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Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful tonight. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.

CNN followed me around for the morning to do a "Day in the Life" of Cindy Sheehan. I kept asking them if they were falling asleep from boredom yet. I was on Anderson Cooper and it was pretty good. Anderson didn't ask me about the Israel thing because he had checked with Nightline. But he followed with a talk show, hate monger host, Darrell Ankarlo who I have had problems with in the past. He said that I have said that I believe all of the troops are murderers and I have never said that, either. Darrell Ankarlo wanted me to be on his show, but I don?t think so.

Another thing is that the Israel thing has not died. I did not say that my son died for Israel. I have never said it, I don?t think it, I don?t believe it. It is just another lie, smear tactic from the right. It needs to die right now. It?s not the truth. I stand by everything that I have said. But I will not stand by things that I haven?t said. I am not anti-Semitic. I am just anti-killing. George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war. Since there is nothing to smear me about with the truth, they have to tell lies. A former friend who is anti-Israel and wants to use the spotlight on me to push his anti-Semitism  is telling everyone who is listening that I believe that Casey died for Israel and has gone so far as to apparently doctor an email from me. People have to know that he doesn?t speak for me. ABC Nightline can?t confirm his email is real and therefore any reporting on it is irresponsible. That is not my issue. That is not my message and anyone who knows me knows it doesn?t sound like me.

I'm focused on my mission in Crawford: to meet with the President and demand answers. That?s it. I have spent enough time on that. Enough is enough.

So, tonight was a great night with the vigil capping it off. There are so many good things happening around the country. I love the people of America, especially after seeing the most amazing stories from the vigils across the country.

I am attaching a letter from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center. A very amazing Rabbi for Peace that I first met at the Nightline Townhall meeting and whon I spoke with at the MLK Jr event at the Riverside Church in NYC.

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Dear folks,

Today I received a letter from a friend of The Shalom Center enclosing a long diatribe from the Republican Jewish Coalition against Cindy Sheehan.

The RJC release alleged that she had said that Israel was the reason the US went into the Iraq war, so that her son died for Israel, not America. And the RJC statement acted as if the entire Democratic Party believed what they said Cindy said.

Earlier, as some of you know,  I had seen vague and unsupported, unsourced charges along the same lines. Since they didn't fit with anything I knew about Cindy, I was very skeptical.

But this one claimed to have precise quotes and citations. So as an historian, rabbi, and citizen, I felt responsible to check.

I called Celeste Zappala, also a Gold Star Mother for Peace, who lives here in Mt Airy and who was in Crawford with Cindy for several days. She said this Republican attack on what Cindy allegedly said had just surfaced, and sent me to Cindy's blog for today, which says: --

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

A Message from Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, TX

The right wingers are really having a field day with me. It hurts me really badly, but I am willing to put up with the crap, if it ends the war a minute sooner than it would have. I would like to address some specific concerns that have been raised against me.

The first one is about my divorce. I addressed this on my blog the other night. My divorce was in the works way before I came out to Crawford. My husband filed the papers before this all started. It just recorded last Friday. My husband didn't know that it would become public record, and public knowledge. He had told his lawyer not to serve me with the paperwork or even bother me while I was at Camp Casey. He was trying to do the right thing. He didn't want me to find out. Enough about that.

Another "big deal" today was the lie that I had said that Casey died for Israel. I never said that, I never wrote that. I had supposedly said it in a letter that I wrote to Ted Koppel's producer in March. I wrote the letter because I was upset at the way Ted treated me when I appeared at a Nightline Town Hall meeting in January right after the inauguration. I felt that Ted had totally disrespected me. I wrote the letter to Ted Bettag and cc'd a copy to the person who gave me Ted's address. I believe he changed the email and sent it out to capitalize on my new found notoriety by promoting his own agenda. Enough about that.

[Emphasis added by me. -- AW]

So - now back to me, Arthur  -- the most immediate point is that Cindy says she never said or wrote what the Republicans say she did.

In judging the history of all that, what occurs to me is that the rest of the Republican diatribe is aimed at the whole Democratic Party - which is utterly ridiculous. No matter what Cindy might have said, it has nothing to do with what the Democrats think. Most of the Democratic office-holders are not even calling for an end to the war, despite the change in their constituencies' views.

Don't take my word for what it said. We have posted it at the Shalom Center.
So if that's the logic and truth-value of what clearly went out from the RJC in an explicitly partisan defense of Bush, I am dubious about their accuracy. And in any case, Cindy has clearly repudiated that view.

But I am not at all surprised by the Republican attack. Clearly Cindy has given a face to what is now the very widespread disgust with the war. Clearly the Republicans are frantic to undermine that. Clearly they would like to discredit her. Clealry they are frantioc to change the subject.

But Cindy is not the issue: the war, and the growing number of American and Iraqi dead and maimed, and the multiplication of terrorists that is resulting from the US invasion and occupation, and the starving of urgent domestic needs - that is the issue.

There are much fancier strategists than Cindy who thought support for Israel was one of the reasons the US went to war. (They included Senator Fritz Hollings and General Zinni, who was the special envoy sent by President Bush to try to shape a detente between Israel and the Palestinians. Then Zinni headed all US forces in the Middle East region, till he said in public that if the US really wanted to occupy and control Iraq, it would take hundreds of thousands more troops than the Bush Administration was claiming. He was
fired. On that he was right).

But on the Israel question I think he was wrong. I looked carefully at that argument more than a year ago, and I did not and do not believe it. For my article on it, see --

http://www.shalomctr.org/index.cfm/action/read/section/iraq/article/article626.html

SOME of the PNAC (Project for a New American Century) people and Neo-cons were in one aspect of their lives strongly pro-Likkud. But others were not. And when it came to Iraq, what they all said and wrote was that the US should and could now dominate the world, and  control of the Middle East and the strategic commodity of Oil was crucial to US control of the world.

They had a lot bigger fish to fry than shielding Israel from a non-existent danger. (Remember, the Iraqi army had been shattered, and the evidence was already strong and growing that in fact there were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as the UN inspectors kept reporting in great detail. They could have kept right on with their inspections if the US had not decided to attack. The PNAC people were arguing for the war even before the 9/11 attack. They had BIG reasons: Today Iraq, tomorrow the world.)

I have written Cindy, asking whether - aside from the specific quote she denied - she might have believed what General Zinni did, and if so whether she has changed her mind. And I laid out my argument above. I hope she'll respond, but in the storm of messages she's getting, who knows whether she will even see it?

What matters now is that the war is a disaster, and that it gets worse every time the Bush Administration says all is well.

What matters now is that Cindy has been able to give a face to the disaster because her son was killed in the war  and because she has had the guts to confront the President himself.

What matters now is that Cindy is saying clearly now - and I think correctly - that her son died not for the American people or American freedom but for oil and a cockamamie plan for the present US government to control the world.

My understanding of Judaism is that, with occasional deviations and departures, it is ultimately committed to resisting Pharaoh, the one on the throne and the one in our households and the one inside our souls.

And my understanding of the Iraq War is that it has been imposed upon us and the Iraqis by a Pharaoh in the White House. That's why I oppose it. Even though some Jews - not the key US officials but various people in the American Jewish community -- have supported it because they thought it might benefit Israel (I know there are such people; they have said so to me), I opposed and oppose it because its origins and its impact are an expression of Pharaoh, not of the Judaism I love.

The war kills the innocent, steals food from the poor,  steals schools and health-care from the middle class, benefits terrorists, rewards corrupt corporations, and is used as a political bulwark by people who demean or hate homosexuality and deny the moral validity of women's choices.

That's what I mean by Pharaoh.

Shalom, Arthur

Originally posted to CindySheehan on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Breaking: Bush Shits Himself (3.95)
    Refuses to remove pants, cites staying the course.
    •  "These pants are friends of mine. (4.00)
      They were clean when I put them on this morning, and I believe they are clean now.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  Me, I'm gettin' on with my life.  Outta my way, ma'am."
  •  Cindy, your stand... (4.00)
    ...was the drop of water in what is rapidly becoming a tsunami.

    More than 1,600 peaceful vigils conducted with love, dignity and honor -- standing in stark contrast to the rambling, hate-filled attacks being instigated by the right.

    Stand stall. Stand firm.

    As of last night, there can no longer be any doubt that you do not stand alone.

    •  Well said! (4.00)
      Not one incident of civil unrest. Not one incident of running over soldier's crosses.

      "Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-- G.W. Bush, April 15, 2005

      by flashlass on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:29:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, stand firm and keep shining, Cindy (4.00)
      Bush referred to you as someone who has "adopted a position".  As if, like him, you had no ethical center and so had to invent what your attitude would be about some matter the way he is always doing. He lives in an as-if world that is completely shaped by politics and the quest for power, and he as adopted every attitude with that in mind.  That's why his response to you is so utterly inappropriate and revealing.

      What he obviously does not understand is that you did not "adopt a position" and that you, unlike him, are living a real life, with real suffering, in the real world, in which your son was KIA because of the position Bush has adopted and rigidly maintains.

      What Bush is calling your "position", which you have "adopted" --as if you were choosing what to wear today--is in fact your essential, truthful, real-world response to the worst crisis that can befall a mother.  

      And so it is the purity and clarity of that response that has awakened and moved so many of us.

  •  Cindy thank you (4.00)
    for standing up, and I am so sorry that you have to endure the hate from the right.

    Please know that while the right can't stand on honesty, truth and justice, they resort to lies and deception, as they did to take us into this war.  Know that we stand with you, and that as more and more join you in Crawford they are there to support you, to honor Casey and to stop the insanity coming from the WH.

    God bless you Cindy, and I pray that you remain strong and dedicated to the peace that you hold close and dear in your heart.

    "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

    by SanJoseLady on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:06:21 AM PDT

    •  SJL, (none)
      Why is it that everyday people cannot connect the dots and see that every time someone stands up to the Bushistas or has a contrary opinion that they are immediately slimed by the "machine"?  I mean caged rats could be trained with food pellets to recognize the pattern.

      My wife keeps telling me that I should run for office.  I say, "Right! It would take a Rethuglican ten minutes to dig up enough shit to make us miserable for the rest of our lives."

      And they identify themselves as "just" and "moral".

      "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

      by BigOkie on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 04:07:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Cindy, if there was a Medal of Freedom (4.00)
    us normal folk could give out, you'd be my nominee.  Keep up your fight.

    Feingold/Clark for 2008. I think.
    Political Cortex coming soon...

    by Georgia Logothetis on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:06:25 AM PDT

  •  I support you Cindy (4.00)
    But "the Israeli thing" is clouding your message horribly.  You're not anti-Semitic obviously, but even bringing it up again is hurting things.

    Keep it up.  We had a great vigil last night, standing with you.

    •  Cindy's moral courage (none)
      Cindy I'm Jewish. I know what antisemitism looks like and sounds like. You're no antisemite. I'm sure of it.

      Indeed yours is the fight for justice, which I have understood to be the fundamental Jewish struggle. Justice for all people. I thank you for your leadership.

    •  Cindy; (none)
      Don't sweat the criticisms, ignore the crap they spew, Stay the Course, it's not hundreds girl it's thousands ! Many Thousands who attend the vigils and support you ! Tour the country and visit the other families who have lost sons and husbands, make a Peace Train to Washington ! You are the Vanguard.
  •  You're way nicer the Anderson than he deserved (4.00)
    proving once again you are a class act.
  •  Download and print (4.00)
    "Support The Truth" ribbons in yellow and blue


    http://www.takeyourcountryback.com/BLOG/truth.htm


    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by jaysea on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:10:10 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for this (4.00)
    Now we know that anyone who spouts the 'Cindy Sheehan is anti-Semitic' line is either: a) ill-informed; b) deliberately ignorant; c) a liar.

    There's a second assault that I've seen from some of the nutjobs. They say that Cindy Sheehan can't complain about Casey Sheehan's death because he signed up for a second tour and that, because he did this, he knew what he was getting into. I think this is bullshit, but I'm still fishing around for the best, short counterargument.

    Only the White Man can profit from pain -- Chris Rock

    by Karl the Idiot on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:13:56 AM PDT

    •  Say something like this. (4.00)
      Casey Sheehan is dead; are you a mind-reader, or do you just like to put words in the mouths of dead people? I heard that he signed up not necessarily because he supported the war, but rather because he had buddies over there, and he felt a duty to stand with them. In any case, there are certainly other logical explanations, and accepting that fact would be much more honest and noble than purporting to know the intentions of a fallen soldier for your own partisan agenda.
    •  Here's my approach... (4.00)
      Our democracy depends on the lifesblood of our country -- our youth -- offering their service, their honor and, when necessary, their lives to defend our nation and all we hold dear.

      Our nation's obligation to those who agree to serve, then, is to treat their sacrifices as a sacred trust, electing to put them in harm's way when, and only when, it is truly necessary.

      We will reap for decades the consequences of this administration breaking the boundaries of this sacred trust, either through the depressed enlistments predicated on broken trust or through the potential eventuality of a draft.

      Casey Sheehan re-upped to serve his country -- and, when he did, we re-upped to treat his service, and his life, with the utmost of care.

       

    •  Cindy Has Only A Few Questions........... (3.75)
      That she wants to ask of the pResident, especially in Light of the Information that has come forward in Very Recent Months, since their last meeting, which didn't give her or family the Ability to ask if there were any than.

      These Questions come from the Finding, and making Public, the Downing Street Minutes and the other Intelligence that throws reason for invasion into the Fixed Intelligence Category saying this Administration Lied to the American Public! And with his Stating that those KIA's Died In A Nobel Cause[?], Lies Do Not Lead To 'Noble Causes'!!

      The WingNuts want to make this Much More than what she is Asking, they should be going after the Rest Of Us because We Have Many More Questions and Have since the Beginning, and those questions Keep Growing!!

      And 'No Matter' what they Say, she and many with her Are 'GoldStar Moms' and 'GoldStar Families' Who Lost Loved Ones Under 'Very Questionable Circumstances' as well as the 'Tens Of Thousands' of Innocent Iraqi's!!!!

      Just Tell Them They Wear The SHAME of their Actions and InActions!!!!
      ****
      ...a president is not the country.... it is loyalty to the country that is important....not the leader of the country....
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      *****
      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
      Member: Veterans For Peace

    •  What Casey said (4.00)
      According to his mother, what Casey said was that he didn't believe in the war but he wanted to protect his friends who were fighting.

      Smear that, asshats!

  •  Slightly off topic (4.00)
    I am eading back down to Camp Casey this Saturday with a friend who is in the Army Reserves, but not called up on duty right now.  He is coming a long way.  He acts from his heart and wants to wear his uniform (dress or combat) while down there.  Can anyone direct me to a resource to look into what kind of trouble he could get into, if any, or answer directly?  He and his wife just adopted two toddlers, and I hate to seem him in any kind of grief with the Army.  Cheers, folks
    •  from what I understand (without links) (none)
      is that he cannot perform any political functions.  Is the objective of Camp Casey - honesty from the President to a woman who lost a son in battle - a political issue?  

      The struggle against religious extremism begins at home.

      by cracklins on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:29:19 AM PDT

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      •  Cracklins (none)
        Well, he's not running for office, or supporting any party or candidate.  Short of doing various web searches, do you know of any source online for the rules on use of uniforms off-duy?  I see that lots of vets who were discharged still wear all or pieces of their uniforms, but my friend is still subject to call up.  He was called up for a few weeks, but just to work in a hospital in Germany.  Thanks.
    •  this may help (none)
      From reading the regulations (chap. 30), he is not allowed to wear a uniform to this function.  An alternative which I have used is to wear his BDUs w/o the blouse or wear a BDU blouse w/o patches or his name.  I have worn my USAF BDUs to many rallys, etc. in this manner to show my support of my brothers (literally, he's in Iraq) and sisters while still giving my voice to the cause.

      "Alcohol- the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems" Homer Simpson

      by The Nazz on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 04:08:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Many Thanks (none)
        My friend actually looked it up himself and found out that this would not be a good idea.  But we are still definitely going down for a day trip this Saturday.  Laughed at your sig line.  I sure do enjoy a good beer, but not likely "Duff" beer.
  •  Stay Strong (4.00)
    Greetings, Cindy.  You can judge your success by the desperation of your critics.

    Stay strong and focused, and know that many of us are fighting back with you.

  •  Thank you Cindy! (4.00)
         For having the guts to stand up for what you believe in. You had to realize these attacks were coming with what you know about the people running this administration. They won't even talk to you themselves but have their lackeys do it second hand. All the brave chickenhawks! There were vigils all over the country last night. Opposition to the war is growing. Even Senator Hagel(R Neb) is saying we have to get out of Iraq. Hang in there. Millions of us want to know what the "noble cause" is.
         Never give up. Never surrender.
  •  Cindy. . . (3.80)
    You are doing your part and doing it brilliantly. Why? Because you are authentic.   Thing is, you cannot do it all alone.

    These smears against you will not stop until some courageous person with a voice, is prepared to call George Bush a liar, and explain, that because a fish rots from it's head all Bush's Republicans and his supporters do is LIE. Everything they do is a calculation, and everything they say is a lie. We have to discredit them. It is long overdue. Sadly, no Democrat has the spine to speak the truth as plainly as it should be spoken. That is, the way you speak it.

    In the meantime, that is, until someone comes forward, hang in there knowing you have the love, admiration and support of millions, and nothing they can say will make us change our favorable opinion of you.

    "The ONLY way we are going to win elections is to stand up for what we believe in. Deep conviction." Howard Dean. 6/22/05

    by Lords on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:22:36 AM PDT

  •  Here in Santa Barbara, CA (4.00)
    over 500 people showed up for the vigil.  It was held  at the Courthouse sunken garden, and led by S.B. Mayor Marty Blum and former Assemblywoman Hanna-Beth Jackson.  That's quite a number of folks for a not-so-large city (around 100,000).

    "How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right." Black Hawk

    by Gabriele Droz on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:23:11 AM PDT

  •  Love ya (4.00)
    Stay strong. VFP has your back!
    Say hi to Lynn Bradach and Michelle DeFord for us.

    Grant

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

    by BOHICA on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:26:03 AM PDT

  •  At our little vigil in Los Feliz (4.00)
    One of the men I talked to called Cindy his "white knight." I thought it was apt.

    If you figure an average of 200 people at each of the 1700 vigils... that is around 340,000 people who came out to support Cindy! And probably, that is a very conservative estimate, as there were many HUGE vigils.

    Even though I am in a very liberal area, some people who drove by didn't know who Cindy was. When they left, they did, and there were quite a few. Now, those people will pass on the information to others. It was a thing of beauty to see the passion in these people when they heard Cindy's story.

    Keep going, Cindy! The word of your bravery is spreading every day! Ignore the lies; basically, they all come out in the wash anyway.

    "Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it."-- G.W. Bush, April 15, 2005

    by flashlass on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:35:09 AM PDT

  •  Supporting you in my own way (4.00)
    Cindy,
       I can't be there, but I've been doing humor pieces in support of you on my website. Keep it up! Here's the latest example:

    FAUX News Report - 1789

    Versailles - The vacation of the King continued to be interrupted by protests outside the Royal Palace.  Madame Cindee L'Sheehan, who's son died from abject poverty she blames on the royal administration, led a group of peasants in prayer just a mile from the Royal Retreat.

      Madame L'Sheehan has been camped out here for a week demanding to meet with the King and have him explain why her son had to die. Said Madame L'Sheehan "Was it for luxuries enjoyed by the wealthy? Did 'big spices' or 'big silk' cause my son's death?  Was it the personal vendetta of the King, using our nation's wealth for war against England and for conquests overseas? I just want to hear it from him."

      The Royal Palace had little to say about the protest. Royal spokesman Cotte M'ystellin merely made a brief comment, "The actions of this government do not cause peasant deaths.  It is the Woeful Massive Pestilence which causes it.  These WMP's are real, despite what you may have heard.  To criticize the King only emboldens our enemies in a time of great national peril. Shame this peasant woman is both treasonous and a stain upon the honor of her son, who died loving his king."

       The King himself was seen riding around the royal gardens in his best carriage. When asked about the protest he said, "I have to go on with my life. I feel for her grief, this dirty peasant woman, but I can't back down in the face of foreign threats and peasant uprisings.  We must stand firm, tall, erect and strong.  We must not go limp in the face of danger, we must not be soft. I feel for my people, but listening to anyone who disagrees with me is not the job of a king. If I were the president of some democratic republic and over half the populace disagreed with me, then I would, but such a situation would be ridiculous."

    In other news, the queen has reportedly offered to defuse the situation through the timely delivery of some delicious pastries. The whole situation is expected to end soon.

    Courtesy Mark Hoolihan and the Hoolinet (www.hoolinet.com)
    Copyright 2005 Boniface Bugle Productions. All Rights Absurd.

  •  Cindy Is 'One' with Millions Behind Her........... (4.00)
    I posted the following at this Diary and the Diary disappeared off the list shortly after. But I know those who Participate in these Vigils and Pro-Peace Rallies Need to understand this; Numbers Present Don't Completely Show All The Support!
    This is what I had posted:

    Just Remember

    When you show up for Vigils, such as last night, or Rallies, for Everybody in Attendence there's at Least 10 [my feelings are the Numbrs are Much Higher] other members of your Communities who Support and are Thinking just like you!!

    Wherever they take place, especially at Intersections etc., that's the Reason for the Horns Honking and the Peace Signs and other forms of Support showings, you are only seeing a Small portion of the Community passing you by.

    Those giving you the GoodWill, for a Veriaty of Reasons, won't Attend these types of Actions, you might have been one of them Before You Decided You Had Enough and Needed To Voice Your Democratic Right Of Dissent and Your Gut Feelings, and Your Common Sense!

    By the Same token you can use the numbers also for those who may Counter Protest your Actions, their Always Low Numbers mean that their Support for whatever is a Shallow Support, and in most cases built out of Fear and Confusion within!

    So when you Stand There, Add each Horn or Peace Sign, or whatever to an Invisible Body standing behind you or next to you or to the whole group, even though not there Physically they are in the Same Spirit as you are!!!!

    **
    Here once again is the link to the Pics I took at the *Freedom Park - Charlotte NC - Vigil

    **
    ...a president is not the country.... it is loyalty to the country that is important....not the leader of the country....
    *
    **
    *AfterDowningStreet.org

    Once again the Military Troops-Country were Lied too, for the most Devestating-Destructive-Illegal Action known caused by Men on Men-Women-Children, by Civilian-Military Leadership of this Country! This Nation went through this not Long ago and were to Learn the Lessons of that Extreme Mistake, yet Didn't for it Repeats with even more Devestation of Multiple Deployments into Theaters, and Continuation of The Human Destructive Nature, wanted by the few, for the Greed and Power it Falsely Represents!!!!

    Read the Memo's [Minutes], take needed action, call those to Accountibility NOW!
    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/
    **
    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
    Member: *Veterans For Peace

     

  •  Cindy, please don't let this... (none)
    get you too far down.  These people spread their hate because they fear you.

    Certainly the outpouring of support in the all the vigils should give you strength and hope.

    The majority of people want the same answers you do - Why are we in this war? What is the boble cause?  How do we get out?

    The rest is just noise and nonsense.  Their smears did not work with the Teri Schiavo incident, it won't work with this.  Most people know right from wrong in their guts.  Even these vile right wing nutjobs know that much and that is why they attack you.  They cannot defend their own cause because it is indefensible.

    Stay strong.

    Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

    by landrew on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:39:16 AM PDT

  •  Stand tall, Cindy (4.00)
    & I Second the Nobel nomination!

    The concept of war is outdated. Dalai Lama

    by x on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:42:49 AM PDT

    •  How-to directions (none)
      I put together this diary on the procedures last week in case anyone was moved to pursue a nomination on Cindy'a behalf.

      The poor thing sank like a stone then, but its time, like that of Cindy and peace, may be coming.

      Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war. -- Donald Rumsfeld

      by Mnemosyne on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 01:36:45 PM PDT

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  •  Cindy, this is obviously easier said than done (none)
    else you would already have done it but is there any way to find your original email? I live in the Bay Area and would be glad to search the hard drive on your computer if it is back in in Vacaville.

    For every complex problem there is a simple solution that is completely wrong.

    by MarkInSanFran on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:46:15 AM PDT

  •  "Bush=Yellow Rose of Texas" meme (none)
         Dear Cindy, please check out my current diary of above name, at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/8/18/135116/561 . Bush really is the "Yellow Rose of Texas" for not meeting with you, and people should know that.

         Thank you for all you are doing! Good luck!!

  •  Cindy be strong and resolute. (4.00)
    You are bigger than they are.  They have no shame, they cannot defend this war, therefore they spew their slime.  Be strong. Hopefully, God willing, I will one day get a Cindy hug. Peace...

    According to the 9/11 Commission there was no connection between 9/11 and Iraq.

    by txbirdman on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:57:12 AM PDT

  •  On Israel (4.00)
    Wow, what a tough issue that is. Actuyally, I'm not even going to get into it. I'm glad you aren't going to get into it either. It's an interesting story though that those specific words were put into your mouth, and getting to the bottom of that is serious business.

    Step outside of two-dimensional politics.

    by NewDirection on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:57:41 AM PDT

  •  Thank God or the Universe or whatever (4.00)
    for Daily Kos and other reality based blogs.  Otherwise we wouldn't stand a chance of getting the truth out.
    Thanks also to Cindy Sheehan for growing this movement.
    Tonight a group of us are having our August dinner together.  One of the group will be reading a very moving email she got from a friend in Texas who spent a day at Camp Casey and we will spend time discussing this crisis in our country's history.  We have to change things or this democracy is history.
  •  In Phoenix (4.00)
    Our vigil was one-sided.

    That's a positive thing.

    Everybody driving by was honking horns and flashing peace signs.

    If there was anybody who objected, it was clearly in a microscopic minority.

    It was unbelievable.  I'm not into protesting, but I had to add my body to it.

    We aren't divided anymore.  We are united.  

    The only thing left are the screaming meemies on the tv.

  •  Radiant.. (4.00)
    ..that's all I can really think of to describe your being and efforts.  Your courage is radiating and inspiring, releasing and transforming.

    I have sent to the Crawford Peace House some copies of this book by my aunt and other women who transformed our world.  They should arrive by tomorrow.  You can read some snippets at this Amazon link.  Pick any chapter and read about the courage and inspiration these women gave the nation to help transform civil and women's rights.  I believe you stand with this group, and they with you.  Bravo!!

    Journeys That Opened Up World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975

    Charter Member - ePluribus Media - Join and Donate - http://www.epluribusmedia.org/donate.htm

    "What is the noble cause?" Cindy Sheehan

    by just us on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:59:45 AM PDT

  •  More stuff the media's saying. (none)
    Cindy,

    Can you comment on this? How much of this is true and how much is false?

    Sheehan has not seen Bush, but she did talk for about 45 minutes on Saturday with Steve Hadley, Bush's national security adviser, and Joe Hagin, deputy White House chief of staff, who went out to hear her concerns.

    Appreciative of their attention, yet undaunted, Sheehan said she planned to continue her roadside vigil, except for a few breaks, until she gets to talk to Bush. Sheehan, who formed a group called Gold Star Families For Peace, has spoken out against the war across the nation.

    She alleged that Secret Service agents in Crawford were trying to coerce her into leaving. She said the agents have told protesters that if they stay along the road, about five miles from Bush's ranch, they may be hit by Secret Service vehicles.

    Source: MSNBC.

  •  Cindy, a reminder... (4.00)
    The next time you hear a lie from the wingnuts and chickenhawks, keep in mind a few things.

    no one roots for Goliath

    no on is rooting for Rush Limbaugh

    no one is rooting for Michelle Malagang

    no one is rooting for Loofa O Reilly

    no one is rooting for Joe Scarborough

    no one is rooting for Blur Channel

    no one is rooting for Faux News

    People all over this country, people are rooting for you.

    keep forcused your message, not theirs

    We all love and respect you

    Finally, they are only screaming because it hurts

    that's the point

  •  we are with you (4.00)
    Cindy, thank you for lending us your strength & your story. I'm adding our vigil story to yours, it is posted here:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/8/18/121236/736

    Freedom & dignity spring from within the human heart... & inside the human heart is where the impetus for political change must be generated. -Wes Clark

    by velvetdays on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 11:01:33 AM PDT

  •  Please, Cindy (4.00)
    Try to ignore the smearers. There are far more of us than them. We stood last night waving our genuine "thousand points of light," honoring you.
  •  Cindy (4.00)
    You're an inspiration.  Your son is a hero.  Keep following your heart.
  •  Camp Casey NYC (none)
    Cindy -- keep up the good work!!!

    I didn't get to post my pics last night, but here's a link to my photos from last night's vigil in NYC.

    Peace.

    Dissent Protects Democracy

    by cscs on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 11:06:21 AM PDT

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    Without you, 60-70 people in Greenville, SC would not made visible their opposition to the war in Iraq.

    People in Oxford, Mississippi would not have stood up and said Talk with Cindy.

    The revolution starts now--in your own back yard, in your own home town

    by TarheelDem on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 11:06:55 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Capt. Sheehan! (none)
    We may have all come on different ships,
    but we are all in the same boat now.

    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  •  Cindy, (4.00)
    I've been reading your posts since the day you  set up Camp Casey, and I've got pictures of you on my refrigerator to remind me of what true heroism is.  About ten years ago, I wrote an essay entitled "Looking for Abbie Hoffman," which was a piece about how there are no heroes left to tell us what to fight for or believe in.  I claimed the heroes had all died or moved to suburbia and abandoned those of us looking for meaning.  Well, I look at what you have sacrificed and how you took your grief and turned it into something powerful, something larger than yourself and your own personal loss.  I am not sure I can adequately describe how inspiring it is to watch you stand tall and dignified in the face of physical threats, character assasination, and media scrutiny.  

    The Republican leadership and its adjunct noise machine have scraped so much of the bottom of the barrel away that they've created new depths of depravity.  They are completely toxic and spew their filth and garbage because they don't know how to do anything else.  They don't know how to engage in civil dialog.  They don't know how to engage with facts.  They only know how to attack.  No topic or area is off limits to them, and while they probe and expose their critic's lives, they live their own in shameless hypocracy.  This is what they have come to, but, and this is the most important part, by attacking you, they have finally shown themselves for the hateful cowards they are, and fewer and fewer Americans identify with that.  

    More Americans identify with you, as evidenced by the amazing turnout last night all across this nation.  They came together in the streets, in the town centers, to stand with you to honor the troops dying unnecessarily in the hot desert sand.  Because you showed us, by your singular corageous stance, how to be true patriots.  You are a hero, not because you've promoted youself or exploited anything (that's just hate speech.  don't respond to it.)  No, you are a hero because your action embodies the American spirit.

    They smear you because they fear you, but they can't destroy you.  Those you have inspired will gather around you, encircle you, and make sure you are safe.  We will fight the smear machine with our words, our letters.  We are spreading out all over the country to fight like hell, and we will not let them get away with this.  At every turn we will point out their hateful rhetoric and shine light on their hypocracy until it can no longer be denied.  We will make the hateful cowards run for cover, just as you have made Bush run for cover.  You are not alone, and you do not have to do this alone.  Your inspiration has sparked something that no amount of attacks can put down; we are a rising sea of discontent, and they will drown in our outrage.

    When they write the story of what started in Crawford Texas on Aug 6, 2005, they will say the heroes have not all died or retired to suburbia.  They will say Cindy Sheehan showed us all how to be heroes.

    Karl Rove: My Pet Scapegoat

    by Humboldt Jodi on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 11:20:14 AM PDT

  •  Hail Casey (none)

    Just a report from the front lines.  Just an incredible turnout.  200 in a little suburb.   Everyone was proud and said, this is only the beggining, we have to keep going.    The news stations were there and reporters as well.   Nearly every car that drove by honked and gave us a peace sign.

    Best sign.  Sorry World, We Tried.

    Waiting for the news coverage  now.  Another early news showed what looked like a thousand in a different suburb.

    Brought my sister, she was the loudest, and her daughter.   We sang, give peace a chance, we shall overcome, god bless america.  Then we had a chant, one side of the street said, stop the war, then we chanted bring them home.  

    It felt so good to be there.  If you ever have the chance, it feels great.  Remember this is only the beggining.  

    Thank You, Cindy
    And as I told the camera, God Bless, Casey

    •  Have you seen ... (none)
      the Sorry Everybody website? I find the site strangely comforting when I reflect that the Iraq war often seems like a really bad flick called "The Keystone Kops Build an Empire" starring GW 'Chimpy' Bush and the Neocon Nutjobs.

      "Help us to save free conscience from the paw -- Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw." --John Milton

      by ohiolibrarian on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 01:45:38 PM PDT

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  •  I'm embarrassed (none)
    That it took you heading down to Texas, of your own volition, standing outside in the heat and humidity of August, to galvanize those of us who believe this war was a horrible mistake.

    I'm embarrassed that you've been subject to slanderous attacks by those who choose to zealously protect their positions in the face of contradictory facts.

    I'm embarrassed that you've endured all this on behalf of all of us, that it took your singular name and face, and your son's, to get us off our duffs, to raise our voices, stand in the streets and collectively shout out that enough is enough.

    I'm embarrassed.  But extremely grateful.

  •  Cindy don't worry about the smear. (none)
    Just keep hitting back and we will do some swinging on your behalf.  From a purely political standpoint, injecting Israel into this mix is not wise for the GOP.  

    Your movement is grassroots and is therefore populist in nature. It appeals to all Americans regardless of background, and you are telling a distinctly American story.  They don't like it because it competes with their message.

    Their party is a nationalist party based on a government by and for the conservative white Christian majority.  They claim to have ownership of the flag, the military and virtue. In one fell swoop, you are exposing the fact that they have none of what the claim.  You are hitting them where it hurts, and that's why they're hurling the insults.  I have to say, however, as an experienced political observer, that what they're throwing at you is not very effective compared with what they usually do to Democratic politicians.

    I hope you will find the strength to stick it out through the duration of Bush's vacation, and then claim victory and return home.  We will carry the torch from there and we will support you every day.  

  •  You're Up Against People Who Are (none)
    literally taking over the world.

    I wonder if there's ever been a single person in such a position before. Every empire I know either had a limited reach or else was part of an alliance. So, welcome to a unique place in history.

    Considering the work the opposition has put into their conquest over 40 years and more, considering the size of the prize, and considering their track record, we must expect that they will do everything they know to knock you down.

    We're all with you as far as you can go. The fact that you're one person, not a corporation or seasoned leader of an institution, may be why they're having so much trouble with you. These are corporate bureaucrats--they only understand other bureacracies because they haven't lived like human beings for a very long time.

    Trust your instincts, trust your God and trust that millions of people around the world are watching out for you.

    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 Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 11:58:24 AM PDT

  •  Just wanted to share my vigil experience.,.. (4.00)
    posted up at skippy's  where capitals are a no-no

    i arrived at the corner of mission and fair oaks in south pasadena a little later than the 7:30 start, but there were plenty of people with signs and candles there, working the honking cars passing. Perhaps close to 200 people on all four corners of the popular intersection.

    i picked up a sign from someone who had to leave. it read "bring our troops home." i started hopping up and down and yelling my thanks at the multitudenous honks of the cars passing by. flashing the peace sign every once and awhile. cars of every shape and size came whizzing by...a good number of them honking. buses. taxis. and quite a number of big rigs. (they give good horn, by the way.) what a great response.

    i noticed a woman with an ipod shuffle jogging the block. she passed a couple of times. each time sweating a little bit more. we made eye contact and she stopped her jog and walked up to me. tears in her eyes. "i'm so thankful you folks are doing this. i really appreciate it. my son is  in the army. he's shipping off soon." and at that she started sobbing. i reached over and hugged her. as she sobbed on my shoulder, i could not help but shed some tears for her and her son. trying to give her some comfort....knowing that i could never really ease her pain. but two human beings, strangers at that, coming together in a moment in time, acknowledging the shared human experience of compassion. sharing tears on a noisy street corner.

    we hugged each other for about 5 minutes. finally pulling away and trying to brush away the tears. "this was the first time i have cried over my son," she said. i told her that it was fine. it was good to rid the body of saddness with tears. we continued brushing away tears. "i appreciate what you guys do every saturday. i feel comforted by the sounds of the honks. i know they are for many sons like mine." we made more small talk. she asked if i was going to be there for awhile. i said "yes...you bet." she said she would see me a  couple more times and plugged herself into her ipod and started back on her jog.

    i saw her several more times....coming around the block again and again. i gave her a thumbs up and a smile each time. then i didn't see her for sometime. i thought she had finally done her evening mileage and had gone home. i continued on shaking and rattling my sign at the cars, noticing that my throat was getting sore from shouting thanks.

    i was looking up the street at oncoming traffic when i saw her. she wasn't jogging this time. she was walking ever so carefully with a candle in her hand. she gave me a big broad smile and said that it was as good a time as any to show her support for her son, her concern for her son, her love for her son. she lit the candle and we stood on the corner together, each for different reasons, but there side by side supporting each other, supporting democracy. two strangers, two women, brought together by the image of a grieving mother somewhere on the  plains of crawford, texas.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 11:59:47 AM PDT

  •  vaya con Dios, (4.00)
    America's Mom.

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  •  Keep up the great work (none)
    we're all behind you up here in Montreal!
  •  Seattle columnist takes a second shot (4.00)
    Robert Jamieson has achieved asshat status with his second column on Cindy Sheehan.  Write him a note at robertjamieson@seattlepi.com.

    My letter:

    Well, Mr. Jamieson, you're not alone in your ad hominem attacks against Cindy Sheehan.  With this second gratuitous shot, you've joined a pretty prestigious club that boasts among its members the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin and Anne Coulter.  Congratulations!  Enjoy your new friends, and, presumably, the new readers who will replace the growing legions of former readers.  This time, you even manage to demean the motives of Sheehan's supporters by suggesting that we are gullibly chasing after a saint or a knight on a white horse.  Let me assure you, I was active in the civil rights and (previous) antiwar movement when you were still in pampers.  I'm pretty hardnosed.  And, at my age, I don't suffer fools gladly...

    You're right that Cindy Sheehan isn't Rosa Parks - different times, different situations.  But I'm old enough to remember when freedom rides and lunch counter sit ins were dismissed as `stunts'.  Smirking newspaper columnists dismissed the participants as publicity seekers and/or dupes of the left.  Again, you've joined a wonderful club.  And, you know what?  I'm also old enough to remember water fountains and restrooms for `colored' people.  Gee, where did they go?

    You're lucky, too, that the PI has evidently decided not to publish any of the hundreds of letters they must have received in response to your last Fox News commentary.  Well, let's face it, you're just plain lucky - no kids in Iraq, no cause important enough to disturb your comfortable placidity. Think about it.

    Best from a former reader,
    Chuck


    www.bushwatch.net - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

    by chuckvw on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 12:08:29 PM PDT

    •  The women who tell their stories in this book... (none)
      ...are some of the students who sat at those lunch counters, and their supporters.

      Journeys That Opened Up World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975

      Charter Member - ePluribus Media - Join and Donate - http://www.epluribusmedia.org/donate.htm

      "What is the noble cause?" Cindy Sheehan

      by just us on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 01:38:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Bravo! (4.00)
      Great letter.  I loved this:

      "Let me assure you, I was active in the civil rights and (previous) antiwar movement when you were still in pampers.  I'm pretty hardnosed."

      But this really put the icing on the cake for me, because I grew up with 'white' and 'colored' water fountains, bathrooms, and buses:

      "You're right that Cindy Sheehan isn't Rosa Parks - different times, different situations.  But I'm old enough to remember when freedom rides and lunch counter sit ins were dismissed as `stunts'.  Smirking newspaper columnists dismissed the participants as publicity seekers and/or dupes of the left.  Again, you've joined a wonderful club.  And, you know what?  I'm also old enough to remember water fountains and restrooms for `colored' people.  Gee, where did they go?"

      One of my Mom's stories about the sign of the times was when my family moved from Boston to Texas in the late '50s.  My younger sister was 3 and she asked my Mom why there was a 'colored' drinking fountain.  She believed it would have colored water, like a swimming pool.  My Mom had to burst her bubble and explain to her that in the South, there were different facilities for the Blacks.  

      So thanks for an excellent letter to that fucking scum bag.  I'll drop him a line, too.

      •  Yes, I attended grades 1-3 (none)
        in Austin, Texas.  My Dad, rest his soul, took me on a school tour the first time I was heard to utter the 'n' word.  My schoolmates used it all the time and I had no idea what it meant. I got a lesson in injustice I have never forgotten:  The 'white' school (which the powers that be allowed Hispanics also to attend), and the 'other' school.  I guess you had to be there...

        'Colored water' - the sweet logic of a child!

        www.bushwatch.net - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

        by chuckvw on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 02:19:28 PM PDT

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    •  excellent (none)
      His latest column with a half-assed apologia/explanation fell flat when he labeled her "Saint Cindy".

      I wanted to rebut that, but you did it SO much better than I could've. Thanks!

  •  Napa vigil with children (none)
    About 100 of us turned out for the Napa vigil.  Names of our fallen soldiers, including Casey's, were read for about an hour.  Some people brought their children who organized a wild game of tag nearby the vigil.  The joy in their voices as they played (and sometimes drowned out the names) was a poignant reminder of why Cindy and the rest of us are opposing this war.
  •  I'm not so sure I agree (none)
    He's entitled to his opinion even if we disagree but more importantly, note hti line in his column

    "People e-mailed and called me from all over to say I was wrong to attack the messenger whose message -- if not means -- I happen to share."

    The people you mention above,(Rush, Hannity et.al.) disagree with both her method and her message.  He's disagreeing with her method but not her message.  There is danger in becoming too shrill.  We lose people.

    •  He says he agrees with 'the message' (none)
      But his columns recently seem to be devoted to attacking messengers.  Of course he has a right to his opinions, and since he expresses them for money, we have a right to call him on them.

      Like Richard Cohen, Tom Friedman, and other 'liberal' columnists, he wants to have his cake and eat it too.

      The war is wrong.  People are dying.  We're way past polite.  We have to ask public figures, in the words of that immortal song, "Whose side are you on?"

      Russ Feingold just called for a pullout by the end of next year. He didn't even mention Cindy Sheehan.

      www.bushwatch.net - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

      by chuckvw on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 01:40:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  100,000,000 (none)
    "There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country." CS

    Tens of thousands came out to support you, and hundreds of thousands support you in their hearts.

    Let's call for another vigil and grow the support.

    The Clothes have no Emperor.

    by 21stCenturyHippy on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 12:24:54 PM PDT

  •  Bellevue had over 200 people (4.00)
    It was wonderful!  We ran into a neighbor who was just returning from dinner out with her family.  They decided to take a candle and stay!  Lots of folks honked and gave us thumbs up and applause.  There was a small group of anti-peace vigil folks.  I really don't see how you can protest a peace vigil, but they managed to do it without making complete asses out of themselves.

    I want a million moms' march.

  •  From the MSM (none)
    Wash Post

    Is Sheehan a Spark or a Flicker?

    By Dan Froomkin
    Special to washingtonpost.com
    Thursday, August 18, 2005; 11:45 AM

    Is Cindy Sheehan the spark igniting an antiwar movement that threatens the Bush presidency? Or is she just an over-hyped flicker that will be extinguished with the next turn of the news cycle?

    The White House is counting on it being the latter. As the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei explained in a Live Online discussion yesterday: "The White House thinks this whole story is a silly obsession of bored reporters with nothing better to do during the slow August."

    But with more than a thousand Sheehan-inspired vigils all over the country last night -- and a national conversation unleashed -- there are reasons to think the White House may be wrong.

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

    by muledriver on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 01:24:22 PM PDT

  •  CNN is right wing whore!!! (none)
    Before the war started my family and I participated in an anti-war demonstration in Hollywood that ended up right in front of the CNN building.  There were thousands of us, but CNN did not cover it, because of course it was not NEWS to CNN that this was an obscene unnecessary war since they are part of the neocon warmongering propaganda machine that profits from it.

    So today I checked in to Google News as I always do to see how the candlelight vigils were playing.  The candlelight vigils in support of Cindy Sheehan had graduated to above-the-fold number two story.  Up until then, for the past two weeks, Cindy's vigil had only made below the fold top billing.  God Bless You, Google News, for covering it.  

    So I thought, let's check out CNN to see if after two years and all these horrible, tragic deaths and all this senseless destruction they FINALLY GET IT.

    Nope.  Not one single front page mention.  So there you have it.  CNN is a right wing warmongering, profit-mongering  whore with no conscience.  Did I leave anything out here?

  •  Drudge is Up to His Old Tricks, but Who Cares!! (none)
    One of the nastiest of the neo-con internet attack-blogs, The Drudge Report, recently posted in over-sized headlines "Cindy Unleased." It is hilarious to me, because what he has quoted of Cindy's words from earlier this year does not hurt her in the least!!  Her words are so effective and truthful that it can only hurt Bush and his motley stew of repugs. Cindy, you go!!!!! We are all behind you and will do everything we can to support YOU!!!! You are really gettin' their goats! We are on the move now!!!!

    Here's what he has posted; what you think:

    CINDY UNLEASHED: 'THE BIGGEST TERRORIST IN THE WORLD IS GEORGE W. BUSH'
    Wed Aug 17 2005 21:51:56 ET

    "We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We're waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!"

    So declared Cindy Sheehan earlier this year during a rally at San Francisco State University.

    Sheehan, who is demanding a second meeting with Bush, stated: "We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now."

    Sheehan unleashed a foul-mouth tirade on April 27, 2005:

    "They're a bunch of fucking hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up..." Sheehan said of the Bush administration.

    "If George Bush believes his rhetoric and his bullshit, that this is a war for freedom and democracy, that he is spreading freedom and democracy, does he think every person he kills makes Iraq more free?"

    "The whole world is damaged. Our humanity is damaged. If he thinks that it's so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go to this war."

    "We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog shit in Washington, we will impeach all those people."

    END

  •  Drudge is Up to His Old Tricks, but Who Cares!! (none)
    One of the nastiest of the neo-con internet attack-blogs, The Drudge Report, recently posted in over-sized headlines "Cindy Unleased." It is hilarious to me, because what he has quoted of Cindy's words from earlier this year does not hurt her in the least!!  Her words are so effective and truthful that it can only hurt Bush and his motley stew of repugs. Cindy, you go!!!!! We are all behind you and will do everything we can to support YOU!!!! You are really gettin' their goats! We are on the move now!!!!

    Here's what he has posted; what you think:

    CINDY UNLEASHED: 'THE BIGGEST TERRORIST IN THE WORLD IS GEORGE W. BUSH'
    Wed Aug 17 2005 21:51:56 ET

    "We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We're waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!"

    So declared Cindy Sheehan earlier this year during a rally at San Francisco State University.

    Sheehan, who is demanding a second meeting with Bush, stated: "We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now."

    Sheehan unleashed a foul-mouth tirade on April 27, 2005:

    "They're a bunch of fucking hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up..." Sheehan said of the Bush administration.

    "If George Bush believes his rhetoric and his bullshit, that this is a war for freedom and democracy, that he is spreading freedom and democracy, does he think every person he kills makes Iraq more free?"

    "The whole world is damaged. Our humanity is damaged. If he thinks that it's so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go to this war."

    "We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog shit in Washington, we will impeach all those people."

    END

  •  A Billion Candles Burning (none)
    Sitting in silence. In vigil.

    In solidarity, in prayer, in grief, longing, love.

    Hands over heart, breathing into the constriction, focusing on your heart, Cindy, on the hearts of everyone everywhere torn by the lies, the distortions, the savage Masters of War.

    Doing Buddhist Tonglen: breathing in the suffering, breathing out compassion. Breathing in the hurt, breathing out peace. Breathing in pain, breathing out love.

    A song rises from memory. Fingers find fretboard.

    My voice cracks, then finds its center.

    "Not the Torturer, will scare me
     Nor the body's final fall
     Nor the barrels of death's rifles
     Nor the writing on the wall
     Nor the night, when to the ground
     The last dim star of pain is hurled--
     But the blind indifference
     Of a merciless, unfeeling world

     Standing in the burned-out shell
     Of some Albanian farm

     A lone babushka holds a crying baby in her arms

     A soldier from the other side,
     A man of Heart, and Pride

     Breaks ranks, lays down his rifle
     And he kneels by her side

     He gives her water, binds her wounds
     And calms the crying child

     And touch brings absolution
     Across the great divide

     Then he makes his way back through
     The broken china of her life

     And at the curb, the samaritan Serb
     Turns, and waves goodbye.

     And EACH SMALL CANDLE
     Lights a corner of the dark--

     EACH SMALL CANDLE
     Lights a corner of the dark--

     AND THE WHEEL OF PAIN STOPS TURNING
     AND THE BRANDING IRON STOPS BURNING
     WHEN THE CHILDREN CAN BE CHILDREN
     WHEN THE DESPERADOES WEAKEN
     WHEN THE TIDE ROLLS IN TO GREET THEM
     WHEN THE NATURAL LOVE OF BEAUTY
     GREETS THE HUMBLE AND THE MIGHTY
     WITH A BILLION CANDLES BURNING--

     each small candle
     lights a corner of the dark

     and a billion candles burning
     light the dark side of every human mind--"

    This song, these words are not mine. The first stanza was written by a South American man who had been tortured. The rest was written by British recording artist Roger Waters.

    When my own life has plunged into despair and darkness this song has brought me great comfort, Cindy. I offer these words simply in the hope that if you do chance to read them, they will lift your spirits and help keep you strong.

    Remember the lies they are telling about you are just that: lies. They aren't real, they just play that way on television. Only the Love is real, when all is said and done. Only the Love, and the actions of our little lives which were done and said and offered up in Love, with Love, in Truth.

    Each small candle last night was held by a human heart suffering and longing with yours, Cindy, in the fullness of Love. You are so, so supported.

    stay strong

  •  President Pharoh.... (none)
    Yes, our Dear Leader is the God King! Or was it that loony Moon dude? Can't really tell the difference. Will have to O'Reilly tonight, he will set me straight!

    <snark>

    The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. ~David Friedman

    by Ralfast on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 01:46:15 PM PDT

  •  300 folks at one vigil in SF (4.00)
    IndyMedia captured some pictures from the vigil in front of the Federal Building here last night.  I got sick and couldn't go, but more showed up than signed up.  The coordinator of the event, from the AFSC, sent an update memo with this link to the pictures.  

    So, Cindy, thousands, not hundreds, showed up across the country, and if they didn't, many like me who couldn't go, burned a candle in their window in solidarity.  I put up a Talk with Cindy sign on my window, too.

    Dont' let the slim bag repugs distract you from your mission.  You are so brave to endure the trash talk about you and to focus on your purpose for being in that hell hole called Crawford.

    I will never forget what you have done and stand, as always, your humble admirer.

    Bush lies, people die

  •  Even here in.... (4.00)
    the heart of Red States, Idaho, more than 300 people showed up for a "Candless Vigil".  Seems our great leaders don't allow candle vigils on the Statehouse step.....not that there is a danger of causing a fire from the outside (being mostly stone....like many of our states great minds today).

    For a state that voted >70% Bush and has only a little over a million residents this was a great turnout, peaceful and positive.  For too many here in this state Bush's Faux War strikes home with missing National Guardsmen, deployed airmen from the Mt. Home Airbase, and the sad memory of Vietnam and its divisions.  Even hard core supporters of the GOP, of Bush, of this administration are having to stare into the ugly lies.  Even here the faithful, and this is what they are, have begun to question the wisdom of these "grownups" who were going to bring decency, honesty, and morals back to the Whitehouse.

    The rhetoric is wearing thin, the lies are not fulfilling anymore, the fake outrage is now too false.  Now more and more question what this mission was or is, they question what this noble cause is, they wonder why the dreaded "they" really hate us.

    Even here in the Heart of Redness.

    Take care, remember you have many friends everywhere you will go in the "nation".

    I seem to have lost my nation, I appear to have stepped through the Looking Glass into a "Homeland"

    by mdgluon on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 02:06:29 PM PDT

  •  Even here in.... (none)
    the heart of Red States, Idaho, more than 300 people showed up for a "Candless Vigil".  Seems our great leaders don't allow candle vigils on the Statehouse step.....not that there is a danger of causing a fire from the outside (being mostly stone....like many of our states great minds today).

    For a state that voted >70% Bush and has only a little over a million residents this was a great turnout, peaceful and positive.  For too many here in this state Bush's Faux War strikes home with missing National Guardsmen, deployed airmen from the Mt. Home Airbase, and the sad memory of Vietnam and its divisions.  Even hard core supporters of the GOP, of Bush, of this administration are having to stare into the ugly lies.  Even here the faithful, and this is what they are, have begun to question the wisdom of these "grownups" who were going to bring decency, honesty, and morals back to the Whitehouse.

    The rhetoric is wearing thin, the lies are not fulfilling anymore, the fake outrage is now too false.  Now more and more question what this mission was or is, they question what this noble cause is, they wonder why the dreaded "they" really hate us.

    Even here in the Heart of Redness.

    Take care, remember you have many friends everywhere you will go in the "nation".

    I seem to have lost my nation, I appear to have stepped through the Looking Glass into a "Homeland"

    by mdgluon on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 02:13:10 PM PDT

  •  Here is my contribution, Cindy (none)
    I present some of the most beautiful vigil photos in the U.S.A.~

    Diary and photo link HERE

  •  My right index finger is tired... (none)
    from clicking the left mouse button on the "4-Excellent" choice on so many, many of the preceding posts.  Still, I hope every reader will concentrate and reflect, if only for a minute or two, on the words of the wise Rabbi in the diary:

    "The war kills the innocent, steals food from the poor,  steals schools and health-care from the middle class, benefits terrorists, rewards corrupt corporations, and is used as a political bulwark by people who demean or hate homosexuality and deny the moral validity of women's choices."

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott.

    by tomathawl on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 02:39:49 PM PDT

  •  Cindy's mother had a stroke (4.00)
    My thoughts are with you and your Mom, Cindy.
    *****

    Sheehan leaving Crawford to be with ailing mom
    Associated Press

    CRAWFORD -- The grieving mother who started an anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch nearly two weeks ago said today she was leaving because her mother had a stroke.

    Cindy Sheehan told reporters she had just received the phone call and would rush to her 74-year-old mother's side. Her mother lives in the Los Angeles area.

    "I'll be back as soon as possible if it's possible," Sheehan said. After hugging some of her supporters, she got in a van and left.

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3316572

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by jaysea on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 02:54:07 PM PDT

  •  There is no leadership from (none)
    this president.  As what happened with the Dixie Chick thing, Bush could put a stop to any personal threats to Cindy by saying on camera that he doesn't want anything bad to happen to her. But I think he wouldn't mind if something does happen and that she deserves it if it does. Can you imagine Clinton standing by and not saying anything if a protesting grieving mother were threatened by crazies.  Of course, Clinton would have gone down there and visited her pretty quickly.
  •  Listen. (none)
    I live in an area that I consider, without a doubt, the epitome of conspicuous consumption.  A 1-br. condo here is $200K.  A townhouse, a small one, is $400K.  A single family home is $750K and up.  The cars are newish, shiny, well cared for.  The schools are well-equipped.  The shopping is pricey.  And I live in the South - Northern Virginia.  

    Although the state is red, the DC suburbs are a very light blue... This is owed mainly, however, to the inclusion of Falls Church city, Alexandria City, and Arlington City.  I wish I could say that Fairfax County was definitively blueish, but it isn't.  

    Because many of us either work for the Federal government or have careers dependent on the Federal government, you always find a lot of people talking about how wonderful the party in power is and very few detractors.  Detracting from the current Administration (regardless of who comprises it) can have heavy career implications.

    Imagine my utter SHOCK to find nearly 400 people at our Reston, Virginia vigil yesterday evening.  I'm one of those people in private industry whose career is dependent on the Federal government - I had a great time during the Clinton years and have had not so good a time during the Bush years.  But yesterday - people came out.  We lined the road.  We had candles.  We had signs.  I had a camera.  We were all people, all ages, all genders, all races - all together.  The traffic that rode by was overwhelmingly supportive - it drowned out the very, very few who chose to give us the middle finger.  I was, frankly, stunned.  This area is my home - I have lived here (with a small interruption during college) since 1976 and I would have never anticipated that many people would be out there.

    Change is in the air... Nurture it.  Respect it.  Drive it.

    The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution. 65W40S

    by RenaRF on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 03:34:51 PM PDT

  •  You're in my thoughts (none)
    Cindy, I just heard the news about your mom, and so I know this will probably be the last post from you in while.

    I hope and pray that she'll be all right, and that you and your family can support each other through this latest trial. It never rains but it pours.

    Just know that those of us who've been supporting you, will be keeping on while you take care of your personal business. Focus on your family, they come first. We'll be sure to hold your place till you can come back to us.

    Take care.

    As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

    by sidnora on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 03:40:49 PM PDT

  •  Cindy, did you write this? (none)
    " 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. "

    I think this sentence is why people on the right are bringing up the Israel thing.  The link to the entire message is here: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/bullyard/msg/7f523b1a73be1a36?hl=en

    I realize how e-mail messages can be manipulated, so if you didn't write it, then no big deal.  

    •  As she clearly said in this diary (none)
      and previously, she did not say that or write that.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

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

      by Lestatdelc on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 04:51:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I understand... (none)
        ...that she denied saying it in the diary.  But she has written alot of things.  I suppose telling you I am not a troll will not persuade you, but I was genuinely curious.  

        So if she did not write that, then someone on the right invented either her entire e-mail or just inserted that portion of it into the e-mail.  Probably should be looked into....

        •  Never said you were a troll... (none)
          nor intimated it at all.

          Was responding to you in your asking Cindy if she wrote that, which she clearly denies having done so. So your query was answered already.

          IF people choose to think she may have written it and either forgot about it, lied about it, etc. that is for them to decide.

          I also agree it should be looked into, and so far, there is no credible evidence to support the assertion that Cindy wrote it.

          cheers,

          Mitch Gore

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

          by Lestatdelc on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 10:54:38 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Yes Mitch did not.. (none)
            say nor imply that heritom is a troll... that would have been me. It was a pretty easy conclusion to come to taking into account his previous post parroting repug talking points ie "terrorists" killed Casey, the left doesnt respect the office of the preznit etc.
    •  2nd post is a troll remark... (none)
      Been debunked earlier this week.

      Thanks for coming out so soon - easier to ignore you!

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

      by Rico on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 06:30:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Should have said (none)
      heritom's 2nd post ever is a troll remark.

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

      by Rico on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 06:31:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Cindy (none)
    My wife and I watch the stories of your vigil every day.  Our son did three tours with the Marines in Iraq. We were lucky, he came home alive--scarred physically and psychologically, but alive.  We can only imagine how it feels to actually experience the loss that we anticipated every day for the last 3 1/2 years.  Though we do not know you, we love you and support you for the position you take, and the bravery to face the right-wing slime machine (and the heat of an August in Texas) to make your point.

    I saw you on CNN this morning just going through your normal routine while banal journalists asked inane questions that danced all around the real issues.  At that moment you were my sister.  And I was proud of you.  And I wanted to give you a big hug and thank you for being yourself in the face of a world that, by and large, doesn't "get it".

    I also noticed that despite the best efforts of CNN to find other mothers to attack your position politically and support the Bush regime, the women they have interviewed have (despite a preponderance of ties to conservative groups and causes)declined to attack you.  Instead they offer empathy.

    Real, patriotic, Americans like me and the thousands on this blog, at the vigils, and going about their daily lives recognize you for the true heroine that you are.  For putting a face on all our voices.  God bless you, Sister, and may all that is good light your way.

    "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

    by BigOkie on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 04:31:45 PM PDT

  •  Vigils in Hawaii (none)
    Honolulu Advertiser coverage of the vigils in Hawaii:

    Nearly 100 people gathered in the backyard of a hilltop house in Kalihi Valley last night to light candles in sympathy for a California woman protesting her 24-year-old son's death in Iraq.

    "She's just a mother among other mothers," said Cecile Smith, 68, one of the participants. "But she's a catalyst, it seems."

    It was one of nearly a dozen such gatherings across Hawai'i and hundreds across the nation urged by Cindy Sheehan, whose own vigil at a makeshift camp near President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch began on Aug. 6 to honor her son, Casey, who was killed in Iraq last year.

    Smith, whose nephew is serving in Iraq, stood for 45 minutes with a candle in her hand with only one wish in her mind.

    "We should get out now," she said. "Our young men and women are dying out there. It's scary."

    Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., has vowed to remain through Bush's monthlong ranch visit unless he meets with her and other grieving families.

    "I'm very moved by one person making a difference," said Kalihi resident Charmaine Crockett, who held the vigil at her house.

    The event was one of 11 planned statewide, scheduled for a simultaneous start at 7:30 p.m. on O'ahu, Kaua'i, Maui and the Big Island. It also was among more than 1,600 similar gatherings planned across the country, according to liberal advocacy groups MoveOn.org Political Action, TrueMajority and Democracy for America.

  •  Nationwide Student Strike being called for Sept. 2 (none)
    This just came through the crawfordpeacehouse YahooGroup - all I know is what is in this message.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: crawfordpeacehouse@yahoogroups.com On Behalf Of Debbie Russell
    Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:00 PM
    To: austinagainstwar@yahoogroups.com ; austinspokes@lists.riseup.net
    Cc: crawfordpeacehouse@yahoogroups.com ; tuaw@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Nationwide STUDENT STRIKE!! Sept. 26

    START SPREADING THE WORD!!!!!

    Backed by Noam Chomsky and more than 100 other professors so far...a call has been put out by a fabulous guy in OR for a student strike on Sept. 26 - a damn fine birthday present to me, I might add! And nicely coordinated with the D.C. action so students can have more leeway to go to DC that weekend.

    The brainchild of this effort puts this in line with Cindy's efforts, but seeks to begin to transfer the focus "from Texas to the nation's 300-plus Pentagon-dependent universities." (see bottom--and I'm sure he isn't trying to "transfer the focus" away from the military families so much as start to give all these new people coming 'out' into the movement a target to focus their loss and anger on, besides Bush)

    ------------------------------
    September 26, 2005

    President George W. Bush, The White House
    Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Department of Defense, The Pentagon
    President Nils Hasselmo, Association of American Universities
    Governor Ted Kulongoski, State of Oregon
    President Dave Frohnmayer, University of Oregon

    Dear Public Servants,

    As University of Oregon's first graduate student in the field of Peace Studies, it is my responsibility to explore the role of the military in society and those conditions that most promote peace and human welfare. In so doing, I have come to understand the nature of America's war industry, and how that industry has flourished in the wake of the Cold War. I have come to find that more than 300 of our universities are developing weapons for the Department of Defense, and that these schools are increasingly reliant on the industry of war to sustain their education programs. Indeed, the Association of American Universities appears to be little more than a lobby for such funding.

    As a person of good conscience, I have learned too much about the business of war to remain silent about its overwhelming encroachment in our schools, communities, and global life systems. In promoting this encroachment, I do not believe that you serve in the interest of prosperity and security for the common people. By your consistent actions, in fact, it is abundantly clear that you believe America's top priority is profit from the business of war, not the general welfare of its people.

    When America was born a people-first country, the concept of freedom spread rapidly throughout the world without military force. The vision of our Founders was to advance the notion of people living in peace using the freedom that nature provides upon birth. You may feel at peace with yourselves, but I believe you are acting as businessmen instead of servants. And in honoring our Founding principles, I must proclaim that to exploit the fears and prejudices of the common people to maintain the flow of profits from conflict--to perpetuate a state of war for personal gain--is treasonous to our creed.

    You say this is a peace-loving nation when you know it is not; America is by far history's greatest peddler of arms, and your business is making war everyone else's business. The people, under this set of priorities, are an expendable resource, and on behalf of those who founded this country and those whose lives stand in peril today--thus, on behalf of all Americans--I reject the notion of our servants serving only themselves and war profiteers.

    Therefore, I feel compelled to strike in peaceful but vociferous opposition to your priorities until our national policies reflect our priorities and serve the rights and needs of the common people.

    I am a dedicated scholar and University of Oregon alumnus. But I refuse to study inside the classroom of any school that sells itself to the war industry, and I will stand outside and speak my heart as strongly as possible to highlight the obvious hypocrisy that you promote. For I fear that if I do not, America and other countries are very likely to suffer and fall as a result of your cold determination to saturate with weapons a world that stands on the verge of resource depletion.

    Developing weapons at our institutions of enlightenment contradicts the inherent purpose of learning. How will we ever learn peace while making war in our schools?

    I hereby submit to you this petition for peaceful priorities.

    Dutifully, Brian D. Bogart bbogart@darkwing.uoregon.edu Multicultural Studies Certificate, US-Japan Relations, Lewis and Clark College, Portland 1995 International Studies Certificate, Waseda University, Tokyo 1996 B.A. Japanese History, University of Oregon 1997 M.A. Candidate, Peace Studies, University of Oregon

    Sponsors of this action include:

    Noam Chomsky
    Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Franklin W. Stahl
    Professor Emeritus of Biology
    University of Oregon

    Peter Phillips Ph.D.
    Sociology Department/Project Censored
    Sonoma State University

    (names removed for space)

  •  How's Mom Cindy (none)
    I just found this great article in The Nation about how the repugnutless are all so upset. You sawed off one for them Cindy ha and bullies can't stand that. Bravo! and as I told a young man this afternoon. " NEVER underestimate the power of a MOTHER!"

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=13737

    Cindy you are the catalyst for the rebirth of the anti war movement. I have been praying for this for a long time and now it's here thanks to you.

  •  Moving on... (none)
    Cindy, I hope you take the unfortunate situation of your mother's stroke to take stock of this media circus. what you have done so far is remarkable, and I feel that this might be a good time to bring it to a close. If you leave your mother at a time like this, the right will make a big deal about it. And besides, you've accomplished your objective.

    Go where you  are most needed. that is all I am saying.

    PETRUK

    "Doing the world a favor since 1963."

    by Petruk on Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 07:25:05 PM PDT

  •  Maui News covers vigils (none)
    Maui News article today:

    More than a hundred Maui residents took part in a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to show support for a California woman protesting her 24-year-old son's death in Iraq.

    It was one of nearly a dozen such gatherings across Hawaii, including groups meeting under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina and in Paia, and hundreds nationwide urged by Cindy Sheehan, whose vigil at a makeshift camp near President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch began Aug. 6 to honor her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq last year.

    Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., has vowed to remain through Bush's monthlong ranch visit unless he meets her and other grieving families.

    Joy Brann of Kula, who took part in the vigil at the cultural center in Kahului, said Sheehan's vigil outside the Crawford ranch has galvanized Americans opposed to the war in Iraq.

    "She is being likened to a modern-day Rosa Parks," Brann said, referring to a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Sheehan "is helping those who are against the war to unite, and she is bringing in the media attention to those who are against the war. Until now, people against the war have been iced out of the media."

    Others at the center spoke out against the war in Iraq.
    [...]
    Ave Diaz, a member of the Maui Peace Action steering committee, said more than 300 people showed up at the center to see "Wheel of Time," a film about the Dalai Lama that preceded the candlelight vigil, which drew about 100 people.

    "Everybody's really excited," she said. "We're thinking about doing this on a weekly basis to discuss what we can do as individuals and collectively to promote a Cabinet-level Department of Peace.

  •  Culture of Life (none)
    I would look forward to Ms. Sheehan using this very term, "culture of life."  Perhaps she can say that she and the president agree -- they both want to promote life.

    ------

    p.s. Perhaps, in the greatest of irony, the brave soldiers in Iraq did sacrifice in the fight for freedom  -- ours here at home.

  •  the "Casey died for Israel" comment (none)
     Cindy could probably put this all to rest if she'd out the former friend who doctored her letter in an effort to promote his own agenda.

     There is no reason to protect someone who's stabbing you in the back.

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