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Posted on 02/02/2007 3:49:53 AM PST by 8mmMauser
I don't know about anyone else, but I am still waiting for Michael Schiavo to make a correction on his blog about what "actually" took place in Colorado when he went there (to the debate) to supposedly ask Congresswoman Musgrave one question and she and her staff supposedly tried to have him removed. He called it, "My unreal night in Colorado - with radio link" (Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 08:05:14 PM PST). I'll say (from what I read) that it was his "unreal night".
As I said before in "Standing up and Admitting a Mistake: Not Schiavo's Style?", if four uniformed officers were around my seat, I would have some idea of what was going on. I certainly wouldn't be sitting in "duh mode" to only be told later of what took place right there around me, as Michael suggests he was. If Michael's account is realistic -- his response and reaction is not. Nor is his response appropriate now that he has "learned" what he was "allegedly told" is not what took place. One would think if he can't get the words out that he was mistaken, he could at least have removed the inaccurate entry from his blog.
He has done neither.
I'm also still waiting to read about, "Also, maybe tomorrow I'll post about my election-eve rally with Bill Clinton in Florida." (A real election impact by Michael Schiavo, Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 10:40:34 AM PST). Indeed, I would love to read that story by Michael, since I read it was not possible. Not if he was implying it was the Bill Clinton that is the former President of the United States. Will be interesting to see what he says about that if he ever does.
If Michael couldn't get it straight what happened at the Musgrave debate or even if he spent election-eve with former President Bill Clinton -- do you suppose he might have gotten Terri Schiavo's wishes mixed-up as well? (He does claim to have a bad memory from what I read.) Makes one wonder. At least makes me wonder. Whatever...
I'm still waiting for the corrections if not the explanations!
Carrie Hutchens is a former law enforcement officer and a freelance writer who is active in fighting against the death culture movement and the injustices within the judicial and law enforcement systems.
In a medium mixing bowl, blend
1/2 cup Thorazine®
2/3 cup Prolixin®
1/3 cup Haldol®
1 pint Loxitane®
1 pint Trilafon®
2 Tbsp. Compazine®
2 tsp. Navane®
Trifluoperaz® to taste.
Drink one cup before each meal, and two cups before writing a newspaper column.
Can we just stir it instead of blending and just a dollop of cream? I am thinking of using this recipe as an antidote to my coffee.
If stirred, use only a silver spoon. Plate works OK but Sterling is definitely preferred. If you don't have the necessary equipment, you can use the Sterling candleholder that you inherited from Aunt Hester. I prefer shaking the mix to stirring. But gently! That Prolixin® bruises if you even look at it funny.
Which reminds me that, with martinis back in fashion, you can mix any four of the above ingredients with a couple of hookers of gin and serve it in a martini glass with nobody the wiser. (At least they won't catch on until your mouth explodes and blows the olive two blocks up the street.)
Cream, sure, if it has enough milkfat. Double-heavy whipping cream is perfect. Beware, though, the lower the milkfat, the greater the odds of spontaneous combustion. Do not even THINK about skim milk. It will set your stomach on fire.
St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Two years ago yesterday, Terri Schaivo's former husband won the right to remove her feeding tube and start the painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death that took her life and riveted a nation.
In the next two weeks, LifeNews.com will look back at the events leading up to her death and the fallout from it -- not to replay every moment, but to provide clarity and meaning to the end of life debate and remind readers what the national media failed to cover.
The battle over Terri Schiavo's life began when she collapsed in February 1990 and it was blamed on a potassium imbalance related to the inordinate amount of tea she drank.
At first, Terri's parents and family worked closely with her husband Michael Schiavo to provide proper medical care and attention. But when a medical malpractice award of approximately $1.5 million became available, Schiavo began to press for Terri's death.
That made the Schindler family suspicious and caused them to suspect foul play associated with her collapse. Their concerns focused on medical documents showing possible abuse, evidence of a heated argument on the day before Terri's overnight collapse, and Michael's failure to quickly report the collapse to medical personnel and his failure to recall when he dialed 911.
During the medical malpractice trial that followed Terri's collapse, Michael testified that he found Terri at 5:00 AM. Later, in a 2003 television interview with CNN's Larry King, he said he found Terri at 4:30 AM and did not call 911 until 5:40 AM.
George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who was Michael's lead attorney claimed Michael called immediately after the collapse and that had he waited Terri would have died that day rather than becoming incapacitated.
Terri's family disagreed.
"The major question for our family that now remains is what happened," Terri's sister Suzanne Vitadamo said at a press conference. "When a person is without blood and oxygen to their brain, 70 minutes is a terribly long time when each second counts."
Terri's family also wondered why local police did not conduct an investigation at the time.
Vitadamo questioned how Terri could have been found lying face down on the floor with her hands crossed and up high against her chest.
Mark Fuhrman, the Los Angeles policemen who achieved national notoriety in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, eventually wrote a book on the case. He said he doesn't understand why more wasn't done to investigate the collapse either.
"They never investigated anything," he told CBS News in an interview about his book.
"They arrive at the hospital. I understand, two patrol officers are there. An unexplained collapse. And they wait for the toxicology to come back that she wasn't under the influence of drugs," he explained.
After doctors were unable to determine why Terri collapsed, Fuhrman said the police left.
"So they left, never to return, even though the doctors could never find out why she collapsed, why her heart was deprived of oxygen," he said.
In his book, Fuhrman cites a co-worker of Terri's who recounts a conversation with her about an expensive haircut Terri got the afternoon before her collapse. Terri said her estranged husband Michael was furious with her and told the co-worker the two had a heated argument.
Fuhrman told CBS that he was surprised Michael couldn't remember the events leading up to the collapse or when he called 911 to report Terri's condition.
"He couldn't even remember if they had an argument," Fuhrman explained after looking at court records.
"He couldn't remember what time he left work, couldn't remember what time he got home, couldn't remember if she was awake or asleep. Couldn't remember, when he found her, if she was face up or face down. It goes on and on," Fuhrman told CBS show host Hannah Storm.
"There are so many things that Michael Schiavo can't seem to answer," Fuhrman concluded. "In a time when you would think that you would have a memory, a videotape that you could put on play and those memories and those images would be etched in your mind forever, he couldn't figure them out, from the first morning to this very day."
He indicated Michael declined to be interviewed for his book. While Fuhrman does not accuse Michael of any crime, he believes Michael knows more about what caused Terri to enter into an incapacitated state than he's saying.
Michael's brother Brian told the St. Petersburg Times newspaper at the time that he thought the book was a part of a smear campaign by the Schindler family against Michael.
But, Michael never responded to a bone scan showing signs of possible physical trauma and conversations about a possible divorce before the collapse occurred.
And an autopsy on Terri's body after she succumbed to the painful two week starvation and dehydration death, confirmed a potassium imbalance did not cause her collapse. Yet, it couldn't pinpoint the cause of the collapse that put her in an incapacitated state.
Although no one may ever know exactly what caused Terri to collapse and become disabled, the world waited with bated breath as the legal and political battle over her life and death came to a head in March 2005.
Next: Leading up to Terri's feeding tube removal.
Remembering Terri Schiavo: Two Years Since Removing Her Feeding Tube
In The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life, Ramesh Ponnuru brings to his journalism yet another kind of knowledge: a clear and precise understanding of the philosophical ethics of his subject, informed by a grasp of the relevant scientific knowledge. His subject is abortion, and the emerging, related issues of euthanasia and embryonic stem-cell research. Ponnuru makes his position clear at the outset: he is "pro-life," though he once accepted the legitimacy of abortion; even after he came to oppose abortion, he long rejected the "pro-life" label. His pro-life stance, he says, is not bias or opinion or "values." It is acknowledgment of moral truth. The book's implicit premise is that the conviction of abortion's wrongness allows one better to see the facts about abortion politics in America, from its treatment in court, to its effect on partisan elections, to its coverage in the press. With the facts clear, a better story can be told and public opinion, one presumes, will be better formed.
As with abortion, Ponnuru shines the light of his logic on the politics surrounding stem-cell research and euthanasia. He acknowledges not only moral questions specific to each issue (for example, the question of "discarded embryos" conceived in test tubes but not implanted in a mother's womb) but also the different state of public opinion, less clearly formed than on abortion and less supportive of the right to life. As with confusion over the meaning of Roe, Ponnuru attributes the drift of public opinion partly to his fellow journalists, whom he calls "scribes of the party of death." Despite the harsh moniker, Ponnuru's reporting here is restrained, perhaps because he knows he is writing for a skeptical public. For example, in discussing the Terri Schiavo case, he writes with sadness that "most Americans support[ed] the deliberate killing of an innocent woman" by denying her nutrition and hydration when she was not otherwise in the course of dying. Not least of the media's confusions in this instance was its portrayal of the opposition as equipped only with religious, rather than ethical, arguments.
A review of The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life by Ramesh Ponnuru
One vignette on Planned Barrenhood operations in Maine fits here. A doctor friend of ours, a midwife who loves babies and having babies moved her office to a spot right next to the local Planned Parenthood clinic. She made not much fanfare, but a steady parade of happy pregnant moms passing by the PP door to her office. I can only guess how many had started to walk in the cobweb filled door of PP and instead went to her. I am sure it is more than one.
Augusta, ME (LifeNews.com) -- The state of Maine already gives over $1 million annually to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which does abortions in the northeastern state. But some state legislators say that's not enough and they want the legislature to approve a bill that would spend $283,000 to directly fund poor women's abortions.
Maine Legislators Want to Spend 300K Funding Poor Women's Abortions
Thread by wagglebee on a new museum. I wonder if any of the exhibits come from US.
VIENNA, March 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) A new museum dedicated to abortion and contraception opened this week in Vienna, cataloguing a history of human effort through the ages devoted to suppressing or destroying the next generation of human life in the womb.
According to Deutsch-Welle, abortionist Dr. Christian Fiala, chairman of the International Association of Abortion and Contraception Specialists, conceived the idea of building a museum dedicated to the history of his profession in the city where he has directed an abortion/family planning clinic for the previous 10 years.
Museum of Abortion and Contraception Makes Debut in Austria
>> "He couldn't remember what time he left work, couldn't remember what time he got home, couldn't remember if she was awake or asleep. Couldn't remember, when he found her, if she was face up or face down. It goes on and on," Fuhrman told CBS show host Hannah Storm.
>> "There are so many things that Michael Schiavo can't seem to answer," Fuhrman concluded. "In a time when you would think that you would have a memory, a videotape that you could put on play and those memories and those images would be etched in your mind forever, he couldn't figure them out, from the first morning to this very day."
An extremely convenient memory, isn't it? The thing that astounds me is that any grown-up would believe it for five seconds. No child would.
"OJ, what happened to Nicole?" "I don't remember."
"Scott, what happened to Laci?" "I don't remember."
"Lizzie, what happened to your ma and your pa?" "Why are you axing me all these questions?"
"Mikey, what did you do with Jodi?" "I don't remember."
They are actually on the cutting edge and don't realize it.
Future generations really will need to go to a museum
to recognize the horror of what we allowed for the past
Another holocaust museum.
Michael is a murderer and Felos and Greer are his accessories during and after the fact.
And, no, Mr. Romney, this is not reason to "leave these matters to the courts"--
Fifteen years after the initial "collapse" the potassium farce is finally discounted.
The "imbalance" was no doubt positional asphyxiation.
Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently stated, "My view was a case like this would normally be left in the hands of a court."
Romney was referring to the attempt by Congress to help save the life of my sister, Terri Schiavo. He mistakenly assumed passing the buck on this issue would gain him political capital. He could not be more wrong, morally or politically.
Thomas Jefferson said, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." Sadly, many of our politicians have abandoned this basic principle, and in so doing have abdicated their most crucial role as public servants.
But not all of the blame lies with them. Romney's comments and similar remarks made by other politicians about Terri's situation have, in my opinion, been prejudiced by a media that have oversimplified what Congress did by spinning it as "meddling in a private family affair."
In reality, Congress enacted a law to afford my sister's constitutional and statutory civil rights claims to be heard in federal court. This law already exists for every convicted murderer on death row.
If monsters like Ted Bundy or Scott Peterson are afforded this right after their cases have gone through the state court system, why shouldn't an innocent disabled woman be given that same chance before she is cruelly starved and dehydrated to death? Congress was not only justified in getting involved, I believe it was their duty.
Moreover, the whole notion purported by Michael Schiavo and echoed by the media that Terri's case was a "private family matter" is ludicrous.
Starving and dehydrating someone to death is never a "private family matter," any more than abusing a child or a spouse is a "private family matter."
Laws rightly move such decisions out of the family setting and into a domain where government, if doing its job, can protect the lives of victims. Calling the right to abuse or even kill someone a "private family matter" protects only the abuser.
More ironic is that Michael Schiavo himself made this a public spectacle when he asked the government to intervene via the court system to remove Terri's feeding tube in 1998.
It is laughable to then complain Congress got involved in a "private family matter" when by that time Terri's case was getting so much worldwide media attention it was about as private as the Super Bowl.
Finally, it is still grossly underreported that Michael began a new "family" by living with another woman for a decade, admittedly asking her to marry him in 1994 and fathering two children with her while still married to and making life and death decisions for Terri.
The truth is Terri's real family asked Congress to get involved. Congress didn't wake up one morning and arbitrarily decide to weigh in. An enormous groundswell of support caused tens of thousands of constituents to contact their senators and congressmen, which resulted in the congressional effort to give Terri a fair hearing. This was exactly how our system of government was supposed to work.
It would behoove politicians like Romney to research the facts of Terri's case as well as the public response to it before cavalierly dismissing it as a matter for the courts. Just two days after my sister's death, a Zogby poll asked a question accurately reflecting Terri's circumstances:
If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water?
Completely ignored by our "fair and balanced" media, 79 percent of respondents agreed with keeping Terri alive while only 9 percent believed she should be killed.
Another poll question asked about the involvement of Congress:
When there is conflicting evidence on whether or not a patient would want to be on a feeding tube, should elected officials order that a feeding tube be removed or should they order that it remain in place?
Forty-two percent said the feeding tube should remain in place and only 18 percent said it should be removed.
Despite activist judges who were determined to kill my sister, and despite a liberal media that continue to do all they can to justify her death, Congress should never regret their efforts to stop the needless and deliberate killing of an innocent woman.
They had every right, and in fact a legal obligation, to make that effort and should vow to do what they can to stop future lethal bigotry against the disabled.
In the end it is neither political capital nor winning elections that will matter. We will all be judged, and not by any earthly court, for how we treated the most vulnerable among us. That, ultimately, will mark our greatness or seal our fate as a nation.
Politicians still wrong on Terri's case
A terminally ill baby at Children's Hospital of Austin will have at least 18 more days before he is taken off life support after lawyers for the hospital and the boy's mother agreed Tuesday to give his mother more time to seek another hospital to care for him.
The agreement to leave 16-month-old Emilio Gonzales on a respirator until 5 p.m. April 10, rather than turning off the machine on Friday, came after his mother sued the hospital Tuesday and after lawmakers appealed to the hospital to change its decision.
"Thank you, Lord Jesus. . . . I am so happy that I have more time," Emilio's mother, Catarina Gonzales, 23, of Lockhart, said as she burst into tears at the news Tuesday evening.
Emilio has become a cause célèbre of organizations in Texas and across the country that say the law usurps the rights of loved ones to make life-and-death decisions. Gonzales' growing group of supporters includes state lawmakers, right-to-life and disability rights organizations, and even the brother and sister of Terri Schiavo, who died in Florida after a bitter court fight two years ago.
Friday deadline to unhook respirator National groups, including Schiavo's siblings, involved in case
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In recent weeks, NBC Nightly News has begun a series of reports entitled "Trading Places: Caring for your Parents." The series began with the personal stories of NBC reporters like Brian Williams, Tim Russert, and Ann Curry, each of whom is dealing with an increasingly common question: what should I do with my aging parents?
Baby boomers are beginning to experience sleepless nights as they worry about their mothers and fathers, and legislators should start to worry, too. The fact is that eldercare is already a national problem, and soon will become a national crisis.
Abused, Neglected and Forgotten: The Christian Duty to Care for Parents
Pack journalism occurs when news organizations chase each other, reporting the same information about the same story. Stories fuel each other, often covering the same points again and again. Journalists become the focus and source of the news, rather than reporting the news. To get a new slant on these stories the press reports what each other are saying. Thus, in 2005 for example, we had months of coverage of stories like the Terri Schiavo case and Mark Peterson trial.
Individual journalists spend time with each other covering the same topic. They share information and rely on each other for news tips and follow similar angles in their coverage. They begin to think and act alike, becoming homogenous in their approach to reporting the news. Because they feed on each other, little new investigation is needed and little new information comes forward.
Attorney General Scandal Another Example of Pack Journalism
It took Terri Schiavo, and the momentous political shift that resulted from Jeb Bush's and the religious right's effort to keep her hooked up to a feeding tube, that cleared the way for a bona fide presidential run by Giuliani.
Two years ago:
March 21, 2005 -- Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, with sizable majorities saying Congress is overstepping its bounds for political gain.
I guess we are to believe most Americans are interested in letting an innocent be murdered.
Federal Intervention in Schiavo Case Prompts Broad Public Approval
Boston- A federal court today scheduled a hearing for 3 p.m. in Florida to hear the case of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. The parents of Terri Schiavo petitioned the court to have their daughters feeding tube reinserted. The feeding tube was removed last Friday afternoon.
Mrs. Schiavo is not terminally ill. She is a 41-year-old severely brain-injured woman who has been the subject of a legal battle involving her right to live. She is clearly human. She is a threat to no one. Terris family has been on the front lines for many years trying to prevent her husband and the legal system from ending her life. Like others who are disabled, Terri is unable to defend herself. She needs to be protected because she cannot protect herself.
Terri Schiavo Case Demonstrates Human Life is Precious
For those so sympathetic to Mikey, swallow this one!
A certified nursing assistant who cared for Terri Schiavo in 1997 filed a sworn affidavit in the case stating that she was able to feed Schiavo normally on multiple occasions - but that husband Michael Schiavo would allow only a feeding tube.
Heidi Law, a CNA at the Palm Gardens nursing home, testified:
"At least three times during any shift where I took care of Terri, I made sure to give Terri a wet washcloth filled with ice chips, to keep her mouth moistened. I personally saw her swallow the ice water and never saw her gag.
"[Another CNA] and I frequently put orange juice or apple juice in her washcloth to give her something nice to taste, which made her happy. On three or four occasions I personally fed Terri small mouthfuls of Jello, which she was able to swallow and enjoyed immensely."
Law testified that the only reason she didn't attempt to feed Ms. Schiavo more frequently was "because I was so afraid of being caught by Michael."
Editorializing on the case in light of Law's account, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette said Sunday, "It is one thing to withdraw a feeding tube; another entirely to withhold that day's meal tray."
Carla Sauer Iyer was a registered nurse at the same facility. In her own affidavit Iyer testified that Ms. Schiavo was capable of speech, explaining, "[Terri] spoke on a regular basis, saying such things as 'Mommy' and 'help me.'"
When she put a washcloth in Terri's hands to keep her fingers from curling together, Iyer said, "Michael saw it and made me take it out, saying that was therapy" that he had forbidden.
"Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri's death," the RN noted. "Michael would say 'When is she going to die?' 'Has she died yet?' and 'When is that bitch gonna die?'"
Bobby Schindler argues accurately and forcefully. He shows just how the Left and the media have twisted words and facts to get their way. When he is done, the Michael/Media/Visitor position is in little pieces. There is no honest rebuttal to this, only the naked motive to kill Terri Schiavo to advance the right-to-kill agenda.
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