Archives for November 2013

Do Clefts meet the Definition of Special Needs Children?

People ask me all the time whether cleft lip and/or palate kids can be considered "Children with Special Needs?" I generally answer "Yes," but, of course, it depends on the severity of the birth defect and the surgical outcomes. As the diagram suggests, there are degrees of severity. Joaquin Phoenix claims his barely visible cleft is no big deal. Then again, there are cleft persons whose speech never gets past the "nasal" stage. By the way, Wiki agrees that clefts constitute "Special … [Read more...]

Final take on the NFL Bullying Brouhaha

But wait, the NFL bullying saga gets even more complicated as these news bulletins attest: Another relative newbie on the Dolphins team,  quarterback Ryan Tannehill, is quoted as saying, “If you asked Jonathan Martin who his best friend is on this team two weeks ago, he’d say Richie Incognito.”This quote from the guy whom the two offensive linemen, Martin and Incognito, are paid to protect!  QB Tannehill also said that Richie was the first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went … [Read more...]

First take on NFL “Bullying” Scandal.

Before revealing my thoughts on the Jonathan Martin-vs-Richie Incognito bullying flap, here is  CBS Sports.com's  report on the essentials of the situation by reporter Jason La Canfora. The basics of the alleged bullying. Last week's flare-up between Martin and his teammates, “was not an isolated incident -- not even close,” one source said. “It's been going on almost since they drafted him.” Other players on the team said it was fairly widely known within the team that the offensive linemen … [Read more...]

Second take on the Bullying Brawl in the NFL

So, what bullying info has emerged in the week since the relationship between two Miami Dolphins became public? Some snippets from recent mass media accounts: Evidence in the form of a tape surfaces that Richie Incognito’s text and other exchanges with Jonathan Martin crossed the line. “According to ESPN's Adam Schafer, the most egregious of these exchanges was a highly graphic voicemail Incognito left in April 2013, in which Incognito called Martin a "[mulatto} piece of s**t," … [Read more...]