Host an Occupier on Your Couch

The Occupy Wall Street group in New York is running low on money and on pace to run out by the end of the month, raising questions about the future of the movement that sparked a wave of nationwide protests against economic injustice six months ago.

Donations to the group, which raised about $500,000 within weeks of setting up camp in a park near Wall Street on September 17, have slowed and with plans for an American Spring of protests it has set aside a remaining $90,000 into a fund established to bail arrested protesters out of jail.

A report by Occupy Wall Street’s accounting group for the week ending March 2 showed it had $44,828 in a general fund in addition to the bail fund and warned that “at our current rate of expenditure, we will be out of money in THREE WEEKS.”

The report – posted on the group’s website http:// – showed $1,556 had been raised that week, while $14,942 had been spent on the group’s kitchen, street medics, New York City bus and subway passes, and printing costs.

Critics say the Occupy movement lacks demands and direction and has lost momentum. Occupy protest crowds in New York and other U.S. cities have tended to number in the hundreds rather than thousands, despite the group’s social media savvy.

“The success of the movement has never depended on money,” Occupy Wall Street spokesman Ed Needham said.

“Occupy Wall Street is about our abundant human resources – the creative talent, dedication and sweat equity of people here and elsewhere that have decided to stand up against a corrupt and unjust society run by a powerful elite few,” he said.

Since Occupy Wall Street began it has received more than $730,000 in donations, according to the accounting group. It has a fiscal sponsor, the Tucson-based Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ), which allows donations to be tax exempt.

Inspired by the pro-democracy Arab Spring and Spain’s “Indignados” movement, Occupy sparked a national debate about economic injustice and has influenced the political conversation leading up to the presidential election in November.

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Violent Nation of Islam Attacks ‘Minion of the Synagogue of Satan’ Glenn Beck for Farrakhan Comments

-Beck discussed Farrakhan’s recent warning about a possible assassination of President Barack Obama.
-Farrakhan has called Obama a “murderer” and “assassin,“ and Beck said his words constitute ”a clear and present danger to the president.”
-The official newspaper of the Nation of Islam published a piece calling Beck a “minion of the synagogue of Satan” and said it will “not allow such vicious assaults” on Farrakhan.
-The Koran “teaches Muslims to never be the aggressor in word or deed, but if attacked, we fight with those who fight with us.”

The Nation of Islam’s official newspaper The Final Call on Saturday published an opinion piece attacking “minion of the synagogue of Satan” Glenn Beck for his recent comments about Louis Farrakhan, vowing it will “not allow such vicious assaults” on the movement’s leader.

During his radio show Feb. 27, Beck discussed Farrakhan’s warning that racial hatred could lead to an attempt on President Barack Obama’s life, even suggesting that a Muslim could be set up to kill him. Beck wondered whether the warning could be a kind of set up to draw attention from Farrakhan and his followers — Farrakhan in the past has called Obama a “murderer” and “assassin.”

“I’m telling you this is a clear and present danger to the president of the United States,” Beck said. “Will someone in the Secret Service or DOJ investigate what is happening at the Nation of Islam?”

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Lottery Winner To Lose Food Stamps

The Michigan woman who won the lottery but stayed on public food assistance will no longer be dining off the taxpayers’ dime.

Amanda Clayton, the 24-year old Lincoln Park resident who won $1 million in the state lottery but continued to use $200 a month in food stamps, has had her benefits revoked by the Michigan Department of Human Services.

According to Michigan DHS, those receiving food benefits must notify the state of a change in income or assets within 10 days.

“DHS relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status. If they are not, and continue to accept benefits, they may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits,” DHS issued in a statement and published by Local 4.

“Michigan DHS does not currently have the ability to verify a person’s lottery winnings in determining benefit eligibility, but bills pending in the state legislature would require the Michigan Lottery to notify DHS of lottery winners. We fully support this proposed change. Our Office of Inspector General will continue to vigorously pursue any and all abuse and fraud in the welfare system,” the statement concluded.

A bill requiring the state to cross-check the names of lottery winners prizes over $1,000 with names of individuals on public assistance, sponsored by state Republican Rep. Dale Zorn, has passed the state House. There is a companion bill in the state Senate.

Clayton’s food stamp chicanery was first reported by Local 4, who filmed Clayton using food stamps and approached her about it.

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Rush: ‘There Is Shellshock’ That Campaign to Marginalize Him Hasn’t Worked, and Has Backfired

Don’t Doubt Our Enthusiasm, Folks

… I want to try something here. It’s very delicate, but I’m going to give it a shot, and it’s aimed at those of you who are lacking confidence over the possibility of beating Obama. We just heard from Victor in Atlanta, and despite what is real, Victor is convinced… Well, he’s not convinced, but he’s very frightened that the enthusiasm to dump Obama is fading on our side. Now, there’s been an event that happen last weekend, and it’s had legs, and it’s gone on throughout this entire week. It was an event which ended up being directed out of the White House when it was all said and done. And it’s safe to say that this event has backfired on them.

Everything they hoped to accomplish this week, they’ve not accomplished. They might have 25 years ago, but they haven’t. They, on the left, are now being forced by an army of people on the right to comport themselves to the same standards that they are demanding of others, and that’s going to put a real crimp in their style. Remember, when I apologized I said one aspect of what I had done wrong was I descended to their level. And I meant to emphasize that. I descended to their level. That’s what was, among other things, wrong about it. But it was a one-time thing for me. They live there. Now they’ve been called on it.

Kirsten Powers at Fox News, with the couple of columns that she has written on the double standard, she deserves a Medal of Valor. She deserves a huge medal.

… IF that enthusiasm had started to wane, the media and the Democrats have ginned it back up to higher levels than it ever has been since the Tea Party days of 2010. It’s back, folks. Trust me. Don’t doubt me. I am fully aware. The enthusiasm is there. The energy is there on the part of people on our side, all over this country. There is shellshock on the left. They thought this was the time. This was the gonna be that moment when they finally succeeded. Right now they’re sitting out there in stunned confusion trying to figure out why it hasn’t happened, why am I still here.

… This event turned out to be… It wasn’t a fluke. It was purposeful. All they ended up doing was calling attention to their own constant misogyny. All they ended up doing was focusing the attention on all of their people on the left who are constantly and every day in the gutter. They’re not there by accident or by mistake, like I was for five minutes. They live there, and that’s what’s been made plain this week. That has been what has been made clear. I also had — I didn’t get to it yesterday, but you may have seen this by now — a video. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Sheila Jackson Lee were caught by somebody.

It might have been Breitbart people, I forget who it was, with camera and microphone — and they would not condemn any of the language from any of their favorite people on the left. No, no, totally different! Oh, you mean so it’s okay for Sarah Palin to be called the C-word as long as the guy calling her the C-word is pro-choice, essentially? Their hypocrisy has been illustrated triumphantly and in great klieg lights and is on display every week. I apologized for behaving like a Democrat. They can’t apologize for that, because they are. They’re there every day. I apologized for behaving like a liberal. They live there.

Game. Set. Match.

White House Organizes…Prayer Vigil for Obamacare Outside Supreme Court

As the White House struggles to garner support for Obamacare as it approaches Supreme Court arguments on the new health care law, the administration is not leaving anything to chance — not even forces from heaven above.

Yes, on Wednesday, White House officials reportedly called on dozens of nonprofit leaders to aid them in organizing a prayer vigil outside the court – right when justices plan to hear arguments for three days beginning March 26.

In a push that hopes to shape public opinion on the issue at the very center of the battle for the White House and Congress, advocates and officials set their strategy to win favor in motion. White House officials, however, deny they are trying to influence others or garner support by facilitating rallies outside the Supreme Court.

The NY Times adds:

At the White House meeting on Wednesday, a wide range of advocates representing consumers and people with diseases and disabilities — as well as doctors and nurses, labor unions and religious organizations — discussed plans to bolster the landmark law, which is being challenged by 26 states as unconstitutional.

Supporters of the law plan to hold events outside the court on each day of oral argument. The events include speeches by people with medical problems who have benefited or could benefit from the law. In addition, supporters will arrange for radio hosts to interview health care advocates at a “radio row,” at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.

People who attended the meeting on Wednesday said the speakers included Jennifer Palmieri, deputy communications director at the White House; Jon Carson, director of the president’s Office of Public Engagement; Jeanne M. Lambrew, deputy assistant to the president for health policy; and Mark B. Childress, a deputy chief of staff at the White House.

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Gloria Allred Has Gone Mad

Rush Limbaugh has drawn the ire of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent a letter to the Palm Beach County state attorney requesting an investigation into whether the popular radio host should be prosecuted for calling a law student a “slut” and “prostitute” last week.

“Mr. Limbaugh targeted his attack on a young law student who was simply exercised her free speech and her right to testify before congress on a very important issue to millions of American women and he vilified her. He defamed her and engaged in unwarranted, tasteless and exceptionally damaging attacks on her,” Allred told POLITICO Friday afternoon. “He needs to face the consequences of his conduct in every way that is meaningful.”

In a letter dated March 8, Allred, writing on behalf of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, requested that Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe probe whether the conservative radio personality had violated Section 836.04 of the Florida Statutes by calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke the two derogatory words.

The statute stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Allred explained that the statute recently came to her attention as having never been repealed, and that it could very well apply to Limbaugh’s remarks as his show is broadcast from West Palm Beach.

It is now entirely up to the prosecutor to exercise his discretion on whether there will be a prosecution. McAuliffe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Allred, whose most recent high-profile clients have included Sharon Bialek, who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, and porn star Ginger Lee, who exchanged explicit emails with former Rep. Anthony Weiner, said Friday that she has not yet been in touch with Fluke.

“I don’t reach out to women, they reach out to me,” she said. “If she did reach out to me, obviously I would respond.”

Limbaugh’s contentious remarks, made against Fluke for testifying on Capitol Hill about women’s access to contraception, resulted in widespread public outrage and dozens of advertisers pulling their commercials from his three-hour program.

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