Archive for the ‘Terri Schiavo’ Category

Dr. Evil strikes again

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Howard Dean is an idiot:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Friday that his party would wield the Terri Schiavo case against Republicans in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but for now needed to stay focused battling President Bush on Social Security.

“We’re going to use Terri Schiavo later on,” Dean said.

Wow… that has to be the most inartful turn of phrase in the entire history of politics.


Sample living will

Friday, April 8th, 2005

Recent events have inspired some excellent, witty commentary.

I, _________________________ (fill in the blank), being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn’t pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for a cold beer, or a dry martini, it should be presumed that I won’t ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

Under no circumstances shall the members of the Legislature enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Americans who aren’t in a permanent coma.

Under no circumstances shall any politicians butt into my case. I don’t care how many fundamentalist votes they’re trying to scrounge for their run for the presidency in 2008,it is my wish that they play politics with someone else’s life and leave me alone to die in peace.

I couldn’t care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don’t know these people, and I certainly haven’t authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf. They should mind their own business, too.

If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living hell.

Hat tip: MumZ.

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Popewatch thoughts

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

The Pope’s death has now been “imminent” for well over 36 hours. If this keeps up, we’ll be getting into Francisco Franco territory pretty soon. :)

The 24-hour cable news networks are rapidly running out of things to say about the Pope. In fact, I think they ran out of things to say after about two hours. In my observation of the coverage, it appears there are five basic questions/topics of discussion that are essentially repeated ad infinitum to fill time:

  1. What is the Pope’s legacy?
  2. What is the procedure when the Pope dies? How will we find out?
  3. What is the proceudre for picking a new Pope? How long will it take? Who are the front-runners?
  4. What are the crowds in [insert location here] saying/thinking/feeling?
  5. What is the latest report from the Vatican? / What hidden messages can be gleaned from between the lines of the latest from the Vatican? / When can we expect a new report from the Vatican? / What, if anything, can we surmise from the fact that we haven’t heard a new report from the Vatican in X number of hours?

And that’s about it. Those questions get repeated over and over and over again, with new interviewers and new interviewees, but really nothing new to say.

I’m not saying that I wish for the Pope’s death, obviously. But if this endless, breathless media vigil — the Pope Death Watch, for lack of a better phrase — goes on for much longer, it’s really going to become agonizing to watch.

P.S. On the bright side, I think it’s really a blessing for Terri Schiavo’s family — both factions — that something, anything, has come along during their time of private grief to distract the media. I’m sure it’s still a circus down in Florida, but it’s got to be at least a little bit less intense now that the 24-hour news media apparatus has switched its primary focus from all-Terri-all-the-time to all-John-Paul-all-the-time. Perhaps that small blessing for the grieving Schindlers and Schiavos was a part of God’s plan.

P.P.S. Becky and I are going out for a few hours, so if the Pope dies while we’re gone, the news will have to be posted either by a guestblogger or by the CNN Breaking News alert. We’ll be back by 6:00, though, since that’s when the Final Four starts…

Pope not dead?

Friday, April 1st, 2005

CNN-TV says there are “conflicting reports among Italian media about Pope’s condition.”


But CNN-TV is now saying that the proper translation of the Sky Italia report is that the Pope is braindead, but his heart is still functioning. (His EEG shows no brain activity, but his EKG still shows heart activity.)

Miles O’Brien just made the inevitable Terri Schiavo analogy.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says that, if the Italian report is correct, the Pope must be on a respirator.

UPDATE: The AP casts doubt on the braindeath report:

The Italian news agency ADNKronos, without citing sources, reported that a brain monitor hooked to the pope had gone flat. But a senior Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the pope was still alive and that there was no such monitoring device in his apartment.

Pope given last rites

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

The Sacrament of the Sick, or “last rites,” have been administered to Pope John Paul II, according to CNN.

Earlier today, when I learned that Terri Schiavo had died, I privately thought to myself, “What will the news media do if the Pope dies on the same day?” Heaven forbid, but that looks less far-fetched right now.

UPDATE: Story here.

UPDATE 2: CNN is also reporting that there are no plans to take the Pope from the Vatican back to the hospital.

“So basically, we’re bracing, God forbid, for the worst.” –Wolf Blitzer

Schiavo debate

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

For those who like a good Terri Schiavo flame war, Patrick’s blog is the place to be at the moment.

Terry Schiavo has died

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

May she rest in peace.

Nyah Nyah

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

In a previous post, I had erroneously commented that the Catholic Church is against miraculous medical intervention to save a life. I was informed otherwise, rather impolitely, and so I’ve kept my eyes open for more information.

This article seems to justify my confusion, as it notes that while the Pope has given speeches about PVS and tube feeding, he never produced any official doctrine on the matter.

Oh, and Dave, I’m still waiting for my catechism. ;)


Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

For those of you who felt that my last source was too biased, here is another source who articulates a more scientific perspective. His points about PET and CAT scans are particularly useful.

The Dead Horse

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Here’s an excellent Q&A on the facts in the Terri Shiavo case.

While there is some debate about whether or not Terri is truly in a persistant vegetative state, it seems to me that neurologists must have some reliable way of evaluating her responsiveness without the use of MRIs, PETs or CAT scans.

At any rate, Terri is expected to die either today or tomorrow from dehydration.

May God give all those involved in this case peace with its final outcome.

Schiavo discussions at law school, Legends

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

There will be a faculty panel discussion of the Terri Schiavo case in the law school courtroom today at 4:00 PM. (Hat tip: Patrick.) Professor Kaveny will be the moderator, and professors Robinson, Fennis, A. J. Bellia and Rick Garnett will speak on issues ranging from Catholic morals to constitutional law.

Then, tonight at 10:00 PM at Legends, the “Theology on Tap” lecture series will present philosophy professor David Solomon, speaking on “The End of Life: Mercy Killings & Medical Ethics.” Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

On a related but extremely irreverent note, some of you will find this blog grossly offensive, some will find it extremely funny, and some, I daresay, will find it both simultaneously. (Becky perhaps summed it up best: “Dude, these people are so strange. But yeah — they’re going to hell.”) WARNING: Don’t click the link if you’re not prepared to be offended by what you find on the other side!

Funniest thing I’ve seen on TV today

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

CNN commentator says something like, “Supporters of Terri Schiavo’s parents took their case to the steps of the Supreme Court today.” An image of the Supreme Court building appears on the screen, complete with various protesters milling about. Clearly visible in the distance is a sign — the only legible sign in the picture — that says, “Don’t take away my TiVo!”


The quandry

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Now that the courts (!) have decided to agree with themselves, yet
again, on the matter of Terri Shiavo’s feeding tube, I’m drawn to
another question.

Is it more humane to allow Terri to starve for weeks, not knowing
for sure whether or not she feels pain, or is it more humane to assist
her passage? Which position is morally sound?

Why would I put my dog to sleep if he could no longer eat or move or
think, but I would hesitate to grant a person that same mercy?

I know y’all are probably sick of hashing out Shiavo’s circumstances
and, barring something extraordinary, this will be my last post on the

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Thursday, March 24th, 2005
— U.S. Supreme Court refuses to intervene in Terri Schiavo case. Lower court decision to remove feeding tube stands.

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On the other hand…

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Here’s a good article from Slate, arguing that Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube should be reconnected, and
that society at large does in fact have a stake in the issue, and that
Congress did the right thing.

Mickey Kaus has some interesting thoughts, too. Just scroll down.