Oh Dear God…More Money For ACORN?!

Some disturbing news from Doug Ross about the “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act” (or GIVE Act) which passed the House days ago and its Senate counterpart, the “Serve America Act“) passed on Thursday,  which I already considered a God-awful, monstrous boondoggle. The two acts will be reconciled next week, and likely signed into law:

It is a crime and an outrage.

Criminal: $5.7 Billion for the Obama Youth Corps is destined for ACORN

The Senate bill purports to provide “$5.7 billion to aid 250,000 volunteers across the country in the arenas of health care, energy, environment and education.”

But the Senate killed an amendment that would have prevented funds from going to ACORN.

This means that ACORN, which stands accused of massive voter registration fraud by its own former employees, will probably receive billions more in taxpayer money. Remember that ACORN is a nakedly partisan and accused criminal operation that has allegedly co-opted more elections than any group in history.

The proposed amendment, offered by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), would simply have prevented charitable groups with political arms from receiving funding under the GIVE Act. Vitter noted that, “…At the heart of this debate is whether this new federal bureaucracy would, in effect, politicize charitable activity around the country, which we certainly do not want.”

Untrue. Democrats want it.

Any Republican who voted for these bills should be tarred and feathered.

Let’s tally ACORN’s booty so far in Obamerica. A few days ago, I asked:

Hey! Is there anyway we can give this group more money? What? Obama’s already taken care of that?


DIP: $1 Billion in Stimulus: “For an additional amount for `Community Development Fund’ $1,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010 to carry out the community development block grant program under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.)” (H.R.1, Enrolled As Agreed To By Both House And Senate)

RE-DIP: $3.9 Billion in Omnibus: “The bill provides $3,900,000,000 for the Community Development Fund…” (“Division I – Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009; Joint Explanatory Statement” Rules Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives, Pg. 106)

And now:

$5.7 Billion for the Obama Youth Corps.

I thought I was being snarky when I asked if there was any way we could give this group more money. I should have known the Dems would find a way.

See also:

It’s Ba-ack: Obama’s Mandatory Civic Service Act

Clinton Gaffe At Our Lady Of Guadalupe Shrine


Hillary should have brought her reset button with her so she could reset the  ignorant question she asked the priest,  Monsignor Diego Monroy Ponce in front of an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe inside the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. As she laid flowers at the Our Lady Of Guadalupe Shrine, she looked up at the image of Our Lady on Juan Diego’s cloak, and asked, “Who painted it?”

Msgr. Ponce answered, “God”.


Surely, not only Catholics are aware of the story behind Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image?:

In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a humble Native American at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City.
She identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.
She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church’s local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assorment of roses for the Bishop.
After complying to the Bishop’s request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native’s tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 477 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.

Even if this story is not well known outside of Catholic circles, shouldn’t she have familiarized herself with it before she visited the shrine? Asking who painted that image of the Virgin Mary on the tilma, is like asking who painted the image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin.

My goodness.

To make matters worse, she admitted, this wasn’t even her first visit to the shrine:

Clinton then told Msgr. Monroy that she had previously visited the old Basilica in 1979, when the new one was still under construction.

After placing a bouquet of white flowers by the image, Mrs. Clinton went to the quemador –the open air area at the Basilica where the faithful light candles- and lit a green candle.

Leaving the basilica half an hour later, Mrs. Clinton told some of the Mexicans gathered outside to greet her, “you have a marvelous virgin!”

I can tell she was very affected by her encounter with the Protectress of the Unborn. Last night, Clinton received the highest award given by Planned Parenthood:

— the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization’s founder, a noted eugenicist. The award will be presented at a gala event in Houston, Texas.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit


Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who states incredulously that when he started the Obamateurism of the Day, he didn’t expect it to turn into a franchise.

The Anchoress, who’s bemused by “the whole notion that the two biggest abortion proponents in the country are having Marian encounters”:

President Obama is going to go to Notre Dame University (amid some uproar) and Hillary Clinton, while in Mexico City, viewed the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Check out IOWNTHEWORLD’s take on the gaffe, heh!