Thursday, November 10, 2011

Turning A Blind Eye

I recently watched the movie, Sleepers, and it got me to thinking about those sorry-ass human beings at Penn State who turned a blind eye, or passed the buck, after witnessing or becoming aware of the alleged rape of young boys being perpetrated at their "institute of higher education".

I keep thinking of how those brave, strong, heroic athlete-types must have cowered in fear of losing their jobs or being blackballed if they didn't turn a blind eye to their leader's alleged depraved crimes.

I keep thinking of how college students, our future leaders, could possibly dismiss such horrendous crimes and then support the alleged perpetrators by rioting after they were brought to justice.

I keep thinking what's in store for those young boys as a result of allegedly being continuously raped for years because everyone selfishly turned a blind to the abuse?

But even worse, I keep thinking of the image of our society those young boys must have had in their minds while they were being abused, and when they realized that their "heroes" dismissed them as being an expendable part of the business of college football.

I wonder if those abused young boys envision the same bright future for themselves as the rioting college students do, or if they'll instead turn to violence or drugs in order to treat their "collegiately-damaged" sense of self-worth? What do you think?

13 comments:

  1. How do you get over something like that?

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  2. I'd bet the knowledge of this abuse runs deeper than the few people already accused. If the university had "any" sense of ethics it would have shut down the football program, fired everyone who had knowledge of the abuse, turn all of their investigative records over to the police, and would be doing everything in their power to sincerely show remorse, profusely apologize and to help ensure the victims get everything they need to recover from this abuse.

    If the football players had any sense of ethics, they would refuse to continue to play for a program that would allow these horrible crimes to continue to be perpetrated.

    BUT.. it's always going to be about the money. Profits will ALWAYS be paramount to anything else, that is, unless it was one of their own children being repeatedly raped.

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  3. If women who date younger men are called Cougars, are men who date young boys called Nittany Lions?

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  4. The Cover-Up Artist - Why is the CEO of Merck leading the sex-abuse investigation at Penn State?

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  5. This is one screwed-up country. The game of football, university politics, and corporate sponsorship transcends everything! It's truly a shame that people won't realize it until it's too late, but this great country of ours has already lost it's way.

    It's almost too hard for me to comprehend the amount young people in America who are so easily fooled and aren't able to think for themselves these days - especially college students. The future of America is doomed when these foolish sheep shut their minds and blindly follow the herd - just to support a college football program.

    Pennsylvania lowers flags to half-staff after Paterno's death

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  6. Isn't anyone suspicious that the timing of announcing this whole tragic cover-up was planned? Doesn't anyone think it's too coincidental that Paterno passes away from cancer only three months after the public finds out what happened?

    A suspicious person might think that he knew about his cancer long before, but waited until his time was limited to allow the "alleged" sexual abuse cover-up to be revealed, and have to endure the consequences. And like everything else about this cover-up, it seems mostly about the money.

    Paterno widow to get $13.4 million in Pennsylvania pension benefits

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  7. A jury convicted former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts related to sexual abuse of boys over a 15-year period. He faces life imprisonment. His enablers still roam free.

    Sandusky Found Guilty On 45 Of 48 Counts Of Sex Abuse

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  8. According to the findings from the "official" independent report by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, into the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child abuse committed by a former employee, Gerald A. Sandusky.. -

    "The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims"

    Source: The Freeh Report

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  9. Have you read all of the recent news reports about the "official" Penn State cover up?

    It seems to me that the moneyed interests behind that "institute of higher learning" will do anything to keep the university from being held responsible for their horrific deeds, including using their friends in the news media to try to fool an outraged public.

    The media seems to want you to focus only on the football program in order to trick you into forgetting about the entire university's cover up. Many of the news reports are asking you if the football program should be shut down, and any references to Paterno be removed from the school, like that alone will be justice for what happened.

    Don't allow yourself to be "played" by the multitude of news reports trying to shift blame onto Paterno and his football program, making them solely the scapegoats for what happened at Penn State.

    These horrendous, and knowingly continued, molestation crimes against young boys extended much further than just the football program. According to the official investigation, "university" officials colluded in the cover up.

    Don't let the criminals off the hook without justice being served. Voice your opinion that the entire university needs to be held accountable.

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  10. Just like I said - almost all of the mainstream media sites, including radio and television, are behind this push full-force, reporting how justice was served with the slap-on-the-wrist NCAA fines and sanctions, like the NCAA is the final authority on how justice should be served.

    Can't you see it? They're trying to manipulate us similarly to how those abused boys were manipulated.

    As recent history has shown time and time again, when the moneyed-interests are running the show, there will never be full accountability for high-level criminal perpetrators if it negatively-affects the corporate bottom-line.

    Starting to feel as violated as those young boys yet?

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  11. The NCAA dropped the ball on doing the right thing by not shutting down Penn State's football program.

    Maybe the organization that accredits Penn State Univesity will step up to the plate and follow-through on enforcing the standards and ideals they "talk" about when accrediting institutions of "higher learning".

    According to The Middle States Commission on Higher Education's August 6th action against Penn State University:

    "To warn the institution that its accreditation is in jeopardy based on information contained in the institutionally commissioned Report of the Special Investigative Counsel (Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, July 12, 2012) and the Binding Consent Decree Imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Accepted by the Pennsylvania State University (July 23, 2013) and insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation 5 (compliance with all applicable government policies, regulations, and requirements) and 9 (institution's governing body responsibility for the quality and integrity of the institution, for ensuring that the institution's mission is being carried out, and for making freely available to the Commission accurate, fair, and complete information on all aspects of the institution and its operations) and with Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and Standard 6 (Integrity). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report due by September 30, 2012 documenting steps that have been taken and are planned to ensure the institution's full compliance with Requirements of Affiliation 5 and 9 as well as Accreditation Standards 4 and 6. In addition, to request that the monitoring report also address Accreditation Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) with regard to the institution's capacity and plans for addressing financial obligations that will or may result from the investigation and related settlements, etc. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To remind the institution that the Commission must continue to be informed of any further significant related developments, including the provision of copies of any and all relevant external reports. The due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed."

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  12. According to a USA Today report, the NCAA's executive committee announced Tuesday it would gradually restore football scholarships to Penn State University due to "continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity."

    I knew this was coming. I haven't watched college football since the money-grubbing weasels at the NCAA allowed the Penn State football program to continue to exist. And since it seems to always be about the money, not anything related to "integrity", I never will watch college sports again.

    The sorry-ass excuses for human beings who lead these type of organizations know that Americans have short memories, especially when those Americans are not individually affected. Mark my words. Little by little, as time continues to move on, what little punishment they received for turning a blind eye to these sinister deeds will eventually be dismissed in the name of profits.

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