War protester's supporters, detractors converge

By Alex Roth
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER (San Diego)
August 13, 2005

NANCEE E. LEWIS / Union-Tribune
Bill Mitchell grieved for his son Army Sgt. Mike Mitchell, who was killed in Iraq. Mitchell joined protesters yesterday outside President Bush's Texas ranch.

CRAWFORD, Texas – A few miles down the road from President Bush's vacation ranch, a small patch of countryside has come to symbolize the fault line that has emerged in this country over the wisdom of the war in Iraq.

Along a dusty road yesterday morning, under the shade of several large oak trees, dozens of posters declared "Wage Peace" and asked "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" A man with dyed-orange hair strummed an acoustic guitar from atop a 1983 Volvo station wagon, and an anti-war group handed out pink umbrellas decorated with peace signs so protesters could shield themselves from the blistering Texas sun.

Fox News Refines its Cindy Sheehan Smear

News Hounds

One of the guests on Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (August 12, 2005,) was Lance Cpl. Klay South. South, who sat rod-straight and was dressed in a Marine officer's evening dress uniform, was shot in the face and in the foot in Fallujah in November, 2004. His facial scars are quite prominent but he is nonetheless a good-looking, articulate man.

He is not unaccustomed to attention. He was mentioned in a November, 2004, Washington Post article, and in that same month he sat very close to George W. Bush during an event at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. He will also be profiled in an "explosive, two hour" (as the ads say) Fox News "special" on Sunday evening titled, Company of Heroes.

Update from Lone Star Iconoclast on Rally in Crawford

Nathan Diebenow reporting for The Lone Star Iconoclast at 1:48 p.m. CDT

People are leaving the rally at Tonkawa Falls park. They are putting pink and yellow ribbons on the antennas of their cars. Licence plates include Virginia, Colorado, Arizona, and Missouri.

The Crawford police have stopped traffic along the road leading to Camp Casey. The pro-peace rallyers are stuck there awaiting the arrival of the McLennan County Sheriff's Department. It is hot in the cars. I was allowed to go through, being press, to the Peace House to talk more about what happened.

Three times during the rally, there were helicopters circling. Again, they did not look like media helicopters.

Cindy Sheehan's Reputation Gets Expert Management From Fox

News Hounds

If you want the job done right, you hire a professional. So tonight Fox hired Mike Paul, reputation management expert, to join John Gibson to do a more polished and professional trashing of Cindy Sheehan's reputation. Gibson and his guest, with cool professional objectivity, pondered the political ramifications of a Bush meeting with Cindy Sheehan. Maybe Paul was responsible for that new snapshot they had tonight of Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore photo shopped together. Nice touch, Mike.
8/12/05

After airing a powerful ad showing a sincere Sheehan asking President Bush to tell the truth about Iraq, Gibson was anxious to counter it.

Knight Ridder

Mother's vigil against war
FLASH POINT: DEMAND TO SEE PRESIDENT DIVIDES HER FAMILY, ANGERS RIGHT, BOLSTERS LEFT
By Ron Hutcheson, Knight Ridder

CRAWFORD, Texas - By Thursday, President Bush could no longer ignore the grieving, angry mother from Northern California camped outside his ranch.

Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville set up her tent beside the road leading to Bush's 1,600-acre spread last week, demanding to talk to the president about her son's death in Iraq. She has endured blistering heat, an earthshaking thunderstorm and an army of fire ants. She has also set off a storm of her own.

Pro-Bush and anti-Iraq war demonstrators square off in Texas

CRAWFORD, United States (AFP) - Hundreds of demonstrators against the war in
Iraq squared of with others rallying in support of President George W. Bush, outside Bush's vacation home.

Protestors seeking a US withdrawal from Iraq gathered near Bush's ranch for a rally and were met, in this tiny town of 750, by a group of Bush supporters.

The squaring off stirred up Crawford, usually sweltering quietly in August heat. About 1,000 people swarmed into town and police came out in force.

The antiwar protest was launched a week ago by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq in April 2004. She decided to camp outside Bush's ranch until he meets with her, and to demand a withdrawal of the 138,000 US troops.

Ithaca group joins Texas protest

8/12/2005 10:02 PM
By: News 10 Now Web Staff

The California mother who lost a son in the Iraq war is getting some local help for her protest. A group of supporters from Ithaca will join Cindy Sheehan at President Bush's ranch in Crawford Texas next week.

Organizers came up with the idea Thursday night and by Friday they had nearly a dozen people willing to go to Texas. Many who couldn't make the trip donated food and money for the travelers.

"The minute I read that I realized this is going on all over and I raised it with some people and right away everywhere we turn people have been on it. It's not a hard sell at all. People want to do something, people are fed up,

Washington Post

Cindy Sheehan's Pitched Battle
In a Tent Near Bush's Ranch, Antiwar Mother of Dead Soldier Gains Visibility

By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 13, 2005; Page A01

CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 12 -- Cindy Sheehan vaulted into national consciousness this month on the power of her story as the grieving mother of a fallen solider.

But what began as a solitary campaign to force a meeting with President Bush by setting up camp along the road to his ranch has quickly taken on the full trappings of a political campaign. Sheehan is working with a political consultant and a team of public relations professionals, and now she is featured in a television ad.

The New York Times

"One woman took a call from a stranger in Portland, Ore., who had researched the name Sheehan and reported that it means "peacemaker" in the Irish language."

The New York Times

Mother's Grief-Fueled Vigil Becomes Nexus for Antiwar Protesters

LM Otero/Associated Press
Cindy Sheehan, third from left, whose son was killed in Iraq, and other protesters watched President Bush's motorcade pass Friday in Crawford, Tex.

By ANNE E. KORNBLUT
Published: August 13, 2005
CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 12 - This is not the place to expect a sighting of Viggo Mortensen, the star of "The Lord of the Rings." Or at least it wasn't when President Bush began his annual vacation here earlier this month.

Military and Gold Star Families, Veterans and Supporters Hold Rally In Crawford On Saturday

Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277
Dante Zappala 215-520-7040

And Join Caravan to Camp Casey to Vigil with Cindy Sheehan

Supporters travel from all over Texas and Across Country to Demand Truth
and Accountability

CRAWFORD, TX - On Saturday, August 13 at 12 Noon - Families who have loved
ones serving in Iraq and families whose loved ones have been killed in
Iraq join other supporters at a rally in Tonkawa Falls Park in Crawford
Texas. The Rally will feature speakers from Military Families Speak Out,
Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans

I got to meet Cindy Sheehan yesterday

by Oregon guy at Daily Kos
Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 12:11:52 PDT

Hi. I used to post here quite a lot, and some of you might remember me (I joined the Army last year).

Anyway, I'm one of the soldiers from Fort Hood who went to visit Cindy Sheehan yesterday. Basically I was moved enough by what she is doing that I wrote her a letter and determined that I would hand-deliver it to her yesterday (it was a training holiday here at Fort Hood).

When I got to the encampment, some people from the Crawford Peace House spoke to me and insisted that my wife and I stick around to be introduced to Mrs. Sheehan.

War protesters bracing for pro-Bush rally nearby

08/12/2005
By ANGELA K. BROWN / Associated Press

More than 200 anti-war demonstrators along the road leading to President Bush's ranch were bracing Friday for a possible confrontation with Bush supporters at a counter-rally.

Leaders of the peace vigil, which grieving mother Cindy Sheehan started last weekend, urged the group to be prepared for antagonism but to ignore those at the other rally. It was apparently organized by a nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host and slated to begin Friday night near or at the war protesters' crowded makeshift campsite.

A few Bush supporters arrived on their own Friday and stood at the edge of the site, initially enduring some ridicule by the war opponents.

Cindy Sheehan's Message Repudiates George Bush -- and Howard Dean

By Norman Solomon

In 1972, after many years of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg wrote: "In that time, I have seen it first as a problem; then as a stalemate; then as a crime."

That aptly describes three key American perspectives now brought to bear on U.S. involvement in Iraq.

The moral clarity and political impacts of Cindy Sheehan's vigil in Crawford are greatly enhanced by the basic position that she is taking: U.S. troops should not be in Iraq.

Sheehan's position does not only clash directly with President Bush's policy, which he reiterated on Thursday: "Pulling the troops out would send a terrible signal to the enemy." Her call for total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq also amounts to a firm rejection of the ongoing stance from Howard Dean, the head of the Democratic Party, who told a Minneapolis audience on April 20: "Now that we're there, we're there and we can't get out."

Son Killed in Iraq Known for Quiet Service

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - He was an altar boy, an Eagle Scout, a church youth group leader. That is what people remember about Casey Sheehan, the 24-year-old soldier whose death in Iraq has become a flashpoint for debate about the war since his mother began staging a peace vigil outside the president's ranch in Texas.

Among family and friends - not to mention TV pundits, Internet bloggers and newspaper columnists - opinions vary about Cindy Sheehan's demand to meet with the president to talk about why the U.S. went to war. Like others, they struggle with whether her determination to bring the war home honors or diminishes his choice to join the Army.

For Peace Mother, life as normal ended with soldier son's death

San Luis Obispo Tribune
by MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press

VACAVILLE, Calif. - Before her son was killed in Iraq, before she began a peace vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch, before she became an icon of the anti-war movement and the face of grieving mothers, there was a time when Cindy Sheehan's life was, by all appearances, incredibly normal.

She grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, the daughter of a housewife and an electrician. She married her high school sweetheart, Patrick Sheehan. They had four babies, one almost every other year. They drove their growing clan in a huge, yellow station wagon with a goofy nickname: "The BananaMobile." She volunteered at church, and later, as the children grew, she worked there.

9/11 Family Member: Crawford As a Turning Point

Daily Kos
by Andrew for Oklahoma (Brother of 9/11 Victim David Rice & 2006 Candidate for State Senate in Oklahoma)

In Oct. 2004 I flew to San Francisco to do a speaking event with Lila Lipscomb (of FARENHEIT 9/11 and a fellow member of GSFP with Cindy). Cindy came to the event that night to meet us. If I recall correctly, Cindy had just begun getting more and more active in opposing the war that had killed her son Casey. Lila, of course, was and still is very active as well.

After the event I was talking with some friends and fellow members of Sept. 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (http://www.peacefultomorrows.org) and it was apparent to us, in watching Cindy and Lila speak to the press and people who attended the event, that they and other military families who had paid the worst price from an unnecessary war would be the catalysts who would bring an end to the occupation of Iraq. They would be able to ultimately succeed where us 9/11 families who were against the war had not been able to succeed.

"Anne Wright And The Man In The Truck"

[This is a very moving and poignant true glimpse into the lives of people visiting and staying at Camp Casey. It is the first in an ongoing series from the Upbeat Defiance site.]

Posted by Sapphire on 2005/8/13 11:27:17

Annie Spell called in this morning to share some brief glimpses into the lives and personalities of the people who have joined them at Camp Casey. I've debated what order to share these stories in, wanting to ensure that each and every story was read, because they are all so powerful, so moving. How was I to choose?

LONE STAR ICONOCLAST UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD - Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005

Lone Star Iconoclast
W. Leon Smith, publisher

Check The Lone Star Iconoclast site for their continual updates throughout the day.

Here's their report from 11:05 a.m. today:

Coordinator Ann Wright said, “There are about 50 Republicans here walking the mile and a half up the road from the Broken Spoke Ranch to Camp Casey. They get to walk on the road. They put us in the ditch, but those who support Bush get the road. I don’t understand that. It is so hot and these people are planning to walk all the way. We’re here a

Photos of SF Rally Last Night

Submitted by Jeff Paterson on Sat, 2005-08-13 12:22.

Hi Cindy,

On less than two days notice, over 200 folks rallied last night in San Francisco to support the stand you have taken in Texas. The rally included a Gold Star Families for Peace member who’s brother was killed serving in Iraq and a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Following the rally, we marched up to the busy Union Square shopping district to make some noise. See you again in Crawford next week!

Here are the photos:
http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/08/1759454.php

President Bush, Shameful. . .

The Washington Note
By Steve Clemons

It's hard to know, but I think that Harry Truman would have met Cindy Sheehan. I think that Dwight Eisenhower would have. He knew about military sacrifice -- the horror and complexity of it.

The micro life of a soldier -- or an Iraqi victim -- is lost sometimes against the macro drama, no matter what side of the war people might be on.

I think that Carter would be out there with her. I'm really not sure about Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon -- though a hunch tells me that Johnson would have been out there before Nixon and Kennedy.

Ronald Reagan would have stopped his car, if for no other reason that to hold Cindy Sheehan for a few moments, to express the regrets of a nation that her son was lost, and to thank her -- even though he might not have made her and many of us believers in this war.

Battle lines are drawn in Texas

San Diego Union Tribune
By Alex Roth

CRAWFORD, Texas – A few miles down the road from President Bush's vacation ranch, a small patch of countryside has come to symbolize the fault line that has emerged in this country over the wisdom of the war in Iraq.

Along a dusty road yesterday morning, under the shade of several large oak trees, dozens of posters declared "Wage Peace" and asked "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" A man with dyed-orange hair strummed an acoustic guitar from atop a 1983 Volvo station wagon, and an anti-war group handed out pink umbrellas decorated with peace signs so protesters could shield themselves from the blistering Texas sun.

The Grief of Cindy Sheehan

The Nation
by Bruce Shapiro

Pitching her tent on the Texas roadside, Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan has given a face, a voice and a story to the widespread but amorphous disillusionment with George Bush's Iraq occupation. Truck drivers divert from the interstate to blare their horns in support. Dozens of veterans and dead soldiers' families brave the summer heat to join her. Network news programs lead their morning broadcasts with the story of her protest.

The President, unwilling to accede to Sheehan's demand for a meeting and aware of the explosive potential of the war-bereaved, utters a generic statement and leapfrogs by helicopter over the possibility of direct confrontation.

Cindy Sheehan TV ad airs in Crawford, TX

Working for Change
Posted by Andrew Boyd

A TV ad of Cindy Sheehan addressing President Bush will air on Crawford, TX cable channels near Bush's ranch. The total ad buy is currently $15,000, paid for by Gold Star Families for Peace. The group plans to air the ad throughout August and wherever Bush visits during his vacation. Watch the ad now .

Sheehan's son, Casey, was an Army mechanic who was killed just five days after arriving in Iraq.

THE IN-LAWS: A Cindy Sheehan cartoon

From Daily Kos
by Tony Seybert
Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 07:59:02 PDT

LINK TO CARTOON

* Tony Seybert's diary :: ::

I posted this at My Left Wing yesterday. My Left Wing now has three semi-regular cartoon features, and it is a blast to log on and see cartoons on the front page. mental debris contributes "The Fuss Bunnies," dhonig does "The Jew Boy Speaks," and I have a cartoon called Duckerford B. Hayes, that started out as a vicious attack on the cosmic lamenosity of Mallard Fillmore, but soon took on a like of its own. ("The In-Laws" is part of the Duckerford B. Hayes series.)

Cindy Sheehan support - Your local events

Daily Kos
by raincat100
Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 08:05:39 PDT

Yesterday, mem from somerville posted a diary here about local events in support of Cindy Sheehan and Camp Casey - my diary from yesterday was a follow-up.

As mem said, we can't all be in Crawford, but many of us want to show our support.

Please post any such events in your area here (and provide a link or contact information if you have it.) And, please recommend so this diary doesn't fall off the page in a few minutes. (Thanks for the recommendations last night!)

Tiananmen Ranch

by James Moore
The Huffington Post

A close friend of mine went cycling with President Bush on Crawford Ranch last year and described a focused, relentlessly aggressive man on a mountain bike. Bush hammered out a hilly 18 mile course and left behind the guests and secret service agents trying to keep pace with his frenetic pedaling. There was nothing but him and the bike and the road and the pound of his heart. Good athletes are like this. Decent presidents are not.

Most endurance athletes discover that their minds, stimulated by endorphins released through exercise, tend to wander across a landscape of subjects. And when you find one that is engaging or significant, solutions and sensitivities unknown are suddenly discovered. That's why I wonder how the president can hit the trails of Prairie Chapel or even linger over his morning coffee and not be fixed on the unrelenting grief and resolve of Cindy Sheehan. She is becoming the symbol of our American Tiananmen.

The President Owes Ms. Sheehan More than Platitudes

by Rep. Bernie Sanders
The Huffington Post

Cindy Sheehan and the other families of soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq deserve answers from President Bush about his plans to bring our troops home. That is why I, along with dozens of other members of Congress, have urged the President to sit down with Ms. Sheehan.

One of the greatest concerns I have about the Bush Administration is their unwillingness to discuss issues with people whose positions are different than theirs. The President should hear firsthand from a woman whose views reflect those of tens of millions of Americans who believe that we have got to begin bringing our troops home as soon as possible.

It Takes a Village to Smear Cindy Sheehan

by Arianna Huffington
The Huffington Post

The right wing attacks on Cindy Sheehan -- desperate, pathetic, and grasping at straws -- expose much less about their target than about the attackers.

I mean, trying to slime a grieving Gold Star mom because she is inconveniently questioning the reasons her son was sent off to die in Iraq? Why that would be like trashing a much-decorated war hero or outing an undercover CIA agent…

Oh, right…

How much longer can the Bushies get away with mauling the very values they profess to stand for before their supporters start getting wise to the fact that the only value they really value is power?

We Have the Power

by Cindy Sheehan
The Huffington Post
Posted at 12:52 AM

My day started way too early today. After 3 hours of sleep, I was being shaken awake by someone at 6:30 a.m. telling me that the Today show wanted me to be on. I had come into town to sleep in a trailer because my tent had been infested with fire ants.

We had a very interesting day. We had Bush drive by really, really fast twice. I caught a glimpse of Laura. I was hoping after she saw me that she would come down to Camp Casey with some brownies and lemonade. I waited for her, but she never came.

The Bushes were going to a barbeque/fundraiser down the road from us. I was very surprised that they let us stay so close to Bush. The families of the fallen loved ones held their son's crosses from Arlington West while Bush drove by. I bet it didn't even give him indigestion to see so many people protesting his murderous policies.

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