Thursday, March 24, 2005

What kind of a world ...

Last week on Survivor Pinelles Park ...
Tom Delay and the Politiko Tribe's last minute attempt
to keep Terri Schiavo on the island was unsuccessful.

What a horrible fucking world we live in, where human beings are exploited for ratings and a family's emotion pain is put on display for all the world to see. It's like the world's cruelest reality show ... and the ratings are amazing.

On Monday, March 21st at around 3:00 p.m., Jeff Weise, a 17 year-old member of the Red Lake Nation of Chippewas in Minnesota gunned down nine people before turning the weapon on himself. It was the deadliest killing spree at a school since the 1999 Columbine killings in Littleton, Colorado. But whether you watched CNN, MSNBC, or Fox, you would've never known ... all eyes were on Terri Schiavo.

The 24/7 news cycle has turned it's full attention to Terri Schiavo and her family ... and the result is nothing less than a tragic, real-life "Truman Show." Sitting in front of the county courthouse in Florida, talk show host Sean Hannity reminded us every three to five minutes to stay tuned because the judges might make their decision "any minute."

To fill time, the news channels have interviewed everyone who ever met Terri or Michael ... her childhood friend, his college roommate, the waitress who served them at a Waffle House 17 years ago ... the situation would be laughable if it weren't so inexcusable.

At one point CNN and FOX both interviewed Carla Sauer Iyer, a former nurse of Terri Schiavo, whose inflammatory accusations are so unbelievable that not even Terri's parents will subpoena her. But ratings are ratings ... and neither network disclosed that her statements have been completely dismissed by a circuit court judge.

Today, the Supreme Court rejected the Schiavo case for the fourth time ... and a Florida state judge rejected a petition by the state welfare agency to take custody of Terri. Protestors are gathering at the hospice ... and there's just one thing I can't wrap my head around. Shouldn't the "religious" right be the first to realize that death isn't the end?

It's time to give the Schiavo and Schindler families the privacy and respect they deserve ... and let Terri pass on in peace.

And I'll take with me the memories
To be my sunshine after the rain
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

Boys II Men - It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

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