Thursday, August 31, 2006
But an August 6, 1980, Washington Post column by the sometimes controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative columnist Jack Anderson, overlooked in recent reporting on Murtha, fills in some of the gaps. Anderson framed Murtha's performance as "perhaps the saddest scene on the secret Abscam videotapes.... He refused to take the money, but his reason was hardly noble."
The column continues, quoting Murtha speaking to the undercover agents:
"I want to deal with you guys awhile before I make any transactions at all, period.... After we've done some business, well, then I might change my mind...."
... "I'm going to tell you this. If anybody can do it - I'm not B.S.-ing you fellows - I can get it done my way." he boasted. "There's no question about it."...
But the reluctant Murtha wouldn't touch the $50,000. Here on secret videotape was this all-American hero, tall and dignified in a disheveled way, explaining why he wasn't quite ready to accept the cash.
"All at once," he said, "some dumb [expletive deleted] would go start talking eight years from now about this whole thing and say [expletive deleted], this happened. Then in order to get immunity so he doesn't go to jail, he starts talking and fingering people. So the [S.O.B.] falls apart."...
"You give us the banks where you want the money deposited," offered one of the bagmen.
"All right," agreed Murtha. "How much money we talking about?"
"Well, you tell me."
"Well, let me find out what is a reasonable figure that will get their attention," said Murtha, "because there are a couple of banks that have really done me some favors in the past, and I'd like to put some money in....["]
In the following exchange with an undercover agent, part of which appears on the 13 seconds of available videotape, Murtha leaves the door open for later negotiations:
Amoroso: Let me ask you now that we're together. I was under the impression, OK, and I told Howard [middleman Howard Criden] what we were willing to pay, and I went out, I got the $50,000. OK? So what you're telling me, OK, you're telling me that that's not what you know....
Murtha: I'm not interested.
Murtha: At this point, you know, we do business together for a while. Maybe I'll be interested and maybe I won't.... Right now, I'm not interested in those other things. Now, I won't say that some day, you know, I, if you made an offer, it may be I would change my mind some day.
It is damning stuff. But the mainstream media have yet to question Murtha aggressively about even the short snippet of available tape, much less the full reel.
Hat tip to FreeRepublic.com and GrassrootsPA
(Diana Irey's website has been hacked but should be up and running shortly.)
(MONONGAHELA, August 31) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- reacting to Jack Murtha's statement yesterday regarding "moral and intellectual confusion" in Iraq -- today released the following statement:
"Yesterday, responding to remarks by the Secretary of Defense, Jack Murtha said, 'If there is a moral and intellectual confusion about this war, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is the one that is confused.'
"This, from a man who proved his own moral confusion when he declared that U.S. Marines at Haditha had 'killed innocent civilians in cold blood' -- before a single Marine had been charged, before a single court martial had been convened, before a single soldier had been convicted.
"This, from a man who proved his own intellectual confusion when he said we could redeploy U.S. forces in Iraq 'over the horizon' -- to OKINAWA.
"This, from a man who proved his own intellectual confusion when he said 'We can't win this militarily' -- implying, necessarily, that we can only win in Iraq by negotiating, and raising, therefore, the obvious question: with whom, exactly, shall we negotiate?
"This, from a man who proved his own intellectual confusion when he said the Army is 'worn out and broken' -- even though the Army is meeting its recruiting goals.
"This, from a man who proved his own intellectual AND moral confusion when he said he wanted Israel immediately to lay down its arms and stop defending itself against attacks by Hezbollah -- a terrorist organization responsible for the murders of more Americans than any terrorist organization other than al Qaeda.
"For the record: it is MORAL to live up to one's commitments; it is IMMORAL to abandon them just because living up to them proves more difficult than originally envisioned.
"It is MORAL to strive to help others live in freedom; it is IMMORAL to turn your back on those in need.
"It is MORAL to recognize a difference between those who use force to defend themselves, and those who use force for conquest; it is IMMORAL not to recognize that difference.
"It is MORAL to recognize that when our side kills an innocent civilian, it is an accident and a tragedy, but when terrorists in Iraq or Lebanon kill an innocent civilian, it is a mission accomplished; it is IMMORAL not to recognize that difference.
"Perhaps the next time Jack Murtha wishes to comment on 'moral and intellectual confusion,' he could save everyone some time and trouble … and just look in a mirror."
By Russ Vaughn
A bugle blows in Arlington,
Lilting notes fill still sad air,
An eagle’s tears a globe fall on,
Trail an anchor with despair,
For a man we’d wish had not to die,
Brave youth among the best,
A Marine, he lived for Semper Fi,
And with Semper Fi he’ll rest.
So sadly is the contrast,
Between those who talk and fight;
Fat Pols for whom their war’s past,
But now can’t see the light,
Accusing brave young fighting men,
Of crimes they can’t defend,
Disgraceful fat old congressmen,
Who’ve lost the will to win.
Yes there we see the difference,
Between those who fight to win,
And a congressman with no sense,
Who’s committed grievous sin;
He’s turned against his Corps,
And no one knows quite why,
Except he loves himself much more:
Classic case of Semper I.
Semper Fi to all Marines everywhere,
from an old paratrooper who holds
Congressman John Murtha in as much contempt
as you do.
327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News
Condoleezza Rice 08-30-06, DeseretNews.com, Salt Lake City, Utah:
She said she speaks all over the country "and I haven't chosen those places that the policies may be more popular than others, because we're one country. I'll go anywhere that people would want to hear and talk about what we're doing."
Rice warned the convention audience that "the security of our citizens is inextricably linked to the success of freedom and moderation and, yes, democracy in the Middle East." She said because America has gone on the offense, it "is safer, but we are not yet safe."
If Americans remain committed to the cause of establishing democracy in the Middle East, some day people will wonder why there was ever any doubt about the war, Rice said. "Then they will look back and they will say, 'Thank God America stayed the course."'
Rice said as terrorists continue to plot new attacks such as the one recently foiled in London, "we know that now and for many years to come, America and our allies will be engaged in a long war, a war that we can and must win."
Her comments seemed to resonate with the veterans and their spouses who had come from around the country to attend the convention. They burst into applause several times during her speech and gave Rice two standing ovations.
by Julie of Degree of Madness
Follow-up on last week's Blogburst about the outside collection agencies the IRS is employing to collect delinquent taxes.
On August 23, this was the headline: IRS Warns Against Phony Debt Collectors.
The IRS warned taxpayers Wednesday not to be duped by scammers posing as private debt collectors the agency has hired to chase unpaid tax debts.
The program isn't even in place yet and concerns are already being raised, and not just by this Blogburst writer.
The Internal Revenue Service designed the debt collection program to minimize that risk "because we know what it's like out there with regard to identity theft nowadays," said Brady Bennett, IRS Director of Collections.
The IRS designed the program to minimize the risk. Well that's comforting. The IRS is looking out for you.
And this article addresses something I wasn't sure about and that is whether the private collection agencies would have access to social security numbers. They will.
The IRS plans to give the collection agencies basic identifying and account information about the chosen taxpayers, including their names, addresses and Social Security numbers. The agencies do not have access to tax returns.
Also from the article:
Identity thieves have posed as IRS agents in "phishing" schemes that use the tax agency's logo to lure victims. The e-mail schemes are designed to dupe taxpayers into revealing personal financial information.
The IRS does not communicate with taxpayers through e-mail, and it will not e-mail taxpayers about debts turned over to private collectors. The IRS also does not ask taxpayers for any passwords or PIN numbers that would allow the agency to access bank or credit card accounts.
Bennett also cautioned taxpayers chosen for the debt collection effort to make any check or money order payable to the U.S. Treasury, not a private company, and to send the money to the IRS. The collection agencies have been told to provide addresses to the taxpayers they contact.
This is all well and good but the IRS cautioning taxpayers via articles such as this probably won't be very widely read. Is the IRS planning to contact taxpayers directly to advise them of this program? I've not received anything from them. And from the first line of the article, "The IRS warned taxpayers", how did they warn them? By telling the AP?
I read some of the comments last week on blogs that posted the Blogburst. One commenter responded to the statement I made about our tax information being private by suggesting that since the government knows our tax information it is not private. Good point, but that doesn't mean I want them passing it out to employees of private companies. And if we had the Fair Tax the government would know much less about our private financial information. KnightHawk at PoliPundit had some really good responses to some of the questions raised. There were some good questions raised and worth a look.
Now on to this week's blogburst.
Our representatives in Congress are finally getting the message that Americans are "fed up" with the current tax code. The question is, how do we fix it?
I contacted my (Alabama) Senators and Representative in Washington to let them know of my support for the Fair Tax. Three letters, three different responses. Congressman Spencer Bachus (6th district) is a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax Act of 2005, H.R. 25. Good news. Senator Jeff Sessions has not endorsed any specific proposal for reform, but does agree something has to be done about the tax code. From his letter: "Most taxpayers that I talk to are not only fed up with the complexity of the tax code, but the enormous tax burden that has been placed on them." Senator Richard Shelby supports "a flat tax, as opposed to a national sales tax". I wanted to address Senator Shelby's position because I believe his concerns about the Fair Tax are probably shared by many on Capitol Hill.
From his letter:
I support a flat tax, as opposed to a national sales tax, because I believe that the flat tax encourages savings in a more effective manner without leaving the federal budget vulnerable to fluctuations in our economy. Under a flat tax, government revenues would not fluctuate as severely because of changes in the economy as they would with a national sales tax. This is the same problem that many state budgets are facing today because they depend too much on sales taxes.
I'm not really sure about the "encourages savings in a more effective manner", but his concern about the fluctuations in the economy is interesting. In other words, if our economy slows down the government should not have to slow down. Changes, I'm assuming he means negative changes, in the economy would surely affect the taxpayer but he would get no relief from Uncle Sam. While the taxpayer's personal economy fluctuates (downward), the government keeps right on spending. To me, this would be a good argument for the Fair Tax. If the American taxpayer had to cut back and budget better, why not the federal government? But according to a study by American Farm Bureau, #9 in the Fair Tax FAQ, consumption is a more reliable source of revenue anyway.
Is consumption a reliable source of revenue? Yes, in fact, consumption is a more stable source of revenue than income. A recent study by American Farm Bureau economist Ross Korves shows the FairTax base is less variable than the income tax base. Why? Because during difficult times due to loss of a job or an inability to work, people may not have as much income, or may have no income at all. They borrow funds or use savings. They may not have earnings, but they still continue to consume.
Another argument from Senator Shelby:
Additionally, a flat tax better protects poor and low-income Americans because they are not forced to overpay taxes through their daily purchases, and then wait until the end of the month for a rebate check, as many national sales tax plans have proposed. These Americans need this money immediately to pay their bills and meet their needs. Under my proposal, the "Tax Simplification Act," low-income Americans would not have to pay for these distortions in the first place because of a personal deduction that would apply to all Americans.
The Fair Tax proposes a "prebate", paid at the beginning of the month. And low-income Americans would have the same advantage as everyone else, no deductions from their paychecks for federal withholding or social security and Medicare. This is important. Even if the low-income American has no federal tax withheld, the social security and Medicare taxes will still be deducted under the Flat Tax. Currently it is 7.65% and everyone pays the same regardless of income bracket.
Please follow this link for Senator Shelby's proposal for a flat tax. It certainly would be better than the current system, but it doesn't get rid of the IRS, it does not eliminate the corporate tax which is a huge plus for the Fair Tax, and it doesn't get rid of the social security and Medicare tax. The Fair Tax does.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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Monday, August 28, 2006
United States Post Office
Video posted here of an anti-illegal immigration rally that was counter-protested by what only can be described as a mob. The mob raised the Mexican flag and police were unable to take it down. The mob also chased an elderly man into a store where he had to be rescued by police. Pictures (you'll have to watch the video for the worst of their signage) posted by the perps here and their story here.
Read it and weep.
Off topic but in case you are wondering how a normal person like myself "discovers" these totally off the charts, red diaper doper baby websites like Independent Media. The answer is simple. The Virginia Democrat website. They have a link to a site called Punk Voter which links to all kinds of nasty stuff insulting our troops and most Americans. Check it out but don't do it with the kids in the room.
Way to go Dems. Way to go Webb. Way to go Kaine. Way to go Warner. Way to go Scott. Way to go Weed. Way to go Kellam. Way to go Moran. Way to go. And how I wish you would.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I don't know how I would have managed driving to the various events Friday night. Chris from Spank That Donkey was very kind to let me ride with him. He also gave me a little blue donkey lighter so that I, too, can have an Editorial Board for my blog.
Delegate Tim Hugo gets a standing "O" for hanging in there. We were an eclectic crew and he took it all in stride with humor and good will. I really appreciate the fact that he spent so much time with us and thank his family for sharing him this weekend.
What a pleasure to meet the ladies Kat, Red Queen, Eileen, Badrose
and Republitarian's Wife from the blogosphere. I also enjoyed conversations with a Martinsville lawyer (having a senior moment here) Eric Monday (thanks Kat) who was on the libel panel and Jim P.
Got to shake hands with Will Vehrs, Norm Leahy, Steve Sisson and Jerry Fuhrman. I also enjoyed meeting Virginia Centrist who has a good sense of humor for a democratic.
And Kilo! I luv ya man! But I'm holding your Crown Royal responsible for me missing AG Bob McDonnell's Saturday morning address.
A few more AAR's:
Black Velvet Bruce Li
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Stand The Storm!
P.S. Pray that America stands firm behind our Troops and their families. Show your support with a bumpersticker or yellow ribbon magnet. Little things go a long way to boost spirits. When my son was in the SandBox seeing a flag on a car or "Support Our Troops" was like a gift of prayer from a stranger and it made the load a little lighter.
From: Amy Galvez To: email@example.com
Subject: Mayor Anderson and Cindy Sheehan
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 14:00:02 -0700 (PDT)
Once again, it is time for the voices of military families to be heard. As the time approaches for Mayor Rocky Anderson, joined by Cindy Sheehan, to raise their voices and denounce the job my son and other servicemen are doing, I cannot remain silent.
I understand that many people do not support the war in Iraq, the global war on terror. Many would rather wait until something happens here at home and deal with it then. That is fine to have that opinion.
What is not fine, is an elected official speaking to the world and condemning the job our service men and women are doing. But, it hits closer to home than that. My son, who is a resident of Salt Lake City, is now in Iraq. He was sent there by the United States to do a job.
The Mayor of Salt Lake City will grab headlines by speaking out against the job my son, a resident of his city, is doing. I know that Mayor Anderson says he supports the troops but not the war.
You cannot say you support the troops and tell the world that what they are doing is wrong. Mayor Anderson's words will play worldwide. This will be seen on Aljazeera TV and throughout the communities where America is hated.
I believe that the words of Mayor Anderson, as well as other elected officials who speak out against our military and their mission, in essence, give support and momentum to the enemy.
This, in turn, puts the lives or our sons, fighting on our behalf, in greater jeopardy. I heard it appropriately put by Tammy Bruce, who said "when you make the world mad at the Marines, it is easier to kill them."
My belief is that American lives have been lost in this war because the enemy has been emboldened by our own words, actions and lack of support for our own mission.
America will always be hated by many throughout the world. That won't change.
Regardless of your politics, supporting our military, who is mostly made up of very young American volunteers, should be our foremost concern. Mayor Anderson should go before the cameras and say thank you to every American troop, especially those from Salt Lake, for their heroic duty instead of undermining their efforts.
Proud American and Very Proud Marine Mom
As Mrs. Galvez finished this email she heard a car door slam. Two Marines were coming up the walk.
Tony and Amy Galvez
But Tony Galvez also believed, as his wife did, that the insurgents his son was fighting were growing more dangerous. And he, too, believes that those who question the justness of the war have gone too far.
"You can't support the troops but be against the war," he said.
"It just doesn't work."
~Salt Lake Tribune
Taking Back North Dakota has some commonsense suggestions for present and future disposition of the funds. It's a very good read. (What is it with the term "Rainy Day Fund" that irritates me so? It makes me think of kindergarten but I never went to kindergarten so it can't be that.)
And what, you ask, led to this boom in economic fortune for North Dakota?
OIL! That's right. OIL!
Off-shore drilling anyone?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
by Julie of Degree of Madness
If you owe back taxes to the federal government, the next call asking you to pay may come not from an Internal Revenue Service officer, but from a private debt collector.
Within two weeks, the I.R.S. will turn over data on 12,500 taxpayers — each of whom owes $25,000 or less in back taxes — to three collection agencies. Larger debtors will continue to be pursued by I.R.S. officers. (link)
So now, private firms will have access to our tax information, or at minimum how much you (may or may not) owe to Uncle Sam. Our tax information is private. Or it was up until now.
Within two weeks, the I.R.S. will turn over data on 12,500 taxpayers — each of whom owes $25,000 or less in back taxes — to three collection agencies. Larger debtors will continue to be pursued by I.R.S. officers. (my emphasis).
And the IRS isn't too particular about the business ethics of the firms they select to receive our tax data:
One of the three companies selected by the I.R.S. is a law firm in Austin, Tex., where a former partner, Juan Peña, admitted in 2002 that he paid bribes to win a collection contract from the city of San Antonio. He went to jail for the crime.
Last month the same law firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, was again in the news. One of its competitors, Municipal Services Bureau, also of Austin, sued Brownsville, Tex., charging that the city improperly gave the Linebarger firm a collections contract that it suggested was influenced by campaign contributions to two city commissioners.
And how will these debt collectors be paid? They will receive 25% of what they collect. Whether or not the tax bill is accurate or actually owed at all (the IRS is in a league of its own when it comes to mistakes, errors and general incompetence), will not be the concern of these collectors.
And the privacy issue is not insignificant. It's not clear whether these firms will be given the taxpayer social security number, but:
Private collectors will have authority to set up installment payment agreements, and gather financial information about those targeted, presumably to assess their ability to pay or to locate assets that might be
Private collectors will have the authority to gather our personal financial information. Authority handed over to them by the federal government. Most everyone is aware of the aggressive, heavy-handed methods of collections agencies. I guess a partnership with the IRS just makes sense. A marriage made in heaven, so to speak.
The federal government already has too much access to our private financial information. And the ability of the IRS to audit at will, with no constraints or accountability is something we should not tolerate. And should not be forced to tolerate. And now private firms can get in on the action. And profit from it. At our expense.
There are so many good reasons to support the Fair Tax. Preventing the IRS from giving our private financial information to outside firms is just one more.
With the Fair Tax, the IRS will be abolished. No other tax plan under consideration abolishes the IRS. This is important. The IRS operates under the "guilty until proven innocent" theory. And however unjust that may be, that's the way it is. It will never change. The IRS has power that most politicians only dream about. And IRS abuses are legend. And most of the abuses never make the headlines. They are relatively small in nature but very significant to those involved.
The convoluted tax code is an outrage. The enforcer is an even greater outrage. Leave your Constitutional rights at the door when the IRS shows up, 'cause you no longer have any. The IRS has virtually free will to demand access to every single detail of your financial life. With no probable cause.
Some things just can't be reformed. Our tax code is one of them. The IRS is another. With the Fair Tax, we will all pay our fair share, but we won't have to give up our privacy, or our sanity, to do it.
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Monday, August 21, 2006
Be there or be square!
Hillary Clinton? You asked HILLARY CLINTON?
Are ye daft, man?
The former James H. Webb on Bill Clinton:
"It is a pleasurable experience to watch Bill Clinton finally being judged, even by his own party, for the ethical fraudulence that has characterized his entire political career."
"These acts resonate when one evaluates Bill Clinton's incessantly arrogant presidency, from the endless string of conscious and serious abuses of power to the "conversion" of White House furniture and china on his way out the door. For what we are seeing are the echoes of a pervasive elitism, from people who were taught when young that the laws that applied to their countrymen did not necessarily apply to them."
"Rednecks might hang a velvet picture of Elvis on their living room wall, but precious few would tolerate any sort of conduct that might demean the greatness of their country, much less take part in it. Check the casualty lists in any war. See who stands tall and salutes when the flag passes by. Note who wasn't sleeping in Lincoln's bedroom when Bill Clinton occupied the White House."
"Few, if any, of the old anti-war luminaries, Stanley Karnow, Neil Sheehan, David Halberstam, George McGovern, Peter Arnett, 'Tom Harkin, Bill or Hillary Clinton-the list could fill the page-could find it in themselves to conjure up an apology, or admit they were wrong in judging a communist apparatus that brought Southeast Asia's strongest and most pro-Western culture back into the dark ages, only to haltingly emerge fifteen years later reeking of torture, prison camps, Stalinism and corruption."
"For reasons that escape historical justification, even after America’s military withdrawal the Left continued to try to bring down the incipient South Vietnamese democracy. Future White House aide Harold Ickes and others at "Project Pursestrings"—assisted at one point by an ambitious young Bill Clinton—worked to cut off all congressional funding intended to help the South Vietnamese defend themselves."
And this one. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Sunday, August 20th at 8:00pm is the cutoff for registration at the Blogs United for Free Speech Conference in Martinsville on August 25-26.
The food will be scrumptious, the speakers awesome and the company will be stimulating!
Back away from that key board and head to Martinsville next Friday.
Alton's got the light on.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Video by the fabulous Mike Shields at ShieldsNet.Org
Hair by Breck
Friday, August 18, 2006
(Internet Explorer required to view video)
Here is the video of his nice, polite interview of Rep. John Murtha (D) 12-PA.
Here is the video of his attack on and interview of Diana Irey (R) candidate 12-PA.
The press release Matthews had the hissy fit about can be read here.
Online contributions to Diana Irey can be made here.
It is on the Opinion page, written without a byline (a blessing for the author I'm sure) and yet purports to "ferret" out what really went down between the Republicans and Democrats at the County Fair. What makes it so hard to write about is all the pertinent information that was left out and the inclusion of Cindy Sheehan for cryin' out loud.
Please read the entire editorial for yourselves. Meanwhile I would like to point out that in the process of "ferreting", The Virginia News editor did not contact or interview Mrs. Rhonda Winfield or Mr. Steve Kijak. I have personally spoken with and taped an interview with Mrs. Winfield and it is at variance with what the TNV editor reports.
TNV Editor:(f mcdonald: Tichenor remembers this part it seems. I guess you would be rebuffed when you insult dead Marines)
Ferreting out a local political feud
Here’s what we have determined happened: Democratic volunteer Bob Tichenor, of Waynesboro, was passing out literature Thursday night on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb.
He wandered over to the Republican booth and was quickly rebuffed by GOP activists touting incumbent Sen. George Allen.
Tichenor says he left immediately, but Republicans say he disrespected the mother of fallen Marine Jason Redifer, a Stuarts Draft native who was killed in Iraq.(f mcdonald: According to Mrs. Winfield, Mr. Tichenor insulted her son."Jim Webb is more of a patriot than this man was." (tapping finger on picture of LCpl. Redifer's flag draped coffin) and "Jim Webb is more of a man than this man ever was." (once again tapping finger on picture of LCpl. Redifer's flag draped coffin))
Redifer’s mother, Rhonda Winfield, was at the Republican booth signing copies of her new book, which is about her son. Tichenor allegedly pointed to the book cover and said “that man” [Redifer] wasn’t the hero that Webb was. Webb was Navy secretary under President Reagan and crossed party lines to run against Allen.(f mcdonald: That's LCpl. Jason Redifer, USMC to you, sir)
Republican activists who were there, notably Steve Kijak, of Stuarts Draft, were incensed and walked over the Democratic fair booth and berated several women volunteers there. A sheriff’s deputy was called over to break up the verbal barrage.(f mcdonald: No mention here that Mrs. Winfield, mother of the fallen Marine, walked over to the Democrat booth to tell them one of their workers was out of line)
(f mcdonald: OK, now we get to the unhinged part)
If Tichenor said what he is alleged to have said, then it was very wrong. However, Republicans have no compunction about attacking another mother who also lost her son in Iraq.(f mcdonald: I would say Mrs. Winfield is a normal, all-American Mom based on my interview with her. Mr. Editor did not interview her but labels her "far right". I believe Cindy Sheehan did not attend the Augusta Co. Fair and has no dog in this fight. BTW If Mother Teresa misbehaves she is open for criticism.)
The difference is Cindy Sheehan has joined the antiwar movement. That should not make her a target of neoconservative wrath.
A mother is a mother, whether she’s a Democrat or Republican. Winfield is as far right as Sheehan is left. Both should be off limits to criticism.