The Hunt for the Ever-Elusive Tea Party Killer Leads to... Occupy Wall Street
Liberals were so excited when news broke of a husband-and-wife team of psychopaths killing two police officers and a heroic armed civilian who confronted them in Las Vegas... and threw a "Don't Tread On Me" Gadsden flag over one of their victims. At last! At long, long last! The elusive Tea Party killer had finally arrived!
While living in Lafayette [Indiana], Jerad and his wife Amanda took part in last November’s “Million Mask March” – a gathering of protesters from the Occupy movement, anarchists, and hacktivists.
Let's flash vack to the NY Times coverage of the recent spree killers in Las Vegas:
Antigovernment Obsession Preceded Las Vegas Shootings
...Just before noon, the couple entered a CiCi’s Pizza parlor, where Mr. Miller shot one officer in the head. Then the couple opened fire on the other.
They draped one officer’s body in a swastika and a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that has been adopted as a symbol of the Tea Party. On the other, they pinned a note warning of “the beginning of the revolution,” a phrase they also shouted, the police said.
A symbol of the Tea Party! So what's up with that Gadsden flag, hmm?
Readers of the Times with a long memory (i.e., not the Times editors) may recall this comparison of Tea Partiers and Occupiers from 2011:
It is a culture war, young versus old, left versus right, communal food tables versus “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.
In fact, the two movements do share key traits. They emerged out of nowhere but quickly became potent political forces, driven by anxiety about the economy, a belief that big institutions favor the reckless over the hard-working, grievances that are inchoate and even contradictory, and an insistence that they are “leaderless.” “End the Fed” signs — and even some of those yellow Gadsden flags — have found a place at Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street protests alike.
To paraphrase the Breitbart reporter, crazy is apolitical.