Monday, October 17, 2005

A big welcome to offspring of fat, balding blowhards

More evidence of the Bush Library/Welcome Karl Rove to campus connection. Herr Karl was sighted last week being shown around the uni with his son, a prospective student. If there were a red carpet long enough to extend from the entrance all the way back to the quad, it would have been rolled out in their honor. As it was, the groveling toady factor was off the charts. Or so I'm told.

Dr. Phil's kid, by the way, is now in his first semester as a frosh. He lives in a dorm on-campus in a room that I hear is fitted out pretty sweetly, complete with flat-screen TV. Dr. P's oldest boy is a gradjeate of the law school, soon to be known as the alma mater of the newest member of the Supremes, Harriet "My perm is worse than Condoleezza's" Miers.

Our next step in the study of writing for newspapers and magazines--an intro to the art of the interview--will go up here Tuesday afternoon. I've reviewed four plays in three days and my fingers are so gnarled from carpal tunnel that I'm considering typing with my hairy toes.

Back soon.

17 Comments:

Anonymous gigem said...

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1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought about you when they said Dr. Phil's kid was at SMU.

From the sounds of it, he's not the only freshman whose parents flew in their own plane to bring him to school.

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only option I would have is to agree with the above comments in many accounts. Now I am waiting for the next blogging :)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Red River said...

I think its cool that parents actually care enough to go to their kid's college and get them settled in. That's more than most.

I wish mine had. My first night in Austin I spent taking the bus with my backpack looking for a room. The next day I got a job. The third day I was in class.

The fawning over people with money cuts across political lines. You should see how the various liberal charities in Dallas treat the monied donors and the politcally connected.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly Prof, you have got to be kidding me.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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2:43 PM  
Anonymous lucille said...

Weird. Here we are with the most radically right-wing (NOT conservative, alas) administration in the history of the U.S., a Supreme Court poised to shred civil liberties, a government that's lost all checks-and-balances to the strangulation of fundamentalist Christianity, and a university system that's turned entirely corporate. And the Prof. is supposed to open her eyes to views -- or here, you must mean celebrities, since no political opinions were reported or critiqued -- from the far right? If she opened them any wider, her retinas would fry. I know mine have.

2:55 PM  
Blogger echovillegirl said...

yeah this whole bashing of the prof thing is pretty riducules, you anonymouses...

my opinion is that if you want to say something, sign your effing name. if u don't, it tells everyone you just want to hate on people and do not even take your own views seriously enough to let them be defended in anything more. thus, i'm going to say "please!" and not even bother to reply, since it seems to me you don't take your own viewpoint seriously.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:52 PM  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Keep up the gossip.
Don't water down your material.

Some people put themselves in such a political viewpoint that they themselves think they are being insulted. Presumptuous.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Cold Potato said...

Alrighty folks, lets keep a civil tongue in our mouths here.
The Phantom Prof is allowed her own views, beliefs and the liberty to tell us what the world looks like from her point of view.
The reason we all like her so much and visit her blog (shrine) are stories like this one, with her ability to cut through PC.
Don’t let these anonymous saids bog 'ya down.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I agree that the Prof should say whatever she likes.

Of course, the question is: would the Prof mind if *she* was described in terms of her weight, appearance, and to be generally portrayed as an evil simpleminded nutjob?

I understand the appeal of gossip. And I too have taught at institutions that had famous folks as students. I just wish the Prof was equally bitchy toward people with whom she shares politics. So far, I haven't seen it.

That being said, it is HER blog. She doesn't have to be fair-minded at all.

As for being anonymous, guess what: at most educational institutions, saying anything remotely Republican will get you demoted, punished, and even fired. Period. It is no myth; it happens.

Funny how much the left wing has leaped to defend free expression by their political opponents...sort of like how little right wingers would defend the left.

That is why I dislike the persistent politics in this blog, which has truly wonderful prose and stories that help me live through the difficulties of the academic life.

Maybe we all have to ignore the nasty personal comments by the Prof, in order to get the wonderful essays that she writes.

-Prudently Anonymous

6:57 PM  
Blogger theprofessor said...

Lighten up, folks. I appreciate all intelligent discourse. But the great thing about being the administrator of this site is that I can edit at will. So I've removed some of the more ridiculous and spastic insults. I even recognize some of the writing styles of my former students. (A writer's "fingerprint" isn't hard to recognize after you've graded a few of their papers.) If they keep coming here and harshing the flow, I'll out them by name. Ya hear?

7:05 PM  
Blogger Greg - Cowboy in the Jungle said...

Prof Wrote, "...But the great thing about being the administrator of this site is that I can edit at will."

I have to give the prof her props on this one. She and I don't square up from time to time, but I keep coming back. If you don't like what she is writing, you can always stop. If it really irks you, go out and get your own blog (hint - you can edit your own blog just like the prof does hers. ahhhh!).

And by all means, if you like what you are reading or want to encourage diversity of thought, then send her $10.00.

7:18 PM  
Blogger theprofessor said...

Aw, Greg:

I don't need the sawbuck yet. Maybe next year! But I appreciate the support. Deeply, madly, truly.

10:19 PM  
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