The Daily Mirror (UK)
August 30, 2005
By Ryan Parry

AT FIRST she was alone. Sat beneath a tree in 100oF heat outside President Bush's Texas ranch, Cindy Sheehan demanded answers about the war that killed her son.

But she wasn't on her own for long. Hundreds have rallied to her side in Crawford - where George W is spending a five-week holiday - and people across America have taken up her call.

When last week she held a candlelit vigil in honour of those who have died in the Iraq war, 1,500 similar events were held around the country.

The quietly-spoken mother's campaign has forced the president on to the defensive and sparked a vicious right-wing backlash against her.

For Sheehan, 48, the crusade is deeply personal. Her son, 24-year-old Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a mechanic, was killed in Sadr City on April 4, 2004.

He was out on a voluntary mission in the Baghdad district to rescue injured soldiers when his unit was ambushed. Six other troops died with him.


Now Sheehan wants answers. She pitched her tent outside the Bush ranch three weeks ago saying she won't leave until Bush meets her.

Yet the President, whose lengthy holiday has raised eyebrows across the US, has refused to step outside his 1,600 acre ranch.

Last week Sheehan left to visit her mother, 74, who'd suffered a stroke.

On her return she declared: "I'm coming back to Crawford for my son. As long as the president who sent him to die in a senseless war is in Crawford, that is where I belong."

More than 200 protesters are now camped out with Cindy in the dry summer heat. They call it Camp Casey.

Some have driven 1,000 miles or more. A few leave, but many more arrive to take their place.

Yesterday actor Martin Sheen, who plays the president in TV drama The West Wing, drove to meet her and lend his support. "At least you've got the acting president of the United States," he joked.

For several hours during the day, numbers at Camp Casey are swollen by hundreds more anti-war protesters.

Small white crosses bearing the names of dead soldiers who have died in Iraq make an impromptu roadside shrine. A single red rose marks each name.

THE summer TV news, normally punctuated with dull Bush photo-calls, is dominated by Sheehan's crusade.

Sifting through the piles of letters of support she receives every day, Sheehan told the Daily Mirror: "I'm thrilled at the response, but not surprised. I'm just a spark and the anti-war movement has caught fire."

Shortly after Casey's death Sheehan did meet briefly with President Bush, but she wasn't impressed.

"He met our family for 10 minutes, but his mind was elsewhere.

"He didn't even know Casey's name. Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject.

"I want to meet with him again and tell him that America wants change, the people want honest answers."

Sheehan co-founded an anti-war group called Gold Star Families for Peace, named after the medal given to the families of dead soldiers.

The cost of her crusade has been dear. She has lost her job because of all her absences. She has split from her husband Pat, 52.

For those in favour of the war in Iraq, Sheehan is an extremist. A rival campaign, called You Don't Speak For Me Cindy has been launched.

And as for getting to meet the President to pass on her message, this looks highly unlikely. He leaves the holiday ranch on August 31 in a convoy of armoured cars. Will he stop?

"I doubt it," Sheehan says. "I don't hold much hope of him ever talking to me."


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Cindy just invited Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein to Camp Casey. She couldn't think of anyone more supportive of her anti-american agenda. She asked if any of those great freedom fighters killing our troops could attend also. Michael Moore and many Hollywood Celebs. will be there.

Is it really possible for the pro war people to be as ignorant as they sound? Maybe there is no evolution after all. They must have to work really hard at it. Who does their thinking for them ? Oh yeah, right, Ann Coulter(obviously a botched transexxual). Why cant we get pat robertson to"take care" of this abomination on God's green earth?

This idiot probably thinks Deliverance was a love story. In his family, Deliverance probably was a love story. No more patience.
No more political correctness. No more mr/ms/mrs nice guy/gal.
Its time to name ignorance for what it is. Texas was 49th in education and first in executions and private prisons for profit.
(the dickucheney's own stock) What more do you need to know. ?

God Help America. Its a funny coalition. Very rich people who fund bush and profit from his corruption. This tiny percentage of wealthy families in combination with all the ignorant people like the genius that wrote the reply above provided a sufficient number of voters to let them steal a couple of elections. bush was selected by about 25% of eligible voters in usa.

There is no other word for it. Its ignorance. Thats why texas is 49th in education and first in executions because bush dont wanna leave no kids behind and supports a culture of life. And you idiots are stupid enough to believe whatever he tells you if it sounds right.
When people are that ignorant(and racist) and uneducated they are incapable of thinking for themselves which is why god gave us rove so he could think for you cretins. And you cant read either so you dont learn any lessons from the past.
Remember Vietnam?????

After all thinking is hard work. Thats why bush got rove. bush can't think for himself either. He was a failure at everything he ever did before the puppet master and the basturds who control things picked him to be their boy. Now hes the bubble boy.
Worst president ever.

A new low in our race to the bottem while the rich get richer.
The wealthy are laughing all the way to the bank. They could care less about who is dying in the deserts in Iraq. If you think any different with all the evidence available; you are just ignorant.
You probably thought Deliverance was a love story. In your family it probably was a love story. Ignorant. There is no other word for it.

Interestingly bushco and their ilk thrieve on ignorance. Fear and ignorance and intimidation and slander and repression. Then they talk about jesus and christian values. Thats good enough for the "base" Just say god told you to do it and you get their votes. Never mind that every action you take is unchristian, from lying to stealing to killing to slander. If any body points out these inconsistencies just call them turrroroists or antipatriotic. They must hate our freedoms too. they hate god too. but we support their right to think this way..sort of....

The radical right have found a new chapter in the good book which covers all these exceptions. The book of Jack or....
Maybe bush is above the good book as well as the "rule of law"
"Dem wit da gold rule" is der golden rule.

Trusting this administration does not reflect what one would call critical thinking or even thinking. Perhaps the decline in our education as we spend a billion dollars a week in Iraq is not as unplanned as it might seem. When people are uneducated they dont know what is happening They cant think for themselves. Ignorant people do what they are told, and think what they are told to think; especially if there is an endless source of new enemies to frighten them like the "turrroruists" who want to kill us cuz they hate our freedoms.

Yeah and by the way dickucheney is a woman's rights advocate. The radical right is over there to free the muslim women. Of course, women's rights conflicts with the radical rights agenda to begin with, but i guess they figure we will just miss that one. Cheny as a womens rights advocate. Thats rich. They actually say this stuff.

After all bush is a "man of faith" and if you believe in your leader, your christian leader you are exempted from thinking.
bush and jesus will take care of the crusade in iraq and vanquish the muslim turriorrissts even if there are a billion or so "islamistites" We are creating so many enemies americans wont be able to go anywhere
Maybe we misunderestimate them.

If it was just the tiny percent who continue to benefit from the radical right wing nut policies they wouldnt have been able to consolidate the power they have. The vicious and obviously mentally ill rove, recognizing this, has found a way to convince ignorant americans that bush and his criminal buddies represent them.

It actually started with another demigogue named george wallace
who convinced the good ole boys in the south that without all
those damn crusadin democrats they wouldn't be having all these demands for civil rights. The south used to be dixie democratic.

Its a pretty good trick to get ignorant people to vote to screw themselves and wave flags and send their kids to die so cheny and rice and bush and all their criminal buddies can continue to profit from this war. Real noble. Anyone with 1/3 of a brain and the ability to think knows this now. Why do you think none of these criminals EVER send ANY OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN TO WAR?? Barbarous Bush has 18 grand kids. There is an arguement for birth control. Any of these spoiled drug addict brats in the military? Not one of them. In the Congress, there is only one congressperson with "skin in the game"

The children of the ruling class DONT GO TO WAR. They dont have to: to them the idea is laughable. Nor are they ignorant enough to think this war is about democracy or freedom or wmds or osama been bushin or any of the other lies that this admin.feeds to the ignorant people who continue to want this war. War is good business. Billions are being made and stolen. Thats the course he plans to "stay" Thats why they are in Iraq with no exit strategy. They never planned to exit. Theres gold in them thar sand dunes.

Pro War. Its amazing. Can people really be that ignorant? If there is a satanic evil, this is it. Its just like prewar germany. SATAN is personified by a nutcase like bush who talks of jesus while killing tens of thousands of people for profit and power. Goebbels would be proud. The BIG LIE works. Lets hope the truth is more powerful and work to educate ourselves and each other. God Bless the Camp Casey Patriots.
God bless Cindy Sheehan .

Great Post!! I've tried to enlighten the non-thinkers about the truth but they just shrug their shoulders and wait to be told what to think.

They will KNOW the truth when it hits their bankroll, job, medical benefits!

Tick tick tick

You are wrong. Please present factual information for a real discussion.

what the speical forces don't tell you!hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

And you are a kid and I'm not surprised. Osama Bin Laden is probably dead by now. None of them are in IRAQ, and that isn't the reason we went in there.

Yeah that's right, we went in there to steal all their oil. No big deal. Wreck the countries and take their oil...

Then we can say we fought some fake "terrist" who has nothing to do with Osama or anybody else from 9/11!!! Isn't life grand?

Yes it is, now go back to your study.

Doug E.

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YOUR PRESIDENT IS SO SMART...........LOOK AT HIS PROVEN RECORD! WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN ANOTHER YEAR! GOT TO GO NYMEX CALLING 80 bucks a barrel.........the USA wouldn't be in the financial mess if BUSH had NOT pissed off every country in the world to DUMP the USA DOLLAR. He really needs communication and relationship skills. Remember send those thank you notes to your INTELLIGENT president.

Poverty Rate Rises to 12.7 Percent By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer
54 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The nation's poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, the fourth consecutive annual increase, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.


The percentage of people without health insurance did not change.

Overall, there were 37 million people living in poverty, up 1.1 million people from 2003.

Asians were the only ethnic group to show a decline in poverty — from 11.8 percent in 2003 to 9.8 percent last year. The poverty rate among the elderly declined as well, from 10.2 percent in 2003 to 9.8 percent last year.

The last decline in overall poverty was in 2000, when 31.1 million people lived under the threshold — 11.3 percent of the population.

The number of people without health insurance grew from 45 million to 45.8 million. At the same time, the number of people with health insurance coverage grew by 2 million last year.

Charles Nelson, an assistant division chief at the Census Bureau, said the percentage of uninsured remained steady because of an "increase in government coverage, notably Medicaid and the state children's health insurance program, that offset a decline in employment-based coverage."

The median household income, meanwhile, stood at $44,389, unchanged from 2003. Among racial and ethnic groups blacks had the lowest median income and Asians the highest. Median income refers to the point at which half of households earn more and half earn less.

Regionally, income declined only in the Midwest, down 2.8 percent to $44,657. The South was the poorest region and the Northeast and the West had the highest median incomes.

The increase in poverty came despite strong economic growth, which helped create 2.2 million jobs last year.

"I guess what happened last year was kind of similar to what happened in the early 1990s where you had a recession that was officially over and then you had several years after that of rising poverty," Nelson said. "... These numbers do reflect changes between 2003 and 2004. They don't reflect any improvements in the economy in 2005."

Sheldon Danziger, co-director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, said the poverty number is still much better than the 80s and early 90s.

"The good news is that poverty is a lot lower than it was in 1993, but we went through a hell of an economic boom," Danziger said. "Nobody is predicting we're going to go through another economic boom like that."

The poverty threshold differs by the size and makeup of a household. For instance, a family of four with two children was considered living in poverty if income was $19,157 or less. For a family of two with no children, it was $12,649. For a person 65 and over living alone, it was 9,060.

The estimates on poverty, uninsured and income are based on supplements to the bureau's Current Population Survey, and are conducted over three months, beginning in February, at about 100,000 households nationwide.

The only city with a million or more residents that exhibited a significant change in poverty level last year was New York City, which saw the rate increase from 19 percent to 20.3 percent.


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