Late Afternoon Round-Up: Austerity Art? It’s Hard Work…Open Thread

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Good Afternoon…

Let’s take a look a a few newsy bits making the headlines, or causing all the tweeters a’twitter, this lovely spring late afternoon.

I know the Pope recently meet with some nuns and and told them not to act like old maids, but…

83-year-old nun gets 20 year sentence for ‘symbolic’ nuclear facility break-in

An 83-year-old nun who broke into a Tennessee depleted uranium storage facility in 2012 and splashed human blood on several surfaces, exposing a massive security hole at the nation’s only facility used to store radioactive conventional munitions, was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to a term of up to 20 years in prison.

The only regret Sister Megan Rice shared with members of her jury on Wednesday was that she wished 70 years hadn’t passed before she took direct action, according to the BBC. She and two other peace activists, 64-year-old Michael Walli and 56-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed, were convicted of “invasion of a nuclear facility” in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, even though investigators admitted they did not get close to any actual nuclear material.

The three activists are part of a group called “Transform Now Plowshares,” a reference to the book of Isaiah, which says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares. They shall learn war no more.” All three face individual sentences of up to 20 years, along with a litany of fines.


“The shortcomings in security at one of the most dangerous places on the planet have embarrassed a lot of people,” the activists’ attorney, Francis Lloyd, told members of the jury according to the BBC. “You’re looking at three scapegoats behind me.”

Sister Rice has been arrested between 40 or 50 times committing acts of civil disobedience, according to The New York Times, including once in Nevada after she physically blocked a truck at a nuclear test site.

That is one highly active activist nun. They did get some attention in the media, although no real change came from their actions, except possibly new security procedures. I mean…I would have thought that security was beefed up at nuclear power plants around the US…maybe not?

From one form of “criminal activity” to another…Knife-wielding Florida man in $5 million home threatens TV reporter: ‘I’ll slit your throat’  When did knives become a popular choice among nutcases?

A Florida man is out of jail on Thursday after he was arrested for destroying a local television news crews’ equipment with a knife and then threatened the life of a reporter.

Local 10′s Ross Palombo and photographer Shane Walker setting up for a report about a $5/2-million estate in Fort Lauderdale which allegedly owed $100,000 in taxes on Tuesday when Louis Dominic Paolino III came out of the house with a knife and began slashing various pieces of broadcasting equipment, which were sitting on public property.

Paolino then came at Walker with the knife, and much of the confrontation was caught on camera.

According to a police report, Paolino ordered Walter to “stop filming me or I’ll slit your throat.”

Palombo called 911 and a SWAT team arrived, surrounding the house for over two hours before leaving. Paolino was allowed to negotiate a time to turn himself in to police at a later date.

Paolino surrender on Thursday and was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and grand theft.

Cue the COPS music….Bad boy..bad boy….what you gonna do…

Meanwhile, Art Is Hard: Democratic Rep. Unleashes Weakest Chart Ever To Grace House Floor

On the House floor yesterday afternoon, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) unveiled what some are describing as the “worst” visual chart to ever grace the legislative body.

As flagged by Politico’s Seung Min Kim, Rep. Pocan was seen doodling on his favorite white flipchart about something or other:

Comedy Central had a better take on Pocan’s masterpiece: Comedy Central’s Indecision, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) explains why this chart…

Comedy Central's Indecision, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) explains why this chart... 2013-05-09 16-56-50

I will end this post with one hell of a beautiful picture…Shakesville: Photo of the Day


Gina DeJesus, one of three women held captive for about a decade at a run-down Cleveland house, gives a thumbs-up as she is escorted toward her home Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Via.


23 Comments on “Late Afternoon Round-Up: Austerity Art? It’s Hard Work…Open Thread”

  1. Yeah, that is an open thread, I was just captivated by that picture. Isn’t it something?

  2. RalphB says:

    Great picture, funny congressman, and one serious comment. The media need to get the hell away from those women in Cleveland. They’ve been prisoners for 10 years, now the media is holding them prisoner inside to avoid their damned cameras and lamprey reporters.

    Now Gomez seems to be a bit shady – TBogg: The New Scott Brown Will Not Destroy His House If You Give Him Money

    Gabriel Gomez, who is the Republican nominee for the Senate in Massachusetts and is also an actual brown Scott Brown, has a very lovely house in Cohasset which he could have totally screwed-up with a ginormous mural of ghost Ronald Reagan dressed as Uncle Sam strangling Mother Communist Russia but he didn’t because the government gave him some sweet house hostage money: …

      • bostonboomer says:

        I disagree. This information needs to get out. The Cleveland Police are notoriously bad, which is why they are currently under investigation by the Feds. Don’t kid yourself. Those women could have been rescued years ago. Just check out the Anthony Sowell case.

        People need to know what the Cleveland PD allowed to happen because they routinely ignore reports from working class and black neighborhoods. Because of their irresponsibility, Anthony Sowell was able to rape and murder 11 women. He also attacked other women who got away and reported the attacks, which police ignored. They also ignored months of complaints from neighbors and even a city councilor who complained of the horrible smell of dead bodies emanating from Sowell’s house and yard.

        Just listen to the 911 call from Amanda Berry. The operator tried to blow her off at first by saying he’d send someone as soon as a car was available.

        The victims are not going to have “privacy.” There will be a trial, and everything will come out in public.

      • bostonboomer says:

        More evidence of Cleveland PD incompetence and uncaring attitude:

        Michelle Knight…removed by Cleveland police from FBI database 15 months after disappearance

        City spokeswoman Maureen Harper said Thursday that police followed proper procedures by removing Knight’s name from the database in November 2003 because they were unable to contact Knight’s mother by telephone to verify that her then-22-year-old daughter still was missing.

        However, the police department’s written policy on investigating missing adults, at the time of Knight’s disappearance on Aug. 23, 2002, describes a different verification process. It states that an officer must go and see that a missing person has been found, then inform the FBI within two hours for removal from the National Crime Information Center database.

        • Fucking incompetence. And to think these girls could have been home earlier if the cops were a little more diligent when going to check out the screams that were reported…how many times?

          I’ve been thinking about this a lot tonight.

          It seems to me that these girls may have known Castro, not known him personally but that he was not a total stranger. Didn’t he play music with one of the girls cousins? There was a news story about a cousin of one of them being in the house a few times playing music and it seems he was friendly within the neighborhood…and knew some of the other girls family members socially or in passing. Yes, they may have gotten in his car, as his “suicide/confession” note may say, but I would bet they had seen him in conversations with others in their families before the abductions.

          And…what is this prosecutor asking for the death penalty because of the murders of the fetuses? As if the shit he did to the women weren’t enough for some kind of death penalty…once again a fetus is worth more than a living human. I’m just saying, torture beatings starvation and all the rest, sounds enough like attempted murder to me. Hell, people have been executed for less here in Georgia.

          Personally I want this man to rot in jail until he dies, and I want him to be kept in the general population too…let him be raped and tortured for ten years plus and see what pain really feels like.

      • RalphB says:

        Disagree all you want. I’m not saying the media shouldn’t report on the story but they should leave the women themselves alone so they can get hold of themselves.

        What purpose is served by staking out where these women are staying? That has nothing to do with the public’s right to know and is only salacious showboating.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Of course the media should leave the women alone–unless they want to talk. All I’m saying is that the Cleveland PD has a long history of ignoring violence against women in poor neighborhoods. I haven’t suggested anyone should bother the women. But they should cover up the failings of the police department, who in fact didn’t find these women.

        I’m writing a post about it right now. No one has to read it.

  3. Sweet Sue says:

    I love the picture. I have a framed advertisement for Sandeman’s Port on the wall of my kitchen which is painted a terra cotta color–gorgeous.
    It’s a full figure picture of a caped man-reminds me a bit of V from “V for Vendetta”, one of my favorite modern movies. My neighbor was highly suspicious because she’s sure that I’m a dirty commie.

  4. Sick people: Facebook page comes down after threat to lawmaker – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs

    A Facebook page with sexually explicit comments denigrating female Marines was taken down after a congresswoman who complained about it was threatened on that site, an aide to the lawmaker told CNN.

    Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, made public a letter she wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos on Wednesday about “F’N Wook” and others like it, asking them to review them and take action.

    A Speier staffer told CNN on Thursday the page was taken down after her office made Facebook aware of threatening remarks about her that the aide said appeared on that site.

    The staffer asked not to be named because the Capitol Police have asked aides not to discuss the matter publicly.

    The aide said Facebook did not confirm to Speier’s office that the company was responsible for taking the page down, but it disappeared shortly after the office complained.

    “We cannot comment on specific pages on-the-record,” Facebook spokesman Fred Wolens said.

    In the letter, Speier said the “humor” expressed on this page and similar pages … contribute to a culture that permits and seems to encourage sexual assault and abuse.”

    • roofingbird says:

      You know, in CA we have “Megan’s Law”, the “Sex Offender Registry”. While I think it is a problematic law in some ways, it does provide some information on your local neighbor. I don’t see how a military conviction would coordinate with a registry in a state.

    • NW Luna says:

      “Put another way, it will get tougher for defendants; maybe, some fear, unlawfully so.” Well, boo-hoo.

      “80% of [sexual assault] claims are legitimate.” So 20% of the women make a claim merely for the jolly fun of it? I don’t think so. No one in her right mind would endure such turmoil and invasion of privacy, and in the military no less, without damn good reason.