Reverend Wright’s October Surprise?

Reverend ‘US of KKK A’ Wright is the gift that keeps on giving to Republicans. He’s writing a book that will be published later this year.

He announced this good news during his speech in Detroit:

“So let me give you the outline of the rest of this message. You can either fill in the blanks for yourselves or you could wait for my book that will be out later this year.”

Later this year…as in…say…October? Blogger Steve Sailer likes to think so. He predicted this, earlier this month:

If you were a literary agent, say, wouldn’t you want to sign Wright up for a quickie bestseller, with a release date targeted at, say, 10/1/08? Hustle your best ghostwriter out to Tinley Park and get Wright’s memoirs and views on current issues slapped together by the Fourth of July. Make that deadline and you could have it on the bookshelves five weeks before Election Day! No, I don’t think we’ve heard the last from Rev. Wright.

Some people are saying that Wright is mad at Obama for throwing him under the bus during his speech on race. I’m not so sure about that. I think Wright actually wants to help Obama. He’s just too delusional to know how to go about it.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit


Anybody getting Reverend Wright fatigue? Do you watch the clips of Wright saying G-D Damn America over and over in front of his whooping and hollering congregation, and get demoralized? Do the US of KKK A intonations give you heartburn. Here’s the antidote. (I really think Baldilocks is in love).

Obama Served As Chairman Of Ayers Created “Chicago Annenberg Challenge”

Just One Minute has been doing some fact checking on Obama’s relationship with unrepentant Weatherman Underground member, William Ayers.

As most of you know, Obama has repeatedly characterized his relationship with Ayers as insignificant…they lived in the same neighborhood, served on the same board… purely coincidental connections, (which doesn’t at all explain why he held a 1995 campaign event at the home of Ayers and his wife, fellow former terrorist Bernardine Dohrn).

Now, it appears that Obama and Ayers had a working relationship (friendship) that predates their work together on the Woods Fund of Chicago board.

Barack Obama has a new entanglement with unrepentant Weatherman Bill Ayers which I detail below. The gist is this – back in the mid-90’s Bill Ayers was instrumental in the creation and early operation of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an effort committed to the reform of Chicago’s public schools. Barack Obama was Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which suggests he worked closely with Ayers for several years.

Yet in his recent nationally televised appearances and at his website, Obama fails to mention this Ayers entanglement. Why so coy? It’s hard to believe he actually forgot his executive role in this important foray into public policy; that said, the Chicago Challenge foundered on the hard rocks of Chicago politics and was widely viewed as ineffective, so perhaps he would prefer not to highlight his failure to bring people together and produce real change.

Or maybe Obama was a do-nothing figurehead who honestly forgot that Bill Ayers was running the show. Awkward spin, that. In any case, there is also a question of shared values. Ayers brings a highly progressive approach to education – dare we ask whether Obama shares his values?

See Just One Minute for details and plenty of background links.

Here’s the segment of Obama’s interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace where he deals with his relationships with Reverend Wright, and William Ayers. The Ayers portion doesn’t start until about 7:28 in.

Here’s one place where my B.S. Detector started going off:

We served on a board together that had Republicans, bankers, lawyers, focused on education, who worked for Mayor Daley.

Nobody is suggesting that the board was full of notorious thugs like Ayers, but Republicans? Are we supposed to believe that The Woods Fund of Chicago is a bipartisan organization? I suppose…but I decided to check the political affiliations of its members to see if that panned out, anyway.

Here’s a list of Woods Fund Members:

Accessed April 2008:


  • Deborah Harrington* – President
  • Suzanne R. Boyle*- Treasurer
  • Consuella L. Brown – Program Director
  • Deborah D. Clark – Grants and Operations Manager
  • Jeffrey T. Pinzino – Program Officer

Board of Directors and Officers

  • Laura S. Washington, Board Chair* – Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor and Fellow of the DePaul Humanities Center
  • Jesus G. Garcia, Vice Chair* – Executive Director, Little Village Community Development Corporation
  • William C. Ayers – Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Lee Bey– Director of Media and Governmental Affairs, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP
  • Doris Salomon Chagin– Category Manager – Ethnic Markets, BP Products North America
  • Beth E. Richie – Professor and Head of the Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Patrick M. Sheahan – Executive Director, Public Affairs, UBS Investment Bank
  • Charles N. Wheatley – President, Sahara Enterprises, Inc.
  • Lucia Woods Lindley – Board Member Emeritus

Other Officers

  • Kristin Patton* – Secretary
  • I give up. I couldn’t find any Republicans in the 2008 group. I either found them to be donors to Democrat candidates, or I found their bios to contain all the earmarks of Democrat activism, without being able to prove it, (I didn’t link to those). I doubt I’d find any Republicans in the 2001 group, either:

    People (2001)


  • Ricardo A. Millett – President
  • Todd Dietterle – Vice President – Program Director, Community Organizing Program
  • Deborah Harrington – Program Director, Enabling Work and Reducing Poverty
  • Phillip Thomas – Program Officer
  • Sally E. Gonzelez – Grants and Operations Manager

Board of Directors

  • Howard J. Stanback– Board Chair – Manager, New Kenwood, LLC
  • Maria G. Valdez – Board Vice Chair – Attorney-at-Law Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • William C. Ayers – Distinguished Professor Of Education, University Of Illinois At Chicago
  • Cynthia M. Campbell– President, Mccormick Theological Seminary
  • R. Eden Martin – President, Civic Committee And The Commercial Club
  • Barack Obama – State Senator And University Of Chicago School Of Law
  • Charles N. Wheatley – President, Sahara Enterprises, Inc.
  • Suzanne Boyle, Board Treasurer
  • Kristin Patton, Board Secretary

I may do some more investigating later, but color me skeptical of the idea that there have more than one or two token Republican Woods Fund members in the whole history of its existence.

Thanks Beth And Carol

Didn’t they do a wonderful job babysitting my blog for the weekend? With very little notice, they stepped up to the plate, and posted several very interesting, ( and linked to) posts that generated traffic, and kept my blog stats from dwindling down to nothing (but Chuck Norris Google hits), and I truly appreciate that.

Chuck Norris still rules, though.

There are going to be a few more weekends this year when I’ll need someone to keep my blog going for me while I’m gone, so I’ll be requiring their services again. I’m glad to know that I can depend on them.

Thanks again, and a HUUUUGE tiara tip to my Cotillion sisters, Carol, and Beth!