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January 27, 2000
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semester has begun at
our beloved Tarleton
State University once
again. Along with this
comes the first J-TAC
issue of the year 2000.
Old business - Y2K and all associated
doomsday predictions. Don't worry, I'll
keep this short and sweet. Nana nana
You'll notice a few changes to the
paper this semester, that we all hope
you will enjoy As always, if you have
something to share with The J-TAC,
please feel free to do so-
I personally relish in those letters to
the editor that feature myself as the tar-
get for criticism. It makes me feel need-
I thought I might bestow upon all of
my readers some of the wisdom I have
come up with since the last time I
wrote. Along with this I will include
rations for this sejnester.
I hope that at some point Tarleton
President Dennis McCabe will realize
that we all know about the campus in
Killeen. Or is it Tarleton South, Tarleton
CT or something else entirely?
If you have heard any of McCabe's
speeches since its inception, you have
undoubtedly heard about it, know it's
there and think it's wonderful. Thanks
President McCabe, now let us mpve on.
*'Nana nana boo boo"
So says Parker
schedule a date, forward jokes, send
naked pictures, conduct business, send
cards or short notes and reduce the
number of phone calls you make.
Despite its greatness, there are still
some of you out there that truly believe
that if you forward a message to all of
your friends Bill Gates or some corpora-
tion is going to write a check to you for
your time. It is not going to happen
people. Very few things in life are that
easy and those that are will probably
cause you to catch a disease. I dream of
the day when people will understand
I would mention something about
world peace but we all know that is not
going to happen. We like to fight.
More than that we like to win. Every-
thing in life is a competition. Whether
you want it to be or not, it just is.
As for aspirations I want to be more
memorable. It seems that some of you
are confusing me with other writers that
have appeared on this page. While I
* ting a
broad cross section of people, not all
people that become disgruntled after
viewing The J-TAC are my fault.
We have added a picture along with a
name this semester for each writer that
appears on this page. That way you
won't get confused and jump the wrong
guy. For those of you that may not be
playing with a full deck of cards, it
would not be beneficial to jump anyone.
I also hope that the parking lotto the - but be prepared for next week as 1 will
east ef the Student Development Center
will finally get finished. It seems that
the project just keeps dragging on and
on, tying up the most valuable com-
modity on the Tarleton campus — park-
Let's talk about email for a moment.
Email, it is a great thing. You can
'live tip't'oJnty old standard of challeng-
ing you to think about issues in a differ-
I see this space as a place not to dic-
tate your opinion, but a place for you to
think about things and form your own
educated opinions. Do something even
if it is wrong and have an opinion.
Quotes for the week
"Kill them all, for the Lord will know his own."
Simon IV of Monfort
In the town of Beziers, near the1
Mediterranean coast, the French army must
determine how to differentiate between
"damned heretics" and "good Cliristians."
Simon IV of Monfort came up with die solu-
tion to their dilemma and is now credited
with coining the more modern piirase, "Kill
them all and let God sort them out later.",
We should be glad Simon has already been
processed or we would be in trouble.
"You hate to think that you have to censor your
language to meet other people's lack of under-
National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People
"When religion controls government, political lib-
erty die$; and when government controls religion,
religious liberty perishes
( Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Hello my name is Eufemia...
and theY2K bug suckered me
I boo the extremists who sold their
homes and moved into the foothills of
. Montana to escape the insanity of eivi*
lization which they thought, of course,
would break down in the face of a Y2K
disaster. Didn't happen, did it, Gary
As the countdown closed in on zero
hour, the media guessing game of "what
will happen?" frankly began to grate on
my family-holiday-frazzled nerves so
that just before midnight on New Year's
Eve, I was back to my Y2K-unaware,
uncaring self - sipping champagne from
plastic flute glasses blowing environ-
mentally-safe bubbles in my party gown.
The Y2K bug was far from my thoughts.
As a matter of fact, it was five min-
utes past the dreaded mark of midnight
before I realized that nothing had gone
wrong. The lights were on, the toilet
flushed, and the phone rang with well-
wishers who hadn't been invited to my
shindig. My party would have been
quite pathetic with no flashing lights in
the shape of a giant 2-0-0-0 millennium
shape to signal the new year. (And that
"when does the millennium really start"
argument irks me, so we won't go there,
I'll admit that I held my breath,
though, as I turned on my PC for the
first time this year. With a quick sigh
arid a press of the power key, there were
no mishaps to be reported. Even as 1
logged on to the World Wide Web, my
precious IBM compatible off-brand
machine downloaded files and browsed
newspaper headlines with ease.
Now, the recently rebuffed Y2K bug
predictors must find some other crusade
to lead or catastrophe for which to plan.
Three little characters: Y3K. Get your
. I was wrong. I
was wrong. I was
wrong. Just so you
what I was wrongful-
ly predicting as the
Y2K problem, here it
goes. I predicted that
the United States would suffer some
form of electrical or water problems for
at least a brief amount of time -maybe
only mere days. I also predicted that the
money and stock markets would
respond to the small groups of panicked
people who withdrew money from
checking and savings accounts in fear
that banks would be unable to function
normally. I feared that less-developed
countries would suffer a larger Y2K
problem and it would domino to our
doorstep. None of this happened, so I
WAS WRONG! And I'm happy that I
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During the Y2K preparation stage that
we call 1999,1 did NOT predict nuclear
missile strikes, fatal airplane malfunc-
tions, or stockmarket trends resembling
the crash of 1929. Instead, I urged peo-
ple to prepare wisely for what I thought
would be an event. Turns out I was
wrong, but hey, who's judging?
Now, lining my kitchen cupboard are
several gallons of drinking water,
numerous cans of Campbell's chicken
noodle soup, and a 10 pound bag of
flour - all of which I will use within the
year (except maybe the flour, I'm not
much of a cook). This was my stockpil-
ing effort. I did not horde away 400 gal-
Ions of water for bathifig and laundry,
ten cases of dolphin-safe tuna , or a ten
horsepower Sears generator which, by
the way, will cost you a 20 percent
restocking fee if you elect to return it.
Cuban embargo also depriving Americans
The U.S.-Cuba fiasco must end
No, not the Elian Gonzalez deba-
cle-that is a completely separate sub-
ject. I'm talking about the embargo
against Cuba that has lasted for over
40 years. It is an embargo that has
deprived many cigar connoisseurs,
such as myself, of some of the finest cigars ever made.
But, the reasons for ending the embargo are much
more important than the smell of burning tobacco.
The reasons are practical, smart and, if looked at with
an open mind, could lead many U.S. companies to add
the island nation to their over-seas operations.
I have compiled the reasons into five basic cate-
gories: business, political, practical, humane and intan-
First, the business reason: the embargo is depriving
the U.S. of an important trade partner located just 90
miles off the Florida coastline. Opportunistic
European, Canadian and South American companies,
unlike American companies, are cashing in on the
numerous opportunities being afford to them in
Castro's Cuba. .
Second, the political reason: the communist threat
that Cuba represented has passed us by like a non-
presidential election year. Communism, worldwide,
has one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel.
The tijne has come for a change because the American
and Cuban cultures and economies deserve it.
Third, the practical reason: Instead of an expensive
thorn in the U.S, taxpayer's' side, Cuba can become a
profitable business partner with whom companies can
The near-unanimous agreement between all civilized
countries is America has lost this staring contest.
Fourth, the humane reason; Cubans have suffered
far more than any other society in the Western
Hemisphere. The Cuban people have suffered severe-
ly from the lack of medicine and proper health care,
not to mention other medical miracles such as diabetes
research and cancer research.
And lastly, the intangible reasons: the world has
changed a great deal since the Cold War began.
Globally, opinions have changed from the pettiness of
our differences with a dictator who we put in power
and then cried foul when he did not "Oswald."
We, as a nation, must stop the senselessness of the
embargo. Cuba is not an enemy of the U.S. There will
not be a force of Cubans landing on the Keys and con-
quering the only remaining superpower.
For now, Uncle Fidel has won this war of attrition.
His country has not. fallen into anarchy and rebellion.
Mr. Christian is not sailing through the Cuban waters
yelling, "Mutiny in Havana!"
We should admit we are wrong. Eight presidents
have had the opportunity to do the right thing, but
none has taken the step.
The embargo is senseless and trivial. But most of all,
it keeps honest Americans, who do not want to defy
the laws of the land, from enjoying the finer things
Cuba has to offer.
Just image the sounds of Cuban musicians playing
their hearts out while waves crash upon the beach and
the sweet smell of tobacco tickles your nostrils.,
For now, I'll enjoy my cigars from the other
Caribbean countries, hope Elian gets home before he
reaches puberty and push for a lifting of the embargo.
But, mark my words, the minute the embargo is lifted,
I'll order a box of Cuban's finest and have it delivered
by the lovely people at the U.S. Postal Service.
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