Thursday, March 31, 2005

Kyle on politics

I might make one little quibble over Kyle's terminology -- I'm not quite sure that hate is the correct description of what his family felt about Clinton. I have always said Clinton was a charmer -- hence his popularity. It's just that I am relatively immune to charm. And with a few exceptions [that he was forced into by a predominately conservative congress] I always disagreed with his policies and I've never trusted his wife -- but I did pray for him. I could never vote for him but once he was there, I did pray for God to intervene on his behalf. If not for his sake then for the nation's [sort of like Mrs. Cratchet's Christmas toast to Ebenezer Scrooge]

However, my emotions concerning Clinton, not withstanding -- this is a good read. Kyle made that point recently in another writing -- that in a Democracy we are Caesar. We are responsible.

From Kerry

Kerry has been entering into an especially structured life of prayer this year -- she calls it her path with handrails. As someone who's been wandering aimlessly about the park since the first of the year, I probably need to find some handrails of my own.

Part of that structure has been incorporating into her day The Divine Hours ,an adaptation of the "Daily Office". She sent me her morning Psalm after reading The Judical Watch's pronouncement on the death of Terri Schiavo.

God is a righteous judge. "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you." [Psalm 89:14] His hands are the safest place to entrust the whole of this situation. It is to His justice that we appeal.

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My morning Psalm, from The Divine Hours:


"Awake, O my God, decree justice; let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.

Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; O Lord, judge the nations.

Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.

God is my shield and defense; he is the savior of the true in heart.

God is a righteous judge; God sits in judgement every day.

Psalm 7:7-8, 10-12

Euphemisms

This article truly highlights the connection between the murder of Terri Schiavo and the MSM as missionary of the death culture to the American people by virtue of how this story was present to the public. I strongly suggest reading the entire thing, most chilling is the phrase, next time it will be easier -- it always is. But the point is the use of mis-direction and euphemism in language -- coupled with mindless sheep who assume that if they heard it on the evening news it must be truth.

A sidebar but not surprisingly Planned Parenthood who has profited most [$100 million a year] by the courts decision to allow the termination of innocent children have applauded the action. Perhaps they are considering expanding their base.

an excerpt:

She was not close to dying. For death to arrive, she would have to be killed.

And for that to happen, the use of words like "starvation" and "dehydration" would have to be discouraged. Those words might, after all, have reminded us that what was done to Schiavo would be criminal if done to an animal and provoke cries of "torture" and "cruel and unusual punishment" if done to a convicted capital murderer. And "killed," of course, was totally verboten. Schiavo was being "removed from life support," not denied basic sustenance. The phrase "persistent vegetative state" had to be repeated constantly — never mind that basic tests were never performed to establish this diagnosis, and such diagnoses have a very high error rate — and treated as though it meant "brain death."

The charade here was not performed to protect Terri Schiavo's dignity but to increase the public's comfort with the devaluation of life.

Judicial Watch Statement: Death of Terri Schiavo

JUDICIAL WATCH STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today concerning the death of Terri Schiavo:

“This is a shameful day for our legal and political systems. Under court order, an innocent woman, Ms. Terri Schiavo, was killed by starvation and dehydration. Politicians at the state and federal level were derelict in their absolute duties to protect innocent human life. Our culture has crossed an awful Rubicon – for we now have legal precedent for the murder of innocent, disabled and voiceless adults. We hope the American people are now alerted to the crisis posed to this nation by an activist judiciary that would sanction such barbarity. Our prayers and condolences go out to Ms. Schiavo’s family.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

History of Judicial murder

An excellent, well-researched bit of historical light dealing with the original Supreme Court Ruling that makes our current national travesty possible.
This is the point I wanted most to emphasise:

Think about this for a moment. Can anyone name a case in which a competent person, who was not already dying of an underlying disease or injury, chose to refuse food and water in order to bring about his death?


He then raises the question if the competent wouldn't make such a choice, for whom was such a ruling made?

" Why, not for the competent at all, but for the incompetent, of course, so that others may act on their behalf and bring about the death that we know for a certainty they would not choose if they were competent at the time the death was to commence. Only the incompetent are fit subjects for such a death, for only they are incapable of articulating a choice and will have such a death chosen for them, and only they will go more or less quietly, having no ability to beg us for a drop or a morsel."


I don't have words to express the great grief I feel. Not grieving as Terri's family and friends are grieving for the one they love and for whom they have fought and are still fighting so valiantly. But grief over our judicial system and over our nation. For all those who would call darkness light and light darkness. For a bureau of mis-information [MSM] that has continued to set before the American public lies & deceptions. For every Feminist who turned her back on a sister. For ever Civil Rights advocate who kept silent in the face of an unspeakable crushing of civil liberties. For all those who would say, "let her die in peace" deceiving themselves as to the peacefulness of her circumstances. For all those who mouth pious words about "death with dignity" and "right to die" sidestepping the fact that prior to an incomprehensible judicial ruling this woman wasn't dying at all. The whole world has watched a helpless woman legally murdered by slow torture and whom would it hurt, if she were to live? Certainly not herself. She who was able to express joy in the visit of her old friend on Sunday, who has smiled & laughed and interacted with her family and friends.

Someone mentioned the bitter irony as last week Terri's brother in law arrived to do his guard duty "stint" while waving his snack. What mental/emotional/spiritual gymnastics would a person have to do to be able to munch on the site of a woman starving to death? How much hardness of heart does it take to refuse to review the evidence that might cause you to reverse a bad decision? It is that hardness of heart that grieves me most.

In what has transpired in these past few weeks the hard heart of unrighteousness has been exposed. It is my prayer that it has been exposed so that it might be eliminated. May the Lord, indeed, take out this stony heart and give us a heart of flesh.

I will continue to bear Terri on my heart before the Father's throne. His command is simple-- to always pray, and not give up. In hope, against hope -- believe. But I also pray for our judicial system and for every individual that has believed this lie. I pray also for the peace of those who have loved and stood and still stand. That grief will not be swallowed up by an unrighteous anger. Anger is justified but that they will be angry and sin not.

For life
me

legal issues

The article from The American Thinker is good in it's entirety.  But here is what I considered to be the core issue:
 

To all those who believe that a slight change in the law is not harmful, but a sign of progress, reconsider Terri Schiavo's case.  At one point the predominant belief in society was that living wills should only be a viable option when people had absolutely no brain activity and needed machines to pump their hearts and breathe for them.  In cases like that, “pulling the plug” would result in death immediately.  Now, apparently, we believe that it's acceptable to terminate someone's life even if she's awake, has brain activity, possesses use of all of her vital organs, and with the exception of chewing and swallowing, can even process food. 

Our courts have declared that it's more humane to allow this woman to starve to death over the course of two weeks rather than to allow her to live in her current condition.  In the span of roughly three decades we've fallen from inventing machines that keep vital organs functioning to exterminating living, breathing, possibly thinking human beings.  

validation

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S. M. Hutchens on Television:

“If you are thinking that very, very few people do not watch television, you are right—that also has been our experience. But almost every household we have known that does not have a television is presided over by at least one Ph. D.—and invariably the doctorate is in a field that requires hard, skilled mental work in mastering languages other than one’s own, like the languages of math, physics, or ancient Mesopotamia. Not all doctor’s degrees are like this, you know.”

“I have found that many people who have to maintain their minds at top form have an intuitive dislike of having them manipulated by the organs of the mass media, which they find not only stupid, but having a drug-like quality that does something they don’t like to the efficiency and quality of their own thinking. It’s hard to explain, but it’s an opinion I have found that people like us share.”

He also describes their decision not to have a TV in the house. Looks like My mom forgot to get the memo about the PhD. This guy just described my house growing up, motivations and reasoning included. Valerie and I will just have to make up the difference.

Hat tip: TruePravda

Russell

http://www.apple.com/trailers/universal/cinderella_man/trailer/cm_large.html

I wish he'd made a light romantic comedy

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

this is funny

Edward needs one -- he's already counting the days.
 
NEW YORK -- Hasbro, Inc.'s Playskool division is launching a new Mr. Potato Head figure, Darth Tater. Available at stores nationwide in February, kids will be able to have all kinds of mix 'n match Mr. Potato Head fun with this wacky spud dressed as the infamous Star Wars saga villain, Darth Vader. (01/17/05 AP Photo/Hasbro, Inc., HO)

great quote

"My road to atheism was paved by science . . . But, ironically, so was my later journey to God."             -- Lee Strobel
                [author of Case For A Creator]

Jesse Jackson

I told someone last week that to save Terri Schiavo I would be willing to stand with those I believe to be political opportunist. --if they want to be opportunistic, here's as good an opportunity as they can find.
 
For the first time in my life  Jesse Jackson and I are on the same side of the line.  And I salute him for the courage to stand for compassion and humanity against party politics.
 
I couldn't decided which story to go with so here's both the links.
 
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/3/29/102124.shtml
 
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/3/29/102124.shtml
 
 

The disabled speak out

This is impressive.
Written by a Harvard graduate disabled by cerebral palsy.  He knows wherein he speaks.
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Published on Friday, March 25, 2005
FOCUS: Bigotry and the Murder of Terri Schiavo



“Misery can only be removed from the world by painless extermination of the miserable.”

—a Nazi writer quoted by Robert J. Lifton in The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

The case of Terri Schiavo has been framed by the media as the battle between the “right to die” and pro-life groups, with the latter often referred to as “right-wing Christians.” Little attention has been paid to the more than twenty major disability rights organizations firmly supporting Schiavo’s right to nutrition and hydration. Terri Schindler-Schiavo, a severely disabled woman, is being starved and dehydrated to death in the name of supposed “dignity.” Polls show that most Americans believe that her death is a private matter and that her removal from a feeding tube—a low-tech, simple and inexpensive device used to feed many sick and disabled people—is a reasonable solution to the conflict between her husband and her parents over her right to life.

The reason for this public support of removal from ordinary sustenance, I believe, is not that most people understand or care about Terri Schiavo. Like many others with disabilities, I believe that the American public, to one degree or another, holds that disabled people are better off dead. To put it in a simpler way, many Americans are bigots. A close examination of the facts of the Schiavo case reveals not a case of difficult decisions but a basic test of this country’s decency.

Our country has learned that we cannot judge people on the basis of minority status, but for some reason we have not erased our prejudice against disability. One insidious form of this bias is to distinguish cognitively disabled persons from persons whose disabilities are “just” physical. Cognitively disabled people are shown a manifest lack of respect in daily life, as well. This has gotten so perturbing to me that when I fly, I try to wear my Harvard t-shirt so I can “pass” as a person without cognitive disability. (I have severe cerebral palsy, the result of being deprived of oxygen at birth. While some people with cerebral palsy do have cognitive disability, my articulation difference and atypical muscle tone are automatically associated with cognitive disability in the minds of some people.)

The result of this disrespect is the devaluation of lives of people like Terri Schiavo. In the Schiavo case and others like it, non-disabled decision makers assert that the disabled person should die because he or she—ordinarily a person who had little or no experience with disability before acquiring one—“would not want to live like this.” In the Schiavo case, the family is forced to argue that Terri should be kept alive because she might “get better”—that is, might be able to regain or to communicate her cognitive processes. The mere assertion that disability (particularly cognitive disability, sometimes called “mental retardation”) is present seems to provide ample proof that death is desirable.

Essentially, then, we have arrived at the point where we starve people to death because he or she cannot communicate their experiences to us. What is this but sheer egotism? Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, this is obviously an attempt to play God.

Not Dead Yet, an organization of persons with disabilities who oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, maintains that the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo will put the lives of thousands of severely disabled children and adults at risk. (The organization takes its name from the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which a plague victim not dying fast enough is hit over the head and carted away after repeatedly insisting he is not dead yet.) Not Dead Yet exposes important biases in the “right to die” movement, including the fact that as early as 1988, Jack Kevorkian advertised his intention of performing medical experimentation (“hitherto conducted on rats”) on living children with spina bifida, at the same time harvesting their organs for reuse.

Besides being disabled, Schiavo and I have something important in common, that is, someone attempted to terminate my life by removing my endotracheal tube during resuscitation in my first hour of life. This was a quality-of-life decision: I was simply taking too long to breathe on my own, and the person who pulled the tube believed I would be severely disabled if I lived, since lack of oxygen causes cerebral palsy. (I was saved by my family doctor inserting another tube as quickly as possible.) The point of this is not that I ended up at Harvard and Schiavo did not, as some people would undoubtedly conclude. The point is that society already believes to some degree that it is acceptable to murder disabled people.

As Schiavo starves to death, we are entering a world last encountered in Nazi Europe. Prior to the genocide of Jews, Gypsies, and Poles, the Nazis engaged in the mass murder of disabled children and adults, many of whom were taken from their families under the guise of receiving treatment for their disabling conditions. The Nazis believed that killing was the highest form of treatment for disability.

As the opening quote suggests, Nazi doctors believed, or claimed to believe, they were performing humanitarian acts. Doctors were trained to believe that curing society required the elimination of individual patients. This sick twisting of medical ethics led to a sense of fulfillment of duty experienced by Nazi doctors, leading them to a conviction that they were relieving suffering. Not Dead Yet has uncovered the same perverse sense of duty in members of the Hemlock Society, now called End-of-Life Choices. (In 1997, the executive director of the Hemlock Society suggested that judicial review be used regularly “when it is necessary to hasten the death of an individual whether it be a demented parent, a suffering, severely disabled spouse or a child.” This illustrates that the “right to die” movement favors the imposition of death sentences on disabled people by means of the judicial branch.)

For an overview of what “end-of-life choices” mean for Schiavo, I refer you to the Exit Protocol prepared for her in 2003 by her health care providers (available online at http://www.cst-phl.com/050113/sixth.html). In the midst of her starvation, Terri will most likely be treated for “pain or discomfort” and nausea which may arise as the result of the supposedly humane process of bringing about her death. (Remember that Schiavo is not terminally ill.) She may be given morphine for respiratory distress and may experience seizures. This protocol confirms what we have learned from famines and death camps: death by starvation is a horrible death.

This apparently is what it means to have “rights” as a disabled person in America today.

Joe Ford ’06 is a government concentrator in Currier House.

a blogsite

Kyle sent me this link
As I was scanning down the column, I followed a link to this:
 

Another Terri

Dear God, there is another Terri Schiavo in this world and she is my beloved teacher. Edith Schaeffer, as World Magazine reports, is at a point in her life where her children are having to fight European euthanasia to keep their mother under full care until God is ready for her. I am sorry to learn of their struggle and pray they will prevail in sustaining her life until its precious end. I have never met Mrs. Schaeffer but I will be forever indebted to her for the faith empowering lessons gained from her writings (Christianity is Jewish; Affliction). God bless you and Godspeed on your journey Home. Until we meet, love to you, dear teacher.
Not to detract, but add to the seriousness of our situation, has anyone wondered if there is a judge and medical gestapo out there ready to end the Pope's suffering?

prayer focus

I have begun also praying for those who have been in Florida.  Who frustrated & disappointed & angry, may be tempted to project that anger towards those they perceive should have "done something".  The same anger many people sometimes feel towards an all-powerful God they think should have "done something".  I am still daily praying for Terri's survival.  But whatever happens --God has an economy of justice and we mustn't allow it to be neutralized by hate & anger.  Satan can't cast out Satan.

Monday, March 28, 2005

thought provoking

 


The Schiavo travesty, &c.

Friends, I'm writing this column on Friday evening, and will be unable to update it — so thanks for bearing that in mind.

Some of you — some readers — have asked me to comment on the Schiavo case. But I'm afraid I can't — not properly — because I'm so appalled by it. I am still adjusting to the fact that I'm living in a country that will gladly starve a helpless woman to death.

Moreover, I keep hearing that Michael Schiavo is Everyman. If that's true, then Everyman stinks — stinks bad. I suppose that someone of mere elementary decency would have to be Extraordinary Man — and that doesn't sound right.

I was on a television show yesterday with Rep. Loretta Sanchez — the lady who beat Bob Dornan in California — and she sneered, "I thought conservatives believed in the sanctity of marriage." Who knew that the sanctity of marriage included the right, or the duty, to starve your wife to death?

I must go now — go out of this topic — because, as I say, it is too terrible to contemplate, or would be, if anything were too terrible to contemplate.

No, one additional word. I have a friend — Michael Walsh, the writer — who insists that liberalism is a "death cult." (Michael has a well-thought-out explanation of this. And, by the way, when I say "liberalism," I'm using it in the contemporary American sense — which is bonkers, but that's not my fault.) He wrote me the other day — concerning Schiavo — and said, in essence, "See?" Yes, I see. It's amazing how they — you know: they — need her to die. She has to die, or they will be livid. Her continued life is a kind of offense to them. If she doesn't die, then Tom DeLay and Jerry Falwell . . . well, they'll be happy!

Anyway, back to "death cult." I was reading Mark Steyn's column in The Western Standard, which dealt with the reluctance of Europeans to procreate, and there were those words: "death cult." Steyn wrote, "The facts of life remain conservative" — that alludes to a Thatcher aphorism — "and the liberal fantasy erected in their place is, as we're about to see in Spain and Belgium and Sweden, a death cult."

We will have more on this important topic later.

But before I quit altogether, I ask a question (not an original one): What would it hurt? Who would be hurt by Mrs. Schiavo's continuing to be fed — by her not being starved to death? I mean, it's no skin off the New York Times's nose, right? No skin off Loretta Sanchez's. Her parents and siblings want her. Michael Schiavo can "move on" — can obtain a divorce, marry his girlfriend, wash his hands of the old wife. But no, he has to have "closure," in the form of Terri Schiavo's death (by starvation — did I mention that?). And his supporters, for sick reasons of their own, also have to have her dead. She has to be gotten out of the way. Her life is a rebuke to them, somehow.

In a discussion with a friend, I mentioned something about Dr. Mengele's laboratory. He said, "No, this is worse. Mengele had the pretense — indeed, the argument — that he was benefiting humanity [with his inhuman experiments]. Where's the argument here? They're just starving her to death."

Now I'm done. For now.

No, I'm not. I hope very much that you saw this article by Harriet McBryde Johnson, published at Slate.com. It is as intelligent a statement on the Schiavo case as I've seen.

And, by the way: Rather than starve her to death, why not shoot her? I mean, why not put a bullet through her head, or chest, or whatever? What's the difference (except that the gunshot may be "kinder")? "Removal of the feeding tube" sounds so anodyne — they're just starving her to death. Why pretty it up? Why not shoot her? Or take a chainsaw and behead her? If the point is to have her dead — is the method all that relevant?

And please: no more pretending that food and water are "heroic measures."

I quote the Wall Street Journal: "Demonstrating in her wheelchair with a 'Feed Terri' sign in Florida this week, Eleanor Smith — a self-described lesbian, liberal and agnostic — told Reuters: 'At this point I would rather have a right-wing Christian decide my fate than an ACLU member.'"

touching

Family advisor: Schiavo reacted to friend's visit




nbierman@herald.com

Terri Schiavo had an ''extraordinary'' reaction to a friend's Sunday night visit, her parents' spokesman claimed Monday morning.

Friar Paul O'Donnell, spiritual advisor to Bob and Mary Schindler, said Schiavo received a visit from her father and friend Sunday night. When the friend, identified as Sherry, recalled their days dancing and partying together, Schiavo ''raised her hands up and was moving and started making gutteral sounds like she does when she talks to her mother,'' O'Donnell said.

incense from the throne room

I will be interested to know in eternity, in comparison with the other significant spiritual events of the past few months [the Presidential election and the tsunami tragedy come immediately to mind] how many prayers have been offered up on behalf of Terri Schiavo.  The overwhelming response of God's people is evidence that this is not merely a political situation as some would like to pretend but a battle between darkness & light.  In view of that, I thought this excerpt I read this morning was of particular significance. 
 
From Paul Keith Davis, The Books of Destiny
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"Deposits of blood are remembered by the Lord.  Acknowledgment--and full compensation-- will be made for their labor and sacrifice.  Every prayer submitted by the righteous...is preserved in Heaven.  An angel will gather that prayerful incense from the altar and release it to the earth in an unprecedented display of grace...
 
...The Bible teaches that there are reservoirs of prayer in Heaven that will be merged with the intercession and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Himself.  Furthermore, this deposit of prayer will be captured in a censer containing a coal from the altar of the heavenly tabernacle and released back to the earth in an explosive demonstration of the Lord's victory.  Loyal and devoted saints of old, as well as loved ones taken prematurely and at the height of their anointing, will witness and share in the fruit of the end-time ministry that is about to unfold.
   
    Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense
    was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden
    altar which was before the throne.  And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the                      saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.  Then the angel took the censer and
    filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth..."    [Revelation 8:3-5}
 
For love & live
blessings
me
 
 

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Above all

This has to be one of my favorite songs -- and this is it's perfect occasion
 
ABOVE ALL
 
Above all powers
Above all things
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here before the world began
Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure what You're worth

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all
 
[Lenny LeBlanc & Paul Baloche ]

He is Risen

He is risen indeed!
 
 

 

Saturday, March 26, 2005

leaking false data

Isn't there some spy term for agents and counter agents who leak false data in an attempt to create some sort of havoc amongst their opponents? I thought these two completely separate thoughts did a lovely tango together.
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The first I lifted form LaShawn Barber's blog

In a memo distributed only to Republican senators, the Schiavo case was characterized as “a great political issue” that could pay dividends with Christian conservatives, whose support is essential in midterm elections such as those coming up in 2006.

Schiavo, 41, spent a full day off of nourishment and fluids yesterday at a hospice in the Gulf Coast suburb of Pinellas Park, Fla. Her feeding tube was removed Friday afternoon after a state judge ignored subpoenas from Congress and enforced a deadline that lawmakers had thought they could thwart by declaring her a witness who must be protected for a future hearing they would conduct at her bedside. Late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, denied an emergency request from the House committee that had issued the subpoenas.

Conservative bloggers tried to track down a copy of the memo, to no avail. On Monday, March 21, Power Line’s John Hinderaker wrote:

This memo, obviously, ties in with the Democrats’ talking point that the Republicans don’t really care about a disabled woman who is being starved to death, but are seeking political advantage. (Simultaneously, they point out poll data suggesting that an overwhelming majority of Americans are on their side. Consistency is never required of Democrats.) But I have to wonder: is the memo genuine, or is it a Democratic dirty trick?

I haven’t seen a complete copy of the memo, and to my knowledge, none is available online. The most complete characterization of the memo I’ve seen is on this liberal site. But what I really want to see is a copy of the memo itself. It is described as “unsigned.” What does this mean? Most Senate and House memos are written on letterhead that show whose office they came from. Is this memo on such letterhead? Apparently not. As best I can tell, it is anonymous. Is it simply a one-page memo on blank white paper that purports to come from a Republican? If so, is there any reason to assume that it is genuine? How does the Senate’s mail system work? Can anyone write an anonymous memo, and send it to 55 Republican Senators, with a copy to ABC News?

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When I read that I immediately thought of another article I'd read a few minutes earlier.

This from Jim Geraghty

"Let me get this straight...

In November 2006, voters across the country will turn against the GOP because they fear that Congress will pass individually-targeted laws that prevent patients from being deliberately starved to death?"

The only thing that comes immediately to my own mind are some vague words that go something like:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life.....

I think it is arguable that someone's endowed rights have been alienated

 

 

 

 
 

The caged butterfly

This is a beautiful story and testimony of resilience of a human being.  It also serves as a reminder that we are spirit, we posses a soul -- we merely live in a body.  The body's malfunction is not an indication of the mind's ability nor of the spirit's will to live.
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Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor of the French edition of "Elle" magazine. In December of 1995, when he was only 43 years old, he suffered a rare, massive stroke to his brain stem that left him completely and permanently paralyzed. After 20 days in a coma, according to BPNews reporter, Kelly Boggs, Bauby awoke to find himself in a body in which only his left eye functioned. Not only did the unaffected eye allow him to see, but Bauby was able to communicate to others by blinking that one eye to make it clear that his mind was unimpaired.

Amazingly, says Boggs, Bauby expressed himself by blinking to select letters, one by one, utilizing a special alphabet set up by a speech therapist. Even more amazing, she adds, he "dictated" his thoughts one letter at a time and eventually composed a 131-page book....a memoir, titled "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

It was published two days before he died and in it he compares his own body to a diving bell -- a mere container, providing only life support -- in which his mind exists as a caged butterfly.

Of his condition, Bauby wrote, "In the long term, I can hope to eat more normally: that is without the help of a gastric tube." He continued, "Eventually, perhaps I will be able to breathe naturally, without a respirator, and muster enough breath to make my vocal cords vibrate."

In page after page, Boggs says that Bauby describes the delight of simply being alive. He relished time spent with his family. Some days were described as good and some days were articulated as being bad, but to Bauby most days were an adventure.

To those who referred to him as a "total vegetable," Bauby expressed disgust. He wrote, "The tone in the voice left no doubt that henceforth I belonged on a vegetable stall and not to the human race." He mused, "France was at peace; one couldn't shoot the bearers of bad news." Bauby concluded, "Instead I would have to rely on myself if I wanted to prove my IQ was still higher than a turnip's."

the penny drops

I have specifically prayed that if there were "money" involved in this that it would come to light.  The circumstances have been so inexplicable, I felt there had to be something going on behind the scenes.
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Friday, March 25, 2005 10:57 p.m. EST

Greer Got Donation From Mike Schiavo's Lawyer

Reclaiming America, an organization backed by Rev. D. James Kennedy, reported that a serious conflict of interest may exist for the Fla. State Judge who is ruling on the Terri Schiavo case.

The report from Reclaiming America follows:

As if the circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo could not get any more suspicious, the Center for Reclaiming America has uncovered evidence that Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Judge George W. Greer accepted a campaign contribution from the law firm of Michael Schiavo’s attorney only one day after "Terri’s Law” was declared unconstitutional by a Pinellas county court.

This appears to establish a clear conflict of interest between Judge Greer and the best interests of Terri Schiavo.

Judge Greer has been responsible for establishing "the facts” in the case of Terri Schiavo. Sadly, he has dismissed or ignored testimony from 33 physicians (15 neurologists) who are willing to testify that Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state and can improve, he has refused to allow the Florida Department of Children and Families to conduct a criminal investigation of Michael Schiavo, he has refused to honor a subpoena from the U.S. Congress, and he has blocked virtually all efforts from the Schindler family to save the life of their daughter.

According to public records available from the Florida Department of State: Division of Elections, Judge George W. Greer received a campaign contribution from the law firm of Felos & Felos during his re-election efforts in the spring of 2004.

Of course, no direct evidence suggests collusion between the two parties, but the timing of the campaign contribution is highly suspect.

On May 6, 2004, a Pinellas county court struck down legislation ("Terri’s Law”) passed by the Florida legislature and signed by Governor Jeb Bush, which was designed to halt a previous attempt to starve Terri Schiavo to death.

On May 7, 2004 — only one day after the ruling — Judge Greer received a campaign gift from the law firm of Michael Schiavo’s attorney.

This was not due to a fundraising effort, as this was the only contribution made to the Greer campaign fund on that particular day.

Friday, March 25, 2005

From Francis Frangipane & Newsweek

To our Friends and Family in Christ,
 
From all of us at In Christ's Image Training and Arrow Publications, may the great blessings of our Lord Jesus overtake you this Easter season!
 
Let us continue to intercede for justice and mercy to meet concerning Terri Schiavo.  This is certainly a heartrending situation, but with God, all things are possible.  Let's believe the best to arise.
 
Our personal thanks to each of you for journeying with us! 
 
Francis Frangipane and Staff
 
P.S. I'm always blessed when the secular media makes a sincere effort to honor Jesus Christ.  Newsweek ran a strong article supporting the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It would be good to complement them for the time and effort they invested in presenting this.
Newsweek Story

The American Constitution

Ironically, I just read recently that most Federal judges do not refer to the constitution -- only to rulings by other judges.  We've lost our standard.  Without a plumbline, nothing you build will be able to stand upright. 
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Our living, breathing Constitution
March 25th, 2005

Many judges these days like to refer to the Constitution of the United States as a "living, breathing document", implying that its text is designed to be flexible. It is not. The Constitution is a set of rules, and like any other set of rules, it is meant to be strict and uncompromising. Of course, the Constitution can be modified through the amendment process, but once ratified, any amendment becomes like the rest of the Constitution: rigid.

And while any amendment may be repealed, as was the case with the 18th Amendment (The Prohibition Act), until that happens, it is just as concrete as any other part of the Constitution, and not subject to interpretation beyond the literal meaning of its text. The Constitution does not live, breathe, or do the cha-cha, for that matter. It is in many ways an instruction manual for the way our country was designed to run, and amending it is very serious business.

When a judge refers to it as "living and breathing," what he or she means is that the words within it can be taken in different ways, depending upon who is looking at it at any given time. They also apply words like "evolving" to it, as if it is some sort of life form that routinely adapts to its environment. That, of course, is ridiculous. Our Constitution only "evolves" when an overwhelming majority of the American citizenry determines that a change is necessary, not because of some judge's personal belief in how that document should read.

Words mean what they mean, not what we wish they would mean, whenever we become uncomfortable reading them. One cannot rightfully look at the Constitution and determine that its text means something other than what it has always meant, and was intended to mean upon its ratification. One may only disagree with the principles underlying those words, and seek to further amend the document, thereby introducing new words and rationales into it.

When a judge, at any level of jurisprudence, seeks to re-interpret the Constitution, tincturing that interpretation with their own personal moral predilections, or their supposed understanding of "society's evolving standards," what they are doing is something which is prohibited by the very Constitution they are regarding.

They are, in effect, amending it themselves, without deference to the one branch of the federal government that is solely charged with that right and responsibility; Congress. They are disregarding the most fundamental aspect of what we refer to as our country's "separation of powers," and are disrespecting the will of the people to whom Congress is accountable... and to whom the judiciary is not.

Once accountability has been sidestepped at any level or within any branch of government, the result is, by the very definition of the word, tyranny. Regardless of one's political persuasion, one must always bear in mind that a judge should never exhibit his/her own bias, either to the left or the right, in open court. A judge's job is to be non-partisan, unbiased, and indifferent to outcome.

Judges are supposed to be blind to ideology, and considerate only of the hard and fast principles of the written law. If you are willing to tolerate a judge's unconstitutional actions, merely because you happen to agree with the outcome of his/her opinion at any given time, then you may want to familiarize yourself with the term "all hail the emperor", because you'll be using it sooner than you think.

 

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Pray and not give up

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable
to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
(Luke 18:1)
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http://www.elijahlist.com

"Prayer Alert from Pastor Dutch Sheets Regarding Terri Schiavo"
by Dutch Sheets : Mar 24, 2005
http://www.dutchsheets.org

March 24, 2005

As I am sure is the case with many of you, I have been following the Terri Schiavo situation in Florida very closely. Though I was already concerned and praying, an incredibly strong burden began to overwhelm me yesterday (Wednesday, March 23). As I prayed and processed, I became convinced that this situation is not just about Mrs. Schiavo. As precious as even one soul is to God, I believe this situation is all about our nation.

I feel that God is allowing it to epitomize where we are as a nation, picturing for us the death culture that has overtaken us in America. I do want to be careful at this point not to cast any dispersion on those who have had to make the excruciating decision to disconnect loved ones from life support. I have had to stand with individuals, giving them comfort and support as they made this decision for brain-dead loved ones. However, I have a very deep conviction that is not what is taking place in this case.

Death Will Try to Reign

As this burden began to intensify yesterday, I called Chuck Pierce and Ken Malone (the Strategic Prayer Network state coordinator for Florida). He reminded me of a word Chuck gave about Florida a few months ago. Chuck prophesied, "A strategy will be uncovered out of Florida that will be very detrimental to our land . . . a strategy that will try to mature to stop the plan for this nation out of Florida, to bring confusion in this land." Chuck also told me yesterday that when he gave this word, he saw a death structure in Florida that would become an issue before the nation – that death would try to reign from there.

I feel very strongly that if we don't overcome this spirit of death, a new wave of violence and death will be released across our nation. It could manifest through suicides, terrorism, disease, euthanasia, increased abortions, murder, etc. How it manifests may vary, but I am issuing the warning:

If this is allowed to continue in Florida, this spirit of death will be unleashed with a vengeance. But it is not too late to try to stop it! Begin immediately and with great diligence to do the following:

1) Ask God for more time. Pray that Terri not die, even if God has to keep her alive supernaturally for awhile.

2) Repent on behalf of our nation for allowing death to rule through greed and selfishness. Repent for our complacency and dullness to the horrible genocide in America through abortion and other means.

3) Ask God for mercy on us.

4) Stand against this spirit of death. Make biblical decrees against it. Decree that America's covenant with death will be broken (Isaiah 28:15,18), as well as anything else He gives you to pray and decree.

5) Do not turn this over to the courts. It may appear that they have the final say but they don't. For too long, the church has failed to realize that we have more authority on earth than any human institution. We lose by default. Take this situation out of their hands and rule through spiritual authority and weapons. (This is also all about the spiritual battle that is taking place over the ungodly element in our courts. This stronghold must and will come down, but the war must be won in the spiritual realm before we see complete breakthrough naturally.)

6) Pray for Governor Jeb Bush. Pray that, like the midwives in Egypt, he refuses to honor this decree of death. Pray that he realizes he is an Esther, placed where he is for such a time as this. Pray that he makes the same stand she did – "If I perish, I perish, but I will do what is right in the sight of God" (see Esther 4:16). Pray against fear, compromise and political spirits. Pray for wisdom, strength and boldness. He is a good man and fighting hard. Undergird him.

Let's together break this assault. Let's say "Enough!" I am on my way to Florida as I write this. I will war from there – you war from wherever you are. Help us save Terri's life and many other lives, and keep this spirit of death from going to a new level in America. We can do it!

For life,

by Dutch Sheets
www.dutchsheets.org

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

bragging on Meagan

Hi
got a very happy phone call today from Meagan at Job Corps.  She had just finished a review where she was hoping to receive a "gold card" -- instead she received a platinum.  She is one of 4 platinum card holders out of 300 participants.  And one of only two to have ever received a platinum directly from the basic training. 
 
I believe she said her standing was in the top 4% of the entire job corps.  I can't remember all the details but this will open many doors of opportunity for her besides just the immediate benefits of additional privileges and the incredible boost it has given her self-esteem. 
 
blessings
me

lovely quote

"There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality. All else is immorality." --Theodore Roosevelt

one person's change of heart

Terri Schiavo: My Change of Heart

Earlier this week I blogged my views about the Terri Schiavo situation.  In short, I took a chance in putting what I knew would be an unpopular view that I feel that the wishes of Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband, should be honored.  Since then, I have received an avalanche of responses from bloggers and Townhall readers, mostly adamantly (some vehemently) disagreeing with me.  I have no problem with disagreement.  In fact, I'm very grateful for the huge response, for it has shown me how emotionally charged - and complicated - this issue has become.
 
I also admitted in a subsequent blog that I did not have all of the facts of this case at the time of my first blog.  As a result, TH bloggers have been very generous in sending me very useful articles and links to information (including Terri's Fight, which I highly recommend) to help me better understand it and all of the legal, moral and spiritual (yes, spiritual) ramifications.  To all TH bloggers/subcribers, I say thank you.
 
With that, allow me to admit freely that, yes, I have since had a change of heart about the case based on becoming more knowledgeable of it.  I now know that Thereas Marie Schiavo is NOT in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS).  PVS is defined as "... a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is (a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of ANY kind, and (b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment."  Terri's behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of PVS. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her. None of these behaviors are simple reflexes and are, instead, voluntary and cognitive. Though Terri has limitations, she does interact purposefully with her environment.
 
I am also starting to really question the motives of Michael Schiavo.  (I admit now that my initial assertion - the fact that he has a new woman in his life is beside the point - was dead wrong.)  For one thing, I don't necessarily fault him for starting a new life with a new woman, but why did he not divorce Terri before starting a new relationship/family?  By not doing so, it throws his credibility into question (to say the least).  Secondly, if Terri's family has offered to shoulder the responsibility of caring for her, and if Michael Schiavo knew that he was going to starting a relationship with someone else, why has he refused to relinquish guardianship to her family for that purpose?  Thirdly, of the nearly $1 million malpractice settlement awarded to Mrs. Schiavo in 1992, the lion's share of that money has been used to pay her husband's legal expenses.  Given his wife's condition and constant need for medical care - and given how expensive that car must be - this, in my humble opinion, is nuts!
 
My biggest change of heart deals with the manner in which Terri Schiavo is currently dying: by starvation and dehydration.  Several e-mails I received brought up a very important point that, I'm ashamed to say, I had not considered initially: if it is considered cruel and inhumane to kill an animal by denying it food and water, how much more cruel and inhumane is it to kill a human being by the same means?  Terri Schiavo is basically being put down like one would put down an old, raggedy useless dog.  This is not how we, as a humane society, should treat the infirm, invalid and incapacitated!  Thomas Sowell put it perfectly: "Terri Schiavo's only crime is that she has become an inconvenience - and is caught in the merciless machinery of the law. Those who think law is the answer to our problems need to face the reality that law is a crude and blunt instrument.Make no mistake about it: Terri Schiavo is being killed, not 'allowed to die.'" 
 
There has been a plethora of powerful articles recently from Townhall columnists such as Sowell, Kathleen Parker, Charles Krauthhammer, Cal Thomas, Linda Chavez, Michelle Malkin, and David Limbaugh, who has two great articles, among others.  I highly recommend all of them.
 
However, I still believe that Congress should NOT have gotten involved in this case.  As Krauthhammer puts it in his new article, Legislative and Executive intervention in this case makes a "flagrant violation of federalism and the separation of powers." 
 
Basically, this is not an easy case, and there are no easy solutions.  Again, my heart goes out to the Schiavo family.

From Kerry

When Kerry was going through this ordeal, I know there were many friends in various parts of the nation linked to her in prayer. Prayer for Kerry, prayer for her father, prayer for their family. I can testify that like David, when she knew that what she had prayed for had not been granted, Kerry made the choice to worship her God. Even in that time of natural grieving with all the emotions that were swirling around her, her heart chose to say, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord." The knowledge that through much pain, personal attacks, frustration & grief, she was able in all things to stay so very close to Jesus gives her words now an additional weight -- This is not theory but experience, experience that has come through fire as pure gold. We can all benefit from it.

Dear All,

May I share with you a few things that I learned in the year that my dad died, just as Terri is dying?

How we prayed! So many prayed, and prayed around the clock and with all their hearts! I believe to this day that the Lord actually placed certain things upon my heart, some that are just there concerning life and death and some that are specific to my father.

Dad prayed with me while he was in the hospital, before they moved him to the hospice, that the Lord would save and come to dwell in his soul. I very specifically asked the Lord that Dad might have "some time" on this earth as a Christian man to enjoy and see to the healing of his family. I believe still that this was a request that pleased the Lord; I do not believe He "knew better what was good for the family," and so let my father die of starvation and dehydration.

Of course, that always puts us in a position of vulnerability with others who will say, in their own fear sometimes and their own pain of loss, that we are "playing God." Yet God has made a point of revealing His will and His good pleasure to anyone who might be listening for as long as men and women have been on the earth. Do we think He does any less than lead us and speak to us daily? In grave matters like these, what kind of God would He be if He would not speak when all we are asking is to hear His voice.

If you have a living will, may I urge you to consider, not just that you would not want to be drooling and incontinent around your family and have them saddened by the change in you? May I recommend that you consider that if it has pleased the Lord to let you live without substitutionary brain waves, to live with the aid of a feeding tube, perhaps, and even substantially reduced cognizance, that your family made need you to live, and drool, for a season, even a painful season? What's more, in that hour, you may have cognizance and every mental, emotional, and spiritual desire to obtain for yourself the rest of your life, however long or short it might be, and be disempowered to do so by a living will.

I humbly submit to you that old, feeble, disabled people are nearly always surprised by how much they want to live, even under conditions they thought they would find repulsive when they were young. As to feeding tubes, it is worth considering that every infant on the planet would die without a "feeding tube" . . . the breast or bottle. We do not like to consider that an aged person might need this help again, but we ought not to decide that extraneous feeding is a fate worse than death. By the way, my dad was completely coherent and able to sit up, walk, talk, think, laugh, joke around, cry, and, in the end, beg for food. His esophagus was not functioning, and his lungs were aspirating fluids by the mouth, but a feeding tube would have given him who knows how many years of life.

My father died, and despite his "living will," oh, how he wanted to live! Oh, how powerful that piece of paper becomes. It takes on a life of its own! Who can know at the age of 20, or even 80 and in terrible pain, how greatly one might want at the end to ask for another year or two, another month, in my dad's case, literally, another day. A feeding tube would have allowed him to speak to all of his sons, all gathered around for the first time due to a remarriage. There was not animosity between them, but he had never had that pleasure.

These things I learned as I asked the Lord to keep me very close when my prayers were not answered. The very first thing I heard the following morning, when my dad lay cold in the morgue and I knew that satan would come for my faith next, was this, "Kerry, stay right were you are (in your faith.) It's where I want you. Don't move. The one who asks of Me and puts his trust in Me bring Me GREAT pleasure." Just the asking, just the acknowledging of His supremacy, just the looking to His desire and good pleasure matters to God Almighty.

When I was able, I began asking simple questions, and I learned these things:

1) Unity matters . . . in the end, there where many, many Christians visiting and praying and at least five of us standing around Dad's bedside; we never once humbled ourselves to pray together and ask, "Lord, are we in your will? Is this Your will for Dad? How can we help him?" Speak, and we will obey." I don't say we didn't each pray, but this we never did - we never sought, much less came into unity through humility; in fact, with one in particular, there was a great divide that was not addressed.

2) God is Lord . . . not the paper, not the courts, not the doctors and nurses, not the Hospice . . . Jesus Christ is Lord; never forget it. It is "easy" to forget when all the conditioning of being an American, with wonderful legal help, of being an American, with wonderful medical help, of being an American, with freedom of religion (and religious opinions.) ONE opinion matters, the opinion of the Lord, and usually each one will think they know what that is. Even in the end, how heinous is the RIGHT of the individual to die IF the Lord would have rejoiced to preserve him.

3) The Lord says that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, and if He hears us, we will have what we ask of Him . . . please see 1 John 5:14, 15. We also know that if we regard iniquity in our hearts, He will not hear us. (Psalm 66:18) These verses . . . these facts . . . did not deter me from asking the Lord, "What took place? Why did You not answer my prayers?" I did not ask out of insult or bitter offense, but because I know the Lord is faithful, and He did not fail us. Remember that Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit, and apart from the Holy Spirit, others might never have known. Others do not know what bitterness or strife or selfish motives may be in our hearts, even in the most important moments. We ourselves may not know unless we humbly ask with a readiness to repent completely. These moments in life can set us free if we will be HONEST before the Lord in our great need, and surrender our most hidden sins for the sake of the glory of God . . . and sometimes, for the sake of the life of another.

4) When we stood praying, there was an undeniable undercurrent of unforgiveness. The Lord has said, "When you stand praying, forgive . . . " and He told us we need not expect an answer to our prayers if we do not. Some were openly speaking against others while maintaining a polite civility (at least sometimes) and then coming into Dad's room and praying. (Mark 11:25)


May I humbly suggest that, if these words ring true to you that you will bring them before the Lord, and if He gives them His sanction, that you will keep these where you can find them for the time when you will need them. They might help you much more than a living will ever could.

Sometimes, beloved, a "living will" is our way of saying, in the summer of our lives, that we would be ashamed to be incapacitated or begging for our lives at the end. I believe that it is important to note that, sadly, for many unbelievers, it is
only on their death beds that they ever ask anything of God. With a "living will," even that last opportunity is taken from them.

Love,
Kerry

A lie taken for truth

A lie taken for the truth always assumes a most dangerous appearance.
                                                                                                                  – F. Dostoevsky,
 
If Terri Schiavo's extermination is allowed to continue, after the overwhelming tragedy of her death, what I will consider the greatest tragedy is that the majority of  America will continue to think that a comatose woman, in a vegetative state, hooked up to life support was allowed to peacefully and gently die.  Why will they believe that?   Because for whatever inexplicable reason the MSM has persisted in presenting that picture to the American public. [one charming liberal blogger referred to Terri as a corpse being kept alive -- if you want that link, find it yourself]
 
It's not that there's not plenty of evidence to the contrary.
 
Recently a family friend went to Terri and said "Terri this would be over if you could say, I want to live".  Terri began screaming "I waaaaaa"  "I waaaaa" -- hardly the response of a comatose vegetable. [btw instead of anyone responding to find out what Terri wanted, the woman was escorted off the premises]
 
Polls have been contrived to present Terri as completely unaware [she speaks, she comprehends], terminally ill [there is no illness], brain dead [her brain is functioning -- a Nobel prize nominated expert has examined her and gives testimony to her awareness].  The polls have drawn a picture of someone without knowledge or feeling begin kept alive artificially and then asked  people what they think should be done or if they would want to be kept alive in such a manner.  The polls haven't asked -- If you were awake, alert, feeling, thinking but damaged would you want to be starved & dehydrated to death?   
 
They insist on allowing only one medical voice to speak -- that of an euthanasia advocates . 
 
There's plenty of other voices out there -- do a google search; you'll find them.  But what has been consistently presented as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth has been in fact a tissue of half-truths, mis-representations and out-right lies
 
Nurses have started coming forward -- three now -- exposing Michael Schiavo as someone unfit to decide his "wife's" fate.  An independent attorney visited her and gave her evidence -- not to the judge, he didn't want it --but it is public record.
 
The irony is that the MSM hasn't rushed to defend this woman's right to have an independent attorney on the basis that she's not chattel is amazing. 
 
I admit I know nothing of criminal law -- what bits I have come from a lifetime of reading mysteries and is as likely to reflect British law as anything else.  So I may be incorrect here.  But my understanding is that in a murder case, it's not necessary to prove "who done it" to get the accused acquitted -- it's only necessary to bring reasonable doubt.
 
There's enough evidence of wrong-doing, of dissenting medical opinion, of evidence that flies in the face of the idea of coma or persistent vegetate state -- there's plenty of reasonable doubt.  Terri's not gotten the most basic protection by law that we will give the young boy who just murdered his school mates.  The MSM will no doubt find plenty of sympathy to offer him.  He will be given the best counsel possible and probably Michael Moore will make a movie about him -- and this woman, possibly the victim of violence to begin with -- no one has ever explained the neck injuries she received while having a [non-existent] heart attack-- has been left alone with no protection, no due process and not even a fair or unbiased accounting of her situation. [btw -- another site has x-rays that wouldn't come up for me but describe it as looking like someone who had been beaten to a pulp and said the injuries were consistent with that of strangulation]
 
Whatever ideas a person may have about Federal vs. States Rights, whatever perverse belief they have in an individual's  "right to die" [which lately has become a right to kill], however you think you'd like to see yourself "go".  This woman has been abused and neglected, left unprotected by and from our legal system.  Has had her very life left in the hands of a man with obvious conflicts of interest -- a man who received a great deal of money to provide for her care and therapy but  waited until the money was in the bank before deciding she wanted to die -- if he was so convinced she wanted to die why did he wait until he won his lawsuit?
 
Whatever else is happening here -- it is not justice, however "legal" it may be.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

I liked this

I needed some "good news" so I googled for it and found The Good News Network !  -- who knew?
 
I liked this story --I remember Jack Taylor once saying, "Well, I guess God had something he was doing with the wind today, He sure needed a lot of it"
 
How like God to literally have the answers "blowin' in the wind'. 
 

Texas Green Energy Policy Among Best in Country

Wind Power Blows Over Texas

Forty miles east of El Paso, Texas, high-tech wind turbines producing over 800 megawatts of electricity are expected to deliver power to 200,000 Texas households by the end of this year.

The minimum renewable energy standard adopted by the state under former Governor George W. Bush is the most effective policy any state has recently adopted to promote renewable energy, says a new study by the American Wind Energy Association.

The requirements are set high. Every seller of electricity must obtain their share of energy credits to help meet goals set to exceed 2000 megawatts of new capacity by 2009.

another piece of the puzzle

Terri's Former Nurse Accuses Michael Schiavo

From April 1995 to August 1996, Carla Sauer Iyer was one of Terri Schiavo's caretakers at Palm Garden in Largo, Fla.

This morning on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program, she gave a frightening account of Michael Schiavo's actions and words, and also a hopeful description of Terri Schiavo's condition at that time.

Ms. Iyer said that Terri could:

  • Interact with staff.
  • Laugh.
  • Talk - saying words like "mommy," "help me" and "hi."
  • Let you know if she was in pain.
  • React reflexively on command.

    Interviewer Steve Doocey asked Carla why, in her opinion, Michael Schiavo was not telling people this. She answered that she believes "he wants her to die."

    Doocey then revealed that Carla was fired from the care facility because of a disagreement with Michael Schiavo in an incident where she claims he injected Terri with insulin.

    Ms. Iyer said that after Michael visited Terri one day for about 20 minutes, with the door shut, she went in after he left and saw Terri sweating, lethargic and "crying hysterically."

    Carla checked Terri's blood sugar, and it was barely reading on the glucometer. She also saw a vial of "insulin concealed in the trash bin."

    According to Carla, there were needle marks underneath Terri's breast, under her arms and near her groin. Carla talked to the police and then went to the director of nursing, who was very upset that Carla had gone to the police.

    She doesn't think Michael Schiavo was a caring husband and claimed to Fox News that he refused to send Terri to rehabilitation of any kind.

    Doocey then said that he had heard a story from another nurse who tried to feed Terri, and when Michael Schiavo found out about it, in Doocey's words, "it all hit the fan."

    Carla concurred, saying that Terri could be fed by mouth - jello and pudding, etc. - without aspirating, but that when Michael found out Terri was being fed by mouth, he told the nurses he was going to get them fired.

    Doocey then asked Carla why she was coming forward now. She answered that she wanted "to let the truth be known. I was one of the very few people who was able to see Terri. She would interact with all the visitors. ... I want everyone to see Terri."

  • medical realities

    The one thing to keep firmly in mind -- Terri is not being "allowed to die" she's being murdered. Same doctor, different quotes but he comes with better credentials than the ones who have mis-diagnosed a responsive woman as a vegetable while carefully avoiding the medical procedures that could prove them wrong. --di
    Renowned Neurologist: Schiavo Is Not In
    Renowned Neurologist: Schiavo Is Not In 'Persistent Vegetative State'
    "The important thing for people to understand is that she can eat and swallow right now."

    (BP) A doctor close to the Terri Schiavo case told the Florida Baptist Witness that the 41-year-old disabled woman could actually be fed orally if it were allowed.

    "The important thing for people to understand is that she can eat and swallow right now," said William Hammesfahr, a neurologist who has examined Schiavo. He is in many of the videos circulated through the news media showing that Schiavo is at times responsive and aware.

    "They are truly withholding food from a person who is awake, alert, and can eat and swallow," Hammesfahr said. After spending at least 10 hours with Schiavo several years ago, he told Florida Judge George W. Greer that she can improve with therapy.

    Hammesfahr said his credibility had been questioned at the time, but he has since been vindicated in court and currently maintains a thriving private practice in Clearwater, Fla. Despite reports attacking him, he said he has never lost his license to practice medicine and currently is involved in litigation surrounding the ordeal.

    Hammesfahr was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1999 for his work in brain injury and stroke. He is a recognized expert in treating neurological disorders, having successfully treated thousands of patients using vasodilator therapy, which increases blood flow to the brain, thus healing conditions previously thought to be untreatable.

    Standing with a handful of supporters outside of the hospice late in the evening Mar. 19, Hammesfahr told the Witness Schiavo previously has swallowed pudding and daily swallows almost two liters of water by virtue of being able to process her own saliva and sinus drainage.

    "That's liquid and that's the most difficult thing to swallow," Hammesfahr said of her saliva. "If she can swallow that she can swallow food or pudding."

    "Terri's not that bad," Hammesfahr said. "She is like a child with cerebral palsy. She can speak. At least when I saw her, she would speak very slowly. She would sort of form words, she would move her arms and legs at command. She could understand questions in English."


    A nobel prize nominee weighs in

    I think this must be the doctor Lanny heard interviewed by Sean Hannity:

    Doctor: Terri Can Recover

    CLEARWATER, Fl. - A prominent brain specialist believes that Terri Schiavo can recover with proper treatment.

    Dr. William Hammesfahr, nominated for a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine, told the Christian Wire Service that he "and others I know have treated many patients worse than Terri, and have seen them regain independence and dignity."

    Dr. Hammesfahr said he has examined Terri Schiavo three separate times for a total of over ten hours.

    "There are many approaches that would help Terri Schiavo. I know, because I had the opportunity to personally examine her, her medical records, and her X-rays."

    The doctor has helped patients with chronic brain injuries - including hypoxic encephalopathy, Schiavo's injury - recover. Judge Susan Kirkland of the Florida Department of Health said that he was "the first physician to restore deficits caused by stroke."

    Dr. Hammesfahr was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1999. In 2000, his work resulted in approval for the first patent in history granted for the treatment of neurological diseases with medications that restore blood flow to the brain.

    "It's time to help Terri, instead of just warehousing her," Dr. Hammesfahr said. "She would have benefited from treatment years ago, but it is not to late to start now."

    Where there's life, there's hope

    Some of Terri Schiavo's life-time friends were finally given a voice yesterday. Contrary to her "husband's" assertions that Terri would want her life to be terminated -- these friends remember her position in the highly publicized Karen Ann Quinlin case. , that she didn't agree with ending Quinlin's life because "where there's life, there's hope". With that in mind, don't stop hoping don't stop praying, don't stop believing -- don't stop putting pressure on congress.

    Here's an over-view written in April 2004 . This is about saving one woman's life but keep in mind -- if her human rights and civil liberties can be so arrogantly violated, so can yours. --all it needs is the right arrangement of circumstances and then a judge may speak for you.

    Going through my Bair Foundation training, I learned that the origins of Child Welfare were actually through the SPCA --In NY City in 1874 because the courts wouldn't act for a child against abusive & neglectful parents, those who wanted desperately to save Mary Ellen persuaded the SPCA to help the girl on the grounds that she was part of the animal kingdom and at the very least deserved the same level of care that an animal would receive. Maybe we should try this tact again.

    This morning, another judge has spoken and denied basic animal rights to a living, responsive human being--

    Here's some of Terri's history

    founder's quote

    "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."  Thomas Jefferson
     
     
    sidebar:  this quote was at the end of an excellent article  about establishing legal and social precedents regarding the rights and protection of the disabled.

    representation

    You can read the whole Thomas Sowell's article here.  But I especially appreciated the reminder that Congress was designed to be the voice of the people.  They are our "representatives"  -- that's all the political motivation they should need.  As an individual, I have no political power -- Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn & John Sullivan were my voice.
     
    From Thomas Sowell
     "The extraordinary session of Congress, calling members back from around the country, with the President flying back from his home in Texas in order to be ready to sign legislation dealing with Terri Schiavo, are things that do us credit as a nation.

     Even if critics who claim that this is being done for political or ideological reasons are partially or even wholly correct, they still miss the point. It is the public's sense of concern -- in some cases, outrage -- that is reflected by their elected representatives".

    Outside of a man who, only after he had the money in the bank, chose to have her eliminated and the euthanasia advocate who wants to make her his poster child and the Judge who seems too arrogant to admit into court evidence from certified specialists -- how many American's really want to have this woman slowly starved & dehydrated  to death?  Who among us  would want to experience it?  Would we choose that agony for our children?  Would we allow someone else to choose it for us?