Sunday, August 13, 2006

just a pic

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Kill All Humans

I wrote this as a speach for my public speaking class, this is just an edited version of that speach.

Kill All Humans
By Anthony McConnell

Imagine you have just been diagnosed with a terminal disseize., you are going to die.
Euthanasia or assisted suicide has been defined as the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy (Jason H. Richard of the Windsor Star).

Out of all 50 states only Oregon has a law allowing assisted suicide (Don Colburn of the Oregonian)

Lets say you are going to die! You have ALS better known as Lou Gahrig’s disease. Slowly the nerves affecting your muscles will deteriorate until you are almost paralyzed.

1st lose ability to walk, next you wont be able to sit up on your own, then you will lose the abilities to speak and swallow, last you will slowly suffocate and die.

This wont happen over night but over the course of a few years. Worst of all your mind will remain in tact, you will be fully aware of everything that is happening to you but wont be able to do anything about it.

You will awake at night screaming, afraid not that you will die but how you will die. Slowly, painfully suffocating, essentially drounding on your own body’s fluids.

In Michael Petrou’s article “A Time to Die” published in Maclean’s on September 5 he tells the story of Hans Knottenbelt. Everything I have described happened to Hans. His daughter Karen was forced to watch her father suffer until the day he could no longer take the pain. Hans was Dutch and lived in the Netherlands, he had another option than a slow pain filled death.

According to a recent Gallup poll on values and beliefs 75% of Americans support assisted suicide.

Hans gathered his family around him and told them his plans. “I’m finished here,” he said. His family gathered one last time, Hans sat propped up in a chair at the end of the dinning room table the rest of his family eating dinner around him. When dinner was finished he told his family he hoped they would have many more dinners like that.

After dinner the doctor asked Hans where he would like to die. Hans hugged his wife and family and lay down in the bed he shared with his wife , the doctor added an anesthetic to Hans’s feeding tube then the lethal medication that would take his life.

Today thousands of terminally ill Americans who quite literally would rather be dead are forced to suffer in pain. While assisted suicide has limitations it should be legal in all states. Many states as well as the federal government are preparing to decide weather or not to legalize this humane and dignified practice. When you go to the polls to vote remember Hans’s story and what his daughter said shortly after his death

“I think its one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen -- someone you love so dearly pass away so peacefully.”

Works Cited

Richard, Jason H. “No Malice in Someone Ending Their Suffering.” Editorial. Windsor Star. 16 Nov. 2005: A9. Lexisnexis. Northwest College Lib., Powell, WY. 19 Nov. 2005. .

Colburn, Don. “‘Why Am I Not Dead.’” The Oregonian. 4 Mar. 2005. Lexisnexis. Northwest College Lib., Powell, WY. 19 Nov. 2005. .

Petrou, Michael. “A Time to Die.” Maclean’s. 5 Sep. 2005: 22. Lexisnexis. Northwest College Lib., Powell, WY. 19 Nov. 2005. .

Moore, David. “Three in Four Americans Support Euthanasia.” Gallup Poll News Service. 17 May 2005. Lexisnexis. Northwest College Lib., Powell, WY. 19 Nov. 2005. .

Saturday, July 15, 2006

just a little fun

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Friday, July 14, 2006

been a while

So it has been a while, not that anyone actually reads this. The last time i visited this blog I was finishing up my 4th year of college, I am now about a month away from my 5th year. Things are going well. A good friend of mine has asked me to shoot the cover of his next CD, I will be partisipating in the "What music and arts festival" here in cody. It should be a good day of great music and photography and art. If you are in the neiborhood come by the Cody City park on the 22 of July swing by and buy a photo.

In other news I quit my job at the Movie Gallery. THis Video store Sucks my @$$ like none other. Do not rent there or work there ever!!! Well I will be taking the next month off, sort of. I have a writers workshop in 2 weeks and i need to finish the 1st draft of my script for Tyler and I's 1st movie. other than that it's all good.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

I rule

Just finished two final projects in less than 2 hr. man it almost hurts to be this good.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Bringing it all down to earth

So I have been thinking a lot about why I write and I think it comes down to this quote by Chuck Palahniuk. "The one drawback to writing is the being alone. The writing part. The lonely-garret part. In peoples imagination, that's the difference between a writer and a journalist. The journalist, the newspaper reporter, is always rushing, hunting, meeting people, digging up facts. Cooking a story. The journalist writes surrounded by people, and always on deadline. Crowded and hurried. Exciting and fun.
The Journalist writes to connect you to the larger world. A conduit."

That’s it really. I have been writing on a regular basis for about 10 years, mostly fiction no one but me has read, or personal commentary in a journal and occasionally on the net. But this year I have been writing as a journalist, usually in the journalism room at NWC. At home I get writers block, at the college when a block comes I have someone to bounce ideas off.

When I re-entered college it was a means to an end, that end being a novelist. I had no intentions to do anything but learn to be a better writer and I saw journalism as a way to do that. As this year draws to a close I find myself addicted to journalism, even to the point next year I will be the editor of the Northwest Trail. It is strange how things turn out, if you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing now I most likely would have said, "Working a dead end job." But as photography did for me seven years ago, journalism has set me free. It has allowed me to find my passion. As I look on to the next phase of my journey I see a future, while still uncertain and frightening, full of possibilities.

Tonight I will leave you with these words of wisdom from my pops "Never stick anything in your ear smaller than you elbow.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Why I'm single (Women suck)

Just went to the bar (still a lot buzzed) and while there I came to the realization of why I have been with out female companionship for the last few years. I would love to date if i could find a chick who could shut the f*** up every once and a while. Why do chicks constantally talk about that which does not matter? Sure I like to B.S. all the time, but when I do it is about movies, books or polotics. It is the rare day that i talk about who said what to who and why no body really cares. So if there are any women out there who are actually interesting (not just to themselfs) let me know.