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Well, I finally made it to the Crawford site today.


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Posted by BleedingHeartPatriot
Thu Aug 11th 2005, 04:54 PM ET

I'm so glad I'm here.

My daughter and I started the day at the Crawford Peace House. There's lots of activity there, which feels like controlled chaos; and the folks who run the place are doing a fantastic job keeping everyone supplied in food, water, t shirts, umbrellas and other essentials.

They are also providing rides back and forth from the site.

We decided to drive up ourselves to get the "lay of the land."

After a nine (?) mile drive we came upon the large encampment that has sprung up around Cindy and her group.

The edict is given to everyone; do not infringe on the road. So, the gathering is a line up of canopies, tents, lawn chairs and vehicles, going up a side road, which is perpendicular to the main road to "the ranch."

We drove about 1/4 mile up, parked at end of the line, and walked to the main group, accompanied by two charming young ladies from Code Pink... Susie and Heather.

On arrival, I was immediately struck by the number of press people there. Some were local, I met reporters from Dallas and Austin. I also met one from the Iconoclast. I also spoke to a "stringer" from CBS, as well as a group of South Korean journalists.

I met Vince, a fellow DU'er, vincardog(sp?) and he graciously steered me toward Will Pitt, who told us about the night they had experienced.

I spoke to Cindy to thank her for her courage and willingness to speak. She is being interviewed constantly, and when she's not being interviewed, she's constantly surrounded by well wishers.

I had a couple of moments to speak with her, and when she heard where we came from, she embraced me and said in my ear, "We just need to keep telling them, we won't let them do this anymore." I started tearing up and said, "Thanks for being so brave" and she said, "I'm not brave, I'm just saying what needs to be said."

She is a remarkable presence and I was so moved. She is very warm and hugs most people that she speaks to.

Well, as we hugged, I vaguely heard shutters going off, and when I walked off, three reporters ran up and started peppering me with questions.

"Who was I?", "Where was I from?", "Was I the mother of an Iraq soldier?"... this was somewhat upsetting because I was walking up to my daughter to share the moment with her and these folks jumped in between. I was still tearful and as my new friends, Susie and Heather said, "They intruded on your personal moment."

However, nothing could put a damper on that moment and I felt even more conviction to continue to speak out and do what I can to bring an end to this war and eventually, this corrupt regime.

That said, things are running fairly smoothly, and the main discussion was the arrival of condi and rummy. Right before we arrived at site this morning, we heard that three helicopters passed overhead, heading to the ranch.

I assisted for a while with the placement of the thousand crosses and acted as a shuttle for a couple of the folks at the site, back to the Peace House.

There are about 100 people here, and 75 or so at the Peace House. Everyone is eager to do something to help, so I had more "downtime" than I expected.

I listened in as a sheriff's deputy spoke with a reporter about the triangle of land that the group had been removed from.

The sheriff's deputy was actually friendly to all of us, and told the reporter he wished he owned that parcel.

When the reporter asked him if he would have let the protesters on his land, he replied "sure I would, and I would have made a fortune off the rent."

The locals here told me that the local law enforcement often feels "caught in the middle" when they are asked to do something at the behest of the SS.

My daughter and I need to pick up a couple more items, so we came back here to re-organize for our second trip to the Crawford Peace House and the site.

Of course, in the time we're doing this, I just had to post an update.

I'll try to post again, later. MKJ

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Cindy Sheehan-

You already met with the President of the United States. What right do you think you have to demand to see him again? You already said it was a good meeting and GW was heartfelt and sincere. WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? GO HOME to Vacaville and do something constructive. You are being used by others to promote a political agenda. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU or your agenda. The more I see your name and face, the more I want to spit in your face for giving aid and comfort to the enemy - the terrorists! Your actions put other soldiers lives at risk - because the terrorists realize the more Americans they kill the sooner loons like you will cause a split in the supoprt for the President and the War on Terrorism. DON'T YOU GET IT YET???? You dishonor your son's sacrifice. I hope your son sees what you are doing and is ashamed of you! GET A LIFE CINDY!!!

Rob Stoddard
American Living Abroad

Cindy Sheehan is an American patriot. She is calling the attention of America and the world to the lies that President Bush told to start a war that killed her son. It may have been Iraqis who killed Casey but it was Bush who sent him to Iraq. I do not believe that if Saddam had taken over the USA and set up check point all over Washington,DC that you would call it freedom. We love Cindy for what she is doing! She is a hero! Listen to her and learn about the Downing Street Memos and all the lies that Bush told to get us into this war (crime) that is Iraq.

your president... you can have him, noone else wants him. He is a war criminal and a laughingstock. He created the enemy that he invaded for oil and military contractors. I would ask that you take Bush, Cheney, & Cronies with you to live abroad, but I would feel guilty imposing fascist imperialists upon anyone else's country.

People like you irritate me to no end. This mother has every right to do what se is doing. Helping terrorist? Are youstupid? There were noi terrorist in Iraq before we invaded that country, now they number in the thousands. Who had planes flown into our buildings? Not one Iraqi was involved in 9/11. Spit in this mothers face? I'm in my mid 60's but I'll tell you one thing, I'd whip your sorry ass if I were there when you did something like that.

Rob, to quote you, "What right do you think you have to demand to see him again?" Any American has every right to demand to see the person who is supposed to be working FOR them. Do you forget our taxes pay this man's salary?? That makes him OUR employee not our MONARCH, KING, GOD, etc.

As far as giving aid and comfort to the enemy perhaps you had better take a good look around. The real enemy is a Republican administration who has lied, manipulated and deceived this country into an illegal occupation. Read the reports, if you're literate enough, and talk to educated people who have first-hand knowledge of the facts.

Your very words betray your hatred, lack of patriotism, and clear misunderstanding of the American way of life. Violence seems to be the mode of operation for right-wing Republicans--spitting in a grieving woman's face when her son gave the ultimate. I am continually appalled by the violence exhibited by your political party. Some guy the other night said she deserved a fist in the face--nice appreciation for a mother who has lost her son. I have a son in the U.S. Army, who has served 2 tours of duty in Iraq, and he would never dream of saying he was ashamed of me for speaking my mind and he would silence anyone who would suggest he should be ashamed of me. If anyone needs to get a life, Rob, it is you because you're living in a dream world.

The mass media's incessant and biased reporting about the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts have emboldened the terrorists, have prolonged the conflict and have caused hundreds of additional deaths of our troops.

Just think about it .. when the media and people like Cindy Sheehan attack the president and our countries policies they are only encouraging the terrorists to continue their attacks. The terrorists rejoice whenever their leftist media allies aid and abet them with their reporting .. so they continue to kill our soldiers whenever possible.

Do you know who killed your son Cindy Sheehan .. the media. Do you know how many more soldiers will be killed by your protests? - hundreds! The terrorists win when you play their game; you are playing right into their hands and to the detriment of our troops!

The mass media's incessant and biased reporting about the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts have emboldened the terrorists, have prolonged the conflict and have caused hundreds of additional deaths of our troops.

Just think about it .. when the media and people like Cindy Sheehan attack the president and our countries policies they are only encouraging the terrorists to continue their attacks. The terrorists rejoice whenever their leftist media allies aid and abet them with their reporting .. so they continue to kill our soldiers whenever possible.

Do you know who killed your son Cindy Sheehan .. the media. Do you know how many more soldiers will be killed by your protests? - hundreds! The terrorists win when you play their game; you are playing right into their hands and to the detriment of our troops!

These "terrorists" you speak of are Iraqi citizens that whish us out of their country with the most urgency. You would too if a foreign nation invaded and occupied us. Most people in Iraq praise these insurgents as Iraqi patriots, giving their lives to try to drive out the invaders. And most of these insurgents dont watch our media, many places dont even have electrity, or even running water or sewage treatment. There is no connection with Iraq and the Al Queda. Only Congress has the power to declare and make war, yet they have not voted to declare or wage war against Iraq. The Downing Street Memos are also just one piece of a growng pile of evidence that points to corruption and brings up questions of treason.

I have a question I've wanted to ask for a while. How far up the road toward the fake ranch can a person go? How close can you get, say to take a picture of the home of the president of the US? It seems that people should be able to get as close as you can get to the White House? Why can't you walk in the road? People walk and jog in the road all over the US, why is it prohibited in Crawford, or is it only on this one road?

Keep safe and well. Tell Cindy I think of her every day.

Thank you for having the courage and tenacity to ask the questions that have been on many of our minds, Cindy! You are honoring Casey in the most appropriate way. Continue to put the pressure on! You present so well! You are smart and articulate and you are exposing the hypocracy of this administration with every minute you are in Crawford.

I sent money because I could not go to sit beside you. However, I can assure you that you have started a movement of protest that will get louder and louder across this country. This is my promise to you.

Bless you, Cindy.

"DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU". WHERE ARE THE
COMPASSIONATE CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES? BUSH INVADED A COUNTRY UNDER
CONTRIVED PREMISE. HE HOLDS PRISONERS OF THIS ACT,SOME THAT MY BE INNOCENT,IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS. THE AMERICAN PSYCHOTHERAPIST ASSOCOATION IS DEBATING NOT IF TOURTURE IS HUMANE,BUT SHOULD A DOCTOR
HEAL AND TOURTURE THE SAME INDIVIDUAL. THIS MAKES MY STOMACH TURN.
WHAT GO'S AROUND COMES AROUND.
AJAX

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