The conviction of ACORN without waiting for anything like a pesky investigation continues. As reported in the Miami Herald:

An ACORN community organizer received a death threat and the liberal-leaning voter registration group’s Boston and Seattle offices were vandalized Thursday, reflecting mounting tensions over its role in registering 1.3 million mostly poor and minority Americans to vote next month.

The article concludes by noting the larger implications of these events:

It’s unclear whether the alleged threats violated federal law, but Jonah Goldman, the director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit legal organization that battles discrimination, argued that the Voting Rights Act should apply.

“A real concern is the impact that these terrible acts have on the people who registered through these registration drives,” Goldman said. “Legitimate, eligible voters who sign up through these registration drives may be understandably intimidated and choose not to show up at the polls, and the Voting Rights Act prevents voter intimidation.”

On a related note, ACORN has this statement up on their site regarding John McCain’s recent attacks on the organization:

“We appreciate Senator McCain’s effort to stir up the Republican base by attacking a community organization working to increase public participation in our democratic process. However, these attacks reflect an increasingly panicked candidate. Unfortunately, the Senator McCain we saw tonight is very different than the Senator McCain who stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN at a February 20, 2006 immigration reform event.

It is clear for us to see that John McCain was for ACORN before he was against ACORN; he was for reform before he was against reform; and he was a maverick before he became erratic. What is really going on here is that Senator McCain and his allies are part of a coordinated effort to engage in what appears to be an unprecedented effort to suppress voter turnout. Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true, and the McCain campaign has resorted to the worst type of deceptions in regards to ACORN.”

Miami Herald link via LDpodcast’s twitter feed.

Thomas Joseph, the business manager of Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, based in Toledo, said Thursday that Mr. Wurzelbacher had never held a plumber’s license, which is required in Toledo and several surrounding municipalities. He also never completed an apprenticeship and does not belong to the plumber’s union, which has endorsed Mr. Obama. On Thursday, he acknowledged that he does plumbing work even though he does not have a license.

His full name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. And he owes back taxes, too, public records show. The premise of his complaint to Mr. Obama about taxes may also be flawed, according to tax analysts. Contrary to what Mr. Wurzelbacher asserted and Mr. McCain echoed, neither his personal taxes nor those of the business where he works are likely to rise if Mr. Obama’s tax plan were to go into effect, they said.

Actually, I have one other thought about the debate, Joe. May I call you Joe? Wonderful. Here’s the thing, Joe. John McCain looks like the Cryptkeeper in person, but thanks to the magic of Hollywood uber-makeup artist Tifanie White, he only looked half-dead on camera at the first debate.

You, on the other hand, looked like you were auditioning for a House of Hammer Frankenstein film instead of participating in a debate. Dude, image is everything. This is not good. Please don’t let it happen again.

All the best,

Since I wasn’t sleeping last night, I rewatched the debate. I wanted to see if, minus the twitter feeds and initial expectations, Palin was even half as intelligible as she seemed at first blush. The second viewing wasn’t kind to her, her lack of depth, knowledge, and experience was front and center. Her debating skills? I can’t even comment, since she never actually engaged in the debate by answering questions or staying on-topic. It wasn’t a debate, it was the interview portion of a beauty pageant. Actually, I don’t really have anything to say that can’t be summed up by the Sarah Palin Debate Flowchart that was on Daily Kos.

link courtesy of TrueEpicure

I’d just finished a post about something I saw on boingboing, when JunglePete pointed out an even more disturbing boingboing link:

Oh yeah, my original post was about the woman in the cowsuit:

32-year-old Michele Allen received a one-month sentence for disorderly conduct after police received complaints that she was dressed in a cow costume and chasing children, blocking traffic, and urinating on a neighbor’s porch.

I believe her steadfast resolve to wear that cow suit, as demonstrated by the fact that she wore the suit to her arraignment, is what really makes the story newsworthy.

Yes, there is a mugshot.

link via boingboing