Sunday Reads: Occupy Superbowl, Alveda King throws women under bus, and the big homelessPosted: January 29, 2012
It is Sunday Morning…
All day yesterday, I kept thinking it was a Friday. It is strange how days have a certain “feel” about them… If you missed any of yesterday’s posts, Wonk the Vote, PeggySue, Dakinikat and BostonBoomer had some excellent ones, take a look.
I have a lot of links for you this morning, so we’ll just dive in.
First off, the Occupy movement got hit hard yesterday evening. More than 100 Occupy activists arrested in Oakland after clashing with police
Occupy activists tossed pipes, bottles, burning flares and other objects Saturday at Oakland police, who responded by using tear gas and smoke grenades and arresting more than 100 demonstrators, city and police officials said.
Oakland has been a flash point of the Occupy movement since October when police used tear gas to break up demonstrators who refused to leave downtown. One demonstrator, a Marine veteran of the war in Iraq, suffered a skull fracture after being hit with a police projectile, according to a veteran’s group. Police said they acted after the crowd threw paint and other objects at officers.
On Saturday, police made mass arrests following an afternoon clash with protesters near the Kaiser Convention Center and then later outside a downtown YMCA, according to a police statement.
Let’s look at another link covering the same event: Dozens arrested at Occupy Oakland; protesters break into City Hall
Dozens of people were arrested in downtown Oakland skirmishes on Saturday, as an estimated 2,000 Occupy protesters tried to take over the grounds a vacant convention center, then broke into City Hall.
Police used tear gas and “flash” grenades in the afternoon against protesters who tried to tear down fences around the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center, where they hoped to establish a new camp. Police said some demonstrators started throwing objects at officers. There were at least 19 arrests in the afternoon.
After 6 p.m. (9 p.m. ET), police in riot gear declared a group of protesters gathered near the YMCA under mass arrest for failing to disperse, according to local media reports and livestreams. Police said about 100 demonstrators were arrested.
Several protesters at the YMCA appeared to be put hard to the ground as police moved in and at least one protester had blood on his face.
Hmmmm…Here are some of the tweets during the arrests:
ProducerMatthew Matthew KReport: Oakland police turn away KPIX, KGO television news vans attempting to reach City Hall where
#occupy protesters are inside.katz Andrew KatzRT_com RT
Watchdogsniffer Watchdog ProgressiveArrests at
@OccupyOakland like nearly all the others prior to, have largely under the cover of night when the brutality is the worst. #p2
JenAngel Jen AngelRT
@jcstearns: Tag press suppression & journalist arrests with #journarrest (please RT and send tips) #oo #occupyoakland #ows #j28
acarvin Andy CarvinWoman being gurneyed into an ambulance is yelling “Officer 119!” in reference to the officer who allegedly hit beat her.
Cathastrophe CathastropheSo…when do we get concerned that every Press Pass at an Occupy Protest becomes ‘suspect’ at the officers discretion.. which is always.
KristinHanesKristin HanesWhenever journalists are arrested/detained for reporting the news, everyone’s freedom is at risk. That is what frightens me the most.
#ooWhen we walked past mobile processing center, officer said, “I’ve never put a reporter in there and didn’t want to.” #ooI was arrested. Then let go. My officer flagged his boss down and said, “do we really want to do this?” #oo
I think there will be more news on the arrests later today, as of 12:25 am:
OWSLivestream OWS Livestream
And updating with this tweet @2:34am est
Sticking with the Occupy subject a little more: Protesters march through Super Bowl Village
A mix of union members and Occupy protesters from across Indiana marched through Super Bowl Village on Saturday in opposition to the state’s proposed right-to-work legislation.
About 75 marchers weaved through packed crowds at the pre-game street fair in downtown Indianapolis in the first of what could be several such protests before the big game Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The protesters chanted “Occupy the Super Bowl” and carried signs that read “Fight the Lie” and “Workers United Will Prevail.”
Saturday was the second straight day of right-to-work protests in the Super Bowl Village. About 40 people picketed the opening of a zip line in the Village. The 800-foot zip line allows participants to clip onto a wire about 100 feet off the ground and glide almost two blocks.
Most onlookers stared in silence as the protesters walked past them, but some like Jason Leibowitz of Jamestown were upset about their outing being interrupted. “There’s a place and a time for this,” Leibowitz said. “This isn’t it.”
Of course, the one guy these protesters are focused on is Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Most emphasized that while the right-to-work legislation appears likely to pass following Wednesday’s House vote approving the bill, that doesn’t mean an end to protests.
“If the governor signs, I want to shame him out of this state,” said Heath Hensley of Occupy Anderson. “He doesn’t want us screwing up this Super Bowl.”
State Senator Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, called the bill evidence that Republican legislators are not in touch with the needs of working-class voters. “If you voted Republican in the past, stop,” Breaux said.
Talking about protests and labor unions, last night the movie Made in Dagenham was on Showtime. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
I have a few other US items to share with you, after the jump.
There is a photo from Reuters that you should see, it is in this gallery of images, number 11 of 20: Photos of the week | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters
Lilly Earp, 8, hugs her five-week-old sister Emily in their apartment at Hope Gardens Family Center, a shelter for homeless women and children, run by Union Rescue Mission on 77 acres (0.31 square km) of countryside away from Skid Row, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California January 25, 2012. One in 45 children, totaling 1.6 million, is homeless, the highest number in United States’ history, according to a 2011 study by the National Center on Family Homelessness. California is ranked the fifth highest state in the nation for its percentage of homeless children. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Check out the other images as well.
With Jan Brewer pointing her finger at Obama, and the GOP candidates “debating” immigration…and self-deportation of grandmothers, these next few links will focus on Immigration.
On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a crime, some of whom will not be charged with one, according to information The Huffington Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Instead, at a cost of roughly 2 million taxpayer dollars per day, the men and women were detained while immigration authorities sorted out their fates.
This case stands in stark contrast to the stated goal of immigration policy under the administration of President Barack Obama: to detain and deport unauthorized immigrants who’ve been convicted of crimes.
Crimes? You would think a large part of those criminals deported would be people convicted of violent crime.
The FOIA request for information on all immigrants in detention on Oct. 3, 2011, turned up a list of nearly 32,300. Forty percent of those held by ICE had not been convicted of a crime, nor were they awaiting criminal trial. Despite what the term “illegal immigration” implies, simply being in the country without status is a civil, not a criminal, offense.
Rapists and murderers, frequently cited as the main unauthorized immigrants ICE is trying to remove, made up a far smaller percentage of those held that day than the innocent, traffic violators or low-level drug offenders, according to ICE’s crime breakdown.
“The fact is, we’re not deporting huge numbers of rapists and murderers,” said Emily Tucker, director of policy and advocacy for the Detention Watch Network, which pushes for limiting detention and deportation. “They would like us to think that, but that isn’t what is going on.”
It’s a long article, take a look.
GOP savior Jeb Bush and wonder boy Marco Rubio are telling the Clowns to tone it down. ‘Inexcusable’ language on immigration alienating Latino voters, Republicans told
Senior Republicans including the brother of the former president George Bush have warned the party to avoid using “harsh, intolerable and inexcusable” language about illegal immigration or risk alienating Latino voters.
The Republican frontrunners clashed over illegal immigration in a debate earlier this week. The issue is emotive in Florida, which has the third largest Latino population in America.
Now this next link goes to Daily Caller. I really think all this anti-women talk and legislation is getting out of hand. Alveda King | Planned Parenthood | MLK Pro-Life | The Daily Caller
Alveda King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s niece, told The Daily Caller that Planned Parenthood should not receive any taxpayer funds and that her uncle opposed abortion. She encouraged President Barack Obama to watch films like “Blood Money” that show the high levels of genocide caused by abortion.
“It’s very clear that even if none of the three-plus million that goes to Planned Parenthood from the tax dollars every year [directly funds abortions], it enables them to use other dollars because they’re being enabled by that tax grant so I do not believe that Planned Parenthood should receive any money from the taxpayers of America,” she told TheDC after appearing at Republican Rep. Allen West’s “Conservative Black Forum” on Capitol Hill.
“There are so many other programs that are in dire need that would be life-affirming. My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was pro-life. He was not pro-abortion. His wife accepted an award from Planned Parenthood in the 1960s but Martin did not and so I come from a pro-life legacy.”
The rest of King’s comments sound like they were taken from Pro-Life pamphlets that PLUB’s hand out at Women’s Clinics. In Florida: Conservative Florida lawmakers consider abortion waiting period, other restrictions . Yup, these jackasses will fight like hell to get rid of a waiting period to buy guns, but they will make women wait a set time frame to do a medical procedure that is solely their own choice and right.
Conservative Florida lawmakers who last year passed a landmark bill that requires women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound performed are pushing to go further in 2012.
Among the ideas advancing: an outright ban on some second-trimester abortions in the state, a 24-hour waiting period for abortions and a measure that forces doctors to sign affidavits saying an abortion is not being sought because of the race or the gender of the fetus.
“I don’t think that killing these children should be convenient,” Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, said flatly.
Okay, World News…yes, I need to change the subject because these ridiculous Religious Right dickwads are succeeding in their quest to control women and send us back to the dark ages.
Anyway, let’s talk about some other hot topic: Iran
The first link is from WaPo, on the latest news out of Iran.
The delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency is led by Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts, who is in charge of the Iran nuclear file. Also on the team is Rafael Grossi, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano’s right-hand man.
In unusually blunt comments ahead of his arrival in Tehran, Nackaerts urged Iran to work with his mission on probing the allegations about Iran’s alleged attempts to develop nuclear weapons, reflecting the importance the IAEA is attaching to the issue.
This next link is to an Op/Ed in an Australian newspaper, written by Bill Keller.
OK, MR Obama, here’s the plan. Some time in the next few months you order the United States Defence Department to destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity. Yes, I know it’s an election year, and some people will say this is a cynical rally-round-the-flag move on your part, but a nuclear Iran is a problem that just won’t wait.
News out of Syria is showing the situation is getting worse. Arab League suspends Syria mission as violence rages
Boys hold toy weapons in protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Hula near Homs January 27, 2012.
The Arab League suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of worsening violence, a move Damascus said was an attempt to encourage foreign intervention as it struggles to quell a 10-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.
There is also more violence in Nigeria, as the terrorist group Boko Haram continues to attack the country’s people, . Boko Haram vows to fight until Nigeria establishes sharia law
“We will consider negotiation only when we have brought the government to their knees,” the spokesman, Abu Qaqa, said in the group’s first major interview with a western newspaper. “Once we see that things are being done according to the dictates of Allah, and our members are released [from prison], we will only put aside our arms – but we will not lay them down. You don’t put down your arms in Islam, you only put them aside.”
The group released a video in which the leader, Qaqa, is threatening to bomb schools if their demands are not met.
In an audio message posted on YouTube on Friday, the group’s current leader, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to bomb schools and kidnap family members of government officials.
“If [security forces] are going to places of worship and destroying them, like mosques and Quranic schools, you have primary schools as well, you have secondary schools and universities, and we will start bombing them.”
So disturbing, let’s move on to some light-hearted international news, this time from Canada. Canadian teens send Legonaut 15 miles into atmosphere
Why build a Gingrichian lunar colony, which would cost billions, when you can send a man nearly into space for only $400?
That’s what Canadians Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad did with an albeit plastic man from Lego and a modified weather balloon.
I love that word Legonaut.
The 17-year-olds from Toronto bought an $85 weather balloon online and rigged it to a Styrofoam box equipped with three point-and-shoot cameras and a wide-angle video camera.
They threw in $160 worth of helium from a party supply store, a dash of superglue, and voila, a Legonaut was born.
The toy ascended 80,000 feet over Ontario, recording the awesome footage in the video below, before floating back to Earth some 97 minutes later on a homemade nylon parachute.
It landed near Rice Lake, some 75 miles away from the soccer field where it was launched. A GPS-enabled cell phone onboard told the boys where to go.
Check out the video, the sight of a little legonaut over the earth is amazing, the sound of it’s journey is cool to hear too:
From Minx’s Missing Link File: I am a Yankee fan. I know we have some Red Sox fans here so you can skip this next link if you like. I grew up with Tino Martinez and would go watch him play in Little League…when he was a part of the Yankees amazing team which repeatedly won the Championship during the 90’s, I was proud to see him play in the big leagues. He represented West Tampa, that area of Latin families and culture, I grew up in. So there is a strong connection to the announcement that Jorge Posada is retiring. Posada was catcher during those amazing seasons that Tino played for the Yankees. For Posada, an Emotional Farewell – NYTimes.com
In the latter innings of his career, Jorge Posada faced the painful but inevitable slide of an aging star. Younger and more productive players pushed him lower and lower down the batting order, ultimately resulting in the only real public feud he had with his team.
But on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Posada was back in the middle another impressive lineup, with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, C. C. Sabathia, Hal Steinbrenner, Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman, Diana Munson and Willie Randolph seated in front of him; his wife and children at his side; and the five World Series trophies that he contributed to as the Yankees’ catcher behind him.
An emotional Posada announced his retirement after an illustrious 17-year career, wiping away the tears as he recounted his career and thanked everyone who helped and supported him, including his closest friend on the team, the star shortstop he came up with in the minor leagues.
He opened with DiMaggio. He opened by saying that every time he stepped into Yankee Stadium, he repeated the words, “I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee.”
So you knew Tuesday was going to be an emotional day at the stadium. And, really, with Jorge Posada it could be no other way.
He cried the first time in Spanish. Only two minutes, 40 seconds into his retirement press conference, Posada started to thank his parents and was overcome with tears. Ninety seconds later, Posada cried again. This time it was in English, as he looked out into the packed interview room and thanked his Yankees teammates.
“Especially Derek Jeter, who helped me stay focused and positive,” Posada said, as his wife Laura gently patted his back. “Hopefully, you won’t miss me that much. And Mariano Rivera, my brother, I don’t think we would have any of those without you.”
“Those” were the five World Series championship trophies positioned to Posada’s right. The longer Posada talked, the longer this day went on, the more you could feel how badly Posada wanted to be a great catcher. Yet when he was finished, what was clearest was that he is a great Yankee. One who picked the perfect time to call it quits after 17 seasons.
“I could never wear another uniform,” Posada said.
Among the 13 catchers in the Hall of Fame, only Yogi Berra has superior numbers in all three Triple Crown categories to Posada’s .273 average, 275 homers and 1,065 RBI. Among his peers, only Mike Piazza and Pudge Rodriguez had superior offensive numbers in all three. Posada, 40, also never won a Gold Glove. He was only so-so behind the plate, without a rifle arm. Yet to deny Posada’s leadership and fire is to deny his Yankee essence.
Easy Like Sunday Morning Link of the Week: Okay, this link is to a man who can dance like nothing I have ever seen. Growing up an 80’s chick, we had our share of Break Dancers roaming the halls of Jefferson High School. This Dubstep form of dance is taking street dancing to another level. Here are links to Nonstop aka Marquese video streams.
And a quick sample, for your viewing pleasure…this guy even has videos of him dancing the Dubstep on The Great Wall of China.
That is it for today’s morning reads, comment section below…you know we love to read what you all have to say. Have a wonderful and happy day…