Today in Dallas

From Another Old Woman:

By Tina
November 17, 2011

Reposted with Permission

We went to the demonstrati0on scheduled for today in Dallas. At first we could not find them. So, we went by the Occupy Dallas site — it was not only empty, it was as if there never had been ANYTHING there — just an empty park. No people, no tents, no energy, no remnants, no NOTHING. All gone.

We doubled back a few times, and finally found “the usual suspects”, just a small group of folks in the middle of a bridge — far from parking, and too far for me to walk these days — just a pale shadow of the hope and energy of a few weeks ago.

I woke up early this morning — and could not go back to sleep. I was gripped by fear — terrified of “police action”, afraid of falling, being herded, being gassed, unable to breathe, being brutalized before being arrested. Suzy calmed me down — told me I had NOTHING TO FEAR — then made sure I had my cell phone (I rarely carry it), made sure I did not have the little folding knife I always have in my purse, etc., etc., etc.

So very comforting.

In other words, “everything is going to be O.K. — but get ready for the worse case”.

On the way home, we stopped at Whole Foods (a store I HATE), to look at their bulk foods. We looked at some of their other stuff also — their fish did not look that good, they had totally unsustainable “Chilean Sea Bass”, and their prices were outrageous.

Whole BS is what they are.

I guess that as long as folks can PRETEND to be “green”, as long as they can AFFORD those prices, and feel oh so good about themselves — the rest of the country can STARVE. As long as their kids can find a decent job through Uncle Bob — screw those 99% LOSERS.

It’s only when YOU become one of those “LOSERS” that you might begin to understand.

Oh yeah, they are now TICKETING folks who HONK THEIR HORNS IN SUPPORT OF DEMONSTRATORS!!! Is THAT “America”?

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Occupy Dallas Becomes the Latest Target for Eviction

From The Atlantic Wire:

Dashiell Bennett
November 17, 2011

Taking a page out of other cities’ books, police in Dallas launched a 1:00 a.m. raid on the local Occupy Wall Street protest Thursday morning, removing tents and arresting about 20 people. The camp, which was relatively small compared to some other cities, was cleared out in less than an hour with little resistance.

About 100 people had been camped out in City Hall Park a few days before, but police showed up around midnight local time and announced that protesters would have to leave or face arrest. Most went voluntarily and only about 20 or 30 remained when police in riot gear moved in, going tent to tent to seek out and remove stragglers.

City Councilwoman Angela Hunt called the heavy police response “vast overkill,” but added later that cops were “very respectful & professional. Protesters responded peacefully.” Hunt also said they she and rest of the council only learned of the raid minutes before it happened. and that the 20 minute notice was hardly sufficient.

The eviction is the latest in what appears to be a coordinated effort to put an end to the encampments all across the country this week. New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland were are scenes of confrontation between protesters and police since Monday. Thursday marks the 2-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and several large events are planned by organizers. The biggest of them will be an attempt to shut down the New York Stock Exchange in advance of this morning’s opening bell.

It is a misstatement to describe the coordinated attacks on the demonstrators of the Occupy Movement as though they are just following the example laid down in other cities rather than a systematic attack on the protestors freedom of speech.

Time to end Homeland Security and repeal the PATRIOT ACT.

We want our Freedom back.

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Police clear Occupy Cal encampment

From SF Gate:

Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, November 17, 2011

(11-17) 06:55 PST BERKELEY — Police in riot gear surprised campers with an early morning raid on the Occupy Cal encampment in Sproul Plaza today, arresting two protesters and removing about 20 tents.

Police surrounded the 40 or so campers at 3:30 a.m. in front of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley’s main administration building, and gave them 10 minutes to grab their gear and go. All but two did.

Alex Kim, 24, an English major, was arrested after he stood in front of police officers and flashed peace signs with both hands.

“We’re coming back,” said Kim, who confronted officers with his cat on his shoulder. Other protesters took the cat as Kim was being led away.

Mike Porter, 24, who identified himself as an Occupy Oakland member, was arrested without incident after he refused to get up from the stairs leading up to Sproul Hall. Both he and Kim were booked into an Alameda County jail in Oakland on suspicion of unlawful assembly and failing to disperse.

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Los Angeles: Occupy protesters take over Bank of America Plaza

From The LA Times:

November 17, 2011

Protesters at Bank of America Plaza in the downtown financial district locked arms Thursday afternoon and refused to leave.

Authorities repeatedly warned the group to disperse, but they refused to move tents set up on a grassy area in the plaza. The group began its second march about noon at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment near City Hall Park and headed back toward the financial district.

Ten protesters, locked arm in arm, faced off against a barricade of police.

Nathan Lucero, 30, said he took time off work Thursday to come to protest.

“I sympathize with these guys, but I’m not in a situation where I can get arrested,” Lucero said. “I have to pick up my kids at 5. I wish more people in my situation could come out and show support.”

The arrests came after 23 other protesters were taken into custody Thursday morning after they erected tents in the middle of a downtown street.

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All American Football Hero Role Models From Penn State… Or Why The NCAA Should Give Penn State Football the Death Penalty

This entire sordid story has me extremely angry.  For way too many years jocks on our campuses have been treated as though they are some sort of demigods.  Students and alumni are supposed to worship these macho assholes and excuse their misbehavior.

This isn’t the first incident.  There have been too many stories of women being raped first by the jocks and then called sluts by the media and athletic supporters, (double entendre  intentional)  who have turned football into a religion and these over privileged jocks into saints.

I hope this is the final straw.  The wake up call that comes crashing through the front window tied to a brick.

Sports have become the gladiator games of a decadent and seriously sick society, a society where compassion has been replaced with mercilessness.  A society that calls itself Christian while it has replaced Jesus with John Galt.

No excuses.

Just as every single pedophile in the Catholic Church or other religious denominations should face criminal charges so too should everyone involved in the cover up of these incidents of alleged child rape should face obstruction of justice charges at the very least.

Perhaps they should be charged with being accomplices.

Universities should not exist to field athletic teams.  Nor should their players be more athlete than scholar.

Time for the NCAA to step in and at the very least end Penn State’s participation in any further games this year.  Permanently banning Penn State from inter-collegiate football  participation should be considered.

Penn State, police: No record of McQueary report

From USA Today:

By Michael Winter
November 15, 2011

Penn State and the State College police say they have no records to support assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s contention that he told police about the alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy by Jerry Sandusky in an athletic facility shower in 2002.

McQueary’s claim is contained in a Nov. 8 e-mail to a friend that surfaced Tuesday. He also spoke briefly with CBS News.

Update at 4:03 p.m. ET Wednesday: The university has released a statement saying it has no record that McQueary filed a police report.

“Since hearing of the news reports, we are looking into this matter,” said Lisa Powers, director of public information for Penn State. “Right now we have no record of any police report filed by Mike McQueary. This is the first we have heard of it.”

State College Police Chief Tom King echoed that in a conversation with NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate.

“Absolutely not. We don’t have any records of him coming to us,” King said.

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Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, got a 16-year- old client pregnant and later married her

From New York Daily News:

Girl was seeking emancipation from her parents in 1996

BY Teri Thompson , Michael O’keeffe & Kevin Armstrong

Tuesday, November 15 2011

Joe Amendola, the State College, Pa., attorney representing accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, has an interesting back story himself: He got a teen-age client pregnant during the mid-1990s.

Amendola, 63, married the girl several years after the birth of their child, The Daily reported Monday night, citing documents filed at the Centre County, Pa., courthouse.

Amendola represented a 16-year-old girl then known as Mary Iavasile when she filed an emancipation petition in September 1996. The emancipation petition said the girl had graduated from high school in two years with a 3.69 GPA and held a fulltime job at Amendola’s law office.

The girl gave birth to Amendola’s child when she was 17 years old, her mother, Janet Iavasile, said. Amendola would have been about 49 years old at the time. The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16.

The World Joe Paterno Made

The Nation:

Dave Zirin 
November 14, 2011

Meet John Matko. John Matko is a 34-year-old Penn State class of 2000 alumnus, distraught by the recent revelations that Coach Joe Paterno and those in charge at his alma mater allegedly shielded a serial child rapist, assistant Jerry Sandusky. He was livid that students chose to riot on campus this week in defense of their legendary coach. He was disgusted that the Board of Trustees decided to go ahead as planned with Saturday’s Nebraska game just days after the revelations became public. John Matko felt angry and was compelled to act. He stood outside Saturday’s Penn State–Nebraska game in Happy Valley and held up two signs. One read, “Put abused kids first.” The other said, “Don’t be fooled, they all knew. Tom Bradley, everyone must go.” (Tom Bradley is the interim head coach.)

The response to Matko gives lie to the media portrayal of last Saturday’s game. We were told the atmosphere was “somber”, “sad” and “heart-rending”, as “the focus returned to the children.” The crowd was swathed in blue, because, we were told, that is the color of child abuse awareness (also the Penn State colors). The team linked arms emerging from the tunnel. They dropped to a knee with their Nebraska opponents at midfield before the game. Once again, broadcasters told us, “the players were paying tribute to the victims of child abuse.” We were told all of this, and I wish to God it was true.

I don’t doubt the emotions in Happy Valley are genuine. I don’t doubt the searing shock and pain that must be coursing through campus. But this is the pain of self-pity not reflection. It’s the pain of the exposed not the penitent. Let’s go back to John Matko. Matko stood with his signs behind a pair of sunglasses. He wasn’t soapboxing, or preaching: just bearing silent witness. It was an admirable act, but no one bought him a beer. Instead, beer was poured on his head. His midsection was slapped with an open hand. Expletives were rained upon him. His signs were also kicked to the ground and stomped.

As the Washington Times wrote, “Abuse flew at Matko from young and old, students and alumni, men and women. No one intervened. No one spoke out against the abuse.”

One disapproving student said, “Not now, man. This is about the football players.”

And with those nine words, we see the truth about Saturday’s enterprise. It was about the football program, not the children. It was morbid theater where people were mourning the death of a jock culture that somewhere along the line, mutated into malignancy. It’s a malignancy that deprioritized rape victims in the name of big-time football.

The signs of this malignancy did not emerge overnight. Looking backward, there are moments that speak of the scandals to come. In 2003, less than one year after Paterno was told that Sandusky was raping children, he allowed a player accused of rape to suit up and play in a bowl game. Widespread criticism of this move was ignored. In 2006, Penn State’s Orange Bowl opponent Florida State, sent home linebacker A.J. Nicholson, after accusations of sexual assault. Paterno’s response, in light of recent events, is jaw-dropping. He said, “There’s so many people gravitating to these kids. He may not have even known what he was getting into, Nicholson. They knock on the door; somebody may knock on the door; a cute girl knocks on the door. What do you do? Geez. I hope—thank God they don’t knock on my door because I’d refer them to a couple of other rooms.” Joanne Tosti-Vasey, president of Pennsylvania’s National Organization for Women in Pennsylvania, was not amused. With chilling unintentional prescience, Tosti-Vasey responded, “Allegations of sexual assault should never be taken lightly. Making light of sexual assault sends the message that rape is something to be expected and accepted.” They called for Paterno’s resignation and short of that, asked to dialogue with Paterno and the team. Neither Paterno nor anyone in the power at Penn State accepted the invitation.

Dave Zirin proves once again why he is perhaps the most important sports commentator in America today…

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