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A Plea For Full Understanding

All it took was a video to of a few workers giving a couple of undercover filmmakers posing as a pimp and his prostitute some advice on how to secure low-income housing to help setup a whore house using illegal immigrants to discredit the whole ACORN organization.  Lost in the rush to prosecute ACORN and make an example of their irresponsibility is the fact that nobody in the organization actually did anything wrong.  It didn’t matter though.  ACORN was lambasted as a stain on American values and they had to be punished.  Government funding was cut.  The organization was condemned.  ACORN became the poster child of corporate corruption.

The undercover pimp was James O’Keefe.  The release of that video happened last September.  While ACORN was made a zero, Mr. O’Keefe was made a hero.  He was celebrated as a conservative investigative reporter with a reputation on par with the likes of that liberal malfeasant Michael Moore.

Last week, the young Mr. O’Keefe and three of his up and coming conservative associates, were caught trying to tamper with the telephone lines at the office Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s inside a federal building.  Ms. Landrieu has been criticized for securing more Medicaid benefits for her state in exchange for her support on healthcare legislation, a move resoundingly criticized by conservatives as an example of the horse trading that went on to keep healthcare alive and kicking.  However, FBI officials have not yet determined exactly why these men wanted to interfere with Ms. Landrieu’s phones.

A staff member from Ms. Landrieu’s office told the FBI that two of the suspects came into the office wearing white hard harts and tool belts and said they needed to fix a problem with the phone system.  While this was happening Mr. O’Keefe was sitting in the waiting area and was recording the conversation taking place in Ms. Landrieu’s office on his cell phone.  The fourth suspect was picked up in a car a couple of blocks away with equipment that could pick up the transmissions from the office.  All four suspects were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, which carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.

Said the attorney for one of the culprits, it was a case of poor judgment and there was no intent or motive to commit a crime.  Mr. O’Keefe himself has called his arrest little more than a huge misunderstanding.  The fact that these people broke a law of entering a federal building under false pretense and attempting to wiretap the telephone line of a United States Senator is merely a couple of technicalities.  Whether intended to commit a crime or not, one fact that is not disputable is that Mr. O’Keefe was more than ready to initiate and participate in the discrediting of ACORN’s reputation on a much flimsier set of circumstances.  Why would anyone want to keep Mr. O’Keefe from being prosecuted under the law?

Appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Mr. O’Keefe claimed that he and his associates were simply checking out reports that the Senator’s office wasn’t answering calls from her constituents who opposed healthcare reform.  He went on to say that journalists have done the same things for years in order to expose the truth.  He didn’t say anything about the fact that for many years many journalists have been going to jail for many years for breaking the law.  Mr. Hannity never bothered to ask if Mr. O’Keefe could name a journalist who got a free pass for tapping a United State Senator’s phone.

In another statement, Mr. O’Keefe claimed he was there simply to see if the telephone lines were working.  He said he had learned from a number of sources that many of Ms. Landrieu’s constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn’t want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill.  He wanted to investigate why a representative of the people would be out of touch with her constituents for weeks.  He decided to visit the office with his friends in telephone repairmen getups to ask the staff if their phones were working.

The guy who was sitting in a car a few blocks away listening through a receiver was merely practicing for a wireless telephone commercial where he would put a receiver to his ear and ask Mr. O’Keefe if he could hear him now.  The whole affair was totally innocuous, unlike those bastards who work for that dastardly ACORN.

No doubt Mr. O’Keefe will get off with little more than a slap on his guilty as hell conservative wrists.  If he is sentenced and serves a day in jail I will be totally surprised.  He might pay a fine.  All of his associates may not be so lucky.  But then again they just might.  One of his cronies is the son of a United States Attorney.  No doubt string will be pulled and deals will be made that will look suspiciously like the type of deals that kept healthcare alive.

It sounds like Mr. O’Keefe understands that images seen or stories told can only give a small piece of the total picture.  To fully understand what’s going on and to keep any misunderstand to an absolute minimum, a full investigation needs to be performed before people rush to a decision to punish.  Unfortunately, Mr. O’Keefe didn’t bother to remember that fact when he released his undercover ACORN video back in September.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, he wants the benefit of complete understanding and careful attention to microscopic details in order to spin a plausible excuse and develop a believable defense for this crime.  If there was truly such a thing as justice in the United States, Mr. O’Keefe’s actions would be seen as the crimes they truly are.  Those who live by half truths shouldn’t be crying for the truth and understanding when they know for a fact that they’re as guilty as sin.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - Posted by | Life, Thoughts |


  1. Aw, c’mon! These are just a bunch of kids! This is just a harmless prank! You know what they say, don’cha? Boys will be boys!

    No doubt about it. It’ll be amusing to watch the right wing media trying to spin this latest debacle. Yesterday O’Keefe was the newest Fascist poster boy. Today he is a man looking at a nice stint in federal prison. The Republicans are once again experiencing the kind of OOPS moment for which they have become famous for in recent years. It really is quite touching when you think about it.

    What I love more than anything is the “harmless school boy prank” angle that the right wing is trying to spin! I did a little bit of research, folks. Little Jimmy O’Keefe is almost two years older than Lee Harvey Oswald was when he assassinated President Kennedy. So much for that argument – you would think.

    Is this merely the tip of a nasty iceberg? Will O’Keefe “cooperate” with federal investigators in order to reduce his sentence? Are there bigger fish that are due some serious frying?

    To be continued….

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

    Comment by Tom Degan | Wednesday, February 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Tom Degan,

      Yep, of course it was just a harmless prank. It was nothing but a harmless prank that caused ACORN to lose millions of dollars in funding. I don’t know about you or anyone else but if I lose five bucks I consider myself harmed. The potential threat to our national security alone should be enough to send this malfeasant to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But rest assured, the conservatives that work so hard to save this man would be working overtime to condemn him if his name was Mohammed Shiek Khalid. What a difference a name makes.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, February 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. For the record, this conservative finds the acts committed by O’Keefe and his bunch in Louisiana to be particularly atrocious and indefensible.

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Thursday, February 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

      But more reprehensible than Mr. O’Keefe’s actions are the people who are now rushing to his defense. Is it really okay for us to have anybodies trying to tap the phone lines of our Senators? Is that something we really want to excuse and look the other way. I think it would set a terrible precedence. And the outright hypocrisy of the issue is not only disappointing but dangerous.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, February 4, 2010 | Reply

      • agreed

        Comment by Mike Lovell | Thursday, February 4, 2010

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