57 Faculty at Georgia Colleges and Universities think Bill Ayers is just swell.

A reader tipped me off to this website where educators are encouraged to express their support for unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. Here is the statement these educators endorse:

It seems that the character assassination and slander of Bill Ayers and other people who have known Obama is not about to let up. While an important concern is the dishonesty of this campaign and the slanderous McCarthyism they are using to attack Obama, we also feel an obligation to support our friend and colleague Bill Ayers. Many, many educators have reached out, asking what they could do, seeking a way to weigh in against fear and intimidation. Many of us have been talking and we agree that this one gesture, a joint statement signed by hundreds of hard-working educators, would be a great first step. Such a statement may be distributed through press releases or ads in the future.

Just what is it about Bill Ayers that they support? I’d like to know. Ayers is not just some former hippie, he founded a terrorist organization responsible for killing people. Ayers has yet to repudiate his actions.

I looked through the list of supports and below are those associated with Colleges and Universities here in Georgia. Just so you know, I did not exclude names from Georgia Tech – none appeared on the list. I’m sure as time goes that will change.

Current List of Endorsers:

Maya Minter,Clark University
Amanda Lewis,Emory University
Michelle Manno,Emory University
Ernesto R. Gomez,GA College & State University
Paula Baker,Georgia Public School educator / Georgia Southern
Theresa Hoogacker,Georgia Southern Graduate Student
Dr. Advis Dell Wilkerson,Georgia Southern University
Dr. Natalie Lambright,Georgia Southern University
Michael Moore,Georgia Southern University
Michelle Reidel,Georgia Southern University
Ming Fang He,Georgia Southern University
Saundra Murray Nettles, Ph.D.,Georgia Southern University
David W. Stinson, Ph.D.,Georgia State University
Deron Boyles,Georgia State University
Natsu Taylor Saito,Georgia State University College of Law
Joyce E King,Georgia State University, Benjamin E Mays Endowed Chair
Cindy Lutenbacher,Morehouse College
Kinga Varga-Dobai,PhD student, University of Georgia
James H. Williams, PhD, LCSW,Savannah State University
Lesley Graybeal,University of Georgia
Amy Heesacker,University of Georgia
Angela Green,University of Georgia
Cory A Buxton,University of Georgia
Deborah Bandalos,University of Georgia
Deborah L. Teitelbaum,University of Georgia
Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor,University of Georgia
Dr. Robert Hill,University of Georgia
Dwight Manning,University of Georgia
Elaine Cress,University of Georgia
Elizabeth Daigle,University of Georgia
George Stanic,University of Georgia
Greg McClure,University of Georgia
Hilary Conklin,University of Georgia
Jane Robinson Middleton,University of Georgia
Jennifer Nabors,University of Georgia
JoBeth Allen,University of Georgia
Joel Taxel,University of Georgia
Judith Preissle,University of Georgia
Kathleen deMarrais,University of Georgia
Kathy Simpson,University of Georgia
Kristin Boudreau,University of Georgia
Kyunghwa Lee,University of Georgia
Linda Gilbert,University of Georgia
Mariana Souto-Manning,University of Georgia
Marsha C. Black, PhD,University of Georgia
Mary Lynn Huie,University of Georgia
Melissa Harshman,University of Georgia
Page Conner M. McCormick,University of Georgia
Scott Ardoin,University of Georgia
Scott Ritchie,University of Georgia
Stephanie Jones,University of Georgia
Stephen E. Cramer,University of Georgia
Susan Nordstrom,University of Georgia
Todd Dinkelman,University of Georgia
Tracie Costantino,University of Georgia
Wayland Walker,University of Georgia
Mary Ellen Dallman,Valdosta State University


  1. rugby fan says:

    Erm, because they can?

    I’ve never truly understood the indignation from the right over Ayers. Yes I recognize he did some repugnant and egregious things and he has not apologized, but its still an odd fascination.

    I guess what I don’t understand is why Republicans think people care about this.

  2. Jmac says:

    I’ve got an idea!

    I think it would fascinating if a state blog began taking a look at who was anti-American in our state colleges. I think the public would be fascinated to see that!

    Oh, wait …

  3. atlantaman says:

    It appears as if Ayers has more than a fascination from the right, if you’ve got a bunch of leftist Professors who want to support an unrepentant terrorist. I wonder if any of these Professors would have a different opinion had he tried to blow up their homes or offices – still unrepentant years later.

    Other than the number of lives, what’s the difference between Ayers and Osama?

    If it’s only Republicans who care, then why is Obama keeping his old friend behind the scenes?

  4. odinseye2k says:

    Great … Ward Churchill redux. Wake me when people move on to throwing bottles at his grad students, and then I can be incensed.

  5. Decaturguy says:

    I know what we should do next. Lets publish a list of people who are contributors and commenters on this site whose daddies and granddaddies were members of the Klan, the White Citizens Councils, the various “states rights” parties that sprung up during the civil rights movements, and other radical hate groups.

  6. John Konop says:

    Bottom line people are focused on their 401k, housing values……..

    The GOP should focus on pocket book issues! The “REAL AMERICAN” strategy is not working.

    The GOP needs a new direction focused on fiscal conservative policy and more tolerant on social issues.

    Could Georgia Flip to the Democrats?
    According to a new Democracy Corps poll in Georgia, Sen. John McCain leads Sen. Barack Obama by just two points, 46% to 44%.

    In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Saxby Chambliss holds a four point edge over challenger Jim Martin (D), 48% to 44%.

    “The Republican brand is tarnished in Georgia and a national wave threatens to carry the state to Democratic shores. Obama and Martin still trail and must make gains to win here, but the fact that Georgia is even close speaks to powerful political currents across the country.”

    Meanwhile, Marc Ambinder notes the early voting numbers look very good for Democrats.

    Poll: No One Cares About Ayers

    With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Barack Obama has held or increased his lead in four key states won by President Bush in 2004 — Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia — while he has lost ground in West Virginia, according to the latest series of TIME/CNN battleground-state polls conducted by Opinion Research Corp. The polls suggest that the McCain campaign’s recent attempts to link the Democratic nominee to former domestic terrorist William Ayers and the liberal organizing group ACORN (which the GOP accuses of perpetrating voter fraud) are not resonating with most voters.


  7. Donkey Kong says:


    Lets publish a list of people who are contributors and commenters on this site whose daddies and granddaddies were members of the Klan, the White Citizens Councils, the various “states rights” parties that sprung up during the civil rights movements, and other radical hate groups.

    You are saying that it is equally heinous to be an unrepentant terrorist and the child of a terrorist. Please explain yourself, because I’m not sure if I woke up in the right country or if it’s just the medicine the doctor gave me yesterday.

    Oh, and your comparison to a published blacklist? One very minor difference. These people signed their name to a public statement of support. Let me break this down for you.

    1) PP didn’t publish a blacklist — they pulled something from another website. PP also didn’t compile this list. It’s on another site. All with the professor’s stated intent.
    2) The professors are making an inherently political statement. The professors think we shouldn’t hold Ayers’ unrepentant terroristic mentality against him. We disagree. In fact, it scares us that so many of these professors exist in our school system. What scares us more, though, is that tomorrow they will still be teaching our kids despite holding revolutionary and violent views, or at minimum having no problem with those who do.

  8. Decaturguy says:

    What scares us more, though, is that tomorrow they will still be teaching our kids despite holding revolutionary and violent views, or at minimum having no problem with those who do.

    You prove my point exactly. Thanks!

  9. ramblinwreck says:

    Donkey Kong, AMEN from extreme northwest Georgia.

    The fact that they are arrogant / comfortable enough in a state-run, taxpayer-funded institution to do that really annoys me to the extreme. All the more reason to get government out of all education. If these folks had to worry about a paycheck in the open market they might be more reserved in expressing their political views. I’m certain none of them ever try to push their views on students who might be afraid to agree with them. How many do you think are tenured?

  10. Actually DecatureGuy, how about the fact that most conservatives in traditionally liberal venues are constantly blacklisted by their so-called more “tolerant” collegues. Ask any Republican in Hollywood how easy it is to get top parts. Ask any Professor that shows any hint of conservatism how they’ve been treated by their fellow professors. True McCarthiesque purges only exist on the left, not the right. It has been the tactic of the Democrat Party for most of its existance to shut up and silence those who disagree or oppose any threat and they will use the systems they built when they can and violence when they don’t have they system to use.

    So let’s celebrate a domestic terrorist while claiming to be cracking down on terrorism around the world. Let’s hold up as a hero someone who killed cops and got off because the FBI screwed up and had the evidence against him thrown out. He wasn’t found “NOT GUILTY,” he got off because of a technicality that resulted from the government not doing its job. Maybe in 30 years it will become fashionable to be seen hanging out with Osama bin Laden because people will be saying that his crimes were committed so long ago.

  11. rugby fan says:

    They did Jason.

    Ask any Republican in Hollywood how easy it is to get top parts.


    Might there also be a lurking variable that they aren’t good actors?

    Ask any Professor that shows any hint of conservatism how they’ve been treated by their fellow professors.

    They still get treated quite well. Put into pretty prestigious endowed chairs and and get tenure.


    Conservatives sure are hurting.

  12. Remember thay Reagan was considered a B movie actor and was a registered Democrat until long after his acting career was over. Arnold and a few others like Bruce Willis and Stallone are exections to the rule, but they didn’t announce they were Republicans until they were well established.

    Reuters published this story just yesterday:

    It’s no secret that the entertainment industry is overwhelmingly liberal — political donations this presidential cycle from the movie, TV and music industries recently were running about 86% Democrat versus 14% Republican. But being outnumbered is one thing, but being bullied by your liberal co-workers into keeping your opinions to yourself is quite another.

    Is that what’s going on? Yes, say many of the industry’s conservatives. That’s why secret organizations with such names as “SpeakEasy” and “The Sunday Night Club” spring up every so often. They’re not conservative per se, they just let it be known that attendees of their gatherings may freely discuss politics without being chastised for not toeing the liberal line.

    “Are you kidding me? Of course it’s true,” Kelsey Grammer said when asked whether the town is hostile to conservatives. “I wish Hollywood was a two-party town, but it’s not.”


    Also, providing 2 professors out of the literally thousands in America is a bit disingenuous. Since you threw up two that seem to have things going well for them now, how do you feel about this story?

    Sometimes a right-of-center professor doesn’t have to say anything in particular to earn a thumping. In 1998, the theater department at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania staged Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus was played by an actress, and “his” disciples were portrayed as NOW-style abortion advocates. Christ’s accusers wore Pat Robertson masks. During the flogging of Jesus, images of prominent conservatives, such as Rush Limbaugh, were projected onto an overhead screen. One of them was Wesley McDonald, an Elizabethtown political-science professor well known for his conservatism. (He studied under Russell Kirk and has written a book about his mentor.) McDonald was depicted wearing devil horns.

    “I was bothered to see images of my own faith used against me,” says McDonald. The incident generated some attention in the local newspaper, the Lancaster New Era. But freedom of expression is what it is, and McDonald couldn’t do much more than express his irritation.

    Two years ago, McDonald applied for a promotion to full professor. Although his teaching and scholarship were rated “high quality,” he was rejected–he had published, but now he would perish. “McDonald does not represent a model of collegiality, circumspection, or discretion,” said a memo from the panel judging him. “One reference stated that ‘Wes has attracted controversy.'” Getting caricatured as a demon tends to do that, of course, especially when one gripes about it. Fortunately for McDonald, a new dean arrived at Elizabethtown and last year he received his promotion. “I can’t believe it took a fight,” says McDonald.


    While the big conservative fish tend to do quite well despite their right leanings, there are many, many more that live almost in fear of uttering a conservative comment.

    “Conservatives are exposed to [prejudice] because we are a minority. And as a minority you just have to be prepared to defend yourself,” Berkeley Political Science Professor A. James Gregor told Campus Report. He thinks that conservative professors are a “minority” and that in his own experience Berkeley has gone out of its way to attract liberal professors. “All these things I think are in-house problems in any academic institution. Most of conservatives are located in the natural sciences because they don’t have to deal with popular opinions, prejudices, and so forth. In the talky, chatty sciences, you find liberal thought.”


  13. Decaturguy says:

    I guess I should add those to the list of the Republican “victims”: conservative actors and conservative academics.

    Poor, poor you.

  14. rugby fan says:

    Poor, poor conservatives Shep! My heart just aches, aches I say! Oh the humanity! Won’t people realize that conservatives are the victim? Think about it: everywhere, literally everywhere (other than churches), conservatives are being persecuted.

    Now as for academia, fair enough, I like your story. However, if you would like, I can provide you names of dozens and dozens of conservative ideologues with full tenure at prestigious universities. Let me know if you’d like a list, the numbers will shock you.

  15. bowersville says:

    Well how nice, public funded professors expressing their unbiased public funded opinions. Swell, I’m glad you public funded morons have time to actually take up a cause and think. No, I take that back. Had Ayers bombed an abortion clinic, you would have been offended. But, since it’s the Pentagon, well that’s justified. Nothing like academic freedom, try that in Russia or China you pukes.

    Nice, how’s that 401k going?

  16. bowersville says:

    What happened to you public funded pricks? You and rugby and Decatur got nothing to say?

    Huh? why not?

  17. MediaGuyAtl says:

    The government did screw up Ayers trial. But it was no accident. Our government is loaded with leftists in every agency. Just think if Bush, when elected in 2000, had cleaned house at the State Dept. and the CIA. Bush was trying to show some bi-partisan cooperation when he kept so many of the Clinton appointees in their positions. All Bush got was leak after leak after leak. He was unable to accomplish a thing. Hell, just think if Jamie Gorelick had not tied the FBI’s and CIA’s hands we might have been able to connect the dots before 9/11. But we were so tied up in the election mess of 2000 and the transition of power was so screwed up we’re now in the position we’re in.

    Today, we’re having to bailout our economy not once, not twice but now there’s talk of a third bailout/stimulus. Good God! I thought everything was suppose to be fine after the 700 billion dollar Paulson freak show. Today the stock market is about to crash again, foreign markets have already done so. Now there is talk about the government taking over our 401k’s.

    These academia idiots know as long as they push for “That One” they will be in line for that big raise while the rest of us are left with just Hope and Change in our pockets.

    Maybe these educators on this list need to be added to the Homeland Security No-Fly list. Just think if McCain had been affiliated with the KKK, CAIR or the Timothy McVeigh terrorist group, he would have been pilloried by the press, but “That One” gets a pass. How many more times will “That One’s story change about his association with the excellent author of education and indoctrination of marxism, Professor Ayers? He was a guy in the neighborhood, no wait, we met a few times in the elevator.. no wait, my daughter sold Sally Foster at his home. He hired me but we never met. We worked in adjoining offices but never saw each other. I started my campaign in his living room but he was on vacation at the time. Which is it O?

  18. John Konop says:

    In fairness the association game flies both ways! Why not talk about real issues?

    McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

    William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.
    The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein’s government.
    During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.
    Timmons’ activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.

    McCain Lobbyist Aided Saddam Hussein

  19. MediaGuyAtl says:

    To be fair in the association game… Obama assisted Acorn with $800,000 with campaign funds and had to admit it after trying to hide that fact. You’re right associations do matter!

  20. Jane says:

    If a conservative associated with an unapologetic former KKK member who was an unindicted co-conspirator of a Black Church bombing, I wonder if these academics would be as forgiving. Until, the liberals get rid of their double standard, they should not be taken seriously in academia or in politics. Oh, the only ex-KKK member currently in congress is a Democrat.

  21. bowersville says:

    “Until the Liberals…get rid of their double standard, they should not be taken seriously..”

    Oh yes they should all the liberal [email protected] not able to make it the real world, outside of their little fishbowl and government subsidy, need to be shaken up. Let academia become plumbers.

    That way, they could show the crack in their @ss legitimately and get paid for a worthy cause.

    Flushing crap.

  22. Tea Party says:

    It hardly matters which brand we choose, both are handmaidens to the Corporotocracy.

    Partisan politics has sunk to its’ newest levels yet. And that is lower than whale poop.

    Perhaps we should have Fairness Hearings to determine who among us has not given enough of their stuff to the disadvantaged.

    Or maybe more Corporate Welfare to aid big business. That’s it, Sax roll on it.

    I will vote GOP this year, as I usually do. I will not vote for Jim Martin or Obama, or any of the Amendments. The PSC is a joke vote, Bubba.

    And in four more years, the issues will still remain unresolved, and the hand wringing will continue.

    How many years have we heard that Medicare/caid are going broke. Social Security is next. And the Federal deficit scares Alan Greenspan. When they go, the financial crises we see today will pale by comparison.

    No plan for any of that, is there????

    We have so many resources in this Country, it amazes me we may screw up the greatest opportunity to advance Mankind known.

    It was not their Time – God

  23. Bill Simon says:

    John Konop…you have gone so far off the deep-end, you cannot be communicated with.

    To equate a long-ago advisor to Saddam Hussein to the anti-American/Anti-Semetic crowd that supports Obama now is, in my view, an attempt at comparing apples to squirrels.

  24. StevePerkins says:

    Six to twelve months ago, Obama refusing to distance himself from Ayers would have been a perfectly valid campaign issue to raise.

    Two to three weeks before the election, it’s just retarded.

    The timing of this “controversy” shows that not even the Republicans really take it all that seriously. Stop embarrassing yourselves, and get back on-message.

  25. John Konop says:


    McCain was for Acorn when he wanted his immigration bill passed!

    Sen. McCain Key Note Speaker At ACORN Rally In 2006

    M… Sen. John McCain was happy to accept the honors and acclamation of the Service Employees International Union, People for the American Way, UNITE HERE — and ACORN. Here he is, on Feb. 20, 2006, telling immigration rights activists at a rally in Miami that they “are what makes America special.” ACORN co-sponsored the rally, and its volunteers surround McCain, and while there’s no evidence that McCain ever formally teamed with the group, the video serves as a reminder that he did not mind being associated with them when the politics of the moment were different….


  26. John Konop says:


    ..Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through…

    He was a PAID to lobby against our COUNTRY!

  27. Bill Simon says:


    In the mid-1990s, the US was still playing footsie with Saddam via supplying chemical ingredients (courtesy of the Clinton Administration), so you don’t mind if I call IRRELEVANT to your claim, do you?

  28. Bill Simon says:

    John, Part 2

    As far as ACORN and McCain in 2006, I believe that was BEFORE all the recent info about ACORN has been revealed.

    And, yet…another IRRELEVANT foul called by you, John.

    YOU have a real problem with timeframe, don’t you? That is, you don’t GET that there is any relevance in the timeframe of events and people?

    I’m surprised you’re not digging-up a time when John McCain may have praised the cooking in the Hanoi Hilton as some kind of “proof” that maybe McCain really enjoyed his stay in Vietnam.

  29. John Konop says:


    The GOP is dying via the hypocritical attacks and lack of focus on real issues. The game is over. For The GOP to make a comeback it most focus on fiscal conservative message not splitting Americans.

  30. atlantaman says:

    You know John I don’t know why you’ve bought the “let’s all get along” BS from the Obama campaign.

    You seem to have bought into this whole white people guilt / self-hatred movement. Do you stand in front of the mirror and call yourself a racist every morning?

    Those guys are the worst when it comes to splitting Americans. For an example refer back to the “Spanish Only” radio ad they did filled with race baiting lies about John McCain.

  31. John Konop says:


    Unless the party gets back to focusing on conservative economics and gets off the “Real American” issue the GOP will become a regional party. The demographics of America is becoming more pluralized not less. People under 40 do not care about gut issue politics in the macro.

    Most Americans are conservative via economics and lean toward a libertarian view toward gut issues. You can put your hand in the sand and not deal with the reality of the situation.

    As I said before the Young Republicans are the future. But if the old guard stays with the current plan the party will be marginalized.

  32. atlantaman says:


    I somewhat agree with what you just said, although when 40% of the country does not pay income tax I fear we are moving towards a Marxist mindset.

    Although, I’m getting really sick of discussing skin color (and Obama hasn’t even been elected yet). While the race card appears to have been a “a get out of jail free card” during the entire campaign, I don’t know when Obama gets his major crisis test (as Biden predicts) if sending John Lewis out to call that leader or country a racist will do that much good.

    I’m not voting for Obama because he’s the most inexperienced and communist leaning nominee we’ve had in a hundred years and leaves me begging for Hillary. His initial reaction on every national crisis appears to acquiesce in the name of pacifism. I suppose learning a little Arabic would be culturally broadening.

    Anyway, I digress, the reason I’m not voting for him has nothing to do with race. Sure there are probably a few white rednecks not voting for him due to be black, but there is only one complete demographic that is basing 100% of their decision on skin color.

  33. jkga says:


    If you are saying that all black people (“one complete demographic”) are voting for Obama making 100% of their decision on skin color, then you are making an absurd generalization, one that shows you haven’t talked with many black people about politics. Remember back in the primary? Hillary had quite respectable support from African Americans.

  34. kristen says:

    This morning I was discussing Ayers with my husband, specifically about how pieces of his speeches I’ve read (namely in Venezuela) sound exactly like the communist garbage one of my old professors at UGA used to espouse. I decided to google “Todd Dinkelman” and “Ayers” to see if maybe they were actually separated at birth and lo and behold I find this! LMAO. I actually transferred out of grad school because I couldn’t stomach the idea of putting even one more cent towards this guy’s existence. He had an American Flag with a swastika superimposed on it on his door, gave me C’s on my papers and sent me epic length, emotionally driven email screeds because I was the only person in the class who had the guts to say such right-wing extremist things such as “housing and health care aren’t human rights according to the constitution.” When I went to his office and asked him why we never read ANY alternate philisophical viewpoints other than the Marxist-leaning drivel we were all forced to read, he said that society’s current structure WAS the alternate viewpoint and he didn’t have a responsibility to discuss it in class. I ended up taking my case to the dean, who read my papers, and suddenly my grades in the class went up. Imagine that. I have 2 degrees and have come to the conclusion that college is the biggest waste of money on this planet because of ivory tower idiots like this who have absolutely no concept of reality. I would have been much better off taking 100K to Vegas and feeding the slot machines.

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