"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Monday, March 28, 2005

Terry Schiavo

The Terri Schiavo case has been the focus of intense media attention for several days running. Her parents have lost hope in having the courts mandate that her feeding tube be reinserted, and have turned to dealing with funeral issues instead.

Before long all the major networks and Internet news sites will be reporting "Breaking News." "Terry Schiavo Dead" will be painted across computer screens and televisions worldwide, and painted across newspapers in big block letters. Analysis and reanalysis will fill hours of television time.

This is indeed a sad and heart-wrenching situation. Who hasn't said to themselves, I'm glad I'm not Terry, or her mother, or her father. Think of the number of people who have filled out living wills this past week.

What we know for certain is that we do not know much for certain. We've been privy to seeing a lot of old video clips yet denied recent video. We have one discredited witness (see "two children with other woman"), with no hard evidence of "his wife's" wishes with respect to end-of-life issues, and a litany of suspicious court hearings. For all we know Michael Schiavo is telling the truth. Who would fault Terry for having said at one time, "if I'm ever semi-comatose and being kept alive by a feeding tube for years on end, go ahead and "pull the plug." Probably most of us have said that, especially this past week. But unfortunately, by Michael's past and present actions it's prudent to question his veracity and motivation. His attorney had donated money in the past to the election campaign of the judge. Why didn't the judge recuse himself? Why didn't Michael allow Terri's parents to take care of her when they're willing and able?

Will likely never know the answer to these and other questions. We will see and hear so-called experts on TV to boost ratings. And ratings are good for selling commercial time. Occasionally we'll hear from physicians and have opportunity to parse their testimony. Ratings. It seems like it always comes back to the money trail.

Notwithstanding the abortion issue, one has to wonder if God is shining a bright light on the advent of involuntary euthanasia in America with this case. Not that God permits euthanasia for nothing in the Bible indicates that He does. But that does not preclude Him from exposing evil for we know that He does. When the church is silent the state marches over all those that attempt to impede its construction of its modern Tower of Babel. The church might consider the Schiavo case as the proverbial wake-up call.

If this isn't a case of euthanasia by no means does it mean the courts will forever outlaw it. In light of the national debt, the right-to-everything, and the current culture's hostility to the Christian faith, involuntary euthanasia may one day be as popular as abortion.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

If you plan on going to jail

A friend of mine who seems to know the ends and outs of prison life, although he hasn't been incarcerated himself, makes a few notable points. He said that in a local juvenile facility new inmates are generally beaten up as part of their welcoming, unless they're from the hood or in a gang. In these latter situations the chances for retribution go up so these inmates enjoy a hands-off policy.

An interesting means of achieving acceptance--selected division through the pummeling of another.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Atlanta Courthouse Shootings

The tragedy of the shooting deaths of Atlanta judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Brandau and Sheriff's Sgt. Hoyt Teasley at the Fulton County Courthouse will be compounded by the inevitable follow-up analyses and "fixes." Defendant Brian Nichols, 33, standing re-trial on charges of rape, sodomy, burglary, false imprisonment and more, overcame Sheriff Deputy Cynthia Hall, taking her gun and then proceeded on his murderous rampage. His escort down the corridor to the courtroom was by Deputy Hall alone and he was not handcuffed. (Go to here to read the story).

Supposedly the deputies assigned to the task of escorting prisoners are stretched thin. The DAs office has been exposed to be in disarray. There's no reason to expect otherwise in our tax-happy, politically correct society. No nation has ever taxed it's way into Camelot. Now we wait for the high-payed executives to commune around large wooden tables and "fix the problem."

One factor that will be excluded from consideration is the wisdom of employing out-of-shape, middle-aged females as deputies. In our sensitivity-driven culture it would hurt the psyche of men and women to only hire young, strong, fit men for these positions. This is not to suggest barring women from employment but to ramp up the qualifications for all applicants.

Having three people shot in cold blood and others injured is not sufficient reason to employ wisdom when making policy. All the fixes considered will be "process focused" and any discussion of the qualifications of the people will be largely prohibited from discussion. This is not an indictment against Deputy Hall or other female deputies per se but just a statement of fact.

There are tens of thousands of able-bodied young males in fitness centers, high schools and universities across the nation who would be willing to work part-time escorting prisoners for $7.00 an hour. This won't be considered though because quota systems demand we hire and pay middle-aged, out-of-shape females a lot more dough so we can all feel good about our nondiscriminatory selves, at least those of us who won't be shot by prisoners taking guns from deputies and unloading a few rounds into our left ventricles or occipital lobes.
I wonder if the three people left dead by Nichols feel discriminated against?

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Need a reason to raise your cholesterol?

Swedish doctor Uffe Ravnskov wrote an article extolling the virtues of "high" cholesterol. If your wringing your hands over having to take a statin (i.e. Zocor, Lipitor, Crestor, Lescol, Pravachol or Mevacor) then there's plenty here to get excited about. One day the medical establishment will have to respond to Ravnskov (and those of like mind at thincs.org) and reach some reasonable conclusions. Both sides of the cholesterol argument have made claims wherein peaceful coexistence is an impossibility. Not having time to pour over all of the references I'll stop short of declaring a victor and just say Ravnskov and company are looking good as I write. Go to this site for a summary of Ravnskov's postion. Buy his book, "The Cholesterol Myths," if you want more info. It's a great read

Michael Jackson's claims to fame

Whatever the outcome of the Michael Jackson child molestation trial-circus, it's likely he'll always be remembered for his sexual proclivities as well as his knack for song and dance. His legacy in the music industry should include his blockbusting Thriller video. It was released in 1983 when MTV was still a naive infant. It was a channel one could turn to and watch clips of their favorite band. Before MTV came along you either saw your favorites live once every few years or looked at stills at the local music store or in a handful of magazines. There was no internet yet. Girls weren't yet going wild either, relatively speaking.
The Thriller dance sequence (it was a 13 minute video altogether) still wields heavy influence on today's musicians when choreographing their videos. Form a triangle or some sort of symmetrical configuration with your dancers, with the star out front, and dance away. Brittany, J-Lo, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, they've all followed the Jackson model. The next influential paradigm for video choreography is up for grabs. Who will it be and when will the Jackson model be ruled old-fashion?

From Feminism to Cattleism

Muhammad and Hitler didn't think much of women. Today two of the biggest threats to the U.S. are secular statism and Islam. In either case, if one becomes firmly entrenched on our soil women will undoubtedly be some of the biggest losers. Muhammad said, "Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur'an." (Tabari IX:113) Hitler said, "The German girl is a subject of the state." (Mein Kempf:659).

The only legitimate threat to statism and Islam is Christianity. Eventually Christ will prevail in subduing the nations but that doesn't preclude the presence of sin-laced socities in the interim. Ironically, the feminist movement is hostile to the Christian faith, the one hope women have in not one day being treated like slaves and cattle.