Apr 19, 2006

Mother of the year 

Mama Sheehan just shot to the tippy-top of my "short list" (it's actually quite long, but I digress) of people who really need to be beaten about the head and shoulders, possibly with their own appendages. Courtesy of Little Green Footballs:
“Peace mom” Cindy Sheehan apparently told despicable lies about the return of her son Casey’s body from Iraq.

Last week Cindy wrote on why her son’s grave is left unmarked. World Net Daily reported Cindy’s response:

I will tell the world why Casey has no marker yet. In the first place, does anyone who is attacking me know how Casey was brought home from Iraq? We picked him up in the United loading dock in a cardboard box and he was off-loaded into a hearse without one honor guard...
But sadly for Mama, her comments don't exist in a vacuum (and sadly for us, neither does she). You see, someone who is WELL acquainted with the whole situation begs to differ.
A Vacaville funeral home owner took exception to "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan's allegation that his mortuary did not fulfill its duties after her son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004…

In an e-mail sent to The Reporter Sunday, Nadeau expressed hurt and disbelief at Sheehan's comments. He said that the amount of money the military gave the mortuary for Casey's funeral service and cemetery arrangements didn't even come close to covering the costs.

"Several kind citizens made donations," said Nadeau. "I absorbed the rest."

Now, I'll admit that the price of a funeral these days is rather spendy and that the specific government allotment for a funeral doesn't cut it. However, all costs should be offset (if not immediately - due to processing times - then eventually) by the service member's SGLI policy which defaults to $400,000, or the death gratuity of $100,000. Now I don't know anything about Casey Sheehan, but I'll go out on a limb and say that - like most of us - he would rather not have done the extra paperwork involved in decreasing any of those figures and just gone with the defaults. (The numbers have increased to what I stated above since Casey was killed in combat, but the amounts have been made retroactive, as outlined here.)

Furthermore, I promise you that NOBODY gets shipped home in a cardboard box - in this case, confirmed by the funeral home owner, Mr. Nadeau, and further confirmed by the Department of the Army. And I also assure you that SOMEONE from the Army accompanied the body from Iraq or Germany (where most of the staging is done for flights home), or at least met it at the airport.

Cindy Sheehan has finally - and undeniably - done the one thing that she couldn't afford to do if she wanted to maintain whatever shred of credibility she had left: she started believing her own bullshit. You want to scream at the government, the POTUS, Rummy and the rest - fine. They're too busy to deal with you. But you think you can talk crap about someone in your own community and he's not gonna say something about it? Think again. You are just the woman from down the street to Mr. Nadeau. You are not the "national face of the anti-war movement," you are not the new best buddy and shill of Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez, and you ain't Jesus. You're just the bitch down the block who went and smeared a good man's name after he went above and beyond for your family.

Like I said before, her comments don't exist in a vacuum, and now she's got to explain her "facts" against somebody who has the receipts to prove her wrong. Of course, she's already stuck her fingers in her ears and done the equivalent of saying "LALALALALA CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALALA!" by sticking to her "cardboard box" story when pressed to explain herself. Any wonder why her and her soon to be ex-husband have "irreconcilable differences"? I'm betting on his pure revulsion at the sight of her playing into it…

Not to get off on a rant, but this woman deserves to be slapped.
Not shot.
Not hit with a truck.
Not lit on fire.


By every other Gold Star mother who wants a free whack. By every other Gold Star mom who believes in the cause their child fought and died for, because their child likely believed in that cause as well. And Cindy can start off by slapping herself, as Casey's re-enlistment would be a rather good indicator of how he felt about this country and the need to protect it.

Rest in peace, Spc. Sheehan. Hopefully, someday people will remember you for your own actions and not those of your mother.

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