Straight Up with Sherri

Thursday, March 24, 2005


As you may know, it has been reported that a "suspicious package" was found at the Florida Supreme Court in Tampa.

There will be accusations flying on both sides, I am sure.........

Just for the record:


It is CRIMINAL and should treated as such!


  • It's probably from the same person who wrote the Repub 'memo' on the political gains/losses to Terri's death/sarc.
    Marine Momma

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 10:31 PM  

  • With Randall Terry part of the picture you gotta know he will blamed.

    By Anonymous imtoast, at 10:42 PM  

  • 27 Feb 1933 - Nazis burn down the Reichstag and blame the communists.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 10:43 PM  

  • RWNJ

    That's EXACTLY what I was thinking......

    By Anonymous Lady Redhawk, at 10:46 PM  

  • Heard reports that state troopers were at Hospice-- but cannot confirm...

    could be true and if so, may be because of the bomb threat thing- or because they are going to take Terri out of there...

    I have never experienced such a host of bits of info that gets mixed up...

    so no telling right now...

    I will keep you all posted..

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:48 PM  

  • Now we have an "Ex-Priest" criticisizing the Vatican's postion; playing on Greta! Wow, gadzooks that amazes me. Talk about already having an agenda. This tells us What?
    News Flash!!! RWNJ is going to offer an analysis of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's position on abortion!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 10:50 PM  

  • The guy who was head of the UN, Butros Butros Ghali, or whatever, has blamed the oil for food debacle on the US conservatives :) He said we did it to scar the reputation of the UN. Good Lord...
    Marine Momma

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 10:52 PM  

  • If the state troopers are there, I wonder if they brought any water??

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:53 PM  

  • Sherri, that would be a good sign, the troopers being there that is, right?

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 10:54 PM  

  • Marine Momma,
    It was a lot more fun to say "Butros Butros Ghali" than it is to say "Kofi Annan"

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 10:55 PM  

  • Right wing, LOL! You have to wonder about his parents :)

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 10:57 PM  

  • What do you have against Randall Terry. 10:10 on Thursday evening, approaching the 7th day. Sitting here wondering how many ppl are going to realize they have the blood of Terri Schiavo on their hands by their lack of action.

    This isnt the disconnection of some machine that is being used to function as part of her body. This is the willfull withholding of food and water from a living human being and is nothing short of being paramount to MURDER.

    Be curious if the worst happens to see if ppl are charged with murder or being accessories to it.

    By Blogger Michael, at 11:18 PM  

  • I have a very serious question for my friends here. If we can and do hate the judges, lawyers, etc., that have allowed this travesty here is my question.

    How can we patronize a website that not only stood by while this happened, but the single time it addressed the issue, promoted the death cult stance. Sometimes you have to take a stand and say, you are with us or you are with the terrorists. You know, like if you harbor or facilitate this death than you are the enemy. That is my rant and if it sounds crude and out of line, then we just disagree. I can not imagine anyone feeling as strongly about this as I do and still playing the bud with LGF.
    Now before you go "there is no need to do that, my gosh" just remember the stakes here and not only for Terri, but for this country and our mutual futures.

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 11:20 PM  

  • Early Monday morning, after President Bush signed the Schiavo bill, Bob Schindler was positively beaming in front of the television cameras. He said he walked into his daughter's hospice room and told her, "We had to wake the President up to save your life."

    Did Bill Frist and Tom Delay ever call the Schindler family and say, "not so fast?" Apparently not. In their latest court filing, the Schinder family still clings to the misleading notion offered by lawmakers last weekend that their bill required Schiavo's feeding tube to be immediately reinserted. Quote, "If Congress meant to give the federal courts the power to let her die..." says the Schindler's filing, then passing the law "would be little more than a cruel hoax." Read it again... The Schindlers argue: "If Congress meant to give the federal courts the power..." The fact is, that's exactly what Congress did. And a "cruel hoax" on Terry Schiavo's family is exactly the right description. As one of my doctor contacts observed, "This has always been about politics, not about helping Terri Schiavo or her parents."


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:21 PM  

  • jlfintx, my friend,
    Please don't use the word "hate" in this context. We cannot allow ourselves to make room in our hearts for that. In so doing, we sink to the level of those we would oppose. I really do not believe you meant that word.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:24 PM  

  • I haven't been able to confirm any state troppers being there...

    I think it was wrong info...

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 11:24 PM  

  • I haven't been able to confirm any state troppers being there...

    oh crap

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 11:26 PM  

  • RWNJ is really wise in many ways.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:28 PM  

  • Anonymous, I believe there is a lot of "Good Intentions" here. Admittedly there is politics at play, but there is also a Constitutional Crisis on the part of a tyrannical judiciary. Those parts will take a while to sort out while the politics will never go away.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:28 PM  

  • Well, actually Nut Job, the bible does not prohibit hate. Jesus said there were certain things he hated. Now, having said that I hate what has been done by those people and the only way I can show my displeasure is by never patronizing his website again. He was begged and begged for weeks by many that were asking him to highlight this case. How many do you think emailed him and asked him NOT to profile this. It would have been better by far to not ever mention than to post a thread where he clearly chose the "wrong" side. I can not reconcile that and I shall go away for awhile. This is just too much and I have no respect or regard for Charles Johnson and LGF.

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 11:29 PM  

  • We were used by the Congresscritters!

    Judges Ed Carnes, an appointee of the senior President Bush, and Frank Hull, a Clinton appointee, agreed in a 10-page opinion that the Schindlers failed to show a constitutional violation in the handling of the case.

    They noted a revealing exchange on the Senate floor on Sunday between Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). At issue was whether the special Schiavo law required a federal judge to order her feeding tube be restored.

    Levin said the law had no such requirement.

    "I share the understanding of the senator from Michigan," Frist replied. "Nothing in the current bill or its legislative history mandates a stay. I would assume, however, that the federal court would grant a stay based on the facts of this case because Mrs. Schiavo would need to be alive in order for the court to make its determination."

    Levin said a judge would decide based on the legal claims. "I do not make the same assumption as the majority leader about what a federal court will do," he said.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:35 PM  

  • The bible encourages hate of activities and behaviors. That is fine and should be pursued. Jesus didn't beat the moneychangers because He hated them. It's a small distinction and I believe you live by that distinction. You may choose to hate the policy, standards, and product of the man, but you don't hate him. I know you better than that. A small, but important point.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:36 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    Whether you agree with it or not, it was the mandate of a "de novo" (new discovery) consideration that the District Judge in Tampa (Whittemore) was required Constitutionally to consider. Once he accepted the case, he could not refuse to include this in his deliberation.
    While the stay is not mandated, it is impossible to do a de novo investigation without one, so it must be issued by Whittemore. The question of whether Congress has the right to do this is beyond the point. The Constitutional remedy for this lies with a Presidential refusal to sign it.
    There is only one Constitutionally mandated court in this Country: the Supreme Court. All lesser courts serve at the pleasure of Congress! Only the Supreme Court has the authority to overturn the law.
    But the Constitution doesn't mean much to Judges, anymore.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:46 PM  

  • as frustrating and sad this is, you can't expect Jeb Bush to come in and save Terri. He did an interview a couple hours saying his hands are tied. He doesn't have the power to go in and grab Terri.The blame does not lie on him or Congress or President Bush. It seems to lie in the ridiculous adherance to some ruling by Judge Greer. No other Judge seems to want to overrule him. We may never know why.Jeb Bush, In all probabability,will not be going in .Don't vent your anger there. Pray for Terri , and her family.

    By Anonymous sadie, at 11:51 PM  

  • The statute used the phrase "de novo" but did not provide for a new trial on the question of whether to authorize the termination of life-prolonging procedures under chapter 765, Florida Statutes and In re Guardianship of Browning, 543 So.2d 258 (Fla. App. 1989).

    The special statute enacted for the Schindlers provided that the federal court could hear any claim brought by the parents for a violation of Theresa Marie Schiavo's rights "under the Constitution or laws of the United States ..." It did not provide for any jurisdiction for a de novo re-trial of the case that was tried before Judge Greer in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court. If the Schindlers thought that they were getting that, they are delusional. But then, they don't believe that their daughter is PVS either.

    Therefore, the only claims that the Schindlers could bring were federal constitutional law or federal statutory claims. They were doomed.

    Were the Schindlers taken for a ride? Probably. Even though this statute was rushed through, there had to be several lawyers who participated in drafting and amending this statute. The exchange between Senators Levin and Frist that was quoted by the district court certainly indicates sufficient attention to the details that one would have to infer that the persons enacting this statute knew what they were, and were not, doing.

    The fact that the Schindlers would be limited to federal claims leaped right out of the text when I read the statute. When a party has had several trials, several appeals, with attorneys at every stage, it is very hard to claim that the party has been denied due process of law.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:05 AM  

  • Anonymous
    Very good analysis. The problems are not immediate or easy to solve. You did well; my hat is off to you.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 12:10 AM  

  • I can confirm that the state troopers were there. They drove down to the end of 102nd Ave. and stayed there for about 15 minutes and then drove up in front of Hospice, and then left. We all thought that something was going to happen, but nothing did.

    Keep praying!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:43 AM  

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    By Blogger jlfintx, at 1:17 AM  

  • Sorry, I was supposed to show that was a Susan Estrich column. Since it did not show up that way, to be fair I ask the moderator to remove the first one.

    Again from S Estrich. Looks like the repubs wrote a crappy law knowing it was crap..

    Congress may have had the intent, as my friend Sean Hannity keeps pointing out, to give the parents an opportunity to have a de novo review in the federal courts, but the fact is that they built into the standard for making the most important decision – the stay decision – a conclusion about the likelihood of the parents' proving that the state judges were wrong. Now where I come from, we call that a set-up, or a C paper.

    In order to get your de novo review, you have to get a stay first. In order to get a stay, you have to prove that there is a substantial likelihood that you will actually succeed in the de novo review that you'll now never get.

    That is what is driving Sean crazy, because that's not de novo review. That's second-guessing. It's deferential review, not de novo review. But you can't blame the courts for that. Blame Congress. Blame the Republican drafters. That's how they wrote the statute.

    And so it has come to pass.

    As I write this, the Supreme Court has now completed the cycle. The federal judge turned down the Schindlers, on just those grounds; he was upheld, two to on and then 10 to two, and the Supreme Court has now turned down the case. The legal door is closed. They can't go back to federal court again.

    What are they going to do? Go back to Congress for a new law for Easter Sunday, and try to restart this process. There would not seem to be time for that, and besides, the Republicans would look too foolish.

    Outside Terri's hospice, it is reported that the judges are treated with derision. Unfair. Judges enforce the law, as all of us have made it, to resolve these disputes. They even enforce the law, as a cowardly Congress passed it, on Monday morning. With no one there in the Senate to challenge it on principle, and everyone eager to toss it back to the federal courts, they were not only gutless but sloppy, and fatally so.

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 1:18 AM  

  • LOL did I ever do a double-take on that one, until jlf pointed out he was quoting someone else.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 AM  

  • jlfintx,
    And God so loved the world that He didn't send a Committee!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 1:30 AM  

  • - I have no idea why. But Jeb Bush wimped out on this at the 11th hour. He could have gone in with the state troopers and moved Terri to another facility by getting a bench writ naming her as a material witness in a state investigation into possible mal-feasence on the part of her guardian, the "caring" husband. By the time the dust settled, Terri would be under protective custody, and the most important thing of all, the one thing that all the state courts, most especially judge Greer worked fevorishly to avoid, the whole mess, including any possible culpability of a certain individual in her condition in the first place, would be exposed in open court. Why He didn't act I know not. Its been done before many times.

    By Anonymous Big Bang Hunter, at 1:40 AM  





    DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2003

    In response to a request, this memorandum is submitted addressing whether the governor of the State of Florida has the constitutional power to stop a Florida court order conferring upon the husband of Terri Schindler-Schiavo the sole discretionary power to disconnect his brain-disabled wife’s feeding tube. Not only does the governor have such power, but the governor has a constitutional duty to prevent any action taken pursuant to such a court order, because such action would violate Ms. Schindler-Shiavo’s constitutionally guaranteed "inalienable right to enjoy and defend life" regardless of her "physical disability" as secured by Article I, Section 2 of the Florida State Constitution.

    According to Article I, Section 2, "[a]ll natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law, and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life ...." Additionally, Article I, Section 2 provides that "no person shall be deprived of any right [including the right to enjoy life] because of ... physical disability." According to Article IV, Section 1, "the supreme executive power" of the state of Florida is vested in the "governor ... who shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Thus, the governor has the power, indeed the duty, to ensure that this constitutional guarantee of the "inalienable right ... to enjoy and defend life," regardless of physical disability, is preserved.

    In the exercise of this his "take care" powers, the governor is not bound by a court order, such as the one in the Schindler-Schiavo case, when that court order is inconsistent with the actual constitutional guarantee. As President Andrew Jackson once observed, judicial "precedent is a dangerous source of authority, and should not be regarded as deciding questions of constitutional power." This observation is especially significant in determining the scope of the constitutional powers of the office of governor, a separate and independent branch from the judiciary. Again, as President Jackson put it, the chief executive officer of a government is bound by his oath of office to decide matters of constitutional right and power according to the executive’s interpretation of the constitution, not according to the judiciary’s interpretation. Therefore, if the governor believes that Ms. Schindler-Schiavo has the constitutional right to "enjoy life" regardless of her present disability, as he has stated in filings submitted to the courts, then the governor is duty bound to stop any action taken pursuant to that unconstitutional order that would result in the deprivation of Ms. Schindler-Shiavo’s constitutional right to life.

    Such executive intervention into the judicial processes does not violate the separation of powers. To the contrary, as Alexander Hamilton stated in Federalist No. 78, the exercise of judicial power is subject to the check and balance of the executive branch which, alone, has the power to enforce a judicial order. Thus, if a court order is contrary to the law of the inalienable right to life — as the order in the Schindler-Schiavo case surely is — then according to Article IV, Section 1 of the Florida Constitution, the governor, vested with the "supreme executive power," should intervene to stop any action taken puruant to that court order. After all, as the great English legal authority — Sir William Blackstone stated — a court opinion or order and the law are not the same thing, in that a court opinion or order may be contrary to law, and therefore, not law at all. I W. Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 71 (Univ. Chi. Facs. Ed: 1765). If the governor allows a court order granting discretion to one person to decide for another person whether the latter person lives or dies to go unchallenged, then he would fail to "take care" that the "law" of the equal right to life, as secured by Article I, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution even for the physically disabled," is "faithfully executed."

    If you have any questions concerning this matter, I would be most pleased to respond. My telepone number is (757) 421-4141 and e-mail is

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 1:51 AM  

  • aw anon, it's good friday. take a lot more than that to upset me seeings as my Lord was crucified on this day. I love you ya know?

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 1:53 AM  

  • I like what Ann Coulter had to say but it would take President with real courage like Andrew Jackson to pull it off. George Bush is in charge of the enforcement branch of the federal government. I say put Terri in the custody of the Federal Marshalls in the witness protection program and dare the Court to try to enforce their tinpot judgement on Terri. Just like the United Nations we simply disrespect them and do the right things anyway.

    By Blogger Alnot, at 1:53 AM  

  • It is after 4:30 and I can't sleep. No one should die of thirst. You die of thirst long before you starve. All these politicans, judges, Governor and President showed us was an acute lack of compassion. No empathy and no compassion. Even Jesus on the cross was given a sponge of vinegar. No water, no compassion. That's what it is all about to be human. So what is this going to look like on the 'Arab Street'? Not good. So much for democracy.
    Our nation turned a corner and is no longer great.

    So all you who believe she should die, walk a mile in her shoes. Just think about it for a few minutes. Or are you so compassionless you don't think it will ever happen to you? Doesn't matter if she no longer has high brain function, no one should die of an enforced thirst.

    By Anonymous Nell, at 4:47 AM  

  • Of course you support this.

    You support Randall Terry ... and the folks who bomb abortion clinics all in the name of being PRO LIFE.

    You call judges murders.

    You call anyone a killer who doesn't agree with you.

    Anyone who has a different opinion than you ... you deem "having blood on their hands."

    You would love nothing more than for something "unfortunate" to happen to Judge Greer ..... admit it.

    Get off your high horse and quit LYING. You DO support it and secretly you were jumping up and down and clapping inside.

    You HATE the judicial system.

    You HATE Judge Greer.

    You HATE the other judges who are involved in this that didn't rule your way.

    You HATE Felos.

    You HATE Michael Schiavo.

    So don't pretend you're so Christian. It gets so old.

    Some quotes from this page:

    " Greer Forbids DCF from Picking up Schiavo (Now where did I put that throne?)"

    "George Greer just seems to enjoy knowing that he can kill innocent victims at whatever whim strikes him. Now, that's power!"



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:38 AM  

  • It seems to lie in the ridiculous adherance to some ruling by Judge Greer. No other Judge seems to want to overrule him.


    The reason no other court has overturned any of his rulings .. INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ... is because he hasn't done anything wrong. He has followed the letter of the law and that is what he is supposed to do!!!

    What is wrong with you people?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:41 AM  

  • When a party has had several trials, several appeals, with attorneys at every stage, it is very hard to claim that the party has been denied due process of law.

    I think this has been said MANY times on these comments posts, only with each of the authors who said it to be called murderers, killers, and actually Satan himself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 AM  

  • Romans 12

    14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

    17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. 20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    It is up to Jesus to judge right from wrong .. it is up to Jesus to take care of it when the time comes. Not you. And the hate you perpetuate here is a sin ... equal to every other sin in God's eyes .... you are not above reproach.

    Check yourselves, hate mongers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:56 AM  

  • hehe you're killin me here ...

    So what is this going to look like on the 'Arab Street'? Not good. So much for democracy.

    Our nation turned a corner and is no longer great.

    Arab Street has hated us for years. I am certain the world has been watching this and thinking .. wow, America claims to be the great country of laws and rights, but even their own politicians can't seem to follow the laws the put in place ...

    Our nation turned a corner when we invaded Iraq on false information of WMD (if there ever was any information and wasn't just an excuse for Dubya to go in and play GI Joe like his Daddy). Our nation lost credibiity then.

    Do not pretend this has any more impact than that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:10 AM  

  • boy, anon you sure like to hear yourself talk don't ya. somebody steal your cookie?

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 7:46 AM  

  • jlfintx: you sure like to hear yourself talk

    LOL I dunno about Anonymous, but check out DL very early Fri morning for someone who does!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:40 AM  

  • jlfintx:

    do you mean aside from the 6 posts you have in this thread alone?

    you people are crazy.

    remember, when you point the finger at someone else, you have three pointing back at yourself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 AM  

  • I also think you're completely retarded in the sense that there are 11 billion people in the world and you assume everyone who posts as anonymous is the same person.


    Put down the crack pipe and back away slloooowly!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:31 AM  

  • 11 billion people? what planet are you living on bro?

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 12:59 PM  

  • jlfintx said...
    11 billion people? what planet are you living on bro?

    According to the U.S. Census
    Bureau, world population hit the
    6-billion mark in June of 1999.

    Ahh .. since it's 2005 .. maybe add another billion to the mix. So .. 7 billion .. sorry I was a few billion off.

    I wasn't aware that this weblog based any of it's posts in FACT so I just thought I'd make stuff up like you all do. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:43 PM  

  • haha that was a good one anon. i actually laughed out loud on that one. thanks for the humor. i also want to wish a happy Easter to everyone, including the trolls and those that do not agree with me either.

    in a couple hours, i am going to take a two day reprieve from this madness and go quiet; please hold the applause!

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 4:43 PM  

  • I wonder if what happened to Teri is really so bad, maybe what happened with world way of letting us know what type of society we have become and Terri was the means by which it happend.. Good or Bad I say thanks to her for making me look deeper into my own soul.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:39 PM  

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