Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CCR 07-19-17 "That Lonesome Road"

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

“That Lonesome Road”
by: James Taylor

   Summer stay/va-cations seem to be taking more time than usual for staff of the CCR this year.  Add typically hot Texas weather to the equation and very little time has been spent burning up the MacPro and wordsmithing to track and note the foibles of your local elected officials.

   Have no fear…there still is a wad of unspent money in the city’s treasury for them to consider spending before summer ends.  

   Spending your tax bucks may reach new heights when the city council approves the 2017-18 budget.  And this budget should be very flush what with all the new revenues collected as a result of the egregious increases to Irving property appraisal values.

   Homeowners have been plagued by the continued and ever increasing real estate financial bubble…which they have no control over.  West and north coast carpetbaggers, with pockets full of money from selling 1,200 sq. ft. homes for $680,000, are bidding and escalating the selling prices of local homes to the detriment of residences who have maintained their neighborhoods for years on end.

   The following graphic, by Mark Holbrook, explains why citizens have very little, or virtually no control over increased property taxes by taxing authorities. 

                                                      

    Moving along.  To provide a couple of items dear readers might want to keep their eyes on in the coming weeks, the following is provided.

Bridge to Nowhere
   If the Irving City council holds true to course, they will be spending mega-bucks on a tourist destination never before witnessed by Irving citizens.  In fact, the new tourist destination has not been witnessed by anyone…mainly because, as an end destination, it doesn’t even exist at this time!

   The old bridge, which served as a pedestrian walkway over Hwy 114 to Texas Stadium, for Cowboys Red-parking ticket holders, was torn down.  The current plan is to build, by Texas Department of Transportation, a new bridge spanning Hwy 114. 

   Of course, ex-QueenB VD had her hands on the initial project planning and discussions and wanted TxDOT to ensure the structure would be a “signature” bridge which would, at that time, end on the old Texas Stadium site where her crony single source developer, OliverMcMillan, wanted to build a blasé shopping center and, hopefully, her tennis pavilion.

   With ex-QueenB VD now collecting your federal tax bucks, to fund her bureaucratic position with HUD in Fort Worth, there is little need for a “signature” bridge…much less one with her “handprint” all over the project.

   Here’s a strange thought for the city council: Allow TxDOT to build the bridge, which currently goes “nowhere,” and when the city council gets around to approving a development project for the Texas Stadium site have the developer fund their “handprint” on the “signature” bridge to currently “nowhere.” 

Roads to Somewhere
   While you were on vacation, the City Manager and James Corden of “Carpool Karaoke” fame took a few spins around the city singing the praises of needed road repairs which suddenly required attention.  
   (The term suddenly is used since citizens have been asking, begging and pleading for years for the city to fix, repair, or replace certain roadways in the city.)

   One has to imagine the current determination, that many highly traveled Irving roadways suck, is now front and center.  Since attending to ex-QueenB VD’s every whim and fancy, the city was remiss in attempting to redeem Irving’s 1,400 road lane miles of washboard driving created by her royal coach.

   And how will the decrepit  status of many Irving roads be addressed?  Dear readers, please sit down. 

   How about the City Manager conjuring a plan entitled: “Road to the Future: $100 Million in 5 Years.”

   $100 Million?  Five years?  Is this real money?  Did the roadways suck more than what was even anticipated?  Will the city have its own Yellow Brick Road?  Ouch!

   What will this plan do to the current tax rate and bonded indebtedness of the city?  Have these figures been provided to the general public?  Was citizen input considered when preparing the list of humps and bumps needing consideration?

   Just in case the City Manager and “Karaoke” Corden didn’t have the following on their play list, staff of the CCR would offer these two roadway tunes for their karaoke collection:

   “A Hard Road” (Black Sabbath) would be great harmony while tooling down the East bound section of Irving Blvd. from about Jefferson Street to the turn lane to Lee Street.  Previous “patching” of this section has only made the drive more shocking…to your teeth and vehicle shock absorbers.

   “Devils Road” (Headstone) epitomizes a significant problem with the new development on Beltline Road in the northern section of the city.  Primarily, the section going south from Hwy 114 to Walnut Hill is close to being the highway to hell.  Race Track and Quick Stop will soon be adding automotive sections to their operations to handle shock absorber repairs.  

   At least motorists can enjoy a slice of pizza or a hot dog while waiting to have your vehicle repaired.  

   Send your karaoke road request to the City Manager at: chillman@cityofirving.org , or attend the city council meeting, if and when, this issue is formalized and posted for citizen input.

Judge Judy Hits the Road
   The local network channel has determined Judge Judy is no longer necessary, or required for local citizens seeking legal advice.  Effective immediately, her program has been cancelled.

   Realizing many mouth breathers and those who move their lips when reading require some form of legal-counseling assistance, a new program on ICTV will premier starting August 1, 2017.  Be sure and set your calendar to watch the Kryptonite Idiocy Academy talk show, or KIA for short.

   The new ICTV program will take current topics, with a plethora of ambulance chasing pseudo-legal experts along with a fact fabricating panel, to burn, to the core, every major issue facing Irving.  Discussion on topics of the day, by panel members, could simmer viewer brain synapses similar to Superman bathing in a pit of kryptonite.  No individual or issue will escape the reach or judgement of the panel…even if they are not present, or aware they are being maligned.

   Viewers are cautioned to remember: Invited guest to the panel, who attempt to present facts, but disagree with panel member conclusions, will be swimming in the same kryptonite pit as Superman.

   The intro song, for the new program, is reminiscent of a tune from another ancient political investigative program.  Who could ever forget the lyrics to “What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?”  Remember Watergate?  Welcome to Irving’s inquisition of nonsense which is attempting to make nothing burgers out of Torofeca!  

   Also note how many of the Kryptonite Idiocy Academy panel members hum the theme song, off key and out of balance, while guest are attempting to correct or establish actual facts which represent the truth of the issue being discussed. 

   If you are looking for a program that serves as judge, jury and executioner without resorting to any facts, other than those fabricated, then be sure to watch Kryptonite Idiocy Academy.

   Views might also want to join the academy panel to help persecute innocent civilians.  If so, stock up on Kool-Aid for the premier episode and send them an e-mail.  

   The over indulgence of Kool-Aid will demonstrate you are in agreement with the panel members and ready to be an ill-informed sycophant to help chunk the next victim into the kryptonite pit.  

…………………………………….Mark Holbrook





Friday, June 2, 2017

CCR 06-02-17 The Whiny Boy Tour

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

“ The Whiny Boy Tour”

   Well, dear readers, it just had to happen.  

   In two short days after pulling the worst political stunt, designed to create havoc on the floor of the Texas State legislature, Matt “Squeaky” “Douche Bag”  “Whiny Boy” Rinaldi is making the rounds to safe/friendly Red Meat TEA-carnivore media providers to shape-shift the narrative of his witless and immature actions.

   Rinaldi’s efforts to “set the record straight” appear to be fashioned from the same mold as a former presidential candidate who seems to now be on a lifetime “excuses tour.”

   Yes, Rinaldi would have you believe he is now the victim of all the hate, discontent, and resentment he created shortly after the legislature passed SB 4 — related to sanctuary cities.  In fact, he has had law enforcement providing him with protection services as a result of his witless actions.  (Is this why Rinaldi now qualifies for the Witless Protection Program?)

   Victim?  Hardly!  How can he be the victim when he created the Torofeca storm which ensued?  Aren’t the victims Hispanic House members and the gallery crowd he spoke disparaging about?  Aren’t the victims Irving constituents who would hope their elected representative could act like a mature adult while on the floor of the Texas legislature?

   Let’s break it down —  Rinaldi’s actions, which verged on typical schoolyard bullying and taunting, unleashed the following on the House floor:

   He was deliberately interfering with the legislative process on the House floor.
   He goaded the Hispanic delegation by informing them he had contacted ICE on the “illegal” demonstrators.*
   He broke the decorum of the House floor by not requesting Capitol security to address any gallery crowd issue.
   He discovered that taunting and goading his State representative peers had repercussions when his mouth was moving faster than what his brain synapses were firing.
   He eventually “self-identified” the dynamics of this “he said/he said” antic to coincide with his “self-defense” mantra.  (Late and very weak rationale?)
   His actions have, once again, made Irving the laughing stock of the nation.  (Remember HB 562 which he pushed, promoted and pimped?)
   He serves a narrow-minded and marginal constituency, while posing as a State legislator, which has no compulsions in spreading fear and intimidation against those who might disagree politically.
   His being birthed in Connecticut proves his Texan, as a ‘second language,’ is not in tune with how real Texans manage civil debate and discussions. 

   In one of his radio interviews, Rinaldi was still extremely vague in his responses as to what ensued and what was actually said.  It appeared his short-term memory lapsed, as to remembering actual details, for the comments made to a Hispanic representative.

   The only response, Rinaldi had extreme clarity on, was his typical legal ambulance-chasing-screed kicking-in to invoke a “self-defense” mantra for creating the Torofeca storm in Austin.

   Rinaldi has also concluded the legislature might require a special session.  Of course, a special session would be to promote, push and pimp the ‘where can I pee’ bathroom bill all over again.

   One has to wonder: Will Rinaldi call the Better Business Bureau, on the list of corporate executives who are protesting and have written State legislators, ratting those individuals out?  After all, they are against the implementation of the absurd and senseless Red Meat TEA-carnivore measure of “where can I pee” bill he favors?  

   Will he shut down all but one bathroom in the State capitol so a Texas Ranger can monitor who enters the loo?

   Yes, dear readers, Rinaldi is your Irving State representative.  Are you still proud?  Is this really what Irving deserves from their elected representative?

   Just remember, if your political stance is contrary to Matt “Whiny Boy” Rinaldi’s Red Meat TEA-carnivore position you could be reported to ICE, BBB, IRS, NASA, CIA, or Taco Bell. 

   After all, “Big  Little Brother” does not tolerate differing or conflicting opinions very well.  ¿Me entiendes?


……………………………..Mark Holbrook
   
   
   * Update:  In the 05-30-17 CCR report, the following was noted.
“Being the typical politician that he is, Rinaldi’s fact fabrication was not even factual.  ICE has confirmed they were not called by Rinaldi, plus they would not attempt to enforce immigration issues in such a public place as the State capitol. 

   ICE has recently re-reported that they did, in fact, receive a call from Rinaldi on their national tip line.  Apparently, Rinaldi doesn’t have the local Austin ICE officer number on his iPhone’s quick call list.  Or maybe, he used the national tip line number knowing no action would be processed quickly and he could skate out of Austin before his Torofeca storm blanketed the city.
   The link to the ICE re-statement by WFAA-TV is:





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CCR 05-30-17 Fake Phone Call?

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

“Fake Phone Call?”

   Now that Irving has a mayor who will put the best interest of the city ahead of his personal political goals, how long will it be before Irving elects State officials who would do the same for the city?

   And for the low-information informed, this infers Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi and Rodney “Recount” Anderson.

   While the city has a slight political reprieve, now that ex-QueenB VD is punching the clock at HUD, another political tsunami is required for more effective representation.  

   For those with short-term memory loss, the witless trio, ex-QueenB VD, Rinaldi and Anderson, was directly responsible for making the city the laughing stock of the nation due to all the fear mongering and Torofeca spread to promote, push and pimp State HB 562...which wasn't even voted on.

   Rinaldi and Anderson assisted ex-QueenB VD in leading the charge to appease Red Meat TEA-carnivore sycophants in the area.  Why, these individuals even attended some of her fact fabricated blathering sessions when she was ‘touring’ north Texas spreading the false gospel of a warped political philosophy. 

   Have all of these Red Meat TEA-carnivores forgotten why they were elected?  Are they attempting to be Sen. Ted “Lizard Grin” Cruz, who has not initiated one iota of legislation for the benefit of Texas, clones. 

   Additionally, why do these Red Meat TEA-carnivores actually believe a determination should be made as to the restroom folks should pee in?  Is spending mega-bucks for a special session of the legislature even necessary to address this issue? 

   Where is the legislation for State tax relief?  Where is the legislation to ensuring teachers are fairly compensated and their retirement funds are not in peril?  Where is the legislation for disclosure of “Dark Money” contributors.  There are many issues which the current session of the legislature failed to attend to.

   And just when you think Irving possibly could be on a path to a public relations recovery from the likes of Red Meat TEA-carnivores, Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi, with his child-like mind, pulls one of the worst possible stunts on the floor of the Texas Legislature during the closing hours of the session.

   Demonstrating his total lack of maturity, he technically goaded Hispanic State representatives by telling them he had called ICE to have the “illegal” demonstrators arrested.

   Being the typical politician that he is, Rinaldi’s fact fabrication was not even factual.  ICE has confirmed they were not called by Rinaldi, plus they would not attempt to enforce immigration issues in such a public place as the State capitol.  

   Of course, when the information, of ICE not being called, was made available to the public, Rinaldi was not available for comment.  Isn’t this just the way a typical weasel politician ducks and hides to avoid telling the truth? 

   Once again, the fallout for this inane action, by another of Irving’s Red Meat TEA-carnivore elected officials, has gone viral and world-wide.  And we can thank Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi for bringing this latest political shame to Irving.

   Well, dear readers, nothing changes as long as one sits in their La-Z-Boy flipping channels on the TV.  

   Isn’t it time to rid Irving of this political Red Meat TEA-carnivore scourge?  How long do we have to tolerate the stupidity of these politicos ranting on non-issues, spreading hate, discontent and fear, and promoting their personal political interest over doing what they were elected to do?

    Pop a voting memory pill, as the process for your local State legislators will soon be here in their attempting to endear themselves to you for their re-election vote in six months.

   For Rinaldi, maybe he should consider throwing in the towel now.  Even conservative/moderate Republicans are weary and disgusted with his self-aggrandizing and dimwitted actions.

   In the interim, Dylan Westie, Executive editor/Part-time Wordsmith and Social Media Troll for the CCR, had to register his total disgust with the actions of Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi.


…………………………………..Mark Holbrook


Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 31

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 29
Changing from “Squeaky” to Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi. Unbelievable he is supposed to be representing Irving. Read
DMN link to article:
Fistfight nearly erupts on final day, capping off contentious legislative session | Texas Legisla...
Dallas News: your source for breaking news and analysis for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and around the world. Read it here, first.

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 30
Here we go again. Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi’s child-mind antics made the Drudge Report for the world to laugh at Irving. HB 562 redux.

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 30
How many more lies has Matt “Douche Bag” Rinaldi spewed? ICE states they WERE NOT called, nor would they go to the Capitol for enforcement.






Sunday, May 28, 2017

CCR 05-28-17 Fore and Phew

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

“Fore and Phew”

   Taking a short field trip from his ethereal environment, after Bill Herschel won the 2017 Byron Nelson golf tournament, Byron Nelson decided to take a peek at the course where the Salesmanship Club of Dallas will host the pros in 2018 on the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.
   (The question most asked by many golfers is: Where is the “forest” for Trinity Forest Golf Club?)

   Upon arriving in far south Dallas, Byron was suddenly overtaken by the pungent aroma of methane gas still seeping from the course grounds which were landscaped (snicker) over a Dallas landfill.
   (Well, players could wear breathing mask to overcome this issue for the first few years of the tournament, he mused.)

   However, he quickly checked his GPS to ensure he was not standing at the entrance to the Mohave Desert.  With no trees in sight on the barren and pizza-flat fairways (never trust a round pizza), he figured the delivery of palm trees, for this infertile oasis, must be running behind schedule.

   After spending ten minutes in one spot, he realized he could see the entire course without ever having to walk around, or leave the number one tee box.

   While completely dazed by the course layout and its lack of botanical amenities, Byron figured he would visit the wonderful hotel accommodations and shopping sites near the course which the pros and their spouses might enjoy while in this area of Dallas.  It didn’t take him long to realize there were no amenities, hotels, shopping centers, or restaurants to be found.  And he certainly didn't have a need to visit a pawn shop, auto repair/chop shop, or a quick-lube facility in the area. 

   Wondering how this new course and its location could hold a candle to the 35-year history he had enjoyed in Irving, Byron returned to his ethereal environment and asked the concierge to text the CCR for them to provide either a sane rationale, or conspiracy theory to justify this totally inane tournament move by the Dallas powers-that-be. 

   After all, so many Irving folks had worked tirelessly to ensure each year the Byron Nelson tournament would be more successful than the previous year.  And these individuals had thrived in achieving this goal.  Classy presentations and attention to details was their primary focus.
   (Just review the attendance records and funds earned for the Salesmanship Club of Dallas for the actual numbers.)

   Irving volunteers, ICVB staff, chamber of commerce members, fire and police personnel and many others always provided the best environment and amenities for players, fans, and visitors to the city.  Why would anyone want to lose this, Byron wondered.

   When staff of the CCR received the request to review why the Byron Nelson tournament was leaving Irving, the process took about one hour to arrive at a workable and convoluted conclusion.

   Simply stated, Dallas folks envied the success Irving was having with the tournament and wanted the glow, of positive public relations, to shine on their side of the Trinity River.  And to make this happen required pulling strings.  Also, the channeling of veiled political correctness-ultimatums, to their political minions to make the tournament move back to Dallas, would be necessary.

   Here are some of the probable and highly speculative forces which worked on top of the table and under the sheets to achieve the Byron Nelson moving to south Dallas:

Dallas city council: The move to south Dallas would ingratiate many politicos by demonstrating this sector of the city was at the top of their “economic development” plan for Dallas.  And what better way to make the ‘cash register ring’ in south Dallas than to force folks to find a golf course built over a landfill.  
The mammoth flood of political spin associated with this endeavor, to move the tournament, was also designed to mask all the rotting detritus under the greens and tee boxes of the course and make south Dallas smell good again.    

   AT&T: With their headquarters in downtown Dallas and being the primary sponsor of the golf tournament, AT&Ts influence would be critical for all the politicos and wealthy tournament supporters to push the agenda forward for the move.  For AT&T, appeasing politicos would be just another cost of doing business in downtown Dallas.

SMU: Granting a home course for the SMU student golf team would pacify many prominent alumni who have been extremely active in the tournament and Salesmanship Club over the decades.

Salesmanship Club of Dallas: Being the sole beneficiary of the tournament proceeds, which assist kids through their Momentous Institute, the Salesmanship Club role was to accept whatever the Dallas powers-that-be dictated…no questions asked.
(Reading between the lines, of the full page Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ ad in Irving’s The Rambler newspaper, one might recognize the rue and regret this organization could have over the pending move.)

   Finally, there are many who feel a portion of the directed credit, for the tournament moving, resides within the actions of:

QueenB VD of Irving: The queen’s actions — of shining a negative spotlight on Irving via all her Red Meat TEA-carnivore blathering (with prompting from State legislators Rodney “Recount” Anderson and Matt “Squeaky” Rinaldi); self-promotion political speaking engagements; and failure to realize Irving is more important than her ego — placed Irving on the cusp of being viewed as a less than inclusive city, borderline red neck haven, and the unofficial political arm for spreading partisan political hate and discontent.  Her actions certainly didn’t mesh with all the good the Salesmanship Club of Dallas inspired and accomplished in Irving.  
   And there is no known record available, to the CCR, to indicate the queen was involved in any attempts or interventions to keep the Byron Nelson tournament in Irving.
(Fact: It is extremely hard to perform mayoral duties when the bulk of ones time is spent attending to a self-aggrandizing agenda of seeking a higher political office.) 
   
   All of the above might be considered significant contributing factors for why Byron Nelson will not be visiting Irving in the foreseeable future.  And, dear readers, this is truly sad.

   Final Note: While it is common knowledge the Byron Nelson - Salesmanship Club of Dallas tournament, sponsored by AT&T, slipped/skipped out of town during ex-QueenB VDs reign, what most folks do not realize is the queen made special, secretive plans, for her low information duffers, to continue to have link and tournament access in ‘beautiful downtown Irving.’

   Coming to Irving in 2018: The First Annual ex-QueenB VD Flying Harpy/Crankie Invitational Pro/Am Golf Tournament.

   While continually voting against the renovations for the city-owned Twin Wells public golf course during her reign, ex-QueenB VD had sycophants secretly trolling to have all the needed repairs and renovations move forward by the council. 

   The inaugural ex-QueenB VD golf tournament will provide much needed recognition and funds to benefit the many nefarious political activities associated with Flying Harpies and Crankies.

   Benefits will be available to: mask the actual funders of paid political ads; ghost writing comments and political materials for sycophants; fund unqualified candidates; support the dying Pet Rock movement; and placate the remaining ‘sock puppet’ on the city council.

   In order to qualify and participate in the queen’s golf tournament, weekend golfers and duffers must forego all rational thinking and join a particularly local, venomous and egregious FaceBook group.  (Name upon request.)

   All will be happy to know ex-QueenB VDs golf tournament will stir the same odoriferous aroma in Irving as the moving of the Byron Nelson tournament to Dallas expelled.  This is due to the queen’s tournament being played on the Twin Wells golf course…which is also landscaped over a landfill. 


……………………………….Mark Holbrook   




Friday, May 26, 2017

CCR 05-28-17 Taxing the Middle

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

“Taxing the Middle”

   While still recovering from the MacBook taking an unscheduled derailment, all systems are again ‘GO’ and staff of the CCR is returning to a semi-normal/summer schedule of report publications.
   To kick things off for the summer, the following represents Dylan Westie’s, Executive editor/Part-time Wordsmith and Social Media Troll for the CCR, 1,501 tweet!
   If you have been paying attention, the deadline for filing a protest, for your skyrocketing/increased property appraised value, is May 31, 2017.
   For those who have not been paying attention, Dylan’s tweet just might have fathomed an unspoken rationale as to why taxpayers seldom have relief from bureaucratic bumbling and political spin when it comes to agencies draining their billfolds.  

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Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 May 26

Mystery solved why you are having to pay more in taxes. This is Dylan’s 1,501 tweet. Next CCR will explore why Byron Nelson left Irving. 


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   Just remember, the bureaucratic systems do not self-correct.  There must be active citizen involvement to affect change.  Are you a change agent, or just a La-Z-Boy loafer?


………………………………….Mark Holbrook


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