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Day 9
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

The ninth day ended in the most awesome way. We were out at Camp Casey and it was sprinkling a little bit and it really looked like the rain was going to start pouring down anytime. We looked over into the next cow pasture and there was a full rainbow. If that wasn't a sign from the universe than I don't know what is.

I was being interviewed by Alex Jones and he asked me what I thought the rainbow signified. I told Alex that I was positive that it means we are going to be victorious. Rainbows are supposedley God's sign of hope. When Casey was killed on 04/04/04, I thought that all of my hope was killed, too. Being involved in the peaceful occupation of Crawford and meeting hundreds of people from all over the world who are willing to put their money where their mouths are has given me so much hope for the future. We won't let George Bush and his evil neocon cabal ruin our world anymore. John Lennon sang: "Power to the people." We are the people and we have the power.

We had a lovely interfaith prayer service this morning. It was truly beautiful and we were all weeping while we were singing "Amazing Grace." But, during the service, one of our neighbors fired off a shot gun. He said he was shooting at birds, but he is tired of us being there and he wants us to leave. I didn't get to talk to him, but I told the media that if he wanted us to leave so badly, why doesn't he tell his other neighbor, George, to talk to me. We are good neighbors and we are cooperating with everyone. By the way, in case I forgot to blog it last night, the Sheriff has requested that I stay down in Crawford during the night, because he is afraid for my safety aftger he leaves. He said he would "sleep better" himself at night if I came into town to sleep. Judging from the shooting guns, I guess he was right. I would just like to warn anyone who comes to Camp Casey, though, that we are deep in the heart of Bush country. However, we have had absolutely no problems so far.

Speaking of George, I understand that he was riding his bike yesterday out at the ranch. (I hope no London Bobbies got in his way). He took a 2 hour bike ride and when he got back, he was asked how he could go for a two hour bike ride when he doesn't have time to meet with me, and he said: "I have to go on with my life." (Austin Statesman,  August 14) WHAT!!!!!????? He has to get on with his life!!! I am so offended by that statement. Every person, war fan, or not, who has had a child killed in this mistake of an occupation should be highly offended by that remark. Who does he think he is? I wish I could EVER be able to get on with my life. Getting on with my life means a life without my dear, sweet boy. Getting on with my life means learning to live with a pain that is so intense that sometimes I feel like throwing up, or screaming until I pass out from sorrow. I wish a little bike ride could help me get on with my life. I can't believe that someone who is the figurehead of an administration that has killed tens of thousands of innocent people doesn't spend his days hiding under his bed in shame, let alone riding his bike.

I need to focus on the positive, though, and there is so much. I had so many amazing things happen today. I couldn't walk through Camp Casey or the Crawford Peace House today without hugging people and getting my picture taken. Now I know how Mickey Mouse feels at Disneyland. I had a soldier from Ft. Hood come out today and he brought me a small stone with a First Cavalry insignia painted on it and the pictures of three of his beautiful buddies who were murdered there by George's reckless policies. It was such an incredible moment for me when he said: "Keep on doing what you are doing. We are so proud of you. Casey would be so proud of you."

My dear friend and fellow peace warrior, Maxine Waters, came to visit us military families and Gold Star Families today at Camp Casey. She brought us some supplies and some encouragement. I asked her how I was supposed to handle the rightwing smear campaign against me and she told me "they can't touch you, be strong." After Maxine left, we came down to the Peace House and we had a luncheon for several Iraqi people who wanted to express their thanks to us for working for peace. It was quite incredible and hundreds of people crowded into the backyard of the Crawford Peace House. I am so humbled by all of the support.

I just wish George had as much courage in his entire body as Casey had in his little pinky, then he would meet with me. Crawford, Tx. is beautiful prairie land, but I could think of dozens of other places I would rather be right now. However, if George or anybody else thinks I am leaving before my mission is "accomplished" they have another think coming. I will stay the course. I will finish the mission. I will take no prisoners.

By the way, we had about 7 counter protesters today and hundreds at Camp Casey...don't let the mainstream media say differently.

 

Originally posted to CindySheehan on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 08:53 PM PDT.

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  •  Seriously (4.00)
    I was going to say "we are all here with you in spirit" but you probably heard that like 100000 times today.
    If all of us here that are with you in spirit actually were with you in Crawford, wed have an army.
    Keep it up--- whatever you are doing, its working.
    •  We do have an army (4.00)
      You see volunteers every day, recommending Cindy's diaries, and reporting for duty in Crawford.

      We have an army. And clearly, it's finally beginning to mobilize.

      Today, Crawford.
      Tomorrow (well, three weeks from now...) Washington D.C.

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      by Timroff on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:03:51 PM PDT

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      •  Bush is so OUT OF TOUCH... (4.00)
        ...can you believe he would say this!!!!!

        What an asshole.

        Just like his father.  Although in his father's defense, he was out of touch because he didn't know what a checkout holograph/scanner in a grocery store was.

        This is orders of magnitude worse.

        When will the media start writing how OUT OF TOUCH this President is?

        •  I'm proud (4.00)
          that this editorial was published in a newspaper in my home state today:

          BUSH'S BREAK FROM REALITY

          The Capital Times - An editorial - August 15, 2005

          George Bush is on vacation in Crawford, Texas, taking the same August-long break that he did in the summer before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. . . . It was during his previous vacation that Bush ignored an Aug. 6, 2001, briefing document titled: "Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S."

          Bush's inner circle, a collection of neoconservative ideologues with an agenda of their own rather than an interest in what is best for the United States, made no effort in 2001 to steer the president's attention toward pressing matters of national security. And they remain determined to keep the woefully disengaged chief executive focused on busywork around the ranch rather than on how this country should position itself in a complex and dangerous world.

          < snip >

          Mrs. Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey A. Sheehan, died on April 4, 2004 - almost a year after Bush dressed up in a flight suit to appear before a banner that declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq.

          < snip >

          On Aug. 3, Bush made two statements about the mounting death toll in Iraq:

          1. "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission."

          2. "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

          Sheehan correctly identified Bush's words as "asinine and hurtful." And she headed for Crawford to try to confront the president on the Aug. 6 anniversary of that neglected memorandum on bin Laden's intentions. She carried two messages of her own:

          1. "We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq immediately, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are?"

          2. "We would like for him to explain this 'noble cause' to us and ask him why (presidential daughters) Jenna and Barbara are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble."

          < snip >

          So far, the president has refused to listen to Cindy Sheehan, who says, "The sound I do want to hear is the sound of a nation waking up."

          < snip >

          George Bush has been listening for too long to Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condi Rice. He should take a real vacation from the neocon fantasy factory of his misguided aides and sit down with someone who can introduce him to the reality of what is going on in Iraq and the world. The president should meet with Cindy Sheehan. And he should listen to this woman who has sacrificed more than he or anyone in his inner circle ever has for America.

          FULL TEXT HERE

          •  Hooray for the Cap Times! (none)
            I would expect nothing different from one of the last independent progressive news organizations in this country. My husband was a reporter there 'way back when, when Elliot Maraniss was the editor. It was a great institution, and apparently remains true to its vision.
    •  to those (none)
      who would like to be there in both body and spirit, here is a compilation of information to help you on your way.
      •  Don't bother about the right-wingers. (none)
        Just be yourself.  You're honest, outspoken, and unpretentious.  This should be enough to deflect any possible attack by the right-wing Christians.  

        This attack will backfire on them, anyway - already people from both sides are denouncing it as a low blow and sleazier than the Swift Boat Veterans.

        "I've gotten to where I can say the Lord's Prayer in ten seconds." - Evel Knievel

        by Jensequitur on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 01:24:05 PM PDT

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  •  cindy stay strong (4.00)
    you are moving the hearts & minds of millions. believe it.

    i'm an agnostic, i'd be an atheist if it weren't for mozart

    by rasbobbo on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 08:58:27 PM PDT

    •  Hearts and minds (4.00)
      Though I fear this past year has made me a bit cynical, I do say Cindy has moved my heart and mind. Thanks Cindy. I think its time I got back on this horse called change and ride it into a better future.

      But I won't be frustrated by the fire in your eyes as you're staring at the sun

      by Izixs on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:51:55 PM PDT

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  •  If you ever see George (4.00)
    tell him that if he would just resign in disgrace we would be glad to let him get on with his life.  What's he going to do, sleep through board meetings of an oil company or buy two percent of a baseball team so he can go to the games and sit in the owners' box?

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard

    by illinifan17 on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:00:12 PM PDT

  •  Give em hell, Cindy! (4.00)

    Bring 'em home. Now.

    Drinking Liberally Princeton, NJ

    by jmelli on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:01:33 PM PDT

  •  Casey has an amazing mother (4.00)
    If he were here he would be proud of you. Since he is not we will be proud for him.
    God bless you
  •  we all had the same reaction (4.00)
    to the chimp's comments and actions today too Cindy.

    God Bless.  Stay Strong.  I am thinking of you every minute of the day.  I can not tell enough people about what you are doing Cindy.

    You are changing the world.  No doubt about it.

  •  You are a credit to moms everywhere (4.00)
    and an inspiration to those of us who feel so powerless. Thank you Cindy.

    A True US Patriot realizes if the rights of one are violated, the rights of all are at risk...

    by SisTwo on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:02:36 PM PDT

  •  A on P (4.00)
    which means, angels on your pillow, sleep well tonight.  As for the smears, try to stay focused on your original goals. Don't let other issues muddy what you started out to do and getting out your message.  You are wearing two hats, one being grieving mother and the other activist.  It is your position as a mother who has lost a son in war that people identify with and gives you their attention.  The activist role puts you in the target range of the smear machine.  Stay focused on who you are, that is your message.  

    Winning without Delay.

    by ljm on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:02:40 PM PDT

  •  Cindy, there are some more IVAW (4.00)
    guys on their way -- I'll be getting them from the airport tomorrow here in Austin.

    We will see you soon.

    Rep. Waters is Right -- they can't touch you -- not with a 100 foot pole!

    To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

    by deepintheheartoftx on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:02:48 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    I was horrified at those words by Bush--about going on with his life.

    That man is just crass.

    In church today, I was thinking I should pray that I could find a way to hate him less, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.

    Bush's attitude just reeks of "It's all about meeeeee!" Granted, that's the typical attitude of a two year old as well, but thankfully we have things in place to keep two-year olds from going nuke-u-lar on a grand scale.

    Also makes me think of a scene from Red Dwarf...

    http://www.reddwarf.nildram.co.uk/txt/waitingf.txt

    Everything is covered in dust and cobwebs.  There's an improvised altar (a filing cabinet with some cat figurines and candles on top), a big statue of Cloister (wearing a doughnut on his head), and a bed, on which an old, blind Cat priest wearing red robes and hat (complete with arrow) lies.  The other CAT (the one we know) is there too.

    CAT: Aaaooowww, yeah yeah yeah yeah, (to the figurines on the altar) Hey  fellas!  Yes sir, I'm back!  Feeling good!  (To the priest) Feed me.
    PRIEST: You're always leaving me!  Where do you go?
    CAT: Investigating!  See, I have these feet--
    PRIEST: I'm dying.
    CAT: I'm telling you about my feet!  My investigating feet.
    PRIEST: Don't you hear me?! I'm dying.
    CAT: Yeah.  But I'm telling you about my feet.
    PRIEST: Oh, why should you listen to me, a blind old priest that's lost his faith.
    CAT: I'm not listening to you.  I'm trying to tell you about my feet.
    PRIEST: What do you care?
    CAT: I don't care!  You're the one who's doing the dying, not me.  Why should I let it spoil my evening?

    I don't want to spend my energy being angry at Bush--I'd rather focus on hope. But...wow. He's something else.

    The quote from Cat above actually sounds like Bush's mother and her "beautiful mind" comment. Maybe I can feel a little sorry for him for not growing up in a family that taught him compassion.

    On a more positive note, Cindy, this diary was inspired by you:

    Here I am...send me
    http://bmgbiz.net/pblog/index.php?entry=entry050811-091252

    •  Love the red dwarf reference (4.00)
      And now you know why I call myself aitoaster ;)

      its sooo true...

      why should they let death and destruction enter their "beautiful minds"

    •  Bush is a blight upon our land (4.00)
      I agree that Bush's attitude is almost just about "me", but it's also about maintaining the Bush family fortune, about helping out the Saudi royal family and the bin Ladens, about helping his Middle Eastern and American friends profit from the creation of a war. They make the weapons, Bush creates the war to send the weapons off to for their use. It doesn't matter if the war is "winnable" (which it isn't) -- it only matters that the weapon manufacturing and oil companies can profit.

      To this end, the idea that we have the most selfish, arrogant President we've probably ever had in our history, is the most offensive thing of all to me. This is a President who has no interest whatsoever in the people of this country. He and this administration are a vampiric sickness, a sort of blight upon our land, and now the lands of others.

      It's so difficult for me to understand how millions of people are so easily manipulated by fear and so easily led to believe everything Bush and his cabal say, especially when it has been so overwhelmingly detrimental to our country and the quality of our lives.

      We're in year five of this Bush epidemic, and I'm optimistic that the end is in sight. I'm optimistic that Cindy's actions will sway enough people to do whatever is necessary to take back our country.

  •  I can only say the following: (4.00)
    I wish Casey and all of the other killed and wounded could go on with their lives as if nothing happened.  For that matter, all of the people who return from Iraq with no serious physical scars should also be able to go on with their lives as if they had not witnessed the pain and suffering they have for no good reason.

    You Ms. Sheehan are going on with your life and that is heart-breakingly honorable because of how you have chosen to go forward by honoring the sacrafices and trying to prevent further death and destruction.  

    Mr. Bush on the other hand is getting bad advice from those voices in his head about what gets you into heaven.

    Keep your strength and thank you for your courage and your awesome life-spirit.  

    •  What a great choice of words! (none)
      "Mr. Bush on the other hand is getting bad advice from those voices in his head about what gets you into heaven."

      Yep. The voices in his head... certainly not the Creator's.

      "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

      by Donna in Rome on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 08:59:59 AM PDT

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  •  Chicago is with you Cindy! (4.00)
    Keep at it - you're really having a very positive effect!

    Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

    by Viceroy on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:05:30 PM PDT

  •  Cindy, you speak for me (4.00)
    and my Gold Star Family.

    Keep the faith and keep up the great work you are doing.  This "president" should be so ashamed of himself, yet he never will be so we just have to do it for him!

    'spresso
    A Gold Star Sister

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

    by espresso on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:05:41 PM PDT

  •  asdf (4.00)
    Apparently, Bush is training for a publicity stunt later this week.  Lance Armstrong is supposed to come to Crawford for a bike around around the Bush Estate.

    Should we all RESPECTFULLY contact Lance and ask him to postpone his interruption until Bush has made time for Cindy?

    Or should we ask him to met with Cindy instead.

    Bush's comments on hot to exercise: "What it takes is organization and discipline and setting priorities," Bush said.

    Guess that doesn't apply to war....

    •  Well now that's a fun idea (4.00)
      I have a lot of respect for Lance Armstrong (if, of course, he's never shown to have used any forbidden substances; I'm not sure if we've ever gotten definitive word on that, but I'm open to correction).  He's a great athlete, and he certainly symbolizes the idea of "getting on with life" after his cancer recovery.  

      If it's true that he's headed to the "ranch" to meet the President, perhaps we should respectfully ask him to come down to meet with Cindy as well.  It's not inherently wrong for an athlete to meet with the president after beating a world-class field, and to ask him to stay away entirely would mix sports and national policy in a way that's ... bad.  But he could certainly be invited to stop by.

      Maybe stage a bike race 1800-odd yards long, one yard for each dead American.  Call it the "Getting On With Life Road Race".  So sad that it would only get longer and longer.  Sad that we'd have to resort to a stunt to remember the dead men and women who should be honored and not hidden away.

      I haven't said this yet, but thanks to everyone in Texas who is keeping this vigil going, especially to Cindy.

      •  writing to Lance (4.00)
        I think this is a wonderful idea, and I have just posted a note to Lance on his website's guestbook:
        http://www.lancearmstrong.com/lance/guests.nsf/newviewguests

        The guestbook is moderated, so I doubt our requests will actually be displayed. But if enough of us write in and ask kindly, perhaps Lance will listen. I'm a huge fan of his, and would love it if he could use his influence to help Cindy.

        Here is my guestbook entry:


        Dear Lance,

        I am a huge fan of yours, and have nothing but respect for all that you have done both for the sport of cycling and for cancer survivors around the world. I have followed your career closely in the past few years, and was personally inspired by your come-back from cancer to begin training for the California AIDS Ride (now AIDS Life/Cycle). I rode four in row, and have been cycling ever since.

        I have a special request. I read that you have plans to visit President Bush in Crawford, TX, this week for a bike ride. As you may know, Cindy Sheehan, a grieving mother whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, is camped outside of President Bush's ranch waiting for a meeting with him. He has so far refused to meet with her. I would like to ask you to meet with Cindy when you visit Crawford this week, listen to her concerns, and then please use your considerable influence to ask President Bush to meet with Cindy as well. Her son made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could please ask President Bush to sacrifice some time for Cindy Sheehan.

        Thank you so much, and congratulations on a fantastic Tour this year.

        Rebecca Young

        Show Bush and Congress that you stand with Cindy: www.standwithcindy.com

        by peacecats on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:38:10 PM PDT

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      •  all (4.00)
        great ideas.

        The point I am going to make is that the REASON Bush doesn't have time to meet with Cindy is because he is training to better keep up with Lance.  And that's why this is political; whether or not that's what Lance wanted...

      •  Ummm (4.00)
        He has been drug tested more than any other cycler in recent years, and HAS NEVER POPPED ON A DRUG TEST!!!

        Wow, I am amazed at how many people on this board despise Lance. To me he embodies everything a Democrat would want to. Hard work , discipline, middle class, willing to give back to the community, humble ( YES HUMBLE) and intelligent. What the hell do you all have against Lance anyway!

        "Babble, Babble, Bitch, Bitch, Rebel, Rebel,Party, Party, sex, sex, sex and don't forget the violence...." Marilyn Manson " www.cafepress.com/katsideas

        by Chaoslillith on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 11:58:43 PM PDT

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        •  Hang on there... (4.00)
          Did I say anything negative about Lance?  I'm covering my ass because I know that the minute I say "Lance Armstrong is everything a Democrat should be!", Matt Drudge is going to pop up a 48-point headline that says Armstrong tested positive for some illicit substance (with a siren).  I happen to agree that, based on what I know, Lance Armstrong is one of the greats.  

          My information isn't complete, however, and I don't think that providing a caveat that my praise depends on his being clean says anything bad about his character.

          •  Your caveat bothered me (none)
            because if LAnce had ever tested positive it would have been trumpeted all over the press.

             I do not get this, a man spends his life to become one of the best in his profession, he does a lot of good in the world with regards to cancer, does not pull stupid publicity stunts ( I do not think he ever cheated on his wife, from what I understand I think she got tired of the life and traveling.) He has nothing but wonderful things to say about his wife in both of his books that I have read. Yet if he makes one "political" move he is jumped on like he is a neocon sycophant. He is independent and strong willed and no tool of anyone.

            Sheesh!!!

            "Babble, Babble, Bitch, Bitch, Rebel, Rebel,Party, Party, sex, sex, sex and don't forget the violence...." Marilyn Manson " www.cafepress.com/katsideas

            by Chaoslillith on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 12:08:54 AM PDT

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            •  I didn't intend to jump on Lance (none)
              but I do reserve judgment with most athletes and entertainers.  I'd like very much for Lance to be a symbol we could rally around, if he declares unequivocally as a Democrat (a CNN article said he said he was "joking" about running for office, btw), but I also wanted Raphael Palmiero to be the symbol of clean athletic excellence that he said he was.  "Fool me twice, shame on me" and all that.  It's not that I think Lance is a juicer, but that I am going to look at him critically.
      •  The Finish Line (4.00)
        Should Lance Armstrong take George W. Bush out for a bike ride, the Finish Line should be Camp Casey.
      •  Bike race a good metaphor (none)
        You could chalk that 1800+ yard race course on the road to the Crawford Ranch.  Call it the Getting on with Your Life Race, but tell Bush that no one wants to ride this race, it keeps getting longer and harder all the time, and that this race needs a finish line asap.  
    •  heard on AAR... (4.00)
      ...earlier this evening that Lance was against the war in Iraq. But as evidenced by his meeting w/ Sen. Kerry at the Tour and his planned bike ride in Crawford, is trying to stay neutral in his perceived political standing.

      It begs one to wonder why you would make appearances like these, but nonetheless, I'm not sure any coaxing one way of the other would be fruitful.

      •  Lack of Iraq War support Not equal neutral. (none)
        Toby Keith also has doubts about the Iraq War (Yes, I'm talking about Toby Keith, the one who was complicit in destroying the Dixie Chicks because of their comments about the Iraq War).  However, Keith is a die-hard Bush supporter anyway.  

        Also, here's the first line about Kerry's visit with Armstrong (emphasis mine):

        "SAINT-ETIENNE, France --Sen. John Kerry thinks Lance Armstrong would make a terrific politician -- but fears he'd be running for the other party. "

        Link

        If Kerry had doubts about Armstrong, I have doubts about him.

        I personally don't think  you should expect any kind of cooperation from Mr. Armstrong. Armstrong will be there to play with his long-time Bush.  There is where his loyalty lies -- in more ways than he will let on.  However, it will be interesting to see how he handles the day's ride. I hope he surprises me.  

        •  Lance is a Democrat... (none)
          Or, most likely, would be.

          From the Wikipedia entry on Lance Armstrong:

          "In an interview with the New York Times, teammate George Hincapie hinted at Armstrong possibly running for Governor of Texas after retiring from cycling. In the July 2005 issue of Outside magazine [6], Armstrong himself hinted at possibly running for Governor, although 'not in '06.' By Texas political standards, he would almost certainly run as a Democrat, as he has described himself in the past as being 'middle to left,' 'against mixing up State and Church,' 'not keen on guns,' opposed to the Iraq War, and pro-choice. U.S. Senator John Kerry, interviewed on OLN at the 2005 Tour de France, indicated Armstrong has the potential to be successful in politics."

          I have a lot of respect for Mr. Armstrong, and I certainly think he should persue a political future

          In addition, I think that if he goes to Crawford, he should go spend some time at Camp Casey.

        •  I don't think Kerry's comment (none)
          indicates anything about Armsstrong's political stance. I guess that comment was more tuonge-in-cheek.

          Restore Democracy! Denounce the GOP (George Orwell's Party)!

          by high5 on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 05:34:45 AM PDT

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        •  Lance is an atheist... (none)
          So I doubt he could run as a 'Pub (especially in Texas), even if he wanted to. Comments like "If there was a god, I'd still have two nuts," don't tend to play well with the righties.
    •  Lance is getting into a HUGE pickle (4.00)
      I'm sure this meeting was planned months ago, but I understand Lance might have political asperations.  Should we take wagers to see what Lance will do?  
      Cindy, if there's a bike handy, you might want to grease the chain and loosen up.

      There'll never be a perfect world till God declares it that way, but that don't mean there's nothing we can do or say... Bruce Cockburn

      by elbamash on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:33:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  OT just a bit...but also re: rumours... (none)
      ...is U2 doing a free show for Ms. Sheehan?

      Anyone hear about that, too?

      Bring them home. Now. [poll]

      by ilona on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:05:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  sorry about the typos (none)
    (I'm so aggravated, I forgot to proofread...)
  •  We are tremendously inspired (4.00)
    and so very blessed to have you leading the way to Peace.  God Bless you and everyone who is with you in person and in spirit.  

    You will bring this neocon administration down and completely discredit the right wing noise machine, too.

    You are the personification of true courage and pure love.

    With eternal gratitude,

    Susan

  •  We are telling your story. (4.00)
    I am telling as many people as I can about you and your sacrifice.  Because of you, and a few other things I have been hearing, I have also been saying that there seems like there is a good chance we will be out of there soon.

    On another note,  talk to the Peace House peopke, Cindy, about the San Antonio criminal defense attorney that has called offering his services for free.  That would be me.  The House has my info and it is in several other "Cindy" threads.  

    Keep it up.

  •  Yes, we saw George needing to get on with his life (4.00)
    and we've been talking about it here all day. Astonished. Outraged. Wishing he would go anywhere and get on with his life, leaving his awful mess behind. I have to believe anyone could do a better job than him of cleaning it up.
    You had more than 1,700 stories on Google News earlier today, BTW. Or maybe I'm thinking of yesterday. You and the opposition to the war and George's crass behavior are everywhere. No way Americans are going to be able to ignore this.
    And I'm sure you will find the strength to let every  rotten thing they dare say about you roll right off your back.
    There comes a time when someone has to stand up for what's right, and the time is now. You are that person. When that happens, angels come along to watch your back.
    Know that the angels and Casey and all of his fallen friends are watching your back now, along with so many of us here.
    Let them shield you. Let them give you strength. Stay focused on your mission and believe that the way will open before you and you'll know where to go and what to say.
    If you go to Washington, following George, I'll meet you in South Carolina and follow you there.
  •  Thank You Cindy (4.00)
    For your courage and love.
    I wish I could be there with you, but my little ones here at home need me here.

    Speaking of little ones, I had the news on, I think it was late Friday night, and my almost 7 year old daughter came downstairs, unable to sleep. She crawled up on the couch, just in time to see you speaking (I can't remember which cable news channel it was on) Suddenly she sat straight up and said "mama, did that lady's baby die?"
    Its very hard to explain our world to a 7 year old I tell you....but after we talked a bit, she put her head down and frowned and said "thats just so sad. I wish I could hug her"
    So consider this a virtual hug from an almost 7 year old little girl in upstate NY

    The only Bush I trust is my own - I want my freaking democracy back!

    by mytribe on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:13:16 PM PDT

  •  Keep the faith (4.00)
    Your courage and conviction are an inspiration for all Americans.  And know that millions of people, all across our country (and I imagine the world even), stand with you and keep you in our hearts and minds.

    Peace to you and all those who keep vigil at Camp Casey.  

    "I may not be changing the world, but I'm changing people.  And that's what's necessary."
                        - Joseph Campbell

    You have touched and changed lives.  Hope and courage go with you all.  

    The Divine lives within you. - Joseph Campbell

    by jaywillie on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:14:05 PM PDT

  •  Cindy, where is your Tip Jar? (4.00)
    No matter. I think we can shower you with our love in another way. Ha!

    Cindy's just posted a comment here. Should be up near the top in the Comments section. Give Cindy a big, wet '4' everyone!

    Thanks for an incredible week, Ms. Sheehan!

    Bring them home. Now. [poll]

    by ilona on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:14:47 PM PDT

  •  Cindy and other Gold star families (4.00)
    I can only say I understand the knot in your stomick when you here Bush "has to get on in his life" and the pain and rage you must feel that this evil man had said 30 years ago, "I see no reason to shoot off my ear to avoid going to war"
    and yet he callously TRICKED the American people into this dasterdly war against Iraq.

    As a person who has had a system we're suppose to trust turn around and betray me, I can only tell you to hang tough and keep doing what you're doing.

    The majority of American's support you and when they smear you, I suggest that you look into the camera and say, "I'm a mom who has been utterly destroyed by this President's callous disregard for human lives and his actions, his party's actions, and this media has made it easier for this man to continue to murder another mom's son or daughter.  I'm just a mom whose life was ripped to shreds.  I'm not a politician. Go demand accountablity from the man who chose to start the war on his intentionally fabricated facts and go demand accountablity from the media who repeated them as if we were playing a game of soccer instead of life and death war."

  •  You are a hero (4.00)
    Keep strong against those rightwing smearers..
  •  Be strong, Cindy (4.00)
    You are carrying the moral weight of your nation on those strong shoulders.  We are with you, whether in Crawford or in the hundred thousand towns and cities of America.  The liars and criminals cannot touch you:  your heart is pure, your cause just, your pain too close to that which dwells in all our hearts.

    I mention your name ten times a day.  More and more people express admiration.  For those who don't know about you, I tell them your story.  Even clear Bush fans shake their heads; the man's behavior--like his policies and his reign--is inexcusable.

    Know, Cindy that for each of the hundreds of people who have come to Crawford, there are thousands who are behind you.  Your ditch of dreams brims with the good wishes, admiration and solidarity of Americans in our millions.

    Lies are the new truth.

    by Dallasdoc on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:21:05 PM PDT

  •  Cindy, god bless you. (4.00)
    And Maxine Waters too.

    And that's from a militant athiest.

    --
    The neocons will not give us our country back. If we want it back, we'll have to take it.
    --Lila Garrett

    by peacemonger on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:22:19 PM PDT

  •  A rainbow? (4.00)
    I just read your post here fully, and am marveling that you saw a rainbow tonight, Cindy.

    I kept that line in the 'Everyone Knows its Cindy' song, not even knowing that you'd seen one today. That just gave me goose-bumps.

    Wow. We really are all connected to each other in more ways than we ever can fully know.

    Sending a hug...

    Bring them home. Now. [poll]

    by ilona on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:26:04 PM PDT

  •  Esperanza! (4.00)
    You give us all hope, Cindy.  And great pride.  You are an inspiration.

    The concept of war is outdated. Dalai Lama

    by x on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:26:46 PM PDT

  •  The last time I checked, it was illegal to shoot (none)
    most birds, except game bids in season.  It's a good thing he missed!  Seriously, is the Secret Service going to give this guy a pass?  They know he is armed, they know he is reckless with his gun and the President rides past this guy's house on occasion.
  •  thank you (4.00)
    Cindy, why is it that I end up crying every time I read your posts?  You express the grief you feel, the grief 1852 American families feel, and countless Iraqi families feel so well.

    Throughout this war I kept wondering why the families of our fallen soldiers faded into anonymity always.  I saw the screaming Iraqi woman in Michael Moore's last film.  I walked out of the film silently.  The year before I visited a concentration camp and walked out of there silently too.  I am not making the connection that Bush is Hitler, but I am saying that war is ugly.  The media wants to profit from it, Halliburton wants to profit from it, and Americans want to get a charge of testosterone from it, but it is ugly.  Thank you for bringing that to light for all of us.

  •  Not a good sign (4.00)
    When the man who -- theoretically at least -- has the most important and demanding indoor job in the world maintains a deep tan, you know the focus of his day is not his job.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:35:26 PM PDT

  •  GBY! (4.00)
    God bless you, Cindy!  May the Force be with you!
  •  The tide is rising ... (4.00)


    "If everyone demanded peace instead of another TV, then there'd be peace"
          -John Lennon


    "An elective despotism is not the government we fought for"
          -Thomas Jefferson, 1784


    "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth"
          -Franklin Roosevelt


    "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves"
          -Abraham Lincoln


  •  "The Whole World's Watching" (4.00)
    --went a 60's chant. Believe me, this time the whole world is watching.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:41:42 PM PDT

  •  Dubya's Getting On With His Life (4.00)
    Now Bush has said some awfully stupid and heartless things, but this is certainly up there, and very revealing.  Because it implies (1) That he has been hurt/injured/wronged or had something happen to him; (2) That a brief meeting with Cindy Sheehan would somehow harm him, or keep him from recovering (again, from what?); and (3) That the most important thing for the President of the United States is to "get on" with his private life (during his five-week long vacation on his fake ranch, interrupted briefly for BBQ with fat cat donors).  It is, in many ways, a complete non sequitur; it shows him as callous and insulated (not that most of us here had any doubt of that, but it certainly broadcasts it loudly and clearly), in a manner comparable (if only distantly so) to his father's not knowing what a supermarket scanner was.  Most centrally, this reveals plainly and unmistakably his utter and almost pathological narcissism, something which his handlers have desperately sought to keep under wraps since they first thought to package him for public consumption.

    -- Stu

  •  Cindy, (4.00)
    I can't even imagine what all this must be like for you, but I very much hope that you will write a book and tell the world.

    It's important.

    I've said this elsewhere, but historians in the future will need primary sources to help tell your story and the story of the current anti-war movement.  Your book will serve that purpose.

    You have my very best.  You are an inspiration for all of us.

    "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." -- George W. Bush, June 18, 2002

    by Karmafish on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:47:27 PM PDT

  •  Cindy, You give me and my wife strength (4.00)
    You are doing what no Democratic Senator or Congressman or media pundit has been able to do.

    You are a genuine and sharp thorn in Bush's side.

    You may have even awakened what is left of this sociopath's conscience. You could see it in his eyes when he faced the press.

    How ironic, the most powerful man in the world doesn't have the personal strength to stand up a mom. Let's face it, he cannot stand up to anyone without his minders and script writers and counselors. He relies on his surrogates-O Reilly, Coulter, etcetera.  I guarantee you, this inarticulate coward's words about "going on with his life" were written by someone else- probably -Karl Rove as a middle finger to you.

    I guarantee you that when Bush went bike riding, he was thinking about you. Worried about you. I will bet you that you occupy his sleep and will occupy him for the rest of his "term".

    Cindy, if it's any help, the only people who oppose you think Bush is a good man who was misled by intelligence reports.

    Then again, they also believe that the world is 10,000 years old.

    In many ways, you have already won a great victory, You have proven that this entire administration can support a massive invasion of a country, but cannot find the strength to admit a single mistake, or simply say "I am truly sorry".

    You have reminded us that love and truth and compassion are not weaknesses, they are far more powerful than any Army.

    (By the way my wife wants to know what you will do with W's balls when you get back.)

    •  heh (none)
      "How ironic, the most powerful man in the world doesn't have the personal strength to stand up a mom."

      in german, the word for "courage" is "mut."  the word for "mother" is "mutter."  go figure.

      You may have even awakened what is left of this sociopath's conscience. You could see it in his eyes when he faced the press.

      say what?!?  "bush's conscience" is an oxymoron.  there's nothing there.  but you got the "sociopath" part right!

  •  keep it going (4.00)
    I wish I could be there with you. I can't make it out to Crawford, but I'll stop by when you make it to D.C.
    Somehow I get the feeling that the trip to D.C. is going to be BIG and traffic will be gridlocked. And what do you want to bet me W will be whisked away to Camp David in his helicopter so he won't have to face We The People without his Diebold machines?
    Get on with his life, indeed. I wish he'd just flippin' resign and leave us the hell alone already. He's done enough damage for one millenia already.

    "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by rioduran on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:54:39 PM PDT

  •  You are changing the world.. (4.00)
    and you will always have us to hold you up when you are feeling down. I do wish Gold Star Member Mrs. Kesterson would come to Crawford to visit. We would love for you to have more parents, brothers and sisters by your side. You are proof that one person can make a difference. Casey is lookin down and so proud and tellin' his Buddies up there that are with him ..."Hey look...see that Woman near that Peace House over near Bush's place in the lone star state..see all those folks wantin' to hug her, see all those cars waiting in line to see her, she is standing UP for US and PEACE..she is starting a movement so no more people have to die...guess what?...that's my Mom leading the fight...that's my MOM.. Cindy Sheehan"          

                  Casey is your shining star.

    *"I went to protest Dobson, and all I got was this damn feeding tube*

    by Chamonix on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 09:59:31 PM PDT

  •  Getting Along With Life (4.00)
    is all about being alive to make the choice to get along with it.

    Bush is alive to get along with it and Casey is not.

    Bush is alive and Casey is not, but is he really getting along with his life as he chooses to spend his life hiding from his responsibilities?

    On his bike, playing like a child -

    While men and women sacrifice their lives in loyalty to this country and at his command.

    Cindy Sheehan is getting along with her life by fighting for peace and seeking accountability from her dead son's Commander-in-Chief.

    Cindy Sheehan is fulfilling her responsibility as a mother.

    George Bush is not fulfilling his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

    He's too busy riding his bike.

  •  sheriff (4.00)

    the sheriff is truly a great man.props to him.

    i mean come on,especially when being surrounded by an idiot who tried to shoot a bird to puke his ire on you.

    keep yourself put in Crawford,(regardless of how many birds being shot and how loud the right-wing smearing machines are blaring at you )

    we are all here. we need you to represent our voices.

  •  What makes this different (4.00)
    from the all other anti-war efforts is the simple, deeply spiritual way in which you, Cindy, address the situation. Maxine Waters is right, the right-wing smear machine can't touch you, not with words at least. In the first place, unlike Sen. Kerry, who didn't fight back with the verifiable truth when he was likewise smeared, you have stood up -- straight, strong, clear and unimpeachable. How sad that you do have to be concerned about your physical safety, least we forget that Ghandi was assassinated in a time and place where guns were not considered a god-given right. Your mission has been rightly compared with Ghandi's salt march and the march on Selma. It has that power of deep love and committment to justice. I believe that you were guided to this moment and that you will find the strength to stay the course.
  •  Thank you Cindy (4.00)
    You are a powerful force.
  •  Cindy, in your next interview... (none)
    ... please bring some of he other families who have lost loved ones and Iraq war vets in with you.

    In the long run I think it would be best.  It would take the focus off of you and place it on all who have sacrificed.

    IMO if the focus stays on you then the political knives will use you as an easy target, but if you had a few other folks sharing the burden, your loss, their loss, then maybe...

    You would be safe from the media/GOP.

    You know they are all waiting for your "Dean Scream."

    A failed President= August 6 PDB, Bin Laden? DSM, WMD's? Abu Ghraib, Rove/Plame

    by Gator on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:07:02 PM PDT

  •  First, a bike ride today, (4.00)
    then, a Little League game tonight

    for POTUS.

    He's a busy boy - Way too busy to talk to Cindy.

    ON CNN.com:

    President Bush relived some of his childhood Saturday night when he attended a Little League playoff game near his Texas ranch.
  •  Callow, callous George et al (4.00)
    It fascinates me how Bush cannot bring himself to personalize anything. He never speaks of anything as close as "son, daughter, father, mother" when speaking of those who have died in Iraq (and, least we forget, Afghanistan). He always speaks of "loved one" the way a funeral director might. Nominally sympathetic but really just quite clinical. He can't help it, truly, as he is wired that way. Nature, nurture, who knows. Whatever human bits he may have started with have long since faded away. And, to make things worse, he hangs out with like-minded people who find nothing offensive in his behavior.

    I heard the following exchange on September 14, 2001 and was horrified by the unwitting callousness on display. Remember, this is three days after the horrors of 9/11 and the loss of 3,000 lives [my transcript from the audio file at NPR]:

    Bob Edwards: Have you and the president had a talk about what's ahead for the country? He speaks of the first war of the 21st century.

    Laura Bush: Well, no, not really. I mean we've been very, um, um, busy. He's certainly, I'm sure, has been talking about that a lot in his meetings. But he and I together, when we've been together, have been visiting hospitals, or getting ready to go in a few minutes to a prayer service. Our time has been filled with action, things that we're doing together. And, uh, we haven't, you know, when we're together by ourselves, I think it's a chance for us to try to relax, and so we haven't been discussing those things.

    The nation is reeling in unbelieveable grief and fear and there they are, getting on with their lives.

    •  sociopath (4.00)
      Yeah, read all about it here: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/8/14/173820/100
    •  This article pretty much.... (4.00)

      spells it out,

      Bush, Anything but Moronic

      "Bush is not an imbecile. He's not a puppet. I think that Bush is a sociopathic personality. I think he's incapable of empathy. He has an inordinate sense of his own entitlement, and he's a very skilled manipulator. And in all the snickering about his alleged idiocy, this is what a lot of people miss."

      Miller's judgment, that the president might suffer from a bona fide personality disorder, almost makes one long for the less menacing notion currently making the rounds: that the White House's current occupant is, in fact, simply an idiot.

      If only.

      Miller's rendering of the president is bleaker than that. In studying Bush's various adventures in oration, he started to see a pattern emerging.

      "He has no trouble speaking off the cuff when he's speaking punitively, when he's talking about violence, when he's talking about revenge.

      "When he struts and thumps his chest, his syntax and grammar are fine," Miller said. "It's only when he leaps into the wild blue yonder of compassion, or idealism, or altruism, that he makes these hilarious mistakes."

  •  Cindy's activism gets people talking! (4.00)
    And that's great. At work, these old guys brought up Cindy's protest and said disparaging things about her effort. Usually, my work is very hush hush about political and religious stuff. But I couldn't let this pass.

    I said "I know why she's protesting. It's because everything we were told about Iraq was a lie."

    There was some heated debate, fairly unproductive, but it was more talk about Iraq than I've heard at my work in many many months. I don't know what will happen next. But it got us talking, and that's a start. One at a time is how we win this. With or without the help of the "leadership".

    Keep it up Cindy!! Bush is such a stubborn dumbass, I'm sure you'll have to migrate to DC.

    "Blogging doesn't make it so" - Rep. Hayworth (R) AZ 1/6/2005. Oh yeah?

    by bejammin075 on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:25:36 PM PDT

  •  Cindy...It Wasn't JUST One Rainbow... (4.00)
    ...there were two.  I couldn't see it from the Camp (and, yes, I did get a shot of it), but when I was driving from Crawford to MacGregor, there it was.  I've never seen one that beautiful before.  Lots of bands in both of them.

    What is the significance of a double rainbow?

  •  Typos... (none)
    "because he is afraid for my safety aftger he leaves"

    "have another think coming"

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

    by Lestatdelc on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:38:05 PM PDT

    •  Play on words? (none)
      I'm not so sure the second thing you quote is a typo; it might've been a play on words:


      However, if George or anybody else thinks I am leaving before my mission is "accomplished" they have another think coming.

      Look out honey, 'cause I'm using technology! Ain't got time to make no apology

      by patop on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 02:18:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  howard dean on face the nation (4.00)
    uNf!  he was ON for this segment!

    "should bush meet with her?"

    dean:  "sure he should.  he asked her to give up her son.  she did give up her son...we're trying to understand for what."  

    later:  "what are these people doing that are running the armed forces?"

    •  RESPECT! ..i get no respect! (4.00)
      NeW Recruitment poster! ... (from Uncle)
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      No one deserves greater respect, than they who have sacrificed loved-ones for Loyalty.

      ...those who snub that respect, deserve none themselves.

      Cindy... you are the lamp of justice, freedom and HOPE ...in a nation (and world) that's been abducted.  No words could thank you enough.. for who you ARE ...and the hope you bring.
      ~PEACE be on you~
      ~

      Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation. ---Jane Addams

      by Orj ozeppi on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 12:41:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If only... (4.00)
    If only every member of Congress had the courage you have, Cindy, perhaps we would never have gone to war in Iraq in the first place.

    I was outraged to hear President Bush's comment that he needs to "get on with his life." Coming on the same day as his "tough talk" on Iran, one has to wonder - and worry - about what he'll be getting on with.

    Stay strong, Cindy, we're all here with you and supporting you in every way we can!

    Show Bush and Congress that you stand with Cindy: www.standwithcindy.com

    by peacecats on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:41:35 PM PDT

  •  I live in Phoenix (4.00)
    Minutes ago I turned on the tube to watch Sunday night sports, but I happpened to have the selector set to the local news for the CBS affiliate. I just happened to catch a snippet of a news digest segment in which I heard "...lies of the administration going into Iraq," or something close to it. I turned around, and Cindy, there your were, greeting others at Camp Casey who made the journey to stand side by side with you!
    Keep on keeping on! Bless you for your valiant efforts.

    Eric
    Tempe, Ariz.

  •  Thank You (none)
    Thank you for being there for us.  Really, it is really significant that you have the strength to sustain us now.  I don't know how you do it, but thank you.

    "I would expect Osama to celebrate 911 with a concert, not us." -- DJ Adequate

    by bink on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:47:28 PM PDT

  •  For everyone that goes to Crawford (4.00)
    you can be sure there are many, many more of us here cheering you on. There are at least a million hearts wishing you the best. OK, I grossly underestimate. I think the world is with you Cindy. A few loud mouthed NeoCon's just haven't figured it out yet.

    Bring them home. NOW

    by Arlyn on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 10:57:19 PM PDT

  •  Cindy read Billman (none)
    Cindy, I have been waiting for Billmon to write about you. Here is the link

    You'll love to know that it is a GOOD thing that you are not Jane Fonda. LOL.

    But, instead of feasting on Hanoi Jane, the wing nuts are driving themselves nuts trying to figure out how to take down Vacaville Cindy: a woman who looks and sounds like she spends her free time organizing church socials and helping her husband clean out the garage -- that is, when she isn't busy searing George W. Bush's butt with a white hot poker for dragging the country into an unnecessary and failed war in Iraq

    I'm not sure about the church social part but I am glad you are the genuine Cindy Sheehan. And they cannot touch you.

  •  We are with you . . . (none)
    Dear Cindy,
    As the mother of a 23-year-old son, my heart goes out to you. We are behind you 100%. Keep up the good work and don't let those idiots who are bad mouthing you get to you. Their words ring hollow against your sincerity.

    With love,

    Tish Jennings
    San Francisco

  •  Will you share the spotlight... (none)
    with others who have faced the same loss?

    Please do.

    I am sure their are others within arms reach that want a little "face time" with GB43 so they can ask him about his "Noble Cause."

    Please give them the opportunity to do so.

    A failed President= August 6 PDB, Bin Laden? DSM, WMD's? Abu Ghraib, Rove/Plame

    by Gator on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 11:09:37 PM PDT

  •  Keeping Us Informed / Bush Obligation to Meet You (none)
    Cindy,

    Thank you for the update, the blogoshpere isn't nearly as jam-packed as it was in the first few days since your arrival in Crawford; at Prairie Chapel road.  You are doing a great service with these personal daily weblogs.

    And I would like to repeat, that your actions have really given me hope.  If he doesn't meet with you before September, and you end up moving to DC, I think that will be another big step for your personal quest to get answers about your son's death.  It will also be a big step for the peace movement.

    I think there is a protest planned for the 24th of September.  I have school starting on the 26th, but I'll see what I can do.  Your issue would be a great way to focus the protest, a real solid agenda item.

    With all that napping you'd think the President would have enough sense to meet with you again.  He is ruining himself by denying you.  Fortunately for him, he has the right wing media structure performing a nasty smear campaign on you - and the "anti-war" peace movement generally.

    I have been hearing comments that make me so angry!!!  So I have to acknowledge my anger.  And then I move on (well I try to - it's a work in progress.)  Only respond to matters of substance... even when a response seems sillly because the accusations are so base and absurd!!!

    Anyway, some advice:  I know it's tough and you are really mad that the president put your son in death's way (ie killed him) for his personal privateering interests.  But, you know, other people probably set him up to the task (i.e. Jim Baker, Cheney, Rummy, Condi, Sr. et al...)  Consider using more tactfulness when discussing him and your meeting, it will certainly make it  easier when you do get personal audience.  (Think about the london bobbie reference for example... Is that necessary?  What are you accomplishing with that?)

    I admit that I should be one of the last people to give you advice about this.  I can be rather ad hominem and pretty hard when I lay into the "evil head" myself... Anyway, just some food for thought, you're doing the right thing.  Do what feels right.

    •  ...more (none)
      What I am trying to say is that; when you rip on him ad hominem, it makes it seem like your intention to have a real, face-to-face, frank discussion with him, less serious.

      I think both of you could really benefit from a meeting.  I think you should keep that in the forefront, the prime goal.

      I'm sure there are a lot of things I am not aware of, but, please don't get fed up and just start talking dirty about the guy, whether he deserves it or not...  You're a diplomat now... Dooon't use Bolton as an example, Ms. Sheehan.

      I'll shut up now.

      Sincerely,

  •  Arco Iris (none)
    You are right Cindy, a rainbow is a sign of hope. Speaking from experience, it is a very positive sign and one to indicate the coming of a new beginning.
    I wonder if George saw it too - could anything soften his dark evil heart?
    I may only be with you in thought and spirit, but when bodies are weak, one must rely on the power of mind and soul to get us through. Rainbows are always good and I am sure there are more to come.

    Arts Education is vital!

    by washingtonsmith on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 11:11:01 PM PDT

  •  Thank You (none)
    Thank you for your son's service, and thank you for your service.  You are doing great work on behalf of the American people, and I commend you for it.  You and your son are both patriots of the highest regard, in my opinion, and nothing any politician or pundit says will change that.

    I can't wait until you guys come to Washington- I'll come visit you guys and spend some quality time at Camp Casey once you're here.

    04/04/04, the date Casey died, shoudl be remembered- it's the date everything started to change, for the better. We should rememver 04/04/04 as a trajedy that turned into a miracle.

  •  Bush is so heartless (4.00)
    I had to make this one a handbill.  Find it here:

    http://www.justicefornone.com/handbills/fallen2.htm

    PDF version: http://www.justicefornone.com/handbills/pdf/fallen2.pdf

    Keep it up, Cindy!  You're actions are showing Bush's true face.  Bravo!

  •  the right wing attack machine (none)
    thinks that they can "fight you with spitballs", Cindy. Once again, they are dearly mistaken.

    Let your inspiration flow....

    We're gonna rise from these ashes like a bird aflame...

    by August West on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 11:52:54 PM PDT

  •  You are saying (none)
    everything that I would want to say if I had a national microphone.

    Thank you!

    We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

    by JLFinch on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 12:00:41 AM PDT

  •  I Love You Cindy (none)
    thanks for taking the time to send us your updates.

    I (WE) are with you there ....

    Sleeping with the fire ants ..;o)

    May GOD bless you.

    You are His/Her rep for all of us.

  •  Who does he think he is? (none)
    I don't know who he really is, but he thinks he's the President of the United States, and he has a bunch of powerful, delusional people backing him up. That's a dangerous combination.

    Keep the pressure on, Cindy.

  •  Camp Casey needs to go to D.C. (none)
    If this protest could move from Crawfordsville, Middle of No Where, U.S., to the mall in Washington, Camp Casey would swell and reach another level.

    Go Cindy!

  •  Who the hell is Bush? (none)
    The " get on with my life " message was clearly meant to be as a metaphor for Cindy.

    Isn't that typical.  This piece of sage advice coming from the boy who knew no wrong.  Born on the mountain high with the silver spoon in his mouth.  Shoo-in to Yale cause Daddy and Grampy paved his road with gold.  Cradled financially even into his middle ages so that even his momentuous failures as a "Businessman" (failures that most of us would be crippled in for life from with the new World Domination brand Bankruptcy Laws in place) wouldn't cause a tear to be shed.  Now, God appointed leader of the War on Terror, leading mightily "his" troops into battle with his shock and awe inspiring devine... Behold! God granted!... wisdom in the Art of War.

    What the FUCK! does he know about moving on?!?  from anything?? (...oh yeah ... I hear he was a drunk once.)

    Most people are idiots... But don't tell them. It'll spoil all the fun for those of us who aren't.

    by d3n4l1 on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 12:28:40 AM PDT

  •  Getting on with his life (none)
    I don't know why you folks are so surpised at this attitude.  He is cavalier about everything

    You have to have a conscience to care.  bush does not have one.

    Cindy, you go girl.  You are an inspiation to all of us.

  •  Changing the Wind (4.00)
    Cindy, I don't know if you have read God's Politics by Jim Wallis. One of my favorite sections is this description of a speech he gave in Washington, DC to a group of low-income mothers:

    I urged the moms on the Mall not to waste any valuable time while they were in Washington. I wanted them to be able to quickly recognize the members of Congress whom they had come to see. They're the ones, I told them, who walk around town with their fingers held high in the air, having just licked them to see which way the wind is blowing.

    Most of us believe that by replacing one wet-fingered politician with another, we can change our society. But it never really works, and when it doesn't, we get disillusioned. We then get tempted to just grumble, withdraw, or give up altogether on ever changing anything. But that's where we make our mistake.

    The great practitioners of real social change, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi, understood something very important. They knew that you don't change a society by merely replacing one wet-fingered politician with another. You change a society by changing the wind.

    Change the wind, transform the debate, recast the discussion, alter the context in which political decisions are being made, and you will change the outcomes. Move the conversation around a crucial issue to a whole new place, and you will open up possibilities for change never dreamed of before. And you will be surprised at how fast the politicians adjust to the change in the wind.

    Cindy, you are a wind-changer. Thank you for your courage and leadership.

    "Democracy begins in conversation." - John Dewey

    by TxTiger on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 01:18:11 AM PDT

  •  Give Up on Hope (none)
    Hope as I mentioned before, is a longing for for a future condition over which you have no agent.
    If you really want to win, on this and other issues, it's time to get past hope and into a place where we realize we have NOTHING left to loose will we come to a place where our power will be actualized.  Then we will win.
    •  NEVER give up on hope! (none)
      I disagree.  The "hope" you mention is one form of hope that depends on outside forces (e.g., "someone will do something for me that will make my life better").

      The other form of hope is to cultivate positive energy inside ourselves through positive thinking and positive action.  This enables us to control the way outside forces affect us and our lives.  This is where we truly find our power.

      Yes, some people find this place when they have lost everything, but that's not necessary.  You can find this place immediately by choosing to change the way you view life and all the things that happen to you.

      A positive attitude is the key to everything. Fear, anxiety, anger and guilt are the enemy - they suck away your positive energy - so it's essential to drop all those emotions from our repertoire, no matter how justified they are.

      *Springsteen for President*

      by hrh on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 04:41:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You don't have to allow yourself to be ruled by (none)
        fear.  Nothing left to loose means we are not waiting for the tides to turn, we are making them turn.  Wallowing around in hopefullness will not bring change.  "I hope that we will have things back to normal in this country if we give Bush his commupence, or demand accountability, or sweep the midterms and '08 elections..." implies that if we are positive enough, we may just get a piece of what we lost back.  For me, I'm not willing to take scraps.  We need it all back, and the only way we are going to do it is to stop be optimistic and start being real, and start fighting with the same ruthlessness that has been the trademark of the GOP.
  •  Question (none)
    I know you've received some celebrity visitors and phone calls from people who most of us would consider celebrities in one way or another. Can you give us a run-down of some of the people who've called/visited. I know Viggo was there, I saw the pics. :) Who else?

    Someone said you got a call from Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott Kind, is that true?

    The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~ Albert Einstein

    by Aine MacDermot on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 01:26:29 AM PDT

  •  "Now I know ... (none)
    ... Mickey Mouse feels at Disneyland."

    Now that is an outpouring of pure love... from a place of pure innocence.  Peace to you.

    The chips are down. Find your outrage.

    by sj on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 01:55:03 AM PDT

  •  David Rovics new song for Cindy (4.00)
    A friend sent us the following Song Lyrics saying she 'Chokes' up everytime she reads them, song is to be released soon:

    Song for Cindy Sheehan
    David Rovics

    Note: I wrote this on August 13th, 2005. Cindy Sheehan
    is currently at Bush's ranch, waiting to meet him.
    Google her name and you'll learn all about it, if you
    haven't heard. She spoke at the Veterans for Peace
    convention in Dallas where I just played. Sometime in
    the next several days I'll have this song on the top
    of the "MP3 music" page at
    http://www.soundclick.com/davidrovics for free download. Feel
    free to link to it or to use the MP3 for any purpose.
    Same goes for the other songs you find there,
    including many related songs ("Four Blank Slates,"
    "Waiting for the Fall," "When Johnny Came Marching
    Home," many more). Thanks to William Rivers Pitt for
    his article in Truthout entitled Every Mother's Son.

    Casey was a good boy
    He treated people well
    And his momma loved him
    Anyone could tell
    She'd send him off to school
    Pack his lunch with care
    When he came back home she hugged him
    With her fingers in his hair
    Cindy, she loved Casey
    And when all is said and done
    She is every mother
    And he was every mother's son

    When Casey was a little older
    He spent his time each week
    In that church in Vacaville
    In the service of the meek
    In the service of his city
    In the service of the lord
    With his momma in the pews
    All the time they could afford
    And if their love alone could save us
    Then the world would be one
    She is every mother
    And he was every mother's son

    People thought the priesthood
    Was where he'd someday be
    So some folks were surprised
    When he joined the army
    The recruiter told him
    He wouldn't have to fight
    Cindy hoped this was the case
    And prayed for him every night
    That was before they sent him
    To the desert with a gun
    She is every mother
    And he was every mother's son

    His truck had no armor
    And when it came under fire
    It and half the soldiers in it
    Became a funeral pyre
    Cindy, she was sleeping
    The moment Casey died
    And she knew she'd never see him
    Standing by her side
    There was no consolation
    No safe place she could run
    She is every mother
    And he was every mother's son

    The president, he told her
    He died for a noble cause
    But Cindy's wondering
    Exactly what that was
    Since they never found the weapons
    And now that Casey's gone
    It seems that oil is the game
    And Casey was the pawn
    Cindy's got some questions
    And so does everyone
    Because she is every mother
    And he was every mother's son

    Created August, 2005
    ****
    "History is littered with governments destabilized by masses of veterans who believed that they had been taken for fools by a society that grew rich and fat at the expense of their hardship and suffering."
    Former VA Secretary Principi

    ****
    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

  •  Thank you Cindy (none)
    for your courage and inspiration. I will see you on the 26th. Wish it could be sooner. Rainbows are a sign of hope and Miracles. Hang on to that vision in your mind. You see that was a smile from Casey!

    The more understanding one posesses, the less there is to say and the more there is to do.

    by Alohaleezy on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 02:22:39 AM PDT

  •  What Cindy's undaunted courage looks like: (4.00)
    At least to cartoonist Mike Lukovich:

    Thank you for all you are doing, Cindy!

    Andy
    Sarasota

    The answer to "compassionate conservatism" isn't timid progressivism.--Sen. John Corzine (D-New Jersey)

    by AAbshier on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 04:15:06 AM PDT

  •  A repeat, sorry, but it bears repeating (none)
    Yesterday's Gospel lesson according to the lectionary of the Episcopal Church:

    Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, `Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.' But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, `Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.' He answered, `I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.'

    But she came and knelt before him, saying, `Lord, help me.' He answered, `It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.'

    She said, `Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.' Then Jesus answered her, `Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.' And her daughter was healed instantly.

    Matthew 15: 21-28.

    It is the alien woman--a double subject of scorn at that time and in that place for good Jewish men like Jesus and the disciples--who makes Jesus change his mind, and realize his responsibility to all the world.

    Hmmmm.

    BC

  •  I admire your persistence in seeking (2.00)
    a meeting with George Bush and an opportunity to talk to him directly about his miserably failed Iraq policies. And I apologize for not having earlier expressed my condolences on the sad loss of your son.

    I hope you, in turn, will understand my persistence in seeking answers from you about remarks made by you, and others perhaps falsely attributed to you, that cause me concern.

    Last Friday morning, when I learned that you were going to be featured on WBUR's nationally-syndicated On Point, I enthusiastically rushed to Daily Kos to inform the community. (Please see here and here.)

    I am surprised and troubled, however, to discover that you have broadened your campaign beyond opposition to Bush's miserably failed Iraq adventurism by adding the unclear slogan, "Israel out of Palestine." Indymedia quotes you as having said (emphasis added):

    "And the other thing I want him [George Bush] to tell me is `just what was the noble cause Casey died for?' Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We're not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism," she exclaimed.

    I'm troubled for at least two reasons:

       

    • the lack of clarity about what you mean by "Israel out of Paletine"; and

    • your adoption of this staement makes it more believable that a letter you are supposed to have sent to Nightline is not a forgery.

    Please let me discuss each point separately.


    "Israel out of Palestine"

    Preliminarily, I should stay that for most of my adult life I have advocated, supported, and worked for a definitive peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians based upon a two-state solution: Israel and (a to-be-created) Palestine. Getting Israel out of Palestine in the right way thus is of great importance to me. This activity has been at both a local level and through national leadership positions in Americans for Peace Now. I also was involved in the early conversations that led to the formation of the Israel Policy Forum.

    Put otherwise, I have never had any problem critcizing Israeli government policies regarding the Occupation, the settlements, etc. But like most dovish Israelis and their American friends and relations, I am -- in the words of the late Yehoshafat Harkabi -- a dove with talons.

    But "Israel out of Palestine" is too compact a slogan to make clear what your position is:

    • Possibly, I sincerely hope not, you agree with those who say that all the land between the River Jordan and the Sea is Palestine. On this view, "Israel out of Palestine" means "no more Israel."

    • Possibly, you're simply calling for a unilateral withdrawal Israeli both from the Gaza Strip, which is now happening, and from the West Bank, without a peace settlement. It is comparatively easy -- not easy, but comparatively so -- to isolate Gaza from Israel. Separating Israel and the West Bank is not so easy. Nor is it clear that it would be a good thing for the Palestinian people to have two isolated enclaves, as would be the case in the absence of a peace settlement. And, "Israel out of Palestine" unfairly and unproductively puts the entire onus on Israel: making peace requires both Israel and Palestine to come together, negotiate, and agree.

    • Perhaps you agree and support a negotiated peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians based upon the Clinton Parameters, the Geneva Initiative, and/or the People's Voice. Since they are substantially similar, indeed the latter two efforts -- jointly undertaken by Israelis and Palestinians -- drew their inspiration from President Clinton's heroic, albeit unsucessful, peace efforts, I'll present the Statement of Principles of the People's Voice as its the briefer of the two joint-efforts.

    1. Two states for two peoples: Both sides will declare that Palestine is the only state of the Palestinian people and Israel is the only state of the Jewish people.

    2. Borders: Permanent borders between the two states will be agreed upon on the basis of the June 4, 1967 lines, UN resolutions, and the Arab peace initiative (known as the Saudi initiative).

    • Border modifications will be based on an equitable and agreed-upon territorial exchange (1:1) in accordance with the vital needs of both sides, including security, territorial contiguity, and demographic considerations.

    • The Palestinian State will have a connection between its two geographic areas, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

    • After establishment of the agreed borders, no settlers will remain in the Palestinian State.

    3. Jerusalem: Jerusalem will be an open city, the capital of two states. Freedom of religion and full access to holy sites will be guaranteed to all.

    • Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem will come under Palestinian sovereignty, Jewish neighborhoods under Israeli sovereignty.

    • Neither side will exercise sovereignty over the holy places. The State of Palestine will be designated Guardian of al-Haram al-Sharif for the benefit of Muslims. Israel will be the Guardian of the Western Wall for the benefit of the Jewish people. The status quo on Christian holy site will be maintained. No excavation will take place in or underneath the holy sites without mutual consent.

    4. Right of return: Recognizing the suffering and the plight of the Palestinian refugees, the international community, Israel, and the Palestinian State will initiate and contribute to an international fund to compensate them.

    • Palestinian refugees will return only to the State of Palestine; Jews will return only to the State of Israel.

    • The international community will offer to compensate toward bettering the lot of those refugees willing to remain in their present country of residence, or who wish to immigrate to third-party countries.

    1. The Palestinian State will be demilitarized and the international community will guarantee its security and independence.

    2. End of conflict: Upon the full implementation of these principles, all claims on both sides and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end.

     

    I hope you'll identify with the third option, as I do. In all events, simply saying "Israel out of Palestine" doesn't tell us enough about what you believe. An illustration of the problem may be useful: United for Peace & Justice has what it calls a Palestine/Israel Just Peace Campaign. This UPJ campaign calls for "ending Israel's military occupation and settlement of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (O.P.T.), i.e. the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, [as] a necessary, though insufficient, condition for achieving a just and lasting peace." But UPJ expressly takes no position about Israel's continued existence:

    Member organizations of the Palestine/Israel Just Peace Working Group have differing interpretations of what a just and lasting peace should look like. Therefore, the Palestine/Israel Just Peace Working Group will not endorse a particular solution, such as two states, one state, the Geneva Initiative, the Road Map, etc. at this time, though member groups are free to advocate for their preferred solution.
    (Emphasis added.)

    In context, "one state" means Palestine, and bye-bye to Israel.

    Similarly, UPJ takes no position on whether a resolution of the claims of Palestinian refugees will, or will not, include "return" to Israel (which is equivalent to the destruction of Israel):

    Member organizations of the Palestine/Israel Just Peace Working Group recognize that addressing the rights of Palestinian refugees in a manner consistent with human rights and international law is a necessary, though insufficient, condition for achieving a just and lasting peace. Member organizations of the Palestine/Israel Just Peace Working Group have differing interpretations of what implementing recognition of these rights
    should look like; therefore, the Palestine/Israel Just Peace Working Group will not endorse a particular policy at this time, though member groups are free to advocate for their preferred policy.

    In sum, when one says "Israel out of Palestine" and stops. One has said both too much and too little.



    The Nightline Letter

    Circulating on the web is the text of a letter  you supposedly wrote to Nightline, the ABC news program. In pertinent part, it reads:

    Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.

    Perhaps you will be able to gratify my hopes and denounce this letter as a forgery. (It does seem to be circulating widely on antisemitic sites and right-wing sites that want to discredit you.)

    But if you did write the letter and stand by the portion I quoted, then, respectfully, I put it to you that blaming Israel for Bush's and Cheney's decision to invade Iraq, and saying that your son and other U.S. soldiers dying in Iraq were sent "to benefit" or "to protect" Israel, is is false and deeply irresponsible. Moreover, by identifying yourself with such a wrong-headed position, you would be introducing unnecessary and undesirable division into anti-war, anti-Bush efforts.

    Please say it ain't so, Cindy.

    Sincrely,

    another American
    scwtlover at yahoo.com


    f/k/a one of the people "`Our country, right or wrong!' . . . when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." (Sen. Carl Schurz)

    by another American on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 06:05:09 AM PDT

    •  The woman is entitled to her own opinions. (none)
      Don't divert from the real issue here, George and his lies to the American People.  Why are we in Iraq again??? Where is Osama? Why is gas so Damned HIGH?!?!?!  
      •  Of course she's entitled to her own opinions. (2.25)


        But if her opinions include being anti-Israel (which I distinguish carefully from criticizing Israeli policies, for example, the settlements), then she herself diverts attention from Bush and his lies to the American people.

        Let's not be naive. The reason Cindy Sheehan has struck a responsive chord in so many hearts is her being a grieving mother who is challenging Bush to justify the policies that led to her son's death in Iraq. If she muddies that image, worse if she takes stands that besmirch and cloud her image, then she is the one who is harming her own cause, which -- on Iraq, at least -- is our cause, too.


        f/k/a one of the people "`Our country, right or wrong!' . . . when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." (Sen. Carl Schurz)

        by another American on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 11:06:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  <another American>... (none)
      Please stop trying to hijack Cindy's diaries. You do it every time she posts.

      Please stop it!  If you have issues post them in your own diary. I understand that you may be a contrarian. That's fine. We have lots of contrarians at dKos. They post their own diaries, however. Please follow their lead.

      VOLUNTEERED? You think those kids volunteered to go to Iraq and die for your sorry ass? You think they volunteer to die? Are you out of your fuckin' mind?   Jus' what planet are you from anyway, squirrel?

    •  Israel/Palestine: a tool for the Rapture Right (4.00)
      this includes bush.

      They "support" Israel in the hope of fullfilling some so-called Revelations bullshit about Israel being destroyed by "The Beast".

      It's all bullshit, the US's support of Israel.  If anything our idiots in the rethug party encourage the worse behaviours in Israel.  The bushies are happy to keep the middle east at a slow boil, hoping for Israel's destruction, the signal for the start of Armegaddon (sp?).

      Getting out of Palestine pisses off the rapture right, but is in Israel's best interests because it will help peace in the middle east.

      So get the hell off Cindy's back.

  •  What's with the neighbor (none)
    He seemed irate yesterday, although he didn't sound like a big fan of Bush, either. Folks, if you're parking on his propery, don't :P

    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang seperately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 06:19:49 AM PDT

  •  Shining light on the Roaches (none)
    That is what you are doing... showing them for what they are... truly scum. They have no dignity... they have no morals... they are just roaches... and you are making them run for cover...

    Hope you get a chance to read through the coments on your two threads hear... they are so fantastic...

    You are bringing people together from all walks of life... and even different political beliefs... just fantastic.

    "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 Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 06:26:53 AM PDT

  •  Each day your diaries grow even more... (none)
    I agree with the others who suggested having families who lost children in Iraq stand with you during the duration of your protest, so the focus becomes on the families, and you are less of a target.
  •  For Cindy. Please keep this going. (4.00)
    If this helps, please use it. It's a 24"x18" poster that can be downloaded from anywhere and printed at Kinko's as a poster for support Cindy rallies everywhere.

    The original diary is here:
    America Stands With Cindy Poster

    The full size PDF is here:

    DStand_WCindy.pdf

    Here:
    DStand_WCindy.pdf

    And Here:
    DStand_WCindy.pdf

    And more here. Wow!:
    DStand_WCindy.pdf

    DStand_WCindy.pdf

    Please spread out the bandwidth. Thanks.

    The detail in the flag and her flower are much better in the PFD file.

    It's not much, but hopefully it will inspire a few people around America to show Cindy that they stand with her.

  •  "Go on with his life" (none)
    I am so disgusted by the President of the United States issuing the sort of platitude you might expect from some teenager dumped by her boyfriend.

    GO ON with his LIFE??  I am incredulous!  Incredulous that he would comment on the ongoing nature of his life when a dead soldier's mother wants to know why her child's was ended.  Incredulous that the most powerful man in the world thinks that the interests of an American citizen is NOT "his life".

    George, we pay you to do a job.  I don't give a rat's ass whether you have "a life" or not.  You're not a person who's entitled to a private life.  You are on duty for the American people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until we manage to throw you out of office like the day's garbage.

    Honestly, I can't remember how many times I've complained of this band of criminals and layabouts sinking to new lows, or how many times I've begged for reassurance that we've gone as low as we can.  Almost every day they seem to stretch for, and attain, another dismal scrap from the bottom of the barrel.

    What an insult to common decency this clod is.

  •  courage is hard work (4.00)
    It will drain you.

    I'm sure that you'll need to come to DC.
    I have three sons between 17 and 25.
    I fear that Bush will try to poison them, and then kill them for the sake of hubris.

  •  Laura? (none)
    Laura bush has shown her true icy colors too.  What type of women would ignore another greiving women at her doorstep.
  •  Cindy (none)
    You are a true American hero.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Keep up your resolve and don't let the Right wing smear campaign get to you. They are fighting a losing battle.

    God bless you

    Don't complain about the media, BE IT

    by terhuxtim on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 09:52:13 AM PDT

  •  counter-protesters (none)
    By the way, we had about 7 counter protesters today and hundreds at Camp Casey...don't let the mainstream media say differently.

    just heard the way the faux-wannabes at CNN-HN were covering it, and they did indeed cover it as "protesters and counterprotesters in crawford."  seeming to imply there were equal numbers, the way i heard it.

    and they let mr. "dove season" get in the last word when it came to you leaving as soon as the shlub comes out and talks to you - guess what, he doesn't believe it.

    and as far as friday's counterprotest by the talk-radio guy (what were they called again?  gallagher's barmy or something?) it never happened as far as the new york times is concerned.  the saturday article on friday at camp casey was pretty good, except that the reporter said that the counterprotesters never arrived, at least not before she quit to go do happy hour i guess.

    so far i haven't seen any coverage of the we don't care chant in the RWCM.  none.

    we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
    — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

    by zeke L on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 10:31:21 AM PDT

  •  Cindy, thanks for bringing all of us rainbows! (none)
    Your stand in the truth is what is setting us all free from the lies and the killing fields this selfish, ignorant despot has brought to the world.  When his followers can chant "we don't care" and he can announce he has to "get on with my life" it's oh so clear to the world that the agenda for these people is ME FIRST AND ONLY.  There's nothing Christian about it and, the best thing about your stance is that it is SO Christian!  So pure!  Rove can't get his "Christian" soldiers mobilized against you because you are demanding the truth and an end to the killing.  Rove's minions can mobilize in an instant to "protect the life of an unborn child" so this blows up in his face when he tries to mobilize them against a mother who has lost her child to a war of lies.  It's so perfect and so powerful, it has to be a gift from God.  I pray for more pro-Bushies to face you, Cindy, because the truth you keep on speaking will set them free, too.  I wouldn't be at all surpised if some of them woke up and joined you! And God bless the Sheriff who loses sleep over you when you stay in that ditch.  He's obviously not on Rove's payroll!  Onward and upward, Cindy!  You are our light, leading us all out of Bush's dark, cold tunnel of hate and fear!  WE LOVE YOU!!
  •  Nothing New (none)
    Cindy, I know it must be rough to hear every day in the media the canard about your being under the influence of fringe radicals with a covert agenda using you to further their own ends (because as a woman you're quite obviously incapabale of having an unexpected opinion of your own, it just has to have been planted in your pretty little head by some dirty lefty MAN who overwhelmed your mind with propaganda and rhetoric.)

    That part in parentheses?  That's what they get away with NOT saying when they try to paint you with the "poor dear, she's damaged and is being used by unscrupulous demogogues!" brush.  The most I can do from here is to offer a little bit of perspective and courage and guts from almost 100 years back.  May it lighten your step as you walk that dusty road.

    "Some people are grieved because they imagine I am in the hands of unscrupulous persons who lead me astray and persuade me to espouse unpopular causes and make me the mouthpiece of their propaganda. Now let it be understood once and for all that I do not want their pity; I would not change places with one of them. I know what I am talking about."

    -Helen Keller at Carnegie Hall, 1916

    God bless you, Cindy, for it is His work you are doing.

  •  My first vigil (none)
    Well, Cindy, you got me off my ass. I just signed up for a Wednesday night vigil. I've been bitching since 2000 about this President and his policies, and now, thanks to you, I'm finally going out there and exercising my First Amendment Right.

    I know this is not a march or demonstration, but a vigil for all the soldiers that have died, and for Casey, but there isn't really any better cause than that to get me out of the house.

    Thanks, Cindy. Thanks for putting a face to one of our greatest concerns, the war in Iraq.

    "Getting on with my life means a life without my dear, sweet boy. I wish a little bike ride could help me get on with my life." Cindy Sheehan

    by Dunbar on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 12:09:36 PM PDT

  •  fund raising idea? (none)
    maybe print up t-shirts with newcon's wonderful "I stand with Cindy" design and sell them as a fundraiser?
  •  good idea, Cedwyn (none)
    Because I do, we all do, stand with Cindy
  •  Cindy, please don't fall for their tricks. (none)
    Rove's minions want you to answer their questions through the corporate press so you end up defending yourself against their lies, meaning you are speaking about THEIR talking points, not YOURS.  Rove has obviously taken a page from LBJ, a famous politico:  "Let's get that story out about how my opponent has sex with pigs."  "But, sir, that story isn't true."  "I know that - I just want to hear him deny it!"
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