After being dismissed from her job as a Midtown Manhattan securities attorney in October 2009, Christina Tretter-Herriger hitched a used horse trailer to her Dodge Ram pickup and drove 1,628 miles to Texas. The 32-year-old lawyer sold skin-care products in Houston before finding work as the assistant general counsel of a futures-trading firm where an irate customer punctuated a recorded voice-mail message with gunfire. [snip] Eighteen months and two busted jobs later, the daughter of a retired physician and a former editor at Vogue circled back to upstate New York and hunkered down at a small legal office
It doesn´t help that the current youth have been coddled from cradle to now. They get participation trophies and self esteem boosters galore but no real lessons how to face adversity. Thus, they are poorly prepared to meet the real world. This is our fault for not preparing them. We were so busy with the latest liberal fad of self esteem that we forgot self esteem isn’t given, it’s developed. And it doesn´t help that our goobernment is more interested in low expectations and high dependency.
FTA: ´´In more traditional jobs, the fallout from the subprime- mortgage collapse a half-decade ago continues to pummel people, including the architects who designed homes. The number of them ages 25 to 34 has fallen by 41 percent since 2007, compared with the total drop in the profession of 25 percent.´´
Although not in the age group mentioned, there are tons of us who suffer economically on a daily basis the consequences of the government´s misguided, feel-good Community Reinvestment Act. Sub-prime mortgages created the need for lenders to bundle bad loans and pass them off to unwitting investment firms thus creating the recession. Can anyone tell me why we´re not headed toward the same result with the Affordable Care Act? CRA took away livelihoods, ACA will take away lives.
Interesting that Obama worshipping Bloomberg posts this story after its favorite domestic socialist has been reelected. More bad news stories to follow after January´s inauguration. But Bloomberg, AP and ilk will find it increasingly difficult to link stories back to Bush.
My sister and brother in law advised my niece not to major in anything with the word "Studies" in it. Erin started school this fall, studying to be a nurse. And decided on her own to join Army ROTC. That´s my smart girl!
Captain Capitalism has a book on the topic of what to major in in college, career choices. Think I will pick it up for me and my boy. He will be making that choice in a few years, advice my husband and I did not have when we went off to college 20 years ago sadly.
Cry me a river. There aren´t more high paying jobs for attorneys. This is a bad thing? People have this amazing expectation that if they sit through a bunch of classes that they have somehow "earned" a job paying $170,000. What is the learning here? In a rough economy, the work type is that which is really NEEDED, and we don´t need more lawyers. Lawyers create nothing, never add to the bottom line, and at best, save an organization a few dollars under the right circumstances. And that is the best you can expect. Most are out looking for ways to squeeze money out of employers and other companies, or simply protecting a company from laws that should never have been written anyways.
Not a big enough future in historical building architecture? Sorry, bad economy, buildings will have to wait.
Earth to the young: the market for high-pay, low-effort jobs is a bust. Probably never existed in the first place but we conned them into college degrees, right? My company cannot find people with mechanical and reasoning skills. At least through temp agencies. What´s a micrometer? Learn and you may find employment.
How many of these Generation Yers are being subsidized by mom and dad? How many voted for Obama because they´re not feeling the full effect of the rotten economy? I know more than a few mid 20´s kids who are un or underemployed, and the parents are still paying car payments, cell phone bills, credit card balances, etc. These kids´ parents can´t stand to see them ´suffer´ without designer clothes, shopping at Whole Foods, etc.
Christina Tretter-Herriger sat in high school history class and learned about Cesar Chavez, Ryan White, Malcolm X, Rachel Carson and other darlings of the left. Christina Tretter-Herriger attended college and listened to econ professors hail Keynes. Christina Tretter-Herriger listened to biology profs talk about global warming as scientific fact. Christina Tretter-Herriger attended women´s studies classes and learned that men are predators and that gay/lesbian ´marriages´ will strengthen an already-crumbling society. Christina Tretter-Herriger heard law profs talk about the living Constitution and the courageous landmark opinions of the Warren court and justices like Douglas and Stevens.
Despite her education, or more likely because of it, Christina Tretter-Herriger cannot recognize that she and her peers have been indoctrinated, conditioned and left helpless to recognize the problem let alone take action to correct it.
But that Mitt Romney was an awful fellow who teased effeminate male classmates and was only looking out for the super wealthy.
Obama, who couldn´t get air in a car tire, was the expert on all things legal, economic, political and societal. Isn´t that right, Christina Tretter-Herriger?
17- Me too. After the crash in the mid-80s, I went to work for a Denver AE firm doing enviro work. Certainly a bummer back then, but with new technologies and new locations, companies are screaming for qualified people.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
In a weird confluence of the nation’s two most pressing issues — Obamacare and our insane immigration laws — this week we found out that the tens of thousands of “navigators” hired by the government to enroll people in Obamacare will include convicted felons. Despite some “navigators” having already been exposed as having arrest warrants against them, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has no plans to screen out the criminals. (But rest assured: If your identity is stolen as a result of trying to sign up for Obamacare, no one will be more upset about it than
A pair of college students in Washington state are facing disciplinary action, including possible expulsion, for using a handgun to prevent an intruder from entering their university-owned apartment. According to MyFoxSpokane.com, a discipline board at Gonzaga University in Spokane voted Friday to move forward with sanctions against Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh. The men will learn what their future at the school will hold at a later date. Fagan and McIntosh were at the off-campus apartment on the night of October 24 when they heard a knock at the door. Fagan answered the door and found himself face-to-face with John
Twenty years ago, New York’s long nightmare ended with a Giuliani victory over Mayor Dinkins. Now the nightmare returns as former Dinkins staffer and terrorist supporter Bill de Blasio will begin wrecking the city where Dinkins and his Democratic predecessors left off. Bill de Blasio vowed to undo Giuliani’s reforms and turn back the clock on fighting crime and terrorism. Giuliani’s victory was a wake-up call to Democrats that one of the more dangerous cities in the country had rejected their liberal soft-on-crime policies that had made it unlivable. Bill de Blasio’s victory tells them that soft-on-crime is popular again.
It´s exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms. Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to
When Stephen Hawking decided to boycott Israel earlier this year based on the opinions of academics like Noam Chomsky I was astonished. How can it be that one of the smartest people in the world can hold such a dumb view? It turns out that this is quite common. As I began to teach at Queens College (City University of New York), I have seen firsthand how this can be. It has often been said that there is no cure for stupid, while ignorance is easily treated through education. What happens when educators willfully steer their ships in an ignorant
Apparently bands now have to be the same race as the music they’re playing. That’s going to be a problem. So no more white rappers or black classical musicians are allowed. Finally we’re achieving Martin Luther King’s dream of a society firmly divided into segregated racial castes with everything in the cultural fridge labeled either “black” or “white”.Well someone’s dream anyway. Maybe Louis Farrakhan’s. Shokazoba’s cancellation from the Hampshire Halloween event Friday night at Hampshire College, after one band member said they were criticized of being “too white” to play Afrobeat music, is reverberating on social media.
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a