Thursday, August 20, 2009

British Doctors Practising Slow Euthanasia through Deep Sedation AKA TERMINAL SEDATION

This is Terminal Sedation, and is JUST as wrong as direct euthanasia, but 'sounds so good' ..... you need to learn about it from a source that is honest about what it really is....

Nancy Valko, RN: Terminal Sedation


Tuesday August 18, 2009

British Doctors Practising "Slow" Euthanasia through Deep Sedation: BBC Report

By Hilary White

LONDON, August 18, 2009 ( - A BBC report has revealed that physicians in the UK are increasingly seeing and using "continuous deep sedation" as a form of "slow" euthanasia. Adam Brimelow, BBC News health correspondent, writes that the use of continuous deep sedation, also known as "terminal sedation" is becoming more common in the UK and may be the way physicians are skirting the law prohibiting direct euthanasia. 
Research has shown that 16.5 percent of all deaths in the UK are associated with continuous deep sedation until death, a number twice that of Belgium and the Netherlands, both countries that already have legalised direct euthanasia.

Deep sedation can be used intermittently or continuously until death, and the depth of sedation can vary from a lowered state of consciousness to unconsciousness.  Under UK law, patients can give a directive to medical staff that they refuse 'palliative care' or 'terminal sedation', or 'any drug likely to suppress respiration'.

Alex Schadenberg, the head of Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, said that continuous deep sedation is a technique that can be used ethically in cases of dying patients to alleviate intractable pain, such as neuropathic pain that does not respond to morphine, but the ethics depends upon the situation and the intention.

"It's important to make the distinction," Schadenberg told, "between what we do with someone who is nearing death and someone who is in pain but not dying." In some cases, he said, patients who are not dying but may be suffering are put into deep sedation, and then dehydrated to death - a use that is always unethical.

However, "if your patient is nearing death and is experiencing organ failure, you really can't be putting food and fluid into a body that can't use the fluids. When the body is shutting down, this is a natural part of the dying process. But when they're not dying, like Terri Schiavo, or someone who is experiencing great pain associated with cancer, that is a different issue, because then we are talking about causing that person's death.

"[Deep sedation] can be a backdoor route to euthanasia if it is used unethically," he said. "The issue is intention. The intention must be the alleviation of pain and suffering. Even a long-term sedation can be ethical as long as the person is not being dehydrated to death. A good palliative care physician won't use the technique very often."

Last year, Dutch researchers found that the use of continuous deep sedation until death was becoming more widespread in the Netherlands where direct euthanasia is already legal. In 2001, researchers found that in six European countries deep sedation was used in 8.5 percent of all deaths in patients with cancer and other diseases.

"The increased use of continuous deep sedation for patients nearing death in the Netherlands suggests that this practice is increasingly considered as part of regular medical practice," said lead researcher Judith Rietjens, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Public Health at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

"Also, the use of continuous deep sedation may in some situations be a relevant alternative to the use of euthanasia for patients," Rietjens said.

Deep sedation is associated now with approximately 10 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands, an increase that coincided with an increase in public disquiet about the numbers of active euthanasia cases - numbers that have since declined.

Schadenberg said that the answer to the puzzle is simple: "The statistics of active euthanasia have gone down in the Netherlands because they are simply resorting to deep sedation instead.

"But in fact this simply means that patients are being euthanised slowly in conjunction with the withdrawal of fluids. It is why this is being called 'slow euthanasia'. A lethal injection is quicker, but in fact the ethics are no different. Both intend death."

Judith Rietjens confirmed this, saying, "We can see in our study that those sub-groups where we saw an increase of continuous deep sedation - just in those sub-groups - we saw a lowering of the frequency of euthanasia."

Read related coverage:

Britain's Pathway to Euthanasia - NHS Protocols for Dehydrating Disabled Patients to Death

Elderly Woman Rescued by Family from NHS Dehydration Order

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Obama Advisor Ezekiel Emanuel: I Don't Favor Rationing (Most) Health Care Now

Obama Advisor Ezekiel Emanuel: I Don't Favor Rationing (Most) Health Care Now

We really need to learn to hear what is being said, and to act on it, not slip into denial.

On a more practical level, a spokesman for pro-life Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, says rationing is in the health care bills in Congress and that ruling Democrats defeated an attempt to remove it.

"On three different occasions during the [Senate Health, Education and Labor and Pensions] committee markup, Dr. Coburn and other Republicans attempted to insert language prohibiting rationing," Coburn spokesman John Hart said. "All three amendments were voted down, which suggests that Democrats do, in fact, want to preserve the ability to ration care."
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School prayer charges stir protests - Washington Times

School prayer charges stir protests - Washington Times

This article ends with a quote:

"She didn't do the blessing; she asked somebody to do it," Mr. Staver said. "The ACLU is sending people to school to monitor things happening on campus and see if there is anything encouraging religious activity, then running to the court if they see anything."
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That ONE SENTENCE make it worthwhile to read the article. If the ACLU is truly SENDING people to schools to monitor (and then report findings, arrest, prosecute, etc)...then we ARE already in a society that is in danger.

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The Gloves are Off: Planned Parenthood President Slams U.S. Bishops on Abortion, Healthcare

You know, I do not care HOW you slice it, ABORTION IS NOT HEALTH CARE!!

Lord, have Mercy!!

The Gloves are Off: Planned Parenthood President Slams U.S. Bishops on Abortion, Healthcare

By John Jalsevac

August 19, 2009 ( - The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, has penned a scathing editorial, published today in the Huffington Post, in which she sets her sights on the U.S. Catholic bishops, slamming them for their opposition to the abortion mandate in the Obama health care bill, and to abortion in general.

"Does anyone else see the irony in the U.S. bishops wanting to define universal health care as covering everything except for what they don't support?" writes Richards. "Since when does universal health care mean denying comprehensive reproductive health care supported by the majority of Americans?"

Richards then goes on to accuse the bishops of endangering "millions" of women's lives around the globe with their "hard-line opposition to women's rights." "The effort to criminalize access to safe abortion endangers most women in the developing world -- the very women that you would think the bishops would be concerned about," says Richards.

The U.S. bishops, while expressing support for healthcare reform in general, have been adamant in their stance that healthcare reform must not include mandated abortion coverage - something that the current legislation would do if passed. 

In an August 11 letter Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, carefully but forcefully countered claims, propagated by proponents of Obama's healthcare reform, including Planned Parenthood and Cecile Richards, that the Obama plan wouldn't mandate abortion coverage and lead to taxpayer funding for abortions.

Any claim that taxpayer money would not be used to fund abortion is "an illusion," said Rigali in that letter. "Government will force low-income Americans to subsidize abortions for others (and abortion coverage for themselves) even if they find abortion morally abhorrent."

Numerous other prominent bishops, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop Robert Vasa, and Bishop R. Walter Nickless have also spoken strongly against the abortion provisions in the healthcare bill.

Go here for the rest of the article....

Be Her Joseph! By Tom Mealey

I had read this article, "Be Her Joseph", awhile ago. I had been planning on blogging about my thoughts on it before, but Life got in the way. (I'll blog about where I've been in the near future)

Tom Mealey's words reminded me very much of Mark Drogin's talk that I had blogged about in the past. It was about Joseph, from the background of a Jewish man who has entered the Catholic Church. I had heard the talk in person, and was impressed at the time. You can read my blog, but do go to his site and read his talk in its entirety, please.

You can find my blogging on Mark Drogin's talk in the date of my blogging, and Mark's talk in entirety in the second hyperlink (in the title of my blog) below:

Sunday, March 19, 2006

St Joseph, Husband of Mary

MANY people today have no concept of St Joseph that is as powerful as these two articles give us! Surely there is not a concept of his role as her protector that is as clear as these two have written about!


God bless!

The One True Faith : Twelve Catholic Myths


Michael Voris does well.

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AARP comes under the mantle of ANONYMOUS....

See the comment....

And God bless!

The horror of eugenics happened

The One Thing: 8/11

The One Thing: 8/11
The horror of eugenics happened

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nat Hentoff: I am finally scared of a White House administration

Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff:
"I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover's FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration."

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Robert Novak

Came home to the Catholic Church.
May he rest in peace.

Worth Remembering

I really do not care what my reader may think of Glenn Beck.

I like him, most of the time. I agree with him a lot of the time. And THIS one needs to be heard again and again!

Barack Obama Campaign Organization Misleads on Health Care Abortion Funding

Barack Obama Campaign Organization Misleads on Health Care Abortion Funding

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 19
, 2009

Washington, DC ( --

The Barack Obama campaign organization has released a new web site called "Setting the Record Straight" that presents crooked details when it comes to the health care legislation in Congress. Organizing for America, the renamed Obama campaign apparatus, also claims there are not rationing concerns in the bill.

"It feels like a new lie about health insurance reform crops up each day," OFA director Mitch Stewart says in the email for the president's group.

"Government taking over all health care? Not true. Euthanasia for seniors? Couldn't be more false. Rationing of care? Reform will stop rationing, not increase it," he claims.

"It's time to set the record straight -- and, more importantly, expose the special interests and partisan attack organizations behind the lies and misinformation," Stewart continues. "That's why we created our new 'Setting the Record Straight' site.

Please read the rest of the article here.

Then, also to NRLC website to read the response in their news release.

That press release ends:

On August 13, NRLC released a detailed memo explaining the provisions of the pending bills that would affect abortion policy, with citations to primary sources. Many of the "factcheck" articles that have appeared in the news media in recent weeks reflect, at best, unsophisticated understandings of the provisions they purport to be explaining, and also give evidence of a weak understanding of Obama's history on the policy issues involved. The memo is downloadable in PDF format here:

May God have Mercy on us!
God bless!

Hyperemesis In Pregnancy

HT to Jenny for the second video. I found the first one on you tube after watching the second.

Those women who have gone through this have my sympathy and my empathy. I cared for several while working OB/Gyn long ago.

God bless!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ObamaCare would let Planned Parenthood into public schools

Lord, have Mercy!

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Nope: ObamaCare would let Planned Parenthood into public schools

AARP Loses 60,000 Members by Supporting Pro-Rationing Health Care Agenda

Long ago, I learned some things that AARP endorsed that did not sit right with my own belief and value system, so I did not renew my membership.

This news did not surprise me. I know that it surprised MANY.

AARP Loses 60,000 Members by Supporting Pro-Rationing Health Care Agenda

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Different Presidents, A Different Corps

This video (and the dialogue from the person that placed it) speaks for itself.
I am one who really enjoyed it!

I am sure many of my readers will, also.

Some may not.

God bless!

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therealrevo Update, 3/12/09

This video has received a lot of attention. As of right now, it is showing well over a half a million hits since it was posted on March 1. It is also controversial. Many Obama supporters have claimed to debunk the video by pointing out that the events were not comparable. They argue that the event in Anbar province that President Bush attended in September 2007 was informal. The Camp Lejune event that President Obama attended, on the other hand, was more formal. They point out that it is not fair to compare two events in which the Marines are subject to different rules of behavior.

In fairness, they are correct. The events were different in many ways and the Marines present were subject to different behavioral expectations. There is, however, more to this video than that. If the content of this video were that easily debunked it would not still be drawing tens of thousands of hits per day. The different degrees of formality aside, this video is quite revealing.

In the video, the Marines exhibit obvious love and respect for President Bush. His visit was not an event that followed closely on the heels of 9/11. This video was taken after the worst days of the war and after the surge created major progress in the region. The president is visiting the troops in Anbar Province, the home of the infamous Falluja and Ar Ramadi killing grounds. This visit took place after the province had been pacified. In other words, the Marines showed their love of Mr. Bush even after the darkest days of the war.

The Lejune video, on the other hand, shows Obama entering with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal visit to the peasants. Hail to the Chief plays in the background; something that President Bush didnt allow during his military visits. Obama knows that keeping the Marines locked at the position of attention means that no comparison can ever be made to the loving reception President Bush regularly received from the troops. Obama knows how the Marines feel and will always treat them exactly like the rabble he sees.

This is the real truth of the video and why it is so popular. It warms the heart of Bush supporters to see President Bush receive the love, gratitude and respect of these warriors. It angers Obama supporters because they also see the love President Bush receives and they know their man will never see anything similar from the troops. They know that these warriors loved the last president and will never give similar respect to this one.

A good YouTube video stirs the emotions and this one does that. It elicits different emotions in different people but the underlying truth that is the catalyst for the emotional response is the same for everyone. The Marines loved President Bush in a way they will never love President Obama.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bishop Vasa: No Support for "Fatally Flawed" Obamacare Bill

This one is just too good to simply direct you to it. I have the greatest admiration for the three men mentioned in this article, especially Bishop Vasa since he took his very clear stand (NOT mincing words in any way) for Terri Schindler Schiavo. I have highlighted his words (in bold letters) below.

God bless!

Monday August 17, 2009

Bishop Vasa: No Support for "Fatally Flawed" Obamacare Bill

"In effect, should we support giving poisoned water to the thirsty? I think not."

By Kathleen Gilbert

BAKER, Oregon, August 17, 2009 ( - A genuine need for more comprehensive health insurance coverage should not lead Catholics to join the push to pass President Obama's health care legislation, which is "fatally flawed" with respect to pro-life and other major issues, said Bishop Robert Vasa of the Baker, Ore. diocese.

Bishop Vasa weighed in on the push for health care reform in an email response to's (LSN) inquiry today.

"I think the pertinent question is asked by you: Should we therefore be openly opposing the bills, even if that means a delay in health care reform?" wrote Vasa.  "It is my belief that these 'changes' need to be made 'as a condition for support' and that there ought to be no support for the reform at all unless and until these very critical matters involving the care of pre-born human life, are satisfactorily resolved. 

"Without these changes (and significant changes in other medical, moral and conscience issues) the health care bill is fatally flawed and as such cannot be supported," said the bishop.

Several Catholic organizations, including the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Charities USA, have joined the push for "health care reform" in the abstract, while remaining silent on the troubling aspects of the current legislation sponsored by the Obama administration.  Although the groups have responded with statements vowing not to support abortion-promoting legislation per se, none have backed down from their original July statement calling upon legislators to enact health care reform "immediately." 

Vasa noted that he believes "the notion of providing more comprehensive health insurance coverage is a just and right thing to do."  However, he said: "that does not mean that THIS health insurance plan, only because it promises comprehensive health insurance coverage, must be supported. 

"In effect, should we support giving poisoned water to the thirsty?  I think not."

Bishop Vasa's sentiments reflect the words of two other prelates who have spoken on the issue: Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the U.S. Bishops' pro-life office, and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.  All three have urged opposition to the bills in their current form, insisting that the bills' abortion expansion flies in the face of the Church's advocacy for more available health care.

"The Church is very clear in supporting health care, but these are absolute requirements," Rigali told LSN in a telephone interview last week.  "So our message is very clear: support genuine health care reform that respects the life and dignity of all. That has to be made clear ... for it to be acceptable to us."

Chaput criticized the supposed "common ground" abortion language in the House bill as a "shell game," and urged citizens to demand that abortion be taken out of the bill.

See related coverage:

Cardinal Rigali, Abp. Chaput Intensify Warnings Against Obamacare's Abortion Expansion

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The Lady is the Champ: Senate Expunges Palin's "Death Panels" from ObamaCare Bill

By Peter J. SmithWASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2009 ( - The US Senate has sounded a hasty retreat on "death panels" in health-care reform by striking out the provision on "end-of-life counseling" from the bill.Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), announced last week that the Senate Finance Committee has now expunged all "end-of-life" provisions from the Senate version of health-care reform in order "to avoid unintended consequences...

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Now it has to be taken out of the House bill...and NOT replaced with any ambiguous wording that could allow it to sneak back in some time in the future.

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Carville vs Coulter on Good Morning America

I am never quite certain how I feel about Good Morning America anymore. I really do not watch it often enough to form an opinion.

But I do fault the reporter on his 'word choice'... 'more like a reform school'... those words would stick with anyone who does not like those of us who do NOT want this 'health care reform' to pass!

That said, I also am not a great fan of either Carville or Coulter (I don't agree with Carville on almost everything, and don't always like the way that Ann comes across, though I do agree with her most of the time). Carville is skilled at taking the subject at hand into things that are not (propaganda and manipulation).

I did find this exchange to be interesting:

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Special Olympians, family celebrate Eunice Shriver

Special Olympians, family celebrate Eunice Shriver - Yahoo! News

Shriver Remembered at Public Wake

Shriver Remembered at Public Wake - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 -

Thousands attended a public wake Thursday for Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Barnstable, Mass.

The sister of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., died Tuesday at the age of 88.

N.Y. archbishop takes stock of challenges in the American Catholic Church

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

N.Y. archbishop takes stock of challenges in the American Catholic Church

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Reagan - A great 1964 speech!

Reagan responds to Obama and his supporters

“But change would not mean
rejection of the past. Like a tree
growing strong through the
seasons, rooted in the Earth and
drawing life from the Sun, so, too,
positive change must be rooted in
traditional values—in the land, in
culture, in family and community—
and it must take its life from the
eternal things, from the source of
all life, which is faith. Such change
will lead to new understandings,
new opportunities, to a broader
future in which the tradition is not
supplanted but finds its full
flowering. That is the future
beckoning to your generation.”
-Ronald Reagan