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Cindy Sheehan Arrested At State Of The Union Address

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Last week she was kissing a commie, this week she's getting arrested in the House galley before the State Of The Union address. Remember last summer when Sheehan was still the darling of lefty bloggers, how they railed against the description of Sheehan as a "media whore?" Their faux outrage looks comical in hindsight...

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who had been invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. Sheehan was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and her case was processed as Bush spoke

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived. Sheehan was to be released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.

"I'm proud that Cindy's my guest tonight," Woolsey said in an interview before the speech. "She has made a difference in the debate to bring our troops home from Iraq."

What's next for Mama Moonbat, streaking through a presidential press conference?

Rep. Woolsley is the one responsible for this fiasco. You can express your displeasure via e-mail if you're a constituent, otherwise you'll have to do so by phone - (202) 225-5161. You might inquire about the cost to taxpayers of the Capitol Police who had to deal with Mama Moonbat, and if the Congresswoman is proud of that...


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Comments (76)

I can't wait for the Sheeha... (Below threshold)

I can't wait for the Sheehan vs Feinstein race...

Thanks for the heads-up and... (Below threshold)

Thanks for the heads-up and email Keven. Rep. Woolsley's email must be swamped (as I can't git it to load at the moment) but I will ask her why she didn't invite OBL or Chevez. She will hear about this for some time. This Cal Repub will see to that.

What a shameful discrace

Cindy Sheehan has done more... (Below threshold)
gary_7vn:

Cindy Sheehan has done more for america than you or your king bush. God bless america!

She's wearing a hoodie to t... (Below threshold)

She's wearing a hoodie to the SOTU address too. That's disrespectful in and of itself. That's what I wear when I want to mop my floor.

Granted Mrs. Sheehan is a b... (Below threshold)
Brett Buck:

Granted Mrs. Sheehan is a barking moonbat imbecile, and loathsome publicity hound trading on her heroic son's death.

However, I find it hard to understand why wearing a T-shirt with a critical, albeit stupid, message in a (definitively) public setting is a crime.

Hey gary, that's a "glitter... (Below threshold)
tblubrd:

Hey gary, that's a "glittering generality"! Got any statistics to back it up? BTW, it's President Bush you moron. Remember history class?

Brett,
I agree - it sounds like a big deal over nothing but apparently those are the rules in that building - at least for SOTU. I don't know if it's that way permanently. Question I might ask is "Did she know?"

What is Cindy Sheehan doing... (Below threshold)
Infinite:

What is Cindy Sheehan doing in our country anyway? I'm sure her son is looking down on her, just so proud that his mom just got back from kissing the ass of an enemy of this country. If she could, I bet she'd love to keep Saddam Huesein company in his cell, and talk about how the United States is the terrorist country, and how sorry she is for what the United States is doing to Iraq.
Sheehan is so high on the attention she is getting from Hollywood and Libs, that she's probably glad what happened to her son. She is just using her son death now. I salute her son Casey A. Sheehan, a man with honor he is, a woman without, she defines.

So much for Free Speech. I... (Below threshold)
Bush Sucks:

So much for Free Speech. It's sadly ironic that Bush was spouting all about 'freedom.' So much for America leading the way. The founding fathers of America are turning over in their graves. America used to be about freedom...now it's about following the party line. Sad.

Cindy had the T Shirt of Ma... (Below threshold)
Basement Warrior - another GOP coward:

Cindy had the T Shirt of Mass Destruction, I'm scared of her and 80 yr old brute Helen Thomas.

You Libs say you want Bush ... (Below threshold)
Infinite:

You Libs say you want Bush to use the NSA, but you want to make sure the law is followed, which is is, otherwise President Bush wouldn't be doing it. When it comes to you, the law doesn't pertain, does it? Cindy Sheehan was breaking the law when she wore that shirt. Has nothing to do with freedom of speech, grow a brain.

Why'd they have to go and a... (Below threshold)
Dan:

Why'd they have to go and arrest her?? Wouldn't have been news if they hadn't... wait that's a double negative... Anyway, I'm sure she wanted to be arrested and so she got her wish. BFD.

The word is: civility. She... (Below threshold)
Pete:

The word is: civility. Sheehan failed in her ability to display any by wearing her jogging skit into the headquarters of our government.

She didn't break any laws, no. The security forces basically told her that if she's just going to be a dick about it, and do her utmost to embarrass the entire country, she may as well be escorted out.

Good riddance, bad rubbish, and all that.

Can't really blame Sheehan for being the obnoxious gutter-snipe that she is. You know what to expect from her every time she wags her alligator tears in front of any availible camera and/or shoves her ugly mug kissie-like into the puss of a man who certainly isn't a dude-pal of the ol' US. No, no. The blame is for Congresswoman Woolsey.

Kevin had it pegged.

Sheehan's just a miniscule little blackhead on the darkside of the President's ass. No big deal.

Woolsey is an out-right disgrace to the country.

For those with an exceeding... (Below threshold)
Bat One:

For those with an exceedingly strong stomach, Michelle Malkin has posted a rhetorical suggestion about Cindy Sheehan and pink lingerie (http://michellemalkin.com).

Now if that isn't enough to make you consider abstinence as a serious lifestyle choice...

Hmmm.This is the S... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

This is the SOTU.

We're watching this damn stupid thing to get to the important bits in the SOTU. If every jackass with a cause were allowed to pull their own special protest whatever-the-f**k, we'd never actually get to the SOTU and wouldn't ever get to finish the damn thing.

Got it?

If you want to protest, do it on your own time and with your own dime.

Amen, ed.Do libtar... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Amen, ed.

Do libtards even understand what "freedom of speech" means? It is NOT the right to disrupt a State of the Union address so a silly moonbat can get her mug on camera one more time.

Dems are desperate, and my sin is that I take great pleasure in their impotent, seething hatred.

SOTG

Question - in the middle pi... (Below threshold)
JD:

Question - in the middle picture, it looks like Saint Cindy of the Ditch is talking to a Navy commander whilst being whisked away by the Sooper Seekrit Nazi Jackbooted Thugs.

Anyone have any idea who (if anyone) Commander Chromedome is?

Addendum - the picture isn'... (Below threshold)
JD:

Addendum - the picture isn't clear, but it appears his "command" endorsement on his sleeve rank may be that of the JAG corps, not of field command.

Is someone in the Navy trying to play Harmon Rabb for Saint Cindy?

I have to agree with the co... (Below threshold)

I have to agree with the commenter who suggested that Cindy Sheehan has done a lot for our country. She has kept more Democrats out of power than Karl Rover ever dreamed of.

The moonbats just don't get that every time they parade Sheehan on stage, they lose the middle. Every time Ted Kennedy pulls one of his red-faced rants in the well of the Senate, they lose the middle.

Every time John Kerry phones in a protest from a ski slope in Switzerland, they lose the middle.

The Democrats have horrid leaders, which is why they can't win anything.

Unless and until they dump the Sheehans, the botox San Francisco treats, the ex-Klanners, the Code Pinkos, the felon billionairs ... do I have to go on ... they'll never regain power.

And so, in that way, Sheehan is serving her country.

God Bless her. If she didn't exist, Republicans would have to invent her.

Feisty - you beat me to it.... (Below threshold)
Lizzie:

Feisty - you beat me to it. (I'm always a little suspicious of women who don't use any excuse to dress up nicely! And visiting the Capitol for the SOTU address seems like a good excuse.)

Sheehan's 1st Amendments ri... (Below threshold)

Sheehan's 1st Amendments rights were violated. This will be a real "slam dunk" for her lawyers.

Do libtards even underst... (Below threshold)

Do libtards even understand what "freedom of speech" means? It is NOT the right to disrupt a State of the Union address

Only in BushWorld is wearing a t-shirt disruptive.

Sorry to disappoint you, St... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Sorry to disappoint you, Stevie, but no rights were violated and a (sane) lawyer wouldn't touch it, or her, with a ten foot pole.

Let me taste your tears, Steve J, oh yes, oh yes, so yummy.

The libtardtainment never ends.

This woman is an American d... (Below threshold)

This woman is an American disgrace. She can't handle not being the center of attention for 60 minutes. The worst America has to offer.

If Casey Sheehan could come... (Below threshold)
Dumbass Liberal:

If Casey Sheehan could come back to life for just one minute, he'd rip off his mother's head and shit down her neck

Sorry SteveJ it's not only ... (Below threshold)
Steve:

Sorry SteveJ it's not only in "Bushworld". Wearing a T-shirt in that venue is akin to wearing shorts and sandals to a lefty Hollywood awards show, it's not just inappropriate and disrespectful it is a violation of the house rules. She was made aware of this ahead of time.

This isn't a matter of etiq... (Below threshold)
TomB:

This isn't a matter of etiquette, it is a matter of law. It is a misdemeanor to protest in Congress. Obviously, her shirt was an attempt at protest. She was given the choice of putting her jacket back on and staying or leaving it off and being arrested. She chose arrest.

If you don't like it, try to change the law, but don't complain when an actual law is properly enforced.

'What's next for Mama Moonb... (Below threshold)
LJD:

'What's next for Mama Moonbat, streaking through a presidential press conference?'

Ew. I just puked in my mouth a bit...

To add to TomB's point, Bus... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

To add to TomB's point, Bush had absolutely no say in whether or not Momma Moonbat got in. Thanks to the Constitution's separation of powers, Congress reigns supreme in their own Houses. They have their own police force, pass their own laws that are not subject to Presidential veto, and are the final voice on who can enter and what sorts of things can be tolerated.

In fact, by law and tradition, the President cannot set foot on the floor of either House without an inviatation. I think the State of the Union address -- which is mandated by the Constitution -- is the sole exception, but I'm no Constitutional scholar.

J.

Someone needs to be serious... (Below threshold)
RD:

Someone needs to be seriously concerned that Cindy might show up with explosives wrapped around her waste. She seems to fit the profile.

Did anyone expect anything ... (Below threshold)
Nahanni:

Did anyone expect anything different out of these "Cupid STunts"? Both of them are best friends with the wymyn's branch of the Democratic party aka Code Pinko.

I am sorry, but San Francisco Bay area deserves what it has coming to it.

Wow...removed because of a ... (Below threshold)
Joe:

Wow...removed because of a t-shirt. This ranks up there with freedom fries...

I will tell you Mama Moonba... (Below threshold)
Robert:

I will tell you Mama Moonbat's next act. She will fly to Iraq and Kiss Saddam and apologize for her son's participation in Iraq.

BTW, I believe the law she ... (Below threshold)
jim:

BTW, I believe the law she violated can be found here:

http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/40C51.txt

It's quite specific in forbidding displays and behavior that might disrupt the business of government.


What Really Happened.... (Below threshold)

What Really Happened.

...a message from Cindy Sheehan

Dear Friends,

As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.

I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.

There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened:

This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh. Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address. At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2,245 Dead. How many more?

After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about going to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn't feel comfortable going. I knew George Bush would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn't disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the ticket and I didn't want to be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in fact, had given the ticket to John Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans Against the War. However, Lynn's office had already called the media and everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up and went.

I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we went to the Capitol via the underground tunnel. I went through security once, then had to use the rest room and went through security again.

My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person who in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat.

I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled, "Protester." He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like, "I'm going, do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his name is Mike Weight.

The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, "That's Cindy Sheehan." At which point the officer who arrested me said, "Take these steps slowly." I said, "You didn't care about being careful when you were dragging me up the other steps." He said, "That's because you were protesting." Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House because I was, "Protesting."

I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct."

After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice Sgt. came in and looked at my shirt and said, "2,245, huh? I just got back from there."

I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.

What did Casey die for? What did the 2,244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for still? For this? I can't even wear a shirt that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.

I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during George's speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons uncomfortable...that I would be arrested...maybe I would have, but I didn't.

There have already been many wild stories out there.

I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back.

I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ultimate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That's why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That's why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away from me...or you.

I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred protesters who came to the jail while I was locked up to show their support....we have so much potential for good...there is so much good in so many people.

Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so upset and sore it is hard to think straight.

Keep up the struggle...I promise you I will too.

Love and peace soon,
Cindy

http://www.michaelmoore.com/mustread/index.php?id=594

Not that I care, but someon... (Below threshold)

Not that I care, but someone should have told Cindy that she needed to stay put because we all know the cameras who have found her and shown her 10 times during the Iraq portion of the speech(I mean they showed Hillary at least five times) She would have gotten more publicity by being a presence in the room and the media would have used her as a counterpoint to Bush. Of course her desire to make a complete fool of herself must have overwhelmed her.

http://tarheelcon.blogspot.com

From the lips of Mother She... (Below threshold)
TomB:

From the lips of Mother Sheehan herself:

"I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt on."

It wasn't "just a t-shirt". She meant it as a protest and was in violation of Congressional law. Therefore she was justifiably arrested.

The rest of her screed is window dressing

"I don't want to live in... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

"I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ultimate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government."

I would recommend moving to Amsterdam, prostitution is legal there and the Jihad needs front line fighters.

Bush described how "freedom... (Below threshold)
Ben:

Bush described how "freedom is on the march" around the world. I guess by that, he means that our most fundamental rights of freedom are on the march.....to jail! This episode is a true disgrace to the Congress.

Sorry, moonbats. ... (Below threshold)

Sorry, moonbats.

The Capitol police were right to remove Sheehan, just as they were right to do the same to that idiot Delp during Clinton's impeachment trial.
(Sorry, but the only link I have that is still live is at the freep.)

Hey Infinite - The Left has... (Below threshold)
Smitty:

Hey Infinite - The Left has a hard time growing a brain, that's why they're resorting to printable brain cells.

This woman lost her son Ir... (Below threshold)
KarlRovesTumor:

This woman lost her son Iraq! Big Deal!! She has no right to criticize the president!! Not her, nor any of the 2242 families!! Fuck 'em!!

USA!
USA!
USA!

"Lynn's office had already ... (Below threshold)

"Lynn's office had already called the media,so I sucked it up and went". Anybody who doesn't yet believe that this poor fool is being manipulated by the far-left must be completely retarded. If she was a serious protester she would FOLLOW HER INSTINCTS and then tell those "advising" her to S.T.F.U.! Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to nominate Mike Weight for CONGRESSIONAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.

Hmmm...how do you think her... (Below threshold)

Hmmm...how do you think her buddy Hugo Chavez would've handled such a protest during one of his speeches? Arrest and release? Or prison, torture, maybe a bullet to the head?

I find it laughable when lefties start crying "my rights, my rights," while they cheerfully play kissy-face with enemies of our country who have no concept, let alone respect, for individual rights. Jane Fonda, John Kerry, Sean Penn, Cindy Sheehan...just what do they think happens under the Vietcong/Castro/Chavez/Hussein/etc. regimes?

Doesn't she know that the H... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Doesn't she know that the House of Representatives is not the place to disagree with the president?

I feel sorry for Cindy. She... (Below threshold)
Bill:

I feel sorry for Cindy. She clearly is quite insane. The people who manipulate her like a marionette are beneath contempt. I hope she gets some competent psychological help soon.

Addendum - the picture i... (Below threshold)
SteveB:

Addendum - the picture isn't clear, but it appears his "command" endorsement on his sleeve rank may be that of the JAG corps, not of field command.

Is someone in the Navy trying to play Harmon Rabb for Saint Cindy?"

The uniform is that of a Federal Marshall.

Hmmm...how do you think ... (Below threshold)
DDT:

Hmmm...how do you think her buddy Hugo Chavez would've handled such a protest during one of his speeches? Arrest and release? Or prison, torture, maybe a bullet to the head?

ginabina,

Find one documented instance of such an occurance in Venezuela under Chavez.
Ever pay much attention to who's considered an ally?

Why didn't they arrest the ... (Below threshold)

Why didn't they arrest the REPUBLICAN T-shirt wearing protestor?

"Why didn't they arrest ... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

"Why didn't they arrest the REPUBLICAN T-shirt wearing protestor?"

-they did arrrest her.

On another note, did Ahmed Chalabi get an SOTU invitation this year like he did in 2004?

Anyone?

You can use the online Cong... (Below threshold)
TheEnigma:

You can use the online Congressional email form for by simply substituting a Zip Code that correctly reflects that preson's area of representation. The following link provides a map and once you select the state, a list of the Senators and Congressmen/women is listed, choose the individual and on the page that appears you'll usually find a contact address which includes the zip code.

http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Sheehan just makes this too... (Below threshold)
L M:

Sheehan just makes this too easy for those of us with even half a brain! What did the offensive tee shirt say?

i faxed her --number is on ... (Below threshold)
heymike:

i faxed her --number is on her website--doesnt Sheehan always look dirty and like she smells bad??

"Why didn't they arrest the... (Below threshold)
L M:

"Why didn't they arrest the REPUBLICAN T-shirt wearing protestor?"

-they did arrrest her.

Wearing a tee shirt in support of the troops is NOT a protest shirt!

The following is Rule 1 for... (Below threshold)
TheEnigma:

The following is Rule 1 for Rules of Dress for the Press. The same is most likely applied to visitors to the House Galleries.

1. Persons eligible for admission to the Periodical Press Galleries must be bona fide resident correspondents of reputable standing, giving their chief attention to the gathering and reporting of news. They shall state in writing the names of their employers and their additional sources of earned income; and they shall declare that, while a member of the Galleries, they will not act as an agent in the prosecution of claims, and will not become engaged or assist, directly or indirectly, in any lobbying, promotion, advertising, or publicity activity intended to influence legislation or any other action of the Congress, nor any matter before any independent agency, or any department or other instrumentality of the Executive branch; and that they will not act as an agent for, or be employed by the Federal, or any State, local or foreign government or representatives thereof; and that they will not, directly or indirectly, furnish special or "insider" information intended to influence prices or for the purpose of trading on any commodity or stock exchange; and that they will not become employed, directly or indirectly, by any stock exchange, board of trade or other organization or member thereof, or brokerage house or broker engaged in the buying and selling of any security or commodity. Applications shall be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Periodical Correspondents' Association and shall be authenticated in a manner satisfactory to the Executive Committee.

It is notable that Rep. You... (Below threshold)
Scott C:

It is notable that Rep. Young's wife, who was wearing a "support the troops" shirt was apparently also removed from the gallery during the State of the Union Address. I'm guessing she was not arrested as she cooperated with the Capitol Police rather than refusing to comply with their directions.

Her husband, Rep. Young of Florida, complained, demonstrating that he is either not aware of the rules or the fact that rules apply to everybody equally.

I am not really sure how to... (Below threshold)
Kevin:

I am not really sure how to feel about this mother and her actions, it takes me time to THINK about the situation. Clearly also I would have to THINK about the FREEDOM of speech, as well as what is AMERICA and the world doing to live and make LIFE a better place. I am sadden about the living situation of the world, this I do not have to THINK about. I am also sadden about Coretta Scott King's death and how it seems many have swept this death under the rugg and onto other issues. I still morn for the lost of a great person who lead the world closer to the word "FREEDOM". I will better listen, think, and feel my heart towards "FREEDOM". I do hope that many will take that step with me.

To all the moonbats screami... (Below threshold)
TomB:

To all the moonbats screaming about the unjustice:

A Pennsylvania school teacher was yanked out of a VIP Senate gallery and briefly detained last week during the impeachment trial for wearing a T-shirt with graphic language dissing President Clinton.

Dave Delp, 42, of Carlisle, Pa., and a friend had just settled into their seats last Saturday when four Capitol security guards approached them. Delp said yesterday he was ordered to button his coat and follow the guards.

Of course, these same people were screaming about that injustice also.


Right?????


(H/T NY Daily News via Drudge via Protein Wisdom.)

So Senator Young's wife was... (Below threshold)
L M:

So Senator Young's wife was removed for promoting, rather than protesting as is being incorrectly reported by AOL. I love how AOL's report trys to tie the two incidents together as if they had commited the exact same offence.

Another Mother Speaks Out -... (Below threshold)
truth:

Another Mother Speaks Out ---

My brothers and sisters in peace, I wish I could tell you that since my son has returned to civilian life our family is whole and happy, but this is not the case. My 21-year-old son is homeless, unemployed and on January 11th in the early morning he drove his car over an embankment. Anyone who has seen the car says he shouldn't have survived the crash.

I remember the day I got the phone call ... My son was back in the states. I fell to the floor sobbing, thanking the creator that my son was alive. Little did I know at the time that all that returned was a physical shell. My son's spirit and soul must still be wandering the streets of Iraq.

You'd have to know my son - this child turned man. My son used to be a sensitive guy. I remember when he wanted a kitten because dogs scared him. We went to a farm and he picked the scrawniest, ugliest, smallest kitten there. My son slept with that cat until the day he left for boot camp. Is this the same person that used to hold my hand as a teenager or throw his arm around me when we were out in public? Is this the same person who always made sure we said goodnight to each other and expressed our love? Who, when we were apart, talked on the phone as frequently as possible and always ended each phone call with, "I love you?" Is this the son who held me in his arms as we cried together at the airport when he was leaving for Iraq? Where is my son? GEORGE BUSH, GIVE ME BACK MY SON!

My son wouldn't look me in the eyes when he first returned from Iraq. He always seemed nervous and jumpy. Riding in the car with him he weaved from lane to lane avoiding any road debris. Toll booths made him crazy. He didn't sleep at night and seemed on edge. Alcohol was becoming his way to induce sleep.

Fast-forward to August 2005. I hadn't heard from my son in a while. He had been slowly pushing away everyone that loved and cared for him. We live in different states and it's hard to track him. In August, I found him. He looked like a skeleton. He looked so skinny. The soldier's body was long gone. His eyes held sadness. He asked for 20 bucks for food as he had none in his refrigerator. He only visited with me for a half hour even though I had driven 300 miles to see him. He took off. I went home. The phone calls became less and less. Days turned to months. I didn't hear from him at Thanksgiving, not a word at Christmas, New Year's passed without a sound.

Then came the dream. Mothers are bonded to their children. We know their hurts, their pains, we feel them even when they're thousands of miles away. On January 9th the dream came. In the dream there was an Iraqi, my son and me. We were attached through ropes. Suddenly my son was hoisted in the air and his body slammed against a beam and he couldn't breathe, he was choking ... I will never forget the look in his eyes. I woke up unnerved and unable to return to sleep.

The next morning I called my son's ex-girlfriend. They had been dating since their sophomore year in high school, but he had recently x'ed her out of his life. She stated my son had been arrested over the weekend for fighting. My son has only had one speeding ticket in his entire life ... Certainly not violent. Then, 2 hours later, my mother called. When my son returned from Iraq he bought a car with his combat pay, my mother cosigned. My mom stated that the bank had contacted her about a week ago and he was behind in payments. The car was up for repossession. I was becoming increasingly worried. When I got in to work the next day I had an emergency phone call from my sons ex-girlfriend. She told me through her tears that my son had driven his car over an embankment. She saw the car and said she couldn't believe he survived. She had talked to some of his friends who told her that he was crying that night and talking about the war. Whenever my son gets a few beers in him his friends tell me he talks about the war. They describe it as "crazy talk." He wants the blood of the Iraqis he killed off his hands. He then left and drove his car at high speed over an embankment.

I have spoken with my son twice since then. I didn't go see him at his request. The first time I spoke with him I began crying, telling him how much I loved him. His response, "Whatever."

During the second conversation he said he feels better. Does he feel better because his body feels bruised and broken? It now matches his insides.

George Bush is going to give us his state of the union ... well this is the state of my family. People say to me he volunteered, he knew what he was getting into. My son was still a teenager, he had no idea what he was getting into. Can anyone really comprehend war unless they've been there? The war has come home ... it is coming home with each soldier.

My son's body survived Iraq ... nothing else.

I wonder if moore et al nee... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I wonder if moore et al need to roll her in flour at the moonbat gang-bangs?

I wonder who Jesus Christ w... (Below threshold)
BookMan:

I wonder who Jesus Christ would support? A grieved mother exercising her rights, or your Dictator Bush? Who has more blood on their hands? Bush or Sheehan? Who would Christ side with, huh? Can you sleep at night you hateful wretch? Can you?

You and you're putrid Right wingers have nothing in common with the moral high ground you claim to own. If there is a Christ he is ashamed of your hate and of your dictator and the blood you love so much in the name of war. Bravo, turd-burglar. Bravo. Now, treat your self to some books. You know? Reading. Supplant your hatred with some intellect. Coward.

Mrs. Sheehan is allowed the... (Below threshold)
Midget:

Mrs. Sheehan is allowed the opportunity to voice her opinion. However, respect for government that she chooses to live under is paramount, decorum is the responsibility of the individual. For this reason choose the right place and the right time for your demonstration of personal feelings. I do not in any way agree with Mrs. Sheehan, I greive with her for the loss of her son. My mother would greive heavily if she lost me in a similar situation, but listening to the rest of her family Casey was a MAN who understood the choices that he made. Not only did he understand that he was putting himself in harms way, but he beleived in the operation that he was participating in as a soldier. To all of those who have choosen to serve and to those who have paid the ultimate price and their families I say THANK YOU! The STOU speach was about moving forward and the hope that this country has, the attempts to make politcal statements in disruption of that occasion are unwarrented, unwanted, and irresponsible. Mrs. Sheehan if you would choose to treat your adversaries with respect rather than seithing hatred you might see that intelligent conversation and genuine undestanding could be possible, but because you choose to use rhetoric and blow hard tactics, you are veiwed as a WART on the face of the U.S.A.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

truth,You sound si... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

truth,

You sound sincere, and I truly feel for you and your family. I thank your son for his service, and I hope he can come to grips with his demons and get on with his life. It sounds like it was indeed a mistake for your son to go to war, but that doesn't mean the war was a mistake.

Since the thread has devolv... (Below threshold)
TomB:

Since the thread has devolved into anecdotes, does that mean if I can post more quotes from parents (with absolute moral authority, of course) who lost childred in Iraq that are supportive of the war, we win the argument?

1. I love it how righties c... (Below threshold)
CorporateLeech:

1. I love it how righties call her a media whore but are the ones who give her the most "air" time. I think most centered liberals have moved on and beyond, especially after her crazy Chavez act.
2. This could of been avoided with a simple "formal attire required" rule.
3. Handcuffs were over the top.

For those of you who are in... (Below threshold)
Rance:

For those of you who are insisting that Cindy Sheehan broke the law, a friend, who happens to be an AUSA
(Asst. U.S. Atty.) points out that the law has already been ruled unconstitutional. See http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/97-1337c.pdf

Some one must have told the head of security at the capital that since they have acknowledged that Sheehan shouldn't have been arrested and have started issuing appologies.

Rance, your cite was... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

Rance,
your cite was a case that determined a prayer was not a demonstration, excuse me, I am still laughing at the irony of that. Cindy! was handcuffed and arrested because she refused to obey a Federal Marshall, good luck on getting that declared unconstitutional.

CorpLeech,
it wasn't a "rightie" who set up this little media stunt, and if you think she had any intention of doing anything but getting arrested and basking in the ensuing attention you are beyond ignorant.


i'm glad your all eating yo... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

i'm glad your all eating your words.

Oh and read this:
It is a sad irony that on the very day she [Coretta Scott King] died, the president cheaply invoked her great contribution at virtually the same moment his government was silencing the woman who carries her message today. Arresting Cindy Sheehan for asking how many more American troops must die on the same day that Coretta Scott King passsed away is perfectly emblematic of the bankruptcy of every soaring tribute George W. Bush makes to freedom and democracy.

read the whole thing at digbysblog.blogspot.com

Oh and one last thing, I find it remarkable that Bush can say the military commanders make the decisions about troop levels, not pols in DC. But that was the exact opposite when Shinseki told them they'd need 300,000 troops before the war. The hypocrisy knows no bounds.

I guess no one told you not... (Below threshold)
Nahanni:

I guess no one told you not to take that brown acid, sean/nyc?

Geez, I thought that "what ... (Below threshold)
Dan:

Geez, I thought that "what really happened" comment was really boring satire until I got to the bottom and saw the link to the Moore site so I guess it's "real". Sheehan is a one-note wonder. Her entire platform is "my son died." We get it. Over and over again. If her son had died during a routine training drill over here would she still blame Bush for her son's death? I think she would. She's mentally unbalanced. I realized that when I read her insensitive comments about the media ignoring the war during Hurricane Rita. If this is all the Democrats have in their arsenal then 2008 should be a breeze. Her political "friends" tolerate her for now because she's a useful tool but at some point she's going to be more of a liability then a help and she's going to be dropped hard. I actually kinda feel a bit bad for her because I know it's going to happen.

Arresting her was beyond retarted but I don't believe for a minute that she didn't want that from the beginning.

nahanniis the brow... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

nahanni

is the brown acid like the blue pill or the red pill?

<a href="http://www.speakin... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

http://www.speakingmatters.org/

This is what it is about.

You might read this:... (Below threshold)
Rance:

You might read this:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/01/sheehan.arrest/index.html

"On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said neither woman should have been removed from the chamber. "We made a mistake," he told CNN....

"Just wearing a T-shirt is not unlawful," Gainer said. Wearing a T-shirt and engaging in actions meant to draw attention to the shirt is against the law, he said, but neither woman was doing so."

CorpLeech,it wasn... (Below threshold)
CorporateLeech:

CorpLeech,
it wasn't a "rightie" who set up this little media stunt, and if you think she had any intention of doing anything but getting arrested and basking in the ensuing attention you are beyond ignorant.

Wow, talking about an ignorant statement. So it's ok to arrest people because law enforcement believe they have the intent to break the law sometime in the future?
Of course your "point" is moot, since she has already been released and no one could think up of a crime to charge her with.
God Bless the USSA. Land of the free*

*if you agree with government only


Cindy Sheehan's son was kil... (Below threshold)
eddie:

Cindy Sheehan's son was killed in Iraq because he was deployed on a mission SPECIFICALLY searching for weapons of mass destruction quite a while after it was proven that Iraq had none. Why were her son and others sent on this mission? Ms. Sheehan has every right to be outraged that her son died a political pawn.

Why was one arrested and th... (Below threshold)
Racoon:

Why was one arrested and the other not? You say different offense? How is it different other than the letters on the T-Shirt? Sheehan wasn't even given a chance to leave. She was arrested solely because she disagreed with the administration and the courts are going to prove it. I bet they asked the republican to leave AFTER they arrested Sheehan because they were caught in their hippocracy.




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