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."

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.