Dad Does the Right Thing

Michael Palomino was confronted with a very difficult decision after being made aware of a YouTube video of  his son and other teens beating another teen.  Palomino became aware of the video after family members notified him of it. Palomino, a law enforcement officer, decided to turn in his son Raymond.

Palomino believes that he made the right decision however he questions the way his son is being treated.  Raymond is seventeen and being charged as an adult. The other attackers are under 17 and have been charged as juveniles.

What would you have done in Palomino’s situation?

Thought for the Day

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” Stephen Colbert

Check out what Jesus said about the poor:

 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40, New International Version)

Disabilities: My Story

This is the 2nd installment in a series on disabilities. It has taken much longer to write this than I intended. I guess because it is my story and personal. One of the reason’s I write about disabilities is because I have several learning disabilities.

One of the most frustrating things about learning disabilities is that they are a hidden. Outwardly there is often no indication that someone has a learning disability. My primary learning disability is dysgraphia. It is a form of dyslexia that effects my motor skills. As a result I have extremely messy handwriting and serious coordination issues. My handwriting is a constant source of embarrassment and discomfort for me. In school I had several teachers attempt to cure my messy handwriting or lack of care by making me re-write any paper that was less than perfect. Of course this only made me hate school and writing even more. As an adult I deal with almost constant joking/ribbing about my messy handwriting. I try to make light of the situation but at times it really bothers me. Also, I’ve been ridiculed and publicly derided by more than one clerk when I tried to write a check. More than once this has included enduring a clerk calling me stupid. Of course, I have learned to loudly ask for the person who handles ADA complaints.

So you may be wondering why I write about something that bothers me so much. I hope by writing about my experiences I will help others. Maybe I can help enlighten someone who believes that learning disabilities are an excuse. Maybe I can help a parent of a child who is struggling with the same problems I did. Or just maybe I can inspire someone to dream big and achieve in spite of what others say you can’t do.

Hopefully it won’t take me as long to write the next installment in this series.

Boycott Dr Pepper — Update

I left a comment on Dr Pepper/Snapple’s website about the way Dublin Bottle Works (Formerly Dublin Dr Pepper) was treated.  I received the following response:

January 16, 2012

Dear Mrs. XXX:

Thank you for contacting us about Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Dublin, Texas.  We wanted to let you know that we have settled our legal issues with the Dublin bottler over the Dr Pepper trademark and distribution rights.  As part of the agreement, Dublin has sold us its sales and distribution operations, as well as the rights to distribute Dr Pepper and other DPS brands in its former territory.

Our former Dublin bottler is now doing business as Dublin Bottling Works Inc. They’re continuing to produce other soft drinks at their bottling facility, as well as operating their museum and Old Doc’s Soda Shop, offering tours and selling soft drinks, food and officially licensed Dr Pepper merchandise.

We want to assure you that you can still find Dr Pepper with cane sugar in Dublin and surrounding areas and at leading retail outlets in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Waco and other areas where our bottlers make it available.  It’s the same product Dublin sold.  It will still be bottled and canned in distinct, nostalgic packaging.  The only difference is it will not reference Dublin on the label.

Dr Pepper is still a big part of Dublin. We will enthusiastically support the popular “Dr Pepper, Texas,” celebration as well as the related “10-2-4k” run held each June in Dublin. And if you’re in the area, we hope you’ll stop by the museum and Old Doc’s Soda Shop.

Thanks again for contacting us – and for being a fan of Dr Pepper.


Consumer Relations

From the response I just don’t think the big corporate types get it. I’m upset because Goliath pushed the little guy out.  One of DPS complaints was that Dublin Dr Pepper used special packaging. Now DPS plans to use the same packaging. My pushing Dublin Bottling Works out of the Dr Pepper business DPS has forgotten its heritage.

I Tripped

The actions of Captain Francesco Schettino following the sinking of the Costa Concordia are one of the worst examples of not doing the right thing. The entire incident  was caused by the failure to act responsibly.

Schettino has been criticized for abandoning ship. Even after being ordered to return to the ship by the Italian Coast Guard. In a conversation with the Coast Guard Schettino is asked why he left the ship. He repeatedly claims I didn’t leave it was sinking. Now the cowardly captain claims that he tripped landing in a life boat and couldn’t get back on his ship. Seriously, who does he except will believe that lame excuse.

It appears that the reason the Costa Concordia capsized was because it was too close to land.  Schettino has admitted that he was too close to land because the wanted to salute a friend. That’s right he was showboating for a friend.  He made a willful decision to show off his multimillion dollar ride risking the lives of unsuspecting passengers and crew. Oh, you may be wondering what the captain was doing when the ship hit rocks, he was eating dinner in the dining hall.

So, Schettino is taking partial responsibility for the Concordia being in a dangerous situation. However, he fails to acknowledge his inability to act responsibility. Personally, I think house arrest is too easy Schettino. I think a more fitting sanction would be to require Schettino to be involved with the cleanup of the disaster. He should be assigned the dirtiest and worst possible cleanup tasks. Further he should have to look the families of those who were lost in the eye. Just maybe being faced with the results of his actions even a selfish whimp like Schettino might learn to do the right thing.