Why is #OWS different than the Tea Party movement?

Wow — for so many reasons. Occupy Wall Street might be the most grassroots-oriented thing I’ve ever seen. Here’s a great, concise explanation from a commenter on my dispatch for Reason: Also: no, this is not the Tea Party. Some ways you can tell: no central core, no phone banks, no professional PR, no wall-to-wall… Continue reading Why is #OWS different than the Tea Party movement?

Something Else from Ron Paul re: Occupy Wall Street

Another interesting nugget… When I asked Ron Paul if the planned internal NYPD probe would be sufficient to address widespread complaints about officers’ conduct during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, he said, “It should be controlled by the mayor of the city, who appoints the police commissioner.” As far as I can tell, Bloomberg has… Continue reading Something Else from Ron Paul re: Occupy Wall Street

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Anthony Bologna: A National Disgrace

Look at that menacing, vulgar smirk on the face of Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna as he indiscriminately pepper-sprays peaceful protesters who are complying with his order to turn around and walk away — and who comply even though they’re merely demonstrating on a public sidewalk, which is entirely lawful. Look at the sick way he… Continue reading Anthony Bologna: A National Disgrace

Brian Stelter and the Pathology of Objectivity

Last night, the New York Times’ Brian Stelter tweeted about the Occupy Wall Street protests, which have been ongoing for over a week now, but seemed to reach a tipping point yesterday. Stelter wrote, “2 hours ago Union Sq was the scene of an ugly battle btwn #OccupyWallSt protesters & police,” followed by a link to a YouTube video… Continue reading Brian Stelter and the Pathology of Objectivity

9/11, the NYPD, and Public Reverence for Police

When young black men start wearing “NYPD” caps, as they did in the aftermath of the attacks, you know something dramatic and slightly reason-defying has happened. This was noted by Melissa Harris-Perry at The Nation magazine’s 9/11 anniversary event last week. But those caps were nevertheless out in full force, she observed, even though black… Continue reading 9/11, the NYPD, and Public Reverence for Police

Asking Questions About Religion of the Presidential Candidates

At GetReligion, Mollie Hemingway is so upset with outgoing New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller’s article on the GOP presidential candidates and their religious beliefs that she facetiously says the entire thing must be an exercise in satire. Keller’s column is so bad, Mollie writes, that “there must be some deeper meaning here.” Mollie… Continue reading Asking Questions About Religion of the Presidential Candidates

They’re Not Even Pretending Anymore

The American Family Association, which underwote and organized The Response rally in Houston earlier this month, has announced the formation of Champion the Vote. It’s described as “a friend of AFA, whose mission is to mobilize 5 million unregistered conservative Christians to register and vote according to the Biblical worldview in 2012.” Which candidate do… Continue reading They’re Not Even Pretending Anymore

What’s a “secular-left” cause?

Bill O’Reilly’s claim that media outlets describing Anders Breivik as a “Christian extremist” are attempting to discredit Christianity has been widely dissected. But a semi-unrelated remark of his in the same segment also caught my attention, and I thought it was worth noting. O’Reilly says: … The second reason the liberal media is pushing the Christian… Continue reading What’s a “secular-left” cause?

Herman Cain is Screwing Up Secularists

Another week, another attempt by presidential candidate Herman Cain to assure Republican primary voters that he is serious about addressing the specter of an Islamic revolution in America — a threat apparently germinating right under our noses. His comments are absurd, repulsive, and clearly intended to stoke irrational animus. They are therefore harmful in and of themselves.… Continue reading Herman Cain is Screwing Up Secularists