Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Things are getting downright feisty in the Lone Star State


King of the Texas Rangers collars a no-good, dirty stinking polecat of a Democrat

King of the Texas Rangers collars a no-good, low-down, dirty stinking polecat of a Democrat

Governor Rick Perry indicted for coercion.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption – making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.

A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County Democratic District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.

Perry was indicted on charges of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony with potential punishments of five to 99 years in prison, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 10 years.

No one disputes that Perry is allowed to veto measures approved by the Legislature, including part or all of the state budget. But the left-leaning Texans for Public Justice government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint accusing the governor of coercion because he threatened to use his veto before actually doing so in an attempt to pressure Lehmberg to quit.

“We’re pleased that the grand jury determined that the governor’s bullying crossed the line into illegal behavior,” said Craig McDonald, executive director of Texans for Public Justice. “The complaint had merit, serious laws were potentially broken.”

Asked why McCrum never spoke to Perry personally, McCrum said, “That’s prosecutorial discretion that I had.”

The public integrity unit investigates statewide allegations of corruption and political wrongdoing. Perry said he wouldn’t allow Texas to fund the unit while Lehmberg remained in charge.

Perry said Lehmberg, who is based in Austin, should resign after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013. A video recording made at the jail showed Lehmberg shouting at staffers to call the sheriff, kicking the door of her cell and sticking her tongue out.

Lehmberg faced pressure from other high-profile Republicans in addition to Perry to give up her post. Her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

Lehmberg served about half of her 45-day jail sentence but stayed in office, despite Perry’s assertions that her behavior was inappropriate.

My distant relative, Col. Albert Jennings Fountain, had to leave his post as President of the Texas Senate back in 1870 or so after he was attacked on the streets of El Paso by a political opponent. Fountain ducked into a bar, borrowed the barkeep’s towel to keep the blood from his eyes and his gun to return to the battle and shot the bastard dead. Having won that fight, Fountain felt it wise to move his family and his law career to Mesilla, New Mexico, across the border and up the street a bit. The Colonel and his seven-year-old son Henry were eventually murdered by another gang of Democrats in the White Sands in 1896. Things calmed down after that but from the sound of things, they’re heating back up. I blame global warming.


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Tax auction bargain

Come and get it, if you can

Come and get it, if you can

AJ sends along a link to this story of a New Hampshire farm – 100 acres, and a farmhouse that appears to be in excellent condition, all for a minimum bid of $250,000. 

Oops! Auction ended, with no bidders. That might be because the property is landlocked, with access only over a right-of-way, or perhaps because the former owners booby trapped the place with land mines and other anti-personnel devices, and prospective bidders weren’t allowed on the land.

In real estate, if you’re going to be picky, you’ll never land a great deal.

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Attending to business as usual

The 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Dodo

The 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Dodo

Anonamoo sends along this link to the president’s doings up on MV today. A quick bike ride in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, then ditch the kid and the old lady and back to the golf course with the guys. All very gay, but I was drawn to this peripheral tidbit:

The State Forest was created in 1908 in an effort to save a dwindling population of heath hens. Only 45 remained on Earth at the time. The State Forest has since expanded to 5,343 acres and the heath hen is extinct.

That ironic twist sent me looking up the heath hen, an eastern branch of the prairie chicken clan, and wikipedia obliged.

Ironically, the establishment of the reserve on the open shrubland of what was then called the Great Plain in the Vineyard may have accelerated the heath hen’s extinction. Fires were a normal part of the environment, but with the attempt to suppress fires instead of enforcing ecological succession with controlled burns, open habitat quality decreased and undergrowth accumulated until a normally limited fire would have disastrous consequences, as it did in 1916. Lack of awareness of the region’s historical fire ecology also led the state legislature to require firebreaks when protecting the heath hen.

The same sort of ignorance has been loose in the west for several decades now. We suppressed fires, beetles then killed millions of acres of trees, the “environmentalists” stopped logging companies from taking the dead wood (“profit!”) and, exactly as foresters predicted, a huge tinderbox was created, waiting to be touched off. It did, and the enviros blamed, wait for it …global warming!

Despicable, dangerous morons.

UPDATE: Anonymoo alerted me to a video, circa 1918, of the ol’ Heath Hen himself, found here. It’s a little short on drama, but hey, it’s the last waltz.


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Nothing, absolutely nothing to report in the way of real estate news

Douglas Elliman agents wait for business

Douglas Elliman agents wait for business

The town’s gone away.


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Co-plaintiffs (and friend)

Co-plaintiffs (and friend)

Libertarian Advocate has alerted me that Al, “An Inconvenient Truth” Gore is suing Al Jazeera for fraud.


RELATED: Cold summer brings leaf colors early this year

Related II : 2013: Global warming will retard, ruin leaf foliage” What do you want to bet we don’t see a follow up to this one?

Gore Mansion

Gore Mansion


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Danbury defense contractor closing shop, but here’s what I find ironic


Radioactive or not, here he comes

Radioactive or not, here he comes

Moving to Maryland.

Then-U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman visited the company’s Danbury facility three years ago to examine the Radseeker, a handheld radiation-detection device weighing less than five pounds that can identify more than 40 radioactive isotopes.

At the time, company officials said the product, which was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, could play an important role in protecting the country’s borders from nuclear threats.

The article doesn’t say how the device is supposed to work, but presumably someone has to be watching the detector, and our border, to notice and intercept nuclear material being smuggled in. That’s not happening.

Just this week, merry prankster James O’Keefe released a video of himself, dressed as Osama bin Laden, wading the Rio Grande into the U.S., repeatedly, entirely unmolested by the border control. Every reprobate in the world knows that our southern border is now open, and they’re flocking to cross. Some are merely here to look for work, others are undoubtedly coming to do us harm



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