1 In an earlier Warm-Up, I criticized the needlessly distracting signers for the deaf who stood by gesticulating and mugging as various officials communicated safety measures for the public as hurricanes approached. Belatedly I ran across a YouTube entry from 2012, in which the poster happily commented that “Interpreter Lydia Callis steals the show during Hurricane Sandy press conference.” Interpreters are not there to “steal the show,” and the fact that so many of them think they should compete with the main speakers for audience attention proves my point.
They should stand off-camera, and in the venue, away from the podium.
Then there’s this guy:
As Hurricane Irma charged toward Florida, officials in a county on the state’s west coast held a news conference to inform residents of mandatory evacuation orders for those most at risk. “We just need you to be safe,” Robin DiSabatino of the Board of County Commissioners in Manatee County said at the Sept. 8 briefing. She urged those in low-lying areas and flood zones to seek higher ground and consider staying at shelters.
But for residents who were deaf or hard of hearing, the message was quite different: “Pizza,” the interpreter appeared to sign. Then, “Bear monster.”…
“It was atrocious,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, the chief executive of the National Association of the Deaf. Mr. Rosenblum, who is deaf, said through an interpreter in a phone interview that the association considered what happened a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. “We believe that Manatee County failed to provide information to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to the same extent that it provided to all others,” he said….
The interpreter, identified by the county as Marshall Greene, could not be reached for comment.
Nicholas Azzara, a spokesman for the county, said in an email that Mr. Greene, who is a lifeguard for a county-run beach, has a brother who is deaf. Mr. Greene was asked to sign because there was little time to find an interpreter before the news conference.
It’s not unusual for family members of the deaf to have only a rudimentary understanding of American Sign Language, said Beth Barnes, a certified sign language interpreter who has several deaf family members, including her parents.
No, but it is unusual for a signer who agrees to translate crucial information for deaf viewers to not know what the hell he is doing. Greene defenders, quoted this morning on HLN, said that he was just trying to help out, and host Robin Meade, not having one of her smart days, muttered that the “poor guy” wasn’t doing a bad job “intentionally.”
Oh! That’s all right, then!
The ethical values being breached are trustworthiness, responsibility and competence. Greene is the passenger who volunteers to fly the airliner with a stricken crew and flies the plane into the ground nose first. Good intentions don’t matter. He volunteered for a job he was incapable of performing competently.
2. I don’t spend a lot of time saying I told you so, but it would be gratifying to receive some “I shouldn’t have doubted you” notes from all those readers who mocked me for suggesting last year that the slippery slope created and smoothed by the historical cultural airbrushing mobs on the Left would eventually lead to Founders like Washington, Jefferson and Madison.
Here is a Facebook post from Dallas School District member Dustin Marshall, no relation to Marshall Greene (I will be applying to change my last name accordingly, probably to “Lee”…)
At Thursday’s Board Briefing, the Administration recommended that the Board change the name of four schools:
1. Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School
2. William L. Cabell Elementary School
3. Stonewall Jackson Elementary School
4. Robert E. Lee Elementary School
The Administration also mentioned that they were doing research on several additional schools. Many of you have asked for that list of schools, so I am sharing the list below. The only additional District 2 school on the list is Ben Franklin Middle School. I will not support a name change for Franklin since Benjamin Franklin clearly had many accomplishments that form the basis for why the school was named after him. I don’t believe this school was named after Franklin to send a signal of oppression and control.
1. Roger Q. Mills Elementary School
2. W. H. Gaston Middle School
3. Wilmer-Hutchins High School
4. James Bowie Elementary School
5. James S. Hogg Elementary School
6. John F. Peeler Elementary School
7. John H. Reagan Elementary School
8. Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School
9. James Madison High School
10. Benjamin Franklin Middle School
11. Thomas Jefferson High School
12. David G. Burnet Elementary School
13. Stephen C. Foster Elementary School
14. Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School
15. Sam Houston Elementary School
16. Sidney Lanier Elementary School
17. John Ireland Elementary School
18. Kleberg Elementary School
19. William B. Travis Elementary/Middle School
20. William Brown Miller Elementary School
Gee, I’m so impressed that Marshall opposes removing Ben Franklin’s name, especially since there is no justification for removing his name whatsoever, even by political correctness wacko standards. He apparently doesn’t recognize the “many accomplishments” that led past generations to name schools in Dallas after James Madison (the primary architect of the Constitution and a President of the United States), Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and a President of the United States, Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas and the leader principally responsible for the state’s existence, Stephen Foster, perhaps the greatest composer of folk songs the nation ever produced and one of our most brilliant popular song authors ever, William B. Travis, commander at the Alamo, and author of the letter that is the state’s unofficial creed, and Jim Bowie, who, like Travis, gave up his life for Texas.
[UPDATE: In a follow-up post, Marshall clarified that he did not mean to suggest that he supported stripping honors from Madison, Houston and the others, and blamed the political climate for the criticism he received for his initial post. He should take responsibility and blame the holes in his head. When someone lists schools facing the removal of their names, and singles out only one of the names as one he will not support for airbrushing “because [he] clearly had many accomplishments.” that reasonably suggest that he does not recognize the accomplishments of the others on the list.]
3. The presentation for the local Boy Scout Troop that I was preparing for yesterday went very well, and also gave me hope: almost forty uniformed, polite, engaged scouts, and more than 15 parents attended, and there wasmore participation from the boys than I often get from lawyer and government employees. They also had me go beyond the scheduled time, being full of questions.
I did not dumb down the material, and did not try to reference movies likely to have been seen by 10-14-year-old boys. I did mention “Spotlight,” old Westerns, and “Jurassic Park” (one 12-year-old volunteered to explain chaos theory as a supplement to my explanation of “moral luck,”) and the three hypotheticals I gave them were ones that I have used with various adult and professional audiences. Here was the first one:
A friend at your job in a small business comes up to you at work, nearly in tears. He asks you to promise that you will keep what he says confidential, and you do. You had just been assigned the job of reviewing the financial records over the last three months, a task you have never performed before. Your friend tells you he had been asked to make a cash deposit to the company’s bank account last month, and took a thousand dollars out of the deposit for his own use. He says that he was behind on his mortgage, and that the thousand dollars saved his house and prevented his family of four, including an infant, from being thrown out into the street. He says that he took the money and used it in a poker game, and won big. He admits that his past problems were due to a gambling addiction, but swears that he is “working on it.”
“I’ll be able to pay back all the money in just a week or two,” he swear. “Please, please don’t flag the discrepancy! I’ll lose my job and go to jail. And remember that time I took you into our home for six months when you were out of work and broke…”
You say you have to think about it. Then you check the records. For whatever reason, the $1000 deficit doesn’t show up.
What do you tell him?
- “Sure. I owe you.”
- “I can’t cover for you. I’m going to have to tell the boss what you just said.
- “I’ll give you a week. If you haven’t paid it back by then, you will have to come clean to the boss.
- Something else.