Sutherland: ‘Compromised’ by Not-So-Precious Moments

jj-hunsecker I’m delighted that the 1998 incident at the Precious Moments Park & Exhibition Center in Carthage, Missouri still has so much interest for KC Confidential’s audience…

I’m particularly touched that so many are interested enough to post comments to say the subject has no interest for them (and it shouldn’t for me either, if I know what’s good for me!).

terry_reed_compromisedTerry Reed, the organizer of the American Heritage Festival Expo (“A Patriotic Woodstock”), is best known for his 1995 book “Compromised:  Clinton, Bush, and the CIA.

“Compromised” describes Reed’s involvement in Iran-Contra and takes a plague-on-both-your-houses approach as to who should bear responsibility for that scandal, as the title implies.

Some of those who have replied to my prior posts have asked why I didn’t check out all the speakers at the event before deciding to go down there.  One, this was pre-Internet (at least for me) and two, I had no way of determining what these people were going to say ahead of time.

As far as guilt by association goes, those who say I deserved what I got should see the movie “Six Degrees of Separation,” because that’s what is involved here in order to make that allegation.  The logic—if you want to call it that—goes as follows:

boyangel        Sutherland (A); knows Reed (B); who organizes Festival (C); which invites speakers like “Bo” Gritz (D); who has ties to other organizations, e.g. the Populist Party (E); whose members (F); have racist views (G).  Ergo, Sutherland has racist views.  That’s kind of a             stretch, don’t you think?

I also didn’t mean to imply that the Star’s anger with me was only because of hurt feelings at being criticized. Reed had filed a multi-million dollar defamation case against the Star and the paper’s management was worried that they wouldn’t be able to use my firm Lathrop & Gage to defend them because Reed was also our client and thus there was a conflict of interest. (Reed’s lawyer’s argued this in a Motion to Disqualify.)

lathrop_-gageLathrop & Gage has the best defamation lawyer in the area (Bernie Rhodes) and they (the Star) didn’t want to lose his services.  I can’t tell you who specifically at the Star allegedly tried to get me fired but I can tell you that I got hauled in before the law firm’s senior partners and raked over the coals, both over my letter to the Star and my representation of Reed.  (Star reporter Judy Thomas was also sued so she didn’t have any love lost for me.  I didn’t say she destroyed my political career, only that she wished she had, e.g. she sent an anonymous letter to me on her home fax!)

KKK1I had better, or at least more enjoyable, things to do with my time than to drive to Carthage on a blistering hot day in hopes of getting paid for my law firm’s work.  If I’d known this was the Klan Fest it’s purported to have been, I sure as heck wouldn’t have chatted up a reporter from the Star. To add insult to injury, I incurred the wrath of my employer for daring to challenge an unfair attack on me in a letter that was never published.  (Obviously, the Star’s management had complained to the law firm about it because otherwise no one at the law firm would have known about the letter.)

I’m still scratching my head over what I did to deserve all the grief except being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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16 Responses to Sutherland: ‘Compromised’ by Not-So-Precious Moments

  1. Super Dave says:

    This whole story has been in the wrong place

  2. chuck says:

    In this milktoast milieu of pusillanimous-PC-politicians and the ascendance of thought police at every level in every estate, if you are NOT called a racist, then you have no backbone, no character, no center and will no doubt be elected to a station beyond your abilities where you can inflict your ignorance on us all.

    It is no longer an issue. Hunt them down and diminish them by any means necessary for your own personal catharsis. A more solipistic approach to this problem which continues to distract you is in order.

    See your enemies scatter before you and hear the lamentations of thier women.


  3. paulwilsonkc says:

    Dwight – Lesson 137 – KCC Commenters and Six Degrees of Separation.
    I write a story on Galena, Alaska’s flood and compare their self reliance to NOLA Katrina victims “wait for the government” attitude. That made me a anti Semite, racist with possible Nazi ties who hates lesbian nuns, was told one person would spit in my face if they saw me, then it’s brought up 4 stories later when I review The Revivalists performance, who happen to be from…New Orleans.
    Six Degrees is the same thing as a eye witness account at times.
    Never a dull moment.

    • chuck says:

      Kevin Bacon thinks you are a racist too.

      Just sayin…

      • paulwilsonkc says:

        Chuck, I was never too fond of him either, so I’m cool with that.
        Actually, the second cousin of my best friend got his hair cut at the same place as Bacon’s drivers sister in law. He said he heard he was a good dude. (Glazer moment, no addtional charge)

    • Jess says:

      For whatever it is worth. I thought that was a great story, and that one guy needs to chill.

  4. Jimmy Cliff says:

    Chuck is right, if your white, you will be called a racist for brethingg.

  5. harley says:

    you’re exactly right mr. s. There was no way for you to have known what
    was being said at the time….of course once you saw the Nazi and skinheads
    and the other stuff….if you have politicalambitions it should have been stage left.
    This guilt by association is pure crap. But turn on fox news over the
    last 6 years and see how they’ve used it against Obama. His mothers aunt grandma
    was from Kenya so Obama was not a u.s. citizen….he read this onebook so
    he’s a communist…he wrote a paper on a topic so he’s tottaly un-American.
    and the other side does the same thing.
    of course it happens on both sides of the aisle.
    I know the Sutherland family (the older generation) and they are good good
    people but again…reporters want dirt and they usethat guilt by a
    association even with glaze on the tkcand kcc websites.
    But as you know mr. s…politics is the dirtiest biz there is….do a little
    research and protect yourself.
    One time a major presidential candidate was ata rally in florida and this
    was before the huge number of smart phones at every turn…and someone
    pulled white hoodover their head right during the photo shoot….another
    dirty political trick thate
    was quite common in national campaigns…the pic if taken in 2013would
    have gone viral with 9 gillion hits….because it was a small disposable and was
    taken by one of the candidates aides (George) the shot never made it public.
    Good luck…but be careful…
    check and recheck and reverify.
    as far as Wilson’s story…that got blown to smithereens….I know what Wilson
    wanted to say…99% of the reader knewwhat wilsun wanted
    to say…but it was taken wrong and hence the pretty stinging insults.
    I may disagree with wilsun and we’ll banter…but that story was open to
    criticism but not the over the top crap that transpired.

    • chuck says:

      Guilt by association at just one event? How about if ya show up, week after week to heat this guy, Jeremiah Wright.

      “In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just ‘disappeared’ as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns.

      “We started the AIDS virus. We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.

      “The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be.”

      This is my personal favorite.

      “”We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that [radical] questions must be raised…..’Who owns the oil’…’Who owns the iron’…’Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water?”


      ““There’s white racist DNA running through the synapses of his or her brain tissue. They will kill their own kind, defend the enemies of their kind or anyone who is perceived to be the enemy of the milky white way of life.”

      ““We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.”

      Like that piece of excrement was ever in harm’s way in war.

      “No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

      There are many more sermons like this delivered to President Obama while he sat in the first row sucking in the ambiance.

  6. smartman says:

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    A prostitute will work for a full hour. A lawyer works for an hour, in four increments of 15 minutes, and bills you for four hours.

  7. Mr Brown says:

    Does nobody talk about tits at this website anymore?

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