All Apologies

1st off.. I’ld like to apologize for my absence Saturday.. there was no excuse for that.

2nd. it’s a little hard to me to be light hearted with the Penn State scandal going on. I’m a college football fan so I know what it’s like to be a fan of the team and be in the stands and watch as scandals break out and other teams make fun of it.. being an FSU fan we’ve had out share of scandals believe me..

but Penn State is going through something that is heart breaking because you have Joe Paterno who is the winningest coach in college football being fired for this… of which as it’s coming out there was an investigation in 2002 and he did the legal minimum and now he’s without a job, so is the president of Penn State. All because they did nothing.

If I had the chance I’ld like to ask the two of them just 3 questions:

What makes it acceptable to do so little about something that you know is wrong?

Why didn’t someone go to the authorities ?

Would you have done the same thing if it had been your kid?

I understand there are certain circumstances where you can overlook a person’s quirks for the sake they are great at what they do, but this goes above and beyond being acceptible.

It’s being compared to the Catholic church scandal and saying that college football programs need to be reexamined because of this.

Others blame that fact that college football is a multi-million dollar industry and because of this the likelihood of corruption is greater.

Rick Santorum even said that Penn State should not be allowed to play the rest of the season.

Of which I disagree completely, the players were not involved in this scandal there is no need to punish them, or the fans or those that were in no way shape or form involved with the goings one.

So the Paterno-less team played Nebraska and something amazing happened..

That’s both teams praying for the victims of the sex scandal.

It had to have been amazing to be there that day and witness this. When an entire stadium filled with people of all ages, races and places of origin come together for a moment of silence like this it is an experience.

It’s not going to make up for the bad that happened but it acknowledges that from bad there can be good.

And not everyone is evil but unfortunately the bad apple does ruin the bunch as Penn State is going to have a long road to recovery to repair their image from this.

Here’s a really great article about someone who grew up in the “cult” of Penn State and then left it..

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/13/opinion/la-oe-1113-hubler-pennstate-20111113

Coming Saturday – a turkey’s point of view on thanksgiving (I promise this will be light-hearted and amusing =^.^=)

Hipster Barbie

I saw the comment in the local paper and just couldn’t resist the urge to put my two cents in…

First of all for those that don’t know.. Barbie got a makeover from a Japanese company called tokidoki..and she looks like this..

 

and parents are naturally upset about the tattoos.. saying they don’t want their little girls playing with a doll that would make them think tattoos are ok to have..

these are the very same parents who grew up with these barbie dolls..

the wonderful 80’s rocker barbie dolls.. (and I’m sure some of the parents out there are blinded by the awesome colors) but look at the two pictures.. is the tattooed barbie really that radical?

I grew up playing with barbie.. I never at any time thought that I needed to have long blonde hair, be uber skinny and have lots of pretty clothes to wear and have a car, a horse, a mansion, a boy toy (aka Ken), stilettos, big hair, or pretty friends… because it was pretend.

Girls play with dolls as a form of entertainment. Baby dolls are no different, it’s ok to have a baby doll to feed, burp and change diapers to give them early maternal instincts.. but it’s not ok to let them play with a Barbie that is in no way shape or form going to warp their little minds into thinking tattoos and dog like cactus creatures are normal?

It’s a doll for crying out loud.

I think some parents forgot what it was like to be a kid. Toys are to play with and have fun with. They don’t influence how a kid will grow up, parents do.

And if parents encourage their kids to have an imagination and play (and if parents join in the playing and have fun themselves) they’ll find the new barbie doll isn’t that bad…I mean there are a lot worse things kids could be getting into…

Want more on this subject?

http://bloomfield.patch.com/articles/yo-barbie-s-got-tats#photo-8170158

http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/tokidoki-barbie-doll-t7939