First off, you just have to go here and read the whole speech Cindy Sheehan gave last April:
Is there anyone in America who cannot yet see that Donald Rumsfeld is a liar…that he, as with Hitler and Stalin….will say anything so long as he thinks it will help shape the world to his own liking? Is there even one, sane adult among us who cannot see that Donald Rumsfeld is a threat to our nation?s security and to peace on our beloved earth?
…Our country has been overtaken by murderous thugs….gangsters who lust after fortunes and power; never caring that their addictions are at the expense of our loved ones, and the blood of innocent people near and far. We?ve watched these thugs parade themselves before the whole world as if they are courageous advocates for Christian moral values….and for the spread of democracy. Yet we all know that they are now putting in place, all across this country, a system of voting that provides no way to validate the accuracy of the counting of the votes
…this is just one more staggering piece of evidence that the US government is now ruled by murderous hypocrites…criminals who should be arrested, charged appropriately, confined behind bars, and then tried in a court of law…not only here in our own country, but also in all the other countries which have suffered their incomprehensible greed.
Ok, now I don’t feel bad anymore for calling this women a idiot. She is a poster child for idiocy.
Want more proof of her idiocy:
Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full well that my son, my family, this nation and this world were betrayed by George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agendas after 9/11. We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy ? not for the real reason, because the Arab Muslims who attacked us hate our middle-eastern foreign policy.
Of course she has made a few differen’t excuses for the above, all of them conspiracy related which is what should be expected from the schizo left. For a great read on the conspiracy stories read this article at Slate.
Anyways, If you are not familiar with the blog Patterico’s Pontifications then you are missing out. I read him often since he is a pitbull against the local Socialist paper, the LA Times. Well now Patterico has been given the chance to write a op-ed piece in that very same paper (amazing) and he does a wonderful job detailing the paper’s failure in its reporting on the idiot Cindy Sheehan:
But in its apparent zeal to portray Sheehan as the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement, the Los Angeles Times has omitted facts and perspectives that might undercut her message or explain the president’s reluctance to meet with her again.
For example, The Times uncritically reported Sheehan’s claim that the president had behaved callously in a June 2004 meeting with her and her husband, refusing to look at pictures of Casey or listen to stories about him. The Times claimed without qualification that Sheehan “came away from that meeting dissatisfied and angry.”
But the article failed to mention that Sheehan had previously described Bush as sincere and sympathetic in the meeting. According to an interview with her hometown paper, the Vacaville Reporter, Sheehan had said that although she was upset about the war, she decided not to confront the president ? who clearly left a favorable impression: “I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis?. I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith.”
…Lending credence to Sheehan’s earlier positive account, Newsweek has reported that families in similar meetings have been impressed by Bush’s “emotionalism and his sincerity.” Inclusion of that fact would certainly have changed the tone of any story about Sheehan in The Times.
Sheehan’s changing accounts of her meeting with Bush are relevant to understanding the president’s decision not to meet with her again. So are her descriptions of the president in a Dallas speech reported by leftist newsletter Counterpunch as a “lying bastard,” a “maniac” and the leader of a “destructive neocon cabal.” In an article for CommonDreams.org, she called that supposed cabal “the “biggest terrorist outfit in the world.”
She also has turned her son’s death into a tax protest, refusing to pay her income taxes for 2004, the year her son died, reportedly saying in the Dallas speech: “You killed my son, George Bush, and I don’t owe you a penny.” Sheehan’s use of such inflammatory rhetoric sheds light on why Bush likely sees little upside in a public confrontation with her. But you would never know about these statements from reading The Times’ news pages.
Nor would you learn that Casey Sheehan reenlisted after the war started. And only The Times’ April 2004 obituary for the 24-year-old Army specialist noted that he bravely volunteered for the rescue mission in which he was killed by terrorists.
…Also missing is the perspective of Iraqis who lost loved ones to the bloodthirsty reign of Saddam Hussein, during which 300,000 to 1 million civilians were slaughtered. An Iraqi named Mohammed at the blog Iraq the Model (iraqthemodel.blogspot.com) recently explained the importance of that fact, in a moving message addressed to Sheehan: “Your face doesn’t look strange to me at all; I see it every day on endless numbers of Iraqi women who were struck by losses like yours. Our fellow countrymen and women were buried alive, cut to pieces and thrown in acid pools and some were fed to the wild dogs?.
“I ask you in the name of God or whatever you believe in; do not waste your son’s blood.”
A great article…go read the whole thing.
Catfish over at Texas Tattler has a great post up on his recent visit to Camp Casey and Fort Qualls:
As I crossed into Crawford proper, the first thing I noticed was the number of pro Bush and pro troops signage. From what I could see, the folks in Crawford are barely tolerating the demonstration, but thankful for the money that it is infusing into their little town.
…To the right side of the road were the pro-Bushies. There were maybe a dozen, holding signs and trying to stay out of the heat, which was significant. On the left side of the road were the anti?s. Tents, cars, and a somber line of crosses make up their demonstration. As I drove past both camps, it was humorous to feel the eyes of both camps as each side tried to size up which side I belonged to.
Just past the Pro-Bushies was the media tent, fairly vacant – with only what I took to be a college RTF crew in residence. There were only 2 large media trucks – one was labeled CNN, and based out of Dallas and the other was not marked. Whether it was a CNN truck or some other media outlet was not clear. Still, I found it interesting that CNN was the only major news outlet that I could identify.
That says something all by itself.
…After a while I noticed that there were many many more cars than people. On the way home, as I drove by the Crawford Peace House, I found out why. I would say that there were more people at the CPH than were at the demonstration itself. If I were to guess, I would have to say, grand total (anti?s and Pro-Bushies together) there were less than 100 people at the demonstration. Again, as I mentioned before, it gave me the impression that the anti?s were changing shifts – organized.
3. The event was not so much a demonstration as it is a Grateful Dead concert. Every stereotype that you can think of when you think of hippies and anti-war activists was present. It was almost comical. We joke here about long haired, maggot infested, Birkenstock wearing, stinky liberals. Well, I?m here to tell you fellas, stereotypes don?t come from nowhere. It was almost as if I had been transported back to 1972 and in fact, I wouldn?t have been surprised to see some of the same folks back then. (I would have to say that the bulk of the protestors were in their mid to late 40s and older with a smattering of college age folks.) Tie dies, long unkempt pony tails and sandals were the uniform of the day.
Having bathed in the last week, I felt decidedly out of place.
…Hell, I thought when I first got there that I had stepped into a Partridge Family rerun as the first libby vehicle I saw was an old school bus, painted dark blue and light blue with anti war flags flying from a couple of the windows and camping gear stuffed inside. One of the flags criticized Raytheon, showing a picture of an Arab holding a little girl?s shattered body – and stating that Raytheon only builds things that kill people. Nice. You?ve just gotta love the tact. The other banner, which was a popular one for the anti?s, was one that had a fist wrapped around a carrot, with the words ?food not war?. Good plan. See if Zarqawi would be willing to spend his time slicing potatoes instead of hacking off heads. Again, the flags weren?t homemade – professional custom job.
…Among the pro Bushie?s were several veterans, and most interesting to me, a survivor of 9/11 – Earl C. Johnson. He was on the 51st floor of the WTC when the planes hit, and he?s working on a book telling his story on 9/11, titled Stairwell to Heaven. Earl was totally flabbergasted with the anti?s not understanding that the war on terror is directly connected to 9/11.
The vets I spoke to were, if anything, frustrated with the lack of news coverage they were getting. They implored me to help get the word out on-line that contrary to what the anti?s were putting out, the pro-Bushies had been given some land on a nearby ranch for camping and hanging out and told me to let our readers know that there was a place to stay and they would be welcome. They also informed me that a large contingent of pro-Bushies, in the form of a motorcycle ride with the American Legion out of Dallas had been turned away and was not allowed to enter the demonstration area. Your guess as to why would be as good as mine.
While I was visiting with the pro Bushies, an anti wearing (what else) a blue tie dye with a peace symbol in the middle walked to the edge of his side of the road and applauded us for exercising our 1st amendment rights, and that even though he didn?t agree with us, he was proud that we had taken the time and the effort to get out and counter protest their protest. One of the young troops next to me said ?well, gee, you?re welcome. I risked my life overseas so you could come out and protest me. THANK YOU for your support.?
You got to love blogs. How else would you get the real stories like Catfish’s? Sure would not be the MSM bringing it to us.
In other news there is this poll by AOL:
Watching Bush-bashing Gold Star mom Cindy Sheehan’s press coverage, you’d think she has won the hearts and minds of Americans by universal acclamation.
But a massive poll by America Online suggests that Sheehan is actually losing the public opinion battle by a landslide.
Asked: “Do you agree with Sheehan’s views?” Cindy’s supporters trail her critics, 56 to 44 percent, with nearly 290,000 Americans responding to the technically unscientific survey.
Asked, “Do you agree with Sheehan’s tactics?” Cindy faired even worse, losing that contest 59 to 44 percent.
Other, much smaller “scientific” surveys also show Sheehan losing support, but by smaller margins.
Which is interesting but if your a regular reader you know my skepticism with polls. I don’t believe ’em. Even when they show great numbers for Bush. Too many damn ways to skew a poll.
Karen Panchot: She won’t comment on Sheehan’s protest. “It’s hard for anybody to understand. Everybody has their own way of grieving.”
It doesn’t mean, however, that Bush should meet with Sheehan again, Panchot said. “He already met with her. He’s done enough.”
A week after Panchot’s son died, in an ambush while on patrol near Baghdad, she and 30 other families of slain soldiers met Bush at a memorial ceremony in Colorado Springs.
“He held me in his arms,” Panchot said. “I don’t remember what he said … It was comforting. He’s a real person. He’s a Christian person.”
Sharon Dorff: Sheehan’s vigil? “I think it’s ridiculous,” said Dorff, who added that she was surprised by state Sen. Becky Lourey’s decision join the protest. “It’s not going to bring our sons back. Why do it? She’s doing it for revenge because her son died.”
It would be nice if troops could come home now, she said, “but we haven’t accomplished what we set out to accomplish. … We need peace in that country.”
Alvera Reyes: Joining an antiwar protest is unimaginable, Reyes said, because it might seem like dishonoring his memory.
“He had a patriotic feeling for the country,” she said.
He joined the Army at 18 right after high school and was on his third tour of duty in Iraq. “He knew the dangers, and he still went back,” she said. “He was fighting for our beliefs.”
Marny Fasnacht: Fasnacht said she was glad to have an opportunity to say what she thinks about Sheehan’s protest and the decision by two prominent Minnesota politicians to travel to Texas last week to show solidarity with Sheehan.
Fasnacht doesn’t like it. And she takes it a bit personally.
Her son, an Army ranger from Mankato, believed in U.S. policy in Iraq, she said. He believed that U.S. troops were both protecting America from terrorism and helping give Iraq a chance at democracy and freedom.
If Sheehan and her supporters think that there is no noble mission in Iraq, Fasnacht said that suggests her son must not have been very smart to believe in the mission and must have given his life for nothing.
“For anybody to suggest that they are over there, standing on the line for us, and paying the ultimate price, all for worthless reasons,” she said, “that is a slap in the face to us who believe in what they stood for.”
Evan Sayet also notices the differen’t treatment afforded to Cindy compared to the Swift Boat Veterans:
Not long ago the Democrats worked feverishly to destroy 254 American heroes from across the political spectrum who offered their factually supported, firsthand eyewitness testimony about John Kerry’s very odd (to say the least) four month aborted tour of duty in Vietnam. Compare and contrast this with the unquestioning hero status being given to the rather nuts Cindy Sheehan whose statements are utterly contradicted by her own testimony after her first meeting with the President (a meeting the leftist liars in the Old Media try to keep hidden from the public), whose every word has been repudiated by the people who know her best (including her own parents and her husband) and whose rhetoric borders on (and its from the other side of the border) insanity.
Why the different treatment? Simple. To the Democrat truth is defined not by fact, evidence and logic but only by the degree to which someone hates America. If someone is spewing anti-American hate that makes them, de facto, truth tellers.
Finally Dymphna from The Gates Of Vienna has a beautiful post up about the loss of her daughter and how she can sympathize with Cindy. It’s a beautiful post but while reading it I could not help but notice the difference between a mother who is truly grieving to one who is grandstanding for a political purpose.
…When a husband or wife dies, we call the surviving partner the widow or widower. Why do you think it is that there is no one word to describe our condition, Cindy? Mother-of-a-dead-child is the best we can do? The lack of a name gives you some inkling how much our culture avoids the knowledge of this sorrow. If we named it we?d have some power over it. But the condition you and I share is unnamed because since time immemorial parents have dreaded this loss. It is the worst. There is nothing else that can be done to us. A motherless child is a pitiful creature and carries a life-long emptiness he or she tries to fill with other grown-ups. A childless mother is a crazy person and nothing can fill the hole, not if she had a baby a year for the rest of her life.
While the moonbats believe Cindy is the catalyst for a tied dyed love fest just like the 60’s I believe they will be very disappointed. Most people with ANY common sense realize we are in a fight against terrorism, against those who will purposely kill the innocent, and while we are fighting in Iraq the terrorists are over THERE. Not HERE. They understand the fact that 25 million people are now free in Iraq when before all they knew was torture and death. Finally they understand that these people at Camp Casey are some wacked out nutjobs.
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