ďAnd I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.Ē
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
Yahoo!Straw-donor cases have been brought against prominnent individuals from time to time. For example, in 2011, a prominent Los Angeles attorney, Pierce OíDonnell, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor chargest of making $20,000 in donations to the presidential campaign of former Sen. John Edwards and reimbursing straw donors.
Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza charged in campaign finance case - The Washington Post
With concerns to D'Souza it was unclear where he was trying to take his Cafeteria Christian theme and how it was supposed to apply to the context of the debate. Also, he trips when he claims that antisemitism has no secular roots, when in fact it does. Well, when I mean "secular" here, I merely mean that the roots are not necessarily based in Christian dogma, per se, but rather mixed in together. The Jews, having no laws against usury, were allowed to be money lenders, and did in fact finance many a royal and noble family's expenditures, not the least of which were the very Crusades themselves. And so of course those families would find themselves in great debt, but good news though: with the death or exile of the lender, the debt was cleared. You can probably see where this is going. Jews in England were forcibly baptized, upon which their usury was illegal. And if they continued as Jews then they were exiled, with all their belongings confiscated of course. Debt cleared, huzzah!
With concern to Prager, yeah, Hitchens used him as Pinata alright. Prager asked Hitchens who he would turn to for help if he were a Jew during the Holocaust, the assumption being that the church (or just religious people in general) could be relied upon to have the morality to do the right thing in this regard. Big, big mistake. Hitchens was highly informed of the facts surrounding the Catholic church and the Holocaust, and he utterly decimated that assumption, notably pointing out that not one Nazi was excommunicated except for Goebbels, and that was only because he had married a Protestant. There was more, but point is, if I had to choose a moment to be Prager, that moment in time would not be it.
Nice to see Hitchens not drunk, btw.
ACORN disbanding; some services to continue
ACORN is dead. ACORN Housing is not ACORN.Scandal-tainted ACORN is disbanding, a spokesman for the national community activist group says, although its housing division will continue, according to two news reports.
The Wall Street Journal says ACORN Housing, which has a separate budget and board, would remain open.
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
The fact of the matter is, though, that Hitchens did not use D/Souza as a pinata as an earlier poster erroneously stated... and as regards the OP, we have charges, an indictment is only that... I will await further actual evidence and then a determination of guilt or innocence in the case. According to the WP "The indictment was the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office." Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza charged in campaign finance case - The Washington Post
"Routine"? Yeah, right. The post also states that other prominent people have been prosecuted in the past such as Democratic operative, Pierce O'Donnell, as if he were just someone prominent... he has other associations that are not so squeaky clean, however.
Get there firstest with the mostest. Trust, but verify. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
I was saddened to read this story, as I met him during my tenure in Washington. His life really seems to have taken a bad trajectory recently, as his shift from political scholarship (author of Illiberal Education) to hard-nosed ideological pursuits seemed to accelerate. A sense of balance seems to have been lost in the process. His trying to shape ideas and perceptions through his writing and film may have morphed into a bid to impact electoral outcomes as a means toward the ideological vision he embraced. He had an affair that led to his departure as President of King's College. This indictment--and there should be a presumption of innocence as with all cases--is troubling in a way his affair was not. As noted at the beginning, I am saddened. I hope that no matter the outcome, he is able to get his life back on track.
Needless to say ..you really are not in the know..and your posts to me are comedy..
ACORN Spinoff Received HUD Grant Despite Federal Funding Ban
ACORN is back in the news. Thatís right, the supposedly defunct, defunded and bankrupt organization that fixed elections for liberal candidates is STILL alive and well.
Judicial Watch recently released documents from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) revealing that on February 12, 2013, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling Sarah Gerecke may have violated federal law by requesting that $201,222.07 be transferred from the account of the defunct Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA), an ACORN spinoff, to HUD intermediary Mission for Peace ďto specifically pay for the activities of former AHCOA affiliates .Ē
According to the documents, received pursuant to a FOIA request filed on May 16, 2013, the Gerecke memo requesting the transfer appears to have been in violation of the first continuing resolution of FY 13. That resolution continued funding levels under the FY 2012 appropriations bills, which provided that no HUD funds ďmade available under this Act may be distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.Ē