Guest Post by Mara Zebest
Heartache – ticket sales are meager to hear Bill Ayers rail against capitalism as he “capitalizes” on his new book.
A flashback video interview with Larry Grathwohl, an undercover FBI informant who infiltrated Bill Ayers’ terrorist organization—the Weather Underground:
The WisconsinReporter notes:
Madisonians are just not that into domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. A private meet and greet with Ayers has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.
MADISON — Like a Taliban speed dating luncheon, a scheduled meet-and-greet in Madison for domestic terrorist Bill Ayers has been cancelled due to lack of demand.
A staffer at the Madison Public Library Foundation, which had scheduled the event, told Wisconsin Reporter they “didn’t have the kind of interest” they thought they’d get, so they nixed the hour long event.
Tickets were $25 a pop.
Fans of Ayers or pathology can still come out and see the co-founder of the Weather Underground, a group of communist revolutionaries that bombed the New York City Police Headquarters, the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s in protest of the Vietnam War.
He will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Overture Center in downtown Madison to plug his new book “Public Enemy.” That speech is free and open to the public.
In a 2008 New York Times revisionist history op-ed , Ayers denied he engaged in acts of terrorism.
“Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends,” he wrote.
Larry Grathwohl, the FBI informant who infiltrated Weather Underground, said that’s a load of hooey. After describing failed Weather Underground bomb plots that would have caused mass casualties, he wrote: “Bill, like Charles Manson, never exposed himself to any kind of danger. He always gave orders and then left it to his then-girlfriend, Diane Oughton, and others to implement his plan. If you listen closely you can even hear the similarities in the arguments Manson and Billy use today to justify what they did: the 60s made me do it.”
Ayers and President Barack Obama were linked together in the 2008 presidential campaign when Sarah Palin famously accused Obama of “palling around with terrorists.”
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EAGNews adds the following:
This should be a signal to leftist conference organizers – like the Association of Teacher Educators – that people don’t care to hear some old man fondly recall his days of plotting the overthrow of the American government.
Mary Grabar, a leading critic of Ayers, wrote:
“At a speech commemorating Kent State last May, Ayers called John McCain’s wartime service ‘murder,’ while defending the bombings he participated in as ‘property damage.’ Ayers took $1,200 from student fees at this public university while he propagandized about the 1960s alongside celebrity-radical Tom Hayden.
“So, let’s all feel sorry for the son of privilege who is collecting not only speaking fees from Illinois taxpayers, but a pension for a salary that was at least $126,000 a year.”
Ayers may be limited to his pension income soon. If he can’t even draw a crowd in Madison, where a lot of people think like him, his time on the list of noteworthy people may be over.
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