Framing the Dialogue

Autumn Approaches and Acorns Are Falling

My family went on a nature hike last weekend and I noticed that many of the oak trees are dropping their acorns.  Happy Fall days are here for deer and squirrels, but not so great for ACORN (“Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now”). 

Although long ignored by the main stream (drive by) media, recent investigations by two journalists have finally blown the lid on the “alleged” corruption of this organization.  Both Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly have investigated and broadcast some of the unseemly tactics of this organization, but it took videos taped by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. 

O’Keefe and Giles posed as a pimp and a prostitute while visiting ACORN offices.  ACORN employees are seen giving advice on how to cheat on taxes and are not at all phased by Giles’ plan to import 13 year-old prostitutes from abroad.  

The videos are very shocking in the way that ACORN employees nonchalantly give advise on how to break the law.  Maybe I am jaded, but the fact that this goes on did not surprise me.  I guess the most shocking thing to me was how stupid these people were to openly give advise to people who came off of the street.  Are we now a lawless society?

The reporters have been releasing new videos daily to stimulate the news cycle as other efforts have been panned by the network media.  As an example, ABC Newreader Charlie Gibson was interviewed a week after the first videos were released and claimed to know nothing about the story.  I know that I feel better having these networks giving us the news…that they chose to “print.”

In case you did not know much about ACORN, but here are a few facts:

  • President Barack Obama was a trainer for ACORN.
  • President Obama has many ties with ACORN.
  • ACORN members have been linked to voter fraud in many states.
  • ACORN was going to be used to conduct the 2010 U.S. Census…until recently.
  • The STIMULUS bill contained provisions for over $4 BILLION that could have been funneled to ACORN.
  • ACORN has been pressuring banks to modify loan practices [you know those practices that lead to the recent world-wide economic meltdown] and they are still doing it.
  • ACORN has received $53 MILLION in our tax dollars for their programs over the past 15 years.  Showing that they are finally up to speed, the Senate voted to deny further funding. 
  • Many calls for investigations of ACORN have gone unheeded.
  • In an apparent preemptive move, ACORN is changing its name to COI (“Community Organizations International”).

As I was compiling these facts, I just kept getting deeper and deeper into the shady dealings from ACORN.  There is so much out there.  Let us hope that the efforts of these two investigators (O’Keefe and Giles) will get some action.  Also, ACORN has threatened to sue Fox News, Breitbart and the reporters over the videos.  I caught part of an interview on Sean Hannity’s show this afternoon where they were salivating the lawsuit and having discovery power in a law suit. 

Maybe someone could “Share” this posting with Charlie Gibson.  I wouldn’t mind the traffic.

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