Posts Tagged ‘weather underground’

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Ayers Confirms “Family Friends” with Obamas

November 14, 2008

I don’t think this would have changed the outcome of the election if it came out before November 4, but it is an interesting reflection on the character of the man who will be President. Unrepentent terrorist, Ayers’ relationship with Obama is far from “Just a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” Anyway, from the Chicago Sun-Times:

 

In a new afterword to his 2001 book, Bill Ayers, former leader of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, describes President-elect Barack Obama as a “family friend” and denies he wished his group had set off more bombs in the 1960s.

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“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,” he writes.

But right-wing commentators tried to use those connections to smear Obama, he says.

“Obama’s political rivals and enemies apparently saw an opportunity to deepen a dishonest narrative about him, that he is somehow un-American, alien, linked to radical ideas, a closet terrorist, a sympathizer with extremism,” Ayers wrote.

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What Community Organizers Do

November 3, 2008

Eventhough Halloween is over and done, the Zombies are still doing their jobs. 

Via MM

After the Weather Underground turned from domestic terrorism to indoctrinating the youth through academia it began a newsletter.  The first article of the first edition stated the new mission of the Weather Underground, to create a “torrent” of community organizers to crush that powers that be.

There are serious antiracist organizers building a revolutionary base in working class communities — in neighborhoods, shops, mills, mines, social institutions. There are those who are working among women, GI’s, vets, prisoners, among youth, students and the unemployed in every part of the country. There are some who have been at it for years and some who have just begun. Thousands more are needed; and each particular piece of work will have to be linked up into a whole. We need to out-organize the sophisticated and well-financed forces of George Meany, Louise Day Hicks, Ronald Reagan, George Wallace and Albert Shanker. Organizers need to crush this reactionary leadership with a revolutionized torrent of people.

The community Organizers were to,

build a successful struggle, strong organization and a winning revolutionary party. This is a process, which will not emerge full-blown from our minds. It will emerge and change and grow from practice. We know where to begin

Ultimately, the Weather Underground wanted to infiltrate academia and propagandize the leftists agenda of revolution.

Left analysis is seen mainly in papers circulated among leftists, left solutions are heard mainly in meetings of the left. And what a shame! Because some of that analysis and some of those solutions make sense, describe concrete conditions, prescribe real remedies. Some of that interpretation of events could provide needed leadership in struggle. But isolated from the people, the makers of history and the carriers of change, it is useless.The immediate task for the left is this: organize the masses of people against imperialism and for revolution. Pull together friends and comrades, whether three or thirty. Explain the roots of the current economic and social crisis. Fight for jobs and for funds for urgent relief programs. Wealth should be taken from the Pentagon budget and used to rebuild our cities, schools and hospitals.
 the system itself is inhuman, and socialism is a real alternative; the energy crisis is the fault of Rockefeller and the oil companies, not the Arab people; unemployment is caused by capitalism not “illegal aliens” stealing jobs; war in Indochina or the Mideast is part of the problem, not the solution; political and social action can change things.

Am I wrong or does this sound a lot like what Obama is pushing?  Look here for how similar Obama’s insignia is to the Weather Underground.

-reagan21

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Obama Rides the Double Talk Express

October 10, 2008

Ben Smith at Politico notes: 

In an interview with the sympathetic conservative talk radio host this afternoon, Obama offered the clearest explanation yet of how an extremely careful politician allowed himself anywhere near a former ’60s radical who would become a Republican target in this year’s presidential campaign.

Obama “had assumed” from Bill Ayers’ stature in Chicago, he told the Philadelphia-based Michael Smerconish, that Ayers had been “rehabilitated” since his 1960s crimes.

In the interview, which was taped this afternoon and will air tomorrow, and which you can listen to above,  Obama recalled moving back to Chicago after law school, and becoming involved in civic life there.

“The gentleman in question, Bill Ayers, is a college professor, teaches education at the University of Illinois,” he said. “That’s how i met him — working on a school reform project that was funded by an ambassador and very close friend of Ronald Reagan’s” along with “a bunch of conservative businessmen and civic leaders.”

“Ultimately, I ended up learning about the fact that he had engaged in this reprehensible act 40 years ago, but I was eight years old at the time and I assumed that he had been rehabilitated,” Obama said.

That may not have been an unreasonable assumption for Obama in the 1990s. Though Ayers never repented his part in the Weather Underground bombings, he had not yet become notorious for advertising them. That notoriety returned in 2001, when he published his memoir, “Fugitive Days,” and reminisced about the bombings in a New York Times interview that happened to appear September 11 of that year.

Obama’s story on Ayers keeps changing. First he was just some guy that lived in his neighbourhood, then an esteemed college professor, now, somehow, Obama didn’t know. Ben Smith is a pathetic apologist. 

Let’s not forget that in 1995, Obama headed the board and collaborated with the terrorist at the Annenberg challenge. If Obama didn’t know about Ayers’ past till after 9/11, he mustn’t have learned how to read until after 9/11. By 1996, the media coverage of Ayers was extensive, especially in his home base of Chicago. (Thanks Erick Erickson)

For example, in the Chicago Sun-Times on August 7, 1994, Maureen O’Donnell wrote of Ayers:

Bill Ayers, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, protested at the ’68 convention. The former Weather Underground activist also spent 11 years as a fugitive after the Days of Rage disturbances in 1969:

“It’s kind of a riot” he says with a laugh about the upcoming convention.

“I don’t think people think of Chicago as the site of the (’68) convention. Chicago is still held up as the city of broad shoulders, even though the shoulders are slumping precipitously right now. When I travel and say Chicago, people say, ‘Ah, Michael Jordan.’

“You can find irony in it. To me it’s not surprising that there’s going to be a Democratic convention here. It’s one of the great four or five convention cities. In a sense, they had to get over it.

“I’m planning to demonstrate. If they invade Haiti, you can count on it.”

When BIll Clinton (moderate Republican) rolled his Democrat convention into town, the New York Times, on August 26, 1996, in an article by John Kifner noted:

Mayor Daley’s agenda for public schools draws on two other consultants: Mike Klonsky, who in 1968 was national chairman of the S.D.S. and a demonstration organizer here, and a University of Illinois professor named Bill Ayers.

In an earlier life, Mr. Ayers headed the violent Weather Underground faction of the S.D.S., whose members saw themselves as revolutionary street fighters. His wife, Bernardine Dohrn, an S.D.S. leader once among the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted, is now a lawyer with a Northwestern University legal aid project for troubled youths.

August 27, 1996, USA Today

Sixties radicals Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, once leaders of the Weather Underground, are hosting a fund-raising event Tuesday night for Democrats Online, an Internet service starting up the same night. It features policy discussions and an endorsement page where users explain why they support Clinton.

September 1, 1996, Chicago Tribune 

DeZutter, now a professor at Malcolm X College, who long ago had been a reporter for the now-defunct Chicago Daily News, told me that he and his associates put together a gold mine of information and perks for out-of-town reporters.

The theory was that some among the 15,000 media reps who came here for the convention would be grateful to the activists and thus bestow national and even international coverage on their causes.

The carrot included a gang file of phone numbers and current addresses of many of the hottest players in Chicago’s ’60s chaos. Among those listed are Frank Sullivan, Chicago police spokesman during the 1968 riots; one-time fugitive Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers; and Richard J. Elrod, the former Cook County sheriff who won great admiration for his courage handling crippling injuries he endured while helping police during one of the era’s worst riots, the 1969 Days of Rage disturbances.

August 3, 1997, Chicago Tribune

When you’re talking to Bill Ayers, it is hard to believe the soft-spoken, bespectacled education professor is the same guy the FBI was chasing for 11 years as a dangerous radical.

Nor is it easy to believe his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, also was a member of the Weather Underground back in the ’60s. They married while underground and resurfaced during the 1980s. Now he is an adviser to Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nationally acclaimed education reform effort and she heads a family and children’s justice program at Northwestern University Law School

So, Ben Smith must either acknowledge that BHO was completely ignorant of his hometown and national papers while living in Chicago and fraternizing with Ayers or he has to admit he is a flaming hypocrite

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New McCain Ad: Ayers

October 9, 2008

Long, but hits it hard

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Obama Camp Admits that Obama Still Associated with Ayers

October 7, 2008

Robert Gibbs admits that Obama continued to “pal around” with Ayers after he learned of Ayers terrorist past. Thanks AllahPundit!

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OMGZ!!!!! Even CNN Reports that Obama is Lying About Ayers

October 7, 2008

This is about 6 minutes and tells many of us what we already know, but may inform others on the relationship between Ayers and the Messiah

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Palin: Obama ‘palling around’ with Terrorists (Ayers)

October 4, 2008

The media has not pushed Obama on his association with Bill Ayers, always seeming satisfied with his “I don’t support what he did” and “I know a lot of people” not to mention “He was forty and I was eight years old at the time” type of answers. Well, The One’s association with Ayers, dating back to the Woods Fund (both served on board together) and Obama being the first chairman of the Chicago Annenburg Challenge (Ayers founded the group), not to mention the “Meet the Candidate” Ayers had at his home to introduce Obama in the mid-90’s needs to be put before the American people. It looks as though Palin will lead the charge.

Of course, the NY Times is doing its part: “A review of records of the schools project and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called ‘somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.'”

“This is not a man who sees America as you see America and I see America.” – Palin.

– AP

Breitbart:

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign’s effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.

Palin’s reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the tumultuous Vietnam War era four decades ago. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a charity board with Ayers several years ago and has denounced his radical views and activities.

The Republican campaign, falling behind Obama in polls, plans to make attacks on Obama’s character a centerpiece of presidential candidate John McCain’s message with a month remaining before Election Day.

Palin told a group of donors at a private airport, “Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” She also said, “This is not a man who sees America as you see America and as I see America.”

Palin, Alaska’s governor, said that donors on a greeting line had encouraged her and McCain to get tougher on Obama. She said an aide then advised her, “Sarah, the gloves are off, the heels are on, go get to them.”

The escalated effort to attack Obama’s character dovetails with TV ads by outside groups questioning Obama’s ties to Ayers, convicted former Obama fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He and Obama live in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and served together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based charity that develops community groups to help the poor. Obama left the board in December 2002.

Obama was the first chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school-reform group of which Ayers was a founder. Ayers also held a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when Obama first ran for office in the mid-1990s.

Palin cited a New York Times story published Saturday that detailed Obama’s relationship with Ayers.