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Saturday, November 12th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Brian V. | 

    Posnanski’s is the first voice of reason to be heard in the din from Penn State.

    Stories like this are low-hanging fruit for pundits, as they practically write themselves. The columnist gets to quickly pile on the indignation and shame; then take the rest of the day off.

  2. #2 |  marco73 | 

    RE: the Penn State scandal. So for at least a decade, prominent, powerful, financially backed men protected one of their own to prey on innocent children.
    Or are we to believe that a whole pile of the most prominent, powerful, and financially backed men in the entire state of Pennsylvania were total morons for not seeing the abuse under their own noses?
    The story coming out of Happy Valley doesn’t pass the duck test: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its most likely a duck.
    Paterno and all the others will spend every day of the rest of their lives trying to sell the story that they were not aware of the abuse going on, but I believe that evidence will pile up that they in fact knew everything that was going on, and were willing to allow abuse of innocent children to continue so that they could keep their comfortable lives. Sickening.

  3. #3 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Would have been nice to see that kind of focus of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over at Reason’s Hit and Run when the William Jeffereson case was the hot topic. I am not saying that he didn’t deserve to ultimately go to jail, but the cold cash (get it? har! har!/gillespie) was not for him. It was for somebody in Africa so that business could get done.

    Back in ’06 and ’07, when the the Jefferson case was hot, I used to complain in the H’n’R comments section about this superficial analysis of an issue that needed more attn (that is, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), but, IIRC, T. and Flappy The Eagle and RCD used to shoot that down by pointing out that Jefferson was a Democrat and a suspected liberal.

    Guess they aren’t using selective enforcement to protect corporate-form people from this longstanding law for the time being. Boo freaking hoo. As you reap, Cato. As you reap.

  4. #4 |  Name Nomad | 

    Re: vodka tampons

    Couldn’t someone insert the tampon and then somehow use a funnel or similar tool to soak the tail-end of the tampon? I’d assume it would diffuse up through the absorbent material over time and have the desired effect. Of course, your crotch would reek of alcohol, and it seems like an excessive amount of trouble to do something astoundingly stupid; yet the fact that tampons expand when wet doesn’t necessarily mean “myth busted.”

  5. #5 |  David | 

    Re: Penn State.

    In 2002 Penn State banned Jerry Sandusky from bringing children to the Nittany Lions facilities. That’s not a decision you make lightly when dealing with someone whose entire job is to leverage his prominent connection with Penn State football to work with kids. They knew what was going on, or enough of it to know that Sandusky couldn’t be trusted with children, and chose to keep it quiet. They should all burn.

  6. #6 |  BRK445 | 

    Posnanski is my favorite sports writer and it was reasonable response. However, he spoke to a class the next day and someone live tweeted it. It was bad. An example “I’ve never seen anything handled worse. Maybe how New Orleans, post-Katrina….Paterno was always dangled by this university.”

    http://deadspin.com/5858278/joe-posnanski-becomes-an-unlikely-paterno-apologist

    He hasn’t responded or said a word since.

  7. #7 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    So, an institution combining the stupidity of State Government with the arrogance of Academia is implicated in repulsive behavior.

    Color me unsurprised. The only shock is that the news got out. Oh, wait, the perp wasn’t part of the Trendy Intellectual Clique, so they didn’t circle the wagons and accuse all reporters interested in the story of being Homophobic Racists. Mystery solved.

  8. #8 |  freedomfan | 

    Joe Posnanski:

    3. We are in a top-you world where everyone is not only trying to report something faster but is also trying to report something ANGRIER. One guy wants Joe Paterno to resign, the next wants him to be fired, the next wants him to be fired this minute, the next wants him to be fired and arrested, the next wants him to be fired, arrested and jailed, on and on, until we’ve lost sight of who actually committed the crimes here.
    [...]
    5. It is still unclear what Paterno did in this case. It will remain unclear for a while. You might be one of the hundreds and hundreds of people I’ve heard from who know EXACTLY what Paterno did. He HAD to know this. He DEFINITELY knew that. He COULD have done something. I respect that. Joe Paterno’s a public figure. You have every right to believe what you want to believe and be absolutely certain about it. But since we have not heard from Joe, not heard from former athletic director Tim Curley, not heard from GA/assistant coach Mike McQueary, not heard from anyone who was in the room, I’ll repeat: It’s unclear. A determined grand jury did not charge Joe Paterno with any crime. A motivated reporting barrage, so far, anyway, has not uncovered a single thing that can tell us definitively what Joe Paterno knew.

    marco:

    Paterno and all the others will spend every day of the rest of their lives trying to sell the story that they were not aware of the abuse going on, but I believe that evidence will pile up that they in fact knew everything that was going on, and were willing to allow abuse of innocent children to continue so that they could keep their comfortable lives. Sickening.

    David:

    In 2002 Penn State banned Jerry Sandusky from bringing children to the Nittany Lions facilities. That’s not a decision you make lightly when dealing with someone whose entire job is to leverage his prominent connection with Penn State football to work with kids. They knew what was going on, or enough of it to know that Sandusky couldn’t be trusted with children, and chose to keep it quiet. They should all burn.

    Sounds like Posnanski nailed it.

  9. #9 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    A Penn State alum friend of mine has always referred to Paterno as “the Pope of Penn State” for the nauseating deference given to the football program there –– far more than any academic program gets at this institution of higher education.

    As events unfold, it’s interesting to see the similarity of the efforts by Penn State and the Catholic Church to cover up the horrendous crimes that have come to define them both.

  10. #10 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The Vodka Tampon story reminded me of my reaction to the “Bug Chasers” story of about ten years ago, which claimed that some Gays were deliberately having unprotected sex with HIV positive people for some not-to-well-articulated reason. At the time it really struck me as likely to be the consequence of a collision between some Gays with an odd sense of humor and a more than usually idiotic reporter.

    Does anybody know what happened with that story? Was it really happening? If not, is the reporter in question (I believe he was a Rolling Stone writer) now working in Dubuque? Was my instinct totally off base?

  11. #11 |  (B)oscoH | 

    Posnanski nailed what? At the end, he suggests that Paterno get some benefit of doubt in this for his lifetime of service. Well, the service and the coverup are independent events.

    Hell, it looks like Sandusky was being used as a recruiter, under the direction of McQuery, this season. FFS people. How is that a good idea given that both Paterno and McQuery testified to a grand jury about Sandusky early this year?

  12. #12 |  Tim P | 

    One thing is for sure, Jerry Sandusky is not a Republican! If he was you’d have seen it in the New Yorker or at Andrew Sullivan. Also Posnanski is just plain wrong. When Paterno made the statement that the trustees should not spend one minute on him because he was resigning at the end of the year, you knew Joe was guilty. He was still playing a game and threw all his chips in for a small pot. It was a terrible gamble, he was willing to tell the world he was guilty in exchange for 3 or 4 more games. He would have been better off resigning ASAP, or even waited to get fired. He could have spent his remaining years reaching out to those kids and making sure PSU took care of them. He could have pledged some of his fortune to those kids. If he had $10 million for a library he could come up with $10 million for those kids, and not some stupid charity BS like the Second Mile, just give the kids the money. The big question for me is how did the current grand jury find out about Mike McQuery and the shower scene?

  13. #13 |  DPirate | 

    If Posnanski’s esay is indicative of the writing we can expect from his book, he damn well better give all the money to charity. He starts of by saying how sick it is to pretend to be more against child molestqation than others, then proceeds to tell us how he is incoherent with rage? I’d say good try at satire if he wasn’t trying for the opposite.

  14. #14 |  Elliot | 

    @Tim P (#12) An article on Michael Moore’s website blames it one “white me not liking to be held accountable”.

    In Michael Moore speak, that’s Republicans.

  15. #15 |  Elliot | 

    Radley,

    What about the Occupy Nashville e-mails do you find “troubling”? The attitude of police? The lewdness and filth of the protestors? The vapidity of their “demands”? I don’t see any “good guys” in that scene, beyond the innocent bystanders who work or live in the occupy areas.

    There are plenty of useful idiots and criminal predators exploiting these occupy scenes, but there are power-hungry people with nefarious political designs who are calculating how to turn these mobs from unsanitary temper tantrums into tools of revolution. I’ve seen speculations that they could become a Khmer Rouge. And, this guy wants free market anarchists to join forces and trick them into serving their purposes.

    Could you have imagined, 20 years ago, that this sort of thing would be happening in the US, coupled with the revolutions in the Arab world, as well as the economic collapse?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  16. #16 |  Tim P | 

    @15 I too read the Nashville emails and didn’t think there was anything wrong with them. There are still some decent people left in this country that don’t want to watch other people screw.

  17. #17 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I’m not real happy with the way the police are behaving as regards the ‘Occupy (insert name here)’ protests, but the Protesters aren’t much, if any, better. And I can’t help but remember the Kent State mess, and the factor that most people seem to forget; that the night before the National Guard was called in the protester (or some of them, anyway) set fire to the ROTC building, and then interfered with firefighters at the scene. A building sized fire, set without elaborate precautions, is not under anybody’s control. Everybody remembers “Four dead in Ohio”, nobody seems to recall that only luck kept the headline from being “Nitwit anti-war protesters torch campus, hundreds dead.”

    If I were a cop (which the Gods forbid! I would be a catastrophe.) I would be seriously worried about what the idiots involved in the various protests might do for symbolism (as the ROTC fire was set for symbolism) that would get seriously out of control. I would be a nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof. Nothing the protesters have done, that I’ve heard of, convinces me that they are any brighter than the dangerous idiots that started that fire at Kent State.

    And if the Protesters, or the Cops, do something truly idiotic, the odds are fair that at least some of the people who die won’t be cops or protesters. If you have Gods, pray that doesn’t get tested, please.

  18. #18 |  BSK | 

    Vodka Tampons-

    Cold whiskey? Makes the whole “experiment” very suspect to me…

  19. #19 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Wow, judging from some of the comments here, Concerned Women for America must linked to this post.

  20. #20 |  Leah | 

    BSK – why? Is it the temp issue? Because speaking as someone who’s dropped a tampon in the toilet accidentally before, cold vs warm doesn’t really have anything to do with how/how fast it absorbs. If it’s the whiskey issue – it seems like that would only be a problem if one were trying it internally as (I’m guessing) vodka would be more pure and therefore slightly less harsh/painful. But that’s more just speculation based on mouthfeel, I’m not doing a comparison test of whiskey and vodka on me.

  21. #21 |  Pam | 

    The uphill struggle just to keep 12, 13 & 14 year olds (the youngest of the adults) from dying in prison shows just how backward America really is. Civilized countries around the world have recognized the obvious difference between a child and an adult. Children sentenced to die alone in a cage for something they did as a child is inhumane and cruel in every country we align ourselves with and is forbidden as punishment. Why do we justify it?

  22. #22 |  shecky | 

    Those emails indicate that the cops are eager to pin anything they can on OWS simply for the sake of dicking them around. It looks like the OWS folks are not doing much of anything notable, and are more or less doing what they’re told. And the cops are itching to find any reason to do some hippie punching, perhaps literally. Not surprising, that’s what cops do, even if it’s a pretty shitty legacy to fulfill to anyone who’s not an authoritarian. Why not bring in the SWAT team?
    http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/13/1641362/activists-take-over-vacant-franklin.html

  23. #23 |  Elliot | 

    shecky (#22):Those emails indicate that the cops are eager to pin anything they can on OWS simply for the sake of dicking them around. It looks like the OWS folks are not doing much of anything notable, and are more or less doing what they’re told.

    This isn’t a situation in which you need to pick the side of police or protesters.

    “not doing much of anything notable”? Amongst the various occupy sites around the US there have been instances of murder, rape, violence, theft, vandalism, intimidation of workers and dwelling residents, flagrantly lewd behavior (public defecations being the most widely publicized), and spreading communicable diseases in an unhygienic environment. But you find nothing of note? Wow.

    I’m quite leery of how police react to anyone who isn’t obedient and showing proper subservience to their authoritah. So, sending them en masse to break up a large gathering has the potential for violence and abuse.

    However, in many instances, they aren’t doing their nominal job of protecting the rights of property owners and people who live or work in these areas. Whether it’s because cynical politicians and bureaucrats have calculated that they want to encourage the protests to suit their ends, or because they are lazy or cowardly, they’re letting innocent people suffer needlessly.

  24. #24 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    PAM,

    We have children in prison, who are supposed to stay there until they die, because not all children are civilized humans. Some are feral. Some appear rabid. We don’t know why, although there is an appalling number of people who think they do. We don’t know what to do with them. There is at present no reputable treatment that has a history of impressing on them the horror of what they have done (murdered playmates, murdered parents, tortured children smaller than themselves…it all happens), and so no way of assuring that they understand why they have been locked away, or (if they were to be released) why they are being released, and so no very good basis on which to predict that they won’t act feral again.

    Now, I’m not saying that all the children in prisons are feral children. I’m saying that feral children exist, and so there exists a way of putting them where they will be hard put to harm the innocent, since explaining to them why they shouldn’t seems to be impossible.

    I’m also not saying I think the current situation is satisfactory. It isn’t. But acting as if nothing a child can do would in any way justify locking it away from the world for life is to act in ignorance of the darkest chapters of human nature.

  25. #25 |  Carl | 

    I love the way Posnanski

    (a) keeps saying he’s not going to stay silent any more, all the while staying silent about what he knew and when he knew it

    (b) wants us to give him a medal for failing to do his job as journalist and write about the one story that no biography of Paterno could possibly leave out

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