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Glenn Beck, Fox News, and Andrew Breitbart Break ACORN's Corruption Wide Open

If you are anywhere near a radio and can hear Glenn Beck, you need to turn it on immediately. He is playing undercover video that captured ACORN workers in Baltimore helping two people posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend. They wanted to use 13 year old prostitutes from el Salvador as a way to make money that could be diverted to a congressional campaign. The video showed the ACORN workers going out of their way to help them do this. Listen at Glenn Beck and read it at Breitbart's Big Government.

Update: Fox News has more on the story here:

Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.

The videotape was made public Thursday on BigGovernment.com, a political blog launched by Andrew Breitbart as a companion site to his BigHollywood.breitbart.com blog.

In the videotape, made on July 24, James O'Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named "Kenya" who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN's office in Baltimore. The couple told ACORN staffers they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business.

ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- bills itself as the nation's largest community of low- and moderate-income families "working together for social justice and stronger communities," according to its Web site. The organization has been accused by Republicans and conservative activists with fraud in voter registration drives around the country and has been under fire since last year for its support of President Obama and for its planned participation in next year's census.

As Glenn has been saying all morning, President Obama is in bed with ACORN, which means he can't be trusted either. So how can we allow him to to impose his health care reform on the American public? We can't. He and his administration are fraught with corruption unlike anything this country has seen before. Obama himself said he wants to be the last president to deal with the issue of health care reform. If he gets the health care system he wants installed, he just may be the last president to have a say because once it's up and running it stays up and running.

Update II: Here's the video from Big Government:

Honestly, I'm shocked the ACORN ladies fell for this because the costumes the "prostitute" and "pimp" were wearing were so ridiculous that, to me at least, they looked like they were trying too hard to look the part.

Update III: ACORN fired the two women in the video. Move along now. There's nothing left to see here.


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Comments (97)

Fox News has been playing t... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Fox News has been playing the video all morning. Democrats can be as nasty and corrupt as they want to be. There is no accountability. I don't know what has happened to this nation where we subsidize such open corruption. Not to mention the whole unaccountable czar thing. It is unreal.

I keep thinking there is no... (Below threshold)

I keep thinking there is nothing left that ACORN could do to shock me...then they do.

ACORN is absolutely a criminal organization. But as long as the Dems control every facet of our government they will NEVER be fully investigated and prosecuted. A small fish now and again may be caught locally...but the corruption of this organization comes from the TOP...and they are, uh, well organized!

1. The Acron Folks will sa... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

1. The Acron Folks will say they knew it was sham cause they did not look like real pimp and whore.
2. No Dem will care cause it was not a Catholic Priest or Republican engaged in Pedophile.
3. This was just an Act by the MAN
4. This is just Racist Lies and the video was doctored.
5. BHO buys Terex Titian to throw Acron under.
http://images.britishcolumbia.com/images/cities/533.1.jpg

Dear Lord,I pray f... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

Dear Lord,

I pray for the physical safety of Glenn Beck and his loved ones. I also pray for the physical safety of the President and his loved ones.

Amen

I am extremely concerned about violence occuring soon and I pray it doesn't happen. To be honest I am much more worried about Glenn Beck as a target. He is taking on and exposing the corruption and best laid plans of socialists and communists and winning. This country is going to go the way of Mexico with people conveniently "disappearing" or flat out being assasinated/murdered and Glenn is at the top of that hit list.

I hope all of you repeat my prayer every day. Pray that no physical harm comes to Glenn Beck, the President or their friends and family. Political or Social Harm is inevitable.

Now that I got that out of ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

Now that I got that out of my system:

F* ACORN and the F*ing horse they rode in on. They will claim this is an isolated incident or something just like with the voter fraud.

When will people wake up on the Left and kick these people to the curb? Of course, I am now going to be called a Racist for saying that. When you can't attack the argument, attack the person.

Democratic response will be... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Democratic response will be "What's ACORN?"

There is just soooo much cr... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

There is just soooo much crap to be outraged about in this guys first 8 months that the only answer seems to be, let's pick one and start the impeachment hearings.

Obama Liar... (Below threshold)
Dr. Carlo Lombardi:

Obama Liar

Democratic respons... (Below threshold)
Democratic response will be "What's ACORN?"

No, it will be "Glenn Beck is a racist wingnut and so is Faux News."

It's simple what's going to... (Below threshold)
Mark S:

It's simple what's going to happen... the National office will claim that it was an isolated incident, and they'll throw the individuals involved under the bus.

Those individuals will get brought up on charges, the DOJ will throw the case out, and the "CULT" of ACORN [Yes, the _CULT_... how else can they brainwash this many people into perform criminal activities?] will chug right on along, proclaiming proof that they did nothing wrong (and even allowed the DOJ to "investigate".. knowing full well that nothing will happen).

I notice a number of negati... (Below threshold)
Grace:

I notice a number of negative votes on the comments here, yet no one has dared actually post a comment that disagrees with the posting.

Interesting.

Thats because they are wait... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

Thats because they are waiting for direction. Individually they are all shocked to hell just like we are and can't think of any way to dispute hard video.

Look for:

1) It was an isolated incident.
2) This was staged, we have no knowledge of these people working for ACORN
3) Glenn Beck is a wack job.
4) You are all racists, and you are against giving those Salvadorian girls a better life in the US.

Whats so surprising? Eggcor... (Below threshold)
914:

Whats so surprising? Eggcorn has the same amalgamation of kumquats as the makeup of the UN. They are both infested with corruption.

Is that Sheila Jackson Lee ... (Below threshold)
914:

Is that Sheila Jackson Lee on that bottom video?

Just on Glenn Beck, can't f... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

Just on Glenn Beck, can't find the corroboration on the web right now.

Response from ACORN: "False and Defamitory"

<a href="http://www.digital... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/279010

A spokesman for ACORN, Scott Levenson, told Fox News about the video tape: "The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism. This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further."
I'm also surprised the prog... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

I'm also surprised the progressive trolls aren't here yet. I thought they would already have a canned response for any and all charges of Democrat corruption.

This is was to be expected ... (Below threshold)
shiloh:

This is was to be expected Obama the community organizer trained these ACORNAPHITES....we are the tax payers paying for there organization. I personally want our money back...NOW!!! All organizations of this ilk need to be investigated thoroughly....enough is enough.
OILSOC!!!

Remember, OUR tax dollars, ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Remember, OUR tax dollars, billions of them are going to further the corrupt, criminal, and even evil activities of this organization.

For the first time in my adult life I am ashamed to be an American.

Yes inded crack open this p... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Yes inded crack open this pitrid nut and expose its rotten pritrid core

I could not put it any bett... (Below threshold)
914:

I could not put it any better Flu-Bird.

So... you also can't spell ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

So... you also can't spell 'putrid', given two opportunities to do so, 914?

Ummm, this is why this part... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

Ummm, this is why this particular ACORN sub unit (there are over a 100 of them) will be shut down and the rest will be renamed COI (Community Organizers International). Crisis over with a name change is how this will happen. It was only 2 months ago that they announced the name change.

I notice the so-called MSM ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I notice the so-called MSM is not covering this.

I doubt the so-called Justice Dept will look into it either.

All told, nice job by Beck and Fox. Damn shame they're [acorn] probably going to get away with it.

Good one Hyper, lurk in the... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Good one Hyper, lurk in the shadows until the real message of the thread comes to the surface and pounce......spelling? You're such a hoser.

Holder? Holder? Anyone se... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Holder? Holder? Anyone seen Attorney General Holder?

Now let's discuss ACORN'S role in the next census.

Content is what matters hyp... (Below threshold)
914:

Content is what matters hyper and Flu-Bird nailed it.

You just cant stand Obama being exsposed as the rotten nut that is an organizer for eggcorn.

Hank,Justice Depar... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Hank,

Justice Department??? Screw the Justice Department. It was Baltimore, put Bunk and Lester on it.

Holder could not be reached... (Below threshold)
914:

Holder could not be reached for comment. He was busy at an ACORN fundraiser.

Isn't a "COI" a bottom feed... (Below threshold)
Meiji_man:

Isn't a "COI" a bottom feeding Crap eater with a pretty Skin?

OH I'm sorry that's a KOI. My bad....

Holder is too busy trying t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Holder is too busy trying to prosecute cia agents. I predict Obama's administration will go down in history as one of the most corrupt administrations in history. That is what inexperience gets you. People taking advantage of the "new kid". ww

Friends.. let us remember t... (Below threshold)
Frank Derfler:

Friends.. let us remember that ACORN received FIVE BILLION DOLLARS in the "Stimulus Bill" (how is that working, by the way?)

So, when they have that much to spend there will be a little slop in the system. Gee, you all are so picky!

"That is what inexperience ... (Below threshold)
914:

"That is what inexperience gets You. People taking advantage of the "new kid"."

You cant rape the willing.

Dem 14 year old HOs make go... (Below threshold)
devildog666:

Dem 14 year old HOs make good tax deductions and they get free medical under Obama.

"I am extremely concerned a... (Below threshold)
914:

"I am extremely concerned about violence occuring soon and I pray it doesn't happen. To be honest I am much more worried about Glenn Beck as a target. He is taking on and exposing the corruption and best laid plans of socialists and communists and winning. This country is going to go the way of Mexico with people conveniently "disappearing" or flat out being assasinated/murdered and Glenn is at the top of that hit list."

Thats a scary thought and very true. I will pray for them as well.

You get the feeling the pot is going to boil over in this country pretty soon sad to say.

Frank and Friends,... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

Frank and Friends,

"The ACORN issue is off the table.

After several days of rage from conservative activists regarding a provision in the bailout bill that would send some of the profits from the sale of distressed assets the goverment buys into an affordable housing trust fund, congressional negotiators have removed section 105(d) of the bailout proposal, according to aides on both side."
http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0908/ACORN_outrage_removes_affordable_housing_provision.html

THAT acorn issue is off the... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

THAT acorn issue is off the table, ACORN itself is an issue.

However I don't know why you got rated down just for citing an article. I'll give you a point back WC.

Thanks JustRuss,I ... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

Thanks JustRuss,

I think there is a possible doctoral's thesis in analysing the whys and wherefors of the ratings people get on this site.

JustRuss,WC got ne... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

JustRuss,

WC got negative votes because he linked to an article from September 2008 about Acorn funding in the TARP bill.

Acorn still received (or will receive) $billions from the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" of 2009 which is what those of us who mentioned it were talking about.

WC comment was at best misinformation, or a destraction. A less generous , but more honest assessment would simply call it the lie that it is. Makes you wonder if WC is Obama using a sock puppet.

No need for a doctoral thes... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

No need for a doctoral thesis, WC. It's really quite simple:

People who believe in and support everything that made America the greatest country in the history of the human race get more "+" votes than "-" votes.

People who lie, distract, want to fundamentally change everything that made America the greatest country in the history of the human race, and are for the first time in their adult lives proud to be Americans, get more "-" votes than "+" votes.

Again with the ACO... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Again with the ACORN nonsense?

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn

Good luck getting any traction with that story.

I tink the majority of Amer... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I tink the majority of Americans really don't much care about politics - until something comes along and bites them in the ass.

At this point, a lot of them are feeling teeth, looking down, and finding Democrats staring back belligerently and going "What - you got some sort of problem with this?"

And they DO, oddly enough. You see it in the tea parties - you see it in the town hall meetings. For a long time people have felt safe in ignoring politicians - they felt that no matter how wide the swing, the political pendulum would swing back the other way eventually... but now they're seeing people in charge who seem determined to make sure that the pendulum doesn't have a chance to swing back ever again - and they're not standing for it.

I'd say the 2010 elections are going to be REAL interesting. If ACORN gets whacked on racketering charges or fraud, if ACORN gets shut down... then the left is screwed.

P. Bunyan,I applog... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

P. Bunyan,

I applogize for confusing my bills, I will be more careful in the future. But...

Could you please cite where ACORN has recieved any money from the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act"? So far everything I have read only states that ACORN along with many other organization are eligible to apply for money and I have been looking. I am guessing if ACORN actually got a huge chunk of change there would have been an uproar.

Thanks Adrian, for demonstr... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Thanks Adrian, for demonstrating typical leftist moral values for us:

13 year olds being brought into the country to be prostitutes? Yawn...

Yup. That about sums up you and your fellow leftists.

Wow P. Bunyan,So i... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

Wow P. Bunyan,

So if I say something like "I hate Obama" I get a +, but if I say "I hate Bush" I get a -?

Simplicity itself. Not that I am calling you simple.

Sorry for the multiple.... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

Sorry for the multiple.

Kim, I applaud your bravene... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Kim, I applaud your braveness. Actually putting Glen Beck AND Fox News in your title. The lefties hate you to begin with so I am sure they are now steaming. Bravo! ww

News article regarding 'rep... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

News article regarding 'repayment of TARP funds to the government':

So how exactly will ACORN be rewarded if the Democrats get their way? Very simple: behind closed doors, ACORN-friendly language was slipped into the Democratic economic rescue proposal by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA). Take a look:

TRANSFER OF A PERCENTAGE OF PROFITS.

1. DEPOSITS. Not less than 20 percent of any profit realized on the sale of each troubled asset purchased under this Act shall be deposited as provided in paragraph (2).

2. USE OF DEPOSITS. Of the amount referred to in paragraph (1)

1. 65 percent shall be deposited into the Housing Trust Fund established under section 1338 of the Federal Housing Enterprises Regulatory Reform Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 4568); and

2. 35 percent shall be deposited into the Capital Magnet Fund established under section 1339 of that Act (12 U.S.C. 4569).

REMAINDER DEPOSITED IN THE TREASURY. All amounts remaining after payments under paragraph (1) shall be paid into the General Fund of the Treasury for reduction of the public debt.


What does this mean? The Wall Street Journal breaks it down in an editorial published today:


"What we have here essentially are a pair of government slush funds created in July as part of the Economic Recovery Act that pump tax dollars into the coffers of low-income housing advocacy groups, such as Acorn."

"Acorn, one of America's most militant left-wing 'community activist groups,' is spending $16 million this year to register Democrats to vote in November. In the past several years, Acorn's voter registration programs have come under investigation in Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Washington, while several of their employees have been convicted of voter fraud..."

Now I know where I saw the ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Now I know where I saw the pimp in that video before. It was Adriane brown.

Yet another example of the ... (Below threshold)
Suzy Q:

Yet another example of the rot in the ACORN.

NOW.....start speaking up immediately regarding the Census!!!! It needs to be placed back under the jurisdiction of the Dept of Commerce where it is mandated by the Constitution to REMAIN. WHY was it tossed to R. Emanuel...and WHY aren't our elected officials/news media...and AMERICAN citizens contacting THEIR officials to protest this????

ACORN will have a filthy hand in the Census. The election districts will be gerrymandered....and if you thought our last election with the 'new Black Panthers' was outrageous, you ain't seen nothing yet.

START speaking up and out people!! 2010 and 2012 cannot come soon enough. VOTE OUT EVERY INCUMBENT. That's 'hope and change'....GET These $$$$ and power grubbing officials OUT of office.

WC,I don't know ex... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

WC,

I don't know exactly how much ARRA money has got or is going to get. Like the Healh Care takeover bill, ARRA is quite vague on just where the money is ultimately going. I do know 2 facts:

(1) ACORN "could qualify" for 4.1 billion ARRA dollars.

and (2) The Republicans tried to insert language into the bill specifically forbiding any money going to organizations that are under criminal investigation and the Democrats refused to allow it into the bill. Nancy Pelosi said at the time, "It was already over a 1000 pages, there really just wasn't room for any more."

O.k., the last sentence was a joke (Pelosi never said that, but I think she did once blink it in morse code.), but the first is a fact.

So while I can't point to an exact dollar figure at this time, I believe in time my comments will be proven true.

Plus what Garandfan said.

And so it begins, look what... (Below threshold)
Live@9:

And so it begins, look what the left is doing now!

Do a google search:

Glenn Beck mrdr and rp 1990

and you'll get almost 1/2 a million web sit hits that claim he might have rpd and mrdrd yng irl n 1990. Have they no shame!

D'oh.I meant:... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

D'oh.

I meant:

"I don't know exactly how much ARRA money ACORN has gotten or is going to get."

You should pray for Glenn B... (Below threshold)
groucho:

You should pray for Glenn Beck. Just as you should pray for all the infirm, halt, lame and everyone who suffers the scourge of mental illness. He's a recovering alcoholic whose current self-medication is the power and adulation he's realized he can get if he stands up and spews his nonsensical histrionic rants to a small closed-minded and scared group of people.

If his bullshit is just schtick, shame on him; if he actually believes it, well, that's scarier still. Along with the rest of the Fox-enabled rightwing talkghouls, he's an embarrassment and a plague on reason.

Suzy,I agree with ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Suzy,

I agree with most of what you said, but the DOC isn't even mentioned in the Constitution. It was a "progressive" idea from the turn of the 20th Century that likely makes the guys who wrote the origional Constitution spin in their graves, and it hasn't been added since. The DOC is a statutory creation.

The only thing the Constitution says about this is: "The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." So the only thing that can stop Obama is Congress, and if you believe that's gonna happen I've got a bridge that I'd like to sell you.

Groucho,But what's r... (Below threshold)
Live@9:

Groucho,
But what's really important is not Glenn's mental stability but did he rape and murder a young girl in 1990 and what about her families mental stability after allegedly having this heinous crime thrust upon them by Glenn Beck.
depp=true
notiz=Do you need a shovel?

I am ashamed that story cam... (Below threshold)
Gene Vincentt:

I am ashamed that story came from my home town of Baltimore. There have been many stories over the years of the Democratic party being involved in voter and election faud and such.
However, this reaches the highest office in the land. Obama supports Acorn and their scandals.

BTW, WC,Here's thi... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:
Fox News is going to drop a... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Fox News is going to drop another bomb on Acorn within the next few days according to what was said on the Factor program tonight. If so, then the isolated incident defense is going to take another hit.

Two things high on the list of issues the American People are concerned about are 1) out of control spending, and 2) government corruption. Being Acorn is in line to get up to a billion tax dollars from the stimulus bill, this story hits home with the public on two issues.

The Democrats are being tied to both out of control spending and corruption, and because of the old MSM's liberal bias, democrats are in danger of being blindsided by a knockout punch in 2010.

This just in:<blockq... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

This just in:


A poster on wizbangblog known only as Live@9 allegedly created and distributed methamphetamine in 2001. The alleged drug dealer is also wanted for questioning in the negligent homicide of a woman and her 14 month old child who lived in the house at the time.

The lab at his residence supposedly blew up and he escaped just in time with his life but left the poor woman and her infant son to their fates. Sources also tell us that this may have been a wife and son.
***

See how easy that was? Now, I challenge you to prove to me that this person didn't do it using only the information I have provided.

This is a desperate attempt by left wingnuts to bring down a man who is a threat to them. The freakin website even says ITS A SATIRE/Humor SITE!

They called what was done to VAN JONES a SMEAR CAMPAIGN, what was done against Van Jones was using hard facts and his own F*ing statements against him. That is not a "smear campain" that is bringing the truth to the American People.

What you and these sally dingleberries are doing is less than a smear campaign, it is flat out lying.

Live: "why doesn't Glenn... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Live: "why doesn't Glenn Beck just go on his show and deny it"

Because lame ass, ad hominem attacks like the shit you posted above are far, far not worthy of a response. It would dignify the undignified.

Only that the left... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Only that the left has over 1/2 million web sites that want to know if he did and if not why doesn't Glenn Beck just go on his show and deny it.

As with thermonuclear war Beck knows this is "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." - W O P R in the 1983 Movie WarGames

I don't think he did these ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I don't think he did these crimes either I just want him to stop paying Lawyers to go after the web sites that post these questions and answer these accusations on his show to shut down these vicious rumors.

That's bull shit and you know it. If you don't, you're a fucking idiot.

I'm rubber, you're glue, wh... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and stick to you. Nanny nanny boo boo.

When you cannot attack the problem, attack the person causing the problem, modus operandi for the typical progressive/liberal. Appeal to emotion not logic, or give a seemingly logical argument and press people from every direction until they give you the answer you want. You will not manipulate anyone successfully using this scheme. Honestly only idiots would not recognize the timing of these rumors and websites popping up after Van Jones went down.

These 2nd grade tactics should be beneath the left, but as we have all seen nothing is beneath them.

There is only one answer you would accept to your questions. An admission that this is what Glenn did to Van Jones.

It is not. You are making things up completely and spreading the rumors virally. Glenn used his own documented and in some cases recorded words to show what he truly believed. And you can't go making up crap either. All of Glenns stuff was well known and documented. If you start quoting things he said that never existed you are being hypocrites and evil lying bastards.

Once again I pray for Glenn Beck's well being and that of his family.

Jesus Christ, GarandFan, yo... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Jesus Christ, GarandFan, you should know by now when you're being toyed with. I guess you might be new to the internet, but still... it's embarrassing.

I guess you still don't get it. I just typed in "Ann Coulter dog rapist" and got 64,000 hits.

Capiche?

So Live@9 is either an idio... (Below threshold)
pvd:

So Live@9 is either an idiot - quoting a self-proclaimed parody site as fact - or dishonest.

Personally, I'm voting for idiotically dishonest.

Hyper - someone raped Coutler's dog? Man, that's just wrong! :)

They should have contacted ... (Below threshold)
Cam:

They should have contacted US Senator David Vitter about this. If we don't care that a sitting US senator spends his money on prostitutes, then why do we care about advice given by 2 non-elected persons at an organization?

The same thing that Republi... (Below threshold)
Ray Me:

The same thing that Republicans do every day. But - Republicans hide behind their interpretation of religion to justify their actions, and we are made to shut up unless we want to be considered the anti-christ. I can get the same kind of comments and recommmendations out of any of my raised-eybrows republicen friends when we sit together at a table in a secluded home.
PS - I do not agree with what the 2 ACORN women did.

I think our 5 Billion alloc... (Below threshold)
Bulldog:

I think our 5 Billion allocated to ACORN as part of the stimulus should be put on hold until there is some oversight committee set up. I would want every single dollar of taxpayer money ACORN spends to be reviewed and approved by an independent agency.

Is this really the best we can do with our stimulus money to get the economy going again?

Why do they get any money i... (Below threshold)
914:

Why do they get any money in the first place? If their so gung ho about signing up new voters that are obviously not so gung ho themselves than they should do it on a volunteer basis.

Unless the organization is just a ruse for illegal vote laundering that is.

This is some excellent inve... (Below threshold)
Mike:

This is some excellent investigative reporting that exposed fraudulent behavior and the workers involved have already been fired within 2 days of the report airing.

However, the undercover agents went in to multiple ACORN locations and the two people in this tape were the only ones who stepped into the trap.

If we claim that because two people in ACORN acted fraudulently then the whole organization must be bad, then shouldn't we be able to do the same to other organizations? If the NRA had two members convicted of criminal actions involving a firearm, does that make the entire NRA organization corrupt? If someone bombs an abortion clinic and claims they did it for Jesus, does that make all Christians abortion clinic bombers?

I think what's been uncovered here is not so much rampant corruption within an organization as it is two stupid people doing a stupid thing.

What Acorn employees did wa... (Below threshold)
Blake:

What Acorn employees did was completely inexcusable. If you're going to be community organizing organization, you don't give people advise on how to continue illegal practices, period. ACORN definately has problems and definately has to clean house (or atleast be seem like cleaning house) if they're going to have any part in 2012 elections. What's probably going to more likely happen is that Democrats will distance themselves from ACORN if public pressure is large enough. In the end, its obvious they have sereious oversight problems at the very LEAST.

However, just a warning to people who think Glenn Beck is so great. Im sorry, I can't watch his show for more than 10 minutes without my jaw dropping to the floor and my intelligence being insulted about 7 times a minute by his illogical/unsupported claims and his extremely false emotion. He's basically a Joseph Raymond McCarthy posing as a "jounalist," if you can call him that. Honestly, the movement he has going is exactly like McCarthyism back in the 50s and can be extremely dangerous for democracy.

Your political opponents are no longer simply opposition, but people like Beck go out of their way to make them evil, treasonous, totally alien and therefore no longer persons, just people who need to be erradicated from the poltical spectrum in the name of patriotism, when truly it's just pure demagoguery. I think people should take what he has to say with a huge, huuuge grain of salt, especially his enormous jumps in logic and connection of the dots.

It's always good to question yourself, when your views are completely shaped by a handful of people in the media (like one or two people of one or two sources) and even widely respected factcheckers, persons, academics etc. of the world seem to be utterly wrong and "corrupted." It's more likely the exact opposite is true. Just as many people put all their faith in Joseph Raymond McCarthy to fix the perceived "Soviet infiltration" problem, when what was really going on was the purging of American culture deemed unworthy or offensive by one man, destroying many innocent lovelyhoods and great people in the process, who are seen today as victims, not traitors.

Good points Mike.... (Below threshold)
914:

Good points Mike.

Blake,Like you I c... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Blake,

Like you I can't watch Glenn Beck for long either. I find him too preachy and appealing too much to emotion rather than facts. That works well with liberals, but turns off most conservatives. In fact I don't watch much of any of the commentary programs on Fox. I like the news on Fox because they will cover stories and angles you won't get from any other source. What's important for this nation is investigative journalism and for that Glenn Beck and all of Fox News deserves public thanks.

We all know the old MSM is not interested in exposing Democrats or flaws in the Obama administration. When they do so it's because they're embarrass into it from getting scoped by Fox day after day. In the end that serves the public interest.

<a href="http://www.cnn.com... (Below threshold)
James H:

According to CNN, ACORN says this ruse was tried at several other offices before it succeeded in Baltimore. If that's true, I would say the story speaks less to ACORN overall than to ACORN employees' behavior in that specific office.

Blake" He's basicall... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Blake
" He's basically a Joseph Raymond McCarthy posing as a "jounalist," if you can call him that. "

I don't think he ever presented himself as a journalist. Do you have a link or any proof?

I've always considered him a pundit or opinion commentator. That it takes a pundit to try to do the reporting that the MSM will not do (i.e. Van Jones, czars, etc..)is an indictment against 'journalists'.

" Just as many people put all their faith in Joseph Raymond McCarthy to fix the perceived "Soviet infiltration" problem, when what was really going on was the purging of American culture deemed unworthy or offensive by one man, destroying many innocent lovelyhoods and great people in the process, who are seen today as victims, not traitors. "

You should also mention that in addition to the people you cited, there also really were Communists or Communist spies working in America. It wasn't just a "perceived "Soviet infiltration" problem", it really was a real problem; the echos of which are still felt to this day.

For the record, I never war... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

For the record, I never warmed to Becks radio show, as I find him too theatrical for my tastes.
I don't have cable so I almost never see his show, in fact I don't think I have ever seen an entire show of his.

Blake, his audience is alre... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Blake, his audience is already sold on eliminationist rhetoric. From people like Ann Coulter wishing out loud that liberals be killed, to Sarah Palin referring to her supporters as "real" Americans (implying that people who think she sucks are un-American), it's hardly a new thing.

Pretty sure Beck isn't as kookoo-bananas as his televised persona would appear. I think he's just a showman. Still, given that his audience can't tell the difference, he should probably tone down the fearmongering.

" I think what's been uncov... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

" I think what's been uncovered here is not so much rampant corruption within an organization as it is two stupid people doing a stupid thing.

74. Posted by Mike | September 11, 2009 9:51 AM "

I think that's a fair point.

I think ACORN is such a target-rich environment for corruption that we shouldn't focus solely on this particular incident. There's a lot more shenanigans from them regarding shady voting practices that should be looked at. If only we had an interested MSM to do some investigating, not to mention gov't investigating.

Well, I think You suck and ... (Below threshold)
914:

Well, I think You suck and You are un-American.

That You read an implication into Saras jargon and see it the way You wish is irrelevant.

And exposing criminal activity is not "fearmongering." Yeah He's a showman alright. A showman that uncovered some rotten to the core nuts.

They re-elected a senator f... (Below threshold)
Rich:

They re-elected a senator for 40yrs that killed a girl. Whats the big deal for them?

Les:Both good points... (Below threshold)
Blake:

Les:
Both good points Les, but my personal opinion is journalists these days are pundits and commentators, there aren't too many Walter Concrites left. Even the mid-day anchors of many leading media networks give their opinions constantly on the stories they cover regardless of facts or what they just reported (some even change the story).

As for the "perceived Soviet infiltration," your right their really were communists spies out there trying to do harm and steal American secrets. Just as there were Nazi sympathizers and spies during the 30s and WWII. However, a good amount of people McCarthy targeted as those subverting America were not guilty of wrong doing, it was mostly a witch hunt just like the various Committees before his, during the first quarter (post Russian Revolution) and half of the 20th century (Until McCarthy was politically defeated).

A lot of those committees could have been very good tools against what they were intended to fight, but politics currupted them and facts no longer applied, just whether or not the politicians in charge liked you or not and decided to call you up to testify and/or blacklist you.

914:
No, exposing criminal activity isn't fearmongering, but the language, demeanor and the conversation that follows can. It's one thing to expose something, another to expose something then ask/question political opponents to denounce it. It's a completely different thing entirely to expose something (that may be an isolated incident), hype it to paint a whole organization with the same brush, jump to conclusions, haphazardly link political opponents to not only the organization, but the scandal itself, finalizing by using inflaming language and emotion to get people riled up and very angry.

I personally think ACORN has a lot of problems, but I also see the point that many of the problems ACORN has could be isolated. Thus the need for demanding better oversight in that organization regardless of whether it's widespread or isolated incidents.

"They re-elected a senator ... (Below threshold)
914:

"They re-elected a senator for 40yrs that killed a girl. Whats the big deal for them?"

True, their depravity and callousness has been on display for decades. They (DEMS), also complicitly approved of Studds (pervert) and Byrd (Grand master KKK), Jefferson (money launderer),is He still around? Not to mention the whole tax cheat administration with Charlie Wrangler and Eric other peoples money Holder, Tiny Tim taxcheat Girtner.

The list goes on and on.. It heaven and hell.

Nice try but all this prove... (Below threshold)
P-Low:

Nice try but all this proves is that there are unscrupolous people on both sides of the aisle: Lord Malpractice, Mr. Spank Me, I'm and Adulterer and I love her not my wife, Bite Me Beck, the list is too long. Hey let's make a list and see whose is longer.

No takers on that list huh?... (Below threshold)
P-Low:

No takers on that list huh? Furthermore, how many offices did you go to before you hit on these two losers? Besides, when did ACORN turn into a congressional office. Try again guys. And Beck, your days are numbered just like the devil who we know is very busy right now just like you.

The obvious response will b... (Below threshold)
Coran Culim:

The obvious response will be to attack Beck personally using the Freeze it, Personalize it, Attack it approach taught by the communist agitator, Saul Alinsky.

Beck has done a good job dealing with the left wing attack machine thus far.

"Both good points Les, but ... (Below threshold)
MikeinSC:

"Both good points Les, but my personal opinion is journalists these days are pundits and commentators, there aren't too many Walter Concrites left."

Umm, Kronkite wasn't a pundit? Didn't he, you know, portray the Tet Offensive as anything but the resounding defeat for the Viet Cong that it was?

"However, a good amount of people McCarthy targeted as those subverting America were not guilty of wrong doing"

Can you cite who he falsely accused?

...also, do keep in mind, he named names only when the Democrats demanded he do so. He only wanted to name them in closed session in case there were innocent people.

Earlier (post 74) I pointed... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Earlier (post 74) I pointed out how the investigation covered multiple ACORN offices and they found just one, and how blaming the entire organization for problems based on one incident was over-reacting. In short, give ACORN the benefit of the doubt.

Well, it's no longer just one instance. There's now a second video of the same couple posing as a pimp and prostitute getting advice for how to conduct illegal activities. Seeing as this is the same pair of people and that they have to spend so much time traveling to different offices and then doing a song-and-dance, the probability for this being a serious problem throughout ACORN has substantially increased.

Additionally, if ACORN routinely did audits of their offices in order to check integrity, this kind of thing would have been caught because--and let's be frank here--the two actors have such an outlandish story and appearance that it should have sounded everyone's internal alarm bells. Clearly these internal audits aren't happening (or are grossly ineffectual) and are probably well-past overdue.

Sorry, ACORN. I know most of your members simply want to help empower people and lend a hand to those who are down on their luck and need assistance, and that's certainly a noble thing; however, providing advice as to how to cheat the system via illegal activities IS NOT what your organization was intended to do.

You've got problems. You need to put your house back in order.

".. Furthermore, how many o... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

".. Furthermore, how many offices did you go to before you hit on these two losers? ..

88. Posted by P-Low | September 11, 2009 11:46 AM "

As Mike notes above, Oops They Did It Again..

" One day after two ACORN officials in Baltimore were fired for offering to help a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute to engage in child prostitution and a series of tax crimes, another secretly shot videotape has surfaced that shows the same couple getting similar advice from ACORN officers in Washington. " -Fox News

p-low - "Bite Me Beck, ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

p-low - "Bite Me Beck, the list is too long. Hey let's make a list and see whose is longer."

Yeah, that's the ticket. Make a list of miscreants from both sides of the aisle, determine which side is more guilty punish them and ignore the rest.

p-low, that's some defense ya got there. But an expected one from an obvious mental midget.

james h - "According to... (Below threshold)
Marc:

james h - "According to CNN, ACORN says this ruse was tried at several other offices before it succeeded in Baltimore. If that's true, I would say the story speaks less to ACORN overall than to ACORN employees' behavior in that specific office."

Let me correct that fer ya: According to
ACORN, ACORN says this ruse was tried at several other offices before it succeeded in Baltimore.

Because CNN is doing nothing more than parroting ACORNS published defense.

All of which proves one thing, you and CNN are woefully behind the news cycle. The Wash. D.C. office of ACORN was caught, on tape, again assisting in the purchase of a house for the use of setting up a whore house.

Oh, and BTW james h, as can... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Oh, and BTW james h, as can be expected Margaret Williams, Board Member, Maryland ACORN is pulling the race card as a defense....

"We believe our country is beyond this type of attack and call on all Americans to demand that FOX stop its racist coverage."

Yeah, whatever bitch, but I have to ask:

Couldn't it be claimed assisting minor children, children from a foreign country no less, to enter the sex trade be called racist? Not to mention illegal.

Oops, <a href="http://blog.... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Oops, now you've done it Beck and Fox News.

"The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud.

"We do not come to this decision lightly," Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

Sure hope Groves got permission from The One - 'cause ya know the Census Bureau's oversight was moved into the WH - before issuing this statement.

If not there may be a bus sitting at idle waiting to pounce.

Oh, what a shock.... CNN ha... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Oh, what a shock.... CNN has taken their ACORN story off the front page, although it can be argued - not by me - being 20 hours since first posted it's "old news."

But that begs the question why does a search of "ACORN" on their site only turn up the orig story and one entitled "Scientists baffled by mysterious acorn shortage" from Dec. 2008?

Indeed, where are the "ACRONS?"

It also begs the question where is CNN's coverage of the Wash D.C. ACORN housing office being caught in the same sting operation that broke 12 HOURS AGO.

Where are you CNN, doing a "Monica" under The One's desk?

Live@9, Nice of yo... (Below threshold)

Live@9,

Nice of you to post twice, about Beck, in
your post, making sure google picks it up.
You won't mind if I edit your comment.

ACORN is a rotten putrid nu... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

ACORN is a rotten putrid nut rotten to its core a starving squerrel would reject it

Have you heard that the ste... (Below threshold)
Mark:

Have you heard that the stench passed off as "Law Enforcement" is investigating the people who MADE the video? Not the ACORN maggots supporting prostitution and statutory rape, but the people who exposed them! That's why I curse the filthy maggot pigs every day for what they've done to this country.




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