Puttin' a DART in Tim Rogers' Comeback

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Three weeks ago I did a smack-down on Tim Rogers, the editor of D, after he was the subject of a bad front-page story in The Dallas Morning News. The story was about phone calls Rogers made to the media relations department of the school district to get his kid into a special pre-K program.

Yesterday Tim Rogers did a smack-down on me for writing a blog item criticizing Dallas Area Rapid Transit for poor service during the ice-bowl Super Bowl. Rogers said my article was totally unfair, because I said DART didn't know how to keep its trains running in an ice storm.

He said they did too know how. They just didn't want to. His words: "Point is, you can take steps to try to keep your trains running in an ice storm. DART knows darn well what all those steps are. But DART designed and built its system to deal with the weather we normally get in North Texas."

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A DART train stuck at the Presby station on Friday
I guess "normal Texas weather" is the party line. You mean like normal conditions during the summer? What about normal conditions during the winter? We have winter every year, Tim.

You bought the company line, didn't you Tim? I see that The Dallas Morning News this morning quotes DART board member Jerry Christian at last night's board meeting saying DART was "wise to design its system 'for normal, North Texas weather,' rather than spending extra funds on precautions that could help during rare storms."

Yeah. Rare. So rare. So this morning, one week after the Super Bowl fiasco, DART has announced on its web page that once again "Sections of DART Rail are experiencing delays in excess of 40 minutes while the ice storm moves through the region."

Excuse me. Don't we have ice storms every year? And Christian doesn't think we need to be prepared? Man, I hope Christian isn't on the board of any major hospitals.

By the way, he's the same preacher who took a cool grand in cash from Dwaine Caraway during the recent no-alcohol campaign, then told The News's Steve Thompson, "I don't need to talk to you about what I did in the campaign."

There's your mentor, Tim. That's who you're riding with on this one.

Tim, Tim, Tim. I don't begrudge you coming back on me, man. I expect it. I look forward to it. But have some pride. I whacked you with a two-by-four. You snapped me with your scarf.

You were the subject of a front-page headline that said, "D Magazine editor's child given a Pre-K slot while needy children wait."

Think about it, Tim. While needy children wait. While needy children wait! Compare that to, "DART knows darn well what all those steps are."

It's about proportionality. Fight fire with fire, man, not dirty looks. This is embarrassing for both of us.

Look. You were the subject of a government inquiry into wrongdoing. They published a 90-page report. You think DART is going to do a 90-page report on me?

Truth be told, I'm jealous. I wish they would. And I have been the subject of a Morning News smack-down before, back during the Trinity River Toll Road election.

They put yours on Page One. Me they stuck back in the Metro section. You should be proud. Don't go around acting all woundy-snarky-snuffly about this. It's bad for the profession.

Here. I'm going to give you some free advice again, because I think you need it. You should try again to get me. But really try, guy. What you need to do is wait for a situation where you've got some live shells to pump. Something good.

For example, the thing I liked best about your DISD affair was that it involved just the faintest whiff of criminality, in an entirely speculative sense. One could wonder if you had caused federal funds to be improperly expended.

I don't think you did a darned thing criminal. I really don't. I would never want to see the feds perp-walking you out to the van in cuffs with your Billy Reid sportcoat held up over your face. Never.

But that's sort of the image you need to go for if you want to double up on me.

So instead what do you hit me with? You say I'm bad because I should have thought that maybe DART, which operates a light-rail system in a region where winter ice storms are common, thought about adopting measures to keep the trains running in an ice storm but then said, nah, screw it, we'll take our chances.

What's the ultimate headline here, Tim? FEDS PERP WALK SCHUTZE TO VAN IN CUFFS WITH COAT OVER FACE FOR FAILING TO CONSIDER ALL POSSIBLE ABSURD EXCUSES FOR BELEAGUERED TRANSIT AGENCY? I don't think so, Tim. And be honest. Neither do you.

Tim, the last major journalistic effort I saw under your byline was "Why Jay Jerrier makes the best pizza in Dallas." I think you need to stick with what you know, at least until you've got something better.

By the way, Tim: The pizza places around my house were all delivering during last week's storm.
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Defender of the Defenseless
Defender of the Defenseless

Wow Jim, taking shots at a lazy, hack, and mentally challenged journalist like Tim Rogers. Don't you think it's like shooting fish in a barrel, even if Mr. Rogers tried to take a shot at you for some DART comment nobody cares about. Leave the mentally disabled alone. They have enough problems.

Hoosier Daddy
Hoosier Daddy

Let me give Jim Schutze and Tim Rogers both a lesson on how to smack really someone with a 2x4. This is a letter I wrote to the DA and the Attorney General of Texas:

Dallas County District Attorney’s OfficeAttn: Craig Watkins, Dallas District AttorneyFrank Crowley Courts Building133 N. Riverfront Blvd., LB 19Dallas, Texas 75207214-653-3600 main214-653-5774 faxwww.dallasda.com

The Honorable Greg AbbottOffice of the Attorney GeneralPO Box 12548Austin, TX 78711-2548512-463-2100 main512-475-2994 faxgreg.abbott@oag.state.tx.us

RE: “Pissed at the Tim Rogers Situation”, blackmailing public officials and interfering with the official duties in a state and federally funded program for personal gains

Dear District Attorney Watkins and General Abbott:

I am writing to you as a concerned and angry citizen about an article I read last Saturday, January 15, 2011, on the front page of the Dallas Morning News (DMN) about the editor of a local magazine, Tim Rogers of D-Magazine, who apparently used threats and intimidation—of writing a scathing exposé on Hexter Elementary School (Hexter) in White Rock and the Dallas Independent School District’s (DISD) pre-kindergarten (PreK) program—against a DISD public official, Jolee Healey, the Principal of Hexter, in order to blackmail Ms. Healey, Hexter, and the DISD if his daughter was not admitted into Hexter ahead of other more deserving and underprivileged families. (See http://dallasisdblog.dallasnew... for DISD OPR report and DMN article.)

Apparently, the “shake-down” against Ms. Healey and the DISD by Mr. Rogers to admit his 3 year-old daughter into Hexter’s PreK program was done after Ms. Healey and the DISD officials were inclined not to admit her because that spot was to be first reserved and intended for low-income, underprivileged, and at-risk children that involved a protected state and federally funded pre-K program. It should be stated, according to the article, that state law only allows tuition-paying children to be allowed into open spots only after all eligible children are placed, to which the DMN shows that Hexter had not filled yet with several eligible families on the waiting list as of August 25, 2010.

On August 18, 2010 [see page 7 of 92 of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OCR), Report of Investigation, Case Number 8373 from the DISD, herein referred to as the Report], presumably Mrs. Rogers acknowledges, “I just got word from Dian [Byrne, CRC at Hexter] that [Rogers’ daughter] didn’t make the cut for pre-K. We are so sad to be taking a year off from Hexter.” (See http://dallasisdblog.dallasnew... for the Report.)

Mr. Rogers, upon finding out that his daughter was not going to be placed into Hexter through his urging by E-mails to several DISD officials, decided to use the threat of extortion on Ms. Healey to intimidate the Hexter school principal to change her mind. And this was the ploy that apparently immediately got Mr. Rogers’ daughter into the Hexter’s PreK program. This incident involving Mr. Rogers’ threat of a public official was documented in a 92 page internal investigation (i.e. the Report) that the DISD had to launch in order to investigate whether any improprieties were committed by its own officials for public corruption.

Note on page 6 of 92 of the Report states: “District should ensure that serving students who are not eligible for the program does not interfere with serving students who are eligible for the program. TEC §29.1531, (a), (2) SAAH, Section 7, 7.2.1.(W2-1).” On p12 of 92 of the Report, it states: “Jolee Healey advised OPR that she had several conversations and E-mail contacts with [Mrs. Rogers] in which Healey had told [Rogers] that there was not much hope that [her daughter] would be able to enroll in a Hexter PreK class.” Healey believed that Rogers’ child could not take a spot and go ahead of more deserving and underprivileged children for which the PreK program at Hexter was intended for. However, Tim Rogers would not accept this as Ms. Healey’s and the DISD’s final answer. At which point the threats of blackmail were made by Mr. Rogers.

On p14 of 92 of the Report in the second paragraph, Jolee Healey explicitly states: “She [Healey] stated that [Tim Rogers] was the [editor] of [D-Magazine] and had threatened to do an expos[é] about Hexter and the PreK program.” Clearly, this is the incriminating evidence that needs to be investigated by your office. For some unknown reason, this crucial E-mail was omitted from the Report, likely to protect Tim Rogers from accusations of serious criminal improprieties. This is definitely a cover-up as these are the only E-mails that have been omitted by the report. I believe that what Tim Rogers was accused of doing is so abominable that your office must subpoena the actual E-mails that Healey received in order to determine if any credible threats of criminal blackmail were made to Healey and other public officials of the DISD by Mr. Rogers.

Making threats to and intimidating a public official to interfere with their official duties is blackmail or extortion, especially when state and federally-funded programs are impacted. The threat seemed to be taken very seriously by the DISD because Beth Steerman (Director, Early Childhood Education of the DISD) goes on to state that: “Healey seemed very concerned and upset about the possibility of an unflattering article forthcoming. Healey stated that [Tim Rogers] had E-mailed Jon Dahlander to express this displeasure at the decision not to serve his child in PreK at Hexter.” The same paragraph goes on to say, “During a brief conversation, Steerman told Dahlander that Healey had concerns about [Tim Rogers] and the possibility of him writing an unfavorable article about Hexter. Dahlander confirmed he received the E-mail and that [Tim Rogers] expressed his displeasure about the PreK program at Hexter.” (See E-mails RE: “Pissed at Hexter.”)

Please note, however, that before the DISD caved in to Mr. Rogers’ demands and threats, they were firmly sticking to policy to serve eligible children first in Hexter’s PreK program before tuition children. The ending statements say, “Steerman and Dahlander discussed the need to serve elgible children in the PreK before tuition children. Dahlander strongly supported the district continuing to follow that practice without exception.” So, the question begs to be asked: Why did the DISD cave in to Tim Rogers’ threats and intimidation in this “shake-down”? As Principal Healey and DISD official Steerman corroborate, the answer was to avoid bad press that Rogers was directly threatening to libel Healey, Hexter, and the PreK program with. “After I received the initial phone call from a distressed, upset Ms. Healey on Aug. 19, my intent was to try to eliminate the possibility of any 'bad press' for Hexter and the district,” Steerman wrote in a statement in the report. “She [Healey] seemed very concerned and upset about the possibility of an unflattering article forthcoming.”

It begs to answer the question in my mind: Who else have Tim Rogers and D-Magazine been shaking-down in exchange for not writing scathing exposés on their business or organizations? Mr. Rogers’ (and D-Magazine’s) credibility is in serious jeopardy, and his actions in this situation should be in serious question by the proper law-enforcing authorities. How do we know that any articles he writes about are at all honest, genuine, and without any conflicts-of-interests? How do we know that Rogers doesn’t accept favors and huge financial incentives to print positive reviews, and use threats of extortion with disingenuous negative reviews against any uncooperative businesses in his magazine and website. This is way beyond a personal agenda to being corruption where this crooked journalist and editor has sold-out his integrity and values to the highest bidder, and possibly with the ominous specter of Rogers shaking-down other businesses and institutions for his own personal gain and fortune.

Mind you, Rogers could have gotten his child in the old-fashioned way—through bribery. That would have been an improvement to this situation. No, instead Rogers decided to do it by threatening, intimidating, and shaking down innocent public school officials with extortion and blackmail and selling out his credibility and integrity as a journalist by threatening to write a bogus and libelous exposé against the uncooperative parties involved. Rogers sold out his morals and ethics by engaging in conduct that is akin to racketeering that we usually only see from organized crime family members.

Mr. Rogers should be made an example of. It’s tough enough for our public officials to make any decisions with any integrity with the normal political pressures placed on them; however, there should be a clear line drawn in the sand about using undue influence, coercion, threats, intimidation, and extortion in corrupting the decisions that our public officials make on behalf of the public. Mr. Rogers conduct and actions definitely and very egregiously crossed this line into the realm of the criminal. Our public officials must have basic protections against blackmail and extortion in order for them to make honest and prudent decisions in the public’s interests without the specter of being perceived as being corrupt. So, I like many citizens of Dallas, ask that you review this case for the rather high public exposure and egregious nature of the improprieties undertaken by this rather powerful figure in Dallas’ journalistic circles.

You know, I am just disgusted with this whole “Rogers situation”. It just makes me sick to my stomach. I work very hard to earn every last cent I keep and provide a good life for my family, and I am not ashamed for anything I accomplished because I played by the rules and didn’t trample on other people’s rights to get ahead in this world. To many of us decent, hard-working people who play by the rules and respect the letter of the law in Dallas, this is just completely unacceptable. I earn my keep, I play by the rules, and I don’t cut ahead of the line because I respect the rights of others who stood in line longer than I have. They have paid their dues too. And that’s why I’m mad as hell. This selfish privileged jerk isn’t satisfied with what he was blessed with in life and has to have more for himself at other people’s expense—people who have stood in line and waited patiently for their turn. And now that he was caught, he has the nerve to beg to keep everything that he wasn’t entitled to in the first place.

I urge you very strongly to open a criminal investigation into this DISD situation and find out the true nature of those conveniently omitted emails, threatening blackmail against DISD public officials. This whole situation just leaves a bad taste in my mouth about this privileged little weasel, Tim Rogers.

Thank you and God bless.

Sincerely,

John Doe (prefer to remain anonymous)

Cc: Tawnell Hobbs of the DMN, Tim Rogers, and Wick Allison of D-Magazine

Bammer778
Bammer778

What happens if the needy children have to take Dart Rail system in an ice storm?

Will Tim Rogers & his kid force them to give up their seats?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

That, AND Caraway will give Jack Frost a key to the city.

Steve
Steve

Damn good smackdown.

ts
ts

Glad to see that attempting to own someone has moved from the internet comments section to the actual articles themselves. This makes /b/ smile.

RAB
RAB

Okay, the towel snap bit was funny.

To be fair, Tim did criticize you for ignoring (and failing even to acknowledge) DART's explanation -- which, like a good politician, you have sidestepped again.

But who cares? The fighting is so much more fun. Advantage crazy old crank!

DimRogers
DimRogers

Hey Rab

If, as you say, you haven't been reading anything by Schultze for many years, then how do you know he is irrelevant and cranky? Also, give me some examples of how Rogers is relevant.

RAB
RAB

Dear DimRogers/beaver:

You'll see my examples back on Frontburner.

Best,RAB

RAB
RAB

Ah, DimRogers. You've been reading comments on other blogs, haven't you? Do you by chance also comment under the handle "beaver"?

And why should I give examples of how Rogers is relevant? I never said he was. And by the way, that's his whole point.

DimRogers
DimRogers

Not beaver, just someone that would like you to back up your hypocritical comment.

Again, how do you know how someone is relevant when you don't read what they write?How do you know he is cranky?

beaver
beaver

Nope. Not me. I don't care about Rogers' relevancy. Just examples about JimS.

DimRogers
DimRogers

Tim Rogers is not a journalist. Other than being the worthless butt boy to Wick, I am not sure what he does other than xerox D Best of certificates. Jim, you are too smart to play in his alchohol filled sandbox. Just have fun watching him self destruct.

Ed D.
Ed D.

DART may not be prepared for the weather or the economy or the Texas-OU game or to meet its long-announced schedule of light rail station openings (Addison opens in, what, 2030 now?) but at least they're prepared for the extremely improbable event that somebody takes Tim Rogers seriously as a journalist. Kudos.

Harvey
Harvey

It's complicated. I like Tim, have for many years. I have also admired the Don Quixote /Schutze of Dallas for almost as long. Then there's the good fight thing, love a good fight.

I won't pull for either side publicly. But I will encourage the fight, again, love a good fight.

Bob
Bob

Do you know what makes me sad? The amount of time Tim put into his scarf snapping post. Low ROI.

JimS
JimS

Well, you know, it's not just about Tim. By my count (see NOAA records at http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-... we've had 24 severe winter weather incidents in the last 16 years, for a rate of one and a half per year. Of those, three were officially dubbed "ice storms" and five "heavy snow," but the rest were called winter weather, winter storm or winter weather mix, which in North Texas always means some kind of freezing crap. So, you know, what on earth is DART talking about, saying that this kind of stuff happens so seldom it's not worth preparing for? This is precisely the kind of incident where mass transit needs to step in and show its muscle against cars instead of being even less reliable than cars. Also, did you get that exchange in the News story about last night's DART board meeting http://www.dallasnews.com/news... where Rowlett board member Mark Enoch asked DART CEO Gary Thomas about commhnications qwith customers? Enoch said something to the effect: if we can't even put up a decent electronic communications system to tell people the trains are not coming, why don't we send a DART cop or a staffer out there to warn them? Thomas shot back: "It was zero degrees out there on the platform, Mark." Yeah? It was zero degrees for the passengers, too, genius. That's why you needed to go tell them the train wasn't coming. It speaks volumes about DART. Volumes. Of course, all we need for Tim is milliliters, and we get the picture.

Goodgovernance
Goodgovernance

Jim, thanks for the proper DART observations and fact checking. They were spot on. Such questions and concerns and issues should be raised by journalists.

Public transporation systems are wise to shut down when it cannot operate under safe conditions. While airports have rules, train systems call their own shots. So it is discretionary whether to operate or not. However, passengers stuck on stalled trains for two hours is unacceptable. Inadequate maintenance causing problems to be exacerbated is preventable and controllable. DART public ommunication should have been better - a number of people ventured out in treacherous conditions unaware that buses were going to be no-shows. Again, unacceptable.

Tim ought to seriously smarten up and get a clue that transportation systems are part of homeland security systems -ergo, worry. It does nothing for D's credibility to see his type of fluffer-nutter jo-urinal-ism being exhibited. Not that any of us have ever confused D with being serious about anything. Tim seriously misses the part where one of DART's fundamental responsibilities is to manage risks, and it is supposed to be spending money to be prepared for the eventuality of such risks happening. No matter what the situation, DART is supposed to deliver - not say they did not want to, or say it is enough to perform just the operating basics. (Alert to Mr. Christian: As a Board member you would be wise to understand this. Please for the love of G-d stay away from NASA).

DART's senior management is paid to be accountable to the public and to its riders and to make informed and qualified decisions on their behalf. One hopes (and prays) that DART has specific emergency management plans in place for crisis situations - whether man-made or natural disaster delivered. Spending money on preparedness and training is a good thing. But they need to be able to deliver the bacon when disasters happen.

Winter brings cold weather along with ice and snow hazards. Duh. Track and operating conditions can become very dangerous. Duh. Road conditions suck. Duh, Where is the surprise here? Buses and cars gotta move. It is understandable if DART finds conditions become too risky at a point in time in which to operate - but the need to show us that their readiness and ability to manage such a situation (along with their resource preparedness) is ready, willing and able. Period.

Compare to recent troubles in New York with the subways and with Metro North. They have seen a good many bad winters. But this season they have really had big performance failures. Yes, NY has seen worse weather scenarios for which the trains operated well. Not lately. Blame the financial woes, poor leadership, or some combo thereon. It is all the same: either it works or it doesn't. You cannot control the weather, but you can control the response.

And for the record, most of us little people who ride DART think it is a miracle that we have it to begin with. Yes, ridership most days of the week is trouble free and actually is quite nice, this in spite of its vast financial limitations and operating debilitations poor DART has to deal with day in and day out. Gary Thomas and his crew generally do a great job. But certainly there is always room for improvement and learning is a norm not some kind of variance. It was formally stated that Rail operation managers made some decisions that did not pan out. OK, Thomas should answer for and deal with bad decisions that had consequences. Nothing unusual there. Yet with the lack of DART Board' being of any value, it is clear that one of the more troubling problems for DART management is having to waste time answering to a useless Board.

As for the smack-down, score it Jim - 1 and Dim Tim - 0.

Which begs the question: will the "Jim and Tim Show" become weekly point-counterpoint? How one longs for the SNL politically incorrect "Jane you ignorant slut" days to return...

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

The DART cops couldn't go out stand on the platforms, they're too busy riding around in their heated cars. I see more Transit Authority marked police cars on the streets of Dallas than I see DPD cars.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Take that all you nay-sayers! You can't out fact Jim "Fact Boy" Schultz!

Ittybittywussy
Ittybittywussy

DART says a 100-year flood doesn't happen all that often, so really we don't even need those dumb levees...

Bravo!
Bravo!

Another funny, accurate column.I personally will never tire of anyone humiliating the corrupt, dishonest, and weasley tools who have too much influence in this city.

And Ed's "toniest pinata" and "barking furiously through the screen door" is also really good.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to include that picture of Tim in his white satiny get-up. It sort of says it all about him.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

I agree on the about including a pic of Rogers in the white satin suit, it would be the equivalent of the way he always prefaces Dallas Observer with "Phoenix based".

Bravo!
Bravo!

And in the white satiny suit, he looks like the Winter Fairy, which would tie in with his support of DART.

DART execs wouldn't last a minute in real world-class cities like NYC. They would be harrassed and booed publicly for being unable to man up and get the job done, which is why Tim fits in nicely with them and defends their failure to serve the citizens who pay them.

Man up, DART, and stop with the excuses.

Rooster
Rooster

Oh for the love of god, would you two lovers take this spat outside?....

Rixtex
Rixtex

Say, wasn't the rare winter ice-storm the main reason everyone pooh-poohed the Max Goldblatt Monorail over Central 25-30 years ago? The monorail couldn't run in an ice storm unless the rail was heated and that would cost too much. My memory's been affected by the loss of lot's of brain cells, but that's what I recall. It was such a MIckey Mouse idea.That and the powers that be couldn't figure out how to spend billions on it (although I'm sure they would have done their best) and hated Max, of course.

Gabe
Gabe

You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being in the Army, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!

brett
brett

yeah, because the worst storm in 20 years, with record-breaking cold temperatures (11 degrees tonight) is "normal" Dallas winters.

Both of you need to give up on your slap fight.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

JimS -- My bet is the headline and lead for you finally will be SCHUTZE TAKEN AWAY IN STRAIGHT JACKET Today crusading journalist Jim 'Get off my lawn 'Schutze was taken away after attacking a joint meeting of the DISD and Dallas City Council. Using lighting speed, he was able to assault all officials present with an unknown object. Colleague Robert Wilonsky was overheard saying, "Gee, I always thought 'ripping someone a new one' was a rhetorical tool and that you could not actually do that." Schutze is rumored to have used either a Cue Cat, a piece of the Calatrava bridge, or a scale model of a solar powered water taxi in the attack.

Of course the Dallas News would cover it as CITY NEEDS TOLLWAY IN FLOOD PRONE AREA Maverick Report from the Greensheet was heard to endorse new toll road and bond initiative as he demonstrated how to fix the problem with the Dallas levy system.

heavy metal church lady
heavy metal church lady

You boyz are like trains and train tracks: derailed, iced over and headed for disaster. Frankly, I'm getting tired of this tit-for-tat repartee between the Big Newz Boyz. I want information. If I need masculine posturing to keep me amused, I'll just go to the zoo and watch the chimpanzees. At least there I don't hold on to preconceived notions that they have the capacity to rise above it.

I am officially boycotting the two of you, a media freeze out, until you get re-calibrated and focused on what the two of you do first and foremost: deliver news and information. You could still debate the factual basis of the other's claim, just drop the hyperbolic personal attacks. The personal attacks actually cheapen the validity of your arguments that might otherwise come off as solid journalism.

(I know, there must be such tears of pain that you and Tim have disenfranchised one of your loyal readers. Go to it Boyz, don't let the public's need for reliable news get in the way of your chest thumping.)

JimS
JimS

heavy metal church: accusing me of "masculine posturing," eh. This is the best morning of my year so far.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Tim Rogers is approaching John Wiley Price levels on the Schtuze-o-meter, which really takes some doing. Gotta love it!

G_David
G_David

Why don't you two just get in the octagon and bitch-slap each other for a couple of rounds? I know this is only a blog, but it's about the closest thing to "journalism" we get from The Observer. It's petty and boring. Besides, given how much it would have cost to keep the DART trains running for the 13 people that wanted to ride one, who cares?

JS
JS

Ticket Fight Night!!!

JimS
JimS

G David: I like this idea.

G_David
G_David

Then you're still my hero.

cp
cp

Will someone please call those trolley people and ask them how they manage to keep those old streetcars running in ice and snow? It's not rocket science.

Ed
Ed

Jim, this gratuitous beating of Wick's cabana boy is unseemly and beneath the personal ethics of a serious journali...::snicker::...or maybe not. He really does seem to work hard at presenting himself as the toniest pinata in town (thanks, but I brought my own stick), so who am I to question his career path?

Seriously, as long as you treat him as the parlor Schnauzer he is, regularly feeding him little bacon-flavored treats he can scurry off with and pretend to re-source before posting them to his own blog, and as long as you spook him regularly and set him to barking furiously through the screen door so that Wick feels he's getting his money's worth, both of you will continue to prosper in your respective jobs, you as journalist, Tim as fop.

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Dave_little
Dave_little

To be fair, Jim, I know for an absolute fact that Mr. Tim Rogers calls terrible fouls on the basketball court. And he has a way, jeez, i can't believe i'm telling you this, of lifting his legas he goes in for an out of control layup and jamming it right into the defender's groin. And it hurts. Screw that guy!

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

There is not a more accurate indicator of a man's character than how he calls fouls in a pick up basketball game. I am dead serious.

Thelawwon
Thelawwon

Real men never call a foul in a pick up basketball game unless there is blood.

Bob
Bob

ZING! BAM! POW!

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