8/12/2005

The Lone Star Iconoclast - Live from Crawford

There's some chicken noises "cluck cluck cluck" by protestors. Now, quickly, the motorcade has passed. Cindy told someone that she saw Laura Bush in one of the cars.

1:35 p.m. Iconoclast's Deborah Mathews reporting

Cindy's lawyer is with officers at the tent, the chopper is still circling, but a lot lower. The motorcade is expected momentarily.

Here comes another police car. Here comes the motorcade led by six highway patrol cars. They are traveling fast. Here they come. I see the motorcade.

Cindy is holding her in the cross in her left hand in the direction she's coming. She's simply holding it. Her lawyer whispered something to her. She's holding it up high. "Meet With Cindy" in unison is being shouted. The motorcade is not moving as fast as it did last time it came through this area.

The chanting is getting louder. There are a lot of people in these vehicles. Chanting even louder. There's some chicken noises "cluck cluck cluck" by protestors. Now, quickly, the motorcade has passed. Cindy told someone that she saw Laura Bush in one of the cars.

7:50 p.m. - Iconoclast's Nathan Diebenow reporting from Camp Casey

PRO-BUSH GROUP ARRIVES AT CAMP CASEY

A group of about 50 pro-Bush demonstrators from the Metroplex armed with various sizes of American flags, as well as banners and posters, arrived directly across from Camp Casey on county right-of-way around 6:30 p.m. Radio personality Mike Gallagher, who organized the event, led the group in patriotic songs, a prayer, pro-Bush rhetoric, and thankfulness that they could openly express their beliefs in America. At one point they chanted "We don't care, we don't care."

The group, which traveled in a charter bus and several cars, stayed about 30 minutes and departed for Pirate Field in Crawford to see about another rally. There was no suggestion that they were going to camp the night.

The group was comprised of young and old, from elementary-school-age children to World War II veterans. The only time the group had much contact with the supporters of Cindy Sheehan was when it crossed a line of McLennan County Sheriff's Department vehicles to place American flags beside the crosses that were earlier placed in the ground by supporters of Veterans for Peace.

Sheehan's group held up a banner that said, "Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home Now," sang a song, but remained quiet and respectful during all the time Gallagher's people were there.

I asked Mike Gallagher if he was going to place a flag in front of Casey Sheehan's cross at Camp Casey. He said, "We wanted to. But the police said don't go over there, so we are placing flags over by the white crosses.

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