Portrait of Cindy Sheehan also a Picture of Democracy

Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 by the Portland Press Herald (Maine)
By Victoria Mares-Hershey

Maine artist Robert Shetterly, creator of the "Americans Who Tell The Truth" portrait series, has started a painting of Cindy Sheehan.
His analysis of getting to the truth in painting a portrait sounds much like getting to the truth of what a democracy really looks and feels like.

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Cindy Sheehan © Copyright 2005 by Robert Shetterly.
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"After one has been painting for awhile, it's not really that difficult to reproduce the correct slope of the eyes, the idiosyncratic architecture of a nose, the subtle topography of that crevice between the nose & the upper lip . . ." he wrote in his online journal.

Sheehan Glad Bush Didn't Meet With Her

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

(08-30) 17:11 PDT Crawford, Texas (AP) --

A woman who led an anti-war protest for nearly a month near President Bush's ranch said Tuesday that she's glad Bush never showed up to discuss her son's death in Iraq, saying the president's absence "galvanized the peace movement."

Cindy Sheehan's comments came as war protesters packed up their campsite near the ranch and prepared to leave Tuesday for a three-week bus tour.

"I look back on it, and I am very, very, very grateful he did not meet with me, because we have sparked and galvanized the peace movement," Sheehan told The Associated Press. "If he'd met with me, then I would have gone home, and it would have ended there."

Bush and his famous false choices means, withdrawal NOW

Bush's favorite political gambit is the false choice. One alternative is what he wants to do. The other is unacceptable. No other alternatives are allowed, creating a false choice.

Remember this one: either use US military force to remove Saddam OR DO NOTHING. Other moderate alternatives, like UN inspections or containment or continued sanctions, were simply rejected or ignored to create the false choice: give Bush power to invade or let Saddam do whatever he wanted. America picked giving Bush power.

Now Bush's false choice is, give me yet another blank check for occupation in the way and as long as I want, that I may torture who I want, contract with Halliburton as I please, stop loss who I want---or just cut and run. Other moderate alternatives, like timetables or target dates, are simply rejected, as are little things like transparency or some stated metric by which we can say the mission is "accomplished". It's either retreat and leave Iraq a mess or let him do whatever he wants.

Good Bye to Crawford

by Cindy Sheehan on Daily Kos
Tue Aug 30th, 2005 at 06:28:59 PDT

Good Bye to Crawford
But Not to Camp Casey
Day 24
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

While George golfed yesterday, the worst hurricane ever struck New Orleans; oil went up to over 68.00/barrel; and an American soldier was killed in the charade and cataclysmic occupation of Iraq. The soldier's family doesn't even know what's going to hit them yet. The death is "Pending Notification." I continually ask myself: "How do George Bush and other death-mongers live with themselves?" While George vacations and bikes and golfs his way to the lowest poll numbers since Richard Nixon, other "patriots" are wrapping themselves in the Stars and Stripes and going along with the farce that the mission from hell: Killing more people in Iraq, because so many have already been killed" is somehow a good thing ordained by God. I can live with myself, but trust me, sleep does not come easily to me these days.

Killed soldier questioned Bush's war plan

"Before he died when his truck overturned during combat in Baghdad, Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27, posted an entry on his weblog sharing his anger about the situation in Iraq," in which he questioned the United States' 'fucktarded' Iraq war plan, Rogers Cadenhead reports on his site, DrudgeRetort.com."

"What the fuck has my chain of command been doing? We were winning somewhat when I left. And now we're being pinned down in our own fucking homes? Insurgents are pushing locals out of their homes and taking over my area at will? What kind of fucktarded plan have we been half-assedly executing? Obviously the kind that neglects sound contact with locals. Obviously the kind that gives further distance to unbridged gaps between soldiers and locals. Obviously the kind that has shown enough weakness when confronted by the insugency that it has been encouraged to grow.

Bush Draws Comparisons Between Iraq War, WWII

Bush Draws Comparisons Between Iraq War, WWII
Bush Arrived At NAS North Island On Monday

SAN DIEGO -- A resolute President George W. Bush, facing a public wary of his war policies, declared Tuesday at Naval Air Station North Island that "we will not rest until victory is America's and our freedom is secure."

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, the president drew comparisons between that 20th-century conflict and current wars on terror and in Iraq.

"As we mark this anniversary, we are again a nation at war. Once again war came to our shores with a surprise attack that killed thousands in cold blood," he said at a naval base here, referring to Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Decorated veteran, and lifelong Republican, says new Abu Ghraib photos must be released

Larisa Alexandrovna

In an exclusive interview with RAW STORY, retired U. S. Army Colonel Michael Pheneger explained why he submitted testimony in support of the ACLU's lawsuit seeking new Abu Ghraib detainee abuse documents, saying "the only way to assign accountability is to conduct a thorough investigation of every aspect of these deplorable episodes."

The Pentagon has successfully kept new photographs out of the public eye, arguing that their release would be detrimental to the safety of troops abroad.

Colonel Pheneger is a highly decorated thirty year veteran who has served in various high level military posts throughout his career, including: Commander, U. S. Army Intelligence School, Director of Intelligence, U. S. Special Operations Command; Deputy Director of Intelligence, and has worked with the USSOCOM and USCENTCOM teams providing high level intelligence support. Colonel Pheneger is also a lifelong Republican, who finds the government’s case just another "bending of rules" long since prohibited by the military. He voted for George W. Bush in 2000, and works with the ACLU.

From US Labor Against the War

IN THIS MESSAGE: Bring Them Home Now Tour; In Iraq, hope should spring internal; U.S. corporations march into Baghdad

Dear Friends,

On August 31st the Bring Them Home Now Tour will ROLL from Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas to Washington, D.C. The messages and the spirit of Camp Casey will spread to communities across the country.

Since August 6th Cindy Sheehan and other Gold Star and military families have raised a clear, uncompromising call: it is time to stop the senseless death, time to end the war in Iraq and to bring all of our troops home now. As the 24-hour-a-day vigil at the front door of president Bush’s vacation ranch comes to a close, the final touches are being put in place for the next step in this campaign.

A Citizen's Report From Camp Casey

by Chris Greta, Founder, HeroBracelets.org

News was happening just up the road.

A growing anti-war protest was festering along the country lanes surrounding President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch. Cindy Sheehan had lost her son in Iraq and was staging a live-in outside the President’s ranch. She was trying to get him to meet with her. And he would not. It became a grand debate and spectacle. Thousands of people on both sides of the issue came to make themselves heard. I decided to bring my own kids and show them first-hand what the debate was about and who was involved.

Family at Camp Casey w/ daughter in LA needs your help!

Buddy Spell (aka Dylan Garcia) is one of Cindy Sheehan's lawyers. He and his wife are here at Camp Casey helping to make this action as smooth as possible.

When they left Louisiana they left their 7-year old daughter, Sarah, with a friend in Washington Parish. (In LA, counties are called "Parishes")

Due to the hurricane, they have lost all contact with their friend and they fear the worst. The Spells are frantic for solid information about the state of Washington Parrish or their daughter.

If you have solid information about what is going on in Washington Parrish, please call 612-578-0130. This is the cell-phone number of Alex, a close friend of the Spells. I have full permission from the family, mods and Admins to post this personal information.

War and Anti-War

War and Anti-War
By Hendrik Hertzberg
The New Yorker

09 September Issue

A few days after the attacks of September 11, 2001, President Bush, during a visit to the still smoldering Pentagon, said that what was already calle the "war on terror" would be "a different type of war"-different, presumably, from the two World Wars, different from Korea and Vietnam, differen from the surrogate skirmishes in the Cold War's buffer zones, different from the Cold War itself, different from his father's war to expel Sadda Hussein's marauders from Kuwait. Four years later, many of Bush's (and others') expectations about the ensuing struggle have fallen by the wayside But that one has proved right.

UFPJ: Leave My Child Alone!

Dear UFPJ Member Group:

We're strongly encouraging you to participate in the following

call to action from the Leave My Child Alone Coalition, including:

opting out of military recruiter lists and hosting a back to school event.

Here's an already written email we hope you will send out to your


Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that
requires public high schools to hand over students' private contact
information to military recruiters. If a school does not comply, it
risks losing vital federal education funds. As if that weren't bad

American Indian Movement representatives visit Camp Casey


Dennis Banks, "Commander and Chief" of the American Indian Movement, presented Cindy a cloak on behalf of her fallen warrior son. He then presented Cindy a pin of five gold stars (it looked a lot like the rank ensign of a five star general). Dennis explained that the pin was not only representative of her as a gold star mother, but also of a leader in the struggle against injustice and war. He was also not the first person to mention Cindy and Rosa Parks in the same sentence. Four other members of AIM joined Dennis on stage for ceremonial drum circle.

Cindy and vets hold morning press conference


At this mornings's press conference, Cindy, military families and veterans, including National Guardsmen, sent condolences to the men and women of Louisiana who are facing Hurricane Katrina. Cindy called for all remaining Camp Casey materials to be sent to the disaster site, and veteran called on fellow vets in Louisiana to help with disaster relief. More information about the coming bus tour was announced.

Paralyzed Iraq veteran Tomas Young called on President Bush to meet with him to explain why his best hope to walk again, stem cell research, was not being pursued. Tomas was wounded in Iraq the same day that Casey Sheehan was killed.

Five New Co-Sponsors of Resolution of Inquiry

Reps. John Tierney (MA), Emanuel Cleaver (MO), Gwen Moore (WI), Jim Moran (VA), and Jerry Nadler (NY), have now signed on to co-sponsor H Res 375, demanding answers from the Bush Administration. That makes 58 Co-Sponsors. Who will be #s 59 and 60? See:

Summary of Meeting with Representative Brad Miller (D-NC)

From the Government Accountability Project (GAP)

A group of concerned citizens gathered at a house party in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the third anniversary of the Downing Street Minutes meeting. Out of that meeting was formed the Government Accountability Project (GAP). Five members of GAP, all constituents of Representative Brad Miller (D-NC), met with him on August 17th to discuss his positions on the war in Iraq and specifically to ask him to sign Barbara Lee’s Resolution of Inquiry.

Rep. Miller has expressed early and continued concern over our involvement in Iraq and the intelligence that led us there. Last year he co-sponsored a resolution initiated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) calling for a House investigation of that intelligence. Rep. Miller has since asked Rep. Waxman to reintroduce this resolution and he promised our group that he would pursue this with him again.

Here's the Funny Part

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Tuesday 30 August 2005

If the thunder don't get you
Then the lightning will ...

-- Robert Hunter
Try this madness on for size.

Here we have Pat Robertson, ostensibly a Christian, judging by the number of crosses he surrounds himself with, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Parsing the gibberish that pours forth from this fraud of a holy man has been a parlor game in my home for a while now. My favorite remains the statement made by Robertson in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when he said the attack was God's judgment on America for our tolerance of gays, feminists and the ACLU.

Slight Majority Say Bush Should Meet With Sheehan

Survey Suggests Mother's Actions Have Little Impact on War Views
By Richard Morin, Washington Post Staff Writer

Slightly more than half of the country says President Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed last year in Iraq, who is leading a protest against the war outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex., according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey found that 52 percent of the public says Bush should talk to Sheehan, who has repeatedly asked for a meeting with the president, while 46 percent said he should not. Fifty-three percent support what she is doing while 42 percent oppose her actions, according to the poll.

Kucinich to re-introduce Dept. of Peace legislation

Landmark measure addresses all forms of conflict and violence,
nationally and internationally

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and 55 co-sponsors will re-introduce legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peace during the first week the House is back in session, September 12, 2005.

“Every day in our country, millions of people are touched by various aspects of violence. And yet, every day people are still reaching for hope, looking for some opportunity to be delivered from this violence,

Anti-War America

Todd Gitlin
August 30, 2005

Todd Gitlin (toddgitlin.net) contributes regularly to TPMcafe.com and is the author of The Intellectuals and the Flag, forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

There come moments in the course of all movements when they go mainstream, despite the best efforts of their enemies to demonize them and of their most radical elements to purify them. Such a moment has probably arrived in the case of the current anti-war effort. But pitfalls also loom.

You cannot trade on certainties in such elusive matters, because events intrude. But a probable turning point arrived the evening of Wednesday, August 17, when (according to Moveon.org) some hundreds of thousands around the country turned out for more than 1,600 candlelight vigils to express solidarity with Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey outside Crawford, Texas. In White Plains, N.Y., the more than 100 who gathered included, I was told by a correspondent, “loads of soccer moms, Little League dads and plenty of their kids.

Chorus of Church Bells to Ring Across Nation in Remembrance of the Fallen in Iraq

Bells Will Bear Witness to the Human Toll of War, Commemorate their Sacrifice, and Bring Forth a Moral Consensus on Next Steps in Iraq

Commencement Ceremony Thursday (9/1), 10:00AM;
All Souls Church, Washington, DC

Washington, DC: Religious leaders are calling for a coordinated tolling of bells to remember those who have lost their lives in Iraq. The National Council of Churches, Clergy, Laity Concerned About Iraq and Faithful America along with Democracy Rising are leading the call for churches and other religious institutions to take part in this healing. The groups were inspired, in part, by the actions of Gold Star Families for Peace seeking to understand why U.S. soldiers and Iraqis are dying.


BLOG ALONG DURING THE SHOW: http://www.bradblog.com
LIVE LISTEN LINKS: http://www.BradShow.com

'Operation Noble Cause' Wraps Up After 50 Hours of LIVE Radio in 9 Days...
On RAW RADIO - LIVE from Camp Casey II at HIGH NOON...
Barring any schedule changes down here (and things do change quickly in Crawford) today will be our final day of our special daily live coverage of events on the ground in Crawford Texas.

We'll be wrapping things up, putting things into perspective, reporting on the extraordinary coming together between the pro-Sheehan and pro-Bush camps in a late-night candle light vigil last night at Camp Casey I, speaking with several Bush supporters and hopefully chatting with Cindy Sheehan before the stakes of Camp Casey in Crawford get pulled up and the "Peace Train" hits the road on its way to Washington D.C.

In My LIfe, I Love You More

By CindySheehan

Day 23
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

Since I began my vigil in Crawford, an average of 2.69 per day of our nation's brave and noble troops died in Iraq for George's cowardly and ignoble war. 2.69 families per day have been devastated for no reason except that: we have to continue killing American soldiers because so many have been killed already. My heart and soul go out to these families who had a loved one killed so needlessly and avoidably.

CindySheehan's diary :: ::
How many more are we as Americans going to tolerate before we force the reckless commander in chief to bring our kids home? How much more blood are we going to allow congress to wash their hands in before we force them to force George to bring our children home?

Places for Peaceful Protests

Tuesday August 30, 2005

BUSH in Coronado, CA - 12:00 EDT: Bush makes remarks commemorating the
60th anniversary of V-J Day at a naval air station in San Diego at 12
noon EDT. He's also expected to ask Americans to show the same resolve
they did during World War II in supporting the war in Iraq. [MSNBC,

GIULIANI in Sydney, Australia: Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani
will attend the annual three-day Forbes global CEO conference at the
Sydney Opera House. The conference attracts some of the world's top
business leaders. George Bush Sr. and Australian Prime Minister John

A Letter to Pelosi

Ms. Nancy Pelosi
Representative CA-8
House Democratic Leader

I'm not writing to you as a constituent residing within your district of CA-8, but rather I am addressing you in your capacity as the House Democratic Leader.

Like you I am quite concerned over the many acts that the current administration has accomplished and is attempting. The concern I address with you today is the war in Iraq and the tactics employed by this administration to take this country into war with Iraq.

Whether one believes the revelations brought to light by the Downing Street Memo(s) or not, it appears that removing all doubt, of these revelations, is the utmost farseeing direction this country can take.

From Crawford, TX to Washington, D.C.: Three Bus Tour Leaves Camp Casey August 31

Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets Travel Country, Converge at Anti-War Rally in DC on September 24

CRAWFORD, TX - On August 31, the last day of the nearly month long vigil outside of President Bush's Ranch, the Bring Them Home Now Tour will launch three buses from Crawford, TX each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. These vehicles will travel different routes across the country, converging in Washington, DC on September 21, to join the mass mobilization against the Iraq War that will occur September 24-26.

Good Bye to Crawford

But Not to Camp Casey
Day 24
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

While George golfed yesterday, the worst hurricane ever struck New Orleans; oil went up to over 68.00/barrel; and an American soldier was killed in the charade and cataclysmic occupation of Iraq. The soldier's family doesn't even know what's going to hit them yet. The death is "Pending Notification." I continually ask myself: "How do George Bush and other death-mongers live with themselves?" While George vacations and bikes and golfs his way to the lowest poll numbers since Richard Nixon, other "patriots" are wrapping themselves in the Stars and Stripes and going along with the farce that the mission from hell: Killing more people in Iraq, because so many have already been killed" is somehow a good thing ordained by God. I can live with myself, but trust me, sleep does not come easily to me these days.

The Acoustics of a Ditch Empowers Americans to Question the War

By Kevin B. Zeese

On August 6, just after the Veterans for Peace conference in Dallas, Cindy Sheehan and a handful of veterans camped out in a ditch alongside of a road outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, TX. They came unprepared in an unplanned protest – their only light was a flashlight – their only place to go to the bathroom was a bucket. They slept in ant-filled ditches in one hundred degree heat and when it rained their tents and sleeping bags got soaked. Their simple request to the president – meet with us to explain the reason for the Iraq war.

When we visited her 21 days later there were approximately 3,500 people joining her vigil and 1,000 pro-war demonstrators trying to counter her. Her camp had been moved next to the entrance of the president's ranch – thanks to a neighbor who believes in free speech under a tent large enough for 2,000 people. Finally, a much-needed conversation was taking place in America: Should the U.S. have invaded in Iraq? Should we stay in Iraq? How does the United States end the Iraq occupation responsibly and get our troops home quickly?

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