Sunday, March 27, 2005

What we've learned from the Schiavo circus...

What we've learned from the Schiavo circus...

(as found in a political chat group, taken from a comment in the Media Matters forum):

1) Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, and Tom Delay are all qualified

2) 22 successive court battles that all ended in exactly the same way
means there is something wrong with the courts, not the Schindler's

3) Michael Schiavo is after money which is why he turned down 1 million
dollars and 10 million dollars to sign over guardianship.

3a - corollary) Michael Schiavo wants to go off and live the life of a
wild playboy, which is why he's spending every waking moment by Terri's

4) Congress and the State Legislature of Florida has nothing better to
do than pry into the private medical affairs of others.

5) Pulling life support is bad in Florida when authorized by the legal
next-of-kin, but pulling life support is good in Texas when you run out
of money and the mother pleads not to pull the plug on her baby.

5a - corollary) Dying white women deserve special legislation to keep
them alive. Dying black babies don't.

6) Medical diagnoses are best performed by watching highly edited
videotape made by Randall Terry rather than in person by trained

7) Minimum wage-making nursing assistants are more qualified to
a persistent vegetative state than experienced neurologists.

8) Cerebral spinal fluid is a magical potion that can mimic the entire
functions of a missing cerebral cortex.

9) 15 years in the same persistent state is not really enough time to
make an accurate diagnosis.

10) A feeding tube that infuses yellow nutritional goop is not really
"life support".

11) Jesus was wrong when he said that a man and woman should leave
parents and cleave only to each other.

12) Marriage is the most sacred of all unions, except when it isn't.

13) Interfering in a family's private tragedy is a great reason to cut
short a vacation, but getting a memo that warns a known terrorist is
determined to strike inside the US isn't.

14) Right wing pro-lifers are the most compassionate people on Earth
which is why they are hoping that Michael Schiavo dies a horrible
painful death, and in some cases, robbing gun stores or offering money
online to make sure it happens.

15) The Supreme Court of the United States and the State Supreme Court
of Florida mean "Maybe" when they are saying "No!".

16) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a bleeding heart liberal.

17) 7 Supreme Court Justices were appointed by Republican presidents, so
it's Clinton's fault.

18) A judge who makes rulings based on the law is obviously an atheist,
liberal, Democratic activist even though he is a conservative,
Republican, Southern Baptist.

19) Getting nominated for a Nobel Prize involves merely the
recommendation of an American politician.

20) Terri's parents were so overwhelmed that Terri tried to tell them,
on March 15, that "I waaaaaant to live," that they somehow forgot to
mention it to the courts until they filed a brief ten days later.