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After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a “retard” in a tweet during Monday night’s presidential debate, Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens penned her this open letter:

Dear Ann Coulter, Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night. I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have. Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next. Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift. Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more. After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV. I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash. Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much. Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.

A friend you haven’t made yet,

John Franklin Stephens

Global Messenger Special Olympics Virginia

Everyone on planet Earth should read this. Let’s make sure they do. Please reblog this.

Fresh New Google+ Branding Rolls Out
Yesterday, Google announced the biggest change to its branding in 17 years, and that involves fresh new logos and buttons for Google+, too.

Google's new look reflects where the company is at today, and looks towards the future. Google started with Search on the desktop, now there are a wide variety of products that are accessible from other devices too, such as smartphones, tablets, watches and even cars. The new branding has been designed so it is easy to identify across the many different display sizes we use in our everyday lives, and the fresh logo transforms into dots (each one representing a colour took from Google's palette) to help you interact with its products.

(video)But we're here to talk about Google+, which has been given a new logo and +1 button design. Obviously, there's nothing radically different other than the move to a sans serif typeface and slighter brighter colours. I'm just happy that at least something fresh is rolling out to Google+ on the web... As for the mobile apps, expect to see updates rolling out soon with at least the new icon.Hopefully we'll see more drastic changes to the desktop site soon as it is well overdue a makeover, but we could still be waiting a while yet.
You can read more about Google's new branding updates on the official blog.
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