This Week in Milford

July 24, 2019

Are We Going There?


Here I was thinking that the summer subplot was going to be “The Case of Hadley V. Baxendale’s Disappearing and Reappearing Mole*,” but I was wrong. It’s shaping up to be more along of the lines of “Lou Grant Ed V. Baxendale is a Racist But It Could Just Be the Wine Talking.” (There has been a lot of wine drinking in this arc, hasn’t there?). Race has been a relatively benign factor in the strip since I’ve been blogging here, unless you count Marty Moon’s attitude toward the Padillas winter before last.

Jaquan has been consistently portrayed as a fairly savvy guy, not lacking for brains as well as for talent. The less said about his flirtation with football, the better. He also had a fair grip on his future plans as far back as high school, for some of which he apparently has Hadley to thank until death do they part. If he’s been as good a pro hoopster as he’s been made out to be, then his financial worries should be relatively few for years to come. So what’s not to like?

It remains to be seen whether Rubin tackles this head-on or comes at it obliquely, the way he does so many other hot topics. For now, let’s just see how many dog whistles Ed blows over the rest of the summer.

*We do need the “peering over glasses” tag; I’ll try to add that if one of my fellow TWIMers doesn’t beat me to it.

METAPOST: How about it TWIM community? Please submit your suggestions for an eyeglasses tag in the comments below! Eyeglass Antics? Peering Over Peepers? -TimP


  1. Apparently daddy is a racist dick. Why do they continue to associate with him. Guess she needs his approval so badly that they will continue to suffer his barbs.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 24, 2019 @ 8:46 am

  2. Yeah, that’s a puzzle waaaaaay too tough for a high-priced Chicago lawyer to figure out.

    Comment by jvwalt — July 24, 2019 @ 9:51 am

  3. There’s peering over the glasses and then there’s also characters wearing glasses on their foreheads. Yesterday really took the cake with Hadley applying makeup while wearing her glasses so.

    Maybe the real issue is that Jaquan only wore a jacket to dinner and Pa Hadley can’t abide a man who doesn’t wear a jacket AND tie anytime he’s out in public.

    Meanwhile, in P3, that cup a joe has got nothing on the fistful of Xanax, Percocets and stool softners Ma Hadley started the day with.

    Comment by timbuys — July 24, 2019 @ 10:12 am

  4. Is tenure hard to get? Thought it was relatively easy. The hard part is getting rid of the useless pricks who have it. Haxley should know if pops is racist. Known him for a while I’m guessing. Her and JQ claim she’s a bright girl, right?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 24, 2019 @ 10:54 am

  5. Getting a tenure track job in History is extremely difficult for a normal new PHD. For an NBA superstar, I suspect it might be a tad easier.
    “They’re on your head” would be a good glasses tag.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — July 24, 2019 @ 11:04 am

  6. Tim, I’ll jog my noggin’ cuz that’s an excellent suggestion.
    In the interim, I was wondering if anybody else noticed her glasses growing out of her head yesterday.

    “Buy a gallon of Elmer’s Glue, apply it to your first pair of eyeglasses on your bushtop and get the second pair free. Hurry, Milford Optical is only running this special till the end of the week.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 24, 2019 @ 11:13 am

  7. I think Hadley’s dad is trying to break this up because he’s not actually Hadley’s dad… because Hadley isn’t really Hadley. This is what Hadley’s parents looked like in 2005… nothing like they do now. My theory is that “Hadley” is not actually Hadley V. Baxendale but a con artist that looks like Hadley, saw an opportunity to con an NBA star, and has now roped her parents into the scam. Her dad, and avid fan of Jaquan from his Virginia days, is trying to get Jaquan out of the con without risking “Hadley’s” knowledge of his plot by overplaying the disapproving father role that “Hadley” assigned to him.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 24, 2019 @ 11:33 am

  8. Tenure at the college and university level is extremely difficult to get, and is getting harder all the time. Not surprisingly, a lot of the explanation is money. Professors make big salaries these days, especially in the private schools, and their boards tend to hire adjunct staff– which they pay peanuts– to teach. This is only part of the problem. In research universities, professors are hired to do research as well as to teach, and adjuncts are usually fenced out of that, thus research suffers. This has led to a tacit set of requirements for getting into the so-called tenure track. Most schools want knockout scholars, to begin with, those with research experience with celebrity professors and a number of influential publications. Some academic awards are helpful as well, as is youth. It has become vanishingly rare for anyone with a PhD earned after one’s early thirties to be offered an opportunity to earn tenure. In fields in which scholars tend to peak early, such as math or physics, you’d better have that PhD well before thirty.

    The unfortunate reflection on our values as a society is that in nearly every state, the highest paid college officials are not the president or a celebrity professor, but the head coaches for football and men’s basketball, who are usually paid a large multiple of what professors and deans make.

    Comment by vaganova — July 24, 2019 @ 11:37 am

  9. Isn’t that Hadley V behind those Foster Grants?

    Comment by franku2016 — July 24, 2019 @ 11:39 am

  10. and agree with Jive Turkey. A lot of tenured instructors are useless af, and not just at the post-secondary level. There were several at my kid’s HS who were only in the way when it came to the student’s advancement of learning. There was one who actually had the habit of losing homework assignments turned in on time and then giving the kid a zero for a grade when she couldn’t find it, thinking that the kid never gave it to her in the first place. When I complained to the school, they wouldn’t do shit, so I told this doddering idiot myself that she would from now on sign my daughter’s assignment notebook after receiving the homework. She didn’t misplace her homework after that.

    Comment by franku2016 — July 24, 2019 @ 11:45 am

  11. Tenure at the HS level is an entirely different matter. In a university, you have to truly excel to be tenured– if you’re not regularly making significant contributions to your field you’re not going to make it. In HS, the bar is lower. In weak districts, you simply have to stay out of trouble. In strong ones, you have to convince those making the decision not just that you’re not going to get the district into a jam but that you are learning the ropes fast enough– and energetically enough– that you’re a good risk. In my old district, which was consistently rated as one of the top public high schools in the nation, I was often involved in tenure decisions. I can report that we awarded tenure about half the time. But there is also a strong element of self-selection. Those who don’t have the chops usually recognize it themselves and find a different occupation. So when I say “half the time,” that’s after half or more untenured people have hit the road. Once, we had a genuine incompetent on our hands, and we ran him off after one semester. It was clear he was lazy and irresponsible, and we were not going to waste students’ time by letting him serve the three year probationary period.

    The biggest problem in cases such as franku2016 describes is that school officials often do not adequately supervise their staffs– tenured or untenured– and do not do the work involved in removing someone such as the dud he wrote about. There is no way that teacher would have got through the filter in a well-run district. You often hear that “once they’re tenured you’re stuck with them,” but that’s simply not the case. Tenure means you can’t be fired WITHOUT CAUSE. If you do the work to show cause, you can remove a bad teacher, and we did so several times. Fortunately, this was uncommon, and part of the reason is that we were careful who we hired in the first place.

    Comment by vaganova — July 24, 2019 @ 1:46 pm

  12. Seems Pops is really up on things as I’ve learned about tenure today. But does it really matter to a NBA player making that dollar including a handsome pension? Teach your history class, break some ankles in the student field house and go home. Nice remedy to that problem teacher Frank. My son had similar experience at Iowa St so not limited to high school. Maybe it is a shame the Tom Izzo’s of the world make more than Peter Professor but of course they are bringing in big bucks to Ol’ State U. And athletic budgets separate from the rest of university budget. That’s why Illinois can afford to pay Lovie and Underwood while still paying off schmucks like Beckman and Grose. Having donors like Ahmad Khan (I think that’s his name) and Jerry Colangelo helps.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 24, 2019 @ 5:26 pm

  13. Shad Khan emphatically does not do squat for Illinois athletics. There is a whole story there not that I care all that much about it these days. Neither does, to my knowledge, Larry Ellison or Marc Andreesen. Frankly, I’m not sure that I blame them.

    Comment by timbuys — July 24, 2019 @ 6:51 pm

  14. He may not donate any longer but he has in the past. I don’t know what whole story you are talking about.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 24, 2019 @ 8:05 pm

  15. The faculty (or prominent members thereof) started thumbing their nose at him over labor practices at his factories and denied him being granted an honorary degree.

    Comment by timbuys — July 24, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

  16. I see. Thanks for clearing that up. I don’t blame him either.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 24, 2019 @ 9:08 pm

  17. […] Now my dad Is looking pissy Is he thinking Of my boyfriend? Should we go Back to Chicago? Then will he get Off our backs…? […]

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