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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:19 PM
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Who is behind James O'Keefe?
Follow the trail...

James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles were/are both associated with the Leadership Institute:

http://www.campusreform.org/blog/the-leadership-institute-connection-to-james-okeefe
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/us/19sting.html

Hannah Giles' Father is associated with the YAF (Young Americans for Freedom/Young America's Foundation):

http://www.yaf.org/SpeakerDetails.aspx?id=277

Stan Dai is a member of the YAF (Young Americans for Freedom and its sister Organization, Young America's Foundation):

http://www.thephillipsfoundation.org/index.php?q=node/20

The YAF and the Leadership Institute work together:

http://www.campusreform.org/resources/programs-services/young-americans-for-freedom (scroll down and see who funds campusreform.org)

Who is behind the YAF? Richard Viguerie:

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

Who is behind The Leadership Institute? Morton Blackwell:

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

Sniff around the links I provided. Google the names. Note interesting ties such as Hannah Giles' being a graduate of Blackwell's http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=National_Journalism_Center">National Journalism Center.

While it's interesting to point fingers at BreitBart as O'Keefe's mentor, I think the pockets funding this little bastard are much deeper.

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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:20 PM
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1. All roads lead to Breitbart and the RNC
This is some next level shit.

And a second third rate burglary threatens to take down the GOP.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:29 PM
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9. While I agree the tentacles are many
I think Breitbart is a peripheral influence. If you want to tie the RNC to the organization that trained and funded O'Keefe, look to the YAF & The Leadership Institute. IMHO, BreitBart was brought in later as O'Keefe's "backer" in order to deflect attention away from the YAF & The Leadership Institute.
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tsstranger Donating Member (582 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 03:42 PM
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38. Take them down?
It'll be tough.

The GOP ChickenHawks will run from these guys like they ran from the draft.
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abbeyco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:22 PM
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2. My fondest hope would be Glenn Beck
but I somehow doubt it. Thanks for all the links - I've got some reading to do. :hi:
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:24 PM
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3. A pair of arrogant, ignorant tools..
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:25 PM
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4. "I think the pockets funding this little bastard are much deeper."
Oh, God -- I hope so! I am SO loving this! :evilgrin:
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:26 PM
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5. HE was on some kind of half-ass $35/head super-reactionary lecture
circuit. I think he is broke & desperate to follow-up his Borat stunt in order to gain renewed attention & build up a "new media" consulting business. Nobody with money would have funded an idiotic illegal deal like that.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:38 PM
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13. Yes. He spoke for the Pelican Institute
A presentation entitled:

Exposing Truth: Undercover Video, New Media and Creativity

Here's their page. Scroll down to the lower right and under the header EVENTS and you'll see the announcement:

http://www.pelicaninstitute.org/home/
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 04:05 PM
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43. You can't make up this crap
Exposing Truth: Undercover Video, New Media and Creativity
Featuring Investigative Journalist and Filmmaker James O'Keefe

January 21, 2010 12:30-1:30PM


--------------------
Exposing O'Keefe - Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :rofl:
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:28 PM
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6. Andrew Breitbart looks creepy.


Andrew Breitbart, center, flanked by James O'Keefe III, left, and Hannah Giles
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:43 PM
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15. They all do. nt
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 09:41 AM
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28. Yup. The fake tan on her just makes the pastiness of the others seem
even creepier.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:38 PM
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31. They all look fearful to me. Arrogance+Fear is not a healthy combination. nt
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:28 PM
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7. follow the money....
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:29 PM
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8. He is auditioning for the role as
Karl Rove
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:30 PM
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10. K&R
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:31 PM
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11. K & R
:thumbsup:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:37 PM
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12. I tell ya, you just can't find good help these days.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:39 PM
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14. Excellent post
Thanks
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:59 PM
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16. Nice work!
:thumbsup:
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:06 PM
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17. O'Keefe and Basel both received grants from the Leadership Institute
Stunned by how little actual reporting was being done by the campus dailies, 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, which is still available for students starting conservative and libertarian campus publications today.


http://rutgers-newbrunswick.campusreform.org/group/80/blog/campusreformorg-interview-with-james-okeefe

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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:41 PM
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18. Ahh, thanks
More wood for the fire. :hi:
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dem629 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:41 PM
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19. She's hot.
That is all.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:49 PM
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20. Thanks for noting the least important facet of this story. (n/t)
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:44 PM
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21. Nice bit of research, blogslut.
Thanks for providing some 'very interesting' dotted lines!
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:12 AM
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22. Conservative Facebook Investor (Thiel) Funded Anti-ACORN Videographer (O'Keefe)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x6608228

Stan Dai apparently a CIA Junior Commissar & Recruitment Officer
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7578398

James O'Keefe & Co: Hey DUers, is this the same guy? (Is this Stan Dai of illegal wiretap fame?)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7576691

Hannah Giles Whos Her Daddy?

http://www.newshounds.us/2009/09/14/hannah_giles_whos_her_daddy.php

O'Keefe co-conspirator Robert Flanagan, 24, was an intern for Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK) last year
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7579647
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:32 AM
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23. Awesome
More grist for the mill. :hi:
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:35 AM
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24. All Roads Lead To Morton Blackwell...
Very good catch!!

Blackwell is the middleman...long time GOOP operative who is the conduit for money and influence into the beltway. Crack this nut and the whole enterprise unravels. Yep...also ties to Gannon/Gunkert and Teabaggers, too...
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Snazzy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:39 AM
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25. Blackwell pulled this crap


This is Karl and the ratfuck crowd, no doubts here.
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:41 AM
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26. TPM has a good article on the Pelican Institute
and a possible connection.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/landrieu_phone_bugging_case_what_is_the_pelican_in.php

"There's a lot we still don't know about the four men implicated in the alleged attempt to bug Sen. Mary Landrieu's phones yesterday, but a little-known organization called the Pelican Institute appears to be key to the story."
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 09:38 AM
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27. kick
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 09:42 AM
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29. Bookmarking to check out the links
and thank you for doing this :hi:.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 09:43 AM
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30. You are awesome. Great info.
:patriot:
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:46 PM
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32. Here's background on O'Keefe's anti-choice actions:
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 12:46 PM by mod mom
Anti-abortion movement gets a new-media twist
Lila Rose, a UCLA student, goes undercover at Planned Parenthood clinics to pose as an underage girl pregnant by a 31-year-old. Her surreptitious videos go on YouTube, and inspire outrage.
April 26, 2009|Robin Abcarian

-snip

In fall 2006, when she was a UCLA freshman, she and fellow conservative activist James O'Keefe came up with the idea to infiltrate clinics.

Rose, by e-mail, and O'Keefe, in a phone interview, said they were inspired by the work of Mark Crutcher, a Texas antiabortion activist who in 2002 taped fake calls to hundreds of Planned Parenthood clinics around the country featuring women posing as pregnant minors.

They also found an unlikely source of inspiration: "Rules for Radicals," a handbook on grass-roots organizing by Saul Alinsky, a legendary left-wing activist who was an inspiration to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Among Alinsky's most famous admonitions is one that O'Keefe said he and Rose took to heart: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."

O'Keefe, 24, said he and Rose have received criticism from some of their associates for using deception. "It's a pretty complicated ethical issue," he said, "but we believe there is a genocide and nobody cares, and you can use these tactics and it's justified."

-snip
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/26/nation/na-abortion26?pg=4
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tsstranger Donating Member (582 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 03:49 PM
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39. Justified?
O'Keefe, 24, said he and Rose have received criticism from some of their associates for using deception. "It's a pretty complicated ethical issue," he said, "but we believe there is a genocide and nobody cares, and you can use these tactics and it's justified.">>>>>>>>>>>>>>


This is the same kind of warped thinking that justifies the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors, nurces, receptionists and off duty cops.

I'll bet the little prick also CLAIMS to be a christian, too.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 01:23 PM
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33. YAFFERS have been the GOP's Junior dirty tricksters for decades.
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 01:23 PM by TexasObserver
They're completely mindless nerds like Karl Rove, who live and breathe to commit dirty tricks. They're brownshirt in mentality.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 01:26 PM
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34. Yes
Yes they have
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 02:07 PM
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35. another kick
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 02:30 PM
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36. Scafe not involved?
He is right in there with that other vermin.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 03:34 PM
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37. it will end up at some radical political religious group I am sure....
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 03:51 PM
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40. Viguerie is a frightening guy
ALWAYS plugging away at the real work of growing the cancerous party he supports. He's good at it. He makes good maneuvers and is constantly bringing people in. He's tireless and effective. And downright fucking genial and upfront about it, as I remember from his Daily Show interview.

Why doesn't the left have people like him? Is there a leftist group that parallels the Leadership Institute?
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 03:52 PM
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41. A question he's going to have to worry about in the prison shower for the next 25 years..
:rofl:
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 04:18 PM
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45. Hey-O!
:toast:
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:21 PM
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49. ....ReThuglickn's dont go to jail very often... they will get off
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 03:59 PM
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42. You're kidding.

Did you check out his pimp get-up and his depiction? This screams amateur all the way. Even if it succeeded, to a degree, with ACORN (only because conservatives wanted to believe it) by appealing to the lowest-common denominator.

Even with his background, this screams to me, spoiled, coddled, rich twit, who's too lazy to do any research and who understands the underworld of pimps only from vague stereotypes, and did this to impress his dad. I can't see anybody putting one dime behind his undercover ventures. They're far too amateurish. If they want to get the goods on somebody, they would hire a pro.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:15 PM
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54. Did you know he doned that pimp get-up AFTER the event - like post production?
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 08:06 PM
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58. I don't understand you.

I only know he did it IN the production. I watched the vids.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 04:09 PM
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44. My guess? NBC.
I bet they were hoping to land a reality show pilot.

Consider all the recent crimes involving attempts to land a pilot: Richard Heene, Michael Vick, Bill Sparkman, the WH party crashers...
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:02 PM
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46. Karl Rove went to the Leadership Institute, too
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 06:02 PM by Turborama
As I pointed out last September during the ACORN thing: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=4054553&mesg_id=4054687

My money's on him having some involvement in this.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:16 PM
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47. Breitbart: I Pay A Salary To Man Charged In Landrieu Plot
Conservative new media figure Andrew Breitbart revealed last night on Hugh Hewitt's radio show that he pays a salary to James O'Keefe, the filmmaker who was charged yesterday in an alleged attempt to tamper witt the phones of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/breitbart_i_pay_a_salary_to_alleged_landrieu_plott.php?ref=fpb
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TxVietVet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:53 PM
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57. Either is a stupid stunt or these people are just
f*cking idiots. Now, would anyone commit a felony trying to embarrass a sitting US Senator, and expect to get off? Are they getting off? Their excuse was they were going to have an "aha" moment with Landrieu's staff when they finally tell the staff that no one can call in. (That was part of the report on MSNBC "Hard Ball".

Unless the Department of INjustice decides not to pursue this issue and see who was behind these clowns, I hopefully expect them to get a fine, probation and some prison time. Especially the weasel ringleader. He looks like a real conservanazi dildo. I'm sure he'll be the pride and joy of goofyass beck and druggie limpballs. :hurts:
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:18 PM
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48. what senator did they .....illedgelly...... bug..?
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:09 PM
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53. Mary Landrieu n/t
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:25 PM
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55. links>>...............
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:26 PM
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56. links>>>
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:25 PM
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50. This smells of Karl Rove all the way. With the Patriot Act powers, Rahmbo should be spying
on Rove continuously. Damn terrorist.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:35 PM
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51. "Young Americans for Fascism/Young America's Downfall"
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:56 PM
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52. Did Hannah get arrested too?
Oh please say yes.
:evilgrin:
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BreweryYardRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 08:12 PM
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59. Let's do an "extraordinary rendition" on him and find out.
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 08:12 PM by BreweryYardRat
Pass the car batteries and jumper cables... :evilgrin:
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