wyrd thoughts: my other blog

"The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things...."

News and views about current affairs, religious freedom issues, and the fight against euthanasia. Also the latest about my cats, goats, sheep, geese and chickens, life in Menominee county, and whatever else is on my mind.

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"I'm Nobody, who are you?"

These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Monday, November 14, 2005

future of this blog......

I'm thinking of merging this blog with my Nine Virtues News blog. Will move all the posts from this one over there if I do.

But can't do it just now as my modem just died.

I'm also thinking about doing a blog in Esperanto just to be contrary.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The poll that no one reported

This link tells about a Gallup snap poll taken after the President's speech on Iraq.

"The poll showed some movement bolstering support for the war. In fact, it showed Bush picking up ten points on whether we are winning in Iraq (up to 54%), twelve points on keeping troops in Iraq until the situation improves as opposed to setting an exit date for their evacuation (now at 70%/25%), and seven points on whether Bush has a clear plan for handling the war in Iraq (up to 63%/35%)."


It Can Happen Here

"American doctors once conducted an experiment that proved you can kill the disabled babies of poor families and get away with it. Their research was funded by the Federal Government. Twenty-four babies with spina bifida lost their lives. The experiment was declared a success. Yes, it can happen here."

Click on link to read the article.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Resume of suspect in the Shasta case

Missing Idaho girl was found with a convicted child molester, link above is to his online resume.


This is his blog.

MoveOn.org attacks Bush for defending Terri Schiavo

Isn't that a little like attacking some one for opposing Hitler?

http://www.moveonpac.org/schiavo-QT.html

Euthanasia debate on message board

I've started a new topic on the euthanasia debate on this message
board: http://pub19.bravenet.com/forum/1570816555/

I'd appreciate it if anyone reading these words would visit the board
and add their own opinions on the topic--- thanks!

Eyewitness account of Terri Schiavo

--- In apag4life@yahoogroups.com, Paul Fratianni <prolifecommunity@s...>
wrote:
>
> The Paragraphs bellow are excerpts from a letter Fr. Frank wrote in
response the the recent autopsy on Terri. I felt this part was
exceptionally well put and really put the focus where it needed to be.

> "I will never forget my hours with Terri, both before and after her
feeding tube was removed. She responded to me, and she responded to
others who visited her. She laughed, she tried to speak, she returned
her parents' kisses, she followed us with her eyes, she closed her eyes
when I prayed with her and opened them when we were finished.
>
> Medical examiners can offer their conclusions because of what they
saw, but none of that changes what we saw. But both we and the medical
examiners were looking in from the outside. Any honest medical expert
will admit that there is so much about the human brain we still don't
know. What Terri experienced on the inside is a mystery that only she
and God know."
>
> And finally Frank suggests maybe, "it's time for an examination of
our souls." Good Suggestion.
>
> Paul
>

>
> http://www.prolifecommunity.net/ * * * "A diverse community
bonded together by a shared value of life"

----
My comment: you cannot tell how Terri Schiavo functioned as a living
person by looking at her dead brain.
If Terri, reacting as she was observed to by Father Frank and others,
could be deemed to be 'dead' by the pro-death movement, how alive are
you and I?


Friday, July 01, 2005

Fight over Supreme Court to begin

With the announcement of the retirement of Justice O'Conner, the battle for the Supreme Court is on. The Supreme Court and other courts have for some time been overstepping their bounds, creating new laws which is not their function.

The philosophy behind this is the idea that laws and the Constitution should 'evolve'. Well, our Constitution has a provision for evolving--- it's called the Amendment process and is in the hands of elected officials.

If judges can find in the Constitution new rights that are not there in the plain text and would have appalled the Constitution's framers, they could just as well take away those rights plainly granted. If our rights 'evolve', who is to say if we have any rights left?

Out of control Supreme Court justices decided in the Nancy Cruzan case that the ordinary homicide laws don't apply to people deliberately starving/dehydrating to death a profoundly disabled person. Shouldn't that have been a decision for elected representatives who are answerable to the voters? If they can take away a basic right--- the right not to be killed with impunity--- from one minority group, the disabled, who could be next?

Those who believe judicial activism is somehow 'liberal' and 'pro-freedom' are preparing for war at this second, we need to be prepared to fight back.

It doesn't matter if the next justice is personally a liberal or a conservative. What matters is that he or she has the right understanding of the role of the courts, and refuses to overstep those bounds.


Thursday, June 30, 2005

Terri Schiavo Memorial Quilt Project

Link above leads to my web pages on the quilt project.

It's far from complete but it explains the project and also has a 'names' page which lists 43 victims of the euthanasia movement by name: from Terri Schiavo to King George V to baby Allan Bollinger, killed in 1915 because he was born with physical disabilities and his doctor thought it a crime to keep alive 'one of Nature's cruelest blunders'.

Euthanasia mentality has gone so far that some disabled and elderly people are having a hard time getting the medical care (or food and water) they want because their doctors think they are better off dead--- like stroke victim Margery Nighbert, who begged for food and water while being starved/dehydrated to death, only to have a judge rule her incompetent to make such a request.



Euthanasia out of control in Netherlands

Pro-death, anti-disabled propaganda on Terri Schiavo's tombstone

http://www.wftv.com/news/4634214/detail.html

Link leads to photo of Terri Schiavo's tombstone. Her unfaithful
husband chose to put the date of her becoming disabled as the date of
her death.

In my mind this vicious hatred of the disabled--- saying they are not
really alive--- is on a par with bigots who say black people are not
humans but 'apes'. Sick, sick, sick!

This just redoubles my determination to promote the idea of
memorializing Terri Schiavo and other euthanasia victims in a quilt and
a website showing the making of the quilt. This killing of the disabled
has been going on in silence long enough--- it's time to get rowdy about it!

Terri Schiavo news on Hannity & Colmes tonight

Mark Fuhrman has written a new book on the Terri Schiavo case in which he analysed the events leading up to Terri Schiavo's collapse. Fuhrman refuses to take a position on the euthanasia issue but he does do a good job in showing that Michael Schiavo was the last person on the planet who should have been allowed guardianship of Terri. He also reproduces the sworn testimony of two nurses who show that Terri was not in a so-called 'vegetative state' but was responsive.

This book is available in stores right now. Buy a copy for yourself and one for a friend, a family member, or your local library.

Fuhrman is going to be on the Hannity and Colmes show tonight on Fox news, at 8 pm Central time in the US. People who want to be informed on the issue shouldn't miss it.

Monday, June 27, 2005

The Cemetery Walk

The Cemetary Walk at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee went really well. We had a lot of volunteers in historic costume playing the part of different prominent historic dead people.

I lucked out, I was assigned to Potter's Field. That's where the poor folk were buried including my great-grandfather. It's also the final resting place of the McDonald Boys, two Canadian lumberjacks who got in a fight at the local cathouse in 1881 and stabbed Willie Kittson, the half-indian son of a pioneering settler, to death.

Local folk felt the McDonald boys should pay with their lives, but Michigan had already abolished the death penalty some decades earlier. So the local crowd got likkered up in Forvilly's tavern and plotted a lynching. They broke the McDonald boys out of jail and strung them up. They were buried in Potter's Field, their grave marked only with a logger's chain. Then someone stole the chain.

The Cemetery walk was not actually supposed to be a walk, there was a horse drawn wagon to take tours around. But there was a big turnout and so crowds of people decided not to wait, but walked along the tour route. And so I had to give a presentation in the Potter's Field, even though the lady who organized the event said we wouldn't have to talk, but just wave to the crowds in the wagon.

Anyway, everybody really liked my presentation once I decided to tell the story of the McDonald Boys. Most of the people in town already know the story a little, it's local folklore. One fellow said the site of the lynching was in front of his house. (I was always told it was in front of my grandmother's house.)

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Off to the cemetery

Well, I must cut short my posting/blogging activities for this morning.
I'm off to Riverside Cemetery in Menominee for the cemetery walk, where
I have to wear a long dress and white makeup and pretend to be a ghost
walking around the graves.

What fun!

Euthanasia mentality in adventure fiction

In reading adventure fiction, we often find a scene like this: a
Sacrificial Character falls into the snake pit or the piranha pond, and
is being consumed alive in some horrid way and cannot be rescued. Our
Hero pulls out his gun (or phaser) and puts the Sacrificial Character
out of his misery. And this is considered a noble deed.

Of course, this 'noble deed' is also convenient. Our Hero is spared a
few minutes more of screams--- or the decision to attempt a dangerous
rescue and perhaps succeed, and have a gravely injured, likely disabled
companion to care for through the rest of the book.

I'd like to see a scene more like this: the Sacrificial Character is
not just a cardboard cutout like the redshirts from Star Trek, just
there to be killed off. We care about the Sacrificial Character.
Moreover, the Sacrificial Character has a vital bit of information which
he hasn't given Our Hero yet.

When the Sacrificial Character falls into the piranha pool, we fall with
him. We see him about to reveal the vital information to Our Hero, with
his very last breath and in spite of all pain.

But then, Our Hero's Amoral Companion steps in, killing to Sacrificial
Character 'to spare him pain', and preventing the Sacrificial Character
from revealing the vital information.

Perhaps the Amoral Companion is already betraying Our Hero and the vital
information includes this fact. Or perhaps the vital information has
nothing to do with the Amoral Companion, but the killing is the first
big clue we have that the Amoral Companion will in the end betray Our Hero.

I'd like to see this in fiction, rather than the idea that some
characters in our stories are disposable and may be killed off
carelessly in the interests of providing a bit of pro-euthanasia,
anti-disability propaganda.