Funny Fellows, if they weren’t so deadly

I meant to post this transcript last night, but blogger wasn’t cooperative. I found it via Suebob’s diary.

There’s a poignant interview with Terri’s sister. Very sad. Then there’s some reporting of the scene at the hospice where Terri is dying because of the legal injunction against anybody putting a drop of water in her mouth. Then there’s a politician, a spiritual advisor, and others with something so say. I like the point where Scarborough points out that if she’s dying so peacefully why are her eyes sunken, why is her breathing laboured, and why are they giving her any morphine at all. But that’s not the part I really want to get to.

Let’s scroll down and get to the part where Lisa Daniels interviews Dr. Cranford. For some reason, Dr. Cranford seems to think that it’s a point of importance that Terri is being dehyrdated to death instead of starved to death. This is only significant in the sense that if I determine to hold a pillow over your face and then shoot you, you will be dying of suffocation rather than a mortal gunshot wound.

CRANFORD: Wait a minute. You are not accurate on a lot of things here. You‘re saying a lot of—she‘s not starving to death. Do you understand that? She is dehydrating to death. …

DANIELS: Well, why do you say that? Tell us how you came to that conclusion?


CRANFORD: Can I tell you why? Because I have done this 25 to 50 times. I don‘t know how many times Joe has done it, but I‘ve done it 25 to 50 times in similar situations. And they die within 10 to 14 days.

Nancy Cruzan did not die in six days. She died in 11 days, 11.5 hours. And Terri Schiavo will die within 10 to 14 days. And they are dying of dehydration, not starvation. And that‘s just a lie. And Joe doesn‘t have any idea what he is talking about. And you don‘t have any idea what you‘re talking about.


CRANFORD: I have been at the bedside of these patients. I know what they die from. I have seen them die. And this is all bogus. It‘s all just a bunch crap that you are saying. It‘s totally wrong.

DANIELS: Well, with all due respect, Doctor, it sounds like you think that you know what you are talking about, so let‘s ask you about that.


DANIELS: Are you 100 percent correct in your opinion that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state? Do you agree with that?

CRANFORD: I am 105 percent sure she is in a vegetative state. And the autopsy will show severe reversible brain damage to the higher centers, yes.

DANIELS: Why are you so sure, Doctor?

CRANFORD: Because I examined her. The court-appointed guardian examined her. Four neurologists at the hospital where she was has said she‘s carried a diagnosis of vegetative state for 12 years.

Every neurologist that examined her, except for Dr. Hammesfahr, who is a charlatan, has said she is in vegetative state. That‘s what the court found. Just because you don‘t like…


CRANFORD: Doctor, was a CAT scan—Doctor, your critics would ask you, was a CAT scan used? Was an MRI taken? Were any of these tests taken?

CRANFORD: You don‘t know the answer to that? The CAT scan was done in 1996, 2002. We spent a lot of time in court showing the—you don‘t have copies of those CAT scans? How can you say that?

The CAT scans are out there, distributed to other people. You have got to look at the facts. The CAT scan is out there. It shows severe atrophy of the brain. The autopsy is going to show severe atrophy of the brain. And you are asking me if a CAT scan was done? How could you possibly be so stupid?

I showed this to the Head Girl. Her first response was to tell me I’d been snookered, this had to be a parody. Which is interesting, because, although the Head Girl didn’t know it, that was the first conclusion of the blogger at Suebob’s Diary, too. But it is not, unfortunately, parody. This is really the doctor given the most credit by Judge Greer.
REad the rest. Cranford continues to sputter about the difference between starvation and dehydration- a point which would matter if Terri were being permitted food but not water- and about how long it took one of his other patients to die. Ghoul.

Then tonight I came across a related article via Captain Ed.

In the second article, Eric Pfeiffer of The National Review reviews a book by George Felos, Michael Schiavo’s lawyer. The book is titled Litigation as Spiritual Practice. As you read on, keep in mind the disdain many have expressed for the so-called ‘Religious Right’ or ‘Theocrats.’

Felos can control airplanes with his mind. No, really.


Felos claims to have used his mental powers to cause a plane he was passenger on to nearly crash. By simply asking himself, “I wonder what it would be like to die right now?” the plane’s autopilot program mysteriously ceased to function and the plane descended into free fall. Felos then observed, “At that instant a clear, distinctly independent and slightly stern voice said to me, ‘Be careful what you think. You are more powerful than you realize.’ In quick succession I was startled, humbled and blessed by God’s admonishment.”

This is a man who by his own admission hears voices in his head, controls airplanes with his mind, and who hears those voices tell him how powerful he is. I hope he’s on the terrorist watch list. I mean, we don’t want somebody with those kinds of powers riding the airlines freely, right? No, we just want him safely practicing law, advocating the starving and dehydrating of the disabled.

Felos is, as most of you know, a right to die lawyer with many notches on his coup stick. His first ‘success’ in this field was with Estelle Browning.

According to Pfeiffer:

“Felos says when he was alone with Browning they shared a “soul touch” in which their spirits left their respective bodies and spoke to each other. It was in this encounter that Browning “told” Felos she wanted to die:

“As I continued to stay beside Mrs. Browning at her nursing home bed, I felt my mind relax and my weight sink into the ground. I began to feel lightheaded as I became more reposed. Although feeling like I could drift into sleep, I also experienced a sense of heightened awareness.”

He writes,

As Mrs. Browning lay motionless before my gaze, I suddenly heard a loud, deep moan and scream and wondered if the nursing home personnel heard it and would respond to the unfortunate resident. In the next moment, as this cry of pain and torment continued, I realized it was Mrs. Browning.

I felt the midsection of my body open and noticed a strange quality to the light in the room. I sensed her soul in agony. As she screamed I heard her say, in confusion, “Why am I still here … Why am I here?” My soul touched hers and in some way I communicated that she was still locked in her body. I promised I would do everything in my power to gain the release her soul cried for. With that, the screaming immediately stopped. I felt like I was back in my head again, the room resumed its normal appearance, and Mrs. Browning, as she had throughout this experience, lay silent.

In addition to his soul-touch with Estelle Browning, Felos also says he had a pre-conception conversation with his future son, who said, “I’m ready to be born…will you stop this fooling around!”

Felos is a religious man. As Pfeiffer says,

“Felos describes his spiritual beliefs as syncretistic religion, mixing elements of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Native American ceremonial practices. In Litigation as Spiritual Practice’s introduction, he declares, “evolution of consciousness is our ultimate salvation.”

His apparent lack of concern for Terri Schiavo’s plight might be better understood in the context of his belief that “[i]n reality you have never been born and never can die.”

This is all not to say that Felos isn’t entitled to believe whatever he wants to. He, of course, is. However, this is the same man who has described the Schindler family and their supporters as “fanatics.” It’s a belief many in the media have reciprocated in their analysis of what drives the Schindler’s fight for Terri’s survival. But, really, who’s three sheets to the moonbeam?”

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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 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’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’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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