James O’Keefe and Veritas Divide the Big Haters from the Little Haters on the Right

New Orleans  What goes around does eventually come around. In organizing, we have to believe that with every fiber of our being in order to prevail on a daily basis.

And, that brings me once again to James O’Keefe, the far right wing video scammer and fake journalist, whose mission along with his tax exempt Project Veritas and his tax protected Project Veritas Action Fund, is supposedly to expose media and liberal-left bias. In his latest in a chain of flubs, he tried to plant a false story with the Washington Post about Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore raping a woman of 15 and was totally exposed.

It’s a mystery how he has any credibility anywhere, but this boo-boo has brought more condemnation than most because his bungling at the Post was stepping on the toes of one of the biggest hitters in the fraternity of elite media, prompting the New York Times even to finally take a harder look at this scammer now, even though only years ago they splashed a profile of him all over their magazine section as he chilled out in New Jersey waiting for his probation to end for trying to mess with former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s phones in a New Orleans federal building, a big no-no that got him a criminal record for ineptness.

We do learn some amazing things though, now that they are looking at him more closely. They bothered to look at his IRS filings since he won an exemption for Veritas in 2010. He’s raked in $16 million, averaging almost $2.3 million per year for his mess, and a nice fat pay check in 2016 of $317,000. It turns out that’s chump change compared to a more reserved conservative outfit with a similar goal of exposing bias, the Media Research Center, run by Brent Bozell. They have raised $87 million in about the same time period, five times more than O’Keefe. That’s $100 million combined for this fool’s errand: it boggles the mind! The liberal-left are pikers when it comes to this kind of media, shall we call it, “accountability” effort.

Poor James O’Keefe can’t seem to get to the big bucks because he keeps stepping on his own feet with his fake tactics, scurrilous editing techniques, and house of lies. The Mercers, who act as Daddy and Daughter Warbucks for Steve Bannon, won’t touch him after having put their finger in the water. Same for the billionaire DeVos family now represented in Washington by the Secretary of Education. The Koch Brothers who are the gold standard on the far right funder scene reportedly won’t even give him a meeting. Hard to believe, but they are all probably afraid he will record them and try to blackmail them later. I get that. He takes the little haters, and his competitors get the big haters. Eventually that will catch up with him, I hope.

Thanks to the Times, they did report on another of his “aborted plots,” as they called them involving his ACORN takedown. As they report,

“Other aborted plots appeared to be driven by a combination of enmity for the establishment media and Mr. O’Keefe’s grievances about not being taken seriously by the media. A 2010 Project Veritas memo proposed using ‘moles at The Los Angeles Times’ to embarrass a media critic there who had questioned the tactics and accuracy of the ACORN videos, and also suggested nominating the videos for a Pulitzer Prize, then exposing the bias of the judges by secretly recording their deliberations.”

Wow! Pride cometh before a fall, as the axiom holds, and he’s hopefully nearing the bottom of his well. I imagine that he and the President are mainly able to bond over their total narcissism. Trump’s reported in-depth analysis of O’Keefe’s work after their meeting was essentially that he’s “a good-looking guy.” That says it all, or in Latin to quote my old teacher, Dr. Romeo, de gustibus non disputandum est or to each his own, about taste there is no agreement. Enough said.


Congressman Al Green is Serious About Trump Impeachment

New Orleans   Before you say anything, let me be clear. We’re big Al Green fans. Huge, simply, huge! Houston’s Democratic Congressman Al Green has been our go-to-guy for the last dozen years, whenever Local 100 United Labor Unions or ACORN needed help on anything, anytime. When there was a resolution in Congress to ban ACORN, Al Green wasn’t voting for it, even as many of our friends folded like cheap suits. When ACORN International wanted a delegation of Korean mayors and legislators to meet a Congressman, who do you think agreed to meet them? Al Green, that’s who. When Local 100 has a leadership conference anywhere within shouting of Houston, and sometimes even in New Orleans, who has keynoted unfailingly? Yes, Al Green. When we needed help to fight for better remittance policies and against payday lending, Green took our cause to the House Financial Services Committee. He brought us to his office to discuss a national living wage bill and an increase in the federal minimum wage. He represents Houston, but was born and raised in New Orleans. Don’t ever tell me that we don’t support Congressman Al Green.

So, were we surprised when Al Green took the floor of the House of Representatives and formally offered Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump? Heck no, he had told us last June in Houston that he was going to ask that Trump be impeached then. It was just a matter of time, and the time had obviously come. Al Green had had enough.

The Washington Post catches the weight and drama of Green’s move:

Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) came to the House floor at 12:13 p.m… to offer articles of impeachment under special House rules requiring a floor vote; he returned to the floor at 1:34 to force that vote. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) offered a motion to table the resolution, which was adopted on a 364 to 58 vote. Every lawmaker who opposed the motion was a Democrat, as were four others who voted present.

The top two House Democrats both voted to table the resolution after coming out against Green’s effort shortly before the House voted.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) issued a joint statement opposed Green’s push, though they stopped short of calling on Democrats to vote to kill it.


The leadership’s argument was to keep working hard to oppose Trump initiatives and to let the special counsel proceed with investigations into Russian collusion in Trump’s election. They had made the argument before, and Green was not to be dissuaded this time.

So, sure, it’s also not a surprise that he got beaten, but he got 57 other recorded votes besides his own for articles of impeachment, and that’s something, even if 12% is a long way from a majority. Don’t tell me that Mister Hypersensitive in the White House didn’t notice that as well. Win or lose, it’s not a good day in the West Wing when there’s a vote to impeach you for malfeasance in office.

Notice has been served, and, we know Congressman Al Green, so trust us, this is serious, and he’s not going away, so someone in the White House better straighten their act up and do it ASAP.