This makes for an interesting must read
(BIG hat tip to Bogus Gold)
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 8:12 PM
Wesley Smith: Bill, do you think Terri is a person?
Bill Allen: No, I do not. I think having awareness is an essential criterion for personhood. Even minimal awareness would support some criterion of personhood, but I don't think complete absence of awareness does.
So who are the so-called human non-persons? All embryos and fetuses, to be sure. But many bioethicists also categorize newborn infants as human non-persons (although some bioethicists refer to healthy newborns as “potential persons”). So too are those with profound cognitive impairments such as Terri Schiavo and President Ronald Reagan during the latter stages of his Alzheimer’s disease.Yes, Josef Mengele would indeed be proud!
Personhood theory would reduce some of us into killable and harvestable people. Harris wrote explicitly that killing human non-persons would be fine because “Non-persons or potential persons cannot be wronged” by being killed “because death does not deprive them of something they can value. If they cannot wish to live, they cannot have that wish frustrated by being killed.”
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 11:33 PM
After having fun lampooning the officer for being so "strict" with the law, Boortz took a caller sympathetic to the parents of Terri Schiavo. The caller related that since Terri's parents were blood relatives, their wishes should take precedent over Michael Schiavo's wishes. Boortz went on to criticize the caller's ideas, saying that since the rule of law favored the next-of-kin, and since Michael Schiavo was by law, next of kin, that it was Schiavo's decision to make. Boortz went on to admonish the caller saying that we are a nation of laws, and we cannot disregard the laws as they stand.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- A police officer who stopped a doctor for speeding on his way to deliver a baby, and then took him to the maternity ward in handcuffs, has agreed to an unpaid suspension for lack of judgment.
Dr. Anthony Chidiac was driving his motorcycle 10 miles above the 25 mph speed limit last March when he was stopped by 15-year veteran Officer William Lilliston.
According to records released Monday from an internal police investigation, when the doctor explained he was going to a delivery, the officer allegedly asked if he was delivering a pizza and later said, "If you're a doctor, I'm Mickey Mouse or Joe Blow."
Lilliston called the hospital to confirm Chidiac's story, and drove him to the hospital as the baby's head was showing. The officer then asked to see the doctor's driver's license before letting Chidiac change into scrubs.
Chidiac delivered the baby 15 minutes after the handcuffs were removed.
The officer, who said the doctor had been slow in pulling over, later wrote Chidiac a traffic citation.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 6:39 PM
"There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of [a] higher order than the right to life ... that was the premise of slavery. You could not protest the existence or treatment of slaves on the plantation because that was private and therefore outside your right to be concerned."Jesse has since travelled on a tortuous journey, saying in 1988:
"What happens to the mind of a person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience? What kind of a person and what kind of a society will we have 20 years hence if life can be taken so casually? It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mind-set with regard to the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind. Failure to answer that question affirmatively may leave us with a hell right here on earth."
''it is not right to impose private, religious and moral positions on public policy.''Again, in contrast, the Reverend Jackson of 2005 states:
"I feel so passionate about this injustice being done, how unnecessary it is to deny her a feeding tube, water, not even ice to be used for her parched lips," said Jackson, who has run for president as a Democrat. "This is a moral issue and it transcends politics and family disputes."
It's still too early to say whether the Rev. Jackson is indeed back to his pro-life roots, or whether the ever-available ulterior motive is at play. If it is indeed the former, all I can say is, "Welcome back!"
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 5:30 PM
Ten months ago, the district settled a lawsuit with the ACLU over the right of a student group, the Gay-Straight Alliance, to meet on campus. The year-long litigation strained relations in the conservative northeast portion of the state. In addition to allowing the group to meet on campus after school, district officials agreed that all students, staff and teachers would be required to receive "tolerance training."
The agreement stipulated all would attend "mandatory anti-harassment workshops," including the viewing of an hour-long "training" video covering sexual orientation and gender identity issues for middle and high school students.
But ten months on, one-third of Boyd County students have failed to see the video, and that has the ACLU threatening court action.
District figures show 105 of 730 middle school students opted out of the training video and 145 of 971 high school students did likewise. On the day scheduled for training, 324 students didn't show up for school.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 10:06 AM
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 11:33 AM
In April, 2000, without court approval or knowledge of the Schindlers, Terri Schiavo was moved to Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, operated by Hospice of Florida Suncoast, without the proper certification. Although the certificate was signed by the hospice medical director who was under direct administration of Felos as board chairman, Dr. Victor Gambone, her attending physician at the time, did not sign the certificate of need as mandated by federal law. He has since testified under oath that she was healthy and that Terri was moved to the hospice not on his orders, but rather those of Michael Schiavo.This underscores the fact that Terri was and is (until the disconnection of her feeding tube) a healthy, cognitively disabled individual. This also underscores the death wish imposed on Terri by Michael Schiavo. Back in 1995, when my mother was inflicted with ovarian cancer, she was moved to the hospice unit of St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, thinking that she had at best a few weeks to live. Her condition, however, actually improved; so much so that her cancer count had decreased to near zero. She was one of the few who was moved out of hospice due to her improved condition, which was no longer considered to be imminently terminal. She lived for another two years before the ovarian cancer would again consume her body, and she died in the same hospice unit that she was discharged from two years earlier.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 10:09 AM
The man in a coma, kept alive by intravenous lines and oxygen equipment, was DeLay's father, Charles Ray DeLay.Okay, where is the moral equivalence? Where is the hypocrisy in Delay's current stand on these issues? Delay's father was being kept alive via respirators. His kidneys were shutting down. Terri Schiavo merely needs nutrition and hydration to keep alive, the same as you or I (although Terri's kidneys are no doubt shutting down now due to lack of hydration). But the L.A. times will not rest on mere fact. They go on to try to twist and squirm in an effort to fit a square peg in a round hole:
Today, as House Majority Leader, DeLay has teamed with his Senate counterpart, Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), to champion political intervention in the Schiavo case. They pushed emergency legislation through Congress to shift the legal case from Florida state courts to the federal judiciary.
And DeLay is among the strongest advocates of keeping the woman, who doctors say has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years, connected to her feeding tube. DeLay has denounced Schiavo's husband, as well as judges, for committing what he calls "an act of barbarism" in removing the tube.
In 1988, however, there was no such fiery rhetoric as the congressman quietly joined the sad family consensus to let his father die.
There were also these similarities: Both stricken patients were severely brain-damaged. Both were incapable of surviving without medical assistance. Both were said to have expressed a desire to be spared from being kept alive by artificial means. And neither of them had a living will.
This previously unpublished account of the majority leader's personal brush with life-ending decisions was assembled from court files, medical records and interviews with family members.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 6:51 PM
Confounding all conventional wisdom and human experience, many liberal groups and even some medical experts have argued for Terri Schiavo’s death.
They claim that starvation and dehydration are not painful or discomforting for her or anyone undergoing the experience.
In fact, they allege that such victims begin to experience "euphoria" as the victims draw close to death.
If such claims are true, we may have to rewrite the history of such notorious events as the Holocaust – where starvation was the key process by which millions died and were later placed in crematoriums.
The internationally accepted Geneva Convention – which identifies starvation as a war crime – also will have to be rewritten. Ditto for many statements made by reputable organizations, many of them liberal, that have condemned the practice for decades.
As I have been trying to pound home for weeks now, why doesn't Terri Schiavo enjoy at least the same level of protection that would be expected to be provided a prisoner of war? If death by starvation is peaceful and even euphoric and such a natural, good way to die, then why aren't Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin and other totalitarian monsters held up in a more positive light by the culture of death and the left? Have the people who live in the Culture of Death suddenly found starvation to be acceptable, now that it is convenient to their own ends? Meanwhile, Terri Schiavo is in a state of euphoria now, right?
ON another note...
Gibbs said Schiavo, 41, was declining rapidly. "They've begun to give her morphine drip for the pain. And at this point, we would say Terri has passed the point of no return," he told CBS' "Face the Nation."
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 1:01 PM
...Dutch Penal Code Articles 293 and 294 make both euthanasia and assisted suicide illegal, even today. However, as the result of various court cases, doctors who directly kill patients or help patients kill themselves will not be prosecuted as long as they follow certain guidelines. In addition to the current requirements that physicians report every euthanasia/assisted-suicide death to the local prosecutor and that the patient's death request must be enduring (carefully considered and requested on more than one occasion), the Rotterdam court in 1981 established the following guidelines:Let's go down the list, shall we?
The patient must be experiencing unbearable pain. The patient must be conscious. The death request must be voluntary. The patient must have been given alternatives to euthanasia and time to consider these alternatives. There must be no other reasonable solutions to the problem. The patient's death cannot inflict unnecessary suffering on others. There must be more than one person involved in the euthanasia decision. Only a doctor can euthanize a patient. Great care must be taken in actually making the death decision.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 8:16 PM
In refusing to grant a stay of Greer’s death order, originally issued on Feb. 11, 2000, the DCA said that “it is beyond any question that the trial curt obtained lawful jurisdiction over the subject matter of this guardianship and person of Mrs. Schiavo”.
“The trial judge followed and obeyed the laws set out by precedent of the Supreme Court of Florida and by the general laws adopted by the Legislature”, the DCA said.
However, based on an investigation conducted by The Empire Journal , Pinellas County Probate Judge George Greer has NEVER had jurisdiction of the case as he failed to comply with Florida Statutes and the Florida Constitution by failing to qualify for office in 1998 and 2004 and possibly as early as 1992. According to public records, George Greer not only failed to qualify for office in a timely manner, but he failed to file the proper documentation as well as the proper oath of office.
By law, by failing to qualify for judicial office in 1998, Greer could not legally appear on the ballot and thus was not legally elected. Without legal title to the office, he lacked not only subject matter jurisdiction but any jurisdiction at all in the Schiavo case and all rulings would be void. In that he has never had legal title to the office, he cannot claim to be a de facto officer.According to the DCA decision, the entire Schiavo matter has been based on the mistaken presumption that George Greer has had jurisdiction of the case when in fact he did not follow and obey the law as set out by precedent and state law.>
However, the Schindler attorneys have not raised the jurisdictional issue.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 12:59 PM
Posted by Heartland at 9:33 AM
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 9:12 AM
Brian Schiavo, brother of Terri Schiavo's husband Michael Schiavo, strongly disagreed with that assessment, telling a news network that Terri Schiavo "does look a little withdrawn" but insisting she was not in pain. He added that starvation is simply "part of the death process."Starvation is simply a part of the death process? The point is, SHE WOULDN'T BE DYING IF YOUR BROTHER WASN'T STARVING HER TO DEATH, YOU BLITHERING IDIOT!! This is much akin to Josef Mengele throwing a bunch of Jews into the gas chamber and saying, "Gasping for air is simply a part of the death process." But this tactic, dear readers, is part and parcel of the Culture of Death. Never call it what it is.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 7:48 AM
This time last year I went to see "The Passion of the Christ" and I can still remember how difficult it was to watch the scourging and crucifixion of the innocent Christ and to witness the callousness and even fervor of his persecutors who were blind to what they were really doing. Even though I knew every bit of Jesus's suffering was for a just and vital cause, it was hard to look - but even harder to look away.
Though her situation is nowhere near as significant, I have had the same feelings of grief and frustration this week watching the Terri Schiavo passion play. Once again an innocent is flayed on the flimsiest of pretenses, but with a certain horrific inevitability. You have it all - betrayal, distortions, pride, prejudice, the midnight hearings, a fickle populace, the washing of hands. It even appears, again, as if the players have no choice but to play the parts assigned to them. Believe me, I want to look away, but I simply cannot.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 12:24 AM
She took a seat near the main desk and said, “I was told I could not prove my daughter was there so I began calling her name. A medical tech at the clinic told me, ‘It’s your daughter’s rights, it’s her body. You have no rights.’”
After continuing to call out her daughter’s name and telling her “don’t do it,” authorities were called and the mother was arrested.
The 14-year old told her mother she could hear her but when she asked employees to give her mother a message, they came back to the room and told her that her mother had left.
Minors and Consent: Legal Perspectives
In the U.S., state legislation requiring parental consent for medical treatment reflects the conception that minors (those under the age of 18) are incapable of understanding and making decisions about medical treatment (Melton, 1983). The state recognizes that the legal age of majority (age 18) is arbitrary and that there are minors who are competent and others, of legal age, who are not (AMA, 1992); however, legislation is designed to protect minors from the consequences of poor decisions.
authorize minors to consent to contraceptive services, testing and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal care and delivery services, treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, and outpatient mental health care. With the exception of abortion, lawmakers have generally resisted attempts to impose a parental consent or notification requirement on minors' access to reproductive health care and other sensitive services.So, a child under the age of 18 doesn't have the decision-making capacity to know whether or not it is in her best interest to take a Tylenol, while at the same time the same girl should be trusted to act in her best interest on issues with long-term consequences such as sexual activity, contraceptive use, and abortion? According to the adherents of the Culture of Death, that is exactly the case. Because you see, my friends, the actual best interest of the child, the child's actual capacity to make a decision in her own best interest, as well as the parents' authority to determine it, all run a distant last to furthering their agenda to devalue life at all costs, or at best to determine life's value based on the currencies of convenience and functionality. As I have said before, the culture of death needs blood sacrifices to further its unholy cause.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 6:53 PM
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 3:01 PM
I do not understand why people who want to save the whales (so do I) find campaigns to save humans so much less arresting. I do not understand their lack of passion. But the save-the-whales people are somehow rarely the stop-abortion-please people.
The PETA people, who say they are committed to ending cruelty to animals, seem disinterested in the fact of late-term abortion, which is a cruel procedure performed on a human.
I do not understand why the don't-drill-in-Alaska-and-destroy-its-prime-beauty people do not join forces with the don't-end-a-life-that-holds-within-it-beauty people.
I do not understand why those who want a freeze on all death penalty cases in order to review each of them in light of DNA testing--an act of justice and compassion toward those who have been found guilty of crimes in a court of law--are uninterested in giving every last chance and every last test to a woman whom no one has ever accused of anything.
There are passionate groups of women in America who decry spousal abuse, give beaten wives shelter, insist that a woman is not a husband's chattel. This is good work. Why are they not taking part in the fight for Terri Schiavo? Again, what explains their lack of passion on this? If Mrs. Schiavo dies, it will be because her husband, and only her husband, insists she wanted to, or would want to, or said she wanted to in a hypothetical conversation long ago. A thin reed on which to base the killing of a human being.
On Democratic Underground they crowed about having "kicked the sh-- out of the fascists." On Tuesday James Carville's face was swept with a sneer so convulsive you could see his gums as he damned the Republicans trying to help Mrs. Schiavo. It would have seemed demonic if he weren't a buffoon.
Why are they so committed to this woman's death?
They seem to have fallen half in love with death.
What does Terri Schiavo's life symbolize to them? What does the idea that she might continue to live suggest to them?
Why does this prospect so unnerve them? Again, if you think Terri Schiavo is a precious human gift of God, your passion is explicable. The passion of the pull-the-tube people is not.
I have said much of the same these past few days... Those who buy into the culture of death are rejoicing, their bloodthirst now nearly consummated on the altar of euthanasia.
Terri Schiavo may well die. No good will come of it. Those who are half in love with death will only become more red-fanged and ravenous.
And those who are still learning--our children--oh, what terrible lessons they're learning. What terrible stories are shaping them. They're witnessing the Schiavo drama on television and hearing it on radio. They are seeing a society--their society, their people--on the verge of famously accepting, even embracing, the idea that a damaged life is a throwaway life.
Our children have been reared in the age of abortion, and are coming of age in a time when seemingly respectable people are enthusiastic for euthanasia. It cannot be good for our children, and the world they will make, that they are given this new lesson that human life is not precious, not touched by the divine, not of infinite value.
Once you "know" that--that human life is not so special after all--then everything is possible, and none of it is good. When a society comes to believe that human life is not inherently worth living, it is a slippery slope to the gas chamber. You wind up on a low road that twists past Columbine and leads toward Auschwitz. Today that road runs through Pinellas Park, Fla.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 2:16 PM
Mar 23, 4:52 PM (ET)
By ELIOTT C. McLAUGHLIN
(AP) Bob Schindler, Terri Schiavo's father, center, walks with a police escort outside the Woodside...
ATLANTA (AP) - For the second time in less than a day, a federal appeals court Wednesday rejected a bid by Terri Schiavo's parents to have her feeding tube re-inserted. The Florida Senate, meanwhile, turned back another last-ditch effort to prolong her life.
The way I see it, this and every denial of life to an innocent human being is a "black mass" for the culture of death. Every occasion in which a baby is aborted, and life to innocent, vulnerable people is sucked away, appears to be an occasion for jubilation amongst its adherents. What we are witnessing is a proverbial modern day human sacrifice to Baal. I fear that soon we will be experiencing a proverbial tossing down of the tablets, at which time, literally, all hell will be breaking loose on earth. Regrettably, I believe that what is in the works, along with its heinous conclusion, is now inevitable. I pray that I'm wrong.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 5:57 PM
10. Any time Terri would be sick, like with a UTI or fluid buildup in her
lungs, colds, or pneumonia, Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled
even, hoping that she would die. He would say something like,
"Hallelujah! You've made my day!" He would call me, as I was the
nurse supervisor on the floor, and ask for every little detail about her
temperature, blood pressure, etc., and would call back frequently
asking if she was dead yet. He would blurt out "I'm going to be rich!"
and would talk about all the things he would buy when Terri died,
which included a new car, a new boat, and going to Europe, among
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 12:41 AM
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, praised the ruling: "What this judge did is protect the freedom of people to make their own end-of-life decisions without the intrusion of politicians."
"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, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Thomas Jefferson
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 11:49 PM
Gabriel Keys (foreground) is arrested by police officers for trespassing in Pinellas Park, Florida, March 23, 2005. The young protester attempted to take a glass of water into the Woodside Hospice for the brain-damaged Terri Schiavo. A federal judge rejected a request from the parents of Schiavo to order her feeding tube reinserted, dealing a blow to attempts by the U.S. Congress and the White House to prolong her life. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 4:39 PM
Forced sterilization in Germany was the forerunner of the systematic killing of the mentally ill and the handicapped. In October 1939, Hitler himself initiated a decree which empowered physicians to grant a "mercy death" to "patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health." The intent of the socalled "euthanasia" program, however, was not to relieve the suffering of the chronically ill. The Nazi regime used the term as a euphemism: its aim was to exterminate the mentally ill and the handicapped, thus "cleansing" the Aryan race of persons considered genetically defective and a financial burden to society.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 9:01 PM
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 5:21 PM
On my way to Naperville last night I was able to tune in to Hannity on the radio. On it Terri Schiavo's brother related how earlier yesterday, one of Terri Schiavo's female attorneys was visiting with Terri and the family. The attorney reportedly looked Terri in the eye, saying, (paraphrased) "Terri, all you have to do to end this is say, "I want to live!" According to reports, Terri said, in a loud voice, "I waaaaaaaaaaaaaant! Waaaaaaaaant!" The police, who were standing outside the room, came in and removed the attorney. Now, this wasn't just on Hannity. On ABC's top of the hour news (around 3am CST) they had the same report. Thing is, I can't find it anywhere on the net this morning.
One thing I did notice last night during my travels, that the top-of-the-hour newscasts predictably had many pro-death soundbites from Michael Schiavo and his attorney, and very few from the Schindler's attorneys or spokespeople. ABC News went so far as to say that they expect Terri Schiavo to experience a peaceful death. As I have stated here, death by dehydration, especially when one is able to feel pain and the body is not shutting down due to cancer, etc., is anything but peaceful. Consider this:
"A conscious [cognitively disabled] person would feel it just as you or I would. They will go into seizures. Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the drying of the mucus membranes, and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. They feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imagine going one day without a glass of water! Death by dehydration takes ten to fourteen days. It is an extremely agonizing death."
Ohio Horse Trainer Charged With Cruelty for Starving HorsesAn Ohio horse trainer was hired to transport two horses to New Jersey, and upon their arrival, the guardians found them to be so severely emaciated that they were half their normal weights. Their ribs, spines, and hip bones were clearly visible. After PETA put pressure on authorities, the trainer was charged charged with cruelty for nearly starving the animals to death.
Read more about how you can help horses in need:
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 9:59 AM
In the opinion of the Ice Palace, Judge Greer will have some 'splainin' to do, both now and in the hereafter:
Michael Schiavo has been living for 10 years with his fiance, Jodi Centonze, with whom he has two children. He has said he will marry her after his wife's death.
The move came after a Florida judge blocked an eleventh-hour end-run around the court-ordered removal, waged by members of House and Senate panels, ruling the device can be removed immediately.
Early this morning, the House Government Reform Committee decided to launch an investigation into the case and issued subpoenas which order doctors and the administrator at the hospice facility in Pinellas Park, Fla., where the severely brain-damaged woman resides not to remove her feeding tube and keep her alive until the investigation is complete.
At the same time, the Senate Health Committee requested Terri Schiavo and her husband appear at an official committee hearing on March 28.
As a result, minutes before the 1 p.m. EST deadline for the tube removal passed Pinellas Circuit Court Judge David Demers ordered the feeding tube remain in place while presiding Judge George Greer addresses the matter of the congressional subpoenas in a court hearing.But an hour later, Greer disregarded the subpoenas and again ordered the feeding tube pulled.
The Culture of Death is smiling in Florida right now. Currently, it is the judge and Mr. Schiavo, who are doing the "end around" a congressional subpoena. Mr. Schiavo has two children and is currently living with his fiancee, the mother of his two children. He states that he will be married as soon as Terri dies. Has Mr. Schiavo ever heard of a divorce? Terri's parents have been taking care of her and have every stated intention of continuing to do so. A businessman has offered Mr. Schiavo a million dollars to walk away and let Terri live. Why do Mr. Schiavo and Judge Greer have such an obsession with seeing this woman die. Right now?? If this truly does come to pass, and Terri dies the painful, grisly death that starvation and dehydration entails, Judge Greer not only needs to be charged with contempt of Congress. He needs to be charged with murder.
The subpoenas direct the recipients to appear at the hospice facility to give testimony to House committee members on March 25 at 10 a.m. EST.
"No things including those things reflecting data, information, or records called for by this request shall be destroyed, modified, transferred, disconnected, discontinued, or otherwise made inaccessible to the Committee," the subpoenas read, according to Fox, which means the feeding tube must stay in place for another week.
Ignoring the subpoenas would amount to being in contempt of Congress and would incur penalties of fines and/or imprisonment. It is unclear, however, if such penalties would hold in the face of a conflicting court order.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 10:09 PM
Of course death is not a big deal for Scientologists. It is called "dropping the body" and the body is regarded as a hindrance and a distraction. 4
Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, believed that when a man dies it simply means that his thetan (spirit) separates from his body. The thetan then "picks up another body" and lives again. L. Ron Hubbard's belief in reincarnation—which George Felos shares—is the foundation for his frightening doctrines about death and the disabled.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 12:47 PM
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 9:48 AM
Having spent a fair amount of time dehydrated and malnourished, I can confidently say that hydration is far more pleasant than the opposite. Anyone who doubts this can forgo fluids for a few days or nourishment for a few weeks and experience the reality. And after my experiences with staph infections, I would want antibiotics even if I were dying of cancer.
My distant cousin, a man with cancer, died from the removal of his food and water. His sister was not allowed to be in on the decision, but she watched him die in torment. While he was still able to feel pain, he was racked by agonizing muscle spasms. When he was finally dead, he was so contorted that the undertaker was unable to make him presentable. His sister, a registered nurse, considered it the most horrible death she had ever seen.
Of course, those who would remove food and fluid do not wish to torture the helpless: therefore, I can only assume that they have no idea of the quiet torment of starvation and dehydration. Doctors may say that it doesn't hurt, but knowledge of suffering cannot be gained second-hand. I do not understand how a headache feels by reading about constricted blood vessels. I know how those blood vessels feel because I have a headache. My experiences with starvation and dehydration have not encouraged me to think of them as a comfortable alternative to the "bad death" of feeding tubes, nor as a superior rival to the swift, painless, merciful death promised by those who support euthanasia.
This is the great attraction of euthanasia: to spare ourselves the experience of the body's struggle with death. I believe that the only way to resist the seduction of euthanasia is to care-to nurse the terminal person with love, to manage pain better, to recognize and respond to the dying person as Ruth or Helen or Fred instead of as a problem to be solved. Dying people do not lose their personalities or their humanity. They still like lemon sherbet, fingernail polish, baseball news. They still need humor, consideration, loving caresses, and companionship.
If one is truly dying, nature will soon take its course. The target of the Judge George Greer, George Felos, and the Woodside Hospice crowd in Pinellas County, Florida is someone who is not dying "quickly enough," those whom ethicist Daniel Callahan unkindly termed "biologically tenacious."
I am biologically tenacious, aren't you? Knowing what I know now, I am extremely grateful that I have never lived under Judge George Greer's jurisdiction. I have chronic progressive multiple sclerosis, have an electric wheelchair, and have been through acute rehabilitation at the University of Utah Medical Center four times. In two of those extended stays in the hospital I was given the beautiful opportunity to learn how to swallow, speak, eat, and to continue with my life. I was treated by experts, a multidisciplinary medical team that had the experience to evaluate and rehabilitate me. All of these opportunities have been denied Terri Schiavo.
In previous orders by Judge Greer to remove Terri's feeding tube he based the orders on the testimonies of doctors who say Terri is in a persistent vegetative state(none of which were qualified medical rehabilitation experts). But doctors employed by the Schindlers to assess her condition conclude that with therapy, she could learn to eat and drink on her own and perhaps learn to talk. However, those assessments were not allowed in court by Judge Greer.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 2:36 PM
Medicaid provider fraud costs American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually and threatens the integrity of the Medicaid program. Nationally, it is estimated that Fraud, Waste and Abuse account for 10 to 20 percent of the payments made by Medicaid. If the National trends hold true for the State of Alaska, these percentages equate to 30 million to 70 million Medicaid dollars annually, resulting in a substantial reduction in moneys available to provide necessary medical services to needy Alaskans.
Applicants for emergency Medicaid are not required to provide information regarding their citizenship or immigration status.
Posted by Leo Pusateri at 8:59 PM
Then there is the cost, which is--obviously--$52 billion. Less obviously, there's all the money spent locally keeping local mass transit systems operating. The Heritage Foundation says, "There isn't a single light rail transit system in America in which fares paid by the passengers cover the cost of their own rides." Heritage cites the Minneapolis "Hiawatha" light rail line, soon to be completed with $107 million from the transportation bill. Heritage estimates that the total expense for each ride on the Hiawatha will be $19. Commuting to work will cost $8,550 a year. If the commuter is earning minimum wage, this leaves about $1,000 a year for food, shelter and clothing. Or, if the city picks up the tab, it could have leased a BMW X-5 SUV for the commuter at about the same price. (emphasis mine)
Well, isn't that just special? Whether they're actually buying commuters BMWs or not, isn't it soothing to know that in the midst of deteriorating roads and the spectre of resultant higher gas taxes making already record high fuel prices even more so; that we here in Minnesota will be paying through our collective sinus cavities enough of our own hard-earned money for this plaything that would even make that a possibility?
My, but it must be easy to be so generous with other people's money! P.J. O'Rourke muses that the only reason he can come up with subsidizing public transportation the way we do would be for our children. I would submit that many of us will have to sell our first-borns to pay the burdens that such largesse entails.
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385 /585 Social Foundations: Human Relations
3 crs (3-1). F, Sp, Su.
Admission to School of Education required
School psychology, CDIS and nursing majors may also enroll
Students will examine cultural contributions of racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, and economic groups. They will also examine forces of discrimination and racism on individuals, society, and education and analyze practices that promote dignity, justice, and equality.
With a Secretary of State like that, who needs Ward Churchill.. or for that matter, Wes Craven? However, to all the kids at Paul VI High school who are college bound, The Ice Palace gives some sage advice borne of experience: "Get used to it"
Tensions have been building up at Paul VI High School since Thomas' speech on racial justice last week.
Many students and faculty members walked out of the speech offended. They said that she lambasted one student for not knowing his black history and that she insinuated that the students were racist.
"It's, like, really crazy right now. Teachers are just standing by the doors. Kids are trying to get out. Kids are in the hallway, they won't go to class," one female student said.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats threatened Tuesday to slow or stop most Senate business if Republicans unilaterally change the rules to assure confirmation of President Bush's controversial court appointments.
Any such change would mark "an unprecedented abuse of power," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. "The power to confirm judges includes the right to use well-established Senate rules to reject nominees."
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Glenn Reynolds says, "psycho who?"
"When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money."(MN Rep. Cy Thao, DFL 65-A)
"Teacher says, everytime a bell rings, another democrat wants to raise your taxes."-Zuzu Bailey-