Skip to comments.ACORN Scandal Has Deep Roots
Posted on 09/19/2009 4:30:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a scandal. This story has become breaking news lately thanks to some recent guerilla journalism. But the problems of ACORN represent a broader, and even more scandalous idea: the conventional acceptance of the left's self-righteous claims to having a monopoly on all politics, policy and lifestyles that are good.
ACORN, if you haven't heard, is a radical organization that devotes itself with laser-like intensity to the maxim that all politics is local. The group supposedly exists to find affordable housing and provide social services for low-income families. But when two undercover, enterprising young people equipped with a hidden camera walked into an ACORN office, posing as an over-the-top pimp and prostitute wanting to establish a brothel dealing in enslaved children from other countries, ACORN employees offered the two advice: how to get on welfare; how to cheat the tax system; how to get housing from the government; and how to hide the criminal profit (a tin in your back yard, natch).
In the wake of the video, the Senate -- with seven notable exceptions -- voted to bar new federal funding for ACORN. But beyond the outrageous seven and the video, this is an opportunity for deeper revelations still.
Federally aided counsel to a pimp and prostitute and pervasive allegations of voter fraud aren't the worst of it. The reaction that has greeted the furor has been the most disturbing facet of the whole sorry affair. There is a place, a time and a need for getting to the bottom of the whys and hows of social pathologies. But that time is not while watching an organization that gets federal funding offer help with the sex trafficking of children on YouTube. And yet that was the default position of some on the left to this scandal.
ACORN's chief executive Bertha Lewis would eventually surrender to the demand for atonement, and issue a statement saying, "We have all been deeply disturbed by what we've seen in some of these videos. I must say, on behalf of ACORN's Board and our Advisory Council, that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to re-establish the public trust." But that was only after being on adamant defense.
And Lewis wasn't alone in self-protection mode. When the first video dropped, a blog on National Public Radio's Web site excused crimes as part and parcel of the plight of the community organizer: "It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails -- poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades." The post continued: "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." Don't blame them, in other words. They can't help themselves, they're poor people.
And herein lies the deeper scandal -- it's not just the denial of what is right in front of your face, it's denial of a bad mode of operating, of a sickness in policy and philosophy. For as much as the right is attacked for being dismissive of the poor and most vulnerable, the left clutches that which continues the plight of government dependence among so many.
ACORN is wedded to stale thinking that all too often makes people dependent, crushes responsibility, creativity and our very natures. And the Obama administration only plans to continue to increase welfare spending, ensuring that the system that gave birth to ACORN and its inexcusable conduct will continue to thrive.
That NPR item began with the announcement that the "'ACORN versus conservatives' contest of wills is beginning to look like some new version of the Cold War with either side claiming the other is evil and vowing to never give in until it prevails." There's something to that observation, actually. These tea parties, best sellers about liberty and tyranny and liberal fascism, they're about something: they're about ideas. Most of all, they're about preserving that which makes America exceptional.
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If anyone still believes we’re not at war for the salvation of our country, this should dispel them of that belief. It’s us or them. And I intend to win.
ACORN Prostitution Scam Moves to Brooklyn
Now, I guess, we know what a community organizer does, because today we learned, an ACORN Brothel Grows in Brooklyn.
When we last saw our fake pimp and hooker, they were in our nation's capitol trying to
find out how ACORN would deal with people looking for a home mortgage so they can open open up a brothel using under-aged girls. "
"US ACORN SCANDAL: International Press Roundup (RUSSIA); Balt. Libs Recommend to Establish Brothel.
Liberal Benefactors in Baltimore gave recommendations to establish a brothel
В США опубликован видеоролик с участием сотрудников либеральной некоммерческой
организации, которые с энтузиазмом дают советы по организации противозаконного бизнеса -
детской проституции. In the United States published a video with the participation of staff of the liberal non-profit organization,
who enthusiastically give advice on the organization of an illegal business - child prostitution.
Как передает CNN, запись сделана двумя консервативными активистами,
один из которых изображал сутенера, а другая - проститутку.
According to CNN, entry was made by two conservative activist, one of which
depicted the pimp and the other - a prostitute.
Объектом успешной провокации стала влиятельная Ассоциация местных
организаций за немедленные реформы (ACORN)."
"ACORN SCANDAL: International Press Roundup (MEXICO) Girls
from Mexico/E.S. to U.S. for Prostitution
"Trabajo encubierto exhibe ilícitos de empleados de la ACORN;
Llevan a EU niñas de México y El Salvador para prostituirlas"
They have girls from Mexico to the United States and El Salvador for Prostitution
Antonio Heras Antonio Heras Corresponsal Correspondent Mexicali, BC, 17 de
septiembre. Mexicali, BC, Sept. 17. An undercover work done by Hannah Giles and
James O'Keefe, activists, human rights advocates, revealed illegal actions of
employees of the Association of Community Organizations for the New Reform
(ACORN, for its acronym in English), who advise the import United States of girls
from Mexico and El Salvador for prostitution in the neighboring country and profit
The ACORN, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the support of migrants and
highly marginalized people to acquire home ownership in the U.S., announced it will
initiate an independent investigation to determine responsibilities of its employees."
"ACORN SCANDAL: International Press Roundup (NORWAY): "Obama-Support Group Helps Fake Whore/Pimp" "Obama-Støttegruppe Felt Av Falsk Hore Og Hhallik"
a video camera has revealed how people in the U.S. umbrella organization Acorn has
been willing to provide support to illegal projects.
Obama-aid Lobby group, which supports low-and middle-income groups in the housing
wage and tax issues, was under the election campaign last year, accused of election
fraud after a sub-organization had a mission to register voters worth 800 000 dollars
for Obama. "
"The E. F. Hutton of Prostitution: When ACORN Talks, Pimps and Hookers Listen.
The radical activist group ACORN is the E. F. Hutton of prostitution. It stands ready to provide discreet advice
on setting up a brothel and engaging in other, associated acts of criminality. When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen.
In Baltimore, ACORN staff assured OKeefe and Giles that the group doesnt discriminate i.e., has no standards whatsoever.
Giles is told if she makes $96,000 a year selling sex, she should tell the government she only makes $9,600.
OKeefe notes that they want a house for 13 underage girls who will be imported from El Salvador to work as prostitutes.
Only three not all 13 of the girls can be listed as dependents, ACORN prudently advises. "
"ACORN Prostitution Scandal:San Bernardino VIDEO This Time W/Politicians and Murder
When we last saw our fake pimp and hooker, they were in Brooklyn, with the usual scenario,
trying to find out how ACORN would deal with people looking for a home mortgage
so they can open open up a brothel using under-aged girls.
Today's stop is San Bernardino, California. In this Acorn office we find out the woman who runs the office is also a poll dancer
who may turn tricks on the side. ACORN's is supposedly non political but acording to Teresa,
the woman on the tape helping the pair, she speaks with Congressman and Senators every day because
she is lobbying for the Obamacare bill. She names Barbara "Call Me Senator "Boxer and Senator McCleod,
and 62nd district Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter as people with whom she deals.
Theresa says that Edens prostitution money would be an asset to James in his quest to become a Senator or Representative.
Also the person who was helping the alter egos of James O' Keefe and Hannah Giles with the prostitution scam
also talks about how she first planned the cover-up then shot and killed her husband."
James OKeefe and Hannah Giles visited one of ACORNs New York offices in August,
where they picked up handy tips on how to lie on housing forms to cover up a prostitution business
(Honesty is not going to get you the house, one ACORN official advises) and how to hide cash
from their illicit business (When you buy the house with the backyard, you get a tin
and you bury it down in there cover it and put the grass over it ).
In 1994 the ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC) was awarded a $1.1 million grant
by AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National Service (CNS). The money was intended
to fund the training of 42 AmeriCorps members in 13 cities. The workers were expected to identify
low-income families hoping to purchase a first home, to assist them in finding suitable housing, and to
advise them in securing the necessary financing.
AHCs initial subterfuge pales in comparison to the illegal fundraising scheme it subsequently operated,
using its AmeriCorps grant to increase ACORNs membership.
According to Jordan, one ACORN member in the Dallas regional office stated that the only reason
for having the AmeriCorps program was to gain new ACORN members, and that if AmeriCorps loan
counseling clients did not start becoming ACORN members, she could and would halt the AmeriCorps project.
Jordan found that this understanding was not limited to the Dallas office.
Using government funds to solicit membership in an organization that like ACORNparticipates in
direct political advocacy is a violation of federal guidelines."
"ACORN: Big Apple, Big Pimping (another shoe drops)
It was just a fluke, ACORN insisted the first time that James OKeefe and Hannah Giles
published their undercover video showing their office in Baltimore helping a pimp evade taxes
and get a mortgage by deceit for a brothel. They fired a couple of bad apples in that office,
and a couple of more bad apples in Washington DC when that office got caught on hidden camera
doing the same thing. In fact. ACORN went so far as to brag that the pair had tried the same thing
and failed in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places."
This morning (Saturday) CNN is running “news” that appears to be a full defense of ACORN. They are interviewing ACORN employees who claim when this camera team visited their office...they were merely “playing along.”
You know the guy in the San Diego office who claimed contacts in Mexico that could help in smuggling teens for sex? Well, now he’s saying he was acting in an “undercover” capacity because he cousin is a cop.
Yeah, because smuggling in kids for sex, is something to play around with, if this is the best they got, no one will buy it. Well except for Obama Kool-aid drinkers.
And of course CNN bought it hook line and sinker
Obama, ACORN, the (Marxist) New Party and the Working Families Party (an Acorn front group)
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 11:08:18 AM EDT by ETL:
"If I had wha chu got, honey I'd be rich"
The part on the under-aged prostitution ring begins about 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the 35 min audio segment. And it continues on at about 11 mins into it (following other news). Note: you can slide the bar over on the site's audio player to the 4:30 mark in order to skip pass the other stuff.
(WABC's) Charlie Gibson on Acorn Scandal: I Don't Even Know About It
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 4:02:59 PM by ETL
This morning, the ACORN scandal was raised to Charlie Gibson in an interview on WLS AM Chicagos Don Wade & Roma Morning Show.
Don: Ok heres my question, Senate bill yesterday passes cutting off funds to this group called ACORN. Now we got the we got that bill passing, we got the embarrassing video of ACORN staff giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel with 13 year old hookers. It has everything you could want corruption and sleazy action at tax funded organizations thats got government ties. But nobodys covering that story why?
Charlie Gibson: (laugh) I dont even know about it. Uh, so you got me at a loss, I dont know. Uh, uh, but, but My goodness if its got everything including sleaziness in it we should talk about it this morning.
Roma: This is the American way
Charlie Gibson: Well maybe, maybe thats one you just leave to the cables.
Roma: Well I think that this is a huge issue because theres so much funding that goes into this organization and its a multi
Charlie Gibson: Well, I know weve done some stories about ACORN before but uh, uh this one I dont know about.
Roma: Jake Tapper did some blogging on it. I know hes at least blogged once on this scandal.
Charlie Gibson: You guys, you guys are really up on the uh on the website.
Footage of the San Bernardino investigation was not available at the time of the interview.
Thank you to WLS AM Chicago for providing the audio.
Listen to the audio here:
[begins about 4 minutes, 30 secs into the audio clip. More incredible audio clips from the new Acorn videos later in the audio (apprx 11 mins into it) - total length of audio: apprx 35 mins. you can slide the bar over to the 4-1/2 min mark]
It’s not just that CNN has bought the ACORN defense...it’s that they are pushing it.
We are in the middle of a media war.
The first image in post 4 is perfect.
“We have all been deeply disturbed by what we’ve seen in some of these videos. I must say, on behalf of ACORN’s Board and our Advisory Council, that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to re-establish the public trust.” But that was only after being on adamant defense.”
Translation: “ We want that 8 billion in taxpayer money, so we can rig all elections on the local, state, and national level. We must make sure no republican wins office within 3 years. We also want to destroy the capitalist system, while enriching ourselves at everyone else’s expense.”
The media war is a single front of the war. And one action that can be taken on that front is the next Tea Party movement against MSM outlets across America, as Rush has proposed. Let them see the power of middle America up front and personal.
If you give money to United Way, YOU are supporting ACORN.
Four people passed through a St. Louis polling place, staffed by ACORN volunteers. 34 votes were tabulated. Claire McCaskill was elected to the US Senate.
I love the NPR rationalization for the scandalous behavior of the ACORN officials: “well, they’re just drawn from the inner-city neighborhoods they serve, and because of their environment (translation: our fault), how could we expect anything other than what we saw on the videos?”
The logical conclusion of their analysis: “here’s a brilliant idea - why don’t we funnel bucketfuls for money to fund an organization that apparently serves the function of reinforcing the worst pathologies of an inner city underclass?”
“Four people passed through a St. Louis polling place, staffed by ACORN volunteers. 34 votes were tabulated. Claire McCaskill was elected to the US Senate.”
Give em 8 billion, and see what happens.
It all started with the Immigration Reform in 1965,import the Poor and Illiterate from South America,Africa ,Mexico and look what you get,They vote Democrat in Huge Numbers for 50 years and they are still complaining about the same things,it is self perpetuating,or Insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
No one is going to Change it ,you cant run as a Representative saying you are going to Cut these give away programs that are Bankrupting the Country,not only are the poor who depend on them going to vote against you but all the Poverty pimps in the Government who make nice fat Livings off them are too,millions of Govt Employees who cater to the down trodden in every aspect of their lives,the most basic how to diaper a Baby how to dress them ,they have to track the Fathers the Mothers ,some on drugs some ,felons ,all these Agencies cost trillions.
The Country has been playing out the String for some time,with this guy in the White House the end will just be excellerated
“they were merely playing along.
That’s right, your honor. I was just playing along as “driver” in the bank robbery. I was going to turn in the robbers after the bank heist and drive them straight to the police station. Can I go now? Choir practice starts in 30 minutes and I have to fill the holy water fountains at the church. Plus I have to stop at the humane society and pet the puppies and kittens.
Amen. If you're a victim of society, you have no responsibility for your condition or your actions. Absolutely wrong, absolutely destructive to the individual and society. We must stop this line of reasoning before it destroys our country.
If the conservatives really expect to get any long-term mileage out of the fall of ACORN, they must immediately REPLACE ACORN with an organization that will help the "poor and downtrodden" with housing, health care and other types of advocacy. HOWEVER, it must be done from the foundation of conservative values.
Rather than treat the poor like victims in need of entitlements and handouts, the organization should treat them like humans with dignity who need advice on how to access the entrepreneurial opportunities that exist in our great country. Rather than showing them how to scam the system to get mortgage loans they can't maintain, they should show them how to establish income and credit necessary to buy a home of their own on their own merits.
If conservatives do not do this, then another "ACORN" will spring up. And it will be 7 times more powerful than the first
One ACORN service--tax preparation---meeds to be put under the IRS microscope.
DO THIS NOW : Contact the IRS Criminal Investigations Division (IRS-CI) (CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS)
> To report suspected tax fraud activity, Tele toll-free 1-800-829-0433
> To report suspected tax law violations, Tele toll-free 1-800-829-0433
MISSION STATEMENT The IRS-CI mission is to follow the money. No matter the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes. The IRS-CI utilizes the broad authority of Title 26 and 31, tax, currency reporting and forfeiture and Title 18 money laundering, conspiracy and forfeiture to identify, investigate and prosecute the most significant tax, currency and money laundering offenders; and to pursue the assets of those offenders both domestically and internationally for criminal tax and asset forfeiture purposes.
Contact the IRS when you suspect :
> Unscrupulous Tax Return Preparers
> Frivolous filers/non-filers who challenge the constitutionality of the American tax system
> Income Tax Evasion
> Failure to File
> Filing False Returns
> Frivolous filers/non-filers who challenge the constitutionality of the American tax system
> Employment Tax Cases
> Claims for Fraudulent Refunds
> Abusive Tax-exempt Nonprofit Schemes
> Illegal Source Financial Crimes (Money obtained illegally or through fraud)
> Narcotics Related Financial Crimes
> Money Laundering
The IRS is also interested in leadership and members of groups involved in tax, money laundering, or currency violations and persons engaged in fundraising activities using tax exempt organizations, and complex, extensive or convoluted financial transactions.
"Get your pencils and paper ready. Today. we're going to learn how to use HUD federal funds to open a brothel
utilizing underage children imported from the Third World. And when I become president, this will all be legal."
Obama’s deep involvement with all things Acorn.....You would think after the undercover videos were released, the connections Obama had to Acorn would be getting a lot of air time. I don’t even hear it much in talk radio.