The Daily Moth 4-6-17

April 6, 2017




Deaf Actress to be on CW’s Supernatural Tonight, Senate Republicans Go Nuclear Over Gorsuch Nomination, Rep. Nunes Recuses Himself from Russian Probe, and Deaf Action Center Builds New Deaf-Friendly Apartment in Dallas, TX




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, April 6. Ready for news? 




Deaf actress Shoshannah Stern will be on TV tonight — on CW’s “Supernatural” tonight at 8 pm EST. She will be acting as Eileen, a woman who became deaf when she was a baby by a banshee — a ghost with a very loud scream. The banshee killed her parents. 


Eileen grew up to become a “hunter” — and specifically wants revenge against the banshee who killed her. In the first show she was on — January of last year — she killed the banshee by stabbing her with a golden knife. Nice. 


Her character can speak, read lips, and uses ASL in the show. Check it out tonight on CW — and see if Eileen will kill another terrible creature.  




Two big news from Washington, D.C.: 


Senate Republicans went with the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules to allow Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s appointee for the empty Supreme Court Justice seat, be voted in with a simple majority of at least 51 votes instead of the previous requirement of 60 votes. He is expected to be confirmed sometime tomorrow. 


This rule change is considered to be extreme — as it “dissolves” the bipartisan (having both Democrats and Republicans work together) tradition of the U.S. Senate to confirm Supreme Court justice. When Gorsuch is appointed, it will be the first time in the Senate’s 230-year history that a Supreme justice is appointed with a simple majority. 


Republicans blame Democrats for not working with them to appoint what they view as a highly-qualified person. Democrats say Gorsuch is not a good pick and they are still “mad” about Republicans blocking Obama’s pick for the empty seat — Merrick Garland. 


Sen. McCain has warned that this will make it easier for future presidents to appoint justices that are very far left or far right — because there is no longer a need for consensus within the Senate chamber — as long as there are at least 51 votes either party. 


So — tomorrow we should see Gorsuch confirmed to become a member of the Supreme Court. He’ll serve a lifetime term. 



California Rep. Devin Nunes (R), who is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, will recuse himself from leading the investigation in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump team. 


He was leading the investigation and made an announcement a few weeks ago that during intelligence surveilling of foregin targets, there were “unmasking” of Trump and people on his team. 


“Unmasking” is a term meant to describe identities of U.S. citizens that are exposed during investigations — usually when foregin targets are investigated, U.S. citizens have their identities “masked.” But Nunes announced that someone “unmasked” the identities of Trump and other people and that it concerned him — so he made the public announcement at the White House without consulting with his own committee first. 


Nunes later said he got the information from a secret source in the White House. This raised immediate controversy as Nunes was supposed to be “neutral” and acting outside of any influence from the White House. People also said he disclosed classified information.




After several people filed ethics complaints, Nunes has now announced that he is recusing himself. Now Rep. Conaway from Texas (R) will take over the Russia investigation. 




Two weeks ago I went to Dallas, Texas visit an organization named “Deaf Action Center” DAC — to visit their new Martha’s Vineyard Place apartment that provides affordable housing that is completely accessible to Deaf/HoH/DeafBlind people with doorbell lights, fire alarm lights. 


The new apartment building also houses the main offices of the DAC — which is a nonprofit organization that provides various services in North Texas. The board president of DAC, Dominic Lacy, gave us a tour of the place. Check it out!




It was a very nice apartment. It is not an “all-Deaf” apartment as there are some hearing residents, but DAC actively seeks Deaf residents to fill out applications to live there, and they can qualify for a reduction in rental costs. 


There used to be an older apartment building and offices on the same site, but it was starting to become old and worn-out. Dominic worked with the executive director of DAC, Heather Hughes, and the rest of the DAC team to build partnerships within the Dallas area to raise over 3 million dollars and organize a $15 million development to tear down the old apartment and build this new one. 


DAC chose the name “Martha’s Vineyard Place” to honor the historical island where many deaf people lived and hearing people knew signs. DAC wanted to create an environment there that was similar to the Deaf experience on Martha’s Vineyard.  


The DAC hosted a “Beacon of Hope” gala on March 25 to celebrate this achievement — and I was the Master of Ceremonies there — we all had a great time. If you’re ever in the city, you can always contact DAC for a visit/tour of the new place. 



That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 

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