Archive for February, 2005

This is from the Discarded Lies blog. A former nurse has testified about malfeasance on the part of Michael Schiavo, and lost her job over her opposition to the bizarre instructions he gave the hospice. She has also shed some light on a nurse who may see herself as a euthanasia vigilante. How prevelant are nurses with "angel of death" complexes in american hospices? 

From Discarded Lies:



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I’ll say this much for Howard Dean: He’s not dull. We already know he thinks conservatives are evil (hat tip to Say Anything). What we didn’t know is that he has outed cuomoism for what it is: simply pro-abortion. This past Friday, Dean spoke at Cornell University and stated that politicians who are personally opposed to abortion but won’t publicly act on that belief are pro choice.

Dean referred in his speech to the many women who considered themselves pro-life but were actually ‘pro-choice.’ Their position that abortion is immoral, but that abortion must remain legal, is not a pro-life position, he said,.

“Cuomoism,” the position of being ‘personally opposed’ to abortion but unwilling to oppose it publicly, was named after the former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, who popularized it in a now-famous speech at Notre Dame University in 1984. The position, which is contrary both to Catholic teaching and reason, was eagerly embraced, particularly by those who were looking for a way out of their dilemma of supporting abortion while courting the Catholic vote.

Of course, this is nothing we pro lifers did not know. Pro-life is a verb, not an adjective.  Politicians, especially catholics, who have tried to be on both sides of the fence ("nuanced" approach) will soon find that duplicity even harder to pull off. My prediction is that they’ll plunge full speed ahead and attempt to pigeonhole those of us who oppose them as caring nothing for 12 year old girls who are raped by their uncles so long as they give birth. That is despicable, but in line with far far leftist divisiveness.

Given his Steinbrenneresque propensity for getting ink, Dean will undoubtedly mobilize many younger campus-type liberals. However, his vitriol will turn off just as many moderate regular folk who work for a living.


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WABC-AM Radio had a call in show this morning and I was encouraged to hear a caller express her concern about the Terri Schiavo situation. She described the insidious death that awaits anyone whose feeding tube is removed as they die of dehydration and starvation. She asked incredulously how anyone could not understand that Terri would feel agonizing pain under those conditions. As I scan the news about this subject, I feel a different pain, the kind one feels when irresponsible journalists perpetuate lies. Just so the Associated Press, Rueters, the NY Times, and ABC News all understand:

Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state.
Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state.
Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state.
Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state.
Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state.

Just so we are clear, I’ll repeat it one more time:  

Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state.

From Terrisfight.org

MYTH: Terri is PVS (Persistent vegetative state)
FACT: The definition of PVS in Florida Statue 765.101:
Persistent vegetative state means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:

(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of ANY kind.
(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.

Terri’s behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of persistent vegetative state. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her. None of these behaviors are simple reflexes and are, instead, voluntary and cognitive. Though Terri has limitations, she does interact purposefully with her environment.

Removing her feeding tube is murder as much as shooting her in the head is. One is death by ommission, the other is death by commission. The net effect is the same. She can feel pain, she reacts to stimuli, and her husband has spent $700,000 of her malpractice funds earmarked for rehabilitation on legal efforts to kill her. Where is the outrage in the press?

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UMass Daily Collegian columnist Thomas Naughton has written an anti-military opinion piece entitled "No Yellow Ribbons Here." I heard about it in the radio this morning on Andrew Wilkow’s show. Naughton brags that he tears yellow ribbon decals off cars to purge his guilt over the war in Iraq, and then spins out of control in a yellow dog liberal rant about how he cannot support the troops. It reads more like the transcript of a phone conversation than a piece of writing. The troops Thomas is knocking are the reason he  enjoys the freedom to write his opinion piece, but that doesn’t appear to mean anything to him.

One laughable line:

Where are we now? Are we in a better place? Is the world safer for democracy? No, it is not safer and we are not in a better place.

Perhaps Thomas would like to pretend the events in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, and Afghanistan are all a big coincidence. Perhaps Thomas would like to deny the 60% voter turnout in Iraq as well. Having a silly opinion is one thing, but denying facts is beneath a journalist.

A further review of Naughton’s Daily Collegian columns reveals that he is an angry young man and an intellectual lightweight. No worries about his future in my house, however. I see a bright future for Thomas at the New York Times.

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The USA is far from perfect, and we all need to do our part to make things better for all. That said, the following is my answer to those whose view is that our country is bad. Choose your poison.

Here, we wait in line to vote.

Over there, they wait in line for bread and toilet paper.

Here, we wish for a paper trail to verify our vote.

Over there, they wish for a paper trail to verify their outspoken uncle’s whereabouts.

Here, subversives teach, write, and lecture.

Over there, subversives rot in jail (or worse).

Here, we argue over the objectivity of the corporate owned media.

There, they shut up about anything the government run media says, or else.

Here, extremists argue against religion in everyday living.

There, extremists rage their version of religion on the populace.

Here, gay citizens view the right to marry as progress.

There, gay citizens see not being executed as progress.

Here, women endure glass ceilings in career progress.

There, women cannot vote.

Here, girls cut themselves out of youthful angst

There, little girls have their genitals mutilated with broken bottles.

Here, adulterers are on TV

There, adulterers are stoned.

Here, rape victims are forced to wait months and years for their rape kits to be processed and cases to be investigated.

There, rape victims are disowned and banished.

Here, some argue that abortion is OK even in the 3rd trimester.

There, abortion is imposed for unsanctioned pregnancy and babies who are the wrong gender are killed.

Here, we argue over whether 40+million aborted babies is genocide

There, millions are murdered and nobody acknowledges it is genocide.

Here, a morally corrupt media and a materialistic culture indoctrinate the youth.

There, terrorists and totalitarian maniacs indoctrinate the youth.

Here, protesting & voicing dissent are cool in a 60’s kind of way

There, protesting & voicing dissent are cool in a dead and imprisoned kind of way

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Egypt has announced democratic reform. They will now allow multiple candidates in their elections. Big of them, no? This is most likely a symbolic gesture, but it does signal that Mubarak is not blind to the events in his back yard.

Terri Schiavo’s starvation has been delayed until mid March while the judge reviews evidence of abuse by her husband, Michael Schiavo. Michael, probably realizing that public opinion of him isn’t terribly high, shows the PR sensibilities of a bull in a china closet with his "apology" for his affair with his current fiance, Jodi Centonze. The two hooked up after Terri’s incapacitation and have two children. They also live together. Not what I’d call a weak moment affair at the water buffalo convention. Michael’s logic is that he wants to honor Terri’s wishes by starving her to death as a way of atoning for his adultery.

Since the retirement of Bill Safire, David Brooks is the closest thing to a single candle lit in the journalistic darkness of the NY Times. Today’s column recognizes the acknowledgment of other Mideast countries of the democratic reforms in Afghanistan and Iraq with the question "why not here?" Liberals probably think he’s talking about Ohio.

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The people of Lebanon have made their feelings known, and Syria has announced it will withdraw from the region. I know this will be hard for leftists to take, because then it would validate Bush’s commitment to self determination in the Middle East, and that is heresy. The left will most likely say that any Iraq-inspired activism in Lebanon is simply conservative spin. Weare supposed to believe that this is a coincidence. That way, they can get back to trying to convince us that the reporter with the day press pass was a bigger scandal than Watergate.
Krugman has a typical hack job in today’s Times where he tries to convince us that the DA in Kansas who wants the information on late term abortions is on a witch hunt. He then goes to the already tired line that he’s part of the "reality based" community, because we conservatives are all knee jerk zealots at the altar of fact denying dogma. Welcome to liberal world, where reality is manipulated to fit the agenda and obfuscation is considered honest debate. Paul should try this on for size: pro abortion types are are finding out more every day how far on the wrong side of science they really are. Put that in your fact based pipe and smoke it.


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