Emma Agnew Missing
RidorLIVE Thousands of miles away from where I am, a 20 years old Deaf woman, Emma Agnew has been missing for more than 5 days in Christchurch, New Zealand. Why do I mention her on RidorLIVE.com? Because she is one of us. Deaf, belonged to Deaf Community in Christchurch and hailed from long line of Deaf [...]
Tue, Nov 20 2007
Hollywood & Paternalism
RidorLIVE So much for one so-called blogger's claims that Deaf people may hinder the future of Deaf actors from performing in Hollywood because we protested when Hollywood attempted to hire a hearing actor to impersonate as Deaf character, most notably with The Bionic Woman. After I reported of this incident on RidorLIVE.com, the NBC has subsequently replaced [...]
Thu, Nov 15 2007
Gallaudet Athletics Unveils New Logo
RidorLIVE Well, it's about time! You know, first impressions are important. The first glance, people will react and it will stick for a long time. If not, it becomes a joke, a joke for many — students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans and even a weapon or many opposing teams and fans to ridicule. For some numbers [...]
Sun, Nov 11 2007
NMSD Roadrunners To Play For State Championship Again!
RidorLIVE New Mexico School for the Deaf's 6-man football team is playing in the state championship game this coming weekend for 2nd consecutive year after posting a 99-53 blowout of Hondo Eagles in the semifinals last weekend. One source said Dustin Moulder is simply unstoppable player for NMSD Roadrunners. True enough, he garnered 666 yards and [...]
Thu, Nov 08 2007
About George Veditz
RidorLIVE When people think of George Veditz, they remember the famous film where he attempts to preserve the sign language in early 1900s. Many were appalled when he stood up for the right of sign language, he went after Alexander Graham Bell, calling him the true enemy of Deaf Community — even after his death, [...]
Wed, Nov 07 2007
Dont You Hate It When ?
RidorLIVE I came across this particular comment on a blog operated by Kokonut Pundit. It reads: “Just for the record, I am Mike's Mom. I feel that he was born deaf, but became hoh with the use of hearing aids at age 3. He had an aid at age 20 months, but the wonderful doctors had [...]
Tue, Nov 06 2007
You Fans Are Nuts
RidorLIVE Yes, you! Last week on Wednesday night, I cleaned up my email's inbox. It was down to 216. I thought, “Now I can get my emails under control for the time being.” Little did I know that the shutdown of my blog along with few others under a certain individual's account which were strafed with bots, a [...]
Thu, Nov 01 2007
Kellie Pagano & Gabe Green
RidorLIVE Rumors in the Deaf Communities can be ... dread at times. I got several emails alerting me that Gabriel ‘Gabe' Green is paralyzed, brain-damaged and blind. The family is going to unplug the life support to ease the suffering. I am not sure if this is true or not. I hope that his [...]
Thu, Oct 25 2007
Wildfires in San Diego County & Vote For RidorLIVE.com!
RidorLIVE I'm sure you heard of wildfires surrounding the city of San Diego in the last couple of days. People has not realized that it is pretty bad. In fact, many Deaf people are affected by the wildfires. One paged to tell me that the flying ashes are landing clogging in Riverside where the California [...]
Wed, Oct 24 2007
The Tall Order of Darren Hause
RidorLIVE Darren Hause is easy to recognize at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), truth be told. How? He is 6′7-foot tall junior whom is Deaf, majoring in Political Science.Ask Dr. Roslyn “Roz” Rosen if she knew Darren Hause, she probably will smile and say, “Is this some kind of joke that I'm [...]
Tue, Oct 23 2007
Power in Gallaudet´s Backyard
RidorLIVE Greetings! This is an article submitted by a friend of mine who does not want to identify himself. At this moment, he called himself, Dr. Roehm (No related to Richard Roehm, ugh!) so that others can address to the author of this particular entry. Thanks for doing this, Dr. Roehm! Cheers, R- * * * Lately [...]
Sun, Oct 21 2007
To Support Porn Or Not — Who Cares, Really?
RidorLIVE It has come to my attention recently that some people has whispered, sneered and accused a certain deaf filmmaker of producing pornographic films. The truth is that he did not produce one. But that accusations has been following him from day one. I was irked by that. Why is that? Like [...]
Fri, Oct 19 2007
One Year Later
RidorLIVE For few days, I had been pondering on this article by Paul Basken of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Whenever I walk on a neighborhood street as a part of workout routine that I had initiated since last year (Which is why I lost 92 lbs so far!), I had been pondering on many [...]
Fri, Oct 19 2007
Jr. NAD Conference This Week
RidorLIVE Jr. NAD Conference: It brings me tons of nostalgia when I heard of the term. During my high school years, I was heavily involved with Jr. VAD organization at VSDB. I went to California School for the Deaf at Fremont in 1988 as the delegate. My sister and I [...]
Thu, Oct 18 2007
Dr. Jankowski Resigns
RidorLIVE I'm sure you heard it from MishkaZena that Dr. Katharine Jankowski, the Dean of Laurent Clerc National Deaf Educational Center, has announced her resignation this coming Friday. She cited that her hereditary visual condition has worsened in the last few months. But here is a scoop that has been running low at Kendall Green. The Davila [...]
Tue, Oct 16 2007
Golf Charity Tournament 2007
RidorLIVE On October 25, 2007, DeafNation and DeafHope has teamed up to host the 3rd Annual Golf Charity Tournament 2007 in Sunol, California, about 15 minutes east of Fremont. This year, the Mistress of Ceremonies is the talented actress Megg Rose, she recently acted in Mosdeux's The Deaf Family. The event will include the tournament and the banquet. [...]
Mon, Oct 15 2007
Kudos to Metropolitan Police Department
RidorLIVE It is often that the police departments tend to change, revamp, improve or accommodate in its reactive response to the community's reactions. But not with DC's Metropolitan Police Department, they chose to initiate the proactive approach rather than be reactive. Smart move. MPD Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier created the centralized command, the Special Liai...
Sun, Oct 14 2007
UK Upsets No. 1 LSU 43-37 In 3 OTs
RidorLIVE What? What does it has to do with RidorLIVE.com, the ultimate mainstay of Deaf-oriented information in Deaf Blogosphere? Let me finish this article first, okay? You'll see why. Right now, I can imagine Byron Wilson beaming with bluegrass pride in Danville, Kentucky. Normally, Louisville Cardinals tend to rule football in Kentucky. Normally, UK Wildcats do no...
Sat, Oct 13 2007
Another Spin On Dr. Redding
RidorLIVE There had been some concerns about the entry that I posted two days ago regarding the allegations and work performances on Dr. Redding in several states. I repeated that these are allegations. It does not mean that it is true or false. My sources has indicated that these ten court cases which can be found on [...]
Fri, Oct 12 2007
Check ASL Expo Out in Orlando
RidorLIVE There is DeafNation Expo and there is ASL Expo 2007! Last weekend, DeafNation Expo was held in Chicago. This weekend, ASL Expo 2007 will be held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, a suburb outside of Orlando. Last month in Louisville, Kentucky and Long Beach, California, two individuals won $5,000, yes, $5,000 cash. [...]
Thu, Oct 11 2007
Ella Mae Lentz & Tomato Lichy
RidorLIVE Many years ago at Gallaudet, someone mentioned Ella Mae Lentz in Gallaudet Cafeteria. I admit that I was clueless back then but someone told me that Lentz was ASL extremist. ASL Extremist? Umm, I thought why. Shortly, I saw one of these videotapes where Lentz made an appearance related to ASL song. I was [...]
Wed, Oct 10 2007
Dr. Redding's Dark Secrets
RidorLIVE In the previous entry, I mentioned the tidbit about Dr. Reginald Redding being one of two finalists to be the next Headmaster of Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. I did not expect the uproar via emails from many women who were concerned about Dr. Redding taking over at PSD. If I got 5 emails, it's [...]
Wed, Oct 10 2007
KCDHH Loses Bobbie Beth Scoggins
RidorLIVE Yesterday, Bobbie Beth Scoggins, the NAD President and the Director of Kentucky Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has officially announced that on November 30, 2007, she will resign as the Director of KCDHH in order to return to Texas. Bobbie Beth has expressed a desire to be closer with her [...]
Tue, Oct 09 2007
Analysis of Gallaudet's Board of Trustees
RidorLIVE In 1988, when Dr. Elizabeth Zinser resigned to open the doors for I. King Jordan to take over the Presidency of Gallaudet University, I noticed that the community chose to invest their trust in I. King Jordan in handling the administrative duties, rather than to be a watchdog. Big mistake. By allowing I. King Jordan to [...]
Sun, Oct 07 2007
Guess Who Joined On Gallaudet's Board of Trustees?
RidorLIVE Update: It was confirmed about an hour after I posted this entry on Gallaudet’s official website. Here is the link. As usual, RidorLIVE.com has done it again! A certain rumor has raced across the Kendall Green at Gallaudet University yesterday, ricocheting off in every building and during the National Council of Hispanio Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s conference at Kellogg Conference Center. The rumor has that the Board of Trustees at Gallaudet University’s newest addition is none other than Marlee Matlin.
Sat, Oct 06 2007
Don't Miss the JM Show LIVE!
RidorLIVE In Chicago, John Maucere will provide his famous entertainment, the JM Show LIVE! tonight at Chicago DeaFest. But you aren't in Chicago? Don't worry! Thanks to DeafNation, you can view John Maucere's performance LIVE on the internet tonight. Ain't this fabulous, folks? Here is the schedule: 5:30 - [...]
Fri, Oct 05 2007
As Always, RidorLIVE Has The Scoop
RidorLIVE As always, I got the scoop waaaaay earlier than anyone else did. In the previous entry, a source alerted me that a racially-motivated incident happened at Gallaudet University's campus. Of course, I investigated and snooped around the campus for further information. I was puzzled that no one at Gallaudet University heard of this. It turns out that [...]
Wed, Oct 03 2007
Guest Lecture, Hate Crime, Myanmar ...
RidorLIVE Guest Lecture: Last night, I was invited to a local community college to talk about RidorLIVE.com and its place in Deaf communities across the globe. Basically, I was there to explain why I am perceived as a hearie-basher in a general manner. I think I won their support after explaining my position. IN fact, when I [...]
Tue, Oct 02 2007
Wear Black Today!
RidorLIVE Today is the International Day of Sign Language! Be sure to wear a black shirt today to show the solidarity for our language throughout the world. For further information on International Day of Sign Language, check this link. As you can see, there are so MANY things to do. DeafHope is hosting Alice in Cyberland. [...]
Sat, Sep 29 2007
Don't Let Them Copyright Our ASL Signs!
RidorLIVE Remember Keith Wann? Our own comedian who observed and utilized many funny signs out of Deaf Communities across the nation and provided the means for us to laugh. Remember the cops who attempted to say the driver's license but ended up signing “vagina”? Well, a hearie had the audacity to get in touch with Keith Wann [...]
Tue, Sep 25 2007
Much Ado About Nothing
RidorLIVE You probably heard that Columbia University invited the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to partake in a speech and participate in Q&A session with the audience. Many people decried about it. Many Republicans and Conservatives attacked Columbia University for extending an invitation to this nutty dictator. I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to [.....
Tue, Sep 25 2007
Richmond's Civil War
RidorLIVE This is amusing. Richmond has its famous mayor in Douglas Wilder, the first African American to be elected as the Governor of Virginia in 1990. Today, he loathed the School Board of Richmond which has battled Mayor Wilder. It appears that in City Hall, Wilder wants things to be done as per his wishes, the School Board [...]
Mon, Sep 24 2007
Guess Who Is Teaching At Gallaudet?
RidorLIVE Brian Malzkuhn! How can the ASL and Deaf Studies Department Chair, MJ Bienvenu do that to us all? Gallaudet University's ASL and Deaf Studies Department had the audacity to hire Brian Malzkuhn to teach at Gallaudet after being placed on administrative leave from Ohlone College in California. It was evident that he was dismissed from Ohlone [...]
Sun, Sep 23 2007
Who Is Jericho?
RidorLIVE Who is Jericho? No, I'm not talking about that thing in Israel. I'm talking about this comic book character named Joseph Wilson, also known as Jericho. I believe he is the first character in the history of comic book industry to incorporate the use of sign language. But is Joey Wilson deaf? No. He's mute. He [...]
Sun, Sep 23 2007
My Thoughts About Jena 6
RidorLIVE As you may know, thousands traveled to Jena, Louisiana to demonstrate and march against the double standards upon African-Americans. I wondered whether if there was a deaf individual traveling to Jena, Louisiana? I'm sure few of ‘em did. Anyone willing to raise their hands? My thoughts? Good for them! The hypocrisy [...]
Fri, Sep 21 2007
Yep, That's Me Over There!
RidorLIVE Today, Richmond's alternative weekly newspaper, Style Weekly, featured the one and only Ridor as the cover story of the issue. You can read the whole thing by clicking this link. At first, I thought there would be an article somewhere inside the newspaper about me and my blog — until Amy notified [...]
Wed, Sep 19 2007
MADC Vows To Do Something About It
RidorLIVE When I learned that the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC) was going to do something proactive in response to the Doug Bahl incident, I was thrilled. Instead of talking, whining and blaming upon each other in Deaf Community while the cops exonerate themselves legally, the MADC is going to make sure that it won't happen [...]
Wed, Sep 19 2007
Once In A While ... You Will Watch My Vlog!
RidorLIVE Vlog About You & Cops: Last night, I finally produced a vlog that clarified my position regarding the problems surrounding with the police departments and their approach with Deaf people. It was 15-minute long. I trimmed it to 8-minute long. Basically, I'm not against the cops. But let's face the reality — [...]
Tue, Sep 18 2007
National Deaf Cycling Weekend
RidorLIVE This is fantastic! Two events will occur on the first weekend of October which HawkRelay has sponsored. Both events will happen in Washington, DC and in California, hence the name: National Deaf Cycling Weekend! On October 6, there will be a group of Deaf cyclists getting together and do the cycling all the way to [...]
Mon, Sep 17 2007
You Surprised About Bahl's Guilty Verdict?
RidorLIVE Not me. Don't get me wrong. I believe in Doug Bahl's innocence. But the problem lies with what? Police. Judicial. They are entirely composed of whom? Hearing people. The ones who attacked him? All hearies. The one who judged him? Hearies. The prosecutor? Hearie. The jury? Hearies. Let's face the reality! Doug Bahl was never represented, [...]
Sat, Sep 15 2007
Bahl, Bisping, Hamill, Harkins, Cassidy, Norman & Hate Crime
RidorLIVE Doug Bahl Trial In Progress: In St. Paul, I was informed by a friend in Minnesota that Doug Bahl did not want people to know that there is a trial ongoing in Twin Cities regarding the cops' assault on Doug Bahl. Mainly because the prosecutors will use the information against him in the [...]
Wed, Sep 12 2007
JEFF CARLSON's Deaf People Can Be Too Militant Toward Deaf...
RidorLIVE I was reading Mike McConnell's blog for the first time today. He wrote an article about the survey that took place regarding Matt Hamill the UFC fighter who happens to be deaf and the fact that Hamill chose to speak vocally rather than use sign language. The survey, according to McConnell's site says 30% of [...]
Mon, Sep 10 2007
Believe It Or Not: Hamill Was Robbed
RidorLIVE Was that shocking enough for you to see the headline on RidorLIVE.com? Despite the fact that I made it obvious that I sneer at Matt Hamill because of his sophomoric behaviors in the past, I am also impartial when it comes to competition and all that stuff. Matt Hamill was robbed, simply put. I was stunned at [...]
Sun, Sep 09 2007
Don't Ask Me Why!
RidorLIVE For the last 24 hours, RidorLIVE.com blinked out due to the technical issue that left me baffled and clueless. But I got it taken care of. It was such a major pain in the ass for me. Don't bother to ask me for further information. So my apologies for such having the mess in the first place. And [...]
Sun, Sep 09 2007
Brent Shiver To Induct In Wrestling Hall of Fame
RidorLIVE Brent Shiver will be formally inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this Sunday, September 9 at Northeast Atlanta Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Brent Shiver is a Deaf wrestler who has gone beyond what anyone could have expected. Deaf and raised by hearing parents in the suburbs of Atlanta (except for a couple [...]
Thu, Sep 06 2007
A Glance In The Past
RidorLIVE John Cassidy Dead: 2 days ago in Bay Area, California, the Deaf brother of Clare and Cat Cassidy was found dead by their mother. It was suicide. My condolences to the Cassidy family of John's death. Four Deaf Yorkshiremen: Even the film is only 12-minute long and is being produced in [...]
Wed, Sep 05 2007
2 Million Hits & Bernard Bragg
RidorLIVE What a weekend! Sometimes last night between 4 AM to 10 AM, RidorLIVE.com has crossed the 2 million hits since 2004 when I added the site counter. It is possible to claim that many deaf households knew what RidorLIVE.com is all about. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! If you want to support RidorLIVE.com, feel [...]
Tue, Sep 04 2007
Did You Know ... ?
RidorLIVE Yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia — the beloved hometown of our 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and his plaything, the University of Virginia. However, Senator John W. Warner (R-VA) has announced that he will not seek re-election and will retire in January 6, 2009. Despite the fact that he is Republican, I acknowledge the [...]
Sat, Sep 01 2007
Good Idea ... or Is It?
RidorLIVE In Charleston, West Virginia — West Virginia Association of the Deaf has distributed this “DRIVER IS DEAF or Hard of Hearing” placards to deaf individuals at West Virginia Association of the Deaf Conference. Regrettably, this link does not have an article — only a brief television segment with no captions. I had a brief talk [...]
Thu, Aug 30 2007
To thine own self be true
RidorLIVE Today I will utter William Shakespeare's quote, much to Rachel Bavister's delight, which I will elaborate more on this particular message for the readers. To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. -William Shakespeare I think due to the [...]
Tue, Aug 28 2007
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