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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


This is insane

Anyone who knows or who has spent any time with Ayers and Dohrn knows that they are very different people today than they were in the 60s and 70s (aren't we all???). They are committed to their city, to children, education, to families, and to justice - especially juvenile justice. They fight against racism and poverty and support pretty amazing educational initiatives. They are kind, generous, and gentle people whose past seems incongruous in its extremism and violence. They have created an amazing collection of friends among some of the best and brightest artists, writers, thinkers, activists. They like to support the work of those they admire. They are smart and committed to improving our city and our country - those who know them think they are significant assets to our city.

I'd like to challenge McCain and McPalin to go have dinner with them and just talk to them. Theyll see how insane these charges they've leveled against Obama are. And read Ayers' book, watch the documentary about them - it's a complex story that involves some really strong and important intentions (end vietnam, end racism, end oppression) with some questionable means. It's not as cut and dry as it seems. Particularly when you know them - and see how genuine and caring they are.

edited to add: I saw this on Michael Moore's website today:

Glass Houses
"How can you countenance someone who was engaged in bombings that could have or did kill innocent people?"
– John McCain

"And thus it was on October 26, 1967, that John McCain, flying in his A-4 Skyhawk, was hit by a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft artillery shell just as he fired off his missile at—not a military target, not an army unit, not a battleship—but an electricity generating station that supplied electrical power to a number of neighborhoods. The target, according to McCain, was in 'a heavily populated part of Hanoi.' Heavily populated. A plane from the sky raining missiles down on a heavily populated area of a nation's capital." – Michael Moore, 'Mike's Election Guide'


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