A Schiavo Moment

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Election 2012, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Chuck Todd thinks we've seen this before, and I agree: When the Terri Schiavo controversy first turned into a full-blown national story — in March 2005 — no one was sure of its political implications. Even some Democrats feared it was a loser for them. But after congressional Republicans and the Bush White House acted to keep the Schiavo alive, … Read More

Sounds Like A Lifetime Movie

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, CrimeLeave a Comment

In Boston, an 11-year old girl lies in a coma.  Like Terri Schiavo (remember her?), there is a court battle over whether her ventilator and feeding tubes should be removed. The twist is that only one person is fighting for the girl’s "right-to-life" — the girl’s father.  But he’s more than the girl’s father — he’s the guy who beat … Read More

Sheehan Bigger Than Schiavo

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Bush & Co., Iraq, SheehanLeave a Comment

From Blogometer (a good daily resource by the way): Each time this week we’ve visited Technorati, the popular blog search engine, the "Top Searches This Hour" feature has placed "Cindy Sheehan" at the very top. At one point this a.m., "Sheehan" was also #5. The Blogometer is trying to remember the last time this happened, but no person or event … Read More

Lessons From Schiavo: Even A Living Will Won’t Protect You From The Krazy Kristian Kooks

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, GodstuffLeave a Comment

Under threat of a lawsuit, Pro-Life Wisconsin pulled a news release accusing HospiceCare of murder in removing the feeding tubes of severely injured Marine Staff Sgt. Chad Simon, but the group has not, as requested, issued a public apology or retraction. *** Simon, 32, of Monona, was injured by a bomb in Iraq in November. The father of a 6-year-old … Read More

Seeing Is Believing

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Godstuff, Health CareLeave a Comment

Epilogue to Terri Schiavo: "The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain,” he said. “This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons.” [Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon] Thogmartin said the autopsy report was based on 274 external and internal body images, and an … Read More


Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Bush & Co.Leave a Comment

First, a Bush lie: Bush on the Armstrong Williams payola scandal in a press conference, January 26, 2005: And we didn’t know about this in the White House . . . Page 8 footnote of the Inspector General’s Report, Department of Education, concerning the Armstrong Williams payola scandal, released Friday: "During a meeting between the White House and Department officials … Read More

Hannity Coaches Interviewees

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Right Wing and Inept Media1 Comment

Can you imagine how the right-wing blogosphere would react if this was Dan Rather (instead to Sean Hannity)? From the New York Daily News: Fox News host: Repeat after me If the conservative guests on Fox News’ "Hannity and Colmes" sound especially on-message, that’s because they’re being coached by the best: Sean Hannity himself. On the March 31 installment of … Read More

Schiavo Memo Silliness

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Here’s the story, roughly, in a nutshell: March 20:  The Washington Post reports about how the Republicans are using the Schiavo story for political gain, citing a one-page memo obtained by ABC News: An unsigned one-page memo, distributed to Republican senators, said the debate over Schiavo would appeal to the party’s base, or core, supporters. The memo singled out Sen. … Read More

World Nut Daily Journalism

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

This is funny. The conservative "journalism" website WorldNetDaily has posted a story here about CBS’s plan to make a Terri Schiavo made-for-TV movie: CBS is rushing a Terri Schiavo TV movie into production so that it can air the biopic during the May ratings sweeps. […] CBS’ Terri story reportedly will feature "Felicity" star Keri Russell to star as America’s … Read More

More Rightwing Self-loathing

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, RepublicansLeave a Comment

At Alan Keye’s Renew America site, they aren’t mincing words: Dear President Bush, As a lifelong Republican and staunch supporter of you and your policies, I feel compelled to write to you today, during this Easter season of life and liberty from sin and death, where we all come together to experience the transcendent joy which traditionally marks the anniversary … Read More