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Dazed and Confused on Al Jazeera America

FrontBurnervians who know me as a reactionary, mediocrity-defending supporter of Texas conservative things might be surprised by my appearance last night on Al Jazeera America’s Real Money with Ali Velshi show, talking about Toyota. (Al Jazeera’s the outfit that took over Al Gore’s old cable channel, Current TV.) Between sputtering something about how “shops” will benefit from the Toyota move—and a record number of “Uh’s” (Jeanne Prejean counted 47, I think)—I also neglected to correct the (substitute) host when he called me the editor of D magazine. (Sorry, Cristina!) I don’t think Cal Jillson has anything to worry about.

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Have You Ever Watched Ask the Undertaker?

I happened on a commercial for it the other night and, as I regularly sleep on my couch and have pretty mundane dreams that usually involve either work or me being put into some sort of Die Hard scenario or both, I felt like I was dreaming it. But, no. It’s real, tackling topics such as “What would happen if you died today?” and “Do you deserve to have a funeral?” and “The art of embalming.”

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Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews on Dallas: ‘We Mean it With No Malice, But the Rest of Texas Is a Mess’

In the sharp NY Times article Cristina links to below, mention is made of a Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett skit about Dallas: The wives of these men — socialites and homemakers, Junior Leaguers and ex-debutantes — were no different; in fact, they were possibly even more extreme. (After all, there’s a reason Carol Burnett […]

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Why Was Craig James Dropped So Quickly by Fox Sports Southwest?

Fox Sports Southwest announced a couple weeks back that former ESPN analyst and failed U.S. Senate candidate Craig James was joining its college football coverage this season. James appeared on the network on Saturday night. But it was just as quickly announced that would be James’ last appearance. According to SI.com, “the hire had not […]

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Dallas Classics Show Vintage Scenes of Our City

“This is Dallas, a towering tribute to man’s ability to raise beam on beam and stone on stone,” the narrator says at the beginning of the 1955 short Report to Dallas, which you can see embedded above from the city’s Vimeo channel. It was produced by the Dallas Citizens Traffic Commission to “highlight the importance of engineering and […]

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Kay Bailey Hutchison on The Daily Show: ‘The American People Are For Background Checks’

The former senator was on with Jon Stewart last night. When asked about her replacement — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz — she said he is a bright man who’s committed to fighting for his cause. “The same thing could have been said about Lex Luthor,” Stewart replied. They also discussed the Senate’s recent failure to […]

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Why Didn’t WFAA-TV (Channel 8) Broadcast the Memorial Service For the West, Texas, Firefighters?

Uncle Barky was asking that question last Thursday afternoon on Twitter, when all our other Dallas-Fort Worth network stations were carrying the entire event live. WFAA was instead airing its regular programming, three syndicated programs: Anderson Live, Dr. Oz, and Katie. He hasn’t gotten a response out of WFAA management, but today on his blog […]

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On Tonight’s Dallas, Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban, and Mayor Mike Rawlings Say Goodbye to J.R. Ewing

We mentioned earlier that tonight’s star-studded episode of Dallas on TNT is a farewell to Larry Hagman and his iconic character of J.R. Ewing. Cast member Linda Gray was on D: The Broadcast this morning to talk about the episode, and during the interview they played a sneak peek featuring Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, […]

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