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March 31, 2005

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

And death shall have no dominion. Dead men naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon; When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have stars at elbow and foot; Though they go mad they shall be sane,...
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Next time it will be easier (that's how it works)

Next time it will be easier. It always is. The tolerance of early-term abortion made it possible to tolerate partial-birth abortion, and to give advanced thinkers a hearing when they advocate outright infanticide. Letting the courts decide such life-and-death issues made it possible for us to let them decide others,...
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Terri Schindler Schiavo has just died - message from family

According to the Schindler family, Terri Schindler Schiavo has just passed away. The long battle for her life has ended with the United States standing impugned before God that a disabled woman could be publicly starved to death by order of the court. Source: Blogsforterri...
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March 30, 2005

Soviets Behind Pope Assassination Attempt

A remarkable revelation from East German intelligence files is that the assassination of Pope John Paul II was ordered by the Soviet KGB. The Corriere della Sera said that the documents found by the German government indicated that the KGB ordered Bulgarian colleagues to carry out the killing, leaving the...
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Never Again: Again and Again

In her 2001 article Bystanders to Genocide, Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power recounts how President Clinton was shocked and outraged by an article written by Philip Gourevitch recounting the horrors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, prompting him to send the article to his national security advisor Sandy Berger...
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March 29, 2005

The Value of Life Begins with God

God made the world or he didn't. God made you or he didn't. If he did, your little human life is, and has been, touched by the divine. If this is true, it would be true of all humans, not only some. And so--again, if it is true--each human life...
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March 28, 2005

Most Recent Report from The Hospital Bed: Terry Continues to Communicate

After three visits to Terri Schiavo's hospital bed in the last 24 hours, Sherry Payne, close friend of Terri Shiavo, appeared on MSNBC's Abrahm's Report Monday night. Mrs. Payne indicated that Terri recognized her, interacted with her, tried to speak, was very loud and was the most communicative she had...
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March 26, 2005

Japanese Doctor found Guilty in Euthanasia Case

A doctor was given a suspended sentence on Friday for removing an oxygen tube from a patient and instructing a nurse to administer a dose of muscle relaxant, procedures that led to his death. Setsuko Suda, former doctor at Kawasaki Kyodo Hospital, had pleaded not guilty to murder charges over...
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Schiavo doctor a right-to-death activist

"Neurologist chosen by husband addressed Hemlock Society" The neurologist chosen by Michael Schiavo to examine his estranged wife, Terri, is a right-to-die activist who has been a featured speaker for the pro-euthanasia Hemlock Society. HT: Hyscience...
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Terri Schiavo Expresses Her Wishes; Attorney and Sister Testify in Court

The following are Terri Schiavo's sister, Suzanne Vitadamo's and Attorney Barbara Weller's sworn testimony submitted to Judge Greer in Pinellas County Court today. Barbara Weller, Esq., is putting her entire professional reputation as an officer of the court on the line. If she is not telling the truth she would...
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Report: Jeb Bush Tried to Intervene but BACKED DOWN

The Sydney Daily Herald and Miami Herald are reporting that Gov. Jeb Bush tried to seize Terri Schiavo but abandoned the effort when it became clear that local law enforcement officers would resist his efforts. The article states (registration required):...
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Terri Schiavo Has Not Given Up, Neither Are We, says Attorneys and Family

An All-Writs Petition to the Florida Supreme Court will be filed by David Gibbs on behalf of Bob and Mary Schindler this afternoon. This is an appeal of today's decision by Judge Greer. Source: Schindler press release...
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March 25, 2005

Gov. Bush Delays, Terri Continues to Starve

Those hoping Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will step forward to save Terri Schiavo from imminent, court-ordered starvation death are likely to be disappointed, based on his comments to a group of reporters following county court Judge George Greer's ruling against the state's effort to take custody of the brain-injured woman...
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Kennedy Tells Bush to Step-In

The Governor may not disregard that obligation even if a member of the judiciary has ordered otherwise. He is not bound by a court order that is at odds with a constitutional guarantee

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Bush Called to Rescue Schiavo

Just to burnish my reputation as a bomb thrower, I think Jeb Bush should give serious thought to storming the Bastille. By that I mean he should think about telling his cops to go over to Terri Schiavo's hospice, go inside, put her on a gurney and load her into...
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March 24, 2005

The People in Dafur Matter - Does the U.S. Care

From the Opinion Journal [HT: Antioch Road] As we sat in a refugee camp in Chad listening to Fatima describe how most of her family was killed by Sudanese government-sponsored Janjaweed militias, we found it incomprehensible that the world could not muster the political will necessary to protect her surviving...
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The Supreme Court Says 'No' to Terri Schiavo

From the Associated Press:The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, rejecting a desperate appeal by her parents to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive. The decision, announced in a terse one-page order, marked the end of a dramatic and disheartening four-day dash through the...
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Schiavo Neurologist is a Christian

Yesterday I published a post that quoted an affidavit by Dr. Cheshire, a neurologist who met with Terri and examined her medical record. Cheshire essentially concludes the Terri is not in a state of persistent vegetation and should not be killed via starvation. What I didn't realize is that his...
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March 23, 2005

Doctor says Terri is Aware and Feels Pain - Updated

From the NRO: A doctor who has seen Terri Schiavo this month says she seems to be aware of what's going on and appears to feel pain. [pdf file] William Polk Cheshire, Jr., M.D,. M.A, F.A.A.N.is a neurologist practicing the State of Florida who believes that it can be ethically...
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How could they gage serial brain degeneration without serial follow-up? And by what mechanism would her brain CONTINUE to atrophy? Second, Terri's cerebral cortex has not been replaced by fluid. That is inaccurate. The cortex is thinned and the sulci are enlarged. There is a difference.

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Starvation - Approaching Five Days for Terri

As her family petitions a federal appelate court, it is worth remembering that Terri Schiavo has been without sustenance now for over 100 hours and is likely experiencing the effects of starvation described by St. Louis neurologist William Burke.A conscious [cognitively disabled] person would feel it just as you or...
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"The Schindlers will be filing an appropriate appeal to save their daughter's life," said Rex Sparklin, an attorney with the law firm representing the parents.

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March 22, 2005

Threat to Christian Radio in South Africa

After 10 years of broadcasting, Good News Community Radio (GNCR) is in danger of being taken off the air. GNCR is a community of interest radio station broadcasting in the Durban [South Africa] area....
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Whittemore Declines Schindler Request

Fox News: Judge Whittemore has declined to order reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, as requested by the Schindlers. No further information is available at this time. Update: U.S. District Judge James Whittemore said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the...
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March 21, 2005

Florida Legislature is Still Able to Help Terri

Hugh Hewitt writes that the Florida legislature still has an opportunity to come to the aid of Terri Schiavo:A relief bill was blocked by the state Senate, and at least six Republicans voted against it. Here's a link with the information on the senators who have voted against the measure...
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NYT Misrepresents Terri Schiavo Legislation

Carl Hulse and David Kirkpatrick report on the Congressional action taken yesterday to allow Terri Schiavo's parents access to the federal courts for a new trial. Unfortunately but predictably, this "news" report contains half-truths, loaded language, and a flat-out falsehood, all of which reveal the biases of the reporters. -...
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Feed Terri Schiavo Hearing Set for 3pm

See blogsforterri for more information....
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More Misconceptions about Persistent Vegetative State

The following post was first published on BlogsforTerri by Richard. If one is truly dying, nature will soon take its course. The target of the Judge George Greer, George Felos, and the Woodside Hospice crowd in Pinellas County, Florida is someone who is not dying "quickly enough," those whom ethicist...
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We Gave My Sister a Chance

The sister of one of my readers suffered brain damage that left her in a condition similar to that of Terri Schiavo. She writes,I have a sister who was in the same situation as Terri Schiavo. 12 years ago my sister had a sudden cardiac arrest episode that caused major...
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March 20, 2005

Hang On Terri! Help is on the Way

After a dramatic weekend of numerous ups and downs, the congress passed a bill that could save Terri Schiavo's life... here is the roll call. The Miami Herald Reports,President Bush stood ready at the White House, lawyers stood ready at a Florida courthouse and nurses stood ready at Terri Schiavo's...
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March 19, 2005


The following are Terri Schiavo's sister, Suzanne Vitadamo's and Attorney Barbara Weller's sworn testimony submitted to Judge Greer in Pinellas County Court today. Barbara Weller, Esq., is putting her entire professional reputation as an officer of the court on the line. If she is not telling the truth she would...
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Urgent Terri Schiavo Action Alert - March 19

This is an urgent congressional action alert from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in Washington, D.C., issued Friday, March 18, 2005, at noon EST. For further information, visit the NRLC website. Please forward this message to your own lists. URGE SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES, PASS 'TERRI'S LAW'...
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Medical Facts About Terri Schiavo

Many people have referred to the "medical evidence" that Terri has little to no brain matter remaining. FACT: The only way to determine such a thing accurately is with an MRI or PET scan. Neither have been done, and they have been disallowed in her case per Michael Schiavo's instructions....
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March 18, 2005

Terri Schiavo Starvation Began Today

Earlier today efforts by the U.S. Congress to delay the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube failed and, per the order of Florida Judge George Geer, her health care providers began to withhold food and water. It was Jodie Centonze who informed the media that Terri's tube was been removed....
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Playing politics with Terri's life

A handful of Democrats decided late yesterday to begin to leverage the life of Terri Schiavo in an attempt to win concessions on certain provisions of other Senate action. The move was a despicable example of the level to which the Senate Democrats are willing to stoop to try to...
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Congressional Probe Called As Schiavo Death Deadline Looms

In an extraordinary move just hours before the court-imposed death order of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is to take effect, a Congressional investigation into the case has been opened and members of Congress were asking a U.S. Attorney in Washington for a temporary restraining order to be issued by a federal judge...
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Terri Schiavo Update March 18

By court order, the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo is scheduled to begin today at 1 pm est. Although there are many different organizations and government officials who are working around the clock to intervene, Terri is in imminent danger. BlogsforTerri provides two main action items for Terri's supporters: Call...
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Legal Maneuvering to Save Terri Schiavo

In a last-ditch effort to save Terri Schiavo's life, a House committee plans to issue subpoenas Friday to stop doctors from removing the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube.

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March 17, 2005

Fast and Pray for Terri Schiavo - March 18

Bryan at The Narrow posts a reminder that tomorrow March 18th is a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Terri. He writes, "Whether or not the Legislation before Congress passes and her life is spared, I feel we should continue with everything as planned. It would then of course change...
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DCA Says No, Lawmakers Prepare to Save Schiavo

As Florida legislators compromised on a bill aimed at saving the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland refused to grant a stay in the death order issued by Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer.

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March 16, 2005

Why Hasn’t an MRI been done for Terri?

Almost 50 neurologists all say the same thing: Terri should be reevaluated, Terri should be reexamined, and there are grave doubts as to the accuracy of Terri’s diagnosis of PVS

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Disappointing news from BlogsforTerri: BREAKING NEWS: We have received information tonight from the Schindlers that the Department of Children and Families has decided that there is insufficient evidence of abuse to proceed. This information was just given to the Gibbs law firm and George Felos. We have no idea how...
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Christian Carnival March 16, 2005

The latest Christian Carnival is online here....
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Starvation, Torture and Terri Schiavo

Last night Michael Schiavo and his attorney, George Felos, appeared on Nightline to discuss their bid to withhold nourishment and hydration from Terri Schiavo for the purpose of ending her life. Michael’s statements included the following assertionsTerry will not be starved to death. Her nutrition and hydration will be taken...
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March 15, 2005

Population Research Institute's Statement on Terri Schiavo

By Joseph A. D'Agostino It’s an odd world in which a disabled Florida woman can be killed by a method outlawed as too cruel for animals, and in which she is not covered by the habeas corpus protections granted to murderers. When it comes to federal legal protection, Terri Schiavo...
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Kate Adamson and Terri Schiavo

Yesterday I wrote about Kate Adamson, a woman who at one time was in a coma and had her feeding tube "removed" similar to what is planned for Terri Schiavo this Friday. Instead of being unconscious as the doctors believed she was aware of everything and lived to write a...
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Update on Dafur, Sudan

"Building on eleven previous assessments of global mortality in Darfur, this analysis finds that approximately 380,000 human beings have died as a result of the conflict that erupted in February 2003, and that the current conflict-related mortality rate in the larger humanitarian theater is approximately 15,000 deaths per month. This...
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Activist Judge Imposes New Moral Standard on Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional — a legal milestone that, if upheld on appeal, would open the way for the most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed. Judge Richard Kramer of San Francisco County's trial-level...
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March 14, 2005

A Call to Prayer and Fasting by The Narrow

Byran's latest call to prayer and fasting for Terri Schiavo follows....
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Brief Comment on Causality versus Correlation

One of the great errors of those interpreting results from anecdotal observations and scientific studies is to conclude causality from correlation. Two variables that change together over time are correlated but not necessarily related. And, if you monitor enough variables over a short period of time there is a high...
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Kate Adamson Fights for Terri Schiavo

Kate Adamson is the mother of two who suffered a double brain stem stroke and was in a coma for 70 days. She was completely unresponsive to stimuli and was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. Doctors finally pulled her feeding tube and, for eight days, she lay...
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The State of the Blogicus

Due to a business trip and other blogging projects I was forced to take a week off. I'm back and looking forward to posting on a variety of subjects....
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March 7, 2005

Day of Fasting for Terri Schiavo

I'm joining Bryan at The Narrow and Stacy at MediaSoul for a day of fasting and prayer for Terri Schiavo [click here]. Bryan writes, "This could be very powerful if we all participate. This Friday, March 11th will mark one week until the feeding tube is to be removed. Let's...
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March 3, 2005

Congress, Save Terri Schindler-Schiavo!

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling on Congress to enact a bill to be introduced by Representative Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-Fl-15) that would give the Schindler family access to a federal court to argue for the life of their daughter, Terri Schindler-Schiavo....
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Fossett Breaks Nonstop Solo Flight Record

Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett on Thursday became the first person to fly around the world solo without stopping or refueling 67 hours and 23,000 miles after taking off in his spindly-looking, experimental jet. - more His average speed was 343 mph. Not bad....
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Contraditions in the US Supreme Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that imposing the death penalty on convicts who were younger than 18 when they committed their crimes is a violation of Eighth Amendment prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment....
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March 1, 2005

Christian Persecution Documented in New Report on Human Rights in China

While the number of religious believers in China continued to grow, the Government's record on respect for religious freedom remained poor, according to a recently released report on Human Rights practices in China. The report—released yesterday by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor—also stated that the repression of...
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