Skip to comments.Mother's Grief-Fueled Vigil Becomes Nexus for Antiwar Protesters (And The Correction!)
Posted on 08/15/2005 8:46:03 PM PDT by an amused spectator
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...
...The Fox News television host Bill O'Reilly has called her "treasonous," conservative bloggers have accused her of furthering a liberal agenda...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
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."
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. ;-)
looks like the NYT got the "Mother" talking points.
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.
Viggo spent a little too much time gazing into the palantir.
Honest! I learned that true fact in the Main Stream Media!
Ugh... Such purple prose... This got past an editor!?
I never wanted to burst anybody's bubble on this one, but the Dúnedain were beardless, as were their Elven kin...
"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.
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. ;-)
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.
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. :-)
Good 'ol MSM...
I believe what she is doing is bordering on treason too. So sue me.
Yes. Isn't he pretty? ;-)
Kornblut's gonna be on you like blood on corn... ;-)
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.
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