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Who’s Afraid of ACORN?

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Posted on Oct 21, 2008
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Who knew that “community organizing” and “ACORN” would become two of the most mischaracterized and maligned terms during this election season? Well, as a few key members point out in this must-see clip from Brave New Films, ACORN had some idea this might be coming. Why? As Interim Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis puts it, “We are the organization that, 365 days a year, challenges the establishment to be fair and just.”

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By jackpine savage, October 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

I’m afraid of acorns, because they sometimes grow into enormous trees that might fall over on your house.

Even when they don’t fall over, they tend to produce more acorns…many more acorns. If you’ve ever lived amongst a good number of mature oaks, you know what it’s like to be woken on a breezy night by the sound of thousands of acorns traveling at terminal velocity and then hitting your roof. Or the dejected feeling of finding your car dented…or worse, your head. And then there’s the leaves to be raked, measured like snowfall: in inches.

Plus, acorns bring squirrels and there’s not much scarier than squirrels…right?

Just kidding. For all that, living amongst mature oaks is more than worth it for the majestic serenity that they impose. Acorn soup is fabulous. And i’d vote for a squirrel before i voted for Sarah Palin.

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By BruSays, October 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

Otis Whites: The presence of two FOX news links immediately and totally discredits your position.

Stephen: Hip Hip Hooray! (I made a MoveOn.org contribution the morning after they were strung up over the “General Betray Us” posting.)

To others: Somehow, we need to take control of the sound bites, words and phrases being tossed around by friends and the Corporate Media.

1. There’s little danger in “Voter Registration APPLICATION fraud.” Mickey Mouse, et al, did not and will not successfully register, much less cast a vote. ACORN, though required by law to forward the dubious voter registration APPLICATIONS, flagged these applications as suspect themselves. The system worked.

2. There’s a HUGE danger of “ELECTION Fraud.” This has been documented as having been orchestrated in 1996, 2000 and 2004…by the GOP. Interesting that the documented cases of exit polls differing substantially from election results occured almost exclusively in “swing state counties” using electronic balloting and in all cases favored the GOP. Surprise, surprise.

Don’t let friends, family or acquaintances frame the words and conversation. Don’t let them link ACORN and voter fraud together, as McCain does. ACORN’s roll sits simply in the voter registration APPLICATION process and they can in no reasonable way be linked to election fraud.

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By tdbach, October 22, 2008 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment

otis whites - curious name…

Anyway, that’s quite a collection of links you have there - none of which support these so-called strong arm tactics of ACORN that - miracle of miracles - forced poor bankers into risking their hard-earned dollars on risky loans to unworthy (black?) borrowers. I bet ACORN would be surprised and delighted to learn they so much power.

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By Gmonst, October 22, 2008 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

I think this has as much to do with delegitimizing the election after the fact as it does with winning the election.  Republicans are looking to have a stolen election of their own.  At this point no matter what the outcome of the election, there are going to be a lot of right-wingers who cry foul, and will keep the hate pot well-stirred.  Its really about a strategy of keeping the red-state/blue-state divide in place so they have a chance in four years.  They are looking to use this to keep the far right wing united, a rallying pole.  They want to keep people angry and divided.  At this point its all they have.  Their policies have completely failed, all they have left is the culture war, and this is one way to keep it going.

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By otis whites, October 22, 2008 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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I am. Also I am afraid of the $850 billion ( so called 700 billion) debt that America is now in due primarily due to the sub prime fiasco, The prime mover of the Fannie Mae and Freedie Mac take over and bank failures was ACORN. They used strong arm tactics and intimidation tactics to cause banks to make loans to people that could not pay their mortgage payments and probably never intended to.
See
http://www.ofheo.gov/media/pdf/FNMSPECIALEXAM.PDF
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,432501,00.html
http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080924145932.aspx
http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usvG-s_Ssb0

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By samosamo, October 21, 2008 at 11:48 pm Link to this comment

The attacks on ACORN are just another neocon trick to divert attention away from THEIR attempt to disrupt the 2008 elections. But attention still needs to be paid to how the elections come off because what the republican operatives have done in 2000 and 2004 worked and can work again IF the eternal vigilance is lifted for even a second. These are criminally devious evil people that still do not want to give up the power they have stolen over the last several decades, so VOTE, pay ATTENTION at the polls and DOCUMENT any irregularities you see. If there is blatant fraud and subversion this election I want to see some real people doing some hard time for their part in it instead of investigations months and years later that show that crimes were committed but no one ever answers for those crimes.

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By Tim Ed Anshabby, October 21, 2008 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

This clip shows that a lot of the current GOP election thugs out there must have watched Batman growing up. Using the fact that ACORN revealed the misdeeds against them is straight out of the Penguin’s tactics in the other clip posted on this blog (“You always see Batman with criminals!!”). And like the empty-headed moderator from Batman, the public just sucks it up.
It’s amazing as well that NOW Republicans fighting so hard against voter fraud. Principles for convenience, just like when they “stood up” for Paula Jones, or “fought” for freedom for Afghani women. It’s their version of triangulation.

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By tenstring, October 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment
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The worst part of this is not sticking up for ACORN and not holding the Repubs feet to the fire over 2000 and 2004—THOSE were the crimes against democracy that must be answered for.

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By magicwanz, October 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

All’s fair in love and war, and for the right-wing this is war. Look for corrupted electronic voting machines and other amazing forms voter-fraud on the 4th. It’s just an extension of voter suppression.

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By Stephen, October 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Prior to last weeks debate I had done some investigation via the internet on the allegations against Acorn.  So I was amazed at the brazen smear that John McCain made against this organization in the debate.  The very next morning I went to Acorn’s website and made a donation.

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By Don Stivers, October 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

Can’t this be used against them (the Republicans)?

Run adds that show both Republican candidates saying that Acorn is bad and then show the segment where Mickey Mouse would have to show up and that the bad cards the Republicans are using were turned up by Acorn themselves?

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