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BumperStickerist

Because some parts of the rhetorical horse remain unbeaten:

Nittanymandias:

Nittanymandias
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Sue

Just out of curiosity, why did you not want the current roster of players punished?

GMAX

WSJ:

Some Democrats worry that the overhead built by the Obama camp over the past 15 months will prove impossible to sustain. Unless fundraising picks up, the Obama campaign may enter the season’s final stretch confronting hard choices: paring salaries, scaling back advertising or pulling out of swing states in a bid to control costs, these Democrats say.

The president spent twice as much as Mr. Romney in June, as his campaign purchased more TV ads, paid more than twice as many employees and spent millions of dollars on public-opinion polls, federal records show.

June was the second month in a row that Mr. Obama’s campaign dipped into the red, while the president was outraised by the Romney campaign. In May and June combined, the Obama campaign spent 20% more than it took in, records show.

Mr. Romney and his party have now socked away more money than Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Romney banked $170 million as of June 30, compared with $147 million for the president.

Some Democrats? Eye roll. Well only the ones with a function cortex and a calculator I guess. That might rule out several I could name...

Jane - Get off the couch your country needs you!

June was the second month in a row that Mr. Obama’s campaign dipped into the red

Ten years from now he still will not have paid back what he owes.

Porchlight

I don't like the vacated wins. Pete Rose's stats stand as is, even if he is barred from baseball and not allowed in the HoF.

Granted the sins are not remotely equivalent.

But deliberate lies in the record books? So-and-so team will now be listed as winners when they actually lost? Bad news.

Sue

Porch,

That's kind of what I'm thinking. Why is it okay to punish the players on the roster from 1998 to 2011 but not the present ones? Are those from 98 to 11 guilty of something different than the players on the roster in 2012?

GMAX

A forfeit is a loss and what the NCAA has done is force PSU to forfeit the games for their actions. I dont have a problem with it, but the $60 MM and missing 4 bowl games will hurt big time and may take the university a long time to recover. Who will play for a place that can not under any circumstances go to a bowl game for your entire eligibility? I bet existing players will be allowed to transfer without sitting out a year too.

steve

I have no problem taking it out on the current players. They came to Penn State in large part because of Paterno, they get the bad along with the good.

By the way, if I bet against Penn State anytime during the past dozen years, does this mean my bookie owes me a refund?

Captain Hate

The last PSU quarterback to have an "official" win? Mike McQueary.

Captain Hate

So-and-so team will now be listed as winners when they actually lost?

Incorrect; there are no official winners in those games.

peter

Selecting a punishment for institutional abuses of the past is nearly always unfair to the present descendants of the abusers. Slavery and discrimination against persons of African heritage people in the nineteenth century was odious. At the time, however, my ancestors were peasants in Europe. How does affirmative action making it easier for some in the present to get into elite colleges than it is for my children right the wrongs of 150 years ago? Often there is no remedy that is just.

GMAX

Get the popcorn popped, the carnage may be better than a day at the Coliseum:

“Facing an uphill battle to retake control of the House from Republicans, about one third of Democratic House members are refusing to pay any dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Another 109 members have made only partial payments.”

I think the math leaves around 20 to maybe 30 paying the full amount. Hahahahaha

Sue

My personal opinion is the entire football program at PSU should have been gutted. There are always innocent people who are punished for the actions of others. The innocent kids that were raped, for instance.

Captain Hate

Btw my back and forths with NK in the prior thread should not give the incorrect impression that I don't hate the NCAA with the heat of a gazillion supernovas.

Captain Hate

The innocent kids that were raped, for instance.

Well they were the victims of the underlying crime. But I think I get what you're saying: Nobody says that a murderer shouldn't be punished because his uninvolved wife will suffer, for example.

Strawman Cometh

That players who wish to transfer don't have to sit was part of the announcement. Scholarship players can also choose to finish their education at PSU and not play.

NK

TomM-- in the hierarchy of sports gangsterism, the NCAA is only third-- behing the IOC and FIFA. Those 2 are worse criminal enterprises as they are international-worldwide rackets.

The current PSU footballers? As GMAX points out they'll be free to tranfer schools and play immediately as free agents. The NCAA can do that as a racketeering monopoly. The hundreds of other PSU scholarship athletes in olympic type sports athletes at PSU? crew, wrestling, track, gymnastics?-- they'll disappear as the giant cash machine known a PSU football dries up.

Rick Ballard

Porchlight,

The fact Michael Mann remains on the Penn State payroll indicates Penn State remains as corrupt as Duke wrt willful blindness regarding scum on faculty. The air brushing of records by the NCAA is consonant with its status as a politburo intent upon retaining an unjustified image.

Clarice

Peter, it's even worse---IIRC most AA's have in their ancestry slave owners and I'll bet that by now since the bulk of the immigrants entered the US after 1890, most white Americans do not.

Sue

Capt'n,

Exactly. Your example is much better than mine. Thanks.

GMAX

The NCAA saw what the Death Penalty did to SMU which still has not recovered. They are unlikely to impose that on an institution again in my lifetime. It remains to be seen, but I am betting this will be almost as large a burden on a program. Perhaps a PSU can ride it out where an upstart like SMU could not, but I am skeptical. I think this is the death penalty with a different name.

Sue

Ich wuensche allen deutschen Athleten alles alles Gute in London. Ich werde es mit Tränen in den Augen verfolgen. Peking war eine der besten

Tweeted by Dirk. Frau, what's he saying? I get he is talking about athletes and London.

Sue

Erfahrungen meines Lebens. Viel glueck auch an dr Michael Vesper. Auf geht's Deutschland

Last part of his tweet.

Clarice

OT: From Josh Mandel:

" I thought you'd like to hear about the Rasmussen poll released on Friday that shows our race tightened within the margin of error, with Sherrod Brown at 46% and us at 42%."

Ignatz

--Ten years from now he still will not have paid back what he owes.--

Fifty years from now we still will not have paid back what he made us owe.

Danube of Thought

Players on the current roster can transfer out without penalty. So I assume the lines are open and operators standing by at Michigan, Ohio State etc.

Sue

Gallup shows Obama's approval rating ticking upward. How is that possible?

Captain Hate

I assume Urban Meyer is on the Penn State campus as we speak type; perhaps where the statue was.

Mike Giles

Perhaps it's just me, but something bothers me about attempting to heap all the blame, on the one person in this who can't say a word in their own defense.

Clarice

Pretty soon el jefe will start paring back the staff in Chicago and it will start to look like the North Africans picking thru the belongings of the dead in the movie Patton.

Ignatz

--TomM-- in the hierarchy of sports gangsterism, the NCAA is only third-- behing the IOC and FIFA.--

Somewhere up there has to be the FIA/Bernie Ecclestone Formula One circus with its repeated bribery and other scandalous idiocies.

Porchlight

Incorrect; there are no official winners in those games.

Gotcha, thanks Cap'n.

It's still a lie.

I also agree with Sue - why is a 1998 player being punished more than a current player?

But mostly, I just hate lies in the record books. Those PSU teams won those games. Period, full stop. No matter what horrific things were going on behind the scenes.

It would be like saying that it has now been determined that because we had slavery, the US didn't actually win the Revolution. It's now a forfeit. Ridiculous and Orwellian.

Thomas Collins

First sentence: "I wish all German athletes the very best fortune in London."

Of course, if Frau disagrees with my translation, listen to Frau.

NK

CH-- Urban Meyer already took 30 pieces of silver from that model of morality THE Ohio State University. I don't think he's going anywhere. GMAX-- PSU will never be a major sports school again.

Threadkiller

Speaking of dictatorships:

Sheriff Joe's Lead Investigator: Obama's Birth Certificate Cannot Survive Judicial Scrutiny

http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/07/sheriff-joes-lead-investigator-obamas.html?m=1

Sue

TC,

Thanks.

NK

Ig-- Bernie E's F1 is up there, international, but it's not as vast as the NCAA IMO, so he's 4th.

Ignatz

Another fundraiser for man-of-the-people Barry by the Devil, presumably wearing Prada still.

DrJ

Ich wuensche allen deutschen Athleten alles alles Gute in London. Ich werde es mit Tränen in den Augen verfolgen. Peking war eine der besten

I wish all the German athletes all the best (literally "everything good") in London. I will follow it with tears in my eyes. Peking was one of the best.

Captain Hate

NK, I meant Meyer would be there to entice current blue chippers to transfer at no penalty. When he was at Florida I heard he had a clause in his contract that he could break the contract to go to Notre Dame (there were some idiots who though fat Chollie Weis was a better hire than UM) or tOSU so he's probably where he'll remain the rest of his coaching life.

Sue

Wow. So many German translators here. I tip my hat to each of you. And thanks.

Melinda Romanoff

I speak "Bar" German.

GMAX

For those who find the NCAA rules arcane and confusing, it is all of that. Having had three scholar athletes at Division I schools, the NCAA normally makes a student athlete sit out a year of eligibility upon a transfer. Waiver can be requested and sometimes are granted but not always.

But as I understand it, which is consistent with what I speculated, every existing PSU football player gets a waiver if they want to go somewhere else. And if they stay, they apparently dont have to play but will get their full scholarship anyway ( football only has full scholarships and walk on nonscholarship athletes no partially like the Olympic sports ). So the existing athletes will have options. How the coach fields a competititive team for the next three years is a very good question.

Sue

Speak "Bar" English. ::grin::

NK

CH-- OK-- yes, that paragon of morality Urban M will be at PSU conducting a cattle call; it will probably turn into a stampede towards Columbus.

BTW-- where were the condemnations of the gangsta nation that Tressel ran at OSU-- did I miss those?

Thomas Collins

I'm really shaky on the second and third sentences, but Frau will no doubt correct my hash of a translation:

"I shall follow it with tears in my eyes. Peking was one of the best."

Frau, helfen mir sie bitte!!! :-)

rse

NK-OSU brings in a fortune training teachers and "coaches" to ensure that many school districts spend a fortune creating reading problems and then expensively and unsuccessfully remediating them. Cha-ching and the vacant minds to boot.

Porchlight

Gallup shows Obama's approval rating ticking upward. How is that possible?

Sort of. His 14th quarter *average* is slightly higher than his 13th quarter *average.*

Weasel-like words from Gallup:

Barack Obama averaged 46.8% job approval during his 14th quarter in office, a slight improvement from 45.9% in quarter 13. Compared with recently elected presidents, his 14th quarter average is most similar George W. Bush's in 2004.

So they're trying to suggest he's no worse off than Bush. But they're using averages to do it.

Per Gallup GWB averaged 47.9 in his 14th quarter and increased more than 2 points in his 15th quarter which put him over 50%.

Obama averaged 46.8 in his 14th quarter. He'd have to increase more than 3 points next quarter to put him over 50.

Obama April average was 47%. His May average was 47%. His June average was 46%. So he's moving down where Bush was moving up.

And economic confidence is way down from where it was in May, when Obama last averaged 47%. It's at the lowest since January.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/155747/Economic-Confidence-Falls-Lowest-January.aspx

You can see where this is going, even if Gallup is taking pains to hide the ball.

Janet

Maybe someone could look into the perverse sexual practices of UN leadership past & present....bet there are some stories there. Then THAT institution could be penalized.

(I know, I know...I should do it myself.)

Cecil Turner

None of this makes any sense to me. AFAICT, it's not a football program issue, it's a sexual predator issue (and failure to report same). If he'd been in the law school, would the ABA downrank the school?

IMO, the logical corrective action is to put the various perps in jail, and sue 'em (including JoePA's estate, if that's allowable). The NCAA doesn't strike me as the proper arbiter of a sex abuse scandal.

Captain Hate

BTW-- where were the condemnations of the gangsta nation that Tressel ran at OSU-- did I miss those?

You might have; I was under no delusions that Tressel ran a clean program. And I don't think I was unusually silent about it.

(Another) Barbara

OT, but can someone from the midwest kindly tell me the dial settings for conservative political talk radio stations in NE, KS, MO, and thereabouts. My grandson is driving alone, coast to coast (Oregon to GA) and today is trying to make it from North Platte NE to St. Louis, MO. Says he's been around the dial several times but has not found political talk in progress. So naturally he phoned his granny in Hawaii to find out! heh. Thanks.

NK

Gallup 2004-2008-- the main Gallup differences between 2004 and 2012 are: 1. Bush's 2003 taxcuts were resulting in an improving economy in 2004 (June 2004 unemployment = 5.6% and dropping) and 2. GWB actively courted Indie voters-- 'Bam has given up on Indie voters and is rallying the base and in fact trying to suppress right leaning Indie voters. Very different sitautions.

NK

OK

Porchlight

Cecil, I agree. Good to see you BTW.

No need to distort the truth. Give PSU and past players the credit for the wins and go after the perps with all your might. Define punishment by action and individual, not by program or school.

Sue

This is good. The WaPo is painting Mitt as an internationalist. Which was a good thang when the candidate was Obama.

Ranger

Gallup shows Obama's approval rating ticking upward. How is that possible?

Gas prices are down quite a bit at the moment.

Sue

Read the article. It is hilarious. They are talking about his family's exchange student as if that is a scary thing.

Soon enough, young Mitt was bidding Cortella farewell with “ciaos” and “arrivedercis” and serenading him with the “Volare” chorus of the then-popular “Nel blu dipinto di blu.”

They are making fools of themselves.

Sue

Ranger,

Probably explains it better than anything else.

Sue

I swear, this is part of the article...

...In Paris, he ate couscous in the Latin Quarter.

And I swear, it is not an Onion piece.

BB Key

From a bottom of $3.09 per gallon , Gas prices have increased to $3.35 in the last two weeks...rising not falling

Sue
although his curiosity rarely took him out of the office.

“When Mitt was out of town, he worked,” said Jim McCurry, a Romney protégé at Bain who helped open the firm’s London office in 1979. “In his mind, being out of town was being away from his family.”

He should have been out smoking pot, I guess. Or chasing women (or men).

Captain Hate

In Paris, he ate couscous in the Latin Quarter

Paris is a great place for couscous because it has a lot of restaurants owned by Tunisians. I wish there were some where I live.

Strawman Cometh

Gas prices are down quite a bit

You obviously weren't out and about this weekend

hit and run

AB:
My grandson is driving alone, coast to coast (Oregon to GA) and today is trying to make it from North Platte NE to St. Louis, MO.

We made that drive in the reverse direction a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we didn't listen to radio.

Hmmm, and then presumably he'll make it from St. Louis to the Georgia coast in one day? A little out of the way it would seem for him to swing by the hit house for wayward travelers . . . but if he needed a place to crash for a night and/or a meal, my (garage) door is always open.

Porchlight

BTW I calculate Obama's July approval so far as 45.7.

Ranger

You obviously weren't out and about this weekend

Fair enough. But I do know that it was up over $4 here not too long ago, and it is now down around $3.50.

centralcal

(A)B - no clue about radio stations in midwest. Did you try googling Conservative Talk Radio Midwest? It might be worth a try.

NK

Ranger-- unfortunately Gas prices will be going the wrong way for all of us; the Fed will debase the Dollar again sooner than later and that will drive up crude prices. Unfortunately, the midwest drought, worst since '88, will drive up food prices across the board. The election will be held in the environment of increaing gas and food prices.

glasater

Found this link but not certain it gives the info you are looking for, AB:

http://www.trn1.com/

Clarice

Claire Berlinksi reporting from Istanbul says AQ is at the Turkish border

Claire Berlinski
Let me repeat that: Some fighters said they belonged to AQIM; others, to Shura Taliban. http://t.co/HB8DFfx1. Al Qaeda on Turkish border.

POLITICS - Turkey sends missile batteries to Syria border
bit.ly/OloZ7H

bgates

Nobody says that a murderer shouldn't be punished because his uninvolved wife will suffer

Sue and Steve seem to be of the opinion that the uninvolved wife should also be prosecuted, because she should take the bad with the good and there are always innocents who are punished for the actions of others.

Sue

A(B),

Tell him to try the FM stations. A lot of conservative talk has gone to the FM side of the dial.

Ignatz

Concur completely with Cecil's 11:58.

Sue

bgates,

You are putting words in my mouth. Again.

Captain Hate

Sue and Steve seem to be of the opinion that the uninvolved wife should also be prosecuted

Got some quotes to support that inference?

Enlightened

Hmmm. How many of the now punished, past players at PSU knew - in whisper campaigns - to stay the hell away from Sandusky? I bet quite a few.

If they had an inkling, if they heard rumors, if the whispering was rampant through the football program - I don't feel sorry for any of them. Maybe they did not witness it first hand - but if they talked about it and did nothing only for the sake of the program and Paterno - screw them, I don't care how well they played, how many times they won - whatever. They allowed a monster to claim more victims and they should all have the image of Sandusky repeatedly raping young men play through their minds incessantly.

I don't have any sympathy for anyone involved in the football program at PSU up until Sandusky's ass got caught.

Every school in the nation better have their shit together from now on.


Sue

Got some quotes to support that inference?

No.

GMAX

Gallup shows Obama's approval rating ticking upward. How is that possible?

Never forget that stat sampling is only so precise. Any given sample can be an outlier, and the MOE even on a quarterly sample is still probably around 2%, meaning statistically he aint going anywhere currently and if Porch is correct the monthlys seem to be trending downward no upward.

He has not been above 50% in RASMUSSEN since sometime in 2009, I seem to recall, its behind the firewall currently can not access.

Ignatz

--I'm really shaky on the second and third sentences, but Frau will no doubt correct my hash of a translation:

"I shall follow it with tears in my eyes. Peking was one of the best."--

Because TC was a little shaky I plugged it into an online translator to make sure it's accurate;

"Making good ducts we trail with sticks in our ears. Most delicious was the dog hailed which it did from Pekingese."

James D.

I have no sympathy for PSU, but the hypocrisy of the NCAA (and the Big 10, etc) is galling.

Is the NCAA or the Big 10 going to be refunding any of the broadcasting fees or sponsprship money that they received for Penn State games over the last 13 years (or that's been negotiated in contracts going forward)?

Is ESPN, ABC and any other networks that broadcast Penn State games and collected advertising revenue going to return it?

Are any of the other schools going to refund money to ticket holders who paid to watch when Penn State played there?

I doubt it.

Sue

GMax,

A new poll shows that more people blame Obama for the bad economy than Bush. But his approval rating is going up? I was kind of being tongue in cheek with my question.

Sue

Ig,

I like your translation better. ::grin::

jimmyk

I think the point is that unintended adverse impact on innocents is one thing, intentionally punishing innocents because they happen to be there is quite another.

Clarice

Iggy--LOL

Sue

My point was why punish one set of players and not another? Nothing more, nothing less. Unless bgates is reading it. Then I'm for putting innocent wives in jail and ripping their fingernails out for good measure.

James D.

I do agree with Cecil @ 11:58 as well. I think the ability to go personally after the individuals who knew the abuse was going on and looked the other way would be both a better punishment and deterrent for the future than any other solution.

A $2 million judgement (or whatever amount would represent, say, 99% of their net worth and potential future income) against an individual University trustee or President or whomever would be far more likely to get the attention of others in similar positions than a $100 million judgement against the University that would ultimately be paid by alumni donations, tuition increases (and in the case of a public university like PSU, taxpayer dollars).

narciso

Not that surprising, since Erdogan, has given Salafi's free range of the place, the Hamas flotilla, was part of a government foundation,
IHIH.

Captain Hate

intentionally punishing innocents because they happen to be there is quite another.

I'm confused (and you usually don't do that to me); how are innocents being punished?

Clarice

I think this is a too pessimistic explanation for Obama's standing in the polls, but here it is
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/07/david-gelernter-what-keeps-this-failed-president-above-water.php

narciso

Ok, I understand punishing the administration but it doesn't make much sense to punish the current players


http://thehill.com/polls/239377-the-hill-poll-majority-of-voters-blame-president-for-bad-economy

narciso

Which I mean, at Penn State, 'just to make one thing, perfectly clear'

pagar

For those wondering about the futility of Democrat representatives sending money to the DCCC.

"there are 18 CONFIRMED fools in the Democratic House Caucus."

http://moelane.com/2012/07/23/rsrh-politico-there-are-18-confirmed-fools-in-the-democratic-house-caucus/

"There are 191 House Members. Subtract the 64 who haven’t paid any dues to the DCCC and 109 for those who have only paid a portion of them, that leaves 18 Members of Congress who have paid their dues in full."

Extraneus

Concur completely with Cecil's 11:58.

Me, too. And with MarkO from last night:

The NCAA sanction will be the first of its kind. There is already some discussion about the NCAA's authority to do anything because there were no rules violations. Apparently, the NCAA believes it has the power to sanction, fine, suspend or othewise discipline a member school for being evil or, I suppose, naughty, in matters unrelated to the NCAA's rules.

I have no pity for Penn State and I think the football program should be either suspened or abolished, but on the basis of the general supervision of the Univeristy, not the perceived oversight of a private association whose authority is thin, at best.

The NCAA has enough trouble merely enforcing its recruiting rules.

Posted by: MarkO | July 22, 2012 at 09:11 PM

What are they going to do with the $60M, btw?

GMAX

Peter Kirsanow at the Corner does a succinct summation of the status of the race currently here:

the Obama campaign’s been spending campaign funds like the Obama administration spends tax dollars. The primary target of the spending is independent voters. Yet in last week’s CBS/NYT poll of registered voters, if the election were held today Obama would lose independents to Romney 47–35. Obama’s favorable/ unfavorable rating among independents is 28–52. After three and a half years in office, Obama won’t improve his favorability among independents constructively; it’s imperative that he sour them on Romney. So far, that hasn’t worked.

The CBS/NYT poll shows 56 percent of Republicans are enthusiastic about voting in November, compared to just 27 percent of Democrats. Given Obama’s furious recent pandering to Democratic constituencies — blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, issuing the HHS mandate, supporting gay marriage, gutting welfare reform, granting de facto amnesty to young illegal immigrants – the abysmal Democratic voter-enthusiasm figure must have Obama-campaign staffers wringing their hands. Although Obama has the advantages of incumbency and supportive media, his poll numbers consistently hit a ceiling below 50 percent.

Neo

From WSJ ...

Some Democrats worry that the overhead built by the Obama camp over the past 15 months will prove impossible to sustain. Unless fundraising picks up, the Obama campaign may enter the season’s final stretch confronting hard choices: paring salaries, scaling back advertising or pulling out of swing states in a bid to control costs, these Democrats say.
The Obama campaign has become a microcosm of the country .. they over spend ... they can't raise any more revenues ... what on God's good Earth makes anybody think that they would go to "confronting hard choices" ?

Jim Ryan

Anyone cocky about Romney, please send money to the George Allen campaign. It's a nail biter of a cliff hanger down here.

caro

AB, Here are frequencies for Rush in NE:
1240
1110
1300
1400
1430
1320
St Louis 1120
Other MO freq
960
1400
800
950
1310
1230
1150
1050
1400
560
680
1390
1450
1330

AliceH

(A)B: Try St. Louis KMOX talk radio on AM 1120. Humongously powerful station that reaches hundreds of miles, as evidenced by dedicated (baseball) Cardinals fans from 20 surrounding states.

It's not strictly conservative talk radio by any means, but does have Rush on 11am to 2p weekdays.

GMAX

Pagar those are probably the "some" Democrats in the upthread WSJ quote. Those without a functioning cortex and without a calculator apparently! LOL

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