08/30/04 We need new blood at City
When I heard about Councilwoman Maxine
Thornton-Reese's outburst at City Hall last week, I wasn't too surprised because
she's not only a racist, she's an idiot. Not only was what she said out of
bounds, but she looked like a fool saying it, bouncing up and down
in her chair like a screaming JackA in the Box.
I didn't get to actually see T-Reese's performance until Sarah Dodd's report on CBS-11,
Thursday night. It
was embarrassing to watch another woman behave that way. All she did was
make Mayor Miller look cool and composed.
Even people who are annoyed with
Our Mayor will rally to her side if Brain-Dead's stunt gets repeated. And,
of course, it will.
No one has mentioned James Fantroy's comments earlier in the day about
"white sheets". Had any White council member directed a similar
toward Fantroy, Thornton-Reese, Hill or Chaney, there would be hell to pay.
Granted, Fantroy is in really bad health an waiting for a kidney transplant,
but there is no excuse for this guy.
The TU vs. OU Game funding vote (agenda item), which turned out to
be another shouting match tirade, was frightening,
disgusting, and embarrassing for the citizens of Dallas. The meeting
displayed exactly "how not" to hold any form of
business meeting --aside from the fact that it was later carried on network
television (CBS being one).
To further embarrass the City of Dallas, a majority of the Council members
voted to delay the TU/OU funding vote, and thus bowed to
terroristic threat tactics conducted in
public session. It is unfortunate that
only two on the Council had a conscience and voted
for the important funding.
It should be remembered that some important
scheduled Dallas events could choose to go elsewhere (where they are
Citizens of other neighboring cities
are laughing at the way Dallas continues to conduct public council
business. It is no
wonder that some new business opportunities continue to bypass Dallas and
establish themselves outside of the city limits.
If council business continues to be
of the shouting match variety, it might become too scary to watch or listen
Race Card ..., I said "This was a planned
event. There is no way this was spontaneous. Someone put Brain-Dead
up to pulling this stunt. She can't think fast enough to have come up with
it on her own." And that's why you read DallasArena.com because I
know what I'm talking about.
Sarah Dodd broke the news that there was already $65,000 raised
in private funds to distribute to Grambling and Prairie View, and Leo Chaney
knew that, and did not share the information with the Mayor or most of the other
council members. With
another $50,000, Grambling and Prairie View will get more costs refunded than either
Texas or OU. When you see footage of a Grambling/Prairie View game,
the stands are never full. There are a lot of people, but not even close
to a full house. The crowds indicate the difference in the financial
impact the two games have on this city.
Shakedown Chaney was behind Brain-Dead's stunt, and he knew $65,000 was already
raised when he was making his own racist comments. Another Chaney shakedown. He didn't get his nick name
accidentally. He has been distributing almost $3 million in Smirnoff's
Blood Money in South Dallas for over 3 years. Can you see any improvement?
Shakedown Chaney scripted
Brain-Dead's performance. No doubt about it!
When you see the tape, it's obvious she forgot her lines several times.
She could not complete her sentences and would repeat a line several
times until she got a cue as to what to say next.
T-Reese and Chaney can't be as stupid and
selfish as they appear. T-Reese was a teacher (frightening in itself), and
Chaney was a high paid do-nothing for the DISD. They didn't get to their
positions of power without demonstrating some intellectual ability. Why do
they keep it from us?
Dallas Managed News could not ignore Brain-Dead's behavior at last
week's Council Meeting.
Racial Politics: City Council outburst was over the
August 28, 2004
politics in Dallas can get rough, but rarely do they break out in the kind
of ugly attack City Council member Maxine Thornton-Reese launched during
Wednesday's meeting. Her target: Mayor Laura Miller, to whom she devoted an
eight-minute, racially charged sermon worthy of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
... the council couldn't take a vote on the
Grambling-Prairie View funding until next week. So Mr. Chaney asked for a
delay in the scheduled Texas-OU vote, "to send the right message to the
Mayor Miller objected, saying there
was no good reason to delay the Texas-OU vote. Right or wrong, it's a
legitimate point to discuss. That's when Dr.
Thornton-Reese found her cue to throw a temper tantrum, ranting about
the mayor pursuing "the white agenda," whatever that is, and portraying Ms.
Miller as dedicated to keeping black folks down.
... Dr. Thornton-Reese's shameless demagoguery is
another example of the racialized politics of personal destruction some
vocal African-Americans practice against the mayor. When the incompetent
Terrell Bolton was fired, the public was treated to the appalling sight of
black protesters carrying signs denouncing the Jewish
mayor in anti-Semitic terms.
... In the end, the council voted against the
mayor on the Texas-OU issue, 12-2. Not bad for eight minutes' work.
The council should be aware, though, that what you
reward, you encourage. ...
Do you think someone on the DMN
Editorial Board reads DallasArena.com?
I said: A few Black officials and a handful of
preachers are not the Black community. I'm going out on a limb here and
say that part of their dislike is Anti-Semitic.
I said: The council members who gave into these two racists were cowardly and only added
fuel to the fire. The Mayor and Councilman Rasansky showed courage in
their votes, even if they lost 12-2. It is never a bad thing to be the
only one doing what's right. Of course, that message is lost on the likes
of Gary Griffith, Princess Velveeta, Lois Finkelman and Sandy Greyson.
|Griffith is a first term councilman, but we hear he is pushing Cathy Ingle
(former DART Board member) as a District 14 candidate. Shows what he
knows. Occasionally, Griffith surprises and shows some gumption,
but he is basically weak and MPossible in pants. He is one of those types who wants to ride in
the parade. He's not as bad as Veletta Lill, but close. Lill's got
her own favorite to replace her, but, Candy Marcum is going to win that
Finkelman will back Linda Coop as her replacement. Linda has served on
several boards. Danny Harrison resigned from the Urban Rehab Board to
announce for that seat and is already walking neighborhoods. Dallas could
use a new face and new energy like Danny Harrison, but Linda will have
Finkelman's machine behind her and the DMN will treat her like the incumbent.
What's discouraging about the Thornton-Reese episode is the
rest of the Council rewarding her tantrum, by
voting to delay the Texas-OU bid in order to
appease her when they should have punished her behavior by
ignoring her, and telling her and the news media why. This
was Child Psychology 101 - done wrong.
The episode indicates what Mrs. Woolens
colleagues really think of her, since she was left with only Mitch
Rasansky to defend her when she was clearly in the right.
Editor's Comment: Their cowardness was more about
looking "sensitive" to a minority member than a slap at Miller. Lill,
Finkelman, Griffith all have mayoral aspirations.
Greyson has had moments of character, but push come to shove, she has usually
folded to side with the Lill/Finkelman clique. Anyone who replaces her
will not have a high hurdle to be more effective.
Then there's John Loza. Apparently, Send Me Some Money Loza and Joe Thug
May have had a split because Loza is backing an unknown guy (Mauricio Navarro), who
isn't registered to vote and may or may not
even live in District 2 (kind of a tradition in that district). Joe Thug
is backing Pauline Medrano. Pauline is a very smart, very experienced
community activist. The word is Loza's guy is suppose to keep the
seat warm for Loza to come back and run again. Ha! Ha! I cannot
imagine Loza will really go up against the Medrano Family, when they have
been so supportive of him. On second thought, Loza has never been big on
Dallas Managed News
is begging people to run for the city council.
A Market for Heroes
August 30, 2004
A high school basketball game can
draw 17,000 fans, but a Dallas City Council race may draw barely 1,700
voters. In the last council election, nearly half of the incumbents ran
And we call this democracy?
... The city faces fundamental,
make-or-break challenges: reviving a moribund economy, reversing decades of
decay in the southern sector, and creating a new culture of openness and
accountability at City Hall ? for starters.
... Four of the 14 seats will be open, because the
incumbents can't legally run again. A number of people already are laying
the groundwork to run in those districts ? Nos. 2, 11, 12 and 14 ? and we
Making no judgments about them or
about the incumbents who are eligible for re-election, this is a plea, a
clarion call, an imprecation: RUN, (FILL IN YOUR NAME HERE), RUN!
... We know it's asking a lot. With a salary of
$37,500, serving on the council still requires a heroic sacrifice of anyone
who must earn a living. So, yes, we're in the market for heroes.
That is so much baloney!
Our Downtown Betters (the ODB) and the DMN Editorial Board are looking for milk
toast types who will not make waves and does as the ODB advises. The
DMN will endorse the incumbents. They endorsed Maxine
Thornton-Reese the last time. Dwaine Caraway says he's going to run again.
Dwaine may have warts, but he is much smarter than T-Reese. But, then who
Since Our Mayor does not have a majority clique on the council, there is little
she can do about what T-Reese did last week or will do in the future. Our
Mayor should have taken a cue from the County Commissioners' Court. When
things get out of hand, the Judge adjourns the meeting for awhile and turns off
the mikes. When a council member oversteps propriety like T-Reese did, the
Mayor should have the right to turn off their mike and expel them from the
chamber for that entire day. Of course, a bully like Ron Kirk would
overuse such a power, but I guarantee you T-Reese would never have used that
tone with him. He would have taken her by the head of her bad wig and
shaken her silly.
Maxine Thornton-Reese has brought shame on her office and owes it to her
constituents to resign. She clearly does not have the temperament to
behave as a grown up, so she needs to go throw her temper tantrums somewhere
other than City Hall.