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      Good afternoon Redskins fans!  I have once again been invited to sit in the relative comfort of the press box and shout my thoughts into the void via this blog.  As you watch the game today and see the rain  pour relentlessly from the heavens, know that I am safe and dry.  Know also that @Spaceman Spiff is out there somewhere, cold and unappreciated, rolling around in the muck trying to capture that perfect picture.  Maybe say a little prayer for his health (or laugh, whatever, I’m not judging you).  Also, be sure not to miss the pictures he posts on this site after each game.     
       
      Before we get into today's Redskins game, I want give some thanks for more positive occurrences in DC sports.  Congrats to the Washington Mystics for winning their first championship.  Congrats go out to the Washington Nationals as well for reaching the world series.  These two teams (along with the Caps) are working hard to change the sports related mood around this town, and we're all happier for it. 
       
      Lets move now into less cheerful topics, namely your Washington Redskins!  Yow know things are going bad, and I mean really dang bad, when your team has gone through three quarterbacks and two coaches and your not even half way through the season.  Today's fresh hell comes in the form of a specter of the our recent past coming to smirk at our misfortune.  Im talking of course of Kyle.  Kyle's spent the week assuring everyone that he isn’t holding a grudge, while very obviously holding a grudge.  “Everything else.”  You know what I’m talking about. 
       
      If all he brought to town were his hurt feelings we wouldn’t have a problem.  Sadly, he’s arrived with an undefeated football team that the NFL says we have to play this week.  This feels entirely unfair. 
       
      My generic key to the game:  Run the ball and stop the run.  The team (spoiler alert: 49ers) that does this today will win.   
       
      Redskins Inactives  
      QB Colt McCoy  
      S Deshazor Everett  
      CB Josh Norman  
      RB Chris THompson  
      LB Josh Harvey-Clemons 
      G Wes Martin  
      TE Vernon Davis  
       
      49ers inactives  
      QB CJ Beathard 
      WR Deebo Samuel  
      CB Ahkello Witherspoon  
      FB Kyle Juszczyk 
      T Mike McGLinchey 
      T Joe Staley 
      DL DJ Jones 
       
      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers
       
      Callahan wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to run the ball.  That first drive was all runs, and looked great... right up until they tried to pass the ball.  Hopkins missed the relatively short fied goal, because of course he did.     

      Maybe Quinn isn’t a good choice to be returning punts?  Consider it.    
       
      That second Redskins drive looked more like what we’ve come to expect from this offense.  Run for negative yards, pass dropped, and an unsuccessful screen pass.  A quintessential Redskins three and out. 

      Passing yards this quarter:  Redskins 3. 49ers 9.  Are you not entertained?! 
       
      Half Time Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers 
       
      How happy are you to spend your Sunday afternoon watching this game?  Consider that some people paid money, to sit in a poncho, in the rain, to watch this game. 
       
      It’s now time for those half time adjustments that our beloved skins do so well.  It’s unlikely the second half mirrors the first. 
       
      3rd Quarter Update 
      Redskins 0 – 3 49ers  
       
      Good news, this game will not end in a 0-0 tie.  Those half time adjustments have kicked in as expected and the 49ers have found a way onto the scoreboard in this messy throwback game.  The Redskins have decided to spend the second half collecting holding penalties and sadness.  Mercifully, only one quarter remains. 
       
      End of Game Update 
      Redskins 0 – 9 49ers 
       
      Callahan hasn’t spent much time as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he’s already proven that his team can waste 2nd half timeouts like a veteran.  It makes little sense to adopt a strategy that shortens the game when your team is losing, and it makes even less sense when your team is short on time outs.  I’m not really sure what the thinking as late in this game.    
       
      Next week Kirk Cousins!   
       
       
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NYT:New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents

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ALBUQUERQUE — In one of the boldest state-led efforts to expand access to higher education, New Mexico is unveiling a plan on Wednesday to make tuition at its public colleges and universities free for all state residents, regardless of family income.

 

The move comes as many American families grapple with the rising cost of higher education and as discussions about free public college gain momentum in state legislatures and on the presidential debate stage. Nearly half of the states, including New York, Oregon and Tennessee, have guaranteed free two- or four-year public college to some students. But the New Mexico proposal goes further, promising four years of tuition even to students whose families can afford to pay the sticker price.

 

The program, which is expected to be formally announced by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday and still requires legislative approval, would apply to all 29 of the state’s two- and four-year public institutions. Long one of the poorest states in the country, New Mexico plans to use climbing revenues from oil production to pay for much of the costs.

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So far, states, not the federal government, have led the way — sometimes out of a hope that a more educated work force would attract businesses and improve local economies. As of 2018, 17 states had programs promising free college to at least some students, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of those programs cover tuition only at two-year institutions.

 

New York’s Excelsior Scholarship, championed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and enacted in 2017, illustrates some of the challenges New Mexico will face. Excelsior promises free tuition at public two- and four-year colleges to families making up to $125,000, but requires that students have no gaps in their education — meaning no time away from the lecture hall to work or to care for children or aging relatives. And the scholarship money cannot be used on books, housing costs, child care or any of the other living expenses that can quickly pile up, and eventually cause many to drop out of school.

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The program will rely on approval and appropriations from the State Legislature if it is to commence as expected in 2020.

“This will take some high-quality politicking from the governor and others to make it happen,” said Tripp Stelnicki, a spokesman for Governor Lujan Grisham, a Democrat.

 

But both chambers in New Mexico are controlled by Democrats, and while fiscal conservatives still have considerable sway in the state, legislators have already shown willingness recently to increase spending on public education. State and federal spending on early childhood programs, including prekindergarten, is climbing to $546 million this year in New Mexico, a $135 million increase from the previous year.

 

 

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As usual, I'm a day late and several thousand dollars short.  😉

 

Actually, my degree from NMSU was some of the best money I ever invested in myself and it was very cheap.

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The fact that investment in public education is considered a bold/controversial proposal in this country is a fairly damning indictment of just how far down the far-right/late-stage capitalism rabbit hole we’ve gotten.

 

See also: Healthcare

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How long until we get a tweet about how out of control and unfair the system is when it favors new Mexicans over regular old Americans? 

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29 minutes ago, Llevron said:

How long until we get a tweet about how out of control and unfair the system is when it favors new Mexicans over regular old Americans? 

Funny that you say this. I was just in New Mexico and I saw a waitress there wearing a shirt that said I'm from New Mexico, that doesnt make me Mexican. New Mexico is in the United States.

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3 minutes ago, Xameil said:

Funny that you say this. I was just in New Mexico and I saw a waitress there wearing a shirt that said I'm from New Mexico, that doesnt make me Mexican. New Mexico is in the United States.

For years there was a section in NM Magazine (the tourist board rag) called One of Our Fifty is Missing.  Stories about shipping problems, driving license issues etc.  I got told once I spoke good English.  

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15 hours ago, twa said:

Didn't they get the memo fossil fuels are the Debil?

 

:pint:

 

The Devil you know. He's really good to us on ocassion.  But then he always leaves us hanging.  Plenty of solar and wind out here too.

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Good for New Mexico. I hope they find a way to do this that is successful - both in results and in cost. It would be nice to have a free college system that works here, in the united states, that we can look at and consider growing to other states.

 

I don't like the idea because I don't think it will be successful, but I am cheering for it to be successful because a successful free college system would be good (even if I don't think it's likely/possible)

 

I wish more of our big problems were tackled this way. Have a few different states take a crack at it, see what the results are, figure out if it's something that should be done across the board. Maybe the answer is each state adapts a version that will be successful for them, as opposed to some Federal program that forces all 50 states to do it a specific way.

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11 minutes ago, KAOSkins said:

The Devil you know. He's really good to us on ocassion.  But then he always leaves us hanging.  Plenty of solar and wind out here too.

 

Think when they eliminate fossil fuels they will get college funding from wind and solar instead?

 

of course they will not eliminate it, but rather just tax it more. :pint:

 

UT been feasting on oil money for ages.

 

https://www.kxan.com/top-stories/ut-draws-from-oil-money-to-give-free-tuition-for-families-earning-up-to-65k/

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37 minutes ago, tshile said:

 

I wish more of our big problems were tackled this way. Have a few different states take a crack at it, see what the results are, figure out if it's something that should be done across the board. Maybe the answer is each state adapts a version that will be successful for them, as opposed to some Federal program that forces all 50 states to do it a specific way.

 

I still prefer things being done via a baseline Federal program/requirement that States can elect to beef up.

 

That said..I too hope this works in NM. 

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16 minutes ago, KAOSkins said:

I hope they include some plan for vocational, non college bound kids too.  

 

The colleges here do vocational courses as well as the usual, they are certainly beneficial.

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The original idea of stopping public education at 18 is basically an arbitrary number conceived around when we consider someone "ready" to exist by themselves making their own money. 

 

If you believe, as I do, that the roll of public education is to enable someone to be able to get a job that, on around 40 hours of work, enables them to exist above the poverty line, then this is a no brainer. Vocation/trade/4year degree is irrelevant. What matters is can someone get a job that allows them to live above the poverty line.

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