View Full Version : Will Repubs Continue To block Votes? Break Laws?

Gayle in MD
07-13-2010, 01:33 AM
<span style="color: #FF0000">Since Repubs seem so smugly sure they will win majority in the next election, I wonder if they will stop their usual disenfranchisement of the voters, and stop blocking their votes, and pulling their usual slander tricks, in order to prevent voter registration of Democratic Voters.

It seems all of the ACORN bashers around here were wrong? Acorn has been completely cleared, and the "PIMP" is under indictment for taping people without their knowledge, in California.

Gee, Wonder what new thugs Fox and Cheney's will send out to stir up faux accusations against those who work to register voters? ACORN's new organization?</span>

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One week before the close of voter registration in Kentucky last fall, in an election that culminated with the victory of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear, Johanna Sharrard, a fresh-faced 26-year-old national organizer for the low-income advocacy group ACORN, gathered her canvassers in a run-down Louisville office and told them some good news: "We got 396 people yesterday -- that's really great!" Then she added what could have seemed a jarringly discordant note: "We know it's getting harder to reach people with the cards in this area. It's really important that you guys are not slipping up and turning to filling out your own applications or other fraudulent activity. Just yesterday we had to let another person go because she did not follow protocols." Sharrard continued sternly, "What's important is that we get 15,000 new voters. We're not out there to get 10,000 new voters and 5,000 false applications."

Indeed, the voter registration waged by ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in Kentucky was also an effort to test the group's new system for rooting out any fraud. The organization is readying itself for the challenges to voter participation that the poor and minorities -- and Democrats -- are sure to face in 2008.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Sharrard's cautionary tone was a response to the Republican Party's ongoing nationwide campaign to suppress the low-income minority vote by propagating the myth of voter fraud. </span><span style='font-size: 14pt'>Using various tactics -- including media smears, bogus lawsuits, restrictive new voting laws and policies, and flimsy prosecutions -- Republican operatives, election officials, and the GOP-controlled Justice Department have limited voting access and gone after voter-registration groups such as ACORN. Which should come as no surprise: In building support for initiatives raising the minimum wage and kindred ballot measures, ACORN has registered, in partnership with Project Vote, 1.6 million largely Democratic-leaning voters since 2004. All told, non-profit groups registered over three million new voters in 2004, about the same time that Republican and Justice Department efforts to publicize ?voter fraud? and limit voting access became more widespread. And attacking ACORN has been a central element of a systematic GOP disenfranchisement agenda to undermine Democratic prospects before each Election Day. </span>
Revelations that U.S. attorneys were fired for their failure to successfully prosecute voter fraud have revealed how fictitious the allegations of widespread fraud actually were -- but the allegations haven't gone away. They live on in all the vote-suppressing laws and regulations that will likely affect this year's election, in GOP rhetoric and, most recently, in the arguments presented by champions of Indiana's restrictive voter-identification law in a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Unfortunately, progressives have tended to pay more attention to Election Day dirty tricks and to electronic voting machines than to a more systemic threat: the Republican campaign to suppress the votes of low-income, young, and minority voters through restrictive legislation and rulings, all based on the mythic specter of voter fraud. Those relatively transient voters, drawn to the polls this year by the Obama and Clinton campaigns, could find themselves thwarted in November and thereafter by the GOP-driven regime of voting restrictions -- particularly if, as many observers believe, the Court upholds Indiana's restrictive law before it adjourns this June.

Voter fraud is actually less likely to occur than lightning striking a person, according to data compiled by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. As Lorraine Minnite, a Columbia University professor, observed in the Project Vote report, The Politics of Voter Fraud, "The claim that voter fraud threatens the integrity of American elections is itself a fraud." In October 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft launched an intensive "Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative" that required all U.S. attorney offices to coordinate with local officials in combating voter fraud. Yet even after the Justice Department declared the war against voter fraud a "high priority," only 24 people were convicted of illegal voting in federal elections between 2002 and 2005 -- and nobody was even charged by Justice with impersonating another voter. (The Justice Department declined to answer questions about more recent fraud prosecutions.) And despite the anti-immigrant frenzy fueling photo-ID laws, only 14 noncitizens were convicted of illegally voting in federal elections from 2002 through 2005 -- mostly because of their ignorance of election law.

Unfortunately, the public hasn't heard just how nonexistent the voter fraud epidemic actually is. While progressives have successfully challenged some of the most restrictive laws in court, they're still playing catch-up when it comes to combating the glib sound bites of voter-fraud alarmists. Republicans and the Bush Justice Department have cloaked their schemes under such noble-sounding concepts as "ballot integrity." The GOP's vote-suppression playbook features everything from phony lawsuits to questionable investigations to authoritative-seeming reports, all with the aim of promoting restrictive laws. These tactics were first perfected in the hotly contested swing state of Missouri.

The roots of John Ashcroft's passion on this issue go back to the chaos of Election Day 2000 in St. Louis, when hundreds, if not thousands, of mostly inner-city voters were turned away from polling places because their names were not on voting rolls. The resulting last-minute court battle kept some polling places open for 45 minutes after their scheduled closing time of 7 P.M. Ashcroft, then the Republican U.S. Senate nominee, lost his race to the dead Democratic governor, Mel Carnahan, whose name stayed on the ballot weeks after he died in a plane crash. At an election-night party, an infuriated Republican Sen. Kit Bond pounded the podium and screamed, "This is an outrage!" -- and subsequently charged that Republican losses were due in part to dogs and dead people voting. As one local government official observed, "In St. Louis, 'dogs and dead people' is code for black people [voting fraudulently]."

That election night gave birth to the new right-wing voter-fraud movement, while Missouri became a proving ground for the vote-suppression campaigns that later spread to other key states. Missouri's then-Secretary of State Matt Blunt, now governor, launched a trumped-up investigation that concluded that more than 1,000 fraudulent ballots had been cast in an organized scheme. A Justice Department Civil Rights Division investigation, started before Ashcroft shifted the department's priorities, found no fraudulent ballots, however. Instead, it discovered that the St. Louis election board had improperly purged 50,000 voters from the rolls.

Nonetheless, the template for smear campaigns, groundless lawsuits, and politicized prosecutions used across the country had been set in Missouri. Key roles were played by many of the same GOP zealots who later made their mark on the national drive to fight voter fraud, among them St. Louis attorney Thor Hearne, the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign election counsel who later launched the GOP front group, the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR). And as early as 2002, the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party pioneered a new dirty trick: publicly "filing" with the Federal Election Commission a 26-page complaint against the state's leading registration group, known as Pro Vote, that charged it with secretly conspiring with Democrats in the Senate race -- but then failing to sign the document so the agency never considered it.

The goal of such complaints and allegations was to create a barrage of negative publicity about voter-registration groups and the voter-fraud menace that could pave the way for restrictive laws. In Missouri, the Republicans' cries for a new state photo-ID law began in 2002, before the GOP blitz in most other states. The legislature passed such a bill in early 2006, before it was struck down that September by a Missouri state court as unconstitutional.

The GOP in Missouri also turned to prosecutions and lawsuits, most either overblown or groundless. In November 2005, Bradley Schlozman, then the Justice Department's acting civil-rights chief, insisted on filing a lawsuit that accused Missouri's secretary of state, Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, of failing to purge supposedly ineligible voters under federal law. (U.S. Attorney Todd Graves was forced out in March 2006 for having balked at filing the suit.) A federal judge, who found that the Justice Department did not produce any evidence showing fraud justifying the purges, dismissed the lawsuit in April 2007. The department continues to appeal the ruling.

The fraud-obsessed Schlozman was then moved into Graves' old post without Senate confirmation, through a loophole in the Patriot Act. In an apparent effort to discredit both Democrats and ACORN, just five days before the tight Senate election in 2006 between incumbent Republican Jim Talent and Democrat Claire McCaskill, Schlozman announced, in violation of the department's own standards, the indictment of four former ACORN workers who had been fired by ACORN for filling out false voter-registration forms. The indictments were part of a broader effort to tilt the campaign against Democrats by bashing ACORN and limiting voter access. St. Louis' Republican election director, Scott Leiendecker, sent out a chilling letter shortly before the election to 5,000 mostly African Americans registered by ACORN, asking them to verify to the election board that they were eligible to vote. Leiendecker backed off after he faced the threat of a voting-rights lawsuit and received a warning letter from Secretary of State Carnahan.

What began in Missouri soon went nationwide. Starting in 2003, the Justice Department's civil-rights division issued a flurry of advisory letters, rulings, and lawsuits under the guise of fighting fraud that appear designed to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. Federal and state courts have struck down some of the laws shaped by policies promoted by the Justice Department, such as strict database-matching laws limiting new voters in Washington state and Florida. Even so, Justice Department-backed secretive purging policies have targeted voter-registration applicants and current voters in several key states: In Ohio in 2006, 303,000 voters were purged in three major urban counties, while the Brennan Center reported that Pennsylvania's rigid database rules, later loosened, had excluded up to 30 percent of eligible registrants. Karl Rove aide Tim Griffin played a major role in state GOP voter "caging" operations (that is, challenging the eligibility of registered voters) in such states as Ohio and Florida. These schemes, Project Vote reports, challenged the right of 77,000 mostly minority voters to cast ballots between 2004 and 2006, under the pretext that non-forwardable letters sent by GOP activists to their addresses were returned as undelivered. Thor Hearne's now-vanished ACVR lobbied for strict voter-ID laws in nine states, according to McClatchy and other news organizations. Voter-ID laws in states such as Georgia, Arizona, and Indiana have, for now, been allowed to stand.

All these campaigns have created a kind of GOP vote-suppression playbook that aims to limit voting rights in the states and attack registration groups such as ACORN. In most states where ACORN wages ballot-initiative and voter-registration campaigns, Republican lawyers, officials, and some prosecutors routinely file dubious lawsuits and complaints to generate bad press for the voter-registration drives. The lawsuits seldom if ever succeed, but the bad press they engender creates a climate to pass restrictive voting laws.

In New Mexico by the summer of 2004, ACORN's effort to register voters in advance of the closely fought presidential election was a stunning success: The organization registered 35,000 voters, mostly in the Albuquerque area. "Republicans were freaking out," recalls John Boyd, an attorney for the state Democratic Party. Republicans accused ACORN of "manufacturing voters," conflating error-plagued cards with fraud while trumpeting one registration card filled out in the name of a 13-year-old boy. The boy's card became the centerpiece of the lawsuit Rep. Joe Thompson, an Albuquerque Republican, filed in August 2004 demanding that the state government require photo ID for voters registered by ACORN and other nonprofits. The lawsuit claimed that the Republican plaintiffs' votes were "diluted" by supposedly false registrations.

Their case fell apart in court, and by September, a judge dismissed the lawsuit. But Republicans were not deterred by their loss in civil court and pressed for a criminal investigation, a probe which U.S. Attorney for New Mexico David Iglesias started on the same day that the court ruled against the GOP. Iglesias was a true believer in the menace of voter fraud. As one of just two U.S. attorneys in the nation to form such task forces, he was invited to lecture other U.S. attorneys in 2005 as part of the annual Justice Department ballot-integrity conference.

Iglesias' efforts weren't enough for Patrick Rogers, the Republican National Lawyers Association point person in the state, who mounted a campaign to pressure Iglesias to bring criminal charges before the election, rather than form a task force. Indeed, even before Iglesias concluded in 2006 that there wasn't enough evidence to indict on voter fraud, major Republicans in the state had started asking the Bush administration for his removal. In early December 2006, Iglesias was one of seven U.S. attorneys whom the Justice Department fired.

Today, Iglesias says of voter fraud: "It's like the boogeymen parents use to scare their children. It's very frightening, and it doesn't exist. U.S. attorneys have better things to do with their time than chasing voter-fraud phantoms."

But the damage of chasing phantoms proved more substantial. In 2005, the state legislature, with the blessing of its Democratic governor, Bill Richardson, passed legislation that essentially crippled the ability of groups like ACORN to do mass voter registration. In 2006, ACORN had only 10 certified canvassers in the whole state, and registration plunged to 2,000 new applicants from 35,000 two years before, according to ACORN's top New Mexico organizer, Matt Henderson.

In Florida in 2004, ACORN's initiative to raise the state's minimum wage looked to be cruising to victory (it won with 71 percent of the vote), and brought in over 200,000 newly registered voters. That led business lobbies and the GOP to find a poster boy for fraud in a fired ACORN employee and ex-con named Mac Stuart, who spun elaborate tales of ACORN squirreling away hundreds of GOP voter applications it gathered but did not turn over to election officials. Republican attorneys filed two lawsuits featuring Stuart's claims. After the election, Stuart ultimately conceded that he made false statements about ACORN. In December 2005, federal judges dismissed both lawsuits.

But in the same month, the legislature passed one of the most restrictive voting-registration laws in the country. The new law fined every registration worker $5,000 for any lost application, potentially wiping out the entire budget of the state League of Women Voters if just 14 forms were lost and forcing the group to stop registering voters for the first time in over 70 years. It was not until August 2006 that a federal judge blocked enforcement of the law. However, a slightly revised version passed last year.

Responding to the GOP-generated hysteria over voter fraud, criminal investigations were launched in 2004 and 2005 in Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, and Ohio, with ACORN often a target. But by the end of 2005, the investigations ended after finding either no evidence of wrongdoing by ACORN or any pervasive voter fraud. Nationally, only six former ACORN employees were charged with registration fraud or other election-related crimes in the 2004 election, offenses involving fewer than 20 forms. That's out of 1 million new voters registered by ACORN during that cycle.

Yet Thor Hearne, among others, took advantage of these assorted investigations and news accounts about fraud to create the fictional appearance of an epidemic, then added some fabrications of his own. Perhaps the wildest ACVR whopper -- seized on by The Wall Street Journal as late as November 2006 -- was the charge that ACORN and an affiliated group were under criminal investigation for "paying crack cocaine for fraudulent registration forms." Actually, the tale originated with the arrest of a Toledo-area man who may have received drugs while working for another volunteer for a now-defunct organization, not ACORN. Without substantiation, ACVR identified Democratic-leaning cities as hotspots for fraud. They were generally the same locations where U.S. attorneys later faced pressure over prosecutions, including Seattle, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. (The one exception to overblown investigations targeting ACORN was the indictment last year by a local Seattle prosecutor, welcomed by ACORN, of seven rogue ex-employees who had fabricated nearly 2,000 registration forms.)

The hyped reports, indictments, and hearings had their intended effect after the 2004 elections. Nearly 30 states considered bills to require photo ID or proof of citizenship to register or vote. While most of these measures haven't yet passed, those that have can be severe: An Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to register has disenfranchised up to 60 percent of applicants in some counties.

Over the past few years, what began as local phony lawsuits and investigations escalated into a concerted drive by the Civil Rights Division to restrict voting. Since 2004, the goal of the state GOP vote-caging initiatives has become official Justice Department policy. The department has also promoted the equivalent of caging by pressuring 16 states and cities to speed up their purging of hundreds of thousands of voters through letters and lawsuits, as first reported by Alternet.

Alarmingly, the insubstantiality of the claims of pervasive voter fraud may not deter the U.S. Supreme Court from upholding Indiana's restrictive voter-ID law -- which, according to a new University of Washington study, could disenfranchise the more than 20 percent of the state's African American voters who lack the ID required by Indiana's law. Amazingly, Indiana has admitted that there hasn't been a single alleged case of in-person voter fraud in the state's history. Instead, Indiana's attorneys and legal allies, including the federal government, have submitted virtually nothing but unverified newspaper clippings and right-wing claims about fraud allegations in other states.

Indeed, the Supreme Court, in a little-noticed comment in an earlier ruling on Arizona's ID law, has already granted government the leeway to enact laws denying the vote based merely on fears of fraud, regardless of evidence. But outside of the world of voting experts, little attention has been paid to the lack of evidence in the federal court rulings leading up to the Indiana case. As Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center observes, "The way this case has been decided so far [in lower courts] is that a state doesn't have to justify measures to suppress the vote."

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its Indiana ruling in the next few months, and it's considered unlikely that the Court will strike down the law.

These days, weakened by the publicity over the U.S. attorneys scandal, the savvier voter-fraud propagandists are shifting their now-discredited arguments about massive voting by illegal immigrants to yet another "menace": "double voting." Republicans and some newspapers point to lists of the same names in different states to claim there has been large-scale double voting. Yet such sweeping double-voting claims are almost always due to administrative errors and the statistical probability that people with the same name and birth date will show up in large pools of voters.

Regardless of the facts, the drive for new voter-ID restrictions will likely be strengthened in the wake of the upcoming Supreme Court decision. There's little sign that progressives or Democrats are going to launch what the Brennan Center's Deborah Goldberg has called the "huge public education effort" needed to raise awareness about the problems with voter-ID laws. Democrats seemingly haven't yet grasped the political importance of fighting these restrictive policies, though they could prove a major impediment to minority voting (and if minorities voted at the same rate as whites, there would be 7.5 million more voters on Election Day).

But Johanna Sharrard and other ACORN leaders aren't going to be deterred by Republican obstacles and smears as they gear up for new registration drives this year that could be their most successful yet. Sharrard's campaign in Kentucky last year brought in over 14,000 new voters, a state record. And after seeing all the attacks against ACORN in Missouri and elsewhere, she realizes, "It's a good motivator; it showed us that that things we were doing are important." It's an open question, though, whether progressives will realize that it's worth fighting to make sure that the voters ACORN is trying to reach will actually have their votes count.


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">ACORN cleared of all wrongdoing in "pimp/ho" theater, while the "pimp" sinks deeper into his own mess
News Type: Opinion Wed Mar 3, 2010 5:01 PM EST
By Paul William Tenny

This is the photo of James O'Keefe attending a white nationalist convention. O'Keefe has admitted to attending the convention but disputes his reasons for being there.


It may have taken a while, but ACORN has finally been officially cleared of all wrongdoing by New York authorities in the con job orchestrated by the right's rising fake journalist star and blatant racist and homophobe -- James O'Keefe.

This story didn't make the print version of the Times and I'm sure you won't hear about it on television. There's no entertainment value in vindication. Relegated to a Times online blog is the news that a Brooklyn district attorney found no evidence of criminal activity or wrongdoing in his lengthy investigation.

Not by ACORN anyway O'Keefe is still being investigated for violating state wiretapping laws, least I heard, and is being sued by ACORN over that little matter as we speak.

It almost seems like an afterthought now that O'Keefe has learned first hand what the inside of a jail cell and a court room looks like. So much has come out after that charade that it hardly seems worth pointing out things like this, as we all ought to just assume that everything O'Keefe touches turns rotten from his dishonest intentions.

Arrested for entering a federal building under false pretenses which these days could very easily get you shot and accused of attempting to interfere with a sitting Senator's office phone system. A Senator sitting on a committee charged with overseeing the Department of Homeland Security. Imagine the repercussions if that juvenile prank had resulted in lost communications between that Senator and a national security committee during a time of national emergency?

And that's to say nothing of the painful obviousness of it all. O'Keefe says he just wanted to prove that the Senator was avoiding taking calls from her constituents. Really? Is there anything more obvious or well known than politicians intentionally ignoring their constituents?

What's next for this master journalist, will he seek to prove to all the world's disbelievers that water is in fact wet?

Does he expect to win a Pulitzer Prize for proving on video that cake is in fact delicious?

Within days of this political theater, ACORN claimed that O'Keefe had been thrown out of several offices nationwide he even had the police called on him at least once and that O'Keefe and his powerful right-wing media handlers were withholding video of that to purposefully and dishonestly distort the public's perception of what really happened.

People who wanted to believe it was all true ignored ACORN's claims. While Andrew Breitbart, Fox News, and O'Keefe all claimed that this was just the beginning, and that even more explosive video would be released in the days and weeks to come, nobody bothered to hold their feet to the fire.

Not one single video has come out since this bull@!$%# started.

But nobody cared about that, either.

O'Keefe's friend and "whore", Hannah Giles, admitted recently that photos of O'Keefe dressed outlandishly as a pimp were staged. O'Keefe entered ACORN offices wearing casual shirts and khakis that wouldn't raise anyone's suspicion. The fraud wasn't disguised as a fake pimp, he was disguised as a young businessman, asking for business advice.

This was enough to send Andrew Brietbart backtracking, but again, nobody seemed to care that it was falling apart. It was all ACORN all the time on Fox News. Conservatives never needed a reason to hate an organization that helped and empowered low-income families and minorities. This manufactured scandal simply let them vent their hatred of people that are the traditional enemies of the American right without feeling like racists and selfish hate mongers.

There's nothing wrong with questioning actual wrongdoing committed by ACORN, and given their size 400,000 members in dozens of countries it seems nearly impossible that there wouldn't be at least some bad apples. But we all know this was never about that.

The further you go back, the worse and more obvious it gets why this all happened.

James O'Keefe has led a colorful life that surely made him very attractive to the extreme right. An investigation by Salon turned up photos of O'Keefe participating in white nationalist conventions. O'Keefe wasn't just walking around, taking in the views, he was manning "a literature table filled with tracts from the white supremacist right, including two pseudo-academic publications that have called blacks and Latinos genetically inferior to whites".

In light of that, is it at all surprising that O'Keefe targeted the country's largest organization dedicated to helping empower minorities? The primary benefactors of ACORN are African Americans, Latinos, and other low-income families and James O'Keefe was peddling trash that says they are inferior to whites.

This is the darling of Fox News, of Andrew Breitbart, and of the American right that continues to defend O'Keefe and idolizes him as if he were a legitimate journalist, instead of a hateful run-of-the-mill racist.

Some of you may remember an incident some years ago over an "affirmative action bake sale" where minorities got a discount but "whites were forced to pay exorbitant amounts".

That was James O'Keefe.

The same O'Keefe who, according to Salon, complained bitterly about being forced to live in an all-black dorm after refusing to live with a gay roommate. O'Keefe was evicted after complaints that he "had called his neighbors "@!$%#s'".

But nobody seemed to care about any of that when ACORN became everyone's favorite scapegoat for a country that has problems. And that's pretty amazing when ACORN is one of the few organizations actually doing something about those problems. After Katrina, ACORN was there. Where was James O'Keefe? Where was the American right?

Where were you?

Remember the scandal in 2007 when someone made a prank call to Planned Parenthood in Ohio, offering to donate money that would go towards abortions "because there's definitely too many black people in Ohio"?

Salon does, because James O'Keefe did that one, too.

So here we are. ACORN has been completely cleared of any and all wrongdoing, and James O'Keefe is facing charges that could see him imprisoned for years for breaking the law.

A moron, for thinking that anyone actually needs an undercover investigation to know that our elected leaders ignore us.

A con artist, for trying to frame ACORN by participating in and creating crimes entrapment.

A homophobe that hates gays so much that he couldn't even share a dorm room with one.

And a blatant racist and quite possibly a white supremacist.

The American right warmly embraced James O'Keefe not because they were duped if we've learned anything, it's that this man is not a criminal mastermind that is capable of fooling anybody but because this is the type of person that actually defines the American right. He didn't sneak in the back door, he was warmly greeted on the red carpet and ushered like a star into the lobby precisely because the right knew who and what he was he was one of them.

None of his previously documented despicable and racist behavior was of any concern to Fox News, or Andrew Brietbart, or his conservative girlfriend, or anyone else. If anything, his history served as a qualifier to be in good standing with the gang. The ACORN mess only cemented his anti-minority cred with the good old boys. It wasn't until his stupidity landed him in jail that the American right scattered like cockroaches when the lights came on.

And with it all coming to an end, wrapped with a nice bow, still nobody cares. It won't make the front page of the Times, and you'll never hear about any of this on Fox News or even MSNBC.

The vindication of ACORN, if anything, only serves to indict the media right along side the American right, for breathlessly reporting on what amounted to a very obvious and detrimental scam. One that actually inspired Congress to pass a bill stripping ACORN of all federal funding that had to be struck down by a federal court as unconstitutional extra-judicial punishment a huge waste of taxpayer money and the time of Congress that should have been spent on more important matters.

To give attention to ACORN being cleared of wrongdoing is to admit wrongdoing on the part of the media for complacently playing along with this bull@!$%# from the very beginning.

Lord knows that will never happen, so you'll read about this here, and maybe on a liberal blog or two. But that's it. And we'll all go back to listening to Glenn Beck who is every bit the racist and dishonest hack that James O'Keefe is. The only difference is that Beck learned that you can get away with being a blatant racist and hate monger and nutbag so long as you don't break the law in the process.

You keep your nose clean, and you can wallow in @!$%# until the cows come home, and he knows it.

</div></div> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has determined that the ACORN Brooklyn office broke no laws when it was caught in James O'Keefe's sting operation last year.

In a statement, Hynes says, "On September 15, 2009, my office began an investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees." The Associated Press reports that "two ACORN employees who were recorded handling the couple's case in Brooklyn were fired."

Hynes' statement goes on to say "The three had been secretly videotaped by two people posing as a pimp and prostitute, who came to ACORN'S Brooklyn office, seeking advice about how to purchase a house with money generated by their 'business.' The 'couple' later made the recording public. That investigation is now concluded and no criminality has been found."

Though no criminal charges were filed, the videos of ACORN offices in Brooklyn, Baltimore, and several other cities -- made by James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles -- have wreaked havoc on the organization. Nationally, it has lost millions in aid from various local, states and federal government sources. The U.S. Census ended its partnership with the organization.

In Brooklyn, the former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is now known as "New York Communities for Change."


07-13-2010, 03:39 AM
You really should read your own links dearie:

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">"Just yesterday we had to let another person go because she did not follow protocols." Sharrard continued sternly, "What's important is that we get 15,000 new voters. We're not out there to get 10,000 new voters and 5,000 false applications."

Indeed, the voter registration waged by ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in Kentucky was also an effort to test the group's new system for rooting out any fraud. </div></div>

If you had read it you would know that it admits that ACORN did have a problem with fraud and that it continues.


07-13-2010, 06:27 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> [color:#FF0000]Since Repubs seem so smugly sure they will win majority in the next election,

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When you begin a post with a false statement, everything that follows loses any credibility.

Republicans are not "so smugly sure" they will win a majority. All indications are that republicans will cut into the Dem majority, and it is POSSIBLE they might get a majority. Nobody is predicting otherwise.

And your use of the term "smugly" is another of your typical little digs at the right that serves no purpose other than to attack the right.

Your tactics are getting old, and are not as effective as you might think. In fact, they simply make you appear bitter.


07-13-2010, 06:58 AM
When you condemn &gt;&gt;&gt;THIS&lt;&lt;&lt; (http://billiardsdigest.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=313159#Post313159) you will have a small amount of credibility.

You won't and you don't.


07-13-2010, 07:04 AM
Condemn it? If anything, she will SUPPORT it!!!!!!!!


Gayle in MD
07-13-2010, 08:11 AM
Seems Boehner, the famous alcoholic, thinks he's got the whole enchalada in the coming elections, according to hie statements, Repubs will have it all in the Fall.


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Bohner says that people have "written off the Democrats" in this country and are ready for change

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/gops-boeh...6#ixzz0tZUZK0OM (http://www.businessinsider.com/gops-boehner-says-political-rebellion-is-brewing-lets-jack-up-the-retirement-age-to-70-2010-6#ixzz0tZUZK0OM)

07-13-2010, 08:32 AM
And when the Dems lose the super majority in congress, will you find a way to blame Bush?


07-13-2010, 08:57 AM
Which laws were broken specifically? And who went to jail?


07-13-2010, 08:58 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Seems Boehner, the famous alcoholic, thinks he's got the whole enchalada in the coming elections, according to hie statements, Repubs will have it all in the Fall.
</div></div>Seems like gayle, the famous flip flopper, voted for her favorite cokehead.


07-13-2010, 09:15 AM
It's the Nuremburg defense ... following orders from the party.