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Weather Women in Academia: Terror Teachers

Clearly, several were hired solely for their terrorist past: see them at Columbia University this week.

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Tina Trent

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April 5, 2013 - 9:30 am
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In 1969, Weatherwomen Kathy Boudin and Eleanor Raskin collaborated on a book of legal advice for radical activists: The Bust Book: What To Do Till the Lawyer Comes. The answer, per their actions, was different: don’t let the police catch you in the first place.

Not long after the book’s release, the two women went into hiding and participated in the Weather Underground’s most bloody affairs. This included the bomb-making escapade that ended in the deaths of three of their colleagues in Greenwich Village (but thankfully not the hundreds of murders they were plotting), and, for Boudin, the Brinks armored car heist in 1981 that took the lives of two police officers and a security guard.

Eleanor Raskin was not charged in the Brinks massacre. But in one of the many stories that former members of the Weather Underground prefer not to discuss, police captured Raskin and her husband Jeff Jones in New York City just three days after the attack. At the time, Raskin and Jones had been on the run for more than a decade. Coincidence? Not likely.

Fast-forward to today. These former Weather Underground terrorists now share another distinction: they are both professors at law schools in New York State.

Raskin teaches at Albany Law School. Boudin is closer to the scene of their crimes: she has just been appointed Sheinberg Scholar in Residence at NYU Law School. Along with Bernardine Dohrn at Northwestern University School of Law, Kathleen Cleaver at Emory Law School, and Angela Davis’ “prison-industrial complex” activism as professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, nearly all the currently free women of the terrorist Left have entered the academic legal profession.

Having an ex-Weatherwoman in the law faculty lounge is an exciting academic accessory; having a former Black Panther is even better, and both are appealing enough to forego the usual tedious vetting of credentials.

Boudin is not even a lawyer.

Kathleen Cleaver has no real academic credentials, only a scattering of outdated agitprop with titles such as “Mobilizing for Mumia Abu Jamal in Paris,” and “The Antidemocratic Power of Whiteness.”

Clearly: even the competent among these criminals were hired because they are unrepentant terrorists. This is the one credential that matters. The candidate must have held a gun to someone’s head in a bank “expropriation,” or firebombed a policeman’s car or a judge’s house; second, they must be unrepentant.

The career trajectories of former Weathermen track heavily on this second point: those who regret their violent pasts have not thrived in academia.

What’s the point of hiring a terrorist if they want to wash the greasepaint off? Mark Rudd learned this lesson in recent years: He made the mistake of sounding mildly regretful about setting bombs in the 2003 documentary film Weather Underground, and he has been backpedaling wildly ever since. The more he denounces his former denunciation of violence, the shinier his academic star glows.

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1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Recycled treason.

The ultimate irony...in EVERY country they admire...they would have been tortured and then hanged.

The sure sign of a leftist's cowardice, is their privileged existence carved out of a scam, in which they protest against only governments that do NOT oppress their citizens...exalting the ones that do.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
There's less to these people than meets the eye. The New Left of the '60s was always besotted with fashion, veneer, faux intellectualism and politics as an accessory to a lifestyle needing justification. Vapid people of no substance can do great damage, especially if they know how to work the media.
1 year ago
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David Horowitz said it best, I think, when he described interviewing a curly, long-haired Ayers sitting in a kindergarden classroom cross-legged in bib overalls with golden curls: "what I saw was a shallowness beyond conception," a "vacuity." Second best was the ethically revolting Tim Leary, who focused on the object long enough to call Bernardine Dohrn "the flashy-leg child witch of The Revolution."
1 year ago
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That was the thing with the weathercretins. They were spoiled children of privilege playing at revolution, until it got serious. You got a deluded little leftwing princess like Boudin, the daughter of Leonard Boudin, every commie's favorite lawyer. When she hooked up with criminals from the hood, real bad guys ,you knew they'd play her like a drum.
1 year ago
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We have gone far past the time in this country where we need to agree on a definition of what comprises hate-speech that is free of caveats or mitigation.

We need to agree on a principle and let that principle take us where it will, regardless of race, creed or gender. That is the only way to have a healthy society.

1 year ago
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Academia is a hive of scum and villainy.

A bunch of filthy hypocrits too. They have a monopoly on professional credentialing, which they happily profiteer from to support their comfortable, even lavish lifestyle, yet no one questions their leftist bona fides. Typical.
1 year ago
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What do you expect? The hiring decisions are being made by classmates and contemporaries of these people! Most were rabid supporters of what was done, but without the 'nads.
Now they want to rub elbows with the dangerous ones again.
YOU allow your tax money to support this, YOU do not involve yourselves with the selection of your state's university system trustees and YOU send YOUR kids to the private Ivy' looking for 'socialization' without 'education'.
Enjoy what your kids do to you.
ta
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
What a grotesque absurdity we are witnessing. The Left has taken over the secular universities and is vacuuming up all kinds of trash. These people mentioned here should be on death row, not in universities; and the universities still have the chutzpah to charge beaucoup bucks for this crap? I think people need to reconsider the value, or lack thereof, of such universities. Indeed, I have advised my grandson, who has had a Suzan Lee Weiss experience, to go to Yeshiva University to avoid the Leftist indoctrination present in most universities today.
1 year ago
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Believe me, the left wing radicals arent the problem at Yeshiva. Its the fanatical idiot rabbis hell bent on controlling these peoples minds through religious nonsense. And if your grandson does indeed decide to go that crap hole, just make sure u give him some soap on a rope and tell him to watch out for those orthodox homosexuals. Yeshiva University and its high school, MTA, are a haven for buggery! You have no idea!
1 year ago
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Sorry, Jack: Yeshiva's law school hired Kathleen Cleaver years ago, in addition to the no-show job she collects ca-ching from at Emory Law.

The rot is everywhere. Yeshiva is home to several radicals.
1 year ago
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When the left isn’t trying to kill the economy, when they aren’t killing unborn babies, or murdering in general for their political theology they are the funniest thing we have going. It doesn’t any better than to hear calls for the overthrow of tried and proven free market capitalism for the thoroughly unworkable, thoroughly discredited, crackheaded system of communism by a leftist ex-bomb-thrower—at some point the pitching arm gives out on us all. Obviously, the people running the universities where they were hired are, aside from being leftist loons, very sympathetic to the plight of these poor former killers. Maybe guilt accounts for this nonsense: as in not being were the bomb-throwers were once upon a time. One has to wonder what the alumni think about their favorite charity.
1 year ago
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"Raskin is a judge now, in addition to being a law professor...."

Ah, yes. For Obama a potential US Supreme Court Justice nominee. Thanks for the "heads-up".
1 year ago
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You don't need a Weatherman to know the course of study blows.
1 year ago
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