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No, Chick-fil-A did not “cave”

by Michelle Malkin on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

This is article 46 of 65 in the topic Business

When I first saw reports on Twitter that Chick-fil-A had caved to the tolerance mob, I despaired. Corporation after corporation has given in to the free speech-squelching agitators on the Left who demand political conformity.

Turns out the information was coming from progressive activists trying to shape a false narrative.

Chick-fil-A responds via CitizenLink:

“In response to media reports that Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop making charitable donations to groups like Focus on the Family, the company today released a statement to set the record straight.

Contrary to reports first made by the gay-activist group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) on Tuesday and later picked up by mainstream media outlets, Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.

“For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized,” executives said in today’s statement. “And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.

“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.

“As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.”

Jim Daly of Focus on the Family added:

Moreover, many news agencies reported that Chick-fil-A had specifically agreed not to give money to Focus on the Family or the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). NOM said Wednesday it has never received money from the foundation. Focus on the Family has.

Some people were quick to criticize the 66-year-old chicken chain for “caving” to political pressure. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly said that’s not what happened.

“Dan and Bubba Cathy are my Christian brothers and good friends. They and their company have long shared Focus on the Family’s commitment to helping build strong and thriving families — and they have in no way deviated from that deeply held and biblically inspired passion while working with the city of Chicago to open Chick-fil-A restaurants there,” Daly said.

“I feel bad the Cathys are having once again to endure media accounts mischaracterizing their values and charitable efforts — and, unfortunately, I know how they feel. Focus on the Family has for 35 years been dedicated to saving and strengthening marriages, helping couples raise happy, resilient kids and encouraging and empowering men and women to advocate for God’s truth with Christ’s heart. And still, in stories like some of those about Chick-fil-A’s efforts to expand in Chicago, we are described as being ‘hateful’ toward certain groups of people.

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Egyptian faux-rage, deadly American dhimmitude, and the return of Islamic Rage Boy; Update: US Ambassador to Libya, Foreign Service officer, two Marines dead

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, September 13th, 2012

This is article 93 of 117 in the topic Muslims/Koran

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What a disgusting and disastrous, but wholly predictable, way to end this day. As you may have heard, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo chose the 11th anniversary of 9/11 to apologize for “hurt Muslim feelings” as radical Egyptian clerics stoked faux-rage over an obscure documentary attacking Islamic extremism. The Obama administration’s mortifying apology, of course, did not mollify the Muslim agitators. Appeasement has never mollified the practitioners of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.

Naturally, the Muslim mob stormed the Embassy compound, anyway — and the pretextual violence spread to Libya, where an American State Department worker was killed today* (UPDATE: FOUR killed, including the US Ambassador to Libya and Foreign Service information officer Sean Smith, along with TWO U.S. MARINES). The feckless State Department has deleted its groveling tweet and the White House is in pathetic damage control mode.

UPDATE: And now, of course, the Muslim Brotherhood is calling for worldwide protests.

Let’s cut through the diplomatic blather and Obama State Department’s p.c. charade. This isn’t about ordinary Egyptian Muslims being offended by Koran-burning or some genuine outcry for religious tolerance or widespread anger over how Mohammed is being portrayed. It’s about Egyptian imams and Muslim Brotherhood propagandists concocting any excuse for a violent anti-Western conflagration.

Look with your eyes:

Though the film was the focus of demonstrators’ outrage, the spirited protest amounted to more of a general outpouring of grievances against U.S. policy in the Islamic world. Several signs and chants decried the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as American support for Israel.

Many recalled the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that killed thousands of U.S. citizens 11 years earlier.

“Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” went one chant, referring to Osama bin Laden, the late head of Al Qaeda, the militant Islamist organization widely believed to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

I’m reprinting my 9/11 remembrance column from two years ago as a refresher course on the “Islamic Rage Boy” phenomenon. He represents the professional Muslim grievance-monger, always at the ready to protest whatever manufactured insult could be exploited to curse the West. The late Christopher Hitchens wrote on the futility of appeasing the worldwide Rage Boy mob — a theme I’ve struck here for years, and which bears repeating again.

Lest you need reminding: 9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed. And the avengers of the religion of perpetual outrage will keep hating us no matter how much we try to appease them. The post-9/11 problem isn’t whether we’ll forget. The problem is: Will we ever learn?

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The eternal flame of Muslim outrage
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

Shhhhhhh, we’re told. Don’t protest the Ground Zero mosque. Don’t burn a Koran. It’ll imperil the troops. It’ll inflame tensions. The “Muslim world” will “explode” if it does not get its way, warns sharia-peddling imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Pardon my national security-threatening impudence, but when is the “Muslim world” not ready to “explode”?

At the risk of provoking the ever-volatile Religion of Perpetual Outrage, let us count the little-noticed and forgotten ways.

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Alinskyites on the march: Chicago teachers show their true colors

by Michelle Malkin on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

This is article 136 of 257 in the topic Education

Yesterday, I gave you an up-close-and-personal look at Chicago Teachers Union radical Karen Lewis.

EAGNews has done invaluable groundwork tracking these agitators over the years. Today, they bring exclusive video from the march yesterday that stopped traffic in the Loop.

First up: “Che-cago!” Kyle Olson writes:

“In the first day of its strike, the Chicago Teachers Union played host to a collective of radicals, including those proudly wearing Che Guevara t-shirts and others hoisting anarchist flags. The radical with the flag explained it stood for “revolutionary unionism” and that strong unions can stand up to “capitalists.” He said the union has leaders who got elected on a “syndicalist” platform…”

And here’s a vid clip of students being used as Big Labor kiddie human shields, dutifully parroting union chants:

Here’s more testimony from students being lobbied by their un-teachers to join them in the streets.

You know the drill: “Educate, collaborate, AGITATE!”

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A customer’s letter to the appeasers of Amazon.com

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

This is article 33 of 65 in the topic Business

I received the following statement from Amazon.com today regarding its decision not to renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council:

Thanks for reaching out to me. Each year we evaluate all of our association memberships and we’ve decided not to renew our participation in ALEC, in part because of positions that group took on issues unrelated to our business.

Best,
Mary Osako
Amazon Spokesperson

In other words: They caved. They chose to appease marginal agitators who have capitalized on the Trayvon Martin case to squelch conservatives’ participation in the legislative process.

I told you last month that State Farm and Johnson & Johnson are their next targets. AT&T is also on that list.

If you don’t speak up, they’ll cave, too.

Before you pull your dollars from Amazon, I suggest using your customer clout to pressure Amazon to reverse course. These companies need to hear from customers and investors that suppressing conservative political participation is not good for their business. Stand your ground.

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Just received this e-mail to Amazon.com forwarded by a reader:

Dear Amazon,

I find myself utterly flabbergasted that you would drop out of ALEC merely because of pressure from some loud and obnoxious rabble rousers.

ALEC is a business-friendly organization that supports the free-enterprise system directly, and Amazon’s business model indirectly.

It appears to me that Amazon is all about innovation and care of its customers. It is unfortunate that you have to sully your reputation by demonstrating your thin skin. I’m sure that you have had many loud mouths who are giving you all kinds of grief and threatening all sorts of retaliation and boycotts. Let me assure you, those voices are few, they are way louder than the numbers they represent, and they pale in comparison to the Customers (such as I) who appreciate your contributions to ALEC.

None of us wants to be seen as “Racist”, but that is the invective that is being used because it is shocking enough to work in some occasions. When you examine the logic in the accusation, you have to cross several different lines of logic before you even come close to Racism. Actually, the racism being demonstrated is by those who wish to keep the faithful in line, and keep the conversation consistent with dependency.

I know that Amazon believes in excellence, as you demonstrate this in your business operations. I would much rather support a business that supports ALEC, than one that backs down in cowardice.

Your estimation is really rather simple. Being a “Book” based company, how many of your customers are intelligent enough to form and support their own opinions? Given the logic of the situation, which choice would the majority of your customers support?

Please reverse course and stand your ground. Compare the logic and intelligence of the correspondence that you receive in support of ALEC with the illogical demands that you distance yourself from them. It is your choice.

Thanks for your time and attention!

Bob Kellum

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Sandra Fluke is not a “slut.” She’s a femme-agogue tool; DCCC, Emily’s list fund-raise off of Rush

by Michelle Malkin on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

This is article 256 of 686 in the topic Healthcare


The Soros monkeys and assorted progressive agitators are using conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh to raise money again.

This just came in my in-box:

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.” — Rush Limbaugh

Michelle –

Rush Limbaugh is reading this e-mail.

Yesterday, while Rush was launching his latest vile attack on women who dare to speak up for our reproductive rights, he mentioned my e-mail to you on Wednesday night. I’ll spare you the details on his latest misogynistic rant, but it’s clear that he thinks he can shame us into silence.

Shockingly, the only ones silent about Rush’s hateful tirade are Congressional Republicans like GOP Leader Eric Cantor. Let’s call them out:

Help us reach 250,000 signatures today on our petition demanding Eric Cantor and House Republicans denounce Rush’s heinous attacks on women >>

Republicans in Congress thought they could silence us by refusing to let Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testify on their all-male panel on birth control coverage. They were wrong.

Your grassroots response is already making headlines from ABC News to the Huffington Post. As Sandra put it yesterday:

“The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced.”
Don’t let Republicans in Congress get away with a “no comment” on Rush’s outrageous smears. Either they’re okay with his vile attacks on women or they’re not.

Add your name right now: http://dccc.org/Denounce-Rush

Thanks for standing strong,

Kelly

Kelly Ward
DCCC Political Director

 

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Hey, so much for keeping a laser-beam focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, eh?

My two cents: Yes, we’re seeing the usual left-wing double standards when it comes to defending women against sexist putdowns. The language Rush used is completely unacceptable…except when it’s used against the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, myself, and every other prominent female conservative in public life, of course.

I’ll tell you why Rush was wrong. Young Sandra Fluke of Georgetown Law is not a “slut.” She’s a moocher and a tool of the Nanny State. She’s a poster girl for the rabid Planned Parenthood lobby and its eugenics-inspired foremothers.

Appearing on NBC’s “Today,” Sandra Fluke said she was “stunned” and “outraged” by Limbaugh’s comments, which she deemed “an attempt to silence me, to silence all of us from speaking about the healthcare we need.”

Fluke, a third-year law student, testified about Georgetown’s policy on contraception during an unofficial hearing last Thursday that was led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She argued that birth control should be covered by health insurance at religious institutions.

Pelosi arranged for Fluke to testify after she was excluded from an official congressional hearing on the contraceptive mandate in the nation’s health-care law. Republicans who ran the hearing said Fluke’s name was submitted too late (Democrats disagree). None of the women who testified at the congressional hearing spoke in favor of the mandate.

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Miley Cyrus, Occupier Poster Girl

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This is article 121 of 191 in the topic Marches/Protests/Riots

Miley Cyrus, Occupier Poster Girl
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2011

She’s perfect. Miley Cyrus, Hollywood’s perpetually half-dressed wild child with an insatiable appetite for attention, jumped in front of the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon this week. The young Disney mogul unveiled a YouTube anthem hailing the aimless, anti-capitalist protesters. Smells like opportunistic teen queen spirit.

Like so much of the warmed-over, Big Labor-underwritten Occupy movement, Miley’s musical tribute to its foot soldiers is a worn-out derivative remix. She took “Liberty Walk,” a year-old single; spliced in video footage of union marchers carrying carbon-copy “TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRACY” signs; tossed in random scenes of global discontent from London to China to San Diego to Salem, Oregon; slapped on a treacly dedication to “the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in” (like, whatever that is); stirred; auto-tuned; and released:

“Sayin’ goodbye to the people who tied you up/ It’s a liberty walk, walk/ Feelin’ your heart again/ Breathin’ new oxygen/ It’s a liberty walk, walk/ Free yourself, slam the door, not a prisoner anymore!”

Somehow, all the Occupier outbreaks of lice, public defecation, property destruction and rape got left on the cutting room floor.

Hipsters are horrified by the Hollywood hijacking. To borrow a favorite Occupier phrase, they rained “downtwinkles” on the starlet. One Occupy activist prominently distanced herself from Hannah Montana, Teen Revolutionary, and issued a challenge. Priscilla Grim, an Occupy flack, told the website TMZ that while Miley’s music video “‘rocks’ in spirit … she doubts the singer has the guts to actually hit the streets.” Grim dared “Ms. Cyrus” to “fight on the front line of economic civil rights” and join the agitators at Los Angeles City Hall.

Will Miley put her Louboutins where her vocal cords are? With an estimated net worth of $120 million, the radical chic poseur is no dummy. While her video stokes anti-police hostility and anti-bank rage, she and her managers can safely raise their figurative fists with one hand while inking new corporate deals with the other.

One YouTube commenter decried Tinseltown’s “cynical ploy”:

“This is disgusting. Another celebrity cashing in on the Occupy movement for their own profit. First (rapper) Jay-Z selling T-shirts and giving no money to the movement and now this. It might be different if she was giving all the profits from this song to the movement, but she’s keeping all of it for herself. I am an active member of Occupy — and on behalf of the movement I would like to say f**k you Miley Cyrus and f**k you Jay-Z. You are blood-sucking scum!”

That’s just a bit harsh. After all, diehard Occupiers themselves are hawking photos, documentaries and all manner of assorted swag from one coast to the other, while live-streaming their nocturnal, police-obstructing parties over corporate airwaves. They’ve opened bank accounts with the same companies their masked peers have vandalized. Their union elders are cutting deals with the same retailers they besieged on Black Friday.

In so many ways, Miley and the Occu-mob are a match made in heaven. Vacuous. Hypocritical. Entitled. Vain. Nihilist. Exhibitionist. Coddled. Forever adolescent, treating life like an endless “Party in the U.S.A.,” and demanding that everyone else pay for it.

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OAKLAND OWS: UNPROVOKED ASSAULT UNDER COLOR OF AUTHORITY?

by Stephen Levine on Saturday, November 26th, 2011

This is article 115 of 191 in the topic Marches/Protests/Riots

Heaven knows that I am not a fan of  the “Occupy” movement that has been infiltrated by Marxists, Communists, Anarchists and union thugs … but this video purports to show an unprovoked shooting of a videographer, self-identified as Scott Campbell, by a uniformed police officer.

The person does not appear to be unruly, unlawful or engaging in prohibited conduct. There was no warning and it appears that the photographer had requested permission to film.

What we do not know is the entire story. It may be that a lawful order to disperse was given and the videographer did not leave the immediate scene when requested.

Judge for yourself …


 

Bottom line …

This is America and even though I disagree with the position of the protesters, we must respect their rights to free speech, assembly and the right to dissent.

However, the police should not be unduly vilified for something that they may have been justified in doing.

It is well known that some of the participants who appear on the streets are known agitators, some believing they need to provoke a violent confrontation to capture media attention and publicize their cause.

Others in the OWS movement have suggested that individual officers be photographed, identified and harassed by any means possible. Known as “doxing,” all personal information is made public without limitations – including names, addresses, phone numbers, schools, classes, grades, employers, finances etc. as punishment for some alleged grievance.

In any event, the acting Oakland Chief of Police, Chief Howard Jordan, needs to respond to this matter before it becomes just another rallying point for the OWS movement.

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Why Do Media Hate the Police?

by Cliff Kincaid on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This is article 111 of 191 in the topic Marches/Protests/Riots

Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News attacked the police at UC Davis on his Monday night broadcast. He said the demonstrators were just “sitting on a sidewalk peacefully protesting” when they were pepper-sprayed. Inviting members of his viewing audience to take the side of the protesters, he said, “Imagine those are your kids sitting on the sidewalk.” In fact, some of those “kids” were non-student agitators. They were locked arm-in-arm and had refused reasonable and repeated requests to move. They were threatening the educational atmosphere on campus by erecting a tent city that was luring increasing numbers of criminal outsiders. They wanted a confrontation and got it. What’s more, they got it on film, making sure they could portray the police in the worst possible light, without context or background to the confrontation that should have been avoided.

Doesn’t Brian Williams have the ability to get facts on the ground before going public with sensational and wild allegations against the police?

Sitting in the comfort of his New York studio, Williams ignored the statement issued by Linda P.B. Katehi, the Chancellor of UC Davis, when she noted that “…on Thursday a group of protesters including UC Davis students and other non-UC Davis affiliated individuals established an encampment of about 25 tents on the Quad.” Notice the reference to “non-UC Davis affiliated individuals,” including outside agitators.

Katehi said, “The group was reminded that while the university provides an environment for students to participate in rallies and express their concerns and frustrations through different forums, university policy does not allow such encampments on university grounds.”

So the radicals were there in violation of university policy, interfering with the rights of others. The head of a college or university clearly had a responsibility to act under those circumstances.

The chancellor went on:

“On Thursday, the group stayed overnight despite repeated reminders by university staff that their encampment violated university policies and they were requested to disperse. On Friday morning, the protestors were provided with a letter explaining university policies and reminding them of the opportunities the university provides for expression. Driven by our concern for the safety and health of the students involved in the protest, as well as other students on our campus, I made the decision not to allow encampments on the Quad during the weekend, when the general campus facilities are locked and the university staff is not widely available to provide support.”

So the chancellor wanted to keep the campus safe on the weekend, for the benefit of the real students who were there. Was she expected to let more and more outsiders assemble on campus, to the detriment of the students paying to get an education?

She continued, “During the early afternoon hours and because of the request to take down the tents, many students decided to dismantle their tents, a decision for which we are very thankful. However, a group of students and non-campus affiliates decided to stay. The university police then came to dismantle the encampment. The events of this intervention have been videotaped and widely distributed. As indicated in various videos, the police used pepper spray against the students who were blocking the way.”

Clearly, Brian Williams of NBC News misled his viewers about what these “kids” really did.

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Aaron Klein exposes #OccupyWallStreet’s White House ties with new website.

by Greg Hedgepath on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This is article 110 of 191 in the topic Marches/Protests/Riots

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Cross Posted from YourJewishNews.com

American journalist and author Aaron Klein has launched a new website and social media project aimed at exposing the “OccupyWall Street” movement.

The new website, ExposeOccupy.com, will be updated constantly throughout the day for news, information, investigations and exposes concerning the anti-capitalist movement.

The website will include original reporting, research and blogging as well as content from scores of news organizations and websites. An active online forum will allow users to post material themselves while participating in social media discussions.

The purpose of ExposeOccupy.com is to unmask what is thought of as a spontaneous revolution, documenting how the Occupy movement was pre-planned by seasoned radical agitators. One section of the site contains information warning Occupy could turn violent while another section suggests White House ties.

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been used by some protestors to bring up the anti-Semitic age-old financial “Jewish Conspiracy” canard.

Recently, one protester claimed that “the people who run Wall Street are guilty of crimes against humanity. A small ethnic group consists of…almost all bankers on Wall Street are Jewish.”

“There is a conspiracy in this country, and Jews control the media, the finances…. The Jews represent two percent of the population…and have pooled their money together to take control of Americans finances….Almost all of the federal judges are Jewish.”

The protester also charged that both the Democratic and Republican parties based their campaigns to “appease Jewish Americans because Jewish money controls American politics….It is a conspiracy that everyone is afraid to talk about.”

In another incident, a group of about 40 people from the anti-Zionist Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine joined together for an anti-Israel rally and march in Boston.

The demonstration was entitled ‘Occupy Boston — Not Palestine’ and protested U.S. support of Israeli military presence in “Palestine.”

Klein hosts “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio. He is a former Arutz Sheva writer and has published several books on the Arab-Israel conflict and the United States.

Klein and researcher Brenda J. Elliott last month released a book that exposes the radicals behind the Occupy movement. With nearly 1,500 endnotes, the book is titled “Red Army: The radical network that must be defeated to save America.”

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#N17 RAGEFEST: White House silence on Occupier chaos = complicity; Molotov Man arrested; Occupy Dallas cleared out

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, November 17th, 2011

This is article 96 of 191 in the topic Marches/Protests/Riots

As the nationwide Rage-fest gets underway tomorrow to mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its devolution into a lice-infested, criminal-attracting, craptacular Molotov cocktail party, where, oh where, are the civility police? The speech monitors? The White House?

Just a few weeks ago, the president’s staff rushed to the side of the Occupiers.

Now? Not so much. I noted tonight at the end of my segment on the Hannity show that silence = complicity.

Maxine Waters shrugs at dead bodies and rapes and child molesters infesting the Occupier camps: “[T]hat’s life and it happens.”

The nutball who threatened to bomb Macy’s with Molotov cocktails has been arrested, by the way.

Spin from Occupier apologists: All those troublesome violent agitators are just “infiltrators.”

Comment from White House flacks? Bueller? Bueller?

Here’s some lowdown on the “#N17″ festivities. Banks will be targeted again. NYC thugs will aim to shut down Wall Street for real. D.C. hoodlums plan to shut down traffic. Other Occupiers will shut down bridges.

You can monitor Occupier livestreams here or here.

Conservative Daily News is holding an alternative “National Day of Doing Crap That Matters.”

How sympathetic describe the planned chaos: “a combination of envelope-pushing direct actions and mass demonstrations.”

Update: 1:00am Eastern Police have moved in on Occupy Dallas, shutting it down citing violations of a city curfew for city parks between midnight and 5am. Interesting timing now given that city cut a deal with the occupiers and tolerated the rule-breaking for nearly two months…

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Flashback:

If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost. Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud. It should be because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

I believe we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved lives here – they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.

That’s what I believe, in part because that’s what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed.

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