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Mother's Grief-Fueled Vigil Becomes Nexus for Antiwar Protesters (And The Correction!)
The New York Times ^ | August 13, 2005 | Anne E. Kornblut (NY Times staffer)

Posted on 08/15/2005 8:46:03 PM PDT by an amused spectator

Correction Appended

CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 12 - This is not the place to expect a sighting of Viggo Mortensen, the star of "The Lord of the Rings." Or at least it wasn't when President Bush began his annual vacation here earlier this month.

But something has happened to Crawford over the last week. The sleepy summer air has been punctured by a blast of antiwar energy, with carloads of activists appearing every afternoon to join a vigil begun by the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq.

Flowers are delivered by the dozen at Camp Casey, as the muddy outpost established by the mother, Cindy Sheehan, near the Bush ranch is now called. White crosses have been hammered into the dirt, pink banners strewn across the trees, the police posted at bends in the road to wave gawkers along.

When Mr. Mortensen drove up the dusty lane unannounced on Thursday to huddle with Ms. Sheehan in a roadside trailer, it was just one more jarring sight in a small town accustomed to seeing mostly the reporters and buttoned-down administration officials it has come to know over the last five years.

No one has been more challenged by the round-the-clock campsite than Mr. Bush, who sped past in his motorcade for the first time on Friday and, as expected, did not stop to grant Ms. Sheehan's request for a meeting.

But even before Ms. Sheehan arrived, this sort of challenge was not entirely an unexpected one for Mr. Bush, who by the end of this summer will have spent more time away from the White House than any other president in history...

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...The Fox News television host Bill O'Reilly has called her "treasonous," conservative bloggers have accused her of furthering a liberal agenda...

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; antisemite; cindysheehan; corrections; iraqtheater; islamofacism; jewbaiter; kornblut; lotr; nytimes; sheehan; treasonous; viggomortensen
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Correction:

An article on Saturday about Cindy Sheehan, the antiwar protester whose son died in Iraq and who is camped out near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex., quoted incorrectly from remarks about her by Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News television host. Mr. O'Reilly did not call Ms. Sheehan treasonous. His comment, during his program on Tuesday, referring to applause for her cause on an antiwar Web site, was, "I think Ms. Sheehan bears some responsibility for this, and also for the responsibility of other American families who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq, who feel that this kind of behavior borders on treasonous." And on Wednesday he added, "I said some families who also lost loved ones in Iraq believe what she's doing borders on treason."

1 posted on 08/15/2005 8:46:04 PM PDT by an amused spectator
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2 posted on 08/15/2005 8:47:51 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: an amused spectator

Ol' Anne E. really had the shank out for Bush in this one. She got so carried away that she stepped in poo when it came to Bill O'Really, and what he REALLY said. ;-)


3 posted on 08/15/2005 8:49:04 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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To: an amused spectator

looks like the NYT got the "Mother" talking points.


4 posted on 08/15/2005 8:50:05 PM PDT by stylin19a (In golf, some are long, I'm "Lama Long")
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To: an amused spectator
The sleepy summer air has been punctured by a blast of antiwar energy, with carloads of activists appearing every afternoon to join a vigil begun by the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq.

It appears that the MSM are determined to make this Sheehan kook an icon for the left.

Fine. I think that she may well have enough baggage for this to backfire. Sheehan's reported association with groups that advocate violence in Iran certainly would seem to make her "anti-war" credentials a bit less than sterling.

5 posted on 08/15/2005 8:50:20 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: an amused spectator

Viggo spent a little too much time gazing into the palantir.


6 posted on 08/15/2005 8:52:21 PM PDT by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: Echo Talon
You know, a Leftist Code-Pink Sucker Mom knows more about war and its conduct than a retired Army captain (Captain James H. Smith).

Honest! I learned that true fact in the Main Stream Media!

7 posted on 08/15/2005 8:53:11 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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The sleepy summer air has been punctured by a blast of antiwar energy

Ugh... Such purple prose... This got past an editor!?

8 posted on 08/15/2005 8:56:07 PM PDT by Cogadh na Sith (Steel Bonnets Over the Border)
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To: Redcloak

I never wanted to burst anybody's bubble on this one, but the Dúnedain were beardless, as were their Elven kin...


9 posted on 08/15/2005 8:56:26 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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"Casey Kelley, 61, a semiretired real estate broker from Colorado who drove 1,000 miles in her camper with her dog, Lucky, to help Ms. Sheehan, said: "It's us versus them again. I haven't felt this since the Vietnam War."


And that says it all. It is beyond their mentality to realize the harm they do this country. Funny Hanoi Jane has not showed up in her anti-war hat and dirty jeans. She would fit right in. Give her a bull horn, set up a AAA site and as she sits at it pretending to shoot down American aircraft, the crowed can go wild and applaude and yell get Bush get Bush. As the Fat boy comes in with his camera crew to film the stuff for another movie.
Meanwhile, UBL, Abu, Izzat, Iranian Mullahs, and the thousands of radical Muslim clerics around the world watch with glee between their slinky eyes.


10 posted on 08/15/2005 8:58:28 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Cogadh na Sith
This got past an editor!?

The editors at the Times are in the habit of ADDING purple prose such as this. Though I don't believe Anney needed much coaxing on this one. ;-)

11 posted on 08/15/2005 8:58:32 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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To: Redcloak

You figured that after playing arguably the most import role of LOTR, he would have walked away with a sense of perpective on the nature of evil and the absence of good men who do not step up to put an end to it. Tolkien would have surely beem dissappointed. But then again Mortensen is just an actor. Enough said.


12 posted on 08/15/2005 9:00:11 PM PDT by bubman
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To: Marine_Uncle
"It's us versus them again. I haven't felt this since the Vietnam War."

Correction, Casey Kelley, you Leftist slime: "It's us versus them again" - and you-all versus the Free Republic.

They're going to find out that us Net veterans are more than a match for their tidal wave of lies this time, M-U. :-)

13 posted on 08/15/2005 9:02:32 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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Good 'ol MSM...


14 posted on 08/15/2005 9:02:43 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: an amused spectator

I believe what she is doing is bordering on treason too. So sue me.


15 posted on 08/15/2005 9:02:48 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftist=Anti American!)
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To: bubman
But then again Mortensen is just an actor.

Yes. Isn't he pretty? ;-)

16 posted on 08/15/2005 9:03:17 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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To: ladyinred
I believe what she is doing is bordering on treason too. So sue me.

Kornblut's gonna be on you like blood on corn... ;-)

17 posted on 08/15/2005 9:04:53 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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To: Marine_Uncle
Ms. Sheehan, said: "It's us versus them again. I haven't felt this since the Vietnam War."

I was born in '68. I was on the Korean DMZ just at the end of Gulf War I.

Does anyone think this statement means anything at all to me? Or anyone my age?

It's a hippy thing, and I don't understand.

18 posted on 08/15/2005 9:07:18 PM PDT by Cogadh na Sith (Steel Bonnets Over the Border)
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Attack the Jews!
19 posted on 08/15/2005 9:08:17 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion they will give it to you.)
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20 posted on 08/15/2005 9:08:53 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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" They're going to find out that us Net veterans are more than a match for their tidal wave of lies this time, M-U. :-)"

Perhaps the perfect accidently dropping a MOAB-II.


21 posted on 08/15/2005 9:09:07 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: stocksthatgoup

Step away from the Zyklon-B, Sheehan...


22 posted on 08/15/2005 9:11:52 PM PDT by an amused spectator (If Social Security isn't broken, then cut me a check for the cash I have into it.)
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I never wanted to burst anybody's bubble on this one, but the Dúnedain were beardless, as were their Elven kin...

Wow, MY bubble's burst! *cough*Who cares but a few hobbit geeks?*cough* :D

This tool Motensen told Charlie Rose Bush was the equivalent of the bad guy in LOTR. He also writes poetry. Need I say more about his incredible knowledge of international policy?

23 posted on 08/15/2005 9:15:41 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious ("And I can KICK!"-Crispin Glover)
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To: All
I am so tired of hearing "anti-war." The majority are not anti-war. Like Viet Nam "anti-war" protesters they want the enemy to win. There is no objection to war against the U.S. -- it's the U.S. fighting back that they are against.

However, unlike the Viet Nam era protesters who wanted their Ho in Hanoi to win this group just wants the U.S. to be humiliated -- surely they don't hate the U.S. enough to want to live under radical Islam.

IMO they do however wish radical Islam would destroy Israel.

24 posted on 08/15/2005 9:15:42 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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" It's a hippy thing, and I don't understand."

No. It is an anti-war activist thing. They are doing exactly what anti-war movement activists did during the Vietnam War.
And if you have at all researched that movement you will realize it was strongly backed by card carrying Communists.
It had nothing to do with "a hippy thing" Hippys where simply losers by birth, who took to drugs and the easy way out. Can't hack the system so drop out and be a bum. These folks are just dead set against the war. Of course it is their right as American citizens to do what they are doing.
But surely they should understand they are giving aid to the enemies of the United States by their actions. This is precisely the stuff Laden and Zarqawi types want to see happen. You can be sure they are using it in their recruitement programs to enlist new Jihadist with hope.
So their protest are aiding the enemy. Tis that simple.


25 posted on 08/15/2005 9:17:02 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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26 posted on 08/15/2005 9:17:31 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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Mr. Bush, who by the end of this summer will have spent more time away from the White House than any other president in history...

Embedded fabrication.

27 posted on 08/15/2005 9:25:09 PM PDT by unsycophant
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To: bubman

"But then again Mortensen is just an actor."

Too true. They're not hired for their brains; they're hired because they can read lines someone else wrote.


28 posted on 08/15/2005 9:30:07 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Marine_Uncle
And if you have at all researched that movement you will realize it was strongly backed by card carrying Communists.

Yes, they were the 'useful idiots' just as they were in October 1917, 1968, and today. I lack the context of the time, so they are all just old hippies to me.

I guess my point is that they are the very same idiots. They've always hated America because of their own personal problems with their daddy, or God. The WWII generation gave them everything and they didn't like it....

Their own personal pathologies make them soldiers for those who would destroy us.

I missed the whole Vietnam protesting thing, but now they are protesting and pestering me and I don't appreciate it!

29 posted on 08/15/2005 9:31:36 PM PDT by Cogadh na Sith (Steel Bonnets Over the Border)
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To: Cogadh na Sith

"It's a hippy thing, and I don't understand."

I can't TELL you how glad many of us baby boomers are to hear this. For those of us who endured the 60s in our formative years and then grew up to become responsible adults, all of this anti-war, anti-establishment, tie-dyed, narcissistic kumbaya BS is just that - BS.


30 posted on 08/15/2005 9:33:42 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Marine_Uncle
Funny Hanoi Jane has not showed up in her anti-war hat and dirty jeans.

Her bus must be out of vegetable oil.

31 posted on 08/15/2005 9:41:36 PM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: hsalaw
all of this anti-war, anti-establishment, tie-dyed, narcissistic kumbaya BS is just that - BS

Unfortunately, for us 'Gen-Xers' that is all we ever hear about the Baby Boomers....

To add insult, they dominate my marketplace by sheer force of numbers.

Ugh... I've been through the malaise of the late seventies in my teens, yuppy angst and acquisitiveness in my twenties and Clinton and the gay 90's in my 30's.

They were my teachers, my professors, my president (Clinton).... They read the news to me and write all the newspaper articles.

Now, they think it's the '60s' all over again and give me grief for my uniform and short hair. I've been acosted in airports or bars by the same stinky old hippies who pestered Vietnam vets.

I'm sick to death of it.

32 posted on 08/15/2005 9:43:48 PM PDT by Cogadh na Sith (Steel Bonnets Over the Border)
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" I missed the whole Vietnam protesting thing, but now they are protesting and pestering me and I don't appreciate it!"

Magnify a hundred fold what you see here, and imagine back then. They where creeping all over campuses, fueling the minds of students etc.. What you wrote is right on the money. I am glad your mind is clear on the issue. It is folks like you we will have to depend on as time goes by to carry on against so much wrong that is allowed in a free society.
So though they pester many of us, they at least have the perfect right to assemble and protest if done within the boundaries of the local, state, and federal laws. Sadly they do not have a clue it is giving aid to the enemy.
Getting late on the east coast, I gotta hit the sack, have a good evening/morning.


33 posted on 08/15/2005 9:47:57 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

"Her bus must be out of vegetable oil."
Heh heh heh. Pretty good. Getting late on east coast. Gotta hit the sack.


34 posted on 08/15/2005 9:49:27 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
surely they don't hate the U.S. enough to want to live under radical Islam.

But they don't think that far ahead. Not their department. Do whatever you want and damn the consequences is their motto. Pyrrhic victories are their lifestyle.

35 posted on 08/15/2005 9:49:34 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Marine_Uncle
It is folks like you we will have to depend on as time goes by to carry on against so much wrong that is allowed in a free society.

Thank you very much. I can reassure you that there are many, many of us just like that in places you would never guess.

So though they pester many of us, they at least have the perfect right to assemble and protest if done within the boundaries of the local, state, and federal laws.

Heck, that is what we are fighting for--as well as the right to change the channel and listen to good ol' Limbaugh when we get sick of their nonsense and want to hear something wholesome!

36 posted on 08/15/2005 9:53:34 PM PDT by Cogadh na Sith (Steel Bonnets Over the Border)
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To: Echo Talon
I'm assuming those crosses are on public land because they are alongside a road. Wouldn't a city or county entity have something to say about that? I'm beginning to wonder why this protest--with the massive traffic jams, the crosses, the noise, etc.--has been allowed to continue for so long.

I can't imagine such a circus being allowed to go on for so long where I live. You'd get a permit for one day and then that's it, on your way. Why isn't someone in authority saying enough's enough?

37 posted on 08/15/2005 9:55:35 PM PDT by Glenmerle
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To: Cogadh na Sith

"I'm sick to death of it."

Those grizzled stinky old hippie losers won't be around forever, and the rest of us baby boomers are just as sick of them as you are.


38 posted on 08/15/2005 9:58:53 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Stormshadow73

You guys lost, get over it.


40 posted on 08/15/2005 10:01:13 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Glenmerle
exactly, I remember when i was growing up some kids getting killed in a car crash, and the parents had to get an ok from city council to put up flowers and stuff where the accident happened alongside the highway.
41 posted on 08/15/2005 10:03:50 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Stormshadow73

Welcome to Free Republic.


42 posted on 08/15/2005 10:09:06 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: Marine_Uncle
Shhhhh.... Its a secret..... While the howling moonbats are "roughing" it camping out at "Camp Casey", Mama Shehan is commuting to and from her throngs of admirers in a conversion van (gift from Soros?) to her HOTEL! room where she holds court nightly with the press crapweasels. Then, at 0-dark-thirty, she slinks back to the camp and makes the rounds re-assuring her "followers" that she is in it for the "duration".

Yeah, right, I thought she was a fake and phony.

Now I am ab-so-f***king-lutly convinced. Witchipoo is now OFFICIALLY on my S**t list.

MSM crapweasels don't say word one about Witchipoo's lodging antics...

Semper Furious

43 posted on 08/15/2005 10:09:42 PM PDT by Trident/Delta (Chaos, Panic and Disorder.....My work here is done!)
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Hey moonbat... your hero is faking it! She is stay nights at a hotel while her followers are camping.... She is a FRAUD and a FAKE. She is no btter than Wellstones ilk that turned his funeral into a Demoidiot rally. Go back to DU troll. Tell "Skinner" to go blow a goat!

Semper Pissed!

44 posted on 08/15/2005 10:13:17 PM PDT by Trident/Delta (Chaos, Panic and Disorder.....My work here is done!)
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It already has backfired, to some extent. Last week, when Juan Williams was asked if Cindy was now the face of the Dem Party, he was visibly shaken and sputtered a whole lot of nos. LOL
46 posted on 08/15/2005 10:15:18 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Stormshadow73
Would any of you be out there chanting "We Dont Care" like the pro-Bushies were this last weekend?

Gee .. did Cindy tell you that in her blog to Mickey Moore?

47 posted on 08/15/2005 10:29:12 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Stormshadow73
NB4DZOT

(Do ZOTs count within the thread, or just when the troll's the poster?)

48 posted on 08/15/2005 10:29:25 PM PDT by Squeako (ACLU: "Only Christians, Boy Scouts and War Memorials are too vile to defend.")
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To: Stormshadow73
Crawl back to DU, troll.

The president met with Cindy a year ago and kissed her on the cheek.

She is not grieving, she's using her dead son for her own fame, fortune, and propaganda.

The man who shot his gun, isn't a "drunk" and broke no laws. He didn't shoot at anyone and shot on his own property. Are you against gun ownership and use ?

Cindy Sheehan and the barking moonbats who set up those crosses, used the names of dead men, for their own sick purpose, without the permission of most of their family members. They dishonored those fallen heroes by using their names in an attack on the president and this nation.

50 posted on 08/15/2005 10:34:32 PM PDT by nopardons
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