Congressman John Conyers and Barney Frank are calling for Congress to investigate ACORN and the actions of the two private citizens who exposed the organization. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."
As you may know, Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe posed as a prostitute and a pimp, while conducting an undercover sting during which some ACORN officials were seen and heard aiding and abetting prostitution and child prostitution. The resulting scandal led to Congress de-funding ACORN and the organization firing a number of employees. ACORN's image is now in tatters.
Well, Congressman Frank of Massachusetts and Congressman Conyers of Michigan want Congressional investigators to see if the undercover duo broke any federal laws. In addition, they want to find out exactly what ACORN is guilty of and they want to examine the group's housing opportunities agenda.
In my opinion, Frank and Conyers should be giving Ms. Giles and Mr. O'Keefe congressional medals for exposing corruption that apparently the Feds were not able to expose.
Ironically, Conyers himself voted to de-fund ACORN. Now he says he miscast that vote. Frank didn't vote at all because he was attending the medal of honor ceremony for Sgt. Jared Monti.
Any investigation into the couple would be brutally wrong and come off as a partisan hatchet job. ACORN is celebrated by many left wingers, but that's not the point. With more than 30 criminal conviction on its resume, the organization cannot be trusted. And the overwhelming majority of Congress, people and senators, understand that.
Even if you disagree with the undercover duo's methods, what they exposed is very important. They do not deserve a federal witch hunt. And that's the "Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots
The Dalai Lama is the religious leader of Tibet, as you may know. He lives in exile because China is occupying that country, but the Buddhist monk is picking up some modern mannerisms. Here is the latest.
First bump. There it is, Dalai Lama, fist bump. That in Memphis, Tennessee. We're not exactly sure why he's fist bumping, but we like his peaceful attitude, so it's OK with us. The Dalai Lama is a patriot.
On the pinhead front, the Guinness Book of Records has a new entry. Seventeen people in Ohio set themselves on fire for 43 seconds. Yes, they did. Setting the record for the most people to perform a full body burn simultaneously.
Some of these folks were professional stunt people, others just regular folks who wanted their moment. There they go.
Incredibly, none of the participants sustained even minor burns. But they are pinheads.