Skip to comments.Photos from the pro-US rally in Crawford, Texas
Posted on 08/28/2005 7:50:47 PM PDT by skyuka
Photos of the gathering in Crawford can be found here:
Fabulous Photos, Thank You
Wonderful to have a chance to see photos my local paper would never show. Thanks.
nice pictures. thank you for posting. great job!
Great photos! :)
I have never seen a horse used as a sign LOL
Thanks for posting these. I only wish I could have been there too.
OUtstanding. Way to go my friend.
Loved seeing shots of the town of Crawford, all of the supporters of this war on terrorism at their different meeting places and especially I was interested in really getting to see what al-Sheehan cindistans kamp looks like...that IS some tent! And it was all SO EMPTY!!!! Now I can put the crosses and tents, etc of her hole in the ground in perspective. Thanks so much!
Enjoyed that, thank you.
I think this covers the situation well...
Great pictures, and thanks to your son for his service!
Camp Casey looks like quite a setup, guess Soros' et al money is being well spent.
God bless you and everyone who made it to Crawford.
Thanks for the pics, they are great.
Wonderful photos! Thank you!
Thought you all would like this article.
August 28, 2005
WHERE ARE ALL THE PROTESTERS?
CATEGORY: Cindy Sheehan
Ive written about this before and Im going to keep writing about it because it bears repeating. If Cindy Sheehan has energized the anti-war movement, if shes ignited a prairie fire of sentiment against the war thats sweeping the country, and if our Griever in Chief is the Rosa Parks of the opposition to the Iraq War would someone please give me a straight answer to a very simple, very straightforward question:
WHERE ARE ALL THE PROTESTERS?
It took a little digging, but I was able to discover that there are less than 200 people camping out with Mother Sheehan in Crawford with perhaps another 1,500 people in and around the town on any given day. While the number of campers is kept low due to space limitations, that 1,500 number appears to be pretty solid. And not all of those people are there for the protest. Many are connected with the so-called Crawford Peace House whose anti-semitic activities have been well documented elsewhere.
The other night, folk singer and legendary anti-war activist Joan Baez drew around 200 people to a free concert near the camp site. Also, this blogger took the trouble to add up names from three Guest Books which had been placed around Camp Casey and discovered 750 signatures not from one day but from more than 2 weeks of protests.
Its like this mass movement exists only on a Hollywood sound stage. When the cameras are turned off, it disappears like smoke from a fog machine wafting up into the rafters. Its bogus. Its a lie. Its one gigantic photo-op staged for the benefit of the press whose seeming indifference to some of the truly kooky things Sheehan has said (not to mention the nauseating anti-semitic rants of Mother Sheehan and her supporters) is almost beyond comprehension.
Cindy Sheehan is not Rosa Parks. Shes Carrie Underwood, the completely made for TV star that Fox created out of whole cloth on their show American Idol. Cindy Sheehan has been manufactured. Piece by counterfeit piece, the legend of Mother Sheehan has been built from scratch. What started out as some left wing nut of a mother and her genuine grief at the loss of her son being shamelessly used by the hard, anti-war left to raise their pitiful profile has now morphed into a media event complete with PR flaks, political advisers, and media gurus who have turned her Quixote like protest into the signature image of a movement with nothing and nobody behind it.
Even the Moveon.org sponsored anti-war Peace Vigils last week 1600 of them if you believe the propaganda (a number never confirmed by any news organization but used in every single account by the press reporting on that nights activities) drew paltry numbers of people. Some blogging accounts put the number of activists at many of these protests at a dozen or less. And the estimate of 1600 protests is from the same folks who said there were 500,000 people in the streets of New York City during the main protest at the Republican Convention. Less hysterical and more professional crowd counters the New York City police put the number at 150,000.
This Washington Post article on the dueling protests in Crawford yesterday is a perfect example of how the national media has chosen to promote the anti-war uber mother:
In three weeks, Sheehan, who lost her 24-year-old son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, in Iraq last year, has become the face of an invigorated antiwar movement. She has drawn praise from scores of supporters as well as condemnation from conservatives who believe she is motivated by a political agenda that dishonors fallen soldiers.
Why are we allowing him to continue to kill our kids, because hes killed so many already? she asked. She then invited the crowd to turn toward Bushs ranch and chant Not one morenot one more death10 times so that the president might hear.
Her protest, timed to coincide with Bushs vacation and the usual news vacuum in August, mirrors the countrys increasing fractiousness over the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. Sheehan has said that if she fails to get a second audience with Bush before her self-imposed deadline of Wednesday, she will lead a bus tour to Washington, where she says she will set up a permanent vigil.
Is the anti-war movement invigorated? Ive seen no sign of it. Theres been a lot of ink spilled saying that but where are the bodies? Wheres the passion? Wheres the organization? Wheres the mass movement?
WHERE ARE ALL THE PROTESTERS?
Youd never find the answer to that question in the Washington Post article. Somehow that fact got lost on the composing room floor. What does the Washington Times say?
Meanwhile, busloads of war protesters gathered several miles away at Camp Casey, named for Mrs. Sheehans 24-year-old son.
A bell-ringing ceremony at the camp honored soldiers serving in Iraq. Organizers estimated the crowd at more than 2,000, but it appeared smaller.
I know that the Camp Casey movement is going to end the war in Iraq, Mrs. Sheehan said after folk singer Joan Baez led supporters in singing Amazing Grace.
The Times estimated the pro-war crowd at about 1,500. The NROs Eric Pfeiffer puts the number (quoting AP) at 3,000. Needless to say, the spur of the moment Move America Forward pro war rally organized in less than a week outdrew someone whose name, face, and cause has been plastered all over the media for more than a fortnight.
I believe its time to challenge the left and their allies in the media to start giving us some hard facts on the size and scope of the anti-war movement rather than relying on impressions and passing them off as news. Anecdotal evidence wont do. The latest polls show that most Americans disagree with the Presidents handling of the war. Hell, any conservative blogger worth their salt is criticizing the Presidents handling of some aspect of the Iraq War. Its a silly question that doesnt mean anything. The question that really matters is how many Americans want to cut and run from Iraq the position being advocated by Cindy Sheehan and the leftist lickspittles who are shamelessly using her grief to advance their radical agenda. And that number has remained overwhelmingly in favor of the President. By more than 2 to 1 in the latest Gallup, Rasumssen, and Washington Post poll, Americans say that we should remain in Iraq until the job is done.
Thats the number that counts. And despite a media campaign manufactured, massaged, and manipulated by professionals whose skills in creating illusions rival those of a magician or a Hollywood special effects house, the number of people who actually support Mrs. Sheehan and her increasingly violent rhetorical attacks on the President, on her opponents, on other mothers who have lost loved ones in Iraq, and on America itself is not growing into some critical mass of people that will explode like the protests of a generation ago against Viet Nam. Rather, it appears that Mother Sheehans support is drawn from the same tired old left, old guard, blame America firsters whose numbers continue to dwindle as old age, senility, and a dissolute lifestyle catch up with them.
Lori Byrd at Polipundit notices the same lack of anti-war enthusiasm:
For all the publicity Cindy Sheehan and the anti-war groups are receiving, they are not attracting large numbers of people. This says more to me than the recent public opinion polls. When the steady drumbeat from the MSM is that we are losing in Iraq, it is understandable that many would express disapproval of the way things are going there. I believe that the most passion, however, is with those who support the troops and their mission. We should take every opportunity available to express that support even if it does not get much attention from the MSM. Through email, talk radio, and the blogs, the message will eventually get through to those serving in Iraq.
Jay Tea at Wizbang hits the nail on the head with this post about other questions Mother Moonbat should be asking Bush:
But while shes there, perhaps shell take a moment or two to bring up a couple of other matters. She might ask President Bush why hes the biggest terrorist in the world. She could inquire why he and his indecent bandits traitorously had intelligence fabricated.
Maybe she can discuss jsut who were fighting in Iraq? You know, the ones who killed her son? Are they terrorists or freedom fighters? And does she really believe that America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for.?
And while she has the lying bastard and maniacs undivided attention, she might bring up her solution to the Middle East problemyou get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and youll stop the terrorism.
While shes there, maybe she could give the President the Chief Brody Slap...its what she wants anyway.
And yes Mr. Joyner, it is a nice day for a Sunday drive!
Welcome LGF Readers! Thanks to Charles for the link. Heres another Cindy Sheehan post you may enjoy on her upcoming bus tour:
SHEEHAN: I AM THE WALRUS
Little Green Footballs actually has some pictures that prove the point of this post.
I see some intelligent comments from the lizardoids about hurricane Katrina pushing Cindy off the nets followed by the Roberts confirmation starting next week.
Good point. Except this hurricane looks like it could be the worst natural disaster in American history and if, God help us, it stays on course, just about everything else will pale in comparison to what those people in New Orleans will be going through for a very long time.
If you havent seen the numbers, theyre talking about 100,000 people being homeless with the city itself uninhabitable for weeks. FEMA has activated its catastrophic disaster plan the kind theyd use for a massive terrorist attack or a truly horrifying earthquake and theyre putting people up in the Superdome. The economic hit could be as massive as 9/11.
Cindy Sheehans crusade should be relegated to the ash heap of history because shes taking part in a fraud. Its ironic, and typical of the MSM, that a natural disaster will accomplish that fact and not any well deserved disapprobation on the part of the media or the people.
Awesome! Proud of all of you and thanks for doing what you did.
Wonderful pics and commentary. Thanks for being there and much gratitude to your son for his service!
Thanks for the ping!
Thanks for the ping, Tonk! Wonderful Report!
I like the "Bitch in the Ditch" sign.
Don't ask me about the heat. Please.
Thank you for posting the pictures!
Thanks for the photos, skyuka, wish I could have been there! And the comments were very helpful and great, too!
Thanks for posting these, living in MA we only get coverage of poor Cindy (Not)
Fort Qualls is in downtown Crawford. We had significantly more people than the anti-American group.
Wonderful photos and commentary!
Thanks for the great report and photos, Peter.
Thank you for the fantastic pictures!
Thanks Skyuka..for the Photos....
Searing 108* temps kept "them" home, but not our side.
Their "temple" was as empty as their cause.
The Texas Trooper summed it up best.
Outstanding job, Mr.Wright.
...a tip of my hat to you. ;^)
Thanks for taking the pictures and providing the link to view them.
A guy came into the bar at Swinney Switch and ordered a beer. At the same time the TV news came on and there is Cindy Sheehan about to give a speech. The man yells, "There's a horses ass"
A cowboy gets up and punches him out and then left the bar.
When he finally gets up, the man says to the bartender, "What is this, Cindy country?"
The bartender says "no, Horse country!"
I wish you would post those on Webshots! Webshots featured a Cindy Sheehan "vigil" album last week. (Got lots of Pro-American comments to the Guest book though!! Ticked off a lot of users.) The album is under archives, for those wanting to view or post a comment.