Revoke Frist’s Medical License

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Via The Left Coaster: Liberal Oasis provides today’s action item: help revoke Bill Frist’s medical license for gross dereliction of duty. Remember that Bill Clinton was stripped of his ability to practice law because he lied under oath. Well, Bill Frist has definitely betrayed his medical oath. Now once again, he has violated his pledge to “be honest in all … Read More

Kristian Krazies Have a New Target

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Late last night (early this morning), Justice James Whittemore denied the Schindlers’ temporary emergency motion to reinsert the feeding tube (his well-reasoned opinion, in PDF format, is here. From the Miami Herald (subscription required): Pity James D. Whittemore, next in line for unholy defamation via e-mail, eternal damnation through the Internet and vilification by postcard. Not to mention death threats … Read More

Tom Delay Lies

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From Tapped: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said this yesterday about Terri Schiavo: "She talks and she laughs and she expresses likes and discomforts," he said Sunday evening. "It won’t take a miracle to help Terri Schiavo. It will only take the medical care and therapy that patients require." For those keeping score at home, that statement is a straight-up, … Read More

James Madison on Schiavo

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, ConstitutionLeave a Comment

"Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation. … The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils.  They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and … Read More


Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, RepublicansLeave a Comment

The GOP majority stuck its nose into the Schiavo/Schindler family’s private affair, thinking they could score political points.  And they will reap some benefit from the religious right (who, I suggest, the GOP already have in their hip pocket. But as the Christian Science Monitor poll at the right shows, most Americans have a problem with Congressional "meddling". UPDATE:  This … Read More

Mike Schiavo Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Congress, RepublicansLeave a Comment

"Instead of worrying about my wife, who was granted her wishes by the state courts the past seven years, they should worry about the pedophiles killing young girls," [Michael] Schiavo said, referring to a local case. "Why doesn’t Congress worry about people not having health insurance? Or the budget? Let’s talk about all the children who don’t have homes." "To … Read More

The Marketing of Terri Schiavo

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This is the "urgent message" sent out by Randell Terry: Dear Friend, It is unthinkable… like some dark scenario in a horror movie… but true. An innocent, disabled woman is now being starved to death. Her food and water were suspended on Friday afternoon. […] Even if Congress does pass a bill and President Bush signs it, it will only … Read More

Starving to Death? The Calculated Inflammatory Rhetoric of the Christian Right

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

As one might expect, the American Journal of Bioethics is following the Schiavo case closely.  One recent bioethicist/commentator took to task those who like to insult the hospice industry, under the false assumption that caring nurses and doctors would allow Terri Schiavo to experience pain and discomfort.  She writes: One of the more disturbing aspects of the political rhetoric is … Read More

GOP Rapes Terri

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It does.  There is no better way to say it.  Republican politicians don’t care about HER — but about their agenda and Election Day 2006.  In fact, they are so concerned about getting re-elected that they will trod over a dying woman, a dead child, and their own values.  Doubt me?  Read on. First of all, let’s read a little … Read More

Schiavo Protesters

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy6 Comments

Look at the picture on the left of people opposed to the Schiavo tube removal.  This is the kind of protest that, if done by the liberals, would have the right wingers rolling in the aisles, making fun. But I think it is a perfectly fine protest — after all, they got their pictures taken, which means they got their … Read More

Yet Even More on Terri

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Right winger Neil Boortz has the courage to see what this is is about, and he ain’t afraid to say it: At the center of the Terri Schiavo tragedy is America’s anti-abortion movement.  Notice, please, the presence of Randall Terry.  The fact is that the anti-abortion movement has seized Terri Schiavo … figuratively kidnapped her .. and they intend to … Read More

Isn’t It Ironic, Don’t You Think?

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

One of the most ironic statements about the Terri Schiavo case can be found in one of Judge Greer’s opinions: Perhaps one of the few  agreements between these experts is that stem cell research is currently at the experimental stage and is years away from being accepted either medically or politically. It would not appear from the testimony that this … Read More