Here’s what’s caught my eye this morning:
- With all of the pontificating and bloviating going on the blogosphere today about the fate of Terri Schiavo I thought you might be interested in this timeline. I found the testimony of Fr. Murphy quite interesting. Balkinization gives the actual text of the law passed by Congress. I haven’t actually formed an opinion on this subject. I just find it terribly, terribly sad. I really feel sorry for this poor woman who has been injured by life and by so many others. And it’s puzzling. Why, for example, was the PEG performed in 1990? Wasn’t it against her wishes then, as well?
- M. Simon of Power and Control points out a very interesting article in New Scientist, 13 things that do not make sense. Leaving aside for the moment that I could point you to several blogs which each posted a dozen things that don’t make sense on a daily basis, this article on scientific quandaries is quite interesting. Included in the discussion are the placebo effect, homeopathy, dark matter, the Kuiper cliff, cold fusion and several others. Definitely worth a look.
- Gerard Vanderleun of American Digest has found another bizarre aspect of the Schiavo case. Apparently, Michael Schiavo’s lawyer, George Felos, has added a new dimension to the legal adage when the law supports your case argue the law; when the facts support your case argue the facts; when neither the facts nor the law favor your case, pound on the table. Now it’s table-rapping rather than table-pounding.
- Well, spring is definitely in the air. First, blogfather Joe Katzman, then N. Z. Bear and now Jeff Quinton of Backcountry Conservative have announced their engagements.
- You probably should read Dean Esmay’s post on moderate Muslims. I have a little problem with the terminology but I agree completely with what Dean has to say.
- Dennis the Peasant covers Saturday’s anti-war rally in Columbus as, well, only he can. One of the great things about Dennis is that he’s as ready to mock himself as he is his political opponents. Makes for some lively posts.
- Steve Antler, the EconoPundit notes that the Pew Hispanic Center has produced a new report on the magnitude of illegal immigration. Persistence theorists take note: Mexico is greying faster than the United States is.
- Mover Mike has an interesting chart comparing market value to debt among the Dow stocks.
That’s the lot.
After reading the testimony of Fr. Murphy (which was back in 2000,) my comment is — how can the legal system have gone so far astray. It sounds to me as if the family needed some good couseling from a Catholic priest such as Fr. Murphy, preferably one who specialized in grief counseling and bio-ethics, who could have answered their questions and helped guide them. Maybe this prolonged trial and the extraordinary prolongation of Terri Schiavo’s life (if you can call it that) could have been avoided.
I’m a firm believer in trying to establish what the facts are before arriving at any judgments and that’s why I’ve linked to what I’ve linked to in the case. It seems to me that there’s been an awful lot of conclusion-jumping—much done by people who should have the wisdom to know better.