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Farewell to the ghouls
It’s funny that Michelle Malkin repeatedly deigns to call George Felos a “ghoul.” Technically, she’s correct – Felos is satisfied in an outcome resulting in death, which is textbook ghoulish. But once this Schiavo mess blew up, I was struck by what crass, deranged people the Schindlers were.

For the record: I don’t think there’s anything sad about a brain-dead person dying, because when they pass on they’re reunited with God. I know, I know: Crazy! So from this vantage point, I saw the Schindler family disgracing themselves and their daughter in order to keep her bound in her useless body.

– They filmed their brain-dead daughter moaning as they dangled lights and balloons above her, then gave this footage to international media organizations.
– They solicited and encouraged support from disreputable people and known self-promoters like Randall Terry and William Hammesfahr, who then lied about their daughter’s condition for international media.
– They encouraged a slander campaign against their son-in-law, accusing him of abuse and fraud.
– When they heard their brain-dead daughter moan “Aahhh” and “Waahh,” they ran to cameras to claim she’d said “I want to live.” Their media representives let this untruth be repeated again and again, to the point that it’s spread into the propaganda of fringe religious groups.

In the end, they perpetrated a fraudulent picture of the situation, wherein their daughter was still conscious and her husband was trying to murder her to cover his crimes. I agree with Dan Kennedy that this is mostly the fault of scandal-hungry TV media, but they were led on by a family that seems partly disturbed (interpreting the moans of a woman with no cerebral cortex as word and sentences) and partly malicious.

Terri Schiavo’s with God. If her family wants to join her, they had better hope they didn’t inspire any wackjobs to commit murder for them. At the very least they should start making amends.

(And I can’t be the only person who thinks this, as 70% or so of Americans in polls wanted the tube removed. Can we get, I don’t know, one person on cable who’s not siding with the creepy Schindlers?)

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Farewell to the ghouls
It’s funny that Michelle Malkin repeatedly deigns to call George Felos a “ghoul.” Technically, she’s correct – Felos is satisfied in an outcome resulting in death, which is textbook ghoulish. But once this Schiavo mess blew up, I was struck by what crass, deranged people the Schindlers were.

For the record: I don’t think there’s anything sad about a brain-dead person dying, because when they pass on they’re reunited with God. I know, I know: Crazy! So from this vantage point, I saw the Schindler family disgracing themselves and their daughter in order to keep her bound in her useless body.

– They filmed their brain-dead daughter moaning as they dangled lights and balloons above her, then gave this footage to international media organizations.
– They solicited and encouraged support from disreputable people and known self-promoters like Randall Terry and William Himmelsfahr, who then lied about their daughter’s condition for international media.
– They encouraged a slander campaign against their son-in-law, accusing him of abuse and fraud.
– When they heard their brain-dead daughter moan “Aahhh” and “Waahh,” they ran to cameras to claim she’d said “I want to live.” Their media representives let this untruth be repeated again and again, to the point that it’s spread into the propaganda of fringe religious groups.

In the end, they perpetrated a fraudulent picture of the situation, wherein their daughter was still conscious and her husband was trying to murder her to cover his crimes. I agree with Dan Kennedy that this is mostly the fault of scandal-hungry TV media, but they were led on by a family that seems partly disturbed (interpreting the moans of a woman with no cerebral cortex as moans and sentences) and partly malicious.

Terri Schiavo’s in heaven. If her family wants to join her, they had better hope they didn’t inspire any wackjobs to commit murder for them. At the very least they should start making amends.

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James Dobson: Idiot
Dr. James Dobson, March 31, 2005:

Our founding fathers intended that this would be a government of the people, by the people, for the people. But now the final arbiter of every significant moral issue comes down to unelected, unaccountable judges to the judiciary.

William Levesque, St. Petersburg Times, September 1, 2004.

ST. PETERSBURG – Circuit Judge George Greer, whose rulings to remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube made him a political target, appeared headed to an easy re-election victory Tuesday night.

The Pinellas-Pasco judge enjoyed nearly a 2-to-1 advantage over challenger Jan Govan, a Clearwater attorney in his first run for a judgeship.

And just in case you’re wondering

The Sixth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Pasco and Pinellas Counties and is located on the Central West Coast of Florida.

In the 2004 election, George Bush won 51% of the vote in the Sixth Circuit. In 2002, Jeb Bush won 56% of the vote.

But who elected James Dobson?

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Court-Packing II: Judgment Day
The talking heads, politicians, and subhuman pieces of shit* are taking to the airwaves to say that the root cause of Terri Schiavo’s death – indeed, the entire “culture of death” – was activist judges. Murder by judiciary. A judge “defying the will of congress.”

Now … where have we heard this before?

The Court in addition to the proper use of its judicial functions has improperly set itself up as a third house of the Congress – a super-legislature, as one of the justices has called it – reading into the Constitution words and implications which are not there, and which were never intended to be there.

We have, therefore, reached the point as a nation where we must take action to save the Constitution from the Court and the Court from itself. We must find a way to take an appeal from the Supreme Court to the Constitution itself. We want a Supreme Court which will do justice under the Constitution and not over it. In our courts we want a government of laws and not of men.

I want – as all Americans want – an independent judiciary as proposed by the framers of the Constitution. That means a Supreme Court that will enforce the Constitution as written, that will refuse to amend the Constitution by the arbitrary exercise of judicial power – in other words by judicial say-so. It does not mean a judiciary so independent that it can deny the existence of facts which are universally recognized.

Like all lawyers, like all Americans, I regret the necessity of this controversy. But the welfare of the United States, and indeed of the Constitution itself, is what we all must think about first. Our difficulty with the Court today rises not from the Court as an institution but from human beings within it. But we cannot yield our constitutional destiny to the personal judgment of a few men who, being fearful of the future, would deny us the necessary means of dealing with the present.

Yep. That was Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 9, 1937 – a president who had just been re-elected with an increased majority of his party in Congress. He used his mandate to take on the courts and squandered most of his political capital, in time for Republicans to win back 81 House seats and eight Senate seats in the midterm elections.

I know some post-election commentary (including my own) speculated that the GOP would eventually run aground thanks to hubris, but if they’re going to do so by making the same mistake FDR did and attacking the courts – well, wow. Just wow.

*Randall Terry

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Move on, don’t move on
Boy, MoveOn can’t win for losing. In the last few months they’ve apparently distanced themselves from anti-Iraq war activism. Arch-lefty Norman Solomon complained about this.

Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org – which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message – is not pushing for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

With a network of more than 3 million “online activists,” the MoveOn leadership has decided against opposing the American occupation of Iraq. During the recent bloody months, none of MoveOn’s action alerts have addressed what Americans can do to help get the U.S. military out of that country.

The funny thing is, people who already hated MoveOn for its anti-war activity haven’t noticed. Underneath his confused-looking new byline photo, Byron York just “exposed” the alliance of Barack Obama and MoveOn.

The Obama letter comes at a time when some centrist Democrats have expressed concerns that the party has become too identified with its most vocal elements on the left, including MoveOn. In February, the Washington Post cited Democratic-party strategists who “worry that the influence of grass-roots activists could push the party even further to the left, particularly on national security, reinforcing a weakness that Bush exploited in his reelection campaign.”

So they stop being anti-war, and they’re still slammed for being anti-war. Sigh.

At the risk of getting too pollyanaish, I think this is a positive development. It’s better for all concerned if MoveOn turns into a workaday liberal lobbying organization, rather than digging its heels into anti-war activism. I point you to any history of Students for a Democratic Society if you disagree.

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Jimmy Carter makes my dreams come true
Bipartisan election reform is an old saw of mine, and I just now am seeing that it might be coming true.

Former President Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III will head a study commission that will recommend changes in the nation’s federal election system.

The bipartisan panel, announced Thursday by American University’s Center for Democracy and Election Management, is charged with examining such matters as the disputed 2000 presidential election.

“I am concerned about the state of our electoral system and believe we need to improve it,” said Carter, a Democrat whose Carter Center in Atlanta has monitored dozens of elections around the world. “There is much we could learn from other democracies and from our own citizens.”

“America’s democracy is the backbone of our society, and only through fair elections can we guarantee that our system remains healthy,” said Baker, a Republican, who was the top U.S. diplomat under President George H.W. Bush.

Ralph Munro, a liberal Republican who served as Washington state’s secretary of state, is one of 16 members serving with Carter and Baker. The group plans public hearings in Washington, D.C. and Houston and will send a report to Congress after the Labor Day recess.

Yes, these committees sometimes write a fat report that gets completely ignored, but I don’t think it’s radical to say James Baker has some influence with the White House. Hopefully they’ll hammer out something that involves paper trails for e-voting (making Democrats happy) and ID requirements (making Republicans happy), and it’ll sail through congress like taco meat through a colon.

Of course, anti-Muslim blogger Charles Johnson is turning red and stamping his little feet at the mention of Jimmy.

This, coming from the ex-President who sat in the Presidential box next to Michael Moore, declared that Fahrenheit 9/11 was one of his favorite films, and honored a vicious terrorist at his grave.

Deeuhr! Deeeuhr! Non sequitors!

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Registering a complaint
That little option on Outlook Express that creates a pop-up notice when you get a new email must be the most intensive piece of code ever written. Hell, nothing slows down my system like that – while it’s loading, the rest of my functions stop and for some reason my typing gets bumped off whatever program I’m using to make beeping noises on the pop-up bar. Annoying, is all I’m saying.

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Coming summer 2006 to a theatre near you …
Born to Die
The Terri Schiavo Story

Starring:


Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Boy’s Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) as Terri Schiavo, the courageous woman whose fight inspired a nation!


Paul Giamatti (Sideways, American Splendor) as Michael Schiavo, the husband who conspired to end Terri’s life!


Wilford Brimley as Bob Schindler, the father who refused to say die!


Sally Field as Mary Schindler, the mother who … also refused to say die!


Bronson Pinchot as Bobby Schindler, the sibling who took Terri’s fight to congress!


Joe Pesci as Tom DeLay, the congressman who had no political stake in this whatsoever!


Timothy Bottoms as George W. Bush, the president who wanted to create a culture of life!


Louie Anderson as Frank Luntz, the pollster who told him to say that!


Dan Castellaneta as George Greer, the anti-life judge who started this mess!


Jonathan Banks (TV’s “Wiseguy”) as George Felos, the lawyer who stood with Michael Schiavo!


Jude Law as David Gibbs, the lawyer who stood with the Schindlers!


Jessica Lange as Nancy Grace, the escaped mental patient whose TV show brought the saga into Americans’ homes!

and …


Morgan Freeman as “Scruff”, the humble hospital janitor who saw it all!