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Old 06-12-2002, 12:21 PM   #1
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I get pissed when I see the word Retard tossed around too much. Especially when the mentally retarded are made fun of. I get angry cause it hits way too close to home. My youngest brother was born mentally retarded. I gave up the years 9-17 to take care of him so my mom wouldn't have to put him in a state institution. My mom divorced my dad after they found out, because she blamed his drinking. Yes, alcohol does contribute to birth defects, as does smoking. (At the time my mom smoked like a chimney).
Look, I gave up practically my whole childhood to keep my brother home. And in the end, that didn't work either. She committed him to a state home. (which is what she should have done in the first place- he's 41 and just now has learned sign language). I spent one summer as an aide, trying to help the kids to play basketball. It was one of my harder summer jobs. I don't like making fun of the retarded.
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Old 06-12-2002, 07:20 PM   #2
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> after they found out, because she blamed his drinking. Yes,
> alcohol does contribute to birth defects, as does smoking.
> (At the time my mom smoked like a chimney).

HIS drinking? i didn't know consuming alcohol and then having sex would do anything....

now, a pregnant woman smoking...blame that.

this subject really pisses me off...and not just about the handicap, but the whole concept in general. the human body is a crazy little system...everything needs to be PERFECT in order for us to work right. tiniest little chemical problem during formation or during life will cause massive mental or physical problems.

so, if you're pregnant, why the HELL would you do stuff to risk screwing up your kid? taking it a step further, why the HELL would you do stuff to risk hurting yourself (excessive drinking, drugs, smoking..).

your bro i can sympathize and support...not his fault. but mommy...i'd like to club her over the head and turn her into a vegetable so she knows what it's like.

man..now i'm all angry about this...these kind of people need to just drop over dead. seriously. they screw up their childhood and break up the family...costing tax payers money. they do all sorts of horrible things and need help...costing the tax payers money. they hurt their kids and treat them bad...costing the tax payers money. then they continue on their crappy ways until they can't help themselves anymore...costing tax payers money.

i seriously want to opt out of all these gov't programs that aid people. if someone is willing to smoking, drink, do drugs or whatever and hurt their kid...and then continue to do it after seeing what it did to the kid...they should get no help from me. give my cash to the kid.

and incidently, i did a little work on this a few years ago. i was successfully able to show people what it's like being mentally retarded. all i did was throw headphones on the person and had them talk. the words came out slurred, broken, elongated...the audio was delayed a few milliseconds to simulate the mental process of someone who has that handicap. some people were so embarassed that "eewww they talked like them" that they finally understood what these people feel and hear.

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Old 06-12-2002, 10:10 PM   #3
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All good points. It wasn't the use of the word retard itself; the word has several different meanings. I was simply referring to a statement made elsewhere. Making fun of those less fortunate than the rest due to a physical or mental malady isn't funny. Just my opinion, though.
Besides, everybody is sensitive about something.

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Old 06-12-2002, 10:12 PM   #4
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Good points and good post, Swampy. You're right, my mom should have been choked for that, but 44 years ago, they didn't know smoking would fuck up a pregnancy....

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Old 06-12-2002, 10:14 PM   #5
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My problem is with those that make fun of handicapped people. It's plain unfunny. Calling someone a retard isn't something I'd do, but it's not the problem. It's actually making fun of a handicapped person.

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Old 06-12-2002, 10:54 PM   #6
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Amen to that.
I get angry when people always confuse mental retardation with Down Syndrome. They're not the same thing...

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Old 06-13-2002, 01:14 AM   #7
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> Amen to that.
> I get angry when people always confuse mental retardation
> with Down Syndrome. They're not the same thing...
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I'm not sure I understand your anger; Down's Syndrome (caused by trisomy 21) is characterized by mental retardation (as well increased risk of heart disease and leukemia).

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Old 06-13-2002, 03:30 AM   #8
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> I'm not sure I understand your anger; Down's Syndrome
> (caused by trisomy 21) is characterized by mental
> retardation (as well increased risk of heart disease and
> leukemia).

Yeah, you're right. I just checked with that an hour ago.
Sorry about that...

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Old 06-13-2002, 03:53 AM   #9
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I know what you mean. My little bro (10) is a little slow, not serious, but noticable. I've got a soft spot too. It is comforting to see all the people that do take mental handicaps seriously nowadays.

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Old 06-13-2002, 04:27 AM   #10
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You have my sympathies, my friend. It's not an easy road on a family. Ever.

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