From a FrontBurnervian, I was alerted to some apparent skirmish involving city leaders and some citizens, who have apparently formed a PAC and are alleging some fiscal malfeasance of some sort by certain city officials. Apparently it’s been ongoing, and the subject of a whole lot of FOIA requests and videos.
The Richardson Citizens Alliance spells out some of their beef in the aforementioned videos, andÂ here. City Manager Bill Keffler responds on the city website here. The FrontBurnervian in question asked me if this is legal – the question was apparently posed because Keffler is responding to campaign ads, and well, if that constituted campaigning on the city website. I do not know – that is for some elections law knowing readers, I suppose.
You should probably get there early. Due to a possible increased threat level after the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the NBA asked all playoff teams to increase security. This, of course, means you will need to arrive earlier than usual on Friday if you plan on being in your seat for tip-off.
Also, free blue t-shirts for everyone! Â And, of course, be careful out there. In general. Regardless of possible terrorist threat.
Unlike some, Tom Brokaw is declining to criticize the Obama Administration for its handling of the media in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. Details are often a little fuzzy right after such events, the former NBC News anchor said in Dallas today, and the White House has been quick to correct its errors. In any event the flap is “not central” to the bin Laden story, Brokaw added. “The important thing is, people understand he’s been eliminated. That was a tough move.”
Brokaw made the comments after addressing the Genesis Women’s Shelter’s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, which raised $1 million for the nonprofit. In his talk to the 1,900 attendees, he said he learned about the bin Laden raid Sunday night after 9, when a “senior member of the White House staff” called him and said, “It’s a guy we’ve been looking for for a long time.” Brokaw said he hung up the phone and said, “They got Osama bin Laden.” He applauded the celebration by Americans that followed, and said he hopes the “wave of bipartisan approval … of what was accomplished” will continue.
I have this thing about escalators. I tend to step gingerly on them, especially if say, wearing flip flops. And now, today, with news that several people were injured on the escalators at Mockingbird Station and then hospitalized, I feel vindicated. So quit laughing at me.
Last weekend, Laura Kostelny (the editrix of our sister pub D Home) and I traveled to Chicago to attend the annual City and Regional Magazine Association meeting, whereat CRMA Awards were handed out in several categories. The D family of pubs was a five-time finalist — and a five-time loser. We consoled ourselves with gallons of beer and with the knowledge that TexMo lost out nine times. Okay, they did win a couple times. Go here for the complete list.
Whatever. Here’s the important part of this post: Laura and I invented a new game that I invite you to play at home. It’s called Business Card Rouletteâ„¢. Before two or more coworkers head off on a business trip, they exchange 20 cards. Each writes something horribly embarrassing on the back of his or her coworker’s cards. Then each person MUST distribute those 20 cards on the trip. Cards must be handed to industry types (not bellhops and so forth), and they must be handed without explanation. Though if a handee asks about the message on the back, the hander can then fess up.
Pretty ingenious, eh? As inspiration, after the jump, I’ve got a few ofÂ my favorite cards from the Chicago trip.
It’s Thursday. And oh, yes, fine, it’s Cinco de Mayo. Or as several people on my Facebook newsfeed have been calling it, Cinco de Drinko.
For the Arts District/post-work crowd, the AT&T Performing Arts Center kicks off their free summer outdoor concert series with a performance by Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos. Fun fact: Bubba Hernandez was once part of a polka rock outfit, but he’s ditched the accordion for something a little more Latin-inspired. There’s not a lot of things I like more than low-key outdoor concerts, except maybe one that includes a picnic. Bring over burgers from The Commissary and pick out a good spot on the lawn– it’s shaping up to be a fantastic evening for dining al fresco. And while you might be tempted to buy a bottle of wine while you’re getting your food, you’d have to keep it corked. The only alcohol allowed is what the PAC is selling.
Since the music starts at 5:30 pm and only goes for a couple of hours, there’s still plenty of time to get your margarita on. Check out Raya’s handy nightlife guide for the best food and drink specials. If you’re feeling brave (and hungry), Mattito’s is hosting their Bob Armstrong queso-eating contest. It’s a perfect opportunity to knock another thing off your Must Do Dallas list. Or get sick, one of the two.
For more things to do tonight, go here.
Sure, we did what we could to put those self-satisfied folks in their place, by running themÂ on our cover and thus inflicting the Paul Kix Memorial Curse upon their beloved football team and its fans.
Well played, Dragons. Well played.
That’s according to a survey of chief executives by Chief Executive magazine:
This is one reason Texas has consistently held the No. 1 position since 2005. It gets strong marks in all areas important for business creation, and has the second-lowest taxes in the nation. The state has created more jobs than any other–about 250,000 last year. Not surprisingly, it also enjoys the highest inward net migration rate of any state. As a result, Texas gained four Congressional seats, Florida picked up two and Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington each gained one. All have low taxes. Brian Domitrovic, assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, identifies a key factor that often goes unnoticed. “Texas offers high labor market flexibility, which is a key element in business creation,” he notes
Pegasus News reports that a band is hosting a pageant for attractive moms at Andy’s bar on the Courthouse Square in Denton on Saturday night. To enter you must be a “hot mom” of any age, or “over 28 and smoking hot.” The organizer assures that he’s keeping it “classy”:
“Basically, what makes you a Queen MILF goes beyond mere beauty. Of course that plays a huge hand in it, but there’s other stuff too,” he said. “Your ability to drink large amounts of libations, the ability to dance like there’s no tomorrow, and a true Queen MILF knows how to party. She exudes sex, but doesn’t come across as slutty. The Queen MILF is a goddess.”
Mavs Win Game Two. It was a classy finish for the Lakers and their fans at the game last night (technically early this morning). But hey, the Mavs won again. For those of you who aren’t following at home, that gives them a 2-0 lead.
Boy’s Death Saves Girl’s Life. This is a great story about a life-long friendship. Janice English’s son died randomly at a slumber party. After an autopsy, English found out her son had a sudden cardiac arrest. She wanted to help other parents from having to go through what she went through. So she talked to her best friend, and together, they organized a heart screening. Her best friend’s daughter got her heart screened, and that’s when they discovered the daughter could have sudden cardiac death. And through that, English’s son lives on.
Lockheed Martin Workers Drink Lunch, Get Caught on Camera. Here’s a six-minute segment about some Lockheed Martin workers (about 80 percent of the company’s payment comes from us taxpayers) being filmed drinking at lunch, throwing cans and bottles out their vehicle windows, and denying that any of that is true. I’m thinking today’s going to be rough for these workers–their lunch is going to be spent finding a new tree on a new lot to drink lunch.