cassandra and friends at camp casey today
thanks alaska gyrl
one of these 4 is quoted in this guardian uk article right here
We're actors, and patriots, and proud to be both.
you can see alaska gyrl's pics from Camp Casey here
In case you missed it, are cable-deprived, are in a field in Texas protesting...
From Cindy Sheehan's blog: a friend of hers went to the pro-war rally in Crawford yesterday and saw those asshole Protest Warriors get attacked by their own kind:
found this link for live radio from crawford
cassandra is apparently going to ask me what I see of Camp Casey from the outside
when i got here and saw that there was wifi i dreamt that i would be able to keep up with folks around the country who had sent in donations to help me get to camp casey. those hopes were soon dashed when i saw how much work was needed.
Yes, it's already happened. And it's not what you think.
i pulled into the crawford peace house around 8pm tonight. i stopped off in waco for one last flushable toilet break and wondered what i might contribute to the cause that would really be appreciated. since the temps around here are definitely over 100 every day i decided on ice cream. i bought boxes of ice cream sandwiches and popsicles and fudge bars and thought, "what better way to welcome myself!"
Well, I’m here. I’ve made it as far as the airport and I’m already terrified. I feel like I’m in the last throes of a full on anxiety attack... it may be the fact that I’ve averaged three hours of sleep for the last three nights. I’ve been packing, either physically or mentally for days, I managed to do an entire first rough video edit of a one hour play in one sitting yesterday only to not be able to export it due to clogged disk space, I tied up loose ends, did dutchman’s laundry, called the vet, you name it... I am superman!
sorry i've been a bit quiet lately... i'm busier than hell trying to get packed up and caught up before leaving for crawford...
dutchman and i headed up to hollywood and la brea for last night's candlelight vigil in support of cindy sheehan and her quest to get the truth out of herr president.
i'm doing it. i have to. i can and i must.
Date: 8/17/2005 12:08:17 P.M. Pacific
From: Cassandra Complex
Subject: i'm asking for money
so you don't need to read any further if you don't want to... i really won't hold it against you.
i'm not good at asking for money so this will not be pretty.
here's the deal: i'm going to crawford. i have to join cindy sheehan in her vigil. i have to be a body in this demonstration, get the body count up... let people know that there are folks who really fucking care about this enough to drop everything and do whatever it takes to end this war...
the thing is, i don't have kids, my job is flexible, i don't have commitments that tie me down so i can go. many of my friends who care as just as much can't go -- so i feel obliged to go.
i'm going to pack my rubber gloves and my work gloves and do whatever dirty work i can find to do there. there are so many folks there who have suffered loss and who have family in this war that i feel hardly worthy of showing up, so i'm going to be support.
i decided to fly. if i drove i would have ended up spending more time on the road than at camp casey. and with gas prices it looks like it will be about the same cost. the cost of the flight and car rental (i'll be camping in the car) is $613.08. it looks like i'll spend another $50 on gas... as far as i can tell the crawford peace house is feeding folks and i'll load up on bugspray and sunscreen at my mom's house in fort worth on the way.
so here's where the "ask" comes in...
if you... can you... would you... this is not easy for me!!
can you send me ten bucks? i'll keep five and spend five on any supplies needed at the camp. the last i heard they needed things like disinfectant lotion, candles, big garbage bags, etc but they may not need that anymore... i'll know more when i get there...
if i get too many contributions of ten bucks i'll send it back! if you don't want me to do that, let me know and i'll just donate it to crawford peace house.
send any donations by check made out --. that way dutchman can cash them and deposit them if they get here after i've left and i can get the funds from texas...
i'm leaving monday the 22nd and returning tuesday the 30th. hopefully i'll be able to blog while i'm there...
i will blog about this later, but right now i've got some packing and lots of work to catch up on before i leave...
sorry this is such a mess, i told you i suck at this...
Go get 'em. I put a check for $50 in today's mail. -- Love, Michael
Hey, I'll send you some money. (check in mail tomorrow) Your OLD friend. Hey and just a couple of other things. One, thanks for doing this. Thank you for going. I can't go and it makes me feel like I'm helping. Two, if you want to write a story about your experience I'll run it in the FFW. Mucho Gusto. -- SP
Count me in,... Good for you and may the peace go with you. This reminds me of the old days. Cheers. -- L
Whew! I'm so proud of you! Sending $20 in the mail tomorrow. Do what you will with it all. Sending love and prayers with you. Thank you Thank you Thank you. -- hugs, C
You are so WONDERFULLY humble about this request. OF COURSE I will support it. I should just hop on a plane and JOIN YOU (but, alas, I am not able to do so). I'm sending you a check for $30 ... it will go out in tomorrow's mail. Wish it could be more. Keep whatever you don't need and give it to The Crawford Peace fund or to your favorite "stop this f*cking war" organization. BE SURE to take earplugs. The new crowd control devices being used by our lovely government are SONIC and bring folks to their knees in pain (anyone with hearing impairments could become deaf or worse). take care while you are taking care! -- f
Wow. You do suck at that. It's in the mail. -- michael s.
you can count on me for $100.00 Spend it however you wish. Thanks for doing what we should all be doing every day. I sometimes wonder how we as a nation are not all screaming at the top of our lungs while running down the street; STOP HIM, OH PLEASE SOME CREATOR SOMEWHERE! STOP HIM! The check will come from a bill pay account to your address. all the best Peace -- DK (this is an artist whom i've never personally met but whom i've adored from afar!)
Hell Yeah, I'll send you $10.00!!!!I wish I could go, too. But, I'm needed here in the Department of Education, so that I can encourage people to be free thinkers. Good luck and take care - there are a lot of wackos out there, who would love an irrational rationalization to hurt someone. -- MP
this is cool. good luck. i'll collect some cash from the roommies and send it to you this weekend. kick something over for us. xoxo -- j
I think you are incredible for going Will put a check in the mail -- STC X
Hi, I'll give you twenty bucks to help protest against that asshole and his war of choice. Though I don't know if you are going to get it in time if you are leaving next week. If I give you another five bucks will you come visit us in San Francisco? Hope you and [dutchman] are well -- your friend du
Count me in!! I'm glad to be represented there through my donation. You're the best. Lots of love, B
We would be proud to help you with some money. I wanted to ask you something else. We met a very nice guy last night at a candlelight vigil for Cindy. He is riding down to Crawford in a friend's van sometime next week, this very cool hippie woman, he says. We asked him if they might have room for one more, and he said he'd check into it. I just thought I'd ask for you. Would you be interested, if he said they wouldn't mind taking along another passenger, in heading down there with a couple of friends of the cause? I would think he'd let me know in the next couple days or so. Maybe you've already bought your plane ticket. Take care, and all our best to Dutchman. -- All our love and support, D&A
the absolute second i heard that a man was shot in the london subway on july 22nd and that witnesses said "he looked terrified," i said to dutchman, "he wasn't a terrorist."
I personally find no contradiction in Delay's position on abortion and his forcing workers to have abortions in Saipan, the capital of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
I've written about trying to avoid this "us and them" stance before, but sometimes it seems unavoidable.
Still trying to decide whether to make the pilgrimage to Texas... I keep flip flopping... more about that later...
CHARLES GIBSON (Off Camera) I want to play for you a brief soundbite from a man named Jim Boskovitch who was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos this past Sunday and whose son just did die as well in Iraq. I want you to listen to what he had to say.
JIM BOSKOVITCH, SON KILLED IN IRAQ I firmly believe, and I would echo my son's feelings on this, that it is very, very important for our country to remain steadfast and complete the mission that they set out to accomplish.
CHARLES GIBSON (Off Camera) There are a lot of parents who feel that way, who've lost children over there. What, what do you say to them? Does what you're doing in any way disrespect their loss?
CINDY SHEEHAN No. I don't believe so. I believe that the only way we can honor our children's memory is -by bringing the rest of
them home alive. But I'd like to say to these people is, number one, I wish they could tell me what the mission is 'cause the mission changes all the time and the mission is very ill-defined. And, number two, I would never, ever question how a parent has to grieve their loss because his son came home the same way my son came home, and I honor the way he feels, and I, and I also honor that this is America and there's - differing viewpoints and we all have the right to express our viewpoints. And I reach out to every single family who, who has lost loved ones in this war because we're all going through the same pain. And I just want to say that our children are being honored, and, and a lot of them died saving their buddies and that's what we're trying to do. We're trying to save their buddies.
Mea Culpa Mr. Bush!
See, where the sacrifice comes in is here: Crawford goes on at length about steroids. His company was known for steroid use. Everybody knew about it. Crawford himself shot up some of his buddies. Those guys didn't like needles. They went on to not like a lot of things when they were 'roid raging. Just what we need, huh? Representatives of our country, guys acting in our name, an Amuricun occupying force on patrol with really bad tempers. Way to go Bush, you cocksucker!
John Crawford: The Accidental Soldier
With two credits to go before college graduation, John Crawford was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq. Crawford had joined the Florida National Guard in order to pay his tuition -- and didn't expect to go to war. His new memoir is The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq. It was written partly while on active duty and partly back in the United States after he returned.