Has everybody gone crazy?

Things have gone insane in D.C.

And I’m not referring to the Republican shutdown, which is a different kind of insanity.

A couple of weeks ago, we were dealing with the psychopath who shot up the Navy Yard.

Thursday, it was the crazy woman who got herself killed after trying to ram her car’s past the White House gates, then took off, ran over a cop and sped around the capitol crashing into whatever she could.

And yesterday, a guy set himself on fire on the National Mall.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries.

Officer Araz Alali says the man died Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted.
He says the man was so badly burned that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records.

The man poured a can of gasoline on himself in the center portion of the mall Friday afternoon. He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help douse the flames.

Police are investigating the man’s possible motives for doing so.

This goes beyond any level of insanity you can think of.


An American Spectator: Not innocent. Not a bystander

As I posted yesterday, I was outside the National Air & Space Museum Saturday, watching protesters in the Occupy DC rally outside the building. It was in the morning. Not much was going on, everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Then I read yesterday that this happened:

Washington’s National Air and Space Museum was closed Saturday afternoon after sign-wielding demonstrators tried to storm the building on the National Mall.

At least one person was pepper sprayed when the crowd pinned a guard against a wall and another guard came to his rescue, Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas told NBC station WRC.

Sounds scary. People storming the building. People getting pepper sprayed. But what really happened? Who was responsible?

A conservative journalist has admitted to infiltrating the group of protesters who clashed with security at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on Saturday — and he openly claims to have helped instigate the events that prompted the museum to close.

Patrick Howley, an assistant editor at the American Spectator, says that he joined the group under the pretense that he was a demonstrator. “As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator,” Howley wrote. (The language in the story has since been changed without explanation.)

This is repulsive. This idiot pretends to support the rally, then agitates people to storm the building, putting people in danger in an attempt to discredit the rally. The right infiltrates a peaceful rally and agitates to turn it violent. But here’s the kicker. Of the hundreds of protesters at the museum, 10 were stupid enough to make things ugly. And they were the dupes of an agitator on the right.

And just to emphasize that he was the instigator, here a repeat of what he wrote on the American Spectator Web site:

[A]s far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator — and I wasn’t giving up before I had my story. Under a cloud of pepper spray I forced myself into the doors and sprinted blindly across the floor of the Air and Space Museum…

The American Spectator has to fire this guy. If it doesn’t it will just reconfirm that everything it does is dishonest and a threat to individual safety. And since he’s willing to undermine a demonstration through violence, he’s more than willing to be thrown in jail.

Who are the 99%?

Who are the 99%?

They seem to be spreading in various cities. They’ve been in Wall Street for several weeks. Word is, they’ve moved into Washington Square Park in New York.

They’re in Washington as Occupy DC. They were in McPherson Square and Freedom Square, not far from the White House. And they were on the Mall this weekend. Here’s one sign bearer in the middle of the street in front of packed stairs of protesters at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday:

And they’re occupying a number of other cities across America.

So what’s the story? They’re telling you if you are willing to listen. They aren’t encouraging. In a lot of cases, they’re pretty desperate. And they’ve gotten that way because the economic system has collapsed and the future is looking dark. They blame corporate greed, political indifference and media neglect.

Click here for a look.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened this week in Washington, D.C., and — weather permitting — there is a dedication scheduled on Sunday. Jerry Bembry, with Baltimore public radio station WYPR, visited the national mall to get people’s reaction to the memorial, and to see how the public felt about Dr. King’s dream.