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Congressman Grayson: "GOP Weapons of Mass Distraction." Quote of the day.

Congressman Grayson: 
"GOP Weapons of Mass Distraction."  Quote of the day.


These GOPredators guys make Hitler's Joseph Goebbles proud!

Our inaction in the face of their rabid disinformation
campaign is the height of cowardice and treason.


The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule  
Thomas Frank (born 1965) is an American author, journalist and columnist for the
Wall Street Journal
, authoring The Tilting Yard since May, 2008.

"A no-holds-barred exegesis on the naked cynicism of conservatism in America."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Written with barbed wit and finely controlled anger, he skewers such juicy targets as libertarian strategist Grover Norquist and Michelle Malkin."—Publishers Weekly, starred review  "Glorious… Often brilliant… Frank's gloom is leavened by an eye for the unexpected and the absurd."—Los Angeles Times 
"Well-researched and witty… Provides a powerful liberal antidote to the high-volume rantings of Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Fox News."—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Frank's gifts as a social observer are on display… His analysis of why there are so many libertarian think tanks in a country with so few libertarians is dead on. In Thomas Frank, the American left has found its own Juvenal."—The New York Times Book Review

"Frank offers one damning anecdote after another. The Wrecking Crew explains how cynical conservatives have wrested control of the government by railing against its very existence, all while using federal perches to funnel billions into the pockets of lobbyists and the corporations they represent."—Time

"Thomas Frank is back with another hunk of dynamite. The Wrecking Crew should monopolize political conversation this year. It's the first book to effectively tie the ruin and corruption of conservative governance to the conservative "movement building" of the 1970s, and, before that, the business crusade against good government going back at least to the 1890s."—

"Tom Frank has hold of something real. The Wrecking Crew can be good, spirited fun. Frank captures a quality of exuberant bullying in those of his conservative subjects he knows well enough to identify individually, rather than categorically."—The New Yorker

"Frank's sentences inhale and unfurl with a wit and verve…"—The New York Observer

"Conservatives in office have made their share of blunders and mistakes, and Frank is at his finest in depicting some of the stunning instances of hypocrisy and idiocy in the period of Republican rule."—The New York Post

"Smart, thoroughly researched, and written with wit and panache."—The Wichita Eagle

"A welcome read. There is no doubt that Frank is helping to restore the journalistic and literary standards to political books. Elegant… The Wrecking Crew has the rhetorical power to illustrate the dire consequences of a government sold off piece by piece to the highest bidder. One finishes the book feeling as if one's political vision has been brought into focus."—The Courier-Journal

"A superb follow-up to What's The Matter with Kansas?... Thorough reporting and incisive historical analysis. With genuine outrange and blasts of polemic, but Frank never allows The Wrecking Crew to become just another seething right- or left-wing political tract preaching to the choir."—The Oregonian

"Frank brings invaluable insider perceptions, ardor, and precision to his lancing inquiry into the erosion of democracy and the enshrinement of the mighty dollar… An electrifying, well-researched analysis of 'conservatism-as-profiteering.' This staggering history of systematic greed with inject new energy into public discourse as a historical election looms."—Booklist (starred review)


I just sent a letter. Please you too.  Hurry.  SHARE.  SL

From: "Bertha Lewis, ACORN" <>
Sent: Thu, March 4, 2010 6:15:06 AM
Subject: Re: Sting the stinger - This is just embarrassing

Dear Start,

By now everybody knows that James O'Keefe, the anti-ACORN video stinger, is willing to lie, manipulate, and apparently break the law, in pursuit of his extremist agenda. Monday, sources inside the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, as reported by the New York Post (long hostile to ACORN) said the videos were a "heavily edited splice job".[1] The New York Daily News further reported that sources in the DA's office, which reviewed the unedited New York tapes as part of a five month investigation -- the first time anyone not associated with O'Keefe has seen unedited tapes -- said "they edited the tape to meet their agenda"![2]

As Media Matters columnist Eric Bohlert writes, "the '70s-era, blacksploitation pimp costume was a propaganda tool used to later deceive the public about the undercover operation."[3] If you watched the videos you probably thought he wore that suit inside our offices. He didn't. He dressed as a professional and presented himself as a boyfriend trying to help his girlfriend escape from an abusive pimp, something also noted in former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger's December 2009 investigation of ACORN.[4]

So why, then, does America's newspaper of record, the New York Times, insist in report after report -- as recently as March 1st -- that he presented himself as a pimp in our offices?[5] Can you send an email to the Times' Public Editor and tell him to retract the Times' erroneous reporting about O'Keefe and ACORN?

There are two critical reasons why this matters and my friend Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog lays them out nicely:

"Because O'Keefe is now facing federal felony charges and his past credibility is important to the future proceedings and because these videos, and the Times reports on them, resulted in the U.S. Congress passing legislation to deny ACORN federal funding based on what appears to be an entirely phony premise which … the Times went along with, in error, time and again." [6]

Incredibly, the New York Times' first response when challenged their reporting was to say, "If there is a correction to be made, it seems it would start with Mr. O'Keefe himself. We believe him. Therefore there is nothing for us to correct."[7]

Wow. To say that in the face of everything that's been laid out about how O'Keefe operates - lies, manipulation, even alleged illegal actions - well, that's just embarrassing.

Can you tell Clark Hoyt, The New York Times' Public Editor, that The Times needs to retract its past ACORN stories and report the truth about the anti-ACORN sting operation from now on?

The New York Times played a significant role in the breathtaking rush to judgment instigated by O'Keefe's work. As the blogger Digby said about the Times and other mainstream media, "in rushing to judgment they also failed in their journalistic duty to figure out if this story was true." [8] The Times perpetuated the idea that his videos represented what ACORN workers do all day. They do not. ACORN organizers spend their days talking with working families and helping them take action on issues like foreclosure prevention, raising the minimum wage, fighting for jobs, and working to hold the banksters accountable for their destruction of the economy.

That work, combined with our tireless efforts engaging working families and families of color in the electoral process, are the real reasons why O'Keefe and his corporate-funded backers in the attack media targeted ACORN.

The Times continues to refuse to state the obvious-that O'Keefe deceived the public, specifically by editing in "b-roll" of his absurd costume and more broadly by misrepresenting what ACORN organizers do. This despite the clear admission by O'Keefe co-conspirators Hannah Giles and Andrew Breitbart both being caught on tape saying he never wore the pimp suit in any ACORN office.[9] Despite the findings of the Harshbarger report. Despite Breitbart's admission that the pimp get-up was just a marketing gimmick. [10]

In fact, Clark Hoyt continues to profess, "I still don't see that a correction is in order, because that would require conclusive evidence that The Times was wrong, which I haven't seen." [11]

Can you help Mr. Hoyt see the conclusive evidence by sending him a letter in his role as the Public Editor of the New York Times?

With your help we can set the record straight and put America's newspaper of record on notice that we expect it to live up to its responsibility to us and to our democratic system and report the truth.

Lots of people have asked me why we don't just drop the topic of O'Keefe's video scam and move on. Believe me, no one would like to close the book on this story more than I would.. But the truth is important, and the truth is the lies that O'Keefe peddled and that news outlets that should know better continue to perpetuate, to this day, not only hurt ACORN -- they represent standing threat against anyone who empowers poor people and people of color in this country.

With your help we can help strengthen democracy in America and make sure that working families have a strong voice in 2010 and beyond.

In solidarity and strength,

Bertha Lewis
ACORN CEO and Chief Organizer

[1] Alex Ginsberg and Murray Weiss, New York Post, March 2, 2010,

[2] Mike Madden,, March 1, 2010,

[3] Eric Bohlert, Media Matters for America, February 17, 2010,

[4] Report of former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.[tt_news]=22649&tx_ttnews[backPid]=12340&cHash=acfa3c666a

[5] Andy Newman, The New York Times, March 1, 2010,

[6] Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 23, 2010,
[7] Greg Brock, Senior Editor of Standards for the New York Times as reported by Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 23, 2010,
[8] Digby, Feb 22, 2010,
and also here:

[9] Max Blumenthal, Conversation at the Conservative Political Action Convention, February, 2010,

[10] Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 21, 2010,
[11] Clark Hoyt, Public Editor of the New York Times as reported by Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 23, 2010,

© 2009 ACORN and ACORN logo are Registered Trademarks of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Inc.

ACORN is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 500,000 member families organized into neighborhood chapters in 71 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to our members. Our priorities include: better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools. ACORN is an acronym, and each letter should be capitalized. ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.


"I'm simply your mother, like when a hoard of bullies is attacking you." SL

"I'm simply your mother, like
when a hoard of bullies is attacking you; cuz they are.
You are damn right I'm harsh, rough, aggressive, out-there;
just like she would be if she saw the same attack on you, that I do."  SL

"Do you burn hot enough to start a fire?" Start

"Do you burn hot enough to start a fire?"  Start

"She who would give light, must endure burning." 
Eleanor Roosevelt



SL here. I found my $.50 Crucifix. That beings tears toward my eyes, why?

Please don't ever assume my Love of Jesus is traditional in ANY way.
See here:

Around Christ-mass time one of the pleasures my suburban zombie
sisters and brothers give themselves is an annual visit to DC to
do something for the poor - their not-my-family.  It does wonders to
refresh their illusions that they are not Dead.  Did you know that
Washington, DC, capitol of the wealthiest country in history,
in the US is:

#1 most powerful population of elites in the world!

#1 in concentration of the top 10 richest counties as suburbs (3) !!!!!!

#1 in child poverty!!!

#1 in mortality from HIV/AID!!!!

#1 in lowest life expectancy in the country!!!!!

See here:

DN! Washington, DC - 3rd World Capital

Well, anyway, at Christ-mass time they come out from their mansions
in their gated communities with their food bags, my zombie siblings,
or whatever, for we poor.  One bag I got had a simple wooden Crucifix,
on the type of faux leather thong you'd use to make something
at summer camp.  My $2.50 Crucifix I wear under my clothes, always,
but this one is larger and can go over my clothes.  But about 3 weeks
ago it went missing.  I looked everywhere.  I was sooooo sad to lose it.

What magic draws me to these Crucifixes, and those on my head?  Love.

Turns out that my beloved sister Connie found it, and I got it today.
Tears of Joy and Relief came toward my eyes.  Why?  A $.50 Cross.
Still moves me toward tears hours later.

Reminds me of the time 5 years or so ago my little Catholic sister and
I were in Texas on a business trip.  Out of Love for her I attended her
Sunday Mass with her, and we were tapped to carry the chalice and Hosts up
to the alter.  I sobbed and quaked uncontrollably.  Brings tears
to my eyes whenever I think of it, like now.

Hmmmmm.   I do so adore our brother Jesus.   I do indeed.  So did Gandhi.
He Loved us so.

"'Daily Bread' IS Soul Food IS Serving the Needy. There's none other." SL

"'Daily Bread' IS Soul Food
IS Serving the Needy. 
There's none other."  SL

"'Zombies' no longer are fanciful creatures for me. They're but a few of us." SL

"'Zombies' no longer are fanciful creatures for me. 
They're but a VERY few of us. Clinically.  Really.
The living Dead.  Who but Dead folks could spend
ANY time on Pleasures when so many are physically
and Spiritually destitute?  Only living-Dead People. Really."

Teresa of Calcutta:  'The greatest poverty I've seen in
the world is the poverty of spirit in the west.'

Gandhi was asked what he thought about Western
Civilization:  'I think it would be a good idea.'


"I'm a warrior," Start said to the young Sec. Svc. Officer. "Clearly you are," he replied with entusiastic admiration and approval.

"I'm a warrior," Start said to the young Sec. Svc. Officer. 
"Clearly you are," he replied with enthusiastic admiration,
respect, friendship and approval.