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Brad Heads to Crawford to hopefully broadcast LIVE from Camp Casey!
And yes, once again, we need your help...
By Brad Friedman on 8/18/2005 11:02am PT  

We interrupt our previously scheduled vacation to head to Crawford, Texas! (NOTE TO GEORGE: Some things are important enough to interrupt vacations for.)

Because we were on a break, our vehicle is already loaded up with camping gear. We are still several days away from getting there, but once there we hope to be able to get on the air with a special "Operation Noble Cause" daily edition of The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO to be broadcast LIVE from Camp Casey!

Whether or not this will be possible is still way up in the air --- there are many daunting obstacles to overcome to make this all happen --- but we are going to attempt to do whatever we can to make it so. We have received 24/7 clearance from our network to get this series of broadcasts out from on the ground in Crawford if we can figure out how to cobble together the pieces and equipment necessary to do so from out in the middle of nowhere.

As I've said, there are a lot of "ifs" still in play to make this all happen, but we're going to give it our best shot.

Your help towards to make this effort posssible is both needed and appreciated!

If you are able to DONATE TO "OPERATION NOBLE CAUSE" I thank you in advance. This effort will be both difficult and expensive to pull off, so I assure you this will not be the last time I ask for your help in making it all happen unfortunately. I wish I didn't have to, but until a Freedom and Democracy Loving Angel shows up, you folks are needed to help continue to counter the spin of the Rightwing Liars, the complacency of the Democratic Party and to see that the Truth of the Message continues to reach Americans!

Please feel free to use the "Email it to Someone" link on this item to share this call for help!

For those cynics who would point to the frequency I'm forced to come to you all with hat in hand, I should mention that every dime I've ever been able to raise here (and it has not been many dimes!) has gone immediately back into both the blog and the radio show. I continue to lose money on all of the above, even while my credit card companies are doing very well thanks in the bargain! All I can hope is we "turn the corner" at some point.

In the meantime, your help is greatly appreciated!

For the duration, the tremendous BRAD BLOG Guest Bloggers have agreed to continue on here to allow me time to get to Camp Casey and figure all of this out on the fly...If I can...Peace.

UPDATE: If you or anyone you know has access to various radio broadcast equipment (microphones, headphones, mixing board, telephone hybrids, etc.) and/or cellular/satellite Internet uplink resources, please contact Kat@BradShow.com ASAP!

(Click here for scenes of the interrupted vacation...A free BRAD BLOG T-Shirt to the first commenter to identify the general location of our previously super-secret camping location and that of the 12 deer in the herd who we met on one of our hikes! BRAD BLOG Guest Bloggers and BRAD SHOW Producers not eligible!)

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Raw intel: Ft. Monroe / Charleston nuke drill rescheduled for Thursday Aug. 18
Fear that New World Order types will make the drill go live is palpable.
By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2005 3:04am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I know not what course most other bloggers have been taking, because I've been so busy here that I've had no time to read any of them [except my very favorites!] ... but as for me, lately I have been very leery of fear-mongering. I do not want to write about this story. I never want to scare anyone --- especially unnecessarily. But, as they say, better safe than sorry.

This is not going to be easy for any of us, and it's taken me a long time to decide what to do about it. But I finally have a plan, and here it is: I'll repost a couple of comments from Torqued [many thanks for these, O Twisted One], who has highlighted the most important bits of news from total411.info ... followed by a few other choice bits from whence that came ... and then a few thoughts of my own.

Please do not wallow in fear.

We are all afraid. We cannot afford to let it paralyze us. We have to make it work for us. And believe it or not, there are things we can do, steps we can take, to try to prevent what looks to be an imminent, false-flagged, nuclear attack.

Breathe deeply.

-- UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE --
-- SYNTHETIC TERROR ALERT STILL RED --

Raw intel: Ft. Monroe / Charleston nuke drill rescheduled for Aug. 18 (Thursday)

(Total411.info) --- August 17 8pm EDT --- Naval source says U.S. Navy drill scheduled for Charleston Harbor today, Aug. 17, has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday afternoon, at approximately 3:30pm .

Source confirms drill is tied to NORTHCOM nuclear terror command drill at Ft. Monroe.

Undermanned Naval Hospital told to prepare extra beds...

Fear that New World Order types will make the drill go live is palpable.

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By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2005 1:42am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot


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Cox Cable Joins Nation's Largest Net Provider in Keeping Citizens in the Dark!
Other ISPs doing the same thing --- here we go again! only bigger!!
By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2005 11:14pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

LATE UPDATE: Since the following item was posted, we have seen a drastic change in the behavior of email filtering for both Comcast and users of other email services. We do not know what was causing the problem, or why the symptoms have disappeared. We may be forgiven, I suppose, if we suspect the rapid change of status had something to do with the amount of noise generated over this issue. Thanks to you, the blogosphere is working. And we will post further updates if and when we learn more. Thanks again to all who have contributed to the effort.

We no longer need readers to perform the tests described below. But if you wish to do them for your own interest, we have no desire to stop you ;-)

UPDATE: After the following speculative item was somewhat tentatively posted, we have been able to confirm reports of emails being blocked by other ISPs as well as Comcast. We'll post more when we know more. In the meantime, please try the tests described below, regardless of your e-mail provider, so we can get some sense of the scope of the problem. Thank you very much, as always.

Five weeks ago The BRAD BLOG ran a report indicating that Comcast, the nation's most popular email provider, was automatically deleting emails containing the web address "www.afterdowningstreet.org". Shortly after the report was published, 6 or 7 people made such a commotion that the problem was suddenly fixed. Various explanations were given, none of which cut any ice in the opinion of this lowly and nearly frozen blogger, but at least the problem went away.

Why am I telling you this? Background info. Today we have received a report indicating that something similar is happening again, but this time the address that triggers Comcast's automatic deletion is "www.meetwithcindy.org".

Personally, I do not have Comcast service, nor do I know anyone who does. So I cannot test this report for myself. I can ask for a bit of help, though. If you are a Comcast subscriber, please help us out by doing the following simple test.

Are you with me so far? I want you to send yourself four emails and tell me how many actually arrive. The four emails will be very simple, as described below:

  • one with "www.meetwithcindy.org" in the subject line, and the words "test #1" in the body
  • one with "meetwithcindy.org" in the subject line, and the words "test #2" in the body
  • one with "www.meetwithcindy.org" in the body, and the words "test #3" in the subject line
  • one with "meetwithcindy.org" in the body, and the words "test #4" in the subject line

Send these messages, wait a little while, then check for incoming messages and find out for yourself. According to our source, you will receive "test #4" but not "test #3". Apparently the "www." prefix is necessary to trigger the automatic deletion. If this makes no sense to you, please recall that in the previous episode, the address in question, "afterdowningstreet.org", triggered the automatic deletion only if it carried this prefix. In other words, emails containing "afterdowningstreet.org" passed through cleanly, while those containing "www.afterdowningstreet.org" were dispatched to the nearest black hole.

Most of the time the prefix "www." is insignificant; but apparently the prefix is very important in this case. But we don't know for sure, and that's why we're asking you to do some testing.

We don't know what to expect regarding tests #1 and #2. That's why we're asking you to perform them. After we collect more information, we can take it to Comcast and request a correction in their software --- or in their censorship policy, as the case may be. The more information we can present, the better it will be --- not only for us, but also for the people at Comcast (or Symantec) who will have to solve the problem.

I emphasize that this is not the time to make a lot of noise --- not publicly, at least. This is the time for gathering data. We can make noise soon enough, if we can confirm the report we received earlier today.

UPDATE: Go ahead and make some noise if you like. We've seen enough to know that something terribly fishy is going on.

CONTACT INFO for COMCAST:
Abuse Dept: phone 856-317-7272 ext 1 or email: Secure-port25@comcast.net
Mike: phone 856-324-2415 or email abuse_99@comcast.net or email abuse99@gmail.com
Jim Janco [Manager of abuse dept]: cell 856-297-3548

We will post more contact information as soon as possible.

If you're still not sure about your e-mail provider, or if you'd like to help us gather more data, please participate in our informal study. I'll be watching this thread to see the results of your testing.

To repeat: Please send yourself four emails as described above, then come here and tell us how many --- and which ones --- you received.

Thanks, as usual, for your cooperation.

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Why?
Good Question!! Read on...
By Joseph Cannon on 8/17/2005 9:46pm PT  

Guest blogged by Joseph Cannon

The right continues to make disturbing use of the Able Danger story --- which holds that a secretive DIA unit had identified Atta well before 9/11.

Rush Limbaugh and a number of right-leaning newspapers have continued to spread the lie, first published in NewsMax, that Jamie Gorelick of the Clinton Justice Department somehow forced the DIA to refrain from sharing the unit's discoveries. John Podhoretz at National Review has also given respectful attention to this tale, although he has steered clear of the NewsMax spin.

Now CNN and other sources have given us a name for that mysterious DIA officer who told this tale to Representative Curt Weldon. Meet Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer:

Publicly identifying himself for the first time, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said he worked this year with Rep. Curt Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, and they determined "there was a significant amount of information that was totally deleted or not provided to the 9/11 commissioners."

Shaffer was part of the task force that supported Able Danger, an intelligence unit that was looking for al Qaeda terrorists.

The lieutenant colonel said Able Danger uncovered information in 2000 about lead hijacker Mohamed Atta by searching through public databases and looking for patterns.

More:

In a statement Friday, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, chairman and vice chairman of the now-defunct 9/11 commission, said that Able Danger "did not turn out to be historically significant, set against the larger context of U.S. policy and intelligence efforts that involved [Osama] bin Laden and al Qaeda."...

Shaffer told CNN he had not come forward earlier because he believed there may have been a classified addendum to the commission's report or there might be some other reason why the information was not disclosed to the public.

These excerpts address one of the more important questions to arise out of this controversy. Were the commission members informed of Able Danger, or were they not? We've received about three different accounts so far.

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a half-open thread
By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2005 1:00pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

This thread is intended as a place to talk about vigils in your area, your plans for this evening, and any de-briefing you may feel like contributing afterwards.

Please don't go OT on this thread. There's an open thread immediately below for everything else.

This might be a good place to remind you that tonight's gatherings will be ideal places to spread the word about The Whispering Campaign ... And please bring a few pages with you. Or, better yet, stop by Kinko's along the way, and bring a whole stack of them!

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an open thread for everything except Vigils
By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2005 12:59pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

There's a half-open thread just above, for discussion of tonight's vigils. You can talk about anything else here.

And you might as well...

All three guest-bloggers may be tied up at the same time today and/or tonight, but we'll be with you again as soon as possible.

Cheers to all!

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Our friends at THE RAW STORY have the scoop, of course!
Is Ashcroft in trouble? It the scandal seeping closer to the President? Stay tuned!!
By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2005 10:48am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will be issuing a formal request for an immediate investigation with the US Inspector General's office into John Ashcroft - former US Attorney General, Raw Story has learned.

The request - released to Raw Story - cites conflict of interest on the part of Ashcroft in his failure to promptly recuse himself during the initial investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Wilson. Ashcroft was US Attorney General at the time.

The CIA filed charges with the FBI and Justice after columnist Robert Novak made Wilson's identity public in July of 2003. It has since been learned, as part of a case currently in front of a grand jury, that Karl Rove - Senior Advisor to President Bush, was the source for several reporters on the Wilson story.

Ashcroft was appointed to the AG office on the suggestion of Rove, who was also the political consultant for Ashcroft's 2000 US Senate campaign bid against the late Governor Mel Carnahan (D-Missouri), for which Rove was paid an estimated $750,000 in services.

Conyers, ranking member on the House Committee on the Judiciary, and Hinchey, a member on the House Committee on Appropriations, both request that US Inspector General, Glen A. Fine, also investigate the Justice Department's procedural failures, including failure to preserve documents.

The request is to be filed early this afternoon, but a fully transcribed version - excluding footnotes - is available [now].

Click here or on the photo for the latest!

Thanks again, Larisa!!

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CNN still talking about Cindy Sheehan, Price of Oil, Athletes and Actors
Psst! Let's keep it that way!
By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2005 10:03am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I don't usually talk about my dreams, much less write about them. They're usually so unintelligible they don't even interest me. But last night I had a dream that seemed very clear.

In my dream, I called CNN and said "When are you going to interrupt your normal programming to cover tomorrow's terrorist attacks?" ... and the voice said "9:30" ... and I said "that's 9:30 Eastern, right? Tomorrow morning?" ... and the voice said "That's right, sir. 9:30 A.M. Eastern time tomorrow."

The last time I checked the TV, it was nearly noon eastern time, and CNN was still talking about Cindy Sheehan and the price of oil ... and something about an actress ... and something about an athlete. This is good. We need them to keep talking about stuff like this all day.

My, how times have changed! Just a few months ago I was pointing out, derisively, the amount of attention CNN was giving to the trial of a former pop singer. Today I'd be happy if they talked about that trial all day, just as long as they don't interrupt their normal programming for live coverage of the terrorist attacks, and the new nuclear war.

What's that, you say? Have I lost my mind? Well maybe I have, but that has nothing to do with this. ;-)

In case you haven't noticed, the internet has been abuzz lately with talk of impending terror attacks against the USA, on a scale heretofore unimaginable; such attacks to trigger the imposition of martial law at home and a full-scale, conventional and nuclear, attack on Iran. And according to some sources, the attack was supposed to come --- if it did come --- today.

After that dream, I couldn't very well sleep, and I've been checking the TV regularly --- something I never do --- just to see what CNN is doing. Everything seems absolutely normal. So I'm starting to believe that one of the following things may be true:

  • The dream was wrong. Hey, sue me! It happens to everybody.
  • The whole story was a hoax. There were no "distracting" war games on 9/11. There was no terror-response drill going on in London on 7/7. All the stories about Operation Northwoods were hoaxes too. Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here.
  • They've changed the date and/or the time of the attack, and we are still in grave danger. What's the probability of this one? I wouldn't hazard a guess.
  • They know we know, and it's holding them at bay. How likely is this? I can't estimate it; can't see it clearly. I have a conflict of interest: I want to live a long and happy life, and I want the same for my kids.

That's why I'm whispering. And it seems to me that maybe 6 or 7 other people are whispering along with me. And maybe ... just maybe ... if we whisper loud enough, we can keep the terrorists from striking again. Maybe.

LAST MINUTE UPDATE: The kids are home now, and I don't have access to the TV. That's all right with me, as long as the internet connection is working. And I can see from CNN's home page that everything is still normal; there's fresh carnage in Baghdad but none here. Oh yawn!

And by the way, who will be the next James Bond?

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Coleen Rowley and Becky Lourey are Heading for Crawford Tomorrow
By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2005 7:51am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

According to this story from the Star Tribune:

Two Minnesota moms at the forefront of the anti-Iraq war movement, one of whom recently lost a son in the fighting, are flying to Crawford, Texas, on Thursday to join Californian Cindy Sheehan's expanding, and increasingly controversial, protest near President Bush's ranch.

State Sen. Becky Lourey, whose son, Matt, was killed piloting an Army helicopter earlier this year, and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley [see photo], a recently declared DFL [Democratic] candidate for Congress who spoke out early against invading Iraq, said they will join the stakeout at "Camp Casey" --- named in memory of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, 24, who was killed more than a year ago.

Star Tribune writers Dane Smith and Greg Gordon make the de rigeur attempt at balance, and inadvertently throw a bright light on the sleaze-mongers and spin-meisters who support this war and the chickenhawks who started it.

The Sheehan vigil is becoming a lightning rod and rallying point for opposition to the war, Lourey and Rowley said, while a Republican state leader described Sheehan's expanding vigil as a media circus.

Honestly, I don't understand why the opinions of "a Republican state leader" are necessary to the telling of this essentially news story. But then again how would we know what a crass hypocrite he is unless we hear his "side" of the "story"?

Which, not surprisingly, goes like this:

"You have to have compassion for folks like Becky Lourey and Cindy Sheehan, who have lost sons in the war," said Bill Walsh, the state party's executive director. "I don't need to question their motives, but I don't think you should question the president's motives either. He's fully aware of the ramifications of sending people's children into battle, but he has to balance that with the question of how do we best address the serious problems facing our world."

Walsh was less kind to Rowley. "You can't ignore the fact that Coleen Rowley is running for Congress right now," he said. "It's really unfortunate that she has to join the MoveOn.orgs, the Michael Moores and the left-wingers who are exploiting this circus for political gain."

I don't imagine we should expect Walsh to explain why he doesn't "think you should question the president's motives", which to all indications are highly questionable, if not outright criminal, and in my opinion Walsh would have a very difficult time proving that Bush is "fully aware of the ramifications of sending people's children into battle". Maybe Walsh is clairvoyant. But according to all the signs we ordinary humans can see, Bush is entirely unaware of said ramifications.

Still less do I understand what difference it makes if a pro-war politician accuses an anti-war politician of having "a political agenda". Do the pro-war "people" not have an agenda of their own? And is it not political?

I have always had a problem with people who pluralize the names of individuals and organizations, as if to imply that there are many of them. Who are all the other "Michael Moores" and why haven't we heard of them? Where are all the other "MoveOn.orgs" and how do they differ from the original? You won't find any answers to questions like these in the remainder of the article, but you can click on the photo to read the rest of it anyway.

But please be careful. The pro-war spin is enough to make you dizzy, especially early in the morning.

On the other hand, you can do your part to resist the media spin by clicking here and taking some unspun truths to the streets. Being The Media has never been easier, or more fun. Which is a damned good thing because it has never been more necessary, either.

Knowledge Is Power! Pass It On!!

And many thanks to regular BRAD BLOG commenter, Valley Girl, for the pointer to this article among other things. Keep up the good work, VG. You're fascinating!

UPDATE: The Star Tribune article I've been quoting, which was freely available just a few minutes ago, now seems to be available via registration only. I hate when that happens.

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One Woman Against The Bush Political Machine
'Cindy Sheehan's War' by Tom Engelhardt
By Winter Patriot on 8/16/2005 11:49pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I wouldn't want you to miss this excellent new column by Tom Engelhardt. I'll even give you a few excerpts to get you started:

On Being in a Ditch at the Side of the Road

Over the last two years, administration officials, civilian and military, have never ceased to talk about "turning corners" or reaching "tipping points" and achieving "milestones" in the Iraq-War-that-won't-end. Now it seems possible that Cindy Sheehan in a spontaneous act of opposition --- her decision to head for Crawford, Texas, to face down a vacationing President and demand an explanation for her son's death --- may produce the first real American tipping point of the Iraq War.
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Faced with the power of the Bush political and media machine, Cindy Sheehan has engaged in an extreme version of asymmetrical warfare and, in her person, in her story, in her version of "the costs of war," she has also managed to catch many of the tensions of our present moment. What she has exposed in the process is the growing weakness and confusion of the Bush administration. At this moment, it remains an open question who, in the end, will be found in that ditch at the side of a Texas road, her --- or the President of the United States.

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Who bought the evil fruits of the Japanese torturers' work?
and a look back at the CIA, the Bush Gang, and the killing of Frank Olson
By Chris Floyd on 8/16/2005 10:08pm PT  

Guest blogged by Chris Floyd

INTRODUCTION {by Winter Patriot} Once again we are honored to present a massive contribution from one of the English-speaking world's most literate truth-tellers, the honorable Chris Floyd. An American journalist living in England, whose column on world affairs, "Global Eye", is published weekly in The Moscow Times, proprietor of the excellent blog Empire Burlesque, and a good friend of both The BRAD BLOG and The Whispering Campaign, Chris Floyd joins us here for the third time. In July, his excellent essay, "The Dream Of Unlimited Swag", inspired a very interesting thread. The same sort of thing happened last week when we featured his newest column from The Moscow Times, Grease Monkeys: The Speaker, The Spigot and the Slitherer-in-Chief.

Here's Chris:

What would you call people who paid sadistic torturers for the information they had gleaned from macabre medical experiments on their helpless captives � and then used these evil findings to make biological weapons?

Why, you'd call them members of "the greatest generation," of course!

As we learn from ABC News (Australia) this week, the American victors in World War II "gave money and other benefits to former members of a Japanese germ warfare unit two years after the end of World War II to obtain data on human experiments the unit conducted in China.

U.S. military intelligence showered millions of dollars on these Mengeles � along with "food, gifts, entertainment and other kinds of rewards" (emphasis added). One shudders to think what this unnamed largesse entailed � "comfort women," perhaps? It seems nothing was too good for these "top-flight pathologists" who murdered more than 3,000 Chinese, Russians and others in their torture chambers.

Their patron was Brigadier General Charles Willoughby, head of the G2 intelligence unit of the US occupation forces in Japan. In his reports to his superiors, Willoughby waxed lyrical on the cost-efficient benefits of his war-criminal wooing. The killers' "data on human experiments may prove invaluable," and was "only obtainable through the skilful, psychological approach" to the torturers � i.e., buying them off.

"All of these actions did not amount to more than 200,000 yen, netting the [United States] the fruit of 20 years' laboratory tests and research," Willoughby wrote. The cost of obtaining the data, said the general, was "a mere pittance."

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Jon Stewart reports on Bush's summer vacation
By David Edwards on 8/16/2005 2:39pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

In the opening segment of last night's edition of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart called attention to George W's vacation and Cindy Sheehan's attempts to meet with him.

Just when we were in need of some comic relief, Jon Stewart and Ed Helms nail the right-wing hypocrisy and tickle our funny bone at the same time.

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Again, our friend Larisa has the scoop
By Winter Patriot on 8/16/2005 12:29pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Following the latest round of filings by the Department of Defense in conjunction with the State Department --- which attempts to stipulate that all current and future photographs and tapes of detainee abuse be permanently sealed and, in addition, the reasons given for the motion be heavily redacted --- the court ruled largely in favor of public disclosure.

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Larisa Alexandrovna has the details
By Winter Patriot on 8/16/2005 12:23pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The Ed Schultz Show will be heading to Crawford Texas to broadcast its Wednesday and Thursday show a few miles from Camp Casey, Raw Story has learned.

According to Ed Schultz, the host of the Ed Schultz show and one of the biggest voices in progressive radio, the show is going to show support for Cindy Sheehan. "We are going for our listeners, there are a lot of people from across the country who want to be [in Crawford, Texas] but can't be there," said Schultz in a conversation with Raw Story earlier today.

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