Your morning jolt: ACORN’s Rolodex and Tom DeLay’s moves

Erick Erickson over at Macon-based says he’s obtained a leaked contact list kept by Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN.

Writes Erickson, in a summary:

–Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard.

–Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign.

–In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group.

–The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization.

–In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s brother works for ACORN via its lobbying shop.

While most have been focused on Jimmy Carter’s comments on the role of race in criticism of Barack Obama, the former president has pressed on to other issues:

This from AFP, via the Jamaica Observer:

BOGOTA — The United States knew about an abortive coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, and may even have taken part, former US president Jimmy Carter has told a Colombian newspaper.

“I think there is no doubt that in 2002, the United States had at the very least full knowledge about the coup, and could even have been directly involved,” Carter said in an interview with El Tiempo published Sunday.

The former US leader said it is understandable that Chavez continues to blame the United States for the failed overthrow attempt.

The Venezuelan president, considered a bulwark of leftism in Latin America, was overthrown by a civilian-military junta for about 48 hours in April 2002, before returning to power.

Then-president George W. Bush denied any US involvement in the abortive coup and called on Chavez, a fierce US critic, to “learn a lesson” from the attempted overthrow.

Former U.S. House majority leader Tom “the Hammer” DeLay made his debut on “Dancing With the Stars” last night. While the rain had you floating at home, he was floating with you.

To heck with Obama and David Letterman.

“One thing I wasn’t prepared for was getting in touch with my feminine side,” DeLay said in the run-up. Of his performance, which included a cha-cha to “Wild Thing” _ well, one judge used the word “surreal.”

While you reach for your feminine side, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • Lake Lanier rises a foot over weekend.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 Georgians of working age is without health insurance.
  • Atlanta Council adopts fix-it plan for finances.
  • And another plan to allow older cabs on streets.
  • Some opinion:

  • Jay Bookman says rail will come ‘when Georgia gets its act together.’
  • U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson on the ‘fringe element’ that could easily upend America’s racial progress.
  • Pro & Con: Should liability damage caps be a part of health care reform?
  • From elsewhere in Georgia:

  • ABC: Mitsubishi plant to bring 500 jobs.
  • And beyond:

  • NYT: White House is taking a more aggressive role in state races.
  • WP: As military backs call for more troops in Afghanistan, civilian advisers balk.
  • WSJ: When speech writers kiss and tell.
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    8 comments Add your comment


    September 22nd, 2009
    10:26 am

    What happened to ACORN over the last 3 years? In their 2006 national convention they had John McCain as their keynote speaker. They could get whatever they wanted out of congress. Now they cannot buy a government contract.

    What happened? Just curious.


    September 22nd, 2009
    11:52 am

    Keep this up and you may move ahead of my man Ox, on my favorites list.


    September 22nd, 2009
    2:31 pm

    I can’t wait for the TV commercials and the debates so that Georgians will finally get a look at just how unelectable John Oxendine really is. He is singularly the least attractive politician I’ve ever laid eyes on. And he is so WRONG on so many issues.


    September 22nd, 2009
    2:34 pm

    I really didn’t think that the Democrats had a chance in this race for Governor. However, if the so-called “ox” is the nominee for the Republicans, then I’m afraid the GOP will get gored. He is very weak to say the least. Is it too late round up some other candidates?

    Cynthia Tucker McKinney

    September 22nd, 2009
    2:52 pm

    Obama bragged about his past with ACORN and his “Community Organizin’” with them all during the campaign. In fact, Organizing for Obama aka Organizing for America, gave ACORN over 800 GRAND during the past election. If he tries to runaway from this corrupt organization, there is way too much video of The Obama, our historic leader, kissing ACRON arse.

    Jack McMillan

    September 22nd, 2009
    3:40 pm

    If Jimmy the worst president in American history Carter wants America to
    fall on its sword, I only ask that he lead the way. PLEASE!

    Cyndi Shehan-Rodham-Clinton

    September 22nd, 2009
    4:46 pm

    Obama lied and troops died. (Afganistan) Obama lied and grandma died. (USA) This is not the change I voted for. Obama is not the one I have been waiting for. Obama is a war criminal. first he authorized the murder of those teenage merchants in Somilia back in April, now he is going to let the lying military send more troops to war. NO WAR or GRANNIES FOR A SECOND TERM!!!

    Will Jones - Bananasville

    September 22nd, 2009
    9:12 pm

    Cheney, Bush, The Pope and Clinton’s Rockefeller-nose used the same weather machine that made Hurricane Katrina flood all the African Americans of New Orleans, to flood Atlanta. The Catholic G-D of the treasonous traitors that commited 9/11 are targeting me because I know they did 9/11. Those neocons are not above using the power of weather to silence their foes that misuse Latin tense and expose their treachery. Death for Treason.