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(CBS News)   Thanks to the Cambridge Mass. Police Department and friends on Facebook, young severely autistic 12-year-old boy enjoys his first real big birthday bash   (cbsnews.com ) divider line
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2014-02-23 09:44:47 AM  
Was the boy tased for being unresponsive when questioned?
 
2014-02-23 10:05:38 AM  
Just when you really want to hate cops, they go and do something like this. BASTARDS!
 
2014-02-23 10:05:45 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Was the boy tased for being unresponsive when questioned?


It's therapy.    Just ask the tard-shockers at the Rotenburg center.
 
2014-02-23 10:07:41 AM  
Not just Cambridge, police in ten cities joined in.

We're just waiting for someone to reprimand them for violations, right? Or does the feel-good story stay feel good?
 
2014-02-23 10:08:47 AM  

AbiNormal: Just when you really want to hate cops, they go and do something like this. BASTARDS!


I know right, it's almost like they're fellow human beings and not all of them are bad. Those bastards!
 
2014-02-23 10:12:36 AM  

strangeluck: AbiNormal: Just when you really want to hate cops, they go and do something like this. BASTARDS!

I know right, it's almost like they're fellow human beings and not all of them are bad. Those bastards!


Exactly!
 
2014-02-23 10:13:34 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: Not just Cambridge, police in ten cities joined in.

We're just waiting for someone to reprimand them for violations, right? Or does the feel-good story stay feel good?


I'm sure someone will start claiming abuse of resources or these cops would never throw a party for an autistic black kid, etc. Eh, enjoy the good vibes while they last.
 
2014-02-23 10:13:48 AM  
Farking pigs.

/amidoinitright?
 
2014-02-23 11:19:34 AM  
Cambridge Mass.

i.huffpost.com

Don't you mean Cambridge Our Fair City, MA?

/got nuthin
 
2014-02-23 11:19:56 AM  
But then the officers made up for their good deed by shooting the neighbors dogs.....
 
2014-02-23 11:27:52 AM  
Sigh! Another meat puppet feel good story. Makes me want to vomit.
 
2014-02-23 11:34:15 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Cambridge Mass.

Don't you mean Cambridge Our Fair City, MA?

/got nuthin


Car Talk ftw!
 
2014-02-23 11:48:11 AM  
"Logan is loved around the world, so it's not a sad birthday anymore."

"Who?"
  - Some guy from California who, less than  5 minutes ago, clicked thumbs-up on an autistic kid's Facebook birthday announcement.
 
2014-02-23 11:53:18 AM  
I remember a few years ago, there was a lovely young woman i worked with, who i found out, was single and had a young son. who was six? years old. Anyway, he had some serious medical issues, that were soon to end his life. I can't remember exactly what they were, but he only had one lung, and some other malady that was soon to be fatal for him within a few months.

Anyway, i felt very moved by his plight, and i managed to get him a flight on a Cessna 172 (i was a student pilot at the time) with the club i belonged to. The club donated the plane for a hour, free, and the instructor donated his time free. I can still remember his face lighting up as he dragged his little oxygen cylinder behind him as we walked him up to the aircraft. You see, he had always loved planes, and would never grow up to fly one. His Dr. had said that as long as he had his O2 with him, and the plane stayed below 10,000 feet, he was good to go.

His mother stood by, with me, while he took off with the pilot, and watched as they flew around for a hour or so. After it was over, the little boy was crying, and i asked him why. He said, "Because, that was the coolest thing i will ever do in my life, and i will never forget it." Of course..everyone was a blubbering mess, but tried to be strong for him.

A week later, i arranged for him to become a hororary poilce officer (thank you Peoria Police Dept.) And at roll call, they stood up and saluted him, and gave him his own badge, and little uniform someones wife had made. The fire department stepped in as well, and make him a fireman, and gave him a ride in the ladder truck, and let him blow the horn.

I tell you all this, not to say "look at what i did" but to tell you, that even a small gesture of humanity and kindness can blossom into a group effort, and can make even a small period in time for a little dying person's life just a bit better.

He lasted a few months after that i believe, and i never saw his mother again, though i hoped that she had another child that was well, and that perhaps in a small way, i had made a tiny bit of difference in one person's life.

/ ya ya, i know...csb.
 
2014-02-23 12:05:39 PM  

How great, OTOH, I would expect nothing less from the Police Department of

"The Peoples Republic  of Cambridge".

 
2014-02-23 12:19:25 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: I remember a few years ago, there was a lovely young woman i worked with, who i found out, was single and had a young son. who was six? years old. Anyway, he had some serious medical issues, that were soon to end his life. I can't remember exactly what they were, but he only had one lung, and some other malady that was soon to be fatal for him within a few months.

Anyway, i felt very moved by his plight, and i managed to get him a flight on a Cessna 172 (i was a student pilot at the time) with the club i belonged to. The club donated the plane for a hour, free, and the instructor donated his time free. I can still remember his face lighting up as he dragged his little oxygen cylinder behind him as we walked him up to the aircraft. You see, he had always loved planes, and would never grow up to fly one. His Dr. had said that as long as he had his O2 with him, and the plane stayed below 10,000 feet, he was good to go.

His mother stood by, with me, while he took off with the pilot, and watched as they flew around for a hour or so. After it was over, the little boy was crying, and i asked him why. He said, "Because, that was the coolest thing i will ever do in my life, and i will never forget it." Of course..everyone was a blubbering mess, but tried to be strong for him.

A week later, i arranged for him to become a hororary poilce officer (thank you Peoria Police Dept.) And at roll call, they stood up and saluted him, and gave him his own badge, and little uniform someones wife had made. The fire department stepped in as well, and make him a fireman, and gave him a ride in the ladder truck, and let him blow the horn.

I tell you all this, not to say "look at what i did" but to tell you, that even a small gesture of humanity and kindness can blossom into a group effort, and can make even a small period in time for a little dying person's life just a bit better.

He lasted a few months after that i believe, and i never saw his mother again, though i hoped that s ...


There is always something you can do to cheer another person up. Whether it's something as simple as bringing in the newspaper and shoveling the walk for an elderly neighbor whose arthritis gets bad in the winter or as complex as making dreams come true for a dying child, people are generally much nicer than our media and forums would ever indicate. If there were any justice in the world, the human-interest stories would outnumber the gory and tragic ones five-to-one.

I've never been part of a dream-come-true for a sick child, but I once helped with a program that, once a season, throws dinner dances for seniors at an independent-living facility. A local culinary school sponsors it, with the students preparing exactly what the seniors have requested, there's a local bar that donates some really good wine for those who are still allowed to have it and it's all very elegant. Not only do volunteers decorate the dining room beautifully, but we volunteers dress as waiters, there's often live music (when we can get it,) and it's something the seniors look forward to for weeks and weeks.

Last December we managed to get a swing-dance band for them, and since it was close to Christmas, the indie-living seniors arranged to invite the residents of a local nursing home. Some of them were in wheelchairs and some had mild dementia and weren't quite sure of when or where they were, but they all dressed up in their best and danced the night away. One old fellow mistook my sister and I for cigarette girls and was very confused that we didn't have any to sell him, until Sis shrugged and said "Rationing?" which seemed to make perfect sense to him. We found him some bubblegum instead and he told us how much of it he'd handed out to children in Holland. Some other old soldiers joined him and it was really amazing to see these Second World War and Korean War veterans sharing stories, some of them quite bawdy indeed as the night wore on. There was also some remarkably good dancing, and it was decided to keep bringing sister's swing-dance club up from college, as the extra boys helped to even out the numbers, what with there being so many widowed ladies over seventy.

There's one couple who never miss the dances. They are in their eighties, but they dance together the same way they have since they met at a USO dance when he was eighteen and she seventeen. I looked at them, then across the room to my own husband, who was dressed as a waiter and serving coffee to the old war veterans (since they tone the stories down whenever ladies appear and it seemed rotten to ruin their fun,) and we shared a glance. I just hope that when we're old, there are still girls to mistake for something else and boys dancing or dressed as waiters. We'll probably drive our grandchildren crazy asking where we can charge our smartphones when people have had cybernetic chips for like fifty years and the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' table will have nearly as many women as men, but old people will still love dinner dances and their grandchildren will still arrange them.

And then Grandma got to sing with the band like she used to in the Forties and Fifties. She's still got it.
 
2014-02-23 01:27:21 PM  
Stupid cops, wasting resources.  I bet they would never throw a party for an autistic black kid.

/for strangeluck.
 
2014-02-23 01:35:16 PM  
The mom seems sort of...strange? with how she kept referring to his birthday as a sad day. Most kids just get cake and a day at the park. I don't know why something so simple couldn't turn a sad day into a good day.
 
2014-02-23 01:40:43 PM  

rnatalie: FirstNationalBastard: Was the boy tased for being unresponsive when questioned?

It's therapy.    Just ask the tard-shockers at the Rotenburg center.


Occasionally I come across the screen shot I took of Doc Funkenstein's post from that thread in my pictures folder and I laugh so hard I'm crying.
/If you have never seen it, it's worth finding
 
2014-02-23 01:59:44 PM  
 "As far as his birthdays in the past, they've always been a sad quiet day," said Logan's mom, Catherine, who decided to do something different for Logan's 12th birthday.

Catherine said she feels humbled by the birthday party 12 years in the making. "Logan is loved around the world, so it's not a sad birthday anymore."


His mom sounds like she has some pretty severe issues.
 
2014-02-23 02:25:13 PM  
Yknow whats going to be sad? Birthday 13 when everyone goes back to not remembering who this kid is.
 
2014-02-23 03:06:15 PM  
Wouldn't a surprise party be bad fir someone who's severely autistic? He might freak out and then need to be tazed.
 
2014-02-23 03:08:19 PM  

ChaosStar: rnatalie: FirstNationalBastard: Was the boy tased for being unresponsive when questioned?

It's therapy.    Just ask the tard-shockers at the Rotenburg center.

Occasionally I come across the screen shot I took of Doc Funkenstein's post from that thread in my pictures folder and I laugh so hard I'm crying.
/If you have never seen it, it's worth finding


Why not share it?
 
2014-02-23 03:33:42 PM  
So how are they going to top this next year? Because if they don't, this kid's going to be really upset...
 
2014-02-23 04:23:21 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Cambridge Mass.

[i.huffpost.com image 260x190]

Don't you mean Cambridge Our Fair City, MA?

/got nuthin


If you want to be correct, please refer to it as "The People's Republic of Cambridge."
 
2014-02-23 04:58:17 PM  

ukexpat: So how are they going to top this next year? Because if they don't, this kid's going to be really upset...


Hookers and blow.
 
2014-02-23 05:38:49 PM  
Another FB story like this one:

https://www.facebook.com/Coliniseleven
 
2014-02-23 10:03:05 PM  

Mock26: Stupid cops, wasting resources.  I bet they would never throw a party for an autistic black kid.

/for strangeluck.


:)
 
2014-02-23 10:48:26 PM  
Bashed in the face amirite?
 
2014-02-24 02:47:03 PM  
If you have a child with autism, you understand the mom's statement of it being a sad day. You realize how tough the future will be for the child as he/she grows up, you realize they are unable to have friends, etc. Believe me, it really can be a bittersweet day.
 
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