Sunday, 12 October 2008
BARACK AND WILLIAM AND ACORN
It's not that readers of this blog need an education on how deeply involved
Barack Obama has been with william ayers and ACORN. Not only do they know
it full well, but a portion of the article below has already been posted
But Andrew McCarthy of National Review encapsulates this unholy trinity so
well, and adds so much more to the story (including Obama's association
with a socialist group) that I thought you would want to see it. The
bold print is mine:
Saturday, October 11,
What kind of education reform did Ayers & Obama have in
mind? [Andy McCarthy]
You can draw plenty of rational
inferences from Stanley's rich work. But for a clear statement of Ayers's
frightening vision, I submit that his November 2006 speech at the World Education
Forum should be required reading.
As Cornerites know, I've been arguing
that our emphasis on Ayers's prior terrorism, while highly relevant, is not the
essential point. The real issue is Ayers's revolutionary leftism
(at around the time Ayers and Obama began working on the Chicago
Annenberg Challenge, by the way, Ayers described himself as "a radical, Leftist, small c
clearly lying when he claims ignorance about Ayers's terrorism, but even if you
wanted to pretend otherwise, it is impossible that he was in the dark about
Ayers's revolutionary leftism: Ayers has never made a secret of it and
can't seem to help himself from mentioning it about every 30 seconds.
Obama not only knew about Ayers's views in this regard; he obviously subscribed
to them: was a member of the Chicago New Party begun by the Democratic
Socialists of America; he worked closely with Ayers on "education reform" for
years, he approved of Ayers's similarly fringe-Left views of the criminal
justice system's treatment of juvenile crime, and, we are learning; and he
was tightly aligned with ACORN, which he and Ayers funded and whose practices
fit comfortably with the Ayers view of "participatory
In any event, here are
excerpts of Ayers's 2006 speech before Hugo Chavez and other assembled
Chavez, invited guests, comrades.
Im honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your
brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica [sic]! Welcome to the World Education
Forum. Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!
[M]y comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator
and inspiring fighter for justice has taught me a great deal about the
Bolivarian Revolution [i.e., Chavez's movement] and about the profound
educational reforms underway here in Venezuela under the leadership of President
Chavez. We share the belief that
education is the motor-force of revolution, and Ive come to appreciate Luis as
a major asset in both the Venezuelan and the international struggleI look
forward to seeing how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings of
capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply
humane. [For more information on the Venezuelan socialist Luis
Bonilla-Montoya, see here.]
I began teaching when I was 20 yeas old in a small freedom
school affiliated with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The year was 1965, and Id been arrested
in a demonstration. Jailed for ten
days, I met several activists who were finding ways to link teaching and
education with deep and fundamental social change. They were following Dewey and DuBois,
King and Helen Keller who wrote:
We cant have education without revolution. We have tried peace education for 1,900
years and it has failed. Let us try
revolution and see what it will do now.
I walked out of jail and into my first teaching
positionand from that day until this Ive thought of myself as a teacher, but
Ive also understood teaching as a project intimately connected with social
justice. After all, the fundamental
message of the teacher is this: you
can change your lifewhoever you are, wherever youve been, whatever youve
done, another world is possible. As
students and teachers begin to see themselves as linked to one another, as tied
to history and capable of collective action, the fundamental message of teaching
shifts slightly, and becomes broader, more generous: we must change ourselves as we come
together to change the world.
Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and
large. La educacion es revolucion!
[Ive] learned that education is never neutral. It always has a value, a position, a
politics. Education either
reinforces or challenges the existing social order, and school is always a
contested spacewhat should be taught?
In what way? Toward what
end? By and for whom? At bottom, it involves a struggle over
the essential questions: what does
it mean to be a human being living in a human society?
Totalitarianism demands obedience and conformity,
hierarchy, command and control.
Royalty requires allegiance.
Capitalism promotes racism and materialismturning people into consumers,
not citizens. Participatory
democracy, by contrast, requires free people coming together, voluntarily as
equals who are capable of both self-realization and, at the same time, full
participation in a shared political and economic life.
Venezuelans have shown the world that with full
participation, full inclusion, and popular empowerment, the failing of
capitalist schooling can be resisted and overcome. Venezuela is a beacon to the world in
its accomplishment of eliminating illiteracy in record time, and engaging
virtually the entire population in the ongoing project of education.
[W]e, too, must build a project of radical imagination
and fundamental change. Venezuela
is poised to offer the world a new model of educationa humanizing and
revolutionary model whose twin missions are enlightenment and
What I'd like to know is when media, which have swarmed through Alaska
looking for anything they can find about Sarah Palin, will do even a cursory
check of what that $50 plus million in Annenberg challenge funds was used
for. Who it went to and what good it did, if any at all.
Is it my warped sense of priorities, or does that sound more significant than
whether Sarah Palin wanted her former brother in law fired?
Life is so much easier when the referee is on your
SARAH PALIN'S SCHOOL GRADES: ANOTHER LIE EXPOSED
This is what happens when people see a result they are hoping for, and
because they like it so much they don't check its accuracy (why ruin a good
The left wing blogosphere has spent the last couple of days assuring its
followers that Sarah Palin was a mediocre student in high school.
Would this be important even if it were true? Not to me it
wouldn't. It is no more important to me than the truth, which is that
Sarah Heath (her maiden name) was an honor student.
But here's what is important: the document used to make this claim was
forged. Blatantly, obviously forged. And it was put out there
Warner Todd Huston, writing for www.newsbusters.org, gives us the
Fake Palin SAT Scores Fool
Did you hear that Governor Palin is stupid? Well,
if you watch TV, listen to the radio, or read any news outlet you can't help but
find the lefties there claiming in unison that she is the dumbest woman to
appear on the scene since Goldie Hawn made her chops as the blonde ditz on
1960's TV. And, heck it's gotta be true. Why, even her SAT scores prove it!
Except that the "proof" of that is an Internet hoax that fooled Wonkette, the
DailyKos and a blue
million nutrooter sites. But, who cares? As long as it makes Palin look bad,
we're golden, baby! Truth-schmooth, right?
On October 10, blogger Dawn Eden found that a posted image of hers had been
stolen, then altered, and then posted
everywhere as "proof" that Sarah Palin is stupid. Apparently, the biggest stir
was created by the tabloid site Gawker.com on its "Assignment Desk"
Originally, Gawker wondered if the
image presented as Palin's SAT scores was real and posited that it was
believable. Later in the day, however, one of their own site commentors
effectively proved it an obvious fake. But not before it fooled Wonkette and the DailyKos and a
score of other nutrooter sites.
Before the obviousness of the fakery was settled,
the DailyKos site pronounced the SAT score card as "credible," and the
unprofessionally profane Wonkette said that the faked scores "sounds about
This fake image appeared on dozens of sites in a few
Unfortunately for the left's indulging in
gettin'-the-hate-on at Sarah Palin, though, this image was stolen and made to
appear like Palin's SAT score card. It was all a deliberate hoax.
This is the real image as posted by Dawn
This sort of thing goes beyond a merely
misreported story, goes farther than a bad interpretation of facts, and enters
into outright forgery. And what we have here is a perfect example of how the
left has no interest in "truth" as long as their agenda is furthered.
Situational "ethics" is the left's calling card and this is more evidence of
this salient truism.
So let's not let the facts get in the way of a
good story, shall we DailyKos?
Now, let's keep our eyes peeled to see if the next
level up in the Left-O-Sphere (and that would be the Old Media) start using this
one. Look for the occasional comment by a lefty commentator about this "true SAT
score report" to show up soon!
Somewhere in a dark corner of Hasbeenville, Dan Rather is smiling
But we should not be. We should recognize that, for these
people, when it comes to this presidential race there are neither rules nor
However, the geniuses at daily kos, wonkette and the others should take
heart. I hear there's an opening at the New York
BEFORE YOU ASSUME THE ELECTION IS OVER...
Is McCain sunk? Very possibly he is. But there are no guarantees
To illustrate, please read the following, which was excerpted from
a Scripps Howard article ... published in 2004:
Scripps poll: Kerry ahead in key state of
By THOMAS HARGROVE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL
Scripps Howard News Service
October 22, 2004
- Democrat John Kerry has a lead as high
as 6 percent over President Bush in the key battleground state of Ohio,
according to a survey completed Thursday night at Ohio University's Scripps
Survey Research Center.
Among registered voters, Kerry leads 49 percent
to Bush's 43 percent, with 2 percent saying they will support third party
candidates and 6 percent undecided. Among likely voters (people who say they
are committed to voting next month) Kerry's lead is 50 percent to 46 percent,
with 3 percent undecided and 1 percent going to other candidates.
Since the margin of error for both calculations
is 5 percent, Kerry's lead is not decisive.
The poll found that Kerry has solidly rallied
his Democratic base, garnering support from 94 percent of self-described
"strong Democrats" while the president is supported by 93 percent of "strong
Republicans." Kerry, however, is doing slightly better among independents.
The Massachusetts senator has solid support
among self-described liberals and moderates while garnering more than a
quarter of the vote among people who say they are political conservatives.
Bush, meanwhile, is doing especially well among
Ohio's most affluent households and among suburban voters.
Kerry is running especially strong among Ohio
workers who are fearful they may lose their jobs, while Bush is doing well
among people who have attended church recently.
P.S. President Bush won Ohio in 2004.
Does this mean McCain is doing well, that he is on track for a victory?
Not at all. If I were betting I would be betting on Obama.
But what it does mean is that this race is not over yet and polls taken
shortly before elections do not end the issue.
I suggest we wait until November 5 to determine who the next President will
POLITICAL HATE: INVENTED & REAL
In the past week a number of "journalists" among the reliably left wing
segment (yeah, I know that's a helluva big segment) have become upset, incensed
and outraged at "Republican hate".
The hate they are talking about, in essence, involves anything beyond the most
perfunctory criticisms of Barack Obama. In their view, to attack Saint
Barack in a way that might actually make a voter reconsider him is tantamount to
hatred, pure and simple.
This being the case, my hat (if I ever wear one) is off
for putting together a partial compilation of what these same upset, incensed,
outraged "journalists" have not written about.
Here is Ms. Malkin's article, with only a fraction of the examples she has
compiled (click on her name above to see them all). Take a good look and
decide for yourself where the hate is coming from:
The Obamedia is attempting to set yet another
false narrative: The narrative of the McCain mob. McCain-Palin rallies are out
of control, they wheedle. Conservatives are mad! Theyre yelling mean things
about Obama and calling him names! It scaaaaary!
is trembling: Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as
McCains chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts,
increasingly gripped by insane rageWhat happens when Obama is elected? It will
be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy
accusations, and I wouldnt be surprised to see some violence.
decries Weimar-like rage and the violent escalation of rhetoric.
Lets talk about insane rage and violent
This is insane rage Madonna bashing Sarah Palin
and shrieking I will kick her ass:
This is insane rage Sandra Bernhard bashing
Sarah Palin and cursing her head off with hate warping her crazed
This is violent escalation Palin-hating
artwork designating her an M.I.L.P. (Mother Id Like to Punch). Hat tip:
Edge of Forever:
This is insane rage and violent escalation
trendy ABORT Sarah Palin stickers:
This is self-admitted insane rage: Why Sarah Palin Incites Near-Violent Rage In Normally
is insane rage the Democratic Underground indulging in name-calling the MSM ignores:
Reader Monica M. sent me a link to the
Democratic Undergrounds latest thread for commenters to come up with
nicknames and posters to slime GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and then to
spread [them] all over the net. There are now nearly 100 filthy,
hate-filled responses and counting. Among the nicer entries: Cruella,
Gidget, Governor Jesus Camp, VPILF, Fertilla the Huntress,
Iditabroad, and KILLER PYSCHO FUNDIE BITCH FROM HELL!!
Peer with me further into the liberal sinkhole
again and behold P.D.S. in full bloom. Note that this site is raising money
for Barack Obama and that an ad for their fundraiser appears at the top of the
thread. Is Obama going to accept their cash? Know your enemy:
The Photoshop entries getting thumbs up from DU
And the sickest attack of them all mocking
Palin for being a nursing mom:
This is insane rage deranged left-wing
photographer Jill Greenberg sabotaging an Atlantic magazine photo shoot of John McCain and defacing the
pictures on her website:
This is insane rage and violent escalation
pointing a fake gun at the head of a Sarah Palin likeness sitting next to a cardboard cutout
of her daughter in a museum display:
These people are not journalists. Not
in any serious sense of the word. They are propagandists posing as
journalists, whose intention is not to inform you but to misinform, disinform
and manipulate you into voting for Barack Obama.
The sad truth is that they are obviously succeeding with a good many people. Are you one of