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The Easy Truth of Terri Schiavo Was Lost in the News

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Don't tell me your political party, tell me what you think about Terri Schiavo. If you tell me that, I will know a great deal about you.

In researching this case, I saw the hooks that caught the public and helped form their opinion. The media grabbed on to one article in the New England Journal of Medicine and that was enough for many people to believe that the eye movements, the seeming interaction between Terri Schiavo and her family were nothing but the illusions left behind by a body when the soul has checked out. If one neurologist said that she was in a PVS, then she was. Many folks thought about the suffering of a family member with cancer and proclaimed Michael Schiavo a "hero" who fulfilled Terri's "wishes."
 
A college friend who called me recently thought that Terri was "brain-dead" and on a ventilator. I went through the facts as a nurse and I could hear tears in his voice when he learned the truth.
 
The truth was evident and easy to understand in the video entitled "How's your Cold?" I viewed this video with audio expecting nothing. However, I was able to understand Terri on first hearing. She said four words. She spoke like some people with Cerebral Palsy, difficult but not impossible to understand. This was a terrible shock for me. She certainly did not meet the definition for PVS by Florida law. That joined with the documented fact that she received pain medication for cramping, the testimony of other caregivers and the reports of doctors (not obsessed with death) confirmed the sure existence of Terri at the helm.
 
Judge George Greer failed in that he did not order speech therapy for Terri. She had some control over her facial muscles and very likely could have learned tongue signals. Then we would have been able to know more completely what she wanted.

I believe that she wanted to live. Certainly she seemed to enjoy the company of her birth family. Judge Greer arranged it so we couldn't see her or the cruel evidence of his judgment of passive euthanasia. Had the world seen more of Terri perhaps the outcry would have resulted in a right judgment: her life and the opportunity for improvement.
 
I want to know what you think about Terri Schiavo. I want to know if you are thorough, if you think deeply or if you just half-hear the news, relate it to your own life and move on as if the news of a disabled woman wasn't really your business, after all.
 
Rachael Keyser, RN

April 30, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc speaks

RESOLUTION TO PROTECT PATIENTS AGAINST INVOLUNTARY DEHYDRATION AND STARVATION

April 28, 2005

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc

WHEREAS: The Arizona Medical Association is opposed to euthanasia, including “physician-assisted suicide”; and

WHEREAS: The diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State cannot be made with certainty,” being mistaken in up to 43% of cases, especially when functional neuroimaging has not been performed; and

WHEREAS: Patients in a “minimally conscious state” or with a “locked-in syndrome” may be aware of their surroundings yet unable to communicate this awareness; and

WHEREAS: Patients with severe brain injury, who may be diagnosed as being in a Persistent Vegetative State, are often not terminally ill; and

WHEREAS: Severely disabled patients may nonetheless desire to live, regardless of what their expressed premorbid wishes may have been; and

WHEREAS: Death from thirst or starvation can be extremely painful; and

WHEREAS: Disabled persons look upon their feeding tubes as “assistive devices” that permit them to be nourished without tremendous burdens on caregivers and without the distress of choking spells; and

WHEREAS: Withholding fluids and food from a person who is not terminally ill (i.e. almost certain to die in less than a week) is a method of deliberately causing death that would not otherwise occur, and

WHEREAS: it is unlawful to execute a person who is not mentally competent, even if guilty of committing a crime at a time when he was mentally competent; and

WHEREAS: even mentally disabled patients are persons who are entitled to protection against deliberate infliction of pain or death,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT: The Arizona Medical Association oppose as unethical the withdrawal of fluids and nutrition from a patient who is not terminally ill, unless the patient is mentally competent, capable of expressing in some way his current wishes, and affirms his rejection of food and fluids to the point of becoming unarousable; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Arizona Medical Association defines enteral feeding and hydrating of patients as humane care rather than as medical care, even if a nasogastric or gastrostomy tube is required; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Arizona Medical Association exhort physicians to refuse to participate in the dehydration or starvation of mentally incompetent persons, as well as the execution of any person, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Arizona Medical Association direct its delegation to present and advocate the adoption of a similar resolution by the American Medical Association.

http://www.aapsonline.org/resolutions/resol23.htm

April 29, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hospitals and life support in Texas

Thanks to N for sending this along.

April 28, 2005, 2:28PM

Thanks to N for sending this along.


Hospital to end life support

Houston woman faces second fight in 2 months over husband's care

By TODD ACKERMAN
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

 

A San Antonio hospital has decided to withdraw life support from the Friendswood invalid whose family successfully fought a Houston facility with the same plans last month.

Southeast Baptist Hospital notified the family of Spiro Nikolouzos last week that doctors plan to turn of his ventilator and stop feeding him intravenously May 3. The notification followed the hospital ethics committee's determination that continued care would be futile.

"Can you believe a hospital's trying to do this again?" Nikolouzos' wife, Jannette, said. "It's very aggravating — I never thought this would happen again."

Jannette Nikolouzos said she and an adult son will travel to San Antonio to investigate their options, mostly whether they can find a doctor who will agree to reinsert her husband's feeding tube. Avalon Place, a San Antonio nursing home who'd cared for him earlier,  requires patients have a feeding tube rather than be nourished intravenously.

Today Joan Dugan, chairwoman of Avalon Place's management company, Indiana-based Sage Health Services, told AP that the facility will take Nikolouzos back as soon as he's discharged from the hospital.

Baptist Health Systems spokeswoman Karen May told AP today that according to the law, if the family can find an acceptable place for him to be transferred, then the hospital will make that possible.

Jannette Nikolouzos vowed to fight Southeast Baptist on its decision to withdraw life support, but said she hasn't contacted Mario Caballero, the Houston lawyer whose court filings stopped St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital from pulling the plug before she could find another facility to take him.

Southeast Baptist officials would not talk about the case, citing patient confidentiality laws.

Spiro Nikolouzos' case attracted significant attention in Houston in March, the same time the Terri Schiavo drama reached its climax. It shone a light on a seldom-used Texas law that allows hospitals to remove a patient from life support 10 days after notifying family of its intentions. The family has that time to find an alternative facility.

 

Vehicle accident

Nikolouzos, a retired electrical engineer who suffered brain damage in a motor vehicle accident more than a decade ago, has been in a persistent vegetative state since at least 2001, unable to think, communicate, move or eat. A St. Luke's doctor said on a scale of 1 to 10 — 10 being the "worst-case vegetative state" — he is a 10.

On March 20, 19 days after St. Luke's notified Nikolouzos' family it planned to remove him from life support, the family transferred him to Avalon Place. Less than two weeks later, Southeast Baptist admitted Nikolouzos after he developed pneumonia.

There, Jannette Nikolouzos said, her husband fought off the pneumonia, but repeated problems with his feeding tube caused his doctors to remove it and provide his nutrition and medication intravenously instead. Doctors soon recommended discontinuing treatment and on April 20, the hospital's ethics committee agreed.

Nikolouzos' wife had taken care of her husband at their home until Feb. 10, feeding him through a tube inserted through his side into his stomach. When the area around the tube began bleeding, she took him to St. Luke's, where his condition seriously deteriorated and doctors placed him on a ventilator.

 

Appeal finally granted

March 1, after its ethics committee deemed further care futile and inhumane, St. Luke's made the decision to withdraw care. Five days later, Caballero announced he would ask a judge to stop the hospital.

Caballero lost a number of the appeals, but one was granted just hours before St. Luke's planned to act. Hospital officials there said more than 30 facilities had rejected Nikolouzos before Avalon Place surprised them and agreed to take the 68-year-old man.

todd.ackerman@chron.com

April 29, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Alert for Mae Magouirk - April 27, 05

Guys:
WE NOW HAVE A NEW HURDLE AND WE MUST INSURE THAT Dr. Robert Stout, (the doctor who was the proponent of placing Mae Magouirk in Hospice-LaGrange, Ga. and not ensuring that she receive a feeding tube/IV fluids since she was unable to feed herself WITHOUT HER BEING TERMINAL, comatose or vegetative and who ignored the provisions of Mae's Living Will)
stay away from her when she returns to Georgia!!!!!
(Remember, the 3-doctor panel evaluated my Aunt Mae ( AFTER Dr. Stout sent her to Hospice to die) and these doctors deemed her fine to receive treatment for her aorta and that she WAS NOT terminal therefore we are not pleased with Dr. Stout's recommendation of diagnosis/prognosis of my Aunt.)
My Aunt may be moved back to Georgia soon (an OK move and Dr. Aqel "my Doctor" has mandated no Hospice and he must approve the hospital and regimen of care) to a hospital near her home and it is our intent that Dr. Robert Stout be in NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH GIVING medical CARE TO Mae Magouirk.
Please help us contact Dr. Robert Stout (in a respectful manner) and convey to him that THE WORLD IS WATCHING HIM and that because of his past actions, it would best if he (Dr. Robert Stout)  stay away from Mae Magouirk's care and thus disassociate himself with her medical care in ANY AND ALL WAYS.
I am afraid Beth Gaddy will try to associate him in my Aunt Mae's medical care BEHIND OUR BACK. 
Mae's condition is GREAT...My aunt is well today; sitting up in a chair; eating food; her aortic dissection is now contained; she is neurologically intact yet it will take 2 more weeks of hospital care and another month or two of nursing home care BEFORE she is totally able to be independent and be responsible for herself again (because of ALL the morphine and malnourishment.)
PLEASE HELP US MAKE SURE THIS DOCTOR, ROBERT STOUT, DOES NOT GET HIS HANDS ON HER AGAIN!!!
God bless you and thanks again for saving Mae!
Ken
Call him Today or write him (please be respectful) and leave him as many messages as you feel appropriate (forward this request to the friends of life/to media that supports our cause, call it in to our radio friends and to anyone who will help us) and let Dr. Stout know that the world is watching him and we know what he did in her case and he should stay away from Mae Magouirk!!!
God Bless you....Dr. Robert Stout's phone and address is below:
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April 28, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Re: Protecting patients against involuntary dehydration/starvation

Thank you to Cheryl E at CHN www.chninternational.com  for sending this article along.


[See the attached file]
1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Suite 9
Tucson, AZ 85716-3450
Phone: (800) 635-1196
Hotline: (800) 419-4777

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.
A Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943

Omnia pro aegroto

 

Model Resolutions

RESOLUTION TO PROTECT PATIENTS AGAINST INVOLUNTARY DEHYDRATION AND STARVATION

WHEREAS: The Arizona Medical Association is opposed to euthanasia, including “physician-assisted suicide”; and

WHEREAS: The diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State cannot be made with certainty,” being mistaken in up to 43% of cases, especially when functional neuroimaging has not been performed; and

WHEREAS: Patients in a “minimally conscious state” or with a “locked-in syndrome” may be aware of their surroundings yet unable to communicate this awareness; and

WHEREAS: Patients with severe brain injury, who may be diagnosed as being in a Persistent Vegetative State, are often not terminally ill; and

WHEREAS: Severely disabled patients may nonetheless desire to live, regardless of what their expressed premorbid wishes may have been; and

WHEREAS: Death from thirst or starvation can be extremely painful; and

WHEREAS: Disabled persons look upon their feeding tubes as “assistive devices” that permit them to be nourished without tremendous burdens on caregivers and without the distress of choking spells; and

WHEREAS: Withholding fluids and food from a person who is not terminally ill (i.e. almost certain to die in less than a week) is a method of deliberately causing death that would not otherwise occur, and

WHEREAS: it is unlawful to execute a person who is not mentally competent, even if guilty of committing a crime at a time when he was mentally competent; and

WHEREAS: even mentally disabled patients are persons who are entitled to protection against deliberate infliction of pain or death,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT: The Arizona Medical Association oppose as unethical the withdrawal of fluids and nutrition from a patient who is not terminally ill, unless the patient is mentally competent, capable of expressing in some way his current wishes, and affirms his rejection of food and fluids to the point of becoming unarousable; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Arizona Medical Association defines enteral feeding and hydrating of patients as humane care rather than as medical care, even if a nasogastric or gastrostomy tube is required; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Arizona Medical Association exhort physicians to refuse to participate in the dehydration or starvation of mentally incompetent persons, as well as the execution of any person, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Arizona Medical Association direct its delegation to present and advocate the adoption of a similar resolution by the American Medical Association.
 

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April 27, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Scared to Death by The Starved to Death

Written by Mari Fernandez, a local Floridian and eyewitness in the Terri Schiavo Case

"No use in crying over spilled milk,” some may argue. Just like the media, a few citizens have “moved on” to “bigger and brighter” news. Today, however, there is another reality touching the lives of many. Our country stands in mourning over the loss of an innocent citizen murdered by our own judicial branch, in Clearwater, Florida.

A vast and growing number of Americans, much too cognizant to look the other way, refuse to ignore the crimes committed by a biased judge who many deem unfit to “rule.” Together with an abusive husband that should have never been able to “represent” his “estranged” wife in court - as even Michael’s attorney often referred to Terri Schindler-Schiavo.

Eyewitnesses to the case, like myself, are now standing alongside a multitude of informed citizens, in awe and disbelief of what just took place in our country. While a few choose to ignore the signs of danger ahead, the rest of us brace ourselves for what could happen next. Even though reactions and approaches vary from person to person, there is one solution that unites all concerned citizens: “Justice for Terri” is the main goal that offers hope and remedy regarding the crimes that led to Terri Schiavo’s slow and torturous death.

Death, caused by STARVATION AND DEHYDRATION, was administered by a medical staff who swore to uphold life, and not destroy it in a Hippocratic oath. The Woodside Hospice of Clearwater, not only admitted her illegally, with a grossly inaccurate diagnosis- (“Terminally Ill -  Vegetative State” with less than six month to live, as reported in the hospital’s admittance form in the year 2000!!) but to the shock and dismay of many, with the help of right-to-die (murder) death attorney George Felos’ influence (Felos presided over Hospice’s board of directors during Terri’s admittance into Hospice). 

However, just like with any legal debate, there are two sides to the story: Michael argues that this is a PRIVATE, family affair: “Simple bickering between two families, like, who is going to get the old couch or the new T.V. set?” One (those who are uninformed) may even be inclined to believe him, against the myriad of evidence involved in this case. 

My response to Michael Schiavo and his “common law” wife of many years, Jody Centonze, is: Your actions have made it MY business to get involved, especially when it will affect MY future and my children’s future. It is my business when your murder sets a legal precedent that goes against our country’s Constitution, freedom and laws.

Michael Schiavo, when you scheme a murder against one of my neighbors, right before my eyes, in my own backyard and with the help of my legal system, I say to you, Mr. Schiavo, this is no longer just about your business!

Furthermore, law-abiding Americans know that criminals avoid eyewitnesses when perpetrating a crime. They also avoid telling truth and/or the swift punishment for the crimes they have committed. We, the citizens of America will not aid and abet you, Mr. Schiavo, nor become accessory to the murder of a woman whose sole crimes were to trust the ONLY man she married and loved, as well as the legal system that failed to save her life.

To George Felos, I have this response. If death by starvation and dehydration is such a beautiful way to die, and if Terri was not able to feel any pain, why was Terri administered morphine on a continuous basis and why do limitless nurses, doctors, relatives, friends and even the clergy, all contradict your testimony on national television?

Included, for those who were not able to presence her death or hear testimony after testimony, regarding Terri’s condition, here is a quote from Father Frank Pavone, who saw Terri just a few minutes before her death and who is accustomed to tending to the sick and the dying: “She was in agony unlike anything that I have seen. Her face was contorted in horror and distress. She was dehydrated to death. She was panting rapidly.”

Finally, my response to Judge Greer:

Not only did you fail to prosecute an abusive and unfaithful husband, you further VICTIMIZED THE VICTIM, Terri Schindler-Schiavo by causing her direct death with your judicial sentence of death by starvation and dehydration.

You admitted HEARSAY EVIDENCE as your SOLE evidence to your death decree in the case of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Such hearsay evidence, however was ONLY admitted from the Schiavo’s family clan while ignoring evidence presented by the Schindler family, including WRITTEN documents that testified to Terri’s religious and moral beliefs against taking her own life. In addition, Judge Greer, did you ask Michael Schiavo if it was his WIFE’S WISHES to DIE BY STARVATION AND DEHYDRATION? How is it that you CHOSE to ignore Michael’s contradictory testimony on national T.V., also documented by ReclaimAmerica.org, when asked if it was his wife’s wishes to die by starvation and dehydration on the Larry King Show? Michael ADMITTED, to thousands of viewers on national T.V., that he wasn’t sure that Terri ever said that she would want to die by STARVATION AND DEHYDRATION! UNACCEPTABLE, JUDGE GREER! You are not capable or willing to accept the truth, the facts or any information that gets in the way of your OWN PERSONAL AGENDA or interest in the courtroom.

You ruled against our own existing laws, not only DISOBEYING them but also CREATING new laws that will now set new, legal precedence in our judicial system AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. Judge Greer, many I remind you: EUTHANISIA IS NOT LEGAL IN AMERICA.

You continually DISREGARDED large amounts of CLEAR AND CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE, as well as myriad of testimonies regarding the abuse and neglect by Michael Schiavo that ultimately led to the murder of Terri Schiavo.

You allowed for the swift cremation of Terri Schiavo’s body DISREGARDING the concerns that the Schindler family presented to you. Again, forbidding evidence to enter your IMPENETRABLE BENCH OF DECEPTION that would have shed more light into the crimes committed against Terri. In addition, you supported continuous violations of the Schindler’s  religious rights, which are those of Terri herself, as a Catholic, cremation not part of their belief system.

You are guilty as charged, Judge Greer, for the INHUMANE TREATMENT that led to the death of handicapped woman Terri Schiavo; It is against our Florida law to starve a dog to death, let alone a fellow human being! You are also guilty as charged, for the CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT imposed by your gruesome decree.

Last but not least, to the disgrace of the local authorities, remember DOREENE JOHNSON (murdered by her husband, when you, Judge Greer, refused to acknowledge her fears or to affirm an injunction against her murderous husband that later stabbed her over 60 times, murdering her!) Also, remember D. Massey, Johnny Schestag, Marie De Carrie, and many others abused and affected by your INEXCUSABLE rulings.

SHAME. SHAME. SHAME on you, Judge Greer, your name will be remembered as one who stood AGAINST the laws and will of the people in Florida; one who stood to continually BLOCK the principles of justice and freedom for all citizens in America. Today, I say to you, Judge Greer, the entire universe is no longer large enough to hide the horrors of your judicial tyranny. I say to you, Judge Greer, the whole world “watched” the slow and painful death of an innocent fellow American, deprived of food and water day after day. May I remind you, FOOD AND WATER ARE NOT ARTFICIAL LIFE SUPPORT!

America, this about you; your family, your children, your friends and your very own future. The future of our country, our Constitution is in jeopardy due to this ongoing judicial tyranny.

Before you fall asleep tonight, in the safety and comfort of your home, I pose this question to you: “Could this case be the first, like the Nazi, Germany T-4 program of “Selective Extermination,” which started precisely with the experimentation and murder of the disabled population.

My fellow Americans, let’s not forget how not too long ago, German citizens ignored a similarly “discreet” selective program, choosing to believe that nothing was awry within their government. The cards are in place now for a similar inhumane and corrupt scheme that threatens the lives of innocent citizens within the guise of judicial authority that instead blatantly stands against the laws and will of the people.

The time is now to exert pressure upon the legislative and executive branches of our government, to ensure that no other scheme or murder plot will ever prevail against one of the citizens of this country.

The time is now, for President Bush to uphold his oath to protect  the citizens of this country and to follow the United States Constitution which has been violated by an unruly judiciary, who not only insist in disobeying our laws, but who also, still remains in CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS! 

This call to action is not limited to the families, friends and neighbors of the Schindler family; eyewitnesses all to a horrific crime; not limited to Floridians (who were the first line of defense in a potential judicial web of corruption against the rest of the country). Indeed, this call to action is for all citizens of our land, including the handicapped, women, parents or grandparents that may fight for THEIR children’s lives in other courts of America. This call to action is also for the legal experts, medical professionals or anyone who loves and respects our country, our constitution, values and our declaration of independence:

“LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” for ALL and not just a few, SELECTED to live or die by judicial despots like Judge Greer.

Florida Judiciary Committee leader, Representative David Simmons, the citizens of Florida demand an investigation of the crimes committed against fellow citizen Terri Schindler-Schiavo.  Representative Simmons, this is your opportunity to stop this crisis in America and begin proceedings toward the  IMPEACHMENT OF JUDGE GREER.

Governor & President Bush, as the Executive branch of our government, we seek your prompt action in protecting and safeguarding our laws, our constitution and the lives of other innocent civilians in the hands of corrupt judges like Judge Greer. Over ONE MILLION people have now visited terrisfight.org website and continue to do so every day. Over 50,000 citizens have signed a petition to impeach Judge Greer on petitionline.org and many other grassroots efforts are growing and developing daily to overcome this Constitutional crisis in America. President Bush, we the people, ask you to exert YOUR AUTHORITY and bring justice for the atrocities that were committed which now threaten our very own future and that of our entire nation.

Senators and Congressmen, we the people have spoken and eagerly pursue your legal remedies to this ongoing Constitutional crisis in America. Furthermore, we seek justice for the crimes committed against Terri Schindler Schiavo and/or other potential cases that now may have legal precedence but that violate our established, existing laws regarding crucial constitutional and civil rights. We the people, have spoken in strong unison: HOLD JUDGE GREER IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS AND PROCEED WITH AN INVESTIGATION INTO CRIMES THAT WERE COMMITTED, AS WELL AS THE ALTERATION OF OUR LAWS AND CONSTITUION THAT WERE VIOLATED.

Legal documentation for the statements above can be found at: www.terrisfight.org  www.theempirejournal.com  www.stopactivistjudges.org  www.worldnetdaily.com www.blogsforterri.com www.freerepublic.com/terrifreepers

April 27, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rally for Impeachment of Judge Greer

Monday, May 2nd at the capitols on Washington, DC and Tallahassee. Starting at 9:00am going all day!

SHOW the Bushes, etc. that we ARE NOT GOING AWAY!!

Greer is an illegal judge. Why do the Bushes tell others not to investigate?

Schiavo Death Order Void Due To Greer’s Lack of Jurisdiction
http://www.northcountrygazette.org/

FL House Speaker Allen Bense:

“Governor Bush began to champion Terri’s cause very early on, and he used every appropriate power at his disposal to try and save her.  He deserves the appreciation of those on both sides of this debate for how he has respected both the sanctity of life as well as Florida’s Constitution throughout this situation.

“This issue will now slowly fade from the front pages of our newspapers and the news tickers at the bottoms of our TV screens.  However, I hope the concerns it raises at the forefront of our public consciousness so that more people will see the need for clearly expressing their desires on end-of-life issues”.

April 26, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

1999 Letter from Jeb Bush reveals Bushes hypocrisy and no champ of disabled

Is Bush Liar, or does "I will" not equal a vow?
Some "Champion of the Disabled".
You're Fired!

Big Fat ZERO on campaign promises.
MESSAGE TO DISABLED FLORIDIANS
By 2000 Gubanitorial Candidate J. E. Bush

Talking with a variety of Floridians with disabilities and their families has helped understand a lot more about the lives, challenges and dreams of those with disabilities. However, I know that my education continues with everyone new I meet.

People with disabilities are no different than anyone else. They want to work, have families, and live independently. As Governor, I would work hard to create an environment that gives people with disabilities every opportunity to be independent and play an active role in their communities and in our State.

My first experiences with disability issues were visiting with adults and children with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, and providers.

I have been impressed by the differences between persons with these disabilities who remain in their homes, receiving community-based support services and similar persons living primarily in institutional or large residential facilities. What I observe is not just a difference in expression, it's a difference in the way they act, how they respond, how they interact with the people around them, how they look, how they talk, and probably in how they will face life with its opportunities and challenges.

I am convinced that, whenever possible, Floridians with disabilities should be able to remain in their communities with their families, friends or roommates and receive the support services they require.

That way, their lives are enriched and they continue to enrich the lives of their families, friends and communities. Of course, in cases of severe and profound disabilities, there may be no option other than a dedicated residential facility. That choice should be preserved.

In order for individuals to be able to live at home or on their own, there must be an excellent, responsive network of support services available to assist them and their families. Funding needs to be shifted to provide the full range of these services. In turn, more individuals can be served and with a broader range of services, such as transportation or respite care that have often been unavailable in the past.

As Governor, I will work to allow individuals with disabilities and/or their families to have more say about what services and necessary treatments are provided, based on each person's professionally identified needs.

This is a time of setting new directions in care for people with disabilities here in Florida. I have reviewed the Governor's Task Force proposal for the future of DD services and I am waiting for an independent study on the future of developmental disability services that was contracted by the Legislature and will be released shortly. Both of these will help a Bush Administration to make detailed decisions to assist individuals with disabilities. My team will also monitor Washington legislation and work with our Congressional delegation to ensure that federal initiatives are responsive to Florida's needs.

On a separate note, I also have come to realize the importance of educating the public about people with disabilities and disability issues. Too often, people react in fear or distaste when coming face-to-face with persons with disabilities. These people simply lack the necessary knowledge to understand persons with disabilities.

If elected, I will work with state agencies and disability organizations to help erase that insensitivity. If people understand more about how to interact with persons with disabilities, their fear will be diminished. That will open up more opportunities for education, employment, and participation in community life.

In addition, I will support educational programs about disabilities in our schools. Young children are especially receptive and accepting, and their understanding will help bring about changes in everyone's misconceptions about disabilities. I would also support efforts to mainstream children with disabilities whenever possible.

Finally, my Administration will support full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This is vital, not just for the individuals themselves, but for the communities that will be enriched and blessed by their contributions and participation in community life.

I know that there are other issues that need to be addressed. The state has complex legal mandates to meet. The waiting lists need to be cut way back. The best way for me to lead on these issues is to continue to learn the people who are living those issues day-to-day, their families, and the professionals who provide the care. Let's work together to make Florida a better home for people with disabilities.

http://web.archive.org/web/19990224203901/www.jeb.org/newsreleases/newsrelease65.html

April 26, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Moussaoui and his Wild Post-Plea Statement

Michael Wright

Moussaoui's Wild Post-Plea Statement
Mon Apr 25, 2005 19:49

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=82323;title=APFN

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Subject: Moussaoui's Wild Post-Plea Statement
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 23:50:15 -0400
From: mpwright9@aol.com
To: apfn@apfn.org

Moussaoui's guilty plea hearing was as strange as everything else which has gone on in this entire court proceeding.

First he pled guilty to all the counts in the indictment, which alleged that he participated in the 9/11 plot. Then right afterwards he said that he was not part of the 9/11 plot, but was going to hijack an aircraft at a later time, in order to make demands for the freedom of Sheikh Omar Abdel
Rahman. His exact words (after the guilty plea) :

http://i.cnn.net/cnn/2005/images/04/23/moussaoui.plea.transcript.pdf

"I came to the United States of America to be part, okay, okay, of a conspiracy to use airplane as a weapon of mass destruction...but this conspiracy was a different conspiracy than 9/11.

"My conspiracy has for aim to free Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheik, who is held in Florence, Colorado, okay, and we wanted to use the 747 because it is a long-distance plane who could reach Afghanistan without any stopover to give a chance to special forces to storm the plane.

"So I am guilty of a broad conspiracy to use weapon of mass destruction to hit the White House if the American government refuse to negotiate, okay."

The above statement is entirely nonsensical. The reason is that the terrorists would first have to be in possession of the hijacked aircraft, in order to make demands on the President for the release of Rahman. Conceivably, the demands could be communicated by cell phone, from the air, after the aircraft had been hijacked.

So what if the President said "Sure, we'll give you Rahman -- just please don't crash the plane into the White House."

Then what?

The aircraft has to be landed by the terrorists in order to pick up Rahman and give him a lift to Afghanistan. Was Moussaoui thinking that, in that situation, he would face no danger of special forces storming the plane?

Is he that dumb? Mentally impaired? The man remains an enigma.

One thing that is interesting, though, is that Moussaoui did indicate that he intended to hijack an aircraft and then make demands while presenting threats about what would happen if the demands weren't met. According to the famous
August 6 memo from the CIA to the White House, this is what Tenet (along with mentor David Boren) was expecting the hijackers to do.

I have been hammering on this point for months, because I suspect that Boren, Tenet, and David Edger let the hijacking plot go forward because they were planning to do exactly what Moussaoui feared -- storming the hijacked aircraft on the ground to overwhelm the terrorists in order to make a hero out of Boren and set him up for his lifelong dream -- a Presidential race.

Michael Wright
Norman, Oklahoma
http://www.bushbusiness.com/Wright_OP.htm

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The Jawa Report: Moussaoui to Admit to 9/11 Role
... might have to wait some time before Moussaoui's role in 9/11 is clarified.
... Moussaoui had used Berg's laptop several times to email ???
MORE:>>

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Nick Berg + 911 + OKC Bombing Connection:
... ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI AND LET HIM USE HIS (BERG)
COMPUTER AND HIS PASSWORD. ...

A chronology of events leading up to 9/11 by Jim Crogan ...
http://www.apfn.org/NickBerg/connection.htm

Berg Was Arrested Twice at Oklahoma Univ in Spring 2000
... crosses one's mind that Berg might have been the one who bought the 9/11 ...
that the password and Berg's email address were on [Zacharia] Moussaoui's ...
http://www.apfn.org/NickBerg/arrested.htm

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April 25, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Judge Greer was/is not a legal judge - He is complicit in the murder of Terri Schiavo before the national/world stage

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According to a letter dated March 1 sent to a California woman in response to her allegations to the Florida House that neither Greer nor W. Douglas Baird had not qualified for office, Bense has opined that they have complied with the law.

According to a letter dated March 1 sent to a California woman in response to her allegations to the Florida House that neither Greer nor W. Douglas Baird had not qualified for office, Bense has opined that they have complied with the law.

However, public record indicates that Bense is incorrect.

Bense’s letter does not address the previous 1992 and 1998 election campaigns of Greer for which he did not qualify, but instead bases his erroneous conclusion on a Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office filed by Greer on January 7, 2004, for the 2004 retention election.

The complainant had addressed issues concerning the times of Greer’s filing of documents required for the qualification process.  In addressing the 2004 election of Greer, Bense says that “the period for filing and qualifying for office was modified by the Legislature in 2002”

“Beginning on April 11, 2002, with the passage of Senate Bill 618, the qualifying period for judges began in May of that year (qualifying for judges occurred from the 120th day to 116th day before the first primary election; ch. 2002- 17, Laws of Fla.)  Prior to this legislative change in 2002, circuit judges…..qualified in July of an election year (50th day to the 46th day before the first primary election)”

Bense also states in his March 1 letter to the complainant that “the passage of Senate Bill 756 in 1999 established new requirements for candidates for judicial office (ch. 99-326, Laws of Fla).  Pursuant to section 105.031(5) Florida Statutes, ‘each candidate for judicial office, including an incumbent judge, shall file a statement with the qualifying officer, within 10 days after filing the appointment of campaign treasurer and designation of campaign depository, stating the candidate has read and understands the requirements of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct”.

Bense said that “regardless of the dates of the applicable qualifying period, a candidate must file his statement of candidate for judicial office within 20 days of the filing of her of her Appointment of Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository.

And statement of Bense by itself is indicative that George W. Greer failed to legally qualify for judicial office in 2004 and therefore had no jurisdiction to issue his Feb. 25, 2005, death order in regard to Terri Schindler-Schiavo, had no jurisdiction to defy the congressional subpoenas issued by the U.S. House Committee of Government Reform for Terri to appear before the congressional committee and had no authority or jurisdiction to refuse to allow Gov. Jeb Bush to perform his constitutionally empowered duty of taking Terri into protective custody.

According to public record, in addition to other deficiencies in filing requirements by George W. Greer, there is no Appointment of Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository on file for him as required as indicated by Bense and therefore he failed to legally qualify for the judicial office and could not legally appear on the ballot and was not legally elected.

Freedom of Information Law requests submitted to the Florida Division of Elections by both media and later a private attorney who practices in Florida and specializes in jurisdictional issues failed to produce the requisite forms.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE Schiavo Death Order Void Due To Greer’s Lack of Jurisdiction

April 25, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack