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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ayers Again

Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ, not this again:

Last Thursday evening at Montclair State University, with a video camera rolling, Bill Ayers volunteered that yes indeed he had written the acclaimed Barack Obama memoir, Dreams from My Father.

You can see the clip at the link.  It’s pretty obvious that Ayers is joking.  He’s said similar things before.  This tweaks the conspiracy guys who think that Bill Ayers secretly wrote Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father.  Now that conspiracy is airing again, so I’ll smack it down since it’s been a while since I had such an easy target.

Here’s a guide to conspiracy theories.  If the conspiracy theory involves actual evidence—documents, videos, admissions by key personnel—there’s something to it.  If, however, the key evidence for the conspiracy involves mostly “suspicious similarities” and “unanswered questions”, it’s complete bullshit.  For example, the Street Car Conspiracy is supported by actual evidence.  9/11 conspiracy theories, on the other hand, are supported by indirect “unanswered questions” (which are actually answered pretty easily).

This is doubly so when you’re doing a textual comparison of two books, a discipline that is a pseudo-science right up there with hand-writing analysis and psychic detectives.  This is the same technique that people use to claim Nostradamus predicted everything up to the Red Sox winning the world series.  It’s parameters are so ill-defined, you can practically squeeze anything into them.  I’m pretty sure I could use textual analysis to prove that I secretly wrote Moby Dick.

As to this specific theory, it is spelled out here.  Dave Weigel crushed the idea here. This is the timeline, as I understand it:

1990-1994 - Barack Obama writes Dreams From My Father

1995 - Dreams is published.

1995 - Barack Obama meets Bill Ayers for the first time.

2001 - Bill Ayers writes Fugitive Days

2003 - Bill Ayers acquires a TARDIS and travels back in time to secretly write Dreams From My Father

The reason this conspiracy gets attention, of course, is because people get worked about Obama having “hung out with” (i.e, overlapped on some boards with) Bill Ayers.  That’s bothersome.  On the other hand, the current leadership of the GOP is spending a lot of time cozying up to the American Family Association and appearing on the radio show of their batshit crazy Director of Issues Analysis Brian Fischer.  Fischer has argued that Muslims should be deported from the US, that the First Amendment only applies to Christianity, that Hitler and his Nazis were homosexuals and that homosexuality created the Holocaust, that Native Americans deserved what they got because their “sexual immorality” and that the award of the Medal Of Honor to Salvatore Giunta represented a “feminization” of the military because he hadn’t killed enough people.

Bill Ayers is a former terrorist and a left-wing flake.  But his influence is non-existent.  The Republicans are cozying up to radical religious nutballs who spew their poisonous and non-christian theology to millions.  Which should we be more worried about?

And just like the birther bullshit, this is a massive distraction from the very real damage that Obama’s policies are actually doing to the country. Here’s the most recent update on Obamacare, which is currently holding HSA’s in limbo while the Obama people figure out how to kill them how they will fit into the new plan.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/29/11 at 07:32 AM in Right Wing Assholes  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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