Tarry for the Nonce

March 31, 2005

One Final Point

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 4:21 pm

This is my last comment on the Terri Schiavo atrocity. I promise:

For all the attention we have paid to the Schiavo case, we have asked many of the wrong questions . . . We have asked what she would have wanted as a competent person imagining herself in such a condition, instead of asking what we owe the person who is now with us, a person who can no longer speak for herself, a person entrusted to the care of her family and the protection of her society . . .

What do we owe those who are not dead or dying but profoundly disabled and permanently dependent? . . .

Treating autonomy as an absolute makes a person’s dignity turn entirely on his or her capacity to act autonomously. It leads to the view that only those with the ability to express their will possess any dignity at all–everyone else is “life unworthy of life.”

This is what ideological liberalism now seems to believe–whether in regard to early human embryos, or late-stage dementia patients, or fetuses with Down syndrome. And in the end, the Schiavo case is just one more act in modern liberalism’s betrayal of the vulnerable people it once claimed to speak for . . .

On March 18, 2005, the day her feeding tube was removed, Terri Schiavo was not dead or dying. She was a profoundly disabled person in need of constant care. And despite the hopes of her parents, it was unlikely that her medical condition would improve, even with the best possible care administered by those with her best interests at heart. But even in her incapacitated state, Terri Schiavo was still a human being, a member of the Schindler family and the human family. As such, she was still worthy of protection and care, even if some of those closest to her wished to deny it.

As I’ve been saying, this has been (and will continue to be) my primary problem with the court-sanctioned execution that has taken place. To commoditize life is to devalue it. And to devalue life is to dehumanize ourselves.


Ashamed of Our Judiciary

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 3:50 pm

It is grotesque that we condemned one of our weakest, most helpless, most dependent citizens to a slow and agonizing death.

It is even more appalling that we continue to convince ourselves that it was a justified act.

March 30, 2005

A Sight to See

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:26 pm

A legally blind golfer scored a hole-in-one:

Ludvicek aced the 168-yard No. 11 hole at Twin Pines golf course with a driver.

He had to rely on his three golfing partners to confirm the feat.

“A big fluke, it’s just one of those things,” Ludvicek said.

He’s been an avid golfer for years and this is his second hole-in-one. It’s his first since he lost most of his vision because of macular degeneration.

March 29, 2005

As the World Tilts

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:55 pm

I have officially concurred with none other than Jesse Jackson in his remarks about Terri Schiavo:

“She is being starved to death, she is being dehydrated to death. That’s immoral and unnecessary,” the civil rights leader told reporters after meeting Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, near the hospice where she is being cared for.

I am quietly traumatized by the fact that I should find myself agreeing with anything Mr. Jackson would have to say, so perhaps I will take refuge in the conviction that – for a change – Mr. Jesse Jackson is agreeing with me.

What Liberal Bias?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:51 pm

Gloryoski! Did you know that American academia is a liberal bastion?

By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.

The disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where, according to the study, 87 percent of faculty are liberal and 13 percent are conservative . . .

The most liberal faculties are those devoted to the humanities (81 percent) and social sciences (75 percent), according to the study. But liberals outnumbered conservatives even among engineering faculty (51 percent to 19 percent) and business faculty (49 percent to 39 percent).

The most left-leaning departments are English literature, philosophy, political science and religious studies, where at least 80 percent of the faculty say they are liberal and no more than 5 percent call themselves conservative, the study says.


Well, the outlet that commissioned the study hints at “possible discrimination” in hiring practices, but I think co-author Robert Lichter, a professor at George Mason University, hits the nail on the head:

“In general,” says Lichter, who also heads the nonprofit Center for Media and Public Affairs, “even broad-minded people gravitate toward other people like themselves.”

March 28, 2005

Rolling in the Dough

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 1:20 pm

Darren Hron published an interesting link on his Live Journal:

Speaking from a global perspective, just how rich are you?

March 27, 2005

Would It Keep Her Too Alive, Michael?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:44 pm

I found out today that Terri Schiavo is a Catholic and that her parents requested that she receive one last Communion on Easter Sunday, a petition which her oh-so-concerned husband refused:

Paul O’Donnell, a Franciscan monk, said the family unsuccessfully urged Michael Schiavo to allow his wife the sacrament of Communion during the holiest feast of the Catholic year.

In other news, rancher Michael Lee Swails faces a sentence of up to five years for starving two dozen cows to death.

March 23, 2005

Exploiting Civility

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:55 pm

The hugger mugger is low-down, but clever:

A woman was charged with stealing money and other items in recent weeks by walking up to six elderly victims, giving them a big hug — and then stealing their wallets or other loose items in the process.

Mary Ann Johnson pretended to know the victims who are too polite to refuse her hugs, police said.

More Musings

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:45 am

I suppose everyone saw the affidavits from Carla Sauer Iyer and Heidi Law and Carolyn Johnson, but it took a while for me to find them through Google, so I posted them here.

I can’t figure it out. If a group of neurologists claim that Terri Schiavo can be rehabilitated, why doesn’t the husband give it a shot?

Also, I wonder how many hundreds of people are undergoing the same ordeal right now, but without the hoopla.

Loquacious Locution

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:17 am

Although I haven’t been able to find the original, I have found many references to a contest (apparently) run by the Washington Post to find alternative meanings for common words. Among my favorites:

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk . . .
8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash . . .
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.
13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.
14. Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist.

If you are offended by anything on this list, I refer you to my Aunt Lori, who, as my godmother, is responsible for my spiritual and moral development. She supplied me the list.

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