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By David Edwards on 8/14/2005 6:05pm PT  

Guest blogged by UnderstandingLife and David Edwards

Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that Four-star General Kevin P. Byrnes was relieved of his position due to alleged sexual misconduct. General Byrnes who was near retirement was assigned as commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia.

From Arianna Huffington in At Rummy's Bizarro Pentagon, Torture is Rewarded While Sex is a Firing Offense, on August 10, 2005 we read:

"Here's all the proof you need that the lunatics have taken over the Pentagon and DoD asylums (that is, if the lunacy of their Iraq policies hadn't already convinced you):

Four-star General Kevin Byrnes, the third most senior of the Army's 11 four-star generals, was sacked over allegations that he had an extramarital affair. Meanwhile, Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, the senior commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib torture and abuse scandal, is being considered for promotion to, yep, four-star general.

Talk about your utterly perverted priorities.

Now, it long ago became clear that the Bushies inhabit a bizarro, topsy-turvy universe --- a place where being utterly wrong about slam-dunk WMD earns you a Medal of Freedom, dismissing a “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.” memo earns you a promotion to Secretary of State, signing off on torture makes you AG material, another 123 American soldiers being blown up is the mark of an enemy in its “last throes”, and outing an undercover CIA agent (and then lying about it) merits a vote of confidence instead of a pink slip. "

Yes, we agree with Ms Huffington --- the hypocrisy is all to obvious and that is the problem. Many have recognized that whatever General Byrnes private life might be, it is unlikely to be the primary reason for his current career crisis.

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Several shots heard near protestors but no one hurt
By David Edwards on 8/14/2005 4:38pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Larry Mattlage is a neighbor of George Bush in Crawford. He says he was sympathetic to the anti-war protesters when they arrived but has gotten tired of the crowds.

Deborah Mathews reports for The Iconoclast...

"Wait! Someone is firing a gun. (pause). He fired it into the air about five times. He appears to be a local inside the fence line on private property. Now he has thrown what looks like a shotgun into the front seat of a pickup, and he's stomping off out of sight. I wonder where he went.

"Now he's coming back out. I'm out here standing on the road. He's got a no parking sign in his hand, walking toward his fence. I'm going to go try to talk to him. I've got to hang up."

(three minutes later)

I went over and talked to the man. He is Larry Mattlage, who says he is on his property and just posted a no-parking sign.

"We're going to start doing our war and it's going to be underneath the law," he told me. "Whatever it takes. So y'all go find another place to do whatever you do. 'Cause this is our front yard and back yard."

I asked, "Do you mean the protestors?" there's some Secret Service and cops. I'm going to get closer to hear what they're saying. People in bullet-proof vests are here now. Two Secret Service agents are now walking up his driveway towards his house, with Mr. Mattlage. A member of the Sheriff's Department has arrived. Mr. Mattlage is waving his arms now. All of them are now walking back this way.

CNN just reported on the situation and it seems that Mr. Mattlage claims he was preparing for dove hunting season.

"This is Texas.", he says. He is clearly agitated.

The CNN video clip is available here. (Windows Media format)

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Lance Cpl. Chase Johnson Comley, 21, of Lexington KY, buried yesterday
killed while conducting combat operations near Amiriyah, Iraq
By Winter Patriot on 8/14/2005 12:53pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

BRAD BLOG reader and commenter "WTF" pointed out an article [and photos] from the Lexington Herald-Leader. We found the following passages notable, especially given their source.

[I]n a departure from the norm in Kentucky --- one of the reddest of red states --- some of Comley's relatives, including a few sitting in the front pews, have spoken out strongly against the Bush administration and the war that took the 21-year-old Marine's life.
[O]n Friday, Comley's grandmother, 80-year-old Geraldine Comley of Versailles, described herself in an interview as a former Republican stalwart who is "on a rampage" against the president and the war.

She said she would like nothing better than to join Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier who has been holding a peace vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Texas.

"When someone gets up and says 'My son died for our freedom,' or I get a sympathy card that says that, I can hardly bear it," Geraldine Comley said.

She said her view, developed before her grandson's death, is that Bush pushed for war because Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had tried to assassinate the first President Bush, and to get control of Mideast oil.

"And it irritates me no small amount that Dick Cheney, in the Vietnam War, said he had 'other priorities,'" Geraldine Comley said. "He didn't mind sending my grandson over there" to Iraq.

It irritates us too, Geraldine. No small amount, indeed!

Our heartfelt condolences, and sincerest best wishes, to the family and friends of the late Chase Johnson Comley, and to all the other families and friends who weep today.

Click here or on the photo for more. Thanks to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Tetris Group Helped Get Diebold Machines Into UT; SLC Mayor's Office 'Frustrated'
and it's all 'legal' --- mayor says it depends on the definition of lobbying
By Winter Patriot on 8/14/2005 12:13pm PT  

Or maybe it depends on whay you mean by "is" ...

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Here's a chilling story from Salt Lake City, which one of our friends noticed at The Salt Lake Tribune. It's the kind of tale that Brad eats for breakfast, but for me it's the sort of thing I gag on.

I don't mean "gag" in the way you might think, that the overwhelming nature of the sleaze takes away my appetite. Instead, I mean: Brad would be able to understand all this --- and explain it to you --- a lot better than I can. But he's away --- the slacker! --- and so it falls to this lowly and nearly frozen blogger...

I've read the article, Lobbyist challenged on voting machines: Legal. But ethical? S.L. County's lobbying firm also works for the devices' manufacturer, several times, and the words of Derek P. Jensen are finally starting to seep into my very thick skull. I'm even starting to get a handle on the cast of characters! Listen:

Peter Corroon is the Mayor of Salt Lake County.

Blaze Wharton, Dan Hartman and Paul Rogers are principals in The Tetris Group, a lobbying firm which is paid to lobby for the Salt Lake County Mayor's Office.

The Tetris Group also has other clients, one of whom just happens to be Diebold Election Systems, a manufacturer of touch-screen voting machines, on which The BRAD BLOG has reported many times --- often in less than glowing terms.

Last month, as part of their bid for the lucrative statewide election machine contract, Diebold made a presentation at the Salt Lake County Government Center. They were escorted to this presentation by their lobbyists --- the Tetris team --- who also just happen to work for the county Mayor's Office. One slight problem: the Mayor's Office never asked Tetris to do this for to them.

Peter Corroon: "We never asked Tetris to go out and lobby the state to get the Diebold systems. They came in with Diebold..."

As regular readers of this space already know [all too well], Diebold's machines are crap not always reliable, and as Jensen writes, Salt Lake County "leaders continue to unleash a litany of complaints."

For their part, Tetris has set up what apears to be a classic runaround: Wharton is referring all questions to Hartman, who isn't returning any phone calls. And Rogers cannot even be reached. So that end of the trail is set up just about the way we'd expect it.

Gavin Anderson is Deputy District Attorney of Salt Lake County and he says the push "to determine an economic conflict must come from the mayor's office", according to Jensen, who quotes Anderson as saying:

There's nothing in the law ... It's a matter of the county saying, "Do we trust these guys or are they going to be in Diebold's pocket?" ... As a contractor, they could say: "Hey, Tetris, are you looking out for our best interest?"

Maybe I'm nearly frozen but I'm still functional enough to realize that this sounds like a good idea!! Is there anybody home over at the Mayor's Office?

And what does Diebold say? According to Jensen:

A representative for Diebold insists there is no conflict with Tetris because the lobbying firm represents the county mayor's office, not the county as a whole.

Wow! That's mighty reassuring, is it not?

Well ... don't take my word for it. I'm too cold to make any sense anyway. You should read Derek P. Jensen's Lobbyist challenged on voting machines and enjoy the full reassuring story in its original context.

Thanks, as always. I'll be back. But I gotta go try and thaw out for a while. Brrrr! What a cold story!

P.S. I heard from Brad last night, albeit briefly. He is doing fine, getting some R&R, and heading back to the wild lands. He sends you his best regards. He also says "Watch for some heavy Cannon Fire, coming to a blog near you, on Monday".

I can't imagine what he means. But we shall see...

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By David Edwards on 8/14/2005 10:02am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

RAW STORY has the details on a TV ad that is airing on the Crawford cable channels near Bush's 1600 acre palatial estate ranch.

Watch the video at RAW STORY.

Wolf Blitzer of CNN's Situation Room interviewed Cindy Sheehan soon after the presidential motorcade passed by Camp Casey and the crowd of protestors.

Watch the video provided by BRAD BLOG. (Windows Media format)

Swimmer Films spent a day at Camp Casey in Crawford. The filmmaker was awake three days straight to get this film out quickly in hopes that this video would inspire more people to go to Crawford and support Cindy's cause.

Watch the video at Swimmer Films.

TruthOut has been live blogging from Crawford and posting high quality videos. This video clip provides a tour of Camp Casey.

Watch the video at TruthOut.

Canofun Blog has been posting videos nearly everyday of their experience in Crawford. This video shows the proprietor of the Crawford Peace house speaking at Saturday's rally.

Watch the video from Canofun Blog. (Windows Media format)

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Report: Republicans paying legal bills for 'a former Bush campaign official'
... who is 'charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in NH'
By Winter Patriot on 8/13/2005 9:47pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

No! We are not making this up! We have it via Lex18 in Lexington, KY and the headline reads: Republican Party shells out money to defend voter suppression case

The Republican Party is footing the bill for a former Bush campaign official charged with election dirty tricks in New Hampshire.

Despite a stated zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the party has quietly paid nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for private defense lawyers for James Tobin.

He's charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire in 2002. Republican John Sununu won the close Senate election.

Prosecutors say Tobin worked with a state G-O-P official and a consultant in Virginia to jam Democratic and labor union get-out-the-vote phone banks.

The other two have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with prosecutors.

That's a zero-tolerance policy on what, exactly? Could it be a zero-tolerance policy on democracy, by any chance?

A tip of the BRAD BLOG hat to a loyal BRAD BLOG reader for that great catch. No names, please: You know who you are, don't you, John?

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(But checking in VERY briefly to say 'Hey!')
By Brad Friedman on 8/13/2005 3:31pm PT  

Wow...These BRAD BLOG Guest Bloggers got it covered! So my brief foray back into civilization won't be long, and I'm back out into the wilds momentarily.

Looks like there's much going on in my absence, but my ragged brain continues to need some downtime, and it looks like David Edwards, Joseph Cannon, Winter Patriot (and apparently even Chris Floyd) have got things well covered, so I can rest easy.

Looks like there have been a few ACVR shenanigans while I've geen gone, but I've tipped off Joseph C. and hopefully he'll have a report on some of it in the next day or two in my stead.

See ya in a week or so! Until then...once again...and in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and all the folks who give a damn about Truth, Justice and the American Way...Peace!

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George W. Plans Exit Strategy...
By David Edwards on 8/13/2005 12:55pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

cartoon by Mike Thompson

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Admits Poor Are Systematically Disenfranchised, But Calls It "Voter Fraud"
and she blames it on those poor disenfranchised voters!
By Winter Patriot on 8/13/2005 12:21pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

According to Joselyn King of the Wheeling News Register, West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland has said:

we have folks who sell their vote ... oppressed by 'Boss Hoggs' who hold power over jobs ... and in some instances a decent way of life for our residents ... we already violate the Voting Rights Act here ... People in our state lose their right to vote because of their impoverishment --- not because of their race or gender...

... and much more! Ireland talks about her office prosecuting people in connection with buying votes:

In Logan County, four individuals - including the sheriff, the former chief of police and the treasurer of a candidate for state representative - pleaded guilty to vote buying and related offenses in 2002 or 2004 elections.

In addition, five people have been indicted and are awaiting trial on charges of vote buying in Lincoln County in 2004 and earlier elections.

But somehow she manages to spin the story so that the real responsibility for "voter fraud" falls to the poor folks who are afraid they'll lose their jobs if they vote for a candidate who supports their interests. Or at least that's what I seem to read here

In a perverse way, we already violate the Voting Rights Act here. But it is self-motivated. If I allow you to intimidate me, and if I voluntarily sell my vote, I have given up my right to vote and have my voice heard.

I've been quoting out of context again. I really hate it when the warmongers do that. Especially when they hide their original sources. So please read the whole piece and decide for yourself whether I'm cherry-picking here, or whether what I'm hearing is what Ireland is actually saying.

Thanks again to special agent Kat L'Estrange for bringing this article to my attention. She made a comment via e-mail which was at least as cogent as the article itself, so I post it here in full.

I'm sorry, but if elected officials are buying votes, that would be considered "election fraud" in my book! Especially if voters are intimidated and oppressed by these officials for not cooperating. Secretary of State Ireland is a Republican. Are the "impoverished" voters to blame, or the elected officials? I think she's blaming the voters, by George! She clearly doesn't understand why the Voting Rights Act came into existence!

Your comments as always are invited.

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Has Met With Cindy and Some Reporters; Is Blogging at Booman Tribune
And Supersoling Is On His Way!
By Winter Patriot on 8/13/2005 7:45am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Yes, our Tracy, the soon-to-be "midwife" of Clint Curtis' soon-to-be puppy. The lady in the orange shirt in the photo.

She's been blogging at Booman Tribune. Here's her diary: Militarytracy. Her most recent entry was a beauty: My God It Is Good To Be Alive.

Now that she's away from home, she's been reporting via her friend Brinnainne's account. That happens here. And good things are happening, too. Consider this story: BooTrib Regular with Sheehan in Time Mag.

Also at Booman Tribune, Supersoling has written to say he's flying down tomorrow.

The Lone Star Iconoclast has some online coverage of today's activities here.

Crooks And Liars has a nice bit about her here. John Amato Rocks! Anyone can post comments at his site, no registration needed, and I think it would be cool if 6 or 7 people wandered over and told John what we think of Tracy! and his blog!! But that's just my opinion.

I'll update this again when and if I find more good links. And of course, we'll try to keep up-to-date on our BRAD BLOG friends while they're in Texas.

Thanks to Tracy for making the trip, and for bringing a friend, and for making noise, and in general for representing The BRAD BLOG so well in Crawford, Texas, home of some vicious fire ants from Hades, and palatial vacation spot for some vicious neocons who are surely on their way to where the ants came from.

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By Winter Patriot on 8/12/2005 11:26pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

A great old BRAD SHOW is almost ready to hit the airwaves. Again. It was a great lineup and a fantastic show. And if the folks at the network pull up the right files, you can hear it again via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT) and Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)

Here's the guest list:

  • Rep. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA) on her 7/23 'Downing Street' Day Town Forum in L.A.
  • TONY TRUPIANO on John Conyers' 7/23 'Downing Street' Day Town Forum in Detroit
  • JIM MARCINKOWSKI Former CIA Case Officer fresh from Congressional Hearings the outing of Valerie Plame and damage to our National Security
  • PAUL RIECKHOFF Iraq War vet, Founder of on Bush Administration troop support (or lack thereof)
  • DAVID DIXON of Handicapped Adults of Volusia County, FL fighting back at National Federation of the Blind's suit against paper ballots in Volusia!
  • It's free speech at its best, but it's not free! Brad pays for the studio rental --- out of his own pocket --- at $500 per week! He doesn't need to rent a studio this weekend but he still needs donations, so please donate here to help defray costs! Every little bit helps, friends.

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    By Chris Floyd on 8/12/2005 10:15pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Chris Floyd

    INTRODUCTION {by Winter Patriot} Once again I have the pleasure of introducing one of my favorite writers for a spot of guest blogging. An American journalist living in London [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, the redoubtable Chris Floyd joins us for a second time. Back in July, his excellent essay, "The Dream Of Unlimited Swag", inspired a truly excellent thread.

    The following essay is a slightly expanded version of the column published earlier today, August 12, in The Moscow Times. And here's the best part: Chris has offered to stop by from time to time, to answer your questions or respond to your comments. Please welcome a truth-teller of exceptional passion and skill, a journalist whom we are very proud to call our friend. Here's Chris Floyd:

    One of the grubby little secrets of the Great Potomac Grease Pit --- otherwise known as the government of the United States - is that the massive amount of bribes given and taken there often has little effect on the final outcome of policy decisions and legislation.

    Cynics --- and you know you who are --- tend to believe that Washington is overrun with sleazy bagmen prowling the halls of Congress and slithering down White House corridors, proffering baubles, trinkets, sweetmeats and other enticements to plucky public servants, drawing them away from the straight and narrow to do the bidding of rapacious elites. But like so many of the hateful canards issuing from the foul stithy of the liberal imagination these days, this fantasy contains scarcely a shred of truth.

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    INN World Report interviews Brad Friedman, creator of BRAD BLOG
    Friedman: 'The American Center for Voting Rights is a scam from top to bottom'
    By David Edwards on 8/12/2005 6:23pm PT  

    Guest blogged by David Edwards

    Brad Friedman, creator of BRAD BLOG, appeared this week on I.N.N. World Report in a segment titled "the ACVR another GOP scam?".

    Host, Lenny Charles, interviewed Brad about his series of articles reporting on the phony voting rights group, American Center for Voting Right (ACVR). Brad explained how ACVR was created by high-level GOP operatives and then appeared only days later to testify at a Republican hearing designed to cover up election fraud at the hands of Republicans in Ohio.

    In his closing remarks, Brad focused on protecting citizen's voting rights and repairing faults in our election systems...

    We need to demand transparency in our election system. If we are going to use computerized voting, we need to have a paper ballot created with every vote cast. Period. So that we can go back and recount these votes and make sure that our elections are accurate.

    We have to stop using secret software counting votes which are run by companies who are huge supporters of the Republican party who don't release their source code. We have no idea how our votes are being counted, if they are being being counted, or if the count is accurate in any way.

    We need to stand up for democracy in America. It's incredible that America needs a pro-democracy movement now but it does. We need to make noise because the corporate mainstream media is ignoring the issue and it's incredibly damaging to our democracy.

    Watch the video report from the INN World Report main page or launch it directly from here. (or download directly if needed)

    For more information on the "non-partisan" tax-exempt ACVR scam and the snakeoil salesmen who invented it, Bush/Cheney '04 National General Counsel Mark F. "Thor" Hearne and RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke, please see BRAD BLOG's full Special Coverage of the "American Center for Voting Rights" at
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    The right attempts to spin away a Bush intelligence failure
    By Joseph Cannon on 8/12/2005 4:52pm PT  

    The Republicans have attempted to put a favorable spin on the Curt Weldon charges. Weldon claims that a DIA "data mining" operation named ABLE DANGER had identified Mohammed Atta and other 9/11 terrorists at least a year before the September 11 attacks.

    Originally, we were told that an unnamed DIA lawyer directed the team not to notify the FBI and not to pursue Atta further. We were even told that the data miners literally placed tape over Atta's picture in their organizational charts of the terror cell within the United States.

    After the initial account made the news, rightist pundits used Weldon's story as a cudgel against the Clinton administration. The revised version of the story (as gleaned from Hannity, NewsMax, and similarly "trusty" sources) maintains that the White House was the ultimate power behind the DIA's decision to keep mum about the extraordinary find. According to the egregious NewsMax, the Clinton administration caused the problem by erecting a "wall" between the FBI and the rest of the intelligence community.

    So far, the public has seen no documentary evidence proving the existence of ABLE DANGER. In my view, the Weldon account nevertheless rests on a credible foundation --- not least because it inconveniences the official version of Atta's doings.

    According to the standard version, Atta did not enter the United States until June of 2000 --- a chronology which conflicted with strong eyewitness testimony, such as the story told here of Johnelle Bryant, the loan officer for the Department of Agriculture who swore that she had encountered Atta earlier.

    The spokesman for the independent 9/11 commission, Al Felzenberg, now claims that the commission did learn about ABLE DANGER and did know that the DIA team had identified Atta, but did not include this information in the final report because the data conflicted with the Authorized Standard Version of his pre-attack whereabouts. (Previously, commission members said: 1. They knew nothing about ABLE DANGER, and 2. They did know that such an operation existed but were never told of the Atta connection.) According to Felzenberg, the DIA team had told them that Atta entered the country in 1999.

    Despite the frustrating contradictions, it now seems fairly safe to stipulate that ABLE DANGER did exist and did uncover Atta's ring. Even so, the right-wing spin on this matter amounts to pure bullshit...

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    Pro-War Rally Scheduled This Evening!!
    Lone Star Iconoclast has online coverage
    By Winter Patriot on 8/12/2005 1:54pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Here's an important message from our ever-faithful behind-the-scenes news-gatherer, radio-show-producer, and all-around great-big-help, Kat L'Estrange:

    According to Leon Smith, Editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast, a pro-war rally comprised of military members out of Dallas will take place approximately 6 PM Central time today in Crawford where Cindy Sheehan set up camp Saturday August 6 and is demanding a meeting with George W. Bush regarding the death of her son, Casey, who died in Iraq in April 2004. No further details are known at this time. The Iconoclast is receiving continuous updates from a reporter at the site, however.

    It is important to remember that military members are not allowed to protest while in uniform.

    In my brief conversation with Leon, he stated there were reporters there from all the major networks, and they've been running the story on the 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock news. Yesterday, activists and journalists were 'penned' away from the fundraising event in a "first amendment zone" and not allowed to leave until after George W. Bush left the area. As well, Cindy stood along the road as the presidential motorcade passed by holding a black cross, and report is she was able to catch a glimpse of Laura Bush inside one of the vehicles.

    For more details on Cindy Watch, please see this online coverage from The Lone Star Iconoclast.

    More to follow...

    Thanks, Kat. We'll be watching.

    Things are happening ... but we are still not sure what. We've changed the headline, which formerly said "Troops Coming To Crawford", and we're trying to find out now what happened. Did someone deliberately mislead us? [probably not] Were we informed about plans which subsequently changed? [could be] Were our sources misled? [maybe] And if so was it done intentionally? [who knows?] ... We'll get answers to zero or more of these questions along with some other good Texas dirt, and I will post the best of it, starting soon.

    You can click on this photo to read a report on the events of the day, from The Lone Star Iconoclast.

    Here's the newest from Kat, who has been on the phone with Leon Smith of The Lone Star Iconoclast.

    Here's an update from Leon Smith just minutes ago.

    At approximately 6:30 PM Central time a group of pro-Bush supporters pulled up in a chartered bus from the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex with about 50 people on board adjacent to Camp Cindy. Smith reports there may have been one active duty military member on board with other riders including Vietnam veterans, women and children. The rally was organized by radio talk show host Mike Gallagher, author of "Surrounded by Idiots --- Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America," (foreword by Sean Hannity) and lasted for about 30 minutes. The event was low key with individuals placing flags near the white crosses for those killed in Iraq that line the road for approximately one-quarter mile. According to Leon, the reporter at the scene says the group gave thanks to God in prayer for the opportunity to speak freely in America. The group reboarded the bus and headed off to another rally at a nearby base. Folks at Camp Cindy were respectful of the pro-Bush contingency during the brief visit.

    It was unclear as to whether there would be any additional rallies in support of George W. Bush or war near Camp Casey or in Crawford.

    Organizer Mike Gallagher of KRLD Dallas/Ft Worth promoted the event as a "Pro-America Bus Trip to Crawford."

    For more details on Cindy Watch, please visit this page at The Lone Star Iconoclast.

    The Waco Tribune Herald, which is probably the closest large newspaper, has a story online now: Bush supporters arrive in Crawford as anti-war protestors continue vigil. Here's a quick sample:

    CRAWFORD "More than 100 supporters of President Bush traveled to Crawford Friday to stage a counter protest as anti-war activists continued their vigil near the Western White House.

    The two sides were kept apart by a row of peace officers and McLennan County Sheriff's Office squad cars. Even with the occasional heated exchange, both demonstrations remained peaceful and there were no arrests.

    The Bush supporters were led by syndicated radio talk show host Mike Gallagher in what he called a "pro-America bus trip."

    "This is not about Cindy Sheehan," Gallagher said to reporters after leading a chorus of "God Bless America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." "We're here to support all our troops and all the men and women who died, including her son. She has the right to believe the way she believes, but we do, too, and that's why we're here."

    Yeah, right. Sure, Mike. You may be saying what you're saying because of what you believe, but you're standing where you're standing because of Cindy Sheehan.

    Ha ha! Another right-wing liar caught in the act. And you read it first right here, at The BRAD BLOG.

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