Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, October 1, 2009


Time to nail Ayers and Dohrn: I almost fainted when I read a story advocating the arrest of members of the former Weather Underground in New Times.

Finally, you guys got something right! Please, give us more stories about how members of left-wing organizations should be brought down, then and now.

Also, the story was exceptionally well researched and written. I am old enough to remember those radical organizations and the havoc they wreaked on our nation. The writer accurately portrayed their violent lies.

I hope Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers — no matter how upstanding they are nowadays — get nailed in the Officer Brian McDonald killing. As you pointed out, there is no statute of limitations on murder.
John Owens, Phoenix

Story was "non-news" tripe: You have got to be kidding me. This [is a] tepid rehash of the whole Bill Ayers business from last year's election.

I was a newspaperman for almost 30 years (now, thank God, I write books and plays), and it's this type of mindless sludge that makes me glad I left the business. You've disgraced anyone who carries a press card with this "non-news" tripe and contributed to the dumbing-down of this culture. (I wasn't sure it could go much lower.)

"The only reason for journalism to exist is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." That's a quote from H. L. Mencken. This story did neither.
Chris Dickerson, Los Angeles

Reactionaries may have a point after all: After reading the published statements of Bernardine Dohrn, how could President Barack Obama have associated with her and her husband? As your story points out, the Weather Underground's claims of non-violence (that it went only after unoccupied buildings) are bogus.

I wasn't prone to believing all the right-wing howling that Obama's a Commie sympathizer from the Lush Limbaugh crowd, but this story of the cop killing has me wondering whether the reactionaries might be on the right track.
Steve Meyer, Phoenix

Caught in the nut-bags' net: Most of the Obama-linked-to-Weathermen operations are controlled by Cliff Kincaid, a leader of the Birther movement and of Accuracy in Media, a right-wing fringe group.

[Kincaid offers] videos featuring Larry Grathwohl, alleging "that in exchange for a glowing review of Bill Ayers' book, A Kind and Just Parent, Barack Obama received help in writing his own semi-fictional autobiographies from [Bill] Ayers."

In addition, Grathwohl goes on to say that "scientific comparative analysis of Ayers' books with Obama's clearly demonstrate common authorship."

The group also includes Jim Pera, a San Francisco cop featured in Peter Jamison's article. It is kind of a traveling nut-bag circus that has apparently gotten a naive Jamison caught in its net.
Mark Groubert, Los Angeles

There's no credible connection: [Your story] makes no credible connection to either Bill Ayers or Barack Obama. The writer is either just ignorant or a kid or both.

His description of America in the 1960s is absolutely wrong. There was no two-sided guerrilla war in American cities. COINTELPRO and other law-enforcement rogue operations were not "unfortunate." They were unconstitutional and criminal.
Michael Stinson, Long Beach, California

Simply, it's cheap journalism: Your "Time Bomb" cover is a wonderful hook for an article that it is embarrassingly insignificant.

After several pages summarizing what has already been established about the Weather Underground's unverifiable involvement in the Park Station bombing of 1970, Peter Jamison concludes with the rousing revelation that "as time passes, a conviction seems more improbable."

This is cheap journalism that substitutes catchy taglines for thoughtful political discussion. At a time when America is fighting two imperial wars of aggression in the Middle East and has assumed an extra-judicial power of global sovereignty, you have chosen to devote your resources to tabloid-worthy speculations.

If [you] would like to interrogate the merits of revolutionary politics, then perhaps [you] should spend some time investigating how we can stop a government run by two parties intent on perpetuating a system whose brutality needs no more evidence to warrant a conviction.
Spencer Jackson, via the Internet

Party-pooping Weathermen: One thing to bear in mind, foremost, is the operations of COINTELPRO at the time. Its activities continually muddied the waters concerning who was who and who did what.

During that time, I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to the White Panther Party (among other groups). I recall that, then, several of the WPP people were either incarcerated or wanted for various radical activities, including a small bombing alleged to have been perpetrated by them. They always asserted that COINTELPRO was behind a lot of it.

Decades later, though, the truth came out. COINTELPRO had been behind a lot of the grief that came their way. Paranoid or not, they had been correct about that much.

I never cared much for the SDS or the Weathermen. They were (aside from the violence) a bunch of jerks and party-poopers. The SDS always rambled on about Marxism, and who wanted to hear that crap?

WPP [members] were a lot more fun. Still, at the time, the government provoked people toward unreasonable measures.
Joe Curwin, via the Internet

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Writers, Poets, Artists

Sir Winston Churchill was Bi-Polar. Bi-Polar is a mental illness. More have made great positive contributions to our society than negative. Society is greatly indebted to most of them and their great contributions and personal scrafice. Just take a moment and think where we might be today without their wisdom, courage, talent, perserverance, dedication and personal sacrafice.

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"A long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done" Quote of Gordon Hewart (Viscount Hewart) 1870-1943 British Lawyer and politician.

(Perhaps my name should be with held).

Karen Hine
Karen Hine


(Please ammend that to state): "Tortured and murdered".

ADD: In AZ if someone were to abuse,tortue and kill an animal the law protects that poor animal and the horrific act is punishable by law. It is my belief that the punishment carried out by only dismissing and repramanding employees was far less than it should have been. This was torture and murder. No accident. Perhaps not first degree murder, but no less than manslaughter. tHIS IS A BAD PRECIDENT AND POOR EXAMPLE. PREJUDICE AND BIAS AGAINST THE MENTALLY DISABLED AND MENTALLY ILL.

Maria Powell was said to have mental issues. For example, 15% of the population is Bi-polar. It is not only a genetic abnormality, the person's life history from early child development on affects their ability to cope.

I "googled" up a list of famous Bi-polar people. The list is very long. Among it was President Teddy Roosevelt. There is no shame in mental illness. Only those in society that misjudge are the shameful.

Bi-polar people can be the over achiever. The very driven and agressive successful professional. They may know that they are Bi-polar. They may not know,,, yet.

Take care, those of you in society that are quick to mis-judge and write off a another human being as "just another nut case" One day you may have to unwillingly walk in that person's shoes.

Are we slipping back into the middle or dark ages? What has the human race become? Is there no humanity left here on planet earth?

One may say not to care; Society can't afford to care; and Society can't afford to help.

I say that we are all human beings with a God given right to be cared about and be treated with dignity no matter our human afflictions. We can all make contribution.

"You so be judged, as you also judge"."PLEASE WITH HOLD MY NAME IF POSSIBLE"

Jimmy Pera
Jimmy Pera

Editor,Mark Grouber of Los Angeles made a claim about the people trying to find justice for the murder of a San Francisco Policeman a "traveling nut-bag circus". Well for Mr. Grouber, a simple minded person that doesn't think a murder matters, is a Foolish man who nees to get his facts straight. I understand Mr. Grouber is from the Far-Left and use Saul Alinsky tactics to call righteous people names without facts. One with knowledge of the situation would know all fingers point to Bernardine Dohrn. It is amazing how the radicals for the far left surround to defend Terrorists.

In another almost as ignorant response, Spencer Jackson stated; "This is cheap journalism that substitutes catchy taglines for thoughtful political discussion. At a time when America is fighting two imperial wars of aggression in the Middle East and has assumed an extra-judicial power of global sovereignty, you have chosen to devote your resources to tabloid-worthy speculations."

Well Mr. Jackson where are your facts, about the Middle East or the Killing of SGT Brian McDonnell? Well here they are, you have none. In the time that I have heard of this tragedy since I was a young boy and seeing one of the Bomb pieces my father picked up the night he responded to the incident, I have always known the truth. Maybe you, the Neo-Marxists need to wake up and smell the coffee. The Weather Underground are terrorists and Murderers. Justice will prevail.

Jimmy Pera (son of SGT James Pera (ret) SFPD)

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