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Opinion polls indicate that
most people agree that the politicization
of the death of Terri Schiavo
by Bush and his Republican accomplices
was in extraordinarily poor
taste. House majority leader
Tom DeLay said that "God
sent Terri Schiavo" to
conservatives as a winning political
issue. A memo from Republican
congressman Mel Martinez's office
referred to Mrs. Schiavo's condition
as "a great political issue."
Their assertions aren't just
tacky, there's a chilling motivation
underlying them. Referring to
the litigated disposition of
the Schiavo case, DeLay and
Republican Senator John Cornyn
attacked the courts as being
"arrogant" and "out
of control." Indeed Senator
Cornyn issued a thinly veiled
warning, suggesting that threats,
attacks and even murder of some
judges resulted from their liberal
activism and that future violence
would be understandable.
Taking these statements together
with efforts by Senate Republicans
to employ the so-called "nuclear
option" for confirmation
of judicial appointments, we
see that the purpose of their
assault on the judiciary branch
is to make it subservient to
the executive branch (the Republican-controlled
legislative branch is already
subordinate to the executive).
Similar attacks are being made
against our education system
in an effort to transform it
into a tool for conservative
indoctrination. With conservatives
already in control of most of
the media (most conspicuously,
talk-radio) control of the judiciary
will round out their aim of
monolithic rule of all aspects
It's interesting to note that
Fascists in Italy and Nazis
in Germany emasculated their
countries' judiciaries by establishing
subservient tribunals to do
their dirty work.
Subject: Jefferson Debunks
Biblical Basis for Law
I am so sick and tired of
reading about the laws in America
being based on the Bible. English
common law was begun before
Anglo-Saxons had even heard
of Christ. Now I have found
a transcript of a letter written
by Thomas Jefferson to a Major
John Cartwright following the
publication of a book by Cartwright.
This may not be the easiest
language to read, but it is
definitely worth the effort.
I am sending a copy to as many
government officials as possible.
"I was glad to find
in your book a formal contradiction
at length of the judiciary
usurpation of legislative
powers; for such the judges
have usurped in their repeated
decisions, that Christianity
is a part of the common law.
The proof of the contrary
which you have adduced is
incontrovertible; to wit,
that the common law existed
while the Anglo-Saxons were
yet Pagans, at a time when
they had never yet heard the
name of Christ pronounced,
or knew that such a character
had ever existed. But it may
amuse you to show when and
by what means they stole the
law in upon us. In a case
of quare impedit in the Year
Book 34 H. 6, folio 38, (anno
1458,) a question was made,
how far the ecclesiastical
law was to be respected in
a common law court. And Prisot,
Chief Justice, gives his opinion
in these words: 'A tiel leis
qu'ils de seint eglise ont
en ancien scripture covient
a nous a donner credence,'
etc. See S.C. Fitzh. Abr.
Qu. imp. 89. Bro.; Abr. Qu.
Finch, in his first book,
c. 3 is the first afterwards
who quotes this case, and
mistakes it thus: 'To such
laws of the church as have
warrant in Holy Scripture
our law giveth credence;'
and cites Prisot, mistranslating
'ancien scripture' into 'Holy
Scripture.' Whereas Prisot
palpably says 'To such laws
as those of holy church have
in ancient writing it is proper
for us to give credence;'
to wit, to their ancient written
laws. This was in 1613, a
century and a half after the
dictum of Prisot. Wingate,
in 1658, erects this false
translation into a maxim of
common law, copying the words
of Finch, but citing Prisot.
Wing, Max. 3. And Sheppard,
title 'Religion,' in 1675,
copies the same mistranslation,
quoting the Y.B. Finch and
Wingate. Hale expresses it
in these words: 'Christianity
is parcel of the laws of England.'
1 Ventr. 293. 3 Keb. 607.
But he quotes no authority.
By these echoings and reechoings
from one to another it had
become so established in 1728
that, in case the King vs.
Woolston, 2 Stra. 834, the
court would not suffer it
to be debated, whether to
write against Christianity
was punishable in the temporal
courts at common law. Wood,
therefore, 409, ventures still
to vary the phrase, and say
that all blasphemy and profaneness
are offenses by the common
law, and cites 2 St ra. Then
Blackstone, in 1763, 4.59,
repeats the words of Hale,
that 'Christianity is part
of laws of England,' citing
Ventris and Strange. And finally,
Lord Mansfield, with a little
qualification in Evans's case,
in 1767, says that 'the essential
principles of revealed religion
are part of the common law.'
Thus engulfing Bible, Testament,
and all, into the common law,
without citing any authority.
And thus we find this chain
of authorities hanging link
by link, one upon another,
and all ultimately on one
and the same book, and that
a mistranslation of the words
'ancien scripture' used by
Finch quotes Prisot; Wingate
does the same. Sheppard quotes
Prisot, Finch, and Wingate.
Hale cites nobody. The court
in Woolston's case cites Hale.
Wood cites Woolston's case.
Blackstone quotes Woolston's
case and Hale. And Lord Mansfield,
like Hale, ventures on his
own authority. Here I might
defy the best read lawyer
to produce another scrip of
authority for this judiciary
forgery; and I might go on
further to show how some of
they Anglo-Saxon priests interpolated
into the texts of Alfred's
laws 20th, 21st, 22d, and
23d chapters of Exodus, and
the 15th of the Acts of the
Apostles, from the 23d to
the 29th verse. But this would
lead my pen and your patience
too far. What a conspiracy
this between church and state!
Sing Tantarara, rogues all,
rogues all!" (Works,
Vol. iv., pp. 397, 398).
-- A letter to Major
John Cartwright, written by
See, even Jefferson believed
that there was a religious conspiracy.
Subject: AFL-CIO President Hits Bush on Social Security Remarks
Republicans have long been planning on destroying Social Security
and Medicare. What better way to accomplish their goal than
to spend money from the fund, give huge tax cuts to the wealthy,
borrow for an illegal war against Iraq, and all the while run
up huge budget deficits into the foreseeable future? They have
insured that future generations will be saddled with so much
national debt they will be unable to pay, because the irresponsible
fiscal leadership threatens to bring the US down to the level
of third world status. If anyone is responsible for Social Security's
failure, we know where to place the blame.
As part of his crusade to privatize the nation's oldest
and most reliable guaranteed retirement income program, President
Bush yesterday traveled to the Bureau of the Public Debt in
Parkersburg, West Virginia, which houses the U.S. Treasury
bonds in the Social Security Trust Fund. Using a Treasury
bond as a prop, the president called into question whether
Americans should have any "trust" in this important
"fund." The president's trip was a campaign stunt
-- and a cynical and irresponsible one at that.
President John Sweeney's Statement Hits Bush on Social Security
Trust Fund Remarks (ilcaonline)
Subject: Going "nuclear"
Since the Republicans are planning to go "Nuclear" in
order to pack the courts with religious fanatics and corrupt fascist
degenerates like themselves, I would hope that we the people, in
order to preserve our democracy and honor our founding fathers,
go postal on them. Bush, the lying idiot, is making that day an
Oak Park, MI
P.S. In Rome, during the Pope's funeral, Bush's picture appeared
on a big screen tv. Everyone booed and shouted cat calls at the
ignorant moron. That news item was broadcast this morning on N.P.R.,
and I haven't heard it repeated on the news again.
[BuzzFlash Note: We assume you mean "going postal" in
a nonviolent, yet impactful, way.]
Subject: Martinez and the "Schiavo memo"
There seems to be an inconsistency that I, at least, haven't seen
anyone point out. One of the things that the right-wing bloggers
supposedly found so suspicious is that the "memo" wasn't
on Senate letterhead, implying that all normal memos from Senators'
offices are. Yet Martinez handed it to another Senator thinking
that it was a standard memo from his office. I think we would all
agree that anyone can tell at a glance whether or not something
is on letterhead, especially if we're used to seeing it one way
and we get something that is done the other way. Didn't he even
GLANCE at the paper? Of course, the other explanation is that the
bloggers were lying and it's not standard to put these things on
letterhead. (Since we, the taxpayers, are probably paying considerably
more for the letterhead paper, I would hope that is the case.)
Keep up the good work! Your site is one of the only things that
keeps me sane in these frightening times.
Subject: What If Terri Had Been Obese?
In reference to today's Guest
Contribution, Losing Our Heads Over the Brain-Dead: A Psycho-Cultural
Post-Mortem on the Terri Schiavo Case, Stephen J. Ducat is quite
right to suppose that, had this been a brain-damaged man rather
than a woman, this entire political firestorm may never have happened.
It's doubtful it would have made it past Jeb Bush's outer door,
let alone all the way through to the U.S. House of Representatives,
the President and the U.S. Supreme Court.
But after seeing the high school photo of an extremely overweight
Terri Schiavo in the April 4 Newsweek, I wonder, too, whether someone
who looked like that would have mattered as much to as many of the
'pro-tube' activists beyond her own family. Would they have demanded
with the same fervor the resumed feeding of an obese woman? Or what
would have been Terri's fate had she been a lesbian? Or an 'illegal'
alien? Or, heaven forbid, black? How about if Terri Schiavo had
been someone on the 'terror watch' list, or an unwed mother on welfare,
a prostitute, a transvestite, Jane Fonda, or a liberal?
You can extrapolate to the limits of imagination. Somehow I have
a hard time believing that any of those versions of Mrs. Schiavo
would have caught Gov. Bush's attention and inspired him, Tom DeLay
and President Bush to take matters into their own hands, creating
entire new laws just for her. Would Senator Mel Martinez's attorney,
Brian H. Darling, and all the rest who thought this controversy
a golden opportunity to make political headway, have bothered distributing
Republican talking points about THAT Terri Schiavo? Would those
Operation Rescuers holding vigil outside that hospice have been
there hoisting poster-sized pictures of her? Somehow I can't imagine
any of the above.
I doubt that THAT Terri would have ever hit their radar. The so-called
'Culture of Life,' from the president on down, is choosy if nothing
else, which renders the phrase as meaningless as 'No Child Left
Behind.' When right-to-lifers prove that they value every single
human life, and not just a preferred few, then I'll believe they
really mean it and I'll value their point of view. Until then, I
challenge them all to start demanding protections for every man
and every obese woman, lesbian, illegal alien, black person and
every other individual on the planet, and to put their money where
their mouths are, too, lest the most politically predatory among
them acquire a more fitting name: "Vultures of Life."
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Subject: Gop Hypocrite Of The Week
Must add Arthur J. Finkelstein. Can't think, offhand, of a bigger
Consultant Weds His Male Partner (NY Times)
drugdereport is asking who is a better president? bu$h or Clinton.
Are we really living in an asylum for the criminally insane or WHAT?
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Subject: Compassionate conservatism at its most hypocritical
Missouri has found what could be an excellent means of cutting spending
on education and health care. You increase education spending while
cutting health care so sooner or later you will have fewer students
to educate because you will kill them.
A single mother of 2 will no longer qualify for Medicaid if she
makes over $71 a week. One democratic representative pointed out
she gets a mileage payment [from the state] of $93.50 a week for
driving to the capital. How mean and sick can you get?
The Bible doesn't qualify about who is supposed to take care of
the poor, it says everyone.
My daughter, who is not a child, went to the doctor this week without
insurance and it was $100. I know because I paid for it.
Lawmakers Pass Bill Cutting Medicaid (AP/Yahoo)
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Subject: FYI ... More Job Losses Due to Bush ... to Hell With the
I don't have a clue as to how many years it will take the US to
clean up the damage that has been allowed to happen under the Bush
administration. In today's paper from New Orleans (AP) the Bush
administration has been closing IRS offices and getting people to
volunteer to do taxes.
With the backing from the IRS more than 70,000 volunteers at
13,800 similar sites around the nation are expected to provide free
tax preparation services to 2 million low-income, disabled and older
taxpayers this year. (Snip) John Dalrymple, deputy IRS commissioner
for operations support, said the tax agency has developed an elaborate
model to study the demand at each of its 400 service centers and
the impact of closing them. (snip)
"This is a government responsibility, and the government
is walking away from it," said Olson, who helps taxpayers
work out their problems with the IRS and monitors major problems
at the agency. "They are abandoning free tax preparation
to needy populations." (snip)
After a study last year revealed inaccuracies in tax returns prepared
at some volunteer sites, the IRS sent employees to volunteer centers
to make sure they were following general procedures.
Where is the Democratic Party? Why aren't they out talking every
day about this punitive Bush administration that is raping this country?
Are the poor people's water and electricity going to be turned off,
too? They cut services for attorneys years ago and you really have
to be too poor for the ride to the offices to be able to get any help
today. I think this society is so sick that I just don't know how
it will recover without an active Democratic voice to put these people
who insist on warring against those who cannot fight, in their place.
I do taxes, those returns are not easy to understand. They are done
that way on purpose by some damn fool who works for the government
and has to justify an expensive salary. The twists and turns in taxes
to make a person think they are getting something and yet, they are
It seems that everyone has to pay for everything except the wealthy
in this country. I can see a tea party in the future. I just hope
it will be during my lifetime. This is more morality from the Bush
Regime. It's not enough that people die early due to no healthcare,
now they can't even get simple tax help from this %^^&&&*
Bush government. I can understand if people just tell the government
where to go. Their taxes are paying for an illegal war that has caused
the highest debt in our history, Bush's outrageous protection expenses
and travels while fund raising and god knows what else because everything
else for the people of the US has been cut until it bleeds ... it's