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Oppose Affirmative Action, get accused of racism

By a big city daily, no less, the Houston Chronicle:

“In the fall of 2008, the University of Texas enrolled 10,335 minority students, not including Asian-Americans. As far as Abigail Fisher was concerned, that was one too many.”

Charming. I hope her lawsuit to overturn UTexas’ discriminatory admissions policy succeeds. So does at least one former newspaper colleague whose white child is now being denied admission. Affirmative Action’s sell-by date is long past.

Texas’ next governor? Not.

Nobody with any knowledge of Texas politics is taking Democrat Farouk Shami’s run for governor seriously. For one thing his incumbent opponent, Republican Rick Perry, is too popular. For another, well, when was the last time Texas had an Arab-American Muslim governor? Exactly never.

On the other hand, Shami has ten million dollars of his own money to invest in his campaign. Consequently he’s getting a lot of media, free and otherwise. They all quote him saying he’s from Palestine, wherever that is. It’s not the Texas Palestine. Apparently he’s from the West Bank, though no one is sure because he doesn’t call it that.

He tells the American Task Force for Palestine, which seems to think he’s a Muslim though some Texans think he’s a Quaker, that he’s for peace and love and equality in the Middle East. Debbie Schlussel thinks he’s a clandestine Jihadi in an anti-Semitic package. She cites as partial evidence this column he wrote two years ago for the Houston Chronicle in which he implies that the nasty Israelis are forcing the poor Palestinians to ration water "while Jewish settlers cultivate lush lawns and fill their swimming pools." That’s libel enough for me to be glad that Shami’s chance of election is exactly nil.

UPDATE:  The daily’s Ken Herman did a job on Shami: "The downtrodden minority/victim role is particularly unattractive on a guy who lives in a 24,585-square-foot-home like Shami does."

Dildos are a Girl’s Best Friend?

I know, I know. This is a family blog. More or less. But I couldn’t resist a post on the article by that title to be found on the Houston Chronicle’s new Web site. It’s supposedly a puffer for a Montrose boutique. What it really is (in addition to a first for Texas daily newspaper journalism) is a bid to make some money by pandering to the Web’s porn audience. Uh, like me, too? Why no, course not.

Chron’s new money-maker: sex

I knew some newspaper executives would figure out a way to make money on the Web. I just didn’t stretch my imagination as far as the Houston Chronicle did. Of course, the money is yet to be made and some readers already think it is just tacky.

Via The Brazosport News.