Leading Off (8/1/08)

1. The city of Farmers Branch is cutting 28 jobs because of rising fuel costs, reduced revenue, and $424,000 in “special legal fees”–which, translated into lay terms, means “Tim O’Hare’s insane anti-immigrant campaign.”

2. Very sad news that Dr. Jennifer Jones, the principal at J.L. Long Middle School who made remarkable strides in gaining the trust of parents and respect of students in just one year, resigned because of health reasons. According to a 14-year-old source in the Celeste house, parents are “freaking out” at this news.

3. I love Don Nelson so much. Not only did he win his arbitration case against Mark Cuban (for more than $6 million in deferred salary owed to the former coach), but then his lawyer was quoted as summing up the verdict thusly: “It was not so much a defeat of Cuban as it was an ass-whipping.”


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26 responses to “Leading Off (8/1/08)”

  1. Harvey Lacey says:

    Farmer’s Branch and California, double doggone darn.

    When I told my wife about Extreminator cutting the pay of two hundred thousand state workers to minimum wage she said, “they’ll be going to Mickey D’s for a higher paying work.”

    Not likely. Stuff runs down hill. Mickey D’s will be laying off because state workers won’t be able to afford to eat there.

    Funny how it works.

    Eric, personal question. Have you ever said, “Mark Cuban” in the presence of Tim just to watch him to the ghetto ball check?

    I would. Repeatedly and often.

  2. Sallycat says:

    “If I defend him he’ll hire me.”

  3. DKC says:

    I am sure the $424,000 was more than offset by hospital income. (i.e. No longer have to give medical care away for free)

  4. FB says:

    It’s not an anti-immigrant campaign, Eric. Sheesh. What a tired and dishonest arguement. You left out the most important word: illegal.

  5. Tim says:

    With the economic state of the area (even though not that bad), illegal immigrants have been going home. Maybe Farmers Branch should really crack down on those that hire them, and dry up the source from which the illegal immigrants feed.

  6. Bethany says:

    Argument. You left in the most extraneous letter. E.

    Farmer’s Branch has hospitals?

  7. amandacobra says:

    Is “ass-whipping” (here come the asterisks) proper legal verbiage? If so, law school sounds way more fun than I thought it would be.

  8. Cubes' birthday cake says:

    Yeah it was pretty much his worst birthday ever. Nobody was even in the mood to eat me.

  9. Spamboy says:

    Ass-whipping? What does Rowdy have to do with this?

  10. Daniel says:


    Farmers Branch is in Dallas County, home of Parkland Hospital, funded primarily by the property taxes of homeowners in places like Farmers Branch. Nice guess, though.

  11. DKC says:


    My point is, less illegals = less free medical care provided by hospitals, whether in Dallas County or not. Not a guess, simply a fact.

  12. amandacobra says:

    If we’re talking about a truly terrifying ass-whipping, I’m starting with Mavs Man. That guy needs to get those third-degree burns that cover 90% of his body looked at.

  13. Dr. Freud says:

    @ DKC:

    Hmmm. Get rid of all people, and you have even greater healthcare savings.

  14. DKC says:

    Dr Freud,

    Very well thought out

  15. Daniel says:

    Your point seemed to be that the City of Farmers Branch realized a net gain or at least broke even on their legal expenditures. Sorry — they’re simply out 400 large.

    Additionally, when the illegals learned they were unwelcome in the blossoming Shangri-La of Farmers Branch, I doubt they simply shrugged balefully and headed back to Mexico. They’re almost certainly still in Dallas County — if not Denton or Tarrant, I believe both of which send their great unwashed to Dallas for medical care.

  16. DKC says:

    You are proably corect. Glad I live in Tarrant

  17. Daniel says:

    Well, I don’t mean this personally, but you’re essentially proud to be a leech, then. Congratulations. With citizens like you, who needs illegal aliens?

  18. mm says:

    @Daniel: Don’t be so sure that some of them haven’t headed back to Mexico. There was a story this week about that very topic.


    That’s our new immigration policy: make economic conditions in the US so bad that the illegal immigrants won’t want to stay here!

  19. Bethany says:

    The thing is – regardless of what side you come down on, this was a fiscally irresponsible move spearheaded by a then-city councilman who wanted to make a name for himself prior to running for mayor.

    The fiscally responsible thing would’ve been to vocally back the Hazelton, Penn., efforts, let them spend the money shepherding their version through the Supreme Court (which is where their’s is headed) and then craft an ordinance out of whatever resulted from that decision.

    SCOTUS is only going to take one such case. Hazelton had a head start. Why trek this thing through the appellate system and waste taxpayer money?

  20. Sky Masterson says:

    The crackdown on illegal immigration may very well pay for itself.

    Since Prince William County (Virginia) began a get tough policy against illegal immigrants last year, crime in the county is down 19%. Correspondingly, crime in the neighboring county of Fairfax increased 22%.

  21. Bethany says:

    But does that necessarily mean that all illegal immigrants were committing crimes other than being in the country illegally?

    Not necessarily. That reduction in crime could be a secondary result. An increased police presence for one purpose (in this case cracking down on illegal immigrants) will naturally result in those of a criminal bent wanting to be elsewhere, right?

  22. mm says:

    Bethany, as David Byrne would say, stop making sense.

  23. LakeWWWooder says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about J.L. Long – it has beaten St. Mark’s in academic compettion in the past and with all the kids starting to Lee and Lipscomb in addition to Lakewood and Stonewall I think it will again in the future.

    The committee and committed parents seem to have things well in hand.

  24. Daniel says:

    Plus, crime rates are commonly based on the number of crimes reported. I imagine a lot of those were nuisance crimes like public drunkenness, disturbing the peace, etc.

    Nobody’s ever going to claim that illegal immigrants aren’t trashy. But in my (anecdotal) experience, they’re fundamentally honest.

    If anything, it’s the second generation that carries on like a bunch of thugs and criminals. (Because, hey, you know, they grew up poor in the inner city.) And they’re usually American citizens, whether you or I think they should be or not.