ACORN was heard from at the San Antonio Tea Party in two ways. About 2:00 pm the SAPD was alerted early that a van full of counter-protesters was cruising the perimeter of Alamo Plaza looking for a place to set up shop. An alert SAPD patrolman told them to move on because they didn’t want any trouble (you can do that here in Texas, particularly when you’ve got a boisterous crowd of protesters supporting the SAPD behind you.)
In response SAPD began to get complaints from offical-looking people all dressed in dark shirts and khaki-colored pants wearing shirts that said “STAFF” or “EVENT STAFF” that were turning in certified vendors for “causing problems.” Several vendors were question and in one case manhandled by SAPD before the cops noticed these “EVENT STAFF” personnel had quietly slipped away into the crowd to try and cause more mischief.
Not confirmed, but very likely ACORN. Event staff here had around-the-neck Identification that was easily identifiable; these clowns didn’t. That’s fortuante for them, because there’s a Officer Maldanado who ants to arrest these guys, and a vendor who wants to sue them.
Then there were these clowns. (Image has been fizzied-up to protect the identity of the terminally stupid.) Wearing their Obama T-shirts and with signs that proclaimed “Let Them Eat Marblecake!” and “Give Obama A Chance!” they set up and tried to harangue departing attendees. (The guy with Indian features on the right is wearing an ACORN button on a pendant around his neck.)
As I passed by these two were telling the guys who stopped to talk with them (and to whom they were obviously losing the heated argument) ‘All’s we’re saying is that you have to work within some kind of an existing framework.”
I replied to them, “No you don’t — you can make a whole new framework and start over.” (This kind of made them a bit crazy. If Texas were to actually secede — as many signs were indicating yesterday — ACORN would have to re-establish their organization with their legislative contacts — or might pull out of the state altogether.
I went to the ACORN local Website to give them a call to see if they had any comment. Strangely, the website is devoid of any contact forms or names of ACORN personnel, althoug one Memorial Page lists “Wade Rathke” a Chief Organizer, but he is not listed on either San Antonbio phone books or land rolls.
Hmmmmm . . . like they’re hiding something?
The local webpage of ACORN Housing lists Rita Elizondo as the Office director. Their phone numbers are (210) 432-4663 (Fax: 210-432-4662) nd her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to express your displeasure — politely, please.