ACORN worker’s husbands still alive after all

posted at 8:48 am on September 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In the latest ACORN video from BigGovernment’s James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, Theresa Kaelke brags that she can help the erstwhile pimps get away with anything, including tax evasion and child prostitution.  After all, she tells the two undercover journalists, she killed her husband after first setting up a cover story about being a battered wife, and she turned tricks herself  without paying a dime to the IRS.  That comes as big news to one of  her former husbands, whom the Riverside Press-Enterprise finds alive and relatively well at the age of 66 in nearby Newberry Springs:

Since she claimed on the video to have killed her husband, two San Bernardino police homicide detectives interviewed her at the office Tuesday.

Police said they have been in contact with Kaelke’s former husbands and the homicide claims do not appear accurate.

“At this point, we can’t prove that there’s anything to her statement,” said San Bernardino police Sgt. Dave Dillon. “We can’t show that ever happened.”

One of her ex-husbands, Ronald Kaelke, 66, of Newberry Springs, said he was unaware of any investigation or that his ex-wife had made any claims of murder.

The couple divorced in 1987, but attempted to reconcile and lived together from 2002 to 2005, Ronald Kaelke said in a telephone interview. In 2007, the couple traded allegations of domestic violence and received separate restraining orders against each other, he said.

“As far as her murdering an ex-husband, that’s news to me,” Ronald Kaelke said. “She’s definitely got problems and goes off the wall sometimes.”

And indeed they do have separate restraining orders, as this search of the records shows.  Small wonder, too, since the video also shows Kaelke threatening to kill the man to whom she refers the pair for more advice if he talks about their case.  Kaelke and ACORN now say she was just playing along, but her history indicates that she’s not always playing when she makes threats.

As a side note, I do appreciate the subtle snark in the P-E’s reporting.  “Police said they have been in contact with Kaelke’s former husbands and the homicide claims do not appear accurate.”  Well, if they’re in touch with all of her former husbands, the claims aren’t accurate by definition.  It’s a reporter’s slight dig, a little nudge to the ribs that fortunately made it through the editing process.

Was Kaelke just playing along with a joke?  That seems like a big stretch.  Kaelke sounds more like a blowhard who likes to impress people with wild stories about herself.

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Get ready for the left to zoom in on this one as a way to discredit the entire thing.

Her dead husband = building 7

kinda thing.

- The Cat

MirCat on September 16, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Yep +1

harry on September 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Repost

http://moderateinthemiddle.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/update-acorn-tape-up-san-bernadino-twofer-tuesday-stevie-nicks-plus-more-acorn-now-with-alleged-felonies/

proof she met with elected officials AND helped writing legislation

joshlbetts on September 16, 2009 at 11:39 AM

joshlbetts on September 16, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Get ready for the left to zoom in on this one as a way to discredit the entire thing.

Her dead husband = building 7

kinda thing.

- The Cat

MirCat on September 16, 2009 at 12:41 PM

So what is Acorn’s excuse for the FIRST THREE videos? Even if they can defend this whacko, there’s three other offices out there that they can’t defend.

SouperConservative on September 16, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I guess now the MSM will at least be “covering” the story, albeit in a rather oblique way. Which is a good thing, this angle will only put more emphasis on their bias.

surrounded on September 16, 2009 at 1:24 PM

After watching this nutcase on TV,my question was not if she killed her husband or not;it was the manner in which he commited suicide after being married to this whack job!

Robbya on September 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

ACORN, on what happened with Kaelke and the Pimp/Ho:
When the actors approached Ms. Kaelke with their provocative costuming and outlandish scenario, she could not take them seriously. So she met their outrageousness with her own personal style of outrageousness. She matched their false scenario with her own false scenarios.

“They were not believable”
, said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. “Somewhat entertaining, but they weren’t even good actors. I didn’t know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephen Colbert does – saying the most outrageous things with a straightface.” While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario afterfalse scenario and the videographer ate them up.

More ACORN, on what happened with Kaelke and the Pimp/Ho:

Schur’s statements follow comments from ACORN office supervisor Christina Spach, who said Kaelke was afraid of the “pimp” and “prostitute” who broached the prostitution ploy at ACORN’s San Bernardino office.

Pablo on September 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

How anyone in their right mind would want to marry such a batsh*t crazy stegasaurus is beyond me. Her face reminds me of a cross between a plumber’s toolbag and a blistered pisspot. Has anyone thought about scouring the COPS archives to see if any of her no doubt prolific history of domestic incidents have ever been caught on tape?

Sharke on September 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

How anyone in their right mind would want to marry such a batsh*t crazy stegasaurus is beyond me. Her face reminds me of a cross between a plumber’s toolbag and a blistered pisspot. Has anyone thought about scouring the COPS archives to see if any of her no doubt prolific history of domestic incidents have ever been caught on tape?

Sharke on September 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I’m sorry but that is really uncalled for.

harry on September 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I’m sorry but that is really uncalled for.

harry on September 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Let me correct the error:
Sharke, could you post something really nasty about this crazy women? Thanks…
*
There, now it is called for….

right2bright on September 16, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Schur’s statements follow comments from ACORN office supervisor Christina Spach, who said Kaelke was afraid of the “pimp” and “prostitute” who broached the prostitution ploy at ACORN’s San Bernardino office.

Pablo on September 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Yeah, sure, which is why they are doing a complete 180, and ACORN is rolling over…

right2bright on September 16, 2009 at 2:43 PM

The old woman from “Something about Mary” comes to mind.

Oil Can on September 16, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I’m sorry but that is really uncalled for.

harry on September 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Let me correct the error:
Sharke, could you post something really nasty about this crazy women? Thanks…
*
There, now it is called for….

right2bright on September 16, 2009 at 2:42 PM

And it’s these sort of comments that get posted on Left Wing Blogs and then printed in newspapers that directly feed into the meme of the unhinged right.

One can seriously question her motives, her poor excuse and her qualifications but to cheapen the argument with filth?

Oh well, to each his own.

harry on September 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM

With a mind as warped as Kaelke’s I wouldn’t be surprised that some guy she had hoped to marry but jilted her isn’t pushing up daisies in some landfill.

viking01 on September 16, 2009 at 3:12 PM

…inside Beck’s head, “Wait. There’s more!”

LEBA on September 16, 2009 at 3:28 PM

harry on September 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM

What a gentlemanly remark–but sorry, the time is past to be a devotee’ to Miss Manners. The gloves are off, and the rules no longer apply. This is a fight to the death of what Obama and the democraps stand for…”How rude!” just doesn’t cut it anymore. The people that believe that it is ok to make sex slaves out of little children deserve to be called much worse…

lovingmyUSA on September 16, 2009 at 3:29 PM

harry on September 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM

What a gentlemanly remark–but sorry, the time is past to be a devotee’ to Miss Manners. The gloves are off, and the rules no longer apply. This is a fight to the death of what Obama and the democraps stand for…”How rude!” just doesn’t cut it anymore. The people that believe that it is ok to make sex slaves out of little children deserve to be called much worse…

lovingmyUSA on September 16, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Then you really cannot expect to be taken seriously.

harry on September 16, 2009 at 3:38 PM

If you’re telling people who you ‘know’ to be living a life of crime, what’s to stop you? She just ‘knew’ that they wouldn’t go blabbing. They’ve got their own hides to worry about.

bridgetown on September 16, 2009 at 9:23 AM

A criminal still wouldn’t want other criminals to know something specific they did. If they get caught, they could use that info to get a reduced sentence.

Speedwagon82 on September 16, 2009 at 3:41 PM

harry on September 16, 2009 at 3:38 PM

To me, it there is a difference between a comment and a rebuttal. Sharke was making a comment, being snarky. If you are attempting to make a reasoned rebuttal, that is another thing entirely. Of course, in that case, you can’t be taken seriously. Rising above the fray is always the honorable thing to do, but sometimes it feels good to release a little steam first.

lovingmyUSA on September 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I find it hard to believe that Kaelke would ahve gone along with a joke
Surely, if you are aware of a video camera being on you, and you’re being taped by strangers whom you just met, you’d be a little more careful about what you say, out of concern that your words might be taken out of context later.

But then again….. she’s an ACORN worker…. so how smart can she possibly be?

ToddonCapeCod on September 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM

To me, it there is a difference between a comment and a rebuttal. Sharke was making a comment, being snarky. If you are attempting to make a reasoned rebuttal, that is another thing entirely. Of course, in that case, you can’t be taken seriously. Rising above the fray is always the honorable thing to do, but sometimes it feels good to release a little steam first

No Sharke’s rant was foul. A rant like that discredits conservatives.

All I need to quote is this:

Her face reminds me of a cross between a plumber’s toolbag and a blistered pisspot.

It adds nothing to the argument. It’s childish and offensive.

Then again that’s my opinion.

harry on September 16, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Who is the that fourth person in the room?

Veritas on September 16, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Obama to Acorn: We’re Goin’ to be Callin’ on You to Help Shape the Agenda

http://foxyurl.com/uYa

jjrakman on September 16, 2009 at 8:28 PM

YURI BEZMENOV

What this guy says shoufl be thaught in school. He was an ex-soviet officer of propaganda, he know how these things work abd he has predicted the Obama presidency 25 years ago

costin on September 16, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Ahem. I know this is a little late but….

LOL. You guys got collectively owned. These kids were obviously “actors” and the lady was just screwing with them. They were too stupid to get it. As were all of you.

Here’s a nice summary.

crr6 on September 17, 2009 at 12:39 AM

She reminds me of a lot of seedy types I’ve met along the path.

She loves to be important. It wasn’t playing along at all. That’s completely obvious.

AnninCA on September 17, 2009 at 1:57 AM

James O’Keefe

Ha ha–the J O’K is on ACORN!

jgapinoy on September 17, 2009 at 8:25 AM

EarthToZoey on September 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Missed your response. Since, you haven’t a clue about what you are shooting your mouth off on, you can hardly claim to be thinking critically. And as also pointed out, not fairly, either. You are a partisan hack. Claiming you are not fools no one.

Blake on October 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

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