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Political activist to visit KU

October 21, 2009

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Mark Rudd, a co-founder of the 1960s and 1970s political activism group the Weathermen, will speak in Lawrence at several events starting Nov. 5.

Rudd, who went into hiding after a Weathermen bomb accidentally killed three Weathermen members, will be at the Oread Book Store, 1311 Oread, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 for a reading and signing of his new book, “Underground: My Life in SDS and the Weathermen.”

Rudd also will attend a pot luck from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the ECM Building, 1204 Oread, and will introduce a documentary about the Weathermen following the dinner.

Rudd will be in Lawrence until Nov. 10, and is available to speak to groups about his experiences. For more information, send an e-mail to bacjb@ku.edu.

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TheOriginalCA 5 years ago

WOW, a terrorist visits KU. Close by are his buddies Mr. Obama, Ayers, and Dohrn.

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KUgrad09 5 years ago

This is a little shocking... Lawrence must be getting desperate for speakers.

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cabella 5 years ago

WTF... this guy is a terrorist/murderer and the LJWorld is calling him a Political activist?

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UfoPilot 5 years ago

Shouldn't he be in jail? There is no statute of limitations for murder.

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63BC 5 years ago

Folks, this is beyond the legitimate and every day disagreements responsible citizens have about politics.

There are lots of "political activists" of all stripes worthy to be heard at an institutuion of learning. KU hosts many of them.

This guy is not one of them.

This guy is the founder of a terrorist group.

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cabella 5 years ago

"Rudd also will attend a pot luck from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the ECM Building, 1204 Oread, and will introduce a documentary about the Weathermen following the dinner." So he`s recruiting...

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Frightwig 5 years ago

The Weather Men that were killed died while they were making a bomb that they intended to detonate at a servicemans' ball. No loss of innocent life; consider it a Darwin Award. Several years later, however, Rudd's group killed a security guard and two police officers in a botched attempt to rob a Brinks truck. If this guy has ever done anything noble or worthwhile, I'd like to hear it. All I see is a track record of failure.

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yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

Yep, he was a terrorist. The Weathermen used bombings nd other threats of violence.

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Ceallach 5 years ago

They must be hoping to attract a crowd of (other than the ever present old hippies) young people who do not remember the terrible things they did.

Hawklets, prepare your self with facts before attending the propaganda spouted by this terrorist. Wonder how much financial compensation he received for the visit.

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cabella 5 years ago

So who is sponsoring this?

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Godot 5 years ago

Once again the LJW completely discredits itself. The only acceptable headline for this article is "Terrorist and murderer comes out of hiding to be feted at KU by fawning apologists at KU."

I imagine that the publisher of his book is the same one that published "Dreams of my Father." Heck, maybe he and Obama had the same ghost writer.

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james bush 5 years ago

Obama's Hope and Change is alive and well in the people's republic of Lawrence. Sorry..........the devil made me say it!

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kusp8 5 years ago

I believe this is sponsored by the Alliance for Dumb People's Alliance, co-sponsored by the Department of Redundancy Department.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

But for their incompetence at bomb-making, the Weathermen could have been the #1 mass killers in American history for a couple of decades.

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Practicality 5 years ago

The average mentality around Lawrence.

Ann Coulter Bad. Protests and disrespect surround her speaking engagement.

Mark Rudd Good. Pot-Luck dinners and labeled as a Political Activist.

Now, take a guess at which one was involved in robberies and murder.

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monkeyhawk 5 years ago

I wonder if the less-than-honorable Mr. Rudd will be afforded the same courtesy as Ann Coulter was?

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Scott Tichenor 5 years ago

I don't see what the big deal is. Ann Coulter visited and was paid $40K to speak on campus. Wackos from both sides of the isle in my opinion. Journal World doesn't care, as long as WE keep showing up in large masses to justify their web ad rates, which apparently, I just contributed to.

Meh.

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monkeyhawk 5 years ago

Psychic, Practicality ...

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grimpeur 5 years ago

"This guy is the founder of a terrorist group."

Troy Newman is coming to KU?

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Practicality 5 years ago

LOL at Monkeyhawk! Great minds think alike!

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TheOriginalCA 5 years ago

Practicality (Anonymous) says… LOL at Monkeyhawk! Great minds think alike! ============================

What is scary is when bad minds think alike.... :-)

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Practicality 5 years ago

Ha Ha Original. Very funny.

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Practicality 5 years ago

Now Tom, be honest, you set yourself up on that one.

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Bruce Bertsch 5 years ago

Do none of you read? He is speaking at a booksigning at a local business. He is not appearing on campus. What a bunch of hypersensitive bozos.

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infidel 5 years ago

1311 Oread is on campus at the KU bookstore

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

''I don't regret setting bombs,'' Bill Ayers said. ''I feel we didn't do enough.'' BTW, Ayers is Dear Leader's political godfather.

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Practicality 5 years ago

What difference does it make if he is going on Campus or not. There is a reason he is coming to Lawrence and not Atchison. Care to wager what that reason is?

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mr_right_wing 5 years ago

Wow...a terrorist organization represented at KU. Welcome! Please leave any bombs at home.

Maybe if they invite Ben Laden to speak he'll come out of hiding...?

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Satirical 5 years ago

What's next...a serial rapist writes a book and will speak at KU? Perhaps his "political motivation" was to keep women in their place... Doesn't he deserve to have his voice heard?

How pathetic.

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Richard Heckler 5 years ago

These terrorists put anything Mark Rudd may have done to shame. Yes Mark would pale by comparison.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century#Original_25_signatories_were: aka USA terrorists

More USA terrorists: http://www.aei.org/scholars

Robberies: 1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal = lost jobs,lost retirement and lost medical insurance not to mention loss of homes! And a Wreckanomic economy. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  1. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal = lost jobs,lost retirement and lost medical insurance not to mention loss of homes! And a Wreckanomic economy. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  2. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money? FRAUD! http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  3. Why did the RINO’s Lie About Social Security? DECEPTION AS FIRST STAGE OF SOCIAL SECURITY THEFT http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.html

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tonymontana 5 years ago

You people act like your own miserable daily existence is the epitome of the universe. These so called terrorist organizations exist for a reason. Society is not working. Have fun at your oh so meaningful office job.

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oklahoma 5 years ago

merrill,

Now you want to rank murderers by degrees? No concerns at all that the POTUS, the Commander of Chief of the military, now stationed in Afghanistan, has a connection to Bill Ayers?

Wow.

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Danimal 5 years ago

"Political Activists" use words, not bombs.

Hey tonymontana, last time I checked society was working out for the vast majority of people, and has been for a while. Just because you disagree with something doesn't mean you start blowing up buildings and murdering people. Go back to your cave in Afghanistan.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Give it a rest, Thready McThreadjack. We've all seen that post 100 times.

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monkeyhawk 5 years ago

merrill, I used to give you the benefit of the doubt for your inane drivel because I felt that you would be classified as a "dull normal" by respected authorities on such matters. Now I think that is probably the least of your maladies.

I have to admit I did not thoroughly read your above post (as is my custom), but I definitely caught your drift. You are in a class of your own, and your vile hatred is repulsive and dangerous.

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Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Yes I do have strong disgust for dishonest politicians no matter which side of the aisle.

However I do feel that failure to question government authority EVEN the party to which one leans is far more dangerous than I or Mark Rudd for that matter could ever be.

All of the below is far more dangerous to the USA than Mark Rudd ever was...

*People around the world have been watching the dumb RINOs getting in the way of smart medical insurance and have been watching their violent behavior

  • had 8 years of Bush and RINO's blowing off the environment

*have watched two republican RINO administrations screw up USA and world economics

*watched the USA occupy the mideast under RINO admins

  • had 8 years of Bush flipping the bird to the rest of the world

  • have watched the USA gov't do nothing to stop the USA from no longer being THE world financial superpower

*AND they have watched 3 RINO administrations put 20 million people out of work over the past 30 years.

Additionally: Reagan/Bush Iran-Contra Secret Weapons Deal * http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.html6. Reagan/Bush -

Bush/Cheney Weapons Deals http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

Nixon Watergate Spy Scandal http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

It 's plain and simple the rest of the world IS NOT worshipping the arrogance of the USA government. Those days may be gone forever.

RINO's have deeply scarred the USA image.

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slowplay 5 years ago

Actually, I think his talk could be interesting. Just because you disagree with or are offended by someones actions does not mean you should neglect to study the meaning of those actions. Never fail to ask why. I grew up in this era and I still don't know what political or social trigger caused these splinter groups to act so violently.

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Satirical 5 years ago

slowplay... "Never fail to ask why"

I would prefer to ask terrorist and criminals "why" while being separated by thick steel bars. Apparently others prefer to have that conversation over afternoon tea. To each their own, I guess....

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MeAndFannieLou 5 years ago

I don't think either the Oread bookstore nor the ECM is KU-owned or operated.

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newmedia 5 years ago

I'm sure this news gives the unshaven tweed jackets a tingle up their legs.

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Sulla 5 years ago

The righties have a point here.Rudd's a scum. He'd be a forgotten nonentity if all of these burn out hippie Trotskyites would stop inviting that burned out hippy Trotskyite to lecture. Sure that it is real interesting LOL

David Duke doesn't think society is working either, so why not invite him?

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james bush 5 years ago

Hittle is too young........probably been taught by the tweed-jacket libs like KU's liberal arts bunch............FGSake, can't we all just get along and do the HOPE and CHANGE thing?!

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Godot 5 years ago

I retract, with apologies, my earlier headline suggestion. Here is one that is more appropo: "School teacher, SDS member, Weatherman founder, Obama supporter and alleged co-conspirator in murderous attacks against the US government and private citizens, to be honored for his patriotism and revolutionary spirit with several special events organized by local Progressives with connections to KU."

Long, yes, but using a phrase as innocuous as "political activist" for the sake of brevity does not impart the importance of the event.

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Godot 5 years ago

Re: the remark that "hittle is too young." There is no excuse for failing to do research. Perhaps Hittle should apply for a job at NPR, which does not require objectivity and honest reporting, but simply requires the ability to believably read copy provided by the Obama machine in a conversational manner.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

You need some more recent links, merrill. Things like how Dear Leader has done another flip-flop on putting missiles in Poland.

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cato_the_elder 5 years ago

Rudd is one of the very most despicable and repulsive radical leftist thugs of his era. It says a great deal about the "ECM" that it would invite him to speak there, but that's par for the course for that strange group of aged Lawrence lefties.

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Liberty275 5 years ago

Rudd has said his involvement with the WU was a wrong choice. Given a bit of hindsight, I doubt he would follow a course remotely similar to the one he did. While I am diametrically opposed to most of his political beliefs, I'm not sure it's fair to call him a terrorist, although former terrorist would be a good description.

Frankly, if he shows up and tells the audience what I've seen him say in documentaries and what I've read of him, then I think he can offer valuable insight into how passionately believing you have all the answers can lead you to commit atrocious acts.

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manbearpig 5 years ago

Merrill,

Do you know what "RINO" stands for? Republican in Name Only. I don't know that I really understand why keep referring to every Republican as a RINO.

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Godot 5 years ago

"Liberty275 (Anonymous) says…

Rudd has said his involvement with the WU was a wrong choice."

Direct (not second hand) source, please?

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gl0ck0wn3r 5 years ago

I think Richard could turn any story into a chance to cut/paste his usual library of links by attaching a semi-relevant segue.

"Pizza? The economy is the real pizza and BUSHCO stole your slice!"

"Water? You mean like the tears the economy has caused citizens under BUSHCO?"

"Football? We throw too much trash away like KU threw away chances at Colorado."

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Jock Navels 5 years ago

well, i'm way down the list here, but there is something in the declaration of independence that says something about the right if not duty of citizens to use force to throw off the yoke of oppression...and the war in vietnam was a yoke of oppression...let us not forget...one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. gotgun

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Godot 5 years ago

jocknaval, what Rudd and The Weatherman did had nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence. They used the war in Viet Nam as an excuse to create havoc in order to further their marxist agenda.

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Godot 5 years ago

jocknavals must be a fan of those in the media who referred to the forces of Al Qaeda in Iraq as "freedom fighters."

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ReadingSports 5 years ago

' Marion (Marion Lynn) says… A more appropriate headline might read: “Mad Bomber Visits KU!” '

Here let me fix that for you: "Incompetent Mad Bomber Visits KU!"

Didn't the Weather Underground accidently kill some of their own members? Not that stupidity excuses what he did...Other than being the excuse for what he did, of course.

I think he should be allowed to speak, and then arrested, but that's just me.

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parrothead8 5 years ago

I agree...there's no statute of limitation on murder. Rudd came out of hiding in 1977, and has been living out in the open ever since. That gives us 32 years so far to have tried him for murder...why haven't we? (I suppose that's Obama fault?)

Oh, and Godot wanted a source. How about this:

"To my eternal shame, I was part of the leadership of Weatherman which scuttled SDS, the largest radical student organization in the country, in 1969, at the height of the war."

Mark Rudd wrote that. You can find it on MarkRudd.com. He doesn' sound too proud anymore of having been in the Weather Underground.

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TopJayhawk 5 years ago

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bondmen 5 years ago

Is the "pot luck" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the ECM Building a subtle way of announcing medicinal marijuana and the SDS has finally arrived at The University of Kansas in Lawrence?

The First Amendment protects impolite, uncomfortable and outrageous speech; all other speech is readily accepted and commonly heard.

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kansasfire911 5 years ago

Who's next? Terry Nichols live via satellite with Michael and Lori Fortier?

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mom_of_three 4 years, 11 months ago

Rudd was just a speaker in one of my classes, and he has a very interesting perspective.
and hhmm, what I heard and saw is very different how you all portray him on here. But then again, I can listen with my mind open.
Didn't agree with everything I heard, but I listened.

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