O’Keefe Payday, Bo’s Dog, Firedoglake, Upfront Credit Card Fees, and Cape Breton Slumlords

New Orleans    News you need to nose.

  • In a affidavit produced in court in San Diego brought by a former ACORN Housing Corporation employee fired as part of the James O’Keefe / Hannah Giles fake prostitution video scam, O’Keefe under oath was finally forced to reveal the financial arrangement between them and Andrew Brietbart and his BigGovernment.com related websites.   The total pay package was $130,000 with each of the co-conspirators raking in $65,000 a piece for their dirty work.
  • “Analysts say that by moving to bury Ms. Gu and her husband, party leaders [China] are trying to send a message to allies of Mr. Bo who are still putting up resistance.  ‘This is why the dog who has fallen into the water is still being beaten,’ said Steven Tsang, director of China Policy Institute at University of Nottingham in England.”  Hats off to the Times’ Andrew Jacobs for turning over enough rocks to get that quote from Tsang in the hollows of the UK!
  • Speaking of dogs, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new supposedly consumer “watchdog,” blinked first and finally closed their eyes to credit card companies’ efforts to charge “upfront fees” for lower income consumers as a way to get around the limits finally placed on them for excessive charges through the Credit Card Act of 2010.  It seems this is a total cave in to the most craven of credit card practices for lower income card holders.
  • Firedoglake Book Salon on Sunday, April 15th is hosting an on-line discussion of my book, Global Grassroots:  International Perspectives on Organizing.  Firedoglake.com is excited about the upcoming Book Salon on Sunday, April 15th from 5:00p – 7:00p Eastern / 2:00p – 4:00p Pacific time.   That’s 4 PM central standard time.  Join us if you can!
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