Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mark Steger-

I'm flattered and all that you have me on your Google Alerts, but stop busting my balls on the DMN website! :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Assuming nothing else earth shattering happens in the next few days....I'm on vacation.

What's wrong with lawyer jokes? Lawyers don't think they're funny and other people don't think they're jokes.

Watching the video of Pete Smith at last night's work session was....uncomfortable. So to lighten the mood, I will dedicate today's blog to some of my favorite lawyer jokes!

Why won't sharks attack lawyers?
Professional courtesy.

How does an attorney sleep?
First he lies on one side, and then on the other.


Ignorance of the law excuses no man - from practicing it. - Adison Mizner

There are two kinds of lawyers: those who know the law and those who know the judge.

If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?

Isn't it a shame how 99% of the lawyers give the whole profession a bad name. (I threw this one in for you Schnurr)

and my favorite...

A lawyers walks into a work session and says "I can see that I'm not on everybody's Christmas card list but that's ok. We lawyers are thick skinned and use to being blamed and taking the blame for controversial issues...." ba-da-chhhhhhh

*even Keff seemed a bit annoyed by that one*

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dear Concerned Friends,

The Richardson City Council will be meeting in a work session at 6 p.m. on Monday night, 12/21/09, at the Richardson City Hall located at 411 W. Arapaho in Richardson. This is the building near the library and the Santa's Village on the south side of Arapaho just west of Central.

There will be a visitor's section at the beginning of the meeting and then a briefing by the City Attorney on the court case that was recently heard in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. This is the case that Richardson citizen, William Gordon ("just a citizen" - with no standing to file this case according to Richardson City Attorney, Pete Smith) filed when it was discovered several years ago that the City had not been following its own charter for many years with regard to "secret meetings". Their Executive Sessions were not allowed according to the City Charter and Mr. Gordon filed suit against the City for these violations and also wanted to see the minutes of the Executive Sessions. In the appeals hearing Mr. Smith stated that "the citizens had no right to see those minutes". This arrogant attitude is the same one we are seeing in the leadership of the House and the Senate with regard to current federal legislation.

Come join other concerned citizens Monday night at this work session to hear Mr. Pete Smith address the City Council with regard to this case. You can read more about what is going on in the City at www.dc-tm.blogspot.com.

Monday night's agenda is listed below. It would be great to have a large crowd. I will be in Colorado but will watch it. http://cor.net/CITV.aspx?id=10709 (http://cor.net then scroll down to click on "watch council meetings live" on right side)

Be informed. Stay involved. You CAN make a difference!

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RICHARDSON CITY COUNCIL
WORK SESSION AGENDA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009

Richardson Room
Richardson Civic Center/City Hall
411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, Texas 75080

WORK SESSION – 6:00 P.M.

Call to Order

Visitors

Briefing by City Attorney Regarding Cause No. 07-12698; William Gordon v. City of Richardson, Texas

Review and Discuss the Status of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

Review and Discuss the Status of the City’s Traffic Progression and Transportation Improvements

Review and Discuss the City’s Radio System and Other Related Technology Needs

Report on Items of Community Interest

EXECUTIVE SESSION

In compliance with Section 551.087 of the Texas Government Code, Council will convene into a closed session to discuss the following:

Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations

High Technology Company – Collins Blvd./Plano Rd. Area

Friday, December 18, 2009


And Abrahm, thanks for doing the impression. *Remember Nathan, the highest form of flattery...*

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mark Solomon You Are As Dead To Me As Those Fetus' You Eat!

(And like, duh, we already know you are a senior, no need to include that in your name)
So Tannery, it's up to you to talk some sense into him or you're dead to me too!

So as I was diligently surfing the People Of Walmart website....

I stumbled upon a few pictures that looked vaguely familiar and I thought this could make for a fun game.

Try and guess the local celebrity look alike!

1.
2.
3.
4.Well, duh, the last one is me of course.....because I also have black hair and flippin love America.....and sports bras.

Btw, I can tell by the very fact you are here that you obviously like wasting time, so you must add this site to your list of daily vegetative nonsense: PeopleOfWalmart

Now get to guessing!

Gary Joined My Richardson Facebook Group...

I feel so honored.


BTW, this guy was my guess for who Ed is/was. His name's Scott Dunn and I bet he's so totally stoked that I'm posting his pic on here (but the link only works for those with fbook). Anyway, I'll take it down once the ink on the restraining order is dry.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

You know that chore you keeping putting off because you dread doing it so much?

Yeah, so blah blah blah something about how racist Nate Dog Mo was last night during his visitors section comments blah blah blah insert joke about how his jokes bombed and it as kinda uncomfortable/creepy/awkward blah blah blah Wild Bill thinks he should be banned from ever speaking again blah blah blah please don't trash the 5-minute rule prematurely guys.

And then David covers the Schnurr factor here, which was totally BA.

By the way, Jimmy's look'n pretty fly these days....one might surmise he's getting into fighting shape.

Anybody Go To The Guerilla HOA Prez Meeting This Morning?

If so, I'd like to hear more about it. I've heard from a few people that it was relatively mild and pretty constructive...

Per Will:

"...approx 20 individuals (HOA presidents, HOA representatives, a blogger who shows at most Richardson related meetings) ... came to learn the latest about LOTS.

There was discussion, all of it enlightening, including some back and forth about how best to make the LOTS discussion/negotiation with City Hall a "win-win" for City Hall and the citizens of Richardson.

There continues to be an avalanche of facts, opinions, and options on the LOTS topic. That's understandable because, hey, it's not a simple thing! Moving the transfer station east or north? Screening walls, odor containment, number of trucks that make sense?

Add in "volume" and the average citizen (and likely some on City Council) is close to information overload.

John, George and Maitri tried their best and did a good job bringing the group up to date and keeping the complicated issue discussion pretty well on track.

A mid-January meeting with City Hall (and the District?) is coming up. There might be other contacts with City Hall (letters, face to face discussion, etc.).

Many in Richardson see this as an issue for the neighborhoods that border the LOTS. Not so! It's an entire-City issue. Only one reason (out of many reasons):

If there is negative impact in that area because a poorly-thought-out Transfer Station is put in place, commercial development can take a hit. That can be significant because of the huge amount of to-be-developed land between Renner and The Bush.

Trash trucks make a left turn at Renner and Plano Roads all day long - and if their number increases, and commercial development is impacted, tax dollars "go south"."

Sunday, December 13, 2009

By far the coolest thing....

to come from my silly DMN article, thus far, is this e-mail I received earlier today:

"This is a system generated message informing you that the above-named person is a federal prisoner who seeks to add you to his/her contact list for exchanging electronic messages. There is no message from the prisoner at this time.

You can ACCEPT this prisoner's request or BLOCK this individual or all federal prisoners from contacting you via electronic messaging at www.corrlinks.com. To register with CorrLinks you must enter the email address that received this notice along with the identification code below."


ACCEPT, duh.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Three Favorite Words: YOU WERE RIGHT

Or in your case, I was right.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, haters!

Now you might be wondering if I just said that in a condescending, snooty voice? And the answer would be yes. Yes, I did.

I can only assume.....

As I stated below, EVERY Republican from Dallas & Collin County was at this Christmas party Tuesday night, even Chuck "the Twitter Blocker" Eisemann, so I can only assume.....

Mayor Gary Slagel of Richardson is a huge flaming Liberal;
Candy Bomber Bob Townsend is a Liberal;
John Murphy is a Donkey Loving Democrat;
Bob Townsend is tree-hugging Liberal,
& Mark Solomon is more than likely the fetus eating Democrat I suspected he was months ago....
what a shame.

DCRP, DCNRC, AARP & RRWC's "Holiday Party" Extravaganza!

Tuesday Night there was basically a huge Republican mash-up at the Prestonwood Country Club, which I must say, was a stellar idea! I was able to hit 3 'holiday' parties with one babysitter. Next year if you could also include the Conservative Hispanic Society, Golden Corridor Republican Women and my Husband's company, I'll have it made in the shade.

It felt like EVERYBODY in local politics was there, and from the looks of the introduction line, the elected officials outnumbered us regular folks two to one.

Since I had to use my wine holding hand to take pictures I reserved such an honor only for my favorites, and here they are:

Will Hartnett who shows up every year at the Dallas March For Life.


Chris Davis and Steve Mitchell for obvious reasons.

Steve not only greeted us 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' but also signed off with a 'GOD BLESS AMERICA!'



David Smith, who surprisingly did not get boo-ed out of the room when he started harping on ol' Petey. A man after my own heart...Angie Chen Button, who totally took the cake for awkward moment of the evening (as shown in the horribly lit video below) when she asked all of her supporters to raise there hands, and both of them did.Steph Carter, I really think she should start opening up with a joke. She's so serious all the time, but hey that's just my opinion. Most Repubs like serious, I guess.And then my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE person running for congress (against EBJ), Pastor Stephen Broden who was very well liked by everyone in the room...I watched him pick a fight engage in a thought provoking discussion with a Planned Parenthood rep two summers ago, and I don't know if you can say this about a man of the cloth, but he is a total badass....like x10. He completely understands the minority population control aspect of abortion and is trying to wake up his community about this blatant form of racism.Here was my sign from that protest (Check out my shadow-it made the message so much more effective, ha!)But I digress. Another Eddie Bernice Johnson opponent (previously, of course) Amir Omar, showed up just in time to witness me belligerently schmoozing this button off of some poor volunteer's lapel, which I shall wear with pride!...even though there is some debate over whether or not it is cursed.Oh, and I also got a pic with Rob Schlein, president of the Log Cabin Republicans. He's fabulous, of course!And then, at the end of the evening I was asked to take some pics of the Richardson Republican Women swearing in their newest officers, which was pretty cool.All in all, I would say that this CHRISTMAS party was a huge success, and wine, so yeah.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Texas Tea, BBQ & NPR

So just by fluke Abe and I went to Spring Creek Barbeque tonight for dinner, and lo and behold the Tea Party folks were there also.

After we ate, I went and crashed their tea party so that I could get a pic of this guy who I had seen in line earlier.
How wonderful is he?!?! We both agreed that this latest beef between B.O. and Snoopy was just taking it way too far. What about the children?!?!?!

Anyway, as I was slipping out the door I overheard Ken Emanuelson telling someone that the camera crew (who had been filming in there the whole time) was actually NPR. Who wants to wager on just exactly how glowing a report they'll be giving on the Tea Party peeps, huh? Because OBVIOUSLY it'll be glowing, right?

{Abrahm's Table Side Observation: "There sure are a lot of baldies in this tea party."}

Mr.McCann's coverage....

click here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Win/Win Solution. You're Welcome.

Last night there was a brief discussion about the increasingly complex 5-minute rule and all of the confusion surrounding it - when it really has been 5 minutes and how Pam can clearly let Gary know so that he can cut the visitors off in a timely manner, showing no favor to his paramours.

Well, I think I have come up with a solution that will make everyone happy, especially Nathan Morgan. Gary should only pull the 5-minute rule out when it is completely necessary. And in order to assure said rule is reserved for such dire occasions, I suggest we implement something like this...
Basically abolishing the 5-minute rule except for when we really, really, REALLY need it, because unfortunately those times do exist. But in the end you can take joy in knowing that making the call will hurt Gary more than it hurts you. Se, win/win, like I said.

City Hall Open To Open Records Job Opening

....and if I heard Keff correctly, it pays 56k including benefits. As someone who has never once made an open records request I think I should be eligible to apply....well, except for my lack of clerical skill and my inability to deal with all the record requesting kooks in this city. Oh, no wait! I have both of those. Yeah, I'm definitely a shoe in.
(kooks -n. meaning: my friends - see also: term of endearment)

In related news, Bob Macy of course had something to say about this new open record retriever position, it rambled along the lines of 'but is there a way to figure out EXACTLY how much money it costs us to fulfill these requests for those people?' And while his question took a good 2-3 full minutes to ask, the council basically treated him like a visitor and refused to respond, moving on to another question.

That's one way to put out a fire.

And speaking of fire-what's this about our City Council riding on a fire truck for the Christmas parade this saturday? To me a better use of tax payer money would be something more along these lines...But hey, putting out Macy fires is just as noble a feat I would assume.

So that's what Pete Smith looks like.....


from behind.