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Standing up against wealth-shaming by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 America, we have a bullying epidemic. No, not the school bullying issues that get constant attention from Hollywood, the White House and the media. No, not the "fat-shaming" and "body-shaming" outbreaks on Facebook. The problem is wealth-shaming. Class-shaming
Barack Obama's "Social Innovation" slush fund by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2013 We all know now what the vengeful Obama IRS has been doing to conservative nonprofits the past four years: strangling them in the crib. But do you know how much pampering and largesse far-left welfare-state charities have received while limited-government groups suffered?... Read More
Scytl: Voter Fraud Facts and Fiction by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 With six months until Election Day, conspiracy theories are percolating on the Internet like bubbling mud pots at Yellowstone: Left-wing billionaire George Soros is going to rig the election for Barack Obama. Foreigners will oversee the nation's entire vote-counting system. The fix... Read More
Hmmmm. "Operation Vote." That's the new name of a Chicago-run voter recruitment drive launched this weekend by Team Obama to target minorities and shore up his left flank. As usual, everything old is new again... Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Via the Washington Post: President Obama's campaign is developing an aggressive new program to expand support... Read More
Kris Kobach, the GOP candidate for Secretary of State in Kansas has won his race -- unseating incumbent Democrat Chris Biggs by a huge margin. Left-wing and open-borders groups tried their best to slime Kobach. Voters didn't fall for it: In Ohio, another huge win as progressive Democrat Jennifer Brunner will be replaced by GOP... Read More
I kid you not: Bed bugs. ACORN Canada is using the issue to push a new government licensing scheme on all landlords, which would drive up rent and lead to less affordable housing, not more. Gotta love these social justice crusaders -- worse than the pests they're exploiting.
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti My reporting on ACORN's housing counseling grant rip-offs go back to April 2008, when I spotlighted the left-wing mortgage counseling racket. As bad as the ACORN/Obama alliance is, I've pointed out several times that this mess festered under the Bush administration and a GOP ruling majority. Now, GOP Rep. Daryl Issa... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Here's a pleasant Friday afternoon surprise. Don't expect to see it on the front page of tomorrow's NYT, though. Via AP: A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a decision that had barred Congress from withholding funds from ACORN, the activist group driven to ruin by scandal and financial woes.... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Connie Hair at Human Events has the news: In related news, ACORN's Bertha Lewis proclaims the resurrection of the community organizing racket and Matthew Vadum reports that the "dissolved" ACORN is still grubbing for money from donors.
Last June, I told you about the speech-squelching attempt by ACORN/Project Vote to silence one of its most potent critics -- former Project Vote official-turned-whistleblower Anita MonCrief. Good news to report, via the Center for Individual Rights: Today an abrupt end came to a lawsuit that Project Vote, an affiliate of the Association of Community... Read More
"The truth shall set me free."
Scroll for updates...See this clarification... The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that James O'Keefe, half of the ACORN-busting duo that conducted undercover stings across the country last summer, was arrested today in an alleged wiretapping* plot at the New Orleans office of Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu. O'Keefe and three other young men were arrested by the... Read More
Otherwise known as the tax-subsidized National Democrat Future Voter Outreach Drive: Anyone who doesn't know there is a Census this year will know after Monday. The government's unprecedented $340 million promotional blitz of the 2010 Census launches Monday with the debut of the Census Portrait of America Road Tour in New York City's Times Square.... Read More
The Weekly Standard's John McCormack reports tonight that Illinois Democrat Sen. Roland Burris is claiming credit for inserting a provision that may benefit ACORN. But it's not just the ACORN angle that's scandalous. It's the race hustler shakedown. Why, oh, why do we need to be funding massive new federal bureaucracies to create separate "Offices... Read More
"Desired Qualifications: A demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice."
There's a website devoted exclusively to listing "Green Job" openings in Philadelphia. You can find it here. Check out the noteworthy advertisement for an opening in ACORN's Philly office: Pennsylvania ACORN 2009-03-24 2009-04-15 ACORN is hiring a Southeastern PA Organizer. Description: Pennsylvania ACORN is a chapter of ACORN, the largest low-to-moderate income membership organization in... Read More
Oy. The Hill's Eric Zimmerman reports that a Clinton-appointed judge has enjoined the congressional ACORN funding bans as illegal "bills of attainder:" Constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh mulled over the legal questions in September here
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti You are going to be shocked, shocked, I tell you, when you read the conclusion of the "independent" review of ACORN's recent activities by ACORN's "independent" assessor, left-wing former Massachusetts AG and Common Cause president Scott Harshbarger. Harshbarger has determined -- wait for it -- that ACORN engaged in no wrongdoing... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Yesterday, House Republicans held a forum on ACORN's political criminal enterprise in the face of repeated refusals by the Democrat majority to investigate and on the heels of AG Eric Holder's insistence that ACORN get its tax dollars. Ranking GOP member Rep. Lamar Smith stood firm on the need to deny... Read More
Inconvenient data.
"Document dump" is the operative word of the month, isn't it? We had another holiday weekend document dump of visitor logs from the White House, which included these trips: Holdren, of course, is the population control freak/global warming zealout/science czar -- who, as I noted last week, is smack dab in the middle of the... Read More
Big Government has a treasure trove of ACORN docs dumped to cover the criminal racket's tracks before Jerry Brown launched a pretend probe. The Washington Examiner's Byron York has the goods on the Americorps IG scandal and exploding sex scandal involving Obama crony/Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, DC schools chief Michelle Rhee, and Team Obama. Hey,... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Eric Zimmerman at The Hill has new details on mismanaged federal DOJ grants to ACORN and its affiliates: ACORN and its affiliates received $200,000 in Justice Department grants between 2002 and 2009, according a report issued today by the department's Inspector General. No DOJ grants went directly to ACORN, but a... Read More
David Hamilton is a hard Left, former ACORN fund-raiser and abortion radical who was rated "not qualified" by the ABA. Now, via LifeNews, he is federal judge: The Senate voted today 59-39 to confirm a pro-abortion federal judge President Barack Obama appointed to become a new appeals court justice. David Hamilton, of Indiana, is the... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Another bogus ACORN lawsuit by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2009 ACORN is doing what it does best: Playing the victim, blaming everyone else for its self-inflicted wounds, perpetuating false narratives, and defending the entitlement industry to the death. On Thursday, the disgraced welfare rights organization filed suit over a congressional... Read More
Nobody knows nuttin' about the blatant cash-for-votes scheme involving the Ohio University College Democrats and the Athens County Democratic Party in Athens, Ohio. They are all playing dumb and/or pointing fingers at each other. If it walks like a voter fraud scheme and smells like a voter fraud scheme, well, you know. Via The Athens... Read More
Joshua Culling at the National Taxpayers Union has a handy primer on the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, plus overviews of state ballot initiatives across the country. Read and bookmark here. For NY-23, check 73wire, The Other McCain, Riehl World View, and TCOT Report. Mark Blumenthal at Pollster.com has analysis on NY-23 polls... Read More
I noted earlier this morning the GOP's need to purge its suicidal ACORN/WFP/SEIU alliances. Last month, I spotlighted Republicans in Illinois who continue to take gobs of money from ACORN's alter ego, the SEIU. Anita MonCrief has a related must-read in the Hot Air Green Room on "How NY23 Revealed the Republicans’ ACORN Problem." Excerpt:... Read More
No surprises here. Radical leftist Dede Scozzafava, the GOP NY-23 candidate who dropped out over the weekend, was an ACORN-embracing, Working Families Party-consorting, Big Labor crony. White House political director Patrick Gaspard is a leading ACORN/SEIU/Working Families Party operative from New York. The Washington Post reports that Gaspard played a critical role in Scozzafava's endorsement... Read More
Who's there?
Who's there? In another business-as-usual Friday night document dump, the White House released logs on 110 White House visitors and trumpeted "transparency like you've never seen before." The self-congratulatory announcement conveniently omits that Obama originally blocked the logs' release and only disclosed them under threat of lawsuit. Also, this "unprecedented" disclosure is severely limited: Most... Read More
On Fox & Friends this morning, I discussed the expiring House and Senate bans on ACORN funding that GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has been warning about all month. Byron York has a good backgrounder here. Whatever happens, the daunting reality is that ACORN and its vast network of affiliates continue to spend and shuffle untold... Read More
The Working Families Party, an ACORN front group whose ballot line Newt Gingrich-endorsed radical leftist Dede Scozzafava has embraced on multiple occasions, is up to no good again. The NYPost reports: The labor-backed Working Families Party has engaged in "an audacious scheme to violate the law" to help the party's favored political candidates get elected,... Read More
At the annual American Banking Association conference this weekend in Chicago, the SEIU army spearheaded an angry mob protest against major financial institutions who have taken federal bailout funds. It was the usual left-wing Kabuki theater. If the protesters were sincerely mad about the government bailouts, they'd be yelling on Capitol Hill and in front... Read More
On ABC News this morning at George Stephanopoulos's This Week roundtable, fellow Fox News contributor and conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham took Charlie Gibson to task for his ignorance of the ACORN scandal (which, you'll remember, a condescending Gibson said he thinks the MSM should "leave to the cables.") Brava. Keep calling them... Read More
So, the GOP leadership is waking up to Team Obama's "Chicago-style politics." Here's GOP leader John Boehner condemning the White House heavy hand. I was in the Windy City last night for the United Republican Fund's 75th anniversary. URF is committed to electing conservatives to office and I was impressed with the number of fresh,... Read More
President Obama has nominated the SEIU Purple Shirts' associate general counsel, Craig Becker, to a slot on the National Labor Relations Board. Today, the Senate HELP Committee cleared him through on a 15-8 vote without a hearing. GOP Senators Mike Enzi (for whom Becker served as a labor counsel) [correction: the GOP NLRB nominee Brian... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti ACORN is a criminal enterprise. It took decades to build up its massive coffers and intricate web of affiliates across the country. It will take months and years to untangle the entire operation. And it will take time, money, and and relentless sunshine to dismantle the government-subsidized, partisan racket. It can't... Read More
Busy with family. Throwing out a couple discussion topics: * What good is an "opposition" party that wants to elect its own worst opponents? Related: Where is Sarah Palin? * Rush shreds the RAAAAAAACIST card. Related: First newspaper retracts fake RAAAACIST Rush quotes. * Out: Dissent is patriotic! In: Fox News Channel's dissenting anchors are... Read More
Yes, it's time for the upside-down elephant. The Stupid Party is at it again. The subject of today's column: An abomination in the NY23 special congressional race to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh, who accepted President Obama's Army Secretary position. Way to go, Beltway GOP establishment. Grass-roots fiscal conservatives are fired up over ACORN,... Read More
Family feud.
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Grab your popcorn: The dysfunctional ObamACORN family is feuding. NOLA.com reports: Beth Butler, the longtime executive director of Lousiana ACORN, was terminated by the organization's national leadership Monday amid a power struggle at the embattled advocacy group. Butler's sacking came two days after local ACORN leaders criticized President Barack Obama's planned... Read More
Crime, Census, and censorship by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2009 There are serious problems with the administration of the U.S. Census. Americans have good reason to be wary of the stranger’s knock on the door. Unfortunately, anything critics say about the federal census can and will be used against them in the court of... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports tonight that the ACORN/Rathke embezzlement sum was $5 million, not the widely cited $1 million figure admitted publicly to date by the left-wing racketeering group. But guess what? The figure is not new -- and it is not news to the whitewashers at the New York... Read More
Glue man.
Bookmark, read, and share Trevor Loudon's latest dossier: Obama File 88 Parallel Lives? Obama's "Go To" Man, Patrick Gaspard and New York Socialism Along with reporting by Erick Erickson, Matthew Vadum, and Stanley Kurtz, Loudon's research gives you a thorough picture of Obama's far left radical confidante -- a man whom Chicago crony White House... Read More
Bank of America has been caving in to left-wing special interests for years. The financial giant teamed up with the open-borders lobby to offer illegal alien home loans. It forked over payoffs to self-declared bank terrorist outfit NACA (the taxpayer-subsidized Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America). BoA also capitulated to a Jesse Jackson shakedown. And then,... Read More
"Insufficient tuned-in-ness."
Pity the New York Times. Even when the Fishwrap of Record is admitting how out of touch it is, its editors still can't get the story right. Hapless ombudsman Clark Hoyt writes in his Sunday column that his paper was guilty of unnecessarily politicizing a legitimate breaking story and suffering "slow reflexes:" ON Sept. 12,... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti As expected, ACORN has filed suit against the undercover sting duo James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, as well as BigGovernment.com publisher Andrew Breitbart. Shoot the messenger. Sue the messenger: It's the ACORN way. Ask Anita MonCrief. *** Here's the PDF of the lawsuit.
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti I said last week that the ACORN funding cut-offs on the Hill were just the beginning. Good news: The ball is rolling. DOJ Inspector General Glenn Fine has launched an internal probe. I covered Fine's extensive work on immigration enforcement lapses during the Clinton and Bush years. He is meticulous, thorough,... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Channeling clueless Charlie Gibson and Nancy Pelosi, President Obama is playing dumb about ACORN. Here's what he said on ABC's This Week this morning:
My column today blasts ACORN Housing Corporation's criminal-enabling home loan program for illegal aliens. To paraphrase Jon Stewart: Where the hell is everyone? AHC is one of the endless non-profit arms of ACORN. Their response to the BigGovernment.com sting videos hasn't received as much attention as the national ACORN flagship's. You can read AHC's CYA... Read More
Better late than never. Prepare to be called a RAAAAAAACIST, Jay:
Good. Better late than never. It's just the start.
Better late than never: Just the beginning. Far from the end. Here's the roll call vote. The no votes: Baldwin Becerra Brady (PA) Brown, Corrine Butterfield Capuano Carson (IN) Castor (FL) Cleaver Clyburn Crowley Cummings Davis (IL) DeGette Delahunt Doyle Edwards (MD) Ellison Engel Fattah Filner Fudge Green, Al Grijalva Hinchey Hirono Holt Honda Jackson... Read More
Huh? What? Duh? The Senate de-funded ACORN? Nancy Pelosi says she didn't know: She must be sharing the same hole in the sand that Charlie Gibson's head is occupying.
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