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I am a grouchy, bald headed old fart filled with opinions and not the least bit shy about sharing them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ACORN busting film maker busted!

Decatur, AL - James O'Keefe made a name for himself with clandestine videos of ACORN staff members assisting what they believed to be a pimp. O'Keefe led the ACORN staffers to believe he wanted to set up a brothel and staff it with underage girls brought in from overseas. Most of the ACORN staff in several locations were only too happy to assist.

Alas, the young man with "60 Minutes" ambitions and no common sense stepped over a line and now finds himself in hot water. It seems that somehow he got it in his head that it would be a great idea to impersonate telephone repair people (can't say repairmen any more), enter Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office and play silly buggers with her office telephone system.

Activist James O'Keefe, 25, was already in the New Orleans office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu on Monday when two of the accused showed up claiming to be telephone repairmen, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Tuesday. Letten says O'Keefe videoed them with his cellphone.

The two men, Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, both 24, asked the reception for and received access to the main phone at the desk, and later asked for access to a phone closet, Letten's office said. The men were directed to another office in the building, where they are again accused of misrepresenting themselves as telephone repairmen.

Federal agents arrested them later. A fourth man, Stan Dai, 24, was also arrested, but Letten's office said only that he assisted the others in planning, coordinating and preparing the operation.
USA Today

Not smart!

How can this Mike Wallace want-to-be forget who is in charge now? He had to know a target appeared on his forehead the day he busted the ACORN people.

Other then finding a way to shut down Fox News and any effective US intelligence operations, there is nothing US Attorney General Eric Holder would like more then to prosecute the snot nosed little brat that embarrassed his President's favorite community organization. Especially when it is a slam dunk case like this that will almost certainly draw jail time.

Let's see now...

  • Criminal impersonation
  • Felony tampering
  • Criminal trespass
  • Illegal wire tap (Depending on what they did.)
  • There has to be some law about messing with a congress critter's office...
  • No doubt there is something under new and shiny anti-terrorism statutes the government can throw at him.
  • Felony stupid.
  • One count of conspiracy to commit for each of the above

Ah, the impetuous nature of youth. You just have to love 'em while they get their life lessons under their belts. Hope O'Keefe hasn't got any plans for the next ten years or so. I don't see him getting a plea bargain on this one.


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- Bill Engvall

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Ding dong the network's dead…

Harrison, OH - Air America is dead. It's all over but the liquidation. The Air America web site blames the failure on a "very difficult economic environment."

The New York Daily News had a much different view. Their article cited no direction, no talent, bad paychecks, bad timing and no listeners.

As Rush said a few days after that debut, you can't build a popular radio show, or network, on ideology – and rightly or wrongly, Air America got the image that it was working from a playbook.

"First," said Limbaugh, "you have to entertain people. You have to make it interesting to listen. I don't hear any of that."
The New York Daily News

Even Nathan Harden writing in the Huffington Post had to admit, "Talk radio is a tough gig. You have to sustain three hours of conversation, five days a week, in defense of your ideas."

But then he comes right back with this load of crap, "Conservatives like to say that liberals aren't successful on the radio simply because their ideas don't hold up."

Actually, that is exactly why Air America and other liberal/socialist bastions eventually fail. "Feel good" ideas are warm and fuzzy and junk, but they don't put food on the table, generate wealth or revenue, create jobs, nor do they put money in the bank. After a while, someone has to pick up the bill.

Here are a few other takes on Air America's demise:
USA Today: Liberal radio network Air America files for bankruptcy
Air America to close, files for bankruptcy
News: Air America Radio Closing, Filing for Bankruptcy

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