Crackpot #1, Larry Northern
(Reuters) A pickup truck ran over wooden crosses erected at anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan’s campsite on Monday night, in the latest sign of tension over the peace vigil outside vacationing President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch.
Larry Northern, 46, of nearby Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the incident, Crawford Police Chief Donnie Tidmore said.
Sheehan has pitched a tent on Prairie Chapel Road, which leads to Bush’s ranch, and calls her site “Camp Casey,” after her 24-year-old son, who was killed in combat in Iraq in April 2004.
The small, white wooden crosses erected at the site are hand-painted with the names of soldiers killed in Iraq.
Sheehan, of Vacaville, California, has demanded a meeting with Bush at which she said she wants to call for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.
While Bush has expressed sympathy for Sheehan’s grief, the White House has declined a meeting. Sheehan previously met with Bush in 2004 but wants another meeting.
Michelle Mulkey, a spokeswoman for Sheehan, said protesters were still awake on Monday night when a truck dragging a pipe and chains drove over a portion of the area where the crosses were standing.
Crackpot #2, Larry Mattlage
(CNN) — Anti-war protesters outside President Bush’s ranch here were startled Sunday by gunshots fired by a Texas rancher frustrated by the group’s presence.
“Well, I’m getting ready for dove season,” Larry Mattlage, 62, told reporters of the shots fired around 10 a.m. (noon EDT). Asked if there was an underlying message to the shots, which he fired harmlessly into the air, Mattlage told a reporter, “Figure it out for yourself.”
Crackpot #3, Songman Calahan
(Via Catch)A man calling himself Songman Calahan, left, sings a song taunting Cindy Sheehan as Eve Tidwell, right, looks on from across the street of Sheehan’s camp on the side of the road leading to President Bush’s ranch near Crawford, Texas, Monday, Aug. 15, 2005.
Crackpot #4, Rush Limbaugh
(Media Matters) Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh equated the actions of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, with those of Bill Burkett, the retired Texas Air National Guard officer who provided CBS’ 60 Minutes with unauthenticated documents regarding President Bush’s National Guard record. Sheehan is currently staging an anti-war protest outside Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Limbaugh said that Sheehan’s “story is nothing more than forged documents.”
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