The funny thing about all of this is, the Obamatons are hitting anti-Obama blogs with a level of intensity unmatched by any previous elections, desperately trying to discredit anyone who makes this connection in their writings. They hit AC's blog Fore Left earlier today. Here's what one programmed Obamaton said in the comment section:
"Palling around with terrorists" is at best a gross exaggeration.
Racist? I don't know.
A lie? You betcha, Sarah.
Falsely tying Obama to someone he hasn't spoken to in years - and hardly knows - is'nt that surprising coming from a candidate with a recurring "truth" problem.
After the "lie to nowhere" and Palin's repeated problems with the truth ("I was for the troopergate investigation before I was against it"), smearing an opponent is pretty much all that's left.
You're right; these are interesting times. Apparently desperate times too - at least for one campaign.
Very interesting, when you consider the commenter probably missed this little tidbit from the University of Chicago school newspaper, from a mere 11 years ago (emphasis is mine):
Children who kill are called "super predators," "people with no conscience," "feral pre-social beings" -- and "adults."
William Ayers, author of A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press, 1997), says "We should call a child a child. A 13-year-old who picks up a gun isn't suddenly an adult. We have to ask other questions: How did he get the gun? Where did it come from?"
Ayers, who spent a year observing the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, is one of four panelists who will speak on juvenile justice at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the C-Shop. The panel, which marks the 100th anniversary of the juvenile justice system in the United States, is part of the Community Service Center's monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.
Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system; Randolph Stone, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic; Alex Correa, a reformed juvenile offender who spent seven years in Cook County Temporary Detention Center; Frank Tobin, a former priest and teacher at the Detention Center who helped Correa; and Willy Baldwin, who grew up in public housing and is currently a teacher at the Detention Center.
The juvenile justice system was founded by Chicago reformer Jane Addams, who advocated the establishment of a separate court system for children which would act like a "kind and just parent" for children in crisis.
One hundred years later, the system is "overcrowded, under-funded, over-centralized and racist," Ayers said.
Michelle Obama, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University Community Service Center, hopes bringing issues like this to campus will open a dialogue between members of the University community and the broader community.
"Students and faculty explore these issues in the classroom, but it is an internal conversation," Obama said. "We know that issues like juvenile justice impact the city of Chicago, this nation and -- directly or indirectly -- this campus. This panel gives students a chance to hear about the juvenile justice system not only on a theoretical level, but from the people who have experienced it."
I rather imagine they've had a conversation or two before this, as well as one the night of this event.
Better yet, think about this a second: What would you bet they forgot about this particular write-up and it disappears off of the UC paper's website, before the election? Well, rest assured it will be preserved here at the archives of PYY for evermore and a day.