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Cindy Sheehan Arrested at SOTU

by Pamela Leavey

Breaking news… Cindy Sheehan has been arrested at the SOTU… more soon…

Cindy Sheehan, the vocal anti-war activist whose son was killed in the Iraq war, was arrested Tuesday night on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, shortly before President Bush was to deliver his State of the Union address, U.S. Capitol Police said.

A senior House official said Sheehan was seated in the House chamber when she unfolded an anti-war banner and was apprehended. This official said she was taken for questioning for about an hour in a separate area of the House.

“She was arrested within the Capitol complex,” a Capitol Hill officer told CNN.

Sheehan was to be a guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat at the SOTU.

UPDATE: More here from the WaPo…

Sheehan, who was apparently given a gallery ticket by a member of Congress, began demonstrating about 45 minutes to an hour before the State of the Union speech.

She opened her jacket to reveal a T-shirt that, according to a supporter, gave the number of U.S. war dead and asked, “How many more?”

She was also boisterous, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, and after she ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she was escorted out and arrested. Demonstrating in the House gallery is prohibited.

And MSNBC reports:

The T-shirt bore the words “2,245 Dead — How Many More??” in reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, protesters told NBC News.

68 Responses to “Cindy Sheehan Arrested at SOTU”

  1. Uh oh. Nut job gets arrested again? Poor thing.

  2. Oh oh nut job stopping by say hello. Thanks for dropping by Greg… go watch your dictator.

  3. Greg, nice to see you stop by reality. Too bad you have to leave so soon!!

  4. OK let me get this right, all the members of the GOP are not in jail, but Cindy is? Well somehow, I don’t get the reality of this. I was under the impression that CRIMINALS went to jail!! I now have to laugh, bucause I don’t really know what else to do. Would someone please tell me if I have transported to a new dimension.

  5. Donnie,

    Welcome to Bush World.

  6. Ron

    Is Bush World part of Disney World? Isn’t that where that “it’s a hard job” attraction is?

  7. Bush World is NOT part of Disney World.

  8. Ha ha ha! Thank goodness, it would scare the children!

  9. The BS is deep tonight… looking for my hip boots.

  10. There is a Bush anamatronic speaking at Hall of Presidents. The anamatronic is much smarter than the real one.

  11. They just showed JK on screen on ABC. He looked either bored or disgusted.

  12. Patriot Act… terra.. keep the terra away… NSA spying… terra


    Anything “tronic” has to be smarter than Bush!

  13. He’s now admitting to breaking the law (alhtough denying it is illegal).

  14. Ron

    Both I imagine… he’d probably have a bterr time here blogging.

  15. All in the name of terra… isolation… freedom is on the march… terra… bi-whatisan?

  16. I have an idea, how about giving a dollar to the recovery along the gulf coast, for each lie the members of the GOP tell. A thousand for each the Executive branch tells.

  17. No Pamela, that’s TARA. He heard Hillary say the House is run like a plantation so he thinks he’s at Tara.

  18. “easier to feed the peoples fears”… Bush knows how to do that.

  19. Hillary looked bored too – that enthusiastic clap she was struggling to do.

  20. Donnie

    Can’t afford to give – I did not get my tax cuts!

  21. Ron

    Don’t they tax the workers down on the Bush plantation?

  22. I don’t think slaves have to pay taxes. No income, no taxes.

  23. I think Hillary looks smug. She’s thinking, Bill did this so much better, and I’ll do it better than either. (Sure, she overestimates her chances at winning the nomination).

  24. Maybe in Bush World they tax them…

    Social Security, entitlements – TAKE FROM THE POOR! Loud cheers! Ugh!

  25. “The rising cost of entitlements is a problem that’s not going away.”

    Therefore the answer according to Bush is to cut taxes more for the wealthy.

  26. whatisan politics?

    I saw that Hill smug shot. LOL!

  27. We’re meeting what friggin responsibility?

  28. Feel better now Ron! Bush is going to strengthen Dr/patient relationships. What a guy!

  29. Oh well, I can just take it out on the FEMA fools that come around. Nice to remind them that they work for a worthless and unable group. Cocky when you meet them, but let them know about what really happened here, and they tend to get real quiet. They show up and talk like they are the real deal. HAHA, I turn them around and make them go get the right paperwork and ID’s. That is one thing I do have fun with.

  30. OB GYN love…

  31. He’s talking about his addictions now – oil, pollution…

  32. Some of this sound familiar to anyone?

  33. Why hello Dave, Rant away if your get the notion 😉 Miss you buddy!!

  34. Just for the record, I started out watching this drinking a latte in a Kerry Edwards mug.

    Now I think I need something stronger to drink. Where is that old Appletini thread?

  35. Appletini sound good… drown out the spin.

  36. So he’s going to increase funding for the study of ID perhaps?

  37. Cheney is REALLY scary in HD.

    You know those flag pins they are wearing? In HD you can see that they have little swasticas instead of stars.

  38. ROFLMAO! Too funny Ron.

  39. Dave,

    Reminds me of, I believe last year, when Bush both said he was going to cut funds for programs which don’t work, and also increased funding for abstinence based education (which results in increased teen pregnancy where used).

  40. Dave from Princeton

    ID for all — that’s education!

  41. There you Ron… teenage mothers are falling!

  42. Banning human-animal hybrids??? That’s a major fear of most people.

  43. Banning human-animal hybrids??? That’s strange coming from a guy who is half man, half chimp.

  44. I know this might not be the time to mention this, what with the recent remarks, but I do have to tell you guys that I am waiting on conf. on if I’m gonna be a father. 😉 How’s that for a kicker.

  45. Ron! Ha ha ha! Nothing like liveblogging the SOTU with you!

  46. JK just stuck his tongue out at Bush.

  47. Well Ron, At least he didn’t do what many others would have done.

  48. Back to NBC. There’s saying how Bush can’t get anything through.

  49. Shaking the hands… JK, Obama…

  50. Hey Donnie! How’s it going bud!

    Hey, sounded like you got a new job not too long ago from something you posted a week or two ago, I think? If so, congratulations! Was it a promotion with your current company or did you move to a new place?

    BTW, I’ve been meaning to ask you. When you were fairly new here, you had an apt at the VA to get your knee evaluated but had to cancel because your knee was so bad you couldn’t get there(if memory serves me…) Did you ever get it evaluated and if so, did you get good news, I hope?

    As for ranting tonight I’m trying to keep the aggravation/disgust level down or I could easily lose it. SOTU with Bush are such 100% BS it is stupid to even have them anymore.

    You’ve have to be absolutely clueless at this point to not understand that anything he says in his SOTU means absolutely nothing now. And that any program he praises or “good sounding” thing he mentions he will either not do or more likely cut current funding of. Meaning the only people who will hear his SOTU and believe anything he says are either a Bush supporters or MSM talking heads and pundits(don’t get much dumber then MSM pundits/political “experts”)

    Oops, a little rant snuck out…

    BTW, I can only catch about 20% of what Bush says in his speeches, even if I’m trying to listen to them. They are always so much BS and empty, they are totally meaningless. I can’t really pay attention to most of it.(Too hard to listen to all the useless blather. All of it just sounds like blah, blah, blah after about 2 sentences…) Sort of like reading one of my comments 😉

  51. Donnie McDaniel Says:
    January 31st, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    WTF? Uh, is this something you were trying to have happen, I hope?

  52. Dave my buddy,

    I never got to go the the VA. I gave up on it for now. I did finally go to work after the storms. I went to work as a Security Guard. Finally put the military background to work. I work on a 7 and 7 schedule. That’s why you can see me on here, and then nothing for a week. I go back tomorrow. As you might have noticed, I am waiting to find out if I’m gonna be a father. I raised my two step daughters as my own, and now I might have done the deed for the first time. LOL imagine waiting till I’m 40 to do it. 😉

  53. New post up.

  54. What happened to the picture in the new post?

    I guess I’ll have to find another.

  55. Ron

    It’s got hotlink protection on it. Save it and then upload it.

  56. I’ve done that–actually I switched to a different picture.

  57. Donnie McDaniel Says:
    January 31st, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    I don’t think I even realized you were out of work after Katrina! Maybe I forgot? Talk about being clueless…

    I’m glad you’re working again! Must be terrible with all the businesses getting wiped out down there from the storms and ridiculously hard for folks trying to find new jobs to replace old ones lost(or if they were already out of work to begin with)! Esp with all the out of state cheap labor I’d read something about being brought in to do a lot of the reconstruction work. I’d be real PO’d. Esp if I worked in construction for a living down there.

    I was wondering why you were here a lot and then seemed to go MIA a few times. 7 on and 7 off would do that…

    A few years back one of my old HS buddies, who moved to TN years ago, was up for one of his yearly visits to see family. He always tries to get a few of the old HS gang who still live in the area together in town to catch a bite and have a few beers. A while back two of old gang, one a guy and one a woman in their early 40’s, had both just had their first children within the last year or two. I thought, more power to them! Damn I don’t know if I’d have the energy for that! My son was born when I was 28. I remember thinking I couldn’t imagine if I’d been 40! (Though I may have been a better father if I had been, actually…)

    BTW, don’t forget to get your knee checked out one of these days! Try to fit it in between trying to father more children. 😉
    Hmmm, is this the method you’ve been using with the young ladies down there to convert them to your newly adopted party? 😉

  58. Cindy Sheehan arrested in a free country for wearing a tee-shirt that honestly expresses her opinion. Shades of Nazi Germany. And I mean this!

  59. Bruce

    It sucks!

  60. Watching CNN Follow-up and they say the residence in New Orleans are SO UPSET! People are saying they can’t believe he left them as a footnote in his speech. Residents responded to the speech saying he did not even mention all the dead, homeless, etc. He only mentioned this major tragedy in a couple of sentences. Very inconsiderate as someone who should be the protector of the people, especially after he left them stranded.

    Gov. Kaines’ tesponse was very effective (though some debated that he represents the moderate side). I like the themes of “There is a better way”, “Results”, “Change is Needed” and the fact that he touched on REAL people and their needs. We definitely have the ability to tear down their one remaining strength which has been security. RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS.

    They can now be judged by their deeds which definitely have not met up to their words.

    I can’t believe his “spin” on the spying issue. Once again trying to get public opinion in his favor. He actually tried to give the impression that 9/11 happened because we did not tap enough phones of the terrorist! FEAR TACTIC AT WORK…Saying he will not let them get by us again so I have to listen to the phone conversations. Give Me A Break! We can’t let him slip another simplistic bumper sticker excuse on us to justify breaking the law. CNN showed Hilary’s face during this part of the speech and she definitely did not appreciate it.

  61. Dave,

    Just had a call, and found out it’s not gonna happen. I kinda hoped it would, to name it after our beloved president. And you know I’m not talking about Bush!! Oh well, gives me time to try again 😉 lol. Practice makes perfect! Woohoo, not gonna stop. I come from a big family, so I guess I only have few to offer since I have waited so long. So Ladies, don’t stand so close 😉 Katrinacrat and looking for the next big thing. Wink-Wink!

  62. The next time bush comes to NO they are to wait till he starts to get on his platform and talk then all walk away or not show up.

    The biggest disaster and a whole region of the country decimated physically, emotionally, and broke. Not suprise though and the media will spin it in a positive way for bush. Saw CSPAn’s quick interview with mary L and she said how disappointed she was that he didn’t devote more time to the gulf region. Well perhaps she should have thought about her pandering in the fillibuster episode because I certainly did when she said that.

    So hil was smug was she. Well she was thinking about what she is going to say when she is up there (not with my vote)

    NBC is nothing but faux lite. bush has the whitehouse and both houses of congress and the judicary and yet he cant get nothing through. SAd thing is I bet there some people who will hear it and actually belive it. Who needs special ops when you have the media doing all the grunt work for you.

  63. Pen, know this, I will not sit by down here, and let Mary Landfill continue in her current position. You are gonna get called out Mary!! You will get knocked off your fence, You and David Vitter are gonna go with the rest in ’06. Thanks for nothing, and the pretend tears are not gonna help. This is your notice. ’08 will be your downfall. See ya later!! Fence riding indead!! Shame on you!! You could have at least answered my email. I will stand against you at every chance, and will vote for any dog catcher, before I let you back in.

  64. Good points Pen. I had similar thoughts when I saw Sen. Landrieu.

    I was amazed at some of the later CNN coverage that did actually allow Dems to talk.

    Even a CNN Bureau News person who is stationed in Baghdad flat out said (to Anderson Cooper) that the SOTUS rhetoric does not match the reality in Iraq. He was forcefully stating that some of the Commanders have said they are unable (or reluctant) to be open about what they need and what is really going on. The “forced” democracy in the Middle East is becoming a terrifying disaster. I could not believe I was hearing some real news during a few segments. Notice I said a “few” segments…because there was still the use of the usual talking points that benefit the administration by commentators. Sad we have to hope we get the truth in the MSM. Dems have to stay in those cameras…of course with a strong message…in order to be heard by the general public. We can’t be drowned out with the new spin they will be pushing out. The battle is on.

  65. Donnie,

    Hope & pray your effortd are successful. While I do reside in California, I have family and friends in NO and southern states and want to see the south better representing THE PEOPLE.

  66. DAS- I was wondering if kerry thought the same thing about Iraq and how what bush said isn’t what is happening on the ground. Kerry just came back from there so he should know.

    What the GOP doesn’t get or care about is that our style of democracy may not work for other countries. other countries need to find out what works for them. America is 400 years old and Iraq has been a civilization for almost 5000 years. alot more history and a lot more drama.

    Donnie- you stay on Mary L and vitters case and the rest of the dems should to.

    Heck even ol trent lott doesn’t show his disgust with the machinations of bush concerning the gulf.

  67. Everyone needs to understand Congress, unlike other public places is not an open forum. It does not allow ANY protesting, gesturing or demonstrations of opinion from the Visitors’ Gallery. There is no “free speech right of way” in the gallery as one would enjoy on the sidewalk out side of the Capitol. The “no protests” is a clear rule one agrees to when and by entering the Visitors’ Gallery. Sheehan, who I am sympathetic too, is slowing morphing into a media buffoon and violated that rule by wearing the t-shirt. She has no one but herself to blame to her arrest.

  68. Finnegen

    I would assume Cindy Sheehan knew exactly what she was did and got the reaction she was looking for. She made a statement and the MSM picked up on it and provided a show before the SOTU.