What the Council Has Done It Can Undo By Taking Away Caraway's "Temporary" Title

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You know what is one of the most common questions I get from people about Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway? They always ask, "What the hell is a mayor pro tem?"

Let's talk about that. Pro tem is a shortened version of the Latin phrase pro tempore. According to the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, pro tempore means "for the time, temporarily."

Hmm. Temporarily.

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Sam Merten
The dictionary offers an example from 1748 of an early use of the phrase in the English language: "The Lord Chamberlain is likely to be Lord Steward this parliament, pro tempore."

Temporarily.

Hey. Have you got the same light bulb over your head that I do?

The whole city is now walking on eggshells, waiting for the next big Dwaine Alert. What will it be next time? Did he order the cops to deliver fresh poker chips to his dad's favorite gambling house? Did somebody finally find Arthur and Archie, but they were running around wearing thongs and carrying whips? Did his wife chase him out of City Hall with a machete?

And the big one: Is he the mayor of Dallas yet?

According to the city charter, if the mayor leaves office for any reason, the mayor pro tem becomes mayor. Dwaine becomes mayor. Oh my God!

Think about it. Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is champing at the bit to vacate City Hall and run for U.S. Senate. But if he does, that makes Dwaine the mayor.

The last time the country heard about us on CNN it was the ice falling off Cowboy Stadium. So when Dwaine becomes mayor, what will the next big headline about Dallas be?

DALLAS MAYOR GIVES KEY TO CITY TO BERNIE MADOFF.

FEDS BUST CASINO RUN BY DALLAS MAYOR IN CITY HALL BASEMENT. MAYOR BLAMES ARTHUR AND ARCHIE.

DALLAS MAYOR GIVES POSTHUMOUS KEY TO CITY TO HITLER.

ARTHUR AND ARCHIE NAMED CO-MAYORS PRO TEM-TEM.

Go back to the light bulb.

Temporarily.

He is the mayor pro tem temporarily. We didn't make him mayor pro tem. We didn't vote on that. We can thank our brilliant mayor and city council for that one. At the mayor's urging, the rest of the council voted to make Dwaine mayor pro tempore. So why don't they all just vote to dis-tempore him? Take the stupid title away and give it to somebody else.

Some of them are worried about his feelings. I sympathize. I can see that. But there has to be a work-around. Hey! Idea! They could make him mayor non sempere. That's a term I just invented. It means "mayor not forever."

It could be a good face-saving thing. They could put it on a brass nameplate that he could put out in front of his council seat:

DWAINE CARAWAY, CITY OF DALLAS MAYOR NON SEMPERE. It'll still look good. Nobody knows Latin. And boy. Talk about getting the city out of a ticklish spot. I think this might even be urgent business. You never know when the next Dwaine Alert might come.

AH-OOOH-GAH! AH-OOOH-GAH! ALL PERSONNEL, REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR DWAINE SHELTERS.

There's gotta be a way out of this situation.

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38 comments
Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Jim you are forgetting something,Caraway is the Council Rep.for District 4 and his constituents support him.If he becomes Mayor his constituent will become the whole City. I live in District 5 and I see nothing wrong with giving Vick a token ,thank you,in form of a tin key that opens nothing.It was given in a private party ,for Youth ,Caraway had worked with all year,Vick came without any fee to motivate them. Hunter passed all the Pitt Bulls in Dallas shelter ,to adopt one from Virginia,for this very purpose, to promote himself and make money,from the dog's pain and Vick's name .To me ,he's worse than Vick.Would you all be mad if Leppert gave a key to the city to Martha Stewart,a convicted felon.Who anointed Hunter as moral authority ,with that twisted message he has on radio.Opera is not going to call him,maybe Glenn Beck.Another thing about Animal lovers,what about deer shot down,bird shot down for fun.Cow'seaten as steak with blood still visible.Do they just love animals that Vick is associated with?I told you , about the poker house,he did not ask the police to stop the patrol,what he ask was ,raid the place to see if something illegal is going , or stop harassing folk parked on private property,if this same thing had happen any place else, the media would have been all over police for ticketing cars parked on private land.What happen at his house is his business and Arthur and Archie are real people,his mistake was speaking to the Media period , the police report stand on its own.End of story.PS. City employees listen to a cat cry ,three days and did nothing,they could have called City manager,911 ,kick hole in wall ,they did something sat there and ate lunch,tell me who is worse,them hearing an animal cry for life and do nothing, allow it to die.The folk hating Vick should be at shelter protecting animals, that's right, they don't belong to famous people or Vick.

Augustus McRae
Augustus McRae

I take offense, sir, at your statement that "nobody knows Latin". I take my Latin very seriously.

Uva Uvam Varia Vevendi Fit.

Watch the cows, Call. I've got to go poke Lori (darling).

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Based on your hypothetical headlines, Jim, I fail to see the downside to Caraway becoming mayor. Someone that busy making a fool of himself wouldn't have time to push the Trinity River agenda like Leppert has.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

I know Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem are official appointments and legitimatetitles so maybe I'm just nitpicking here. The use of these titles is very common in the local media in articles that refer the persons so designated. These council persons have always seemed to me, overly fond of being introduced using them in lieu of council person so and so I guess this is normal and politically wise. I just think of it as parliamentary contingency rather than some great honor.

It does however remind me of some make believe European duchy in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta or some fictional banana republic. When the council person is also a little flamboyant and verbose as is Mr. Carraway it adds more to the farcical nature of the behavior being reported and ridiculed in the media and comments sections.

Personally I think way to much is being made of this. I also feel that video is a self serving, self righthous, piling on, piece of Michael Moore crap. Not saying it wasn't truly what happened but Mr. Hunter's purpose, in my opinion, was to ambush Michael Vick and show off that he adopted a distressed animal. This is all so overblown and petty but for some reason I want to see this point of view bout it all considered as unpopular it may be.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

They could take away the pro tem title and in compensation each of the council members could give him an unofficial key to the city of Dallas. Hell, he could give himself an unofficial key to the city of Dallas. He's probably the only person he hasn't given one to.

warden62
warden62

Are you intentionally misspelling his name?

Balonpie
Balonpie

Dwayne did it for the Children

Js
Js

Here's the headline:

DWAINE CARAWAY, WHO VOICED THE LOUDEST SUPPORT FOR THE PROPERTY TAX INCREASE, IS DELINQUENT ON HIS FOR 2011.

Clancey
Clancey

In the epic words of James Fantroy, "If the Feds indict me for being a crook, there'll be blood in the streets of South Dallas." They did, there wasn't.

Only card Dwayne has is race. This might be among the first-ever times in Dallas when it didn't trump good judgment. It'll be interesting to see how the 7 minority votes shake out.

Dwayne is doing his part to keep us entertained, he took lessons for three years from Rose Renfro.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Seeing Dwayne has been an public embarassment since entering office, from "pull up yo pants" to this recent potential career-ending fiasco. I just don't get why people in his district keep putting up w/his and other local african-american leaders brand of Amos & Andy-esque buffonery. Its an insult to everything the civil rights movement was about, which was not only for the opportunity of a level playing field for all, but to improve ones self and rise above the stereotype that were created. Instead, we're still seeing the same ol' Hustlers, Pimps and Thugs that have had their run in the community for years still in charge, and that to me is a damn shame.

Uppercase Matt
Uppercase Matt

I thought they had some sort of rotating racial thing for Mayor, pro-tem, and dep-pro-tem -- if they dump Dwaine, and insist on replacing him with another african-american, we may end up with Davis.

clare
clare

Oh, great.

Last night I had a horrible dream that the James Taylor show had been replaced by Tim Rogers dancing in white satin as someone named Tony Pinata. Just now I heard Diane Rehm confide to a young schizophrenic named Henry Coburn that she, too, talks to trees, before prompting his father to declare that cannabis causes schizophrenia.

And so now I'm having to rethink everything, Tim Rogers, Diane Rehm, trees, NPR, schizophrenia, cannabis.

And now this. Thanks ever so much.

Rooster
Rooster

Sadly, I'm sure his constituency loves this clown....

Phelps
Phelps

Am I the only one who thinks that he's a four number lotto ticket away from a full Marion Barry?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Leppert wanted D-wayne to be "pro tempore" as a sort of health insurance policy. "Don't let anything happen to me or else he's in charge".

Daniel
Daniel

I say make him Mayor, get a film crew to follow him around, and create a reality show called Oh! That Dwayne! Innovation: It will be the first reality show to use a laugh track.

When incompetence, the forces of nature, and farcical levels of stupidity conspire to humiliate you -- and by "you," I mean us, the City of Dallas -- you don't duck and cover. You make it look like it's all part of the act.

Barry K
Barry K

Jim, you should be thankful there are people like Dwayne around, otherwise you would be proof reading encyclopedias or writing for the Advocate.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

The 'What Stupid Things did Dwayne do today?' should be a regular feature item! Put it next to 'Ask a Mexican' or the movie reviews. Of course if he does become mayor, you will have to expand the paper to five or six hundred pages a week.

Voiceofreason
Voiceofreason

You sound like an idiotic, uneducated Dwaine Caraway nut swinger. What do you have to gain from Caraway becoming Mayor, Ms.Betty Culbreath?

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Can you explain to me Betty, why Richard Hunter did not have a right to be there and tape this event?

Do you really believe....I mean REALLY believe there is no difference in constant canine torture and the killing of animals for food?

cp
cp

Oh come on... I live in District 7 and I have two heroin houses on my street. One of the things that our little neighborhood association tries hard to clean up is when people park all over their yards. We DON"T LIVE IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Usually it's the people who drive and park all over their yards who also play their music loud and have loud drunken parties all into the night, shoot their guns off into the air whenever they feel like celebrating, and generally making the quality of life and home values miserable for all the decent folks who paid money to own their homes too. That Dwayne dismisses a similar situation as police picking on someone is indicative that he doesn't really care about neighborhood quality of life, at least if it's not in his own neighborhood. Would he have a problem with that if it were next door to him? Yes. There is a chapter in the Dallas City Code dealing with parking on unapproved surfaces.

Rooster
Rooster

My problem isn't necessarily Mike Vick or the key. Again, in my world, Vick did his time.

My problem is the monumental stupidy it took Caraway to put himself in this position to begin with. A public figure should have the common sense not to align himself next to a convicted felon, no matter how good his intentions. Caraway himself has admitted it was a lapse in judgement.

Listening to Caraway's interview on the radio, and watching him dive behind "I'm doing this for the children" whenver he was asked pointed questions, was quite frankly, shameful, embarassing, and an insult to the intelligence of anyone listening.

The question I have to ask myself now, is will Caraway bring the monumentally stupid thought process that made him think this was a good idea, to running the city should he become mayor? Is THIS the guy we want representing out city to the rest of the world?

On a semi-related note, blaming the dude with the video camera for this is nothing more than shooting the messenger.

JimS
JimS

Not that L: excellent point. How could I have missed it? And, given the hand of Leppert and the Citizens Council of inventing King Dwaine in the first place, what better revenge?

cp
cp

Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem are not just simply titles. If the Mayor is out, the Prro Tem runs the council meetings. If both the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tem are out, the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem runs the council meetings.

There have been many time when I have used the distinction of Chairman of the Board or Vice-Chair of the Board when introducing officers of my board to others. So, really, think of these three as the official "officers" of the city council "board of directors".

JimS
JimS

Metro: I do not toally disagree with you on the Michael Vick thing. It''s not like gave him the key to the treasury. And the whole high dudgeon business from us mediatoids can get very tiresome. Sometimes I want to say, "Ah, why don't you keep your dudgeon to yourself for a change?" The scary real-life thing here, however, is that Dwaine's antics and the threat of further embarrassment may be keeping Leppert in office longer -- a true down-side to his behavior. By the way, I am told the council has pondered my idea already and decided not to do it. More to come from Merten.

cp
cp

How is it spelled? He himself, in campaign finance reports over the years, has spelled it three different ways!!!

rubbercow
rubbercow

You are forgetting his wildly successful "Big Mama says 'Keep it a secret!'" campaign.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Or Tennell, who sounds like Mish-Mouth from Fat Albert.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

As Charles II said, "who would kill me James, to make thee king?"

cp
cp

Let's not forget about Dwaine saying that he'd "take a bullet" for TLep.......

Bh
Bh

And use the theme song from Sanford and Son!

JimS
JimS

Daniel: Brilliant! I vote for your idea!

JimS
JimS

Barry K: Alas, 'tis true. Dwaine pays my rent.

Rooster
Rooster

I'm an official member of the "Mike-Vick-did-his-time-so-for-the-love-of-god-can-we-please-just-let-it-go-club".

That being said, Carraway putting himself in this position was just stupidity of monumental proportions. I personally do not want this stupidity running the city, if even if only on a temporary basis.

That's what bothers me about the whole ordeal.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

But he did just as you said, he treated Vick as a person going about his way making amends for doing wrong.Caraway was simply saying Thank You,in a private set,Hunter invaded a private function,made a bootleg film uploaded to YouTube,what about Vick's rights.Vick's crew should have put him out less camera.Vick's salvation comes from God not man.This Town is full of evil hateful people who could care less about any dog,they jump on board with any group hating a black,wealthy,felon,with position,white women,and etc. Number one is Black any of remainders in any position.

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