Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #4 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).
According to a new poll by Morning Consult, the polling partner of Fortune Magazine and Bloomberg News, Gov. Greg Abbott is the seventh most popular governor in the U.S. Did the poll exclude people in Dallas or Austin?
Abbott has a 63 percent approval rating and 23 percent disapproval, with 14 percent who didn’t know, according to the Morning Consult poll.
Gov. Sam Brownback, who has helped destroy the Kansas economy with tax cuts and comparable cuts in services, education and everything else a state does, is the least popular governor with a 23 percent approval rating.
Daniel Mallot, the governor of Connecticut is second most unpopular and Gov. Chris Christie is third. As the “Bridgegate” trial continues and Christie’s popularity sinks, New Jersey’s Observer suggests impeachment may be a possibility.
Gov. Mary Fallon, the disaster at the helm in Oklahoma, is the 10th most unpopular governor with an approval rating of 40 percent and a 53 percent disapproval rating.
The most popular governor is Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, and second is Massachusetts’ moderate Republican governor, Charlie Baker, with approval ratings of 74 and 70 percent respectively.
North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory is an interesting case. He’s the 15th most unpopular governor with a 46 percent approval rating and a 44 percent disapproval. He’s been working to destroy the economy of his state through the anti-LGBT HB2 he signed into law within a day of it first being proposed. He’s in a tight re-election race this fall.
Danny Feinberg was just another “little faggot from Long Island” when he came of age just after World War II. He went to college and was admitted to Harvard Law School while still in his teens because he was fairly brilliant, although he would eventually drop out. No wonder; he preferred to smoke dope and hang out with the other outsiders and faggots and generally serve as handmaiden to the shaker in the underground art movement in Greenwich Village that would really set the tone for the second half of the 20th century.
He remembers seeing Nina Simone for the first time and being wowed. He knew instantly that Edie Sedgwick was a transformative presence. He was responsible for circulating John Lennon’s claim that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” And he knew Lennon was right.
By the mid-1960s, Feinberg — now known as Danny Fields — was himself what today we might call an “influencer.” He was a talent manager for Elektra Records just as that label was leading the way for the psychedelic rock era. There are some that say punk rock wouldn’t have existed without Fields… probably among them, Fields himself.
He burned bridges, spoke truth to power, coddled infants terribles like Jim Morrison and had a hand steering careers from the Ramones to Iggy Pop to Alice Cooper. He led, in short, an amazing life.
And he’s still living it, in more retrospective form (he’s 77) in the documentary Danny Says (which plays Saturday at the Texas Theatre at 7 p.m. with filmmaker Brendan Toller in attendance). Danny Says — it takes its title from a song Joey Ramone wrote about Fields — premiered at SXSW in 2015, and is finally getting a theatrical release, and thank heavens. It’s a fascinating and exhausting film, as much a piece of pop art itself as the people it’s about. The director pieces together interviews with Fields, John Cameron Mitchell, Cooper, Pop and countless execs and friends who lived this amazing roller coaster of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Toller comes close to overdoing it, though, with a degree of sensory overload: Conversations, photos, subtitled and a required working knowledge of pop culture that taxes the memory of even a professional writer of pop culture. But the payoff is a nearly orgasmic expiation of the alt-rock-art scene.
It’s an exhilarating exploration of journalism, sexuality, art and the counterculture from the framework of a smart-mouthed cynic whose arrogance is undercut by his incomparable instincts and insights. Fields refers to 1965–66 as “the year that everything wonderful happened,” and snarkily observes that “everything good starts by being hated by the New York Times.” This is a history lesson like the world might not be able to tell anymore. We’re culturally obsessed with Kim Kardashian’s ass and Brangelina divorcing; Fields & Co. were surviving the thriving. The photo collages alone are amazing, especially compared to the soulless eyes of Instagram selfies and self-indulgent Snapchats and brain-dead Trump supporters. Danny Says reminds us that once, long ago, art mattered.
Getting to Fort Worth now takes almost twice as long as it did before construction.
What’s impossible to do now that was possible before I-30 was reconstructed was pick a lane and stay in that lane from Dallas to Fort Worth. On the new improved I-30, lanes come and go. Sometimes the highway is three lanes. Sometimes it’s five. The right lane keeps dropping off as exit lanes so traffic keeps merging over. Sometimes it’s the left lane that disappears.
And those lanes are narrow in some places. Cement barriers come right up to the edge of the left lane making them unsafe. The amount of paint from cars and trucks scraping the barriers is proof of that.
Most of the construction was for HOV lanes. Years of constructing HOV lanes that no one uses. Well, not no one. On my trip back from Fort Worth between noon and 12:30 p.m., the HOV lane was closed going to Dallas. But for about 10 miles the lane was open going toward Fort Worth. I counted eight cars in 10 miles using that lane.
Eight cars. Really?
Years of construction to accommodate eight cars? Lanes that charge tolls supposedly to pay for the construction aren’t open all the time? That’s the definition of stupidity.
The new I-30 is horrible. The HOV lanes need to be ripped out and the highway should be made into four open lanes in each direction from downtown Dallas to downtown Fort Worth. And the engineer who designed the road should never be allowed to work in Texas again.
Brad Pritchett and the DVtv crew hit the streets of Oak Lawn Sunday, Sept. 18, to see, participate in and talk about the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and the Festival in Reverchon Park.
Watch all the fun here:
Lady Gaga releases her next full-length album, Joanne, on Oct. 21, but the single “Perfect Illusion” is already out. Here’s the video for it. Enjoy!
Last week Brent Paxton wrote this story for Dallas Voice about the government of South Africa banning LGBT-hating so-called “pastor” Steven Anderson from entering their country because of his nasty anti-LGBT “sermons” and hate speech.
Now officials with the government of Botswana have announced that they have deported Anderson from that country. Botswana President Ian Khama of Botswana on Tuesday, Sept. 20, told Reuters he had ordered that Anderson be arrested and deported.
Khama told Reuters he had ordered Anderson’s immediate arrest and deportation after the pastor said in an interview with a local radio station in the capital Gabarone on that morning that gays and lesbians should be killed.
That kinds of hatefulness is par for the course for Anderson, “pastor” at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, who applauded the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, saying after the shooting that “there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.”
During the radio interview Tuesday, Anderson said that the government should kill lesbians and gays, said the victims at Pulse were “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death” and called for pedophiles and adulterers to be killed and said the Bible barred women from preaching in church.
Botswana immigration officers were reportedly with Anderson when he left the radio station, but he has denied being deported, saying instead that he left voluntarily.
According to the Washington Blade, a spokesperson for the organization Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana said that group was told Anderson assaulted someone who attended his church service in Botswana on Monday, Sept. 19, claiming on the LGBB blog that Anderson called the person “a fag, a homosexual … with a mouth full of AIDS” before having the man forcibly removed.
Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana had called on their government last week to follow South Africa’s lead and bar Anderson from the country, the Blade reports, and this week applauded the government’s decision to deport him, “in the process defend[ing] its citizens.”
Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #3 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).
Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #2 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).
Claiming that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton continue to defy court orders instructing them to get accurate information on how to register and how to vote, in the wake of a July decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the state’s strict voter ID law, Progress Texas officials announced today the organization has launched a new website “to combat the misinformation for Texas Republicans and to help ensure every Texan knows their voting rights — and how easy it is to exercise that right … .”
Following the 5th Circuit’s ruling and after being instructed to inform voters how easy the voting process will be this year, Texas officials negotiated new requirements in which voters would be able to use several alternative forms of identification if they do not possess one of the seven forms of ID required by Texas law and “cannot reasonably obtain it.” Voters would also have to sign a declaration to that effect.
But, as Houston Public Media reports, state officials changed the wording in their new “educational campaign” to “cannot obtain” and “have not obtained” the ID. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos agreed with the U.S. Justice Department that the change in language is misleading, and is likely to discourage minority voters from going to the polls.
Texas state officials now have less than five weeks to revamp its voter education campaign before the start of early voting.
Houston Public Media also notes that Judge Ramos is considering whether statements by Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, who said he would investigate everyone who signs such a declaration to make sure they aren’t lying, might be considered voter intimidation.
Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas, said his organization had created the non-partisan GoVoteTexas.org website “to help every Texan learn how easy it is to vote. Republicans refuse to accurately inform other Texans of their voting rights, so we’re doing it for them.
“It is scandalous,” Espinoza continued, “that the Republicans in charge keep trying to confuse voters and make this basic right seem difficult to exercise.”
Progress Texas also posted the video below to explain the content of the new website.