When people say the terrorists hate our way of life and our freedoms, this must be what they’re talking about:
Iowa’s three state universities would be prohibited from cooperating with Stanford University until Stanford officials publicly apologize to Iowans for “unsporting behavior” by the school’s marching band during the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl football game under a bill introduced Wednesday in the Iowa Senate.
Stanford’s football team defeated the University of Iowa 45-16 in the game. In addition, the Stanford band, which has a history of irreverent performances, poked fun during the halftime show with a dancing cow, a frowning farmer formation and other tongue-in-cheek gestures that upset some Iowans. ESPN, which televised the game, cut away from the band’s performance.
State Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, told The Des Moines Register at the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday that he introduced Senate File 2081 because he believes Stanford officials have condoned improper behavior by the marching band.
Jeez, dude, couldn’t you just give a press conference and be done with it?
The details of his bill are a hoot.
The Iowa legislation would prohibit “certain future collaboration and cooperation” between Stanford and the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. However, it would permit sporting events between Stanford and the Iowa universities. In addition, collaborations and contracts already in effect would be exempt from the ban. [Emphasis added.]
So, the academic and research stuff, the reason these institutions purportedly exist, those relationships would be severed… but the games must go on! At least he’s got his priorities straight. And I’m sure political ambition has nothing to do with this sincere gesture… oh, wait.
… Chelgren, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Congress in a district that includes the University of Iowa.
Not only is he ambitious, but he’s tone deaf, to boot. Makes you proud to be an American.