Friday, March 25, 2005

Miscellaneous Schiavo rants

Let's not hear another peep about "federalism" from people who don't agree that Roe v. Wade should be thrown out on its bloody ass. That's not "pro-life", it's respect for democracy and the Constitution.

Under what conceivable circumstances could we see an outcome where Terri Schiavo was to be neglected to death under armed guard and call it justice? If our legal system decides that she must die, at least do it in a way that would be permissible if done to a condemned prisoner, or even a rabid dog.

If we were putting a govt together from scratch, which idea would come up first? Justice, or federalism? If you could only have one of the two, which would you pick?

So the Republicans had the stones and compassion to pass a very narrowly tailored law explicitly described as not being a precedent with the intent of addressing a clear miscarriage of justice and preserving an innocent woman's life. Instead of hearing universal praise for political heroism in giving her the benefit of the doubt, we're actually hearing some whining about federalism. IMO those people were happy to see Terri Schiavo go all along, but wanted a more respectable reason.

Oh, the Republicans were just performing on cue for their masters, the Christian Right! Good grief. Yeah, there may be an unsigned memo out there alleging that, but then there's Powerline.

I don't hold out much hope for Terri Schiavo now. But once she's dead Michael Schiavo will no longer be in position to deny her parents things they want. You know, like seeing their daughter - what possible justification was there for him *ever* to deny them this? But with that inhibition gone, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Schindlers hit him with a big nasty wrongful-death suit, dragging in the 1991 bone scan and other things that suggest that the events that led to Terri's predicament were not accidents. And let's make sure he doesn't make a dime off her corpse with books, movies et al.

Advice to life insurors - don't write any policies for Jodie Centonze.

A guardian ad litem found that Terri Schiavo's care had been excellent. A nurse has testified that Michael Schiavo would modify her charts.

Or how about this:
When Michael visited Terri, he always came alone and always had the door closed and locked while he was with Terri. He would typically be there about twenty minutes or so. When he left Terri would would be trembling, crying hysterically, and would be very pale and have cold sweats. It looked to me like Terri was having a hypoglycemic reaction, so I’d check her blood sugar. The glucometer reading would be so low it was below the range where it would register an actual number reading. I would put dextrose in Terri’s mouth to counteract it. This happened about five times on my shift as I recall. Normally Terri’s blood sugar levels were very stable due to the uniformity of her diet through tube feeding. It is my belief that Michael injected Terri with Regular insulin, which is very fast acting.

That and numerous other tidbits appears on this affidavit, and if it's true, it's probably fair to say that Terri Schiavo *does* want to die rather than spend another minute under control of the monster she married.

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