Saturday, November 15, 2003

Throwing a Monkeywrench Into The Media Machine

That's what Nat Hentoff continues to do by telling the truth about Terri Schiavo. And he's telling it to truth-starved Manhattanites who might otherwise only receive the East-ablishment Party Line from the New York Times.

Yesterday, in his Village Voice column, Hentoff asked the question "Was Terri Schiavo Beaten in 1990?"

As he described Tuesday in the Jewish World Review, and as I explained here almost two weeks ago, the mounting evidence seems more and more clearly to answer his question "Yes".

Hentoff reports on evidence from a brain scan and x-rays that were done on Terri in 1991. Nat writes concerning Dr. Campbell Walker's report:
"This patient has a history of trauma. The presumption is that the other multiple areas of trauma also relate to previous trauma."[Emphasis added].

Here we get to what focused Dr. Baden's attention. On, Jeff Johnson reported, "Walker listed apparent injuries to the ribs, thoracic vertebrae, both sacroiliac joints, both ankles and both knees."

The most promising news is that a Federal agency, the Advocacy Center for Persons With Disabilities (ACPD) is now investigating Terri's case. Let's hope they will be able to uncover the truth about the Michael's mis-guardianship of Terri, and about how she got into her present state in the first place.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Schindlers to Appear on Oprah Today!

I got behind the 8-ball on this one... but Mary Schindler, and Terri's brother and sister, Bobby and Suzanne, will be appearing today on Oprah.

The show is scheduled for broadcast today, but your local station may follow a different broadcast schedule.

The comments on Oprah's Message Board seem to be running generally towards the Schindlers and the pro-life position.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Bleg! Help Needed!

I need some help and information. I need to talk to someone who is very knowledgeable about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I'd prefer an attorney who specializes in such things, but if another professional (e.g., CPA, Financial Planner) has expertise in such matters I'll certainly listen to him/her as well.

The issues concern my mother. She has several questions/problems which she doesn't have answers for. She's talked to people at Social Security, but (Surprise! Surprise!) gets "I'll have to get back to about that", or gets different answers from different people.

If you are such a person or know someone who could be of help, please e-mail me at

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

The Generosity of St. Blog's

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many of you, the virtual "parishioners" of St. Blog's. When the suggestion was first made, here and on other blogs, that I should go to Florida to offer support to Bob & Mary Schindler, and assistance to Msgr. Ted Malanowski, a large number of you stepped forward to offer to help with the expenses for my trip.

When the trip actually became a reality, you followed through and sent donations: by PayPal, by mail, and "in kind". And I received many e-mails from others who told me that they were unable to assist financially, but were praying for Terri and for me. The whole experience was an illustration of Faith in Action. I was and am humbled by your compassion and generosity.

While there are too many of you to thank here by name, there are a a few people who I feel deserve special mention: Firstly, Pete Vere of Catholic Light and Envoy Encore was of great help to me in the logistical arrangements for my trip. He also did very important work himself in reporting from the scene. The distinction of the donation sent from farthest away goes to "Chris" from New Zealand. A special thank you also goes to the man my readers will know as "Zippy" from his comments-box nom de plume. He made my flight arrangements for me, as well as offering a substantial contribution. I was particularly touched by his support because he and I have crossed verbal swords more than once over various issues. I think it was evidence of his excellent character that he was able to put aside the differences of opinion we had had and be so helpful to me.

A few donations were trickling in by mail as late as last Friday. Now that they're all in, and I have looked over the receipts and bills, I am happy to be able to fulfill the promise I made when I first undertook to go, that any donations I received over and above my expenses would go to the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation. Firstly, though, a word of explanation is in order: When I brought up with Bob Schindler the subject of a donation to the foundation, he was very appreciative, but said that if I knew of any other deserving persons or families that I should help them out as well. So, after discussion with him, I have given assistance to some of Terri's supporters who were in need, who had made substantial sacrifices and gone to some expense to help the Schindlers.

That being said, the amount that will be contributed to the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, representing the cash donations remaining after expenses and the other assistance I mentioned above, is $2,275.00.

Thanks to all of you who made this possible. You have truly done God's work!

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Nat Hentoff Once Again Proves: Great Minds Think Alike

Nat Hentoff is writing a series of columns about Terri Schiavo. His column yesterday on the media's Lies About Terri was reminiscent of something I had blogged about a week earlier.

Well, today, Nat focuses on the troubling evidence that Terri may have been put in her condition by her husband, Michael. He recalls last week's appearance on Greta van Susteren's show by Dr. Michael Baden. Among other things, Dr. Baden said:
"The trauma could be from an auto accident ... a fall ... or from some kind of beating that she obtained from somebody somewhere. It's something that should have been investigated in 1991 when these findings were found. ...

I'm glad that Hentoff is following up these issues. Writing, as he does, primarily for publications on the Left, he is getting the truth out to people who might otherwise read or hear only the half-truths propagated by the Media Machine.

But you, my loyal readers, knew about all this from my blog over a week ago...

I'm Excited About This!

The rest of you can have your Matrix: Revolutions or whatever. I'm psyched about the opening of Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World this weekend!

"Master and Commander" shows every sign of being a real swashbuckling epic. Your best bet for viewing the trailer is here at the Apple trailer page for Master and Commander.

The movie is based on the famous series of Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brian. I've read the whole 20-novel series, and these books have made some of the best reading I have ever enjoyed in my life. O'Brian's characters, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin, are two of most well-drawn characters I have ever encountered in fiction. Set during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, the whole series rings with believability.

The movie's title comes from the first book of the series:

Master and Commander

The movie is based on the 11th novel in the series,

The Far Side of the World

It appears from the trailer that they take a few liberties with the plot of the novel. (You can read a synopsis of the movie here.) But that's not the sort of thing that bothers me a lot. I'm not one of those people who require slavish duplication of a book by a movie. Indeed, it seems to me that attempts to do so usually fall flat.

What I will be looking for is whether the actors can capture the essence of the wonderful characters that inhabit O'Brian's novels. Even the minor characters are filled out and memorable. That, and whether the film can convey the atmosphere of the stories, and the feel of the time. If the movie can do that, it will be a hit in my book.

And if you're looking for a good read, I can't recommend the Aubrey/Maturin series highly enough!

Monday, November 10, 2003

Lying About Terri Schiavo

Nat Hentoff also notices that the major media frequently do little more than parrot the George Feloses of the world.

He observes that in this, as in so many other matters, organs of "enlightened" opinion "are not as indicative of conscious liberal 'bias' as they are of ignorance or denial of the facts."

I wonder if Nat read my blog on The Persistently Vegetative Press?

Thanks to Amy for the link.

NARAL Pro-Choice America

laments that the Partial Birth Abortion ban is the "first federal ban on safe abortion procedures."

Firstly, just a reminder: NARAL changed its name to "Pro-Choice America" a while back. NARAL stands for National Abortion Rights Action League. They're not in the business of "choice". They're in the business of killing unborn children.

Secondly, the law was rendered moot by black-robed acolytes of NARAL within an hour of it's going into effect, so the grisly procedure is, in fact, going on apace. Moloch must be fed!

Finally, "safe" for whom? It certainly isn't "safe" for the baby whose head is pierced by a scissors and has its brains sucked out, moments before it would have otherwise been delivered alive and viable.

I check out the NARAL site every once in a while just to see what they're up to. You should, too. Although I warn you, afterwards you'll feel like you need a shower in Holy Water.