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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:55 PM
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What do James O'Keefe and Lila Rose have in common? THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Lila Rose is a young anti-abortion zealot who has been posing as pregnant/underage and entering Planned Parenthood facilities with a hidden camera - in the hopes of "exposing" whatever. Her website is named LIVE ACTION:

http://liveaction.org /

James O'Keefe, the "activist" appearing in recent news as the "pimp" portion of the infamous 'Pimp and Ho' team, made videos for liveaction.org before he became involved with Hannah Giles - daughter of Town Hall founder, Doug Giles.

Q: Who funded and trained the kids behind liveaction.org?

A: The Leadership Institute:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Morton_Black...

The Leadership Institute is a Virginia based training organisation for potential conservative political leaders.

According to the groups website The Leadership Institute is "the premier training ground for tomorrow's conservative leaders. Conservative leaders, organizations and activities rely on the Institute for the preparation they require for success."

~snip~

PAST STUDENTS:

* Mitch McConnell: U.S. Senator from Kentucky
* Jim Gilmore: former governor of Virginia
* Karl Rove: Bush 43 political strategist<2>
* James Guckert: Talon News "reporter"
* David McIntosh: Congressman from Indiana
* Mark Souder: Congressman from Indiana
* JoAnn Davis: Congresswoman from Virginia
* Joe Wilson: Congressman from South Carolina
* Grover Norquist: President, Americans for Tax Reform
* Ralph Reed: former Executive Director Christian Coalition
* Jason Miller: Young conservative leader


The point is, these young people aren't conducting heartfelt, spontaneous "investigative journalism". They are being funded and trained by the same, powerful organization that gave us Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell, Joe Wilson and (my personal favorite) Jimmy Dale Guckert a.k.a James Gannon
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:00 PM
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1. This is not surprising at all
I thought there was something more behind this than two kids with a camera, it is not one bit surprising these people received training from the same dirty tricksters that trained Rove.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:01 PM
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2. Spread the word
and kick this puppy. :)
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Ardent15 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:02 PM
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3. K & R. nt
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:05 PM
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4. k&r. good research. it figures they're funded by these folks.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 07:07 PM by Hannah Bell
i'd like to see the tapes & players subject to investigation, too. i'd bet there's more duplicity involved than just funding.

like that "pimp" character would fool anyone.

& "Hannah Giles - daughter of Town Hall founder, Doug Giles"

you gotta laugh. what's real on the current political scene? nothing.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:09 PM
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5. I think this outfit is the same one that provided all those adorable little purple heart bandaids
for republi-CON CONventioneers to wear to insult John Kerry in 2004. So in their zeal to pull this stupid, infantile prank, they also insulted ALL Purple Heart medalists and the sacrifices and agonies they suffered to merit such a distinguished honor, and the Purple Heart itself. BASTARDS.

NEVER FORGET!!! And ALWAYS STAY VIGILANT!!!!

Remember what Mad-Eye Moody said to Harry Potter and his mates: "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!!!!"
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:14 PM
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6. More proof of the connection
http://www.campusreform.org/tags/lila-rose

Leadership Institute Trained Pro-Life Activist Captures the Media's Attention
By adrienne, on May 29, 2009

(She) is the President of Live Action, an organization that works to working to expose Planned Parenthood's illegal practices. With their Mona Lisa Project, Live Action has been able to expose multiple Planned Parenthood clinics' "willingness to repeatedly violate mandatory reporting laws for statutory rape that protect children."


Who runs Campus Reform?

http://www.campusreform.org/about/about-li

Established in 1979, the Leadership Institute seeks to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists across the country. To do that, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media, enrolling more than 74,000 students in its unique programs since its inception.

These students learn the expertise necessary to flourish in positions of influence in public policy. No other organization can give you so many skills for public policy and personal success.

Under the direction of its founder and president Morton Blackwell, the Leadership Institute has become the premier training ground for tomorrows conservative leaders. Conservative leaders, organizations, and activists rely on the Institutes seminars and workshops for the preparation they require for victory in the world of public policy.

In addition to conducting programs nationwide, the Institute helps conservatives launch their careers. LIs Employment Placement Service and Intern Program can open doors to an exciting array of opportunities to further the conservative movement.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:23 PM
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7. It's no secret. He admits it publically.
Before that he served as Publications Coordinator at the Leadership Institute, where he helped initiate 22 independent newspapers and magazines on college campuses nationwide. He also gave lectures on campus strategy and fundraising, preaching the gospel of Saul Alinsky.

His most recent project is Veritasvisuals.com, a collection of satirical short films on newsworthy topics, featuring ridiculous situations and demands.
These have included straight men with girlfriends getting married to each other in Massachusetts and petitions to adopt Gitmo detainees into American homes.

His work has been featured on CNN and Fox News.

http://brownpelicanla.com/archives/11749


Funny it hasn't got much play in the msm - or even the liberal blogs.

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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:25 PM
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8. No, not secret
Just not mentioned, as you've stated.

Well, I'm stating it. And I am hoping others will spread the word.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:39 PM
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9. those 22 campus papers he started? seems i remember reading something about
the invasion of winger papers on to campuses.

& you can bet there was funding connected to that, too.

so it looks like the guy has been a political operative for some time.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:51 PM
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10. Exactly
And it's important to highlight that as opposed to doing what the MSM is doing - promoting the myth that he and his friend, Hannah Giles, are wide-eyed idealists.

They are not. They are trained operatives, posing as wide-eyed idealists.

Tell your friends!
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:53 PM
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11. Excellent work!
Recommended and bookmarked.
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Blue Meany Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:13 PM
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12. Someone needs to go their training with a hidden camera...
It sounds like they teach them to lie, cheat and steal (elections, that is). O'keefe represented himself as a UCLA law school student during the Planned Parenthood "expose"; now he's a pimp. Just like James Gannon pretended to be a journalist. The layers of lies in the conservative movement are amazing.
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dreamnightwind Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:49 PM
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15. Great idea - stealth their training!
That would be awesome.
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oligarhy Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:46 PM
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13. That list is a who's who
of complete assholes.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:45 PM
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14. kick
For the well-funded provocateurs.
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:18 AM
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16. K&R
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:58 AM
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17. Kick
:kick:
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