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Friday, April 01, 2005

Another Perspective

James Taranto, writing for the Wall Street Journal, adds another point of view to the Terri Schiavo story, that of America's disabled community:
Some of the most impassioned arguments against killing Terri Schiavo came from profoundly handicapped people:

• Mary Johnson, left-leaning editor of Ragged Edge magazine: "There isn't a single disability rights activist I've heard from . . . who isn't afraid that this will make liberals hate them even more than they now do."

• Joe Ford, a Harvard undergraduate with severe cerebral palsy: "Like many others with disabilities, I believe that the American public, to one degree or another, holds that disabled people are better off dead. To put it in a simpler way, many Americans are bigots. A close examination of the facts of the Schiavo case reveals not a case of difficult decisions but a basic test of this country's decency."

• Eleanor Smith, a self-described liberal agnostic lesbian, whose childhood bout with polio left her confined to a wheelchair: "At this point I would rather have a right-wing Christian decide my fate than an ACLU member." Ms. Smith protested last week outside the hospice where Mrs. Schiavo lay dehydrating and starving. (link)
Each of us is but a stroke away from being completely dependent on others for our daily feeding. We should fear the events that played out in Pinellas Park, Florida too.

The Show Goes On

Americans will now wait with bated breath for the results of Terri Schiavo's autopsy. As is the case with the editorial board at the Washington Times.
Unfortunately for Mrs. Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and Mr. Schiavo, the case is not quite over. Both parties will wait expectantly for the results of Terri's autopsy. Since the procedure should be able to help determine the severity of Mrs. Schiavo's brain damage, as well as answer other lingering questions surrounding her collapse in 1990, the autopsy should go forward. We hope the people who cared for her in life, which includes both family and strangers, will find some closure in the coroner's report. (link)

I have no interest. The medical examiner, whoever he or she is, is part of the system that starved this poor woman to death. I will not trust the conclusions that come out of this coroner's examination any more than I trust the people who were charged with protecting Terri Schiavo in life.

You did this to yourselves, fellas.

Epitaph

President Bush sums up the Terri Schiavo saga with these words (as reported by the New York Sun):

He asked Americans "to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. ... In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life." (link)

It is unfortunate that our president did not heed the words written for him here and step in and exercise his "duty to protect the weak" when he could have saved her life. Telling the rest of us how we should be conducting ourselves after witnessing this spectacle is annoying.

My best advice to Mr. Bush and team is to keep their mouths shut. As they did while Terri Schiavo was being starved to death. They do themselves no favors by talking drivel at a time when many Americans are deeply wounded by the lack of support shown by Bush and the United States government to this the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us.

Quote Of The Day

Todays's bit of wisdom comes from James Taranto:
Polls last month suggested that most Americans favored Mrs. Schiavo's death. It was natural for an able-bodied person to think: I wouldn't want to live like that. But someone who is disabled and abjectly dependent on others was more apt to be chilled by the talk of her "poor quality of life" and to think: I wouldn't want to be killed like that. (link)

In Local News ... Yick

150 dead dogs were found down near Gate City, Virginia. The American people are going to be roused to outrage ... finally.

Dead dogs dumped along bank of Obeys Creek

BY KATHY STILL, BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

GATE CITY – Workers finished hauling off the carcasses of nearly 150 dead dogs Thursday, a day after a stench led police to bags full of the animals on a creek bank off a dead-end road.

"When we got to the scene, you just could not believe the smell, and the amount of dogs down there was just unbelievable," Scott County sheriff’s Investigator Chris Holder said. "I’ve never seen anything like it. It looks like a deliberate
dumping."


A construction worker noticed the smell Wednesday near state Route 965.

Sheriff’s deputies and public works crews followed the odor to the bank of Obeys Creek, which flows into Copper Creek and the Clinch River.

The dogs – Rottweilers, German shepherds, Labrador retrievers and some smaller dogs – lay scattered there. Some were wrapped in plastic trash and medical waste bags, and others were spilling out, Holder said.

He estimated the dogs, apparently euthanized, could have been dead as long as a week. Toys and dog tags in the bags indicated the animals came from outside the region, Holder said, although he wouldn’t say where. (link)

Starving a brain-damaged woman is one thing but killing a bunch of puppy dogs is in a whole different realm. Find the perpetrator and make the bastard suffer!

Ah, The Clinton Years

Travel back with me in time to a period in our history when we were sending dozens of Bill Clinton cronies and close personal friends to prison. Boy, those were the days, weren't they? Well, it was like that trip down memory lane when I read this this morning (in the New York Times):
Ex-Clinton Aide to Admit Taking Classified Papers
By ERIC LICHTBLAU

WASHINGTON, March 31 - Samuel R. Berger, a national security adviser to President Bill Clinton, has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and give up his security clearance for three years for removing classified material from a government archive, the Justice Department and associates of Mr. Berger's said Thursday.

A respected figure in foreign policy circles for years, Mr. Berger has also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine as part of an agreement reached recently with the Justice Department after months of quiet negotiations, the associates said.

He is expected to enter his plea on Friday in United States District Court here, capping an embarrassing episode that reverberated in last year's presidential campaign.

Mr. Berger was a senior policy adviser to Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential nominee, and was often mentioned as a possible secretary of state in a Kerry presidency. But he quit the campaign abruptly in July after accusations surfaced that he had inappropriately removed classified material from a secure reading room at the National Archives. (link)
Clinton's National Security Advisor pleads guilty to theft. That's rich. I miss those days.