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Thoughts on Sunday Morning

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/28 10:20:00 (934 reads)

This just in:
Michael Jackson is still dead.

Congressional Town Hall
Yesterday I attended Rep. Michael Burgess' Town Hall meeting. I've got some video that I'm still processing. The major topics of the meeting were the newly passed climate bill with its "Cap and Trade" provisions, and health care reform. Apparently talk radio has been riling people up about this, convincing people that it will be the end of America as we know it.

People were passing around a petition for Texas Sovereignty, as well as information about anti-government "Tea Parties" to be held on the 4th of July. (How tacky is it to protest your government on the 4th of July?)

The feel of the meeting was something between a campaign rally and a lynch mob.

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Swearing In or Just Swearing?

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/26 18:44:08 (1314 reads)

Recently there was a bit of "controversy" because at the 6/18 Swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Councilman John Gorena, there was a lack of quorum for approximately 15 minutes, delaying the ceremony. Gorena had brought in a bunch of family and guests to witness the ceremony.

Councilman Watts was out of town, and Councilman Tierney had an emergency at his restaurant. Tierney did show up and the swearing in (or affirmation) did occur.

In a recent blog posting by former Mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson, Councilman Tierney (who was challenged by Gorena last year for his seat) was accused of being discourteous and tacky. Lathan Watts, who was absent, was not mentioned. It takes 3 Councilmembers to constitute a quorum. One seat was vacant due to Ueckert's election to Mayor.

Upon review of the video, item 16 - about 2:20:00 it becomes more clear what happened.

Councilman Watts moved to hold the meeting on June 18th at 7 o' clock. Several councilmembers can be heard to be confused about whether it was 7pm or 7am. When Watts confirms 7pm, Tierney expresses concern that he can't commit to 7pm because Thursday nights are busy at his restaurant:

Councilman Tierney: "Oh, no that doesn't work for me, but if you have a quorum..."

Mayor Ueckert: "All we need is a quorum..."

Councilman Watts: "Right, that's..."

Mayor Ueckert: "I will be here whenever you determine."

Councilman Watts: "I'm asking for 7pm - it's after normal business hours... it's easier ... I understand Councilman Tierney's predicament... if we have everybody else."


So, what we have here is Councilman Watts actually making the motion to hold the canvass at 7 pm because it's easier for his schedule. Then he was unable to make it. Councilman Tierney clearly stated that he would be unable to do it.

Still, Tierney tried to make it, but as he mentioned to the Lewisville Leader, he had a large party of about 25 guests come into his restaurant at that time. Tierney runs a lean staff and was unprepared for that many guests.

Still, while things were melting down at his restaurant, he peeled away for a few minutes to go down to city hall and approve the canvass so that Gorena could be sworn in.

What might be better in the future is to canvass the votes in one meeting, and swear in the incoming councilman at another later meeting.

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Texas Blog Roundup for Week ending 6/21/2009

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/24 0:50:00 (864 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

It's Monday, the day after the first day of summer, and it's time for another Texas Progressive Alliance blog roundup.

President Obama, Bill White, and John Sharp are all in the same sinking DOMA boat. The Texas Cloverleaf comes off of hiatus to tell you why.

CouldBeTrue from South Texas Chisme cheers the impeachment of Judge Kent. 4 articles passed without a single nay. Lets hope the Senate is through with him by August.

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Summer Congressional Town Hall Meetings - Texas 26th

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/22 22:56:27 (1425 reads)

U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R, Lewisville) will be hosting several "town hall" events this summer. The events are taxpayer sponsored and the general public is invited to attend, whether or not you agree with the views of our current representative. The 26th Congressional District covers most of Denton County, and parts of Tarrant and Cooke Counties. Lewisville straddles the 26th and 24th districts.

The following schedule was posted on Burgess' congressional website:

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Welcome New Local Blog - Thoughts on Lewisville

Blogs and Columns
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/22 22:20:00 (1217 reads)

No doubt due in part to the tremendous commercial success of blogs like WhosPlayin.com, (The Best Blog in Lewisville™) people are tripping over themselves to start up local blogs.

The latest on the scene comes from former City Council candidate T.J. Gilmore: "Thoughts on Lewisville"

His initial postings seem to be very well written, which is no surprise from someone of his caliber. We've added his link to the "Other Good Websites" section in the left-hand navigational bar of this site. We wish him the best of luck with it.

Lewisville has several other local blogs:
- WhosPlayin? (Life and Liberty in the Lone Star State - Since June, 2004)
- Bob's Blog - Live from Lewisville (Sports commentary by Bob Sturm - Since January, 2005)
- Gorena Blog Site (Since April, 2007)
- Castle Hills Democrats (Democrats in Castle Hills Subdivision - Lewisville ETJ - Since January, 2008)
- Fresh Confessions of a Screwed Up Texan (Life unpredicted - Since June, 2008) Happy 1st Birthday!
- Winston Edmondson's Blog (Remnant of Mayoral Campaign website - Since February, 2009)

I'm sure I'm missing some here. I'm not counting neighborhood watch sites, neighborhood association sites, or mainstream media.

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Revolution! - The GOOOH Book

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/21 11:14:25 (1018 reads)

In November of 2007, I wrote about a new political party, the Get Out of Our House (GOOOH) Party. Just recently, founder Tim Cox sent me a couple of copies of his book, "Revolution! Get Out of Our House".

Though I don't think there is any danger of me leaving the Democratic Party, I must say that I'm intrigued and impressed with the out-of-the-box thinking that Tim Cox and the GOOOH supporters embrace. The GOOOH party is more about changing the order of business than it is about a specific platform.

I've started reading it, with the hopes of posting a review at some point. Since I have two copies, I'd like to give one away to a reader.

If you are interested in reading the book, and wouldn't mind providing some commentary, let me know and I'll give you one of the books.

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Local Philanthropist Believes a Dress Can Inspire Success

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/20 9:41:49 (1023 reads)

Kim Peters, President and Founder of The Prom Shop Project, will speak on the topic of “Women and Philanthropy” at the Democratic Women of Denton County’s inaugural event on Sunday, June 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Municipal Annex Community Room, 1197 W Main Street in Lewisville.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their gently worn prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories to donate to the Prom Shop Project. Tax receipts will be available. Volunteers will collect, clean and provide formal dresses to students who are unable to afford them.

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Lewisville Hiring Illegal Aliens?

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/18 0:07:15 (3564 reads)

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Recently on his campaign website, former mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson alleged that the City of Lewisville was hiring illegal aliens via the contractor it chose for the Serendipity Village street improvement. Edmondson went down to the worksite at Kent Dr., and attempted to speak to some workers, whom he says he could not understand. Based on the inability to understand them – and one would presume that the workers in question probably appeared to be Hispanic – Edmondson leaps to the conclusion that they must be illegal.

"Not a single worker spoke English. When I attempted to ask the workers at Kent Dr. just a few days ago, I was again thrust into a modern day Babel, as I could not understand a single worker. Imagine if there were some emergency at the site. The English speaking residents wouldn't be able to communicate with any of the workers. That's not good.

As citizens, we've been asking our city leaders to do something about our illegal alien problem and we've been told that the city is doing everything it can do. We know that's not true. I thought they were simply being negligent, but now I see that they're actually complicit."

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Drilling Waste Site Proposed Over Aquifer

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/17 23:20:06 (999 reads)

Via WFAA News:

"It would contaminate our entire system before we would even know it," he said.

Mayor Weger is talking about a pit that is filled with natural gas and oil drilling waste. It is proposed to be placed at the site of a rock quarry just outside town. The mayor said the spot is right on top of the aquifer that supplies the town's drinking water.

Darren Fenoglio, of Fenco Contractors Group, hired an engineer, Grant Jackson Naismith, to design the disposal facility.

"Well, as a result of this facility, I'm not sure any of us can give a 100 percent guarantee on anything in life," Grant said when asked if he could give a guarantee that the town's drinking water won't be tainted as a result of the facility.

Fenoglio promises state of the art containment and said that drilling waste is often simply dumped on top of empty land, which then sterilizes it due to its high chloride content.

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Liberal Drinking Club Celebrates Four Years of Change

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/16 22:40:00 (920 reads)

(One pint at a time)

Four years ago, Far North Dallas liberals clamored for a group they could belong to where political agendas were checked at the door, and liberals ideas could flow alongside a few pints of beer. The Addison chapter of the national phenom, Drinking Liberally, was formed.

June 18th marks the 4th anniversary of the longest continuously running Drinking Liberally chapter in the Metroplex, dead center in the “conservative enclave” of northern Dallas County. “We have come a long way since 7 of us sat down at Snookie’s in North Dallas and decided to discuss failing national policies over some drinks,” said founding member John McClelland. “We’ve grown by leaps and bounds since 2005, growing to a chapter with over 300 people on its email list, and regular meetings of 15 to 20 people at The Quarter in Addison. I think it has been a successful concept, since we don’t tell you what to think or what to drink.”

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