Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s video production staff has been busy, focusing on the mess of U.S. policy in Syria, and have put together 2 short videos on the subject.
The first looks at President Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes:
The next looks at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on the issues, and CBS’s report featuring Senator Fischer’s questions and statements:
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Fischer has a particular responsibility to ask the hard questions of the Administration’s foreign policy and military actions.
It is pretty clear that she is not interested in letting the President skate on this breakdown.
The name game
Wesley J. Smith writes in National Review about proponents of assisted suicide making great efforts to re-label euthanasia practices. He quotes Kirsten Powers, saying…
We aren’t supposed to refer to self-inflicted death as “suicide.”
Rocky Shaw, president of the California State Coroners Association, told the Los Angeles Times that before California’s new law passed if someone took a lethal dose of drugs it would be ruled a suicide. But the new law states that “death resulting from the self-administration of an aid-in-dying drug is not suicide.” This, according to Shaw, “leaves a question about how to classify” a physician-assisted death.
This is no doubt because Compassion and Choices, a national “right-to-die” organization that lobbied for the California law is working furiously to, according to its website, “Normalize accurate, unbiased language throughout the end-of-life choice discussion (’aid in dying’ instead of ‘assisted suicide’).”
This caught my attention, because the local papers are jumping into the re-naming game as well.
In the Lincoln Journal-Star, they say…
Lawmaker wants bill to allow use of life-ending drugs
The Omaha World-Herald says..
Chambers ponders bill on medically assisted death, likely to face stiff opposition
At least the OWH does wade into the issue of terminology, saying…
“…what opponents call ‘assisted suicide’ and supporters term ‘death with dignity.'”
Some of this is a legal issue though, as the LJS also notes that the legislation that State Senator Ernie Chambers is pursuing states:
The patient’s death certificate would list the underlying illness as the cause of death, not suicide by drug overdose, and insurance companies cannot deny payouts or annuities because the death was medically assisted.
This is an extremely emotional issue for both sides.
Julie Schmidt-Albin of Nebraska Right to Life was Tweeting a story in TIME about the pressure on the poor in terms of assisted suicide.
And she notes this story about a nurse whose mother suffered from brain cancer, and is stridently against assisted suicide.
And on the other side, here is an emotional blog post by Dilbert cartoon creator Scott Adams, discussing his father’s painful hospital struggle, entitled, “I hope my father dies soon.”
But the name game is an interesting one. One only has to look at “Nebraskans for Public Safety“, the group against the Death Penalty, to see the role semantics plays in politics.
As Wesley Smith concludes…
There is a purpose behind such mislabeling prestidigitation: When anti-euthanasia advocacy and arguments are branded “religious”–a meme ubiquitously pushed in media stories about assisted suicide–it furthers the pro-assisted suicide tactic of branding opponents theocrats who are trying to force their dogma on unbelievers.
And he wonders where the alleged media bias on the topic will go.
Yes, Ben Carson in Omaha next week!
ABCNews wrote the other day that Dr. Ben Carson was “suspending” his Presidential campaign to go on a book tour.
The Carson campaign said yesterday that that is “nonsense” and that the ABC reporter was “misinformed” — the campaign is going full force.. and includes some book tour stops.
Well, part of that will include Omaha.
Carson will make a stop in Omaha next week, on October 23rd at the new Bookworm at Loveland Center at 90th & Center at 7:30pm.
(Many of you will lovingly remember that new shopping center as the former home of taco-night location, Señor Matias.) (sniff…)
With the current lead Carson is developing in Iowa, and the excitement of his supporters, it would probably be best to get there early…
Hey, have you downloaded or listened to the latest podcast of The Wheels Down Politics Show featuring my interview with Keep the Money in Nebraska‘s Scott Lautenbaugh? (Speaking of playing with titles…)
Lautenbaugh discusses the initiative petition and Constitutional Amendment for expanded Casino Gambling in Nebraska.
Here’s a 60 second clip to whet your appetite:
On the Ralston issue, that’s no joke (as I originally thought). Under the petition language, a Casino could be as far as 2,500 yards from an existing horsetrack. The Ralston arena (and hotel) is about 1,400 yards away.
I’m not saying that’s the plan, but you could certainly imagine the folks in Ralston making a play for that sort of expansion, right on 72nd Street.
Once again, the ballot in November 2016 is going to be (assuming these guys get their signatures) VERY interesting.
Tweet to the rescue
I noted Texas Governor Abbott’s Tweet the other day, prematurely celebrating an all-Texas team American League Championship Series.
Well Abbott, a Republican, at least came back with a funny after both teams lost…
I don’t believe in curses or jinks. But just in case they really work: Congratulations @HillaryClinton.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 15, 2015