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From Inconoclast reporter blog, Will try to update throughout the day:

  9 a.m. Nasty weather, cold rain. Rumors persist that she will be arrested.

  11:45 a.m. Weather still nasty. Standing water everywhere, including triangular area they were kicked off of yesterday. No trespassing sign posted now. Area farmers driving by, telling Cindy she's made her point, why doesn't she leave?
   Cindy's phone overrun with calls. To contact her, please call Ann Wright of CodePink, 808-741-1141. She will take messages.
   Veterans for Peace of Louisiana sent 1,000 crosses, plan to put them up in the ditch along the road tomorrow, need volunteers.
   Austin Veterans for Peace calls for all veterans to come to Crawford to support Cindy. Update [2005-8-9 17:50:3 by teresahill]: 4:45 in Texas. No new updates. Don't know why they have 1,000 crosses coming, just that they do. Will leave phone # up since it's on the newspaper's blog. Obviously, they want the number out there. Update [2005-8-9 19:41:0 by teresahill]: Paypal donations now accepted. Crawford Peace House

Originally posted to on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 11:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Finally (4.00)
    an update.  It's sure been quiet around here today.  Nothing on teevee.  Official "blackout" must have been issued by the WH to the news agencies.  Who is in charge or our realities anyway?

    I know I'm in charge of mine.  Cindy's in charge of hers. Where do you stand?

    •  I (none)
      talked to her this morning. She seemed calm and focused. Wasn't much going on around 7 AM Tx time in Crawford. Sounds like there's going to be some folks showing up throughout the day though. Where the hell are the politicians? This is political gold man.

      Read UTI, your free thought forum

      by DarkSyde on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:28:18 PM PDT

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    •  A short, but power flick on Cindy, (none)
      filmed by one the two chicks from Austin who went to Crawford over the weekend to support Cindy can be found here

      Some of the footage is from a Faith and Freedom rally in New York City and other occasions.  The last segments are from Crawford, including a shot of a young man in uniform from Fort Hood who arrived on Monday morning with his mother to bring hot coffee.

      We can move beyond a news "black out".

      -One of the Two Chicks from Austin (not the one who made the movie, but the one who tears up everytime I view it.)

      •  suggestion re video (none)
        Send it to Al Gore's new channel as a 'pod' Info Here
      •  Tears here too (none)
        How could anyone who has a heart, not tear up at that? Most excellent video. Thanks for sharing it.

        A True US Patriot respects the personal religious choices of others...

        by SisTwo on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 03:49:39 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, lordy (none)
        I meant "short, but POWERFUL"

        Anyway, it is a two-minute video made from several speeches given by Cindy and some of the first days at Camp Casey in Crawford.

        The video can be seen at the link above or at the Drive Democracy site right here.

        I sent it to my mom in North Carolina, who wrote back that it made her tearful, and damn mad.  So mad, that she just might jump in her car and travel to Crawford.

        In the meantime, she has invited several neighborhood moms over tonight for a drink and video viewing.

        I hope she does not start driving tonight!

  •  Great job!!! (none)
    Keep it coming!!!
  •  Not sure (4.00)
    that posting the number is a good idea. Maybe have people email you for #?

    There are not friendly people reading these threads...

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 10:58:14 AM PDT

  •  Good idea to edit the post and just put your email (4.00)
    in.  Many of those on the "other side" love to read our posts to get "fired up."  Not a good idea to have some of them calling and tying up the phone line.

    "Moral Values Absent Economic Justice Is Poverty of the Soul." - anon.

    by PaulVA on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 11:02:23 AM PDT

  •  My own little pity party... (none)
    Well, the good news is I have a ton of work for the next 6 weeks, the bad news, that leaves me NO time to DRIVE to Texas as I had hoped on the 24th...(or sooner).

    I went to NorthWest Airlines because I have JUST enough miles (40k) to do a domestic ticket, but there are NO flights that I can get this weekend.

    I could go Friday-Sunday...but tickets are over $500 which won't work.  Will actually call NWA and see if they have any seat availability into any of the airports (and home again) later today...

    Can't imagine there aren't ALOT of folks here holding on to 100's of thousands of air miles...

    If someone  gets me some miles and there are flights I'll go.  I think I could get a dog sitter for two nites...

    Otherwise, I will cry in my beer and PMS for the rest of the month just for general purposes...


  •  You should have (4.00)
    1820 crosses.
  •  Yes 1838 crosses(if not more by then) n/t (none)

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King, Jr. _______ "We will not be silent." -Howard Dean

    by jigsaw68 on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:06:45 PM PDT

  •  Pictures? (4.00)
    Anyone down in Texas taking pictures? If so, can they be posted soon?
  •  Cindy is clearly having a powerful effect. (4.00)
    Area farmers driving by, telling Cindy she's made her point, why doesn't she leave?

    That's a really good sign. That means that making them feel uncomfortable - which means that she's getting through.

    Bush wanted a nice vacation from reality, and to drop off the radar for a good 5 weeks. One angry soldier's mother has blown that game plan out of the water. A real testament to the power of persistent, focused commitment.

    "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton

    by jbeach on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:14:24 PM PDT

    •  Sorry, Mr Area Farmer - you're WRONG! (4.00)
      Cindy (and the rest of us) haven't even BEGUN to get our point across.

      Why don't you just go bury your head back in the hole-in-the-ground comfort of Faux News and wait for someone to tell you everything's great and what to think for the day.

      We shall continue to make every attempt to hold this inept president and his equally overwhelmed administration for the decades worth of damage he has caused to our country and our reputation.  If you, Mr. Area Farmer, want to be on the wrong side of history - that's your right.  But don't even THINK of telling us what our 1st amendment rights are; we're well aware of them and exercising them as they were framed!

      (arrgh - I am so fed up with jackass right wing fans today.  They are rooting for them without any concept of what they stand for.)

      He who gives up liberty in exchange for security is deserving of neither

      by joby on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:55:14 PM PDT

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      •  can you imagine- (4.00)
        If we all made Texas a real uncomfortable place to be, instead of protesting in NY, or the big cities, have a wagon train, go to all the mid-size towns across America known to right-wing, and let them know how disatisfied we are with their way of doing government.  Ohio might be a good place too.
        •  Texas already is an uncomfortable place (none)
          to be.... at least for the 49% of us in my large county who voted against Bush.
        •  Texas is already pretty uncomfortable in August (none)
          But remember - California had 1 million more Bush voters than Texas did, and Bush's greatest win margins were in places like Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, etc.

          Why oh why could noble Massachusetts and Connecticut not have sent one of their really great folks to live here in Texas - all we got was Bush-whacked by this transplant - a reject that no one probably wants planting his petard and sullying our state like buzzard poop.

    Thom Hartmann was gonna fill in for Randi, turns out Randi is back and hosting her show live, but before she anounced shed be back, he booked CINDY for the hopefully she'll call in.
  •  Raw Story says more folks (none)
    coming to join Cindy. Read full press release at link:

    More members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) are traveling to Texas to join the protest outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is vacationing for the month of August, a release issued to RAW STORY revealed Tuesday morning. The release follows:

    Starting today, Gold Star families from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arkansas and other states whose loved ones have died as a result of the war in Iraq will be joining one of their members, Cindy Sheehan, at the protest.

    An unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates

    by crone on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:17:31 PM PDT

  •  Shouldn't there be 1800+ crosses? (none)
    I think the cross idea is a good one, but if they are to represent our the military killed in this war, shouldn't there be more?

    by worker on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:18:43 PM PDT

      •  Ok, I'm not dead, don't have kin dead of this war (none)
        ... and I'm not Christian. I'm the one of those turrible heathen goddess worshipers.

        But I'll tell you, if I were dead of this war, or if I had a man, son or daughter who was, you can be sure I'd want to know that he, she or I were represented by one of those Christian crosses.

        The irony would be almost just about right.

        Of course, things would make more moral sense if the ones who wanted the war also fought in the war, or let their kin fight in it.

        Then, of course, I'd do the right thing and go to work in a cross-factory making memento mori  to their courage and service.

        <snark; somewhat>

        -- Nance

        Nancy Virginia Varian, Editorial Director DemSpeak

        by Nancy Varian on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 06:28:23 PM PDT

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  •  I wonder if Cindy could think about a bracelet (none)
    like Lance Armstrong's. Maybe blue with gold letters or vice versa. Neat but cheap.

    slogan: ?  
    Camp out for Casey

    Why, Mr. President?


    Be a Carville, not a Colmes

    by seesdifferent on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:20:45 PM PDT

  •  Does anyone have (none)
    any idea how many people are already there?
  •  101,800 crosses (4.00)
    Or peace signs. What would that look like? Enough t surround the whole town of Crawford?

    Attack social security? No way!

    by eoglesby on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:29:07 PM PDT

    •  101,800 Crosses (none)
      The problem being that if they erected 101,800 crosses, they would no doubt be arrested for ... littering? Vandalism? ???
    •  How about.... (none)

      using about 1500 crosses, a handful of Stars of David, a bunch of tombstones (declined to state), and about 100,000 crescents?  That would probably be a bit more accurate.  I cringe at the reaction in the Middle East to seeing dead Iraqis commemorated by crosses.  Seems a bit like killing Muslims = converting them.  

      If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else. Yogi Berra

      by Twin Planets on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 03:00:21 PM PDT

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  •  Please remove the cell number from diary (none)
    It's just not a good idea to keep it out in the open with potentially hostile people having access to it.

    Have people e-mail you for the number instead.

    "The only way to ensure a free press is to own one."

    by Rico on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 12:43:00 PM PDT

  •  Anyone got a Digital Video recorder in Crawford? (4.00)
    If so, let's be our own network news and air some footage!  Maybe they could get it to crooks and liars or some other cool spot with enough power to get video on the web.

    There is obvioulsy a MSM "blackout" on this, so let's circumvent them.  All they are, after all, are distributors of information, not the creators of it.  Let's remind them....

  •  CNN does live shot (none)
    from Crawford--BUT no sign or word about Cindy, and her vigil!!!!  Shameful!!!!  Wolf is in Bush's pocket!!!
  •  Crawford Texas: The New Arlington (4.00)
    Before the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee lived in a beautiful plantation situated near the Potomac River in Arlington Virginia.

    As the Civil War started to reveal the full savagery of modern combat, Union soldiers occupying Gen. Lee's plantation began burying their dead on the road leading to the plantation house as a way of showing the good general the destruction he had wrought on the young men of America.

    Lee's plantation would eventually become Arlington National Cemetery.

    It seems only fitting for 1800+ crosses to now line the road to Crawford, TX, so that our Imperial President can be reminded of the destruction HE has wrought on the youth of America.

    "The chain reaction of evil-wars producing more wars- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." MLK

    by cato on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 01:11:41 PM PDT

    •  Bush Not Robert E. Lee (4.00)
      Robert E. Lee was on the wrong side, but he had many good qualities, including courage and honesty.

      Bush is no Robert E. Lee. More like Boss Hogg.

    •  Arlington (none)
      One of my favorite historical stories.  Still a powerful statement.

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 03:10:26 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed (none)
        Many aren't even aware of the history

        "The chain reaction of evil-wars producing more wars- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." MLK

        by cato on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 04:19:15 PM PDT

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        •  Amen. (none)
          Great story.

          I think there might be room somewhere near Bush's ranch to start a new cemetery for our fallen troops from the Iraq "war".

          Get Cindy to ask one of them thar farmers the next time they pass by to "speak" to her, to donate some land for a new national cemetery right near Bush's ranch.      <snark>

          •  hmmm...... (none)
            Of course we would need Bush's neighbors to have the necessary views on the war to pull something like this off, or maybe just the right financial motivation.

            I wonder if lefty blogs could pool some resources together and rent out a meter wide strip of land along the road leading to Bush's "ranch" in Crawford, and line it with 1,835 (and counting) white crosses.

            It's absurdly unfair and immoral that Bush can take a 5 week vacation while our fellow citizens are being killed and maimed in a far off land for ____ (insert reason here).

            "The chain reaction of evil-wars producing more wars- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." MLK

            by cato on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 06:31:01 PM PDT

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  •  I tried to contribute... (none)
    but I don't do Paypal. I went to Gold Star Families for Peace, but no physical address. Where do I send a check and who should I make it out to?
  •  Farmers driving by (4.00)
    Obviously, Cindy & friends are getting to these folks.  "Made their point, why don't they leave"
    I think the appropriate response to that is:

    There were no WMD's.  Why don't we leave Iraq?
    Iraq never was a threat to its neighbors or the USA.  Why don't we leave?  Saddam is no longer in power.  Why don't we leave Iraq?

    Cindy Sheehan is the truest, best, most honest patriot we've seen in this country in a long damn time.  More power to her.  She deserves the right to call Bush a liar to his face.  He's such a coward, he'll never let her do it.  The whole world is watching, so maybe some folks in this country will wake up and realize how badly they've been duped by this bunch of liars running the country.

    Peace, Cindy!  You go, girl!

  •  Flash mob in Portland today (4.00)
    Put the word out yesterday late and was on Thom Hartmann's local show. Had about 75 people show and we will continue everyday until this is over. VP of VFP Chapter 72 is flying down tomorrow to be with Cindy.
    If you are in PDX, vigil is at Terry Shrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison, noon to 1PM. Be there or be square. Pass the word.

    Sign the VFP online impeachment petition

    Flags don't kill people, governments do.
    Take back the flag, take back the government.

    by BOHICA on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 03:08:32 PM PDT

    •  Awesome, VFP! (none)
      Shine a light on the dangerous and hypocritical antics of that prancing costume-obsessed Chickenhawk in Chief. Bush loves swaggering for the camera and telling terrorists to bring it on and target our troops but like the coward he is he hides from true heroes like Cindy Sheehan and Max Cleland.
  •  OT kinda (4.00)
    Sheehan stories to rate up at yahoo

    yahoo huffington post

    yahoo US Newswire

  •  Others, Plan Local Actions For This WeekEnd ...... (none)
     and Beyond, Especially If Arrests Occur On Thursday!!

    Military Families to Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford
    US NewsWire

        Tuesday 09 August 2005

    Gold Star and military families from across country on their way to Texas.

    Crawford, Texas - More members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) are traveling to Texas to join the protest outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is vacationing for the month of August.


    Starting today, Gold Star families from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arkansas and other states whose loved ones have died as a result of the war in Iraq will be joining one of their members, Cindy Sheehan, at the protest.


    Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out who are traveling to Crawford will be available for interview beginning on Tuesday afternoon August 9th.

        For More Information:
        Military Families Speak Out:
        Gold Star Families for Peace:
    Bush says "Bring 'Em On"
    We Say: "Bring them home,NOW"

    Veterans For Peace.Inc
    Military Families Speak Out

    The Ground Truth - The Human Cost Of War
    Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance
    The 'Purplehearts Book'
    Traveling Soldier
    What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?
    Gold Star Families For Peace
    Peace - Out
    Information For Conscientious Objectors

     U.K. Veterans and Families for Peace

     U.K. Military Families Against the War

    Leave My Child Alone
    James Starowicz

    VFP 'Declaration Of Impeachment'

    Sign On and Pass Link To Others

    VFP Impeachment Petition

    USN '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In-Country'70-'71 COMNAVFORV

  •  Very happy (none)
    you guys got paypal; I wasn't in a position to do a wire transfer today.

    Now I've contributed and can be there in spirit.  I am also forwarding Cindy links to everyone who doesn't block my email address.

    She makes me proud to be an American - which is more than I can say for most everybody up in Washington.

    "Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by hopesprings on Tue Aug 09, 2005 at 07:32:08 PM PDT

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