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Newt Gingrich's firms had liens, overdue tax bills totaling $6,000 in Mo., Ind., Ga. & Pa.

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What a fine, upstanding citizen Newtie is! And by "fine, upstanding", I mean he cheats on sick wives:

Currently married to Callista Bisek, Newt Gingrich has been married three times. His two previous marriages ended in divorce after he had affairs with younger women and when his wives were seriously ill.

Not exactly Mr. Moral.

But wait! There's more! According to CBS, companies that the presidential hopeful-- who swearstogod he's changed-- runs, the businesses he is in charge of, are a tad slipshod when it comes to paying taxes:

Companies run by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich have faced overdue tax bills in four states worth more than $6,000, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

The tax liens, which generally allow governments to seize assets or property to settle tax bills, ranged in size from a $195 property tax bill in the Atlanta suburbs to $1,969 in unpaid Missouri taxes. Most of the liens were paid shortly after tax authorities filed them.

One exception was in Pennsylvania, where Gingrich Holdings Inc. last week paid off a $1,599 lien for unpaid corporate income taxes just days before Gingrich formally announced he would run against Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

Georgia State University professor Jack Williams, who teaches multistate taxation:

"The lien stage is about as deep into the process you get before the taxing authority seizes your assets and sells that."

As the cheating, hypocritical philanderer said, “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

Or to put it another way, I am so hopelessly patriotic that extremely embarrassing, despicable things just "happened" to me, things I couldn't help, like boinking mistresses while my wives were really sick, or being completely irresponsible by not paying my tax bills.

I'm just an innocent bystander who is now doing puppy dog eyes to America, hoping voters have really short memories, really big hearts, and really deficient intellects.

Newt Gingrich: Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day.

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2009: ACORN mulls suit against Fox "News", Breitbart

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It's about time someone sues these liars, even if this story is from last year:

Facing intensifying scrutiny after the release of several disturbing hidden camera videos, the community organizing group, ACORN, is threatening to sue Fox News, the website Breitbart.com and the two conservative activists who produced the exposes.

I can hear the seething anti-lawyer sputter from ClusterFox now.

ACORN is alleging that the filmmakers committed a felony by shooting the footage of ACORN employees in the act of providing advice on how to falsify tax forms and set-up a child prostitution business—to a man and a woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute.

A lawyer for ACORN said Monday that statutes in Maryland and the District of Columbia made the undercover filming illegal and that the same laws should prohibit the rebroadcast of the tapes by the Web site BigGovernment.com, where they were first posted last week, and on Fox News, which aired clips of the videos.

This would be so popcornworthy. But that's not important now.

What is important is justice. And it's about time ACORN got some, considering they were vindicated of all wrongdoing.

This is about much more than a possible lawsuit. It's about the following:

“That’s where the votes are… That’s the way to get white votes.”

“Negrophobia… It’s about making white people feel like they are victims of black people.”

“This isn’t about racism… This is a story about political outcomes… Targeting white people… This is political strategy… [by] political activists… They are pros at this… There’s no reason to expect them to stop doing stuff like this … unless this stops working.”

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All of our past ACORN posts here.

Update: Title edited to clarify date of story.

Clarification: The point of this post was that my lawyer pal was wishing someone would sue Fox. Then he found this story, and I wanted to revive it.  Yes, I saw the date, but failed to include it in the title. Of course, I realize it sounded "new" and corrected it. Apologies if I was unclear.

H/t: @rawls

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FactChecking the GOP "Pledge"

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If Republicans can't even be honest in a written pledge-- a promise-- to Americans, then why in the world would voters trust them on anything they say?  That was rhetorical. You and I know better than to take them seriously. Via FactCheck.org:

The Republican “Pledge to America,” released Sept. 23, contains some dubious factual claims:

  • It declares that “the only parts of the economy expanding are government and our national debt.” Not true. So far this year government employment has declined slightly, while private sector employment has increased by 763,000 jobs.
  • It says that “jobless claims continue to soar,” when in fact they are down eight percent from their worst levels.
  • It repeats a bogus assertion that the Internal Revenue Service may need to expand by 16,500 positions, an inflated estimate based on false assumptions and guesswork.
  • It claims the stimulus bill is costing $1 trillion, considerably more than the $814 billion, 10-year price tag currently estimated by nonpartisan congressional budget experts.
  • It says Obama’s tax proposals would raise taxes on “roughly half the small business income in America,” an exaggeration. Much of the income the GOP is counting actually comes from big businesses making over $50 million a year.*

For details on these and other examples please read on to the Analysis section.

* Keith Olbermann's special report on "small businesses".

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VIDEO: Lobbyist & former aide to VP Cheney helped write the "Pledge to America."

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Thornberry never denies it, now does he?  "American people" my Big Biz assets:

The Republican Party's 21-page blueprint, "Pledge to America," was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation's most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.

In a draft version of The Pledge that was being passed around to reporters before the official release, the document properties list "Wild, Brian" as the "Author." A GOP source said that Wild -- who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner's payroll -- did help author the governing platform that the party is unveiling on Thursday. [...]

Until early this year, Wild was a fairly active lobbyist on behalf of the firm the Nickles Group, the lobbying shop set up by the former Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Don Nickles. [...]

From 2001 through 2004, Wild was the legislative director for then Representative Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) the current Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania. From 2004 through 2005 he was a Deputy Assistant For Legislative Affairs to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Busted.

H/t: Kathy

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Andrew Breitbart: Cable super star

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I am a fan of many MSNBC shows. I prefer MSNBC to the other cable what-used-to-be-news networks. But just as I criticize President Obama (whom I also support) when I think he's headed in the wrong direction, I will not hesitate to do the same with my network of choice.

This morning I was appalled at a couple of conversations I heard on the Tee Vee Machine. Disclaimer: I was in the other room blow drying my hair and literally ran in when I heard what I am about to report to you. I may be imprecise, and I am looking for video to correct that imprecision.

However.

I have learned that weekends are not MSNBC friend. Weekdays? Yes. Weekends? Not so much. I have discovered a pattern in my Saturday morning posts that reveal a consistent eye-popping outrage whenever I flip on cable not-news on the weekends.

I'll start with a segment on the Shirley Sherrod story (a second post on an interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio is coming). It started out with a "packaged" video piece on Andrew Breitbart... or should I say puff piece?

The video made Breitbart out to look more like an overnight media star than the slimebally, lying piece of excrement he is.  This is the same Breitbart who posted the edited Shirley Sherrod speech on his site--a site which will now get more readers because of MSNBC's promotion, complete with directing us to his web address-- passing her off as a racist making racist statements to the racist NAACP while working for the racist Obama administration. Did you know that Breitbart now gets 40 million unique views on his amazingly popular website? What a success story!

At least that's what the video suggested. But there was no suggestion of what a scumbag Breitbart was, not really.

The package went on to include how the smears made their way into the media all because of the amazingly amazing accomplishments of Ace Reporter Wrongy McSuperStar.

And then came the part that kneejerked me into literally running to the phone to call Paddy in a rage. They described Breitbart as being behind the "pimp" video that exposed ACORN's fraud.

That. Exposed. ACORN's. Fraud.

Note to MSNBC: ACORN was cleared of all wrongdoing. Totally vindicated. Allow me to quote myself:

No legal wrongdoing. None. Yet they were accused, tried, and convicted in the media, especially on ClusterFox. No matter how many posts we bloggers pumped out on their behalf, or who spoke up on the Tee Vee Machine, ACORN got the death sentence. Facts? Pfft!

This is the very definition of injustice.

And then came the punditiot part of the program featuring everyone's favorite racist uncle, Pat Buchanan, and his Democratic counterpart, Peter Fenn.  "Oh boy!" I thought to myself, "Fenn will be all over Breitbart's fraudulent scare-the-white-people tactics!"

Wrong.

The two of them, both Buchanan and Fenn, expounded on how the Obama administration jumped the gun and prematurely blamed Sherrod.  What buffoons! What an inept government we have! They jumped the gun, jumped the gun, jumped the gun!  And that would be fine if.

If.

IF they had said the same thing about the bottom feeder who did the original gun jumping by putting out an edited video without doing his homework. What about that, panel?

Instead, Buchanan defended Breitbart by popping out with a gem that went something like, "Well, he didn't edit the video himself, it came to him that way."

And nobody argued.

Let's recap: Breitbart's wily ways made him a household name, it's all Obama's fault, ACORN was guilty of fraud, and MSNBC is the place for politics.

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VIDEO- "A president versus a senator. Doesn't seem like a fair fight. Unless that senator is John McCain."

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That John Sidney McCain is such a caution. He actually thinks his ad is good.

Not only that, he's taking on the president of the United States. Good luck with that, J Sid. I'm sure your wily mavericky ways and super duper brain power have President Obama shaking in his boots.  How are those flip flops workin' for ya:

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly on Washington attacking President Barack Obama.

Sidebar: The most recent poll has McCain at 64% and J.D. Hayworth at a measly 19%.  That's probably because he's not saddled with Half-Gov Loser McNotVeep as a running mate.

And now for McCain's Brave New Ad, "Sheriffs":

At least J Sid is one of those stand-up, consistent, factually correct types, though, right?

Hari Sevugan, National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee responded to the new ad in a statement to CNN, saying "The fact is that under President Obama we have more boots on the ground helping to secure our Southwest border than at any time in American history, and unlike Senator McCain, this President is still fighting for comprehensive immigration reform to address the causes of illegal immigration to begin with."

Oh. Well then:

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Jon Kyl walks back White House border story. Too little, too late.

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Here's the thing about "walking back" a story. The original story has already made an unwalkable back impact, the meme has memed, and the lies have been planted.

Jon Kyl said that President Obama told him that he wouldn't protect the border until the GOP backed immigration reform.

Wrong.

Kyl then:

"The president said the problem is if we secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform. In other words, they're holding it hostage."

Hostage. Nice choice of buzz words, Jon. Way to totally mislead, knowing the damage one word can do. Knowing how one message will turn into the Big Message that people will hear and viewers will view.

Knowing that a correction is virtually meaningless.

Kyl now:

Kyl tells us that the comments were "taken a bit out of context," and that the "they" he was referring to was the Left, "the president's base," and not the administration. "I did not try to start a fight. This meeting happened a month ago and we were talking in the context of his political problems. He was talking about how they think that if we secure the border, you guys [Republicans] won't have the incentive to work on comprehensive immigration reform."

Nah, he didn't try to start anything.

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