Skip to comments.Antiwar protester Sheehan to move campsite (closer to Bush ranch on private property offered)
Posted on 08/16/2005 3:38:24 PM PDT by QQQQQ
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, is moving her camp closer to President George W. Bush's Texas ranch.
The piece of private property was offered by a relative of a man who had a fired shotgun in frustration over the protests, a source in the Sheehan camp said. The property owner is also a veteran.
"A neighbour of President Bush's has offered us his land," the source said. "It's got plenty of acreage for us, it's private land, we would have legal permission to be on it, it's much closer to the ranch -- in fact it's across the street from his (Bush's) church."
"We have taken him up on his offer," the source added.
Sheehan was not immediately available for comment.
Sheehan was expected to begin moving as early as Wednesday morning.
She is in the 10th day of her vigil on Prairie Chapel Road, which leads to Bush's 1,600-acre (647.5-hectare) ranch. She calls her site "Camp Casey," after her 24-year-old son who was killed in combat in Iraq.
According to the source, the land offered to Sheehan is owned by Fred Mattlage, who is a distant cousin of Larry Mattlage, a man who fired a shotgun over the weekend in frustration over the commotion caused by the vigil.
The source said Fred Mattlage made the offer saying "I'm a veteran, I support what you all are doing and I want to offer you my land."
Sheehan, of Vacaville, California, has demanded a meeting with Bush at which she said she wants to call for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.
While Bush has expressed sympathy for Sheehan's grief, the White House has declined a meeting. Sheehan previously met with Bush in 2004 but wants to talk to him face-to-face again.
Sheehan's vigil has attracted anti-war activists from across the United States -- many of them also relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq -- who arrived to offer support, share a hug with Sheehan and join in her daily media events.
But in this quiet farming town of just over 700 people, many residents have found the activity disruptive.
In the latest sign of tension, a man in a pickup trunk on Monday night ran over crosses at Sheehan's campsite.
Some 800 white wooden crosses, bearing the names of soldiers killed in Iraq have lined the road near the area where Sheehan has pitched a tent. Witnesses said they saw a lorry dragging a pipe and chains drive over some of the crosses.
Larry Northern, 46, of nearby Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the incident.
Earlier on Tuesday, a group of residents showed up at a hearing of county officials to complain about the traffic caused by activists and reporters who shuttle back and forth to the camp site.
They brought a petition seeking to ban parking and camping along Prairie Chapel Road.
Displayed in front of one resident's house was a big sign that read, "We support our commander-in-chief."
typical 'this reflects what is happening in our country' and how we are questioning why we are in Iraq and how many troops were recently killed, and the President's approval rating and bla bla bla
Charles Krauthammer did a great job of putting him in his place.
You might start by calling LARRY Mattlage. I'll bet he'll give you the low down on his relative.
I found his phone number in an old Waco phone book if you want it.....
Anderson Copper just said that Cindy Sheehan letter to ABC could not be confirmed.
I'm sure Max Yasgur (Woodstock site) would have some advice.
Ok, I'll bite. What is a lorry?
Just stay off the road and keep the noise down.
I think that some locals need to rustle-up some of them there mean Texas Bobcats, and a couple-a-baskets full of them mean ole "Copperheaded Water Rattlers" (Lewis Grizzard), and let them babies loose just outside of Camp Casey.
Yep, that ought to just about do it! ;-)
Now, y'all should be careful before jumping to conclusions. Maybe this guy's got a quicksand problem. Maybe he's looking for help grinding up all the dried cow patties in his pasture. Maybe he's trying to get a contract for a land fill and is using this as an opportunity to pre-pollute the place to speed the process.
Ya jest never know.
Never, ever trust a Reuter's article. It could be fact, and it could be fiction.
I wanted to b*tch-slap his arse!!!
I wonder how much $$$$ Soros is paying the Bush neighbor
he may have liked that... (did I just say that?)
How about what Max Yasgur's farm looked like after Woodstock:)
She can afford a lengthy camping vacation. She's using her son's SGLI to fund her little junket.
Did she accept it? Hmmmm but won't pay her taxes?
English (England) Term for 'Truck'
Do yall have any intelligent discourse on this web site. The protesters in Crawford are Moms and Iraq War Vets. Show some respect you morons!!!!!!!!
Cindy, is that you?
You mean like maybe a plague of local rattlesnakes? For instance? Just as an example, not a suggestion, of course...
Perfect! The closer they move to the President, the better.
And if he comes anywhere within their view, I hope they make erratic, threatening and lunging-like gestures in his direction.
SS? Fire at will. ;)
Too bad I live smack across the other end of Texas, or else I would be there in her face 24/7! I'd be camping right across the street in front of her tent! If she was to move her camp, I'd fellow her!! Protest to counter protest!! We can't let her continue this any further! I'm surprise Vietnam veterans and their families aren't out there making their voices heard...DON'T flame just an observation on my part!
And puppies, and kittens, and doe-eyed bunny rabbits, and more puppies, and sweet little orphans and still more puppies...
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No, I mean "it" is gone already? Didn't take long. I like it better when we can play with them a bit first.
Probably just another supporter of "Camp Crazy".....
OK, we all know you're gone by now, but I'll answer anyway. WE'RE all moms and Iraq War Vets & such, too. I'm the latter, not the former.
Me too....But I figured this one would go quick..
Not only the post is gone, but so is the poster, and good riddence.
Nothing wrong with some dissent until they start calling us "morons" in the first post. I guess subtlety wasn't their strong point.
If you want to Freep mail it to me so that we don't totally invade his privacy.
We in Texas want her out of our state!!!
Oh absolutely! I grew up in Waco so I still have contacts there.....
"If the people of Crawford had the cojones, they could make life very miserable for these nut cases."
...or just milk them for every cent they've got.
The mainstream folks who are questioning why we are in Iraq are the folks who go to the gas pump every few days and look at the price for a gallon of gasofuel. Then they wonder, why are we in Iraq if we don't have enough oil to keep gas prices down. And, yes, that would make the war in Iraq a war for oil. That is just the logic of folks whose pocketbooks are being squeezed tighter and tighter. And it's not just gas prices that are rising!!!!!!!!!
Who controls the price of oil????????
That is sad and troubling. Hope the MSM doesn't exploit it.
Well, John F. Kerry is a vet too, he was in Vietnam, doncha know?
OAKDALE, Minn. - Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch