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Occupy DC Protester Shoots At White House With Assault Rifle


Another day, another “isolated incident” from a “rogue element” within the Occupy Wall Street movement.  This one opened fire on the White House with an AK-47:

Police believe the suspect, 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega of Idaho, is mentally ill. Ortega has an extensive record, ranging from domestic violence to drug charges. Sources say a police investigation has uncovered evidence suggesting Ortega has a fixation on the White House.

At 9:30 p.m. Friday, police received reports of shots fired in the bustling area of 16th street and Constitution Ave.

Authorities would later find a car in the area. The suspect had fled, but what police discovered inside the vehicle left them deeply concerned: an assault style rifle and empty shell casings.

Police linked the car to Ortega and have been hunting him ever since.

It’s unclear whether Ortega is capable of launching a sophisticated attack, but police are still fearful of what he might do next.

Authorities suspect Ortega has been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall.  Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.

(Emphasis mine.)  That’s from the ABC News report, which led blogger Ace of Spades to muse on a previous deranged gunman and his media-concocted, media-pushed relationship with a movement he had absolutely nothing to do with:

Jared Loughner never once attended a Tea Party, nor did he read Tea Party literature, or subscribe to Tea Party ideas.

Nevertheless, within 24 hours the media elected him to be Chairman Emeritus of the Tea Party movement.

A guy shoots at the White House, and guess what? He’s with the Occupy movement.

But he only posed as part of that movement. He wasn’t reallyOccupy.

Not like, say, Jared Loughner was really Tea Party.

If you’ll stroll a little further down Memory Lane, you’ll recall that the media first linked Loughner to the Tea Party within minutes of the Tucson shooting, and didn’t stop even after his lone-whacko status was conclusively established.  Instead, the media action line became all about the ostensibly angry anti-government “climate” that supposedly poisoned Loughner’s mind, even though he very obviously was not a member of the Tea Party, supporter of Sarah Palin, or consumer of Rush Limbaugh radio broadcasts. 

The entire conservative movement was indicted through such nauseating tripe as Paul Krugman’s infamous “Climate of Hate” column, an openly fascist excrescence that the New York Times has never disciplined Krugman for writing, or apologized for publishing.  Therefore, I stand by my headline for this post, which I can objectively demonstrate is one hundred percent in compliance with New York Times editorial standards.  I even remembered to describe the weapon as an “assault rifle.”  I know that’s in the style book somewhere.

The Left could not have dreamed how quickly its Tucson rules of ideological engagement would be turned against it.  Have the past thirty years seen a “climate of hate” as thick as the one billowing from Occupy Wall Street?  Who knows whether Ortega’s disturbed mind has been marinating in angry OWS propaganda long enough to turn against Wall Street’s favorite politician, Barack Hussein Obama?  No one else got more Wall Street campaign cash.  No one else has spent as much time fundraising among the dreaded One Percent.  No one else has abused government power to enrich his friends with such breathtaking scope and wild abandon.  Maybe this guy was just barely sane enough to take Occupy Wall Street’s rhetoric seriously… or would that be a more certain sign of his insanity?

By the way, are you curious to know what the New York Times has said about Oscar Ramiro Ortega?  Well, they mentioned his name, age, residence in Idaho, “history of aberrant behavior,” distinctive tattoos, “criminal records in Idaho, Texas, and Utah, including for drugs, underage drinking, domestic violence, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer,” and arsenal on Page 1.  This is the totality of their Occupy DC discussion, in the middle of Page 2:

Late on Friday, the police searched the Occupy DC protest camp, on McPherson Square just blocks from the White House, after reports that Mr. Ortega might have spent time there. Protesters there said on Monday that the police had been through their encampment several times since then, showing his picture around.

Maybe they should put Paul Krugman on the next train to DC, and see if he can sniff out any “climate of hate” at the local “Krugman’s Army” camp.  I guarantee he’ll smell something.


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