Speaking of Tincy Miller, SMU anthropology professor Ron Wetherington is in the new documentary called The Revisionaries, an unflattering look at the Texas State Board of Education. Which gives me an excuse to post the following. Watch it. Laugh. Then cry. Then jump if you want the full release from SMU.
Will he make it Facebook Official or have to change his relationship status with the project to “It’s complicated”? This was probably all “Citizen” Mike Rawlings’ idea.
Jeez, just kill it already. Then we can have a citywide pizza party or something with the money left over. Or maybe come up with, I don’t know, one decent, existing road so the struts on my car don’t wear out (too late) and it doesn’t sound/feel like I’m at the reins of a stagecoach. I invite your transportation/Facebook/”you no-good leftist”/terrible Internet-related joke hate in the comments.
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller sat on the State Board of Education from 1984 to 2010. She’d like to sit on it again. Miller took some guff last month for sending out a flyer that was grammatically challenged. (E.g.: “By reigning in the mangers of the Permanent School Fund she saved the state of Texas millions of dollars.”) Well, now she has sent out another flyer. I don’t see anything wrong with the words (haven’t read it), but I do have a question about the photograph: when was it taken? Then there’s the big sign you see below. When was that picture taken? Compare it to the picture of Miller that appears on her campaign site (which, to me, is actually the best of the three images). Click the pic to make it bigger.
You know what is fairly tasty? The skillet-fried chicken at Chicken Scratch. You know what is also tasty, but only to mosquitoes and maybe fictional vampires? My extremely rare blood type. Owners of that lovely outdoor space, please, please get some citronella candles. Or keep some non-smelly non-aerosol bug spray on hand. It’s creepy-crawly bitey ouchy season.
So many good things to do this evening. First, the first of (hopefully) many David Dillon Symposiums kicks off at the Dallas Museum of Art. In honor of David Dillon, the late, great Dallas Morning News architecture critic, the University of Texas at Arlington has launched the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, an initiative of the School of Architecture that will encourage faculty and student research. The center’s inaugural symposium will feature New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger as its keynote speaker, who will address attendees in the Horchow Auditorium tonight. Over the course of two days, our city’s thinkers will examine the nature of architectural criticism today, following Goldberger’s keynote address with a number of panels (including a discussion led by FrontRow’s own Ben Lima, among many others). You can still get tickets to one or both days.
Also this evening, fans of National Geographic‘s Crittercam can meet the program’s brainchild, Greg Marshall, not to be confused with Garry Marshall, purveyor of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink romantic comedies that are neither romantic nor comedic. This four-course dinner at Del Frisco’s helps fund Marshall’s unique form of wildlife research.
Finally, I recommend finishing off your Thursday at the Gin Mill, a place that not only features my favorite spirit in its name but also plays host to one of my favorite local musicians, percussionist Jonathan Merla. He’s very talented. He was also my awesomely fun prom date, back in the day, so I’m not biased or anything. “Ã‰couter Jouir” features DJ Adam Pickrell on the decks and Jonathan Merla doing what his does best with traditional Latin percussion.
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To his Dallas supporters he’s a heartening source of hometown pride, a guy who’s doing the Lord’s work at the Environmental Protection Agency. To his critics he’s an activist environmentalist in regulator’s clothing, a progressive ideologue who, given his druthers, would run roughshod over one of Texas’s most important industries. Now Al Armendariz, who heads the EPA’s region 6, has just given his critics a lot of good ammunition.
In a speech, Armendariz said, “The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.” And, the former SMU prof added, that tack’s a good one for going after energy companies, too.
Armendariz apologized after a video of his talk emerged. But that hasn’t stopped some from calling for his head. The same calls went up several years ago after W’s HUD Secretary, Alphonso Jackson, said something equally stupid in a speech in Dallas that was reported by D CEO‘s now-managing editor Christine Perez. Jackson was rightfully “crucified” for that, pardon the reference. Doesn’t Armendariz deserve equal treatment?
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17-Year-Old Brutally Attacked Near Bus Stop. Details here and here, because I’m not typing them. The girl is in critical condition, but she managed to give police a description of her attacker before she was taken to the hospital. That led to the arrest of Tommy Robinson, 59.
Officials Think They’ve Found Remains of 10-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Starved to Death By His Parents. My chest hurts.
Deion Sanders Charged With Assault. I’m so confused by all this now, and I assume the Prosper police and judicial system are, too. And I feel sorry for Deion and Pilar’s kids.
Here’s Some Stuff That Doesn’t Make Me Mad That I Had To Do Leading Off Today. Rangers beat Yanks, win sixth straight series to start the season; this woman gives out a lot of hugs; this; not caring about football at all so I don’t have to pay attention or care about the Cowboys and the draft tonight; probably some other things.