Oh, Well, See, That's Important to Make Time For

Bush attends Little League championship
NEDRA PICKLER
Associated Press

WACO, Texas - President Bush relived some of his childhood Saturday night when he attended a Little League playoff game near his ranch.

The world's most powerful former Little Leaguer watched several innings while players from Bryant, Ark., and Lafayette, La., competed for the southwestern regional championship.

Bush welcomed the players, coaches and families to Texas from the pitcher's mound. He then threw out the ceremonial first pitch and watched from behind home plate with the first lady and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Why I'm camping out in Crawford, Texas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By CINDY SHEEHAN

I will never, ever forget the night of April 4, 2004, when I found out that my son Casey had been killed in Iraq.

I will also never forget the day when we buried my sweet boy, my oldest son. If I live to be a very old lady and forget everything else, I will never forget when the general handed me the folded flag that had lain on Casey's coffin, as his brother and sisters, standing behind me, sobbed.

I think of Casey every day as I wait outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, determined to meet with him.

I want to let the president know that I feel he recklessly endangered the life of my son by sending our troops to attack and occupy a country that was no imminent threat to the United States.

President Must Make Time for Grieving Mother

Published on Saturday, August 13, 2005 by the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)

If Bush has time to go to fund-raisers, he has time for Cindy Sheehan

Editorial

President Bush and Cindy Sheehan agree on one thing: her right to protest his policies and the war in Iraq. "She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America," Bush said Thursday
For the sake of his presidency and their country, they should also agree on something else: To talk. Personally. Privately.

Her soldier son, Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed last year in an ambush five days after he arrived in Iraq. In recent days she has become the public face of angry, grieving parents and other anti-war protesters gathered near Bush's Texas ranch. She is demanding a personal meeting with the president.

American Graffiti: Signs of the Times

Published on Friday, August 12, 2005 by the Independent (UK)

President Bush used to enjoy healthy support for his Iraq policy. But now freeway 'bloggers' are speaking out

By Rupert Cornwell

Feel like getting something off your chest against that iniquitous warmonger in the White House? Well, you can write a letter to your newspaper, tune in to liberal talk radio, or click to a reliably leftie website. Alternatively, you can take a drive on the highways of the United States.

(freewayblogger.com)

These are the domain of the freeway bloggers, a breed that have invented a tangible concrete and tarmac version of the internet to make their feelings known about George Bush. The messages, posted from overpasses, bridges and verges, are short, pithy and very, very rude.

Normal Life Ended for Protesting Mother

August 13, 2005 2:41 PM EDT

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, and 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 nicknamed the "BananaMobile." She volunteered at a Vacaville church and later, as the children grew, she worked there.

Pentagon Conducts Bogus Poll to Distort Iraq Opinion

LINK

Yesterday at the Department of Defense press briefing ( http://tinyurl.com/czqpy ), Secretary Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers touted new poll results of Iraqis that claim to demonstrate that the insurgency is losing political steam. What they didn’t reveal about the poll is that it surveyed only those Iraqis who already despise the insurgent activity and have actively worked against it.

Here’s what Rumsfeld said yesterday when asked whether he truly understands the nature of the insurgency:

Q: “If I can take you back to your opening statement when you — actually, General Myers made similar references to the failings of the insurgency, including their failure to garner public support. And yet, this far into the operation, the insurgency has managed to sustain itself. Does this suggest a lack of understanding on your part on what the insurgency is about, who they are, the durability of their effort?

Cindy Takes Over the Internet

Re-Measuring the Cindy Web Phenomenon
By David Swanson, www.meetwithcindy.org

(An update to http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/1369 )

Measured by Alexa.com, www.meetwithcindy.org continues to climb. It is now ranked 12,422 and is reaching 195 of every million internet users. The site has only 1.0 page views per user, because it's only a one-page site.

We updated the site some days ago but the update still hasn't reached all ISPs. When it does, it inlcudes a link to a Cindy Sheehan section on www.afterdowningstreet.org. As a result, that site is now at about the level that meetwithcindy.org had reached a couple of days ago. Afterdowningstreet.org is now ranked 16,228 with a reach of 90 people per million internet users, and 2.9 page views per user.

Photos from Today's Rally in Crawford

Here are a couple of links to posts at Democratic Underground from people who were at the rally in Crawford today. Please note that there are quite a few photos, so they may slow in loading for those who are on a dial-up connection.

just returned from crawford rally

Photos from Crawford Rally Today

Latest from Crawford

I spoke with Jodie Evans in Crawford a bit ago. She added a little to the reports that can be read at TruthOut. Jodie said that as 300 cars arrived at Camp Casey following the rally at the football stadium, it looked "like Field of Dreams." Cindy wept at the sight, Jodie said.

There were at one point today about 400 people at Camp Casey and about 150 counter-demonstrators across the road (no longer, due to pouring rain). The pro-war people asked to meet with Cindy, and Cindy said that she would meet with a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq, a mother who supports continuing the war. That meeting is supposed to happen this afternoon, Jodie said.

Republicans Chant "We Don't Care" At Cindy Sheehan

by Bob Geiger
The Yellow Dog Blog

This is why we no longer reach across the damn aisle to these people.

Conservative knucklehead and radio host Mike Gallagher gathered a group of like-minded troglodytes and headed over to the Bush compound in Crawford to harass Cindy Sheehan and her group last night.

As Ms. Sheehan and the "Camp Casey" protesters sang America The Beautiful or stood quietly, the right-wing group chanted "we don't care" at the mother who lost her son, Casey, to Bush's war in Iraq.

Cindy will follow the Commander-in-Thief back to Washington in the likely event he does not meet with her in Crawford.

The Rosa Parks of the 21st Century

by Maccabee at Daily Kos, Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 14:07:55 PDT

The Bush Monarchy Cannot Face A Grieving Mom. Like Rosa Parks, Cindy Sheehan has refused to give up her seat. Only her seat isn't on a bus, it's in a tent.

This is the nerve center of the weakness of the Bush Monarchy. This inarticulate poseur cannot and does not have the courage to take criticism. That should explain why a country where once every square inch was a Free Speech Zone, now sports public cages where protesters can say what they want out of the sight of the president. This explains why he is so reluctant to face her. He does not want to appear as if she has forced his hand. Yet nothing he can do can stop the momentum of the confrontation. The worst the smears against her sound, the more despicable her detractors become. Michelle Malagang, the self-loathing Fillipino tart actually called her a grief pimp. Bill O'Reilly, the loofa loving dirty talking pervert called her actions "bordering on treasonous". I guess he couldn't buy her off. I haven't kept up what the fat Oxycontin addict has said about her.

Writings from a new kind of base: an update from Camp Casey

August 11, 2005
By Tim Goodrich
U.S. Tour of Duty

Good things come in small packages. Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas may not have the people of a 500,000 strong anti-war march, but it's making at least as powerful a statement. This is only my first day here outside the ranch, but this has already been one of the most moving events I have attended.

Almost immediately, I recognized the standard tactics of the right wing; deceit and hatred. Upon waking up at the Crawford Peace House, I noticed a news van for the local AM radio station sitting outside. I watched him for a while, but he never bothered to step outside of the van. Later on, I heard the radio station reporting that the people at the Crawford Peace House had chased him away by throwing bottles and rocks at him. This was obviously a lie; designed to paint us, who have gathered peacefully, as militants.

Writings from a new kind of base: an update from Camp Casey

August 12, 2005
By Tim Goodrich
U.S. Tour of Duty

The heat and humidity are not letting up outside Bush¹s ranch at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas. Although it¹s not as hot as, say, Iraq, the heat can still take a toll on those not used to it. Luckily, through the generous outpouring of others from across the country, we have managed to stay well supplied with fluids and food.

This is day seven since the establishment of Camp Casey and still no meeting with Bush. Today, I was kept from arriving at camp due to an extended secret service blockade on the only road into the ranch. Apparently, Bush had fundraising activities to attend and drove by the camp for the first time, ignoring all who stood ready to receive him. My question is this: Why is it that those who can afford to donate thousands of dollars to Bush get to meet him?

Violent "solutions" create new problems

By Jim Mullins
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2005

As anti-Americanism has become a vital issue, various committees, delegations and retired diplomatic, military and intelligence officials have charged that our lack of an evenhanded approach to foreign relations and the worldwide perception of unfair policies are the main contributors to the problem.

A prime example: our policy denying Iran the right to build nuclear plants to produce electricity allowable under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which it has signed, and with supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Women set to join Texas war protest

August 13, 2005
Cape Cod Times
By AMANDA LEHMERT
STAFF WRITER

HYANNIS - A local Marine mother will soon join a California woman's Texas standoff with President George W. Bush.

War protesters and parents of people who have died in the war have gathered in Crawford, Texas, in support of Cindy Sheehan, who has been outspoken in her criticism of Bush since her son Casey, 24, was killed in Iraq in April 2004.

Sheehan said she will camp out in Crawford for Bush's five-week summer vacation unless he grants her a meeting.

West Barnstable resident Mimi Evans, whose 29-year-old son will soon deploy to Iraq, is among more than 20 people being sent to Texas by the Boston-based group Military Families Speak Out to support Sheehan.

Arianna Huffington: It Takes a Village to Smear Cindy Sheehan

Arianna Huffington Fri Aug 12, 7:22 PM ET

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?

N.J. mom on front lines of Bush ranch protest

Saturday, August 13, 2005
New Jersey Media Group
By SONI SANGHA
STAFF WRITER

Laura Bush lowered the window of her car on Friday, catching a glimpse of the crowd gathered outside the Bush compound in Crawford, Texas.

"She actually had the window opened," said Sue Niederer of Mercer County. "She saw us."

The last time Niederer and the first lady met - last November - Niederer, then a lone protester at a central New Jersey campaign rally, was led away in handcuffs. This time, she was left alone, along with hundreds of others who had joined Cindy Sheehan in a makeshift camp in ditches off a lonely road leading to the Bush home.

Bush passes protesters but doesn't stop

Vacaville woman's vigil in Texas takes on festival-like feel; opponents appear.
By M.S. Enkoji -- Sacramento Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Saturday, August 13, 2005
Story appeared on Page A20 of The Bee
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush saw Cindy Sheehan on Friday. Probably.
Taking him to a midday fundraiser, Bush's motorcade breezed by Sheehan as she stood along a country road, clutching a white cross with the name of her son who was slain in Iraq. Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville has been camping near Bush's Texas ranch since last Saturday in hopes of meeting with the president to deliver her personal protest about the war.

2 Valley moms in Texas to protest war

Carol Sowers
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 13, 2005 12:00 AM

Two Scottsdale mothers were among about 150 Iraq war protesters who waited in the Texas heat for more than two hours Friday so President Bush could get a glimpse of them as his motorcade traveled to and from his ranch in Crawford.

"He would have had to close his eyes not to see us," said Sherry Bohlen, whose 36-year-old son, Thor, is in the Army in Iraq.

Bohlen and Rebecca Bahr, who has a daughter stateside in the Marine Corps, drove from Scottsdale to Bush's ranch to join Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq. The group watched as Bush's motorcade traveled to and from a political fund-raiser and barbecue at a neighbor's ranch.

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,

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