Monthly Archives: April 2005

Michael Schiavo Keeping Terri’s Burial Site from Parents

Does anyone believe that Terri would not have wanted her parents to be with her in her last dying moments? Does anyone believe that Terri would have wanted to keep the location of her burial site from her parents and siblings?

We see this type of behavior in child custody disputes, where one parent callously uses a child as a tool to hurt the other parent. It’s all about control, and using control over the child to hurt the other parent by denying access. Fortunately, divorce courts have become live to this type of narcissistic behavior in determining which parent is capable of looking out for the child’s “best interests”. Sadly, I doubt judge Greer ever considered this type of dynamic.

Media’s Rorschach

Watching the liberal pundits interpret the latest 600 page intelligence report reminds me of an obsessive patient taking a Rorschach test:

Doc: OK Try this one.

MSM: That one looks like umm… a…..a monkey….Bush the monkey.

Doc: Good, and this one.

MSM: that one’s sort of hazy…..but I’d say…….Bush ignoring the UN.

Doc: And this.

MSM: That’s Bush ignoring the UN again…..except from a different angle.

Doc: Yes very good, and this.

MSM: I see two figures there………one’s Bush …..and the other…..let’s see…..a CIA agent…..that’s it, Bush telling a CIA agent the answers he wants to hear on the WMD issue.

As I’ve posted below, here’s the principal conclusion of the intelligence report:

“We conclude that it was the paucity of intelligence and poor analytical tradecraft, rather than political pressure, that produced the inaccurate pre-war intelligence assessments.”

In short, it wasn’t Bush’s fault. But how does David Ignatius interpret the report, in an article entitled (this is too good) “Fooling Ourselves”? While the failure to expressly blame the Bush administration was “unfortunate”, he goes on to explain what the report really “hints at”, prefacing his conclusions with the following:

The Bush administration must examine its role in the process of self-deception over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, above all to guard against future mistakes. (emphasis added)

You see, it really was Bush’s fault after all. OK David, you can get off the couch now, the nurse has a nice lollypop waiting for you in the next room.

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Terri Schindler Schaivo Posts

Here’s a listing of the Terri Schindler Schaivo posts we have written:
3/30 The Opinions
3/30 AP-Court Rejects Appeal
3/30 Felos Has Mind Powers
3/30 I Was Right
3/30 cBS Does it Again
3/30 11th Will Consider Schindler’s Appeal
3/26 The Autopsy
3/26 Greer Rejects Again
3/26 The Misperception of Shiavo’s “Due Process”
3/25 Schiavo: Perverse Standard Leads to Perverse Outcomes
3/25 Althouse and Instapundit Surprised at Us?
3/25 The Impending Shiavo Truth Crunch
3/24 Schiavio: Not About Choice
3/23 FL Dept of Children and Families Petitions to Intervene in Schiavo Case
3/23 Curiouser and Curiouser
3/23 More Nurses Coming Forward in Schiavo Case
3/23 Schiavo Appeal Rejected on 2-1 Decision
3/22 Property has more rights than Terri
3/22 “Expert” Concluded Schiavo in PVS after 45 minutes
3/22 He Wants a Stay on Replacing Feeding Tube…
3/22 Schiavo’s Life and Liberty Interests Were Adequately Protected
3/22 Schiavo Breaking: Terri’s Nurse Interviewed on Fox
3/22 Schiavo: Who Would You Believe?
3/22 Judge Denies Request to Feed Schiavo
3/21 Terri Schiavo’s Burden, or Ours?
3/21 Hearing On Terri
3/21 Terri News
3/21 President’s Statement
3/20 Bill Passed
3/20 Schiavo Vote Dems Not Cooperating
3/20 Michael Shiavo: My Wife Can’t Shake Hands
3/19 Congress: Schiavo’s Feeding to Resume
3/19 Where are the Schiavo Videos in the Media?
3/18 Schiavo, Terrorists & Lobsters
3/18 Reprieve
3/18 Prayer for Terri
3/16 The Schiavo Crime
2/25 Schiavo’s Life a Mere Legal Issue
2/23 Terri Schiavo Update
2/22 Schiavo Story Cont’d
2/22 Terri Schiavo


For Terri, the Pope, Prince Ranier, and the rest of the world:

May The Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Another Media Truth Crunch

Let’s recap media’s track record post-911.

Aided by their carefully selected future telling experts, the MSM’s preconceived narrative of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan was a fate similar to the Russians. They couldn’t have been more wrong, as they unscrupulously tried in vain to erase that country from their news pages while a once enslaved people voted in real democratic elections for the first time in history.

Then came Iraq where the media proclaimed the U.S. was “rushing to war” as if the ten or so year period of repeated U.N. violations never existed. Forgetting that the Balkan bombardment lacked U.N. sanction, the left-leaning media loudly declared the war illigitimate without explicit U.N. endorsement. The oil-for-food scandal simply exposed what many had believed all along- that the U.N. was a corrupt institution run by a motley collection of bureaucrats and dictators scratching each other’s proverbial backs. So much for putting U.S. foreign policy under U.N. control.

After the invasion came the incessant predictions of a civil war, Vietnam style quagmire and, my favorite, the proclamations that Iraqis weren’t ready for democracy. Well, we all know what happened there. Funny how those of us in the blogosphere weren’t as “shocked” at the elections as the media claimed to be. Could it be that they were actually believing their own spin?

Notwithstanding that democracy began to take root throughout the region, the media still clung to one last bit of anti-Bush spin – that the results may have worked out for the best, but Bush was still wrong to push for war under the guise of a false WMD threat, utilizing the intelligence agencies as his propaganda tools. He wasn’t just wrong, he knew he was wrong and actively sought out intelligence to further his political goals. Now comes the 600 page report on the U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq. It’s key conclusion:

“We conclude that it was the paucity of intelligence and poor analytical tradecraft, rather than political pressure, that produced the inaccurate pre-war intelligence assessments.”

Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. (Hat tip Powerline)