I didn’t want to be the one to post this, but nobody else around here seems willing. Let’s call it an intervention. Tim really hasn’t been himself lately. Arrogant, dictatorial, able to fly off the handle at any minute–yes, he was already all those things, but it’s been even worse in the last two days. Plus, he’s been drinking constantly, but insists he won’t consume a drop from anything other than the goblet he refers to as “My M-F-ing Chalace, M-F-ers.” The reason, we all suspect, is the recent announcement of the 2012 National Magazine Award finalists. It seems his story about Barrett Brown, the non-spokesperson for Anonymous, is a finalist in the profile category. (Tim kindly pointed out that I also had a profile in that same issue, noting something along the lines of, “if you wrote more like me, maybe you–I’m kidding, you’ll never be this good. Never!”)
Still, we were all happy for him until he started throwing phones. When someone politely pointed out a small grammatical mistake in a story he’s working on, Tim insisted the error stay, saying, “Wait, wait, how many Ellies have you been nominated for? That’s what I thought.” Later I heard him uttering, “When my fingers whisper, who are these people to change it?” Somebody–anybody–needs to take him down a notch.
Tucker Max, who writes funny stuff about having sex with lots of women and getting drunk at the wrong times, was all set to give Planned Parenthood in North Texas a $500,000 donation. Then Planned Parenthood had second thoughts. And Tucker’s still got his half mil. Forbes has the story.
I don’t watch Big Rich Texas. I’m told it’s a thing. So I guess this lawsuit will get some attention. It was filed two days ago by Pamela Martin-Duarte, who is on the Style Network reality show. The defendants are Dena Miller (aka Mrs. Highland Park), Bonnie Myer (who is also on the show), and Merritt Patterson (who used to write recaps of the show for our FrontRow blog). Here’s how Courthouse News describes the suit:
Business disparagement, defamation and tortious interference actions where the plaintiff says defendant Miller is jealous that she was not cast by the reality show Big Rich Texas. She says the defendants have since engaged in a cyber-bullying campaign by falsely accusing the plaintiff of being a former stripper, drunk, sociopath, pathological liar, criminal, gold-digger and “drunken barfly” who “pays her bills by servicing old men and stealing credit cards.” She says the defendants have also contacted members of the media, Style Network and Fly on the Wall producers to damage her reputation.
UPDATE: Merritt Patterson confirms that she is no longer part of the lawsuit, having been dropped as a defendant by Pamela Martin-Duarte’s attorney.
Now that Large Marge is officially receiving cars, people seem even more confused than usual about whether or not they really want to take the ramp to 75. Unfortunately, complaining about bad highway drivers is not on the agenda for tonight’s Building West Dallas panel.
I find it hard to believe that there are more important things to talk about, but it’s staring me right in the face, so, fine. The Press Club of Dallas hosts a discussion about the MHH bridge, the surrounding La Bajada neighborhood, and the city at KERA studios. The panel is moderated by Dallas Morning News city hall reporter Rudy Bush, and features the architect Brent Brown, director of CityDesign Studio, Jason Roberts, president and founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project and co-founder of Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Randall White, chairman of the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce and president of community relations firm Elettore, Frank DeLeon, treasurer of the La Bajada neighborhood association, and our own carless Urban Affairs columnist Patrick Kennedy, partner and urban designer at Space Between Design Studio and author of Walkable DFW.
Last week Tim noted the news that the Wal-Mart heiress endorsed Craig James in his run for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, but now Alice Walton says she did no such thing. She’s endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the job. The James campaign has set the video that they’d been using as proof of the endorsement to private on YouTube. Robert Garrett of theÂ Morning News describes what it contained:
In fact, the video, as I noted last week, has very bad background noise and is hard to make out. The campaign’s on-screen snippets of transcript, purporting to be what Walton said, were not entirely reliable. However, toward the end of the 86-second video, she can be heard saying, “You’re my friend and I’m going to support you” — though it’s not clear in what context she said that.
I’ve asked the James campaign to reactivate the video — out of “respect” for readers, who ought to be able to listen to what’s become a campaign issue. Listening and viewing, though, probably won’t help them sort out the mess. It’s clear that the videographer, who’s holding a camera of some kind in Walton’s direction, is making her uneasy. Supposedly, the video was shot in the kitchen of a Fort Worth residence where a James fundraiser was held a few weeks back. And it’s clear that James is, for lack of a better word, sucking up to her, big-time.
Storms Sweep Through North Texas. There’s a great chance your day was interrupted yesterday by the storms that swept through. There are a lot of stories, photos, and videos out there. Glad everyone’s safe. Our thoughts are with those who lost homes or other possessions.
Constables Caught Speeding. Constables’ vehicles were monitored recently to see if drivers were following speed limits. They weren’t. One was even going 109 at one point. While there are claims that constables have to go this fast to pull others over, it appears as if most of this driving was actually done during off hours.
We’re Healthy! Well, we’re not all healthy. Mainly those of you who live in Collin County are healthy, at least, according to a study done by the University of Wisconsin Population and Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Out of 221 ranked counties in Texas, Collin County came in first; Rockwall came in third; Denton came in fourth; and Dallas County came in 51st. Could be worse. Could be better, but could be worse.