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10:45 Sarah Palin in column tonight hails Breitbart. Too funny for words but here are a few: "Ultimately, Breitbart’s goal was to expose what he called the corrupt Democrat Media Complex. He wanted to break it up because he understood how the left uses its dominance of the mainstream media and pop culture to advance its objectives and marginalize its political foes.
"Standing up and defending those who are being unfairly targeted and maligned was also the mission. Is it any wonder Breitbart titled his autobiography ‘Righteous Indignation’ when you consider his deep-seated sense of justice and fair play? He was on the side of the little guy and ready to run to the aid of those who needed it. He possessed that old fashioned virtue of courage, compassion, and decency that we once called chivalry. He inspired that in others."
And this: "Soon we’ll see others imitating Breitbart’s gift for disbanding leftwing protests by simply asking the rent-a-mob, ‘Hey, what are you protesting?’”
7:50 Bruce Springsteen’s "keynote" speech at SXSW.
5:10 Shepherd Bliss at Counterpunch on "Occupy’s Growing Pains," notes from an "insider." Writes: "Occupy claims to represent the 99%. Yet it has been unable to mobilize more than a small percentage of that large constituency. Some have even begun a class struggle within Occupy, pitting the poor and working class against the middle class. Though still young, if Occupy learns from its mistakes, it could broaden its appeal. Otherwise, it will remain a footnote in history, rather than a sea change. Perhaps Occupy is in its ‘terrible twos’ and will soon mature. We need to outgrow mean-spirited attacks and ‘my way or the highway’ attitudes….They oppose authority, any kind of authority, rather than being against social injustice. They oppose structure, mistaking it for hierarchy."