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  •  First off, congratulations on your apparent (0+ / 0-)

    recovery.  Aphasia is a horrible and frustrating disability.

    Aphasia is NOT a 'mental inability.'
    Aphasia (pron.: əˈfeɪʒə or əˈfeɪziə or eɪˈfeɪziə, originated from an ancient Greek word 'aphatos' meaning[1] ἀφασία (ἄφατος, ἀ- + φημί), "speechlessness"[2])is a disturbance of the comprehension and formulation of language caused by dysfunction in specific brain regions.[3] --
    Why are you objecting to my description?  I think it's quite accurate.
    And as others have already pointed out, we don't know that Gabby has aphasia.
    Actually, it is quite well documented (and I thought well known by everyone interested in her and her recovery) that she has aphasia.  For example:
    Giffords is experiencing aphasia, a disorder associated with brain injury that impairs her ability to process language, -
    The only infantilizing here is coming from you. Gabby remains a powerful political and moral force in this country, and you are trying to diminish that by claiming her brain is mush.
    Really?  Do you normally call grown professionals by their nicknames?  Is Barack Obama "Barack"? Is Nancy Pelosi "Nancy"?  Is Harry Reid "Harry"?  So why is Gabby Giffords "Gabby"?

    Giffords' brain is pretty clearly not "mush" but are you seriously claiming that she has retained all of her former language capabilities?

    •  Actually... (2+ / 0-)
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      I went to school with the President back in Honolulu, back when he was known as Barry. He chooses to go by 'Barack' now, though, so I would respect his wishes. And obviously wait for him to invite me to use his first name. As I'm sure he would.

      Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

      by earicicle on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:49:56 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps, but since I did not go to school with (0+ / 0-)

        him I will refer to him as Obama until I get to know him personally.

        •  You should refer to him as *President* Obama, (0+ / 0-)

          since you will never get to know him personally.

          And I'll thank you for not lecturing me on etiquette or the conventions of how we write on this blog until you have been a respected member of the community for 5+ years, engaged in productive online and real world progressive dialogue & action here, and have penned 25,000+ comments or a few hundred diaries. Then, let the lectures commence!

          Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

          by earicicle on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:45:52 PM PDT

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          •  Sorry, but rudeness is rudeness no matter (0+ / 0-)

            how long you have been here.

            This idea that you get to refer to a female politician by her first name is really no different that the old Southern practice of referring to all blacks by their first names or just "boy".

            Giffords has earned respect and you should give it to her.

    •  Representative Giffords (2+ / 0-)
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      is well-known by the constituency throughout her former district, where I lived for over 30 years, as Gabby.  

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:26:54 PM PDT

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