New Orleans As the news began to break that James O’Keefe, featured performer, video provocateur, and first story federal office break-in artist for the late Andrew Brietbart’s rightwing web operations and the New York Times magazine section, once again was brought to some small amount of justice in the court of law despite his cosseted protection from journalists since he is claiming their mantel as his normal disguise, comments came streaming in on my Facebook wall at the news broken by web reporters at Wonkette that O’Keefe would be paying out $100,000 to Juan Carlos Vera, former ACORN employee or ACORN Housing Corporation employee in National City below San Diego for his inaccuracies leading to Vera’s wrongful termination.
Doug Young I love it!! !!!!!!
Christopher J. Herrera Excellent.
Marcy Chong oh I love this.
John Russo I can hear the pigs squeal.
Kathleen Fortin looks good on him.
Hetty Equality Rosenstein Not enough.
Katrina McKeown Magolan Justice!
Gary Butler Glad to hear it but it doesn’t seem equal.
Patrick Lazare Shorter hell yea! a sliver of justice hopefully not the last we’ll hear.
George Lee Reagan Too little…too late.
You get the picture. People are happy to see some small justice coming, but are also very clear that this is nowhere near enough, even if not noting the irony of a federal court ruling in ACORN’s favor the day after it became public as well that the Republicans were seeking in their new budget resolution to bar ACORN and “its successors” from funding, yet again, trying to extend these injustices in perpetuity.
As Martin Luther King commented, “the arc of justice is long,” and that’s why ACORN fight must continue, under its own flag and so many others.
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!