Jeb Bush and Terri Schiavo: Shame upon shame

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With former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush looking more and more like a presidential candidate, Politico goes back to review the central role played by Bush in what remains the most bizarre act of political malfeasance in my adult lifetime, the Terri Schiavo affair.

Looking back on that mess a decade later doesn’t make it any less surreal. To the contrary, what was maddening and frightening about it then — an outbreak of mass hysteria and misguided sanctimony, a mind-bending abuse of power and process, a violation of decency and common sense culminating in an attempted intervention by Congress and the White House that was wrong morally, legally, medically — is even more maddening and frightening today.

I had never seen anything like it, and would never have believed such a thing possible in this country, in this era. It taught me and many other Americans an important lesson about how fragile the rule of law can be when confronted with a mob outcry led by irresponsible politicians.

As Michael Kruse writes after reviewing the documented evidence in the case, including recently released emails from Bush’s time in the governor’s office:

“On sustained, concentrated display, seen in thousands of pages of court records and hundreds of emails he sent, was Jeb the converted Catholic, Jeb the pro-life conservative, Jeb the hands-on workaholic, Jeb the all-hours emailer—confident, competitive, powerful, obstinate Jeb. Longtime watchers of John Ellis Bush say what he did throughout the Terri Schiavo case demonstrates how he would operate in the Oval Office. They say it’s the Jebbest thing Jeb’s ever done.”

That’s a truly sobering statement.

 

 

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

You're three times less likely to be murdered if you live in a predominantly Muslim country, than in a non-predominantly Muslim country, apparently.

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/30/7951309/islam-violence

If Islam itself were in fact the key cause of Islamist terrorism, you'd expect ordinary Muslims to be more violent than ordinary non-Muslims. There are over a billion believing Muslims globally; if their religion were intrinsically prone to violence, the data would bear that out. In fact, it does nothing of the sort.

Looking forward to see AAS, Recon, K71 and/or Straker explain to me that I should believe them, and not my lying visual cortex, about this oh-so-scary faith and its oh-so-violent ways.


DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Visual_Cortex Unfortunately, in Muslim countries, they refer to some murders as "honor killings."  Kinda of skews the murder rate.

alexander2
alexander2

@Visual_Cortex "upstairs" to the neo-cortex , where that abstract thinking occurrs, good move--I'll be waiting for you.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@TBS I'm sure your buddies at breitbart will cover those items along with the prayer rug (adidas jacket) stories


Btw it's striking that no one here has picked up on the latest compromising details to emerge - at the moment confined to the right wing media - concerning Hillary Clinton's role in the Libya affair and the split within the Obama administration concerning her policy, though the details have been out now for several days.

It's always striking to see the kinds of things that capture the interest of the posters here and those that don't.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Thanks, DiA, for this trip I just took down memory lane.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clinton_Chronicles


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The Clinton Chronicles: An Investigation into the Alleged Criminal Activities of Bill Clinton is a 1994 film that accused Bill Clinton of a range of crimes. The video, directed by conservative activist Patrick Matrisciana, was characterized by The Washington Post as a "bizarre and unsubstantiated documentary."[1]

The New York Times reported that it was a poorly documented "hodgepodge of sometimes-crazed charges."[2] It helped perpetuate a conspiracy theory known as the "Clinton Body Count" about a list of associates Clinton was purported to have had killed.[3] The deaths listed in the film have largely been discredited due to deliberate bias, weak circumstantial evidence, and coincidence.[3]

The film was produced by Citizens for Honest Government, a project of a Westminster, Californiaorganization named Creative Ministries Inc., partially funded by Larry Nichols, a long-time Clinton opponent, and distributed with help from the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who also appears in the film.[1] Over 300,000 copies of the film were put into circulation.[2]

To promote the film, Falwell aired an interview with Matrisciana, who was silhouetted to conceal his identity as he pretended to be a journalist who was afraid for his life.[4] Matrisciana later acknowledged that he was not in any danger, but that the interview was staged for dramatic effect at Falwell's suggestion.[4]

gotalife
gotalife

Listening to Goodell address the State of the NFL.


They had a bad year and it is a tough job.


He is doing well answering questions.

GaBlue
GaBlue

It would seem there is a direct correlation between the number of dead people one knows and the number of people one knows. Also, the older we get, the more people drop off the active list of people we know. So it makes sense that a hugely popular Governor and two-term President would personally know thousands and thousands of people. Statistically, he's going to know more people who die than...say....
basement bloggers and other forms of haters.

gotalife
gotalife

Mitt is the news of the day.


Another slow news day.

Bruno2
Bruno2

Four inch heels

And sexy dresses

Brassy words

And copper tresses


Loving her

Means lots of kisses

Loads of hugs

But always guesses.........

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

I guess we can expect, in the near future, a piece on all of the dead people that were formerly associated with the Clinton's? How about Vince Foster? 

Yeah, when pigs fly?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany 

DIA, do you know anyone who doesn't have dead people associated with them?

BTW - they prefer "formerly living."  :)

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany  Do you have their birth certificates too?  Have you talked to Orily? 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@DownInAlbany Personally, I think we need a piece on all the dead people "associated" with George W. Bush

TBS
TBS

@DownInAlbany

I'm sure your buddies at breitbart will cover those items along with the prayer rug (adidas jacket) stories

Don't you fret

GaBlue
GaBlue

@DownInAlbany

Was there anybody who did NOT already get that news in extensive and ongoing detail? 

Cheer up, Hon. If Hillary actually does declare for the Presidency, all those juicy stories you miss from the 90s will be resurrected, dusted off, cleaned up, and marched front and center. Trust.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DebbieDoRight 

The only problem they have with Lynch seems to be that she's a little too "nominated by President Obama," if you know what I mean...

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Nick_Danger @DebbieDoRight  Perhaps but Holder does not resign until the replacement is approved, so the GOP must decide where to focus their hatred. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@consumedconsumer 

I suppose it's good that they will begin to try to come up with an alternative to the ACA, but I doubt they even can. 

How can you cover pre-existing conditions without any kind of mandate?  And without that, they have no plan at all.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany 

Interesting that you link to this article.  The first words:

"Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward."

"A trait of all great leaders..."?


 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Nick_Danger @DownInAlbany Since Michael chose to remove his beloved wife's feeding tube, I'll consider the source.

(ps, she died a very painful death 2 weeks later...from starvation and dehydration)

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@gotalife 

Some taxes to pay for the increase wouldn't hurt either...don't want to add to the deficit!

LeninTime
LeninTime

Maybe Germany needs to man up and help arrange extensive debt write-offs for Greece just as it enjoyed after the war.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

In the AJC today - "Craft beer lovers could raise a full pint — and take another round “to go” over the counter — under a bill filed this week at the Georgia Legislature, the start of a likely contentious debate over the state’s Prohibition Era ban on in-house sales by local breweries."

Appears we are missing out on topics with a far greater importance...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Well, I just found something that could make a few regulars 'round these parts real mad.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/146354.pdf

Alternative fueled vehicle' means any vehicle fueled solely by alternative fuel.

Key word here is "solely." And unless I mis-read it, that would mean the hated "Government Motors" Chevy Volt would not pay that $200 surcharge, since it can run on gasoline.


GaBlue
GaBlue

gotalife,

Your presence here makes me happy. Please continue to be here. :-)


alexander2
alexander2

@GaBlue "so happy together"..."you've got a friend",,joy, rapture, a sense of meaning, a sense of purpose--all derived from a few keystrokes....See "Harmony" dot com

alexander2
alexander2

@TBS Jealous, froma blog, ?? I'm just having fun, . Personally there are several people on this blog who seem to take it all so seriously with monikers like lenin or gotalife, It's a bit bizzare, really, but then again why am I on it?, HMMMMMMM? Poking fun is just that fun, Humping legs, ??? All part of "Harmony dot com"