June 10, 2010

I'm so sorry, but you fail again Attorney General Greg Abbott

Our hapless Attorney General, Greg Abbott, has yet again failed to prosecute the voter fraud that he claims is rampant.

At what point can we stop calling Attorney General Greg Abbott's efforts in this area an attempt to prosecute voter fraud and start calling it what it is, minority vote suppression?

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June 03, 2010

Something just stinks...

With a monomaniacal drive to draw attention to himself that would make even Eve Harrington blush, Todd Staples is all about Todd Staples. Recently, he's been out pimping a program at TDA (paid for by the Federal Government... I guess Todd's federalism alarm only goes off when it's a program he can't use to glorify himself) to feed underprivileged kids over the summer.

Of course, no one has a problem feeding needy kids during the summer. In fact, it's something that absolutely should be done and a program that Hank Gilbert heavily supports. What he's not in favor of is Todd's use of the program to promote himself. Ladies and gentleman, I give you The Texas Watchdog which landed on this story back in February...

"He is taking advantage of federal tax dollars that would be better spent feeding kids in the summertime," Hank Gilbert, (pictured at left) one of the Democrats running in the March primary and a staunch supporter of the federal school nutrition program in Texas. "We certainly will be talking about this as a campaign issue. I wish we could get legislation passed to prevent agency heads from doing this altogether during the election cycle."

No, no... you didn't misread. Todd Staples, in one of his more craven self-promotion schemes, is actually using federal money intended to feed needy kids to promote the program with television ads featuring (you had to see this coming) Todd Staples. Sure the program needs to be promoted, but did they really need to take money from it to shoot commercials featuring Staples? As it turns out, no...

Rodriguez said he had almost never seen a high-ranking agency head to do the ads himself. State Comptroller Susan Combs, who preceded Staples as agriculture commissioner, said she never served as a spokesperson for one of her programs, nor could she remember a previous commissioner doing it. The heads of the state food programs in Oklahoma and Arkansas said they have not done ads for their programs.

Andy Wilson, a researcher specializing in campaign finance issues for the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen, said the appearance of Staples himself in the ads raises ethical questions that get sharper at a time when Staples is trying to be re-elected. While the ads have no blatant political message, they offer considerable name recognition in places where voters don't even know the name of their own state representative, Wilson said.

"If we're feeding poor kids I want the state of Texas to get every federal tax dollar they can for it," Wilson said. "But Todd Staples doesn't need to be in those ads. I have real ethical issues with it."

Yeah, that's Todd Staples... taking $80,000 earmarked to feed kids so that he can shoot an ad for himself. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy election.

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May 28, 2010

Oh. Sure. Blame the whiskey.

Some asshole in Montana got drunk and took a shot at a cop. The officer, rightfully, shot back at him and put said asshole out of the misery of (apparently) just about everyone who knew him. Sadly, this is the kind of thing that happens too often in this country, one of the many reasons I try to be nice when I'm being stopped. Imagine what it's like for an officer working traffic, never knowing if the person they've stopped is going to pull a gun.

But that's not really the point of this post. No, this is about an asshole who was, according to everyone who knew him, an asshole because of whiskey.

Witnesses testified Tuesday that Davis' taste for whiskey and a bad case of jealousy were to blame for the fatal confrontation.

Shannon Diaz, bar manager at Hamilton's Office and Silver Coin Casino, said Davis was acting strange enough on the evening of Jan. 1 that she wouldn't serve alcohol to him.

"He was completely not like himself ... when he starts drinking whiskey, he just completely turns into a different person," Diaz said.

She told him he needed to leave.

Davis returned later and found his girlfriend, Diaz and another man sitting outside. The man - who is African-American - had loaned Davis' girlfriend his coat.

That set off Davis, Diaz said.

He shouted racial epithets and later texted the same to his girlfriend. When he returned to the bar, Diaz had bouncers and her husband put him out.

She said someone later received a text message saying Davis had a gun.

Tracy Womack, owner of the Ponderosa Bar, said Davis was fine when she first saw him around 9 p.m., but she knew he'd been fighting with his girlfriend when he came back later and continued drinking.

When Davis' girlfriend came back to the Ponderosa later, she asked to hide behind the bar.

"She sat on a little stool. ... She didn't want him to see her," Womack said.

He spotted her the second time he came back and started yelling racial epithets at her again. Womack told him to leave.

"I knew I needed to protect her and get him gone," she said.

Davis moved to the Rainbow Bar, where he continued to drink.

The bartender there, Nicholas Renzo, remembered wrapping up Davis' hand, which was bleeding.

"He said he hit a wall or something. ... Anyone who knows him, knows he shouldn't drink whiskey," Renzo testified. "He gets violent."

He later told Renzo later he had a gun.

Just before Davis got ready to leave at about 1:30 a.m., he looked at Renzo and told him "It was nice knowing you. I'm not going to see you for a while."

Renzo said he thought was the alcohol talking.

This guy was shouting racial epithets at someone who was just talking to his girlfriend? Yeah, it wasn't the whiskey. This guy was just an asshole.

I'm writing about this because it pisses me off when people blame liquor for behaving like dicks. Liquor did nothing to these people, except try to give them a little happiness and booze shits. Even the cheapest, nastiest whiskey doesn't demand that you try to murder a policeman just to make it happy.

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May 13, 2010

Like a bunch of damn vampires

Travis County Commissioners voted yesterday to expand their blood drawing in accordance with state law by putting a phlebotomist on staff at Central Booking.

I know it'll come as a big surprise, but I don't have much of a problem with this. I do have a problem with the already too low blood alcohol limits in the state of Texas. The reality is that that the lower limit has done nothing to cut alcohol related accidents but has done a lot to increase alcohol related arrests that cost taxpayers millions per year.

I'm all for strong enforcement but can we please stop prosecuting people for DWI who are clearly not impaired?

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August 24, 2009

About time for a trip to Mazatlan?

Mexico just legalized the personal use of drugs. No, I'm totally not making this up...

On Thursday, the Mexican President signed into law a controversial piece of legislation that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and methamphetamine and yet at the same time promotes drug dependency treatments funded entirely by the government.

The law sets limits on how much citizens can possess for “personal use.” When caught in first and second offenses, those citizens possessing within limits, will be encouraged to enter a treatment program and those caught a third time must enter a program.

The “personal use” maximum under the new law is 5 grams, about four joints. Other threshold amounts are: Cocaine - one half a gram, heroin - 50 milligrams, methamphetamine – 40 milligrams, and 0.015 milligrams of acid (LSD).

The question of legalization is one that has been debated since the dawn of civilization. The argument to legalize drugs is a sincerely difficult one to win, and one with many very famous supporters. Authors such as, Timothy Leary, Lewis Armstrong, Jules Vern, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Aldous Huxley, Sir Walter Scott and Terence McKenna believed what persons do in private should not be regulated by the government.

William F. Buckley Jr. argued supremely that, “If all our laws were paradigmatic, imagine what we would do to anyone caught lighting a cigarette, or drinking a beer. Or exulting in life, in the paradigm, committing adultery. Send them all to Guantanamo?” Buckley’s argument was one of consistency, legal and exampled reality, illustrated by several countries around the world.

Exactly what are we waiting for? Our Partner in the War on Drugs just basically said 'Fuck it, let's have a beer and go to the beach' and we're STILL arguing? The War on Drugs has always been futile and nothing paints that picture more clearly than Mexico doing what we should have done in 1980. We've wasted more than a trillion dollars fighting this war and incarcerating combatants.

Let's be done with it as well.

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February 21, 2009

BREAKING : Please let it be Dick Morris

DC Police say they are close to making an arrest for the murder of Chandra Levy in 2001.

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January 09, 2009

Doctor cleared from organ harvesting charges

PhotobucketThis story kinda creeped me out. And yes, I'm an organ donor mostly because when they open me up to take something they are going to be hella disappointed.

Especially if they needed a liver.

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December 15, 2008

No, you can't look at my laptop

More than two years ago we talked about unreasonable searches being performed at the ports of entry into the United States. It turns out, that's all about to change. Finally.

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August 17, 2008

Officer who cooked his partner not guilty

WTF is with you people in Maricopa County, AZ?!?!?!

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February 13, 2008

Congress "Investigates" Baseball, Ignores Roger Clemens' Role In 9/11

Another freaking whitewash. Why did we elect these guys again?

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November 10, 2007

And now, it's our problem...

The Zetas, the enforcement arm of Mexico's Gulf Cartel, isn't satisfied with just being able to kill, at will, in Mexico. They are developing that ability here as well, according to Grits.

Those who consider violence by drug cartels a Mexican problem will want to read this Dallas News story ("American youths doing drug cartels dirty work," Nov. 10) describing how Los Zetas - a group of former US-trained Mexican military commandos who defected to join the Gulf Cartel as enforcers - hire and train youth as young as 13 to commit murders and perform cartel business on the Texas side of the border. Much of the public information about this shadowy network comes from the prosecution of Rosalio Reta, one of the teenage "Zetillas" prosecuted this summer for murders in Laredo on the US side.

Clearly, law enforcement is doing it's level best here in the states to keep up with well funded and well armed thugs. However, as long as we continue this ridiculous war on drugs (which has, effectively, been a 30+ year failure) the best we can hope for is for law enforcement to keep them in check. The reality is that the only thing working for us is the greed of the cartel. If they were willing to make a real investment infrastructure and personnel, they'd be a VERY serious threat to the peace.

Legalize. Cut them off at the knees and be done with it.

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