my "special invite" must have been lost in the mail #tfti
John Belushi would have been proud of this
Last Saturday morning in the dark at about 5 am near Coming St. I was cruising through and an idiot in dark clothes sprints across the Crosstown in front of me with no warning. I had to lock the brakes to avoid him. Maybe it's intelligence not cross-overs that we need. As for the student deaths in the past, was the blood-alcohol level in the victims checked in either incident. You would think that someone capable of being accepted by CofC would figure out how to cross the street safely....thinking about driving Calhoun during school hours...nahhh, nevermind.
I will provide one example of Mr. Lazar's stunning dishonesty that I trust will be enough to fully discredit his deception in the mind of any intellectually honest reader.
Mr. Lazar wrote: "(c) The Birch Society DID explicitly endorse The Politician after it was first published in 1963."
By that he meant to imply that the JBS officially took a position stating Eisenhower was an actual communist. What he conveniently omitted is that The Politician published in 1963 and endorsed by the JBS DID NOT ACCUSE EISENHOWER OF BEING A COMMUNIST. It offered that as one possibility to explain Eisenhowers actions.
Ask yourself, why would Mr. Lazar, who knows this very well, omit such an important fact in his post? The only answer is that he wants to mislead you. He cannot be trusted.
I could go on exposing his deception but I have a republic to save!
If you are interested in the facts, buy a copy of The Politician and be blown away.
With respect to Operation Keelhaul -- Mr. Thompson "forgets" to mention that Winston Churchill also supported that policy. Perhaps Mr. Thompson is now going to tell us that Churchill was ALSO a Communist traitor?
Mr. Thompson's biggest whopper is his claim that the "JBS has been proven correct".
Keep in mind that, for decades, both Robert Welch and the JBS declared that our nation's most knowledgeable, authoritative, and reliable source of indisputable factual information about the communist movement in the U.S. as well as about internal security matters generally was the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover's direction.
In fact, the Birch Society published an article in the October 1966 issue of its magazine, American Opinion, entitled "The Wisdom and Warning of J. Edgar Hoover".
Hoover is described in that article as:
"the governments top authority on Communism. His patriotism, integrity, devotion to duty, and consistent efficiency are well known...Had we been wise enough to heed his clear words of warning over the years, we would not now be faced with such a monstrous conspiracy...God bless J. Edgar Hoover!"
One year later, the Managing Editor of the Birch Society's book publishing house contacted Director Hoover with a proposal by Robert Welch for the Birch Society to publish a compilation of Hoover's statements about Communism. The FBI memo about this proposal observes:
"Mr. Welch advised he had the greatest admiration for the Director and that the captioned book was intended as an instrument against communism. He said he felt the statements on the subject from Mr. Hoover would be taken as statements from the worlds greatest authority on the matter of communism." [FBI HQ file 62-104401, #3148; 6/28/67 airtel from SAC Boston to J. Edgar Hoover concerning contact made by Douglas C. Morse, Managing Editor of Western Islands Publishers.]
Another internal FBI memo gives the FBI's position about this JBS proposal:
"It is felt the Director should remain firm in continuing to deny Bales and also the JBS permission to publish excerpts from the Directors quotations on communism. It is not felt that such a book could possibly give a balanced view of the Directors statements and in view of the extremist position taken by both Bales and the Birch Society, it is anticipated that the Director could be subject to public criticism by any implied association with Bales and the Birch Society.
It is significant that senior FBI officials including their most knowledgeable experts about the communist movement -- described Welch and the JBS as "right-wing extremist", "irrational", "irresponsible", "lunatic fringe" and "fanatics".
Furthermore, the FBI falsified virtually every major predicate of JBS ideology.
So for Mr. Thompson to pretend that the Birch Society has been proven "correct" is an absurd falsehood if you review FBI investigative files and you comprehend the profound hostility of senior FBI officials toward Welch and the JBS.
As J. Edgar Hoover told the Warren Commission:
"I think the extreme right is just as much a danger to the freedom of this country as the extreme left. There are groups, organizations, and individuals on the extreme right who make these very violent statements, allegations that General Eisenhower was a Communist, disparaging references to the Chief Justice and at the other end of the spectrum you have these leftists who make wild statements charging almost anybody with being a Fascist or belonging to some of these so-called extreme right societies."
"Now, I have felt, and I have said publicly in speeches, that they are just as much a danger, at either end of the spectrum. They don't deal with facts. Anybody who will allege that General Eisenhower was a Communist agent, has something wrong with him. A lot of people read such allegations because I get some of the weirdest letters wanting to know whether we have inquired to find out whether that is true. I have known General Eisenhower quite well myself and I have found him to be a sound, level-headed man." (Warren Commission, Volume 5, page 101)
AND, a year later, Hoover was even more explicit:
"Personally, I have little respect for the head of the John Birch Society since he linked the names of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the late John Foster Dulles, and former CIA Director Allen Dulles with communism."
Mr. Thompson makes several totally illogical statements.
1. Ezra Taft Benson did not have access to classified information about the communist movement in the United States so it is totally absurd to assert any connection between Benson and his agreement with Robert Welch's personal opinions -- which often were nothing more than insinuations and innuendos contained in Welch's "private letter" entitled The Politician.
2. It is NOT "factually incorrect" (as Thompson claims) to state that the Birch Society "believed Eisenhower was a Communist".
The premises, arguments, themes, evidence, and conclusions contained in Welch's "private letter have always been the premises, arguments, themes, evidence, and conclusions used by the Birch Society to educate its prospective members---which is why...
(a) Robert Welch sent copies of his unpublished manuscript to prospective JBS members during 1959 and 1960 and he then asked them to join the JBS based upon their reading and acceptance of the content of The Politician and
(b) In 2002, the JBS published a new edition of The Politician. This new edition is self-described on the back cover as the most devastating expose of the last century because it tells the bitter, but little known truth about our postwar history and the back cover statement concludes:
But most importantly, The Politician exposes that conspiracy of gangsters which even now is setting Americas foreign and domestic policy.
It is also why several JBS National Council members and JBS Coordinators stated that The Politician represented a "higher truth" which only certain JBS members could be trusted to understand.
(c) The Birch Society DID explicitly endorse The Politician after it was first published in 1963.
JBS Bulletin, 09/63:
Robert Welch declared that The Politician "has now proved to be by far the most effective single help to our recruiting efforts."
JBS Bulletin, 6/63
Welch encouraged JBS members to make The Politician "the largest selling book in all history".
AND, in a 8/22/62 letter to Ezra Taft Benson in which he offered to send a copy of the unpublished edition of The Politician to Benson, Mr. Welch wrote to Benson:
"For there are quite a number of outstanding Americans who are among our strongest and most unshakable supporters who had been made so by reading this document; and we have never really had any trouble with, or criticism from, those who have actually read the 'letter' themselves..."
(d) In addition, in September 1960, the Office of Naval Intelligence prepared a summary report concerning JBS activities in the Chicago area.
Here is the pertinent excerpt from their Report which provides further evidence of how JBS officials used The Politician as a recruitment tool for the JBS when readers could be "properly guided within the Society". [JBS National Council member Stillwell Conner's name is mis-spelled as "Connor"].
Stilwell J. Connor, 6657 N. Sioux Avenue, Chicago, Illinois and his wife have been particularly active Coordinators for the John Birch Society in the Chicago area and specifically at Glenview, Illinois. [Name deleted] of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview has cooperated with Society Coordinators by calling special parish meetings for the purpose of organizing local chapters of the Society and extending the use of church buildings for holding such meetings. One such meeting held on July 11, 1960 attracted about 200 citizens to hear Connor present the views of Robert Welch via sound films and literature."
"One member of the audience asked about Welchs book, The Politician. Connor vehemently denied the existence of such a book whereupon the interested spectator produced the book and proceeded to read appropriate quotations for the benefit of Connor and his audience. Connor then admitted the existence of the book but reportedly said that the book was only for those who were properly guided within the Society. Connor reportedly remarked that to make the book available to the general membership without proper guidance would be analogous to permitting a first year medical student attempt to cure cancer. On another occasion a potential recruit of the Society was disillusioned after reading The Politician and expressed her disgust to Connor who cautioned her that if she ever revealed the nature of the book he would promptly discredit her and deny the existence of the book at its contents. [District Intelligence Office, Ninth Naval District Chicago IL; 9/16/60 report captioned "Ninth Naval District Subversive Trends of Current Interest, The John Birch Society, pages 2-3].
(e) Lastly, if you prepare a list of every person named and attacked in The Politician, you will discover that the Birch Society has always presented the same derogatory judgments about those individuals in their official publications -- including the 4-volume JBS publication entitled "Biographical Dictionary of the Left"
Has anyone seen a real journalist lately? I know they are out there somewhere, but getting harder and harder to find. Gunnar was on the right track then unsurprisingly went off the rails at the end. Today in the media we have a lot of people who simply parrot establishment talking points they are fed without any actual research or fact-checking.
But by establishment, I don't mean liberal. I mean monied. Regardless of political affiliation, only a handful of corporations control the majority of media outlets in our country. They have a vested interest in keeping people uninformed. It's a shame this, like everything else, has boiled down to partisan politics. But it is a convenient (and intentional) distraction.
I love Matt's thoughtful, intelligent commentary on DITD not to mention his awesome musical taste. Great musician, great DJ!
I absolutely agree with Shani Gilchrist, and she did a wonderful job with this story. I absolutely DISAGREE with Gunnar's comment. The "public" that holds journalists to such low standards according to Gunnar, are the same people who Gunnar asserts regard journalists as liberal hacks. Well Gunnar, you must be a conservative hack!! You Gunnar, are the hack!!!!!! This article is about journalists emotional journey and feelings throughout the Roof trial, and how as the public, we needing to be emotionally comforted when in turn, journalists who report on such topics, that keeps the public informed, sometimes need to be comforted too. This was an article about a terrorist and the emotional draining a murder trial can take on all parties involved including journalists. You sir, made it into a rant about "liberal hacks" as journalists. Have a little humanity and take your liberal hack complaints to an article that is about that. This is about a horrific murderer, a trial, and the pain and suffering of families, strangers, a city, as well as those documenting the events for all of us. Please, take your comments to a political article instead of one that has to do with coming together.
Good story! Can't wait for your book!
I feel you. I've been an R.E.M. fan since middle school. Once I discovered Monster, I went all the way back to Murmur and listened and loved every album. I still do! I also will find a song(s) that will drive an entire story for me. I'm working on a novel now that is driven by Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line". PS: R.E.M.'s "Green" is one of my favorites and holds a special place in my heart. Thanks for letting me know people haven't forgotten about them.
Frankly, most journalists, except you, of course, are held in VERY LOW regard by the general public. Journalists and media employees are going to have to work extremely hard to overcome the poor reputations they have earned for themselves in recent years. Most journalists are regarded as liberal hacks who are unable to earn a living in another line of work.
The murder rate per capita in the US it an all time low since we've had a reliable recording system for measuring it.
The laws regulating firearms ownership and transfers are the most restrictive they've ever been in our nation's history.
Is the entire sky falling or just parts of it?
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