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Q&A With an Entomologist: Attack of the Mosquito Hawks!

They are everywhere in North Texas. Are they here to suck your blood? Do they mean us harm? What’s the deal with mosquito hawks? I called an entomologist to find out. Mike Merchant is a professor and extension urban entomologist with Texas A&M. He lives here. He knows a thing or two about bugs, and he runs a bug blog that you might enjoy. Here’s the deal:

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OMG! Real Housewives of Dallas Cast Member Once Starred in Porn!

Yesterday Bravo announced the cast for the upcoming Real Housewives of Dallas. Well, we are learning today that one of the ladies, Tiffany Hendra, has done some work in adult films. And when I say “done some work,” I really mean “had some intercourse.” Hendra isn’t hiding from her past. “So what I showed my tits and had love scenes, but what actress hasn’t? I did that [Cinemax] series before I was married, and it’s part of my journey. I own it.” I think Cameron Diaz is one answer to that first question. I was going to say Helen Mirren, but then the internet told me that she has, in fact, done nude scenes. So anyway, like I was saying, adding lanes to highways only makes the problem worse.

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Dallas City Council Bans Exxxotica From Using Convention Center, Ctd.

Jason, that was an excellent recap of the City Council meeting today. This reminds me of the city’s erstwhile war on topless clubs under Mayor Laura Miller. Read this great essay titled “The New Puritanism,” by Joe Bob Briggs, that D Magazine published in 2004. (It entered our archives via OCR scanning, so be patient with the many typos. It’s worth it.)

Who Is Getting Married at The Mansion This Weekend?

A curious FrontBurnervian writes to us with a question:

Have you driven by The Mansion lately and seen the HUGE tent/wedding space that is being built on the front lawn? All the staff and people involved seem to be very hush-hush on whose wedding it is this weekend.

The first question, I can answer. No, I have not seen the huge tent. But the implied question, I cannot answer. I’ve also been told that the entire restaurant has been reserved — and redecorated. Can’t be cheap. Anyone want to drop dime on the couple in the comments?

Bobby Abtahi’s Old Campaign Website Gets Hijacked

UPDATE: (2:01 pm) Yup, it got me in trouble. I’d like to make it clear that Abtahi doesn’t own that URL anymore. That was the joke. Of course I didn’t think that Abtahi himself had anything to do with what now exists on the URL that he once used when he ran for City Council. In fairness, I changed the headline of this post. Original item:

I suspect this post will get me into some trouble. But it’s Friday. So what the heck?

As Jason mentioned in the show notes to this week’s podcast, the URL that Bobby Abtahi once used when he ran for Dallas City Council now contains content that has nothing to do with Dallas or the City Council — but is far more interesting than any Dallas civic matter. I ran the Japanese text through Google Translate. As Jason mentioned in the show notes to this week’s podcast, the URL that Bobby Abtahi once used when he ran for Dallas City Council now contains content that has nothing to do with Dallas or the City Council — but is far more interesting than any Dallas civic matter. I ran the Japanese text through Google Translate. Here’s what it says:

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Should You Get All Worked Up Over That Sex Show at the Dallas Convention Center?

You’ve probably heard by now about the August 7 Exxxotica Expo at the Dallas Convention Center. That Friday, for those interested, Dallas’ own Jenny Block will lead a seminar titled “O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.” Over on the main stage, a performer called Rubber Doll will do her thing. Mike Mooney wrote about Rubber Doll in 2008 for the Miami New Times. You should read Mike’s story. It’s 1,600 words. It’ll give you a good idea of what goes on at an Exxxotica Expo (hint: power tools and dildos are involved).

At this point, you might be tempted to side with the Dallas Women’s Foundation, which sent a letter to Mayor Mike Rawlings saying that they are “deeply troubled” that the Exxxotica Expo is coming to our convention center. Before you make up your mind, though, I invite you to read this post by Jim Schutze. It’s a little over 1,000 words. I know I’m asking you to do a lot of reading. But Schutze goes after the Dallas Women’s Foundation in a way that I think you’ll find highly entertaining. His post might even convince you that this Exxxotica Expo isn’t worth getting all worked up over.

Me? I’m too focused on logistics to get bogged down in any moral or ethical concerns. The expo will be held at the Convention Center. But the host hotel is the Crown Plaza? As their site says, the expo takes place a “10 minute walk from host hotel!” The expo wraps up at midnight on Friday, 10 o’clock on Saturday. I’m thinking Belo Garden is the place to hang out. Should be an interesting parade.

Tony Romo Joined Twitter Last Night

He signed up right before 10 o’clock. For his profile pic, he chose the image you see here. I mean, yeah, he’s married to a very attractive lady. But is this a joint account? Candice has her own account. I don’t see him in her profile pic. So I’m throwing a flag and penalizing him 10 yards for that choice. So far he’s got 48,000 followers. His first tweet, below, is possibly the most boring tweet ever. Flagging that, too. But otherwise: Go, Cowboys!

Update: In the time it took me to write this post, he gained another 1,200 followers.

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Erykah Badu Crashes NYC Newscast

Hat tip to Central Track for bringing me (and by extension you) this video of Erykah Badu jacking around with a guy doing a standup in New York City. Check out both the Vine and the YouTube versions. Girl was determined to get some play.

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A Special D Magazine Guesstigation: How Did Cowboys Defensive Lineman Nick Hayden Earn the Nickname ‘Golden Cock’?

An alert FrontBurnervian points us to the news that defensive-line coach Rod Marinelli has bestowed nicknames on his current group of starters, collectively called the Fearsome Four. They are as follows: Jason Hatcher is “Big Daddy,” because he reminds Marinelli of Eugene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb; DeMarcus Ware is “Long Arms,” for obvious reasons; George Selvie is […]

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Attention: Do Not Go Bare-Assed to the Dallas Pride Parade

The Dallas Pride parade is Sunday. As the Huffington Post notes, there is some controversy brewing as we head into this year’s celebration. I’ll let Daniel Cates, the North Texas coordinator for GetEQUAL TX, explain. Here’s what he wrote on his Facebook page: So the Dallas Tavern Guild has instituted NEW rules for parade participants […]

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Is SMU Human Rights Professor Secretly a Nazi Freak?

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 […]

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Programming Note: Artist Richard Patterson Unveils Rare Video Work at Texas Theater Tonight!

You may know the name of British artist Richard Patterson for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you were enthralled with his defense of the opening ceremonies of last summer’s London Games. Perhaps you’ve read his musings on FrontRow. Maybe you caught his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in 2009. More than likely, though, you know […]

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