November 6, 2015: GOP Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson addressed the media this evening on the alleged false claims he made in his book, “Gifted Hands”, including that he received a full scholarship offer to West Point and that he allegedly tried to stab a friend and hit his mother with a hammer. “There is not a single person in the media today that could wear Dr. Benjamin Carson’s uniform, whatever uniform he puts on in a day, a business suit, if its surgical scrubs, there’s not a single member of the media that could do anything close to what Ben Carson has done with his life.
In a damning accusation Friday, Politico claimed Carson’s campaign “admitted he did not tell the truth about having been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A Carson spokesperson made a response to an inquiry by Politico into the veracity of a story in the surgeon’s autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” that the then-17-year-old was offered a full scholarship after a meeting in 1969 with Gen. William Westmoreland in 1969.
Carson said he “made it clear” in his book that he, in fact, only applied to one college because he had just enough money for one application fee. When relentlessly pressed about his childhood years, Carson told reporters, “My prediction is that all of you guys trying to pile on is actually going to help me, because, when I go out to these book signings and I see these thousands of people, they say, ‘Don’t let the media get you down.
… Now you’re saying that something that happened with the words ‘a scholarship was offered’ was the big deal, but the President of the United States, his academic records being sealed is not? For years, Carson has said he was offered a “full scholarship” to the U.S. Military Academy when he was a high-achieving high school Army ROTC cadet in the late 1960s.
But Carson never applied to West Point, was never accepted and never received a formal scholarship offer. Carson responded to the resulting controversy by saying that when he spoke of an “offer,” he referred to informal, verbal statements of encouragement from military leaders he met through the ROTC, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
“I was told that because of my accomplishments, they would be able to manage to get me into West Point and that I wouldn’t have to pay anything,” Carson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network. Carson’s campaign cast the episode as new evidence of persecution of the candidate by the news media.
Tension between Carson and the media came to a boil Friday night in Florida, where at a combative news conference the candidate asked why President Obama had not been subjected to such scrutiny. “The words ‘a scholarship was offered’ were a big deal, but the President of the United States’ academic records being sealed is not?” he said.
The original Politico report declared that Carson had “fabricated” a story about “his application and acceptance” at West Point. “It gives journalism a bad name,” said Armstrong Williams, Carson’s close friend and business manager.
By mid-afternoon, Politico posted a new version of its story that no longer included the wording that Carson had “fabricated” a part of his biography. Later in the day, the news site posted an editor’s note stating that the story should have made clear that Carson never claimed to have applied for admission to West Point.
“We updated it to reflect Ben Carson’s on the record response to the New York Times and other new details, which underscore the validity of our original reporting.” “It’s almost like the Politico is the official leak machine for the Republican establishment,” Rush Limbaugh said on his syndicated radio show.
Radio host and blogger Erick Erickson replaced an entire post about “the beginning of Ben Carson’s end” with one about a “demonstrably false” Politico report. Carson, 64, achieved worldwide fame for his daring surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and for his story of rising out of poverty in southwest Detroit.
First, the Website BuzzFeed posted a 17-year-old video of a commencement speech in which Carson offers an alternative theory about why the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. Carson told CBS News this week that he still believes that the pyramids were granaries, saying the proof was in sealed chambers inside the structures.
Then, CNN sought to verify a key part of Carson’s life story: that, as a young man in Detroit, he had committed acts of violence, including smashing a boy’s nose with a thrown rock, attempting to stab a friend in the abdomen and threatening his own mother with a hammer during an argument. CNN interviewed nine people who knew Carson during his childhood and who said that the violent incidents did not fit their recollections of him.
It was an unusually odd situation: a presidential candidate insisting, in the face of skepticism, that he really did have a history of violence. He tells it in the context of his rapid rise through high school Army ROTC, which ended with him as the top-ranking cadet in Detroit.
In fact, applicants to West Point must be sponsored by a member of Congress or the secretary of the Army. Indeed, in “Gifted Hands,” Carson makes clear that he actually applied only to one school: Yale.
West Point has occupied a central place in Carson’s personal story for years. According to a tale told in his book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together.
That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by the offer of a “full scholarship” to the military academy. “In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” said Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for the academy.
In an interview with The New York Times following the POLITICO story, Mr. Carson said: “I don’t remember all the specific details. Carson would have needed to seek admission in order to receive an offer of free education from West Point.
Also, according to West Point, there is no such thing as a “full scholarship” to the military academy, as Carson represented in his book. An application to West Point begins with a nomination by a member of Congress or another prominent government or military official.
The statement from Carson’s campaign manager on Friday went on to say: “There are ‘Service Connected’ nominations for stellar High School ROTC appointments. Ben Carson has repeatedly claimed he was offered a full scholarship from West Point.
He attained the rank of second lieutenant by his senior year of high school and became the student leader of the city’s ROTC programs. Two soldiers who had won the Congressional Medal of Honor in View Nam were present,” he wrote.
But, according to records of Westmoreland’s schedule that were provided by the U.S. Army, the general did not visit Detroit around Memorial Day in 1969 or have dinner with Carson. Then, Westmoreland was the featured guest at a 1,500-person banquet to celebrate Medal of Honor recipient Dwight Johnson.
Carson, a leader of the city’s ROTC program at the time, may have been among the invited guests at the $10-a-plate event. “That position allowed me the chance to meet four-star general William Westmoreland, who had commanded all American forces in Vietnam before being promoted to Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.,” he wrote.
Carson has said he turned down the supposed offer of admission because he knew he wanted to be a doctor and attending West Point would have required four years of military service after graduation. Cecil Murphy, who ghostwrote “Gifted Hands,” told POLITICO that his memory of Carson’s exchange with Westmoreland was hazy.
Ben Carson admitted Friday that he lied about earning a prestigious scholarship to West Point while controversy over the validity of his troubled kid-to-renowned doctor narrative reached a crescendo. The 2016 GOP candidate said he fabricated a part of his 1996 autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” in which he claimed he was given a “full scholarship” to the U.S. Military Academy just hours after he rebuked accusations that he lied about his violent outbursts as a child and teenager.
In the nearly 20-year-old book, Carson boasted about his transformation from rage-filled boy to refined neurosurgeon, describing how he once tried to hit his mother with a hammer and attempted to stab one of his friends to death. “I don’t know nothing about that,” Gerald Ware, Carson’s classmate at Detroit’s Southwestern High School, told CNN.
While Carson slammed the CNN report, calling it a “bunch of lies” and “pathetic,” he did admit that there is at least one falsehood in the book: A story about how Gen. William Westmoreland offered the then-17-year-old a full-ride to West Point. Carson said that as the leader of his high school’s Junior ROTC program, he attended a 1969 Memorial Day dinner for Congressional Medal of Honor winners.
Despite the scholarship lie, Carson defended the rest of the book Friday, saying all the stories about his violent childhood are true. In the seventh grade he hit a boy named Jerry with a lock after he teased Carson for saying something “stupid” in English class.
“Tell me what makes you think you’re going to find those specific people?” Carson asked CNN’s Alison Came rota. Carson’s campaign adviser Armstrong Williams also refused to identify the candidate’s alleged victims or provide any kind of documentation showing disciplinary actions for his claimed school fights.
“Why would anyone cooperate with your obvious witch hunt?” Armstrong Williams wrote to CNN in an email last week, the day before Halloween. “The Carson story is either a total fabrication or, if true, even worse-trying to hit mother over the head with a hammer or stabbing friend!” he tweeted Thursday.
Ben Carson prepared to board his campaign bus after appearing at a book signing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday. Credit Joe Randle/Getty Images. A report on Friday said Ben Carson had acknowledged never having applied to West Point, raising questions about his repeated assertions that he had turned down a scholarship to attend the military academy.
According to the report, in Politico, West Point had no record that Mr. Carson, who has been leading in some national polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, had applied. In repeated references to West Point over the years, Mr. Carson has strongly implied that he had a standing offer to attend.
In an interview with The New York Times on Friday, Mr. Carson said: “I don’t remember all the specific details. Mr. Carson has recounted the episode of being offered a scholarship at various points in telling his triumphant personal story.
The revelation came just a couple of days after a CNN report questioned the accuracy of Mr. Carson’s accounts of violent episodes in his youth, which are central to his often-told story of personal redemption through faith and hard work, one that has made him a favorite of evangelical Christian voters. Ben Carson defended his long-told story of a “scholarship” to West Point today, responding to scrutiny by saying that he merely had received an “informal” offer of a free ride to the military academy.
The point, which found many takers in conservative media, was that the controversy could be dismissed as a witch hunt. West Point cadets must be sponsored by a member of Congress or the Secretary of the Army.
In an interview, Carson’s close friend Armstrong Williams argued that Politico had written a false headline off of Bennett’s accurate quote. Carson, whose steady rise to the top of presidential primary polls has started to draw media scrutiny his way, is depending on a loose interpretation of the word “scholarship.” There is no tuition at West Point; there is no equivalent of a “scholarship” as generally understood at most universities.
In his memoir “Gifted Hands” and in anecdotes about the offer, Carson never says that he “applied,” only that some “scholarship” came his way after a meeting with Westmoreland and “congressional medal winners.” “I didn’t refuse the scholarship outright, but I let them know that a military career wasn’t where I saw myself going.
But Carson’s allies insist that the gap between “applying” and being offered a “scholarship” debunks the Politico story. Indeed, in “Gifted Hands,” Carson repeatedly described how he had only $10 to submit with a college application, limiting his choices.
In an August 2015 Facebook post, Carson described that situation again, to tell a questioner that he applied only to Yale. “I was the highest student ROTC member in Detroit and was thrilled to get an offer from West Point,” wrote Carson.
“All the people interviewed expressed surprise about the incidents Carson has described,” reads the CNN story. Now, with the West Point story raging, Carson will come under even more pressure to explain some fuzzier parts of his personal biography.
And if any other inconsistencies or outright falsehoods come out amid that heightened scrutiny, it could spell curtains for a Carson campaign that has just moved into the pole position in the Republican primary race. Retired Baltimore neurosurgeon Ben Carson has reached the top in several recent national polls, he is also experiencing new scrutiny as a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
On Friday, his name dominated political news with a Politico report that his campaign “admits fabricating a West Point scholarship” in his autobiography, though that reference was later taken out of the story. The story also quoted a West Point spokeswoman as saying the famous military academy had no record of an application from Carson.
On Facebook in August, Carson took a question from someone named Bill, who “wanted to know if it was true that I was offered a slot at West Point after high school. I was the highest student ROTC member in Detroit and was thrilled to get an offer from West Point.
Anchor Alison Came rota badgered him about reports by the network that it had been unable to locate some childhood friends or family members Carson mentions having assaulted in his autobiography. On Friday, Carson told CNN that person was really a family member by another name who did not want to be identified.
Bennett said the political attacks were a function of national polls over the past week showing him ahead of Donald Trump and all other Republicans for the nomination. “Somewhere, there is a panicked candidate running for the Republican presidential nomination who is spreading a lot of dirt,” Bennett said.
He won’t use it, and he didn’t actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Announcing his enrollment Monday, the White House called it a symbolic show of Obama’s support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty.
White House officials noted that for security reasons, the president’s personal information is not readily available in government databases that the exchanges use to verify identities and check eligibility for tax subsidies. But millions of other Americans have faced website glitches that made signing up through the exchanges difficult or impossible, particularly in the initial weeks before massive fixes to the site were put in place.
As commander in chief, the president receives his health care through the military, so his new coverage will go unused. Rather, the move fulfills a commitment to personally participate that Obama made in 2010, when he signed into law the Affordable Care Act requiring millions of uninsured Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.
Obama plans to keep paying the premiums at least through the rest of his Presidency, according to the White House. Because of the president’s income level and the fact that his job provides health care, he won’t be eligible for tax subsidies that many lower-income Americans receive to offset the premium price.
Obama’s enrollment in the exchange came just before Monday’s deadline for Americans to sign up for insurance and still receive coverage starting Jan. 1. But even that deadline came with a caveat, underscoring the degree to which the implementation of Obama’s top legislative achievement is still a work in progress.
“What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” Barack Obama, Monday, November 4th, 2013. “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.” Valerie Jarrett, Monday, October 28th, 2013.
Share this article: We counted dozens of times that President Barack Obama said that if people liked their health plans, they could keep them. It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system.
Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. For all of these reasons, Political has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013.
Obama’s ideas on health care were first offered as general outlines then grew into specific legislation over the course of his presidency. Yet Obama never adjusted his rhetoric to give people a more accurate sense of the law’s real-world repercussions, even as fact-checkers flagged his statements as exaggerated at best.
Instead, he fought back against inaccurate attacks with his own oversimplifications, which he repeated even as it became clear his promise was too sweeping. The debate about the health care law rages on, but friends and foes of Obamacare have found one slice of common ground: The president’s “you can keep it” claim has been a real hit to his credibility.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announced the grandfathering rules in June 2010 and acknowledged that some plans would go away. Yet Obama repeated “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” when seeking re-election last year.
It was likely that some private insurers would continue to force people to switch plans, and that trend might even accelerate. In the final months of 2013, several critical elements of the health care law were being enacted, and media attention was at its height.
It didn’t take long for the media, the public and Obama’s own team to realize the website was a technological mess, freezing out customers and generally not working. No one knows exactly how many people got notices, because the health insurance market is largely private and highly fragmented.
One example: PBS News hour interviewed a woman from Washington, D.C., who was a supporter of the health care law and found her policy canceled. She told News hour that the only thing the new policy covered that her old one didn’t was maternity care and pediatric services.
“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans,” said Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to Obama, on Oct. 28. “It’s important to remember both before the ACA was ever even a gleam in anybody’s eye, let alone passed into law, that insurance companies were doing this all the time, especially in the individual market because it was lightly regulated and the incentives were so skewed,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
On Nov. 6, columnist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the public “was entitled to hear the unvarnished truth, not spin, from their president about what they were about to face. I don’t feel good about calling out Obama’s whopper, because I support most of his policies and programs.
The next day, Obama apologized during a lengthy interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd. On the liberal network MSNBC, Joy-Ann Reid said the Obama administration’s intention was to fight off attacks like the ones that scuttled Clinton’s health proposals in the early 1990s.
Two days later, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi defended Obama’s statement as accurate and blamed insurance companies. Obama offered an administrative fix that same day, allowing state insurance commissioners to extend current plans.
The president talked in broad terms about how the greatest nation on earth must not allow the middle class to stagnate and the poor to get poorer than rich Americans’ net worth grows. That’s why I ran for president,” Mr. Obama said at an event in Southeast Washington hosted by the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
“Let’s throw money at it,” Mr. Roberts said of the administration’s approach to income disparities and a generally poor economy. In those five years, income inequality has hit a record level, according to a September report from the University of California, Berkeley.
Republicans seized on the president’s remarks and framed them against the backdrop of such grim income statistics. “The American dream is certainly more in doubt than in decades, but after more than five years in office, the president has no one to blame but himself,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Bother, Ohio Republican.
After studying state criminal codes and evaluating the record keeping practices in use, the committee completed a plan for crime reporting that became the foundation of the NCR Program in 1929. That same year, Congress authorized the attorney general to gather crime data; the FBI was designated to serve as the national clearinghouse for the collected information.
The NCR Program’s primary objective is to generate reliable statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. Over the years, however, these statistics have become one of the country’s leading social indicators and are used by criminologists, sociologists, legislators, municipal planners, the media, and other students of criminal justice for research and planning purposes.
Modern-day Sanford, Fla., was transformed into 1960s Selma, Ala. Mr. Zimmerman has been turned into the poster child of a more subtle and polished, but revived Ku Klux Klan. For example, the audiotape of Mr. Zimmerman’s call to a 911 dispatcher on the night of the shooting was deliberately edited by NBC in a pathetic attempt to portray him as a vile racist bent on violence.
He then began to savagely beat Mr. Zimmerman, who suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and lacerations in the back of his head. In other words, rather than the constant media image and picture of an angelic 12-year-old baby-faced boy, Trayvon was the opposite.
Hence, to twist reality to conform to their whites-are-racist narrative, the mainstream media manufactured a new racial category: white Hispanic. Only the twisted liberal mind could blame whites for a brown guy fatally shooting a black teen.
Aided and abetted by President Obama, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Congressional Black Caucus, these race-arsonists have fueled the flames of racial hatred. Law enforcement authorities in Sanford are preparing for bloody race riots should he be acquitted.
When President Barack Obama commented about the Trayvon Martin case, T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami, told The Daily Caller that “the outrage should be about us killing each other, about black-on-black crime.” He asked rhetorically, “Wouldn’t you think to have 41 people shot (in Chicago) between Friday morning and Monday morning would be much more newsworthy and deserve much more outrage?” In March, a black mob assaulted, knocked unconscious, disrobed and robbed a white tourist in downtown Baltimore.
As a case in point, consider this boy vs. man fable spun by the New York Times ‘ Charles Blow: A boy’s blood had been spilled on a rain-soaked patch of grass behind a row of mustard-colored condominiums by a man who had pursued him against the advice of 911 dispatchers.
Worse, since he is a writer for the Times, his reporting has helped set the media tone worldwide In reporting this news of George Zimmerman’s return to jail, more than a few media outlets showed the dangerously deceptive image of Trayvon as 11-year-old cherub.
By probing Rayon’s background and parsing his social media chatter, they have put together a picture of a disturbed young man that begins to make sense of the events that unfolded on that fateful rainy night of February 26. Trayvon Martin is seen on the security video through the 7-11 window approaching the store from the direction of the Retreat at Twin Lakes.
In major media accounts, the helpful Trayvon ventured out in the rain in a mile-plus round trip to buy Brandy’s 14-year-old son, Chad, some Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. On June 27, 2011, Trayvon asks a friend online, “now a connect for Cobain?” He tells the friend that “Robitussin ND soda” could make “some fire ass lean.” He says, “I had it before” and that he wants “to make some more.” On the night of February 26, if Brandy had some Robitussin at home, Trayvon had just bought the mixing for one “fire ass lean” cocktail.
Trayvon leaves the 7-11, but we do not see him walk in front of the store window back towards Brandy’s home. Trayvon, turning as he walks, can be seen through the window heading back towards the Retreat at Twin Lakes and Brandy’s house.
Zimmerman calls police while watching Trayvon near the gated community’s clubhouse, less than a half-mile from the 7-11. According to “Dee-Dee,” the girl Trayvon was periodically talking to on his cell phone, he was ducking in out of the rain.
Trayvon was partial to “blunts,” street slang for cannabis rolled with the tobacco-leaf wrapper from an inexpensive cigar called a “blunt.” As a tribute after his death, one friend posted online a photo of a homemade badge honoring Trayvon positioned next to a blunt. It seems altogether possible that Curly bought at least one of those cigars for the under-aged Trayvon and took those visible dollar bills as payment.
In the 40 minutes before Zimmerman spotted him, Trayvon could have scraped the tobacco out of the cigar, replaced it with marijuana, and smoked his blunt. His autopsy showed the presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in both his blood and his urine.
Ever since the Florida real estate bust, the Retreat at Twin Lakes had been troubled by vacancies, foreclosures, and renters of dubious repute. The community had suffered numerous break-ins and home invasions, the perpetrators of which were all young men, most of them black.
“We report all suspicious persons & activities to the Sanford Police Department,” reads the standard neighborhood watch sign at the community’s gated entrance. He makes his first firm identification of Trayvon as “a black male.” Adds Zimmerman, “He’s coming to check me out.
When asked by the dispatcher, Zimmerman agrees not to follow Trayvon, and his heavy breathing ends. Zimmerman is hesitant to give out his address.“I don’t know where this kid is.” He looks around to see where Trayvon has gone, fails to spot him, terminates his call, and heads back to the truck.
In the past year or so, his social media sites showed a growing interest in drugs, in mixed martial arts-style street fighting, in a profoundly vulgar exploitation of “bitches.” Trayvon posed for one photo with raised middle fingers, another with wads of cash held in an out-stretched arm.
But it was widely reported that the young lad was simply buying “Arizona Ice Tea and Skittles” from the 7-Eleven store. Turns out that we parents are unaware that there is a drug drink made from Arizona Watermelon drink and Skittles candy and then mixed with OVER THE COUNTER cough medicine (Robitussin and similar brands) that makes a very potent drug.
Martin also may have bought a blunt at the convenience store, they empty the tobacco out of the cigar and fill it with marijuana, and he may have smoked it before his encounter with Zimmerman. Those seemingly innocent items such as Arizona watermelon drink and Skittles the young people are toting around or buying at the store may be a lot more dangerous to them than you think.
You should have to be over 18 years old, and you should have to show ID, to be able to buy cough syrup, to prevent our kids from making Lean/Purple Lean/Purple Drank. Purple drank is a slang term for a recreational drug popular in the hip hop community in the southern United States, originating in Houston, Texas.
Cough syrup is typically mixed with ingredients such as Sprite soft drink or Mountain Dew and pieces of Jolly Rancher candy. In June 2000, Three 6 Mafia’s single “Pippin’ on Some Syrup,” featuring UK, brought the term “purple drank” to a nationwide audience.
Three 6 Mafia’s single “Rainbow Colors” featuring Little’ Flip pertains to the consumption of purple drank; the addition of a Jolly Rancher candy to a cup of purple drank creates a spectrum of colors, hence the name. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports “busts” involving syrup across the southern United States, particularly in Texas and Florida.
Respiratory depression is a potentially serious or fatal adverse drug reaction associated with the use of codeine, but mainly the danger lies in the much more potent and CNS-depressing phenothiazine-related antihistamine promethazine. This depression is dose-related and is the mechanism for the potentially fatal consequences of overdose: respiratory or cardiac arrest.
As with most CNS depressants, mixing with alcohol greatly increases the risk of respiratory failure and other complications. DJ Screw, who popularized the codeine-based drink, died of a codeine-promethazine-alcohol overdose on November 16, 2000, several months after the video to Three 6 Mafia’s single debuted.
Big Moe, a DJ Screw protégé whose albums City of Syrup and Purple World were based on the drink and who has been described as having “rapped obsessively about the drug,” died at age 33 on October 14, 2007, after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma. Pimp C, widely influential Port Arthur, Texas rapper and a member of rap duo UK, was found dead on December 4, 2007, at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported that the rapper’s death was “due to promethazine/codeine effects and other established factors.” Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Coroner’s Office, said the levels of the medication were elevated, but not enough to deem the death an overdose. A spokesman for the coroner’s office said that the combination of sleep apnea and cough medication probably suppressed Pimp C’s breathing long enough to bring on his death.
In September 2006, Terrence Kiel, a San Diego Chargers player, was arrested during practice for the possession with intent to sell prescription cough syrup for use in making the drink. On July 8, 2008, Johnny Jolly, a Green Bay Packers player, was pulled over in his car for excessive music.
The officers found a Dr Pepper bottle in a holder next to two Styrofoam cups containing soda and ice. Jolly faced a possible maximum sentence of up to 20 years in jail, but as a first time offender he would be eligible for probation.
On July 5, 2010, former Oakland Raiders quarterback Marcus Russell was arrested at his home in Mobile, Alabama, for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription. On June 11, 2013, just days after being robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco, rapper 2 Chain was arrested at Los Angeles international airport on charges of possessing marijuana and promethazine and codeine, the primary ingredients of purple drank.
The inclusion of the antihistamine is intended to deter abuse, as doses higher-than-recommended can produce extreme somnolence, clinical weakness, and ultimately, fatal hypoventilation (inadequate breathing to sustain life). In lower doses, the antihistamine targets cold symptoms through reducing both swelling and vasodilation; it also acts to potentiate the opiate codeine.
Prescription cough syrups containing hydrocodone are also used to make the drink, though they are less popular. Some users report that the large amount of sugar in drank causes them to experience weight gain, tooth decay, and other medical symptoms.
(January 2010) In addition to its popularization in the music of DJ Screw and Three 6 Mafia, the mixture has been referenced in lyrics of other rappers. It is the subject of UK’s “Pippin and Spinning” and “Purple Drank”, as well as tracks by D12, Eminem, Little’ Byte, Big Moe, Little Boogie, Far East Movement, Paul Wall, Sham, Mike Jones, Kanye West, T.I., Rick Ross, Bird man, Future, Little’ Flip, Lil’ Wayne, Ludicrous, 2 Chain, Play Circle, Fat Joe, Beanie Nigel, Project Pat, Millionaire, Lou Began, French Montana, Kirk Being, Jim Jones, The Game, Slim Thug, Fat Pat, Fraser Boy, Gorilla Zoe, BC (rapper), Z-RO, Youngbloodz, 8Ball, Papoose, Drake, Joe Mill, Meek Mill, Mack Maine, Ace Hood, Juicy J, Gucci Mane, Plies, ASAP Rocky, Tech N9ne, Trade, Young Buck, E-40, Werewolf, Schoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Ab-Soul, the latter of whom has crafted an ode to lean titled, “Mixed Emotions”.
S-Y-R-UP.” He also mentions the substance in the track “Barry Bonds” from Kanye West’s Graduation album, saying “My drink is still pinker than the Easter Rabbit,” an overt reference to the color of the beverage. Wayne makes a similar reference in DJ Khaled’s song “We Takin’ Over.” On March 15, 2013, it was reported that Wayne had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being discovered “shaking uncontrollably” and “unconscious”.
Doctors found a high amount of codeine in his system and his stomach had to be pumped three times. The rapper’s associates were quick to deny rumors that he was near death, and he was released on March 18.
Several legal commercial products loosely based on “purple drank” are marketed in the United States. In June 2008 Innovative Beverage Group, a Houston, Texas-based company, released a beverage called “Drank.” The commercial product contains no codeine or promethazine, but claims to “Slow Your Roll” with a combination of herbal ingredients such as valerian root and rose hips as well as the hormone melatonin.
Similar “relaxation” or “anti-energy” drinks on the commercial market use the names “Purple Stuff”, “Pippin Syrup”, and “Lean”. These commercial products have been criticized for their potential to serve as gateways to the dangerous illegal concoction.
At a mental health conference in February 2010, Dr. Ronald Peters, Jr., of the University of Texas Health Science Center said of “Drank”: “They’re taking the name, and they’re trying to market it to young people.” He described the beverage as “the worst thing I’ve ever seen on the street since the making of candy cigarettes.” ^ a b c d e Bryan Robinson, Cough Syrup Abuse in Texas Takes Center Stage, ABC News, August 17, 2005 ^ The Daily Fix The Wall Street Journal, David Roth.
July 9, 2010 ^ Richard Lemme, USE OF PROMETHAZINE WITH CODEINE SYRUP: COUGH/COLD EPIDEMIC OR SIGNIFICANT ABUSE?, Texas State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter, Volume XXV, Number 2, Spring 2001. ^ a b c d Shaheed Reid, Lil Wayne On Syrup: ‘Everybody Wants Me To Stop … It Ain’t That Easy’, MTV.com, February 28, 2008 ^ Arizona Officer Safety Bulletin, , Public Intelligence, June 24, 2011 ^ a b Corcoran, Michael Joseph (2005).
“The the big man’s debut album, City of Syrup (2000), … nodding to Houston’s reputation for drinking codeine-laced syrup, which Moe pours from a Styrofoam cup on the album’s cover.” ^ Lyrics for “Wasted” by Gucci Mane. The lyrics say “Pippin on purple stuff rolling up stacked” and “Purple codeine sprite paint don’t wasted, Mix it up grandma drank it than tasted, Now grandma Pippin syrup leaning wasted…” ^ http://rapgenius.com/Ab-soul-mixed-emotions-lyrics ^ http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/15/lil-wayne-seizures-hospitalized-drugs-sizzurp-critical-condition-icu ^ Duke, Alan (March 19, 2013).
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The success of the anti-Obama pic is based on big pre-sales leading into the Republican National Convention August 27-30, and exhibitors are reporting busloads of film goers arriving at theaters around the country in pre-organized trips. It also employed much of the same marketing techniques used to garner attention and support for faith-based films, understandable since the audience is overlapping.
“… This is an extraordinary fact based expose of the fairy tale story “sold” to the American public about Barack Obama and those who have surrounded and influenced him since childhood. What is most disturbing is the extent to which the mainstream media has been complicit in keeping these facts from the American public.
In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him “Frank.” Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president. Although other radical influences on Obama, from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers, have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an “important influence” on Obama, one whom he “looked to” not merely for “advice on living” but as a “father” figure.
His Communist Party USA card number, revealed in FBI files, was CP #47544. He was a prototype of the loyal Soviet patriot, so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government’s Security Index.
He favored Red Army takeovers of Central and Eastern Europe, and communist control in Korea and Vietnam. Dutifully serving the cause, he edited and wrote for communist newspapers in both Chicago and Honolulu, courting contributors who were Soviet agents.
In the 1970s, amid this dangerous political theater, Frank Marshall Davis came into Barack Obama’s life. Senior sees remnants of this worldview in Obama’s early life and even, ultimately, his presidency.
Senior charts with definitive accuracy the progression of Davis’s communist ideas from Chicago to Hawaii. He explores how certain elements of the Obama administration’s agenda reflect Davis’s columns advocating wealth redistribution, government stimulus for “public works projects,” taxpayer-funding of universal health care, and nationalizing General Motors.
That Davis supported violent and heartless communist regimes over his own country is impossible to defend. That question has been impossible to answer, since Davis’s writings and relationship with Obama have either been deliberately obscured or dismissed as irrelevant.
Was Obama’s goal in writing his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” to misdirect Americans away from a deeply disturbing family background and a Marxist political foundation? Gilbert reports he has recently discovered racy photos in vintage fetish and bondage magazines of Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, that he believes were taken by Davis.
Gilbert has given And a preview of a new “Breaking News” page on his documentary’s website titled “The Intimate Ann Dunham-Frank Marshall Davis Relationship.” On the page, he presents a video that shows some 30-plus pin-up photographs he believes Davis took of Obama’s young mother and other models in his home at 2994 Kali hi Street in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1968, Green leaf Classics in San Diego published a pornographic novel titled “Sex Rebel Black: Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet,” authored by “Bob Greene,” a pen name Davis later admitted was his own.
In a collection of Davis poems published in a book titled “Black Moods,” compiled by his biographer, University of Kansas English Professor John Edgar Ti dwell, are 37 written “portraits” grouped in a section subtitled “Horizontal Cameos.” Each poem is dedicated to a different woman identified only by her first name. In the three nude photographs initially discovered on the Internet in 2008, the young naked model is shown in a living room setting.
She is posing in or around a chair, with a Christmas tree and a 1950s Hi-fi with various jazz vinyl record albums in the background. It was also during this time that Davis began a serious effort to write poetry, including his first long poem, entitled Chicago’s Congo, Sonata for an Orchestra.
Davis became interested in the Communist party in 1931 during the famous Scottsboro boys and Angelo Herndon cases and championed black activism to compensate for social ills not remedied by the larger white society. In the early 1930s, he warned against blacks accepting the Depression-era remedies being pushed by communists but by 1936 Davis was listed as a contributing editor to the Spokesman, the official organ of the Youth Section of the National Afro-American Congress, which the government had declared a Communist front organization.
He continued to write and publish poems, which came to the attention of Frances Norton Manning, who introduced Davis to Norman Forge. In 1935, Davis moved back to Chicago to take the position of managing editor of the Associated Afro-American Press, a news service for black newspapers, which had begun in 1919.
During the Depression, Davis participated in the federal Works Progress Administration Writers’ Project. While in Chicago, Davis also started a photography club, worked for numerous political parties, and participated in the League of American Writers.
In 1945, he taught one of the first jazz history courses in the United States, at the Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago. Davis’ first column noted he was a member of the national executive board of the Civil Rights Congress, The paper had been founded in 1948 by KOI Ariosto, and closed in 1958.
While in Hawaii, Davis broadened from a Black Power philosophy to include what Dinesh D’Sousa calls “a wider current of oppression and subjugation.” He became one of the first promoters of the concept of a “faceless” society based on his belief that race as a biological or social construct was illogical and a fallacy. Davis visited Howard University in Washington, D.C., to give a poetry reading in 1973, marking the first time he had seen the U.S. mainland in 25 years.
His commentary on race relations, music, literature, and American culture was precise, impassioned, and engaged. At the height of World War II, Davis questioned the nature of America’s potential postwar relations and what they meant for African Americans and the nation.
In his reviews on music, he argued that blues and jazz were responses to social conditions and served as weapons of racial integration. His book reviews complemented his radical vision by commenting on how literature reshapes one’s understanding of the world.
Even his travel writings on Hawaii called for cultural pluralism and tolerance for racial and economic difference. “No significant African American community existed in Hawaii`i to provide Davis with emotional and moral support, and an expanded audience and market for his writing.
Also, because he was still concerned with the issues of freedom, racism, and equality, he lacked widespread multicultural support. One can only imagine Davis’s frustrations at his inability to become a successful writer in Hawaii after his promising beginnings in Atlanta and Chicago. He rarely complained, but he must have felt incomplete if not bitter when he found dignity but not freedom to develop his potential and lead the distinguished life to which he was accustomed.
Considering the controversial subject of Davis’ writing, it is little wonder that some whites looked askance at his presence in the islands. He worked quietly, he wrote even when he no longer published his writings, and he talked with those who came to visit him–always seeking to present the truth of his vision, confident that social justice and human dignity would finally prevail.
Indeed, despite his radical rhetoric, Davis was optimistic that good relations between ethnic groups could and would lead to a better world. If society seemed to defeat him by denying him financial rewards, publication, and status, he continued to write prolifically.
He stood by his principle that the only way to achieve social equality was to acknowledge and discuss publicly the racial and ethnic dynamics in all their complexity situated in an unjust society. In 1946, Davis married Helen Canfield, a white Chicago socialite, who was 19 years his junior.
(July 2012) In his memoir Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama wrote about “Frank”, a friend of his grandfather’s. He described the way race relations were back then, including Jim Crow, and his view that there had been little progress since then.
The London Telegraph headlined that Davis, an “alleged communist” was an “early influence” on the young Obama. Jerome Corgi also made controversial allegations of the influence of Davis in his book The Obama Nation.
Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet), (written under pseudonym “Bob Greene”); Green leaf Publishing Company (Evanston, IL), 1968. John Edgar Ti dwell; University of Wisconsin Press, 1992, ISBN 978-0-299-13500-3 Black Moods: Collected Poems, ed.
Davis, Frank Marshall, Living’ the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet, University of Wisconsin Press, 1992. Black Poets of the United States: From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes, University of Illinois Press (Champaign, IL), 1973.
“… With the help of two super-impressive researchers, including one living in Hawaii, I procured Davis’s weekly “Frankly Speaking” columns for the Record. These writings flawlessly parroted official Soviet propaganda and portrayed the likes of Harry Truman, George Marshall, and other courageous Democrats as colonialist-imperialist-fascist-racist monsters.
Consider the Communist-party numbers of some Hollywood Ten figures whom liberals laughably still defend as innocent lambs: John Howard Lawson (47275), Albert Malta (47196), Allah Bessie (46836). If you feel like you’ve been duped, or at least deprived of some significant background information about the man who is now the elected leader of the free world, you can thank our shameless, woefully biased media for failing to do its job.
Filed under: Blog roll, Economics, Investments, Links, Politics, Rants, Raves, Resources, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: ACORN, Ayers, Barack Obama, Bernadine Born, Bill Ayers, Chicago Rosenberg Challenge, Frank Marshall Davis, Obama, Radical, Radical Socialist, Rashid Khalid, Socialist, Terrorist Bombers, Terrorists, Videos, Weather Underground | Only a few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse.
The same cell had bombed my house, writes Ron Jacobs in The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. And in late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernadine Born, Ayers’s wife, promised more bombings.
As the association between Obama and Ayers came to light, it would have helped the senator a little if his friend had at least shown some remorse. But listen to Ayers interviewed in the New York Times on September 11, 2001, of all days: “I don’t regret setting bombs.
I feel we didn’t do enough.” Translation: “We meant to kill that judge and his family, not just damage the porch.” When asked by the Times if he would do it all again, Ayers responded: “I don’t want to discount the possibility.” Yet his myopia in the last few months has cast a new light on his “politics of change.” Nobody should hold the junior senator from Illinois responsible for his friends’ and supporters’ violent terrorist acts.
But it is fair to hold him responsible for a startling lack of judgment in his choice of mentors, associates, and friends, and for showing a callous disregard for the lives they damaged and the hatred they have demonstrated for this country. It is fair, too, to ask what those choices say about Obama’s own beliefs, his philosophy, and the direction he would take our nation.
At the conclusion of his 2001 Times interview, Ayers said of his upbringing and subsequent radicalization: “I was a child of privilege and I woke up to a world on fire.” Obama was recruited by a friend in 1995, Bill Ayers, to be Chairman of the Chicago Rosenberg Challenge.
The Chicago Rosenberg Challenge provided over a $110 million to various organizations with the aim of improving school performance. “This study examined whether the Chicago Rosenberg Challenge promoted improvement in schools it supported and in student achievement and other outcomes; factors that might explain improvement or lack thereof among Rosenberg schools; and what could be learned from the Challenge’s experiences.
Obama: Radical in Liberal Clothing Peter Airshow “… Whenever a proposition polls in the 60% range, it’s considered to be in landslide territory. That doesn’t necessarily mean that someone supporting the minority viewpoint is a nut or an extremist, but at some point it may fairly be said that a person on the short end of several of these propositions is out of the mainstream.
Americans oppose giving an advantage in these areas on the basis of race by a margin of 82% to 14%. (Program on International Policy Alternatives, March 2004) It’s worth noting that Obama’s closer to a pre-9/11 view of missile defense.
An August 2001 Bloomberg News poll showed only 49% favored missile defense at that time whereas 41% opposed it. Although many Americans support certain types of restrictions on guns, they oppose broad bans by a margin of 68% to 30%.
Obama voted against a bill that would make English the official language for conducting business with the U.S. government. While in the Illinois state legislature, Obama voted against parental notification requirements for abortions for minors.
09/02/08 RNC Fred Thompson Speech: IOC America’s Next President Obama’s Three Strikes J.R. Dunn “… A terrorist bomber, what may be the largest vote-fraud operation in history, and a political party calling for a socialist revolution in the United States. And Obama knows this full well, considering the effort he’s put into ducking those exact questions since his campaign began.
If the three can be bundled, and the resulting package adequately presented to the American people, Barack Obama is through. American voters have made it clear time and again that they have no use for the political extremes of either left or right.
Obama plainly suffers, at best, from a weakness for crackpot left-wing politics, and at worst from a yearning to create a revolutionary situation in American society. He has discovered documents that clearly demonstrate Barack Obama received the endorsement of a socialist group that required candidates to seeking their endorsement to sign a contract that mandates that they must have a visible and active relationship with that socialist party.
This VIDEO below explains why Barack’s campaign cannot give a straight answer about when he decided that Bill Ayers had been a terrorist: …” Obama makes an apparent, if obscure reference to DSA in his 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father “.
Discussing his time studying political science at New York’s Columbia University, in the early 80s, Obama reveals that he “went to socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyn e.” For many years, from the early ’80s until 2004, Cooper Union was the usual venue of the annual Socialist Scholars Conference-almost certainly what Obama was referring to.
I have posted before that Obama has been supported by three of the US’s main Marxist organisations-the Communist Party USA, the Democratic Socialists of America and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. As Barbara Lee has been closely associated with all three, her ringing endorsement of Obama comes as no surprise.
Barbara Lee inherited her Congressional seat on the retirement of her former boss Congressman Ron Vellum. Vellum, now mayor of Oakland California (and a Hillary Clinton supporter) has been a long time associate of the Communist Party USA.
Actually, Obama knew him quite well, having worked together on a school “reform” project called the Chicago Rosenberg Challenge. He ran the fiscal arm that distributed grants to schools and raised matching funds.
Ayers participated in a second entity known as the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, the operational arm that worked with grant recipients. During Obama’s tenure as Rosenberg board chairman, Ayers’ own education projects received substantial funding.
David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama’s radical connections since the beginning. He can be tied directly to a malevolent overarching strategy that has motivated many, if not all, of the most destructive radical leftist organizations in the United States since the 1960s.
Cloven-Piven Strategy “… First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Coward and Frances Fox Given, the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue a black man suspected of drunk driving), Coward and Given published an article titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in the May 2, 1966, issue of The Nation.
Many were eager to put it into effect. Cloward-Piven’s early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Minsky as their inspiration. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short.
Obama’s Challenge The campaign speaks to “Radicalism.” By Stanley Kurtz“… The fact that Ayers and other tenured radicals hold power at our universities is in no way negated by the presence of Republican appointees on university boards of trustees. His education writings are deeply politicized and filled with exhortations to “resist” America’s racist and oppressive social system.
Beyond its strictly historical interest, Ayers and his co-editors make a point of hoping that their old writings would be “of use to new generations of militant activists and organizers.” By directing CAC funds to groups like ACORN and the Developing Communities Project of the Families Foundation, Ayers was supporting just such militant activists and organizers. “… The Chicago Rosenberg Challenge stands as Barack Obama’s most important executive experience to date.
And a series of critical evaluations point to reasons for that failure, including a poor strategy, to which the foundation over-committed in 1995, and over-reliance on community organizers with insufficient education expertise. Ayers’s terrorist history aside, that makes the Ayers-Obama relationship a perfectly legitimate issue in this campaign.
When I started looking at this question a few weeks ago I quickly grew more concerned about the kinds of people that seem to have been very important in Obama’s ascendancy in Chicago area politics. The people linked to Senator Obama grew to political maturity in the extreme wings of the late 60s student and antiwar movements.
They helped undermine the emergence of a healthy relationship between students and others in American society who were becoming interested in alternative views of social, political and economic organization. Their tactics were so damaging that some on the left thought that government or right wing elements helped create them.
One possibility is that Obama proved himself to the Ayers’s in the battle for local school control when he was at the DCP in the 80s. And it turns out the impact of the Rosenberg Challenge on actual students in Chicago schools is considered mixed at best, although Bill Ayers deemed it a success on political grounds.
Under the circumstances, it seems more than a bit disingenuous of Senator Obama to dismiss Bill Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” …” In 1970 Ayers was called “a national leader” of the Weatherman organization and “one of the chief theoreticians of the Weathermen”.
He became better known nationally through the crimes of his radical son William C. Ayers and for managing his rehabilitation after release from prison. It handed over its remaining assets to its successor, the Chicago Public Education Fund, on whose board sit Susan Crown and Penny Pritzker.
The CAC donated its records to the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago to be made available for public research. The CAC’s successful grant application was written in 1993 by William Ayers, professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
After extensive community-based discussions also involving Anne Hallett of the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, and Warren Chapman of the Joyce Foundation. That reform movement had begun in 1987 in the wake of an unpopular strike by Chicago teachers.
Bill Ayers was active in that reform effort through a group called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or ABCs. ABCs was an alliance of various activists and reform groups that included the Developing Communities Project which Barack Obama headed up at the time as well as Chicago United, a business sector group, that was headed up by Thomas Ayers, father of Bill Ayers.
The Collaborative’s responsibility was to help identify potential grant recipients, prepare requests for proposals and develop other means for the Challenge to intervene in supporting the local school council-led reform process in Chicago. But the Challenge fought back by funneling millions of dollars into the councils and associated reform groups, including $175,000 to the Small Schools Workshop.
The Workshop had been established in the early 1990s by William Ayers who hired Mike Lonely, a Chicago cab driver who had earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of South Florida, and former activist with Ayers in Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS. An effort to funnel $2 million to the Local Schools Councils was criticized by one Challenge board member, Arnold Weber, a business sector representative and former President of Northwestern University, who saw the Councils as a potential “political threat” to school principals.
Of course, the councils were formed precisely to provide parent and political activists with the power to influence schools. The Board also hired an Executive Director, Ken Rolling, from Woods Fund of Chicago.
The Research Consortium was responsible for assessing the impact of the expenditure of the Challenge’s grant money. He and his wife incorporated WCF with their three sons, two of whom remained in Lincoln, and one of whom (Frank Woods, Jr.) worked in Chicago after finishing college and eventually became the head of the Sahara Coal Company.
Frank Woods headed WCF in the 1950s, during which time he gave money to groups advocating equal rights for minorities. In the early 1990s, George Helm became WCF President and, with the assistance of Staff Director Jean Rudd, moved the Fund politically to the left.
This new Fund focused on welfare reform, affordable housing, the quality of public schools, race and class disparities in the juvenile justice system, and tax policy as a tool in reducing poverty. The Fund supported the concept of an expanding welfare state allocating ever-increasing amounts of money to the public school system, and the redistribution of wealth via taxes.
“… A notable Woods board member is William Ayers, who in the 1960s was a member of the terrorist group Weatherman, and was a wanted fugitive for over a decade as a result of the group’s bombing campaign; today Ayers is a Professor of Education at the University of Illinois. In 2002 the Woods Fund made a grant to Northwestern University Law School’s Children and Family Justice Center, where Ayers’ wife, Bernadine Born, was employed.
From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Rosenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.
Yet the archives show that, along with Ms. Left and Ms. Graham, Mr. Ayers was one of a working group of five who assembled the initial board in 1994. The CAC’s agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers’s educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism.
In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland’s ghetto. Obama’s Spectacular Failure as an Executive: Documented “… Background: Barack Obama was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Rosenberg Challenge, a foundation designed to increase learning and personal achievement skills in chosen school programs.
Weatherman terrorist, William Ayers, is thought to have had a major role in choosing the untried Obama for the COB position. Obama/Ayers/Rosenberg Update: The NY Times finally mentions the A-word “… The Times avoid discussing just exactly what might have brought Ayers and Obama together in the Challenge, which I believe was, in part, their shared history together in school reform going back to 1987-1988 when Ayers was an activist in the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools and Obama’s Developing Communities Project was a member of that Alliance.
“… Now we are beginning to understand why Ayers wanted Obama on that board: he would be a reliable political ally in what was becoming a new battleground in the ongoing Chicago “school wars” as they were called at the time. In fact, as soon as the ink was dry on the $49.2 million check from Walter Rosenberg, Obama and Ayers and Rolling were comrades in arms against Mayor Daley, whom CAC Executive Director Rolling explained later tried repeatedly to wrest away the Rosenberg grant from the hands of those running the CAC.
Obama was not as you contend an elected official when he first worked on school reform with Ayers in the late 80s, nor was he even yet a candidate when he became Chairman of the board of the Rosenberg Challenge in 1995. He was a relative unknown and quite a junior person at that point, just two years out of law school when Ayers submitted the grant proposal, with only a voter registration drive to his credit since leaving Harvard.
Thus, I think it is a fair question to ask why Obama would have been chosen to head up such a prestigious effort as the $110 million Rosenberg Challenge. I arrived in the Columbia area to study theology at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine shortly after Obama had left, so I know the neighborhood well.
1988 Ayers solicits Khalid Al-Mansour to raise money for Obama’s Harvard Law School education 2007-2008 The structure of Obama’s presidential campaign increasingly comes to resemble an Ayers-designed national “community organizer matrix” straight out of Maoist theory.
This is not merely a presidential “campaign.” Obama’s organization is the first installment of an ongoing movement being paid for with tax-exempt contributions to his campaign, approaching half a billion dollars. Obama and Ayers: Radical, Political BrothersThis was written by Glenn Chappell and the TalkStraight.org Staff contributing “… On February 16, 1970, Bill Ayers was directly involved in the detonation of a bomb that killed one San Francisco police officer and critically wounded another.
According to an FBI informant within the Weather Underground organization, Ayers knew the precise location and contents of the fatal bomb, which was constructed of staples and lead bullets as shrapnel. According to the secret agent, Ayers’ wife, Bernadine Born, actually constructed and detonated the bomb.
The agent testified that Ayers’ was either present at the bombing or had at least helped in the planning of the attack, due to his extensive knowledge and familiarity with the specifics of the plot. In fact, David Freedom argued this year that Ayers only escaped prosecution as a result of FBI management of the case.
As a member of the organization’s Central Committee, Ayers helped oversee a bombing in New York City at the home of a state Supreme Court Justice. At the site of the bomb, Weathermen painted an ominous phrase on the judge’s home: “FREE THE PANTHER 21; THE View CONG HAVE WON; KILL THE PIGS.” Ayers also helped in planning several other bombings in New York, including an attack on a military recruiting facility and two police cars.
“… In summary, Bill Ayers’ life has been a narrative of violent, radical, extremist, socialist activism. While the mainstream media have refused to cover this major influence upon Obama’s politics, the facts are undeniable.
Hugh Hewitt, a long time journalist and blogger, summed up this unsettling connection of Obama’s quite succinctly: He was most likely introduced to Ayers and Born during the early days of his 1995 campaign for Illinois state Senate.
Alice Palmer, the incumbent senator, had announced that she would not be seeking re-election to her seat, and endorsed Obama as her successor. In late 1995, Palmer introduced Obama to her most liberal supporters during a fundraiser at the home of Ayers and Born.
It is clear from eyewitness testimony that the former Weathermen were already enthusiastic about this new face in the Chicago political scene. “When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the living room of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Born.
In its creed, first published in March in the Nation magazine, the Progressives for Obama founders state their organization descended from the “proud tradition of independent social movements that have made America a more just and democratic country.” …” “… Among the signatories and endorsers to Progressives for Obama is Mark Rudd, one of the main founders of the Weathermen terrorist organization.
Rudd worked closely for years with Weathermen terrorist William Ayers, whose association with Obama has generated controversy for the presidential candidate. When he returned to the U.S., Rudd advocated for Columbia’s chapter of the SDS to carry out militant, aggressive action, but he was turned down.
As WorldNetDaily reports, from 1985 to 1988, he worked for a subsidiary of the Chicago-based Families Foundation, founded on the principles of Saul “The Red” Minsky. On the board of Families sat Northwestern University professor John L. McKnight, a student of Minsky’s radical tactics.
As we have noted, when Obama worked for Families, he was paid by the Woods Foundation, which supported the radical group. Obama would later serve on the Woods Foundation board with terrorist and socialism advocate William Ayers.
This lawless duo were members of the Weather Underground, or, Weathermen, group that had a real beef with the US. These two were having a grand old time blowing up stuff, including people, until three of their own blew themselves up while making a bomb.
The ACORN Obama knows Michelle Main “… My syndicated column today spotlights the whistleblower report on ACORN, which I’ve been blogging about (here) and which deserves more attention in the media and in Washington–especially in light of the radical activist group’s embrace of Barack Obama. The Consumer Rights League e-mailed to let me know that three GOP congressmen (Hearing, Deena, and Royce) have called on Barney Frank (D-Housing Boondoggle) to investigate ACORN’s taxpayer abuses.
In his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, Obama cites “Frank” as someone who gave him advice on various matters, including race, American values, and college, and read poems to him during his high-school years in Hawaii. New Zealand blogger Trevor London was the first to alert people to the fact that “Frank” was identified as Frank Marshall Davis, a controversial black writer and poet, by Gerald Horne, a writer for a CPU SA publication.
“Sneaked” into local NAACP meetings to “propagandize” the organization’s members about America’s “racial problems,” with “the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line.” In the mid-1990s, Ayers and Born hosted meetings at their Chicago home to introduce Barack Obama to their neighbors during his first run for the Illinois Senate.
In his 2001 screed, Fugitive Days, Ayers boasts that he “participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.” All told, Ayers and Weatherman were responsible for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the United States. At a 1969 “War Council” in Flint, Michigan, Born gave her most memorable and notorious speech to her followers.
Holding her fingers in what became the Weatherman “fork salute,” she said of the bloody murders recently committed by the Manson Family in which the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and several other inhabitants of a Benedict Canyon mansion had been brutally stabbed to death : “Dig it! In the mid-1990s Born and her husband, Bill Ayers, hosted meetings at their Chicago home to introduce Barack Obama to their neighbors during his first run for the Illinois Senate.
On December 4, 2007, Wright was named as a member of the Obama campaign’s African American Religious Leadership Committee. Wright would step down from this Committee in March 2008, after videotapes of his controversial sermons had repeatedly ignited fierce public debate and criticism.
Wright embraces the tenets of black liberation theology, which seeks to foment Marxist revolutionary fervor founded on racial rather than class solidarity. There’s a black man stealing my show!’” He then pretended to wipe tears from his face, a reference to Senator Clinton’s emotional speech before the New Hampshire primary, and added, “She wasn’t the only one crying.
Obama attended a farewell party in Khalid’s honor when the latter was leaving the University of Chicago (to embark on his new position at Columbia) in 2003. In Chicago in 1995, Mr. Khalid and his wife Mona founded the Arab American Action Network (Alan), a group associated with confrontational statements of support for Palestinians and antagonism toward Israel.
This diverse movement combines a variety of political currents and aims in a working coalition that is crucial to social progress at this point. At the core are America’s working families, of all hues and ethnicities, whose determination to move forward does not depend on, and will not be diverted by, the daily twists and turns of this watershed presidential campaign.
The struggle to defeat the ultra-right and turn our country on a positive path will not end with Obama’s election. NEW MEDIA SPIN SIN: “STATELESS STATESMAN” SOROS “… He means to defeat John McCain and install his Manchurian candidate, America hater Barack Hussein Obama.
In These Times reported on February 17, 1997, that “the arty, with 80 members in the ward, many of whom are also active in the Service Employees International Union and the advocacy group ACORN, has begun to build a parallel precinct organization.” Using ACORN’s get out the vote efforts and relying on his gerrymandered Democrat district, Obama moved on to the State Senate.
He opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, he opposed legislation that would have prohibited the sale of pornography across the street from elementary schools and churches, and he supported allowing criminals to sue their victims if their victims injured the criminals in self-defense. They took their name from the lyric You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, from the Bob Dylan song Subterranean Homesick Blues.
They also used this lyric as the title of a position paper they distributed at an SDS convention in Chicago on June 18, 1969, as part of a special edition of New Left Notes. The Weathermen were initially part of the Revolutionary Youth Movement (Gym) within the SDS, splitting from the Gym’s Maoists by claiming there was no time to build a vanguard party and that revolutionary war against the United States government and the capitalist system should begin immediately.
“… Today Widely-known members of the Weather Underground include Kathy Boudin, Mark Rudd, Terry Robbins, Ted Gold, Naomi Gaffe, Cathy Wilkerson, Jeff Jones, David Gilbert, Susan Stern, Bob Lobachevsky, Sam Karl, Russell Neufeld, Joe Kelly, Laura White horn and the still-married couple Bernadine Born and Bill Ayers. Bill Ayers, now a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in an interview to say “I don’t regret setting bombs” but has since claimed he was misquoted.
Brian Flanagan has expressed regret for his actions during the Weatherman years, and compared the group’s activities to terrorism. These are things I am not proud of, and I find it hard to speak publicly about them and to tease out what was right from what was wrong.
I think that part of the Weatherman phenomenon that was right was our understanding of what the position of the United States is in the world. However, a much more extensive, widespread, and critically-acclaimed documentary emerged in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated The Weather Underground by filmmakers Bill Siegel and Sam Green.
Collective action through organized social movements has long expanded American citizens’ rights and liberties. Recently, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has helped win living wage initiatives in more than 130 cities across the country.
Looking closely at this phenomenon, Heidi J. Starts explores activist groups’ cultural, organizational, and political strategies. Focusing on ACORN chapters and church federations in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Jose, California, Starts demonstrates that congregation-based organizing has developed an innovative cultural strategy, combining democratic deliberation and leadership development to produce a “culture of commitment” among its cross-class, multiracial membership.
By contrast, ACORN’s more homogeneous low-income class base has a national structure that allows it to coordinate campaigns quickly, and its seasoned staff excels in tactical innovations. By making these often-invisible grassroots organizers evident, Starts sheds light on factors that constrain or enable other social movements in the United States.
Author Biography: Dennis A. Jacobsen is pastor of an Ella congregation and the director of the Families National Clergy Caucus, a network of over 1,000 clergy that develops national and regional training events to ground the work of congregation-based community organizing in theology and scripture. As of 2008, Families has 60 affiliates in 21 U.S. states, the United Kingdom, and five provinces of South Africa, and claims to represent over a million people.
Families was reoriented to focus on community organizing when Gregory Gallup was hired as executive director in 1986. Following Minsky’s death in 1972, his Industrial Areas Foundation, under executive director Edward T. Chambers, moved toward a congregation-based organizing model, emphasizing training and leadership development.
Families has developed along a similar path under the direction of Gallup, a former Roman Catholic priest who got his introduction to community organizing in the early 1970s in Chicago, where he worked with the Wilson Neighborhood Community Council, mentored by such organizers as Tom Gazette and John Baumann (the founder of PICO National Network). Families has five regional directors covering the Eastern, Mideastern, Midwestern, Southern, and Western United States.
Current program Families has refocused its efforts from neighborhood organizations to coalitions that can influence wider metropolitan areas and regions. Families has begun to formulate strategies for impacting national policy on such issues as comprehensive immigration reform, health care for all, jobs and full employment, affordable housing, and equal access public transportation systems.
To date, the major focus of Families has been such metropolitan areas as Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, Northwest Indiana, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Kansas City, Missouri. Families’s Website and history page make plain that it evolved from the Minsky School of organizing.
Obama claimed in the recent national service forum at Columbia University that he worked for “churches” while organizing on the South Side of Chicago. The Families Foundation brought the Minsky community organizing method and Barack Obama to Chicago, taught him all he needs to organize a movement, and sent the future President to Harvard law. When you read through this overview of the group and its key players, look at the parallels between the group’s past and present, with the president’s past and present.
This is a group that believes in collectivism, social justice, “shared affluence, and blaming dissent on racism, and frighteningly they see using religion as a political movement, which explains the tape of people praying to Obama: The stated mission of the Families Foundation (GF) is “to be a powerful network of grassroots, interfaith, interracial, multi-issue organizations working together to create a more just and more democratic society.” Predicated on the notion that America is a land rife with injustice, GF agitates for social change by supporting the efforts of a network of organizations (the Families Network) whose goal is to allow for individuals to “effectively participate” in the political, environmental, social and economic arenas.
GF offers, for its network affiliates, programs to teach techniques and methodologies for bringing about social change; ongoing consultations; and organizer recruitment campaigns. In addition to Rather, the Board of Directors of the Organizers’ Forum includes Drummond Pike of the Tides Foundation and an SEU representative.
“The people who ran ACORN back in 2004 are hardly surprised, as an article titled ‘Election Thoughts” in the combined Winter 2003-Spring 2004 issue of Social Policy demonstrates. Wade Rather, ACORN founder and chief organizer for 38 years, is the publisher of Social Policy.
The pump and dump drive-by main stream media love affair with Barack Obama is about to be exposed. Just another vain attempt by the main stream media to hide Obama’s radical socialist comrades from the American people.
Yet Obama favors comprehensive immigration reform, a code word for open borders and amnesty. Local city, county, and state taxes are all increasing to provide education, medical care, jails, prisons, and welfare benefits for illegal immigrants or criminal aliens.
Barack Obama’s election to the office of President of the United States would result in an economic disaster equalling, if not exceeding, the “Carter years”. By Michelle Main • August 21, 2008 05:48 PM No library gatekeepers can keep the lid on the truth forever.
The ad, which is expected to begin airing Thursday in Michigan and Friday in Ohio, focuses on William Ayers, whose Weatherman organization took credit for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol 40 years ago. One of its board members, Ed Sailor Jr., was a paid consultant for McCain’s campaign in Iowa last year.
American Issues Project spokesman Christian Pinks ton said Sailor has no connection to the McCain campaign now. “Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as, quote, ‘Respectable’ and ‘Mainstream,'” the ad states.
A: What was very disturbing to us was the fact that Barack Obama had covered up the true identity of this “Frank” who played such a role in his life just before he went off to college (in the late 1970s). We think Obama should be asked to explain why he didn’t reveal Frank’s true identity in his book.
What teenager would want to grow up to be an elderly, embittered drunk, going on at length at life’s injustices in a run-down house in Waikiki? The one way in which “Frank” seemed to really impact Obama was in his racial suspicion, his sense that no white man could truly relate to his experiences. Obama describes feeling “truly alone” after hearing the above monologue from Frank; he’s been offered a disturbing opinion that his grandfather (and, implicitly, his mother and grandmother) may love him, but will never understand him.
Instead, as Obama writes in Dreams From My Father, he was hanging out with the “Marxist professors,” attending “socialist conferences,” and “discuss neocolonialism.” Rather than learning about the American exceptionalism that would seek to bring freedom to the USSR and Eastern Europe, Obama was hearing about the glory of the Bolshevik experiment. In an interview with the Tribune on Saturday, Tokugawa said he always considered himself mixed race, like so many of his friends in Hawaii, and was not an angry young black man.
Activism blossomed in college Maurice Presley |Tribune staff reporter “… Some took Obama’s professed radicalism as posturing. “I was impressed by the sharpness of Barry’s intellect and, like many, his effortless charm,” said classmate Mark Very, a journalism professor at New York University.
But near the end of his time at Occidental, he got caught up in protests against apartheid in South Africa, helping plan a large campus rally demanding that the college divest investments there. He writes about “a poet named Frank,” who visited them in Hawaii, read poetry, and was full of “hard-earned knowledge” and advice.
Obama only says that he had “some modest notoriety once,” was “a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago…” but was now “pushing eighty.” He writes about “Frank and his old Black Power dashiki self” giving him advice before he left for Occidental College in 1979 at the age of 18. In the summer/fall 2003 issue of African American Review, James A. Miller of George Washington University reviews a book by John Edgar Ti dwell, a professor at the University of Kansas, about Davis’s career, and notes, “In Davis’s case, his political commitments led him to join the American Communist Party during the middle of World War II-even though he never publicly admitted his Party membership.” Ti dwell is an expert on the life and writings of Davis.
Horne, a history professor at the University of Houston, noted that Davis, who moved to Honolulu from Kansas in 1948 “at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson,” came into contact with Barack Obama and his family and became the young man’s mentor, influencing Obama’s sense of identity and career moves. Robeson, of course, was the well-known black actor and singer who served as a member of the CPU SA and apologist for the old Soviet Union.
As Horne describes it, Davis “befriended” a “Euro-American family” that had “migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago.” The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path.
The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPU SA member.
Frank Marshall Davis: Black Labor Activist and Outsider Journalist: Social Movements in Hawaii`by: Kathryn Weddell Tamara, Ph.D. Abercrombie & Obama Democratic Promise: Saul AlinskyThe Democratic Promise: Saul Links and His Legacy Saul Minsky and DNC CorruptionShowing his bare knuckles In first campaign, Obama revealed hard-edged, uncompromising side in eliminating party rivals “… The day after New Year’s 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city’s South Side.
Fresh from his work as a civil rights lawyer and head of a voter registration project that expanded access to the ballot box, Obama launched his first campaign for the Illinois Senate saying he wanted to empower disenfranchised citizens. His overwhelming legal onslaught signaled his impatience to gain office, even if that meant elbowing aside an elder stateswoman like Palmer.
The substance and style of Wright’s infamous remarks are part and parcel of a broader, and proudly radical, theology. The bold denunciations are not distractions or somehow beside the point, but are the culmination and justification of Wright’s prophetic vocation.
Even his famous “Audacity to Hope” sermon, which led to Obama’s conversion and baptism, fits into this framework. A scarcely concealed, Marxist-inspired indictment of American capitalism pervades contemporary “black-liberation theology.” Far from the mainstream, Trinity (and the relatively small band of other churches that share its worldview) sees itself as marginalized and radical, struggling in the face of an overwhelming rejection of its political theology by mainstream black churches.
“… Obama has now attempted to distance himself from Wright, claiming to be “outraged” by the reverend’s recent comments. In his rejection of the path of assimilation; in his contempt for “middle-classness” and the capitalist system it sustains; in his pursuit of a separate, black Christianity and his hostility to conventional religion; in his bitter and “prophetic” denunciations of America’s history, its founding icons and its anti-Qaddafi, pro-Israel foreign policy; in his conviction that the U.S. government is responsible for genocide against blacks; and in his insistence that Americans are collectively guilty of 9/11, Jeremiah Wright is a true follower of James Cone’s theology of black liberation.
Both Lenin and Stalin concurred with Marx, and one of the most stringent and murderous thrusts of Soviet Communism was its campaign against religion, especially Judaism and Christianity. Mao and other eastern communists went this route as well, and never pretended to have any faith whatsoever in anyone or anything but the material world.
But Barack Obama, the student of Saul Links, sees the necessity of reeling in those of faith, and making them part of the class struggle, while avoiding the harsher approach of demanding that the people give up their faith as a consequence of their commitment to revolutionary change. Americans have proven much more stubborn in the religious realm than the Europeans, who fell hook, line and sinker for Marx, Lenin and Stalin.
And Obama’s Chicago experiences seem to give him great hope that his cloak of religiosity will help to catapult him over the religious right and into the White House on the wings of liberation theology. Mybarackobama.com capitalizes on “viral growth”: by inviting friends to join you in supporting Barack Obama.
Powered by this simple but effective mechanism, the Obama campaign’s list of contacts, supporters and donors has grown at an exponential rate with zero incremental costs of “acquiring” them. One of the Weatherman leaders was Bernadine Born, a smart, magnetic figure who, in part because of her penchant for miniskirts and knee-high boots, was dubbed “La Pasionaria of the Lunatic Left” by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
After a bomb exploded accidentally and killed three of their colleagues, Ayers and Born “hooked up,” in the parlance of the day, and, since 1982, they have been married. In her tepid, wobbling way, Hillary Clinton has attempted to use this well-known fact to portray her opponent as a secret subversive.
Because of a special provision campaign finance laws, the So roses were able to give a collective $60,000 to Obama during his primary challenge. Fifty-five of the 58 members on last year’s HPC roster (see sidebar on page 31) ran for re-election; every one of them was re-elected.“… The media have ignored the extremism of congressmen who have openly allied themselves with a subversive network seeking to supplant our form of government with totalitarian socialism.
Promotional pictures showing the President in a heavy sweater were supposed to inspire everyone to “follow the leader”. Because the busy pace of campaigning often forces candidates to address people several times per week or even per day, he and his staff will usually write a single speech to be delivered at most public appearances.
The need for a stump speech stems from a desire to keep candidates on message and consistently make certain arguments or point out certain aspects of their political platform. Candidates will often use major events to unveil a new or substantially revised stump speech.