Grapevine: Occupy over?

Is movement fading out?


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...


Almost three months ago, former White House adviser Van Jones predicted Occupy would expand from strictly protests to politics. He said it would recruit 2,000 candidates to run for office under the 99 percent banner.

You'll remember, back in October, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi gushed that the Occupy movement was young, spontaneous, focused and -- quote --"it's going to be effective."

The USA Today editorial board writes the Occupy Wall Street movement is fading out in a whimper mostly because of lack of action, leaders and clear goals.

Quote -- "Future political operatives might view it as a case study in how not to organize a lasting movement."

Like a Prayer'

Madonna fans in Israel have created a Facebook page in hopes of convincing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attack Iran until after the Material Girl's May 29th Tel Aviv show.

Performers have canceled shows in the past because of political upheaval in the country.

South of Disorder

A Mississippi state representative has introduced a bill that would change the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of America, at least for official state purposes.

Democrat Steve Holland told the New York Daily News the bill is to protest the Republican majority's legislative priorities that he says focus on superfluous stuff like running illegal immigrants out of the state.

A Whale of a Ruling

A federal judge has ruled that whales and other animals are not persons and therefore, are not covered under the slavery amendment in the Constitution.

Animal rights group PETA had filed the lawsuit against Sea World claiming its performing orcas were being forced into slavery.