Saturday, April 19, 2008

VIET NAM ERA FIRE BOMBER DIES; HAS FRONT ROW, RESERVED SEATING CLOSE TO THE FIRE

First, let me just say this right up front: there is no connection whatsoever between this man and the Obama Campaign, so don't go gettin' any ideas.

This man, Martin Balin, was one of those anti-war protesters from the Viet Nam era. Another from that era, William Ayers, enjoyed blowing up buildings, but not Balin; he liked to set them on fire. And he got caught, went to jail. Not long enough, either. Just my opinion.

When I read the obit headline, I figured he must be connected to Ayers' group, the Weather Underground. Though Ayres is not mentioned by name, the WU is mentioned, as is the famous, accidental bombing of the town house in Greenwich Village.

In the final sentence of Balin's obit, they describe his last employment position. I thought it ironic given that his choice of protest would inevitably lead to the maiming and killing of innocent people.

Anyway, Balin is now dead, and where he's going there will be plenty of fire.

Enjoy.

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