->

He wants to send infants to school to prepare them for kindergarten. I had one woman tell me I was wrong, that this was all about “the underprivileged children whose parents are not giving them what they need.”  She pretty much accused me of fear-mongering, and asked me to show where it said “all infants would be required to go to school?”  Thing is, I never said he wanted to send “all infants” to school.  Nope.  Never said that.  I have a problem with the way it’s worded. If he wants to improve daycare options for lower income families, say that. Don’t say “education for infants” because infants don’t need “education”, they need TLC.  And if this is about getting those “underprivileged” kids help, does this mean that I will have to prove that I am capable of caring for my own infant before he would let me keep my own baby all day?  She also mentioned that she wouldn’t mind sending in the required notice of intent a few years early so that an underprivileged 3 year old could have the security of school.  Again, if he meant 3 year olds, why didn’t he say “toddlers”?  He said “infants.”  An infant is the 0-2 range.  An infant doesn’t need education. If he just wants to make preschool mandatory, or even simply improve the Head Start type programs, then say that! Don’t tell me you want to supply “education for infants.”

When it comes to homeschoolers on the ticket, well…  I know the libs out there don’t want to hear this, but there is a homeschooler on the ticket.  The Palins are going to homeschool the oldest child this year. (Yes, I know. I can see that the decision was most likely made because of the teenager’s pregnancy.  And I know they will be using an Alaskan Virtual school.  But the point is, there is a homeschooling parent on the ticket, regardless of what you think of her.) <-source-> Sarah even gives homeschooling moms some respect.

I know a lot of moms who are busier than I am. They’re running all over also. And a lot of these home school moms, too, they’re teaching their kids in addition to doing everything else. And no, I’m not unique in this at all. <-source->

And unlike most of the Washington elite, her kids have been in the public school system for years.
<-source-> Who better to know what’s wrong with the public school system, and how to fix it then someone who’s been in the system?  Someone who has seen it working first hand?

I’m not here to defend John McCain or his policy.  The question was about Obama and homeschooling.  But, if anyone wants to read up on McCain’s educational policy, try here, here, here, and here.   From John McCain’s website:

“John McCain will fight for the ability of all students to have access to all schools of demonstrated excellence, including their own homes.” (emphasis mine) <-source->

Want more information on Obama and his stance on Homeschooling & education?  Try here, a good article with lots of links to the sources.

For more information about Barak Obama, the article here has A LOT of sources and videos of Barak in his own words. The Bitten Word has a copy of a letter from Hilary Clinton’s attorneys alleging voter fraud on behalf of Obama here.

Then there is this video:

It talks about the lawsuit against Obama (brought against him by a fellow democrat) to try to get a copy of his birth certificate and prove that he is a legitimate citizen of the USA. Why won’t he produce this? It should be easy to disprove the allegations and put this lawsuit to rest.

As a follow up, there is another video, which digs into the birth certificate issue and explains it very well:

But back to homeschooling, and the original question.  The truth is, neither candidate has come out and stated a policy on homeschooling.  I would like to think that’s because they would both leave us alone.  Homeschooling should not be a national issue, it is a state issue.  According to the US Constitution, the Federal Government is supposed to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”  I don’t see Education.  Amendment 10 says anything not delegated by the Constitution or prohibited of the States, is in the jurisdiction of the States. Section 10 limits states from printing their own money and seceding from the union. (read it for yourself here.)

Personally, I think the Fed has gotten way to big, and taken on way too much that it has no business doing.  Do I think McCain will rein them in?  I would hope so, but I won’t hold my breath.  Do I think Obama would rein them in?  Nope, not a chance.   But for me the election is about way more then smaller government or education.  Honestly, I’m voting more against Obama’s policies then I am for McCain’s.  I don’t like it, but given the choices I have, I feel McCain is better.  It is sad that the election has come down to “the lesser of two evils” for so many. Personally, I would have much rather seen Tom Tancredo get the nod as his policies lined up with mine exactly, but it wasn’t to be.  Oh, and yes, I know there are lots of 3rd party choices out there, but I refuse to throw my vote away on someone that has no shot.

I’ve always felt that if you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain about the things that happen that you don’t like. Who you vote for is your choice – though I will argue and debate for my guy til I’m blue in the face -Please.  Do the research. Voting isn’t about “feelings”, it’s about the future of our country.  My children’s future.  Your children’s future.   Research.  Know why you are voting for or against someone. Then vote!

SNL gets one right, mostly.

Their sketch on the Bailout passage was actually pretty funny. Here’s a link since I can’ figure out how to embed NBC’s video in my blog.

And just because Republicans can totally laugh at themselves, I thought the SNL version of the debate was pretty funny. Again with the not embedding properly, so here’s a link.

Update: SNL pulled the Bailout sketch!  Rumor has it that the last couple, the Sandlers, & Soros threatened legal action.  But Michelle Malkin has the transcript and screen shots here.