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Forty years ago today, Senator Robert Kennedy was murdered right after giving his presidential primary victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This was two months after Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down by the Hollywood-based James Earl Ray. The nation was in shock, and in the chaos, the murder of RFK was never closely looked at. Police Chief Daryl Gates took over the investigation and basically removed it from public view for the next twenty years.

Rather than getting into the rabbit hole of assassination research, this diary will examine the factual relationships between Peter Ueberroth and the various actors in the traumatic event.

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Sat May 03, 2008 at 12:39 PM PDT

If Bess Truman Had Run Against JFK

by Aaron Dahl

Many Dems are too caught up in the heat of the moment to appreciate how destructive Hillary Clinton's presidential run has been, and so it's instructive to use a hypothetical to help define the issue. What would have happened if Bess Truman had decided to run for president eight years after her husband, Harry Truman, left office?

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Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:42 PM PDT

Hillary's "George Wallace Strategy"

by Aaron Dahl

Politico reports that, "in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Clinton won a stunning seven in ten white voters age 60 and older." The reason for this is obvious once you know where to look. Hillary Clinton is pursuing the same strategies as the segregationist George Wallace did in order to convince older white Democrats to vote for her.

Those of Barack Obama's generation or younger have few memories of George Wallace and have trouble relating to his racist message. Older voters, however, are well aware of Wallace's impact and many were sympathetic at the time to his message. Hillary Clinton is craftily playing off this hidden communication and bond.

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There's no need to rehash George Stephanopoulos' atrocious handling of last week's Democratic debate. The debate was universally panned as gutter journalism and clearly aimed at throwing the Pennsylvania primary into Clinton' favor. Stephanopoulos crossed the line between tough journalism and unethical journalism. He became a political activist in what was supposed to be a forum for the public to make a fair judgement of the candidates. He did his hatchet job and gave Hillary the boost she needed.

Stephanopoulos is the chief Washington correspondant for ABC News and moderates their flagship Sunday news program. A person in his position should not be seen as politically motivated or biased. We are all aware of how close Stephanopoulos was to the Clintons, and it should have disqualified him from having a role in the Pennsylvania debate, but I'm sure we all expected him to bend over backwards and try to be fair. Unfortunately, he showed his true colors and revealed that he'd rather help Hillary Clinton's campaign than follow journalism's code of conduct. He broke every rule in the book with his specious attacks on Obama.


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Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 02:53 PM PDT

The Charlie and George Show

by Aaron Dahl

Charlie: (Addressing Barack) Talkin' at some closed-door fundraiser in San Francisco 10 days ago, ya got ta talkin' in California 'bout small-town Pennsylvanians. Ya say dey bitta, 'n dey don't particularly like people who ain't like who dey is. Ya sed ya mispoke, ya sed ya mangled what ya sed, d'ya undastand tha' some people in dis here state find that patronizin' 'n think tha' ya sed wha' ya meant? How's ya' gonna splain that to 'em?

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A while ago, I discovered that the University of Southern California has incorporated swastikas into their campus design. Subsequently, I wrote a story called, Why Does USC Have Swastikas on Their Campus? I thought this would cause a big stir, but not a lot has come of it, so far. Apparently, swastikas have become an accepted part of the USC culture.

Yesterday, I took note of the $6 Billion bail-out for homebuilders. Needless to say, I was very suprised to see that the Senate passed this colossal blunder of a bill in the guise of helping out homeowners. Having lived in Southern California for the past 30 years, the heart of the real estate bubble, I am well aware of the disasterous polices homebuilders have pursued which helped create the fiasco currently unfolding.

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CNN is going to re-air its special on the Martin Luther King assassination tonight and tomorrow. Yesterday, I wrote a diary documenting how CNN mischaracterized James Earl Ray and focused on unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. Because I admire Martin and Coretta Scott King so much, I feel compelled to do a follow-up while the interest in King's life and death is so high. So today I would like to explore William Pepper, the man who has wormed his way into King's legacy and seems intent on doing irreparable harm to it.

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Last night I watched CNN's two hour special on the Martin Luther King assassination and I was astonished to see CNN lying about who James Earl Ray was. In their attempt to paint Ray as a common thug and a habitual criminal, they painted a false portrait by leaving out key information; CNN's lies were lies of omission. For whatever reason, they neglected to tell you the full story of the man who killed Martin Luther King.

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Few realize that we've had a Yale man in the White House for 27 years straight. It started when George H. W. Bush entered the executive branch as Ronald Reagan's vice-president in 1981 and ushered in an era of Yale dominace over the oval office that continues to this day. The elder Bush, a Yale man through and through, graduated into the presidency and was soon replaced by the Yale lawyer Bill Clinton for two terms. Clinton was followed by Yale's pride and joy, George W. Bush, for a period yet to be determined. There is only one candidate who can continue the tradition, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As the Yale trained lawyer desperately tries to continue New Haven's stranglehold on the most important job in the world, I think it's time we examine the history of white supremacism at Yale.

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During the Civil Rights era churches were burned and firebombed in order to intimidate African-Americans. Everyone remembers the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing when, in 1963, four black girls were killed when their Mississippi church was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan. In 1996 there was an epidemic of attacks on black churches with over 30 burned to the ground. We are witnessing a more subtle attack on the black church today, but its intent is just as serious and racially motivated.

The black church has always been a powerful entity. It's been a forum for giving voice to the dispossessed and leading the fight against racial discrimination and injustice. Without the black church, the Civil Rights struggle may never have achieved its goals. There is a reason there is such mania by racists to attack this symbol of black freedom and equality.

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Sun Mar 23, 2008 at 05:41 PM PDT

Hillary's "Ed Rendell Problem"

by Aaron Dahl

One of Hillary Clinton's biggest backers, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, has already gotten himself into trouble by his earlier racially charged statements. In February he claimed that Pennsylvanian voters were no better than backwood racists in Alabama when he said, "You've got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate."

But Ed Rendell brings more baggage than that to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Ed Rendell, a man elected to represent the interests of all the citizens of Pennsylvania, with no regard to race, religion or sex, is part of a group that openly discriminates against women.

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There's been a lot of talk about how Hillary Clinton is dividing the Democratic Party and hurting the likely candidate with her negative campaign. She seems intent on fighting all the way to the Democratic Convention in Denver. What could be her motive?

It is informational to look back at what she was doing during the contentious 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention. According to Carl Bernstein in his book, "A Woman in Charge", Hillary Clinton was a regular attendee at the event. Not inside, mind you, Hillary was a Republican at the time, and had just attended the Republican Convention in Miami. All the same, like Richard Nixon watching the turmoil outside his hotel room, Hillary was a seeming bystander in the middle of the chaos.

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