|How to Embarrass Friends and Alienate Potential Allies|
I started out with a simple clip I found on Michelle Malkin's site: Three days after four men were arrested after allegedly setting fire to two American flags that had flanked the information desk at the Old City hall where they are camping, members of Occupy Charlotte have broken off and formed a splinter group, the People’s Coalition of the Carolinas. (The title of the YouTube clip is good: "Occupy Charlotte breaks up with itself". That's the ultimate rejection — when your hand just wants to be friends.) [H/T Doug Powers!]
Just for the heck of it, I checked three MSM sites to see if any of them were paying attention to any of the "Occupy" groups any more. Come to find out, FoxNews had a report on a song supposedly written by third-grade students at Woodbrook Elementary in Albemarle Co., Va., which shows signs of political indoctrination through its references to "1" and "99 percent". (“We really don’t censor the topics that students come up with,” school spokesman Phil Giaramita told Fox News, which caused one wag to crack: "Oh really? Let's just put 'Jesus' and 'God' in there and see what happens!")
|Third-grade lyrics? You decide!|
In turn, the FoxNews post referenced Weasel Zippers, that indefatigable reseacher of left-wing lunacy. Of course, that story was no longer Page 1; in flipping back to the story (Page 3), I came across several entries:
- After a speech in which anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan proudly told everyone she hadn't paid her taxes in nearly eight years, the Occupy the Rose Bowl forces made a splash by crashing the Rose Parade with a giant octopus float.
- In the "Shooting Yourself in the Foot" Department, we have the wingnuts of Occupy Iowa, who stormed the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines (where the DNC put their caucus "war room") complaining they were being prevented from meeting with Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Wasserman Schultz showed her sensitivity to their request by ... refusing to meet with them. They also damaged Rep. Ron Paul's candidacy by interrupting his speech with compliments.
- In New York City — you remember, where all this idiocy began? — six weeks after police cleared Zuccotti Park in an overnight raid, OWS protesters attempted to retake the park. It was less than a resounding success, but hey! no matter; they could do what other OWS protesters did and migrate to Washington, D.C.! Elsewhere in the state, thugs from Occupy Albany put up a "wanted" poster seeking the address and phone number of an officer who was identified using pepper spray on a protester. Although the officer's information isn't listed, his father, who has the same first name, has been receiving threatening calls from blocked numbers.
- In Washington, Occupy Portland leader Wade Varner chose "OccuFest", "a family friendly event open to the public", as an appropriate venue to drop trou and moon a camera. Also in the Evergreen State, women associated with Occupy Eugene decided to add to the "family friendliness" by protesting topless outside of City Councilman George Poling's house.
- Back to Des Moines, where Rev. Jesse Jackson, in a bid to reclaim his political relevance, joined the list of moonbat celebrities and marginalized Vietnam-era activists by addressing the Occupy Iowa folks. Sad, really.
- Finally, Columbia University professor Dr. Hannah Appel decided that the anthropology department really needed to offer a course called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” To be divided between seminars and fieldwork (i.e., participating in OWS), Appel, who boasts of her own participation, recently wrote, “It is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.” But she feels "equipped to teach objectively".
So this is what the end of civilization looks like: Theater of the Absurd. Press the Kafka button!
BTW, one of the best comments on Michelle Malkin's site: "I’m confused. Is this the dangerous crazy moonbats breaking away from the mainstream lunatic fringe or is this the mainstream lunatic fringe breaking away from the dangerous crazy moonbats? It’s hard for me to tell this the difference."