Happy Belated Turkey Day

If you’ve ever lived in America during November then you know what I’m talking about: a holiday we like to call Thanksgiving. For anyone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a day where Americans give thanks for the good things in their life and usually celebrate it with their families. The first Thanksgiving was when the pioneers came to America and, after nearly dying of starvation, were able to survive because the Native Americans helped their crops grow so they threw a big feast to celebrate. How do we repay them? By killing their main source of survival [buffalo], stripping them of their land and murdering them in masses. But that’s a different can of worms that I don’t feel like opening for it would lead to a giant rant. So instead, I’ll just stick to the holiday.

To me it seems that Thanksgiving takes a backseat to Halloween and Christmas. Being sandwiched between those two money-making holidays leaves little attention to Thanksgiving. Halloween begins to be advertised sometime in September; costumes, candy, decorations, party supplies etc. are thrown at you from all sides. Then, before Halloween has even come and gone, Christmas time comes around for stores everywhere. If Halloween seemed bad, Christmas is worse [stores boast holiday savings for months ahead of the actual day]. It also seems that every commercial somehow manages to incorporate the holiday into its product. Even car insurance, which has zero correlation with Christmas, has found a way to sneak it into its commercials [luckily I happen to love these commercials so I don’t mind]. Poor Thanksgiving doesn’t have a chance with those two so close to it. The only thing that is mentioned about Thanksgiving is Black Friday and even that has no ties to the actual turkey day. Oh well I guess it doesn’t matter. After all, you don’t need advertisements to make my country eat large quantities of food in one sitting; we do that on our own.


2011 MTV EMAs

I started this post on the 7th but then the Penn State Scandal popped up and I just had to give my opinion about it and then I got super busy so yes, this is way late/out of context considering all that’s happened since the award show but it was important to me so I’m going to post about it anyway. Sunday November 6th was MTV’s European Music Awards and I usually don’t watch award shows because I don’t really care to see who wins. Yesterday, though, I watched the online live streaming (because America doesn’t show Europe’s award shows on television) from the pink carpet before show at 2:00pm until it ended at 5:00pm. Why you ask? Because my favorite music group of all time was nominated in the Worldwide Act cateregory. So, now it’s time to present the winners of each cateregory. (I’ll put the name of the singer/group as the caption for the picture of said singer/group)

1) Best Alternative

30 Seconds to Mars

Well I don’t know much about this band but I’ve heard and enjoyed a few of their songs. They were up against, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, My Chemical Romance, and The Strokes. To be honest I knew the winner would probably be either 30 Seconds to Mars or My Chemical Romance. I could be wrong, but I don’t think the other bands are very popular and what is an award show if not a popularity contest?

2) Biggest Fans

Lady Gaga

Yay Lady Gaga beat out Justin Bieber! I thought for sure that Justin Bieber would win because his fanbase is so strong. But Gaga’s little monsters fought and won it in the end. Congrats Lady Gaga; you’re loved.

3) Best Live

Katy Perry

I happen to love Katy Perry’s songs, sure they aren’t deep or meaningful but then again, are there any nowadays? She’s a very successful singer and my personal favorites are California Gurls [of course, I’m biased] and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) even if Rebecca Black is in it. I’ve heard Katy Perry sing live and I think Lady Gaga is a better live singer than her but since she won so many awards, I really don’t mind.

4) Best Female

Lady Gaga

Oh Lady Gaga, how can you not love her? Even if you think her songs are terrible or you want to rip your hair out every time you see one of her crazy outfits, you can’t help but admit that she has major spirit. Her lyrics to Born this Way are an inspiration for everyone to realize they’re unique and you shouldn’t try to change yourself to fit the views of others. Keep up the good work.

5) Best Rock

Linkin Park

I’m so glad that Linkin Park won this award. Up until last year this was my favorite American band. Then sometime in 2010-early 2011 I realized I like Korn a lot better. [LP’s newest album was a big part of that decision, it kind of sucked] Well anyway LP was against Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Red Hot Chili Peppers and I must say, i believe LP was the best. I hate the Chili Peppers and for them, no amount of California based songs could win my heart.

6) Best Male

Justin Bieber

-sigh- You had to know this was coming, right? I am personally not a Belieber, not because I have anything against him exactly, I just think he’s incredibly overrated. Funny and true story: When his video for “One Time” came out it was one of itunes’ weekly free videos. As you probably guessed, he wasn’t popular yet and I had no idea he existed until seeing this video. I watched the preview and my heart melted. Why? I found it adorable that a twelve year old white boy was rapping and acting like a little gangster. I even called my, then twelve years old, brother to come in and see this adorable kid rap. Then a few weeks later I saw a magazine headline “Justin Bieber turns sixteen!” I was so shocked you wouldn’t believe it. His competitors were Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Eminem and Kanye West. I think Eminem should have won, but at least it wasn’t Kanye.

7) Best HipHop


Speaking of one of [if not THE] best white rappers of our time, he won best hip hop. Since he was against Lil Wayne, JAY Z & Kanye West, Pitbull and Snoop Dogg that’s quite an accomplishment. I thought Jay Z and Kanye would win since Jay Z if so powerful in the hip hop world but I’m glad he didn’t because he bugs me. I think he’s okay, he’s not my favorite performer but that’s just because I never listen to his songs.

8) Best PUSH

Bruno Mars

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what the PUSH award is for. I’ve looked it up but to no avail; it seems that those who know refuse to share the knowledge. Oh well, if you know what it is please tell me because I’m confused. Alexis Jordan, Big Time Rush,  Far East Movement, Jessie J, Katy B, LMFAO, Neon Trees, Theophilus London, and  Wiz Khalifa were the other nominees and I’m fine with Bruno Mars winning since I couldn’t care less about the others.

9) Best New

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars again. Hmm well I didn’t really like Lazy Song but other than that I like his songs. Especially “It Will Rain” that is featured in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 [Don’t judge me, I used to be obsessed with Twilight, got over that after the first movie and am now merely watching it for closure.] The other nominees were Far East Movement, Jessie J, LMFAO and Wiz Khalifa. I hate Jessie J so I’m happy she didn’t win but I happen to like LMFAO more than Bruno Mars. Oh well, at least Bruno looks good! [don’t try to deny his powers of looking cool, did you even see the picture I posted for this award?]

10) Best Pop

Justine Bieber

Ugh sorry to any Bieber fans that read this blog post but I just cannot find anything nice to say about him [except that he somehow managed to get a very pretty girlfriend. I guess Selena sees something in him that I just don’t but I’m glad they’re happy.] He beat Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, all of whom I believe are better than Justin but what can you do, it is a popularity contest after all.

11) Best World Stage

30 Seconds to Mars

Yet another award I don’t understand but whatever, I’ve already talked about this group and I have no qualms with them althought I think that in the list of the other nominees [Arcade Fire, The Black Eyed Peas, Diddy Dirty Money, Enrique Iglesias, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Ozzy Osborne and Snoop Dogg] I think there are some others that should have won it instead.

12/14) Best Song/Best Video

Lady Gaga

What a shock Lady Gaga won both of these for the same song: “Born this Way” and I think she really deserved it. I know this post makes me seem like a Little Monster but honestly I’m not a super fan, I just like that she encourages individuality and discourages judging others for it. Anyway, she was getting chocked up accepting the award for best song, which she was up against Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”, Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”, Jennifer Lopez ft Pitbull’s “On The Floor” and Katy Perry’s “Firework. For best video the other nominees were Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”, Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise”, Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls)” and Justice’s “Civilization”. I’m glad she won both and I hope she continues winning awards. P.S. I marked this as 12 and 14 because that is the order the awards were given in.

13) Worldwide Act

BIGBANG Left to Right: Seungri, G Dragon, Tae-yang, Daesung, and T.O.P

Okay finally, this is why I sat through three hours of people I don’t care about: BIGBANG YAY!! Okay, I’ll try to stop fan girling over this; especially since this happened almost a month ago. -deep breath- Alright, I’m good. So This award went to groups and singers from different areas all over the world. The other nominees were: Restart from Latin America, Lena from Europe, Britney Spears from North America [and who I considered to be the only competition for Bigbang] and Abdelfattah Grini from Africa/India/Middle East. I’ve been in love with Korean culture, and more specifically Kpop, for about three or four years now and I absolutely love Bigbang. Each member is so unique and they are all cool, goofy, sexy down to earth men. Bigbang hwaiting I love you guys.

Well that wraps up this award show [even though you probably already learned the results weeks ago if you actually cared]. Oh well until next time, whenever that is.

Penn State Scandal

For the past couple of days news has been brought into the light about the Penn State scandal that has been going on for over 15 years. A quick summary for those who don’t know the main point: Former assistant coach at Penn State, Gary Sandusky, sexually abused young boys; sometimes on the Penn State campus. There’s more to it and more people involved but already it’s quite obvious how wrong these events are.

Before getting into the people involved I’ll give a timeline of the scandal, starting with the beginning of his career. Note: I did not create this timeline, I took it from the Huff Post. Any and all credit for the timeline goes to the Huff Post. Now let’s begin. [feel free to skim if you must, I’m aware of how painfully long this is, I just posted it for the curious]

“1969 – Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State University as a defensive line coach.

1977 – Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.

January 1983 – Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1982 season.

January 1987 – Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1986 season.

1994 – Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about the age of 10.

1994-95 – Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.

1995-96 – Boy known as Victim 5, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8, in second or third grade.

1996-97 – Boy known as Victim 4, at the age of 12 or 13, meets Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second Mile program.

1996-98 – Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old.

Jan. 1, 1998 – Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.

1998 – Victim 6 is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old. When Victim 6 is dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.

Detective Ronald Schreffler testifies that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys and Victim 6’s mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again but he will not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky is told he cannot see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler testifies Sandusky says, “I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testifies he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admits showering naked with Victim 6, admits to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admits that it was wrong.

The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.

June 1999 – Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status.

Dec. 28, 1999 – Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl.

Summer 2000 – Boy known as Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is between seventh and eighth grade.

Fall 2000 – A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with a young boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He tells other janitorial staff immediately. Fellow Office of Physical Plant employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and sees Sandusky and the boy, who he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13.

Calhoun tells other physical plant employees what he saw, including Jay Witherite, his immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report. Victim 8’s identity is unknown.

March 1, 2002 – A Penn State graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] tells his father immediately.

March 2, 2002 – In the morning, the graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] calls Coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno’s home, where he reports what he has seen.

March 3, 2002 – Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State Athletic Director to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant [Mike McQueary] had said.

March 2002 – Later in the month the graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] is called to a meeting with Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz. The grad assistant [Mike McQueary] reports what he has seen and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.

March 27, 2002 (approximate) – The graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] hears from Curley. He is told that Sandusky’s locker room keys are taken away and that the incident has been reported to The Second Mile. The graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] is never questioned by university police and no other entity conducts an investigation until the graduate assistant testifies in Grand Jury in December 2010.

2005-2006 – Boy known as Victim 1 says that meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at age 11 or 12.

Spring 2007 – During the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa.

Spring 2008 – Termination of contact with Victim 1 occurs when he is a freshman in a Clinton County high school. After the boy’s mother calls the school to report sexual assault, Sandusky is barred from the school district attended by Victim 1 from that day forward and the matter is reported to authorities as mandated by law.

Early 2009 – An investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney general begins when a Clinton County, Pa. teen boy tells authorities that Sandusky has inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year period.

September 2010 – Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile, saying he wants to spend more time with family and handle personal matters.

Nov. 5, 2011 – Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.

Nov. 7, 2011 – Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says Paterno is not a target of the investigation into how the school handled the accusations. But she refuses to say the same for university President Graham Spanier. Curley and Schultz, who have stepped down from their positions, surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky.

Nov. 8, 2011 – Possible ninth victim of Sandusky contacts state police as calls for ouster of Paterno and Spanier grow in state and beyond. Penn State abruptly cancels Paterno’s regular weekly press conference.

Nov. 9, 2011 – Paterno and Spanier, one of the nation’s longest-serving college presidents, are ousted, effective immediately. Earlier in the day, Paterno announced he’d retire at the end of the season. In the end, he didn’t have that choice.”

Yeah, that was a long timeline, which makes it easier to find the crooked events within. One of the most notable events, at least to me and other than the rapes themselves, is Mike McQueary’s role in this scandal. The timeline itself didn’t mention his name so I tried to add it in brackets every time they mentioned him as the “graduate assistant”. He witnessed a child being raped by Sandusky and instead of trying to stop it or going to the police, he walks away and tells his father. Let me repeat that: HE. WALKS. AWAY. FROM. A. CHILD. BEING. RAPED. I don’t care who you are, what you do, and the possible personal consequences one might go through by interfering, as a human being it is your obligation to help that child and let me tell you, going to your father is not the way to go about it. Maybe if you’re a child that works, but an adult? You are old enough to know that is wrong and you need to alert the authorities or pull Sandunsky off of that poor boy. There are situations where the line between right and wrong can be blurry and therefore one might be confused about how to deal with it, but this? There is no excuse for someone to just walk away, tell your father, tell Joe Paterno [another assistant coach] the day after the event, report it to the Vice President and then allow them to cover it up by merely taking away the rapist’s keys as punishment [which they didn’t even do].

This brings up another thing: why was Sandunsky allowed to have keys to the campus if he had been fired? Paterno knew about the accusations made against Sandunsky but he let his have access to the campus anyway. Why? Because they had been close friends for years, that’s why. Joe Paterno knew about the scandal for years but instead of doing the right thing and telling the authorities he decided the university’s reputation was more important than the well-being of the children. I just don’t understand why people are making the Penn State scandal about Joe Paterno getting fired. How about people focus on something other than their precious football. CHILDREN. WERE. RAPED. and people are whining because a man who could have stopped it [but chose not to because the rapist is his friend] can’t coach? This is about institutional coverup, NOT FOOTBALL!