Saturday, March 19, 2005
Federal Terri's Bill Moves Forward : Reuters
In an effort to intervene to keep alive a severely brain-damaged Florida woman, federal lawmakers agreed on Saturday on a compromise bill aimed at restoring her feeding tube and pushing the right-to-die case back into court.I'm not sure about a bill that names Terri. Michael Schivao and George Felos might seek to have it overturned on the basis that it is an unconsitutional "Bill of Attainder" depriving Terri's rights as her guardian.
In fact, any legal steps that do not definitively remove Michael Schivao and Judge Greer from a role in deciding Terri's fate are only delaying tactics.
If even there is a declared right for Terri to fed, Michael Schivao at this point can be counted on to do whatever to hasten her death.
What I think the best scenario would be is a court ruling that withdrawal of feed and water would have to indicated by a date, written and witnessed living will
The scary thing as Mark Levin has mentioned is that if Terri's death is a precedent, there's basically no disabled person who is unable to write and speak who could now prevent their feeding tube from being withdrawn.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:19 PM Permalink
Collecting More Lies on Terri's Case
As I am reading some blogs today, I'm adding to the list of lies. When you hear one of these fly by in conversation, speak up and the challenge the lie
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:23 PM Permalink
Andre Norton has died : New York Times
Andre Norton, a prolific and popular science-fiction and fantasy writer whose central theme was the rite of passage to self-realization undertaken by misfits or displaced outsiders, died yesterday at her home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was 93.As a young reader in the 1960's, I devoured all the science fiction I could get my hands on. I can recall three authors from that time: Heinlein, Asimov, and Norton.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:15 AM Permalink
Friday, March 18, 2005
Bishop Bars Funeral For Owner Of Gay Bar : NBC News
San Diego's Catholic bishop barred funeral services for the owner of a local gay bar because the man's business is considered "inconsistent with Catholic moral teaching."I've been reading attacks on the Church for this decision. None of them actually refuted the the fact that he owned a local gay bar. local bulletin board
Nationally, John in DC hates the "hateful" Catholic Church.
I'm just taking note of this. As a question of "can" the bishop do it. The answer is "of course". As a question of "should" the bishop do it. The answer is "I don't know".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:59 PM Permalink
Terri's Case made by Sean Hannity.
First, read Terri's Fight for the latest official news.
Here are some of the lies:
Sean Hannity dedicated the show to coverage mostly because events were happening during his show. The conversations with the spokespeople for the Schiavo family and the debates with the callers and the interview with stroke surivor Kate Adams are her husband were great. They should be in a "best of" show. Two Cheers.
One Bronx Cheer for his discussions with Rep Jim Sensenbrenner and Sen Rick Santorum. They should have played the crybaby sound clips. The House and Senate should not have adjourned without a common bill. The lame excuses were:
It's life and death -- if the Republicans can't deal with Judge Greer and George Felos, then we've been screwed.
So I repeat the close of Peggy Noonan's excellent article:
A final note to the Republican leadership in the House and Senate: You have to pull out all the stops. You have to run over your chairmen if they're being obstructionist for this niggling reason and that. Run over their egos, run past their fatigue. You have to win on this. If you don't, you can't imagine how much you're going to lose. And from people who have faith in you.NewsMax reported this third-hand story from Hanity's show:
Barbara Weller, an attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents, told reporters Friday afternoon that during her visit earlier in the day she told Ms. Schiavo:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:57 PM Permalink
If you are into RSS/Atom feeds, syndication, aggregators
Check out St Blogs Feed Descriptions
This XML file contained verified Atom and RSS feeds for blogs listed in St Blogs, which is a blog ring. If you are a Catholic blogger, follow those links to get into the ring and get more hits on your blog.
If you are in the ring, and you have a feed, and you are not in this list, then you have not followed the autodiscovery rules for your feed or, even worse, you're feed is not valid XML. I have sent or will be sending you email about that.
I hope to have some more aggregator-related stuff ready soon. Like a moving 24-hour window over the RSS feeds with item titles and the first 200 words of text.
I'm still updating the list of blogs updated in the last 24 hours.
These are being updated every 8 hours.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:31 PM Permalink
A small point on adultery
If adultery were still an offense under Florida law, it would have been possible to remove Michael as guardian. Michael's manifest adultery gave Terri's parents no cause of action to replace Michael as guardian.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:46 AM Permalink
WABC's liberal Ron Kuby on Terri Schivao
Although he recited several things that are untrue or unprovable about the case (i.e. that Terri is in a persistent vegetetive state and that she made her wishes regarding the end of her life known to her husband and his relatives but never to any members of her own family) Ron Kuby does not support the withdrawal of food and water from Terri.
He explained that if you were to give away a kitchen set after your death, it would take a properly executed will to do so. When you make decisions of far greater importance like these end of life instructions, it must be recorded in a witnessed, written form.
Ron Kuby's own father was afflicted with cancer of the throat and informally indicated that he did not want to live without his voice, but when it came to the day to decide to operate or not, his father reversed his decision, chose the operation, and lived for several more years without a voice.
No caller that I heard challenged Ron on the assumption that she is at the end of her life. The correct term to describe her condition is "brain-damaged". She is not in any immediate risk of death. No attempt has been made to rehabilitate her in order to allow her to communicate or to eat and drink without a tube. Patients with the same extent of brain damage have been given physical therapy to allow them to be spoon fed or to feed themselves. Her parents have consistently advocated these steps. Michael Schivao had done so as well -- until the financial settlement with the hospital that treated her was finalized, then he sought to have her die by neglect.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:12 AM Permalink
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Court voids an item in homosexual agenda
An appeals court yesterday struck down a controversial law requiring city contractors to offer domestic-partner benefits.
As victories go, this one is very small and perhaps short-lived. But we thanks for all of them big and small.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:06 PM Permalink
Cleft lip abortion done 'in good faith' : UK Guardian
Doctors and health officials will consider whether more guidance on abortions is needed following the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute two doctors who authorised a late abortion on a foetus with a cleft lip and palate.
Perhaps there's an nugget of truth in Ward Churchill's claim that we're all little Eichmann's now.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:42 PM Permalink
No to Rudolph Giuliani in 2008
George Marlin has identified Rudolph Giuliani's positions and why he does not deserve the support of Republicans.
Culture of Life Foundation has the details.
NewsMax has a summary.
The short version is that on the social issues agenda of the Republican party: abortion, marriage, gun ownership, and education reform.
Kevin Miller discusses this as well. I would only take issue with Kevin that as mayor, Giuliani was excellent in fiscal managment, reducing the city's payroll, welfare reform, leadership by example, and inspiring people inside and outside of the city to look anew at New York.
Finally, Rudy's real contribution to New York and to the nation will be to run against Hillary in the Senate in 2006 and stay in the Senate, or be Attorney General in the pro-life Republican we elect in 2008.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:20 AM Permalink
The 150 year old Cathedral of the diocese of Madison Wisconsin has burnt down
Arson investigators and arson dogs are combing through the burned-out remains of a historic downtown Madison church. So far, they haven't been able to determine where Monday's massive fire at St. Raphael Cathedral, 222 W. Main St., started or what caused it.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Rich nations urged to support African markets : IOL Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki called on rich nations on Thursday to open up their lucrative markets to goods from Africa to enable the world's poorest continent to trade its way out of poverty and ultimately strengthen democracy.Trade barriers are just the way the world works. I'd have a lot more sympathy if they were such hypocrites about free trade themselves.
Kenya plays the tariff game to its own advantage.
... Kenya is currently embroiled in a serious trade dispute with its number one tea market, Pakistan, over tariffs. Pakistan buys almost a third of Kenya's total annual tea sales.
If CAFOD believes in "free trade", it ought to nag Kenya and Pakistan as well as Europe.
(editor's note: this is the article that I complained Blogger lost on me a few days ago.)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:36 PM Permalink
Omnium Finis Imminet : The End is Here : Explained at Last
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Sixth Commandment Watch: No effort made to hide it -- combining Lust and Envy
This doesn't admire their achivements in music, acting, modeling, etc. but only their appearance.
This phrase from the Catechism 2354 might apply It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:12 PM Permalink
CNS: New Catholic lay group formed to promote better church management
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of U.S. Catholic bishops and lay church and business leaders March 14 announced formation of a National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
So the Church has it's own version of "We're from the government and we're here to help."
Better management is no substitute for better judgment.
My prescription: Less time with accountants and ledgers and more time in prayer.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:44 PM Permalink
Prayers for Terri : David Limbaugh
Given Terri's reported responsiveness, her ability to breathe on her own, and the doubt and suspicious circumstances surrounding this case, shouldn't the question be resolved in favor of life, especially given what we've seen recently, for example, with a comatose patient regaining consciousness after 19 years?It's a good summary to forward to people.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:15 PM Permalink
Paying by Fingerprint at the Supermarket : Reuters
BERLIN (Reuters) - Customers of a German supermarket chain will soon be able to pay for their shopping by placing their finger on a scanner at the check-out, saving the time spent scrabbling for coins or cards.Of course, until theives will start cutting of fingers.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:14 AM Permalink
Monday, March 14, 2005
The Situation in Ireland
I've been reading the apologists for Gerry Adams and it just doesn't add up.
I'm on the same page as Mark Steyn who writes in These Irish eyes are smiling at White House snub of IRA : Chicago Sun-Times on the descent into depravity that the IRA has taken in just the last two years.
Two events made me lose faith in the current leadership of the IRA: the unpunished murder of Robert McCartney and the bank robbery which involved threatening families of bank employees.
It's probably another Yassir Arafat situation with Gerry Adams, he's lost his credibility and only a new leader is going to be able to move things ahead.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:00 PM Permalink
Hannity fell into a trap
He debated a caller accepting the caller's factually erroneous framework that she's been sustained by aggressive medical intervations which if they had not been permitted, would have long ago allowed he to have a natural death.
Sean has talked about this a great deal and I can't believe it but he did not immediately slam the caller for getting his facts wrong. Terri is not being sustained by an aggressive medical intervention but by simple food and water.
What is argued in the court is that she be ordered to die by dehyradation and that anyone be prevented from giving her food and water. This is not a natural death but an execution.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:56 PM Permalink
Mel Gibson on Terri Schiavo
He gets it right. The Bishops have muddied the waters, especially Bp Lynch.
“I fully support the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Schindler to save their daughter, Terri Schiavo, from a cruel starvation. Terri's husband should sign the care of his wife over to her parents so she can be properly care for”, Gibson said.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:56 AM Permalink
A line was crossed in France
Photo made available Friday March 11, 2005, by French fashion designer Marithe Francois Girbaud, shows the advertising poster inspired by 'the Last Supper' of Leonardo Da Vinci which was banned by the Paris court, Thursday March 10, 2005 . The Italian city of Milan banned the same poster early in February as a parody of a key event in Christian history. The Last Supper depicts Christ's farewell to his disciples. A Paris court ordered the French fashion house late on Thursday to take down the posters within three days because they offended Roman Catholics. (AP Photo/Brigitte Neidermair)
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posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:10 AM Permalink
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Homo floresiensis is a species of dwarf human discovered at the Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. There's a readable background at Talk.Origins.
And at AgapePress has a creatiionist response. Bear in mind I am not a creationist.
I saw the National Geographic Special on Homo floresiensis
Some on web are using this as a hammer to beat the atheistic drums.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:37 PM Permalink
Starting up a UK/Ireland St. Blogs
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