Friday, August 12, 2005

"We are mad as hell and we're not taking it anymore."

Okay, here we are for todays report about Cindy Sheehan. Given what I see on Google News I'm still not about the size of her protest. I keep thinking that this subject demands mass protests, thousands of people streaming together to demand change. But the news article talks about tens or hundreds of people attending in person in Crawford TX. But she is getting news coverage, maybe this weekend will bring out thousands of protesters.

The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq Day 6: This is Cindy Sheehan's own blog entry for the day. It's from her that I got the title for todays post. It's heartening to learn they had 700 people attending today, including Viggo Mortensen. In one of the news articles I saw claimed it was 50 people. The true number has to be in-between.

I have discovered that the White House press corps is always looking for something to do and someone to cover. We have been happy to oblige them.

Smearing Cindy Sheehan Conservatives are attacking her as a dupe of the left who’s exploiting her dead son. Some relatives have piled on too. But the grieving mother says her well-timed Crawford visit is "my idea, my mission, my vision." (By Farhad Manjoo, Aug. 13, 2005, Salon.COM): An interview with Cindy Sheehan. I appreciate reading full interviews like this because it lets me contact the person with less filtering. This is in contrast with mainstream media where an "interview" is selected snippets.

It's clear what she plans to do if she meets (again) with Bush. Namely, to strongly debate him asking him tough questions. As I pointed out before, I believe the Bush Administration doesn't even want to be asked these questions, much less answer them. Hence it's going to take a lot of pressure, perhaps 10,000 people camped out on the road to Crawford, to get him to meet her. I'm trying to imagine that many people there, and that's probably more than the population of Crawford itself.

Bush gets first look at anti-war protest near ranch (12 Aug 2005 17:14:14 GMT, Source: Reuters): This article discusses the close encounter Bush had today with Cindy Sheehan. Well, close if you consider driving by at full speed without slowing down as "close". Same planet, different universes.

When Bush's black sport utility vehicle carried him past the site to a Republican fund-raiser, the protest leader, Cindy Sheehan, whose son was one of the nearly 1,850 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, held up a sign that said: "Why do you make time for donors and not for me?"

Where was he rushing to? Yet another fundraiser. The other day he flew (on Airforce One, at public expense) to Illinois to attend a fundraiser. At least this time it was a short drive away. The target for this one was $2 million, to be raised for the Republican Party, from 280 or so large Republican donors. By "large" I'm not talking about tall or heavy, but if you do the math you'll see each of the attendees paid around $10,000 dolors (on average) to be at the fundraiser.

Sheehan's response to family criticism (By Robin Miller/City Editor): This was published in Cindy Sheehan's hometown newspaper, and discusses the reaction of her family members. It refers to: "Family members decry Sheehan". She says the family members in question are her in-laws whom they are on opposite sides of the political fence, anyway.

Protest on the Range: Cindy Sheehan Calls for Mass Demos at Bush's Crawford Ranch: Interview of Cindy Sheehan with Democracy Now.