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Did ACORN get too big for its own good?
AP via Breitbart ^ | September 19, 2009 | By SHARON THEIMER and PETE YOST

Posted on 09/19/2009 8:55:39 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

Activist group ACORN started in 1970 to help the poor in Arkansas and quickly went national, growing into a multimillion-dollar conglomerate with a mission so far-flung that schools now bear its name, two radio stations are affiliates and a man it backed is the president. Oh yeah, it's also the unwilling star of a hot Internet video featuring a couple dressed as a hooker and her pimp.

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Many Democrats used to advertise their ACORN connections. Now, however, the Democratic-led Senate has voted to cut off its grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Democrat-dominated House doesn't want it to get any federal money, period.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the conduct in the videos "completely unacceptable" and a prominent ally of President Barack Obama, John Podesta, is on an ACORN advisory panel working to clean up the mess.

Republicans are using ACORN to portray Democrats as corrupt and distract Obama from his policy agenda, the same way Democrats used issues involving Halliburton, the giant government contractor and ex-employer of former Vice President Dick Cheney, against the GOP during the Bush years. Top Republicans from congressional leaders to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger want criminal probes of ACORN and conservative voters are pressuring news organizations for coverage.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: acorn; cultureofcorruption; hannahgiles; labor; laborunions; leftists; podesta; unioncorruption; unions

1 posted on 09/19/2009 8:55:39 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: FlingWingFlyer; altair; stephenjohnbanker; youturn; little jeremiah; ~Kim4VRWC's~; Mountain Mary; ..
ACORN Ping!

FReep mail me if you want on/off the list.


2 posted on 09/19/2009 8:58:56 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

ACORN - Too big to fail.


3 posted on 09/19/2009 9:02:06 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Top Republicans from congressional leaders to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger want criminal probes of ACORN and conservative voters are pressuring news organizations for coverage.

That's sounds like a great idea. Schwarzenegger could spend all his time investigating Acorn rather than collaborate with DemocRATS in the legislature to impose the Democrats' wish list of policies and programs.

4 posted on 09/19/2009 9:04:33 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (I wonder why Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) is so afraid of talking with his constituents?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Did ACORN get too big for its own good?

No, it got too corrupt for our own good!

5 posted on 09/19/2009 9:05:03 AM PDT by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I rather expect ACORN is now broken into cells, as is Al Queada, making them more dangerous.
6 posted on 09/19/2009 9:06:10 AM PDT by llevrok (As a matter of fact, yes I DO care if Jimmy cracks corn !)
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To: Jet Jaguar
That's like asking if "The Mob Got Too Big For Its Own Good"

The only reason the article was written was because ACORN was caught being what it's always been: a criminal enterprise - and it's too big for its supporters in the media too ignore.

7 posted on 09/19/2009 9:06:43 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Yost was a big-time Valerie Plame/ Joe Wilson (remember the other Joe Wilson?)press operative, worked hard to bring down Rove.


8 posted on 09/19/2009 9:12:58 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: All
We need to put ACORN tax services 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 Trust 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.

9 posted on 09/19/2009 9:13:16 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Jet Jaguar

10 posted on 09/19/2009 9:16:37 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: DakotaRed

Exactly who cares about the hows and whys of ACORN. They are corupt and that is all that matters.


11 posted on 09/19/2009 9:16:48 AM PDT by JLS
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To: Jet Jaguar

It got TOO CORUPT!! ACORN was taught by the MOST CORRUPT people like OBAMA.


12 posted on 09/19/2009 9:17:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Madeline Talbott
http://www.madelinetalbott.com/
http://www.facebook.com/people/Madeline-Talbott/642558180

and her friends
http://actionnow.org/
http://bostonreview.net/BR21.3/Talbott.html

are busy ragging the banks to “modify” the kind of loans that they’ve been ragging them since the 1990’s to make:
http://www.newstips.org/interior.php?section=Newstips&main_id=869
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/dangerous_pals_cvq7rDCHftKwJyLaecfPQK

One more proof, if any is needed, that with these people, “No ‘good deed’ will go unpunished.”

They remind me of that famous Gahan Wilson “lemonade stand” cartoon, where creepy looking kids are selling lemonade for 5c from their streetside stand and, around the corner, their confederates are selling the antidote for $5. Given the complicity of “big pharma” in the drive for Obamacare, that cartoon should be revived and applied in that even more relevant discussion. It is well described in this essay on political advertising:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-ducat/propaganda-101-how-to-dec_b_130119.html

A second strategy employed in advertising can be called the “get’m sick, get’m well” approach. A disturbing emotion, like fear or envy, is generated in the first half of the ad narrative, and is associated with the competing product or candidate. This is antidoted by the second half of the ad, in which a reassuring feeling, like safety or pride, is elicited, and linked to the commodity or politician being promoted. I’m reminded of an old Gahan Wilson cartoon. A group of wholesome-looking, all-American kids are selling lemonade at their makeshift street corner stand. The sign says, “Lemonade, Five Cents.” Around the corner we see customers gripping their bellies in agony and lurching toward another stand, where the kids with a more demonic countenance are sitting behind a sign that reads, “Lemonade Antidote, Fifty Dollars.” Get’m sick, get’m well.


13 posted on 09/19/2009 9:19:17 AM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: Jet Jaguar
There are only a couple of things that I know that can grow so much in so little time. One is squash (personally, don't like it because anything that grows that quick and easily can't be good - no free lunch), the other is cancer.

As for ACORN, take your pick, but the motives of ACORN are more akin to the results of cancer.

14 posted on 09/19/2009 9:20:56 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Jet Jaguar

ACORN got to big for our good. That probably occurred about a month after it was formed.


15 posted on 09/19/2009 9:25:16 AM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Did ACORN get too big for its own good?”

No. It was a bad idea from the get-go.


16 posted on 09/19/2009 9:28:41 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Jet Jaguar

This group was designed to suck at the taxpayer teet. It was criminal from day one.


17 posted on 09/19/2009 9:36:47 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Criminal from day one.

Acorn is like the Cuckoo bird which lays it’s egg in the
nest of other species, when it hatches it is larger than
the other chicks so gets the majority of the food that the
parent birds bring back, gradually it forces the other chicks out of the nest until it is the only one left and
the parents never realize what has happened.

The very idea that an organization of this kind was going
to get billions of federal dollars is criminal in the extreme, and MANY people should be put behind bars over it.


18 posted on 09/19/2009 9:45:25 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DakotaRed

No tax payer funding for any of these organization! Period! We need to eliminate the income tax and thus about 50% of the fed’s budget and we will be a great country again!


19 posted on 09/19/2009 9:48:51 AM PDT by fabian
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To: DakotaRed
Did ACORN get too big for its own good?

Not really, its just that the democrats decided to give them billions of our dollars......and we are not suppose to know it......OOPs

20 posted on 09/19/2009 9:59:37 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Jet Jaguar

Fed by huge gouts of taxpayer money, it was bound to spead its tentacles.


21 posted on 09/19/2009 10:07:57 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

No, it was corrupt with a Marxist agenda from its inception.


22 posted on 09/19/2009 10:35:16 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Did ACORN get too big for its own good?”

Slapping down A.C.O.R.N. is more like a smokescreen, in which the Communists running our government appear to be cleaning up their act (but aren’t).


23 posted on 09/19/2009 11:03:29 AM PDT by RoadTest ( Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols - Psalm 97:12a)
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To: savedbygrace

“The openly Democratic-leaning group has seen its”....

DEMOCRAT LEANING? Sure, leaning on their back, smoking cigars, laughing at the idiot Whitey, who ships in boxcar loads of cash!


24 posted on 09/19/2009 11:06:00 AM PDT by outhousepatrol
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To: Jet Jaguar
From Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Union Members Summary - January 28, 2009 Compare fiscal health of the states with their union membership percentage and, with some exceptions (peculiar to state and local conditions, or subject to the Law of Small Numbers), you'll see a pretty good inverse correlation.

Unions are a cancer of the work force, and need to be removed. Particularly, the union membership should not be allowed in government / public sector, as they should not "serve" two masters - the union and the populace. Someone could introduce such a bill in Congress and / or states' legislatures. If nothing else, it would start a debate about the role of the unions and their drain on citizen's tax burden, including government / public pensions, and who is working for whom - if government working for the people or are the people working for the government (and unions)? Which services can be competitively privatized (hint: the biggest one is education)?

Ronald Reagan started the ball rolling forcefully with PATCO strike debacle, but after him nobody really took on the unions, and the downward slide of union membership was reduced to a trickle. Destroying the unions will remove the large part of funding and the "organizing and enforcement" arms of Democratic party and its liberal base.

25 posted on 09/19/2009 11:25:57 AM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Yeah, Acorn got too big, and it also got TOO CORRUPT!


26 posted on 09/19/2009 12:17:25 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: RoadTest

You’re correct. The Congress Criminals will remain in place as the Sheeples sigh in relief as the ACORN Criminals take the hit, and are allegely disbanded.

ACORN has already become COI, Community Organizers International, but who knows other then those of us here at FR, and those that read the Internet Conservative news blogs.

They’ve already disguised themselves as a different organization. They have already begun the Liberal process known as “re-inventing themselves”.


27 posted on 09/19/2009 4:05:46 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: GeronL

This group was designed to suck at the taxpayer teet. It was criminal from day one.
+++++++++++++++++

“Obama helped represent ACORN in a 1995 lawsuit against Illinois that forced enactment of the “motor-voter law,” making it easier to register to vote.”

Do we need to know more? This group and those like it have advocated for the dim bulbs to get more illegal, concocted votes. Motor voter laws need to be SCRUTINIZED.

And what’s going on in Indiana, where they strike down voters having to ID themselves??

I’m so tired of non-citizens, fake people, dead people and criminals voting in Democrats.

ENOUGH!


28 posted on 09/19/2009 4:17:06 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: rockinqsranch

ACORN has already become COI, Community Organizers International, but who knows other then those of us here at FR, and those that read the Internet Conservative news blogs.
+++++++++++++

The investigations being called for need to include ACORN/COI and ALL ITS SURROGATES.


29 posted on 09/19/2009 4:18:13 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce

“”I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career,” Obama told ACORN leaders in November 2007, according to a posting on Obama’s campaign Web site. “Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

Pro-Democratic groups, including unions, paid ACORN branches and affiliates for get-out-the-vote activities in the last election.

ACORN’s connections to unions - Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, is among those with Podesta on the ACORN advisory panel - illustrate some of the contradictions found in its past.”
++++++++++++++

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...

Obama=ACORN/COI/All surrogates


30 posted on 09/19/2009 4:19:40 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce

The probably is their outvoting the living citizens who pay taxes


31 posted on 09/19/2009 4:20:12 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar

...surprised to see the words ‘good’ and ACORN in the same sentence!


32 posted on 09/19/2009 4:41:45 PM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Jet Jaguar
In other words, it's a better strategy to have dozens or more smaller community organizing groups getting money from the Democrat left in congress and charitable front groups (foundations that receive taxdollars), etc, than a big consolidated community organizer group that could take a big fall and never recover.

The war goes on, folks.
33 posted on 09/19/2009 5:26:10 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Jet Jaguar; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Thanks Jet Jaguar.

Oops, and thanks neverdem for that other ACORN topic I just pinged. [blush]


34 posted on 09/20/2009 1:49:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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