This time, our good friends at birther central are doing their darnedest to connect, yet again, President Obama to Bill Ayers.
They fail, of course, but in doing so it's a good lesson in what counts as dot-connecting for teh crazies over at WND.
Let's begin. This morning I saw this headline at WND:
It leads to this story - it's a retread, I guess, of some of the "research" they did in 2009. The Obama/Ayers dots are "connected" in the first two paragraphs:
Although the Washington Post this past week featured an extensive profile of Mitt Romney’s high school days, which alleged the presidential hopeful engaged in bullying, the news media has yet to probe important aspects of Obama’s early education that may evidence later radical ties.And number of paragraphs down the piece we read:
In 2009, WND exposed Obama’s attendance in a church Sunday school that espouses far-left politics and served as a sanctuary for draft dodgers from the Students for a Democratic Society during the time Bill Ayers was a leader in that organization.
After living from age 7 with his mother and step-father in Indonesia, where he was enrolled as a Muslim under the name “Barry Soetoro” in public schools, Obama was sent back to Hawaii at age 11 in 1971 to reside with his grandmother. His mother moved back to Hawaii in 1972 and stayed there until 1977, when she relocated again to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.Note the Muslim connection in a story about Obama's Unitarianism - how do they do that with a straight face?
In his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” Obama recounts on page 17 moving to Hawaii and being enrolled in the Unitarian church.
But back to Ayers - they've established that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971 on. And that he went to Sunday school at a Unitarian Church. And that that Unitarian Church "espouses far-left politics" and attended sunday school at a church connected to the SDS when Ayers was a leader there.
Ah...that's where things break down. We've all known Ayers to be a leader of the Weather Underground - but what's the connection to the SDS? From a PBS documentary:
The Weather Underground emerged when [Bernadine] Dohrn and a group of fellow University of Chicago students split with the campus-run Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, because they disagreed with the SDS’s peaceful protest tactics against the Vietnam War. Dubbing itself the Weathermen, this new organization took its name from a line in Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”—“you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”—and within months had set off bombs at the National Guard headquarters and set in motion plans to bomb targets across the country that it considered emblematic of the worldwide violence sanctioned by the U.S. government.And when did this break occur? When did Ayers and Dohrn et al leave split with the SDS?
Um, a couple of years before Obama set foot in that Sunday school:
By 1969 the organization had split into several factions, the most notorious of which was the “Weathermen,” or “Weather Underground,” which employed terrorist tactics in its activities.This is what passes for dot-connecting among teh crazies on the right.
Get used to it - we got 6 months until the election.