I’m exhausted. okay? Wiped. Too tired to explain, and I wouldn’t anyway, so just take my word for it.
I’m really appreciative to all of you who stay on top of the various details of the ongoing battles that involve phonecalling petitions congress white house health care pelosi progressive caucus Whitehouse (the man) bills committees reid rahm axelrod grayson holder slinkerwink obama health insurance reform wars troops funds wall street terror senators business hedge funds graphs charts pie leahy artic ice and everything else i left out. which is a lot.
i can’t. at least not today.
see? i can’t even work up the energy to capitalize that i.
there is this one thing, though. oh wait, and one other thing too. let me go get it. them.
And for the Uighurs, there is Sabin Willett, a Boston-based attorney, and his team, who argue that the Court of Appeals’ ruling made a mockery of the habeas rights extended to the prisoners by the Supreme Court, and transformed Judge Urbina’s ruling into nothing more than an empty gesture. Willett explained that it made courts “powerless to relieve unlawful imprisonment, even when the executive brought the prisoners to our threshold, imprisons them there without legal justification, and – as seven years have so poignantly proved – there is nowhere else to go.”
In a statement issued via the Center for Constitutional Rights, he added, “We now have asked the Supreme Court to hear the Uighur cases, and rule that the writ of habeas corpus guarantees to the innocent not just a judge’s learned essay, but something meaningful – their release.”
Personal … here… this is heavy on my mind.
backstory: I don’t even know Tony. He is someone “we” know, however, in the jazz music local scene circles (as my husband is one too).
some reports from last week:
A: Apparantly he was checking into a hotel in Corpus Christi (A 10/10/09?), and fell in the lobby, and hit his head. He got up and was fine, and then a while later, he collapsed and went unconscious ( I guess kind of like Natasha Richardson). He was brought to the hospital, where they performed neuro-surgery, and is still un-conscious, and the left side of his body is not reacting to any stimult, so they think he may have had a stroke along with everything else. My friend that is in Corpus sitting with him, says that it’s not looking good.
B: I was fortunate to be there when his surgeon arrived and gave us Tony’s prognosis. She also showed us the MRI and Cat scans before and after Tony’s surgery, and he’s had significant damage to both frontal lobes of his brain. His condition has been stabilized, but he’s unconscious and under medication.
C: Tony had to have some of his brain removed in order to control swelling, and the prognosis is, that even if he survives, which isn’t likely, he most likely won’t be able to talk, walk, or play again.
Then this new report today from a person who’s been at his bedside all along:
KRIS, 10/20/09: “At this point, I am going on about 5 hours sleep since Thursday morning. I realize that my understanding of the inner voice that I was “hearing” from Tony’s eyes was at least partially imagined. I am, after all, living almost completely on Dr. Pepper, Marlboro Reds, and an occasional burger…
I begin to move the flute toward his left side and he very purposefully and casually lifts his hand and gently takes the flute. He watches his fingers as he moves them slowly to the absolute EXACT place that they need to be. Once his fingers are on the buttons, he trills very quickly from a G to a G#.
My heart literally skipped a beat.”
Fell. …and hit his head.
There but for fortune…
Open thread… have at it.