Monday, May 4, 2015

CCR/DW 05-04-15 Chuckle This

TO: the Chuckle Brigade

   After much snooping, Dylan Westie, Executive editor and Part-time wordsmith for the CCR, discovered QueenB VDs newest secret and photo op opportunity…she is auditioning for a slot on the Comedy Channel.

   That’s right, chuckle-breath…the Comedy Channel.  Seriously, what other reason would be possible for her to engage in robot-calls pleading for folks to go vote for Tom Spink.  If this doesn’t fit the parameters of being the most outrageous and comical thing she has done this week, then let staff of the CCR know.

   Think about it.  QueenB VD campaigned and promised if she was elected mayor, she would bring her newly revised ethics code to the table to radiate a bright light for city government transparency.  The light would shine so bright citizens would no longer have to worry about single source developers, cronies receiving special deals (even if they had demonstrated ‘conflict of interest’), or the bloated toads (Sugar Daddy pals of the queen) who gave huge sums of campaign cash to elect the best politicians money could buy.  

   Remember all of this?  If you do, then why doesn’t the queen…as all those issues have materialized during her reign?

   Well, QueenB VD must have had a catastrophic lapse in her synapses.  While there are many things wrong with her campaigning for sitting council members, the real rub (or chuckle) today is who she is still campaigning for.  Considering Spinks’ Resumé-gate issues and his not leveling with the voting public for the past decade, how does all this mesh with the queen’s revised ethics code?  What?  It doesn’t?

   (Sadly, the queen sent her latest e-mail epistle, to her ‘special’ mailing list, this morning telling folks to be sure and go vote for Spink and LaMorgese with the following notation: "Enacted a new city ethics policy to help stop the past backroom/crony deals that were so prevalent at City Hall."  The queen can say and print this with a straight face? Are you chuckling now?  Of particular note in this mailing was she failed to mention how Spink and LaMorgese also helped her divide the city over the inane State HB 562 resolution.  Wasn’t that convenient!)

   Did the council recently pass a revised-revised version of the ethics code for QueenB VD to allow for this significant lapse in her judgement?  Do you think ethical behavior should be solely determined by QueenB VD?  Since she doesn’t have a problem with trampling on the city’s ethics code, why are citizens allowing her to do this?  Are honesty and integrity not features in her revised-revised ethics code when it comes to council campaigns?

   Regardless of the spin she puts on this robot-call situation, the city manager should immediately contact the EPA.  The stench of hypocrisy by QueenB VD campaigning for Spink needs to be cleared from the city.

   Finally, staff of the CCR doesn’t believe QueenB VD will get the gig on the Comedy Channel.  After all, her actions in attempting to play mayor and run the city really aren’t comical to the citizens.

………………………….Mark Holbrook

BTW: Dylan had to be taken to the vet after the robot-call from QueenB VD…he had a bruised paw from punching the #2 button on the phone multiple times.  Additionally, he was given a mild sedative to quell the chuckling spasm from even receiving a robot-call call from the queen.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

CCR 05-03-15 Beware the Flying Harpies

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

   How can you tell if a Flying Harpy is really steamed?  Easy!  They begin to flock over their Torofeca pit arming their bombers to unload a steaming pile of utter nonsense on Spinks’ opponent, David Palmer, for the city council Place 8 position.

   Yes, Spink is running for re-election, but doesn’t have much of a platform to stand on unless QueenB VD shares a part of the stage with him.  And we know that isn’t going to happen.  The stage is only large enough for her ego.  

   However, you know it is really bad when QueenB VD lowers the status of mayor of Irving by conducting campaign robot-calls for Spink.  How distasteful is that?  The mayor phoning to elicit support for a candidate, who has cheated the citizens of Irving for years with a fraudulent resumé, just goes beyond the limits of believability.  How impudent.

   Nevertheless, the queen’s Flying Harpy flock has circled around Spink on social media, with her blessing, in an attempt to develop an issue which they believe trumps lying on ones resumé for years on end...as Spink apparently has done.  The Flying Harpies expected plan and result would take the heat off Spink and cause Palmer to go on the defensive. 

   Here’s what voters should really be considering.
   FACT:  Spink’s education claims were voluntarily provided to the DMN, League of Women Voters guide, brochures, pamphlets and other materials ad nauseam.  Not only were some of the claims in these materials fabricated, but the ruse of misinformation was perpetuated and appeared to grow in time…much like Pinocchio’s nose.  
   This, dear readers, was a serious breach of trust, disservice to voters and downright contemptible.  And this is why the Flying Harpies cannot actually defend him on the social media blog.  

Here’s what QueenB VD and the Flying Harpies don’t want voters to consider:
   The pseudo-issue the Flying Harpy flock is promoting just happens to be…wait for it…a simple business production concern which has no bearing on Palmer’s truthfulness, ability to represent the citizens of Place 8, or be a concern in his campaign.
   FACT:  Palmer’s business is required by federal statues to perform and comply as noted in FDA regulations.  His business is often inspected and if there are any issues which require attention or correction, he is notified.  He is then responsible to correct these matters prior to the next inspection.  This is standard and normal for any business in operation which falls under federal guidelines.  
   (Think of a restaurant being notified by the city’s Code Enforcement to correct certain concerns.  The issues are documented, actions are taken to correct and the restaurant goes about its business.  The restaurant is re-inspected and the world continues to spin.  Fairly simple, right?)
   As any rationale person would conclude, after reading the latest report on Palmer’s production practices for his business, he has some minor housekeeping items to address.  And that’s the gist of the report…pure and simple.  Even Merlin the Magician couldn’t turn this non-issue into an issue for a political campaign.
   (To hear one of the Flying Harpy followers whine, the city of Irving might want to consider closing the borders for the safety and welfare of the citizenry.  The attempted ‘panic’ in this post made it sound as if an Ebola epidemic was about to ravish and engulf the city.  Good god!  When will these stooges get real and quit fabricating items and creating fear not even relative to the political process?)

     What all the hysteria promoted on the Flying Harpy blog site demonstrates is these folks will stop at nothing and go to any means to discredit a good, viable and concerned candidate.

   And this is the only option they have...to save their discredited candidate, since they cannot defend what he, Spink, has laid at their doorstep.  After all, Spink has performed his resumé charade for years and there is no conceivable way to wash it down the political drain.

   The Flying Harpy flock, in their attempted and baseless smear campaign, accurately demonstrates a revised version of the old adage with their undying support of Spink: "He may be a liar, but at least he is our liar."

   Another interesting point which could be injected into this attempted smear campaign by the Flying Harpies is what role has QueenB VD actually played in all this?  

   It is well know QueenB VD has endorsed, supported and had several photo ops with Spink.  It is also know she spent $8,500 for ‘consulting services’ after her last campaign.  Some believe the firm she utilized for these ‘consulting services’ also conducts ‘opposition research’ for their clients.

   Did any outside firm or business assist the Flying Harpy flock or QueenB VD in their attempt to discredit David Palmer? 

   As previously mentioned, QueenB VD is pulling out all the stops to ensure Spink and LaMorgese are re-elected.  She needs these two individuals to be there to support her when she brings another inane State resolution, like HB 562, to the council.  The effects of dividing the city with this one issue still echoes today.  Without Spink and LaMorgese, the placating of her Tea sippin’ pals for this divisive resolution would not have passed.

   When one looks at the division QueenB VD has created in our fair city, do voters really want her to continue on this disastrous track by re-electing Spink and LaMorgese?

   If voters are not awake at this stage of the election cycle, this will be your final wake-up call.  Knock the scales off your eyes and help return out city to the citizens…not the special interest concerns, Sugar Daddy donors and single source developers QueenB VD, Spink and LaMorgese have provided with the keys to the city.

   Help change the locks to eliminate malfeasance, misguided principles and malicious political smearing.  Vote for David Palmer and Bill Mahoney.

………………………………….Mark Holbrook


CCR/DW 05-03-15 Baloney

TO: the Chuckle Brigade

   According to one scandalmonger on a local blog, the fact Bill Mahoney, Place 6 Irving City council candidate, provided free hot dogs at the Valley Ranch voting site on Saturday rates right up there with a pedophile offering free candy on a school playground.

   The individual upset with this act of kindness by Mahoney probably would have faulted him had he been distributing loaves and fishes.  It seems some folks just have to find a ‘devil’ to beat in order to thump their chest in self-righteousness.

   Since Dylan’s schedule was rather conflicted Saturday, he was not available to partake of this benevolent act of charity…to reward those who took the time to go vote on a weekend day.  

   (Dylan did offer the below tweet to express his dismay in the characterization of the event.)

   And certainly, one did not have to provide proof of voting for Mahoney before partaking of his expression of gratitude and Angus beef franks.

   As the voting cycle pushes towards election day (May 9), voters would be well informed to remember that giving free hot dogs at a voting site is akin to giving back to the community.  And this is considerably different than Mahoney’s opponent, Brad LaMorgese, who has taken much from the community these past three years.

   LaMorgese doesn’t give back to the voters, he just takes…as in takes all the mega donations from the mayor’s super-rick Sugar Daddy contributors to buy a plethora of large signs and slick brochures to tout accomplishments he has had very little to do with.  He takes these large campaign contributions because the donors only want the best politicians money can buy.

   The one accomplishment LaMorgese can have pride in taking is he followed the mayor’s dictates to assist in dividing the city with the passage of the lame resolution in support of State HB 562.  However, at every turn of the election cycle, LaMorgese attempted to mouth the mayor’s feeble talking points this measure was to "protect" the Constitution…later to only be changed to protecting women’s rights.  Sure! 

   Neither rationale provided any benefit or correlation to Irving’s needs or affairs…other than to divide the city and demonstrate extreme bias and bigotry existed in the minds of those who supported this measure.

   LaMorgese should have served baloney sandwiches at the voting site Saturday along with the feeble rhetoric he intoned to justify his vote on the city’s resolution for State HB 562.

   So, residents of Hackberry Creek and Valley Ranch: Would you rather have a representative who gives back to the community (Mahoney), or one who passes off baloney as prime beef (LaMorgese)?

   The decision is yours…vote wisely, as the future of the city depends on you!  

………………………………Mark Holbrook 



Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 3

Providing free hot dogs @ voting place shows pride. Huge contributions from the mayor’s Sugar Daddy donors shows who is bought and paid for.

Friday, May 1, 2015

CCR 05-01-15 Behind the 8-Ball

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

   There is no doubt that Tom Spink — Irving City council member, Pet Rock for mayor BVD and candidate for re-election — has placed himself behind the proverbial political 8-Ball.  And this positioning, of course, is of his own doing.

   Without going into all the sordid details, Spink has utilized and claimed, on campaign materials and mailings, over the years that he had earned a law degree from an institution he had not attended.  

   While Spink does not want to directly respond to the queries of the DMN reporter, as to the veracity of his claims, until AFTER the election, staff of the CCR believes this matter is too important to withhold from voters.  The matter is serious enough, regarding the potential of falsifying personal achievements, that voters should know BEFORE casting their ballots.

   With this in mind, the CCR dispatched their ace investigative reporter, Dylan Westie, Executive editor and Part-time wordsmith, to conduct an exclusive interview with Spink. 

   To set the pace for the interview, Dylan eased into the real questions on all voters’ minds…why can’t Spink answer the DMNs questions before the election. This is why the initial ‘puff’ questions were asked by Dylan to set the tone for the later ‘hard ball’ ones.  

   Remember, all of Spink’s answers were derived from his use of his Magic Eight Ball©.   

THE Tom Spink interviewbefore election day (May 9th) and before his responding to the DMN after election day:

CCR Exclusive

To receive mayor BVDs undying endorsement, are you required to feed her Flying Harpy flock? 
It is decidedly so.
Is the FaceBook headquarters, for the Flying Harpy flock, being re-named KIBB (Keep Irving Biased and Bigoted)?
As I see it, yes.
If scratched, scathed or bitten by a Flying Harpy on KIBB, does the city’s medical coverage pay for treatments?
Most likely.
During your many years on the council, have you ever said more than three sentences on any one issue?
Better not tell you now.
How often does the mayor call, text or e-mail you to ensure you remember how to vote favorably on her pet issues?
Cannot predict now.
How is the election going?  Has withholding critical information from voters been helpful?
My sources say no.
Should voters know the genuinely stated educational background, as presented by the candidates, before voting?
Signs point to yes.
Over the years spent on the council, have you been totally honest with voters regarding your educational background and qualifications?
Don’t count on it.
Are the terms honesty, integrity and transparency woven into your campaign platform?
(Spink put his Magic Eight Ball down and called the mayor for his response.)
She said that is none of your business.  Next question.
If you could go back, would you respond fully to the DMN questions concerning this issue of potential documentation fabrication?
My reply is no.
Will your reluctance, to answer all questions regarding your actual education background, cost you any votes in your re-election campaign?
Without a doubt. 
Before our final question, I want to thank you for being so forthright and candid.  Truly, more politicians should follow your example — oh wait…they already do.

Do you, in fact, have a law degree/juris doctor from any accredited college/university as you have portrayed during your various campaigns, for elected office in Irving, over the years?
Reply hazy, try again.


   So, there you have it, dear readers.  Magic Eight Ball responses as to why Spink has been hiding in his bunker and not addressing the pressing issues of honesty, integrity and transparency on his resumé and his stated credentials to represent you on the Irving City council.

   After all, it probably means more to Spink to be re-elected than it does to level with the voting public.  

   And if any of this sounds self-serving, self-aggrandizing or egotistical on Spink’s part, one need only remember he has had the best teacher in Irving…mayor BVD.


…………………………….Mark Holbrook


Additional (factual) information: DMN, Avi Selk, 04-29/30-15




Thursday, April 30, 2015

CCR/DW 04-30-15 Education-gate Flunking?

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


Dear Readers:  

   Have the Flying Harpies changed course and removed their protective shields from around the Spink Education-gate controversy?  Why did the Irving blog posting, where an individual ‘fell on the sword’ in defense of Spink, suddenly disappear last evening?  Does Spink still collect his share (split with LaMorgese) of all the Viá Real contributions from QueenB VDs Sugar Daddy supporters who donated during the private "by invitation only" soiree?  Did Spink and LaMorgese each receive a $250 gift card from Viá Real for their blathering at the function?  When will QueenB VD issue a statement regarding the Spink Education-gate fiasco?  Does integrity, honesty and transparency only become important to QueenB VD AFTER the May 9th election?  Will QueenB VD continue to pull out all the stops to see that her two Pet Rocks, Spink and LaMorgese, are re-elected?  Is QueenB VDs Tea sippin’ pals, State reps "Bogus-gate Complaint" Anderson and "Squeaky" Rinaldi, working up another resolution for the city council to pass in support of the Spink Education-gate sham?  Will QueenB VD cancel all photo ops with Spink and pretend that wasn’t her in the earlier brochure editions?  Will the scales fall off voters eyes during early voting and on election day to end the Spink Education-gate saga which has gone on for years and years?  

   With all these questions surrounding the re-election efforts of Spink, Dylan Westie, Executive editor and Part-time wordsmith for the CCR, is beginning to have a touch of tendonitis in his paws. 

   (Do you realize how difficult it is for a canine to type this much Torofeca when politicos play the hide and "I’m not talking about that" game?)

   To ensure readers of the CCR are kept current, this joint report is today’s entry.  Voters should stay tuned.  Who knows what new developments might occur while early voting is happening?

   Dylan promises to stay on top of the Spink Education-gate controversy should there be any breaking news…or confessions.

   Right now, Dylan is checking in with Area 51, near Roswell, NM, to see if maybe any answers to the Spink Education-gate are secreted in one of the captured saucers. 

   And that is about as believable as what was offered on an Irving blog last evening regarding Spink Education-gate.

……………………….Mark Holbrook

Dylan’s Tweets

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Apr 30
Spink’s "statement" on his council resumé controversy channels an old politico: "I did not have sex w/that education institution, LaSalle."


Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Apr 30
When ‘Big Sis’ #myopinionsonlyareright troubled with truth and facts on local Irving blog, all traces deleted. Spink is happy! Censorship?


Additional (factual) details: DMN, Avi Selk, 04-29-15:



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CCR 04-29-15 Torofeca in the Fan

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


   Today’s verse, dear readers, is from 1:CCR 4-29It reads: In the beginning, there was truth.  Then, the primordial soup oozed out lying politicians to curse and snooker the righteous for all eternity…or at least until they failed to be re-elected.

   While staff of the CCR hates to keep beating the educational-Trojan horse council member Tom Spink rides to breech the city hall gates, the apparent fabrication of his educational credentials seems to be growing with the speed of Pinocchio’s nose.  How so?

   Well, Spink will not clear the smog of his educational background until AFTER the election.  And in the meantime, the mayor is dispatching her minions to FaceBook in an effort to quell the turmoil Spink’s lack of fortitude has produced.  And the rationale, backstory and pablum these individuals are pimping just doesn’t seem to be selling.  That’s wrong.  

   The flaky rationale of the queen’s minions on FaceBook is selling…like a regenerated-2015 Edsel, but even less attractive (than the 1958 model) and with the new car aroma of Torofeca.

   With all this going on, it seems as if Spink is more interested in being re-elected than leveling with the citizens to state what the truth of his self-produced education conundrum might actually be.

   Sadly, this educational fiasco has been following Spink’s political career in Irving for years and years, but just now witnessed the light of day.  One has to wonder about how many of Spink’s prior votes on council items and his position taken on various issues might now be questionable.

   Maybe not, since he generally voted as the mayor dictated!  And we all know she is a pillar of transparency. (snicker)  

   For the full story and detail, Irving’s reporter of record for the DMN, Avi Selk, has captured all of the particulars with meticulous detail and undisputed FACTS in the following publication link.  Of significance, in the article, is Spink’s reluctance to set the record straight until AFTER the election.  


   And this, dear citizens, is a shame. A politico duping voters, who expect honesty and integrity in their elected officials, should rank right up there as a capital offense…maybe not just passed off as a typo or proofreading error by a third party extremely loyal to the candidate and mayor.

   (The mayor is heavily invested in the re-election of Spink as he has assisted her in dividing the city when the council passed the resolution supporting the State HB 562 resolution.)

   But then, we will not know the answers to Spink’s educational-fabrication dilemma as he has apparently cut off his political tongue with Occam’s razor.  His tongue will be regrown and his voice is expected to return  on May 10th.  Until then, he will be about as silent on this issue as he is on most other council items.

   To bring slower readers of the CCR  up to speed and for those who do not tweet, the following reflects the busy day Dylan Westie, Executive editor and Part-time wordsmith for the CCR, put in.  The following represents the short versions of what transpired when the Torofeca hit Tom Spink’s fan.

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Dylan’s Tweets


Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Apr 29
Pet Rock Spink cannot remember education background, but never forgets to vote as QueenB (Irving mayor) dictates at 

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Apr 29
Spink's sordid education fabrication tale takes a twist as QueenB VD (Irving mayor) dispatches damage control team to push more Torofeca.

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Apr 29
It’s ridiculous. Spink will not come out of his bunker to explain education fabrications, so a Queen’s minion accepts blame on FaceB. Sure!

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     Previous supporters and potential voters for Spink should really question the upcoming ballot for Place 8 and ask one simple question:  If this individual worked for you and had fabricated details to secure a position in your company, would you really want them to continue to work for you after finding out the truth?  What level of trust would you have in their work?  (Sorry, that was two questions.)

   Perhaps, staff of the CCR doesn’t need to answer those questions.  Native intelligence dictates the work place, elected governmental positions and public trust should only be driven by those demonstrating honesty and integrity. 

   All others need not apply…or run for re-election.

……………………………….Mark Holbrook 
   

Suggestion:  When Spink does finally get around to telling the Irving citizens what his bona fides might be for his educational experiences, would he also release how many bucks QueenB VDs Sugar Daddy donors contributed at the Viá Real campaign slush fund party.  If you recall, Viá Real was having a private soiree, "by invitation only," to suck in money for Spink and LaMorgese’s campaign funds.  (Seriously, these folks only want the best politicians money can buy.) 

   The technicalities of this affair do have the aroma of stepping on a couple Texas Ethics Code issues.  But that’s a subject for another day to check out when the campaign finance reports for Spink and LaMorgese are released.  After all, Viá Real is not registered as a PAC…to the knowledge of the CCR staff. 



CCR: Spink Hides in Queen's Bunker


Does Pet Rock Spink really hope voters will forget about this critical issue of veracity until after the election?  His actions are about as transparent as QueenB VDs.  Apparently, honesty is no longer a qualifier for city council service.  Voters should keep this in mind when casting their ballots!

..................................Mark Holbrook

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Apr 29
Pet Rock Spink cannot remember education background, but never forgets to vote as QueenB (Irving mayor) dictates at: