Tony The Tiger
A few things of note.
Section 2: Realize that if you are not "Any parent of Theresa Marie Schiavo," this law does not apply to you.
Section 8: This law cannot act as a precedent, in other words, this law is an exception to the rules. Congress understands this, and goes so far as to say that nothing in this law may be used to create other judgements that would prevent other life-support patients from being unplugged.
I wonder, how many other Theresa Marie Schiavos are out there? This law would apply to those parents as well.
For the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo. (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by Senate)
S 653 ES
For the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo .
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. RELIEF OF THE PARENTS OF THERESA MARIE SCHIAVO .
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida shall have jurisdiction to hear, determine, and render judgment on a suit or claim by or on behalf of Theresa Marie Schiavo for the alleged violation of any right of Theresa Marie Schiavo under the Constitution or laws of the United States relating to the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life.
SEC. 2. PROCEDURE.
Any parent of Theresa Marie Schiavo shall have standing to bring a suit under this Act. The suit may be brought against any other person who was a party to State court proceedings relating to the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain the life of Theresa Marie Schiavo , or who may act pursuant to a State court order authorizing or directing the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life. In such a suit, the District Court shall determine de novo any claim of a violation of any right of Theresa Marie Schiavo within the scope of this Act, notwithstanding any prior State court determination and regardless of whether such a claim has previously been raised, considered, or decided in State court proceedings. The District Court shall entertain and determine the suit without any delay or abstention in favor of State court proceedings, and regardless of whether remedies available in the State courts have been exhausted.
SEC. 3. RELIEF.
After a determination of the merits of a suit brought under this Act, the District Court shall issue such declaratory and injunctive relief as may be necessary to protect the rights of Theresa Marie Schiavo under the Constitution and laws of the United States relating to the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life.
SEC. 4. TIME FOR FILING.
Notwithstanding any other time limitation, any suit or claim under this Act shall be timely if filed within 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 5. STAY.
Upon the filing of a suit or claim under this Act, the District Court may issue a stay of any State court order authorizing or directing the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain the life of Theresa Marie Schiavo pending the determination of the suit.
SEC. 6. NO CHANGE OF SUBSTANTIVE RIGHTS.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to create substantive rights not otherwise secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States or of the several States.
SEC. 7. NO EFFECT ON ASSISTING SUICIDE.
Nothing is this Act shall be construed to confer additional jurisdiction on any court to consider any claim related--
(1) to assisting suicide, or
(2) a State law regarding assisting suicide.
SEC. 8. NO PRECEDENT FOR FUTURE LEGISLATION.
Nothing is this Act shall constitute a precedent with respect to future legislation.
SEC. 9. NO AFFECT ON THE PATIENT SELF-DETERMINATION ACT OF 1990.
Nothing in this Act shall affect the rights of any person under the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990.
Passed the Senate March 17, 2005.
I have a problem. I like to steal squeegees at gas stations. Some people make a tin foil ball, or collect a plate of nose goblins, but I have a stack of squeegees in my garage.|
It started simply enough. I used a squeegee while I was filling up on a cross country trip, threw the squeegee in the bed of my truck and left. By the time I got to Los Angeles, I had a bed full. It became a game, and now I believe it is out of control. I've started mapping out strategic gas station locations all over Los Angeles and Orange County that I have not hit. I can't park my truck in the garage anymore because of the mountain of squeegees.
Maybe, instead of theft, I will just throw the squeegee in the trash at the gas station.
So, on my way home from work, I dropped by 'Out of the Closet' on Santa Monica blvd, and I found a sweet pair of stonewashed Z. Cavaricċi jeans. I felt it was a sign from god, so I picked them up, went home, and dug out my Anthrax 'Among the Living' shirt and a Levi Jacket.|
I pegged my jeans (formally turning my clothes into bonafide radical attire) and stuck Street Fighter Anniversary Collection into my xbox. Armed with a Shasta, I proceeded to own the scrubby players on Xbox Live with my 'World Warrior' Guile tick throws. Hearing the punk 15 year kids yelling in my ear about how "throws are cheap" brought me back to a more simple time of bliss.
It made me want go down to the Roxy, and let the security guard do blow off my wife's tits so that we could go back and meet the band.
Let me repeat that for those that aren't listening. Photos don't replace memories.|
To be clear, the next time you are at a wedding, or you are taking a class picture, or your company is taking a group picture at a company party, you've got a family reunion, etc, remember that photos don't replace memories.
So, here is the scenario, someone didn't show up. Say, the uncle that used to lovingly touch your private parts when you were a kid couldn't give you away at your wedding because he was serving time. Now, you see the photographer taking group shots of the family on one of those newfangled digital cameras. You walk up and say, "Since you are shooting digitally, can you add in my uncle to the group shot of kid touchers?"
Of course he can, but he won't tell you that.
Here is why. In order to make the picture of your uncle merge with the rest of the photo in a natural way, he has to get a shot of your uncle that happens to be the same perspective and lighting conditions that are currently present. The warm glow and twinkle in everyone's eyes reflected from the candles on the tables of the beachside banquet aren't in the booking photo that your uncle sent from prison. In fact, the skin tones will be off, because your romantic sunset wedding casts a softer light than the harsh green fluorescent bulbs in the interrogation room that reveal the pits and scars on your uncle's face.
So, IF the photographer decides to add your meth addict uncle into a group shot, he is going to have to do a lot of work to make it look natural. It can be done.
Now, consider another point. When your photographer takes those pictures, he will have metered the light, and done everything so that he captured the photo right the first time. In other words, he isn't going to do any post-processing. At least, he isn't if he is worth the money. Every image that can go directly from the camera to the printer will only cost the price of the media plus a percentage of the equipment costs and hourly wage that it took to capture the image. As soon as you have decided to add Uncle EarlJoeBobJim, you have added in labor for post-processing. So, if you figure out how much per hour it cost to have the photographer on site, you can now add an hour or two worth of labor for each image that you want your precious uncle in the picture.
So, say you get the photographer to agree, and you go through the pain of locating a suitable image of your uncle, and the photographer does the color-correction and photoshop work that makes it look like your uncle really was standing second row so that he could shove his hard cock into your niece’s back like usual. Say he does a fantastic job, and everyone he shows can't pick out the person in the picture that wasn't in the original shot.
You still won't like it.
Because he wasn't fucking there!
You know he wasn't there. You know it, and your memory will keep revealing the lie. You won't be happy with the picture, and you will be disappointed in the photographer. So, save yourself the trouble and remember, "Photos don't replace memories."
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