Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Cruising the Web

With the news that there might have been something shady in the recruitment of yet another of Coach Calipari's top players, here's a list of the top shady stories in college basketball. The story of how the coach at Baylor tried to cover up a murder by trashing the victim has to top all these other rather mundane money scandals.

Mona Charen has a clarifying fact check on Israel and Hamas and the flotilla story. She then brings up a cogent question. Why has there been such international outrage about this story and relatively little about the story of North Korea's unprovoked attack on a South Korean ship that killed 47 people? It's clear which story has the propaganda push behind it.

Eric Pearson explains a dumb change that the Obama administration just instituted in how Title IX is applied to sports programs in colleges.

Nancy Pelosi finds her inner Catholic to explain her politics through a religious lens in language that a conservative would be excoriated for using. The Anchoress has more.

Robert Gibbs is having a lot of trouble squaring the circle of the administration's version of what went on with Joe Sestak. So he's reverted to a stonewall.

SEIU is now protesting at churches that don't use union labor.

The voters apparently don't like party switchers who seem to be switching simply to win an election.

Michael Barone thinks
that Obama has indeed brought the Chicago Way to the White House.


Pat Patterson said...

A local church, First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, has been picketed by a local construction union for almost a year. The dispute is that the church is using non-union workers and a lot of weekend volunteers to complete the new sanctuary and parking structure.

None of the picketers are themselves either union memebers or construction workers but a hired to hold signs on a daily basis.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

There is a church getting the same treatment in Tennessee for essentially the same reason though the laborers in question are sub-contractors. The picket is manned each day by a union member. The truly offensive aspect of it is that the banner used by the union to spell our their grievance says simply, "Shame on Pastor (name withheld)".

The pastor has nothing to do with any labor dispute and has no say in the contracting but is a convenient and personal target. Potentially worse, the union member sits in a chair next to the banner on a curve in the road just waiting for the next DUI or cellphone preoccupied drive to swing out on the shoulder. Seems like a job for OSHA.

It could be worse - the union knob could be standing next to a deer crossing sign but since there's a church nearby the local authorities were sensible enough not to inspire gun fire by placing one of the yellow, diamond shaped targets there.

SoccerPlayingMom said...

I've often wondered what would happen if dance teams/programs were counted in the Title IX equation. My teenage boys who are both competitive athletes who spend hours each week on sports know a number of teenage girls who spend an equivalent amount of time on dance. There aren't many boys in those dance programs.

While dance is classified as an art it is also a physical activity that requires athletic ability (movement, grace, flexibility, strength) etc. And the fact is that for whatever reasons -- biological, social, cultural -- many of the girls who played coed sports with my boys when they were little, give up the sports to pursue dance. In a sense it is a "substitute" sport.

tfhr said...

I'm sick of this Title IX garbage and the exploitation of "student" athletes.

So much of college sports revolves around providing entertainment, a service willing fans are happy to pay for and of course there are those squeaky clean boosters throwing in to the pot too. There really is no need for public funds where an industry already exists. Our tax dollars are being used to provide the manpower and facilities that either generate revenue or lose it without hope of ever reclaiming the investment. But our contributions to the actual education and all too infrequent graduation of a student athlete is a sham. Think of the college football coaches that pull in seven figure salaries. Think of the college football players that struggle to read at a ninth grade level.

Let the schools seek endorsement contracts and let the "student" athletes do the same. What would it change in the grand scheme of things? Other than offer some relief to the tax payer and introduce the hard cold reality of truth to the process. At the very least, we could get our valuable Congressmen to turn their attention back to important topics like steroids in Major League Baseball.

But if they insist on throwing public money onto the courts, fields, etc., then by all means treat the athletes as state employees and guarantee each "student" a full four years of academic scholarship following the end of their athletic eligibility.

Bachbone said...

Unions have been hiring anyone they can to carry a sign and walk a picket line as far back as the 1980s. When the local Teamsters couldn't get their own members to picket a small non-union supermarket chain one winter, they hired unemployed people to walk in the snow. They also flew in actress Vicki Lawrence, chauffered her in a limo to one of the supermarkets, gave her a bullhorn, alerted the media that she'd be there and let her make a 10-minute stop, in her full-length fur coat, to "support the underpaid workers," then flew her back out of town. I doubt the picketing or Ms. Lawrence's fur coat impressed many shoppers.