Amy Sullivan asks the one question that I would like answered: A cradle Baptist, I was taught in the church that while we were not to hasten death, neither were we to postpone or fear it. The ending of a life was sad for those who remained, but a joyous event for the one who died. As one of my … Read More
Ah, let’s hope it lasts: Glenn Reynolds has more, but that’s probably because he’s in the middle of the right-wing blogosphere.
RIP, finally. UPDATE: The response from the right-wing blogosphere — full of death poems and scripture, not to mention wailing and gnashing of teeth — was a little TOO predictable, don’t you think? UPDATE #2: I take that back. I was just home for lunch and caught about 20 minutes of the cable news networks. Man, do they want this … Read More
Barbara O’Brien has a must-read over at The American Street. To quote the best parts is an injustice to the whole thing, but I reluctantly will selectively quote and summarize anyhow: Right now Michael Schiavo and his supporters are hoping an autopsy of Terri Schiavo’s brain will eventually settle the matter of her persistent vegetative state beyond a shadow of … Read More
Billmon has the goods on one of them: The legal battle over the life of Terri Schiavo may have ended, but a thick, fervent crowd remains in the makeshift encampment outside the Woodside Hospice House here . . . No, we’re not going to go home," said Bill Tierney, a young daughter at his side. "Terri is not dead until … Read More
"The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups," the New York Times reports. "Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, … Read More
It’s a good one, too . . . Here’s something the cable news outfits could do that would rilly rilly rilly be useful, given that they got all those cameras down there in Florida and all. Just for the kooky hell of it, why don’t they provide us with one wide shot or overview of the protestors and vigil-holders in … Read More
Wait until they start to complaining about all the judges out there who (supposedly) are conspiring to "kill" Terri, nod your head in strong agreement, and then pull out your Bible. Open to Deuteronomy 1:16 and read: Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, "Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his … Read More
THE FOLLOWING IS LIFTED VERBATIM FROM FOOTBALL FANS FOR TRUTH, WHO DID THE WORK SO I DON’T HAVE TO: Confused about the differing stories in the Schiavo case? Wondering about who to believe? Here’s some answers to common questions. I strongly recommend Abstract Appeal’s Terry Schiavo’s Information Page as an unbiased source of information from a Florida lawyer who has … Read More
It’s a damn fine question, asked by (among many others) the Rev. Frederick Schmidt, an Episcopal priest and theologian at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, according to this wonderful article in the St. Petersburg Times: "I think the religious right is captive to a medical, scientific description of life that equates merely to survival," said Schmidt, director of spiritual life … Read More
Finally finally finally it looks like Terri Schiavo is going to slip quietly into the great beyond, as she wished. As I would wish for myself. As most would wish for themselves. By refusing to give the Schindlers yet another bite at yet another apple, repeating the same arguments already heard, the “little Eichmans” (as wackos on the Christian right … Read More
Breaking news . . . Supreme Court Won’t Hear Schiavo Case 18 minutes ago By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to order Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube reinserted, rejecting a desperate appeal by her parents to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.
Jeb Bush has found a neurologist who claims that Terri Schiavo’s diagnosis ha been wrong all these years. He claims that Terri, rather than being in a "persistent vegetative state", is actually in what the medical profession calls a "minimal conscious state". That doctor’s name is Dr. Cheshire. Let’s take a look at him, shall we? Perhaps one place to … Read More
Another victory for Terri in a 24 hour span. The vote was 10-2. And this is a conservative appellate court. I feel bad for the parents, but hopefully all these NEW courts going against them will help them to come to grips with reality. UPDATE: It’s not clear from the press reports whether the full appellate court affirmed the appellate … Read More
Actually, there is remarkably little to say. The debate rages on, and the debate about the debate rages on. Meanwhile, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed the lower court’s decision to replace the feeding tube, and the Schindlers are now appealing to the full panel of the 11th Circuit. The next stop after that, and probably the last … Read More