One big lesson to draw from Tuesday's special election to fill an empty school board seat: The public school employees unions in Dallas are weak tea, indeed, when it comes to any kind of a shootout at the polls. Take away a couple of pissed-off rich supporters with axes to grind, and teachers union ... More >>
This wasn't supposed to happen. When Governor Rick Perry called a special legislative session and, later, tacked abortion onto the agenda, he was effectively declaring that the proposed restrictions, some of the toughest in the country, had enough support to become law. And he was right, in a way. C ... More >>
After the "Anonymous Spokesman's"arrest, toeing the line between speech and threats.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban is making sure conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart will continue to provoke some five months after his death. Big Hollywood, a site Breitbart founded, reported yesterday that Cuban's company, Magnet, plans to release "Occupy Unmasked" in theaters. "This film is controver ... More >>
When Joseph Drake, a fourth grade teacher at Central Elementary School, fired off a testy email to DISD Trustee Edwin Flores (Sample line: "People like you destroy morale, beat us down into the ground, and make us wish we had been greedy enough to go into the business world as yourself.") after the ... More >>
Gillian WelchSaturday, June 9, at Majestic TheaterWithout hearing a note, you can expect Welch's music to be have weight. Maybe it has to do with her story of being the daughter of a touring musician and being given up for adoption. Or, maybe it's because her earlier albums were given the T Bone Bur ... More >>
James Galbraith has a new book out, Inequality and Instability, arguing that ... well, you know he's an economist at the LBJ School at UT Austin, so it's pretty complicated ... I'm trying to boil down what I got out of it ... I need to put this into Get-Off-My-Lawn language ... so let's imagine its ... More >>
Wrong-man thriller might have flown as comedy.
Special thanks to those who made 2011 so very, very special.
Sometimes, even conservatives make good points.
Dallas is playing to its City of Hate stereotype for assassination's anniversary.
No more Bank Of America overdraft fees for Kurt VileToday, Pitchfork reports that Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles was pretty unhappy after learning Kurt Vile's song, "Baby's Arms," was used in a Bank Of America commercial. He ranted about it on his Twitter account, tweeting things abou ... More >>
Lyric Stage's revival depicts hard times a century ago.
Great trick-or-treaters last night on my street. Some years we just get kids from the block. They're great. But last night we got spillover from the Halloween gala on Swiss Avenue a block away. When that happens, we get an even bigger window on the festival. Got me thinking. Check me on this ... More >>
New report finds the Lone Star swimming in deep debt.
Photo by Anna MerlanOccupy Dallas protestors outside Lew Sterrett yesterday following the arrest of 23 at a downtown Chase bank branchSeveral news outlets have reported in recent days that the Dallas Police Department is investigating the possible sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at the Occup ... More >>
The Senate candidate doesn't like mobs of protesters. Someone alert the Tea Party.
From Tom Leppert's new online petitionIf Tom Leppert were still mayor, rather than a candidate for U.S. Senate, it's possible the city might not have been so accommodating with those presently occupying the parking lot behind Dallas City Hall. I knew we forgot to mention something Friday, when I ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanDomingo Garcia and, sitting to his right, Scott Griggs at last night's meeting over the map in Oak CliffLast week we sat through a very long, very ugly city council meeting, which ended with the members narrowly adopting a new redistricting plan. At that time, council member D ... More >>
Start the countdown. How long will it be before Dallas City Hall decides to evict the Occupy protest campers from Pioneer Plaza? You know it's coming. If the Occupy Dallas anti-corporate-greed protesters continue to camp out in a park just down the block from City Hall, political pressure will buil ... More >>
Doubtless you've heard about Occupy Wall Street, the protests against corporate greed and Wall Street bailouts (among other things) that have been going on for the last three weeks in New York. The protesters call themselves "the other 99 percent" or just "The 99," and this morning in Pike Park o ... More >>
There's a HuffPo piece this morning about how the pepper-spray-flavored Occupy Wall Street protests moved to the West Coast yesterday -- San Francisco, specifically, and the Bank of America building in the Financial District. Next Thursday, though, they hit a little closer to home. Without Radioh ... More >>