We finally got definitive word that there is no money for our hire. Except that our Dear Leader wants us to keep the search "open" in the hopes that the legislature might dribble some money for new hires our way in the spring (like we'd be near the top of that list, anyway, given that .... never mind), never mind that it'd be a twice-picked-over pool by the time we got to it, never mind the unethicality of keeping people on hold, however tenuous, for that long. You mustn't lose hope, Dear Leader said, keep pushing. And people with no hope, people who give up won't make it here, and should just go somewhere else. That explains our faculty retention problem, anyway.