Right off the bat let me say that I don’t think this is a bad idea. I don’t. Being prepared is important, and could save lives, possibly yours. That said, a few remarks:
- The presentation on “What does an active shooter look like?” could probably be summed up in one sentence: “THE PERSON ACTIVELY SHOOTING.”
- 660 AM The Answer is a sponsor of the event, so expect a “conservative, intelligent” day.
- Do most active shooters look like they’re overtaking Tahrir Square, as the photo implies? If so, I have been misled.
- at least four separate fights
- the rare, yet always entertaining goalie fight
- fans throwing items at the players
- one fan screaming at another fan to, hmm how to put this, put his head in his lap?
The Fort Worth Brahmas beat the Allen Americans 6-1, but who cares.
(h/t to a formerly co-working FrontBurnervian)
The screen-grab above pretty much sums it up, but the Washington Post grabbed the family for a chat:
…they were also pregnant with their first child, and were struggling to come up with a name. And Vega suggested the winner would get to choose the baby’s name.
“She didn’t really disagree with that at all, but she started saying she would name it Troy Aikman or Emmitt Smith, all these old Cowboys,” he recalled. “I would die if my son grew up to be a Cowboys fan. That’d be awful. I don’t even know how I’d feel.”
Still, they agreed on the bet. If the Redskins won, Vega could pick the name. If the Cowboys won, Pena, 31, was in charge. Each of them was granted one veto; Vega nixed “Emmitt Vega,” and Pena said no to “Darrell Green Vega.” They each chose again; Vega went with “Robert Griffin Vega,” and Pena chose “Austin Miles Vega,” after her favorite active player.They had a Thanksgiving gathering with family members. Pena’s whole family was in Cowboys gear. Vega and his mom wore Redskins attire. And he became terrified when reading about Tony Romo’s near-flawless turkey day record.
“I was second-guessing the whole time, like, What am I thinking?” Vega recalled. “If she’s gonna name him after a Cowboys player, there’s no doubt he would be a Cowboys fan. My son, as a Cowboys fan? I might have to disown him.”
Let’s go straight to the source, KellyClarkson.com:
So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.
First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.
But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called “Because Of You.” I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.
Team Kelly, all day. Listening to Since U Been Gone on loop for the remainder of the day, in solidarity.
City officials just sent over a release about its Black History Month talent showcase, taking place March 1 at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. Disregard for a second that the talent show is actually not during Black History Month, and look at one one of the guidelines:
Performers must keep their content and lyrics clean, with no profanity, and dressed in family-friendly attire (baggy style acceptable but no sagging)
Hmm. Okay. Will there be someone at the showcase with a ruler, deeming the difference between baggy and sagging? Or is it a belt issue? Either way, I’m sure Councilman Dwaine Caraway had a say in all this.
If you have a half-hour or so, check out this piece on BarkingDogs.org, the site run by rabble-rouser/ community organizer/ parade hater Avi Adelman. It includes: an over-reaching (?) conservation district, City Hall, City Council candidate Philip Kingston, and a couple trying to build a home on Goliad Avenue. Excerpt:
Such a battle is taking place over 5902 Goliad Avenue. Before the land was turned, the enforcers harassed and insulted the Brittany and Dusty, who simply wanted to build a house as soon as they applied for a building permit and CD review. It’s too tall, it’s too high, it’s too off grade, and on and on and on. Even when Brittany and Dusty fought back, saying the demands by the CD were not in the CD’s rules or City Code, the enforcement committee kept pushing, and harassing and threatening them to force subjugation. There was a meeting in the Kingston home between the so-called enforcement committee and Brittany and Dusty – and Britany clearly knew the City and CD rules better than anyone on that committee.
It should be noted that the antagonist in Adelman’s story — Kingston’s wife Melissa — has sued Adelman before. So, grains of salt, etc.
If I’ve learned anything from this video, it’s that bobcats make the worst noise known to man, after every Supertramp song ever recorded. That and I’d probably keep the kids locked inside for a few weeks if I lived in Carrollton.
But he is, so I won’t. Anyway, Grapevine Police released a photo of Alberto Morales’ very distinct tattoo today. I don’t know why he’d be sleeveless, running around Grapevine, but if you’ve spotted that tattoo, call 911.
Yesterday, Zeus Comics owner Richard Neal started a minor swirl online when he announced his store would not be selling the new Superman series. Neal’s decision was based on the fact that the author of that series, Orson Scott Card, was vehemently homophobic, actively working against gay marriage proposals. Even though today is new release day at the shop, Neal took a few minutes to answer some questions about his decision.
Is this the first author/artist you’ve refused to sell? If not, who else/why? Retailers frequently choose not to carry comics based on sales or content. I’ve declined some titles for graphic content or poor quality. There was a series of collected strips from a popular web comic that I stopped ordering because of their portrayal of rape and their negative jokes about gays.
How do you separate the work of an artist from their personal choices and beliefs? I don’t think Roman Polanski is a good person, but I like his movies. We stock plenty of comics by authors and artist with views I don’t support. Card moves past a belief and into activism. How can I order or support a comic from a person actively working to legislate against me?
I understand this happens sometimes. You’re unfamiliar with an intersection or set of on-ramps, and you accidentally take off the wrong way. I’ve done it, then corrected myself in a matter of seconds. A woman in Burleson last night went the wrong way for 15 miles. That’s like getting on Central Expressway in downtown Dallas, and staying on it until you hit the George Bush Turnpike. But you’re in the wrong lane.
Probably needless to say, she was eventually slapped with a DWI, after hitting two cars and getting taken down by a police spike-strip.
Last week, Roy Appleton reportedÂ that a stalled deal to purchase an old transmission shop at Davis Street and Zang Boulevard in North Oak Cliff was seemingly heading toward resolution. The city had been trying to purchase the property from Roy Smith, for use as a gateway park, welcoming folks into the burgeoning Bishop Arts District. Smith currently owns a transmission shop on the plot, which he bought in 1994.
David Spence, who owns commercial and residential property throughout North Oak Cliff, objected to the proposal last night, via Facebook:
GOOD SPACE OBJECTS, IN THE STRONGEST TERMS, to city hall’s misguided plan to create a “Bishop Arts Gateway” at Zang & Davis, future location of a stop on the new streetcar line. The only failed component of Bishop Arts’ streetscape project of 2000 is the district’s graffitied, trash-strewn, abandoned “pocket park.” We can guarantee the same result in this even more remote location: a “public space” which, in fact, belongs to and isÂ maintained by no one. If the city has right-of-way it doesn’t need and money to purchase and remediate an old filling station, then COMBINE THEM and entrust the new development site to private investors to create something swell to greet tourists disembarking from the streetcar. Mini-plazas produce weeds, not excitement or taxes.
I’m not going to address the lawsuit, because, even though I have a very, very specific opinion regarding it, that may not be prudent. I am going to ask Jamie Johnson one question, though: your gym costs $200 a month? Does it have personal trainers who move your arms and legs for you?
Neither Zac nor I (two of three people in the office right now) watch enough Stars hockey to know if this kind of terminology is commonplace, but it certainly is entertaining. During last night’s Stars-Red Wings game, a scrum broke out. It was a pretty good fight; a flurry of upper-cuts will do that. The best part, though, was the call, which included the following phrases:
- “Ahhhh the West Texas pump jack!”
- “He got hit with one late, but man was he pumping oil early!”
This barely makes sense in Dallas, but boy was it entertaining.
From ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed path to signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League’s player pool.
The Legends’ pitch to Iverson centers around the fact they’ve just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West andÂ Rashad McCantsÂ to join their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old earlier this month — point guardÂ Mike JamesÂ – and wound up putting James in position to earn a 10-day callup to the Mavericks that turned into a guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.
Just imagine Delonte and Iverson playing on the same team. Quick list of things that would be better than that: ______. Nothing. Nothing would be better than that. This random Twitter user channels similar excitement:
OH MY GOD IF ALLEN IVERSON COMES BACK IM GOING TO KILL SOMETHING OUT OF SHEER EXCITEMENT
— perrin moore (@perrinmoore96) January 28, 2013
Up until 5 p.m. Tuesday, University Park was a festering trough of human excrement, the final holdout in a century-long battle against indoor plumbing. It’s the reason the parks are in such great shape.Â With one vote, though, that all changed.
Public urination and defecation are now illegal in University Park, which is strange to write because how was that not a thing already? The city’s never had it on the books, Park Cities PeopleÂ reporter Sarah BennettÂ writes, instead handing out citations for indecent exposure or disorderly conduct. Neither of those really fit though, since indecent exposure requires “intent to arouse” and disorderly conduct required that a cop actually see an exposed body part.
“Officers are confused with the proper offense to charge them,” UP Police Chief Gary Adams said. “In order to charge, all elements of the crime have to be present.”
Urinators andÂ defecatorsÂ can now be charged up to $500 for their indiscretions.
(To read Bennett’s piece, pick up this week’s Park Cities People)