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and you can fool most of them. But not all the time! And not tonight. Raza had paid for its seats and watched the match and as the ref placed the Champion Belt on Mr. Niebla, raza began to chant: /Pim-pi! i Pim-pi! iPim-pi! iPim-pi! /Pim-pi! /Pim-pi! iPimpi! iPim-pi! iPim-pi! /Pim-pi! louder and louder and louder and louder until it they probably heard it the barrio altito where the Garzas and the Sadas and all those people who own the city have their fancy houses and swimming pool parties. Pos this was too much. Too much! As the crowd climbed into the ring and people grabbed for Niebla’ s Champion Belt, into the ring stepped the Wrestling Commissioner of the State of Nuevo Leon who might have been called in by Mr. Garza Sada, or by the porcine Mayor Chuy himself. Shaking his head from side to side, the commissioner ordered the ref out of the ring, took the Champion Belt from Niebla, and sent both fighters to their corners. “Tengo que nulificar los resultados de este…” was all you could hear before the crowd went wild again, some shouting Pimpis, some shouting Nieblas, and the really big lady in front of me shouting, ” iChinga to madre, buey!” You can’t win by cheating and the commissioner proved it. I mean, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas should have been so lucky when Carlos Salinas stole the presidential election from him in 1988. But on this night, in the city of Trevilios, Garzas, Sadas, and Petias, raza’ s resolve was rock solid. And Pimpinela is still the Heavyweight Champion of the World! Luis Del Bosque has written about sports for U.S. publications, including the Liberty Vindicator and the Anahuac Progress. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Join the Texas Civil Rights Project $25 a year. Volunteers needed. 2212 E. MLK, Austin, TX 78702. for more information. “Political Intelligence,” from page 17 advisee? Status Properties \(formerly known as FM Properties, developers of high-dollar properties in environmentally sensitive West lagniappe: no one knows how much Bullock is being paid to advise the company that has been battling the city of Austin over water pollution and annexation issues since 1990. Bullock’s paycheck is a secret because he’s working at Public Strategies, Inc., the powerhouse public relations and political strategy firm headed by Bullock’s pal Jack Martin. Isn’t it nice to have your faith in tireless public servants restored? GREENS IN HOUSTON. Calling the Vernal Equinox a fitting moment, Houston Green Party chairperson David Cobb informs Political Intelligence that state Party activists will meet in Houston March 20, for the founding convention of the Green Party of Texas. The meeting will be held at the Harris County AFL-CIO Hall located at 2608 and in addition to administrative sessions and adoption of by-laws and the like, the day will include several speakers: Mike Feinstein of the Santa Monica City Council and co-founder of the Green Party of California; Susan Lee Solar, 1998 write-in candidate for Texas Governor and former director of the Dallas Peace Center; 011ie Jefferson, immigration attorney and antideath penalty activist from Dallas-Fort Worth; and Kevin McGuire, Harris County Green Party activist and candidate for Houston City Council in 1999. For more information, the Austin website is; Houston is ClearPRIVATE NUKE WASTE? While they wait for the other shoe to drop in Austin, the corporations hoping to control Texas’ nuclear waste stream compete for strategic position. Greg Harman of the Odessa American reported March 3 that in the latest maneuver, TU Electric and the South Texas Nuclear Project the largest producers of lowlevel radioactive waste in the state have entered a disposal contract with Waste Control Specialists which threatens to cut WCS’ competitor, Envirocare,, out of a market that doesn’t yet exist. Although the state legislation that would allow private disposal is, still in committee, WCS whose majority owner is Dallas billionaire and major George W. Bush funder Harold Simmons has agreed to dispose of both companies’ radioactive waste for only $18.50 per cubic foot, contingent on legislative approval. That price, under a forty-year contract, is about 94 percent less than the lowest current industry rate, from $300 to $1,000 per cubic foot. In February, WCS competitor Envirocare of Texas hired Rick Jacobi, former general manager for the Texas Low-Leitel Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority, for help in lobbying the Legislature on Envirocare’ s behalf. Asked about the WCS disposal deal, Jacobi said, “Envirocare could not run a site at that cost.” The Sierra Blanca Legal Defense Fund, opposed to nuke waste disposal in Texas, warned that the WCS deal would force the company to accept waste from states outside the federal Compact \(Texas, Maine, and Energy. State Representative Lon Burnam should be alarmed at the prospect of becoming the nation’s radioactive dumping ground…. We must not allow the health and safety of Texans to be sacrificed for billions of dollars of private profit.” LOOSE LOOPHOLE. Nuke waste lobbyists staking out the House Environmental Affairs Committee .have their eyes on Chairman Chisum \(who has actually written a fundaone was listening at one early March hearing when S.B.L.D.F. activist Bob Geyer noted a loophole in existing law’ that would allow private companies to deposit unlimited amounts of waste in Texas. “I would like to go to work on closing that loophole,” Austin Democrat Dawnna Dukes said to the Chairman. “Good idea,” Chisum ‘said. “But let’s don’t close it too tight.” DALLAS FOR PEACE. Peace activist Kathy. Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness \(see “Siappearing in Dallas, at the University of Cliff Pearson at the Dallas Peace Center: MARCH 19, 1999 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 31