I am experiencing a case of schadenfreude so large tonight that it may well show up on satellite photos. ACORN, the group Michelle Malkin rightly calls a “criminal enterprise” got one of the most amazing smackdowns I have ever seen from the Senate. In an 83-7 vote, the Democrat-controlled Senate approved an amendment offered by Mike Johanns (R-NE) to strip the group of all Federal funding.
The amendment has to pass the House as well, and make it through a conference committee before it lands on the President’s desk and I won’t even hazard a guess as to whether the House will approve a similar amendment or not. However, this vote has now forced the story of ACORN’s easy acceptance of prostitution, illegal immigration, and child slavery to a place where the MSM can not ignore it any longer.
This very well could be the beginning of the end for ACORN, which has been skirting the law and doing its darndest to wreck our election system for years. Not even the President, who is as close to ACORN as corned beef is to rye, is likely to be able to protect them this time.
If you have not heard about the latest ACORN scandal, you can get a very good summary from Matthew Vadum (who is one of the best journalists working the ACORN beat). I’ll give you the very abriged summary.
Two young people playing the parts of a prostitute and her pimp went into ACORN’s Baltimore, MD office with a hidden video camera seeking the group’s help in getting a loan to buy a house. Over the course of the conversation, the two youths — James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles — also told the workers that she was hiding out from her latest pimp and that they wanted to bring in 13 underaged girls from El Salvador to work for them. Not only did the ACORN workers not call the police, they actually gave the couple useful information on how to fraudulently file tax returns, how to conduct their business without drawing attention, and even offered to figure out how many of the child prostitutes they could claim as dependents.
When the videos came out, ACORN said it was an isolated incident and that the pair had tried this in other cities but were rebuffed then fired the two staffers in the video. The next day, Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government site then released a pair of videos showing the pair pulling the very same act at ACORN’s Washington, DC office. Again, the workers gave them all sorts of helpful advice about how to dodge the law and defraud the government.
This time, the groups reaction was more emphatic. Two other high-ranking members of the group released a statement saying their “staff members undergo rigorous training and are expected to comply with high standards for ethical behavior and compliance with the law.” On the same day, the Census Bureau cut ACORN loose, preventing the group from having its staffers work on the census effort next year. The next day, ACORN’s Chief Organizer, Bertha Williams, blamed the whole thing on Fox News and claimed the same act “was attempted in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places” and “had failed for months before the results we’ve all recently seen.”
Today, O’Keefe and Giles put paid to ACORN’s fibs. They went to the ACORN office in Brooklyn and, wouldn’t you know it, the workers in that office were just as helpful to a whore and her pimp as they were in Baltimore and DC. One instance is just a data point. Two make a straight line. Three? Well with three you have a pattern, don’t you? I’m not making any specific predictions here, but we do have certain ways of dealing with organizations that engage in a pattern of criminal behavior. Of course, we’d need some evidence that ACORN was engaged in said criminal activity, right? Something like documents and such? Surely, the ACORN honchos wouldn’t do anything to make it incredibly easy for interested people to get their hands on those documents, would they?
Facing intensifying scrutiny after the release of several disturbing hidden camera videos, the community organizing group, ACORN, is threatening to sue Fox News, the website Breitbart.com and the two conservative activists who produced the exposes.
ACORN is alleging that the filmmakers committed a felony by shooting the footage of ACORN employees in the act of providing advice on how to falsify tax forms and set-up a child prostitution business—to a man and a woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute.
Can you say discovery, my friends? I bet you Andrew Brietbart can.
And a little birdie is reporting that the hits haven’t stopped coming.
I wholeheartedly agree with Jonah Goldberg. What a great week this has been for cosmic comeuppance.
UPDATE: Linked by Ed Driscoll who notes that the Associated Press seems particularly bitter about having to report this story at all. My cup of compassion is not exactly overflowing for those hacks.