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  • Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Ebola, Dengue, Swine Flu

    07/08/2014 12:40:06 PM PDT · 29 of 77
    Brian Kopp DPM to gleeaikin

    Yeah, I call BS on the Ebola claims too. No way is Ebola circulating here without word getting around on the Internet. Let’s see some independent verification of this before believing it.

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/03/2014 8:31:15 PM PDT · 56 of 141
    Brian Kopp DPM to Religion Moderator

    This thread is hate mongering. But that point seems lost on some.

  • A Church Renovation Worth Celebrating

    07/03/2014 6:11:36 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Brian Kopp DPM to Salvation

    Unfortunately no. This is in the Diocese of Scranton, northeastern PA, about 4 hours from here.

  • Hobby Lobby Verdict a Victory For Ultra-Right Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colson’s Ghost

    07/01/2014 6:58:43 AM PDT · 25 of 73
    Brian Kopp DPM to marshmallow

    When I first read this I honestly thought it was satire, a mocking of the moonbat left wing. It is obviously not satire, sadly, but it is certainly demonic.

  • Moscow Patriarch awards patriarchal honor prize to top Russian Communist leader

    06/28/2014 10:37:17 AM PDT · 1 of 5
    Brian Kopp DPM
    Just in case the current craziness in Rome has anyone thinking of swimming the Bosporus.
  • Do any of you own the Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition?

    06/25/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT · 17 of 25
    Brian Kopp DPM to LouAvul

    Go to http://cycle-ergo.com/ and put in your data, then compare bikes you’re interested in.

    I’m 6’2” and have low back trouble. I recently bought a 2005 KLR650 because it has upright seating and some of the best (highest) knee and hip angles for tall riders. Unfortunately, it vibrates terribly due to the thumper engine and buffets my helmet mercilessly at highway speeds, has no weather protection, and I wouldn’t dream of taking it cross country. I prefer the sport tourers I’ve had in the past and will likely sell this one this fall and go back to a sport tourer.

    Other than that, its a fun bike. If you get engine guards, you can mount highway pegs to stretch out your legs.

  • Ireland's "Mass Grave" Hoax

    06/25/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT · 14 of 15
    Brian Kopp DPM to Laissez-faire capitalist

    Please read post #4, in its entirety. Anyone who continues harping on this hoax is complicit in the lies on which it was built and the deliberate effort to deceive which it clearly constitutes.

  • Tuam babies: how a small field in Ireland held big secret

    06/24/2014 7:40:12 PM PDT · 49 of 54
    Brian Kopp DPM to Laissez-faire capitalist

    Give it a rest, bigot.

  • Tuam babies: how a small field in Ireland held big secret

    06/23/2014 1:53:04 PM PDT · 19 of 54
    Brian Kopp DPM to Laissez-faire capitalist

    Your obsession with this hoax has been one continuous ad hom against the Church after another.

    Give it a rest. FR has suffered enough of this hoax and those obsessing over it already.

  • Tuam babies: how a small field in Ireland held big secret

  • Tuam babies: how a small field in Ireland held big secret

    06/23/2014 1:31:40 PM PDT · 6 of 54
    Brian Kopp DPM to Laissez-faire capitalist

    This whole hoax is an ad hom against the Catholic Church. And those that keep repeating this hoax on FR should be shunned for cooperating with the progressive anti-Christian bigots responsible for this hoax.

  • Associated Press Apologizes for Its Coverage of the Irish Orphanage Story

    06/21/2014 12:37:40 PM PDT · 22 of 78
    Brian Kopp DPM to Gamecock
    Spin it any way you want bud, but everyone sees your behavior for what it was.

  • Associated Press Apologizes for Its Coverage of the Irish Orphanage Story

    06/21/2014 12:10:30 PM PDT · 15 of 78
    Brian Kopp DPM to NYer

    Where are all the FR usual suspects offering their apologies for gleefully spreading this lie?

  • Associated Press Apologizes for Its Coverage of the Irish Orphanage Story

    06/21/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · 14 of 78
    Brian Kopp DPM to goodwithagun

    Schadenfreude.

  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/20/2014 10:09:02 AM PDT · 101 of 104
    Brian Kopp DPM to Alex Murphy
    From the link:

    Perhaps the classic expression of this idea belongs to none other than the outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was asked on Bavarian television in 1997 if the Holy Spirit is responsible for who gets elected. This was his response:

    I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. … I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.

    Then the clincher:

    There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!

    You might consider taking your own advice.

    I was posting to someone who rejected Jesus Christ and turned his back on Christianity, yet you choose to attack me.

    Interesting.

  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/19/2014 4:40:02 PM PDT · 76 of 104
    Brian Kopp DPM to Zionist Conspirator
    I've been somewhere in your church you don't even know exists.

    Wrong. Again.

    My now retired bishop called me by name an "enemy of the diocese." I've been in those places in my church that only you think you know exists. Difference is, I learned to stop looking at believers for proof of the existence of God and His Truth, and walked away with my Faith, the True Faith, intact.

    The reason you can't let it go is because He won't let you go. He calls you back every day but in your anger and hurt, you refuse to answer His call.

    There is nothing for you in Zionism, and you know it, and it makes you miserable. So you take it out on us.

    Let it go.

  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/19/2014 1:58:40 PM PDT · 61 of 104
    Brian Kopp DPM to piusv; Zionist Conspirator

    Really. One of the most pathetic and baseless ongoing rants I’ve seen at FR. I’m an agnostic on creationism vs intelligent design. That doesn’t make me an excommunicated Catholic.

  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/19/2014 6:33:03 AM PDT · 35 of 104
    Brian Kopp DPM to Zionist Conspirator
    What could you possibly tell us?

    Repent and believe for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/18/2014 9:13:23 PM PDT · 21 of 104
    Brian Kopp DPM to Miles the Slasher

    Agreed.

  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/18/2014 8:35:21 PM PDT · 18 of 104
    Brian Kopp DPM to Miles the Slasher; melsec
  • Deadly break-in at Arizona church puts spotlight on issue of clergy possessing weapons

    06/17/2014 7:52:47 PM PDT · 8 of 23
    Brian Kopp DPM to FlingWingFlyer; Foundahardheadedwoman

    The priest who owned the gun was so severely beaten by the attacker that when he retrieved the pistol he was physically unable to fire it. In the photos of the priest his hands are both extensively bandaged and splinted.

  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 7:30:15 PM PDT · 17 of 31
    Brian Kopp DPM to Bigg Red

    The Pope is dangerously naive. At best.

  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:56:50 PM PDT · 10 of 31
    Brian Kopp DPM
    Pope Francis Says 99% Of Vatican Opposed Palestine-Israel Prayer Meeting

    Almost all Vatican officials initially opposed Pope Francis' idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer summit, he said in an interview published Friday...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:54:36 PM PDT · 6 of 31
    Brian Kopp DPM

    Who Edited the Tape?

    That’s what everyone wanted to know about the notorious 18½-minute gap in Richard Nixon’s Watergate tape, for which Rosemary Woods eventually took the fall.

    Now it appears that something similar happened with the Vatican’s tape of the interfaith prayers-for-peace from last Sunday, giving us even more reason to dub this controversy “Imamgate”.

    As we reported in last night’s post about the imam’s prayer at the Vatican, there seems to be nothing controversial in the chanted Arabic in the prayer and that spoken in his subsequent remarks. However, a reader and commenter named ritamalik — who is a former Muslim and understands Arabic — tells us that a portion of the video has been edited out, and the omitted section included the verse asking Allah to grant victory over the infidels.

    The explanation below is adapted from two separate comments by ritamalik on last night’s post:

    You were accurate! Don’t blame yourself! These bastards have cut out the controversial last half-verse from imam’s recitation in the clip. What they have done here is pure and simple censorship, deception and rewriting of history. Pay attention to the clip. They cut his recitation in the middle of the last verse!

    I do understand Quranic Arabic very well. I also know Quran itself rather well. I am an ex-Muslim. This link that you have posted was cut! The full recitation from the Quran by this imam that I watched on the Al Arabiya channel two days ago had his recitation up until the final verses, and without a shadow of a doubt he recited the second sura Al Bagharah’s last few verses till the very end where he did say, “and pardon us and forgive us and have mercy on us, you are our guardian, so make us victorious over the tribe of disbelievers [or ‘deniers’, as the word kafir really means]”.

    Now the question is: who chopped this video to take out the controversial part out of it? It is cut literally in the middle of the verse where the controversial part starts, and jumps to the imam’s prayer in his own words, which are not controversial. You can recognize the end of recitation and beginning of his own prayer by the fact that he stopped singing and start speaking normally. If you pay attention you will notice the place where it was cut. It is noticeable.

    They kept his recitation until the end of the of “forgive us and have mercy on us.” But the last two clauses — “you are our guardian, so grant us victory over unbelievers” was neatly and in very Stalinesque fashion airbrushed out! Cunning bastards!


    That is why your Russian translator didn’t hear anything controversial. But he can go check his Quran and see that up till the last two clauses which are missing, everything before it is the final verses of sura 2. Now you want to tell me he just left out the last half verse from his recitation?! Of course not! Who recites Quran while reciting a verse only half way through?!

    They are counting on people’s ignorance of Arabic and Quranic content. They want to throw us off track and confuse us. Your original report was 100% correct! You have nothing to correct. Only now you can also report that these bastards have censored the original footage to save themselves from the embarrassment of being mocked and outwitted by an imam. That’s all! Don’t fall for it.

    And the fact that they had to censor the original footage shows that despite their original denials they recognized the damage and the legitimacy of those reports which pointed it out!

    The big question is: Who edited the tape?

    It had to have been done by someone in the Vatican, or by someone employed by the Vatican. So the Imamgate scandal has just become even more scandalous.

    To recap:

    1.   The Pope invited an imam to the Vatican to say prayers at an interfaith event.
    2.   Departing from a pre-released script, the imam prayed in Arabic for Allah to grant victory over the unbelievers.
    3.   The Vatican denied that the imam said anything of that nature.
    4.   The Vatican altered a video of the event to remove any evidence of the damning clause.
     

    So what comes next? What will #5 be? Stay tuned.

    Also: if anyone can find an uncut version of the Arabic part of the video, please send us the URL.

    Previous posts about Imamgate — The Arabic prayer at the Vatican, June 8 2014:

    2014   Jun   11   The Vatican and Islamic Prayer
            12   Taqiyya, Vatican-Style
            12   What Did the Imam Really Say at the Vatican?
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:50:06 PM PDT · 4 of 31
    Brian Kopp DPM

    Council of Vienna on Muslims

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    From the Council of Vienne, under Pope Clement V: Canon [25]:

    "It is an insult to the holy name and a disgrace to the Christian faith that in certain parts of the world subject to Christian princes where Saracens live, sometimes apart, sometimes intermingled with Christians, the Saracen priests commonly called Zabazala, in their temples or mosques, in which the Saracens meet to adore the infidel Mahomet, loudly invoke and extol his name each day at certain hours from a high place, in the hearing of both Christians and Saracens and there make public declarations in his honour. There is a place, moreover, where once was buried a certain Saracen whom other Saracens venerate as a saint. A great number of Saracens flock there quite openly from far and near. This brings disrepute on our faith and gives great scandal to the faithful. These practices cannot be tolerated any further without displeasing the divine majesty. We therefore, with the sacred council's approval, strictly forbid such practices henceforth in Christian lands. We enjoin on catholic princes, one and all, who hold sovereignty over the said Saracens and in whose territory these practices occur, and we lay on them a pressing obligation under the divine judgment that, as true Catholics and zealous for the Christian faith, they give consideration to the disgrace heaped on both them and other Christians. They are to remove this offence altogether from their territories and take care that their subjects remove it, so that they may thereby attain the reward of eternal happiness. They are to forbid expressly the public invocation of the sacrilegious name of Mahomet. They shall also forbid anyone in their dominions to attempt in future the said pilgrimage or in any way give countenance to it. Those who presume to act otherwise are to be so chastised by the princes for their irreverence, that others may be deterred from such boldness."
    - Source: http://www.ewtn.com/library/councils/vienne.htm
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT · 1 of 31
    Brian Kopp DPM
  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 11:24:09 PM PDT · 46 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to Girlene

    See my pm.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 11:23:23 PM PDT · 45 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to jacquej
    I sense that you have an agenda

    The group I'm chairing is

    dedicated to promoting and developing pro-life alternatives within the healthcare field, to combat the threat that the rationing of care and euthanasia pose to our vulnerable, sick, elderly and dying. We are setting up a pro-life hotline and a network of pro-life healthcare providers, facilities and institutions to help those threatened by health care rationing and the pressures for euthanasia. We are also working on developing a network of patient care advocates to help people navigate the landmine that our healthcare system is rapidly becoming.

    To do this we are networking with established pro-life groups and healthcare organizations. In the future we hope to help grassroots pro-life healthcare providers and facilities (like our Catholic Hospice) get off the ground and fill in the gaps of the pro-life infrastructure to provide pro-life care at end of life.

    More than likely we have far more in common than we do differences, we've just unfortunately found ourselves on opposite ends of very trying situations with loved ones we held dear.

    I felt personally attacked by your posts on this thread, so my responses were probably stronger than they could have been. If so, my apologies.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 11:03:35 PM PDT · 43 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to jacquej
    Your condemnation of Catholic Hospice care

    I'm not condemning Catholic Hospice care. I work for and am helping expand access to good Catholic Hospice care.

    I follow the Church's directives on nutrition and hydration, ordinary vs extraordinary. That's my sole "agenda."

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 10:32:20 PM PDT · 37 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to jacquej
    General comments made in an online forum that could intimidate loving relatives trying their best to provide comfort and care for those terminally ill, making them feel guilty for not “doing everything medically possible” could be (in my layman’s opinion) at least, considered insensitive to individual situations, and might verge on what we commoners consider “verbal malpractice”.

    Sorry, but I'm not going to be threatened or bullied into silence on this issue, by you or anyone else. Six years ago I had to stand by silently while they euthanized a close personal friend with Parkinson's by dehydration. His kind of case is typical of what is occurring in the hospice and palliative care field, I've personally witnessed it, and I'm not going to be silent about it.

    Fr. Gerard's Story:

    I first met Fr. Gerard in 1998 while doing a house call for his mother. A brief initial conversation revealed that he was retired and living in a small apartment only a block from my office, and that we shared many Catholic and pro-life interests. Fr. Gerard soon became a close friend, and we met frequently for meals. I assisted him with various tasks around his apartment, and he called me often simply to talk. He got to know my wife and children well and relied on us for help, as his only sibling lived out of state. Fr. Gerard eventually developed Parkinson's disease. We offered to take him into our home, but knowing the chaos of our homeschooling household he politely declined, and entered a local nursing home. We continued to visit him often and took him out to dine at his favorite restaurants.

    In late 2007 and early 2008, Fr. Gerard's health declined rapidly. He left a voice message on my cell phone late on a Wednesday in April 2008, asking me to stop and visit. By the time I was able to visit him two days later, he had been admitted to a local hospital for aspiration pneumonia, and had been diagnosed as "terminal" by the treating physician. He was transferred to the palliative care unit from the ER and the treating physician insisted that according to his Living Will, Fr. Gerard wanted no "extraordinary care" to prolong his life.

    I was shocked that he was receiving no water, food or IV, only Morphine by slow IV drip. His Parkinson's was certainly advancing and the aspiration pneumonia was a serious crisis (aspiration pneumonia has a 20 to 60% mortality rate), but food and water did not constitute extraordinary care. We were permitted to wet a sponge to moisten his lips, and he would try to suck all the moisture from the sponge, but we were forbidden to give him a drink of water, because of the "risk of further aspiration pneumonia."

    Fr. Gerard had shared with me his opposition to passive euthanasia in the past, and he was trying to talk to me, but he had become so dehydrated that he could not form words. When the attending physician made rounds, I told him my concern that Fr. Gerard was receiving no food or water. The physician asserted that "their hospice rules forbid IVs" as it only "prolonged the process." He then stated, "The public has a misconception that death by dehydration is torturous, but that's not true. It's the most humane way to do this, with the least discomfort. We will control any discomfort with the Morphine. That's what we're going to do."

    With that the attending physician, a Catholic father of six, looked me in the eye defiantly, turned on his heels and left. I was speechless. The next day I pleaded with his sibling that Fr. Gerard would never have consented to passive euthanasia by dehydration, explaining that if he died now it would be due to dehydration, not the aspiration pneumonia or the Parkinson's, but to no avail.

    I have always been pro-life. I had even attended pro-life conferences about euthanasia and had sat on the medical ethics committees of two hospitals, both in the mid 1990's. I had staff privileges at the hospital in question. But in April 2008, in Fr. Gerard's specific case, I simply did not know what to do. I called four good pro-life priests locally, begging for advice. They all agreed that something must be done but none could offer any specific advice, and because his sibling held power of attorney none could personally intervene to help their fellow priest.

    Another priest I consulted recommended I request a medical ethics committee consultation. Late on a Thursday evening, eight days after Fr. Gerard had left the voice message on my cell phone, I spoke with a physician assistant who was on call for the ethics committee. I told her that he was a good priest and a faithful son of the Church who would never agree to being passively euthanized, and I discussed with her the relevant documents from the Vatican, the USCCB and the state bishops' conference. She asked me to enter these documents in Fr. Gerard's chart, and the medical ethics committee would be happy to review the case Friday morning on rounds.

    Relieved that there was something I could finally do for this good priest, I went to the hospital Friday morning at 7:00am, asked the unit clerk to formally enter the documents into his chart for the ethics committee consultation, and headed down the hall to visit him.

    His room was already empty. Fr. Gerard had died of dehydration several hours earlier.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 10:12:49 PM PDT · 33 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to jacquej
    What happens when a feeding tube forces food into a stomach and bowel that are no longer functioning, when liquids are pushed into a dying body whose kidneys have shut down?

    Good hospice care is carefully monitored with individualized plans of care and feeding is tapered and ceased when these unfortunate events occur. It's not difficult to handle these things on an individualized basis with proper staffing and properly trained staff. These are not reasons to deny assisted hydration and nutrition.

    We routinely get calls from patients who have feeding tubes for years from things such as esophageal cancer, who are active, mobile and wish to continue receiving feeding even on hospice care, but have been told by numerous other hospice providers that they must discontinue tube feeding if they want to be on hospice. This is a lie. There is no reason whatsoever that patients who have been successfully maintained for years with tube feeding have to give it up just to get accepted onto hospice care.

    There are circumstances where assisted nutrition and hydration is overly burdensome. In those cases there is nothing wrong with discontinuing them or not initiating them. There are individuals who make their wishes known in advance directives that they do not desire assisted nutrition and hydration should they become incapcitated and be unable to express their wishes. Their wishes must be respected.

    But the idea that tube feedings and IVs are always bad or burdensome is simply false and it is a sad reality that many people are dying prematurely due to dehydration from premature withdrawal of fluids and food.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 9:55:14 PM PDT · 32 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to jacquej

    In addition to being a Podiatrist I also work for a Catholic hospice (not in the clinical care of patients.) I also will be serving as the chairman of a national pro life group that is deeply involved in end of life care. And we have directly cared for loved ones at end of life in very trying circumstances.

    So even though I’m not a clinician directly involved in patient care, I am familiar with the topic at hand here and I’m in communication with the prolife leaders in the field. The opinions I express are not uninformed and this is an important pro life battle. Many people are dying prematurely from arbitrary withdrawal of hydration and nutrition and over medication with opioids, sedatives and antipsychotics.

    So while I truly respect your views and your experience, I also have extensive experience in this field and feel a duty to point out the pro life aspects of this debate. Thank you for sharing your opinion.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 9:19:58 PM PDT · 26 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to TexasGator

    Terri Schiavo’s case was reviewed by a judge too. I still don’t see your point. I generally don’t trust judges at this point in our history to do the right thing when it comes to medical ethics.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 9:18:06 PM PDT · 25 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to mplsconservative
    That makes it different from Terri Schiavo.

    Terri was only receiving food and water by feeding tube. She was receiving no other life sustaining treatment and would not have died if it weren't for the removal of her food and water.

    I suspect this case is very similar. He has Lewy Body Dementia which makes it difficult for him to swallow. If not for the removal of hydration by feeding tube he most likely would not be at immediate risk of death. Sepsis is dangerous but usually treatable, as are bed sores.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT · 23 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to TexasGator

    I’ve read all of them about this case so far. What do you think I missed? The claim that he’s dying and the food and water is simply causing him discomfort? I’ve seen hospices tell families that when it clearly was not true so please forgive me if I’m skeptical.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 8:19:06 PM PDT · 20 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to Blood of Tyrants
    He is old and dying and unable to take sustenance on his own.

    That's going to be 80% of us someday. That's grounds to euthanize him? Keep him comfortable and let him die a natural death from the dementia or the sepsis if he really is dying, but why take away his water and food? That's euthanasia, that's not "letting him die."

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 8:08:17 PM PDT · 59 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to morphing libertarian

    We took care of my wife’s mom 24 hours a day for months when she was dying of stage IV cancer. The cancer had spread to her spine and she had experienced several pathological fractures. That’s pretty the textbook definition of intractable severe cancer pain. Yet we were able to keep her comfortable for the most part with good pain management. And she received an IV to assist with pain management when she could no longer swallow. Dehydration makes that type of pain worse. Properly treating the dehydration relieves pain and therefore is an essential element of good palliative care.

    Dehydrating people to death is not compassion.

  • Casey Kasem could have died from wife disconnecting his feeding tube, .... — EXCLUSIVE

    06/12/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT · 15 of 56
    Brian Kopp DPM to Blood of Tyrants
    stop treatment and allow him to pass.

    When someone is on a ventilator and has no hope of recovery and the vent is removed, it allows them to pass.

    When someone has difficulty swallowing and therefore receives food and water through a feeding tube, taking away that food and water doesn't "allow them to pass." It kills them. The cause of death is not the disease process but dehydration. And it's a very bad way to die.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 6:24:30 PM PDT · 57 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to morphing libertarian
    It’s sanctimonious to talk about rights and insisting they be forced upon suffering people and against their will.

    Nobody is talking about forcing anything on anybody.

    Sanctimonious?!? People are routinely being euthanized by dehydration and you are so obsessed with your libertarian narrative that you don't give a damn. Just so long as YOUR advance directives are carried out you don't care that the vulnerable and defenseless are being denied food and water.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 6:08:06 PM PDT · 56 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to morphing libertarian

    The days of being hooked up to machines against our will are in the past. Everyone has advance directives.

    The days of our lives being taken from us because we are not actively contributing to the state coffers are upon on, my FRiend. You need not fear artificial nutrition and hydration against your will. Fear instead rationing and denial of care. The former is an irrational fear, the latter a very real one.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · 54 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to morphing libertarian; Notforprophet

    Life and liberty basic human rights? Let someone withhold your fluids for a week and see how well those other rights work out for you. If you have a right to life, then the innocent and defenseless also have a right to food and water - Unless you think the right to life is conditional upon being born or being able to feed yourself from the moment of birth until death.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 5:40:01 PM PDT · 51 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to coop71

    It happened in a Florida hospice a number of years ago. Maybe you heard of the case? The victim’s name was Terri Schiavo. It was going on before then and has exploded in prevalence since then. I’ve spoken to Terri’s brother, sister and mother at several pro life conferences now. They are dealing with multiple cases like hers every day.

    Google search hospice and Medicare fraud. The most common charges are certifying patients as hospice eligible who are not actually terminal. If you take an elderly patient who is not terminal and certify them as terminal to bill Medicare, and take away all their chronic meds (to save money, the hospice provider has to pay for all meds related to terminal diagnosis) that patient suddenly appears to be hospice eligible very quickly and nobody asks questions.

    Yes, I’m saying this is happening every day all across the country. Yes, I have personally witnessed it.

    No, the government is not in the least interested in investigating it because its one of the ways ObamaCare plans to balance the books.

    If only one out of five hospice and palliative care patient is dying prematurely due to premature removal of nutrition and hydration (pro life leaders I have personally spoken with fear the number is higher) and 1.6 million Americans were cared for within the palliative and hospice fields in 2013, then that’s about 300,000 cases of euthanasia per year today in the USA. It might be only one out of ten, it might be one out of four, but it’s the biggest pro life battle Christian conservatives are facing right now and very few are aware of its scale, and very few are willing to address it.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 5:01:23 PM PDT · 47 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to coop71

    Yes. I work for a hospice provider so I’m very familiar with when food and water becomes overly burdensome at end of life versus when its taken away simply to hasten death. The latter is far more common these days than the former, unfortunately.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 1:15:19 PM PDT · 33 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to Ol' Dan Tucker

    Plus they want us to believe that death by dehydration is all comfy and euphoric, and natural and painless.

    Anyone ever get the flu and get really dehydrated? How did you feel? Pretty bad, right? Downright painful - body aches, muscle aches, headaches, everything HURTS!

    Did you go to the ER and get an IV to get rehydrated? Notice how quickly you felt better, like a light switch?

    And they want us to believe that death by dehydration (that’s the reality of death by starvation, the dehydration is what kills) is a comfy, euphoric way to die?

    Sorry, but we can’t let this BS go unanswered. The reason they ALWAYS give morphine when they take away fluids is to mask the reality of how torturous the process is.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 12:40:09 PM PDT · 29 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to Notforprophet
    Free speech, freedom of conscience, free assembly, RKBA... these are human rights. Food and water are not.

    Wow, radical libertarianism of the worst sort.

    There's a difference between refusing to work and being unable to work. Pagans let those unable to work die, or actively kill them. Americans don't.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · 27 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to Parley Baer
    Is he getting his food and water orally or through IV’s?

    Its just food and drink either way. A drink of water is a drink of water whether a person pours themself a glass and drinks, a mom puts it in a bottle and holds it for a baby, it's mixed with thickener and delivered through a straw for an elderly patient with difficulty swallowing, or through a couple inches of tubing through a feeding tube or IV. It's still just a drink of water, a basic human right that cannot be arbitrarily withheld based only on method of delivery or someone's subjective evaluation of "quality of life." Human life is precious and sacred regardless of ObamaCare's or anyone else's evaluation of how much that life is contributing to society.

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 12:26:49 PM PDT · 24 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to Parley Baer

    Basic human rights are basic human rights and have nothing to do with so called “quality of life” or whether the patient is awake and alert. Food and water are basic human rights. They are rights independent of the quality of life of the patient. Withholding food and water causes the patient to die by dehydration, a painful merciless death for which people are jailed if they do it to a pet. How did we get to the point of excusing it in human cases?

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 12:02:04 PM PDT · 19 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to Alex Murphy

    A cheeseburger, fries and a shake are food and drink when we feed ourselves or cut them up into little bites and use a spoon to feed our children. They don’t miraculously become something other than a cheeseburger, fries and a shake just because we use some other method to deliver them. Food and water are always basic human rights, always ordinary care, and always mandatory in Christian medical ethics unless the body cannot assimilate them.

    If they are going to be stopped, the question must be asked: “What is the proximate cause of death?”

    In this case, will Casey die from the dementia or the sepsis, or will he die from dehydration leading to blood volume loss and organ failure?

    If the latter them he will die from euthanasia, not from the withdrawal of “life support.”

  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 11:50:41 AM PDT · 15 of 65
    Brian Kopp DPM to cotton1706; wagglebee

    A ventilator is “life support.”

    Food and water are not “life support.”

    They are basic human rights, not medical interventions that can be arbitrarily withheld. Withholding them will cause his death, not the dementia or the sepsis.

    If his body truly cannot assimilate them, then yes, they may do more harm than good. But that is rarely if ever the case these days in stories like this.

  • Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers

    06/07/2014 10:34:33 AM PDT · 119 of 143
    Brian Kopp DPM to RegulatorCountry
    This entire story is an anti-Catholic smear campaign based on false assumptions and blatant distortions and lies. The bodies are far more likely to have been from the potato famine of the previous century, a famine reinforced and deepened by anti-Catholic England, whose effects are now being used by anti-Catholics to accuse the Church of evil. Typical that anti-Catholic bigots here would do likewise with it.

    From the Wiki entry:

    Burial ground[edit]

    The common burial ground, described in many media reports as a "mass grave", was not marked or registered with the authorities, and no records were kept of burials there.[16] Local residents had been aware of its existence since 1975, when two boys smashed a concrete slab and discovered bones underneath.[6][17] Locals thought that the grave contained the remains of victims of the Great Famine or unbaptised babies.[9] It was resealed shortly afterwards, following prayers at the site by a priest. The number of bodies was then unknown, but was assumed to be small.[9][17] After this first discovery, a local couple looked after the burial site for 35 years.

    On 7 June 2014, The Irish Times quoted Catherine Corless as saying that the story "has been widely misrepresented" in the the few days since it broke nationally and internationally. Corless was described as thinking that it seems impossible "that more than 200 bodies could have been put in a working sewage tank". The newspaper report echoed the RTÉ broadcast by casting serious doubt on whether the childrens' remains were actually interred within a septic tank, and also quoted a man who, as a boy, discovered skeletons there in 1975, who said that he saw only about 20 skeletons.[2] Another Irish Times report on the same day indicated that Garda Síochána sources had pointed out that details of the case, as earlier reported, such as that almost 800 children were buried at the site, and that they were in a septic tank, had not yet been "properly tested".[22]