Sunday, October 5, 2008

Free Schapelle Corby OnLine Petition Reaches Critical Numbers

The petition down on the right sidebar has, as you can see, over 3000 signatures. The Australian federal government recently set up a commission to examine petitions from the community, and it appears the Free Schapelle Petition might soon be one of the ones up for consideration:

Schapelle Corby Picture of the Week, 5.10.2008

Wednesday this week will mark the fourth anniversary of Schapelle Corby's arrest in Bali, Indonesia. This photo was taken hours before that fatal event.

Much has changed since that photo was snapped by Rosleigh Rose. Schapelle now languishes in a Bali jail, Kerobokan. She is no longer free. Yet other things have not changed. While she suffers anxiety and depression, Schapelle is still the kind girl considerate of others and willing to crack a joke or let loose a bit of dry sarcasm when it suits the situation. Also, notably, she is still in the dark as to who is to blame for the drugs in her boogie board bag.

While a sad anniversary is passing this week, Schapelle's Supporters must remember to not get down ourselves. Emotional pain is easy to come by in this case--just try reading My Story to get an idea what I mean.

Supporters must, however, remain level-headed. When trying to understand this complex case four years in the making, one can get easily confused or distracted by certain elements. This is natural, but it must be put aside while trying to broaden understanding and knowledge by researching as objectively as possible. Conspiracies are easy to conjure and while they may serve to find a potential explanation or satisfy some gap of understanding, they are probably the unlikely version of events. Anger, also, must have its rightful place. A natural emotion, it can often lead to hasty actions that do neither Schapelle nor her supporters any good.

The path I prefer to take in this case is to research it as much as I can and also do what is necessary or possible to support Schapelle personally. In my case, this includes prayer and letters, as well as the occaisonal care package or crazy post card.

These are just a few of the avenues supporters may take. If you wish to write Schapelle, please do so. She genuinely appreciates supporters' notes:

Schapelle L. Corby
co/ LPM Kerobokan
Jl. Tangkuban Perahu Kerobokan
Denpasar, Bali, INDONESIA, 80117

Could It Have Been the Baggage Handlers after All?

A very interesting take on who the culprit might be in Schapelle's story. Full of detail and generally objective, though decidedly anti-Australian government:

Hello from the Blue

At least it must seem that way, no? Those who have had access to my previous blog might remember the New Year's promises I made to keep up regularly with this blog. Well, The Future forgot to inform my promises about this year's insanely busy schedule.

I never knew there could be this much work piled into one year. It's run, run, run always, it seems. Lately, I've been involved in various activities....particularly exciting given this year's US Presidential elections. As a registered Republican, I've been involved in many election-related activities: recruiting members, registering voters, and attending rallies. This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to travel to St. Louis and campaign at Washington University, the site of the Vice Presidential debate. Later, I went to Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University to attend a watchparty. The debate between Biden and Palin was telecast, and later, Sarah Palin came to speak. I'll post some pictures later.

In relation to Schapelle Corby's case, Tony Wilson published a book on Schapelle's case and the hype it has caused. Also, the Today Tonight staff got a late pass to Ethics School. Ha.

Well, here's to finishing the year stronger. To all readers, however many there are actually left, *cheers*

(with a Pepsi)