April 19, 2002
Stupid Texas tricks updates

The show may go on after all, as the cast of the now-cancelled showing of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is thinking about finding another place to perform. Break a leg, y'all!

Meanwhile, the Houston area's most famous Stupid White Man, Tom DeLay, is claiming that his remarks about Baylor and Texas A&M were taken out of context.

Last week, DeLay was tape recorded without his knowledge telling 300 people at Pearland's First Baptist Church not to send their children to Baylor or A&M. A male questioner had expressed frustration that major Texas universities do not teach creationism, and asked DeLay for advice.

The Chronicle published Delay's comments Thursday, prompting him to issue the following statement:

"My response to a concerned parent has created a misunderstanding. I was giving advice for the specific type of education they were seeking for their child. Let me make it Texas clear: I've been a longtime supporter of Baylor and Texas A&M. My daughter went to A&M and in Congress I've worked hard to help fund these two prestigious universities. I apologize for any misunderstandings my comments may have caused."

DeLay also urged the churchgoers to pressure state legislators to "throw the PC out and bring God in" at Texas public universities.

DeLay may have finally picked on a group that can fight back hard enough to damage him - Aggies. They have very little sense of humor about their school and its traditions, and they have long memories. Of course, they also tend not to vote Democratic, but maybe enough of them will sit out this year's election to give DeLay concern. It's nice to think about, anyway.

Oh, and if you read the whole article, you'll see that DeLay once attended Baylor but was kicked out for "extracurricular activities" and "too vigorous a social life." Naturally, he denies that this had anything to do with the animosity of his remarks.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 19, 2002 to The great state of Texas