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TheDC Morning: This is what hypocrisy looks like

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1.) This is what hypocrisy looks like — As we head into another month of Occupiers banging their baby spoons against their high chairs for more birthday cake, you might be curious: What sort of person behaves like this? TheDC’s Will Rahn has one piece of the puzzle: “Many Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City reside in more luxurious homes than some of their rhetoric might suggest, a Daily Caller investigation has found. For each of the 984 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City between September 18 and October 15, police collected and filed an information sheet recording the arrestee’s name, age, sex, criminal charge, home address and — in most cases — race. The Daily Caller has obtained all of this information from a source in the New York City government. Among addresses for which information is available, single-family homes listed on those police intake forms have a median value of $305,000 — a far higher number than the $185,400 median value of owner-occupied housing units in the United States… Using county assessors and online resources such as Zillow.com, TheDC estimated property values and rents for 87 percent of the homes and 59 percent of the apartments listed in the arrest records. Even in the nation’s currently depressed housing market, at least 95 of the protesters’ residences are worth approximately $500,000 or more. The median monthly rent for those living in apartments whose information is readily available is $1,850.” Hey, 99% is a state of mind. Ask Michael Moore. Just because you want to bring down the rotten capitalist system doesn’t mean you have to live like a commoner. Not until you get to Zuccotti Park, at least. By the way: 984 arrests in one month? Just imagine the firestorm if 9, 8, or even 4 Tea Partiers got arrested. And that’s just Occupy Wall Street! That’s not even counting all the raping and rioting and whatnot at other Occupations around the country. It’s getting tougher and tougher for the media to make these degenerates look good, which might be why they’ve whip-panned their cameras over to…

2.) Cain controversy generates much more cash than facts — We still don’t know what Herman Cain is supposed to have done wrong or who accused him of doing it — heckuva job, Politico! —  but we’re starting to see which GOP candidate stands to benefit from the so-far-factless “scandal”: Herman Cain. TheDC’s Steven Nelson reports: “Despite news outlets devoting breathless hours of coverage to allegations that he had sexually harassed two female subordinates in the 1990s, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain hauled in approximately $250,000 in donations Monday. The accusations were made public in a scant-on-details article published Sunday night by Politico. Cain’s two accusers were not named, nor was the specific nature of his alleged misbehavior, but it was revealed that the National Restaurant Association — which Cain led at the time — offered the women financial settlements. ‘It was one of our best fundraising days ever,’ Cain campaign manager Mark Block said.” Is this fundraising boost happening despite the breathless news coverage, or because of it? At this point, the media is only slightly more popular than Congress, and most people following Caingate have noticed that it’s a terrific story except for the unfortunate lack of facts. Likely Cain donors are the same people who pay attention to the differences in how the news treats a political sex scandal depending on the subject’s political affiliation. If the politician has a (D) after his name — Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, et al. — a large percentage of the MSM will spend days, weeks, or even months telling us why the facts don’t matter. If he has an (R) after his name, they’ll work 24/7 to convince us the story matters despite a lack of facts. People see the pattern and they’re getting pretty sick of it. Politico’s overeagerness might actually add some steam to the Cain train.

3.) Holder hunkers down — From the Cain train to the Holder boulder. It’s still rolling and it’s only getting bigger. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “Attorney General Eric Holder’s service in the Obama administration may be coming to an end. Thirty members of Congress are now calling for Holder’s immediate resignation — a number that grows larger every day. Florida Republican Rep. Connie Mack became the latest congressman to demand that Holder step down, telling The Daily Caller late on Tuesday that ‘Eric Holder should resign Fast and Furiously!’ Mack is a high-profile political figure who entered Florida’s Republican primary for Senate last week. Mack’s decision to call for Holder to resign appears to signal that it’s politically popular.'” True, when federal agents are murdered because of a federal gunwalking program, and the Attorney General can’t get his story straight about what he knew and when he knew it, that’s a pretty safe bet politically. Will Obama’s keen political instincts give Republicans yet another campaign issue as Election 2012 approaches?

4.) Web of control — If you’re reading this, there’s still hope. TheDC’s Josh Peterson reports: “Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Tuesday that a Senate vote to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality rules might come as early as next week. The vote would happen just days ahead of November 20, when the rules are scheduled to take effect. Hutchison said the necessary number of senators’ signatures have been obtained for the petition — the Resolution of Disapproval — to consider the FCC’s net neutrality regulations under the Congressional Review Act. The CRA, which gives Congress the authority to review every new regulation issued by federal agencies, would allow opponents of the FCC’s rules to force a vote and overrule the regulation. ‘We are hoping that next week we will be able to get the Resolution of Disapproval on the floor,’ said Hutchison. ‘We have over 40 signatures to have the expedited Congressional authority to take this resolution up, and the House has already passed it. It now rests in the Senate.’ Supporters of net neutrality argue that Internet service providers should not be allowed to favor some content over others; opponents argue that the FCC is trying to fix a non-problem. ‘The Internet is not broken and does not need fixing,’ Hutchison told the audience at The Heritage Foundation’s blogger’s briefing. Hutchison said that there should have at least been a congressional debate about the matter.” Debate? Everybody knows that debate is merely the process by which a normal person gives up trying to reason with a Democrat. Well, the Internet will be a lot better once the government controls it. You know, like TV and radio? The things you used to rely on before the Internet?

5.) Pols jumping on trampolines? — Look out, America. The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is about to get a whole lot… funnier? TheDC’s Betsi Flores reports: “As if being a ‘Man Show’ alumnus and Sarah Silverman’s ex-boyfriend weren’t enough, Jimmy Kimmel is slated to host the 98th White House Correspondents’ Dinner next April. This event is a longstanding tradition, attended by members of the press corps, Hollywood elites, high-ranking government officials and, traditionally, the president and first lady. Comedians have hosted this event in the past, including Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update’ writer and host Seth Meyers, political satirist Stephen Colbert, and comic Wanda Sykes. It was Sykes’ over-the-top jokes during her 2009 hosting appearance that returned the annual dinner to its long-lost status as a national conversation-piece… Reuters journalist Caren Bohan, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, is clearly hoping for something as newsworthy, but perhaps not as controversial. ‘Jimmy’s humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience,’ Bohan said… ‘I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner,’ the host of the ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! said in a statement. ‘I love dinner.'” HA HA HA HA HA!

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from the next Mayor of New York, Alec Baldwin — “I would like to present this evening’s TwitterBitch Award to….. @theworldofdale”

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