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Fairweatherman friendship?:Testimony of a victim of Professor Ayers' terrorism

This appeared today on JohnMcCain.com:

Statement From John M.Murtagh On Barack Obama's Relationship With William Ayers

ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, John M. Murtagh made the following statement on Barack Obama's relationship with William Ayers:

"When I was 9 years-old the Weather Underground, the terrorist group founded by Barack Obama's friend William Ayers, firebombed my house. Barack Obama has dismissed concerns about his relationship with Ayers by noting that he was only a child when Ayers was planting bombs at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. But Ayers has never apologized for his crimes, he has reveled in them, expressing regret only for the fact that he didn't do more.

"While Barack Obama once downplayed his relationship with Ayers, today his campaign took that deceit one step further. Barack Obama now denies he was even aware of his friend's violent past when, in 1995, Ayers hosted a party launching Obama's political career. Given Ayers' celebrity status among the left, it's difficult to believe. The question remains: what did Obama know, and when did he know it? When did Obama learn the truth about his friend? Barack Obama helped Ayers promote his book in 1997, served on charitable boards with him through 2002, and regularly exchanged emails and phone calls with him through 2005. At what point did Barack Obama discover that his friend was an unrepentant terrorist? And if he is so repulsed by the acts of terror committed by William Ayers, why did the relationship continue? Any honest accounting by Barack Obama will necessarily cast further doubt on his judgment and his fitness to serve as commander in chief.

"Barack Obama may have been a child when William Ayers was plotting attacks against U.S. targets -- but I was one of those targets. Barack Obama's friend tried to kill my family."

In February 1970 John Murtagh's father was a New York State Supreme Court justice presiding over the trial of the so-called "Panther 21," members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at their home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. A few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse. In late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers's wife, promised more bombings.

Read John Murtagh's Account Of The Weather Underground's Attack


Comments (18)

This in response to Michael's point about no one's commenting on these items. Frank is here suffering from an unfortunate fact about the blogosphere: One is more motivated to growl about a post one disagrees with than to nod about a post one agrees with. Do see my comments in Maximos's post on Ayers to see that I agree: It matters that Obama thinks it just hunky dory to have had his campaign for senate launched in this terrorist's house.

Perhaps you are right, Lydia. But I have been reading it as a massive nonchalance concerning facts. I think that facts have little weight anymore, just as I think reasoned arguments have little weight anymore.

In other words, the public schools are exerting their unmistakable impact.

The redoubtable Lawrence Auster makes a good point here about an actual practical application of Obama's behavior in connection with Ayers:


I am not hereby endorsing the moral Auster draws from this re. voting for McCain. But I think he makes a good point about how Obama's behavior here could play out on the world scene. Character does, after all, count.

As many "cranks" predicted, free trade ideology, the accumulation of national debt and the head-first pursuit of a globalist agenda, has lead America to lose control of her destiny. Will Obama worsen the trand? Sure, but not by giving Hugo Chavez keys to the Penatagon. All he has to do is give us more of the same and throw-in some cultural Marxism. Rewrite the rules, indeed.

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said political leaders are discussing the idea of closing the world's financial markets while they ``rewrite the rules of international finance.''

``The idea of suspending the markets for the time it takes to rewrite the rules is being discussed,'' Berlusconi said today after a Cabinet meeting in Naples, Italy. A solution to the financial crisis ``can't just be for one country, or even just for Europe, but global.''

I am not hereby endorsing the moral Auster draws from this re. voting for McCain.

Does this even need to be said anymore in order to distance one's self from such the GOP pariah, I mean, candidate?

Yes, we know -- McCain is as bad as Obama; yaddi-yaddi-yada...

We. Get. It.

Take pleasure knowing that the candidate you deserve will now be assuming the highest office in the land.

Mission Accomplished.

While I respect Auster's judgment, I think that he is mistaken in his estimation of the probability of radicalism (assuming a radicalism distinct in nature from the globalist/interventionist consensus) in the foreign policy of an Obama administration. Obama is a creature of the foreign policy establishment, dutifully reciting the symbols of faith at every opportunity. The foreign-policy segments of the presidential debates have been positively Seinfeldian, if it is even sensible to describe such privative experiences as though they possessed some reality. If, therefore, there should occur any thaw in US-Iran relations during an Obama administration, that thaw will occur in precise measure as dictated by the foreign policy establishment, which has lately signaled that it wishes to draw down American involvement in the Middle East, so as to redirect American attentions upon the pseudo-threat of a nation in full-fledged demographic collapse, dependent upon resource extraction revenues if it is not to collapse into dozens of petty kleptocracies.

No, an Obama adminstration will afford the Eternal Return of the Same, in foreign policy, internationalism, corporatist economics, inflected only by a bit of cultural Marxism, which you would get from just about any Democrat with a national platform - it's how they rally their base.

McCain is as bad as Obama; yaddi-yaddi-yada...

Actually, Ari, I don't think that, and I've never said it. I haven't even said the yadda, yadda part.


Respectfully, I just don't see what meaningful purpose it serves to dump on a man who's clearly lost the elections at this point.

It's almost worse than adding insult to injury.

Watching a military hero of his stature stumble so carelessly in the 2nd Presidential Debate was like watching a senile old man attempting to find his way home from the grocery store.

Obama seemed he possessed the confidence of a Reagan then as in the "There you go again" Regean/Carter 1980 debate, with his smiling at McCain while McCain clumsily attempted to answer questions from the audience -- just like how Reagan had done as he smiled watching Carter actually bore the audience to death with detail after detail (the very opposite of what McCain did in his debate).

Give McCain a break.

Allow him the graceful exit he deserves.

Vote For Him.

The cultural hot-buttons have been pushed one too many times, and have yielded too little in terms of actual governance to work in this environment. Besides, other than Lieberman, who started out as a far Left activist himself back in New Haven during the early "70's, is there any national Democratic figure who wouldn't stock his/her Administration with aging revolutionaries and BMW Bolsheviks? The whole dog bites man narrative is a yawn. Especially for those who consider the GOP establishment a mausoleum for Machiavellians.

"...it wishes to draw down American involvement in the Middle East, so as to redirect American attentions upon the pseudo-threat of..."(Russia).

Draw-down? Operations in the Middle East are expanding, albeit through redeployment of a stretched to the breaking point military. Obama wants the political capital generated by bagging bin Laden in Pakistan and ignores the inferno that would follow an intrusion into the dark heart of Jihadia. Earning street creds as a tough guy can also be earned by a strike on Iran and might prove too tempting to pass up during a period of domestic strife.

I'm as disgusted as you by our mishandling of Russia, but to claim she is now the focal point of our foreign policy is an implausible overstatement. Despite the financial meltdown a sense of limits has not yet kicked in with our civilian militarists. They really believe they can orchestrate a world order to their liking. My fear is of their growing more reckless in their armed diplomacy as the economic crisis grows and their wall-maps shrink.

(1) So, Obama thinks Bin Laden is still alive?

I'd like to see real proof supporting his belief.

(2) So, you think an inferno would happen if we went into the dark heart of Jihadia?

The inferno already happened. Thousands died. You probably saw it. That's why we went in. You've got the sequence backwards.

You're probably right; bin Laden has already taken up residence in Hell. How else to explain his not releasing a video offering to replenish the 401k of anyone who converts and consents to a couple of weeks of light firearms training? Which makes an invasion of the world's 6th largest country all the more insane, and frankly, increasingly likely to happen.

You are absolutely right: We sometimes do insane things. What often passes for statesmanship today is something halfway between a right wing train wreck and a leftist suicide pact.

I'm not saying that the middle of the road is where we ought to be. I don't believe that for a moment. But it sometimes feels as if Edmund Burke never lived and Adam Smith never wrote.

Here's my suggestion: Let's just make George Will king and have an end to nonsense.


Especially for those who consider the GOP establishment a mausoleum for Machiavellians.

If the GOP establishment is but a mausoleum for Machiavellians, what do you make of the Democrats? Saints?

The rabid stalwarts of the Culture of Death, in addition to painting themselves as Saviours of The Republic, are now re-writing an already overly embellished narrative even further (ironically, with the help of some misguided Paleos!) -- depicting themselves this time as saintly figures deserving of canonization, of all things!

St. Barack Osama, Pray for Us!

Ari, you’re right; the Democrat Party is a seminary for social Darwinists and a monastery for misanthropes. Within its hallowed walls, one learns the arguments for administering merciless entrance exams to life itself and the splendid electoral and governing benefits of warehousing the nation’s poor on a hellish, polyglot urban plantation. Justice and self-preservation demand an alternative rise up against it. The task begins by acknowledging that the current GOP fails in that regard.

Just last Friday, I had heard on a BusinessWeek simulcast that along with the Democrats winning the Office of the Presidency with Barack Osama; they're also poised to achieve a 60 Vote Demoractic Majority Vote in the Senate! At the beginning of the year, the projections had the Democrats picking up, at best, 4 or 5 seats. This huge turnabout (which was never even imagined at the beginning of the year!) is, as I had mentioned once before, due to the bad economy that's really helping the Democrats.

The 10/11 NRO article entitled "The Indefinable Barack Obama" by Mark Steyn puts it best in the conclusion:

If the more frightening polls are correct, America is about to elect the most left-wing government in history: an Obama Oval Office, a Pelosi House of Representatives, a filibuster-proof Senate and a year or two down the road maybe three new Supreme Court justices. It would be a transformational Administration that would start building (in Michelle Obama’s words) “the world as it should be.” That big empty hole in the heart of the Obama logo will not stay blank for long.

SOURCE: http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=NzFiZDgzZDY0ZTUzMTY2NjI2MzQwZmQzZTdjNDNiMzE=

So, kudos to all (anti-McCain paleos & neocons alike) who will help usher in this New Age where Left is King!

JM gets at least two votes, Ari: yours and mine.

JM gets at least two votes, Ari: yours and mine.

With how easily the hearts of the populace have been won by the Messiah of The Left, it almost makes one become Monarchist!

Since George Will got schooled yesterday by Krugman on the financial crisis, I am not inclined to give George any power beyond his current influence. Although he deserves some respect for what is often his pragmatic approach to social wedge issues.

Ari, the current projections are for 56 or (less likely) 57 Democratic seats in the Senate. Not filibuster-proof, but close.

I don't want to tempt fate by specifying what is good and bad about the strategies of the two major campaigns, other than to say that most of the fundamental trends are stacked against the Republicans this time around. Even with that significant headwind advantage, Obama is only about 5 points over the margin of error nationwide. The problem for McCain is that Obama has a substantial lead in enough of the former battleground states to win the electoral college. McCain has to flip Ohio and Florida to his column to have any chance at all of winning, and he is trailing in both states.

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