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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Meet Me At One Minute Past Midnight

According to ABC News, "After Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., gaveled the House into session, Democrats made clear they would not let the bill pass on a voice vote. That meant the need for GOP leaders to gather the required number of lawmakers for a roll call vote."

The Miami Herald (requires registration) states, "The tactical decision, which came amid charges of cynical political maneuvering, sharply abbreviated an extraordinary Palm Sunday congressional session. Republicans are expected to try again Monday, possibly as early as 12:01 a.m."

The Senate has announced that they have agreed to a voice vote passage by 5:00 EST
(according to Fox News).

The Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, announced that the House will convene at 9:00 pm on Sunday night for three hours of debate prior to the midnight vote.

Now to round up a House quorum and head down to the O.K. Corral.

Right Wing Nut Job


  • The police are now escorting the Schindler's into the hospice.

    By Blogger Sarah D., at 3:56 PM  

  • Bill Frist just announced that the Senate has passed the bill by unanimous consent. He is now explaining the meaning of it.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 4:34 PM  

  • In the meantime, Terri is still being starved, TORTURED.

    Why isn't Congress/Jeb protecting Terri, and what can we do?

    I am asking this question in the hopes that we can stir Terri's supporters to take some additional action that will result in PROTECTING Terri NOW.

    All of this last minute flurry at the US Capitol is commendable, but Terri is STILL STARVING TO DEATH, RIGHT NOW.

    I see 2 things:

    1. The Congress must enforce its subpoena and move to protect Terri right now until the hearings are held. That means US Marshals with medical teams need to place Terri under their care IMMEDIATELY. We should be flooding Congress and esp. Sen. Enzi with this demand.

    2. Jeb Bush MUST invoke the "Emergency Protective Services Intervention" section of Florida statutes Chapter 415.1051(2). Note the term "Emergency".

    In my mind, legislative efforts are all well and good, but they take time and may still fail yet. Terri needs protection NOW if she is going to be called before Congress to testify. There is no telling what the "caregivers" may do to her between now and the hearings to impair her testimony and destroy evidence.

    This is where I think our IMMEDIATE efforts and action are needed.



    By Anonymous Bryan, at 4:48 PM  

  • RWNJ, my kids have decided to share the bug with me, so I'm just checking the main sites for Terri. Pls explain what Frist meant, bottom line, can they put the tube back in today?
    Thanks, Marine Momma

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:03 PM  

  • Bryan:
    As I understand it, the question of whether a Congressional subpoena was actually issued to Terri is still unclear. What is clear is that the Body of Law (Habeas Corpus) does not apply to Terri according to Judge George Greer; he has granted absolute power of life and death to Michael Schiavo. In doing this, it is considered to be procedurally correct by all the appeals courts that have been willing to look at the case. I disagree, but then the judiciaries are trying to establish coordinated oligarchies. The 11th Federal Circuit Court is probably the one that should have been approached first. Schindler's lawyers are no where near as good as Michael's lawyers are. But then, over a million dollars of Terri's money will buy a lot of powerful lawyers - read "buddies of King George Greer".
    Jeb Bush is a wimp. He does not take the same assertive, positive action that George W. Bush does. Jeb is more like his father George H.W. Bush, trying to be sure his political and legal ducks are dotted and crossed.
    Congress does not offer the solution to the overall problem. More government is not the answer. What we need is an enforcement of the Constitution (that Greer has distorted). Saying that even the invalid, elderly, infirm, young, etc. are guaranteed rights under the Constitution(s) is a great first step. The present bill deals with the right of other family members to plea a Federal Judge to intervene. Simple, but meaningful. And according to the Constitution it is already that way. It's just that some evil people want to pretend it isn't! And then, innocent people die.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 5:18 PM  

  • Marine Momma:
    NOT AT ALL. Frist presented two things. One, the Senate passed the Bill. Two, what the Bill says is that family members, other than the custodian, have the right to ask for Federal Court intervention in order to enforce Habeas Corpus. It is up to the Schindler family to ask a Federal Judge to intervene to determine whether Terri's Constitutional rights are being violated. The Judge would normally issue an injunction, keeping Terri alive until he/she could hear the case. It is possible that a change of custodianship review could also be ordered. The custodianship is still a state's issue, however.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 5:22 PM  

  • For what it's worth, some are asking who is blocking the House. According to a story on Pro-Life Blogs, It is just two Representatives: Robert Wexler of the 19th District of Florida and Earl Blumenauer representing the 3rd Congressional District of Oregon.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 5:44 PM  

  • It appears to be "just two" reps. I suspect, though, that those are just the two designated to come forward. No need to expose more politicians to a tough issue than necessary -- logistically speaking.

    Yep, it's politics. That unsigned note to Republican Senators reported today also revealed lots of gamesmanship.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:48 PM  

  • Anonymous, I agree entirely. In this multidimensional story, there is a lot of pure politics going on. But the stakes are much higher than Terri. Even for the politicians, there is a lot to be said for gained or lost momentum.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 6:47 PM  

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