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100 posted 03-24-2005 09:08 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

More from Ann Coulter's article:


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Democrats have called out armed federal agents in order to: 1) prevent black children from attending a public school in Little Rock, Ark. (National Guard), 2) investigate an alleged violation of federal gun laws in Waco, Texas (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), and 3) deport a small boy to Cuba (Immigration and Naturalization Service).

So how about a Republican governor sending in the National Guard to stop an innocent American woman from being starved to death in Florida? Republicans like the military. Democrats get excited about the use of military force only when it's against Americans.

In two of the three cases mentioned above, the Democrats' use of force was in direct contravention of court rulings. Admittedly, this was a very long time ago – back in U.S. history when the judiciary was only one of the three branches of our government.

Democratic Gov. Orval Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard expressly for purposes of defying rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts.

The decadent buffoon Bill Clinton sent armed agents from the INS to seize a small boy from an American family – despite rulings by the majestic and infallible Florida courts granting custody of the boy to that very family.

None of these exercises of military force has gone down in history as a noble moment, but that's because of the underlying purpose of the force, not the fact that force was used.

To the contrary, what has gone down in history as a glorious moment for the republic was when President Dwight Eisenhower (Republican) called out military force of his own. In response to Gov. Faubus' abuse of the National Guard, Eisenhower simultaneously revoked Faubus' control of the National Guard and ordered the 101st Airborne Division to escort black students to school. (Minutes later, Democrats pronounced the Arkansas public schools a "hopeless quagmire" and demanded to know what Ike's exit strategy was.)

As important as it was to enforce the constitutional right to desegregated schools, isn't it also important to enforce Terri Schiavo's right to due process before she is killed by starvation?

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43464

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101 posted 03-24-2005 10:56 PM       View Profile for TexUS   Email TexUS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TexUS

Thank you Denise.

This is so heartbreaking.


You see that picture posted by Balladeer,
Terri smiling at her mother, and wonder,
how this can be happening?


HOW?


I can't wrap my mind around it...
and my heart grieves.


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Neither can I, neither can I.
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"The governor may not disregard that obligation even if a member of the judiciary has ordered otherwise," Kennedy said. "He is not bound by a court order that is at odds with a constitutional guarantee."

After all the "praying, petitioning, and lobbying," it comes down to this, Kennedy said: "Jeb Bush must choose between the clear mandate of Florida's constitution and a judiciary which, in this case, has acted in defiance of that state supreme law."
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43481
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Cruel ... crueler ... cruelest !!!!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7293186/

And on the off-chance you don't read all the way through the points on which Judge Whittemore denied this appeal - here's a *kicker* for you -
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That state judge George Greer violated the Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" by withholding nutrition. Whittemore said that applies only to people convicted of a crime.


Oh my God ... what a slap in the face !

Each hour brings more and more heartbreak~

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the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
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I knew one of the judges would come out with that comment. They aren't "punishing" Terri, afterall, they are fulfilling her "wishes" (hearsay evidence that was accepted by Greer, despite the refutation of her family and friends). Criminals have more rights in our society than the disabled do.
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http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43493

Just a taste of the inpropriety that has surrounded this case.
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Here is an article that outlines the entire 15 year saga.
http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43463
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108 posted 03-25-2005 07:34 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

CNN is reporting that a judge may rule to give Terry nutrition to investigate her condition further.

Her family heard her trying to SAY "I want to live"........

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Hi Erica, that would be Judge Greer (who else?...who has failed for the forth or fifth time to recuse himself from the case at the requests of the family dating back a few years now, in violation of Florida statutes) who agreed to hear the testimony of the lawyer who was with Terri right before they removed the feeding tube. I read the story the night of the 18th. This is a last ditch effort to try to convince the judge that Terri didn't want to die. But there were reports that the attorneys for Michael Schiavo and the Judge gave mocking and disparaging looks at this hearsay evidence, in front of the parents, (only hearsay evidence by Michael is allowed, I'm sure). The parents requested an IV for fluids only at this point. Greer said he will issue a ruling by 12 Noon. These judges sure do love to waste time when they already know what they are going to rule ahead of time. They love "running out the clock".

There is no doubt how Greer will rule, who decided long ago that Terri will die.

Her only hope now is for Governor Bush to excerise his Executive authority under the Florida State Constitution, or for President Bush to issue an order pursuant to his authority due to the obvious and outrageous irregularities and blatant illegalities surrounding this case, of which they are both fully aware.

Let's see if either is the man of courage and character that they present themselves to be.

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I want to be optimistic. I want to believe there is still some virility, some manhood, some courage, some godliness, some morality and some intestinal fortitude in public officials who could save her life with the stroke of a pen, with a phone call.

But as Terri, now in her eighth day of court-ordered starvation, weakens, I am forced to contemplate the strong possibility that this young lady may be purposely and torturously killed with the whole world watching.


Like Jesus, Terri was an innocent – at least for the last 15 years. By definition, she was virtually incapable of committing sin during her disability. Yet, she was treated more harshly than our society would ever treat even the most abominable serial killer.

Like Jesus, Terri was betrayed. She has her Judas. His name is Michael Schiavo. He claims he is starving her to death because that would be what Terri would want. And this specious, unsupported claim is the sole basis for starving to death a young handicapped woman denied rehabilitative efforts by her so-called "guardian."

Like Jesus, Terri's mother has been forced to watch this public execution helplessly. Imagine what this must be like for mother Mary Schindler. Can anyone reading my words today imagine watching your child starve to death by court order? Can you imagine what it must be like to be kept from your loving child in these hours by armed guards?

Like Jesus, Terri has her accusers. The high priests today wear black robes. Judge George Greer, an obscure county bureaucrat just a few weeks ago, is having his 15 minutes of fame at Terri's expense. Driven either by some blind ideological desire to pull the plug on handicapped people or in the death grip of fear of admitting a mistake, Greer was not so much a judge as he was the prosecutor and executioner. His supporting cast included the entire U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court and the entire 11th Circuit.

Like Jesus, Terri has her Herod. In this case, his name is U.S. District Judge James Whittemore, a Bill Clinton appointee who could have saved her or decided to hear the case himself. He could have listened to the will of Congress and the president of the United States. Instead, like Herod, he kicked the case back to Greer.

Like Jesus, Terri may, too, have her Pontius Pilate. It's not too late for Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida to avoid playing this role. He doesn't have to wash his hands of the matter. He has found no fault in the woman. He has spoken favorably of her and championed her plight. But he is uniquely positioned at this moment to save her. He, himself has already acknowledged he has the power and the legal authority to do it. He has even threatened to do it. But, like Pilate, he seems to be weighing the political implications of saving her life rather than using the scale of moral imperative.

I pray today Jeb Bush is reflecting on all this. I pray he has considered he has a big decision to make. I pray he listens to that still small voice in his heart that, I suspect, is speaking to him right now about this. I pray he is not distracted by the routine business of the governorship of his state to see this matter clearly. I pray he recognizes that if he washes his hands, pretending he did everything he could possibly do under the law, that he will become complicit in this horrible crime.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43489


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Even governors and presidents have to obey the law, or at least they're supposed to obey the law.  Governor Bush has a restraining order against him, issued by Judge Greer.  So there really isn't anything Governor Bush can do without breaking the law.
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Denise, it is Judge Greer... but hopefully he will have a change of heart. God was able to harden and soften the heart of Ramses for Moses and the slaves..

And Ali, you're right. I believe Gov. Bush wants Terry to live. Him and his team are working hard to find a way to do so. Checks and balances... usually a good thing. Sigh.

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Does anyone have to, morally, obey a court order that is itself a violation of the law in that it calls for the taking of a life, Ali?

We had quite a debate in here awhile back concerning civil disobedience and whether people are justified in ever going against a law. As I remember, all those who participated considered civil disobedience concerning the civil rights issue, the mayor of San Francisco marrying gay couples in violation of the State law, and anti-war protestors ignoring the conditions of their demonstration permits completely acceptable behavior.

I came down on the side of always obeying the law whether you agreed with it or not, that you should go the route of changing the system from within, orderly and legally, EXCEPT in the case of saving a life. This is exactly the type of situation I was talking about. Because of judicial tyranny by the Federal Courts refusal to obey the Congressional legislation, signed into LAW, granting the Schindler's a de novo hearing, and judicial misconduct by Judge Greer, who along with Geroge Felos and Michael Schiavo, with funding from the ACLU and the Hemlock Society, have brought this situation to a Constitutional crises, we have a woman about to die. Can we not even muster the same amount of moral outrage at this as we did over the civil rights abuses of the past?

Sure, he would technically be in contempt of court and could ruin his political aspirations, but what is that when weighed against the violation of the higher moral law, or natural law, not to kill?

The laws are meant to protect society. We don't put the law on a pedestal to the point of elevating it above the very lives that it was intended to protect. Laws have been wrong in the past, and this latest order by Judge Greer is in error, as was he initial order to put her to death, as was the conduct of the Federal courts.

Yes, Governor Bush can act. As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, and Chief Executive of Florida he has a duty to act in light of Greer's conduct, in light of all the mounting evidence of his bias and misconduct involving this case, and in light of all the mounting circumstancial evidence of spousal abuse and perjury.

The Executive, legislative and judicial branches are co-EQUAL. We don't have a system where the  Executive and Legislative branches have to bow down to the Judicial branch under any and all circumstances, but where the judicial branch can ignore at will or whim the other two branches. It is in believing that that is the way it is supposed to be that we have what we have today, runaway judicial tyranny.

If a State or Federal court came out and ruled tomorrow (after years of litigation) that all disabled people who are dependent on feeding tubes are to be taken off of them immediately, for the good of society due to the expense of caring for them, for the sake of the hospitals and insurance companies, and for there own good too, because, really, who would want to live like that, what quality of life can they really experience, would we be bound to obey such a law because it was decreed by a court? Of course not. Well, that's what all the courts have just done to Terri Schiavo, and God knows how many other countless folks under the radar of the media.

And if Governor Bush refuses to fulfill his duties, then there is also plenty of federal misconduct concerning Terri Schiavo's hospice care (medicaid fraud) and similar charges against George Felos involving medicare and medicaid fraud with his involvement with Terri Schiavo and other "patients" at the Sun Coast hospice worthy of the Justice Department's current investigation (those were the subpoenas that Greer ignored) of the situation, and cause for President Bush to take Terri into custody as a Federal witness (or evidence if you prefer) in that investigation. Because as soon as Terri dies, the evidence will be gone as she will be cremated immediately upon her death, with no autopsy, at the instruction of her husband for which he conveniently requested and received of Greer a Court Order to ensure that it happens. They don't want to take the chance that it would be discovered that their contentions were incorrect all along in the diagnoses of PVS, which was their only legal grounds for doing to her what they are currently doing and for having her fraudulently in a hospice in the first place, being paid for by medicaid.

Both Governor Bush and President Bush have plenty of reason and authority to act. I also believe that they both want her to live, but enough to stand against the judiciary?

We'll see what they are made of.

A change of heart would be nice, Erica. But Terri might be dead by Noon tomorrow.

We'll see what comes next.  

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Watching and praying..

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Yes, Erica, continuing to pray for Terri, her family and for courage for our leaders to do the right thing.


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Open letter to Jeb Bush

Elizabeth Farah

Posted: March 26, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Dear Gov. Bush:

You are in a difficult position. There are few men who find themselves in a situation such as yours. Quite literally, you are the only hope, the only person in the world who can save the life of this defenseless woman facing an unjust death.

I want to give you courage. I understand that advisers may point to polls and public opinion that seem to show most people believe the government should never have become involved in this conflict. While it is true these polls are misleading because the questions misinform the respondent in telling them that Terri is brain-dead, etc., the fact that public opinion is really not against you is of little importance. Let me tell you why.

The Lord God is truly on your side. You know the Scripture, "If God be for me who can be against me?" The Lord is always searching for "mighty men of valor" to do His work. You must instinctively know that Americans yearn for men of courage, principle and perseverance. We see over and over our leaders making an initial effort to do what is right and then, when the going gets tougher and the odds seem insurmountable, they feint. That lack of perseverance, determination and resolve has led to a lack of faith in our leaders.

You know that God is present in every situation. He never advocates injustice or any other evil. Only God has the authority to give and take innocent life. But He most often works through godly men and women, and he expects all believers to do His will regardless of the perceived cost. God has allowed this task to come to you. All life is a test, and this is clearly a test of your faith in God.

God loves you and will never test you beyond what you are able to do. But he tells us to take His yoke. He will carry you through this challenge. Don't rely upon yourself. There is a point at which we all throw up our hands and say, "I have done all I can." The pressure and stress seem overwhelming. But God says, if you have faith in Me I will do the work for you – I will give you victory. He promises that he wants only good for you:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
But he expects you to trust in Him:
The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

This trust isn't a belief that God exists, but a faith that God will always sustain us when we do His will, that he is a rewarder of those who seek His will and do it.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you whithersoever you go. Joshua 1:9
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

You are the chief executive of the state of Florida. You are not the servant of an un-elected judiciary. You have been given power by the people of Florida to protect their rights and lives. Don't fail them!

Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Proverbs 31:8
You've been given a gift of leadership. On one hand you probably think that the Schaivo case is a burden that you wish God had never given you. But think of this – God has entrusted you with the honor of responsibility. He expects you to do much because He has given you the opportunity and ability to do much.

For whom much is given, of him much shall be required. Luke 12:48
Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
I believe this culture of death that is now overtaking our country is fostered by a movement away from God.

In Proverbs God says, "All they that hate me love death." (Proverbs 8:36)

Gov. Bush, you have the right to exercise your authority to save this woman's life. You have the authority to reject a corrupt judge's corrupt decision. Remember when the pharoah issued the order that all Hebrew male infants should be killed? What did Moses' mother do? She broke the law of the civil authority. She saved the life of her son. This act of civil disobedience or lawbreaking gave her a place in the great chapter of the Bible known as the "Hall of Faith." Her courage was seen by God – not as lawlessness but as a supreme act of faith! (Hebrews 11:23)

Jesus says that yes, you will have many detractors – people who will revile you for doing the right thing, but you will be rewarded greatly by God.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward. Matthew 5:11, 12
… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus … so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

Remember all the men and women of this country who are searching for leaders of courage. I have been profoundly affected by your obviously sincere concern for Terri Schiavo. I can see that you are deeply disturbed by her plight. I know I am right in believing you will always regret it if you don't do the right thing here. It will haunt you. I promise you, you will never regret fighting the good fight through to its end. People will follow that kind of a leader. People, even those who disagree with your politics, recognize the value of a man who will not compromise his principles.
May God bless you.


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Commentary by Ilana Mercer:

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As she lay dying

I've yet to hear one liberal enunciate in the Terri Schiavo case the principle that moral law supersedes man's law. But whether they defer to reason or to revelation, I've heard scores of conservatives articulate the a priori truth in this case – which is:

Notwithstanding my own belief in the right to die, the only authority that has jurisdiction over Terri Schiavo is Terri Schiavo. In the absence of a living will or a clear directive from her, a court's decision – no matter which court – cannot be equated with her will. Ditto her husband's hearsay. We simply don't know – and can't divine – Terri's wishes, although it's reasonable to assume that if she wanted to die, she didn't wish for the death she's been dealt.

As a society, we have no right to decide Terri's fate; ours is an obligation to do her no harm – to uphold her right to life in the absence of a directive from her, and in the overwhelming presence of evidence she is being harmed. (How do cognitively competent people know Terri is being harmed? Hmm … let me see: Does being starved qualify – in the absence of clear, persuasive evidence one has requested such treatment?)

Federalism, discovered belatedly by liberals, is not the issue here; the right to life is. The level of decision-making is immaterial; what matters is the decision. Had a federal court found for her life, the decision ought to have been hailed as the right one – one consonant with natural justice. No one has the right to kill an innocent human being. By logical extension, it matters not who saves her – which state or federal official – just so long as someone does.

For natural rights antedate the state apparatus. Although federalism is an excellent principle, it is not a religion. Predicating Terri's right to life, as it has been, on the outcomes of a judicial review is to concede that the courts have a right to deny her life. As I've written, to the extent the law upholds natural rights, it's good; to the extent it violates the right to life, liberty and property – it's bad. In this particular case, it doesn't matter who upholds the right to life, just so long as someone does.

Terri's condition is yet another irrelevance: The party that wants to err in favor of killing says she is in a "persistent vegetative state." The cautious camp claims she is "minimally conscious." Like federalism, Terri's medical condition is also immaterial in this particular case, the premise of which is that her right to life depends on state-of-the-art medical expertise.

Aside from having a hard time disguising their collective God Complex, most doctors are reductionists. They think squiggles on a machine are an accurate map of the whole person. That a person is more than the sum of his or her parts is not a proposition they often entertain. For example, it took doctors a long time to "discover" what mothers have known all along: Newborns do a great deal with their heavy, wobbly heads. In response to stimuli, my own 3-week-old girl used to crack a broad smile. Her pediatrician (this was admittedly a while ago) cautioned she was windy, not amused. Naturally, when the jovial child began chuckling at three months (to this day she finds her mother a scream), shoulders shaking and all, I didn't tell him. Who knows what St. Vitus' dance he'd have diagnosed?

The point being, the (disputed) state of Terri's cerebral cortex does not give the state the right to cause her death.

If the case of poor Terri Schiavo has taught me anything it is how utterly loathsome liberals are. In their ever-so "progressive" zeal for euthanasia, they've discovered principles for which they've hitherto had nothing but contempt. In the liberal vernacular, states' rights are synonyms for discrimination, that is, until Ms. Schiavo. Now Democrats shriek louder than Dixiecrats ever did that the intervention by a federal court in a so-called state (or personal) matter undermines this "cherished" principle. (So they know about the 10th Amendment?)

The only kind of marriage liberals had ever glorified is the gay kind. But thanks to Michael Schiavo, the sanctity of marriage is fast becoming a liberal sacrament, with the proviso it has to involve "mercy killing." It took Michael Schiavo's devoted efforts to starve and dehydrate his wife to restore liberal faith in the institution. As we know, liberals, inexplicably, have insisted over and over again that Terri Schiavo's husband is his helpless wife's sole and indisputable guardian. Furthermore, to liberals, males have always been the guilty party in just about any heterosexual interaction. Michael's monstrous single-mindedness has changed all that.

"We are a nation of laws" is the latest – not last – in liberal two-facedness. The law, after "due process," has sentenced Ms. Schiavo to death, therefore die she must. Illegal aliens are trampling the rule of law and states' rights as we speak. Show me a Democrat who'll support the right of state residents to refuse to teach or medically treat these lawbreakers.

Consider the liberals' "let nature take its course" chant. They generally believe "nature," the animal kingdom in particular, is the appropriate metaphor for civilization. It would apparently do humans a whole lot of good to imbibe even more animal "ethics" than we already practice.

What distinguishes civilized beings from animals, primitive societies and liberals is that they don't see nature as an exemplar of all that is fine and good. To the contrary: The civilized don't abandon the burdensome or the enfeebled to nature. When some of us do, others will always strive to rescue them.

The tragedy of Terri is a testament to how irreconcilable certain liberal leanings are with civilization itself.



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Sorry for the double post. It didn't show for me the first time despite refreshing several times.
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quote:
Political corruption alleged in Schiavo case
Criminal probes reportedly shut down despite investigators' concerns

Posted: March 26, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Diana Lynne
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

As Terri Schiavo enters what are thought to be her last hours of life, allegations of political corruption and obstruction of justice on the part of state officials raise questions as to whether the brain-injured woman's court-ordered death by starvation might serve to cover up crimes committed against her.

Criminal probes launched by two Florida agencies looking into allegations the incapacitated woman was abused, neglected and exploited were shut down, despite investigators' concerns.

One investigation took place at the Department of Children and Families, or DCF, in late 2001. The other was conducted by agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or FDLE, in August 2003.
Both agencies are mandated by Florida Statutes 415 and 825 to detect and correct the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly or disabled adults.

The individual whose 700-page anonymous complaint prompted the DCF to conduct a 60-day investigation into numerous alleged violations of state statutes protecting disabled and incapacitated people tells WND the DCF investigator gave him the impression he thought the allegations were credible and he was sorry the probe got aborted by his superiors.

The complainant, who wishes to remain unnamed, tells WND he spent numerous hours over a period of several weeks working with the DCF adult protective services investigator after filing his complaint in November 2001.

"It was clear to me that he found credibility in most, if not all, the charges," the complainant said of the investigator.

But when the investigator turned his report in to his superiors, he reportedly hit a brick wall.

"It went up the ladder. It crashed. The report findings were marked 'Unfounded but With Recommendations,'" the complainant recalls the investigator telling him.

When the complainant expressed disbelief at the outcome and asked what "with recommendations" meant, he says the investigator became tight-lipped.

"I've said too much. All I can say is keep up the fight," the investigator said.

At the time, DCF attorney Frank Nagatani publicly declared: "DCF is not going to get involved [in the Terri Schiavo case] until this is out of the court."

Florida Department of State Election records show Nagatani contributed to the 1998 election campaign of 6th Judicial Circuit Court Judge George Greer, the primary adjudicator in the Terri Schiavo case. While no records exist detailing the amount of Nagatani's total contribution, according to Greer's reported campaign expenditures, Nagatani was paid $18.75 on Aug. 11, 1998 for a "partial contribution refund."

WorldNetDaily reported Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, also donated to Greer's re-election campaign. The $250 contribution was made by Felos' law firm, Felos & Felos, on May 7, 2004 – one day after Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge Douglas Baird ruled "Terri's Law" unconstitutional.

Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have been locked in a 7-year court battle with her estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, over her fate.


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Killing Terri Schiavo

Thomas Sowell (archive)

March 24, 2005 |


People who say that the government has no business interfering in a private decision like removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube somehow have no problem with a squad of policemen preventing her parents (or anyone else) from giving their daughter food or water.

Do those who want to keep the government out of private decisions think that the police are not the government? Do they think that the judges who authorized this are not the government?

Sadly, this is not the only Alice-in-Wonderland confusion of words and deeds in this tragic case.

We are being told that Terri Schiavo is being "allowed" to "die a natural death." Such an argument might make some sense if this were a terminally ill person. But Terri Schiavo is not dying from anything other than a lack of food and water, from which any of the rest of us would die.

She is not dying a natural death. She is being killed.

What is being kept alive artificially is the liberal media version of events. One side of this story is being repeated endlessly, as if it were gospel, but anyone saying something different -- including doctors and nurses who have actually seen or taken care of Terri Schiavo -- is unlikely to be reported.

The nature of death by starvation and dehydration is also being depicted as "gentle" in the words of the New York Times -- the same New York Times which in 2002 reported starving people in India dying "clutching pained stomachs."

This "gentle" death is the story line in the liberal media but a priest who has actually seen Terri Schiavo tells a wholly different story of her visibly deteriorating condition. If this is such an easy death, why not videotape it and show those of us who are less enlightened how mistaken we are? Instead, there is a ban on anyone's photographing Terri as she dies.

Despite the oft-repeated claim that Terri Schiavo is being "allowed" to die, supposedly in accordance with her own wishes, the only person who says that these were her wishes is the one person who wants her dead and who personally stands to benefit from her death -- her husband, Michael Schiavo.

When Sean Hannity said this on the Fox News channel's "Hannity & Colmes" program, he was assured by a lawyer who was defending the removal of the feeding tube that Michael Schiavo was not the only one to hear Terri say this. But, when Hannity demanded to know the name of just one other person, the lawyer followed an old lawyer's maxim: "When your case is weak, shout louder!" He shouted and waxed indignant -- but did not produce the name of any other person.

This case is one where many people speak with certainty about very uncertain things -- and the certainties of one side contradict the certainties of the other.

Many seem certain that Terri Schiavo is vegetative, does not understand what is going on around her and cannot respond. But Carla Sauer Iyer, a nurse who attended Mrs. Schiavo for more than a year, has contradicted all of this. Moreover, she has painted a very different picture of Michael Schiavo than the one he presents to the courts and to the media.

But you are not likely to find her eyewitness account of events in the mainstream media.
According to this nurse, Michael Schiavo complained that his wife wasn't dying fast enough -- only the word he used was not wife or woman but a word that cannot be repeated in a family newspaper.

The nurse's sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, is that she reported to the police that she had found Terri in both medical and emotional distress after a closed door visit by her husband -- and that she also found a vial of insulin, as well as needle marks on Terri, after Michael Schiavo's visit.

The same mainstream media that will scour the country to find individuals to quote in support of killing Terri Schiavo will not lift a finger to investigate the chilling charges this nurse filed with the police years ago. It might disturb the picture they are trying to paint.

Terri Schiavo is being killed because she is inconvenient to her husband and because she is inconvenient to those who do not want the idea of the sanctity of life to be strengthened and become an impediment to abortion. Nor do they want the supremacy of judges to be challenged, when judges are the liberals' last refuge.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20050324.shtml


Killing Terri – Part II http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20050325.shtml
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Thank you for the info, Denise.

Sigh.. The judge denied the request again.

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You're welcome, Erica.

Indeed he did. And he waited until 12:10 PM to make the announcement, after telling the family's attorney that he may rule well before that time as his reason for ignoring the request to allow Terri to have at least an IV in the meantime until the ruling comes down, leading them to believe that a ruling could come at any moment throughout the night, the same tactic employed by most of the other courts during this past week. In addition to being exhausted by all the stress involved in attempting to save their daughter's life, these judges are so cruel and arrogant as to add to their distress with these time games that they have been playing. I doubt the family has slept much at all this past week waiting for supposed "imminent" rulings. I know I haven't. I go to sleep thinking about it, leaving on the TV just in case an order is announced, and wake up thinking about it.

I have been particulary nauseated today listening to many of the talking heads on TV still mischaracterizing Terri's condition as PVS, as if there were no credible assertions to the contrary by upwards of 33 physicians, more than half of whom are board certified neurologists, as if Terri has had the testing required to even make or confirm that diagnosis, and as if over 38% of those diagnosed with PVS are later declared to have been misdiagnosed.

I've also been sickened and angered by the media spin and Felos's spin about the family waiting until last night to tell Judge Greer about Terri trying to say "I want to live", implicating that it was a false statement. I personally read that statement by Barbara Weller the same evening of the day that the feeding tube was removed on March 18th. And here is the proof:  (notice the date of the report)
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43383

She immediately left the hospice after it happened and announced it in a press conference outside stating that she had promised Terri that she would tell the whole world that Terri had tried to say it. Her attorney said they didn't bring it immediately to Greer until last night because they had intended to bring in the sworn affidavit as evidence in the Federal proceedings, as they were trying to obtain the de novo hearing as authorized by Congress all week long, being denied twice by each court in the process, the right granted to them by Congress, and finally petitioned to see Greer again when it became clear that the Federal courts were effectively shutting them out and would not hear anything about the case and they would not be able to present that or any other evidence that contradicts Michael Schiavo's and George Felos's contentions. So they again went back to Greer when all else failed.

And a word about George Felos' news conference this afternoon...it was classic Scientology spin about dying by starvation and dehydration being a peaceful, painless experience. He said he had never seen her looking so beautiful and peaceful and serene. If those assertions were even close to being true then we shouldn't worry ourselves about all the starving people in the world, should we? Just forget about trying to feed them and let them have this beautiful peaceful experience, if that's what it really is. It was just a blatant attempt to undermine the truth of Terri's condition being reported daily by the family that loves her and the agony that they are experiencing watching her deteriorate. He went so far as to say the family was lying about Terri's condition in order to foment anger in the general public. Bobby Schindler came out later and said let the video cameras in and it will become quite clear which side is lying. And Bobby also said that Michael Schiavo and Felos won't allow that, for the same reason they have forbidden any cameras for the past five years, because it would prove that they are mischarcterizing his sister's condition about being PVS, and now about dying a peaceful death. Felos covered the topic of the possibility of cameras already earlier by saying in response to a reporter that no cameras will be allowed to protect Terri's right to privacy. Terri's right to privacy needs protecting, but her life doesn't.
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  LIFE AND DEATH TUG OF WAR

Terri's money used to pay for starvation death

Once well-provided for, disabled woman now dependent on taxpayers

Posted: March 26, 2005
11:45 a.m. Eastern

By Sarah Foster
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
When a jury awarded brain-disabled Terri Schindler-Schiavo over $1 million in a medical malpractice suit against her two physicians in 1992, it did so believing the money would be used to pay for the brain-injured woman's long-term care and rehabilitation.

But instead of the therapy he promised he'd provide for Terri, her estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, 41, who is also her legal guardian, used most of the money to pay attorneys to arrange his wife's death ­and he did this with full court approval.

The money awarded Terri was placed in a trust fund and a judge approved all expenditures ­ from pedicures to attorney bills. The latter has skyrocketed over the years, as Terri's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, battled their son-in-law in the Florida courts over their daughter's right to live.

By June 2001, the trust fund money had dwindled to $350,000. Today, just $40,000 to $50,000 remains.

Deborah Bushnell, who has represented Schiavo since 1993 in a series of legal skirmishes with the Schindlers, this month told Associated Press she has been paid $80,309 since becoming involved in the case. "Right to die" advocate and attorney George Felos, who was surreptitiously hired by Schiavo in 1997 to win court approval for Terri's death by removing her feeding tube, has been paid $348,434, according to Bushnell. Informed sources say an additional $50,000 should be added, to include legal costs that Bushnell did not include in the figure she gave.

Four years ago the St. Petersburg Times reported that records showed Felos was paid more than $200,000 between 1997 and June 2001, while Bushnell netted $27,000 between 1993 and June 2001 – which means she has been paid over $50,000 in just four years. Schiavo, too, was reimbursed $6,000 for legal costs.

The fees include not only standard attorney services, such as preparing briefs and taking depositions, but thousands of dollars for “dealing with the media,” records show. The payoff has been the continuous slanting of news stories in newspapers and on television of the battle over Terri’s life, beginning after the trial in 2000.

Both attorneys claim they have not been paid since 2002, but Felos recently admitted to the St. Petersburg Times that the American Civil Liberties Union is helping underwrite Schiavo's litigation.

Spending Terri's money in litigation is highly unusual, according to Pat Anderson, who represented the Schindlers in their fight with Schiavo from 2001 through most of 2004.



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The Florida Supreme Court has also denied their last appeal tonight. Our system of "justice" has failed miserably for this family, who only asked to be able to take care of their disabled daughter instead of having her put to death. Who would have ever thought that this could happen in America?

Let's keep them is our prayers for strength to face what may come. They are in agony right now, understandably. And also to continue to pray that someone with authority will act to do the right thing. It may just take a miracle.

I wish you and yours a blessed Easter.

Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes.
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"He said he had never seen her looking so beautiful and peaceful and serene. If those assertions were even close to being true then we shouldn't worry ourselves about all the starving people in the world, should we?"

So true, Denise.

Sigh.

I hate people. I really do.

Love's a lovely lad
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