It’s not just aphids — the whole ACORN plant (nut? fruit?) is poisonous

I’m a migraine sufferer, but otherwise a very healthy person.  I’ve always likened my migraines to aphids on an otherwise healthy plant — they’re external to the real me, although they can cause plenty of damage. 

This LA Times editorial, which has the decency to recognize just how appalling the ACORN exposes are, nevertheless advances the argument that ACORN is a great organization with a few external bad actors — aphids, if you will — causing damage.  I believe that the LAT is wrong:  ACORN isn’t a laudable organization with a few wild cards at its front desks.  Instead, the basic premise of the organization, which is to suck the government dry, is corrupt.  Fundamentally speaking, ACORN is poisonous.  The organizers we see aren’t foreign to its nature — they represent its core being.

Gotta run, so I can’t develop this further, but I think you get my point.

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  • Gringo

    The law of large numbers states that the results for a small data sampling would be similar for a the complete data set. When four videos come up with similar results, that is a pretty good indication from the law of large numbers that the results would be similar for the entire data set: ACORN.

    It isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    That’s the exact same argument that the Left ridicules when it comes to war strategy and support. They say that the system is so corrupt that you can’t reform it from within, that it isn’t a great organization, that the military isn’t there to free or save anyone, so they try to transform the system and nuke it.

    Now the shoe is on the other foot. Now they are the ones endlessly attempting to defend their business, their corporation, their important institutions from radical change because they feel radical change would be ungood.

    This might otherwise be seen as a morally relativistic situation, except for the fact that the Left was always wrong in attempting to undermine and supplant organizations such as the US military or Republican administrations, while we are right in that ACORN was created for exactly the purposes we see today.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Have the spinal stretch exercises I mentioned before helped any, BooK?

  • SADIE

    Just had to share this one.

    Acorn’s Cash For Hookers

    By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 4:20 PM PT

    Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It’s time to investigate.

    After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.

    The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now from feeding at the federal trough.

    Seven Democrats refused to do the right thing. The magnificent seven are Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Bob Casey, D-Pa.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; both Vermont Democrats, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, as well as both Illinois Democrats, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.

    This vote comes after the release of three hidden-camera videos showing Acorn housing staff in its Baltimore, Washington and New York offices apparently helping a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute evade the IRS and apply for an illegal housing loan to set up a brothel. (Insert stimulus joke here.) The Census Bureau immediately severed ties with Acorn, unconcerned that prostitutes and tax evaders might be undercounted in the 2010 census.

    The Brooklyn district attorney’s office promptly launched a criminal probe into Acorn after employees of the left-wing activist group got caught on video at its Brooklyn office helping supposed ladies of the night get loans for their dream houses of ill repute.

    The tax-exempt New York Acorn Housing Co. reported receiving $226,000 in grants through last June, including $70,000 from federal housing lender Fannie Mae and its New York counterpart, Sonyma. By one estimate, national Acorn has received $53 million in federal funds since 1994.

    Unfazed by it all, the office of New York freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand put out a press release saying she found Acorn’s actions “reprehensible” but added, “The truth remains that thousands of New Yorkers who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like Acorn for assistance.” We are not making this up.

    The fact is that this “charitable organization” helped precipitate the mortgage meltdown that shattered the economy. It was Acorn, under the cover of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), that intimidated banks through mob action into making risky loans in the name of “fairness” to people who could not afford them.

    The tactics, taken straight from the pages of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” were used by Acorn as early as 1991, when it took over the House Banking Committee room for two days to protest efforts to scale back the CRA.

    After the voter-registration fraud stories of 2008, Michigan Democrat John Conyers temporarily bucked party leaders by calling for hearings on accusations that Acorn had committed crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket. He soon changed his mind, saying only that the “powers that be” had demanded he drop the idea.

    Well, it’s time to revisit his idea. Topic No. 1 should be who are the “powers that be” that wanted to shield Acorn from federal and public scrutiny. Acorn has also been trying to hide some of its activities under its new official name, Community Organizers International, and has a close working relationship with the foot soldiers of health care reform, the Service Employees International Union.

    Fox News’ Glenn Beck revealed on his show that Acorn’s main affiliate was operating out of a former New Orleans funeral home shared with two SEIU locals. Wade Rathke, a New Orleans resident, is founder of Acorn and also SEIU founder and chief organizer.

    Were the “powers that be” the House leadership or Acorn’s SEIU friends or both? And the hearings should extend to Acorn’s, and Congress’, role in the mortgage meltdown.

    Time to gavel your hearing to order, Rep. Conyers.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    This vote comes after the release of three hidden-camera videos showing Acorn housing staff in its Baltimore, Washington and New York offices apparently helping a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute evade the IRS and apply for an illegal housing loan to set up a brothel. (Insert stimulus joke here.) The Census Bureau immediately severed ties with Acorn, unconcerned that prostitutes and tax evaders might be undercounted in the 2010 census.

    As people can clearly see here, propaganda is politics. It takes an action arm of the propaganda apparatus to set things into motion because people are normally cowardly or they are hesitant or they need discipline and inspiration. Sometimes they try but can’t get everybody else on board because everybody else is scared sh*tless.

    Propaganda changes all that. It is a weapon of mass manipulation.

    It’s not about ideology. It’s not about convincing somebody to convert. It’s about changing their behavior. Making them do what you want them to do. It doesn’t matter what they think, it only matters that they do it.

    No Leftist, no Republican, no conservative is immune. It impacts all of ourselves, in many ways unknown and simply invisible. For every Leftist that tries to come here and speak on a subject, propaganda must always be first and foremost on their agenda to address. For without that key ingredient, their ultimate path is extremely predictable and just as useless as Ozzie’s.

    A Constitutional Republic cannot function with its citizens controlled by a handful of oligarchs and aristocrats. A democracy may be able to function in this manner, through mob rule, demagoguery, and the elevation of an elite few to dictator power levels, but not our system.

  • SADIE

    The Census Bureau immediately severed ties with Acorn, unconcerned that prostitutes and tax evaders might be undercounted in the 2010 census.

    Excellent!

    No doubt The Magnificent Seven, thought their vote ‘for’ was a new stimulus project. The difference is that the woman in the video was not a prostitute….

  • George Bruce

    Prostitutes? Where? Where?

    If Teddy were still there, it would have been eight.

  • suek

    I really must object to your use of “The Magnificent Seven”…I understand the easy come to mind of it, but really…it does _such_ a disservice to the original…and to the Samurai warriors before them…

    So…please?