Thursday, May 19, 2016

CCR 05-19-16 From Prosperity to the Pits

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


   The election is over.  QueenB VD has temporarily banished her Chief of Staff Pet Rock, Brad LaMorgese, to the Tower of Obedience for not delivering the Hackberry Creek voters for former disgraced council member Spink.  His failure resulted in a Pet Rock not being elected to the city council for servitude to the queen.

   Now, QueenB VD will devote her full attention to daily photo ops as she and her highly priced Dallas PR consultant outlines her re-election campaign.  The queen believes she must be re-elected so that she is in a position of perceived authority…for when she bolts to run for a State position in 2018.

   Added to this mix is the queen’s "Dark Money" clones beating the bushes for more bucks to cover the cost of all her luncheon tickets…where she can make an appearance for a photo op.  QueenB VD does not have to know or really care about the groups she is crashing.  Her primary interest is having a photo op, while flipping her mane, in an attempt to appear queenly.

   Perhaps, a quick retrospective of QueenB VDs actual accomplishments during her reign might be in order.  Of course, these feats will not be a part of, or included in the Dallas PR consultant’s "image polishing" package for the queen. 

From Prosperity to the Pits
(The Irving Legacy of QueenB VD)

Dallas Cowboys…gone.
Byron Nelson…gone.
Verizon…approved millions upon millions in perks and tax abatements to utilize in their for-profit development…while they sold out Irving customers to an inept Frontier Communications.
Glenn Beck…a Red Meat TEA-carnivore with a direct line to the Big Guy who mentored and assisted in promoting the queen’s facts fabrication babbling tour regarding Sharia law…which does not and has never existed in Irving.
Rodney "Bogus-gate Complaint" Anderson and Matt "Squeaky" Rinaldi…State representatives who provided the fuel, for the queen to align her city council Pet Rocks, to pass a bogus resolution in support of their State HB 562 which was ludicrous, wrongheaded and created basic fear mongering politics in the city...at its best.
ARK  Entertainment Center…the queen’s back room council hissy fits still attempt to derail or blacken the eye of this developer since her Sugar Daddy handlers didn’t achieve an option to do the project.
OliverMcMillan…the queen’s single source developer which she wants to utilize for the old Texas Stadium site to build a "Las Colinas 1.2" pablum-inspired office complex…with hidden hopes for a tennis pavilion still lingering.
Hines Reality…a new singular developer, who introduced the queen to OliverMcMillan, has already received millions upon millions of infrastructure tax bucks and tax deferrals with the queen’s approval.
Gun Toting Thugs…pronouncements, which were fact fabrications, have caused armed groups to prance around a religious institution in the city in support of the queen’s irresponsible statements made in appearances before Red Meat TEA-carnivore gatherings and on the Glenn Beck program.
KKK…a potential summer visitor to Irving, by a Texas offshoot of this group, is also part and parcel of what the queen has allowed to fester in the city without any apology, or recognition on her part as being the primary cause for these disturbances.
   (These "achievements" must be the "increasing prosperity" which caused the French-American Chamber of Commerce to bestow and "honor" the queen with an "award.")

   Even with all these "achievements," QueenB VD is always attempting to "polish" her well tarnished image so citizens will believe she is working on their behalf and not her self-aggrandizing agenda of self-interest.

   Case in Point:  QueenB VD might have really been embarrassed to enjoy the Byron Nelson opening gala hosted by sponsor AT&T.  So, she dispatched her doppelgänger to register her true sentiments for the start of the golf tournament.

   The following pic reflects the QueenB VD doppelgänger about to jump in her golf cart-carriage to chase down and drive AT&T executives into the rough for stealing the Byron Nelson from Irving during her reign.  

   While the queen will have to take a few penalty strokes for her link actions, she remains consistent in scoring ‘par for the course’ in losing viable ventures for Irving. 

   As the upcoming days pass and you happen to see a myriad of photo ops (especially on the Flying Harpy FaceBook page, or postings on her YouTube video channel) of QueenB VD at a luncheon, or patting little kids on the head, or speaking to another of her Red Meat TEA-carnivore sycophant gatherings, only one thing should be remembered: Promotional utterances and statements of "accomplishments" during her reign are probably fact fabrications designed to spin the reality of what has occurred in Irving over the past seven years.
   Voters will have to decided if they want to re-elect QueenB VD so she can sit on her throne until time to file for a State office, or actually move the city forward, as was done this past election when no Pet Rocks were elected.  

   The past election clearly demonstrated the reign of QueenB VD has finally faltered with more and more voters becoming aware of the damage, to the city, inflicted over the past several years.  This can all be attributable to a vapid leadership style which is self-centered and not responsible to the people of the city.  
   (Cronies, single source developers, "Dark Money" hustlers and Red Meat TEA-carnivores head the list of those who actually garner the queen’s attention.)

   One fact is certain.  QueenB VDs temperament in council executive sessions will continue to demonstrate her attempt to sting and singe those who do not kowtow to her whims and fancies to pad her resumé of failed leadership.  And she will have to monitor her outbursts of browbeating fellow council members during public sessions in order to appear queenly.  

   After all, she will want to appear queenly in order to keep any possible NPD-spikes from occurring while the cameras are rolling.

   While staff of the CCR has used the following quote from a city hall observer before, it seems only proper now to assist in kicking-off QueenB VDs re-election campaign with: The mayor of Irving is a WIMP…Worst Irving Mayor Period.

   Now, that would be a terrific banner for QueenB VDs re-election brochures.  At least, this would not be fact fabricated for deeds she has not accomplished. 

   Stay tuned for additional details on how the queen will spin failure into accomplishments in her trek to seek a higher office…as if our State didn’t already have enough problems.

………………………………..Mark Holbrook





Friday, May 13, 2016

CCR 05-13-16 Info Flash

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


CCR Info Flash

   Allan Meagher has been declared the winner of the Place 2 Irving City council election with a 50.01% margin!!

   This means there will not be a runoff election.

   The only question remaining is will QueenB VDs "Dark Money" cronies spend $2,000+ to keep the discontent and her need for a council Pet Rock before the voting public by calling for a recount of the results.  

   In the general election, Spink only garnered a bit more than 30% of the popular vote.  It is unimaginable to think he could poll enough votes to overcome any deficit with a recount. 

   Early signs now reflect the city council will move forward without QueenB VDs Pet Rock contingency…except for her undying, subservient, and always faithful Pet Rock LaMorgese.  This, of course, assumes Riddle and Ward now realize the fallacy of some of their previous votes in support of the queen’s self-aggrandizing agenda.  Time and future votes will tell!

   The queen is dead mortally wounded. The queen is dead mortally wounded.  Long live the Voters for Irving.

……………………………..Mark Holbrook  





CCR 05-13-16 Loo Remarks

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

"Loo Remarks"

   It was a busy week for Dylan Westie, Executive editor/Part-time wordsmith and Social Media Troll for the CCR.

   Mother’s Day, city elections and wondering when members of the Irving City council contracted the debilitating Crony Capitalism virus.  

   The CDC (Center for Disease Control) later plotted the council’s infection as probably occurring in a smoke filled room with Verizon executives who passed their tainted tin cup around to collect benefits, tax abatements and swag bag incentives.

   Perhaps, the most unfathomable conundrum taxing Dylan’s canine-brain synapses this past week was how State officials were having extreme difficulty deciding which bathroom they should use while touring and meddling in the affairs of local governments.

   The Red Meat TEA-carnivore Pee-tour (Patrick, Paxton and Rinaldi) bus did not have restroom facilities and this made their stops void of grins and smiles.

   With all of the genuine issues facing the State of Texas, one has to wonder what possesses a trio of elected officials to concentrate on a non-issue over real issues. 

   For instance:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has probably spent the entire past six months on the Ted "Lizard Grin" Cruz presidential-lying tour.  Maybe the State doesn’t really need a Lt. Gov. if he has this much free time available from the elected position of serving all citizens of Texas.  Playing best bud to his Red Meat TEA-carnivore pal was not what he was elected to do.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is under indictment for a few of his previous political sins which now have even sparked the interest of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Maybe the ‘ambulance chasers’ representing Paxton advised him to jump on any issue which had nothing to do with finances, stocks and bonds, or campaign contributions to fade the heat.

State Representative Matt "Squeaky" Rinaldi needed a fresh Red meat TEA-carnivore issue, since his mentoring of QueenB VD on the State HB 562 resolution managed to blowup in her face and made her fact fabrications regarding Sharia law go viral.  His actions also assisted in damaging the city’s reputation and opened the door for unsavory thugs to prance around the city carrying guns.

   Yes, those three gob-smacks are really making Texas proud with their Red Meat TEA-carnivore spreading of political discontent, fear mongering, and fact fabrications to obtain photo ops, TV time and appeal to their sycophant base.  Truly sad!
   To capture the hilarity of these elected officials doing everything but their job, Dylan pawed the following tweets:

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 13
Hollywood blockbuster: TX State buffoons Patrick, Paxton & Rinaldi star as the Three Stooges in remake of I. P. Freely’s "On Golden Stream."

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 12
If (the) Red Meat TEA-carnivore brain trust resides in Patrick, Paxton & Rinaldi, Texas is swirling in the latrine of total incompetence. Flush!

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 12
Problem solved: State clowns Patrick, Paxton & Rinaldi should hitch a Port-a-Potty to SUV as they continue their bathroom brawl fiasco tour.

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 10
w/State Red Meat TEA-carnivores Patrick & Rinaldi unable to hold it, where's QueenB VD in bathroom brawl support for her mentors? In line?

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 10
Matt "Squeaky" Rinaldi was standing w/bathroom czar Lt. Gov. Patrick today looking flushed over FW potties. Both can’t hold very much TEA?
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   Finally, staff of the CCR hopes you were able to score tickets ($150 each) to the French-American Chamber of Commerce fete this evening.  QueenB VD will be "honored," "awarded" and flipping her mane while being photographed as she accepts the "prestigious" Alain Bellet whatever plaque.
   Note:  The Alain Bellet award was hatched, named and is given by Alain Bellet, former president of this little known group!  
   If you want to read more about this French farce, then go to the blog for the report designated below for full details.  And be sure to observe the "award" is given to the queen for "increasing prosperity," not divisiveness, fear mongering and fact fabrications she has so graced the city with the past seven years. 
  
   See CCR, 04-03-16, "Pardon, Monsieur," for entire report:  

   Yes, dear readers, the French-American Chamber of Commerce DFW 1(FACC-DFW), on May 13, 2016, will prepare French cuisine for a champagne fete to "honor" the queen. 
   The stated rationale for this award is: "Each year Alain Bellet, Founder of the French-American Chamber of Commerce DFW, gives his award to an individual who has significantly contributed to the increasing prosperity of North Texas."
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   Only in ‘beautiful downtown Irving’ can citizens witness more chicanery, back room deals, and plot twist than the "Game of Thrones" (modeled after QueenB VD?) can create in just one episode. 
   Hopefully, QueenB VD will not imitate the Red Queen and take her necklace off!
   
…………………………….Mark Holbrook




Thursday, May 12, 2016

CCR 05-12-16 Taxing Swag

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

"Taxing Swag"

   Sometimes, staff of the CCR just has trouble understanding the thinking, or supposed thinking, of local city council members.  And the upcoming city council meeting will again cause our cerebral synapses to fry.

   If Irving has what every realtor states is necessary for success (location, location, location), then why does the city council have to drag out the hammer and break the city’s piggy bank to GIVE corporate cronies incentives, benefits, infrastructure, and tax abatements to conduct their business in Irving?

   And remember, those Crony Capitalism perks are at the direct expense of Irving property tax payers.

   All too often, the "pie-in-the-sky" renderings and economic development spin splattered all over the city council causes them to merely ask the potential perk receiver: Would like a scoop of ice cream to make your pie a la mode?  

   This Thursday night, May 12, 2016, is another "Let’s Give You A Deal" session of the Irving City council.  And the corporate crony-recipient is none other than Verizon.  Y’all come on down…the perks are abundant!  
   (All right, stop the booing of Verizon.  Frontier Communications now states everything is in order with the sale and transition from Verizon and only 1% (snicker, snicker, snicker) of their new Texas customer base had issues!  Everything is fine and any problems customers thought they might be having are just in their head.  Actually, how could Frontier’s complaint figures be accurate when many individuals couldn’t even reach or understand a customer service representative to register a concern? )

   Temporarily forget Verizon chunked its Irving telecommunications customers to inept wolves in the dark of night.  Forget the Irving Verizon/Frontier customers were told there would be no changes in billing for services.  Forget Verizon/Frontier related services would be the same as before the sale.  Of course, Verizon/Frontier genuinely believed the new Frontier customer base would also suffer from amnesia!
   (For the Record: Staff of the CCR witnessed a $20.00 increase in cost with no changes in services for their first Frontier billing!)

   However, to the current issue at hand which will cause Irving property tax payers to forget their amnesia and wonder when the city council contracted the Crony Capitalism virus.

   Verizon is planning a new business campus development on the acreage it owns which has nothing to do with its telecommunications business.  And this development venture is a for-profit concern.

   Before the city council even considers a basket of gifts and perks for Verizon, one question should be asked: How long will the Verizon regional office, with all the folks employed in Irving, remain in Irving?  It seems, from previous pronouncements, as if Verizon is remaining in the telecommunications business to serve primarily east coast customers.

   If the city council lavishes tax payer funded perks on Verizon and they later skip town to run their for-profit venture on the east coast, was this the council’s way of giving them a humongous going away gift?

   Concerning the perks perversion the council is considering, Verizon is not the only corporate crony in this "Let’s Give You A Deal."  Part of the package includes Pioneer Natural Resources which will be a major tenant in Verizon’s planned for-profit development.

     Before the council, for approval, are Resolutions 34-35 which will give Verizon a tax abatement agreement of 75% of real property taxes and 75% of personal property taxes for a 10-year relief period.  WOW!

   When will the city council address infrastructure reimbursement cost, which were originally part of the perverted perk package, with Verizon?

   But hold on!  The city council will be throwing even more of your tax money around.  There will also be an "economic incentive" granted to Pioneer for over $2M just to show how generous the council can be if Pioneer leases the space from Verizon in the new office building.

   Of course, there are a couple of stipulations which Verizon and Pioneer should meet during the terms of these agreements, but really, will anyone actually provided the follow-up to ensure the benchmarks are met with audit certainty?

   To spare a bit of redundant typing, read the following Dallas Morning News article by Steve Brown who outlines what is currently know about the Verizon sweetheart deal.  Of course, what the council will approve could be even more generous…once the smoke clears from the rooms where folks have huddled to hammer out all of the tax payer funded and swag bag gifting behind closed doors.


And if you are convinced Frontier is currently doing a fantastic job in Irving, then the following column should put those feelings to rest while Verizon pockets your tax bucks.


   When will the city council and city administration put together a "swag bag" for residents to ensure streets, drainage, police and fire personnel and equipment are not continuously on the back burner, or experiencing delayed implementations due to the millions upon millions gifted to crony capitalist who make profits on tax payer funds?
  
   Can't these businesses make it without being on the government dole?


……………………………….Mark Holbrook



Friday, May 6, 2016

CCR 05-06-16 Gunna' Vote?

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


   Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, 2016, is election day.  If you have not voted early, this begs the question: Are you prepared to vote tomorrow?

   The city’s ship of state can only be righted and placed on an even keel, which will better serve the citizens of Irving, if you vote responsibly.  And to end the divisiveness, created by the mayor and two of her low information puppets, LaMorgese and Farris, the responsible way to vote is: 

City Council

Place 1  John Danish

    Place 2  Allan Meagher

Place 7  Kyle Taylor 

IISD

District 5  Lee Mosty

   In previous reports, staff of the CCR has reflected why the above candidates should be elected. 

   This report will note why Tom Spink, Emanuel Lewis and Loren Byers should not be elected.

   The genesis for this rationale could boil down to: Red Meat TEA-carnivore leanings and pledged allegiance to the current mayor.  These two reasons are instrumental in the divisiveness the mayor has created and perpetuated in the city.  From the inane city council passage of the resolution for State HB 562 to the undying fidelity to Ted "Lizard Grin" Cruz and the babbling of Glenn Beck, the mayor and her sycophant followers have managed to create an environment the city has never before experienced.

   Additionally, the mayor has two of the current elected council members (LaMorgese, Farris) actually campaigning against a sitting council member, Allan Meagher.  This, too, is a first in the city when sitting council members endorse a candidate against another sitting council member.  Unbelievable!

   How does LaMorgese, who will be on the council after the election, ever expect to have a unified city council when he lends his name in support of a disgraced former council member, Spink, who has yet to accurately note why he fabricated facts concerning his education background on previous campaign mailings?

   Of course, LaMorgese has probably been coached by the mayor to take this action on her behalf.  After all, she is attempting to polish her image for an upcoming (2017) re-election campaign…before she runs for a Texas legislative seat.  Farris, on the other hand, did not run for re-election so he has no valid excuse. 

   The mayor has also depended on Byers to carry her water, especially, when the State HB 562 was splitting the city.  He spoke in favor of this measure as well as other self-interest concerns (Red Meat TEA-carnivore credos) the mayor has attempted to promote. 

   Regarding Lewis, his background, credentials and recognizable ability to be a council member still remains clouded and unknown.  He babbles the tired rhetoric, which tends to emulate Red Meat TEA-carnivores, and he would probably like nothing better than to be subservient to the mayor.  Issues he pops and posts on social media have little or nothing to do with Irving which should tell readers something about his innate abilities.

   As usual, voter turnout in Irving this election will be paltry.  And this is equally sad for such a vibrant city.
   (If all registered voters who have complained about city government, pot holes and cronyism all voted, Irving might hit the 87% mark for voter participation.  Instead, the city will probably max out at 9%) 

   While the mayor and her sycophant followers are attempting to placate cronies, "Dark Money" directors and donors, single source developers, plus Red Meat TEA-carnivores, especially those in the northern section of the city (Hackberry Creek in particular) by pimping for Spink, Irving, as a whole, will witness more divisiveness should the mayor’s slate be elected.

   The only suggestion staff of the CCR could offer is: VOTE! 

   Now is the time for citizens to recognize that the past seven years have been untenable and the city has suffered in the process…regardless of all the photo ops, Red Meat TEA-carnivore speaking engagements and self-indulgent political aspirations the mayor has promoted.  

   And sadly, the mayor has steadfastly relied on LaMorgese, Farris and Spink to assist her in these endeavors.

   Shouldn’t the Irving City council representatives be attuned to Irving concerns and not promulgating the dogma of a national political group…Red Meat TEA-carnivores?  Hasn’t this been the root cause that has marked the mayor’s self-interest actions by embarrassing the city on a worldwide scale?

   VOTE Saturday.  VOTE responsibly.  And know when your do VOTE for Danish, Meagher and Taylor, you will be taking the first step to helping restore Irving as the city it really should be!


…………………………………Mark Holbrook

   

Friday, April 29, 2016

CCR 04-29-16 Frontier #2 - Update

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


"Frontier #2 - Update"

    Update To: CCR 04-28-16 "An Open Letter"
   Since posting the above noted report, additional information and complaints have been received by staff of the CCR, regarding the sale of Irving’s Verizon communications system to Frontier Communications.

  1.  A slight mistake was made in the above referenced report.  The report stated Verizon: "sold their e-mail system to AOL."

   Actually, Verizon purchased AOL for a reported $4+B.  
    (For any low information folks who have had this report forwarded to them, the "B" stands for billion!)

   At a city council meeting last evening, the Irving City council amended the proposed Verizon Planned Unit Development concept for their for-profit business campus.  However, the approval of this amendment requires Verizon to return to the council with additional details and plans concerning the new aspects which include Transit-Oriented-Development (read: DART?)
   (Will these required changes increase the bucket of funds the city is considering to shovel Verizon’s way?) 

   However, there is still not any information available to the general public as to what concessions the council is considering to reimburse Verizon for infrastructure cost or tax deferrals which might be granted.  Nor, has a specific amount been published as to what these concession cost would be.

   Whatever the cost, the funds to reimburse Verizon will come from property tax bucks.

   Does it seem as if Verizon is lifting a page from one of the presidential play books?  Does Verizon consider Irving tax payers to be in the upper 1% and funds should be granted and forked over for their proposed development in order for citizens to "Feel the Bern?" 

   Do you believe Verizon, with $4+B, in loose change to spend on AOL, depleted all liquid funds to support their for-profit development in Irvingwhich, in no way, is related to their previous telecommunications business in the city?

   Does Verizon actually warrant the good graces of Irving tax payers for the bungled telecommunications system (read: Frontier Communications) now plaguing the city as a result of their sell-out?  Doesn’t it appear Frontier seems to be incapable of handling such a large endeavor?

   When will the full details of what any ‘smoke-filled room’ discussions or other private meetings with Verizon personnel, which probably have been conducted, reveal just how much Irving tax payers will be on the hook to support Verizon’s for-profit development venture, in the city, should the council move forward with these freebies?

   2.  With additional complaints, regarding Frontier’s poor customer service and problems Irving citizens continue to identify, since the above report was posted, the only way this issue will move forward to curing is by citizens having problems with Frontier also contact Irving City council members and the city administration.

   The poor service issues have been ongoing for too long for there not to have involvement by those who should be looking out for citizens best interest…that would be the city council and city staff.  
   (And if you know someone who does not receive the CCR, forward this report to them for their participation.)

   Since the staff of the CCR cannot actually resolve you concerns, send your comments, Frontier customer service frustration-grievances, and problems to:

Beth Van Duyne
(972) 898-7500 2017
Oscar Ward
(469) 704-8479 2017
Brad LaMorgese
(214) 460-1990 2018
Gerald Farris
(972) 554-1810 2016
Phil Riddle
(469) 781-7176 2018
David Palmer
(214) 557-8406 2018
John Danish
(972) 554-5060 2016
Allan Meagher
(972) 313-0909 2016
Dennis Webb
(214) 490-9749 2017
Chris Hillman  (City Manager)
(972) 721-2600
chillman@cityofirving.org


…………………………..Mark Holbrook