If you live in the New York City area, you won’t want to miss this show.
If you live in the New York City area, you won’t want to miss this show.
This summer’s much-anticipated Hollywood blockbuster, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is getting an unusual boost from Democrats and other foes of Mitt Romney who are eager to tie the Gotham crushing villain to the GOP presidential candidate. Their angle: the mask-wearing, “Venom” gas breathing bad guy has a name that sounds just like Romney’s former investment firm that President Obama has been blasting as a jobs killer.
“Bane” is the terrorist in the new movie who drives the caped crusader out of semi-retirement in the final Batman movie. Democrats, who believe they have Romney on the ropes over the president’s assault on his leadership at Bain Capital, said the comparisons are too rich to ignore.
“It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood,” said Democratic advisor and former Clinton aide Christopher Lehane. “Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society,” he added.
GOP advisor Frank Luntz seems to think the name was chosen to tweak Romney: “Hollywood does it again,” he told Secrets. “[Romney] had to know all this was coming and he should have done a lot more to prepare for it.”
Okay, wait just a minute, there, bub. I’m not a comic book nerd, and (I’m going to make some enemies admitting this) I’m not even a big fan of the Dark Knight movies, so I had to look this up: The character Bane, goes all the way back to 1993, long before anyone cared about Mitt Romney’s political aspirations:
I don’t think Hollywood can be blamed for using an established character’s name, even if it does sound like Romney’s former investment firm, Bain.
And it’s kinda funny that the Democrats are going to try to pretend Romney’s the villain in the Dark Knight, because if there is a parallel to be made regarding this movie and politics — it’s pretty much the opposite of what the Dems are saying it is. Moreover, if this movie turns out to be the blockbuster it’s predicted to be, everyone is going to know how ridonkulus the Dems are for trying this.
It turns out, Bane is the leader of Gotham’s version of an Occupy mob.
Who occupies this city? The 99 percent are a colony of men who’ve been discarded by society living and working in the sewers and subway tunnels, a literal underground of outcasts. They are janitors and delivery guys who are ignored and pass invisibly through halls of power. They are a cat burglar, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway: One Day, Rio), who steals from the rich because it’s a good way for a clever girl to make a living. They are the idealistic young cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 50/50, Inception), whose romanticism will be shattered as he confronts the realities of his hero, police Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2). Gordon is on the other side, among the powerful who cheat and deceive: he has been abetting the elevation to City Savior of district attorney Harvey Dent and the demonization of the Batman, who took the fall for the crimes and sins of Dent at the end of The Dark Knight. (That’s no spoiler, even for those who haven’t seen the previous film: Gordon’s inner turmoil but ultimate decision to continue with the lie is one of the film’s opening gambits.) And of course there’s billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale: Public Enemies, Terminator Salvation). He has now turned recluse and is presumed to have gone all Howard Hughes, but over the course of this story — beautifully, bleakly written by Nolan and his returning Batman writers Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer — we will learn that even hidden away in his stately manor, he wields power, and that we cannot, should not trust to his good motives, for he likes to play god, or at least master of the universe.
What happens in such an unfair world? Enters a villain, the masked Bane (Tom Hardy: This Means War, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), who takes advantage of those who are hurting, those who have been taken advantage of. It takes only a little mass urban blackmail before Gotham is on Bane’s side, and despotism descends with the hurricane force of inevitability. The peasants of Gotham become a citywide mob, following a madman because it sounds like he understands them. It’s authentic French Revolution time. Nolan has said Rises was inspired by A Tale of Two Cities… except here, the two cities are merely the two sides of Gotham.
If Mitt is represented by anyone – he’s one percenter, Bruce Wayne, the billionaire who enters the fray when things get desperate, to save the city from the despotic, Jacobin, class warfare loving, Moonbat Messiah, Bane (which happens to rhyme with Hussein), who’s leading Gotham to French Revolution style pain.
Ace is blunter than I am:
One problem: Bane may sound like “Bain,” but when Bane talks, he talks like Obama. The whole plot of the movie is Bane’s attempt at “hope and change,” by which we mean violent revolution against the capitalist class.
Actually, I’m pretty sure Democrats know this, and are trying to steer people away the obvious comparison (that doesn’t help Obama) toward their weak and strained one (that helps Obama.) It’s called “misdirection”, and they do it all the time.
They always fool some of the people some of the time, which I guess makes it worth their time.
Via Gateway Pundit:
The Batman villain creator called the Democrat attacks on Romney, “Ridiculous!”
The Washington Times reported:
Comic book Writer Chuck Dixon created the character of Bane in the early 90′s and his reaction to the news above, according to his message board on his website Dixonverse.net, was “I saw it on FB like two hours ago. Ridiculous. Tho’ I got a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach that Rush may pick up on this. And that would be the second time he pegged me and Graham as liberals on his show.”
He later added, “Overgrasping Dems? Hey, if it gets Obama supporters into theaters. Maybe they’ll buy thousands of Bane toys to throw at Romney. It all adds to MY Bane capital. I wonder if the Romney campaign will contact me?”
Stalking Republicans office holders and candidates has become a favorite tactic of the left. Just ask Governor Walker. He can’t even appear at non-political events like book readings to schoolchildren, Christmas tree lightings, or the opening of the WI State Fair without being hounded by radical unionistas and leftists in Wisconsin.
Occupiers dogged Republican candidates at numerous primary appearances, earlier this year, and now MoveOn is promising to hound Romney at all of his outdoor speaking engagements.
The following is an email sent to all MoveOn members. Note that it starts off bemoaning how the presidential election is going to be “one of the dirtiest ever” (excuse me, who’s fault is that?!) while in the next breath, suggesting that MoveOn members donate to their campaign of harassing Romney everywhere he goes from now until election day…
Dear MoveOn member,
This is shaping up to be the dirtiest presidential election ever. And the most expensive, with pro-Romney super PACs and huge corporations spending like drunken sailors, thanks to Citizens United.1 The sheer quantity of misleading ads will be stupefying.
But even if they buy the airwaves, they can’t buy the skies. So we can “rise above” their dirty ads—literally—and fly messages from the 99% over dozens of Mitt Romney events. We already did it successfully when we hired a plane to fly over Romney’s Liberty University graduation speech towing a banner that read: “GOP = HIGHER SCHOOL DEBT.”2
We can’t afford hundreds of millions of dollars of TV ads. But it turns out, if we all chip in a bit, we can afford to fly banners over Romney’s head. All the time.
Call it 99airlines.
Here’s the plan: if we can raise $150,000 today, we’ll use the opportunity of high-dollar Romney fundraisers to fly a plane overhead towing a message that reminds voters how he represents his corporate and 1% donors.
It’ll be fun—and it’s sure to grab the media’s attention. But most importantly, with Mitt leading in many polls, it’s a way to let millions of voters who are concerned about the economy know whose side Mitt is really on. Will you chip in?
With 99airlines, we’ll transform Mitt Romney’s 1% fundraising tour into an airborne progressive message machine. If we hit our fundraising goal, we can secure enough plane banners so that at every Romney event, instead of looking at the podium, the reporters’ eyes and cameras will be pointing up, on the lookout for our banners.
According to Gallup, only 1/3 of voters under 29 are registered to vote and say they’ll definitely do so in November (far less than every other age group).3 That’s enough to swing the election. So with your support, we’ll also reach these voters by making 99airlines huge online—using Facebook and a Tumblr site, to post pictures of the best plane banners.
This summer, we’re pulling out all the stops to win the fight against the Romney super PAC ad assault. The 99airlines planes—and the messages they carry—will transform Romney fundraisers into an opportunity to remind voters what he really stands for—corporations and the 1%.
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Victoria, Emily, Garlin, and the rest of the team
Apparently, the Obama campaign, too, is now organizing protests outside of Romney speaking engagements.
Via Gateway Pundit:
Mitt Romney visited an inner school in Philadelphia today to discuss his education agenda. The Obama Campaign met him at the school and protested his visit outside.
Mayor Michael Nutter led the protest complete with Obama 2012 signs.
The Romney protest was organized by the Obama Campaign.
The Washington Post reported:
When Mitt Romney came to an inner-city charter school here Thursday to promote his new education agenda, he received something of a history lecture about the persecution of blacks in America and the struggles of African American children to meet the academic achievements of their white counterparts.
Seeking to broaden his appeal heading into the general election, Romney was venturing for his first time in this campaign into an impoverished black neighborhood to hear the concerns of local educators and community leaders. But here in the streets of West Philadelphia, the emotion surrounding his contest with the nation’s first black president was raw, as dozens of neighborhood residents shouted, “Get out, Romney, get out!”…
…Outside, meanwhile, some brick row houses across from the school were boarded up. Police had cordoned off a full city block to protect Romney and his entourage. Residents, some of them organized by Obama’s campaign, stood on their porches and gathered at a sidewalk corner to shout angrily at Romney. Some held signs saying, “We are the 99%.” One man’s placard trumpeted an often-referenced Romney gaffe: “I am not concerned about the very poor.”
Yes, harassing Republicans is fun for leftists. But the goal is not to inform “millions of voters who are concerned about the economy to know whose side Mitt is really on.” People aren’t persuaded by airplane banners, or protests outside candidates’ speaking engagements. The idea to wear people down, demoralize them into thinking the opposition is much greater than it is, depressing Republican turnout in the general election.
Don’t be fooled. Obama is floundering and his false narratives are flopping. He’s the guy who’s barely winning in one Democrat primary after another against mullet headed jailbirds or “uncommitted”. They are the ones who are demoralized as hell, as DaTechGuy likes to say- Mitt needs to ride right through them.
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A must watch for those of you who may have missed Hannity, last night.
Michelle Malkin was poetry in motion as she shot down Juan Williams’ lame and insipid defenses of the occupy movement. Her righteously indignant outrage was absolutely Breitartian by the end of the segment when Williams tried to draw a parallel between “tea party racism” and occupy mayhem.
Via Gateway Pundit:
“There is no, absolutely no parallel, between the peace-loving, tax-paying, hard working people of the Tea Party Movement and the anarchist, POO-FLINGING, Marxist Monkeys of the #Occupy Movement!”
Michelle weighed in on the kerfuffle on her blog: If you’re gonna call Tea Party activists RAAAACISTS…
Hard-working, rule of law-respecting, tax-paying, job-generating Tea Party activists are sick and tired of the smears and false equivalency between their movement and the organized, poo-flinging pawns of Occupy Wall Street.
But we knew long ago it was the only card they had to play…
Thanks to people like Michelle Malkin, the leftwing media is having a tougher time than they used to in presenting their false narratives.
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At BlogCon in Charlote, NC, this weekend, the new, extended, Occupy Unmasked trailer was debuted,
It was very well received:
Occupy Unmasked is slated to be released this Spring.
With the coming of Spring, occupiers have ventured out of their parent’s basements, back into our public parks, where they are once again pitching tents, and daring the police to do something about it.
In Oakland, SFGate reports that about a dozen people in six tents spent Wednesday night in Mosswood Park, and were still there on Thursday.
“This is the start of the spring offensive,” said Melvin Kelley, a member of the group’s Tactical Action Committee. “This is our new encampment until May 1, when we retake” Frank Ogawa Plaza, which the group occupied last year.
The group tried to settle at Snow Park at 19th and Harrison streets on Tuesday, but a continual police presence cleared them from the area, Kelley said.
In an attempt to confuse police, the group publicized false locations for a new encampment on Twitter until the true whereabouts were announced early Thursday.
Oakland officials and police have said since clearing Occupy’s large encampment outside City Hall in November that they won’t allow any more tent cities. Police did not respond Thursday to a request for comment about the Mosswood Park camp.
Shake Anderson, one of several Occupy activists to come to Mosswood after news spread through social media, said it could become an epicenter for the movement.
For three years, this has been Charane Odho’s neighborhood. It’s poor and imperfect, the 37-year-old grandma with pale skin, dark tattoos, and raven hair admits — but it’s home nonetheless. Suddenly, however, it’s occupied.
“It’s like we live in a huge crack house now!” Odho says. She points a long manicured fingernail at brown smears on her apartment complex’s yellow paint. “They poop on the walls,” she says, stifling a gag as she steps over stinking piles on the pavement. “They poop in the back of the building and wipe themselves with socks… Who are these people? We don’t know who the hell they are.”
Welcome to phase two of Occupy Miami. Protesters call it “Peace City.” Locals call it a living hell.
They arrived the last day of January: young and old; black, white, and brown; clean-cut professionals and grimy gutter punks. Their tents and lean-tos once clogged a lawn outside county hall like a South American favela. Now they have overtaken Odho’s Overtown apartment building, ripping off doors, tagging the building with black and red graffiti, and hanging posters from the railings. Yet there is little the cops, let alone Odho, can do. The squatters didn’t invade. They were invited.
After the police shut down their tent city on January 31, the Overtown apartment building’s landlord, a gentleman who calls himself, “Senior Paz” — “Mr. Peace” invited them to squat in his building.
For the occupiers, it was a miracle: a haven from the police and a place to plan their campaign against corruption and fat-cat corporations. Paz was their savior.
But for the building’s rent-paying tenants, Paz has unleashed a nightmare in Overtown.The squatters blast loud music late at night, openly use drugs, and regularly wage drunken fights with one another. And though Paz claims he is trying to save the neighborhood from crime, tenants say he is to blame for the violence and narcotics. Some residents have begun to fight back against their unwanted neighbors. Tensions are boiling.
Across the nation, the Occupy movement is reeling from evictions and arrests. But the Overtown encampment is a one-of-a-kind experiment. It could either save or scupper Miami’s own uprising. Some protesters say it has given them a black eye and have tried to distance the movement from Peace City. Others insist it’s the strategic headquarters they need to wage a war on inequality this summer — if city officials don’t condemn the collapsing structure first. And at the center of the controversy looms the mysterious Mr. Peace.
“He’s on drugs,” Odho says of Paz.“He’s high out of his mind.He’s letting them totally destroy our building. Pretty soon, nobody is going to be able to live here.”
Paz, though, says Peace City will change the world. “This is our Zion, our Jerusalem,” he says. “It is the place of the righteous.”
On Wednesday, NYC police released a surveillance video taken March 14, showing Occupy Wall Street demonstrators dragging large containers of human urine and feces to the open-air plaza in downtown Manhattan and pouring it down the stairs.
A few minutes later on the same evening, one of the demonstrators poured human waste inside a vestibule of a Chase bank cash machine, also in the city’s financial district, police said.
Using information from a witness and a license plate number, police said they have charged Jordan Amos, 25, of Philadelphia, with unlawful possession of noxious matter.
As we law abiding citizens watch the increasingly defiant and radical behavior of this grotesque “occupooper” movement as it enters its “trouble phase”, it’s important to remember who endorsed these “takers”, and why.
The occupy movement are basically Obamanistas whose only problem with their Messiah is, he’s not as far enough left as they would like him to be. They’re people who:
think that working people owe sluggards a living without regard for circumstances, believe that an abortion (partial birth or otherwise) is just a harmless procedure that women can use if they accidentally get pregnant, have no problem with same-sex marriage or transgender “equality” under our laws, are convinced that Israel is the problem in the Middle East, blame the U.S. for most of the world’s problems, and know deep down in their hearts that Barack Hussein Obama is the savior of mankind.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of Obamanistas in the U.S.-maybe enough of them to win the president a second term in office.
For the 2012 election the President of the United States has called out the mobs. Really. The Soros funding links, the ruckus rehearsals by left-of-left Ruckus Society, the “spontaneous” organized mobs, and now, for your delectation, folks, it’s the Poopie Kids Occupying your streets!
Yes, the spoiled ne’er-do-wells of cities all over the country have made their lasting mark on history. It’s a scent mark, like dogs peeing on a tree. This is their little gift to a Great Society. The responsible adults of the Tea Party pick up their own litter, but the Poop Party has a different political philosophy.
Poopsters of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your bowel control! It’s Marxism for infantile adults.
Now get this mental snapshot: The black and Hispanic sanitation workers of NYC are literally picking up the human feces dumped on Wall Street by hordes of white, “idealistic,” spoiled-rotten, dope-injecting, unemployable, hostile-dependent delinquents.
Those sanitation workers sweeping up the excrement should be the defining image for the Stinky Mobs. This is the image of the Obama years you’ll want to keep in mind for next November. Blacks and Hispanics cleaning the leavings of rich white kids who can’t even utter a single coherent sentence. They just revert to the language of chimps, who also throw feces to annoy each other.
Here’s some video I took at the Occupy CPAC demonstration in Washington DC, February 9 accentuating that point.
Here’s an election year reminder: The #OWS Hall Of Shame: Democrats Who Support/Supported The Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Well, I got so much debt that I must admit,
that I ain’t gonna pay even a little bit.
No I won’t. Honey I won’t. Don’t you know, yeah, yeah, I won’t.
Shame on you! We’re gonna recall you too.
All I want is to get my share from every stingy millionaire. Cause baby I don’t.
With the exception of Condoleezza Rice, these are all left wing women, but most are valid trailblazers in their own right.
Angela Davis, however, has an outrageously radical history that should not be celebrated anywhere near a place where the rule of law is respected. I’d like to know who came up with the idea to include her among this list of women being honored for “paving the way to greatness in politics” on a poster hung in the D.C. Superior Court building for Black History month.
The Washington Times has the story:
One might quibble with some of the choices, but most of them are women who indeed deserved to be celebrated. They include: Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman and the first black woman who sought to run for president; Carol Moseley Braun, the first black female U.S. senator; former National Security Council adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first black female to hold both offices; Patricia Roberts Harris, the first black female Cabinet secretary, U.S. ambassador and law school dean; and our current first lady, Michelle Obama.
One of these personifications of “greatness,” however, comes as a shock, especially in the context of a court of law. It is none other than Angela Davis, a black activist who came to prominence in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party U.S.A. and the radical black group the Black Panther Party. Ms. Davis was such a high profile communist in the latter days of the Cold War that she was awarded the so-called “Lenin Peace Prize,” given to her in a Moscow ceremony by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev himself.
Of course, Ms. Davis, too, was a trailblazer in her own way.
She was the second black woman to make the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. She earned that distinction as a fugitive wanted on murder and kidnapping charges stemming from her role in a notorious attack on a courtroom in Marin County in California.
Continue reading as former radical, Ronald Radosh looks back on her involvement in that murder, how she was able to beat the rap, and her role as a driving force in the “prison abolition” movement.
Radosh asks, “did it occur to anyone in the D.C. court system that honoring her for the benefit of its jury pools might send a mixed message?”
Last month, Davis endorsed Occupy Oakland’s National Occupy Day in support of “political prisoners” , which she defines as “any black serving a prison sentence in the United States”:
On March 1, she spoke at OccupyOakland’s Occupy4Prisoners Lecture at Grand Lake Theater, in Oakland California.
Here is video footage of Angela Davis giving one of the opening speeches on the morning of November 2, 2011. Occupy Oakland’s “General Strike” disrupted banks and shut down evening operations at one of the nation’s busiest shipping ports.
According to Radosh:
While Ms. Davis proudly wore the badge of political prisoner, and applies it to any black person who is held in prison, even when she was awaiting trial she steadfastly backed the imprisonment of Soviet political dissidents, whom she called common criminals. When Russian tanks and troops intervened in Czechoslovakia in 1968, she proudly defended the Soviet invasion. Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn told the AFL-CIO in 1975 that given her own campaign on behalf of her freedom, it was more than hypocritical for her to oppose an appeal made to her for freedom by Czech dissidents.
Again – I want to know who is responsible for putting this woman’s Commie mug on a poster among women being honored for “paving the way for political greatness.”
There is nothing great about Angela Davis’ political accomplishments. At least not coming from the point of view of most Americans. And by most – I mean anyone to the right of Malcolm X, Malik Zulu Shabazz, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and Professor Derrick Bell.