Thursday, March 31, 2005

President Bush statement on Terri Schiavo

C-POL's post has this quote from President Bush:

Today millions of Americans are saddened by the death of Terri Schiavo. Laura and I extend or condolences to Terri Schiavo's families. I appreciate the example of grace and dignity they have displayed at a difficult time. I urge all those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue to work to build a culture of life where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in favor of life.

—President George W. Bush, March 31, 2005

I couldn't agree more, and to me that is the essence of this case. There is only her cheating husband's word that this would've been her wish. Did she really anticipate being starved to death? Who knows. But without written intentions, we must err on the side of life.

Terri Schiavo Relatives Feud Over Burial

This article is copied in it's entiretly below:

Friday April 1, 2005 1:01 AM


Associated Press Writer

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Terri Schiavo's ashes will be buried in an undisclosed location near Philadelphia so that her immediate family doesn't show up and turn the burial into a media spectacle, a member of the Schiavo family said Thursday.

``If Mike knew they would come in peace, he would have no problem with it,'' Scott Schiavo, Michael Schiavo's brother, said during an interview at his home.

After an autopsy, Michael Schiavo plans to have his wife's body cremated and her ashes brought to Pennsylvania, where she grew up. Scott Schiavo said the ashes would be buried in a plot left by an aunt and uncle, but the family does not plan on providing the specficic location for the burial - underscoring the bitterness of the dispute.

Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, had fought for years to prevent her feeding tube from being removed, and they opposed cremation and wanted her buried in Florida.

A spiritual adviser to Terri Schiavo's parents, Paul O'Donnell, said they plan to hold a Roman Catholic Mass without her body sometime next week. Asked about perhaps never knowing where his sister might be buried, Bobby Schindler said, ``We've already said goodbye. ... He's been doing this kind of stuff for 15 years. What would make him stop now?''

As he monitored TV news reports from the kitchen of his small house in the Philadelphia suburbs, Scott Schiavo received a stream of calls Thursday from people denouncing him and his brother. On his answering machine was a lengthy message from a man from Texas who, shouting obscenities, called the Schiavo family murderers.

``This isn't over by a long shot. We're going to get our name right,'' he said. ``The world is going to know who Mike was, they're going to know Mike wasn't a beast"

Monday, March 28, 2005

Easter Photo Caption Contest

I've never hosted a caption contest before, but this Texasbug family

photo was screaming for one!  I'll save the real story behind this

photo for after the contest....I don't want to affect anyone's

creativity with the truth!  I will say, however, that this IS in

fact a photo of me, TexasBug, with my family - no photoshopping or

other editing done.  Lucky for Big L, he's cut out of the

photo.  With pics like these, who need photoshop?!

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(photo by kOoK)
We'll start off the contest with Big L's entry "Here's a photo of my

family after riding the short bus to the Easter service".  Now

who's next?

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Books for Soldiers

In case you're looking for a new way to offer your support to the troops (and you should be!!), this great idea was brought to my attention by a lovely lady named Laurel:

Books for Soldiers
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This is especially easy to do with the new flat-rate priority mail boxes from the post office. You can stuff them with any weight items and mail them for around $7. If you want, you can even go here or here to order lots of boxes sent to your house free of just pay the flat rae when you ship. Now go fill some boxes with books, ok??

Friday, March 18, 2005

"Be on the Side of Life"

this article at the Wall Street Jouranal online is so fine, I just had to copy it in it's entirety below:


'Don't Kick It'
If Terri Schiavo is killed, Republicans will pay a political price.

Friday, March 18, 2005 1:37 p.m. EST

It appears we've reached the pivotal moment in the Terri Schiavo case, and it also appears our politicians, our senators and congressmen, might benefit from some observations.

In America today all big stories have three dimensions: a legal angle, a public-relations angle and a political angle. In the Schiavo case some of our politicians seem not to be fully appreciating the second and third. This is odd.

Here's both a political and a public-relations reality: The Republican Party controls the Senate, the House and the White House. The Republicans are in charge. They have the power. If they can't save this woman's life, they will face a reckoning from a sizable portion of their own base. And they will of course deserve it.

This should concentrate their minds.

So should this: America is watching. As the deadline for removal of Mrs. Schiavo's feeding tube approaches, the story has broken through as never before in the media.

There is a passionate, highly motivated and sincere group of voters and activists who care deeply about whether Terri Schiavo is allowed to live. Their reasoning, ultimately, is this: Be on the side of life. They remind me of what Winston Churchill said once when he became home secretary in charge of England's prisons. He was seated at dinner with a jabbery lady who said that if she were ever given a life sentence she'd rather die than serve it. He reared back. No, he said, always choose life! "Death's the only thing you can't get out of!"

Just so. Life is full of surprise and lightning-like lurches. The person in a coma today wakes up tomorrow and says, "Is that you, mom?" Life is unknowable. Always give it a chance to shake your soul and upend reality.

The supporters of Terri Schiavo's right to continue living have fought for her heroically, through the courts and through the legislatures. They're still fighting. They really mean it. And they have memories.

On the other side of this debate, one would assume there is an equally well organized and passionate group of organizations deeply committed to removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. But that's not true. There's just about no one on the other side. Or rather there is one person, a disaffected husband who insists Terri once told him she didn't want to be kept alive by extraordinary measures.

He has fought the battle to kill her with a determination that at this point seems not single-minded or passionate but strange. His former wife's parents and family are eager to care for her and do care for her, every day. He doesn't have to do a thing. His wife is not kept alive by extraordinary measures--she breathes on her own, is not on a respirator. All she needs to continue existing--and to continue being alive so that life can produce whatever miracle it may produce--is a feeding tube.

It doesn't seem a lot.

So politically this is a struggle between many serious people who really mean it and one, just one, strange-o. And the few bearded and depressed-looking academics he's drawn to his side.

It is not at all in the political interests of senators and congressmen to earn the wrath of the pro-Schiavo group and the gratitude of the anti-Schiavo husband, by doing nothing.

So let me write a sentence I never thought I'd write: Politicians, please, think of yourselves! Move to help Terri Schiavo, and no one will be mad at you, and you'll keep a human being alive. Do nothing and you reap bitterness and help someone die.

This isn't hard, is it?

At the heart of the case at this point is a question: Is Terri Schiavo brain-dead? That is, is remedy, healing, physiologically impossible?

No. Oddly enough anyone who sees the film and tape of her can see that her brain tells her lungs to breathe, that she can open her eyes, that she seems to respond at times and to some degree to her family. She can laugh. (I heard it this morning on the news. It's a childlike chuckle.) In the language of computers she appears not to be a broken hard drive but a computer in deep hibernation. She looks like one of those coma cases that wind up in the news because the patient, for no clear reason, snaps to and returns to life and says, "Is it 1983? Is there still McDonald's? Can I have a burger?"

Again, life is mysterious. Medicine is full of happenings and events that leave brilliant doctors scratching their heads.

But in the end, it comes down to this: Why kill her? What is gained? What is good about it? Ronald Reagan used to say, in the early days of the abortion debate, when people would argue that the fetus may not really be a person, he'd say, "Well, if you come across a paper bag in the gutter and it seems something's in it and you don't know if it's alive, you don't kick it, do you?" No, you don't.

So Congress: don't kick it. Let her live. Hard cases make bad law, but let her live. Precedents can begin to cascade, special pleas can become a flood, but let her live. Because she's human, and you're human.

A final note to the Republican leadership in the House and Senate: You have to pull out all the stops. You have to run over your chairmen if they're being obstructionist for this niggling reason and that. Run over their egos, run past their fatigue. You have to win on this. If you don't, you can't imagine how much you're going to lose. And from people who have faith in you.

Bill Frist and Tom DeLay and Jim Sensenbrenner and Denny Hastert and all the rest would be better off risking looking ridiculous and flying down to Florida, standing outside Terri Schiavo's room and physically restraining the poor harassed staff who may be told soon to remove her feeding tube, than standing by in Washington, helpless and tied in legislative knots, and doing nothing.

Issue whatever subpoena, call whatever witnesses, pass whatever emergency bill, but don't let this woman die.

Ms. Noonan is a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of "A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag" (Wall Street Journal Books/Simon & Schuster), a collection of post-Sept. 11 columns, which you can buy from the OpinionJournal bookstore. Her column appears Thursdays.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Rae, at Like the Language, (who is much more well-read than I am, I must admit) sent me this book meme, so here goes:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Sadly, I must admit I haven't read I can't really answer this one.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Yes...Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. What was Scarlett thinking when she let him leave like that??

The last book you bought is:
Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, by John Ortberg (for my small group Bible study)

The last book you read
The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom

What are you currently reading?
Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, by John Ortberg

Five books you would take to a deserted island.
  1. Wilderness Survivor Guide - for obvious reasons.
  2. My Bible, The Message version - because it's such an easy read and I would have a lot of time to do all that studying I keep putting off, right?
  3. Field Guide to Birds and Plants - because this would become my hobby on the island.
  4. A very large empty notebook - to be my journal, which I'm sure I would use to log the location of water, plants, animals and all my adventure.
  5. I get to the "just for fun" books and I only have room for 1. I think I would have to pick Jane Eyre. It's been a favorite since I was a pre-teen, you can never get tired of re-reading it, and it would bring back comfy memories.
Now it's my turn to pass this on! Let's see.....I'd love to see responses from Lila at Mama Montezz' Mental Rumpus Room, Tish, and Patty-Jo because I think they are all very interesting and I think their answers would be quite diverse. I can't wait to see what they say!

Monday, March 14, 2005

TexasBug's Interview with Jen!

Well I've finally come up in the rotation for an inteview with Jen at Jen's History & Stuff......and I need your help! There won't be much of an interview unless YOU guys send questions to her at So please come up with some questions for me, because I don't want to be her first inteviewee with no questions asked. How embarassing!

Now come up with some goodies and email Jen!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that the deadline is Friday, March 18th. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

No More Free Speech for Bloggers?

No, it's not a joke....not if McCain & Feingold have their way, according to this article at Captain's Quarters. Their latest bill would all but eliminate political blogging, because of the implied monetary value of a link. Can you imagine? Next they'll be saying that wearing a t-shirt to support your candidate has a monetary value to the candidate and is subject to campaign finance reform!

This is no joking matter, however. This is a serious encroachment on our right to free speech that has bloggers from the far ends of both political fences up in arms. Please contact your senator and contact your representative TODAY and let them know you do NOT support the McCain-Feingold bill!

For a super-easy way to contact the Congress members that represent you, visit here. The site comes complete with a fill-in-the-blank form letter and researches your reps for you! Now go, go, go!

Monday, March 07, 2005

I'm Sick!

I found out last week that both my kidneys are full of "small" kidney stones. I'm feeling bad from the resulting infection, but the major pain hasn't hit yet. I've got the Vicadin and I'm ready! I've had one at a time before but never like this. I'm being referred to a nephrologist...ever heard of it? I hadn't. Apparently that's a kidney or renal specialist. All I can do is sit and wait because you don't call them for an appointment. They get your records, evaluate & discuss, and then THEY call YOU with your appointment time. Let's hope it's soon.....I wanna get this cleared up and over with!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Sparse Postings

Bear with postings are going to be more sparse for the remainder of tax season. If anyone would like to offer a guest posting, just let me know!