Friday, March 25, 2005

Good News / Bad News


  • Canada does the right thing (for a change):
TORONTO - A U.S. Army paratrooper who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Iraq was denied political asylum Thursday, dealing a blow to other deserters here who argue such duty would force them to commit atrocities against civilians. Fox News

Somehow arguing you 'joined to fight, but only where you want to fight' didn't sound much like a healthy debate position. Something tells me he'll be met at the border by a receiving party from the Army (many, undoubtedly, wearing MP on their sleeves).

Now if they can only get their collective heads out of their butts regarding missile defense and border security.

  • The nation will mourn for Terri Schiavo: You may not think it so, but the representatives of the nation have spoken loud and clear. Forget the slanted poll ABC News put out or the now debunked allegations of a Republican 'Talking Points' memo (both chronicled and exposed here) ... the majority of Democrats in both house supported the request for a de novo review of the Schiavo case, and the lower federal courts punted their responsibility. In fact, the Supreme Court had no real standing in this case other than to remind the lower federal courts of the Constitutional obligations.

    What obligations, you ask? Check out Article 3 or hear it eloquently read to you by Mark Levin

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
...
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consul, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

This should put to rest the ill-informed who claim what the Congress and President did last weekend was improper. The Congress did its job; now what else they need do is to call Judge Greer and ask why he felt it was in his purview to ignore the subpoena for Mrs. Schiavo. They need also to call the Federal District judges who ignored the de novo review; clearly, they ignored the intent and letter of the law, and they need to be held accountable.
  • Why I am so adamant about this case? The reason is simple. I've had family members who were sustained by all sorts of life-support. From cases of respirators and the whole lot to simply nutrition and hydration. I was told the chances were slim to none for survival in two cases. Some argue if you aren't in Michael Schiavo's shoes, you can't imagine what he's gone through. Well I can't say I've been in his shoes for 15 years, but yeah, I can say I've been there. And since he's abridged his spousal rights by moving on to his common-law wife and children, his opinions no longer carry the weight he believes they do.

  • Still incensed at the circus: I'm losing respect for all forms of media,and for all the protesters outside the Hospice where Terri Schiavo is being slowly tortured to death. Without being callous to her plight, what of the lives of the other patients and their loved ones?

  • Easter is almost here: At least there is some news that can't be trumped.

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