Sunday, 20 March 2005, 18:40:53 EST

I just canceled my World of Warcraft account. I have not actually played the game in at least a month. I have logged in a couple of times and done some miscellaneous stuff like sell items or quickly do a low level quest, but I have not played the game per se. I also have not felt any overwhelming desire to play recently. I do enjoy the game and I was looking forward to the upcoming player versus player content but it just isn't enough to keep me paying the monthly fee. And, after reading the latest update concerning the PvP system, I am not too jazzed up about that any more either; it seems that they are going to reward the people that can play non-stop and give people like me the cold shoulder. One of the reasons I purchased the game was the fact that it is supposed to cater to the casual player and not overly reward those that are more than casual. Besides, I have other things that I need to be doing.

In other news, I wouldn't be surprised if our government collapses in upon itself at some point in the future. It is a behemoth that can not seem to contain itself while, at the same time, it tries to be overly correct and not offend anyone. In case you have not heard, there is a special session of the House and Senate being held this evening to debate federal legislation as to whether or not an invalid should be allowed to live or die. It seems that our congress thinks this is a more pressing issue than, oh say, social security reform. If the issue is not a family issue then it is surely a state government issue and is most assuredly not a federal issue. Why they are even discussing this is beyond me — it isn't like she is paying taxes. Oh, that's right, it is a "moral issue" and we care more about christian morals in this country than about actually solving problems.

I am not sure what is worse, the fact that this issue is before the congress or the way the legislature members address each other. When I was watching the meeting this afternoon where they debated about possibly having a debate this evening — I won't even touch that one — the two debators could only call each other "gentleman" or "distinguished gentleman." When one would finish what they had to say he would conclude with, "I yield to my distiguished friend," and the other would start with, "I thank the distinguished gentleman for yielding." Such drivel was persistent in their speech and was so prevalent that it was all I could hear. They need to bring back the days when random attacks by cane were not unheard of and work actually got done. If our government doesn't implode because of its shear size then it certainly will because of this inane crap that is considered "business" on the hill.


A few words about the Terri Schiavo case...

It is an important issue, however the media has jumped and run with it. There are other more pressing matters that should be debated before this particular case, however the "right-to-life" is a constitutional right, and it is being breached. Like many other issues, such as abortion, and euthanasia, when you have a cleft audience, and nothing else is happening in the world, the media will have a field day. I think that this case is a prime example of news out of control. The facts, from the doctors as reported by AM 640, is that Schiavo is conscience, and is able to feel pain. The media has called her brain-dead and completely twisted her condition around. The failure is in the media, not the judiciary.

Posted by Mr Frosti on Tuesday, 22 March 2005, 6:22:18 EST.

so how you explain the decision of the judge to refused to reinsert the tube? I was hearing something about it, and he said that the doctors had tried to do rehab in a lot of times, but it hasn't work. I know that the "right-to-life" is a constitutional right, but she told her husband to "kill" her if something like this would happen to her. I think it is weird how we "put to sleep" our pets, so they don't suffer, and we wouldn't do that with someone so close to us.

Posted by Jacky on Tuesday, 22 March 2005, 6:34:10 EST.

Would you please do some research at least once before posting? What the federal congress did was nullify the judicial review process that had taken place in the state of Florida over the past seven years. The House of Representatives debated on, and approved, House Resolution 182 which confirmed Senate Bill 686. Senate Bill 686 gives the parents of Teri Schiavo the right to appeal a decision that had been rejected for consideration by both the state appeals court and the state supreme court. In plain words, the federal congress said that the decision of the state courts about a state issue is invalid and needs to be tried on a federal level. It is a state issue!

Please don't start trying to quote random doctors that a local radio station was able to get on the phone. Those are not facts; those are heresay. The state of Florida had five doctors and an independent, state appointed, guardian give testimony that the "lady" does not exibit any signs of cognitive thought or reason. CAT scans of her brain seemingly show that the only portion of her brain that is still functional is the autonomous areas. The only thing that is lying in that bed is a human body that can move, shit, piss, and sleep. Yes, that constitutes a living being but it does not constitute life.

What you are advocating is the right to appeal to congress when a court decision does not turn out as you wish it would. You are advocating that congress has the power to over turn judicial review. Such a thing defeats the whole point of judicial review.

Posted by James Sumners on Tuesday, 22 March 2005, 8:46:25 EST.