November 10, 2011, - 2:31 pm

The Penn State JoePa Child Rape Scandal

By Debbie Schlussel

Despite requests from many readers, I’ve stayed away from commenting on the Penn State football scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s serial rapes of young boys.  That’s because I wanted to learn more about it and I also didn’t think I had much to add to the cries of outrage (though I wonder how many of the “outraged!” would have done the same thing to protect their job situations and comfortable lives, rather than speak out and raise the hell they are raising now).  But now that I’ve learned more, as the rest of you have, I have a few observations.

Yes, it’s true that it turns out Penn State head-football-coach-for-almost-life Joe Paterno did, in fact, report the allegations–once–about Sandusky to school officials, did nothing else and the school didn’t do much either.  Maybe they felt they couldn’t prove it.  But I’m not sure why not because as we all know by now, assistant coach, Mike McQueary, walked in on Sandusky raping a young boy in the showers.  That should have been enough to at least fire the guy, Sandusky. I don’t know how you see a guy raping a kid and you don’t immediately yell at him to stop–and if you’re a guy, as McQueary is (and he’s a physically big guy who could have stopped this), how you don’t punch the rapist out or at least pull him off. What if that was your kid?

On the other hand, I’m not surprised little happened and that Paterno and company did the least amount possible that they were required to do and chose, instead, to protect their football program.  We live in a nation of cowards and sheep, where the status quo and protecting lucre and businesses–and college sports is a multi-trillion dollar business–is the way of the world.  Courage in this country is rare.  And people who speak out are vilified.  Most people would rather say nothing and protect their lives and what they have.  That’s why are nation is sinking.  Most Americans would rather not be called bigots, so they don’t speak out against the ever-encroaching Islamic threat or even suspicious Middle Eastern men on their airplane flight.  We tell Americans, “if you see something, say something,” then beat them up as “haters” when they do. Moreover, most Americans would rather not rock the boat.  It’s something that always bothers me.   (I also wonder if the more “politically correct” gay rape of boys is something less likely to be reported because accusers and witnesses don’t want to be labeled for life as “homophobic.” Maybe he thought a guy named “McQueary” reporting gay rape in a place called “Happy Valley” would make him the butt of jokes on late night TV and sports talk radio.)

But there are many Mike McQuearys in this world.  The Kitty Genovese story–about a woman who was raped on the streets in America–is famous because it’s the story of many other Americans looking on as the woman was being raped . . . and doing nothing, not even calling the police.  That’s, sadly, who we are.  And the people who do “speak out” are often frauds, like the Herman Cain accusers who are serial complainers, Clintonista/Obamaniks, and otherwise loony.  Plus you have morons majoring in such useful topics as art history and sports business rioting on campus at Penn State against the firing of the men who allowed this to go on and did nothing.  That’s America, for you.

While this isn’t just about football and lucrative college sports fiefdoms being protected at all costs, we know that goes on at every college in America that has a sports program and a high-dollar TV deal.  When I was in grad school, I took a job as a tutor at the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department.  It was an easy job, but it was frustrating.  Most of these people were dummies who didn’t belong in college.  Many tutors wrote papers for these guys and, as it turned out, that was a necessity.  They were idiots, with a savant skill for the playing fields, period.

I wrote about this in an op-ed in the Wisconsin State Journal, and, as I expected I would be after I wrote the piece, I was fired from that job.  If I wanted to pursue it, I probably could have sued on First Amendment grounds, but I wrote the piece when I knew I’d soon be leaving town.  After I wrote the piece, I received violent threats over the phone and in-person threats from giant athletes–both men and women–who approached me when I was at the bar with friends.  I knew then, as I knew later as a sports agent, and as I still know, that in college sports, it’s “win at all cost.”  “Protect the program.”  There’s a reason Joe Paterno and Mike McQueary continued to work with a guy they knew had raped a kid in a shower and probably not for the first time.  It’s the same reason they did only what they were legally required to do, a long way from what they were morally required to do, but didn’t.

Again, this isn’t just about college sports.  It’s about America, where courage and decency are uncommon and becoming less so by the minute in our Kardashian-drenched, tattooed-Barbie, “Don’t Snitch”-t-shirted country.

We’ve lost our way.  And many of us would, sadly, also say nothing (and install beefy home security systems to protect against potential rapists0, rather than rock the boat and report a rape of a kid that might jeopardize our comfortable livelihoods.

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Has anyone ever heard of NAMBLA – North American Man-Boy Lovers Association?

The activities of Consenting Adults is one thing, however, the Activities of Adults towards obviously NON-CONSENTING CHILDREN is criminal.

Are we, here in the U.S.,witnessing a rebirth of a “CALIGULA SOCIETY”? And, if so, how will we as a nation survive?

Dennis on November 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

We’d rather look the other way than do the right thing. Its important to protect the image, the power and the money of disreputable – criminal – people than to get rid of them.

We can find time to trash a decent man for doing nothing wrong but we can’t find the time to bring those who hurt our children to book well in advance.

America has all kinds of predators and “every man does what is right in his own eyes.” Sadly, that’s the nation America has become today.

And the rot in our country reaches far deeper than with the horrific events witnessed at Penn State.

NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I’m still not certain what to make of Paterno’s part in this. The media seems to be hitting him the hardest for trying to handle this in-house instead of calling the police, when I would have expected McQueary to bear the lion’s share of that responsibility…

Meanwhile a lot of people say that JoePa is mostly a figurehead these days, naps more than he coaches during games and wouldn’t be up to the task of taking the lead on rooting out major scandals. Of course, if so part of the job description even as a figurehead involves being the face of the organization, in bad times as well as good. In that regard, I can certainly understand the need for a clean sweep, even if it means tossing legends aside.

Nevertheless, while I am uncertain of his culpability, I am still bothered by the treatment of Paterno in this by the school and the media. Leftist elements love nothing more than to destroy old-fashioned American conservative Christian (or Jewish) self-built successes, so that they can justify their own atheist/Islamist degenerates by tearing down our heroes. Through the actions of one pervert in the ranks, with a couple of mindless sheep like Spanier playing cover-up at the top, it appears that they have claimed another scalp in Joe Paterno. Hopefully history gives him a more balanced look than today’s confusion brings.

As confused and uncertain as I am on the whole thing, I must commend you for at least taking the time to sort as much as possible through this mess and come up with a thoughtful discussion piece rather than just jumping in with accusations and declaring self-absorbed certainties like so many others have done all week.

Brian R. on November 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Its really sad. Penn State will never be the same again. There’s a sense of lost innocence that’s vanished. I think was an illusion all along.

    In the end, it comes to down to a question of values. We are unwilling to do what’s right, not only b/c we fear for our comfortable livelihoods but even for our lives. The last goes to much of the reporting Debbie has done over the years about Islam, which has resulted in threats on her life and on her family.

    She could have taken the easy way out and said nothing. When there is evil though, remaining silent takes a toll. Its not just about Debbie Schlussel anymore. A lot of Americans are finding out just how high the price can be.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I don’t think college football will be the same. I can’t imagine something being much worse. I could give a rats ass about what paterno and all the sick bastards involved could have done. What matters is the kids. They’re going to probably have seriously messed up lives now. Paterno better have a lawyer, sick old man needs to face charges along with all the rest. And when they get out of prison I hope they’re sued for every dime they’re worth.

      Tyler on November 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

    As a mandated child abuse reporter, let me tell you how this could have played out—Joe could have called Child Protective Services and made a report. They could have investigated the situation. McQueary could have been a man and shouted “stop” and run for the nearest phone to call 911.

    Either of these approaches would have saved the careers and reputations of the two men named above. Joe might have had to deal with a crisis, but resolute action would have raised his reputation higher.

    Instead, Joe showed us what he was made of—that he’s a mincing piece of fecal matter.

    College athletics is given entirely too much attention, period. The purpose of college is to become educated. Becoming educated at colleges is a job and should be approached that way.

    Occam's Tool on November 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      College is about money – lots of it.

      When Debbie was a young woman in Wisconsin, she saw first-hand how protective people can be of what brings in revenue to their institution.

      I’ll wager nothing has changed about that since then and I’ll be surprised if the Penn State scandal leads to any lasting changes in the way colleges do business.

      NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      “Joe showed us what he was made of—that he’s a mincing piece of fecal matter.”
      …And I guess you know enough of the particulars of the situation to be able to render this pathetic judgment?
      This statement would, however, well justify drawing a conclusion about the ‘mincing piece of fecal matter’ that is its author.

      shegundala on November 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

        What part of “mandated child abuse reporter” don’t you understand? I have dealt with literally HUNDREDS of cases where I have had to report child abuse. If it is done in good faith, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY PROTECTED under law.

        “Mincing piece of fecal matter” describes it to a T. I have no compassion for Paterno’s actions, because I have made the call to report in difficult situations hundreds of times. Of course, my sack isn’t empty, pendejo.

        Occam's Tool on March 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

This goes to the power of college administrators and athletic departments. They live according to some made-up campus law. Too much money and too much power.

I wonder if the lawsuits which arise from this case won’t put Penn State completely out of business. I think we’re looking at billions in damages here. I, for one, wouldn’t shed a tear. Penn State is also home to Michael Mann, the friend-of-Gore and hockey stick fabricator. Penn State worked hard to cover up Mann’s fraud. It’s the most corrupt among a sea of corrupt institutions.

adam on November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Adam, corruption of this sort is found everywhere.

    What Debbie didn’t tell you that when she was a tutor at Wisconsin State, female tutors were also expected to sleep with the players. When the only “ethics” is to win, anything goes. That comes to mind with what she also witnessed Bret Favre doing when he was at the same institution. No one apart from her saw anything wrong with it.

    As long as we have that kind of attitude, what Debbie saw in her youth and what happened at Penn State, we’ll have more of that in the future. Sports programs as they are currently structured, don’t produce athletes who have integrity as well the skills needed to succeed in the field.

    All you have to do is look at the criminal records of so many pro sports leagues players. Debbie has written extensively about her experience with pro sports and this is one of the many reasons she is no longer a sports agent. She couldn’t look the other way any more.

    The problem is many people as we have seen not only can and do look the other way when it to comes to both ethical transgressions and criminal behavior. And that’s what they are not willing to face head-on.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Norman, I know you’re a big fan of Debbie’s, as am I, but you need to get your facts straight. First, Debbie did not go to Wisconsin State – there IS no Wisconsin State. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin. As to anything she allegedly saw Brett Favre do when he was a student there, that would be impossible because Favre went to Southern Mississippi University. So I’m not exactly sure what point you’re trying to make, but get the facts straight.

      As for the Penn State debacle, I cannot believe that Mike McQueary did not go over and pull Sandusky off of the kid he was attacking and punch his lights out when he witnessed this in the shower. Instead he ran away and called his DAD, and then told Paterno the following day. What message does THAT send to these kids? Also, on another occasion when Sandusky was raping a kid in the shower, a janitor saw the whole thing, and ALSO did not try to stop it. He just left the shower area and the next day he told his boss, who did nothing. What is the matter with these men? Where is their humanity?

      As for the comments about Joe Paterno being old and out of it, remember, this was all going on 10 – 15 YEARS ago, when he was younger and less out of it. He’s known about this for a very long time. And did virtually nothing. There is no excuse for this.

      DG in GA: FYI, when I saw Brett Favre do what he did, he was already playing for the Green Bay Packers, and hanging out a lot in Madison, Wisconsin. DS

      DG in GA on November 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

        I accept with good grace the correction on the college she attended.

        Debbie’s right about Favre though. There’s something in our school sports programs that produces amoral monsters.

        Much like the evil those who run the programs overlook and ignore rather than seek to address.

        People wonder why they’re shocked. They shouldn’t be. This kind of stuff has been going on for a long time now.

        NormanF on November 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

At least the Penn State Board of Trustees did the right thing and fired Paterno! But, “…the missing head prosecutor on the case, did nothing…”? Many more heads should roll. Restore the Guillotine.

Dr Dale on November 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    No Dr. Dale – that’s not doing the right thing – that’s trying to cover up for the sports program.

    It doesn’t absolve them of what they should have done in the first place – but never had the courage to do.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

The grand jury indictment is online. I suggest everyone read it. Joepa knew that sandusky had raped a child but continued to allow him to show up with young boys at closed practice. Joepa is a coward. Joepa’s legacy is one of allowing child rape.
All of these cowards who did nothing to stop child rape are retiring very rich men. Mcqueary was promoted and continued to associate with the child rapist. Penn state continues to circle the wagons.

joe on November 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Exactly. Does that sound like coming clean? I don’t think so.

    People are not showing remorse; they’re ticked off they got caught. And remember, its not about the victims. Its all about them.

    There’s more to what happened at Penn State than we’re being told and I suspect we won’t ever know the full story.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Many of the commentators on here miss Debbie’s point.

Penn State sports program officials knowingly chose to protect a known a pedophile than to protect the kids. And when they did know, they did nothing about it until their hand was forced.

They did nothing more than what their legal duties required of them. Power, money and fame were more important than making sure their kids were alright.

We do live in a nation of slackers and morons when we tolerate, if not implicitly approve, conduct of this nature.

NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I’d avoided this whole story for a while until I decided to listen to some FM idiots Drew and Mike on tuesday. Big mistake. They went into graphic detail to the point of disgusting. With comedy clips in the back ground. They’re over with as far as I’m concerned. But this whole affair isn’t a great big surprise these days, unfortunately. LIke Debbie said, in the world we live in, our fellow Americans are becoming more and more ignorant. More and more like sheep, with few points on their moral compasses. Pathetic.

samurai on November 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Morality and sports don’t go together in the same sentence. Winning is about money, power and fame. There are very few sportsmen who are genuinely admirable. Sports is rife with situational ethics and this fact explains why much of the sports media is overwhelmingly composed of liberals.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      You are so right. A few exceptions do come to mind: The Quarterback of the Year Award is named the Davey O’Brien Award. As Davey and I share the same alma mater, TCU, it should be noted that Davey went from being a great college QB of a National Championship team to being an FBI agent, where he served his country faithfully and well.

      Jim Swink, who became an orthopedic surgeon after being an All-American at TCU, also is of note.

      Perhaps the two best examples were DD Eisenhower, who played for Army, and Gerald Ford, who played for Michigan. But, on the whole, very very few.

      Occam's Tool on March 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Well written as usual DS, here’s my point, since Joe Paterno (the best NCAA football head coaches of all time and the most winningest of all time in NCAA football) was last night, the students on Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) campus could’ve atleast held a demonstration infront the campus instead of rioting like losers!

And Debbie, when you were a grad student at the University of Wisconsin, I’m sorry you had to go through death-threats by some student athletes on you reporting the whole facts on what you saw up close in person. The low-lives who threatened you DS are nothing but bullies, they decided to threatened you because you happen to be a female and they think you’re a soft-target. Had you been a male Debbie, and physically much bigger and built up, I don’t think some of those former student athletes at Wisconsin wouldn’t have threatened you with violence like the cowards they are.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on November 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    SeanR,

    I pointed out much of what is happening should come as no surprise.

    The real scandal should be we’re shocked when the skeletons tumble out of the closet and our first reaction is not to do the right thing but to continue to do business as usual.

    The aftermath of what happened at Penn State has been in that regards a very instructive lesson.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thank you Debbie and Norman
Yes we do live in a nation of slackers and morons.
Before 1860 when the Federal Government was a helluva lot more honest and upright, the press would never have been able to report on pedophila at Penn State.
Thomas Jefferson probably turned over in his grave from the heavens upon hearing the news of Jerry Sandusky’s actions.
My guess is that Jefferson would also have choked on the idea of Federal and State Aid going to a college or university.
Thomas Jefferson is probably looking to G-d right now and saying to him, I have already fought one war against the Barbary Pirates (Muslims) once and kicked their asses now these dumbass Americans are letting these son of a bitches(Muslims) come onto our land and not giving them a fight, how stupid are all of you.
Jefferson evidently got a hold of a Koran to learn what kind of assholes he was dealing with and he learned right away that appeasement was not the answer.
Andrew Jackson would have taken pleasure in bringing out a firing squad.
College Football. Jefferson, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk would have laughed in your face and condemned the idea.

Confederate South on November 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

It is amazing how some people value sports, entertainment, and income above all else. You saw a similar situation(though not involving child rape)with Tiger Woods when his dysfunctional life became news. The public seemed to be more concerned with when he was going to get back to golf, rather than with how he created a false public persona and destroyed his family through his antics. Fortunately, Tiger did not manage to wiggle his way out of his mess.

The students who rioted are really standing shoulder to shoulder with a rapist and those who enabled him. One can only wonder what gives them such empathy for such behavior?

worry01 on November 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Victor Hugo observed popularity is the crumbs of true greatness.

    The fact Penn State students rally behind a legendary coach tells us nothing about his character or his reputation.

    This was a man who couldn’t or wouldn’t live up to the expectations of everyone around him.

    True greatness comes from within and not from the adulation of society.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

“We live in a nation of cowards and sheep, where the status quo and protecting lucre and businesses–and college sports is a multi-trillion dollar business–is the way of the world. ”

As usual you hit the nail on the head with this. Penn State and any other apologist for these cats are a disgrace to mankind.

God Bless those boys

Hockeydino on November 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

The best solution for Penn State will be to suspend all athletic activities (certainly football) for five years.

Red Ryder on November 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’d like to see that happen but it won’t. Mike McQueary will continue to coach which tells us already its business as usual. There a big business to protect first. The kids are an afterthought to the overall picture – not just at Penn State but everywhere in this country.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      I’m sure the person that witnessed this probably did not go to the police, because he knew that now he had a job for life. His father’s advice, no doubt.

      Jo on November 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm

NormanF–

You’re so right. The mendacity is as chilling as it is banal. We hear every day about “The children, the children,” but no one really cares.

I think it started with Roe v Wade.

Red Ryder on November 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

@Confederate South:
Another nation currently populated by a large number of slackers and morons, England, is seeing may of its young women- notably ‘party girl’ types, converting to Islam. In reading interviews with some of them, they say that they are looking for a set of ‘definite’ values, a rock, strength, etc. They are disillusioned of a valueless world, where nothing worthy is prized for too long. Connect the dots to present-day American ‘culture’ and what American value systems have degenerated to.

Not Ovenready on November 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Bravo Debbie for telling it like it is. I cannot fathom ANYONE walking into a shower and seeing a man RAPING a child and doing NOTHING about it !!! I would have beat that pedo’s butt all over the floor and then called the cops.

Joe Paterno is probably the biggest hippocrite around. He publicly says “do the right thing” and “honor & integrity before winning”, but when he is tested on this belief, it is all hot air. He cares about his reputation, money, and suckers kissing his butt as “da coach”. I’m not an attorney, but couldn’t he be charged with conspiracy since he knew this was going on and did nothing to stop it ??

Finally one thing I’ve realized is that for many people in the U.S., sports is their religion. Try and say something negative about their team and it’s like telling a Jesuit that Jesus is a myth. It’s pathetic really that instead of caring about their country going down the toilet, drugs being pushed on their kids, their daughters being turned into Jezebells, they care about a stupid sports team.

Our country really is doomed.

jimmyPx on November 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Not Ovenready
Thank you. I have definitely taken note of that. Debbie has made sure all of her readers are well aware of this as has Jared Taylor over at American Renaissance. Unfortunately for Great Britain, they have not had the leadership over the last 200 years that America has had. The world has been far too busy kissing Islamic ass over the last 40 years.
I do not recall a Thomas Jefferson or Andrew Jackson in British politics over the last 200 years

Confederate South on November 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Hold it a moment, Debbie.

It is relatively easy to judge circumstances which one has not experienced. That’s not necessarily wrong; juries do it all the time. That’s not to say that juries do not, at times, agonize over decisions, but the jury is given all the available evidence. Lawyers see to that. But we aren’t in the position of a jury in this matter.

I believe that Joe Paterno has been given a (relatively) bad deal. He did not have first hand experience of the assault. After he was informed of the matter by a graduate student who had witnessed the event, he reported it to his superior, the Athletic Director. Paterno is now 84 years old. In 2002 he was 75 years old. He comes from a time when people respected their superiors and he had every right to expect that the university administration would do what was proper for the situation. Evidently, the administration traded retirement for silence. Whether Paterno was consulted on the deal is unclear, but, in any case, it was not his decision.

Maybe Paterno should have retired some years ago, but that is an irrelevant issue. The university saw fit to keep him as the head football coach. If there is culpability in this matter, it would seem to be on the part of the athletic director and anyone with whom he consulted, including, perhaps, the university’s legal counsel.

I would not be surprised if Paterno died in the near future.

Charles on November 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Charles: all he had to do was tell his superiors he was calling the police to report what he knew. I’ve called in many a child abuse case, even when uncomfortable.

    JoePa is a gonadless punk and a mealy mouthed scumbag, just like most college athletes and coaches. What I learned about those vermin in high school still holds true today.

    The only student athletes I truly respect play for the Service Academies.

    Occam's Tool on November 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The message of this tragic, sordid story is that our universities and colleges don’t have real values. And at some of these institutions, such as Penn State, football and all the revenues it brings, takes precedence over everything, including, of course, human decency.

I think Groucho Marx (playing Professor Wagstaff) conveyed the idea with perfect clarity in the 1932 film, Horsefeather, written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S. J. Perelman, and Will B. Johnstone:

We now take you to Wagstaff’s office at Huxley College. Wagstaff is holding a conference with two professors.

Wagstaff: (Cracking walnuts with the telephone.) And I say to you gentlemen, this college is a failure. The trouble is, we’re neglecting football for education.

Both professors: Exactly. The professor is right.

Wagstaff: Oh, I’m right am I? Well, I’m not right. I’m wrong. I just said that to test you. Now I know where I’m at. I’m dealing with a couple of snakes. What I meant to say was that there’s too much football and not enough education.

Both professors: That’s what I think.

Wagstaff: Oh, you do, do you? Well you’re wrong again! If there was a snake here, I’d apologize. Where would this college be without football? Have we got a stadium?

Professor One: Yes.

Wagstaff: Have we got a college?

Professor One: Yes.

Wagstaff: Well, we can’t support both. Tomorrow we start tearing down the college.

Both professors: But professor! Where will the students sleep?

Wagstaff: Where they always sleep. In the classroom.

Ralph Adamo on November 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Be thankful the Supreme Court had the wisdom (a 5-4 vote) to uphold the Boy Scouts decision to ban homosexual scout leaders. Moreover, because this terrible crime occurred at such a high-profile institution, the politically correct media has no choice but to report it. But they would love nothing better than to kick it under the rug.

Jerry on November 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I’m thankful for the ruling. Slackers and morons see nothing wrong in giving pedophiles access to vulnerable young boys and the main message is we must shut up about homosexuality than do what we think is right.

    The Left wants to tear down everything tradition represents and in the long run it will lead to the destruction of our society. No society that discarded the wisdom of its ancestors has ever endured.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

…I just realized that this scandal is actually the fulfillment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s search for the 12th Mahdi!!

..Mahdi Sandusky was simply so focused on emulating the ‘Profit’ that Imam Jerry ducked Ahmadinejad’s belief in his destiny try to become the Moon god messiah….

starkexpo on November 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

When I was a microbiology student at the University of Md., the labs were so antiquated that the windows had to be opened for cool air when the bunsen burners were running, something that you do not do when working with bacteria. Facilities were abysmal.

However, the football team had the best of everything. Astroturf, steaks every night, etc. Best of all, they all had new cars supplied by Chris Hamburger Ford. Classes? Forget about it!

While we watch and cheer the football and basketball teams, the Chinese are studying engineering, and manufacturing science. We are in the era of bread and circuses, as we slip inot the sewer of history as all once great nations do. We are just doing it at such a rapid rate.

Jonathan Grant on November 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Good point. Whatever one thinks of the Chinese Communists, they are correct they would not want to copy us.

    The things you point out are things no American should admire about their own country. And we should be embarrassed to insist others emulate us when we can’t be bothered to put our own house in order.

    That’s too why Greater Barbaria hates us – they do the same thing but at least they’re not pretending to justify it in the name of freedom as we do.

    Bread and circuses may provide us with a distraction as it did for the Romans but it won’t save us any more than it saved them.

    NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Good Morning! Please view the video at the LINK:

    http://youtu.be/cL9Wu2kWwSY

    Didn’t Rome collapse and while doing so, kept the populace entertained by the games at the Coliseum?

    I wonder if Universities ever consider having the students pay for school via providing meaningful work-for-tuiition programs such as College of the Ozarks as Newt mentioned Tuesday night? Oh, they do..it’s called ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS.

    Dennis on November 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

Thank you DS. This week you have been right on message with right and wrong and America going down the tubes.

Right and wrong MATTER.

Child rape is BAD. I know many wanna legalize it, but not on my watch.

This post sums up why I am so outraged about what is happening to Herman Cain. I see it as a mean, bad thing and many know it’s wrong but are NOT only letting it happen BUT piling on.

I could NEVER do that to an innocent. I hope others would not either.

And DS has been through so much. That is why she is tough and can’t be beaten. She cultivated her strength in lieu of being a wimpy girl! It’s evil NOT to fight against the BAD!

Skunky on November 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

New Penn State Football Cheer:

2-4-6-8 Who do we like to masturbate?

Little Boys, Little Boys, YEAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Jonathan Grant on November 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Debby, you said it all “protect the $ 73 Million” football program at all costs.!!

bobby99 on November 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Here’s one more voice that supports what Debbie wrote. Once again, Debbie walks the walk. Also kudos to NormanF in taking the lead on this, and as well as to the other commentators here that agree with Debbie.

If I saw a man raping a little boy, like this situation at Penn State, at a minimum I would yell “STOP!” and then call the police. If I were a big guy, I would yell “STOP!” If he didn’t obey, I would pull him off, restrain him, knock him out if necessary, and then call the police.

JeffE on November 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I still don’t know how much Paterno knew. From everything I read and hear he knew what was going but he isn’t being charged for a cover-up? So this isn’t adding up. Are people assuming Paterno knew in great detail what happened. Before I crucify Paterno I know he was a 75 yr old man. Just like Ronald Reagan people were taking liberty of his old age. Paterno seems senile at his age of 84. I don’t know what capacities this man has. It is easy pulling the wool over someone’s eyes at the age of 75+. Everyone at Penn St. knows he is just a figure head to bring the university money. So I don’t know to what gravity he knew what hapened. There will be more details coming out and why does McQueary stay and Paterno go? To me Paterno is an old codger who didn’t want to deal with it and passed it on to the athletic director. I hear all this second guessing about Paterno but talk to some 75+ person and drop something serious in their lap and see if they react like some 40-50 year old. Time will ultimately tell if Paterno was part of a cover-up or overwhelmed by what he heard and wanted to wash his hands of this predicament.

CaliforniaScreaming on November 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

Debbie
The Paterno scandal along with an excellent post by Jonathan Grant about his Microbiology lab are 2 of the many reasons why all athletic programs should be taken off of college campuses. Professional basketball and football really do need to copy pro baseball and have a good minor league farm system instead of the taxpayers funding college athletic programs.
I have already written to my state legislators about doing this.
The Chinese develop damn good engineers out of their colleges, why can’t we?
Plus political correctness is developed and carried forth on college campuses, this should end fast.
Thank you for your time.

Confederate South on November 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

Yesterday, on another site, I mentioned a comparison of this to the decades-long Catholic chruch cover-up. Some guy tried to convince me that only 1% of over 40,000 priests were ever actually involved in the assaults on boys, and that most of the boys were “older,” 15-17. YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! That makes it O.K.???!!! The cover-up is just as bad as the rape in that it allows for the continued perverted assaults.

There is going to be a lot more to this before it is over. I think there will be more indictments, more people expoased who were involved in the assaults and cover-up.

WilliamMunny on November 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

..with the news today that Sandusky may have also been pimping out ‘his’ boys to big donors, I have a beginning of a list of questions:

1. Was Sandusky just another below-the-radar fundraising arm of the Penn State machine?

2. The rape of male children has a certain satanic cult feel about it… could Penn State’s football program be infiltrated thusly?

3. The above questions make one wonder if the unsolved random 2005 disappearance of the local PA D.A. Gricar who was investigating all this….

4. If #1 actually is true, how many of the clients were ROP members?……

starkexpo on November 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

P.S. …given the tendency towards huge donations to ‘certain’ US universities, how many Penn State donors are Saudi????

starkexpo on November 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

…to quote Columbo: “…one more question…”

Michael E. Mann, Berkeley and Yale graduate, is the Penn State Climatologist that falsified the global warming ‘hockey stick’ graph, and was defended by Penn State after his fraud was unveiled….

..SO… do Mann and Sandusky ever hang out together?

starkexpo on November 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

…But then of course we can’t topple the monolith that is
college football, in the name of integrity. How many such monoliths (Professional entertainers and athletes – the wealthy, etc.,) now exist in lieu of morality. And how many of us, being in the shadow of the monolith, might actually respond just as Joe Paterno and Co. did?

shegundala on November 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

There once was a coach from Penn State
Who left toys out as kiddie bate
If one smelled too sour
he washed him in the shower
and molestation would then be their fate.

Jonathan Grant on November 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I was reading at Penn State student forum, and a student couldn’t see the big deal, after all, it was just skin inserted into skin. Penn state has succeeded in grooming amoral deviants.
University president Spanier sought to make Penn State the most gay friendly college in the United States.
JoePa donated to Obama. He signed up and supported the man who appointed safe school czar and fisting educator Kevin Jennings.
The school is a pedophile university. They fired a woman who was a winning coach because she would not allow homosexuality in the basketball program.

joe on November 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Those little kids are still “victims”?? That was 10 years ago. They were 10 years old and it was 10 years ago, then that would make them about 20 years old. They should be getting out of college shortly. Wait until they graduate and realize there are no jobs out there and they can’t repay their student loans. They will now feel what it is like to get plugged up the butt. Sandusky was just preparing them for the real world.

mike on November 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

How many of these studs were groomed to be faigala
stars with diamond stud earrings and baby mamas
producing more ferocious linebackers.

A real schlemeil on November 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm

You know Ohio State has to be super pissed. Yeah, I guess a couple of illegal Tatoos don’t look like such a big deal now , do they NCAA?

CornCoLeo on November 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

It’s been over a year and the mincing piece of fecal matter has died and had his statue RIPPED OUT by Penn State. He could have picked up a phone to child protective services and reported this and come out even greater, with NO ONE able to impugn him on matters of morality or integrity. He could have gone out like Bear Bryant.

Instead, he went out like the holier than thou vermin he is.

Occam's Tool on December 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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