Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground

A lot has been hacked up and spit out by the Rethugs in the last few weeks over Barack Obama's supposed ties to "domestic terrorist" Bill Ayers.

So here's a quick quiz: Off the top of your head, how many Americans died as the result of bombings by the Weatherman Faction (which became known the Weather Underground, probably after several of their female members pointed out the obvious sexism in their name)?

Okay, I know it was a long time ago, but what would you think? Ten? Twenty? A hundred? More than a hundred?

Well, from listening to Unstable and Unable the last couple of weeks, you might think it was even greater than that, so it might surprise you to know that the death toll from all of the bombs built by the Weather Underground was this: Exactly THREE.

And ironically, those three were members of the group, who were blown up in 1970 in a freak explosion in Greenwich Village when the bomb they were attempting to assemble went off prematurely.

Remember that number: Three individuals, all of whom were active members of the group. No "civilians" were injured by the Weather Underground in their brief and inept rise from obscurity to fame to infamy and back again to obscurity.

Oh, and let's not forget that Bill Ayres was never convicted of any "terrorist" acts. Not a single one. When he and Bernadine Dorhn turned themselves in, way back in 1980, she was given three years probation and a fine of $15,000. All charges against Ayres were dropped.

So where's the problem for the Rethugs? They have only one: Desperation.