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NEWS: Gabbie Giffords Retires; Joe Paterno Dies; Rich Kids Love Romney, And Sex Ed -- Ugh!

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Road Gabbie Giffords, sounding sure of voice and better than she has all year, nevertheless announces that she'll retire this week. Watch her announcement AFTER THE JUMP.

Road A Greek anti-discrimination bill is shelved.:

... in order to avoid a government crisis, plans for a parliamentary debate of a new bill that would  punish “serious manifestations of racism and xenophobia” are cancelled indefinitely. The bill would have punished those "who incite, provoke or promote violence or hatred against people or groups based on their race, color, religion, origins, nationality or sexual orientation” with a prison term of up to three years.

... The bill was a project of the previous socialist government, that was replaced by a three-party coaltion last November in order to come to terms with the escalating fiscal crisis that plagues the country.

...The bill was supposed to be debated in the full house last week, after being approved in a parliamentary committee with the support of the socialists and a smaller leftist party. Last Thursday it was revealed that the bill will be shelved indefinitely ... The contents of the bill was for many months the target of angry reactions from nationalist right-wing opinion in the country.

Road Ever visit Fox Nation? If not, here's what you're missing.

Picture 28 Road Aerosmith was my first concert when I was 14 years old, and I still incubate a special kind of love for Steven Tyler. Which is why I wish people would stop hiring him to sing the National Anthem.

Road It's a city of strangers: The subway as musical instrument.

Road Although adorable rich kids love Mitt Romney ...

Road ... The New Yorker thinks Newt might win this thing. John Cassidy invokes the Muskie Curse:

... the main reason I think Newt could win is what is happening to Mitt's campaign. Outside of his own backyard, the former Massachusetts governor has yet to win more than twenty-seven per cent of the vote. At this stage, he is beginning to look ominously like another establishment favorite from the North East who had everything going for him except the voters in his own party: Ed Muskie.

Road Of course, the real winner of the Republian primaries so far, other than Barack Obama, is the National Organization for Marriage.

Road A "coalition of health and education group" released new standards for American sexual education earlier this month ...

Road ... and wow! CitizenLink's Candi Cushman and Focus On The Family's Janet Mefferd are really unhappy about it:

Cushman: The important things for parents to understand is that these standards are supposed to start in kindergarten so at the elementary level students are going to start to be taught to ‘identify different types of family structures.’

Mefferd: Ugh.

Cushman: And then demonstrate respect for these different types of families. That’s basically codes for, ‘We’re going to teach your kids about same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships and this is an option worthy of being embraced just like heterosexual marriages and relationships.’ Not only are they going to be willing to embrace it but they’re going to respect it and they’re going to get that down by the second grade. So they will need to start that probably around kindergarten so they’ll have it down in their heads by second grade. That’s just one example of them dealing with the homosexuality topic.

Mefferd: Well and in most states we don’t have same-sex marriage, so why the need for that?

Cushman: Right, it’s totally undemocratic.

Road Joe Paterno, coach, philanthropist, and alleged enabler of child rape, is dead.


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  1. Yes, learning about how other people live is totally undemocratic, and more, unamerican. Ignorance is Strength.

    Posted by: Jason 2 | Jan 22, 2012 7:49:51 PM

  2. JASON 2: Right you are (as in, that is the philosophy of the Right). The Waxman study on sex education a few years back was very interesting, as it compared sex-ed programs (those that gave information about contraception versus abstinence programs). Along with findings that showed that abstinence-only programs left students more vulnerable to making poor choices like having un-protected sex anyway, there were some findings that showed not much difference in specific outcomes. All (well, rather, some things) being (relatively) equal, I'd opt for informed young people, crazy (educated) Lefty that I am. The Right? Not so much.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 22, 2012 8:09:10 PM

  3. Regarding your obituary line for Joe Paterno,he was not charged with anything criminally, and your comment was disrespectful.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 22, 2012 11:04:39 PM

  4. So what if he wasn't charged, he himself said it was "one of the great sorrows of his life" that he didn't do more. The only disrespectful part is the "alleged" since it is clear he was an enabler.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jan 23, 2012 12:14:47 AM

  5. I like to read Towleroad every day, but your line on Joe Paterno was disgusting. This man dedicated his life to getting young people educated and ready for life. His response to the Sandusky scandal should have been more, but remember that Sandusky was no longer employed by Penn State at the time so he did not report to Paterno. To me, you are an ass, and I hope that Andy Towle fires you from your weekend gig. I am disgusted by what Sandusky did, but also disgusted by you. Not to the same extent obviously, but nonetheless, you do disgust me.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 23, 2012 12:46:24 AM

  6. I see the Paterno apologists are turning out here too. Sandusky was granted emeritus status and had an office and keys to the sports facilities. He was a guest to football games and even the bowl games. Paterno was aware of what he did after hearing it from a man (McQueary) who was one of his players, was his graduate assistant at the time, and was promoted by Paterno, so obviously he trusted him.

    So he heard what happened from someone he trusted, passed the buck, then ignored it after that. Meanwhile, the predator was allowed to get more victims, while the supposed "hero" Paterno went on his way. The man was a moral failure. Interesting that when people were cheering and giving praise, it was easy for him to do the right thing. When no one was looking, he ignored small children in need of someone to step up for them; and he certainly had the leverage and means to do so.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jan 23, 2012 1:55:47 AM

  7. The good that men do, the evil that they leave behind. Or is the reverse? I can never remember (apologies to All About Eve). Joe Paterno may have "passed the buck" or followed chain of command. Gut here says he did what was right in the moment, and hoped it was enough. That he was "wrong" resulted in his being terminated. But from what I understand, he had a lifetime of inspiring much good. Is a lifetime of good ruined by one arguably inadequate decision? Should we only focus on the bad, and ignore the good? Justice demands accountability. Because of accountability, he lost the position that was his life. But does that then mean that his life was without value?

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 23, 2012 2:23:46 AM

  8. Re: Gabby Giffords. It is the right thing to resign as a representative. But please: Never, ever, resign as inspiration.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 23, 2012 2:37:11 AM

  9. These people apologizing for Paterno remind me of the people stating that the Catholic Church is really awesome, except when it isn't.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 23, 2012 9:13:54 AM

  10. MIKE, how many times did you use disgusted in that rant? Anyway, it doesn't matter if Sandusky was employed at the University or not. If you are informed of a child being raped, the FIRST thing you need to do is to report it to authorities. Paterno didn't. He was content to brush it under the rug so that his football program wouldn't get any bad press. And his actions paved the way for countless more boys to be victimized by the deplorable Sandusky. Paterno deserved to be fired, no matter how great of a coach he was.

    Gabrielle Giffords, you are such an inspiration. Thank you for your service to Arizona! You will be missed.

    Posted by: Lucas | Jan 23, 2012 10:55:46 AM

  11. My condolences re: Joe Paterno, but to demonstrate the misguided thinking that can emerge when it comes to sports' celebrities, Brent Musburger, I think it was him, allegedly said that Paterno felt even worse than the victims themselves about Sandusky's alleged crimes.


    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 23, 2012 11:43:34 AM

  12. Paterno also hired and public supported homophobic women's basketball coach Rene Portland, who ran a witch hunt to remove lesbians from the program, even after Penn St passed non-discrimination policies. He was a bigoted, ignorant dinosaur and the world gets to move a little bit more forward now that he is no longer in it.


    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jan 23, 2012 2:29:24 PM

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