Sunday, August 31, 2014

CCR/DW 08-31-14: Pics and Pettiness

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

Here’s what you recently missed by not following: 
Dylan Westie   @DylanWestie1  on Twit-er.

QueenB: Out-of-town or Ill? Maybe sudden acute attack of PPP (Political Pettiness Personified) caused no-show at ARK gala. Send get well cards to @IrvingMayor! Prayers not necessary!

MH

PostScript:  A terrific write-up of the ARK groundbreaking and event is noted on the following link.  


After reading the article, it seems as if the mysterious "out of town" adventure for QueenB VDs non-attendance lacks ‘transparent’ resolution.  If anyone has a direct line to the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies, perhaps she might spill the beans if promised two serfs and peons, who did not favor the queen’s bogus ethics policy revision, for her Tower of Obedience


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Friday, August 29, 2014

CCR/DW 08-29-14: ARK Floats

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

Here’s what you recently missed by not following: 
Dylan Westie   @DylanWestie1  on Twit-er.

QueenBs missing ARK gala & "out of town" due to directives from campaign sugar daddy contributors? Makes sense @ http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2013/august/will-irving-mayor-beth-van-duyne-sink-her-city … So sad!

MH

PostScript:  While not interested in the private life of QueenB VD and seeing how her flock of Flying Harpies has yet to acknowledged the fact she will be "out of town" for the grand dedication of the ARK Irving Music Factory in the Entertainment Center on Saturday, the above article link just might provide the foundation for her non-appearance.  Some of her major contributors were not pleased that ARK was going to be awarded the development contract and had the queen in place to throw monkey wrenches, sand and blather in the discussions in an attempt to scuttle the proposal.  (Remember, this was not the queen’s single source developer like her Tennis Center developer, OliverMcMillan)  Thankfully, even some of the Pet Rocks saw through the queen’s political charade and tomorrow the dirt will fly in the air, libations will be served and the queen’s absence will not even be noted.  It will be amazing for all Irving attendees to see a spotlight so bright on an event…without the queen striking her infamous Hollywood-ish photo op pose while flashing her pearly whites!  Next question.  Isn’t it time for citizens to become actively involved in a royal junta?  MH 

PSS:  DMN, Avi Selk, 08-30-14 
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/irving/headlines/20140829-after-years-of-delays-irving-entertainment-center-ready-to-party.ece

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

CCR/DW 08-28-14: Ribbon Chuckle

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

Here’s what you recently missed by not following: 
Dylan Westie   @DylanWestie1  on Twit-er.

Avi Selk @aviselk Aug 28
Most council folk hope to make Sat. groundbreaking party for Irving Music Factory/Alamo. Mayor, who opposed project, will be out of town


Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Aug 28
@aviselk
What, missing big photo op? Didn’t demand laptop wire-in like Missouri trip? Pet Rock-in-Charge read tepid statement w/o laughing?!

MH

PostScript:  When something is so obvious, it becomes comical.  And in this case, the laugh is on QueenB VD.  The above Dylan Westie tweet is a reply to the DMN reporter’s tweet concerning the big gala for the Entertainment Center this weekend.  And as he noted, the queen will not be in attendance!  One shouldn’t be surprised, since she has not favored the developer ARK…they were not her single source developer — like her Texas Stadium developer, OliverMcMillan — to do this project.  To be "out of town" for something that has been on the docket for months, anticipated for years and coming to fruition this weekend only demonstrates the ‘smallness’ of the queen in matters that she is not invested in.  (Reminds the CCR of a grade school bully who doesn’t like the rules and takes his football home.)  The more we think about this slight by the queen, the more we have to believe she might have a well defined medical condition dealing with her personality.  Or at least a terminal case of the ‘meme’ syndrome.


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CCR 08-28-14: Ouija Budgeting

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”


     Question: What does Nero, Obama and QueenB all have in common?  Answer: Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Obama leaves the golf course for a fund raiser while the Middle East implodes; and QueenB sips Tea after her tennis match before attempting to torch the 2014 - 2015 city budget!

     How is this possible?  Well, staff of the CCR believes that a minor in budget reading from the University of Photo Ops really doesn’t qualify one to delve into the complicated financial affairs of a city’s budget unless there happens to be a self-serving, ulterior motive involved.  Quite possibly, this might be the real reason behind the queen’s latest political charade.

     Wanting to have a ‘gold star’ stuck on her dismal political-report card (Remember the D- on the ethics policy farce?), QueenB VD blasted another e-mail to her serfs and peons.  In this latest fluffy-puffy, self-aggrandizing note, the queen consulted her regal Ouija board and pronounced that all the $$signs had aligned requiring her to promote, push and pimp an ill-conceived plan of reducing the city's tax rate. 

     And why is her limited logic on this topic so flawed?  As many reasons exist, here are just a few items which rational thinkers, who have more astute backgrounds, believe why the city tax rate for 2014-2015 should remain the same at $0.598600:

  • The interim city manager and new city manager have finally identified many of the pitfalls, shifting of funds and less-than-transparent special projects the former city manager left behind.
  • Proper fund allocations need to be addressed now for roads, water, sewer, sanitation and other vital services (police and fire) which citizens not only require today, but will be even more critical five years from now.
  • The budget presentations by city staff at the city’s budget retreat professionally explained and demonstrated why the current effective tax rate should be maintained to eliminate having to pay significantly larger amounts for required maintenance and services in the next five years.  (Maybe the queen was texting some of her sugar daddy contributors at this time and didn’t hear these statements of financial exigency!)
  • Finagling funds between budget categories for a personal agenda is no way to steer the ship of state. (i.e.: Utilizing hotel tax money to supplement the black hole of spending for the Music Museum when Economic Development funds are available is apparently acceptable to the queen.  Does she fail to fully recognize and understand the hotel tax funds are already dedicated for the city's Historical Museum?) 
  • Catering to Las Colinas developer demands with General Fund monies while negating long established citizen needs in other parts of the city.  (Improving south Irving with a recreational center would do wonders for ‘beautiful downtown Irving’ even if it eliminated some developer-requested freebie incentives.)
  • In an ‘official’ consensus vote at the budget retreat, eight of the nine council members were not aligned with the queen in considering a tax rate reduction.  (She might have missed this while texting special developer pals to see when the photo op would be for a ribbon cutting.  Wonder why she didn’t publish the names in her e-mail of the eight who did not vote to support her tax rate reduction plan…similar to how she published the names of those who voted against her ethics policy?)

     Perhaps, another reason for the queen wanting a tax rate reduction is for when OliverMcMillan returns to the council, she will have ‘crowing privileges’ for shifting a few bucks around in a budget category.  This shift, she would pronounce, should immediately be diverted to fund her Tennis Center on the old Texas Stadium site.  But then, wouldn’t that be cynical thinking…and who, other than the staff of the CCR, believes the queen operates in cynical, devious and mysterious political ways?

     Regardless of QueenB VDs ulterior motives for her latest political scam, she believes by blasting e-mails all over the city demonstrates leadership.  (Some have indicated the e-mails are occurring in their In box as frequent as spam ads for Viagra!)  

     And as usual, a closer review of her latest fluffy-puffy piece offers no detail, no rationale worthy of consideration and certainly no explanation of need to alter the course just plotted by those with more experience, understanding and commitment to the Irving citizenry.

     Sadly, she even has some of her Kool-Aid-sipping harpies extolling the virtues of why the city’s tax rate should be reduced…because the IISD just reduced their rate!  Unbelievable how such shallow the thinking is by individuals to even frame the budgets, services and needs of two dissimilar entities together in the same sentence.  Attempting to do so only happens if the gene pool of the queen’s harpies is scorched by the August sun…drying up the pool of cognitive thinking. 

     But then, while blindly following QueenB VD, her loyal harpies do not need to think or have a full gene pool, as she has already done all the thinking for them.  All her subjects need to do is spout the spin and talking points she has provided.  

    While on the topic of blindly following the queen, the most interesting aspect of all this will be the actions of the queen’s Pet Rocks.  Will the Pet Rocks, like lemmings, automatically dive off the cliff of financial irresponsibility for the queen?  Or will they heed the more experienced and professional advice of those with a better grasp on the financial reality and health of the city?  

     Citizens had best hope city maintenance workers are not called to city hall to clean up lemming splatter.  This would really be a travesty and the future tax bills to pay for this financial clean up, promoted by the queen, would be steep!

     Staff of the CCR would post the queen’s e-mail address for you to advise her of your concerns, but we quickly remembered the queen only listens to herself.  We are starting to think this could be a medically defined condition.  Your thoughts?

…………………..Mark Holbrook

PostScript:  Considering all the past reports written, this represents the first instance where the CCR staff has not been in favor of reducing the city’s tax rate.  However, this was an easy exercise this time considering the years the city was controlled by the Lubbock Mafia with their mismanagement of city budgets, priorities and personnel.  Today, one can see a positive light at the end of the city’s financial tunnel only if the road is not block by the self-serving attitude of a mayor who has only one agenda on the table…herself and photo ops!  Sorry, that’s two items.
     


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CCR/DW 08-26-14: Cut e-Mail Instead

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

Here’s what you recently missed by not following: 
Dylan Westie   @DylanWestie1  on Twit-er.

QueenB not hear CM & others $$ concerns for next five years @ budget retreat? Leftover $$ problems to address not favorable for tax cut!

MH

PostScript:  Would someone take QueenB VDs e-mail privileges away?  Sending out her latest e-mail blast and plea to serfs and peons, she wants an NPD-tax cut.  Funny, everyone else (including the eight other council members) at the city’s budget retreat heard the city manager and other staff members reflect how previous financial issues would at least require the current tax rate to remain intact.  Otherwise, the city would have to pay for the shortfall later.  If the Pet Rocks follow her in this financial folly, then citizens will later have to pay heavily for her wanting to score ‘gold stars’ on her dismal political report card.  Staff of the CCR would normally support a tax rate decrease, but after hearing the unvarnished status of the city’s budget, now is not the time for this ill-advised action!  MH 


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Monday, August 25, 2014

CCR Short List: Tangled Cable

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

Here’s what you recently missed by not following: 
Dylan Westie   @DylanWestie1  on Twit-er.

Usurpation? Did QueenB VD avoid council consent by signing a letter to the FCC supporting Comcast/Time Warner creating a near-monopoly for cable service?

MH

PostScript: If not done with the consent of the council, then this just might be another queenly edict.  Regardless, her signature infers the city supports the merger of Comcast and Time Warner.  And how would she even know this?
   The short article and letter (in paragraph two, click on ‘signed letter’) to the FCC is found at the following link:



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CCR 08-25-14: Letters and Critics

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”


     Staff of the CCR sometimes chuckles at the queries received from readers of the report.  While we attempt to respond to all questions and comments, some correspondence just deserves a wider viewership.

     With that in mind, here are some notes which should answer several burning questions on the minds of those who may not have not written.  (And why haven’t you?)  Enjoy…we do!

Dear Mark:
It seems as if CCR reports dwell on the negative aspects of city government and, as you say, "cat kicking" aspects of  issues and politics in Irving.  Do you know how to write anything nice and fluffy about the city?  What about some of the really good things happening in Irving?
Unicorns Are Real (Not real name)

Dear Unicorn:
   Fluff.  What fluff?  We don’t need no stinking fluff.  (Sorry, just had to channel Cheech.)  You are correct in that the ratio of fluffy pieces to ‘cat kicking’ for the CCR is about 137:1(And we are still wondering why we wrote the one fluffy piece.)  

   Look, the Dallas Morning News (Deborah Fleck, Avi Selk, Elizabeth Knighten, et al. do a fantastic job of documenting, reporting, and advising citizens about all the good things and events happening in Irving.  Why would we even attempt to duplicate this excellence? 

   The local political stew is what we prefer to prepare and stir.  And this is what the CCR attempts to do for its readers.  Think about it this way:  

   Unless the political stew is cooked to perfection (a non-achievable goal) and tasty to all concerned, it remains an accumulation of egotistical-mixed vegetables and tough self-serving beef.  And just consider what a batch of political stew would be like if the entire city council reflected true and honest leadership, no hidden agendas, genuine transparency, smaller egos, and actual citizen interests at heart.

   Until the proper seasoning is added (political commentary) to the mix and the imperfect vegetables and chewy beef removed, the stew will always have the gamey flavor of special interest concerns, sugar daddy contributors and freebie concession-seeking developers spoiling the batch.

   Additionally, the CCR provides a few wordsmithing herbs and spices to the stew to offset the high pitch screeching of Flying Harpies, photo-obsessed-faux leadership and the blind following of Pet Rocks to the queen’s diktats.  If you prefer our political stew as served, fine.  

   If not, follow the blathering heard at council meetings, or the caustic comments posted on social media blogs.  Of course, this type of serving will tend to neutralize your political-reality taste buds.     

Dear Mark:
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed how the mayor appears to be very disrespectful of her colleagues when they are taking a position opposite hers.  If they challenge her actions or comments, she seems very offended and put off.  Is this really leadership?  Shouldn’t both sides of an issue be discussed and debated without having to face the mayor’s steamroller of discussion quashing?
Flat and Angry (Not real name) 

Dear Flat:
   Bingo!  You have noticed just one of the dismal traits that define the current leadership crisis at city hall…the queen mayor.  While the CCR has consistently noted how issues have to be the queen’s mayor’s idea or initiative for her to be invested in its concern, her attitude for opposing viewpoints carries a very low tolerance rate.  Two recent examples could be ARK and the convention center hotel which she has poked and prodded to the chagrin of those attempting to make these projects future beacons for Irving’s progress in the urban center.  And just listen to her comments (registered at the city’s budget retreat) attempting to delay the city’s long overdue historical museum in favor of an over funded and destined to be financial black hole — the music museum!

   Those speaking in favor of the city’s historical museum were not only tongue lashed with condescending verbiage, but severely injured by all the mane flips.    

   It would be helpful if you also kept your eye on one of the queen’s mayor’s Pet Rocks fellow council members, LaMorgese.  To fade some heat, the mayor may have provided him with scripted talking points to push and promote some of her agenda items or concerns to move a specific program forward.  This method of meeting subterfuge makes the discussion appear the mayor is not involved or the primary focal point.  

   But then, what good is a Pet Rock council co-dependent for if they cannot follow the queen’s mayor’s prescribes?

   The short answer to you original question is: No, it isn’t just you noticing this trait in the queen mayor.

Dear Mark:
Just who is the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies you keep referring to in your reports?  Is this person really a cyber terrorist on local blogs?  Seriously, does she really have steel talons and a forked tongue?  
Curiously Scared (Not real name)

Dear Curiously:
   We would really like to tell you who the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies might be, but we’ll take the safe route of literary self-protection.  Our aversion, to verbal water boarding in the queen’s mayor’s Tower of Obedience, is strong. 

   While not a genuine public figure, this individual clamors for the public eye…often flying over and attacking those with opinions opposite what her master (the queen mayor) might dictate.  (No independent thinking here.)  

   Many have felt the sharp stab of her steel talons and could attest this individual has no qualms or reservations about making pronouncements on any and every issue concerning the city.  

   Scruples and common decency are not strong suits for her flying harpy attacks.  And certainly, ladylike verbiage often falls short when denigrating, as she sips Tea, those with opposing viewpoints.

   Perhaps, the best way to handle this mystery is to have CCR readers submit names for their choice of who the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies might be.  

   The harpy receiving the most votes will be announced and you can use this name when reading future exploits of the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies.  (See a pic of the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies in the 08-17-14 report on the CCR blog.)

     Well, dear readers, that’s enough ‘normal’ wordsmithing for this posting.  Thanks for the questions and concerns.  "Keep those cards and letters coming" as the questionably sober Dean Martin might have intoned.  Without realizing it, some of your prior comments have actually sparked ideas for reports…and that’s a good thing!  (But we will not tell anyone that you did.  You probably wouldn’t like to be verbally water boarded in the queen’s Tower of Obedience, either)

     And remember…if you should observe a cat that hasn’t been kicked, or kicked hard enough, let us know.  We’ll do our best to provide this service for you and spare you the wrath of the Mother Superior of Flying Harpies swooping down to claw your eyes out or break your blog posting fingers.

……………………….Mark Holbrook