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Jim Jonesí Sinister Grip on San Francisco (Peoples Temple Cult Leader Ensnared Harvey Milk, Dems)
Salon.com ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | David Talbot

Posted on 05/06/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Jim Jones’ sinister grip on San Francisco

How the Peoples Temple cult leader ensnared Harvey Milk and other progressive icons

pervert Harvey Milk w/ Death Cultist Jim Jones

“Season of the Witch,” the new book by Salon founder David Talbot, tells the story of the wild and bloody birth of “San Francisco values.” The following excerpt – Part 1 in a three-part series -- recounts one of the darker dramas before the ultimate triumph of those values.

Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s. The driven preacher had begun his climb up the political pyramid by planting roots in the Fillmore district, the city’s devastated black neighborhood. Jones moved into the Fillmore at its most vulnerable moment. Urban renewal czar Justin Herman – the Robert Moses of San Francisco — had “literally destroyed the neighborhood,” observed community activist Hannibal Williams, “[and] people were desperate for solutions, something to follow. Jim Jones was another solution. He had a charismatic personality that won the hearts and souls of people. And people followed him to hell. That’s where Jim Jones went. That’s where he took the people who followed him.”

Jones’s flock, ignored and scorned by society, was electrified by the preacher’s vision of a new Eden. Everybody was exalted in his services, even the lowliest recovering drunks and addicts. “He made us feel special, like something bigger than ourselves,” said one temple member. “Total equality, no rich or poor, no races,” said another. “We were alive in those services,” testified one more. “They had life, soul power.”

Jones — an oddball and renegade his entire life, someone who never felt at home in his own skin —

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; US: California
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

You don’t say. ;)


51 posted on 05/06/2012 7:51:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

Oh yeah,and Curly Bill,too.


52 posted on 05/06/2012 7:53:08 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: dfwgator

He was good-looking when he played Jim Jones. (Does that sound sick?)

He was 31 at the time.

He has a two-minute part in ‘The Avengers’.

What kind of s*** is that?


53 posted on 05/06/2012 8:00:23 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: dfwgator

But Bob Gunton (the warden from ‘Shawshank Redemption’)is giving him a run for his money. ;)


54 posted on 05/06/2012 8:33:07 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: dfwgator

But Bob Gunton (the warden from ‘Shawshank Redemption’)is giving him a run for his money. ;)


55 posted on 05/06/2012 8:35:05 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanks for posting this. It’s a very interesting article.


56 posted on 05/06/2012 8:38:47 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: DogByte6RER

The thing about this is that all the stuff that “progressives,” especially “religious progressives,” claim to stand for was basically what Jim Jones was all about. He was the logical conclusion of their demented views.


57 posted on 05/06/2012 8:47:17 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: DogByte6RER
For the Record: Milk and Kool-Aid
58 posted on 05/06/2012 10:24:19 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Urban renewal czar Justin Herman – the Robert Moses of San Francisco — had “literally destroyed the neighborhood,” observed community activist Hannibal Williams, “[and] people were desperate for solutions, something to follow.

I'd really like to know more about the particulars of this.

59 posted on 05/06/2012 10:30:07 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: cripplecreek

Spot on.


60 posted on 05/07/2012 5:56:54 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: DogByte6RER

Vote fraud is a San Fran value?

““We loaded up all 13 of our buses with maybe 70 people on each bus, and we had those buses rolling nonstop up and down the coast into San Francisco the day before the election,” recalled Jim Jones Jr. “We had people going from precinct to precinct to vote. So could we have been the force that tipped the election to Moscone? Absolutely! Slam dunk. He only won by 4,000 votes. I’m sorry, but I’ve got to give my father credit for that. I think he did the right thing. George Moscone was a good person; he wanted what was best for San Francisco.””


61 posted on 05/07/2012 6:04:58 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
Unfortunately, Boothe has lately been typecast, but anyone interested in seeing him working within in his potential range really should see ‘Tragedy’. I think he does us as great a service as did Duval in portraying Stalin.
62 posted on 05/07/2012 7:17:27 AM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
Unfortunately, Boothe has lately been typecast, but anyone interested in seeing him working within in his potential range really should see ‘Tragedy’. I think he does us as great a service as did Duval in portraying Stalin.
63 posted on 05/07/2012 7:17:35 AM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
Was good-looking? WAS??????

I think he's still dreamy!!!

64 posted on 05/07/2012 8:01:21 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: Finny

He’s still good-looking! He looks pretty good for a man in his 60’s.


65 posted on 05/07/2012 10:18:11 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Brass Lamp

He’s underused as well.


66 posted on 05/07/2012 10:19:52 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Brass Lamp

He’s underused as well.


67 posted on 05/07/2012 10:20:41 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Brass Lamp

He starts off as being a sincere individual (Or at least he pretended to be sincere) and turned into a raving lunatic.

He pulled that transition off really well.

I wonder if Jones actually cared about those people at first. He was an outsider for most of his life and seemingly wanted to help other “outsiders”,like drug addicts and prostitutes.

It really is scary how he pulled people in with his charm and charisma. I just don’t understand why a woman would want to be with him,though.*shudder*. He was far too creepy.


68 posted on 05/07/2012 10:27:35 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Finny

It’s the voice...


69 posted on 05/07/2012 10:28:53 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Jim Jones was an oddball? Ya think?


70 posted on 05/07/2012 10:31:07 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Argus

I know he sold monkeys door-to-door.I think they were capuchin monkeys.


71 posted on 05/07/2012 10:33:23 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I had no idea Jane Fonda supported Jones. He was a Commie and so is she so it really should not come as a surprise.


72 posted on 05/09/2012 6:14:01 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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