I see no evidence that there is a personal reason Dennis Prager keeps defending child molesters.
Dennis Prager, National Threw(-Up In My Mouth):
Sandusky Abused Children, NCAA Abuses History
National Review and Dennis Prager are such a perfect combination of assholes and dickwad that I can’t believe no one thought about thrusting them together before now.
And Prager wastes no time for his douchebag overlords giving us a post that is fucked up beyond repair from the very title.
Yeah, sorry Dennis, but unless “history” is capable of pointing out on the doll where the mean old NCAA touched it, that false equivalence serves no other purpose than to try and downplay the horror of child rape.
But then as a regular defender of the Catholic Church, he already knew that.
Shorter (or the last port before Jungle):
- Hey, I know Joe Paterno deliberately ignored one of the worst child rape rings in college history in order to protect his “legacy”, but destroying that legacy or acknowledging the existence of non-white, non-straight people in history is the real unconscionable crime.
Now, someone not familiar with the concept of IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION might find it rather odd that someone who claims that their main objection to homosexuals is protecting the children would be so blase about so many acts of child molestation and rape.
Similarly, someone might question why someone who claims to be Jewish would spend so much of their time trying to erase all Christian wrongdoings when they weren’t busy screaming at the Jews about how they are going to Hell for being such historic untermenschen.
In fact, some might even find it bizarre that someone with such a lax attitude towards the truth and historic precedent can pretend to be a staunch defender of history without bursting into flames.
But “luckily” for us, we’ve been there and bought the t-shirt so we are able to “appreciate” this steaming pile of hogswallop on a whole ‘nother level.
One of the NCAA’s punishments of Penn State was the vacating of all its football team’s wins from 1998 through 2011. It was in 1998 that Penn State coach Joe Paterno and university officials became aware of the accusation that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had showered with a young boy.
Oh was that all? Why, at that point, the horrific continued abuse stretching across 15 years and painfully ignored by the school to protect the reputation of the moralless scumbag who hired him becomes almost meaningless.
Like a bad dream invented by leftists to punish successful conservative icons for understanding that as long as the kids are sacrificed to the “good of the institution”, that rights all wrongs.
Hell, it becomes something morally righteous. Obviously Sandusky was just following the holy parenting advice of James Dobson when some unruly moral relativists decided to make a giant deal of it.
I mean it’s not like Sandusky did anything wrong, like be a homosexual or support women’s rights or some other unquestionably evil thing.
As a result, Penn State’s 112 wins are no longer wins, and Joe Paterno is no longer the coach with the most wins in college-football history. Instead of 409 victories, his record shows 298.
Before explaining why this decision is morally wrong,
You’re about to explain how this decision is morally wrong…
Yeah, no. Even people who felt the decision was harsh understand it is made from a damn righteous moral position. Penn State and its megalomaniacal coach made all of their decisions in service to their rugby with pads program.
And their decisions were monstrous, actively burying investigation, covering up incidents, ignoring complaints and warnings all because they viewed meaningless stats like “most winningest coach” trumped not only things like the school’s academic programs, but also basic human morality.
It’s the exact sort of thinking that had the Catholic Church going all in as child molestation defenders out of fear that doing the same actions that schools and children’s groups used to root out abusers would “weaken their moral authority”.
It would have been criminal for the NCAA not to have meted out the strictest punishment possible including erasing those precious “titles” as a direct warning to other colleges who might forget their first priority as a school athletics program.
But really, what does all that compare to the fact that Joe Paterno had a really long career as coach and won a bunch of meaningless games? I mean, I relentlessly watch young men straining against each other until I can’t sit comfortably, but I’ve never been invited to a Penn State locker room. So why won’t the mean NCAA think of my needs?!?
I should note that I consider what Jerry Sandusky did to be an indescribable evil. I recognize that Joe Paterno and the university officials enabled this evil to continue. And I do not take issue with the other NCAA punishments of Penn State.
Apparently a paragraph and a half into his whining breathless rant about how mean the NCAA was being to his erection and mindless worship of “sports heroes” regardless of their off-field actions, he suddenly realized that it might possibly look bad openly defending the man who has recently come to represent everything wrong with modern collegiate sports.
And so we get this.
Really, if this hadn’t just come off a paragraph trying to minimize years of child rape into one single instance of “showering with a young boy”, it would still seem like disingenuous ass-covering.
If I had recently suffered a blow to my head, taken a kilo of mescaline, suffered a schizophrenic attack, and been mind-wiped by a cult, I still wouldn’t be able to see this act of desperation as an earnest acknowledgment of what happened.
Dennis Prager can’t even fake humanity.
But it is worrisome that there has been virtually no outcry against the terrible wrong committed by the NCAA’s rewriting of history.
Well, maybe that’s because most people are able to genuinely acknowledge the years of buried child molestation and don’t view it as a minor distraction deserving a brief hand wave and nothing more.
It comes with said people having squishy human body parts unlike the scaly interiors your band of reptilian aliens possess.
It’s the same body parts that regards abuses against actual breathing living people as more important than fictional abuses against pure abstractions. You know, the same thing that causes people to cock their heads sideways when you try and argue that actual living gay people need to continue being oppressed to protect mere words from having to suffer the indignity of having to grow the fuck up.
Unless Joe Paterno and Penn State won those 112 games illegally or immorally, they are wins.
Except they were “won” illegally AND immorally. To protect their winning program and avoid having to lose their former assistant coach and the impact that might have on program enrollment, status, and player motivation, they committed the CRIME of criminal conspiracy in aid of child molestation.
Hell, if it turned out Joe Paterno and Penn State really were unwitting dupes who knew nothing of Sandusky’s one man terror campaign, those wins probably still should have been voided because of the impact Sandusky had.
But once it turned out that Paterno was feeding kids to Sandusky just to protect his run for “most winningest coach”, you’re damn straight it needed to be stripped and burned.
The only problem is that Paterno didn’t live long enough to see his “precious legacy” shredded before his weeping eyes.
No amount of wrongdoing by anyone at Penn State allows anyone to change history. This is another example of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions — in this case, punishing Penn State and teaching everyone how terrible covering up child abuse is.
I fear for any children Dennis Prager may have or come into contact with.
Not because “ooh, he’s defending child molesters, he must be one”, but because he lacks any ability to acknowledge how it could be a crime.
To Prager, child molestation might as well be an unfortunate cough. He literally can’t understand why everyone is picking on this poor molester and the people who protected him.
Oh sure, he recognizes that he should be against it in the abstract, but his protests are inherently hollow because they carry no recognition. Half a second after going “oh yeah, child molestation is bad, isn’t it” he’s right back at whining that actually addressing it is Hitler Times 15.
He may not be a molester himself but he sure as fuck identifies with them more than he does the rest of us.
But really, we’re only halfway through this post, how’s Denny going to stop himself from ranting about how a couple of kids is a small sacrifice for a really kickass Rugby with Pads team?
n our generation, we have seen truth not merely reduced as a value; it has been more or less removed from the list of virtues. History is increasingly what politically correct people want it to be.
I smell a key change coming up.
In California, the country’s largest purchaser of school texts, elementary- and high-school students, by law, must learn about the contributions to California and America of women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians, and labor. This year the California legislature passed another law — the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act — which mandates teaching the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.
Silly California, when will you learn that women, blacks, latin@s, asians, native americans, people who work, and the queers is just something that bitter liberals invented in the 1960s in order to pretend that judeo-christian capitalism had a downside?
Next you’re going to tell me that there is such a thing as a “Constitution” and it doesn’t actually consist of the lines “Read the Bible”, “Everyone’s allowed infinite guns without regulation”, and “Conservatives get to win at everything, so there” printed over and over again.
Also I saw that hidden little elbow jab in there, Denny. Yeah, I don’t think all the hysteria in the world about California is really going to distract everyone from the fact that Texas, the “other” big textbook purchaser, has been trying to openly rewrite history to make it “more conservative”. But nice attempt anyways.
Also, I think you haven’t quite gotten used to your move from Townhall, yet. You don’t actually need to break into a bout of unrestrained racist dog-whistles every third paragraph to retain your reader’s attentions. Every fifth paragraph will suffice for the “intellectual” sort of reader who makes the National Review their home.
That American history is dominated by the contributions of white Anglo-Saxon Protestant males is irrelevant to all those who see history as a feel-good exercise, not the relating of what actually occurred.
Ha, I bet you thought when I said that all those minorities were inventions by 60s hippies, I was making a comedic exaggeration.
Nope, that’s pretty much his actual argument during this “moral relativist”-related tangent tantrum.
Because the rewritten history of his youth erased any mention of the actions of anyone who wasn’t a WASP straight male, then WASP straight males must not have been a part of history.
Now whether or not Prager is smart enough to realize he argued that minorities didn’t exist in his defense of racist education is something up for debate. But still, even if you were to argue that say China’s development of explosive technology centuries ahead of Europe or the role of the poor in the French Revolution were meaningless compared to memorizing orders of succession in European kings, you’d be hard-pressed to argue they weren’t “part of history”.
Well, unless of course you were, like Prager, trying to erase their contributions and existences so as to justify continued oppression and erasure of non-white, non-male experiences.
Did I mention before how perfect a fit Prager is for the National Review? Cause, it’s really uncanny.
As the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, which has contributed so mightily to the decline of education in California, stated in support of the LGBT bill: “We believe that school curriculum materials should adequately portray the diversity of our society.”
It is a rather impressive demonstration of the principle of “team loyalty” that the declaration of those underpaid, overstressed public servants known as teachers as “public enemy number one” has caused barely a flicker among the 27%.
Of course teachers are evil and responsible for everything wrong with kids today. If they weren’t then Rush and the National Review wouldn’t say they were.
I swear. The 27% would burn their own houses down if Fox News told them to.
In other words, according to California’s teachers, the purpose of education is not to teach truth, it is to “adequately portray the diversity of our society.”
Cause acknowledging reallity is totally antithetical to the truth.
Well, not the “truth” so much as the Truth! The Capital letter Truth that doesn’t have to pretend to give a shit about minor little things like being, you know, true.
You’ve probably seen the Truth if you’ve ever had more than a 15 minute conversation with a Fundamentalist. Compared to its raw truthiness, things like “facts”, “reality”, or “basic common sense” are distracting fruit flies from Satan come to shake one’s righteous conviction in The Truth.
The Truth is responsible for a lot of the crazy we skewer here on Sadly, No!
In defending the new California law, Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association, said, “There is no room for discrimination of any kind in our classrooms, our communities or our state.”
But, by definition, history does discriminate.
Historians can discriminate. Do discriminate. Have regularly decided that the sociopolitical circumstances that make events happen pale in comparison to memorizing the reign dates of political leaders. Have feared that acknowledging the actions of women, minorities, non-white cultures, or the poor might enflame said groups and “brainwash” said groups into immoral actions against them. Have resisted acknowledging atrocities where doing so might conflict with existing prejudice.
Cause see, history itself isn’t really a “do discriminate” or “don’t discriminate” sort of thing. That would require some level of humanity.
History instead is merely a compendium of records. At its most abstract and in terms of its goal, it’s the record of everything that has ever happened in human accomplishment, from the actions of great generals in decisive battles to the actions of a single peasant farmer. At its most human it is merely the tool that is created, a book of decisions by historians who decide by their culture what “matters” and what “can be forgotten”.
Now, to Prager, all that matters is what the historians who taught him thought. To him, feminists, racial historians, and queer historians aren’t trying to expand the record of history at its most human to more resemble history in the abstract, they are attacking the only history that matters.
That said history was a heinous rewrite on reality matters none. All that matters is that it was what he learned and to undo it would be to acknowledge that said groups have existed throughout time and weren’t just a recent invention by agitated hippies.
And yes, I realize this is all a long way to go to say “IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION” and Prager is pissed that his attempts to rewrite history in his group’s favor are being countered by “opponent” groups.
A history of classical music will discriminate in favor of Austrians and Germans. A history of jazz will discriminate in favor of blacks. And a history of the founding of America will discriminate in favor of WASP males. Otherwise they are not histories.
I’m honestly torn here.
On one hand, I want to go on an epic rant pointing out that Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dave Brubeck may beg to differ on classical music and jazz history being wholly Austro-Germanic or African-American in focus. Especially as I could note that actual historians who aren’t racist apologists throwing a fit at the mention of perceived Untouchables actually are rather open to noting how other cultures impacted the growth of what we consider classical music. Not to mention that jazz historians are often quick to note the connection of African-American jazz with Jewish history and mythology and the way early jazz musicians viewed their struggle as African-Americans as parallel to that of the Jews. And that’s before we even get into the whole “founding of America” being entirely the action of WASP males shit and the way it willfully ignores the impact the slavery debate had on how our nation began.
On the other hand, I feel the gaping need to counter the whole “Great Person primacy” bullshit that is at the center of this tangent. History is certainly taught in terms of “Great People”, i.e. a handful of names and dates that are seen as the only things that matter. But that approach completely ignores that history isn’t about a handful of people, but rather the way things happened, changed, moved. It’s a record of our social evolution and reducing it to the “Cliff Notes” version erases a lot of the meaning of history. Reduces complex sociopolitical events and warnings into “Robespierre didn’t like Louis XVI and had him beheaded”.
Cause see, Jazz isn’t “African-American” because a lot of black artists performed it. It’s African-American because of its African roots. It’s African-American because of the Bebop revolution and how it took back jazz from the white musicians who watered it down and co-opted it to make it safe for white audiences. It’s African-American because of its connection to 50s and 60s counter-culture and the political relationship it shared with the Civil Rights movement. It’s African-American because of the way it allowed black artists to break into the mainstream without having to co-opt their identities as black musicians. It’s a long story of a genre of music that black musicians were able to prevent being re-co-opted for one of the longest periods of any “black music”, lasting from Bebop to when “Smooth Jazz” yanked it once again out of African-American hands and back into the hands of “safe” white musicians.
Ignoring that history and making it all about “Charlie Parker and Miles Davis” allows shit like this where people argue that because the history books talk about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, they were the only assholes who mattered.
But hey, weren’t we talking about Paterno and child molestation before we started ranting about how if history books mention Harvey Milk, it personally poisons history’s dog?
Whatever evil Joe Paterno and Penn State officials failed to stop, the 112 wins are wins.
Failed to stop? Complicit in? Same difference.
Where will the NCAA draw its line?
If we say it is okay to null victories gained while engaging in criminal conspiracy, what’s to stop us from deciding to assassinate poor-performing coaches or having a team bus blown up for unprofessional conduct?
It’s a slippery slope!
Just like everything Dennis Prager stands on.
Maybe Dennis would find those slopes less slippery if he didn’t insist on masturbating on them before trying to climb them.
What other wrongs that have nothing to do with victories on the playing field will the NCAA address by nullifying the hard-fought wins of innocent student athletes?
Innocent student athletes molested by Sandusky and ignored by Paterno. Truly they are the greatest victims… of the NCAA.
Cause see actually trying to protect student-athletes from cynical programs who are more than willing to sacrifice them personally in service to meaningless stats is way more evil than infringing on those All-Holy stat sheets. I mean, they’ll have probably have to add a footnote. Maybe even an asterisk! An asterisk!
What possible namby-pamby victim-oriented liberal pussy culture could possibly think that a few erased childhoods and permanent psychological scarrings could EVER, E-V-E-R counter the violent world-destroying Apocalypse that is the aster…
I hardly can say it, the A-word is just so…
Really the NCAA should be ashamed of itself!
The lesson the NCAA is teaching young people — that history and truth don’t matter if enough powerful people don’t want them to matter — can be as injurious to society as the cover-up was to the victims of Sandusky.
When Dennis Prager finally sheds his fake human skin and begins consuming Earthlings by the hundreds and everyone goes “who could have known”, I’m just going to cough awkwardly and point meaningfully at this paragraph.
And not only to society. To individuals as well.
Thanks to the NCAA’s history rewrite, all those completely innocent Penn State football players who played their hearts out to win those 112 games played for naught. False NCAA history will record that they never won a game.
Okay, you know what?
One paragraph about how the students are really the most hurt group of the NCAA’s delayed response against the horrific destruction of kids to protect a fucking American Football program?!?
Reprehensible and horrific, but not overly remarkable for wingnuts.
Two paragraphs? I start reporting it to the FBI in the hopes that someone’ll rescue his fifth victim in time.
FOUR straight paragraphs?!?
At this point, one of Sandusky’s victims should have burst in halfway through wielding a rusty chainsaw.
I know Dennis Prager was worried he wouldn’t be able to Mark Steyn it up enough, but he is officially trying WAY too fucking hard.
And what about the impact on former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who is now listed as the winningest coach in American college-football history?
He, unlike you, has class.
Until the NCAA’s revision of history, he had the rather impressive title of second winningest coach in American college-football history. Now, he will be dogged by a permanent, though unwritten, asterisk next to his name.
Oh noes, not teh dreaded ASTERISK!!!
Why his wife will divorce him and his kids will refuse to call home now that he has been upgraded in his accomplishments due to the wrong doings of another.
For someone trying to pretend that “sports fandom” is the sole reason you are driven to reflexively defend child molesters and their protectors, you sure do seem to have an impressive ignorance about how sports statistics and culture work.
No one got pissed at Babe Ruth because of Roger Maris’s asterisk.
If, as the NCAA report charges, Penn State’s silence spoke volumes about Penn State’s culture, what does America’s silence in the face of the NCAA’s falsification of history say about ours?
We, unlike Penn State, the Catholic Church, and people who think it’s their team duties to support both no matter what, think child molestation and the cultures that protect it is somewhat worse and more deserving of punishment than…
Than what exactly? Having to add a few asterisks to some record books? Treating the protection of child molesters in defense of a fucking Rugby with Pads program as something slightly worse than using some steroids? That the NCAA doing something to try and prevent the deification of coaches and football programs to the point that the school forgets its duties to its students and its charges is a GOOD thing?
That maybe if there were more real consequences like this to things these sociopaths care about, then we’ll see less Penn States and Catholic Churches going forward?
That maybe if we listened to those “Political Correctness” bitches and all their blather about history maybe we could have seen the direct parallel between unchecked power and the abuse of the innocent and wouldn’t assume absolute purity of large unshakable institutions simply because they are large entrenched institutions?!?
But then, I guess we’re not self-hating Jews enough to see the real crime in the whole Sandusky fallout.
Asterisks*, how could they be so cruel?!?
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