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Sheehan’s Latest Bush Stalking Is A Bust

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Lonesome doves

Aug. 19, 2006

CRAWFORD — As night fell, about 50 peace activists sat in a circle under a blanket of stars and chanted a Hindu mantra.

"Ommmmmm," they began, as one, in a droning monotone.

Again. Then again, drawing out the syllable until they were out of breath.

In the darkness, from a nearby pasture, a sound broke the meditative bliss.

MoooooOOHhh…

So far, during the month-long peace vigil led by Cindy Sheehan, the temperature at Camp Casey — named in honor of Sheehan's soldier son who died in Iraq — has routinely topped 100 degrees.

The camp has no air conditioning. No running water. And shade is scarce.

While watching for fire ants and battling mosquitoes, protesters bed down for the night on air mattresses and cots in small nylon tents.

They pray for world peace — and the slightest breeze…

Fighting for attention

Whether Sheehan and her fellow peacemakers can redirect public attention to the Iraq war remains to be seen…

The president altered his vacation plans and recently spent only 10 days at his Central Texas ranch before returning to Washington.

When he left last week, the White House press corps left with him.

So CNN isn't here, broadcasting daily Camp Casey reports. Neither are The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Only a handful of activists have pledged to remain until Sept. 2 on the 5-acre plot that Sheehan recently purchased using a portion of her son's life insurance funds. A yard sign adjacent to the encampment reads, "Thanks Cindy … There go the property values." …

Beneath the wide brim of a straw hat, the face of the anti-war movement in America looked pale and tired.

Recuperating from minor surgery and dehydration, Sheehan sat in a folding chair, sipping water from a plastic cup, while eight of her friends tilled a patch of bare baked ground and transformed the space into a flower garden…

"I can't shovel and hoe," said Sheehan, 49. "But I feel way better." …

This article is disingenuous in several ways.

Not the least of which is that they make it sound like Mother Sheehan is spending much time there in camp, when she isn't at all. She is "recuperating" on a deluxe Texas ranch — probably Willie Nelson's.

So CNN isn't here, broadcasting daily Camp Casey reports. Neither are The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Ergo, neither is Cindy nor the rest of her fellow attention whores professional peace activists.

Except for these sad sacks.

(Thanks to Rocketman for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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