Saturday, September 27, 2014

CCR/DW 09-27-14: Don't Buy Imitations

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

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

Holy Holstein, Mark. Reader sent Bull Filter to compete w/CCRs Torofeca Filter. No match. CCRs is digital, WiFi and has photo app! 
Embedded image permalink

MH

PostScript: Oftentimes, readers of the CCR amaze the staff with their attention to detail and letting us know what is on their mind.  Imagine how surprised we were when the above Bull Filter was given to us at a coffee shop gathering.  Of course, the gesture is super nice, but we would recommend the reader trade-in their old model and obtain the CCRs digital, WiFi adaptable w/photo app included on the Torofeca Filter.  
   For the completely uninformed, a Torofeca Filter is used by citizens to filter all the inane/condescending comments of a politico and translate them into what is really being said.  In essence (no pun intended), the filter separates reality from the unadulterated bull ‘hockey’ uttered by the politico. 
   Staff of the CCR should point out that neither Google or Webster’s dictionary reflects a definition for torofeca.  The reason for this is simple...we coined the term.  To assist the word impaired, we offer this flimsy explanation: toro = bull; feca = feces.  We are confident that you now understand -- in a polite sense -- what several of our local politicos have been spreading in the city when it comes to personal agendas...political torofeca

Legal Disclaimer at:  http://controversialcommittee.blogspot.com   

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CCR/DW 09-24-14: Elections Needed With Autocracy?

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

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

Silence = Consent? Council members mute on Open Letter re: QueenB (mayor of Irving) signs for Time Warner/Comcast monopolistic merger. Autocracy rules?

MH

PostScript:  To be fair about this particular tweet, the CCR is not a recognized newspaper or media outlet that can essentially demand a response to anything.  
   However, one might anticipate that when the Queen ventures outside her realm and affixes her signature to a letter for the monopolistic merger of Time Warner/Comcast without city council authorization or approval, shouldn’t at least one of the eight council members be upset?  Nay, a bit ticked off.
   Unless council members individually discussed this issue, in private with the queen or in executive session, then voters are not realizing the full measure of their elected council representatives.  The queen’s signature, in support of the merger on behalf of the city, infers the full force, effect and consent of the council as weighing in on this issue.
   Irving cable subscribers should anticipate that this merger could create the proper atmosphere for higher rates should the FCC approve the request by Time Warner/Comcast.
   Since the CCR apparently doesn’t have the ear of the council, maybe they would enjoy hearing from a few Irving cable subscribers.  Just a thought.
   Following is the letter (not previously sent to CCR readers) requesting council responses:

September 13, 2014
TO: Irving City Council Members
Brad LaMorgese
Gerald Farris
Tom Spink
Oscar Ward
John Danish
Dennis Webb
Allan Meagher
Joe Putnam

FR: Mike Howard

cc: Beth Van Duyne, City Manager, City Secretary

SUBJ: Commitment of the City of Irving to Potential Cable Merger

     A recent CCR report (9-7-14) discussed the potential merger between Time Warner and Comcast cable companies being considered by the Federal Communications Commission.  The impact of this merger could have a chilling effect on cable subscribers in Irving.  
     While the mayor has stated her position (by signing a letter, with fifty-one other mayors, as provided by the US Conference of Mayors) for this merger on behalf of the city, it is only fair to inquire: As an elected member of the city council, do you agree with the position the mayor has taken as representing the city of Irving and your interest?
     It is understood there has been no discussion and the council was not polled regarding this issue prior to the mayor signing on behalf of the city.
     Please reply directly to this e-mail with your responses.  The information will be accumulated, compiled and included in a report to the CCR readership list.  As tax payers and cable subscribers, citizens need to know where their elected officials stand on an issue of this magnitude which effects their personal income and Internet communications freedom.

Do you support the merger of the Time Warner and Comcast cable companies?
Yes / No
Comments:
Do you believe there should be Net Neutrality for all Internet users regardless of service provider?*
Yes / No
Comments:
Should the entire council have voted on a matter of this importance prior to the city being committed to a defined position by virtue of the mayor’s singular endorsement?
Yes / No
Comments:

     It would be helpful to have all responses returned by September 19, 2014.  Lack of providing a response will reflect a "No Comment" as being noted for your position on this issue when a follow-up CCR report is produced.
     In the interim, this open letter will be posted to the CCRs blog.

NOTES:
Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks.  ("Save the Internet," FreePress, http://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home )



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Friday, September 19, 2014

CCR/DW 09-19-14: One Lump, Please

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

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

1)  QueenB [a.k.a. mayor of Irving] wanted a one and a half cent tax rate decrease...didn't get it. Her Pet Rocks reduce rate only 1/2-cent. Will suffer her wrath later!

2)  QueenB [a.k.a. mayor of Irving] upset w/Pet Rocks not approving her full tax rate decrease. Heads will roll, wrath will be severe! 


(Is QueenB addressing her Pet Rocks a violation of the OMA?)

MH

PostScript: All hell, the important impotent queen!  
     Well, this went rather badly for the queen and her Tea sipping pals.  Unable to corral her Pet Rocks, she is probably depressed and distraught she couldn’t fully cripple the city’s finances with her preposterous tax rate reduction plan of $0.015.  Early word is her Tea sipping pals have restricted her to just one lump of sugar in her future tea servings…until she can regain control.

     But wait, the Pet Rocks should be very leery…her memory for vengeance and retribution is long and strong.  (One council member can already attest to this.) 

    While the bumbling Pet Rocks of the city council did succumbed to a 1/2-cent tax rate reduction, the reality is this was not what the queen wanted.  Nay, demanded!

     And what does this 1/2-cent rate reduction mean to the average tax payer?  Nothing!  The differential of taxes due will not even register on tax statements as a result of increased appraised values this year.  

     What does the rate reduction mean for the viability of the city?  Plenty!  This rate reduction reduces the city budget by about $900,000.  These funds would have allowed: the dire needs of the fire department to be met, ICTN programming to continue without change, a south Irving recreational center developed and other important citizen’s requests and obligations.  

     Instead, the citizenry has been severely short changed…with even issues of public safety not being met with this rate reduction.  While foregoing the sound advice of the city manager and staff, the queen and Pet Rocks even managed to dig their money grubbing paws into the pilfering of funds from the city’s Historical Museum to plow into the future financial black hole of the Texas Musicians Museum.

     Finally, staff of the CCR wishes Chief PR-LaMorgese a speedy recovery.  It appears he was having breathing difficulties resulting from nose placement while parroting the queen’s talking points on why the tax rate should be reduced.  If only he could have tweeted this important information — unlike his work session activities of tweeting random information — as to who made this pledge: ‘When the city has addressed the recession issues, the council will reduce the tax rate.’

     Name please…and Tommy Gonzalez doesn’t count.  After all, he is part and parcel of why city budgets had to be increased this year to restore the draconian cuts, personnel shifts and diversion of funds for his personal pet projects.  (A fact the queen conveniently overlooks!)

     Under the interim city manager and the new city manager, these issues had been addressed only to witness the queen and Pet Rocks disregard sound fiscal advice and projected infrastructure needs to score political points and exercise their Lilliputian brain synapses.

     The next financial calamity, in the city, will occur when the queen brings her single source developer (OliverMcMillan) back to the council for the Pet Rocks to approve her Tennis Center on the old Texas Stadium site
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     Will the Pet Rocks be back in appeasement and co-dependency form by then? 

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P.S. Kudos to the three non-Pet Rock council members who voted against the tax rate reduction and budget.  Apparently, they understood what the queen and Pet Rocks could not fathom...sound information and advice.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CCR 09-18-14: She Said/He Said

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


     Sometimes, QueenB VD and members of her Pet Rock collection just grace citizens with Xmas presents in September.  And the recent dust-ups regarding the 2014-2015 budget and the uncalled for tax rate reduction were just the ribbons tied to these gifts.

     Perhaps a new adage is in order: "Never have so few given so much while screwing up so badly."

     If you really want to know what your local politico is thinking on these issues, just read their quotes (crafted for inflating their ego) in a DMN article.1  (Warning: If you do not own a Torofeca filter,2 then you will not understand the true meaning of what their Lilliputian brain synapses were transmitting.)

     With this in mind, let’s take a look at how some of the parties involved in the debate, over the tax rate reduction and inclusion of pet project expenditures, faired when their statements were passed through the CCRs Torofeca filter.

     And as you wade through these responses, readers should remember one thing: Irving has a City Manager/City Council form of government, not a Strong Mayor/City Manager form.  Of course, QueenB VD doesn’t subscribe to this theory…as evidence of all her past actions, demands and queenly prancing about town.  (In fact, she was recently spotted in ‘beautiful downtown Irving’ exhibiting her Hollywood-ish pose for a photo op.)

“These are all guesses.  I make my guess based on historical factors instead of sticking my finger in the wind.”  QueenB VD (a.k.a. mayor of Irving)
Based on this comment, QueenB VD should write a book.  Staff of the CCR would offer a suggestion for the title: "The Audacity of Stupid Comments."  It really takes an ego of the queen’s proportion to believe she, with unknown "consulting" abilities, has a better grasp for running a city over the many years of dedication and experience of a city manager who selected this profession as a career choice.  For the queen to believe otherwise, or even think the city manager and staff use an Ouija board to inform the council is not only preposterous, but represents very shallow thinking.  Even ludicrous is not a strong enough word to attach to the queen’s statement regarding the budget and tax rate under discussion.  

Of course, if one suffers from NPD, then the above comment by the queen might be recognizable and understandable.  After all, the queen is, in her own mind, all knowing, all powerful and always right…much like some of her Flying Harpies on FaceBook believe.  Fact: All of Irving’s future financial, infrastructure and service delivery problems and concerns will point back to the actions the queen and any of her Pet Rocks take on the proposed tax rate reduction and the 2014-2015 budget set for approval tonight.  A total disregard of the city manager’s sound recommendations and advice will be the root cause of this impending financial calamity.
     
“Please quote me on this.  My concern for the little old lady in a rocking chair living on Social Security far outweighs my concern for Wall Street.”  John Danish
Finally, Danish has shown his honest and true colors.  He appears to be more interested in pimping for his next voter than having a deep concern for the financial viability and stability of Irving’s future.  With his prior service on the council, he knows the ramifications bond ratings have on the ability of a city to provided infrastructure and services at affordable interest rates.  How many times did he travel to New York, in prior years, to boast and relate to the bonding agencies that Irving was acutely aware of not only meeting their financial obligations, but would ensure proper tax rates were established to accomplish this.  As a bona fide limousine liberal, maybe Danish could give all the "old ladies in rocking chairs" the $20-$25, the tax rate reduction might provide, out of his pocket.  This would be cheaper than attempting to buy their votes down the road.  Just saying!

“They’ve got this thing in their head about cutting taxes.   And for most of them, it’s about political expedience. It’s not about wise governance.”  Dennis Webb
When passed through the Torofeca filter, Webb’s statement returned exactly as it was entered.  Amazing!  It appears at least one member of the council has seen through QueenB VDs ‘cloak of invisibility’ with all of her blathering about wanting to reduce the tax rate for her Tea Party pals.  And he is perfectly correct as he notes the actions of the queen and Pet Rock followers are not overly concerned with "wise governance."  Much less about heeding sound advice.  Kudos, Webb.

“You, as a city, simply do not have a financial plan set up for the next five, 10 or 15 years … to pay for the innumerable things coming up, from operations to capital to equipment.” Chris Hillman, City Manager
This represents another statement, when passed through the Torofeca filter, that comes out shining with truth and veracity.  Led by QueenB VD, the entire council is in turmoil with each member struggling to have their personal pet projects approved, reduce the tax rate (to some unknown amount at this time), while pandering to future voters.  As astute as the city manager’s comments are, he does realize one thing…he doesn’t get to vote and it will take five council members to chart the financial course through these troubled waters.  Citizens should hope the new city manager has a good life vest, as the queen will certainly seek retribution (and throw him overboard) if her demands are not met and the Pet Rocks do not succumb to her dictates.  Quite frankly, this is no way to treat a genuine professional, especially when they are advising, based on solid facts and figures, as to potential perils facing the city down the road.  

     Be sure and tune in to the council meeting this evening.  If political farce, grandstanding and pandering happens to be your forte, you will be amused.  Sadly, when all is said and done, you will also be picking up the tax tab for all the misdirection, lack of fiscal responsibility and appeasement politics imaginable — as led by QueenB VD — due to wanting to reduce the tax rate.

………………………Mark Holbrook


NOTES:

1)  DMN, Avi Selk, 09-18-14:


2)  Torofeca filter: Staff of the CCR should point out that neither Google or Webster’s dictionary reflects a definition for torofeca.  The reason for this is simple...we coined the term.  To assist the word impaired, we offer this flimsy explanation: toro = bull; feca = feces.  We are confident that you now understand -- in a polite sense -- what local politicos have been spreading in the city when it comes to personal agendas...political torofeca.  The filter will assist readers in knowing the true meaning of what a politico is spouting.  Order yours now from the CCR for only $19.95.  If you order today, we’ll ship two for just $19.95.  Postage and handling ($725.21) not included.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CCR/DW 09-17-14: Big Bird Math

TO:  CCR Tweet-less:

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

QueenB foregoes her Tea Party "radical agenda" screed by pushing for costly projects in the final budget. Can't add to budget and reduce taxes!

MH


PostScript:  Maybe QueenB needs to start watching Sesame Street…especially when they feature the letter "H" for hypocrisy!  She, along with ten other mayors, recently decried the "radical agenda" of those who do not subscribe to the tenets of her Tea Party pals.  While this all sounded good on paper when signed, the fact in Irving remains: If the queen wants something, then it’s okay and not ‘radical.’ 

     One day, QueenB may explain how her royal-math demonstrates that reducing the tax rate (her party mantra) will: keep all necessary and required city services in place and capable of handling future needs and replacements; provide increased budget expenditures for queenly special projects; and not pose insurmountable tax increases in the next three years!

     Pet Rocks are still attempting to avoid the wrath of the queen by looking for a compromise to her wanting $0.015 cut from the current rate.  At least, the Pet Rocks focused on the tax rate discussions in today’s work session meeting and not tweeting.

     This will be your last chance to inform the queen that the current rate is workable, not ‘radical’ and may even have a buck or two for one of her special photo op projects.  The council will vote on the final tax rate and the 2014-2015 budget tomorrow evening.  Inform the queen the time is now to face the reality of city infrastructure needs, cutting the political spin, and pandering to a national party affiliation.

     After all, the letter "H" has no germane use in any political discussion or letter writing campaigns the Queen uses for a forum.

Beth VanDuyne:  bvanduyne@cityofirving.org

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CCR 09-16-14: The Autocracy Pen

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


     Here we go again!  Would someone please take QueenB VDs BIC® pen away?

     It wasn’t bad enough the queen signed the US Conference of Mayors letter, in support of the Time Warner/Comcast merger, to the Federal Communications Commission.  This merger could, in effect, be considered anti-Net Neutrality and promise to have chilling results on future cable rates for Irving subscribers.  

     And remember, her signature as mayor of the City of Irving, for this potential merger, was done without any notification, consent or approval of the entire city council.

     Well, QueenB VDs Autocracy mindset has kicked-in again with her signing a new, highly partisan letter.  She has put pen to parchment for yet another missive, which basically is dripping with Tea Party leaves, in an apparent attempt to demonstrate, to her shallow thinking base, she is working on their behalf.

     (Does she not realize she is supposed to represent the city of Irving and not a particular national political faction?  Does she not consider Democrats, normal Conservatives, Libertarians, or Independents in the city worthy of having a voice in her realm?)  

     Needless to say, this latest partisan letter, replete with enough political dogma to choke a horse, was signed by her as mayor of the City of Irving…again without benefit of city council consideration, notification, or approval.  When did the mayor’s position in the City of Irving become so politically polarized?  

     Do you think voters in 2012 realized they may have elected the city’s first Tea Party mayor?  Talk about transparency…QueenB VD hid her true colors under her "cloak of invisibility" very well.  (Of course, she probably would have denied, at least thrice, this charge…had it been made.)

     For all these years, staff of the CCR believed our local representatives were political-party neutral and interested only in what was best for the city.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear QueenB VD has these same sentiments.  Of course, could all of this letter signing, propping up the local Tea Party agenda and acting in her own self-interest, be a prelude to seeking another office?  (How soon?  Could we assist in packing her bags?  Tell her sugar daddy contributors, PACs and special interest concerns we’ll foot the bill this time.)  

     Regardless, what makes the latest letter signing by QueenB VD so witless and insensitive to the citizenry is the fact she actually believes she is conducting city business with these actions.  Many might contend she is doing "the queen’s business."  More astute observers could infer the queen is merely maxing out a possible NPD affliction.  (And when one adds AHD, PPP and J&HS, this toxicity could only point to a lack of genuine leadership for the city.)

     If QueenB VD is so proud of all the letter signing she has recently been a party to, resulting from her participation in the US Conference of Mayors, then why isn’t she sending out copies of these letters in her infamous e-mail blasts alerting all the citizenry of her actions of grandeur?  Oh, wait!  Some of her potential supporters may actually harbor the seeds of a "radical agenda," or support programs she does not favor.  Seriously, the "radical agenda" the queen is railing against in Irving (or the US Conference of Mayors) just might be a figment of her imagination.  (Is the tiara pressing too hard on the cranium?)  

     Another salient point to remember, with all of the queen’s Autocracy actions, is: Your tax dollars pay for her membership in the US Conference of Mayors.  Staff of the CCR feels the queen is getting her monies worth, but are Irving citizens?

     One example of the queen’s "radical agenda" scenario, as might be concluded from her latest dispatch, would be something akin to:  Tennis Center on the old Texas Stadium site = "Yes, says the queen.  Not radical!  Build it…now!" vs.  South Irving recreational center = "You’ve got to be kidding.  This is a radical concept.  This would even benefit peons and serfs in ‘beautiful downtown Irving!’"

     Another example could be: Pilfer designated funds for the potential black hole of spending referred to as the Texas Musicians Museum = "Good for the city and good for queenly photo ops. Not radical!" vs.  Keep designated city funds intact for the city’s Historical Museum = "RADICAL! This museum would benefit peons and serfs and be scant on potential queenly photo ops." 

     Hopefully, one day the serfs and peons of Irving will awaken to finally realizing that any action QueenB VD takes on basically any issue in the city (or in conjunction with the US Conference of Mayors in DC) is solely designed to promote, pimp and advance her political persona, mane flipping and partisan career forward.  Truly sad!  
    
…………………..Mark Holbrook

NOTES:
     The latest letter, with the queen’s signature, is reflected in an article from a Texas Tea Party-ish organization.  We will only send the link to those who want to read the spinning claptrap of the mayor’s "achievements" in ‘fighting’ the "radical agenda."  By not listing the article link here, we are attempting to spare CCR readers from finding out they might be part of the queen’s "radical agenda" in their efforts to make Irving a vibrant city. 

     And in the case of QueenB VD, she certainly might not know vibrancy is as objective as a "radical agenda."  We all understand the world political spectrum flows from ISIS followers, who murder innocents and lop off the heads of non-believers…to the other extreme of rigid, non-tolerant ultra-conservatives, who trample on the heads of those with differing opinions and belief systems.  Both ends of this political spectrum are dangerous to any political system as neither wants to recognize the free will and character of  individuals.

     While on the topic of credos, perhaps a name change might now be in the offering for the KIA, Keep Irving Accountable, blog on FaceBook.  With the queen’s minions and Flying Harpies laying waste to this site and those having differing opinions, the blog might be more appropriately titled KITS, Keep Irving Tea Sipping. 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

An Open Letter

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


An Open Letter

TO: Irving City Council Members
Brad LaMorgese
Gerald Farris
Tom Spink
Oscar Ward
John Danish
Dennis Webb
Allan Meagher
Joe Putnam

FR: Mike Howard

cc: Beth Van Duyne, City Manager, City Secretary

SUBJ: Commitment of the City of Irving to Potential Cable Merger

     A recent CCR report (9-7-14) discussed the potential merger between Time Warner and Comcast cable companies being considered by the Federal Communications Commission.  The impact of this merger could have a chilling effect on cable subscribers in Irving.  

     While the mayor has stated her position (by signing a letter, with fifty-one other mayors, as provided by the US Conference of Mayors) for this merger on behalf of the city, it is only fair to inquire: As an elected member of the city council, do you agree with the position the mayor has taken as representing the city of Irving and your interest?
     It is understood there has been no discussion and the council was not polled regarding this issue prior to the mayor signing on behalf of the city.

     Please reply directly to this e-mail with your responses.  The information will be accumulated, compiled and included in a report to the CCR readership list.  As tax payers and cable subscribers, citizens need to know where their elected officials stand on an issue of this magnitude which effects their personal income and Internet communications freedom.

Do you support the merger of the Time Warner and Comcast cable companies?
Yes / No
Comments:

Do you believe there should be Net Neutrality for all Internet users regardless of service provider?*
Yes / No
Comments:

Should the entire council have voted on a matter of this importance prior to the city being committed to a defined position by virtue of the mayor’s singular endorsement?
Yes / No
Comments:

     It would be helpful to have all responses returned by September 19, 2014.  Lack of providing a response will reflect a "No Comment" as being noted for your position on this issue when a follow-up CCR report is produced.

     In the interim, this open letter will be posted to the CCRs blog.


NOTES:
Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks.  ("Save the Internet," FreePress, http://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home )