Lest we forget the s.o.b.
The Dallas school board is seeking names for more than a dozen schools. Upwards of 50 suggestions have been submitted, including Arthur Ashe, Cesar Chavez, and Anne Frank.
But Buzz figures that if the purpose of naming a school is to offer students a moral example, the district would be foolhardy not to name at least one building after disgraced ex-trustee Dan Peavy.
Consider: Every time students entered the school's hallowed halls and every time their parents attended a PTA meeting, they'd be reminded of the trustee who taught us racism is hardier and more virulent than the Ebola virus.
In that spirit, we recommend naming one building--even if it's only a maintenance shed--the Goddamned Tits on a Warthog Dan Fucking Peavy High School.
Assume the position
Once again, we find ourselves wondering just what skills the Fort Worth Star-Telegram seeks in journalists. In a recent letter to employees during "National Customer Service Week," publisher Rich Connor and executive editor Debbie Price reiterated the S-T's mission: "Every employee's position at this newspaper ultimately leads to servicing the customer."
"I'm not a prostitute," one reporter pointed out--a bit tentatively.
We'd write it off as just a Freudian slip, if it weren't for a memo that came out a few days earlier, headlined: "How employees can build Star-Telegram circulation!" This dubious stunt would have S-T reporters and editors peddling subscriptions--for a $5 bounty each time they convinced an "acquaintance, neighbor, etc." to sign up for a free trial subscription. (Could that "etc." refer to news sources?)
Don't mess with the Mouse
Jim Hightower is scrambling to get his reedy voice heard again--at least at length--after ABC Broadcasting dumped his syndicated talk show. Proving that the right wing has no lock on conspiracy theories, Hightower, a pocketbook populist, claims his anti-corporate message was squelched last month after Capitol Cities/ABC merged with Disney.
Over the last two years, Hightower has taken jabs at Disney and its chief executive, Michael Eisner, on his show, carried locally by WBAP 820-AM. Presumably, Eisner was a regular listener.
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"It is totally an animosity thing," says Betsy Moon, project coordinator for Hightower, who says she has been inundated with calls from stations angered by the cancellation.
ABC has a more innocent explanation: it claims the three-hour weekend show, "Hightower Radio," was cut because of low ratings.
The nation's major radio syndicators--mega-corporations every one--have rejected proposals to carry the show. "Considering the anti-corporate message, it's not surprising that they don't want to carry Hightower's show," Moon says.
But those who can no longer get Hightower whole hog can still hear two-minute daily "Populist Bites,"which Hightower feeds directly to stations--except WBAP, which also dropped the "Bites.