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New McCain Ad: Ayers

The McCain campaign must have some polling on this that shows Americans are seriously concerned about Obama's relationship with a domestic terrorist because now the campaign is going head long into the subject. It's a damning ad, which is 1:40 long, indicating that it's an internet ad only. Ed Morrissey speculates that the campaign may buy 90 second slots in battleground states since it ends with the standard broadcast announcement of "I approve this message."

Here's the text:

ANNCR: Barack Obama and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Friends. They've worked together for years.

But Obama tries to hide it. Why?

Obama launched his political career in Ayers' living room.

Ayers and Obama ran a radical "education" foundation, together.

They wrote the foundation's by-laws, together.

Obama was the foundation's first chairman.

Reports say they, "distributed more than $100 million to ideological allies with no discernible improvement in education."

When their relationship became an issue, Obama just responded, "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood."

That's it?

We know Bill Ayers ran the "violent left wing activist group" called Weather Underground.

We know Ayers' wife was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

We know they bombed the Capitol. The Pentagon. A judge's home.

We know Ayers said, "I don't regret setting bombs. .... I feel we didn't do enough."

But Obama's friendship with terrorist Ayers isn't the issue.

The issue is Barack Obama's judgment and candor.

When Obama just says, "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood."

Americans say, "Where's the truth, Barack?"

Barack Obama. Too risky for America.

JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.

Yesterday, the McCain campaign issued a press release about John Murtagh, who was 9 years old when members of Ayers' Weather Underground firebombed his house. This is how Murtagh described it:

"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."

The background story:

At that time, 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, 1970, 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.


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Comments (36)

I live in a DC suburb and I... (Below threshold)

I live in a DC suburb and I watch the local Fox affiliate (Channel 5) pretty much exclusively (because the only thing I watch on network TV is news in the AM, football, Sunday night cartoons, "Bones," and "House." I'm not narrow-minded; I just think most of what's on TV would insult the intelligence of a dinner plate). I've yet to see a single McCain ad around here. A boatload of Obama ads...but not one McCain ad.

A clarification on that las... (Below threshold)

A clarification on that last paragraph.

The Greenwich Village bombing killed 3 of the Weather Underground terrorists, including Ayers' girlfriend at the time. Once both Ayers and Dohrn were on the run and underground following the botched bombing, they hooked up and became partners.

Sadly, for many Obama suppo... (Below threshold)

Sadly, for many Obama supporters, this demonstrated hatred of America and of its patriotic symbols is the reason they follow him. To assume Obama cultists love
America is a bad assumption. Marxism has spread like a cancer.

Okay, I sent a tip i... (Below threshold)

Okay, I sent a tip in to [email protected] email address, no reply. So I guess I will post it here.

Here is the Chicago Annenberg Foundation three year report. This is the foundation that Ayers and a couple of his friends started with Annenberg's money. Ken Rollings was the first executive director.

Three year report:

William Ayers is described as a political organizer and a local education professor. I wasn't willing to pay for the final report.

Then there is:


Over 1,700 educators have signed a petition of support for Ayers.

I am not making this up.

The final report on the near 150 million spent boiled down to two words: nothing changed. I have not found the list of those who got the money, but if I understand Chicago politics, what really changed was the size of the wallets of an assortment of connected characters, "Activists" and "Reformers," all code words for those who elect to stress entitlement instead of hard work.

Oh, and finally, if you go read the contract between the Chicago Teacher's Union and the Chicago School District, high school teachers are required to work a back breaking 6 and a half hours a day. Elementary teachers do 5 hours and 15 minutes.

Here is the contract:


Go there and click on agreement.

It should be noted that Ayers' father was the CEO of Continental Edison, the power company, and at one time the President of the Chicago School Board.

Twolaneflash -They... (Below threshold)

Twolaneflash -

They love America for what it COULD be. And what they want it to be strikingly resembles the old USSR - cult of personality dictatorship and all, with THEM in control of the politburo.

And I won't vote for that.

It does make you wonder, though - who's REALLY the hand up Obama's sock-puppet facade?

McCain should bring it up a... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

McCain should bring it up at the next debate.

This ad cleary breaks the m... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

This ad cleary breaks the messiah's rules:

(1) American history started 8 years ago*.

(2) Obama's personal history started in June of 2008.

(3) Everything else is just a distraction.

*corollary to rule 1: even though the Democrats took control of congress 2006, when gas prices were substancially lower, the economy was remarkably stronger, consumer confidence was a lot higher, the Democrats were totally powerless and totally blameless for everything that happened since then.

I think it's more likely th... (Below threshold)

I think it's more likely that the McCain camp thinks that the Ayers/Wright angle is the only thing they have left in their arsenal and hoping that it helps chip away at Obama's lead than that they have internal polling indicate that it would actually work.

If it doesn't work, then this election really is over.

Finally!... (Below threshold)


I suspect this is only the ... (Below threshold)

I suspect this is only the beginning. There is plenty more ammo to use.

The election I believe is o... (Below threshold)

The election I believe is over--

McCain has much more skeletons in his closet which involve schemes and the tax payer's money---How low can you steep to win? McCain is the true definition of an equivocator and a Serpent.

The Palins' un-American act... (Below threshold)

The Palins' un-American activities
Imagine if the Obamas had hooked up with a violently anti-American group in league with the government of Iran.

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, at a rally in Vienna, Ohio, on Sept. 16, 2008.

Oct. 7, 2008 | "My government is my worst enemy. I'm going to fight them with any means at hand."

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers back in his old Weather Underground days, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

Only one problem. The quote is from Joe Vogler, the raging anti-American who founded the Alaska Independence Party. Inconveniently for Palin, that's the very same secessionist party that her husband, Todd, belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier this year. ("Keep up the good work," Palin told AIP members. "And God bless you.")

Enjoy this story?

Thanks for your support.
AIP chairwoman Lynette Clark told me recently that Sarah Palin is her kind of gal. "She's Alaskan to the bone ... she sounds just like Joe Vogler."

So who are these America-haters that the Palins are pallin' around with?

Before his strange murder in 1993, party founder Vogler preached armed insurrection against the United States of America. Vogler, who always carried a Magnum with him, was fond of saying, "When the [federal] bureaucrats come after me, I suggest they wear red coats. They make better targets. In the federal government are the biggest liars in the United States, and I hate them with a passion. They think they own [Alaska]. There comes a time when people will choose to die with honor rather than live with dishonor. That time may be coming here. Our goal is ultimate independence by peaceful means under a minimal government fully responsive to the people. I hope we don't have to take human life, but if they go on tramping on our property rights, look out, we're ready to die."

This quote is from "Coming Into the Country," by John McPhee, who traipsed around Alaska's remote gold mining country with Vogler for his 1991 book. The violent-tempered secessionist vowed to McPhee that if any federal official tried to stop him from polluting Alaska's rivers with his earth-moving equipment, he would "run over him with a Cat and turn mosquitoes loose on him while he dies."

Vogler wasn't just a blowhard either. He put his secessionist ideas into action, working to build AIP membership to 20,000 -- an impressive figure by Alaska standards -- and to elect party member Walter Hickel as governor in 1990.

Vogler's greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska's freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.

That's right ... Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran.

AIP leaders allege that Vogler, who was murdered that year by a fellow secessionist, was taken out by powerful forces in the U.S. before he could reach his U.N. platform. "The United States government would have been deeply embarrassed," by Vogler's U.N. speech, darkly suggests Clark. "And we can't have that, can we?"

The Republican ticket is working hard this week to make Barack Obama's tenuous connection to graying, '60s revolutionary Bill Ayers a major campaign issue. But the Palins' connection to anti-American extremism is much more central to their political biographies.

Imagine the uproar if Michelle Obama was revealed to have joined a black nationalist party whose founder preached armed secession from the United States and who enlisted the government of Iran in his cause? The Obama campaign would probably not have survived such an explosive revelation. Particularly if Barack Obama himself was videotaped giving the anti-American secessionists his wholehearted support just months ago.

Where's the outrage, Sarah Palin has been asking this week, in her attacks on Obama's fuzzy ties to Ayers? The question is more appropriate when applied to her own disturbing associations.

Smith must live in Massachu... (Below threshold)

Smith must live in Massachusetts, the land of the free and the home of Barney Frank. Just note the poor grammar and badly spelled/selected words. Note also the delusional comment about taxpayer's money.

Page 11.

Oh, and Smith, Page 11 means read Page 11 of Obama's Audacity of Hope.

cynthia,All those ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:


All those words and not a singal link to any source?

The connection between Ayers and Obama is anything BUT tenuous. It is a well documented DECADES LONG association.

Your attempt to deflect is weak, weak, weak.

Cynthia sweetie (stole that... (Below threshold)

Cynthia sweetie (stole that from Obama), you read through the lens of partisanship.

The Republican ticket is working hard this week to make Barack Obama's tenuous connection to graying, '60s revolutionary Bill Ayers a major campaign issue. But the Palins' connection to anti-American extremism is much more central to their political biographies.

Sarah Palin did not start her political career in Vogler's living room.

Sarah Palin did not serve as Chairman of an Annenberg Challenge group that Vogler raised the money for.

Sarah Palin did not pass out money to the AIP from an Annenberg Challenge group, nor did she do it from her own wallet.

Sarah Palin did not oversee nearly 150 million in dollars through AIP and Vogler to Alaska "Activist" groups so the AIP could brainwash children.

Sarah Palin did not seek, nor was she given, the endorsement of the AIP.

Obama did all those things, plus he sought and was given the endorsement of the New Party, a Marxist/Socialist Party. I am not making this up. It is part of the public record.

It is ok with me if you want to vote for Obama. That is your right as an American. But please don't try to infest my mind with convoluted avoidance of the truth. I can read for myself and have done so. But I don't read someone's slanted opinion piece. I read the evidence; the Teacher's contract, the Annenberg Challenge report itself, and I have read Obama's Audacity of Hope.

Have you?

If so, look at Page 11. You are there.

Not voting for Obama does n... (Below threshold)

Not voting for Obama does not make you racist Mr. Beck - I agree. But the question really what will you really be voting for??? Ans. Another 4 years of Bush policies!

give me a break..The... (Below threshold)

give me a break..
These connections to Ayers mean nothing and lack merit. it is pure and total guilt by association.

The co-host of a recent top-dollar fundraiser for Sen. John McCain oversaw the payment of roughly $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary group that is today designated a terrorist organization by the United States.

Carl H. Lindner Jr., the billionaire Cincinnati businessman paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym AUC), which is described by George Washington University's National Security Archive as an "illegal right-wing anti-guerrilla group tied to many of the country's most notorious civilian massacres."

John McCain also has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair. The U.S. Council for World Freedom was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America.

it is time to oust from office these "old white people"(by the way i am white as well)with outdated views and finally get back to a prosperous america.

If Obama does loose this election this country will be on its way towards another civil war. I hate to see what that will do.

Hello haters. Return volley... (Below threshold)
Mi Ho:

Hello haters. Return volley...
Not Obama.

Call me crazy, but doesn't ... (Below threshold)

Call me crazy, but doesn't this story have the momentum to continue on its own?
McCain isn't going to win on Ayers alone.
But Obama needs to be exposed. And it needs to happen now.

Odinga, Socialist party in Chicago, ACORN, Raines, Rezko, Dual citizenship, lawsuit regarding birth certificate, and Frank Marshall Davis.

This man couldn't pass a background check to work, as a staffer, at the WhiteHouse, but he's about to be elected President.

Stop worrying about being called a Racist! They're going to call you that anyway.
Get it together McCain.

You know, one of the most g... (Below threshold)

You know, one of the most gut-wrenching sounds I ever heard was the sound of a wildebeest in the throesof death. That was almost as gut-wrentching and pathetic as the Republicans in their throes of death---in this case, it refers to their tenuous hold on the White House.
On "Countdown w/ Keith Olberman" last night, it was revealed that McBush has ties with "terrorists" as well. There was a meeting of ultra-right wing conservatives he attended---a meeting a colleague in the Senate warned him against attending. In this meeting, a woman who had maimed an abortion doctor was praised. She went on to commit other acts of terrorism, such as bombing an abortion clinic.The judge at her sentencing said" I hate to use the label 'terrorist' to describe anyone, but ma'am, you are a terrorist". And, this is a woman praised by the one of the speakers at this meeting. The meeting was held in Oregon. Now, Obama was nine years old when Ayers committed his acts of terrorism; McBush was in his mid-sixties when he attended this meeting. Obama had no knowledge of Ayers' activities, and when they were brought to his attention, he condemned them. However, Ayers is now a well-respected professor at the University of Illinois at Chicage; the woman praised at McBush's meeting is a convicted terrorist convicted within the last eight to ten years. This is in keeping w/ his campaign's strategy: If you talk about the issues, you (McBush) will lose. If you can't fabricate the facts, bedazzle them w/BS. How sad.

If ayers is such a terroris... (Below threshold)

If ayers is such a terrorist, then how can he be allowed to continue to be an American citizen? How can an American university justify employing him? All sound like bull to me! especially since the more serious acts Ayers comitted where when Obama was a child! I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, I'm a which one of these politicians is going to at least appear to do the right thing!

BJ and the others who are g... (Below threshold)

BJ and the others who are getting excited.

And especially for Oberman watchers.

I did not make up any of what I posted. All of it is public record. And I didn't get a single one of my facts from Olberman or Rush. I read the reports. I analyzed the date for myself.

I did use public record; news reports that have never been refuted by Obama such as the endorsement by the New Party.

Obama may have been eight years old when Ayers did what he did THEN, but he wasn't eight years old when he started his elected office campaigns in Ayers living room.

He wasn't eight years old when he served as Ayers hand picked Chairman for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

He wasn't eight years old when he sought and received the New Party endorsement.

Obama wasn't eight years old when he got a million dollar earmark grant for the same medical hospital where his wife got a $200,000 a year raise. She was in control of the program to dump the indigent to other medical facilities. And Axelrod was the PR guy for that stunt.

Obama wasn't eight years old when he:

1992 - runs "Project Vote" registration drive in Chicago for ACORN.
1993 - Serves on the board of Woods Foundation with Ayers.
1995 - Gest his first political donation from Tony Rezko.
1997 - Gets a thousand dollar donation from Rezko, who says at the time he couldn't afford to turn on the heat in his public housing projects.
1998 - Sponsors a bill that creates affordable local housing funds to subsidize private developers (like Rezko).
1998 - Sponsors a bill to facilitate privately built, subsidized low income tenements. Care to know the condition of those today?
1998 - Writes state and city officials to give Rezko 14.6 million for a low income housing project.
1999 - announces for congress and names Pfleger as a supporter.
2000 - announces large state granst for Pfleger.

I could go on for days.

Obama wasn't eight years old when he wrote Audacity of Hope. Have any of you guys read it?

Go read Page 11. You are there.

BJIf ayer... (Below threshold)


If ayers is such a terrorist, then how can he be allowed to continue to be an American citizen? How can an American university justify employing him?

Fabulous question.

Have your read the history of Ayers? Have you read his quoted remarks in say, the year 2002?

What have you done to research exactly who Ayers is and what he stands for?

Oh BJ. I will give ... (Below threshold)

Oh BJ. I will give you a hint.

Think Daddy's money. If you haven't figured it out by say three or four o'clock, I will post it.

I think this comment thead ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I think this comment thead proves how devistating this is to the messiah. A bunch of Marxist trolls who I've never seen comment on this site suddenly appear in vain attempts to counter these devistating truths about Obama-- what more proof do you need.

P. Bunyan,Yeah, I ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

P. Bunyan,

Yeah, I wonder if they got sent here by an "Action Alert" from The One.

Sheik, I have no doubt the ... (Below threshold)

Sheik, I have no doubt the lefty trolls have been dispatched from Messiah headquarters to stop the story from going on. But I think it has a life of its' own now. ww

This blog is linked from CN... (Below threshold)

This blog is linked from CNN, conspiracy theorists. Maybe you can blame Ayers for this, too?

DeanThank you for ... (Below threshold)


Thank you for the explanation. Now we know the source of the clueless apologists that have suddenly invaded us with their empty rhetoric.

I guess it is time for me to post Page 11 again.

Think Daddy's mone... (Below threshold)
Think Daddy's money. If you haven't figured it out by say three or four o'clock, I will post it.

Yes, please post it, Larry. I would love to see the inane, unsupported, non-rebuttals that trickle in.

I already posted it ... (Below threshold)

I already posted it on Steve's thread. I got carried away and decided not to wait. jp2 went nuts, which is no surprise and a couple of others. jp2 finally went over the top and got his vowels removed. *grin*

My rule of thumb is to follow the money. Daddy's money is a great explanation for the who, what, when, how of William Ayers and his guy, Obama.

Aw, jeez! Okay, I'll go ba... (Below threshold)

Aw, jeez! Okay, I'll go back over and read it. I guess I was too busy replying to the dissent. Thanks, Larry. :)

The moral equivalency canar... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

The moral equivalency canard the liberals are trying to play between Obama/ Ayers and Palin/ Volger is absurd. I haven't even seen anywhere that Palin ever so much as met Volger. She certainly didn't start her political career in his living room nor worked for radical foundations started by him. She was never even a member of the AIP, but that doesn't stop deranged, logic-challenged moonbats.

The comparison between the Weather Underground and AIP is also absurd. Can the liberals name one act of violence ever committed by the AIG? They are a peaceful and legal third political party attempting to push for greater autonomy for Alaskans to utilize their resources without federal interference. The Alaskan Governor was elected in 1990 under their banner, although he was previously a Republican and returned to the Republican Party during his term.

Maybe I should simplify for our simple-minded friends.

AIG = Legal = Non-violent = Greater Alaskan Autonomy = Had Candidate Become Governor = Founder Never Connected with Palin

Weathermen Underground = Very Violent = Destroy US = Had its Terrorists Murder or Try to Murder People = Unrepetant Founders Introduced Obama to the Political World

PIMFAIP... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:



I see the tired old Lefty t... (Below threshold)
Thomas Jackson:

I see the tired old Lefty trolls memes are being trotted out. We shouldn't expect them to explain Obama's membership in the Communist Party, oops, I mean the New Socialist Party since 1996. Heck we all realize it isn't a communist front, after all its a national socialist party. Does that mean its like the one Hitler was the head of?

My bet is that its more like the one that gets its marching orders from the likes of Putin and the politburo.

My bet is that it... (Below threshold)
My bet is that its more like the one that gets its marching orders from the likes of Putin and the politburo.

More like that guy Soros.






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