She said in a sworn court affidavit that Terri "was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis saying things like 'mommy' and 'help me" and 'hi' when I came into her room."
Iyer says Terri would sit up in the nurse's station from time to time and laugh at stories they told. She felt pain and would indicate so. Carla fed her by mouth and not by tube. Does this sound like a woman in persistent vegetative state for the past 15 years? (Emphasis added.)
I was pretty dumbfounded to read this. I mean, I know that Republican mendacity knows no bounds, but this - like Tom DeLay's absurd lie that Terri Schiavo "laughs and talks" - just really has my head spinning.
Florida judge George Greer, one of the main judges in the Schiavo matter, called Iyer's affidavit "incredible," elaborating as follows:
While we here in the reality-based community sadly shake our heads at Iyer's obvious fictions, fools like Weldon (and conservatarian bloggers - just Google "Carla Iyer" and you'll see what I mean) parrot her lies. It's only the latest - but to me, most glaring - example of the right wing living in a truly alternate universe.
So my question (aimed especially at students of human psychology, but of course open to all) is this: What happens to these people when their carefully-constructed yet utterly false world collides with reality? What happens when the cognitive dissonance - the gap between what you believe and what is real - becomes simply too great to bear? Perhaps these walls will never come crashing down, but I believe they will, some day. So again I ask, what happens then?