Leading Off (12/11/15)

Why did the Police and Fire Pension System investigate a councilman?

Police & Fire Pension Investigated Councilman. Documents surfaced on Thursday that indicate that back in July 2013 the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System asked a consultant — former NBC 5 JaMster Mike Snyder — to run a “forensic trace” on Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs, a member of the pension fund’s board. Gary Lawson, an attorney for the fund, couldn’t explain why the expense appeared on an invoice from Snyder, even though it was Lawson’s firm who had hired and paid Snyder’s consultancy on behalf of the fund. Snyder has also declined to explain the motivation for investigating Griggs. You may have forgotten that at about this same time Snyder took a bunch of heat for having set up fake Facebook profiles to comment anonymously on various blogs in support of the fund’s Museum Tower project in its ongoing dispute with the Nasher Sculpture Center. Based on other items listed on Snyder’s invoices, his “forensic internet research” was intended to determine the identity of other anonymous commenters critical of the pension fund’s leadership, especially famed/infamous-commenter-turned-FrontBurner columnist Wylie H. Dallas. It’s not a stretch to infer that Lawson or Snyder suspected Griggs of being Wylie H. and were hoping to prove it.

Plano Muslim Family’s Home Vandalized. Twice in two days. Come on, people, what were we just saying? We’re better than this.

The Morning News Asks “Are you afraid of going to the dentist? No? How about now? How about now? And now? How are you feeling about somebody rummaging about inside your mouth now? Now? We’re hoping to option this to be adapted into the next season of American Horror Story.”

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