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February 16, 2005

The Terri Schiavo event today in front of Woodside Hospice

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

I made the trip to Pinellas Park this afternoon for the 1 PM press conference held by Randall Terry and Bob Schindler, Terri's father. My intentions were to live-blog the event but that turned out to be impossible since the Wi-Fi situation was non-existent and the nearest parking was too far away for crutches. Having to use the electric wheelchair made me too short to get many pictures and not able to get close enough to hear everything. Fortunately, there were some kind folks that helped out on the notes and I did finally get close enough to get the meat of what was going on. After the press conference the Schindlers visited Terri for a few minutes and later reported on their "interaction" with Terri.

I was able to meet some of the people that we are writing about and whose articles we are posting on - one of which was a cub reporter for the Empire Journal that has done an excellent job of investigative journalism in Terri's case. The press event was held right in front of Woodside Hospice, and appeared to be well covered by the MSM. I saw AP, CNN, Fox, and ABC among others, all asking somewhat pessimistic but reasonable questions. I later attended the "activists" meeting, but left before it was completed. I did interview Bobby Schindler and I expect to be posting it tomorow.

I hate to use words of emotion in what is meant to be just a quick post on a press conference. However, at the risk of being labeled a nut case, just being at Woodside gave me a feeling of being near a very evil place. I don't have the time to do it right now but I wish one or more of Terri's bloggers would research the relationship between Judge George Greer, George Felos and the Federally funded Woodside Hospice Center(not the best links but these would get some bloggers started on the subject), and come with enough interesting posts to get the ball rolling a little more on that issue in Tallahassee. We don't need to re-invent the wheel because there is plenty out there already on the issue, but we need more attention callled to it.

Also, I think we need to organize more thoroughly and split up the effort on specific targets, with all of us supporting the spread of the information and an effort to get readers calling and emailing the governor and legislators at a frightening(to them) volume. That will help more than anything right now. To use Randall Terry's words, who I'm not completely in accord with although I believe that overall he is doing a good job for the Schindlers, we need to blast the media and the Internet with everything we have - then gradually "funnel" our tactics every closer to specific targets. I am definately in agreement with him on this particular issue.

My read on the entire scene is that if this was in front of any other judge in any other county, we wouldn't be going through this exercise at all. There are too many political flags in this mess, and I found out about several today that I will be posting on later.

I will be posting more on the event later tonight after I receive the rest of the notes via email, and have time to post images of the press conference and the Schindler family. As we speak - I am at the international intergalactic headquarters of Hyscience (Paneras Bread Co.) taking advantage to get this out on their Wi-Fi and have a quick meal while blogging a few more posts. It will be a great help if bloggers can digest the little bit that I've posted here and come up with suggestions on splitting up the work load and getting the word out to readers.

Here are the seven fronts on which Randal Terry suggests everyone work to save Terry, in decsending order of importance:

1. Governor
        a) avalanche of phone calls and emails
        b) personal phone calls and meetings with respected leaders
2. The Legislature
        a) phone calls and emails in district and Tallahassee
        b) on-site lobbying in Tallahassee when Legislature opens
3.  Michael Schiavo
        a) pickets at home and work - relentless
4.   Judge Greer
        a) church connections
        b) public protests
5.  Federal cause of action
        a) President Bush
        B) Department of Justice
6) Local Doctors and Hospitals
        a) protests and potential boycott
7.  Local church recruitment

I see Terri's bloggers being able to attack with significant impact on items 1,2,4, and 5. There is another effort not mentioned that I believe will significantly affect the political issues involved in this case, but we'll address it after I have a chance to get some more information regarding a couple of local political issues in Pinellas county.

Posted by Hyscience at February 16, 2005 6:23 PM

I have a silly question. How do I use the trackback link to trackback to your posts? When I use the trackback link, it takes me to a page with weird coding. It doesn't just happen with your happens with others, too (David Limbaugh's entry on Terri for example). I must be doing something wrong, so I'd appreciate any help in figuring it out. Thanks!

Posted by: WriteWingNut at February 16, 2005 7:56 PM

I have been involved with computers practically since they were invented. Used code since Fortran IV and the net when it was just starting as DARPA net. Have run large war games models at the Pentagon. I write all my own code for my blog. But I have not been able to figure out how trackback works either. So don't feel too bad. Several bloggers have sent me lengthy letters trying to explain it, and I have read the essays on the Web. No help at all.

Posted by: American Daughter at February 16, 2005 9:07 PM

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