Wednesday, April 30, 2008

John McCain: Wright's Wrongs - Words, No Biggie; Deeds,Might Be Getting Scrutiny

The great John Kass of the Chicago Tribune voices concern over Rev. Jeremiah Wright's mockery of everyone 'different' from him - and that includes the young man that he brought to Jesus.

Wright is doing 'the dozens' on America. As I did in my recent post on the chic Stanley Fish - salon buddy of Bomber Billy Ayers, may I offer some context:

Here's 'The Dozens:'

The dozens is a game, especially common among urban blacks, of exchanging insults usually about the mother of the opponent. Skilled playing of the dozens displays verbal improvisation of great originality and wittiness. It also requires a thick skin: you lose the contest if you get upset. The game is often in a stylized, rhythmic form, and the dozens are considered one of the precursors of rap music. Some excellent examples of the dozens can be seen in the movie White Men Can't Jump.

The term dozens is usually used in such phrases as "to play the dozens" or "to do the dozens"; the form dirty dozens is also common. The word dates at least to the 1910s, but the game was probably played considerably earlier. There are examples of this type of game in several other cultures; in sixteenth-century Scotland, a flyting was a battle between poets who exchanged abusive poems; and in the late ninteenth century, American cowboys engaged in "cussing contests," where a saddle would be awarded to the most abusive participant.

The origin of the term is unknown. Some conjectures include: it refers to a throw of 12 in craps, 12 being a difficult number to match; the original form had twelve verses, each one referring to a different sex act; and that inferior slaves were sold in lots of twelve, the number twelve therefore coming to mean 'wretched; inferior' itself. None of these hypotheses has any solid proof, and the origin is likely to remain a mystery.

Some other terms for this type of stylized insulting are capping, jiving, joaning (or joning), sounding, snapping, and signifying.

John Kass illustrates Wrights casting the dozens at the NAACP address that got the ball rolling over Obama.

"If you got some white friends, they'll be clapping like dis, y'all," sang Wright, mimicking bad white clappers, loudly and to much applause, on tape, at the NAACP dinner Sunday night.

At first, I thought it was from HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," in which white people are often ridiculed for bad dancing or pathetic sexual prowess or lack of accomplishment in athletic contests.

But on the wall behind Wright was the NAACP logo, so it wasn't a comedy show. It was a serious event. Amen, reverend.

White folks are a scream! We are a race of fat goofy, greedy bankers, roped off in the lobby of Washington Mutual and Garlic Nosed Legionaries of the 3rd Marines nailing down Jesus, but can't dance. Gene Kelly, my Aunt Fanny!

Accompanied with a cadre of angry black preachers and their bodyguards, Wright played to his core constituency with deep and abiding anger. His anger extends to Barack Obama, it seems to me, and indicated that Rev. Wright might not welcome his notoriety, nor especially the millions of eyes now cast upon his operations as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street.

Wright detestation of America seems genuine enough given the strident game of 'the dozens' he is currently playing.

Play is a two way street. Journalists, other than Bill Moyers, and government agencies just might be taking a careful look at Pastor Wright's ministry. Given the fact that Trinity received millions of dollars from the government that Wright so hates, the game of 'the dozens' might have a genuine smack of Old Timey Irony. Those Faith Based Initiatives are written in stone, concrete, wrought iron and hard dollars.

Click my post title for John Kass.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Wonder What Bill Ayers Is Doing Tonight: Camelot - No Just Breathing Hard!

Bill Ayers:

I know what you people are thinking tonight,
As home through the shadows they wander.
Ev'ryone smiling in secret delight,
They stare at Hyde Park and ponder.
Whenever bomb blows this way,
You can almost hear ev'ryone say:

I wonder what Bill Ayers is doing tonight?
What merriment is Billy pursuing tonight?
The Haymarket Copper it never burned as bright.
I wonder what Bill Ayers is up to tonight?
How goes the Peoples Power
As Bill stares at Old Sears Tower
Being regally and legally prepared?
Well, I'll tell you what Bill Ayers is doing tonight:
He's scared! He's scared!

You mean the lad who fought a Nation,
Bombed the Pentagon and tried Penn Station,
Goes to be wet in terror and distress?

A radical who's so calm in handcuffs,
Even his lawyer wears nice makeup
Faces public scrutiny with fright?

You mean that appalling clamoring
That sounds like a nickstick hammering
Is merely the banging of his radical knees?

You wonder what Bill Ayers is wishing tonight?
He's wishing he were in Soho salon-ing tonight!
What occupies his time covering his own backside?
He's searching high and low for some place to hide.
And Obama's expectation,
The Public's anticipation
B.A. must feel about the inquiry to come.
Well, I'll tell you what Bill Ayers is feeling tonight:
He's numb!
He shakes!
He quails! He quakes!
And that's what Bill Ayers is doing tonight.

H/T to:
T. H. White (novel The Once and Future King)
Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe

Monday, April 28, 2008

Hooking Stanley Fish: Terrorists' Salon or Terror in a Saloon?

In general, higher education does not know how to speak for its interests. It offers a stance that is defensive, cowardly and likely to be ineffective.
Stanley Fish

I was reading the New York Times last night - no re-runs of House at that time - and I happened upon Stanley Fish's Blog for guys who wear turtle-neck sweaters under tweed all year round and women who no longer feel the need to shave their legs or under-arms and still see themselves as really 'selling it, Sister!'

Stanley is unreadable. He knows John Milton, but does not know what to do with Milton, because Milton understood that reading was a simple means to accessing something of truth.

Stanley Fish, to most interpretive communities, denies The Humanities to Humanity. Truth for Stanley Fish is a paycheck with alot of zeroes, but in essence, completely subjective.

Stanley Fish and his wife looted the State of Illinois of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Stanley's tenure as Dean of Arts and Sciences at University of Illinois Chicago Campus - the one Bill O'Reilly confused with University of Chicago. Stanley and his Missus, Jane Tompkins were salon buddies of terrorists Billy Ayers and his Old Lady Bernardine Dohrn.

Stanley was writing about his salon days with Hyde Park's beloved bombers:

Confession time. I too have eaten dinner at Bill Ayers’s house (more than once), and have served with him on a committee, and he was one of those who recruited my wife and me at a reception when we were considering positions at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Moreover, I have had Bill and his wife Bernardine Dohrn to my apartment, was a guest lecturer in a course he taught and joined in a (successful) effort to persuade him to stay at UIC and say no to an offer from Harvard. Of course, I’m not running for anything, but I do write for The New York Times and, who knows, this association with former fugitive members of the Weathermen might be enough in the eyes of some to get me canned.
Did I conspire with Bill Ayers? Did I help him build bombs? Did I aid and abet his evasion (for a time) of justice? Not likely, given that at the time of the events that brought Ayers and Dohrn to public attention, I was a supporter of the Vietnam War. I haven’t asked him to absolve me of that sin (of which I have since repented), and he hasn’t asked me to forgive him for his (if he has any).
Indeed in all the time I spent with Ayers and Dohrn, politics — present or past — never came up.
What did come up? To answer that question I have to introduce a word and concept that is somewhat out of fashion: the salon. A salon is a gathering in a private home where men and women from various walks of life engage in conversation about any number of things, including literature, business, fashion, films, education and philosophy. Ayers and Dohrn did not call their gatherings salons, but that’s what they were; large dinner parties (maybe 12-15), with guests coming and going, one conversation leading to another, no rules or obligations, except the obligation to be interesting and interested. The only thing I don’t remember was ideology, although since this was all going on in Hyde Park, there was the general and diffused ideology, vaguely liberal, that usually hangs over a university town.
Many of those attending these occasions no doubt knew something about their hosts’ past, but the matter was never discussed and why should it have been? We were there not because of what Ayers and Dohrn had done 40 years ago, but because of what they were doing at the moment.
( emphasis my own - I just had to share Stanley's sharing of the SALON concept with you Helots)

And, Stan, you wrote this because. . .? I told you Stanley Fish is unreadable! Stan. What was the authorial intent, here? In my interpretive community, a Saloon, - but first - To answer that question I have to introduce a word and concept that is somewhat out of fashion The Saloon. The Saloon is gathering, at a very public place that sells spirits for consumption on the premises, usually on a busy street, of persons who have worked very hard all day long and meet to share insights on assholes at work, assholes in sports, assholes in the news, assholes in education, assholes in and out of Public office and assholes in general.

Billy Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are frequently mentioned with spice and explosive metaphorical flourishes. I mentioned Stanley Fish and was treated to a purely subjective deconstruction of his canon of work by Smash McKenna ( Leo High School'78) a Union Pipe Coverer: ( Meaty hands prayerfully encase a bottle of Miller Lite and byzantine blue eyes dart mischievishly knowing and a deep throated offensive lineman's bark cuts through the offal of less weighty words timidly misting a dewy din of noise at Keegan's Pub -10618 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL)

'Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost is the echo of human voice, not real genuine voice. I completely agree with Cammy Paglia that Fish is a totalitarian Tinkerbell. Now, I'm not saying there is not a moment or two of real delicate thought, but, generally, Fish is a semiotic totalitarian. I mean, Okay - Milton's blind - Get Me? - and if Milton, say, leaves a Fin ( $5) on the bar and it gets snatched up by Nualla here - Hey, Nualla, Sweetie, get everyone from the street to the shithouse another round -she takes the Fin-icky from the blind old bastard. See? Is it a gift, theft, or slight of hand on a blind man? For Crissakes, Fish would tell kids in his class it is all up to each one to decide. Bullshit, the bitch is stealing from a blind man - not you Nualla its a hypothetical. HEY! What do mean I'm barred, bullshit! Hickey tell her I was talking about Fish. . . Shit you started this. You're an asshole Hickey! Barred til tomorrow? Come on!'

"ideas have no consequences." Stanley Fish

Stanley - sure they do.

Click my post title and don't read Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish SwimsWith Sharks - Thoughts of a Terminally Chic Salon Singer - Meet Elmer 'Zoot' Suite-Yokum, Ed.D. L.S.M.F.T.

Transcontinental Progressive Community College of Hyde Park presents the political musings of Distinguished Adjunct Professor Emeritus E. Z. Suite-Yokum, Ed.D., L.S.M.F.T. on lone from the Berkley School of Tantic Occidental Ministries and Organic Vinyl Recordings Insitute.

Bio: Dr. Elmer 'Zoot' Suite-Yokum is a frequent contributer to Huffington Post, guest on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Flava Fav's Flavor of Love. Zoot praised the work of Ward Churchill and was the first scholar of Tru Cred to support his fellow deep thinker. He also condemned the abusive actions of General David Petraeus and US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, against the Iraqi nation. Noam Chomsky says, 'Zoot Suite-Yokum is the only American who makes sense to me.' Recently, Dr. Suite was seen in the company of Huffington Post founder and editor Arianna Huffington at the Sonoma Valley grape harvest and boycott throwing wads of cuutings at video journalist Roy Sekoff who cried hard.

Dr. Elmer 'Zoot' Suite-Yokum:

"I think the ironies of United States deployed treacheries in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Iraq, Iran, and North Korea are self-evident,Lord Petraeus has initiated tyrannically destructive policies, including, but not limited to, the surge proposed on Sept. 11, 2007 in a despicably theatrical manner before Congress,"

"Reagan was a thug and a coward, and My Mother the Car was cancelled due to that facists's interference; he managed to physically diminish a democratically-elected government and throw a nation into civil chaos for well over a decade . . . because the Sandinistas didn't back US trade policies. Gangsta rap often reaches higher than its ugliest, lowest common denominator, misogyny, violence, materialism and sexual transgression are not its exclusive domain. At its best, this music draws attention to complex dimensions of ghetto life ignored by most Americans. Indeed, gangsta rap's in-your-face style may do more to force America to confront crucial social problems than a million sermons or political speeches. Tesors Glue was a pure joy and I slept like a baby all through the Lebananon crisis until I was awakened by the cries of Palestinian women who screamed that I had slept on their coach long enough and had to go and it was bogus, because Cash Mash of I.S.M. had said it was cool to crash there. If U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned."There's no way to be committed to non-violence in one of the most violent societies that history has ever created. I'm not committed to non-violence in any way."Freaks are revolutionaries and revolutionaries are freaks"I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough. I want a cold Cisco now."

John McCain: Wright was a Marine - So was this Guy!

Obama's rapid response team wrote that Wright served as Marine; so did Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Founder of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell was a decorated Navy pilot.

Wright is wrong.

Despite his avowed Marxist sympathies, Oswald decided to join the US Marine Corps. He idolized his older brother, Robert and wore Robert's US Marines ring. Joining the Marines may have also been a way to escape from his overbearing mother.[19] He enlisted in October 1956, a week after his 17th birthday.[20]

While in the Marines, Oswald was trained in the use of the M1 Garand rifle. Following that training, he was tested in December of 1956, and obtained a score of 212, which was 2 points above the minimum for qualifications as a sharpshooter. In May 1959, on another range, Oswald scored 191, which was 1 point over the minimum for ranking as a marksman.[21]

Oswald, however, was trained primarily as a radar operator, a job that required a security clearance. A May 1957 document states that he was "granted FINAL clearance to handle classified matter up to and including CONFIDENTIAL after careful check of local records had disclosed no derogatory data."[22] Oswald took the Aircraft Control and Warning Operator Course and finished seventh in a class of thirty. The course "...included instruction in aircraft surveillance and the use of radar."[23] He was assigned first to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, California in July 1957,[24] then to Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan in September 1957. Although Atsugi was a base for the top-secret CIA U-2 spy planes that flew over the Soviet Union, there is no evidence Oswald was involved in that operation.

Oswald was court-martialled twice: initially because of accidentally shooting himself in the elbow with an unauthorized handgun, and then later for starting a fight with a Sergeant he thought responsible for the punishment he received from his first court-martial. He was demoted from private first class to private, and briefly served time in the brig. Later, he was punished for another incident; while on sentry duty one night in the Philippines, he inexplicably fired his rifle into the jungle.

Small compared to some other Marines, Oswald was nicknamed Ozzie Rabbit after the cartoon character. For his steadfast beliefs, he was also nicknamed Oswaldskovich. In December 1958, he transferred back to the Marine Corp Air Station El Toro.[25] The function of Oswald's unit at El Toro "...was to serveil for aircraft, but basically to train both enlisted men and officers for later assignment overseas." One of Oswald's officers, Lieutenant John Donovan, said that he was a "very competent" crew chief.[26] Oswald subscribed to The Worker and claimed to have taught himself rudimentary Russian. At the El Toro base, in February 1959, he took the Marine proficiency exam in written and spoken Russian and his test results were rated "poor."[27]

John McCain: Wright's Oafish Slur of 3rd Marines & Calvary at Guam - for real.

But Mr. McCain took a different approach at a news conference here when he criticized Mr. Wright for, as the senator paraphrased him, “comparing the United States Marine Corps with Roman legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our Savior, I mean being involved in that” and for “saying that Al Qaeda and the American flag were the same flags.” …
Mr. McCain said that he did not believe that Mr. Obama, Democrat of Illinois, shared those views and that he was still against the advertisement in North Carolina. But he suggested that Mr. Obama had made the subject fair play by declaring in an interview shown over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday” that questions about Mr. Wright were “a legitimate political issue.”

McCain and other Americans should be concerned about Wright's words - here's the real context: 3rd Marines at Guam reported by Cyril O'Brien, later White House Correspondent for the Baltimore Sun and a combat correspondent with the 3rd Marines:

The Taking of Chonito Ridge*
The following is a dispatch written by Marine Combat Correspondent Private First Class Cyril J. O'Brien in the field after the combat action he describes in his story. It was released for publication in the United States sometime after the event (always after families were notified of the wounding or death of the Marines mentioned.) This story is reprinted from the carbon copy of the file which he retained of the stories he filed from the Pacific.

Guam July 24 (Delayed)—The first frontal attack on steep Chonito Ridge was made one hour after the Marine landing.

An infantry squad, led by Second Lieutenant James A. Gallo, 24, 172 Broadway, Haverstraw, NY., approached to within ten yards of the tip. The crest bloomed with machine gun fire. In the face of it the Marine company tried its first assault. The company was thrown back before it had advanced forty yards.

For fifty hours the company remained on the naked slope, trying again and again to storm the Jap entrenchments hardly one hundred yards away. Battered almost to annihilation, the tenacious Marines finally saw another company take the ridge from the rear.

Failing in the first rush the company had formed a flimsy defense line not fifty yards from the enemy. Cover was scant. Some Marines had only tufts of grass to shield them. The Japs were rolling grenades down the crest, and blasting the Marines with knee mortars from over the summit.

Under the cover of dusk the company commander led a second attack. As the Marines rose machine gun fire swept into them. The commander, and three Marines reached the crest. The last fifty feet were almost vertical. The attackers grasped roots and dug their feet into the soft earth to keep from falling down the incline.

The commander went over the ridge. He never came back. The remaining three Marines were ripped by cross fire. One saved himself by jumping into an enemy fox hole.

Beaten again, the company retired to a small ravine, and remained there all night. One Marine, shot through both legs, was asking for morphine. Another's thigh was ripped by shell fragments. A PFC, his dry tongue swollen, tried to whisper the range of an enemy sniper.

At eleven in the morning of the 22d, with little more a third of their original number, the company rushed hillside again.

Lieutenant Gallo led an assault on the left flank of the hill, but was thrown back. Sergeant Charles V. Bomar, 33, 4002 Gulf St., Houston, Tex., with nine Marines attempted to take the right ground of the slope. Five were killed as they left the ravine. The sergeant and three others reached the top of the slope.

The Japs again rolled grenades down the incline. One exploded under the chest of a Marine nearby, blowing off his head. Another grenade bounced off the helmet of the sergeant. It was a dud.

The Marines charged into the Jap entrenchment. The sergeant killed a Jap machine gunner with the butt of his carbine. The assistant gunner exploded a grenade against his body. The blast threw the Marines out of the hole. They jumped into vacated enemy foxholes. A lieutenant who had come to join them was shot between the eyes by a sniper. The sergeant killed the sniper with his carbine.

Unable to hold their positions, the sergeant and his companies returned to the shelter of the ravine. With the shattered remnants of the company they waited for nearly another 24 hours, until darting Marines on the top of the ridge showed Chonito had been taken from the rear.

Field commanders soon came to appreciate the effect these so-called "Joe Blow" stories had on the morale of their men. The stories were printed in hometown newspapers and were clipped and sent to the troops in the Pacific who could then see that their efforts were being publicized and appreciated at home.

* 'Chonito' was misnamed on dated American Naval Maps in 1944 - The Chamorros of Guam called it Chorito Cliff

For more context- click my post title

John McCain: Wright Slurred 3rd Marines and Italians

Pastor Wright's litany of hate extended beyond Italian Americans to the battle honored Third Marine Regiment - the 3rd Marines.

Full Disclosure - the focus of my recent novel The Chorito Hog Leg: A Novel of Guam in Time of War was the 3rd Marines and their magnificent assault of the cliffs over-looking the Asan Landing Beaches on Guam in July, 1944.

Pastor Wright retired to a mansion in Tinley park, IL and lecturing the NAACP yesterday and the National Press Club this morning was a Marine.

National Review's Jim Geraghty reported Wright's 'Crucifixion comments' that also offered an Unchristian slam on Italian Americans, but to sully the 3rd Marines who have won American battle honors at Bougainville, Guam, Iwo Jima, Vietnam, and Iraq is bizarre to say the least:
Wright describes Roman soldiers who mistreated Jesus as "Commandos.. trained in urban command and trained to kill on command... the Third Marine Regiment of Rome," and that Jesus was mistreated "as a prisoner of war."

He describes the Roman presence in Jerusalem as "Operation Israeli Freedom." (So in this America-as-Rome metaphor, is Abu Zarqawi Jesus?)

"It was the Italian Army that led Jesus to Calvary Friday morning."

Here is an all too brief battle history of America's Third Marine Regiment - 3rd Marines:

The 3d Marine Regiment first came into existence during the period of international unrest in the early twentieth century. The regiment was formed 20 December 1916, by consolidating Marine detachments from the various ships in the Atlantic Fleet then at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The early days of the regiment were highlighted by campaigns in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

During World War I, the regiment was heavily involved in the occupation and pacification of the Dominican Republic. As the Dominican crises subsided, the regiment’s role in the Republic also lessened.

Between wars, 3d Marines became a reserve unit stationed in San Francisco, eventually being disbanded in 1937.

The 3d Marine Regiment was reactivated on 16 June 1942, in North Carolina, as part of the World War II military expansion. The regiment fought and bled at Bougainville and Guam. Four medals of Honor were awarded to members of 3d Marines for actions during this period.

Following World War II, the regiment was ordered to China to aid in the disarming of Japanese units and to assist the Nationalist government in the occupation of Northern China in an effort to deny land to the communists.

The regiment did not participate in the United Nations defense of South Korea, but continued to actively train in Hawaii and Japan to remain combat ready.

3d Marines was quick to respond to the call for forces in Vietnam, providing security for the Da Nang Air Base in early 1965. The regiment’s experience level and ability to adapt led to many innovations including the Combined Action Company and the Civic Action Program. Ultimately, 3d Marines was to participate in 48 major operations in the Republic of Vietnam.

Following the retrograde of forces from Vietnam, the regiment was initially relocated to Camp Pendleton and assigned to the 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade. During April of 1971, the regiment became part of the 1st Marine Division. Two months later, the regiment was moved to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, to assume the role of the ground combat component of the 1st Marine Brigade.

The 3d Marine Regiment was one of the first combat forces to deploy to Saudi Arabia in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990. The regiment, which became known as task Force Taro in honor of the state and people of Hawaii, became the first American unit to be engaged by Iraqi artillery, rocket and missile fire on 18 January 1991. Task Force Taro countered the Iraqi supporting attacks by conducting artillery raids into Kuwait as the first ground offensive actions of the war. Task force Taro was instrumental in the recapture of Khafji, was the first unit to advance into Kuwait, conducted the only helicopter borne assault of the war and secured the Marine Corp’s final objective of the war, Kuwait International Airport.

Following the cease-fire on 28 February 1991, the regiment redeployed to Saudi Arabia and subsequently completed its strategic redeployment to Hawaii two months later.

Effective 1 October 1994, the 1st Marine Brigade was deactivated and 3d Marine Division became the regiment’s higher headquarters.

Senator John McCain slammed Wrights insults of this elite regiment.

Pastor Wright sure seems certifiable - well, maybe not to Bill Moyers

Click my post title for Geraghty's article in National Review.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bill Moyers Public Money (PBS) Promotes (UCC) Church: Anyone (IRS) Watching?

What would happen if Cardinal George got on PBS and with a Catholic News Host on the tax payer's dime and was allowed to brush away any and all criticism of his influence on a candidate for President?

'Hold the phone, Muriel, it's the Internal Revenue Service! Tell them them Father will get back to them!'

Bill Moyers landed the task of giving Rev. Jeremiah Wright his props in a nationally televised and taxpayer funded interview with more 'Gee, you're swell" gushing than a Van Johnson movie.

I thought Moyers' Man crush bordered on Hannity-esque silliness myself. One bit caught my attention and that was Bill Moyers' 'Our Denomination ' advertisement calling for a national conversation ( read monologue) on race.

I did not see the "this Program was paid for by the United Church of Christ" message. I did pick up on the PUBLIC Television. He's Moyers' and Wright - 'AS You've Never Seen Them Before!'

BILL MOYERS: What does it say to you that millions Americans, according to polls, still think Barack Obama is a Muslim?

REVEREND WRIGHT: It says to me that corporate media and miseducation or misinformation or disinformation, I think we started calling it during the Nixon years, still reigns supreme. Thirty some percent of Americans still think there are weapons of mass destruction. That you tell a lie long enough that people start believing it. What does the media do? "Barack Hussein Obama! Barack Hussein Obama! Barack Hussein. It sounds like Osama, Obama. That Arabic is a language. So that's why many people still think he's a Muslim. He went to a madrasah. What's a madrasah? I don't know, but I know it was one of those Muslim schools that teaches terrorism. The kind of I don't want to think, just tell me what to think mentality is why so many Americans still think that.

BILL MOYERS: Our denomination, the United Church of Christ has called for a sacred conversation on race in America. What are the steps that you think from all of your experience can be taken to move race relations forward?
REVEREND WRIGHT: I think there are many - to start using Bill Jones' paradigm, about how one sees God. Your theology determines one's anthropology. And how you see humans determines your sociology. To look at how we've come to see race, and in others of other races, based on our understanding of God who sees others as less than important. Less than my people. And where in our religious traditions are there passages in our sacred scriptures that are racist? They're in the Vedas, the Babylonian Talmud, they're in the Koran, they're in the Bible. How do we grapple with these passages in our sacred texts? The same way you grapple with Judges:19, where it's alright for a preacher to have a concubine and cut her up into 12 pieces. We gotta argue with our texts that are, as we've been struggling with, battling with, wrestling with, anti-Semitic. The Christian, "The Jews killed Jesus." No, we gotta come to grips with, you know, these texts were written by certain people at certain times with certain racist understandings of others who are different. That different meant deficient. That doing that with adults and starting with kids. that begins the conversation that Senator Obama talked about that we need to have. And re-writing the curriculum in our schools to tell the truth in our schools.

BILL MOYERS: Jeremiah Wright, thank you very much for this opportunity.

REVEREND WRIGHT: Well, thank you for having me Bill. Thank you sir.

BILL MOYERS: That's it for the JOURNAL. We'll see you next week and on line.

I'm Bill Moyers.

Yes, You are!

That's the very same Bill Moyers who who condemned Karl Rove for doing exactly what United church of Christ's former preacher Jeremiah Wright of doing; hence, his Nerf- Ball piece on Wright. PBS - Every American pays Bill Moyers to outsource for his Church.

Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious, draft-averse, naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God's anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits. Using church pews as precincts, Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat -- a battering ram, aimed at the devil's minions. Especially at gay people. It's so easy, as Karl knew, to scapegoat people you outnumber. And if God is love, as rumor has it, Rove knew in politics to bet on fear and loathing. Never mind that in stroking the basest bigotry of true believers you coarsen both politics and religion. . . . Rove is riding out of Dodge City as the posse rides in.

At his press conference this week he asked God to bless the President and the country, even as reports were circulating that he himself had confessed to friends his own agnosticism. He wished he could believe, but he cannot. That kind of intellectual honesty is to be admired, but you have to wonder how all those folks on the Christian right must feel discovering they were used for partisan reasons by a skeptic, a secular manipulator.

Billy, Billy, Billy, Disingenuous hack piece, rather hack pieces.

Click my post title for Bill Moyers' Sermon on UCC. Moyers's almost like a Cardinal in United Church of Christ - Lot's of cattle and No Hat! Need to do something about that. Get Bill a Hat! Tall One!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

John McCain: McCain is on the Green!

"In politics, nothing is contemptible." Benjamin Disraeli

Kevin Drum has a beef with the American People - they like, admire, trust and support John McCain. Click my post title for Kevin's Snit -'Why do people like McCain?' He is very much like most Americans, Kev. He actually has a record of accomplishment. McCain is good at his job. McCain does not suffer fools gladly; nor, is he a bully. John McCain's well documented temper is directed at 'equals' - there are no betters. He's a very kind man, though, not above giving a punk, bully, or loudmouth an Old School Tune-up.

Since St. Valentine's Day, The Democratic Party has engaged in fratricide. Progressive Siblings, Senators Clinton and Obama have crabbed and clawed at one another over the shiny toys - Delegates, Super-delegates, and the popular votes including the uncounted ones in Michigan and Florida.

Bosnia, Bat Guano Crazy Uncle Jeremiah Wright, Domestic Terrorist Neighborhood Buds, Billy Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and Senator Obama's closeted remarks about 'bitter clinging' Americans have put a Democratic Victory in the hazard.

The DNC patina of Unity has been chipped away. A wedge is lodged in heart of Democratic Hopes. John McCain is a Driver.

John McCain is on the Green and putting until November. Kevin Drum and other Soros operatives are howling ancient and toothless canards at John McCain and he is taking his time with these strokes.

The gallery Loves McCain. He can take the pressure. This game is beyond his opponents. Clearly, bowling does not fly with Dean's Dream Team. Tennis is a game for whiny brats. This is the Masters.

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." Alexander Hamilton

John McCain: Well Hush My Beak- Blogger of the Week?

I am delighted with this Honor!

The Good Folks at McCain Victory, spearheaded by my pal Brad Marston, have honored this site with the McCain Victory Blogger of the Week.

It is an honor to work with talented and patriotic women and men helping John McCain get his message of Hope, Self-Reliance, Dignity, Charity and Service to all Americans.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Tinley Park, IL and Rev. Jeremiah Wright - Why Tinley?

Above - Crazy Uncle Jere's Retirement Mansion in Tinley Park, IL

Below - The Old Tinley Park Mental Health Facility that welcomed Katrina Victims

Now that is a two tales of one city!

Marathon Pundit ran an interesting piece last week concerning Pastor Wright (ret.) whose building a stately mansion in Tinley Park, Illinois. Jeremiah Wright gave it to GW Bush good and hard for the callous treatment of Katrina Victims and Senator Obama is on record as saying that Wright 'helped' Katrina Victims.

Ok. How? Metaphorically? Rhetorically? Spiritually? Magically? It does not appear that he did so Financially - according to the Katrina Relief National Report.

Sometimes things fall through the cracks.


Here's something to do on a rainy day.

1. Click my post title to Atlas Shrugs ( HT to Marathon Pundit)
2. Read the page

3. Click on the links provided and read what is there - more importantly read what is not there.

4. Ask yourself some questions

I did last night after catching a snatch of Rev. Wright on the egg-toss put on by the agenda driven Bill Moyers. I asked myself, 'Self, Why do the good folks in Tinley Park get Bat Guano Crazy Uncle Jere?'

Well for years, 'close knit, ethnic Irish Catholic Beverly was home to Calypso Louie Farrakhan. He had no problem borrowing a bag of Weed N'Feed from some Paddy Chump from Christ the King Parish. Imagine the block Party - Louie topped off with turkey taco salad, marshmallow jello mandarin orange salad and Sweet Tea - yanking out the old fiddle. Louie Moved! Off to Berrian County Michigan! Away from the racist Micks.

Tinley Park, Il was ground zero for the State of Illinois efforts to provide shelter and comfort to the suffering people of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The refugees stayed at the old Mental Health Facility on Harlem in Tinley Park. The State of Illinois went flat out to help Katrina victims. I wonder just how Tinley Park was selected as the best site to help the victims of America's greatest natural disaster. Who were the elected officials and appointed board members who pushed the Tinley site? They did a great service to those suffering people.

1. Did Pastor Wright and his church help out the victims of Katrina?

2. How did the Church select Tinley Park, of all places, to settle its Shepherd?

3. Who is footing the bill?

4. Who's Weed 'N Feed is getting borrowed?

Here's start - Rod Blagojevich's State of Illinois Website:

September 14, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich expands Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance Hotline to serve thousands of self-evacuated victims, and the people, organizations and local governments caring for them in Illinois
Hotline hours extended, additional staff answering calls, ensures self-evacuees will have access to full range of resources

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the state’s Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance Hotline (800-843-6154) is offering a broader range of services and will be more available each day to the thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims who made their own way to Illinois, as well as the individuals, community organizations and local governments that have taken them in. The hotline connects displaced victims to state services available to them, ranging from housing assistance to medical care to employment. The American Red Cross estimates that there are more than 6,000 victims displaced by Hurricane Katrina living in Illinois with friends, family or in other temporary housing. Approximately 430 people traveled to Illinois on flights arranged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of Gulf Coast residents left their homes and found their own way to Illinois. While they are here, we will make every effort to connect them to resources and services - whether they need temporary housing, health care for their families, jobs, food or clothing” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Our hotline will also help the many generous individuals and organizations who are trying to make sure evacuees in Illinois are getting the assistance and tools they need to rebuild their lives.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) is coordinating the hotline. Hotline hours of operation are being extending so victims can call any time between 9am and midnight daily to find out what services are available to them. Callers will have one-stop access to all of the State of Illinois’ resources for Katrina victims – from emergency food and shelter to more long-term assistance like unemployment benefits and food stamps. Operators from the Department of Human Services will be able to connect callers to information on:
Financial assistance available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross
Help to evacuees who are looking for loved ones
Enrolling children in preschool, K-12th grade, community colleges and public universities
Energy Assistance that may be available through Illinois’ LIHEAP program to hurricane evacuees placed in temporary or permanent housing
Various healthcare programs offered by the state and federal governments that may be available to evacuees
Temporary and permanent housing available through the states, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Employment available in Illinois and through the U.S. Department of Labor
Change of address forms from the United States Postal Service
Other state and federal services and programs including crisis counseling, unemployment, rehabilitation services, developmental disabilities, veterans benefits, seniors benefits, child care, and substance abuse
Caring for pets affected by Hurricane Katrina

The Governor set up the toll-free number as a part of the state’s centralized effort to assist refugees from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who come to Illinois. The number, 1-800-843-6154, went live Friday, September 2nd, and will stay in service for as long as needed. Displaced victims with access to the internet can find more information on available services at Users can also find a link on the state website to the federal government’s services and assistance available to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29th, Gov. Blagojevich ordered all state agencies to respond in a coordinated manner to help recovery and cleanup efforts in the Gulf Coast, and victims coming into Illinois:

Arriving on four flights arranged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois has received more than 430 displaced victims from the Gulf Coast states. Individuals and families, upon arrival received immediate medical care and were provided housing from the state in Tinley Park, Elgin, Alton and Rockford. The American Red Cross estimates an additional 6,000 displaced victims arrived in Illinois by their own means. Governor Blagojevich announced on September 4th, Illinois is ready to receive as many as 10,000 displaced victims, and has called elected officials, community leaders, not-for-profit organizations, religious institutions and social service providers to match the State of Illinois’ coordinated relief effort to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Gov. Blagojevich deployed more than 1,600 Illinoisans to help Louisiana respond to the devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. The deployments include nearly 600 firefighters and 800 National Guard troops.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is helping displaced victims process unemployment claims and facilitating job searches and job training. IDES and Central Management Services employees have set up remote computer stations in the state facilities in Tinley Park and Alton where the first displaced victims arrived, and are in the process of setting up the same services in Elgin and Rockford, where more evacuees arrived this week.

A group of 100 state employees traveled to Louisiana to help the Louisiana Department of Social Services reach out to victims in remote areas of the state. The volunteers include clerical employees, security personnel, information technology specialists, drivers and mechanics.

The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has reached out to state-chartered banks and thrifts and asked them to provide free check cashing, eliminate ATM service fees and help establish checking and saving accounts for displaced victims now residing in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Revenue has extended filing deadlines to taxpayers from counties damaged by Hurricane Katrina and who owe Illinois taxes, until October 31, 2005.

A total of 134 highly trained law enforcement officers from state and local agencies were deployed to Louisiana. These include Weapons of Mass Destruction teams, Tactical Response teams, Underwater Dive teams, a mobile command post, various all terrain vehicles, boats and trucks.

The Illinois Department of Transportation contributed 500 yards of fencing and 500 stakes on two lowboys pulled by two semis that will be in the law enforcement convoy.

The Governor dispatched a total of 52 members of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Teams (IMERT) to Louisiana to assist with care of the massive number of sick and injured victims from Hurricane Katrina, and dispatched an 11-member Incident Management Team to George County, Mississippi to assist local emergency managers during the crisis.

The Governor ordered the state’s public schools to waive residency requirements and enroll any child displaced by Hurricane Katrina who relocates to live with family, friends or in a shelter in Illinois. To date, more than 400 children displaced by Hurricane Katrina are enrolled in 46 different Illinois school districts.

The state’s 39 community colleges will accommodate any Illinois resident displaced from higher education studies because of the hurricane, while Illinois’ 12 public universities will also take in students affected by the destruction along the Gulf Coast. Students are encouraged to contact admissions offices at each university to being an expedited process to enroll in the institution and to access university services like financial aid.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have offered free camping and removed length of stay requirements for Hurricane victims at all state parks and historic sites that offer camping.

The Illinois Department of Transportation waived certain transportation rules to allow standard-sized semis carrying supplies and materials to Louisiana to be overweight by up to 15,000 pounds when they travel on Illinois roads. Currently, a standard-sized semi is only allowed to weigh 80,000 pounds when traveling through Illinois. IDOT will also grant emergency permits to companies that need to move oversized equipment to the impacted area.

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) made available various items through IEMA’s emergency procurement system including 256,000 half pints of water, 8,500 blankets, 18,300 clothing items, and 2,900 dozen packages of cleaning supplies. IDOC has also delivered 3,000 bedrolls to the Red Cross in Hillside.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs sent toiletries and food to facilities where displaced victims have been housed, and in collaboration with several other federal and private agencies will send food to the Gulf Coast states.

The Department of Central Management Services made available its Bureau of Communication and Computer Services (BCCS) to help provide communications assistance to devastated areas. Using broadband services, including high speed data transmission to remote areas underserved by local carriers, BCCS can provide relief command centers with uplinks for phone and internet access, and also links to shelters so displaced individuals can call loved ones.

The Department of Human Services sent staff skilled in processing Food Stamps, to help the United States Department of Agriculture implement a Disaster Food Stamp program in 25 Louisiana counties.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture made available to the Illinois State Police the Expo Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds as a staging area to consolidate personnel, equipment and supplies in preparation for deployment.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health dispatched twelve specialists to Louisiana. The specialists are members of four environmental health strike teams being sent by the state at the request of the Louisiana Emergency Management Agency. Their expertise includes drinking water, sewage, food safety and food salvage. In addition, two IEPA trucks stocked with emergency response equipment and two IPDH vehicles were deployed.

The People of Illinois did pretty proud work. Catholic Charities to which the young men of Leo High School contributed gave $ 500,000. Chicago Police Officers and Chicago Firefighters went to New Orleans.

What exactly did Pastor Wright do , besides raise money for Katrina?

Did that money make its way to New Orleans?

It does not appear on the Philanthropy News Digest. Huge questions. Millions of them.

John McCain: Crazy Uncle Jere Pigeon-Holes All Us AmericanChickens

He's Back! Get Ready! Bill Moyers has Crazy Uncle Jere ready to toss bat guano at AmeriKKKa and 'garlic nosed' Americans. I love garlic. Can't say the same about the deep thinking Black Liberation Theologian building a mansion in Tinley Park, IL., but he sure explains Barack Obama's vision for America. A jigsaw puzzle of demographics - the University of Chicago Tweedy Dumbers will love this vision, almost as much as they love domestic terrorists.

It is clear to me now. The Great Uniter, Senator Barack Obama is a Balkanizer. His spiritual guide, Bat Guano Crazy Uncle Jeremiah Wright made it clear:

"He's a politician, I'm a pastor. We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor," he said.

Let's he's a pastor, Barack is a politician, I'm a teacher, Billy Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are unapologetic terrorists, my boss is a school President, Tommy Ward is a millwright, most of my family are stationary engineers ( IUOE Local 399), Gino Ford is an electrician, Framin' Eamon is a Carpenter's Framer, Terry is a Choir Director, Tom Roeser is a Renaissance Man, Ron Gidwitz is a Philanthropist, Keith Olbermann is Enormous, J.C. Gutierrez is a Contractor, Eddie Carroll is a Roofer, Ben Vereen is a Hoofer, Jim Frogge is chemist, Nick Novich is a restaurateur, Second City Cop is a Police, John Rubery is a Marthon Pundit, . . . Man we will need subtitles and parsing aplenty in Obama's New Politics America.

Worked swell in the Former Yugoslavia.

No sweat. John McCain speaks like a President of the United States.

Click my post title for the return of Crazy Uncle Jere

Thursday, April 24, 2008

John McCain: Dick 'Iago' Morris Wants to Help - Take it from Carville

"I follow him to serve my turn upon him."

Othello (I, i, 42)

Francis Bacon, Jean Jacques Rousseau, W.E.B. DuBois, and Joe Morris are all political thinkers cut from the very same cloth as Iago in Shakespeare's Othello, The Moor of Venice. Bacon denounced every patron, beginning with the Earl of Essex, Rousseau the children of his mistress to the streets and certain death as well as Diderot, and DuBois stabbed his mentor Booker T. Washington in the back at Niagara Falls in 1905. Lovely chaps one and all.

Dick Morris could make the trio above and their fictional mirror image IAGO look like Faith, Hope, and Charity on picnic with Prudence.

This guy is a beaut. Today he posts advice to John McCain in the Baltimore Sun. The guy is as sharp as a cutter's scalpel and about as warm-hearted. Senator McCain take the advice and show Dick the curb.

Now, the guy I love is Jim Carville. He is the one Democrat who would cover the back of the person who signs his checks. Like John McCain, Carville is the Real Deal and Carville would never cross the street for sacks of gold over his convictions. He also, like McCain has great taste in women. Mr. Carville would take a bullet for his boss. He's a mensch! Dick Morris is Iago.

Click My Post Title for Dick Morris' brilliant but dangerous advice. Cum Grano Salis, Senator!

Chicago Tribune Insulates Bomber Ayers

What a contemptible piece of hack work.

Today's piece on Bill Ayers, a domestic terrorist is absolutely the most gutless of mewings and as thin as the moral tissue of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board that no doubt issued the order to the writer and perfumed the adjectives and nouns according to the influence Ayers and his extended wealth bears on Tribune Editorial Thought.

Bill Ayers, a former radical leader turned academic and school reformer, has never been hesitant to speak his mind.

Although there has been no public response from him since his ties to Barack Obama — the two neighbors served on a charity board together for three years — were brought up during last week's Democratic debate, Ayers said Wednesday that he has a good reason for his silence.

Former Radical Leader - 100% False use of nouns and adjectives. What vomit!

Chicago Medill Media Mousepieces - linked to Ayers wealth at Northwestern and University of Illinois - have insulated these enemies of America and propped up their places as citizens of Chicago.

Readers deserve respect. The Chicago Sun Times is reaping the reward for its Editorial idiocies over the last few years and The Chicago Tribune now stands at the edge as well.

Stay friends with Ayers and Dohrn. Their wealth and influence is more important than truthful reporting.

John McCain: The Ex- Con Kite ( check kite) Runner Explains Obama's Pennsylvania Victory!

This yutz is like having free cable! Ladies and Gents, Bob Creamer, convicted check kiter and Progressive Camp Obama strategist, explains the victory of Obama over Hillary Clinton despite the fact that ten percentage points to Clinton seems to indicate otherwise.

That is why Bob Creamer is must - must I tells ya! - viewing on Huffington Post - Hollywood Squares Without Borders!

Here's Bob - The Terra Haute Federal Prison Alumnus:

All that remains for Clinton are more opportunities for her own campaign to be shut down. If she loses Indiana and North Carolina it will be extremely hard for her to continue. But there is no longer any opportunity for her to defeat Obama.

Clinton's may have won last night, but she failed to do what she needed to do to derail Obama's march to the nomination. In retrospect, Pennsylvania will appear as Clinton's Waterloo.

Robert Creamer is a long time political organizer and strategist and author of the recent book, "Stand Up Straight. How Progressives Can Win," available on

(Now, how can you not wet your britches in the presence of powerful political thought like that - unmatched since Machiavelli argued to stab the boss in the back if things looked dicey for the boss) If 'she loses Indiana and North Carolina . . . it will be extremely hard for her to continue.' Drop the Soap and Stop the Presses!!! Bob! If she loses Primaries - it will be bad? People pay you for this and it's not a crime? Now, how can you hate this country , Bob? And Moms and Dads send their Kids to Camp Obama to learn 'the new politics of Hope?' Bob-Beeeee! Bob, The Shank, Creamer!

Bob is married to the lovely, daffy, and hubris topped off Rep. Jan Schakowsky who is dying to take Senator Obama's place in the U.S. Senate by by-passing the electoral process entirely. Now that's Grassroots.,CST-NWS-senate06.article

Jan makes play for Obama's Seat - You GO! Girl!

"I would be. I certainly would be interested in that. I think it is unseemly and untimely right now to do much beyond stating my interest in that," Schakowsky said Friday in a taping of WMAQ-Channel 5's "City Desk."

Asked if she has a good rapport with Blagojevich, Schakowsky says, "We do have a working relationship, and we have a long-standing friendship. We really haven't discussed this particular issue. I agree with him on his priority of health care and applaud him for the work he has done as the health care governor."

Blagojevich could not be reached for comment.

'It's premature'
Blagojevich's friction with some other Democrats around the state limits the list of obvious officials he would like to appoint to succeed Obama, such as state Comptroller Dan Hynes, who was a runner-up to Obama in the 2004 primary for senate.

Among the more interesting options, Blagojevich could appoint Attorney General Lisa Madigan to keep her from running against him for governor. He could appoint himself senator. He could also appoint Obama ally Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

Asked if he was interested in the appointment, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said through a spokesman he was "intrigued" at the potential of Schakowsky being named, but "it's premature to speculate right now on a replacement for Obama."

If she does get the appointment, Schakowsky will face a lively election fight, with opponents likely making hay of the conviction of her husband, Robert Creamer, for check-kiting to keep his public interest group alive.

'It makes you stronger'
Creamer's prison sentence at the federal penitentiary at Terre Haute strengthened him and their marriage, Schakowsky said.

"If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger," Schakowsky said. "Even that experience at Terre Haute, where [former] Gov. [George] Ryan is now, he wrote a weekly newsletter. He looks to the future. He paid the debt he owed -- no money, his time in jail. It made him an advocate for prison reform. There are a lot of people in prison for crimes of substance abuse."

"City Desk" with Carol Marin airs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. It can also be viewed at

John McCain: Obama/Ayers Gets Chicago Media Cuffed

Chicago News Media get a trimming in an editorial from Editor and Publisher for its lazy fare treatment of the insulation a domestic terrorist and his wife have received from 'hard-hitting' investigative journalists.

I find it sweetly ironic that journalists who enjoy NPR hushed tones when named in the Media for being spoon fed salacious and dubious propaganda from a collection of radical leftist lawyers when slamming Chicago Police Officers for the better part of two years, no get a long-overdue ear pull from their own trade. For years, Chicago 'reporters' have taken direction from G. Flint Taylor, Jon Loevy and the University radical think tanks in helping create Chicago's murderous Thug Comfort Zone. Now, 'the chickens have come home to roost,' as one Chicago theological true man of genius once said.

Ayers' extremist past has "has never bothered anyone in Chicago," Chicago Sun-Times political columnist Lynn Sweet wrote after Obama was questioned about his relationship with Ayers in last week's debate with Hillary Clinton.

"That's why back in the day when Obama was starting his political career -- making a visit to the Ayers home while running for a state Senate seat, and then agreeing to being on panels with him and serve on a foundation board together -- it was no big deal, or any deal, to any local political reporters or to the editorial boards of the Sun-Times or Tribune," Sweet added.

And it's no big deal still to the Tribune editorial board, which has not endorsed a Democrat for president since 1872.

"Ah, we know Ayers too," a Tribune editorial said last week. "And his wife, Bernardine Dohrn. If you know people in Chicago academic circles, chances are you know Ayers and Dohrn. They have not been repentant about their days in the radical, anti-war movement in the 1960s and their time fleeing federal authorities. They should be. There is still time for them to be. But they have done good work in Chicago--Ayers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dohrn at Northwestern University Law School's Children and Family Justice Center."

Ayers also was given the seal of approval by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, nobody's idea of a radical and someone who doesn't need a weatherman to know which way the political winds are blowing.

The Ayers episode is one reason "that Americans are angry about Washington politics," Daley said.

"One more example is the way Sen. Obama's opponents are playing guilt by association, tarring him because he happens to know Bill Ayers," Daley said in a statement issued last week.

Daley called Ayers "a valued member of the Chicago community" who is "worked with me in shaping our now nationally renowned school reform program."

Aid and comfort, aside from individual writers Steve Chapman Steve Huntley and the great John Kass, Chicago's print media has smiled and nodded and even approved of the nesting of two terrorists in Chicago.

The television media, which is particularly shrill and childish when tossing vitriol at Chicago Police Officers gets toasty warm over the terrorists snuggled in Chicago University blankets.

Click my post Title for more from Editor and Publisher

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

John McCain: Tom Hayden of Lefty Vets and Comrade of Billy Ayers Tweaks Hillary's Angry White Women

Cherokee-Blood-On- My-Birkenstock's Philbin, Vasser '64 DID NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY!!! Photo of Cherokee Courtesy of Frank Nofsinger of the great State of Connecticut - Patriot and Womanizer (ret.)

Tom Hayden, the poster boy for Students for a Democratic Society - the Brownies for the Weather Underground - back in the Days of Rage!!!!! - shares his own and his wife's frustrations over the voters who do not goose-step to the Obama Pennsylvania Polka!

Tom was one of the Chicago Seven and later went into the Ben and Jerry's of Activism - soaking the rich through 501(c) 3s - BOOM POWER!

Hayden was sweet on Jane Fonda, who, herself, was spurned by the crippled Yankee Running Dog Air Bandit McCain during his stay at the Hanoi Hilton - Hanoi Jane, of the later day workout tapes, managed to get several American POWs tortured, howsomever, - and I believe one Prisoner was murdered at the hands of Peoples Liberation Army - when Fonda ratted-out these pilots for palming a message to their families with her. They thought that the daughter of a WWII Navy Man, and a movie star at that, would give them a hand. Nope. Old Henry Fonda had to be busting his buttons with pride over that stunt by Jane.

Seems a shame the Hanoi Jane was never brought up on treason charges, but what the hell do I know? Rather, whom do I know? No one with that kind of JUICE.

John McCain refused to speak or even meet with Fonda - who wanted the plum visit with the son of the Pacific Fleet Commander. Ah, Memories!

Well, Tom Hayden, while earnest and radically active, has a face like a smashed ass - no big deal so do I - and Jane gave him the gate. Evidently, another Sister of the Struggle gave Hayden the Hands On signal - anyway - ( Gabby little bastard ain't I?) Hayden pushed out a piece for the Grecian Formula of Obama Doctrine (Huffington Post - Hollywood Squares Without Borders) on this, the morning of Obama's crushing Keystone Wake-Up Call. It seems Tom Hayden's Missus hates Hillary - and, now, so does Summer of Love Hayden:

To use the current terminology, Hillary people are bitter people, even more bitter than the white working class voters Barack has talked about. Because they circle the wagons so tightly, they don't recognize how identical, self-reinforcing and out-of-touch they are.

To take just one example, the imagined association between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers will suffice. Hillary is blind to her own roots in the Sixties. In one college speech she spoke of ecstatic transcendence; in another, she said, "our social indictment has broadened. Where once we exposed the quality of life in the world of the South and the ghettos, now we condemn the quality of work in factories and corporations. Where once we assaulted the exploitation of man, now we decry the destruction of nature as well. How much long can we let corporations run us?" She was in Chicago for three nights during the 1968 street confrontations. She chaired the 1970 Yale law school meeting where students voted to join a national student strike again an "unconscionable expansion of a war that should never have been waged." She was involved in the New Haven defense of Bobby Seale during his murder trial in 1970, as the lead scheduler of student monitors. She surely agreed with Yale president Kingman Brewster that a black revolutionary couldn't get a fair trial in America. She wrote that abused children were citizens with the same rights as their parents. [75] Most significantly in terms of her recent attacks on Barack, after Yale law school, Hillary went to work for the left-wing Bay Area law firm of Truehaft, Walker and Burnstein, which specialized in Black Panthers and West Coast labor leaders prosecuted for being communists. Two of the firm's partners, according to Treuhaft, were communists and the two others "tolerated communists". Then she went on to Washington to help impeach Richard Nixon, whose career was built on smearing and destroying the careers of people through vague insinuations about their backgrounds and associates. [all citations from Carl Bernstein's sympathetic biography, A Woman in Charge, 2007, pp. 67,69,70,75, 83]

Ah, the 60's! Ubi Sunt! They are giving poor old Barack Obama's Campaign the Flashback Miseries and the Twizzles! Lord Have Mercy.

Click My Post Title for Hayden's Symphony in Flat Tones
Tom Hayden

John McCain: It Sure Looks Like There's A Lot of Sunshine on Obama's Underground Man

Chicago's best writer newspaper columnist since Finley Peter Dunne, Chicago Tribune's John Kass blows more sunshine on Senator Barack Obama's ties to domestic terrorist Billy Ayers. More importantly, Kass floods Billy Ayer's bolt-hole from Underground Man to Distinguished Professor at University of Illinois -Chicago Campus by asking the tweedy partisans just how an unrepentant bomber of America got a job in the first place.

A few years later, Ayers got his job as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And Dohrn was employed at the Children and Family Justice Center affiliated with Northwestern University's School of Law.

I've always been fascinated as to how the radical underground stop running and get jobs in academia. Is there a Terrorist Patronage Office for Rich White People? And how did a convicted Dohrn get hired to teach at a law school?

"I am afraid I don't know an answer to that," NU spokesman Alan Cubbage said. "The person who was the dean at the time is no longer with the law school. And the person who was the president at the time is no longer the president. So I just don't know."

Cubbage did not mention that Ayers' late father—Commonwealth Edison boss Thomas Ayers—was an NU trustee and former board chairman. UIC spokesman Mark Rosati couldn't help either, but suggested I file a Freedom of Information Act request to find out how terrorists get hired by taxpayers.

"It's nothing personal," Rosati said.

How amusing. They don't want to explain how terrorists were hired, so they know nothing.

It might work now, but it won't work in the fall, when Broadway Baby opens for a run, in a campaign commercial near you.

Nothing personal. Mark, I take the weather personally. I have a warm and fuzzy feeling that John Kass just loves a snotty crack from an Ivory Tower aparatchik. Expect a journalistic tune-up shorty. Nothing personal - business - the Nation's business.

Click my post title for more from the great John Kass.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Senator Obama Pal Bill Ayers 'Just Neighborhood Guy' - Like Ken Hansen.

If domestic terrorist Billy Ayers can be equated to Senator Tom Coburn, does it follow that Billy Ayers can be equated to child murderer and Helen Brach conspirator Ken Hansen? University of Chicago Professor Cass Sunstein poses the root neighborhood gambit - we meet all kinds in our neighborhoods.

The New Republic gave University of Chicago's Cass Sunstein an opportunity to talk about Billy Ayers, domestic terrorist and UICC tenured professor of Education, as a neighborhood guy. The neighborhood is Hyde Park, nestled along the strip of land detailed and designed with parks and the fabulous Midway by Daniel Burnham and home to Rockefeller largess planted University of Chicago - where intellectual nativism the American Protective Association flourished at the start of the last century. Academic Arcadia. Mors -et in Arcadia ego!

Doc Sunstein has this to say about the neighborhood bomber and Senator Obama's relationship:

Ayers is one of numerous people, in the Chicago area, whom Barack Obama has run across. Obama has much closer relationships with numerous conservatives on the University of Chicago faculty, many of whom have given money to Obama's campaign, and many of whom have talked to him at length and been at social occasions with him.

I know for a fact that Obama has actually played basketball with Richard Epstein, a libertarian on the law school faculty who has written some pretty controversial things on property rights and government regulation. I also know that Obama has had a number of conversations with former law school dean Daniel Fischel, a Reagan Republican who has written some pretty controversial things on corporations and government regulation.

True, Ayers apparently had a small party for Obama back in 1995; true, Ayers gave some small sum of money to one of Obama's campaigns; and true, Ayers and Obama simultaneously served, for a time, on a board of a local organization, the Woods Fund, which helps disadvantaged children. But there was nothing even vaguely like a close relationship between them; and it would be easy to identify countless people, since 1995, with whom Obama has had much closer associations.

Now, Let's say that an ambitious young politician from Mount Greenwood neighborhood in Chicago, made a bid for the Illinois Senate in the early 1990's and was invited to a meet and greet at the home of . . . let's say Ken Hansen*. Impressed the aging and reclusive man and accepted a $200 campaign contribution; later, served on a Mount Greenwood Park Board with Old Ken and had his picture taken with Old Ken and learned that Ken was friendly with the horsey set up in Gurnee - fabulous Jayne Brothers e. g.. Old Ken went underground, but, unlike Billy Ayers, didn't have friends in Philanthropy or Academia.

Oh, I suppose that some folks might have raised an eyebrow or two. That might have been the subject of a series of news accounts: unless, of course, Ken Hansen had been named a Distinguished Professor of Pop Culture at some Hansen Endowed University.

I wonder how many Nazi rocket scientists who helped Werner Von Braun develop the Buzz Bombs and V-2s that dropped on London got comfortable and neighborly in an insulated Academic 'Hood? Or do they call them NeighborCowls over there?

In the summer of 1994, Mr. Hansen sensed the investigation was closing in on him, Mr. Rotunno said.

“He was asking a neighbor, ‘Are there any police around watching my house?’ ” recalled Mr. Rotunno, adding that Mr. Hansen had even packed a suitcase to leave town when Mr. Grady arrested him in August of that year.

He was arrested on an arson charge in a 1972 fire at a suburban Chicago stable and charged later the same day with killing the boys.

During Mr. Hansen’s trial, prosecutors contended that the three boys were hitchhiking when they were picked up by Mr. Hansen, 22 at the time, who took them to the stable where he worked. They said he sexually abused at least one of them and strangled them all.

Mr. Hansen was convicted in 1995, but the Illinois Appellate Court overturned the conviction five years later after determining that the jury should not have heard evidence that Mr. Hansen had cruised the streets, picking up boys for sexual relations.

Mr. Hansen went on trial again in 2002 and, after deliberating a little more than two hours, a jury found him guilty again. Mr. Hansen was sentenced to 200 to 300 years in prison.

Monday, April 21, 2008

John McCain: Michigan Fats Rolls out for Obama Calling Straight Talk Express "The Death Train"

Flint's own heavyweight, Michael Moore, galumphed onto the national stage with his rhetorical corpulence! He endorsed . . . John Mc . . .had you there, Senator Barack Obama!

On eve of the Pennsylvania Primary, Michigan Fats, gives a shout out to Keystone Kos-ovoans with his usually jolly aplomb-pudding - figgy-pudding:

But the question I keep hearing is... 'can he win? Can he win in November?' In the distance we hear the siren of the death train called the Straight Talk Express. We know it's possible to hear the words "President McCain" on January 20th. We know there are still many Americans who will never vote for a black man. Hillary knows it, too. She's counting on it.

Deathtrain - boy, that sure sure puts the Nazi sprinkles all over this dish - didn't Bill Maher do the Third Reich to some concern only last week? Mach Nicht, Lefties love it! Unless, of course Liberal Fascism gets spooned into the sundae.

Thin gruel, Hungry Mike, for most Americans; but, emaciated pasty dopes like Bill Maher, bloated wind-bags like Olbermann and Mannish Boy Maddows ( 'The Lion I shoot!')wolf it down.

Flint's Round Mound of Retro-Revolution, Moore gets a few digs in at the Pope in his Old Country Buffet plateful of progressive prosing, which makes sense for a guy who found the Easter Sunday domestic terrorists in Chicago who attacked worshippers with fake blood at Holy Name Cathedral righteous good fare! He ate it up!

Big Britches filled to capacity!

Click my post title for Moore Dinty Stew!

John McCain: Senator Obama's Friends Draw His Lines in the Sand

Click my post title for Erik Ericson's report on Obama Change Agent Larry Lessig's oafish testimony for before the Senate Commerce Commission - all the links are there.

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
Theodore Roosevelt

The DNC has lacquered the Barack Obama Campaign with every 'reform' movement in this country and beyond:

Here's pretty impressive list of reformers and others:
Social and political activists
Liz Abzug, co-founder and director of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and daughter of Bella Abzug[561]
Luis Alejo, Watsonville Planning Commission[562]
Joan Baez, singer, peace and human rights activist[563]
Tom Bernstein, lawyer, businessman and human rights activist[96]
Rev. Claude Black, Jr., civil and human rights activist[564]
Ellen Bravo, feminist activist[565]
Maria Buell, district director of League Of United Latin American Citizens[562]
Shepard Fairey, street artist and activist[566]
Jane Fonda, actress and political activist[567]
Tom Hayden, anti-war activist, former California State Senator[568]
Rev. Joseph Lowery, minister and leader in the American civil rights movement [569]
Omar Mercado, deputy district director of League Of United Latin American Citizens[562]
Kate Michelman, pro-choice activist, former head of NARAL[570]
Eric Stern, gay rights activist.[497]
Carlos Ramos, voting-rights activist and President of the Monterey chapter of the League Of United Latin American Citizens[562]
Michael Ratner, human rights lawyer, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights[571]
Juan Uranga, director of the Center for Community Advocacy[562]
Naomi Wolf, co-founder, American Freedom Campaign[572] [edit] Political groups
Alabama New South Coalition[573]
American Hunters and Shooters Association[574]
Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago[575]
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now[576]
Texas political blog Burnt Orange Report[577]
California Legislative Black Caucus[197]
Cook County Democratic Organization[578]
Houston GLBT Political Caucus[497]
Democratic Party of Illinois[578]
Mexican American Political Association[579]
MoveOn.Org[580] Virginia political blog Raising Kaine[581]

[edit] Foreign political leaders
Wouter Bos, Minister of Finance and deputy prime minister of The Netherlands[730]
Michael Ignatieff, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada[731]
Toshio Murakami, Mayor of Obama, Japan[732]
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden[733]
Ségolène Royal, former French Socialist presidential candidate [734

These lists are from Wikepedia and the emphasis my own. Senator Barck Obama is beginning to make clear his vision for America. That is not a vision that I happen to share. If Bil Maher thought that I was a pretty good guy, I'd be worried; but, that's just me.

The more Americans ask questions of his campaign, the more this clear distinction between the Democratic National Committee's vision and that of the rest of the country will be more evident, as it was when Senator Kerry was in Senator Obama's shoes. Those Florsheims are getting pretty scuffed and cracked about now.

The British foreign press is getting it.

This is from the Times On-Line of the UK:

The Obama attacks over the weekend followed his weak performance in Wednesday’s TV debate with Mrs Clinton when he struggled to answer some barbed questions. Mrs Clinton scorned his subsequent complaint that she had sought to “twist the knife” in him, saying that if he did not like the heat “he should get out of the kitchen”. Aides to Mr Obama privately acknowledge that they have at times struggled to find the right balance between the “hope agenda” and the need to demonstrate that he is robust enough to withstand a Republican onslaught in the election in November.

They are playing down his prospects of winning Pennsylvania in tomorrow’s primary, suggesting the advantages that Mrs Clinton has with older and white working-class voters means that Mr Obama will do well to keep her margin of victory to single digits. His lead in delegates means that he should still win the Democratic nomination whatever the result.

If she loses tomorrow’s vote, both sides acknowledge that Mrs Clinton will come under enormous pressure to pull out of a race which many Democrats fear is beginning to damage their White House prospects. But a victory for Mrs Clinton could reinforce emerging doubts about Mr Obama.

John McCain, the Republican nominee, seized upon renewed controversy over Mr Obama’s friendship with William Ayers, an “unrepentant terrorist” from the Weather Underground. He said what was “really bordering on the outrageous” was Mr Obama’s comparison last week of Ayers with the Republican Senator Tom Coburn – a doctor “who brings babies into life” rather than a man who is on record as wishing he “had bombed more”.

The choice of John McCain was clear to me some time ago.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

John McCain: WSJ Takes Up Obama/Ayers/WoodsFund Network

The question about Senator Obama's association with Bill Ayers is being taken up by the Wall Street Journal.

Sen. Clinton is almost certainly right. The Internet already has numerous references to Sen. Obama and Mr. Ayers. Sean Hannity, the conservative host of Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, has devoted more than one show recently to the subject.

Sen. Obama puts up no argument. "That was the rollout of the Republican campaign against me," Sen. Obama said Thursday of the debate, pledging to a North Carolina audience to respond "sharply and crisply" when it does arise.

But first Sen. Obama has begun with Sen. Clinton, noting during the debate that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, during the last days of his administration, commuted the sentences of two Weather Underground members, including Susan Rosenberg, who was involved in the 1981 heist of a Brinks armored truck in New York that left two policemen dead.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Howard Wolfson, communications director for the Clinton campaign, sidestepped a question about whether Sen. Clinton approved of her husband's pardoning Ms. Rosenberg and Linda Sue Evans, a Weather Underground member implicated in several bombings in the 1980s.

Sen. Clinton is correct that Sen. Obama once served as a director for the Woods Fund and that Mr. Ayers continues to; the post pays a $6,000 annual salary. The charity which is funded by an endowment valued in 2006 at $72 million, dispenses roughly $3 million a year to about 80 Chicago-based charities, most of which are involved in neighborhood development or education initiatives. The president of the charity is Deborah Harrington; a current board member said the charity decided recently that she alone would field calls from the press. Ms. Harrington was out sick Thursday and was unable to comment, her office said.

The charity was set up in the 1950s as an offshoot of one operated by a Lincoln, Neb., telephone executive and his family.

Mr. Ayers is by far the most controversial figure on the board; most of the current and former members of the panel are prominent business leaders or businessmen.

Click my Post Title for the Full Story.

It appears that this story has legs like Cyd Charisse. John Rubery of Marathon Pundit has been doing the heavy lifting on this story, since well before Senator Obama put in his bid for the White House.

Ayers/Obama/Woods Fund has surfaced in the hot story of the fighting taking place in Columbia with focus on Ayers' active participation in this matter.

The Dangerous Scene On The Colombo-Ecuadorean Border (Time) #
Sat Apr 19 13:58:08 UTC 2008
The Colombo-Ecuadorean border is probably Latin America's most dangerous, (although the Colombo-Venezuelan border must be a close runner up) and it was in this area that the Colombia army struck at FARC chieftain Raul Reyes on March 1. A Time reporter went and explored the place, and though it is little more than travelogue, gives the feel for what it is like. Having been there once, we think it's accurate. It presents a nuanced picture of all that is going on over there on both sides.

The Ayers connection is only now getting underway and it is a matter of much more pith and moment than the Obama Campaign suggests.

MSNBC - Keith Olbermann - Borrow A Pair

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Hi C? Nope. Capri Sun? Damn tasty! Keith Olbermann? Now, your talking Margaret! America's Number One Juice Bag!

Keith, borrow a pair from your twin, my God! Last night's laugh track snit about George Stephanapoulos asking pointed questions of Kid Hope on Tuesday Night was a hoot.

Borrow a pair, not glasses you had them on for effect, something most guys have and know what their for - no not cuff-links.

Here, Juice Bag ( You are # 1. Absolute and Undisputed), let me explain things to you - not that you'll read this, but rather for my three readers who cling to their faith in my rock-solid support for core American values, tasty back ribs, Green River Lime Soda, University of Chicago Football, the intrinsic goodness of most American and the need to pull the pants down on loud-mouth phonies - like most of the crew at MSNBC.

I fear no man, but Rachel Maddow scares the bejabbers out of me - she's got a neck on her John Matuszak, in robust good health, and could probably pop a pour spout into a big can of Quaker State faster than Janet Guthrie in the old days. Keith, keep a leash on your twin. That was some great commercial back in the 1970's, Janet Guthrie, the race car Driver (pre-NASCAR) probably had muscles in her poop, for Crissakes.

Now, to the facts:

1. John McCain's sins, which are blacker than a wad of chewed old Black Jack Gum spit on a roasting Chicago blacktop roof in August, are out in Full Public View.

2. Everyone, but my 18 year old son, who can recite the entire NFL roster including taxi-squads, knows about them. Wikipedia has them all; McCain wrote about them himself - we got it. Barack? All first time issues for Americans.

3. Barack Obama has allowed his Campaign to do what John Kerry's Campaign did - they made him unelectable - oh, he'll win the Democratic Nomination barring any new revelations before Tuesday's Pennsylvania Primary - by the majority of Americans, because he has fruitcakes like you, Rachel, Catholic Hater Bill Maher, Kid Nepotism Dan Abrams of The Tool Shed MSNBC, Arianna Huffington and her Hollywood Squares shilling for him.

4. John McCain is one of us. He's an American. A good guy - and that is what is alien to you sponge cakes. We do not give a fat rat's ass about his sins, peccadillo's, temper, associations or wardrobe, because we already know him. He is out in the full public eye.

5. Barack Obama - Barry We Hardly Knew Ye, is another tale of a far different cat and what we are learning about Barack deserves great scrutiny.

6. John McCain will win in November by the largest margin of any President in modern times. Stay tuned, but have someone who works for a living explain it you.

7. You are coming unglued, boy - Not that I give full, furious, flatulent firestorm.

8. Borrow a pair, like I said. Marbles. Practice, Practice, Practice and you might hit something. Try not to lose them . . . too late!