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Prevent Florida State Senator James King From Blocking Terr's Law
October 20, 2003 | nickcarraway

Posted on 10/20/2003 2:04:32 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Florida Governor Jeb Bush is finally pursuing a course to save the life of Terri Schiavo. Governor Bush is calling a special session of the Florida legislatureon Monday to pass legislation that he worked on with Florida Speaker of the House Johnnie Byrd. ``Terri's Bill'' would immediately suspend all dehydration and starvation deaths in the state.

LifeNews.com, however is reporting that one man is the greatest obstacle to this happening, Florida Senate President Jim King, the man who controls the state Senate's agenda.

It's obviously important that we contact all state representatives, Senators, and other parties, but it is absolutely critical we put the pressure on Senator King!

Senator James E. "Jim" King, Jr.is the state Senator from Florida's district 8, which covers parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. Especially if you live in his district, please call him and tell him that he needs to listen to Governor Bush and Speaker Byrd and put this on the agenda tomorrow. Tell him you think this bill needs to be passed ASAP. And call any relatives or friends you have who live in that district to call (or email) him. Right now, he may be the one person with the most power to stop this bill. Let's let him know it needs to get passed. He needs some serious Freeping!

You can read more about this on these threads:

Florida Legislature Plans Special Session That May Help Terri Schiavo

Speaker of the House, Johnnie Byrd to introduce “Terri’s Bill”

LIVE FROM TERRI'S VIGIL - EMERGENCY - LEGISLATIVE SESSION - CALL FLORIDA REPS NOW!!

PLEASE HELP TERRI - A BILL IS BEING INTRODUCED TOMORROW


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To: RGSpincich
Yes, but since they refused to hear it, no one got into court to show that a crime was being committed. You have to get your foot in the door first. They appeals courts didn't read the briefs filed by the attorneys.
251 posted on 10/20/2003 12:08:50 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: Pegita
Excellent....
252 posted on 10/20/2003 12:10:18 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: Don Joe
Who are you talking about? Sheryl?
253 posted on 10/20/2003 12:15:13 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Michael is not employed at the Hospice but someone found info suggesting that he worked at Morton Plant Hospital, which is the one they transport Terri to when she gets an infecton. Then Michael always sends her back to Hospice.
254 posted on 10/20/2003 12:17:19 PM PDT by Ohioan from Florida
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To: nickcarraway
e-mail sent to King.
255 posted on 10/20/2003 12:17:44 PM PDT by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: atruelady; MarMema
What is going on....did they hear it?
256 posted on 10/20/2003 12:17:52 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: sfRummygirl
Did who hear what? I am at work, not near a TV so I don't know what is going on. I just tried calling King's office. They have a recording on that says they are not on the Tallahasee office and the mailbox is full.
257 posted on 10/20/2003 12:20:58 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: FR_addict
Terri's eyes are clear. She doesn't drool. She responds to commands. She smiles. You want me to believe the courts. I would rather believe my own eyes.

Well written, FR_addict.

258 posted on 10/20/2003 12:21:22 PM PDT by syriacus (Judge Greer---YOU should have looked into Terri's eyes and asked her if she wanted life.)
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To: atruelady
I'm trying to figure out if the Terri part of the bill was heard. Are they still in session?
259 posted on 10/20/2003 12:22:43 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: nickcarraway
Nick, add Florida Mama to your ping list....
260 posted on 10/20/2003 12:26:37 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: sfRummygirl
I'm just catching up on this , too. Ping me, please, if you hear anything. I have to be in and out for the rest of the day.
261 posted on 10/20/2003 12:28:04 PM PDT by Ohioan from Florida
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To: sfRummygirl
They did not mention the bill, Mr Byrds office told me that they will be in session all week, and that just because it wasnt heard today doesnt mean it wont be brought up later (thanks for the compassion). He also said that Mr. Byrd would be in support of such a bill but did not say he would bring the bill up.. That "in passing", Mr. Byrd said he would support such a bill if it were ever to be placed on the floor of the senate.

Thats what was told to me by Mr. Byrds assistant
1-850-488-1450
His email is SpeakerByrd@myfloridahouse.com

Heathe
262 posted on 10/20/2003 12:29:22 PM PDT by Florida Mama
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To: lakey
Any bill, Lakey, would have to be approved by the FL House AND Senate. I don't think there will be a bill. I think someone was engaged in hopeful thinking. There may be a break with this Judge Moore, but the time is running out FAST. Can one imagine no food or water for five days? It's impossible to fathom.
263 posted on 10/20/2003 12:30:09 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.
Any bill, Lakey, would have to be approved by the FL House AND Senate. I don't think there will be a bill
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not only that, I was told by Senator Kings office that any such bill would not be retroactive and would not apply to Terri's situation.

Heather
264 posted on 10/20/2003 12:31:54 PM PDT by Florida Mama
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To: Florida Mama
Is King the obstacle, or Byrd?
265 posted on 10/20/2003 12:32:15 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: sfRummygirl
I don't know. I am at work. I hope Jeb didn't say he would do something and then give the family false hope.
266 posted on 10/20/2003 12:32:41 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: Florida Mama
More proof that Jeb should have done this years ago.
267 posted on 10/20/2003 12:33:19 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: atruelady
Ok, folks I gotta run out too. I will check up in about 3 hours....
268 posted on 10/20/2003 12:34:18 PM PDT by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: FR_addict
Maybe they didn't realize it is getting all over the internet about his "conflict of interest" in this killing.

Oh no, I can guarantee you that she knew about that.

269 posted on 10/20/2003 12:36:51 PM PDT by MarMema (KILLING ISN'T MEDICINE)
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To: RGSpincich
They would have heard it if it was possible a crime was being committed.

We only wish.

Unfortunately, the legal system in Florida is far from perfect.

  Unlicensed doctors elude law's sharpened scalpel

In 2000, [Mike} Fasano and other legislators established a one-year mandatory minimum incarceration for anyone convicted of the unlicensed practice of a healthcare profession, which covers medicine and dentistry. The law also made longer prison terms possible.....

A Herald review of 15 cases that were closed since the new law took effect showed that not one perpetrator got the mandatory minimum of one year's imprisonment.

Campus Rape Ignored . . . . . Even When There's a Videotape

I have to go now, but I'll be glad to look up more cases of legal injustice after Terri's case is resolved.

270 posted on 10/20/2003 12:39:47 PM PDT by syriacus (Judge Greer---YOU should have looked into Terri's eyes and asked her if she wanted life.)
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To: sfRummygirl
Honestly,
I think there is a whole heck of a lot of running around the bush going on right now.. (no pun inteneded really)

Every office I Called told me how sympathetic they were to the situation, how sorry they were for Terris cause, and how if they could change the law they would, but there hands are tied.

I was mostly amused tho, by Mr Byrds office, telling me that " Sessions will be going on all week, so just because it wasnt mentioned today, doesnt mean it wont be mentioned"...

Senator Kings office was very friendly and very willing to talk to me in length regarding the supposed bill. According to them, there is no such bill because it would not be constitutional, and it would not be retroactive, so it wouldnt effect Terri anyways.

Heres my take on what happend... Mr. Byrd, in passing made a comment to someone of how he would support such a bill if it were to be presented, and someone clung to that hope. I dont blame anyone for doing that, but according to his office, he never said he was going to present such a bill, just that he would support such a bill.

This is truly a sad sad situation. I encourage you all to call these offices and ask the same question I did.. a very simple question... "what can you tell me about Terris Bill"

Speaker of the house (Mr Byrd) 1-850-488-1450
ASK TO SPEAK TO HIS ASSISTANT
SpeakerByrd@myfloridahouse.com
Clerks office 1-850-488-1157
271 posted on 10/20/2003 12:40:50 PM PDT by Florida Mama
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To: MarMema
she said he is? I told her it said so on his webpage and she pulled it up and said yes it says so on his webpage....

almost laughable....incompetence? well....
272 posted on 10/20/2003 12:41:48 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: atruelady
Who are you talking about? Sheryl?

I was just musing. Consider it an open letter to anyone who believes that crap (the crap I used as a foundation to build my logical structure atop, to demonstrate the flawed logic. Argumentum ad absurdium, or however you spell that).

Feel free to use it, but I'd appreciate an attribution w/link to the original message if you do, thanks. (hey, I'm a writer, it's what I do. ;) )

273 posted on 10/20/2003 12:42:19 PM PDT by Don Joe
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To: sfRummygirl
King hasn't missed any meals. He is a sausage and needs to be pricked so we can all see the grease run out.
274 posted on 10/20/2003 12:48:22 PM PDT by lakey
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To: tutstar
No I meant that she knew *something* about him being negative or having a conflict of interest was circulating bigtime (and making her day miserable)....but come to think of it. I did ask her if he had introduced death with dignity and she seemed confused about it then.
275 posted on 10/20/2003 12:48:56 PM PDT by MarMema (KILLING ISN'T MEDICINE)
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To: Don Joe
I see. Good one. I am at work and I am not near a TV. No one can find out what is going on. Surely they came back from lunch already.
276 posted on 10/20/2003 12:50:11 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: FR_addict
Well, we did everything the Republicans told us we should do, and what have we gotten -- a "dog and pony show" in the FL "Republican" legislature. A total waste of energy. Now I understand why half the people do NOT vote!
277 posted on 10/20/2003 12:50:45 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: lakey
Well, looks like the weather here is perfect for the rest of this day - rainy, overcast, and gloomy.
278 posted on 10/20/2003 12:51:09 PM PDT by MarMema (KILLING ISN'T MEDICINE)
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To: Florida Mama
How lovely! Call it "Terri' Bill" in her honor, but don't bother honoring her by letting it apply to her! I just love politicians!
279 posted on 10/20/2003 12:52:19 PM PDT by Ohioan from Florida
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To: Theodore R.; MarMema; FR_addict
Apparently, my e-mails were directed to the House. Am receiving auto responses.
280 posted on 10/20/2003 12:54:41 PM PDT by lakey
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To: MarMema
Don't knock rain. It's 86 degrees here with no hope of rain in sight.
281 posted on 10/20/2003 12:56:24 PM PDT by lakey
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To: sfRummygirl
They all are. The entire system.

From attorneys and judges with an agenda in euthanasia to fulfill, to a supposed Catholic pro-life governor who is afraid to rock the political boat and do his duty to uphold the constitution of his state, to a legislature whose members are connected to the hospice industry which gains financially from the legalization of the right-to-kill.

Combine this with an ignorance of the masses who are unable to wrap their minds around the significance of bench-legislation that determines at which level of mental and physical ability a person is considered human, and with rights. The majority do not know, and do not want to know. They would rather ignore the ugliness, pretend it doesn't exist and play cutesy debate about Kobe Bryant.
282 posted on 10/20/2003 12:56:50 PM PDT by kenth (This is not your father's tagline.)
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To: atruelady
I don't know. I am at work. I hope Jeb didn't say he would do something and then give the family false hope.

You forgot to include the word "again".

They're tossing scraps to keep people running in circles, getting their hopes up, and thus backing off with the pressure.

The goal, I am convinced, is to sideline everyone who cares about this, until she's dead. Then, they come out, crocodile tears at the ready, wringing their hands, with a stack of photocopied sheets that detail "how hard we tried, but it was a race against the clock, and those nasty democrats, blah blah blah, blah blah blah..."

What do you get when you mix cowardice and corruption?

Effective Government!

Welcome to the future. It gets worse from here on out.

283 posted on 10/20/2003 12:58:28 PM PDT by Don Joe
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To: lakey
Don't worry about it. We have all made mistakes here and trusted sources that may or amy not turned out to be accurate.Other sources were just as confused as you. News Media have been duped as well then.
284 posted on 10/20/2003 1:08:51 PM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: Don Joe
I know. It is nice to see someone who has the same thoughts I do. I believe they will wait until she is gone and talk (barely) about what an injustice it was, etc...

Jeb Bush has been pretty spineless here. He was already on thin ice after the Rilya Wilson story broke. He will not get re-elected. He had other ways to deal with this than try to get a bill passed.

I wouldn't blame Terri's family if they never forgave Bush for his running around and not doing what he could. The husband (I use that term loosely) is a disgrace to humanity. To think that while Terri dies, his girlfriends mother is "guarding" her to make sure no one feeds her.
285 posted on 10/20/2003 1:09:25 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: Theodore R.
I think you can add to me the next list of peopel who do not vote. What is the use .. they ahve us over a barrel. I was just thinking that at a time I had high hopes for patriotism.. somehting like this happens. It amy be unfair,butit effects how I see George Bush as well as Jeb.
286 posted on 10/20/2003 1:14:34 PM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: All
Call and ask why the bill wasnt introduced. You will be amazed at the replies.

Speaker Byrds Assistant (ask for him) 850-488-1450
287 posted on 10/20/2003 1:18:14 PM PDT by Florida Mama
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To: No More Gore Anymore
You are a sweetheart. Am going to start doing some heavy praying. Will be back later.
288 posted on 10/20/2003 1:18:49 PM PDT by lakey
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To: lakey
King hasn't missed any meals. He is a sausage and needs to be pricked so we can all see the grease run out.

He's something else, too.

He's a Republican.

We're watching the "Eleventh Commandment" play out. Bushie is not going to "speak evil" of another Republican. It's just not cricket. They train 'em to be gentleman at the Country Club.

Did King commit an unspeakable horror?

Well, maybe. But that's neither here nor there. He's a Republican, so we won't speak ill of him.

It's a pathology.

The same pathology that destroyed a continent, and almost a world.

289 posted on 10/20/2003 1:27:08 PM PDT by Don Joe
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To: atruelady
To think that while Terri dies, his girlfriends mother is "guarding" her to make sure no one feeds her.

That one really takes the cake doesn't it? Why would anyone want their daughter to be mixed up in such situation in the first place, much less be willing to help their daughter's boyfriend kill his wife?

Until you consider that she might gain financially, at least indirectly, from Terri's removal as a roadblock to her daughter.

If a way is not found to stop this, I fully expect to see congress members and Jeb come out to express their fake sorrow. They will express that their hands were tied, they were only following the law.

"We were only following orders." Sound familiar?
292 posted on 10/20/2003 1:31:28 PM PDT by kenth (This is not your father's tagline.)
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To: kenth; All
If the husband is bad, the girlfriend must be worse. Her mother is as soulless too. No conscience, but please all of you, take comfort in the fact that God hears everything. How many of us hardly ever prayed before this? So many have turned to God and he will answer our prayers. Sometimes the answer is no. Or, at least it is no for one thing (Terri) but he will mete out his form of justice to Schiavo, the girlfriend, and her/his families who supported this. This is truely a death of an innocent and alive aware soul. I don't think the girlfriend cares too much about the money is in making sure her kids father ends up with her. One of the witnesses gave and affidavit that was posted on www.terrisfight.org. She talked about how Schiavo brought the girlfriend to Terri's room. I can't find the affidavit on the site. Maybe I am not looking in the right place. Schiavo, the judge, and Jeb Bush will be dealt with. Maybe not on our schedule, but I would not want to be in their shoes when they stand before God himself to explain themselves. I am humbled at the thought of God. Please have faith.
293 posted on 10/20/2003 1:37:32 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: Uno Animo
Any news on the Terri Bill?

What's taking them so long?

Are they still on a lunch break?

It was over before it started. Literally.

There never was a "Terri Bill". It was a lie, to sidetrack her supporters, and buy the cowards and scumbags another day, so that she might hopefully die, and spare them the trouble of having to drag out the campaign of lies for another day.

There are too many billions of dollars at stake. If commercial killing is outlawed, there will be a major financial penalty, and these people are NOT about to accept that.

They've got the best government money can buy.

294 posted on 10/20/2003 1:50:49 PM PDT by Don Joe
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To: nickcarraway
freeped and copied all of my political contacts with a copy of the article....let's make sure everyone knows about this guy
295 posted on 10/20/2003 1:53:30 PM PDT by YoungKentuckyConservative
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To: atruelady
If the husband is bad, the girlfriend must be worse. Her mother is as soulless too. No conscience, but please all of you, take comfort in the fact that God hears everything. How many of us hardly ever prayed before this? So many have turned to God and he will answer our prayers. Sometimes the answer is no. Or, at least it is no for one thing (Terri) but he will mete out his form of justice to Schiavo, the girlfriend, and her/his families who supported this. This is truely a death of an innocent and alive aware soul. I don't think the girlfriend cares too much about the money is in making sure her kids father ends up with her. One of the witnesses gave and affidavit that was posted on www.terrisfight.org. She talked about how Schiavo brought the girlfriend to Terri's room. I can't find the affidavit on the site. Maybe I am not looking in the right place. Schiavo, the judge, and Jeb Bush will be dealt with. Maybe not on our schedule, but I would not want to be in their shoes when they stand before God himself to explain themselves. I am humbled at the thought of God. Please have faith.

They should have known exactly what kind of creep he was right from the start. As soon as he had her put away, he killed her cats.

What a ghoul. What a monster.

What a completely empty shell of a human. No mercy, no compassion, no... the man has no soul. He's an animal. No, strike that. He's lower than an animal. Even snakes care for their young.

My cats look out for each other. It's heartwarming to watch a rough ol' tomcat take a new kitten under his wing, play with it, keep it company, teach it to stalk/pounce, how to be a cat -- and enjoy every minute of it.

My tomcats are more "human" then that bastard. Even though neutered, each one of 'em is more of a man than Michael Schaivo.

296 posted on 10/20/2003 1:55:41 PM PDT by Don Joe
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To: Don Joe
Oh no, I didn't know he killed her cats. Terrible. He is without a conscience. God really does deal with people like that. Schiavo is an animal. What kind of woman would want to be with that? Can you imagine? She must be blind, selfish, or both.
298 posted on 10/20/2003 2:29:22 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: Uno Animo; Don Joe
A Fox News afilliate TV station had a quote by Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Where did you find that it was a fake?
299 posted on 10/20/2003 2:50:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: atruelady; Don Joe
That's the first I'd heard about Terri's cats, too. It's shocking to feel so much disgust but absolutely no surprise at this revelation. I would argue that Michael Schiavo, his girlfriend, Jodi, and her mother are all in more of a persistent vegetative state than Terri ever has been.

I'm waiting to hear confirmable evidence about what really happened with Terri's Bill. In other words, I really want to know if Terri's family was actually told that Byrd was introducing such a bill, or if they heard about Byrd's willingness to support such a bill and in their desperate need to hope they took this to mean such a bill was being written and introduced.

Byrd's office (according to a phone call reported by another FReeper) denies that he was ever involved in writing such a bill. At this point, I suppose the details hardly matter as far as Terri's imminent death by dehydration is concerned.

All I feel I can do for Terri today is pray for God's mercy and His will for her. My heart is breaking with the knowledge that the pain I feel isn't even a minute fraction of what Terri and her family are experiencing at this very moment.
300 posted on 10/20/2003 2:55:09 PM PDT by lonevoice
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