One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.


"Late last year, O’Keefe and fellow activist Joe Basel went into the Detroit and Chicago offices of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with a hidden camera. They pretended to be scam artists, asking employees there to participate in a complex kickback scheme involving federal incentives for first-time home buyers. In the excerpted footage shown to me by O’Keefe, the staffers seemed only to happy to comply."

"The law says that the tax credit maxes out at $8,000 for an $80,000 home. On the tape, O’Keefe asked a staffer,

“What if I bought a place for $50,000, but the seller and I agreed to write down $80,000 as the purchase price?”

“Flip it any way you want,” the staffer replied."

"The Acorn tapes were made famous by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative media provocateur and the subject of my Wired piece. In December, Fox News host Sean Hannity asked him: “Breitbart, you didn’t bring video tonight. What’s up with that?” .

"Breitbart answered: “Oh, in the next year there will be more. More than we all can handle.” (
Wired Danger Room Article)



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