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US stars align in anti-Iraq war hunger strike
AFP ^ | Jul 03 2006 | AFP

Posted on 07/03/2006 9:12:51 PM PDT by aceintx

US stars align in anti-Iraq war hunger strike Jul 03 6:34 PM US/Eastern Email this story

Star Hollywood actor-activists including Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and anti-war campaigners led by bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan plan to launch a hunger strike, demanding the immediate return of US troops from Iraq.

As Americans get set to fire up barbeques in patriotic celebration of US Independence Day on July 4, anti-war protestors planned to savour a last meal outside the White House, before embarking on a 'Troops Home Fast' at midnight.

"We've marched, held vigils, lobbied Congress, camped out at Bush's ranch, we've even gone to jail, now it's time to do more," said Sheehan, who emerged as an anti-war icon after losing her 24-year-old son Casey in Iraq.

The hunger strike was the latest bid by the US anti-war movement to grab hold of American public opinion, after numerous marches, vigils and political campaigns.

Despite polls which show the Iraq war is unpopular and many Americans are skeptical of President George W. Bush's wartime leadership, peace protests have not hit the opinion-swaying critical mass seen during Vietnam War.

"We have been continually sheltered from the actual cost of war from the beginning," said Meredith Dearborn, of human rights group Global Exchange, explaining how anti-Iraq war protests have stuttered.

While 2,526 US soldiers have died since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to an AFP tally based on Pentagon figures, the impact of the deaths has rarely dominated headlines.

While it is not unusual to see an Iraq-war veteran or amputee in an airport for instance, or newspaper features on horrific injuries inflicted by roadside bombs in Iraq, the United States hardly feels like a nation at war.

Some protestors and experts in public opinion put that down to the absence of the Vietnam War style conscription draft, which means only professional soldiers or reservists can be sent off to war.

"We have done everything we could think of to end this war, we have protested, held marches, vigils ... lobbied, written letters to Congress," said Dearborn.

"Now it is time to bring the pain and suffering of war home. We are putting our bodies on the line for peace."

Perhaps the only time the anti-Iraq war movement captured lasting coverage was in August 2005, when Sheehan and supporters pitched camp outside Bush's Texas ranch, where the president habitually stays in high summer.

Even then, the fiercely partisan debate unleashed may have harmed Sheehan, who faced fierce fire from conservative groups and radio talk show hosts, as much as it hurt the Bush administration's image over Iraq.

The hunger strike will see at least four activists, Sheehan, veteran comedian and peace campaigner Dick Gregory, former army colonel Ann Wright and environmental campaigner Diane Wilson launch serious, long-term fasts.

"I don't know how long I can fast, but I am making this open-ended," said Wilson.

Other supporters, including Penn, Sarandon, novelist Alice Walker and actor Danny Glover will join a 'rolling" fast, a relay in which 2,700 activists pledge to refuse food for at least 24 hours, and then hand over to a comrade.

Though the anti-war movement is trying hard to puncture public perceptions, some experts believe such protests have little impact on how Americans view foreign wars.

Ohio State University professor John Mueller for example, argued in the Foreign Affairs journal in December, that only rising US casualties could be proven to erode public support for a conflict.

Anti-war movements during the Korean and Iraq wars have been comparitively invisible, but public support had eroded in a similar way to the Vietnam conflict, in which the peace movement played a dominant role, he wrote.

Recent polls reveal public scepticism over Iraq, and damage to Bush's personal ratings.

In a poll in Time magazine published Friday, only 33 percent of respondents approved of Bush's leadership on Iraq while 64 percent said they disapproved his handling of the campaign.

A Pew Research Center poll released on June 20, found that only 35 percent of Americans approved of Bush's handling of the Iraqi conflict -- though that was up five percent from a similar poll in February.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: actoractivists; antiwar; cindysheehan; dannyglover; hollywood; seanpenn; susansarandon; troopshome
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What I find amazing is that these pampered, left wing, hollywood windbags would think that anyone in this country would lose a momeent's sleep if they starved themselves to death.

The funny thin is, they aren't even putting themselves out...it's a 24 hour fast they're talking about. They'll miss a grand total of three meals.

Poor Susan, Poor Sean, No caviar, and champeign for you today...what a pitty....tisk tisk.

1 posted on 07/03/2006 9:12:55 PM PDT by aceintx
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To: aceintx

Probably not hard to miss meals when your all coked up.


2 posted on 07/03/2006 9:14:58 PM PDT by digger48
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To: aceintx
All talk, no principle. They certainly wouldn't want to inconvenience themselves out of their cushy lifestyle even for a cause as ignoble as an American defeat. Hmmm

(The Palestinian terrorist regime is the crisis and Israel's fist is the answer.)

3 posted on 07/03/2006 9:15:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: aceintx
...bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan...

This "bereaved mother"?


4 posted on 07/03/2006 9:15:58 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: aceintx

My family doctor would surely wire their jaws shut for free!......................PERMANENTLY !!!!


5 posted on 07/03/2006 9:16:16 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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To: aceintx

Wimps.

"Rolling hunger strike"??


6 posted on 07/03/2006 9:16:17 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: aceintx

OH WELL!


7 posted on 07/03/2006 9:16:49 PM PDT by BMC1 (DEMOCRATS AND RINO'S ARE STUCK ON STUPID, MASTERS OF DECEPTION AND CULTURE OF TREASON.)
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To: aceintx

And no pot either; dopers get the munchies from it;)


8 posted on 07/03/2006 9:16:51 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: aceintx

Do they really think anyone cares if they chose not to eat?


9 posted on 07/03/2006 9:16:57 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: aceintx

I hope they go through with it and starve to death... then we'll crown them Darwin Award laureattes.. LOL


10 posted on 07/03/2006 9:17:44 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: aceintx

They must be giving up brie and Perrier for the day.


11 posted on 07/03/2006 9:18:20 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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If they did starve to death, it would be euphoric. Not to worry.


12 posted on 07/03/2006 9:18:47 PM PDT by DC Bound
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To: Cinnamon
right on Cinnamon....I wonder if they'd let me clean out their fridge when they're gone....LOL....I like to eat!!!!!!!!!
13 posted on 07/03/2006 9:19:03 PM PDT by aceintx (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: aceintx

Hollywood stars all starving to death? Any reason to view that as anything other than a happy ending??


14 posted on 07/03/2006 9:19:07 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: aceintx
They will eventually go down in history as the crowd-following bunch of dipsticks that they are.

They need polls to find out what they believe in and what they should do.

If a poll came out that said the newest rage was wearing pointy shoes with little bells on them, they would do it without question.

In several episodes of the TV comedy classic "I Love Lucy", Lucille Ball got a lot of laughs out of this attitude.

15 posted on 07/03/2006 9:19:32 PM PDT by capt. norm (W.C. Fields: "The time has come to take the bull by the tail and face the situation".)
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Poor mama Sheehan, going to starve for 24 hours... Noone will notice and I think our food tomorrow will taste even better knowing these celebFreaks are basically boycotting Independance Day.


16 posted on 07/03/2006 9:19:41 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: 1035rep

I don't. That sure would get rid of a LOT of tin foil hat wearing idiots.


17 posted on 07/03/2006 9:19:48 PM PDT by BMC1 (DEMOCRATS AND RINO'S ARE STUCK ON STUPID, MASTERS OF DECEPTION AND CULTURE OF TREASON.)
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To: aceintx
LOL...Michael Moore's name is conspicuously absent from the list of hunger strikers....
18 posted on 07/03/2006 9:20:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Blue Highway

I plan to eat twice as much as usual to make up for any impact to our nation's food producing region - which will obviously be dealt a serious blow by this hunger strike. Oh - wait a sec, Michael Moore isn't fasting? Never mind.....


19 posted on 07/03/2006 9:21:38 PM PDT by Romanov
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To: digger48
Pass the Kleenex...I'm...(sob)...Choked up by such sacrifice...(sob)....
20 posted on 07/03/2006 9:22:28 PM PDT by aceintx (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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the only way she can get men to touch her is when security is dragging her out.

More disturbing is the way she is groping Jesse Jackson, what is she looking for kid #3 from yet another father?

21 posted on 07/03/2006 9:23:14 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: aceintx

They can't see the plain logic... that their words and actions have alienated people and turned most Americans against them, thus causing the exact opposite effect that they wanted.

But they just keep doing it, more and more. It's more foolish than their very beliefs sometimes.


22 posted on 07/03/2006 9:24:25 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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You have to admit, SteveMcking....It is pretty entertaining aye??


23 posted on 07/03/2006 9:25:44 PM PDT by aceintx (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: aceintx

A rolling fast is one of those wussy things leftists have come up.

It is as pointless to call it a fast as giving up dessert with dinner is to show solidarity with the world's starving poor.

In other words, a rolling fast means nobody is actually fasting, just as giving up dessert doesn't put food in the mouth of a single starving kid.


24 posted on 07/03/2006 9:26:49 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: aceintx

I haven't laughed this hard since Kerry voted for the 87 billion....before he voted against it!!!


25 posted on 07/03/2006 9:27:44 PM PDT by aceintx (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: aceintx

Lets help their diet by boycotting any movie or television appearance they may make. They have no idea of starvation. lets give them the real picture!


26 posted on 07/03/2006 9:28:10 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (ELECT SOME WORKERS AND REMOVE THE JERKERS!.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"LOL...Michael Moore's name is conspicuously absent from the list of hunger strikers...."

He had best be worried. If the celebs go too long without their pricey restaurant fare, they may look to him for sustinence..
27 posted on 07/03/2006 9:30:04 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: aceintx

We all need to start a rolling chow down....I'll start by eating an extra meal tomorrow....one of you can do it the next day and so on....


28 posted on 07/03/2006 9:30:12 PM PDT by aceintx (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: aceintx

If you have a Ruth's Chris steakhouse nearby, now would be a good time to make a reservation for tomorrow. It's where Rush, Hannity and yours truly love to eat.


29 posted on 07/03/2006 9:30:42 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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The funny thin is, they aren't even putting themselves out...it's a 24 hour fast they're talking about. They'll miss a grand total of three meals.

Coked up or ripped on meth, they will not miss the food.

30 posted on 07/03/2006 9:32:37 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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US Star??

What kinda crap is that?

Starve baby starve!

31 posted on 07/03/2006 9:35:04 PM PDT by jrushing (Democrats=National Socialist Workers Party)
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OK, I'm in....two pizza's coming up for me! Who's next?
I know that this is a sacrifice....but what the hell...it's for the troops.....


32 posted on 07/03/2006 9:35:23 PM PDT by Duaine (Peace is our profession....)
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To: aceintx

These people are all trying to cultivate a Gandhi complex.
Do they recall that the Mahatma's efforts were followed by the most horrendous bloodletting in modern Indian history?
Pacifists always assume that the world will follow their dreams if them only make these little sacrifices. Often exactly the opposite is true . It is far better to fight and fight hard until victory . Forget the meaningless platitudes
they are fond of spouting. They are all like chickens ,waiting with their necks on the chopping block.


33 posted on 07/03/2006 9:36:35 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse (strive on with heedfulness)
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To: Blue Highway
the only way she can get men to touch her is when security is dragging her out.

Hey Mickie, she likes it!!

34 posted on 07/03/2006 9:40:53 PM PDT by jrushing (Democrats=National Socialist Workers Party)
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"Now it is time to bring the pain and suffering of war home. We are putting our bodies on the line for peace."

Wow, I'm just so overawed by their fanatical commitment (gag) - most of them are just doing the Hollyweird "24 hour rolling fast" - heck that's what most of them do for their movie roles anytime they're trying to shed a few ounces. BIG sacrifice! Do these clowns not realize how ridiculous this makes them? (obviously not) If they really wanted to make the point they would vow to do the Gandhi-style fast-to-the-death........ then at least we could be impressed by their 'commitment' even though they'd still be idiots.
35 posted on 07/03/2006 9:42:31 PM PDT by Enchante (Keller & Sulzberger: Forget elections, WE are the self-appointed judges of everything)
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What I find amazing is that these pampered, left wing, hollywood windbags would think that anyone in this country would lose a momeent's sleep if they starved themselves to death.

Talk about ego. I shouldn't be surprised but the depth of self centeredness these fools suffer from is breathtaking. "Look at me!!!I'm going to be a martyr for a day!" If I never see Sarandon, Penn, or Glover on TV or in the news, it will be too soon...unless their emaciated corpses are found. That would be news.

36 posted on 07/03/2006 9:45:21 PM PDT by Once-Ler (The rat 06 election platform will be a promise to impeach the President if they win)
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Stars??

Where are the stars?

37 posted on 07/03/2006 9:46:56 PM PDT by jrushing (Democrats=National Socialist Workers Party)
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Star Hollywood actor-activists including Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and anti-war campaigners led by bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan plan to launch a hunger strike, demanding the immediate return of US troops from Iraq.

Are they foregoing self medication?

38 posted on 07/03/2006 9:48:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Make them go home!!)
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To: aceintx
Hey Mac, can you spare a dime. I'm starving.


39 posted on 07/03/2006 9:50:36 PM PDT by jrushing (Democrats=National Socialist Workers Party)
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To: aceintx

We ought to find out where this wimpy fast is happening and have a Big Texas style BBQ with plenty of gourmet fixings right next store.


40 posted on 07/03/2006 9:51:15 PM PDT by Nateman (Socialism: a deadly cancer of the body politic.)
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To: aceintx

i hope they all starve.


41 posted on 07/03/2006 9:53:27 PM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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The sickest part about it, is it looks like she does. A woman like that would give anyone the creeps. Good thing they were wearing gloves.
42 posted on 07/03/2006 9:54:37 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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"the impact of the deaths has rarely dominated headlines"_____ The impact of the deaths of our troops is that they are mourned by their families and the nation. They are honored as the heroes that they are. They are never forgotten. They join the ranks of the best of us who enable the rest of us to live as we do._____To the media and their headlines, they are just a number to be used against us.


43 posted on 07/03/2006 9:54:39 PM PDT by Mr. Keys
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What these actors don't understand is that Islamic radicals find the Hollywood culture repugnant and blasphemous and would cut off the head of every overrated, overpaid American "star" if they got the chance. I dread another terrorist attack on the U.S. but if it has to come I wish they'd hit the Academy Awards presentations.


44 posted on 07/03/2006 9:54:57 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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I will starve!

45 posted on 07/03/2006 9:55:06 PM PDT by jrushing (Democrats=National Socialist Workers Party)
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Judging from a picture in another thread, I think Kiera Knightly has been fasting for a fortnight already.


46 posted on 07/03/2006 10:00:06 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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If you don't believe I'll starve, look at this.

I HAVE HELP STARVING.

47 posted on 07/03/2006 10:05:20 PM PDT by jrushing (Democrats=National Socialist Workers Party)
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During the build-up to the Iraq war, the lefties at my college had a "fast tent". A couple of them would sit in the tent with uninspired slogans and make a show of them not taking in sustenance. So, some like-minded friends and I would order pizzas and have them delivered to the tent while we observed from the shadows. Hilarity ensued. But then we were easily amused.
48 posted on 07/03/2006 10:05:52 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: aceintx

A real hunger fast has one of two endings.

You get what you want.

Or you die.

They won't get what they want.

And they'll buy a big Mac or eat a Tofu burger before dying.

When the frauds actually do anything more then throw a publicized tantrum let me know. Until then they are full of nothing but hot air. No real conviction. Only childish petulence.


49 posted on 07/03/2006 10:06:31 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Deport the United States Senate)
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A Fast, from Hollyweird? Does this mean they will go without their favored Evian (naive spelled backwards) water and maybe, lose some weight?

Do they honestly believe anyone cares what they do?


50 posted on 07/03/2006 10:09:52 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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