Today's Note From a Madman
Monday, March 21, 2005
GW, A Hypocrite Once Again
George W. Bush signed a Texas
law in 1999 to "allow hospitals … [to] discontinue life sustaining care, even if
patient family members disagree"? So, Dubya
and Delay don't care about the sanctity of
life when it's a financial matter. But, a person's life, in this case poor Terry
Schiavo, is sacred as long as the hospital bills get paid. What a pair of
One more thing about this. When the CIA report came out that was titled, "Osama bin-Laden determined to attack in the US" and when the tsunamis hit the Indian Ocean nations and ended the lives of at least 250,000 people, President Bush didn't even see fit to leave the comfort of his Crawford, TX ranch to go back to Washington to run the country or to aid the world. But for a photo-op, GW is willing to wake up at 1AM and sign into law a bill written for one person, and in violation of a state's own law (Florida).
In case you have not seen the Republican Talking Point Memo that was circulated prior to this Schiavo case be argued in congress, here it is. The 4th talking point 100% contradicts what so many Republicans stood and said in the house debate. They said repeatedly in their speeches Terri is not a political issue yet right there it says "This is a great political issue". No surprise from the reptiles.
March 21, 2005 — The following memo listing talking points on the Terri Schiavo case was circulated among Republican senators on the floor of the Senate.
This is an exact, full copy of the document obtained exclusively by ABC News and first reported Friday, March 18, 2005, by Linda Douglass on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings."
S. 529, The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act
Teri (sic) Schiavo is subject to an order that her feeding tubes will be disconnected on March 18, 2005 at 1p.m.
The Senate needs to act this week, before the Budget Act is pending business, or Terri's family will not have a remedy in federal court.
This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue.
This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida has already refused to become a cosponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats.
The bill is very limited and defines custody as "those parties authorized or directed by a court order to withdraw or withhold food, fluids, or medical treatment."
There is an exemption for a proceeding "which no party disputes, and the court finds, that the incapacitated person while having capacity, had executed a written advance directive valid under applicably law that clearly authorized the withholding or or (sic) withdrawl (sic) of food and fluids or medical treatment in the applicable circumstances."
Incapacitated persons are defined as those "presently incapable of making relevant decisions concerning the provision, withholding or withdrawl (sic) of food fluids or medical treatment under applicable state law."
This legislation ensures that individuals like Terri Schiavo are guaranteed the same legal protections as convicted murderers like Ted Bundy.
-ABC News, thanks to Casey Sweet
The Schiavo case is another example of the
Repugs and the really brain damaged religious
right trampling on peoples choices again.
According to the husband, this poor soul informed him that she never wanted to be brain dead and be mechanically kept alive.
Obviously the Repugs have no use for the concept of checks and balances. Now they are even legislating against some of the rights accorded to the judiciary in the Constitution. If the courts rule against them, look out, here comes another all out attempt to amend the United States Constitution, again.
I believe that this another Rovian maneuver to position the Repugs as the defenders of human life, and the Dems as the killers, again. The GOP Party leaders need to see this ploy for what it really is; throwing up straw men to hide their real intentions. We cant afford be caught with our pants down too many more times.
The IRS - Bush's Punisher
The NAACP is balking at
giving the IRS information it's requesting because they feel they are being
singled out due to their non support of President Bush
in the 2004 election. Their tax exempt standing is being threatened.
Tommy Thompson, then Secretary of Health and Human Services, requested an audit of Advocates for Youth, a group that is smart enough to realize that abstinence only programs don't work, and a group that has the temerity to openly not support President Bush's abstinence only programs.
These groups, along with about a dozen others are being investigated by the IRS because they won't betray the people they serve.
"In previous administrations, there's been the occasional instance of what might appear to be retaliation, but when it started happening in a serial way, it began to look like a pattern to us,"
-Kay Guinane, counsel for the nonprofit advocacy project of OMB Watch, a government watchdog group that has published two reports on the issue
And when it came to groups the IRS wouldn't investigate, Right Wing groups were left off the hook over Progressive groups by a margin of two-to-one.
Representatives Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) were the culprits behind the Advocates for Youth investigation. Smith was recently relieved of his duties as the chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee due to his support of veterans, and his opposition to President Bush's budget that cut the VA.s budget.
"It was bare-knuckled intimidation,"
-James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth
I wonder if Rep. Smith is feeling any different about his support of President Bush and his Administration-by-Intimidation now?
"Given the level of the insurgency today, two years later, clearly, if we had been able to get the Fourth Infantry Division in from the north through Turkey, more of the Iraqi Saddam Hussein Baathist regime would have been captured or killed,"
-Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on Fox News Sunday
So now we see the future. It's Turkey's fault that the Iraq War is going bad. It's Turkey's fault that there is insurgency in Iraq. Of course it is. It couldn't possibly be the ineptness of a Bush administration that keeps flip-flopping over the reasons they actually went into Iraq in the first place.
The Bush plan is now complete: Piss off our only true ally in the Muslim world... Turkey.
These guys have got to be kidding me.
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