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James O’Keefe – ACORN “Sting” Video Producer, Poet, Social Commentator, Right Wing Acolyte?

Reported by Priscilla - September 16, 2009 -

I already did a piece on the background of Hannah Giles, who posed as a prostitute (very believable performance) in order to “sting” ACORN. So in the interest of “fair and balanced,” I bring to you some insights into her “pimp,” (LOL) James O’Keefe, who might not have as interesting a progenitor as Ms. Giles; but he does have some experiences that show that he’s not a political neophyte. If Ms. Giles has a right wing daddy, Mr. O’Keefe has Andrew Breitbart who, in featuring O’Keefe’s oeuvre, is acting in a very fraternal way. And now that he has become a radical right wing icon, with Fox taking him under their wing, it’s apparent that James’ formative years under the patriarchy of right wing politics have come to fruition - or as they say “by their fruits, ye shall know them.” And it’s not just politics. He’s quite the well rounded Renaissance man whose writings and poetry show the tortured angst of a Shelley combined with the politics of the John Birch Society. So without further ado, I give you the newest replacement for Joe the Plumber, James O’Keefe, “sting” video producer and poet laureate of the seething masses.

James attended Rutgers, as a philosophy major, where he founded the college conservative magazine, “The Centurian.” (a manly image for sure). Its motto is “veritas vos liberabit” which means the truth shall set you free. So it’s not surprising that his “sting” videos are produced by “Veritas Visuals” although their veracity is questionable. O’Keefe founded this college bastion of conservative truth, justice, and the American way after he was dumped from the official Rutgers paper. James didn’t seem happy at Rutgers where concentration on studies was difficult: “Kudos to anyone who can concentrate on studying with penises and vaginas sprawling every inch of your workspace.” Like so many, he lost at love and advised fellow losers “Block out of your mind all the good times you had. Just focus on the negative and bad times (her bitchy moods, her always nagging you, standing you up for dates, refusing to have sex with you…”) But he did study in Switzerland where he went to clubs “crowded with bankers and businessmen wearing blazers, gold chains and tight jeans.” And responding to liberal Annie DiFranco, he wrote a “slam” poem, “Tolerate this” which was a celebration of intolerance and included this stunning lyric: “Hurry up and bitch because tolerance won’t wait. But we can’t let impatient hippies determine our fate.” Goethe’s “Sorrow of young Werther” has nothing on this paen to the sorrows of young conservative.

But despite these personal agonies, O’Keefe bravely moved forward and rightward. He was part of a discussion group at the 2008 CPAC titled “Conservative victories with the new media.” In the audience was famous conservative gay male prostitute Jeff Gannon, who, coincidentally, was a graduate of the “The Leadership Institute” which O’Keefe was representing. The Leadership Institute “recruits, trains and finds jobs for right-wing activists in the public policy field” and among its famous graduates is Karl Rove. Like Fox News, it seeks to make colleges more conservative. Obviously we can’t know for sure if this is the Leadership Institue, but O’Keefe, on his website “Feathers of Steel,” gives “Special thanks to the 4000 dollar 60 inch HDTV monitor LI bought me to produce and edit movies.” (Hmm, do we have a “sugar daddy?”)

So in addition to being an “independent filmmaker,” O’Keefe has a definite partisan agenda which he’s been honing through years of exposure to a right wing ideology. Unlike his partner (chaste of course) he didn’t just “jog by” an ACORN office and decide to defund them. His early work shows that glimmer of conservative genius that is now fully actualized with the assistance of Fox News which might just have a place for him in the future. Maybe they’d even let him wear his clown (whoops pimp) costume as he would still be acting as a procurer for sleazy business.