Thursday, July 12, 2012



Temecula, CA – It came as no surprise that Penn State University campus TVs were switched over to a meaningless public access channel at the time the Freeh report was being read to the world’s waiting eyes and ears. The switching of the campus network by ‘someone’ who can’t be identified or sought for being in a meeting, the culture of Penn State, and the surrounding town are a microcosm of America’s hypocritical mindset. I can guarantee that only 72 hours ago these same Pennsylvanians were decrying the savage killing of the 22 year old Afghan female by an all male village vigilante firing squad carried brutally out in a snuff video.

So the question is, is it more savage to quickly pump a15 or 16 rounds into a woman quietly sitting on the roadside waiting to die, or to gradually groom a kid of 8-10 for anal sex over his juvenile period of life?  The woman is dead and off to the afterlife but the kid, now a man, must carry the psych-altering episode around as baggage the rest of his life.

As you revile in disgust the sodomy rape scene in The Kite Runner it is easy to distance yourself from it as happening in a barbaric country. Indeed, almost every week some incident happens that makes the Muslims look 3 campfires removed from being cavemen, and gives us all here in America pause to give thanks we aren’t like them. In retrospect to looking at the Penn State scandal and report, perhaps the more appropriate thing would be ‘thank God they aren’t like us.’

Presumed guilty of sleeping with someone who was married or married herself, judgment was swift and precise, as was retaliation according to an unconfirmed source who said the two men who carried out the woman’s execution were themselves later assassinated.

Over here in the civilized world Sandusky’s pedophile exploits were swept under the rug, by direction of the coach who would be legend. Coach was right to say that whatever results come out, the wins of the young talent are still a tribute to their athletic ability. However, coach failed to reconnoiter with the after taste of putting prestige over personhood. Was Jerry Sandusky that great an assistant coach or that great a friend?

I’m not a Penn State football game historian so I can’t answer the first part of that question. I have been around enough jocks to know that polite exclusion is the best social order of the group toward a peculiar thought of jock and a ‘blanket party’ is the least. From examples I’ve seen and read about, it is usually a jock’s ex-girlfriend who drops the dime on underage molestation and brings police action in. That’s kind of the code.

From the stories published there doesn’t seem to be much of a social connection beyond being in the limelight of his boss and his own Second Mile schedule, so it’s not like Jer and Joe were bestest buds. Perhaps it was Joe’s ego that made him stifle any effort to report the assistant coach’s outlandish behavior to authorities, having hand-picked this assistant coach. Perhaps it was what my cousin Ruby and other militants call the white man’s ‘God Complex’. Perhaps Joe believed the old wives’ tale of some men just having ‘that’ in them and maybe God would fix the problem; a kind of “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” attitude. Perhaps Joe hoped the problem would just go away. Whatever!

Now it comes out that the buck stopped with Joe and that the fuck could have stopped with him due to his esteem. It isn’t so much that he ‘should have done more’ as he stated but rather that he could have done more, so much more.

So why did God give him ‘the Kenneth Lay treatment’ and have him check out before his comeuppance? 

Perhaps because Joe did try to do the right thing 99% of his time as a coach in a Spockian turn, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Now it’s time for the other  great ‘S’, Shakespeare to render the final public verdict, a quotation from Act 3, scene ii of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare’s ‘Mark Antony’: "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones".

We gasp in awe when we see two dogs fucking because we fuck in the dark so as not to face the fact we are fucking. Think about GMOs, expanded vaccination schedules, fracking, chem-trailing, and drone attacks the next time you gasp at some native in a country with 15 miles of paved road beheading someone on a religious whim and ask yourself, who’s the real savage here? The savage you see, or the savage you don’t?
"There are no details about Sandusky's conduct before 1998, the involvement of Second Mile, its interplay with Penn State and Penn State officials. If that was the decision of the board, and the direction given to Freeh and his team, shame on them for not wanting to know the full picture" – Jeff Anderson, a lawyer who filed the first civil suit against the university, Sandusky and Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile, on behalf of a man who claims Sandusky sexually abused him from 1992 to 1996.
"To have a rotating group of 32 people, over more than a decade, act like that's OK, I think that's an enormous problem. To not have one person say it's not OK for us to rubber stamp what he was telling us? There was an ultimate gatekeeper that didn't really report to anybody, and had no oversight." – Maribeth Roman Schmidt, spokeswoman for Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, an alumni group calling for the entire board of trustees to resign.
"Other than my parents, my college coach, Bill Bowerman, was the biggest influence in my life. Bill Bowerman and Joe Paterno shared some great qualities. Throughout Joe Paterno's career, he strived to put young athletes in a position to succeed and win in sport but most importantly in life. Joe influenced thousands of young men to become better leaders, fathers and husbands. According to the investigation, it appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences. I missed that Joe missed it, and I am extremely saddened on this day. My love for Joe and his family remains." – Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman of the board at Nike Inc. Nike later removed the name of Joe Paterno from their child care center.

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