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22 responses to “Leading Off (8/20/08): Overreaction Edition”

  1. Puddin'Tane says:

    Is this Tim Rogers reporting or Jane McGarry???

  2. Harvey Lacey says:

    Double doggone darn Tim, you’re sounding awful wifey this morning…….. I wonder if the same cure works………

  3. And now that we’ve had 40 days and 40 nights worth of rain this week, Plano doesn’t need to worry about Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Duncanville’s over-dominant radio system.

  4. Or maybe that should have said, “And now that we’ve had 40 days and 40 nights worth of rain this week, Plano doesn’t need to worry about Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Duncanville’s deep-Space extraterrestrial-calling radio system.”

  5. Cindy says:

    The Dallas Morning News will report a rape in Lakewood, but not a person shooting himself (and nearly a city worker) downtown in cancer survivors’ square. Hm.

  6. Lee, Dallas, Texas says:

    Cindy, the shooting was in the DMN this morning.

  7. bbb says:

    Cannot read the article. Dillards pop-up ad on the DMN website can not be removed.

  8. TLS says:

    I got two paragraphs in to the story and all of a sudden a bright red Dillards ad filled the screen. That’s how all of that subliminal advertising works doesn’t it? Dillards = Rape

  9. Who pissed in your cornflakes this morning? The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau must hate you.

  10. dazzling urbanite says:

    Hmm, when a rape happens in East Dallas, it’s “Lakewood” but when crime happens in RISD Lake Highlands (like, all the time), it’s “Northeast Dallas”.

    And the Dallas Morning News is biased against DISD? Uh yes, there were only three schools needing to be monitored. Oh and there was that self-righteous editorial written by all those people who don’t have kids in DISD. Those folks would never criticize illegal immigration. But they demand DISD to have no dropouts and make college-ready folks off third-world farms who show up in ninth grade with little or no schooling. And by damn, they better pass TAKS and make a good showing on SAT
    even if they don’t know English. DISD has kids going on to Ivy League schools? Forget them. The formula “is crap”.

    However, I am happy to discover however that TDMN has discovered humans in Arlington. I thought they were all worker drones.

  11. Brandon says:

    So…you think DISD is still on-track to make the district “the best in the nation” by 2010?

  12. Towski says:

    @ urbanite – That’s because Lake Highlands and Lakewood are two different areas. Lakewood is west of white rock lake, Lake Highlands is primarily north of it.

  13. Sky Masterson says:

    DMN’s website has always been the worst in intrusive advertising, but that Dillard’s ad goes beyond annoying and into the realm of “do not visit”.

  14. julie says:

    Banish the popups forever. Use the Mozilla Firefox browser, and add the “AdBlock Plus” software to it. It’s great to be able to actually read DMN articles without fighting with popups.

  15. Daniel says:

    Public school in the U.S.A. caters to the lowest common denominator, period. It’s true you can move to Plano and have a less low lowest common denominator. It’s still going to be lower than your kid’s level. (Places like HP are, as everyone knows, de facto private schools with local property values presenting a considerable barrier to entry.)

    Damn, I guess there’s just no getting out of this “parenting” stuff.

  16. DM says:

    Just as long as the Sheriff’s office does not manage the schools…

  17. TLS says:

    Julie –
    I’m already using Firefox but didn’t know about the Adblock Plus…Thanks! Eff Ewe Dillards!

  18. dawn says:

    I saw this on TV on Monday. I used to live in that apartment. The building they showed on TV was the one I lived in. I moved after they turned the apartments in to section 8 and Dominos refused to deliver anymore because of robberies. It was sad because I really liked living there. Nice apt. Good neighbors. Then it was all gone.

    There was a big story about the complex in the Observer about the sketchy arrangement about how the apartments went low income.

  19. Gosh, Tim. How come you haven’t picked up on the church in Plano that was struck by lightening last night? There’s a jab at Plano just waiting for you to take it.
    Come on, your up… batta, batta, batta …

  20. LakeWWWooder says:

    Towski, in differentiating between Lakewood and Lake Highlands, there’s any easy question to ask: Are you a Wildcat or a Copycat?

  21. Louisa Meyer, Dallas ISD parent since 1993 says:

    Let’s set the policy aside for the moment.

    The district said, “These procedures were developed as directed by Board policy by a committee of teachers, principals, and instructional support staff. Teachers were recommended by learning community executive directors, volunteered, or were nominated by the Coordinating Teacher Organization (CTO). The Board approved a new grading policy in March 2008, and the committee began its work in May after TAKS testing was completed. The work continued over the summer in preparation for Fall 2008 teacher training and implementation.”

    A Google of Diane Birdwell reveals she’s a high school history teacher.

    The lesson here is, when you don’t get your way, call the media and damn the representative process.

    Every issue deserves due process afforded by the representative system including an appeal component – from textbook adoption to teacher termination.

  22. Louisa Meyer, Dallas ISD parent since 1993 says:

    andg. I put this on the wrong page. sorry.