This is where I will put my upsets, resentments, reasonings and logical commentary on why liberalism is a threat to the United States of America! Dagney Taggert is a character from Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", but she was also my teacher. She taught me the fallacy of my liberal upbringing. If you are a liberal, you may see some of the fallacy of it here, too...unless you're braindead!
Monday, March 28, 2005
Can't Top This One
The details, the facts, the arguments for the rights of the disabled, in this article cannot be more recommended as reading on the Terri Shiavo case. As further recommendation, the author of the article, Nat Hentoff, is an athiest.
Since I am getting ready to head for the beach for a few days, I would implore you to read this article, regardless of which side of the argument you are on, and think about how you feel, deep down, about life. If you have something you want to discuss about it, please feel free to leave a comment. It is very thought provoking.
After watching Fox News' productions about the importance of Jesus' life and resurrection, and Newt Gingrich's coverage of Pope John Paul II's life tonight, I guess I don't have to ask why some from the left have resorted to these tactics, do I? Things that make you go "HMMM?" MSM has been ever so efficient for the past 40 years, and the other side of just cannot handle the competition. Go figure.
As an entrepreneurial trainer, as a marketing person, I have always looked for the win/win in every situation. I am still trying to figure out where the win/win is with the Terri Schiavo situation. It is akin to the "follow the money" adage. I see George Felos on Fox News today saying that Terri had some sort of a ethereal look on her face, and I ask "Where's his pay off?". Besides his fees, the man is a Euthanasia advocate, with a ton of books to sell, none of which will receive a plug here. Duh. As for hubby-poo, Michael, where is his pay off? Covering up his complicity in her condition? Or as he claims, living up to his "promise to her"?
The fact that Terri Shiavo has not been granted a "de novo" hearing, the fact that the courts have decided that she must be starved to death, tells me that her gift, as she leaves this existence, is to alert the American people that our duly elected representatives are no longer in charge. As Mark Levin points out in his book "Men in Black", we are no longer a representative republic. We are no longer in charge of our destiny. We are now being ruled by judges who have not been elected, who do not have our best interests at heart, who are ruling us from the bench. Terri has awakened us to that fact, in a very heart-wrenching way.
I believe that history will show that Terri Shiavo has done more for America in the past Holy Week, than the Democraps have done in forty years. She has awakened us to the fact that we are slowly losing our democracy. It is being usurped by a judicial system run amok. She has reminded us that our duly elected representatives in Congress do not understand their jobs. Their job #1 should be to prevent further erosion of our rights by legislating a protection from judicial tyranny. Only Congress can prevent the judges from being the final arbiters of law, when that job belongs to the people. The men and women in black robes need to be reminded that when the people pass a law through their votes at the polls, they cannot continue to overrule those laws. They cannot afford convicted criminals judicial reviews they are not prepared to offer to innocent people, such as Terri.
On this day, Easter Sunday, the Resurrection Day of our Savior, let's give thanks to God for Terri Schindler Shiavo, and for her gifts of the Awakening of America.
How about some good news from Iraq, for a change? I had to go look for some reasons to smile, with the abysmal news about Terri Schiavo, and found this story posted at ITM, by one of the family of commenters there.
"March 24, 2005: More Iraqis are losing their fear of terrorists, and it's hurting the anti-government forces. In the last three days, tips from Iraqis have led Iraqi police and troops to several terrorist hideouts. This has resulted in some spectacular gun battles, and the deaths of over 130 terrorists (and about a dozen police and soldiers.)"
The Iraqis are taking over, with help from our troops, and they are spanking the terrorists and tearing them up! The really great news in this story is that the lack of understanding by these terrorists. They have no clue about the thinking of freedom loving humans who've been newly democratized. There is an inherent lack of patience with people who have come to feel that they have some say in their existence, with people who kill innocent women and children! It is causing the terrorists to lose their only support system in Iraq; the Sunnis!
"The hard core Sunni Arabs who continued to support Saddam and the Baath Party are a broken force, with most of their leaders either captured, or negotiating deals with the government. Al Qaeda continues to see Iraq as their most important battleground. But the terrorists coming to Iraq find themselves fighting Iraqis, not Americans. The Iraqis, not happy about being the target for al Qaeda bombs, has gone after the terrorists with a vengeance."
You have to love the "with a vengeance" reference! And the best news of all?
"American casualties continue to decline. U.S. combat deaths are down some 40 percent from February, and are only about a third of what they were in January. Casualties haven't been this low since the Spring of 2003, right after Saddam was toppled."
Some days you just have to look for reasons to smile.
"The Florida judge who has consistently ruled against efforts to keep Terri Schiavo alive has said no to an effort by the state's Department of Children and Families to rescue the brain-injured woman by physically removing her, but a department spokeswoman says the state agency still could take action without judicial approval.
Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer said the state cannot take Schiavo into custody, nor provide her food or water.
WFLA Radio in Tampa says the ruling will likely be appealed.
The possible "rescue" scenario emerged today with Schiavo now in her sixth day without food or water.
Florida's DCF indicated it might remove the brain-injured woman, by force if necessary, from the hospice where she has lived the past five years."
Please God, hear our prayers. Let the DCF intervene!
[Note: I was in "html hell" when I wrote the following post earlier this morning. Please excuse the font problems on it...and does anyone know of a good html class I can take?]
I was so upset to think I lived in a country where nearly 3/4 of the population thought starving Terri Schiavo to death was the right thing to do, until I saw the truth of the poll here.
"As you may know, a woman in Florida named Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her parents and her husband disagree on whether or not she should be kept on life support. In cases like this who do you think should have final say, (the parents) or (the spouse)?"
What a trumped up lie! No wonder the respondents answered the way they did! I feel so much better about my fellow citizens! Not only that, but my judgement of the MSM has been vindicated. They are nothing more than a propoganda arm of the left! At least I am honest about being a conservative Republican. They are still trying to get us to believe they are an unbiased news source.
First off, no definitive tests have been done, so doctors disagree as to Terri's actual condition. As for her condition being irreversible, that is also an unknown. She has never been allowed to have any sort of therapy to prove that she can or cannot improve.
As for the husband having the final say, that is the most disturbing thing about the whole affair. Why have the affadavits of this nurse, and others, not been reported on by the MSM?
"Terri's medical condition was systematically distorted andmisrepresented by Michael. When I worked with her, she was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis while in my presence, saying such things as "mommy," and "help me." "Help me" was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times. Terri would try to say the word "pain" when she was in discomfort, but it came out more like "pay." She didn't say the "n" sound very well. During her menses she would indicate her discomfort by saying "pay" and moving her arms toward her lower abdominal area. Other ways that she would indicate that she was in pain included pursing her lips, grimacing, thrashing in bed, curling her toes or moving her legs around. She would let you know when she had a bowel movement by flipping up the covers and pulling on her diaper and scooted in bed on her bottom."
This part of her affidavit proves ABC's incorrect premise about her condition. This next part of her affidavit talks to the matter of who should be in charge of Terri.
"To the best of my recollection, rehabilitation had been ordered for Terri, but I never saw any being done or had any reason at all to believe that there was ever any rehab of Terri done at Palm Gardens while I was there. I became concerned because Michael wanted nothing done for Terri at all, no antibiotics, no tests, no range of motion therapy, no stimulation, no nothing. Michael said again and again that Terri should NOT get any rehab, that there should be no range of motion whatsoever, or anything else. I and a CNA named Roxy would give Terri range of motion anyway. One time I put awash cloth in Terri's hand to keep her fingers from curling together, and Michael made me take it out, saying that was therapy." Why the folks at ABC distorted the truth should be obvious. That this man should even be allowed in Terri's room, alone, is a crime! And the government has been ordered by some demented and self-absorbed judge named Greer to help him finish the job! Activist judges need to be impeached, and Governor Bush and/or President Bush need to step in and take control of the situation for Terri's sake, and for the sake of our national consciousness!
One of my favorite bloggers, Baldilocks, noticed a slip of the tongue when Larry King interviewedMichael Schiavo. Seems that Michael is contradicting himself. One thing about liars, unless they're attorneys, is that sooner or later they slip, and the truth comes out.
What an interesting week for this monumental fight to come to the forefront of the American conscience. I'm very into the spiritual self, and could not be called a "born again Christian", other than the fact that I am a Christian, and I believe in the Bible's exhortation in Mark 3:16 (if memory serves me) "Ye must be born again." With that in mind, the holiest week of the Christian year seems to be a fitting time for Terri's fight to be a focus of who we are as a nation. Perhaps more importantly, Terri's situation has made us ask, "who we have become, as a nation?"
It was difficult to go anywhere today that I didn't overhear a conversation about Terri Schiavo, or hear a talk show or a news show, focused on her story. It actually has served to point out two important things to me; 1) How the idea of "quality of life" has colored people's mind about the right to life. 2) How the left is so lost in their hatred of the current administration that they don't seem to recognize their own contradictions of their own position.
Speaking to the quality of life, it seems reminiscent to me, of the Hitler regime's decision to put to death, or sterilization of people who were mentally retarded, using the same justification, i.e., "quality of life". Excuse me people, but if you have ever had a Down's Syndrome child, or mentally damaged person touch your life, you have no idea of the gifts they bring to the world, and the peoples lives they touch. Granted, it is not always easy for so-called "normal" people to deal with these gifts from God, as they are unknowing of the gifts these folks have to give.
What gives anyone the right to end someone's existence, that they are "not like us"? Do we put to death people who have Alzheimers? Parkinsons? ALS? Born with a cleft palette? Have a lisp? Aren't......what? As "sexy", "pretty", "smart"? Where do you draw the line, America? Talk about slippery slopes!
Speaking to the arguments against the Terri Schiavo congressional decision, why is it that giving this woman the same rights, i.e., access to the federal courts before she is condemned to death, as any condemned prisoner on death row has the right. Yet the left has complained that this is an interference into "states rights". Did they have similar complaints about "federal interference"? Has the left forgotten that, had it not been for federal intervention, black children would not have been in schools in the south?
Is it just the current argument? Or is it principle? If this criteria holds true, where do we stop? Why was the left so adamantly "pro" stem cell research and its possibilities in the case of Christopher Reeve, never bringing up the "quality of life" comments, yet so quick to demand the death of Terri Schiavo, without realizing what the same research might do for her?
How is it that a convicted murderer gets the right to have federal court oversight into their case, but Terri does not? How is it that you can go to prison for starving an animal, but that doesn't count in Terri's case? How is it that the likes of Bill Maher (TV commentator, and a member of the board of PETA) thinks it is cruel to have sled dogs pulling sleds in the Iditarod (balderdash! As a native Coloradoan, I know these dogs LIVE to pull a sled!), but it's okay to starve an innocent woman to death? Why is it that panties on the head of a terrorist was "torture", yet starving a woman to death is not? Why is there a suicide watch on the despiccable worm who kidnapped and murdered a beautiful little girl down-state from Terri, yet little concern for her predicament?
Is this not an interesting week, the week celebrated world-wide as Easter Week, or Holy Week, that Terri is making us look at how we, as a nation, view death? View the justifications for death? At least the Catholic Church is consistent on their stand. America must look absolutely schizophrenic to them! Perhaps we are. Perhaps we need to take a long hard look at how we define life.
Anyone agree with me that we should fence off San Francisco, and the Bay Area in general? If not, take a look at these photos. Scary! Zombie, are you sure you aren't a bit self-flagellistic? Caution, not for children...though the Moonbats didn't seem to have a problem with children's attendance. Hall of Shame - how true!
Our prayers and repeated phone calls may have been answered.
"Congressional leaders announced a compromise between Senate and House Republicans that would allow the brain-damaged woman's case to be reviewed by federal courts that could restore her feeding tube. Opposition waned after House leaders agreed to give up broader legislation and accept a narrowly crafted bill that applied only to Schiavo's case."
I just wish they could have come up with a bill to benefit others in her situation. Perhaps later. For now, this is enough to save Terri. Now, unless Michael Schiavo or Judge Greer sneaks into the hospital to hasten the process, Terri should be saved. (I'm only half joking, due to the monumental power trip the Judge is on, and the overwhelming guilt and greed of Michael Shiavo.)
Once her parents can take over, my bet is that she won't even need the feeding tube to eat! Thank you, God for our answered prayers.
Now that I have had my temper and blood pressure in check over breaking news, [updated, I called when I first heard Judge Greer was going to defy Congress] and have annoyed the office personnel of a couple of senators, plus kept the e-mail wires humming, I can stop and make some observations about this whole Terri Schiavo news story, and why it is important to put the spotlight on it.
From the state of Florida, where you will be put in jail for 6 years for allowing your pet, or any animal, to starve to death; Judge Greer is defying the congress to go ahead and starve to death a woman he has never laid eyes on, and who is not on life-support systems. Yes, they think that she may have difficulty in swallowing, so she is being fed through a tube, but she can breathe by herself. Did they suggest that she might be given a lethal injection, the way you would a sick dog, or a convicted murderer? Even though she has never committed a crime? No. They prefer instead for this innocent woman to spend weeks starving to death.
And where is the left on this? You know, those people who scream "woman's rights", and "no woman should be at the mercy of her husband", and who insist on the most humane treatment for every convict, lab rat, illegal immigrant, captured terrorist and detainee? Where are they in protecting this woman? Where are they in championing the rights of her family to take care of her? No where to be found! Wouldn't Elian Gonzales loved to have asked the same question of them? He'd have received the same answer. None.
Have you ever tried to argue with a donk? For most of them, the use of logic will be met with one of 3 responses; 1) Screaming (for the most part) 2) Change of subject, i.e., fingers in ears and the refrain of "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA - I'M NOT LISTENING", or for those who are thoughtful, and perhaps walking both sides of the line, 3) Silence. Their brain has kicked in and their famous "touchy-feely" is in shock, when confronted with facts & logic.
There have been many regular folks today, trying to argue that Michael Schiavo [gag] loves [gag] his wife, and wants to honor [triple gag] her wishes [gag...she asked him to go out and get some bimbo pregnant...TWICE?]. I grant you, they probably have had experiences which would color their judgement toward Michael [gag], and have not researched the case the way I have. However, if you are going to speak up on his behalf, at least know whereof you speak.
More disturbingly, there have been medical professionals who have, in various venues, both radio and TV, who have voiced their sorrow for "poor Terri". I even heard a nurse talk about how awful it must be to "perhaps" be able to hear/understand conversations around you while in Terri's state, and not be able to answer back. For that "torture", the state should starve her to death? Now wait a minute. First and foremost, Michael [gag] Shiavo has forbidden medical workers to talk to Terri, and has also forbidden Terri's parents to visit her, though she was laughing at her dad's lame jokes when they were able to do so. So should we justify her death because her legal guardian [clearly not her loving husband] will not allow inter-personal relations? Should we allow him to kill her because if she gets another infection, he will again withhold medical treatment, and that would be torture? Are we really turning into a society which celebrates death as an escape? I, for one, refuse to acquiese. My father committed suicide for no apparent reason, 26 years ago, and I am still trying to stop being angry at him.
What will the political fallout be for Republicans, if Terri is allowed to die? [They took her feeding tube out this afternoon, the Florida judge defying our Congress.] According to Peggy Noonan, it could be dire indeed; "The Republican Party controls the Senate, the House and the White House. The Republicans are in charge. They have the power. If they can't save this woman's life, they will face a reckoning from a sizable portion of their own base. And they will of course deserve it."
When I tried to call Senator Frist as soon as I heard about the defiance of the Florida judge, the line was continually busy in his D.C. office. I was finally able to reach someone in his Tennessee office. She told me she would get in touch with the senator. When I called one of my own senators, John Cornyn, they were already on top of it, and "doing everything we can". I doubt the GOP senators are unaware of the consequences should they choose to wimp out on this one! If they do, they will have convinced us that they won't even initiate the Constitutional solution to the problem of the left's fillibuster threat!
Don't wimp out, Republican Senators. Grow a backbone! We WON, REMEMBER?
My previous post was meant to highlight the need for the Senate to get moving on Judicial appointments, and to quit the foolishness of confronting the major league baseball players and "shaming" them into becoming good citizens, as Senator "Loving the Camera" Biden alluded to on this morning's GMA...or so I've heard. I quit watching that lefty pap the morning I saw Diane and Charley nearly sob, on the air, when they had to announce that our new President was George W. Bush. That was in 2001. [Did they suffer as badly 11/3/04? Hope so!]
This post is meant to look at some of the careers of the nominees who are proposing so much of a problem for the left, and to look at the complaints they have about them. Let's begin with Janice Rogers Brown. When you go to that site, and you see the picture of Justice Brown, you may be reminded of the caniption fits that the donks had about....hmmm, let's see; Clarence Thomas comes to mind. Dr. Rice was not up for a judgeship, but you know what she would face, if she were a nominee. What are their complaints? Check this out;
"Not only does she show an inability to dispassionately review cases, her opinions are based on extremist ideology that ignores judicial precedent, including that set by the U.S. Supreme Court."
Translation: She does not like the idea of revisionism, and therefore she is a threat to their agenda. "Dispassionately" is the way all judges are supposed to review a case, but that is not what the left really means. What they really mean is what came before that quote:
"Brown has often been the lone justice to dissent on the California Supreme Court, illustrating that her judicial philosophy is outside the mainstream."
Their idea of "mainstream" is anyone they know, who agrees with them. That should be her best recommendation! If her way of seeing things were actually "mainstream", George W. Bush would not be our president by a considerable margin, and the donks would not have lost even more seats in both houses on 11/2/04!
And here is my favorite of all of the reasons she should be confirmed; a letter from the AFL-CIO which begins,
"On behalf of the AFL-CIO, I am writing to express our strong opposition to the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to urge that her nomination be rejected in favor of a more moderate, mainstream nominee."
If these guys do not like her, she's really got to be confirmed. I should keep looking, I'll probably find a similar letter from the ACLUnatics!
Let's move on to Priscilla R. Owen. She's even easier to pinpoint on the donks' complaint list.
" In her successful re-election bid to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2000, every major newspaper in Texas endorsed Owen."
'Nuff said? A Texas appointee?
How about William H. Pryor, Jr. ? Well, aside from the fact that he is from Alabama, what could they possibly have against him?
"As Alabama Attorney General, Pryor has demonstrated a commitment to rolling back the clock on federal protections against discrimination based on race, gender, age, and disability."
Typical of donks, they think that unless you are white, male, and young, you cannot succeed in America without their help...but aside from these prejudices, what really upset them about this traditional conservative was when he took his family to Disney World, only to discover that it was "Gay Day", and he left, opting not to allow his small children to witness all those smooching gay couples. Boy! That really did it for them! [They really do think they're the mainstream. You have to chuckle.]
Now let's look at William J. Haynes II. As soon as you go to that bio, you'll know their problem with him! DoD = must be pro-torture, supporter or initiator of Gitmo, responsible for Abu Ghraib, and set up the detainee program which sends them to other countries less inclined to the niceties of questioning methods.
If you need any more reasons to become an activist, and to use your FAX, phone, e-mail to get the Senate off their lazy heinies, maybe you should look to the insane logic of the "activist" judiciary, and what they are doing now. When they begin to stand in the way of our safety, and overrule the administration in keeping us safe, it is time to say that they are out of control, and we are being governed not by our elected representatives, but by some political appointees who do not have our best interests at heart. It is time to get our courts back under the control of The People...not socialistically, but from the governance of a representative republic we now call our democracy. [hat tip: Rosemary]
While the Senators are poking their noses into what should belong to the baseball commission's business, we have judicial appointments languishing. Micaela Alvarez has been awaiting her Texas S appointment since June of '04. Christopher A. Boyko since July of '04, and Terrence W. Boyle, for the 4th Circuit Court who has been "pending" since January of '03! In addition to these candidates, the President has renominated 20 candidates that the Senate has already raked over the coals...but then, some of those senators (right, Puff Daschle?) have since been replaced, as of November 2nd, 2004. Take a look at that list, and do some of your own research on them to learn why the lefties and their party's racists have had such a fit about these nominees. Here's a sample of their reaction to the President's decision: "I was extremely disappointed to learn today that the president intends to begin the new Congress by resubmitting extremist judicial nominees," said incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). "Last Congress, Senate Democrats worked with the president to approve 204 judicial nominees, rejecting only 10 of the most extreme. "
Most extreme? What does he mean by "extreme"? Well, for one thing, the President's judicial nominees are originalists, by far and large. The term "originalist" is one given to a judge who believes in keeping the Constitution as it was written. What the donks want in a judge is a "revisionist", which is a judge who takes the laws in other countries into account, or the "winds of change", or the "political nuances" into account, until he finds a view which agrees with his viewpoint, and decides the case. The left sees the Constitution as a living, breathing organism that evolves. The founders believed it was a base to build the country upon, and that The People should decide on the laws that govern them. The left feels that the people are not smart enough to decide, especially since we do not vote them into office anymore, so judicial appointments are their only hope of getting their agendas into law. For instance, The People vote in a law, such as "marriage is between a man and woman only", as the people of the State of California did. It is the law according to democratic practice, because the people voted it in. But the left doesn't see things that way. So their allies in the ACLUnatics take it to court, and the like-minded court appointees say it is unconstitutional, and call it a deal.
I have always been a strong believer that if one does not take history into account, and learn from it, one is doomed to repeat the same mistake again and again. What we have learned about our Constitution over our 200+ years of American history is that ours is a unique and workable foundation that has outlived any in history. Why should we consider anything decided in the UK or France as having anything to do with our country, when we broke free from them 200+ years ago? How many constitutions have they produced that have lasted as long and as strong as ours?
Justice Antonin Scalia has recently been on an uncharacteristic public speaking binge meant (IMHO) to enlighten a public kept much in the dark about the vaunted black robed group we call the Supreme Court. His inestimable ability to cut to the quick and call it as it should be called, is evinced here:
"If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again," Scalia told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think tank. "You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility."
"Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?" he said."
If this man is not proof positive of why we need more judges like him, I don't know what is! When we vote a law into effect, it is We The People who decide! Not a bunch of lefty judges who believe differently than we do! If a state wants to allow Mike and Mack the right to marry, let them have a law in their state that says they can! But when California's 68% vote against such a thing is passed, then the people of California have spoken, and that should be that! Now that they have pushed the issue to national prominence, the left is forcing the creation of a constitutional amendment! Then so be it. We cannot continue to be a nation ruled by a bunch of left-wing wackos in black robes, for whom we have not even had a vote on!
The Senate needs to leave the baseball players alone, start getting some judges the caliber of Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla R. Owen, William H. Pryor, Jr., and William J. Haynes II on the bench, and then turn their attention to setting up a veto ability for congress when the courts get out of hand, and try to overcome the will of the people!
The MSM has been showcasing the scumbag who wants the state to help him murder his wife on Friday, as a "wronged" man who is being used "to gain votes" by right to lifers. For those of us who have visited Terri's site, and have seen her beautiful smile, and watched her eyes follow the balloon, it is a travesty like no other. How can MSM do all this, after this proven abusive man whom she had planned to divorce is crying like a "wronged man"? Balderdash! [Yes, I had stronger language in mind.] I know the answer; the left's usual agenda of death.
You can help. You can pray for God's intervention. You can call your legislators. HB1151 is currently making its way thru the House of Representatives. This bill was written by a doctor who has worked with many patients in Terri's condition, and he's furious that our death row inmates have more representation than anyone in Terri's situation. You can also go to Glenn Beck's site, and pledge $$ to add to the $1 million that Gloria Allred's client is willing to give the scumbag to allow her parents to take care of her.
Here are more ideas, some redundant, as to how you might get involved to help Terri. I got this e-mail from a reader [hat tip: LynnMacc], and I could not have said it better myself:
"Subject: A WOMAN IS ABOUT TO BE MURDERED!
A woman is about to be murdered, and you probably already know her name--Terri Schiavo.
Please help us rescue Terri from a horrible death by starvation! The moment her feeding tube is removed, Terri will begin a long, slow, painful death by starvation and dehydration.
We need your help NOW to rescue Terri from her cruel executioners. They've already tried to kill her once before, and she fought to stay alive. But this may be the last chance Terri gets. Will you help save her life?
If you've heard about Terri only through the news media, you've probably been led to believe things like this:
* Terri brain dead. * She is in a coma. * She's a vegetable. * Extraordinary means are being used to keep her alive. * She wants to die but her parents stubbornly won't let it happen.
None of these things are true!
Terri is NOT brain dead. She is NOT in a coma. She is NOT in a "persistent vegetative state." And she is not on ANY life-support system.
THE FACTS THE MEDIA HIDES FROM YOU
When her parents visit her, Terri laughs, she cries, she moves, and she makes child-like attempts at speech with her mother and father. Sometimes she will say "Mom" or "Dad" or "yeah" when they ask her a question. And when they kiss her hello or goodbye, she looks at them and "puckers up" her lips.
She's able to sit in a chair, she loves to listen to her favorite music, and she recognizes her brother and sister when they come to visit.
Board-certified neurologist Dr. Jacob Green of Jacksonville, Florida, who examined Terri, said unequivocally: "She is not in a vegetative state." When asked if it would be ethical to remove her feeding tube, he said, "I'd call it murder."
Terri receives food and liquid through a feeding tube because she can't swallow. In other words, Terri depends on food and water to stay alive-just like everybody else!
But her husband, Michael, wants to disconnect her only means of food so that she will slowly starve to death.
Medical experts all agree that death by starvation and dehydration is perhaps the most painful, the most tortuous, and the most agonizing way to die.
Yes, Terri's injury left her disabled. But there are tens of thousands of disabled people who depend on gastro feeding tubes every day, and they live otherwise normal lives.
Terri can breathe for herself. She is not on a ventilator. Her vital organs are working fine, which means she is not hooked up to a machine. Furthermore, she is NOT dying or being "kept alive" by artificial means. She does not have a terminal disease, and she will be able to feel pain if she is starved to death.
And that could start to happen in the next few days.
THE IMMEDIATE CRISIS
Time is running out for Terri. Her feeding tube could be removed THIS WEEK!!!
There is one last court procedure that is being tried to save Terri's life, but if it fails her feeding tube could be removed Wednesday.
If that happens then only thing that may save her might be action by Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Governor Bush has already fought to save Terri's life. The last time her feeding tube was removed he stepped in and snatched her back from the brink of death. The Florida legislature even passed a special law--"Terri's Law"--to give him the authority to keep her alive.
But then the law was struck down by a judge, putting Terri's life on the line once again.
If the courts continue their anti-life crusade against Terri and others like her, the only thing that may save her would be action by Governor Bush.
WHERE YOU COME IN
The attorneys who are fighting for Terri's life have a few more possible ways to prevent Terri's murder. But these are last-ditch efforts that may or may not work. The courts are decidedly on Michael's side--not Terri's.
So that means we have to come to Terri's aid-especially through the amazing power of prayer and sacrifice--but also by sharing this story with everybody you know, and encouraging Governor Jeb Bush to do everything he can to rescue Terri once again.
Here's what you can do . . .
1.) First, PRAY for Terri--harder than ever before! Not enough people are praying for Terri right now. And she needs our prayers now more than ever.
2.) Second, FAST along with Terri if and when her feeding tube gets removed--and then offer up your sacrifices for her.
3.) Third, please ENCOURAGE Governor Bush to do everything he can to rescue Terri. Since time is of the essence, we recommend that you send him an e-mail by clicking this link:
Or, if you prefer, you can call his office at the Florida State Capitol at (850) 488-4441.
4.) And finally, please FORWARD this e-mail to everyone on your e-mail list. The more people who know the true story about Terri Schiavo and how she is in imminent danger of being murdered, the greater our chances of achieving a victory in this life-or-death struggle between good and evil.
It's hard to believe, but there are many hard-hearted people out there who believe that, due to Terri's condition, she is "better off dead." Words cannot describe the pain and anger such sentiments cause Terri's family.
This is their daughter, their little girl. And even in her disabled condition, she still has the right to life and the right to be loved and cared for by her family.
Terri doesn't have to die. If you'll carry out the steps above, we can win this battle and save Terri's life.
Please do your part--immediately--because tomorrow may be too late.
"Independent estimates placed the number of the opposition demonstration at well over 1.6 million. Highways into Beirut from northern, eastern and southern Lebanon were clogged by human waves stretching more than 5 kilometers from the capital trying to push their way to join the graveside protest. Legislator Marwan Hamadeh formally opened the sit-in protest by declaring that the massive opposition was ‘writing the end of President Lahoud’s police state and its Syrian backers.’ He drew thunderous cheers when he announced ‘this is the end to the one whose regime has been extended and to those who extended his regime."
All I have seen for four days is coverage of Nichols in Atlanta. Tragic, yes. Requiring countless hours to the exclusion of all other news? No. A wave of determination to have democracy is rocking the Middle East, yet Fox News insists on wasting our time with wacko Jacko, Scott Peterson (HELLOOOOOO, he's been convicted, REMEMBER?), and interviewing anyone who came within arms length of the murderer Nichols.
Why not talk about the remarkable news in the Middle East? I could understand ABC, NBC, SeeBS, and the Communist News Network, but Fox News? Did they hire the producers let go by SeeBS? You know, the ones to whom good news in the Middle East might be construed as watching the success of the President's vision and agenda? We already know they hate the President. Who is doing their programming? Even Sean Hannity is falling for the "Scott Peterson Mystique", with another visit from Amber Fry on his tonight's show! Sheesh!
They're losing me over there! Wake up, Fox News. You're losing intelligent viewership in favor of the the wacko Jacko sycophants and their type.
Bunker Mulligan brings us this week's Homespun Bloggers question of the week. [I got lucky; the week I was gone, they didn't have one. Yippee!] Here's the assignment [yep, feels kind of like homework, but in a fun way]:
"Senator McCain, who has his own personal non-profit organization which allows him to bypass his own campaign finance reform law, would like to see blogs taken down a notch.
Why should anyone in this country support his law as it exists? Who will take a stand and get their "representatives" to rescind this law? What did we see during this last campaign which shows this law is of value?"
I'm going to take this one segment at a time [hat tip: Major Dad] "Why should anyone in this country support his law as it exists? "
Why indeed? It is a direct assault on our constitution! I was somewhat shocked that President Bush signed it to begin with, but I thought, as he probably did, that the Supreme Court would strike it down as unconstitutional. Had I been able to read Mark Levin's book, "Men in Black" beforehand, I would not have been so naive. Yes, it is naive to think this overly vaunted body of black robed judges would collectively "do the right thing". This is the same body who sees fit to overturn laws voted on by a state's population. This is a right they were never intended to have! As a democracy, they have no right to overturn the will of the people. The left has learned that the only way for their social agenda to be implemented is to take it through the courts. If there was ever a time in our history to support the president's judicial choices, now is that time!
"Who will take a stand and get their "representatives" to rescind this law?"
Again, who indeed? (I really hate redundancy!) Bloggers. Who else? If McCain wants us taken down "a peg or two", could that be because we will call him on the floor for his RINO attitudes if he tries another presidential bid?
Bloggers are the American public with a voice. We are no longer the "silent majority". We are the ones they thought were too dumb to understand the "political nuances". We are the ones they thought who didn't notice what they were up to, because the MSM was not allowing our voices to be heard. The left no longer has the sole voice...why else would McCain, and the cameras he so panders to, be desirous of shushing us like petulant children? Good old McCain never met a camera or microphone he didn't like. We are the only voice he cannot control.....yet.
"What did we see during this last campaign which shows this law is of value?"
Ummmm....let me see....OH OH OH [hand flying in the air] I KNOW! What's that number [chewing on bottom lip] 527's? Is that it? Like ummmmm....Moveon.org? You mean that? George Sorass? Michael Mooreon?
Oh. Right. You asked about value. How about the Swift Boat Veterans? But that brings up the blog vs. MSM again, since the MSM basically ignored them. That brings us back around to why McCain wants to bring the bloggers down a peg or two. hmmmm
The stripe I am referring to in this instance, is the one running right down their backs! This stinks to high heaven!
"While reservists certainly have the right to drive nonunion made vehicles and display bumper stickers touting the most anti-worker, anti-union president since the 1920s, that doesn't mean they have the right to park in a lot owned by the members of the UAW," the union said in a statement released Friday.
Shocked and disappointed, the Marines are pulling out."
The unions have no right to call our president "anti-worker"! He has created and presided over an economy which has been able to more than replace the jobs lost on 9/11. Now "anti-union" is another matter. In fact, it is part of the reason I, and many others, voted for him. Unions have been causing jobs to leave America for 30+ years, with their ever-growing demands. Not to mention, they extort money from their members in order to feed the Democrap coffers. Many of their members admit to voting Republican, despite their leadership's admonishments. What is really dismaying about this report, is that the unions have always been seen as bastions of pro-America, and pro-troops! I guess that has changed because of who their Commander in Chief is currently? Talk about a skunk smell!
Three posts in one day? So sue me! I've been away, and I've missed blogging, and reading my favorite blogs! I have to share this one, if you have not read Slaglerock for awhile;
"A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Among them was Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83. When he arrived in Paris by plane and took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on at French Customs, the customs officer askedsarcastically, "You have been to France before, monsieur?" Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American replied, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained.
"Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."
One of our "family" of commenters [hat tip: jai] at ITM sent me a link to this story, and I just had to share it. This Arab American learned about the heart of his fellow Americans simply by buying his daughter the dog her heart desired. Enjoy his experience and lesson learned, at this site. As he concluded:
"As a hyphenated-American, I discovered that owning a dog easily accomplished what many diversity training programs have failed to do for years. Regardless of our race, color, religion, or country of origin, we were one community of civilized dog lovers.
I now take Oliver everywhere I go. He is my post 9/11 homeland-security blanket. Arab-Americans: Get a puppy, now that you need a real friend."
Not Passing the Smell Test Something about this report does not ring true. "Sgrena, a 56-year-old journalist for the communist newspaper Il Manifesto, was flown from Baghdad on an Italian government plane. She then was taken by ambulance to a military hospital in Rome, a day after undergoing surgery at a U.S. military hospital in Iraq to remove shrapnel from her shoulder. Doctors examined her and said late Saturday that another operation was not needed. From her hospital bed, Sgrena recounted the ordeal that unfolded shortly after she was released by insurgents in Iraq after a month in captivity. She gave no details about the circumstances surrounding her release." She says, soldiers say....She says that her captures warned her that she might be shot at by American soldiers. Soldiers say the car was ignoring signals to stop. She writes for a Communist newspaper in Italy, and hates America....things that make me go "hmmmmm". AWAY NOTICE; doing some deep sea fishing, landscaping at the beach place, and away from the computer. Have a great week!
According to some ridiculous poll, 40% of the population think that the president's idea about PSA's are a good idea, while 47% think it is a bad idea. Can someone tell me which part of our population is so brain dead that they would think this way? Has it not occurred to the vast number of our populations that;
a) A percentage of our tax dollars now going into the government's pocket in a ponzi scheme loosely described as "social security" is a bad idea?
b) Having control of a portion of that mandatory withdrawal of our own money, from our own salaries is a bad thing? (I say that "we" with a codicile. As a 50 something year old female, I will not be impacted by the system...very little....but my children will not inherit the multitudes of dollars I paid into the system. If the President's plan goes into effect, some of what my sons' have paid into the system will be left to their children, or their preferred heirs. It will be up to them, not the government.)
c) A system that is currently in action for our federal employees, and some of the other unions (duh....why do you think they are so beholding to the donks?) is already in place?
d) Anyone with half a brain would want to continue to pour their hard-earned tax dollars into a system that is failing on a daily basis? [LBJ took the social security funds out of the "lock box" and threw it into the federal pot in order to pay for his failed Viet Nam policy. Yet with all the years Al Gore had in the senate, he never proposed that it be returned to a "lock box" until he was running for president...do you think he'd have really created such a lock box?]
Can someone please tell me where these poll takers are venturing in order to interview people with this viewpoint? I am the penultimate Pollyanna, so I have a real problem with believing that a majority of our populace is this dense! Anyone who could enlighten me is welcome to do so.
Their True Face Nancy Soderberg, a Clintonista, has written a book, and therefore she has been on every TV program who will have her. Her conversation with Jon Stewart is particularly revealing. This despite the fact that the poor timing for the book release is hard to miss, as the comedian attempts to point out to her. You see, the premise of the book is that the United States' military supremacy is a myth, and it misleads us into thinking we are powerful enough to make changes in the world. Now either she does not bother to look at the happenings in the Middle East, or she has more than sufficient grounds to sue her publisher for the most ridiculous decision to release the book just after the successful and historic votes in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and while Lebanon's people are marching in the streets, Egypt is changing their laws to allow for multiple candidates, Syria is agreeing to move out some troops, Palestinians have a moderate government....should I go on? You think that is bad, let's look at some of the dialogue in that show: [My comments in red] "Soderberg: That's right. What I argue is that the Bush administration fell hostage to the superpower myth, believing that because we're the most powerful nation on earth, we were all-powerful, could bend the world to our will and not have to worry about the rest of the world.[Uh hm, excuse me, Nancy. Please refer to the above.] I think what they're finding in the second term is, it's a little bit harder than that, and reality has an annoying way of intruding.[I beg your pardon, Ma'am, but are you living in a parallel universe?]
Stewart: But what do you make of--here's my dilemma, if you will. I don't care for the way these guys conduct themselves--and this is just you and I talking, no cameras here [audience laughter]. But boy, when you see the Lebanese take to the streets and all that, and you go, "Oh my God, this is working," and I begin to wonder, is it--is the way that they handled it really--it's sort of like, "Uh, OK, my daddy hits me, but look how tough I'm getting." You know what I mean? Like, you don't like the method, but maybe--wrong analogy, is that, uh--?[Is there hope for Jon Stewart?]
Soderberg: Well, I think, you know, as a Democrat, you don't want anything nice to happen to the Republicans,[Oh really? We hadn't noticed!] and you don't want them["Them"? Why can't these people see America and her people to be "us"?]to have progress. But as an American, you[who? you? You sure?]hope good things would happen. I think the way to look at it is, they can't credit for every good thing that happens, [In spite of the evidence? Lady, are you up in the night?]but they need to be able to manage it. I think what's happening in Lebanon is great, but it's not necessarily directly related to the fact that we went into Iraq militarily.[Apparently she did not see the man-on-the-street interviews and comments all over the TV and cable news networks, wherein the people said their decisions was directly related to what the President said in his inauguration address, "When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you." paraphrased]
Stewart: Do you think that the people of Lebanon would have had, sort of, the courage of their conviction, having not seen--not only the invasion but the election which followed? It's almost as though that the Iraqi election has emboldened this crazy--something's going on over there. I'm smelling something."[Jon, it could be the smell of burning donks.] Now people, the entire conversation is a must read for all of you, but the really important, and most revealing quotes are here: "Soderberg: Well, there's still Iran and North Korea, don't forget. There's hope for the rest of us.[It must be awful to live in a world where you hope things go wrong, so that you can be correct.]
Stewart: [crossing fingers] Iran and North Korea, that's true, that is true [audience laughter]. No, it's--it is--I absolutely agree with you, this is--this is the most difficult thing for me to--because, I think, I don't care for the tactics, I don't care for this, the weird arrogance, the setting up. But I gotta say, I haven't seen results like this ever in that region." Ms. Soderberg is showing and voicing what most of us on the right have known for a very long time, and that is; what is good for America, is bad for the Democrat party. Their true face has been resoundingly shown for what it is....shame on them!
Faxing DC Nothing like starting your day with the self-satisfaction of knowing you've annoyed several secretaries in Washington D. C. by faxing two each of the following to Senator Frist's Washington & Tennessee offices, and copying two each to Texas senators Cronyn and Bailey-Hutchison: " Senator Frist, as leader of the Majority in the Senate, I must implore you to quickly employ what is being called the “nuclear” option in the Senate. Obviously, the Democrats did not learn a single thing from the elections, and the defeat of Daschle. They are going to continue thwarting the will of the people. With the most recent Supreme Court debacle, wherein the majority of the Court used the decisions of other countries to decide a case, while essentially usurping the voters and laws of 19 states, it is apparent that the judicial needs to be reined in, and soon! I hate to think what their next decision is going to mean to America! They are eroding our system, and taking on roles that were never meant by our constitution for them to take!
Also, you recently seemed to suggest that the Social Security PSA’s were not important enough to the people, and that it may not come up for a vote anytime soon. For every day the Senate wastes in being cowards on this issue, is another day my sons and their families do not have some of their hard-earned money going into their own accounts, rather than the voracious government’s pockets. In closing, please remember that we won. The Democrats are no longer in charge. Who cares if Robert KKK Byrd wants to filibuster? Let him. Who cares if the man who drowned a woman, does not like that we use water in convincing the bad guys to talk. Let him look ridiculous. They underestimate the American people. Please do not make that mistake. We are watching what you do. If you and your GOP colleagues do not do the job we sent you to do, you could find yourselves out of congress when you next come up for re-election. There are plenty of Republicans who are willing to get the work done." Now to start my day. UPDATE: Senator Frist announces he wants to take care of Social Security THIS YEAR! Who says the people have no power? LOL I'm sure the President has been working very hard on this turnaround! You go, Dubya!
The Robed Masters Take Over The Supreme Court is now deciding for states, states who have decided to punish juvenile offenders, with the death penalty. That cannot stand. According to the 5-4 decision of the Roper vs. Simmons case, which says that states who have this law cannot have the law because of what Anthony Kennedy called "national consensus". He even admits that he used "international" laws and attitudes to decide. Not once did he cite an American law, an American legal decision, and in fact, went against the Supreme Court's own '89 decision that the death penalty was not "cruel and unusual punishment". In his dissenting viewpoint, the brilliant Justice Scalia stated, "The Court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our Nation’s moral standards–and in the course of discharging that awesome responsibility purports to take guidance from the views of foreign courts and legislatures. Because I do not believe that the meaning of our Eighth Amendment, any more than the meaning of other provisions of our Constitution, should be determined by the subjective views of five Members of this Court and like-minded foreigners, I dissent." What happened to state's rights? What happened to the American people decisions? In our courts, our laws have been usurped by a judiciary which does not represent America's interests, but rather the interests of the EU, and the rest of the world. You know the left is dancing in the streets. They are touting this as showing America's "joining of the world's opinion". They are celebrating the recognition that these poor children had no idea of what they are doing...they are not fully developed enough to make decisions that led to their misdeeds. WAIT JUST DOGGONE MINUTE! Aren't these the same folks who tell us that teens are old enough to make the decision to have an abortion...and do it without the advice and consent of their parents? I'm confused. I live in a state (Texas) where the people who live and vote here, have made the decision that we will not tolerate murderers, whatever their age. We still have to endure the endless appeals, so it's not like a 13 year old is going to be 14 when he's executed. No way. He's probably going to be in his 20's or 30's! The point is, the voters decided. If I hated the idea, I could go on a campaign to change the law. Or I could move to a state where they didn't have a death penalty. There are plenty of those. Our Texas crime rate, however, tells me that it works! The point is; the court is not the sole arbiter of our laws. They need to be drawn in, limited. And more importantly, the woosie GOP senators need to get off their lazy a$$ duffs and get the President's judicial choices through, and onto the benches of the nation. Senator Frist! HELLLLLOOOO! Call their bluff. Let the senile KKK Byrd stand for 60 hours and filibuster. Initiate the "nuclear option". But get off your fanny and get the job done! This cannot go unanswered! Depending on the Supreme Court decision on the 10 Commandments, I may be doing this again tomorrow or the next day!
Homespun Symposium XV This week's question comes from Derek at Weapon of Mass Distraction: "Harvard University president Lawrence Summers has been criticized, and may have jeopardized his job, for stating that the gender gap in the sciences and engineering may be due to inherent differences in the way men and women think. Meanwhile, Colorado University is weighing a possible buyout offer to professor Ward Churchill in the wake of his condemnation of the World Trade Center victims on 9/11 as "Little Eichmanns". The university, apparently fearing an expensive lawsuit, is hesitant to fire Churchill, who has been denounced for years by Native American groups for falsely claiming Indian heritage and recently exposed by Michelle Malkin and others for passing off the works of others as original art. Should these men be protected for exercising their rights of free speech? Does an employer have the right to terminate an employee for statements that are contrary to the employer's beliefs? Are these cases similar?" Of course, free speech is guarenteed by our constitution. But, where Ward Churchill is concerned, our laws also cover a crime once known as sedition: "SECTION 3. Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States, or to promote the success of its enemies, or shall willfully make or convey false reports, or false statements, . . . or incite insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or shall willfully obstruct . . . the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, or . . . shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States . . . or shall willfully display the flag of any foreign enemy, or shall willfully . . . urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of production . . . or advocate, teach, defend, or suggest the doing of any of the acts or things in this section enumerated and whoever shall by word or act support or favor the cause of any country with which the United States is at war or by word or act oppose the cause of the United States therein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.... " Of course, if this law were actually enforced, Sen. John F'ing sKerry would be in jail, not in Congress. The American people should not be using their tax dollars to pay the salaries of seditionist who encourage another 9/11. Since we do not enforce the sedition laws on the books, and instead call Ward Churchill's mad ravings "free speech", let him stand out in the city square and rave all he wants. But not on a tax supported college campus, wherever that campus may be. As for Harvard University president Lawrence Summers, the man committed lefty moonbat's equivalent of sedition, i.e., saying there might be a difference in the sexes. As one of "them", he should have known what a firestorm that would cause! Any reasonable person knows there are differences in the sexes, but lefty moonbats are not reasonable people. The only similarity in these two cases are the lefty moonbat equation. Other Homespun Responses: Mud and Phud Ruah Weapon of Mass Distraction
Rather Confused Dan Rather was quoted on Fox News this morning as saying yesterday that they still "have not proven those documents were false". Dan, I know you are getting up there in years, and your faculties may not be as up to snuff as they once were, so let's go through a refresher on that FAX I sent your office the day after your portrayal of those bogus documents: In the 70's, when those were supposedly written, there was no typewriter that was capable of the "tiny th". Period. How do I know? I was a legal secretary at the time, and I had the top of the line IBM Selectric, with two "balls". One was pica, one was elite. I used to waste endless hours trying to make the "tiny th". I would switch out the balls. I would turn the platen 1/2 space up. It would NOT WORK. Got that? Having known that from the moment the first three lines of your bogus documents were shown, I got to doing some research. Using the website for the USPS, I looked into the address you showed on your bogus (that's right, Danny-boy, BOGUS) document. It showed a 5-digit post office box. If you were to send mail to that National Guard unit's address today, the mail would be correctly delivered. However in the 70's, the highest the box numbers went was 999. The 5-digit was not instituted until the 80's, Dan. I know we have been over this again and again, Blather-man, but it seems you are still having severe senior moments. Repeat after me, THE DOCUMENTS WERE FALSE!