American Spectator's Patrick Howley Infiltrates Occupy Anarchy DC

By Proof

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A leftist blogger over at Fire Dog Lake, accuses Patrick Howley of being an "agent provocateur" at the storming the Smithsonian event. From Howley's own account, that doesn't seem to be the case:

The fastest-running protesters charged up the steps of Washington's National Air and Space Museum Saturday afternoon to infiltrate the building and hang banners on the "shameful" exhibits promoting American imperialism. As the white-uniformed security guards hurried to physically block the entrances, only a select few -- myself, for journalistic purposes, included -- kept charging forward.

Roughly one hundred protesters marched on the Air and Space Museum Saturday, following a planned assembly held the night before in Freedom Plaza. At that assembly, the "Action Committee" for the protest movement organized by October2011.com suggested storming the museum in order to state their opposition to American militarism, which they perceive as a root cause of the federal deficit. The marchers started out in the early afternoon, and after a roughly half-hour parade through the streets of D.C. they reached their target. As the museum doors approached, all of a sudden liberal shoes started marching less forcefully, and the crowd split into two factions -- those rushing the doors, and those staying behind.


So, he didn't provoke them to storm the museum, and it sounds like he was caught up in some of the pushing and pepperspraying, but nothing suggests that he was instigating it, other than some disgruntled leftie saying "Conservatives made us do it!"

Sounds much like a tempest in a(n unwashed) teacup.

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive

8 comments:

  1. The "Occupy" movement has already lost.

    As I explain in this seemingly unrelated story, the movement has failed to stay on message and it has degraded into an incoherent mess.

    The focus has changed from "Wall Street" to "Occupy," and THAT is how their movement has self-destructed. They have revealed themselves for the mindless thugs that they are.

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  2. "The "Occupy" movement has already lost." Let's hope so. If every a movement were deserving of an early grave, it's this one.

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  3. I think its easy to exaggerate the relevance of groups like this simply because the corrupt vermin who control the "news" business in this country are behind them. The Tea Party is an order of magnitude more populous than this mangy crop of degenerates, but you'd never know that if you depended on traditional information outlets to catch you up to speed.

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  4. Chuck: I agree. The left is desperate for relevance at this point in the first (and hopefully only) term of the worst president in history. They would love to have a movement comparable to the Tea Party, so they have to overinflate the importance of any band of miscreants they can find.

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  5. I agree with both Chuck and Proof. Just because the MSM is saturating the air waves with these temper tantrums, we need to remember they are a fraction of 1%. Most of these protests couldn't fill a city bus, and they are pissing of a large number of people they purport to represent.

    From a communications standpoint, their message is incoherent. Unlike ending a war, the targeted policies are too abstract and too many political interests in the 95% are up for grabs.. From an organizational standpoint, they are gathering too soon.

    In San Francisco, we have been having weekly protests over two police shootings. Each week, the crowd gets smaller and smaller. Now its overlapping the Occupy protests. Rather than gaining steam, they're stepping on each other and exhausting themselves. They won't have any impact on current legislation.

    Making fun of them once in a while is OK, but we shouldn't dignify their rants with too much commentary. Let's focus back on King Obama rather than his pawns. We also need to take his rook, Eric Holder, out of the game.

    We still need to fight the electoral battle. How will Obama's policies hurt those people in the Midwest, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada?

    At least we have stopped arguing about the Republican candidate, a marked improvement.

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  6. .

    "As the white-uniformed security guards hurried to physically block the entrances, only a select few -- myself, for journalistic purposes, included -- kept charging forward." - Patrick Howley.

    Patrick Howley provokes a confrontational incident that reinforces your preconceived ideas and manipulates you. You are OK with this.

    "The "Occupy" movement has already lost." You really believe this? Is this the 'marching orders' issued by Fox/Murdoch Media?

    A great man once said, "First they ignore you. Then they mock you, Then they fight you. Then you win."

    Are you _for_ the international banks having all the power over USA, or are you for the people having power to rule their own country??

    Ema Nymton
    ~@:o?
    .

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  7. "Are you _for_ the international banks having all the power over USA, or are you for the people having power to rule their own country??

    Gee, not my NamE, stupid non sequitur much? Why do you people choose this mental slavery you're in? What comfort do you find in it? I guess it's easier than thinking

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  8. This Might be the best thing I've read about these flea-bitten animals and their "occupation". Good stuff.

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