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Head Organizer for ACORN California Discovers News Defense for Employees

The head of ACORN California has come up with a new defense for its employee in its San Bernadino. They claim she knew it was all a ruse and that she was playing along. Oh, that's rich.

The head organizer for California ACORN says a new video that appears to show a staffer at the organization's San Bernardino office is fake journalism.

The video, which was posted shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday on a Web site called Big Government.com, shows a female ACORN employee talking to a man who claims to be a pimp interested in establishing a brothel where underage immigrant prostitutes would turn tricks in order to raise money for political activity.

The woman, identified on the video as Tresa Kaelke, appears on posted footage to be interested in cooperating the plan. However, California ACORN head organizer Amy Schur said the video is a gross misrepresentation of what actually happened.

"In this video, there are two actors who come into our office and who were messing with us. And our employee was messing with them," Schur said.

[...]

"She (Kaelke) asked if they were joking and asked if they were reporters. They said they weren't reporters and they aren't. This is not legitimate news," Schur said.

I don't know about you but when two strangers come up to me and say they're a prostitute and pimp and need my help getting a home loan so they can import underaged El Salvadorean girls to turn tricks to fund the pimp's congressional campaign, I play along with them, too, like it's a big joke. Sex slavery, it's so funny!


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Comments (40)

Three other offices provide... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Three other offices provide 'help'. The 4th provides the same advice, but it's just playing along...

Nah, I ain't buying it. They've already demonstrated that this is a standard feature of the ACORN offices - not a bug or somehow abberant behavior.

Makes me wonder how many other offices 'helped' out...

This is old news.T... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

This is old news.

They've now announced that Martians had taken over the ACORN office during this time, disabled all of the ACORN workers, disguised themselves as humans, and made these unfortunate remarks while pretending to be ACORN employees.

I definitely beli... (Below threshold)
false flag buster:


I definitely believe ACORN employee Tresa Kaelke, she says she is both a whore and a liar...Just on last question Ms ACORN employee ...were you lying about helping child prostitution on tape...or lying about lying about helping child prostitution on tape? ...closed case... she is a self professed lying whore, murderess too? Stay tuned


Tresa Kaelke was married at least twice. First husband's name - Duane A. Berhow - he died in 1992 in CA according to SSDI -

Has anyone else noticed the... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

Has anyone else noticed the date in the lower left corner on this California Acorn video? It has a 2005 date. If push comes to shove, I don't know if this could be an issue. I know sometimes on older digital cameras, when you change the battery the date has to be reset so maybe that is what happened here with their video camera but I just wondered if anyone else caught it.

They had a week to come up ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

They had a week to come up with a defense strategy. After firing the first few employees they suddenl realized that by firing them, they were admitting that the tape was real.

So instead the will probably promote this woman for "one-upping" the "reporters". That way they still have grounds to sue...at least in CA.

Did you know the Gennifer F... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Did you know the Gennifer Flowers tapes were also faked? Must have used the same people.

Did anybody ever notice tho... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Did anybody ever notice those really big seed pods in the basement of all those ACORN offices a couple of weeks ago?

Now y'all know what they were. That's how it starts. Kevin McCarthy was right!

What ever you do, just don't go to sleep!

Didn't anyone watch Candid ... (Below threshold)
Allen Funt:

Didn't anyone watch Candid Camera or Punk'd growing up? The entire shows were built around the fact that people are inherently cooperative and will go out of their way to help people. The shows would regularly put clerks, admin's and secretaries in situations where they were being asked to deal with an absurd situation and the hilarity would ensue as they twisted themselves into pretzels to accommodate the request.

I bet if you went into 10 H&R Block offices and asked the same questions about how a Pimp/Prostitute should file taxes, you would get a similar result in at least a few of them.

ACORN got Punk'd, that's about all it shows me.

More and more independents ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

More and more independents are coming over to the conservative side everyday. Keep it up liberal organizations. And thanks. ww

The left has scammed Americ... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

The left has scammed American citizens for decades. It is so used to a weak-kneed, spineless response to its trampling of our rights, why not try another incredible lie? They have all worked in the past!

Allen Funt: "ACORN got P... (Below threshold)

Allen Funt: "ACORN got Punk'd, that's about all it shows me."

Really? In the first three videos (Baltimore, D.C. and Brooklyn) the ACORN representatives actively offer to assist in setting up a sex-slave operation using underage girls. And you see this as a modern age "Candid Camera"?

So all of the laws regarding "Aiding and Abetting" should be wiped off the books?

Defendant: "Yes, your Honor, I DID procure the weapons used in the crime, and then set up the money laundering operation for the loot...but I really thought I was on Candid Camera"
Judge: "Case dismissed!"

The real "Allen Funt" is rolling over rapidly in his grave at your disgraceful use of his name...and your highjacking of his COMEDY concept as a legal defense of ACORN helping enslave young girls.

First there was the George ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

First there was the George Allen "Macaca" video.

It wasn't long before every candidate was being shadowed by the opposition with video cameras, hoping that they would say something that could be splashed all over YouTube.

Now there are the undercover ACORN videos.

I predict this idea, too, will spread. By the 2010 elections, every candidate and every group that supports them, or is seen to support them, will be under assault by "investigators" trying to "get the goods" on them. This activity will come from both sides, from within the campaigns, in some cases, and from outside the campaigns in others.

In a few cases, they will provide a valuable service, by uncovering something. In most cases, they will be an annoyance which will provide reinforcement to a narrow band of extreme partisans.

No matter how you feel about the ACORN videos, remember them as the first step in a new age of politics.

AF:I bet... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

AF:

I bet if you went into 10 H&R Block offices and asked the same questions about how a Pimp/Prostitute should file taxes, you would get a similar result in at least a few of them.

Yeah exactly ! Everyone is always so willing to help when you ask for assistance in committing felonies. Hilarious!

I have a lot of criticisms ... (Below threshold)
James H:

I have a lot of criticisms of what these conservatives did ... but my criticisms start from the presumption that these conservatives were effective.

In a few cases, th... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:
In a few cases, they will provide a valuable service, by uncovering something. In most cases, they will be an annoyance which will provide reinforcement to a narrow band of extreme partisans.

Annoying yes, hopefully this new Paparazzi will keep these organizations honest, expose the evil doers, and weed out the ones who want to back politicians and have ulterior motives to those that they state.

(-trip-)"I meant t... (Below threshold)

(-trip-)

"I meant to do that."

"I have a lot of criticisms... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I have a lot of criticisms of what these conservatives did ... but my criticisms start from the presumption that these conservatives were effective."

Lets see, so far Acorn has been kicked out of "helping" with the 2010 census, they've been cut off from HUD funds, Maryland has pulled their charter to operate, NY is freezing funding.

Yep, not very "effective". And evidently there are still MORE tapes to be released.

Well Rance, maybe this will... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Well Rance, maybe this will weed out the candidates and employees of candidates that think sex slavery and such are OK.

Allen Sock, er, Funt,
I'd raise your bet, and expect the H&R block folks would tell you flat out that lying to the IRS is bad. I've been to their training. I've seen them prepare taxes, including mine, and heard it pointed out while itemizing deductions that lying to the IRS is bad.
If they do it knowingly, the IRS will land on them with both feet.

Now, I can believe an accountant with a rich, above the law client, and is himself a rich, above the law person, being willing to play some of these games (I am thinking of Charlie Rangel and Chris Dodd). But to go out on a limb for a complete stranger?!?

This tells me that ACORN has either terrible to non-existent training coupled with many amoral employees OR their training actually covers this kind of thing (lying to the IRS, ignoring crimes) and is embraced by amoral employees.

Sooooo wheres the federal p... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Sooooo wheres the federal prosecutors with their RICO statutes?

Holder? Holder? Holder? Where art thou Holder?

ODA:Hold... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

ODA:

Holder? Holder? Holder? Where art thou Holder?

Busy investigating CIA agents in order to better protect accused terrorist from the CIA.

Garand:That's prec... (Below threshold)
James H:

Garand:

That's precisely what I said. That these individuals were effective. Why the disagreement?

Oh yeah, she was clearly aw... (Below threshold)
Scott:

Oh yeah, she was clearly aware of the game that was being played from the very beginning...of course...

Priceless!

As the ACORN saga unfolds, I'd hope that Christians will heed the call to pray for those caught in the net of this investigation, as in "Pray for Theresa. Pray for Bertha. Pray for Every ACORN Advocate." at http://firebreathingchristian.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/pray-for-theresa-pray-for-bertha-pray-for-every-acorn-advocate/

After all, what better way to show that we are not The Daily Kos. ;-)

I can just see the first ca... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I can just see the first car thief who uses the ACORN defense in court. "I'm not guilty Judge, I knew is was a bait car and I was just playing along with the cops."

Knowing that such a defense renders all stings invalid and that anyone can claim they knew it was a sting after the fact, any honest Judge would dismiss such a defense. The question is, are Democrats honest enough to dismiss that defense when ACORN uses it?

Here's NPR's reaction:... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Here's NPR's reaction:

So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America.

In other words "Black people can't help it...They're criminals to start with."

If a conservative had said something remotely like this they would be calling for blood in the streets.

james h - "That's preci... (Below threshold)
Marc:

james h - "That's precisely what I said. That these individuals were effective. Why the disagreement?"

Oh, I don't no.

Maybe any criticism directed their way is ill advised, at best, or at worst a fine display of asshattery.

These two relatively young kids have done more to expose ACORN than any other media or Congressional source has in 20 years.

They deserve Pulitzer consideration not criticism or idle/phoney threats by the Maryland State attorney to charge them with a crime.

Any one wanna buy what ACOR... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Any one wanna buy what ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis is selling?

ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees "indefensible," has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened.

ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was "ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN's service programs until completion of an independent review."

But... but... but I thought the tapes were fake, edited, phony as a three dollar bill and produced by utilizing millions of dollars from Fox News!


Now, not so much.

As Jim M pointed out from N... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

As Jim M pointed out from NPR: "So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America."

No, you thick skulled nimrods. The flaws that are being pointed out are criminality, thuggery, partisanship and questionable relationships with Democrats.

Actually what I pointed out... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Actually what I pointed out was the incipient racism of the NPR comment, which basically assumes that ALL minorities are felons.

So if we take NPR's comment... (Below threshold)
jim m:

So if we take NPR's comments to their logical conclusion...

Conservatives are racist because they assume that most people are not criminals and point out that an individual (who happens to be a minority) is committing a crime.

Liberals are not racists because they assume that ALL minority individuals ARE criminals so they don't point out their criminality.

In other news: day is night, Black is white and up is down.

Who's in charge of the ACOR... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Who's in charge of the ACORN smear anyhow, Ashley Todd?

60 Minutes has to be kickin... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

60 Minutes has to be kicking themselves for not thinking of this technique first. Send a couple of reporters to misrepresent themselves, ask questions and videotape the answers? Wow, what an idea!

No, wait, 60 Minutes thought of this 40 years ago. 60 Minutes just has the professionalism and decorum to never use this tactic against fellow Democrats.

No I think ms Todd musts be... (Below threshold)
jim m:

No I think ms Todd musts be in charge of their response.

Anyone who thinks that this is a smear is brain dead. These are not just empty claims, but real video of real ACORN employees offering real assistance in furthering prostitution and slave trade.

But like NPR said...They're minorities, what else would you expect from them?

The real racists are the ones making excuses.

Poor Adrian, first the Gree... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Poor Adrian, first the Green Czar hangs himself with his own words; then not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4....SOON TO BE 5 Acorn offices go out of their way to help a pimp, prostitute and wanna be sex slavers set up business.

And its all a RACIST SMEAR, 'cause you know, ADRIAN SAYS SO.

Stick around, we enjoy the comedy relief you provide.

GrandFan - "Stick aroun... (Below threshold)
Marc:

GrandFan - "Stick around, we enjoy the comedy relief you provide.

Sorry, I don't concur, Adrian Asshat offers nothing to any discussion and is FAR beyond being funny and needs a better way to spend his time and not waste ours.

Dang! Now even the preside... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Dang! Now even the president says that we're not racists. What will Adrian, Bruce, SAUD, Jim et.al. do?

"The president does not believe that -- that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin," Gibbs said. "We understand that people have disagreements with some of the decisions that we've made and some of the extraordinary actions that had to be undertaken by this administration and previous administrations to stabilize our financial system, to ensure viability of our domestic auto industry."...

The apology will be excepted when it is given. Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath.

Dang! Now even the... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Dang! Now even the president says that we're not racists. What will Adrian, Bruce, SAUD, Jim et.al. do?

Obama: I don't believe that the criticism is based on the color of my skin.

Liberal: YOU LIE!

I think we all owe Jimmah C... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I think we all owe Jimmah Carter a hearty Thank You! When he declared that opposition to ObamaCare was RACIST!, he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt how FUCKING STUPID the charge was.

How freakin' low is Carter's APPROVAL rating? By opening his mouth he just blew the latest in of the Alinsky-style names throw at us by the left. "Mobs", "Terrorists", "Nazis", "Corporate Tools", "Confused" and now "Racists". What will they call us next week?

Thanks Jimmah!

#25No chance of th... (Below threshold)
Rance:

#25

No chance of them getting a Pulitzer Prize. Those are awards for "newspaper journalism, literature and musical composition."

One of the Senators voting ... (Below threshold)

One of the Senators voting against cutting off some ACORN funding was our own pathetic selected-not-elected Kirstin Gillibrand in NY. A few facts about her:

1. Harangued then-Congressman John Sweeney to return a campaign donation from a strip club owner, whining about 'family values'.

2. Dithered about what to do with donations from Eliot Spitzer (aka Client #9) after his hooker addiction became public. Eventually gave some of it to charity, don't know that we ever found out if she kept the rest.

3. Votes against cutting funding to a group that seems willing to abet people defrauding the government and child sex trafficking.

All in a day's work for a Senator from NY. I'm so proud.

Isn't it ironic that Jimmy ... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Isn't it ironic that Jimmy Carter referred to Obama as "a Black Boy".
Madalyn




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