Glenn Beck: Taking Action on ACORN




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President Obama was billed to America as "the uniter" and he would heal all partisan divisions.

Now, we know how that has worked out, but I'm not sure why America turned to him for unity, when really there are only a couple of things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

One of them — I think — is hookers. And right now the left and right seem to be uniting on ACORN, who was caught helping start brothels with illegals, etc., etc.

Here's the latest: The unlikely duo of Barney Frank and John Conyers are now calling for an investigation into the embattled group. They wrote a letter to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

OK, it's not an "investigation" per se — that would be crazy; that would make too much sense.

Instead, they've asked for a "comprehensive report" on all activities and funding surrounding ACORN; whether or not Congress violated the Constitution in voting to de-fund ACORN, and if the two kids who went undercover violated any laws.

I know John Conyers' name is right there on the letter, but how can you trust this guy when he first votes to send the ACORN de-funding bill back to committee, then later, someone (the powers that be?) must have said "uh, really?" so he comes back out on the floor and says:

"Mr. Speaker, today I inadvertently cast a 'yea' vote for a motion to recommit on H.R. 3200 and did not vote for final passage…. I intended to vote 'no' on the motion to recommit and 'yea' on final passage of the bill."

Sure you did. You really have a handle on this bill — so much so, that when you crawled back up for a re-do, you called it H.R. 3200. The bill is actually hr 3221. Geez, John — what is it, would you say, that you actually do all day? We know you don't read the bills:

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REP. JOHN CONYERS, D-MICH.: I love these members, they get up and say, 'Read the bill!' What good is reading the bill if it's 1,000 pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?

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There are about 15 million unemployed folks in America right now. I bet one of those people would be willing to take your job and actually read bill, then just say yes or no — how hard is that?

The IRS has nearly $2 million in liens against ACORN for failing to pay taxes…and nothing…

Bertha Lewis and the ACORN Advisory Council said they will "assist" in naming an independent auditor and investigator to conduct a thorough review. That's fantastic! I wonder if we could have got Ken Lay to do an internal investigation into Enron.

They have selected an investigator, but still, no audit. Why didn't this advisory board — tasked with helping ACORN get down to the bottom of things — select an auditor? Well, let's look at who's on that board:

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend — she's the eldest child of RFK and the former lieutenant governor of Maryland. She serves on the board of the radical Center for American Progress. Wait a minute — that's George Soros and John Podesta's group, but we'll get to Podesta in a minute. Townsend is also the founder of the Maryland Student Service Alliance. That was created to make Maryland the first — and still only — state that forces high school students to do community service as a condition to graduate.

Oh and one more thing: In 1996, Kennedy-Townsend gave an award to Baltimore's current top prosecutor. Her name is Patricia Coats Jessamy. You may recognize her name: She's the one who is going after the kids who shot the undercover ACORN video and not ACORN itself.

Gee, that makes perfect sense. Luckily, Maryland's attorney general wants an investigation.

Next is SEIU President Andy Stern — hmm, no red flags there. SEIU is essentially ACORN, just unionized. Two of SEIU's locals are ACORN affiliates. And then, there's the Obama connection: Stern told The Los Angeles Times he visits the White House about once a week. That doesn't sound surprising, does it?

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Before debating health care in the Senate, I talked to Andy Stern.

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Next up, former Housing and Urban Development chief Henry Cisneros. He served under President Clinton. He's great — he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during background checks before his confirmation. ACORN reports it met with Cisneros on a monthly basis while Cisneros led HUD.

Following him, there's good old John Podesta of the Center for American Progress who was allegedly hand-picked for the job by George Soros. Podesta co-chaired of Barack Obama's transition team. ACORN likes him so much that they gave him an award at their anniversary party this summer — during the time he was mounting a public defense of them.

John Banks, he's the vice-president of government relations at Con Edison. There's not much information on him, but Con Ed is a big funder of ACORN.

The next member is Harvey Hirschfeld. He's the president of a firm called LawCash that gives loans to people who are filing lawsuits. ACORN refers clients to him in Brooklyn.

Then you have Eric Eve, he's a senior VP at Citigroup. He helped New York ACORN plan its 25th anniversary party. How cute! He was a special assistant to President Clinton and also Al Gore's former New York campaign manager.

And last but not least, there's Dave Beckwith of the Needmor Fund. What's the fund's mission? "To work with others to bring about social justice." Shockingly, Needmor gives money to ACORN's affiliates. Beckwith is a community organizer and has been since the '70s. He's proud to announce that he learned community organizing from the guy who learned from the guy who learned from Saul Alinsky.

Well, I feel a whole lot better now. Forget what I said about shutting down ACORN. I think this organization will be all buttoned up by... Tuesday.

Now, you may be a new viewer to the program who's like "Apollo Alliance, what's that? ACORN, huh?" My own daughter said to me "Dad, I don't understand the whole Tides Foundation."

It is confusing — I know I probably look like Russell Crowe from "A Beautiful Mind" trying to lay it all out for you. But it's very difficult to demonstrate because it's so massive and there are so many groups.

Let me give you the easy way to remember the basics of all of these groups: All of their names mean something.

ACORN — it's a seed. Don't get discouraged, be patient, stay focused — because one day that seed will grow into a mighty oak.

The Apollo Alliance got its name after the Apollo moon-shot — it was big, bold, fast and once it was launched, no one would be able to stop it.

The SEIU — well, they are just a bunch of union thugs, so they don't need a fancy name. They just bust up your kneecaps.

The president sees these groups as the vehicle to achieve his goals, because the Founders didn't address redistribution of wealth in the Constitution:

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OBAMA: The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.... The tragedies of the civil rights movement was — because the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.

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And then, behind it all, there is the Tides Foundation. Their founder describes it as this: "Tides was created to provide comprehensive flexible services and tools to those dedicated to lasting progressive social change."

And while they do legitimate things, they are also involved in the nasty of the nastiest. Take the Rathke brothers — both in ACORN, one embezzled, the other didn't. The founder of Tides gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to make it all go away.

That's what Tides does — just like when you leave footprints in the sand — they wash things away.

And you'd never know anyone was ever on the beach.

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The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.