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Blogging Revolution May Help Save Terri’s Life
Catholic Exchange ^ | February 24, 2005

Posted on 02/24/2005 6:59:34 AM PST by NYer

CYBERSPACE — During the US presidential election, many heard for the first time about the rise in influence of the “bloggers,” the wave of self-publishing internet journalists whose up-to-the-nanosecond news reporting caused the downfall of CBS’s anchor-Titan Dan Rather.

Now that the bloggers have found themselves powerful enough to depose one of mainstream broadcast media’s most powerful icons, they are realizing their power in other areas. A group of pro-life bloggers has banded together to try to stop the starvation death of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. One of the writers on the group blog, “Tim,” wrote, “Terri's bloggers have a lot of work to do. We need to do what we are doing, which is organizing the largest telephone and email campaign this ole country’s seen in a very long time.”

For some time, concerned pro-lifers and disability-rights activists have followed the story of Terri’s parents’ fight for her life by reading the ‘blogs. One in particular, Fr. Rob Johansen, a friend of Terri and the Schindlers, has posted frequently on Terri’s case. His information has sometimes contradicted or clarified mainstream media’s often imprecise pronouncements.

The term “blog” is short for “weblog” and refers to the type of website that can be updated by the moderator from any internet terminal, carry links to other sites and enable readers to type in their comments. The secret of the power of blogs is the incredibly rapid worldwide exchange of information they make possible when bloggers get connected. In the case of the ProLifeBlogs.com, the specified purpose is to organize into a one-stop blog site where information can be gleaned that is not hampered by mainstream media biases.

Most blogs carry a “blogroll” on a sidebar that connects with other blogs with similar interests. ProLifeBlogs.com has called for bloggers to join their blogroll and will issue a media release when they have reached 100 blogs.

Bloggers talk to each other over the internet and are often able, therefore, to get on-the-spot information — from anywhere in the world and often from eyewitnesses — at a speed that traditional print and broadcast journalists can only envy. Much of the mainstream media information about the war in Iraq, for example, was contradicted by a group of bloggers in Baghdad calling themselves the Iraqi Bloggers.

All journalism, whether print, broadcast, or online, is heavily dependent on the internet, but bloggers are rarely professional journalists and blogging can be done from home with minimal computer skills for little or no cost. One blogger told LifeSiteNews.com “If you have the skills to surf, you have the skills to blog.”

Many bloggers feel that their ‘blogs serve the same purpose as the self-published underground newsletters, called ‘samizdat,’ that helped bring down Eastern European communism in the 1980s. The rapid exchange and dissemination of information at ground level by ordinary people has made it harder for politicians or media or wayward Churchmen to keep their secrets.

True to form, the bloggers have taken up the story of Terri’s blogger-defenders before a press release was officially issued.

See also:

ProLifeBlogs.com

Catholics in the Public Square

Father Johansen’s Blog


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blog; newmedia; prolife; schiavo; schindler; terri; terrischiavo; terrisfight; weblogs

1 posted on 02/24/2005 6:59:35 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 02/24/2005 7:00:39 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: luv2lurkhere; Budge; floriduh voter; summer; Coleus; amom; ruoflaw; submarine; cpforlife.org; ...

Ping!


3 posted on 02/24/2005 7:01:50 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer

One of the best places to stay on top of what happens are:

http://www.blogsforterri.com
and also
http://www.prolifeblogs.com


There are a lot of us out there trying to get the word out and keep the plight of Terri and those in similar situations in the news, in people's minds and consciousnesses.


4 posted on 02/24/2005 7:04:30 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: NYer; russesjunjee; pc93

Terri's Blog Rolls rollin' on.


5 posted on 02/24/2005 7:09:13 AM PST by floriduh voter (PRIMO TERRI NEWS www.theempirejournal.com Send everybody there!!!)
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To: NYer; floriduh voter; phenn; cyn; FreepinforTerri; kimmie7; Pegita; windchime; tutstar; ...

Terri ping! If anyone would like to be added to or removed from my Terri ping list, please let me know by FReepmail!


6 posted on 02/24/2005 7:15:02 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: floriduh voter

We are the pajamahadeen!


7 posted on 02/24/2005 7:16:15 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Ohioan from Florida

Thanks for the ping.


8 posted on 02/24/2005 7:27:48 AM PST by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: Ohioan from Florida; NYer

Thanks!


9 posted on 02/24/2005 7:31:06 AM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: LauraleeBraswell
FYI

By the way, your remarks at the I am a Christian who believes Terri should be allowed to die... Am I the only one? thread were nothing short of commendable, inspiring even.

10 posted on 02/24/2005 7:35:47 AM PST by jla
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Republic; tutstar; Scoop 1
http://www.theempirejournal.com/02230590_schiavo_judge_tv_commer.htm

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT... It busts the Sheriff, the State Attorney and the Public Defender's Office in addition to the judge.

It's worth it to download the commercial at the bottom of the article and EMAIL THE LINK TO TALLAHASSEE and be sure and tell them the link to the illegal commercial is at the bottom of the article.

11 posted on 02/24/2005 7:59:45 AM PST by floriduh voter (PRIMO TERRI NEWS www.theempirejournal.com Send everybody there!!!)
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To: NYer

Hopefully...the FLA courts will take a double-take and realize how savage killing Terri by starvation really is. Now that the bloggers are running hot and heavy against killing Terri. ;o)


12 posted on 02/24/2005 8:00:52 AM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: NYer; All; nickcarraway; Salvation
http://www.theempirejournal.com/02230590_schiavo_judge_tv_commer.htm

This LINK needs to go to all these blogs. IT'S GREER'S TV COMMERCIAL FROM LAST SUMMER. The commercial is viewable at the bottom of this article.

13 posted on 02/24/2005 8:00:53 AM PST by floriduh voter (PRIMO TERRI NEWS www.theempirejournal.com Send everybody there!!!)
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To: NYer

Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 02/24/2005 8:03:52 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: NYer

Thanks for the ping!


15 posted on 02/24/2005 8:28:07 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer
"Many bloggers feel that their ‘blogs serve the same purpose as the self-published underground newsletters, called ‘samizdat,’ that helped bring down Eastern European communism in the 1980s. The rapid exchange and dissemination of information at ground level by ordinary people has made it harder for politicians or media or wayward Churchmen to keep their secrets."

A most accurate analogy and VERY TRUE!

I always thought FR served that purpose as well.

16 posted on 02/24/2005 8:33:50 AM PST by TAdams8591 (The call you make may be the one that saves Terri's life!!!!!!)
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To: jla
Ha ha. Lauralee or whomever can SAY you are a Christian. You can SAY you believe starving a disabled person is "merciful." You can SAY the "poor woman" would be better off dead. But that does not make it so. Do you believe Jesus would deny Terri food and water until she finally died after 10 or more days of being dehydrated? If you are a Christian, you need to contemplate and pray. If you're not, then you are a liar. Yeah, I took your bait. Mmmmm. It's almost as good as the nourishment flowing through feeding tubes all around the United States, keeping people who can't eat by themselves alive for years and years. Mmmm-good!
17 posted on 02/24/2005 9:33:16 AM PST by spiralsue
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To: spiralsue

What are you talking about?


18 posted on 02/24/2005 9:44:16 AM PST by jla
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To: jla

To: LauraleeBraswell
FYI
By the way, your remarks at the I am a Christian who believes Terri should be allowed to die... Am I the only one? thread were nothing short of commendable, inspiring even.


10 posted on 02/24/2005 9:35:47 AM CST by jla
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19 posted on 02/24/2005 9:45:58 AM PST by spiralsue
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To: spiralsue
I see.
Sue, that is the title of the thread. If you would have read Miss Braswell's posts on that thread then you would be aware the she does not advocate the feeding tube being removed.
As for Miss Braswell being a "Christian", to my knowledge, and her own home page, she's never made this claim.
You'll have to ask Miss B. any further questions you may have because I am not a personal friend of hers. I only know her from her posts here, many of which I find incredibly intelligent and well thought-out for a girl her age.
20 posted on 02/24/2005 9:51:51 AM PST by jla
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To: jla; LauraleeBraswell

AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGH!

I AM SORRY!

I did jump to the wrong conclusion... You're absolutely right. My comments should have been directed at the original poster. I've had my rage-colored glasses on for a couple of weeks over the potential murder of Terri Schiavo and I got nuclear in my reaction.

Please forgive me. And Miss B as well. I apologize sincerely to both of you.


21 posted on 02/24/2005 10:09:13 AM PST by spiralsue
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To: spiralsue; jla



No harm done, We are supposed to be angry over this. When did Death become a right? We are entitled to LIFE liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In the videos, you can see a smile wake across Terri's face as someone asks how she is.

As Human beings, we can destroy life we can undo life, but we cannot destroy or undo death. Death is the end.


22 posted on 02/24/2005 10:26:04 AM PST by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second.)
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To: spiralsue; MarMema


From MarMema

This woman has all the facts, we are slowly being conditioned to be desensitized to death-


Aushchwitz in America

"It took no more than three decades to transform a war crime into an act of compassion, thereby enabling the victors in the war against Nazism to adopt the very practices for which the Nazis had been solemnly condemned at Nuremberg."

The transformation followed thus: The concept that the elderly and terminally ill should have the right to die was promoted in books, newspapers, literature and even entertainment films, the most popular of which were entitled "Ich klage an (I accuse)" and "Mentally Ill."

One euthanasia movie, based on a novel by a National Socialist doctor, actually won a prize at the world-famous Venice Film Festival! Extreme hardship cases were cited, which increasingly convinced the public to morally approve of euthanasia. The medical profession gradually grew accustomed to administering death to patients who, for whatever reasons, felt their low "quality of life" rendered their lives not worth living, or as it was put, lebensunwerten Lebens, (life unworthy of life). "

This movie and The Sea Inside are both getting awards and being promoted as wonderful by the left. It suits their agenda to promote the culture of death. The disabled are first in line, and this is a propaganda consistent with the way the Germans gained acceptance of euthanasia.


23 posted on 02/24/2005 10:28:14 AM PST by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida


I want on the Terri Ping-


24 posted on 02/24/2005 10:29:36 AM PST by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Bump


25 posted on 02/24/2005 10:41:32 AM PST by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Gotcha! Welcome!


26 posted on 02/24/2005 10:41:56 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Thank you for kindly forgiving me.

I think of Terri as being similar to a baby. Maybe she can't speak clearly but makes sounds and gestures trying to communicate; can't eat without food being mashed and fed to her; laughs at her Dad; looks lovingly at her Mom; has moods; recognizes pain; watches a balloon float... all activities to which she responds similar to the way a human infant would. Who is to say a baby is not happy? Babies have all those limitations, yet are most joyful and happy to be alive. What kind of cruel persons can prevent Terri, who also has the innocence of a baby, from being fed?

I thank God for the internet and for blogs. Where would we be otherwise? Curtsying to Queen Shrillary while an unknown Terri Schiavo slowly and painfully starves to death in a little place called Florida? We can save our country and we can save a life. What a wonderful invention, Algore!

Prayers for Terri, her family, and all associated with saving her life. More prayers for her judge and executioners, for they well know what they do.
27 posted on 02/24/2005 10:51:32 AM PST by spiralsue
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To: spiralsue

: ^ )


28 posted on 02/24/2005 12:36:48 PM PST by jla
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To: NYer

We are the modern-day equivalent of "samizdat". We pass the truth from hand to hand.


29 posted on 02/24/2005 1:48:18 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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