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March 13, 2006
Blogging the Cindy SheehanigansBy Mrs Greyhawk
Well the big protest in Germany with Cindy Sheehan was pretty much a bust. The 400 expected to turn out dwindled to approximately 25 - 30. And Cindy was a no-show.
She claims injuries due to Police brutality sustained during her arrest at the UN kept her from attending. However, I suspect it had more to do with restictions on flying to a foreign country while out on bail. (What kind of birds don't fly? Jailbirds!)
When the four of us. Missy Beattie, Rev. Patricia Ackerman, Medea Benjamin, and I, were arrested the other day, I was singled out for federal police brutality. The other three ladies were picked up, noth gingerly, though, and I was dragged across the pavement and treated very, very roughly—having both arms wrenched out from beneath me. I looked to my doctor as if I had been beaten. My daughter, Janey, asked if I had been resisting arrest, I told her if one considers going into a fetal position and saying, "Please don't hurt me anymore!" resisting, then I guess I was.This isn't the first time she's claimed police brutality.
But apparently Cindy didn't feel it was vital to inform those who were expecting her to lead this vigil that she would not be coming to Europe.
...Refering to your earlier mail and concerning the cancallation you were mentioning: the groups in our area (Kaiserslautern, Landstuhl, Ramstein) have not received any cancellation.
I have no official cancellation and just knew that she did not make the plane I was planning on meeting, therefore I would not be coming your way. Which is why I informed you of same (re sleeping place, etc.) I think/hope! that you have been in touch with Elsa since this mail was sent and have received more specific information, as hers is the central office on this.And:
According to the following article posted in Stars and Stripes, Cindy can't come to Europe because her doctor "forbade it". I find it extremely unfortunate that we should find this out from a newspaper article. But it looks pretty clear now.According to Elsa Rassbach of American Voices Abroad:
Because we have no first-hand information, and only contradictory information, it does not seem like a good idea to put out a press release or statement, as there is nothing definitive that we can say. I discussed this late yesterday afternoon with our contact at the European Parliament, and the MEPs leading this project there do not think it appropriate to issue a press release or statement at this time.Well regardless if it was political repression, police brutality or bail restrictions that kept Cindy from fulfilling her commitment the demonstration went on without her. As MaryAnn and I approached their camp for photos, I thought that with all the rainbow flags I was watching a gay pride event. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Congratulations, Elsa on the well done successes of of the Landstuhl event; A conference of locals, politicians, and activists from, other parts of Germany and the world who were brought together to highlight the continued occupation of Germany at Landstuhl by American troops. The occupation that makes all other occupations possible. I learnt a lot and am grateful for all the wonderful people I met.I met Steve Mraz, reporter for Stars and Stripes, and Raymond, a photographer, and they seemed like a couple of stand up guys who stay unbiased and reported exactly what occurred. Not sure what this guy's problem was with Steve's article.
In spite of the bad weather, those of us who were rallying in support of our troops and our German-American partnership enjoyed meeting each other - many for the fist time. I was able to meet MaryAnn of Soldier's Angels Germany, Dr. Stefan Prystawik, and a few college students from a local university.
Kudos to the Polizei - no doubt they had better ways to spend their weekend, but they were extremely professional and very courteous.
We've lived in Germany for several years now, and have found the people here to be wonderful. We'll always have fond memories of our time here and the friends we've made. But I never expected to be part of a rally organized by Germans to counter a protest organized by Americans!
Posted by Mrs Greyhawk / March 13, 2006 5:26 PM | Permalink
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It turns out that Cindy didn't make it to Germany. Apparently, she didn't feel the need to inform her supporters in Germany that she wasn't coming, they found out by reading the Stars and Stripes. Want a good laugh? Go visit the AVA discussion boards t... Read More
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan (2nd R) is arrested by police officers after blocking the door to the U.S. Mission offices in New York March 6, 2006. The Mudville Gazette: Blogging the Cindy Sheehanigans Well the big protest in Germany with Cindy Sheehan... Read More
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Finally getting my post up on the Cindy Flop in Germany, due to travel and one of the worst cases of flu I've had in years. As expected, Cindy did not show up, using her "brutalization" by the NYPD the week before as an excuse. Being out on bail pr... Read More
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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