Hey, remember when Gov. Rick Perry refused to debate at all when he was campaigning to keep the “best job in America“Â not longÂ ago? And then we realized when he announced that he had been called to run for president and had to start debating, that there was probably a really good reason he didn’t want to debate Bill White?
Well, Perry has decided, apparently, that the “best job in America” strategy is a better one than the tried-and-probably-true one that includes debating. So he will be debating less in the future. Part of me understands this, because there have already been an infinity of GOP debates. But part of me is also wondering if the strategy that allowed him to win the gubernatorial race will work well nationally.
What say you?
I hope you’ve already secured your FREE tickets to FrontRow Live, which will take place at the Dallas Contemporary on November 3, from 8 p.m. until midnight. If you haven’t, you can get them right here. If your response to that sentence was, “what the what?” then allow me:
FrontRow Live is something we’re calling the “one night high brow, low brow blowout,” and all that means is that we have created an event at the Dallas Contemporary that will bring together an eclectic mix of all sorts of cultural exploits.
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Well, he’s nearly nude. Check his Twitter feed. The ladies in the D Magazine office approve.
After all the name calling and angry words on the blog yesterday, I thought we might need something to make us all feel a little better. So I present an opportunity. I know a guy who started a great crowd-funding site called Crowdtilt. The idea behind Crowdtilt is that you start a campaign, set an amount of money you need raised, and then set the number at which the campaign “tilts.” No credit cards are charged unless the campaign gets to that tilt amount.
So here’s where you can do good. The Deep Ellum Urban Garden group needs about $25,000 in order to transform the lot into a garden. They have set the campaign to tilt at $10,000. Yesterday, the campaign was around $4,700. The people at Crowdtilt gave of their own money and did a match campaign. Today, it’s at $6,795. Make yourself feel better, donate a few dollars. And then get your friends to donate a few dollars. See, don’t you feel a little better?
Last night an email went out from Lisa Chambers, the now former director of the county’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office (HSEM). The note was sent to several of the external offices with which HSEM works. It read:
It is with great sadness that I inform you I will no longer be working with Dallas County. I don’t want to get into any details but let’s just say a parting of ways.
I have learned such a great deal from each and every one of you over this past year and a half all most! You have taught me the principals behind what you do and I have been extremely impressed by all. And, I have made friends for life who I cherish. I will very much miss our collaboration and wish everyone well on the mission. I ask that you work closely with whomever the county puts in place.
Again, an absolute pleasure and thanks for helping me learn along the way.
One wonders if Chambers is feeling the same sadness that Bruce Sherbet once felt. I interviewed Chambers back in January and found her to be engaging and intelligent. I’ve reached out to her and to Maria Arita, the county’s public information officer, to find out what happened. I hope to have more information to share shortly.
Update: Here’s the official statement from County Judge Cay Jenkins. I spoke with Arita, but she said she could not legally offer anything more specific than what the judge has said. In short: Jenkins says Chambers was fired for poor job performance, and Dallas County wasn’t safe as long as she was in her position. The official release:
On Sunday, 36 clergy from around the country took out a full-page ad on A9 in the New York Times, asking Village Voice Media (which owns the Dallas Observer, among many other alt weeklies, as well as the online classified site Backpage.com) to “please shut down the Adult section of Backpage.com immediately so that no minor is exploited through advertisements on your Web site.”
Their contention: “Arrests of adults selling minors for sex via Backpage.com have been reported by the media in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.”
Yesterday, VVM responded.
You can find both the letter and the rest of the company’s response here.
This is all very foreign, but I find myself having not-indifferent feelings toward watching the baseball game tonight. My friend Sam, a sports reporter who once attempted to get me into hockey by appealing to my bloodthirsty nature, would be so proud. Rain, rain, go away. If you still need a place to set up shop, check out our top picks for where to watch the World Series.
Should Game 6 get canceled on account of wet stuff, there are other options. KXT 91.7 celebrates its second birthday with a band I wouldn’t mind seeing live at all: Los Angeles’ Fitz and the Tantrums. Look. I’m not a music expert. I don’t know much about them aside from the fact that I dig the band’s Motown vibe, much like I dig Mayer Hawthorne’s similar sound (and tunes about stuff that doesn’t work out– compare and contrast). Also, I know that this blog has taken issue with the radio station in the past. Not the point. It’s just something fun to do, tonight, if you’re not busy watching the Rangers beat the stuffing out of the Cards. Which is the point. Fort Worth band Calhoun and Cincinnati-based Walk the Moon open the show at the House of Blues, and tickets are still available.
Charitable sorts who also like one-of-a-kind home dÃ©cor: there are still a few tickets left for Rockitecture, the Dallas Center for Architecture’s annual fundraiser on White Rock Lake. The lovely and hilarious Laura already told you all about some of the cool items up for auction over on the D Home blog.
Tune into Gene and Julie on KVIL 103.7 FM this morning at approximately 9:20 a.m. when I will be on discussing my profile of Ron Washington from the April issue of D Magazine and my trip to Wash’s neighborhood in New Orleans. I suspect they will edit out the parts where I talk about how I asked him politely if he would manage the Rangers to a second consecutive World Series. Go Rangers!
UNT Student Takes Part in Texting Competition Today. Sarah Wood is a 22-year-old college student with a job. And today she’ll be competing against teens. Her sport? Texting. And if she wins, she gets $50,000. One part of the competition requires the contestants to be blindfolded. Wood says that’s easy. She normally texts while watching TV. That last sentence bothers me in multiple ways.
Pigeon Racers May Be Restricted. Until yesterday, I did not know that the sport of pigeon racing existed. I still don’t quite understand the concept. But from this article, I did learn that you need about 200 birds if you’re a serious lover of these “racehorses of the airways.” And a proposed ordinance could reduce that number to 25 pigeons. Feathers are ruffled, residents are yelling fowl, and the pecking order’s been destroyed. I hope this story continues. Mainly because pigeons have so much pun potential.
Kid Pees, Rangers Score. I love when we have teams in sporting events such as the World Series and the NBA Championship, because then we journalist types get to write all sorts of serious, hard-hitting stories about any and everything surrounding the games. Take, for example, this great article about a kid needing to go to the bathroom, and the Rangers scoring every time he left his seat. Good stuff. Hopefully he pees a lot tonight during Game 6. That is, if Game 6 happens tonight.