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UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD


UPDATES ON CINDY SHEEHAN VISIT TO CRAWFORD
Saturday, August 27, 2005
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1:30 p.m.
Michael Harvey reporting for the Iconoclast

At Camp Casey I, the Bush side is chanting "George Bush!" and the anti-war side is finishing their sentence by chanting "War criminal!"

The Bush side is loudly calling out, "Where is your anti-semitic leader?"

One pro-war sign says, "Cindy and Osama sitting in a tree." Another says "Who's paying you?"

A bunch of cars are passing by honking, as they have been constantly today.

Now the Bush side is yelling, "I'm for W."

There are close to 200 people out here now (both sides combined).

Music and barbecue is planned on the Camp Casey side this afternoon.

1:17 p.m.
Michael Harvey reporting for the Iconoclast

At Camp Casey I, it is hot, probably 110 degrees. Members on each side of the triangle are yelling at each other, veterans for the war on one side, veterans against the war on the other. They are taunting each other.

The crowd is growing and parking has become a big problem.

At the pro-Bush side of the encampment, a hot-dog stand has been set up.

1:15 p.m.
Gene Ellis reporting for the Iconoclast

Joan Baez has returned and just led everyone in singing Amazing Grace at Camp Casey II. When she finished she said, "Christian right, eat your heart out."

She is slated to sing interspersed throughout the rally this afternoon. The barbecue is still to follow, as is the continued rally. Various artists from Austin are slated to perform later.

Another busload of people has come in. Several helicopters are flying about.

12:45 p.m.
Gene Ellis reporting for The Iconoclast

There are probably 2,000 people or more in the big tent at Camp Casey II. There is a rally under way on the stage with a man, and now the entire audience, singing God Bless America. Coordinator Ann Wright spoke for a few minutes earlier. A huge luncheon is set out with people lined up. Another busload of people is driving up right now. Parking is pretty much maxed out now.

Ann Wright is currently speaking again. You can smell barbecue cooking. Programs on stage are continuing during the day. Gatorade and water is being passed out among the crowd.

People just keep piling in. It is very hot.

There is going to be a wedding tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Camp Casey II. The bride says she will find and wear the cleanest T-shirt she's got and the money that would be have been spent on the wedding will go to the Peace House and Cindy Sheehan's group.

11:00 a.m.
Gene Ellis reporting for The Iconoclast

This report is from Camp Casey I. There are about 20 state trooper vehicles out here, not including a number of sheriff's department vehicles.

Right now, there are about 100 individuals on the Camp Casey side of the triangle and about 60-70 on the pro-war side.

On the drive here, there appeared to be about 20 people at the pro-Bush encampment just outside of Crawford.

Law enforcement personnel reported that one arrest has been made at Camp Casey I. A pro-Bush supporter reportedly attempted to harrass a Camp Casey supporter during the night and was eventually asked to leave by law enforcement. Then again this morning, officers say the man returned, becoming obnoxious and mouthing off. After the man mouthed off to an officer, the man was arrested and charged with interferring with the duties of a public servant. The man's name has not been released.

Currently, dancing and musical entertainment is under way at this camp. Dennis Kynd is performing for Camp Casey.

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I wonder if these people have any idea what their words actually mean. The majority of Semites are neither Jews nor Israelis, but Arabs!

Not that I expect it to do the vacant-minded placard wavers much good, but more education is available here.

What is Anti-Semitism?

Cindy has been accused of being Anti-Semitic for remarks some media sources reported she has made, in which she expressed her opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Well, in case Cindy made those remarks, this is not Anti-Semitism!

All Arabs belong to the Semitic race, and not only the Jews. What a lot of people don’t know is that Arabia, the birthplace of the Islamic religion, is also the birthplace of the entire Semitic race.

Semitic is a word derived from “Shem

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