I was watching an absolute disaster of an LSU basketball game last night, in which they gave up 105 points and lost to 30, and gave up the SEC record in three point shots made in a game along the way largely due to an uninspired, beta effort.
At home, mind you.
And while it was going on, with Alabama up 40 in the second half, a PSA saying what you read in the headline came on. “When LSU is at home, we win.” They had the Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair, saying this stuff.
It was a stupid COVID thing telling me not to leave my house. If I could find it on YouTube or somewhere else I’d embed it here so you could see it, but apparently they’re not proud enough of it to put it up on the internet.
Well, guess what, boys and girls – you don’t win when you stay at home. In football, Alabama came in and whipped you by 38, and in basketball we had to watch Alabama come in and whip you by 30. You aren’t even remotely competitive at home with the best program in the SEC.
So no, staying home is not a win. Not even close. Staying home is a recipe for having reality come in and humiliate you because you didn’t venture forth and kick ass like a real adult who isn’t scared of his (or her) shadow.
And we know that staying home doesn’t mean a win. We know it. We now know it’s a formula for disaster.
The use of universal lockdowns in the event of the appearance of a new pathogen has no precedent. It has been a science experiment in real time, with most of the human population used as lab rats. The costs are legion.
The question is whether lockdowns worked to control the virus in a way that is scientifically verifiable. Based on the following studies, the answer is no and for a variety of reasons: bad data, no correlations, no causal demonstration, anomalous exceptions, and so on. There is no relationship between lockdowns (or whatever else people want to call them to mask their true nature) and virus control.
Perhaps this is a shocking revelation, given that universal social and economic controls are becoming the new orthodoxy. In a saner world, the burden of proof really should belong to the lockdowners, since it is they who overthrew 100 years of public-health wisdom and replaced it with an untested, top-down imposition on freedom and human rights. They never accepted that burden. They took it as axiomatic that a virus could be intimidated and frightened by credentials, edicts, speeches, and masked gendarmes.
The pro-lockdown evidence is shockingly thin, and based largely on comparing real-world outcomes against dire computer-generated forecasts derived from empirically untested models, and then merely positing that stringencies and “nonpharmaceutical interventions” account for the difference between the fictionalized vs. the real outcome. The anti-lockdown studies, on the other hand, are evidence-based, robust, and thorough, grappling with the data we have (with all its flaws) and looking at the results in light of controls on the population.
LSU is supposed to be an institution where the best and brightest Louisiana can find or attract bring the latest, most persuasive and best-quality methods, knowledge and technology to the fore to train the next generation of the best and brightest. Instead, what we get is Woke LSU, where slavish and obsequious obeisance and sycophantic tongue-baths are applied to those in power. When they’re not spending their time converting the place into a full-on communist indoctrination center, that is.
For example, here was school president Thomas Galligan, perhaps the worst leader the university has ever had, showing off the most beta of beta looks in kissing Joe Biden’s ass yesterday…
Nice mask. Is there a face even remotely visible under it? And are you worried you’ll spread COVID via YouTube? Exactly who do you think you’re impressing with that mask on? Even the Karenest of Karens will look at that mask and say “that isn’t really necessary.”
This coming after LSU castigated one of its own athletic sponsors, the Rouse’s grocery chain, because its retired former CEO exercised his First Amendment right to attend a protest in DC on January 6 that happened to turn into a riot. LSU did nothing when its students marched in support of “mostly peaceful” protests over the summer in which billions of dollars of damage was done to private businesses, many of which looked somewhat similar to Rouse’s grocery stores; let the retired executive of a company that pays six figures a year to advertise on LSU’s athletic broadcasts, though, show up somewhere in favor of a different political perspective and the whole company gets publicly shamed for its “connection to political violence.” And Collis Temple, the newest member of the all-Democrat-and-a-few-pathetic-RINO Board of Supervisors John Bel Edwards saddled the university with, is now grounding-and-pounding Rouse’s with demands for severing the relationship.
Which Rouse’s really ought to take in hand and pull on its own with a giant middle finger to Woke LSU. It would be the best marketing move they could ever make. Calling out Temple as the reason for pulling their six-figure contribution would be an especially good idea.
This level of absolute disconnect and unmitigated failure on behalf of the state’s flagship university is unprecedented. And coming out of a disgusting sexual assault and domestic abuse scandal the university clearly attempted, unsuccessfully, to sweep under the rug and an ongoing disgrace involving a crooked contractual process involving a prominent local businessman and political crony who happens to be implicated in the sexual assault scandal as well, perhaps the less pontificating by LSU right now, the better.
Oh, and by the way – with the state’s economy absolutely in the toilet and people moving out of Louisiana in droves while COVID numbers haven’t fallen off a bit, we know that our people staying home doesn’t do a damn thing to produce any wins. Unless it’s for Texas, that is. We know from the Allied Van Lines migration survey that Louisiana is losing population by a 45-55 in-out margin, the worst in the South. To places like Corpus Christi, Texas, which used to be a laughing stock. Well, guess what – Corpus isn’t anymore. Now it’s our cities which are laughingstocks.
And so is the state.
Next time, Woke LSU, do us a favor and don’t tell us how to live our lives while you’re getting annihilated again by Alabama. There is only so much pain we’re willing to tolerate while watching your highly-paid incompetent leadership alienate more than half of your supporters.