Two reasons I’m breaking the LMSU format this morning. One, there’s so much to comment on, I need to do an old-school Zac Crain-style Digital Latte kinda round-up. Two, I have a super-wonky piece I’m not quite done with that I hope to have tomorrow.
Settle down. I know that excites you. But you’ll just have to wait. To the Elsewhere!
Try to keep track of the fundraising shell game going on here. There’s the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which I think is the entity that encompasses both the presidential library/museum and the GWB Policy Institute. (It’s pretty confusing.) These things have raised $415 million against a goal of $300 million, which is the exact opposite of what happened to budgets during the GWB presidency. But I digress.
Now, the organization that actually raised the money is called the GWB Foundation. I’m going to stop trying to parse the relationship of all these things to each other. I will point out that the Policy Institute is the driving force in shifting the project’s focus toward research and initiatives in “everything from global health to education reform to economic growth.” I assume to undo the damage caused to Nos. 1 and 3 in that list during his administration. But I digress.
We’ve passed the number of 2011 Dallas murders already: 141 to date versus 133 all of last year. I still remember working on a “Crime & Fear” issue at D Magazine in April 1991, when we hit 500 murders. So forgive me if I walk around downtown at night, bottle of half-downed whiskey in hand, declaring my invincibility to everyone I see. Still seems relatively safe, is what I’m saying.
The Texas Railroad Commission oversees the oil and gas industry in Texas. Because it really doesn’t have anything to do with railroads anymore — in other words, because the name is a vestige of an ancient time that has nothing to do with the way we live today — there is suggestion in Austin that the commission change its name. The obvious joke here is that it should change it to: Texas [industry becoming irrelevant] Commission. But the only thing I could think of was “Texas Newspaper Industry.”
Jeff Bounds in the DBJ says some of the Hostess brands available in bankruptcy are likely worth “hundreds of millions of dollars” — but notes that they’re unlikely to fetch anything close to that.
Super-investor Warren Buffett wrote a Sunday op-ed for the NYT arguing for a minimum tax on the super rich. Our own local, fitter Charles Krauthammer, Mike Hashimoto, argues that Buffett’s numbers don’t add up.
Austin wants to ban sugary drinks in schools. I really don’t have a problem with this. To me, it’s not unlike banning cigarettes. We used to think tobacco was okay, and we used to think refined sugar was fine. Turns out, both help kill you. Pretty simple.
Big Bob at the DMN recaps the TV station feeding frenzy last night as they sought out information that might make the suspended Hurst cop worth a media dog pile. They found reports that called him “overzealous” and some folks who said he yelled at them.
I understand he brought the scrutiny on himself. He deserves whatever punishment he gets in the case for which he’s under suspension. But I’m always uncomfortable with Monday-morning QBing like this, where media look for clues to tell us what a person is like, and then tell us based on information that would never have been cause for a story on its own. Harrumph.
Sigh. Something wrong with Twitter servers. Can’t copy embed code. Just know that Robert Wilonsky was reading Dallas Police reports, Mike Hashimoto was screaming BENGHAZI, and sports radio host Ben Rogers was taking pics of 10 million blackbirds at 635 and Midway. Assume they were entertaining Tweets.