The Ugliness Has Just Begun

With a little over seven months until voters cast ballots on the soon-to-be-approved budget deal between Governor Owens and Democrat legislators, the campaign within the Capitol has already begun. And it sure looks ugly: between an anonymous flier and a state-sanctioned e-mail message, neither side comes out looking clean. … [Read more...]

New Schiavo Development

Will this be interpreted as judicial activism? Another amazing development in the Terri Schiavo case, while I'm still recovering from the shock of agreeing with Jesse Jackson on something. Can there be a good ending to all this? All I can say is that my human eyes can't see it. She's been too long without any water. And what does the 11th Circuit Court see now that it didn't before? And what does this mean for the feeding tube status? Questions waiting to be answered... … [Read more...]

Harsanyi Hits the Airwaves Opposite Hewitt

Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi - and friend of the Rocky Mountain Alliance - will be guest co-hosting today on the Caplis and Silverman radio show: 630KHOW from 3 pm to 7 pm locally here in Denver. Doubtless the range of topics will include the ongoing cloud of controversy at the University of Colorado, still looking for a replacement for President Betsy Hoffman. The RMA has issued its endorsement of Hugh Hewitt to fill Hoffman's shoes. One ventures to ask whether Hewitt's name would come up in an on-air Harsanyi conversation, since his guest-hosting gig will be competing (mostly) in the same time slot. Even if you are a devoted Hugh listener, though, tune into 630 KHOW at least from 3 to 4 pm. If you can't do that, surely … [Read more...]

“Keep That Bible Out of The Jury Room”

A man was clearly convicted of a heinous murder. A jury of his peers, guided by the dictates of Colorado law and their consciences unanimously approved the death penalty. An Adams County district judge overturned the death penalty because the jury's decision was in some small degree informed by reading Bible passages. Yesterday, the morally-confused Colorado Supreme Court upheld the judge's decision. My question: what if jurors had consulted Bible passages that convinced them the murderer deserved clemency? Like the recent US Supreme Court decision written by Anthony Kennedy regarding the juvenile death penalty, though, it's not as much the substance of the issue that was decided as much as the reasoning that led the majority of … [Read more...]

A Two-Pronged Tragedy

I had all but resolved to let the Terri Schiavo story go over the weekend. But here we are again, now facing a two-pronged tragedy. First of all, there's the painful tragedy of Terri's dehydration and starvation, all too graphically described by Nat Hentoff in today's Washington Times. Some who disagree might choose to listen to Hentoff rather than to me, unless it has been deemed that he has also joined the "radical religious right-wing" conspiracy. The other tragedy is the one of near anarchy brought forward so clearly by Captain Ed, that his post is essential reading today for those of the center-right persuasion: especially supporters of Terri's right to live. I agree with Ed that Randall Terry has begun hijacking this case for … [Read more...]

Frist Responds on Schiavo

Here's the text of the official statement coming from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's communications director regarding Senator Frist and Congressional action in the Terri Schiavo case: "Bill Frist has helped save hundreds of lives in operating rooms throughout the world. For him a woman's life...every life...is precious. "Before addressing the Senate concerning Terri Schiavo last Thursday, Senator Frist carefully reviewed medical information, records, video tapes and sworn affidavits that were in the court records. He spoke with physicians involved in the case. He noted that some doctors have concluded she is not in a persistent vegetative state and could improve with therapy. "The suggestion by some that Senator Frist … [Read more...]

Good Friday

Hopefully you've been reading Bob's Holy Week postings at The Daily Blogster, but it's not too late to catch up if you haven't yet. For the accounts of Christ's crucifixion, read Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, or John 19. It wouldn't be a good use of space to reproduce the entire texts, and I don't have the time to comment on them to the extent that they deserve. However, I am going to leave this devotional thought, an old hymn text penned nearly 300 years ago by the great Isaac Watts. "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of Glory died; My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of … [Read more...]

Congratulations, Dane

This may be way off topic for most readers of my blog, but I thought I'd throw in this quick tidbit. Former Indiana University basketball star and current assistant Dane Fife, 25, was just named the youngest NCAA Division I head coach when he was hired yesterday by Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (IPFW). Serious basketball fans will remember Dane from the 2002 NCAA Final Four when he was one of the key contributors to a scrappy underdog Hoosier team that shocked Duke and Oklahoma to make it all the way to the finals against Maryland. Why do I make note of Fife's hiring? Because we both share the same hometown of Clarkston, Michigan. He's the youngest of three sons to Clarkston High School basketball coaching legend Dan Fife - his oldest … [Read more...]

The Christian and Michael Schiavo

An important and timely reminder from Adrian Warnock, even as Terri Schiavo rests on the precarious balance between torturous suffering and consummate death: have we been looking at her estranged husband "through cross-centered eyes"? A very convicting thought and one worth reading and spreading abroad. On the one hand, we fight Michael's agenda with fervent determination; on the other, we pray for his immortal soul. As I read Adrian's devotional thought, I also was reminded again of the stark and symbolic likelihood (barring some unforeseen miracle) that Terri will die on Good Friday. Not that we ultimately can compare her suffering to that of Christ's - how can we even comprehend the metaphysical pain and horror of what it meant for … [Read more...]