Jeanne Prejean pulls the curtain as far back as the Secret Service will let her.
A FrontBurnervian by the name of David Burrows offers us this chart, with the explanation that he has drunk a lot of Red Bull today.
Antonio Daniels is not old for a human. But, at 35, he is old for a basketball-playing human, and certainly really old for a basketball-playing human who does his basketball playing in the NBA Developmental League, otherwise known as the D-League, otherwise known as the reason I went to Tulsa and back one night for a story that never ended up running for reasons I won’t bore you with (oh, okay, it was because the subject of the piece, Nick Fazekas, was traded by the Mavericks like a day later, and also, was super boring, on the court and off).
Anyway. Daniels is now a member of the Frisco-based Texas Legends.
When Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst addressed a luncheon of the Dallas CPA Society today, the big room where he spoke at the Hilton Anatole was as cold as a meat locker. It wasn’t because the audience was chilly toward Dewhurst’s message, though. In fact, he got a standing O after saying that the state’s budget gap is nowhere near the $24 billion-$26 billion projected by some. And that the budget can–and will–be balanced during the next legislative session without raising taxes.
Nope, the reason the place was so frigid was because Dewhurst wanted it that way. According to luncheon organizers, the lite guv had two requests for his appearance at the Anatole: that a pitcher of ice water be placed at the lectern, and that the temperature in the room be set no higher than 65 degrees. Dewhurst, the organizers were told, “gets hot when he speaks.”
Ryan Jones’ moustache had a very productive weekend, it seems. Just look at it!
I do hope Mr. Jones decides to keep this thing beyond Nov. 30, because I’ve found him the perfect Christmas present. That would look mighty smart emblazoned with a few D logos.
I can’t wait to see what the next two weeks bring, and I’m confident you can’t, either. Be sure to check back tomorrow for another thrilling episode of The Daily Moustache.
Yesterday, I posted a letter to the editor from Daniel Podolsky, the president of UT Southwestern Medical Center, criticizing the newspaper’s coverage of Parkland. Today comes managing editor George Rodrigue’s response. I hope Tony Pederson over at SMU has been following along. There’s an excellent case study here in how journalism should and does get done.
I still say the paper does us a disservice in treating Parkland solely as an investigative beat. (Rodrigue points to a recent story about the hospital’s organ donation program; not sure that qualifies as providing the context that Podolsky calls for.) But the thing is, I don’t blame the paper for this. Or, rather, I empathize with the folks at the paper because I know I’d be doing the same thing if I were sitting in their newsroom. Parkland management appears to have structured the game so that it can only be played that way.
Here’s how it works: Parkland makes it harder than it ought to be for the paper to access public information (read Rodrigue’s account). The reporters and editors at the paper get pissed. Now their jobs are harder than they need be. They’re working with fewer people than they had a few years ago. The stories still need to get written. And now it looks like Parkland has something to hide. Oh, it’s on like Donkey Kong! Or sentiments to that effect.
Meanwhile, over at Parkland, now they’re getting barraged with open-records requests. That makes their job harder. Pesky reporters! And all they write is negative stuff! So they dig in their heels. And if a writer does come along with a request for interviews for a story he’s working on about the hospital’s awesome organ donor program, someone up the chain at Parkland is going to think, “Hang on. I wonder what that pesky reporter is really trying to dig up.”
See what I’m saying? We’ve got ourselves a dysfunctional relationship here. Mommy and Daddy are fighting, and we readers, taxpayers, patients, we just want to know what’s going on and if everything’s going to be okay.
Sorry. Might be projecting a little bit there.
Anyway, file that information away for later use and then follow me over yonder for ways to spend your precious free time.
The deal approved by the Tarrant Regional Water District yesterday in partnership with the City of Dallas could handle our water needs through 2040.Â Concidentally, just yesterday morning I heard a presentation by Laura Huffman, state director of the Nature Conservancy, on the importantce of water as we face explosive population growth in Texas over the next two decades.
So I’m happy about this announcement. Good work, everyone. Nice to see Dallas and Fort Worth co-operate, too.
However, it’s worth notingÂ the original cost estimate of the Trinity River Project was also $1.6 billion. So far, the Trinity has required one hard-fought bond election (in 1998); a bitterly contested public referendum (in 2007); three mayors (so far); countless permits, filings, regulatory rulings, and Congressional authorizations;Â a complete re-design; soil testings, levee inspections, and environmental reviews; and an entire gamut of Jim SchutzeÂ conspiracy theories. Â
But a water pipeline? Done!
Careful readers of the magazine will remember Laray Polk’s name from the story she wrote for us about Harold Simmons. After she sent me a few cellphone pictures from the groundbreaking at SMU yesterday, I asked if she’d send along a report for FrontBurner. She was kind enough to oblige:
Bushes Break Ground
Today’s festivities occurred both inside a tent, erected on the site of the future George W. Bush Presidential Center, and outdoors in public space on the SMU campus. The atmosphere by 8:30 a.m. was part semi-police state and upscale fundraiser. Homeland Security, dressed in full-body Kevlar, stood outside the Ford Stadium, anticipating the arrival of protesters, while K9 units leisurely uncrated canines. Those who had arrived by formal invitation did so on luxury buses. It was a behemoth caravan of black tourist vehicles navigating, tipsy-turvy, the narrow streets of the labyrinthine inner campus to deliver event-goers to an exclusive area that led to folding chairs inside a rather large tent. I and a chum, along with many others, waited in a long line of tent hopefuls. From our vantage point outside the tent in queue, we could see neither those who had exclusive entry nor those who were there to protest.
1. Famed atheist Christopher Hitchens will debate William Dembski, a professor from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, tomorrow morning at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. I’ll take Hitchens and the points.
2. The Morning News‘ lead dining critic, Leslie Brenner, writes at length about how she lost 30 pounds. The secret: she consumed fewer calories than she burned. Also, she started smoking meth. (Sorry. I just discovered the show Breaking Bad. I’m still in season No. 1, and I can’t get my mind off meth. Highly recommended. The show, not meth.)
3. Speaking of stuff that’s bad for your health, congratulations, Frisco. You’re the only Texas city to be embarrassed on a national list of filthy places. Clean up your act.