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March 11, 2019

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James D.

Anonamom, all of the above.

henry

Stormy kicked Avenatti to the curb.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/12/porn-star-stormy-daniels-replaces-michael-avenatti-with-new-lawyer.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain

Texas Liberty Gal

So sorry to hear about Frau and Pagar - didn't know them well but I always enjoyed their posts.

When is that damn Mueller report going to come out? I just worry that the reports about it not hurting Trump are not true and instead, the opposite is true. Mueller will file Obstruction of Justice charges against Trump and then Pelosi will say that in that case Trump indeed must be impeached!!! She didn't want to do it but now there is no choice.

James D.

White House might put colleges on the hook for student loans

If it's an executive order, and if the federal government is still the lender, then it's just a stopgap measure that will certainly be reversed come January 2021 or January 2025 (and which will surely be tied up in court for months/years with injunctions keeping it from implementation).

The only way to truly force colleges to change, and to fix the system, is to COMPLETELY get the government out of student lending. Eliminate the programs entirely, lay off all the employees, lease out the office space (or, better yet, tear down the buildings entirely and sell the lots to private developers), and destroy all the data involved...so that even when a Dem or RINO President takes over, everything will have to be rebuilt from scratch.

Ralph L

The black boys and young men at the Y's main basketball gym are ~75% of the players but make 99.44% of the noise. The wood floor seems to amplify it up to the raised walking track while simultaneously making it completely unintelligible.

Extraneus

She didn't want to do it but now there is no choice.

That's what I'm thinking, too, TLG.

Old Lurker

It is immensely safer to assume that any unreleased report involving Trump and the Deep State will be good for the Deep State and terrible for Trump.

Neo

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of an Ohio law that blocks state funding for Planned Parenthood, reversing its own prior ruling and handing a victory to anti-abortion advocates.

In an 11-6 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the argument by Planned Parenthood affiliates that the funding ban, which also covered non-abortion services, violated their due process rights.

The Infamous Ignatz

Titania McGrath might be the most consistently funny person around these days.

henry

They watch Bond movies... then do the evil tricks.

The Wall Street Journal @WSJ
4m

Underwater espionage? The U.S. says China could use a network of submarine internet cables for spying.

Gentlejim

Further saddened to read about pagar and frau.

Back later, maybe. Stopping in every couple of days lately hasn’t exactly been uplifting.

I’m off to see if my return flight from Tucson is on one of Boeing’s aluminum death tubes.

MissMarple2

Shapiro's is a cafeteria-style deli on the south side of downtown Indianapolis. It has its own parking lot (free) so you don't need to worry about parking, which in Indy is a big deal.

The best time to get there is either 11:00AM Eastern or after 1:00PM, because it is a favorite lunch venue for people downtown.

I also suggest waiting until the weather is more reliable and checking the convention schedule, since we have some heavy crowd events going, such as March Madness and the National Rifle Association convention, along with the crowds in town for the Indy 500 in the latter part of May.

I will be happy to keep a list. ChiTown Lurker has my phone number, which I don't mind anyone having, although I don't want to post it on here. Also, those who had my email at Comcast (possibly sbw and Captain Hate) I no longer use that email since I no longer have a Comcast Account. ChiTown has my new email as well.

Please share with me your thinking over the next few days, along with dates which are most favorable for you.

cathyf

Hey, MM, Henry, GUS -- if I can I'd like to be in on the Indy meetup, too. It's only about 4.5 hours drive for me...

Porchlight

What's the plan for the 22nd, Porch?

Ext, we are meeting at a place yet to be determined, probably around 4 pm, for drinks. peter has requested to be near Grand Central. I believe caro and mr. caro will be joining us.

I will get an email out to any area folks who may not be able to keep up here at the blog.

peter thought maybe the Grand Central Oyster Bar or the Campbell Apartment, also in Grand Central, which looks beautiful. I think the Campbell takes reservations, which may be a good idea given it's going to be a Friday happy hour.

I have no criteria other than making sure there is enough seating for all of us together and (ideally) not too incredibly loud but the second isn't a dealbreaker. All I care about is JOM company!

Extraneus

https://freebeacon.com/politics/wapo-gives-ocasio-cortez-three-pinocchios-for-misleading-claims-about-trump-opioid-crisis/

henry

cathyf, the more the merrier.

Buckeye

There are other ways to get into prestigious schools.

This might be one of the more novel.

You will want to see this IGGY, trust me.

https://youtu.be/_MZ9X3J3QuI

anonamom

I’m off to see if my return flight from Tucson is on one of Boeing’s aluminum death tubes.


Can't they just turn off the damn autocorrect? I did on my phone.

These crashes are not doing much for the concept of auto drive cars for me.

Captain Hate

Good luck with the Campbell; NK may have gotten reservations only because he's a regular there but it doesn't hurt to try.

MissMarple2

https://thepoliticalinsider.com/paul-ryan-offers-advice-on-how-democrats-can-beat-trump-in-2020/

The Political Insider does NOT approve of Ryan, and many of his comments about Ryan have been discussed here.

Extraneus

lyle is fine.

Jane

Thanks Henry, I read the NY Post article earlier and then Rush came out and went nuts. I'll go back to what I skipped and see if I can find Clarice.

henry

Just add radiation from tsunami and instant monster movie.

New findings indicate that the resurrection of mammoths is not a fantasy, a research team including members from Kindai University is saying, after cell nuclei extracted from the 28,000-year-old remains of a woolly mammoth were discovered to retain some function.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005600484

MissMarple2

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/prominent-nevertrumper-led-org-took-illegal-campaign-cash-chinese-nationals/

Mike Murphy.

henry

One way to do it.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/03/12/ohio-man-to-drink-only-beer-during-lent/

MissMarple2

cathyf,

It would be great if you could come! I would love to meet you!

Captain Hate

I think this is too nutty for Patterico, subject to check

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=380183

Narciso

Yes he only insinuated other things about hope hicks and nikki haley talking wolff as predicate and them denied it.

Porchlight

Yeah, the Campbell just doesn't have much seating period, Cap'n.

MissMarple2

President Trump will present the Medal of Honor posthumously to a staff sergeant who died in Iraq. The ceremony will be on March 27.

https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/atkins/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mohatkins

Old Lurker

They invented the phrase "Moral Hazard" for a reason (extending beyond its use in financial markets).

That cheating to get into an elite college story is flying around among my friends. Of course we are all disgusted.

So when my afternoon talker came on after Rush and telegraphed his moral superiority when introducing the subject, imagine his surprise when his very first caller, a reasonable sounding, well spoken guy who might be a neighbor or my lawyer or my doctor or what-not explained his position.

"If my smart good-testing kid kid wanted to go to Harvard or Yale and I had the money, I would absolutely pay a bribe to get her in."

The host was SHOCKED, I tell you.

The caller explained that the admissions process at those places is already so tainted with preferences and mandates, why should my daughter, a well to do blond from Bethesda be denied a seat so that less qualified but PC candidates can take the seat away from her.

And that, my friends, is where society goes once the system(s) are shown to be cooked in favor of one group or another not related to ability or character or hard work. Hence my frustration with putting Law & Order on the back burner these last two years. Or allowing some people to cheat the IRS but not others.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

There appears to be no more comment churn on daddy's memorial post.
If someone has a particularly expressive photo or a few outstanding parting words it would be great to post it now to act as a capstone.

Extraneus

Put me on the email list, Porch. I might be able to swing it. (My handle here @aol.com.)

Porchlight

I'm not surprised in the least that people would bribe their kid's way in to an elite school. As OL says, this is what you should expect to happen when the entrance criteria are so corrupted.

Where I differ with OL is on this being anything new. Legacy admittance is also corrupt/cooked and not related to merit/hard work, and has been so for centuries.

Porchlight

That would be super awesome, Ext! Will do.

Also, suggestions welcome for locations. peter and I kicked around a couple of ideas via email yesterday - haven't had a chance to update jimmyk. I think I studied every bar within three blocks of Grand Central on Google Earth/Yelp yesterday. They all look to be busy and loud (unsurprisingly). :) A hotel bar somewhere might be quieter.

Captain Hate

Attacking VDH isn't a smart thing to do:

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=380189

Ralph L

Are modern ambitious parents more obsessed about their children's schools, or do we just hear more about it? Maybe it's the few children they have and the credentialed economy even more than elitism.

GUS

Goverment intrusion is what got FAUXCAHONTAS to LIE about being INJUN. She saw that PENN and HARVARD were required to report UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE OF COLOR NUMBERS and she planned accordingly. Her TEXAS BAR CARD was purposely lied upon (NATIVE AMERICAN) to get the line of credibility started. She then RE-BRANDED herself at PENN several years into her tenure (pun intended} to create a PAPER TRAIL OF TEARS. (pun intended}.

THAT IS FRAUD. She used LIES on background to recieve a plum job a HARVARD.

LEGACY does not involve fraud.

Captain Hate

Where I differ with OL is on this being anything new. Legacy admittance is also corrupt/cooked and not related to merit/hard work, and has been so for centuries.

Yes, that's why I questioned why this is happening now.

Old Lurker

Actually, Porch, I have always understood why legacies get preferences since cementing loyalty for generations of a rich family often is financially advantageous to the college in ways that improve the place for everybody present and future. So "value for value" if you will, by a buyer and a seller who know what they are doing.

That seems different from these other corruptions.

clarice

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/education/university-of-texas/ut-tennis-coach-michael-center-arrested-for-allegedly-accepting-nearly-100k-in-bribes/269-5d46da6f-c3e8-4684-b0de-b1ee98e371a6

James D.

And that, my friends, is where society goes once the system(s) are shown to be cooked in favor of one group or another not related to ability or character or hard work.

Exactly.

It’s really not complicated, but our so-called elites really don’t seem to understand it. If they openly show us that laws and rules are arbitrary and don’t apply to them but only to the rest of us, sooner or later the rest of us will decide not to obey the rules either.

Old Lurker

I place my "legacy" argument under Character assuming the family merits it.

anonamom

Yes, that's why I questioned why this is happening now.

Because these people are NOT legacies---they have no connections to these places--they just want IN! NOW!

And with the shakedown for legacies, it wasn't a secret. As OL noted, the contributions went to the endowment, or capital campaigns.
This time coaches took money for personal enrichment and lied.

And the students of the rich and famous just all got painted with the same brush AA admits have been for years.

Did Bette Midler's daughter make it in to Yale on her own? Or did momma payoff a coach? She was my rommie's daughter floor mate.

Jack is Back!

The corrupt admissions process into elite schools like Harvard in two words:David Hogg.

Also, I was told by many friends whose kids attended top schools that outside of superior academics, it was Crew, Tennis, and Soccer that were valued.

Porchlight

I agree that legacy admittance is not the same, OL. But it is not really all that different, either. Many alums have been more generous with their school donations once their children are admitted, and I'm sure the bribers also kick in quite a bit here and there as well.

I say this as a legacy admittee. :)

Neo

This smells like battlefield prep to counter a losing strategy of collusion ..

WASHINGTON — A key House investigator said Tuesday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "absolutely right" to hold back on impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff sided with Pelosi, who said Democrats shouldn't pursue impeachment unless there's overwhelming and bipartisan support for doing so. Her comments to The Washington Post riled some liberals, including new lawmakers who helped flip the chamber to Democratic control.

anonamom

My feelings towards legacies changed once my son went to Notre Dame--I really "got" why it was important for the school as well as the family to have grandpa, dad, uncles, maybe some of the younger aunts, kids and cousins all go to the same school, if they were qualified to get in. Benefits the entire student body to have that sense family and heritage.

Of course, that being a rather conservative take on the matter, ND no longer favors legacies in the admission process....

Captain Hate

Are modern ambitious parents more obsessed about their children's schools, or do we just hear more about it?

Not sure. They've been around since my children were in school and that no-one in a position of responsibility told them to STFU probably guaranteed there would be more of them.

Ralph L

it was Crew, Tennis, and Soccer that were valued

I met a kid who had a soccer & tennis scholarship to Elon U (formerly College), not an elite school even in NC. He wanted to be a lawyer but quit despite the scholarship.

Porchlight

This time coaches took money for personal enrichment and lied.

Now that is different from legacy admittance.

But again, I wonder - especially at the big football schools - how long has this been going on?

jimmyk

Bribery aka large donations, and legacy has always been a part of college admissions. There's no scandal there. You may not like it, but they have the right to admit whomever they want to admit (though discrimination could be an issue). This scandal, as I understand it, involved faking test scores, and having fictional resumes. I doubt the colleges were in on that.

Another aspect of legacy is that colleges like to have a high percentage of their acceptances say 'yes,' and I'd guess that legacies do that.

clarice

BTW, the gal I mentioned who could not get admitted to any college even her safeties and then got into Harvard after her dad donated $1m there, also got into Yale LS the same way.

PDinDetroit

RIP Frau.

MM - I am in, weekends are better.

Jack is Back!

CalTech is rated numero 1 these days. No legacy there as daddy’s daughter proved.

How I approach Frederick’s future matriculation is this: What are your interests? (Now it has transited from bio-chem to engineering). What do you seeing yourself doing in 10-15 years? Let’s discuss.

Then we decide the best school that fits that scope.

My experience is you don’t always end up in the line of career you were educated in.

The Infamous Ignatz

--I agree that legacy admittance is not the same, OL. But it is not really all that different, either.--


Legacy money to the scum progs running entire universities that use the money to destroy America or bribe money to enterprising individual coaches who use the money to buy a BMW...hmmm. I'll take bribery for $1.4 million Alex.

Besides, maybe bribing a coach is just their way of starting a legacy. :)

PDinDetroit

Kentucky goes permitless concealed carry

There are now 16 States that are "Constitutional Carry":

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Idaho (residents only)
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
North Dakota (residents only; concealed carry only)
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming (residents only)

MissMarple2

OL,

You have email from ChiTown.

clarice

JIB, none of the Ivies have decent engineering schools.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Don Surber remarks on PDJTs airline pilot tweet.
"Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT."

His brother was an airline pilot.
His uncle was a physicist at MIT.
And of course, he owned an airline.

James D.

You may not like it, but they have the right to admit whomever they want to admit

Absolutely.

And they may not like it, but we have the right to tell them to take their pretensions of elitism or even basic quality and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine.

More importantly, they also may not like it, but our representatives in Congress have the right to turn off the endless federal money spigot and maybe even tax the massive endowments of “elite” universities.

Buckeye

JIB, none of the Ivies have decent engineering schools

BIG 10 schools do. Even Michigan:)

Ralph L

Dr. Chalmers Davidson, retired history prof, would bring groups of legacy freshmen to his restored Davidson house where the College was organized in 1836. He served ice cream with cherries flambe and spilt them on the carpet for one group. It might have meant more to the future frat boys.

He also took Davidson family descendants to see the extended family houses, ruins, and graveyards in the area. Most of the oldest (18th c,) plantation had been sold for Charlotte sewage treatment, and the main house was just 4 stone columns.

DrJ

I don't know why, but this song seems appropriate today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agdoeRpTfHg

Dylan, Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts

Jack is Back!

Except for Cornell, Clarice. Everyone forgets Cornell when discussing Ivies.

But we are looking at Clarkson, RPI, MIT, Cincy (legacy:), and John Hopkins.

Ralph L

especially at the big football schools

The money flows in the other direction there.

jimmyk

More importantly, they also may not like it, but our representatives in Congress have the right to turn off the endless federal money spigot and maybe even tax the massive endowments of “elite” universities.

I agree, but not primarily because of their admissions policies, but because of the crap that goes on after the students are admitted.

Speaking of which, I keep seeing that Trump is threatening the federal funding of schools that fail to allow free speech. Would't that be a nice change, compared to what Obama was inflicting on these places with Title IX outrages.

Captain Hate

Doesn't the FBI have more important things to work on than college admissions crap?

Jack is Back!

Buckeye,

You bet. Lots of great injuneering schools in the Big Ten. We recruited there but for some damn reason those kids wanted to go graduate first.

cathyf

Just be aware that 90% of the US's colleges are "non-competitive admissions". Which means that they accept every qualified applicant who applies, scrabble very hard to get kids to apply and then to get their admitted to decide to come, and close if they fail to get enough students.

Having been through the whole college admittance game recently, it's approaching full-on insanity with no obvious solution. When a top-25 college discriminates on the basis of race, legacy status, athletic talent, etc., it's not generally that they are giving unqualified students preference over qualified students of the wrong race, etc. It's more like they are admitting 75% of the qualified "students of color" who apply vs admitting 5% of the qualified whites who apply, and 2% of the qualified Asians who apply.

At Notre Dame, the "legacy" process is that they want 25% of each entering class to be legacies. What's interesting there is that as the fraction of applicants who are legacies increases, it's coming closer and closer every year to being harder for legacies to get in -- because the effect of the current system is to reserve 75% of each class for non-legacies.

The problem is that there is an "arms race" of the whole application process, fueled by technology. When I applied to college, I used a typewriter, and like white-out is pretty declasse, so just filling out the form was serious work. And there were $50-$75-$100 application fees at each school. I applied to 4 colleges. 31 years later when WonderBoy applied, most places had no fees, the applications are online, and many schools use the Common App. He applied to 19 (the 19th was an 11:45pm Dec 31st decision when he noticed that RIT didn't have an application fee and took the Common App with no supplements.) Because everyone applies to so many schools, it becomes a stochastic process, where you have this huge pool of highly-qualified kids, and some get in almost everywhere they apply, and other equally-qualified kids don't get in anywhere, and there is no difference in their qualifications. A few years back, ETS (the company that runs the SAT) surveyed all of the students who got perfect scores on the SAT. Over 80% had been turned down by at least one college that they applied to.

When I applied to the University of Chicago in 1981, they had a 50% acceptance rate, and were one of the most selective colleges in the country. When WonderGirl went to college 35 years later, Northwestern, yes Northwestern, had a 5% acceptance rate.

The flip side of this is that students can only go to one college, so you have the weird spectacle of a college where 95% of the applicants get turned down, but then half of the students who get accepted turn around and turn the college down.

All of this is an amazing spectacle, but be aware that this is purely a top-100 game. After the top-100, you have the "next-900" -- which are all places that a student can go and get a fine education if they are willing to do the work. And lots of people here graduated from those places and prove that.

MissMarple2

This is for dog lovers. I would have done the same thing. Video at link.

This shocking cellphone video captures Jose Guzman rushing past firefighters and into his burning home looking frantically for his dog. Just moments later, both of them run out.

📹: Adam Guzman pic.twitter.com/kqln3v56VN

— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 12, 2019
MissMarple2


Undercover Huber
‏ @JohnWHuber

Perkins Coie received at least $9.6 million dollars from the Clinton campaign and the DNC during the 2016 election

Perkins Coie spent some portion of that money hiring and paying Fusion GPS

Fusion GPS then hired Chris Steele for the dossier, except he only got about $0.15m 🤔
==============

Undercover Huber
‏ @JohnWHuber
1h1 hour ago

Where is the other $9.45m and how much went not to Steele but towards a media influence campaign that included literally paying off journalists?
=================================

I believe these comments were sparked by Devin Nunes appearing on Hannity, where he said he was convinced that Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson) wrote the dossier and Christopher Steele was hired to shop it around.

ChiTown Lurker alerted me to this story.

Jack is Back!

cathyf,

You bet. I am proud to attend, at the time a municipal university at Cincinnati, but then again, I was full athletic and ROTC scholarship in one of the top Architectural, and Engineering schools in the country at the time. I got my masters at the Air Force Institute of Technology. It you look at rankings it is comparable to MIT.

Lots of options out there for whatever you want to be, do or career in.

MissMarple2

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/georgia-woman-arrested-conspiring-provide-material-support-isis

MissMarple2

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/lisa-page-transcripts-reveal-details-of-anti-trump-insurance-policy-concerns-over-full-blown-probe

Confirms the Russia hoax was the insurance policy.

rse

What I found at both private schools in ATL, as well as from looking at many of these difficult to get in colleges and universities the diva drug me to, is that many of these parents believe there is a bus headed to success that their children get a seat on if they can just secure them a place in one of these schools.

Ralph-did you know chalmers' daughter? She was my age.

Just throwing this out as I know it has an outdoor seating area as well as numerous rooms in its bar area. https://www.fitzpatrickhotels.com/fitzpatrick-grand-central/ That is where I was during the 28 inch blizzard. I had booked it so the diva and I would not be standing on a platform in january to change trains.

The colleges I saw on that list all seem to have between a 5% to 12% rate of admission. So basically rejecting 90 to 95 % of applicants.

Porchlight

The money flows in the other direction there.

Sure, but the coaches might not care which direction the money's coming from.

Buckeye

cathyf

When I applied to Ohio State the only qualification was can you "fog a mirror".

Now it is the most selective public in Ohio.

Lots of kids have to start at a branch, do 2 years and then transfer, if they can cut the mustard.

Extraneus

CalTech is rated numero 1 these days. No legacy there as daddy’s daughter proved.

I once attended an admissions seminar at an elite engineering school. The speaker, who was black, was the head of the admissions dept. It's kind of a coincidence, but he explained during the diversity part of his talk that "If your kid is a white male from a local high school and we're considering his application against that of a female from Alaska, your kid is not going to be accepted."

anonamom

MM, if you do a weekend (Sat), I shall strongly consider flying up.
But count me only as a 'definite maybe.'

Marlene

Jack,we have a nephew who went to RPI. He went to Vanderbilt for his Masters and PhD. He is freaking brilliant. As far as I know,he is currently working in robotics,maybe something to do with driverless cars.

clarice

My son applied to just a handful of schools in 1991. when he was admitted to his first choice on early admission, he wrote to the others saying theirs were great schools, but he got into his first choice and was withdrawing his applications there because he would not want kids for whom those were their first choice to be disappointed. He got back thank you notes from admission officers. It's disgusting that so many keep the files pending to brag how many schools they got into,

clarice

It's also true that there are fine educations to be had in many places not swamped by applications and transferring into your first choice from elsewhere after your fist year is often easier than admission as a freshman.

clarice

s/b fiRst year,

Jack is Back!

marlene,

There are so many great engineering schools in America, it is hard to rank them. I think what they do is rank by admission SAT's, which is a false metric. The most incredible, pragmatic engineer I ever worked with came of Brooklyn Tech. His father had been an engineer at Rhinehold Brewery. The guy was beyond incredible. He actually solved issues with the little tourist railway in the UP, and the old coal fire stoker rail car ferry's between the UP and the Lower MIchigan.

An MIT guy would have floundered on both issues.

Jack is Back!

Ext,

But that just dumbs down the admissions and their acceptees. I really feel for the engineering company that thinks they are getting a super-duper graduate when most likely its a doofus.

Watch for bridges collapsing as a result:)

johns

JIB, have you considered Purdue? Great school, and there are some great Hoosier JOM'ers

anonamom

OK, I got Shattered:Inside Hillary Cliton's Doomed Campaign from the library, to confirm that what I recalled reading was accurate.

here it is, page 395 paragraphs one and two:

... Instead, Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. "She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way..."

The strategy had been set within twenty four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assemble her communication team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn't entirely on the up-and-up...

...But, in private conversations with top aides in the days immediately following her loss, she struggled with the question of why Obama hadn't done more to apprise the public that Russians had done way beyond what had been reported. She wondered why the president hadn't leaned harder into making the case that Putin was specifically targeting her and trying to throw the election to Trump...

MissMarple2

anonamom,

I don't know why I didn't consider a weekend at first. It actually makes more sense since it doesn't affect those of us who are retired and it lets those still working have an opportunity to participate.

Old habits die hard, I guess.

The weekend makes sense for another reason: we won't have to compete with the business lunch crowd!

Jack is Back!

JohnS,

Of course, Purdue is on the list. The Chairman of my old firm went there. It would be an honor to have him get into Purdue.

lyle

Thanks to all inquiring about my absence lately on JOM (especially a-mom 😙). I’m still kicking but have had a lot going on as I’m transitioning out of my current firm. You all might recognize the company since it has been unable to stop stepping in piles of shit stay out of national headlines.

Rob’s passing hit me very hard. Some of you may recall my relating that my dad passed away from a massive heart attack at age 67 as did my younger brother at the ripe old age of 42. Every time I wanted to comment about daddy, I would get emotional (as I am now) and stop.

The sad news of Frau and pagar (I’ve been teaching myself Spanish for a year and a half so I came to laugh at his handle) makes commentary from me seem superficial but I really loved Frau’s witty comments and frequent sly asides to me.

Like many here, my spouse has no idea what our little online community means to each of us. Hell, I guess I didn’t either until I felt the gut punch on the news of daddy. I would have loved to meet him and am quite envious of you who have. Hug your loved ones. Do it for daddy.

Vayas con Dios, mi amigo

Extraneus

The idea that Putin would have preferred Trump over Hillary, or any Democrat for that matter, was always ludicrous. Only a fool would believe it. (I refuse to insult anyone's cortex.)

GUS

If admissions are based on anything other than ACADEMIC MERIT, the admission is not legitimate.
Having said that...most University degrees are based on whether you toe the FULL COMMIE LINE, and regurgitate the shit you've been fed.

ENGINEERING, not so much.

I want my Brain surgeon to be an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION entrant.

JohnH

UW-Madison only takes WI kids if they are in the top 5% of their high school class. Similar to what Buckeye said if you go to a secondary UW school (SloshKosh, can’t get in there? EauClaire) you are guaranteed to be able to matriculate to Madison as a Sophomore. 25% of Madison’s incoming freshman class doesn’t come back.

MissMarple2

Jack,

Purdue is led by the great Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana, whose only bad point was getting Daylight Saving Time passed here, when we had opted out for decades.

Buckeye

I had a full ride to go to Cincy for pre-med and decided to go to OSU for engineering, and pay for it.

WTF was I thinking??

Perhaps not one of my better decisions.

anonamom

My oldest was the wait list king--wait listed at 12 schools.
His brother got in to all of them except one.
Both very white white males--the difference---one vocab question on the SATs--and the younger was three season athlete, 9-12. Older son theater, the high school Libertarian Club founder--maybe that did him in--and only one varsity sport season.

He got to watch his black female classmate with a quintile lower GPA and SATs get in to every school he was waitlisted at. Life lesson there, without his momma saying a word. We love her, and her family. Her daddy is a surgeon I've worked with since hte day I got here. Sweet girl; his classmate from Montesorri to law school, with a break only for that college on the Charles. Came to his wedding. She was third gen college, where my boy is just second on my side! She no more needed a leg up than my guys did.

Porchlight

John and Buckeye, that is exactly the case at Texas. 25% of freshmen are in remedial courses. The sophomore freshman class is huge.

Thanks, SCOTUS libs.

lyle

And special thanks to Extraneus for reaching out to me via email.

Porchlight

Sorry, that made no sense. Sophomore *transfer* class.

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