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  • ivanildotrindade 2:03 am on November 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gerald sandusky, joe paterno, penn state scandal, sex abuse   

    Crimes against humanity at Penn State 

    I just finished reading the grand jury testimony in the case of the horrors allegedly committed by a former Penn State coach against boys. It is the most disturbing piece of work on this subject you will ever read anywhere. It is painful, it is disgusting, but it is true and it must be read by anyone who wants to have any sort of opinion on the matter. Don’t be blinded by “news reports. I beg you to read the grand jury testimony. And don’t stop when it gets unbearable. Read every word of it. You will understand why I am so outraged.

    Read it here and cry. Go to the bathroom. Throw up. Lament the tragedy of men who in the height of their power and influence preyed against the most innocent of victims — little boys from troubled homes, not a few but scores of them. Read how men were cowards and dirt bags. Yes, I am referring to the gender here –men’s names populate the entire report. The few times women are referenced, the precious few times, those are the only times someone was trying to protect the victims. No one is immune, there is enough guilty to go around and up and down the entire administration upper echelon. Pathetic and pathological liars, they are.

    The little people — moms, janitors, and obviously the victims — are the only ones who escape unscathed. The rest deserves hell.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

    • Harold & Sylvia Stoltzfus 10:50 am on November 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You may remember driving through PA State when you came to Lititz. Chet informed me that they have the largest football stadium in the USA–107 seats. It is like a city set on a hill which you can easily see as you pass through the hill country, college town. We agree with your assessment!! Since PSU is only less than three hours from here, the subject is a front burner subject of almost every person in this area.
      We have a niece whose son is a graduate and became a world famous volleyball player. She is fit to be tied. The ramifications are like blood in the ocean and washes up on every shore and can never be extracted from the water.
      Here are some thoughts:
      Each of us has a Jeremiah heart–no exception–no matter our station in life.
      Each has to determine to FINISH STRONG and ask God to help us.
      The sadness of missing a strong finish when we are all set to do so, is great enough to sink a
      Ivanildo, thanks for writing.
      Harold and Sylvia

    • ivanildotrindade 11:36 am on November 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for your comments, Harold. i am so sad over these developments, but not really surprised at the lowest depths of human indignity. the last time through PA, we went to the penn state campus to get some coffee at starbucks. we punched the GPS and it took us there. it was beautiful but knowing what i know now it has lost some of its niceness. i’m back on the saddle but barely.

    • Rob Miller 9:05 am on November 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure if I really wanted to read the grand jury testimony. However I did,not all of it but enough. I found myself in tears for those boys whose innocence was robbed. As a victim of sexual abuse from a teacher and coach myself it brought back some very painful memories. Shame on those people who allowed this man to continue to do this for years and years. I was wondering what I would do myself if i had seen what the graduate student had in the shower? My first thought is I would want to charge him and beat the crap out of him,but I would hope if I ever witnessed anything like that I would have enough courage to immediatly rescue the victim.

    • ivanildotrindade 12:22 pm on November 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for being transparent, Rob. this is indeed to painful to contemplate. sorry for the painful memories. we all would wish we would absolutely all we could to protect the victim in this situation, but only when we are faced with something as terrible as this we can know whether we passed the test or not. hopefully we will never have to be tested!

  • ivanildotrindade 12:36 am on November 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , chicago, joe paterno, o'hare   

    Missing Thailand, loving America 

    Back in the U.S., specifically, Chicago, O’Hare, as soon as I stepped out of the immigration/customs area, I missed the restrooms at the airports in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand. Frankly, some of the airports in Chicago are a shame. I thought for a moment I had landed in the wrong country.

    Don’t take me wrong, the U.S. is my adopted country and I appreciate so much the freedoms and opportunities I have here. I also see clearly how the U.S. is the leading country in so many areas, but what is up with those bathrooms welcoming people into this beautiful land that populates the dream of so many people the world over?

    I also have another bad story from O’Hare to add to my collection. In 2000, my entire family stood in line for five and a half hours trying to change a ticket on our way to Brazil. During that time, our daughter, Carolina, got the flu and we had to fight to get the airline to put us up in a hotel — 45 minutes away.

    This time we waited for 11 hours to get on a flight (we were on standby) because our original flight had been cancelled “due to weather.” The woman at the American Airline counter was not polite. She had originally put us on a 9:30 pm flight (this was before 8 am and we had just flown half way around the world). I told her that was totally unacceptable and she gave us the famous intimidating line, which works almost every time, “This is the best I can do for you and you have to step aside because there are a lot of other customers behind you.” That’s when you’re supposed to cave in and accept your fate.

    So she was somewhat surprised when I said, “I would like to speak to your supervisor.” Surprised? No, she was clearly annoyed and gave me the other famous look that means, “I will do that but it won’t do a thing…” The supervisor was totally calm and composed. He gave me the option of being put on stand by for the 5:30 pm flight. He said our luggage would be put on that flight regardless. He apologized for the inconvenience.

    Finally, I knew I was on American soil. The old American customer classy service was back. But the ironic thing is that both the employee and the supervisor were born outside the United States. Their heavy accent betrayed them.

    “Welcome to America!”

    By the way, as I write this, I see another example of what it means to live in America — a crowd is gathering on the campus of Penn State to protest the firing of Joe Paterno as head football coach. I am ashamed, given the horrendous nature of the alleged crimes, that the people were not there earlier, putting pressure on the school to fire this man. I don’t say that he is guilty of anything, but his close association with the man being accused of those horrible crimes should be enough to cause him to voluntarily go. I am so saddened by these events and have a lump on my throat, not for coach Paterno but for the victims. May God have mercy on them and their families.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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