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NCAA Fines Penn State $60 Million Over Child Sex Abuse, Vacates Wins Since 1998


The NCAA came down on Penn State this morning with a hefty punishment for the football organization's despicable and tragic decision to look away as dozens of children were sexually abused:

"The NCAA imposed a $60 million sanction on the university, which is equivalent to the average gross annual revenue of the football program. These funds must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university. The sanctions also include a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins from 1998 through 2011. The career record of former head football coach Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records. Penn State must also reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period. In addition, the NCAA reserves the right to impose additional sanctions on involved individuals at the conclusion of any criminal proceedings."

NEWS: Mrs. Jackson Missing; Too Many Traitors; Bristol Palin Laughs At 'Faggot'


Towleroad-roadicon Tripp Palin calls Auntie Willow a "faggot" -- mom laughs -- AFTER THE JUMP ... 

Towleroad-roadicon Is Michael Jackson's mom missing or not?

Towleroad-roadicon Michele Bachmann's search for Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the American government nets ... Grover Norquist?

Towleroad-roadicon The Paterno statue goes down

Towleroad-roadicon Australia's ex-minister of foreign affairs on marriage equality, off the record.

Towleroad-roadicon For some reason, a half-dozen Indian newspapers are reporting this weekend that Marilyn Monroe was a lesbian

Towleroad-roadicon Growing up gay in the west of Scotland, the Church is no help at all:

After years of watching The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City and preferring the products of Habitat and Ikea to Adidas and Puma, you finally acknowledge that there may be trouble ahead. What to do, though? Even if you tell your parents gently that you are having issues with your sexual identity, you know that they will either pretend they didn't hear you or that you should seek counsel from the parish priest. You might as well tell him that all this time he thought you were human you were really a horse. If he's not actually gay himself he'll simply say: "Take two paracetamol and lie down until the feeling goes away."


 Towleroad-roadicon The 14 gay Olympians.

Towleroad-roadicon Alexander Cockburn is dead.

Towleroad-roadicon Boycotting Chick-fil-A? Why not Best Buy, Target, and Exxon, too?

Towleroad-roadicon ... and what about Microsoft and Apple?

 A handful of advocates, armed with nothing more than their keyboards, have put many of the country’s largest retailers, including Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Wal-Mart, on the spot over their indirect and, until recently, unnoticed roles in funneling money to Christian groups that are vocal in opposing homosexuality.

The advocates are demanding that the retailers end their association with an Internet marketer that gets a commission from the retailers for each online customer it gives them ... a share of the commission that retailers pay is donated to a Christian charity of the buyer’s choice, from a list that includes prominent conservative evangelical groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.        

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NEWS: A Vicious Ad, A Vacant Panel, And Viruses (VIDEO)


Towleroad-roadicon Yikes. Have you seen Obama's newest campaign ad? Simple and brutal. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon Michele Bachmann goes Muslim hunting:

The Minnesota Republican ... sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. In particular, Bachmann singled out Huma Abedin, the [Muslim] wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner and a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In case Abedin hasn’t already been through enough already, Bachmann is now questioning her loyalty to the U.S. ...

Another letter targets the Department of Defense ...

A third letter went to the Department of Homeland Security, alleging the department is covering up the Muslim Brotherhood threat ...

"The Muslim Brotherhood has been found to be an unindicted co-conspirator on terrorism cases and yet it appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency."

Towleroad-roadicon The lesbian sex scene in Black Swan generated more complaints to the British Board of Film Classification last year than any scene in any other movie. (So far, this year's winner is the Daniel Radcliffe vehicle The Woman In Black.

NinaHagenTowleroad-roadicon Mariah might take J-Lo's place on American Idol. No telling who's gonna replace Steven. (My own proposed panel -- of some combination of Lou Reed, Nina Hagen, Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, and the ghost of Klaus Nomi -- has yet to mentioned in the media as a viable possibility. What's up, Simon Fuller?) 

Towleroad-roadicon "How lesbian couples choose a birth mother."

Towleroad-roadicon Straight girl attempts lesbianism:

It was inevitable that at some point, I would attempt to dive a muff. It happened when I was 25. After a series of romantic flops, I was frustrated with boys so I decided to switch over to ladies. Because that's how sexuality works: you choose one when another becomes slightly inconvenient.

Towleroad-roadicon This probably wasn't the best week for Daniel Tosh to unveil his new show, but it seems to have gone over well

Towleroad-roadicon Elizabeth Taylor: beautiful mutant.

Towleroad-roadicon Wall Street -- kind of like Penn State

Towleroad-roadicon On the origins of disease:

If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature ...

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Jerry Sandusky Convicted: VIDEO


After two days of jury deliberation, former Nittany Lions defensive coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted late last night on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. He faces up to 442 years in prison. From CNN:

Sandusky stood slightly hunched, looking down with his hand in his pocket but showing no visible emotion as the guilty verdicts were read out in court. His wife, Dottie, blinked back tears.

Judge John Cleland revoked Sandusky's bail and ordered his arrest. Video showed him leaving the courthouse in handcuffs and heading into a police car destined for the Centre County jail. He didn't say anything as reporters asked if he had anything to say to the victims before he ducked into the back seat.

Hear Anderson Cooper discussing the verdict with New Yorker legal writer Jeffrey Toobin, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Jerry Sandusky's Lawyer Makes Unfortunate Gaffe


Extremist right-wing homophobes and hate groups have already tried to use the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case to push false and professionally discredited arguments that child molestation and pedophilia are linked to homosexuality, so don't expect them to ignore the phone number Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola suggested skeptics call in a press conference gaffe this week.

At one point, Amendola discussed the possibility that Mike McQueary witnessed a rape, told Joe Paterno and two university administrators, and no one did anything except tell Sandusky to stay out of the locker room with kids. To anyone who believes that version of events, Amendola said, "I suggest you dial 1-800-REALITY."

1-800-REALITY, as reporters quickly discovered, happens to connect to a triple-X gay phone line.

Writes the AP: "Amendola says he didn't know the number was real and vows not to use it again."


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Jon Stewart Rips Penn State Coach and Child Rapist Jerry Sandusky: VIDEO


Jon Stewart blasts former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and his lawyer ("what kind of creepy guy club do you both belong to?") for the Bob Costas interview in which Sandusky called in his lying defense on national television.


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