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President Obama’s despicable friends

By From page A11 | July 04, 2014

It had been a long time since I saw one of this country’s vilest citizens, but there he was, sitting for a two-part, two-night interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

If you’re over 50, you might be familiar with Bill Ayers, who, with his equally despicable wife Bernadine Dohrn, were the inspiration for the Weather Underground. The Weather Underground was a spinoff, so to speak, from Students for a Democratic Society.

If you’re wondering how I can condemn Ayers and Dohrn, together for many years, let me give you a sample of Dohrn’s attidude toward society. Here was her comment on the Charles Manson murders, also known as the Tate-LaBianca killings (by the way, she made these comments in a speech attended by more than 400 people, so there should be no question about their accuracy): “First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig (Sharon) Tate’s stomach. Wild!”

Perhaps I should explain why I’m talking about those two angels, Ayers and Dohrn, other than the fact that I saw the lengthy Ayers interview on Fox. It’s because of an event that’s significance is still being debated.

Back in 1995, when Barack Obama was running for the Illinois state senate, a fundraiser was held at the Ayers-Dohrn residence for the candidate. People familiar with Ayers and Obama insist that they were friends, but Obama, when pressed on the issue, claims that he only knew Ayers “in passing.” Perhaps, to paraphrase William Shakespeare, the president doth protest too much.

Having given you the tip of the violent, revolutionary iceberg, I’d like to get “closer” to the story.

It seems that Dohrn, unhappy with the early actions of the Underground, urged the group to up the level of violence. Her “advice” was taken seriously and on March 6, 1970. I was newly married and 1½ years back from Vietnam. I was also sitting in the student coffee shop at the New School on 12th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. All of a sudden, there was a thunderous noise, which rattled the windows right next to where I was sitting.

Within minutes, at least a dozen emergency vehicles – police, fire, ambulance – converged on the former location of a townhouse across from the New School. It just happened that Dustin Hoffman, who wasn’t there, owned the townhouse next to the now-obliterated site. If you’ve heard the story, you’ll know that the explosion was caused by the early detonation of an extremely powerful dynamite bomb packed with nails. The three bombmakers, I’m still glad to say, were killed when the bomb went off. They were members, of course, of the Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn-inspired Weather Underground.  The bomb, in a twist of fate, was intended for an NCO dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey, that night.

The regrets after the explosion seemed more directed at the loss of life of fellow members of the Underground, rather than the intended targets, members of the United States Army. This event still has a hold on me, not only because I distinctly felt the explosion, but, incidentally, I had done my basic training at Fort Dix.

Oh, maybe the future president of the United States didn’t know the “pedigree” of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn when he was honored at their house.

Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]

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  • DanielJuly 04, 2014 - 8:10 am

    This is old news but if the lame-stream had vetted Obama, at all, he wouldn't have had a chance. The same lame-stream with Dan Rather willing to sacrifice his career on a shoddy 35 year old alleged Bush AWOL story, that even if true, wouldn't have swayed even one vote, yet it displays the magnitude of their bias. We don't know what Barrack's grades were in any grade, why his name was Barry Sotero when he was an Indonesian citizen? We know virtually nothing about his family in Kenya including an impoverished brother whom Barrack ignores. It's amazing the con job that the lame-stream pulled on us and to this day they're not covering all the negative news and how Obama is abusing the federal government like not investigating who is really paying the $4,000 to the coyotes for each impoverished S. American dumped at our border? How did ISIS get their hands on sophisticated American weapons, where was this army training at all this time? Why aren't the new daily deaths in the VA being covered with appointments still backed up? Is everyone aware that Obamacare has been postponed for 80% of the rest of us Americans and in November (unless he postpones the pain again) all workers are going to be walloped with massive premium increases, big deductibles and less coverage? No wonder so many watch FOX, it's the only place that covers some of the real news that's going on under our nose.

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  • UnabashedProgressiveJuly 04, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Unless, of course, one defines "real news" as "not completely fact-based," "founded upon redefinition of the entire lexicon," and "self-righteous moral hypocrisy."

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  • Teach5thJuly 04, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Too frequently, those who criticize FOX News have never, ever watched the channel. Those folks will vote for someone like Hillary Clinton and not acknowledge the fact that she lies and lies and is seldom outed for those lies. Most recently were her statements about the Hobby Lobby ruling. Check them out for yourself. All lies! And what about the liar in the Oval Office. "You can keep your doctor . . .", was just one of the many. Do you acknowledge these facts, UP?

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  • CD BrooksJuly 04, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Teach5th, I never watch FOX (except for sports) and why would I? I can tune in here and get all the lies I need from you Neo-cons. If you bothered to check, you’d know the evidence about their editing practices and unabashedly admitting to lying is well documented. Hope you have nice and safe 4th! :)

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  • CD BrooksJuly 04, 2014 - 9:31 am

    SO Daniel, you cut and paste to recap your weeks worth of ranting? Not that there's anything right with that! ;)

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  • rlw895July 04, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Daniel: If all these questions are being raised on FOX, why isn't FOX, at least, getting the answers and scooping everybody else?

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  • UnabashedProgressiveJuly 04, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Your pal George Bush has some despicable friends as well. They started started two completely unnecessary wars in which thousands of people did a lot more than just "distinctly feel" an explosion---and then have the unmitigated gall to retch out complaints about how their not-so-little mess gets cleaned up. But you won't grouse about THAT, will you? Can't have it both ways, Bud.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 04, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Where is Crutchfield crying, "Hey, Shakespeare never said that."???

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  • DanielJuly 04, 2014 - 9:38 am

    How many Americans know about the deletion of the IRS subpoenaed emails all being deleted and allegedly computer conveniently crashing or that Hillary claimed she was impoverished while making millions? Or how about NSA spying including domestic drones if the alleged progressives weren't such political hacks they would acknowledge that we have something going on here much worse than Nixon, if the lame stream pounded the nightly drumbeat about Bush allegedly lying about WMDs in Iraq can you imagine if they reported the real news about what's happening in this nation today? Obama's approval rating would be below zero.

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  • DanielJuly 04, 2014 - 9:51 am

    How many Americans know that previously if you were an employee at Hobby Lobby that their insurance policy never covered the morning after pill? They covered birth control and still do. That Sandra Fluke attended a Catholic University and all of a sudden demanded that they start covering her condoms and birth control and not to adhere to their 2,000 year old teaching of not promoting promiscuity, previously she had to pay for her own condoms. This is the Demos "war on women" and how they show their "respect" for women by offering them "free" condoms for votes . More examples of lame stream promoting propaganda to help one political party.

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  • PornacJuly 04, 2014 - 9:53 am

    I don't understand why the republican congress does not impeach Obama. I don't get it!

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  • Salty DogJuly 04, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Pornac: it also takes the senate to vote to have him impeached. and every one knows Harry Reid Obamas yes man will never let that happen

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 04, 2014 - 9:56 am

    As I have said repeatedly: The mainstream media's willful failure to do its job for the past 6 years or so, amounts to treason against the United States of America. It's just one more of those multiple factors that has pushed folks like me over the edge and into what rlw895 has dubbed Obama's "irrational opposition." A free and objective press is absolutely necessary to to the healthy survival of our republic. We don't have the objectivity anymore, and just look where we are!

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  • Danny BuntinJuly 04, 2014 - 10:07 am

    @Mr Smith: The idea that you think the media stopped doing its job only six years ago, is truly telling about your biased knowledge.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 04, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Danny: The fact that you view my comment to mean "only" six years or so, shows a lack of interpretive skill on your part. In my comment, I am attributing a level of treasonous behavior to the mainstream media over the last six years or so, not attempting to critique its longterm performance. But I will say this: The MM has performed more poorly over the last six or so years than I can recall in my lifetime, unless you count the insane pounding they gave Bush nearly every day of his terms in office. Just my observation.

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  • Danny BuntinJuly 04, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    @Mr Smith: You prove my point by every word you produce in the comments section. You question my reading skills, then go on to re enforce my previous statement.

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  • The SugarJarJuly 04, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    @Danny Buntin, yep, I saw that too.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 04, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Danny and TSJ: It's all about semantics at this point. Why don't the two of you attack my belief that the MM has lost all sense of objectivity in its reportage instead of quibbling with me about the timeline for not doing its job?

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  • The SugarJarJuly 04, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    @Mr. Smith, not meant as an attack by me. More of an observation that the catalyst so to speak for the concern, for the word "treason" was Mr. Obama. You are not alone in that "awakening" so to speak. When he came on the scene he embodied an idea that there could be a shift in society which could include everyone in that share of the pie. That maybe privilege was fading and people could be judged truly by the content of their character. However others took what he embodied as saying I'm taking from YOU to give YOUR stuff to lazy people who don't deserve it. That scared some people and delighted others--depending on what each thought it meant. It has been very messy.

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  • DanielJuly 04, 2014 - 10:35 am

    The Demos have conspired to acquire power for a long time first they infiltrated the colleges, graduated a bunch of Manhattan elitists unglazed by the real world whom infiltrated the media. All Obama has to do is fax talking points out and almost in unison they're parroting them (obviously except for FOX). The Demos have put their own people in charge of every government agency like the IRS, NSA and INS, they're main duty is to keep Demos entrenched for ever including criminals such as Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters plus the corrupt And now 1 percenters Pelosi, Reid and the Clintons. If we ever reverse the trend it's going to be a long hard haul.

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  • rlw895July 04, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Mr.S: The MM does the best job it can afford to do. To suggest is it biased in some sort of "vast left wing conspiracy" is irrational. How would such a conspiracy come about? They're all trying to gain an audience, not protect any politician. Any if any MM is, then the opposition would do the best to show them up and gain audience. By breaking the VA scandal story, CNN should have gained in your esteem. CNN certainly gained in status.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 04, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Rlw: I applaud CNN for breaking the VA story. For once, Fox didn't have to do all the heavy lifting! Oh, and I never alluded to any "vast left-wing conspiracy." But MM coverage, or lack of it when it either puts the current administration in a bad light or provides the GOP with something helpful to its agenda, is what it is. Correct me if I am wrong, but don't we generally all agree that percentagewise, the MM is mostly composed of liberals. Higher education schools of journalism faculties are decidedly liberal in their politics, as are most university profs in general. So all this creates a liberal bias in the MM. Not really a conspiracy, but it is what it is.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 04, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Mr. S, i would tend to agree that most reporters out on the street would probably be more progressive, they see the reality of the situations first hand. But since all m.s.m. is owned by the wealthy, they would tend to protect their interests by supporting conservatives and placing like minded people in charge of running their businesses. It's what we see in the paper and on tv and in magazines that makes up "the reporting." What we don't see, we don't know.

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  • rlw895July 05, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Mr.S: So we agree there is no conspiracy. The reason it "is what it is" is what Mike says. I will add that there is a well-established correlation between education level and liberalism. The more you know about something, the more rational you are about it. In America today, that passes for liberalism.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 05, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Take rod keck, 2real, and teach5th, for example.

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  • rlw895July 04, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    All sounds true enough to me, Bud. So what?

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  • rlw895July 04, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    But Mike, Shakespeare DID say that, or something like it that Bud has paraphrased.

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  • mike kirchubelJuly 04, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    RLW, i get it but Crutchfield is always so excited about sharing his limited understanding of the subject, that i thought i should give him a heads up.

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