Bill Ayers reveals that he penned Senator Obama’s 1995 book Dreams From My Father.

Something that has been long suspected has now been confirmed to be true:  Senator Barack Obama did not write his 1995 book Dreams From My Father.  It was written by Bill Ayers, a domestic Marxist terrorist.  Ayers reveals this himself in his new new book, Public Enemy: Confessions Of An American Dissident.

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit. Public Enemy tells his story from the moment he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, emerged from years on the run and rebuilt their lives as public figures, often celebrated for their community work and much hated by the radical right. In the face of defamation by conservative media, including a multimillion-dollar campaign aimed solely at demonizing Ayers, and in spite of frequent death threats, Bill and Bernardine stay true to their core beliefs in the power of protest, demonstration, and deep commitment. Ayers reveals how he has navigated the challenges and triumphs of this public life with steadfastness and a dash of good humor—from the red carpet at the Oscars, to prison vigils and airports (where he is often detained and where he finally “confesses” that he did write Dreams from My Father), and ultimately on the ground at Grant Park in 2008 and again in 2012.Our event wth Ayers at the 2008 Radical Bookfair Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival was one of our most well attended Bookfair talks of all times! We’re excited to welcome Bill back to Baltimore and into the new Red Emma’s. Don’t miss it.


Stephen King’s belief in God and intelligent design.

“Author Stephen King believes in God — and he also thinks that the universe is built in a such an organized manner that the notion of “intelligent design” is wholly supportable.

King, known for penning thrillers and horror books that both entertain and create intrigue in the minds of readers, made these comments during a recent interview with NPR. Considering the writer’s prominence, his views on God and intelligent design are noteworthy.

So, what did he say, exactly?

During the exchange, King had some interesting words for atheists and those who are unsure about the existence of a higher power. In particular, he charged that these individuals miss all of the signs that overwhelmingly point to structure.

“I choose to believe it. … I mean, there’s no downside to that. If you say, ‘Well, OK, I don’t believe in God, there’s no evidence of God,’ then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together,” he said.

All of these structures, he noted, suggest that the world was built by a higher power — a figure who organized everything and structured it accordingly.

“Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design,” King added..

Despite his claim that non-believers may be missing these signs, the famed author also noted that there are some moments in life that cause one to doubt God’s plan — happenings and occurrences that leave some wondering about the nature of “the big guy’s personality.”

Despite his belief, King noted that he, too, has his doubts and that his views on faith are fluid.

“And the thing is — I may have told you last time that I believe in God — what I’m saying now is I choose to believe in God, but I have serious doubts and I refuse to be pinned down to something that I said 10 or 12 years ago,” he said. “I’m totally inconsistent.”

Listen to King’s interview about God and intelligent design over at NPR. This isn’t the first time that King’s penchant for a belief in a higher power has been discussed. In fact, in the past, some experts have posited that many of his books invoke heavily-theological themes.”

Stephen King is maybe the most prolific and successful novelist of this, and probably the last, generation, so his views on this stuff are interesting to me.  His stories that I’ve read and watched do seem to have Christian themes woven into them.  In his non-fiction book On Writing, he says that his regimen is writing 2,000 words, plus four to six hours of reading, every day without fail.  Given the rate he puts out books, I believe it.