Archive: September, 2009
There's been a lot of hoopla about secret hidden-camera videos of low-level employees of the anti-poverty group ACORN lately -- some of them quite embarrassing. I haven't seen any video yet from "real reporters" James O'Keefe or Hannah Giles of an ACORN employee who works in the agency's Charlotte, N.C., office by the name of Hector Vaca. And don't hold your breath waiting for Vaca to appear on the Fox News Channel anytime soon, because he doesn't fit the story line.
Vaca was one of eight ACORN employees in North Carolina who was just laid off because of funding problems -- problems closely related to the recent exposes by the right-wing media. His work had nothing to do with what millions of folks with the time and the money to be sitting on a couch watching TV at 5 p.m. when Glenn Beck comes around think ACORN mainly does, i.e., advising garishly dressed prostitutes and pimps. Vaca was actually helping folks in Charlotte who are battling the worst economic crisis in our lifetime and fighting for them to stay in their houses, a project so "radical" that Citigroup and Bank of America (just the kind of folks you'd expect to partner with ACORN in its vast "socialist" conspiracy) are backing it. It is work that is so important that Vaca is continuing to do it now, even without a paycheck:
Americans are mad these days -- we all get that -- but I still don't really get these anarchists who were protesting global summits when the economy was great in the 1990s (and hence most other Americans were not mad) and still protest them today when the economy stinks. Indeed, I saw a report on CNN that said some of the expected protest targets were places like Starbucks and the Gap -- talk about your '90s nostalgia. This means that anarchists are the only folks in the nation who still care about the Gap! (The protesters were also reportedly targeting strip clubs...go figure.)
Here's one more thing I don't get about anarchists, and I'm only being semi-facetious here. This is one of the definitions of anarchy in a recent Oxford dictionary:
Read this...because Clickabilty, our blogging "platform," just destroyed my post on it. More on ACORN later.
U.S. Sen. Curt Schilling (R-Mass.) -- alas, it was never meant to be.
Given the amount of things going on I cannot in good conscience even consider running for the open Senate seat here in Massachusetts.
Here's a sign of the times: Now it's not just Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh who are seeing socialists under every bedpost in America. Our new national obsession has apparently also claimed the Associated Press, as relayed to me by eagle-eyed Attytood reader KB. The story is about the trial of the alleged swindler of the late, wealthy New York philanthropist, Brooke Astor. It noted in the third paragraph:
They are accused of exploiting the mental decline of the socialist, who was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, to plunder her estimated $198 million estate, garnering Marshall millions of dollars previously destined for charity.
I debated whether to link to this story -- it's based on very preliminary information, the kind of information that can often be later found incomplete or flat-out wrong. That said, the details are potentially so alarming that it bears close watching for now:
The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a US census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official said the word "fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.