Leading Off (1/11/11)

1. Kevin Sherrington has noticed that basketball is happening. And he says the Mavericks are doomed. Is he right? DOUBTFUL.

2. You guys, the one-man crime wave is back. That’s right: Charlie Perez, “27-year-old scallywag” and inveterate car burglar. Is scallywag one of my favorite words? YOU KNOW IT.

3. And the pre-Super Bowl homeless roust officially kicks off. Up next: DALLAS!

4. Oh and happy 1/11/11 day. ENJOY.


  • Long Memory

    @#2: Did you know that “scallywag” isn’t even in the dictionary. You might be thinking of “scalawag,” and in that case Mr. Perez might be amused to know that #1 definition is “a scamp; rascal.” #2 is more interesting: “a Southern white who supported the Republicans during the Reconstruction; an opprobrious term used by Southern Democrats.” I’m a Southern Democrat and I’d like to go on record as saying I’ve never called anyone a scalawag (or a scallywag).

    However, Antonin Scalia can be found on the same page in the dictionary as the word scalawag. Coincidence? I think not.

  • yvonne crum

    zac.. Scallywag.. a southern word for Carpetbaggers.. ? love it.. maybe he’s looking for a permanent home..seriously.. the city Jail.. or county?

  • Bethany Anderson

    Long Memory, technically, DMN writer Tanya Eiserer opted for scallywag.

    And not to get all Cliff Clavin on you, but according to the dictionary I’m looking at, scallywag is an accepted variant of scalawag.

  • I want to see someone work this into a story..

    “Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!”

  • GMOM

    1)Who is Kevin Sherrington and why is he so negative about our Mavs?
    2)Why is Perez not “under the jail”? Why is “3 strikes and you are out” law not being applied to him? Do the Police let him go so they will have a rabbit to chase? Come on DPD put him away, he must love prison, or I want the name of his lawyer, he must be good!!!

  • Daniel

    I wonder if Mr. Perez really would be amused that someone called him a scalawag meaning rascal or scamp, or if he’d just shrug and do something disruptive to exasperate the jail staff.

  • Daniel

    Easy peasy, DMBurrows. To wit:

    As the Legislature convenes today facing a $15 billion hole — or about a 20 percent cut in current state spending — Gov. Rick Perry told The Dallas Morning News in an interview that reductions probably “will be across the board,” including health care, services for the mentally ill, higher education, prisons and public safety.

    “I don’t think there is anything that is so important that cannot be either appropriately reduced or, for that matter, eliminated,” Perry said.

    Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch! He said that when the economic recovery gains its legs, the Legislature can reinstate spending in a few years where it’s needed.

  • Well done Daniel or rather.. you pribbling base-court dewberry!

  • Long Memory

    Yo, Bethany. It’s here in my dictionary, too. I just asked myself: What Would Scarlett Say? (Gotta go watch the movie again, because I’m just certain she uses that word.)