Tuesday, January 26, 2010


You probably know about the ACORN pimp and his fellow accused felons:

Alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group's credibility.

Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, the office confirmed. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony....

So where can they turn for help? Well, I don't know about Flanagan, but presumably Basel as well as O'Keefe can get some assistance from former mentors:

O'Keefe became the founding editor of The Centurion at Rutgers. Around the same time, frustrated conservative student Joe Basel started The Counterweight at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Both papers were started with assistance from the Leadership Institute "Balance in Media" grant...

The Leadership Institute is headed by its founder, Morton Blackwell -- who is, by the way, a Louisiana native and a former member of the Louisiana Republican Party's central committee. The institute's alumni include Karl Rove, Ralph Reed and Jeff Gannon. A year ago, many famous right-wingers (Steve Forbes, Pat Toomey, Richard Viguerie, Phyllis Schlafly) endorsed Blackwell as a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Stan Dai, in his student days, was a fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (a right-wing think tank whose board and "leadership council" include Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, Joe Lieberman, James Woolsey, and Bill Kristol, and whose board of advisors includes Gary Bauer, Charles Krauthammer, Eric Cantor, and Richard Perle) and of Students Defending Democracy, which is also part of Morton Blackwell's empire.

So I think someone could help these guys make bail.


UPDATE: Lindsay Beyerstein has more -- she finds him speaking on torture at a CIA event earlier this year; another speaker at the event was the press secretary of Dick Armey's FreedomWorks. She also quotes from the masterpiece he coauthored for his student paper -- The Penis Monologues:

MY PENIS IS ANGRY!!!!!!! ...

And damn, I forgot to note, for those who've forgotten, that Morton Blackwell was the Purple Heart Band-Aid guy at the 2004 Republican convention.

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