If you care about basketball or if you just like smart writing, you should probably read D Magazine contributor David Hopkins’ piece about O.J. Mayo for The Two Man Game. Also, this recommendation gives me the excuse to post David’s new Twitter avatar and take a poll. Which David do you prefer? Jump for the poll.
AP recently ran a story outlining the top SuperPac SuperDaddies. To no one’s surprise, three Texans are among the top five. Perhaps less surprising, Harold Simmons ranks as the second-highest contributor, with an estimated donation of $16 million to the Republican cause. In the primaries, he was an equal-opportunity supporter, throwing millions behind the campaigns of Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry. He’s known as a generous campaign contributor as well as someone who has a hard time playing by the rules.
How much Simmons gives to political campaigns is frequently in the news; people are fascinated by it. On the other hand, how Simmons spends his money when it comes to financial assurance of his radioactive waste site, Waste Control Specialists, there seems to be scant interest.
His Detroit Lions may have lost to the Chicago Bears last night, but tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN, E:60 talks to quarterback Matthew Stafford (who led Highland Park High School to a state title in 2005) at his boyhood home in the “well-manicured” Park Cities. (Side note: Does “well-manicured” always mean “rich”?)
One bit noted in the preview above: YMCA refs were apparently wowed by Stafford even when he was just a fourth-grader who could throw the ball 50 yards.
UPDATE: Full video of segment embedded above.
(H/T Park Cities People)
You may have already heard, but we’re planning a big election night party at the Granada. I doubt I need to tell you the date, but you’ll want to go ahead and save it. We’ll watch the results roll in on the big screens, and tickets are only five bucks.
On to this evening. I’ve put together a handy list of Halloween activities and excitement, but tonight FrontRow and the Big Movie film series kicks off spook season with a screening of the original The Exorcist at the Magnolia Theatre. If you’ve yet to see it, you’re in for a kinda obscene, definitely scary treat. As usual, we have tickets and popcorn to give away.
If you don’t feel like watching the devil’s extraction from a young Linda Blair, author Christopher Paolini is the special guest at an Arts and Letters Live’s BookSmart event. He’s the writer of the Inheritance Cycle series, young adult fantasy books he began writing at age 15. My cousins love, love, love these books. The series consists of Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance, with Inheritance being the last, final, and most recently published. Paolini will discuss Inheritance tonight as well as the fantastical world he’s created.
For more to do tonight, go here.
For a guide to the best seasonal celebrations, read on. The list will be updated constantly through October 31, so check back.
First Day Early Vote Totals Down In Dallas County. In 2008, 34,000 voted on the first day of early voting. Yesterday, it was just under 28,000. But Republican turnout looks like it’s slightly up. Of course, the number are up in Tarrant County. Feel free to make wild extrapolations in the comments.
Cycling Ordinance Debated. The “don’t intentionally try to scare the hell out of cyclists” ordinance still needs some work, apparently, before going back to the full City Council. Mostly, they have to figure out how to not do any of the stuff in the original ordinance, probably. Except the no throwing stuff at cyclists. Everyone seems cool with that. Except Nancy.
Atmos Could Cut Down 12-Mile Path of Trees in Flower Mound. Which the people in Tree City, USA (as Flower Mound was designated by the Arbor Day Foundation) are not terribly pleased about.
There Was a Funeral For Big Tex. Because of course there was.