Birthers, The Blues: Orly Orly Incoming!
A dead former witness against Owen Lattimore has become the latest proof for Barack Obama birther fantasies.
Serial legal fraudster Orly Taitz is shoehorning Harvey Matusow into her failed crusade against Obama’s fitness to hold office. Matusow was a former Communist and a witness against Owen Lattimore who later recanted his testimony. He married a Mormon supporter of Senator Joseph McCarthy and joined the church, staying with it until his death in 2002.
Despite this Come To Jesus activity Taitz pretends to believe Matusow somehow remained with the Communists, and that he passed the gene to his alleged cousin, a Honolulu woman named Lynne Matusow. Lynne Matusow certified Obama’s candidacy as Hawaii Democratic Party Secretary, putting her at the center of Taitz’s rich fantasy life.
“We know how tight Dunhams and Obamas are to all of this communist mafia. My gut feeling is that there were plenty of connections prior to Lynn Matusow agreeing to taking a risk of going to prison for falsification of an attestation of the Presidential Candidate.”
Taitz had nothing on Harvey before throwing out this savvy legal argument:
“My gut feeling is that Lynn Matusow is somehow connected to Harvey Matusow.Here is his bio in WIKI. He was a part of the Communist party of the USA and testified at the Committee for anti american activities. Considering how rare Matusow name is and the pedigree, I am 99.9% sure there is a connection.”
Perhaps her fevers got the better of her:
Anti-evolutionists are feeling pretty good about themselves, so confident they’ve got the godless on the run that their analogy generation skills are shot.
From the crypto-creationist Discovery Institute’s evolutionnews.org [clever name to propagandize the unwary evolution-curious!] comes a metaphor for the ages: “Creation scientists” are Mao Tse Tung, and Beijing is theirs!
“After 1949 when China went Communist, American anti-Communists in their anguish turned on fellow Americans, seeking to pin the blame somewhere and prompting the famous “Who Lost China?” debate. Evolutionists lately have been following this same path, bewailing the public’s continued discontent with Darwinism and support for academic-freedom legislation, and looking for someone to blame, even if that someone is on the Darwinists’ own side.”
“Still, my main points are (1) even if this is what provoked Dawkins, Myers, et. al., their gratuitously insulting reaction (IMHO) was still counter-productive, fueling the anti-evolutionism fires; (2) their reaction may well have abetted anti-scientism in areas unrelated to evolution, such as climate change.]”
To ex-Trotskyite Irving Kristol’s judgement that
“.. there is one thing that the American people know about Senator McCarthy: he, like them, is unequivocally anti-Communist. About the spokesmen for American liberalis they feel they know no such thing.”
Lets certify that Communisim was feared, but McCarthy was looking for means of doing in domestic enemies. The fall of Beijing was to cause the fall of Washington.
Later day former leftist Ronald Radosh still swoons for Kristol’s Lattimore stylings.
*After detailing an instance where Lattimore did the opposite of what a communist had asked him to do in editing, the Committee said he was still a bad person, and never mind: “From the communist point of view, a given book or article may be to their interest, even designedly to their interest, though in quantity 95 percent of it is neutral or non communist” [page 95]
So no defense then!
Mr. Matusow Meets The Market
Harvey Matusow was a crucial witness in the McCarran Committee persecution of Owen Lattimore, reinforcing the tattered testimony of Louis Budenz.
Matusow’s dead, but in the long tail/netherworld of the Internet he apparently has value. Somehow his confessional False Witness finds a market, if you pay the author and publisher nothing.
Budenz’s claims of a seamless web between Lattimore’s writings and the Communist line had suffered from actual reading of what Lattimore wrote, and of what the Budenz edited Daily Worker said about Lattimore.
Matusow providentially appeared to tie Lattimore to the Reds. After first inventing Communist subversion of the Boy Scouts, Matusow built from his experience running a Communist book store to claim he sold Lattimore’s Solution In Asia, and that it represented the party line.
Saluting Solution – see the title on the blackboard partly obscured by bow-tie daddy.
Later Matusow admitted he’d invented this story and many others as he climbed to the heights of the former party-member-tells-all business.
Somehow this long lost witness lives on in the Internet, with the text of his tell-all “False Witness” available in a vast array of formats. You can buy a musty old copy for $3.97, and free online reading and downloads are available at the Hathi Trust Digital Library and archive.org. After that it gets more complicated. Two outfits sell text files of the book to read or download, and one will even print you a copy of the text, allowing you to simulate the Internet experience of no index and weird scanning generated typos:
Goodreads.com is the physical book seller, and also markets ads against online texts and any reader generated commentary, so start scribbling for the greater glory.
Others aren’t so sure:
“Russian terms of service. Protected by a Chinese domain that is registered from FranceBoth . “Book” downloads that come with an .exe extension that install and direct you to another website. I may be just a tiny bit jaded, but somehow I think this might not be entirely legitimate…“
How Owen Lattimore Got Obama Laid, & Policy Made
Slate’s David Weigel surveyed how wingnuts and their Politico enablers folded David Maraniss’s exciting Obama college girlfriend revelations into their rich fantasy life, finding “A frantic search for something else to be conspiracy-minded about.”
I say they’re missing the shadows in plain sight.
Maraniss tracked down Obama’s girlfriend of his New York years, Genivive Cook, who shared with him, and the nation, her contemporary notes on the affair. He mentions Cook’s stepfather Phillip Jessup, with a glancing mention of Jessup’s father, the Philip Jessup. That Jessup was a major Joseph McCarthy target, paired with Truman Secretary of State Dean Acheson and Owen Lattimore as Chiang Kai-shek’s banana peels, the “Pied Pipers of the Politburo“.
High on their own fumes heroes managed to link Bill Clinton with Lattimore by inventing connections and ignoring actual facts, and here is an Obama link with the boys who lost China!
Dreams Of Her [Step] Grandfather
Tales Of [Comparatively] Ancient China
Inspired by the current American tour of incipient Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the New York Times looks back to the start of the current era in US/China relations, Nixon and Kissinger’s 70s visits with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.
Ji Chaozhu was there for most of these events, a lead translator for the Chinese side and later diplomat.
Ji was brought up in New York during the 40s, and his family’s doings in America figured in the Owen Lattimore story. Ji’s father edited a Chinese language newspaper in New York, and one McCarthy charge against Lattimore was defending the senior Ji against Communist allegations [He was, but that’s for another day].
Older brother Ji Chaoding was a Columbia economics PhD who worked for Chiang Kai Shek’s government in New York and Chungking in the forties, and joined China’s delegation to the founding conference of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund. One perjury charge growing out of Lattimore’s McCarran Committee testimony was about whether Lattimore knew or should have known Ji Chaoding was a Communist.
Ji Chaozhu’s memoir isn’t exactly hard hitting, mostly being a chronicle of meetings and translation, sometimes for the Greats.
The best part is his discription of his father’s role in the film “30 Seconds Over Tokyo,” playing a kindly Chinese doctor patching up crash-landed veterans of the Doolittle Raid. The film was written by future Hollywood Ten-er Dalton Trumbo, and presents China’s anti-Japanese resistance as an incredibly bourgeois affair, with resistance leaders in suits and ties. Plucky resistance children bring tears and throat lumps to the downed fliers with a Chinese version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Chi Senior Rolls Up His Sleeves To Repair Van Johnson
Informer, Comic Book Star?
Our old pal Harvey had a 2nd [or 3rd? 4th?] life in England after fingering Owen Lattimore and others, then recanting.
Wire magazine has a post up focused on this period, when Matusow became an avant garde music impresario in England.
They feature a “portal” [remember when they were all the rage!] of links to parts of Matusow’s life in this era.
Radio interviews, bits of his unpublished autobiography, and a comic about the crowd he hung out with.
Matusow: The Later Years
He was a fan, and using his historian glasses hunted up proof of Alliluyeva’s version of her mother’s death.
“There is independent testimony (Alexander Orlov, Alexander Barmine, Victor Serge, Victor Kravchenko) that Nadya was appalled by the violence, repression, and famine which came in the wake of the forced collectivization of the countryside. “
Of the four, Barmine is the only one playing a roll in the Lattimore case, but lets look at these guys.
Orlov spent the years of collectivization, Alliluyeva’s death and Stalin’s murder of most of the party leadership working abroad for Soviet intelligence in Berlin, the US, Vienna, London, and Copenhagen. He ended as intelligence chief in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, where while apparently brooding over Alliluyeva’s suicide four years previously turned grief into strength hunting down Spanish Trotskyists and shipping Spain’s gold reserves to Moscow. He didn’t break with the Soviets until 1938, and didn’t surface his tales of the Kremlin until the US anti-communist market appeared in the fifties.
Barmine claimed to have known Stalin’s brother-in-law, who filled him on all the dope. Who knows, but Barmine’s constant discovery of new memories was on display in his Lattimore testimony, where, years after writing his post-Soviet memoir and debriefing the FBI, he suddenly recalled a fancy Soviet intelligence boss as mentor, and Lattimore’s participation in a preposterous Soviet scheme to smuggle arms into China. To a province they already occupied.
Serge spent the late twenties and the thirties hounded as a dissident, in the Gulag and then in exile, and is fairly reliable on other matters. He claimed his information came from Kremlin gossipers he knew before his last imprisonment.
Kravchenko was a minor official who defected in the mid 40s while in New York for a wartime Soviet purchasing commission.
That these four told similar tales, years later and often with the benefit of each others books, tells us that they can read and write.
Schlesinger is the “Even The New Republic” of the Lattimore case, the liberal fig-leaf held up by a certain stratum of Lattimore-Was-Guilty-Of-Something-ists as showing that even one of their guys hated him.
“Why, oh why, oh why oh, did he ever leave Ohio?”
Dateline: Dayton Ohio, February 25, 1952
The Ohio House Un-American Activities Committee probes the Red Menace.
In the chair is Harvey Matusow, a young ex-Communist looking to get big in the burgeoning field of Anti-Communism, and hoping Ohio’s laboratory of democracy will loose him upon the world as a made man:
Was there no aspect of America’s faux folk past safe from Communist marauders?
Fortunately yes, as the Committee’s Chief Counsel rushed to assure:
The Committee is interested in Yellow Springs’ Antioch College, a Pink festering sore on Ohio’s ass since the days of the Abolitionists. Harvey was gunning for the big leagues, and Red subversion of innocent youth was to be his ticket out of there. Shortly after this out of town production he came to Washington, started lying about Owen Lattimore, and left Ohio behind.
Matusow ran through a greatist hits of folk Commie Classics during his testimony, mangling lyrics as he went.
One of the better songs he namechecked: Banks Of Marble