Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Interview with Ray White
A few days ago, I sat down with Ray White to hear his perspectives on Cindy's stand, the war in Iraq, and the necessity of supporting veterans and military families from all wars.Click here to listen
So its hot here in Crawford. But not 360 degrees hot. However, Anderson Cooper will be airing his show, "Anderson Cooper 360," live tonight from Camp Casey for all the world to see. Check it out on CNN at 7 p.m. EST. Check here for an update.http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/
My time here at Crawford has ended. I, unfortunately, must head back to the west coast to continue my "other job" and do what I can from a remote location. I gotta say I am thoroughly saddened to be leaving all of these amazing people that are making this incredible effort so powerful. It feels as though I'm walking away from history in the making. If I had the financial ability to fly to Crawford every Friday afternoon I would, just to help move this event that much farther forward. I loved every second of it.
I leave you in the more than capable hands of Emily Sharpe who will be doing the majority of the writing from here on out. Hope you all continue to track the events on the ground here at Crawford and that you get a chance to come down here and be a part of history. Better yet, come and help change it. This is a moment no one should miss and everyone should share.
See you in Crawford.
We are all getting very excited about honoring our troops at tonight's 8 o'clock candlelight vigil. Cindy's been out at the campsite since this morning, and just returned to the Peace House to put her feet up, get some water, enjoy the A.C. and do a little blogging. A steady stream of journalists has come throught our front door in the past few hours, including from Mexico, Germany, Australia, and the U.K.
Just before this morning's press conference, an Australian activist presented Cindy with a message of support from the anti-war movement in her homeland. She read the message aloud to Cindy, who was very encouraged and moved that Australia, one of the coalition partners in the war in Iraq, wanted to express its solidarity. This activist, Donna Mulhearn, has spent the past 2 1/2 years traveling to and from Iraq as a humanitarian aid worker and non-violence activist. Donna says, "It is such a privelege to be here in Crawford because I can feel it's an historic moment and I wouldn't be anywhere else in the world besides Crawford, TX right now! It's really encouraging for Australians to see Americans questioning their administration, because we need to do the same. Our foreign policy is basically a rubber stamp for U.S. foreign policy, so we are all affected, and we ALL want answers!"
Don't Kill the Messenger
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Cindy's latest post
Putting out Fires
Tue Aug 16th, 2005 at 20:23:47 PDT
Putting out Fires
The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq
The right wingers are really having a field day with me. It hurts me really badly, but I am willing to put up with the crap, if it ends the war a minute sooner than it would have. I would like to address some specific concerns that have been raised against me.
The first one is about my divorce. I addressed this on my blog the other night. My divorce was in the works way before I came out to Crawford. My husband filed the papers before this all started. It just recorded last Friday. My husband didn't know that it would become public record, and public knowledge. He had told his lawyer not to serve me with the paperwork or even bother me while I was at Camp Casey. He was trying to do the right thing. He didn't want me to find out. Enough about that.
Another "big deal" today was the lie that I had said that Casey died for Israel. I never said that, I never wrote that. I had supposedly said it in a letter that I wrote to Ted Koppel's producer in March. I wrote the letter because I was upset at the way Ted treated me when I appeared at a Nightline Town Hall meeting in January right after the inauguration. I felt that Ted had totally disrespected me. I wrote the letter to Ted Bettag and cc'd a copy to the person who gave me Ted's address. I believe he (the person who gave me the address) changed the email and sent it out to capitalize on my new found notoriety by promoting his own agenda. Enough about that.
I didn't blog about the cross incident last night. I was at the Peace House when there was a big commotion and people started saying that someone had run over our Arlington Crawford display. I know this is old news because I have seen great posts about it today. This is how I feel. The right wingers are emailing me and spewing filth about me on the radio and on the television saying that I am dishonoring my son's memory. This man who ran over the crosses thinks he is a better American than we are. He thinks we are more patriotic than we are. Does he really believe that he is honoring the memories of the fallen and his country by running down 500 crosses and about 60 American flags? The Iraq Veterans Against the War who were here were also very offended. Those crosses represented their buddies who didn't make it home. And they are so aware of the fact that one of those crosses could have their name on it.
Yesterday, we had a counter protestor who played his guitar across the way from us and sang (very terribly!!!) a song that loosely went like this:
Aiding and abetting the enemy.
How many ghosts did you make today?
Google me this, Google me that,
How many ghosts did you make today?
I find it so ironic that he was singing it to me, and not to George Bush. We named the song: The Ballad of George Bush. He came back out today, but blessed be to God, he didn't bring his guitar, and he didn't sing.
We are moving to a place that doesn't have much shade and I put out an appeal for tarps and a soldier from Ft. Hood brought some to us that he "borrowed" from Ft. Hood for us to use. I have had a lot of soldiers from Ft. Hood come out and tell me to keep it up and that I am doing a good thing. We are doing this to honor Casey and the other fallen heroes in their memories. But we are doing it FOR the people of Iraq and the other soldiers who are in harm's way right now. Right after we heard about the crosses last night, a Camp Casey volunteer found out that a pen pal she had in Iraq was KIA on August 12th. This has to stop, now. We will stop it.
George makes an appearance!
Even if Bush won't leave his ranch for five minutes to meet with Cindy, he can be seen all day long at the Coffee Station in downtown Crawford. Proprietress Dorothy Spanos (pictured above with W.) has decorated her cafe/convenience store with tons of Bush memorabilia, including life-size cardboard cutouts of the current president, Barbara and George I. Laura couldn't make an appearance, it seems. George says the Coffee Station is his favorite place in town for breakfast-- it's also the only restaurant in town.
But even though some people call Texas "Bush country," don't expect a hostile environment inside the Coffee Station. Dorothy is one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met, and we had a nice little chat this morning as she poured coffee and took my order for eggs and grits. She said Bush has always been very nice when he comes in, and occasionally likes to bring out-of-town guests along. Dorothy showed me a lovely
framed picture of then-Crown Prince Abdallah of Saudi Arabia (the current king) drinking tea with George in her small cafe... hmmm, how interesting...
When I asked her what she thought of the President, she said, "He's real friendly, and I support him. But I don't envy his job-- he has a lot of tough decisions to make, and I understand that some people are upset about them."
I also chatted with some other folks in the cafe who had come to Crawford to support the President. At first I was a bit apprehensive about what they would say when they discovered my affiliation, but they turned out to be very friendly and open. We spoke for a little bit about the scene here in Crawford and our personal backgrounds. It was great to have a civil conversation about this issue-- and I know Cindy would encourage all of us to do the same.