Commentary Archives

November 23, 2007

An Apology Due Terri Schiavo

George Stephanopoulos and ABC News owe the family of Terri Schindler Schiavo an apology. He owes one to the American public too as does Fred Thompson, Republican presidential candidate. How can the public have any trust in such grossly uninformed... [more]

Posted by tim at 9:24 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

March 30, 2007

The Culture of Dying in America

Advance-directive legislation was passed or amended in dozens of states across the nation in the 1990s. Just where did these laws come from? Diana Lynne, author of Terri's story, gives the fanscinating, if not horrifying answer in a powerful WorldNetDaily... [more]

Posted by tim at 9:34 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

March 21, 2007

Is Terri thanking Michael?

He thinks so:March 21, 2006 -- Terri Schiavo's husband insists that, despite what her devastated family thinks, she is now "praising" him in heaven for pulling the plug on her one year ago. "She's up there right now praising me... [more]

Posted by tim at 3:40 AM

March 13, 2007

Experts have Limited Knowledge

Last night the Discovery Channel aired a program reminding me of Terry Wallis, the individual who woke-up after 19 years in a vegetative state. An article in Technology Review explains:In 2003, 19 years after a car accident left him in... [more]

Posted by tim at 8:14 PM

February 4, 2007

A Convenient Recollection

What do Scooter Libby (left) and Michael Schiavo (right) have in common? A bad memory. ... [He] repeatedly used the excuse that he has a bad memory when he contradicted himself, when his version of events changed but yet Pinellas... [more]

Posted by tim at 6:52 PM

January 29, 2007

We're Glad You're Home

LifeNews reports that Robert Schindler has returned home from the hospital.... [more]

Posted by tim at 10:42 PM

December 22, 2006

Pray for Robert Schindler

Wesely Smith writes:Robert Schindler, Terri Schiavo's father, has had a stroke and is in a hospital intensive care unit. He is conscious. At present, the doctors are trying to stabilize his condition. Once that is done, he will be transferred... [more]

Posted by tim at 1:14 AM

December 16, 2006

Jack Kevorkian Granted Parole

Pamela Hennessy, founder of Partnership for Medical Ethics Reform, wrote a commentary on Jack Kevorkian's parole from jail. Ms. Hennessy wrote: "When I read the news that Jack Kevorkian was granted a parole because of his failing health, my head... [more]

Posted by Mary at 7:05 AM

December 3, 2006

The George Greer Protection Society

The North Country Gazette asks why Judge George Greer is above accountability for violating most of the laws in Florida. So far, Schiavo death judge George Greer, a lowly county court judge, has been protected and insulated from accountability at... [more]

Posted by Mary at 7:02 AM

November 21, 2006

Coming Soon? Schiavo's Sequel, "If I Did It?"

North Country Gazette offers this intriguing commentary: Narcissism, Opportunism, Selfishness, Greed, Arrogance, Insensitivity. These character traits seem to be shared by O.J. Simpson (left) and Michael Schiavo. Of course the difference is that O.J. Simpson was criminally charged and Michael... [more]

Posted by Mary at 6:20 AM

October 8, 2006

The Wrongful Death Of Terri Schindler Schiavo

The North Country Gazette has the commentary: There's something wrong in Florida. No, we're not talking about the Mark Foley e-mail sex scandal involving the House page program or if House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders knew and... [more]

Posted by tim at 3:30 AM

October 1, 2006

Blogging for Terri

Scott Kirwin (The Razor) recalls the blogging efforts on behalf of Terri Schiavo in his Washington Times commentary New light shone on Schiavo case. Scott remains puzzled, as do I, at the "vicious attacks leveled at those of us who... [more]

Posted by tim at 3:29 AM

September 30, 2006

Peroutka and the Schindler family announcement

I'm not sure what this is all about but I'm interested: This Wednesday, October 4, 2006, at 2 p.m., Stephen G. Peroutka, chairman of the National Pro-Life Action Center (NPLAC), will be joined by the family of Terri Schiavo at... [more]

Posted by tim at 1:27 AM

September 25, 2006

Florida Catholic Bishops Argue Life Over Death, Once Again

The North Country Gazette published a stinging commentary regarding the inaction of the Florida Catholic Bishops to help save the life of Terri Schiavo. A recent statement by the Florida Catholic Conference asked Governor Jeb Bush to save death row... [more]

Posted by Mary at 9:38 AM

The Execution of an Innocent

Carrie Hutchins wrote a commentary on the media bias against Terri Schiavo. I still remember writing to an editor and asking her to make some corrections to an editorial she had written on Terri Schiavo. Though I had actual proof... [more]

Posted by Mary at 9:14 AM

September 15, 2006

Does Consciousness Matter?

We were told ad nauseam that Terri Schiavo lacked consciousness, that she died years earlier and what was left was only a shell of a woman once alive. Medical experts asserted she was devoid of consciousness. Now, when researchers report... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:41 PM

July 18, 2006

Irrational, Inconsistent or Dishonest?

In this article, bioethicist Arthur Caplan proclaims of the doctors accused of murdering their patients in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina:"You've got at best mercy and panic, but that doesn't add up to an excusable homicide."Zatso? In this article, by... [more]

Posted by tim at 9:38 PM | Comments (3)

July 1, 2006

Schiavo Judge Rewarded Again

... now it appears he's being rewarded again, this time by the Florida Elections Commission, giving him a free walk for blatant violations of Florida's election laws and seemingly ignoring a sworn complaint filed with documentary evidence. North Country Gazette... [more]

Posted by tim at 6:49 AM

June 5, 2006

The Economics of Life

The pro-life movement is celebrating victories that after over 30 years of Roe v Wade, the scourge of abortion, at least public support for it, has waned and is now the minority position. South Dakota passed an outright abortion ban... [more]

Posted by john at 12:48 AM

May 24, 2006

Chuck Colson: Right on Michael but Wrong on Terri Schiavo

Chuck Colson gets it right in his commentary about the worldview represented in Michael Schiavo's book:Joking aside, Michael Schiavo's world is a dangerous and scary place, a place where the "survival of the fittest" is taken to a whole new... [more]

Posted by tim at 10:03 AM | Comments (3)

April 4, 2006

A Constitutional Flaw?

Terri Schiavo would be alive today if the Founding Fathers had only thought to add to the Constitution "Food and Water" to the basic inalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. There would be no need of an... [more]

Posted by tim at 2:29 AM

March 30, 2006

Exporting Murder

Zimbabwe has a thoroughly corrupt government that has brought the once prosperous nation to ruin by systematically destroying the economy while engaging in fraudulent elections, encouraging campaigns of intimidation and murder, eliminating the free press, creating massive groups of homeless... [more]

Posted by tim at 3:25 PM

The Culture of Dying in America

Advance-directive legislation was passed or amended in dozens of states across the nation in the 1990s. Just where did these laws come from? Diana Lynne, author of Terri's story, gives the fanscinating, if not horrifying answer in a powerful WorldNetDaily... [more]

Posted by tim at 5:05 AM

March 27, 2006

Terri Schiavo's Collapse

In an NBC exclusive, Matt Lauer interviewed Michael Schiavo about his upcoming book that Schiavo claims will settle a few scores. Prior to asking Schiavo questions about his wife's 1990 collapse, Lauer laid the following groundwork for the audience:Terri Schiavo's... [more]

Posted by tim at 7:57 AM | Comments (1)

Religious Right 'Using Terri Schiavo'?

Diana Lynne takes California civil appellate attorney Jon Eisenberg apart in this column for his claim that Terri Schiavo was a tool to be used of the religion right. It turns out a simple chronology of the case shows just... [more]

Posted by tim at 2:19 AM | Comments (1)

March 25, 2006

An Open Letter to Michael Schiavo

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and an eyewitness to Terri Schiavo's final hours, released the following open letter to Michael Schiavo tonight. Fr. Pavone will read it to a worldwide audience on an internationally broadcast religious... [more]

Posted by tim at 10:36 PM | Comments (11)

March 23, 2006

Schiavo Interview Stirs Controversy

In a startling revelation, Terri Schaivo's ex-husband Michael admitted in an interview that his new book Terri: The Truth was written to "settle some scores" with Terri's family rather than honor the memory of the woman at the center of... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:10 PM | Comments (2)

March 20, 2006

Americans Idle

By Pamela F. Hennessy First published at North Country Gazette It was a year ago that Terri Schiavo's death was made a very public reality in Pinellas County, Florida and was plainly illustrated across the internet, on television sets and... [more]

Posted by pamela at 2:31 PM

March 15, 2006

Was the Schindler's Book Fairly Reported?

Commentary or news report - you decide: Book Details Agony of Schiavo Family... [more]

Posted by tim at 7:12 PM

Fr. Pavone: Justice O'Connor Gravely Mistaken

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, in a recent speech at Georgetown University, criticized the efforts of lawmakers last year to save the life of Terri Schiavo, and complained about harsh criticism of the courts. She even suggested the... [more]

Posted by tim at 5:19 AM | Comments (3)

February 10, 2006

We hate to say we told you so...

by Pamela Hennessy Throughout the past few years of being active in the campaign to protect the life and basic rights of Terri Schiavo, I've been fortunate enough to meet a number of learned and thoughtful people in and around... [more]

Posted by tim at 9:11 AM

Clerical Faith Abuse

by Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President Human Life International Second only to the Diocese of St. Petersburg's scandalous silence on the killing of Terri Schiavo last March was the abuse of the Sacrament of Matrimony by Michael Schiavo and his... [more]

Posted by tim at 9:09 AM

February 2, 2006

Haleigh Poutre: Bobby Schindler Speaks Out

Response to Cathy Young of the Boston Globe Dear Ms. Young, I writing in response to your column, "Haleigh Poutre is no Terri Schiavo". After reading all of the dishonesty that you purport as truths in regard to my sister... [more]

Posted by tim at 11:33 PM | Comments (4)

January 6, 2006

The Most Significant Story

The battle lines are now drawn and it is time to continue the fight the led to the establishement of BlogsforTerri nearly a year ago. A good place to start is the Blogs4Life conference scheduled for Jan. 23 in Washington DC. Continue to visit and look for updates at in the near future.


Posted by tim at 12:58 PM | Comments (4)

December 21, 2005

Top Story - No Story

Pamela F. Hennessy In recent days, major press and media outlets have produced and published their considerations for the top news stories of 2005. According to the Associated Press, a survey of the country's editors and news directors overwhelmingly tapped... [more]

Posted by tim at 9:48 PM | Comments (13)

December 20, 2005

Devastating Review of Michael Schiavo's PAC

Schiavo Case Unpacked: Lies, Jesse Jackson, Aretha Franklin and "Terri-ism" Special Commentary to by Anita Crane It's easy to see why lies can be so tempting. For those intent on having things their own way regardless of the cost,... [more]

Posted by tim at 10:08 PM

October 15, 2005

Are You Sure You Want a Living Will?

Since the court-sanctioned death of Florida's Terri Schiavo, the conversational media and written press have predictably and (almost) obediently echoed sentiments of self-proclaimed bioethicists in touting living wills as a measure to ensure that one's own autonomy and personal directives... [more]

Posted by tim at 10:57 PM | Comments (2)

October 12, 2005

Was the autopsy the final word?

Results reported as 'confirmation,' 'vindication,' but others beg to differ - by Diana Lynne In the minds of many Americans, the results of the autopsy performed on Terri Schiavo served as the final word on the debate over whether the... [more]

Posted by tim at 4:56 PM

August 7, 2005

Welcome to the bizarro state

In virtually every environment you could possibly think of, doing harm to others - especially to those who cannot fend for themselves - is typically viewed as bad behavior, bullying and distasteful. Not so in the state of Florida. In... [more]

Posted by tim at 7:10 PM

July 27, 2005

Let's Stop With the Euphemisms-They Killed Terri Schiavo

VATICAN CITY, July 27, 2005 ( - President of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Heath Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, said this week, in relation to the death by dehydration of Terri Schiavo, that food and water are never considered... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:42 PM | Comments (1)

July 11, 2005

Judicial Murder and Terri Schiavo

Pat Hentoff writes in today's Washington Times:While editorials across the nation agreed in chorus that at last, Terri Schiavo will rest in peace, the autopsy report declined such certainty:"It is the policy of this office that no case is ever... [more]

Posted by tim at 6:27 AM | Comments (1)

June 29, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Autopsy Report and Flawed Conclusions

Mary Worthington of The Revolution writes an interesting post on Terri Schiavo's autopsy report that calls into question conclusions based upon the physical state of Terri's brain at the time of her death.... [more]

Posted by tim at 10:59 PM | Comments (2)

June 15, 2005

Death Culturists Say Michael Schiavo 'Vindicated'

La Shawn Barber responded to Terri Schiavo's autopsy and the related media reports with the following insightful commentary:According to Terri Schiavo's autopsy report, she was severely brain-damaged. OK. For me, the whole tragedy surrounding Terri and the people who wanted... [more]

Posted by tim at 6:16 PM | Comments (3)

June 5, 2005

What can we do?

After Terri Schiavo was killed, many of us wanted to say, "Never again." But we have realized that it has happened before and probably will happen again.


Posted by tim at 6:16 PM | Comments (1)

May 19, 2005

The Ten Commandments for Inter-Religious And Ideological Dialogue: Can They Be Used As A Guide To More Productive Blog Commentary?

In a world that is increasing in religious diversity, how can we avoid the usual and predictable pitfalls that have unfortunately led to so much anxiety and conflict both on a personal level and on the world stage?


Posted by richard at 8:31 PM | Comments (15)

May 15, 2005

Scientology And Terri Schiavo - Is There A Connection?

Even if there is no specific grand conspiracy going on here, these facts alone indicate that there was probably some kind of "subliminal" influence of Scientology values on the judiciary in Clearwater regarding Terri's case.


Posted by richard at 7:56 AM | Comments (22)

May 11, 2005

On "Thoughts on Terry Schiavo, Michael Ross and Blogging"

James has written a good piece on bloggers and suggests that we should start talking about important matters of our time via blogging and stop complaining that things don't work or just rant about fairness.


Posted by richard at 8:18 AM | Comments (24)

May 10, 2005

Euthanasia: The Power To Kill

"'Euthanasia' is an act most often practiced on our pets," Ken Concannon begins his column in the Arlington Catholic Herald. We have them "put down," or "put to sleep," or "euthanized" when they become so ill that there is no... [more]

Posted by earl at 7:59 PM | Comments (4)

May 8, 2005

Hydration and Nutrition: A Basic Human Need, Not an Option of Medical Care

The reasons that food and water should not be considered an option of medical care are summarized as follows:


Posted by richard at 10:13 AM | Comments (4)

May 2, 2005

The public never learned about Terri Schiavo's true condition

Joel Belz authored a recent World Magazine article about an interview with David Gibbs, the attorney who represented Terri Schiavo's parents "in their fruitless quest to have her life." Gibbs speaks openly about his own personal sense of failure:"I wish,"... [more]

Posted by tim at 11:48 PM | Comments (7)

April 14, 2005

Terri Schiavo, Martyr

Deacon Keith Fournier weighs in on Terri's death. He considers her to be a martyr, one who has lived a sacrificial life that changes the world. That her life was full of deprivation and her death brutal is undisputible. Will... [more]

Posted by powersthatblog at 8:53 AM | Comments (9)

April 12, 2005

OPINION: On Ken Mullinax's email, Beth Gaddy, and other matters.

As long as a living person is willing and able to take-in nutrients and liquids, however they get it - I will continue to support it. Take it or leave it, that is my position - period. AND I plan to fight euthanasia of the infirmed, the elderly, the disabled, and the unborn until the day I die.


Posted by richard at 7:15 AM | Comments (14)

April 11, 2005

Pravda: Terri is Gone, I hope liberals are happy

I hope liberals enjoy their gleeful death party while toasting the murder of Terri because I think this will be their last victory celebration. The Party of Death is soon to be extinct.


Posted by richard at 12:09 PM | Comments (9)

More on Mae Magouirk and her Delivery from Certain Death

Mae Magouirk was transported from the hospice in LaGrange, Ga., to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, where she is now receiving adequate care. According to her nephew, Ken Mullinax, bloggers and their readers played a significant role in helping... [more]

Posted by tim at 6:07 AM

April 8, 2005

The Hospice Industry's Dark Agenda: Are Hospices Enabling Euthanasia?

Those who think hospice is the safe alternative to open euthanasia have been outfoxed. The euthanasia society has run circles around the well-meaning but naive right-to-lifers.


Posted by richard at 9:06 PM | Comments (4)

April 7, 2005

Goldberg on the Pope: The Splendor of Truth

Jonah's grasp of the more meaningful nuances of Church history as they relate to the notion of a sphere of liberty and morality not bound to the state is much hardier then mine, and I'm a practicing Catholic.


Posted by richard at 8:07 PM | Comments (1)

Revealing the Hidden Agenda: Checkbook Euthanasia

From the pages of Life Matters! . . . Q: How can you tell when a euthanasia advocate is telling the truth? A: When he disgusts you even more than usually. Consider biological psychologist Hal Herzog, writing in the Asheville,... [more]

Posted by earl at 12:40 AM | Comments (12)

April 5, 2005

The Aftermath: Lessons from Terri Schiavo's Life and Death

While the world's attention is focused on saying farewell to John Paul II, a great man who died peacefully last weekend, the world is finding no peace in what it has done to Terri Schiavo.


Posted by richard at 10:40 PM | Comments (5)

Ankle Biting Pundits: Time for DeLay's Enemies to "Move On"

Even after months of partisan abuse foisted on him by low-lives such as Markos Moulitsas, Tom DeLay seems to be riding tall in the saddle.


Posted by richard at 8:45 PM | Comments (8)

Medical Killing and Common Sense

Excerpted from Pamela Hennessy While many commentators began to eagerly sink their claws into the debate of how Terri's case will impact an arrogant and bumbling judiciary, I had hoped more would address how it would affect our disabled and... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:34 PM | Comments (3)

The Washington Dispatch on "The Execution of Terri Schiavo"

there are a lot of us who could think of more than just a few words to describe what was done to Terri by her husband(sic) and the courts, but such words would just be wasted on the choir, and those that never really understood the inhumanity of it all, will never get it anyway


Posted by richard at 9:20 AM | Comments (2)

April 4, 2005

Lessons Learned When Lives Are Lost

From the pages of Life Matters! . . . The lessons learned in the fight against euthanasia come at a very dear price, and if we ignore them the cost will be higher still. A Saintly Salmagundi's Fr. Bryce Sibley... [more]

Posted by earl at 11:21 PM | Comments (8)

Patrick Buchanan on "The Execution of Terri Schiavo"

... three in 10 in the dawn of life never see the light of day - they are destroyed in the womb because their very existence embarrasses or would encumber their parents." Now, Pat reminds us that "in the twilight of life, we have begun to ..


Posted by richard at 8:56 PM | Comments (7)

March 31, 2005

The Murder of Terri (Day 14): Grieve Today, Fight Tomorrow!

From the pages of Life Matters! . . . The tragic, as in tragically unnecessary, death of our beloved sister Terri stirs a sea of emotions in our hearts. While righteous anger is definitely among them--lest our veins run with... [more]

Posted by earl at 11:55 PM | Comments (24)