Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Odds and Ends

Did You See Them? - CMPD Officers did. Turns out the DNC 2012 anarchists are already in Charlotte. CMPD has more than a dozen officers watching and photographing people who are apparently checking out Charlotte's Uptown in advance of the DNC 2012.

Word on the street is that elements of groups known to generally impede traffic and wish to cause general chaos, have been spotted in the Uptown area.

Those observed have not been confronted, only watched and photographed. Officers have reportedly spotted some known trouble makers as well as other individuals writing notes, making sketches and taking photos as well as videos of the area.

CMPD plainclothes, uniformed and civilian employees are all part of a team assembled to "watch" for suspected anarchists as well as terrorists threats. As one Officer told CP, "we definitely know that are planning on causing some trouble".

The End of Penn State Football  - Early Sunday morning workers removed the iconic statue of JoePa from Beaver Stadium, as a small group of onlookers gathered chanted "We are PENN STATE" and the Joe Paterno era came to a very sad and still stunning end.

A ghostly reminder of the bronze mural that represented decades of winning football.

Early Sunday morning workers moved quickly and quietly remove the 7 foot tall statue.

The university announced at 7 am Sunday that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The statue, weighing more than 900 pounds, was built in 2001 in honor of Paterno's record-setting 324th Division 1 coaching victory and his "contributions to the university."

Cedar's Take: There is a certain uneasiness regarding the erection of statues to living people. The photos of the statue being removed are reminiscent of the pulling down of the giant Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad years ago, a process that climaxed with the head of the statue being dragged through the streets.

This entire PENN State mess has been much like the removal and execution of Saddam Hussein. The sudden resignation and subsequent death of Joe Pa, the Sandusky Bob Costas interview, the fast track trial, and guilty verdict. The entire process has been unseemly, unpleasant, and messy.

Throughout all of this the statue which represented Paterno leading Penn State on to the field his right index finger symbolically proclaiming Number 1 held high, has been a lightning rod and media focal point.

Penn State President Rod Erickson said he decided to have the statue removed and put into storage because it "has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing."

"I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," Erickson said in a statement released at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Which brings us to this:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;— Exodus 20:4-6 (KJV)

And should the 3rd of 10 commandments be a little too deep, then perhaps George C Scott, as George S. Patton can provide some timeless advice and wisdom.

For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph - a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.

The PENN State Football program will not recover from Jerry Sandusky's perversion for decades. The NCAA while not likely to give the Nittnay Lions the death penalty, is expected to hand down some heavy fines and actions that shuts down bowl games, scholarships and recruiting efforts. But in the end these sanctions will only extract the highest price from those who are already co-victims, the students.

Danica Patrick on Fifty Shades of Grey - Patrick admitted on Twitter recently that she had, to her disappointment, reached the end of the first of E.L. James' best-selling mainstream erotica trilogy.

"I finished the 514 pages that were in that first book. It's sad I even know that, but it felt like a victory for me."

Patrick tells ESPN "I didn't put it out there, exactly, in the first place, although I wasn't … I gave it up pretty easily," she conceded. "I basically just made a statement the worst part about a great book is finishing it. You get there and don't want it to end. 'Maybe I'll save a little bit.' Somebody right away chimed in on Twitter, like the third tweet that came in, 'Let me guess, 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'' and I was like 'How did you know?"

Cedar's Take: There is something very intoxicating about a woman who handles her sexuality the same way she drives a car, that is to say with reckless abandon.


Anonymous said...

Looks like someone forgot their meds again today. Paranoia is treatable but man you got to take your meds.

CMPD has said nothing about spotting anarchists in Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

hmmmm, sounds like a classic case of SPY vs. SPY. Which spin is the truth?

Anonymous said...

sounds like PIO's trying to deny what Cedar found out direct from sources. He didn't say he found out from "CMPD" If we waited for you jerks in the information office to give any honest information, we would never find out anything.

Anonymous said...

“They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.”  Joe Paterno

Anonymous said...

CMPD has at least 15 officers doing under cover work spotting the crazyies already here.

Anonymous said...

Joe Paterno will always be linked to Jerry Sandusky talk about unfair, no wonder the old goat just up and died.

JoePa knew it was coming, he knew they were coming for him, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that Paterno was a pervert as well.

Anonymous said...

Not paranoia..... The truth.

And it would be grossly negligent if CMPD was not actively checking out activists, wouldn't it?

I would hope undercovers had been active for months.

Jeff A. Taylor said...

Oh, Rob. You are so funny.

Next thing you'll say it that the feds aren't worried about Mexican gangs flooding CLT with high-grade heroin as all the hookers and scammers arrive for DNC 2012. (Tamps has been warned too, natch.)

You know, those same heroin distro networks CMPD has tried to infiltrate for years and failed.

Or did that not happen either?

Anonymous said...

What's with this ass-clown that calls everyone Rob if he disagrees with them or they say something slightly pro CMPD? I know who Rob is but that's just dumb. From now on, I dub the, "Nancy".
Hi Nancy.

Anonymous said...

I've noted some posted comments that are no doubt from someone in the chief's office. Someone, maybe Rob who buys into command staff bs.

But those of us who work here know that Medlock is a hot head, and the least respected of the DCs.

We know that the Chief has ruined CMPD by lowering the recruiting standards to the point where unless your a convicted felon you get accepted.

CMPD's brass issue new directives daily just to change them 72 hours later. It is just insane.

So Rob, why don't you just shut up.

Anonymous said...

Don't they have to archive all changes to the Directives?

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:42
Because it IS Rob or one of his minions, they moniter this and other sites many times a day.....wouldn't be surprised if there is someone dedicated to just doing that.

Anon 9:46
You are 100% correct. And Medlock is indeed a childish, vindictive, mean tempered individual who should not ever be in any kind of a leadership role making any kind of decisions. He is not intellectually or emotionally equipped to deal with personnel decisions or any operating decisions.
Underneath that slick "holier than thou" veneer is a morally bankrupt individual.
Anon 1:51
If there ever was any SOP about archiving changes to Directives, you can bet your sweet ass they have changed that also.

CMPD top Brass are a bunch of immature, clueless, egomaniacal clowns with WAY too much power.

Anonymous said...

every time a story breaks here or at citynewswatch or pundithouse, there is an attempt to water it down, lie about it, or counter it with something else by putting out some other story in the network news. Rob or some worse flunkie monitors this site and those constantly.

not maintaining old directives is against the law


Anonymous said...

Seriously, Rodney and his flunkies are doing "unlawful"' unscruptulous and unethical things every single solitary day.......and his "bossman", curt the clown, continues to look the other way, AND gets a raise.

When the "mighty" fall, they fall hard, and their fall from grace will be monumental.

They cannot silence people for much longer.......there are people of integrity that will be out of their clutches soon, very soon, and are unafraid to talk.

Anonymous said...

I just heard CMPD , Medlock and rodney have screwed up again, in a Big way.

By refusing to be reasonable with an individual, they have created a situation they will not be able to control and will have a fight on their hands that will open many people, and the department, up to intense scrutiny and inevitable, complete per the law....thank goodness.

Anonymous said...

To 4:15......details please. These are anonymous posts . I am just hearing a LOT of insinuations but no substance . After awhile it is like the boy who cried wolf !

Anonymous said...

Seriously ! Details .....otherwise don't post . U get our hopes up then NOTHING but crickets.

Anonymous said...

Patence is a virtue....I have heard the same thing, and I will wait, it will be worth it.

Anonymous said...

Is it the person who stood up at the meeting with the Speaker last night?

Anonymous said...

People with integrity do not equate with people afraid to talk.

speak up now.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:45


Anonymous said...

very enlightening.

please come back when you have something to say

Anonymous said...

4:15, what are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

4:15 what are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

that's what I thought

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:22
You obviously do not work at CMPD, if you did you would know exactly what 4:15 is talking about.

And if you don't work there, it really doesn't touch you.

Anonymous said...

8:22..... Being working at cmpd for 25+ years and I have no idea what 4:15 is talking about.....sounds like idle gossip.

Anonymous said...

anon 9:50
You either work for the PIO machine if you really do work at CMPD, or you live under a rock.

Really, that's all you got..."idle gossip"?

Anonymous said...

Seriously 9:50 ? I was locking up folks when you where probably in elementary school rookie!

Anonymous said...

Make that 10:11 ..........

Anonymous said...


If 'everyone knows,' share with the class so other people can support you. Really, all the scared secret keeping is why officers and the public are in the M mess we're in. Toughen up, veteran, instead of blowing smoke.

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