Our war on terror in Moraga, Calif.
Posted: January 16, 2009
by Melanie Morgan
Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers is back in the news and not
because he's buddies with President-elect Barack Obama.
Obama shook him off enough to placate some voters, but the publicity
over the Obama-Ayers connection reminded red-blooded Americans of the
monsters among us. We're fighting back and sending a clear message:
Elitist educational institutions may think it's OK to rub elbows with
terrorists, but we won't stand for it.
Citizens have already hounded universities that have invited Ayers to
speak, and some have rescinded their invitations. The University of
Nebraska told Ayers to stay home, and DuPage College also yanked
Now, St. Mary's College of Moraga a Catholic university has
invited Ayers to speak on campus. American patriots are mobilizing to
stop this madness. My group, Move America Forward, is working with
other organizations (including Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle
group with over 150,000 members) as well as Contra Costa County,
Calif., Republican Party members, young Republicans at San Francisco
State University and other student GOP groups to stymie Ayers'
ability to spread his radical ideas. If Republicans and conservatives
can't rally to fight against a domestic terrorist, then we are doomed
as a party.
Most shocking to me is that a Catholic institution would invite a
terrorist onto its campus. Despite what Nancy Pelosi has said, the
Catholic Church is pro-life. What would possess a Catholic college to
sponsor somebody who used bombs and violence against America?
Honestly, it makes me want to call an exorcist.
The church also condemns violence, so I wonder what the bishops,
cardinals and the pope think about Ayers' ugly history as a terrorist
who helped bomb the United States Capitol in 1971, the Pentagon in
1972 and the New York City Police Headquarters in 1970. The only
difference between Ayers and the radical Muslims who attacked the
United States on Sept. 11, 2001, is that Ayers wasn't clever enough
to hijack planes and use them as weapons of mass destruction.
Ayers has denied that he was a terrorist, which further proves that
he is dangerously sick in the head.
"We weren't terrorists," Ayers told an interviewer for the Chicago
Tribune in 2001. "The reason we weren't terrorists is because we did
not commit random acts of terror against people. Terrorism was what
was being practiced in the countryside of Vietnam by the United States."
Ayers wrote this in his memoir:"Although the bomb that rocked the
Pentagon was itsy-bitsy weighing close to two pounds it caused
'tens of thousands of dollars' of damage. The operation cost under
$500, and no one was killed or even hurt."
Ayers' bombs were lethal. Three of his radical buddies (including his
girlfriend) were killed while building bombs in 1970. But, of course,
nobody was hurt by WMDs, if you ask Ayers.
Americans understand that we are in a war against terrorists,
domestic and foreign. Ayers may have gotten away with his crimes, due
to legal technicalities, but we will not let him roam free and allow
him to poison the minds of Americans. I will track him and those who
give him cover, and I have a lot of company to help.
MAF will hold a press conference on Monday in Sacramento, and
conferences condemning Ayers' appearance at St. Mary's will also be
held in San Francisco and Moraga. The bottom line is that Ayers is
not fit to speak to any respectable audience. It's time that elitist
academia wakes up.
The Patriot Guard Riders will help wake them up with hundreds of
roaring Harleys. They have sent a call to arms to all of their
chapters throughout the United States. St. Mary's leaders might want
to invest in some earplugs if they insist on allowing Ayers onto their campus.
I don't want to hear from radicals who claim we are trying to violate
Ayers' rights to free speech. As far as I'm concerned, no terrorist
has a right to speak in this country, which is at war with
terrorists. America-haters will no longer get a free pass when they
open our universities to terrorists like Ayers and Iranian President
We don't need to hear from these monsters. We've seen and heard
enough, and we will do everything that is legal to stop Ayers'
appearance, including appealing to the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church must intervene. It stands for life and peace, not
the hate and violence that Ayers and his group inflicted on others.
Bill Ayers coming to St. Mary's College; conservatives plan protest
By: Joe Garofoli
January 19 2009
Bill Ayers -- yes, THAT Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground
co-founder, university professor, early Obama supporter and disproven
GOP boogeyman -- is coming to speak at St. Mary's University Moraga.
Yes, THAT Moraga -- as in ... uh ... uh ... cul-de-sacs.
Ayers will be at St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Soda Center
for a public lecture. The title of his speech: "Social Justice." St.
Mary's describes Ayers as "an American education theorist and
advocate who is also known for his 1960s anti-war activism. A
professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois
at Chicago, Ayers' work focuses on education reform, curriculum, and
And conservatives are TICKED.
Yes, even though St. Mary's is a private university that is not
sucking off the public teat, ex-KSFO talk show host Melanie Morgan is
leading a protest of Ayers. As Mel wrote in an e-mail to supporters
"This domestic terrorist is coming to St. Mary's College (a Catholic
University in the San Francisco Bay Area) to spew his anti-American,
leftist trash talk. His right to (hate) speech is guaranteed by the
very soldiers whom he plotted to blow up back in the 1960s.
"We need to deny him a soap-box," Morgan said. In swipe at liberals,
the group calls itself "The Simple Justice ... Not Social Justice
Coalition" and maps out its plans on a Web site here.
It will be a critical early test of conservative resistance after the
inaugural Obamamania fest. Or, as Morgan said: "If conservatives
can't rally around this critical issue where we have 'absolute moral
authority' well, then, we are screwed."
Speech is not free for all at FSU
Liam Julian • My View
January 15, 2009
Bill Ayers' Tallahassee stopover has done at least some good by
exposing the flimsiness of that doctrine that calls itself "campus
We know the facts about Ayers: He told the New York Times in an
article published on Sept. 11, 2001, no less that he didn't "regret
setting bombs" in police stations, at the Capitol and at the Pentagon
in the 1970s, when he was a member of the Weather Underground. Ayers
continued: "I feel we didn't do enough."
We know all that. We also know that Ayers is an "education reformer,"
ostensibly for which reason he was invited to speak this week at
Florida State University. And yet Sol Stern, an education scholar at
the conservative Manhattan Institute, has written that "Calling Bill
Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an
agricultural reformer." The analogy is confirmed by even a cursory
investigation of Ayers' stated beliefs (and his class syllabi), which
have little to do with traditional education and with their
emphasis on teaching about societal unfairness and oppression are
more likely to destroy schools than help them.
If there's one thing America's students (especially disadvantaged
ones) do not need, it's to be inundated in classrooms with noxious
notions about revolution, violence and tyranny. Every real education
reformer worth his salt, whether conservative or liberal, agrees that
the ideology of victimization that Ayers preaches is toxic. Pupils
learn best when taught reading, writing and math in disciplined
environments by teachers who accept no excuses for failure.
So: The harmful and flawed educational notions of a man who hid from
the law after bombing buildings in which served our nation's police,
elected officials and military personnel is, according to FSU,
protected speech that public money should fund.
But protestations against Ayers' ideas apparently do not deserve
similar protection. The Democrat reported that two men one dressed
as Osama bin Laden, the other as Timothy McVeigh attempted to make
evident their disapproval of Ayers' views and actions by
distributing, outside the student union, fliers mockingly described
as "from the terrorist community." The men were removed to Landis
Green, a designated "free-speech zone" that has the considerable
drawback of being nowhere near the ballroom where Ayers spoke and,
thus, allowing only the free speech that nobody is free to hear. Oh
well: At least neither was tased.
The university's actions are discordant. They are especially so
because FSU President T.K. Wetherell defended the invitation to Ayers
in part by writing, "Danger lies not in some speaker's ideas. Danger
lies in teaching students that ideas they don't agree with are not important."
Wetherell's first sentence is baseless: History offers innumerable
examples of danger lying in the ignoble ideas that certain speakers
advance. Wetherell's second sentence is unobjectionable but was
pointedly violated at the Ayers event when FSU police unaccountably
transported protesters to campus Siberia.
Taken together, though, his two sentences are superfluous.
For no matter one's position on Ayers' ideas, they are not, as
Wetherell suggests, "important." The sole reason anyone outside
Chicago gives a hoot about Ayers is because he planted bombs and,
decades later, had fleeting contact with the president-elect. When,
in 2007, Columbia University hosted the racist Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, its administration could at least justify the
invitation by noting that Ahmadinejad, for all his ranting, was a
national leader. Ayers has no such clout.
What, then, about protecting campus free speech at FSU? Whether Ayers
should have visited campus is less a matter of free speech than of
taste and discernment. To civilized and intelligent people, Ayers'
ideas are (should be) plainly foolish; his actions and associations
are (should be) plainly revolting. Certainly Ayers can say what he
wishes. But the question for FSU's administration was whether to
assent to pay him thousands of dollars to do so in the university's
environs. The administration's acquiescence, then, signaled not that
Ayers' ideas merited free-speech protection (which they already have)
but that his ideas merited promulgation on FSU's dime.
And the irony! at the same time FSU was furthering the
disbursement of shoddy thinking under the guise of protecting free
speech, it was actively suppressing free speech by banishing
protesters to an Orwellian-sounding "free-speech zone."
Should Ayers have come to FSU or not? Let the debate continue if it
must, but let us not pretend the argument is one about the free
exchange of important ideas.
Ayers speaks to a full house at FSU
Oglesby Union Ballroom was a protest-free zone
By Doug Blackburn • DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER
January 13, 2009
Florida State University's Oglesby Union Ballroom was a protest-free
zone Monday night.
The irony wasn't lost on Bill Ayers, the keynote speaker and a
one-time student activist who came of age during the 1960s.
Ayers shook his head in dismay when informed prior to taking the
stage about the signs taped to the ballroom doors. They read: "This
is a (sic) educational forum; disturbances will not be tolerated."
Said Ayers, "That doesn't seem right. I'm the type who would be
protesting inside precisely because they said you couldn't be
There were students on hand ready to express their displeasure at Ayers' visit.
Two young men dressed as Osama Bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh
attempted to distribute fliers outside the student union from "the
terrorist community." But they were escorted by FSU police to a
designated "free-speech zone" at least 100 yards away on Landis Green.
The lone person to voice dissent during Ayers' 30-minute talk on
educational reform was quickly escorted out of the nearly packed
ballroom by university police.
Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, a group that bombed several
public buildings in the early 1970s. He was never convicted of any crimes.
Today he is a noted author and professor at the University of
Illinois-Chicago. In 1997, he was named the city's Citizen of the
Year for his work on educational reform.
But that didn't keep Ayers from becoming a flash point during the
2008 presidential campaign, as first Hillary Clinton and then
Republican candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin labeled Ayers a
"terrorist" and attempted to tie Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama to Ayers, who lives two blocks away from the Obamas in
Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
An FSU student organization, the Institute for Liberal Studies, last
month invited Ayers to speak on campus. During the fall semester, the
same group had brought State Attorney Willie Meggs to be a guest at
one of its events.
"We're a university community," said John Marvel, the ILS member who
arranged Ayers' visit. "We welcome an exchange of ideas."
FSU President T.K. Wetherell concurred. In a written statement
distributed by university officials, Wetherell affirmed the
university's commitment to free speech.
"Danger lies not in some speaker's ideas," the statement said.
"Danger lies in teaching students that ideas they don't agree with
are not important."
While Ayers' primary focus was supposed to be educational reform, the
bulk of his address centered on political awareness and framing the
key issues facing us today.
"What are we doing in the period of 'Yes, we can?' What are you
doing?" Ayers asked. "What am I doing?
"We have to learn to open our eyes not once, but again and again."
State senator wants to ban 'admitted terrorists' from teaching at
Illinois colleges Amanda Vinicky,
Illinois Public Radio SPRINGFIELD, ILL.
A State Senator in Illinois has introduced a measure that would
forbid "admitted terrorists" from working at any public college or
university in the state.
Republican Senator Larry Bomke said the idea came when he learned
Bill Ayers is a professor working for the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In the 1960s, Ayers was involved with the radical anti-Vietnam War
group the Weather Underground, which was responsible for several
bombings and other violent acts.
Ayers has said he has no regrets. And Senator Bomke, R-Springfield,
said he's outraged taxpayers are funding Ayers's salary.
"If we had a known pedophile, an admitted pedophile who had not been
convicted, but an admitted pedophile, any school would be outraged to
have that individual teaching kindergarten," Bomke said. "So why
would we want an admitted terrorist, an unrepentant terrorist,
teaching kids at a university?"
During the presidential campaign, conservatives tried to connect
Ayers to Barack Obama, pointing out Mr. Obama chaired an education
reform group Ayers founded in Chicago.
The President-elect has downplayed any ties.