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Location: Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Wanker of the day...

Texas. The entire fucking state.

AUSTIN, Texas A decorated Marine enrolling in college was shocked to learn his Texas driver's license, car registration and bank records weren't enough to get the lower resident tuition.

Carl Basham said officials at Austin Community College recently told him that he lost his Texas resident's status because of the years he spent out of state on two tours of duty in Iraq.

Support your troops you slimy pieces of shit.

UPDATE: Thinking about it a bit, I think I've clarified where this marine went wrong - he didn't go AWOL. Going AWOL, rather than serving with distinction, apparently gets you into Yale, CEO-ship after CEO-ship (despite obvious incompetence), and so on. AWOL is the way to go, young marines - actually serving will only get you a grave run over by republicans.

UPDATE2: From the comments, a Mr. Gillnitz has done the sexy work of analyzing the college's rules on resident status, and concludes that the school is in fact following the rules in this case. So we leave children behind now by rule. Great.


Blogger larkohio said...

Jerks. How they can do this to him with a straight face is amazing. Heck, they should waive his tution!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Samurai Sam said...

That's about the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Texas: Not as bad as Kansas, but, hey, we're tryin'!

12:24 PM  
Blogger cdj said...

I think at some point I should make a nice long list of everything that a potential military recruit can expect from a republican government...

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

That is shameful.
I bet Larry Northern thinks it's funny.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why aren't Malkin, O'Reilly, Limbaugh and their bloviating buddies screaming bloody murder about this?

They must hate our troops.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

We linked to your site here at Operation Yellow Elephant!

Good catch, good story.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ACC may have messed up here:

(5) Domicile in Texas. Physically residing in Texas for at least 12 consecutive months with the intent to make Texas one's permanent home. The burden of proof that a domicile has been established lies with the student.
(A) Documenting 12 Months. Among the documents that may be used to
prove 12 months' presence in Texas are:
(i) A Texas high school transcript for the full senior year immediately
preceding the full semester enrolled;
(ii) A Texas college or university transcript (in conjunction with other
documents from the institution);
(iii) An employer's statement of date of employment;
(iv) A permanent driver's license (at least 1 year old). The license
expiration date minus date of enrollment should not exceed three
(v) Texas voter registration;

-John Gillnitz

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the source:

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah. They messed up:

(F) Members Who Change their Residency to Texas. A member of the U. S.
Armed Forces whose state of record is not Texas may change his/her
residency to Texas and the member, and/or his or her spouse or child may
pay resident tuition if he/she:
(i) has been assigned to duty in Texas for at least 12 consecutive
months, during which the member files proper documentation with
the military to change his/her permanent residence to Texas, and
(ii) meets four of the eight conditions listed below for the 12 months
prior to enrollment:
(I) has purchased a residence in Texas and claims it as a
(II) has registered to vote in Texas;
(III) has registered an automobile in Texas;
(IV) has maintained a Texas driver's license;
(V) has maintained checking, savings or safety deposit box in
(VI) has had a will or other legal documents on file in Texas
that indicates residence in Texas;
(VII) has established membership in professional
organizations or other state organizations; and/or
(VIII) has established a business in Texas.

-John Gillnitz

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe not...that is an and, not an or. Damn.

2:42 PM  
Blogger cdj said...

Nice, John - I don't have time to parse it all out right now - If you can come up with a bottom re: the formal rules, I'll put it up in the post as an update...

Very nice.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the bottom line is that ACC is following the rules the state has issued. If you haven't lived in Texas for the last 12 months then you aren't considered a Texas Resident. Even if you are military you still have to be stationed in Texas. The only wiggle room I can see is if his unit is based in Texas, but stationed in Iraq. I'm not sure who would make that call.
-John Gillnitz

3:06 PM  
Blogger cdj said...

Thanks, John.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

Actually, ACC did screw up, and has been so informed by the state of Texas -- via the office of Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (responsible for Veterans Affairs and the Permanent School Fund). The matter had been dealt with by the time the storry hit the papers.

7:47 PM  

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