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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by bent christian, Aug 23, 2016.
I bet he is better qualified then some of trumps resent changes.
Poor kid though if Trump loses the vote there.
and he is not that far behind Hillary, goes to show just how much Hillary sucks.
Who is going to run the office after school starts?
Harry Reid is jealous.
Good night, White Pride.
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Schooling works against Trump's unorthodox campaign model.
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A feel good story until you learn that part of his experience was making threatening phone calls to RNC delegates.
More unsurprising news.
These adults are human garbage.
A great man once said:
"Fortunately, small boys [*minds*] are extremely springy and elastic."
And he ran undebatably the greatest candy company EVER.
These kids usually do swing back toward reality when they can experience life on their own, finally escaping from the delusional and abusive households they grew up in.
The Growing Pains of Jonathan Krohn
It’s almost a job requirement for a 13-year-old to do things that will make him cringe as an 18-year-old. Some regret a death-metal phase, others a Bieber haircut. Jonathan Krohn says that his big embarrassment is his stint as a conservative pundit.
In his early teens, Mr. Krohn wrote a book titled “Define Conservatism” and made a speech at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference that caught fire. He was courted by Fox News, mentored by William Bennett and anointed “the future of conservatism.” A frequent cable-news guest and Tea Party speaker appearing in sweater vests or suits and ties, he was called Alex P. Keaton, Lil’ Limbaugh, the Little Mr. Conservative (in a headline with a 2009 article in these pages), Urkel, a Muppet and Doogie Howser, G.O.P.
But Mr. Krohn, it turned out, was a work in progress, and by this spring his transformation seemed nearly total: from a buttoned-up kid to a shaggy young adult with facial scruff and untucked shirts; from a golfer to a lover of art films; from a home-schooled Christian living in Duluth, Ga., to a secular New York University freshman in the East Village. Most jarring of all, he renounced his earlier political beliefs.
The turnabout made him something of a pariah among conservatives (Mr. Bennett now declines to discuss him) and ruptured his family.
“I started reflecting on a lot of what I wrote, just thinking about what I had said and what I had done,” Mr. Krohn told Politico last summer. He said he came to believe that “it was naïve,” that he was “a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time.” He added that from now on “I want to be Jonathan Krohn, and I’m tired of being an ideology.”
Twitter erupted with contempt. The Daily Caller posted three articles, one of which had an anonymous source calling Mr. Krohn a bathroom vulgarity. But by far the most painful reaction came at home, where his parents were in the process of divorcing. There were near-constant arguments with Mr. Krohn’s father, Doug Krohn, a computer scientist. “My dad didn’t really like me not having conservative views and not agreeing with him on a lot of things,” Jonathan Krohn said carefully. “He got very upset about that.”
Sitting at Ess-a-Bagel on First Avenue in mid-March, two weeks after his 18th birthday, chewing on an everything bagel and occasionally pausing to wipe schmears of cream cheese from his stubble, Mr. Krohn said that his mother, Marla Krohn, a manufacturer’s sales representative and sometime actress, has always been more encouraging — though he stressed that she was never anything like the stage mother that some had assumed. Although her son’s political switch was hard for her, she said by phone, “I love him, and I support him in whatever he chooses to do.”
Between classes in political science and international relations, he has written articles for The Atlantic’s Web site, Salon, Mother Jones and Rudaw, a Kurdish news site. His new mentor is Josh Marshall, the chief executive and editor of Talking Points Memo, which has posted articles on the before-and-after versions of Mr. Krohn.
“Josh told me you’ve got to find things you’re passionate about, because nobody’s going to hire anybody who doesn’t have knowledge of a particular subject and doesn’t show passion,” Mr. Krohn said. He hopes that his straight reporting can obliterate his mini-pundit years. “I’d like to get a staff job,” he said, “so I can just write and write and write and write and write every day and bury that under everything.”
While Mr. Krohn’s professional freelance efforts so far have been remarkable for a college freshman, his attempts to bury his past have occasionally faltered. Rule of thumb: Whenever a new kid emerges on the political scene — say, the Indiana 13-year-old who recently drew attention for calling Rush Limbaugh’s show to affirm that man-made global warming is a hoax — a tweet about “the next @JonathanLKrohn” isn’t far behind. In response, Mr. Krohn tweeted: “What is the statute of limitations on me being a punchline? Two? Three? Four? Five more years?”
After a mostly cordial experience covering the National Review Institute Summit for The Atlantic in January, his return in March to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the scene of his breakout speech at 13, was unnerving. During a loud but friendly hallway argument with Jamie Weinstein, of The Daily Caller — Mr. Krohn had found comments by the former attorney general Michael B. Mukasey to be “extremely racist” toward Muslims — 10 or so bloggers, mostly from Breitbart.com, circled him and began questioning him about his then-and-now politics.
“Two people mocked his clothes,” wrote Chris Moody of Yahoo! News, “and one cursed at him. (Krohn cursed right back.)” Mr. Weinstein tried several times to get them to lay off. Toward the end of the confrontation, one woman suggested that he go get an education: “I would like to recommend ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ ” she said.
“It was extremely intimidating,” Mr. Krohn said later. “I was shaken up.” But there was an unexpected bright side. “The journalistic community came out in support of me with flying colors,” he said. “People were sending me private messages telling me to keep my chin up and stuff like that. It’s a sense of community that I never had.”
He certainly didn’t have it at N.Y.U., about which he said, “I haven’t been too enamored with everything school-wise.”
In the midst of all the upheaval in his life, the one thing that has remained constant (“unfortunately,” he said) is his virginity. Interests like comic books and “Star Trek” aren’t exactly chick magnets (he recently tweeted about the “pre-anniversary of the Vulcans making first contact with Humans in 2063!”). Nor does it help that Mr. Krohn himself has written about his sexual status more than once.
Like so many other nerdy young men who arrive in New York from a place where people don’t get them, he hasn’t yet realized that his type plays well here. He’s starting to see it, but he’s not there yet. “I’m not very good with women,” he said recently, although “I try. I try very hard.”
“I think I’m a pretty lonely person, come to think of it,” he continued. “I don’t have a lot of friends. I’ve never been the person that people called to hang out with. I’m not that guy. Like in high school, I especially felt that I wasn’t wanted. I got bullied.”
Aside from his few N.Y.U. pals, Mr. Krohn seems to do better with older adults. Mr. Marshall, for one, feels great warmth toward him. “I really like him,” he said. “I think Jonathan is a really smart, curious, brave person. And I think he has immense potential as a journalist.”
Mr. Krohn said he has liked some of his classes, especially one on the Spanish Civil War, but found the cost crushing, even with a scholarship paying half of his $60,000-a-year expenses. Mr. Krohn paid for much of the rest.
To avoid graduating three years from now with a huge debt, he has just made yet another big change: only a few weeks before the end of his second semester, he became the latest high-profile brainy college dropout. He accepted a full-time job with Rudaw, the Kurdish news site based in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and on Thursday flew off to Iraq, his latest home.
Mr. Marshall also wants him to write Middle East-based dispatches for Talking Points Memo. “I’m doing the same stuff that I want to do in the future and getting paid for it,” Mr. Krohn said. “I’ve got a staff job doing foreign correspondent’s work.”
Until this adventure, he had never left the United States; his passport is brand-new. On his last visit to Duluth before departing, there were signs he and his father may have reached a détente of sorts. “I think his way of showing acceptance was he went with me to get my shots for going to Iraq,” he said. “He still doesn’t think I’m doing any real work, but you know.”
A few weeks later, though, Doug Krohn sounded more conciliatory still: “It’s always scary seeing an 18-year-old step away from college to follow his dream, but if anybody can do it and make it happen, my son, Jonathan Krohn, certainly can.”
The younger Mr. Krohn is excited. “I’ve been building up to this for a while,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to go to the Middle East. I’ve been studying Arabic since I was 9.” He has learned some Kurdish, too. “I want to try and make Middle Eastern politics more human for Americans to understand,” he said. “I really enjoy that. I get paid to do it, and I get to write it, and it gets to be in indelible ink everywhere.”
Indelible ink, as Mr. Krohn learned the hard way, can have a dark side. But he’s determined to overwrite his old story with a new one, redefining for himself the meaning of “the next Jonathan Krohn.”
And the 12 year old is still more mature than Trump. Although the threatening phone calls is rather disturbing.
I'm just trying to figure out which one of us is this kid. I mean he must be here somewhere.
Let me guess...
Mr Imer is a narrow-minded white male without a college education?