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Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno over the final verse of the Penn State Anthem.

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno over the final verse of the Penn State Anthem.

The idyllic community of Happy Valley was not as it was portrayed. Keeping domestic violence and the sexual abuse of little boys by Jerry Sandusky hush-hush was necessary to preserve their economic way of life.

State College Police Detective Deirdri Fishel: Everyone looks at it as the picture perfect postcard, and for the most part, it’s really what it is. Central Pennsylvania is a very rural area, and then in the middle of it, this community popped up around Penn State University. It’s not a high crime area and you can walk to the grocery store at night if you want to, because it’s this idyllic community — Everybody here is happy … nothing ever goes wrong in Happy Valley. But underneath lies the fact that there is violent crime occurring, and unfortunately, a lot of that crime is within households. In the last 2 years my unit has handled over 500 cases of domestic violence, and for a couple of years all of our homicides in Centre County were a result of domestic violence. Meaning if you were not in a domestic violence relationship it’s a pretty safe area, but if you can’t be safe in your own home does it matter whether the community is safe.

That is how Detective Fishel introduced the trailer to “Telling Amy’s Story

Read full article here: Happy Valley and Penn State’s Immorality Problem Is an American Problem

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The IAEA reports Iran is building a nuclear weapons program, and the warrior class heats up the call for war. As with Iraq, the justification is no more persuasive and the moral authority of those seeking to go on the attack is suspect.

Air Force file photo of the first launch of a Trident missile on Jan. 18, 1977 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Trident missile is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) equipped with multiple independently-targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV). The Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) is armed with nuclear warheads

Air Force file photo of the first launch of a Trident missile on Jan. 18, 1977 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Trident missile is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) equipped with multiple independently-targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV). The Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) is armed with nuclear warheads

Just as we are withdrawing from Iraq and have a plan in motion to withdraw from Afghanistan, the drumbeats for war rise again. The instigator is the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) most recent report indicating that Iran is experimenting with technologies that lead to development of a nuclear weapons program. That’s enough for America’s hawks again to call for war and air strikes by Israel or the United States on Iran.

However, the report is in contradiction to earlier IAEA determinations. According to its former Director General, Mohamed Elbaradei, there is “no credible evidence” of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. It’s a contradiction of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, as well.

The new IAEA report comes from its current Director General, Yukio Amano …

Read full article here: Will Americans Be Deceived Into a War With Iran?

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Hoodwinked into believing we are fighting to protect our constitutional rights and for other nefarious reasons, at the end of the day the United States has failed at war, failed veterans when they returned home, and failed its citizens.

Veterans filed into the High School gym, rose and recited the "Pledge of Allegiance" at a Veterans Day ceremony

Veterans filed into the High School gym, rose and recited the "Pledge of Allegiance" at a Veterans Day ceremony

Ever wonder why America’s self-proclaimed greatest, most powerful armed forces known to mankind has difficulty bringing a quick and militarily decisive end to their campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, as in Vietnam. What little we might have accomplished has taken eight years in Iraq, ten years in Afghanistan, and we will continue to be there through at least 2014, neither war with definitive success. And, the only reason we are withdrawing from Iraq is the fact that the government of Iraq kicked us out; in Afghanistan, in “troops and dollars, [it] is neither proportional to our interests nor sustainable.” In other words, we cannot any longer afford it. It’s perplexing when one considers that America’s armed forces are superior to the enemy in all respects; it’s like Shooting Gnats with a Machine Gun, a military force that has a 666:1 advantage over its adversary. And, yet, we continue to struggle in futility.

Read full article here: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Truth Is We and Our Veterans Have Been Hoodwinked

 

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A guide to Plymouth’s Thanksgiving parade and events. Within the hyperlinks are schedules, ticket information, lodging, transportation and parking details.

Plymouth, Mass., Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth, Mass., Plimoth Plantation

A relatively short forty-five minute ride south of Boston will bring you to Plymouth, America’s hometown.

Three hundred and ninety years ago, our Thanksgiving holiday got its start at Plimouth Plantation when Mayflower Pilgrims put together a feast and broke bread with Native Americans of the Northeast woodlands, the Wampanoag, who in autumn celebrate Keepunumuk, the time of their harvest.

Now Plymouth, “Accomack” was its original name. However, a 1616 map clearly named the Pilgrim settlement as “New Plimouth,” hence the settlement name was Plimouth Plantation.

Because of Plymouth’s cultural and historical significance, Thanksgiving festivities in Plymouth are educationally and entertainingly an engaging experience.

Read full article here: In 2011, Celebrate Thanksgiving in America’s Hometown, Plymouth, Massachusetts

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War, inequality, and corporate excess are enemies of the underprivileged and middle-class. OWS needs overwhelming forces to embrace change without anarchy through “Days of Action,” and the overwhelming support of ordinary Americans as well.

: Protesters at the Occupy Oakland protests

: Protesters at the Occupy Oakland protests

Wednesday marked the 48th day of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Since its beginnings in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, the protestors have increasingly gained national and international support with demonstrations held worldwide. At its inception, anti-Wall Street protesters declared that their protest would be non-violent. Yet, since then, police in Rome and several other major cities have found it necessary to meet protesters with violence.

In Oakland, California, Occupy Oakland demonstrators opened their camp on October 10 in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

On October 25, Oakland’s city officials warned protesters that their encampment was illegal and would be arrested if they did not leave. They did not leave and police arrested 105 occupiers. When protesters attempted to retake their encampment, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to stop them. During the foray a tear gas canister struck Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen. Suffering from a skull fracture, police and ambulances stood idle while Olsen lay wounded.

Later, having a change of heart or perhaps relinquishing to the movement’s forces …

Read full article here: New Systems of Justice and Equality without Anarchy

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