When daisies pied and violets blue

The HeadGirl loves Spring. She loves the invigoration in a new, growing season. As with all seasons, she also has a collection of CDs that are especially for Spring. They express the enthusiasm and joy of warmer days, blue skies with white clouds, and the knowledge that winter is behind us at last. We are no longer hiding from the elements, we are reveling in them.

Here are some of her favorite albums for this time of year:
Andree Rieu: 100 Years of Strauss – with songs like “Perpetual Motion,” how can you not feel motivated? Strauss wrote dazzling dance music, and Rieu brings out the best on this album. The music is capricious and humorous. Just like Spring.

Chanticleer: Mexican Baroque – OK, she admits it. She doesn’t just listen to this one in the Spring. It fits very well with the season, however! Imagine the best of baroque mass pieces, add a Mexican mission spin and you’ve got this album. Chanticleer is one of the greatest men’s choirs out there, possessing a wonderful repertoire and range.

Kings Singers: Spirit Voices – This group is the reason Chanticleer is not described as *the* greatest men’s choir up above. The Headgirl hasn’t had opportunity to hear many of their other albums, but this one is sample enough to realize how versatile they are. Pop and folk are blended together in a seamless fashion. Soaring vocals, unique arrangements, catchy tunes… Good stuff.

~ The HeadGirl has now used today’s allottment of superlatives, so she will close this post and leave you, gentle reader, to enjoy the weather. Grab a poetry book, slip on sandals, and go outside to read. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Keats, Dickinson and Browning are good ideas.

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Fed Appeals Court Reconsiders Terri’s Appeal

This is all I know, and by the time the rest of y’all get up and read this, the news will have changed.

ATLANTA (AP) – A federal appeals court early Wednesday agreed to consider a petition for a new hearing on whether to reconnect Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.

In slightly older but still good news, Jesse Jackson may have done some good. I’m a little bewildered at finding myself impressed with anything Jesse Jackson does, but give the man credit where it is deserved.

He says

“…that he has persuaded two Florida state senators to change their votes on a bill to save Terri Schiavo, leaving the measure just one vote shy of the majority necessary for passage.

“Two of them have committed to meeting with Gov. Jeb Bush. They say that they’re flexible if they can find acceptable emergency language,” Jackson told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity.”

This is Terri’s 13th day without food and water, by court order. Apparently, an eye dropper full of water is medical treatment, heroic medical treatment at that, if you are brain damaged.

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The Once and Future Obituary

This is macabre.

It’s so bizarre that I thought it was a hoax. But I looked up the author of the reported story, and she is a CBS.com reporter. I looked at a few of her articles, and they look similar. I don’t know. This is just… I’m flummuxed to describe it. Keep reading.

CBS accidentally released their pre-written obituary for Terri Schiavo. I understand the need for pre-written obits in the news. It saves time to have the outlines of an obituary sketched out in advance. But once more CBS is making up details- or maybe this time performing acts of divination.

The obit showed up on CBS News.com’s website on Monday, March 28th at this URL. CBS has taken it down now, but Glenn Beck saved a cache of it. You can read it here.

“Short, Sad Life Of Terri Schiavo
NEW YORK, March TK, 2005
This story was written by CBSNews.com’s Christine Lagorio

Surrounded by stuffed animals and medical equipment in her small hospice room in Pinellas Park, Fla., Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo died TK.


Michael Schiavo, who was at the bedside of his wife Terri when she died, told Larry King that he lives now with another woman with whom he has two children.


She’s not dead yet, in spite of their best efforts, but CBS knows that Michael was at her bedside when she died dies. I guess Michael is her once and future husband?

CBS. Just. Makes. Things. Up.

Pulp Fiction writers.

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Libertarian speaks on Terri

Nat Hentoff says the following:

For all the world to see, a 41-year-old woman, who has committed no crime, will die of dehydration and starvation in the longest public execution in American history.

…Among many other violations of her due process rights, Terri Schiavo has never been allowed by the primary judge in her case—Florida Circuit Judge George Greer, whose conclusions have been robotically upheld by all the courts above him—to have her own lawyer represent her.

Greer has declared Terri Schiavo to be in a persistent vegetative state, but he has never gone to see her. His eyesight is very poor, but surely he could have visited her along with another member of his staff. Unlike people in a persistent vegetative state, Terri Schiavo is indeed responsive beyond mere reflexes.

…. Contrary to what you’ve read and seen in most of the media, due process has been lethally absent in Terri Schiavo’s long merciless journey through the American court system.

“As to legal concerns,” writes William Anderson—a senior psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a lecturer at Harvard University—”a guardian may refuse any medical treatment, but drinking water is not such a procedure. It is not within the power of a guardian to withhold, and not in the power of a rational court to prohibit.”

But the guardian has withheld drinking water. The court has prohibited Terri from receiving drinking water. Police officers are enforcing that prohibition by arresting people who try to bring it to her. Four guards are stationed outside Terri’s room, and they search Terri’s parents when they go in to see her, in order to make sure that nobody places so much as an eye dropper of water in this woman’s mouth because she has commmitted the unspeakable crime of being disabled and brain damaged.

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Living Wage

Powerline discusses minimum wage issues here. They also explain the difference between .

Be sure to read this older Cato report Powerline references.

When we moved to our current location, we arrived in damaged condition. For various reasons, we needed help around the homestead. We tried to hire some help. We paid six dollars an hour, cash. We paid on the understanding that if our hired help proved diligent, the money would increase. Only two people stayed more than a day, and one of them left the second day. Most people said they would come, but then never showed up.

One of the people the Headmaster hired was a sturdy looking young man who came to him pleading hardship. He needed a job. He’d been let go from the local Tasteless Hamburger Quickie because they had too many people. His mother was on welfare, his father had abandoned them, he wanted to help out. So the Headmaster told him to come out to our place and see what he could, and he explained the terms of employment and how physically hard the labour was. He said he was a good worker.

He arrived the first day, and the Headmaster worked with him, showing him what needed to be done (basically, it was clearing brush). He worked okay, but he talked more. The second day he came back, worked for ten minutes, and then sat on our porch smoking. The Headmaster walked outside and told him “Dude, tell me where you can work for ten minutes and then take a smoking break, and I’ll pay you for your time. Otherwise, your time starts when you finish that cigarette and get started working.”
The young man thought a minute, and then said, “tasteless Hamburger Quickie.”
The Headmaster replied, “And you’re not working there anymore, are you? Maybe this has something to do with it.”
The hired help finished his cigarette and left.

Life is full of choices. I have to wonder how many people insisting that every job deserves to be paid a ‘living wage’ have actually been in a position to hire somebody. I believe employers ought to be fair, and as generous as they can be and still remain employers with a paying business. But I also believe that people who want to earn a living wage ought to be earning that living wage by doing jobs that merit a living wage and doing them in a manner worthy of that living wage.

The bloggers at Powerlineblog point out that our ideas about minimum wage amount to an article of faith:

The relevant article of faith here is one found in the High Church of Liberalism: “that someone who works full time should achieve a certain degree of economic dignity.”
On the one hand, this is a frustratingly vague article of faith: What the heck is economic dignity? What degree of economic dignity should someone who works full time have? On the other hand, we may infer that it is an article of faith with an amazingly high degree of precision: “I believe in jobs that pay $5.15 an hour in 1997 dollars, or $7.00 an hour in 2006 dollars.” Is there anyone out there in Strib land who wonders whether $7.00 an hour doesn’t buy enough economic dignity to warrant credal status? Why so cheap an article of faith? Why not $14.00 an hour? Or $140.00 an hour? Perhaps this is where that “article of faith” point comes in handy. Credo quia absurdum.

The problem is that we are a nation of children who see a job as something like an allowance we get from parents- they owe us, and it has no connection to the work we do. But a job isn’t charity. The point is that you make your employer money or free him up so he can make money- your employment must be worth the employer’s time and money (and red tape) or there’s no reason for him to keep you on the rolls. If you don’t like that, you become self employed. If you cost somebody more money than you bring to the business, it’s not a job, it’s charity. Businesses are businesses, not nonprofit organizations, and if they operate like charities than they go out of business and nobody has a job.

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