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Let Us Give Thanks For The Fact That Tom DeLay Is Now A Convicted Criminal

Let us give thanks at Thanksgiving that former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom “The Hammer” Delay is now a convicted criminal.

(Above–Mr. DeLay’s mug shot.)

From the Houston Chronicle—

“After almost 19 hours of deliberations, a Travis County jury today convicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on felony charges of political money laundering. DeLay faces two to 20 years in prison on a conspiracy charge and five to 99 years or life on a money laundering charge. DeLay remains free on bail, with sentencing tentatively set for Dec. 20.”

To celebrate this verdict, Texas Liberal Panel of Experts members Cactus, Extinct and Hamburger Wearing An Astros’ Hat went out and bought themselves a bottle of whiskey. You see in the photo below that they also rustled up an old Tom DeLay bumper sticker.

Cactus does not drink very often. But tonight is a special occasion.

2010 has been a rough year in politics. However, it is a source of holiday cheer that Mr. DeLay has been convicted.

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments

Adrian Garcia For Harris County Sheriff

 

Who should citizens of Harris County, Texas select for the position of Harris County Sheriff?  

The best choice is former police officer and current Houston City Councilmember Adrian Garcia.

Councilmember Garcia was a police officer for 23 years and has served as Chair of Council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security committee. Mr. Garcia knows law enforcement.   

As a councilmember, Mr. Garcia has had a laser like focus on neighborhood concerns such cleaning up vacant lots and graffti, while at the same time addressing the larger problem of homelessness in Houston.

Mr. Garcia has the endorsement of the Harris County Deputies union.

This strong record of public service, and the confidence placed in Mr. Garcia by rank and file law enforcement professionals, stands in sharp contrast to the poor record of his opponent.

Incumbent Sheriff Tommy Thomas has been involved in many scandals. 

The sheriff’s office attempted to delete internal e-mails that were later shown to contain ethnic slurs. 

Many inmates in the county jail have died while incarcerated. 

Harris County had to pay $1.7 million for a wrongful arrest by the sheriff’s office.

Less ideological blog readers who reach this post will note that I’m a rabble rousing liberal, and may feel that I’m not the right source to offer a view on this important law enforcement position in our county.  

Yet liberals support law and order as a foundation of a decent and just society. You can’t have a decent life and a just society if criminals rule the streets.

Also, Mr. Thomas has been in office for 14 years now. Harris County has changed a great deal in those 14 years. Sheriff’s office employees e-mailing racial slurs in this day and age is just not going to get the job done.

Let’s move ahead for more effective and up-to-date law enforcement by selecting Adrian Garcia as our new Harris County Sheriff. 

Here is the web home of the Garcia campaign.

Here is an overview of the race from the Houston Chronicle

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Democratic Harris County District Clerk Candidate Loren Jackson Leaves Excellent Comment on This Blog—Mr. Jackson Respects All Laws

Last month, I made a post about incumbent Harris County District Clerk Theresa Chang planting campaign signs in public parks here in Houston.

It seems that wrongdoer Chang is committing this offense around the county. Loren Jackson, who will be elected County District Clerk at the expense of Ms. Chang in just a few weeks, recently left the comment below on my blog in response to my post of last month.   

Thank you Mr. Jackson for your comment, for you service to the people of Harris County, and for your respect for our laws.

From Mr. Jackson— 

Mr. Aquino,

This came to my attention the day that it happened. I gave Ms. Chang the benefit of the doubt and e-mailed her campaign manager privately asking for the removal of the signs and to refrain from posting her signs in public rights-of-way in the future.

Four days before, she also had illegally placed signs at 59 and the Beltway (right-of-way of a highway). The week following the e-mail, she placed signs in a public highway right-of-way at Hwy 59 and Townsend Blvd near Humble, and in public rights-of-way all over Fairmont Pkwy in Pasadena, on 34th Street, on TC Jester, on Scarsdale, and many other locations around the city.

Both Mrs. Chang and myself are attorneys, who swore an oath to uphold and defend the laws of this great State. The very law we swore to uphold happens to be located on each sign that we place. I have chosen to uphold that law. I publicly encourage Mrs. Chang to also begin upholding that law.

Please report illegally placed signs to the following:

Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1: Theodus Gay (713) 991-6881 ext. 1105
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2: Laura (281) 487-2910

Precincts 3 and 4 are Republican controlled, and therefore, may or may not be of assistance in removing a Republican candidates’ illegally placed signs.

Other contact numbers for illegally placed signs:
City of Humble: (281) 446-2327
City of Pasadena (713) 475-4826
Texas Department of Transportation (Highway Rights-of-way): (713) 802-5071
City of Houston: Dee Harris (713) 218-5820.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

eBay—America’s Black Market

You can sell your counterfeit goods on eBay in the United States, but not in France.

This is the upshot of court rulings in France, Germany, and the U.S.

Courts in Germany and France have ruled that eBay must make strong efforts to be sure that when a Tiffany or Rolex product is sold on eBay, it is the real thing. A court in the United States ruled the opposite.

It is luxury brands that are in the fight with eBay in Europe, but eBay has been the middleman in more downmarket theft as well.

Here is an article about widespread theft rings brought on by online auction services.  

eBay knows people are selling knock-off goods and stolen goods.

Here is an an article from The Financial Times that suggests a middle course as a solution to to disputes between eBay and trademark holders.

Only strong regulation by government can make eBay a reputable business.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Joe Horn Should Be Charged With A Serious Crime

Pasadena, Texas resident Joe Horn made the decision to go outside and shoot two people.

This took place on November 14 and has now become a national incident.

The two people he shot were two men robbing the house next to Mr. Horn’s home. 

Mr. Horn had been asked by a 911 dispatcher to stay inside and avoid violence. He was not in any physical danger inside his house.

Mr. Horn said right on the 911 tape that he was going to go outside and shoot the men. 

And that’s just what he did as the men left the home they were robbing. 

He made the decision to go outside and shoot.  The penalty for robbing a home is not death.

How is that not some kind of pre-meditated act of violence?

The case is very polarizing and debate on this issue is not always very illuminating. I’ve been reluctant to post about the matter.

Yet I think it is important that Mr. Horn be charged with some type of serious crime in this instance.  

Beyond the fact that Mr. Horn could have just as easily been killed himself or shot an innocent, we can’t have people killing over property when they had the option to avoid trouble.   

December 12, 2007 Posted by | Houston, Texas | , , , , | 27 Comments