Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts just revoked the promotions to the rank of Admiral that was recently bestowed on two alleged “educators” who also just happen to be employed by the Nebraska taxpayers.
As reported by Alana Mastrangelo of the Washington Examiner, the “Nebraska Navy” may not have court martial authority, but they can sure revoke your faux-commission.
Much like being an honorary Kentucky Colonel, Rhode Island Commodore, or even the non-military Honorary Tar Heel (of which I am a proud recipient), the governor of the Corn Husker State can bestow upon any given individual the rank of admiral in the Nebraska Navy.
But as Mastrangelo reported, two recipients of the very tongue-in-check award have been engaging in some rather poor conduct deemed unbecoming an officer.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., has withdrawn honorary “Nebraska Navy” admiralships from two University of Nebraska-Lincoln educators who led a protest against conservative student group.
Graduate teaching assistant Courtney Lawton and associate professor Amanda Gailey both made headlines last August after they harassed Turning Point USA chapter president Kaitlyn Mullen while she held a recruiting event on campus.
Lawton was filmed flashing the middle finger and yelling “neo-fascist Becky, right here” at Mullen. The educator also accused the student of wanting to destroy public schools and universities.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln responded by telling Lawton that her contract would not be renewed once it expired in November of that year.
Gailey, who accompanied Lawton at the protest, was photographed holding a sign that read, “Turning Point: Please put me on your watchlist.”
The associate professor’s sign was in reference to a Turning Point USA project, Professor Watchlist, which is an aggregated list of publicly available news articles about professors who advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.
In a letter to Grabow, the governor said Lawton and Gailey’s admiralships were granted due to a “clerical error” that was made. The awards were then rescinded on Jan. 31, less than one month after they were mistakenly signed off on.
“Courtney Lawton’s behavior does not embody Nebraska values, which the original request represented,” he said.
Now if you thought the actions of these two employees of the Nebraska university system are troubling, wait until you read this;
The awards were revoked one day after Gailey and Grabow testified against a bill at a legislative hearing on a campus. The bill, LB718, would require the university and other higher-education institutions in Nebraska to approve new guidelines for free speech on campus.
As reported by KOLN-TV and KGIN-TV of Lincoln and Grand Island, respectively, last summer, Mullen is seen apparently harassed and berated by faculty and students at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
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