Thursday, March 24, 2005

R.I.P. Dr. Seuss

As a child, I grew up reading One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and other Dr. Seuss books. Not only did his zany creativity and the colorful illustrations make reading his books quietly a pleasure, it was always as much fun to say the words aloud as it was to read them. I still remember reading about Sneetches, Ooblecks, the Lorax, or the Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz. Dr. Seuss' ability to create fun words was nothing short of brilliant.

I would also call the current conservative habit of creating words brilliant, but in a much more devious way. First with partial birth abortions, a non-medical term made recently to apply to any number of procedures. And now, with the nation-wide Terri Schiavo conflict, it pops up again. I first found this in Balloon Juice, but here's a quote from a article:
"Those three doctors declared Terri to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), but Cheshire said, based on his examination of Terri and review of her records, she is more likely in a minimally conscious state (MCS). The term is a new diagnostic description that has come into acceptance since Terri was last examined."
I can understand that occasionally new cases call for new conditions, but this seems more like desperate times and desperate measures. While I can understand the arguments against the so-called partial birth abortions, this new step in trying to "save" Terri is outrageous. According to CBS polls 74% of Americans believe that Congress got involved to further their political agenda, compared to the 13% who feel the Congressmen actually cared about Mrs. Schiavo. It's nice to see that the rest of America isn't buying it either.


At 12:29 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Want to talk about making things up? Fox News asked Jon Edwards (the Sci-Fi psychic who claims he can talk to the dead) to offer his opinion on the case. He stated that he definitively believes that she is fully aware of what's going on.

In the words of Jon Stewart, there's one plug I'd really like to pull, and it's to those cable news networks.


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