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A Mother and the President
Time Magazine ^ | August 15, 2005 | Amanda Ripley

Posted on 08/15/2005 12:54:32 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

A woman lost her son in Iraq and won't leave George W. Bush alone until he sees her. Who is she, and why is she stirring such emotion?

Cindy Sheehan, 48, is not a natural-born revolutionary. She speaks in a high, almost childlike voice. She says like as often as any teenager, as in, "This whole thing was like so freaking spur of the moment." When her supporters gather to discuss strategy, Sheehan is not to be found in the circle of beach chairs; she is 50 yards up the road, doing yet another interview, hugging yet another stranger. But here she is, the mother of Casey, 24, who died in Iraq last year, and now the central character in the strange, swirling protest she initiated two miles down the road from President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Sheehan is unflinching about why she's here. She says George W. Bush killed her son. She demands that U.S. troops come home now...

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antiwar; background; catholic; cindysheehan; divorce; family; familyimplosian; mentalillness; moonbat; protester; sheehan; wingnut
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This article is meant to be sympathetic to Sheehan, but read between the lines and you will find a self-centered, seriously disturbed woman. Follow the link and read to the end. The last paragraph is chilling.
1 posted on 08/15/2005 12:54:37 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It should start "until he see her AGAIN"

As media creations go, this lady is pathetic.


2 posted on 08/15/2005 12:56:11 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: afraidfortherepublic
She speaks in a high, almost childlike voice.

If she were pro-WOT they'd characterize her as sounding drugged. But the left prizes "childlike" above all other descriptions.

3 posted on 08/15/2005 12:56:43 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious ("And I can KICK!"-Crispin Glover)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Everybody has to find a way to make a living. I guess she thinks being a paid protester is the way to go.

I would think joining the Army would be a better life.

She could volunteer at the nearest Army Post in helping the families at home maybe. Oh, but then that would be about them, not her. What a mental case.


4 posted on 08/15/2005 12:58:18 PM PDT by PeteB570
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To: Dr.Hilarious
Hasn't she had her 15 minutes? What makes her so special that the media are tripping over themselves to get to her. She's just a typical left-wing nut who happens to have had a very brave son who paid the ultimate price for service to his country. She should be proud. And if she were a normal human being, she probably would.
5 posted on 08/15/2005 12:58:48 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"Hippies. They're everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad. "

Eric Cartman, Southpark


6 posted on 08/15/2005 12:58:54 PM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Just a comment that the Bush family DOES understand the death of a child. Remember W's older sister Robin died of a childhood illness. Granted, it wasn't a war that killed his sister, but painful for the family no less.


7 posted on 08/15/2005 12:59:47 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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To: mlc9852
Check out the last paragraph of the article and you'll see why the MSM are so infatuated with her. The left thirsts for people in the street, massive demonstrations, but these darned kids won't come across. So maybe THIS will work.

If Bush and the war truly are so unpopular why don't we have these mass demonstrations? I think the answer is: Because people don't like Bush but they don't want him to stop what he's doing, even if they're ashamed to admit that to their liberal friends.

8 posted on 08/15/2005 1:00:51 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious ("And I can KICK!"-Crispin Glover)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Cindy is a mutha alright!
9 posted on 08/15/2005 1:01:59 PM PDT by llevrok (Semper Conservitatus)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
She speaks in a high, almost childlike voice. She says like as often as any teenager, as in, "This whole thing was like so freaking spur of the moment.

That could describe their entire core group of whackos. Male, female or a cross btw the two.

10 posted on 08/15/2005 1:03:49 PM PDT by riri
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To: Dr.Hilarious

Good point, this isn't a "massive" demonstration. At least not yet. They would have to get Jesse to bring in a few busloads from his coalition. I think that has happened yet because of all the infighting within the left and the power struggle. Just my guess.


11 posted on 08/15/2005 1:03:51 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I was sympathetic to this woman at the beginning of her publicity stunt. Now I'm just disgusted by the way she's daily dishonoring her son's sacrifice just to stay in the headlines.


12 posted on 08/15/2005 1:05:44 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: afraidfortherepublic


This woman is off the deep end, she is threatening not to pay her taxes, she wants the President impeached, she's commenting on foreign policy, i.e. Israel, the media is sucking this up because they didn't have to go anywhere for news, she walked right into Crawford in a slow news month when the President is on vacation, all the media had to do was set up a bank of mikes and bingo, instant insanity, even the neighbors are getting tired of it, one neighbor shot off his rifle on his property which is legal in Texas, he's fed up with the circus. If this woman was saying how much she agreed with the war and how much she liked the President's policies, etc. none of us would hear a word from the MSM, we wouldn't even know she was there. I wonder where she was when slick was sending troops to Somalia, etc.


13 posted on 08/15/2005 1:06:18 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (What do you like best about your life?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
She speaks in a high, almost childlike voice.

To fit with her childlike mind, no doubt.

When Liberals use the term "childlike" so endearingly, one can only assume they haven't spent any time around actual children.

Conservatives, who live in the real world, know what "childlike" really is: naive, whiny, petulant, demanding, immature, illogical, uneducated, selfish, and with a tendency to throw tantrums. In other words, just like Sheehan (and all her Liberal ilk).

14 posted on 08/15/2005 1:06:25 PM PDT by pillbox_girl
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To: afraidfortherepublic
From the article: She speaks without caveat. "I'm not afraid of anything since my son was killed," she says. But she has never been one to move quietly through life. Father Michael McFadden, a priest she once worked for, calls her "very defiant, very stubborn, very strong willed" when dealing with authority.
15 posted on 08/15/2005 1:06:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think her 15 minutes have been up for awhile now.


16 posted on 08/15/2005 1:07:11 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

17 posted on 08/15/2005 1:08:42 PM PDT by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: del4hope

Absolutely! And the attempts to portray Bush as unsypathetic just don't hold up.


18 posted on 08/15/2005 1:08:45 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If I read one more puff piece about Cindy Sheehan, I will puke on my keyboard. These reporters are so incompetent or inane that they will not bother to look into who supports Sheehan or what she has said in the past. I'm assuming that the author of this article is a willing participant in any effort to get rid of Bush.


19 posted on 08/15/2005 1:09:31 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wonder what she's planning to do, once Bush's vacation in Crawford is over? Move her protest to the White House? Or will her 15 minutes finally be over?


20 posted on 08/15/2005 1:09:34 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Does the Time magazine mention any of the mother's anti-semitic ourbursts? I thought so.


21 posted on 08/15/2005 1:11:23 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Old Grumpy

That is what I have heard. She will definately need her financiers to camp out there.


22 posted on 08/15/2005 1:11:48 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
More:

Back home in California, her family is imploding under its grief. Sheehan lost her job at Napa County Health and Human Services because of all her absences, she says. Husband Pat, 52, couldn't bear having Casey's things at home and put most of them in storage. "We grieved in totally different ways," Cindy says. "He wanted to grieve by distracting himself. I wanted to immerse myself." A car tinkerer, he added two 1969 VW Bugs to his collection recently and diverted some of his sorrow into them. The couple separated in June.

Daughter Carly, 24, wrote a poem that begins, "Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?" Surviving son Andy, 21, supports his mother in principle but recently sent her a long e-mail imploring her "to come home because you need to support us at home," he says. Casey's aunt Cherie Quartarolo e-mailed a California radio station last week to rebuke Cindy, writing, "She appears to be promoting her own personal agenda at the expense of her son's good name."

She seems to be a very cruel person. She needs a psychiatrist and needs to understand what she is doing to the rest of her family.

23 posted on 08/15/2005 1:12:05 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Old Grumpy; KC_Conspirator

No antiSemitism mention and nothing mentioned about the actual physical threats she has made to our president. And she is planning to following him back to DC with he claque of protestors.


24 posted on 08/15/2005 1:14:09 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"She needs a psychiatrist"

Do most people with a left wing agenda?


25 posted on 08/15/2005 1:14:35 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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To: riri
Male, female or a cross btw the two.

We all know that the left is opposed to males and females crossing.
26 posted on 08/15/2005 1:14:50 PM PDT by wolfpat (dum vivimus, vivamus)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"And she is planning to following him back to DC with he claque of protestors."

Well that confirms it: she's certifiably nuts.


27 posted on 08/15/2005 1:16:23 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: rockabyebaby
End of article:
There is a risk, though, that Sheehan's ideas will never stop spreading down the road. In 1965 a group of just 25 antiwar protesters demonstrated outside President Lyndon Johnson's Texas ranch. Within a few years, the handful had turned into a movement

God willing, that won't happen.

28 posted on 08/15/2005 1:16:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: del4hope
Do most people with a left wing agenda?

Michael Savage says, "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder!"

29 posted on 08/15/2005 1:18:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: del4hope

You are right about the pain of the Bush family due to Robin's Leukemia and death, at the tender age of three. Not your point, I know, but for the record Robin was the younger sister of George W. He was about seven when she died.


30 posted on 08/15/2005 1:21:08 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I just called my Republican Senator. Lip Service. Blah Blah. The issue is being discussed by Congress so they say.


31 posted on 08/15/2005 1:23:23 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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To: afraidfortherepublic


I read that last paragraph earlier and it's just a little too unnerving to comment on! News sources say this sheehan woman is planning on following Bush back to the white house and will stay there indefinetly. Poor pathetic woman, winter is coming so she won't be out there much longer, then again, we're dealing with a left wing wacko so anything is possible.


32 posted on 08/15/2005 1:24:27 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (What do you like best about your life?)
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To: txrangerette

That is correct. I had their ages reversed. Thanks.


33 posted on 08/15/2005 1:24:47 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sheehan worked as a government employee with HHS? I think I can guess were she's always stood, politically.


34 posted on 08/15/2005 1:25:36 PM PDT by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The last paragraph is chilling.

No it isn't, the last paragraph reads:

A fair question. There is a risk, though, that Sheehan's ideas will never stop spreading down the road. In 1965 a group of just 25 antiwar protesters demonstrated outside President Lyndon Johnson's Texas ranch. Within a few years, the handful had turned into a movement.

In 1965 the Walter and Dan's of the MSM dominated opinion because theirs were the only voices .... that horse doesn't ride anymore.

This lady will be gone from the headlines the first time there are 2 Florida shark attacks within 2 days of each other.

35 posted on 08/15/2005 1:26:46 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Does it hurt when they shear your wool off?)
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To: Dr.Hilarious
From another article:

She said she and her husband separated a few months ago as a result of the war, and of her activism. Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalized.

36 posted on 08/15/2005 1:28:06 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"This whole thing was like so freaking spur of the moment."

With Fenton Communications as her PR firm? Uh-huh. Yeah.

37 posted on 08/15/2005 1:29:55 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Zacs Mom

Maybe...she developed a crush on our President that day he gave her a little peck on the cheek...
Now she only wants to be with him for 10 more minutes...interesting concept you must agree...

Did I read that right? She has people asking her if they can sign their Social Security checks over to her? That's unAmerican.


38 posted on 08/15/2005 1:30:18 PM PDT by queenkathy ("Eat a live toad first thing in the morning. Nothing worse can happen to you for the rest of the day)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I agree. She is obviously grieving in a very angry, bitter way--give her enough time on this course and everyone she knows will suffer from her bitter poison. It is unfortunate, so many have had terrible losses. I wonder what her comments were on 9/11 --for those who had no idea they were about to lose their loved ones. They could not plan at all. This woman's son went of his own free will to serve--he did and it cost him his life, one of the very real possibilities of war. What is her tirade saying to those who suffered loss on 9/11?


39 posted on 08/15/2005 1:30:51 PM PDT by truthingod
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"This whole thing was like so freaking spur of the moment." - Cindy Sheehan

Let's see this woman showed up in a DC basement along with Joe Wilson for the rat only downing street memo BS hearings. And were suppose to believe anything she does is a spur of the moment thing.

40 posted on 08/15/2005 1:30:59 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

As I listened to the playing of the advertisement that she made, my response was that this woman does sound very child like, even in the way that she phrased her plea. I really wonder if she is really capable of thinking for herself, or if she is being totally manipulated. Very unsettling.


41 posted on 08/15/2005 1:32:54 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

THis edition of Time is for the rest of the world not the USA.

The left is in mortal fear of a successful conclusion in Iraq. A free Iraqi nation standing on its own is a horror.

ANYTHING they can do to show US weakness is something they NEED DESPERATLY.

If time can facilitate the propaganda they will.


42 posted on 08/15/2005 1:33:21 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The last paragraph is chilling.

I don't agree or see that happening....while the lib-MSM will push this story most Americans are very sorry for what happened in Vietnam....we never captured Ho Chi Mihn- Sadaam will eventually be executed....after America was fully implanted in Vietnam LBJ decided against running for Pres....two and a half years after the Iraq war started GWB was re-elected..more then anything else...you never saw the counter protests in the 60's you witness now, never mind a counter protest at LBJ's ranch.
43 posted on 08/15/2005 1:42:28 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Dr.Hilarious

"If Bush and the war truly are so unpopular why don't we have these mass demonstrations?"

Also, unlike Vietnam, none of the people in the military today were drafted and joined voluntarily.


44 posted on 08/15/2005 1:46:03 PM PDT by L98Fiero
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To: God luvs America

I think this war has more support that Vietnam. I was schoolage back then, but I remember more protesting than this one has. And I think it is many of the same people.


45 posted on 08/15/2005 1:46:16 PM PDT by del4hope (For our children - our greatest natural resource)
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I’d like to know more about their “encampment.” Seriously. I’ve read several accounts and they seem to imply that they’re camped out on the side of the road.

I bring it up because 20+ years ago when I lived in Texas it was illegal to occupy the roadway or road right of way on any state or county maintained road.

As a youngster I sure as hell got cited for riding dirt bikes on the highway right of way. Not *on* the roadway, but way over on the other side of the bar ditch from the highway.

Also, I was a tow truck driver as one of my first jobs and we sure as heck towed a lot of vehicles that were parked on the shoulder. DPS/police would cut some slack for a while because they assumed you had run out of gas and would soon return. But at some point they have it towed because it was *illegal* to homestead the shoulder of the road with your vehicle.

They’d cut you slack if you were walking down the shoulder of the road too – assuming that you were off to get gas or find a pay phone. Sometimes would even give you a lift to the nearest station if they were headed that direction. But legally they could remove and cite you because it was illegal to walk along the road.

I recall it quite clearly because one old coot had running battles with the PD. They cited him several times for riding his horse down the shoulder of the farm to market road. He complained that every year they had a wagon train-type parade that traveled down the shoulder of the road. Police pointed out that yes, they did – they also had a permit to do so.

Since I’ve read that at least two neighbors have posted their property it leads me to believe they’re camped out on the side of the road. That used to be illegal.

46 posted on 08/15/2005 1:47:47 PM PDT by Who dat?
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Where was the BAAAAARF alert?


47 posted on 08/15/2005 1:48:07 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: afraidfortherepublic


Her husband has, appearently, filed for divorce. Nuff' said, really.

She's whacko, and sadly, she's helping (not helping, really) out a party...whose membership belongs on the side of a "Planters" can of mixed nuts.


48 posted on 08/15/2005 1:54:31 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Soylent Green is People!")
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To: del4hope

and again....how many times back then did you see active counter protests in favor of the war, in favor of the troops and in favor of LBJ's policy?

There have been lots since the run-up to the Iraq war....I also think what happened with the Freeper H.O.T. rally in Crawford this weekend, and the media attention it drew, took it up another level.


49 posted on 08/15/2005 1:56:20 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: rockabyebaby
"one neighbor shot off his rifle"

He actually shot his shotgun in "preparation for dove season" which starts Sept 1st. I went and shot a box of clay Sunday. If it were me living there I would have all my buddies over for a skeet shooting party.


I know you did not say or imply this but I think it is funny how big this story got blown up when shooting guns is such a common occurrence here. I grew up in Comanche and Bridgeport TX which are out in the sticks and shooting shotguns and rifles at a country home (outside the city limits) is an everyday event.
50 posted on 08/15/2005 2:11:27 PM PDT by fishntex
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