Two and a Half Political Men

Black Panther Leader, Huey Newton, and actor-politician, Clint Eastwood, attended Oakland Technical High School in California. Clint went to Glenview Elementary, as did the artist Christine Rosamond Benton, and her three siblings. Mayor Eastwood was there when my late sister presented her portrait of Jimmy Stewart to this famous actor. Christine lived in Pebble Beach with her husband, the muralist, Garth Benton, cousin of the artist, Thomas Hart Benton, who was the grandson of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, the father of Jessie Benton, who married, the ‘Pathfinder’ John Fremont, who was the first Republican candidate for President. The Bentons were America’s foremost political family. Thomas and his brother, Jesse, got into a dual and gunfight with Andrew Jacklson and his cronies.

My daughter’s mother lived with a member of the Black Panther Party, and born him a son, who named his son after Malcom X. I knew the White Panthers, a brother and sister who worked on the legal defence of Huey Newton and other black radicals who dare carry guns into the State Capitol building. Black folks in Oaklcand, home to the Hell’s Angels and Oakland Raiders, had put down their shovels and hoes they used to grow tobaccoo with for white folks who paid them no wages. Enter Karl Rove, who in the 90s worked as an advisor for Phillip Morris, as did Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

Rove got his political start playing Dirty Tricks on a Democrat who ran a fair election. Karl was a nerd in High School – and no doubt a virgin. did he smoke ciggerettes? Wimpy never served in the military, but takes shots at real men who are not whores for Big Tobacco. Rove and Thatcher hate Unions. They are Parasites and Drug Dealers who use their political clout to ADDICT young people to nicotine! How can they take this blood money knowing they are giving cancer to millions. Where is Clint when you need him!

My good friend in Oakland, the actor, Paul Drake, was the No.1 villian in Sudden Impact. We were real Oakland Bad Boys. Paul get’s his atop a roller coaster.

I demonstrated against the War in Vietnam in Berkeley, Boston, and Washington. When I and my wife went back East, we stayed the night in the home of one of the Chicago Seven.

Karl Rove thought George Bush was a real cool cowboy when they first met. Rove is furious, because Eastwood made that bad-ass Detroit commercial.

Why don’t you shut your worm hole, you simpy kiss-ass pimp for Phillip Morris!

Jon Presco

Many Bush loyalists are also associated with Philip Morris, such as Carl Rove (?). Carl Rove was one of the many Bush appointees with stock in the Company which caused the biggest corporate scandal, Enron. When George Bush was sworn into office as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20th 2001, Carl Rove was in the process of selling between $100,000 and $250,000 of his share holding in Enron.

A FORMER tobacco policy adviser to the Thatcher government yesterday condemned discussions between Baroness Thatcher and Philip Morris Inc, the world’s largest tobacco company, over her possible consultancy role.
Lady Thatcher is considering an appointment as an adviser to the American multi-national on ‘geo- political’ issues. The discussions amount to consolidation of work that she already carries out for the company, including speaking engagements.

Michael O’Connor was the civil servant in charge of tobacco policy from 1987 to 1989. He said yesterday he was ‘saddened’ to hear of the talks. ‘Margaret Thatcher made the strongest anti-smoking speech ever made by a prime minister . . . I know because I wrote it. In the interest of future generations of children she shouldn’t be supporting an industry that is going to kill millions of them.’

From 1991 to 1996, Rove advised tobacco giant Philip Morris, and ultimately earned $3,000 a month via a consulting contract. In a deposition, Rove testified that he severed the tie in 1996 because he felt awkward “about balancing that responsibility with his role as Bush’s top political advisor” while Bush was governor of Texas and Texas was suing the tobacco industry.[22

“I was, frankly, offended by it.

I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the President of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best-wishes of the management which is benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they’ll never pay back.”

Scenes from union protests in Wisconsin were used in the ad, but the messages on the signs were blurred out, perhaps to avoid the very politicization some Republicans see.
Both David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign manager, and Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, tweeted praise for the spot.
Eastwood’s own politics are ambiguous. He was the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel, Calif., for two years. George H.W. Bush considered asking Eastwood to be his running mate in 1988. While he has supported some Democrats in California; Eastwood said in 2011 that he couldn’t recall ever voting for a Democratic presidential candidate. In 2008, he supported Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
About the same time, he told GQ that he no longer identified with the GOP: “[O]ver the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it.”
He went on to explain that he’s liberal on social views but economically conservative. In fact, Eastwood opposed the auto bailout.
“We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies,” he told the L.A. Times last year. “If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.”
Eastwood helped write the ad, his manager Leonard Hirshan told New York magazine, adding, “It’s not a political thing.”

Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana, the youngest of seven children to Armelia Johnson and Walter Newton, a sharecropper and Baptist lay preacher. His parents named him after former Governor of Louisiana Huey Long. In 1945, the family settled in Oakland, California.[4] The Newton family was quite poor and often relocated throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during Newton’s childhood. Despite this, he contended that his family was close-knit and that he never went without food and shelter as a child. Growing up in Oakland, Newton stated that “[he] was made to feel ashamed of being black.”[4] In his autobiography Revolutionary Suicide, he wrote, “During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.”
Although he graduated at Oakland Technical High School in 1960, Newton was illiterate. However, he went on to teach himself to read. He struggled to read The Republic by Plato at first, finally reading it five times to better understand it, and it was this success that inspired him to become a political leader.[5]
As a teenager, he was arrested several times for minor offenses, and by age 14, had been arrested for gun possession and vandalism.[6] Newton supported himself in college by burglarizing homes in the Oakland and Berkeley Hills areas, and committing other petty crimes. Newton once said that he studied law to become a better criminal. [7][8]
[edit] Founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense
As a student at Merritt College in Oakland, Newton became involved in politics in the Bay Area. He joined the Afro-American Association, became a prominent member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Beta Tau chapter, and played a role in getting the first African-American history course adopted as part of the college’s curriculum. He read the works of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, Mao Zedong, and Che Guevara. It was during his time at Merritt College[9] that Newton and Bobby Seale organized the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966. Based on a coin toss, Seale became Chairman and Newton became Minister of Defense.[10]
The Black Panther Party was an African-American left-wing organization working for the right of self-defense for African-Americans in the United States. The Party achieved national and international impact and renown through their deep involvement in the Black Power movement and in politics of the 1960s and 1970s. The group’s “provocative rhetoric, militant posture, and cultural and political flourishes permanently altered the contours of American Identity.”[11]

Newton adopted what he termed “revolutionary humanism”.[12] Although he had earlier visited Nation of Islam mosques, he wrote that “I have had enough of religion and could not bring myself to adopt another one. I needed a more concrete understanding of social conditions. References to God or Allah did not satisfy my stubborn thirst for answers.”[13] Later, however, he stated that “As far as I am concerned, when all of the questions are not answered, when the extraordinary is not explained, when the unknown is not known, then there is room for God because the unexplained and the unknown is God.”[14]
Newton and the Panthers started a number of social programs in Oakland, including founding the Oakland Community School, which provided high-level education to 150 children from impoverished urban neighborhoods. Other Panther programs included the Free Breakfast for Children Program and others that offered dances for teenagers and training in martial arts. According to Oakland County Supervisor John George: “Huey could take street-gang types and give them a social consciousness.”[15] Newton was later accused of embezzling $600,000 of state funds from the Oakland Community School; the charges were reduced to a single count of cashing a $15,000 check for personal use, and Newton was sentenced to six months in jail and 18 months probation.[16]

Eastwood was born in San Francisco to Clinton Eastwood, Sr. (1906–70), a steelworker and migrant worker, and Margaret Ruth (née Runner; 1909–2006), a factory worker.[3] He was nicknamed “Samson” by the hospital nurses as he weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces (5.2 kg) at birth.[4][5][6] After his father died in 1970, Eastwood’s mother remarried to John Belden Wood (1913–2004) in 1972, and they remained married until his death 32 years later.[7] Eastwood is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry[3][8] and was raised in a middle class home with his younger sister, Jean (born 1934).[9][10] His family relocated often as his father worked at different jobs along the West Coast, including at a pulp mill.[11][12] The family settled in Piedmont, California, where Eastwood attended Piedmont Junior High School and Piedmont Senior High School, taking part in sports such as basketball, football, gymnastics, and competitive swimming.[13] He later transferred to Oakland Technical High School where the drama teachers encouraged him to enroll in school plays, but he was not interested. As his family moved to different areas he held a series of jobs including lifeguard, paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, and golf caddy.[14]

CE: I was born in San Francisco, but raised mostly in Oakland. My family moved a lot, and I lived in places like Redding and Spokane in Washington and Sacramento, and Pacific Palisades in California. During the World War II years, my dad worked for Bethlehem Steel in Oakland. I attended Glenview Grammar School. As a kid, I earned a little money selling Liberty and Colliers magazines. Both of these are out of print now. Every magazine I ever worked for went out of print. Then I took a job with the Oakland Tribune, a paper route. After the war, my father went to work for California Container, a corrugated box company. Later on, Dad was transferred to Seattle, where he became a plant manager. I graduated from high school and joined my parents up there for a while. I was trying to get into Seattle University on a music program, but I applied too late. I was drafted into the U.S. Army at the time of the Korean War, 1951. I came to Fort Ord. That’s how I got used to the Carmel area. I got to spend time in Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach and Salinas. I even used to come to Mission Ranch when I was a soldier earning $75 a month.

arts, and makes every effort to integrate dance, drama, theater, music and visual arts programs into the regular curriculum. In this way, we hope to inspire students with a broad range of opportunities for a well-rounded educational experience.

In the fall of 1970, Rove used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Democrat Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Treasurer of Illinois. He stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead, printed fake campaign rally fliers promising “free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing”, and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters, with the effect of disrupting Dixon’s rally. (Dixon eventually won the election). Rove’s role would not become publicly known until August 1973. Rove told the Dallas Morning News in 1999, “It was a youthful prank at the age of 19 and I regret it.”[13] In his memoir, Rove wrote that when he was later nominated to the Board for International Broadcasting by President George H.W. Bush, Senator Dixon did not kill his nomination. In Rove’s account, “Dixon displayed more grace than I had shown and kindly excused this youthful prank.”[14]
[edit] College Republicans, Watergate, and the Bushes
In June 1971, after the end of the semester, Rove dropped out of the University of Utah to take a paid position as the Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee. Joe Abate, who was National Chairman of the College Republicans at the time, became a mentor to Rove.[10] He enrolled at the University of Maryland in College Park in the Fall of 1971, but withdrew from classes during the first half of the semester.[15]
Rove traveled extensively, participating as an instructor at weekend seminars for campus conservatives across the country. He was an active participant in Richard Nixon’s 1972 Presidential campaign. A CBS report on the organization of the Nixon campaign from June 1972 includes an interview with a young Rove working for the College Republican National Committee.[citation needed]

In 1965, his family moved to Salt Lake City, where Rove entered high school, becoming a skilled debater.[4] Rove described his high school years as “I was the complete nerd. I had the briefcase. I had the pocket protector. I wore Hush Puppies when they were not cool. I was the thin, scrawny little guy. I was definitely uncool.” Encouraged by a teacher to run for class senate, Rove won the election. As part of his campaign strategy he rode in the back of a convertible inside the school gymnasium sitting between two attractive girls before his election speech.[5] While at Olympus High School,[6] he was elected student council president his junior and senior years. Rove was also a Teenage Republicans and served as Chairman of the Utah Federation of Teenage Republicans.

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1 Response to Two and a Half Political Men

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    This was posted Feb. 2012 when we have a black President. This fact made me look at Oakland history in a new and different light. I was not alone. We now know racists were lurking in the dark for – their man!

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