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It’s a shame that ACORN will forever be known as the group that advised the pimp and prostitute, because that didn’t actually happen. They lost millions in funding because some douche can edit a video. California’s attorney general conducted an investigation and found ACORN had committed no crimes. In fact, the conservative activist, James O’Keefe likely committed crimes. He exchanged the full tapes for assurance he wouldn’t be prosecuted (he has enough on his plate with his other crimes).
The tapes were severely edited to make it look like they were directly advising a supposed pimp and prostitute to break the law. The ACORN officials actually called the police in several instances. This didn’t stop people like Hannity from lauding O’Keefe as a messiah-like figure.
ACORN was not without its problems, but this shouldn’t have become the phenomenon it did.
Watch Maddow break down how dishonest the whole thing is:
Here’s Colbert on the editing and pundits’ response:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Tip/Wag – James O’Keefe & Sean Hannity|
Enjoy knowing that creatively breaking the law can make you famous and ruin a community organization.
James O’Keefe, the guys that started the ACORN scandal, and three other dudes were arrested. He was again undercover, this time in the office of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
They dressed up like telephone repairmen to infiltrate her office. Their intent was to bug her phone lines, or to commit a felony.
The ACORN thing made for some interesting TV and some huge overreactions, but at least it wasn’t a felony. This is a pretty young guy that could have probably parlayed his ACORN thing into a talk show somewhere.
But who am I kidding, trying to pull a Nixon will probably end up getting him a con-man reality show.
Enjoy Sobe’s agave lemonade lifewater. I would normally make fun of something like this but it is delicious.
I don’t think I gave ACORN enough credit for its size and influence for those that need help. I also don’t think they’ve been treated fairly. I’ll just let you read a defense of ACORN done by Joe Conason of Salon.
At least try and read it with an open mind, right-minded readers.
Enjoy a huge Huskers victory this afternoon.
It is possible Howard Dean will be Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services now that Daschle is out (though he does not seem too eager to include Dean). I figured I would post a little something he just wrote on the subject. Dean on medical research
This piece is basically about a provision of the stimulus that Republicans were trying to kill. There have been many ravings about this provision taking decision-making power away from doctors and patients, which is just ridiculous.
One of the people claiming the provision takes power from doctors is famed crazy lady/Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN). I have written about her bat-poop crazy ravings before, and she is back at it. Here is a list of things she said in a recent interview with a conservative talk-show host in Minnesota:
* ACORN is “under federal indictment for voter fraud,” but the stimulus bill nevertheless gives ACORN “$5 billion.” (In reality, ACORN is not under federal indictment and isn’t mentioned in the stimulus bill at all.)
* many members of Congress have “a real aversion to capitalism.”
* the stimulus bill includes a measure to create a “rationing board” for health care, and after the bill becomes law, “your doctor will no longer be able to make your healthcare decisions with you.”
* the recovery package is part of a Democratic conspiracy to “direct” funding away from Republican districts, so Democratic districts can “suck up” all federal funds. Bachmann doesn’t think this will work because, as she put it, “We’re running out of rich people in this country.”
* the “Community-Organizer-in-Chief” is also orchestrating a conspiracy involving the Census Bureau, which the president will use to redraw congressional lines to keep Democrats in power for up to “40 years.” When the host said he was confused, noting that congressional district lines are drawn at the state level, Bachmann said Obama’s non-existent plan is an “anti-constitutional move.”
- Above information from themoderatevoice.com
Wow, huh? There was some commentary after her statements from Jazz Shaw at the moderate voice, and I’ll add a few things.
When will the Republican fetish with ACORN end? They keep claiming false things. It’s like the old Bush/Cheney/Rove strategy of repeating a lie ad nauseum until people believe it. There are still a large amount of people in this country who believe we found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that Iraq was involved in 9/11, for instance. Not only is what she said incorrect, but $5 billion?! This shows just how crazy and willing to believe anything she is. $5 billion? Wow.
Her saying members of Congress have a problem with capitalism smacks of her claims of unAmericanism in Congress and calls for investigations of said unAmericanism (see earlier link to bat-poop crazy ravings).
The third part is the part Dean was talking about (they were connected, see?). This is just false. If you read the Dean article, you will see the provision specifically states that government cannot make coverage decisions.
I don’t even understand the fourth claim. Is she flat-out implying that Republicans are rich and Democrats are poor? Also, the problem isn’t that we are running out of rich people, it’s that people in the middle are becoming poor and the poor are becoming really poor. We see where her sympathies are. Rich people have it so hard.
The fifth part is hilarious. She comes up with an insane conspiracy theory, and even the conservative host is confused. He calls her out on how what she says is impossible, and she claims Obama is going against the Constitution. Wow.
Good lord! This woman won re-election. The incumbent advantage is far greater than I ever imagined. Who votes for this woman? Why? I would rather vote for C. Montgomery Burns than Bachmann. I would rather vote for Saturday to become a part of the school/work week than Bachmann. I would rather vote for North Dakota’s expulsion from the Union and addition to Canada than Bachmann (wait, I’ve always been in favor of this, bad example.) You get the idea.
Minnesota gets a lot of grief for electing Jesse “The Body” and will probably get grief for electing Franken (though I believe he is a good candidate). They both seem like infinitely better choices than Bachmann.
On the bright side, she gives me something to write about after a long drought. I wonder what she’ll say next.
Enjoy the gradual improvement in the weather.
Udate: I found an interesting online chat/argument between Matt Taibbi and Byron York. York brings up the loans discussed in the video below as a cause of the crisis (along with other factors). Taibbi, as tenacious as ever, makes a few great responses to which York seems to have no answer. Here is the link:
Matt Tiabbi is a political writer for The Rolling Stone and Byron York writes for The National Review
My initial reactions to the video below are many. It seems the $2.1 billion in new loans for people who were unable to get loans caused the $700 billion buyout, with the help of ACORN. I may be overstating it, but that seemed to be the argument.
It also seemed that Obama was being blamed for forcing banks to obey the law. He did not create it, he just made sure it was enforced. I don’t see why that makes him so radical. It seems not obeying the law is a more radical position than obeying it, right Sean Hannity?
That was another point of interest. If this video wants to be taken seriously, it should find other means than a Sean Hannity voice-over on a show called History of Radicalism. They used creepy production tricks. Oooo, It’s got Obama’s face going black and white as we blame community organizers for the collapse of the biggest economy in the history of the planet. Those community organizers managed to bully the very banks that used discriminatory practices. Guilty, I say! More tax cuts for the wealthy!
Any site can tell you there is more to it than some suits filed by ACORN to force banks to obey the law. They can even do it without scary words like affirmative action. Even Wikipedia acknowledges several causes. Turns out, it is a complex issue. I think discrimination is a serious problem and am happy something was done about it.
Here is a report that found the CRA actually helped to keep banks from making bad loans.
CRA deterred irresponsible lending
Here is a Wikipedia article that explains several causes besides scary community organizers.
Wikipedia: A better source than Fox News
I was going to put in a bunch of videos that make McCain look like the bad guy with creative tricks, but instead, I’ll just put another link with some basis in reality. This is a factcheck link that tells of both parties claims, why they’re wrong or dishonest, and ends by showing how many causes there are. There is a lot of blame to go around.
There are a lot of causes to the current problems, but I don’t think blaming community organizers for trying to get fair treatment of a historically screwed-over group of people is the one we need to focus on. I also don’t see how it is so radical.
Enjoy Appaloosa (I did).
Always skeptical, never cynical
I think McCain should start talking about community organizers. I think his opponent has been touting his record as one for the last couple of years. Take the time to see a young Obama appear a few minutes in - it’s an interesting video and worth your time.
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