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(TW: Rape apologism and abject stupidity) What’s the difference between Joe Paterno and a guy who knows a friend who smokes weed but doesn’t report it?

jackpowerx:

sanityscraps:

deadcrackerstorage:

tonysatiger:

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

Joe Paterno didn’t molest little boys. He knew a close friend who did something illegal. We probably all know someone who did/does something illegal - downloads illegally, shoplifts, does drugs, speeds in the streets, doesn’t stop at stop signs, cheats on tests, etc.

People who know friends/peers who break the law without reporting them do not have any right to blame Joe Paterno. They themselves have no higher moral code than Paterno. Were his choices the best? No, but he has given so much to Pennsylvania and the Penn State university and he should not be remembered as “the man who let child molesting happen.” 

You compared child rape to smoking weed.

You compared child rape to smoking weed.

You compared child rape to smoking weed.

YOU COMPARED CHILD RAPE TO SMOKING WEED.

Fuck you, you shitstain.

It’s people like you keeping me from finding a good place to live next year because of this anti-smoking attitude you douchebags foster.

Abject stupidity indeed.

Not everything that is illegal is wrong, and not everything that is legal is right.  So framing this as a legal/illegal issue is disingenuous.

And yes, there is a stark difference between the two: the person smoking weed is affecting himself and only himself.  Sandusky adversely affected many, many young children under his trust. They will never be the person they could have been because of him.

And also, yes, Paterno should be remembered as “the man who let child molesting happen”, as should everyone involved with this.  If Sandusky had killed those children instead of molesting them, and the same coverup occurred, would you be making the same correlation?  I don’t think so.

As for me, I’d much rather be remembered as “the man who saw someone toke up and was totally okay with it”.

Seriously…

'Til Joe Paterno destroyed lives by covering up the rape and abuse of children, and all your weed-smoking friends do is destroy bags of Funyuns, Doritos, and order pizza whilst giggling at random shit on Netflix, etc.

It’s legal for me to not report it — and that’s truly questionable. It’s immoral for me not do so. Emphasis mine above.

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I’m trying to ignore this whole Joe Paterno statue controversy and just look the other way. I call this approach the Joe Paterno

Rob DenBleyker of Cyanide and Happiness on Facebook.

Cue the madfaced Penn State fans. Sarah is a fine example:

Meet Sarah:

Joe knows football? Joe sure does know football! His focus is so incredible that he didn’t let anything else, like say, a silly little bit of child rape get in the way of national championships. Way to go, Sarah and the Penn State denial squad!

And then Rob notices:

Text: “Don’t worry Sarah, the Penn State library is still named after him serving as a good reminder to stay quiet while you’re in there.”

You, sir, are an epic human being.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Judge Who Set Unsecured Bail For Jerry Sandusky Is a Second Mile Volunteer

When Jerry Sandusky was initially arraigned, as previously reported by Sara Ganim, prosecutors requested $500,000.00 bail and that Sandusky be required to wear a leg monitor. District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, however, ordered that Sandusky be freed on $100,000.00 unsecured bail. She ordered that Sandusky be freed and pay nothing unless he failed to show up for a court hearing.

Judge Dutchcot is a volunteer for Sandusky’s group, The Second Mile. Sandusky turned himself in the morning of November 5, a Saturday, at Judge Dutchot’s Centre County office. He was released, under the aforementioned terms, shortly thereafter.

I’m not a lawyer, but due to her relationship with the defendant’s charity (it’s believed she was acting as a pro bono attorney) and the high-profile nature of this case, just to avoid the appearance of impropriety, I think she should have stepped aside. It’s odd that a defendant suspected of so many severe charges of sex crimes with children (roughly 40 felony counts) would be allowed to walk free, particularly someone with the means to jump bail. 

Disgusting all around.

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Did Joe Paterno break the law?

From Sports Illustrated:

While Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says that her office won’t file charges against Joe Paterno for not reporting the alleged child sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the 84-year-old coach could eventually face criminal charges for perjury, obstruction of justice and violating the state’s Child Protective Services Law. Paterno could also become a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by Sandusky’s alleged victims. Those lawsuits could allege that Paterno negligently failed to prevent a third party with whom he had a supervisory relationship (Sandusky) from committing abuse.

Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

Under Pennsylvania law, as in other jurisdictions, perjury refers to knowingly lying while under oath. Obstruction of justice describes interference with the administration of justice, such as by concealing evidence or delaying or frustrating a criminal investigation. While Paterno has thus far escaped these criminal charges, his statements and behavior suggest that he remains vulnerable to them. That is particularly evident when considering troubling inconsistencies between Paterno’s testimony to the grand jury that investigated Sandusky and the testimony of Penn State assistant Mike McQueary.

I encourage the supporters of Joe Paterno to read this article right this goddamn second.

h/t to jamdizzle for the find

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Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.


Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.
Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.
Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.

Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.

Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.

Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

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