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the debate

Well, that was some change you can Xerox.

I want to know why Major Applewhite gets tickets before I do. Seems my job at the University of Texas at Austin is, you know, slightly more related to the matter at hand than is his. Given that I TEACH the kids about American government. Whatever.

You all missed getting to hear the Librarian sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" during HRC's benediction. Too bad for you.


Blogger Ben said...

Was Major there? I missed that. I think I saw George Lopez though.

That Xerox line was so lame. Are you seriously going to win the presidency by accusing someone of plagiarism? The American people don't know what plagiarism is.

I love how I said the same thing about Hillary's inability to implement policy because of her style that Obama said 2 minutes after me. I either have ESP or should be president. I think I have ESP.

Friday, February 22, 2008 12:08:00 AM

Blogger Roger said...

Plagarism? in a politician? with all apologies to Joe Biden who perfected the art, THEY ALL HAVE SPEECHWRITERS!!....That was lame on her part...petty....though she did pretty well....even she was "by gawd" gonna get the last word in on health care...like she should be reminding us of how poorly she handled that before!!

Sorry that Major Messiah bumped you out TinA, but now he's two awful things....he cost you the big running back who said he chose Colorado because Ken Rucker got replaced by Major...and now he's taken your seat....and imagine the idea that a football god might mean more to any university than a prof!!! what's the world coming to :)

Friday, February 22, 2008 12:28:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your assertion that Major Applewhite was less entitled to be at the debate than you is ridiculous and prejudiced. Do you have some sort of magical vote that counts more than his? Why don't you pick on some of the other folks who were there but maybe "less worthy" than yourself. It's a shame that someone so judgmental is in a teaching position.

Friday, February 22, 2008 1:13:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Ben, I think you should be president. And I'm sure the American people know what plagairism is, given how good my students are at committing it. :)

And Lopez was there. I read it on the intertubes.

Yeah, r, clearly my revenue stream isn't quite up there enough.

I thought the health care stuff was hilarious, especially given that none of the moderators actually asked a question about health care at any point in the debate.

Hello, anonymous. I don't know who you are, so I don't know whether you're serious or not, or whether you're a regular reader who recognizes the often, um, sarcastic tone of this here blog, but it's a tone into which this post most certainly fits. I'm not really sure how being "judgmental" or not has anything to do with it - maybe "arrogant" is the word you're looking for? - but I assure you that I don't actually believe that I was "more worthy" of a ticket any more than anybody else at a root level.

That said, though, tickets for the debate were allocated to people on the basis of their proximity to the topic at hand (eg, Democratic politicians, Democratic activists, students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, students who are part of the University Democrats, and students as a whole). So, no, my vote doesn't count more than Major's, but of the 58,000 people who wanted tickets, I think my proximity in that regard is slightly closer than his. Not that that was the point of this in the first place.

Friday, February 22, 2008 2:34:00 PM


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