Will the convent become a mosque?

In Staten Island, N.Y., a parish priest is rethinking his decision to sell a vacant convent to the Muslim American Society.

Father Keith Fennessy (pictured) reconsidered only after several hundred concerned residents came to an emergency neighborhood meeting to complain that he had not talked to them, about the sale or offer any information about these potential new neighbors, before he sealed the deal.

Fox News offers this piece of information about the buyers: "In addition, the lightening rod in the controversy is a man named Mahdi Bray, the national executive director of the MAS. A video from 2000 shows him cheering at a public event when someone asks who supports the terrorist group Hamas."

Oh, my.

This story is similar to this one.


Milwaukee Public Official No Sabe Donde es AZ

This is Peggy West, up-and-coming Latina and long lost daughter of Raul Grijalva. She wants to boycott Arizona, but, uh, has never seen it on a map. Wow.

Hat tip: YforWC

A Top Ten List of Passe, Esoteric Majors

Among college majors that are fast becoming obsolete, American Studies gets kicked to the curb, according to this writer.

And if you're wondering what the schools that still offer the A.S. major actually teach the students, check out Amherst College's offerings. If this representative - good riddance.

Update & H/T Wayne: Youth art education has also gone political. This WSJ writer explains that some radicals want "Brinco" to be a staple of art ed.

Here's why: "A few years ago a 'contemporary artist' named Judi Werthein made headlines when she distributed specially designed and equipped sneakers to Mexicans waiting to cross the U. S. border. She called her piece 'Brinco,' from the Spanish word for 'jump.' Sneakers are also apt here. Ms. Werthein's shoes — equipped with a compass, map, flashlight, and medication — were intended to assist people engaging in illegal immigration."


To Ban, or Not to Ban

USA Today reports that European burqa bans (like in France, Belgium, and Germany) are all the rage.

An imam - Taj Hargey (pictured) who lives in the UK - goes on the record and makes several sensible comments. Like this one: "Islam is not here to impose minarets or (women in burqas) on this society, but to assimilate to it. We don't do enough to show that we aren't a threat."

Dr. Hargey has carved out a reputation as a cheerful moderate who regularly does battle with "Muslim McCarthyists." Now, what would Joe think of that phrase?

Update: While Europe ponders the burqa, the U.S. now can boast of a bodacious hair-free beauty queen who will be participating in the Miss America pageant! Meet Kayla Martell, the new Miss Delaware 2010 who has turned the burden of alopecia into a blessing.

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Dewey's Colorful Occupational Interest Test

Take the color test - it's free, quick, easy, and (at least for my husband and myself) eerily accurate. Go here.

Of course, the real trick, these days, is to find a a job in the career you show an aptitude for.

More about Dewey Sadka, the test's inventor.


Assessing the Risks of Deep Ocean Drilling

Terry Anderson, of the Bozeman-based Property and Environment Research Center, offers a timely word about onshore drilling in the Wall Street Journal. Go here.

He is deadly serious in a joking manner

"He," being P.J. O'Rourke, the bestselling libertarian humorist and political writer. Writing about education in the Weekly Standard, O'Rourke offers a cute, but countercultural opinion. But - here's the catch - it's hardly original.

Here’s his proposal: "Close all the public schools. Send the kids home. Fire the teachers. Sell the buildings. Raze the U.S. Department of Education, leaving not one brick standing upon another and plow the land where it stood with salt.

'Wait a minute,' the earnest liberal says, 'we’ve got swell public schools here in Flourishing Heights. The kids take yoga. We just brought in a law school placement coordinator at the junior high. The gym has solar panels on the roof. Our Girls Ultimate Frisbee team is third in the state. The food in the cafeteria is locally grown. And the vending machines dispense carrots and kiwi juice.'

Close them anyway ... Abandon the schools. Gather the kids together in groups of 15.4. Sit them down at your house, or the Moose Lodge, or the VFW Hall or — gasp — a church."

John Taylor Gatto, the New York teacher of the year, has been making the same argument for many years. As have scores of homeschoolers, unschoolers, and e-school proponents.

And a valid one it remains given the increasingly silly ways students continue to be dumbed down. Witness Flocabulary.


Fish Wars: Breach in Security

The dreaded Asian carp - an unwanted illegal invader if there ever was one - was found in Lake Calumet.

That's on Chicago South Side, not far from Lake Michigan.

(Isn't that Tony Rezko country?)

There's a reason this greedy, aggressive fish isn't welcome in the Great Lakes: "Scientists and fishermen fear that if the carp become established in the lakes, they could starve out popular sport species and ruin the region's $7 billion fishing industry. Asian Carp can grow to 4 feet and 100 pounds and eat up to 40 percent of their body weight daily."

The news story contains this fascinating observation from an anti-illegal Asian carp activist: "Invaders will stop at nothing short of bricks and mortar, and time is running short to get that protection in place." Oh, the irony! The parallels!

And this quote from Michigan's attorney general: "Responsibility for this potential economic and ecological disaster rests solely with President Obama," (Mike) Cox said. "He must take action immediately by ordering the locks closed and producing an emergency plan to stop Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan." Oh, the irony! The parallels!

Too bad it's too impolitic for this Cox fella, who is running for governor, to use the fishy opportunity to make appropriate noises about states' rights.

Even if that strikes ├╝ber-federalists as 'that's so 1930s.'

Update: The coming of a Carp Czar?

'We Report, You Decide'

FYI: Cadets at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, located on Cape Cod (picturesque Buzzards Bay), pay homage to the Chinese flag. MMA has an exchange program with Shanghai Maritime University. (Wonder if the American flag gets saluted by the ChiCom cadets in Shanghai?) Hat tip: Hal Shurtleff

Flipped Out Over Flips

Useful tips for those newbies - ahem - who are loving their small shoot and show camcorders.

Photo: From the World Cup line of Flip Cameras

More choices here.

Real Hope for the Poor

This book
makes, at least, one right-on argument: "Entrepreneurship in the developing world has alleviated poverty more effectively than has foreign aid."

Of course, entrepreneurs, with scant capital, can only flourish when government regulation is not onerous. (Which is another argument in the book.)


Human Cargo: The PowderPuff Girl

It's downright freaky the lengths human traffickers go to, isn't it? This article recalls how a pair of miscreants attempted to smuggle a child, into our country, in a - well, go here to see the enlarged photo. Mindboggling. If only these masterminds would put their creative talents to use for more noble purposes. If only.

In the end, the little girl was unharmed. Phew.

As for the smugglers: "Neither will be prosecuted, Bond [the U.S. Customs spokesperson] said, in part because of the sheer volume of immigrant-smuggling cases." Sigh.

Here Comes the Bride - NOT!

Rep. Dave Agema, of Michigan, is going to propose bold legislation aimed at denying illegal aliens marriage licenses.

Missive from the Rep's office: "The measure from the Grandville lawmaker is in response to two lawsuits that have been filed in Ottawa and Kent counties against the clerks for requiring Social Security Numbers from marriage license applicants. Under his legislation, potential brides and grooms would need to show at least two forms of identification to local county clerks to receive a marriage license.

'It's ridiculous that Ottawa County Clerk Dan Krueger and Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake have been sued for doing their jobs,' Agema said. 'If people are requesting a legal document from the government, the government must be able to check proof that the applicant is who they say they are. It may seem trivial to require such documentation, but a marriage license is an important legal paper that can be leveraged into obtaining additional identification papers that could contain falsehoods that threaten our country's security.' TCC Comment: Ridiculous, indeed, and costly.

Both lawsuits against the county clerks were brought by anonymous illegal immigrants listed as Juan and Juana Doe. TCC comment: Anonymous illegal immigrants are suing? Ridiculous and costly.

Agema's bill would make it state law that a county clerk shall not issue a marriage license unless the following are provided:

- Birth Certificate (foreign certificates must be translated by a state government authorized certified translator);

- Naturalization Certificate;

- If previously married, certified copy of divorce judgment or certified death certificate;

- Social Security Card (unless excused from obtaining for religious reasons through federal or state constitution/law); and

- One of the following pictured identification which may include:

� State issued driver license;

� Passport; either US or foreign; and

� State Identification Card.

- A non-citizen must present one of the following:

� Work Visa/Green card;

� Student Visa; and

� Foreign Passport.

� Resident Alien Card."

"Juan and Juana Doe"


The New Normal

This debate is a bit eggheady (translation: philosophical), but here's Alan Tonelson v. Daniel Griswold about our current trade imbalance with China. Alan makes excellent points. Griswold is unconvincing and wrong.

Whatchu think, people?


Whaaaa? Undocumented have 'right' to fair wages

Hat tip: Hot Air blog.

So, what happens if an illegal actually calls Hilda and complains about these unfair wages? Inquiring minds want to know ...

Hey, if he thinks he deserves a raise, our undocumented president could even call the number.

Fremont, Nebraska: Illegal Alien Referendum

Today, in eastern Nebraska, voters will decide on an e-verify measure.

Reports the Fremont Tribune: "Businesses that apply for any business license or permit in Fremont, or that are awarded a contract to work for the city, would be required to submit an affidavit that the business does not knowingly employ any person who is an unauthorized alien and also must provide documentation showing that the business participates in the E-Verify program."

The response by public officials is interesting: more police officers at the polls.

The usual suspects gather to protest the ordinance.

And a very one-sided 'article' which features a local judge who is happy to encourage lawlessness because it seems too gauche (to him) to be for rule of law.

I bet voters in the Nuevo Middle America will overwhelmingly approve the measure.

Update: Kris Kobach helped draft Fremont's ordinance.

Update: Approved!


Cold Place Warms Up to Unfettered Freedom of the Press

Alex Newman, a forward-thinking young writer, reports about the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative which was created to make the European island nation a haven for journalism, as well as to protect whistleblowers.

Julian Assange, a spokesperson for the much-discussed and in-your-face Wikileaks, has been a vocal advocate of the initiative.

Why Iceland? It "... is a great place to run large internet sites. It has cheap 100% green power, natural cooling, plenty of bandwidth and is close to both Europe and the east cost of the United States. It is within the Eupean Economic Area and the Schengen zone, has a educated young workforce and a 15% company tax."

More about the IMMI here.

The New York Times story.

The Maine Thing

Dean Scontras, of Kittery, Maine, is running for Congress (District 1). Two years ago he wrote a disturbing editorial about illegal aliens in the Pine Tree State.

Disturbing because of this fact: "We don't know how many illegal aliens are currently in Maine. We do know that we have issued more than 5,300 driver's licenses to people who do not have a Social Security number." Yikes.

Read the whole thing.

More about the conservative grass-roots movement to take back Maine. The video.

Political Art: Zack Rawsthorne

More of Zack's funky cartoons are available at the Diversity Lane blog. Here's the store.

The "Conservative" Hedonist

Subtitle: The American Harem; The fashionable, acceptable kind.

Mr. Limbaugh celebrates his latest acquistion with entertainment from the blasphemous musician who described Jesus Christ as "gay."

How fitting and how grotesque.


Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Trailer

The Narnia adventures continue - in Digital 3D! This trailer was released today by Walden Media, the producer of the flick. Release date: Dec. 10, 2010. Long live Reepicheep!

Political Correctness in Havre, Montana

The ACLU-Montana division goes after Montana State University-Northern, located in Havre, for allowing an evangelical pastor to lead the invocation and benediction at the school’s commencement ceremony. My take on the sorry controversy.

Related: Editor Andy Malby, of the Belgrade News, is excited about his new website.

The Havre Daily Corrector has more on this story. (The ACLU, that is, not the BN website). Go here and here. Quite a 'poem' from one of the complaining profs - eeuuww!

7/1 Update: I heard back from Pastor Tim Zerger. He told me that the ACLU is no longer pursuing this matter; he also shared what he actually prayed at the graduation.

States Pastor Zerger: "Just for your information I never did speak about Jesus as personal Savior or in having a personal relationship, though I believe in these things. I just asked Jesus to bless the students."

Until Further Notice: CLOSED!

Arch at Buenos Aires N.W.R.

A public announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: "The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge [in Arizona] has been adversely affected by border-related activities. The international border with Mexico has also become increasingly violent.

Assaults on law enforcement officers and violence against migrants have
escalated. Violence on the Refuge associated with smugglers and border bandits has been well documented."

Pro-immigration enforcement activists and park rangers have been warning of the violence (and trash) at these public lands/tourist attractions, near the border, for years. One young park ranger was even murdered by a drug dealer at the Organ Pipe. It is insane, that the federal government with all its military resources, has done zero to deal with this crisis. Now it comes to this. Expect more closings in the near future.

Invaders - 1
Law-abiding citizens - 0


When Mr. Han Taught the Fresh Prince of Beijing Kung Fu(n)

Maybe it's a nostalgia thing, but the new Karate Kid movie looks like it'd be worth watching on the big screen.

This blogger advances another reason to 'go see' - the telegenic star of the movie, Jaden Smith, is a real-life American homeschooler ... who successfully fights the (make-believe) school bullies (in a Communist-controlled nation).

The opening music for the trailer - snappy! Does anyone know if it's available on iTunes?

Will Smith's interview, with Reader's Digest, about his kids' education.

Principal isn't Too Principled

A Badger State elementary school principal is in agua caliente (hot water) for defending the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.

The mother of a kindergarten student (who attends the Wisconsin school) fired off a letter to Principal Lee Mierow in which she noted: "English is the primary language in this country. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in English and should be recited in English. No similar accommodations were made for other immigrant patterns in history, nor should they be as long as the American flag is flying."

Just another day in the Nuevo America.


Paging Auntie Zeituni

Congressman King, of Iowa and Judiciary Committee member,* would like a word with you.

*Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security & International Law

Have Your Anchor Baby in Style & Comfort

Just when you thought the immigration debate couldn’t get any more surreal, there’s this offer from the socially-hip Marmara Mahattan hotel in New York City’s Upper East Side – birth tourism packages.

The Turkish-owned hospitality company is hawking the following for pregnant women who live abroad: "a one-bedroom suite accommodation for USD 7,750, plus taxes, for a month, with airport transfer, baby cradle, and a gift set for the mother.”

More here.

Update: State Senator Russell Pearce (SB 1070 sponsor) wants to tackle anchor babies next. Radical.

What? No Mint on the Pillows?

ICE's union is none too pleased with the relaxed security measures being proposed by ICE officials at various privately-owned immigration detention centers. The Houston Chronicle acquired an internal memo (much discussed on talk radio) that describes the controversial and kinder-gentler changes.

Some of the perks for the low-risk detainees would include bingo, aerobics and cooking classes, continental breakfasts, expanded visiting hours, and unmonitored phone lines. All that's lacking is an i-concierge media terminal.

More resort, less detention center. All on the taxpayer's dime.

The centers in question are located in New Jersey, Arizona, Texas, California, and Georgia.


Hard Hat Chic

The WaPo reports of a growing trend, among college graduates, who are electing to apprentice themselves and learn plumbing, electrical work, or bricklaying. These folks, now working in such trades, are not only more fulfilled, they are pleased to be making decent money, also.

Interesting quote from an econ professor who admits: "There is a strong anti-manual-work bias in this country. I fell prey to it, too."

Glad to hear this attitude is changing a bit.

Newspaper Industry Goes on a Diet

A report about the state of the newspaper industry. By cutting payroll costs and going for thinner, smaller pages, newspapers are surviving - for now.

Maybe one of these days the old guard will figure out that part of the reason readership has been declining is due to the (boring) pro-liberal-establishment editorial content of the majority of small, medium, and large dailies.

Having said that, I still like to buy and hold an actual newspaper. But not as frequently as I once did. And those who clip and share articles - a very civilized custom - are largely from the older generation. Natch.

Coast to Coast Diversity

Here's a story about recently released U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

This piece of information, from the article, about a changing of the guard, if you will, in various counties (in places you'd expect and places you would not), is worth highlighting: "Seven U.S. counties last year saw their minority populations become the majority: Gwinnett County, Ga.; Titus and Victoria counties in Texas; Finney County, Kan.; Saguache County, Colo.; Contra Costa County, Calif.; and Yakima County, Wash."


Emoly West is Miss Oklahoma 2010

The last few days I've mentioned Oklahoma, twice, regarding issues not related to immigration, but related to American culture, a sub-theme of this blog.

Here we go again, as I can't pass up an "I knew her when ..." opportunity.

A family friend - Emoly West - was crowned Miss Oklahoma last night. I wrote about Emoly here and here.

Now Emoly will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. (Amazed they still call it that, no?)

Emoly has been organizing benefit balls, for several years, and donating the proceeds to various conservative-oriented causes.

Photo: The new Miss O in the classic cry-n-crown pose.

Update ... the U-Tube of the annoucement:


Breaking Up is Hard To Do

Big 12 v. Pac-10, and Dr. Wid Lyman offers his deep thoughts to an OK. television station:

Note: Sometimes this is a full-service (in terms of the issues) blog.

Text to the story, if and/or when the video no longer becomes available.

Green for Thee, But Not for Me

'King' Henry's Next Crib

File under: Green hypocrites who pretend to be populists.

If the Oklahoma governor - Brad Henry - truly cared about living in an environmentally-friendly fashion, as his administration pushes Sooner State residents to do, he should have elected to buy a more modest abode. (Henry's second term in office will end in January 2011, so the top-dog, term-limited Democrat has to move out of his subsidized mansion. To boot, the old hometown - Shawnee - is not cosmopolitan enough for him and his family.)

Check out more of the photos of his nearly 6,000 sq. ft. manse which cost $795,000. It will largely be home to only three people (since Henry's two older daughters will be away at college).

Typical ostentious ruling-class digs (and in a tony section of Oklahoma City).

Missed opportunity to practice what you preach, and walk the talk.


Jessica Colotl Backlash

One small (or medium-sized) victory for public outcry: "The (Georgia) Board of Regents voted unanimously Wednesday to instruct the presidents of the state's public colleges to not grant any waivers to illegal aliens and nearly unanimously to review all applications for fall admission."

More here and here.

Update: D.A., who has been in the thick of this saga, has more.

Marketplace of Ideas: Mainstream vs. Extreme

Being that I visited the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, last week, for the first time, I am intrigued to learn that the title of Glenn Beck's new novel - The Overton Window - originated with the MCPP.

Read here.

Here's the statement from the Mackinac Center:

Q: What is the connection between the Mackinac Center and Glenn Beck's new book, "The Overton Window"?

A: The book is based on Beck’s adaptation of the Overton Window concept developed by the Mackinac Center, a Michigan think tank. A character in the book reveals the origin of the concept to be a think tank in the Midwest. The Mackinac Center was not involved in the creation of the book. Beck's "The Overton Window" is a work of fiction scheduled for release on June 15, 2010. Beck has discussed the Overton Window concept on his television show, however, just as others have discussed the idea. It is a testament to the vitality of Overton's ideas that years after Overton's passing, a nationally syndicated talk show host would find the Overton Window compelling and want to share the idea with an audience of millions.

In the photo: The late Joseph Overton

The YouTube for the book is weird. Take a look and a listen:


Remembering the First Amnesty

Edwin Meese (remember him?) penned an article in Human Events, in 2006, arguing that Ronald Reagan would not champion amnesty if he had to do it all over again.

Well, who knows, right?

Anyway, here's how Meese describes the supposed one-time only amnesty worked back then (which is similar to what advocates of comprehensive immigration reform want now):

"He (Reagan) also agreed with the legislation in adjusting the status of immigrants — even if they had entered illegally — who were law-abiding long-term residents, many of whom had children in the United States. Illegal immigrants who could establish that they had resided in America continuously for five years would be granted temporary resident status, which could be upgraded to permanent residency after 18 months and, after another five years, to citizenship. It wasn’t automatic. They had to pay application fees, learn to speak English, understand American civics, pass a medical exam and register for military selective service. Those with convictions for a felony or three misdemeanors were ineligible."

Here's how it turned out: "There was extensive document fraud, and the number of people applying for amnesty far exceeded projections. And there was a failure of political will to enforce new laws against employers. After a brief slowdown, illegal immigration returned to high levels and continued unabated, forming the nucleus of today’s large population of illegal aliens."

Nearly 3 million illegals were given amnesty due to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

And amnesty begets amnesty. It's costly, too!

B&W photo of the former attorney general


It Was Hot ... Not Just Temperature-wise

A Designing Woman has posted photographs of the Stand with Arizona rally that took place last weekend.

She Said it ... in 1995

Barbara Jordan, Chair, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, "Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

Ms. Jordan was appointed to this commission by Bill Clinton who liked the recommendations the panel made. Unlike Rep. Dick Armey. The John McCain of his day.


RIP, Father Pat

The spirited author of On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration, Patrick Bascio, passed away last month in Covington, Kentucky.

Father Pat, a Roman Catholic priest, was 83-years-old and one of the rising stars in the immigration-enforcement movement.

A press release I wrote about Father's book.

Brenda Walker blogs more here.

His unique, courageous voice will be missed.

Update, I heard from Bridget of theflypod.com: "Father Pat was a regular on our media network. He hosted a weekly show called Reality Religion.

The world lost a great man last week, and we lost a wonderful friend.

We still have four show episodes of Reality Religion, never before broadcast -- however, we plan to do so over the next 4 weeks."

From the Archives: Human Smuggling

A look at coyotes, and how they aid and abet illegal crossings, as well as how these predators harm undocomented aliens.


U.S. Monthly Unemployment Report

Some pertinent numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2010 report (which I'm quoting verbatim from):

- Manufacturing, temporary help services, and mining added jobs, while construction employment declined.

- The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent.

- The number of unemployed persons was 15.0 million in May.

- The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, the same rate as in the
first 3 months of 2010.

- Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks (15.5 percent) declined in May, while the rates for adult men (9.8 percent),adult women (8.1 percent), teenagers (26.4 percent), whites (8.8 percent), and Hispanics (12.4 percent) showed little change. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

- About 2.2 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force
in May, unchanged from a year earlier.

Left-Wing Echo Chamber

There she goes again. Not long ago, Suzy Khimm, of Mother Jones, was busy smearing attorney Kris Kobach and dubbing NumbersUSA as "anti-immigrant."

Now, in a piece about (squishy) evangelical leaders and comprehensive immigration reform, Ms. Khimm takes a shot at FAIR with more cut-and-paste 'journalism.' She also describes the D.C.-based organization as "anti-immigrant."

B-O-R-I-N-G. (And a lie.)

Photo: Suzy K.


Playing Hookey (from bloggin'); Going to School

More accurately, attending a School Choice Leadership Conference, today, in Midland, Michigan sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.


President Eisenhower's Solution

The good old days. When American leaders weren't lazy about enforcing immigration laws.

Lawmaker: Register Journalists

So much one can say about this silly piece of anti-New Media legislation sponsored by Michigan State Senator Bruce Patterson, an attorney and Republican. Here's my take on it.

Better yet. Here's what Big Journalism's editor, Michael Walsh, had to say: "For someone who practices constitutional law, Senator Bruce Patterson doesn't seem to understand very much about the Constitution. The intent of press freedom, as enshrined in the First Amendment, was precisely the opposite of what Patterson is proposing: an unfettered media that was free to print news, information, disinformation, lies, partisan talking points, even things that would be considered calumny today. The Founders understood that the federal government rightly has no role to play in the people's access to information. Indeed, the freewheeling newspapermen and pamphleteers of 18th-century America were far more akin to today's blogosphere than they were to the establishment journalism of the mid-20th century."

Photo: Bruce Patterson

Caveat Emptor: Student Loans, Bogus Majors

The New York Times published a story about Cortney Munna, an NYU grad, and the mountain of debt she has accumulated (almost $100,000!), thanks to student loans. This poor woman didn't help matters by getting a worthless degree in Religious and Women's Studies. Ms. Munna now works as a photographer's assistant in San Francisco.

The article's money quote: “I don’t want to spend the rest of my life slaving away to pay for an education I got for four years and would happily give back,” she said. “It feels wrong to me.”