March 09, 2006
No Gravestone for Casey?
If this... is True, it is sickening.
You know what is sickening? Globe-trotting anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has collected her son's $250,000 military life insurance policy, collected endless gifts and perks from her far-left liberal friends and bought herself a brand-new VW Beetle convertabile, yet Sheehan hasn't taken the time to put up the funds needed to get Casey, her son, a head stone for his grave
August 29, 2005
Reality Distortion Field
That headline heralds the latest bit of drivel to spill from the keyboard of Rob, "Say Anything," Port, (I think he takes his name way too literally.)
The post goes on to excerpt a bunch of polls that:
a.) Document the obvious... (I don't think anyone on the Left believes leaving Iraq will end Terrorism. HELLO, 9/11 happened BEFORE Iraq, and had NOTHING to do with Iraq.)
b.) That only about 39% of Americans believe we should immediately pull out of Iraq. (Ahem... Americans are inherently decent people, we FUBARED Iraq, we can't leave it FUBARED.)
c.) That 3% more Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Cindy Sheehan, than have a favorable one. (Is Cindy running for office and someone forgot to tell me?)
Now, I have read the post about six times now, and other than a LAME attempt to convince the already convinced (Wizbang Readers), that Americans somehow support the war and hate Cindy Sheehan, I frankly don't get it...
August 28, 2005
Better late than never...
With nearly 60% of Americans seeing Iraq as a mistake, and 56% of Americans expressing disapproval of the President's job performance, it does not come as a surprise that Bush is doing the rah rah routine over Iraq.
Likewise it is no surprise that the Conservaphere continues to try and spin positives out of what obviously has become a disaster. The war has become a boat anchor around the President's neck, and it is only getting worse. Rather than face reality and admit that the policy is a failure, the Right Wingers are so upset that they are attacking each other... And these are people who are always talking about "hate."
It has become obvious over the last week that Cindy is having an impact. The Spin, and spin of the spin continues on the Right, trying to discredit her. Roughnecks show up in Crawford in an attempt to intimidate her, and yet her message only grows more compelling as day after day, the "Last Throes," in Iraq seem to grow longer.
Time to do a reality check guys. Cindy is not going away. Iraq is not going to suddenly get better, and the truth about what led to the war is finding resonance with more and more Americans. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.
August 26, 2005
Right Wing Meme: "Cindy Sheehan is a Wacko"
Reality: This country is being run by Wackos! Thanks to my reader who left that link in a comment to one of my posts.
I am not real big on conspiracy theories, and my BS meter is about as fine tuned as they come. But the stuff in the above report, and this one, are enough to scare the bejeezus out of me.
We have some very interesting people running our country right now, and I have suspected for some time that Bush isn't really the one doing the running... What they are doing is not exactly new. I have pointed out in recent posts that the resentment for US foreign policy and meddling is high in some parts of Latin America, and with just cause. What is going on right now is nothing but a return to and re-emphasis on American Imperialism. What is different is that these guys are arrogant about it, while in the past we always went about it on the QT.
Islamic terrorist have walked into the cave of a sleeping bear, woke him up and pissed him off, and given him an excuse to slap the living shit out of them, while at the same time taking their honey and anyone else's honey that they covet. In the interim, these people have made living in our country infinitely more dangerous. Everyone wants to take down the bear. In the process they have also made it a more uncomfortable place for every American who steps off the shores of the U.S.. Those who have come to and will come to hate America will not distinguish between it's leaders and it's citizens, when it comes to exacting revenge.
It has been said before but merits saying again. After 9/11, America had the sympathy and support of most of the world. That we sought justice in Afghanistan was seen as an indisputable right. On that day and for sometime afterward, Almost everyone was an American. But the people behind the Neocon Agenda sought to capitalize on that tragedy to push their agenda. The war in Iraq was a turning point for us as a state and an empire. It was the moment when we went from benevolent to BULLY, and it persists...
That these plans existed previous to 9/11 are not up for debate. Some on the conservative side would argue on the relative merits or degrees of "wrong," in these plans. Most of us, at least those among us NOT drinking the Kool Aid would argue that whatever the merits, we were lied to, and that in and of itself makes them suspicious.
August 25, 2005
Cindy Back in Crawford... Answers her Critics
Cindy back in Crawford...
She had this to say:
"So this is the boy who they say I'm dishonoring by what I do and I know when I get up with Casey, like he went there first before me. When I get up, he's gonna say, "Good job Mom.” (applause) He's not going to say, he's not going to say, "Why'd you make me spin in my grave," you know. And I can just hear him saying "George Bush you are really an idiot. You didn't know what you were doing when you killed me. You didn't know what you were getting into." And I'm sure Casey's up there with Ken and all the others and they're just going, Wow, did these guys have moms? They didn't know that this was going to happen when they killed us?"
And I hear some of the brave Bushistas booed her when she returned...
CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- The California woman at the center of anti-war protests outside President Bush's ranch returned to Texas to cheers -- and a few boos -- Wednesday after nearly a week away to tend her ailing mother.
To all those folks out there who seem to think they know better how her son would feel, than the woman who raised him... I just have to scratch my head...
Got to love those folks booing her huh? I wonder how many of them have served or sent their own kids to serve. We know Bush and Cheney havent.
August 24, 2005
Looks like Bush has his own War Mom!
Make sure that you check out Paula Zhan Now's transcripts when they become available. I wonder how much tax payer money went into finding the Pruitt family? High Drama folks. Got a problem with a War mom? Find one who agrees with your position and highlight her families sacrafice during a nationaly televised speech. Gotta give it to these people. On the day when Cindy Sheehan returned to Crawford, Bush is ready with his own War Mom. Brilliant... Sick... But Brilliant!
Somebody needs to tell the insurgents....
That the insurgency is in its "last throes."
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgents launched a sophisticated and well-coordinated strike against police checkpoints in Baghdad on Wednesday that left five dead and at least 31 wounded, police said.
In the meantime, Bush continues to make speeches to Military Audiences, while refusing to meet with Cindy Sheehan.
It's classic Rove tactics. Things going to hell, go make a couple of Rah Rah, "We are facing an evil enemy, yada yada, Global War on Terrorism, yada yada," speeches before a friendly audience...
Show some courage Mr. President, meet for once with people who don't agree with you. Hear their point of view, THANK THEM, for being real Americans, and for honoring the American Tradition of dissent.
August 23, 2005
Hypocrisy on Parade
This is hilarious, if for nothing else, the hypocrisy. The post references a post from NRO, where a Right Wing Blogger does a little "spying," at Camp Casey. He takes pictures, more or less makes fun of those supporting Cindy Sheehan, and does the usual Right Wing Slam of anything Liberal. Now cut back to the Polipundit post, for these words dripping with hypocrisy:
Berry says the protesters have been mostly respectful of her and other Bush supporters. But all that changed recently. "One of them came up to me and started taking pictures. It kind of made me uncomfortable, but that's their right. But the next day a group of them came up to me and said those pictures had been posted on the Internet and the protesters were making fun of my picture. It kind of shocked me. I almost wanted to throw up."My sentiments exactly. Throw up or take a shower.
I wonder if Lorie threw up or took a shower, after reading the NRO post? I mean it was pretty much the exact same behavior that caused her to want to throw up on the part of the Sheehan supporters... Right?
Then there was this little nugget, also from the NRO Post:
"Two members from the administration stopped by while I was there and offered to bring food and drinks to those in attendance."
I wonder if the same offer was extended to Camp Casey, I mean they are Americans too right? Exercising their constitutional right to protest?
Sometimes the Hypocrisy of these people makes ME want to throw up!
August 22, 2005
Is a disgusting waste of air and space... That is all...
The Violation of Cindy Sheehan...
From Frank Rich's NY Times Column:
Hat Tip Dan Gillmor.
CINDY SHEEHAN couldn't have picked a more apt date to begin the vigil that ambushed a president: Aug. 6 was the fourth anniversary of that fateful 2001 Crawford vacation day when George W. Bush responded to an intelligence briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" by going fishing. On this Aug. 6 the president was no less determined to shrug off bad news. Though 14 marine reservists had been killed days earlier by a roadside bomb in Haditha, his national radio address that morning made no mention of Iraq. Once again Mr. Bush was in his bubble, ensuring that he wouldn't see Ms. Sheehan coming. So it goes with a president who hasn't foreseen any of the setbacks in the war he fabricated against an enemy who did not attack inside the United States in 2001.
As usual Rich pulls no punches...
Read it all. It demonstrates an all to clear pattern of abuse on the part of this Administration, abuse of power, abuse of the truth, abuse of the trust of the American Public. It also demonstrates further the sense of invulnerability that this administration feels. And rightfully so. They have successfully used the same tactic again and again and again...
But as Rich says:
When the Bush mob attacks critics like Ms. Sheehan, its highest priority is to change the subject. If we talk about Richard Clarke's character, then we stop talking about the administration's pre-9/11 inattentiveness to terrorism. If Thomas Wilson is trashed as an insubordinate plant of the "liberal media," we forget the Pentagon's abysmal failure to give our troops adequate armor (a failure that persists today, eight months after he spoke up). If we focus on Joseph Wilson's wife, we lose the big picture of how the administration twisted intelligence to gin up the threat of Saddam's nonexistent W.M.D.'s.
this time the vast majority of the American Public is NOT buying it. The very principle of repeating something often enough until it becomes truth, has backfired. The American Public has been hearing about Administration lies and manipulation for years now, and the idea is finaly starting to sink in...
The majority of Americans feel compassion for Cindy Sheehan. While her protractors are vocal, the majority see her as a Mother grieving over the loss of a son, who is entitled to her moment with the President. His fundraising, vacationing and grandstanding with Lance Armstrong have come across as callous and heartless, at the very moment when he needs to be explaining some things not only to Sheehan, but to the whole nation. Bush ran the first time as a Straight Talk candidate. Those of us who watched the campaign from the Left, never bought this in the first place, but a lot of people did. His failure to provide Americans with a straight answer on the debacle in Iraq has eroded American confidence in him, and his administration. It does not help his case when his Generals are saying one thing, His SecDef another and Vice President something entirely different altogether.
Recent poll numbers more than anything, demonstrate a lack of confidence on the part of the American Public in ANYTHING having to do with Iraq, and rightfully so...
The attacks on Sheehan have only made the matter worse. I predict that Bush will eventually meet with Sheehan, calls to do so from within his own party have made this a nearly forgone conclusion. The delays at this point are more than likely based on Karl Rove trying to determine the best way to spin a lose/lose situation for Bush.
August 20, 2005
Dynamite piece on Cindy Sheehan
Jack has wrote a dynamite piece on the whole Cindy Sheehan phenomenon, and frankly it is just too complex to excerpt, so I invite all of you to go check it out.
August 17, 2005
That is the sound of all those who have been denying the lies this war is based on, being beat over the head with a "truth stick!"
From Shakespear's Sister comes the latest:
Link (not blockquoted due to length):
Meanwhile, in Iraq.....
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi police arrested four people in connection with a string of car bombings Wednesday morning that killed at least 43 people and wounded 88 in central Baghdad, the Transportation Ministry said.
The "last throes," continue...
While some conservative bloggers blow sunshine up our ass... which is in and of itself amazing, considering that their own heads are up their asses. You see to them, it's all about Cindy Sheehan, the outrage of it all. Too bad they dont feel the same outrage about the bullshit that lead to Cindy being in Texas huh?
Wait NO, it was Clinton's fault!!! Everything was Clinton's fault. 9/11 was Clinton's fault... Let's just ignore the fact that it happened on Bush's watch, and that evidence has now been presented that 9/11 could have been stopped.
August 16, 2005
Frank Rich Delivers a "Reality Check"
Read Frank Rich's column from the NY Times. It's a classic. Somehow the man manages to cover all the bases on the war in Iraq, including Cindy Sheehan's protest movement.
My favorite excerpt:
Nothing that happens on the ground in Iraq can turn around the fate of this war in America: not a shotgun constitution rushed to meet an arbitrary deadline, not another Iraqi election, not higher terrorist body counts, not another battle for Falluja (where insurgents may again regroup, The Los Angeles Times reported last week). A citizenry that was asked to accept tax cuts, not sacrifice, at the war's inception is hardly in the mood to start sacrificing now. There will be neither the volunteers nor the money required to field the wholesale additional American troops that might bolster the security situation in Iraq.
I was not aware that one of Bush's "loyalist, Senator George Allen of Virginia, instructed the president to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother camping out in Crawford, as "a matter of courtesy and decency." Or, to translate his Washingtonese, as a matter of politics. Only someone as adrift from reality as Mr. Bush would need to be told that a vacationing president can't win a standoff with a grief-stricken parent commandeering TV cameras and the blogosphere 24/7."
It will be interesting to see if he takes this advice. Cindy pulled a brilliant strategic move today by inviting Bush to, "Pray with her," on Friday. For this President, who claims a lock on spirituality, that one may be even more difficult to pass up. I still have serious reservations about the Sheehan Strategy at the moment, but I have to admit I am impressed with some of the moves..
August 15, 2005
The Sheehan Rebuttal
Two good rebuttals to my post on Cindy Sheehan. Like I said yesterday, I have said all I intend to say on the issue, and see nothing productive in restating my points. But I do want to answer a couple of "personal things from Dru:
David, you are totally contradicting yourself. First you call for Cindy Sheehan to pull up stakes now that she's made her point, and in the next paragraph you say that we have a short attention span and we don't stick with one thing long enough before moving on to the next.
I see no contradiction in my comments at all. What I said was it is time to take this to the next level. Cindy is now the defacto leader of a progressive movement. Bush is NOT going to meet with her. If that movement is to move forward it needs to focus on the issue, not on the protest.
Dru went on to say:
To this I respond. I have about as much respect for a feminist who sees everyone who disagrees with them as sexist, as I do for an Afro American who sees everyone who disagrees with them as racist. I respect your support for Cindy. We probably agree on more than you think, but as long as the debate continues to be about labeling people because you don't agree with them, we will never find that common ground. Your tactic is no better than the people we are fighting against. As for my "brilliant solution," I don't have one. What I do have is my belief that division within progressive ranks over gender issues, immigration, you name the issue and there is probably division, is what has relegated us to also ran status. My parents knew Rosa Parks, and in the 70's I stood arm and arm with feminist in San Francisco and Los Angeles demanding equality for women. Despite being spiritualy against abortion, I support the right of choice for women. If you want to continue to label me, feel free, but KNOW me first.
I will not be drawn into an extended debate about Cindy Sheehan. I have said all I had to say in my first post. Agree or Dissagree and that is fine, but please don't psychoanalyze me, not unless you have a couch for me to lay on and a degree hanging on your wall qualifying you for such analysis.
August 14, 2005
The Sad Case of Cindy Sheehan
I am going to fasten on the old Body Armor here, and give you my thoughts on Cindy Sheehan.
Why Body Armor? Well because I suspect that I am going to get unloaded on from my fellow Progressives. You see, while I support the concept of pressuring the President to deal with the tragedy that is Iraq, I believe Cindy's Protest has passed the point of being a legitimate voice for that challenge, and has simply become a media attraction, with all the ego that goes with it. The symbolism associated with her request to meet with Bush was appreciated. But lets face it, it was symbolism... As much as I disagree with Bush, as much as I think the war in Iraq is a sham perpetrated on the American People at great cost, as much as I believe Ms. Sheehan's grief is legitimate.... It was not realistic from the jump street to think that the President would meet with her. He would have been setting a precedent that though idealistic, is not realistic.
I have come to the conclusion that Progressives have hurt their own cause more than helped it by the form of our dissent. Rather than taking an aggressive political and legal course to address our grievances, we create circus side shows that as much alienate those who we would seek to sway, as convince anyone of the justness of our cause.
Bush's weak poll numbers and declining support among the American People, represents an opportunity we have not had in 5 years, an opportunity to present an alternative. It is my belief that we are missing the boat on that opportunity by supporting "well meaning publicity stunts," rather than presenting a strong, positive, counter position.
Ms.Sheehan deserved her moment in the Spotlight. We should be grateful that her actions helped create a national debate on Iraq and the sacrifices of our young men and women, but it is time to move on. Cindy's new found celebrity provides her credentials to be a spokesperson for the issue of Iraq, and to continue to promote discussion and debate. Time to end the spectacle and get on to the business of that debate.
UPDATE: Okay, I knew I was going to piss some people off with this post, but Dru, please don't question my support of women or imply that my position is sexist. I would feel exactly the same if Cindy was a Father. I tried to post this on your blog, but got a server error:
Dru,this has nothing to do with Putting women in their place. I supported Cindy's Protest from the beginning. But I don't believe it is accomplishing much of anything right now. It is time to take practical steps, not symbolic protest. Thanks for the link.
Now I am not going to go on infinitum clarifying my position, I wont do it for the Right, and I won't do if for my Sisters and Brothers on the Left either. I will simply state for the record, that I believe Cindy's protest has served it's purpose. It has elevated awareness of the debate over Iraq. It has exposed lies on the part of the administration, and it has personalized the conflict in a way that raw casualty numbers could not. For that alone, Cindy is a hero in my eyes. But... And it is a big But, it is time to move on with action. It is clear that Bush is NOT going to meet with her. What purpose is served by continuing what HAS become a sideshow?
The problem with us on the Left is we have a limited attention span. First there was Florida, soon forgotten, Ohio, mostly forgotten, Downing Street, Karl Rove, etc. etc. etc. Instead of coordinating our efforts and winning battles, we fight skirmishes and move on, barely making a dent in the Administration Armor. In the feeding Frenzy over Cindy's case, Karl Rove has been pushed off the front page, Downing Street is at a Dead End, and when the media grows tired of this story, they will move on. We need leadership, plans, coordinated actions and a sustained, clear message if we are going to take our country back. Cindy has the opportunity to play a leadership role in that, but in my opinion the message is being lost in the show.
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