Friday, February 25, 2005

Judge Orders Florida Woman's Feeding Tube Removed

Judge Orders Florida Woman's Feeding Tube Removed
Fri Feb 25, 5:21 PM ET

Top Stories - Reuters
By Robert Green
CLEARWATER, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Friday ordered the feeding tube removed from a severely brain-damaged woman in three weeks, paving the way for her husband to allow his wife to die after a long court dispute with her parents.

Fifteen years to the day since a heart attack put Theresa "Terri" Schiavo into what some doctors call a persistent vegetative state, Circuit Judge George Greer ruled the feeding tube that keeps her alive should be removed on March 18.

That would give the parents time to appeal the ruling to higher courts, and their attorney immediately made clear they planned such appeals.

Schiavo, 41, has been at the center of a bitter seven-year legal fight that has become a rallying point for right-to-life activists, advocates for the disabled and proponents of the right to die.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, who is her legal guardian, says his wife had told him she would not want to live in such a condition. Her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, believe their daughter is in a "minimally conscious state" and say she could improve with treatment.
"I am very pleased that the Court has recognized there must be a finality to this process." Michael Schiavo said in a written statement. "I am hopeful and confident that the appellate court will also agree that Terri's wishes not to be kept alive artificially must now be enforced."
Greer, who ordered the feeding tube removed five years ago, said he would not grant any more stays in the case, but gave the Schindlers time to appeal the ruling.

UNLIKELY TO RECOVER

The court has accepted the view of some doctors who say Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state, meaning she has no awareness and is unlikely to recover.

"The court ... is no longer comfortable in continuing to grant stays, pending appeals of orders denying respondents' various motions and petitions," Greer said in a 3-page ruling handed to reporters by a court official.

"Also the court is no longer comfortable granting stays simply upon the filing of new motions and petitions since there will always be 'new' issues that can be pled."

Greer said Schiavo's nutrition and hydration should be withdrawn at 1 p.m. EST on March 18. He said the deadline would allow time for "last rites and other similar matters" to be addressed.
The Schindlers' lawyer, David Gibbs, said the parents have dozens of legal options they can pursue over the next three weeks, including another appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites).

"We're happy that we have at least three weeks before they're going to kill Terri," Robert Schindler said outside the hospice where his daughter is being cared for.

The U.S. legal system has repeatedly ruled in favor of Michael Schiavo during a long and controversial case that has involved state and federal courts, the Florida legislature, Gov. Jeb Bush and advocates on all sides of the right-to-die issue.

Her feeding was stopped in 2001 and then restarted under a court order. The tube was removed in October 2003 but was reinserted after the Florida legislature passed a special law giving Bush, the younger brother of President Bush (news - web sites), the authority to restart her feeding.

The Florida Supreme Court (news - web sites) struck down the state law, ruling that it violated the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

The U.S. Supreme Court has twice declined to intervene, the most recent last month when it rejected Gov. Bush's appeal of the state high court ruling.

~LH 1 Timothy 4:12~

Terri Schiavo's life hangs in the balance. Your actions could help prevent her from being starved to death.

Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge George Greer has put a temporary stay on his order to pull the tube on Terri and let her die a slow, agonizing death by starvation. Here is the short version of what's happening.

In 1990, Terri suffered a serious brain injury. In a 2000 trial Terri's husband asked for the feeding tube to be removed. He had abandoned their marriage long ago by living with another woman and having two children with her. He has claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars from disability insurance.

According to Tony Perkins at Family Research Council, her husband pocketed the money and let Terri live without the medical attention he had promised to provide.

Terri's parents want to take care of her, but her husband wants her to die. The court has sided with the husband. Terri's parents have renounced any settlement claims and are willing to care for their daughter at their own expense. The judge has refused to grant their request.

In Florida, starving an animal is a criminal offense but starving a disabled woman is not.

Please ask Judge Greer not to punish an innocent, disabled woman by starving her to death.

TAKE ACTION

Please send the e-mail to Judge Greer asking him not to kill Terri.
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Monday, February 21, 2005

HBO's Bill Maher Says Christians Have Neurological Disorder, Are Crazy

Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, says that all Christians are crazy and are unenlightened because of their faith. Maher made the comments on MSNBC's Scarborough Country.

Maher said: "We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion…I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think that flying planes in a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. If you look at it logically, it's something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child."

"When you look at belief in such things--as do you go to heaven, is there a devil--we have more in common with (Muslin countries) Turkey and Iran and Syria than we do with European nations and Canada and nations that, yes, I would consider more enlightened that us."

Maher said he wasn't speaking only of evangelicals, but included all religious people. He said he agreed with Jesse Ventura "who had that quote about religion is a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers."

Because of their neurological disorder, he said Christians "do not believe in science and rationality." He went on to say the future does not belong to religion. One recalls the famous quote from the Beatles in the 60's that they "were more popular than Jesus."

According to Maher, the Bible is a book of fairy tales, calling the account of Jonah a fairy tale the same as Jack in the Beanstalk.

Had Maher said such things about homosexuals, he would have been immediately fired. But because he was speaking of Christians, his bigotry was acceptable to HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc.

TAKE ACTION

Send Mr. Maher an email saying you regret he has such a low view of Christians, and will pray that he be "enlightened" as to the true nature of Christianity. Explain to him that Christians appreciate the good science does and most Christians are rational individuals.

Click here to send your email letter now!

Preserve Social Security

President Bush is committed to keeping the promise of Social Security for today's seniors while strengthening Social Security for our children. In his State of the Union speech speech the President discussed his plan to save Social Security for younger workers by allowing them the choice to set aside portions of their salary in personal accounts so they can start creating their own nest egg for retirement. The Social Security benefits for those at or near retirement will not change.

Unless we act now, Social Security will be bankrupt by the time our children retire.
To help educate the public about the President's plan, the RNC this week launched a new Web site: www.preservingsocialsecurity.com. This Web site will provide up-to-date news, facts and ways for people to get involved in the debate.

Get involved now! Go to www.preservingsocialsecurity.com and sign an online petition asking your Senators to work with President Bush to preserve Social Security.

With your help we will preserve Social Security and make sure it is around for our children and grandchildren.

Consider the future. ~LH 1 Timothy 4:12~

A Pakistani Teenage Christian Barely Escapes Death at the Hands of Her Own Family! (Diana’s face must remain hidden for her own protection.)

Diana grew up in a strict Islamic family in Pakistan. Her life was pretty typical until she met a girl named Mary who was a Christian. Now Diana is also a Christian and on the run.
When Diana’s family learned that she had become a Christian, they repeatedly beat her and insisted she return to Islam. But Diana refused. She was then forced to a local canal where her uncle put a pistol to her head and gave her one last chance to return to Islam. Diana replied, “You can kill me if you want. I will not leave Christ.”
It was then that Diana’s uncle noticed an extremely poisonous black cobra swimming in the canal. Believing he could escape any prosecution for his niece’s death, he threw her into the path of the cobra. He also knew she could not swim.
Diana miraculously escaped from the canal and is in hiding today. She is a new Christian but has already learned what it means to suffer for Christ. She recently told The Voice of the Martyrs, “Jesus was crucified for us. Can we not endure some of the same for Him?”
Every month The Voice of the Martyrs reports on what is really happening around the world where our brothers and sisters are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. Now you can receive a free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs award winning monthly newsletter. You will be inspired, you will learn to pray and even discover practical ways to get involved. Subscribe today.

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Stand Up For Our Soldiers Who Are Being Betrayed By The Mainstream Media

Tell The Media To Report The Good Things Our Soldiers Are Doing

Please read this warm, heart-rendering story about a group of soldiers who recently returned to the U.S. They watched the network news reports about the war while in Iraq and wondered how they would be treated upon their return home.

Click here to read the story – Be prepared to shed some tears.

Day and night we hear from the mainstream media about how much violence has occurred in Iraq. Listening to the news we are left with the impression that our soldiers are killing and being killed and wounded for nothing.

The mainstream media go on for weeks reporting how some prisoners were mistreated in Guantanamo. CNN's Eason Jordan went so far as to report that U.S. soldiers had intentionally killed journalists in Iraq. This is the same network that refused to report on the brutalities of Saddam Hussein's regime because they wanted to have access to the dictator. They take the negative acts of a handful of soldiers and dwell on them.

They refuse to tell Americans the whole story about what our soldiers are accomplishing. Frankly, I'm tired of the biased reporting.

TAKE ACTION!!!

Please send an email to the major news outlets telling them that you want to know the good things our soldiers are doing. Tell them to stop censoring the good and dwelling only on the bad. Our soldiers deserve better treatment from the mainstream media!

Click Here to send your email now!

For some good things our soldiers are doing, which aren't reported in the news, please click here.
~LH 1 Timothy 4:12~

Thursday, February 03, 2005

South Carolina's Parents Put In Charge

The "Put Parents in Charge" proposal uses a state income tax credit to create school choice. "Put Parents in Charge" will provide tax credits to parents who choose to home school, transfer to a different public school, or use a private school for their child's education. Those who do not have state tax liability due to low income are eligible to receive scholarships from Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) that will be established by non-profit organizations. If a child chooses to attend another school, the district he leaves will retain all federal and local education monies. Ultimately, school districts will have more money to spend on fewer students, thus increasing per pupil spending.
Contact your state legislators today!

A NEW FIGHTING FORCE A GREAT PLAN BUT RUMMY PROBABLY WOULDN'T BUY IT!!!!

The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500 man elitefighting unit called the US REDNECK SPECIAL FORCES (USRSF). These North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas,Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee boys will be dropped behind enemy lines and have been given the following facts about Terrorists:

1. The season opened today.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music or Jesus.
5. They are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the death of Dale Earnhardt.

The war should be over IN A WEEK.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Following is a brief background on Mrs. John Kerry. She hates being called that, by the way:

Maria Teresa Thiersten Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry. Married Senator Kerry in 1995. She only took his name eighteen months ago and she is an "interesting" paradox of conflicts. If you thought John Kerry was scary, he doesn't hold a candle to his wife! Maria Teresa Thiersten Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique, the daughter of a Portuguese physician, was educated in Switzerland and South Africa. Fluent in five languages, she was working as a United Nations interpreter in Geneva in the mid-60's when she met a "handsome" young American, H. John Heinz, III, who worked at a bank in Geneva. He told her his family was "in the food business." They were married in 1966 and returned to Pittsburgh where his family ran the giant H. J. Heinz food company. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1971, and in 1976 he was elected to the first of three terms in the United States Senate. A Republican, he wrote a burning diatribe against some of the causes backed by young House member John Kerry. Several years later, in 1991, he was killed when his plane collided with a Sun Oil Company helicopter over a Philadelphia suburb. The senator, his pilot and copilot, and both of Sun's helicopter pilots were killed. He was survived by his wife, Teresa, and their three young sons. Four years later, having inherited Heinz's $500 million fortune, she married Senator John Forbes Kerry, the liberal then-junior senator from Massachusetts. She became a registered Democrat and the process of her radicalization was set in motion. Heinz Kerry is not shy about telling people that she required Kerry to sign a prenuptial agreement before they were married. John Kerry may not have check writing privileges on the Heinz catsup and pickle fortune, but he is certainly a willing and uncomplaining beneficiary of it. A lot of hard-earned money, made through many years of hawking catsup, mustard, and pickles has fallen into the hands of two people who despise successful entrepreneurship and who believe in the confiscatory redistribution of wealth. So how does Mrs. Heinz Kerry spend John Heinz's money? Just one example: According to the G2 Bulletin, an online intelligence newsletter of WorldNetDaily, in the years between 1995-2001 she gave more than $4 million to organization called the Tides Foundation. And what does the Tides Foundation do with John Heinz's money? They support numerous antiwar groups, including Ramsey Clark's International Action Center. Clark has offered to defend Saddam Hussein. They support the Democratic Justice Fund, a joint venture of the Tides Foundation and billionaire hate-monger George Soros. The Democratic Justice Fund seeks to ease restrictions on muslim immigration from "terrorist" states. They support the Council for American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders are known to have close ties to the terrorist group, Hamas. They support the National Lawyers Guild, organized as a communist front during the Cold War era. One of their attorneys, Lynne Stewart, has been arrested for helping a client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, communicate with terror cells in Egypt. He is the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. They support the "Barrio Warriors," a radical Hispanic group whose primary goal is to return all of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to Mexico. These are but a few of the radical groups that benefit, through the anonymity provided by the Tides Foundation, from the generosity of our would-be first lady, the wealthy widow of Republican senator John Heinz, and now the wife of the Democratic senator who aspires to be the 44th President of the United States. Aiding and supporting our enemies is not good for America, regardless of your political views. If voters will open their eyes, educate themselves and see the real Teresa Heinz Kerry, they will not appreciate her position as ultra rich fairy godmother of the radical left. They will not want to imagine her laying her head on a pillow each night inches away from the President of the United States. Hopefully they love this country enough to decide that the only way these two will ever be allowed into the White House is with an engraved invitation in hand. Instead of deleting this, pass it on. Let everyone know these people are unfit to represent this great nation. The uninformed will never hear the truth from the liberal press, who wants Kerry elected! Those who buy the Kerry facade, beware what you vote for - - ->> > >you will regret that you got it!

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