September 29, 2009
Al Franken, the New Senator From ACORN
Before he became our Community Organizer in Chief, Comrade Obama was known to some as "the Senator From ACORN" due to his extremely close ties to that nefarious organization. The dubious title now belongs to an equally dubious Senator, who took office after resorting to vote fraud more blatant than you will find in most banana republics. The lame comedian formerly known as Stuart Smalley probably received help from the same Friends of Obama who have proven themselves so consistently eager to assist in child prostitution, slave trafficking, and tax fraud.
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Last year, [ACORN] showered praise on Al Franken, endorsing his run for the U.S. Senate. Franken returned the esteem: "I'm thrilled and honored to receive this endorsement," he gushed in a press release. He added that he was "more motivated than ever to work with ACORN." …
ACORN is best-known for its massive voter-registration campaigns, which focus relentlessly on getting Democrats elected in targeted states. Here its record is appalling — and goes to the heart of our democratic electoral system.
In October 2008, ACORN announced triumphantly that it had registered about 1.3 million new voters in 18 battleground states, among them Minnesota. A few weeks later, however, the director of Project Vote — an ACORN affiliate — acknowledged to the New York Times that election officials had rejected about 400,000 of those, for reasons including duplicate registrations, incomplete forms and (in the Times' words) "fraudulent submissions from low-paid field workers trying to please their supervisors."
Nothing new here. ACORN's registration drives "routinely produce fraudulent registrations," according to a staff report released in July 2009 by the ranking Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The report describes ACORN as "a criminal conspiracy" and details violations ranging from unpaid taxes to a million-dollar embezzlement and cover-up. "To date," the report says, "nearly 70 ACORN employees have been convicted in 12 states for voter-registration fraud." …
Here in Minnesota, ACORN has boasted of playing a major role in the 2008 elections. It claims to have registered 43,000 new voters, which it describes as 75 percent of the state's new registrations. Franken's margin of victory in the Senate race was razor-thin: 312 votes out of about 3 million cast. And Minnesota's laws on proof of voter eligibility are notoriously loose. Did ACORN folks pull some fast ones to help get their favorite son Franken elected — a win that handed Democrats the 60-vote, veto-proof majority that they needed to enact their liberal agenda?
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie assures us that Minnesota's system of voter verification protects electoral integrity.
But here's an uncomfortable fact: Ritchie himself was endorsed by the now-notorious ACORN and elected with its help.
Now that James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles have managed to push ACORN's corruption past the liberal establishment media's blockade, Franken has formally voted to throw ACORN under the bus — knowing that it will reemerge under a different name in plenty of time to help him steal his seat again in 2014.
Hat tip: The Reaganite Republican.
Posted by Van Helsing at September 29, 2009 12:56 PM
Looks like he is puckering up for Barney Franks' ass.
Or did they Photoshop Goatse's lips about to kiss the Holy O's testicles?
Posted by: Anonymous at September 29, 2009 1:09 PM
Color me shocked... /sarc
Posted by: AmericanToTheCore at September 29, 2009 1:12 PM
First, understand that registration fraud and ballot fraud are two very different felonies.
The $8 an hour ACORN staffers who committed registration fraud were gaming the system to make money for themselves. Their crimes were felonies. Who did they defraud? ACORN.
ACORN is required by law, to turn in all registrations, including ones that they themselves know, or suspect are fraudulent. They flag those registrations. It's no surprise that lots are rejected. Rejections, prove the system works.
Nobody went into a polling station, claimed to be Mickey Mouse, and got a ballot.
The Justice Department’s own statistics show that of 87 ballot-fraud convictions obtained since the department launched its “voter integrity” initiative in 2002, 17 were for noncitizen voting and another six were for multiple voting. Most of the cases involved vote-buying schemes hatched by local politicians in Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere.
Let's see...2002? Oh yes, that would be during the tenure of Alberto Gonzales, an attorney general who was particularly concerned about voter fraud.
Republicans are not exactly known for their love of ACORN. So how come they were unable to get ballot fraud convictions against ACORN to prove their point?
Posted by: Lao at September 29, 2009 1:21 PM
One thing I haven't read concerning the latest ACORN kerfuffle is that Barry O used to be known as the ACORN's Senator when he was practicing his poses and decision avoidance in the Illinois legislature. Hope he doesn't get too miffed that another comedian has taken the title.
Posted by: IOpian at September 29, 2009 1:25 PM
That lip pose is just a conditioned response whenever he hears 'teabagger'.
Posted by: IOpian at September 29, 2009 1:27 PM
Have you noticed the liberal infestation that has occurred in our judicial system?
Yet, it is under this system (which the left says is broken when comes to disproportionate minority punishments) that you are supporting.
Posted by: Anonymous at September 29, 2009 1:31 PM
Cut the crap, Lao, and stop trying to pretend that ACORN was an innocent party in this.
Posted by: Evil Otto at September 29, 2009 1:39 PM
AL FREAKLAND is a stupid blabbering numbskull without any brains at all perfect for a group that names itself for a nut
Posted by: Spurwing Plover at September 29, 2009 1:43 PM
I don't have to pretend anything. ACORN has not been convicted of ballot fraud.
Posted by: Lao at September 29, 2009 1:44 PM
Registration fraud and ballot fraud are indeed separate issues. How do you account for the cities, such as detoilet, where there are more registered voters than residents over the age of eighteen? Somebody's doing that voting, though not as Mickey Mouse.
How is this affected by the National Voter Registration act, passed by a rat congress and signed by slick willie? That requires local election officials to wait TWO federal election cycles to purge the rolls. Can't even try to do the right thing.
Lao, you're a tool.
Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at September 29, 2009 1:46 PM
I don't have to pretend anything. ACORN has not been convicted of ballot fraud.
Yes, you do have to pretend. You have to pretend that ACORN didn't know what was going on. You have to pretend that they didn't encourage this sort of behavior. If this sort of thing was an isolated incident you might be able to wave it away with a feeble excuse, but it was happening all over the country.
ACORN is a corrupt organization engaged in clear attempts to alter the outcomes of elections. They are a threat to our political system. And because you are defending them, Lao, so are you.
Posted by: Evil Otto at September 29, 2009 2:01 PM
Not to mention an Attorney General, who issued a dictat that the State of Georgia can't enforce it's voter ID law? And as was stated above, more voters in Detroit than there are citizens over the age of 18 in said city? No fraud there, move along, nothing to see. And how about the esteemed citizens of the 0's home town, who vote dem every election, even though they've been dead since 1960 or so? But, corruptocrats see nothing wrong in the Cowboy's offensive line voting in Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
Posted by: UpNorth at September 29, 2009 2:36 PM
Nothing about the beating death of a 15 year old white kid? by 5 black guys? who have stated that obama and blacks now own all whites? "in obama home town? Chicago", so who cares? the obama boys will murder millions of Americans! and hell people the little bitch AL Franten is just a political tool of obama and obama is just one more monkey puppet of the one world shits.
Posted by: Fred Dawes at September 29, 2009 3:09 PM
Fred, are politicians responsible for all the crimes committed in their home towns?
UpNorth, the Cowboy's offensive line did NOT vote anywhere...except in their own districts.
Posted by: Lao at September 29, 2009 3:21 PM
Guys, guys, Lao has a point. ACORN is a fine, upstanding organization - as Democrat organizations go.
And besides, what's a little child sex slavery, right, Lao? You're cool with that, right? I mean, why are Americans so uptight? Who hasn't pondered the tax implications of enslaving Third World children for sex? Lao's absolutely right. ACORN is the epitome of Democrat morals.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 3:38 PM
THEY KNEW HE WAS A SNAKE!
There is a SPECIAL joy in watching liberals screw each other over, they're all snakes! And they all deserve it! ;-)
Posted by: TED at September 29, 2009 3:56 PM
"Democrat morals", there's something that just don't belong togeather. They have lost their way since they lost thier moral leader Teddy. ;-)
Posted by: TED at September 29, 2009 3:58 PM
Good point, Ted. But I love oxymorons.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 4:00 PM
According to the ACORN website all of this controversy over ACORN is just a witch-hunt by the "corporate interests." Good comrade Rachel Maddow reports.
Can the Left ever crawl it's way out of the anti-intellectual ditch of neo-marxism?
Posted by: Kevin R. at September 29, 2009 4:12 PM
The state investigations of ACORN are too weak to clean up this vast criminal conspiracy.
Even the shutdown of Federal funding doesn't mean much. ACORN has been operating as a hydra for many years. It already operates over 300 affiliate corporations, which replace each other as soon as the heat is on.
The only way this will be fixed is if ACORN, its affiliates, and its commanders are indicted under the RICO Act.
Call your Congressmen and demand they keep the pressure on Holder to allow justice to take its course. Without the pressure, Holder will bury this investigation just like he did with the Black Panther incident.
ACORN has to go. It is one of the most influential NGO criminal political conspiracies in this nation's history, and arguably, the most influential since the beginning and end of the JFK administration.
Posted by: Anonymous Countermoonbat at September 29, 2009 4:15 PM
ACORN May Face Voter Fraud Trial
Posted by: J at September 29, 2009 4:28 PM
AC, we need a special prosecutor. While in general I deplore the use of special prosecutors, in this case the investigation is an excellent bet - maybe a lead-pipe cinch - to lead into the uppermost reaches of the Obama Administration. Even if they were pure as the driven snow - and that's a very big "if" - any investigation of ACORN by them would look like a whitewash.
For that reason, if no other, the prosecutor needs to be independent of the Administration.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 4:36 PM
ACORN Saga: Founder Wade Rathke wants YOU - To Go On Welfare
Posted by: J at September 29, 2009 4:36 PM
As if on cue for the cockroach trolls bleating about ACORN only went in for fraudulent voter registration: Massive Voter Fraud in NY Linked to ACORN
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 4:41 PM
Posted by: Lao at September 29, 2009 4:47 PM
Weeeeeee, I finally have my own name thief. You can tell because I never use that many exclamation points.
Posted by: Lao (the real one) at September 29, 2009 4:51 PM
In order for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate ACORN we'll need a different Congress or a different Attorney General.
I would vote for a congresscritter that campaigned to that end.
Posted by: Kevin R. at September 29, 2009 4:51 PM
Ritchie is one of 6 Sec of States placed by a George Soros funded PAC. Right here in Oregon we've got one of the 6 as well.
Posted by: DANEgerus at September 29, 2009 5:36 PM
Kevin, you may be right, but a month ago we'd have said the same thing about cutting off funding for ACORN.
If there's enough uproar, the Dems might be forced to appoint one to escape the heat. Much like cockroaches, they'll do anything to save their own worthless asses, so we have to give them to understand that it's either ACORN - or them.
C'mon, Breitbart...one more tape...one that implicates the Messiah ...
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 6:28 PM
"First, understand that registration fraud and ballot fraud are two very different felonies.
"Posted by: Lao at September 29, 2009 1:21 PM"
First, understand that registration fraud is a CRIME.
Of course they haven't been convicted, the investigation has been STOPPED by your neo-communist "heros".
Posted by: KHarn at September 29, 2009 6:30 PM
And a tape that nails the Messiah and Franken would be...orgasmic.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 6:31 PM
Jay, you gotta know that Breitbart, a master of timing, is holding off. The One has already implicated himself numerous times with implausible non-truths re ACORN. That biggie is coming.
Posted by: The MaryHunter at September 29, 2009 6:42 PM
I said, registration fraud is a felony. Try reading beyond my first line.
2002-2008 Republican attorney general = 87 ballot fraud convictions, none of them against ACORN.
Posted by: Lao at September 29, 2009 6:44 PM
But that's no thanks to ACORN, Lao. If ACORN had had it's way there would have been many thousands of counts of ballot fraud to be charged as there were many fraudulent voter registrations which would most undoubtedly have been used for voting if not challenged. And, we still need a good investigation by an independent prosecutor. We do not know if there hasn't been voter fraud because of the actions of ACORN. That has still to be investigated.
Posted by: Kevin R. at September 29, 2009 7:15 PM
MaryHunter, I rush to the computer every morning in hopes that Breitbart has dropped the big one, and there's a mushroom cloud over Obamaland. Imagine the anxiety and turmoil in Red land. "What's he got? Who's hosed? When's he gonna release it?" Maalox must have a convoy of delivery trucks heading to DNC HQ and the White House.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 29, 2009 7:16 PM
Posted by: Lao (the real one) at September 29, 2009 11:11 PM
The very fact that the Coleman-Franken vote outcome was reversed on a recount tells you all you need to know, really. It was funny to me that Franken was eventually declared the winner on the basis of a few hundred votes, after his campaign kept mysteriously "finding" boxes of ballots in the trunks of cars and under the floorboards of buildings. Then there was that business with a ballot-counting machine being found in the vehicle of one of his aides....
Recounts rarely if ever change the outcome of an election. They aren't supposed to. There should be a toss-up chance that they'll simply enlarge the lead of the candidate who is already ahead going into the recount.
When they do change the outcome, something's rotten in Denmark.
And this doesn't even address the voters who cast ballots in violation of MN law to start with - felons, the deceased, and repeat voters.
Posted by: Cylar at September 29, 2009 11:43 PM
It was funny to me that Franken was eventually declared the winner on the basis of a few hundred votes, after his campaign kept mysteriously "finding" boxes of ballots in the trunks of cars and under the floorboards of buildings.
The Democrats were simply repeating the formula they perfected in getting Christine Gregoire elected in Washington state.
What I find disturbing is that once registration fraud has been detected in an election, the election isn't overturned. It doesn't matter how many ACORN workers you send to jail if the elections themselves aren't overturned. It's an iron law of statistics that if you find 50 fraudulent registrations, there are hundreds more you didn't detect. The entire registration database must be purged and redone.
Posted by: Bob Smith at September 30, 2009 1:13 AM
It's because of acorn's structure that I've said we need to watch the people more than the named organization. When the same people show up under a different flag, we'll know who they are and what they're up to.
Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at September 30, 2009 3:29 AM
OK, Lao. Using the tactics of the left, now you can PROVE that the Cowboy's O line didn't vote anywhere but their home towns. Up to you now, go on and prove it. You made the declaration, back it up.
Posted by: UpNorth at September 30, 2009 7:27 AM
Excellent point, Evilwrench. Then, these people will go for aliases. There is just waaaay too much free money to be had for no real work.
I want the Franken Coleman case to go back to court. That Franken is one unpopular dude at Gradegov.com. Lots of very unhappy Minnesotans sounding off there.
Posted by: Karin at September 30, 2009 8:37 AM
Lao has to PROVE that a phony accusation is phony?
How about a ballot fraud case against whoever fraudulently voted as a Cowboy?
Hasn't happened? Oh, I see.
Posted by: Anonymous at September 30, 2009 8:37 AM
Give it up, troll. You'd swear Jack Ruby had nothing to do with Lee Oswald's murder, if that's what the Reds wanted you to say.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 30, 2009 6:14 PM