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Cindy Sheehan Makes Bid for Pelosi’s House Seat

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Posted on Apr 25, 2008
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It’s not going to be an easy campaign, but anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has made good on her pledge to try to take over Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat this fall. Sheehan filed Friday to run for the House in Pelosi’s San Francisco district—but she has to collect over 10,000 signatures before she can make her bid official.


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The 50-year-old Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, became the public face of the anti-war movement when she mounted a demonstration outside President Bush’s Texas ranch that lasted from 2005 to 2007.

Even after pleading exhaustion and closing down “Camp Casey” last May, Sheehan was a regular speaker at anti-war gatherings across the nation. Since moving from Dixon to San Francisco’s Mission District, she’s been campaigning virtually full time.

To get the signatures, equal to 3 percent of the district voters registered for the 2006 general election, the campaign will have people setting up ironing boards and card tables on street corners throughout the city, seeking voters who want an alternative to Pelosi. Sheehan has until Aug. 8 to collect the needed signatures.

Getting on the ballot will be the easy part for Sheehan. If she becomes a recognized candidate, she’ll be challenging one of the best-known and most powerful Democrats in the country in Pelosi, a 10-term incumbent who routinely collects around 80 percent of the vote in the San Francisco-only district.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 4, 2008 at 12:58 am Link to this comment

No, actually we have to sort things out for ourselves…..... its called “self-determination”, uhh.

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By James, April 30, 2008 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, all stinking war criminals.
Pelosi and the rest of the Demopublicans are all whores, paid to sacrifice young innocent/ignorant Americans’ lives for the “good” of racist apartheid Israel.
Voters don’t set the agenda - lobbyists do.
God will destroy those who destroy the lives of the innocent.

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By Marshall, April 30, 2008 at 1:34 am Link to this comment

Thanks for noticing that I borrowed that line. grin

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By Marshall, April 30, 2008 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

“you indicate Sheehan is running for speaker of the house”

Nope.  I said “Senate Seat”, not speaker of the house.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 29, 2008 at 3:21 am Link to this comment

GrammaConcept: “Peace work is my work, Mr. Giacobbe, not judging, damning, or projecting suffering…..  he accidentally cut off the entire first joint of his right hand index finger…”

Well, the only way to stop the Robert Giacobbes of the world is to cut their dicks off, GrammaConcept, possibly at the shoulders, uhh.

His “Let him be a man, for god’s sake – let him offer his service to this country that’s given him a life of liberty and freedom…” is the only miserable excuse men like that can offer as they themselves are so totally and absolutely in denial of their own fuckwit status as mindless spear carriers in whose ever army happens to be on the march - and preferably the winners.

Theri constant refusal to accept the possibility of their OWN spirituality (never mind anyone else’s) is perennially worked around by diligently shouting and screaming their carefully formatted abuse and hypocritical righteousness. Thus the walking, talking, raving ego monsters that they really are vomiting their savagery and animalistic howling upon the more civilized!

These were historically the kind of people Niccolo Machiavelli and his ilk relied upon to make their ineptly crude statescraft work. They are so completely up themselves that they have no concept of the fact that they are willingly led by psychopaths and, currently, educated morons. Just put them in a uniform and away they go…....

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By GrammaConcept, April 28, 2008 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment

I do understand and honestly can hear your extreme distress…
Of course, you really know nothing about me past the words in this and a few other posts in this very public forum…

The simple truth is that I am a woman who holds peace on earth as a most high Ideal, and therefore, this is what I choose to promote and to work for…with my freedom, in this country which I also love, with my rights…to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..
Working toward this Ideal is, in your own words, how I choose to “work to improve our future”.....My choice, after all..

Peace work is my work, Mr. Giacobbe, not judging, damning, or projecting suffering onto those who believe me crazy, or onto those who prefer to live by the sword..
There are many great souls in human history who have spoken of love for the enemy, of blessing those who curse you, of non-violence as a most worthy way of life which can, and indeed has, also lead to the sacrifice and loss of lives..

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each person’s liife sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

This work of mine has really nothing to do with politics…
I, too, have a dream…...for me….God Is Love and war is hell…..and so,
I strive on..

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment

GrammaConcept, I was really moved by your family story. You must be a very noble family, rarely to be found nowadays. I think this story should be published in a booklet form and distributed and read to children in schools and at homes.

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By PatrickHenry, April 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

Aside from giving intelligence tests to vegetables, and calling Bush “America’s President”, you indicate Sheehan is running for speaker of the house and a senate seat too.  You sum it up with Sheehan disbanding the military and police.

Do you work for Fox news?  You could.

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By GrammaConcept, April 28, 2008 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Early one morning in 1983, I woke up crying..
This was the morning of the 18th birthday of my only son…
my firstborn..
At that actual moment I realized,
witht the full force of enlightenment,
that my beloved, capable, talented, sturdy, strong, honorable,
and morally upright son,
who had been taught and shown
for all of those 18 years,
that reverence for life and kindness,
in thought, word, or deed,
are the core of civilized, productive,and meaningful living,
could now, at any time, by the will or whim of the ‘state’,
be kidnapped and meticulously trained to use all of his gifts,
toward becoming a murderer…

Fortunately, a couple of years later, he accidentally cut off the entire first joint of his right hand index finger…the ‘trigger’ finger…....
We celebrated…
Can you imagine?

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 28, 2008 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

Napalm? In the morning….???

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By Leefeller, April 28, 2008 at 5:52 am Link to this comment

Well Marshall, you stated your self quite well, your support of war makes sense to you. 

We know people who support war can usually be quite wealthy maybe they made their money selling arms, or even have lucrative uncompleted contracts in Iraq.  We also know and equate wealth with intelligence for they like to call the shots to protect their wealth,  War is money, even a turnip knows this and to loose her son to the likes of fear and war mongers for no other reason than to make money makes sense to you does it.

Yes peace is only for the left, and the likes of code pink and women who cry a river every time they loose a son or daughter in a senseless war. Especially when they are sent to a war by people who make very sure they never had to be in one.

Interesting how the all so self-proclaimed smart elite, are able to get the turnips to do things against turnip self-interest, by doing simple things like sticking a flag pin up their ass.  Until death becomes a reality and forces changes in the turnips feelings to equate the war of lies and see the stark reality of hidden truths.

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By Conservative Yankee, April 28, 2008 at 5:48 am Link to this comment
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Marshall;

“Because the left knows that the way to stop crime is to get rid of the police!”

I must point out that Randy Weaver knows this too…

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By Marshall, April 28, 2008 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

God bless you Cindy.  You’ve managed to become the darling of the radical left with only the I.Q. of a turnip.  You won that position on the strategy of a good cry, and you’ve shown that the world’s problems will be solved by simply firing America’s President.  Oh and the Speaker of the House too.  How simple!  I hope you get that Senate seat.  America desperately needs a pacifist in there who’ll immediately disband the military and turn this country over to Code Pink.  Because the left knows that the way to stop crime is to get rid of the police!

Good luck girl!!!

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By shanenol, April 28, 2008 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

Ms. Sheehan has exhibited that she is an emotional and strong-willed woman through past anti-war demonstrations. However, she has no prior political experience and I believe her quest to take Pelosi’s seat in the house is wishful thinking. Furthermore, Sheehan’s emotions can often cloud her decision-making. I would declare her a radical left-winger and she is quick to point the finger at the right and President Bush but does not offer any solutions her self which would be necessary if she took over Pelosi’s role in the house. I’m not advocating the Bush administration or the war in Iraq, nor am I downplaying the contributions Ms. Sheehan has made in the anti-war movement, I am stating that Ms. Sheehan should continue her work as an activist and allow the experienced Pelosi to do her job.

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By Kim, April 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment
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She won’t have a chance if voters are voting on the paperless, hackable, electronic voting machines made in Israel.

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By GrammaConcept, April 27, 2008 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

How about a nap?

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By GrammaConcept, April 27, 2008 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

Here! Here!

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By PatrickHenry, April 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

Ever so often someone comes along, driven by events which create a cause by which his or her celebrity becomes known.  By putting her own ass on the line in numerous protests around the country, Sheehan has shown she “walks the walk” and is deserving of public office.  I pray the good folk of San Francisco see it the same way.

Ghandi, Mandela, King were a few who preceded Sheehan down the peaceful path of nonviolent protest and she has kept it going, refusing to fade away.

Pelosi, another Lieberman type, dyed in the wool republican needs to go along with the majority of AIPAC loving incumbents.

It is the only way short of a violent revolution that we let our entrenched representatives know they have made the wrong choice.

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By Potassium, April 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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GO BABE GO!  WAY TO GO!

GO BABE GO!  WAY TO GO!

GO BABE GO!  WAY TO GO!

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By tyler, April 27, 2008 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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agreed.  pelosi has been a dud since before she even took office.  she should have been gone after she took impeachment off the table.

if bush is the ‘decider’, then pelosi is the ‘enabler’.

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By boggs, April 27, 2008 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

There are so many of us who feel like Pelosi has been in collusion with the neo-cons to give Bush everything he wanted. There was no fight from Pelosi, ever.
A few times she gave us false hopes, hoping that we would mistake it for loyalty but I think she forgets that some of us are literate.
Pelosi should consider taking up residence at the Bush ranch where she can continue to kiss Bush *ss.

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By new raider, April 27, 2008 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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Oh that I lived in “Frisco”

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By Kat, April 27, 2008 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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Things seem fairly simple to me.

One can support and vote for people like Obama and Sheehan who offer a fresh approach to the problems of our great nation.

OR ...

One can support and vote for the same rotten element who have brought the US to its knees.

I will take fresh over rotten anytime.

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By Jerry, April 27, 2008 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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To Cindy, just wanted to pass the info about this war monger war. Cindy they are using the oil thing as an excuse of the battle for facts will be brought up and there are records and document to clarify this war.

The year of 2012 is the question, the Mesopotamia - the beginning of civilazation is Iraq. Artifacts and bury history clue were not shared to the outside world is the real reason of this war as proof during the invasion of Iraq, there were no stopping of all artifacts being raided as shown on news camera. Reason to keep it away from the public for if the truth came out there will be a dominoe effect on religious and they need these religious to control the mass.

I have done a lot of searching, as an example several books written by Zecharin Sitchin, a reknown expert in middle eastern lanuagage and bible scholar.
He bring all these Mayan, year of 2012, bible artifacts, cuneiform translation, bible stories, and so on to compare the bible and the cuneiforms which are in Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Libia. The cuneiform predates the bible and is where the bible story came from.

In a point blank issues - the proof of where we came from - is being keep under cover from you, me and the mass population. And no it not crazy and I have found a lot of roads on searches and it all leads to one road.

Also there other problem in congress and the senate - 90 % of the people running congress are (not to criminate) Jews and they are part of the cover up and will protect Israel and by protecting Israel they protect the real story. How do you explain about several Israeli jumping up and down with joy when 911 happen - uh!

Want proof get in touch with Jeff Rense in Calif., has a station airing on am, fm, short way radio trying to tell these people the truth call RENSE.

Thanks Jerry

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By John Taylor, April 27, 2008 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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Nancy is the personification of the apathy that grips this nation. She has had the courage to take on steroids in sports and pay increases for congressmen/women but lacks the intestinal fortitude to take on a no brainer like impeaching the neocon administration. Nancy is quite simply wasting oxygen.

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By Conservative Yankee, April 27, 2008 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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Ho Ho Ho Che Minh
The NLF is going to win!

OOPS, sorry, wrong war, I wasn’t paying attention.

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By LibertyWatch, April 27, 2008 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

Pelosi lacks the courage to lead and challenge the established warmongers! Cindy does not have that fear and has a real grudge to settle with those who got her son killed for oil profiteers! We should try to help Cindy however it is possible for you, as individuals, within our own situations.

The next that has to go is Reid. If the old guard are cowards, then young, hungry lions, must be placed into their positions of power! Fight for change with change of leadership and support of the team!

Save America from the Republicans!

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By Expat, April 27, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

^ to stand up and impeach Bush, Cindy wouldn’t have a tit to stand on; but as the worm turns Cindy does have the ovaries to go against Bush/Cheney; so give her the creds to be credible; vote for her!

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By Expat, April 27, 2008 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

^ dude, right on!

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By Expat, April 27, 2008 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

^ nailed it.

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By Expat, April 27, 2008 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

^ blew it.  Do not pass go, do not collect $200.  Go directly to jail.

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By Leefeller, April 27, 2008 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

Impeachment is not an option Pelosi, has lost my vote, give the money to Bush Polosi has handled the Iraq war with attention to detail, for Bush.

As our nation smolders and burns Pelosi has done little to support the people, like Hillary she has helped the chicken hawks get their prey.

Why is political pandering and back peddling business as usual? Pelosi has done a great job of both.  When we elected the new dems into congress nothing has changed.  Pelosi is a toothless politician who has shown lack of leadership for the people.  Anytime a politician gets to stay in office as long as Pelosi, they have something called experience.  Experience to pander to the wealthy, special interests. 

Vote the bums out!

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By farang, April 27, 2008 at 7:27 am Link to this comment
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Cute, tying “moral decay” amd “feeling sorry” for those that loathe the worthless “Impeachment is off the table” Pelosi, and would simply vote for someone honest like Sheehan to replace her. No one I know thinks Obama or Cindy are “beacons of truth”. But I haven’t heard how Pelosi’s kids fared in Iraq, have you? Please enlighten us all.

We damn sure know a complicit Bush-lover (Pelosi was informed of the torture used by the CIA back in 2004 and remained silent, like her complicit co-hort Jane Harman did), how’s that for “wasting time fighting among ourselves”?

Take a hike with your weak, Fox-like propaganda and innuendo, we don’t need the AIPAC poster girl Nancy around to foul the House any more, capice?

Is Cindy qualified? Exactly who is the first time serving as our elected officials?? I didn’t know AIPAC ran a school to qualify our representitives, please give details, or go the hell away.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 27, 2008 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

You and your way of thinking are classical examples why America is in a state of moral decay. Ignorant people like you would rather have evil Bush or a similar successor rule us for ever, and you’re complaining about Chavez. Do you know that your words made me like throwing up!

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By The Pied Piper, April 27, 2008 at 6:11 am Link to this comment
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Americans don’t know when they are being hoodwinked. It’s sad to see the paranoid states of america under the control of the corporations and a very dangerous government that is willing to advance the consumer cause above the fundamentals that the US was historically built upon -once the beacon of freedom and human rights.

Who is defending the constitution of the United States?

We are all capable of manipulation on a personal level - we do it by opening our mouths and saying or doing things that will get us the desired result.

How long before the US realizes that the Govt. and Media work hand in hand. Look at the trojan generals that went on the networks to provide “expert analysis”.  I never thought that we would be living in such a matrix of lies - the question is if we can discern when the government has been taken over, or manipulated? Is it safe to say these things - why does the government really need a “Patriot Act” (The name is even contrived - it’s blatantly in our faces, two words that can say many things yet have the capacity to change the original rules of the game) - simple and powerful manipulation… on a grand scale.

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By Conservative Yankee, April 27, 2008 at 5:18 am Link to this comment
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... Sorry, my lame attempt at a joke… Everyone around here is so serious… Obviously you don’t watch South Park.

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By Mister Jimmy, April 27, 2008 at 5:16 am Link to this comment
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Chavez, unlike Bush, ( who stole the 2000 election) was legally voted in by the people of his nation. She is correct in her views about the illegal war on and occupation of Iraq. Pelosi long ago sold out to the Republicans and votes billions to keep these un-winnable wars we are fighting for Israel going. The way to stop dividing the US (as you put it) is to get rid of those going against the will of the people—Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gates and all the other war criminals with them. I thought people in San Francisco were defined as ‘liberals.’ How then has this warmonger Pelosi hung on so long out there. Cindy in November!

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By Judy Farrar, April 27, 2008 at 4:50 am Link to this comment
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It worked for John Kerry

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By Alex, April 26, 2008 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment
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They are going to do the same thing to her that they did to Ron Paul. It’s called organized election fraud and media manipulation.

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By heavyrunner, April 26, 2008 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

Good luck Cindy.  I think you have a chance of winning.  I have read many times that Pelosi only won the Democratic primary in her district because Republicans crossed over to vote for her because a true progressive was running for the Democratic nomination in her district which is one of the most progressive in the U.S.

The U.S. was defeated in Viet Nam for the same reason Portugal lost Brazil and France lost Algeria.  Colonialism is based upon false ideas.  The people of poorer countries are just as smart and dedicated to their homes as the people in the colonizing country.  Colonialism just doesn’t work, and oppressed people can get enough AK47s and other weapons to drive out the colonizers and that is what will always happen.

There are no isolated populations any more like the Native Americans were that can be decimated with blankets infected with smallpox, although the rubbish around the anthrax attacks and the attempt to vaccinate the U.S. population against smallpox could well have been related to some demented PNAC ideas.

The U.S. imperialists were defeated in Viet Nam because their goals and strategies were no good.

They will fail in Iraq too.  It’s only a matter of time.

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By Ken Boettger, April 26, 2008 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment
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If for no other reason, I think it would be incredibly awesome for Cindy to have access to the White House. Bush could not keep her out. I find that thought of her continually pursuing and putting this jack ass in his place a delightful thought.

It would GREATLY empower the anti-war movement. And if California is the state it pretends to be, they should make sure she gets there.

Ken Boettger
Ellensburg, WA

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By TruthSeeker, April 26, 2008 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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I feel sorry that America is in a state of moral decay.  I feel equally sorry that so many are so blinded to think that Cindy or Obama are beacons of truth, let alone wisdom.  Why?  Just because Cindy “speaks up” about her feelings does not mean she is qualified for such a position.  She would not even have the right to speak up under Chavez’s corrupt regime, but she’ll naively go and meet with this evil dictator.  Obama?  Nice words, good speeches, very little wisdom and a voting record that will rapidly accelerate the decline of the USA should he be elected.  (Probably why he’s the first choice candidate of foreign enemies of our country.)  I’m amazed that so many here seem to think that everyone in Washington is evil, that only we bloggers have all the facts on 9/11, etc., based on biased and often corrupt media reports and circulating conspiracy theories.  Just like the CEO who looks only at this quarter’s profits are those who think they can judge history in the short term.  A divided USA will not stand much longer.  We’re wasting too much time fighting among ourselves instead of moving forward by working together on real solutions.  Time is runing out.

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By Allen Wood, April 26, 2008 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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Thank You Cindy for being the great American that you are, and having the courage and strength to stand up for what is right. May God Bless You and help you always.

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By TDoff, April 26, 2008 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Someone should take Pelosi’s seat…...................
and kick it all the way down the f**king block into San Francisco bay.

What an ineffective, inept, incompetent cog in the ‘business as usual’ D.C. wheel of bribery and mendacity she has turned out to be.

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By Johnvro, April 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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What’s the matter with Americans, have they all turned into “spineless weasels” ?
How can 350 million people allow this corrupt and arrogant government to represent them.
A person like Cindy Sheehan or a Ron Paul comes along and still it seems, Americans prefer to swallow the pre-chewed and regurgitated lies of more crooked and egotistical candidates.

Too bad that not more people have the guts, strength, courage and resilience like her.
“America the Brave” my ass, more like “America the pathetic”

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By Carolyn, April 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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I am so excited for you Cindy. I hope and pray you can kick that TRAITORS ass because she is just another liar we have been fooled by….(when will we learn they all are LIARS)?  She said anything to get elected and now she has gone back on everything she said she would do.
She is a traitor and a liar
Good luck Cindy…if I lived in CA., I would give you my signature in a heartbeat!!

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By Hadrian, April 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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Been right so long the left looks mighty good to me.
At least you didn’t try the anti-semite spin, since few israelies are semetic.
LOLKATZ!

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By Brianna, April 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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Pelosi is a closet Jew and they are millionaires.  She have nothing, but contempt for ordinary non-Jewish Americans.  Watch.  Americans will elect the same old corrupt politicians

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By calibpatriot, April 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Because Pelosi has deep ties with the National and Californian Democratic political machines, and also with the big money interests I don’t believe that she has a viable chance of succeeding in her run for Pelosi’s seat.  I do believe, though that her voice must be heard, loud and clear.  If nothing else this could put Pelosi on notice that she’d better clean up her act.

I laugh whenever I hear of Pelosi being referred to as a “San Francisco liberal”.  She’s not only a blue dog Democrat but, more correctly, she’s a Bush/Cheney enabler, an example being when even before she took office as speaker she gave notice that impeachments would remain “off the table” in spite of the many impeachable crimes of the Bush regime.  Should she be re-elected I hope that the Democrats will look elsewhere for a Speaker.

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By jackpine savage, April 26, 2008 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

You’re quite right, Mr. Abdalleh.  Vietnam was brought to an end not through flower power, but through so many average, middle-class, white-bread Americans losing sons, nephews, grandsons, and family friends to a senseless war.

It is a shame that it will take more wanton death and destruction to wake the populace up, but you are correct in your analysis.

Ending the draft was not a success of the Vietnam, anti-war movement.  It was its greatest failure.  Without it, great swaths of society are immune to the true cost of war.  The issue is not pressing because it does not affect them/us.  There would be many more mothers with Ms. Sheehan if they knew that the government could take their sons.

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By samosamo, April 26, 2008 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

Cindy, you have my support 100%. Time to get rid of the traitorous blue dogs.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 26, 2008 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

Confused Aegrus! You’re a classic example of what is wrong with these sad United States of America!

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 26, 2008 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

First, I send my personal condolences to Cindy Sheehan for the loss of her son Casey to a war based on lies, weapons of mass deception and pure evil. Her son and she were victims of this evil war.

Secondly, I take my hat off in respect for her almost two years protest against the war and all the crap she had to put up from the war-mongers during her struggle.

Thirdly, I feel sorry for a drugged nation, and I am one of them, that did not rise to the occasion that her protest provided to make this a mass corrective movement against the evil ones in Washington D.C.

If just one person from among the over 4,000 killed and the over 30 thousands crippled for life as a result of the Iraq war, joined the momentum that Sheehan started, then we would have by now a strong movement that might have made a difference. So in a sense we collectively have betrayed Casey and his mother.

Remember, before Casey’s life was wasted at the altar of evil Bush and gang, Sheehan and her son were not known. So, the point I am about to make, though politically incorrect, might provide some new fuel for drugged people to wake up. I am saying that the too much desired awakening will not happen unless and until five thousands, ten thousands, fifteen thousands or more young American lives are further wasted in this war. As the numbers increase, there is a likelihood that the protest movement will gain momentum. If this is what it takes, I am praying that more families will be afflicted with the pain and loss that Sheehan had experienced! Sometimes, only more deaths will awaken people to the value of life and peace!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 26, 2008 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

Dumb,  Aegrus - just because she gets elected doesn’t mean that she will become House Speaker - or was even running for the position, duh. Go back to your corpse status!

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By Aegrus, April 26, 2008 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

I wouldn’t want her as House Speaker. She’s less coherent than Pelosi. Just because your son gets killed in Iraq doesn’t mean you have the ability or entitlement to a government office. Cindy, go away.

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By Conservative Yankee, April 26, 2008 at 6:46 am Link to this comment
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San Francisco, isn’t that the place where the population is so sanctimonious that they go around smelling their own farts… seems I saw that on TV somewhere…

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By birdflewover, April 26, 2008 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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The tragic moral and now economic decline of America did not start with 9/11 but it sure accelerated it to the point of no return (I am assuming McCain or Clinton will be the next President)...we to this day still do not know who was behind this terrorist act, all the evidence points to PNAC, the Saudis, Mossad, Silverstein, Cheney, ultra secret black ops groups in the CIA/FBI/DoD, Jeb Bush, etc….whether true or not we don’t know because this thing has been obviously covered up and not at all seriously investigated. We know for sure all three buildings came down through demolition…we know most of the proof was shipped to China to be melted down…why China? We know almost a Trillion in profits were made from this terrorist act, put options, insurance scams, etc..and billions more being made everyday, gold, oil, arms and now food…will the truth ever come out? No… not untill we have a serious investigation and that will only happen if the Congress is full of Cindy Sheehans and Dennis Kucinitchs and we have a President like Obama…only then will the truth start being told to the sheeple and turn them back into real people again! There is hope, Sheehan can win and so can Obama…yet only if the people want the truth…that is the question..do the people want the truth? Probably not until they’re starving and dying en masse of diseases. That point will come sooner than later if McCain or Clinton is elected.

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By Jim Yell, April 26, 2008 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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We certainly need to get rid of Nancy Pelosi from Natl. Politics. She threw away her opportunity to oppose the worst administration this government ever had. She may at lest in her mind had good reasons to doubt impeachment would help, but as leader she had no business folding on the issue. It should have been kept on the table even if she had no intention of using it. It would have been a big stick to help control the criminal Bush/Cheney administration. As it is she gave away her best weapon to force an out of control administration to be more balanced and has caved to every outrage from the White House since.

Is Cindy the answer? I doubt it, but let her try. I am a strong supporter of Isreals right to exist, but I myself think we have a case of the tail wagging the dog at times.

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By weather, April 26, 2008 at 4:24 am Link to this comment
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The deplorable deceit to consistently ‘smear’ distract and deflect no longer has teeth or traction.

The anti-semitism tag is but a cloak of deflection a distraction that screams ‘please don’t make us confront a certain truth about ourselves.’

Just think how much emotional energy and money is required to re-write a history and a present to construct a cosmetic perception all for apperances. 

How very sad at its core this pathology, this motivation that says “if you really knew me, you wouldn’t like me”. Only Jews can heal themselves from themselves. Where is Paul Simon, where are the noble the humble and the courageous - denial/pride and self deceit is a potent protaginist.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 26, 2008 at 2:36 am Link to this comment

The United States now sends close to 1/3 of its total annual foreign aid to Israel in the form of military support, 30 billion slated to be sent thru 2018…..

Read “AIPAC’S ACHIEVEMENTS” including its freely dictating to the US government and having free access to the US State department, etc…......

Securing critical foreign aid to Israel, which totals $2.42 billion in 2008 and provides military aid and refugee assistance.

Strengthening U.S.-Israel energy cooperation by passing legislation that establishes a grant program that funds joint projects between U.S. and Israeli entities in the field of alternative energy.

Calling upon the administration in a letter signed by more than 180 members of the House to provide strict guarantees that the proposed sale of sophisticated technology to Saudi Arabia will not harm U.S. forces or undercut Israel’s qualitative military edge.

Strongly urging the administration to take its decision to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group and weapons proliferator through an amendment supported by 76 senators and key legislation passed in the House of Representatives.

Strengthening U.S.-Israel homeland security cooperation by passing landmark legislation creating an office within the Department of Homeland Security to support joint research and development projects between the United States and key allies such as Israel.



Passing a House resolution congratulating Israel on the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, praising the Jewish state for reunifying Jerusalem and protecting religious freedom in the city, and calling on the president to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Reiterating standards for the Palestinian government through letters signed by 259 House members and 79 senators urging the EU and United States not to provide aid or grant recognition to any Palestinian government until it fulfills internationally backed requirements. 

Prohibiting U.S. aid and contacts with the Hamas-led PA until its leaders recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence and ratify previous Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.

Extending U.S.-backed loan guarantees to Israel until 2011 and renewing the authority to transfer U.S. military equipment to be stored in Israel for use in a potential crisis.


Condemning Iran for holding a conference casting doubt on whether the Holocaust happened. The resolutions reproached the anti-Semitic statements made by Iranian leaders and asserted the United States’ commitment to preventing a nuclear Iran.

Passing the Iran Freedom Support Act, which renews and strengthens sanctions aimed at curtailing funds and international cooperation necessary for Iran to pursue nuclear weapons.

Passing the Iran Libya Sanctions Act, which seeks to reduce funds for Iran’s nuclear weapons program by allowing sanctions against foreign companies investing in Iran’s energy sector.

Reauthorizing the Iran Nonproliferation Act to include sanctions against entities providing technology to the missile and weapons of mass destruction programs of both Iran and Syria. 


Designating Hizballah’s TV station as a terrorist entity through legislative language as well as support of a letter to President Bush signed by 51 senators.

Passing the Syrian Accountability Act, which allows the president to sanction Syria for its continued involvement in Lebanon and support of terrorism.

Increasing military aid to Israel during the height of the Palestinian intifada by working for $1 billion in government grants that help cover the escalating costs of the war on terrorism.

Keeping world pressure on Hamas, by working to pass a House Resolution before PA elections that warned of serious policy implications for U.S.-Palestinian relations should Hamas be part of the Palestinian government. http://aipac.org/about_AIPAC/default.asp

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 26, 2008 at 2:21 am Link to this comment

Back to this “anti-Semitic” crap, eh? Actually, Arabs are the main group of “Semites” in the M.East and, admittedly, there are some Arab Jews amongst the millions of Russian and European migrants who invaded Palestine to create the fake state of Israel as we know it today http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic

And, while we are at it:-

A pro-Israel pressure group is orchestrating a secret, long-term campaign to infiltrate the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia to rewrite Palestinian history, pass off crude propaganda as fact, and take over Wikipedia administrative structures to ensure these changes go either undetected or unchallenged…. http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9474.shtml

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By cwhipps, April 26, 2008 at 12:12 am Link to this comment

I love Cindy, so I’m reluctant to support her bid to unseat Nancy Pelosi. With all the tragedy in her life, I can’t understand why she’s wanting to go into politics. She’s a wonderful person who did more to disolve the myth of the nobility of Bush’s War than anyone before or after her.

Just recently, polls are finally beginning to show that 68% believe the war was a mistake. When she started to speak out, it was the other way around.

You can trace the beginning of the rapid undoing of all the neo-con lies to that summer in Crawford, and her iconic plea to just ask Bush one simple question, “For what did my son die?” Since no one can answer that question, still, we have to thank her for making that stand. For having the courage to demand the truth for all of us, when it only offered more pain for her.

But, politics seems like a bad fit for her. I pictured her continuing to speak, and helping others to speak out for themselves.

In any case, we here in California love Cindy, and wish her the best, whatever she decides to do.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 26, 2008 at 12:03 am Link to this comment

This is the new era in US politics - INDEPENDENTS! It is the ONLY way to break the stranglehold of the two-party system (two-headed monster) now in control or at least to hold them accountable until a more pervasive change is possible.

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By john from ojai, April 25, 2008 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment
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I hope everyone will send money and support Cindy any way they can. We have too few politicians that have the courage and wisdom that Cindy has. Cindy has the courage to push for impeachment, an end to the Iraq war, an end to the saber rattling toward Iran, an end to the Patriot Act,an end to torture,  establishing a universal health care etc. etc.. These are the major issues facing our nation and Pelosi has failed on every one. Go Cindy!

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By Potassium, April 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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GO BABE GO!

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