[FoRK] Fwd: [Culture] High Court Orders Tom DeLay's Feeding Tube
joe at barrera.org
Tue Mar 22 18:14:07 PST 2005
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Subject: [Culture] High Court Orders Tom DeLay's Feeding Tube Removed
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 08:28:44 EST
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High Court Orders Tom DeLay's Feeding Tube Removed
Mar 22 2005 by Ross Bender
In a surprise 8-1 decision today, the United States Supreme Court
ordered that the feeding tube which has been keeping Tom DeLay (R-TX)
alive be removed.
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia stated that "there is
absolutely no hope that the Congressman will ever regain cognitive
function. It's embarrassing to have the guy flopping around the House of
Representatives in his vegetative state. This Court is doing him and the
whole Republican Party a favor by yanking the tube."
Congressman DeLay entered a coma approximately seven months ago and has
been kept alive by a tube which delivers water and nutrients to his
braindead body. DeLay has caused something of a spectacle in the US
Capitol building, attracting howling mobs of frenzied fundamentalists
who bang their heads against the floor and flagellate themselves in
their appeal to God to bring the Congressman back to life.
US Marshals have been working overtime to control the spectators who
come to pray with the Congressman, and now only registered
Fundamentalists with certified fatwas from Pat Robertson are allowed
near the body. Mel Gibson was recently arrested when he tried to break
through the cordons to "pray with DeLay."
The Republican-dominated House Ethics Committee passed a special bill
last month which would allow the popular Texas Congressman to keep his
seat in the House of Representatives even after he is officially
declared dead. Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has complained
bitterly that the Republicans "already have enough braindead members in
their delegation; now they apparently want stinking corpses to keep
their seats too."
Chief Justice William Rehnquist was the only dissent in the 8-1
decision, apparently since he had some "apprehension" about whether the
Court would also decide to remove his own feeding tube.
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