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Federal appeals court in NY rules against ACORN

Federal appeals court in NY tosses decision barring Congress from withholding funds for ACORN A federal appeals court in New York City has thrown out a decision that barred Congress from withholding funds from the activist group ACORN. The ruling Friday reverses a decision by a district court. That judge…

Maddow: Fox uses ‘flagrantly bogus stories’ to make whites fear blacks

O’Reilly: Fox kicks MSNBC’s butt in the ratings; Maddow: You’re still wrong on what really matters MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called out Fox News on Thursday for its role in promoting reports about Shirley Sherrod and ACORN that proved to be distorted. She charged that the network “continually campaigns on flagrantly…

Former ACORN employee sues O’Keefe and Giles

A former ACORN employee in San Diego who lost his job after being filmed giving advice to “ACORN pimp” James O’Keefe is suing the amateur videographer and his partner, Hannah Giles, San Diego CityBeat’s Dave Maass reported Friday. Juan Carlos Vera was one of a number of ACORN employees who…

Congressional report clears ACORN of wrongdoing — after group forced to disband

When a duo of right-wing provocateurs posing as a pimp and prostitute released selectively-edited videos trying to impugn the community activist group ACORN, both Democrats and Republicans condemned the organization. Congress then voted to cut off federal funding for the group (a decision that was later ruled unconstitutional). Following negative…

The pains of being “fair and balanced”

Salon has put together a list of the 11 most bogus media stories of 2009. A few of them, such as the balloon boy hoax or Lady Gaga’s non-existent penis, are just those silly stories that capture the public imagination from time to time. I don’t actually mind those stories—except…

The New Conservative PC: Everything

The conservative attacks on the excesses of political correctness are not wholly without merit. For instance, it’s certainly ridiculous to strive for a world where there are no labels, or where the invocation of any bit of identifying information with any potential social or cultural value attached to it is…

Oh no, people might have birth control and houses!

Now the squawking about the economic stimulus has moved onto stoking racist fears about ACORN. And yes, I mean racist—speaking as someone who hails from the land of race-obsessed crazy white people, I can speak with assurance that the “community organizer” thing and endless squawking about ACORN during the election…

The Right’s ACORN head fake unleashes more evil

Jesse covered some of the ACORN ground, but I had to post on this nonsense. John McCain said this in the last presidential debate:We need to know the full extent of Sen. Obama’s relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds…

The Nut Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Below the fold, I’m posting slightly truncated versions of a recruitment e-mail for the McCain campaign. They’d like law students to serve as voter challengers (presumably with the help of security officers and veterans, although that may just be a Milwaukee thing), and are throwing out the prospect of hordes…

Close Enough To Honest

CNN lies about ACORN 54 times which is certainly better than, say, a billion. What I really want an ACORN critic to do is to explain this hypothetical (I’m such a law student): most campaigns and party organizations register voters on their own as well. Suppose that the Smith County…

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