The blood-chilling RETURN of the murderous menace of...SAUL ALINSKY!
Once again, the right-wingers are mountain-izing a molehill, trying to make Saul Alinsky into the secret mentor of Hillary Clinton
(A couple of years ago, we were told that Alinsky was the secret mentor of Barack Obama. Good ol' Saul sure did a lot of secret mentoring...)
Who the hell was Saul Alinsky? He was an anti-racist liberal organizer of yesteryear
, now largely forgotten by everyone on the left. His legacy, or a very twisted version of it, lives on within Blogosphere Right. Conservative whackadoodles have retconned him as sort of Marxist bogeyman who wrote a set of "Rules for Radicals" which all lefties everywhere have supposedly committed to memory.
I really do have to get around reading that thing one of these days.
According to one right-wing website I consulted, one of Saul's rules was this: Use ridicule as a weapon against your opponents
. Thus, every time some Sarah Palin admirer encounters ridicule, said admirer can blame Satanic Saul. Of course, no-one connected with (say) the Breitbart sites would ever use ridicule against anyone. No sir. That would be too unfair, too Alinsky-esque.
Anyways, it seems that someone has dug up some correspondence between the young Hillary and Alinsky, from ages and ages ago. It's all totally innocuous
. Nevertheless, the reactionary numbskulls have been going crazy
, as is their wont:
Ohh, the early training of Hillary!
As I wrote on an earlier occasion:
Moreover, it seems that by the standards of the early 1970s, Alinski wasn't considered particularly radical -- in fact, I get the impression that the actual hard-core revolutionaries of that time considered the guy a squishy softie. George Romney, father to Mitt, seemed to admire Alinsky.
Donna Rice and Gary Hart.
Yet if you wander into RightWingerLand, you'll soon see that the folks there believe that guys like me have spent the past forty years eating, drinking and breathing Alinksy. The right thinks that Alinkyism controls our every action and every utterance.
Cue blast of off-key brass: "Nobody expects Saul Alinsky! His chief weapon is surprise! Surprise and fear! His two chief weapons are surprise and fear and a fanatical devotion to Karl Marx! Three. His three chief weapons are..."
Oddly enough, if you type the name "Saul Alinsky" into Google, you'll see that only right-wing political sites make the front page. Very few people on the left care about Alinsky -- even though the reactionaries love to hallucinate otherwise.
We now know the name of the woman who is said to have blabbed about Gary Hart's 1987 tryst with Donna Rice
. (Actually, we've known that name for a while: See below.)
What the new round of articles won't talk about is the Adnan Kashoggi connection to Donna Rice, which was mentioned very briefly
in the newspapers
at the time. Back then, most members of the general public (and even most reporters) knew nothing about Kashoggi's entourage of gorgeous young ladies, whom he would introduce to various VIPs and movers-and-shakers.
A later Los Angeles Times story, which made no mention of the Rice/Hart connection, quoted a Kashoggi associate who spoke about these girls. He said: "On this level, it's not prostitution." (I'm going on memory here, having lost the clip ages ago, but I think the quote is exact, or nearly so.)
In the late '90s I spoke to a former "Adnan" girl. Still very lovely, lithe and elegant, she was traveling with a more downscale crowd. Around the same time, a friend of mine (the wife of a retired judge, who lived in the California desert) told me of her encounters with another girl in Adnan's stable. (She happened to be the daughter of a friend of my friend). The girl died mysteriously. I had planned to follow up on that story but never did.
Based on what they told me, I can confirm this: These women did not
think of themselves as prostitutes during their time with Kashoggi -- in fact, they would be greatly affronted if you used that word in their presence. They simply fell into his orbit, fell into bed with important men, and somehow ended up with all sorts of baubles and expensive dresses and nice things.
Whatever you want to call what they did, do not
call it prostitution. It was on another level. (Remember Gigi
? You weren't supposed to call her
a prostitute, either.)
Nowadays, you can find various webpages which link Donna Rice to Adnan Kashoggi: Here
, for example.
Miriam Rice said that, after the yacht party, Nabila Khashoggi [Adnan's daughter] invited Donna and Semones, during a tour of Europe, to "'go buy whatever you want. If you need some new clothes, I have an account. It was like a dream."
Both young women apparently cultivated their relationship with the Khashoggi family. A former executive of Khashoggi's U.S. business interests said he saw Semones in Khashoggi's New York apartment last year, and Miriam Rice said her daughter has met Khashoggi, an avid gambler, in Nevada.
It suddenly occurs to me that some of you may not even know who Adnan Kashoggi is. Whoo boy.
What can I say?
If you do some digging, you will find substantial links between Kashoggi and American intelligence -- indeed, the CIA seems to have greatly aided him in his quest to become one of the richest men in the history of the world. His ultra-luxurious yacht, The Nabila,
was featured in a James Bond movie (Never Say Never Again
His name keeps turning up in all sorts of parapolitical investigations -- the Lockheed bribery scandal, the BCCI scandal, the Iran-contra scandal, various issues involving Imelda Marcos, and all sorts of other matters. Larry Kolb's book Overworld
offers much inside information about Kashoggi's world. Basically, the guy is flypaper for spookwatchers and conspiracy buffs.
The spooks had reason to go after Gary Hart. For one thing, he was -- and still is -- a strong skeptic
of the Warren Commission's conclusions about the JFK assassination.
On a completely unrelated
note: Sorry to rely so much on memory in this post, but I do seem to recall a little-noted passage in Bob Woodward's Veil
which describes a very enigmatic, near-fatal airplane crash involving Gary Hart in Central America. This occurred in the mid 1980s. Does anyone else remember reading that? (I don't want to dig up my copy of the book, since the mass-market edition uses a font so tiny I doubt that even a citizen of Kandor could read it without glasses.)
Perhaps we should also mention Adnan Koshoggi's alleged links
to none other than Alex Jones
. Let's not make too much of this, since these allegations trace back to AJ's enemies, who somehow manage to be even weirder than he
is. I don't think that Jones has bad intentions. He is, however, a blowhard who is far more gullible than he would prefer to think. At some later time, we'll have to look into this morass and sort out what's what.
Oh yeah. The name of the woman who blabbed about Gary Hart? Dana Weems
. Didn't her name come up in some previous story about the Hart thing?
Update: Yes it did.
her name seemed familiar.