Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
A Report from Camp Casey
There is good energy and a "Woodstock Feeling" to the goings on at
Camp Casey, just outside the ranch of our
still-vacationing President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush. It is a dynamic
situation in an ever-changing environment with people joining in and people
working. After all, most of this anti-war crowd are regular people like you and
I. They have jobs and families and responsibilities and, unlike the protesters
just across the street, cannot take weeks off.
Taking a "memorial wall" with her, her husband Steve and her seven-year old daughter Carolyn, Mary Walworth just "came down" to show support. She doesn't like the war either. Mary is unsure as to what to do with her memorial wall so she spends much of the day seeing guidance. Finally speaking with Spc. Casey Sheehan's mom, Cindy, she is asked to "put it up". The rest of the day is spent sympathizing, empathizing, swapping stories and, of course, helping out with what she and Steve (and Carolyn) can.
"It's really about bodies," she says when explaining the means by which Camp Casey is attempting to get their message out. After Larry Mattlage, GW's neighbor fired off a shotgun round to "get ready for dove season", one wonders what he would do next? Besides, I didn't know Chicken Hawks could fire a shotgun. Now it appears that another neighbor, and cousin to the Dove-Hunter will allow Camp Casey to move onto his property, partly as an apology for his cousin.
In the past day or so, A Church Group is bussed in to protest the protesters. Funny, I thought they were against bussing in the South. Apparently, these "Church-Goers" are PRO-WAR-CHURCHGOERS. Their Slogan? "WE DON'T CARE! WE DON'T CARE!". Why these people of good, religious background don't care about our troops to the point where they chant about it? Not a very Christian thing to do, I might add. Sounds like the Bush administration made up that "cheer". I have it on good advice that these people are from a new organization: The National Apathy Party, or NAP, and I wish they wood.
Mary looks across the road at one of the NAPpers who is swinging about a big cross, much in the same way one would have expected the Crusaders in the past must have done. She finds it funny that the cross-bearing man had no problem with Larry Northern, the 46-year-old Waco man who was arrested for running over a memorial to our lost soldiers.
Mary says two groups which occupy the ditches on either side of the road are trapped in a "culture war." Funny how the culture of life is represented by peace in Camp Casey and war on the other side.
The ditch is home to the protesters. They stay despite the fire-ants and "chiggers", which are like "mosquitoes on steroids" that seem to get under one's skin and bite (yuck). Three or so layers of insect repellent helps get the "chiggers" off, but those fire-ants are relentless.
They stay anyway.
The local store across the road has a "gigantic Liberty Bell" in its window engraved with the Ten Commandments. I can't help but wonder if there was any room left for the Bill of Rights. They call it the "W" store. I asked if they got all Ten Commandments right. Along with the Bell in the "W" store, there are Saddam-like pictures of GW and Laura everywhere in Crawford.
I can just see it now... GW standing in his flight
jacket, staring into the sky, a pistol in its holster and a smirk on his face;
Laura sitting on the ground, legs folded under her, one hand holding GW's arm,
the other his leg, looking up at him with admiration, respect and love; all the
things that "G"lobal "W"arming Bush doesn't show to our
Direct intimidation, as is the Modus Operandi of the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party is in full force in Crawford as well. At 11PM, a helicopter came down on the protesters and "hovered" seemingly to say, "We can do what we want, how we want, and whenever we want to you.". Between the hours of 11PM and 1AM, there were gunshots heard. It was "Target practice". To their credit, Camp Casey just ignores it.
From Camp Casey, Mary gave me the best description I ever heard about "G"lobal" W"arming Bush: He is a man who lives on a "pseudo-ranch" as a "pseudo-rancher" while he acts as a "pseudo-president" on a semi-permanent vacation.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) came down from California and spent the weekend. Camp Casey seems to swell on weekends with an influx of protesters from all over the country, but mostly Texas. As Mary said before, "anti-war activists have jobs and need to get back to them". There is a rumor Joan Baez is going to come down and perform for Camp Casey. Since they protesters are already calling it "Yazger's farms", it seems only fitting. In case you were wondering, the average age at Camp Casey seems to be about 45.
The atmosphere is a combination of a "Kum-by-ya" and "Heck no, We Won't Go" coming from a large, mixed group of veterans, parents of soldiers and middle class soccer moms. During an in an interview with a Progressive New York City radio station, WBAI, the interviewer noticed the lack of African Americans and college students, both of which one would expect to find at a protest. Mary noted that it appears that a soccer mom is counted only half as much as a "real protester".
Cindy Sheehan's reaction to the reporter said it
radicalized, suburban soccer moms are going to bring down this war." The debate
has come down to those who USE the word PATRIOTIC and those like the SOCCER MOMS
who REALLY ARE PATRIOTIC. As the Camp Casey shuttle bus says, "We love the flag,
In another ironic twist, there appears to be a large throng of librarians at Camp Casey. Too bad Laura Bush isn't there or maybe she just doesn't care.
I asked Mary, other than the impeachment of Bush, what would you want to come from all of this? Her answer was as follows:
-An end to the war in Iraq and an end to the occupation. That'll bring our troops home.
-Since the majority of people are against war, they should act like it
-Undo the stereotype of anti-war activist. A lust for war does not make you more patriotic than me.
-Make sure the privatization of Iraq doesn't continue - the resources stay with the Iraqis, not stolen by the likes of Halliburton. She called this a "pipe dream"
-No permanent bases in Iraq
I hope to talk to Mary tomorrow and get some more news from Camp Casey. The people and the energy sound wonderful and, like most of you, I wish them all the best.
-Told by Mary Walworth to Noah Greenberg, thanks to Dorothy Schwartz
No-bid government contracts; making a killing as a drug
plan card middleman on the taxpayer's dollar; illegal campaign contributions;
and breaking a New Jersey law that bars owners of insurance companies from
contributing to political campaigns.
Yes Doug Forrester, you ARE the BEST "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party candidate for the state house in New Jersey.
Doug Forrester has perfected the fine art of "taking" from New Jersey's taxpayers.
Sometimes its better to give than steal, Mr. Forrester, not that YOU'D know.
Just today there were 3 timed bombings within a short amount of time – at a bus station where people were ready to board a bus. Then when the ambulances arrived to pick up the injuries another bomb went off. At that point they reported 43 deaths and 88 injuries. As these people were taken to the hospital the third bomb went off as they pulled up to the hospital. No final counts of death and injury. What was it that VP Cheney said about the last throes of the insurgency a while back?
LEAK IN LONDON
WHO KNEW THE POOR INTELLIGENCE WE HAVE
EXPERIENCED IN THE U.S. WAS CONTAGIOUS TO LONDON
Jean Charles De Menezes was the Brazilian shot the day after the London bombs who was an innocent citizen. After the shooting the world heard that he had fled, dressed suspiciously in a large coat, jumped the turnstile, and exhibited other strange behavior.”
Documents have now been leaked (boy, they are lucky with the leaks in London, wish we had more here) that show the official reports are quite different from the public reports.
What really happened – his building was being observed. At 9:30 am Jean Charles left his home. One of the team of police observing him radioed to others that he wasn’t sure if it was the person they were looking for. Though they were taking video footage of the building and undercover operations, there was none at this time the policeperson said in his report because I was in the process of “relieving myself” and could not use the video camera at the same time.
The NEW FACTS – JEAN CHARLES DID NOT FLEE, HE WORE A REGULAR DENIM COAT AND DID NOT DRESS SUSPICIOUSLY, DID NOT JUMP THE SUBWAY TURNSTILE, AND HE DID NOT BEHAVE SUSPICIOUSLY. Apparently, he walked calmly out of his home to the subway, stopped to calmly buy a paper, and paid a fare to go through the turnstile. He then dashed to get on a train as anyone who has ever been in a subway knows you do when the train is in the station. HE DID NOT KNOW ANYONE WAS FOLLOWING him.
Those following him ran on the train and shot him where he sat. He was NOT lying on the ground as previously reported. And just for one more rotten piece of info – he was shot 7 times in the head and 1 in the shoulder – not 5 times.
So what was it about this man that made him so suspicious? What made such bungling possible? And why were there so many lies about what really happened?
The British reporter said everyone should “remember the circumstances.” Yes, there were circumstances, but we should be able to expect that police have better training than this fiasco demonstrates. Plus, that they tell the truth afterwards.
Ironically, much of the truth was revealed by their very own CAMERAS that are installed everywhere in the subways and public places – Cameras that show Jean Charles calmly walking to the newsstand and through the turnstile. How’s that for getting caught by one’s own devices. Ever since the Downing Street Memos came out it has seemed as if London, like the U.S., endorses big cover-ups and this is another example.
"Frankly, I'm also fed up -- not fed up. I retract that. I'm weary, ladies and gentlemen, of even having to express sympathy. "Oh, she lost her son!" Yes, yes, yes, but (sigh) we all lose things."
Friends--I find the whole smearing of Cindy Sheehan despicable in a way that I can't quite express, but today's comment from Rush Limbaugh is so unconscionable that I really don't know what to say. Perhaps the right wingers --Michael Patmas, for example--can explain this?--
All I can add to Limbaugh's intolerably insensitive statement is that Casey Sheehan wasn't a set of keys, or a prescription for oxycontin-- Spc. Casey Sheehan was Cindy Sheehan's oldest child. a child, a person, a young man. this truly, literally makes me weep.--
In response to Sen. Joe Biden, Robert Scardapane writes:
I have news for Mr. Biden, we should be grounding the planes and firing the people that planned this mess. President Bush and company I presume!
I have lost patience with the "broken pottery" theory - if you break it, you must fix it. We had over two years to "fix" it and the situation continues to get worst. There is no exit strategy, success strategy, victory strategy or whatever Rumsfeld wants to call it this week. But, there may be a permanent occupation strategy - i.e., from the devotees of the Project For a New American Strategy (PNAC). After all, why did they build 14 large military bases?
The nation of Iraq belongs to the Iraqi people. The only way they can ever fix it is for the United States to leave.
IGNORANT AND CALLOUS QUOTE OF THE YEAR
“I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say. But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life ... I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so."
-President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush on 8/13/05 when Cox News asked him why he could find time for a bike ride on Saturday, yet not meet with Cindy Sheehan
I wish someone would tell him that many of us citizens, probably half or more, have lost the hope of a president who makes good, crisp decisions at least until 2008. We also doubt that he really understands what goes on around him.
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