Straight Up with Sherri

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Glenn Beck Interviews with Bobby Schindler (Listen for YOURSELF!)

For FIVE YEARS Glenn Beck has been a voice for Terri Schiavo and the Schindlers. His dedication and committment to covering Terri's story is inspiring. Many have only now learned of Terri's struggle for life within the last few weeks, but Glenn Beck has been there all along. I first learned about Terri when Glenn started his Bobo campaign. I am a Glenn Beck Insider, so I am able to listen to many of his essays and programs if I missed them on air, or if I just want to listen to them again. MANY are worthy of listening to again.

Glenn has had several interviews with Bobby Schindler, and has made them available for FREE to all, not just INSIDERS. Please take advantage of this opportunity and visit the link below.

You can also go HERE to send your condolences to the Schindler family.


  • Sherri-
    You and I have had an interesting exchange lately, largely out of view of your readers because you've erased my side of the discourse. That's too bad. While I tend to have left-leaning views (but not always), I like to visit blogs that express a wide range ov views. Sometimes my venturing into the more conservative blogs provides information that modifies my opinions; sometimes it's just useful to try to understand where some of the different perspectives come from.
    That's how I stumbled across your board. Overall, it hasn't been a very useful experience. You are so fragile in your beliefs that you are often openly hostile to people who disagree with you. You seem to be mostly unable to distinguish between fact and opinion, and you tend to hold your opinions as if God Himself had instant messaged you. The Schiavo situation is a classic example. You went into it believing (likely through some religious network's "action alert") that Michael Schiavo is evil. From that point on you had your filters set. You glommed onto any fact that you could interpret as supporting your beliefs regarding the situation, and simply ignored any fact that didn't fit. (And there are a lot of facts in this situation that don't fit into the picture you paint).
    Truth is, nobody, and that includes you and I, will likely ever know the complete truth of the situation. I'm comfortable enough in my studying the objective record to state my opinion, recognizing that some day I might be proven wrong. You, however, don't seem to understand that opinion, like faith, involves a measure of doubt. And since you've accepted assertions and allegations by one side as absolutely true, you've apparently decided that anyone who hasn't your same view is a bad person. You seem willing, even eager, to divide the country into two sides with meaningless dichotomies like "culture of life" versus "culture of death."
    Unfortunately you then have to consign a number of good, caring professionals, who are doing their jobs to the best of their abilities, to the "culture of death" side. That includes every judge that examined the Schiavo case, every politician who refused to intervene, every law enforcement agency with jurisdiction, even hospice workers who do a largely thankless job of helping people live out their last days in comfort and dignity. Worse still, you've arrogantly joined that band of people who have done their damnedest to torment Mr. Schiavo at a time he needed to be able to focus on his wife. Have you pondered -even for a moment- the possibility that you are wrong in your judgment of Mr. Schiavo? If you are, in fact, wrong, you've joined an effort to treat this man with unspeakable cruelty. I don't know, I can only surmise, that in order to reconcile that kind of cruelty with your Christian beliefs, you have to avoid any consideration that you might be wrong. "But," you might be tempted to interject here, "what if you, Anonymous, are wrong. Haven't you just participated in the death of a helpless woman?" While I know from personal experience that individual doctors can be wrong, and while I'm certainly aware that some judges have an agenda, I'm comfortable in knowing that this case has had more than ample review--both by medical professionals and by the judicial branch of government. What I've observed is that the largest outcry has not come from the professionals involved in this case; it's come from people who know, on average, very little about this case, and who have taken at face value wild allegations against Mr. Schiavo made by people who haven't even attempted to disguise their scorched-earth campaign against him. And unless I'm willing to believe that there's been a conspiracy to kill Mrs. Schiavo that reaches across the medical profession, past the social service agencies, throughout the law enforcement community and up to the Supreme Court, I'm willing to live with what I believe is a miniscule amount of doubt that the right, legal and appropriate actions were taken. And I'm willing to put that doubt in God's hands. Because if we, (meaning society) in our best effort, didn't get it right, He will someday.
    That brings me back to your blog. What I said the other night (which you promptly erased) is that when you establish a blog, unless you are honest enough to label it as as a "dissent-free" zone, you have to expect differing opinions. What I was wrong about was the notion that because you are unable to digest differing opinions you are a hypocrite. No, that just makes you a very one-dimensional person. You are a hypocrite because you have turned Jesus' and the Apostles' teachings upside down. Jesus was "straight up" with everyone, but he saved his rage for those self-righteous religious folk who liked to publicly proclaim how righteous they were--kinda like what you and your pals here do. He instructed his followers to "love your enemy;" you folks have drug Mr. Schiavo and a lot of others through the mud with a constant stream of rantings that are nothing less than hateful and mean-spirited. Most importantly, He taught that the truth will set you free; but you're imprisoned by your hatred of people you don't even know and have condemned based on gossip and innuendo.
    Coming to this blog has turned out to be a waste of my time, simply because you are incapable of having an informed discussion with people who are different from you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:37 PM  

  • "I'm comfortable enough in my studying the objective record to state my opinion, recognizing that some day I might be proven wrong. "

    This was someone's LIFE! Your own words indict you anon. That life is now gone, so if you are truly are proven wrong using your own words, what is the solution? Yes, now go on and talk about the death penalty and it's injustices. Use any moral relatively arguement.

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 8:03 PM  

  • jlfintx


    You found that line in there?

    Hmmm, I fell asleep after the first few lines... (anon might be Bill Keller)

    After the kids go to bed, and I am ready to settle down for the night, I might give it another try..

    I have yet to see where I claim anywhere on this blog that I am unbiased.

    Fair and Balanced? Nahhhh- That's for FOX News- I am STRICTLY PRO-LIFE BIASED!

    I am certainly not EVERYBODY'S CUP OF TEA! I use to try to do that- make everyone happy.... Now THAT'S a WASTE of time...not only will it NEVER HAPPEN, but just drives me NUTZ!

    I am VERY comfortable with where I stand and my "IM's" from God.

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 8:31 PM  

  • Please Anon, obviously you have not studied the record as you say
    Terri is dead at the hands of the one person in world who wanted her dead
    michael now lets just follow your line of thinking we judged him
    ok go with that
    michael did not allow her family to be with her at her time of death

    michael did not allow her to be buried - as her parents wish and more likely Terri's since she was a catholic

    michael did not allow her parents to have any one in for the autopsy

    michael is taking her to phila - far away from her family to be buried at his discretion - and in secret
    i could go on and on .. you tell me he had Terri's best interest at heart - he loved her

    Her family loved her - Terri's Mother had to beg him to not murder her baby

    God Bless Terri and Her Family

    By Blogger keeka, at 8:44 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    One thing has been pointed out to you numerous times! This time, please pay attention! I am making this as simple as I can:
    Only one judge ever examined the Schiavo case !
    Until you can either accept that or provide evidence to the contrary, none of your statements make sense!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 9:26 PM  

  • Just wondering if any of you all take this much effort to help those on death row be spared from their deaths?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 PM  

  • Anon @ 9:55

    do you?

    stupid question, really stupid question.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 PM  

  • Anonymous @ 9:55,
    Yes, I am very active in the death-penalty plight. I have written about it often. If you're a regular, you know that. But for tonight, I have a special treat. I think I have finally come up with a viable alternative to the idiotic non-working jibberish that passes for life without parole that seems to always result in parole!

    The death penalty would be defined as life imprisonment without the option of parole. There is only way to be released once sentence is imposed, following the normal "death penalty" appeal process. That would require a bill be passed by the legislature, signed by the governor, and approved by a vote of the general population in exactly the same manner required for a Constitutional Amendment in the particular State. Of course, a Federal Death sentence would require the same numerical and procedural mechanics that amending the U.S. Constitutiion requires.
    If a President or Governor wishes to exercise Constitutional Pardon, it must be done before imposing death. Only the people can bring back the dead. If it is clear that there was an error in the case, don't convince a judge, convince the people!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:05 PM  

  • Anon, you said it all for me.

    Those of you who subscribe to the set of social beliefs that have been labeled "pro-life" (way to co-opt the broad and inarguable!) not only have the perfect right to those beliefs but make some valuable contributions to current events and issues. You're not doing yourselves any favors, though, by allying yourselves with the wild conspiracy theorists and nut jobs who are quick to take advantage of your moral passion.

    From what I was able to see, the "culture of life" showed precious little respect for the lives of the other hospice patients or their families. Many of its leaders have actively opposed any efforts toward universal health care, something that would help give thousands of people the same chances you fought for so passionately in this case.

    If you're truly pro-life, don't let yourself be led into the prevailing lockstep agenda by people looking for political power or good ratings or the advancement of their personal agenda. You'll do your cause a lot more good that way.

    By Anonymous Magnificat, at 12:37 AM  

  • Magnifacat

    by allying yourselves with the wild conspiracy theorists

    HUH? It is a conspiracy to ask why the heck MR Malpractice Suit found his wife had 13 bone fractures, but never once asked for an investigation as to HOW? His best defense is that she got these fractures from THERAPY? But never once wanted to know who the therapist was? Yeah, that's stretching and reaching for conspiracy.... He also LIVED with the Schindlers when the bone scan was done and NEVER mentioned it to them? Not even a, "Hey, Terri has 13 bone fractures, did you ever see any of the doctors or nurses drop her or anything?"

    From what I was able to see, the "culture of life" showed precious little respect for the lives of the other hospice patients or their families.

    Oh, so we should do what? Protest in a closet somewhere? Besides, many of the protesters were very concerned about the fact that people would WANT their loved ones in a place that was willing to do this to Terri. I would never let my loved ones in a Hospice so riddled with conflict of interests. There are wonderful Hopsices and Horrible ones too. This Hospice is in the middle of a HUGE mess with fraud to the tune of about $14 million, not to mention that they admitted Terri when she is NOT TERMINAL! Don't take my word for it, check it our for yourself. Just to add, these protesters were VERY CALM AND PEACEFUL! I WAS THERE! Not to say there were not some kooks- there were, but there are kooks on both sides of this issue. That does not discount the honest people on either side.

    Many of its leaders have actively opposed any efforts toward universal health care, something that would help give thousands of people the same chances you fought for so passionately in this case.

    I'm sorry, this is where you are so very wrong. Universal healthcare is the WORST! There is NO CHOICE with Universal Healthcare. Why do you think people come to America for Healthcare? If ANYONE is for CHOICE- Universal Healthcare is NOT the way to go...

    If you're truly pro-life....
    This is a bate and manipulate phrase. I am TRULY PRO-LIFE. NO DOUBT! NONE!

    don't let yourself be led into the prevailing lockstep agenda by people looking for political power or good ratings or the advancement of their personal agenda. You'll do your cause a lot more good that way.

    However- You finish the phrase with a good point. I will not let anyone "on the other side" try and tell me how to prove myself, that is just foolish. My husband use to say, If you love me.......But yet NONE of what he asked as proof, was he ever willing to give....

    On your point- AMEN! The Politicians have PLAYED the Pro-Lifers, the same way they play blacks and other special interest groups. If these politicians wanted to truly stop the killing of Terri, they would have acted FAR before the cameras showed up. JEB Himself SIGNED the LAW in 1999 that made hydration and nutrition "life support." Goerge H W Bush had his hands all in this pro-death stuff back as far as 1983. I will be exposing ALL those that have USED the pro-lifers as I can.

    Thanks for stopping by and posing GOOD things to discuss in such a clear and thoughtful manner. We may disagree on some things, but I have respect for YOUR STYLE of DISAGREEING!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 3:15 AM  

  • anon #1

    You so bore me. Make a point....


    I erased comments on ONE DAY'S WORTH OF THREADS-- The day Terri Passed. If you want to write a book- get your own blog! For Pete's sake!

    You look rather foolish taking up so much bandwidth to say this blog is a waste of your time... You sure spent a LOT of time telling me so....

    Usually things that are a waste of my time do not get so much of my time and attention... but, hey, your time to waste....

    If ya took so much effort and so many trips back to comment... I must have hit a little nerve...and obviously, arguing and throwing around false accusations is EXACTLY how you like to spen your time...

    I'd hate to see how much bandwidth you spend on the blogs that ARE worth your time...

    I'm flattered.....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 3:21 AM  

  • False accusations???!!!! Now that's the pot calling the kettle black!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:44 AM  

  • RWNutjob-
    What part of "numerous appeals" do you not understand? Is that simple enough for you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:38 AM  

  • Anonymous @ 1:38AM
    What part of "numerous appeals" do you not understand? Is that simple enough for you?

    What part of procedural do you not understand? No other court throughout the entire appeal process ever took a look de novo at facts of the case; only procedure.
    Again, I repeat, "Only one judge ever examined the Schiavo case !" Even when the Democrat and Republican Senators and Representatives passed a law that said they must, and they were Constitutionally required to do so, they refused. They let ONE examination stand as the only one to ever take place. You may agree or disagree that this is the way it should have been, but it is an indisputable FACT. In a storied case that seems sadly missing any facts, this certainly stands out!
    So if you wish to discuss opinions (like Greer's, Schindler's, yours, or mine), that is fine. But don't dispute one of the few indisputable facts. It just makes you look ignorant!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:21 AM  

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