Ricketts takes on the anthem protests

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-12-41-14-pmYesterday during his radio call in show, Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the issue of Nebraska football players taking a cue from Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem.

Ricketts said,

“I think the way they chose to protest was disgraceful and disrespectful.”

He then went on to say,

“Part of our country is that people have that right to protest and I think that they ought to look for ways that respect our flag and our nation and still be able to get their message across.”

Pretty strong statement from Ricketts, though not likely to cost him much in the way of political capital. But he did decide to wade into the issue, and he now may be the one who gets to address it in more and different ways.

But here’s the thing:

Those who have been using the kneel-protest during the anthem continually point out that they love America, respect the Constitution and those who have fought for their freedoms.


So their protest really is a means for them to “bring attention” to the issues that are important to them. They’re saying, “Hey, look at me! Listen to what I have to say!


Mission accomplished. Now what?

That is the question. And if there were a “call to action”, many more would be willing to listen, debate, etc. But the problem with Kaepernick and the kneeling Huskers is that there is no plan of action. Nebraska college student Michael Rose-Ivey said he wants, “awareness about police brutality, and the recent deaths of black men and women at the hands of police officers.

Well, it would be difficult to avoid being aware of this, if only by watching the local news. So…is there more to the protest than that?

Not to mention, that time after time, people point out the fallacies in the “BLM” arguments. More whites are killed by police, than blacks. Many times police action has been instigated. The resulting protests have been marred by violence, again without any demands.

And of course one can debate those issues as well. But how many times are “dialogues” going to be started without any plan of action behind them?

Rose-Ivey today Tweeted to Governor Ricketts asking to “sit down and further the discussion.”


One would hope that if there is a meeting, an actual plan will be discussed.


L.St. guest writer

When discussion have occurred on “police violence” the opinions of private citizens have generally been the main focus.

Tomorrow on Leavenworth St., you can read some thoughts and opinions on the subject from a law enforcement officer.

Be sure to come back for the guest-writer’s post.


Requiescat in Pace

As long as we’re on the topic of the Huskers, a quick note to say Rest in Peace to former Husker Coach Milt Tenopir.

One of the more enjoyable and interesting times I’ve ever had was after a speaking engagement of his, sitting a having a few adult beverages later into evening at the Bohemian Cafe in Omaha.

Dumplings and kraut, Pilsners and slivovitz, and Husker football stories. It doesn’t get much better than that.

With the Bohemian Cafe now shuttered and Tenopir’s passing, I will cherish those memories even more.


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  1. Sparkles says:

    Yet another spectacular failure and missed opportunity by our Governor to lead.
    Obviously, money can’t buy the qualities inherent in a true leader.

    Mike Riley for Governor.
    If any of you saw yesterday’s press conference, you know I’m right.

    • Anything Liberal/Progressive/Marxist/Anti-White/Anti-Business/Anti-Christian/Anti-Conservatism and you are automatically “For It” — Right, Sparkly? You left-wing drones are boring, and clueless. I’m guessing you are either a government employee or living in your mom’s basement (perhaps both).

      • Sparkles says:

        That’s right…
        Please forget my brief admiration of Mike Riley and the qualities exhibited by a leader.
        For a moment there, I forgot where I lived. I also forgot leadership qualities aren’t universally admired. Hell, they can’t garner the respect of even a plurality here in good ol’ Nebraska.

        I forgot that it was in fact my fellow Nebraskans who chose Dave Heineman over Tom Osborne.
        Because, the looming wave of dirty brown people.

      • From Wikipedia:

        “A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not advanced by that opponent.”

      • Sparkles says:


        He googles.. he shoots.. he misses!
        Sorry Trump, you’re swinging at phantoms of your own making.
        Mine was not a strawman, but a simple observation. If you read the very definition you posted, a prerequisite for strawman is an argument, and there clearly was none.
        You presented nothing with which to argue, your post was simply slander and a vomitous word salad.

      • Sparkles says:

        Jesus Christ.
        His record on the football field has nothing to do with it.
        It’s his thoughtful and reasoned presentation of the.. ‘incident’ during the press conference. A thoughtful dialogue that, by comparison, makes our Governor and his unreasoned comments look small.
        A presentation which reached all the way back to Mike Riley’s his days as a player on the Bear Bryant’s Alabama football team at a time when Alabama welcomed their first ever black player.

  2. This situation, nationwide, is unlikely to reverse course as long as we have the unfortunate combination of too many cops who unnecessarily escalate certain situations and a decent-sized chunk of an entire demographic that simultaneously fears and distrusts law enforcement.

    The seeds that have led us to where we are today were planted long ago (welfare state, oppression, & inept government-run education) — I am no longer optimistic that today’s racial divide will markedly improve.

  3. The Grundle King says:

    Michael Rose-Ivey said he wants, “awareness about police brutality, and the recent deaths of black men and women at the hands of police officers.”


    The most recent death of a black man at the hand of a police officer, in Nebraska, would be Marcus Wheeler…you know, the guy who killed a new mother who was about to go on maternity leave.

    But nobody’s taking a knee for her.

    So what, exactly, would these players like to see happen? Common sense would tell you that ANY demographic group with a disproportionately high rate of contact with the police is going to have a disproportionately high rate of death at the hands of police. Interesting point of note here…while blacks are killed by police at a rate that well exceeds their portion of the population, they’re actually killed a lower rate than whites when you compare it to the portion of crimes they commit. This means that, if you’re a white person that commits a crime, you actually have a statistically HIGHER probability of being killed by the police than a black person that commits a crime. While BLM is operating in a post-factual realm, I happen to think that facts are still important.

    But, regardless of any statistical analysis, is there any sort of plan or call to action to reduce the number of contacts between African-Americans and police officers? Should police departments across the country abandon proactive evidence-based policing practices because those practices happen to mean more interactions with African-Americans? I suppose that’s one solution…but it appears to come with some pretty godawful results, if the crime rate in Baltimore is any indication. The police there, unwelcome by the community, have decided they best mind their own business…and as of Saturday, there have been 230 homicides in Baltimore. They’re on pace for 313 murders in 2016, which compares favorably to the 344 murders in 2015…but looks pretty abysmal considering they only had 211 in 2014. The BLM chants of “No justice, no peace” have come to fruition. Unable to obtain their version of justice for Freddy Gray, the city has been anything but peaceful. In 2013-14, there were 413 black homicide victims in Baltimore. In 2015-16, that number has jumped to 477, and 2016 isn’t over yet. It appears that anger of one black man’s death has lead to the deaths of at least 64 additional black victims.

    But for those victims, there will be no riots, or widespread protests, and no raised fists or silent prayers whilst kneeling during the anthem. Those deaths, by all appearances, are not important. Criminal brutality? Pfft…no political capital to be gained there. Police brutality is clearly the most pressing issue.

    Another fun fact in parting…police officers are over 15 times more likely to be killed by a black suspect than a black suspect is to be killed by a police officer.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Ooops, forgot to specify…

      “The most recent death of a black man at the hand of a police officer, THAT I CAN RECALL in Nebraska,…”

    • The Grundle King says:

      I actually disagree with that. It’s up to the coach to run his team. That’s what we hire and pay them for. While I do feel that some disciplinary action would be appropriate (extra conditioning, sit out a quarter, etc.), I don’t feel that kicking them off the team is appropriate…nor will it help in any way when it comes to addressing the racial divisions driving this whole issue.

      • Sparkles says:

        It is a silent, respectful protest that is happening on college and high school campuses all across the nation. (Lincoln Southeast and Lincoln High both engaged.. where’s the outrage).

        Thanks to folks like Gov. Ricketts, Hal Daub and our local hate-for-profit right wing radio talkers, it is only NEBRASKA who’s name will be splashed across the national press, associated with racism and student athletes facing retribution and threats of violence.

        What a super recruiting tool.
        This could easily spin out of control with NU becoming a perennial loser.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hal Daub, shameless self-promoter that he is, should be kicked off the Regents and remove himself from public affairs. It is time for new blood in the NE Repub Party.

      • Ignore sparkles says:

        This will all cool down when they lose, then they can carry on ad-nauseum or get back to football, nobody cares, there’s always next year without TA fatigue

  4. The players can do what they want. I won’t watch a team or sports league that permits this. I pay to see sport, not the primitive political expression of 18 year old semi-literates.

    Advertisers take note.

    • Anonymous says:

      Teaching, research, education and service. No, wait a minute, that’s not why land grant universities were founded. Land grant universities were founded to whore themselves for TV money in the name of athletics, under the dubious direction of foundations not subject to public oversight. Gee, I forgot, silly me.

    • Dale Gribble says:

      Careful Professor, that comment veers into waaayycist territory; for sure these comments hurt these protesting snowflakes. Or is the University now in favor of free speech? It wasnt when administrators initiated a disciplinary investigation against a frat for holding a charity march where members displayed American and Confederate flags. As you know WHITE MEN are not allowed to invade liberals’ safe spaces.

      • I think the protest was “disgraceful and disrespectful”. I also think walking around campus waving a Confederate flag is “disgraceful and disrespectful”. And, of course, both should be entirely legal. They choose to do this; so I choose to find something better to do with my Saturday and Sunday afternoons (not that I watch much football anyway).

        And for Megan Rapinoe, Ellis’ idiotic decision to include her in the squad and then play her only 30 minutes a game was probably the reason we didn’t win the Olympic gold medal. Rapinoe was useless.

        The fact is, black men get shot more by police because they have more encounters with police. And that, in turn, is because the violent crime rate among black men is 6 times that of white men, with other black men overwhelmingly the victims. Amazing stat: young black men 18-40 are 3% of our population, but they commit almost half of all rapes and murders. That’s the real problem. Unfortunately, you can’t solve the problem with a silly protest. You have to persuade people to form two-parent families and abhor gangsta culture.

  5. Prof says:

    Hal’s comments are all over national news today and will probably spread internationally by end of day. The PC Police have clearly turned their gaze towards the Cornhusker State. I agree with Hal, but wish he would have been more thoughtful in his public comments.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I hope Regent Daub Googles this prior to their next meeting: “UNL Students Restricted By New ‘Respect’ Policy” Sept. 2, 2016 in The College Fix. Therein, UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green spells out their new non-negotiable list of expected speech regarding diversity and inclusion. “We do not tolerate actions of hate and disrespect.” Green said. One could posit that not standing for the National Anthem is a an act of “disrespect.” But I guess only UNL Administrators and Coaches can dictate what is respectful on campus and what is not. I encourage all to read up on UNL’s new policy, implemented just this month. The next time a conservative demonstration on campus gets called out for acts of “hate and disrespect” just remember who is really in charge of speech on campus.

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