Friday, March 31, 2017

Oh fiddlesticks, New York beat the "Heat" tonight in Miam-uh.
Maybe I should make that the permanent header image.
So tomorrow is April Fool's Day, huh?

That's what Public Occurrences is all about.


March 24, 2017


Prosecutor at Spanier trial:

“Evil thrives when men do nothing”

We did something.

Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Timothy Curley were the most powerful men who ran the Pennsylvania State University. Today, they are convicted criminals. And Joe Paterno's once iconic legacy is forever marred by his own decision to do nothing when he had the chance to make a real difference.

I am very saddened once again for the many victims of these outrageous crimes, as well as for their families and loved ones, who suffer anew each time such criminal convictions recur. I am also saddened for the many thousands of decent PSU students, athletes, faculty, administrators, trustees, alumni and admirers who continue to endure the reputational harm, scandal and embarrassment caused by these men. For over 12 years, these men actively protected a notorious pedophile who inflicted irreparable harm on countless child victims on the campuses and locker rooms at PSU. Although these men had multiple opportunities to stop this vicious, serial predator from continuing to sexually assault children who trusted the PSU campuses and programs as safe havens, they decided together to protect this monster rather than report him to the police. More egregiously, for more than 12 years, these powerful men did absolutely nothing to identify or to rescue the children who were being raped and abused by their fellow-PSU colleague and football coach. Indeed, we learned at Spanier's trial that Curley even assured The Second Mile that the pedophile was not a threat to children, telling the organization that

Sandusky’s conduct had been investigated and nothing inappropriate was found. Their deliberate and carefully considered decision not to report this pedophile to police in 2001 enabled a child rapist to commit multiple (and heretofore unknown) further assaults upon children, under the protective mantle of PSU. These very sad criminal convictions also completely confirm and verify all the findings and facts which my team and I established after an exhaustive investigation commissioned by the then-PSU board, and led by former Trustee Ken Frazier, a man of impeccable integrity and loyalty to PSU. Indeed, it was our able former prosecutors, judges, FBI Agents and Pennsylvania State Police investigators who electronically recovered the "smoking gun” email evidence trail which sealed the case against these men. The trial evidence confirmed all of our critical findings that Mike McQueary reported the ”sexual abuse" to Paterno, Curley and Schultz, who then reported the issue to Spanier, just as they had done with the 1998 incident. As reflected at trial and in our PSU Report, the reporting of sexual abuse is corroborated by the sworn testimony of Schultz and Curley, who attended an urgent, Sunday meeting at Paterno’s home to discuss McQueary’s report, Schultz’s consultation the same day with PSU lawyer Wendell Courtney about “reporting suspected child abuse,” Schultz’s inquiry the next day to PSU’s Police Chief as to whether he still “had the 1998 investigative report on Sandusky,” and the use by three men of conspicuously cryptic emails where Sandusky is referred to as the "subject,” the “person involved” or “the person.”

After Spanier, Schultz and Curley initially agreed to report the pedophile to the Department of Child Welfare, Curley “talked it over with Joe” [Paterno] and their plan took a dramatic, and criminal turn. The men now agreed instead to meet with the pedophile, and to advise him of the information received, as well as their awareness of “the first situation," a certain reference to the 1998 “shower” incident and criminal investigation. Spanier readily agreed to this approach, calling it the “humane and a reasonable way to proceed.”

But Spanier ironically warned that the “only downside for us is if the message isn't ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it.”

Today Spanier was finally held accountable for "not having reported it," after years of false denials, personal attacks on the fact-finders, and over-dramatic role-playing, including a phony, emotional New York Times interview. Instead of acting like leaders and rescuers, Spanier, Schultz, Curley and Paterno stood by silently and left an unknown number of child victims on their own. As Paterno advised McQueary, his assistant coach:

“I said you did what you had to do. It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do.”

They did nothing. 

The trial evidence confirmed that at no time did Spanier, Schultz or Curley try to identify the little boy in the shower or whether the child had suffered harm, which of course he did for the rest of his life. In the most heartbreaking testimony of the trial, a child victim described how he was sexually assaulted on PSU's main campus after the men made their heartless and cowardly decision to protect and to shield this child's sexual predator. The criminal conduct of these three men has cost the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania taxpayers over one quarter billion dollars, and the costs continue to escalate. Amazingly, Spanier was given a $6,000,000
”golden parachute” by PSU and continues to receive an annual PSU salary of $600,000, with his legal fees being paid by the same taxpayers. Unlike these child victims and their families, in time PSU's reputation will recover. However, new leadership and vision are now required to lead PSU and to put this tragic chapter more quickly behind. PSU President Eric Barron publicly stated that he was ”appalled” to learn that more recent, similar allegations against Paterno were being reported by the media. And upon what should have been the Old Main-shattering news of child endangerment guilty pleas by Schultz and Curley, PSU could only muster that it was “deeply concerned,” not even mentioning their names or apologizing to the many child victims harmed and endangered. Only this afternoon, after Spanier’s conviction, did PSU issue a statement describing a “profou nd failure of leadership.” Such a very belated, long overdue sentiment illustrates the concept of “too little, too late.”

Pennsylvania taxpayers, the entire PSU community and responsible political leaders should be “appalled” by Barron and his entire ”leadership” team. Barron and a coterie of “Paterno denier” board members, alumni, cult-like groups such as Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a former professional football player, and certain elected state political hacks, have been nothing but apologists for Paterno, Spanier, Schultz and Curley, more concerned about bringing back a bronze statue than worrying about the multiple child victims who have forever been so grievously harmed on the PSU campus. The Paterno family even hired a respected former governor and attorney general to publicize their now totally discredited claims. Barron can do one, last good act of service to PSU by resigning, and taking along with him board members like Anthony P. Lubrano and Albert L. Lord, who have no vision for PSU except a "rear-view”one. Lubrano and Lord even went to court to call for the "repudiation" of our report's well-documented conclusions, which have now been fully adopted and proved by the courtroom guilty pleas of Schultz and Curley, and the long overdue criminal conviction of Spanier. # # # # # # # # # # # #

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Last Call

-Flam Flam Flynn wants immunity--from somebody, anybody--to testify about Team Trump's ties to Moscow. Nobody's biting so far.

-Trump twitter-bombed the Freedom Caucus and some members by name. Trump is self-famous for his "instincts," which deserted him in this instance.

-Scottie Pippen, who used to play for Phil Jackson, says the New York "Knicks" have to get rid of Jackson.

-Albert L. "Al" Lord, a trustee at Paterno-Sandusky University, "PSU," reacted to the conviction last week of ex-prez Graham Spanier with an email to the Chronicle of Higher Education, and I quote:

Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth. Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew Sandusky abused anyone. I am tired of victims’ getting in the way of clearer thinking and a reasoned approach to who knew what and who did what. The notion that there can be only one point of view with respect to all this stuff and trustees at Penn State should toe a line that reflects the politically correct point of view, is symptomatic of what ails us.

Anyone who has read this blog, even a little, can imagine what I think of that, and of Al Lord, so since you aleeady know and this is Last Call I ain't gonna ruin my chance at a decent night's sleep by venting through writing. Only the conclusion I reached: The Pennsylvania State University should be stripped of its accreditation as an institution of Higher Education, which would end its tax exempt status and effectively bankrupt the organization; it should be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise under state and federal RICO laws, It would be convicted--and it should be shuttered permanently. Period there.

Night, night Pedo-Lions.

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"Bridgegate" Defendants Sentenced to Prison

Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, former aides to New Jersey governor Chris Christie, were convicted in federal court in November of charges stemming from the politically punitive closure of the George Washington Bridge. They were sentenced yesterday. Baroni received 24 months in prison, Kelly 18 months. The sentences, for first offenders, for one criminal incident, are unjust, outrageously harsh.
In fairness, I think the "Heat" are over the limit in Designated Beards one team can have on a roster. Goo' ball player, Eight.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This is weird but a short Amish man just dunked a basketball.

"Heat" 105 "Knicks" 88: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

Ian BegleyESPN Staff Writer 

Audible 'Let's go Heat!' chants here at Madison Square Garden. Rough night for the home team.


Listen to those chants in MSG. This rivalry sure ain't what it used to be! 😂😂😂 #heatison @MiamiHEAT
9:54 PM · Mar 29, 2017

The New York Knicks have been eliminated from playoff contention.10:39 PM · Mar 29, 2017

Seperated at Birth?

I am like fucking blown away.


Beard thing too. Yahweh is happy.

Gotta love thing goin' on in Miami, they do.
How do Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg find these guys. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Number eight there was first team All-Amish in college. Good ball player, Eight.
Hassan Whiteside with the tip-in of a (I think) Goran Dragic miss over a little pee-pee Piston. The red light outline of the basket went on just as the ball was on rim's edge heading down.

"Heat" Break "Pistons" in Palace

At the horn, Miami beat Detroit to get a crucial win in their playoff pursuit.


I do NOT like the vibe I been gettin' outta MistakeLand all year. They are "losing" tonight in AlamoLand 94-64 with 5+ left, which is like saying the Minnesota Looney Tunes were "losing" 5-2 late at the Barber Shop. That t'ain't losing, that's gettin' BLOWN THE FUCK OUT. The "Spurs" are shooting 49%. I don't care that Cleve is still in first second place in the Least, that they have their playoff gear to kick into, there are ten frigging games left in the regular season and they are stinking the joint up, and can't play defense wurf a shit. Says T Lue:

"The crazy part about it -- we start off the right way, but teams are so much faster than us. They just look so much faster than we are. I mean, damn. It just looks like -- just beat us on the dribble, transition, just looking faster."

They're "so much faster"? That seems to be *rather* fundamental, don't it? That is not predictive of a coming "playoff gear."

"We do have slow guys. And guys are tired. Games that we would normally try to get those guys some rest, it just hasn't been happening."

You have "slow guys". I see. The other guys have "so much faster guys," you've got "slow guys" who are "tired." I see.

Spaketh £:

"...yeah, we look a little slow versus a lot of these teams. It's up to the individual where if you're feeling a little slow, OK, you gotta get in better shape."

In "better shape"? After 72 games you have to get in "better" "shape"? I thought you were just fundamentally, constitutionally "slow guys". In need of "rest."

Cleveland is NOT going to repeat as NBA champs. T'AIN'T gonna happen.

*This post has been updated.

Something's Going On

Just in the last two months there have been several prominent Republicans, all from meat-red constituencies, who have had to confront large, angry groups of constituents at town hall meetings in their districts or states. Those I am aware of are:

Senator Tom Cotton (AR)
Congressman Dave Brat (VA-7CD)
Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) (Alright, Iowa is not meat red.)
Senator Ben Sasse (NE)
Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
Senator Bill Cassidy (LA)
Jason Chavetz (UT-3CD)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Is this real?

Alexei, how you do this shit! You in jail and dressed gooder than your lawyer, Oxsana. Look at Pencils thrust their pencil pee-pees thru bars, interview you! I visit clients in jail, they wear orange. You wear cashmere. You got couch in jail, Oxsana sit on couch. My clients no get couch. Me, I know get couch when I visit. I get hard plastic, hard wood, hard on hemorrhoids, pain in my assholes. I no understand, Alexei, I NO understand this shit.
Alexei, how do you frigging do this? I assumed you were road kill after your "embezzlement" conviction. Instead you're running for president in 2018. Man, you got more lives than a damn...than a PUSSYcat. Frigging Pussy Riot got frigging pussy-WHIPPED, sent to the Big House. You, you organize these impressive, massive protests. Now you're tweeting from the frigging courtroom! Putin didn't even change your password. Are you gonna be able to tweet doing your 15 days in the gray bar hotel too? For a Russian, you are one lucky mother-fucker, FOR A RUSSIAN, I mean, not a normal person. However you do it, man, you are an inspiration. Good luck.

Ha ha, Golden State won 72 last year.
Frigging South Carolina Must Be Destroyed is in the Final Four? In Competitive Lynching I would understand but in scholarly short pants basketball, never woulda thunk it.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

RT Protests (You won't find them on RT)

                                                                  In Irkusk.

In St Petersburg, police used a stun grenade on protesters.

In Kirov.

In Minsk.

In Vladivostok.

In Moscow, of course.

Locale not identified but look at that sea of protesters.

On and on the images come. And look at the crowds.


My God. How inspiring. Putin must be spooked out of his skin. The breadth of the protests and the numbers of people participating is awe-inspiring to a foreigner, frightening if you are Putin.


Nominally, anti-corruption, the corruption Alexsei Navalny and supporters protested was Putin's. The protests were the largest since 2011. The ensuing crackdown and Alexsei's subsequent arrest and conviction--I am astonished that he was able to pull this off.--make these protests all the more unexpected. From The New York Times:

Protesters tried to prevent a police van from taking Mr. Navalny away and chanted: “This is our city. This is our city.” Others shouted, “Russia without Putin,” and held up pieces of paper denouncing the Russian president and his allies as thieves.
Dmitri Charishnikov, a 36-year-old web designer who answered Mr. Navalny’s call to walk up and down Tverskaya Street, said protests would change nothing as most Russians “believe what they see on television” and strongly support Mr. Putin. But he added that he still wanted to show that “another Russia still exists.”
State television, the main source of news for most Russians, responded to the protests by ignoring them.

I did not think this could happen. Is it the start, or restart, of something? Are more protests reasonably possible? I think the answer to the first question is, as Mr Charishnikov said, this "other Russia still exists," it never went away, it just went underground. That protests happened in 99 cities, my God, that's all across the damn country. But the start or restart of what? Anti-Putin protests? That's gets the second question. How Putin and his secret police missed this today is inexplicable. About 1,000 protesters were arrested in Moscow alone. However he missed it, Putin has now got 1,000 off the streets, and he's got Alexsei Navalny under arrest again, too. Betcha he changes Aleksei's social media username and password, betcha, hoo doggie! The answer to the second question is, "Nyet."
Oh my gosh this is the most BEAUTIFUL day.
Good Sunday morning Trump, Republicans. I hate you.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

We have a tremendous upset tonight in the scholarly men's short pants basketball tournament. The University of Kansas, one of the tournaments number one seeds, had been humiliating opponents in the manner that the Freedom Cause ass-fucked Trump and Ryan. The "Jayhawks" had made their previous tournament foes their bitches, 100-62, 90-70, and 98-66. Tonight however they ran into the University of Nike and the "Ducks" abused Kansas 74-60. So Trump, you're not the only one tonight whose asshole is so dilated you could drive a truck through it. Meet your new butt buddies, the Kansas "Jayhawks." Congratulations to Oregon.
Speaking of loons, Minnesota United Loons reverted to positively Trumpian levels of haplessness today in New England, losing 5-2.

You know how I say MLS resembles a pyramid scheme in being built on the backs of its newest members? New England is an original 1996'er and there were 11,571 rattling around in 66,000 Gillette Stadium today.

Trump is a Defective

Drip. Drip. Drip. Donald Trump attracts some of the shadiest, darkest, weirdest people around him. Birds of a feather....

Ana Navarro is a Republican critic of Trump.

He does, he absolutely does. The money shot of that tweet though, is "Birds of a feather..." TRUMP is weird.

The mainstream media is being run ragged covering Trump...Have Fourth Estaters tried to get Trump's medical history? Are we entitled to the results of medical examinations that are performed on presidents? Don't they go to the doctor once a year? A real doctor, the White House doctor or whatever, not that weirdo who wrote that doctor's note for Trump during the campaign, Trump "will be the healthiest president ever." You know, medical records: blood pressure, pulse rate, height, weight, penis size, MEDICATIONS. 

Do you remember during the campaign there was speculation, including here, that Trump's manic personality was not entirely "in the original", that maybe it was chemically "enhanced"? Remember during the debates, that weird snorting? His voice didn't sound husky as if from a cold, the campaign's official explanation.

Remember his jabs at Jeb Bush and to a lesser extent Ben Carson about being "low energy"? "As opposed to me! One dime bag and I can go all day! And tweet at night!" Yes, those kind of comments can sometimes be Rohrschach tests into the mind of the person making the comments. Why is that on your mind, Donald? Jeb wanted to plaster billboards in South Carolina, "Trump is Unhinged." He is. There is something wrong with Trump, something diagnosable. His campaign speeches were rambling, discursive, have you ever read a transcript of one of his speeches or of an interview? Just a ton of verbiage, all sound and fury sugnifying nothing. Now look at this. This is from Politico just today on the healthcare fiasco:

"...according to Republican Hill staffers, in the weeks leading up to the doomed vote, Trump’s mind seemed to be elsewhere.

"The president also has been distracted in recent weeks...

The top Republican said that in one healthcare meeting with the president and his top aides in the Oval Office, it was a challenge to keep Trump focused on the health care vote. "Halfway through that meeting, he stopped to talk about Gorsuch,” the source said. “His mind was bouncing around. I never felt they were dialed into this."

“There were other distractions they were dealing with,” said one top Republican staffer on the Hill.

And after just 64 days in office, the short-attention span president told the New York Times on Friday he was just happy to finally to move on. “It’s enough already,” he said of the healthcare talks.

Are we entitled to know if Trump ever used illegal drugs? If that question was asked during the campaign I sure missed it. Bill Clinton was asked it, hoo doggie! Barack Obama was asked it. Was Trump? Trump spent a few hours socializing in Studio 54 back in the cocaine cowboy days of the 1980's. Did he ever do any blow? 

Are we entitled to know if Trump ever saw a shrink? How are we NOT entitled to know a president's medical and psychiatric, if any, history. Tom Eagleton received electroshock, that got him knocked off the McGovern ticket in 1972.

Is there anyway to get these records? Fourth Estaters, I'm asking you. I know you are chasing down a thousand things on this guy, add "get medical history" to your to do list.
Devin Booker is 20 years old. This is Devin Booker's second season in the NBA. His last year at the University of Kentucky Devin Booker averaged 10 points a game. As a reserve. Devin Booker's career high at Kentucky was 19 points.
Donald Trump does not have a sense of humor.
"Devin" "Booker," who I have never heard of, scored 70 points last night in a game of professional short pants basketball. His team, the Phoenix "Suns," still lost, to the Boston "Gardens." Devin is the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 (in one game), along with Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor, and Kobe Bryant. I've heard of them.

Republicans Are Scum

I have a question, and I mean it seriously: Why didn't the Republicans confine themselves to a repeal of Obamacare rather than conjoining it, repeal and replace? We would all just have gone back to health insurance as we had (or didn't have in millions of cases). My recollection ( know) is that both Ryan and von Fuckup insisted on repeal and replace, for reasons known only to them. We now see the rotten fruits that fell from that Tree of Thought.

It says here, and more importantly it says elsewhere, written by my betters, that as the Republicans gathered in a D.C. watering hole in 2009 during President Obama's inaugural ball and planned a one-word strategy of "No" to anything that Obama proposed, in order to "prove" that the Black man had failed, so the illegitimate De Facto successor to Obama is now planning to "prove" Obamacare a failure by taking unilateral executive action in an attempt to make it fail, or harder to succeed. De Facto predicted that in the next year Obamacare, which he says now is "imploding," will "explode." It sounds like he has another plan. The New York Times editorial board mused about possible guerrilla action:

"The worry now among advocates for lower-income Americans and the sick is that the Trump administration might seek to undermine the health care law through administrative steps. For example, officials could seek to reduce subsidies that help people earning just above the federal poverty line pay for out-of-pocket costs."

Nicholas Kristof, Times columnist, thought of another:

"Democrats may feel reassured, because ineptitude may impede some of Trump’s worst initiatives. But even if Trump is unable to build, he may be able to destroy: I fear that his health care “plan” now is to suffocate Obamacare by failing to enforce the insurance mandate, and then claim that its spasms are inevitable."

Donald Trump is an evil man. He is a congenital liar, an egomaniac, a traitor, a racist, a sexist; he is violent, a bully, and a sexual predator. He is also unintelligent, incompetent, and impotent. Trump lost today, was humiliated, and he will do anything to avoid responsibility and admit failure. He will follow his instincts and do whatever he can to gut Obamacare, "the law of the land for the foreseeable future."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Donald von Fuckup

Twice he took Ryan's advice over his instincts this week. This article was written yesterday. Like Nancy Pelosi, I really thought Trump would do anything to avoid defeat, declare victory and move on. Twice Ryan talked him into abject, humiliating defeat.

WASHINGTON — President Trump, the author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt.

Mr. Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans.

He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.

“I don’t know whether he will ultimately succeed or fail, but I will tell you that President Trump is so transactional, who knows what transactions he will be willing to make to pass this,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, who passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 as speaker.

Autopsy on a Man With a Small Brain and Short Stumpy Fingers

Oh my God, Trump fucked up. He will regret taking Paul Ryan's advice today but once, and that is for the duration of his presidency. Trump should have relied on his first instinct for accountability and revenge.

WASHINGTON — When Speaker Paul D. Ryan arrived at the White House on Friday to inform President Trump that the health care bill he had made his first major legislative push could not pass, Mr. Trump had one reaction: He wanted revenge.

Furious at rebellious Republicans who refused to back the measure, Mr. Trump demanded that defectors cast “no” votes for all to see — even if it meant the measure’s high-profile defeat, broadcast live on television.

But over a lunch of chicken, brussels sprouts and twice-baked potatoes in the Oval Office, Mr. Ryan pleaded with Mr. Trump to reconsider.

A loss could do lasting political damage to Republicans who supported the contentious bill, Mr. Ryan argued, especially those in competitive districts who were vulnerable to primary challenges. It would do nothing to isolate or punish the Freedom Caucus, the conservative faction that had resisted the measure all along, he added.

And it could alienate rank-and-file Republicans needed to push through other challenging initiatives in the weeks to come, including an increase in the debt ceiling, a sweeping tax cut and the president’s promised $1 trillion infrastructure package.

Mr. Trump remained unconvinced, but by midafternoon, armed with vote counts showing that the measure lacked a majority to pass, the president called the speaker to agree: You should pull the bill.

With repeal and replace now a hollow vow, Mr. Trump’s anger at the defiant members of the Freedom Caucus was undiminished. But trying to put the best possible face on a major defeat late Friday afternoon, he confined his public criticism to Democrats.

The meeting with the Freedom Caucus had prompted a realization by Mr. Trump and his inner circle about how the group operated, and that offering them policy concessions would not win their support.

By Friday, Mr. Trump was out for blood, eager to call the bluff of the Freedom Caucus and savage them if the health bill went down in defeat. Mr. Bannon and Marc Short, Mr. Trump’s legislative affairs director, both favored holding the vote.

But Mr. Ryan, reluctant to suffer an embarrassing loss or to ask his fellow Republicans to take what could be a politically perilous vote on a measure that had little chance of passing, argued vigorously against it.

Art of the Squeal: I blame Democrats for a bill Republicans couldn't pass. I blame Obama. I blame Australian Prime Minister & Meryl Streep..
4:25 PM · Mar 24, 2017

OH MY GOD CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF! You guys are going to give me a hernia laughing.