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Leftist Judge orders ACORN funding restored
NewsReel (FrontPageNews) ^ | 3/11/2009 | Matthew Vadum

Posted on 03/10/2010 11:28:03 PM PST by Prospero

Matthew Vadum NewsReal

If you thought you sent representatives and senators to Washington, D.C., to exercise the constitutionally mandated power of the purse — you’re wrong.

Silly you. You wasted all that time in civics class learning a whole bunch of outdated claptrap about separation of powers and the lawmaking process for nothing.

The spending power belongs to federal judges now, regardless of what that quaint little document called the U.S. Constitution says.

That’s what ACORN’s favorite federal judge, Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York ruled Wednesday.

In December Gershon, a Bill Clinton appointee, helped ACORN out by offering the Obama administration political cover by issuing a temporary injunction prohibiting Congress from cutting off funding for ACORN. She found that depriving ACORN of taxpayer dollars was an unconstitutional “bill of attainder” that singled out ACORN for punishment without trial. It’s a nonsensical argument unless you believe that cutting off funding –funding that no one has a right to– for an organized crime syndicate is somehow a punishment.

To give credit where it’s due, the Obama administration did the right thing and appealed the December ruling.

Now Nutty Nina’s made the ruling permanent and it’s not yet clear if the administration will appeal this latest ruling. (Here is the permanent injunction and the opinion and order she issued.)

Gershon showed a similar contempt for the legislative branch previously. In 1999 she ruled then-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani had no right to cut off city funding of the Brooklyn Museum of Art when it displayed dead animals and a painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung. Gershon’s not exactly courageous, by the way. She managed to get out of taking accused Al Qaeda terrorist Najibullah Zazi’s case when a courthouse computer randomly assigned it to her.

If this ruling remains undisturbed it will mean every parasitic leftist group in the country will have due process rights in the appropriations process. Congress will not be able to cut any group off for any reason. The rights of tax eaters will become paramount to the rights of taxpayers.

The ruling should be music to the ears of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a huge fan of ACORN who has given thousands of dollars over the years to the ACORN network. The thoroughly corrupt Nadler urged ACORN’s lawyer to sue the government, arguing that a ban on funding constituted a “bill of attainder.” Within weeks, ACORN took his advice.

The ruling could also appears to mean that ACORN and other leftist activist groups are eligible for up to $3.99 billion in federal funding included in President Obama’s $3.83 trillion fiscal 2011 budget blueprint.

The $3.99 billion comes from a congressional slush fund known as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) $48.5 billion fiscal 2011 budget. CDBG grants, which are awarded to states and localities, flow indirectly to ACORN and similar groups that compete at the state and local level for grants.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: 2010; acorn; acornscandal; activistcourts; blackrobedtyrants; coi; cultureofcorruption; democratcorruption; democrats; democratscandals; elections; gershon; howtostealanelection; judicialactivism; judicialtyranny; liberalfascism; ninagershon; obama; obamabrownshirts; taxdollarsatwork; tyranny
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The playbook of this administration is the ceaseless hustle. Those of us who love freedom must neither sleep nor get tired.
1 posted on 03/10/2010 11:28:03 PM PST by Prospero
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To: FlingWingFlyer; altair; stephenjohnbanker; little jeremiah; ~Kim4VRWC's~; voteNRA; Admiral_Zeon; ...
ACORN Ping

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


2 posted on 03/10/2010 11:29:29 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Prospero

Following this pinhead’s logic, Congress may not end (or even lower) federal spending for any entity, anywhere, because that constitutes a “bill of attainder.”

Thanks, Bill, for leaving this turd floating in the American judicial system.


3 posted on 03/10/2010 11:35:27 PM PST by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Prospero

What exactly do you have to do to get cut off from federal funding? What egregious crime must one commit, what heinous act? Is it even possible?


4 posted on 03/10/2010 11:35:35 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Prospero
Sarah Palin -- the only known antidote to the venemous snake bite known as judicial overstepping.
BTW, is this Nina Gershon one of those 'wise Latinas' with a mail-order law degree, whose career advancement is directly proportional to her tireless efforts to defend Leftist politicians from criminal and civil prosecution?
5 posted on 03/10/2010 11:44:55 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Give 'em hell, Sarah!)
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To: Prospero

Your own tax dollars are being used to destroy your way of life, and support the Democrat Party.

How did we get to this point?


6 posted on 03/10/2010 11:48:37 PM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: tcrlaf
How did we get to this point?

By nominating RINO's.

7 posted on 03/10/2010 11:51:39 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Give 'em hell, Sarah!)
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To: Prospero

Bummer chickened out, because he himself as head of the executive branch of government had the authority to un-name ACORN from Federal funding, that branch having named ACORN for it in the first place.


8 posted on 03/10/2010 11:55:27 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Prospero
That is their wish. They miss one of my tenants. An angry man never sleeps. I hope many of us get that.
9 posted on 03/10/2010 11:57:22 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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How did pockets of this Great Country get so stupid?


10 posted on 03/11/2010 12:03:31 AM PST by NoRedTape
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To: tcrlaf
"How did we get to this point?"

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11 posted on 03/11/2010 12:06:51 AM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Prospero

Does she know it’s not nice to tamper with the Constitution?

Perhaps we should change a few of the ways these judges are selected.


12 posted on 03/11/2010 12:35:07 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Prospero

I thought Nina Gershon was a bimbo Clinton was boinking, not an old hag he put on the court.


13 posted on 03/11/2010 12:42:51 AM PST by drubyfive
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To: Prospero

I love it when judges create spending legislation ath the federal level.


14 posted on 03/11/2010 12:43:13 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: tcrlaf
Now it came about when Solomon had finished building the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all that Solomon desired to do, that the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.

"As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, 'You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'

"But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

"And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'

"And they will say, 'Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the LORD has brought all this adversity on them.'"

- 1 Kings 9:1-9

15 posted on 03/11/2010 1:06:20 AM PST by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Prospero

16 posted on 03/11/2010 1:18:18 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

“Shocking!”


17 posted on 03/11/2010 3:00:51 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: americanophile

What exactly do you have to do to get cut off from federal funding? What egregious crime must one commit, what heinous act?

Pray in public.


18 posted on 03/11/2010 3:16:23 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: Prospero

Sounds like something right out of Atlas Shrugged.


19 posted on 03/11/2010 3:19:11 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: drubyfive

Maybe both......


20 posted on 03/11/2010 3:31:36 AM PST by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Pray for Obama,Psalms109:8)
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To: Prospero

Well there is an election coming up in November that the left needs their services for....you know to counter act the people revolt.


21 posted on 03/11/2010 4:44:00 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: denydenydeny
Okay, fine, don't single out a group ... defund it all.

I couldn't find that bit about redistributing my tax money to special interest groups to work against me in my copy of the Constitution, anyway.

22 posted on 03/11/2010 4:46:04 AM PST by JustSurrounded (Want to see transformative? Pass the Enumerated Powers Act (H111-450, S111-1319))
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To: denydenydeny
Following this pinhead’s logic, Congress may not end (or even lower) federal spending for any entity, anywhere, because that constitutes a “bill of attainder.”

Even more specifically, under her theory you could not eliminate funding for an earmark if the earmark became controversial. Suppose there was funding for the Lawrence Welk Museum (there once was). Suppose it became a public issue (which it did). Then suppose Congress stripped the funding because it had become controversial to fund the museum. Under her logic, that would be a "bill of attainder" and thus illegal.

23 posted on 03/11/2010 5:05:57 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Prospero; All

Makes me wonder what they are “teaching” in law schools these days. Obama himself was a law professor, but didn’t know what he was talking about when he accused the SCOTUS of overturning a century old legal precedent in the state of the union address.

Apparently, they are making it up as they go.


24 posted on 03/11/2010 5:13:23 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: Prospero

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/us-grand-jury/2010/03/11/us-grand-jury.mp3?localembed=download

Click on the link above to DOWNLOAD the file

If you click on this link below, it will open in a window to play instead
Original Air Date: 3/10/2010 9:00 PM
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/us-grand-jury/2010/03/11/us-grand-jury


25 posted on 03/11/2010 5:17:15 AM PST by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS AND TRAITORS!!!)
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To: Prospero

clinton appointee


26 posted on 03/11/2010 5:24:30 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: oprahstheantichrist

Ping


27 posted on 03/11/2010 5:31:05 AM PST by mentor2k
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To: Prospero

ACORN slated to get nearly $4 billion in Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget

To add to the list of outrageous earmarks in Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget, ACORN, the embezzlement-prone, voter-registration-fraud-plagued, leftist community organizing group, is slated to receive nearly $4 billion from a taxpayer-funded slush fund.

The money will come from the Community Development Block Grant, one of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s longest-running programs. The HUD Web site cryptically defines the grant’s purpose as providing “communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs,” not a reassuring description given the group’s recent past history of aiding the community through gratuitous missappropriation of funds.

Has Congress already forgotten the Sept. 2009 ban it passed on ACORN and ACORN-afiliate funding? Or the video that led to the ban, footage showing ACORN employees urging individuals they thought were a prostitute and her pimp to set up a brothel and advising the pair on evading taxpaying? It would have had a hard time doing so, cosidering that ACORN is currently suing the federal government for the attempted ban.

(Excerpt)

http://washingtontimes.com/weblogs/watercooler/2010/feb/10/acorn-slated-get-nearly-4-billion-obamas-fiscal-20/

what is being done to stop this?


28 posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:35 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I won’t get a good nights sleep until November.


29 posted on 03/11/2010 5:52:00 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Just hope we do not awake to a nighmare come November....Words cannot express how widespread the corruption is in our United States OF America.....Lord help us all, literally.....


30 posted on 03/11/2010 5:59:20 AM PST by 3722535r
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To: 3722535r

We need to block ACORN funding somehow.


31 posted on 03/11/2010 6:05:41 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

It’s troubling when you listen and watch all the clips of Obama that reveal who he is long before he was elected.....It was out there and the majority of voters (with the help of ACORN of course) voted him in anyway.....We have at the very least a Muslim sympathiser who is corrupt beyond words, and was tied at the hip with Acorn (even though he lied in his public denial) as president, it’s not very likely Acorn will disappear....We have on video how corrupt they are and it’s business as usual...


32 posted on 03/11/2010 6:57:10 AM PST by 3722535r
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To: 3722535r

It wasn’t reported in the news. They are in on the deal.
I am hoping for everyone to take to the streets soon. We need to feed the roots of the tree of freedom with a little blood. Nuff said.


33 posted on 03/11/2010 7:03:12 AM PST by Old Texan (If the Dims are dumb enough to poke at a Rattlesnake, they are gonna get bit.)
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To: Prospero
   The playbook of this administration is the ceaseless hustle.

  Surely, there's a Constitutional method of defunding a corrupt organization. Could Congress defund a host of other criminal organizations (Dept. of Agriculture, Education, Commerce, etc.) and not be accused of a issuing a Bill of Attainder?
34 posted on 03/11/2010 7:52:09 AM PST by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: 3722535r; Liz; All

ACORN disbanded before the verdict by this communist judge. Doesn’t the new entity have to requalify for these funds? ACORN is no more.


35 posted on 03/11/2010 7:54:08 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

“Obama himself was a law professor”

Obama has NEVER in his life been a law professor. He lied!


36 posted on 03/11/2010 7:55:58 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

He taught constitutional law at U of Chicago 1992-2004, but like I said he doesn’t know what he is talking about.


37 posted on 03/11/2010 8:04:28 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

He was NOT a professor. He was an “instructor”. That is a far cry from a professor. Obama lied once again. U of Chicago provost stated this in the Chicago newspapers.


38 posted on 03/11/2010 8:06:30 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Prospero

Wouldn’t usurping the authority of congress be an impeachable (and perhaps seditious) act?


39 posted on 03/11/2010 8:07:12 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Prospero

Someone should check this judge’s bank account to see if some recent, large deposits were made.


40 posted on 03/11/2010 8:08:19 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

By the way, Robert Reich went on tv for over 2 years, claiming to be a “professor” at Harvard. Harvard sent him a “cease & desist” letter, promising to fire him if he stated this again.


41 posted on 03/11/2010 8:09:04 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: drubyfive
I thought Nina Gershon was a bimbo Clinton was boinking, not an old hag he put on the court.

She is an old hag he put on the court BECAUSE she was a bimbo he was boinking

42 posted on 03/11/2010 8:09:22 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: stephenjohnbanker

OK, point taken. Kind of like the guy on Seinfeld who insisted on being called “maestro” because he conducted the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Orchestra.

Still, shocking that he was president of harvard law review and teaching constitutional law.


43 posted on 03/11/2010 8:23:18 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: Prospero

This is a better link:

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/03/11/renegade-leftist-judge-permanently-restores-acorns-taxpayer-funding/#more-40394

Your link merely brings up a rolling page of articles, sure to miss this article shortly.


44 posted on 03/11/2010 8:45:11 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

v The Harvard Law Review was handed to him due to heavy political unrest on campus vis a vis black professorships. Right place, right time. Obama wins the lottery!


45 posted on 03/11/2010 8:51:10 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Prospero

She looks like Gilbert Gottfried.


46 posted on 03/11/2010 9:13:58 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: americanophile

According to her reasoning, apparently, it isn’t possible. I didn’t read her opinion, but if she’s saying that cutting off funding to a specific group is a bill of attainder, then there is no crime or act one can commit. Congress cannot pass any bill of attainder for any crime - Article I, Sec. 9 provides for no exceptions.

If Congress was trying to take back money that was already given to ACORN or to increase taxes on ACORN specifically, which is what they were trying to do to the AIG executives, I would actually agree with her. If the government wants to take anyone’s money because they committed a crime or breached a contract, then that’s what the courts are for.

However, Congress did nothing of the sort here. They cut off ACORN from money which hadn’t even been appropriated yet, which ACORN has absolutely no property interest in. The idea that this is a bill of attainder is absurd. Whether someone ought to receive federal money is not a justiciable issue for the courts.


47 posted on 03/11/2010 10:07:08 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: americanophile
What exactly do you have to do to get cut off from federal funding? What egregious crime must one commit, what heinous act?

Be a Republican, a Conservative, or support either of those causes.

48 posted on 03/11/2010 10:19:58 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Prospero

Pelosi’s and Obama’s slip out, as planned.

You have to know that Pelosi and Reid told the Dims that this was going to happen when they voted to strip ACORN of its funding, thus allowing very strong ACORN supporters to vote for it.


49 posted on 03/11/2010 11:03:13 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Prospero

Pay your taxes.

The people over at ACORN working against everything you believe in sure need the money. :)


50 posted on 03/11/2010 11:34:18 AM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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