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Monday, March 28, 2005
  Condi as a Hypocrite

The State Department renewed its criticism of the human rights records of Pakistan and China on Monday in a report that followed U.S. decisions to arm Pakistan with jet fighters and to avoid a showdown with China on the way it treats its people.

Condi…how could you:

"We have an obligation to help those who are unlucky enough to have been born on the wrong side of that divide," she said.

We, who have this obligation, are the same people who have done such an outstanding job in promoting the ability of US Troops and personel to go over the line in our pursuit of intelligence and fear.

 
Saturday, March 26, 2005
  Re: Morality and Reason by David Brooks, NYT

What a joy to engage in the discussion of the ages with David Brooks, of the New York Times.

We are here in this country due to the same disagreement. It was during what is considered the age of enlightenment, (when liberals had Karl Roves spin talents).

Long story short, we are here to let people govern themselves beyond the confines of any particular religion, due to the uncompromising nature of religion.

There is still the argument that our founding fathers brought their god and Christianity into our govt with them because it says god, or creator or deity in the constitution or the declaration of independence. I would suggest otherwise. Even in this day to suggest that god doesn’t exist or shouldn’t be included is to bring down the wrath of god…so to speak.

As a current example I suggest we observe our rebuilding of Iraq. We aren’t trying to eliminate god from their lives. No, we are trying to eliminate the possibility that imams will dictate what the country will do based on their interpretation of the Koran.

We can look to both sides of Iraq to see what we don’t want. In the govt of Saudi Arabia a pungent form of Islam, Wahabi, has given us a wake up call; and in Iran we have the mullahs deciding how to make the world safe for their form of Islam.

Liberalism is not the panacea of the world. What it does offer is a less than 2000 year reign of control. We operate on the Gregorian calendar; observe seasonal holidays that were absorbed and converted into religious observances and the Vatican is considered powerful enough to have US ambassadors.

Religion couldn’t rule the world correctly when there was no science or even an attempt at reason, when TV and Hollywood weren’t spreading what is widely considered cultural filth. They had their chance and blew it.

 
Thursday, March 24, 2005
  The Politics of Deception

It must be tough to advocate positions that condemn what you are...if you are.

Think of the confusion…

For: small govt Reality: bigger govt

For: states rights Reality: only if we agree

For: defense of marriage Reality: not for Schiavo

For: less regulation Reality: Theocracy

Please I give up:

Just tell me what to think and then I’ll be OK.

 
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
  Terri Gross...not enough info

Terri Gross…WHYY…Tues 3/22/05

Re: Schiavo

Terri

I understand you wanting to present a “fair and balanced� approach to the legal understanding of this case, however I was shocked to hear only 1 caller mention the “Right to Kill Law�, signed in 1999 by then Gov Bush of Texas.

A quick check of any of the blogs would have enabled you or your staff to access this info.

Part of the Texas “Right to Kill Law�, states this:

   § 166.039.  PROCEDURE WHEN PERSON HAS NOT EXECUTED OR 

ISSUED A DIRECTIVE AND IS INCOMPETENT OR INCAPABLE OF COMMUNICATION. (a) If an adult qualified patient has not executed or issued a directive and is incompetent or otherwise mentally or physically incapable of communication, the attending physician and the patient's legal guardian or an agent under a medical power of attorney may make a treatment decision that may include a decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from the patient.

"Life-sustaining treatment" means treatment that, based on reasonable medical judgment, sustains the life of a patient and without which the patient will die. The term includes both life-sustaining medications and artificial life support such as mechanical breathing machines, kidney dialysis treatment, and artificial hydration and nutrition.

    

 
Monday, March 21, 2005
  Right to Kill: A Texas Law by GWB

Right to Kill: A Texas Law

As signed by: GWB in 1999

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/HS/content/htm/hs.002.00.000166.00.htm

§ 166.002. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(2) "Artificial nutrition and hydration" means the
provision of nutrients or fluids by a tube inserted in a vein, under
the skin in the subcutaneous tissues, or in the stomach
(gastrointestinal tract).

(emphasis added)

W might be running into a little credibility problem concerning his past statements about life.

1. "America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government because it does not come from government, it comes from the creator of life."

http://boycottliberalism.com/Bush-quotes.htm

A copy of W’s statement regarding Schiavo:

2. Text of Bush statement in Shiavo case

Associated Press

March 21, 2005 BUSHTEXT0322

President Bush's statement today on signing legislation in the Terri Schiavo case

Today, I signed into law a bill that will allow Federal courts to hear a claim by or on behalf of Terri Schiavo for violation of her rights relating to the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life. In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. This presumption is especially critical for those like Terri Schiavo who live at the mercy of others. I appreciate the bipartisan action by the Members of Congress to pass this bill. I will continue to stand on the side of those defending life for all Americans, including those with disabilities.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/5304369.html

Isn’t there just the tiniest bit of conflict between: “right to life cannot be granted or denied by government� and this: “our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life�.

Check out this further bit of controversy:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3073295

Hospitals can end life support

Decision hinges on patient's ability to pay, prognosis

A patient's inability to pay for medical care combined with a prognosis that renders further care futile are two reasons a hospital might suggest cutting off life support, the chief medical officer at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital said Monday.

Miraculously this man received a reprieve from W’s “Right to Kill� law as seen in the following:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/page1/3094699

A Friendswood man in a persistent vegetative state was transferred to a nursing home in San Antonio on Sunday, ending a battle between St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and his family over whether to take him off life support.

At 7:30 a.m., Spiro Nikolouzos, 68, was hooked up to a portable ventilator, feeding tube and other support lines and taken by ambulance to Avalon Place, which had rejected his application just nine days before. Facility officials confirmed his arrival about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

W

Either the govt can or it can’t kill us. What do you support?

You oppose the Oregon “Assisted Suicide Law� because you say you believe in life.

I don’t presume to put words in your mouth, but it seems that you support the right to life if it’s convenient. It helps you get votes from a segment of the Republican party that doesn’t like to compromise.

What do the Right to Lifer’s think of your “Right to Kill� law in Texas? I’d love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.

 
  Republican Control: The Continuing Hypocrisy

When will it end?

The Bushies and friends have also quite rightly stated that it would be illegal to starve an animal to death.

At the same time they, thru the Justice Dept, have tried to overturn the Right to Die Law in Oregon(still one of the 50 states).

Washington -- The Supreme Court agreed today to hear the Bush administration's challenge to the nation's only right-to-die law, an Oregon measure that permits dying patients to seek lethal medication from their doctors.

http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread20268.shtml

 
  Continuing Hypocrisy

Continuing Hypocrisy

Please check this out:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/HS/content/htm/hs.002.00.000166.00.htm

§ 166.002. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
(1) "Advance directive" means:
(A) a directive, as that term is defined by
Section 166.031;
(B) an out-of-hospital DNR order, as that term is
defined by Section 166.081; or
(C) a medical power of attorney under Subchapter
D.
(2) "Artificial nutrition and hydration" means the
provision of nutrients or fluids by a tube inserted in a vein, under
the skin in the subcutaneous tissues, or in the stomach
(gastrointestinal tract).
(emphasis added)

What a great group. And there's also this part of the law:

§ 166.039. PROCEDURE WHEN PERSON HAS NOT EXECUTED OR
ISSUED A DIRECTIVE AND IS INCOMPETENT OR INCAPABLE OF
COMMUNICATION. (a) If an adult qualified patient has not
executed or issued a directive and is incompetent or otherwise
mentally or physically incapable of communication, the attending
physician and the patient's legal guardian or an agent under a
medical power of attorney may make a treatment decision that may
include a decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining
treatment from the patient.

This last section addresses just what Mr. Schiavo tried to due with his legal status as her husband.

What do you think...did they take enough rope to hang themselves???
Fran

 
  Just A Visit
Hi, This is Emmett. Just visiting my dad's Blog
 
Sunday, March 20, 2005
  MyWAG
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