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Shut your pie hole, Bill. You’re sounding as delusional as Jimmy.

I said it a while ago: The shadowy Marxists are resurrecting a “vast right wing conspiracy” when it’s actually the left with the covert ops going on. Read David Horowitz and his websites (discoverthenetworks.org), watch Glenn Beck, read Inside the Revolution by Joel Rosenberg or watch kindergarteners sing praises to TheOne. Then tell us who’s got a conspiracy of thought going on.

Tides Foundation, ACORN, SEIU, the evil Rathke brothers and there’s no conspiracy? John Podesta launching a smear campaign on Soros’ blog sites against Giles, O’Keefe and Breitbart, not to mention ridiculous lawsuits, and they have no secret operations going on? Scouring the web for anything (like nudie pictures of Hannah) for any dirt they can get on these patriots and there’s a “right wing conspiracy”? The party that’s all for women’s rights is digging the internet for information to defame a 20 year old girl? How much more hypocritical can you get?

These people continue to flaunt their hypocrisy as though it’s a virtue. And they are more powerful than Rush Limbaugh in his wildest dreams, although they want to portray themselves as the downtrodden and the oppressed. There is one person bankrolling this entire Marxist movement. Not so the for the Republicans or conservatives. There is nothing grassroots about what the Soros army of Marxists is doing.

The dichotomy of the left is they have no self restraint but they want to control everyone else. Right now they are drunk on the power, on the WIN, on the control, but give them enough rope and they hang themselves. The ACORN sting is the best example of that: lies, corruption and immorality. They will bring themselves down with very little help from their enemies.

A prime example of the ends justifying ANY means

ACORN’s progressive supporters, not to its mention leaders, should begin by taking responsibility for its decline.  The depth of ACORN’s dishonesty and dysfunction was clearly indicated over a year ago by New York Times reporter Stephanie Strom’s stories revealing Dale Rathke’s embezzlement of about $950,000 and its nearly decade long cover-up.  (ACORN had been accused of misconduct before, but the Times story could not simply be dismissed as another right wing smear campaign.)  The Times reported that not even the ACORN board had been informed of the theft, (“a small group of executives decided to keep the information from almost all of the group’s board members and not to alert law enforcement.”)  ACORN executives probably told themselves and each other that the cover-up was in the organization’s interests, but the organization was not even reimbursed for its loss: The embezzlement reportedly occurred in 1999 and 2000; in July 2008, when the first Times story appeared, only a reported $210,000 had been paid back, and Dale Rathke had been allowed to remain on the payroll until mid 2008 when “disclosure of his theft by foundations and other donors forced the organization to dismiss him.”…

… Whether or not ACORN recovers, this crisis of its own making should serve as a cautionary tale for other groups, like the ACLU, that consider themselves too pure to fail; but I doubt that it will.  Lying is a habit that’s very hard to break, especially when people justify their lies in the service of a greater good. Wade Rathke said he concealed his brother’s embezzlement so as not “put a “weapon” into the hands of enemies of Acorn.”  And, people who begin covering up the misconduct of others out of concern for an organization’s reputation (as well as their fear of being ostracized,) inevitably end covering up for their own complicity, and perpetuating conspiracies of silence.

Full column here.

More than 57 Varieties to this scandal

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Rathke sits on the Tides Foundation board. (And Pittsburgh’s Heinz Endowments, chaired by ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Sen. John Kerry, funded Tides with more than $8 million between 1994 and 2005.)
Anyone who’s watched Glenn Beck or read David Horowitz‘ website has heard of the Tides Foundation, Drummond Pike and Wade and Dale Rathke. These are not new names to the ACORN scandal.

What will be interesting to see are the “other” names that will come out when this ugly mess is brought to the sunlight: names like Theresa Heinz and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Townsend is on the ACORN advisory council which also include John Podesta, (head of the Center for American Progress – left wing liberal group and part of the former Clinton administration) and Andy Stern (president of the SEIU).

The alphabet soup connections have just begun: ACORN >SEIU > CAP > and on it will go.

In the words of that great senate statesman Roland Burris when chased down by Griff Jenkins and asked why he was one of 7 in the senate who voted against defunding: I voted for ACORN.
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