40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots to be honored
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans-gendered citizens and their allies in Denton will have something to celebrate during Gay Pride Month.
Stonewall Democrats of Denton County will host a Gay Pride event on Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27. An opening night mixer kicks off Friday night at 7:30pm at Denton’s only gay bar, Mable Peabody’s Beauty Shop and Chainsaw Repair. Saturday’s events will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton at 1pm. A proclamation by the city will be followed by a screening of the documentary “Out of the Past”, awards ceremony, and a discussion panel that includes local LGBT activists Dr. Edra Bogle, PFLAG Denton founder Kathy Massey, and former Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas John Loza.
Xanthippas at Three Wise Men blogs about how utterly ridiculous it is for us to pay a tiny South Pacific nation to take Guantanamo Bay detainees because we are a nation of bed-wetting, pearl-clutching morons.
Just a quick note to all 4 of my readers: For the past few days, this website has been hammered by spam-bots, trying to post spam comments. Not only does it slow down the site, but it causes hundreds of fake comments to be submitted. I have a hard time sorting through these to get to the real comments. If you've posted a comment and it took awhile for it to show up, that's why.
If you sign up for an account, you can post a comment without pre-approval.
I'm working at finding a way to block some of this traffic, and am thinking about cutting off Europe and Asia from being able to see the blog at all. Most of the hits from those countries turn out to be spam bots.
This morning, I’m enroute to Scottsdale, AZ for a bit of a business pow-wow. Literally, we’ll be meeting at a place called the “Talking Stick” on an Indian reservation. My employer’s headquarters is there on the reservation.
I love going to Scottsdale and seeing the beautiful desert. I don’t think I would want to live there, but it’s refreshing sometimes to get a change of scenery. Since the mortgage company meltdown in 2007, my travel has been very limited – as has my salary – which is frustrating. I used to travel up to 75% of the time, but found that my ideal amount of travel was about 25%. Nowadays, I’d say it’s about 5%.
I love my family of course, but at times I am refreshed and recharged by the solitude of a hotel room to myself. And on a professional level, sitting down with my colleagues to talk and collaborate in person is helpful. I’ve been with this current employer for about a year now, and have only been on-site in their Scottsdale office thrice. There are other remote employees that I’ve yet to meet, including one of my managers, whom I get along with just great over the phone and via internet chat and email.
Given that we are now finally past election season and my neighborhood has reached an agreement on a gas lease, I may just see a lightening up of my volunteer and activist responsibilities, and a bit more time to devote to furthering my career. I’m not at all certain of where my career path will take me, and whether I’ll stay on the technical side of the information technology work that I do, or whether I’ll eventually be incompetent enough to make it into management. (And of course, I mean that in a good way)
How it went down: There were 772 early voters. Gorena and Gilmore tied on that, each getting 383 votes.
On election day, at City Hall, it was 30-27 in Gilmore's favor. At the Municipal Annex, it was 64-55 in Gilmore's favor. At the Memorial Park Recreation Center, it was 64-44 in Gorena's favor.
Congrats to Councilman-Elect John Gorena.
So, here are my thoughts: Of course, we ended up endorsing TJ Gilmore and trying to help. Though I thought TJ was favored to win, I knew that it would be close. My own polls, which skewed against Gorena in the general showed a much closer margin in the runoff. Gorena was campaigning hard, and had the advantage of running on an issue that is easy to rail against, but quite a bit harder to solve.
Here's something interesting: Going back to the results of the general election, we see that Gorena had 875 votes, while Gilmore had 577. From the general to the runoff, Gorena lost 354 votes, while Gilmore only lost 56 votes.
Gorena 875 - 529 = 354 votes down Gilmore 577 - 521 = 56 votes down
Margie Rochelle had 525 votes in the general.
Basically what I'm getting at here is that it was all about turnout. In a city of 93,000 people, 1057 people voted.
Interesting though that of the 1057, apparently 7 of them cast blank ballots, or those ballots were not correctly counted. Of the 7, 6 of them are attributed to early voting, and 1 to election day voting at City Hall.
I'm truly puzzled as to why someone would go to the trouble of voting in a runoff election, just to NOT select anyone and submit a blank ballot. My understanding is that there were NO provisional ballots issued, and that absentee ballots have been counted. I hope that the Council will review the tallies carefully when canvassing the vote. This is really close.
I am disappointed in the results, certainly. But I'm more disappointed in where our society is going when issues such as the "illegal immigration" issue (read: "brown people are refusing to conform to my world view, and stay in their place"). I don't believe that John Gorena is at all racist, but I do believe that vast numbers of those who beat their chests about illegal aliens causing all manner of problems are very prejudiced.
Luckily, Gorena and Watts seem to be the only ones on the Council right now who believe in using city government to alienate and divide people and enforce federal civil law. Things will get on the agenda, and there will be a motion and a second. It will be an interesting year.
Several months back, I signed up all of my family's telephone numbers for the city's new emergency notification system, "CodeRed". The system is designed to act as sort of a reverse version of 911, so that the emergency personnel can reach out to citizens when there is a vital need to get safety information out.
Last night as the emergency sirens were sounding, and the weather was getting bad, I wasn't thinking about whether I would get a call. But earlier today, the morning after the storm, Emergency Management Coordinator, Summer Wilhelm used the system to announce the city's debris removal plan.
I spoke to Ms. Wilhelm earlier today to ask about when the city would use the system.
Communities develop an outdoor warning system to alert and notify citizens in outdoor areas of emergency situations. These situations include but may not be limited to natural emergencies, transportation accidents involving hazardous materials, emergencies at fixed facilities, acts of terrorism or other catastrophic events in which the community needs to be informed immediately. Citizens in indoor areas should not mistakenly wait to hear a siren as their only source of warning information. A NOAA All Hazards Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology is a good method of receiving warning messages indoors. Additionally, some communities maintain other warning systems to alert citizens indoors.
The City of Lewisville announced that it will have special debris cleanup procedures:
Removal of Debris Generated from June 10th Storms
The City of Lewisville will be assisting residents with removal of debris created by June 10’s thunderstorms. Trees, limbs and debris can be moved to the front curb or delivered to one of eight dumpster locations around the city. City crews cannot enter private property to remove limbs or debris. Structural debris and other trash items are not to be included. Due to the scope of the storm, curbside debris will be removed within a week to two weeks. Items too large to be picked up and placed in the dumpsters at the eight locations can be placed near the dumpster. Dumpsters should be in place by 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11. The locations include: 1. Lewisville High School Parking Lot – Main Street 2. Garden Ridge Elementary – Garden Ridge and Cascade 3. Huffines Middle School – Valley Parkway 4. Delay Middle School – Purnell and Charles 5. LL Woods Park Parking Lot – Arbour and Oakcreek Drive 6. Memorial Park Parking Lot – Corporate and Valley 7. Kealy Service Center – 1100 N. Kealy 8. Villas at Wellington Subdivision – Bellaire Boulevard and Valley Parkway
Anyone who has lost a pet during the storm should contact the Lewisville Animal Shelter:
City of Lewisville Animal Shelter 851 Treatment Plant Rd Lewisville, TX 75029 www.cityoflewisville.com Phone: 972-219-3478
An officer on patrol saw a woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, standing in the middle of the service road around 1:40 a.m., police said.
Lewisville police Capt. Todd Taylor said the officer had to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting the woman. He then stopped and got out of the vehicle to talk with her, asking her why she was in the middle of the road and if she needed assistance.
She then darted into the northbound lanes of traffic before a tractor trailer struck her near Valley Ridge Boulevard.
It bothers us greatly the amount of insensitive comments that the Dallas Morning News has allowed to be posted on the incident. God forbid that you should ever be an innocent witness to an incident like this.