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March 28, 2005
Terri's fate inevitableBy Mrs Greyhawk
I've been really torn on this whole situation. On one hand I'm a believer in the courts, I don't like to bypass due process, and I am not convinced that the judges and experts involved are actively working to "murder" Terri. But on the other hand I'm deeply skeptical of the results in this specific case. And also of the Florida law that created this mess, which I hope to see amended. I'm a firm believer to one's right to die IF it is proven beyond a doubt that is their wish. My first problem I have is that I don't feel comfortable that Terri's wishes were clearly proven without a doubt. However I do feel It's unfair to ask Gov. Bush to intervene. I feel for Terri's parents but these people seems to gone over the deep end and really have no right lash out at the Gov. in this manner. Gov. Bush has already asked the state courts for permission to take custody of Schiavo and has been denied.
Which brings me to my second issue. When Michael decided to start seeing another woman. Florida law states, whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083." Reportedly, punishment for a misdemeanor of the second degree can be up to 60 days imprisonment. Why haven't the courts revoked his guardianship? If a spouse is unfaithful and has gone so far as having children by another woman, that spouse should not be allowed guardianship. He acted as a man that was divorced or widowed and he was neither. These special circumstances do not mean you can have it both ways. You marry for better or for worse, till death or "divorce" do you part. If he wanted to move on with his life, which I can understand then he should had dignified her with a divorce. What I do think Gov. Bush should be doing is working on amending some of Florida's laws that will have some clear stipulations, to guardianship. Marriage alone shouldn't be it.
All these issue aside, I really think that death-by-dehydration as the cause/means of death is a central issue. I also don't personally consider removing food and water from anyone to be an humane or "dignified" means of euthanasia. And that is whats being done, she is being euthanized. It's no longer about her living by artificial means. It's about pulling the plug and letting her die. If this were about keeping her on a respirator then I don't think there would be an issue. If, when they removed her feeding tube, they tried to nourish her by mouth, as the would grant any parapalegic, then the "intent" maybe wouldn't be so obvious. It has been stated by some doctors that if she can swallow her own saliva, which she does then she can probably drink small amounts of fluid. She has been denied this. If she didn't want to be hooked up to tubes, then this wish has been granted, but does that mean they shouldn't try to feed her by mouth?
If we proposed to kill a mass murderer, an enemy combatant/terroist, or even a dumb animal by depriving them of food and water, we would be condemned as inhumane. Whether the law allows this or not seems to me to be irrelevant, and I'm baffled as to how those who argue for the removal of her feeding tube can use that as a defense of the actions taken.
Yesterday Terri was finally allowed her Last Rites by her husband, who a day earlier denied a request from his wife's parents that she be given communion. Which to me seems to show it is about making sure she dies as opposed to being an issue of living with artificial means. Terri just may get some nourishment from wine and a wafer. Not to worry Michael, the Rev. Thaddeus Malanowski said he gave Terri a drop of wine but could not give her a fleck of communion bread because her tongue was too parched. So no nourishment recieved.
And now the inevitable seems will happen and a new battle will begin.
Posted by Mrs Greyhawk / March 28, 2005 1:17 PM | Permalink
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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