Thursday, June 7, 2012

All in the Timing...

The second biggest story this week (after the Wisconsin elections) is the start of the Jerry Sandusky trial, which unfortunately won't evolve into a trial of the corrupt Penn State football program, and a trial of the authoritarian structures which would allow a monster like Sandusky to prey upon children with no fear of repercussions (or even intervention).

Coincidentally, I submitted my personal information and an authorization for a background check to allow me to continue volunteering for an athletic program I have been involved in for twenty years. All of the coaches will be undergoing background checks... better to have to submit to an invasion of privacy than for one kid to be harmed. I've posted on the Penn State scandal before, but I figured I'd have to note that the trial perfectly coincides with my vetting.

I'll have another post up in a few hours. To counteract this horrible Pennsylvania story, I'll have a lovely post about Pennsylvania up in a jiffy.

11 comments:

vacuumslayer said...

Good for them for checking. *I* know you're the nicest guy in the world. But everyone DOESN'T know that. And better safe than sorry.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Anybody with duck feet should be checked.

Smut Clyde said...

They might be Ho Chi Minh.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

zrm says "duck feet", and look who shoes up?!?!?
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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yeah, I have no problem with my record, but signing away my privacy because of some monster did not make me happy. I know the organization had to do this, and that it's the right thing to do, but it makes me want to smash these creeps even more than I used to.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I want to clarify that I mean "smashing" those who act on their urges. I remember reading a letter to Dan Savage by a young man who found himself attracted to children, and was seeking help to avoid acting on his desire. Dan lauded him for realizing that he had a problem and taking the steps to avoid becoming a victimizer. It really was a heartbreaking letter, and I sincerely hope that the young man was able to work through his ordeal.

Laura said...

Yes, unfortunately, better safe than sorry these days. The downside is that it only catches people that are in the system, that have been caught. And let's face it, those guys probably aren't dumb enough to try and get a background check to work with minors .... are they??

Anyhow.. I'm friggin miserable tonight. Gabby had a baseball tournament today and the sun has sucked the life force right out of me. I forgot my parasol and I'm dying. I think I'm part vampire.

((Hugs))
Laura

M. Bouffant said...

I'll have a lovely post about Pennsylvania up in a jiffy.
Careful, you're slipping down the slope into objective, even-handed both-sides-do-it-ism.

Substance McGravitas said...

It really was a heartbreaking letter, and I sincerely hope that the young man was able to work through his ordeal.

Yeah. That's a terrible life. It makes you think the guy who likes fucking cars has it easy.

Smut Clyde said...

the sun has sucked the life force right out of me. I forgot my parasol and I'm dying. I think I'm part vampire.

"Complaining about sunlight" and "craving black pudding" is totally my territory.

Nomi said...

It has been many many years since, I saw on tv, with subtitles, the movie, "M" directed by Fritz Lang and with a young (!) Peter Lorre.

I recommend it as it left a vivid and heartrending memory....

And, when I hear Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King, I only think of that movie....

I think I will research it a bit. Who wrote it ? Who else was in the cast ?