The revolution will not be live-blogged–with update!

Ayers was right about one thing: Regime change really does begin at home. (Crap photo by Kevin Hoover for the Arcata Eye.)

By now we’ve all seen the photo: Mark Lovelace googly-eyeing Bill Ayers, former leader of the Weather Underground, who could probably use a new friend after getting snubbed right and left lately.

Emphasis on left.

In fact, even as photographic evidence of the Lovelace love-fest was surfacing, Ayers was getting publicly dissed again–this time following his request that the University of Illinois, from which he recently retired, grant him emeritus status.

Okay. Not a big deal, really. It’s one of those ceremonial things, and it’s highly unusual that any such request would be denied.

Yet denied he was, and by a Kennedy at that.

But why? Was it the dozens of bombings Ayers’ group took credit for? The declaration of war against the United States? The three men killed in a botched bank robbery?

Nope. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Christopher Kennedy explained that he intended to “vote against conferring the honorific title of our university to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father.”

D’oh and double d’oh!! It was that whole Sirhan Sirhan business–the stable boy, in the hotel kitchen, with the revolver. And somehow Ayers didn’t happen to notice that the trustee committee tasked with making decisions about honorific titles is chaired by the dead man’s son?

We might have seen that one coming–although admittedly Bobby Kennedy had like a hundred kids, and maybe Ayers had a hard time sorting out who, exactly, begat whom. It happens.

Regardless, Chris Kennedy was asked in a subsequent interview if he thought the passage of time had softened Ayers’ views.

There’s no evidence in any of his interviews or conversations that he regrets any of those actions — that’s a better question for him. He asked for this privilege. He’s not going to get it from me or that board.

Indeed, in a 2000 interview with the New York Times, Ayers was quoted as saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs” and “I feel we didn’t do enough,” and, when asked if he would “do it all again” as saying “I don’t want to dscount the possibility.”

Fortunately, though, one of our own elected officials has no qualms about embracing a man who was once proud to call himself a terrorist.

It almost looks like Marky’s showing a little wood.

Emphasis on little.

Fascinating update:

Someone professing to be Arcata Eye editor Kevin Hoover additionally professes to be responsible for this photo, and wants credit. When we receive random photos in the inbox, we don’t ask a lot of questions. But credit now where credit is due. We just hope he was able to scrape the splooge off his lens.

31 Responses

  1. I’m just glad Bobby Kennedy lived long enough to say all that inspirational shit Gallegos plagiarized.

  2. Good lesson for Heraldo: If you’re going to try to establish guilt by association, you might want to make sure first there really is an association.

  3. I hadn’t seen the photo. People who like Lovelace probably also think Ayers is some kind of folk hero. It would be like parading bin Laden through Kandahar. Love everywhere.

  4. Disgusting, I underestimate the depravity of the progi mind to find guys like Ayers somehow a role model.

  5. Funny that you all would be against Bill Ayers.
    In the words of Thomas Jefferson:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    The Vietnam War led many to think that the government had had gone off track in it’s war mongering in south east Asia. Vietnam is now a US trading partner.
    We demonize people like Ayers for good reason, but aren’t the tea partiers advocating for much of the same resistance to the US government that Ayers was a part of in his day?
    Was Ayers a party in the divide and conquer movement that still exists today?

    Sure he was, and so are many that are running for office today as tea party candidates. War is not happiness. Bombs kill people, it’s a fact. Why would we support those that would blow other people up in the name of their ideology? Lovelace shaking hands with Ayers is not much different than him shaking hands with L.B.J., Bush or Obama. All have killed people in the name of their cause, the Industrialized Military Complex. Violence begets violence. Let us have conversations without bombs and let us not glorify those before us that would divide and conquer in the name of corporate profits or political posturing.

    Bush and Cheney are now war criminals, should we hold people that shook hands with them to the same standards that you are holding Lovelace to? Perhaps, but be careful what you wish for. You might see yourself in the mirror.

    See: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/may2008/fbi-m23.shtml or http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6761

    If divided we stand, divided we fall. The ball is in your court. Serve it up! Where do you want to take the conversation?

  6. Hey Tom, quit hogging the pipe. Pass it around already.

  7. Jesus, Tom. So everyone who disagrees with Ayers’ methodology hates America? Why was George Bush a stupid twat when he said shit like that, but you’re edgy and enlightened when you do?

    You really need to drink less or something.

  8. Bugslapped! Ouch!

  9. the difference tom, is there is a way to do things, and there is a way not to do things. tea partiers want to get people elected to reign in the taxes and waste, they are not planting bombs and robbing banks.

    the mirror comment was clever, though.

  10. The American experiment has always been about making the best argument, not building the best bomb. Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and everything they stood for were drubbed out of office, the same way Obama and the Dems might be if they don’t change their tune. Blowing stuff up to make your point is stupid and juvenile. It’s fitting that you think it makes Ayers a national hero.

  11. Too funny, Bugs. But give old Tom a break. He loves everything about the 1960s, because it’s the last decade he can remember.

  12. Why it matters: link
    “…In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. (Today, of course, we’d call that a car bomb.) A neighbor heard the first two blasts and, with the remains of a snowman I had built a few days earlier, managed to douse the flames beneath the car. That was an act whose courage I fully appreciated only as an adult, an act that doubtless saved multiple lives that night.

    I still recall, as though it were a dream, thinking that someone was lifting and dropping my bed as the explosions jolted me awake, and I remember my mother’s pulling me from the tangle of sheets and running to the kitchen where my father stood. Through the large windows overlooking the yard, all we could see was the bright glow of flames below. We didn’t leave our burning house for fear of who might be waiting outside. The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. Sunlight, the next morning, revealed three sentences of blood-red graffiti on our sidewalk: FREE THE PANTHER 21; THE VIET CONG HAVE WON; KILL THE PIGS.

    For the next 18 months, I went to school in an unmarked police car. My mother, a schoolteacher, had plainclothes detectives waiting in the faculty lounge all day. My brother saved a few bucks because he didn’t have to rent a limo for the senior prom: the NYPD did the driving. We all made the best of the odd new life that had been thrust upon us, but for years, the sound of a fire truck’s siren made my stomach knot and my heart race. In many ways, the enormity of the attempt to kill my entire family didn’t fully hit me until years later, when, a father myself, I was tucking my own nine-year-old John Murtagh into bed.

    Though no one was ever caught or tried for the attempt on my family’s life, there was never any doubt who was behind it. Only a few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse. The same cell had bombed my house, writes Ron Jacobs in The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. And in late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife, promised more bombings….”

    You can tell a lot about a person who thinks this man, Ayres, is a-ok. Any public official who will associate with a man who participated in plots to bomb police stations and kill innocent people – – – – how is possible to even express how wrong this is. What the hell is wrong with people.

  13. Damn, Good job bugs. A little wood, great stuff.

    Tom, Your just fucking too stupid. I can not even begin to explain. Your what went wrong with the 60’s.

  14. Tom, how is this any different than shooting abortion doctors? Blowing up abortion clinics? I assume you think that’s wrong.

  15. Bugs! Love it, Love it, LOOOOVE it! You are the best!

    Tom, for pity sake lay off the bong, you are going to die a slow, excruciating death from emphsyema related to inhaling products of combustion for so long!

  16. Ayres. Please take care of that pulp mill.

  17. Mike Thompson was able to get 26 million dollars for a project but did not do shit for jobs in Humboldt. I wonder if it had anything to do with the water for the wine industry that supports him. We need to dump all of them. Cheese, Thompson, Nealy. Lovelace, Gags, and put folks in that give a shit about doing the job for folks in Humboldt County.

  18. You got me all wrong Dots. I supported the mill’s return.

  19. me too! Thompson did not do shit to help get it here.

  20. From the looks of the photo I think both parties had a small stain on their panties. When we elect this mentality to office, why is it a surprise when we end up with a completely fucked up system of government?

  21. I took that picture. It’s from the Arcata Eye’s Facebook page.

    Hey Captain Ethics, take it down or credit the Arcata Eye.

  22. Nice photo Kevin and you absolutely should be credited. By the way after the photo was taken did Marky Mark fall to his knees and push his little pink toungue as far up Ayers ass as it would possibly reach?

  23. I think you’ve wandered onto the wrong site.

    Who makes this blog, anyway? I need a name.

  24. This blog isn’t locally produced anymore Kevin. It was farmed out to several Pakistani teenagers more than a year ago.

  25. Shit, Kevin. That seemed like such a sincere and worthy request for information, we almost just accidentally blurted it out! Gosh, this whole anonymity thing is much trickier than we were led to believe. Anyway, friend, please enjoy your photo credit.

    Hugs!!

  26. P.S. Your photo’s almost as shitty as our blog. Next time something funny is going to happen, please send Terrence instead.

  27. Wow, Kevin. You do not want to miss out on credit for that. It’s some of your finest photographic work to date. Its artistry, its technique, its je nous sais qua–masterpiece is the only word that comes to mind.

  28. Yeah, that’s because my camera is falling apart. it’s literally held together with rubber bands. Plus my lack of photographic skill.

    “Someone professing to be Arcata Eye editor Kevin Hoover…” I guess the last thing you’d ever do is pick up a phone and call someone to verify basic information. You and “Heraldo” are more alike than you know.

    The Ayer-Tea Party showdown was quite interesting in terms of mixing of tribes, and infused with far fewer boners and rectal titillation than the “Mirror” and its adherents deem necessary.

    By the way, the few Tea Party protesters that attended Ayers’ talk and stuck around afterward also shook his hand and exchanged pleasantries, just like the simpering Pinko of your dreams, Mr. Lovelace. So I guess that makes them insta-traitors too, eh?

    All told though, I think Rose has it basically right. It’s hard to see how anyone who plays around with explosives intended to destroy lives and who shows next to no contrition can be taken very seriously.

    I think I’ll make time to write this up for the paper, especially since there has been further Tea Party activity since then. There’s kind of a tie-in.

    If you or anyone else ever wishes to discuss this with me, as unfashionable as that is these days, feel free to make actual human contact at (707) 826-7000 or news@arcataeye.com.

  29. I predict Ayers will hang himself in a hotel closet.

    Why is he not on the homegrown terror watch list, being follow by Janet’s men? Or is he? And if they aren’t there will he just commit suicide anyway?

  30. And Kevin is right. Human contact makes a difference. The Blogger’s picnic was a pretty good start. Maybe Heraldo(s) and The Mirror(s) can attend the next one. With or without paper bags.

    I may not be there to see it. But I highly recommend it.

  31. Mr. Hoover is a little too self righteous. Call him and identify yourself so he can write about you and maybe cause you grief. Mr. Hoover is the one that makes his living from the news. If you’re any good find out who Heraldo is! Hell I know who he is, to an investigative journalist reporter of Mr. Hoover’s caliber it should be an easy task. right?

    It is a disgrace that an elected official from Humboldt County could muster up a smile (and a little wood) and shake the hand of the likes of Ayres. Ayers is in bed with Obama and has been for years.

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