From the DMN’s Steve Thompson, we hear this afternoon that the city is mulling over a $25 fee per garage sale permit. If it passes, it will reportedly bring in about $500,000 a year for various city services, including animal control.
Steve wonders if it’ll cut down on garage sales. I don’t. I wonder if it’ll cut down on legal garage sales. I know that there are people out there (because I live near some of them) that have a garage sale every weekend – which can’t possibly be legal. And who will police this? The already spread thin code compliance officers?
For the record, I don’t have a problem paying a $25 fee if I want to put my old possessions on my lawn so strangers can ask me if the $10 black and white TV I have for sale is HD.
Our colleague Zac Crain asked yesterday for our forbearance, as today would be the day that he would give up his cancer sticks (again). So far, he has only cried once. Oh, and he threw a Garner’s Modern American Usage across the room when he couldn’t get the printer to respond immediately. Also, he’s chewing nicotine gum like he’s at a rave and on his second dose of ecstasy. Still, though. That’s pretty good for the first day.
Hang in there, Zac!
I wonder what the two women would say if you hopped in your time machine, traveled back to 2006, and told former DMN scribe Emily Ramshaw that she’d be working for an online-only nonprofit and former Dallas mayor Laura Miller that she’d be a lobbyist for an energy company that wants to build a $2 billion coal-fired plant. Strange world.
Anyhoo, tonight you’ll be eating cheese. Rich at Scardello tells me his California Cheese and Wine class features a lineup of 10 cheeses–including a hard-to-find goat cheese–paired with four wines he hand-picked just yesterday. If you like American sparkling wine, you’re in for a treat. Rich’s favorite example, the wedding cuvÃ©e from Iron Horse, is part of tonight’s curriculum. Yum.
Last week, while campaigning, Rick Perry stopped off in Temple, where he regaled the crowd at Clem Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q with ways Republicans could win in other states.
Aaaaand then he did something that bent my mind. I mean it. Darn near snapped it in half. I had to nap after I read this, to get my head right again.
“There is still a land of opportunity, friends –Â it’s called Texas. We’re creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?”
So, in other words, jobs will be created in Texas not by incentives or other mundane economical voodoo, but by keeping gays from marrying.
A red-pony-lovin’ FrontBurnervian points us to this post by Golf Digest travel editor Matt Ginella. While sitting on an American Airlines flight at DFW, he spotted someone’s bag on the tarmac. Kind of hard to imagine what happened next.
Ran into a group of Dallas boldface types at DFW who were just returning from summering at Pebble Beach. Their iPads had been working overtime pulling up Dallas Morning News‘ Jason Sheeler‘s lengthy OMG story on the very eyebrow-raising Heidi Dillon (pictured) and her efforts to get her own reality show. It’s all there, from the suicide attempt to the financials of her nonprofit Fashionistas to many words that are not allowed to be printed here or elsewhere. One society veteran summed it up: “It was fascinating, just like a train wreck.”
The Wall Street Journal today has come to the Eddie Bernice Johnson story. You know, the one about how she steered more than $20,000 in scholarship money meant for needy kids to her own grandchildren and nephews. Not much new in the story, save for this:
[P]olitical scientists say that her constituents are likely to support her instead of Mr. Broden, a favorite of tea party supporters, even if they do so shaking their heads, said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University.
I’m white. Maybe I just don’t get it. She in essence stole money from her poor black constituents. They’re still going to vote her back? I hope Jillson is wrong.
UPDATE: I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that in today’s DMN, reporter Todd J. Gillman has a response from the head of the Black Caucus Foundation. Rep. Donald Payne is none too happy with his fellow lawmaker. And Mark Davis has a good op-ed piece about how EBJ’s opponent is handling this gift.
Seriously. They do. It’s the third week of voting in the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas competition,Â and the race is tight. So tight, in fact, that we’re guessing this week’s semifinalistsÂ will come down toÂ only a handful of votes.Â Please pardon the cliche when we say:Â every vote counts. Help a sister out here.
Want to take a peek into Week 3 contestant LeeAnne Locken’s reality TV history? Tune in next Wednesday to see her discuss her stint on season 2 of She’s Got The Look with other cast members.
1. Our former co-worker Eric Celeste has his work cut out for him. As the communications director for DA Craig Watkins’ reelection campaign, today he’ll be dealing with a story about how, when Watkins was a defense attorney, he got a 10-year-old girl to declare that she did not want to pursue charges against the stepfather who molested her. Because that isn’t exactly being “tough on crime.” Seems like something any defense attorney might have done, but that’s the problem with going from one side of the legal system to the other. Oh, also, Collin County prosecutors weren’t happy with the way DA Watkins made their jobs more difficult as they sought a conviction for the molester. Have a good day, Eric!
2. If you’re a have-not and you’re looking for another reason to hate the haves, here you go: because money is tight,
the NTTA DART is looking at allowing solo drivers — but only those solo drivers who are rich and evil enough — to pay extra for the privilege of driving in the HOV lane. What is this? Russia? I thought I lived in the United States of America. I guess I was mistaken.
3. Are you ready for the next scaremongering TV news tease? I’m just going to give you one paragraph from the DMN story: “Kyle Lewis and his family went swimming last week in the Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose. Three days later, he died from a brain-wasting disease caused by an amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri.” Whatever you do, don’t follow the link and look at the picture of 7-year-old Kyle. He’s so cute, it’ll break your heart.