Thursday, March 31, 2005


22 He said, While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live. 23 But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Terri: Film at Eleven

2005, March 26th (AP) Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, challenged Felos to allow videos and photos to be released, so the public can see her condition. "They're mischaracterizing the condition today, just as they have been ... It's sick."

2002, October 2nd - Michael files petition to prohibit the media from seeing Terri’s recent neurological examination videotapes or airing the videos to the public after they have been presented to the court as evidence.


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7

Saturday, March 26, 2005

The right to bear arms

Weapons in the battle for hearts and minds.
In the expectation that tyranny will be opposed.
The Pentagon realizes that it is images that sell the story, Aftergood says. The reason that there is a torture scandal is because of those photographs. There can be narratives of things that are much worse, but if they aren't accompanied by photos, they somehow don't register.
*taken from Mat Welchs Reason article
"Power corrupts. So does powerlessness."     C.J.Richard
[book] Ch 2: Effects of the Great Awakening

Ralph Nader

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says a profound injustice is being inflicted on Terri Schiavo.

Fr Frank Pavone

No court anywhere has the authority to authorize the starvation of a human being.

She won't feel anything

She looks beautiful, says Michaels attorney, and peaceful.

Already gone

Which do you believe: Terri (1) is already gone,
or (2) is here but does not want to live like this.
If you think (1) she is already gone, not much can be done.
You can understand why those who think she isn't are so upset. And see the Slate article If Terri Were a (Broken) Toaster.
If you think (2) she is here, surely you don't think that Michael should decide her fate, since he says she left 15 years ago.

Alter or abolish

We hold these truths to be self-evident
-1-that all [people] are created equal
-2-that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights
-3-that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
-4-that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among [People], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
-5-that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

Freedom of the (Printing) Press

Freedom of the printing press is the right to free expression.
It is the same right as the right to speak, and related to the right to assemble.
John Adams to Jefferson, 1815:
What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution; it was only an effect and a consequence of it. The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years before a single drop of blood was shed at Lexington. The records of thirteen legislatures, the pamphlets, the newspapers in all the colonies, ought to be consulted during that period to ascertain the steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed concerning the authority of Parliament over the colonies.
*as quoted in The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. B.Bailyn, p.1
Slate article, on Freedom of the pamphleteer and the broadsider:
The professional press ... didn't even exist until the late 19th century.
Freedom of the press is a "fundamental personal right" which "is not confined to newspapers and periodicals. It necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets.
US Supreme Court. Branzburg v. Hayes (1972)

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Our history: human rights v property rights

We have treated people as property:
Slavery. Abortion.

We have killed people for property:
genocide of Native Americans, with wmd. Mexicans.

Bioethicist James Hughes says Terri is "sentient property" in a
National Review article

Man attempts to water vegetable in Florida

Bo Gritz, candidate for president in 1992,
is arrested with two of his aides.
Ethical discussion about what we have come to.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

No cars in Venice

Even Americans walk in Europe.
It can be done.

Tax gasoline?

Europeans tax gasoline at a substantially higher
rates than it is taxed in the US. If we raised the
gas tax, for what would the additional tax be used?
For support of the Defense Department, which has
been forced to spend billions securing access to oil.
About half of crude oil is made into gasoline.

How many unlawful combatants can you count in the picture below?

Guantanimo was thought to be beyond the oversight of US courts.
See: The Torture Papers, reviewed at NPR , or at Amazon.
From the Declaration of Independence :
Complaint 18:
"depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury"
Complaint 19:
"transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences"
Many of these people were turned in for money.[Inside the Wire]
[US Army report on Abu Ghraib Prison, 2004]
"I call on all governments to (prosecute) all acts of torture."
President George Bush, June 26, 2003