Monday, September 29, 2008

Open Letter to Philadelphia Radio Talk Show Host Michael Smerconish about Terry Schiavo


Open Letter to Philadelphia Radio Talk Show Host Michael Smerconish about Terry Schiavo
Me 2/24/2005 Me

Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005 6:00:26 PM by TorahTrueJew

As an introduction, there is a local "conservative" talk show host in Philadelphia named Michael Smerconish. He calls himself conservative, but is even more liberal than Sean Hannity. He is always talking about things that bug him, and how the government ought to make laws against these common annoyances. Today, he actually said that Terry Schiavo's husband loved her and had her best interests in mind, and that he would want to die too if he were PVS like her. I was shocked, so I wrote this letter to him. It is important that we get ALL media talking the truth, especially talk radio, since if talk radio isn't supporting her, nobody will. I sent this letter to him tonight, and thought you'd all like to see it.

Dear Michael, My wife and I listen to 1210 everyday, from Smerconish to Dom, we listen to everybody. We always joke with each other about your liberal comments, oftentimes when you think some new law should be passed against something that annoys you. I have to admit to you, we jokingly call you, "Michael Jerk-onish" when you say something really pro-big government, or just throw softball questions at really liberal guests.

Today, however, your show ceased to be amusing. We always cringe when you have on that Bio-Ethicist Arthur Kaplan. Every person I ever met or heard speak called a "bio-ethicist" was anything but ethical, and Kaplan is no exception. The things I hear him say are terrifying. When you told him that you saw video of Terry Schiavo interacting, he calmy explained that it was all "reflexes", and that she was for sure unconscious. He sounded like the doctors who tell you that the movement of a baby at 9 months gestation inside the mother's womb is all reflex, and that the baby isn't really aware of what is going on. You accepted his explanation and decided that her husband must be correct in trying to kill her.

I cannot believe you could even engage in a conversation like this, much less agree with him. Terry Schiavo is a living, breathing human being. Who cares if her eyes followed the balloon because she liked it or because her "eye muscles reflexively followed the color and light"? It is an academic question that can be debated among teams of doctors trying to find ways to make her better (something no doctor has been allowed to try since he won his lawsuit). The only thing she needs to keep her alive is food. Many doctors say she can even eat by mouth, but her husband won't allow it. Babies and small children must be fed. The elderly must be fed. Many people who are in accidents and are handicapped must be fed. Relying on others to feed you is NOT life support. Last year, Oreilly interviewed a woman who was diagnosed by all the doctors as PVS. She had been operated on with no anesthesia, and was in the process of being starved to death when she finally regained the ability to talk. She has since told her story. She was aware of everything going on around her, and described the excrutiating pain of not only hearing her starvation discussed, but what it felt like to starve to death. It is a horrifying way to die. Can you imagine the outcry if we decided to execute the prisoners at Abu Ghirab by starving them to death? What if we tortured them by starving them for 3 days? Why no outcry at starving this poor woman to death?

If you are intellectually honest, and you really think that she is PVS and deserves to die, then I challenge you. Tomorrow morning, at 7:30am (when I am listening), announce that you support blowing off Terry Schiavo's head with a shotgun. If you are condemning her to death, then at least, on the doubt that she may still feel pain, let the death be painless. If you refuse to support blowing off her head with a shotgun, then why do you support starving her to death? Mass murderers are entitled to execution without pain, so why not Terry Schiavo?

Please do not politicize the issue of Terry Schiavo. It is not a right/left, prolife/prochoice, liberal/conservative issue. There is a mountain of evidence that her husband does not have her best wishes in mind. There are written statements by nurses who attended to her indicating abuse. Her husband could be afraid that should she recover, she'll tell the police about what he's done and he'll be criminally liable. The only doctors allowed to examine her closely have been pro-euthanasia doctors, hand-picked by a lawyer who has made a career (and a book) out of right-to-die cases. Her parents have offered Michael all the remaining money from the lawsuit, all the money from her estate, and complete freedom from further litigation. All they want is their daughter. Her husband is now essentially a bigamist, living a common law marriage with another woman, and it is inconceivable that he really has his wife's best interests in mind.

I was also shocked when you said that you felt that if the courts of Florida ruled in favor of her husband, that he must be correct. This logic supports both Slavery and Abortion, both of which were upheld by our country's judiciary. I suggest you read Mark Levin's "Men In Black" if you do not understand how judicial tyranny threatens our freedoms. In the case of Terry Schiavo, it threatens her life.

Terry has suffered for years being called a vegetable by the main stream media. Thanks to the internet, the blogosphere, and MOST talk radio (Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity), the message is getting out and political pressure is being brought to bear on Jeb Bush. You can do a great service to Terry by examining the case, and even if you don't have enough evidence to convince you she is alive, at least err on the side of LIFE! If she really is PVS, then she won't care that she is still alive and her family will be happy. If she isn't PVS, then you will have saved an innocent woman from death.

Sincerely, Me Suburbs of Philadelphia, PA


To: floridavoter2
Actually, he has taken up for Terry Schiavo, which I appreciate. My wife and I had been getting so annoyed by him as of late, but Michael Smerconish shows us it could be a lot worse. I could go on and on about Sean Hannity. One example--he goes on an on about how sacred a life is, and how abortion at any point is wrong. Then he says that it is okay in the case of rape or incest. How can he argue that abortion is murder unequivocably, but then say that the murder is okay if it is preceded by rape or incest?


To: TorahTrueJew
Oh I see what you're saying. I guess he is rather hypocritical in that sense. Besides, he shouldn't assume abortion will ever "help" a rape victim. Abortion just re-victimizes her by violating her body in another horrible way.


To: Tribune7
Oh yeah--forgot about that. He loves Arlen Specter. I can't stand him and am embarassed that I voted for him. But Smerconish just adores him. Goes well with Arthur Kaplan who is pro-abortion.


To: TorahTrueJew
Do you remember when Smerconish went to Cuba and sucked up to Castro. He asked him some asinine question about Frank Rizzo, as if the decrepit old creep had any idea who he was. Lost all my respect for Smerconish.


To: TorahTrueJew
We must use all of our might to right this injustice. When it involves radio talk show hosts, we need to light the fire under those who have become lazy and would allow neglect and expediency become the status quo rather than engage in the hard work needed to protect the sick and infirmed. We must oppose government when it fails to protect us from those who would threaten our life when we are in our most vulnerable condition.This is a battle for the future which will determine the ethical treatment of human beings as determined by the extent forces succeed in the erosion of the value of human life. This battle will be lost if we allow public opinion from such moral degenerates as Michael Smerconish to dominate the cultural discourse. When those such as him advocate for what used to pass for murder, they are opening the door for such moral decay that the taking of a life for some imagined justification may become commonplace and legal. What I fear are relatives pressuring poor souls to a early death for expediency sake; especially when such pressures are being aggravated by increased health care costs that have been affected by temporary economic forces.When the Baby Boom Generation makes its way through the dying years, the moral decisions that are made will determine the dignity we will place on human life in the future. The Terri Schiavo case is a litmus test to see if the forces of moral ethics can stand up to the legal challenges of the culture of death. We are beginning to wake up to the fact that the culture of death is becoming entrenched. The alarm bells are sounding. We will need to be weeded out of the culture through expensive court action and support of right to life candidates if people are to be safe in their hospital beds from the barbaric bargaining of human life on the auction block of expediency.
Finally, one most important action that everyone can do daily: We can pray to our Creator that all people will be given the dignity that life made in God's image deserves.


Michael is the guy who has bragged about his friendship with Arlen Spector ad nauseum and had him as a guest on his program many times. Spector took a group of people to Cuba. Michael was one of them. When Michael returned, he bragged about having smoked a cigar with Fidel Castro, oblivious to the sensibilities of conservatives in his listening audience which is a mistake (either doing it or bragging about it) no TRUE conservative would ever make.
There are a host of other issues large and small, for which conservatives could take him to task.
Most recently Smerkonish supported Lynne Abraham and the ridiculous charges she filed against the protestors from REPENT AMERICA.
And now this. He sides with Michael Schiavo and the court without knowing and understanding the facts of the case.
Smerconish is another intellectual LIGHTWEIGHT who doesn't belong where he is. Michael Smerkonish is solely about promoting Michael Smerkonish and nothing more.
Your letter is excellent. Far better than anything Michael has ever written. Thank you for taking the time to write it and for defending Terri to a SMALL TIME KNOW NOTHING talk show host who I stopped listening to long ago.
45 posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005 9:31:17 PM by TAdams8591 (The call you make may be the one that saves Terri's life!!!!!!)
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I don't think that Sean is a conservative. He supported Schwartzenegger over McClintock, the true conservative.He sounds very supportive of Rudy Giuliani for any office (especially against Hillary), even though Rudy is not only pro abortion, he's also pro partial birth abortion.
I stopped listening to Sean, too.
49 posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 12:09:45 AM by Lauren BaRecall (Blue state address, red state soul.)
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I wonder if he thinks the court was right in dropping charges against the Philly Christians.
I don't know, since I never heard him discuss the charges being dropped. Smerconish certainly did side with the "Pink Angels", the District Attorney, and the Philly Police regarding the arrest and prosecution of the Christians. He was very, very hostile to Christians and their lawyer when they were on his radio program. When they tried to tell their side of the story, he accused them of "spinning the truth."
Smerconish also took calls from homosexuals on the program, who tried to paint the Philadelphia 5 Christians with hate groups and terrorists. Smerconish let them talk all they wanted.
Then Smerconish wrote an article in the Philadelphia Daily News attacking the Christian group--saying basically that they got what they deserved.

When callers where upset and outraged with Smerconish's approach to this issue, he got very testy on the air, and claimed "Listen pal, I worship the same God that you do!"
Lately, there have been a number of editorials on the net critical of Smerconish's behavior. He also admitted he is good friends with the DA, prosecutors, and Judge in the Philadelphia 5 case who wanted the Christians punished for appearing at the "Outfest!" demonstration.
53 posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 4:50:59 AM by SkyPilot
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Monday, September 15, 2008


A brief summary of presidential directives, executive orders, and congressionaly approved bills that where signed into law over the last 40ish years.

And no, this isn't a bunch of conspiracy nonsense. They are simply facts.

It spent $1.3 billion building secret bunkers throughout the United States in anticipation of government disruption by foreign or domestic upheaval. Yet fewer than 20 members of Congress , only members with top security clearance, know of the $1.3 billion expenditure by FEMA for non-natural disaster situations. These few Congressional leaders state that FEMA has a "black curtain" around its operations. FEMA has worked on National Security programs since 1979, and its predecessor, the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency, has secretly spent millions of dollars before being merged into FEMA by President Carter in 1979.

Operation Cable Splicer, Garden Plot, and REX 84 (short for Readiness Exercise 1984) are programs long on the shelf, awaiting the appropriate "disaster" to be taken down and implemented. Garden Plot is a program designed to control the population, while Cable Splicer is a program engineered for an orderly takeover of state and local governments by the federal government. FEMA is the executive arm of the coming police state and will head up operations. The Presidential Executive Orders already listed on the Federal Register also are part of the legal framework for this operation, and include the following:
10990 (allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports), 10995 (allows the government to seize and control the communication media), 10997 (allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals), 10998 (allows the government to take over all food resources and farms), 11000 (allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision), 11001 (allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions), 11002 (designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons), 11003 (allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft), 11004 (allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations) and 11005 (allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities).
More recently, the National Defense Authorization Act, under Sect. 1042, allows the use of "the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies" and explicitly gives the executive the power to invoke martial law -- in other words, kiss Posse Comitatus good-bye. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to "a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order," Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle in February. Add to this the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and National Security Presidential Directive 51, allowing for "continuity of government" in the event of what NSPD-5 vaguely calls a "catastrophic emergency," and the framework is in place for the imposition of martial law.

As a recent example of the sort of activity FEMA is engaged in, as they tell flood victims in the Midwest to fend for themselves, consider the $22 million per year the agency has spent "on a terror training program within a real town in New Mexico where helicopters buzz overhead in the middle of the night, mock nuclear explosions are drilled and 'suicide bombers' are taken down by SWAT teams who pull citizens out of their homes," writes Steve Watson. The Associated Press (see video) deems such events "unthinkable," and indeed they are, while floods and hurricanes are a reality.
FEMA has very little to do with the sort of natural disasters the people of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana are currently experiencing and everything to do with martial law, thus DHS boss Chertoff's satisfaction "with the federal response to the massive Midwest flooding" is little more than a dog and pony show, a public relations gimmick slapped over the real face of FEMA.