Corbett Role In Penn State Scandal

Pop Quiz: What’s the relationship between the following two statements which have appeared in recent news articles:

1) “Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s national profile rises in the wake of Penn State scandal.”

2) “Tom Corbett has been mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential candidate.”

they are inversely proportional. When one’s profile rises, that’s
typically a good thing. But as the nation learns about some very
disturbing actions of Corbett related to the Penn State scandal, his
Veep chances are plummeting. As a direct result, his chances of ever
being a heartbeat away are between zero and forgetaboutit.

At this rate, he may be lucky just to survive his first term.

the cover-up, and how far up the ladder did it go? Why the lack of
swift action, from not just the University, but from law enforcement?
And how could football — no matter how storied a program — have
risen above the protection of innocent children?

These questions
were supposed to be answered by a thorough and unbiased investigation by
the state Attorney General’s Office. But as more information emerges
on that front, the less faith people have that justice has been — or
will be — served.

Enter Tom Corbett.

For better or
worse, Corbett has been a quiet, behind-the-scenes governor during his
first year in office. Yet he felt compelled to address the state and
national media on the scandal. In doing so, he said more in one press
conference than he had in his entire governorship, despite the fact that
he declined to answer most questions.

Interestingly, Corbett is
wearing three hats. He is the Governor of a state that contributes
millions to Penn State. He is a Penn State Board Trustee who
participated in Board decisions, including the firings of Joe Paterno
and University President Graham Spanier. And most significantly, he is
the former Attorney General who launched the child molestation
investigation of former football coach Jerry Sandusky in 2009.

Corbett has attempted to have the
best of both worlds: national publicity where he touts the virtues of
morality, and a free pass on accountability because of alleged
confidentiality issues. But that tactic has backfired, as the media
spotlight turned on Corbett himself. The more that is learned about
Corbett’s actions — and inactions — regarding the investigation, the
more his credibility tanks.


1) It took
substantially longer for the Attorney General’s office to bring charges
against Sandusky than it did for numerous politicians to be indicted in
the Bonusgate corruption probe. Bonusgate was a very complex
investigation involving crafty politicians with the best lawyers money
could buy. Since much of what was being investigated in Bonusgate was
not run-of-the mill illegalities, the investigators had to overcome a
hefty, time-consuming learning curve to understand the subject matter.

how can such a complicated investigation come to fruition more quickly
than a black-and-white child rape case? And where is the rule against
making an initial arrest to get the molester off the street — and warn
the public — while continuing to build the case?

Given the
appalling nature of the alleged crimes, and the real possibility that
more young children were molested during the three year investigation,
why did the Attorney General wait so long to make the staffing level as
robust as it should have been from the start?

If the answer is
that resources were limited — sorry, try again. As bad as other
crimes may have been, such as those committed in Bonusgate, no one was
physically hurt and the welfare of children was never an issue. Giving
priority to children who are at risk of rape and molestation is a
no-brainer. But inexplicably, that wasn’t done.

The Governor
continues to defend his actions — scolding those who dare question him
— by stating that it takes time to build such a case and that he
can’t comment further, but three years? That’s an insult to everyone,
especially the victims. Again, you can’t have it both ways,
grandstanding for political points but clamming up when the questions
get tough.

And fair or not, many are now asking if the
investigation was delayed so that Corbett could avoid being the
gubernatorial candidate who took down Joe Paterno and Penn State —
both wildly popular among the hundreds of thousands of alumni living in
the state.

2) This one is simply incomprehensible.

In yet another instance of Corbett finishing what former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell started (others being $20 million of taxpayer money to renovate the Yankees’ AAA stadium, and $42 million to bail out the Philadelphia Shipyard to build ships with no buyers), the Governor personally approved a $3 million taxpayer-funded grant to Sandusky’s Second Mile charity — just four months ago!

That bears repeating. Tom Corbett,
with full knowledge that Sandusky was under investigation for multiple
child rapes, still approved the money to his charity.

How is that possible? And why on earth is the national media not yet running with this?

a response that was offensive to any rational person, here’s what his
spokesman said, as reported in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

(Corbett) couldn’t block that (grant) from going forward because of
what he knew as attorney general…He couldn’t let on to anyone (including
the governor’s office) what he knew….”

That is so wrong that it begs the question as to the real motivation behind approving the grant.

the fact that so many people had been interviewed by the grand jury
made the investigation anything but a secret. Second, the Harrisburg
Patriot News reported on the grand jury investigation —- in March.
Corbett approved the funds — in July! So not wanting to “let on” was
clearly bogus. The investigation was already well-established in the
public domain.

Secondly, there was an incredibly easy way to deal
with the grant without tipping off anyone: simply strike it. After
all, the budget Corbett signed cut everything else, so a grant to a
charity would have been seen as just another casualty of financial

Veto the grant (why taxpayers are funding that in the
first place is obscene, but that’s another story) and be done with it.
It should have been that easy. But it didn’t happen.


Well, consider if the following may have had anything to do with it. According to the sports website,
past and present board members of the Second Mile, along with their
businesses and families, have donated more than $640,000 to Corbett
since 2003.

That interesting — and massively
significant — point seemed to have slipped the Governor’s mind during
his press conferences. Go figure.

Something is rotten to the
core about how this whole affair has been investigated. It’s time for
the Feds to take the lead role in uncovering the whole truth, and that
includes possibly looking into the Attorney General’s investigation.

clear the Board of Trustees cannot be counted upon to conduct an
unbiased investigation, nor can the local police, and, sadly, even the
Attorney General’s office. And nothing emanating from the Governor’s
office on this issue can be taken at face value.

In discussing
why Paterno and Spanier were fired, the Governor said, “…the Board lost
confidence in their ability to lead Penn State through this time and
into the future.”

With all the opportunities Tom Corbett has had
to play it straight with the people of Pennsylvania — especially the
victims — on his dealings with the Penn State issue, he hasn’t done

And that has caused an ever-increasing number of people to lose confidence in his ability to lead.

is a great scene in the movie The American President where Richard
Dreyfuss suggests that being president “was, to a certain extent, about
character.” And in classic Michael Douglas style, he replies, “I can
tell you, without hesitation, that being President is entirely about

Well, character isn’t limited to the Oval Office. It
resides in every one of us — and that includes Governors, Trustees,
coaches, police and investigators.

Moving forward, let’s demand that a basic legal and moral principle be followed to the very end:

Fiat justitia ruat caelum —“Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”

The victims deserve no less.


Corbett Role In Penn State Scandal

Frazier Choice Brings Questions At PSU

Frazier Choice Brings Questions At PSU  — The Penn State  Board of Trustees’s choice of Kenneth Frazier to head its investigation is, well, interesting.

Frazier, whose assignment was announced Nov. 12, is the CEO of Merck & Co, the major pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Does Frazier have any experience investigating crime? Does he have a history of pursuing dark evidence down twisting alleys to whatever truth  leads?

No. He does, however, have a track record of winning liability lawsuits. He made his bones at Merck generally successfully defending the company during the Vioxx lawsuits.

So if minimizing exposure — i.e. keeping things hidden — is the goal, Frazier might be the guy.

If the Board really does want to get the institution it directs back into the public’s trust perhaps it should reconsider Frazier’s appointment and see if Frank Keating is available.

Keating is the former Oklahoma governor, one-time FBI agent and practicing Catholic who chaired  the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops‘ National Review Board examining sex abuse by Catholic Priests, much to the dismay of those who hired him hoping for a tame investigator.

Penn State, it should be noted, is not governed by the state. It is considered a “state-related” university and the state, while it provides about 10 percent of its funding, has no direct control over it. Only 10 of the 32 members of the Board of Trustees that run it are government officials or appointees of the governor.

Frazier, who received his undergraduate degree in political science  from Penn State in 1975, is a member of the Board.

Frazier graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978.

For my friends with any concerns about new world orders, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Merck, by the way, has been a consistent donor to Jerry Sandusky’s The Second Mile being among the many  giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually from at least 2006 through 2009.

Just a warning, but the last two links are to pdf files.

Frazier Choice Brings Questions At PSU

Penn State Scandal May Actually Get Worse

Pittsburgh sports-talk radio host Mark Madden is reporting that one-time Nittany Lion heir-apparent football coach Jerry Sandusky was pimping  the disadvantaged young boys from his Second Mile Foundation to rich folk in exchange for donations to the Foundation.

He made the revelations on this morning’s (Nov. 10) Dennis & Callahan Morning Show in Boston.

Madden has a track record. He reported in April on the then-unbelievable ugly events that were just revealed to have occurred in Happy Valley.

If you want to see the names of some very prominent people who are likely to have very red faces here is The Second Mile Honorary Board of Directors.

Yes, that’s Andy Reid on there along with Dick Vermeil   and Arnold Palmer and a whole lot of sports figures and prominent corporate titans.

One suspects that people are going to start being a lot more careful as to what they let their names get associated with.

Will this be the matter that gets Joe Paterno in the dock? Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, who one would think is more in the loop than Madden, has  said that Paterno is not a target  of the investigation into how the school handled the

Maybe she is fudging on any unrevealed events but one would be surprised to see JoePa criminally implicated in anything.

And she has refused to say that just-fired University President
Graham Spanier is not a target.

I’m sorry to see JoePa go but I can’t say the same about Spanier who has ruined what had been a great school.

Say what you want, Spanier did put Penn State on the map. It’s pretty neat trick for a university president to get his school world-wide headlines for two separate scandals.


Penn State Scandal May Actually Get Worse

Defense Of The Philadelphia Church

Defense Of The Philadelphia Church — Three Catholic priests and a teacher charged with molesting boys in the late 1990s have inspired a new round of Catholic bashing and dumped new chum in the water for the circling lawyers who feed on such things.

Also facing charges is a church administrator who stands accused of not taking the steps required to protect children.

All well and appropriate but a statement in the grand jury report implying that the Philadelphia Archdiocese remains indifferent, and even tolerant, of these predators  spawned opportunities throughout the nation for strident headlines and faux outrage by those always looking to put the Church in a bad light.

One has yet to see addressed the point that if the reforms by the Archdiocese were ineffective why aren’t there any cases newer than 11 years old?

In the 1970s, cynical predators knowing full well that the sheep are always defenseless against the sheepdog sneaked into respected institutions ranging from the Boy Scouts, to the Catholic Church, to Protestant churches, to universities, to government offices, to  the ACLU, fully protected by a media that proclaimed only the traditional can be perverse.

Scandal and tragedy have caused the BSA and the churches to get their houses in order, often with the old media putting haranguing obstacles in their path.

The others, well, Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and the late Ted Kennedy remain lionized political figures. The ACLU case happened only a few short years ago in 2007.

And what goes on in our universities is pointedly ignored by the old media.

The Catholic Church is a very good thing. The city, state and nation would be far worse off if it should disappear.

But fear not, because it’s not despite the strongest wishes of some. The scandal and the attacks are only going to make it stronger.


Defense Of The Philadelphia Church

French Culture And American Schools

Under no circumstances should one say c’est la vie  regarding what has become of French culture and what President Obama seems willing to do to American Schools.

French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand wrote a book in 2005 in which he described how he paid for sex with boys during a trip to Thailand.  The revelations came to light after Mitterrand condemned the arrest of pervert filmmaker Roman Polanski.

Meanwhile, in Washington, it has now become known that Kevin Jennings, Obama’s assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is just fine with the North American Man-Boy Love Association.