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…and they don’t like it very much. Good.

Background from the folks behind the videotaping:

The scenario we posed the ACORN Housing employees in Baltimore is due to the application of similar power tactics. We gave ACORN a taste of its own medicine. ACORN was alleged to be thug-like, criminal, and nefarious. This criminal behavior was evidenced by a video of Baltimore ACORN community organizers breaking the locks on foreclosed homes. Instead of railing against their radicalism, it is best to bring out this type of radicalism. Hannah Giles and I took advantage of ACORN’s regard for thug criminality by posing the most ridiculous criminal scenario we could think of and seeing if they would comply–which they did without hesitation.

Additionally, instead of focusing on foreclosure itself, which has become seemingly as politicized as abortion, we focused on crimes more difficult for the left to defend: trafficking of young helpless girls and tax evasion. The first group represents the severely disadvantaged, the second a threat to the distribution of wealth.

While manipulation or entrapment occurs when people are encouraged to do things they otherwise wouldn’t, the pre-set trap is their own. These tactics allow the viewer to see ACORN’s soul; their playing field and their morality, out in the open. Their system is based on conflict and change for its own sake. This system is based on totalitarian principles and class war techniques. These people understand pressure, power and self-interest. When the Baltimore employees saw we were shady dealers, their instincts clicked in, as we were prime recruits.

ACORN has ascended. They elect our politicians and receive billions in tax money. Their world is a revolutionary, socialistic, atheistic world, where all means are justifiable. And they create chaos, again, for it’s own sake. It is time for us to be studying and applying their tactics, many of which are ideologically neutral. It is time, as Hannah said as we walked out of the ACORN facility, for conservative activists to “create chaos for glory.”

So why is this story important? Aside from the obvious illegalities being advocated and advised upon in these videos, remember this is the same group that stormed conferences and government offices back in 1995 to intimidate legislators who were trying to investigate and reform the Community Reinvestment Act, a law that allows groups like ACORN to force banks into making high-risk loans to low-credit customers.

That March, House Speaker Newt Gingrich was scheduled to address a meeting of county commissioners at the Washington Hilton. But, first, some 500 protesters from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) poured into the ballroom from both the kitchen and the main entrance.

Hotel staffers who tried to block them were quickly overwhelmed by demonstrators chanting, “Nuke Newt!” and “We want Newt!” Jamming the aisles, carrying bullhorns and taunting the assembled county commissioners, demonstrators swiftly took over the head table and commandeered the microphone, sending two members of Congress scurrying.

The demonstrators’ target, Gingrich, hadn’t yet arrived - and his speech was cancelled. When the cancellation was announced, ACORN’s foot soldiers cheered.

Yet ACORN had only just begun. Two days later, 50 to 100 of the same protesters hit their main target - a House Banking subcommittee considering changes to the Community Reinvestment Act…

This is the same group of community-organized thugs that have been charged with voter registration fraud in Washington, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado and other states.

And this is the same group that Barack Obama held a role of “leadership trainer” as well as represented as legal counsel…

And to bring the above undercover video scandal, the thuggery to prevent change in the CRA that could’ve mitigated the financial collapse and all the voter registration fraud and intimidation tactics full circle… remember that this is the same group that Barack Obama promised would “help shape his administration“…

How’s that hope and change feel now?

UPDATE:
As expected, I have the usual emails flooding in from leftwing crybabies defending ACORN and saying this is an isolated event. And, as expected, they’re wrong as usual. Here’s undercover video of similar “advice” being given in ACORN’s Washington, DC office:

…and more in New York:

The response from these idiots is hilarious.

The ACORN workers in question have denied the conversations took place, and ACORN’s attorneys subsequently sent letters to Roger Ailes, President of Fox News, on September 10th and September 11th. You can read both letters here.

In the September 10th letter, the attorneys stated in no uncertain terms that the videotape had been doctored, and demanded that Fox “cease publication of these tapes unless it can produce proof that the conversations actually took place.”

Only liberals could stare at “proof that the conversations actually took place” and deny the “conversations actually took place”. Perhaps it depends on the definition of “is”.

The letter also asks Fox to “take your responsibility as a news gathering organization seriously.” I have seen no evidence that Fox has honored either of these requests.

The irony of the century. Someone finally does the job the MSM should be doing and suddenly the Left doesn’t like it. I guess “serious news gathering” just deals with the First Lady’s arms and the President’s basketball picks.

But even better is that despite denying that the “conversation actually took place”, ACORN is threatening to sue the makers of the video as well as FoxNews.

In the letter sent to Ailes on September 11th, ACORN’s attorneys notified Fox of their conclusion that the “filming and broadcast of the conversations at the Baltimore ACORN offices violates §10-402 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of the Maryland Code, which makes it unlawful to wilfully intercept, endeavor to intercept, or procure any other person to intercept any oral conversation unless all parties to the communication consent.”

So to sum up ACORN’s defense… it was illegal for the film makers to records the conversations that never took place.

Idiots.

UPDATE 2:
Finally.

The Senate dealt a blow to ACORN Monday evening, voting to deny the Department of Housing and Urban Development from granting funds to the community organization.

Sen. Mike Johanns’s (R-Neb.) amendment to the appropriations bill providing funding to the department passed in a bipartisan, 83-7 vote.

Thank you, Senator Johanns!

Be sure to contact the HUD Inspector General and request an investigation into how this criminal organization was misusing your tax dollars.

You can call us toll-free at - 1-800-347-3735
You can fax us at - (202) 708-4829
You can e-mail us at - hotline@hudoig.gov

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Washington, DC 20410

The OIG is tasked with independently investigating claims of fraud, waste, abuse, and serious mismanagement in HUD-funded programs.

UPDATE 3:
Another “isolated event”… this time at ACORN offices in California. Adding to the basic prostitution, fraud and child abuse advice, this ACORN worker proudly brags about murdering her own husband and threatening the lives of neighbors. Hope and change, baby, hope and change.

UPDATE 4:
And yet one more… from San Diego. This time the ACORN worker is offering much needed advice on the best border location across which to smuggle underage sex slaves. Your tax dollars at work.

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A Series of Unfortunate Coincidences
November 7th, 2008 9:00 am

Most folks are attributing Barack Obama’s win to the mortgage scandal that led to the economic crisis. Until Lehman Brothers collapsed in mid-September, John McCain was ahead in the polls. But the Democrat-led scandal and the resulting, collective blame wrongly thrown towards the Bush administration and Republicans in general ushered in an environment that fit perfectly into Senator Government’s “hope ‘n change” mantra.

But in hindsight, given that so many people who had incentive to see Obama win were instrumental in allowing or causing the economic crisis to happen in the first place, one has to wonder if this preventable economic crisis was part of a broader campaign to elect the most liberal, most inexperienced candidate with ties to radical 1960s anti-establishment players.

It might’ve seemed like a ridiculous question until you add up all the pieces…

Aside from the Democrats who controlled the Banking and Finance committees in Congress (and those who illegally got sweetheart loans), who was part of Obama’s political inner circle? James A. Johnson and Franklin D. Raines, former chief executives of Fannie Mae.

And now, Obama has chosen as his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago political machine insider who sat on the Board of Freddie Mac while the mortgage scandal was brewing.

President-elect Barack Obama’s newly appointed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac at a time when scandal was brewing at the troubled agency and the board failed to spot “red flags,” according to government reports reviewed by ABCNews.com.

The Board upon which Emanuel sat was accused by the regulator, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), with “having “failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.”

So we have the biggest economic crisis in our country since the Great Depression and it turns out to be the single biggest factor in the election and the folks who made it and let it happen all have ties to the winning candidate.

Is this part of the Hope or part of the Change?

To put things in perspective, when President Bush was faced with the issue of corporate scandals that involved acquaintances, he went after them and put them away. Barack Obama goes after them… and offers them jobs.

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From Iowahawk:

Although I have not always been the most outspoken advocate of President-Elect Barack Obama, today I would like to congratulate him and add my voice to the millions of fellow citizens who are celebrating his historic and frightening election victory. I don’t care whether you are a conservative or a liberal — when you saw this inspiring young African-American rise to our nation’s highest office I hope you felt the same sense of patriotic pride that I experienced, no matter how hard you were hyperventilating with deep existential dread.

Yes, I know there are probably other African-Americans much better qualified and prepared for the presidency. Much, much better qualified. Hundreds, easily, if not thousands, and without any troubling ties to radical lunatics and Chicago mobsters. Gary Coleman comes to mind. But let’s not let that distract us from the fact that Mr. Obama’s election represents a profound, positive milestone in our country’s struggle to overcome its long legacy of racial divisions and bigotry. It reminds us of how far we’ve come, and it’s something everyone in our nation should celebrate in whatever little time we now have left.

Less than fifty years ago, African-Americans were barred from public universities, restaurants, and even drinking fountains in many parts of the country. On Tuesday we came together and transcended that shameful legacy, electing an African-American to the country’s top job — which, in fact, appears to be his first actual job. Certainly, it doesn’t mean that racism has disappeared in America, but it is an undeniable mark of progress that a majority of voters no longer consider skin color nor a dangerously gullible naivete as a barrier to the presidency.

It’s also heartening to realize that as president Mr. Obama will soon be working hand-in-hand with a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard like Senator Robert Byrd to craft the incoherent and destructive programs that will plunge the American economy into a nightmare of full-blown sustained depression. As Vice President-Elect Joe Biden has repeatedly warned, there will be difficult times ahead and the programs will not always be popular, or even sane. But as we look out over the wreckage of bankrupt coal companies, nationalized banks, and hyperinflation, we can always look back with sustained pride on the great National Reconciliation of 2008. Call me an optimist, but I like to think when America’s breadlines erupt into riots it will be because of our shared starvation, not the differences in our color.

It’s obvious that this newfound pride is not confined to Americans alone. All across the world, Mr. Obama’s election has helped mend America’s tattered image as a racist, violent cowboy, willing to retaliate with bombs at the slightest provocation. The huge outpouring of international support following the election shows that America can still win new friendships while rebuilding its old ones, and provides Mr. Obama with unprecedented diplomatic leverage over our remaining enemies. When Russian tanks start pouring into eastern Europe and Iranian missiles begin raining down on Jerusalem, their leaders will know they will be facing a man who not only conquered America’s racial divide but the hearts of the entire Cannes film community. And those Al Qaeda terrorists plotting a dirty nuke or chemical attack on San Francisco face a stark new reality: while they may no longer need to worry about US Marines, they are looking down the barrel of a strongly worded diplomatic condemnation by a Europe fully united in their deep sympathy for surviving Americans.

So for now, let’s put politics aside and celebrate this historic milestone. In his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial 45 years ago, Dr. King said “I have a dream that one day my children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Let us now take pride that Tuesday we Americans proved that neither thing matters anymore.

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Apparently the Obama campaign is implementing his policies on Americans before he even takes the oath of office.

Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

Perhaps the campaign thought there were other people more deserving of the money.

Eventually people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually they would get a check in the mail.

“Still that’s not right. I’m disappointed. I’m glad for the president, but I’m disappointed in this system,” said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign worker.

It should have been $480. It’s $230,” said Imani Sankofa.

Maybe when Obama said he would only raise taxes on those making over $250, he literally meant $250. Go home and wait for your free healthcare.

“They gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90,” said Charles Martin.

“I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned,” said Randall Waldon.

Yeah, the socialist candidate was all fun and exciting until it’s your hard-earned money he’s screwing with.

Some people weren’t satisfied with filling out a claim form for money they felt was still due to them.

“They say that they gonna call you or they going to mail it to you, but I don’t know. We’ll see what happens,” said Antron Grose.

Talking about they’ll mail it to us. I ain’t worried about that, man. They’re not going to mail nothin’,” said Martin.

Stop being so selfish and unpatriotic.

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The Silence of the Lame…
November 5th, 2008 6:41 pm

They’ve come a long way in 8 years… from being totally stumped by a simple butterfly ballot to electing a socialist with zero experience and his gaffe-prone sidekick. Ok, so they actually haven’t really come very far…

Admit it… you laughed because you know one just like this.

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A New Day
November 5th, 2008 8:24 am

I woke up this morning to a brave, new world. Not surprising, the sun rose again today and I’m still breathing. This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. History was made last night and no matter where you sit on the political spectrum, you have to recognize it.

But if you think my support of the President-elect means that I won’t oppose him politically, philosophically and ideologically, you don’t know me very well. Remember, as we’ve been hearing for eight years now, dissent is the highest form of patriotism… though I wonder if the Left will continue to hold that line now. There is still so much we don’t know about Barack Obama. We, as a country, have cast our bet on the table… now we must figure out how to play the cards we’ve been dealt. It may not be easy… but then again, things worth fighting for rarely are.

I refuse to be like my liberal counterparts who, for the past two Presidential elections, sunk into a deep depression at the thought of an electoral loss. I am proud to be an American, where we can enjoy the peaceful transfer of power… even to those with whom we disagree so passionately. It’s what makes America the greatest country on earth.

And today, like every day, I am proud to be an American.

UPDATE: Ed has a great post on Learning to be the loyal opposition. The money quote…

Some have said that acting like petulant children worked for the Democrats in 2006 and 2008, and scoff at the notion that we should act like grown-ups now. I’d remind people that we lost the majorities in 2006 and the White House in 2008 not because Democrats acted like petulant children, but because Republicans acted like Democrats, especially on spending, pork, and corruption.

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Congratulations, President Obama
November 4th, 2008 10:36 pm

Disappointed as I may be, I recognize the historical significance of this moment. Though I oppose him on almost every political, philosophical and ideological level, it is with humility and humbleness that I offer congratulations to my new President-elect, Barack Hussein Obama.

And Senator John McCain was gracious, as usual, in his concession.

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Behind Enemy Lines, Part 2
November 4th, 2008 3:00 am

Welcome to Election Day, 2008. Just like in 2004 (when I was deployed to Philadelphia), I am volunteering as part of the Election Day Attorney Deployment Team. I will be spending election day in Lake County, Indiana, a hotbed of ACORN activity.

Pray for those of us serving “behind enemy lines” today to insure a fair election. We know what we’re dealing with, we understand our opposition and we don’t underestimate what they’re capable of. After serving today, I will be spending the night in Chicago, which I imagine will be an interesting place to be tonight, no matter the outcome.

And if you haven’t already done so… GET OUT AND VOTE!

UPDATE: To give you a taste of the environment I was working in today, here are the final vote tallies in just 4 of the 12 precincts:

Obama - 796
McCain - 8

In 2 other precincts the number of registered voters was 1,256 and the total number listed as Republican… 6.

Turnout appears to have been huge. Assuming Obama wins, it will all come down to the turnout. In East Chicago, IN, turnout wasn’t as high, ranging from 37% to 50%. But in Gary, IN and Hammond, IN, turnout ranged from 61% to 79%.

The amazing thing I noticed was that despite the high turnout, there weren’t really many long lines. Many people showed up before polls opened, so we didn’t see a lot of lines at the end of the day.

At the time of this writing, Obama seems to have locked it all up. The good news is that with Democrats in complete control of Washington, it will become evident, even to the idiots that voted for the socialist with no experience, just who’s responsible for screwing up this country. Let’s just hope we all survive the lesson.

UPDATE 2: Looks like I missed out on the fun not returning to Philadelphia this year. Typical radicals that support Dear Leader. I wonder if he’ll offer them positions in his cabinet… maybe a co-chair with Billy Ayers or brother Jeremiah.

Actually, I think President Hussein has already outlined a position for these illiterate, unemployed, racist jackasses in the new Amerika.

UPDATE 3: Barack Hussein Obama has been officially elected. Finally, racism is dead. Someone please let Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton know they’re no longer needed or relevant.

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Obama Makes Case Against… Obama
November 3rd, 2008 10:43 pm

Do you know where he stands on key issues?

Yeah, apparently neither does he.

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To hear Barack Obama talk about helping those in need, you’d think he’s the most charitable guy on the planet. He just wants to help those who can’t help themselves, afterall… right? He advocates “spreading the wealth” and says it’s good for everyone. His running mate, Joe Biden tell us that paying higher taxes (so the government can decide who deserves your hard-earned money more than you) is “a patriotic act“.

Man, what a couple of selfless givers….

Or not.

Apparently while Barack Obama is saying things like:

“I think most people understand that if you’re not caring for your family, then you’re probably not the kind of person who’s going to be caring for other people.”

…his brother is living in a Kenyan shanty on less than $1 per month and his aunt is living in the projects in South Boston.

While Barack Obama is telling us that those who oppose higher taxes are “selfish“:

“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

…he’s “selflessly” giving less than 1% of his own income to those in need (not including the last couple of years where his percentage of giving has increased to coincide with his political campaigns) and his running mate is giving less than half one percent of his income to those in need.

To compare Obama’s and Biden’s “selflessness”, it’s worth noting that 89% of Americans contribute to charity at an average rate of 3.1% of income. (Further studies also show that conservatives already give to charity at a rate of 3.5 times more than liberals)

The fundamental difference is clear.

Conservatives want the freedom to be voluntarily charitable with their own hard-earned money.

Liberals want the power to be forcefully charitable with others’ hard-earned money.

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