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A son’s defense of his father, Joe Paterno

Since I wrote a lot about this when it happened, I was interested in Jay Paterno’s account in defense of his father.

As I indicated in my earlier blogs, I saw right away what the media was doing to this man, in my opinion, to take the focus away from, not Sandusky so much, but the higher ups, especially the president of the university, who were up close and personal involved in every aspect of the mishandling of the case. It was a typical media storm, “look over here” so they can report extensively on a matter and never ever let the public know where the real problem was. I believe it was purely political, and they didn’t care one tad that they were smearing a man who his entire life apparently was above reproach. Still sickens me. It was the liberal playbook. Let everything hang out and then when it blows blame somebody else. And Graham Spanier, president of Penn State, you never heard his name! And he was the one with the real responsibility of what happened. He was president the entire time.

It concluded the email by saying this: “More than boys had been violated it seemed. A proud university’s sense of superiority and privilege and arrogance had been blown up, too.”

 

Using the specter of boys being violated was inappropriate. But in the headline and body of editor Joe Sexton’s story, the name Penn State appeared six times, Paterno four times, and the man charged at the time, Jerry Sandusky, zero times.
 

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/daily-take/201408/joe-paterno-jay-freeh-penn-state-jerry-sandusky-legacy-coach-father

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Penn State Ex-president Spanier charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering welfare of children

Maybe there will be some justice in this case since they finally got to the college officials responsible for the cover-up for over 20 years.

I doubt it will restore the damage done to Joe Paterno’s name being dragged through the mud by the corrupt media,  but at least they finally got to the culprits.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State administrators facing new charges they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky were preparing to be arraigned, while the university’s former president was not due in court until next week.

The arraignment of athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz on Friday comes a day after they and former president Graham Spanier were accused in a withering 39-page grand jury report of conspiring to conceal complaints about Sandusky, giving him time and access to molest more boys before his arrest nearly a year ago.

“This plan of action undertaken by these three administrators, who formed the very apex of decision making and power at Penn State, was created out of a desire to shield Sandusky from the criminal process and, perhaps most importantly, to spare the university tremendous negative publicity and embarrassment,” the jurors wrote.

The legal proceedings for Curley and Schultz were scheduled inside a district court in suburban Harrisburg, while Spanier’s first appearance was expected to be Wednesday.

Prosecutors alleged the men’s “conspiracy of silence” extended all the way to the top at Penn State, including decisions not to alert police or child welfare authorities after getting a 2001 report of Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said at a Capitol news conference that all three “knowingly testified falsely and failed to provide important information and evidence.”

Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy. They were charged with perjury and failure to report abuse almost exactly a year ago, and await a January trial on those counts.

“This was not a mistake by these men. This was not an oversight. It was not misjudgment on their part,” Kelly said. “This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials to actively conceal the truth.” http://news.yahoo.com/charges-bring-penn-state-officials-court-063824034–spt.html

Here’s a couple posts I wrote during the peak of the media coverage.  There are some others that are interesting, especially the one about district attorney, Ray Gricar, who disappeared.

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/media-should-leave-joe-paterno-alone/

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/abc-and-corrupt-media-distort-freeh-report-on-sandusky/

Posted:  11.02.12 A. D. @ 9:57 a.m.

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Graham Spanier – worthy of a great deal of media attention

Investigative reporters, where are you?  There’s a HUGE story here.  Everybody wonders what happened at Penn State – How could this happen?  What is it about the culture of an organization that allows child rape and abuse to go on right under its nose?  Why is the media steering clear of this aspect of the scandal?

Moral bankruptcy saga at Penn State

    Original Post: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:00 am, PhillyBurbs.com by Rose Mciver 

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Graham Spanier

If Penn State’s former president Graham Spanier hadn’t been so tolerant of sexual taboos, would he have taken action to stop Jerry Sandusky from allegedly molesting little boys, and spared the university the biggest college sports scandal ever?

A school administrator possessing a healthy view of human sexuality would not hesitate to summon authorities when presented with allegations of child molestation. But not Spanier. Why? His long academic career is aglow with defenses of the sexual fringe.

It began with his 1975 academic paper on wife swapping. It continued through his time as Penn State’s president. This includes his defense of the university’s annual Sex Faire, which showcased half-dressed lesbian performance artists, anti-male speechifying, and guests such as Patrick Califia-Rice, a transgendered advocate of “boy-lovers,” who was among the Sex Faire’s main speakers in 2002.

Spanier said he didn’t realize the grave situation created by Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who is on trial after being charged with more than 50 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. But last week, NBC News reported that Spanier could face criminal charges for a coverup.

A university administrator kept a “secret file” on Sandusky. The file, which has been turned over to prosecutors, contains emails in which Spanier and another Penn State administrator “discussed whether they were obligated to tell authorities about a 2001 allegation involving a late-night encounter in a Penn State shower room between Sandusky and a young boy, both of whom were naked,” NBC reported.

In the email, Spanier said that not alerting social service agencies was the “humane” thing to do for Sandusky.

Sympathy for the alleged perp, not the victim. How do you come to think like that?

Perhaps it begins when you attempt to redefine wife swapping as a good thing.

Spanier, a human sexuality scholar, co-authored a paper on wife-swapping for a 1975 edition of the “Archives of Sexual Behavior.” Here’s the introduction:

“This article attempts to illuminate the understanding of swinging, or mate swapping, an increasingly common form of extramarital sexual activity. A theoretical formulation argues that swinging is a form of extramarital sexual activity which serves to define as good and acceptable a behavior that in other forms and in the past has been considered deviant and immoral.”

Of course, as America learned during the 1970s, gonorrhea, herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases acquired through promiscuous bed bouncing are not “theoretical,” or “good.”

Maybe a defense is that Spanier’s interest is academic, and the article was nothing more than a product of the era. At the time, the sexual revolution was in full swing, and pop culture bristled with mate-swapping tales such as the hit film “Carol & Bob & Ted & Alice.”

So what explains Spanier’s vigorous defense of Sex Faire more than a quarter century later?

In 2002, when “boy-lover” advocate Califia-Rice appeared on campus as Sex Faire’s guest speaker, Spanier defended the appearance.

One of the few public voices challenging Spanier and Penn State was John A. Lawless, a state rep from Montgomery County. Lawless made national news trying to get Pennsylvania’s House Appropriations Committee to punish Spanier and other university administrators because, he said, they had failed in “moral” leadership.

Spanier was called before the House committee, of which Lawless was a member, and questioned. He apologized for some of the obscene aspects of Sex Faire, but vigorously defended the affair as “free speech.”

Lawless asked Spanier if the Sex Faire programs were immoral. Lawless, quoted widely at the time, said, “(Spanier’s) answer was, ‘It depends on what your definition of immoral is.’ ”

(Last week, I tried contacting Lawless, who has retired from his state legislator job and lives in Florida. His personal lawyer said he wasn’t interested in commenting.)

Graham Spanier could have saved some kids and Penn State football had he placed a phone call to police in 2001 when he learned of Sandusky. He didn’t.

When a man entertains “theoretical” views on marital sexual deviancy, or cannot bring himself to call Sex Faire what it is — a circus of sexual dysfunction — it should not surprise that in his moral confusion he would choose to “humanely” spare an alleged deviant, rather than protect the deviant’s innocent prey.  http://alturl.com/ap4ee

This guy is being shielded by the media.  Why?  Certainly not because it would not be an interesting and compelling story to tell.  Why would the liberal corrupt media not rush to talk about this? He is, to say the least, a quirky kind of guy, strange, interesting, does magic tricks, plays a “bucket” in some band, went running with the bulls, wore the mascot costume at football games, and has numerous questionable incidents and events in his background prior to Penn State and during Penn State, including refusing to address an allegation of a now grown guy who accused a professor of abuse spelled out in a NYT article.  http://alturl.com/wbobe

He was considered by Obama for the cabinet position of Secretary of Education, so that makes him a pretty big fish democrat. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-502323_162-4649713.html.  And Daily Kos thought it was a good idea.  http://alturl.com/wk8f2

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/ex-president-spanier-charged-with-perjury-obstruction-of-justice-endangering-welfare-of-children/

Posted:  07.14.12 A.D. @ 3:05 p.m.

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10 appalling revelations against PSU ex-president Graham Spanier

Will he be charged?  I’d put money on it, and maybe as early as tomorrow.  How do I know?  Because I just heard on FOX that IF JOE PATERNO WERE ALIVE, he might could be charged.  Spanier must have a load of money and some powerful people behind him to try to divert attention from the charges that are coming for him by placing all these distractions in the media.  I say “placing” because how else would they get there?  It is my belief that these networks broadcast mostly what is submitted to them from PR firms, Media Matters type organizations, et cetera, and a lot of it is designed to divert attention from something else.  They play us all for a bunch of suckers.

And the media is going to “arrest” a dead man to avoid reporting on the living people responsible for a 20 year cover-up, now thoroughly exposed by the Freeh Report.  Now that is dirty.

I am copying an article from Deadspin.com laying out the “appalling revelations” against Graham Spanier from the Freeh Report.

The 10 Most Appalling Revelations About Graham Spanier, And Why He Could Be The Next One Charged

The 10 Most Appalling Revelations About Graham Spanier, And Why He Could Be The Next One Charged

The majority of attention given to today’s Freeh Report has centered on figuring out Joe Paterno’s role in allowing Jerry Sandusky to go unstopped. But the most actively nefarious character—other than Sandusky himself—in the commission’s story is former university president Graham Spanier. Even before today’s news, experts had suggested that Spanier’s actions could be brought before a grand jury. Here are ten of the more reprehensible plot points from the Freeh Report, many of which support the notion that he could face criminal charges:

  • Testifying to the 2001 grand jury he was unaware of the 1998 investigation against Sandusky, even though emails from 1998 show him discussing the investigation with athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz.
  • Repeating this claim to the Special Investigative Counsel, and stating he “never heard a report from anyone” that Sandusky was abusing children.
  • Failing to notify the Board of Trustees that an investigation of a prominent assistant football coach was underway, withholding this information from them even while the board was considering (and approving) a favorable land deal between the university and Sandusky’s Second Mile charity.
  • Approving and pushing for Sandusky’s emeritus rank—and the facility access privileges that came along with it— despite Sandusky not qualifying for it by the established academic rules.
  • Declaring Curley’s plan to suggest Sandusky stop hanging around children, without actual sanctions, to be “a humane approach.”
  • Telling the Special Investigative Counsel his first knowledge of the 1998 incident came at the April 2011 grand jury appearance, when notes from his Attorney General interview a month prior reveal he was questioned about it then.
  • Approving an unprecedented $168,000 lump-sum retirement payment to Sandusky in 1999.
  • Showing no interest in identifying the child involved in the 2001 incident or ascertaining whether or not a crime had occurred.
  • Opposing any and all independent investigations into Sandusky’s behavior.
  • Modifying the November 2011 Board of Trustees statement without their knowledge or approval, asserting that Curley and Schultz requested administrative leave rather than that the board had decided to place them on leave.

http://deadspin.com/5925539/the-ten-most-appalling-revelations-about-graham-spanier-and-why-he-could-be-the-next-one-charged

It is reported that Spanier went to work as an advisor on a special project for Homeland Secuirty. http://alturl.com/qddyj  But Wikipedia says he remains a tenured professor of sociology at Penn State.  He is an amateur magician and wrote a book on mate swapping.  Weird guy in my book.   http://alturl.com/t4yaj  http://alturl.com/ap4ee

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Spanier quote:  “It depends on what the meaning of immoral is.”

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/it-depends-on-what-the-meaning-of-immoral-is/

Update:  In a recent blurb on FOX, they seem to have dropped the if Paterno were alive narrative (I hope) and they named all four of the people specifically named in the Freeh Report, being:  Spanier, Schultz, Curley, and Paterno.

Oops, I was wrong.  It was HLN, not FOX, I was watching that named all four.

Posted:  07.13.12 A.D. @11:57 p.m.  Updated @ 1:07 p.m.

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Q and A: Who gave Sandusky office space and Emeritus status at Penn State?

Q. Who gave Jerry Sandusky office space on Penn State campus?

A.  It was part of the retirement agreement between the University and Sandusky.

Quote from retirement agreement, which is an Exhibit attached to Freeh report:

“The university will permit you to use, at no charge, a locker, weight rooms, fitness facilities and training room in the East Area locker room complex.  This benefit will continue for the balance of your lifetime.”

and

“For a period of ten years commencing July 1 1999 and subject to renewal upon concurrence of both parties you will be given an office and a phone in the East Area Locker room complex…..”

Agreement was signed by Tim Curley and Gary Schultz along with Jerry Sandusky on June 29, 1999.  The full agreement, Exhibit 3H, can be seen in the Report.

Q.  Who granted Jerry Sandusky Emeritus status at his retirement in 1999?

A. Graham Spanier, President of Penn State

An excerpt of an email from Rodney A. Erickson, August 31, 1999:

“Let’s go ahead and grant it [emeritus status], if Graham[Spanier] has already promised it.”

Further excerpt of email by Robert Secor on Aug 31, 1999 who wrote:

 “But we are in a bind  Apparently Graham told [redacted but obviously referring to Sandusky] that we would do this, he was wholly within his rights here since the policy says “The President may grant (or deny) Emeritus Rank on an exception basis.”

I am sure there were others who had to sign off on this emeritus status, but clearly it was recommended by Graham Spanier.

Just some questions I have been wondering about.  The Report is well over 200 pages long and I have not gotten through it all yet.  The above are direct quotes from exhibits which are copies of the actual documents.

http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf

All this said to point out that although I now have heard that somehow it was Joe Paterno’s fault that Sandusky had an office and access to the campus, dammit, he didn’t have anything to do with that.

I’m just saying, there was a lot of work that went into this report, it is very detailed as to dates and events and the media should not just throw it in a corner but they need to tell the truth when they report this.  If they want to pull out a sentence here and there, there is a huge choice of sentences and quotes that can be reported on.

Posted:  07.13.12 A.D. @ 8:56 p.m.  Updated:  07.14.12 A.D. @ 10:12 a.m.

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ABC and corrupt media DISTORT Freeh report on Sandusky.

I just heard an ABC radio news report that is so misleading and deceptive it is just beyond words.  I have been trying to keep from getting upset over the news coverage on the Penn State Freeh report, but this was just beyond the pale.

The broadcaster said:  The report said that Joe Paterno and others – AND OTHERS – sought to conceal and on and on and on.  Well, THE OTHERS just happen to be the Ex-President of the University, Graham Spanier/ the Vice-President of Finance and Business who is in charge of THE CAMPUS POLICE, Gary Schult; and Athletic Director, Tim Curley.

And here he goes again.  Quote:  “report called Joe Paterno AND OTHERS callous and shocking.”  This makes me livid.

And I wonder is NOBODY going to mention that Graham Spanier was considered by Obama for Secretary of Education, good liberal democrat that he is.

So the Freeh report gave a few words on Joe Paterno (which wasn’t much at all, just something that Schultz said about TALKING TO HIM and then changing his mind) and excoriated the other three, but the few words is all that is needed for the corrupt media to seize Joe Paterno, even after the man is dead and gone and in the grave, and fail to even mention the names of these three plotting, coniving administrators who were only concerned about being “humane” to who? Not the abused boys, but the serial child molester, Jerry Sandusky.

Of course, Joe Paterno cannot even defend himself, and the investigation DID NOT even talk to him before he died.  He had a MINOR, VERY MINOR role in this, probably the VERY LEAST of anybody.  And they have to drag his name up from the GRAVE to take the blame in the PUBLIC AS THE MEDIA lays it all on him.

I don’t care a flip about Penn State football or football in general but I do care about dragging this man’s name through the mud and leaving the other three untouched, not in the report, but in the WAY THE MEDIA IS REPORTING IT.  They, the Big Three, Spanier, Schultz, and Curley, conspired to cover this abuse up and allowed the Serial Child Molester, Jerry Sandusky, to have an office and free access to the campus.  Emeritus status, no less, after he retired in 1999.

Something has to be done about this corrupt media in this country.  They are so bold in their deception and they lie all the time.  There are some people who catch the news on the fly that I can’t even convince that Joe Paterno was NOT the molester of young boys.  This is the way they presented it – Joe Paterno, child molester, child rape in the same sentence enough times and they get the desired result – and now that he’s DEAD they continue to minimize the roles of the senior officials at Penn State from responsibility.

So why do you think they WON’T name these other three men, especially Graham Spanier?  It is precisely because they KNOW the result of how they are reporting this, the psychological brainwashing and manipulation, that if they said Graham Spanier, child molester, child rapist enough times in the same sentence, he would become the one with the ruined name and they don’t want that.

Is this intentional?  You damn right it’s intentional.  Did they edit tapes to distort the recent case in Florida to make it look worse and fit into their agenda.  You damn right they did.

I absolutely hate the media more every day.  And I have refused to watch except the reading of the report by Freeh himself and a little bit of what the blabber mouths were saying about it.  I was watching HLN and they were broadcasting his word for word reading of the report, UNTIL it got to the point where it was talking about Spanier, Schultz, and Curley and they cut away to commercials and COMMENTS by people just mouthing off about it.  I wanted to HEAR THE REPORT ITSELF.  Because that’s the only thing you can believe.

And so I am listening to the radio to get away from the misrepresentations on tv, and I have to hear this ABC REPORT that has made it impossible for me to be silent.

If anybody wants to know the TRUTH, please read the report, which I am trying to find but CANNOT because I don’t think they want anybody to actually read the thing.  I WILL FIND IT though and post a link.  You cannot believe a thing you hear on the so-called NEWS.

Okay.  Here’s the pdf of the Freeh Report:  http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf

Here’s a short article on some of the emails of the Big Three, Spanier, Schultz, and Curley plotting how to cover up the Sandusky problem.  Paterno was involved in no emails, but Curley mentioned having talked to him about what to do with Sandusky.

http://www.centredaily.com/2012/06/29/3247105/graham-spanier-and-other-penn.html

Complete public remarks of Freeh today:  http://michiganstate.scout.com/2/1201716.html

Posted:  07.12.12 A.D. @7:15 p.m.  Link to report added @ 7:30 p.m

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Spanier to be charged? Emails between Spanier, Schultz, and Curley come to light in Sandusky case

Investigators are mulling whether to bring charges against former Penn State president Graham Spanier for possibly helping to cover up child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, according to a new report.

Authorities have “major new evidence,” including emails between Spanier, former university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, NBC News reported Monday.

Schultz and Curley have pleaded not guilty to perjury charges for allegedly lying to a grand jury about what they were told about Sandusky’s alleged conduct.

One email between Spanier and Schultz reportedly concluded with them agreeing it would be “humane” not to tell authorities about possible child molestation by the assistant football coach in 2001.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ex_penn_state_president_could_face_Z3Cs16dHlS2RHJaDljz5sN#ixzz1xayKBfV9
There is absolutely no telling how deep and how dark this thing goes.
Cover up?  There is no doubt, and for all those years where there were more victims, it was known what was going on with Sandusky.  The latest victim (Victim #1), the boy who brought this all to light, is only 18 years old today.
What is not made clear is the fact that Jerry Sandusky did not work for Penn State in any capacity since 1999.  June 1999
Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status.
He was given an office and unlimited access to university facilities by the university. 
And Spanier goes to work for the federal government (no surprise):  http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/04/post_340.html

NBC news issued a national report this morning citing legal sources who said more charges are likely and could include former Penn State President Graham Spanier.

Report:  The report said investigators have “major new evidence” including emails exchanged in 2001 by Spanier and university officials Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, both already facing charges of perjury and failure to report a crime.  http://pennstate.247sports.com/Board/18/Report-Graham-Spanier-to-be-charged-10080541/1

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Posted:  06.12.12 @ 12:30 p.m.

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