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August 17, 2005

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Amanda

I will be driving there Saturday to join Mrs. Sheehan for a few hours.

Agi T. Prop

Hope: Time to Break Silence

Shakespeare's Sister

What is your hope for tomorrow?

Always the same. That it will be a little bit better than today. And today was a good day.

The Heretik

Right, Agi. MLK: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." And they murdered X and blamed it on Islam.

Matt

Just got home from the Philly vigil. There was a nice showing 200-300 people milling around, people of all ages carrying anti-war signs, and even a vehemently anti-war dog!

Most of us had trouble hearing the speakers, whose voices were unamplified, but it was the feeling of being surrounded by so many supporters of Cindy Sheehan that made the event memorable.

It felt like there were a lot of press people covering the event and doing interviews...

My camera battery ran out midway through, but once it's recharged, I'm going to post my pics and give a recap on my blog.

All in all, it was a great showing of support for the bravest woman in America.

The Heretik

Bring us the link when you get it, Tattered Matt. The Farmer has some awesome commentary at CORRENTE on the cross mower man

Kira Zalan

Sheehan on Hardball:

MATTHEWS: Can I ask you a tough question? A very tough question.

SHEEHAN: Yes.

MATTHEWS: All right. If your son had been killed in Afghanistan, would you have a different feeling?

SHEEHAN: I don't think so, Chris, because I believe that Afghanistan is almost the same thing. We're fighting terrorism. Or terrorists, we're saying. But they're not contained in a country. This is an ideology and not an enemy. And we know that Iraq, Iraq had no terrorism. They were no threat to the United States of America.

MATTHEWS: But Afghanistan was harboring, the Taliban was harboring al-Qaida which is the group that attacked us on 9/11.

SHEEHAN: Well then we should have gone after al-Qaida and maybe not after the country of Afghanistan.

MATTHEWS: But that's where they were being harbored. That's where they were headquartered. Shouldn't we go after their headquarters? Doesn't that make sense?

SHEEHAN: Well, but there were a lot of innocent people killed in that invasion, too. ... But I'm seeing that we're sending our ground troops in to invade countries where the entire country wasn't the problem. Especially Iraq. Iraq was no problem. And why do we send in invading armies to march into Afghanistan when we're looking for a select group of people in that country?

So I believe that our troops should be brought home out of both places where we're obviously not having any success in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is still on the loose and that's who they told us was responsible for 9/11.

Diane

I had no vigil near me, though some people in my town are in Crawford, working as Cindy's attorneys. I am getting some nice vigil reports, however. All our welcome over at the Virtual Vigil at DED Space. We are collecting support comments, poems, candles, live vigil reports--anything you care to bring. The transcript will go to Cindy.

jen

Just got home from my local vigil for Cindy which was a great experience. One of the women there gave me a letter from an Iraqi vet that she asked me to share. You may have seen it elsewhere but in case you haven't: click here

Eli

Here's my link of hope. A virulently over-the-top right-wing NY Daily News columnist saying complimentary things about Cindy and bad things about Bush, and saying that this might be a turning point.

Night Bird

Our town held a vigil and 100 people came. This is quite a success for us because we just started a Democratic Party. Yes, we are one of those towns that had no representation, but we do now.

It showed that this town is realizing that our country has gone in the wrong direction.

We had children, war veterans and a great fellow wore a huge peace sign hat. One gentleman carried a sign that read "Which circle of Hell is reserved for incompetent leaders who cause useless wars?" A mother carried a rainbow flag with "PACE" on it.

We supported Cindy peacefully. Let us hope the tides are turning.

The Heretik

From DED

History Lesson
By Diane E. Dees

Ancient heads of stone have fallen,
shattered by the desperate mobs
who, for decades starved and battered,
took no comfort in their relics.

Liberators ignore the past;
ancient heads of stone have fallen.
The book that tells of Babylon
is missing pages forever.

Gone the Korans, gone the tablets--
taken quickly in broad daylight.
Ancient heads of stone have fallen;
history no longer matters.

Our oldest civilization
now a mass of shards and rubble;
those who clean up take no notice.
Ancient heads of stone have fallen.History Lesson
By Diane E. Dees

Ancient heads of stone have fallen,
shattered by the desperate mobs
who, for decades starved and battered,
took no comfort in their relics.

Liberators ignore the past;
ancient heads of stone have fallen.
The book that tells of Babylon
is missing pages forever.

Gone the Korans, gone the tablets--
taken quickly in broad daylight.
Ancient heads of stone have fallen;
history no longer matters.

Our oldest civilization
now a mass of shards and rubble;
those who clean up take no notice.
Ancient heads of stone have fallen.

media girl

Though righteous trumpets blare in rage
And fists pump fear and hate
My heart cries.

Steve Bates

There were several vigils in Houston. I would have attended the one at Mecom Fountain, where I participated in many antiwar protests in 2002 and 2003, but Stella's flight schedule back from Baltimore precluded my doing so. As usual, the newspaper ignored the vigils, focusing instead on the tensions in Sheehan's camp.

Unable to attend in person, I attended in spirit, and offered on my YDD site this pointed response to Larry Northern's deplorable act:

          Northern Blights

From crosses and flags
To splinters and rags,
The swift transformation was hatefully wrought,
With truck, bar, and chain,
And feverish brain.
Did Northern thus find the relief that he sought.

From father or wife
To flesh with no life,
The swift transformation diminishes all;
One mother shall cry
Her question: why? why?
But George W. Bush will not answer her call.

To soldiers who died,
The president lied.
Of swift transformations, the Liar won't speak.
The symbols, thus mown,
No longer his own:
No flag, and no spirit: is Bush's soul bleak?

No marker, no cross,
No flag healed the loss.
To Northern, one swift transformation befell:
Each splinter, each shred
Dishonored the dead,
As onward he drove... to his personal hell.

          - SB the YDD

Matt

okay, H -- I finally got my post up, with photos from the Philadelphia event:

Philadelphia Candlelight Vigil for Cindy Sheehan

jillian

Have my "writeup" of my evening "protest" up at skippy's

http://xnerg.blogspot.com/2005/08/candles-in-night-wind-on-south-pas.html

Idyllopus

Some pics I took at the GA Decatur/Atlanta vigil. Not so good, too dark. I had to brighten those photos a good bit to be able to see anything. But I wanted to try to give an impression of the size of the crowd. 800 to 1000 in attendance. Very spirited. A huge intersection with continual honking of the cars in support. And I mean continual, non-stop.

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