Cruise Ship Captain Has Bright Future

Much has been made of Capt. Francesco Schettino–captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground after he made an unauthorized deviation from his programmed course–and his abandonment of ship as passengers remained on the ship, struggling to get to safety. Vox Day–who is fluent in Italian–has a nice take on the dialogue between Schettino and the Coast Guard, whose commander ORDERED Schettino to get back on the ship.

Still, what is missing here is that while Schettino’s career in the maritime industry is done, he can look forward to a bright career with the banking industry, if he wants it.

At Goldman Sachs, he can market toxic securities to hedge funds and pensions–selling them as investment-grade securities–and then, when everything goes to shit, he can get out with a huge bonus and government protection. Heck, he can even go on from there to a career on K Street as a lobbyist.

With his penchant for creating disasters and fleeing while leaving victims to fend for themselves, he would fit right in with the banksters.

2 Abortionists Face Murder Charges

In an act of locking the barn door after the horses have been stolen, two abortionists are facing a myriad of charges, including first and second degree murder.

Police say they began their investigation in August 2010 after a botched procedure at Brigham’s Elkton clinic. Authorities say an 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant had her uterus ruptured and her bowel injured, and rather than call 911, Brigham and his colleague Dr. Nicola Riley drove the woman to a nearby hospital, where both were uncooperative and Brigham refused to give his name.

That incident resulted in the murder case against Riley and three of the 11 murder charges against Brigham, prosecutors said. The other charges against Brigham relate to four other illegal abortions he performed at the East High Street Clinic, prosecutors added.

A search of the Elkton clinic after the botched abortion revealed a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks.

Brigham started the late-term abortions in New Jersey, where he wasn’t permitted to perform them, and finished them a day later in Maryland, where the law is more permissive, authorities said.

Police say Brigham faces five counts each of first- and second-degree murder. Riley is charged with one count each of first- and second-degree murder. Brigham and Riley each also face one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Hookup Culture Suffers a Setback

Well, sort of.

Feminists have promoted this “you’ll screw more and enjoy it more” culture. The men have punched that ticket.

The women, in turn, are over a barrel. If they don’t put out, they are left on the sidelines. If they “put out”, not only does their marriageability suffer a hit; they are taking a grave risk as well.

That’s not to say that men don’t have risks in here too; they certainly do. At the same time, it is a heck of a lot easier–due to sheer anatomy–for women to get HIV/AIDS from men than the other way around.

Sometimes We Must Cut the Niceties


In testimony today, Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary provided some explanation for what he saw and reported in the 2002 incident, in which McQueary allegedly saw former Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky sodomizing a child in the showers.

What is interesting here is the way he chose his words when reporting the incident up the Penn State food chain:

McQueary’s story is central to the case against Curley and Schultz. They testified to the grand jury that McQueary never relayed the seriousness of what he saw.

McQueary said he had stopped by a campus football locker room to drop off a pair of sneakers in the spring of 2002 when he happened up Sandusky and the boy in a shower.

He said Sandusky was behind the boy he estimated to be 10 or 12 years old, with his hands wrapped around the boy’s waist. He said the boy was facing a wall, with his hands on it.

McQueary said he has never described what he saw as anal rape and couldn’t see Sandusky’s genitals, but that “it was very clear that it looked like there was intercourse going on.

He said he peeked into the shower several times and that the last time he looked in, Sandusky and the boy had separated. He said he didn’t say anything, but “I know they saw me. They looked directly in my eye, both of them.”

McQueary said he reported what he saw to coach Joe Paterno.

He said he did not give Paterno explicit details of what he believed he’d seen, saying he wouldn’t have used terms like sodomy or anal intercourse out of respect for the longtime coach.

He said Paterno told him he’d “done the right thing” by reporting what he saw. The head coach appeared shocked and saddened and slumped back in his chair, McQueary said.

Perhaps there is a lesson here: sometimes we must cut the niceties and tell the ugly truth about what we are seeing.


I’m sure the latter approach would have elicited a more decisive response from the police and university officials.

NOT That There’s Anything WRONG With That…

To say that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is in a mother lode of hot water would be an understatement. As it stands now, he has at least 10 credible accusers ready to flay him alive in court. And that is likely not to be the end of it.

But his attorney–Joe Amendola–isn’t helping him too much. Recently, when asked about the account of then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who allegedly saw Sandusky raping a child in the showers of the Penn State athletic complex, Amendola said, “I suggest you dial 1-800-REALITY.”

Well, it turns out, that phone number will land you on a gay sex chat line.

Questions for the Penn State Trustees

(1) Has the FBI been notified?

If this matter is as serious as the reports appear to be, then there is NO way that any internal investigation, or even an investigation by local or campus police, or even an investigation by the state police, can be trusted, as there are too many potential actors–across a variety of positions in and out of the university–who have a vested interest in covering their tracks.

It’s long past time to get the FBI in there.

(2) Why is Mike McQueary still on staff?

It appears, at this point, that former head coach Joe Paterno made one mistake: he failed to make one extra phone call–to the police–to report what someone told him that he witnessed. (On the other hand, if the corruption in the administration is as severe as it appears to have been, then that extra phone call would have been moot, as the campus police has reports on Sandusky going all the way back to 1998, and nothing was done about that.)

Having said that, McQueary is a former Penn State and NFL quarterback. While he was a “graduate assistant”, he was no wet teenager: he was a grown adult who (a) witnessed a sexual assault, (b) was in a position to intervene and stop the assault, (c) did not intervene to stop the assault, and (d) rather than go to authorities, went to his coach to report the incident.

He was the sole eyewitness to the assault, and–as such–was the most credible person to intervene. He neither intervened nor went to authorities.

At the very least, his resignation needs to be demanded.

(3) What makes you think that replacing Paterno with Tom Bradley will make the situation materially better?

If the corruption is as widespread as it appears to be, then the more prudent step would be to immediately disband the football program, dismiss all football players to finish their classes, fire every coach and administrator connected to the program, and keep the football program shut down until the investigation is complete and a complete airing of the facts is made public.

If the latest story about Sandusky has any truth to it, then the university–as you know it–is hosed.