2005-03-31

Terri Schiavo Dies

Terri Schiavo (search) died Thursday morning around 10 a.m. EST after her parents had plead with her husband Michael Schiavo to allow them to be at their brain-damaged daughter's bedside in her final hours, a spokesman for the family said.
Schiavo died heading into her 14th day without food and water amid what could be the final legal setback for her parents after the U.S. Supreme Court refused again to hear their plea to reinsert Schiavo's feeding tube.
Wednesday night's decision came hours after a federal appeals court declined to hold another hearing on the issue. It was the sixth time since 2000 that the Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case. Justices did not explain their decision and there was no indication how they voted.
It was also the second time in a week that the high court refused to hear the parents' appeal.
The latest emergency request argued that the federal courts didn't consider whether there was enough "clear and convincing" evidence that Schiavo would have chosen to die in her current condition. Doctors say she has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.
A court ruling had allowed her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo (search), to order the tube that has kept her alive removed.

My thoughts on Executive intervention for Terri

I posted this today on the The President George W Bush Group at Yahoo!:
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Dear fellow conservatives;

Last night I was thinking on this issue of whether or not Jeb Bush (and/or George Bush) should take unilateral action to prevent the death of Terri Schiavo née Schindler. At first my thinking was that even Governors and Presidents are not above the law… we had the recent example of John Roland for that here in Connecticut. But then I asked myself what would happen if Jeb Bush did indeed send in State Troopers or the National Guard to rescue Terri? Who would decide whether he did anything wrong and where would he be tried if it was indeed decided that he had committed a crime?

I haven’t read the Constitution of the State of Florida, but if it’s anything like Connecticut’s or the Federal Constitution, the Governor would have to be impeached by the State House of Representatives then he would be tried by the State Senate. The Legislature is the check on the Executive branch… the only way the Judicial Branch is involved is that the Chief State’s Supreme Court Justice would preside at the trial in the State Senate.

In other words, it’s the Legislature that ultimately decides whether the Chief Executive is acting against the law, not the courts. I’m not a Floridian, but I don’t know if they could impeach Jeb Bush for acting to save Terri’s life… and I really don’t think they’d be able to convict him at trial- heck they couldn’t do it to Clinton and he was basically caught red-handed in a perjury!

As to whether either Mr. Bush would be committing political suicide is another question entirely, and not one I am prepared to answer one way or another.

After this consideration, I have changed my opinion. I now believe that Jeb Bush, and George W. Bush for that matter, can and should act to save the life of Terri Schiavo née Schindler.

2005-03-30

A Quick Note

Took care of a lady with a T-12 fracture, another lady who was having difficulty breathing (finally got to push Lasix!), then a nice old lady who'd Oxygen machine had stopped. We fixed it but she wanted to go to the hospital anyway.

Verizon's wireless Internet being a pain in the butt lately. I haven't been able to get a broadband signal in the usual places and even the nationalaccess is acting up. It can be tough to be on the cutting edge, I suppose.

Tried to catch up on my email today... must've been two dozen surveys they sent out today! Geesh!

2005-03-28

A New Look

Hey, I just changed the template for my Blog and allowed comments to be added. You like?
I thought this was very interesting.
The original can be found at http://orthodoxrabbis.org/uor_schiavo050327.htm


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THE UNION OF ORTHODOX RABBISOF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA235 EAST BROADWAYNEW YORK, NY 10002
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16 Adar II 5765 � March 27, 2005PRESS RELEASE / for immediate releaseCONTACT: Jerusalem - Rabbi Yehuda Levin 011-972-508-933-511 (temporary cellular telephone)New York - Rabbi N. Wolfson 845-642-1679
Rabbis Call For Decisive Action To Save Terri Schiavo
Rabbi Yehuda Levin has issued the following statement on behalf of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada:
"We urge President George Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to take immediate, decisive action to save the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. We appreciate the pro-life statements of President Bush and Governor Bush. Yet, their efforts have thus far not been successful. We therefore urge the President and Governor Bush to take immediate and decisive action -either jointly or separately- to save the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo before it is too late.
"When evil becomes 'legally' sanctioned by government, it rises to a higher order of evil -that of Sodom. Legality does not dictate morality. The Almighty dictates morality.
"America is being tested. Will we pass or will we fail?
"Perhaps some feel that everything that could be done has been done. But our holy Torah, the Word of G-d, says otherwise: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' We all know the answer."
(Rabbi Yehuda Levin is currently on a special mission to the Holy Land to represent American Jewry in the campaign against immorality. He advocated for Terri Schiavo several years ago in Florida and Washington.)
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Did I mention that I was elected as Co-President of my shul, Congregation Knesseth Israel? I�ve been trying hard to build the shul back up and get regular services going. We did have services for Purim last week, but we were two short of getting a minyan. At least you don�t need a minyan to hear the Megillah, so we got to twirl our graggers and stamp our feet. We had a nice party downstairs with Hamantaschen and Nova Salmon and Schnapps.