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My Living Will
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To my family, friends, physicians and my potentially lousy, greedy future wife, who may attempt to whack me as soon as the court-settlement check clears:

I hereby request that if something awful happens to me, that I be kept alive. I have a spirit and soul, after all, and want God, not anyone else, deciding when it is time for me to check out.

But if I end up on a feeding tube in a Persistent Vegetative State and my physicians feel I am incapable of making and communicating my own health care decisions, here is what I want:

Get more opinions! Doctors are often wrong. I have, in fact, been known to show symptoms of a Persistent Vegetative State following happy hours or a long night at the pub.

Before you do anything, I demand that a young female nurse administer a cold Coke and a Quarter Pounder with cheese, a technique that has successfully restored my cognitive functioning in the past.

But if I remain in a vegetative state, I demand that my mother, not my future wife, be my surrogate. I can understand my wife moving on with her life with another fellow, but it would be insane to allow such a woman to determine whether I live or die.

If my wife goes to court to win back the right to make life-death decisions on my behalf -- if she successfully contests my living will and claims I would want to die -- I demand that a competent private investigator makes sure she isn’t also dating the doctors who keep telling judges I am in a Persistent Vegetative State.

If the courts side with her -- and if they sided with Michael Schiavo, despite numerous conflicts of interests, they very well may -- I want the best lawyers in the world to fight the culture of death crowd that embraces her.

If we lose in the state courts, I want my case appealed all the way to the top. I want the federal courts to start fresh -- I want the same considerations that are routinely given to rapists and murderers, other Americans who have been sentenced to death.

And from the beginning, I want Jesse Jackson at my bedside, using his considerable rhetorical skills to articulate my plight. I want Ralph Nader on my legal team. I want Nat Hentoff, a genuine liberal -- he approaches all issues with a broad and open mind in search for truth -- articulating my right to live.

It is important that Americans understand what is really going on -- that as a disabled person, it is my right to be given due process. That before anyone pulls my feeding tube, the evidence must be clear and convincing that this is what I really want, a consideration Terri Schiavo failed to receive.

I want the ACLU to side with my legal team, not my wife’s. This organization claims to be a protector of individual rights, yet it used its influence to strip Terri of hers.

And if my wife is still able to convince the judges, based on hearsay and nothing in writing, that my living will is moot and that I would NOT want to live with a feeding tube, I refuse to die the way Terri did.

I refuse to make it easy on those who sentenced me to my end. No, I want my body to be set on fire, then shot from a rocket launcher over the nation’s capital.

While my flaming body soars through the sky, I want every person who looked the other way -- the media, the courts, and many allegedly liberal folks who claim to stand for individual rights -- to experience my painful and spectacular death.

And most of all, I want my last production to drain every red cent from my trust fund, so that my wife ends up with nothing -- nothing but memories of her loving husband going out with a bang.

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Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:09 pm
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This is the last post I'm going to make on this thread.

The above post is obviously somewhat tongue in cheek, but is entirely based on the false premise that any court would invalidate a living will. If Terri had a living will which stated she wanted to be kept alive by a feeding tube in a permanent vegatative state, she'd still be alive and no one here would even know her name.

In light of that, if nothing else comes out of this case, I would hope that everyone here makes out a living will, or at a least has a discussion with their family about their wishes regarding end of life care.

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Sandman wrote:
A major concern I have about this case is that there doesn't appear to be adequate protections in place for a patient who has a guardian who doesn't have his or her best interests at heart, for whatever reason. A guardian is in a pretty powerful position, making life and death decisions for another person. It seems there should be some burden of evidence required of a guardian that he or she really does have the patient's best interest at heart. Otherwise, a marriage contract becomes a license to kill whenever someone's spouse becomes unable to communicate.


We must not forget that these two chose to marry each other for whatever reasons. They apparently knew each other (or should have known each other) better than any of us know them. Your spouse should obviously be the person you trust most in your life and WITH your life. Asshole or not, she chose to be with this guy. (My apologies if I offend anyone with this comment.)

Now the parents and husband are fighting over cremation, where her remains are to be buried, etc. Give her some peace!

I respect everyone's opinion on this issue, although I disagree with some. If there is anything to learn from this debacle is that: (1) each of us needs to avoid this situation through a durable power of attorney or will; and, (2) based on Sandman's comments, be VERY careful who you choose to make your decisions for you when you are incapacitated.

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Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:33 pm
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TheSurgeon wrote:
The above post is obviously somewhat tongue in cheek, but is entirely based on the false premise that any court would invalidate a living will. If Terri had a living will which stated she wanted to be kept alive by a feeding tube in a permanent vegatative state, she'd still be alive and no one here would even know her name.

This is true. Well, the thing isn't ENTIRELY based on one premise, but the point you make is correct.

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Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:42 pm
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KenHower wrote:
I just heard more about her death.....This guy is a FUCKER. If this was my daughter, I 'd kick this fuckers ass.

Ditto. His actions show nothing but disrepect for Terri's blood relatives. I can't imagine controlling my anger if this happened to a member of my family.

I just heard Terri's brother read a statement for the press on the radio. Hopefully the transcript will be posted somewhere. It was remarkably gracious.

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GTRMAN wrote:
He knew her better than anyone else. It's also his right as a husband.



There's a difference. He's not respecting ANY wishes of the parents. None.

If this was my wife...I would have worked WITH her parents and if her Mom said she really wanted her buried..I'd bury her.

He knows she's Catholic, yet he cremates her despite that. Arrogance and power tripping.

He also kicked the Shindlers out of the room 10 minutes before she died. He's about as Thoughtless as they get.

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Ken, check with the church, I understand cremation is allowed.

All the stuff Micheal pulled in the end there is shitty, but there MUST be more to it than meets the eye (as the media gives it to us)


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GTRMAN wrote:
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sorry dude, but i disagree with you on almost everything you say. argh



Besides, how does your disagreeing with me invalidate my statements in any way?
He didn't say anything about invalidation. He simply disagrees with your point of view on this. Something wrong with that?

I'll admit, you've made some good & bad points on this, but you also, definately have a point of view. Who's to say (& this may be a stretch for you) he's right & you're wrong?

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This isn't going to go away anytime soon. There will be books and appearances on talk shows by both the parents and husband (separately, of course). Each will want to tell the "truth" and how the media has twisted and/or misrepresented facts.

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KenHower wrote:
GTRMAN wrote:
He knew her better than anyone else. It's also his right as a husband.



There's a difference. He's not respecting ANY wishes of the parents. None.

If this was my wife...I would have worked WITH her parents and if her Mom said she really wanted her buried..I'd bury her.

He knows she's Catholic, yet he cremates her despite that. Arrogance and power tripping.

He also kicked the Shindlers out of the room 10 minutes before she died. He's about as Thoughtless as they get.


He has NO obligation to the Schindlers. Especially after the smear campaign they've waged against him and his character.

He married Terri, not her parents. He owes them NOTHING.

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Rich L. wrote:
GTRMAN wrote:
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sorry dude, but i disagree with you on almost everything you say. argh



Besides, how does your disagreeing with me invalidate my statements in any way?
He didn't say anything about invalidation. He simply disagrees with your point of view on this. Something wrong with that?

I'll admit, you've made some good & bad points on this, but you also, definately have a point of view. Who's to say (& this may be a stretch for you) he's right & you're wrong?


Your point is taken.. However, I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of his statement if not to try to somehow invalidate mine.

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Ken, check with the church, I understand cremation is allowed.

All the stuff Micheal pulled in the end there is shitty, but there MUST be more to it than meets the eye (as the media gives it to us)


That's the point I'm trying to make. The media tends to stir the pot for ratings.

The Schindlers were with Terri until 10 minutes prior to her death. Maybe Michael wanted to be alone with her. Who Knows?

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This isn't going to go away anytime soon. There will be books and appearances on talk shows by both the parents and husband (separately, of course). Each will want to tell the "truth" and how the media has twisted and/or misrepresented facts.


I can't wait until the details of her autopsy are released.

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GTRMAN wrote:
He has NO obligation to the Schindlers. Especially after the smear campaign they've waged against him and his character.

The truth hurts.
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He married Terri, not her parents. He owes them NOTHING.

Well then, I can honestly say I couldn't have much less respect for you. You sound like a real jerk yourself. Before you ever think about getting married, make sure your wife-to-be (and her parents) read this thread.

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Sandman wrote:
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He has NO obligation to the Schindlers. Especially after the smear campaign they've waged against him and his character.

The truth hurts.


So do lies..


Sandman wrote:
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He married Terri, not her parents. He owes them NOTHING.

Well then, I can honestly say I couldn't have much less respect for you. You sound like a real jerk yourself. Before you ever think about getting married, make sure your wife-to-be (and her parents) read this thread.


I'm sorry to hear that(sort of). I've shown you nothing but respect. I disagree with what you say, but I've never insulted you, personally. But I guess it was okay for you to blatantly insult me, huh? :roll:

What does Michael Schiavo owe the Schinlders in light of what they've done to him? Would you kiss someones ass who has repeatedly smeared your character?

BTW.. What part of my statement was untrue? I've shown my girlfriend this thread.. She agrees with me. No problems there!! :P 8)

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GTRMAN wrote:
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He has NO obligation to the Schindlers. Especially after the smear campaign they've waged against him and his character.

The truth hurts.

So do lies..

Right. So the point is to get at the truth. From what I've read of the depositions, Michael's bad reputaiton is deserved.

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He married Terri, not her parents. He owes them NOTHING.

Well then, I can honestly say I couldn't have much less respect for you. You sound like a real jerk yourself. Before you ever think about getting married, make sure your wife-to-be (and her parents) read this thread.


I'm sorry to hear that(sort of). I've shown you nothing but respect. I disagree with what you say, but I've never insulted you, personally. But I guess it was okay for you to blatantly insult me, huh? :roll:

What does Michael Schiavo owe the Schinlders in light of what they've done to him? Would you kiss someones ass who has repeatedly smeared your character?

BTW.. What part of my statement was untrue? I've shown my girlfriend this thread.. She agrees with me. No problems there!! :P 8)

Well, it's good she knows what she's dealing with.

I have no disagreement that marriage should be honored. However, there is also a thing called, "Honor your father and your mother." When you get married, that extends to your spouse’s parents. Does the law enforce adherence to that? Not necessarily. But that doesn't mean dishonoring them is honorable. It's supremely selfish and sick in the head. You boldly declare that he owes them nothing. Well, actually, he does owe them some respect. It is their child, whom they loved and raised. If you defend that sort of belligerence, then consider yourself insulted by me. You sound like a real jerk.

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I wonder what would have happened to Terri, and what the relationship between Michael and her parents would be, without the medical malpractice and the $1,000,000 settlement . . . .

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Sandman wrote:
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He has NO obligation to the Schindlers. Especially after the smear campaign they've waged against him and his character.

The truth hurts.

So do lies..

Right. So the point is to get at the truth. From what I've read of the depositions, Michael's bad reputaiton is deserved.


Oh.. You mean the depositions the court dismissed as being unreliable?


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He married Terri, not her parents. He owes them NOTHING.

Well then, I can honestly say I couldn't have much less respect for you. You sound like a real jerk yourself. Before you ever think about getting married, make sure your wife-to-be (and her parents) read this thread.


I'm sorry to hear that(sort of). I've shown you nothing but respect. I disagree with what you say, but I've never insulted you, personally. But I guess it was okay for you to blatantly insult me, huh? :roll:

What does Michael Schiavo owe the Schinlders in light of what they've done to him? Would you kiss someones ass who has repeatedly smeared your character?

BTW.. What part of my statement was untrue? I've shown my girlfriend this thread.. She agrees with me. No problems there!! :P 8)

Well, it's good she knows what she's dealing with.

I have no disagreement that marriage should be honored. However, there is also a thing called, "Honor your father and your mother." When you get married, that extends to your spouse’s parents. Does the law enforce adherence to that? Not necessarily. But that doesn't mean dishonoring them is honorable. It's supremely selfish and sick in the head. You boldly declare that he owes them nothing. Well, actually, he does owe them some respect. It is their child, whom they loved and raised. If you defend that sort of belligerence, then consider yourself insulted by me. You sound like a real jerk.


You're throwing religion into the fold again. :roll:

I do believe in honoring your parents.. WHEN THEY DESERVE IT. You can be appreciative for them bringing into the world, but when they turn on you, there is nothing that says you can't or shouldn't cut the ties..

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GTRMAN wrote:
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Right. So the point is to get at the truth. From what I've read of the depositions, Michael's bad reputaiton is deserved.

Oh.. You mean the depositions the court dismissed as being unreliable?
I don't know what the court determined them to be, but they look credible to me.

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You're throwing religion into the fold again. :roll:
You're being a bigot again. Like I said, you're a jerk.

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Sandman wrote:
You're being a bigot again. Like I said, you're a jerk.

Or maybe I should be more gracious and say, you're expressing some jerk-like opinions on this thread.

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