ACORN Now A Turnip

Community Activist Group Folds

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as Acorn, is disbanding, the community activist group said Monday.

The group long helped register low-income people to vote in ways that were widely viewed as helping Democrat candidates. But scandals in recent years sapped Acorn’s credibility, making it an embarrassment for Democrats and a target for Republicans. Those scandals also made it hard for Acorn to raise money, prompting the decision to close down what was once a national organization.

A large offshoot formerly known as Acorn Housing, which counsels low-income homeowners, has changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America and plans to continue operations, officials of that group said.

Both Acorn groups have been under siege since September, when Web sites and television news outlets released secretly recorded videos in which Acorn and Acorn Housing employees, encouraged by undercover filmmakers, offered advice on how to set up brothels and evade taxes. The filmmakers were posing as a pimp and a prostitute.

See also:
ACORN to formally disband
ACORN plans to shut down
ACORN disbanding; some services to continue
Acorn to Shut All Its Offices by April 1
ACORN Closing Its Doors for Good
Acorn going out of business?
ACORN shuts down
Acorn folds
Good riddance, ACORN

Well, this is a good development.

/unfortunately, like the sleazy Democrat vote fraud enabling criminal enterprise they are, they’ll probably pop up again, in some other form, by some other name

It’s Fallen, But Can It Get Up?

NASA hopes to free Mars rover from ‘sand trap’

After months of tests and analysis, engineers plan to beam commands to NASA’s Spirit Mars rover Monday, kicking off a long-awaited attempt to free the hardy craft from the talcum powder-like soil of a hidden crater that trapped it last April.

“Spirit’s facing the most challenging situation it’s seen yet on the surface of Mars,” Doug McCuistion, director of NASA’s Mars exploration program, said Thursday. “We know a lot of people around the world…view Spirit with great affection, exploring the Red Planet along with it, experiencing the excitement, seeing new and exciting vistas, seeing new landscapes, uncovering some incredible new knowledge about our sister planet.

. . .

“I’d like everybody to be hopeful, but I’d also like them to be realistic,” he said. “If Spirit cannot make the great escape from this sand trap, it’s likely that this lonely spot, straddling the edge of this crater, might be where Spirit ends its adventures on Mars.”

. . .

Last April 23, the six-wheel Spirit was slowly rolling backward on the western side of a feature known as “Home Plate,” heading toward the south and a pair of volcanic structures that scientists wanted to examine. The rover was driving backward because its right front wheel stopped working in 2006.

The ground to the south of Spirit looked normal, but as it rolled along, its wheels broke through an upper-crust-like layer of soil and into a softer, unseen material.

“Essentially, the rover was driving on what we call a dirt crust,” said John Callas, the project manager of the Mars exploration rovers at JPL. “It was a hard surface that we broke through, and underneath this material, camouflaged underneath, was this loose, fine material where the rover is challenged right now.”

Scientists later determined that Spirit’s path was straddling the rim of an ancient, 26-foot-wide crater just beneath the surface. The crater was filled in with sulfate sands that formed layers with different compositions.

Initial attempts to drive out in a crablike fashion by turning the front and back wheels in the same direction only made matters worse.

See also:
NASA to try to free stuck Mars rover Spirit
NASA unveils plan to free sand-trapped Mars rover
Engineers desperate to move plucky Mars rover
NASA to power Mars rover out of sand trap
Unsticking Spirit
NASA Unveils Plan To Unstick A Mars Rover
NASA tries to dig out its stranded Mars robot
Spirit Rover Wiggles Her Wheels
Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Spirit rover

Well, this seems to be quite the heroic rescue attempt for a rover that’s already five years past its three month life expectancy. Go NASA!

/what’s really amazing is that Obama hasn’t canceled this project yet, it must be costing quite a bit of money that he could be wasting on pet Democrat social boondoggles like ACORN instead

Get Out And Vote Republicans!

Especially if you live in New Jersey, let’s try and keep the results out of the margin of fraud.

Christie leads

Chris Christie leads Jon Corzine 47-41 in PPP’s final poll of the New Jersey Governor’s race, with Chris Daggett at 11%.

Corzine had pulled to within a point of Christie on our poll three weeks ago after trailing by as many as 14 points over the summer, but his momentum has stalled since then and Christie’s built his lead back up to 4 points last week and now 6.

But, of course, if you’re a Republican in New Jersey, you already know that a six point lead against a Democrat candidate might not be safe.

Chris Christie’s Next Case: Who Stole My Election?

The race for governor in New Jersey is so close in final polls that it may well end up in a recount — the 1981 election did and was decided by less than 1,800 votes. If there is a recount, you can bet disputes about absentee ballots will loom large. Moreover, if serious allegations of fraud emerge, you can also expect less-than-vigorous investigation by the Obama Justice Department — which showed just how seriously it takes such allegations when it walked away from an open-and-shut voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia earlier this year.

Plenty of reasons exist for suspecting absentee fraud may play a significant role in tomorrow’s Garden State contests. Groups associated with Acorn in neighboring Pennsylvania and New York appear to have moved into the state. An independent candidate for mayor in Camden has already leveled charges that voter fraud is occurring in his city. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party in New Jersey is taking advantage of a new loosely written vote-by-mail law to pressure county clerks not to vigorously use signature checks to evaluate the authenticity of absentee ballots, the only verification procedure allowed.

The state has received a flood of 180,000 absentee ballot requests. On some 3,000 forms the signature doesn’t match the one on file with county clerks. Yet citing concerns that voters would be disenfranchised, Democratic Party lawyer Paul Josephson wrote New Jersey’s secretary of state asking her “to instruct County Clerks not to deny applications on the basis of signature comparison alone.” Mr. Josephson maintained that county clerks “may be overworked and are likely not trained in handwriting analysis” and insisted that voters with suspect applications should be allowed to cast provisional ballots. Those ballots, of course, would then provide a pool of votes that would be subject to litigation in any recount, with the occupant of New Jersey’s highest office determined by Florida 2000-style scrutiny of ballot applications.

The cheaters are making a full court press.

ACORN Aims to Tip New Jersey Election in Corzine’s Favor

Fearing a potentially devastating Democratic loss, the highly controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) group and its affiliated organizations are gearing up to tip the scales and re-elect embattled incumbent in the hard-fought New Jersey gubernatorial race, sources tell Newsmax.

“Acorn is heavily involved in Gov. Jon Corzine’s get-out-the-vote operation, but is maintaining a low profile at the insistence of the Corzine campaign,” Matthew Vadum, senior editor of the conservative Capitol Research Center think tank, tells Newsmax. “If Corzine manages to win reelection, he doesn’t want the victory tainted by his close association with Acorn.”

Wall Street Journal columnist and author John Fund wrote Tuesday that “Plenty of reasons exist for suspecting absentee fraud may play a significant role in tomorrow’s Garden State contests.”

See also:
GOP challenger edges ahead of Corzine in NJ
Bettors Split Between Corzine-Christie in New Jersey
Can Christie Beat the Other Boys In Jersey?
President Obama Robocalls for Gov. Corzine in New Jersey

And don’t forget to vote in New York 23.

Hoffman Leads in Upstate N.Y. House Race, but Many Undecided

In the upstate New York House race that has attracted national attention, Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate now embraced by the GOP, leads Democrat Bill Owens by 41 percent to 36 percent with 6 percent backing Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out of the race on Saturday, according to a Siena College poll conducted Nov. 1. Eighteen percent are undecided, The margin of error is 4 points.

The number of undecided voters is now double what it was in Siena’s last poll, when Scozzafava was still in the race.

“Hoffman continues to demonstrate momentum, picking up six points since Scozzafava pulled out,” said Siena’s Steven Greenberg. “It appears, however, that the majority of Scozzafava’s supporters have gone to neither Hoffman nor Owens, but rather into the undecided column.”

Showdown Alarms

The NY-23 special election on Tuesday has the attention of the White House at the highest levels, with White House sources saying that the endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens by “Republican” Dede Scozzafava came only after a call from White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asking that she throw her support behind the Democrat.

NY 23, are you going to let the Obama White House control your Republican candidates?

See also:
GOP watch: Chaos in NY-23
Congressional Roundup: NY-23 edition
Last-minute NY 23rd poll: Conservative Doug Hoffman surges, but …

Ain’t but one Republican still in the NY 23 race, vote accordingly.

And, if you live in Virginia, you can phone the win in, but you still have to actually get off your collective Republican asses and vote for McDonnell, nuke the election from orbit, just to make sure.

/finally, if you’re a Democrat, remember, you get to vote on Wedbesday, 11/4/09

Lots More Trouble For ACORN

The hits just keep on coming.

ACORN May Face Trial for First Time as Nevada Prosecutors Allege ‘Widespread’ Criminal Policies

When ACORN took to Las Vegas and started playing “Blackjack” and “21,” the activist group was making a far bigger gamble than it ever guessed, according to Nevada prosecutors.

There’s nothing wrong with playing the tables in Vegas, but authorities say ACORN was using the names of those casino games as a cover to illegally pay workers to sign up voters as part of an illegal quota system.

A preliminary hearing Tuesday in the downtown Clark County courthouse has put ACORN on trial for the first time as a criminal defendant.

Until now, prosecutions for voter registration fraud have focused on ACORN workers, and authorities have secured guilty pleas from several who admitted to falsifying voter registration forms.

But when investigators from Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office raided the ACORN Las Vegas office, Ross says they found a paper trail that implicated the ACORN organization itself.

“We came across policy manuals that outline their policy of creating a quota system, which is against the law,” Miller told FOX News in an interview. “This, in fact, was something that was widespread and something the organization itself knew about, and it’s important to hold the organization criminally accountable as opposed to the individual field directors.”

ACORN denies it had a quota for the number of voter registration forms that its workers were required to turn in every day. Instead, the organization says there were “performance standards” — an expectation that workers would find 20 new voters a day.

But prosecutors say ACORN paid a $5 bonus per day to workers who would sign up 21 or more voters per shift, hence the name “21” or “Blackjack,” an alleged quota system that Ross says is the first step toward corrupting the democratic system.

“These charges strike at the heart of having integrity of the electoral process. That’s something that is important in Nevada and the entire country,” he told FOX News.

“By filing these charges we are sending a clear message we are not going to tolerate these kinds of activities. We have seen voter registration abuse before and we are holding these people accountable.

Affidavits: Ballot abuse rampant

Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy, the Times Union has learned.

Many of the questionable ballots were filed under the names of students and people who live in government-subsidized housing and other downtown areas. Still others were submitted on behalf of voters who were alleged to have signed the ballots earlier this month, but those people have not lived in New York state for at least a year, records show.

Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties. A Troy housing authority employee, Anthony Defiglio, who sources said oversees vacant properties for the Troy Housing Authority, also handled many of the fraudulent ballots, according to public records and interviews with voters who said they were duped.

With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN, Again

With no fanfare and no roll call vote, not even a speech — the Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-NE, that bars any funds from the Defense spending bill from going to ACORN.

Johanns promised to introduce a similar amendment on every spending bill Congress considers this year, until the chamber takes up his broader bill that would impose permanent ban on ACORN receiving any federal funds.

It took the Senate a little over one minute to consider the measure.

Bank of America pulls ACORN funding

Troubled community organizing group ACORN suffered another setback on Monday, when Bank of America announced it is pulling its funding of ACORN Housing.

In a statement, Bank of America said that is it “suspending current commitments to ACORN Housing and will not enter into any further agreements with ACORN or any of its affiliates” until it is satisfied that all issues related to the organization have been resolved.

See also:
Ex-ACORN worker details blackjack voter registration bonuses
Ex-ACORN organizer describes voter signup bonuses
Ex-ACORN official outlines alleged illegal voter registration plan
Massive Voter Fraud in NY Linked to ACORN
WORKING FAMILIES PARTY = ACORN; What Will AG Cuomo Do?
REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: A Review of ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis’s Rolodex Suggests Strong White House Ties
Inside The ACORN Rolodex: ACORN Has Its Own Political Party Other Than the Democrats
Senate votes to ban ACORN — again
Johanns keeps aim on ACORN
Effort to defund ACORN faces hurdles
Bank suspends dealings with ACORN housing entity
BofA severs ACORN ties
Acorn Housing Board Member Steps Down
ACORN, A Toxic Organization?
Cracking down on ACORN
East Bay ACORN chapters feel impacts of national brouhaha
Preliminary ACORN probe by end of October

/keep up the pressure, ACORN needs to be totally unraveled and its rampant corruption brought to an end

ACORN Takes A Shot At The Messengers

Who said there’s no such thing as bad publicity? The discovery process alone ought to be quite revealing. One thing’s for sure the money and pro bono lawyers will pour in to defend this lawsuit.

ACORN sues filmmakers

ACORN filed suit Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland, against two filmmakers who secretly recorded videos embarrassing to the agency, claiming the pair violated state law by recording their conversations without permission of the employees involved.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing the further distribution of the videos.

The recordings represented “clear violations of Maryland law that were intended to inflict maximum damage to the reputation of ACORN,” the community organizer’s attorney, Arthur Schwartz, said. “Unfortunately, they succeeded.”

Defendants James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute seeking advice on setting up a brothel with underage girls from El Salvador, recorded the videos in Baltimore and three other cities.

Breitbart.com, registered to Washington Times conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, is a co-defendant in the lawsuit. Contacted by CNN, Breitbart had no comment on the suit. O’Keefe and Giles did not respond to requests for comment.

See also:
ACORN Sues O’Keefe, Giles and Breitbart.com
ACORN Sues Makers of Hidden Camera Videos
ACORN Vows ‘Serious’ Internal Probe, Sues Filmmakers
ACORN sues hidden-camera filmmakers
ACORN sues Bretibart, ‘pimp, hooker’ duo
ACORN sues undercover filmmakers

Meanwhile, the ground continues to shift underneath ACORN’s foundation as the fallout from “Hookergate” continues to take its toll.

IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

The IRS says it is severing ties with ACORN, the community activist group involved in a scandal after employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp.

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring.

The IRS said ACORN, which is short for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, provided help on about 25,000 returns.

The House and Senate voted earlier this month to sever federal funding to ACORN. And the Census Bureau severed its ties with the group for the 2010 national head-count.

Liberal Dem blasts ACORN

A leading liberal Democrat in the House blasted the embattled community organizing group ACORN Wednesday and said he is urging the White House to withhold any federal funding for the group.

“I am very disappointed in the actions that were taken by members of ACORN,” Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday, “and I do not believe that ACORN’s response has been adequate for an organization that has received public funding.”

Frank also said in the statement that he is urging the Obama administration to withhold any additional funding for ACORN “at least until there is very firm evidence that the abuses of which ACORN members have been guilty have not only ceased, but that procedures are in place to prevent them from happening again.”

See also:
IRS, ACORN Sever Ties Over Scandal
IRS, ACORN sever ties over scandal
IRS severs ties to ACORN in wake of latest scandal
I.R.S. Severs Acorn Ties; Group Sues Over Video
Barney Frank flees ACORN
Frank turns against ACORN
Barney Frank, D-Mass: Time to de-fund ACORN
Barney Frank on Acorn
It Was Fraud, Fraud, Fraud, ‘Til Congress Took The Money Away
ACORN Roasting On A Simmering Fire

And ACORN wants even more publicity by filing a lawsuit? Bring it on! Then again, I’m not the one being sued.

/anyway, I know which side I’m rooting for, I hope they get a jury trial and it’s televised

It Was Fraud, Fraud, Fraud, ‘Til Congress Took The Money Away

In the wake of the still unfolding “ACORN and the Hooker” scandal, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 on Monday for an amendment to block any federal housing grants from going to ACORN. And, if that wasn’t surprising enough, today the U.S. House of Representatives hopped on the bandwagon and also passed legislation to deny ACORN federal funding.

ACORN’s Federal Funding Further Threatened By House Vote

It was another bad day for ACORN, the community organizing group. The House voted Thursday to yank the group’s federal funding, following a similar Senate vote earlier this week.

The legislation passed 345 to 75 as a rider on completely unrelated legislation that would have the federal government displace private lenders from the student-loan industry.

The bill which passed Thursday was a reaction to the latest ACORN scandal. Undercover videos of ACORN employees advising a conservative filmmaker and his friend who posed as a pimp and prostitute on ways to break the law have placed the group on the defensive.

See also:
House Votes to Strip ACORN of Federal Funding
House Votes to Ban Federal Funds for Acorn
House Roll Call: How They Voted on ACORN Defunding
House votes to de-fund ACORN
House and Senate take action against ACORN
GOP seizes on ACORN funding
GOP finally topples ACORN

Even some states were either launching investigations into ACORN or moving to cut off their funding, including California, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New York. The pressure is building nationwide and the list may grow.

Of course, at the federal level, removing ACORN from the government teat isn’t a done deal yet. The House and Senate legislation still have to be reconciled (will it cut off all federal ACORN funding or hust some of it?) and then Obama has to sign it. In any case, a special shout out has to go out to James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles the two amatuer videographers who, with a little help from Andrew Breitbart and Fox News, have done more to finally expose the rampant corruption and fraud at ACORN to a nationwide audience than other conservative activists have been able to accomplish in decades of opposing ACORN.

One final tidbit that should be noted is that since the first ACORN hooker video surfaced, polititians with any sense of moral decency have been scrambling to dissacotiate themselves with ACORN and move as far away from the organization as possible. Except that is, for seven Senators and 75 members of the House who, coincidentally, are all Democrats. Gee, they must all have a soft spot in their hearts for child prostitution, money laundering, and tax evasion.

For no particular reason, I’d like to dedicate this song to ACORN and their enablers in Congress.

/ACORN deserves to go away for good, keep the pressure on and don’t let up, tally ho!

ACORN Roasting On A Simmering Fire

UPDATE:

House GOP to call for total cutoff of federal funds to ACORN

Today House Republicans will introduce a bill that would end all federal funding to ACORN and its affiliates. Republicans are also sending a letter to President Obama on the same subject.

The action comes after the release, on the website BigGovernment, of three undercover videos showing ACORN employees in Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City offering advice on how to evade taxes, cover up prostitution activity, and abet the use of minors in prostitution. In the wake of those disclosures, the U.S. Census cut its ties with ACORN, and yesterday the Senate voted 83-7 to cut off housing funds for the organization.

House Republicans point out that they have long pushed for a cutoff in government funding for ACORN. Republican leader John Boehner last year sent a letter to President Bush asking for the defunding of ACORN. There is already Republican legislation calling for the total cutoff of Housing and Urban Development Department funds to ACORN, and Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, took a leading role in pushing for the Census Bureau decision.

/will the House go on record too or will Pelosi try and block a vote?

Even though the Obama supporting mainstream media is doing their best to ignore it, in the wake of the “Hooker Hat Trick”, it’s getting really hard to ignore the political and social mendacity of ACORN. At least some in government are figuring out that associating with ACORN is the moral and political equvalent of wet crapping your pants in a public place, something you hope to avoid at all costs. First they came for ACORN’s 2010 census payoff for corruptly helping Democrats get elected and took away that gravy train.

Census Bureau Cuts Its Ties With Acorn

The U.S. Census Bureau on Friday dropped Acorn as a partner for the 2010 Census after two separate hidden-camera videos captured four employees of the community organization giving tax advice on running a brothel to a man posing as an aspiring politician and a woman posing as his girlfriend and a prostitute.

The Census Bureau earlier this year signed up the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, one of the nation’s largest community groups, as a national partner for the decennial census, a role that entails helping to publicize the importance of the count and encouraging people to participate.

In a letter to Acorn President Maude Hurd, Census Director Robert Groves said Acorn had become a distraction.

And now, after ACORN has been busted three times (so far), in three different cities, advising undercover filmakers to defraud government, law enforcement, the IRS, and commit sundry other felonies, even the Senate has seen and smelled the societal gangrene that ACORN practices on a daily basis. Even Senate Democrats can’t stand the stench any longer.

Senate votes to deny funds to ACORN

The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN, a community organization under fire in several voter-registration fraud cases.

The 83-7 vote would deny housing and community grant funding to ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

The action came as the group is suffering from bad publicity after a duo of conservative activists posing as a prostitute and her pimp released hidden-camera videos in which ACORN employees in Baltimore gave advice on house-buying and how to account on tax forms for the woman’s income. Two other videos, aired frequently on media outlets such as the Fox News Channel, depict similar situations in ACORN offices in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.

The Senate’s move would mean that ACORN would not be able to win HUD grants for programs such as counseling low-income people on how to get mortgages and for fair housing education and outreach.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said that ACORN has received $53 million in taxpayer funds since 1994 and that the group was eligible for a wider set of funding in the pending legislation, which funds housing and transportation programs.

See also:
Census Bureau Drops Acorn From 2010 Effort
US Census Bureau Severs Ties with ACORN for 2010 Census, Fears Group’s Bad Reputation Could Undermine Count
FOX: Census Bureau severs ACORN partnership for 2010 Census
After Census Severs Ties, ACORN May Face Scrutiny of Housing Grants
Senate Votes 83-7 to Block Funds to Acorn
U.S Senate denies funds for poverty group
Senate Votes to Cut Off ACORN Housing Funding
Senate Votes to Bar Funding for Acorn
In wake of hidden camera scandal, Senate votes to deny funds to ACORN
Senate de-funds ACORN, but seven stand by them
ACORN Story Grows But Mainstream Media Refuse to Cover It
ACORN scandal growing, third video made public
Bartlett calls for probe of ACORN over videos
‘ACORN Versus Conservatives’ A Battle To The Death?
All The News That’s Fit To Hide
Criminals For Obama
More ACORN Criminal Activity
Census Fun For Criminals
Knock Knock . . . Who’s There?
Porkapalooza Paying For ACORN To Break The Law (Again)

It’s crystal clear that ACORN systematically engages in widespread fraudulent and criminal activity. It’s also clear that ACORN is a wholly owned integrated subset of the Democrat party, hardly the “non-partisan” entity ACORN claims to be. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s ask Bertha Lewis, the Chief Organizer of Acorn.

Hopefully, non-devious people with half an ounce of moral character will keep up the pressure on ACORN. It’s an organization that crosses every legal, moral, and political boundary in furtherance of the Democrat party. It’s time to make ACORN go away and cutting off all federal funding is a good start.

How much ya wanna bet yet another ACORN “hooker” tape comes out tomorrow?

/any charity/social services work that ACORN still does can easily be picked up by legitimate private charities and social service organizations that don’t violate the law on a daily basis and don’t pledge allegiance to Obama and the Democrat party