TheDC Morning: Commies and Nazis sure do like Occupy Wall Street
1.) Commies and Nazis sure do like Occupy Wall Street — More and more Americans are standing up and being counted among the 99%, as TheDC’s David Martosko reports: “In a move that may redefine the term ‘strange bedfellows,’ the American Nazi Party issued an official endorsement of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement on Sunday afternoon. The announcement put the organization, a self-described ‘National Socialist’ political party, in company with the Socialist Party USA, which explained its own support for the left-wing protesters in a nationwide conference call last Tuesday night, crediting organized labor with the protests’ strength and sophistication to date… In its statement on Sunday, the Westland, Mich.-based Nazi party wrote that the Occupy Wall Street protests are ‘TAYLOR [sic] MADE for National Socialists, as well as WN [White Nationalists] who are serious about DOING SOMETHING.’ ‘I urgently URGE all of you,’ the statement’s unnamed author added, ‘to TAKE PART and JOIN IN when these protests hit your neck of the woods. Produce some flyers EXPLAINING the “JEW BANKER” influence — DON’T wear anything marking you as an “evil racist” — and GET OUT THERE and SPREAD the WORD!’ While Nazis seem unenthusiastic about visibly linking their flagship organization to the vocal protests that have popped up in dozens of U.S. cities, the same can’t be said of the Communist Party USA.” Yep, they’re Commies and proud of it. Hey, guess who else really likes Occupy Wall Street?
2.) Cornel West goes to jail — In other hilarious protest news, TheDC’s Caroline May reports: “Princeton Professor Cornel West, one of the most outspoken supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, was arrested Sunday in front of the Supreme Court while protesting corporate power. According to a report from The Associated Press, West was one of 19 people arrested for refusing to leave Supreme Court property. The October2011.org movement, the group leading the ‘occupation’ of Washington’s Freedom Plaza, led an estimated 250 people to protest the Supreme Court Sunday afternoon. The group explained on its web forum that West and others ‘climbed on the steps of the Supreme Court and denounced court decisions that have produced money-based elections that empower corporations…’ West was carrying a sign reading ‘Poverty is the Greatest Violence of All.’ October2011.org claims the sign was the reason for West’s arrest.” Or maybe, y’know, it was because they told him to move it along and he didn’t. Of course, getting arrested was the best thing that could’ve happened to him, so congratulations are in order: Congratulations on getting arrested, Professor Cornel West.
3.) Obama administration: Don’t question people’s patriotism unless they’re Republicans — TheDC’s Neil Munro reports: “Two hours after President Barack Obama cited Rev. Martin Luther King’s advice that Americans not question each other’s love of country, his spokesman demanded that GOP legislators ‘put country before party’ by ending their opposition to the president’s spending plans. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest made the demand during an afternoon press conference called to tout the president’s three-day bus tour through counties in swing-states Virginia and North Carolina… The bus tour will pressure legislators to ‘pass the bill, this week, to protect the job of a North Carolina teacher, or come down here, look her in the eye, and explain why … [they] don’t want to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay a little more,’ Earnest said. It is time, Earnest demanded, that legislators ‘put country before party.’ Earnest told The Daily Caller that his demand did not violate the president’s call for comity during the formal unveiling of the new statue of Rev. King.” Of course it didn’t. Nothing the Obama administration says ever contradicts anything else the Obama administration says, especially when it does. And if you don’t like it, what are you gonna do, vote for somebody else? Yeah, right!
4.) Smoking gun (literally) in Fast & Furious case? — TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday that he thinks there may have been a third gun at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder. Two weapons sent into Mexico under Operation Fast and Furious were found where Terry died, but investigators have been unable to conclusively determine which — if either — gun killed him. On crime-scene ‘tickets’ used to mark evidence, FBI investigators labeled the weapons ‘No. 2’ and ‘No. 3’ — a fact which hasn’t escaped Issa’s notice. The California Republican told CBS ‘Face the Nation’ host Bob Schieffer on Sunday that he doesn’t believe FBI officials tampered with crime scene evidence, but he does worry about specific inconsistencies which, so far, lack explanations. ‘We’re not suggesting that,’ Issa said, ‘but when you have tickets that are numbered 2 and 3 and there’s no ticket 1, when agents who were at Brian Terry’s funeral made statements to his mother indicating that there were three weapons, when the two weapons that they have tested don’t conclusively match up — then you look and say, “Well, was there a third weapon at the scene? Were there additional people who escaped with weapons?” The Terry family has suffered a great deal. It doesn’t seem like the answers are coming.'” Either the FBI training program doesn’t include counting to 3, or they’ve got some explaining to do. And if you don’t think it’s significant that there might be a missing murder weapon at the scene of a crime linked to Fast and Furious… would you think the same thing if Bush were still president?
5.) Spock is gay (NTTAWWT) — Reuters: “Actor Zachary Quinto, known for portraying Spock in the 2009 blockbuster film ‘Star Trek,’ has publicly come out as a gay man. In an interview with New York Magazine published on Sunday, Quinto recalled a stage play he performed in last year, ‘Angels in America,’ which was set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic and the toll it took on him personally. ‘(A)s a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed,’ he told the magazine.” No jokes, please. Making a joke about a gay person — in this case, say, taking a classic Star Trek trope and putting a gay-themed twist on it — is homophobic hate speech and cannot be permitted. Especially if it’s funny. That said, it must be noted that this is a partial victory for Kirk/Spock slashfic writers everywhere. One down, one to go?
6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “Sitting in a restaurant with @hilariathomas and some VERY drunk people are railing against progressive politics. Madre Mia!!!!!!”
To read TheDC Morning before everybody else, click here.