Your Monday Morning Roundup: Tricking Dallas Edition

Rob Ryan dressed up as a fat bitch for Halloween.

The Eagles? Reader Scott guessed correctly: They went as a playoff team. The full running commentary is on the way, but here are some things you may have missed this weekend.

 

A couple of quick notes:

– If you weren’t watching the game and drinking $6 pitchers during football Sunday yesterday at Drinker's… well, then you missed out. Every Sunday. And $1 hot dogs during all Eagles games. 

Philly Phaithful will kick off Movember tomorrow. If you buy a t-shirt between Nov. 1- Nov. 30, you fight cancer— it’s that simple. So, while we’ll rarely tell you to NOT purchase a t-shirt today, we would recommend coming back tomorrow, clicking that little link in the top right, and buying one (or two or three or four) shirts to help fight cancer. A Kimmo Timmo, Beer With The Best Finnish shirt would be high on that list.

Michael Vick, Reggie Jackson, Ilya Bryzgalov and others will all be holding autograph sessions at BC Sports. Details here.

 

The roundup:

– The Eagles waxed the Cowboys. Marty Mornhinweg takes a swipe at Rob Ryan.

– Scott Hartnell, Jimmy Rollins, and James van Riemsdyk were all in attendance to watch the Union have no gameplan other than attempting home run counters for 90 minutes (really, what the hell? Here, let’s send Le Toux deep and see if he can out-run the defense— DOOPUMB).

– Adam Reigner on how he met Jim Johnson.

– Ryan Howard tailgating at Eagles game.

– If you don’t understand how the MLS Cup playoffs work, here’s a breakdown.

– Here’s Chris Pronger’s eye.

– Bill Lyon, legend, on the Eagles use of the run

– John Miller on Vick taking charge.

– Bill Belichick wearing a Tony La Russa jersey.

– This is the Marlins’ new hat.

– Here’s a picture of the Occupy Philly folks sleeping in tents outside City Hall: [via @JimMacMillan]

Occupy_philly_tents

I’m sorry, I know these people have a right to protest, but where in the world does it say anything about their right to set up a tent city in the middle of Philadelphia? These Occupy protests are going to turn into worldwide chaos. Jobless hippies nonstop-picketing in cities around the world? How can this possibly end in disaster?! And I actually agree with many of their beefs. But how about instead of running around cities, complaining about everything and costing tax payers money, they use their jobless time to contribute to society?

Really, I’m just worried that their hippie village outside City Hall is going to ruin Mayor Nutter's  Christmas Happy Fun-Time Non-Denominational Theme Park Village, which is one of my favorite things. 

– The Larry Mendte-Alycia Lane trial will begin soon. Why do I get the feeling that some lurid, mostly creepy details are about to be revealed. Getting my popcorn. Now.

– ESPN Dallas invokes Santa booing incident (thanks to Dan Gelston for this link).

– Good article on how Jagr handles is duties as owner of a Czech hockey team while playing for the Flyers.

– Our friends from the Hardball Times rank the best baseball postseasons in the Wild Card era. 2011 comes in fifth.

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50 Responses

  1. – great win & cover last night.
    Occupy Philly dirty hipsters annoy the sh*t out of me everyday asking me for change as I walk by.

  2. how about you keep the politics out of your blog. deal? i read this for sports updates, not your take on the occupy wallstreet movement. you seem to be knowledgeable about sports and updates in the sports world, so i respect your intelligence on that. but when you start talking about things like this you really lose that respect

  3. ya know, i’ve never seen or heard anything from the occupy people that describes definitively what it is they are looking for or what there mission is….
    its all generalized under stopping corporate greed.
    so um what they trying to accomplish here?
    Love
    Beez Nutz

  4. Cowboys stink out loud. Iggles looked fantastic. Gabe sounds like one of the dirty hippies in the shanty town pictured above.

  5. “I’m sorry, I know these people have a right to protest, but where in the world does it say anything about their right to set up a tent city in the middle of Philadelphia?”
    The Constitution gives us the right to peaceful assembly, but not the right to deprive taxpaying citizens access to public space that our tax dollars support. Nor to divert taxpayer-funded resources to support protests of long duration, i.e. longer than 24 hours.
    I think the OWS movement would be more effective if they showed up at their congressmen’s offices and at Capitol Hill the way the anti-Obamacare people did. Hold the politicians directly accountable for corporate abuses such as execs raiding employee pensions…these tent cities around the country will only serve to antagonize citizens who may in fact be sympathetic to some of OWS platform…whatever it is.

  6. It’s one thing that Bill Belichick dresses like he’s homeless. It’s another thing when Rob Ryan looks and acts like he’s homeless.
    Get a barber dude.

  7. I come to crossingbroad on a daily basis for Philly sports talk, not your obviously uninformed political opinion. You clearly have not done the research of a political blogger, and even if you did, this is not the outlet for it. You sound like a fool on that post.

  8. Don’t worry, Kyle.
    You can be sure that if you were giving full-throated support to the tent dwellers and their, um, ’cause,’ that the same people whining about you daring to express a dissenting opinion from their own would be praising you for your insight and your intellect.

  9. Kyle,
    Don’t listen to idiots on either side. I respect your right to talk about your concerns with Occupy, but I’d also suggest you do more research, as your opinion does seem a bit uninformed.
    The First Amendment does give us a right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for redress of our grievances. That’s what the Occupiers are doing- sorry if it’s not on a schedule that you or others may find acceptable. I don’t see anywhere in the CONSTITUTION where the government may put any restriction on length of protests- so to say they may limit them is, to me, unconstitutional. The reason why these are ongoing is to prove to Wall Street and their political puppets that the people have woken up. They had the wool over our eyes for a long time, with bubble economies keeping most people happy. But those bubbles have popped (the college bubble is next to pop- how is it that college can even become a bubble?! But they managed to do it), and many Americans are realizing that those they have elected (on both sides) really were not their choice, but the choice between two people Big Business put out there who would both follow their orders. The Occupiers (and many, many supporters nationwide and worldwide) are protesting until these policies change. It is NOT going to stop until the process is changed.
    Call it a “cause” in quotations. That’s fine- it just shows you are relying on the corporate media for your information on this. The news outlets are owned by corporations- OF COURSE they are going to spin this negatively. They are just as scared by it as the banks. They might have to start being accountable, and report the real news, not whatever sensationalist topic they want to distract us with.
    There are demands, however the point of Occupy is that everyone has a voice- the demands will be finalized at some point in the future, once it is felt everyone who wants to have a say on them has had that say. You can find many of the overall ideas (reversing three Supreme Court decisions that identified corporations as having the same rights as an individual- seriously, that’s what they ruled- reversing Citizens United v. FEC, getting money out of campaigns, a tax plan that is ACTUALLY fair, not riddled with lobbyist-driven loopholes, etc.) if you do a little research of your own online.
    It is NOT a group of “jobless hippies.” I have a job. I FULLY support the movement, I’ve been there to spend as much time as possible, I’ve taken a couple of my personal vacation days to attend different events related to Occupy Philly. If you go there and speak with some of the people you’ll realize how many of them actually do have jobs (I spoke to a guy who runs his own company who has been living at Occupy for 3 weeks, doing as much for his business as he could from his laptop in his tent).
    This is costing the city money, but the bulk of it is police overtime. Occupy Philly has been EXTREMELY peaceful. They have their own security team. They have asked the cops to leave- they are unnecessary, as Occupy polices itself. They said if they need police help, they’ll call 911 and wait for them just like everyone else has to. So the bulk of the expense is unnecessary and unwanted by Occupy. They feed, clothe, and shelter countless homeless people. They are expected to work (cleaning, food tent, comfort station, etc) like everyone else there and in return are fed three hot meals per day and given a place to sleep. They are less likely, then, to be tempted to rob someone on the street (requiring police assistance) for money for food or clothes (and the temptation to buy booze or drugs with it instead is gone). That’s a huge positive, in my opinion. That can actually save the city a little money, as they are then not draining local, some-city-funded shelters. I’m not saying that cost covers the police presence, but again, that is unnecessary.
    I just ask you to read up more on this, Kyle. It’s a movement with the backing of many, many Americans and it won’t stop until it is LEGITIMATELY acknowledged by both Big Money and Washington, instead of just put down and/or dismissed as a bunch of “lazy, jobless hippies.”
    And don’t research through CNN, Fox News, MSNBC or any of those. They will all tilt this negatively, for their own gain. Find online news outlets, not owned by corporations (email me for links to a few of them- I don’t want to put them out there because the trolls on here would just rip them apart for how “biased” those sites are, when the sites they would cite are horrifically biased) to get your information from.
    You said “But how about instead of running around cities, complaining about everything and costing tax payers money, they use their jobless time to contribute to society?”
    They feel they ARE contributing to society. They see an issue in their country, and they are attempting to do something about it. Isn’t that what America is all about? If they did not do it this way, how else could they get everyone’s attention? And people ARE starting to pay attention- two months ago NO ONE (news agencies, government officials, presidential hopefuls) were talking about income inequality. They have to now- that’s one step, for the 99% (which is most of the society you referenced), where Occupy has already contributed. So they ARE contributing to society, if not in monetary or infrastructure-type contributions, but still contributing.

  10. Holy balls I didn’t realize how long that was till after it posted. Wow. Still, read it. Hopefully it clears up some things that the corporate media had confused for you.

  11. Mmmmm smells like voting season already, nothing evokes ‘passion’ like sports and politics…. Jesus was jewish and from the middle east, discuss!

  12. +1, J.T.
    Just because a protest movement doesn’t have three neat bullet points fine-tuned by political consultants doesn’t mean it’s not worth listening to. The OWS protesters have already moved the needle on student loan relief and help for underwater homeowners, and that’s before they have a fully-articulated message.
    Ninety percent of life is showing up, and these folks are showing up on my behalf and yours, Kyle. I’ve got a very nice, well-paying job myself, but those who aren’t as fortunate deserve to be listened to.

  13. Leave it to a sports blogger to be ignorant and loud about it. Don’t talk about political stuff, you can’t pull it off. Dumb ass.

  14. Devin, JT and Tony
    Do you not understand that lots of people have zero clue or insight as to what that movement is trying to accomplish (myself being one).
    Perhaps if you would be so inclined to shed some light (or tell the people pushing your movement) … more people might follow and in turn lose the need to stereotype you all
    Love
    Beez Nutz

  15. JT –
    The Madison protestors occupied the WI State House for weeks on end – with a clear objective – to recall Republican State Senators and stop Governor Walker’s program. They failed. You know why? Because when the recall vote came up, Wisconsin taxpayers remembered that they were charged over a million dollars to clean and repair the damage done to their State House during the occupation, mainly to the plumbing that was clogged by the waste of thousands of protestors who had set up camps for weeks.
    You posted an articulate and impassioned defense of the occupiers, much more coherent than any of their spokespeople that I’ve heard on the radio or seen on TV. Don’t you think your movement is better served by taking your grievance to the doorsteps of the politicians, rather than denying Philadelphians access to significant square footage of the City Hall Courtyard?
    footnote: the Madison WI occupiers (OWS) were recently denied an extension of their permit due to witnesses reporting acts of public masturbation. You’re impressed by how the tent city at Broad and Market is catering to the homeless..many of whom unfortunately come from the mentally ill or drug abuse population. How long will it be before one or two of them start “displaying their wares” and get you guys kicked out of the courtyard?
    The good news is, any of this site’s readers on a job hunt are minus a couple hundred competitors, since they have much more important things to do than look for a job.

  16. Dear Devin, Tony, Christine, JT and other “occupiers,”
    Forgive us for voicing our displeasure at seeing the public plaza turned into a vagrant camp. Forgive us for heaping criticism upon the feckless twits squatting on public property at City Hall who simultaneously go about their day demanding everyone’s respect and admiration.
    Whatever would we all do without you? In fact, it is US who owe all of you. We’re sorry for our incorrect opinions of your brilliant and articulate movement.



    Carry on.

  17. Beez:
    It’s not that complicated. Look at this chart:
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/images/aftertaxincomecumulative.jpg
    A rising tide was supposed to lift all boats, but instead, the filthy rich in this country have prospered while the rest of us who work for a living are being forced to accept pay cuts, reduced hours, etc., or we’re being foreclosed upon by banks who don’t even have proper title rights to our mortgages, all so the financial executives can get the 80 foot yacht instead of the puny 50 footer.
    that girl:
    From the Department of Corrections:
    1. The actual cleanup cost for Madison was $270k, a drop in the bucket as state budgets go.
    2. Unemployment among the OWS protestors is 15%, just a few percent above the overall unemployment rate. A lot of them have jobs, but choose to support a movement that seeks shared prosperity instead of funneling money to those who already have it.
    3. There are 4.6 people for every job opening right now. Companies are hoarding cash instead of hiring now, because there is no demand in the economy, because people don’t have jobs, and therefore don’t have income to buy stuff. Economics 101.
    4. The recall election results were 2 seats lost out of 6 for the Republicans, 0 seats lost out of 3 for the Democrats. Yes, they fell short of their goal of gaining a majority in the senate, but it was the most successful recall election in history, and Scott Walker is up next.
    5. Some clowns (allegedly) exposes themselves and you want discredit an entire movement? I suppose you’d like Philly fans to be judged by the two or three knuckleheads who get in fights after the game, throw batteries on the field, etc.?
    But other than those five falsehoods in just four paragraphs, awesome post!

  18. that girl-
    I also know, in history, there have been protests that lasted on end and DID accomplish their goal. For every WI State House failed protest I can give you the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Tunisian revolution, the ousting of Mumbarak in Egypt earlier this year, etc. Just because one didn’t work does not mean others won’t, too.
    beez nutz-
    do some reseach online. The information you are looking for is everywhere online. I’m not going to spoon feed it to you- that’s one of the issues why more Americans aren’t behind this: they refuse to believe anything unless it is put directly into their brain (hence why so many people trust their TVs, when they absolutely shouldn’t). We, as Americans, need to learn more and ALL become more involved in our civil affairs. I’m starting to do so- on some of my Occupy visits I (as well as anyone else who wants to come with) have visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, etc, to learn some history and how it correlates to today (basically, back then they gave a shit about what was going on around them. Now we don’t. That’s a shame- it’s what allowed the corporations and big banks to take over in the first place).
    LT-
    I can’t watch that video, as youtube is blocked here at work. But other than that, way to come up with legitimate, intelligible responses to my points. You’ve done that so well, in fact, that I’m just going to give up supporting Occupy. I’m just gonna go back, bend over the table and let the Corporacracy keep anally fucking me… you sure seem to be enjoying it.

  19. I think part of the idea is that during the Depression, when unemployment was 20-25% people had to set up homes in tent cities. You had real people with faces and names attached to the unemployment rate and something was actually done about it.
    Whereas for the last 3-4 years, it’s just been a number, with 9-10% unemployment and 15% or so underemployment. If you put a name and face to it in the form of new tent cities, maybe something will get done. Of course 80 years ago our government was much less owned by Wall St than it is now.


  20. LOL JT.
    Take your grievances and your complaints to DC. You are changing nothing by squatting for weeks on end at City Hall, unless you are protesting something Nutter and Company. Which you aren’t.
    Focus your ire where it belongs – on politicians in DC. They wrote the laws. If you’re accusing Wall Street of “crimes,” then charge them with crimes, or demand that politicians and authorities do so.
    Otherwise, you’re barking in the wind.
    And for all the effort you spend here and elsewhere trying to convince people of the “righteousness” of your “cause,” you could be looking for employment – or perhaps even finding it.
    Go Flyers.

  21. Guys- at the risk of making this more of a political discussion than it needs to be, did you read the part where I said I agree with the most the beefs? Believe me, in most cases, I am aware of and support voicing displeasure with what has been a shitty government for the better part of a decade. While I’m not sure I completely agree with the fact that all of our politicians were chosen by businesses, I do entertain the thought that many are corporate mouthpieces. If I don’t agree, I certainly see the point. Just because I’m a sports blogger doesn’t mean I don’t know what else is going on, I’m just not going to devote 500 words to it in a post.
    But here’s the problem: you’re going about it all wrong, in my opinion.
    Yes, the protests have been mostly peaceful. Yes, you are standing up for our rights. Yes, some of you do have jobs (I’m guessing many of those sleeping in tents don’t). The fact of the matter is, these protests do turn violent, because there will always be one or 20 knuckleheads who do something stupid and cause something like what happened in Oakland. You can’t police yourselves. Same reason why there’s security at sporting events. One idiot throws something at a player and 20 join– that would happen every game if it weren’t for security. As such, it’s costing tax payers gobs of money to keep police on the scene (don’t argue that they don’t need to be there, because they do). Further, no citizens want folks setting up tent cities at City Hall. To argue that camping outside in our mostly beautiful city is a way to fight the establishment is arrogant. I’m all for a peaceful protest if you want, but look at the lady in the photo walking through tent city. The right to peacefully protest doesn’t mean you can setup shop anywhere and just “occupy” the area, or at least it shouldn’t. That’s not right to other citizens who are trying to go about their daily business. Yes, some of you do have jobs and show up when you can, but, come on, a lot of those folks sleeping there are, quite frankly, a nuisance to people trying to make an honest living. There are so many outlets nowadays (the internet being a pretty big one), that sleeping in center cities around the world is not the smartest route to take. So I’m not trying to say that I don’t agree with many of your points, but I also don’t think setting up tents in the middle of Philadelphia is the right way to go about or fair to other citizens.

  22. Er, not the right way. It’s all about the medium here- not the message. And I’m sorry, but I don’t think occupying parts of cities, “self policing”, and issuing “demands” (your words) is the right way to go about this. It’s just asking for disaster.

  23. Aw, shut up, Kyle.
    You’re just a dumb, stupid-head sports blogger that knows nothing of the intricacies, subtleties and vastly complicated differential equations that political bloggers who support the Occupy(FillInBlank)Movement are fluent in.
    See: The 800-word treatises above on how you don’t know what’s really happening out there in the world, man, and a link to another political blog to prove it.
    Just stick to sports, because when you comment on anything else like the calculus-like scholarship of populist street politics, you just defeat yourself.
    We’re taking it all down, man. The corporations, the corporations and the corporations.
    Damned corporations!

  24. How else should they do it Kyle? If you post online only the people aware of and supporting your cause are going to read it (we don’t all have the best sports blog in Philly). Talk about it on TV? Good luck getting any airtime on any station to talk about this. I disagree- these type of protests are exactly what needs to be done. Protests aren’t supposed to be convenient for everyone- they are designed to call attention, sometimes through annoying or time-consuming distractions for people. I, however, respect your opinion that it is unnecessary. However, to limit it IS unconstitutional, so while you may be upset by it, they are within their constitutional rights.
    What happened in Oakland was not protesters getting out of hand… it was the Oakland PD overstepping their bounds and cracking down on a peaceful protest. Even the city has come out, apologized, and admitted they were wrong. You still going to blame that on the protesters?
    You say no citizens want to see tent cities set up outside City Hall. Obviously, I support the movement so I’m biased, but I find it refreshing and motivating for people to be doing just that. I feel that it is democracy in action.
    You worry about these getting violent- Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” So, while I don’t ever like to see people violent, especially when they are being attacked for protesting peacefully (you’d expect that in Egypt or Syria, not the United States), it is necessary from time to time. In my opinion, this is one of those times.
    LT-
    We can talk to the politicians all we want in DC. They’ll listen (maybe- Eric Cantor hasn’t met with his constituents in over a year), say they appreciate our “input” and then make absolutely no changes. Because we aren’t the ones who put them where they are… and they are going to work for those who do. Those are the corporations and super rich. Just appealing to the politicians is like taking a painkiller for a headache- you may be temporarily ending the pain, but you are not treating the root cause of the problem. That’s why this movement cannot be just aimed at the politicians- they are a product of a broken system, not the cause of it. You fix them and the system will still be broken.
    And just because this originated at Wall Street, don’t think politicians aren’t a part of the target, and don’t think they aren’t listening. They see this going on and are praying that it just goes away. But it won’t.

  25. @Tony:
    1. Any amount of money is a “drop in the bucket”, when it’s someone else’s scratch you’re spending. And to your point (4): you have an interesting definition of success. The very policies and programs that the WI State House occupiers protested have been implemented by Governor Walker. They currently are Wisconsin law.
    3. The 4.6 candidate per job metric reduces in proportion to the number of those who have abandoned a job search in favor of occupying public spaces for the duration. ADVANTAGE: serious job seekers. People don’t have money to buy stuff? The Linc is sold out for the season, CBP sold out every game in 2011. Was it the 99% or the 1% populating the stands? Yes, the unemployment rate is higher than we’ve ever seen and something we don’t want to get used to, but there’s enough discretionary income floating around to keep DECK reporting healthy revenues. (It’s the ticker for the company that makes UGGS). DECK has resisted the slump that most stocks have lately experienced due to strong consumer interest in their product. I live in a blue collar neighborhood, there’s no shortage of the footwear in my ‘hood.
    In fact, if you look close enough, you’ll probably see a respectable representation of UGGS wearers in the OWS crowd. Those boots are not exactly cheap.
    5. I’m not discrediting the entire movement, if you read my first post you’ll note that I referenced an egregious example of corporate misconduct. It’s the method I object to, not the motive.
    Following is a rap sheet of lawlessness at OWS locations:
    http://biggovernment.com/jjmnolte/2011/10/28/occupywallstreet-the-rap-sheet-so-far/
    So far Philadelphia has been relatively peaceful, no doubt living up to the Brotherly Love moniker. Here’s hoping it stays that way.
    @JT, point taken.

  26. @that girl
    girls / women dont have real opinions so stop sharing yours
    your post is rediculously one sided and your experience / life is in no way a representation of what the greater public is going through. Stop being so narrow minded.

  27. How about this? All that violence, drug abuse and alcohol consumption so many dissenters like to point to? Here’s a story from the New York Daily News (shocking they would run this story):
    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/occupy-wall-street-central-a-rift-growing-east-west-sides-plaza-article-1.969320
    That says, among other things, that drunks and crazies that are homeless in parks in New York are being encouraged by the NYPD to go and occupy Zucotti Park with the rest of the protesters. Their goals in this are either to disgust the protesters and make them want to leave, or to allow for more serious law breaking, at which point they can cite than and then shut it down.
    Think we don’t live in a police state? Think Big Power in this country won’t do ANYTHING to put a stop to this stuff, to silence the people? And you REALLY think, if they’re willing to do this, they wouldn’t buy every political seat? Open your eyes people.

  28. that girl:
    You’re really arguing that
    (a) putting 68k people (out of 6 million in the metro Philly area) in the Linc eight times a year
    and
    (b) a bunch of folks wearing (possibly counterfeit) Uggs in your neighborhood
    show that the average Philadelphian is flush with cash? That’s your argument?
    Data is not the plural of anecdote. The data show that wages are stagnant while profits soar nationwide, and Philly is not immune to this.
    Re: Wisconsin — your “someone else’s scratch” comment is rather interesting considering most state revenues come from sales and payroll taxes, which just about everyone in Madison was paying. It was their own tax dollars paying for that cleanup, and when someone else (e.g. the Tea Party) protests something else, the tax dollars of the hippie moonbats, the dittohead wingnuts, and everyone in between will pay for that as well — and that’s how it should be.

  29. What this discussion fails to capture is that Kyle Scott is not even qualified to write about sports, let alone politics.

  30. “show that the average Philadelphian is flush with cash? That’s your argument?”
    You didn’t answer my question about whether it was the 99% populating the stadiums and supporting the vendors and purchasing all the Phillies/Eagles/Flyers/swag. Maybe OWS should form a tent city down at the ballpark and at MLB headquarters.
    “(b) a bunch of folks wearing (possibly counterfeit) Uggs in your neighborhood”
    DECK’s share price and revenues would indicate that the majority of UGGS being sold nationwide are not counterfeit. And the larger point was that discretionary income is being spent at a rate that would indicate the middle class isn’t yet to the point of total financial ruin and collapse. (You said: “people can’t buy stuff”. And I countered with an example that people can and do indeed buy stuff – that are not essential to mere survival, they’re extras. Discretionary income.)
    Research melissadata.com to find out the Philly metro AGI, go zip code by zip code and you’ll learn that the Delaware Valley area does indeed enjoy income above the national average. Not Camden, Coatesville, Chester…but those depressed areas don’t represent the majority of this metro’s population.
    What’s the AGI of your zip code, Tony?
    about the someone else’s scratch comment:
    I’m well aware it was WI state taxpayer dollars that paid for the cleanup – was any of it your money? Therefore the phrase: “someone else’s scratch”
    When did the TEA party or any other organized protest squat a public space for weeks and require the citizens to come up with $300,000.00 to clean up after them? I’m sure that WI taxpayers would much rather have seen those funds go to purchasing needed materials and staff for their state hospitals, or to repairing their roads, or even just to fund MEDICAID.
    For the record, I don’t think that $300k of anyone’s tax dollars is just a “drop in the bucket”.
    I heard an OWS spokesman on the radio the other night, he said that a lot of the City Hall tentdwellers had jobs. OK, so what are they doing, working from tent? If that’s the case I need to start protesting that my boss won’t allow me to work remote whenever the mood or the socially significant cause strikes.
    @Beez Nutz:
    What’s the “greater public” going through? Are you part of the greater public – or are you representative of the lesser public? I get so confused with all these technical terms, ’cause, like – ya know…I’m just a GIRL who has no right to speak my mind…please enlighten me oh wise one, I defer to your greater public intellect.
    lol

  31. LT-
    Nice try. I actually have conservative views and I do not at all hate republicans. I was a registered republican at one time. I DO hate the republicans in power because their stated goal is to empower big business even more than it already is. They have ZERO consideration for the American public. So I do, definitely, hate that part about them.
    That, however, is beside the point. Democrats are just as bad (sometimes worse). We’ll get a clearer view on Obama (other than the fact he already hasn’t lived up to his campaign promises) when he decides on the Keystone Pipeline and big health insurance’s request for a loophole to allow them to keep millions in the dark about their coverage. If he allows either one, I’ll feel the same about him as I did about Bush (not good).
    You keep trying to make this political, one or the other. I’m saying it’s neither. It IS class welfare, but the 1% has been waging it on the rest of us for decades… we’re just finally beginning to fight back. It’s the majority vs the ruling, “elite” minority, NOT Democrat vs. Republican.
    Nice try though.

  32. LT-
    Nice try. I actually have conservative views and I do not at all hate republicans. I was a registered republican at one time. I DO hate the republicans in power because their stated goal is to empower big business even more than it already is. They have ZERO consideration for the American public. So I do, definitely, hate that part about them.
    That, however, is beside the point. Democrats are just as bad (sometimes worse). We’ll get a clearer view on Obama (other than the fact he already hasn’t lived up to his campaign promises) when he decides on the Keystone Pipeline and big health insurance’s request for a loophole to allow them to keep millions in the dark about their coverage. If he allows either one, I’ll feel the same about him as I did about Bush (not good).
    You keep trying to make this political, one or the other. I’m saying it’s neither. It IS class welfare, but the 1% has been waging it on the rest of us for decades… we’re just finally beginning to fight back. It’s the majority vs the ruling, “elite” minority, NOT Democrat vs. Republican.
    Nice try though.

  33. Yes, JT, surely this isn’t political. And you’re “conservative.”
    That’s why the first name out of your mouth when you want to bash a particular politician was…a Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives. And Obama is bad because…he hasn’t done anything he said he’s going to do. Except massive spending programs, health care overhaul, bank reform/regulation overhaul, troop draw down in Iraq and Afgh, etc.
    We’re not all as dumb as Occupy Philly looks, fellow citizen.

  34. see what i mean when i said this was a sports blog? none of this shit has any place on this website. unless you wanted that. but then why did you name the website crossing broad. why not start another blog for local politics, or put a disclaimer up that any extraneous comments discussing certain topics will be deleted. this could apply to regular every day trolls, too. everyone wins, really. and again, if you dont mind the discussion then by all means disregard this. but it kind of drags the whole thing down.

  35. Kyle Scott,
    How are they bothering people going about their daily business? Are they bothering you, as you blog in your parents’ basement surrounded by stacks of Playboy and fantasy football magazines? Prejudice doesn’t sound as good when it’s directed at you, does it?
    Maybe if you had read a single book in high school English class (i.e. Brave New World, 1984, The Great Gatsby, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, etc.), you would understand. Or, maybe if you were not taught the conservative, standard high school U.S. history curriculum (you must have actually been paying attention in that class) that celebrates slave-owning politicians, war mongers, selfish robber barrens, etc., you would have a clue as to what protests have done for you and the people of this country. The greed starved one percent in power have never given it up willingly. Protests were at the forefront of the U.S. labor movement (that’s why you didn’t have to work in a sweatshop as a child and why people get weekends and at least a minimum wage – which is pitifully low, but I digress), the woman’s movement (so your sister can vote and earn a fairer wage), and the civil rights movement (so you could go to school with others who are not white). I could go on, but I would rather you do your own research.
    Seriously, Kyle, I do enjoy your blog as a break from reality. But, when you spew ignorance to the ignorant proletariat of this city, it only breeds more ignorance and keeps the one percent who molested and pilfered Wall Street in power.
    Why don’t you redirect your hate toward the scum on Wall Street who have raped our economy and toward their brothers in the SEC who have allowed it.

  36. That Girl,
    By “That Girl,” do you mean that ignorant, spoiled girl who wore one of her eight pairs of UGGS to Lower Merion High School? I bet you even did some charity work in college to make you life seem more valid before wasting it aware on more selfish pursuits. You embarrass me as an American. You embarrass yourself.
    Please study the United States women’s, labor, anti-Vietnam War and civil rights movements and report back when you truly understand the importance of civil disobedience.

  37. that girl:
    I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make with the “who’s at Eagles games” business, but I don’t think I’m breaking news when I tell you the crowd at the Eagles games (and all sporting events, really) is more corporate and wealthy than it used to be. It’s not just the top 1% in there, but I guarantee you the bottom 20% isn’t very well-represented.
    As for the Philly area doing better than the national average… wow, I don’t even know where to start. The fact that you’re picking a single stock’s share price and extrapolating that out to grand statements about the region’s wealth is a mistake a seventh grader wouldn’t make, and using average adjusted gross income for a zip code is equally silly. Think about it this way: in a ZIP code with Bill Gates and several thousand poor people in it, they all average out to be millionaires.
    The number you need to look at is not the average income, which is skewed by the *very issue* OWS is concerned with (concentration of wealth at the top.) You need to look at poverty rates. And, as it turns out, the city’s poverty rate is 24.5%, or 60% higher than the national average of 15%, and double the PA average of 12%.
    Anyway, this thread is a bit past its expiration date, and if you can’t understand why measuring the region’s economic state by how many expensive boots people wear, how many people show up for Eagles games, or what a ZIP code’s average annual income is, you really don’t understand the issues well enough to warrant anyone’s attention.

  38. Shorter ‘Sam Clemens’:
    You’re, like, totally stupid for not thinking a vagrant camp outside of City Hall is a good thing. Didn’t you read 1984, man? That’s reality!@!1 In fact, you owe those vagrants your life, your occupation and the fact that you aren’t a slave in a salt mine. Or something.
    SHOW SOME RESPECT FROM YOUR PARENTS’ BASEMENT FOR YOUR POLITICAL BETTERS, KYLE.

  39. l.t.,
    I didn’t mean to upset you so early in the morning, but if you had more life experiences or read more, you would understand that our culture gets closer and closer to 1984 every day. Clearly, you have not read the book. Maybe leave the Main Line every now and then. That may be a start in opening your mind to the world in which most of us live. If “or something” means that my words didn’t make sense to you, then you are part of the problem. Just a puppet for the 1% who control and molest the economy, and consequently, American politics.
    Read my first post to Kyle again. Read it as if I wrote it to you.

  40. Oh Dear, it’s so bad that this occupy-this-and-that stuff inconveniences you, Mama’s Boyo.
    I mean, afterall, it’s not that you have to worry about losing a job, even if it is blogging. (How does a blogger get sacked anyway?) I mean, if the extra little $ that your making for liquor money and what not dries up, yer da will just increase your allowance again a little more so that you’ll be wont for nothing. Yeah, how inconvenient.
    Ya know, I bet if you were alive back then, you would’ve rode at the side of MacArthur and Patton, all guns-a-blazin straight into public DC (OUR CAPITAL THAT WE GAVE OUR LIVES TO PROTECT) to bust up our Bonus Army (google it, it shouldn’t need me link), after that bum Hoover and his cronies refused to pay us our dues while we peacefully assembled and pettitioned those bastards for the redress of our greevances as bloodshedding sacrifficial vets. That’s an inalienable right everyone has, including these OWS people.
    Do you know what INALIENABLE means, Boyo? Doesn’t sound like that Vanillanova education taught you what it means—what a waste. I guess it don’t matter to yer da as long as you got yer lambskin scroll, and yer mission as a “good son” is accomplished. Anyways, “inalienable” means that they (our rights) are absolute and unconditionel. No fucking hooks, and no fucking hoops to jump through to earn them, cause they don’t have to be earned, because they are inborn to all citizens.
    And don’t give me that “depriving others of their rights” bullshyte. Yeah, I guess that poor woman walking down that UNBLOCKED sidewalk in that pic there is being deprived of her right to see more pavement that was already full of litter and shyte even before the protestors moved in. Cause we all know smart-arse mama’s boyos like you are too lazy and are compollsive pathalogicol litter-bugs. I guess to you that it’s alright to trash our country as long as it’s “out of site, out of mind”, huh Boyo?
    Anyways, ya know, with your fucked-up morals and preverted sense of justice, I’m actually glad your just a friggin blogger (BTW, a janitor has a more honourable and civicly useful career than a blogger; not to say that bloggers shouldn’t exist—nor have a right to exist—in a FREE COUNTRY). But god help us all if you’re in any position of power, government or private enterprize. No doubt more would be protesting.
    Well, I hope those people already protesting actually get something accomplished, even if they’re still trying to figure it out, in a way. This country needs a good enima.
    Well, that’s enough of this that you’ll hear from me on this for now. I’ve spillt enough blood for this country that I no longer have the tolerance for arguing with every letter inbred ingrate about it.

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