Monday, March 28, 2005

Wack job of the day

From one of the fundamentalist demonstrators working with Terri Schiavo's parents, linked here:
"Mahoney said the fact that Schiavo has survived nearly 10 days since the removal of the tube that has supplied her with nutrition and water indicates that she wants to appear before the House Government Reform Committee."
The estimable Mahoney also "challenged House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, to show that he was not 'just playing politics' with the subpoena." So the Republicans are starting to reap the whirlwind on this a bit.
We also learn on-line here that, in 1988, Tom DeLay apparently agreed that his father, having lost brain function in the same manner as Terri Schiavo, should not be connected to a dialysis machine to keep his empty shell alive. This, of course, did not prevent DeLay from describing a fundamentally identical decision in the Schiavo case as "barbarism."
DeLay's press secretary tries desperately to distinguish the two cases on the ground that a feeding tube is different from a ventilator. I suppose he could also have distinguished them on the ground that the patients' last names were different.

UPDATE: Here is an astonishing story about a former U.S. intelligence officer in Iraq, a self-proclaimed torturer of Iraqi prisoners, who is worked up about the fate of Terri Schiavo. I guess I was more literally correct than I realized in my earlier post where I suggested that if she weren't brain dead, "they'd be fine with the CIA torturing her."

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