I had two interviews earlier today. Both went well, but the second job might be more than I can easily handle; teaching remedial math to middle-schoolers.
The kids who are in the bottom fifth on the math test scores get a double-dose of math, with a second math class to help bring them up to speed. One problem with that is that the kids who are in that bottom quintile is that they generally have other problems; thus, those classes will have an abundance of 'tude, either apathetic or belligerent.
However, somebody has to tackle that "intensive" math class. Give an extra dose of mercy to the person who gets the long straw on that one.
The first interview seems more promising; there are three math openings , one sixth grade and two eighth grade, and the principle seems to be penciling me in for one of the eight grade slots. However, I was the first interview, and I won't be hearing back on that position for a week or so, so the hunt continues.
I'm not thrilled with the new treasury secretary pick. Goldman Sachs boss Henry Paulson is the pick. His bio reads more like the neolibers GS sent to into Democratic politics, former Treasury secretary Robert Rubin and NJ governor/former senator Jon Corzine; that and Paulson's environmentalist streak make him sound more like a Bush 41 pick than a Dubya pick.
However, Bernacke likes him, and he might do well keeping the world financial markets placated; fiscal policy will likely be on autopilot for the remainder of the Bush presidency, so the lack of a more dynamist guy at Treasury might not be as bad as it could have been.
One trick in US politics to get around donation limits is to have every feasible member of your firm and/or your family give the maximum; if they'd let cats give, Whiskers and Fluffy would be backing your candidate, too. I remember a John Edwards backer pulling that stunt in the last election cycle; however, it is a bipartisan game.
It's also gone international. One of the leading contender for the Liberal party leadership, Joe Volpe, has gotten two-thirds of his campaign warchest from workers and family of one generic drug company.
New Democrat MP Pat Martin yesterday filed a complaint asking Elections Commissioner Raymond Landry to investigate whether "individuals may be trying to circumvent campaign fundraising limits."
"I suppose it is possible that all six children of two drug company executives would choose to donate their life savings to the Liberal leadership campaign of the member for Eglinton-Lawrence.
"It is possible, but it is not likely," Mr. Martin said in the Commons.
Interesting Supreme Court case, where a 5-4 center-right majority ruled that free speech rights of government employees don't extend to publicly showing up their bosses. An assistant DA in LA didn't agree with a search warrant's legality and testified for the defense on the case; he was frozen from promotion and then sued.
The NSA leaker comes to mind; I wouldn't be happy if I were her lawyer today, for this is lousy precedent for her and other folks who want to take policy disputes public.
It has negligible policy implications, but here's an interesting piece on phasing out forest ranger watchtowers, one of those end-of-an-era stories.