GOP Lawmakers Turn Up Heat; ACORN Defunded

2009 September 14
by bc3b

While MSM continues to ignore the leagal problems of ACORN, GOP lawmakers are starting to turn up the heat on the organization.

A growing number of Republican lawmakers are calling for congressional hearings and IRS audits of ACORN following the release of three videotapes that show the group’s employees offering advice to a “pimp” and a “prostitute” on how to skirt the law.

Rep. Steve King, R-IA, said a video released Monday that shows filmmaker James O’Keefe, 25, and Hannah Giles, 20, getting advice from ACORN employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., on how to launder their earnings and avoid detection while running a prostitution business is “another reason to turn it up” on ACORN.

Four ACORN employees — two in Baltimore and two in Washington — were fired late last week after videos showed the “pimp” and “prostitute” getting similar advice in those cities. In those videos, O’Keefe and Giles told the ACORN workers that they intended to bring underage girls into the country to work as prostitutes.

Full report.

Michelle Malkin reports on this afternoon’s Senate session in which ACORN was temporarily defunded:

Just watched GOP Sen. Mike Johanns introduce his amendment on the Senate floor banning federal funds in the current transportation and housing appropriations bill from going to ACORN. Currently, ACORN is eligible to receive millions more in taxpayer funds through mortgage counseling, Community Development Block Grants, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program — in addition to the tens of millions ACORN Housing Corp. has already received.

The Johanns Amendment is #2355 to H.R. 3288.

Johanns cited the BigGovernment.com sting videos as evidence that ACORN cannot be trusted with government money:

“Until a full investigation is launched into ACORN, no taxpayer money should be used to fund its activities. A vote in favor of my amendment is a vote in favor of the taxpayer and a vote against the status quo.”

5:42pm Eastern. Roll call vote still underway. Several Democrats have voted AYE, including Cardin, Carper, Inouye, Johnson (SD), Murray, Tester, Warner, Bingaman, Begich, Nelson (NE), Webb, Landrieu, Bayh, Conrad, Rockefeller, Dodd, Pryor, Hagan, Kohl, Feingold, Boxer, Nelson (FL), Brown, Harkin, Lincoln, Wyden, Baucus, Klobuchar, Kaufman, Shaheen, Lautenberg (switched from no to yes), Menendez, Stabenow, Leiberman, Levin, McCaskill, Reid, Feinstein, Udall, Bennet (CO) Merkley, Cantwell, Dorgan, Schumer…

Durbin was a no. I’ll have the rest soon.

The final roll call vote – amendment passes 83-7. I’ll post the full roll when it’s up on the Senate site.

Full article

Hat tip: Fox News and michellemalkin.com

136 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 14 5:01 pm
    [1]
    mpthompson permalink

    Wow! My hat goes off to Mr. O’Keefe and Ms. Giles. I hope the can afford some personal security and that they are giving 100’s of fellow young conservatives ideas on how to really make a splash and bring about change.

  2. 2009 September 14 5:07 pm
    [3]
    mpthompson permalink

    Hey Eph, I’m still with you on that. Yesterday people said I was smoking dope taking such a view, but I’m feeling pretty optimistic about it. There will be no Obamacare. They are soon going to be too busy making sure all the cockroaches are scattering under the daylight.

  3. 2009 September 14 5:09 pm
    [4]
    janzam permalink

    I am so tired of seeing obama EVERYWHERE! I can’t believe your post Eph —> 5 times on the Sunday News shows!!! Groannnnnnn!

  4. 2009 September 14 5:09 pm
    [5]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    As long as they are in power, Obamacare could happen. I’ll agree the odds are dropping.

  5. 2009 September 14 5:11 pm
    [6]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Oy, vey…

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e6dd31f0-a133-11de-a88d-00144feabdc0.html

    The world has not tackled the problems at the heart of the economic downturn and is likely to slip back into recession, according to one of the few mainstream economists who predicted the financial crisis.

    Speaking at the Sibos conference in Hong Kong on Monday, William White, the highly-respected former chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements, also warned that government actions to help the economy in the short run may be sowing the seeds for future crises.

    “Are we going into a W[-shaped recession]? Almost certainly. Are we going into an L? I would not be in the slightest bit surprised,” he said, referring to the risks of a so-called double-dip recession or a protracted stagnation like Japan suffered in the 1990s.

    “The only thing that would really surprise me is a rapid and sustainable recovery from the position we’re in.”

    The comments from Mr White, who ran the economic department at the central banks’ bank from 1995 to 2008, carry weight because he was one of the few senior figures to predict the financial crisis in the years before it struck.

    Mr White repeatedly warned of dangerous imbalances in the global financial system as far back as 2003 and – breaking a great taboo in central banking circles at the time – he dared to challenge Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, over his policy of persistent cheap money.

  6. 2009 September 14 5:11 pm
    [7]
    janzam permalink

    Has Obama ever heard the axiom that “More is not always better?”

  7. 2009 September 14 5:11 pm
    [8]

    4. Unreal aint it! These ACORN scandals kills any momentum Obama MAY have had.

  8. 2009 September 14 5:13 pm
    [9]
    mpthompson permalink

    The greatest victory here is pulling the moral superiority cloak the leftists wear with Acorn in saying they are “trying to help the poor”. In reality, the left have their boots on the throat of the poor. If this pressure keeps up, soon everyone will realize this fact.

  9. 2009 September 14 5:13 pm
    [10]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Patrick Swayze passed away. Condolences.

  10. 2009 September 14 5:16 pm
    [11]
    mpthompson permalink

    Patrick Swayze passed away.

    That’s too bad. I really know nothing about the guy, but he seemed like a pretty good fella from the roles he played.

  11. 2009 September 14 5:16 pm
    [12]
    mulletover permalink

    The GOP should make Obama and ACORN synonymous. Tie him to that corruption even though it is in his past.

  12. 2009 September 14 5:17 pm
    [13]
    JustMary permalink

    Glenn did a segment a few weeks back about all the companies/ people tied to ACORN. What is to stop any one of them from funneling money they are getting from the gov’t- over to ACORN? ACORN is only part of a larger puzzle, though every chipping away helps.

  13. 2009 September 14 5:17 pm
    [14]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    Obama trained acorn. He has deeeeeeeep ties to Acorn. The acorn does not fall far from the tree. Barack Acorn Obama. Obama IS Acorn. We need to make him wear the acorn label.

    Maybe Beck’s next few shows can be all about Obama’s deep ties to ACORN. The Chicago Way of CORRUPT POLITICS CONTINUES !

  14. 2009 September 14 5:18 pm
    [15]
    JustMary permalink

    🙁 Oh no. I hadn’t heard that. I’ll be praying for his wife.

  15. 2009 September 14 5:19 pm
    [16]
    janzam permalink

    I think drdog was talking about this earlier. But it relates to your post #6, rwy, where there is healthy skepticism about an economic recovery at hand.

    Do not tell these men and women about green shoots of recovery. As Briton Tim Huxley, one of Asia’s leading ship brokers, says, if the world is really pulling itself out of recession, then all these idle ships should be back on the move.

    ‘This is the time of year when everyone is doing all the Christmas stuff,’ he points out.

    ‘A couple of years ago those ships would have been steaming back and forth, going at full speed. But now you’ve got something like 12 per cent of the world’s container ships doing nothing.’

    The ghost fleet of the recession Mail Online

  16. 2009 September 14 5:19 pm
    [17]
    mpthompson permalink

    The GOP should make Obama and ACORN synonymous.

    Are you kidding? This is the GOP we are talking about. They GOP leadership will probably release a joint statement saying how surprising the recent revelations are regarding Acorn are and how they are sure it shouldn’t at all reflect on the fine character of Obama.

  17. 2009 September 14 5:21 pm
    [18]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Obama = ACORN. Pass the popcorn, we might be in for some JFK action. ACORN made Obama. If he does not come thru for them, there could be, ahhh, trouble…

    These people are sickening and deserve what they get. Only the Rs could get these people elected.

  18. 2009 September 14 5:22 pm
    [19]
    janzam permalink

    Sorry to hear about Swayze. He gave a good fight for his life, with a loyal, loving wife by his side the whole way.

    I only wish more of these battles with cancer would end up with a victory for the warrior.

  19. 2009 September 14 5:24 pm
    [20]
    mpthompson permalink

    The ghost fleet of the recession

    Jan, I posted a link to that article a few nights ago. It’s very sobering indeed and worth a read by anyone who thinks we are anywhere near to getting out of the economic hole we currently find ourselves in.

    In three or four years we might see articles talking about how much the ghost fleet is no longer sea worthy due to lack of maintenance and they are beginning to sink. Let’s hope not.

  20. 2009 September 14 5:24 pm
    [21]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    In reality, the left have their boots on the throat of the poor. -mpt
    I agree 100%.

    No economist would have come up with a pork laden stimulus plan. The POOR suffer the most during bad economic times and Obama’s economic policies have made this recession longer and deeper that was necessary.

    Obama also pulled the plug on a highly successful dc school vouchers program.

    He only uses the poor, for his own desire for raw political power.

  21. 2009 September 14 5:25 pm
    [22]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Pancreatic cancer. One of the 3 worst.

  22. 2009 September 14 5:27 pm
    [23]
    TLS permalink

    The attack on the voucher program was important for the left because it is the path to the end of the teachers’ UNION. and they know it. It has been opposed fiercely everywhere it is tried.

  23. 2009 September 14 5:27 pm
    [24]
    mpthompson permalink

    If he does not come thru for them, there could be, ahhh, trouble…

    Oh man, we can only hope that will happen. Perhaps if the tree is shaken enough a few nuts might begin to blab… Of course, Obama can provide cover through the DOJ, but he’ll have less control over state attorney generals who might be looking to make a name for themselves through an Acorn take down. If an Acorn nut is looking at 15 to 25 in the slammer, they might just be willing to spill the beans on where the nuts are really hidden.

  24. 2009 September 14 5:27 pm
    [25]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    I really liked many of the roles Patrick Swayze played from Dirty Dancing to Roadhouse. Terrific actor. RIP.

  25. 2009 September 14 5:27 pm
    [26]
    mulletover permalink

    Instapundit has a story up that the sign (Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy) was professionally produced and there were “workers” passing those signs out to unsuspecting protesters. This sign is drawing all the negative coverage and minimizing the protest as right wing extremists.

    The signs may well have been a plant. Bill O’Reilly, as usual, denigrates the protesters using this as an example. He also claimed attendance at 75,000. I wish Beck had his time slot. He’s useless as teats on a bull.

  26. 2009 September 14 5:28 pm
    [27]
    janzam permalink

    Thanks mp. I know that drdog referenced it today, so I attributed the link to him.

    It was a fascinating article — jarring, in a way, as we tend to take “shipping” of goods for granted, and fail to see their ebb as a quiet indicator of a more serious global recession than we are led to believe.

  27. 2009 September 14 5:28 pm
    [28]
    mpthompson permalink

    No economist would have come up with a pork laden stimulus plan.

    But, Obama says there is no dispute over the fact that they have save the economy. You are implying that, gasp, he lied?

  28. 2009 September 14 5:29 pm
    [29]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Well Clinton’s people never ratted on him. Maybe these guys will know mafia rule number 1.

    Mafia Rule number 1

    Do your time, keep your mouth shut, and you won’t get killed. Maybe. Unless we just feel like “Oh what the hell”.

  29. 2009 September 14 5:29 pm
    [30]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    speaking of teacher’s union: Why is support for abortion part of their platform ? What has abortion got to do with educating the children ?

  30. 2009 September 14 5:31 pm
    [31]
    janzam permalink

    The attack on the voucher program was important for the left because it is the path to the end of the teachers’ UNION. and they know it. It has been opposed fiercely everywhere it is tried.

    So true!

    And, it has been opposed because it has been so successful when able to be applied, especially to inner city schools! Comparison and contrast is NOT what the teacher’s unions want, nor the democratic party. They just want the status quo that feeds their party by keeping the people down on their knees, beholding to government handouts.

  31. 2009 September 14 5:32 pm
    [32]
    justrand permalink

    Condolences to Patrick Swayze’s family…he was by all accounts a good man.

  32. 2009 September 14 5:33 pm
    [33]
    justrand permalink

    Two little filmmakers may have taken down ACORN…God DOES work in mysterious ways!

  33. 2009 September 14 5:33 pm
    [34]
    mpthompson permalink

    Well Clinton’s people never ratted on him.

    Sadly, very true. And I have a feeling the Obama syndicate would be much more ruthless than Clinton’s.

  34. 2009 September 14 5:34 pm
    [35]
    mpthompson permalink

    Two little filmmakers may have taken down ACORN…

    And one big fat one couldn’t take down Bush and Cheney.

  35. 2009 September 14 5:36 pm
    [36]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    If Obama had really wanted to get the economy moving, he would have embraced ALL forms of energy (oil, nuclear, coal, plus the renewables ) , he could have had targeted tax cuts aimed straight at small businesses ( that create 90% of the jobs ).
    Instead a huge chunk went to state governments to allow them to continue along like CA without having to reign in their spending. and of course all the special interest pork to groups like ACORN and money for “green jobs” etc. etc.

  36. 2009 September 14 5:37 pm
    [37]
    TLS permalink

    #30 that is just the liberal agenda coming out. The liberals run the dept of education and public broadcasting. We are being multiculturaled to death on tv. William Ayers was a very important link to the mind of a liberal. I won’t go into the MSM but others should have been pulling up his words that the ticket to their revolution was controlling the schools and education. We are seeing the effects now, with all the libs we are producing who come out of 13 yrs. of school with no knowledge of U.S. History but a dire concern for polar bears.

    The vouchers are the answer. If we took the money we collect through taxes now that is dedicated to education and had the dept of ed. just issue vouchers to all school age children, the free market would correct the education problems. the taxes would stay the same and people would choose. Once the dept of ed. was only distributing and redeeming vouchers, they would be removed from power over our children. Think about it.

  37. 2009 September 14 5:39 pm
    [38]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    As a results of tenure and teachers unions we PAY teachers that have been disciplined or are poor teachers- THEY GET PAID TO DO NOTHING. THEY SIT AROUND ALL DAY IN A “RUBBER ROOM” One such teacher in NYC gets over 100K per year.

    STOP THE INSANITY !!!

  38. 2009 September 14 5:41 pm
    [39]
    gnqanq permalink

    WOLVERINES !!!!

    Anyone thinks this economy is coming back is doing serious drugs. Too much debt with too much regulation and destruction of base industries (manufacturing, energy, financial & medical). Add what the idiots are doing in California to farming and alot of people might be hungry come winter.

  39. 2009 September 14 5:49 pm
    [40]

    OBAMACORN~~~grows only in dry arid unfertile ground, usually whithers and dies.

    A SOMETHING will pass as obamacare.

  40. 2009 September 14 5:50 pm
    [41]
    TLS permalink

    Sharp – If the school system ran on the voucher system, the schools with the best teachers would have the kids (money). So the teachers union could push for benefits and pay, but if the school had no money, the teachers would be laid off. “Laid off” is the only reason teachers ever get fired. And open competition for students would make INDEPENDENT schools more unmotivated to work with unions. The auto workers union has only been able to kill that idustry because it has been a monopoly. Toyota didn’t cave to unions and they will survive. The schools that operate in their own best interest would make the unions obsolete.

  41. 2009 September 14 5:51 pm
    [42]
    conservativetony permalink

    I’m trying hard not to laugh, but this is just too good. ACORN practically ensured wins in many of the races across the country in 2006 and 2008 for the Democrats.

    I wonder if the Democrats will be foolish enough to use their services in 2010. Without ACORN’S “help”, I can’t see them stopping the GOP from picking up even more seats.

    ~~~~heh heh heh~~~~~~

  42. 2009 September 14 5:53 pm
    [43]

    30. Ask Chek

  43. 2009 September 14 5:55 pm
    [44]
    conservativetony permalink

    What has abortion got to do with educating the children ?

    Smaller class size. Grading 20 papers is so much easier than grading 30.

  44. 2009 September 14 6:01 pm
    [45]

    THE MIGHTY OAK FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW,
    WE JUST BUSTED THEIR NUTS DON’T YOU KNOW,
    ROUND AND ROUND GOES THE BIG SPINNING WHEEL,
    THEY WILL BE GROUND TO DUST LIKE FINE CORN MEAL,
    GOOD OLD ANVIL JUSTICE WE DID BESTOW.

  45. 2009 September 14 6:07 pm
    [46]

    44. Thats not funny

  46. 2009 September 14 6:07 pm
    [47]
    TLS permalink

    Hannah Giles is on Hannity right now for all you love sick fellows!

  47. 2009 September 14 6:09 pm
    [48]
    mulletover permalink

    Andrew Breitbart just said a blockbuster ACORN story will hit tomorrow.

    Heh.

  48. 2009 September 14 6:10 pm
    [49]
    JustMary permalink

    It’s not funny, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t part of the thought process, #46. Course, the motivation is more like- less people= happy mother earth…..

  49. 2009 September 14 6:13 pm
    [50]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    If I had cable, I would watch . She is quite cute. Not that being attractive is important for a female. After all, it is what is in her heart that counts. But men… are men.

  50. 2009 September 14 6:16 pm
    [51]
    JustMary permalink

    #50 Spoken like a guy whose wife is reading over his shoulder. 😉

    heh

  51. 2009 September 14 6:18 pm
    [52]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    hahaha

  52. 2009 September 14 6:18 pm
    [53]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    maybe some of your crude poems were not that funny either, although I did get a great laugh from the Barney Frank poem. 🙂

    I am sure ? did not care for your schlong poem…

    so…we cut each other a little slack as needed
    but feel free to speak your mind if something or someone offends you 🙂

  53. 2009 September 14 6:18 pm
    [54]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    JM zings the sharpie.

    Sharp, good on you for standing up to your pastor. What a tool.

  54. 2009 September 14 6:20 pm
    [55]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    51- no more like I don’t want to drift too far from what I realize is the correct Biblical view, even when my sin nature says otherwise.

    yes, I am a sinner and a hypocrite !

  55. 2009 September 14 6:20 pm
    [56]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I think that snark and boobs gerl is the bomb.

    Now you KNOW my wife is not looking over MY shoulder, oy.

  56. 2009 September 14 6:21 pm
    [57]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Eph is a capital fellow. Just likes to get a little graphic with the Coulter types. 😀

  57. 2009 September 14 6:23 pm
    [58]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    JM zings the sharpie.

    Yep, she got me.

  58. 2009 September 14 6:24 pm
    [59]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    56- LOL

  59. 2009 September 14 6:24 pm
    [60]
    TLS permalink

    Sharp – Then I won’t bother to tell you that she was also smart and articlulate. and apparently the string was her idea.

  60. 2009 September 14 6:27 pm
    [61]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    There once was a two-edged sword
    Who was happy when praising the Lord
    So keen was his blade
    That the sense his posts made
    was too much for the abortionist’s gourd.

  61. 2009 September 14 6:30 pm
    [62]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    thanks RWY 🙂

  62. 2009 September 14 6:31 pm
    [63]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    There once was a TLS poster
    Whose snark had me red as a toaster
    When she saw my attraction
    to the snark and boobs action
    She trapped me in a lyrical roaster.

  63. 2009 September 14 6:34 pm
    [64]
    TLS permalink

    #60 StRing should be sting. Fruedian slip

  64. 2009 September 14 6:34 pm
    [65]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    TLS,
    I was aware the Hannah was the one that came up with the idea for the sting. She is attractive and smart. What a great combo ! She has morals also. My kind of woman. 🙂

    At great risk to her safety she has exposed her identity. I pray the LORD will protect her and Beck and James O’Keefe.

  65. 2009 September 14 6:35 pm
    [66]
    TLS permalink

    Thanks rwy! I’m immortalized in poetry!

  66. 2009 September 14 6:36 pm
    [67]
    TLS permalink

    #65 – Sadly you speak the truth!

  67. 2009 September 14 6:40 pm
    [68]
    drdog09 permalink

    30, What has abortion got to do with educating the children ?

    Its about educating the ‘right kind’ of children. Right out of the Soviet educational system.

  68. 2009 September 14 6:41 pm
    [69]
    JustMary permalink

    #69 The kind that will tell on their parents if their parents aren’t smitten with big brother!

  69. 2009 September 14 6:43 pm
    [70]
    justrand permalink

    gnqanq: “WOLVERINES !!!!

    Yup! I can see me spray-painting that on a rock someday…sadly but proudly! Sad that it was necessary…proud of the rallying cry it will represent!

  70. 2009 September 14 6:43 pm
    [71]
    gnqanq permalink

    With home schooling and charter schools – there is less and less children to be indoctrinated by the leftists.

  71. 2009 September 14 6:45 pm
    [72]
    bc3b permalink

    sarp2edgedsword –

    “speaking of teacher’s union: Why is support for abortion part of their platform ? What has
    abortion got to do with educating the children ?”

    Promoting abortion is also stupid on their part because it reduces the number of teaching positions.

  72. 2009 September 14 6:46 pm
    [73]
    drdog09 permalink

    56, Now you KNOW my wife is not looking over MY shoulder, oy.

    “I don’t know the fascination with Playboy. Why dream about some picture when you can ‘do it’ for real?” — my wife.

    I haven’t seen/bought an issue in 8 years….

  73. 2009 September 14 6:46 pm
    [74]
    HalJordan permalink

    Acorns roasting on an open fire
    Flames nipping Obama on the toes
    Situation for the gangsters looks dire
    And Obama and his criminal spore all looking like big schmoes

  74. 2009 September 14 6:46 pm
    [75]
    JustMary permalink

    My son wants to be homeschooled again. I am considering it from 7th on…..it a depends on a few things. We’ll see. He misses his Abeka curriculum.

  75. 2009 September 14 6:50 pm
    [76]
    justrand permalink

    HalJordan…SNAP!

  76. 2009 September 14 6:50 pm
    [77]
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I haven’t seen/bought an issue in 8 years….

    Never bought one in my life, and haven’t looked at one since my friends and I used to steal them from each other at age 11.

  77. 2009 September 14 6:50 pm
    [78]
    drdog09 permalink

    JM,

    Won’t you get a another round of s@#$% from the indoctrination police. CA being so hostile to home schoolers.

  78. 2009 September 14 6:51 pm
    [79]
    justrand permalink

    dear daughter…if need be we’ll chip in. Money’s tight, but he’s my grandson! 🙂 p.s. and a damn good shot!!

  79. 2009 September 14 6:51 pm
    [80]
    TLS permalink

    The problem with homeschooling through HS is that you lose the diploma option in a lot of states. We have one private school in my area and it is $6 per yr, per kid. I have 3 kids. For some people it just isn’t an option.

  80. 2009 September 14 6:56 pm
    [81]
    JustMary permalink

    $6 has to be a typo……do you mean 600 or 6000? #81

  81. 2009 September 14 6:57 pm
    [82]
    justrand permalink

    $6 a year…or $6k a year? Either way it’s cheap!

  82. 2009 September 14 7:00 pm
    [83]
    TLS permalink

    sorry, 6K

  83. 2009 September 14 7:00 pm
    [84]
    JustMary permalink

    #78 That is what HSLDA is for. BTW- even if you are not a homeschooling family, please consider supporting HSLDA financially as they are fighting for parents’ rights to be…..parents!!!!!

  84. 2009 September 14 7:05 pm
    [85]
    TLS permalink

    Public education had it’s roots in liberalism. I won’t go into my sermon here, but the system needs to be changed. The power of the teacher’s union needs to be broken as well. I can afford to send my kids to private school but what is the answer to the cycle of failing education for the poor. The poor in my area have no choice but to send their kids to schools that are 80 to 90% hispanic, where they spend 7 out of 9 months learning english.

  85. 2009 September 14 7:06 pm
    [86]
    bc3b permalink

    JM –

    Are there any Christian schools in your area? Most private schools (Christian, Lutheran, Catholic) are smaller and offer much greater opportunities without the BS you find in public schools. The staffs also offer more personal attention.

  86. 2009 September 14 7:06 pm
    [87]
    mulletover permalink

    I put two through private school, then college. It didn’t make retirement planning any easier, but a worthwhile investment.

    Strike a balance in your planning.

  87. 2009 September 14 7:07 pm
    [88]
    bc3b permalink

    Beck is on Greta now.

  88. 2009 September 14 7:10 pm
    [89]
    JustMary permalink

    #86 Yeah, there are 2. One of which was the school I went to. I looked into both, but one is 7k a year, and the other one is almost 10. Can’t do it.

  89. 2009 September 14 7:15 pm
    [90]
    bc3b permalink

    Sometimes they have a number of ways to offset tuition costs (scholarships, etc.). The Lutheran schools in the Detroit area have fairly low tuition if you are a member of one of the sponsoring parishes (or whatever Lutherans call their churches).

  90. 2009 September 14 7:23 pm
    [91]
    bc3b permalink

    Greta is going to do a segment on ACORN and Beck will be back to talk on it.

    Greta’s show has become much better than Hannity’s.

  91. 2009 September 14 7:37 pm
    [92]
    brucefdb permalink

    Supposedly there is a new ACORN video coming out tomorrow, better than the first two per Breitbart (perhaps that has already been posted here, didnt see it).

    So maybe the bumper sticker is

    Obama, ACORN’s lawyer

  92. 2009 September 14 7:53 pm
    [93]
    justrand permalink

    brucefdb, how about:
    Obama, the oak that grew from ACORN!

    …ok, a little long for a bumber sticker

  93. 2009 September 14 8:07 pm
    [94]
    justrand permalink

    Question:
    What force does this “de-funding” REALLY have?

    The House controls spending…is this just more Kibuki theater???

    I sure hope someone in the House puts forth a measure with actual spending attached to it…then we’ll see.

  94. 2009 September 14 8:14 pm
    [95]
    drdog09 permalink

    The House still needs Senate approval on the appropriation. Constitution dictates that funding requests must originate in the House.

  95. 2009 September 14 8:22 pm
    [96]
    TLS permalink

    Glen is doing a good job of tying Acorn to SEIU and both to the Prez

  96. 2009 September 14 8:30 pm
    [97]
    gnqanq permalink

    TLS – the real question is who is/are the puppet masters? ACORN and SEIU are just the fall guys who you see to distract you from what you need to see. What is more important is who is not seen.

  97. 2009 September 14 8:42 pm
    [98]
    TLS permalink

    #97 – I absolutely agree. No one is mentioning it, but Congressman Issa already issued an 81 page report calling for investigation of Acorn for embezlement. The whole point of that document was to go ofter the ringleaders. Issa specificly wanted to address the fact that the same people keep committing the same crimes under a different name. Even they manage to bring them down, tying them to the Prez is a sifnificant bonus.

  98. 2009 September 14 8:45 pm
    [99]
    TLS permalink

    Here’s the link to the Issa Report:

    http://republicans.oversight.house.gov/media/pdfs/20090723ACORNReport.pdf

    Sorry, my typing is awful tonight!

  99. 2009 September 14 8:48 pm
    [100]
    mpthompson permalink

    I believe the reason why the teachers union cares about abortion is that the same types of polititions that support abortion will support all the other crap the union wants. Quid pro quo.

  100. 2009 September 14 8:58 pm
    [101]

    Liberals of a feather flock together.

  101. 2009 September 14 9:03 pm
    [102]
    phoenixrisen permalink

    Wow…that’s all I can say abuot today. Tomorrow looks to be even worse for ACORN. Couldn’t happen to a better organization or should I say racket?

  102. 2009 September 14 9:06 pm
    [103]
    TLS permalink

    Wild swings of emotion this weekend, 9/11 rememberance Fri, DC March Sat, Pithy Poetry Sat night, Acorn scandals today

  103. 2009 September 14 9:37 pm
    [104]
    conservativetony permalink

    Please, please, let the Chargers start out 0-4 or even 0-6 so we can get rid of Norv. Ughh.

    Tomlinson looks like he’s finished and has been a non-factor since he lost his lead blocker a few years back. A new coach might be just thing he needs.

    Sproles is an okay “surprise” playmaker, but he’s useless the way he’s been utilized now.

  104. 2009 September 14 10:06 pm
    [105]

    ACORN Scandals are killing Obamacare.

  105. 2009 September 14 10:13 pm
    [106]
    MFG permalink

    You know why the NFL exists, don’t you Tony?

  106. 2009 September 14 10:13 pm
    [107]
    MFG permalink

    To break our hearts

  107. 2009 September 14 10:14 pm
    [108]
    conservativetony permalink

    Think about it, Eph

    Until Obama came around, ACORN was the typical left-wing dirty bags they are today. They are just being made more visible becaue of their ties to Obama.

    You could say OBAMAcare is killing ACORN.

  108. 2009 September 14 10:18 pm
    [109]
    conservativetony permalink

    MFG, I can expect occasional heartbreaks, because they make winning all that more special, and that goes for all aspects of life, including politics.

  109. 2009 September 14 10:37 pm
    [110]
    conservativetony permalink

    Damn, it looks like my team will pull this one out. 🙁

  110. 2009 September 14 10:39 pm
    [111]

    Has anyone asked where the House vote is for this? Without it this is a lot of cheering for nothing no?

  111. 2009 September 14 10:46 pm
    [112]
    mpthompson permalink

    KH, I assume it will have to be hammered out with the House in committee. It may yet be stripped from the final bill, but for now it’s a huge short term victory. If it is stripped, it is almost certain to cause a ruckus as there are 100,000’s of eyes on the amendment.

    What the vote seems to indicate is that ACORN is becoming radioactive. And which prominent politician just happens to have very close ties to ACORN?

  112. 2009 September 14 10:51 pm
    [113]

    WOLVERINES!!!

    “I never saw the Eckert brothers again, in time this war, like every other war ended.
    But I never forgot, and come to place often, when no one else does.

    In the early days of World War 3, guerrillas, mostly children, placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.”

    Good night Jed, rest well.

    My condolences to Patrick Swayze’s family.

  113. 2009 September 14 10:53 pm
    [114]
    mpthompson permalink

    The Senate vote also means even the Dims are waking up to the type of organization ACORN is. I’m certain they already knew, but now ACORN has become the type of organization you don’t mention in polite company.

  114. 2009 September 14 10:57 pm
    [115]

    They’ll just change there name and morph into some new or existing front organization in my opinion, the committed left never gives up.

  115. 2009 September 14 11:00 pm
    [116]
    mpthompson permalink

    KH, you’re bringing me down. 😉

  116. 2009 September 14 11:22 pm
    [117]
    mpthompson permalink

    Anyone hazard to guess what distraction the Administration will bring up in an attempt to drown the ACORN scandal from the news? Oh yeah, I forget, ACORN isn’t in the MSM news, but it’s still spreading like wildfire. Perhaps we are witnessing the demise of the MSM. Is this what it would look like?

  117. 2009 September 14 11:26 pm
    [118]

    Nah I’m happy ACORN is getting a much needed spanking, not discounting the sort of win here, I just think longer term this worm who’s tail is currently being chopped off, will just re-grow itself is all.

  118. 2009 September 14 11:35 pm
    [119]

    What a distraction?
    “NYC HOMES RAIDED IN TERROR PROBE”

    Obama the ultimate contingency operation prosecutor!

    “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iowa senator Tom Harkin, newly empowered to investigate health matters as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, promised on Monday to probe deeply into any potential links between cellphone use and cancer.”

    I’m while I don’t particularly have issue with this shouldn’t the chairman of this committee have bigger things to investigate and focus on right now? Seems to me there might be some bigger issues to investigate in terms of the topics of Health, Education, Labor …. just saying.

  119. 2009 September 14 11:36 pm
    [120]
    mpthompson permalink

    Apparently this is just HUD funds in the current pending bill. Clearly, a LOT more would have to happen to remove ACORN from the government/taxpayer teat even if this bill were to pass. However, it’s a start and a pretty good one at that. Who would have thought a week ago that this would have happened?

    Amazing what two enterprising 20-somethings with a video camera can do.

    At some point reaction to all this has to cause questions to be asked of Gibbs, or perhaps even Obama himself. That will be worth popping some popcorn to watch.

  120. 2009 September 14 11:40 pm
    [121]
    mpthompson permalink

    I’m eager to find out what tomorrows video might be. I hope I’m not disappointed.

    After offer assistance for the human trafficking of minors in the sex trade what could possibly up the ante?

  121. 2009 September 14 11:53 pm
    [122]

    Exactly… it but once source, these fuk’er have there arms into all sort of agency funds.


    The upshot? The Danes retain the title of world’s most prolific wind producer, and President Obama cites their experience as a path to be followed. The cost? Danish ratepayers are forced to pay the highest utility rates in Europe. And the American people are led to believe that, though wind may only provide a little more than one percent of our electricity now, reaching a 20 percent platform – as the Danes have allegedly done – will come at no cost, with no jobs lost and no externalities to consider.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/09/024522.php
    ———-
    You Lie!!!!

  122. 2009 September 14 11:55 pm
    [123]

    You think Okeefe and Giles will be nominated for a Pulitzer ?? 😉

    They should be.

  123. 2009 September 14 11:56 pm
    [124]

    I saw some UK papers already reporting the acorn stuff along with obama’s ties to the organization, nothing crazy but at least they mentioned the past connections.

  124. 2009 September 15 12:00 am
    [126]

    “VIENNA — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warns that human trafficking is flourishing in the shadows of the global economic downturn.

    Clinton gave a video address to an international conference in Vienna examining the scourge of forced labor, sexual slavery and other forms of exploitation. She says urgent steps are needed to crack down on traffickers.”

    Nice timing Hilbot!

  125. 2009 September 15 12:00 am
    [127]
    mpthompson permalink

    Nice indeed.

    I know that is the outfit she wore to the ACORN offices, but is that the outfit that O’Keefe wore? Man, what the hell were the ACORN staff thinking to take him seriously. He looks like a High School sophomore dressing up for Halloween.

  126. 2009 September 15 12:03 am
    [128]
    mpthompson permalink

    Wouldn’t be ironic if it turned out to be the Clinton’s backing O’Keefe and Giles? However, I doubt even they could be that fiendish.

    However, I have no doubt Hillary is watching things very, very carefully. After all, 2012 beckons.

  127. 2009 September 15 1:04 am
    [129]

    I hear Bill want’s to personally thank Giles.

  128. 2009 September 15 1:09 am
    [130]

    Speaking of Bill…

    Little cleanup wetwork work still being done, I suppose I should thank the president for actually approving the mission.

    “A senior al Qaeda operative behind the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is believed to have been killed during a raid by covert forces in southern Somalia.”

    Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/09/senior_al_qaeda_lead_7.php#ixzz0RA0nJrLX

  129. 2009 September 15 4:23 am
    [131]
    drdog09 permalink

    After offer assistance for the human trafficking of minors in the sex trade what could possibly up the ante? — mpt

    I could think of one. Another ACORN video, only this time a Senator or Congressional aide is there also ‘helping’ to further the aims of the two reporters. That would be a bombshell!

  130. 2009 September 15 4:54 am
    [132]
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    A sting of some sort on our corrupt politicians would work.

  131. 2009 September 15 5:53 am
    [133]
    phineas gage permalink

    Vermont must be so proud of their pedophilic political representatives.

    And I mean that.

  132. 2009 September 15 5:54 am
    [134]
    phineas gage permalink

    Is the funding actually cut off since only the Senate has voted on this?

  133. 2009 September 15 6:41 am
    [135]

    Both houses must agree. The senators know full well that piglosi will never defund her brownshirts.

  134. 2009 September 15 9:21 am
    [136]
    drdog09 permalink

    Mexican standoff. What’s a SF Pig to do? Continue to fund the things important to her and throw ACORN under the bus or delay all appropriates fighting for one cause. ACORN is under the bus, SF Pig has more important fish to fry — like literally StarKist.

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