Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pimpin' Ain't Easy

(Update: Thanks to Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones for the linkie love.)

Remember James "Superfly" O'Keefe, the right wing "activist" who shot a bunch of videos last year purporting to discredit ACORN and made Congress panic enough to shut down their federal grants? Well, now he can add "bumbling criminal" to "faux pimp" and "activist" to his list of credentials because O'Keefe was busted today for trying to tamper with Senator Mary Landrieu's phone lines.

Three other people were arrested in the sting including the son of Bill Flanagan, an acting US Attorney (also a Republican). "It was poor judgment," Robert Flanagan's lawyer, Garrison Jordan, said. "I don't think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime."

Oh, heavens to Betsy no. People break into the offices of United States senators posing as workmen all the time with no intent of doing mischief. Then why, pray tell, were they were arrested because ignorance of the law always equates with innocence, don't you know? (Nonetheless, tampering with phone lines is a felony and, in this case, a federal felony.).

Here's the money shot- these right wing merry pranksters even had their vague and apparently impotent exploits preserved for loving posterity: O'Keefe, ever the conscientious documentarian, recorded the whole thing on his cell phone.

If he's lucky, he can get Bill Flanagan to arrange for him to keep his pimp fedora- It'll go great with his red prison jumpsuit.

And Congress panicked and cut off 10% of ACORN's funding when this right wing bozo's videos surfaced? Just because he and Hannah Giles found a couple of bad apples in ACORN's offices didn't mean there was a vast left wing conspiracy to commit voter fraud and other crimes.

Tampering with phone lines and the voting process, on the other hand, is something that conservative scumbags across the board do all the time. But young Mr. O'Keefe can take heart: After he gets out of jail, maybe he can write a book about the incident, get a stupid literary agent to sign him up, get the thing published and be able to pimp it on Fox and ABC News.


At January 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM, Blogger 42 said...

Enjoy your future life as prison cum dumpster with a size 11 asshole, bitch!

At January 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Wow. You have some serious trollitude going on, dude. I can't believe anyone took this guy seriously as a pimp. He's dressed up like Scotty Moore of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Except that Scotty Moore's getup is a performance costume.

At January 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Jll: I think 42 was referring to O'Keefe, not me.

At January 26, 2010 at 9:17 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

These are Republicans, one of whom's father is still acting attorney because Vitter has put an inexplicable hold on his replacement, so there will be NO PUNISHMENT.

If they aren't released with no charges outright, to be feted by the far-right as heroes against America, they'll at most get some miniscule fine and either probation or time-served, to be feted by the far-right as heroes against America.

No way they see any actual jail time. These are Republicans, remember. The law does not apply to Republicans, even when they commit three acts of actual, real-life treason by outing CIA operatives and front companies for partisan gain.

At January 27, 2010 at 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone wonder what the guy is doing with his right hand in this photo, or am I the only one? jg

At January 27, 2010 at 2:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His right hand is in his right front pants pocket. You can see a bit of the blue cuff.

At January 27, 2010 at 2:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, that was his left hand. The right hand is dapperly holding the handle of a wood cane, the kind that's got a sort of t-shaped handle.

At January 27, 2010 at 2:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that we know what his hands are doing, it still doesn't make him any less of a frickin' criminal.

I'm seriously doubting even he will get a slap on the wrist. Wiretapping in a senator's office? They're talking on the news about how young these guys are -- well, at least his accomplices -- but anyone can see that these guys are not the pathetic idiots that did the Balloon Boy hoax.

At January 27, 2010 at 3:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, my imagination was running away with me. But still I think he's someone who thinks he can audaciously get away with most anything. And you're probably right. Not much will come of it. jg

At January 27, 2010 at 7:22 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

I'm afraid it may devolve down to what was actually done and not what was intended.

True, breaking into a federal building and entering a US Senator's office under false pretenses are federal crimes in and of themselves but if they didn't actually succeed in wiretapping Sen. Landrieu's phone (and it sounds as if they didn't), we could be talking about a slap on the wrist.

Then again, Flanagan, the USA's son, has different counsel than the other three, so we could looking at a plea bargain followed by some canary songs.

At January 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the pimp,will get pimped.Bubba don't use any grease.this winger clown will be wearing diapers fr a long time.


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