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Overheard at the Common Room:
The Boy: “Whosits! We’re going to do the experience!
JennyAnyDots: “No, we’re going to do the experiment
The Boy: “We’re going to do the experywent.”
JennyAnyDots: “No, Boy, ex-per-i-ment.”
The Boy: “Es-per-i-went.”
JennyAnyDots: *sigh*

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So, we went to the Shedd Aquarium a few days ago. It was wonderful, and here are two pictures:

Those are the absoballyloutly lovelry dolphins, during a training session.

And that is the sea turtle, Nickel. She was badly hurt because a motor boat ran into her, and because of that she has buoyancy problems, which causes her back end to float way higher than her front end.

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Further updates

“I Hope” posted this to the comments sections in the next post down:

There’s a new website with concise information on senate and congressional contacts. www.helpterri.com

It provides phone numbers as well as pre-formed, editable email text to send.

Thanks again for the Proverbs quote. It, sadly, is perfect for this situation.

Here’s the link in hyptertext:

Help Terri

Here’s the Bible verse from Proverbs again, for those who may have missed it the first time:

Prov 24:11-12
Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, O hold {them} back.
If you say, “See, we did not know this,” does He not consider {it} who weighs the hearts? And does He not know {it} who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?
(NAS)

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STaying current for Terri

To keep up to date with Terri’s situation (they have stopped feeding her), see:

Terri’s Fight

Blogs for Terri

These blogs also have action items- things you can do to help, in addition to fasting, prayer, and getting the word out.

I thought I had mentioned this before, but a quick hunt didn’t turn it up. Kate Adamson was also diagnosed as being braindead and had her feeding tube removed for eight days. She was aware but unable to communicate. Now she communicates with passion.

See:
Recovered “Vegetative” State Patient Speaks

She Recovered from a Persistant Vegetative State (a transcript from an appearance on the OReilly show)

A Painless Death?

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SueBob’s Website

Suebob posted to the comments of the very long Terri Schiavo post below (the Proverb for the Day entry). Here’s what she says:

Thank you for the link to my blog. If anyone has a question as to my representation of health providers like nursing homes and hospice providers, I invite you to my firm website:

http://www.garloward.com/

I agree that people can easily misrepresent themselves on the internet–so I thought that I would clear up any doubt.

I’m glad she shared that- I had just come back from her website and was going to post her blog again. There’s a good deal worth reading there, especially today.

Please check it out:

SueBob’s Diary

She is good.

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Speaking Out

Have any of you watched Apollo 13? The language is a bit extreme for conservative homeschooling families, but it’s an incredible story. There was a damaged fuse in one of the oxygen tanks, and when they stirred the tank it lit like a match, blowing up the oxygen tank and blowing off a portion of the ship, severely crippling it (that explanation from Pipsqueak). This left the astronauts seemingly stranded in space. Nevertheless, NASA safely brought back the three men, using an ingenuity that is only borne out of desperation.

One thing that really strikes me about this story is the fact that millions of souls were worried and concerned about only three people, and that NASA was willing to expend so much of its resources to bring back these three. Their success is something we should all be proud of, and we should all recognize what a great thing it is that our nation can still be strongly protective of the individual. The sanctity of an individual life is one of the great cornerstones of this country.

Last week a friend & I visited the Spertus Museum in Chicago. They had a display on the Holocaust and included in the display was a quote I had seen before, but can always see again, by Pastor Martin Niemoller:
” First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.”

Yes, we are getting somewhere with all this. Terri Schiavo. I doubt that I’ll change anyone’s mind on this case, but I must speak out.

The Zookeeper posted a detailed account of the facts that you won’t hear about Terri in most of the news. In case you missed it, here are some fascinating highlights:
* Terri has never had an MRI. Never. Yet her husband wishes to let her starve to death without this basic medical test for patients in her condition.
* Her husband isn’t even paying for her medical care. She’s on Medicaid.
* Even if he *were* paying for her care, this wouldn’t matter because her parents are more than willing to take over this responsibility. If they did this, though, he would lose out on Terri’s insurance money.

Today’s news is that the Senate Health Committee has asked Terri Schiavo to appear at an official hearing over health care issues. Doesn’t that seem like a desperate measure to keep one woman alive? No more desperate than NASA using valuable resources to bring back three men from space. And if once you start arguing that the astronauts needed to be brought back because they were assets to the country’s space program whereas Terri can make no such contributions, then you are ignoring the simple worth of an individual life. We are not all rocket scientists and not speaking out for Terri now may mean, decades later, others not speaking out for us.

Call me crazy, but I happen to know that the early years of the Nazi regime were spent quietly killing the physically and mentally disabled, those who could not speak out for themselves. It was only later that the mass exterminations of people just like you and me began. This was how it happened, and I don’t want to see it happen ever again.

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