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Welcome to the PowerQuad Disability Support Forum!

PQ is an informational, supportive, and FUN social network, run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities and the people who care about them. We are not professionals. We're not here to cure, fix, or change anyone. We're just ordinary gimps living life. And we're living it with our disabilities, just doing the best we can, despite the extra challenges we may face.

So, here you will find years of combined disability experience. If you're new to the game, we can help you find your way. If you're an experienced hand, please share your knowledge with us.
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 Recent Topics
Topic Posted by: robeec - On: 12/28/2010 - At: 6:56:01 PM
i'm going for the trial 1/19th and then implantation a week or two later. i can't wait!
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GALLUP: B. Obama, H. Clinton "most admired"
Topic Posted by: StarlightAngel - On: 12/29/2010 - At: 2:52:21 PM
December 27, 2010

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Are 2010's Most Admired

Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey are closely matched behind Clinton

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- President Barack Obama is Americans' Most Admired Man of 2010, substantially ahead of the former presidents, iconic religious leaders, and others who fill out the top 10 list. Obama first became Americans' Most Admired Man in 2008, shortly after his election as the nation's 44th president, and has held the title since then <....>

Obama is the runaway favorite for Most Admired Man among Democrats nationwide: 46% choose him, followed by 7% who pick Bill Clinton and 5% Nelson Mandela. Obama also leads among independents, with 17%, but ranks second among Republicans behind George W. Bush.;_medium=email&utm;_campaign=syndication&utm;_content=morelink&utm;_term=Americas
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Help for Islam-o-phobs
Topic Posted by: ParaDude - On: 12/22/2010 - At: 11:51:40 AM
We all know one or two people in our inner circle who believe stuff about Islam that simply isn't true, or at the very least...extremely embellished to the point of being false. So for those of you with a friend, or loved one who believe any of the following 5 items, here are some talking points to help guide them to the truth. Paulwa...this one's for you.

The original link is here...I will just posts snippets but read the entire article if you get a chance...lots of interesting stuff there.
5 things


Truth is that the vast majority do not. In France there are close to 3 million Muslim women. How many wear burqas? 367.

Thinking Muslim women dress like this...

is akin to believing all Christian women must dress like this:

BTW - if the Muslim faith thinks of women as second class then why do you figure that 4 out of 5 of the most populated Muslim Nations have elected...GASP...a woman as their head of state? Seems to me Muslim Nation's are a little more progressive in terms of electing a female to lead the nation than other western nations (ahem...Canada and US).


The reality is:
Thomas Jefferson - taught himself Arabic using his own copyof the Quran and hosted the first White House Iftar during Ramadan.

John Adams - hailed the Islamic prophet as one of the great "inquirers after truth".

Benjamin Rush - said he would rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammad "inculcated upon our youth" than see them grow deprived "of a system of religious principles."

Benjamin Franklin said "Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service."

I will quote this next part directly from the article, I especially liked the last part in regards to the Treaty of Tripoli:

So, why all this Founding Father/Muslim love? Probably because Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah of Morocco was the first world figure to recognize the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1777. Another reason was that the Founding Fathers were smart enough to distinguish between terrorists and everybody else on the whole damn planet, as demonstrated in the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797. It was in this agreement that the U.S. declared: "The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Mussulmen [Moslems]."

Reality - only about 20% of the Muslim population is Arab or N.African. A comparison can be made in that 22 percent of Christians are in fact African but when you think of "Christians" you don't automatically think..."African". Equating Muslims with Arabs makes as much sense.


Even before the whole terrorism thing, Islam had a reputation in the West for violence. Part of it has to do with how abruptly Islam was all up in everyone's face. For instance, while Hinduism took about 1,000 years to spread through India, and Christianity took about 400 years to go from persecuted cult to the state religion of the Roman Empire, Islam went from one guy's epiphany to the dominant political and religious force in the Middle East and North Africa in about 100 years. So a lot of people have reached the conclusion that the religion spread like holy wildfire for one reason: the sword. The next logical leap from this viewpoint is that as a people, Muslims must be violent and barbaric conquerors. Even before 9/11, you saw this portrayal in popular culture all the time:

Reality is that Muhammad made some rules of warfare that included:

* No killing of women, children or innocents -- these might include hermits, monks or other religious leaders who were deemed noncombatants; * * No wanton killing of livestock or other animals; * * No burning or destruction of trees and orchards; and * * No destruction of wells. And no kicking with cleats on, Jeremy. In short, Muhammad wanted his armies to fight like freaking hippies. During the fucking Dark Ages. And they did. But the biggest territorial gains were made after Muhammad's death, right? Maybe that was when Islam earned its bloodthirsty reputation? Not exactly. His successor codified the existing rules and made them the standard for his army. Which probably explains why the Muslim army conquering Europe "exhibited a degree of toleration which puts many Christian nations to shame," in the words of one expert.

There is a 5th one I will let you read for yourselves if interested.

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I installed Mozilla Firefox on our new laptop-
Topic Posted by: Albert-1 - On: 12/28/2010 - At: 7:19:50 PM
-but I can't make the Mozilla Firefox icon appear either as a shortcut or at the bottom of the page. It appears only in the "All Programs" section.

I can't drag the icon either. When I do, the icon doesn't appear on the screen.

How do i fix this?

I have the Mozilla Firefox icon displayed on the PC desktop, but my brother set that up.

And,oh yes, the screensaver on the laptop changes by itself from one minute to the next.
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Orange wheelchair cushion? (Not a Rojo)
Topic Posted by: Albert-1 - On: 11/10/2010 - At: 12:39:21 PM
My Rojo wheelchair cushions are always getting holes punched in them accidentally, so we're looking elsewhere for one. My father has heard of a cushion that happens to be orange, but I've certainly never seen it. Anyone here have an idea of what he's talking about?
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"The King's Speech"
Topic Posted by: Albert-1 - On: 12/28/2010 - At: 5:06:03 PM
I saw it Sunday afternoon, Excellent, excellent film. It is about King George VI's attempt to cure his stammer. All of us liked it. Colin Firth will almost certainly win a Best Actor Oscar.
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Have you noticed-
Topic Posted by: Albert-1 - On: 12/13/2010 - At: 8:45:58 PM
-that nothing's been updated on Chloe Magazine (one of Kim's websites) for more than a month now?

I even have a movie review that I submitted more than a month ago which hasn't been posted, and I don't have an extra copy of it, so if i wanted to submit it again, I'd have to write the whole thing all over again. And when you write something a second time, you don't feel quite as inspired.
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Merry belated Christmas everyone!
Topic Posted by: Albert-1 - On: 12/26/2010 - At: 11:33:28 AM
I was using my father's new laptop, on which I am not logged in to tis website, and I forgot my old password, so I have not been at power Quad since Thursday. hope all of you had a nice Christmas. Both my brother and my sister have had to change flights bwecause of the winter storm. My sister is already in Pennsylvania, and my brother and his wife are still here. Fortunately, there is not much trouble in East Point. There is snow on the ground, but not much accumulation here.

I hate the fact that the Christmas season seems to end so quickly.
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Topic Posted by: aevory - On: 12/07/2010 - At: 6:31:01 PM
Have Billionaires Taken Over The Democratic Party? Seems So.

Have billionaires taken over the Democratic Party? Seems so.

Many Republicans, said Democratic-party chairman Howard Dean recently, �have never made an honest living in their lives.� Democratic activists have even set up a satirical website. And a liberal tax-exempt 527 group with the same name gets checks from anti-Bush billionaires such as Herb Sandler of Golden West Financial.

The GOP has historically been the party of both Main Street and Wall Street. But over the past decade, the plutocrats have increasingly become Democrats. Billionaires for Bush are increasingly outnumbered by billionaires who hate Bush. And Republicans in limousines are being outpaced by Democrats in Lear Jets.
With soft-money contributions banned, the super rich can now hope to sway elections with large checks to 527 advocacy groups such as, Americans Coming Together, and the Media Fund, and by bundling contributions to candidates. Over the last four elections, the Democrats have dominated on both accounts. Consider these numbers, from the nonpartisan, non-profit Center for Responsive Politics (CRP):

Thus far in 2006, 17 of the top 25 contributors to 527 advocacy groups are funding liberal/Democratic causes, including liberal billionaires George Soros, and Peter Lewis.

In 2004, Democrats made up 15 of the 25 individuals who gave more than $2 million to 527 groups. Of the Senate and House candidates who received �bundled� contributions that year, 9 out of the top 10 in the Senate and 8 out of 10 in the House were Democrats.

In 2002, those who gave a million dollars or more gave $36 million to the Democrats and only $3 million to Republicans, a 12:1 ratio. Those who gave $10,000 or more gave $140 million to the Democrats and just $111 million to Republicans. Of the top 10 individual contributors to candidates that year, only one gave to Republicans.

In 2000, Bush�s �Pioneers� received considerable press for their efforts to raise $100,000 each for the campaign. But the really big donors that year were Democrats. According to the lefty Mother Jones magazine, 18 of the top 25 individual donors to political campaigns were Democrats. In recent years, the Left has been obsessed with the role that the oil and natural-gas industry plays in funding the Republican candidates. Republicans are �in oil companies� pockets,� says the DNC in one press release. In 2004, according to the CRP, the oil and gas industry pumped $25 million into campaigns, 80 percent of it to the GOP.

But that pales in comparison to industries and interests that fund the Democratic party. That same year lawyers gave $182 million (75 percent to Democrats) and Hollywood donated $32 million (70 percent to Democrats).

Despite all of the rhetoric about rich Republicans, the GOP today is largely a party funded by middle-class voters. The average contribution to the GOP hovers around $50, almost identical with the much ballyhooed Internet �grassroots� presidential campaign of Howard Dean in 2004. The Democrats for some reason won�t release comparable figures.

But the super-rich are not just giving to Democrats, they are increasingly running for office. In the Senate, often called a millionaires club, those with the really big money are Democrats. Of the five U.S. senators worth more than $25 million (John Kerry, Herb, Kohl, John Rockefeller, Dianne Feinstein, and Lincoln Chafee) according to Roll Call, only Chafee is a Republican.

Ned Lamont, currently running for the Senate in Connecticut, is only the latest in a long line of Democrats who have self-financed their campaigns. Thus far he has poured $4 million of his $100 million fortune into the race.

In 2000, Democrat John Corzine poured $60 million of his own money to win a Senate seat in New Jersey, Mark Dayton spent $12 million to win in Minnesota, Maria Cantwell $10 million Washington, and Herb Kohl $5 million to retain his seat in Wisconsin. In contrast, those Republicans who self-financed, according to Steen, did so in much smaller amounts.

Wealthy Republicans self-finance, too, but not in such large numbers. As National Journal columnist Jonathan Rauch has pointed out (using data provided by Boston College professor Jennifer Steen), between 1990 and 2000 self-financing candidates who spent more than $4 million of their own money were Democrats by a 2:1 margin. According to Steen, from 2000 to 2004 the Democrats� margin rose to 3:1.

As U.S. News & World Report political reporter Michael Barone points out, John Kerry won only one county in the state of Idaho, but it was the county that included the super-rich enclave of Sun Valley. And he carried only one county in Wyoming, the one which included the super-rich community of Jackson Hole. Barone calls this part of the �trust-funder Left.�

So why are we seeing the emergence of liberal millionaires and billionaires?
Part of the answer may lie in the way much of this wealth was accumulated. Some of these individuals (Kerry, Dayton, Rockefeller, etc.) inherited their wealth and are thus less familiar with the rigors of the marketplace. Sure they have stock investments, but they haven�t spent time building a business or even holding down a demanding job in corporate America. Others, particularly in the high-tech sector and Hollywood, amassed their wealth quickly and faced fewer challenges in dealing with invasive government and regulations. They see wealth as something that happens quickly, not something that is build up over time. The Silicon Valley 30-year-old worth $200 million on a stock IPO after six years in the business is likely to have a different view of wealth accumulation than the industrialist who amassed a similar fortune over the course of a lifetime. A life of wealth seems more like a lottery, and less like the end result of hard work.
Ironically, Democrats, who talk about income inequality and plutocracy, are now the party of the super rich. The super rich have different priorities and concerns than other Americans. Taxes don�t bite as hard because they can hire accounts and lawyers to avoid or minimize them. They tend to be less religious and therefore less concerned with issues of faith. And they can embrace causes that will impact society and not really affect them. For example, several liberal billionaires have embraced the cause of drug legalization, which would probably cause enormous problems in middle America but would have less affect inside large fence-lined compounds. In short, a political party dominated by the super rich is going to have some issues knowing what concerns ordinary Americans.
� Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy
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Sarah and Wikileaks...
Topic Posted by: ParaDude - On: 12/23/2010 - At: 2:49:10 PM
...a couple weeks back she called the release of these documents "treasonous" (even though the guy who released them is Australian).

Today, she is using those same "treasonous documents" in her latest attack blather...

Sarah - blather - leaks
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