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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Isn't Her 15 Minutes Up Yet?

Mother Sheehan is in the news today... again. I wish the media would just ignore her, but we know that will never happen. She's their latest Darling. Oh, joy...

First, we have her meeting with John McCain (RINO, AZ) (WHY oh WHY do these people agree to meet with her???). I'm not sure what either of them was hoping would come out of this meeting of the (tiny) minds, but they parted agreeing to disagree... or something like that.

Mother Sheehan was disappointed that her meeting with the "warmonger" didn't go better.
"He is a warmonger, and I'm not," Sheehan said after meeting with McCain. "I believe this war is not keeping America safer."
And, Cindy, you're entitled to your opinion, no matter how incredibly wrong you may be.

On the other hand, Senator Warmonger McCain wasn't thrilled with being lied to misled about who was in her little entourage.
McCain, R-Ariz., also seemed disappointed in the meeting, which he said had been misrepresented as including some of his constituents. Only one person in her small delegation has ties to the state, and that person no longer lives there.
Oh, yeah, Cindy... that's how you get people on your side... no, really... keep it up... and don't forget to stretch the truth about what you're told behind closed doors while you're at it.
Sheehan and McCain had met once before, shortly after the funeral of her son. Sheehan said Tuesday that McCain told her then that her son's death was "like his buddies in Vietnam" and that he feared their deaths were "for nothing." McCain, however, denied he made such a statement.
Way to make friends! First you threaten Hillary, and now this? Wow.

And... if that wasn't enough... Mother Sheehan has signed on with Speaking Matters LLC (a speakers bureau). That in itself is not a bad thing- I mean, I'm sure the first 14:59 minutes of her fame haven't been overly profitable for her (except the fact that her tour and campouts have been funded by... who?) It's... well... how do I put this? You know how some people are saying that she's been using her son's death for her own personal gain? Well... how far from the truth is it?
She said her contract with Speaking Matters, which has not yet disclosed how much a Sheehan appearance will cost, will help her "finally make some money ...'cause Casey's insurance money's going to run out pretty soon."
Yeah, yeah... I know... his life insurance money had to go somewhere, right? Why not to this righteous cause which she is SURE he'd support, right?

As always, the moonbats are having trouble with this whole "making money" thing... it's not something many of them are familiar with, evidently.
One student who supports Sheehan's activism said she thinks "it's admirable that she's not making any money, it shows that her incentives are true."

The student, who identified herself only as Andrea, said "what she's doing to bring attention to this cause, the fact that she's actually doing it, overrides any of my very drastic disagreements with it [Sheehan getting paid]."
Wow. "Drastic disagreements" with making money... earning a living. Oh, yeah... Andrea's a student... money grows in trust funds. (Sorry... hate to burst your bubble, but a lot of those "enlightened" students protesting this, that, or the other are trust fund kiddies rebelling against Mummy and Father. Either that, or their the poor kids sponging off of the trust fund kiddies because they can.)

Then there's this person who has some misguided ideas about... well... about a lot.
Andrea's friend, Megan Hanford, said it makes sense that Sheehan would start charging for appearances. "She can't work while she's traveling the country," Hanford said, "and she's lost any income that her son might have brought her."
Uh... any income her son might have brought her? You mean the son who enlisted and re-enlisted against his mother's wishes? You mean the son she threatened because of his enlistment? (My bad... she threatened to run him over with the car to keep him out of combat... my bad... and yes, I'm working on finding the link.- B) Why in the world would she expect one thin dime from him? (Yes, we are supposed to honor our parents and take care of them in their old age... she ain't old... and she has had other family to take care of her. ) To say that she needs to be paid because of the "income" she lost due to her son's death is... insane. Simply insane.

And, of course, we can't forget her "sacrifice", now, can we?
University of Maryland English professor Marilee Lindemann said she fully supports Sheehan making money from her speaking engagements. "She's given extraordinarily of herself, of her time," she said, "and I will point out that she sacrificed her child in service to this country."
This person is supposed to be an English professor? G-d save us from academicians! Let's go to the dictionary, shall we?
sacrifice (v) To forfeit (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
No, she didn't sacrifice her child in service to this country. She didn't consider what he did to be of greater value than her personal whims. She fought his service to this country. She proclaimed that this country isn't worth fighting for. She called the people who killed her son "freedom fighters." Yes, she has suffered a loss, but she had nothing to do with it. Her son made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. She sacrificed nothing, except perhaps the precious time she could have spent with him if she had chosen to support him instead of condemn his choices.

No, I don't begrudge her making money for speaking to groups. If people want to pay to listen to her ramble, more power to her. (I question their sanity, but... ) I don't like that she's gone through her son's insurance money to fight something he stood for, or that she continues to trample on his name and the names of all of the others who have died protecting our country.

*** To follow up on Cindy's "threat". Here's the quote from this transcript of the interview:
I begged Casey not to go. I told him I would take him to Canada. I told him I would run over him with a car, anything to get him not to go to that immoral war. And he said, “Mom, I wish I didn't have to, but I have to go.”
So, it wasn't really a threat so much as an offer to help him commit a court martialing offense.

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