And in today’s edition of bizarre-as-hell lawsuits, the Observer has the court docs filed by a former Southern Methodist University professor who claims she was fired in retaliation for trying to blow the whistle on Rick Halperin, the founding director of the university’s Embrey Human Rights Program. Patricia Davis, the professor, says Halperin was having sex with students and running around his neighborhood naked while peeping into windows. Now, I’m certainly not condoning that kind of behavior, but that’s not really the part of the story that jumps out at me. Rather, it is that Davis claims Halperin (who is, remember, the head of a human rights program that leads an annual summer trip for SMU students to holocaust sites) is secretly obsessed with Nazis. From the suit:
He appeared obsessed with the Nazis (privately giving Nazi salutes, screaming ‘Achtung’ on the telephone, displaying huge posters of Nazi symbols and events in his office and watching hours and hours of pictures of bodies and Holocaust death camps on his office television)
Kaufman County DA and Wife Gunned Down: We’re only beginning to scratch the surface on this one. But some, such as Forney Mayor Darren Rozell, are already drawing connections between the killing of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, and the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse two months ago on the day the U.S. Department of Justice released a statement saying Hasse was involved in a racketeering case against the Aryan Brotherhood.
DMN Lauds Don Williams’ Speech, Still Mum of Golf Course: Late last week, Glenn was quick to point out that Rudy Bush’s piece (paywall) on former Trammel Crow CEO Don Williams’ chiding of the Dallas elite at the Dallas Country Club was missing some choice words about plans to build a golf club in South Dallas (namely, that Williams at first thought the course was the “worst use of $12 million that the city could possibly spend” before taking a step back and saying that a golf course doesn’t equal jobs or development). Well, over the weekend, this Dallas Morning News editorial offered formal support to Williams’ tough talk, but still nothing about the golf course, which this DMN editorial endorsed back in November, saying that:
We know there will be naysayers and cynics. But when a corporation of AT&T’s size recognizes that it’s time to focus on southern Dallas — and then uses its substantial leadership powers to rally major backing — that’s a marker worth applauding. This golf course plan is a game changer.
So, DMN, tell us: Is Williams a naysayer or a cynic?
First Baptist Opens New $130 Million Campus For Easter: Those chewy, sugary gummy ducks in your kids’ Easter baskets? They weren’t the only tacky treats to arrive in Dallas yesterday morning.
Over on Burnt Orange Report today, there’s a quick piece on Tony McDonald, the chief of staff for State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, of Bedford. In it, McDonald is taken to task for a history of racist, homophobic writing. Let’s tackle the racism first. From a 2008 blog post: “Where are literacy tests when we need them? Seriously – I don’t think it is a virtue to take the serially uninformed to the polls just so they’ll cast a vote for your demagogue candidate.”
That post, from McDonald’s personal blog, has since been removed. BOR then makes the move to homophobia:
“Homosexuals” love to compalin about how they are an opressed group, who just wants peace and tolerance, and love, and ranbows [sic] … The reality is that they have a sickness, and that it corrupts their moral beings. This manifests its self not only in their horribly self-destructive tendencies, but certainly carries out into their view of others as well. The worst thing we can do for them, if we care at all about their well-being or the well being of our society is to encourage their destructive, depraved, and deadly behavior. By doing so we only encourage them to destroy themselves, and to continue on trying to destroy the society around them.
That post — entitled “Sodomites Expose Themselves” — has also been removed from McDonald’s blog. The BOR piece said McDonald “displays a disgusting history of promoting bigoted viewpoints that speak to the lowest common denominator of humanity.” McDonald commented on the post, too:
Might as well have titled it “Conservative state rep’s conservative chief of staff does and says hilariously awesome conservative things.”
A Richardson man is being sued for his role in the website Texxxan.com, a “revenge porn” site that allows users to upload photos and videos of their ex-lovers in an attempt toÂ embarrassÂ and, in some cases, extort. The man, Kris Kronowski, is listed in a class-action lawsuit filed last week in Orange County; he is listed along with GoDaddy.com, the host for the site. The case is filed on behalf of two dozen women whose photos were included on the website, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.
Users can submit photos and videos, and subscribe for content. The women are broken down by region: North Texas, Southeast Texas, West and Central Texas, and South Central Texas. Most photos are accompanied by a first name, a last initial, and the woman’s hometown, making nearly every photo instantly identifiable by community members. It wouldn’t be hard to, say, recognize Serena Q. from Garland, if you knew Serena G. from Garland. (That name is made up.)
John Morgan, the attorney representing the class, is seeking unspecified damages from not just from the site’s owners and host, but the individuals who posted content. (Read the whole suit below.) He is also seeking an injunction to shut down the website; on Tuesday evening the site varied between being a live, active site and one featuring only an error message. When it was live, it featured a strange poll, seen below:
According to Wikipedia, “Cathie L. Adams (born 1950) is a homemaker from Dallas, Texas, who is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.” There are many, many strange things on Wikipedia. That intro is, somehow, not the strangest thing that will likely soon appear on that page.
According to Right Wing Watch, a week before the presidential election, Adams spoke at the Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, in Tyler, next to Ted Cruz. The evening was billed as a “call to action” in a posting that included the phrase “Now is the time for Amnericans to remember the roots of our greatness.” Sic.
Some of the best quotes from the speech:
Who is a Marxist in our White House?Â Of course, it’s Barack Hussein Obama.Â And I don’t know why we’re not calling him what he is as a Marxist.Â It’s as if, when the wall fell that communism died; it didn’t.Â Today, it is green on the outside and red on the inside. It is as red as ever and Barack Obama is implementing his green agenda, which is Marxism, and that is exactly why our economy is hurting as badly as it is and why twenty three million people are still out of work. That is exactly what is happening.
Folks, we have a rule of law, we have a Constitution and those things must be upheld. We cannot think that, well, if what their trying to do, for example, right now on a ballot in Colorado is legalize marijuana. And if we legalize it, will we empty out our jails and will we be safe for ever more? No. I’m telling you, Barack Hussein Obama has got to have a teleprompter because he fried his brain on drugs.
Adams now runs the Texas Eagle Forum, which, if its tagline wasn’t “progress through preservation of traditional values,” I’d think was the coolest name ever.
Two Far North Dallas private schools were spray-painted with the phrase “Obama 666″ this week, the Morning News reports.Â The schools –Â Ann and Nate Levine Academy, and All Saints Catholic School – sit less than a mile apart from each other off Frankford Road. Police do not have any suspects at the time, but should probably be looking for a libertarian-leaning eighth-grader with the anarchy symbol dug into his Earth Science notebook.
Also, if you have a minute, Google “Obama 666,” hold your head in your hands, and weep for the future of our nation. Then laugh at that one person who Photoshopped a 666 on Jamie Foxx’s head because they can’t tell black people apart.
One party official from Southeast Texas calls for — not secession — separation.
“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?” writes Hardin County Republican treasurer Peter Morrison, a Ron Paul supporter and author of a race-heavy Tea Party newsletter.
“Let each go her own way,” he writes, demanding an “amicable divorce” from the U.S. and from the “maggots” who re-elected President Obama.Â
When Kennedy got Hardin County Republican Party Chairman Kent Batman* on the phone: “OK, well — I guess I need to start taking a look at his newsletters.”
Probably a wise move, as Morrison went on to disparage Asian-Americans and Hispanics.
* HOLY SURNAME BATMAN. What’s the etymology of that? Does he come from a long line of baseball bat-makers? Or literal half-men/half-bats?
Back in May, former D Magazine staffer Trey Garrison posted on his blog that he’d signed a book deal. Peter Simek put up an item about the deal on FrontRow. Then Trey’s post vanished. If you follow the link to it from Peter’s post, you’ll find a 404. Then, yesterday, Trey again put up a post announcing his book deal. One presumes this post will remain posted longer. Trey’s deal is with Harper Voyager, the sci-fi imprint for HarperCollins. From the release:
Trey Garrison’s debut novel, THE SPEAR OF DESTINY, the first in the alternate history steam-punk “Far Ranger” series, is set in a very different 1920s where the North American continent is comprised of rival nations, and science and the supernatural co-exist. Great War veterans and freelance pilots Sean Rucker and Jesus D’Anconia Lago are reluctantly pulled into a quest to save the world. Will Hinton at Harper Voyager is the editor for publication. It will be published in three parts starting December 2012. Trey is represented by David Hale Smith at Inkwell Management in a two-book deal.
Well, congratulations to Trey. To celebrate, and perhaps to give curious readers some book-buying guidance, here are some of my favorite Trey Garrison tweets from recent weeks: