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Oh, James Okeefe...why are you such a douche? [ACORN]

MarauderMarauder Registered User regular
edited October 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
Right wing filmmaker and assistant pose as a prostitute looking to smuggle underage El Salvadoran girls in to the country to start a brothel, and a man running from congress loking to funnel the cash into a congressional campaign.

http://mashable.com/2009/09/10/acorn-video/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtTnizEnC1U&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egoogle%2Ecom%2Freader%2Fview%2F%3Ftab%3Dny&feature=player_embedded#t=519

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNYU9PamIZk


I shouldn’t, but i found the over the top pimp/prostitute stuff hilarious....and then was astounded at the fact that the two ladies from ACORN didn’t blink an eye, and proceeded to find tax and legal loopholes to assist a criminal enterprise.

The political orientation of those doing the revelation and the usual "A few bad apples shouldn’t spoil the whole bunch" argument aside, just...wow. When you have as big a target on your back as that organization does from right wing groups, wouldn’t you at least momentarily pause and go "Hey, this might be someone out to reveal shenanigans?"

Needless to say, authorities are involved now, ACORN employees fired. But wtf. I mean they repeatedly pointed out that A. They were going to run a brothel, and B. The girls were underage immigrants! .

At what point do you stop being a human being and go "Lets help them get some federal money and evade the legal system while whoring out underage latinos!"

Edit: Added the second video which i accidentally cut out when the color went screwy.

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  • projectmayhemprojectmayhem Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I would read that, but my eyes are crying out for help.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I don't know what you mean, projectmayhem, it looks fine to me. Maybe it's a problem with your eyes.

    Anyways, why would anyone give a shit about ACORN? They're a decentralized get-out-the-vote organization.

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  • QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'm pretty sure this is about some ACORN employees helping undercover investigators posing as illegal immigrant pimp and hooker get tax breaks. To include how to count underaged hookers as dependents when they said the wanted to get some from Mexico.

    Which is all sorts of fucked up though the employees were also immediately fired as far as I know.

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  • MarauderMarauder Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Yeah for some reason word made everything black when i put it in to spell check, fixed.

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  • QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ah okay film makers. Brilliant.

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  • MarauderMarauder Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Anyways, why would anyone give a shit about ACORN? They're a decentralized get-out-the-vote organization.

    This...this is sarcasm right? o_O

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  • Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I don't know what you mean, projectmayhem, it looks fine to me. Maybe it's a problem with your eyes.

    Anyways, why would anyone give a shit about ACORN? They're a decentralized get-out-the-vote organization.
    According to conservatives, ACORN is synonymous with MAD and KAOS.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    What I don't particularly understand is what exactly their being ACORN employees has to do with it. I mean, you have to be pretty scummy to help a dude get tax breaks for a friggin underage hooker, but is there anything about being employed by ACORN that would make you more liable to be able to provide assistance? I mean, I know a lawyer for Coca-Cola who could probably give me illegal activity advice (wouldn't, but could), that doesn't really relate to his position at Coke.

    What does ACORN even do during the off season?

    Edit: No, seriously, ACORN as an organization as far as I can tell is a get-out-the-vote group that doesn't do much of anything, then every 4 years is described as the Evil Empire. I've never understood the attention given to them.

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  • DuffelDuffel jacobkosh Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    ACORN has always employed some assholes. It was obvious in the fact that last year you had the people being registered to vote who did not exist or whatever. The rebuttal from the left is that such actions, while inappropriate, don't have an effect on elections because Mickey Mouse can't actually show up and vote.

    So, I don't really see how such obviously unscrupulous behavior by ACORN employees could ever influence an American election, even tangentially. But I do expect to see this dragged out into the spotlight as "testimony" to ACORN's mythical powers where the right acts like they're some sort of mafia/brownshirts/shadow government. It's going to be a pain in the ass.

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'm amused at how all these "isolated incidents" are passed off as such, though they keep popping up.

    There is such a thing as a bad apple... but when you constantly have bad apples... there's more to the problem.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Actually the point was that ACORN just put in the forms. The electoral office has to actually prove they exist and process the registrations.

    So you can't register Mickey Mouse to vote, because he's not in any government database.

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  • MarauderMarauder Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACORN

    I dont think they're the evil empire, but you could see how this could cause controversey, seeing as how they:
    advocate for low- and moderate-income families by working on neighborhood safety, voter registration, health care, affordable housing, and other social issues.

    Seems...I dont know. Like opposite day?

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  • SyphonBlueSyphonBlue The studying beaver That beaver sure loves studying!Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Actually the point was that ACORN just put in the forms. The electoral office has to actually prove they exist and process the registrations.

    So you can't register Mickey Mouse to vote, because he's not in any government database.

    And even if he DOES get registered, he sure as hell isn't showing up to actually vote.

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  • QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I think the issue is that ACORN is supposed to be helping poor people, not criminals. Admittedly the two interlap but this doesn't really look good on them.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Oh hell no. Fortunately with luck Glen Beck will turn out to really have raped and murdered a girl in 1990 by 2011 or some other far worse thing the republicans generally turn out and never have stick to them.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    So I guess this is all the proof anyone will ever need ever that ACORN is the worst thing.

    These two women are/were incredibly stupid, the entire scenario was absolutely ridiculous.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    This shit is hilarious.

    A local radio station, Rush Radio WRNO 99.5, is gonna be broadcasting live across the street from the Acorn HQ in New Orleans in the parking lot of a pancake house. It's gonna be half-protest/half-party and I'm considering going.

    So tempting. Especially since they're all going out bar hopping afterwards.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I don't know, I wouldn't particularly care if ACORN was disbanded or whatever the hell. Get-out-the vote and community advocacy programs are still needed, but more would probably rise up to fill in the gaps. I still don't understand why anyone would specifically go to ACORN employees for legal advice, though. Were they even lawyers?

    Edit: Parking lot of a Pancake House? Count me in that shit sounds hoootttt.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

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  • LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Actually the point was that ACORN just put in the forms. The electoral office has to actually prove they exist and process the registrations.

    So you can't register Mickey Mouse to vote, because he's not in any government database.

    Another very, very important point is that it's illegal to not submit the voter registration forms that you collect, even if you know they're fraudulent.

    While it's annoying to have Mickey Mouse showing up as a registered voter, it's much better than having the registrations of actual voters ripped up and thrown in the trash.
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

    You mean like CNN, which has this story on their front page? OMG, LIE-BERUHL MEDIA COVER-UP!

    Oh hey, some important lil' details:
    The video footage -- which has been edited and goes to black in some areas -- was recorded and posted online Thursday by James O'Keefe, a conservative activist.
    Stuart Katzenberg, lead organizer for ACORN's Maryland chapter, told the Baltimore Sun that both ACORN employees were fired because they "did not meet ACORN's standards of professionalism."

    Sonja Merchant-Jones, chair of Baltimore City ACORN, told CNN affiliate WMAR-TV that the fired workers were seasonal, part-time employees and that no senior ACORN staff members were in the building at the time the film was made.

    Scott Levenson, a spokesman at ACORN's national offices said, "The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at 'gotcha journalism.'

    "This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further," Levenson said.

    The conservative filmmakers unsuccessfully attempted similar ruses at the group's offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, California, and New York, Levenson said.

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  • MarauderMarauder Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    What if Glen Beck actually set up a similar operation in Baltimore and he actually raped and murdered on of his underage prostitute employees? Im not saying he did, just that maybe ACORN didnt help him out and thats why he hates them so much?

    All kidding aside, I just found that the further in you get, the worse it was. Not just 10 second sounbyte. But 10 some odd minutes of out and out willful, stated intent to evade the legal system and assist them in importing underage hookers.

    I mean especially with how much more predominantly African American girls make up those that are being abducted and used as sex slaves and the police right it off as runawayas, something that ACORN (supposedly) tries to shed light on.

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  • Ed321Ed321 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

    Uh, FOX has it as front-page news.

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  • BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.
    Wikipedia mentions that an ACORN board director said that the same scenario had been attempted at at least three other offices.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    "As this video confirms, ACORN continues to operate as a criminal enterprise."
    said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
    Now they can't even argue about it, because it happened twice.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ed321 wrote: »
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

    Uh, FOX has it as front-page news.

    WHY WON'T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THIS besiiiides the most popular news network?

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ed321 wrote: »
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

    Uh, FOX has it as front-page news.

    Huh, I don't see it anywhere on MSNBC's website.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ed321 wrote: »
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

    Uh, FOX has it as front-page news.

    Huh, I don't see it anywhere on MSNBC's website.

    It is on CNN.

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  • Ed321Ed321 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ed321 wrote: »
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.

    Also why isn't anyone in the news media talking about this?

    Uh, FOX has it as front-page news.

    Huh, I don't see it anywhere on MSNBC's website.

    There's your problem.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I saw on another forum that this was tried at 6 offices and only worked once (which apparently led to the termination of the employees in question).

    Was this incorrect? Did it actually work at 2 or more?

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  • bone daddybone daddy Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2009
    Duffel wrote: »
    ACORN has always employed some assholes. It was obvious in the fact that last year you had the people being registered to vote who did not exist or whatever.

    Accepting and forwarding voter registration forms you suspect or know to be bullshit isn't an asshole move unless complying with electoral law is now the height of dickishness. The collecting organization's opinion of the information's veracity isn't worth two shits to the supervisor of elections; they still have to run everything through their own certification process to make sure they're not disenfranchising someone based on the fact that their parents were taardvarks. The law also prevents organizations from selectively discarding registrations under the cover of weeding out "fraudulent" applications.

    Presumably you can demonstrate that ACORN has always employed some assholes simply by pointing out that you could start a cult devoted to purging one's inner cockmerchant and still wind up sporting a 10 to 1 asshole ratio amongst your followers. Even some of the twelve disciples were major dicks.

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  • MarauderMarauder Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Im not going to broad brush the entire organization like FOX will, but I still think this deserves a stronger response than firing the 2 involved and then calling the evidence of there wrong doing a "smear campaign".

    I mean, nonprofits around here get flack for paying their CEOs too much money, and this one has had repeated instances of illegal activity. They need a better PR arm, cause this shit needs a better statement than "These employees didnt meet our standards."

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Do the actions of the few represent the aims of the whole?

    Also, fuck, I know I'm going to get a call from my mother at some point today with her going on a "I TOLD YOU SO" rant.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The more I hear about this the more I wonder if the two employees were plants for this op. I mean, is there seriously 10 minutes of openly declaring you want to import underage prostitutes? Who the fuck works at a non-profit voter-registration organization, hear's this idea, and says "I will help you do this!"

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Is there any evidence that this is endemic and encourage by the higher ups?

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Couscous wrote: »
    Is there any evidence that this is endemic and encourage by the higher ups?
    So far it seems like quite the opposite. They've tried this before, and have been shot down.

    So basically it seems like the filmmakers have an axe to grind more than anything.

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  • ElkiElki get busy Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2009
    woo, bone daddy!


    I couldn't give a shit less about this. ACORN could be an incompetent organization, or it might not be, but what's more important to me than that is the utter unimportance of it. Oh no, some of their employees are awful!

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Elki wrote: »
    woo, bone daddy!


    I couldn't give a shit less about this. ACORN could be an incompetent organization, or it might not be, but what's more important to me than that is the utter unimportance of it. Oh no, some of their employees are awful!

    It does seem to be a recurring theme with the organization, though.

    And considering how much the current administration is trying to elevate them, it's noteworthy at least.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Chanus wrote: »
    Elki wrote: »
    woo, bone daddy!


    I couldn't give a shit less about this. ACORN could be an incompetent organization, or it might not be, but what's more important to me than that is the utter unimportance of it. Oh no, some of their employees are awful!

    It does seem to be a recurring theme with the organization, though.

    And considering how much the current administration is trying to elevate them, it's noteworthy at least.
    How much is the current administration trying to elevate them?

    I could ask them to stop, if you like. I really, really, really do not care about ACORN.

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  • ElkiElki get busy Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2009
    Chanus wrote: »
    Elki wrote: »
    woo, bone daddy!


    I couldn't give a shit less about this. ACORN could be an incompetent organization, or it might not be, but what's more important to me than that is the utter unimportance of it. Oh no, some of their employees are awful!

    It does seem to be a recurring theme with the organization, though.

    And considering how much the current administration is trying to elevate them, it's noteworthy at least.

    Yes, but I constantly hear its nefariousness about it because it's being billed as an epic conspiracy that behind everything Socialist and Left. It's just some nonprofit.

    And what is the administration elevating it to?

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Barrakketh wrote: »
    And now Glenn Beck is playing a SECOND tape from a different Acorn office with the exact same scenario. Hi-fuckin-larious.
    Wikipedia mentions that an ACORN board director said that the same scenario had been attempted at at least three other offices.

    I'm sure if I went into enough GOP offices I could get an employee at one of them to pay me to rape kittens.

    This is just ridiculous.

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