Euthanasia in infants has been proposed by philosophers3 for children with severe abnormalities whose lives can be expected to be not worth living and who are experiencing unbearable suffering.Also medical professionals have recognised the need for guidelines about cases in which death seems to be in the best interest of the child. In The Netherlands, for instance, the Groningen Protocol (2002) allows to actively terminate the life of ‘infants with a hopeless prognosis who experience what parents and medical experts deem to be unbearable suffering’.4
Read the whole thing. It will horrify you, if you have an ounce of humanity. This is pure evil.
***The human face of Obamacare.
The story Stephen Blackwood tells is like something out of Kafka—or, perhaps a closer analogy, like something out a totalitarian satrap, for there is nothing fictional about this nightmare. The mind-numbing bureaucracy. The stunning incompetence. The casual, unthinking brutality. It’s all there, coming to a shattered life near you. One day Mrs. Blackwood had the health insurance plan she had paid for for two decades. Then, “because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing.” Nothing. Nada. Nichts. Rien.
Keep reminding people that it was Democrats, and ONLY Democrats, who foisted this national nightmare on the country.
***Pentagon to shrink Army. No problem. It's not like there's anything scary going on in the world...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.
***A good man. George W. Bush will help veterans reintegrate into society after their service.
Raddatz this week moderated panels at a summit at the Bush Institute as part of its Military Service Initiative, and sat down for an interview with Bush and Jake Wood, a former Marine Corps squad leader and founder of Team Rubicon.
Wood's group is a nonprofit organization that teams veterans and doctors who have made a commitment to change disaster response. The organization has helped rehabilitate Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado, and the Jersey Shore after it was slammed by Superstorm Sandy. Team Rubicon, and the Bush Center, are both concentrating on veterans and their reintegration into civilian life.
"These are men and women who volunteered in the face of danger," Bush told Raddatz. "I mean, they knew right after 9/11 that the nation would seek justice and to protect ourselves. And some got hurt, and some of them need a lot of help. And our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude.”
***Scott Hamilton's story. This is great.
***Goodbye, and Keep Cold
by Robert Frost
This saying good-bye on the edge of the dark
And cold to an orchard so young in the bark
Reminds me of all that can happen to harm
An orchard away at the end of the farm
All winter, cut off by a hill from the house.
I don't want it girdled by rabbit and mouse,
I don't want it dreamily nibbled for browse
By deer, and I don't want it budded by grouse.
(If certain it wouldn't be idle to call
I'd summon grouse, rabbit, and deer to the wall
And warn them away with a stick for a gun.)
I don't want it stirred by the heat of the sun.
(We made it secure against being, I hope,
By setting it out on a northerly slope.)
No orchard's the worse for the wintriest storm;
But one thing about it, it mustn't get warm.
"How often already you've had to be told,
Keep cold, young orchard. Good-bye and keep cold.
Dread fifty above more than fifty below."
I have to be gone for a season or so.
My business awhile is with different trees,
Less carefully nourished, less fruitful than these,
And such as is done to their wood with an axe—
Maples and birches and tamaracks.
I wish I could promise to lie in the night
And think of an orchard's arboreal plight
When slowly (and nobody comes with a light)
Its heart sinks lower under the sod.
But something has to be left to God.
"Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." -- Charles Schultz
***Have a great day!