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Bohemian Grove – Men Only

July 10, 2011

Earlier this week I was contacted by Debra Saunders, a columnist at the SF Gate. She wanted to know about the Bohemian Grove. I am just so glad this does not contain any of the misleading information about Molech or owl worship, sacrifice or satanism. Thanks Debra.  See the full story at her column.Brian @ Boho Blog

by Debra Saunders  source: SF Gate   July 10, 2011

“Weaving Spiders Come Not Here” is the motto of San Francisco’s Bohemian  Club. The motto is supposed to represent the club’s edict against doing business  during its annual Bohemian Grove retreat, which commences Thursday on 2,700  acres 75 miles north of the city. As club spokesman and member Sam Singer  explained, “It’s a group of gentlemen who are really genuinely interested in  arts, theater, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.” The retreat gives members a chance to  “get away from work. It’s forbidden to talk about or solicit business at the  club or grove.”

The “weaving spiders” motto also provides cover for a club that discriminates  against women.

Thus, in the Bay Area, good liberals and civil libertarians who would not  dream of joining a club that refuses to admit blacks or Jews, raise their  glasses in a club that discriminates against women.

House Minority Leader Nancy  Pelosi’s husband, Paul, is a member.

Vaughn Walker, the former federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex  marriage law, is a member. MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is a member.

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is a member. Ditto band member Bob Weir.

There are more big names on the right, starting with former President George  H.W. Bush, former Gov. Pete Wilson and former Secretary of State Henry  Kissinger.

Business titans have long bankrolled the retreats. A roster of 2010 members  released by norcaltruth.org – the club does not release its membership list –  includes a couple of Rockefellers and the ubiquitous Koch brothers. Hence  conspiracy theories about sinister deals cut amid the redwoods.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is a member. William R. Hearst III,  trustee of the Hearst Corp., which writes my paycheck, is a member. I have  friends who are members.

John McCain has addressed the group. Ditto Francis Ford Coppola.

Like good Democrats, Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton have  avoided Bohemia.

“When I first started and they acquired my services, it was to help handle  protests at the grove and the City Club,” Singer noted. “Over the years, it’s  gone from a thousand people to literally one person.”

That one person is Brian Romanoff of norcaltruth.org, and he told me he  doesn’t go there to “protest” so much as to “reach out and inform the members”  as to why they should make retreat policy seminars – on Afghanistan or nuclear  power – public.

He thinks some members are “probably guilty” of war crimes. He doesn’t reach  out to them. “I don’t really want to get to know Henry Kissinger.”

Sonoma State sociology Professor Peter Phillips attended the retreat in 1994.  The club was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. He told me that he met a  lot of “ordinary rich guys” and “some very important people.” Some men kept  coming back to the same camps every year to discuss intimate issues – their  prostates, wives – in an atmosphere analogous to a men’s group.

Phillips also saw and heard a lot of networking. “They’re very clearly  talking politics and business constantly.”

No weaving spiders? “I proved the opposite, quite clearly. I heard  conversations about business. ‘If GE comes in on the deal, we can get the  Japanese to join’ – three men walking down a trail together.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/09/IN881K72D7.DTL#ixzz1Rj9J4y6V

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  1. THOMAS J. OLOFSSON permalink
    January 20, 2012 11:35 pm

    IF I WERE POOR AND PAID CHILD SUPPORT UNTILL I PLEAD, WHOULD YOU CARE?
    IF I MARRIED AN ILLEAGAL FOR LOVE WOULD YOU CARE, IF I WERE IN SIDE YOUR CAMP WOULD YOU CARE, IF I WAS STARVING WOULD YOU CARE, IF I HAD OIL AND GOLD WOULD YOU CARE, IF I COULD NOT PAY TAXES FOR THE ABOVE REASONS WOULD YOU CARE, IF YOUR CHILD CAME HOME FROM THE MILITARY IN A BOX WOULD YOU CARE, IF I SEE YOU IN PERSON WOULD YOU CARE. HAVE FUN.

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