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  1. #1
    ilikeGW

    Cindy Sheehan buys land near Bush’s ranch

    Antiwar mom used insurance money to buy Crawford, Texas plot

    Updated: 2:37 p.m. ET July 27, 2006
    CRAWFORD, Texas - War protester Cindy Sheehan has purchased a 5-acre plot in Crawford with some of the insurance money she received after her son was killed in Iraq.

    The group she helps lead, Gold Star Families for Peace, says on its Web site that it will return next month to protest the war in Iraq in the small town near Waco where President Bush has a ranch. Like last year, Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, will again demand to meet with the president.

    “We decided to buy property in Crawford to use until George’s resignation or impeachment, which we all hope is soon for the sake of the world,” Sheehan said in a newsletter set to be sent to supporters Thursday. “I can’t think of a better way to use Casey’s insurance money than for peace, and I am sure that Casey approves.”

    Her anti-war gathering in Crawford is scheduled for Aug. 16 through Sept. 2. But Bush is scheduled to be at his ranch mainly during the first two weeks of August.

  2. #2
    killacommy
    The woman apparently is mentally ill. I think she should be locked up for her own saftey.

    She is also a disgrace to the memory of her son Casey Sheehan, god bless his soul and may he rest in peace.

  3. #3
    killacommy

    Facts about Casey Sheehan

    While one might dismiss some of Sheehan’s hyperbole due to grief over her son’s death, a little research about Casey Sheehan revealed that contrary to being tricked by military recruiters, Casey Sheehan had re-enlisted in the U.S. Army voluntarily when he was 24-years-old, after serving his first hitch successfully. Casey Sheehan was in fact a hero who received a Bronze Star. He was attached as a mechanic to the artillery division of the 1st U.S. Cavalry in Iraq. When a convoy of soldiers from Casey’s unit was attacked in Sadr City by insurgents, Casey volunteered to join a rapid rescue force to get them out. His commanding sergeant told him he did not have to go into combat, because he was a mechanic and not an infantryman. Casey was quoted telling his officer, “I go where my chief goes.” He was tragically killed during the rescue attempt. The source for this story? Cindy Sheehan herself.

    At the army recruiting office where Casey enlisted recuiters were asked about Casey being promised a job as a chaplain’s assistant only to be thrust into harm’s way. The recruiter explained that on re-enlistment, the Army’s B.E.A.R. program (Bonus Extension and Retaining) guarantees everything in writing. If Casey was a mechanic during his first hitch, that was the only thing he would have been guaranteed per his re-enlistment contract. Further research showed that a chaplain’s assistant is a combat infantry position, whereas Casey was deployed in a non-combat job as a mechanic. Casey Sheehan sought combat duty for his country and should be honored for it, not used as a symbol of how evil the United States is.

  4. #4
    ilikeGW
    She is also a disgrace to the memory of her son Casey Sheehan, god bless his soul and may he rest in peace.
    Amen to that.

    He was a brave young man and his mother makes him out to be a coward who was forced into something he believed strongly in. He should be heralded as the hero he is, and not the poster child for his mother's need for fame. Her "protests" overshadow what kind of person Casey was and why he should be remembered.

  5. #5
    Orthodox Marxist
    I have to hand it to you Republicans I dont know of any other group of people who would attempt to demean and slander a mother who only wants answers and justice for her son.

    You guys have hit a new low point.

  6. #6
    ilikeGW
    I never demeaned her, (not here anyway ) I just don't like that she makes Casey out to be some scared little boy who was bullied into fighting for his country TWICE. He should be applauded and not turned into some sniveling, "scardy cat" who was pushed into re-enlistment.

    If she was so concerned with having her child remembered, she should have taken the money that was left to her and started a foundation in his name, a scholarship for needy children, helped in a victim's advocacy program for familes of lost soldiers or any number of things, instead of using it to buy land close to the President's ranch to hold protests on.

  7. #7
    ilikeGW
    Oh yea, I forgot, grieving mothers LIE about their dead soldier sons:


    On Tuesday, April 11, 2006, Cindy Sheehan wrote:

    * Her son arrived in California in a cardboard box
    * Her son was carried over to the dock by a forklift
    * Her mortuary refused to pay the cemetery
    * Her son was treated as an over-sized piece of luggage

    But... Now we know none of this is true!

    Here is how American heroes come home...


    When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."
    Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News

    April 4, 2006 marked two years since Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan was killed on a mission in Iraq. It has been two years since his death and despite the fact that the government would pay for a headstone for Casey, Casey does not have a headstone. Michelle Malkin got around to asking Cindy about this at a March protest.

    Last week Cindy wrote on why her son's grave is left unmarked. World Net Daily reported Cindy's response:

    I will tell the world why Casey has no marker yet. In the first place, does anyone who is attacking me know how Casey was brought home from Iraq? We picked him up in the United loading dock in a cardboard box and he was off-loaded into a hearse without one honor guard. We had to wait for about a half hour on a curb near the United freight area for his one escort, who rode from Dover Air Force Base in a seat, while Casey was treated as an over-sized piece of luggage. Has anybody held her other sobbing children who are sitting on a curb in San Francisco, waiting for the remains of their big brother to be carried over to the dock by a forklift?

    WE don't see them because Mama Bush doesn't want to "bother her pretty mind" with the images... Our government discards and dishonors its own.
    Cindy’s story would be heart wrenching and revolting...

    If it were true!

    After making a couple of calls, I talked with MAJ OCPA Nathan Banks at the Pentagon’s Department of Media Relations who was very helpful. This is what I found out:


    Cardboard boxes are never use to transfer soldiers!

    "Crates" have not been used since Vietnam. Fallen soldiers today are moved in steel or aluminum caskets to their home of record (hometown). Further, the escort inspects the casket when it is unloaded. Since arrangements are made before each fallen soldier arrives to their home of record, the military would be shocked to hear that a forklift was used.
    Here is more on the Official and Unclassified Department of Defense Policy on moving servicemembers killed overseas:


    The Department of Defense policy is that all remains of servicemembers killed overseas during contingency operations will enter the United States via the Port Mortuary at Dover AFB. Once they go through the mortuary, they are transported to their final destination via commercial airlift or by hearse if within close distance to Dover AFB.

    Before any remains leave Dover, port mortuary personnel coordinate with the receiving funeral home to arrange that the remains will be met at their final destination. We've arranged transport for over 2300 OEF and OIF casualties. In every case, the transport was arranged in advance and the funeral home was available to receive the remains.

    Remains traveling from Dover may be escorted by either a service member, or in some cases, members of the deceased family to the final destination, at a minimum a military escort accompanies the remains to the final destination. Typically, the escort carries the U.S. flag during the flight, and the flag is draped over the casket upon arrival and during transportation to the funeral home. Our normal policy is to have a small honor guard render military honors as the remains of the deceased service member are taken off the plane.

    Army Statement:

    "The Army ensures that the remains of our fallen are treated with dignity and respect at every step of their journey home. Our dead are transported to Dover Air Force Base at which point families make known their desires for final arrangements. In order to expeditiously meet the needs of our families, the Army typically uses domestic airlines and the local mortuary meets the plane at the airport. These are the same arrangements that mortuaries use when transporting the remains of civilians. Later at the memorial service and funeral, the Army extends its final tribute to the Soldier and continued condolences to their kin."

    DoD Response:

    Q: What is the policy on transporting the bodies of soldiers killed overseas?
    A: DoD policy is that all remains of servicemembers killed overseas during contingency operations will enter the United States via the Port Mortuary at Dover AFB. Once they go through the mortuary, they are transported to their final destination via commercial airlift or by hearse if within close distance to Dover AFB .

    Q: Do all of them come through Dover first?
    A: Yes, the port mortuary is the first stop in CONUS for all remains coming from OEF and OIF. (The procedural guidance has not changed about going to meet the remains of loved ones at the mortuary in Dover. We military continues to discourage families to go to the mortuary.)

    Q: Is it policy to put the bodies on commercial flights once they arrive in the U.S.?
    A: Yes, remains departing the port mortuary at Dover will be transported by commercial flight. Before any remains leave Dover, port mortuary personnel coordinate with the receiving funeral home to arrange that the remains will be met at their final destination.

    Q: Does it depend on the area? It seems, in this case, that a military flight to San Diego shouldn't have been too difficult to find.
    A: The final destination of servicemember remains is not a factor. We've arranged transport for over 2300 OEF and OIF casualties. In every case, the transport was arranged in advance and the funeral home was available to receive the remains.

    Q: Is there concern that transporting the bodies in this way is seen as disrespectful?
    A: Not at all disrespectful, commercial airlines have historically been able to bring our fallen heroes home more quickly than if moved aboard military airlift. This method of transport is the same as that used to transport civilian remains, with the difference that in every case, the grieving family has the assistance of a casualty assistance officer and the port mortuary ensures that the remains are met.

    Q: Do they all have an escort from Dover home?
    A: Yes, either a service member, or in some cases, members of the deceased family may escort the remains to the final destination.

    Q: What is DoD policy for escort of remains?
    A: There is specific policy that each military service has requiring an escort from Dover AFB to the final destination. Each case is handled separately. In most cases, the remains travel in a transport case designed to protect the casket.

    Q: Do the caskets arrive with a flag?
    A: Yes, the escort typically carries the flag during the flight, and the flag is draped over the casket upon arrival and during transportation to the funeral home.

    Q: What is the role of the casualty assistance officer with regard to the transport of the remains, does he get it to the funeral home, etc.?
    A: A Mortuary Affairs Officer assists the family by coordinating the movement of the deceased person from the Dover AFB Port Mortuary to the funeral home the family will use. Both the Mortuary Affairs Officer and the Dover AFB Port Mortuary staff coordinate with the receiving funeral director.
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Much thanks to MAJ OCPA Nathan Banks at the Pentagon for this information.

    Here is another example of how our military treats its fallen soldiers.

    The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you! kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted."
    Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News

    Casey Sheehan, your sacrifice is not forgotten. Rest in Peace.

    Update 1: (Tuesday 4:00 PM CST) Bob in St. Louis wrote in with this news...Via Lucianne...

    The Vacaville funeral home owner is very upset!
    From the The Reporter from Vacaville, California:


    A Vacaville funeral home owner took exception to "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan's allegation that his mortuary did not fulfill its duties after her son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.

    In her blog last week, Sheehan wrote that the mortuary had refused to pay the cemetery as it was supposed to. Steve Nadeau, the mortuary's owner, said Monday that not only did he properly pay the cemetery, but that he subsidized the process with his own money.

    In an e-mail sent to The Reporter Sunday, Nadeau expressed hurt and disbelief at Sheehan's comments. He said that the amount of money the military gave the mortuary for Casey's funeral service and cemetery arrangements didn't even come close to covering the costs.

    "Several kind citizens made donations," said Nadeau. "I absorbed the rest."

    This was not the only way in which he went above and beyond his responsibilities following Casey's death, said Nadeau. He also provided a stretch limousine and a driver at his expense, he said, and invited the family to go to the airport with him so that he could accompany them. None of this was required, said Nadeau.

    "Having known the Sheehan family for many years through St. Mary's Catholic Church where Ms. Sheehan had previously been the youth director, it was my desire to provide care and dignity to Casey and the family. I did this in every respect."

    Nadeau said the military provided his mortuary $5,736 in funding to pay for the funeral service and cemetery arrangements. The funding came in May 2004, said Nadeau, and he paid the cemetery as soon as the costs had been totaled and the donations received.

    In a phone call Monday, Sheehan stood by her allegations.
    Update 2: (4:45 PM CST) I just got off the phone with Steve Nadeau from the Nadeau Funeral Home in Vacaville, California.

    The Nadeau Funeral Home has a fine tradition of serving the Vacaville community and they went out of their way to make sure that the Sheehans were well taken care of during the difficult period when they had to bury their son, Casey.

    Nadeau Funeral Home has also helped two other families of fallen soldiers. They work hard to help these suffering families of fallen soldiers.

    Mr. Nadeau is very upset about the article that Cindy Sheehan wrote regarding the Nadeau Funeral Home in Vacaville, California. He also said that the funeral home is being inundated with calls of support from the community since the article was published. Mr. Nadeau said he wrote The Reporter in Vacaville but the paper did not publish most of the information that he had provided. Here is that information...

    When questioned about the casket:


    "The casket arrived in San Francisco from Dover which is 67 miles from Vacaville. Sacramento would not have been as far. The casket was a beautiful hardwood casket, government regulation. It was covered in an "airtray" to protect it during the flight. It is a certified covering that all caskets must be covered in when they are flown from one location to another.
    What about the forklift?


    "There was no forklift. The military men present and the airport employees were very reverent in unloading the casket of this young man. They set the casket on a set of rollers and were very respectful in unloading Casey Sheehan."
    On the Sheehan Family:


    This was very upsetting because we have known the Sheehan's for years through St. Mary's Catholic Church where Cindy Sheehan was the youth director. Casey Sheehan was a wonderful young man. We have known the family for years.
    On Cindy's article:


    We do not know why she would want to bring down the name of this fine and respected funeral home. Cindy is sticking with her story. We have, of course, kept all of the receipts that show we paid the cemetery. If Cindy Sheehan wanted to pick on someone, she picked the wrong ones.
    Zombie has the latest photos of Cindy speaking at a communist sponsored function in California.
    California Conservative has more on the peace mother.
    Charles Johnson says if this doesn’t completely discredit Mama Moonbat, nothing will.
    It looks like that prediction at Op-For is panning out.

    posted by Gateway Pundit at 4/18/2006 04:04:00 PM

  8. #8
    killacommy

    marxist

    I have to hand it to you Republicans
    were you refering to me? I hope not, because I am not a republican. I consider my self to be a moderate Independent.

  9. #9
    Fishmint
    Yeah right.

  10. #10
    Invayne
    Cindy Sheehan just wants her name in lights. She is a shameless bitch with her own sick agenda. Casey volunteered for the military---there is no draft.
    You guys have hit a new low point.
    No, Cindy has hit the low point, by making a mockery of her son's bravery and shitting on his memory. He must be rolling in his grave, seeing how she's behaving. She's not the only one who has lost a son at war, but rational parents see their sons as brave soldiers who died for their country, and not some airhead that got duped by King George.

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