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On Lowest Greenville, payback is a bitch...

One of the biggest reasons BD left Lowest Greenville was the construction of a Neighborhood Walmart across the street from his house (yes it was legal, in a space formerly used by Whole Foods and Blockbuster Video, but it was still a WalMart, for god's sake).

The other was due to the lawsuit foisted on BDby HRH Melissa Kingston, spouse of current city council rep HRH Phillip Kingston. She sued BD into the next City Council district because he dared to oppose her unchallenged rule over the neighborhood, and would not love and embrace WalMart.

Imagine his shock, absolute shock, to see an email from a neighbor in the area quote HRH and her fight - yes, a fight! - with that same lovely WalMart. The message was posted on NextDoor.com for Belmont Addition, but was shared with NextDoor.com neighborhoods in the area, hence its delivery to BD.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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The bars on Henderson Avenue, and Skillman/Live Oak, are making lots of money too

Last evening, BD posted sales reports for bars/restaurants along Lower Greenville Avenue. And, can you believe it, people got mad.

They were not mad because he posted the reports (like BD gives a flying f-ck that some bar owner thinks it's not of our business). They were mad because he did not include the bars/restaurants on Henderson Avenue, or at the Skillman/Live Oak corner (aka, Lowest Greenville Redux).

Not a problem. Here are those reports. And since many of these folks have never been subject to BD's intense review, let's repeat the mantra: Too bad.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

Read all the reports after the jump...

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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How much booze did your favorite bar sell in 2013?

It's that time of the year again. Time to see how much money your favorite Lower Greenville bar or restaurant earned in mixed beverage/beer/wine sales, versus how much they told you they lost while trying to stay in business.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

Read all the reports after the jump...

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Five myths about the federal shield law for journalists

Kurt Wimmer / Huffington Post

Free speech is the oxygen of the blogosphere. Blogs, tweets and Facebook posts couldn't have the profound influence they have rightfully earned in our new and diverse marketplace of ideas without a robust freedom to debate, to challenge, and even to be outrageous. So it's hardly surprising that when a congressional debate about protecting confidential sources mentions blogs, it touches a nerve.

That debate concerned the Free Flow of Information Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a bipartisan, 13-5 vote. If passed by Congress, the Act would be the first statute to protect journalists from being forced to identify their confidential sources in federal court. It would build on the protections of the First Amendment (because no act of Congress, of course, can minimize those rights) and fix a serious bug in our constitutional system -- multiple federal courts now have said that the only way for reporters to protect a confidential source is to go to prison indefinitely. Many of our federal courts have held that the First Amendment simply does not allow a reporter to protect a confidential source. That's hardly a solution that reflects our country's global leadership in free expression. Although 48 states and the District of Columbia already provide such protection in state courts, Congress has never passed a federal shield law. So the Judiciary Committee's vote should give journalists reason for optimism, as Emily Bazelon of Slate has so persuasively described.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Darren Dattalo is really happy BD moved out of Lower Greenville

It's no secret that BD's move off Lowest Greenville to Junius Heights was the highlight of Melissa Kingston's day (nay, year) a few weeks ago. But that feeling of elation was publicly shared by other members of the coven of neighbors on the Belmont Addition Conservation District Enforcement Committee.

Darren Dattalo is a real estate agent at Keller-Williams Urban Center over on Turtle Creek (it used to be called the Center City office until it moved off of Lowest Greenville). He's LGNA's crimewatch chairman. He's at every meeting, hearing or event having to do with Lowest Greenville. He has made his displeasure with BD and the Bailey home very clear in Board of Adjustment meetings and on the Dallas Observer blogs.

BD is not surprised Dattalo is crowing about BD's move, but did he not think BD would see said crowing? The graphic below was pulled from Darren's Facebook page just last week. In it, you see BD's house, as photographed from outside the fence, BD's borrowed moving truck and the moving team taking a break from the heat.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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