Declare the pennies on your eyes

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 12.34.37 PMAs noted here on Friday, Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford pulled in about $312K for Q1 of 2016. His Republican opponents came in at a combined $140K.

Don Bacon reported to the FEC that he has around $93K and Chip Maxwell says $53K.

Ashford has around $900K COH, while Bacon has $162K COH and Maxwell $33K.

By most estimations, these are good numbers for Ashford and poor for Bacon, and poorest for Maxwell.

Though, as the argument goes, you don’t have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the others running from the bear. Bacon’s first goal is to get past the primary. And he is already on TV and has a bit of cash in his pocket to get himself past the line in May.

After that?

Ya never know.

Heck, just ask Brad Ashford, throw-away candidate whose campaign was an afterthought, if ya never know what can happen. (Whither Congressman Festersen…)

That likely goes for Maxwell too. He has held two elected offices and been on the radio, and is running against a newcomer.

Things look good for Ashford right now, but things could change.
Bacon has more cash than Maxwell right now, but will that be enough?
Maxwell showed some promise with early numbers, but can he hold the top tier?

It’s a long way to November.
But it’s getting short and shorter to May.

 

Berry berry good

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts had a very involved press conference on Friday to announce his veto of the bill to grant professional licenses to children of illegal aliens.

He had a couple legal immigrants on (one via Skype) to tell how much of a hassle it is to go through the process legally — and note that others shouldn’t just get to skip ahead.

And this made for a very strong argument…if it had been made a week before.

This is the proverbial closing the barn door after the horses have run out.

Baseball enthusiast State Senator Bill Kintner called the presser a “home run” — except that it was more like a batting practice home run after the game had ended.

OK, OK.

How about, it’s more like an under the stadium batting cages home run, while your team is trailing 33-11 in the bottom of the ninth.

30 votes are needed to override a veto.
The bill had 33 on Final Passage.
That means the Governor needs to flip FOUR Senators from the previous vote AND hold onto ALL 5 Senators who “did not vote”.

Not technically impossible.
But a TALL order.

And are these late, late testimonials going to flip the Senators?

So again, WHY wait until AFTER the vote to pull out your big guns, go to the press, announce your intentions, make the big show…when it is way more likely that you’re going to lose?

Just to show that he’s committed to the cause?
Is the dog and pony show necessary for that?
Or is the plan really to rally in the ninth with a grand slam and perfect defense?

Sometimes there just aren’t enough baseball analogies…

 

40(b) good

The Presidential nomination and the GOP convention in Cleveland are still filled with lots and lots of “what ifs…”

But one of those issues that keeps coming up and discussed in 10 different ways is “Rule 40(b)” regarding WHO can be nominated. Note first that this can absolutely be changed prior to the voting. The rule is from 2012.

BUT…

There has been a CW (and that includes me) that only Donald Trump or Ted Cruz could be considered because the rules read…

“shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states”

But here is the WHOLE section…

(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules or any rule of the House of Representatives, to demonstrate the support required of this paragraph a certificate evidencing the affirmative written support of the required number of permanently seated delegates from each of the eight (8) or more states shall have been submitted to the secretary of the convention not later than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to this rule and the established order of business.

And note that it doesn’t say ANYTHING about WINNING a state caucus or primary.

Got that?

It simply says that a majority of delegates from 8 or more states will write on a piece of paper that they support X candidate (or candidateS), an hour prior to person’s nomination.

So, in theory, this opens the nomination up to ANYONE who can garner support of a majority of 8 or more states. So, yes, Kim Kardashian could still get the nomination.

Further, there is an argument that various candidates could have their name taken OUT of contention, if they don’t get the requisite support prior to the established order of business.

So, in theory, this could exclude both Trump and Cruz from the nomination…at some point.

This all seems to only come in when delegates are free to pick whomever they want (right now, the 2nd ballot for Nebraska delegates).

Again, these rules could change — though it would have to be by a majority of the delegates agreeing.

But this reading means that things are a lot more wide open than some (including me) have suggested.

 

Click for that one weird trick

If you’re among the 55% of households paying The Man today, I feel for ya.

(Bernie says you’re not paying enough.)

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And some say Liking Leavenworth St. on The Facebook makes you look and feel younger (or, if you’re young, more mature)!

You know what to do.

75 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Front page story in today’s Weird-Harold is about an 18 year old Dreamer girl from Bellevue West I think. She is being wooed by many colleges, including Harvard. She got to go to Harvard last summer for a 7 week program. She recently went back to Harvard for a program courtesy of her guidance counselor or some such who was pictured with her viewing the Legislature last week. She has a 29 ACT scrore and is ranked 3rd out of class of 560. My question is, how many native born Nebraska students with a 29 ACT get accepted to or recruited by Harvard? Could it be a little affirmative action going on here? Moreover, how low is the bar if someone scoring a 29 out of 36 on their ACT is ranked 3rd in a class of 560? Are there like 50-3rd place finishers, 50-2nd place and 50-1st place? According the OWH she has worked very hard for her grades and there can’t be any doubt about that. The curious thing is that she seems to also have more opportunities presented to her that the “average” good student from Nebraska would not get. Is there a political reason why kids who are technically illegal are sought by Ivy League Schools?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think class rankings are usually by grade point average and not ACT score. Also only 7% of all students who take the ACT score a 29 or above.

      But thanks for dropping all the truth bombs. You really nailed her.

      • DREAMER says:

        A 4.7 at South??? Stunning Achievement!!! The School has one of the worst ACT composite scores and ACT participation rate. The graduation rate is abysmal

      • Anonymous says:

        EXACTLY!! She goes to Omaha South. A dump of a school. Who knows what she would have been able to achieve if she had went to a Millard School or Marian or Duchesne.

        Harvard knows what type of student they want and they chose her. Why is it so hard to accept?

    • Sparkles says:

      You’re right 1:52, because the one thing the world is crying out for is more little twittering tools of uber privilege, like Nebraska’s own Sasse Baron Cohen, who wasted 4 years of classroom space at Harvard, before matriculating to Oxford, then to Yale.

      Those spots at Harvard need to be reserved for the purpose of cranking out more alumni like G.W. Bush and Ben Sasse. Children of privilege, destined to fail upward into social circles where they’ll need to flash their Ivy colors so as not to be ostracized by fellow yacht club members.
      Then again, there’s our serially incompetent Governor. He has succeeded masterfully at his upward calamity with only the wisdom acquired from the Univ of Chicago to insure his moneyed trajectory.

      Come to think of it, for the privileged, choice of college has little bearing on their future wealth and continued life of privilege.

      So why not just a couple slots reserved for young people whose work ethic, character and dogged determination to succeed have set them apart from their peers?
      What is the harm in allowing Brenda Esqueda, of Omaha South, the opportunity to set a shining example for a generation of her less-than-privileged Omaha South peers to follow?
      Explain to me how that’s a disservice to Nebraskans.

      • Anonymous says:

        To add to Sparkles as a business owner I look at more than someones GPA or College Test scores when hiring. Personality, life experiences, communication skills, those things all matter as well in judging someone for a position. Not whether or not they only did better than 93% of the people and not 95% of the people on some test on a Saturday morning.

      • Anonymous says:

        It sounds like with the help of her teachers and guidance counselor that she already has experienced more than most Nebraska kids with a 29 ACT, having been at Harvard for a 7 week course last summer (this is for kids who come from low income families, I heard of the program 3 years ago) and also getting to go back to Harvard this year. Do you think her parents had to pay much, if anything for that? Not trying to detract from her being a good student, kudos to her work ethic. I’m just saying she gets a leg up by virtue of who she is where others with better ACT scores could never hope to have these experiences.

      • Sparkles says:

        Anonymous at 4:06,

        Your complaint is:
        “she gets a leg up by virtue of who she is”

        Do you mean, like Pete Ricketts, got a leg up by virtue of who he is?
        Or Ben Sasse?
        Or Gomer P Goofy from high school, who inherited the $4 million family farm?
        Or GW Bush, or Al Gore Jr., or Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, or Henry Ford II, or Bill Ford Jr., or Alice Walton, or John Walton, or Jim C Walton, or… pick a Kennedy.
        I don’t recall the same outrage over any of these individuals who received a ‘leg up’ by virtue of who they are.
        By the way – all of these who, on top of their immense inherited wealth, have reaped countless billions in taxpayer funded salaries and subsidies.

        Also, it should be noted that although Harvard, like nearly every research university, receives federal funding, Harvard is indeed a private university, with an endowment approaching $38 billion dollars.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, Unless your daughter was applying to the Yale Law School. which would require an LSAT and not an ACT, you remarks about the Obamas make no sense. Given their law school records I see no reason to assume they did not get in on there merits. I addition every Jesuit law school has minority admission problems. Creighton Law School had it for the 42 years I was on the faculty and I have seen nothing to indicate that it has been ended. The Jesuit schools tend to defend the programs as based on Social Encyclicals, which might make then invulnerable to federal attack under Hobby Lobby/

      • Oracle says:

        If you’re an athlete, 29’s fine. I believe a football player from the Omaha area was accepted to Yale with this score, and then he switched to Harvard.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, If you know more about appropriate admissions than Harvard I would be very surprised. The institution you attended is not famous for high standards, they let me in and about 30 of my relatives. Why not celebrate this student’s achievements instead of turning her into a political football?

      • Bluejay says:

        RL

        I resent the entire race based affirmative action admissions standards at those Ivy League schools. They hold themselves out as “the best” and they are far from it. There are two standards and the likes of Michelle and Barack Obama are the beneficiaries.

        My youngest applied to Yale and was rejected. ACT of 32 and other achievements. But after seeing the students scream at a teacher in a quad and all of the other nuttiness at Yale, she is at a way better school.

        The sooner we overturn the tyranny of the Ivies, the better off we are as a country. Jesuit schools are WAY better. You should know.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re so right. What a hot take. It’s so easy to get a 29 that only the easy majors would have a score so low. That’s why 93% of the people who take the test score below that. Because it’s such a bad score.

  2. Affirmative action says:

    Admission data indicates that Harvard regularly accepts students with ACTs of 32 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of appliants – and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Harvard University.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m confused. So is everybody saying that a private institution like Harvard can’t choose who they admit to their school? That the government should choose or something? What am I missing.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Indeed, you are confused. As a private university, they’re free to select admit whomever they so choose. And as Americans with 1st Amendment rights, we’re all free to criticize them for the way they make their choices…as it is your right to criticize the rest of us. This goes on ad nauseum.

  3. USA Proud says:

    Sweeper, you use the precise terms “illegal aliens” and “legal immigrants”. Thank you.

    My family immigrated to the United States legally, studied and tested to become US citizens, have never missed voting in any election and all who could serve in the US Armed Forces did. We work hard to justify being American citizen and we are horrified that our government is rewarding criminal invaders with citizenship.

    Calling invaders “undocumented immigrants” is like calling rapists “undocumented spouses”.

    • Bluejay says:

      Amen. I also can’t stand it when someone says on TV something like, “My grandparents were immigrants.” Correction: Legal immigrants.

      Drives me nuts.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, There was no limits on immigration when most of my relatives came over and the potatoes were dying, not sure I see much to brag about. A lot of Irish over the years walked in from Canada and I suspect others ethnic groups did as well.
        A bit of Bluejay history, Creighton’s Dean led the opposition to the early law school admission standards in 1928 because they were intended to keep Jews, Italians, and Eastern Europeans out of the legal profession. I am proud of that.

      • Bluejay says:

        RL

        But NOW we do have laws and procedures on immigration that many lawless people want to ignore. Chamber of Commerce Republicans want cheap labor. The Dems want future voters, victims and more identity politics. Shameful on both sides.

        Today’s Texas SCOTUS case is key. The Catholics and Jesuit-educated will back the rule of law. The Libs will spin up a decision against standing.

        If we create a culture of lawlessness and abandon the rule of law, we are finished as a country. I learned that at Creighton Law School.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, Validity of Executive order is not really relevant. Rule of Law is irrelevant since law authorizes deportation, does not require self deportation, and Congress only appropriates enough money for a certain number of deportation cases each year. Despite the noise, resources are not available to deport more, I have a lot of trouble seeing rules on whom to deport as prosecutorial discretion or more accurately the President’s take care power.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, I might mention that any minority admission at Harvard could easily gain admission to any Jesuit law school on the merits without help and that is true of most state law schools in the Midwest.

      • Bluejay says:

        RL

        Barack took the seat of better qualified candidates. Without that Harvard halo, there is no book deal, no job at the University of Chicago and no historic first black President.

        And also no invasion of Europe from the Middle East due to his giant screw-up. Obama has fundamentally change America and Europe and made both immeasurably worse.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, I have no evidence that Obama was a minority admission and if he was perhaps he took the place of a less qualified administrative admission or legacy. More generally I think this talk of better qualified is nonsense. The qualifications are relatively arbitrary and predict little more than likelihood of completing first year with success. Harvard does not admit anyone who does not meet that standard to a very high probability. The fetish of small numerical differences between persons of extraordinary ability is silly. Particularly since neither of us has any idea what the admissions committee looked at at that time at Harvard.

      • The Grundle King says:

        RL horks out: “Bluejay, There was no limits on immigration when most of my relatives came over and the potatoes were dying, not sure I see much to brag about. A lot of Irish over the years walked in from Canada and I suspect others ethnic groups did as well.”

        What a ridiculous cop-out. I’m beginning to understand why you’re a repenting lawyer…any lawyer that would raise a defense such as, “What was okay before should be okay now!” (I’m sure there’s a fancy Latin term for that) SHOULD repent.

  4. Anonymous says:

    2:08. Let us not forget that every Nebraska Republican who is blogging here today voted for their bosom buddy and best friend, the Senator, Secretary of Defense and Georgetown Professor Charles T. Hagel, who’s only college degree is that same shitty UNO BA “major in communications” you mention.

  5. To Affirmative action says:

    Harvard’s top 90% of admitted students have an ACT Score of 30 – 36. Maybe DREAMing of going to Harvard pays dividends.

  6. Pete Still Needs a Win says:

    Mr Nice Guy Pete Ricketts throws Nicole Fox, the woman he appointed to fill Nordquist seat in South O, under the bus. How is she supposed to win in the Hispanic neighborhood while being linked to Ricketts?
    Why would anybody want to be associated with the totally incompetent Ricketts?
    Maybe the equally terrible Jean Stothert, but that is about it. Oh and that Gage guy and loony McCoy.
    ricky

    • bynd says:

      Well Ricky, 166,000 Nebraskans agreed with Pete on the death penalty petition drive. 47, 953 voted for Stothert over Suttle. And then there is you. How many support what you have to say? RFLMBO What a fine example of a self overrated, but great hate monger and bigot you are.

      • Pete Still Needs a Win says:

        Once again I ask Mr Bynd what do I hate and how am I a bigot? Can’t answer that but go ahead and try.
        Ricketts paid for a lot of signatures. So what. Stothert won the mayorship. How does that change what I posted?
        Instead you try to refute my argument by claiming I hate and am a bigot. Not true grow up.
        rlf

      • The Grundle King says:

        @ ricky,

        bigot: a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

        I’d say that pretty much explains it…I’m not sure what more needs to be said. Everyone who posts here, even on your side of the aisle, can plainly see how intolerant you are of those who hold different opinions than you.

        And as far as the Death Penalty initiative goes, I never saw anyone paid for their signature…and I certainly wasn’t paid for mine. If you saw people receiving compensation for their signatures, it was your duty as a lawful American and Nebraskan to support such wrongdoing. It’s no better than providing compensation for votes…like say a bus ride and a free meal to vote for a certain mayoral candidate.

  7. Anonymous says:

    For those of you against Dreamers, I ask what should we do with them? What if someone lived in Omaha since they were 3, have never been to Mexico, has siblings that are born here and therefore citizens? Should we send them to a country they know nothing of and haven’t been to in 15 years?

    • bynd says:

      What is it that Dreamers dream of? Becoming American citizens? Living in the USA under the rules they pick? How about, once they apply for citizenship, then we can talk about all of this.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, Did you never violate a law? I have crossed against the light, jaywalked and even spit on the sidewalk, when I had chest infection, and unlike the Dreamers, my parents made me do none of that. I was also no great respecter the drinking age. I am not qualified to throw the first stone.

      • The Grundle King says:

        RL,

        How childish of you to completely avoid bynd’s point…which was that, until they’ve at least APPLIED for citizenship, maybe we don’t just hand them everything.

        Of course we’ve all done things we’re not proud of…but some of us try to make up for such actions by leading better lives. The first step in leading that better life is to start doing things the right way…and in this case, it would be applying for citizenship. I will grant you that these people are here under no fault of their own due to decisions that were made for them…but they’re adults now, and as adults they need to take the initiative to do the right thing.

      • To repenting lawyer says:

        Sure I’ve violated the law. And the times I was caught I was punished. Have the dreamer kids APPLY for citizenship, then let’s talk about what happens from there.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Trundle King again, eh? This is only like, what, the 5th or 6th time now? Yeah, typo my arse.

        I understand that my moniker doesn’t exactly inspire a vision of nobility…far from it actually. It’s intended to indicate where I feel I reside in this world…stuck firmly between a bunch of (insert anatomical references here). At this point, after repeated “misspellings” it’s clear that you mean to imply I possess attributes of being slow, encumbered, overburdened, etc….and I’m certain you’re referring to my mental faculties, rather than physical.

        But if you insist on continuing to pass it off as an auto-correct error or a typo…then maybe try something your professors surely taught you to do in law school. Proofread.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        GrundleKing, It is the machine, I think the monicker is funny. Never have been good at proof reading, dyslexia and now vision problems. Give me a standing apology.

      • Oracle says:

        You’re a real jerk, GK. RL has already mentioned vision problems, and if his keyboard is like ~99.99% of all keyboards in this country, the T is right above the G.

      • The Grundle King says:

        RL, I guess I really don’t have a choice but to take your word for it.

        Oh, and if I’m a jerk in Oracle’s eyes, then I’d say it puts me in pretty good company.

    • Macdaddy says:

      Don’t children traditionally live with their parents? Families move all the time. Sometimes they even move to other countries. Heck, they moved here. Why is it my problem that it’s time for them to move again? Is it now a Constitutional right that children should never have to move? To what degree? Never move to a different state? A different town? A different school district? Neighborhood? Street?

      • Anonymous says:

        What if they are 21 now? they’ve been in a country for 18 years. They’ve worked here, gone to school here, paid taxes here. They have no connection to their home country. Then What?

        To me if you graduate from High School in America you get citizenship. We need educated individuals.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Absolutely they have a connection to their home country…they were born there! I only lived in the state of my birth for about 3 months…but I still find myself proving the city and state of my birth on all sorts of application documents.

        Graduating high school, in my opinion, is a ridiculously low threshold. Many who graduate high school are no more educated than an 8th grader because many schools are just interested in pushing students through to increase their graduation rate. Up it to graduating from a post-secondary school, or at least 2 years of military service, and then maybe you’ll be on to something. Hell, even someone who goes to a 2-year trade school is bound to have more to offer society than half of our native-born high school grads.

      • Macdaddy says:

        That’s even easier, Anonymous. They do some research, look for a place to live, apply for a job, then move. People do it all the time. Even 20 year olds do that. At the very least, they can go move in with dear old mom and dad. You know, last time I checked, Mexico City was very metropolitan. Should be easy to fit in when you are in your early 20s. I would suggest learning Spanish, though.

  8. The Ugly Truth says:

    Sweeper your intel is pretty bad on this one. Floor debate clearly laid out the distinction between the complicated process to legally gain these licenses versus the line jumping of illegals (who aren’t children any more, but adults choosing careers they know they require legal status they do not have). Senators just didn’t care. All Rickett’s arguments were laid out clearly in a letter to all offices before they voted. Those who voted for 947 ignored them. Labor Commissioner explicitly laid out legal concerns in correspondence sent to all offices. Mello’s “trust me” was all Smith, Lindstrom, Williams and other RINOs needed to wrap themselves in the flag of “workforce development” and ignore basic fairness, much less rule of law. As long as Conservatives let senators introduce tax increases, huge pork filled spending packages, and crony tax kickbacks and still claim to be “conservative”, all the facts and well crafted arguments don’t matter.

  9. repenting lawyer says:

    Ugly Truth, no one is released from the standard qualifications for the professions, but only of citizenship requirements, which is not standard in all professions, eg medicine, and not required in all States for law. Maybe the ugly truth is not about this bill.

  10. Swift says:

    When a baby is left on my doorstep I usually eat it And no, Mexican babies don’t taste like tacos any more than Irish one’s taste like potatoes. People are all the same, delicious, if cooked correctly.

    Look, its a solution. Yes there are laws against eating babies but Obama decrees some laws he won’t enforce and nobody impeaches him for it. He seems to have an open mind.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Swift, I know times have been hard with the collapse of Catholic opposition to birth control and large families. Glad you have found new sources of food.

  11. Anonymous says:

    RL: The OWH turned the young Dreamer into a political football, not Bluejay. Take it up with their incessant propagandizing.

    • Bluejay says:

      And it is not like Dreamers are buying copies of the OWH either; unless, of course, we are getting a Spanish edition in the future.

      Weird as a double suicide move. Destroying the country and their own industry with one editorial policy.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Anonymous at 8:31, I have not read the WH in 40 years, with current vision I could not start if I wanted to do so. Doubt WH editorial page gets the reverence you folks seem to ascribe to it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not referring to the OWH editorial page, RL. I’m referring to their “editorializing” and pushing an agenda on the front page and Midlands Section. If you haven’t read it in 40 years you wouldn’t know how much of this goes on, especially since Warren Buffett bought it.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        RL says, I do not read any of the WH, though my wife checks Irish sporting news. When I did read it the news’s regarded by Ds as slanted against them, and most read morning paper which tended to be more neutral.

  12. bynd says:

    RLF: Bigotry: intolerance towards those who have a different opinion than yourself.

    Hatred: is a deep and emotional extreme dislike.

    Ricky, you are the poster boy for both of those definitions. Or deny you are not and that you treat all politicians the same.

    Embrace your public persona, everyone else does. It is all we see from you regardless of where your writings show up.

  13. bynd says:

    RL @ 6:21:

    But I never asked for special treatment from another country. I was never an illegal alien. Where you? Is that why your experience is valid?

    But a more pertinent question. What does immigration situations from past years have to do with immigration now? Two completely differently things not relevant to each other except as a red herring.

  14. bynd says:

    Since, especially, the Ivy leagues are cutting back on their help towards minorities who can not afford to go there, why are we not putting more of our resources towards our children citizens to get them the education necessary to enter these professions that need certificated individuals so badly?

    Sparkles @ 4:54. You described well the American system that has been built over hundreds of years by people just like you. So, what is the problem? And I won’t tell you leave. But I will point out, there are many countries that operate like you want them to. Why not leave us wretched Americans to our wretched system and go some place you can be happy? Remember, we are not the ones dissatisfied with this country so we have no reason to leave.

  15. Macdaddy says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that the young lady from Omaha South got into Harvard. What does surprise me is that she would go to Harvard, go a quarter million into debt, and become a public school teacher. She’s getting some really, really bad advice.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac, Maybe she won’t have that much debt if tuition, room and board are covered and she only has to take out loans for the rest of the incidentals. I agree though, Harvard educated schoolteacher? Not unless she’s planning to move up through academia to a University level.

      • Sparkles says:

        Lest ye all forget, our own G Harbison is teacher.
        As I recall, and sincere apologies if I get any of this wrong, Gerard makes @ $120,000/year plus an exceptional benefits pkg that is certain to include tuition reimbursement as well as a tax payer supported pension that keeps fat checks rolling in for a lifetime. He also enjoys a very nice, state-of-the-art work environment, courtesy of.. ahem.
        And we’ve been informed he owns homes in Nebraska, Washington D.C. and ocean front Florida.
        All of this, while enjoy the luxury of spending much of day sharing his libertarian views on sundry websites.

        Don’t get me wrong – hat’s off to Gerard. He plotted a course and made the sacrifices necessary to attain his career goals.
        The American Dream, attained by an immigrant dreamer.

        Point being, thanks to the generosity of Joe & Jane Lunchpail, teaching can be a highly rewarding profession.

        Oh yes, another teacher.. Ben Sasse.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Sparkles…you do understand the difference between a ‘public school teacher’ and a ‘university professor’, do you not?

        That’s a serious question, by the way.

        I’d also ask you if you understand the difference between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’, but I understand that liberals/progressives reject such labels…cuz, like..we’re all people, man.

      • Macdaddy says:

        I don’t think Harvard hands out much in the way of scholarships based on merit. A good chunk of their financial aid consist of you taking out loans, which, at a starting salary of $36,000 for an OPS teacher, means the cycle of poverty continues for her family.

        I do agree that it seems a colossal waste of a Harvard education to become a public schoolteacher. Many of her fellow Ivy Leaguers will undoubtedly waste their degrees on something worse, though.

  16. Dreamer Privlidge says:

    Wow how many kids get to go to Harvard with a 29 ACT? How much do you want to best she played up her Status in her Application.

    • Anonymous says:

      Probably only Legacy Admissions get in with a 29 ACT or mediocre SAT but at least their families have been paying into the system for eons to ensure their under-achieving off-spring can have an Ivy-League education.

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