Burch: Penn State to State Pen?

Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

The world is full of interesting ironies. Take the name “Penn State.” Flip the words around and you have “State Penn.”

Will some of Penn State’s administrators end up doing hard time in the state pen? The jury is still out. But in any case, it seems likely that by the time NCAA penalties, canceled sponsorships and ads, lower ticket and merchandise sales, missed bowl games and multi-million-dollar lawsuits have been added up (or, more correctly, subtracted), Penn State may have lost something like a quarter of a billion dollars.

Is there a silver lining inside the very dark cloud? Yes, I believe so. You can bet your bottom dollar that university presidents, boards and athletic directors at major colleges around the United States are taking steps to make sure their institutions don’t suffer the same expensive, ignominious fate. As a result, many innocent children could be safer than they might have been before.

And of course something very similar happened to the Roman Catholic Church. It has been estimated that the Vatican’s child abuse scandals have cost the church around $3 billion. Thus it is also much less likely that rogue priests will prey on innocents with such impunity, in the future. And if they do, chances are greater that when they get caught the jig will be up and the proper authorities will be notified.

And perhaps here in Tennessee — despite our obvious deep divisions — we may also be able to make progress in better directions if we simply choose to proactively put our children first.

The U.S. Supreme Court once upheld an injunction delaying the construction of the TVA’s Tellico dam over a tiny fish, the possibly endangered snail darter. Could fracking in Tennessee be held up over the lives and health of possibly endangered human children?

We didn’t wait to protect the Tennessee snail darter until it was too late. So why wait until Tennessee children are killed by the madness of the NRA and gun-mad Republicans who insist that adults must have the “right” to bear loaded, concealed weapons into restaurants, theaters and parks? Why not sue before Tennessee has its Columbine, its Tucson, its Aurora?

When Stone Age troglodytes try to shut down Planned Parenthood, what about filing lawsuits on behalf of the teen and pre-teen girls who are bound to suffer as a result? And what about also suing in advance on behalf of the unwanted babies who will be forced to be born by the same Neanderthals who insisted on ripping up any remaining safety nets that might have kept them from hitting rock bottom?

When gay children and their parents are discriminated against by the Boy Scouts, perhaps there should be lawsuits filed over their resulting emotional pain.

When Muslim children suffer acts of religious intolerance, why not sue their abusers?

When Tennessee politicians ignore global warming and thus imperil the lives, health and happiness of future generations of Tennesseans, perhaps lawyers should sue to protect them, even before they’re born.

Once we have proof that someone is about to commit an act of treason against our country, do we have to wait for the act to occur, or should we do whatever is necessary to prevent it? If we know that adults are plotting to abuse children, do we have to allow the abuse to take place, or should we prevent it? These are obviously rhetorical questions. So if our elected representatives refuse to act to protect our children, why not let the lawyers and judges take over? Why not start filing lawsuits right and left to proactively protect each child’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Who knows? What presumably stopped Penn State and the Vatican from continuing to allow the abuse of innocent children just might help save us from ourselves, our deep divisions and the incompetence of our politicians. If there is one thing that unites us, surely it is the desire to protect our children.

And so, along with the games of the Olympics, let the lawsuits begin!

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

56 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 7/27/12 at 3:48

It is the good name of the University or the Church that is important and not the child the matters.

It will be interesting to see how Rasputin, yogi and bud spin this.

By: dargent7 on 7/27/12 at 4:54

Filing multiple, pre-emptive lawsuits isn't the answer to deal with societies problems.
The courts are already clogged up with niusence suits and lawyers, by and large, are in it just for the money. Ethics be damned.
The Penn State fiasco could of been stopped a decade ago in it's tracks when McQueary SAW Sandusky in the shower, naked, and his erect willie against a 10 year old boy's behind. McQueary had to "talk it over" with his daddy who then told Paterno and they all did nothing.
The preists had to have seen one of their own doing rape and they told the Bishop who transfered the preist.
That whole scandal should never have reached the point where hundreds of altar boys were molested.
Adults, unless morally and emotionally vacant, should of stepped up and stopped these sick men. Let's not forget, as many female teachers have sex with their students as men.
The girls call it getting raped but the boys call it "getting lucky".

By: Rasputin72 on 7/27/12 at 4:54

Captain........I can assure you that the Penn State lynch mob some of whom would not be accepted into a good country club is a great indication that this country is totally out of control.

By: Ummm... on 7/27/12 at 5:07

More shining wisdom from the board's foremost bigot, Rasputin. He believes the measure of a person's value as a human being is "country club" acceptance.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/27/12 at 5:10

I would never belong to anything Rasputin hough to be good thing. It must be his getto up bring.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/27/12 at 5:17

shb things

By: gdiafante on 7/27/12 at 6:00

I'm not exactly sure how someone can see a grown man taking a shower with a kid, and horseplay going on, and they not contact the authorities. Not just Penn State people, but the police. That one still baffles me.

By: Beernazi on 7/27/12 at 6:55

Sometimes people with money and privilege believe they are above the law and can just whip out some cash to cover indescretions.

By: StephenII on 7/27/12 at 7:09

Mr. Burch shows great compassion for this nations children. Thank you Mr. Burch.

In the US since 1973: Roe vs Wade there have been over Fifty Million (50,000,000) abortions in the USA. Medical Science clearly proves these 'children' were alive when they are murdered. Where's the outcry for these children?!? Abortion is just wrong. Abort in the case of Rape, Incest, a Mother's Health should be allowed.Otherwise, It is Time to cease this barbaric form of birth control. Let's stop making this a partisan left vs. right, conservative vs liberal, religion vs. secular issue. Cease the murder.

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 7:16

Ummm - IMO raspy is another yogi, a wannabe with definitely no class.

By: Beernazi on 7/27/12 at 7:19

bfra, I do believe rasp is satire. It surely couldn't be anything but.

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 7:19

I'm with gdiafante on this, I can't imagine how anyone could witness the shower incident and not just report it, but follow thru and make sure something was done about it.

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 7:20

The closest thing to raspy is NewYorker1.

By: Beernazi on 7/27/12 at 7:22

It's probably an alter ego.

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 7:22

I couldn't agree with anyone more, StephenII.

Abortion is simply murdering infants who can't defend themselves by taking advantage of their infancy. In one way, that is breaking the law by committing murder but it is worded differently to make it legal.

An abortion clinic can be compared as worse than the recent mass murder in Aurora. It may take them a little more time, but they get to kill more.

Couldn't the USA be compared to the dictator nations that committed mass murder?

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 7:28

Well, compared to you, bfra (bad farts repeated again), I must agree. I've never been in a "class" compared to you and your fellow cohorts on this site.

I just use my intelligence over your ignorance.

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 7:30

Mike said: "When Tennessee politicians ignore global warming and thus imperil the lives, health and happiness of future generations of Tennesseans, perhaps lawyers should sue to protect them, even before they’re born."

Mike, this does not make sense. Remember most of the liberals do not even think that there is anything to protect while the child is in the womb - ie, abortion is OK by them. So you can't sue to protect something that you all don't even think is a person.

I'm just saying that you either think a baby in the womb is a person that you can sue on behalf of or you don't. And if a lawyer can sue to protect a child "even before they're born" (your words), then abortion should be illegal and we should sue to protect all unborn babies from being aborted - sue even before they are conceived!

Therefore make abortion illegal.

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 7:31

A good man you should listen to, Beernazi.

web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastern.net/headlines/news26060403.htm

Maybe you will wake up.

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 7:33

Sorry, I meant www.morningstartv.com/oak-initiative/marxism-america

By: govskeptic on 7/27/12 at 7:35

fracking in Tenn? Never! Although with a Library Photo ID it may be allowed
down in Memphis!

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 7:37

By: StephenII on 7/27/12 at 8:09
Mr. Burch shows great compassion for this nations children. Thank you Mr. Burch.

In the US since 1973: Roe vs Wade there have been over Fifty Million (50,000,000) abortions in the USA. Medical Science clearly proves these 'children' were alive when they are murdered. Where's the outcry for these children?!? Abortion is just wrong. Abort in the case of Rape, Incest, a Mother's Health should be allowed.Otherwise, It is Time to cease this barbaric form of birth control. Let's stop making this a partisan left vs. right, conservative vs liberal, religion vs. secular issue. Cease the murder.

Stephenll good comments. I was actually typing in my comments and didn't read your 8:09 post until after I posted at 8:30. One thing about it, Burch and the haters on this post will rip everyone to pieces about everything except abortion. They think abortion is OK. You know, mother's rights and all that. They think an unborn child has no right to life.

So it's confusing how Mike can say "When Tennessee politicians ignore global warming and thus imperil the lives, health and happiness of future generations of Tennesseans, perhaps lawyers should sue to protect them, even before they’re born." Oh, he's not really thinking about the unborn children, he's thinking about "global warming" being a problem. Just another slick way to send the masses into hysteria about the natural cycles of nature.

By: girliegirl on 7/27/12 at 7:42

BTW, it's the Boy Scouts of America.....not a dating service, ya know. LOL

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 7:45

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 8:28

Well, compared to you, bfra (bad farts repeated again),
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You must have "farts" on the brain! You use the word constantly & have used it in referrence to just about every poster on this board. If you get your head out of your &ss long enough you might learn a new word.

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 7:49

Very funny Girliegirl. And yet so true.

bfra leave Yogi alone. You seem to get on this post and belittle him or someone all the time. Is that because your significant other is abusing you and you have to get even with someone? Get some help with that. Leave Yogi out of it.

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 7:54

bud - The other pea in the dumb pod pipes up! Go get a job!

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 7:56

Quote me on that word anywhere except identifying you, bfra (bad farts repeated again).

When you quit "farting" on me, I'll call you by your "desired" name. You act like an idiot, you'll be responded to as an idiot.

Fair enough?

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 7:57

I have a job bfra; it's monitoring you. Your friend, "M" finally outted you!

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 8:22

Bud - Because your neighbor "Lois" had some interesting facts about you, can't you come up with something "original"?

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 8:23

By-the-way, monitoring me doesn't pay anything, are you getting welfare?

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 8:24

Lois would be upset with you talking about her. She's a very private person. So I think I'll copy this and take it over to see what she thinks about YOU putting her name on CP! Just remember, "M" really knows you and not just in a neighborly way!

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 8:25

No, I'm not on the dole, but you are!

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 8:26

She isn't too private to talk about you, and do tell "M" I said hi!

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 8:33

Well, Lois has better things to do than talk about me, but she does occasionally mention Becky or Vickie!

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 8:42

Yogi, I think I hit a note with becky!

By: Mike Burch on 7/27/12 at 9:14

Everyone,

On the abortion issue, it is interesting that the conservative "Christians" who oppose abortions also want to rip away the safety nets that would keep unwanted babies from suffering terrible fates. Is that compassionate or wise?

Mike

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 9:33

Mike,

On a farm, or even in the city, if there's female and male animals of any species, they can be "fixed" to prevent them from having newborns.

It's a fact many people are having babies to gain advancement in their welfare check. So how about a new law that would require a woman (a child's mother) and a man (a child's father) to get "fixed" when they have "sponsored" an unwanted child. Except, of course, for the additional check.

With the "new every day" government control, I can't see why such a law can't be created. Unless, of course, they want their votes when they grow up.

By: Mike Burch on 7/27/12 at 10:01

Yogi,

Many unwanted pregnancies are those of young girls who have never had babies before. Should we "fix" every girl in the US, which would of course leave our country barren a hundred years from now?

If the US is going to force babies to be born to teenage girls who can't afford them, then the US should make sure the babies don't end up suffering terrible fates. The conservative "Christians" (Republicans) who insist that every baby must be born also insist that they should not have to help anyone who can't help themselves.

Obviously, this is sheer, unmitigated evil, but Republicans seem to rely on faith rather than logic, and can't see the horror they are creating for innocent babies. Unless someone is going to care for them, it is more compassionate for them not to be born.

Mike

By: Captain Nemo on 7/27/12 at 10:33

It is too bad that yogi,s parents did not fix yogi. The gene pool was made weaker.
bugwipe,is confused. Is anyone surprised by this truth ?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/27/12 at 10:33

It is too bad that yogi,s parents did not fix yogi. The gene pool was made weaker.
bugwipe,is confused. Is anyone surprised by this truth ?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/27/12 at 10:34

It is too bad that yogi,s parents did not fix yogi. The gene pool was made weaker.
bugwipe,is confused. Is anyone surprised by this truth ?

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 10:46

Mike,

My point was too many babies are being born today to parents who don't want them as their beloved children. Only for the money they will get for having them... like animals.

You know, like common animals. It has been noted over half of the babies born in the USA today are born to single mothers.How many even know who the fathers are. How can any woman want a baby out of wedlock?

Which ring another question: A new born child gets their fathers family name. What name do they get if they don't know who their father is? How is it shown on their birth certificate? Does their mother legally give them her name or her name through the adoption process?

I understand "the times they are a changing". I've known many young couples living together having babies just like a normally wed family. We used to call them shacking up and it was a disgrace to the children as they matured.

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 11:07

Nemo, posted 3 times? Shakes? Withdrawal from last nights booze bash? You gotta stop that stuff.

Yogi, did you notice that bfra stopped posting after I said Becky? LOL

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 11:15

I was laughing so hard at you & yogi, being so dumb, I had to take a break. I doubt if Lois knows who Becky is either. Go ask her!

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 12:37

I imagine you had to wait so long to figure out what you needed to say to make your denial, bfra (bad fart repeating again)

Quit pooten and you'll smell better.

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 12:46

yogi (fart on the brain) numbskull! You really should broaden your vocabulary!

By: yogiman on 7/27/12 at 12:49

bfra, (as I politely use the term loosely)

You, and your fellow fools on this site, seem to have come up with the conclusion y'all are so much smarter than people like budlight and me. Regrettably, you can only seem to find errors we might make that gives you the "glory" to call us on error, but you can't seem to recognize any you make yourselves.

Believe me, bad fart, every one of you make them. The big difference is: we don't claim to be an expert..., y'all do.

Unless you're having to go back to school next week, I presume you are all adults. It would be a great site if you could reach "grownup" adulthood and get out of your childish behaviors.

By: dargent7 on 7/27/12 at 12:56

Genetics 101: At 5 weeks, when any functioning woman can go to Walgreens and for $10. bucks get a 99% effective pregnancy test...the "baby" isn't a "child". It's a zygote, a mass of 16 cells. Yes, it pusates, but it isn't a glamorized, "baby".
Women menstrate every month and kill off an reproductive, viable, ovum.
Is that genocide by God?
Every month, around the clock.
After the 1st tri-mester you've got a problem because the zygote has grown into a embryo.
Still not viable outside the woman's uterus.
Maybe at 5 months...but you need tubes, incubators, saline, IV's, and not viable on "it's" own.
That's why we need sex education. So women KNOW biology. Epecially their own.

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 1:57

bfra on 7/27/12 at 12:15
I was laughing so hard at you & yogi, being so dumb, I had to take a break. I doubt if Lois knows who Becky is either. Go ask her!

oh yeah! you're outted! Don't have to ask her; already know her answer. One thing you forgot about me little becky is that when I ask a question, I have already got the answer. I only ask to see how honest a person is. And we know that you and your "crew" (J, V, G, C, etc) are not all that honest.

Have a nice day Beck!

You're right Yogi. She had to formulate the answer after she picked herself up off the floor for being outed!

By: bfra on 7/27/12 at 2:29

bud - be sure to spell my name correctly in your law suit. :-)))))

By: budlight on 7/27/12 at 5:04

Actually I wouldn't waste my time cause you don't have any assets!