Archive for June, 2010

Is this great rhetoric or what? (what??)

June 20, 2010

From President Obama’s long-awaited speech a few days ago on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico– as he passed on from the mundane facts of the spill itself to great plans to get beyond such things:

What has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny—our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how we’re going to get there. We know we’ll get there.

Very down to earth, right?  He makes it all very clear.  “We know we’ll get there.”  Wherever “there” is…

Right in the same spirit  as “we are the future we’ve been waiting for”– or something like that– a gnomic utterance of his during the campaign.  Of course now he’s supposed to be governing the country.

O brave new world, that hath such people in it

June 11, 2010

I knew euthanasia was big in Holland– and possible not entirely voluntary in all cases– but it appears neighboring Belgium is keeping up with them.  This from the Vancouver Sun, as linked to by blogger Patterico:

Almost half of deaths by euthanasia in Belgium have involved patients who have not explicitly requested their lives to be ended by a doctor, a study has suggested.

A fifth of nurses interviewed by researchers admitted that they had been involved in the euthanasia of a patient based on the “assumption” they would want to die. Nearly half of the nurses – 120 of 248 – admitted they had taken part in “terminations without request or consent”.

Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002. It accounts for two per cent of all deaths annually. The law states that patient consent must be given and that doctors must carry out the procedure. But the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that the rules are routinely flouted and shows how doctors often delegate the administering of fatal drugs to nurses.