Mae Magouirk- What Do You Know About Her?

Find out here, here, here, and here.

Based on these stories, it appears that Mrs. Magouirk is 85 years old, has glaucoma, and a couple weeks ago had an aortic dissection and was hospitalized. She did not have a terminal condition (other than age), was not comatose, PVS, or otherwise braindamaged (not that I think this matters).

Her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy (a schoolteacher) came to the hospital and said that she had medical power of atty, and that Mrs. Magouirk had a living will and did not want to be kept alive in these circumstances.

Mrs. Magouirk was transferred to hospice, is being denied food and water, and being medicated for the pain.

However, Beth Gaddy did not have a medical power of atty. Mrs. Magouirk’s living will specifically states that she does not wish to be denied food and water unless she is comotose or vegetative. She is neither.

Furthermore, according to Thrownback:

“under Georgia law, if there is no power of attorney specifying a health care decisionmaker, such authority is given to the closest living relatives. Mae’s brother, A. B. McLeod, and sister, Lonnie Ruth Mullinax, are both still alive and capable of making such decisions. They opposed Mae’s transfer to hospice, and are fighting to save her life. But in spite of the lack of a power of attorney, and the fact that there are closer living relatives who should be given precedence by Georgia law, Ms. Gaddy sought an emergency appointment as guardian from the local probate court. The probate judge, Donald Boyd (who, I am told, is not an attorney and does not have a law degree), granted Gaddy’s request, thereby giving her the power to starve and dehydrate Magouirk to death, though such an action is contrary to the provisions of the living will.”

The granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, was quoted as saying, “Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus.”

Here is a list of people to contact.

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Truth is Not a Democracy

I hate to pubicly disagree with something Hugh Hewitt says- he’s an awfully smart and accomplished man. After all, he linked to one of our posts once, so he must be smart, right?

Nevertheless, this post strikes a false note in my ear.

Mr. Hewitt quotes Cardinal Ratzinger’s homily from the Papal Funeral:

“We can be sure that our beloved pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Yes, bless us, Holy Father. We entrust your dear soul to the Mother of God, your Mother, who guided you each day and who will guide you now to the eternal glory of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

And then goes on to ask:

I will be interested to see write-ups of the week that has just ended from media folks in Rome who are neither Catholic nor in any was religious belivers. Are all of those people wrong? Deluded? Out-of-the-mainstream?

And concludes:

That last phrase has a lot of users in America these days. Keep in mind when next you hear it, that “mainstream” is a term best tested by numbers, and the numbers are with John Paul II.

Mainstream may be best tested by numbers, but truth is not a democracy.
Whatever you think of the Catholic church and its teachings, an idea is not proven true or false by the number of people who profess to believe in it.

Are all these people wrong?

Or these?

Or these?

Or these?

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

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Publication Ban Lifted

Justice John Gomery has lifted the publication ban on Jean Brault’s testimony, allowing the Canadian media to finally report the testimony to the Canadian public.

From Captain’s Quarters, a worthy blogger, whose posts here and here should catch you up on the Adscam story.

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Exciting news

from Iraq:

Iraq’s presidential council was sworn in Thursday and named Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari as interim prime minister, the country’s most powerful position, further consolidating the power shift in postwar Iraq.


Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was also sworn in as Iraq’s new interim president, reaching out to Sunnis by urging “our Sunni brothers to participate in the democratic march.”

Saddam Hussein is reported to be depressed.

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A Suitable (and Necessary) Gift for the Head Girl


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