Friday, May 07, 2010

Oh, Mickey, you’re NOT so fine ...

Does anyone remember Terri Schiavo?

She was severely brain-damaged and being kept alive with a feeding tube when her husband, Michael, ordered it removed. The girl's brother and parents objected, citing that she was ... well, still living. But Michael already had a live-in girlfriend and two common-law children by her, and the poor slob just had to get on with his life. So the courts ignored Federal and state law entirely (as did the Governor of Florida, and the President of the United States), and allowed the husband to remove the feeding tube, starving his wife to death.

When the Fox Network cartoon "Family Guy" did opened a recent episode with an imaginary scene from "Terri Schiavo: The Musical," Terri's brother Bobby protested the exploitation of Terri's name. Michael did not. Michael is, however, protesting the name of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, for the exploitation of Terri's name, since he (Michael) has exclusive rights to the name of the woman he had to knock off with the court's approval, and because three staff members of the Foundation are earning a salary thereof.

The high figure of a whopping $37,000 goes to Bobby Schindler, as Executive Director. I hope he kept his day job.

There is much more to the story, of course, including allegations that the Foundation is paying out too much for salaries by acceptable standards of philanthropy, the actual numbers notwithstanding. What bears notice here is that Michael, who was able -- albeit with dubious validity -- to remarry in the Catholic Church because the officiating priest and the local bishop were a matching pair of horse's patooties, still cannot seem to get on with his life.


1 comment:

Left-Footer said...

I knew the story, but not that the husband was a Catholic (sort of).

Bishop and priest, too, sort of.

Not only words, but thoughts fail me.