". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Saturday, June 28, 2008

ALICE GUNNESS, Abercrombie, N.D.

She warns Richland County in a letter published in the Wahpeton Daily News that the nation is about to elect a member of 'the muslim community' to be POTUS. Vile.

[ Who are we really electing?

My husband and I grew up during World War II. We still "remember Pearl Harbor" and the dastardly deed committed on us by the Japanese government on 12-7-1941.

Sixty seven years later, we also vividly remember the 9-11-2001 massacre of the Twin Towers, which was perpetrated on us by the Muslim community as an act of war.But after Pearl Harbor, at the next election, we did not nominate for the President of the United States, a Japanese American or a "Jap" as they were then called.

But now a man has been nominated of admittedly Muslim decent, parading as an apparent Christian, in the middle of a war with Muslim Iraq.

Could anything be more strange? Wake Up, America!

We are in grave danger of being destroyed and overtaken in the process of calling for "change".

There will be change, alright.

The Presidential race is not about white verses black, but about ideologies as different as night and day.

ALICE GUNNESS, Abercrombie, N.D. ]

This set me off, to scold the editor, who published this piece of horseshit without a correction. The fact is that Obama has never been, is not now, and presumably, never will be, a Muslim.

The editor responded with:

[ Thanks for your comments. Know that letters to the editor are strictly opinion and usually not edited for content, besides spelling errors, etc. If you wish, you are welcome to submit your own letter to the editor in response to Alice's.

Kristin Anderson, Daily News ]

Except that Anderson didn't write it. It was sent over the sig line and info of the managing editor:

Anna Jauhola
Managing Editor

So I will send a response letter to Gunnesss. She was a disgrace to have allowed that to run without a correction. This letter must be composed perfectly.

It will begin with a sad acknowledgment that here we see yet another American falling for the lies spread by the "Attack That Came Out of the Ether" (Scholar Looks for First Link in E-Mail Chain About Obama) and that she can learn all about it by reading this article. If she doesn't have a computer of her own, she can go to her public library and the librarian will help her find the Washington Post. Gunness can read it online or have it printed out for her to read She's not too old and frail to do this if she's got the energy to spread such vile, lying poison. If she really is alarmed about the state of the world, she should perhaps inform her fellow-citizens about how Cheney, via Bush, transfered a trillion and a half dollars of this nation's wealth to the coffers of Dubai, who are the bankers of the Sauds. This is treason.


Foxessa said...

No, I'm not including anything about Dubai, cheney, bush or trillions of dollars.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

Here's the letter I sent in response to Alice Gunness:

[ It is sad to acknowledge that another American has fallen for the lies spread by e-mail chain letters, talk radio and certain television commentators. Ms. Gunnesss, please read
"An Attack That Came Out of the Ether: Scholar Looks for First Link in E-Mail Chain About Obama". You can find this article, published in the Washington Post this weekend, at this web address:

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The article will inform Alice Gunness of the facts, which include that Barack Obama has never been a Muslim, is not now a Muslim, and, presumably, will not become a Muslim in the future. Ms. Gunness will also learn that there are as many varieties of Muslims as there are of Christians, and that the people who attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were not a group sponsored by any nation, but an independent group, funded by Osama bin Laden, who is a member of a large, vastly wealthy family in Saudi Arabia, and is not Iraqi at all. In fact, no Iraqis participated in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

If Ms Gunness doesn't have a computer at home, when next in Wahpeton, she, or a friend, can visit the public library. The librarian will help her find the Washington Post online. Ms. Gunness can read the article online or have it printed out for her to read, or it can be printed at the request of someone else, on Ms. Gunness's behalf.

As citizens of this nation we all have an obligation and responsibility to get the facts right.

*********** ***
New York, NY
Less than a mile from Ground Zero ]

Now let's see if Kristin or Anna or whoever the person is, will publish

Renegade Eye said...

I think it is the times, with the visceral Bush hatred. That kind of attack doesn't touch Obama. he has been like teflon.

Reaganism is in its last throes.

More important tonight I saw Charmaine Neville in person at the Minnesota Jazz Festival. She has been outspoken after Katrina. She is a great performer as well.

Next year Ned Sublette?

Foxessa said...

Charmaine went through hell, literally, when the flood arrived.

She's suffered from post traumatic stress. She nearly died.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

But back there, I am hoping my letter, with pointers to real information, might open the minds a reader or two, and correct this meme that was set out to work so assiduously, and which people like Alice Gunness found so credible.

They find this meme credible because they want to believe it. They want to attack Obama for being black, but they've learned this is no longer socially acceptable: "as we called them in those days, Japs ...."

You maybe don't run into it, but I do, quite a bit, how many people, though usually they are men, who are deeply angry that expressing themselves overtly in sexist and racist ways, making fun of variously challenged people, whether their challenges are mental or physical, is simply not allowed in decent company -- it infuriates them.

Love, C.

K. said...

I want to start an e-rumor that John McCain was brainwashed by his NV captors, a la The Manchurian Candidate, and that they are now within range of their goal of getting him elected president so that they can control the Oval Office. A key part of their endgame is to spread scurrilous and unfounded rumors about Obama's religion, schooling, and patriotism. Incidentally, it's not against the law to be a Muslim.