11/26/07 Arkansas Freak
controls all factors of North Central Texas
For the past week, the radio talk jocks have
touched on the news that the seats at Grandpa Jones' new stadium will be
unaffordable to the majority of DFW area sports fans. One of the most insightful
comments came from one of the guys on KRLD's Ernie & Jay. He said none of
the Arlington people who lost their homes to Jerry Jones will be able to afford a ticket.
(If you haven't checked them out on KRLD, you are missing some good
LOCAL ISSUE discussions.)
Even WFAA's Dale Hansen, who thinks the sky's the limit
for spending tax dollars
on sports facilities, questioned whether pricing regular people out of game
attendance is a good thing.
Isn't it amazing how stratified our society has become? Sports should be the great equalizer, bringing people together, creating a community goal,
etc., etc., etc. Instead, professional sports team owners have done more
to create class divisions than any tin horn dictator could imagine.
When they started doing luxury boxes at sports facilities to protect hoity-toity from the
hoity-poory, it was inevitable that some owner would try to exclude the
working class from attending the games at all. Apparently, that's Grandpa
Jones' plan for his stadium with the seat prices he has announced.
Assuming you can buy one of the $16,000-$50,000 seat licenses, you can buy a
$350 game ticket. It will be interesting to see who buys those seat
No one is mentioning Grandpa Jones' plans originally called for
"affordable" tickets in the SRO section at both ends of the stadium.
Is that still part of his plans? SRO,
as in standing room only? I can't wait until those real football fans
standing around and packed in like sardines realize the moneyed crowd in the
seats above are looking down at them, in every way. Then, there's the issue of how the height
impaired (as in short of stature) are going to be able to see the game over the
heads of taller sardines.
It's not an issue for me. When I was younger, I often went to Texas
Stadium for Cowboy games. I worked for a law firm that represented the
team owners, back when the Murchison's were really rich. It was fun, but a
hassle. Now, my husband and I sit in comfy chairs in front of our 50"
plasma. We don't need binoculars or have to stand in line at the
bathrooms. Even from the comfort of our home, Grandpa Jones has reached out
to tap us for more money to him. We had to switch from cable to dish to
get the Cowboys/Packers game this week. Eventually, we all will have to pay
extra to watch Cowboy games.
What's money? To the likes of Grandpa Jones, what we have isn't really ours
anyway. By their standards, we are only holding THEIR money that they will
reclaim when they are ready.
When you drive around town and see all the new monster houses -- the ones that
make McMansions look like starter houses, you have to wonder just how many
rich people there are in this town. I just don't see those monster
homeowners trekking out to Arlington in all that traffic to watch a football
game on a regular basis. They might shell out the $$ for a seat license
and actually buy season tickets, but actually driving to Arlington?
It's the driving to Arlington that's the deal breaker. There's no easy way
to get there. But hold on, the entire region is going to get to pay to
secure a better route to Grandpa Jones' stadium. Fresh off completely
prostituting itself as a political arm of the Pave the Trinity campaign, the
Dallas Managed News
is now beating the drums for yet another toll road in this region. This
one is for SH-161. The DMN
wants to turn another state highway into a toll road to benefit Grampa Jones.
on 161: Toll road too cruicial to be delayed
Will someone tell me where my highway taxes go?
This is all very interesting, and I wish we knew what's really happening behind
closed ODB doors as they govern us in secrecy. Apparently, one ODB faction and the bureaucrats that
clique controls is at odds with another ODB faction and their respective allied
bureaucrats. You can be pretty sure it will wind up costing taxpayers a
lot of money, and hundreds of middle class homeowners and land owners will have
their property taken through eminent domain for pennies on the dollar.
All, so the Arkansas Freak can take more of other people's money.
Your toll money at work - on the Danube.
The fun part of all this is the intramural squabbling among local
plutocrats. Their greed may be to our benefit. There is a bottom to the
public well, and the plutocrats are battling to control where the public dollars
I keep telling my fellow Trinity Toll Road opponents that we only lost a battle.
The dragon is still flaying around, but we poked a hole in its heart. If
you think the NTTA is going to risk billions on a toll road in a floodway when
Grandpa Jones needs a toll road to get big spenders to his football stadium, then
you are just not paying attention to the way things get done in these parts.
We all owe Ch 11's Bennett Cuningham a
debt for bringing the NTTA travel waste to the
Damn it, that's my money,
and I sure as hell did not pay it for them to fart around in Austria.
At least not until I have the opportunity
to go, too; which is somewhere between slim and none.
Was an elected individual responsible
for appointing these
fools to the NTTA
Arlington voters are beyond stupid.
In several elections, Arlington turned down mass transit. They voted FOR a baseball stadium that never
delivered the development and revenue promised. They could see with their
own eyes that Texas Stadium never delivered the development and revenue promised
to Irving, but they again voted FOR another tax on themselves to fund a
billionaire's place of business, where they will never be able to afford to go.
With their current crime wave and police manpower shortage, you might expect
those tax happy Arlington voters to support an additional sales tax devoted to
public safety. No, Arlington voters never vote to improve their own
quality of life. They voted YES to benefit an Arkansas billionaire and
voted NO to protect themselves. Go figure!
It is sad when regular people in Arlington are so victimized by their stupid
neighbors and the plutocrats, but it's the risk you take when you live in
Dallas lost nothing when Grandpa Jones chose Arlington for his stadium. The
kind of people who can afford $16,000-$50,000 for a seat license are not going
to hang out in Arlington. Since Cowboy season tickets are not really going
to be available to the unwashed masses, the elite attending Cowboy games will
head out right after the games - if they even go.
Of course, Grandpa Jones intends to destroy
the Cotton Bowl. For some reason, the ODB is helping him do just that.
There is no municipal loyalty among the ODB, because so many of those who run
this town are not from this town.
Grandpa Jones seems to have the key to pitting the various ODB factions against
each other to his benefit, but it may work to our benefit. His greed and
manipulations may inadvertently save the region from a disastrous building
project in the Trinity River floodway. There is just so much road money
(toll road or public) available, and Grandpa Jones has bought the
politicians and bureaucrats he needs to get those dollars spent where he wants
them and where it will most benefit him.
This is only surmising on my part, but the ODB went all out to help Grandpa
Jones snare the Super Bowl in 2011. What happens if the SH-161 toll road
isn't finished by then? Oops! We know the Trinity floodway toll road
will not be done by 2011. Oops!
The Lord moves in mysterious ways.