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9/14/2009

We Need Big Government

Filed under: Government,Politics — DRJ @ 11:16 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

BigGovernment.com, that is, as it single-handedly takes on ACORN.

Today’s highlights are videos documenting James and Hannah’s visit to ACORN’s Brooklyn office as they continue to seek housing assistance for their brothel:

Big Government says it will continue to do the job the mainstream media won’t:

“In fact, in the coming days, you’ll learn a lot about the full ACORN story. It is an amazing story, in its own way. After waiting years for the mainstream media to finally peel back the ACORN layers, Big Government will have to take it upon itself to do so.

To start this, we are publishing an internal quasi-employee manual Big Government has obtained. Given to all ACORN employees, it isn’t your normal manual. It doesn’t discuss things like sick leave or vacation time, but, rather, as the title states, the “Principles and Foundations of ACORN.” How an organization communicates with the public is important. How it communicates to its own employees, however, provides a richer understanding of an organization’s nature.

The whole thing is worth a read. I draw your attention to just one sentence (ACORN emphasizes it with italics):

ACORN’s lifeblood is conflicts with targets outside the organization.

Think about that. ACORN’s lifeblood isn’t empowering disadvantaged communities nor lifting people out of poverty. It isn’t concerned about increasing economic growth to improve the lives of its members. It’s lifeblood is conflict. Conflict with targets. It actually thinks of the world outside itself as targets.

It explains a lot:”

Today, Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) filed an amendment to HR3288 that blocks ACORN from receiving federal funds for housing programs. UPDATE: It passed 83-7 with 9 not voting.

— DRJ

31 Responses to “We Need Big Government”

  1. ACORN’s lifeblood is conflicts with targets outside the organization.

    Think about that. ACORN’s lifeblood isn’t empowering disadvantaged communities nor lifting people out of poverty. It isn’t concerned about increasing economic growth to improve the lives of its members. It’s lifeblood is conflict. Conflict with targets. It actually thinks of the world outside itself as targets.

    It explains a lot:”

    It sure does.

    Am getting so much evil pleasure thinking of every single ACORN office scrambling, calling, checking records, thinking back “what the HELL could I get caught for?!?!” Hope they don’t get a wink of sleep tonight.

    And to top it off, James O’Keefe’s going around quoting Alinsky on FOX News and on the Big Government website. Love it. How ya like your usual “targets” now, ACORN? LOL

    no one you know (7a9144)

  2. “Today, Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) filed an amendment to HR3288 that blocks ACORN from receiving federal funds for housing programs.”

    Well, that will be good only if he can make sure that any vote on inluding it in, or stripping it out of the legislation, is a public, recorded vote. We want these weasels to have to justify giving Federal funds to a criminal orginization.

    AD - RtR/OS! (5c940e)

  3. At what point does it become RICO actionable?

    How many tax-cheats, money-launderers, pimps and the like has ACORN assisted in the past?

    Techie (482700)

  4. How many tax-cheats, money-launderers, pimps and the like has ACORN assisted in the past?

    Assisted ???

    That’s their Board of Directors.

    Mike K (addb13)

  5. The Johanns amendment passed 83-7 with 9 not voting.

    Anon (8b9d41)

  6. Funny, Mike! That is, if it weren’t so ….ing accurate.

    AD - RtR/OS! (5c940e)

  7. Comment by Anon — 9/14/2009 @ 3:58 pm

    Anyone who tries to strip this out on the floor, or in conference, should be skinned and horse-whipped.

    AD - RtR/OS! (5c940e)

  8. Mayor Bloomberg was also quoted on the stories in an article in the N.Y. Post today. I believe the big media embargo is about to end.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/pimp_hooker_catch_staff_Js4YPEcsCcxLZhAEehLhmL

    daleyrocks (718861)

  9. Re HR3288, pertaining to the ACORN housing side, that’s great as far as it goes.

    But how much $ is going to whatever you call all ACORN’s other sides? Anybody stopping that?

    jodetoad (059c35)

  10. IL and VT Senators were against the Amendment along with 3 others

    Burris (D-IL)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)

    Alasdair (129481)

  11. The reason that conflict is their life blood is that it’s fuel for the fund raising fire.

    Have any of you ever given money to an activist organization of some kind? One time, when I was far younger and more naive, I gave some money to “People for the American Way” (because I misunderstood their mission). And I received an unbelievable number of letters from them over the next couple of years, each of which talked about some major emergency the organization face which required me to give them an extra, emergency gift of money. If I’d responded to them all I’d have ended up giving them 20 times as much as I first did.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  12. It is simply amazing to look at what Breitbard is doing, then to read the bewildered complaints of MSM types about why public distrust of media is so great.

    They have not a clue.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (d6f2b7)

  13. Look at those mean conservatives in action:

    U.S Senate denies funds for poverty group
    By Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A poverty-rights group that has drawn the ire of conservatives suffered another setback in Washington on Monday when the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny it access to federal housing funds.

    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which helps poor people fight foreclosures and fix tax problems, has received more than $53 million in U.S. funds since 1994, but conservatives’ charges of widespread fraud have begun to impact its reputation in the capital…

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (51407b)

  14. “They have not a clue.”

    Is it any wonder when one of your prominant standard-bearers is MoDo?

    AD - RtR/OS! (5c940e)

  15. Will this amendment prevent “Community Organizations International” from getting gov. funds? That is ACORN’s new official name as of a couple months ago.

    From a Washington Examiner article June 21, 2009.
    “Wade Rathke, who founded the organization, announced on his blog that ACORN International has officially changed its name to “Community Organizations International.”

    Bob K (573e6b)

  16. They should change it to “Community Organizations International Network.” That would get a little closer to the mission. All the coin they can get.

    How about “Community Resistance International and Mutual Enforcement ” ? Even closer to their mission.

    Then there is “Progressive International Mutual Program.”

    I think they have lots of choices as the need to change the name from time to time arises.

    Mike K (c818fc)

  17. The amendment would be great but I’m seeing elsewhere on the internet that ACORN has never even (directly) received federal funds. Does someone know the real deal?

    Jim (b315d1)

  18. Does someone know the real deal?

    Interesting that it’s such a mystery. Funding allocation seems to be a one way street, as I’ve done a cursory search for returned funding and can’t seem to find any.

    Anybody ask Michael Milken about returning funds?

    From the usually inaccurate Wiki:

    Wood recommended a 10-year prison sentence, of which, in her opinion, Milken should have served at least 36 to 40 months. However, Milken hired Alan Dershowitz to help reduce his sentence. Milken served only about 22 months (from March 1991 until January 1993) before being released.

    Upon his release, he still had net worth of over $1 billion, despite having paid a total of $900 million in fines and settlements[1] relating primarily to civil lawsuits. As of 2007, Milken is worth about $2.1 billion and has long since entered other business ventures.

    Seems as though once an incredible amount of money changes hands, fraud or not, it’s return is not required.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Obama administration.

    Apogee (e2dc9b)

  19. Is it any wonder when one of your prominant standard-bearers is MoDo?

    Even many journalists are embarrassed about MoDo, who is not only shallow and vapid, but also a plagiarist.

    New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in an email to Huffington Post, admits that a paragraph in her Sunday column was lifted from Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall’s blog last Thursday.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  20. The eternal beclowning of my state’s political douchebags continues apace – I only hope that Dickie Durbin is reminded of this shameful spectacle by his opponent during his re – election. But I won’t hold my breath – as for Burris, no one is surprised.

    Dmac (a93b13)

  21. Dmac – The connection is strong in Illinois. Remember Blago was going to go work for a new SEIU think tank when he resigned. ACORN and the SEIU are joined at the hip. I haven’t checked Durbin’s contributions from the SEIU, but I’ll bet they are big.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  22. The ACORN spokesweasel did make an appearance on MSNBC today with a lame ass argument about process, without explaining ACORN’s actual process.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/09/14/video-greasy-acorn-spokesman-greasier-than-ever/

    daleyrocks (718861)

  23. I’d attack ACORN from the California Teachers Union money they receive. I think it’s over a million, but a google search would probably nail it down more specificly.
    Let’s see the NEA twist their way out of funding child prostitution.

    Another thread you might want to tug on is the Jaycee Lee Dugard case. Her kidnapper/rapist Phil Garrido was a parolee fresh from a Nevada prison.
    How did Garrido get the scratch for a bay area house equipped with extra large lot for hostage storage. That takes a lot of money, or a superior knowledge of how to work the system.
    Just the sort of knowledge that ACORN is in the business of giving out to persons such as Garrido.
    Antioch Acorn Tax and Benefit Access Center at 4545 Delta Fair Blvd. Antioch,
    within walking distance from what became Jaycee Lee Dugard’s dungeon for the last 18 years.

    papertiger (fbc22c)

  24. papertiger, don’t give unsubstantiated (barely veiled) accusations. That is very uncouth. And since Garrido is a private citizen, it could also land you in a heap of legal trouble for broadcasting your accusation.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  25. BigGovernment made a huge splash when they launched. The Lefty whining is deafening. This is what the guerilla media needs to be doing, as the legacy media refuses to do their job.

    Peg C. (48175e)

  26. From Hugh Hewitt this morning:
    The buzz is that another ACORN undercover film will surface today as the expose of ACORN’s “culture” spreads from office to office.
    BigGovernment.com will have whatever it is first, so keep checking for it.

    Pass the popcorn.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  27. I haven’t checked Durbin’s contributions from the SEIU, but I’ll bet they are big.

    I don’t know that figure either, but one thing we know about Durbin – he’s completely beholden to the Illinois Combine that made him. Nothing but a lackey that does his donor’s bidding.

    Dmac (a93b13)

  28. John Hitchcock – To which unsubstantiated barely veiled accusation are you refering?

    The teachers union does support child prostitution and sex slave trafficing. That’s beyond dispute. If they want to change that fact sometime in the future, I’d like to encourage them.

    Garrido is in no position to threaten anybody.
    Acorn thrives on the public’s fear to avoid scrutiny. Either way I’m not worried.

    How hard would it be to substantiate the Garrido’s procurement of the house? The circumstances of the property ownership/rental arrangement should be public record. Tax filings or lack there of – I don’t know if that’s protected for private citizens. If it is, maybe there’s a loophole due to his status as a sex crime parolee.
    The method will be the substantiation.

    papertiger (7a9e8b)


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