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Michael Schiavo joins the fray
Salon ^ | December 7th, 2005 | Michael Scherer

Posted on 12/07/2005 5:02:27 PM PST by eartotheground

Terri Schiavo's husband starts a PAC devoted to defeating the Bible-thumping politicians who used his comatose wife as a football.

By Michael Scherer

Dec. 7, 2005 | At the height of the battle, Michael Schiavo appeared to be a reluctant cultural warrior. His wife, Terri, lay comatose, in her 15th year of vegetative slumber, connected to a feeding tube, but well beyond resuscitation. Around her hospice, a political hurricane swirled.

In Terri's name, President George Bush interrupted his vacation, Sen. Bill Frist played doctor from the Senate floor, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush launched a flimsy criminal investigation, and Rep. Tom DeLay issued ominous political threats to the judiciary. The religious right had turned Terri into a symbolic beachhead in the battle for a "culture of life," and the Republican Party had answered the call.

But Michael Schiavo, who legally controlled his wife's fate, never showed any predilection for the limelight. In fact, he wished that everyone would just leave his family alone. "People are removed from their feeding tubes every day across this country," Schiavo told CNN's Larry King, in a rare interview last March. "The government chose this one to pander for their religious right, pander for their votes."

But now, as the one-year anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death approaches, Michael Schiavo is changing his approach and preparing to enter the political fray. Terri's fate has already been decided. Now her husband wants to claim her legacy. "For 15 years, I have been watching the politicians working their ways into my case. I felt I needed to do something when this was all said and done," Schiavo told Salon on Tuesday. "I didn't ask for this fight, but now I am ready."

This week Schiavo will roll out a new political action committee, called Terri PAC, with the hope of raising money to defeat the politicians who tried to intervene in the legal battle between Schiavo and Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. "Whatever I can do, I am going to do," says Schiavo, who works as a nurse in the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Fla. Starting in January, he plans to change his work hours to three 12-hour shifts a week, allowing him more time to work on politics.

At the same time, Schiavo is putting the finishing touches on a book, "Terri: The Truth," which is scheduled for release in March. His former in-laws, the Schindlers, have also announced plans to publish a book with their side of the story in March. The Schindlers have been working to establish their own legacy for their daughter. This summer, the couple gave their support to a new seminarian scholarship in Terri's name at the Ave Maria University. "We feel that Terri was chosen by God to combat evil," Bob Schindler told a Catholic news service. "What a fine way to pay tribute to her life."

Terri PAC will not be the first time Schiavo has inserted himself into politics since his wife's death. During this year's Virginia governor's race, Schiavo volunteered his support for the victorious Democrat, Tim Kaine, after his Republican opponent, Jerry Kilgore, said he did "not agree to the forced starvation of any individual." Though Kaine did not trumpet the endorsement, the amount of press coverage it received was encouraging, says Derek Newton, a political consultant at the November Group, in Coral Gables, Fla., who is working with Schiavo. "From the PAC's perspective, Kaine's win was very important," Newton said.

One Florida Democrat, Rep. Robert Wexler, who represents parts of Palm Beach, says that Michael Schiavo could have an impact going into the 2006 midterm election. "Terri Schiavo and Michael Schiavo were some of the most prominent victims of the Republicans' abuse of power," said Wexler. "Michael Schiavo's effort is not only appropriate and timely, but it is also extremely important."

In addition to funneling money to certain political campaigns, the PAC will name those politicians who supported government intervention in his wife's case, as well as those who opposed intervention. Schiavo also hopes to use the Web site to educate people about the importance of living wills. Newton said that Schiavo has no plans to run for political office himself; the two have not yet discussed whether Schiavo will collect a salary from the PAC for his efforts.

In the interview, Schiavo mentioned Rep. DeLay, R-Texas, Sen. Frist, R-Tenn., and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., as primary targets of the effort. He also said he wanted to be involved in the upcoming Florida governor's race. "We are going to focus on holding these people accountable," Schiavo said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; felos; judicialactivism; michael; michaelschiavo; righttodie; righttolife; schiavo; schindler; terri; terripac; terrischiavo; terry; wifekiller
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1 posted on 12/07/2005 5:02:30 PM PST by eartotheground
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To: eartotheground
Terri Schiavo's husband starts a PAC devoted to defeating the Bible-thumping politicians who used his comatose wife as a football.

And this jackass did what to his wife??? kill her!!!

3 posted on 12/07/2005 5:07:47 PM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: eartotheground

From all I've observed, Michael is a disgusting human being. I can't believe he's calling it "Terri PAC".


4 posted on 12/07/2005 5:14:57 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: eartotheground

If Michael Schiavo had not "used his wife as a football" in the first place none of this would have happened.


5 posted on 12/07/2005 5:18:17 PM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
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To: eartotheground
What will his slogan be, "I got rid of her, now let's get rid of them?"
6 posted on 12/07/2005 5:19:41 PM PST by NonValueAdded (What ever happened to "Politics stops at the water's edge?")
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To: eartotheground

Guess he misses seeing his name in the news. 15 minutes of fame redo.....


7 posted on 12/07/2005 5:20:55 PM PST by texas_mrs (The left are the enablers of terrorists.)
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To: eartotheground

You can really make a killing running one of these PACs huh Mikey? 'RAT losers and loser celebs galore!.


8 posted on 12/07/2005 5:22:37 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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To: NonValueAdded

LOL! You've got a way with words.


9 posted on 12/07/2005 5:28:32 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
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To: msnimje
He attempted to carry out her wishes. How does that qualify as "using her as a football"?

Don't even bother to answer. You don't have a clue.

10 posted on 12/07/2005 5:30:35 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
He attempted to carry out her wishes. How does that qualify as "using her as a football"?

Yeah by being a bigamist, he was carrying out her wishes.(eyes rolling) He could have sided with life, let Terri stay with her loving family, and walked away, but he was determined to see her die.

11 posted on 12/07/2005 5:33:16 PM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: William Creel
Just proving again that Michael is a complete arse.

Major Clymer here.

12 posted on 12/07/2005 5:35:55 PM PST by Nachum (go White Sox!)
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To: wallcrawlr
He killed her? Don't you mean her murdered her?

Wait, wait.

He MURDERED her by starving her to death and she died screaming, "I waaaaaant to liiiiiive!" in agony.

That's what you meant, right?

13 posted on 12/07/2005 5:38:46 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: eartotheground
"Terri Schiavo and Michael Schiavo were some of the most prominent victims of the Republicans' abuse of power"

Oh, I know the demonRATS over salivating over the sound of that. Schiavo and Sheehan need to hook up - they deserve each other.

14 posted on 12/07/2005 5:39:17 PM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: 8mmMauser
*Puke* ping.
15 posted on 12/07/2005 5:40:47 PM PST by TheSarce (The Silent Majority is finding its voice. It goes to ELEVEN!)
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To: All
During this year's Virginia governor's race, Schiavo volunteered his support for the victorious Democrat, Tim Kaine, after his Republican opponent, Jerry Kilgore, said he did "not agree to the forced starvation of any individual."

Why would anyone agree with someone being forced to starve against their will? I thought Schiavo's routine was always to insinuate that it WAS her will. Are they shifting the goalposts or do they want to go on the record in support of forcing people to starve to death?

Though Kaine did not trumpet the endorsement,...

That tells you all you need to know. Kaine was worried about the consequences of having someone like this on his side, so he basically put him in the back closet.

16 posted on 12/07/2005 5:42:00 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
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To: AZ_Cowboy

Didn't the autopsy say her brain was gone? She was past being a person, so it's hard to say someone was starved to death.


17 posted on 12/07/2005 5:43:48 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: robertpaulsen

Why don't you give your opus like a few others did way back when? You hate FR, because, it is dominated by "Bible thumpers." Just leave.


18 posted on 12/07/2005 5:45:45 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: Dane
"He could have sided with life, let Terri stay with her loving family, and walked away"

Sure, he could have. That would have been easy. He already had his $300K and the rest was going into a trust for her care.

Then again, that wasn't what his wife wanted, was it? It was what YOU wanted for her. Why do you think it is any of your business to insert your will over hers? Who made you God?

"Yeah by being a bigamist"

Who's a bigamist? Michael? Really? Care to support that with some kind of fact? (Fact? Facts? A Terri-bot spouting facts? Never!)

20 posted on 12/07/2005 5:51:11 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: msnimje
If Michael Schiavo had not "used his wife as a football" in the first place none of this would have happened.

That honor actually belongs to the Schindlers.

21 posted on 12/07/2005 5:52:46 PM PST by ContraryMary
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To: William Creel

I think Michael was responsible for putting her into that state and getting rid of the evidence was behind his actions. However, my thoughts are nothing but conjecture.

As a separate issue, though, the autopsy showed there was no one at home and had Terri supporters got their way, this empty house would still be on life support. The supporters were wrong.


22 posted on 12/07/2005 5:53:40 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: GOP_1900AD
"You hate FR, because, it is dominated by "Bible thumpers."

Get it right. I said I was embarrassed by the Terri threads because the Terri-bots wouldn't know a fact if it bit them in the a$$.

23 posted on 12/07/2005 5:55:44 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: ContraryMary

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!


24 posted on 12/07/2005 5:57:06 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: gcruse
I have not argued that. Neither did he, as I recall. His original argument was that he was carrying out his wife's wishes.

If he was carrying out his wife's wishes, that is one thing, and it would not be forcible starvation in that case, either. Kilgore went against "forcible starvation of individuals." From a technical standpoint, at least to me, that would seem to be outside his whole affair.

Did Kilgore even reference the Schiavo mess in his speech where he allegedly stood against forced starvation? If he did, that is one thing, but if he did not, then it looks to me as if the goalposts have been shifted.
25 posted on 12/07/2005 5:57:34 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
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To: eartotheground
Hey Michael , remember her? America hates you for what you did.
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26 posted on 12/07/2005 6:04:06 PM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: gcruse

A person whose "brain [is] gone cannot breathe for herself and cannot have a naturally beating heart.

I would have been willing to accept the autopsy results if the coroner in question possessed some semblance of impartiality, but the one who performed the autopsy happened to be a friend and ally of Michael Schiavo. Whatever one thinks of Schiavo and his motives, a coroner who is personally involved with one side of the debate cannot be called neutral.


27 posted on 12/07/2005 6:08:51 PM PST by Im4LifeandLiberty
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To: eartotheground

Everyone should get on his mailing list and send back an empty business reply envelope......

Same thing I do to most democrats. They do it to us.


28 posted on 12/07/2005 6:10:05 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: robertpaulsen

You're right. Michael Schiavo was not a bigamist, he was an adulterer. Since I *do* care about facts, I acknowledged the fact that Michael Schiavo remained legally married to Terri and continued to assert his decision-making rights as her husband while openly cohabitating with another woman and their two children.


29 posted on 12/07/2005 6:11:53 PM PST by Im4LifeandLiberty
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To: William Creel
Not an "arse"--the man is S-A-T-A-N-I-C...to the bone and the heart.

BTW, Robert Wexler is my Representative; I'm gonna have to go after him next year as well

Any other FLorida FReepers wanna help pull him out??

30 posted on 12/07/2005 6:12:23 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: robertpaulsen
Then again, that wasn't what his wife wanted, was it? It was what YOU wanted for her. Why do you think it is any of your business to insert your will over hers? Who made you God?

Who made michael schiavo God? He could have walked away and not put the Schidlers through so much pain, but it seems he is the vengeful kind, and wanted to stick the knife through the Schindlers heart and twist it.

Who's a bigamist? Michael? Really? Care to support that with some kind of fact? (Fact? Facts? A Terri-bot spouting facts? Never!)

Uh michael schiavo having children to another woman while still being legally married to Terri Schindler Schiavo is a bigamist.

31 posted on 12/07/2005 6:14:31 PM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Dane
Actually, that makes him an adulterer, not a bigamist. He would have tried to legally marry her and pass it off to be a bigamist.

When that gets pointed out, someone else will point out that adultery is not a crime. If you're lucky, we'll get someone to come here and compare those of us who have a problem with adultery to the Taliban and accuse us of wanting to stone adulterers to death. They're already playing the "bot" angle, I see, so the Taliban bit is not far behind.
32 posted on 12/07/2005 6:27:28 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
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To: eartotheground

Its always about the money isn't it Michael ?

May you suffer a fate 10x worse than what you inflicted on Terri.


33 posted on 12/07/2005 6:28:07 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: AZ_Cowboy; Dane

Should Read: He would have had to have tried to legally marry her and pass it off to be a bigamist.


34 posted on 12/07/2005 6:28:14 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
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To: ContraryMary
That honor actually belongs to the Schindlers.

Amen to that! The Schindlers and anyone else that thought they could ride her for publicity and use her up did. Michael has every right to be pissed off about how all the holy rollers judged him and defamed him.

35 posted on 12/07/2005 6:30:52 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Christmas is annoying, Happy Festivus)
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To: ContraryMary

Her parents physically abused her?


36 posted on 12/07/2005 6:39:26 PM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
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To: robertpaulsen

"Used her as football" as in physically abused her.


37 posted on 12/07/2005 6:45:22 PM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
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To: gcruse
Didn't the autopsy say her brain was gone? She was past being a person, so it's hard to say someone was starved to death.

Your brain would be in pretty bad shape after two weeks without water. It is impossible to tell from autopsy what the real functional state of Terri's brain was while she was still receiving food and water.

There is much about the brain that is poorly understood. Although static radiographic examination (or post-mortem examination) of a person's brain can often suggest things about a person's clinical condition, it can't really prove much. There are people walking around today (literally) who would likely be diagnosed as "brain dead" by someone examining a CT scan. I saw on TV a person whose head was blown open by a .357 and whose brain was largely splattered. The damage was so severe that there was no way the person should have been able to walk or talk or do any such thing. And yet, on television, the person was definitely functional.

Some of Terri's supporters had suggested that they believed her to be concious, but severely motor-impaired. The autopsy revealed that the most-severely damaged parts of Terri's brain were in the motor-control area; the parts responsible for awareness were less-severely damaged.

One question some freepers have raised, BTW: why would the parts of Terri's brain supplied by the carotid artery show the most severe damage, while Terri's other organs showed no signs of having suffered hypoxia? Could that part of the brain have been deprived of blood flow even while Terri's heart was beating?

38 posted on 12/07/2005 7:03:28 PM PST by supercat (Sony delinda est.)
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To: Dane
Yeah by being a bigamist, he was carrying out her wishes.(eyes rolling) He could have sided with life, let Terri stay with her loving family, and walked away, but he was determined to see her die.

I don't think the guy was a bigamist was he?, he wasn't married to his mistress at the time, he just made a kid out-of-wedlock with her while being married to Teri. Really slimy and sleazy.

39 posted on 12/08/2005 12:56:36 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: robertpaulsen
"He attempted to carry out her wishes. How does that qualify as "using her as a football"?

I might have a possible answer. Teri was used as a football when she was drop kicked down those stairs on that fateful night, February 25, 1990.

40 posted on 12/08/2005 1:20:28 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: TheSarce; eartotheground; All
Ping to my post #669. Here is a chance to tell Mikey what you think.

Terri November Dailies

8mm

41 posted on 12/08/2005 4:42:26 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jesu ufam tobie..Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: eartotheground

He really should hook up with Cindy Sheehan.


42 posted on 12/08/2005 4:43:38 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: AZ_Cowboy

> During this year's Virginia governor's race, Schiavo volunteered his support for the victorious Democrat, Tim Kaine, after his Republican opponent, Jerry Kilgore, said he did "not agree to the forced starvation of any individual."<

Tim Kaine made a huge deal of his respect for all life. Just because Shiavo attempted to stick his nose in Virginia politics, doesn't mean he was welcomed.


43 posted on 12/08/2005 4:50:27 AM PST by Darnright (Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.)
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To: eartotheground
So much for moving on. His wife's death was supposed to bring him happiness. And there's the hypocrisy of Michael Schiavo wanting to keep politics out of it. Turns out he's just another liberal moonbat... The rage, anger and hate. Friends, feel the liberal good will and love of this monster flowing all over you. There's never been a happy murderer. Eh Michael, the past couple of months have finally gotten to you. The State Of Florida helped you to murder your own wife but it couldn't bring you absolution.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

44 posted on 12/08/2005 4:54:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: AZ_Cowboy
... someone else will point out that adultery is not a crime.

798.01 Living in open adultery.--Whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Where either of the parties living in an open state of adultery is married, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty of the offense provided for in this section.

Section 798.01, Florida Statutes 2005

Obviously, rarely prosecuted.
45 posted on 12/08/2005 5:06:28 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: eartotheground
He had to blow his court money for lawyers and his life style. He now wants the money back to live the life style he has grown accustom.
46 posted on 12/08/2005 5:10:07 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: Im4LifeandLiberty
"... while openly cohabitating with another woman and their two children."

Ah, I see. When the Schindlers actively encouraged Michael to "get on with his life" and date (and he even introduced the Schindlers to women he was dating), they never meant that he should actually sleep with them.

Gee, maybe he misunderstood.

47 posted on 12/08/2005 5:39:47 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Dane
"Who made michael schiavo God?"

Michael did not make the decision, so your question is moot.

"Uh michael schiavo having children to another woman while still being legally married to Terri Schindler Schiavo is a bigamist."

Uh, wrong. That's twice you made the same lie.

You'd think after the first time you were challenged, you'd look up the word in a dictionary. Maybe you did, but choose to perpetuate the lie. Typical of a Terri-bot.

48 posted on 12/08/2005 5:46:21 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
You'd think after the first time you were challenged, you'd look up the word in a dictionary. Maybe you did, but choose to perpetuate the lie. Typical of a Terri-bot

What lie? michael sciavo had children to another woman while still married to Terri Schindler Schiavo. No it may not fit your hair spiitting definition of bigamy, but in common sense definition terms it does.

49 posted on 12/08/2005 5:50:47 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: msnimje
"Used her as football" as in physically abused her."

Then you meant, "used her as a punching bag", not a football. American slang is awkward, isn't it?

He physically abused her? When? I don't suppose you have proof of that (silly of me to even ask, I know).

50 posted on 12/08/2005 5:56:42 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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