Monday, February 28, 2005

Lives Worth Living

Who are we to decide?

A race which counts the number of self-inflicted murders by the tens of millions last century alone?

My Faith teaches me to support the least of our Brothers.

Not to support letting the Innocent suffer and die.

La Shawn Barber points out that the best Florida's judicial system can come up with is:

"The court is no longer comfortable granting stays simply upon the filings of new motions,” Greer wrote. “There will always be ‘new’ issues.”

In Florida (and alas, likely many other states) it is harder to execute a serial killer (whatever your thoughts on capital punishment) than an innocent. As mentioned earlier, the University of Florida Student Body knows a judge peddling the Culture of Death when it sees one.

Fortunately, many are spreading the word in an effort to awaken Americans to the choices we have to make. In addition to BlogsforTerri, other worthwhile sites to keep an eye on are Anchor Rising (another reference here), La Shawn Barber and Pro-Life Blogs.

This post was motivated by yet another inexcusably ignorant utterance from an ABC Radio News hourly report which, to paraphrase, suggested living life with tubes for 15 years certainly cannot be worth living (this would be an excellent example of the power of podcasting -- another project in the works).

Set aside the fact that a multi-million dollar corporation such as Disney seemingly cannot afford to hire educated folks in their newsroom who would be able to use that technologically-advanced device (tongue firmly lodged in cheek so as not to bite it off) called Google and type "living with tubes" (with the quotes) and learn.

The brazen nature of this statement sent chills down my spine for two reasons:

First, my niece would be subject to some bureaucrat of the State dictating that which can only be God-given -- Life, and

Second, my mind reflected upon an earlier time when those who are different (as defined by the State) were not deemed to possess lives worth living.

The ignorance of the Media (leaving aside the bias favoring the Culture of Death) in the coverage of Terri Schiavo is stunning.

Simply and revoltingly, Stunning.

Sweetie Pie

Carolyn put her Sunday Bonnet on, and. . .


Oh, she is indeed my Sweetie Pie.

Sweetie Pie

Temple Grandin

Roger Simon reminds that she will be making the TV rounds with a Thursday ABC Prime Time appearance, but more importantly, that I have yet to read any of her books.

Her Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior appears to be a must read.

Ordered this and Emergence: Labeled Autistic tonight.

I have a top priority Temple Grandin reading assignment from my wife too: Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Who Are We As a People?

If we do not protect the weak?

Anchor Rising provides an excellent and detailed review of the many questions that have not been answered regarding Terri Schiavo.

My questions are primarily two:

First, why would a loving husband not want to seek therapy for his wife?

Second, why would a loving husband fight so hard against the family of his wife?

Anchor Rising (as so have many others) has some deeply disturbing clues.

What is stunning to me is that we are fighting to keep an innocent woman from being starved to death, no, killed. Have we really come to that?

As one reader wrote to Hugh Hewitt:

"If I said to someone, 'Man, I would rather die then go through that,' does that mean I need to file legal documents if I ever change my mind or if there is a possibility that I might be misinterpreted?

What if someone just makes up the recollection --am I a dead man if I am ever unconscious?

Do I need to have a tattoo on my forehead, 'Don't kill me?'"

It may be coming to that.

Anchor Rising states it plainly:

The stakes are enormous here and there is no neutral ground. Not to decide is to decide. The fight for Terri’s life is another battle to determine whether we are to live in a culture of life or a culture of death.

I choose Life.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Terri Schiavo Updates

Here is a Plea to call President Bush.

University of Florida students, speaking as a Student Body, have wisdom beyond their years.

Testimonies from those formerly in a Persistent Vegetative State here and here.

Primers on Terri's history here and here.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Blogs for Terri Schiavo

This is a very helpful way to stay on top of this fast-moving story.

Michelle Malkin also points out two other useful blogs at Pro-Life Blogs and BlogsforTerri.


Isn't this headline a bit backwards:

Fla. Right-To-Die Case Goes Back to Court

Why, AP, do you insist on this?

Isn't this really, after all, a Right-To-Live case?

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Terry Schiavo's parents and husband square off in court today over whether he is fit to be her guardian.

Of course not.

More disgustingly:

Doctors have ruled that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope for recovery, and would live no more than a week or two without getting food and water through the tube inserted into her abdomen.

Neither would many who live by TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) and other extraordinary means (for more on TPN visit Nutrishare).

This is a heart-sickening case.

Friday, February 04, 2005

First Day Skiing!

Sierra-at-Tahoe is only minutes away from home for Carolyn.

Carolyn is in the foreground listening intently as her instructor Fernanda says "And, you don't want to do this!"

How To Ski!

"Down the hill, pretend you're flying like an eagle!"


My daughter will soon be skiing better than I -- OK, she probably already does. . . .