Mary Schlangenstein at Bloomberg.com has an interesting story today about how Dallas-based companies like JC Penney’s are making sure their holiday partygoers are getting home safely after they have had too much to drink.
They are using a Dallas business called Wingman Chauffer Service to drive partygoers home in their own vehicles. Wingman has a clever way for its drivers to use collapsible motorcycles which are stored in the "customers" trunks to get home after driving the customers to their residences. To read Ms. Schlangenstein’s full story, link here.
Meanwhile, remember that this is the most dangerous time of the year for alcohol-related auto accidents.
Rob AllynDallasBlog ran a story last Friday on Mexico’s hiring of Rob Allyn’s firm to help improve its image in the United States (link here for story). Today, both the Los Angeles Timesand The New York Times have major stories on Mexico’s decision to retain a Dallas-based PR firm to improve its image in the U.S.
Allyn is taking heat from critics of U.S. immigration policy who don’t like the idea of a Dallasite lobbying for an open borders policy (see comments to our original DallasBlog article) as well as Mexican-American groups unhappy that a Hispanic company did not get the contract with the government of Mexico. Dallas businessman Carlos Quintanillo is quoted in The New York Times piece as saying, "You don’t need an Anglo to advance Mexico’s interests in the United States. It’s a regression and a disconnect." As Allyn put it to The New York Times reporter on the controversy over the contract, "I’ve had friends say … should I congratulate you or extend condolences?"
Clearly "The Politics of Immigration" is heating up as a major issue in 2006.
In a press conference in Mission, Texas on Tuesday, Senator John Cornyn expressed his opposition to the U.S. House proposal for a security fence, which would start in California and end in Brownsville, according to a story in today’s McAllen Monitor. Click here to read the full story.
Gov. Rick PerryAUSTIN – Responding to wildfires breaking out across the state, Gov. Rick Perry today ordered the deployment of state firefighting assets and issued a statewide disaster declaration. State and local fire–fighters on Monday battled 73 wildfires across the state, mostly in central, north–central and northeast Texas. The wildfire threat level is expected to remain high for the next 30 days.
"To better ensure our ability to immediately respond to these fast–moving fires, I have ordered the deployment of Texas Army National Guard assets and requested assistance from the U.S. Forest Service," Perry said. "We are working hard from both the ground and the air to protect Texans and their homes and property."
Specifically, the Governor has:
Deployed four Texas Army National Guard helicopters,
Requested and received two single engine air tankers from the U.S. Forest Service, and
Requested and received two helicopters from the U.S. Forest Service.
The helicopters operate by "dipping" into lakes and other surface water and carrying "buckets" of water of water to suppress the fire from above; air tankers are used in areas where there is no available surface water.
The governor's disaster declaration activates the state emergency management plan and authorizes the deployment of any forces, equipment or supplies required for the response. The Governor's Division of Emergency Management is coordinating the state effort and the Texas Forest Service serves as the lead agency for the response. The Texas Department of Transportation has provided equipment and assistance and the Department of Public Safety is providing security at wildfire sites.
A persistent drought has blanketed the state since early summer. In combination with high winds and unseasonably warm temperatures, the weather pattern has created the most severe wildfire threat in five years. Thus far in December 114 fires in 39 counties have burned approximately 10,000 acres. Burn bans—which are prohibitions against all outdoor burning–are in effect in 156 counties.
As you speak, and as you think, express only hopeful, enthusiastic ideas ... look for and talk about good things ... and watch those around you become more cheerful and happy .. and your energy will increase. Stay Energized, Happy and Terrific!
Ralph ReedRalph Reed long ago proved that he is no conservative. After Pat Buchanan won the New Hampshire primary in 1996, Buchanan had a legitimate chance to overtake Bob Dole and emerge as the Republican presidential nominee. One of the major reasons he did not was the active (though largely behind-the-scenes) opposition of the Christian Coalition, its founder, Pat Robertson, and its executive director, Ralph Reed.