After about 15 minutes, curiosity got the better of me -- I had no idea how long it would take to fire the clay under these conditions. After extracting the foil package and letting it cool a bit, I carefully unwrapped it. The head of the clay penis had turned a pale pinkish-orange -- I had successfully produced bisqueware, a relatively fragile "low-fire" ceramic. But the balls end of the little phallos was still the gray color of dried mud. In fact, it was dried mud, essentially, since it hadn't reached the critical temperature that transforms dry clay into bisqueware that is no longer soluble in water. If I had dropped my naughty objet d'art in water at this point, the bisqueware end of it would've remained intact while the rest slowly softened into muddy clay. Back into the foil kiln it went!
This time I left it in the hellish inferno of the gas burner for about a half hour. Result: A uniformly pink-orange chunk of bisqueware. Clay that has been fired to this stage will no longer dissolve into mud when it gets wet -- but it's extremely porous, and will soak up water like a sponge.
Now that I'd confirmed it was possible to produce "low-fired" clay on the stovetop, I shaped a couple more items: a rather lopsided bowl about an inch-and-a-half across, and a lizard -- a nod to Little Green Footballs, without which you wouldn't be reading this. Once they were dry, I wrapped them in foil and fired up the gas burner...
The fruits of my labors. None of them has any practical function whatsoever
Despite the geopolitical tensions, Iran remains quiet and there is little public evidence of a military call-up. Perhaps the Iranian military's biggest question is whether ordinary young Iranian men — more materialistic and middle-class than the generation that fought Iraq in an eight-year war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives — would fight with enthusiasm.As tension heightens, Iran makes war plans
Ali, 28, who runs a small advertising firm and describes himself as a staunch nationalist, said he wouldn't fight, because of Iran's failure to cater to the needs of veterans from Iran's war with Iraq. "I see all the men who went to the front and fought are damaged and ignored, and all those who didn't are the ones running the country," he said, asking that his last name not be used. "I love Iran and I'm no friend of America, but I won't fight."
Hamid-Reza, 23, a clothing-store manager who lost numerous relatives in the Iran-Iraq war, said he would definitely be willing to fight but feared that his country would be no match for the United States. "What will I do?" he asked, speaking on condition his family name not be published. "Get inside an inner tube and go fight against the American battleships in the Persian Gulf?"
CASE #4The Netherlands have nothing on us with their Groningen Protocol. Our culture has been swinging on a sickening spiral of death; courts and judges simply can't be trusted to arrest it because they've been at the forefront. The court of history is in session.
Supreme Court of Indiana, 1982
This pitiful case really crossed the line between what most pro-life activists find to be justifiable and unjustifiable regarding euthanasia.
It revolved around a tiny baby boy born with Down's syndrome and a breathing defect that hampered his swallowing as well. The defect could have been corrected easily with surgery, and literally hundreds of couples begged to adopt him.
However, the Court held that the parent's right to privacy was more important than this born baby's right to live! The baby died in agony just days before the appeal reached the United States Supreme Court.
This heartless judgement caused so much consternation that a Federal law was passed in 1984 that prohibits the withholding of "medically indicated" treatment from any disabled newborn.
However, a later judgement in New York (the Baby Jane Doe case) found that parents of an infant with spina bifida and other non-life threatening disabilities could choose to "treat" their little baby "passively" with adequate food, antibiotics, and dressings. In other words, all the parents are legally obligated to do is keep the child comfortable and hope that he or she dies.
The conservative Die Welt comes up with the day's oddest and most weirdly thought-out editorial in which the author manages to both compare Bush to Franklin D. Roosevelt and to crown him "the Steve Jobs of world politics." Essentially, the paper says, Bush wants to be a great reformer, both in terms of domestic and foreign politics. Domestically, he wants to revamp America to the same degree FDR did with his New Deal, only for Bush, the program might be called the "Ownership Society," the paper says. "The target is: We want to break with all losers, domestically that means the Roosevelt social state, internationally with all states that have anything to do with terror. The new plan involves marketing, surprises, big design overhauls." As such, says the paper, Bush is like the endlessly creative (and fabulously wealthy) founder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs.Let's take my summary above of Brian's objections to Dean in the role of Jobs, and ask if Bush satisfies the implicit tests that Brian sets for a leader to be "the Jobs of ..." uh... "whatever":
If the Democrats want relevance, they're going to have to earn it, by presenting a platform that people want, that they're willing to pay for in the marketplace of ideas. Jobs' vision managed to achieve this, through Mac OS X and the retail stores and the iPod. Will Dean be able to sell his vision to the American public any more convincingly than he did in his candidacy? What's his iPod?As the Die Welt article argues, Bush's ownership society/spread freedom abroad platform is visionary and he's changing the rules of the game by dumping losing policies. In the marketplace of ideas, Bush has a very attractive bundle of freedom for sale.
These days, other computer companies are all looking to Apple for their leadership. The Mac experience is once again the gold standard that software companies aspire to. Heck, even HP and Dell are selling iPods now. Think about that for a second. The competition is literally out there promoting Apple's brand for them -- now that's influence.Are any Republicans promoting Howard Dean's brand? Die Welt is promoting George W Bush's brand, and in glowing terms. In fact, "the Mac experience is once again the gold standard that software companies aspire to"-the American dream is the gold standard that people aspire to, as well. And "other computer companies are all looking to Apple for their leadership"-other countries are all looking to America for their leadership, too! [Excluding Microsoft and France, respectively.]
Bruised but not brokenCheck out the top entry on the new GannonBlog:
I'm baaaaaaack! If you thought I was going to slink away - then you don't know much about me. Someone still has to battle the Left and now that I've emerged from the crucible, I'm stronger than before.
Despite all the pleas from the Left to go over to the 'dark side' and expose the 'corrupt Bush administration' simply isn't going to happen. My faith and my ideology are rock solid.
Still, the last few weeks have been difficult for my family and my associates. To them I offer my apology and gratitude for their support.
In regard to the allegations about my personal life, I have been advised by my attorneys not to comment on any of the details pending the outcome of any possible legal action I might pursue. Therefore, I won't be discussing any of that stuff here.
He still has that biting acerbity. I love it.
February 25, 2005
I have to hand it to John Byrne at RAWSTORY. He must have an inside connection with the Democrats on the Hill since he was the first to post a copy of the letter Sen. Dick Durbin has been passing around asking for an investigation of me. Five Democratic senators sign letter to Bush calling for Gannon inquiry I see that one of the signatures affixed to the letter is none other than of John F. Kerry who has yet to put a pen to a Form 180 that would release rest of his military records.
BEFORE ME the undersigned authority personally appeared CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N., who being first duly sworn, deposes and says:How many people like this murderous "nurse", Carolyn Adams, are running around the hospice industry?
1. My name is Carla Sauer Iyer. I am over the age of eighteen and make this statement of my own personal knowledge.
2. I am a registered nurse in the State of Florida, having been licensed continuously in Florida from 1997 to the present. Prior to that I was a Licensed Practical Nurse for about four years.
3. I was employed at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo, Florida from April of 1995 to July 1996, while Terri Schiavo was a patient there.
4. It was clear to me at Palm Gardens that all decisions regarding Terri Schiavo were made by Michael Schiavo, with no allowance made for any discussion, debate or normal professional judgment. My initial training there consisted solely of the instruction “Do what Michael Schiavo tells you or you will be terminated." This struck me as extremely odd.
5. I was very disturbed by the decision making protocol, as no allowance whatsoever was made for professional responsibility. The atmosphere throughout the facility was dominated by Mr. Schiavo’s intimidation. Everyone there, with the exception of several people who seemed to be close to Michael, was intimidated by him. Michael Schiavo always had an overbearing attitude, yelling numerous times such things as “This is my order and you’re going to follow it." He is very large and uses menacing body language, such as standing too close to you, getting right in your face and practically shouting.
6. To the best of my recollection, rehabilitation had been ordered for Terri, but I never saw any being done or had any reason at all to believe that there was ever any rehab of Terri done at Palm Gardens while I was there. I became concerned because nothing was being done for Terri at all, no antibiotics, no tests, no range of motion therapy, no stimulation, no nothing. Michael said again and again that Terri should NOT get any rehab, that there should be no range of motion whatsoever, or anything else. I and a CNA named Roxy would give Terri range of motion anyway. One time I put a wash cloth in Terri’s hand to keep her fingers from curling together, and Michael saw it and made me take it out, saying that was therapy.
7. Terri’s medical condition was systematically distorted and misrepresented. When I worked with her, she was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis while in my presence, saying such things as “mommy," and “help me." “Help me" was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times. Terri would try to say the word “pain" when she was in discomfort, but it came out more like “pay." She didn’t say the “n" sound very well. During her menses she would indicate her discomfort by saying “pay" and moving her arms toward her lower abdominal area. Other ways that she would indicate that she was in pain included pursing her lips, grimacing, thrashing in bed, curling her toes or moving her legs around. She would let you know when she had a bowel movement by flipping up the covers and pulling on her diaper.
8. When I came into her room and said “Hi, Terri", she would always recognize my voice and her name, and would turn her head all the way toward me, saying “Haaaiiiii" sort of, as she did. I recognized this as a “hi", which is very close to what it sounded like, the whole sound being only a second or two long. When I told her humorous stories about my life or something I read in the paper, Terri would chuckle, sometimes more a giggle or laugh. She would move her whole body, upper and lower. Her legs would sometimes be off the bed, and need to be repositioned. I made numerous entries into the nursing notes in her chart, stating verbatim what she said and her various behaviors, but by my next on-duty shift, the notes would be deleted from her chart. Every time I made a positive entry about any responsiveness of Terri’s, someone would remove it after my shift ended. Michael always demanded to see her chart as soon as he arrived, and would take it in her room with him. I documented Terri’s rehab potential well, writing whole pages about Terri’s responsiveness, but they would always be deleted by the next time I saw her chart. The reason I wrote so much was that everybody else seemed to be afraid to make positive entries for fear of their jobs, but I felt very strongly that a nurses job was to accurately record everything we see and hear that bears on a patients condition and their family. I upheld the Nurses Practice Act, and if it cost me my job, I was willing to accept that.
9. Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri’s death. Michael would say “When is she going to die?," “Has she died yet?" and “When is that bitch gonna die?" These statements were common knowledge at Palm Gardens, as he would make them casually in passing, without regard even for who he was talking to, as long as it was a staff member. Other statements which I recall him making include “Can’t you do anything to accelerate her death - won’t she ever die?" When she wouldn’t die, Michael would be furious. Michael was also adamant that the family should not be given information. He made numerous statements such as “Make sure the parents aren’t contacted." I recorded Michael’s statements word for word in Terri’s chart, but these entries were also deleted after the end of my shift. Standing orders were that the family wasn’t to be contacted, in fact, there was a large sign in the front of her chart that said under no circumstances was her family to be called, call Michael immediately, but I would call them, anyway, because I thought they should know about their daughter.
10. Any time Terri would be sick, like with a UTI or fluid buildup in her lungs, colds, pneumonia, Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled even, hoping that she would die. He would call me, as I was the nurse supervisor on the floor, and ask for every little detail about her temperature, blood pressure, etc., and would call back frequently asking if she was dead yet. He would blurt out “I’m going to be rich!," and would talk about all the things he would buy when Terri died, which included a new car, a new boat, and going to Europe, among other things.
11. When Michael visited Terri, he always came alone and always had the door closed and locked while he was with Terri. He would typically be there about twenty minutes or so. When he left Terri would would be trembling, crying hysterically, and would be very pale and have cold sweats. It looked to me like Terri was having a hypoglycemic reaction, so I’d check her blood sugar. The glucometer reading would be so low it was below the range where it would register an actual number reading. I would put dextrose in Terri’s mouth to counteract it. This happened about five times on my shift as I recall. Normally Terri’s blood sugar levels were very stable due to the uniformity of her diet through tube feeding. It is my belief that Michael injected Terri with Regular insulin, which is very fast acting.
12. The longer I was employed at Palm Gardens the more concerned I became about patient care, both relating to Terri Schiavo, for the reasons I’ve said, and other patients, too. There was an LPN named Carolyn Adams, known as “Andy" Adams who was a particular concern. An unusual number of patients seemed to die on her shift, but she was completely unconcerned, making statements such as “They are old - let them die." I couldn’t believe her attitude or the fact that it didn’t seem to attract any attention. She made many comments about Terri being a waste of money, that she should die. She said it was costing Michael a lot of money to keep her alive, and that he complained about it constantly (I heard him complain about it all the time, too.) Both Michael and Adams said that she would be worth more to him if she were dead. I ultimately called the police relative to this situation, and was terminated the next day. Other reasons were cited, but I was convinced it was because of my “rocking the boat."
13. Ms. Adams was one of the people who did not seem to be intimidated by Michael. In fact, they seemed to be very close, and Adams would do whatever Michael told her. Michael sometimes called Adams at night and spoke at length. I was not able to hear the content of these phone calls, but I knew it was him talking to her because she would tell me afterward and relay orders from him.
14. While at Palm Gardens, I became fearful for my personal safety. This was due to Michael’s constant intimidation, including his menacing body language, vocal tone and mannerisms.
15. I have contacted the Schindler family because I just couldn’t stand by and let Terri die without the truth being known.
The Middle East stops were never announced officially. But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Friday in providing the revised schedule that there had been "some consideration to going out to the region at this time," especially since Egypt was to host a meeting between the G-8 economic group and the Arab League.Hey Hosni...surprise!
The decision not to go apparently caught Egypt off-guard. The country's major pro-government newspaper, Al-Ahram, reported Friday that Rice would be in Egypt next Saturday.
Egypt last Sunday postponed the G-8-Arab conference on promoting democracy in the midst of a dispute with the Bush administration over the jailing of a political activist.
Rice had registered her "very strong concerns" about the detention of Ayman Nour, the leader of an opposition party, when she met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Tuesday in Washington.
Boucher said she would reschedule a visit to the region "at a fairly early date."
A senior U.S. official, citing Rice's displeasure with the arrest and other internal actions taken by the Egyptian government, said change was needed and she wanted to see what steps were taken before going to Cairo. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity.
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in an interview that he hoped Egypt "gets the strong message that the United States will not look the other way anymore, that the suppression of democracy is no longer a matter of purely domestic affairs in a country."
Last week, Schiff introduced a resolution deploring Nour's arrest and calling on Rice to reconsider attending the Cairo conference.