Today, in we get the politicians we deserve

Honestly, you can’t make this shit up.

A Washington Post column about Republican attitudes toward colleges on Friday includes an anecdote about Louisiana state legislators allegedly threatening funding for LSU if any player took part in the “take a knee” protests during the national anthem…

In the column, which ran under the headline “Why do so many Republicans hate college?,” writer Catherine Rampell describes a dinner in New York last month that “about a dozen” college presidents attended. Rampell introduces the LSU anecdote as an example of “showdowns with peacocking, publicity-stunting politicians.”

She writes: “A group of Louisiana legislators recently threatened to further slash public higher-ed appropriations — already down 43 percent per student since 2008 — if any student football players took a knee during the national anthem, according to Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander. (The threat was withdrawn after Alexander reminded lawmakers that LSU players traditionally remain in the locker room during the anthem.)”  [Emphasis added.]

I guess they’re too busy before the game getting liquored up in the club level to notice.

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79 responses to “Today, in we get the politicians we deserve

  1. SemperFiDawg

    WAPO making fun of stupid Republicans. Yawn. What’s new? Should have saved this one for the Summer Doldrums. Back to football Sir. Word is it’s Bowl season and we have a game to play. Here’s to hoping Mayfield pulls a Sam Darnold.

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    • David Chadwick

      I wish I could get past the feeling that our country is governed by a bunch of preening narcissts who are looking no further ahead than their next re-election campaign on both sides of the aisle. I wish I could, but I can’t. Being a native Louisianan, the behavior of those dopes doesn’t surprise me.

      That said, Go Dawgs! Two more wins, baby. Two. More. Wins.

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      • Some years ago I would run into an LSU professor at professional meetings. He had a standard opening for all his presentations in which he would point out that our country consists of 49 states and one Banana Republic, 49 states that operate under English Common Law and one under the Napoleonic Code. Haven’t enjoyed meetings quite as much since he retired.

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    • doofusdawg

      Geaux Redskins.

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  2. Hate to tell them, but there is going to be a reckoning sooner rather than later in college football. All the grandstanding in the world isn’t going to prevent it.

    The university presidents, athletic directors, and conference commissioners can’t be whores for every penny they can get and expect their undercompensated workforce to not want to eat too. Especially in the world of social media when organizing and connecting is easier than ever. The players have a helluva lot more power than they realize.

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  3. Paul

    Stupid? Maybe. Shortsighted? Definitely.

    I’ve always liked your style, intelligent and fresh. I suggest sticking with football, lest ye risk the perilous path of the knee taker.

    Big time college football lays at the alter of donor money, not government funding. Want to take a knee? Have at it, but enjoy the fruits, are lack thereof, of your constituency. I’m thinking along the lines of your favorite desert destination.

    Whether we’re Ignorant, stupid or whatever, college football and internet blogs that cover it will rise and fall with the wims of republicans like me.

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    • I’m almost positive sports blogs are plucky enough to survive without you. It’ll be tough, but their a resilient bunch, frequently by people capable of reading content that doesn’t merely serve to reinforce their existing beliefs.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Look everybody, an old white man making an ass of himself on the internet.

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      • AthensHomerDawg

        Ah gee Dawg …..hasn’t that “old white man” shit gotten a bit threadbare?
        just sayin’

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        • Dolly Llama

          When old white men get tired of hanging that shit slow and right over the center of the plate, and stop, people will get tired of hitting the piss out of it, and also stop.

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          • AthensHomerDawg

            Sooooooo….. lump a group of people together with one sweep of the brush is ok with you?
            Ageist and racist stereotypes? What about Corine….
            Just another “stupid black woman” who managed to get herself t elected? Yikes! I guess some are ok others not so much.
            I believe they are both unnecessary. Say what you wish, write what you want. Heck put it on a sign and carry it around. But stay off my lawn!
            😉

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            • Dolly Llama

              All I know is the demographic in question is the biggest bunch of “snowflakes” I’ve ever seen or heard about. The first time others question you, you all go to fucking pieces. You can all dish it out, but damn if I’ve met a one of you who can take it.

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              • AthensHomerDawg

                Jeepers Dolly are we cross today? I suggest to Dawg that the ‘old white men” meme was growing old and stale. You respond “old white men” bring it on themselves. Goodness. I made a tongue in cheek response with a smiley wink and stay off my lawn reference and you seem somewhat annoyed with that. All to pieces? Hardly.
                Ahhhhh to be “young and dumb and full of cum” again. Right Dolly? 😉

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              • Mike Cooley

                By “you” I guess you mean anyone who isn’t in lock step with you and your fellow travellers. Who is rioting and setting shit on fire and screaming “Not my president! Nooooooooooooo!”? The snowflake reputation is well deserved.

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                • Mike Cooley

                  AHD I was talking to our merry band of outraged social justice warriors. You know, these guys who can all afford to go to Notre Dame and Pasadena but bitch about “rich white men” because they think feigning guilt over their station in life and pretending to be concerned about others makes them look like swell guys. Just shut your fat mouths and enjoy it.

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  4. thetravelbrothers

    Jeez. Judging from some of these comments, even here, folks seem to root for their political team first and foremost – merit be damned.

    Can’t we all just agree that this one Louisiana congressman, threatening to withhold funding that affects hundreds of thousands of kids based on the actions of one football player (whether you agree with the action or not) is fucking stupid?

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I certainly can agree.

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    • Paul

      Sure I think a politician is stupid for making this sort of threat. My point is that it’s not the politicians one needs to worry about. College football is successful because of private donations – it is subject to a free market economy. You provide a product I like and I will buy it. You don’t, I won’t. You offend me, I’ll take my money elsewhere.

      Whether one thinks it’s fair or not is absolutely irrelevant.

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      • I’m afraid you’ve mistaken mockery for concern. Even LSU’s president, who’s got skin in the game, thinks the threat is moronic.

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        • Paul

          Ok Senator, so again, the larger issue i posit is that its not the politicians, it’s the donors.

          What’s your thought on donors? Are they stupid if they don’t donate to a program if some kid(s) decide to take a knee? Do you predict them withholding en masse at UGA given said knee?

          As for the Dolly Lama – it’s a tough thing to take huh? Living in the real world that is. You can jump up and down and demand someone owes you something or they must like the product or service your selling, but let me assure you, that’s not how it works. Nobody has to buy your product, they don’t owe you their money. If donors don’t like the knee, they don’t have to buy.

          Good luck guys if you don’t think UGA players taking a knee wouldn’t affect contribution levels.

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          • Dolly Llama

            Your question: “Are they stupid if they don’t donate to a program if some kid(s) decide to take a knee?”

            Answer: Yes. Get the fuck over yourself.

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            • Paul

              Jump up and down big guy! Welcome to reality, where one’s worth is defined by what others are willing to pay for what you offer…

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              • Dolly Llama

                According to you, white Republican men control the very life or death of college football. What you’re offering isn’t worth shit. Not coincidentally, that’s what I’d pay for it.

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                • AthensHomerDawg

                  Is Paul talking about ” White, Republican,” donors? Or did you just toss that into the mix on your own?

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                  • Dolly Llama

                    This is a direct quote from Paul upstairs:

                    “Whether we’re Ignorant, stupid or whatever, college football and internet blogs that cover it will rise and fall with the wims of republicans like me.

                    I can assure that’s verbatim and uncorrected.

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                    • Dolly Llama

                      I somehow doubt Paul’s African-American. He can step in and correct me if I assumed wrongly.

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                    • AthensHomerDawg

                      Sigh….so drop the F bomb and throw race into it. When will we ever learn to be civil and under control and not try to incite a riot every time we disagree with one another. Jeepers Bluto isnt airborne yet and we a leaning the wrong way interacting in this manner. Can everyone please chill.

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              • You’re not really familiar with the amateurism model are you? College football players (usually black and poor) are not allowed to profit from their abilities until a system in place (usually old, white men) are allowed to profit for 3 years first. To be fair, college basketball is even worse since the developmental phase is so much shorter.

                But to suggest there is anything about college football rooted in the free market is a bastardization of the very notion.

                It is naive to think this model is sustainable.

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      • Dolly Llama

        I’d hate to think the whole trajectory of the sport depends on your wims (sic).

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    • Mark

      Sure I agree this pol is a dumbass. But are we now going to paint an entire party with the “stupid” brush provided by one, or a few, members of that party? Because if we are, the Corrine Brown jokes are ready to hand.

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      • Ben

        The Corrine Brown jokes are handy because many elected Republicans are racist misogynists, but the dumb republican jokes are funny because they always think they’re the smartest people in the room.

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        • I think Corrine and Roy Moore are both disgusting, terrible people that have no business in public service. I’m that talented.

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          • AthensHomerDawg

            Yes, but Corrine is a Gator. So there is that.
            Wonder if they will let her help design the new Gator license plate for Florida Fans. Hmmmm.
            “Go Gata” ?

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        • AthensHomerDawg

          Ben we are about to start a New Year!
          Socialism, racism, communism, obstructionism, terrorism, just put the ist on the end and it becomes an individual, terrorist, racist, etc, and the list goes on. Feel free to add your own.
          I am having trouble thinking of good words ending in ist and ism. One Baptism.
          These words of division are used daily in the media and in conversation. I might be up a Little to late, but I really wish we could all stop with the labels and the division they create for humankind.
          Peace and GO Dawgs!

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        • Mark

          You’re just making my point for me, man. Thanks for the assist!

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    • PTC DAWG

      I agree, some have no understanding of freedom.

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      • Mike Cooley

        Dolly is such a tough guy.

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        • Mike Cooley

          You don’t have to be a racist to see that Corrine Brown is as dumb as a box of shit. If you really think there is a racial component to being able to recognize that, you are as dumb as Corrine Brown and said box of shit.

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  5. 92 grad

    Eh, there are way too many laws and they write new laws because it’s what they think they’re supposed to do. We end up with solutions to all kinds of problems that don’t exist in reality and do exist in ideology. Stop with the laws and go back and get rid of a bunch more.

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  6. Dolly Llama

    It wouldn’t be American football without a little graven image worship beforehand.

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    • sniffer

      Are you referring to the American flag?

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      • Dolly Llama

        It’s an inanimate object, and one can be persecuted and ostracized for disrespecting that inanimate object. So I’d say it qualifies.

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        • sniffer

          Says every Jehovah’s Witness. Interesting. You don’t strike me as particularly religious.

          We all worship something. There’s only two choices we have in regards to worship and it’s either self or other. Free thinkers, like religious zealots, are a dime a dozen so don’t lose yourself in the din of the lowly here. You’re really not that unique.

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          • AthensHomerDawg

            “There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”

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  7. James Love

    If Louisiana State Democrat legislators share the same DNA of their national brethren we can look for a bill to be introduced awarding medals to athletes who would kneel during the national anthem.
    Oh politics, thou art a filthy beast!

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  8. Noonan

    Not too long ago, Democrat politicians tried to keep African-Americans banned from enrolling at Southern Universities. What is your point?

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    • James Love

      After 8 years of the Obama administration I believe my point should be obvious.

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      • Rebar

        Guess you slept through the last Louisiana administration. Jindall drove the state into the ground.

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        • sniffer

          Yeah, ‘cause LA was in such good shape before he arrived. That Blanco woman was terrific. Her
          leadership during Katrina has vaulted her to the heights of political power and influence. Too bad Jindol had to follow her.

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    • doiknowu

      In those times alot of Southern university’s student bodies were totally African-American.

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      • doiknowu

        Who stole (or “borrowed”) my moniker? I had no idea this blog had two readers who would use a random line from Taxi Driver.

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  9. Wait a damn minute. Where is Derek? I hope you’re not sick buddy. Probably on a plane to Pasadena. It’s a shame, I was looking forward to one of his well thought out, balanced comments on our Republican politicians. I’ll have to wait till he lands to get the commie take on this.

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    • Dolly Llama

      Glad I’m not the only one thinking this thread was the “Derek Bat Signal.” It’s like a Rush Propst thread and Will Trane.

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    • Not on a plane yet. It’s due a few hours hence.

      No one has said anything too terribly stupid, yet. But there’s time.

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      • Wish I was getting on the plane with you buddy. It would be an interesting flight. I woke up this morning with a weird feeling of calm confidence about the game. I think we’re going to have a good New Years. Let’s fuck up those land stealing sons of bitches!

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        • I keep going the other way. Started off confident and I keep getting less so. We’ll see. The weather forecast looks good.

          I hope I’ll be dumping exorbitant amounts of cash on natty tickets in 72 or so.

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  10. Stumpy Pepys

    Politicians are like sports-marketing agencies…they create problems that only they can solve (at significant additional expense, of course)!

    Travel safely, Senator, and bring back a win!. To top off your trip, swing by In-N-Out Burger (there are a few locations in the vicinity of the Rose Bowl) and get a double-double with fries and a milk shake. You won’t regret it!

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  11. Raleighwood Dawg

    Meanwhile up North … http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-player-protests-indianapolis-colts-give-refunds-for-those-offended-by-kneeling/1hhykb2gzjwmc1ei8jhax9n4e4 … If they demand a refund for kneeling silently, I can’t wait to hear what they want when the Colts get blown out by 35 points.

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  12. Squatchdawg

    How DARE they threaten to withold their annual allotment of taxpayer stolen money. The peasants are supposed to forward their tribute without question!

    We have social justice classes to teach and tenured professors to pay!

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  13. The usual responses. Troglodytes and the non troglodytes. I can pretty much do most of the blogs for most of the folks.
    For some it is welcome to the 18th century, for others the 19th. For some the 21st.
    Gee, I hate all Republicans, get I hate all Democrats. You are a pooh pooh head and you are a pee pee toes.
    Commies, socialists, etc. and the beat goes on.
    Oh yeah Happy New Year to one and all-troglodytes and non troglodytes.

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