Billionaire businessman Ross Perot, who ran for president in 1992 and 1996 on a balanced-budget platform, says his recent endorsement of Mitt Romney was the Romney campaign’s idea. “They came to me,” Perot said at an event last night at Dallas’ Belo Mansion. The EDS founder said he endorsed Romney because, of the two major presidential candidates, the former Massachusetts governor would do the most to rein in out-of-control federal spending.
While the national debt was $4 trillion when he first ran as an independent in ’92, Perot said, it’s nearly four times that now “and we’re adding billions of dollars to the debt every month. It’s damaging the future of our country,” he went on. President “Obama’s policy is just to spend money. He’s made [the debt] so deep now, we’re very vulnerable as a nation. Other nations around the world are smiling, because they see us as weak.”
Today, Mayor Mike Rawlings and Tom Luce, the lawyer who was mediating the discussion between Museum Tower and the Nasher, tried to put pressure on Richard Tettamant, the man who runs the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System. Luce threw up his hands and quit, saying, in part:
Richard; recent events have made clear that the conditions and spirit under which I agreed to serve to help find a mutually beneficial solution for all parties are not being adhered to by you.
Then, just a couple hours later, Rawlings released a statement:
Tom Luce has worked hard to resolve the issue between Museum Tower and Nasher Sculpture Garden and I am grateful for his leadership and commitment to our city. I don’t blame Tom for resigning. To be effective, he must have leadership on both sides that are forthright and working tirelessly on this issue; unfortunately, he has not had that. I know that attitude does not represent the sentiment of the Police and Fire Pension Board of Trustees. They have told me they want to resolve the issue quickly because the financial success of Museum Tower, the retirement security of our brave fire fighters and police officers as well as the future of Nasher Sculpture Garden is at risk. We need to work harder.
First Luce throws Tettamant under the bus. Then the mayor does it. Between the lines of his statement, he is clearly saying that Tettamant has not provided the leadership necessary to resolve this problem.
Here’s the problem with that strategy: it won’t work. Richard Tettamant is not a man who feels public pressure. He has worked for the pension for far too long to be bothered by such a minor nuisance.
This isn’t really a thing to do, beyond “feed your e-shopping addition,” but I’m unreasonably excited about Uniqlo’s new online store. You should be, too, since there’s smart, quality basics and reasonably priced cashmere in it for you. Me? New socks, here I come.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that everything is that much more devastating when it’s spoken with a British accent. This week offers a few scattered chances to catch a National Theatre production “live” without the plane fare, and judging from the London reviews, it’s one well-worth your time. English playwright Stephen Beresford, a bit of a promising newcomer, takes a stab at the `60s in his debut play, Last of the Haussmans, about the crumbling Haussman family and their equally decrepit estate on the South Devon coast. You can see it tonight at the Modern Museum of Art in Fort Worth, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions, or over at the Angelika Film Center. A couple nights ago I was reminded of how much I enjoy the falafel plate at Fadi’s, which is close enough and quick for dinner.
Elsewhere, the Ochre House Theater and the Dallas Flamenco Festival open a collaborative show, Perro y Sangre, for a very limited run (through Saturday). The synopsis indicates the theater’s signature schtick–puppets, live music, dancing–infused with traditional Spanish music, song, and dance.
For more to do this evening, go here.
We noted how that terrible hailstorm in June had severely damaged the tower and marquee of the Lakewood Theater.
So the theater was pleased to announce that, as of this past weekend, the lights are back on. Owner Wayne Roden says that donations to the Lakewood Theater Tower Fund helped cover the majority of the cost of the restoration. I asked how much they raised and how much the restoration cost, but he hasn’t gotten back to me on that yet.
(The theater’s website is still soliciting donations for the fund, but Roden says he just hasn’t had a chance to remove that from the page yet.)
UPDATE: The theater collected $3,100 in donations from the Tower Fund, which went towards the insurance deductible. The insurance claim handled most of the expenses of the repairs.
Leon Reyes, who’s an artist, father, and pastor from Southlake, is going homeless for 30 days in downtown Dallas. He wants to do this so he can walk a mile in homeless people’s shoes so he can better understand what they’re going through.
I have several issues about this approach. (Full disclosure: I’m going to go spend the night at the Dallas LIFE shelter next month. I’m not going to ask strangers for food, or pretend that I’m homeless. I’m going as part of a homework assignment for our leadership group, D Academy.)
My issues: 1. At the end of the day, Reyes knows he has a family and home that he’ll be returning to in 30 days. 2. There is absolutely no way he can truly understand what these homeless people are going through or the conditions that got them to where they are. 3. (This may be the most important.) I have issues with how Reyes and his family view downtown Dallas. On the website created to follow Reyes through the process, his wife wrote: “A Note About Safety: the streets of downtown Dallas are no joke..they can be dangerous at times, and if you decide to go downtown to find Leon, be smart when deciding what time (we recommend between 12pm-5pm) and also realize you are doing this at your own risk.”
Yes. Because between 5:01 p.m. and 11:59 a.m., those downtown Dallas streets just get plain mean, especially in November, with Dallas City Lights lighting up a huge Christmas tree and kids crawling in and out of tunnels at Neiman Marcus.
The Morning News has the email that Luce, who was mediating the dispute between the Nasher and the owners of Museum Tower, sent to the administrator for the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System:
Richard; recent events have made clear that the conditions and spirit
under which I agreed to serve to help find a mutually beneficial
solution for all parties are not being adhered to by you. This saddens
me because I believe this is such an important issue for our City as a
whole together with the financial future for our wonderful police and
fireman. From the sideline I will be hoping this situation can be
mutually resolved with your approach.
Was yesterday’s tour the last straw?
Through the online ordering process, the 6,000 wristbands to Saturday’s Polyphonic Spree show sold out in under an hour, but I’ve got a pair for one lucky FrontBurnervian. In the comments, tell us about a transgression that is weighing on your heart. Best confession, as determined by me, your online high priest, will win two wristbands to the Concert for Dallas. Contest ends at 5 o’clock today. Wristbands must be picked up at D Mag HQ by end of business Friday. Now tell us what you’ve done wrong.
Museum Tower Officials Tour the Nasher. You can read about the tour and all that ensued here. Or just read this one sentence the Dallas Morning News uses in talking about a professor the Museum Tower people brought in: “Cantrell called claims that reflected light and heat from the tower were ruining grass and other plantings in the Nasher garden ‘pure bunk and pseudoscience’ as well as ‘sheer nonsense.’” It doesn’t get much better from there.
Elementary School Arrests Second Teacher for Sexual Assault, Parents Are Angry. Last night’s meeting between the parents of Martha Hunt Elementary School in Murphy and school officials got a bit heated. It’s the second time in two years that a teacher has been arrested for sexual assault. Parents were only allowed to ask questions presented to a school lawyer before the meeting. And that ruleÂ didn’t go over well. All the parents wanted to know was what’s being done to protect their kids.Â They got few answers.
Homeless Man Saves Cop. Officer Billy Taylor was attacked outside the BridgeÂ shelter last Tuesday by a homeless man thought be to be high on PCP. While the man attacked the officer, Charles Alexander, a former Crip gang leader, rushed to his rescue. A week later, the officer is at home recovering and Alexander is back to roaming theÂ streets.