Fair old men are leaving
This is the first week of stress in the
college cycle. Boy, it's getting thick. Be sure to get a parking permit
if you haven't already ... it seems everywhere
I turn in the parking lots, there's rows
upon rows of cars marked with yellow envelopes.
It usually signifies a $20 slap on the
wrist, but that's a lot of money for us poor students. But paying the fine
will give you the satisfaction of knowing
more of your hard-earned money will go
to a system that never seems to find enough money to improve itself.
On top of all the homework I have to do,
I am depressed even further by the recent multiple resignations of old
white men in power.
Most local is Chet Gladchuk, UH's former
athletics director. We'll sincerely miss the guy, despite his inability
to rebuild the department into a
campus facet that makes money instead
of one that drains the evil but necessary resource.
But why hold that against him? We've got
swell soccer and softball teams that wouldn't have happened if it weren't
Another powerful Texan is also stepping
down. Sen. Phil Gramm, a Texas Republican, announced recently that he is
not running for re-election.
Good. Maybe he's internalized all of last
year's talk about term limits. This guy has been in the Senate for going
on 17 years and was an influential
congressman before that, and he has worked/co-conspired
with all the evil hatemongers of recent political history.
In order to get his Senate career started,
Gramm had to defeat Democratic nominee Lloyd Doggett in 1984. He turned
the election into a bashing of
homosexuality to draw out what he referred
to as the "redneck vote:" white conservative "Dixiecrats."
Doggett championed gay rights in a time
and place when it was quite common to be killed for loving the "wrong"
gender. Gramm mercilessly
attacked Doggett on the issue, and he
But you shouldn't dislike Gramm for what
he believes, because he is a man you could easily say doesn't believe in
anything except getting his way.
He graduated from Texas A&M with an
economics degree, attended mid-1970s Elton John concerts and even began
his political career as a
I guess he learned early that it's a lot
easier to win in Texas if you make people believe that you're as twisted
as they are.
Here's something to smile about: the rumor
around the hill is that Gramm's next move may be to replace A&M president
Roy Bowen. It's yet another
reason to attend UH.
Two other old white men in power -- Jesse
Helms and Strom Thurmond, a.k.a. The Geriatric Carolinians, have announced
they won't be back next
term either. Thurmond has been in the
Senate longer than anyone else in American history -- 46 years. Hell, he's
old enough to be President
Bush's dad. He even challenged Truman
for the presidency.
Of course, anyone that has served that
long can't be all bad. This is where I sit at the computer screen and try
to remember some good things these
schmucks have done. Nope, nothing's coming
... feel free to write in if you can remember anything.
Helms will probably be missed more than
Thurmond, but only because smokers like the fact they can still buy lethal
and very addictive drugs for a
relatively cheap price, and at any hour
of the night.
Well, it looks like I've run out of space,
which of course was the whole point of this.