This breaks my heart. I was a blog for Terri and I blogged relentlessly to save that woman's life. I grieved for her, her mom, dad and family. The murderous husband is another story.
When I saw this news item today, my heart sank;
Coma Victim Awakens After 19 Years Sun Shines for All
One has to wonder what supporters of Michael Schiavo's efforts to end his wife Terry's life think when they see articles like this. The Polish man who awoke after 19 years in a coma was cared for by a loving spouse. Terry's parents would have cared for her as well if her husband had allowed them to but that was not to be. This case was regarded as a pro-life issue which in a sense it was. However as Nat Hentoff reminded us in an editorial for the Washington Times, "I covered the Terri Schiavo case for more than four years, going against nearly all of the other media in emphasizing and documenting that this was not a "right to die" case, but a disability-rights case. And that's why many leading disability-rights organizations filed legal briefs unreported by most of the press on her behalf……When Terri Schiavo died, I wrote that hers was the longest public execution in American history. Even the most monstrous murderer on death row would have received far more due process of law than she did. " Jan Grzebski was lucky to be living in Poland.
I will be over at Little Green Footballs here liveblogging the Kennedy vs. Roberts at the nomination hearings
Watch it if you wish to see good vs evil in the flesh..............FOX NEWS has Live Streaming Video here
Great post over by Caesar over at LGF:
Ted Kennedy's strategy:
Speak briefly about precedent that does not apply to his ultimate point.
Step 2) Try to make an argument against the nominee, so that you might justify your not voting for him.
Step 3) Watch said argument be torn apart.
Step 4) Ignore the fact that said argument has been torn apart, go back to pre-written notes based on the idea that said argument would not have been torn apart, and imply that Roberts is anti-black, pro-whitey, anti-handicapped, and anti-women.
Step 1) Explain the law to an idiot.
Step 2) Watch the idiot make a fool out of himself as he struggles to and ultimately fails in understanding said law.
Step 3) Rinse, repeat.
15 minute break. I think Teddy is going to go get himself a few shots of vodka.
Top Photo: Fox News: Jack Roberts, John Roberts' son, yawns while sitting during the confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Photo: Fatboy's Scrapbook, hat tip Paul, LGF
UPDATE 1:05pm: Hearings Recess for lunch.
I will continue live blogging the hearings at 2:15 pm at the Tuesday Open Thread at Little Green Footballs here, do join me and synchronize your watches.
Chuckie "WE ARE GOING TO WAR OVER THE SUPREME COURT" Schumer coming up to bat
[Judge Greer - candidate ] A candidate may not accept a contribution in excess of $500 from any one person per election.
However, records show that George W. Greer did last year----including an extra $500 from an attorney representing Michael Schiavo
hat tip: J Crue
Full story and documents can be
thoughts from my favorite Doc, Dr Nancy (who has no idea I would post this but I had to fro her frankness):
Did you read it? What a carefully-written-bullshit-cover-your-ass "purge" that I've ever seen. It's like "I'll give them she didn't have an eating disorder and I won't confirm nor deny PVS, but I will say there's no evidence of abuse"--case closed-- and oh! she didn't die from starvation (whew) but dehydration (better) from lack of hydration (well how in the hell did that happen? No one gave her water, maybe?) And she shouldn't have been fed because she once had aspiration, and so could aspirate and die, so we can't have that...let's just kill her! The pies de Resistance---there were "erroneous" reports that she'd been given a morphine drip in the media-- shame!...no! she got only two doses of morphine suppositories. So it was a bit given for those worrying she might have been aware of the discomfort, but no morphine given with fluid involved in a compassionate morphine drip because G-d forbid she get fluid and the dehydration death be slowed. "I'm still open to" blah blah blah, but I didn't note that she'd be burned to bits, I mean cremated, two seconds after the autopsy so what is there to review later? What shit!
The more that emerges in the Schiavo tragedy, the more merciless her murder becomes
Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death, offers an inside view of Terri's struggle to live despite deprivation enforced by her husband and the courts. Fuhrman recounts the efforts of her family, and allies ranging from regular students to the Pope, to save her life. "Silent Witness" provides details regarding Terri and Michael Schaivo's married life, Terri's collapse, and the subsequent medical treatment she received. Finally, readers will gain a better understanding of the woman whose death could change the national dialogue on life issues. For those who want to emphasize sanctity of life above quality of life, this book does an invalauble service towards rendering Terri's humanity an indisputeable fact. Buy it from our Book Service here.
Great piece from the Scrapook Section of the Weekly Standard, hands down my favorite mag edited by those two studs Bill and Fred (Krystol and Barnes). They spew their java across the keyboard when reading Joan Didion's visceral attack on the left's untenable and singleminded assault on those of us who believed Terri's life was worth living. READ IT ALL
The Scrapbook almost spilled its morning coffee upon opening the June 9 issue of the New York Review of Books and finding that Joan Didion had written . . . well, a remarkably forthright and evenhanded account of the Terri Schiavo case. In fact, Didion's essay is easily the best treatment of the case since Eric Cohen's essays in these pages (see "How Liberalism Failed Terri Schiavo," April 4, 2005, and "What Living Wills Won't Do," April 18, 2005). Everyone should read it. We're not joking.
Now, we always expect that Didion's prose will be sharp. What we weren't expecting was that she would aim her blade at liberals, especially the type who labeled as "fundamentalists" all those who felt that Michael Schiavo shouldn't be allowed to kill his wife. Here's Didion:
That this was a situation offering space for legitimate philosophical differences seemed obvious. Yet there remained, on the "rational" side of the argument, very little acknowledgment that there could be large numbers of people, not all of whom could be categorized as "fundamentalists" or "evangelicals," who
were genuinely troubled by the ramifications of viewing a life as inadequate and so deciding to end it. There remained little acknowledgment even that the case was being badly handled, rendered unnecessarily inflammatory. There was an insensitivity in the timing of the removal of the feeding tube, which took place on the Friday before Palm Sunday, meaning that the gradual process of dying coincided with a week that for Christians has specifically to do with sacrificial suffering and death. "Oh come on," someone said when this was mentioned on a cable show. There was a further insensitivity in the fact that the tube was removed at all. If the sole intention is to terminate feeding and hydration, there is no need to remove a gastric feeding tube. All anyone need do is stop plunging the formula into the tube. . . . In this case, in the absence of some unusual circumstance that remained unreported, the sole purpose of actual removal would seem to have been to make any legally ordered resumption of feeding difficult to implement.
And here's Didion on the badly reported facts of the case:
Theresa Schiavo was repeatedly described as "brain dead." This was inaccurate: Those whose brains are dead are unable even to breathe, and can be kept alive only on ventilators. She was repeatedly described as "terminal." This too was inaccurate. She was "terminal" only in the sense that her husband had obtained a court order authorizing the removal of her feeding tube; her actual physical health was such that she managed to stay alive in a hospice, in which only palliative treatment is given and patients without antibiotics often die of the pneumonia that accompanies immobility or the bacteremia that accompanies urinary catheterization, for five years.
Unf-ingbelievable. It's not that I'm necessarily opposed to not letting convicts kill themselves, but in the cases of Terry Schiavo and Marjorie Nighbert we killed them, but here "sanctity of life" keeps convicts alive? Perhaps if they said we think it's more torturous feeding convicts and forcing continued life than letting them die...hat tip Dr Nancy G
Court OKs forced feeding of
While reports mount of elderly and disabled Americans being starved and dehydrated to death by denial of a feeding tube – sometimes by court order – a state court has approved the force-feeding of a convicted arsonist who was trying to starve himself to death.
In a decision Thursday, Washington's Court of Appeals ruled that the state's Department of Corrections was within its rights when it forced a feeding tube on Charles R. McNabb to end his five-month hunger strike.
According to a report in the Seattle Times, McNabb, 51, had been convicted of arson and assault for burning his estranged wife's Spokane home, during which his 16-year-old stepdaughter was seriously burned. He wanted to starve himself out of remorse over his stepdaughter's trauma. McNabb refused to eat while housed in the county jail while awaiting his trial last summer, losing close to 100 pounds.
Although McNabb had argued that the feeding tube violated his right to decline medical treatment, the three-judge panel unanimously ruled: "The right to decline force-feeding is not absolute because the state has an interest in protecting the sanctity of the lives of its citizens."
The case is an ironic contrast to the increasing number of cases where courts order the removal of feeding tubes from patients fighting for life. As the current edition of Whistleblower magazine reports, the Terri Schiavo case was just the most high-profile such instance.
For instance, Whistleblower tells the story of Marjorie Nighbert, an 83-year-old Florida stroke victim who had actually asked her nursing home care-givers for a "little something to eat" and a drink of water. Yet a Florida judge ruled she was not "competent" to make such a request for food, and was starved and dehydrated to death with the full agreement of her family.
Moreover, for every high-profile case involving the courts, many other elderly and disabled Americans are being quietly "helped along" toward death before their time, behind closed doors, without public knowledge, Whistleblower reports.
For the 5-foot-9 McNabb, sentenced to 14 years, the feeding tube was a violation of his rights.
"I am declining to eat for personal reasons," he wrote in a sworn declaration in August 2004, as he filed a lawsuit, according to the Seattle Times account. "I am competent to make this choice. ... I am deeply committed to that decision and for that reason I have consistently declined to eat, except under threat of force-feeding, for almost six months."
Finally, to avoid being force-fed, soon after the feeding tube was inserted, McNabb began to eat on his own.
As the prison system's chief physician, Dr. Marc Stern, told the Times:
"One of the things we struggle with is: Where does the patient autonomy end and where does the state autonomy begin? We do have cancer patients who can't eat and choose to not eat. In that case, the patient has autonomy. You have the right to die in a dignified way. But being perfectly healthy and saying, 'I'm not going eat,' that's where your autonomy ends and our autonomy begins."
How about this?
A Buffalo firefighter who apparently suffered brain damage
in a 1995 burning roof collapse and has since been virtually silent and nearly
blind had a sudden unexplained recovery on Saturday, animatedly speaking to
family and friends and trying to recover a lost decade.
Donald Herbert was 34 when he rushed into a burning apartment building on Dec.
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Firefighter's Amazing Recovery
"How long have I been gone?" the puzzled firefighter, Donald Herbert, 44, asked in a 14-hour marathon of hugs, kisses, reunions and conversations with his wife, four sons, other relatives and old firefighter comrades.
"We told him almost 10 years, and he said 'Holy cow!' " Simon A. Manka, his uncle, recalled yesterday. "He thought it had been three months."
In a news conference at Father Baker Manor, a skilled nursing home in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, where Mr. Herbert has been a patient for seven years, Mr. Manka said his nephew - who has passed most days in a wheelchair in front of a television set - abruptly returned to life and "began to speak after nine and a half years of silence."
Pending medical tests, Mr. Manka said, the extent and the probable duration of Mr. Herbert's recovery are unknown. "However, we can tell you he did recognize several family members and friends and did call them by name."
It happened out of the blue Saturday morning, a nursing home employee said.
"I want to talk to my wife," Mr. Herbert was quoted as saying. A staff member called his wife, Linda, but it was his youngest son, Nicholas, 13, who picked up the phone and began speaking.
"That can't be," Mr. Herbert said. "He's just a baby. He can't talk."
Nicholas was indeed a toddler when Mr. Herbert, then a 34-year-old member of a fire rescue squad, rushed into a burning two-and-a-half story apartment building in Buffalo on the morning of Dec. 29, 1995. He wore a breathing mask against heavy smoke and was searching the attic for victims when the roof collapsed.
I still can't believe TERRI SCHIAVO IS DEAD. But her harsh death--- suffered by her, her family and us (her supporters) must come to some good end.
Terri's life and judicial murder created empathy, activism, and political involvement in the usual cast of likely pundits but more importantly in regular folks who by and large never get involved in the political process.
Clearly, if we (Terri's supporters) channel our passion into real democratic reform, we can prevent future murders and gross injustices from ever happening again.
Reading back on Wesley Smith's piece in the Weekly Standard a few weeks back, he makes good sense on some initial recommendations:
* First, as it is the law of the land to prevent discrimination against disabled people via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), then surely these protections should apply explicitly where they are needed most desperately, in medical situations where discrimination can have lethal consequences. Obviously, legislation would have to be carefully worded to prevent overreaching and unintended consequences. But disabled people need to be able to enter hospitals and other medical institutions secure in the knowledge that the law requires their lives be just as valued and protected as those of patients who are not disabled. As matters stand now, some disabled people fear hospitalization precisely because they worry that their lives will be judged as being of insufficient quality to be sustained. The Terri Schiavo case exacerbates those fears.
* States need to review their laws of informed consent and refusal of medical treatment to ensure that casual conversations--the basis for Terri's death order--are never again deemed to be the legal equivalent of a well-thought-out, written advance medical directive. We don't permit the property of the deceased to be distributed based on their oral statements; surely human lives deserve as much protection.
* If people don't want feeding tubes if they become profoundly incapacitated, the law permits them to refuse such care. That isn't going to change. But if that is their desire, they have the responsibility to make sure that such wishes are put in a legally binding document. Absent that, the law should require the courts in contested cases to give every reasonable benefit of the doubt to sustaining life and not causing death by dehydration.
* Along these lines, our laws should be more nuanced. When people claim they would want the "plug pulled," many are worrying about being tethered to beeping machines in sterile intensive care units, not expressing a desire to be slowly dehydrated to death over 10-14 days. In the face of this potential misapprehension, we should create a distinction in law between food and water supplied through a tube and other forms of medical care. Withholding a respirator or antibiotics can lead to uncertain results. Take away anyone's food and water and they will die.
* Judge George Greer's embrace of Michael Schiavo's legal status as "husband" to Terri in the face of the pronounced personal and financial conflicts of interest he faced in making her life and death decisions may not require an explicit change of law. But surely we have every right to demand that judges remain acutely sensitive to changes in circumstances that often emerge over time in situations faced by families like Terri's. Why Judge Greer did not think it a matter of grave import that Michael had two children with another woman, even as he petitioned the court to hasten the day when death would part him from his wedded wife, will always be a source of bitter wonder to Terri's supporters.
So the moonbats, the LLL, the Media elite went nuts when that memo written by a staffer was erroneously passed onto Tom Harkin vis vis junior member Martinez regarding the "talking points" on the NOW DEAD Schiavo...........................that was a "HORROR, a TRAVESTY"..........but Howard Dean using Terri's death to his politcal ends, well thats cool right? This from my favorite boy Taranto
Uses for a Dead Lady
"We're going to use Terri Schiavo later on," Howard Dean told a gay-rights group in West Hollywood, Calif., the other day--a creepy pronouncement even by the standards of 21st-century Democrats. (Yeah, we know, the Republican "talking points memo" was just as bad--or rather it would have been had the author been the head of the party.) The Democratic National Committee's chairman, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, elaborates:
"This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it's going to be an issue in 2008," Dean told about 200 people at a gay rights group's breakfast in West Hollywood, "because we're going to have an ad with a picture of Tom DeLay saying, 'Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?' "
Hmm, do we detect a theme here? From Friday's USA Today:
Dean says his party needs to do more to appeal to voters who have been lost because of unease over "values," including people who oppose abortion. . . .
Democrats get "caught" in defending abortion, he said. "Well, there's nobody who's pro-abortion, not Democratic or Republican. What we want to debate is who gets to choose: (House Majority Leader) Tom DeLay and the federal politicians? Or does a woman get to make up her own mind?"
So the Dems are going to appeal to people who oppose abortion by using the same old slogan of "Who decides?"--a slogan that is persuasive only to those who are already persuaded that there is nothing more to the question than this. Dean seems to think that somehow throwing Tom DeLay into the mix is going to relieve voters of whatever qualms they have about abortion.
Running late.......gotta get to san Jose airport......never made to the Al Awad Pali Right to Return "confab"..........counldnt leave my LGF minions.....had such a blast will post pics later expressly of those that gave permission...............many anon lizards!
Back to our regularly scheduled programming:
In a house on Chicago’s southeast side, a Mexican family is going through a heartbreak
like the tragedy that befell the American Terri Schiavo’s family and deeply affected both
those who defend the right to life and partisans of euthanasia. But no voices had been raise
d so far in this case because very few knew about the situation concerning the 39-year-old
Latin woman whose husband decided to disconnect the tube that had been feeding her during her three and a half years in a vegetative state.
As of the close of this edition, Clara Martinez, 39 years old and mother of two children aged five and seven years – had been almost 30 days without food and was still alive, taking only water. For the last year she has been cared for in her home, with special medical equipment installed in the living room, while the rest of the family try to go on with their lives.
Have you heard the one about the 81 year old Grandma..........basically Terri saved this woman's life; Mae Magouirk, the 81-year-old Georgia widow over whose medical care a family tug-of-war reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo case has been raging, had been transported from the hospice in LaGrange, Ga., to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, according to her nephew, where "she is receiving food, fluids, cardiac care and neurological help."
Under the terms of an April 4 court order, Magouirk's medical treatment was
to be decided by three cardiologists tasked with deciding what treatment would
be best and where it should take place.
Pending that decision, Mullinax, 45, has contended that his aunt had been without substantial food or hydration for 10 days at the hospice.
As WND reported, Magouirk was not terminally ill, comatose, nor in a persistent vegetative state, when Hospice-LaGrange accepted her as a patient upon the request of her granddaughter, Elizabeth ("Beth") Gaddy, 36, of LaGrange. Also upon Gaddy's request, the hospice began withholding food and water from the patient.>
When she learned of this, Magouirk's sister Lonnie Ruth Mullinax, 74, of Birmingham, and her brother, A.B. McLeod, 64, of Anniston, Ala., protested and attempted to have their sister removed from the hospice and transported to UAB Medical Center for treatment. However, Gaddy and her brother, Michael Shane Magouirk, obtained an emergency injunction from Troup County Probate Judge Donald Boyd to prevent the planned air transport.
On April 9th, Magouirk's nephew Ken Mullinax, who had been fighting to have his aunt removed from Hospice-LaGrange in LaGrange, Ga., where, he said, she had not been properly fed or hydrated, contacted WorldNetDaily with this phone message:
Because of your articles and all of the friends of Terri, my Aunt Mae Magouirk is now in the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center and is receiving food, fluids, cardiac care and neurological help. We are overjoyed.
Praise be the name of the Lord, praise be all of the friends of Terri Schindler [Schiavo]. We could never have mobilized public sentiment and pressure on these people in LaGrange, Ga. – at Hospice, the LaGrange, Ga., doctors or the probate judge – unless the friends of Terri and the wonderful media of WorldNetDaily.com had become involved. Thank you all
Thought is was over and all good on the 9th of April? uh uh.............check this latest nightmare development out in the battle to save Mae............
Family in dispute over fate of 81-year-old whose granddaughter cut off nourishment
In an intense life-and-death tug-of-war reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo case, the fate of Ora Mae Magouirk is still raging, despite the transfer Saturday of the 81-year-old widow to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center in Birmingham for treatment of an aorta dissection.
In the latest twist to the saga, Magouirk's granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, 36, of LaGrange, Ga, who is also her temporary guardian, barred immediate next-of-kin from visiting the stricken woman. No explanation was given, nor were the relatives notified.
This story will never go away, not as long as there is breath in my body. This was MURDER of an innocent woman, plain and simple. In the name of what, I don't know, we ripped this woman from the bosom of her loving and devoted family to be uh ........what was it again "merciful".
Look I still haven't gotten over this and I hope I never do. Please tell me that you are not so inured that you "wish it would just go away". This woman could not have died for nothing! Laws must be changed. I t will be your turn one day.
Schiavo's 'Dr. Humane Death' Got 1980 Diagnosis Wrong
A neurologist hired by Michael Schiavo to confirm that his wife Terri was in a persistent vegetative state said he was "105 percent sure" of that diagnosis, but Dr. Ronald Cranford expressed similar certainty about a patient he examined in 1980 who later regained both consciousness and the ability to communicate.
Three days before Terri Schiavo's death, Cranford appeared on the MSNBC talk program, "Scarborough Country," to discuss her condition. Cranford was interviewed by reporter Lisa Daniels.
CRANFORD: I am 105 percent sure she is in a vegetative state. And the autopsy will show severe irreversible brain damage to the higher centers, yes.
DANIELS: Why are you so sure, doctor?
CRANFORD: Because I examined her ...
Cranford - who is assistant chief in neurology at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a faculty associate at the university's Center for Bioethics - went on to call another neurologist who disagreed with his diagnosis "a charlatan" and accused Daniels of being "stupid."
Host and former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough interrupted to defend Daniels, touching off a clash with Cranford, which included the doctor admonishing Scarborough with: "You've got to get your facts straight."
Cranford also certain, but wrong about 1980 diagnosis
Cranford expressed similar certainty about another patient he declared to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) in 1980, former Minneapolis Police Sgt. David Mack.
''Sergeant Mack will never regain cognitive, sapient functioning,'' Cranford said six months after Mack was shot while serving a search warrant on Dec. 13, 1979. ''He will never be aware of his condition nor resume any degree of meaningful voluntary conscious interaction with his family or friends.''
Based on Cranford's unequivocal diagnosis of Mack, the officer's relatives removed him from a respirator in August 1980 "because his family felt he should be allowed to die rather than exist in such a state," according to published reports.
But Mack did not die.
so tell me again why this doctor was allowed to make such a critical call again
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Ben is a wonderful clear thinker. Young and Smart (we love that). If you want to better understand the hijacking of the American university and college curriculum, here is a book you should read.
And if you haven't read Ben Shapiro's summation of the Terri Schiavo Judicial Murder, read this now.
Rebuilding a culture of life: In memoriam
Ben Shapiro (archive)
"Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can ... come to recognize ... the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded … "
On Friday, March 18, at about 1:45 p.m., Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was removed. So began the state-sanctioned killing of a 41-year-old brain-damaged woman. At the insistence of her husband, Michael, Terri Schiavo was slowly starved to death. "She has verbally expressed her wishes to me and other people," Michael told ABC's "Nightline." Michael, who since Terri's heart attack has sired two children by another woman, insisted that the procedure would be painless. "Terri will not be starved to death. Her nutrition and hydration will be taken away … Death through removing somebody's nutrition is very painless." Terri's parents, believing Catholics, sat helpless beside Terri's bed as the tube was removed.
"Such attacks strike human life at the time of its greatest frailty, when it lacks any means of self-defense. Even more serious is the fact that, most often, those attacks are carried out in the very heart of and with the complicity of the family -- the family which by its nature is called to be the 'sanctuary of life' … "
"What they're doing is, they're making the decisions for us," Michael indignantly explained to ABC. "That's what this country is coming down to. They're going to make the decisions for us … Big Brother is going to do that." According to Michael, it was his right to make the decision for Terri, without any proof beyond his word that his wife would have wanted to die. "I still have a big commitment to Terri," Michael stated. "I made her a promise." Michael made another promise, before God, on the day of his wedding: "Until death do us part." The same God ordered: "Thou shalt not murder."
Here is a hopeful sign that Terri's death may have not been in vain (small consolation I know). This on the AP:
The arguments surrounding Terri Schiavo will live on in statehouse debate and new laws if an emerging coalition of disability rights activists and right-to-lifers succeed in turning the national agony over her case into a re-examination of when and how our lives come to an end.
So far, only a few legislators in a handful of states have sought significant changes to their laws, which define the fundamental elements at stake - how a person can set limits on their medical care, who gets to decide what their wishes are, what evidence is needed to prove it.
None have yet become law and the chances for most, if not all, are slim this year, with some legislatures finished and many far along in their work for this session. But both Republicans and Democrats say the arguments aren't going away.
The debate is an effort to strike a new balance between one stance that argues that medical care and morality mean life must be pursued in nearly all cases, and another stance, crafted over decades of changing views about death, that some may choose to end drastically damaged lives that depend on artificial means. Hat tip Judith W, Liberal Hawk
IN OTHER SCHIAVO RELATED NEWS:
This poll reveals disquieting insight on America's prejudices and priorities;
Civil Rights In The Schiavo Case
Controversy over the case of Terri Schiavo has left a divided public grappling with fundamental questions about the right to life and the breadth of government power. A new Zogby poll conducted for the Christian Defense Coalition found that 57 percent of likely voters agreed that the "representative branch of government should intervene when the judicial branch appears to deny basic rights to minorities," compared to 33 percent who say it should not. But when the same question was tweaked to change "minorities" to "the disabled," the number of people who agreed with government intervention dropped to 42 percent. Forty-eight percent disagreed.
According to the poll's analysis, the survey found overwhelming consensus when the question turned to government intervention in cases when civil rights were denied. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said it is proper for the federal government to intervene in such a case; about one in five disagreed.
Hat Tip Catherine the Great, Liberal Hawk
First off, I am n ot back yet so don't get excited..............things too crazy and so much psychotic cyber stuff happening (too innane to recount) but thanks to our sagacious Florida Doc - Dr Nancy G...........I had to to do an "I told you so" The MSM strikes again...this from the Toronto Free Press
by Judi McLeod, Editor,
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Every time a rock is lifted in the Terri Schiavo tragedy, another conflict of interest comes slithering out.
The conflict-of-interest potential in the right-to-die connections among current figures involved in the case are only outdone by the Woodside Hospice board of director’s conflict of interest reality.
There’s the death-is-beautiful, right-to-die activist Michael Schiavo attorney George Felos.
Don’t make eye contact with Felos, who claims he can ascertain a person’s desire to die by "looking into their eyes" and letting their spirits speak directly to him.
A jumped-up volunteer at Woodside Hospice, Felos became chairman of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, which runs Woodside, and only came off the board about a year after Michael Schiavo placed his estranged wife there.
Then there’s Dr. Ronald Cranford, handpicked by Michael Schiavo to examine Terri and on whose say-so Terri was categorized in "persistent vegetative state". Cranford is the MD who officially ordered Terri’s feeding tube removed on March 18. A neurologist, Cranford testifies in cases such as Terri’s around the country, always pumping the dehydration and starvation side. He was 1992’s featured speaker for the pro-euthanasia Hemlock Society, which was renamed The Choice in Dying Society. (WorldNetDaily).
Cranford nicknamed himself, "Dr. Humane Death".
A bioethicist, and a pioneer in euthanasia and right-to-die issues, Dr. Humane Death is a fully-fledged member of The Choice in Dying Society.
At least Cranford is not a board member of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Mary Labyak, CEO of Woodside Hospice has direct ties to the Euthanasia Society of America and Hemlock for Hospice, described by Hyscience.com as "an organization that seeks to accelerate the dying process."
I cannot get over the death of Terri. It was a state sponsored murder. We of the "culture of life". We fighting suicide bombers. And this romantization of death is really cracked - "dying with dignity" WTF?
From Judicial Watch:Terri Schiavo’s death by dehydration and starvation has now set a legal precedent for the murder of innocent, disabled and voiceless adults. The judiciary’s active participation in killing Ms. Schiavo was disgraceful. Our elected politicians neglected their duty to protect innocent life as well. Florida
I often quote James Taranto over at the Opinion Journal because he gets it right..................
By JAMES TARANTO
Terri Schiavo, RIP After 13 days of court-ordered dehydration and starvation, Terri Schiavo is dead. CNN reports her husband, Michael, barred her parents from her bedside before she perished:
John Centonze, the brother of Michael Schiavo's live-in girlfriend Jodi Centonze, said Michael Schiavo was with Terri Schiavo when she died.
A friend who phoned Michael Schiavo soon after news broke of his wife's death said he couldn't talk. "He (Michael) couldn't speak, he was crying," Russ Hyden said.
That John Centonze is certainly a mensch. It's not every guy who would make time to act as the spokesman for his sister's live-in boyfriend who's just lost his wife.
I am so sorry we failed you...............G-d forgive us
She had no living will.