For the first time I can remember, 101.5-FM morning host Jim Gearhart has gone out of state and taken an hour of calls about Terri Schiavo. He hasn't been so bad, either; he admits that he hasn't done a lot to keep up with the case, since his job is "poking under all the rocks" locally. His callers have been a little bananas, however.
Gearhart at one point mentioned that Terri's parents, the Schindlers, have been denied permission to feed her by hand, for fear that Terri will choke to death. This struck him as silly, leading to this gem from a caller: "Choking to death is worse than starving to death." Gearhart instantly replied, "Have you ever choked to death?" "Twice!" the caller shot back, before correcting herself.
Another caller said, of Michael Schiavo, "This poor man has suffered enough." Yeah, you know, because his wife is starving to death and there's nothing he can do about it.
Nearly all the callers have repeated the "brain dead" line, as if the testimony of the nurses caring for Terri is as inadmissable to them as it has been to Judge Greer. The news crew on the radio have insisted on using the accurate "brain damaged" in their own reports, meaning the callers aren't even listening to the radio station they're calling.
The new news is that a federal judge, ruling as permitted under the new Congressional action, has denied a motion to replace Terri's feeding tube. (An interesting side note - the author of this AP article has written before about the Schiavo case, more than once.)