October 19, 2008

Two Bloggers’ Work Makes Closeness of Obama-Ayers Ties More Obvious Than Ever

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:25 am

(SEE UPDATE below on the status of the building at 115 S. Sangamon in Chicago)

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Two recent finds noted by bloggers have put further dents in the Obama campaign’s core claim about its candidate’s relationship with Bill Ayers, the unapologetic domestic terrorist who has not ruled out recidivism, as seen here at Obama’s FightTheSmears.com home page:

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The first was discovered by SeeDubya, former weekend blogger at Michelle Malkin’s site. SeeDubya came out of retirement for one morning to note a neighborly reference to Obama by Ayers in the former Weather Underground leader’s 1998 book on parenting.

The second is the revelation by blogger Verum Serum that Obama and Ayers were located on the same floor of a what I can show was a small building — for three years.

Here is the passage SeeDubya spotted in Ayers’s “A Kind and Just Parent” (a fuller text scan is at the link):

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Ayers’s take on Farrakhan and his security detail also would seem to raise questions about the nature of Obama’s relationship with the Nation of Islam leader, including whether the Obamas feel they owe Farrakhan or his flock any future favors for the extra level of protection Ayers clearly feels the Fruit have provided.

Then there are Verum Serum’s findings:

(The) Chicago Annenberg Challenge website from 2002 shows the total amount of funds given to Bill Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop from 1995 to 2001. ….. According to this page, the total given under Barack Obama’s direct supervision was $1,056,162. Adding that amount to the money given by the Joyce Foundation and Woods Fund during Obama’s tenure brings the grand total to $1,968,718. Just shy of two million dollars! That’s a lot of scratch, to put it bluntly. And don’t forget, this doesn’t count the 3/4 million that went to John Ayers during the same time period.

….. (Also) Bill Ayers and Barack Obama shared an office. Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop, the one Obama directed all that money too (sic) is located at 115 S. Sangamon Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607.

….. In 1998, the address for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where Obama presumably worked, was 115 S. Sangamon Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607.

Verum Serum has screen grabs supporting his same-address claim at his post, including web archive and tax return evidence that both the Annenberg Challenge and the Small Schools Project were located on the third floor.

If that was indeed the case, this Google Earth look, with address identifiers added by me, would indicate that there was not much, if any, elbow room between the two organizations (a larger version of the graphic is here):

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115 S. Sangamon appears to have been demolished. A search at the Cook County Assessor’s office for addresses between 100-150 S. Sangamon has no listing for 115 S. Sangamon St. (See UPDATE below for the building’s status):

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The orange box added to the Google Earth shot approximates where 115 S. Sangamon might have been be.

With each additional finding, certainly including the ones noted here, it becomes even more obvious that the Fight the Smears site is where the “outright false” claims reside.

It also becomes ever clearer that Old Media’s steadfast refusal to investigate the Obama-Ayers relationship beyond the most superficial level has been journalistically negligent, more than likely deliberately so.

“Tenuous,” schmenuous.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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UPDATE, Oct. 20: Correction — 115 S. Sangamon still exists, while not being on Google Earth (what’s THAT all about?).

It is on a “Demolition Hold List” with the City of Chicago (HT FReepers and Gateway Pundit). Here’s a picture:

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Another view is here.

Relevant floor space: 30×80, maybe 30×100–about the same maximum square footage I speculated about earlier (speculation since removed).

Relative proximity of 3rd floor occupants — pretty well established.

Positivity: Slain Beverly soldier explained why he served

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:30 am

Underlying News:

Community reaches out to Beverly soldier’s family

Published: October 17, 2008 11:38 pm

BEVERLY — Offers of condolences and support continued to pour in to the family of Army Spc. Stephen Fortunato yesterday as the community coped with the city’s first wartime casualty since the Vietnam War.

Elizabeth Crawford said she has been visited by strangers who feel compelled to pay tribute to her son, while the city’s veterans’ agent said he had fielded at least 50 telephone calls offering assistance as the family prepares for next week’s military funeral in Beverly.

“The outpouring has been tremendous,” veterans’ agent Jerry Guilebbe said.

The 25-year-old Fortunato and two other soldiers died Tuesday of wounds suffered when a bomb destroyed their military vehicle in Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan.

Also killed were Spc. Cory Bertrand, 18, of Center, Texas, and Preston Medley, 23 of Baker, Fla., according to the Department of Defense. All three were members of the 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas.

The following is a blog entry written on Aug. 30, 2008, by Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato. This entry was forwarded to the Boston Globe (HT Michelle Malkin) by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Crawford.

If I may …

I’d like to say something….Just to get it out there so it is clear.

To all the pampered and protected Americans who feel it is their duty to inform me that I am not fighting for their freedom, and that i am a pawn in Bush’s agenda of greed and oil acquisition: Noted, and [expletive deleted] You.

I am not a robot. i am not blind or ignorant to the state of the world or the implications of the “war on terrorism.” i know that our leaders have made mistakes in the handling of a very sensitive situation, but do not for one second think that you can make me lose faith in what we, meaning America’s sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers in uniform are doing.

I am doing my part in fighting a very real enemy of the United States, i.e. Taliban, Al Qaida, and various other radical sects of Islam that have declared war on our way of life. Unless you believe the events of 9/11 were the result of a government conspiracy, which by the way would make you a MORON, there is no reasonable argument you can make against there being a true and dangerous threat that needs to be dealt with. i don’t care if there are corporations leaching off the war effort to make money, and i don’t care if you don’t think our freedom within America’s borders is actually at stake. i just want to kill those who would harm my family and friends. it is that simple. Even if this is just a war for profit or to assert America’s power, so what? Someone has to be on top and I want it to be us. There’s nothing wrong with wishing prosperity for your side.

I am a proud American. i believe that my country allows me to live my life more or less however i want to, and believe me, i have seen what the alternative of that looks like. i also believe that our big scary government does way more than it has to to help complete [expletive deleted]-ups get back on their feet, a stark comparison to places where leaders just line their own pockets with gold while allowing the people who gave them their power and privilage to starve. I have chosen my corner. I back my country, and am proud to defend it against aggressors. Also, if you dare accuse us of being inhumane, or overly aggressive because we have rolled into someone else’s country and blown some [expletive deleted] up and shot some people, let me remind you of just how inhumane we COULD be in defending ourselves. Let me remind you that we have a warhead that drops multiple bomblets from the stratosphere which upon impact, would turn all the sand in Iraq to glass, and reduce every living thing there to dust. Do we use it? No. Instead we use the most humane weapon ever devised: the American soldier. We send our bravest (and perhaps admitably craziest) men and women into enemy territory, into harms way, to root out those whom we are after and do our best to leave innocent lives unscathed.

…One last thing…a proposal. i know it has been stated time and time again but i just think it is worthy of reiteration. If you find yourself completely disgusted with the way America is being ran, and how we handle things on the global stage, you can leave. Isn’t that amazing? No one will stop you! If you are an anarchist, there are places you can go where there is no government to tell you anything. That’s right…you are left solely to your own devices and you can handle the men who show up at your door with AKs in any way that you see fit. Just don’t try good old American debate tactics on them because you will most likely end up bound and blind-folded, to have your head chopped off on the internet so your parents can see it. However if you insist on staying here and taking advantage of privilages such as free speach and WIC, keep the counter-productive [expletive deleted] to a minimum while the grown ups figure out how to handle this god-awful mess in the middle east.

Rest in peace, sir.